Clean Lines and Soft Colors Update a Modern Asian Home

Wide spaces, a Filipino touch, and a perfect mix of colors make this modern home for a family of five

Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

The Antonio family wished for a simple, clean, and an uncluttered home. Based on a modern Asian design, their home is all about clean lines, wide spaces for air to circulate, an open lanai to relax in, and Philippine-made décor, while still keeping the fun with pastel-colored bedrooms and decals in their children’s rooms.

Neutral colored walls and dark furniture are key elements of Asian style homes, which the first floor has plenty of. The key pieces in most of the rooms are Filipino-made, from wood carvings to pieces made from native fiber. To add a touch of whimsy, the dining area has one solid red-orange wall – a break from the neutral palette of the house’s common areas. As a reversal from the house’s white-walled palette, the children’s rooms are painted in soft colors, picked out by the girls themselves – pink, peach, and blue, complemented by white furniture. Finishing touches of huge glass doors and windows complete the airy, open, and modern abode.

Original article by Charmaine S. Baylon. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“The Soft Touch”) in the March 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The living room is an architectural marvel of simple lines that give an oriental feel – from any direction you look, whether it’s towards the structured staircase or the cleanly lined glass windows.

Living Area Detail

The view from the other side still highlights simple lines via the sliding doors and generous windows. Enjoy the view of the lanai from the soft, plush white sofa. An intricately designed lamp sits on the sofa end table.


The modern stove is repurposed from an old jeweler’s table. Lighting fixtures from Binondo complement the clean lines made by the kitchen cabinets and stove.

Dining Area

Accent walls give a pop of color without being gauche. They’re also easier to update – if you get tired of it, you can easily change it with a fresh coat of paint. Across the dining set, a mirror with a wooden designed frame by Alan Tan gives the room an illusion of space.


Steel rectangles, painted to look like wood, complement the lines made by the stair banisters. Nooks that hold trinkets – small baskets from Palawan and figurines from Benguet - line the stairway wall.

Staircase Landing

A sitting corner can be seen at the second floor.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has furnished wood tiles and lots of space, with sliding doors leading out to a small balcony. A daybed sits at the end of the bed for afternoon naps, of for kids to sleep in. The key pieces of the room are a Sumatran bed and a Chinese cabinet.

Guest Room

The four poster bed, an heirloom, is from the 1920s, giving the room an elegant colonial Filipino feel. The white lace throw pillows complement the dark wood.

Girls' Bathroom

Shades of green, colors from the same pantone, break monotony but still make a room look clean and crisp. Drawings on the wall and the illustrated stools give the bathroom a fun and lively feel, perfect for the kids’ use.

Margarita's Bedroom

Pastel hues light up the walls. A crochet bedspread gives the room a delicate touch, complementing the dainty interiors.

Nina's Bedroom

If a room lacks windows, make the solitary window bigger. The window here was designed as a big door to allow natural light to stream in. White furniture offset the pink walls.

Bianca's Bedroom

Working well with the blue walls are white furniture pieces. A window seat was built across the bed for the budding book lover.


The lanai gives off a distinctly Asian feel from the daybed with fabric from Laos, bamboo chimes from Indonesia, and the ceiling upholstered with banig. Everything else in the lanai is made in the Philippines, from the magazine bin, the daybed, to the native floor seats.


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