A Colorful Marriage of Old and New in a Two-Storey Home

A mix of colors and a selection of antiques come together in this modern Filipino-inspired house

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba

Before Jonah and Alma Aldip started constructing their home, they decided to have their own sacred spaces: for him, the den, for her, the walk-in closet. Their entire two-storey home became a reflection of the fun-loving couple and their two sons, Storm and Dash.

The front door is only a first peek into the homeowners’ vibrant personalities. Inside, is a mix of color and generations. The foyer highlights a honeydew wall with colorful artwork by gifted child painter Hamzah Marbella. Another piece, a brass ballerina sculpture by Ferdinand Cacnio, stands on the antique console table among other curios.

Only open living and dining areas can accommodate the Aldips penchant for entertaining. During the Christmas season, the lanai accommodates even more friends and family. Jonah designed the flooring using plain cement and driftwood, with colorful Machuka tiles as accent.

The same theme extends to the second floor, inasmuch as the adult space of the master bedroom is concerned, at least. Their sons’ bedrooms reflect their playful personalities as well: Storm’s room has a basketball theme, Dash’s, airplanes and rocket ships.

Interior designer Nina Santamaria served to reign in the variety. “It wasn’t hard to put personality in their home because it already showed. There are bright colors, a taste for anything Filipino, Spanish, and Balinese designs. If you combine these styles, they use a lot of wood and warm tones perfect against colorful walls. It was just a matter of striking the right balance,” says Nina.

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The blue front door is noticeable, inviting, and makes a great conversation starter.


At the foyer, primary colors liven up the space, with a painting by child artist Hamzah Marbella and complementing lamps.

Living Area

Primary colors reign supreme in the living room’s mix of old and modern furniture pieces and light fixtures.

Living Area Detail

The clean lines of the wooden sofa and coffee table sit side by side with the whimsical pattern of the white wire frame stools.

Dining Area

Primary colors on the walls and adorning each chair make the dining room area pop while the ceiling trellis and fans ground the room with earth tones.

Dining Area Detail

The glass-and-wicker-encased display cabinet and grilled window mirror the simplicity of the cement-and-driftwood flooring accented with Machuka tiles.

Decor Detail

An antique flat iron finds new life at the bottom of a lamp—a real marriage of old and new.

Decor Detail

Reflecting the couple’s love for entertaining is this fun fish-and-fruit themed dish set.


Sun-kissed walls enliven the staircase and the framed illustrations ensure that the walk up or down is never boring.

Master Bedroom

The hardwood floors and capiz doors give the bedroom an old world feel, while the metal-framed cozy bed remind its dwellers that it’s the 21st century.

Kiddie Bedroom

Colorful yet clean is how the boy’s room is laid out, with shelves lining one side and a closet on the other.


Gorgeous color on the Moorish tiles is mirrored in the pillow designs; the rest of the room accents echo the theme.

Lanai Detail

Though the design on the Machuka tiles is different from that on the wooden bench, similarities in shape and tone make them reverberate.

Design Detail

The intricate design and color on the window frame reflect the Aldips’ love for color and antiquity.


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