Array
Homes

A Modern Tropical House in San Jose, Antique

Former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon welcomes us into his family home in the province

Shares
Original Article: Rachelle F. Medina Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

In 2001, Simona "Monie" Salazar and her late husband Teopisto "Ben" Guanzon Jr., the parents of former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon, started building their own family home with a budget of only P800,000.

To help them save more money for the construction, the couple decided to haul rubble and sand to make hollow blocks that they could sell for P7 apiece. The excess hollow blocks were saved for their house so that they would only have to purchase the cement, the roof, and the beams.

Monie explains that they also made the most of their money by recycling many things! For example, she purchased all of the stained glass windows for only P3,500 at the renovation site of an old mid-century church. 

Read the original article ("Fine Antique") in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

Facade

The bright yellow facade stands out in this sleepy Southern town in the province of Antique.

Lanai

The lanai is furnished with a wooden bench that is completed with wheels from the old caro or carriage once owned by Gwyn's grandmother

Bougainvillea

The lanai is surrounded with blooming bougainvillea plants! Gwyn says that their collection started only with three bougainvillea pots. He adds that only 20 percent of the plants were purchased and the rest were simply picked by the roadside or given by their neighbors.

Windowsill

More bougainvillea plants are placed on the windowsill.

Lanai

This outdoor space is completed with an actual bull's head from a nearby palengke and a resin gazelle skull from Dapitan Arcade. Beneath these animal heads is a bench with a bohemian-looking patchwork seat cover made by Gwyn's grandmother. In front of it is a coffee table made from a pig's trough.

Living Area

The stained glass windows that were once part of an old mid-century church can be seen in this living area. Except for the tumba-tumba or rocking chair, the furniture pieces were designed by Gwyn and built by Asian Tropical Lifestyle in Pampanga.

Living Area

A closer look at the details of the custom-built wooden furniture. These pieces were shipped by RORO from Pampanga to Antique.

Family Room

Since the family room used to be a dark area, Gwyn brightened up the space by installing a sliding door and bringing in new furniture pieces. He also provided more storage options by putting up more shelves and cabinets.

Dining Area

To make the area seem bigger than it really is, Gwyn opened up the ceiling and exposed the beams and rafters. The renovated ceiling is adorned with giant wooden spoons and forks

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with a leather-topped dining table and unique dining chairs. If you look closely, you'd see that the dining chairs have no backs! 

Outdoor Dining Area

The old dining table and dining chairs have been moved to the outdoor dining area! This open space is the perfect place for appreciating good weather and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Pocket Garden

The dirty kitchen has been converted into a pocket garden! The wall is highlighted with different kinds of orchids. The space is completed with an outdoor furniture set. 

Garden

The garden is filled with coconut and traveler's palms, millionaire's vines, blue orchids, mango trees, peanuts, black tea plants, and assorted shrubs. Gwyn decorated the front yard with his own Verner Panton chairs (seen on the cover of the November 2008 issue of Real Living).

Gwyn's Bedroom

Gwyn's bedroom has a sleeping loft! There is a cozy study nook underneath the bed.

Gwyn's Bathroom

To improve his old bathroom, Gwyn removed the shower enclosure, painted the walls beige, and lined the walls with araal stones for a tropical resort feel

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is defined by the robin's egg blue walls and the wooden four-poster bed. At the foot of the bed is a long bench topped with rust and bronze-colored pillows.

Facade at Night

The facade of Villa Simona is even more enchanting at night! 

Shares

Latest Stories

5 Household Uses For Silica Gel Packets

Those tiny things you see in boxes of shoes and new bags go a long way

Smart Tips For Styling Mismatched Furniture From A Decorator

Take a quick lesson on asymmetry with these tips

Bathroom Picks For High, Mid, or Low Budgets

Because you can have a stylish bathroom, regardless of the price points!

7 Resort-Inspired Design Ideas for Your Home

Turn your house into an idyllic escape with these simple but striking styling tricks inspired by the beauty of Bali, Indonesia

IKEA PH To Open Soon!

The Swedish furniture giant finally found a local partner

This Mom Built Her Kids a Tree House in Their QC Backyard

Read on to find out how she did it—you can do this, too!

You Can Earn An Extra P20K Every Month By Managing a Home

Discover how one Pinay does it

3 Bathroom Styles We Can Learn from Kris Aquino

From colorful to masculine—we’ve got looks that can spruce up even the tiniest of T&Bs

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!