A Renovated 150sqm House in Baguio City

Interior designer Frenjick Quesada updates the look of his beloved childhood home

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Frenjick Quesada

As a child, interior designer Frenjick Quesada spent his summer vacations in this country log cabin in Baguio City. The rest house became the perfect place for making memories and bonding with his family and friends.

Since the vacation home is so special to him and his loved ones, they decided to renovate the old property. Frenjick started by repainting half of the old-fashioned stained pinewood walls for a refreshing new look. He also chose the antique furniture pieces to keep, to repaint, or to replace

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Living Area

To update the living area, Frenjick painted the top half of the walls white. He also covered the wooden floor with a new coat of varnish. He kept most of the furniture pieces but he brought in a beige sofa bed and a mahogany stool from Sabado's Handicrafts.

Living Area

The newly painted walls are spruced up with wooden letters from his family's old restaurant in Quezon City. He explains that the letters are the initials of the family members.

The pair of shelves are adorned with wooden animals and woven baskets from thrift shops around Baguio City.

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with the family's old dining chairs with arched, slotted backs and a solid wood dining table purchased at a thrift shop for only P6,000!

Frenjick kept the existing cabinets, countertops, and flooring materials in the kitchen. One corner is completed with a corkboard that holds fish postcards and family pictures.

The lanai is furnished with an antique gallinera bench topped with printed pillows and a cream-colored throw. Beside it is a woven basket that serves as a unique side table and a nifty storage option!

If you look closely, you would see that the family owned succulents many years before these house plants were even popular!

Batibot Chairs

Frenjick repainted the old Batibot chairs with bright blue and vibrant yellow paint! The new colors liven up these classic Filipino pieces.  

Neon Buddha and Fresh Flowers

This outdoor area is also spruced up with a quirky neon-colored Buddha and fresh flowers in clear glass vases.


The wooden letters on the wall by the staircase spell out "Cool Here" — this clearly refers to the cold Baguio weather and the laid-back feel of this country log cabin.

Kiddie Room

More wooden letters from the family's old restaurant can be found on the wall of this kiddie room! In this space, the word refers to the collection of straw hats and other rustic hats.

The space is completed with identical wooden tables and matching beds with gray-colored headboards

Hippo Decor

For a playful feel in the kiddie room, one of the wooden tables is topped with adorable hippos that seem ready for a leisurely swim in the pool.


What can you do with a simple bathroom? You could try bringing in a wall mirror or wall stickers! You can also pick out a vintage-looking clock radio and a woven basket that can be used as a trash bin

Master Bedroom

This corner of the master bedroom is the perfect spot for an antique dresser and a wooden chair.

Lizard Lamp

A lizard lamp is an eclectic conversation piece that can also be used to illuminate this particular spot. 


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