For Ito and Tippi Ocampo, an off-the-rack renovation of their home would never have worked. When the couple got the house from Tippi’s grandmother, they went about fixing it with one underlying thought: to keep its vintage vibe. So most of what they did, really, was to clean, repair, and repaint. They kept the original brick structure and didn’t touch the house’s layout—even the light fixtures were retained.
Ito and Tippi, however, did some décor adjusting. From the White Plains segunda mano, they got a handsome coffee table. Although the dining area has modern touches—a white-black-gray-powder blue Bernie Pacquing painting and white plastic chairs—the chandelier hanging over the table maintains its old soul appeal. Each piece in the Ocampo home is carefully picked. Nothing is trivial, because they know that they’ve finally found the home that they’ll grow old in.
Original article by Ianne Evangelists. Styling by Rachelle Medina and Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.
Read the original article (“Second Wind”) in the October 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.
Before the main front door, a screened vestibule acts as an open-air foyer, for evening drinks or daytime lounging. Neither Ito nor Tippi wanted to buy full sets of furniture for their home. Instead, they had this short gray couch custom-made to fit the short wall in this vestibule. The red chair is from HMR, a second-hand dealership that’s a favorite of Ito’s.
The white chairs are actually reproductions of Verner Panton’s cantilevered stacking chair. The couple acquired them from a garage sale.
Dining Area Detail
Providing the perfect backdrop for the dining area is a Bernie Pacquing diptych, one that the artist—also a friend to the couple gave.
Dining Area Detail
The classic chandelier hanging over the dining table came with the house; cleaned and shined, it looks brand-new.
Even the framed photos in the Ocampo home are not the usual group shots of friends. Each of the photos on display has a story to tell.
The 1940s Americana artwork was given to Tippi by her friend back in college, artist Jet Melencio. The square tools are finds that they kept after clearing the house.
Yellow light shines from another vintage light fixture, this time right by the window.
Modern pieces pop around the house to give it a refreshingly fun atmosphere.
The mirror above the bed sits in a frame from an old painting by Anita Magsaysay-Ho of Ito’s mother, now too precious to be out of safekeeping. A beveled mirror hangs over the couple’s leather bed from Blims while vintage suitcases lay across the bed for storage.
For easy access, Tippi’s numerous bags hang from a vertical rack that stands across their bed.
Being a fashion designer, Tippi would need extra clothes racks for the dresses she designs.
The terrace set that came with the house went through some refurbishing: the table was fitted with beveled glass, the chairs got pillows, and everything was repainted.
Tippi and Ito Ocampo both work from home—Tippi is a fashion designer, Ito works in marketing. That’s why their home can’t help but reflect their personalities.