A Couple’s Four-Storey Industrial Home

A distinct New York feel defines this newlywed's dwelling

Original Article: Cecile Jusi-Baltasar Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: Jiselle Yu

This couple’s open-layout, industrial-style home is a prime example of how a variety of materials and ideas can work to come up with a dwelling that’s different yet laid-back and textural yet feminine.

All these and more were achieved with the help of interior designer Jiselle Yu, who happens to be no stranger to the concept. In fact, she just came from a trip to New York when she started working on this project. Set against mostly white walls and cement finish for the floors, the bricks, leather, wood, and metal elements cohesively come together for a masculine design that appeals to the owners. With seventy percent of the furniture custom-made by Direction, a furniture company, they were able to maximize every nook and cranny and achieve the exact look they wanted for several parts of this industrial haven.

The second level of the home is where the living and dining areas are, plus the kitchen, the area that was tweaked the most. Since the man of the house loves to cook, modifications were made to create one big area and to cater to how he cooks—from where the spices are placed, down to the kitchen appliances he needs.

On the third floor is the master bedroom, where a wall was put up to create space for a walk-in closet. The fourth level houses the guest bedroom, which mirrors the gender-neutral spaces of the house and the style sensibilities of the master bedroom. Plus, there’s a gym for the lady of the house, too. It's definitely a place the couple would want to come home to every single day.

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The foyer sets the stage for the couple’s favorites: first, the Papa Bear chair from Space Encounters, which happens to be the man of the house’s favorite piece, and the machuca tiles, his wife’s choice for the flooring.

Plant Wall

To add a revitalizing touch to the space, captivating plants are showcased by the foyer. The indoor wonder wall makes use of the available vertical space, while providing a break from the brick, wood, and metal used in the home.


The man of the house’s sneaker storage is also in the foyer. The storage, made by Direction, is comprised of four sliding panels in graduating sizes of wood and frosted glass. Jiselle had this fitted right underneath the stairs to make the most of the space.

Living Area

Having spent their honeymoon in Latin America, it’s no wonder that the living area is brimming with Aztec influences. “I love how each Aztec design can stand on its own, but when combined with others, it can become another design altogether,” says the lady of the house. Aside from the Chesterfield couch from Heima and the antique ceiling fan, a variety of Aztec elements, such as the coffee table runner, llama figurines from Peru and a feather from a blue-footed booby bird, fill the space.

Living and Dining Areas

Separating the living area from the dining area is a tall set of metal-and wood shelves inspired by a piece they saw on Pinterest.

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Dining Area

The dining area goes for a more Asian feel with custom-made dining chairs with solihiya backs made by Direction, droplights from Bali, and bamboo-inspired patterns for the wallpaper.

Dining Area

One side of the dining area is a brick wall to add texture in the dining area. This goes well with the dining table’s rough finish and the dinnerware from Crate & Barrel.


The custom-made cabinets and shelves from Direction were paired with overhead cabinets fitted with glass doors. Spacious and streamlined—it's perfect for prepping meals.

Lounge Area

Located in one corner of the third floor, this area is the place where the lady of the house usually likes to spend some me-time. This is also where several family mementos and her shot glass collection are displayed.

Decor Detail

The bannister, which they discovered only after they moved in, goes well with the industrial look that the couple wanted.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is awash in dark blue fabrics and furnishings, yet the area still looks spacious and industrial. The couple made a special request to Jiselle—to leave space for travel souvenirs for their future trips.

Guest Room

The couple’s guest will definitely find this room comforting and easy on the eyes. Each wall features a particular design element—the headboard is set against a white brick wall, on one side is a wall spruced up with wooden details, and opposite it is a wall painted in bluish-gray. Most of the accessories came from H&M Home, West Elm, and Our Home.

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