French-Inspired Style for a 35sqm Condo in Mandaluyong

Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo chooses rustic-vintage style for this one-bedroom unit

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

How can you make the most of a one-bedroom condo? Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo was faced with this dilemma when she was asked to style this 35sqm unit for a coffee shop owner who loves to cook for family and friends at home.

To create a unique space, Kristine made a few unexpected choices: a wooden panel for small plants and chalkboard walls for the kitchen and dining areas. She also used French window panels from Wilcon as a headboard for the homeowner's bed.

This space was designed as part of this year’s Real Living Space at the Avida Towers Centera showroom in Mandaluyong. To learn more about Real Living’s signature event, visit

Hanging Plants

How can you liven up a small space with few windows and no outdoor areas? You may also want to create a vertical garden!

For this 35sqm unit, Kristine placed a door planter from Urban Abode near the front door.

Kitchen, Dining, and Living Area

Kristine surprisingly chose dark colors for the shared kitchen, dining, and living areas! Although black, gray, and brown are not often used in small spaces, these shades (when used in moderation) can help you create a bold look. 

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a charcoal gray three-seater sofa, a rustic-industrial coffee table, and an ottoman upholstered in fabric from Townes, Inc.

Beneath these furniture pieces is a printed area rug from Decoliving.

Kitchen and Dining Area

Since the homeowner loves to cook for family and friends, she needed more space for preparing and serving her favorite dishes!

Sheridan Grey Kitchen Island from Crate and Barrel is the perfect choice because it can be used for prep work and can easily be stored away when not in use. It even has drawers and shelves for kitchen utensils and dining essentials.

Kitchen and Dining Area

The kitchen and dining area is defined by the dark chalkboard walls! This serves as a focal point and can also be used to jot down reminders, recipes, and grocery lists. 


The French influence is best reflected in the bedroom of the 35sqm unit. Since the small space has an effortlessly chic and classy appeal, it could belong in a walk-up apartment in Paris. 

The space is furnished with an industrial-style droplight completed with strands of pearls and French windows used as a headboard from Wilcon. In the middle of the room is a Cozy Latex Matress with Bed Box from Uratex.

Sewing Table

The antique sewing table used as a desk is adorned with a bronze elephant, bottles of perfume, and a vintage typewriter.

Clothes Rack

If you think that plastic clothes racks may seem too cheap and tacky, you may opt for this beautiful clothes rack from Wilcon.


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