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This 47sqm Loft-Type Condo Captures the Beauty of Simplicity

Interior designer Charles Asejo focused on maximizing the space and achieving a contemporary yet inviting feel

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Photography: CREstilo Designs Interior Designer: Charles Asejo | CREstilo Designs

How often do you browse home tours and spot a space you feel like you can live in? If you’re a fan of well-utilized and inviting spaces, we’re sure you’ll find something to love in this 47sqm loft-type unit designed by interior designer Charles Asejo.

They say there’s beauty in simplicity, and this home nails just that. “I gave it a new look without creating alteration in the existing structure. Since this unit is going to be for lease, I made the design suitable for future tenants,” the designer shares.

Charles took inspiration from Korean interior design – combining hints of minimalism with comfort and function. To perk up the space, luxe accent pieces were seamlessly integrated into the final look. “What’s special about this unit is its design practicality and the functionality of the space to make it more versatile. It’s not overdecorated as well,” he explains.

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Simple yet striking, homey yet contemporary – this condo unit has everything you need in a condo unit you’d love to come home to. Take a peek inside the unit below:

Living Area


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The living area is found on the right side of the unit from the main door. According to Charles, designing this part of the unit was quite challenging because it is unproportioned. Since it’s adjacent to the staircase, Charles had to utilize the empty space underneath by turning it into the entertainment center.

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“I used white finish on the walls to create a light and airy atmosphere then combined it with wood laminates,” he says. Instead of adding side tables, the designer chose to add shelves or niches on both sides of the sofa for storage.

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Common Areas


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If you look closely, you’ll notice wall-mounted shelves under the stairs. It serves two purposes – one for displaying décor and the other to create an illusion of wider space as the ledges look like a continuation of the stairs.

In terms of lighting, Charles maximizes the use of the plain wall by placing a movable backboard with lights that helps illuminate the space.


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To separate the living and dining areas from the kitchen, the designer opted for different flooring materials. The former areas have a wooden feel while the latter features white tiles.

Dining Area


Given that the dining area is one of the first things guests will see when they enter the unit, Charles made sure it has a classy and sophisticated appeal. “I designed the dining table as a cantilevered waterfall countertop in black marquina marble to achieve the luxury look then supported it on the other with a sleek sideboard that serves as extra storage,” he explains.

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To further highlight the dining nook, the designer also had a laminated wood panel installed to serve as a canopy that holds the black pendant lamps with gold touches.

According to Charles, a luxe look can be achieved by working with colors like black, neutrals, and hints of gold. Your chosen materials such as marble and wood count, too.

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Find similar décor pieces at Landmark.

Kitchen


The designer made minimal yet impactful changes in the kitchen. To liven up the one-wall cooking space, he installed undercabinet lighting and white hexagonal tiles as backsplash. “The lighting is replaced with recessed pin lights to achieve a warm lighting effect,” he explains.

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Seating Nook by the Window


Some of the best things about this loft-type unit are the high ceiling and big windows. Charles maximized the space by carving out a seating area and having a mirror installed on one wall. “I decided to limit the number of furniture pieces since it’s quite narrow and a clear access to the stairs is needed,” he shares. Aside from the chair, mirror, and floor lamp, he added a console cabinet for storage.

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Bedroom / Loft Area


Mirroring the look and feel of the living area, the bedroom features a combination of white walls and wooden panels. Charles also had mirrors installed on both sides of the bed to further highlight the sleeping space.

To liven up the wall above the bed, the designer also added an accent piece that's reminiscent of a flower in bloom.

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Find similar pieces at SM Home.

Work Area


Beside the bed is a console table that faces the window. “I chose a black-finished metal frame for the glass console as it matches the side tables,” Charles shares. Aside from serving as a work nook, it’s also the perfect spot for admiring the beauty of the hanging pendant lights. 

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Bathroom


To improve the bathroom, the designer replaced the existing lighting with recessed pin lights. He also added a glass enclosure to separate the toilet from the shower area. The mirrored cabinet doors double as vanity mirrors.


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Since the bathroom also seves as the laundry area, Charles added extra storage to avoid clutter. When opened, the hanging cabinets provide plenty of storage space. It also highlights a laminated finish in wood grain.

Get in touch with interior designer Charles Asejo through email at crestilodesigns[at]gmail.com. You can also see more of his work when you visit www.crestilodesigns.com. Follow him on Facebook and Instagam: @CREstiloDesigns.

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