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It’s Always Golden Hour in this Two-Bedroom Condo in Manila

Taking inspiration from calming sunsets, interior designer Roch Granali created a contemporary home that's sophisticated yet cozy

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Photography: Upstage MNL Styling: Upstage MNL Interior Designer: IDr. Roch Granali

There’s something soothing about sunsets—maybe it’s the warm glow signifying the end of another day or the feeling of reassurance it brings as you make your way home. This is exactly what interior designer Roch Granali had in mind when she designed this 48sqm, two-bedroom condo in Manila.

“We envisioned the home as an elegant yet comfortable place where the owners can relax after a long day at work and hang out with friends and loved ones. It was a collaborative process with the client,” she shares. Taking inspiration from the golden hour or the time of the day just before the sun sets, Roch incorporated elements that help create the tranquil ambiance such as mirrors that bounce off light and streamlined silhouettes, to geometric patterns and neutral colors.

“What sets this project apart from the other condo units I designed is the space allotted for common areas. The living area is bigger because the client wants the place to become a hang out spot. The pandemic has made us realize the importance of having a comfortable home that can also serve as a place for entertainment and work,” the interior designer explains.

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See more photos of the condo unit below:

Living Area


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The spacious living area has striking features that create a seamless contemporary look. At the far end of the space is an accent wall with bronze mirrors which are also used for the doors of the TV cabinet. “The reflective quality of the mirrors counterbalances the black paint and wood finishes. It also creates a subtle illusion of a bigger space,” Roch explains.

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Without a doubt, the ceiling adds an elegant and dramatic feel to the living area. The interior designer chose to install a herringbone-patterned drop ceiling to redirect the attention from the beams surrounding the area while the built-in cabinet helps conceal the columns.


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The entertainment wall is sleek and clean, with the wood laminates perfectly framing the wall-mounted TV. For the furnishings, Roch chose area rugs and pillows in neutral colors to balance out the “edgy interior.”


At night or when the lights turned off, the effect of the LED strep lights installed in the shelf and entertainment wall is best appreciated—helping create a hotel-like, cozy ambiance.

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Work Area


Just beside the living area is a work area furnished with a slim table and a vintage-looking swivel chair. The floor lamp from Mandaue Foam complements not just the furniture but the overall look of the living area as well.

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Kitchen


Mirroring the herringbone pattern in the living area, the stain-resistant tiles used as backsplash in the kitchen follows a similar pattern. According to Roch, they retained the existing kitchen cabinets. The designer had to fabricate the counter so that a cooktop and a microwave can be installed.

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The other side of the kitchen functions as a dining nook. “We repurposed the other side of the kitchen counter into a bar table by reusing the countertop and placing powder-coated legs to serve as a dining space,” says Roch.

First Bedroom


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Given the size of the room, Roch had to make adjustments to make sure it will be relaxing and comfortable. To accommodate three people, a customized bunk bed with a double-sized mattress at the bottom and a single-sized mattress on top was built. “A staircase with drawers was installed at the side of the bunkbed for additional storage and convenience in climbing to the top bunk,” the designer adds.

Master Bedroom


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The same aesthetic seen in the common areas flows into the master bedroom with the choice of furniture and materials. To conceal the beam and column, Roch incorporated it into the design of the bedroom, hence the tall upholstered piece. Circular wall lamps with surrounding light reminiscent of sunsets were also installed near the bed.


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Instead of the usual cabinet doors, Roch decided to have a mirrored sliding door to further create an illusion of a bigger space.


“The geometric patterns behind the TV are consistent with the design of the living area while LED strip lights were installed for ambient lighting,” explains the designer.

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Bathroom


A sliding barn door leads to the bathroom/laundry area. According to the designer, the client decided to retain the existing tiles, lavatory counter, and plumbing fixtures since the unit is new.


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To enhance the T&B, Roch installed ambient lighting, cabinets for extra storage, and a sliding shower enclosure.

Ready for your own home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Roch Granali through email at idr.rochgranali[at]gmail.com.

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