Vintage Pieces and Wall Accents Liven Up Old Family Home

This house filled with antiques and lush greens showcases a rich family history

Original Article: Ianne Evangelista Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

In our ever-increasing shift to living independently in the city by way of condos, rarely do we find homes still full of family history. This humble abode has a story for the books. When Diane married Danny, they moved in to Danny’s family home, then a split-level mid-century house in Pasig. They stayed at the ground floor while their in-laws lived upstairs. When they started their own family, they moved to the second floor to have more room for their growing brood. Now that their children have children of their own, Dianne and Danny are back downstairs—this time with their own separate living area, complete with a dining room, living room, and kitchen, while their children and grandchildren live upstairs!

Recently, their humble abode underwent a three month renovation. Changes were tackled one room, one area at a time due to budget constraints—now, their home is lovelier than ever. The space is vibrant and full of color, as well as rich with history—from a matching curtain and plate set found from two different parts of the country, a blooming lanai and garden nurtured after Diane’s career in the corporate world, a wooden chandelier from Diane’s mother-in-law, Amorsolo sketches, her own father’s vintage furniture, and much more. This home is a testament of patience, hard work, and history—that in our world of having things instantly, it still pays off to focus on one room at a time, that history and feelings abound even in simple everyday items.

Read the original article (“Full Circle”) in the June 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.


Hanging from the high ceiling is a wooden chandelier from Diane’s mother in law. A stately pre-war 1923 mirror, stripped and finished, is nailed securely to the wall, between Amorsolo sketches and her own father’s vintage furniture. The Vigan console underneath holds a pretty row of glass candleholders and candelabras look like they come from antique but are actually from The Landmark.

Upstairs Living Area

A loose-cushioned modular sofa makes up most of the living room. The pillow cases are repurposed from bedroom sized cases and cut in half, costing only P25 each. 

Upstairs Living Area Detail

A cool blue-green wall faces the front wall, which changes every year. Intricate carvings on a wooden bench rests against the accent wall, with a glass table top coffee table to match.

Upstairs Dining Area

Diane's collection of carnival and Fire-King glassware are displayed in a cabinet beneath the Nemiranda painting.

Upstairs Dining Area

The dining area anchors Diane's large family down every weekend for family meals together atop a heavy teak table and chairs from Komodo.

Downstairs Living Area

Movement was added to the living area with curtains and pillowcases in organic designs. The corner accents are garden and antique pieces that the owner recycled by hand painting them black, giving the wall just the right contrast.

Downstairs Bedroom

Diane and Danny’s bedroom is decorated with a lamp from HMR, paintings by Antonio and Norma Belleza, and a wooden gated mirror from Mila's at the Greenhills tiangge. The graphic print on bed sheets are from SM Department Store and had been sewn into curtains.

Downstairs Dining Area

Diane and Danny enjoy afternoon and midnight snacks in their private dining area. The w00den mother and child sculpture on the wall is by artist Manuel Baldemor while the table and chairs are vintage pieces from the 60s and 70s that have been reupholstered and refinished.


Diane got hooked on Filipino furniture 20 years ago. What started everything was the hubcap of a kalesa -- now used as garden decor.


Merienda, coffee, a place to relax—the lanai sees the family in the afternoons and guests on most days. The table is made from plywood and bargain tile pieces. Surrounding the lanai are refreshing greens, billowy ferns hanging above, and repainted iron patio seats.

Outdoor Seating Area

A carpenter created the wide glass and wood front doors from Diane's design --- replacing the old French doors, giving the second floor entryway a sleek resort feel.


Guests are welcomed with a pocket of foliage after the front gate, lush with plants that the owner collects and cares for herself.

Outdoor Detail

The stairs lead up to the main part of the house but Diane and Danny's bedroom is tucked underneath the second floor with sliding doors that open up to the garden.


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