A Colorful and Eclectic Two-Storey Home in Antipolo

Design consultant Grace Moslares opted for old furniture, Pinoy pieces, and unique touches for her personal space

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Paula de Guzman and Issa Villar Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

What's so great about moving into a smaller home? A tinier property can be less expensive to buy or rent and less expensive to furnish, decorate, or simply maintain. Secondly, a smaller home can provide you with the perfect opportunity to focus only on the pieces that you love —just ask design consultant Grace Moslares!

Grace recently moved into a new home in Antipolo, one that's only a third of the size of her old house. Aside from being a more practical choice for her and her family, this two-storey property also gave her the coveted chance to highlight her parents' antique furniture, her beloved Filipino pieces, and her favorite quirky colors, materials, and details

Read the original article ("House on a Hill") in the March 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Narra Mirror and Console Table

When you move into a smaller home, you can finally let go of things that you no longer need simply because you don't have enough room! Owning fewer things will allow you to better celebrate the pieces that really matter to you.

For Grace, she was excited to display her parents' antique furniture, including this mirror and console table. The traditional carved furniture is complemented by an unconventional color: a vibrant red

Floral Pattern

The floral details on the table surface were hand-decoupaged by interior decorator (and former Real Living creative director) Gwyn Guanzon

Dining Area

Take a closer look at the large paintings on one of the walls! Instead of using nails, screws, and hooks, Grace chose nylon string for the framed artwork by Popo San Pascual, Mai Ongkiko, and even by Grace herself.

The dining area is furnished with the six-seater dining table with solihiya chairs from Grace's mom. There is also a black-and-white chandelier from A&S Lamps, CW Home Depot, Ortigas.

Dining Area Detail

The dining area wall is decorated with artwork by Grace's son Paolo. He worked with Grace's best friend Mai Ongkiko and used various materials like silk-screen and poster color. 

Electrical Outlet

The dining area walls are covered with plain white tiles that are unique and easy-to-clean! These white tiles are complemented with electrical outlet covers spraypainted a bright cobalt blue.

Living Area

Grace explains that she renovated the property to create a smaller living area and a bigger dining area.

The now-smaller space is filled with a combination of traditional and modern furniture pieces. The two wooden chairs by Antipolo-based furniture designer Benji Reyes are placed alongside more conventional items.

Breakfast Nook

The breakfast nook is completed with bargain finds from an antique shop in Marikina, including the pink chairs and the platera and aparador used as a kitchen cabinet

Wrought Iron Handles

The kitchen cabinets are defined by the customized wrought iron handles that were custom-made by a welder. 

Papag or Daybed

Near the entrance that leads to the breakfast nook is an invting and comfortable papag or daybed by Benji Reyes. It is the perfect spot for enjoying a good book or taking an afternoon nap.

Red Sliding Door

The red sliding door is more than an eye-catching addition to the family home! It also has sentimental value because it used to serve as the front door for Grace's old design shop

Mini Pool Area

For a refreshing and relaxing look, the concrete walls of the mini pool area have been painted white. These plain white walls serve as the ideal backdrop for the weathered wooden and wrought iron furniture

Wooden Armchair

You'd be surprised at what you can find at garage sales and thrift stores! The wooden armchairs were actually purchased at a garage sale in Marikina

Art from Cavite

Another lucky find at a surprising place? This art installation from a little-known store in Cavite! This minimalist piece spruces up a plain blank wall at the mini pool area


If there is one thing that you may have problems with in a smaller home, it may be the lack of storage solutions! For more ways to keep (and display) your belongings, you can also install box shelves in awkward nooks and crannies, even in a tiny bedroom.

To brighten up the predominantly white space, Grace chose yellow Panton chairs for the study and work area. 


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