A Bachelor Pad Transformed into a Couple’s Starter Home

A common love for books, knickknacks, and comfortable furniture help transform this sparse bachelor pad into a condo unit fit for marital bliss

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Woowee and Ianne Evangelista decided to live in Woowee’s bachelor pad after they got married. They shied away from getting an interior designer or decorating the place right away because they wanted to see how their living and decorating preferences would mesh. A good advice to follow, if their current home – now comfortable and full of personality, without an air of pretentiousness – is anything to go by.

Both book lovers, the couple installed and bought many shelving units to display their massive collection. Little trinkets, each with a story behind them, clue visitors in to the couples’ interests and personalities. From a Japanese figurine encased in glass from Woowee’s dad, pillows from Vancouver, pom-poms from an office performance by Ianne, amidst comfy sofas and sturdy wooden furniture, their home is a cozy nest of wedded bliss, a perfect merging of personalities reflected in a humble abode.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Fun, Fearless Space”) in the March 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area A glimpse into the living area shows the couple’s personality right off the bat. A multitude of books, ranging from fiction, to law books, to cookbooks --- sit on a custom-made shelf. A ladder used to reach the shelves is hidden away between the TV and window. Other items like hats from Baguio and Boracay, memorable gifts from family and friends also decorate this personalized and cozy living room.
Living Area Detail Patterned khaki-and-red pillows from Vancouver are displayed on the couch, along with a stuffed lamb with a blue collar, accented with other blue décor – in the form of pillows and a table centerpiece - creating a harmonious palette of blue, red, and white.
Living Area Detail An orb-shaped light fixture hangs near the bookshelf, illuminating the various book titles.
Dining Area In the middle of the apartment is the dining area. A 40-year old narra wood on a yakal base by Allan Tan sits at the center. A fabric runner with a whimsical tenement-house pattern from Hong Kong, bubble glass vases, and a Monica Delgado painting give the space character.
Kitchen Detail Bright pieces full of character liven up the tiny kitchen walls. To save space, the couple neatly stack their cutlery and dishes.
Bedroom Turquoise blue bedding lines the mattress, set on a repurposed bed frame. Natural light streams in through the window, giving the white-walled apartment a clean, crisp look. Over the bed hangs a fabric art piece from Marimekko, a Finnish textile company.
Bedroom Detail Small wooden birds custom-made by French designers Atelier LZC decorate the night-stand, flanked by more books.
Bedroom Detail Another shelf, this time from Dimensione, can be found in the bedroom. Magazines and books fill the shelving unit. Draped across the shelf is a string of light bulbs that function as the room’s night light.
Walk-in Closet The walk-in closet not only holds the couples’ outfits, but holds a spark of character with this vintage framed poster.
Storage Tip When living in a small space, it’s best to maximize all areas. Slats on the shelves were used to hold accessories, instead of keeping them in drawers or jewelry boxes.
Study Area Since the walls, shelves, and tiles are white, any design or piece placed in the room will immediately stand out – like the Team Manila ‘New Life Remix’ print. More custom-made shelves line the study area. Aside from books, the shelves show more of the couples’ personality, filled with knickknacks like action figures and costume pieces from Halloween parties, to name a few.
Bathroom Detail If you find yourself with a lot of products on your bathroom counter or dresser, try sorting them. In this unit, Woowee’s items occupy the left side of the counter.
Bathroom Detail Ianne's essentials are neatly placed on the other side as well.

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