We’ve occasionally been given a peek of Bea Alonzo’s home on her Instagram stories as well as in other live-streamed sessions. In case you've been curious what her house really looks like, then this is the vlog you’ve been waiting for. On September 26, Alonzo uploaded the first part of her house tour on her YouTube channel.
In the video, she shares that she moved in 2012 and has been furnishing the modern and spacious home since then, with no structural renovations. It’s a must-watch for those who want to achieve the same timeless sophistication that Alonzo effortlessly pulled off with the help of her interior designer friend, Jeizele delos Reyes-Go.
Below, we round up all the details you need to take note of especially if you’re thinking of pegs for your future dream home.
Check out the highlights of Bea Alonzo's house tour video:
Her grand foyer
Alonzo bought her home with some areas already furnished with cool details, like the foyer with capiz panels and a black chandelier. She says the chandelier used to be silver but she had it painted black for a quirky feel, taking inspiration from the pieces of Philippe Starcke.
All the art pieces by Filipino artists
Alonzo's home is a treasure trove of pieces from Filipino artists. Her collection includes pieces from artists like Arturo Luz, Michael Cacnio, and Ramon Orlina. There’s even a collage by Gary-Ross Pastrana inspired by Anne Curtis! What’s so great about Alonzo’s collection is that every piece means something special for her, so it makes her home feel more personal and intimate.
The seating options
One item that Alonzo couldn’t help but discuss everywhere in her home would be her chairs or seating options. Her living room features a brown leather sofa from West Elm, while her patio has artsy chairs, including a mid-century chaise and her acapulco chairs that make the space feel like a resort. Proof that chairs can make or break a room!
All the Filipino touches
Perhaps the best thing about Alonzo’s home is how she incorporated details that highlight Filipino culture. There’s a modern sungka centerpiece on her dining room table by Ugu Bigyan (she loved playing sungka as a child!) and a bench made from a mango tree near her foyer from LRI Design Plaza, which reminds her of her mother’s mango farm in Zambales. She also has a piece of driftwood she took home from a trip to La Union.
The floor-to-ceiling pantry
If those things weren’t enough to blow you away, perhaps Alonzo’s enormous pantry will. The well-lit area has floor-to-ceiling shelves that allow her to organize all her food items and see them at a glance. (A tip: She puts basics like grains and nuts in glass jars with labels.) Aside from that, she utilizes the space by storing her chinaware in it as well. That way, she gets to see all her plates and can easily decide which ones to use when guests come over.
Plants and candles everywhere
Amid all the artworks and fabulous furniture, Alonzo’s home is filled with plants that make her home come alive. She also balances out those fresh green colors with the faint hues of dried flowers in various areas of her home, which are often placed in pretty vases. There are also candles everywhere—from her office, the powder room, to her living room.
Her #aesthetic dirty kitchen
You know how one doesn’t really pay attention to sprucing up a dirty kitchen because, well, it’s called a "dirty" kitchen? Alonzo makes a case for the contrary with her super clean and tidy "dirty kitchen" that’s just as neat as her main kitchen. Perhaps it’s because she stuck to an all-white palette and chose a simple table-and-chair set, which was even adorned with a potted plant! Alonzo shares that this is where she cooks for frontliners and where they do their laundry.
Her lanai-cum-art studio
The pool in her backyard is a cool feature of her home, but her lanai also deserves the spotlight. Featuring glass French doors, it’s got a TV and a couch—practically a mini living room outdoors. She recently transformed it into her artist studio so she could paint in peace. A tip you could get from this setup: Put glass sliding doors in your gazebo to transform it into an air-conditioned entertaining area.
Her kitchen with a coffee machine built into the wall
Coffee lovers, you’ll be totally envious of Alonzo—she’s got a coffee maker built into her kitchen wall. Aside from that, what makes her kitchen swoon-worthy is how spacious it is. It features a large island in the middle that’s perfect for someone who is often cooking and baking.
Her powder room
For those who love having guests over, you always have to keep in mind all the areas or places that your guests will frequent. Take notes from Alonzo’s mosaic-tiled powder room, which features a sink by potter Ugu Bigyan. It’s on the small side but looks larger than it does, thanks to the mirror that covers the entire wall. She adorned the space with dried flowers and a candle.
Watch her entire vlog here: