Family-Friendly Style for Carla Abellana's Three-Storey House
The home of the Kapuso actress is a relaxing and comfortable place for her loved ones.
Kapuso actress Carla Abellana comes home to a three-storey, four-bedroom townhouse in Quezon City. She shares the colorful modern contemporary space with her mother Rea, older sister Erica, younger brother Karl, and Erica’s daughter Ava.
Written by Joseph Dayrit. Photographed by Rene Mejia. Produced by Anna Pingol. House styling by Czarina Allanigue. Makeup by Leo Posadas. Hair by Rowena Sonido. Styling by Margaux Romero.
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Carla’s mother, Rea Reyes, employed a modern design aesthetic to the living area, judging from the simple and clean lines of the sofas, side and coffee tables, and window shades. The modern look is evident in the use of neutral colors like off-white and beige paired with dark brown and black. Touches of warm orange have been added for a stylish finish.
The wall-mounted LG flat-screen TV faces the main sofa in the living area. Sometimes, Carla and her family catch up on their favorite television shows while dining.
Large pieces of furniture set against neutral wall colors work best in smaller spaces like those in a townhouse. Make the overall look more interesting by adding decorative accents in bright hues.
The townhouse has a standard L-shaped kitchen with an island. What adds life to this otherwise plain space is the wide, eye-level panel of decorative tiles in varying shades of blue. Carla boasts that she and her family installed the tiles themselves.
The eight-seater dining set was custom-made for Carla and her family. The same is true for the lattice-work wall decor. “Itong wall decor, she ordered it somewhere. It was originally white but we had it painted black.”
Located next to the dining area, the L-shaped kitchen is kept bright and clean.
Mosaic tiles add color and texture to the kitchen.
Framed photos add charm and character to the hallway.
This room on the second floor is occupied by Carla’s Ate Erica, and Erica’s daughter Ava.
Carla's Ate designed the two-in-one room so she maintains her privacy, yet she is never far away from her little girl.
Ava has her own corner in her mom Erica’s room on the second floor of the property. A kiddie bed topped with pillows and stuffed toys leans against an accent wall with flower-shaped lighting fixtures. In between the two flowers, her name is spelled out with pink and purple letters. The same colors can be seen throughout the area, from the toys and the décor to the stool at the foot of the bed.
The space above the headboard of Carla’s dainty bed is what she calls her “sexy wall.” Three equal-sized frames feature “sexy” photos of her loved ones: her then-boyfriend Geoff Eigenmann for the September 2008 issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines; her four-year-old niece, Ava, who was a year old when the photo was taken; her lola, actress Delia Razon, who was wearing a two-piece swimsuit in the picture.“I think she was 16 in that photo,” says Carla of her grandmother.
This white tufted chaise lounge was custom-made to Carla’s specifications. “Doon sa pinagpapagawaan namin ng furniture, sila ang nag-suggest niyan. ’Tapos, sabi ko, may apat na paa.”
“’Yong desk naman, it’s an antique. Binili ko doon sa kung saan kami nagpapagawa ng furniture. Iyan lang ’saka ’yong antique mirror sa bathroom ko ang hindi customized dito sa kuwarto ko,” shares Carla.
Mommy Rea’s bedroom is the biggest one in the townhouse.
Mommy Rea chose a green tone for her room, giving it a calm ambiance. Lattice-work panels appear again, but in white geometric lines.
Facing the bed is another wall-mounted TV above a white console table. The TV helps Carla's mom relax and unwind after a long day.
“I really wanted the house, not for myself, but for my mother talaga. Siya ’yong unang-una. For her more than for myself or anybody.” Carla is talking about her mom, Rea Reyes, the director of a call center and the daughter of ’50s screen legend Delia Razon.
Not too long ago, Carla—together with Mommy Rea, older sister Erica, younger brother Karl, and Erica’s daughter Ava—were living with Lola Delia in another house in Quezon City. But after 20 years, the Kapuso actress and TV host decided it was time to find a place they could call their own.
Carla recalls that Lola Delia was very unhappy with the news: “Umiyak talaga siya no’ng nalaman niya na lilipat na kami! Pero alam naman niya na it was bound to happen. Proud siya sa akin. Alam niyang dream ’yon ng mom ko—magkaroon ng sarili niyang house.”
Carla and Mommy Rea now share the mortgage, with Carla paying the bigger slice. “Nag-down payment na kami ng portion of the total amount sa bank, and then the rest is mortgaged na. Pero ’yong title, nakapangalan na siya sa amin.” With a thriving career in acting and hosting, does she plan to invest in other houses in the future? “Hindi na siguro. Masaya na ’ko here. Masaya na ’ko with this. It’s the biggest investment I’ve ever made. I’m more than happy with this.”