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A Major Overhaul for a Standard Condo Unit

Neutral shades and modern fixtures exude the vibe of a posh and upscale hotel-cum-yuppie hangout

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Issa Villar Architect: John Yuyucheng

Condo units are a dime a dozen in the urban jungle, and for the most part, condo tenants and owners have to bear with the developer’s design and furnishings. Not so in homeowner Fran’s case, however. This confident lawyer was very clear with what she wanted her personal space to be: “I wanted it mainly neutral, not colorful at all. It's just not really my personality. I am really more Asian-Modern, white, and wenge.”

Fran tapped architect John Yuyucheng to transform the unit and carry out her vision. Initially, John was hesitant. “He said everyone was doing it and I might regret it when it goes out of style,” Fran relates. But she stood her ground. “I said, [this is] what I want.”

And so, the unit underwent a major facelift: Save for the walls and kitchen, everything had to go. The ceiling was dropped to create a more intimate atmosphere, and furnishing and fixtures in various neutral shades were installed to reflect Fran’s no-fuss, no-frills personality. The result? A modern yet cozy hangout for Fran and her friends.

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Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

 Read the original article (“Good Clean Fun”) in the June 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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