A Cute and Comfy 19sqm Studio Unit

Using multipurpose furniture and budget-friendly pieces, interior designer Angelo Aguilar created a welcoming home with a relaxing feel

Photography: Arvin Ramos Interior Designer: Angelo Aguilar

Contrary to popular belief, a comfortable and functional space doesn’t have to be expensive. In transforming this studio unit, interior designer Angelo Aguilar had to take into consideration not just the available space, but the client’s budget as well.

“Since the owner is based in Thailand, we had to communicate online and I had to supervise everything from start to finish. I focused on buying loose furniture and décor to style the unit within the budget,” shares Angelo. To achieve the relaxing, maaliwalas feel that’s trendy, Angelo took inspiration from the Scandinavian aesthetic.

In less than 30 days, the interior designer was able to create an inviting condo home that’s flexible and easy to maintain. “If you’re working within a tight schedule and budget, the best thing to do is focus on the styling of the unit. Skip going for customized pieces and opt for less renovation work. There are furniture and décor pieces you can easily install that can make a difference,” Angelo suggests.


See more of this cute and welcoming condo below:

Entryway / Dining Area

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From the main door, the kitchen is seen on the right and the dining nook on the left. Angelo added a two-seater dining table paired with matching chairs to define the space. If the owner is expecting guests, the stools from the living area can be moved in the dining nook to accommodate more people.


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The studio unit has a one-wall kitchen completed with wall-mounted shelves, small appliances, and easy-to-clean white subway tiles as backsplash. Inside the cabinets, Angelo had wire baskets installed to organize plates, glasses, and cooking pots.

Living / Sleeping Area


Multipurpose furniture pieces are musts in a small space. The FROSTA stools that serve as coffee table can be moved in the dining nook if extra seating is needed or in front of the sofa if the owner needs to use the shelf as a table. It can also be stacked and kept under the shelf to create more space.

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“The client wanted a simple shelving unit in front of the living/sleeping area instead of installing cabinets,” recalls Angelo. The shelves can be used to hold books, photos, and other essentials. “We also installed a Smart TV so the client can catch up on shows. A laptop and wireless keyboard can also be connected to the TV if there’s work to be done,” the designer adds.


The gray sofa bed comes in handy when friends and relatives are coming over. To liven up the walls, Angelo used a painting and wall decals bought online as accents.

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To style the bathroom, Angelo installed a round mirror and a glass shelf that can be used to hold a few essentials and a small potted plant.


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Angelo also had a wall-mounted towel rack and a shower curtain track installed near the water closet. A shower curtain with a lovely print can add personality to a compact bathroom. The best part? It’s easy to clean and you can replace it regularly as well.


Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Angelo Aguilar through email at acga.designs[at]

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