For Architect and Property Development Consultant Rona Tan, it’s all about form and function. “ A home is only beautiful if it serves the purpose of your family”.
She, together with her husband Rico and two sons live in what used to be the annex of her family’s ancestral home. The building once served as a printing press, then an office. It is now a warm, chic and inviting home that is filled with gorgeous antiques, classic modern furniture and one-of-a-kind accents culled from their travels. Each piece carefully chosen for its beauty, character and the history behind it.
Step inside their gorgeous abode and get ready to be inspired.
A wooden sculpture from Baguio greets the guest as they come through the front door.
The TV room serves as the family room and entertainment hub for the kids and their friends. Hundreds of books on design and architecture are lined up the shelves. Mauro enjoys some down time while lounging on a custom made couch. The rug was one of two pieces procured from Turkey.
Painting by Waling Waling Gorospe. The subject is believed to be one of the oldest living tattoo artists from the Mountain Province.
Rico and the boys spend some quality time in the light and airy living room.
The rug purchased from Morroco compliments the clean minimalist furniture and adds warmth to the room.
Threads dyed with saffron are mixed with rich red, blue and green hues.
A close up of the rug details and it’s 3 different types of weaves. This technique is unique only to Marrakech.
Another fantastic find is this antique saddle from Bohol which Rona purchased for a song. The steel and stone mounting give it a nice modern feel.
The Molave table from Bohol is topped with a grave marker sourced from Mindanao. It is said that the more detailed the grave marker, the higher the position of the deceased. Intricate carvings are usually found in the south where there is a history of royalty.
The dining table is made from a single piece of Dao wood.
The end chairs are from Indonesia, while the rest of the dining chairs were purchased from Old Asia—they are from China and are made of cherry wood. A set of two Burmese offering jars sit on top of the buffet table— presents from Rico on her birthday.
Light fixtures above the dining area were designed by Tina Bonoan. The mix of capiz and steel perfectly capture the couple’s modern+antique aesthetic.
To maximize every possible space in the house, the couple built this guest bathroom underneath the stairs. Again, clean modern lines are mixed with unique asian antiques.
The ofiice/study nook greats you at the landing. Clean white lines perfectly compliment the rich dark wood.
A Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman serve as the perfect spot for reading the morning paper.
Both boys refused to sleep on the lower bunk so the couple decided to make one long upper sleeping area insead. The solution not only kept both boys happy but also freed up a lot of valuable space.
The couples bathroom connects to the boys’ room. The gorgeous flooring is a mix of Rona’s favorite wood: Balayong, Ipil and Narra— all of which were repurposed from old rundown houses.
A painting by artist and photographer MM Yu hangs on top of the couple’s bed. The well placed windows let a lot of natural light and fresh air inside the room.
Custom made cots piled one on top of the other make for a great seating area. At night, these go down and serve as beds for the boys.
A chinese console table from Arts of Asia serves as a great place for storage. The candlesticks are from Vietnam while the wooden stool is another piece from Greg Sabado.
Another rug from Turkey is used as a base for this beautiful chess set from Davao. Rona fell in love with the capiz inlay and the beautifully carved pieces.
The couple fell in love with the roof decks in morocco and decided to recreate the look and feel in their own home. Everything from breakfast to cocktails have been served in this shared space.
An antique polychrome saddle serves as the centerpiece to the couple’s Balayong-Molave dining table.
An antique daybed sourced through good friend Manny Alandy sits next to a “bulol” from Baguio.
The garden houses a nice dining area where the whole family— cousins, siblings and parents get together for sunday dinner.
Define your style: Classic Modern + Traditional. I’m a big fan of the 1950’s. I love the modern, timeless designs from that era. Ludvig Mies van der Rohe and Richard Neutra are two of my favorite architects. I also really like filipino and asian antiques. I try to marry the two styles together.
Decorating tip/s: First figure out your family dynamics. Study how you plan to use the space based on your family’s lifestyle. A beautifully decorated space means nothing if it is not accessible to all members of the family.
Tips for shopping for your home while abroad: Usually, whenever we visit a country we find out what it is known for (rugs, lacquerware, ceramics, etc.) or zero in on items that are not available here in Manila. Before purchasing we try to make sure we know exactly where we will put it. It can be quite difficult with so many choices in front of you so we ask for the items to be laid out in front of us and we weed out or edit as much as we can.