Recycling Projects liven up a Kid-Friendly Condo

Modern Filipino style, indoor plants, and personal touches change this three-bedroom home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Rachelle F. Medina

In designing a home for their family, parents must always consider the safety and well-being of their children. This is especially important for moms and dads with kids below the age of 12, like Dr. Ava Ramirez and Dr. Rally Ramirez who share their space with their five-year-old son, Manu. Since they wanted the best for their first-born, the couple moved out of their Malate apartment and into a Pasay condo that offered tighter security and had a less polluted and child-friendly atmosphere.

Aside from having a place free from fragile and sharp-edged furniture items that might bring harm to their little one, Ava created a contemporary Pinoy home completed with budget-friendly pieces, like a P180 woven lamp from Divisoria and a P6000 wooden dining table from Santa Rosa. She also filled the place with recycled things, such as Xerox boxes and milk cans turned into useful containers. Even cacti and herbs were planted in Gerber bottles and planters made from old tarpaulins.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Rachelle F. Medina. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

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Living Area In the living area, a beige sectional sofa is topped with pillows covered in reasonably-priced fabric from Larry's Curtain and Upholstery Supply. Even the papier mache figures came from a local supplier, specifically Balaw Balaw Restaurant and Folk Art Museum in Angono, Rizal. These well-appointed details add to the modern Filipino feel of the home.
Living Area Detail In line with the Modern Filipino style, one of the corners in the living room has distinctly Pinoy touches. Three artworks by Ben Francisco hangs on the wall. Below the pieces is a wooden cabinet that resembles a paminggalan. As a finishing touch, a bowl of woven balls lies on the tiled floor.
Dining Area The space flows seamlessly to the dining area, where a P6,500 six-seater dining table from Sta. Rosa is the main piece. For a modern touch, the table is surrounded by white plastic chairs with sleek steel legs.
Dining Area Detail Behind the dining set is a buffet table for dishes, glasses, and other dining essentials. A pomelo-colored wall, adorned with artwork and a mirror, serves as a warm complement to the wooden pieces.
Guest Room More budget finds, including a great lamp from Dapitan Arcade and a sofa bed bought on sale from IKEA, can be found in the guest room. Just like the other parts of the home, the space is adorned with Filipino-inspired accent pieces like a textured rug, wicker baskets, and a wicker chair.
Guest Room Cacti In the guest room, the oversized ottoman is topped with Ava's latest recycling project: miniature cacti in old Gerber bottles. She plans to give the plants as Christmas presents.
Manu's Playroom Across the guest room is Manu's play room, which has a light blue and beige color scheme. The focal point is a cute teepee from the American Women's Bazaar filled with Manu's favorite toys.
Manu's Wall In the playroom, a wall is covered with photos, memorabilia and Manu's artwork in frames bought from a sidewalk vendor. The frames were painted white to match the color palette used in the space.
Master Bedroom A P180 woven lamp from Divisoria illuminates the Master Bedroom.
Balcony Since they have a small space, Ava made a vertical garden in the balcony using old tarpaulins turned into planters. These planters hanging on the wall hold herbs like basil, tarragon and parsley.
Balcony detail Bromeliads and cacti can also be found in this open space.

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