Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna’s Two-Storey House in Laguna
Highlighting a mix of design influences, the contemporary property features a fantastic view of lush greenery, with works of notable artists serving as accent pieces
How do you juggle planning a wedding and overseeing the construction of a house? Pauleen Luna might just be the best person we can turn to for survival tips. Since her husband, comedian and TV host Vic Sotto, gave her control over the construction of their home in Laguna, Pauleen took the job seriously. While she can’t put into words how she was able to breeze through tons of processes, she was glad with the final result. The house doesn’t just look beautiful by day, it also comes to life at night. “Hindi sya biro. Ang dami mong choices. I’m sure sila [other homeowners], nilalatagan nalang ng choices. Ako, hindi. Pumupunta talaga ako do’n sa Wilcon [a warehouse store for construction materials and fixtures], at ako naghahanap no’n. Ang dami! ‘Tsaka di mo alam kung anong babagay sa ganyan. Hindi talaga sya biro, kaya nga siguro trabaho o isang profession talaga ang pagiging homebuilder,” Pauleen relates.
With the help of architects and design professionals, the couple slowly built their dream home. It took a year and a half and they are happy that they didn’t rush it. “Magiging pangit naman kung sobra mong madaliin,” shares the actress. The home doesn’t have a specific style and highlights a mix of modern, Asian, and tropical elements. From the moment you step in, you’ll be greeted by natural light and an impressive art collection. Vic specifically wanted a clean and maaliwalas home—with plants and paintings adding life to each area.
Found in an exclusive village, the home stands out and will surely catch the attention of passersby. The absence of a gate and tall plants further highlight the beauty of its structure.
Upon entrance, guests will surely marvel at the high ceiling that gives the home an airy feel. With natural light streaming in from the windows, one can best appreciate the clean aesthetic that Bossing Vic wanted. "Kung mapapansin mo, wala masyadong burloloy. Ayoko ng magulo. E, kasi, 'yong huling bahay ko, ang gulo e. Ang dami kong gamit, kasi may pagka-hoarder ako e," Vic shares, referring to his old house in Alabang.
This wall in the foyer is mesmerizing and it can serve as an art lesson given the works on display. The wall is a tribute to National Artist for Visual Arts, Arturo Luz. Vic owns around 30 paintings by the artist, some of which are rare pieces.
Vic and Pauleen's architects advised them to go against a solid modern theme as the house may end up looking stiff. Settling on a contemporary theme or a mix of influences allowed them to achieve a homey ambiance.
The living area is meant for relaxing and watching TV. A comfy, chocolate-colored leather couch is as good as a huge bed. We won't be surprised if the owners sneak in power naps here.
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A painting by Atanacio Pefaranda Austria spruces up a wall in the living area. Pauleen shares that she doesn't want a dark and gloomy home. Aside from the windows, a stainless-steel Super Archimoon floor lamp can be seen in a corner. It is paired with furniture designer Vito Selma's Geo coffee table. Click here to see more of Vito's work.
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The entertainment console not only holds the TV, it also has shelves where the couple's awards are kept. An Urban Italia purchase, the said piece also has a sliding door that conceals the TV when it's not in use.
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The dining area is accessible from the different parts of the home—thanks to three sets of glass sliding doors. As seen in the living area, it has minimal decor, too. One of the first things that guests will notice is the modern lighting piece from Keystone.
The narra dining table is a customized piece by a local furniture maker. It is made up of three smaller tables that are seamlessly combined to create one big table. Completing the look are elegant chairs from Crate & Barrel.
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Vic's daughter, Paulina Sotto, is an up-and-coming artist. Only her works are on display in the dining area—a triptych that's reminiscent of her grandfather, National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz's style.
The well-equipped and spacious kitchen has a kitchen island, tons of drawers, and a cabinet for essentials. These storage spots help keep it spotless. Meanwhile, the glass sliding doors lead to the foyer and lanai.
The cooking area also has a six-seater dining table where breakfast and other laidback meals are enjoyed while watching TV.
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Topnotch appliances complete the kitchen. While Pauleen cooks when she has the time, the couple has a house cook who is in charge of preparing meals. The cabinet and the drawers have a deep mahogany finish that complements the rest of the cooking area's color palette.
A spacious bathroom on the first floor features a tufted bench, an abstract diptych by Paulina Sotto, and scented candles that add a calming vibe to the private space.
On the second floor landing, one can see the glorious effect of the huge windows in the foyer. Aside from illuminating the first floor, it also fills the second floor corridor with natural light. Pauleen shares that she's a fan of natural light. "Actually, parang hindi naman namin sinadya. Basta gusto lang namin na ma-windows. Gusto ko talaga, natural light pumapasok sa loob. Kaya we made sure na ano talaga, puro windows," she explains.
From this angle, we can see how the staircase sets the division of the second floor. On the left is the master bedroom, while the three extra rooms are on the right. An altar with religious icons can be seen at the end, with the glass sliding doors leading to the veranda.
First Guest Room
The couple shares that the extra bedrooms are meant for their future children. For now, friends are welcome to stay in them. Each room has its own inviting bed, a side table, and a bathroom. The best part is the soothing view of the outdoors.
Second Guest Room
This bedroom follows the look of the first one as it's furnished with a bed highlighting a wingback headboard, a mirrored closet, and the dominance of neutrals.
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Vic and Pauleen made sure that guests have enough space when they visit. The bathroom is spacious—with a generous counter and a shower area, too. It will remind you of hotel suites.
From the veranda, the couple can admire the view of a golf course in the subdivision and the swimming pool below. The relaxing outdoor nook can be accessed through the master bedroom and the second floor landing. Vic and Pauleen can also enjoy breakfast with a view in the veranda.
The lanai is perfect for get-togethers with the whole Sotto clan. It is furnished with a six-piece outdoor sectional sofa from Pottery Barn and a captivating wooden coffee table designed by Filipino furniture designer Chino Yulo. Its legs look interesting from afar.
According to Pauleen, the layout of the lanai was based on the layout of Pauleen's family home in Quezon City. The dining set—a glass-top wicker dining table and the 10 chairs—are from Restoration. The family can enjoy barbecue parties outdoors with its ideal layout.
The swimming pool's length does not exceed 10 meters and it is of varying depth. Pauleen shares that she looks forward to coming home every day because of the peace and quiet she can relish in the property.
Vic and Pauleen's home is equally stunning at night. Lights were strategically added to highlight the details of its structure and interiors.
Read the original article in the December 2016 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine.
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