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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 wasΒ 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…Β 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. πŸ™‚

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

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

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

  1. avatar
    migo santos
    May 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    weeee. thank you michelle! great job!

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      johanna agang-ang
      April 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

      magkano po pa design ng condo na 23 sq m po?

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        malou montuano
        August 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm (1 year ago)

        pls.quotef for me a condo of 23.45sqm but need office n something has a bed bank of 4

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      Lolit S. Galvan
      June 17, 2017 at 4:14 am (6 months ago)

      How much it will cost to design a 28 sqm condo?

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    Ayie
    June 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Refreshing colors! Cozy interior. I just wanna ask if where can I buy those cushion covers as well as those artificial plants?
    Thank you πŸ™‚

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        Ayie
        June 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm (3 years ago)

        Thank you Hardiflex πŸ™‚

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      Michelle
      June 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Ayie! πŸ™‚ The striped throw pillow covers were from H&M and the other two were from Landmark. The fake plants were from SM and Landmark except for the big one by the TV and little one on the side table which are real. Haha!

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        Ayie
        September 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

        Thank you Ms. Michelle. Now I got the idea where to get them.
        Cheers!

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    Mara
    June 9, 2015 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

    Was the sliding door/ bedroom divider part of the apartment already?:) I like how you fixed the place!

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      Michelle
      June 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Mara. The partition is part of the turned-over unit:)

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        Mara
        June 22, 2015 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

        Hi Michelle! Where can I get affordable canvas curtains? were the curtains of this apartment were made-to-order?:) thank you!

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          Michelle
          June 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

          SM department store carries affordable curtain brands. I got that panel on sale for P160 each and I just altered it a bit to turn it into a tie up curtain. πŸ™‚

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    Madeth
    June 27, 2015 at 4:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, stumbled on your blog as I was looking for ideas and I like your designs. πŸ™‚ How much is the cost for this similar layout including fixtures and furniture?

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    uly
    July 6, 2015 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    hi Ayie, i will contact you to deisgn mine as well πŸ™‚

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  6. avatar
    uly
    July 6, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    hi Michelle, i will contact you to design mine as well πŸ™‚

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  7. avatar
    jay diaz
    July 10, 2015 at 3:06 am (2 years ago)

    Hi michelle. Great ideas for a small space. Would you mind sharing please a photo of the pantry? Is it floor to ceiling? Does it have those pull out drawers? Thank you.

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  8. avatar
    Kristina Cayetano
    July 10, 2015 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Very nice. How much it will cost us for this kind of projrct. I am interested same condo SMDC 1 bedroom ty

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    Zara
    August 16, 2015 at 3:33 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    I like how you played with the white, I plan to buy a presale property and looking for ideas. How much is the overall cost of this? So I can set aside money. Thanks zara

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  10. avatar
    Florence
    August 22, 2015 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,
    May I asked where did you bought (or your client) the foldable dining table? 😊
    Thanks!

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    Mar
    August 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,
    May I asked where did you bought the furnitures (sofa/foldable dining table/side tables/cabinets/etc.)? Kindly please the contact person anddetails.
    Thanks.
    Mar

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  12. avatar
    Nicole Gavine
    October 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, how much will it cost to design same size unit?

    Reply
  13. avatar
    Mel
    November 9, 2015 at 1:13 am (2 years ago)

    Hi,

    I love the way you designed this space. How much will it cost me to get all these done in my own 22sqm unit?

    Reply
  14. avatar
    Zumi
    November 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    I have 22sqm unit and would really appreciate your help. Please let me know the price.

    Cheers!

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    May
    November 16, 2015 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    This is the 4th time that i visited ur site. I rele love what u did. Thank u for sharing the ideas. πŸ™‚

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  16. avatar
    Ghenny Loyola
    December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am (2 years ago)

    I would like to check if you can check my unit in light residences. I am looking for ideas on how i can maximize the 23 sqm area i hope you can help me. I believe my unit floor plan and area is similar to the one you have shared in this blog “DESIGN PROJECT: LIGHT AND AIRY 23 SQM CONDO UNIT IN MAKATI”.

    Thanks and i hope you can get back to me as soon as your schedule allows.

    You may contact me at 09175063692 or 718 5815

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  17. avatar
    elle
    December 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle. I am interested with your design. I bought 2 properties with SMDC. I would like to inquire about the costing. Please get back. Thanks.

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  18. avatar
    Beverly Gascon
    January 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle! I love your design. May I ask if the bed is a full size or a queen sized bed? Thanks!

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  19. avatar
    Ira Punsalan
    January 5, 2016 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Ms. Michelle! First of all, thanks for sharing your great ideas & designs. I have a 25 sqm. unit in SMDC Shell Residences with the same floor plan as your 23 sqm design & would like to know how much will it cost me for the unit with more or less the same design. Thank you.

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  20. avatar
    HMD
    January 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    I really like your design. I have a 2-bedroom 30sqm condo unit and would appreciate your help. Would like to inquire about your costing for more or less this kind of design. Thanks.

    Reply
  21. avatar
    Laye
    January 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, i need an interior designer for my studio unit at lerato tower 1. How much will it be the cost?

    Thanks,
    Laye

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      Mel
      February 4, 2016 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

      Do these amounts normally include everything already, including the ID’s professional fee, furnishings and renovation costs?

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  22. avatar
    Fely
    February 13, 2016 at 5:16 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    My condo has similar sq meter size of one bedroom apartment with balcony also under SMDC property in Makati. I would like to discuss related to home improvements that I like to do in my apartment. Lets discuss. Please provide me your standard proposal. Thanks.

