A Two-Storey Apartment for a Musical Genius

A musical engineer creates a harmonious living area with the right color motif and complementing accents

Original Article: Carlo Vergara Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

If there’s one thing Vincent de Jesus knows well it’s music. So it was a refreshing surprise when his home in Quezon City became a successful interior decorating project.

What was initially a basic home renovation project – major repairs here, an upgrade there – became a trial-and-error project in creating the ideal home-and-work area for him. As the renovation progressed, his home evolved into a space that was suitable not only to work in, but also to entertain friends and host meetings for The Writers Bloc, a group of esteemed playwrights.

He eschewed “white walls” as the perfect “space enlarger” color, and instead chose “lumot green,” a grayish green shade that is surprisingly refreshing. Paintings by Farley del Rosario was the catalyst for De Jesus to consider red accents to complement the green palette throughout his home, while pieces from EDIA and IKEA complete the rest of the furnishings.

Overall, De Jesus's home is a sacred sanctuary for the musical artist – a respite that is both refreshing and invigorating for a creative soul such as his.

Read the original article ("Compositions and Arrangements") in the July 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Living Area

No white walls for this musical composer. Instead, a greenish hue is painted on the walls while red accents add bursts of color in the living room. Red was chosen as the accent color after the purchase of the Farley del Rosario mixed media piece. The console table refinished in red is from Tiendesitas, while the woven center table and side tables are from EDIA. Cubic light fixtures are from IKEA.

Living Area Detail

The reupholstered red wing chair in the corner is from Swap Meet. It was originally covered in blue plaid fabric and bought for only Php 4,000. The Alfred E. Newman portrait in the corner was done by Vince’s uncle, an artist working in Clark Field.

Dining Area

Rich orange and yellow curtains add warmth to the dining area while controlling the amount of light in the room. The dining chairs are from EDIA, while the light fixture is from IKEA Hong Kong. The pretty mirror off to the side was custom-made in Bulacan.


Pink and yellow? Why not? This functional space becomes more interesting with its unusual pink and yellow combination, and Japanese sumo wrestle window shade. 

Staircase Detail

Framed posters and articles of Vince and his projects line up along the staircase, adding visual interest in the room as well as a personal touch to his home.

Small Space Tip

An open display unit separates the living and dining areas. Vince's numerous awards and his collection of Ganesh statues are placed on the shelves.

Decor Detail

Hindu god Ganesh is the “remover of obstacles” and patron of arts and sciences. Vince’s collection began with a piece from Thailand, while the rest are gifts from friends from Nepal and Cambodia. 


The citrusy lime green hue of the bedroom is refreshing as it is energizing. The clown painting above his bed is by Farley del Rosario.

Bedroom Detail

Reminiscent of a gallery display, directional lamps are placed above the playful Joe Phillips prints. The lamp also serves as a lighting alternative to the overhead and bedside fixtures.


To achieve work-life balance, the V-shaped corner workstation from Bo Concept was moved away from his bed to the opposite end of the bedroom. To utilize space, choose sliding doors for closets. This wardrobe unit is from Dimensione.

Powder Room

Still no antiseptic white tiles here. To achieve the beach vibe, green pebbles and stones from the pocket garden landscaping outside are bought in. 

Pocket Garden

No room for a garden? Create a mini Zen garden instead with various sized pebble and rocks and pots of plants. A wrought iron table and chairs make the space suitable for outdoor entertaining.


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