A Two-Storey Home Gets Updated with Stylish Accents

Sleek, modern pieces and shades that range from bright to dark instantly revive the look and feel of a home

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Gil Coscolluela Interior Designer: Wilan Dayrit

Houses and homes are far from static—as properties switches hands and owners’ and residents’ tastes change, the look and layout of one’s abode will evolve as well.

Such is the case with a New York-based entrepreneur’s two-storey home. The owner – who owns a tile and natural stone company in the US (along with a branch along N. Garcia in Makati called Libertystile) got interior designer Wilan Dayrit to spruce up his then-five-year-old living space. Fortunately, Wilan didn’t have a hard time with the task, as he was also the one who helped the owner with the house’s initial interiors.

Wilan refined the space with a few simple yet striking tweaks. Since he already knew the owner’s style preference—no-fuss and streamlined—it was easy to zero in on pieces and accents that would revive the home without drastically jarring its look and feel. “He generally prefers clean lines, but when it comes to accent pieces, he likes eccentric ones to make them really stand out,” says Wilan.

The house, designed by architect Gil Coscolluela, now sports a distinctly modern, masculine vibe, following a palette that mostly consists of dark and light neutral hues. The two storeys each have a unique theme: “The lower part is somewhat based on the Filipino concept of fiesta, the upper part [with its own kitchen, dining, and living areas] is the more personal area, pang family lang,” explains Wilan.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez / ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("As Time Goes By") in the April 2011 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

The large-scale bold yellow abstract by Ivan Acuña used to belong to the dining area, but was transferred to provide a colorful contrast to this neutral-hued space. Another arresting addition is Kenneth Cobonpue’s red Dragnet chair.

Living Area Detail

The comfy pieces work well with the room's color palette. Natural light streams in from the huge windows.

Dining Area

The bespoke dining table and droplight are old fixtures of this area, which gets a breath of fresh air with a scene-stealing wall-mounted tile mosaic from New York. The wood-paneled folding room screens mirror the dark colors of the chairs and padded two-seater bench by Danilyn’s.


The second-storey kitchen features wenge paneling, a marble countertop, and droplights—a combination that spells out sleek, polished, modern, yet still very much functional and even cozy.


Staircase lighting, in lieu of chandeliers et al, dramatize this often-neglected space.

Staircase Detail

Spiffy up the stairway with a few select striking accents—too much can be overkill. In this home, the ledge on the stairs displays two Ann Pamintuan wire vases. The tile mosaic (also from New York) on the wall ostensibly exhibits a random pattern, yet the playful configuration makes the display even more dramatic.


Roman shades allow natural sunlight to swathe this personal space with a warm, cozy glow. Framed artworks and an interplay of colors, textures, and materials keep the blahs away and transform the area into a tranquil haven.


The living area’s sliding glass doors open up to the lanai. The spacious customized mocha outdoor set by ATL, set amidst cleverly placed greenery, evokes the vibe of a luxe resort spa.

Outdoor Detail

Huge topiaries are lined up outside --- adding to the home's elegant resort-style vibe.


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