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Mismatched Pieces Create a Charming Two-Storey Home

The homeowner’s penchant for putting together different pieces of furniture creates a warm and cozy house that’s ideal for entertaining

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Frenjick Quesada and Chako Hirayama

Mia Santos’ home holds much history from the moment it was built. She knows the story behind each panel, tile, or beam of the house because she was very much involved in conceptualizing the kind of home she wanted for herself. Her love for entertaining friends and family led her to create a layout for the house that was open, airy, and welcoming. With the help of interior designer Frenjick Quesada and his partner Chako Hirayama, they worked on the main layout of the house, then proceeded outwards to the main structure and finally, out to the house’s garden and landscaping.

The house’s main feature is its open layout – the living rooms flow easily into the dining area and open kitchen, while sliding doors open out into the lanai and garden. The use of warm colors – brown, caramel, tan, beige – added to the light and cozy ambience of the rest of the house. The furnishings were thoughtfully redesigned and reupholstered, creating a charmingly personal home with Mia’s taste evident in every nook and cranny.

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Original article by Tisha Alvarez-Angluben. Pictorial direction by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Moving On") in the April 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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