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A Look Inside the Charming 47sqm Home of a Real Living Reader

Working with white helped the owner achieve her dream space

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Photography: Jilson Tiu Styling: Kamila Arianna Garcia

While many shy away from working with an all-white palette, one of our readers bravely used it in transforming a one-bedroom condo unit she shares with her husband. “I wanted it to be a space where I can express myself, hence, I had it in white so I can play with the colors, details, and theme easily without spending too much. It’s like having a canvas where I can paint anything I want,” shares Celeste.

Inspired by a bevy of ideas gathered from books, magazines, and Real Living, the lady of the house was set on her vision for the space. After contacting an interior designer, Celeste finalized the look of the unit. “She had suggestions as well. We collaborated and she made the 3D drawing for us. When I had a 3D drawing already, my husband started looking for contractors,” she shares. Fortunately, they didn’t have to look far and wide for one. One of the contractors they found lives in the same building and in a similar corner unit. “He had his unit renovated as well so he and his team were already familiar with the layout, the electricals, and the necessary permits,” Celeste recalls.

Celeste’s husband and their contractor had second thoughts about using white, worried that the space might look boring. “I told them to just do it and they will be surprised with the things I can do when I start designing the unit,” she says. After a two-month renovation period, the condo home looks homey and inviting even if they only worked within a specific budget. Truth be told, opting for an all-white palette and making smart choices proved to be a good call. It gives the owners enough room for home improvement projects. “I had to accept that we were on a budget and I had to focus on the details that will still make the space look nice and elegant. There will still be opportunities to improve the space in the future, when our time and resources permit,” Celeste says.

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