A Beach-style House in the City

Bright colors, rustic furniture, and a stunning garden and pool create a resort-like appeal in this home.

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol

A home provides a personal sanctuary and welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, every person’s idea of a personal haven may be different. For the owners of a residence south of Metro Manila, their personal haven comes in the form of a sprawling resort-like house with open access to spacious outdoor areas boasting of lush greenery and a large pool.

The floor layout of the entire residence is instrumental in evoking the resort feel of the home. Designed by Costa del Sul owner Didier Kerveillant and his wife Veronique, the interior spaces have a certain brightness and openness unlike any home. The remarkable structure of the home is complemented by bold colors and unique furniture and décor in the interiors, thus creating a cheery and vibrant atmosphere throughout the house.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Casa del Cool") in the June 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


A Balinese door serves as the entrance gate to the home and provides a warm welcome for guests. Verdant shrubs and flowering plants in the lush garden instantly transport guests to a relaxing retreat.

Living Area

The living area employs large furniture in darker hues offset by light blue and green cushions and throw pillows. A pair of rattan armchairs helps evoke the resort vibe. Flushed against the wall, bookcases are filled with books and decorative items.

Living Area

Another living area is bathed in natural light because of the two glass sliding doors that open to pool area.

Living Area Detail

On one side of the living room, a unique vignette makes for an interesting design feature. Anchored by a blue and green wall der, the makeshift console table is made with three large hand-painted jars with a glass top.

Living Area Detail

A set of unique lanterns sourced from all over the world adorn a portion of the living area.

Pastel-colored Chairs

Pastel-colored low chairs adds to the rustic appeal of the home.

Seating Area

In this classy and sophisticated seating area, the resort feel is reflected in the open-back loveseats with woven seats and round poufs.

Dining Area

The dining area's airy ambiance is emphasized by the vaulted ceiling with light-colored wood, the generously wide windows and the white walls. These elements provide the perfect backdrop for the vibrant striped tablecloth for the 10-seater dining set.

Dining Area Detail

A white vintage cabinet filled with colorful jars and bottles and topped with vintage bird cages and other details makes for an interesting backdrop. Three drawings of different cityscapes are also mounted on the wall.


A glass door leading to the pool provides a cool, tropical vibe to the spacious dining room.

French Bedroom

One bedroom in the home has a more serene and romantic vibe. The focal point of the bedroom is a dainty mural bearing the residents' initials. Patterned bed linens keep to the feminine theme, while woven baskets provide texture and practical storage functions by the bedside tables.


In this bedroom, the main color is the aqua blue used on one whole stretch of wall space, while other hues are distributed evenly with green lighting fixtures and deep lilac bed. Multi-colored ribbon curtains tie all the different colors together.

Bedroom Detail

A flower mural behind the bed adds a feminine touch to the bold-colored space.


For the lanai, they chose bright blue seats with tangerine cushions and pillows from Costa del Sul.


Flowers and plants adorn the poolside perimeter. An elevated cabana with a pitched roof provides a comfortable perch.


A trio of monkey statues depicting the popular quote, "Speak no evil. Hear no evil. See no evil," grace the poolside.


Poolside loungers also come in the bright blue color and made comfortably stylish with striped cushions.


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