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6 Cool And Unusual Ideas From Artists’ Homes

Get awesome, unexpected decorating inspiration from some of the most creative people on the planet

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno & Ocs Alvarez

If there are some homes that are bland and lacking in personality, on the other side of the spectrum, there are artists’ homes that absolutely full of personality. They never worry about what other people think, because their home is their canvas, and they aren’t afraid of creating ingenious decorating solutions regardless of space or budget. Get your inspiration from these six artists’ homes.

Make monochrome magic



Artist Tanya Rivierre loves layering black on black and white on white and thus sticks to a monochromatic palette for her family home. In her lanai-living area, texture, form, and patterns help distinguish each piece from each other. “This is my favorite room in the house,” she says. “It has the most pieces, and it’s also where most of our art is, and shows it has a lot of stories. It’s comfortable, very visually pleasing, and through our artwork, it’s very personal.” (To see more of this home, click here)

Try playful quirkiness



Electrolychee’s artist-couple Bru Sim Nada and Marcushiro always make it a point to inject playfulness in every part of their home—even in the front yard, which they turned into a rock-climbing wall. In the study-slash-living-area on the ground floor, they mix a huge woven lounge chair from Diretso, rattan swing seats, and an assemblage of their own art mixed with friends’ works on a simple pegboard wall to create a relaxed and casual vibe. (To see more of this home, click here)

Thrive in organized chaos



Sculptor Juan Alcazaren’s studio is located on the ground floor of his home. A true tinkerer, Juan puts together bits and pieces of discarded toys, tools, electronics, and various sundry objects to create his curiously fascinating works. Crucial to his studio is his worktable, which is meticulously organized, even though it seems there are a lot of things going on. “I think you have to have your worktable which is the center of all activity,” he says.

Stencil, sew, and paint



Kiko Escora, an artist known mostly for his provocative paintings, worked and lived in this now-demolished art deco apartment in Malate. Aside from the materials strewn around, his home was a barebones affair, with a large table in the middle of the room, and a simple futon on the floor.

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What stood out were the art, of course, and his creative window treatments, which he sewed himself. Near the entrance was a curtain stenciled with an image of Emilio Aguinaldo, and in the bedroom is a dark camouflage curtain he sewed himself using fabric from Divisoria. “I’m a night person, so I’m asleep for most of the day, and I’m really awake at night,” he explains.

Do creative upcycling



“It’s about repurposing and making do with what you have,” says artist and UP College of Fine Arts faculty member Ninel Constantino. Ninel has a knack for finding use for old, odd things, and incorporating them into her house, repainting beat-up furniture in funky hues, or upending shelves and tables to become something else.


In her bedroom, realizing that she had a lot of things that were green, Ninel decided on this soothing color scheme, which echoes the sage green of the Erwin Leano painting above her bed. The nightstand is a vintage dimsum cart. (To see more of this home, click here)

Mix pots, plants, and a vast cityscape



Unlike other potters who settle down in the provinces, pottery artist Joey de Castro lives in a condo unit in the middle of a busy city. In spite of this, he managed to squeeze in a studio with potters’ wheels and a kiln. The focal point of his condo home is the rooftop garden, where plants mingle with his and other artist friends’ pottery creations, against the backdrop of the Metro Manila skyline. “That’s my environment. That reflects the house I live in,” says Joey, pointing to vertical pottery scraps on the roof deck that mirror the buildings of the nearby business districts.

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