A Collection of Art Pieces and Flea Market Finds in a Suburban Home

The home’s neutral palette and open layout serve as the perfect backdrop for dark wood and Asian decor

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Theatre actor and events management firm owner Ricky Ibe rented a small house in Marikina for 10 years until he decided to move to his current Cainta home. His primary reason for making the move was the need for more space, not only for himself and his two dogs, but more importantly, to hold office for his business.

Armed with interior design books and magazines, and his pool of stock knowledge culled from hours of watching Lifestyle Channel home decorating shows, Ricky ventured into creating a home that was inspiring and reflective of his creative nature.

His home showcases a collection of mall and flea market finds that he displayed alongside Buddha figurines, tribal masks, and art pieces by up and coming young local artists. Dark wood furniture dominates his home, carefully balanced by splashes of limes, reds, and oranges for warmth and earthiness. And not surprisingly, Ricky tapped into his own well of creativity and designed almost all the lamps in his home. One particular piece that he is proud of is the capiz chandelier in his living area that utilized his Pampangueno roots. The result is a stunning piece of work that takes center stage in his home.

Ricky’s home is proof that one’s home is a true reflection of its homeowner’s personality. His home is interesting mélange of his talents and interests, culminating in an inspired space that is not only comfortable to live in but most importantly, invigorating for his professional endeavors.

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Living Area

Ricky chose dark, heavy wood for his furniture, which he paired with neutral walls and oatmeal-colored couches.

Living Area Detail

The solihiya loveseat provides seating without adding bulk to the other heavy furniture. 

Living Area Detail

To soften the look further, he added a woven sisal rug to create a sense of division between the living and dining areas.

Ceiling Detail

 The two large, nude paintings in the living room are made by young local artists while the capiz chandelier was designed by the homeowner from capiz pieces found in Dau. 


Nudes and still life line up the hallway while sculptures stand on pedestals of varying heights.

Dining Area

The house’s open layout makes the space seem larger. Instead of walls dividing each area, Ricky opted to “divide” the space into sections by using different materials throughout each area. While heavy wood is used throughout the home, the living area has soft, light colored couches and the dining area has a wood solihiya dining set. The Buddha statue is used as a lamp base – another nifty way to display a collection into a functional piece.


The bedroom’s centerpiece is a beautifully carved large heavy wooden bed. Lime green and orange pillows and bed linens contrast the room’s dark furniture. Off to the side is a well-designed closet for Ricky’s pairs or shoes.

Extra Bedroom

In this room, the neutral scheme and subdued accessories allow the art pieces to shine.


Ricky decided to a bigger home because he liked to entertain friends during the holidays and his birthday. The lanai is an ideal spot for entertaining, with the landscaped perimeter garden creating a laidback nook with a touch of nature.

Lanai Detail

Make a large, empty blank wall more interesting by hanging up some of your precious collections. Ricky’s mask collection – gifts from friends and travel finds – fills up this wall in his lanai.


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