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8 Things to Love about this Modern Tropical House in Quezon City

Let these picture-perfect details inspire you to create your own contemporary Filipino home

Photography: At Maculangan Architect: Felix Zabala

The modern tropical style can make any home feel like a rest house by the beach. Wooden furniture, woven pieces, and natural touches can help create a relaxing and refreshing feel in your personal space.

If you love modern tropical design, you may want to check out the Quezon City house of Monette Flores. Monette hired workers from Camarines Sur to install recycled wooden planks from a demolished old school in Taytay, Rizal. The place is completed with interesting furniture and accessories.

Here are the 7 things that we liked the most in this modern tropical house:

The Recycled Wooden Doors

Instead of the usual door knob, the doors are completed with wooden handles. The doors can be locked from the inside using a wooden plank. The wooden plank can be seen in this photo — it's the plank resting on the wall!

The Wooden Furniture

No modern tropical home would be complete without wooden furniture! You may want to choose dark furniture with intricate carvings and plain white upholstery. Pair the seats with white, green, and yellow pillows.

The Generous Windows

Modern tropical homes look even better when they are bright, breezy, and surrounded by a beautiful garden. Huge windows will let the sunlight in, fill the home with a cool breeze, and provide views of the green surroundings.

RL Tip: No space for a garden? Check out these 4 gardens found in small homes.

The Eye-catching Artwork

The modern tropical home is usually filled with earth shades like green and different colors of wood. If you would like to make the space more interesting, you should add a few bright colors.

In this case, Monette complemented the brown-green-and-white palette with a colorful painting by Edgar “Egai” Talusan Fernandez. The masterpiece is Egai’s gift for Monette and her husband for their 25th wedding anniversary.

The Square Dining Table from Indonesia

The dining area is furnished with unique finds from Orientique Furniture and Carpets in Mandaluyong. The piece that inspired us the most in this space is this square dining table with carved legs.

The Cozy Corner in the Study Area

Sliding doors in the home office lead to a sitting area completed with a round table and a pair of chairs. The space is surrounded with wire-screen panels to protect the homeowners from pesky insects.

The Unique Staircase

If you look closely, you might notice that the staircase is an unusual one. There are alternating steps that should be taken one foot at a time. Monette suggested this to help save on space.

The Four-poster Bed

If you have a high ceiling in your master bedroom, you may want to consider a four-poster bed! It can help create a grand and majestic feel in your personal space.

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