For the latest issue of Tatler Homes Philippines, I was commissioned to photograph the private residence of Anne Alonso, her husband and her son in Manila. It was isolation that “made them realise the value of having a warm and cosy shelter in the middle of the city.” As Anne explains, “We lived a fast life in a ‘fast home’ and I somehow neglected the value of a sacred space where we can relax with the family.” This realization prompted prompted the family to rethink the layout of their home. “The pandemic has allowed me to see the potential of the space and the urgent need for a refresh to incorporate into our home how our lives — including our passions, beliefs and priorities — have evolved as a family. We wanted the space to look and feel bigger, the areas to become more cohesive, and to create spaces where we can spend more activities and quality time together.” So, with the assistance of House of Goyen’s principal decorator, Joseph Goyenechea,”the 156-square-metre flat was transformed into an airy abode with details that take inspiration from the terrace apartments in London.” Anne shares, “Our home is a blend of old and new as well as carefully selected pieces and memoirs that will hopefully stand the test of time, thus, makes it feel more contemporary and timeless.”

Meet Anne and learn more about her renovation and how she build a sanctuary that fits well with the family’s lifestyle by browsing the feature below or download the entire Volume 31 of Tatler Homes Philippines free from Magzter. And see more of my lifestyle and interior photography for Tatler Homes Philippines.