Designer and author, Meg Mateo Ilasco, has the perfect home that mixes mid-century modern, bright colors and her and her husband's Filipino heritage.
The rattan chairs are hand-me-downs from Meg's mom. The chairs were reupholstered to give them a more fresh look. The Philippines are one of the top suppliers of rattan products. Rattan furniture are known for their durability and strength.
Meg's dining room have pops of blue and orange colors that complement each other well. The macramé planter is another find from Meg's mother. I like that this room has an eclectic mixture of mid-century, 1970s, and personal touch to it.
In my own home, the biggest and most valuable piece is our original oil painting by Filipino artist Ed Santuangco. We discovered this artist's work when we went to the Philippines for our honeymoon in 2007 where we even had a chance to visit his gallery, Collections of Art, in Angeles City. We were instantly attracted to the modernity of the painting in regards to his subtle use of cubism and the bright oranges, blues and golds. But at the same time the theme is very Filipino - the painting depicts a Filipino market and in the background are the ubiquitous Jeepneys.
Of course not to seem too pretentious with this talk about original art in the home, I'll bring it down a notch by saying our Filipino household would not be complete without our "Barrel Men" (and women). If you are Filipino and you do not know about the Barrel Men then Shame on You! If you aren't aware of the Barrel Men, let's just say that when you lift those barrels up, you will get yourself a little (or big) surprise. That's all I'm going to say. Mindless entertainment for hours.
The remainder of our house is comprised of a lot of Swedish furniture. We are not swedish, but my husband works at IKEA...which will be another blog topic for another day...
(top photos by Thomas J. Story via Sunset Magazine)