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Inside the Modern Three-Story Home of Cecile Zamora, Also Known as Chuvaness

The founder of Chuvaness blends the contemporary and the classic.
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For the past 15 years, Cecile Zamora has lived in this Ed Calma-designed home. Founder of Chuvaness, one of Manila’s first ultra-successful lifestyle blogs, this stylish mother of three young boys now keeps herself busy with a budding career as a DJ. On the horizon is an exciting new business venture that she is not quite ready to share the details of, but in Chuvaness style, we are sure that it is something to look forward to.

The primary living area in this three-story structure is a shared space on the middle level where the family cooks, eats, sleeps, and entertains.



A large center room hosts both the living and dining rooms as well as the kitchen and is characterized by its high ceiling, white walls, and lots of natural light. A separate hallway leads to the bedrooms. 


 

The living room, delineated by two sofas and coffee table, sits across the long dining table and is accented with interesting furniture pieces. “I got lucky with the two Cobonpue stools. I found them on sale because they were showroom samples in excellent condition. The foam “Balikbayan” box is by sixinch. “Behind one of the sofas are two little chairs purchased from Zara Home in Aoyama, Tokyo, and another from Lady Scott Jones. 

In one corner is a Rietveld chair that was given to the family by Cecile’s Dutch father-in-law. An interesting lamp by Philippe Starck sits nearby, and above it hangs a painting by Fernando Amorsolo. 


 

“It’s a painting of my dad as a baby and my grandmother Amparo Zamora. My lola told me Amorsolo used to eat in her house back in the day before the war. She was a great cook, and Amorsolo would give her paintings, so we have a few Amorsolos in the family. I’m lucky my dad gave me this one because it has two of my favorite people in the world.”

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Cecile loves to entertain and having friends over to eat and hang out.


“I don’t cook myself but recently, we got a great cook. She’s amazing and a blessing to us. I buy Japanese sauces when I travel because I’m looking for the perfect yakiniku sauce. It just makes everything taste better.”

Cecile says that the courtyard that sits between the living area and her bedroom is a work in progress.


The outdoor furniture is by Philippe Starck for Kartell.


“I think it’s too dark so I’m about to renovate it, but I like to take my time to research and think of designs myself. I’m constantly fixing stuff at home. There’s a lot of work to be done so I take my time. I work slow. It’s not my dream home yet, and I don’t know if I’ll ever have a dream home, but I’m thinking [of getting a] second place in Tokyo when I can afford it.”

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