Cristine Reyes's Pristine and Tranquil Two-Storey Home
The star of Tubig at Langis welcomes us into her oasis-inspired space
A few years before marrying husband Ali Khatibi and giving birth to daughter Amarah, Cristine found solace in the suburban area, south of Metro Manila. While it is not her first home—she also stayed in her family home in Marikina City destroyed by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and in a luxurious townhouse in Quezon City—she says that this one meant the most to her as it mirrored her state of mind at that time.
A lot of people are surprised when they find out that Cristine took charge of the three-month renovation process of the house. Although she had the help of an interior-designer friend, she also had a keen eye for design. The actress stayed on top of shopping for all the furniture and choosing color schemes for each room. She ended up going for an all-white palette with hints of color ranging from periwinkle to crimson and recessed lighting that helped the entire space exude a calmer vibe.
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For an airy and spacious feel, the living area is furnished with an oversized sectional sofa in light colors and combined with mismatched pieces in the same color family. Cristine also decided to go with built-in shelves where she displays her favorite knickknacks to save on floor space.
Although Cristine is set on keeping everything neutral, she decided to lend a bright pop of color to her dining area to keep it casual and inviting. To complement the custom-made marble table and leather chairs, she went for lime green to match the vibrant undertones of the surrounding plants on display.
Cristine kept the look of her kitchen very simple and utilitarian by sticking to clean lines, a monochrome palette, and wooden details. The planters scattered across the countertops add an accent color to the space, too.
Since her home does not include a sectioned foyer, Cristine decided to turn her stairway landing into a cozy way station by adding comfortable seating and a few pieces of contemporary art to keep the walls from looking bare and dull.
Being an actress and a huge fan of film herself, she made certain that her entertainment room décor didn’t miss a beat. She opted for padded walls in muted-but-dark colors so viewers can enjoy a full visual and auditory experience when hanging out in this spot.
The patterned cream, gray and lavender wallpaper acts as a great base for the statement pieces in the room. To keep the look streamlined, she chose a beige upholstered bed with white sheets, tan drapes, and wooden side tables that blend well together.
Since Cristine loves to take a few minutes from her day to let her mind wander, she added extra seating on the balcony of her bedroom where she can reflect while appreciating the view of the garden. The touches of green are further incorporated into her space through ivy-covered panels around her terrace.
A wash of red can be found in her T&B, a hue that helps boost her energy and wake her up for a long day of work. Mosaic tiles in the same shade can be found near the shower area to help break the monotony of the room while the mirrored closet doors were added to create an illusion of a bigger space.
Reminiscent of the posh boutiques in New York, her walk-in closet is every girl’s dream. From the crystal chandelier that sets the mood to the Louis Vuitton bags that double as decor pieces, Cristine made sure that every part of the room can help make dressing up a fun part of her day.