A Family Home Uniquely Blends Asian Simplicity with Western Elegance
Exceptional choices and luxurious taste created this elegant 400sqm two-storey “Amerasian” home
Merging two different styles can be risky business. But for architect Roland Andres, it was the perfect opportunity to give the Raymundo family the sophisticated living space they had always wanted. His goal was to strike a balance between the contemporary edge of Asian design and the luxurious side of American aesthetics. Even the children got in on the project, voicing out what they wanted for their rooms and giving the home a hint of color and funk.
Before construction, the focus was on structure. Natural light was let into the house through the right angles to emphasize the textures of the interiors. Generous amounts of space were considered for family gatherings and playtime. Bold accessories made of glass or chrome were placed on table tops and warm, complex-designed light fixtures were hung above them. Pieces from Furnitalia refined the space while the high ceiling complemented the overall modern vibe of the home. Architect Roland’s artistry shows that it takes risks to create a masterpiece.
Original Text by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.
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Tonette and Chino made sure to involve their kids in the design process of their home. The high ceiling in the living area was a suggestion given by their son—an idea gotten from their love of free-flowing, open spaces. The area houses Tonette’s favorite piece: a gray sofa from Furnitalia.
The house follows a neutral color palette but the family injected color in simple ways like in a pair of green chairs in the living area.
The high ceiling gave the couple an opportunity to have tall, floor-to-ceiling windows—allowing natural light to enter the home.
The dining area houses an 8-seater dining set for the family of seven.
The space offers a picturesque view of the outside garden thanks to large sliding doors that also allow guests to flow in and out of the house with ease.
Tonette and Chino contacted SieMatic to furbish their kitchen with high-end equipment and modular cabinetry—inspired by their built-in displays. The kitchen is a definite shocker compared to the home's other rooms, as it's built in a striking fire engine red.
A glass-topped bar in the kitchen is the family’s 'landing area' where the incoming mail, bills, and other knickknacks are found.
A hidden staircase leads to the den that doubles as the family’s entertainment area and guest room. On regular days, the room is used as a study area for the kids and a TV room for the entire family.
The couple’s bedroom takes on a calm atmosphere—perfect for a relaxing night’s sleep. And to prevent either of them from lounging in bed watching TV, a recessed TV area was built in with an added sofa.
Tonette and Chino gave their kids the opportunity to personalize their own bedrooms. The couple’s 15-year-old daughter Inna chose her four-poster bed from Rustan’s and her purple two-seater sofa from Furnitalia.
The master bathroom depicts a luxurious and serene Asian bathhouse, complete with dramatic lighting and an inviting tub.
The 400sqm property is surrounded by lush greenery, a factor the architect made sure to include. Not only does this give life to the home but it also prevents the structure from looking flat.
The family can relax outdoors with a trickling waterfall within earshot.
Asian-style outdoor furniture is the best for a house of this type. The pieces suit the theme - working well with the house's overall relaxing vibe.