Step inside the light filled abode of couple R and L and get blown away by their quirky cool space. Their home is a study on mixing clean lines, mid-century furniture and awe-inspiring art. Not ones to shy away from bold and eclectic artwork, R and L like investing in masters as well as up and coming artists.
The living room is where the family likes to hang out. When planning the space, L was adamant about keeping the home child friendly. Nothing was to be off limits to her two kids. The custom made couch is pared with a glass coffee table filled with everything that she and R love which include a plate designed by John Jaylo, An Arturo Luz sculpture, coffee table books and a religious relic. A vintage ottoman is juxtaposed against a modern geometric chair and the cowhide rug adds warmth to the clean space.
The vintage electric fan was a fantastic find from L’s uncle. She remembers having one as a child.
The artwork by Mimi Tecson is one of R’ favorites. “She uses a lot of old toys, thread and mixed media— it connects to your childhood which I think is fantastic.” Lamp is from Ikea, Duck pins from G.O.D. (Goods Of Desire), ceramic elephant from Cambodia.
A painting by the legendary artist Arturo Luz sits in the powder room together with a bomb decorated by American artist Huck Gee and a print by Larry Alcala. The bomb was purchased from Secret Fresh Gallery.
A collection of pieces by artist Jigger Cruz is highlighted in one of their walls. The large framed painting was a commissioned piece inspired by Picasso. Also displayed are the wraps/gloves used by the artist while working on his collection as well as a painting done by R and L’s son in collaboration with the artist.
R, an avid diver asked artist Leeroy New to create this shark sculpture.
The clean and sleek kitchen is playfully offset by the fun lego cookie jars. A light fixture made by photographer Iya Genato sits on top of the refrigerator.
The kitchen is given a splash of color by the playful Murakami print.
R and L purposely did not provide desks in their children’s rooms. School work and other activities were to be done in the study room so that the kids could spend more time with one another. Sturdy furniture from Ikea is mixed with fun prints and serious art.
A blackboard painting by artist Cris Villanueva perfectly suits the room. The words “Particles of the present, waves of the future” are painted on the canvas. L had the low tables built from left over Narra planks.
1) Describe your style.
2) Give 5 decorating tips that you swear by
Measure the area before you buy the item.
Don’t be pressured to buy, take your time. There are a lot of options in the market.
Listen to yourself… make sure to connect with your purchase
3) Shopping haunts in Manila.
Cubao X, Evangelista, Auctions, Bo Concept, KISH and Japanese Surplus Shops
4) Where do you get your inspiration? Blogs, websites etc..
Wallpaper Mag, Pinterest, Coolhunter, Monocle, Travel, Books
Thank you so much R and L for letting us share your beautiful home with our readers!!
Thank you Miguel Miranda for the fantastic photos!
C & L