A Rustic Home and Art Gallery in Dumaguete City

Art pieces and rustic finds in an art gallery and residence overlooking Tambobo Bay and Apo Island

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol

Perched on a hilltop property overlooking Tambobo Bay and Apo Island, sculptor and furniture designer Karl Aguila’s home and gallery is an ever-changing sanctuary. Aside from sharing the home with his wife Ophanie and son Rafa, the space also serves as an art gallery filled with consigned art pieces and his personal creations. 

Despite the constant change, Karl and Ophanie’s style still dominates the home. Karl’s signature use of solid wood for his furniture pieces and Ophanie’s fondness for textiles resonate throughout the different spaces. They also employed a number of beautifully rustic finds, from old church doors to exotic artifacts.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article (“At Home with Art”) in the September 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The facade is made from bricks from his grandparents' old sugar mill and stones excavated from the site itself.


Designed by Karl, the daybed and hefty coffee table topped with an authentic limestone corn grinder are both made from solid wood. Fond of textiles, Ophanie outfitted the pillows with covers from her own fabric acquisitions.


The library features handsome bookcases with traditional details. Ethnic area rugs add warmth to the space.


The stone wall is complemented by framed artwork and a row of jars.

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Sitting Area

In this sitting area, Karl's furniture pieces are displayed. The large pieces are complemented by floor-to-celing drapes, which frame the view of Tambobo Bay nicely.

Master Bedroom

The Mokapi bedside table in the master bedroom consists of a kamagong tabletop, semi-petrified molave trunk, and an antique limestone corn grinder as base. The absence of headboard makes way for Kitty Taniguchi’s massive artwork.


This bedroom features an accent wall made interesting with stone details.

Main Seating Area

Pictured with Rafa, the painting entitled "Our Lady of Sorrows" by Visayan artist Charlie Co was given to him by the artist himself when he found out the kid loves vibrant hues and would look at the piece often. The painting offers a refreshing dose of color amidst the earth tones of the space.

Overlooking Tombobo Bay

A pair of terra cotta lion statues by Dumaguete-based artist Kitty Taniguchi, whose works are also consigned at Atelier Aguila, guards the lanai overlooking the sweeping forest and Tambobo Bay. Meanwhile, Kitty’s brother Danny Sollesta made the terra cotta gargoyle of an eagle mounted on top of the main entrance.


Printed pillows make this wooden seat comfortable.


A wall niche is adorned with a potted plant.

Side Entrance

A lush and verdant garden surrounds Atelier Aguila.


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