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Classic Details Get A Refreshing Spin In This Woman’s Sanctuary

Anchored by balance and symmetry, light-filled spaces and arched doorways open up to rooms decorated with soft touches: chinoiserie, botanical wallpaper and verdant tropical plants


Ensiang Sabillo is a multi-hyphenate. She studied architecture and recently graduated in Interior Design from New York Institute of Art and Design. She also has a food business that caters to intimate gatherings and has a variety of frozen food products. She’s a mother of two boys and rides a Harley bike on the weekends. This woman does everything.



So one imagines how important it is that her home serves as her sanctuary. Upon entering, one will notice immediately the high ceiling and the curved stairs with wallpaper of tropical plants. A pair of Rubio paintings flank the entryway to the rotunda. Almost as if preparing you for the next space, the rotunda brings the ceiling down and feels as if you were walking into a museum. A hand painted mural of trees and peacocks cover the wall with niches carrying art sculptures from Sabillo’s father and one from Ronald Castrillo. 

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The space then opens up magnificently into a light-filled room with a tall arched window on one end and a series of arched french doors with ornate wrought iron handles along another wall. Blue and white chinoiserie offer subtle pops of color from the mainly beige and black color scheme. 



“For our home, I want to have the drama that you feel like you’re in a very different place but still feels homey. The design inspiration is very transitional and timeless. I use beige and brown - the basic colors - because you can incorporate any colors with that scheme,” describes Sabillo.


The open layout has the living room, the dining room and the kitchen flowing in one space. The dining room plays on symmetry with two black and gold china cabinets guard each side of the dining table. A mirror reflects the arched window across it, successfully making the space brighter and feel much bigger.


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The lanai is as big as the living and dining space with arches into the garden echoing the arched french doors across them. The space is sectioned into three distinct seating areas including a smaller dining table with a table setting of mother of pearl charger plates and blue and white floral plates and table cloth. One seating area even has a mounted television for entertainment. This space is the family’s favorite spot as it opens up to the garden.



“The first thing that I really wanted to incorporate in the design was a very spacious entertaining area. If you’d notice, the rooms are small but the entertaining areas are bigger than the usual. I wanted to have a big space because we have a big family. My parents would visit every Sunday with us, so I need a big space that can accommodate a lot of people for entertaining,” says Sabillo. The lot measures at 392 square meters and the whole floor plan is spread out to 3 floors at 600 square meters total.


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Sabillo’s kitchen is white with a blue and white tiled backsplash for the range. Her kitchen island is generous and doubles as a breakfast nook and more storage space. Sabillo recommends it for anyone planning their home at the moment. “What I’d recommend for anyone to have in their home? A big island kitchen. If you’re planning your house, a good and huge island kitchen counter is very useful. It’s so useful in entertaining and for everyday.”



Sabillo looks up to Zaha Hadid as one of her design heroes. “I love the movement in her design. Her work is a sculptural marriage of structure and nature.” 


She also looks up to The Enchanted Home blogger Tina Yaraghi who shares many of her design aesthetics. “I really love Tina of Enchanted Home because her concept is the same as what I want. I really love the design of her house. We almost have similar tastes - very timeless.”


Her one advice to anyone about to mount a renovation job of their home is to seek professional design help (you can find her on IG at @ensiangsabillo for those who have design requirements). For those who aren’t exactly ready yet for such a big job, she has a more pragmatic suggestion. “Simplify your life and your home by keeping it clean and organized. Not everyone may be an interior designer or knows how to design, but everyone can clean their homes. Sometimes it’s not about having a beautiful house. A clean and organized space can really help you relax at the end of a long day.” 


Photographs by Jar Concengco