Magazine article Sunset

Once upon a Home

Magazine article Sunset

Once upon a Home

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There was a couple who had a bunch of family heirlooms from the 1970s, They wove these beautifully into their modern aesthetic, creating a narrative decor

Chapter 1: Living room

Meg anchors with Danish pieces, like this bookshelf unit, because of their well-made, classic forms. The 1960s unit displays Meg and Marvin's ceramic and glass collections.

Meg adds personality to the room with one of her whimsical pillow designs - this one reads "nap," twice (mateoilasco.com)

The circa 1970s Philippine rattan chairs (from Meg's mom's collection) were revived with new cushion fabric.

"I love that when friends visit our home, they immediately get a sense of who we are-f rom pillows on the couch to the collections on the bookshelves," Meg Mateo Ilasco says of the interior of her midcentury bungalow that * was once devoid of personality. Rather than turn to furniture warehouses like many people on a budget, Meg and her husband, Marvin, realized they craved a space that reflected who they are-a designer and a scientist, both with Filipino heritage and an affinity for bold color. So, in a stroke of thrift and genius, Meg and Marvin raided their parents' attics to uncover pieces like a ceramic elephant (page 83), a brass owl from Marvin's mother's paperweight collection, and a capizshell lamp that once hung in Marvin's parents home. Some finds needed updating, like a 1970s stereo cabinet, which now has new speakers and is rigged for the iPod. These finds are mixed in with the couple's own upbeat style, making their home a space where their own children, Lauryn and Miles, can appreciate family history blended with present day. 1 They live among these things happily ever after.

Chapter 2: Bedroom

Typically drawn to bold blocks of color, Meg and Marvin tried a wallpaper pattern in the bedroom (fermlivingsriop.us). Because th bedroom is at the end of a hallway, this design serves as a focal point

The salvaged horse lamp was given new life with a shade from Anthropologie. Bibles from Meg's collection mingle with one that belonged to her grandparents.

Chapter 3: Dining room

"Maybe it's because we're children of the '70s, but we're drawn to that era and colors that defined it," says Meg of her ..inge pendant lamp from Design Within Reach. The blue rug adds a pop of pattern and is also durable and kid-friendly. …

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