The inspiring, sentimental story behind Maja Salvador’s modern tropical dream house

Bringing her wanderlust in, Maja Salvador settled for a modern tropical theme for their family home. Lush indoor plants, light-colored wood materials, earth tones, and natural light peeking through the glass windows make up the interior of ‘Casa Andres,’ a reflection of Maja’s beach-loving personality.

The Revenge Drama Queen welcomes us to the family abode that she managed to build thanks to her first major product endorsement. Maja doesn’t shy away from sharing anecdotes of their poor past, of the nomadic life of jumping from one rented house to another.

When her career took off, Maja and her mom prayed for enough resources to have their own residential property. The universe listened. Maja inked an endorsement deal and used her full talent fee to build what she would call as now as Casa Andres.

She currently spends the quarantine period with her brother in that family home while their mom is in Canada. As a clan, they love outdoor grill sessions in the garden area. It’s where her Daddy Roi loves to enjoy the morning sunlight and a cup of coffee, too.

Disinfectant paraphernalia greets visitors by the main door, as part of COVID-19 preventive measures. Airy vibes and relaxing atmosphere travel from the garden to the living room, just as how Maja wanted it. In love with traveling and the outdoor warmth, Maja accentuates the sala with wood features, neutral color palette, tall indoor plants, and a bit of texture.

The high ceiling calls for an elegant chandelier and a tall yucca tree in a corner. This would have to be Maja’s favorite feature in the living area. The house’s interior designer Miah Gomez, who also happens to be Maja’s good friend, explains that living things like plants add character. There’s also a full-grown areca tree that commands attention. Maja’s two adorable dogs likewise charm guests.

A stylish rectangular carpet adds a bit of drama. The home accessories keep up with the over-all modern tropical theme. Maja hung an oversized painting of a female face in one corner. Blending well is a three-piece artwork courtesy of John Lloyd Cruz.

But among the elements in the living room, one that stands out the most is a wooden rack cradling the highlights and memories of Maja’s showbiz career and personal life – trophies, photographs, copies of her magazine covers, and travel souvenir. The latest in her collection is the Best Actress trophy for Wildlfower from the Busan International Film Festival.

Maja picks her brother’s graduation photo, telling us that sending him to school is one of her biggest accomplishments. There’s also a snapshot immortalizing a family trip to Los Angeles.

The kitchen used to be adorned with red, black, and white colors. It underwent renovation to keep up with the theme. For someone who loves to cook, Maja calls the kitchen very therapeutic. She gives us a peek of their tableware and wine glass collection. 

The dining area is simply sophisticated. This is where family chitchats mostly happen. Just a few steps from there is the lounge/den area, which is still under reconstruction. Nonetheless, it’s homey and relaxing.

The lanai is transformed into a mini gym, at least for now, when everyone is forced to take home workouts instead of going to outdoor facilities. Maja rented fitness equipment to keep the routine. Pull down blinds shelter the area from heavy rains. After working out, Maja would finish her me-time in the sauna, a gift from boyfriend Rambo Nunez. 

Maja owns a condominium unit where she stays most of the time but she will always find herself going back to their family home. No matter how much renovation it undergoes, one thing will remain the same – the memory of Maja’s dream finally coming true.