Modern meets Classic Style in Kim Chiu's Quezon City Home
Found in an exclusive Quezon City subdivision, the three-storey, four-bedroom celebrity home of the Ikaw Lamang star is fit for a modern-day princess
On April 6, 2011, the Kapamilya sweetheart moved into a house built on a 600sqm corner lot in an exclusive Quezon City subdivision.
Designed by interior design consultant Janet Diquiatco-Torio, the Ikaw Lamang actress’s three-storey, four-bedroom Quezon City home features a combination of Victorian, Neo-Classical and Contemporary styles. The result is a warm and inviting space that is posh, glamorous, and modern.
Written by Gabby Reyes Libarios. Photographed by Mitch Mauricio (interiors) and BJ Pascual (portraits). Shoot production by Anna Pingol & Candice Lim-Venturanza. Makeup by Haidee Fernandez. Hair by Janet De Rama.
Fashion styling by Kim and Boop Yap. Read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2012 issue. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine
At the time of the shoot, Kim Chiu’s house was decked out in Christmas decor for YES!’s December 2011 issue.
The front door is decorated with mystic knots, a feng shui symbol.
This symbol helps attract good fortune and brings about harmony in the homeowner’s life. Kim is also advised that this knot can help her find love.
Guests are welcomed into the home with the foyer adorned with holiday decorations.
The tuxedo couch with tufting and the two camel back chairs are paired with an octagon-shaped glass coffee table.
Heavy curtains, which are just right in a Victorian-inspired home, help the cool air from escaping through sliding glass doors or floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Egyptian crystal chandelier hanging from the cathedral ceiling of Kim’s living room is from Illuminati Technique, which sells imported lighting fixtures.
According to design consultant, Janet Diquiatco-Torio, this chandelier was pasadya, so it would have the right length needed for the room.
The neutral color scheme of the living room creates a warm and cozy feel.
A high ceiling adds an elegant and luxurious appeal to the living room.
Interior designer Janet commissioned artists Raymond Cariaso and Raymond Perlata to do a mural of a place in Greece for Kim’s dining-room wall.
“The kind of design that I used in the house is eclectic. It’s a combination of classic and modern. So pinasok ko nang konti ’yong classic through the mural,” explains Janet.
Even the form of the dining-room chairs conveys good luck and prosperity. Janet says she had the backrests made to look like the number 8, which is a symbol of infinity in feng shui.
There are also feng shui elements in the dining room. Feng shui expert Joy Lim, whom Kim consulted during the construction of her home, suggested that the young star use a shade of blue on her walls to offset the fire element in the nearby kitchen.
The kitchen is located next to the dining room.
The space is filled with modern conveniences such as an Elba oven, a Samsung French-door refrigerator, a 3D bread toaster, a Krups coffeemaker, and a GE microwave oven.
An Elba range hood is installed above the cooktop to draw away smoke and food smells from the house. Kim says the only meals she herself can prepare are fried foods.
Kim also has a wall-mounted flat TV, which can be viewed from both the dining area and the kitchen.
There is also an Elba cooktop on the island counter where the family cook does the heavy-duty cooking.
A corner near the kitchen has been converted into a place for receiving and entertaining guests.
Stacked stone veneer wall cladding, which resemble bricks, ochre, basalt, or charcoal, can add personality to any corner.
Sliding doors open to reveal an outdoor area furnished with a fully-upholstered sofa.
Another part of the outdoor area is filled with woven furniture pieces.
A comfortable daybed can be seen in the garden.
In time for the Christmas season, the garden is adorned with a herd of reindeers.
A stone pathway can be found on one side of the home.
Dining tables were set up in the garden for the Yes! magazine staff.
The home is completed with a belen or nativity scene.
When Kim finds the time to relax, she stays inside her soundproof, mini theater on the first floor, just off the living room, and watches movies for hours.
“Pag wala akong work, diyan lang ako nakababad,” Kim says, smiling. “Minsan paggising ko, nandiyan na ’ko–pagkagising ko hanggang kinabukasan ng umaga. Diyan na ’ko kakain, diyan na ’ko lahat! Hindi ko alam, gabi na pala. Kasi, usually, series ’yong pinapanood ko.”
Kim got the idea of putting a private salon inside her house from Kris Aquino, her co-star in the defunct ABS-CBN drama, Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo. Kris’s old house in Valle Verde II in Pasig City had one room turned into her very own dressing room and parlor.
If Kim had her way, this room would be done entirely in pink. It was her interior designer Janet who added black into the color scheme. Janet says, “Parang napaisip siya do’n. Ang maganda do’n is, she trusted me naman.”
Printed tiles with gold and bronze patterns add vibrancy to the powder room.
The second floor hallway is kept polished and gleaming.
Awards and trophies are prominently displayed in the space.
The altar has religious figures and fresh flowers.
