A Mediterranean Style Home with a Vintage Vibe

The Porcuna home stands out as it perfectly combines a Mediterranean style and a cozy atmosphere

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Joel Selga of Selga Konstract

With Mediterranean-style houses being constructed left and right, it would be difficult to find one that’s distinctive. The Porcuna Home definitely fits the bill as their home is unlike any other. The family wanted a house that had the classic Mediterranean characteristics—stucco walls, a tiled roof, brick inlay, terracotta floors, and everything washed in beige. At the same time, they also envisioned a cozy home that’s unpretentious – qualities that these brick houses aren’t usually described with.

To marry these two concepts, the family turned to architect Joel Selga of Selga Konstract. The home was built to look like an old house with Mediterranean style highlighted by weathered doors and moss-grown walls. Guests are welcomed with interesting stepping stones that lead up to the patina-green front door. Inside the house, wide-open sliding doors let the breeze through. There are no walls separating the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Outside, the garden boasts of rosemary, basil, tarragon, and other herbs.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

 Read the original article (“More than Med”) in the May 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The front door—and the path leading to it—sets all design expectations for the rest of the house: it will be charming, bright, airy, and will remind you of a Tuscan villa.

Terracotta Detail

The terracotta tiles nicely set off the neutral-colored high-backed chairs. Decorative bottles on the shelves add a punch of color.

Dining Area

Long wooden benches instead of individual dining chairs let the Porcunas squeeze in as many guests as they want to during special occasions.


The huge center island in the kitchen was made for constant use—after all, one of the Porcuna daughters, Melanie, is a food stylist.


A staircase awash with sunlight greets guests as they come through the green weathered front door.

Staircase Detail

A chandelier adds a touch of sophistication to the staircase, over which a strategically placed window gives a view of the garden. Catching one's attention is the wooden wall accent opposite the chandelier.

Master Bedroom

Warm wood flooring, a wrought-iron bed, and a vintage-looking décor piece that sits bedside cabinet add a charming touch to the master bedroom.

Vintage Appeal

Details such as these old-fashioned ceramic wash basin and pitcher perfectly display the old-school charm of the home.


A table displays different antique kerosene lamps.

A Touch of Green

The perfect spot to read in the house is by a wide open window that ushers in lots of natural light.


Marble, wood, and cement keep this part of the house simple yet elegant.

Bathroom Detail

A potted plant balances out the vibe of the room that's dominated by marble and wood.


Huge plants take the spotlight at the back of the house.

Garden Detail

Lanterns in different—but complementing—designs dot the outdoors, all ready for al fresco dinner parties.

Wooden benches

Who can resist sitting on one of the wooden benches that pepper the Porcunas’ garden?


Pretty and versatile, potted flowering plants line the way back up into the house.


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