Nikki Gil's Modern Tropical Three-Storey House in Las Pinas
The Kapamilya singer, actress, and host welcomes us into her family home
In 2011, Nikki Gil and her family — Daddy Dino, Mommy Julie, and younger sister Dani — moved into this modern tropical dwelling in an exclusive village in Las Pinas. Since the home only had two storeys, they hired architect Larry Mananquil to make changes and add another floor that would serve as a private sanctuary for Nikki. The brand new storey has more than enough space for the Kapamilya star's own bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet.
Mommy Julie, an interior design student at the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID), furnished and decorated the renovated haven. For a beautiful and comfortable place, she complemented the contemporary design of the house with tropical and Asian pieces.
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Just like the other houses in this subdivision, this home does not have a gate or a fence. This allows the owners, neighbors, and guests to better appreciate the structure of each house.
In line with the Modern Asian theme of the village, Mommy Julie opted for a contemporary-meets-Oriental-and-Balinese theme. For a unique look, she also added a few tropical touches.
For a tropical feel, the living area is furnished with an oversized sectional sofa with a woven base. It is topped with throw pillows in earth colors of gray, brown, and green.
Mommy Julie shares that the solid walls were replaced with wood-and-glass sliding doors. These sliding doors make the living area seem airy, bright, and spacious.
Facing the sliding doors is a baby grand piano, a symbol of the family's love for music. We learned that music is important to them because Daddy Dino's grandfather is Lucio San Pedro, the late National Artist for Music best known for writing the music for Sa Ugoy ng Duyan.
The dining area is furnished with an eight-seater dining table with a glass top and a wooden base. It is surrounded with chairs made with white Italian leather.
This formal space usually reserved for special occasions is completed with a painting by artist Carlo Magno.
To make the lanai perfect for resting and relaxing, Mommy Julie chose a low table (that looks like a bench), a pair of stools, and a tall lamp made with Narra.
Mommy Julie also picked out two wicker chairs and a wicker daybed used as a coffee table. The outdoor area is surrounded with flourishing ferns and other plants.
To make the space seem clean and streamlined, the kitchen is equipped only with the essentials. There is a kitchen island with a four-burner stove, an electric oven in between two tall cupboards, a sink with cabinets and drawers below, and a stainless-steel refrigerator.
Since Nikki enjoys baking, this corner holds a special place in her heart! It has a pink mixer, baking tools in a mug, and a row of cookbooks.
From this spot, the family and friends can appreciate the layout, furniture, and other pieces in the modern tropical house!
We also liked the lantern-inspired lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling and the elegant dome chair at the end of the hallway.
Since the living area on the first floor may seem too formal, the family can spend more time together in this particular area! It is the perfect place for watching movies and TV shows.
Although there is a treadmill, a dumbbell set, and other exercise essentials in this corner, Nikki prefers to work out at a Gold's Gym branch in Alabang.
The staircase that leads to the new third floor has a shoe cabinet that contains Nikki's footwear. The built-in lights inside make it easier for the singer, actress, and host to find the pairs that she needs.
The third floor is meant to serve as Nikki's own personal domain. Since she has her own floor, she can enjoy a sense of privacy and ample space for all of her belongings.
The white-and-brown color scheme makes the bedroom look calm, tranquil, and peaceful.
A closer look at the entertainment wall with a wall-mounted flat screen TV and the adjacent work and study table. The built-in shelves are used to store CDs, DVDs, books, and other important items.
For a clean and organized walk-in closet, Nikki arranges her clothes by type and by color. By doing so, she can also easily spot the specific pieces that she can use for her next performance. For example, if the production staff needs the talents to wear a red top for a particular number, she can immediately find one.
The first thing that grabs attention in the bathroom is the modern bathtub! Nikki shares that she often uses this piece before she enjoys a massage at home.
Nikki even has her own makeup mirror with professional lighting! The white-yellow lights allow her to do her makeup for this particular photo shoot, her shows, and other occasions. Unlike many other celebrities, she is her own makeup artist.
One corner of the bedroom is furnished with a single chair and a low coffee table. The wall is adorned with a portrait of Nikki, a gift from Carlo Magno.
Outside Nikki's bedroom is an outdoor area that allows her to bask in the cool breeze and the beauty of the surroundings.
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