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A Country Home filled with Blues, Whites, and Affordable Finds

Garage sale pieces and secondhand store finds can add a dash of rustic whimsy to any home

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Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada

The classic country look can be perfect for any family home. Wooden furniture and sweet details can make a space seem warm, cozy and comfortable.

In Nenet and Butch Nolasco's home, the space becomes even more special because of the affordable antiques. The couple found pieces from a Rustan's Department Store sale in the 1980s, a junk shop, a neighbor's pile of old furniture, and even a carinderia.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Coni Tejada. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Something Old, Something Blue”) in the June 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at  https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

Foyer

The foyer keeps itself light yet busy with mismatched furniture. Different kinds of wood can be grouped together to produce ordered, almost formal, arrangements. Whimsy details, such as contrasting pillows and colored glass objects belie the theme of kitsch found elsewhere.

Den

Since the home requires resting areas for visiting elders, a second day bed features prominently in the den. While some design snubs might raise a brow, this was the homeowner's practical solution for guests who could not climb stairs. Two daybeds were perfect for two grandparents who sleep over occasionally.

Console table

A limited budget can teach homemakers how to be creative and resourceful. An etched mirror and the console table underneath were sourced from secondhand stores and garage sales for a song. Refurbishing the pieces was simple. All they needed was a little dusting.

Living

A wooden bed converted into a daybed provides respite from the dinner table. Comfortable seating allows guests to relax after a heavy meal. Sconces on either end of the daybed add eclectic charm, while the deep blue walls complement dark wood furniture.

Dining

A rustic table and five batibot chairs are lit by a capiz chandelier. Blue-and white plates and matching wooden angels form a balanced composition on an entryway leading to other parts of the house.

Living

Beside the daybed, an open wooden cabinet displays vases and other trinkets. The cabinet's mirrored door was removed on purpose and used for a room upstairs. Meanwhile, synthetic and natural shrubbery give visual clues to the garden nearby.

Kitchen

Great tasting meals are a joy when prepared in a fully-stocked kitchen that reflects the earthiness of home. The look was accomplished by pasting quaint wallpaper ceiling borders on royal blue walls. Such a color scheme complements the varnish of wooden cabinets.

Wall Hook

Aside from its lively color palette, the house and its kitchen owes much of their personality to cheeky details such as this towel holder in the form of a pig. Visiting quaint shops can open the eyes to the potential of quirky finds.

Chalkboard

Stamping one's personality in a space is a hallmark of creativity. Whimsical touches in the dining room include this carved chalkboard with pan for chalk stick and eraser. Look to unlikely sources like junk shops and thrift stores for similar finds.

Garden

While the house allows the outdoors in, the garden brings the indoors out. A lounge chair provides a place to sit and enjoy afternoon idylls.

Library

A family of bookworms deserve a space for their reads. This compact library, located in the main bedroom, was accomplished with the help of a carpenter. Since natural lighting was minimal, white paint was used.

Pink bedroom

This pink room was reserved for the homeowner's house help. Shabby chic can be accomplished through looking for junk shop finds such as a metal bed hand-painted with flowers.

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