Array
Homes

Nature Takes Center Stage in this Antipolo House

Incorporating the lush surroundings into their home came naturally for this environmentalist family

Shares
Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Divina Mallari

With a landscape filled with beautiful greenery and a stroke of wilderness, it was only obvious for homeowners Emma and Cesar to design a house that embraced its surroundings rather than diminish it. After commissioning Bruno Design’s Divina Mallari and her team, they knew that a natural-looking and eco-friendly place was their top priority.

Once inside the stunning Antipolo home, it’s not hard to see why. Pristine views of lush terrain can be seen all throughout the house, streams of natural light flood every room, a cool breeze flows freely through—all lending a relaxed, laid-back air to the home. To keep within the theme, most of the materials, fixtures, and furniture in the house are vintage—either secondhand or scrapped. Despite all of this good-doing, Emma still worries her home might seem “pretentious.” But looking around, there’s nothing pretentious about it—just a home they knew would sit right with nature and with the family.

Original Text by Sunshine Selga-Funa. Styling by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Green House") in the January 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

Facade

The structure of the house follows the organic slope of its landscape thereby making an interest shape.

Living Area

Emma wanted a certain fluidity in her home so no distinct boundaries were placed. The living room, dining area, library, and kitchen are closely knitted together although they are distinguishable from one another.

Living Area Detail

The wooden console table in the living room was previously owned by cult film director Joey Gosiengfiao. This is just one of the many vintage finds that Emma introduced into her home.

Dining Area

The dining area is simple enough with its mismatched wooden chairs and clear glass top.

Kitchen

High ceilings, open windows, and artisan furnishings, the Gutierrez kitchen is a beautifully sunlit dream.

Kitchen Detail

The kitchen houses a spacious walk-in pantry where all of the couple’s dishes, cookware, and ingredients are neatly arranged.

Kitchen Detail

The couple makes it a point to showcase the greenery around their home as well as inside—even vegetables get a special place in their kitchen.

Library/Work Area

Paintings adorn the walls that lead to Emma’s workspace.

Library/Work Area Detail

The family’s small library houses their collection of favorite reads and intricately designed tin containers.

Library/Work Area Detail

With the help of her son-in-law, Emma has a cozy nook where she can retreat to work on her paintings.

Library/Work Area Detail

Some of Emma’s unfinished work line her desk.

Bridge

A whimsical bridge connects the kitchen to the couple’s bedroom. Although not part of their original plan, it has become one of their favorite parts of the home. It’s a perfect place to spend late afternoons as a cool breeze flows right through.

Bedroom

The bedroom was built with surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows, an important requisite of Emma to allow sunlight and a cool breeze in. Because the room faces the east, Emma makes use of her sarongs and linens to filter the direct sunlight—adding a personal, rustic touch to the room.

Bathroom

Beautiful wooden dividers were used as doors—concealing the his-and-her toilets in the couple’s open-spaced comfort room.

Bathroom Detail

The couple chose to have the main bathroom open to the outside; allowing anyone using it to get a view of a small river that flows freely into a nearby falls. Instead of tiles, Emma opted to use stones for her flooring for easier maintenance.

Shares

Latest Stories

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!