A Makeover for a K-Pop Fan’s 1-Bedroom Unit in Taguig

Storage space is a must for any collector!

Photography: Gosh Mangampat Photography

Neutral palettes give any space a clean, open look, and this often used to make a small home look larger than it is. For others, however, a neutral palette only acts as a base for much more interesting pieces that will soon come in.

Take for example this 64sqm, one-bedroom abode in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig that interior designer Madelaine San Jose revamped for a K-Pop fan who loves acquiring collectibles: beige and wood were used as a neutral backdrop for all memorabilia that the homeowner will be displaying. “The client and I opted to highlight all the things that she loves to collect, which is why the chosen vibe for her furniture and accessories are a combination of subdued tones with light hints of industrial and warm rustic elements,” says Madelaine in an email to Real Living.



Upon entering the front door, one is immediately greeted by the teak laminated wood flooring which Madeleine had decided to retain. This is echoed by a wooden sideboard with black accents, while a round mirror above it softens and breaks the monotony of the space. “On the right is a dedicated corner for a collection of graphic manga novels and illustration books that are tastefully stored and displayed on a customized wall shelf also made in matte black finish to match the sideboard.”

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Kitchen and Dining Area

Immediately to the side of the foyer is the kitchen, with fixtures that continue the unit’s wood theme. “For the kitchen, we opted to retain the existing countertop and cabinet finishes that came with the unit since it conveniently aligns with the nominal design intent that both the client and I were aiming for,” explains Madelaine. “We also retained the pre-existing homogenous floor tiles but added some downlights to brighten and lighten up the area.”


The dining area is across the front door, with a simple four-seater and a drop light that offers a unique but unobtrusive accent to the space.

Living Area


Just beyond the dining table is the living area. Kpop band BTS’ BT21 pillow rests on a cozy two-seater sofa in light gray (which matches the dining chairs). Magazines featuring the said boy band are placed atop a coffee table with torino marble top and a matte black metal base.  A similar look can be seen on a shelf beside the entertainment console, which houses many more of the homeowner’s collectibles.



A break from all the wood accents of the unit, the toilet and bath go for a clean black-and-white scheme, with Madelaine and the owner deciding to retain its original porcelain tiles. “We also added a custom-made full-length framed mirror and an open shelf below the existing bathroom countertop for extra storge.” Drop lights were used to give a sense of continuation from the outside.


Master Bedroom


The is a celebration of the homeowner’s fandom. Storage is the name of the game when one is a collector, which is why built-in cabinets were a must. “Adequate amount of storage all throughout are available so that the owner can enjoyably display the different kinds of K-Pop and manga merchandise she owns,” says the designer.  


The fully upholstered headboard in gray is reminiscent of the upholstering in the dining and living areas, and adds a slight contrast to the bright whites of room’s cabinets. On the bed are more accent pillows and fandom picks, which lead the eyes to the focal point of the area: a framed BTS Armypedia puzzle. Madelaine notes, “Our goal together as designer and client is to design a space that embodies simplicity, cleanliness and captures her personality within the space.”


You can contact IDr. Madelaine J. San Jose, PIID via [email protected] or you may follow her on Instagram account @desiggonemads.

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