Travel Souvenirs and Thrift Finds in an Eclectic Quezon City Home

An eye for modern flair and a heart for rustic charm meet in this two-storey home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ Acme Innovatives Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

A thrift find in itself, the two-storey Quezon City home of Jinky was originally acquired by her parents in 1986 during the EDSA Revolution. Although beautiful, it’s dark, wood interiors didn’t sit well with the then college student which geared up her penchant for decorating. It was here that the collecting began.

Jinky took to Filipino furniture pieces and accents to decorate her heirloom home. Her taste for the eclectic led her to humble crafters in Metro Manila, most of Luzon, and even Mindanao such as Agi Pagkatipunan. Incorporating those pieces with high-end designer furniture, knick-knacks, and hand-me-downs given by friends and family, she created beautiful spaces that perfectly blend rustic charm and modern sensibilities. It was her renovation of the home in 2012 that tied everything together—presenting itself as a blank canvas for the eccentric portrait she painted with her unique treasures and finds.  

Original Text by Katherine Lopez. Styling by Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ Acme Innovatives.

Read the original article ("Treasure Trove") in the November 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

Despite her home being filled with unique furniture, Jinky meant for it to be comfortable and enjoyable. The four-post bespoke daybed is a piece Jinky bought from Tarlac and has been with her for nine years.

Vintage Lighting

These hanging lamps are perfect examples of modern meets classic style.

Living Area Detail

As random as the pieces in her home, so are its origins. The lamp with a green vinegar vessel as its base was a Valentine’s gift from her boyfriend, Dion Guanio who is a contractor. Jinky spotted the lamp at another renovation Dion was working on. After mentioning how much she liked the lamp, Dion acquired it and gave it to her on the day of hearts. Now it adds to a lovely vignette atop a wooden cabinet.

Old Sounds

Music is played from this vintage-looking cassette found in one corner of the house.

Reading Room / Prayer Room

Jinky escapes into this sitting room, which she calls her prayer or reading room, for naps and quiet time. The old solihiya daybed creates a serene space perfect for an afternoon snooze.

Interesting Detail

The metal tic-tac-toe game gives the living area a playful yet classic touch.

Reading Room / Prayer Room Detail

Jinky makes use of neutrals and earth tones to perfectly blend the different styles of furniture in her home. As seen in the space, elegant furniture such as the wingchair and accessories elevate and complement the wooden, rustic pieces.

Glass Fixtures and Lamp Finds

From visiting countless shops for antique finds and other quirky decor, Jinky found these vintage pieces --- that are placed on top of wooden cabinets.

Dining Area

In the dining area, a window is repurposed to fit an aquarium filled with small fish and Silver Dollars. Fitted with a wooden frame, it acts as a unique backdrop for diners. Her dining table is offbeat—mixing different chairs acquired from different places and people. Jinky purchased the two chairs near the aquarium for P300 each at an antique store located in Pasig. The chairs on the opposite side were gifts from craftsman Agi Pagkatipunan. The other two chairs were from Justin’s Treasures in White Plains, Katipunan.


The wall that separated the kitchen and the dining was torn down to create a bigger kitchen space. Wall-mounted kitchen cabinets and an abundance of drawers gives way to a clutter-free cooking space.

Kitchen Area Detail

Similar to her furniture, Jinky makes sure everything in her home becomes of use. She makes use of open plate racks to allow her to see and use every single. Her collection consists of plates from Antipolo-based potter Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, Dapitan Arcade, and stores in Davao.

Powder Room

Jinky leaves no space untouched as seen in her powder room. Wooden accessories of different shapes and sizes brings the eclectic theme into this room.


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