Array
Lifestyle

Amber Folkman: This Mom Uses Pinoy Experiences As Inspo For Her Home

Meet one of Real Living's Style Spotters, whose Filipino adventures have influenced her family's whole lifestyle

Shares
Photography: Mark Chester Ang (Portrait) & Dairy Darilag (Interior)

“I use my home as my canvas,” says Amber Smith-Folkman, a DIYer and blogger of amommabroad.com.  And what a home it is—living areas filled with Filipino textiles and décor, walls decorated with her children’s artwork, and relaxed spaces that come alive with her own crafts. The mother-of-three shares that the main goal of her blog is to “chronicle our adventures, cultural lessons and other perks of the Philippines to spread positivity.”

READ:  We’re Loving This Mom’s Budget-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Amber, who is a California native who relocated to the Manila in 2009 with her husband, is not like other expats who prefer a sheltered lifestyle. Instead, she fully immerses herself in Philippine culture; bringing her entire family on off-the-beaten-track trips (from Mount Makiling to Escolta) eating local food (the neighborhood panaderia is a favorite), and applying traditional Filipino customs in their daily lives.

“I do like to call myself a ‘Foreignay,’ I feel like somehow, maybe, in a past life, or in my next life, there’s some type of Filipino blood in me,” she admits.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

You’ll be seeing Amber’s DIY projects, home tips, and fun weekend adventures more often as one of Real Living’s Style Spotters, our group of design and home experts.

Get to know more about Amber in the video below: 

Makeup by Emer Buenaventura using MAC Cosmetics and Raymond Galang. Hair by Nhot Bituin and Calai Flores.

 Styling and Art Direction by Dagny Madamba | Produced by Sunshine Selga-Funa and Cielo Anne Calzado

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

Maggie Wilson's Casa Consunji Will Make Your Tropical Dream Home Possible

The store boasts of modern signature pieces made from natural elements.

5 Steps to Starting Your Own Organic Container Garden of Herbs and Vegetables

You don't need a green thumb to grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

7 Ideas to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Big

It's important to be smart about how you decorate and organize.

5 Reasons Child-Sized Furniture Is a Worthy Investment for Your Home

For one, smaller furniture is much safer for young kids to use.

7 Stores to Shop for Kids and Child-Sized Furniture (Beds, Chairs and Tables, and More)

Let your child's personality shine by choosing unique pieces for her room!

The Favorite Furniture Stores of Manila's Most Discerning

If luxe and exceedingly stylish furniture is what you're after, check this list out.

Porcelain vs Ceramic for Bathroom Tiles: Here's How and What to Choose

Should you go for porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles? A licensed interior designer gives her advice

10 Cute Pots for Your Plant Babies

Give your little green friends the home they deserve!

Andi Manzano Offers a Peek at Her Line of Child-Sized Furniture (Available in October!)

The actress collaborated with a home store that specializes in furniture for babies and kids.

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

'Walang Trabahong Pang-Forever': 5 Lessons on Investing from Dimples Romana

Dimples and her husband have been investing in real estate properties since 16 years ago when they got married.

Take Note: Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets

There's a recommended general rule of thumb you should remember.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!