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#HeyjowQuarantineCorners: Inside an Expat's Nordic-Inspired Manila Home

There is an upside to spending our days at home: we can finally clean, declutter and even redesign our spaces. This new series called #HeyjowQuarantineCorners aims to inspire creativity and joyful living at home despite what's happening in the world right now. Let's explore these beautiful spaces together, which have been generously shared with us by friends. 


Interior designer expat and founder of the blog Chuzai Living, Kaho's Manila home is inspired by Nordic design with minimalist sensibilities.

"When we moved to our current home in Manila, it was already furnished, and the big furniture pieces already came with the house" shared Kaho. "I painted some rooms, ordered customized slipcovers, and decorated in white to give our home our personal character. I also added natural materials to incorporate local design"

"I like white furniture like those in our landing to brighten a room.  At the same time, I love using black as an accent color in interior design.  Black adds a modern, edgy feel to a space." 

"Since the lockdown started in Manila, I have purged and reorganized our home room by room. I was also able to deep clean and redecorate the kids' shared bathroom." shared Kaho.

"My girls and I redecorated the 2nd floor balcony together. I added a desk and chairs so that my older two girls can study there. We also started using our patio outside the dining room, which we never had before. My family and I sometimes eat breakfast or lunch there now, which has been a nice alternative to eating out."

Kaho uses a rainbow blanket designed by Amber of A Momma Abroad for Abel .

"As we started spending days inside our house, it definitely shifted the flow of our home. Our family room became a gathering space where we enjoyed watching TV together as a family after dinner every night.  We've never allowed our children to watch TV during the week before COVID-19, so my husband and I introduced it to our children as a new routine for the new normal." Kaho shares.

"We feel fortunate that the process of adapting ourselves to a new life in Manila was smooth and easy. It's been lovely to live in a city where people have friendly smiles all the time." Kaho shares when asked about life in Manila as an expat. "As for inspiring discoveries, I love the tropical island design that is unique to the Philippines. The beauty of modern tropical jungle with a beachy vibe is what I have embraced."


Kaho's home is a product of how you can complement and mix your personal style with a house that has its own charm in itself.

Which part of Kaho's house is your favorite? Share it in the comments!


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