This is how your house would look if you owned a home accessories store

Double height ceilings and a muted color palette define the living area. The entrance to the home is signalled by a tall narra door framed by glass

A couple furnishes their home with pieces from their home accessories business

Franklin and Josephine Lim believed there was another segment in the home design market that called for well-crafted furniture and home accessories to suit a variety of styles. This led them to become the exclusive distributor of Global Views in the Philippines.

“The company commissions furniture makers from Portugal, India, Italy, Vietnam, and China, to name a few. We work with the finest artisans in the world. Apart from them, the company also collaborates with celebrated designers such as Roger Thomas, Barbara Barry,and Julia Buckingham to translate its global vision, ” says Franklin. “It goes without saying that our home is filled with furniture pieces and home accessories from Global View’s different collections.We are partial to simple but timeless design,” continues Josephine.


The couple’s home forms part of a seven-unit, 3000sqm private compound. Franklin’s mother wanted all the unit exteriors done the same way, but gave the family creative freedom with their interiors. “We mostly worked with our friend, interior designer Nando Ng,” says Franklin. Their unit is heralded by a large wooden door made from narra planks. A console table in distressed finish rests against a taupe wall in the foyer. White vases in addition to geometric mirrors are the only home accessories in the area. Just off the foyer is an entertainment room where the family watches their favorite films together. Beside it is a well-appointed bath with a freestanding tub. The area is sectioned off by way of a fixed wooden divider.

The couple opted to keep things modern yet calm, with muted neutral tones offset by high gloss chrome accents. Double volume ceilings welcome guests to the living room. A stone wall complements the mostly gray seating grounded by a gray and white patterned rug. Two earth-toned cowhide chairs lighten the setting while a console with silver twig accents complete the space.

Done in shades of brown and cream, the dining area features a 10-seater set centered by a series of metallic droplights and a Wataru Sakuma piece on the wall. Wood accents coupled with white walls keep everything sleek and streamlined


Wooden dividers that slide all the way to the sides separate the dining from the living area. A single wooden slab functions as the table, surrounded by chairs upholstered in rich brown fabric. The area leads to the modern, custom-built kitchen done in cream and taupe. Just outside is a lush pocket garden visible through sliding glass doors.

Further up the house are the private areas accessible by way of wooden stairs framed by tempered glass. Even the landings enjoy abundant natural light courtesy of large windows. In the master bedroom, both furniture and home accessories combine form and function seamlessly. “That way, we could make the space more efficient,” explains Franklin.

A pair of artwork by Aquilisan in the master bedroom draw the eyes by extending the headboard up. The bed has been with the couple for almost two decades. “I guess because of sentimental value that I never really want to change it,” says Josephine


The master bath with an en suite closet is located to the left of the bedroom. A round vanity table filled with Josephine’s favorite scents anchor the space. Sliding mirrored doors keep the area clean. Further in is a large vanity mirror with his-and-hers sinks. The toilet is to the left while the shower area is on the right.

The vanity features a large mirrored wall with glass doors for a more streamlined feel. “It was my idea to make the cabinets hidden. I find it malinis, plus it also gives an element of surprise,” says Josephine of the two recessed cabinets. Blue tones provide contrast to the warm hues used in their sons’ room


Next to the master bedroom is their daughter’s room. Bright pink accents punctuate the space done in calming neutral hues. Soft drapery softens the lines of the bed to add a feminine feel. Further on is a home office bearing the same color scheme as the rest of the house. A series of Ingco abstract paintings adorn the walls.

A gym as well as the boys’ room are on the third level. “We wanted to do away with the hassle of going out so we had a gym in the house. This way, it would be more convenient for us to keep a healthy lifestyle, explains Franklin. The boys’ room beside it features a mix of warm wood tones and white with shades of blue. Whimsical spaceship light fixtures balance the straightforward feel of the space.

Crystal lamps and mirrored bedside tables lend a touch of luxury to the daughter’s bedroom


Franklin and Josephine may have a business that deals in the best home accessories in the market, but they made sure to curate what they chose for their home. Well-made and elegant pieces tempered by their uniquely Filipino aesthetic give their home character.