9 Things to Love in Vanessa Mayuga Santos' Home and Beyond

This full-time mom and curator of online shop Seek the Uniq talks about her favorite things

Photography: Michael Chua Styling: Tala Singson

Vanessa Mayuga Santos left her coveted position as the PR Manager for Louis Vuitton Philippines to become a full-time wife, mother, and entrepreneur.

Although she is busy with her personal and professional responsibilities, she found enough time to welcome us into her beautiful home and talk about her favorite things.

Main photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts.

Favorite Design Sources

“Bungalow 300 store and Instagram account. I am generally not a ‘design’ person. Our home basically evolves and adjusts as our family grows. But I love vintage pieces that have been restored, and Bungalow 300 has many inspiring ideas.”

Bungalow 300, No. 7 Buencamino St., Alabang, Muntinlupa City; @bungalow300 on Instagram 

Favorite Travel Destination

Pangalusian Island, El Nido. This is where we went on our first trip as a family without a nanny. It was such a great bonding experience for the four of us, in the midst of an awe-inspiring paradise. We will definitely go back again soon.” 

Favorite Area in the House

“Nook outside the dining room. This is where my husband and I have quiet conversations over coffee or glasses of wine.” 

Favorite Object on the Night Table

“A pair of Conrad Tokyo Teddy Bears. My husband and I got these on our first trip to Japan in 2010. We playfully attached them to the matching lamps on our night tables. They’re a nice reminder of the first trip we took, just the two of us—after getting married.” 

Favorite Home Scent

“We normally use the Diptyque Baies Candle whenever we have visitors over. I just love the scent and how it lingers around the house without being overpowering.”

Baies Candle, Diptyque, G/L Bonifacio Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City 

Favorite Recycling Trick

“I’ve always found it such a waste to throw away beautiful things. We keep gift ribbons and use them with kraft paper to wrap new presents.” 

Favorite Home Appliance

“KitchenAid mixer. I’m not very adept in the kitchen, but I do enjoy baking with my five-year-old daughter Stella.” 

Available at Rustan’s Department Store.

Favorite Pick-Me-Up Treat

“Massages—either at home or in a spa. It is the best way for me to relax and decompress.” 

Favorite Home Accessory

“Vintage screen. This was a family heirloom from my mom’s side that I had restored. It technically does not follow the modern aesthetic of our house, but I love how it brings a touch of personal history into our home.”

Find similar at Justin’s Treasures, 17 Katipunan Ave. Ext., White Plains, Quezon City.

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