A Two-Bedroom Tropical-Inspired Rest House in Tagaytay

Taking inspiration from the calming scenic views of Tagaytay, this condo unit gives a new meaning to dining out and taking a break

Original Article: Maita de Jesus Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Kamila Arianna Garcia Design Consultant: Grace Moslares

Not all homeowners can say that the inspiration of their home’s design came from the view surrounding their condo unit. The owners of this unit are a few of the lucky ones who have this luxury, thanks to their Tagaytay unit’s spectacular view and their decorator Grace Moslares’s design idea. “When I saw the place, I thought that it looked like a mini resort. It’s what I saw outside that became my inspiration for the inside. It felt Filipino modern,” shares Grace who was given the liberty to decorate the space.

True enough, the entire rest house is consistent with its modern Filipino theme. The living area—the first thing you’ll notice upon entering the home—is aesthetically on point with its white walls, neutral palette, and wooden elements. On each side of the space are the bedrooms. Both rooms share the same relaxing vibe with the master bedroom having yellow undertones and the other room having splashes of turquoise blue as accents.

Across the living area is the kitchen with black as the dominant color. It’s a little different from the rest of the house’s palette, but on-theme nonetheless with its wooden elements. The highlight of the home, however, ironically isn’t inside the house—it’s the dining area located in the unit’s balcony. This is the spot where the family and the rest of the clan enjoy food, the stories, and take in the breathtaking view. With a rest house as beautiful as this, it won’t be a surprise if the family of three decides to stay here for good.

Living Area

The metal-and-rattan sofa is the highlight of the living area. It’s one of the pieces in the home that’s not made of wood and was quite a challenge for decorator Grace to incorporate into the home’s design. “One of my concerns when I was designing the place was how to coordinate everything, especially the living area and the kitchen, because there weren’t any walls to separate the areas. The placement of the sofa, in particular, was problematic because it couldn’t be near the kitchen cabinet, but I didn’t want it interfering with the view from the balcony. The see-through design of the sofa made it possible to not obscure the view,” shares Grace.

Find a similar droplight and woven pouf at Kultura Filipino (found in all major SM malls).

Living Area

The family of three resides in Singapore, but they made sure to bring a few pieces like these good luck charms to their home away from home.

Find similar pieces at Oriental Art Home, Glorietta 4, Office Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Living Area

There are two of these Capiz lighting fixtures hanging above the living area. It’s one of the few furnishings that Grace designed to match the home’s modern Filipino look.

Find a similar droplight at Robles Heritage, MC Home Depot, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Dining Area

A dining area in the balcony may be an unpopular choice for homeowners, but with the breathtaking view seen from the home, it’s understandable why they prefer it. Think greenery and clear, blue skies, coupled with other factors like al fresco dining in the chilly weather and the roomier balcony, thanks to the family’s corner unit. It’s a plus that their customized dining table and chairs were made using gmelina wood—perfect for withstanding the harsh weather.


The kitchen, which is predominantly black because of the appliances, backsplash, and kitchen counter, doesn’t carry the home’s neutral palette but is still aligned with the home’s Filipino theme because of the wood-toned elements.


The back-to-back kitchen counter and breakfast nook/informal dining area also doubles as a divider between the kitchen and the living areas.


The steel handles attached to the wooden chairs in the breakfast counter only prove that a lot of thought goes into the design and functionality of the pieces in the home. The chairs were customized to fit just right under the counter and the handles make it easy for the guests to pull them out when needed. Plus, it makes the chairs look a little more extra.

Master Bedroom

Just like the rest of the house, the master bedroom has a modern Filipino aesthetic and the furniture and accessories are made out of varying kinds of wood. A sliding door, which can be left open to give the room a bigger space, separates the room from the living area.

Master Bedroom

One of the recurring accessories in the rooms and the living area are the woven poufs that come in different shapes and sizes. They work well both as a decor and storage piece.

Find a similar cabinet at Habitat Manila, 3rd Level, Abenson (beside Ascott BGC Hotel), 28th Street and 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Master Bedroom

One look into the master bedroom and you’ll immediately notice this vintage-looking Marshall speaker that sits on top of the custom-made cabinet in the master bedroom.

Find quality speakers at Digital Walker, Glorietta 2, Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Second Bedroom

The second room in the home is similar to the master bedroom. It features white walls and wooden furniture, save for a few things: the splashes of turquoise blue all around and the two single-size, custom-made gmelina and molave trundle beds to accommodate more guests. 

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with design consultant Grace Moslares and Magara Designs through mobile at (0927) 715-1393 or e-mail magarainteriors[at]

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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