A Marriage of Tastes in a Fixer-Upper Condo

A couple fuses their individual design preferences into one charming condominium home

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

For a couple looking to find their first home together, Vince Sales and Frances Amper-Sales had a stroke of luck. They found their current home just two months after their wedding. While it was not love at first sight for their condo, the view from the living room’s window took their breath away. It was a clear day when they visited, and they were awed that they could see all the way to Antipolo, Laguna, and Manila Bay! The only catch was that the condo required many repairs – from a ceiling that was damaged by Milenyo to kitchen cabinets in dire need of an upgrade to a large cylindrical post that stands by the convex-shaped windows. But a skyline view such as that was not be missed, so when the owner brought the price down, the Sales couple had no choice but to go for it.

After the major structural repairs were done, Vince and Frances took on a design project that merged their individual aesthetics to create a lovely home that is well-lived in. They invested in major furniture pieces that appealed to Vince’s aesthetics yet satisfied Frances’ cost concerns. But what stands out are the couple’s individual and shared collections that make this condo unit a charming and cozy starter home for a young couple.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("His and Hers") in the March 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Foyer The foyer gives guests a view of the dining and living areas. A clock gives the white wall a unique and catchy accent.
Foyer detail Complementing the large scale clock on the wall are black-and-white photos of Audrey Hepburn from the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and French photographer Robert Doisneau’s Le baiser de l’htel de ville (Kiss by the Hotel de Ville).
Hallway A blank wall makes for a perfect canvas to showcase your family’s most precious moments. The hallway at the Sales home features photos from their wedding, a caricature of Frances by OK!’s art director Sonny Ramirez, travel photos of the couple such as of Vince eating kare-kare sandwich in London, and a photo of their condo’s amazing skyline taken by Vince.
Living Area The Sales home follows a color scheme for each area. Frances is proud of her almost Tiffany blue walls which she paired with a simple white sofa. The room’s subtly refreshing color scheme does not obstruct from the main highlight of the room: its panoramic view from the convex-shaped windows. The glass coffee table is from Bo Concept.
Sitting Area The chair is an old daybed from Vince’s parents. It used to be a bed frame with its legs cut off to which the couple added a mattress and colorful floral pillows to transform into comfy seating. Above the daybed is a portrait of a geisha surrounded by cherry blossoms, a print that Vince and Frances saw in a local store but was priced too high. They looked for the poster online that was more reasonably priced and had it shipped to Manila.
Dining Area This romantic dining area at the Sales home gets its look with the addition of a traditional French-inspired white chandelier from Dimensione and an antique mirror from Frances’ mom. The dining table is from Philux while the chairs are from Restoration.
Bedroom The bedroom spells comfy and cozy --- thanks to the chocolate brown theme. What easily catches one's attention is the shelf by the wall. Apart from displaying books and other knick-knacks --- it also holds a couple of storage boxes.
Red Room Vince’s Red Room—accented by Asian-Zen décor—is a showcase of this collections of books, DVDs, and a computer full of movies, as well as an entertainment system befitting of the editor in chief of T3 magazine.
Work Corner Frances has her own corner, too, with this Prizmic and Brill escritoire in the master bedroom. The master bedroom’s chocolate brown theme may be masculine, but the pops of pink from Frances’ desk, along with the fresh blooms and childhood mementos add a softness to the look.
Skyline View The condo desperately needed major renovations damaged by a strong typhoon and old age, but it was this view that prompted the couple to jump in and purchase the property which they turned into a lovely home for two.

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