Urban Zone: The upyard



A couple of weeks ago we featured this modern Asian styled house in Urban Zone. It belongs to Joel and Eloisa Buse. They didn’t work with an interior designer. Joel designed the house himself, with the help of a contractor and later-on, an architect. Lots of personal touches here…


The owner is a car enthusiast. He wanted his garage visible from the inside of the house, which explains the glass doors. In the foreground is the dining table, which is actually an old Tibetan door.


The living room housed their collection of Asian antiques and contemporary finds.


Neutral colours and warm light.


This house was unfortunately affected by Ondoy floods two years ago. They’ve recovered since then.


Because the property doesn’t have enough space for a back yard, the owner created his own “upyard” – a charming space with a 360 degree view of huge trees and the skyline in the horizon.


They had some serious furniture up in their roof top.


All photos, property of Joel & Eloisa Buse



This week in K&Company



I shot three sets of spiels for Urban Zone the other day. I wore the newest K&Company samples. These are in stores by now.


I love the texture of this blue tweed shift dress. The back panel is not of the same fabric, instead it used brown satin. Nice combo. And I’ve missed my happy shoes. I thought it was time to bring them out again.


I don’t have a clear shot of this dress. It has a very forgiving cut. Comes in reddish fuchsia and royal blue.


This is a preview of K&Company’s holiday collection. More to come in the coming weeks.


A comfy black and beige cotton jersey dress with a bold electric blue leather belt.


Wore them with brown rubber platforms.


K&Company is in Rockwell Power Plant Mall, Shangrila Plaza and Glorietta.



Urban Zone: Hotelish



Here are some photos of the house we featured last September 30th. It is owned by a young couple – both of them doctors. They asked their architect and design consultant to give them a home that felt like they were at a posh hotel after a long day’s work.


The frontage had a slope, reflected in the landscaping and sunken garage.


At the main door with the architect, Romeo Marcelo.


At the foyer with design consultant Tanya Lichauco who worked on designing the interior during the construction phase.


Tanya chose neutral colours for the living room


Pretty home accessories.


At the kitchen.


The stairs were placed right at the front of the house and further enhanced by this antique mirror on the walls. Loving all the repetitive lines.


The daughter’s bedroom. Tanya used artwork painted by the grandmother.


Urban Zone, every Friday night after SOCO on ABSCBN. For TFC schedules please consult your TV guide listing.




“Contemporary Asian” architecture



My mind isn’t completely here always. Lately I’ve been forgetting to bring my cameras to my UZ shoots, like during this house feature that aired on September 16. All photos are from my iPhone4. Oops.

This is a story of an old house in a residential part of Quezon City. It was a 70’s-period modern house. The owners (Araneta family) had been living in it for seven years. They needed something new and wanted something more current and relevant to their needs. So they hired Victor Cham to build a brand new house on the same property.


Side entrance. The house is barely a year old. The fish are still small.


They were working with a limited space. This is by the perimeter wall. The architected created a little lanai in this corridor to allow air into the home.


The living room is in an enclosed area, separate from the dining and kitchen. Lots of open windows and grills (for security) allow for the free flow of air as you can see by the curtain blowing in the wind.


Those two doors led to the same area – the stairwell and the secondary kitchen.


Really sorry for the blurry photos. The main kitchen (yes, most Filipino homes have two or three kitchens) has an open plan. They used mosaic-“type” tiles as backsplash. Lots of artificial light on top and below each cupboard.


They opted for low maintenance tiled floors. As you can see, windows everywhere for easy flow of wind.


A leaf shaped wash basin on a hardwood ledge.


This guest powder room was situated under the stairs. I should have taken a photo of the ceiling. It had nice hard wood.


The Mr. of the house specifically asked for a game room to house is old billiard table. The ledge/bay window was a nice touch. The wall panels looked like expensive veneers but actually they were just ply wood with a bit of stain applied to look like wood grain.


On the second floor, architect Cham pointed out the details of the ceiling. It was painted in red and it had a geometric wave pattern.


And yes, I was wearing a K&Company dress. Layered bracelets and cuffs. My old charm necklace with another strass necklace. The shoes, they’re over a year old. Sorry I’m so vague with my shoes. I have to be fair to my existing sponsors (not that I have any shoe sponsors, its just.. you know).



Urban Zone: The real Design Doctor



Last Friday we featured a 4-year old house that was renovated by new homeowners. They didn’t hire an interior designer or architect, just a contractor to do re-do the paint and changing of some windows. The couple, both doctors, had brought with them many of the furniture from their family’s home in an older part of town – mostly heirloom pieces and antiques. The husband, a cosmetic surgeon by profession, has a knack for designing spaces and a strong sense of style. I asked him why he didn’t hire design professionals, he said he would have been a tough client because he knew exactly what he wanted and what he didn’t want (plus they already had beautiful pieces to begin with).


When the couple bought the house, it was an all-white building. The family added brown borders to frame the windows and eaves trough.


Fine antiques at the entrance of the house. The oil painting dates back to the early 1900’s. The doctor says it’s always been hanging outdoors, even at their old house. I love gallineras. We have a few at home, and one of them is also outdoors, as seen in my BC mag cover early this year. A gallinera basically is an old wooden sofa with a caged storage space below, originally to hold live chickens. It’s the best space saving piece of furniture with a lovely story.


I asked the doctor what look he wanted to achieve when decorating their space. He said he grew up in southern subdivisions where a lot of his friends’ moms had comfortable homes and huge lanais. The peg was “Lanai Tita” – another term I so love. Haha. Can’t argue with that. Southern lanai living rocks! This house had a lot of outdoor living spaces, a huge garden, a pretty pool and lots of fresh air.


There used to be three small windows in this part of the house. The doctor consolidated it to create one huge picture window visible from the living and dining areas. He also personally managed the layout of his gardens.


The most used part of this house… the kitchen. I love the size and layout. Very comfortable. The lady of the house loves to bake.


The master bedroom. He defied the conventional relaxing room and painted a red accent wall. Red is the colour of energy and excitement. Hmmm, makes sense in a bedroom too. LOL. He also broke another feng shui rule of putting the headboard against a window. To remedy that, he hung these huge wooden screens that slide to the side whenever they want to open the window for ventillation. The wooden screens “disappear” as wall panelling when drawn to the side.


If you watched the show last Friday night you would see the cute feature of their lavatory. Instead of the conventional faucet and basin, the doctor sourced a lovely porcelain dish-like lavatory and installed a spray-type spout directly on the dish. The result looks like a little fountain that juts out of the lavatory. Cute.


Second-floor balcony where the kids do their arts and crafts.


He says the pool was just a bonus. It wasn’t part of their initial criteria when house hunting.


A major highlight – his “man cave” which housed his awesome audiophile equipment. I didn’t understand a thing, but I knew those things were very very valuable.



Urban Zone is seen on ABSCBN every Friday nights after SOCO and internationally via TFC The Filipino Channel. Please check with your local cable carrier regarding the schedule. The show is available online through iwanttv.com.ph by subscription.