Clothing shop owner Jean and her Bar owner/DJ husband Marc’s home is the perfect example of laidback cool. The interiors— white, clean and light-filled reflect the couple’s unfussy, relaxed lifestyle.
Jean and her charming son Sky gave us a tour of their lovely abode. Read on to see the wonderful corners of their home and be inspired.
Little Sky enjoying his teepee. Tent bought from Sulit.com. Click here for more details.
The console table is a custom made piece. Jean had a design in mind and asked a local carpenter to build it. The screen beside it is a DIY project in progress. Chair is from About A Chair (read our store review here).
The wooden palette/coffee table is another wonderful DIY project. Butterfly chairs ordered from Amazon.com, ikat print pillows from Bungalow 300.
Their kitchen blackboard showcases their weekly menu. Clock is by designer/artist Stanley Ruiz.
The Navals had to change all of the countertops in the kitchen. They used the original cabinets but spruced them up with laminates and new handles from Hong Kong Hardware.
A closeup of the light fixture from Dwell.
Even Sky’s highchair goes with their home’s overall look.
Plates and cups, handmade by Jean.
Lounge chairs and couch are also by Milo Naval. Banig poufs bought on a roadside store in Sta. Rosa en route to Tagaytay.
A custom made cabinet houses their books and entertainment system.
A closeup of the couch. Throw pillows from The SM Store.
The Naval family’s travels and adventures are well documented in their lovely gallery wall.
Ikea stools, spray painted black.
The couple’s home is another study on their clean yet playful aesthetic. Identical his and hers tables mixed with mismatched chairs complete the look.
Mirrored table, another piece made by Jean’s dad.
A cool photo and print go perfectly well with the limited edition Derek Lam skateboard.
Jean chose a calm and soothing pastel blue hue so as not to compete with Sky’s colorful toys.
The little man has his own gallery wall. Chair and pillow from Ikea.
Sleek shelves showcase some of Sky’s books.
Panda rug from Hong Kong.
Jean and Marc’s bedroom. Bed is by designer Milo Naval. Pillow from Ikea.
Light fixture is from Ortigas Home Depot. The shelves carry not only a collection of favorite family photos but Sky’s favorite bedtime books as well.
Another Benjamin Torrado Cabrera piece sits on the bedside table.
The master bathroom is the perfect escape after a long day. The couple re-tiled everything, changed the countertop/sink and added laminates to the cabinets.
The sleek and multi-functional toilet paper holder is from Ace Hardware.
Describe your style:
Laid-back, modern and minimalist but also a little bohemian.
Give 5 decorating tips that you swear by:
1) Your home should reflect your personality and lifestyle.
2) When decorating your home never force yourself to buy things all at the same time. Allow your home to evolve organically on its own.
3) Believe in plenty of optimism and white paint. And encourage sunshine in all rooms – Megan Morton
4) If you can’t afford an artwork, try making your own. Experiment on different mediums. You’ll appreciate it more and it’s a great conversational piece.
5) Just like in fashion mix high and low items together.
Shopping haunts in Manila:
Our Home, Bungalow 300, Rustan’s, Space Encounters, Heima, OMO, Evolve Designs, Swapmeet Kamuning, W17, Triboa Bay Living, provincial markets and off road furniture stores.
Where do you get your inspiration? Blogs, websites etc:
I’m not a TV person but I do spend a lot of my time online checking out design blogs. Nordic Design, Sok Leng, Sandrine Meunier and Mrs. French are some of the people I follow on Pinterest.
Magazines: Elle Décor PH & AUS, Vogue Living AUS, & LivingETC.