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Industrial + Glam + Barcelona For A Young Couple (Turn-over Photos)

I haven’t been able to post anything for the past three months due to three simultaneous interior design projects plus a whole lot of graphic design works. It’s not that I’m complaining but I’d really like to have some extra time for blogging and DIY projects. Maybe someday…

Anyway, I realized that I haven’t posted pictures of the units I have done prior to owners moving in. So now I am sharing the first of the three projects in its turnover state. 😀

Just a quick background on the couple’s requirements:

  1. Since they were just married early last year, they needed a lot of storage for all the kitchen appliances they received as wedding gifts.
  2. A bar counter where they can regularly eat. The dining area will only be used when there are guests.
  3. Lots of storage in the bedroom especially for the clothes that need to be hanged.
  4. Brick wall
  5. A blue sofa and touches of blue all over the place.

floor-planSince this is also a unit in Kamala Building, Royal Palm Residences in Acacia Estates, I did something similar to the other Kamala unit that I designed for my friend but with a lot more storage room. I simple love sneaking in extra storages everywhere. Haha! I’ll explain the storages when you see the actual pictures. 🙂

The client really wanted this specific blue fabric for their sofa so she patiently browsed through Larry’s swatches and settled for Merino Niagara, a water-repellant fabric (P675/yard). We had the sofa custom-made since the sofa needed to be 70″ in length to perfectly fit the space. The accent colors were inspired by Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain, which was part of their honeymoon tour.

As usual, I don’t like being too strict in design. As much as possible, when I finished an interior, the client can still inject their own personal touches without having to rely too much on my design decision. The end result is like having a home which they DIY/designed themselves. So for this unit, I had  the walls painted white and added touches of black, a color that would pull all those reds, blues and greens together.

moodboard

Here is the moodboard that I did. 😀 The client originally wanted that patchwork Eames chair to go with the blue sofa. The one from SM didn’t feel comfortable enough so I suggested the cube pouf instead. We still have to wait for a new stock or better yet just have one customized since it would be a lot cheaper.

tileWith the blue sofa and patchwork chair, I knew these clients would go for something bold. So instead of having subway tiles for the backsplash, I suggested this bold black and white 20×20 tile which I rearranged to come up with the pattern in the kitchen moodboard. Our carpenter/mason probably hate me for messing up his mind and sight. Haha!

moodboard1The idea is for the unit to be minimalistic in terms of number of furniture and accessories but not minimal in design that it ends up looking bare. It has to be very low maintenance too because both have full-time jobs and would love to spend their weekends just relaxing instead of doing major cleaning work. Also, they are now expecting their bundle of joy so the unit really needs a lot of space for dumping random baby clutter (i.e. stroller, toys, etc.) The solution: every item should be chosen carefully so that they are both decorative and functional.

living-dining1Still missing the TV, photos in the frames and the patchwork pouf. 🙂
diningI originally wanted a sputnik chandelier (see moodboard) for the dining area but I can’t find anything that is less than P30,000. This one from Mandaue Foam is pretty and unique enough to be a decor itself.

The initial proposal for the dining chairs was the white and black Eames chair. But then I found these chairs from Mandaue Foam and we saved almost P7,000! Yay!dining-livingThat framed turf on the right is another DIY that serves two purpose: 1) To cover the electrical panel box and 2) A place for the couple to hang their souvenir plates and photos from their travel. I can’t wait for them to fill it up.dining-kitchenThe view from the corner of the living room. I am so in love with my new wide angle lens! Hahaha! Although I know I have yet to improve my photo qualities. Where’s the tripod?!

Instead of having a built-in seat with a rectangular dining table, I opted for a floor to ceiling mirrored storage. I don’t have a photo of the inside but there are no shelves there yet so they can store large items in there. Having a round table with skinny base made the unit seem more roomy.

barcounterInstead of having a long bar counter that seats two side by side, I used half of the space to build a floor-to-ceiling pantry for their kitchen appliances.kitchen-insideIt has cubby holes on the side for the coffee maker and other breakfast paraphernalia. The pantry is basically divided into half. The front half has adjustable shelves while the back is the storage for their water dispenser with a hole carved in front of the cabinet door so they can still get water without having to open the door. I personally hate seeing water dispensers because it screams office pantry for me.

kitchenMy favorite is the kitchen! Love, love, love how the backsplash turned out and the mismatched cabinet doors. By the way, we replaced the doors of the overhead cabinet and just repainted the ones at the bottom. I also love their fridge because it goes so well with the theme! Love these clients! 😀 I wish that little vertical garden on the left has actual herbs. Hehe!

bedroom1Like the other Kamala unit, the master bedroom has an annoyingly huge beam over where the headboard is. (See before photos here) To make it “disappear”, I had cabinets built on both sides of the bed with cubby holes as their “side table.” Again, extra storage space + less maintance and clutter. The bed is quite high, about 30″ including the mattress. That allowed us to have two levels of drawers on each side.bedroom2The other side is the back-lit wall for the TV. Oh, I also love the custom-made curtains. 😀

bathroomFor the bathroom, we removed the existing lavatory with hideous granite countertop and replaced it with a basin-type one. We added storage underneath too for the cleaning materials. The mirror is actually a 3-door cabinet for their toiletries. There is also LED lights running along the top and bottom of the cabinet for added ambience. I’ll take a photo next time. 🙂

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Design Project: Light and Airy 23 SQM Condo Unit in Makati

Studio or converted 1-bedroom units are now becoming my favorite project. They are quick to design and I love the challenge of space planning in such very limited area.

