Whimsical design style changes a 63sqm Loft-type Condo
K-Zone and Good Dog editor Maggie Adan puts her creativity to good use in her blue-hued space overflowing with quirky pieces
Designing your home should be a way of expressing yourself. K-Zone and Good Dog magazine editor Maggie Adan took this advice to heart when she transformed a bare 63sqm loft-type condo into a feminine, forest-inspired wonderland.
Maggie began the renovation and decoration process by poring over home and design books, magazines, and websites to find design pegs. Her first decision was to paint most of the walls a pale, powder blue to achieve an airy and spacious feel. She furnished the space with a mix of pieces with playful patterns like a custom-made console, a blue and white ikat-printed chair, an Orla Keily-inspired ottoman from Crossings Home. Corners are highlighted with books, a lomo camera, ceramic figures of a fawn, an owl, and a swan, and other home accessories that reflect Maggie’s passions.
Original article by Camyl Besinga. Pictorial direction by Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.
Read the original article ("Maggie in Wonderland") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.
In the living area, a blue and white ikat-printed armchair topped with a white owl and a chocolate-brown throw pillow sits in one corner. In the middle is a three-seater sofa in a neutral hue, an affordable find from Mandaue Foam. The Orla Keily-inspired ottoman was purchased at Crossings Home.
The whitewashed shelves are highlighted with pale blue wood grain-print wallpaper from Wallcrown. The spaces are filled with books and home decor like ceramic animals, bird cages, and succulents.
Even the corners of the living area become more interesting with decorative touches.
From the second floor of the 64sqm condo, one can see that the living and dining areas share the same space on the first floor. Instead of walls or solid partitions, floor rugs mark the living and dining spaces.
In the living area, the most interesting piece is the imported IKEA Maskros pendant lamp. The lighting fixture looks like a bouquet of dandelions suspended from the ceiling.
The dining area is marked with a customized table from Heima with drawers to keep placemats and table napkins.
The dining table is surrounded with mismatched chairs from thrift shops, including a reproduction Jean Prouve chair from Dimensione, a secondhand Windsor chair, and a lyre-back chair.
The lime green of the kitchen walls offer a fresh contrast to the soft blue of the living room. White cabinets and chrome hardware and appliances give it a modern feel, but baskets used for storage, dainty tea and china sets maintain the warm, inviting vibe. A magnetic strip above the sink is used to hold knives and utensils.
Covering pantry doors with blackboard paint is a resourceful way to create a space for grocery lists, reminders, and messages. Blackboard paint can be bought at local hardware stores.
In the kitchen, a panel covered with holes is used to organize pots, pans, and dish towels on wall hooks.
The empty space underneath the stairs was the perfect spot for a small home office. To highlight the corner, the walls are covered in pale blue wood grain-print wallpaper from Wallcrown. Floating shelves that hold some of Maggie's favorite things are matched with a white writing desk and a reproduction Eames chair.
One corner in the second floor is used as a small reading nook. A yellow chair with a butterfly cut-out design is matched with a red table. Adorning the table is a mirror with a glossy purple frame, a white bird cage, and a few Harry Potter books.
Another ikat-printed armchair can be found on the second floor. It is now made inviting with an owl pillow and paired with a small yellow table.
In the bedroom, the queen bed is anchored by a custom-made headboard highlighted with antique brass nail heads and upholstered with a soft ecru fabric.
Behind it, the entire wall is covered with wood-themed wallpaper in lime and white from Wallcrown. The same bright colors are seen on the vintage floral-print curtains. Both sides of the bed are adorned with yellow Chinese stools.