An American Country-Style Home in a Local Setting

A relaxing weekend home-inspired residence designed for daily living

Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Dakila Angeles Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Who says you can’t live in a “weekend home” every day of your life? The Esguerra family was so inspired by their contractor friend’s house that was in American country-style that they wanted the same look for their own family home. With careful planning, the couple created a comfortable and airy abode where their children can grow up in. Glass doors by the living and dining areas open up to a porch bordered by white balusters and out to a garden. Furniture around the house used a selection of hardwoods like oak, maple, narra, and molave, complemented by a warm monochromatic shade of browns.

Despite the nine months it took for the Esguerras to build their house, it was worth the wait since the homeowners were able to see the project through every step of the way, until it was completed into the dream country home inspired by Pottery Barn.

Original article by Charmaine S. Baylon. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Dakila Angeles.

Read the original article (“Country Living”) in the Jan/Feb 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Facade The Esguerra residence stands out with its mocha hued shingles, stonecut finish, and paved driveway. The shingle style façade hides a garage and even has a window to complete the symmetrical home’s exteriors.
Porch The living and dining areas open up to a porch and out to the backyard. A rocking chair is the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet morning or a breezy afternoon.
Living Area Muted creams and browns dominate throughout the Esguerra family’s residence, giving off a truly relaxing vibe that reminds one of lazy days in the countryside. A wing backed chair in plaid adds a touch of color and texture, complementing the monochromatic brown of the sofas, coffee and side tables, and other accents.
Dining Room It is said that an orange-y shade in the kitchen or dining room has a subtle psychological effect of whetting one’s appetite. The Esguerra’s dining room wall is painted in a subtly appetizing brown hue that is reminiscent of sea salt ice cream or caramel sauce.
Dining Room Detail Glass doors open up to allow fresh air in for an al fresco dining feel and view of the backyard where the kids can enjoy the outdoors while the grown ups enjoy a nice meal.
Kitchen A dome-shaped wrought iron mobile works as kitchen storage for copper pots and pans as well as providing a pretty kitchen display. Bright yellow curtains add a dash of sunshine to the neutral walls and wood cabinets.
Staircase The staircase is located at a spot where the sun streams beautifully into the windows.
Second Floor Landing The homeowners were inspired by a photo from House Beautiful and helped them choose these classy shades of browns.
Master Bedroom Rene and Ivy prefer to keep their home uncluttered, so décor and furnishings are kept to a minimum. Earthy tones were used all throughout the house, and the master’s bedroom is no exception. However, the master’s bedroom used varnish instead of paint for most of the details and furnishings.
Kids' Room The Esguerra home may have adopted a neutral palette throughout but the kid’s got to choose their favorite colors for their rooms. One room was painted blue, while the other yellow, and reflected the personalities of its inhabitants.
Kids' Room Detail Kids’ toys are organized into wicker baskets or bins that conform to the American country-style theme.
Powder Room Make a good impression on your guests by creating an interesting powder room for them to use. Here, a small alcove was made for displaying a globe, telescope, and a map.
Attic Every nook and cranny was utilized in this American country-style home, as this attic also doubles as a playroom and extra sleeping area. The attic gives an illusion of a high ceiling for the home, and is a novelty for the kids who like their “bridge” inside the house.

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