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Vintage Pieces and Wall Accents Liven Up Old Family Home

This house filled with antiques and lush greens showcases a rich family history

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Original Article: Ianne Evangelista Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

In our ever-increasing shift to living independently in the city by way of condos, rarely do we find homes still full of family history. This humble abode has a story for the books. When Diane married Danny, they moved in to Danny’s family home, then a split-level mid-century house in Pasig. They stayed at the ground floor while their in-laws lived upstairs. When they started their own family, they moved to the second floor to have more room for their growing brood. Now that their children have children of their own, Dianne and Danny are back downstairs—this time with their own separate living area, complete with a dining room, living room, and kitchen, while their children and grandchildren live upstairs!

Recently, their humble abode underwent a three month renovation. Changes were tackled one room, one area at a time due to budget constraints—now, their home is lovelier than ever. The space is vibrant and full of color, as well as rich with history—from a matching curtain and plate set found from two different parts of the country, a blooming lanai and garden nurtured after Diane’s career in the corporate world, a wooden chandelier from Diane’s mother-in-law, Amorsolo sketches, her own father’s vintage furniture, and much more. This home is a testament of patience, hard work, and history—that in our world of having things instantly, it still pays off to focus on one room at a time, that history and feelings abound even in simple everyday items.

Read the original article (“Full Circle”) in the June 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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