A 1960s-style Building turned into a Stylish Rest House

Mid-century modern furniture and vintage pieces leave a lasting impression in this Antipolo vacation home.

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Toto Labrador Interior Designer: Wilmer Lopez of WLopez Designs

A rest house should always make one feel relaxed and comfortable. However, when interior designer Wilmer Lopez and Thor Balanon moved into their Antipolo weekend home in 2001, the 1960s-style place was too dark and cramped. The gloomy color palette made the already limited area look even smaller – far from the ideal of a bright, airy and spacious sanctuary. To transform the space, the couple decided that a total makeover was necessary.

In the four months that it took to complete the renovation, the couple visited the property three times a week to oversee the construction. The small windows were replaced with large ones that would let the sunlight in and provide cross-ventilation for the entire house. To make the space appear bigger than it really is and to emphasize the 1960s charm of the structure, they also decided to gut out the ceiling and add trusses, as well as a storage loft. They opted for a muted neutral color palette and mid-century modern furniture pieces made from bleached wood. An antique gramophone, old radios, World War II-themed soldier dolls, and framed retro posters lend a vintage feel to the structure.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Photographed by Toto Labrador.

Read the original article ("Weekend Warriors") in the April 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Room

In the living room, the main wall is adorned with framed black and white prints from Hanoi. The Scandinavian floral chair and Hans Wegner wishbone chair were both imported from Denmark, while the Verner Panton floor lamp was a purchase from Karma in Cubao Expo.

Living Room Detail

The narra coffee table in the center of the space was bought from a man pushing a kariton in New Manila, Quezon City. It was bleached to fit the theme of the home and it is now topped with steel candle holders from Sweden and tall candlesticks from Dapitan Arcade in Quezon City. Another wall is decorated with Mao Zedong posters from Beijing.

Dining Room

The dining room has clear glass sliding doors that provide an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The natural look is reflected in the olive green curtains and the wooden furniture, including the dining table, spindle chairs, and chair with woven detail. The heat-resistant granite tray in the middle of the dining table allows Wilmer and Thor to enjoy dishes straight from pots or pans. A huge wall mirror makes the area look airy and spacious.


The same Scandinavian-style color theme is employed in the kitchen, from the white tiles and bar counter to the bleached wood cabinets and bar stools. The kitchen overhead cabinet doors open upwards, and the translucent glass makes it easier to see what's inside. A Fernando Zobel piece is displayed atop the cabinets.

Toy Story

Vintage transistor radios and toy soldiers are grouped together for a playful look.


A framed portrait of a Chinese woman is an unexpected quirky touch in the den and entertainment area.

Record Player

An old record player adds to the retro feel of the Antipolo house.

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, the birds in trees pattern on the accent wall is reminiscent of classic Chinese design but it is updated by the black and white colors. The wall is adorned with a vintage poster of a Hong Kong actress in a neon green frame. On one side of the bed is a Holiday Chair by Space Encounters.


The bathroom looks bigger because of an oversized horizontal sliding window. Choosing an all-white palette also opens up the space. Old railroad tracks or traviesa were used to make the wooden bathroom counter.

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