Gabby's 300sqm House with Rustic Industrial Style

A photographer chooses a simple look for her new four-storey home

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: Ruby Besira

Name: Gabby Cantero

Type of Home: 300sqm House with Four Storeys

Style of Home: Rustic Industrial

Sometimes, homeowners find their future homes in unexpected places. For example, photographer Gabby Cantero first saw this real estate property when she shot her friend's pre-nuptial photos here. Since she liked the place so much, she asked if there were any available units. Fortunately for her and her mother, a four-storey house was ready for occupancy.

Gabby and her mother soon transferred from their old place in Quezon City to their new dwelling in the south. Gabby's friend, interior designer Ruby Besira, helped the young artist create the rustic industrial place that she has always dreamed of.

Read the original article ("Concrete Mix") in the September 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living and Dining Areas

From the entrance of the home, one can see that the living and dining areas can be found in the same space. An open layout is ideal for homeowners that love to host parties and reunions. It also makes the place seem bright, airy, and spacious.

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with an old dining table surrounded by dining chairs with solihiya details. According to Gabby, she originally planned to paint this antique dining set white. However, she and her mom eventually decided to retain the natural finish of the pieces.

Dining Area

Since Gabby loves black and white, she purchased these industrial lights from CW Home Depot Ortigas. These pendant lamps look cool and can also effectively illuminate the dining set up.


Gabby had the original floor tiles in the living, kitchen, and dining areas removed. She wanted to install machuka tiles in the kitchen but she was discouraged because it would take four months to make.

Instead of machuka tiles, the interior designer suggested a hand-painted pattern for the kitchen floors. The charming hand-painted details help separate this corner from the rest of the shared spaces.


Since Gabby was once a culinary arts student, she really wanted to have a fully-functional kitchen that she would enjoy preparing and cooking food in. She stores her white and red onions in this woven basket.

Mortar and Pestle

Beside the basket of onions is a mortar and pestle for preparing garlic and other ingredients.

Home Office

According to Gabby, she spends most of her time in her master bedroom and in this home office. To make the most of the small space, she installed wall-mounted shelves and a built-in work desk.


The window in the home office lets the sunlight in. Natural light can help prevent eye strain, especially if you spend a lot of time working or studying.

Master Bedroom

In line with Gabby's vision of a rustic industrial home, she kept her bedroom plain and simple. We love the raw finish of the concrete walls and floors.


Since the walls have neutral colors and bare finishes, Gabby spruced it up with interesting black-and-white prints.


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