A Modernized 1960s Home

An inspiring renovation turns this old house into a cozy home reminiscent of Europe

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Ren and Jay del Rosario

Restaurateur Judy found her dream home -- the only problem was, it was a deteriorating house built in the 1960s. Jalousie windows hardly let in any light; pillars stood in the way of the living and dining areas; and the kitchen was in great need of a facelift.

But husband-and-wife team Ren and Jay del Rosario, both architects, took on the huge task, and over a year later, Judy finally had the home she’s always wanted. The sweeping grand staircase set the tone for the entire renovation. The pillars were knocked down to make more space, windows were widened to let in more light, and rooms were re-assigned to make more sense.

The interiors were a bit easier to conceptualize since they revolved around Judy’s two favorite colors: black and white.

Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article ("Tres Chic”) in the September 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


Who would have thought that a 1960s house would turn out to look something as modern as this home? It looks streamlined and elegant even from the outside.


The cherry red front door sets the tone for the rest of the elegant home.

Grand Staircase

The grand staircase set the renovation phase of the home. Judy saw a huge potential in it and after over a year of renovation, she finally nailed it.

Living Area

The couch and the ornate black chair are custom-made pieces by the Far East Furniture Company from Pampanga.

Living Area Detail

Judy’s sophisticated style shines through in the living area, where all the pieces are either black or white; the neo-baroque white couch nicely sets the mood.

Living Area Detail

The silver lamps flanking the couch in the living area highlight custom-made furry shades.

Décor Detail

Vases and accents perched on top of black cocktail tables line the hallways.

Décor Detail

Even framed photos go along the black-and-white theme of the interiors.

Décor Detail

The house highlights a variety of accents from incense sticks to plants and rustic candleholders, to name a few.


Instead of having an island in the center of the kitchen, Ren and Jay put the countertops on either side to free more space -- resulting in a free-flowing kitchen where cooking is a breeze.

Kitchen Detail

If you want to keep plants indoors, make sure you pick the kind that needs low maintenance and don’t need much sunlight. Adding plants to the kitchen area add character to the space -- making it seem light and airy.

Dining Area

Judy’s first purchase for this home was the elegant chandelier hanging over the dining table. The backless dining chairs sure add a unique twist to this room.

Décor Detail

Sleek, unexpected décor such as these conversation starters are all over the Tumanglao home.

An Elegant Touch

This coral-like side table by Spanish designer Patricia Urquoila adds a chill factor to the elegant interiors.

Powder Room

In keeping with the rest of the house’s sophisticated style, the powder room has its own chandelier, accented by detailed silver tiles.


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