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

Find out what we learned from the family home designed by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo

Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

Can you believe that this three-storey house has a library, sauna, gym, and a pool? It is a grand and luxurious mansion that many of us can only dream about! 

Although it may take us many years before we can afford something as magnificent as this modern tropical property, there are many things that we can learn from this space right now. If you would like to spruce up your personal space today, here are five decorating tips inspired by this family home:

Invest in a sectional sofa

If you would like to update the feel of your old home, you may want to replace your traditional wooden bench with an L-shaped sectional sofa! A sectional sofa is an ideal choice because it looks sleek and modern. More importantly, it is a comfortable seat for the family and their guests. 

Purchase an aquarium

Does your home seem too dull and dark? You may want to bring in an aquarium! An aquarium can brighten up and add color to your space. More importantly, a few fishy friends to take care of and keep you company can change your life.

The aquarium in this dining room is from ADA Nature Aquarium Philippines

Paint your kitchen

In this kitchen, white surfaces make the space look clean and streamlined. If the ceiling, walls, and cabinet doors in your kitchen have gone yellow or gray over time, you may want to paint these surfaces already! Trust us: a few coats of paint can immediately make an area seem bright and spacious.

Create a reading nook

Our favorite area in this family home would have to be their Instagram-worthy library! We wish we could read and relax in this special space all day.

If you want to create your own reading nook, you should look for a secluded corner in your home! Furnish that space with an armchair, a book shelf, and a table lamp on a side table.

Opt for hidden storage options

The first thing that we noticed in the son's bedroom was the unique checkerboard-style headboard. Upon closer inspection, we found out that some of the square panels were actually cabinet doors! These secret hiding spots are perfect for storing books and other belongings. 

If you can't copy this particular cabinet design for your own home, you may still want to have hidden stotage options. For example, you can buy an ottoman with a removable top so that you can store knickknacks inside. You can also hide bins and baskets underneath the bed. 

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