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A Playful Refinement for a Condo Unit

A homeowner achieves her dream lively space with occasional pops of color and well-chosen pieces

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Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Interior Designer: Tina Ilano and Niella Lim

Homeowner Lelet’s condominium unit near Araneta Center is a cozy, vibrantly colored treat to the senses, but it wasn’t like this years ago. Lelet tried decorating on her own but finally gave up and enlisted designers Tina Ilano and Niella Lim for help. Her simple request, “Gusto ko pag gumising ako, magigising ako.”

After two months, the result is what it is now: a witty and flirtatious space filled with fabulous finds and custom-made pieces, which is truly a representation of its owner. One of the more notable pieces is a Santo Niño fountain, a small water feature with a Santo Niño statue dressed in white and perched on one of the rocks. Lelet got this from her mom and dad’s collection of religious statues.

The flirtatious piece comes from a leatherette love seat for a sofa, laden with velvet and canvas throw pillows. Her red-orange curtains are made out of Taffy fabric. Her bed is covered with Egyptian cotton sheets, with a soft knitted throw hanging from the headboard. It may be an unusual place to live, especially when minimalism is the buzzword. But to Lelet, it’s simply a home.

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Original article by Coni Tejada. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

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Read the original article (“Home at Last”) in the July 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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