A 45sqm Scandinavian Style Condo Unit

White walls and black furniture give this condo unit a clean look

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

If not for a couple of feminine pieces, like the fashion accessories incorporated into her home’s décor, one would think that marketing manager and fashion blogger Lana Tiotuyco’s condo unit is a bachelor pad. Which is a good thing considering her goal is for it not to look like a girl’s space.

The 45sqm unit was originally two 22.5sqm units that Lana decided to open up to make the condo seem big, airy, and spacious. With the help of her contractor, she was able to achieve her peg, which was a Scandinavian-style apartment with clean lines, and a monochrome palette. True to her peg, the walls painted in white and her choice of black furniture make good contrast.

To break the monochrome, Lana chose red accessories, like the floor lamp in the living area and the red-wired bulb in the dining area. Her bedroom’s color palette is no different and exudes the same vibe as the rest of the unit. Instead of her chunky rings and statement neckpieces that show her interest in fashion, it is her shoe collection, lined up on the floor, that finishes the look. While her sartorial choices can be seen all around her place, it was her need for a serene space that influenced the overall design of the unit.

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Living Area

A black metal cabinet dominates Lana’s mostly white living area. On top of it is an artwork, a framed piece, and a tray, which holds some knickknacks, including a wooden hand wearing chunky, colorful rings, and a statement neckpiece. 

Living Area Detail

Adding punch to Lana’s black and white space are red accessories scattered throughout the living and dining areas. 

Living Area Detail

These black throw pillows work well with the neutral sofa and with the overall palette around the house. Meanwhile, the wall-mounted antler, which can be easily seen upon entering the house, holds Lana’s geometric necklaces.

Living Area Detail

This bespoke industrial-style coffee table matches her dining table, TV console, and bed frame. Lana topped it with design books and an antler decor. 

Living Area Detail

Adding color to the neutral living area are kooky accessories like this pink robot and a set of colorful matchboxes, which Lana got from Art in the Park.

Kitchen and Dining Area

In the kitchen, the black mosaic backsplash provides a nice contrast to the white cabinets as well as Lana’s white accessories, like the anatomy coin bank and the “pouty” vase. Meanwhile, the dining table is a custom-made piece that Lana asked her contractor to make, while the Eames-inspired chairs are department store purchases.

Dining Area Detail

The gift wrapper turned framed poster of mushrooms serves as the focal point while the rabbit salt and pepper shakers add a playful touch to the dining table.


In contrast to the white walls of her bedroom is a six-panel artwork that showcases the phases of the moon. Lana, who likes watching National Geographic or the Discovery Channel, got the images from the Internet and had them printed and resized to fit the space above her bed. 

Bedroom Detail

These pairs of boots, lined up on her bedroom floor along with framed artwork, give a glimpse of Lana’s edgy fashion style.

Bedroom Detail

Another showcase of Lana’s sartorial staples are these plaid polo and leather jacket hung on a driftwood coat hook, which she got during one of her travels.

Bedroom Detail

This pop art-style print is one of Lana’s favorite pieces. She placed it in the bedroom window to serve as a décor and a light diffuser. 


The bathroom is adorned with chic accents such as the graphic shower curtain, framed feline print, and the Simpsons toy figures enclosed in a clear glass vase.


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