Here's How You Can Live in Paris Without Paying for a Plane Ticket

Elements reminiscent of the City of Light and shades of charming pink make up this cozy home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Van Acuna

This apartment designed by interior designer Van Acuña reflects the owner's personality and personal preferences. The owner had no problem agreeing on the theme and overall design of her starter apartment since her family had previously worked with Van on a number of projects.

The cozy nest looks like a Parisian uproot. Though the owner wanted a pink-and-black color scheme, Van decided to tone down the black to gray. “Siya ang may gusto ng pink. Actually, pink and black, medyo ti-none down ko lang, so ginawa kong pink and gray, tapos konting black… para hindi masyadong strong. Mas sweet,” the designer explains.

All over the 36sqm studio are Parisian elements. The dining area feels like a café, with Thonet-inspired chairs and a pastel-colored bespoke square dining table. The wall is adorned with mirrors that give it a French-window look. From the dining area, one can freely walk to the living area. There, a gray sofa with tufted backrest reigns supreme as centerpiece. It is set against the pink walls, in stark contrast with black, wall-mounted lamps and side tables.

A wonderful feature is the huge walk-in closet where all of the owner's posh clothes, bags, and shoes are on display. A pink French door sets off the bedroom, where pink, white, and gray complement for a cozy sleep area. The wallpaper from Weaves of Asia and the matching duvet and pillowcases from IKEA China conjure sweet dreams punctuated with Parisian music and conversation.

Read the original article ("Think Pink!") in the August 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Living Area

The pink walls set off the soft, gray sofa, making for a cozy living area where the owner can relax after a tiring day at work.

Living Area Detail

Details like a model of the iconic Eiffel tower and elegant wallpaper conjure images of an apartment uprooted from Paris.

Dining Area

The dining pieces are customized. The upholstered Thonet-inspired dining chairs were made by Sticks. The chandelier from De Light, ties the whole area together and adds a feminite glam touch.

Dining Area Detail

Whether the owner is entertaining or quietly dining alone, her minimalist dining area punctuated with a chandelier makes her think of being in a café.

Design Detail

Pink doors with mirrors look deceivingly like French doors, acting as partition for the sleeping area.


An eclectic mix of bold colors and patterns keep the bedroom interesting yet also relaxing.

Bedroom Detail

This black-topped lamp makes a bold statement against the chic black-and-white wallpaper in the bedroom.

Storage Tip

The owner's abundance of accessories find their place in well-appointed organizers.

Walk-in Closet

Shoes fit for a shopaholic are on-display for easy access in the walk-in closet. The closet follows the unit's overall palette.


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