Modern Resort Style changes a Bacolod House

A family home becomes interesting because of its minimalist design with tropical and Balinese touches

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Coni Tejada Architect: Ricky Solatorio

Minimalist style can also be used to create warm and welcoming spaces. This clean but cozy feel is perfected in a home in the heart of Talisay, Negros Occidental, a short drive away from Bacolod. Owned by Tonet Ramos, his wife Ann and their two kids, the property reflects the family’s appreciation for open spaces with a distinct Asian tropical resort appeal.

In this property, minimalist design becomes inviting because of carefully selected combinations – white walls and floors matched with wooden pieces, and clean lines tempered by soft cushions and velvety textures. Most of the furniture was designed by Ann with the help of Carlo Sason, owner of Sason Shop, a Bacolod-based furniture store. Ann explains that she wanted things that are comfortable, durable, elegant, and can easily be maintained. This is in line with the style of the rest of the structure designed by Manila-based architect Ricky Solatorio who found help with project manager Ed Hechanova and contractor Meb Builders.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez Angluben. Styling by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("The Sweet Life") in the May 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The house's facade is characterized by a modern architectural design on a green lawn.

Garden/Open Area

In the middle of the house is a free space for family gatherings or relaxation under the sun.


Located in the front of their house, the lanai is a spacious area with furniture pieces oriented toward the garden. Balinese-style chairs, a long dining table, and a daybed facing the warm sunshine fill the space. Adjustable brise soleil provides shade and shelter. From this spot, one can appreciate the Zen garden complete with flourishing topiaries and bamboo swaying in the breeze.


Upon entering the door, one will be welcomed with a very spacious ground floor, decorated only with black Asian pieces and three oval lights hanging from the ceiling.


The living area is furnished with a mocha-colored sofa, a pair of armchairs, and a solid wood table atop a sisal rug. An Ivan Acuna painting and fresh flowers add pops of color to the space.


Even a “modern” area like the TV room has a tropical resort style complete with plush loungers and floor pillows facing the flat-screen television. An intricately carved wooden Mandala, a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the Universe, is placed on a wall niche for an Asian touch.


The kitchen can be accessed from the lanai so that Tonet and Ann can entertain their family and friends easily. The stainless steel appliances and fixtures are complemented by the wooden ceiling, cabinets, bar and bar stools.


A forged iron pendant lamp hangs over a square dining table surrounded by eight upholstered armchairs. Huge white windows allow light to fill the entire area, making the space seem bright and airy.

Informal Dining

Another six-seater wooden dining set is set up under a shade in front of the garden.

Informal Dining Detail

Beautiful details adorn the outdoor dining table.


Just like the other parts of the Bacolod haven, the master bedroom has a soothing appeal. The bed covered in soft brown and white pillows and sheets is paired with matching side tables topped with identical table lamps. At the foot of the bed, two benches with hidden compartments serve as seating and storage options.


In the guest room, a calming atmosphere is achieved through the same white and brown color scheme used for the rest of the house. For a sophisticated appeal, black shades are used on the tufted leather headboard and framed damask patterns above the bed. A table lamp with a bold red base provides contrast against the neutral palette.


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