Retro Scandinavian Hip style defines this Alabang home

A family finds refuge in a house with six bedrooms, designer pieces and a luxury car and motorcycle kept indoors

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Architect: Arlen de Guzman Interior Designer: Joy Ejercito

When it comes to the design of your dream home, you no longer need to stick to one particular style anymore. You can always try different kinds of furniture pieces, furnishings and finishes to find what looks good together. Interior designer Joy Ejercito has mastered this art of combining various styles to create unique spaces. She has applied the same principles in her own house, which she describes as “Retro Scandinavian Hip”.

The Scandinavian influence is reflected in the clean, minimalist feel of the 900sqm, two-storey, six-bedroom structure while the retro style is conveyed through pieces with a vintage look such as a reproduction Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto's Chair, and a Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

 Read the original article ("Master Planned") in the December 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

FACADE Architect Arlen de Guzman was responsible for the design of the house complete with tropical details like wooden accents and large windows for cross-ventilation.
LIVING AREA The family's main living room can be found in the open-plan ground floor area next to a glass-railed staircase. An Ovvian Castrillo brass sculpture stands in one corner, while a Ramon Orlina glass sculpture sits on the coffee table. The paintings seen on the second floor are by Karen Baluyot from Galerie Francesca and Fred Ramirez from Manila Art Gallery.
DINING ROOM The 14-seater dining table is surrounded by tufted chairs and complemented by wide windows and white walls. A Rodel Jacintos painting on the wall entitled "Tango" adds a pop of color to the area. Joy shares that she and her husband loves the impressionist style of the artwork as it sets a romantic mood in the space.
MASTER BEDROOM The couple's bedroom is conveniently located right next to the living room. "We located it on the ground floor so we won't need to climb stairs when we're old," says Joy, partly in jest. She made sure that the space would also be open cool, well-lit, spacious, and had a good view of the garden. The picture windows throughout the space let natural light in and offer views of both the landscaping and the living room.
MASTER BATH The mosaic-tiled shower enclosure, wooden panels and his-and-hers vanity areas add to the retro feel of the luxurious en suite bathroom which consists of a toilet and bath, dressing area and a pocket garden.
MASTER BATH HIS-AND-HERS SINK In the middle of the master bathroom are the his-and-hers vanity areas. The identical mirrors and sinks rest on a marble countertop and allow Don and Joy to get ready for work together.
GUEST BEDROOM For a retro look, the guest bedroom has a reproduction Arco lamp and a round sofa bed. The space also has a sunburst wall clock and Ghost Chair.
KITCHEN In the kitchen, the combination of whitewashed walls and wooden cabinets, drawers and table is a nod to modern Scandinavian design aesthetic.
KITCHEN For an interesting retro twist, Joy chose a sculptural lighting fixture and cool Tom Vac chairs from Loft Details.
JOY'S OFFICE (WHITE CURTAINS) In Joy's office, she can present design proposals and materials to her clients at a rectangular table surrounded by damask swivel chairs. The elegant look of the space is emphasized by a black chandelier and sheer white curtains.
JOY'S OFFICE (CORNER) Inspired by Japanese kaidan-dansu (step-chests), Joy customized the steps of the staircase that leads to her office with drawers and cubby holes. The Carlo Magno painting near the staircase is from Manila Art Gallery.
JOY'S OFFICE The classic and sophisticated Baroque design of Joy's office is different from the style of the other parts of her house. However, it still works because she uses black and white furniture and accessories, just like in the rest of the rooms. In this area, she chose a customized black Baroque love seat and a white chair set against an accent wall covered in a dramatic black and purple Damask pattern.
DON'S OFFICE/SHOWROOM Since Don is a doctor, Joy wanted his office to be located at the front of the house where patients can easily be accommodated. As for Don, he wanted his office to be a library and showroom-cum-entertainment room that would show his love for Ducati motorcycles, Miatas, and toy cars. The result leaves guests surprised to find a Camaro and a Ducati alongside furniture and accessories inside the air-conditioned space.
SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY The second floor hallway is furnished with a reproduction Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto's Chair. Both pieces were created by local furniture brand Mity Mike. In the middle of the two chairs is a Dream Catcher sculpture by artist Seb Chua.

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