A 43sqm Paradise-Like Studio Unit

This cozy condo home’s semi-open concept and indoor-outdoor feel will make you forget you’re in the city

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: Ivan Enteria and Angelo Aguilar

Whether it’s a quick trip to the beach or a summer-long vacation in the province—many of us look forward to any form of respite from our busy city lives. While spending quality time with the family in a faraway location sounds splendid, there are some who invest in little tweaks around the house to turn it into a mini oasis they can always come home to.

Take inspiration from this studio unit in Taguig. With a goal of creating a tranquil sanctuary where his family can relax, interact, and take a breather, designer Ivan Enteria revamped the once plain unit into a modern tropical haven reminiscent of a charming bucolic escape. To say that the renovation was a success would be an understatement. It’s hard not to fall in love with the place the moment you step in—with its calming vibe, laid-back atmosphere, and pieces that seem to invite you to rest and unwind. Given the project’s budget and the minimal amount of natural light coming from the outside, Ivan was still able to create an indoor-outdoor synergy that makes the unit extra special. With inputs from his friend, interior designer Angelo Aguilar, his family can now experience paradise without leaving the city.

Living and Dining Areas

The studio unit showcases a semi-open concept—with the living, dining, and kitchen areas occupying one space. Ivan worked with reclaimed wood to create a low divider to separate the living and sleeping areas. Aside from helping define the spaces, the divider can function as an extension of the dining area, too. It can also be used as a work area.

Adding character to the unit are the charming IKEA lighting fixtures that double as works of art.

Living Area

The yellow sofa from IKEA sets the tone of this cozy nook meant for lounging and games. Ivan completed the area with woven baskets used as storage pieces, a customized stool by Angelo, and printed pillows in black, white, and gray. Complementing the pillows is the patterned rug that defines the entire living area.

To create a country feel, tiny birdhouses and a vibrant wall art serve as decor.

Living Area

Plants and wooden pieces give the living area a relaxing tropical feel. Since Ivan envisioned the space as a special place where the family can bond, board games are readily available inside the baskets. Aside from playing well-loved games, the family can also count on another fun activity without leaving the house.

The center table transforms into a mini billiard table that will surely delight the kids and the young-at-heart. Ivan patiently crafted the table using salvaged wood, too.


Since the kitchen has enough space and cabinets for storage, it was kept as is. The designer placed two rugs to add warmth as well as define the cooking area.

RL Tip: You can liven up the kitchen by setting up a vignette of wooden pieces like chopping boards, bowls, and decor. Complete the look by putting mason jars filled with sweet treats on display.

Dining Area

Aside from the low divider and center/billiard table, Ivan also used scrap wood to create the dining table and bench. After having the wood cut and cleaned, his trusty carpenter helped build the said pieces for the unit. The table has drawers perfect for storing dining essentials, too.

Dining Area

To complement the theme and the extra chairs in the dining area, the chosen plates and decor are in muted colors. Adding oomph to the nook are the colorful coasters and two candleholders in gold.

Sleeping Area

Who wouldn't love these inviting beds with teal sheets and pillow covers? Aside from having hidden compartments underneath, the beds can also be combined to create one big bed when needed. Quirky pillows and wall art serve as extra accents. Since the low divider extends to the back of the bed, it functions as a headboard, too. The owners can use the surface on top to display more decor and framed photos.

Reading Nook

To make the most of every inch of space, Ivan dressed up this corner with a comfy chair, a faux fur throw, a floor lamp, and a wall-mounted cabinet with mirror. This can also serve as a vanity nook where the owners can prep before the leaving the house.


While the rest of the unit showcases happy colors, the bathroom is kept clean and pristine with white pieces and fixtures. Plants add life to the space and keep it refreshing.


To keep the T&B neat and organized, a ladder shelf in white was put in place. Aside from being used display toiletries and fresh towels, it can also hold a few magazines.

RL Tip: Keep your storage units in order by using catchalls and baskets to organize tiny items and bottles.


Splashes of lively colors complete the unit's balcony. To keep it child-friendly, rubber mats were installed. The chosen decor pieces follow the theme of the home—as seen in the birdhouses, plants, and wooden picks. Instead of keeping the monobloc chair plain, Ivan spruced it up with ink patterns—making it extra interesting.

Learn more about the space and meet the designers in this short video:

Planning to work on your space? You can get in touch with designer Ivan Enteria through mobile at (0906) 252-5852 and interior designer Angelo Aguilar at (0915) 612-6689.

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