A Renovated 180sqm Home with Hand-Me-Down Pieces

Homeowners Sarah and Dennis Tirona filled an old place with antique furniture and accessories

Original Article: Cecile Jusi Baltasar Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Names: Sarah and Dennis Tirona

Type of Home: 180sqm Home with Two Bedrooms

Style of Home: Modern Eclectic

What happens when your home is furnished with vintage pieces from your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents? Many of us think that the place might look too traditional and old-fashioned, but homeowners Sarah and Dennis Tirona found a way to create a surprisingly modern space!

The couple and their nine-year-old daughter started by planning a month-long renovation job for their two-bedroom property. The walls and cabinets were repainted and the floors were repaired and covered with glossy black paint. To complete their 180sqm space, they paired the heirloom items with brand new finds.

Read the original article ("A Modern Twist") in the September 2015 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

The first thing that you would see upon entering this old home is the dining area. It is furnished with an old dining table from Sarah's grandparents. According to the homeowner, they used to have breakfast at this table when she was growing up.

When it was handed down to her, she had it stained a darker shade and surrounded it with Tolix metal chairs in different colors. You can purchases Tolix-style chairs at Match Contract Furniture at ID Center, 2100 Chino Roces Ext., Makati.

Igorot Lamp

The dining area is completed with a wall mirror and a buffet table that were always paired together in Sarah's great-grandmother's home. The buffet table is adorned with two Igorot lamps that Sarah painted bright green. She says that her grandmother got angry when she saw the vibrant new shade.


The kitchen was the most renovated area in the two-bedroom home. Since the space was built in the 80s, the cabinets and countertops were all covered with laminate. The couple had the old cabinets repainted and new granite countertops installed. They also chose new white Subway tiles for the kitchen backsplash.

You can purchase Subway tiles from Rockstone at CW Home Depot Ortigas and from Vintage Hardware.

Living Area

A few steps away from the kitchen and dining area is Sarah's favorite hang-out spot: the living area. According to her, it is the place where the family gathers to watch DVDs and simply enjoy each other's company.

Living Area

Sarah originally purchased a leather couch at Our Home. However, her grandmother persuaded her to buy something else. Since they couldn't get a refund, they settled for a black reproduction Egg chair, a white coffee table, and two white chairs — all for the price of one leather couch!


If you also have an old piano at home, you can pair it with a few colorful finds. Doing so will help you create a more modern feel.

Vinyl Record Player

Sarah has been collecting vinyl records since she was a teenager. She plans to invest in a bigger and better record player that she can keep under the buffet table in the dining area.


Next to the living area is a screened patio, the only space where you can enjoy fresh air in this family home. It is furnished with a simple glass table paired with slender white chairs.


Since the homeowner often visits Baguio, she often buys small plants at 3 for P100. She now uses these to adorn the glass-top table in the patio.


According to the homeowner, the antique typewriter on the table once belonged to her grandfather.

Football Logo

Since Sarah is a football fan, one of her friends gave her a wooden carving of the England football team logo for her birthday. 

Bar Cart

This bar cart is another piece that the homeowners inherited. It can be used for serving alcholic drinks and other beverages.

Master Bedroom

To make the master bedroom seem peaceful and relaxing, the homeowner purposely avoided using different colors. She only decided to use white and black.

Master Bedroom

The homeowner had the walls and the cabinet doors repainted. The old pale yellow paint on the cabinet doors has been covered with pristine white paint.

The private space is furnished with a white bed and black nesting tables adorned with a black table lamp.

Master Bedroom

Believe it or not, Sarah has owned this rattan peacock dresser since she was a teenager! To update the look of the old piece, the old dark brown paint has been covered with white paint.


Sarah's rattan peacock dresser is actually part of a set that includes this headboard and side table. She used these pieces for her daughter's bedroom. 

Since her daughter wanted a Bohemian feel, the homeowner had the pieces repainted Tiffany blue. Hanging above the items is a charming dreamcatcher and a string of paper lanterns.


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