A Scandinavian-inspired Family Home in Taguig

Homeowners Val and Arlene Castaneda filled their 183sqm house with mid-century modern furniture and quirky touches

Original Article: Anna Felipe Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Since couple Val and Arlene Castaneda spent most of their savings on buying their 183sqm house, they decided to decorate the space themselves. Inspired by Scandinavian color scheme, they retained the original white and wooden tones of the home. They furnished the space with mid-century modern pieces, including chairs based on the designs of mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. The homeowners also chose furniture with clean lines and basic shapes.

The space is completed with bright accent pieces and interesting decorative items. These unexpected details add color and charm to the three-storey home.

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Living Area

One of the first things that the couple bought for their new house was this black leather sofa from Home Luxe for the living area.

Home Luxe may be reached at (02) 553 9882.

Living Area

Arlene paired the leather sofa with throw pillows from Space Encounters, a faux cowhide rug from Make Room & More, and a side table from Make It Up. Arlene adds that she purchased the side table after seeing it in Real Living.

Living Area Corner

The console table is paired with a wall mirror, an old wine bottle used as a vase, and a black and red pizzle from Industria by Lilianna Manahan.

Dining Area

Instead of buying a complete dining set, the homeowners decided to buy a dining table from Home Luxe and reproduction Eiffel chairs based on the designs of Charles and Ray Eames from Our Home and Dwell.

Dining Area

A black Neo-Baroque chandelier serves as an elegant final touch in the dining area.


The homeowners also decided to keep the existing colors and materials in the kitchen. To keep the space from looking too sad or gloomy, they brought in red, orange, and green touches. 

Knife Block

Instead of a plain and boring knife block, the couple purchased a quirky piece for knife storage online. 

Bar Stools

In order to create a space for merienda time and wine nights, the couple bought bar stools from Dimensione.

Breakfast Nook and Dirty Kitchen

An area that used to be a part of the garden has been turned into a multifunctional space that serves as a breakfast nook, dirty kitchen, and laundry area.

Budget-friendly Finds

The space is adorned with metal tiles from a flea market in Brooklyn and blue-and-white jars from secondhand shops in Kamuning.

Printed Stools

Although most stools have plain bases, these stools are printed with vintage-style logos and Chevron patterns.


Who says that the stairway has to remain bare? The stairway in this 183sqm house is adorned with a reproduction Gino Sarfatti light and a deer head from Yab.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed from Blims Fine Furniture and a floor lamp from Triboa Bay Living.

Study Area

Whitewashed walls and shelves make the study area seem bright, clean, and well-organized. The space is completed with a printed rug from a flea market in Brooklyn.


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