WATCH: Philux’s Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez Reveals Her Favorite Things About Her Home—Pick Up Tips For Yours!
Guided by a keen eye for detail and driven by her love for one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story, Metro Society cover girl Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez shares what she loves most about her thoughtfully designed family home.
On the cover of our Home and Design issue is the effortlessly chic and sophisticated Steph Kienle-Gonzalez (@stephkienlegonzalez). Find out what it means for her to be a modern-day hostess and homemaker as she gives us an exclusive look into her stylish home. Now a co-host in @metrochannelph's Metro Home, it seems to be the perfect time to have her as our newest cover girl, as she reveals her taste in furniture and design, and just how the home she has crafted for her family reflects the truly beautiful life she lives. Grab a copy now and catch a glimpse of her life of gracious refinement and contemporary polish in this month’s cover story. • Click on the link in our bio to read more on the story on Metro.Style! • Photos by @bjpascual Story by @puyatleah Makeup by @riaaquino of @maccosmeticsph Hair by @janbenj13 • #MetroSociety #HomeAndDesignIssue #StephKienleGonzalez #Lifestyle #Cover #CoverReveal #FurnitureAndDesign #Host #ModernDayHostess #Home #Magazine #Design #Luxury
The first things one notices upon stepping inside Steph's luxe two-storey apartment are the broad strokes of African-influenced vignettes. A lush zebra rug pulls together a round glass table and broad, glossy leaves arranged in a tall vase, while curious pieces like a pastel-feathered lamp, numerous coffee table books illustrating the continent's beauty, flamingo-patterned wallpaper, and a statue of a proud cheetah give the cherished space character.
Collectively, her home is an amalgamation of her travels as well as those of her husband Chris, her passion for interiors, and ultimately, her desire to make her space a clear reflection of her personal flair.
While the stylish couple has handpicked many of the statement pieces that dot their home, Steph emphasizes that it's important to consider working collaboratively with others well-versed in the art of decorating and design; the result of this meeting of (creative) minds is simply one that cannot be achieved with just one pair of eyes.
For her home, Steph worked with an architect, a lighting designer, and another interior designer. Her sister, Jessica, who she also works with at Philux, contributed to her home as well by helping design Stephanie's bed that she now uses.
When it came to deciding on which pieces deserved the most viewing time, or essentially, which ones were her absolute favorites, she unhesitatingly says, "I cannot pick a particular one."
She explains that this is because the focal pieces in her home more often than not, come with an interesting anecdote; they are irreplaceable. Many of those she holds closest to her heart are family heirlooms and were inherited from loved ones—a practice in home design that many Filipino families can automatically relate to.
In the end, Stephanie concludes that a home is yours and yours only. "Don't design for other people. Design for yourself," she remarks.
She suggests to proceed with what you feel expresses your taste best, and what is most appropriate for your family's needs and lifestyle. In particular, for those in need of advice on how to start decorating or making over a space, begin with investing in key pieces in one's bedroom, living room, and entertainment area. Once these design foundations are in place, then the accessorizing and decorating can begin.
To hear more of Steph's design advice and for a glimpse of her posh home, watch the video below:
Produced by Chris Clemente and Sara de los Reyes
Photography by BJ Pascual
Video and video editing by Berwin Coroza
Makeup by Ria Aquino
Hair by Jan Edrosolan and Romnick Camposo
Styling by Rex Atienza and StyleList inc.
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