Need a Break from #TeamKahoy and #TeamPuti? This 56sqm Condo Introduces #TeamBrownandGray

Interior designer Jeselyn Chuan used sandstone as inspiration for the unit's color palette to create a contemporary space that's glam yet cozy

Photography: Hilary Buenaflor Photography via OLA Interior Photography Interior Designer: IDr. Jeselyn Chuan

In finalizing the overall design of this 56sqm, one-bedroom condo unit, interior designer Jeselyn Chuan took inspiration from the owners’ request to “avoid” anything Scandinavian, to differentiate it from the popular interior style.


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“We loved the request to take a break from the said design style and the freedom it brings to explore and suggest something a little different,” shares the interior designer. Jeselyn thought of using a color palette dominated by beiges, browns, and grays to create a bright, neutral, and cozy home. The colors are reminiscent of sandstones, which coincidentally is also the name of the tower where the unit is located.

After the renovation period, the interior designer was able to achieve a contemporary space with glam details that give the unit a timeless vibe.


Take a peek inside the unit below:

Foyer/Dining Area

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The unit opens up to a makeshift foyer on the left and the open dining-living areas. To maximize the corner, Jeselyn added a built-in storage piece that functions as sanitation station, a catchall for keys, and shoe storage in one. “We also added an oval mirror with brass rim where they can do a final grooming check before heading out,” she says.


Dining Area

The space looks wider than it really is because of the full-length mirrors installed. Wooden slats on both sides of the mirrors break the monotony of the area and add warmth to the dining space. The couple specifically wanted a dining set that can accommodate relatives who are visiting.


The designer opted for a white marble sintered stone table that’s easy to maintain then paired it with dark taupe dining chairs.

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“The clients requested to have dining charms with arm rests so they can sit back and relax while conversing over extended meals,” Jeselyn explains. An asymmetrical droplight doubles as an accent piece.


Living Area

Since the clients love brass, Jeselyn incorporated it through distinct pieces like decorative lamps and works of art to keep the overall look from being too glam. A sofa bed takes up space in the living area to enable the owners to accommodate friends or relatives who want to stay overnight.


To polish the look, the interior designer spruced up the living area with a wood and metal coffee table and a two-toned area rug that helps break the hardness of the wooden floors.

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The work of art is the focal point in the living area. “We highlighted it further by flanking it with a pair of glass wall sconces on each side,” Jeselyn adds. From this view, you can see how the chosen colors complement each other to create a classic yet comfortable aesthetic.


The AV unit wall features similar wooden slats seen in the dining area to maintain a cohesive look. Floating drawers were also added to serve as extra storage for entertainment essentials and other belongings.


Situated by the window is the work area with a well-lit display bookcase the owners requested for. “We utilized the area by the viewing window with a low headroom to achieve a cozy work nook and make the work hours more relaxing with a view,” says the interior designer. It also helps to separate the place of work from the place of rest. Jeselyn also added a pop of “neutral tan color” to make the chair stand out.

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Minimal changes were done in the kitchen as the owners decided to retain the original cabinets. Though compact, there’s enough countertop space to accommodate small appliances and kitchen essentials.

To complement the non-white walls, Jeselyn chose easy to clean ash beige subway tiles as backsplash.



According to Jeselyn, the bedroom has a warm gray scheme to differentiate it from the common areas.


“The chubby paddings on the headboard help create visual interest and immediately makes the bed look more inviting and comfortable,” she shares. A pair of hanging side tables can be seen on the sides of the bed to give the owners a place for their belongings.


The designer created a small reading/lounge nook by the window to maximize the space and conceal the AC condensing unit. She chose to complete it with loose cushions to make it easier to access and clean the condensing unit.

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The owners didn’t want to have a TV in the bedroom so Jeselyn created a photo wall instead. To make the most of the space, she added extra storage underneath. The closet doors were also refurbished to incorporate the mirrors the owners wanted. “We also extended the closet storage to the ceiling to immediately enlarge the bedroom,” she adds.



Given there’s only one T&B, the owners wanted a separate door for guests when they need to use the bathroom. “It was a challenge for the construction team to ensure minimal to no damage is rendered to the T&B since they didn’t plan on retiling it after the demolition. The additional door can be seen from the dining area and we kept it as inconspicuous as possible by camouflaging it with the wall,” explains Jeselyn.

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Since the unit came with a fully tiled bathroom, the owners decided to keep it as is. The designer focused on adding accessories to ensure the functionality of the space.

Ready to achieve your dream home? Get in touch with interior designer Jeselyn Chuan through email at jeschuan[at] or mobile number 0917-866-7015. You can also log on to

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