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5 Ideas to Steal from a Three-Storey House with Modern Asian Style

Find must-read tips inspired by the family home of L'Indochine co-owner Charlene Carlos

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

What are the things that deserve a second chance? Most of us would give a second chance to the people, places, and items that mean the most to us. We would also offer a second chance if we believed that something has potential only waiting to be explored.

In the case of homeowners Manolette and Charlene Carlos, they gave a second chance to this three-storey house. In their capable hands, the dark, drab, and old-fashioned property has been turned into a modern Asian sanctuary. The renovated home is now furnished with wooden furniture pieces, Oriental decor, and eclectic touches.

If you would also like to give your own space a second chance, you may want to consider these 5 decorating ideas inspired by this family home:

Look for unexpected finds

If you want to improve an old home, you always have to keep an eye out for surprising choices! For example, the homeowner was able to purchase this oversized Capiz ball for less than P5,000 at Quiapo.

RL Tip: You might be able to find more unique pieces while you are traveling to local or foreign destinations. If you are on a holiday, you should be on the look out for special items that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

Invest in Oriental-inspired chairs

One of the easiest ways to add a modern Asian feel to any home is to simply replace your old dining set! You can opt for a simple dining table surrounded by Oriental-style dining chairs.

RL Tip: If you are still saving up for Chinese dining chairs, you may want to start with Oriental dinnerware. You can find Eastern-style plates and bowls from Japan Surplus stores and department stores.

Look for black and white throw pillows

Another way to update an old home is to start collecting black and white throw pillows. Black and white throw pillows with different prints and patterns look chic, quirky, and interesting.

Add color through wall decor and soft furnishings

Instead of painting your entire room, you can add pops of color through a wall-mounted painting, pillow covers, bed linens, and even stuffed animals.

For her daughter's bedroom, the homeowners used wall decor and soft furnishings in pink, green, and blue.

Reupholster old pieces

Instead of buying entirely new pieces, you may want to reupholster your old furniture pieces. The homeowner had the black office chair reupholstered with an interesting fabric. 

RL Tip: Do you want to have an old chair or headboard reupholstered? Click here to learn more about Upcycle Manila!

Click here to see more photos of this three-storey house with modern Asian style.

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