You'll Love the Industrial Chic Look of this Two-Bedroom Condo
Taking inspiration from a bag designed by a local bag maker, interior designer Gail Miller turned the 56sqm unit into a sophisticated home
Inspiration can come from anywhere and in the case of the overall look of this 56sqm condo unit, it came from a utilitarian-looking bag designed by a local bag maker. “It had a similar color palette that the client wanted to use…it also had a distressed look but was very sturdy. We used these same principles in designing the space since the client wanted it to feel a little rugged,” explains interior designer Gail Miller.
Taking into consideration the client’s inputs, Gail flawlessly designed a condo home that’s chic and striking, coming up with an industrial-inspired look that’s punctuated with touches of muted colors. The designer also brought in metal in black matte finish, wood textures, and concreate to complete the look.
“We also made sure to incorporate clever storage solutions into the design since the client needed storage for two foldable bikes, books, and other items and tools for their hobbies,” adds Gail. As for the owners, they’re happy with how Gail worked on the space. “She transformed this cookie-cutter condominium unit into a beautiful, livable, stylish space. The furniture and cabinetry were well thought-out,” they share.
Take a peek inside the unit below:
From the entrance, the kitchen is seen on the left and the dining area on the right. The flooring and ceiling of the common areas including the kitchen are in concrete finish which Gail considers as an inexpensive way of adding texture to a space. Black track lights were also used in the living area to keep within the theme.
The furniture pieces in the living area follow a different layout to improve the flow of movement in the space. “The TV and cable wires are in another wall and we transferred it to achieve a more effective layout,” says Gail.
To cozy up the area, the designer furnished it with a fully upholstered fabric sofa and a white woven rug. Laminated boards were used for the built-in furniture pieces.
“I wanted the kitchen flow into the dining room. To achieve this, I used the same cement finish on the ceiling with the dining and living areas,” explains the designer. The sunburst hexagon tiles even spill over from the kitchen to the dining area as a quirky way of showing transition from one space to another.
The dining table was designed to be at bar-height to accommodate a pull-out storage underneath for one of the owners’ foldable bikes. Completing the setup are bar stools with backrest from Match Contract.
“Proper storage can make your life easier and more pleasant. I’m glad that this is something I was able to provide for my clients,” Gail shares. The cabinet near the kitchen not only conceals the water dispenser and the unit’s panel board, it also functions as a storage center for another foldable bike. Just above the dispenser are glasses and pitchers on display.
There are so many things to love in this kitchen – from the chevron tiles used as backsplash and chalkboard wall, to the painted cabinets and perforated metal pegboard. According to Gail, they painted the existing cabinets to save costs.
Function is important in this kitchen – recipes and grocery lists can be written on the chalkboard wall while the pegboard comes in handy for keeping often-used essentials within reach.
Gail suggests working with different patterns for the tile layout when sprucing up the kitchen to make it interesting. In this cooking area, the chevron pattern added a sleek and sophisticated vibe.
We often see a glossy finish for cabinets and opting for a glossy closet helped create a classy feel. “There was a column on the right side by the headboard. We decided to follow its depth to make the entire wall flushed and used as space for storage,” explains Gail.
According to the designer, the bedframe has a wooden base with drawers for storage and an upholstered headboard with leather belts as a way of harking back to the bag inspiration. Since there’s no space for a side table, wall lamps with USB ports were installed on both sides of the bed.
Despite having a queen-sized bed in the room, Gail was able to add plenty of storage solutions in the private space. A chest of drawers stands at the foot of the bed while a coat hanger that doubles as décor is seen by the door. An arched full-length mirror is seen beside the closet.
Who wouldn’t look forward to another work day with a home office as sleek as this? “We chose warm tones and textures for the room such as leather and wood to make it feel masculine and fitting for a man’ office,” says the designer. The lounge chair on the right can be converted into a bed so the office can be used as a guest room when needed.
The office desk from Blims pairs well with the chair from Match Contract. Beside the desk is chalkboard wall where notes and reminders can be written.
To tie the look of the office with the rest of the unit, one wall was done in concrete finish. A shelf houses the owners’ book collection. Whenever they want to read, they can simply relax on the lounge chair or pouf. “I want to give them a comfortable space to lounge around in,” Gail shares.
The T&B follows the same color palette of the entire unit but with a pop of teal to brighten up the space. Gail chose square subway tiles to make it unique and more striking. “Laminated marine plywood was utilized for the storage as it’s durable,” she says. The gray tiles and oval mirror add to the appeal of the bathroom.
From the shower enclosure to the fixtures and accessories, Gail chosen items in black to make it cohesive. Aside from the storage cabinets above and beneath the sink, the designer also completed the T&B with a washing machine rack to accommodate the appliance. It can also work as storage for laundry.
Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Gail Miller through Instagram: @gailmiller_interiors. You can also email her at hello.gminteriors[at]gmail.com.
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