A Colorful and Youthful Ikea-Inspired Condo

Bright hues are the perfect backdrop for Ikea-loving homeowner’s modern space

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Alfred Mendoza Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Interior Designer: Chelle Laborte, Tantan Pambid, and Monica Lagman of LP Design Group

Homeowner Janette took an investment risk in the late 1990s by purchasing a condominium unit in Quezon City that was yet to be built and could only be described as a plot of land in a potentially developing area. A decade and more later, the location where she bought her property blossomed into what is now the thriving Eastwood City complex.

Her investment has not only grown in value, but it has also become a halfway house for her when she sought the assistance of three interior designers from LP Design Group, namely, Chelle Laborte, Tantan Pambid, and Monica Lagman. The three designers got to know Janette, listened to her input and suggestions, and with their expertise and know, came up with a youthful and vibrant space that is an ideal respite within a bustling commercial complex like Eastwood.

One of Janette’s travels introduced her to IKEA, a Swedish furniture brand that makes some of the world’s most affordably chic home pieces. She loved IKEA products so much that she told her interior designers to specifically create color-themed spaces that would accommodate and integrate IKEA products into her home. The result is a modern and sleek flat that is airy, sunny, and dynamic, a design aesthetic that closely resembles its owner’s colorful and playful personality.

Original article by Coni Tejada. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Alfred Mendoza.

Read the original article (“Good Buy!”) in the December 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area Janette’s unit at the 20th floor of the Olympia in Eastwood is not exactly small by condo standards, yet her designer Monica Lagman decided to use a large mirror to give off an illusion of space in her living room. Despite the small window, the room looks airy and breezy, accentuate by a lime green sofa against a pale tangerine wall.
Living Area Detail The white built-in shelving units against the cornflower blue wall were inspired by IKEA products that Janette loves. They do not only provide storage but also add visual interest to a bare wall.
Hallway White walls and doors complement the colorful pieces found all over the house.
Red Room Just like any other condo unit, space and storage are major challenges. Built-in cabinets inspired by IKEA look neat and modern in this room, yet the sleek bright red sofa bed is functional and cozy at the same time. A red striped area rug and throw pillows soften the look of the room.
Green Room The IKEA bed in natural, unpainted wood functions as storage space for this small green room in Janette’s condo. The bare carpentry in light wood makes the room seem bigger, while the lively green walls add life to the room.
Colorful Pieces This lantern-like lighting fixture not only adds an additional pop of color to the well-thought-out space, it also adds character to the unit.

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