A young soon-to-be married couple asked me if I could design their newly turned-over unit in Makati. Of course, I was interested because not a while ago, I told my husband that I wanted to try designing a unit from SMDC. I was used to designing from scratch so when they told me they have bought most of the furniture (sofa, dining table and chairs, shoe rack, a foldable wall mounted table and bed), I didn’t know if it was a good or a bad thing. It turned out that it was a good thing since I love everything that they chose.

Because the space is really limited, I wanted it to be light with punches of cool colors. The window, although not that huge, surprisingly was good enough to light the entire unit despite the partition. I always love a good source of natural light because it definitely helps give an illusion of larger space.

So anyway, here’s the quick moodboard that I created. The design and construction process was finished in less than a month. I love quicky projects! Haha!
moodboard1I used seafoam green for the ceiling for that cool punch of color and used white all over. To make the black granite kitchen countertop relatable to the rest of the unit, black accents were used. I painted the other side of the kitchen wall with black chalk paint. I’ve always wanted to do this so I was so glad that the clients were also up for it. Yay!!! And of course, I couldn’t help writing a little message for the couple. Haha!

Decorating Tip: If you’re decorating such tiny space, choose one dominant color except for white, then pick a secondary one that can be carried on small furniture or accessories/decors. Consider the 60-30-10 rule in creating a color scheme. In this case, I chose the seafoam green as the main color (60%), black as the secondary one (30%) and yellow as the accent color (10%). So far, only the throw pillow is yellow but it can also be used for vases, art prints, small baskets, anything small. livingarea2Photographing a small space is sooo hard for a non-photographer like me. I used my phone to take this panoramic shot. Hehe!

livingareaAnd the other side… Love the rugs from H&M and the light that they sourced from Soler St.! I’m not sure what the original color of that light was, but they spray painted it black to follow the moodboard. Love these clients! Haha!

light-ceilingThe kitchen… Again, sorry for the photo quality. By the way, the ceiling color is similar to the wall colors in our living room but I realized, this color looks better on ceiling and in a room that gets a lot of natural light.

kitchenAnd the bedroom. I did that tie up curtain again. Hehe! The headboard was supposed to be on the other side as I was still planning to install a foldable ledge which they can use as laptop table but there had been a problem with the bed supplier. Oh well… The wall on the bed side still needs to be worked on, another DIY project for the couple. 🙂

bedroomThe bathroom… Black, white and blue are still carried in this area. Still needs accessorizing though. bathroom

I can’t wait for them to add their own touches in the unit. I hope to take pictures again in the future. furniture-plan

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Design Project: A Relaxing Studio Unit in Quezon City

Finally, after almost three months, I have a blog entry!!!! Not gonna make excuses. I just took a “vacation.” 🙂

Anyway, this is another project where the design was left entirely on me. Honestly, the hardest challenge is when the client says, “Bahala ka na kung ano maganda.” Sometimes, I don’t understand why some people have no idea what exactly they want in their own homes. They just want something nice and I have no idea what was nice for them. So, I based the idea on the basic facts I know about the client and crossed my fingers that she would like the result.

The client is in her 50s, single and working a 9-5 job. She loves nature and her idea of relaxation or break from her busy work is coming home to her hometown in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Her condominium is located along the busy street of Tandang Sora Avenue. Given those very few facts, I thought it would be nice if I could transform the small unit into something fresh, airy, relaxing with a reminiscent of nature. I also thought making the unit look youthful would help her feel invigorated after office hours and long commutes.

Here are the ‘before’ photos…

The unit is just 28 sq.m. and may not look much at all, but the first thing I noticed was the ceiling-to-floor windows/door that occupies more than half of the wall, flooding the unit with natural light.before1The sink was a big NO for me and I really insisted that we take it down and build a new one despite the very limited budget. The cabinets were made of MDF which easily gets ruined when exposed to water; the faucet was chrome-plated plastic and the counter top was showing early signs of rusting. If were to use this, we would only be able to initially save at least P10,000, but the expenses and hassle would be a lot, lot more when this thing finally breaks down.before2The kitchen was a bit of a splurge because I used mosaic tiles. But since the unit is small, I think it deserves a little jewel corner. Isn’t it nice?:)kitchenBecause cool colors visually help expand a space, I decided to use light green (Clear View- Dunn Edwards) for wall color, yellow green and turquoise for accent colors. Again, nature colors but a bit vibrant.

living-area1The framed black and white photos were from my vintage Vogue circa 1969. I just thought she would love that. 🙂living-area4The bedroom is kept simple. I tried to keep an open floor layout without sacrificing the client’s privacy so half of the “bedroom” is walled and the other half is covered with waist high cabinet. There are cubby-holes at the upper back where she can place her books and other nighttime knickknacks. It also has casters so it can easily be moved in case she needs extra storage under the bed.

bedroomThe client requested for a huge shelf where she could put her books. Right now, it looks a bit empty but eventually, I know she will be able to fill it up with more books, memoirs and display items.

shelfAlong with her request for a bookshelf was a study table. Since the space is limited, I always see to it that all furniture work hard, meaning all items must have two or more function.

dining2She can use this table for eating and working, but when she has some friends over, the table can be expanded. The blue stools are originally part of this custom designed dining set, but I also used them as coffee table. Hehe! The native poufs are handy for extra seating too. dining-kitchenThe bathroom is really tiny and this is the only picture I can take decently. I used a light cool blue, Air of Mint from Dunn Edwards.

bathroomHere’s the panoramic shot of the place. The wall partition didn’t block the natural light so it didn’t contribute to making the space smaller. I think it actually helped make the place roomier and I was able to maximize the vertical space for extra storage.panoramic-viewThe floor plan…

floor-plan

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