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Second Condo Project Is Finally Done! – Part 2

Tadaaaa!!! The final pictures are here! This post is loaded with photos just because I love this unit. I wish it were mine though. I was almost tempted to hang our family picture on the wall and add some personal artsy stuff on the shelves. Haha!

Welcome to Jan and Hazel Oriel’s home! Let’s start with my favorite area, the kitchen.


So basically, the bar counter was built for 1.) extra storage (cabinet at the back) 2.) to increase seating capacity (up to four more including the pullout table extension at the back) and 3.) to limit the little explorers’ access to kitchen where the stove is of course!

To hide the breaker door at the left, I hung an 18″x24″ frame and downloaded the free vintage Led Zeppelin poster here, Jan’s choice).

I wish I have a flash though (not the built-in one) so I could take better and brighter interior photos. :( You can barely see the lovely blue-green color of the bar counter. It is actually the same color as the inside of the cabinet doors and the living area wall.


This is the back of the bar counter where you can extend the table. (It was already past 6pm and my tummy was rumbling already. This giant Skippy was good enough. I prefer wheat bread with my PB sandwich though. Haha! Thanks for the snack, Joy!)IMG_3222

As I’ve mentioned in my earlier post, the owners didn’t have the budget and time to have all the cabinets replaced so I opted to have the back of the glass painted instead!

TIP:  If you’re not exactly an OC kind of person and you have frosted glass kitchen cabinets, you may want to paint the back of the glass with pretty color (not white and definitely not black or brown) to hide the clutter. Because even if it is frosted, whatever you have there still shows through it!IMG_3274

Originally, I wanted subway tiles for the kitchen backsplash, but I found this white 30x30cm ceramic tiles at Floor Center for just P23/pc and I fell in love with it. It sure does look nice with the glossy, back granite tiles!


Yes, there is no coffee table in the living room so Gavin, their 20-month old son, can move around the space freely. And since there are no other furniture in the living area, I thought they deserve a long sofa (it’s actually a sofa bed.) The rest can seat on the plush rug. Haha!


Instead of bringing in a buffet table, why not maximize the storage space by building a floor to ceiling pantry? Again, extra storage, hah! and my signature paneled mirror wall. :) I forgot to take a photo of the built-in dining seat which also has storage under the cushion.IMG_3454

Oh, the dining table is custom built too. Love the solid wood top!

And here are a few shots from the kids bedroom! I got that fire engine red lamp during Mandaue Foam’s sale last April.
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My new 50mm prime lens is not exactly good for taking interior photos. But for detail shots like these, love! Nyahar!IMG_3124

This room is really, really tiny so here’s panoramic shot from my husband’s Galaxy Tab so you can have an idea on how the room generally looks.

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Lastly, the master bedroom!IMG_3036

Those humongous ceiling beams are design culprits so instead of fighting and trying to conceal them, I decided to just incorporate them in the design. Don’t they look kinda like puzzles? Hehe!


For this bedroom, I tried having a theme which is travel but I don’t want to go overboard by having a mural map on the wall or a collection of Eiffel towers on the shelf. I think this is a subtle way to do it–using double purpose decors with travel theme like this box from SM Department Store, a single throw pillow and the chest that serves as side table as well.


TIP: Hide your little stuff that creates clutter in the shelves by placing them in decorative boxes. Trust me, you can never have too many of these boxes in your house. The wide mouth vases can hide your clutter as well. :) IMG_3074

This is my favorite shot and my favorite item, chest from HEIM (Wilcon Depot)! The lamp is from Mandaue Foam too. IMG_3051

No side table? Use a stool instead!


I only have one panoramic shot of this side and it’s not even that good. But at least you have an idea on how the entire room looks. Ooops, clutter by the balcony! I had to take the stand fan and the air cooler out because they were so not photogenic at all!
20140630_165210Clean and simple master bedroom. And yep, I had to move some of the decors around for styling purposes in case you’re wondering why the pictures don’t look consistent. :)

Enjoy the rest of the pictures!


