A Renovated Three-Storey House Filled with Flea Market Finds

Custom-made furniture, well-selected pieces, and calming hues make up this family home

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Just as the owners' teenage son, transitioned to adulthood, they discovered termite infestation in their circa-1994 house. This led to a major renovation that gave the adobe home a minimalist facelift. They are not shy to say that Real Living was a rich source of inspiration for this.

Various items in the house came from the trusted flea market haven, Dapitan Arcade. The spacious living area in neutrals is home to custom-made wooden furniture and colorful pillows. Sliding doors lead to the sunny lanai. From having separate kitchen and dining areas, these spaces now flow seamlessly into each other, letting more air and light in. In an effort to conserve electricity, the family used LED lights and appliances with inverter technology.

In the master bedroom is a platform bed, with matching side tables custom-made by the couple’s trusted carpenter. An adjacent small stockroom was transformed into a home office. Meanwhile, the son's bedroom showcases white walls while the floor was left in bare cement. The headboard is an instant conversation piece as it was fashioned from an old gate.

Of the “unexpected” result, the owners has this to share—“Mas naging comfortable na…mas livable kasi more light came in. It’s more efficient and eco-friendly. Tamang-tama lang sa panahon.

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The main entryway and foyer set a nostalgic mood with the classical curves and colors of the stained glass panels on the door way. The curlicues are echoed in the ornate wrought iron balustrade of the grand staircase. 

Living Area

The living area is a study in combinations of neutrals and wood. The furniture was custom-made, while accents are treasure finds from Dapitan Arcade.


Aside from the natural wood and wrought iron, the antique capiz windows used as decorative panels accent the curved wall of the winding staircase.

Dining Area

The dining area is flooded with light, thanks to the big windows on one wall. Accents like wrought-iron grille on the wall and the lamp and fan hanging from the ceiling, and the solid narra table, imbue the space with old-world Filipino coziness.


The kitchen tiles, bricks, and stained glass panel as well as the salvaged-wood bar countertop tip a hat to the colonial period. Yet big lights and deliberately-mismatched bar stools ground the space in the present. 

Decor Detail

The lady of the house did some DIY projects in the house, including turning these mason jars into charming drop lights in their bedroom. 

Decor Detail

Iron grilles from Dapitan Arcade were used as wall decor throughout the house. 

Decor Detail

This is an out-of-the-box rendition of table utensils. The owner had to drill holes in them to use them as quirky kitchen cabinet handles.

Kitchen / Dining Area Detail

Giant bulbs illuminate the bar in the kitchen/dining area. The industrial look complements the neutral colors and old-world charm.

Spiral Staircase

The wood and iron spiral staircase is a nostalgic take on an otherwise modern piece.

Master Bedroom

The platform bed in the couple’s bedroom is made from an upcycled headboard and a bed frame made of new wood. The droplight is another DIY project: the glass is from Dapitan, attached to a chain.

Son's Bedroom

The occupant suggested the industrial look for his safe haven: with cold, bare cement flooring and a wooden headboard made from an old gate.

Son's Bedroom

The French window, bathed with light from the wide and tall windows, is a nice place to hang out for the young man. Fun and quirky accents, including a graphic rug, add character to the room. 

Outdoor Area

The garden is a seamless symphony of natural materials in natural colors that are accented by lush green plants.

Outdoor Area

This wall is adorned with pots of varying colors and sizes, as well as other accent pieces, that add more color to this very green garden. 

Decor Detail

An old fan and old stools serve not only as accent pieces, bringing the house’s theme together. They are also great conversation starters.


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