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Aljur Abrenica’s Townhouse Does Industrial Right

Reclaimed yakal, exposed bricks, and deep colors define the actor's industrial-inspired haven
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Actor Aljur Abrenica is one of the many celebrities who chose to invest in a property in Quezon City. After all, the city isn’t just accessible, it’s conveniently located near two of the country’s biggest networks. Aljur’s three-storey townhouse stands out—as beyond the striking red gate is an inviting industrial-inspired haven completed with wooden elements, exposed bricks and piping, bold colors, and works of art. The home, which has a very bachelor’s pad feel, was designed by Aljur’s good friend, screenwriter-director Richard V. Somes who is also a production designer and an art director.

After the birth of Alas Joaquin, his son with actress Kylie Padilla, Aljur plans to work on a few adjustments in the space while still maintaining its original vibe. “Tapos makahanap na lang ng ibang place para sa bata. Pero for now, siymepre babaguhin muna namin…Si Kylie naman bahala magde-design,” he shares.

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While many homeowners opt for light colors and neutral hues to liven up their homes' exterior, there are some who prefer bold colors like red. Aljur's home features a red gateâthe color matches the raw finishes and elements found inside the home.

There's enough space to accommodate cars and motorcyles in the garage. What will surely catch the attention of visitors is the mural sprucing up one wall. The biggest mural done in the house by Direk Richard, it highlights a flying eagle with the words Legend, Live, and Be Free surrounding it. According to Aljur, the women and flowers included in the work of art represent his soft side.

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The cozy vibe of the living area is undeniableâwith the perfect combination of deep colors, wood, brick, and exposed piping completing the look. Aside from the IG-worthy bookshelf, the living area has wooden furniture pieces designed by Direk Richard and his team. These pieces–the bench, sofa, and armchairs–highlight a wooden base, with comfy cushions making each piece inviting. The cushions and pillows complement the home's color palette.

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To let in natural light as well as to soften the effect of wood, sheer white curtains let in natural light. A vintage-industrial-inspired chandelier hangs from the ceiling and adds character to the space. One of the quirky, personal touches to the space are the pillows that spell out Kylie. Aside from the bookcase in the living area, there's another one on the second floor as Aljur and Kylie love to read.


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There's no shortage of wooden touches in this house. The entertainment center in the living area was made using wood in a lighter, more natural finish. Aside from holding the TV, it can also be used to organize gadgets and other entertainment essentials. Three of Direk Richard's paintings add color to the living areaâtwo flank the TV while another can be found neart the shelf.

Wood and warm lights define the spacious dining area. Though there are no decor and accessories in the space, the bricks and bold hue are enough to liven up the space. It's completed with a bar cabinet, a lighting piece designed by Direk Richard, and a table that can accommodate around 14 people. "Eto 'yong mga kainan ng mga blue-collar na mabilisan ang trabaho, mga construction workers sa States, ganyan...Hindi ko talaga siya plano na magkaro'n ng, alam mo 'yon, ng tatambay," Aljur shares.

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Cabinets and overhead storage are perfect for storing different essentials and supplies. While the dining area seem dark, the lighting pieces help keep the mood cozy and welcoming for meals. Opting for a wooden bench allows Aljur and his family to enjoy meals together.

The impressive bar cabinet isn't just a storage piece, it can function as decor, too, with its elegant design and finish. It holds bottles of liquor given by the actor's friends.

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The space that the kitchen now occupies used to be an open-air backyard. As the newest addition to the space, the kitchen follows the industrial theme, with bricks used on the walls, stainless steel countertops, and a wooden kitchen island in the middle. It also features an exposed ceiling with wooden beams adding to the industrial feel.

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One corner of the kitchen leads to a narrow red spiral staircase. This leads up to the actor's favorite part of the home called the sanctuary.

A multipurpose area, the second floor sanctuary functions as a reading area, a hangout spot, a study area, and as a gym. It highlights a creative use of bricks as wall accents, wooden details, and glorious natural light streaming in from the ceiling and windows.

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After all, Direk Richard and Aljur designed the home with a vision of creating a space "where artists can freely create and collaborate with other practitioners of the creative arts and crafts." Cement tiles and wood were chosen as flooring for the space, with a touch of green adding a refreshing vibe.

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One wall showcases an unfinished mural done by Kylie. The actress chose to paint nude forms after Aljur gave her the freedom to work on the wall art. "Sinabi ko sa kanya na 'Gusto kong magkaroon ka ng touch sa bahay. Basta mag-paint ka.' Artist si Kylie, e. Si Kylie, yes mahilig mag-drawing 'yan ng images, depends on how she feels," shares Aljur.

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A corridor in the home serves as a gallery wall for prized framed pieces. Some of these wall accents include framed posters of The Beatles and John Lennon. One wall showcases a cross-stitched project by Aljur's mom featuring the Abrenica siblings.

This simple yet relaxing bedroom used to be Aljur's bedroom. Furnished with a rasied bed and basic pieces, it has been unoccupied after the birth of Alas. The actor plans to transform the space into a baby room.

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Aljur's former bedroom opens to this terrace furnished with wooden chairs and a table. It can be used as a breakfast nook or simply as a place where one can relax and admire the beauty of sunsets during quiet afternoons.

Read the original article in the November 2017 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine.

This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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