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A Vintage Quezon City Condo With Kid-Friendly Touches

This family home has a hip, laidback vibe with a retro-picker’s soul

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Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar

In the age of the Internet, today’s kids are growing up in a world that seems entirely different from their parents’ era. Perhaps it is in response to this that couple Jun and Ann chose to decorate their home in a style they call “vintage Pinoy,” a throwback to the days when things were simpler, arguably more fun, and free of daily Facebook rants. “Gusto namin ‘yung house nung ‘80s, ‘yung bahay namin dati nung bata kami,” discloses Ann.

She and her husband scoured thrift shops and online stores to find pieces that would transform their five-bedroom condo unit into a home that reminded them of the good old days: They scoured Binondo to find the perfect laminates for the kitchen bar. At Bangkal, they bought a narra sofa and matching chairs, later reupholstering the cushions in inexpensive fabric. Vintage stores yielded old Magnolia Chocolait bottles and a Lily’s Peanut Butter jar, which found their way onto shelves as decor.

Even with all these amusing retro finds, the unit still looks like it belongs in the present. Their chosen 80s accents are mixed with contemporary pieces that have a hip but pretty feel—an MDC chandelier and pretty printed rug from US store Urban Outfitters, a floral-print ottoman from Pablo Gallery, white and orange beddings from IKEA. Color, texture, and patterns are all welcome here.

It sounds impossible to stuff so many eye-catching objects into one condo unit, but the couple was able to pull it off, with room to spare—as a matter of fact, there’s still enough space for their two boys to run around in.

Living Area

The armchairs in the living room were upholstered in velvety eggplant fabric; these flank a side table, also from Grand Thrift Shop in Cubao X, and a pretty lamp that the couple got for a song at a surplus store. Behind these is a wall covered in printed baby blue wallpaper, which Ann got on eBay for just $5 a roll.

Jun and Ann got the LazyBoy in the foreground for just P2,500. “Ayaw ni Jun ipa-reupholster kasi parang sa Godfather daw,” she says. She says it was also Jun’s idea to install the sliding purple door which separates the living area from more personal spaces, like the master bedroom and walk-in closet. “Pinagawa lang namin sa karpintero."

The refurbished narra armchair is positioned near a wall filled with framed family photos and Jun’s prized vintage Fender amplifier.

Dining Area

The green stripes in the dining room were Ann’s idea. “Parang ang boring naman ng white lang,” she says. The console table used to be a mounted shelf; the couple just had its legs installed. On it are candlesticks which Ann spray-painted black, a small black cabinet from Dapitan, and, in keeping with the 80s theme, some photos of Ann and Jun as kids.

The small, round dining table is surrounded by a mix of cushioned seats, among them, refurbished ones from Ann’s mom’s house. The red upholstery was changed to black, and the white arms and legs were painted a light blue to give them an updated look. A couple of other chairs are from Bangkal. The black chandelier, which is made of MDC and which has a single bulb, is from US chain Urban Outfitters.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is Ann’s favorite spot in the unit. “It’s very comfortable,” she says. The bright, printed beddings are from IKEA, while the floral-print ottoman stool is from Pablo. The teal blue walls give the room a more subdued look. “We plan to change the curtains pero hindi pa namin alam kung anong bagay,” says Ann.

Read the original article ("That 80s House!") in the March 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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