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Offbeat Novelties Come Together in this Creative Couple’s Townhouse

Dondi and Esmi Limgenco have managed to build a creative space despite their polar opposite tastes

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Original Article: Paula Bianca Abiog Photography: At Maculangan Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

While Esmi prefers her space clean and streamlined, Dondi – who collects anything odd and unsual, has always been drawn to creative knick-knacks and visual arts. Given this, it comes as no surprise that their townhouse has gone through a series of motifs over the years.

From buying pieces from garage sales to having an IKEA phase, their home was filled with plastic furniture-tables, monobloc chairs, and metal and glass pieces. These days, the couple’s home fixtures and furnishings are going back to basics: wood. “I'm moving towards more natural materials. I guess because everyone is moving towards organic, so the furnishings have also moved toward that," Dondi says.

A townhouse doesn’t offer much space, so keeping clutter at bay is always a challenge—particularly for Esmi. Her advice? “Edit, edit, edit!" She continues,"A lot of our stuff is hidden away under the stairwell, which we converted into a bodega. Kapag nagsawa na, we just change the stuff up, and keep the rest in there. As you can see, Dondi likes visual references, and he collects everything and it's everywhere in the house. If his mantra is to reveal, mine is to conceal.”

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Original article by Paula Bianca Abiog. Pictorial direction by Coni Tejada. Photographed by At Maculangan.

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Read the original article (“Homework”) in the July 2010 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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