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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.” πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚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…


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12 Comments on Design Project: A Relaxing Studio Unit in Quezon City

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    March 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice design on the space. I like the furniture that you have used. Are those of the owner or did you source them from somewhere? πŸ™‚

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      March 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Rach! All furniture are designed and custom-made by me except for the green chair which was from SM Homeworld. πŸ™‚

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    March 2, 2015 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

    this is love! <3 the place looks very neat and the colors, relaxing… really nice furniture designs too! πŸ™‚

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    March 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, I really love what you’ve done with the place! Simple and yet so inviting. I would like to ask what is the budget for this kind of makeover?

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      March 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ The budget was around 175k for everything including furniture and minimal decors.

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    March 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, I really liked what you did with the place.
    Btw we are Quantus and we specialize on custom furniture. We are the sole manufacturer of furnitures on all KFC, Tokyo2 Restos.
    If you have big clients such as developers of real estate, you might want to get in-touch with us to allow us to support you on custom furnitures, we have a state of the art production plant in Sta. Maria Export Processing Zone in Bulacan. Btw we also export our product specially to KFC in canada. You may email me if you are interested on our capability to produce, design install custom cabinetry. Thank you and more power to your beautiful field of endeavor.

    Cheers to a job well done.



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    Maricel Villanueva
    April 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Michelle. I have been scouting for some contractors in the internet but not been successful. We have recently bought a property in Cavite and finally completed just waiting for the installation of water and electricity. We really need an interior decorator for the new house as I just don’t want to furnish the house with ready made furnitures. I like your taste. Maybe we can get your services and discuss the budget. Kindly contact me in my email listed above. Regards.

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    October 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi! Where did you get the white dining table and the blue stools?

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    Lilibeth F. Agustin
    May 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I am interested with your work. I have a unit in Wind Residence in Tagaytay. I ‘m looking for an ID.Thank you.

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    September 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello I am interested for renovation i want to renovate my house at avida village cerise nuvali.. It’s just a small bungalow house of 30sqm.. Hope you can help

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    Kathrina Amboy
    October 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    How may days yan to complete the renovation?

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    October 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I hope the person you designed this unit for never got to read your post. You were very condescending in many parts of this article. I hope you don’t do this other clients of yours who has limited budget and uncertainly in what they want for their homes. πŸ™‚


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