A Black-and-White Three-Storey Townhouse in Baguio City

A doctor and art director couple chose a minimalist design style, monochromatic color scheme, and Filipino art pieces for their home together

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

You would think that a doctor and art director may have very little in common, but that is not necessarily true! In fact, couple Felina and Norman Adefuin (a doctor and art director, respectively) both wanted a minimalist look, a black-and-white color scheme, and artworks by Filipino artists for their rented three-storey townhouse.

Read the original article ("On Neutral Ground") in the December 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

Since the house faces the east, where the sun rises, the living area is filled with beautiful light in the morning. The light streaming in through the windows make the space feel even more special.

The living area is furnished with a black-and-white divider and simple white seats placed on an area rug.

Cast Iron Tea Kettle

The living area is also decorated with a cast iron tea kettle purchased at a thrift store in Japan!

Dining Area

Do you want to buy a furniture piece at a more affordable price? You can consider purchasing a display unit or the piece that is on display in the store! These display units are sometimes sold at discounted prices because they are in less-than-perfect shape. 

In this particular case, Felina and Norman got a display unit of a six-seater dining table originally priced at P60,000 for only P12,000


The kitchen looks especially clean, streamlined, and organized because of the black-and-white shades and the drawers and cabinets with no handles.


The second floor hallway is lined with the artworks of Ben Cab, Malang, Juvenal Sanso, Froilan Calayag, and Rovi Salegumba.

Master Bedroom

There is another discounted display unit in the master bedroom! Norman spotted this bamboo shag area rug in Singapore when he was still a student, but he could not afford it at the time. When he finally saved enough to purchase it, it was no longer available. Thankfully, the manager of the store agreed to sell an old piece at a more affordable price! 

Master Bedroom

Felina explains that the bed linens in the master bedroom were also purchased at a discounted price. She admits that she prefers to buy furniture and furnishings when they are on sale.

Home Office

Since Norman's home office has a slanted ceiling, it was difficult to make the most of the vertical space in the room. Thankfully, he found the perfect choice for the oddly-shaped area: stackable wire racks from Ace Hardware!

Elvis Figurine

The home office is also used to store and display Norman's cherished toy collection. This is a figurine of the King of Rock and Roll.

Dragon Figurine

Here is another piece that can be found in the home office on the third floor. The dragon figurine has rich colors and intricate details. 

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is furnished with a reproduction Harry Bertoia chair topped with a white throw and white pillow.

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is also filled with some of Felina's favorite paintings, including a black-and-white series of nude women by Lydia Velasco.


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