This modern home brings provincial vibes to the city

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.

Floor to ceiling curtains let natural light in, adding softness to the living area as a result.  Greens and neutral hues keep the color palette simple. The same scheme is used in the airy dining space, where richer wood tones anchor the setting


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.

Even the bar stools are white in keeping with the clean, sleek look of the kitchen. A trio of droplights center the space


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.

Calming hues, comfy chairs and a steel side table make for a relaxing corner. The children’s favorite books add color to the study area done mostly in white


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 master bedroom is clean yet luxurious. In addition to plush textures, a combination of wood and steel pieces liven up the setting


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.

The eldest daughter’s room features a tufted headboard combined with white furniture pieces. She chose her favorite color for the walls of her room


Sofia’s room has a more feminine feel with soft pink wallpaper and beddings


“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.