6 Cozy Living Rooms of Pinoy Celebrities
Kris Aquino, Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao, Kim Chiu, Grace Poe, and Ogie and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid show their living areas
As Filipinos, we have always been known for our warmth, hospitality, and love for celebrations. We take every special event as an opportunity to plan a party for our family and friends. For birthdays, anniversaries, and just about everything in between, we throw our doors wide open and welcome the people that we love the most into our homes.
In most houses, the living room is the space that greets the guests. It is also where family members can spend most of their time. Hence, it has become the space where old friends are reunited and new bonds are made. The same can be said about the living areas in the family homes of celebrities like Kris Aquino, Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao, Kim Chiu, Grace Poe, and Ogie and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.
Before she moved into her new Quezon City home designed by interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales, the Queen of All Media lived in two condo units in One Roxas Triangle.
In the “Forbes” unit, interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario used stripes and florals in shades of purple, pink, yellow, and green.
In the “Laguna” unit, the red-and-purple living room features a mixture of old and new furniture. Some of the pieces came from her old house in Valle Verde II and her mother President Corazon Aquino’s home in Times Street, Quezon City.
Just like the rest of the power couple’s house, the living room is decorated in black and white with pops of bright red for contrast. A wall is lined with floating shelves filled with decorative pieces and a framed November 16, 2009 cover of Time Magazine featuring Manny.
In front of the wall are a leather sofa and a single chair topped with pillows with different colors, patterns and textures. A white coffee table with clear legs stands on an area rug in the middle of the space.
At the time of the photo shoot, the Kapamilya star's living room was dressed up for the Christmas season. It is furnished with a tufted tuxedo couch and two fully-upholstered armchairs paired with an octagon-shaped table.
Most of the pieces were custom-made by Eclectic Living, a furniture store in Makati, based on designs that Kim found on the Internet. The most interesting part of the area is another customized piece – an Egyptian crystal chandelier for the cathedral ceiling from Illuminati Technique.
Much like the other parts of the senator’s family home, the living room is filled with calming neutral shades for a relaxed but refined appeal. Plush seating pieces, like a beige-colored sofa and a matching bench, make the area more comfortable.
A pair of Chiquita stools by Kenneth Cobonpue and a Sarimanok painting by National Artist Abdulmari Imao bring everything together.
Originally designed by interior designers Cynthia and Ivy Almario, who also worked on Kris Aquino’s condo units in Makati, the home is stylish but functional. One of the most interesting areas is the living room located on the second floor. From the walls to the furniture, the space is defined by the color white.
In the center is an L-shaped tufted sofa with a matching fully-upholstered table. On one side is a statement chair made of steel created by award-winning artist Ann Pamintuan. Beside it is another masterpiece by an internationally-acclaimed Filipino – an arc lamp by furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue.
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