An 80sqm Bungalow Filled with Secondhand Finds

Antique finds from Evangelista Street are mixed with modern pieces in this cozy home

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Homeowner Dino Romano likes to hang out in the living area of his 80sqm home. The main attraction of the space is the Cityvintage piece—a gift from his late mother which he had reupholstered. All over the home are antique finds from Evangelista Street, Makati mixed with modern pieces. An avid Real Living reader, Dino shares that he got a lot of design inspiration from the magazine's pages.

 The restored warehouse was like a blank canvas for the self-declared “designer by passion.” He slowly furnished it with various design elements—down to the smallest detail. An old dark wood dining set is set against a bold red wall, the strong color in the house, while black-and-white framed pieces provide contrast.

After going through books and magazines, Dino realized that he was drawn to mid-century modern and industrial designs. “Pero wala pala akong particular design. I like it very eclectic. As long as I like it, I’d rather do a mix of it. My style now is a fusion of all the things I like.” “For now, happy naman ako. Basta every time may nakikita akong bago, even if I don’t know yet where to put it, I just get it. Eventually, we’ll find a place for it,” he adds.

Read the original article ("Picture Perfect") in the July 2014 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 living area is a happy marriage of antique and modern pieces; of colors and monotones, that serve as a comfortable space for Dino to spend hours relaxing.

Living Area Detail

A clear plastic side table holds various design books that have inspired and continue to inspire the homeowner.

Living Area Detail

A combination of a potted plant and a couple of quirky accents adorn the center table.

Living Area Detail

The living area has quirky design elements like a pair of angel wings pillow cases. The center table is home to various accents in different colors and textures.

Living Area Detail

This nook is home to diverse elements: a poster from Prague, a turntable, Buddha and horse sculptures, and framed art.

Decor Detail

A round glass sidetable not only holds a few books and keys but also accent pieces in the form of a miniature camera and a model camera.

Decor Detail

A white accent camera piece sits atop past issues of Real Living that sit on Dino’s side table.

Decor Detail

A plastic chair holds some quirky framed artwork.

Dining Area

Dino had this run-down dining set from Evangelista Street done with a dark wood finish. This and the black and white framed pieces contrast with the solid red-colored wall.

Dining Area Detail

A woven table runner and handmade clay mugs add local character to the dining area.


The kitchen is a black and white symphony, with accessories functioning as careful, sleek details. 

Kitchen Detail

The silver refrigerator is covered with a variety of colors and shapes—magnet souvenirs. A painting on the wall and small marionettes add interesting touches to the area.


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