Timeless Elegance and Luxurious Hotel Living Define a Family's Dream Home

A neutral palette, classic wooden furniture, and muted colors create a fresh and elegant residence for this family

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Hannah Acab-Faustino

A family’s dream house is a total collaboration between family members – and this is what the Yu family considered when they built their home. Each family member’s needs and preferences were taken into consideration, and as their family is still growing, a primary concern was which style and motif would not age with time.

Thanks to designer Hannah Acab-Faustino of Ideal Interior Design Services, the home achieved a harmonious balance between comfortable and cozy and luxuriously elegant. Hannah began by choosing a color scheme that was subdued yet warm enough for a young family. Creams and beiges were the primary colors chosen, while textures and prints were thoughtfully placed and introduced into the interiors via upholstery, fabrics, and wallpaper.

The home’s wooden furnishings were carefully chosen from classic designs from Ethan Allen and Origins at LRI, while light fixtures were picked from the Pietro Collection and Imperial. Plush pieces such as comfy armchairs, and lush greenery added softness and coziness to the home’s overall opulence.

The Yu’s home exudes elegance and luxury, yet the addition of customized storage, delicate pieces of décor, and luscious fabrics soften the look and counter a feeling of stiffness and formality – perfect for an ever-growing family with young kids eager to enjoy life in their dream home.

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Guests are welcomed into the Yu home with a sweeping staircase that gracefully curves upwards – a fitting introduction on the home’s hotel-like vibe.

Decor Detail

The home is washed in shades of cream and beige that allow the wooden furniture to shine, while the addition of plants located strategically around the house brings a pop of color and life.

Living Area

Despite the dominance of cream and beiges around the house, the Yu residence feels warm and welcoming with the addition of prints and various textured fabrics. The pair of armchairs with printed upholstery is inviting, as is the large sofa with light colored throw.

Living Area Detail

The homeowners wanted an elegant and stylish look for their home. This was achieved by adding classic pieces such as this pair of armchairs covered in rich brocade upholstery. Crystal candlesticks match the living room chandelier, balancing out the heavy wooden elements around the room.

Dining Area

The striped fabric on the dining room chairs softens the room’s overall formal ambience. The recessed ceiling becomes more interesting with the circular “platform” for the French-style chandelier. For additional storage space – and functionality – a coffee nook was built on one corner.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is an impressive take on a five-star hotel room, with its large bed and sitting area with a wingback chair and ottoman. Patterned pillows in rich gold, muted gold-hued wallpaper with leaf patterns, and a plush rug complete this room’s lavishness.


Leave no spaces bare. The home’s hallway can be the perfect spot to display artwork or your favorite books. Trays can be used to organize pieces on a console table, and a pair of drawers gives more storage.

Walk-in Closet

The Yu couple decided to tear down some walls to re-layout the master bedroom and bathroom area to be able to maximize space. Their daily routine and lifestyle were taken into consideration when their interior designer remade this walk-in closet. The specially designed cabinets has drawers in the baseboard for more storage.

Kiddie Bedroom

The children’s rooms are the only colorful areas in the home, keeping in mind its young inhabitants. The boys’ beds are placed perpendicular to each other for maximum floor space.

Kiddie Bedroom

The girls’ beds has a cushioned headboard, in keeping with the home’s hotel vibe. Finally, to make the room more visually appealing, one wall is painted solid, while the other is covered in patterned wallpaper.


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