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A Homey Japandi Look for a 27sqm Condo Unit in Parañaque

Wood, coastal elements, and space-saving pieces complete this compact yet functional second home

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Photography: Hilary Buenaflor Photography via OLA Interior Photography Interior Designer: IDr. Juwan Baring of VERO Interiors and Construction Corp.,

Owned by clients who are working overseas, this 27sqm unit in Parañaque city will serve as their residence in the Philippines whenever they go home for the holidays or for quick vacations so they don’t need to book a hotel.

Given the size of the unit, they wanted it to be as functional as possible and comfortable like a hotel. “The clients had a style in mind which was Japandi,” says interior designer Juwan Baring of VERO Interiors and Construction Corp., who was in charge of transforming the space.

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To meet the clients’ requirements, the design team settled on a contemporary and simple interpretation of the Japandi style, using wood as the main material. They also added coastal elements to freshen up the overall aesthetic and bring in touches of nature.

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“Our team believes that when you enter a space of any kind, it’s easy to determine whether the place is comfortable or not…and we wanted this home to make its users feel comfortable as soon as they step in,” Juwan shares.

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Check out the rest of the unit below:

Foyer/Kitchen


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The unit opens up to the kitchen on the left and mirrors on the right that help enlarge the space. “Our team upgraded the ceiling into wooden cladding to create movement and statement,” says Juwan. This ceiling treatment goes all the way up to the sleeping area.


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Plenty of storage units complete the kitchen to keep clutter at bay. The design team worked with two-toned cabinets to elevate the overall look of the space. If you look at the backsplash, bigger cut tiles were also installed, another trick to create an illusion of wider space.


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“The client specifically requested multifunctional cabinets to save space. Given this, the team studied all of the requirements to make a storage unit that will provide all of their needs including the pantry storage,” the interior designer explains. The cabinets can also be used to display décor pieces and other belongings.

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Dining and Living Areas


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According to Juwan, the clients “love the idea of space-saving furniture.” In the living/dining area, the team installed awning ledges that look like simple wall paneling when folded up and not in use.

If the owners will have meals, they can easily bring down the ledges to create a table then pair it with the coffee table in the living area that doubles as a bench.


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When it comes to furnishing small spaces, proper measurements count. Since the space meant to serve as living area is quite tight, finding the right seating piece is important.


The design team settled on a compact sofa in a neutral color that complements the wall accent. When not in use in the dining area, the bench serves as a coffee table that can hold books and other essentials.

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Sleeping Area


To separate the sleeping area from the rest of the unit, the design team used a solihiya sliding panel/divider which also serves as the highlight of the design.


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“The solihiya panels with wooden frames create a dramatic shadow effect during sunrise and sunset,” Juwan adds.


Comfy and inviting, the sleeping space is furnished with a bed that has drawers underneath for extra storage and side tables. Juwan installed mirrors on the walls to make the space look bigger.

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“Since the unit will serve as a vacation home, the team provided a free-standing clothes rack to provide additional storage,” the designer adds. Meanwhile, the colors of the soft furnishings mirror the colors seen on the wall accents.

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Bathroom


From this angle, you’ll see how the bathroom door is actually a full-length mirror sliding door. When the door is closed, it looks like the unit has mirrored wall panel accents.


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Inside the bathroom, mirrors and cabinets are placed to visually enlarge the space while providing storage. “Chinoiserie wallpaper envelopes two sides of the wall for an Asian touch while wooden slats on the ceiling were also added for a cohesive look,” Juwan shares.


Travertine tiles were used in the T&B to complement the wallpaper while a simple glass enclosure defines the shower area.

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Interested to work with interior designer Juwan Baring and VERO Interiors and Construction Corp.?  Get in touch with them through email at verointeriorsph[at]gmail.com. You can also visit their website at https://verointeriors.ph/ or follow them on Instagram: @verointeriorsph.

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