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.The 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.The 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?:)Because 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.
The framed black and white photos were from my vintage Vogue circa 1969. I just thought she would love that. The 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.
The 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.
Along 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.
She 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. The 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.
Here’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.The floor plan…