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5 Ideas to Steal from an Eclectic Family Home in Alabang

Discover decorating tips based on this Mediterranean-style house

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Homeowner Ina de Guzman built a house with a terracotta roof, white stucco walls, arched entryways, and other distinctive Mediterranean details. She filled the family home with antique furniture pieces, Balinese wood carvings, and other unique finds.

Here are the 5 things that we learned from this warm, cozy, and comfortable dwelling in Alabang:

Mix and match different pieces

Believe it or not, your furniture pieces do not always have to match. If you are unsure of which pieces to use, you may simply want to pick items that have similar colors or finishes. 

For example, this living area is furnished with different wooden pieces that have dark hues. To tie everything together, the homeowner used white canvas slipcovers and white, green, and purple throw pillows.

Invest in a daybed

Do you have a veranda, balcony, or extra outdoor area that you can use? You may want to furnish it with a wooden daybed! You can use this seat to indulge in afternoon naps or entertain family and friends. 

RL Tip: To find the ideal piece, you can visit the furniture stores along Evangelista St. in Bangkal, Makati. You may also want to visit Japan Surplus stores in your neighborhood.

Choose a mustard yellow wall

To make your place feel like home, you may want to choose a mustard yellow shade for your walls. This particular hue has an inviting and welcoming appeal.

RL Tip: Not a fan of mustard yellow? You may want to consider light brown or an olive green paint. Instead of painting the walls, you can also bring in mustard yellow, light brown, or olive green decor.

Opt for white curtains

Although white curtains may have to be washed often, we think that you should still consider them for your home. We like white drapes because they make your space feel bright, airy, and beautiful. 

Pick purple materials and pieces

If you have no formal training in interior design, it may be difficult for you to choose materials and pieces. To make it easier for you, you can stick to shades in the same color family. For example, you can select paint colors and soft furnishings in similar hues.

For this master bedroom, the  homeowner chose different hues of violet for the walls, throw, and pillows.

Click here to see more photos of this eclectic family home in Alabang.

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