A Mediterranean-Inspired Family Home in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

After twenty years of living in Alabang, a married couple builds a two-storey rest house in Laguna

Photography: Marc Jao

Many couples dream about building their retirement home together. They look forward to creating a place that their children and grandchildren can come home to every weekend; a haven where they can enjoy peace, tranquility, and the quiet comfort of each other's company. 

After decades of raising four children, running a business, and saving their hard-earned money, this married couple finally have their own rest house in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The homeowners chose a Mediterranean style and filled the new home with antique furniture and decor.

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Although other homeowners prefer a modern contemporary style for their personal spaces, the owners of this two-storey house found this look to be too cold and difficult-to-maintain.

With this in mind, the homeowners decided to draw inspiration from Mediterranean design instead. The earth colors, organic shapes, and rustic furniture and accessories helped them create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Indian Door

Since the homeowners wanted a unique home, they could not settle for a plain and simple door. Thankfully, they found this pair of antique doors with wrought iron details that give guests a better idea of what they can see inside.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a wooden love seat and a pair of sofas with white slipcovers. In the middle of the space is a wooden coffee table topped with a coffee table book and a few magazines. 

Powder Room

A few steps away from the living area is a hand-painted door of the interesting powder room. We love the blue walls and the sewing table used as a bathroom pedestal!

Entertainment Area

Since the couple's children and grandchildren often spend weekends in this house, they needed the perfect place to watch movies and TV series together.

To make the entertainment area even more comfortable, the homeowners picked out a white ottoman and a wooden daybed adorned with different pillows.

Powder Room

Another way to improve the entertainment area was to set aside enough space for a powder room! Having more powder rooms comes in handy when there are visiting friends and relatives in the home.


How can you create a charming kitchen? Follow the lead of these homeowners and choose wooden beams, yellow walls, and wooden cabinets and stools. You can also personalize the kitchen island with a panel of red bricks.

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with a wooden dining table surrounded by eight dining chairs. On one side of the room is a wall mirror hanging above a buffet table.


The lanai is the perfect addition to this family home! We were in awe of the impressive look of the arches and the columns. These grand details are complemented with a white sofa and a wooden daybed. The homeowner made the coffee table and side table in this area. For orders, you can visit his website at

Daughter's Bedroom

The soft neutral shades, brick details on the walls, and the sturdy wooden furniture make the daughter's bedroom feel extra special. 

Daughter's Bathroom

There are no dull or boring bathrooms in this house! Each private space, including the one in the daughter's bedroom, is carefully-planned and painstakingly-decorated. All of the tiles in the bathrooms (and the kitchen!) can be purchased at The Tile Room

Master Bedroom

The homeowners can enjoy a good night's sleep in the master bedroom! A part of the space has been turned into a home office.

Master Bathroom

Surprisingly enough, the master bathroom has five specific parts: a shower area, a water closet area, a long bathroom counter with his-and-hers sinks, a shared closet for the couple, and a private corner for the wife to be able to do her hair and makeup.


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