Modern Filipiniana Meets Colorful Quirk in this 450sqm Two-Storey Home

This young couple’s nest is all about lovin’ local

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Tala Singson

Homeowners: Charlie and Paula Fernandez

Style of Home: Modern Filipiniana

One look at Charlie and Paula Fernandez’s two-storey home is all it takes to deduce that it’s out of the ordinary. Travelers, birders, crafters, and lovers of the Philippines (among many others things), Charlie and Paula’s nest pretty much reflects all their interests, which are evident the moment you set foot inside their house.

A brick wall adorned with masks from various places bought from their many travels, along with an assortment of antiques is what welcomes you. A few more steps and you’ll find yourself in the living room, a cozy area where banig and baul meet colors and patterns. The dining room is just as multihued and a lot quirkier. Chairs of various designs, patterns, and colors surround the dining table. The kitchen, however, is more subdued but has its own greats: neatly labeled, organized, and DIY-ed to perfection. The couple’s masterful styling and curation can also be seen in the garden, which has colorful beach loungers, a hammock, and some beautiful potted plants.

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Bacolod, Palawan, Vietnam, Thailand are just some of the places where Charlie and Paula got these masks from. They’re all lined up on the foyer wall, with space provisions for additional masks in the future.

Living Area

Charlie and Paula like bringing home hauls from their travels, customizing stuff through DIY projects and displaying them around the house. From time to time, they mix and match the décor, pillowcases, and even the chairs!

Living Area

This area in the living room is just one of the many picture-perfect spots in the Fernandez home. The piano, an antique given by Paula’s mom (according to her Instagram!), is home to various Filipiniana bits and pieces.

Living Area

On the opposite side of the piano are these Filipiniana table toppers, candleholders, and a lamp. The “C” on display behind it is part of the “C at P” DIY project that Paula’s niece created for the couple’s wedding.

Dining Area

The dining area highlights a salvaged piece (dining table) and some hand-me-downs (customized chairs). “They’re saying it might have been a working table for priests—kung saan nilalatag yung mga binabasa nila,” Charlie says of the dining table, which came from an old house. Meanwhile, some of the colored chairs are from Paula’s sister who used to have them customized for her home, and later gave them to Charlie when she moved to a smaller space. 

Dining Area

Part of the console table near the dining set is a vignette that showcases the couple’s love for travel.


The kitchen is organized neatly and labeled accordingly, but it’s not at all stiff with the addition of a few homey touches.


The big window in this side of the house makes for great lighting in contrast to the brick walls and wooden floor and stairs, which tend to make the area dark. 


Charlie bought the bed in the master bedroom back when the house was still a bachelor’s pad. Paula’s contribution was the addition of pillows of different prints, colors, and patterns. Above the bed is an Alan Malunes piece.

Vanity Area

Paula’s vintage dresser and solihiya chair with brocade cushion in the vanity area make a great aesthetic against the wooden panels on the wall. The DIY makeup lights by Charlie complete the look.

Vanity Area

Adding an interesting layer to the vanity area is a trio of woven mini baskets from Palawan, set against a framed artwork.


A fan of the seaside theme since she was young, Paula created a similar-themed spot in the garden using different-colored loungers.


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