With stately buttresses and walls awash in ivy, all teeming with majestic appeal, this home is a modern-day fortress.

The house was designed in 1986 by famed Filipino architect Ning Encarnacion-Tan. Square in plan, the two-storey house boasts rooms that look out onto a central courtyard and a tower that neatly conceals a water storage system. The water tower was conceptualized by the former owner, who saw the same thing in France. The house’s old-world feel comes from its authentic antique bones—the beams come form the original Quiapo church, while several doors were salvaged from the old Philippine General Hospital.

The current owners wanted to add more space to the house. An azotea-inspired deck was built and has become the owners' favorite space. The house's bright colors set off by traditional decorspeaks of  the owners' passion for antiques and reused furniture.

Today, the Adarna house, with its newly fashioned spaces, its timeless antiques, and the photos and trinkets that speak of the owners' personal touch, is a true testament to this perfect match.

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of the interiors--and leave a comment to let us know what your favorite accents are.

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(First published in Real Living Magazine, Real Home section as "The Adarna House" in August 2008; styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon; photos by Jun Pinzon; adapted for use in Female Network)
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