Earth colors complete Marvin Agustin's Modern Asian Home

Modern designer pieces found a home in this Quezon City bachelor pad

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon Architect: Cathy Saldana

Transforming a rundown 70s bungalow was a challenge Marvin Agustin faced when he rented a property in White Plains, Quezon City. But the house’s good structure and bright garden encouraged the actor and restaurateur to take on the renovation. 

Because he owns restaurants—Marciano’s, John and Yoko, and Mr. Kurosawa—which all have distinct interiors, the kapamilya star didn’t have a hard time looking for help to renovate the place. The task fell on architect Cathy Saldaña, who co-designed Marvin’s restaurants.

The house design followed the sleek and masculine theme of Marvin’s previous condominium in Mandaluyong. This vision was realized in timeless pieces of furniture that go well with the house’s retro structure. Subtle and unassuming works from famous artists are paired with statement plants, including sculptural yucca trees that lend a tropical feel. 

Original article by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Shoot production by Ana Pingol. Styling by Gwyn Guanzon. Grooming by Nino Pableo of AJ Baguio Salon.

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House Façade

The bungalow’s adobe finish and long, low lines give away its 70s origins. The house underwent two renovation jobs to turn it into a modern enclave. The first renovation fixed the electrical wirings and dilapidated ceiling, worn down and filled with rain stains. The second round involved repainting and fixing the garden. The property’s main attraction is the backyard pool, installed with a Color Logic Pool LED lighting system that change into five different colors and has several color-show settings. At night, it projects an inviting liquid image and adds drama to the space.

Living Area

The house’s modern minimalist design is evident in the elegant living room, outfitted with identical Djer Paras couches and a Budji Layug coffee table.

Living Area

A Linds Lee painting pops out of the bluish-gray walls. Marvin saw the color in the walls of a function room at Le Grand Hotel in Paris.

Living Area

The living area shares the same space as the dining area.


This den has a subdued color scheme in beige and browns, executed in the three-seater couch, armchair, walls, and curtains. A simple area rug anchors the furniture. A painting of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle break the rooms monochromatic palette.

Console Table and Chairs

Against the wall is a console table and a framed rectangular mirror. Flanking a wooden sculpture are identical table lamps, and two chairs are placed on either side of the console. These chairs are from internationally renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s collection, “Café Seating.”

Dining Room

The dining room has a mix of designer and retail pieces. The dining table is from Komodo, a local teak furniture store. The leather-wrapped chairs are from one of Kenneth Cobonpue’s collections. A tall plant and the drum pendant lamp, also by Cobonpue, provide the tropical accents to this room.

Dining Room Detail

A Ramon Orlina sculpture and Onib Olmedo painting modestly occupy one corner of the area.


Artwork and furniture adds personality to the plain hallway.


The neutral color scheme is continued in the bedroom, lending a calming mood to the resting place. Resembling a hotel suite, the room features a luxurious bed with a padded headboard, a recliner, and ottoman stools. Headlining an upscale home theatre system is a 42-inch Sony flat-screen television. Sliding glass doors reveal a view of the backyard and the pool. While the bedroom interiors are modern, the house’s original parquet flooring was retained.

Swimming Pool

The backyard pool tops off the property’s tropical look—complete with a diving board, lounge chairs, and a pool ball. Tivoli lights and plants enhance the area’s relaxing vibe.


Asked to describe his dream home, Marvin replies: “Modern, for sure. May pagka-Italian ’yong style. It’s going to be a two-story house.” As for the furnishings for that dream house, he would most certainly still go to a lot of painstaking effort to get what he really wants. “Masarap kasi na ’yong mga pieces na nasa bahay mo...through the years, naipon mo. Hindi ’yong parang ’binagsak ng designer o minadali para matapos. So, dahan-dahan. Konti-konti.”


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