Quirky style transforms a Three-Storey Home in Taguig

A creative couple expresses themselves through their house filled with art and toy collections.

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol

Your home should be a reflection of your personality and interests, as in the case of this eclectic modern contemporary house owned by Kat and Joel Limchoc. Their extensive experience in advertising has not only influenced their style, it also made them comfortable to conceptualize and execute their ideal design: a clean minimalist space filled with their art and toy collections.

Instead of being left in storage to gather dust, their favorite prints and paintings adorn the walls while designer vinyl toys liven up rooms that are predominantly in white. The pair has even created a few pieces themselves, including a Kat’s funny family portrait and a quirky War-and-Peace-themed clock designed by Joel.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Art and Copy") in the July 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


Joel initially wanted the entire living area to be in monochrome black and white but Kat decided to change things up with mismatched pillows from Bleach Catastrophe and a red Shepherd Ferry pillow. The bold color can also be seen on the reproduction Ball Chair and a Kate Moss print by Kaws on the wall.


The living and dining areas can be found in the same space.


The dining table is a refinished door painted white that they found in Tagaytay. It is surrounded by a vintage cinema seat, a white Tulip chair, a Louis Ghost chair, and a Fabio Novembre "Her" chair in black. Aside from being in line with the whimsical style of the home, using different chairs in the dining area also creates an eye-catching display.


Just like the other parts of this home, the kitchen is clean, sparse, and immaculately white with a pop of bright color. In this space, the pop is in the form of a bright red-orange backsplash that runs through the perimeter of the open plan space.


An inflatable Stripey is placed on one of the steps of the staircase.


Kat and Joel started collecting toys on their honeymoon in 2007, starting with robots before moving on to designer toys. Their favorite pieces are now on display in cabinets lining the wall of their den. The den is furnished with an orange sofa topped with plain black pillows and a modern “Jose Rizal” pillow from Team Manila, as well as a barbed wire stool and black and white floor pillows resting on a black shag rug.


The wall near the stairs is adorned with a framed Banksy print of Kate Moss as Marilyn Monroe.


One corner of the den is now used as a home office for Kat and Joel. A slim white work desk is paired with a foldable white chair. Framed artwork and a red lamp adds color to the neutral-dominated space.


Just like the rest of the house, Ate Zoe's room is colorful. The walls are painted with bright rainbow stripes.


In Liv's room, toys are kept on the red, yellow and green L-I-V shelves on the wall or in clear boxes placed alongside books in whitewashed shelves.


One of the most interesting things in Liv's room is a framed piece that shows cartoon monsters behind bars. Kat bought it for only P2,500 at Art in the Park from the student that made it.


The white walls of the master bedroom are complemented with a red fully-upholstered tufted headboard for the bed. Beside the bed is a black table lamp with a crystal base atop the black bedside table.


A bookshelf leans against one corner of the bedroom wall. Beside it is a red fully-upholstered chair with curved white legs.


In the bedroom is a vintage trunk that once belonged to Kat's grandfather who was Chief Justice of the Philippines. Kat explains that this was the trunk that he used when he became part of the international war tribunal of the United Nations. The trunk is now topped with a Jesus-themed art piece by artist Farley del Rosario.


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