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A Studio Unit with Splashes of Color and Cleverly Arranged Furniture

Simple, no-frills, and clutter-free describe this work-at-home couple’s cozy abode

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Interior Designer: Lisa Salvador

When Erik and Therese were newly engaged, they came across an ad for a one-bedroom apartment on the Internet. After meeting up with the broker, they took a look and liked what they saw—and what’s more, it was within their price range. “[We] liked that it had an extra bathroom, and gave the reservation fee," recounts Therese, a communications consultant.

Admitting that they are from being style-savvy, the couple hired interior designer Lisa Salvador to spruce up their newly acquired home. “Initially, we didn't want a lot of work done on the place—we just wanted to keep everything as is and hire an interior designer to help make the place look nice,” says Erik, an IT consultant and photographer. But when Lisa did an ocular of their unit, she pointed out how certain areas could open up the small space and make it more workable and livable for the couple.

The couple trusted Lisa’s judgment, and one of the things Lisa did was to tear down the wall of the maid’s room and converted the space into a home office. She respected the couple’s request to keep things simple, injecting tinges of color amidst a mostly white interior and making the unit as functional as possible, strategically arranging furniture for maximum efficiency and installing clever storage spaces here and there. The ensuing look and layout definitely reflects the no-frills mindset of the couple.

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

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Read the original article ("Real Simple") in the January-February 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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