An Industrial-Style Home Filled With Vintage and Resurrected Finds

Secondhand buys mixed with huge artworks create a casual nest for a family of five

Original Article: Cecil Jusi-Baltasar Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

Nowadays, the industrial style is all the rage. Everyone seems to be leaving their concrete floors unwaxed and their furniture pieces unpolished. But what sets this bungalow, split-level home apart from the others is the abundance of art and vintage pieces nestled within its walls. Some people may call all these knickknacks "junk," but for this couple living in the house with their sons, these are treasured finds.

The lady of the house says, "We don't want a picture-perfect house. We want to create an atmosphere where people will feel right at home in our house, where they don't feel ilang." In this property, nothing looks formal or contrived, just the way the couple envisioned it.

Read the original article ("Bold Moves") in the February 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Front Door

This door is actually an old Negros Navigation container van that the man of the house repurposed into a front door for the home. The original plan was to have a door made of narra, but he found it expensive.

Living Area

Low sofas made from wood pallets make for a casual and inviting lounging area. Cushions upholstered in white soften the look and add to the bright and airy feel made possible by the abundance of natural light. A sunken seating area houses a foosball table, one of the many games that complete the family's game night.

Dining Area

This 12-seater dining table is made from salvaged yakal and is accompanied by chairs bought at a Japanese thrift shop in Manila. A wooden bench adds variety to the seating pieces in the area.

Dining Area

This area where the swings are is the favorite spot of the man of the house. "That's where our older sons sit and talk to each other in the morning," he says. The swings also add a playful vibe. "We want our boys to see our house as a big play area," he adds.


Who says artwork need to be hung? Two huge artworks casually lean against the wall at the hallway leading to the kitchen.


Open shelves house the family's plates, cups, and glasses—all neatly organized. A counter separates the kitchen from the dining area. The couple originally planned this countertop to be a breakfast nook, but the family ends up eating their meals at the 12-seater dining table.

Dining and Kitchen Areas

Floor to ceiling glass walls and sliding doors let in lots of natural light, thus making the house maaliwalas. Get those black barstools at Mobler, 5977 Enrique St., Palanan, Makati City.

Hallway Leading to the Garden

The wrought iron work decorating the door that leads to the garden allude to the house's vintage origins. Natural light keeps the area from looking dark and brooding even with the presence of concrete floors and wooden beams overhead.

Reading Corner

This wall with bookshelves made from recycled wood adds to the raw and rough look that the house sports. Meanwhile, the couple got the barber's chair from a thrift shop. Find secondhand chairs at Evangelista area, Brgy. Bangkal, Makati City, or join Manila Furniture Buy and Sell on Facebook to see more secondhand finds.


The husband, who is a photographer, wanted to leave the walls plain white so he can use them for his photo shoots. This area form part of his studio, which is separated from the main house with sliding doors.


A small altar shows the couple's spirituality. The small set of drawers bought in the U.S. houses small knickknacks.

Extra Nook

A native armchair that the lady of the house bought at a bazaar makes for cozy seating in this nook. Find a similar desk lamp at Dimensione, One Parkade, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom's open layout makes the area look spacious and inviting. The lady of the house says that she and her husband along with their three sons end up sleeping in the master bedroom. It has an adjoining walk-in closet and bathroom. A framed artwork and a few knickknacks decorate the ledge at the head of the bed.

Kiddie Room

The couple's sons made the artwork on the black window shades. Bunk beds provide additional sleeping space, while the small tables and chairs make for an excellent spot for reading, drawing, or coloring books.

Boys' Room

Metal-grid shelving bring the industrial vibe to the boys' bedroom. The lady of the house says that this room is witness to impromptu sleepovers when the boys' cousins come to visit. Two framed artworks stand against the white wall and add color to the room.

Storage Idea

These lockers are actually the closets of the couple's sons. Find similar lockers at HMR, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City.


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