A Couple’s 36sqm Scandinavian Condo

Pinterest and travels serve as design inspirations for this duo’s home

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Jonathan Salialam of Styled Spaces

A compact space should not be seen as a design limitation, and this couple’s 36sqm unit is stylish proof of that. Initially, the couple was inclined to replicate their condo’s model unit until they stumbled upon countless Pinterest boards that featured Scandinavian designs and pieces. Scrolling through the wide range of visual styles and interiors in the app makes looking for visual inspiration so easy and enjoyable, and for most, it creates a “good” problem for any homeowner—deciding on the final look and feel of the interiors. It’s also important to note that both of them are from the aviation industry, with the privilege of traveling around the world. The couple have seen many places and experienced different cultures—yet another wealth of inspiration they can tap into.

Interior stylist and contractor Jonathan Salialam of Styled Spaces came into the picture to curate and turn all the couple’s influences into reality. All their Pinterest pins and ideas were considered, as well as specific requests like the La-Z-boy loveseat, “a nice bed,” and a coffeemaker, leaving the rest up to Jonathan.

Even with an interior designer, the owners were very involved in the project, making it a point to visit the unit almost every day, and even accompanying Jonathan when sourcing items. The positive response of the homeowners upon seeing their dwelling ties back to Jonathan’s belief that spaces should be “celebratory of who you are and what makes you happy”—exactly what this home evokes.

Read the original article ("Cozy Scandi") in the November 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.


This Jericho Blanco painting of a boy pretending to fly a plane speaks closely to the hearts of the owners, who happen to both work for an airline company.

Living Area

Jonathan mixed high-end furniture with inexpensive ones. In the living area, the La-Z-Boy clearly stands out. “When we saw all this, we realized ito pala yung mga ginastos namin. Nag-pay off naman,” the wife says. Together, they made sure each purchase was worth every penny.

Living Area

Aside from photos, canine prints on the pillows were also thrown into the mix—bringing to the owners’ minds their pet dog, Porkchop.

For cute pillows, visit Tickles, Power Plant Mall, Makati City.

Living Area

These Edison bulbs in the living area lend a geometric influence-slash-industrial vintage feel to the space.

For Edison lamps that you can add to your space, follow Papemelroti on Instagram.

Decor Detail

This butler tray stand from the couple's aunt comes in handy during the couple’s movie marathons.

Home Office

Limited space can be challenging, but in this project, Jonathan was able to squeeze in a work nook—a computer paired with an industrial lamp from Landmark for lighting needs.

Dining Area

Beveled square mirrors help create the illusion of space. Jonathan also restained the dining table to match the dark wood ceiling.

Dining Area

This table setting that features hints of blue and wood elements is arguably Pinterest-worthy.


The kitchen leans on the minimalist side with a sleek countertop complemented by the mosaic tiles as backsplash. All these come together to create a visually appealing space amidst all the grays.


The bar counter follows the gray color scheme of the kitchen. Flanked by industrial bar stools, the counter makes for a chill spot, be it for some drinks or merienda.

Master Bedroom

It’s not surprising that the couple’s master bedroom feels like a hotel suite—after all, they are frqeuent hotel guests. Photos were added on the wall to make the space feel more personal.

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