A Young Family's Two-Storey House with Modern Filipino Design

A Pinoy couple welcomes us into their home designed by architect Gelo Manosa and interior designer Vivian Gacad

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Type of Home: Two-Storey House

Style of Home: Modern Filipino

After living in a small rented townhouse, this young couple and their children moved into this two-storey house designed by architect Gelo Manosa, son of architect Francisco "Bobby" Manosa. Just like other Manosa-designed homes, the place has traditional bahay kubo details used in a surprisingly modern way. 

Interior designer Vivian Gacad stepped in to furnish and decorate the family's new home. In line with the modern Filipino feel of the property, Vivian chose a mix of classic and contemporary pieces for the different rooms. 

Read the original article ("Pinoy Pride") in the July 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with different pieces from South Sea, Simply Asian, and Designs Ligna. The fully upholstered sofas with light shades are paired with a wooden coffee table.

To add more color to the neutral-hued space, Vivian picked pillows with different patterns.

Living Area

Another way to add more color to a light-hued living area is to hang a few artworks. The family's favorite piece is the Ivan Acuna painting seen in the background. 

Dining Area

The dining table is furnished with something chosen by the husband: a dining table made with a solid block of balayong wood from Palawan! The dining table was customized by Contemporaneo.

Dining Area

The dining table is surrounded with fully upholstered seats with nailhead trim from Simply Asian.


Hanging above the dining table is a unique wooden chandelier from Maze Furniture in Pampanga.

Instead of traditional sisal seen in the Filipino bahay kubo, the ceiling is covered with woven leather strips.


If you want to have a modern kitchen with an open layout and state-of-the-art fixtures and appliances, you should consider wooden details. Wooden details can make the contemporary space feel warm and cozy.


Since the living area may seem a bit formal, the family can spend more time together in this den. They can sit down, put their feet up, and talk to each other on this wooden bench with solihiya detail.

Console Table

The console table is made from solid acacia wood! The decorative details were made out of of round portions cut from a tree trunk.

Pendant Lamps

The high ceiling above the staircase is accentuated with these woven pendant lamps from Locsin!

Living Area

There is another living area on the second floor of the family home. It is a more intimate place for the couple and their children to have deep and meaningful conversations.

Teardrop Lights

This bathroom is completed with these interesting wooden lights! These pieces accentuate the ceiling and brighten up the space.

Master Bedroom

Vivian explains that the look of the master bedroom was inspired by the designs featured in Gelo Manosa's book! We especially love the pitched roof, wooden ceiling fan, and the floor-to-ceiling padded headboard.

Girl's Bedroom

Since the homeowner's daughter likes pink, the first item chosen for her bedroom was the pink chevron wallpaper! Inspired by the wallpaper, the designer chose a pink tufted headboard and an accent chair with pink-and-green print.

Girl's Bedroom

Vivian also personalized the bedroom with paper lanters in pink, white, blue, and green. These charming details add a playful and whimsical feel to the private sanctuary.

Boy's Bedroom

The first thing that we noticed in the boy's bedroom is the padded headboard! Since it has a simple yet eye-catching look, it seems like something that the homeowners' son can appreciate for many years.

Built-in Desk

A corner of the boy's room has been turned into a mini study area! The wall-mounted shelves and built-in desk are perfect choices for a young student's space.


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