    Regards

    Fely

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  23. avatar
    Jing
    February 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, love your designs. Please let me know how much it will cost me to have similar design for a 22 sq m studio condo unit. Hope to hear from you. Thanks.

    Reply
  24. avatar
    Bez
    February 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, I saw your post and I love it. I have the same condo unit except we have a full balcony behind the bedroom. May I know the total cost you used? And maybe you can also send me your proposal. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

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  25. avatar
    Sofia
    April 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle! Just wondering where’d you get the sofa? Is it a sofa bed already? Looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank you and God bless!

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  26. avatar
    Belle Mendoza
    April 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle. I own a 23sqm penthouse condo unit in Makati. I and my husband are having a baby soon so we thought of having a loft to provide space for the baby, yaya and my mom who will temporarily help in taking care of our baby. Can you give me a cost estimate for the design and construction of a loft? If our budget can still afford, i can probably have the whole unit designed also. Can you give me the total cost estimate for the whole unit also? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

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    Belle Mendoza
    April 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle. This is a follow through on my comment posted yesterday. Please reach me through these mobile numbers – 09175624615 or 09188787953. Hope to hear from you soonest. Thanks!

    Reply
  28. avatar
    Edz
    May 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Michelle, I Have been surfing and I saw your page. I love the way you incorporated your design with the turn-over materials provided. I have the same condo unit except we have a full balcony behind the bedroom. May I know the total cost? And maybe you can also send me your proposal. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

    Reply
  29. avatar
    glaiza tulagan
    May 31, 2016 at 11:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi. My unit is 24 sq meters from DMCI. Turn over will be on 2018. Hm will it cost me if ull be my interior designer? πŸ™‚ also, my major concern is cabinets for my clothes m shoes. Typical girl. πŸ™‚

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  30. avatar
    Nelson
    July 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle,
    I have a 23.5 sqm 1-bedroom condo unit in Salcedo Square.
    I would like to inquire if how much is your budget for such a unit?

    Thank you

    Reply
  31. avatar
    Genelyn
    October 9, 2016 at 6:08 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle. I am interested with your design. I have 1 apartment with SMDC. I would like to inquire about the costing. My unit is 27 sq meters. Turn over will be on 2017 1st quarter. I would like also to have a wardrobe and a shoe rack.

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    Genelyn

    Reply
  32. avatar
    Emelie Abing
    October 13, 2016 at 11:12 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    Good day, Emelie Abing here, im a real estate agent here in Cebu.. can you write a guest post at our website http://www.recebu.com something like this interior design for small spaces ?

    Reply
  33. avatar
    Tet Reyes
    October 31, 2016 at 5:37 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    This is such a nice interior design. I have almost the same condo layout in Green except mine has a balcony and a view of Manila Bay!
    Are you interested in designing a small space good enough to house 3 students? Please email me.

    Reply
  34. avatar
    Marion Co
    November 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Michelle,

    Me and husband love your design! We have a condo in smdc green ~27sqm with balcony and would very much like to get a quotation from you for a similar design like this but fitting for 3 students.:)

    Reply
  35. avatar
    Mayeth
    December 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi! Where can we find wall or glass partition for condo unit? Badly need your suggestions. Thank you!

    Reply
  36. avatar
    Elie
    December 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm (12 months ago)

    Hello! How much is the cost for this design?

    Reply
  37. avatar
    Nick
    January 25, 2017 at 10:13 am (11 months ago)

    Hi Mich, We have a unit in Wind Residences Tagaytay 29sqm. Floor plan is much same as you posted. We wish to ask the costing design, if possible with detailed list. And how much will be your service fee.

    Reply
  38. avatar
    MARIA LORENA REYES
    March 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi Michelle. I have a 37 sq. m. one bedroom condo unit in Avida Altura Alabang. I would like to know how much is the cheapest interior decoration package if I will be the one to buy the furnitures? I prefer black & white hues with accents of green. The condo is for personal use as well as for future leasing. We are based in Batangas City that’s why we don’t intend to stay in the condo unit for a long time. Turnover of the unit will be on May or April or 2017.

    Reply
  39. avatar
    Bernadette Allorde
    March 24, 2017 at 12:43 am (9 months ago)

    Hi Michelle, I very much like your design! How much is the cost for this similar layout including fixtures and furniture? My 23 sqm unit is similar to the one you have shared in this blog. Also from SMDC. The unit is for me and my 2 daughters only. Please send proposal via email. Thanks!

    Reply
  40. avatar
    diane guevarra
    May 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm (7 months ago)

    hi if may I ask, where did you buy the folding dining table? πŸ™‚ it was a great idea!

    Reply
  41. avatar
    LA
    June 5, 2017 at 9:48 am (6 months ago)

    Hi, do you also do interior designs for amaia studio type condos? Thanks

    Reply
  42. avatar
    Josie fruh
    June 24, 2017 at 10:27 am (6 months ago)

    Hi Michelle! I have a unit in SMDC Breeze 27sqm needs to be decorated. How much will it cost me for this similar layout including fixtures and furnitures?

    Reply
  43. avatar
    Rolly Songco
    October 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm (2 months ago)

    Hi Michelle, I haven’t unit in SMDC Breeze 27sqm. How must is the cost for the whole interior design and how would would it take to complete?

    Reply
  44. avatar
    Nathalie Christine Borres
    October 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm (2 months ago)

    Good day. Ms michelle magkano po ang magparenovate ng 25sqm na condo yung may mga table and bed space saver and cove light at the ceiling po? Waiting for the response po. Thank you

    Reply

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