Pinterest-Worthy Details Complete This 60sqm Condo Unit
The homeowners eagerly collected pegs and shopped wisely for the right pieces to turn their vision into a pretty dream home filled with Scandinavian-inspired elements
The past two years have been memorable for the owners of this homey and peg-worthy condo unit. Not only did they get married in 2016, they also welcomed their firstborn. By 2017, they were ready to mark another milestone by creating a home for their small family. Acquiring a 60sqm corner unit in a development strategically located between Makati and BGC was a smart move as it’s close to prime establishments and accessible, too. As a creative director, the lady of the house already had a vision for the three-bedroom unit. She collated pegs from Pinterest and Instagram, with most of the photos leaning towards a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. Fortunately, the couple didn’t have to look far and wide for design professionals who can help them turn their vision into an actual home. Through Ultimate Frisbee, they got acquainted with Miah Gomez and Chino Carlos of C+G Interior Design, and since they liked how the designers worked on a friend’s house, they decided to enlist their help in turning their space into an ideal haven for the family.
The owners prepared a Powerpoint presentation detailing what they want to do in each area, the furniture pieces they wish to add, and the plan of knocking down a wall to maximize the space. Chino and Miah took it from there and reworked the unit’s layout. While the owners liked it, the original budget became a primary concern. They had to work backwards and set some priorities to achieve a workable budget. "We made a list of which items we were willing to spend on, and the costs we can cut down on. Ano yung mga puwedeng i-let go or ‘di masyado gawin? If we hadn’t done this, hindi mabubuo yung bahay,” shares the owner. The designers also served as editors—with the owners showing photos of pieces they sourced and wanted to add to the home. In finalizing the pieces, Chino worked with color as a major deciding factor as they were set on working with green tones to keep the look fresh and youthful. The end result proves that by being resourceful and constantly communicating with your designer, you can achieve the home you’ve always wanted.
One of the major changes done in the unit involves turning one bedroom into a living area. By tearing down the wall, they were able to create a space where they can relax and entertain friends. Natural light streams into the space and add to the homey vibe. The designers added accessories in persimmon, periwinkle, and peacock to liven up the living area and maintain the warm vibe. We especially love the unique area rug.
Find a similar area rug at Casa Ligna, 235 N. Garcia Street, Makati City.
Sprucing up the neutral sofa are pillows in light colors that are easy on the eyes. To achieve a cohesive look, the owners and the designers made sure that the accessories and furnishings complement each other.
A glass partition separates the living area from the rest of the unit. The designers opted for the said material to maximize the natural light streaming in from the sliding glass doors. “Pag pasok kasi, madilim yung area, so we decided to use this,” explains Chino.
The built-in cabinets and shelves created by Hatch Furniture allow the owners to showcase framed photographs, frisbees, medals, and trophies without sacrificing space. These storage units were done in a wood finish to complement the unit’s flooring. Touches of wood also add warmth to the home.
Plants also play a major role in keeping the home relaxing and inviting. The owners wanted to have a feel of the outdoors even if they live in a condo since they both grew up in houses with lawns. “We also felt plants make the home organic and refreshing. Plants also break the coldness and monotony of living in a concrete abode,” shares the lady of the house. Instead of displaying the plants in ordinary containers, the owners opted for captivating planters like this geometric piece customized by Hatch Furniture under C+G Interior Design.
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The owners deemed it practical to forego one bedroom in favor of a living area as they see no use for another bedroom. From this angle, one can best see the cohesiveness of the unit—wooden elements tie the look together—from the flooring and storage pieces to the accessories and other little details.
We’re sure you’ll agree when we say that the dining area is picture-perfect. The wood and white combo makes for a delightful pairing that creates a cozy vibe. “We both love wooden pieces. They’re timeless, adds warmth, and makes a space homey and cozy,” says the owner. Scandi meets country as the wooden table is paired with molded plastic chairs that the owners chose and a bench set against the wall. Meanwhile, the captivating louvers on the wall were added to keep the space from being dull and to diffuse the light coming from behind.
Find similar chairs at Mod Living, CW Home Depot Ortigas.
In this home, the storage pieces were incorporated seamlessly. The cabinet near the dining area is fitted with an open shelf decorated with books, plants, and other decor pieces. The industrial-inspired droplights balance out the rest of elements and help highlight the beauty of the table.
As seen in many condo homes, the kitchen is compact with limited counter space. To address this problem, the owners opted to have a kitchen island that can also function as a breakfast nook. Since they’re working on a tight budget, they had to look for a supplier that can deliver what’s needed at a reasonable price. After browsing the web, the wife stumbled upon Brent and Nina Sash and Furniture, a furniture supplier from Pampanga.
After seeing their work and corresponding regularly on Facebook, the owners were convinced that they found the one. Aside from the kitchen island, the store also made some of the pieces in the unit. The owners submitted a presentation with the details needed like precise measurements and where each will be placed. Since the island can function as an extra area for eating, the couple can bond over good food and cooking, one of their favorite activities.
Get in touch with Brend and Nina Sash and Furniture through mobile at (0906) 319-9905. You can also follow them on Facebook.
According to Chino, the owners specifically wanted to use subway tiles in the kitchen. This didn’t pose a problem as the tiles complemented the pre-installed white cabinets in the area. To improve the space, the designers simply added the brown shelves and the pantry where supplies can be properly stored.
Since the owners often spend time in this part of the home, having seating pieces is a must. Stools in natural finish, also by Brent and Nina Sash and Furniture, work well with the kitchen island and add to the cozy vibe of the home.
The owners allotted time for sourcing and shopping for the pieces that will go into the unit. “We did not limit ourselves to stores. We researched online and even bought pieces there, like our Berenguer-Topacio bed which we got for a really low price,” says the wife. To make the bedroom relaxing, neutral colors dominate the space. The wall behind the bed showcases a deeper shade of gray, while the rest of the walls are kept light and pleasing to the eyes. Not seen in the photo is a door that leads to the balcony.
Find a similar piece at Philux, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Street, Rockwell Center, Makati City.
Instead of going for a table lamp, the lady of the house opted for a chic lighting piece. “I knew I had to get a hanging Edison bulb with brass detail. It looks so creative, and it’s perfect for reading in the evening,” she shares. With this element, the side table can be used to organize books, gadgets, and other knickknacks.
Find a similar piece at Home Cartel.
Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with Miah Gomez and Chino Carlos of C+G Interior Design through Facebook: facebook.com/cginteriordesign.
This article ("Space for Three") originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.
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