A Renovated Family Home with a Distinct Filipino Style

A beautiful home emerges from a grungy, unlivable space

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: Grace Moslares

No plumbing, unwanted pests, problematic leaks, and the absence of a ceiling made this home a nightmare for homeowner Angel and her family—especially after finding out they were expecting a baby at the time. Due to their focus on revamping the rest of the units in their family-owned building, their own home fell by the wayside and became the neglected space they no longer could tolerate. For fear of the new baby’s safety and health, the family finally decided to renovate the house with the help of interior designer Grace Moslares.

Although the entire family was excited about the renovation, Angel’s father, Leody, wasn’t so thrilled—considering that the home holds so much sentimental value. So Grace planned a design that would incorporate the family’s old, beloved furniture, mixing it all together into a Filipiniana-style home—a style the family has an eye for. Many of the home’s former problems were fixed from the plumbing to the ceiling. After securing the structure of the house, Grace started decorating. She created a home that perfectly suited the family’s taste, belongings, and personal pursuits. The family now has a safe and cozy dwelling to welcome the newest addition to their brood.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Here Comes the Baby") in the January 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area Angel and her mom had to compromise on the color scheme of the house. Although Angel wished for more subtle colors, her mom wanted bright and bold. In the living area, Grace was able to marry the two with a neutral chocolate brown sofa decorated with blue and red throw pillows.
Living Area Detail Apart from the writing desk, Angel’s dad has a reading nook fitted with a new wing chair. Angel shares that her dad stays in the chair from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day.
Writing Desk Grace segregated the areas for a specific function for everybody. A writing desk decorated with vintage looking artwork was put into place for Angel’s dad.
Salon As for Angel’s mom, a mini salon was fashioned for the former hairdresser. Complete with mirrors, a side table, and an antique barber’s chair, Angel’s mom can welcome loyal clients into their home for a quick snip.
Piano The piano was one of the items the family wanted to keep among their old belongings because Angel and her son play. Now, it perfectly fits into the entire scheme of the home.
Personal Details Photos of the family add a homey touch to the newly renovated space.
Dining Area The family never had a formal dining area—revealing they only had monobloc chairs in their old home. So they updated an old round wooden table with a semi duco finish. A collection of ‘60s encyclopedias, illustrated storybooks, and an antique trumpet are displayed on a beautiful wooden shelf beside the dining table.
Dining Area Detail To decorate the spaces, Grace collected vintage looking pieces that go well with the Filipiniana vibe of the house.
Kitchen What used to be a storage hub is now a beautiful and spacious kitchen. More Filipino details are added as seen in the sliding capiz panel below the counter and the clay pots adorning the shelves.
Bedroom To expand the space, the bedroom’s main wall was torn down, allowing room for a pull-out bed and crib. Additional shelves were placed along the narrow hallway toward the bedroom to keep clutter at bay.

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