Published in Manila Bulletin, 24 February 2005, and in Philippine Daily Inquirer, 5 March 2005
When interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario were approached by Cathay Land to conceptualize and implement the interiors of the Mediterranean-inspired Alicante Villa model unit, they immediately visualized how the unit would look like.
“We worked and lived in California for 13-15 years before we settled back here in the Philippines, so the Spanish architecture and interiors of the houses we’ve visited there served as our inspiration,” Cynthia narrated.
Since the Alicante unit comes with a high ceiling, the double volume space allowed the sisters to design a unique trompl’oeil beneath the stairs. The trompl’oeil, a neat row of flowering plants below the stairs and beside the spacious living area, permits a very lighthearted atmosphere within the house.
“We want people to realize they can do this with their unit,” added Cynthia.
Guests who view the unit also experience that “wow” and “aahhh” effect when they gaze at the high mural and admire all the action going on at kidney-shaped sofa from the second floor’s indoor balcony. The mural highlights the height of the available space, high quality silk fabric and balloon drapes accent the floor-to-ceiling windows, and champagne gold colors give the living room a cohesive look. “We wanted the eyes of visitors to go around, not stuck in just one area,” according to Cynthia.
For the master’s bedroom, the sisters opted for a relaxing space, that’s why restful colors such as light blue and white set the tone.
A luxurious bathroom and spacious closets give the future resident couple quality time together. The sisters imagined the male child to be adventurous in character, so they came up with a nautical theme for him. Boat accessories, navy blue and white bed pieces, and a captain’s wheel for a mirror send the kid to a good sea voyage every time he sleeps. Built-in cabinets beside the bed give him enough space for his books and toys.
For the female child, they imagined her to love mornings basking in the sunshine, so they decorated the room with violet sunflowers in white linen as the theme. Her room also has ample study area and even has space for a computer.
Ivy shared, “Residents of South Forbes can actually copy our model unit and do this.
We gave them a high standard to aspire for and realize their dreams. It will be a joy for anyone to see that it’s possible.”ps as well as two lavatories make them excited for the day ahead. Louvre-type cabinets with fabrics for the walk-in closet further give them a feeling of luxury.