A 34sqm Condo Unit Gets the Full Design Treatment

A design consultant takes the reins in designing a family’s halfway home

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Grace Moslares

With their business in Antipolo and homes in Binangonan, Rizal, and Las Pinas, couple Joel and Matet acquired a 34sqm condo unit that served as their city-based halfway home. But when time came to design the space, the couple was a bit hesitant to hire a professional—fearful that it meant spending more money. After some deliberation and seeing the works of Grace Moslares in Real Living magazine, they took the chance.

Immediately, Grace put their minds at ease—explaining that hiring professional help, in fact, lessens the expense rather than adds to it. From there, the couple gave the designer full authority over the renovation; completely stepping aside until the project was done. With only one requirement from the family, Grace completely transformed the space into a home that fit all six members of the family. Because the space was very limited, she added a red accent wall to liven up the space; muting it with neutrals. Now, the unit is the favorite getaway for the couple’s grownup kids. Since the renovation, Joel and Matet feel absolutely satisfied with their decision to ask help from a design professional—even going as far as consulting with her when making small changes.

Original Text by Tisha Alvarez Angluben. Pictorial Direction by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("A Pro’s Touch") in the March 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

Despite its size, the sofa doesn’t overwhelm the space in the living room. Grace had it custom-built to fit the space and doubles as the sleeping area of the couple’s kids.

Living Area Detail

Pieces like this ottoman were brought in for its double purpose—it can be used as a coffee table and as extra seating.

Living Area Detail

Grace had cabinets built into the entire living room wall for added storage. This way, the family can keep clutter out of sight.

Dining Area

Similar to the sofa, the dining set was also custom-made to suit the space. A unique lighting fixture was added to the space to give it a rustic feel.

Dining Area Detail

The red accent wall in the living and dining area make the space more visually appealing—adding a strong, rich hue to the Japanese-style home.


Grace tore down the wall of the bedroom and placed in sliding doors to create a free-flowing space to the living area.


The home follows a Japanese aesthetic in its details. The bathroom features a sink from Antipolo ceramist Lanelle Abueva-Fernado that follows the same style.


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