As the sons of basketball player/comedian Benjie Paras and actress Jackie Forster, brothers Kobe and Andre Paras somehow grew up under the spotlight.
While the two tried to live normal lives away from showbiz, it’s quite inevitable to escape the headlines given their family name.
Kobe continues to make a mark in basketball, while Andre is busy juggling shows, movies, and basketball, too.
In a feature published in YES! magazine last September 2017, the Paras family opened the doors of their three-story modern Asian home in Pasig to give readers a peek into their fun and laid-back home life.
Standing on a 400-square-meter lot, the house featured airy and spacious common areas, inviting bedrooms, and a homey vibe that fits the close-knit family.
Benjie and his wife Lyxen worked in tandem to finalize the home’s interiors, taking inspiration from different magazines and Fixer Upper, their favorite show on HGTV.
“’Yong wife ko kasi, we’d always watch HGTV, and then titingin sa magazines. ‘Tapos, magka-canvass kami, kasi ‘yong iba mahal. Ang kukunin namin e ‘yong mirror image no'ng gusto namin [na furniture],” the doting father shared.
Benjie acquired the property more than a decade ago, with plans of building a house that he can sell. Back then, the family was settled in Quezon City. However, given the rising rent prices, he decided to move the brood into the house he built in Pasig.
The modern Asian theme of the home can be seen from the façade, with its clean lines and off-white color. The actor admitted that maintaining the color of the home's exterior can be challenging.
"Very light lang, parang off-white. Ang mahirap lang pag off-white sa labas, parang every how many years kailangan mo i-repaint," he said.
Tons of greens and trees added to the relaxing feel of the home.
Dark-colored wooden doors and interesting accessories welcome guests into the home.
Benjie related that the living area exemplifies everything he loves about the house—it's maaliwalas.
Roomy enough to accommodate the whole family, the living area is the place where all of them hang out—with Benjie and Lyxen watching TV and the kids happily scribbling while lounging on the carpet.
Adding warmth to the space are the wooden furniture pieces and vibrant pops of color.
The living area is furnished with a huge TV, an open shelf that held a bevy of accessories, two swivel coffee tables with secret storage compartments, matching high-back accent chairs, a stool in the same shade of blue, a shag rug, and a remodeled sectional couch.
The sofa used to be an L-shaped piece, but the couple decided to have it revamped.
"Since we expanded this area, we needed a bigger couch. So we took out the corner and then put together the parts that used to turn into an L," said Lyxen.
With a sofa as huge as this, we can only imagine all family members cozying up to each other while watching TV.
The White Room
A spacious lounge area just a few steps from the living area, the White Room got its name from its crisp color scheme. Everything in the room features the well-loved non-color, from the furniture and accessories, to the lighting pieces and soft furnishings.
We especially love the lighting pieces—a table lamp with a chic base and a tripod floor lamp placed in one corner.
"My wife bought that lamp. Sabi nya, 'Okey, lagi kang nai-interview sa bahay, so at least meron tayong similar sa trabaho mo,'" Benjie said.
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The space can be used for quiet time, reading, and entertaining friends for catch-up sessions.
A tufted bench, a shag rug, and a fluffy throw blanket add texture and warmth to the all-white space.
Adding color to the room is a hanging chair with brown-colored stand that functions as Baby Georja's duyan.
One can't help but wonder how the couple keep the room clean and organized given its color palette.
The man of the house revealed that on regular days, toys and school supplies can be seen on the floor and on the low double-layer coffee table.
Lyxen plans to spruce up the space with shelves once the renovation is done.
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Benjie plans to turn this room into his man cave.
"It's mine. Hindi ko pa lang napapaayos. Ang plano ko kasi talaga, man cave. Gagawin para sa akin, parang hangout, kasi may kanya-kanya naman silang rooms na sa itaas," he said.
The room has gone numerous transformations—it used to be the space where they welcomed guests, to a storage room for personal belongings.
The huge shelf display Benjie's plaques and awards from his illustrious basketball career.
Would you believe that the dining and kitchen areas were only added to the home in 2015?
Based on the house's original floor plan, the area where the kitchen and dining areas are found used to be a bare space.
Benjie decided to renovate the space to carve out the areas. Ceramic tiles that look like wood define the dining area and separate it from the kitchen.
The dining area boasts of a high ceiling, as well as huge windows and glass sliding doors.
"Pinataasan ko na 'yong ceiling. Gusto talaga ng wife ko, ganyan, para maliwanag," the actor said.
Ten fully upholstered comfy chairs surround the sturdy dining table made of ipil.
The said piece was bought in Tagaytay, and it took eight people to carry the table.
"Naghanap talaga kami. Makikita mo 'to, raw, as in, ando'n lang nakatambak. So, mamimili ka ng size, 'tapos 'tsaka nila aayusin. Kaya solid talaga," Benjie added.
The kitchen has a mix of modern, masculine, and industrial influences.
Kobe and Benjie use the space often and it's where the family hangs out for meals and catching up.
It has off-white countertops, white subway tiles as backsplash, and black cabinets where supplies and dinnerware are kept.
The cooking area follows a U-shaped layout with a kitchen island moonlighting as breakfast bar.
Pops of red, incorporated as lighting pieces, accessories, and stools, complete the look and keep it from being boring.
According to Benjie, he plans to change the look of the kitchen in the future.
"Actually, kung wood, magiging OA na. Siguro, maglagay na lang kami ng iba, bahala na. Next time, papalitan ng solid na marble or granite."
Riley and Sam share a bedroom with laminated flooring, shelves filled with toys, and identical kiddie loft beds.
It's cute and personalized for the kids, with a quirky lighting piece that looks like an airplane completing the playful theme.
Georja's room used to be Kobe's room, but since he spends most of his time in the States, he decided to give the room to the unica hija.
A small cabinet, a mini vanity area, and a pink mosquito net that added a whimsical touch to the space.
Since Andre is the eldest child, he gets to enjoy the entire third floor attic. The space used to be a bodega, but was converted into Andre's bedroom upon his request.
Andre has his own receiving area complete with brick wallpaper, his collection of Adventure Time memorabilia, and gym equipment, to name a few.
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Electric and acoustic guitars, shelves, and other collectibles personalize the room and give it character. Whenever Kobe is in town, he stays in Andre's room.
Andre takes pride in paying for the construction of his modern-meets-industrial T&B.
To complete the private space, Benjie served as the project's contractor. Since he enjoys watching shows on HGTV, Benjie had fun completing the space as well.
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This feature originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of YES! magazine.
This story originally appeared on RealLiving.com.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.