Modern Contemporary Style for a Pasig House

Real Living reader Abby Kwong reveals the budget-friendly idea she used to complete her home


Buying, furnishing, and decorating your first home doesn’t have to be too expensive. If you are on a tight budget, you can set aside money every payday and buy your pieces one by one. While this may take more time compared to purchasing items for your living, dining, kitchen, bed, and bath areas all at once, it can be more fulfilling and rewarding – just ask homeowners Abby and Jeff Kwong.

When they moved into this Pasig home in June 2013, Abby explains that they moved in all of their furniture from their old apartment. Over the span of a year and a half, they were able to save enough money to replace their existing pieces with a new bed and new furniture for the living and dining areas. Their efforts resulted in a modern contemporary home defined by a neutral color palette with pops of bright color.

Living Area

The living area is simply furnished with a wooden sofa with a gold-colored cushion and pillows. A pair of pillows in a sweet Robin's Egg Blue shade brightens up the seat.

Foyer and Dining Area

On the opposite side is the foyer completed with a pair of wingback chairs and a wooden console table on a gray shag rug. To tie the look of the foyer, living, and dining areas together, Abby chose to use the same colors all throughout the space.

DIY Photo Wall

One of Abby's latest DIY projects is this photo wall between the foyer and the dining area. She chose her favorite family photos and placed them in simple white frames.

Dining Area

In the dining area, a fully-upholstered wingback sofa is paired with four gray chairs. Homeowners can use different types of seats to create a fun, casual feel in their space. Hanging on the wall is an iconic image of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road. 

Powder Room

A Buddha head in the powder room instantly adds to the Asian vibe of the space. A unique black sink also makes the area seem more interesting.


Since the 142sqm house is relatively modest in size, the L-shaped kitchen is a simple affair. There are only a few appliances and fixtures in the space.

Kids' Bedroom

A wall in daughters Keidee and Casie's bedroom is decorated with a cute cartoon tree complete with birds, flowers, and leaves.

Kids' Playroom

More playful images can be seen on another wall in the playroom. This time, a giraffe, a zebra, an elephant, a lion, and a few monkeys are depicted.

Kids' Bathroom

Bath time can be entertaining and educational for kids with these colorful letters. Homeowners can also spruce up a room with a neutral color palette by choosing vibrantly-hued decor.

Master Bedroom

Just like the rest of the home, the bedroom has a modern contemporary look. An oversized tufted headboard makes the bed look more inviting for the couple.

Bedroom Detail

The wall facing the bed is dressed up with a bold and bright shade of red. A flat-screen TV hangs over the media cabinet. On the other side are three floating shelves filled with different decorative pieces.

Master Bathroom

A pair of shelves above the water closet can be used to store personal belongings and display a few handpicked accessories.


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