A Complete Makeover for an Architect's 50sqm condo

Refurbished furniture and repurposed accents breathes new life to an architect’s bi-level condo unit

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Rene Mejia Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol Architect: Allen Oblena

Architect and designer Allen Oblena’s 50sqm bi-level condo unit is proof of his passion for design and eye for detail. His self-professed architectural style is modern with clean lines, but when it comes to interiors, he has a penchant for an aesthetic full of detail and soft furnishings.

His condo unit has journeyed with him through different style phases. Currently, it is a masterful blend of his flea market finds, upcycled pieces and distinct DIY designs. While the furniture and décor found in his home come from different places, they all coexist in harmony in Allen’s interesting abode.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol. Photographed by Rene Mejia.

 Read the original article ("A Welcome Change") in the September 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area In the living area, the scalloped silver-framed mirror is the central feature. Flanked by a pair of side tables with matching lamps, a two-seater sofa is decorated with floral throw pillows for a European flair. The coffee table is a vintage find repainted to suit the space.
Dining Area BEFORE In 2005, Allen chose anindustrial style for the open dining area.
Dining Area Now, the space features a wall mural of Sta. Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy, hand-painted by Allen. A simple dining set and droplight complement the mural.
Bar BEFORE In 2005, the bar area was defined by a pale green hue.
Bar Now, an all-white color palette and bleached wood furniture makes the bar look clean and bright. A twig arrangement and a pair of stools add personality to the space.
Vignette An interesting console table made from a vintage suitcase makes for a brilliant conversation piece in this vignette. The table top is styled with a traditional lamp and an abstract painting.
Vignette Antique finds beautifully coexist with modern decor.
Floor Lamp A corner becomes interesting because of a different floor lamp.
Study The built-in study area maximizes storage space, while the white trim on the cabinet and drawer faces offer streamlined contrast. The striped armchair provides a comfortable yet stylish perch.
Seating Area in the Study (before)
Seating Area in the Study (after) Beside the study area, a cozy seat for two is complemented with a white coffee table and a side table with a curvy base. A blue and yellow area rug adds softness to the space.
Study Detail The study area features a family tree of American designers in a graphic poster freebie from House Beautiful magazine.
Bedroom The bedroom's color scheme is conducive to sleep and rest with its muted palette of sage green and white. The selection of furniture pieces and accessories impart a more traditional style.

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