Asian Design for an 82sqm Mandaluyong Condo

A dramatic and opulent space transformed into a more refined one-bedroom bachelor pad.

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

Changing the look of any home can be as simple as removing some of the furniture pieces. In the case of this 82sqm condo owned by Dr. Rommel Caballes, taking away some of the existing items in the home has created a lasting impression. While the space still has the same Asian Maximalist style, it now has a more elegant and sophisticated appeal.

The cosmetic surgeon moved some of the old pieces out of the bachelor pad to make more space and breathe new life into the bachelor pad. In the living room, the tall, intimidating Buddha figures have been replaced with a large nature aquarium for a calming effect. A new color scheme of beige and white adds to the polished look of the home.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article (“Nip and Tuck”) in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The foyer is adorned with a huge mirror and a deer trophy head hunted by a father of Rommel's friend. The space is completed with a buddha figure, a tray table for his various Asian scents, and an Ifugao low stool that holds his kettle bell weights.

Living Area

Instead of a sofa, the living area is furnished with a divan and two French-style armchairs. On one end of the space is are four large antique filing cabinets that are now used to store Rommel's shoes.

Shoe Cabinet Detail

Four antique filing cabinets with tassels on the handles are now used to store Rommel's footwear.

Dining Area

For an open and spacious look, metal stools from Tiendesitas are used in the dining area. The blue wall is adorned with a Jonathan Olazo masterpiece.

Dining Area Detail

On one side of the dining area is a TV that rests on a wooden console. Carved panels can be found on both sides of the table.

Wood Details

Surprising details add to the Asian Maximalist charm of the home.

Dried Arrangement

A vase by the window is filled with a dried twig arrangement.


Intricate details make the door frames and doors stand out.

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, a queen-size bed is flanked with a pair of table lamps with clear glass bases.

Master Bedroom Detail

The former dining table now serves as his study desk. The table is topped with a small aquarium and a wooden sculptural tray by Greg Sabado of Sabado's Handicrafts, Baguio City.


Vintage trunks are used as decor and to store the homeowner's personal belongings.

Ceiling Fan

Even the ceiling fan becomes interesting with the addition of a light blue tassel.

Door Handle

A tassel is also used to spruce up the door handle.


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