Ultimate Makeover

The Complete Renovation of a Bare Condo Unit

Inspired by IKEA catalogs, the owners successfully combined Scandinavian and tropical elements to create an inviting high-rise haven

Photography: courtesy of the Homeowner

Homeowners RJ and Louise knew from the get-go that they wanted to transform their three-bedroom unit in Ortigas into a space they can share with others. “We wanted the home to be bright, maaliwalas, peaceful, and relaxing,” they share. Taking inspiration from the resorts they’ve visited, IKEA catalogs, and different websites, they chose to work on a tropical meets Scandinavian aesthetic. The couple originally purchased four one-bedroom units and these were combined to create a 140sqm home.

With the help of interior designer Edna Chua, contractor Lorraine Tiu-Ching, and Jennie Go of CXF Design Center, the two meticulously worked on their dream space. They were involved every step of the way—from choosing materials to sourcing for pieces that will complete each area. After a six-month renovation period, the bare turned over unit became a calming abode dominated by white, gray, and wooden touches. See the inspiring transformation below:

Living and Dining Areas

With a huge floor area to work with, the couple made sure that the common areas are relaxing and welcoming. Aside from settling on a clean and light palette, they also maximized natural light. The huge windows let in plenty of natural light, completing the tropical feel.

Upon turnover, the unit didn’t have a living area. To create a space where they can accommodate visitors and spend some downtime, they had to tweak the layout and push back one of the walls of one bedroom. The compact living area is connected to the dining area, making entertaining friends easier.

Some of the pieces used in completing the living area include: the sofa and TV console from IKEA, a coffee table from Philux, pillowcases from H&M Home, and a deconstructed camera wall art from Triboa Bay Living.

Dining Area

We can’t help but fall in love with the cozy dining space dominated by wooden pieces. The owners purchased the customized table and hanging lamps from Triboa Bay Living, while the sleek chairs are from Philux. As seen all over the unit, plants were used to bring the outdoors in and keep within the tropical-inspired theme.


As seen in most condo units, the kitchen is compact. To create an illusion of a bigger space, the owners opted for an all-white palette with wooden accents. CXF Design Center delivered the modular kitchen cabinets and the open shelf. For a streamlined look, RJ and Louise opted for non-visible handles.

To create more space for cooking and quick meals, a breakfast nook was incorporated into the final look. This made the space look bigger, while maximizing every inch of space. CXF Design Center executed the design of interior designer Edna Chua as well as added extra storage under the wooden counter.

By using white, the plain cooking area became more pleasing to the eyes and ideal for prepping meals. White subway tiles used as backsplash were paired with a white solid surface countertop.

Master Bedroom

In finalizing the look of the master bedroom, they carefully considered the use of space. “We found the master bedroom too big and the bathroom too small. We had our ID draw up a plan to use some of the bedroom space as walk-in closet that is connected to the bathroom to expand the space,” says RJ.

Master Bedroom

The renovated bedroom will remind you of tropical resorts, with natural light streaming in from the huge windows and the chosen pieces. Most of the items in the space are from Philux. The owners chose to shop at the store because they allowed them to choose the type of wood to be used. “We opted for an ash wood finish so that the color will be light brown and will match the rest of the interiors and Scandinavian look,” adds RJ.

Some of the pieces worth noting in the master bedroom include the customized desk and dresser, the beautiful bed frame, chairs, open shelf, and the TV console—all from Philux. Sprucing up the bed in white sheets and pillow covers not only makes the space even more inviting, it completes the cohesive look as well.

Guest Bedroom

Compared to some guest rooms, the one found in this unit has generous floor space. To differentiate it from the rest of the home, the couple opted for more wooden touches. Given the space, they incorporated a mini living area into the final look.

The play of neutrals in the space works well with the white walls. The sofa, coffee table, bookshelf, faux grass carpet, and bed frame are IKEA purchases. With such pretty pieces completing the relaxing vibe of the space, staying in this room can be likened to a stay in a posh hotel suite.

Guest Bathroom

Would you believe that this used to be an ordinary-looking T&B? The owners surely know how to create a seamless aesthetic! The tiles on the wall were replaced with white pieces while the floor tiles became minimalist hexagon pieces. As seen in the other bathrooms in the space, it has a teak countertop, mirror, and shelf.

Master Bathroom

The master T&B is a minimalist meets tropical dream. “We hated how the bathroom looked upon turnover. Everything was so dark, there was a mosaic tile in the shower area and we knew we wanted a white and clean bathroom,” shares RJ.

To complete the Scandinavian-inspired look, they opted to add teak elements in the space. They sourced for teak from Linden Teak at CW Home Depot, Ortigas. Teak was used for the bathroom mirror, countertop, and shelf in the shower area. The  light gray hexagon tiles from Home Studio were used as flooring—making the bathroom more interesting and peg-worthy.

Master Bathroom

This corner is one of the master T&B’s special features. From a lackluster sink, the owners now have a Pinterest-worthy corner. Complementing the teak mirror and countertop is an open shelf on the side made from sealed Palochina wood. Adding a shelf maximizes the space and gives the owners extra storage space. Sprucing up this corner are items from IKEA and a few accessories from Our Home.

Cop the look of this lovely condo home by shopping at these stores:


  • 3rd Level, Abenson (beside Ascott BGC Hotel), 28th Street and 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig



  • Unit 2F7, 2nd floor, Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 
  • Tel. no. (02) 772-1335


Triboa Bay Living

  • 406-407, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Building D, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
  • Tel. no. (02) 531-5420


Our Home

  • SM Mall Of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Pasay
  • Tel. no. (02) 556-0403




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