Home Tour: My Own Home!

At the very height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, when everyone was either planting vegetables or baking pan de sal, the purveyors of style at fashion website Seek the Uniq called up to ask me if they could feature my home. The catch: because of the lockdown, I had to shoot and style it myself!

My home feature on Seek the Uniq (screencap from Seek the Uniq). All the other photos in this story are by the author.

Now I found this nerve-wracking at first, because after producing home shoots for more than 18 years, I was used to having a photographer and assistant, two stylists, and a writer on board at every shoot. And my home is terribly small and modest, just filled with all my secondhand finds and old family furniture. But Seek the Uniq consultant Vicky Marschadesch calmed me down and told me to treat it as a fun project, so I did.

My living room, which is blessed with natural light from the floor-ceiling-windows (I live in an old building). The wooden chairs are by Benji Reyes, the ottoman by Philux. The crewel-work throw is just scrap fabric from Schumacher.

I shot my home over the period of four days in 95-degree-heat (I had to hide all the clutter, and style each space around the activities of my young son!) using just my Huawei mobile phone on interiors setting mode, and perched it on a small tripod that I bought off the sidewalk (malls were still closed at that time). All rooms were shot in natural light. I’ll show a few of the images here, but if you want to see the rest, along with my interview, read the article here.

I try to fill each space with vignettes so that there’s always something the eye can rest on. The pineapple is from Heima, the faux snakeskin tray is from Firma Greenbelt. My uncle, a fellow Aquarian, gave me the amethyst crystal to help clear bad energy.
This is my work-from-home spot, as well as my son”s distance-learning spot (we do it in shifts). The painting is a gift from my friend Thor Balanon. The ceramics are by Joey de Castro, placemat is from Manila FAME by Vince Uy. Ive had my Tord Boontje lamp forever, and when I switch it on it still looks magical.
My decorator friend Grace Moslares painted my room a medium gray so it’ll be more soothing. The bird poster above the bed i just a P150 find from Biblio. I love to have a mix of lamps for different purposes: the red Kartell for mood lighting, and the sensor-touch Vibia lamp for reading.

To see more of the Stay-at-Home tours of Seek the Uniq, visit their website.

Published by medinarach

I am an interior designer, writer, and content editor for print and web. Join me on my adventure as I look for design inspiration, art, and culture in everyday life.

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