Modern Asian Design for a Two-Storey Marikina House

Family turns a modern Asian Marikina dwelling place into a healing home after going through typhoon Ondoy.

Original Article: Gabby Reyes Libarios Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba

After living in fear for a considerable amount of time post-Ondoy, Mina Lim decided they needed to heal the wounds that the typhoon inflicted upon her family.

Their healing home came in the form of a two-strey Modern Asian home in another Marikina subdivision, which Mina often regarded as her “baby”. Standing on a 400sqm lot, the house has three bedrooms, five bathrooms, three kitchens, two living rooms, and a garage. The house itself speaks volumes about the owners’ love for pairing the traditional with the contemporary.

Original article by Gabby Reyes Libarios. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("Saving Grace") in the October 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

HOUSE NUMBER The metallic finish of the house number is in line with the design style of the rest of the home.
LIVING ROOM Huge glass windows made way for a more airy, spacious feel in the living room. Most of the pieces are custom-made except for the sectional sofa.
LIVING ROOM DETAIL The red accent chairs and the circular glass coffee table from L + A Designs are consistent with the modern Asian theme of the house.
CANDELABRA The candalebras from furniture shop Hyve highlights the modern Asian feel of the home.
RED CANDELABRA Red candelabras serve as pops of bright color in a white-filled space.
BUDDHA For an Oriental touch, a white porcelain Buddha statue is displayed on one of the wooden surfaces.
LIVING AND DINING The homeowners chose to keep the areas open to make the space seem airy and bright.
DINING AREA Four fully-upholstered chairs with an elegant damask print surround the dining table.
CHANDELIER The double-height ceiling of the living area is perfect for Mina’s crystal chandelier from L + A Designs.
CANDELABRA Candelabras add a touch of drama and opulence to the family home.
DINING AREA The 10-seater wooden table clad in white tablecloth was matched with wooden chairs and a centerpiece of red flowers. The space is completed with the framed wall-mounted mirror.
DINING AREA DETAIL Decorative plates from Vietnam are displayed on the shelves and cabinets.
DAY BED A day bed dressed in dark sheets serves as the perfect place to rest and relax.

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