A 1980s Family Home Gets an Update

Heirloom pieces and happy memories make up this 240qm home

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Issa Villar and Paula de Guzman

Stepping into the Antonios’ home feels like being invited to plunk down on the most comfortable spot in the living area and put your feet up. For a house built in the 80s with furniture that’s older than the homeowners, it’s pretty bright and airy.

Couple Chuchay and Ian Antonio’s 240sqm home sits in a compound occupied by two other houses where two of her siblings live. The couple, along with their kids, used to consider the entryway and the whole of the second floor their own space. Chuchay’s mom, former Pasig City vice mayor Lorna Bernardo, used a part of the ground floor as her home office. A year after her January 2013 passing, the couple decided to renovate the house.

“We were working on a budget, so gusto lang namin talaga paint lang,” explains Ian about the renovation. But they eventually ended up breaking down some walls in the living area. As a result, the house became more spacious. The renovation only took a month since the couple didn’t do anything major—they kept the house’s original layout and salvaged most of the furniture from the house that Chuchay grew up in. Despite the renovation, both the tangible pieces and the happy family memories remain intact in this house.

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The homeowners were able to keep the house airy despite the number of heirloom pieces by keeping a neutral palette, like this standalone drawer that mirrors the door’s colors.

Living Area

The retro pierced wooden divider behind the TV is another salvaged piece from the old house, while the coffee table is from the former office of Chuchay’s mom at the Pasig City Hall.

Living Area Detail

This piano is just one of the many salvaged pieces from their old home. It’s positioned near the entryway, which leads to the family’s living area. Above it is a photo of the owners with their kids.

Living Area Detail

The living area has two gallinera-style solihiya settees, also from the old house, to provide plenty seating for guests.

Living Area Detail

The couple updated this gallinera-style settee with wood inlay by adding faux leather cushions. Beside it is an old side table also from the old house. 

Living Area Detail

“Nakatambak lang ‘yan sa bodega, tapos nung nag-aayos na kami, nakita ko. Sabi ko, ‘Ian, tignan mo ‘to,  baka pwede!” narrates Chuchay. The old wing chair did catch Ian’s attention, who initially wanted it reupholstered, but eventually decided to keep its original leather upholstery. The framed piece behind it is a fabric panel, a purchase from Chuchay’s trip to Thailand.  

Dining Area

This area is the family’s favorite spot. Not only do they eat their meals here, Ian shares that their three kids lounge around this wooden table while fiddling with their gadgets, too. At the corner is another piano that has been with Chuchay’s family even before they were born.


“Ganyang ganyan na siya, paint lang ang binago,” says Ian, who shares that they intended for a bigger renovation. But because of budget constraints, the couple decided to forego the plan and just repaint the cupboards, extend the breakfast nook, and install a mosaic backsplash.

Unused Kitchen

There used to be a wall separating the Antonios’ dining and living areas, but the couple decided to break down the concrete dividers during renovation. Although this kitchen is unused, a small dining area is setup beside it, furnished with a re-varnished old chair and two pinewood benches.

Kitchen Detail

On the pantry door is an artwork owned by Chuchay’s older sister. The kitchen trolley, which keeps the kitchen stuff in order, is a purchase from a warehouse.

Decor Detail

A series of photos by Chuchay’s sister, Jeng Cabrera, is lined up in the family’s dining room floor. She took the photos in the U.S. when she accidentally got lost on her way home. 

Kitchen Detail

One side of the kitchen cabinet works as an extra storage and holds the smaller kitchen tools.

Decor Detail

Hanging glass ornaments decorate the family’s makopa tree. 

Decor Detail

A faux beehive also adds a playful touch to the makopa tree. 

Decor Detail

Chuchay was influenced by her youngest sister, Jeng Cabrera (owner and designer of Sucker for Succulents PH), and got into the hobby of growing succulents, which is why the house has small pots of greens, like these two on the breakfast area.


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