The owner of this house has lived 10 years each in Hong Kong and Singapore. But when a major change in her life drove her to move her family back to the Philippines, she didn't hesitate to bring home her prized collection of Asian furniture. Working with an architect to renovate an almost 30-year-old home in Parañaque, the owner knew she needed her collection to fit.

While renovating the 120-sqm three-bedroom, two-storey home, the owner made sure the rooms accommodated her cherished pieces. Despite the bulky, traditional Asian furniture, the entire house feels anything but cumbersome. The rooms convey a light and airy atmosphere, with a predominant use of cream and beige throughout. One look at the interiors of the house, and it's safe to say that the owner managed to find the perfect balance between heavy and light, dark and bright.

(First published
as "From Asia, With Love" in the "Real Home" section of Real Living Philippines' September 2010 issue. Photos by Jun Pinzon. Styling by Coni Tejada. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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