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.
Let's take a tour:
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.
The Gutierrezes have two living rooms, one on the first floor and another on the second. This ground-level living room is the showcase for Annabelle’s collection of pricey Murano, Lladro, and Lalique figurines. Murano is the famous product of the island of Murano in Venice, Italy; Lladro is a Spanish company known for porcelain creations, and Lalique is a glassware brand established by the late French glass designer Rene Lalique.
Nothing spells contemporary better than an open-floor plan. Having bigger windows in your living space can help reflect the beauty of the outdoors inside the home.
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.
The living room on the ground floor leans more toward the modern. Most of the furniture and furnishings here are made of glass, leather, and metal.
The dining room is furnished with an eight-seater dining table.
The modular cabinets were assembled by the Philippine company Nobilia, using German technology.
One of the cabinets has an integrated sub-zero refrigerator and wine cooler.
A unique chandelier, made of capiz and crystals, hangs above the tinted glass table.
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.
A corner of the ground floor serves as the bar. The shelves hold bottles of wine and whiskey, along with wine buckets that look like shoulder bags. Space is furnished with a Tam Austria painting and a painting by National Artist Arturo Luz.
The staircase used to be separated by a door to maintain the privacy of the residents. However, interior designer Jeizele removed it to create an open and spacious area.The narra steps of the staircase are complemented by clear glass.
Second Floor Living Room
In the second-floor living room, the bright, refreshing appeal of the white ceiling, walls, and floors is complemented by dark-colored furniture.The pieces include a brown sectional sofa and a black reclining chair that came from son Richard’s condo unit at One McKinley Place at the Bonifacio Global City complex.A 72-inch flat-screen TV is flanked by a pair expensive décor – a Lladro porcelain horse and a Murano glass cobra.
The second-floor living room is also furnished with Kenneth Cobonpue rattan chairs.
Interior designer Jeizele used Veneciano Italian wallpaper to create a decorative accent wall.The leather sofa and armchairs are from Natuzzi, arguably the largest Italian furniture company.
Annabelle and Eddie's son Richard sleep in this bedroom. Space is defined by warm earth tones and wooden furniture.A wall in the bedroom is lined with cabinets for Richard's clothes and personal items.The bathroom is furnished with high-end and top-of-the-line fixtures. The lavatory is the latest work of interior designer Patricia Urquiola for Hansgrohe.
Even the hardwood doors that lead to the bedrooms have special touches that make them unique.
Lorin and Venice's Bedroom
This bedroom is shared by Ruffa's daughters Lorin and Venice. It was originally meant for Annabelle and Eddie's second child Rocky, but he now has his own place.Ruffa purchased a trundle bed for Lorin and Venice. A trundle bed is a bed with another pull-out bed underneath.
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.
A cabana or cabin is found near the swimming pool. The space is furnished with Kenneth Cobonpue pieces.
SOURCE: REAL LIVING
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