Family-Friendly Design for a Two-Storey House

Interior designer Anla Li-Tan balances comfort and style in this Quezon City home

Photography: William Ong

What do people sacrifice when they start to have children of their own? Most parents will tell you that they gladly let go of their free time, full nights of sleep, and even frivolous purchases to take better care of their little ones. Thankfully, while you may have to say goodbye to certain things, you can still have an attractive and appealing home.

With this two-storey house in Quezon City, interior designer Anla Li-Tan proves that you can still have the best of both worlds: comfort for the family and picture-perfect style. To create the ideal space for the parents and their three children, Anla chose pieces that would look good and still provide comfort. 

Ready for your own makeover? Click here to contact interior designer Anla Li-Tan.

Living Area

The living area looks impressive because of the high ceiling, large windows, and the accent wall covered with wooden slats. 

For a clean and streamlined look that would suit the modern contemporary style of their new house, the homeowners also opted for a staircase with clear tempered glass.

Living Area

The shared space is furnished with an L-shaped sectional sofa and a custom-made Vito Selma table. The fully upholstered seats can be more inviting for both the parents and their children.

Dining Area

A few steps away from the living area is the dining area. Instead of stiff wooden dining chairs, you can also choose fully-upholstered chairs that everyone in your family would love to sit and relax on.

Comfortable chairs can also make your loved ones linger long after the last plate has been put away, making the dining area perfect for heart-to-heart talks and meaningful conversations.


Another must for a family home? An open kitchen that would allow your kids to gather around while you prepare delicious meals. This set-up might also encourage them to lend a helping hand in cooking and cleaning.

An open kitchen is also ideal if you want to entertain family and friends. With a place like this, you can still join the conversation while making your signature dishes.


Did you know that you can furnish and decorate your own home on a budget? You can visit unlikely places like thrift stores, secondhand shops, and even members-only shopping centers.

For this lanai, Anla chose an outdoor living set from S&R! S&R is a members-only shopping center in the Philippines. 

Family Room

According to the homeowners, they spend a lot of time with their children in the family room. It is a relaxed and laid-back space that can be used for watching TV and playing video games.

To make your own family room ideal for hanging out with your loved ones, you can purchase a three-seater sofa, a pair of ottomans, and floor pillows.

Powder Room

If you want your powder room to look dramatic and elegant, you can opt for gray-and-black tiles, an old-fashioned mirror, and an unusual faucet and sink.

RL Tip: There are so many faucets and sinks to choose from at leading home depots in Metro Manila! You can even find brass or gold bathroom fixtures and hand-painted lavatories imported from other countries.

Master Bathroom

Surprisingly enough, the homeowners actually spend a lot of time together in this master bedroom! The supposedly private space now serves as the main living area for the parents and children.

To make the area seem warm and cozy for the entire family, Anla brought in a sofa, a bench, and a few accent chairs! The children can simply pick a spot while catching up on their favorite TV series together.

Master Bathroom

The airy and spacious master bathroom is fitted with a glass-enclosed shower, his-and-hers bathroom sinks, and even two water closets! There is also a sauna for unwinding and relaxing at the end of a stressful day.

Walk-in Closet

To make the walk-in closet seem neat and clean, the homeowner opted for a white dresser, cabinets, and drawers. 

Hidden Storage

The walk-in closet is connected to the small and compact gym. The staircase that leads to the roof deck has cabinets that can be used to store shoes and other belongings.

Daughter's Bedroom

Anla designed a classic bedroom with playful touches for the homeowners' eldest daughter. We especially loved the blue padded headboard and the antique chair repainted neon yellow.

Daughter's Bedroom

Since the couple's second daughter wanted more colors and patterns, Anla chose more pops of pink and green for her personal space. The tufted headboard, mismatched throw pillows, and the fun decorative pieces add character to this teenager's private haven.

Boy's Bedroom

To personalize the youngest child's bedroom, Anla opted for a cool blue-black-and-gray color palette. This color scheme is something that the son can still appreciate even as he grows older!


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