Decorating with family finds
Meg and her husband, Marvin, craved a home 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 hidden treasures.
See how they mixed these family finds with their own upbeat style.
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.
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.
Meg and Marvin love the Swedish dining set—an estate-sale find—because of the angled chair forms. The stereo cabinet has been refashioned into a bar.
A macramé planter and ceramic pot were made years ago by Meg’s mother, who instilled the importance of craft and creativity in Meg. Posters from the 1950s and ’60s are made modern by framing them in white.
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She updated the handles with a coat of yellow spray paint.
The moral of this story: Make sure your rooms have something to say—that they mean something to you.
“Old furniture has so much more personality and historical interest,” says Meg. “Not to mention it’s often more affordable and durable.”
Meg’s terrarium designs are also sprinkled throughout the house.