A blue-and-white palette is used for the bedroom of JP, Kim's younger brother.
Facing the bed is a white table topped with a flat-screen TV.
Kim's older sisters, Kam and Twinkle sleep in this lovely bedroom.
The pair of beds are dressed in sweet and floral bed sheets.
The second-floor living room is where Kim entertains guests. Unlike the living area below, this space is homier and is conducive to long conversations with friends.
This room is also equipped with a Sony Bravia TV set, a Sony home theater system, an Xbox 360 video-game console, and a Filmographia media player.
The brown sectional is imported from China, while the colorful ottomans that look like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle are from local furniture store Eclectic Living.
On the walls are film posters and several blown-up photographs of Kim from her shoots with various fashion magazines.
In the hallway that leads to the bi-level bedroom, the white walls are adorned with colorful paintings.
Kim initially wanted the three-storey, four-bedroom home to be entirely in pink, but her sister Lakambini was afraid that the Ikaw Lamang star would eventually grow out of it. The two sisters eventually reached a compromise: Kim could still use as much pink as she wanted, but only in her bedroom.
Her bedroom is also unique because it is divided into two floors, complete with a living area and a staircase that leads to the bed and bath areas.
The living area of the bedroom is furnished with a gray sofa facing a flat-screen TV.
An area was converted into a mini home office with a work desk for Kim’s iMac and WiFi internet router.
The space underneath the stairs is adorned with Kim's collection of scents. The collection includes Chanel No. 5, Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes, and Daisy by Marc Jacobs.
To invite luck into the home, the staircase is decorated with silver horses.
Kim has graced countless magazine covers. Some of these covers are kept in frames and displayed in the space.
The drawer is filled with Kim's collection of oversized sunglasses.
Since pink is Kim's favorite color, the weighing scale is in the same shade.
More framed photos add character and personality to the space.
Since Kim was born in 1990, the year of the horse, her home is filled with horse figurines.
"The Western Guide to Feng Shui for Romance" is kept in another drawer.
The second level is furnished with a study table, two side tables, and a custom-made oversized bed. The bed is paired with a hot pink tufted headboard and pillows in shades of pink and violet. Two bears from her ex-boyfriend and former onscreen partner Gerald Anderson rest on the floral bedcover by Mema Alberto. More flower prints can be found on the curtains and a series of paintings by artist Chico Javier.
Kim’s spacious bathroom is fitted with a walk-in closet, sauna, toilet, bathtub, and a glass enclosure with rain shower.
Kim just loves soaking in her bathtub when she has the time: “Kasi gusto ko gano’n lang. Sa mga hotels, ang unang hinahanap ko, bathtub. No’ng nagkabahay na ako, e, di bumili ako ng bathtub ko.”
The third floor of the structure has been turned into a walk-in closet for the Kapamilya beauty.
A pink, green, and white color palette is chosen for a bright and playful style. A fully-upholstered, tufted ottoman in a bright hot pink shade lies in the middle of the space.
The walls are lined with whitewashed open cabinets filled with the clothes that she uses for work. Her favorite Chanel, Gucci, Tory Burch, Stella Luna, and Christian Louboutin shoes are carefully stored in a glass cabinet.
The lower level is where Kim keeps her growing collection of designer handbags and accessories. They include such brands as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. Her Goyard bags are gifts from ABS-CBN business unit head Deo Endrinal.
Kim's house is decorated with twinkling Christmas lights.
The home looks festive from any angle.
Kim was able to fit in a rectangular swimming pool in the limited backyard space. “Kahit sapilitan, pinilit ko siyang magkaroon ng swimming pool diyan sa likod. Kahit maliit lang, pwede na, masaya na ako do’n,” the Star Magic talent says.
This pool has two areas: one for kids and one for adults. To make it unique, Kim installed a high-tech underwater lighting system.
The swimming pool lights has seven different colors.
The Kapamilya star relaxes on the daybed in the garden.
Kim Chiu with siblings William, Twinkle, Kam, and JP.
Since Kim’s bedroom could be anything her heart desired, she decided to create a mini-condo filled with pink colors. "Ginawa kong mini-condo ’yong kwarto ko. May sarili siyang buhay. Meron siyang sala, meron siyang stairs paakyat sa room, meron siyang C.R., ganyan.”
Shopping for bags has become a form of therapy for Kim: “Parang pag nahihirapan ako sa ginagawa ko, pag naiiyak na ’ko, bibili ako ng bag.”
The bed is paired with a hot pink tufted headboard and pillows in shades of pink and violet. Two bears from her ex-boyfriend and former onscreen partner Gerald Anderson rest on the floral bedcover.
Given the demands of showbiz for clothes and costumes, Kim had the entire third floor converted into a walk-in closet and storage area. In one room are clothes and shoes for work. Tata Layola, Kim’s personal assistant, keeps everything in this area clean and organized