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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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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