KC Concepcion's five-year stay in Paris, France, had taught her how to live in "such small spaces."
Hence, when she finally returned home, she looked for something spacious, and found what she wanted in an upscale condominium in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
But KC, wanting it to be really perfect, subjected the unit to a major renovation.
Then she filled it with mementos from her travels and priceless pieces from people who matter to her.
KC told YES! Magazine, which featured her home, "Basically, the materials in the house are made in places I enjoyed and find good memories the most."
The piano and the wooden hobbyhorse belonged to her Lola Elaine Gamboa Cuneta.
Found at the far left wall is a masterpiece of National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera, more popularly known as BenCab.
According to YES!, the actress knocked down several walls and changed the layout of her three-bedroom unit to make it appear "more open."
The focal point in KC's pad is found in the main social space: a curving translucent onyx wall that also serves as a partition between the kitchen and the living room.
The onyx was shipped from Italy, which means KC had to wait for a bit before she could complete her condo.
But the wait was worth it. When the light is switched on from the back of the onxy wall, the wall turns a magical white and yellow.
Her contrasting "power color" came in the form of a cobalt blue glass chandelier, a lovely find from New Delhi, India.
The gray sectional sofa is something KC has had for a long time.
It can fit up to five of KC's guests, which is exactly her intention. She says friends like to lounge there.
Meanwhile, the lone distressed red chair facing the dining table was also a gift from her Lola Elaine.
Sliding glass doors separate KC's living space and her home office.
This private space has three elements: wood, steel, and stone.
The desk made of kamagong has a steel base and is anchored by a woven rug, while the wall behind it is adorned with coral stones.
The purple drawers from Heima add an unexpected burst of youth and color to the neutral hues of her office.
Hanging in the wall is a portrait of KC with Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, and Anne Curtis, which was taken by Mark Nicdao for his book, Vantage.
The TV host-actress first saw this bold red SMEG refrigerator when she was in Paris.
KC knew then she had to have one like it.
Aside from her ref, the kitchen is equipped with modern cooking appliances.
After all, the owner is kitchen savvy, something she takes from her mom Sharon Cuneta.
YES! magazine also has a tour of the actress's walk-in closet, where her clothes are arranged according to type.
Behind the huge mirror is the otherwise unsightly electrical wiring, a clever way to make pretty of something simply necessary.
Her collection of hats are carefully arranged on one wall, and her Rimowa luggage are neatly placed inside open cabinets, below more clothes.
Original article by Gabby Reyes Libarios
Photos taken by Rene Mejia
Read full story in YES! Magazine Celebrity Homes Special 2013 issue. To download a digital copy of this magazine, visit Summit Newstand.