A Renovated Rest House in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy revamped a family home after a devastating storm

Photography: Marc Jao Interior Designer: Jean Suzanne Sy

When typhoon Glenda destroyed the roof and living room windows of this rest house in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the homeowners saw it as a perfect opportunity to completely transform their home.

In order to enjoy a brand new start, the homeowners hired interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy to renovate their living, dining, and kitchen areas. Suzanne immediately fixed the damaged roof and windows and turned the once-loud and colorful space into a calm and relaxing haven for the family. 

Ready for your own makeover? Contact interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy at (0917) 540 9043.


The homeowners explained that they built the three-storey house to honor the memory of their beloved parents. The vacation home also brings their two other siblings and the rest of their family together — something that their parents would have wanted. 


The first thing that guests see upon entering the rest house is a console table with a charming country feel. You should also consider placing a console table near your front door so that you can easily find your house keys, car keys, and other essentials.

Living Area

Suzanne replaced the broken window panes in the living area with a series of smaller panes. The floor-to-ceiling windows are covered with sheer curtains that let the sunlight in while providing the owners with a greater sense of privacy.

Living Area

The high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and light-hued furniture pieces make the living area seem airy and spacious.

For a similar look in your own home, you can choose white walls, white curtains, and white furniture pieces. If you think that white might be too difficult to maintain, you may want to opt for soft shades of cream or gray.


Our favorite piece in the living area is this open shelving unit! We love the white paint, taupe printed details, and the black drawer pulls. The shelves are adorned with faux plants, ceramic plants, and wooden decor and picture frames.

Living Area

To make the living area more interesting, Suzanne turned this corner into a spot for reading and relaxing. She furnished the space with a gray wing chair and an ottoman on a small shag rug. Beside it is a rustic-industrial side table.

Dining Area

Suzanne repainted the dining area walls and replaced the old brightly-colored dining chairs with more traditional pieces. The classic fully upholstered chairs with subdued gray hues better suit the calming new look of the dining area.

If you look closely, you would see that the dining table is made from traviesa, a wooden plank once used as a part of the railroad tracks. 


Since one of the homeowners loves to cook for their family and friends, it was important for her to have a stylish yet completely functional kitchen!

We think that the U-shaped layout is ideal because there is enough room to move around in comfortably but everything is still within arm's reach.


According to the homeowners, the lanai is the best place to watch the sunset together. Just before the night falls, they like to sit on these seats with a platter of cold cuts and a pitcher of their homemade pandan-lemongrass-and-turmeric drink.


The wall by the staircase that leads to the bedrooms are decorated with framed black-and-white photos. 


Since this guest bedroom was barely used, the homeowners asked the interior designer to turn the neglected space into a fun playroom for their favorite niece.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is furnished with two old beds upholstered with brand new fabric. The taupe-colored cloth is a more sophisticated choice for this private space.

The matching beds are paired with identical benches with tufted details. 

Master Bathroom

How can you provide more storage space for scented candles, bath products, and other essentials in a master bathroom? You may also want to bring in a small wooden shelf!


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