This Refreshing and Vibrant Filipino Home in Bulacan is The Start of A Cancer Survivor’s Second Chapter
June 11, 2018
The Coisico family was initially living above their furniture store in Bulacan before moving into this Vibrant Filipino Home. It was a maze before you can get to their home located on the top floor of the store. The entryway to the family home was a warehouse with layers of boxes and furniture everywhere. The family’s alarm clock, always set at 4 in the morning, was the sound of the tricycles, the honks of the cars, and the bustle of the people. While this might seem like an unbearable for some, it was home to this family. “I lived there for almost 32 years and I was used to it,” shares Mrs. Coisico, a happily married wife with more than a decade-long marriage and a mom of two boys.
She felt like the move to a brand new home had to be done for her and her family’s well-being. “It was about time we moved,” she adds.
However, this young and happy family was faced with a battle when the lady of the house was diagnosed with cancer. United as a family, they were able to move past this dreary episode in their life. Upon surviving cancer, Mrs. Coisico wanted to open a fresh chapter in their family life. She shares that her friends wanted her and her family to move somewhere more peaceful and calming because the stressful environment of their old home probably contributed to her illness. She felt like the move to a brand new home had to be done for her and her family’s well-being. “It was about time we moved,” she adds.
Now, the family resides in a private subdivision with a newly constructed house, with a refreshing home interior. The overall theme is a Vibrant Filipino Home. They contacted their family friends and design duo interior decorator Jesy Cruz and architect Jaemi Cruz of Alero Design Studio to make their dream home from scratch. The contractors were also from the Cruz family, MSC Construction. With a blank lot presented to them, the Cruz siblings made the Coisico family’s first, real family house.
In order to give the owners the light and airy home they wanted, the the design studio incorporated a dominantly white interior with pops of color through the furniture and accessories. The living room is a grand entrance designed to awe and inspire guests. ITO KISH’s Gregoria chair and Santamaria woven basket stools, Vito Selma’s Un Deux Trios table, and a side table from Schema. On the walls are paintings by Fitz Hererra and Demi Padua.
Since the home was on a lot that gets a lot of sunlight, they incorporated a lot of windows in the right places and extended eaves to shelter the home from direct sunlight. The stairs played a major role in making the space feel airy. The rise of the stairs were omitted to let natural pass and spread through the dining area. The dining area also bathes in natural light from the window-doors entering the patio. “The garden area will eventually be turned into a gazebo-greenhouse,” shares Mr. Coisico.
The lady of the house adds that working from home is something she can definitely get used to. “I hold some meetings in the dining,” she laughs. Deeper in the first floor is a spacious, fully-functioning L-shaped kitchen.
“It’s her dream home so we really tried to tick all the boxes on the list,” shares Jesy who is happy on how this project turned out.
Up in the second floor is the family bedrooms, bathrooms, and the family den. The den is a colorful masterpiece with varied textures and colors where the family can bond. The room has three out of four walls with glass or windows for a really airy and vibrant ambiance.
The master bedroom is a peaceful retreat for the couple. A study desk was added in one corner of the room in case the owners would rather stay-in and run the business from home.
The family’s two boys share a bedroom with a study desk and its own walk-in closet and bathroom.
When asked about the biggest thing that they are yet to adjust to in their new Vibrant Filipino Home, the couple laughs, “We’re not used to the silence! This is new for us!”
Across the boys’ bedroom is the second guest bedroom, also with its own bathroom.
The current Coisico home is a complete contrast to their old and dreary space. It’s “lively and bright” just as the lady of the house wanted it. From a warehouse maze to a new home designed to amaze, the family is more than happy with their new home. With the past behind them and the future straight ahead, this family is ready to create more memories together.