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Sneak Peek: My First Condo Unit Project

Okaaay, after months of struggling with my first ever take on interior decorating, here is the glimpse of what has been done so far. The pictures are not in their best quality because I had to take photos really quickly. It’s almost 9pm and most of the afternoon was spent organizing the clutter (the owners moved in weeks before I finalized everything and just dumped all their stuff in every nook and crannies they could find.)

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There’s still a lot to do here but it’s more on just accessorizing and personalizing it. Here is the living room showing almost no personality of the owners (should I say it’s more like mine since they left the decision on me. Haha!) I still need to add boxes on the top shelf, a huge decorative bowl on the right of the TV to hold the remote, chargers, etc. The TV needs to be hung and the DVD player to be hidden in the shelf.

Since my idea for this condo unit is a “blank canvas to add art to”, I made the walls white and the furniture plain and in neutral colors  so different color palettes can be used. Check out the mood board I did for this although the result isn’t kind of exact. Framed artworks need to be added too so it can pull the look together. All the colors will come from accessories so those are essential to the design and should be chosen carefully or else it’ll end up cluttered.

By the way, that’s my DIY upholstered sofa!

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My absolute favorite is the dining area. And my all-time favorite feature is the mirrored wall. The table was a design collaboration by me and my husband!

Below is how the kitchen looked like during the turn over. I am so not digging the medium brown faux wood formica and the salt and pepper granite so I had the cabinets painted.

kitchen-beforeAlthough it’s still far from what I have envisioned, the new cabinets now seem to match the look I’m going after: young, bright, “blank canvas.” If only the granite were plain black or white, I would have opted for a bright colored painted glass for the backsplash, or maybe mosaic tiles. But since salt and pepper is already a busy design, I just chose mirror for added depth.

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There still has lots to do here. The left side of the kitchen where the stove is supposed to be is still empty. And don’t dare look inside those cabinets because it is where I put the “skeletons.” Haha!

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This is what you see when you enter the master bedroom and that’s just it! There is nothing else behind that door except the wall. That’s how small this room is. The other one is even smaller. FYI, I didn’t choose the curtains nor the beddings. My mother in-law placed them temporarily (I hope!) while we’re still waiting for the black out curtains to be finished.

Since the walls are painted medium gray, the curtains that I wanted for this room is white with a strip or two of accent color. The beddings should be pure 300 or above thread count luxurious linen for a hotel feel. The silver leafy curtains should be ok if paired with plain white linen. The black and white beddings should also be alright if the curtains and pillow covers are plain too. This current look is too department store-ish… Ick! So not luxurious at all.

bedroom1-semiafterI love the pearly leatherette headboard which we DIY’ed too (husband and wife tandem) but something is still missing. I’ll be back next week though to finish it. Again, the bedroom looks like a hotel room with no trace of the owners’ personality. No wall art yet and other personal paraphernalia.

Oh, and total expense? Roughly p150,000 ( $3,750) for everything from carpentry/painting labor to the smallest piece. Well, what do you think?

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