In 1986, Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama built their family home on a 660-square-meter lot in a gated community in Quezon City.
At that time, Mother Lily signed up Eddie to a one-year, four-picture contract.
After a year, Mother asked for an extension. What he asked in return was a house in White Plains.
Around two decades later, they updated the space with the help of interior designer Jeizele delos Reyes-Go. Jeizele explains that they changed everything except for the high ceiling and the foundations of the house for a simple, clean, and minimalist look.
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The central concept in the house design, interior designer Jeizele says, was to keep everything “simple, linear, very clean… minimalist… unobtrusive.”
Annabelle made sure that all the staircases in the house, including this one, would conform to a traditional Filipino building belief derived from the Spanish concept of oro, plata, mata (gold, silver, death). When you go up, you count each step as oro, then plata, then mata, and the final step should be an oro, gold.
First Floor Living Room
The white table is called Total Flightcase. It is a part of the collection created for the Moroso company by the designers of Diesel, an Italian brand of apparel and accessories. The table is one-of-a-kind and is priced at P384,000.
This part of the ground floor living room is where Annabelle's granddaughters Lorin and Venice watch their favorite cartoon shows. It has the nicest view of the pond and the artificial waterfalls outside.
One of the cabinets has an integrated sub-zero refrigerator and wine cooler.
The master bedroom, the only bedroom on the first floor, holds Annabelle’s collection of shoes and bags, a collection that can rival the contents of a store. Some of the bags were gifts from Dr. Vicki Belo and from Ruffa’s ex-husband, Yilmaz Bektas. The shoes are neatly arranged in cubbyholes and can be hidden from view by a curtain.
The shelves can be covered with curtains. Space is completed with a cowhide rug that Ruffa bought in Brazil.
Annabelle’s walk-in closet, which features her wardrobe and more bags, is lit by a Murano chandelier. Part of the original house design, this closet also features a door that leads to the garage.
The master bathroom is a clean, all-white affair. It has his-and-hers sinks, called inda progetto, or double bowl.
The second-floor living room is also furnished with Kenneth Cobonpue rattan chairs.
Even the hardwood doors that lead to the bedrooms have special touches that make them unique.
Lorin and Venice's Bedroom
Third child Elvis has the biggest bedroom in the house. It has a resort-like feel.
This toilet and bath can be found in between the adjoining bedrooms of Lorin and Venice and Ritchie Paul.
Annabelle requested for a terrace inspired by the island atmosphere of Bali, Indonesia. The terrace has three areas: a coffee nook, a dining area, and a seating area.The ceiling has steel framing with polycarbonate but a bamboo mat has been added for a tropical feel.
The rectangular swimming pool, which was originally kidney-shaped, is 3.5 to 5.5 feet deep. It used to be deeper, but Annabelle and Eddie requested for a shallow pool to make it kid-friendly.The pool area is colorful by choice, with candy-colored O’nest chairs of molded plastic, manufactured by Moroso, an Italian company.