Before Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi and Jonathan moved-in to the bungalow they’ve been renting since 2010, the house was a total mess. It would have been easy to just let go of the house and find a new one, but Stephanie already fell in love with the house. She told her husband, “Trust me, just see beyond!”
“This room makes me happy. I like how it looks from every angle!” Stephanie exclaims on the living room. It is a showcase of the couple’s electric and stylish taste. The pieces in the space is a diverse mix of vintage furniture pieces, family hand-me-downs, and stuff collected from travels.
Right beside the living room is the dining area is reserved for card games with friends. She entertains here when the circle she invites is a little more intimate. Adoring the space is the very first artwork she purchased while she was still studying in Paris.
The lady of the house loves to entertain, proudly boasting that she can craft up a drink for her guest in a spiffy with her trusty bar cart.
She cites her house as a mix of vintage, Mid-Century, modern, tropical, rustic, bohemian all the same time. A lot of the pieces are heirlooms from her mother and grandmother. “They all just came together in the end,” cites the lady of the house.
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The trick to this rustic and vintage house is not having a definite plan in mind and just decorating to instincts, as how Stephanie has always been doing. “I don’t think ahead about how I’ll be curating spaces because I find that when you overthink, your house can look too much like a showroom,” Stephanie points out.
“I’ve never worked with a decorator because I like to handpick everything myself and I want each piece to have a story.” Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi
The colorful console in the foyer adds a tropical and bohemian personality to the space. Stephanie’s ultimate shopping tip? If you see something you like buy it, you’ll eventually find space for it later in your home. In the foyer, she kept the traditional bolsters of the house, it’s a Filipino design detail that came with the original house that she wanted to preserve.
In the middle of the foyer is a little indoor garden, which is strategically positioned below the recessed portion of the ceiling. It gives a breathing space in the home and a great source of natural light.
“Some people are inclined to a specific style. But I’m one who can appreciate everything,” Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi
The former guest bedroom is now a bedroom for Jonathan and Stephanie’s first child. It is travel-themed, thanks to the Fornasetti wallpaper. “I want him to feel like every day is an adventure!”
The bungalow house is blessed with a very relaxed and tropical ambiance in the lanai. There is an outdoor furniture set purchased from Paris (which Stephanie believes is from the Philippines), Philippine floral pillows, and decorative masks from Indonesia. The couple loves to travel, this shows in their home.
“Our home is not only an eclectic home, it is a multicultural home.” Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi.
The home was landscaped by Stephanie’s father as a housewarming gift. “I love it because it’s so lush and festive! We always host barbeques here,” Stephanie adds.
In an Instagram post last March 28, 2018, Stephanie announced that she and her family will be leaving this beautiful home after 8 years of making memories here.
This first appeared on MyHome February 2015. Edits have been made for MyHome.OneMega.Com