See How This Family Home Combines Midcentury and Tropical Design
January 10, 2019
Moving from a small home to a bigger one can be quite an adjustment. The breath of space can be daunting, as each empty corner expects to be filled with furniture. Trying to find the right pieces and décor could be a nightmare, especially if you’re unsure of what you want.
For the family in this Alabang home, deferring to the designer for the style choices was a good decision. Interior designer Joy Ejercito took the clients’ brief: a house filled with mid-century-style pieces to decorate an eclectic home that feels fresh and uncluttered, even though some elements appear to be uneven.
Letting the designer have free reign on the interior design has its merits, though it can sometimes rob the space of personality. This doesn’t seem to be the case for this house, as there are plenty of conversation pieces that mostly pertain to the husband’s Japanese heritage and love for automobiles.
The house occupies 900sqm. of a 1300sqm. lot, with a pool, a garden, and a garage for the husband’s cars and racing bikes wrapping around the structure. One of the clients’ main concern was to have a house that would give their eldest child who has special needs, more space to move in, something that wasn’t possible in their previous residence. The spaciousness is apparent from the living room alone, which opens out to a lanai overlooking the pool and the gazebo that the family loves to hang out at.
The way the living room spills out into the lanai makes for an ideal area for entertaining guests, something the owners could only have dreamed of when they were still living in a cramped condo unit. The house is bedecked with items from Space Encounters, the go-to brand for mid-century furniture with a modern flavor, and complemented by display pieces from Global Views.
What makes the house shine, however, is its adherence to tropical design principles. There is ample lighting due to properly positioned windows and openings around the house, yet the interiors remain shaded due to long eaves that deter harsh sunlight, from coming in. The result is a well-illuminated home that doesn’t feel stuffy or hot inside, and makes room for all of its clients’ requests and desires.