"A great marriage is not when the perfect couple comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences," book author Dave Meurer once said. In times a couple would clash, the best way to resolve it is not by arguing, but by finding a compromise, a middle ground to make both ends meet, an approach that has been effective for Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi, who have recently completed the renovation of their home. And this home just perfectly showcases how in sync they are with each other despite their differences.
Part of their design collaboration with Sohu Designs include individual rooms catering to each of them: A "princess room" for daughter Amarah, a "man cave" for Ali, and a walk-in closet for Cristine.
Cristine and Ali's Victorian-inspired home as seen from the outside.
In a feature on Magandang Buhay, Cristine and Ali explained to Momshies Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco that they were in charge of choosing the color of the walls, the tiles to be used, and a few furniture pieces. "Lagi kami nagme-meet [ni Ali] ng halfway," Cristine explained to them. Between her, Ali, and interior designer Jen So Hu, they always made an effort to find a common ground in their design choices.
The living room has design inputs both from Cristine (chandelier and windows) and Ali (primary wall colors).
One case involved the selection process for the chandeliers. "Nagbigay ako kay Jen So Hu ng mga gusto ko na chandelier, tapos pumili siya nung type niya, so nag-compromise din kami,” Cristine shares. Another joint interior design decision involved the wall color of their receiving area and living room. While Ali wanted gray as a primary color, he settled for a lighter shade of gray to complement Cristine's preference of having an area with as much natural light as possible.
"Ngayon na may asawa na ako, natuto ako na makinig... dahil kung hindi, mauuwi kayo sa awayan, " Cristine explains on how marrying Ali has changed her.
Part of Cristine and Ali's teamwork as husband and wife involve designing their own rooms, like Ali's "man cave".
Amarah's "princess room" as visualized by Ali and Cristine for their baby girl.
As Karla perfectly put it, "Kapag nakakapagsundo [ang mag-asawa], nape-perfect [yun design]."
See more photos of Cristine and Ali's home here.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/mrscristinekhatibi and the Sohu Designs Facebook page