A Mid-Century Townhouse With Pop Culture Influences

A hodgepodge of action figures, comic books, and movie memorabilia can be found in this exceptional home

Original Article: Marina A. Fernandez Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Found at the end of a modest city street is a simple home that offers a myriad surprises. While the layout is that of a typical mid-century structure with a long and narrow living area, this townhouse reveals a space that it is equal parts music studio, pop culture museum, and barkada hangout upon entering the gates. 

The one-of-a-kind home is owned by Joanne and Joel Bohol, daughter Gwen, and a pair of lovebirds named Sid and Nancy who all fondly call their home Tall House. When asked what their particular style is, Joanne calls it Tall Family style. "Obvious naman, di ba?” she says with a laugh. The moniker is appropriate, given the fact the Bohols are unusually tall for Filipinos: Joel is 6’2,” Joanne is 5’8-1/2,” and their teen daughter Gwen stands at 5’7.” Aside from the high ceilings, what truly sets this home apart from other compact homes is its mad clash of decor, patterns, and colors. 

Read the original article ("Tall House Tales") in the March 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Dining Area

It's safe to say that the Bohols' dining area is unlike any other—while most nooks for sharing meals are kept neutral, this one is saturated in color. The Chinese-style chairs painted in different hues were rescued from Joel's mother's house while the multicolored Windsor Chairs are treasured finds from Anna Banna Rustics.

Living Area

The living area mimics the dining area in terms of decor through the bright gallery wall. Special family photographs in frames of various styles are displayed above a Chesterfield sofa. “I get the frames from everywhere—from Landmark, Dimensione, Robinsons Department Store, and even AC+632, so I think it’s a good mix,” says Joanne. 


Although the bathroom decor is kept simple for the most part, they still wanted to give it a bit of personality to keep up with the rest of the home. A vintage mirror painted distressed white plus quirky hand towels from H&M Home add character to the small bath. 

Garden Detail

This home never runs out of surprises. Beyond the main living space, there is an eclectic garden filled with ornamental plants tucked into teacups and whiskey bottles. They also used an old sewing machine as a console table to display an interesting outdoor vignette. 

Lounge Area

To the right of the garden is the most-frequented spot in the home, an area the family likes to call The Backyard. Simply put, it is a large shed strewn with string lights, posters, and vintage props. The homeowners wanted their outdoor hangout to resemble a really cool pub that's why they decided to go for a rustic-industrial look. 

Pool Table

The Backyard is also fitted with a pool table, a drum set, and a fully stocked bar. "It started as a hangout with very few plants but when we found out that friends wanted to drop by and have a drink here, we started making it cozier. So if anyone has a birthday in the family, we hold it here," narrates Joanne. 

DIY Working Area

Aside from a pool table and bar, The Backyard also houses Joel’s DIY workshop where he designs furniture pieces they use at home. Joel gets his pinewood crates from a secondhand shop along Kalayaan Avenue in Quezon City. 

Vinyl Collections

Back inside the house, you'll find a spot specifically for playing music. The couple decided to visually separate the dining and living areas with their collection of vinyl records that are stored on a special shelf that guests can easily flip through.

Study Area

This small study nook under the stairs doubles as storage for the couple’s extensive collections. Joanne keeps their toy figure collection under control by displaying them on quirky shelves from The Landmark, TriNoma. 


In the bedroom, the original 1960s cinderblock walls were painted a sweet Tiffany blue. They also decided to dress it up using one-of-a-kind finds like ornate oval mirros, oar decor, and colorful lamps from Dapitan Arcade. 

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