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With free hand, designer turns bare house into a dream home

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By Johannes L. Chua

“It was a complete redecoration of a bare house, a complete overhaul,” says Jigs Adefuin, interior designer and owner of Adefuin Design Studio. “We were given total freedom to do our work and that made it so easy for us!”

WORLD CLASS The living area is a showcase of fine Italian furniture; (below) Adefuin in Italy

WORLD CLASS The living area is a showcase of fine Italian furniture; (below) Adefuin in Italy

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That bare house is owned by a couple who are both doctors. With three fast-growing kids, they decided that their former home, a condominium, is not spacious enough. They searched for a new place to call home and found it in Quezon City.

The first challenge was that the house—specifically a 6,500-square-foot townhouse with a small open area—was bare. It was a blank canvass and the couple was afraid to make mistakes. The wife had only one name in mind to do the interior design of their new home.

“When I was informed about the project, I was both surprised and honored that she had seen my works in magazines,” says Adefuin. “I was not able to start immediately as I had to finish my master’s in Italy. So my business partner, Oliver Ortiz, was the one who did the personal coordination and meetings, while I worked with the designs abroad.”

The project started with a clear goal—to transform a bare house, with an inverted U-shape layout, into a dream house for the family of five. Both Adefuin and Ortiz were given full freedom to do whatever they need to do, in order to reach that goal.

After a few months, their hard work paid off. Today, it is a dream home and a showcase on how a couple’s trust in their interior designer did wonders on a place that was just a concrete structure at the beginning.

It’s an interior designers’ ultimate fantasy—a home decorated with artworks, Italian furniture, and top-notch finishes.

Upon entry to the house, the receiving room is a showcase of Italian furniture pieces—Mobius armchairs by Umberto Asnago for Giorgetti that gave contrast to the brown corner sofa. A Murano centerpiece on top of a Reverso coffee table by Giorgetti sits in the middle of the room.

DREAM HOME From left: The dining area is highlighted by a long walnut table lined with Giorgetti chairs; the daughters' room has embroidered carpet and linens; the backyard has a family-size hot tub as centerpiece while the bamboo around it serves as additional screen for privacy

DREAM HOME (From top) The dining area is highlighted by a long walnut table lined with Giorgetti chairs; the daughters’ room has embroidered carpet and linens; the backyard has a family-size hot tub as centerpiece while the bamboo around it serves as additional screen for privacy

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Located at the ground floor are the entertainment room, the dining room, the open kitchen, and the Zen patio and garden.

At the second floor are the private rooms of the couple and the children. There is a guest bedroom and family room on the top floor.

For the master bedroom, Adefuin took comfort and tranquility into consideration. “I chose a plush Kimono bed by Mobilidea covered with Burano Italian linen.”

Meanwhile, the two daughters’ rooms are decorated with paintings paired with embroidered linens and fancy curtains.

With freedom and a comfortable budget to spend, the interior designer chose the best when it comes to furniture pieces such as a tufted Poltrona Frau sofa filled with throw pillows in the living area, and Fiam and Giorgetti pieces in the entertainment room that has a theater system and a vintage popcorn maker.

Art works filled the home, some of which were painted by masters including National Artists Arturo Luz, Cesar Legaspi, and Jose Joya. Works from abstract painter Romulo Olazo and glass artist Ramon Orlina, are also part of the home interior.

For the dining room, Adefuin went for modern elegance.

“I chose a long walnut table lined with elegant Giorgetti chairs in taupe leather upholstery since the family likes to entertain guests,” he says.

Illuminating the kitchen is a Melograno Blue spherical glass pendant chandelier. A slate gray drape curtain covers the floor-to-ceiling windows that, when drawn, reveals the indoor Zen patio and garden surrounded by bamboo. It has a small koi pond, with a Serralunga chair by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio placed beside it.

The backyard, despite its small space, was designed with an elevated family-size hot tub as centerpiece. Family members and guests can enjoy a quick dip in the tub without getting too tanned courtesy of a tempered frosted glass roofing. Bamboo around the yard serve as an additional screen for privacy.

The final outcome was a dream house, not only for the family, but for Adefuin himself.

“It’s an interior designers’ ultimate fantasy—a home decorated with artworks, Italian furniture, and topnotch finishes. I’m glad that we were given an opportunity to transform a dream into a reality.”

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