An Old House transformed into a Modern Asian Home

Antique furniture and modern pieces complete this bright and airy San Juan haven

Original Article: Frances Amper-Sales Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Sometimes, the dream house can be found in unexpected places. In the case of Amy Uy, the perfect property for her and her family was her renovated childhood home. Located in a quiet and peaceful San Juan neighborhood, the dark and gloomy space has now been turned into a warm, comfortable haven.

Two walls completely made of glass now let sunlight in and open up the space. The glass is matched with white ceilings, walls and tiled floors for a clean and fresh look. The space is furnished with an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary pieces – from vintage tables to molded plastic chairs. 

Original article by Frances Amper Sales. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Old and New") in the April 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

LIVING AREA The living area is furnished with a sofa and loveseat with woven frames. In the middle of the space is a low glass-topped coffee table adorned with Asian sculptures and bromeliads nestled in a silver bowl.
LIVING AREA DETAIL A colorful painting livens up the plain white wall.
WOODEN CHAIR In a corner, a wooden chair with solihiya detail and wide armrests serves as the ideal spot for reading or relaxing. The piece is complemented by a single potted plant.
LIVING AREA In the second living area, a traditional Filipino bench is complemented by a pair of Chinese seats. The Filipino-meets-Oriental style leads to a relaxed, laidback space.
DINING AREA A modern lighting fixture hangs over the eight-seater dining table. The table is surrounded by molded plastic chairs with steel legs.
KITCHEN Using a black and white palette paired with gleaming, spotless surfaces results in a streamlined kitchen. Opt for a neutral color scheme and minimalist furniture and fixtures for a similar style.
BOYS’ ROOM In the boys’ room, a whimsical painting hangs above the bed dressed in red, black and white sheets.
GIRLS’ ROOM A white daybed is made inviting with black and white pillows and a row of stuffed toys. Another painting adorns the wall, serving as a pop of color in the neutral-themed space.
MASTER BEDROOM In the master bedroom, a wooden sleigh bed faces a carved Chinese cabinet. A pair of Chinese chairs complete the space.
MASTER BEDROOM DETAIL A table lamp and framed black-and-white photos are placed on the bedside table.

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