A Travel Buff’s One-Bedroom Unit Goes Bold with Art Deco Details

Here’s proof that small spaces shouldn’t be limited to neutral colors and simple accessories

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo and Miah Gomez and Chino Carlos of CG Interiors

Just because a space measures 36 square meters doesn’t mean you can’t go for big pieces and bold details. Take it from interior designers Kristine Neri-Magturo and Miah Gomez and Chino Carlos of Carlos+Gomez Interior Design, who worked together to create an art deco-themed space with a timeless appeal.

“We took modern-day France as inspiration: current and up to date, but without losing the elements of elegance and charm,” say Miah and Chino, who designed the living and dining areas. Kristine, who took charge of designing the bedroom, may have gone for bold choices but managed to keep the overall look from being overwhelming. “Everything is still refined,” Kristine says.

Find all the details of the space they designed for a travel buff right here:

Living and Dining Areas

According to Miah and Chino, there’s no harm in choosing big and bold pieces as long as you complement them with softer pieces. Also, don’t be afraid to choose furniture items that do not always match.

Dining Area

The dining area has its own character: the wood and wrought iron table is paired with chic dining chairs and soft accessories without making anything seem out of place.

Living Area

The marble-like pattern on the rug complements the glass center table that helps create a “put-together” look.

Living Area

“The unit exudes an inviting space. We highlighted the corner walls with an elegant oxford blue color. It also lures the eye towards the sofa and custom-made woodwork on the wall, which adds texture,” say Miah and Chino.

Living Area

The canopy chair may be an unlikely choice for a small space, but the trick is in positioning it beside the window and the big mirror so that it has its own setting, and does not overpower the room.


Kristine took the graphic element of the art deco period and made this visible on the walls. The dark color of the walls is balanced out by the art deco print, which opens up the space. “It has that airy feel to it, and doesn’t feel too cramped,” says Kristine.


Textures keep the space interesting. The bold emerald green color of the velvet headboard, for instance, is something you wouldn’t normally choose, but when combined with blue, they work well together, especially with touches of gold.


The choice to have a double bed instead of a single size stems from Kristine’s interpretation of a travel buff’s lifestyle—“confident and sure of what she wants.” The mirror gives an illusion of space.


The signature “laid-back feel” is characteristic in Kristine’s interiors. “This bedroom may have formal elements, but it’s a place where you want to put your feet up and relax.”


This is a perfect reading nook where the world’s most avid traveler can read up on the places she will travel to next. The chair gives the space a luxe feel, while the leather chest adds a vintage touch.


Kristine says, “Elements of wood, plants, as well as the amber color of the bottles add warmth to this bedroom."


Kristine chose a more streamlined look for this corner, with a sleek chair and matching lamp contrasting beautifully against the art deco detail on the wall.


The feathered accent droplight keeps things interesting and draws the eye towards the ceiling.

For the living and dining areas, Miah Gomez and Chino Carlos worked with Blims, Mav Furniture, Design Armoire, Wilcon Depot, Decoliving, and Hatch Furniture. In creating the bedroom, Kristine Neri-Magturo worked with pieces from Urban Abode.

This unit was designed as part of this year’s Real Living Space at the Sapphire Bloc by Robinsons Land in Ortigas. To learn more about Real Living’s signature event, visit

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