A Bachelor Pad defined by Designer Furniture and Personalized Touches

Retro pieces, warm colors, and customized design details complete a two-bedroom space in the city

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

When it comes to designing your own home, you should remember what you want – and do not want – to have. For his bachelor pad, Daniel de Castro knew that he needed a space that he describes as “modern without being cold, minimalist yet comfortable, and functional without sacrificing style.” To create the two-bedroom condo of his dreams, he turned to interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo for help.

According to Daniel, the design had to include the things that were most important for him: a shoe cabinet by the entrance that would keep guests’ footwear hidden, a wine cabinet, a stylish “media wall” for his flat-screen TV and entertainment needs, and comfortable bay window ledges. He also asked for furniture pieces with clean, simple lines from IKEA and Kartell alongside artwork by local artists like sculptor Michael Cacnio and painter Cornelius Acasio.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article ("Bachelor Bash") in the August 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


Near the front door of the two-bedroom unit is a floating, wall-mounted shoe cabinet that keeps footwear neat and organized. Daniel explains that this feature is important because it lessens the amount of dirt brought into the space. This is a special consideration as he lives alone and doesn't have a lot of time to clean.


The living room is furnished with a plush and inviting leather couch paired with reproductions of the Arco lamp and Womb chair. The Arco lamp is a stainless steel floor lamp that can also serve as an overhead light for reading while the Womb chair is an accent piece that captures one's attention. Both are iconic mid-century modern design elements that add to the retro-cool appeal of the area. Two brass sculptures by Michael Cacnio complete the space.


In the living room, a Michael Cacnio brass sculpture from the artist's balloon series is carefully placed on a ledge. The piece shows a child and a vendor holding colorful glass balloons.


Four colorful paintings by Cornelius Acasio complete the space.


Interior designer Kristine fulfilled Daniel's request for a stylish media wall with a recessed wall that has a flat-screen TV and built-in storage for speakers, iPod dock, and a DVD player.


In the dining area, a tall wooden shelf with a built-in wine cabinet is filled with books, accessories and a Blow-Up Citrus Basket by Campana brothers for Alessi. The silver basket is a new take on the traditional fruit bowl or table centerpiece. The dark, heavy look of the shelf is balanced by the clear material used for the Victoria Ghost chairs (a version of the popular Louis Ghost chairs). Designed by Philippe Stark for Kartell, these transparent chairs are inspired by the classic Louis XV armchair and made with modern polycarbonate material.


Running the length of one wall is the compact kitchen that is just right for Daniel's personal needs. He explains that the space is ideal because he isn’t fond of cooking anyway. In fact, he shares that he only serves finger food like sandwiches, pastries or sushi for his guests. The most striking feature of the kitchen is the bright orange backsplash that the homeowner initially wasn’t a fan of. He eventually realized that it added a warm pop of color in a neutral-dominated space.


On one side of the kitchen is a must for all small spaces: a storage room with built-in shelves that can hold personal items.


An abstract painting by Cornelius Acasio hangs in the hallway.


The simple, no-fuss bathroom is livened up with an interesting element: a bird sticker on the wall. The homeowner admits that he didn’t like the idea at first but interior designer Kristine was able to implement the idea well. Wall stickers are a fun and affordable way to give any space an instant makeover.


The second bedroom of the bachelor pad functions as a home office for Daniel or a private space for guests. A gray sofa bed is set against a picture window that offers a sweeping view of the city. The subdued neutral color palette is brightened up with the colorful pillows on the sofa bed and bird décor on the walls.


Lighthearted accents such as the bird decals on the walls create a young and playful appeal in the guest bedroom.


Just like the guest bedroom, the master bedroom has a ledge by the window -- something that Daniel asked for. These ledges can serve as an extra table or a seat where one can relax and unwind while looking out the window.


The master bedroom is also filled with warm, earth colors with polished wood accents.

Eames Chair

Another mid-century modern designer piece can be found in this area: a cowhide-covered Eames LCW chair. The low-seated easy chair is a classic designed by Charles and Ray Eames.


A projection clock is a clock with a projector that creates an enlarged image of the clock face on a wall or ceiling. The projection of the clock livens up one wall of the master bedroom.


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