Second Condo Project Is Finally Done! – Part 1

This project was already done by end of April but since the owners (my high school best friend, her husband and two cute babies) moved in too soon even before the unit was cleaned for proper turnover, I didn’t get the chance to take photos.


The unit is in Royal Palm in Acacia Estates, Taguig so the floor plan is almost the same as my first condo project in Cedar Crest. Since four people will be living here, ample storage is definitely a must. Here are the built-in storages for this unit:

  1. Hanging cabinet and floating shelf in the living area.
  2. Floor to ceiling cabinet in the dining area with built in dining seat. The seat can be opened (chest type) for extra storage.
  3. Bar counter between the kitchen and living area. The back serves as a shoe rack and cabinet.
  4. The kids bedroom has built-in bed with three huge drawers under the bed and a mini closet.
  5. Closet in the master bedroom
  6. Shelves above the bed and across the bed.

And here are the boring “before” pictures. I like beiges and brown but these colors are far too depressing for me. It just looks old and gloomy and outdated. Sorry, DMCI!

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The major change in this unit is the kitchen. I personally can’t stand the brown laminated cabinets and the salt and pepper granite countertop. Again, it screams old! Good thing my friend trusted me with the design. We were like sisters back in high school with so much in common, we would like to marry each other. Haha! Even during college when we didn’t get to see each other that often anymore, we buy the same clothes without knowing it. So when I was doing the design, I just felt like I was designing it for myself. Easy! Haha!progress-1

I would have change the entire overhead cabinets but due to budget and time constraints, we just painted the laminates. Instead of buying a gas range, a built in cooktop was installed so there is also an additional storage underneath. We lay the black granite tiles over the existing countertop to make things easier. I am especially proud of this because I spent less than P5,000 for the materials. (30x30cm Backsplash tiles: P23/pc; 60x60cm Black granite tiles: P138/pc from Floor Center)

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I originally planned to have an L-shaped bunk bed in the second bedroom but there would be little floor space left. Another option was  a trundle bed with drawers plus a narrow floor to ceiling closet but still wasn’t feasible. I wanted to make it seem roomy despite its very tiny size so I settled for this built-in design instead.

One of the challenges with this unit is the large ceiling beams. Cedar Crest has much cleaner design probably because it is mid-rise condo. In the master bedroom, I wanted to incorporate the beam above the bed in the design. I still hate them but I think it looks better after the shelves had been added . Hehe!

So, there, after a month including all the holidays in April, the unit was done. I wish they hadn’t moved-in too soon though… well….

I will post the final reveal this week, hopefully. :)


First Condo Unit Project: Dining Area

It’s already June! I know I keep saying that I’ll be updating this blog regularly but I just find it so hard to do. Having no house help for more than a month now (which really makes me happy because I am less stressed), I just have to juggle my time between house chores and graphic projects and of course being a pregnant mom. Not an easy thing to do!

So, anyway, I finally had the chance to shoot the finished dining area of my sister-in-law’s condo unit. If you haven’t seen the other areas, you can check out this post.

The artwork is created by me (Big AHEM!) You can order one and I can customize it according to your requirements. You can request a change in size or accent color, order just the print and even customize the frame.

Another customized item I’m quite proud of is this dining table design collaboration by me and my hubby. (You can also order if you’re interested and of course, we can customize it for you. :) )


Love, love the graphic cube base!

And since the unit is small, every storage  idea counts so this dining table has two drawers on each side (a total of 4) where you can place your utensils, place mats and other knick-knacks.

Almost everything in this unit has been customized by me (AHEM! again) including the breakfast nook (which was supposed to be built-in but was fabricated in our house instead.) Told ya, everything should have a storage space. :) For space this small, (about 57 sq.m. for a 2-bedroom unit) storage space is my main concern because I just hate clutter (even if I’m not the one who will be living in it). It has to look like it’s part of the design that’s why customizing the pieces is much better than buying ready-made ones.
IMG_7846I hope in the next few days, I can start working on my own home projects.

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