A Two-Bedroom Condo with DIY Industrial Touches

Find out how business partners-turned-friends pulled off a unique and distinct look without concept boards or meetings about swatches and palettes

Original Article: Camyl Besinga Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

Type of Home: Two-Bedroom Unit with a Spacious Balcony

Style of Home: Industrial

If you’ve gone through four companies together, have a solid boss-employee relationship, and own an Airbnb-listed property with two other friends, it’s safe to trust your friend enough to ask her to decorate your place—at least in Fermil Añonuevo’s case, that is.

Fermil initially wanted to get a designer for his space, but since his boss and good friend Jeiel Deogracias has a knack for interior design, he decided to get her to decorate his place instead. After all, this wasn’t the first time they collaborated on a project.

Jeiel’s first order of business was to knock down the walls of Fermil’s two-bedroom unit. “Nung una kasi, with the two rooms, ang pangit ng flow. Na-block nung walls yung sunlight from the windows. Mabuti pumayag si Fermil na ipa-knock down yung walls,” says Jeiel. As soon as she got Fermil’s approval, she started getting down to the nitty-gritty. The duo didn’t have anything planned except for the concept: an industrial-themed unit.

Since they pretty much DIY-ed most of the stuff, building the unit didn’t come easy. They underwent several changes and re-dos, but it all proved worthy in the end seeing how happy they both were with the result.

Read the original article ("D.I.Y Industrial") in the October 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Living Area

Fermil shares that when he got his condo, he was still single, which was why he opted for an industrial look. “Para sa ‘kin, the industrial look is very masculine,” he says. The exposed pipes connecting the light switches and electrical outlets are intentional in keeping with the theme.

Living and Dining Areas

Yung original na nakita namin na ganyan was in Indochina sa Mall of Asia. Kaso it cost P12,000. Sabi ni Fermil parang he didn’t want to spend that much for a carpet. Basta, nag Google lang ako ng ‘triangle pattern,’ ‘triangle print rug.’ Ayan, nahanap ko yan, and only cost us P4,000 plus shipping, so he only paid for less than half the original price,” shares Jeiel about the geometric-patterned rug.

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Living Area Detail

Ito, magkano lang per roll. Three rolls lang nagamit namin, so lumalabas about six thousand lang,” says Jeiel about the brick-printed wallpaper that she used in the living area. Her primary concern was that the bricks sold in the country were too smooth and not the right texture to pull off an industrial-style look. 

Living Area Detail

Above the television set in the living room is a floating shelf for kitschy items, like an old radio, a Combi, and some comic books.


Installing beveled subway tiles, extending the counter, and adding floating shelves are some of the changes Fermil and Jeiel did to upgrade the kitchen.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom aka The Eraserheads bedroom is where Fermil keeps his memorabilia of the band. It’s his favorite part of the unit, too. The E-heads painting hanging above the headboard is by Oliver Marquez.

Master Bedroom

On top of the Ikea-hacked Vittsjo table (Jeiel replaced the glass tabletop with wood planks) is a framed signed t-shirt of E-heads’s reunion concert. Fermil purchased the shirt during the band’s concert in the Philippines and Jeiel brought it with her to have it signed when she watched their New York gig. Beside the table is a bookshelf where E-heads figurines and other knickknacks are enshrined.

Guest Room

Dividing the living room and the guest room are Taxicab-yellow folding doors. When the guest room is not in use, the doors can be folded to make the guest room an extension of the living room. This is also the reason Fermil opted for a daybed instead of a regular bed.

Guest Room

This palochina wall in the guest room is decorated with Fermil’s other collection: license plates he amassed since 2004. “Nasa bahay lang sila, nakatambak lang, ang kapal na. So when I got the condo, sabi ko, dito ko na lang ilalagay.”

Guest Room

Opposite the palochina wall in the guest room are giant scrabble pieces reminiscent of Fermil’s love for playing the board game growing up. Find similar Scrabble wall decor from Anna Banana Rustics.


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