This modern home brings provincial vibes to the city
June 25, 2018
Clean and green best describe this beautiful modern home
Homeowners Ronald and Mary used to live in Bicol due to their businesses. However, business meetings in Manila forced them to rent a small condominium unit where they could stay during their visits. “In Bicol, we have a spacious house so we had a hard time staying in the condo because it was too small,” shares Ronald. After an unfortunate incident in 2016, the couple decided to build a home in the metro.
Design by Heima brought the family’s modern home to life. “I was actually talking to three different design firms but Dedign by Heima’s aesthetics impressed me most,” recounts Mary. With interior designer Princess Sioson taking the lead, the design firm brought a clean minimalist vibe to the house. “There are no partitions to divide the rooms because we wanted open spaces,” the couple share.
RoRonald’s mother owned the lot where the house now stands. Her dream was to build a home in the area. “We pushed through with her plan,” Ronald says. The couple decided to settle in Manila for good and build their dream home. They wanted a space that reminded them of hotels since the family spends a good amount of time travelling together.
A double volume living area welcomes guests to their home. “We requested for lots of white and the designers just chose the color combinations,” says the couple. Refreshing shades of green add color to the living area. Everything is kept simple and understated in the space.
The kitchen keeps to the same aesthetic with all white walls, floors, counters, and cabinetry. The family considers food one of their joys. As a result, both the dining area and kitchen were made bigger than usual. “We’re used to the one we have in Bicol so we wanted a large kitchen,” they explain.
A study area and the bedrooms are located upstairs. The elongated space has a long desk for the couple’s children and open shelving for their things. Ronald also works in this area. “We wanted to be able to watch over the kids when they do their homework even while we’re working,” shares Mary.
The master bedroom exudes the hotel-like ambiance the couple wanted. Incorporated in the space are subtle beiges and browns. Visual interest comes from the different textures as seen on the walls and furniture pieces. Situated on one side of the bedroom is an en suite toilet and bath. “We want everything to be organized so we asked for a lot of storage cabinets,” Ronald explains.
The children’s rooms have more color than the rest of the modern house. As a result, their spaces are more lively and vibrant. Stephanie’s room has soft shades of blue and white. Sofia’s space is mostly pink, while Nova’s has patterned wallpaper for a happier feel.
“We’re happy with how Design by Heima did our home. Our family has a very simple lifestyle. What you see here are the personalities of everyone living in this house,” Ronald says. The couple are avid fans of My Home, and used to look for design inspiration in its pages. “Now, we can’t believe it’s our own house being featured!” the couple exclaim.