A Two-Storey Country Weekend Home in Antipolo
A classic aesthetic is achieved with strong familial values in place
The owners of this lovely space have been on the lookout for a house and lot for quite some time, one that they could call a retirement home. They searched far and wide until they stumbled upon a lot in Antipolo, a surprisingly quiet property nestled in a residential village, which offered a stunning view of the mountains.
With the help of an engineer in the family and interior designer Hannah de Leon, the home of their dreams became a reality. They spent their time and effort for nine straight months, concerning themselves with everything from customizing and sourcing pieces, budgets, down to design details like color schemes and lighting.
Upon entry, the home welcomes the visitor with a high-ceilinged living room which immediately dictates the design style the family went for—a strong, country look that befits their home’s location. Every nook and cranny evokes the country feel, what with the inspirational art and quotations on the walls and the cozy areas that allow for family bonding. But perhaps the most important quality that this dwelling highlights is the strong sense of togetherness that stems from the family’s teamwork in planning this home. The head of the house sums it up best: “It is has been a tiring but rewarding experience for all of us—every member of the family can proudly say that they are part of this house.”
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To break the monotony of a plain wall, the homeowner decided to randomly install leftover bricks used in their interior to decorate the exterior walls.
The high-ceilinged living area is made even more inviting with the natural light coming in, as well as walls painted in warm tones. The empty frames usually catch the attention of their guests—they often have to explain that the frames form an art installation and not meant to display family photos.
Wall art and inspirational quotes are mounted on the wall—a curated collection of pretty artwork and framed pieces.
This black chandelier adds sophisticated elegance to their nook. Most of the candeliers were sourced from CW Home Depot Ortigas and Mandaue Foam.
The family enjoys spending time in this area, where they watch shows together. On the shelves are various accouterments, which include the homeowner’s toy car collection.
Since the family usually eats out, the dining room ends up used when they have guests over. Good thing they have a large table flanked by different kinds of chairs.
On one side of the dining area is a television and white jars in varying sizes.
The family’s selection of intricately designed candles go well with these lovely candelabras—creating an interesting centerpiece.
The kitchen counter also serves as a breakfast nook for the family. The bricks used on one side lend a warm, buttery feel to the space.
Initially, Hannah recommended using glass tiles for the backsplash, but they were quite costly. The lady of the house managed to find patterned mosaic tiles from Wilcon Depot—proving that all those frequent visits to the store was worth it.
The stairway has plenty of visual elements to look at: a stringer made of real bricks, the tree mural by Isaac Corotan (a gift of the husband to his wife on their 15th wedding anniversary), and other country-inspired decorations.
The soft lavender and sky blue hues for the master bedroom were the wife’s idea, while the husband took care of the DIY aspect for the side tables.
The lady of the house thought of using tiles for one wall in the bedroom. The purple armchair is a good buy from Robinsons Department Store.
The homeowner put his time and effort in the distressed side tables of their home to achieve the country style look down to the smallest detail.
Framed artwork and floral elements are set against a sky blue wall—a combination that is so easy to the eyes.
The bedroom of their daughter is a feminine take on the master bedroom. With hints of light pink and green, an abundance of white pieces and fabrics, and tufted elements, it is perfectly fit for a growing lady.
This bedroom goes for rich olive on the walls—a color that suits their son’s growing dinosaur collection. On one side are cabinets and a cozy seating area where the 13-year-old can hang out.
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