Function and Style in an Investment Condo Unit

Basic doesn’t mean boring; especially in the case of this 60sqm home

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

After her family invested in a 60sqm condo unit, Sandra took it upon herself to spruce up the place to lure in prospective tenants. Thinking she only needed to buy the basics to create a home out of space, she acquired herself a sofa, dining and coffee tables, a bed, and a few necessary appliances. But once she put them all together, she was very displeased saying that it was “pangit.” She finally sought the help of her friend, gallery owner Albert Avellana, to make the space homey for their future clients.

Sandra only requested that Albert keep the space simple—allowing the condo to cater to a variety of possible tenants. The challenge meant working with the existing layout. Not being allowed to knock down any walls, Albert had to decorate the space so people would naturally feel at home in it. Building from the pieces that Sandra had already bought, he added a few more items and rearranged everything to form the condo unit as it is today. Now the space is filled with character, thanks to the addition of homey elements such as plants and accessories. Although very basic, the unit is already a beautiful home any tenant would be happy to live in.

Original article by Sunshine Selga-Funa. Pictorial Direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Warm Welcome") in the May 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The original sofa that Sandra had bought for the living area was too small to comfortably seat a number of people so Albert bought a bigger piece. In addition to that, he tweaked some of the other furniture to add more character like in the case of the coffee table, he added frosted glass. A striking mirror makes the space more elegant.

Living Area Detail

Albert provided additional seating using space-efficient ottomans.

Open Wall

An opening in the wall between the living and kitchen areas opens up the space and lets natural light through the different rooms.

Dining Area

Albert filled a corner of the dining room with a shelf stacked with accessories to make the space warm and cozy.

Dining Area Detail

Custom-made wooden planks that hang in the dining area aren't only aesthetically pleasing but functional, too. It hides the unsightly electrical cables of the mounted TV in the area.

Work Desk

Albert also made a word desk available in the unit—a definite plus if you’re a tenant looking for a functional home.


To give the room a luxurious feel, the bed faces the window. Pushed away from the wall, a padded headboard was added to cover the back end of the bed.


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