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A Tropical Industrial Luxe Makeover for Laureen Uy’s Condo Unit

To change the look of her one-bedroom home, the lifestyle blogger teamed up with interior decorator Elle Uy

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Before) | @elleuydecor on Instagram and Youtube (After)

When we first featured lifestyle blogger Laureen Uy’s condo home on the website, many instantly fell in love with the delightful colors and bold patterns that completed the space. The vibrant aesthetic of the unit mirrors her own personal style, as showcased on her Instagram feed and blog, Break My Style.

Fast forward to 2018, Laureen decided it’s time to change the look of her space to match her evolving style. With the help of her cousin, interior decorator Elle Uy, she worked on her unit’s transformation—opting for a tropical industrial luxe theme that showcases a muted palette, pops of color, and elegant accessories. Based on the posts shared by Elle on Instagram and the video she posted on her Youtube channel, Laureen was hands-on during the renovation period as she personally chose the materials used and the pieces that went into the final look.

Let's look into the changes done in the space below:

Prior to the renovation, touches of pink, yellow, and orange are seen all over the space. White walls served as the ideal canvas for the play of colors, patterns, and prints.


In coming up with a new look for her space, Laureen wanted something more mature that still matches her style and personality. Finalizing the theme was a team effort, with her friends and siblings Vince and Liz giving a few inputs. Elle came up with a 3D perspective taking into consideration the ideas and pegs from Laureen to make sure that the style maven is a hundred percent sure with the look.


Based on this perspective, we can note the muted color palette, rich colors as accents, and chic accessories in gold and brass. The final theme highlights the beauty of tropical industrial luxe, a theme that's edgy, classy, and still homey.

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After the renovation period, which lasted almost six months based on Elle's posts, the walls now showcase a cement finish and panels in a darker color to break the monotony of the space. Opting for a cement finish brings the industrial vibe to the space.


Designer's tip: If working on a cement finish is not an option, you can paint your walls in a medium shade of gray then pair it with a dark gray accent wall to keep it from being boring. You can also work with wallpaper.


Since Laureen wanted the look to be luxe, Elle brought in jewel colors like orange, navy blue, and deep teal as accents. Furniture and accessories showcasing hints of gold and brass were brought in, while existing pieces were refinished and reupholstered.

Find similar pieces at Urban Abode.


The tufted velvet burnt orange couch, which is also Elle's favorite piece in the space, also serves as the focal point in the living area. It instantly catches the attention of guests, as if inviting them to settle in, relax, and admire the view of the skyline.

Behind the sofa is a lovely gallery wall highlighting wall decor and framed prints. Those who wish to create something similar can do it without spending much. Elle suggests looking for free images online that you can print and frame. Choose frames in different sizes for a playful, eclectic feel.

Designer's Tip: When incorporating velvet and metallics into your home's look, you can start slow and small. Choose velvet accent pillows that can liven up a sofa or a bed. When working with gold accents, you can always go the DIY route by spray painting some of your existing decor.

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Before the makeover, the sitting area by the window has a white seating piece with printed curtains and a bevy of decor pieces.


To match the theme, the seating piece was given a new look with black legs and navy blue upholstery. The cushions and pillows have a velvety texture as well. According to Laureen, this is her favorite spot in the revamped unit. It's perfect for relaxing while enjoying a cup of coffee.



Different plants spruce up the cozy corner, adding to the tropical appeal of the space.

READ: You Can Buy The Prettiest Plants At These 5 Stores on Instagram

From having a dining area dominated by prints and touches of yellow, Laureen now has an elegant space with cement walls, upholstered chairs, and a striking wall accent.



Completing the dining area is a mirrored wall that helps double up the space and make it look bigger.

Find similar chairs at EDIA.

To change the look of her bedroom, Laureen bid goodbye to the dainty wallpaper and minimalist look.


During a visit to Studio Eleven, the blogger had a hard time choosing the best wallpaper before finally picking a dark-colored swatch with hints of gold.



The chosen wallpaper matches the light gray upholstered headboard in Laureen's bedroom, completing the sophisticated look of the private space.

See more of Laureen's renovated home and get tips from Elle when you watch the video below: 

Interior decorator Elle Uy Aguell is one of Real Living's Style Spotters. To see more of her projects, visit Decor Me Happy or follow her on Instagram. You can also subscribe to her Youtube channel.

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