Old Romance and Contemporary Style in a Family Home

See how a design merger ties together classic and artful pieces into this lovely house

Original Article: Kat von Einsiedel Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon and Coni Tejada

Tanya Escaler, along with her mom and grandmother, succeeded in merging their individual styles and preferences into one lovely home that showcases each woman’s collections and passions.

The home exudes subtle elegance complemented by art pieces, home décor, and classic furnishings. Its cream-and-white motif was the perfect backdrop for sala sets of different styles, a love for fashion and style, and a talented artist whose work must be showcased.

The renovation of the house included putting up additional walls and panels adorned with simple floor and ceiling moldings that provided space to display a smorgasbord of paintings. Since each woman brought in her own set of home décor and furnishings gathered and collected for years – each with its own story and history, their home exudes an aura that is personal and intimate yet cozy and inviting. The Escaler abode was inspired by designer Bunny Soler of Design Masters, Tanya’s mother’s friend with whom she collaborated with to create the 27-year-old living room set. Tanya’s mother has no interior design background, yet she has designed several furniture pieces for their home, which were crafted by family friend Antonio Narciso of A.N. Workshop.

Original article by Kat von Einsiedel. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon and Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno. 

Read the original article (“Coming Together) in the May 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The Escaler home’s all-white motif is the perfect palette for displaying various artworks that the homeowners collect. The glass figurines, candelabra set, and lamp are delicate décor that add visual interest without making the room cluttered or overly styled.

Living Area Detail

Older than Tanya, these dolls are from her mother’s collection. They are seated on the oldest sofa in the house and are always arranged in the same way ever since.

Dining Area

There’s no hard and fast rule that your furniture should be all matchy-matchy. The cream and gold dining set complements the dark wood display cabinet with the help of pieces of Oriental-themed décor and the tasseled lantern-style light fixtures in muted cream. The glass-topped square table – the only item bought for the move – is from Restoration.

Artwork Display

Not all artworks must be hung. This narrow wall space becomes an exhibition area for two pieces of artwork in opposing sizes displayed in an interesting way with the use of a simple chair.


The staircase is commonly chosen as an area to display family portraits and photographs. In the Escaler home, Tanya’s favorite self-portraits are hung in gold frames that accentuate her Expressionist style.

Tanya's Bedroom

Tanya’s all-white room and furnishings are the perfect canvas to showcase her artistic personality and her favorite self-portraits. A half-body mannequin creates visual interest with the addition of a quirky stack of hats, while the aged-gold sleigh bed was designed by Tanya herself as a teenager.


White, cream, and gold are such classic, neutral hues that have a subtly elegant appeal. The dresser’s romantic feel is balanced out by the mirror’s more geometric frame.

Shelf Display

Create storage space and a display area in one with shelving such as this. Simply designed, this built-in square shelving is accentuated by classic-style molding that serves as lovely frame around Tanya’s mementos.

A Touch of Gold

Quirky futuristic meets kitschy traditional on this gold-leafed chest of drawers. The light switch plate gets a touch of whimsy with a glued on bindhi bought home from Tanya’s Bangkok trip.


Forget store bought clothes hangers. Make your own set of decorative wall hangers with some hooks, old book or newspaper pages, and some drill-and-screw skills. Personalize it further with specially selected pages from favorite old books that are no longer suitable for keeping.


Create an indoor/outdoor seating like the Escaler’s covered lanai by creating a green wall. The roofed-in pocket garden allows the family to entertain guests rain or shine.


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