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This Two-Storey Home Showcases A Mix of Traditional and Modern Filipino Pieces

See how the homeowners achieved a distinct aesthetic featuring Pinoy craftsmanship at its best

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Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba and Kamila Arianna Garcia Interior Designer: Nina Santamaria

Owners Heidi and Abdul have been living in Washington, D.C. for 15 years along with their children, Ananda, Shanti, and Jampa. Abdul's work as an economist involves mandatory home visits, a perk that the family maximizes. They get to come home to the Philippines every one and a half years, spend time with family and friends, and get to know the culture and their roots better. While these vacations are filled with fun memories, spending only a few weeks in the country simply isn't enough. “Iba yung bumibisita ka lang for a few weeks, parang observer ka lang,” shares Heidi.

As if the universe heard Heidi's musings, Abdul got an offer to work in the country for the next two to three years. To cut the long story short, the family is now settled in a two-storey home in an exclusive subdivision in Makati that they’re renting. With the help of interior designer Nina Santamaria, the owners and their kids were able to achieve the contemporary Filipino style of their home, mixing and matching traditional and modern pieces from the couple’s growing furniture and art collection.

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