A 27sqm Pinterest-Worthy House in Cagayan Valley

A millennial businesswoman who loves DIY transformed the small space into a bright and picture-perfect home

Photography: Courtesy of Jamii Lasam

One of the lessons living through a pandemic taught us is that there’s no limit to the things we can achieve despite the challenges life throws at us. From picking up new hobbies and leveling up our DIY skills, to finding extra sources of income – we’ve all strived to find a silver lining during difficult times.

Jamii Lasam is one of the many who got affected when the pandemic started. “My businesses, photography, and events styling bookings were cancelled. I was so frustrated that I prayed for wisdom as to what business I can put up at this time,” she shares with Driven to rise above the uncertainty, Jamii decided to buy a house located in a subdivision in Cagayan that she can turn into a transient house where clients can hold photoshoots while following safety protocols.

“I name it Tiny Living’ because the floor area only measures 27sqm and the lot area is 80sqm. This new venture really made me happy,” Jamii says. In just one month, she was able to spruce up the small space – turning it into an airy, picture-perfect home. “From the utensils and colors used, to the furniture and small décor pieces – I love everything inside the home,” she muses.

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 Take a peek inside Tiny Living below:

Living Area

From the main door, guests will be welcomed by the simple yet inviting living area. Jamii furnished it with a tufted leather sofa in black then anchored the space with a patterned area rug. To break the monotony of the solid-colored seating piece, the wall behind it was painted in shades of grey.
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Dining Area

The dining area can accommodate up to four people. Jamii chose a wooden dining set with black metal legs to complement the rest of the pieces used in the unit. The gray door leads to the open area outside the house.


From the dining area, the cohesiveness of the home’s aesthetic can be appreciated. By going for neutral colors and wooden touches, you can create a serene vibe while making the space look bigger than in really is. A potted plan or two can help liven it up as well. 



The kitchen is compact yet functional, with enough storage space to avoid clutter. Some of the striking features of the cooking area are the wallpaper used on the wall and the hanging décor piece. “I purchased the furniture and décor pieces from Japan Surplus, Shopee, and Unitop, to name a few. I love affordable yet elegant things,” says the owner.



The bed is the most important furniture in the bedroom and to make this sleeping space unique, Jamii put her DIY skills to the test by creating a palette bed frame. To complete the sleeping area, she paired it with a mattress and soft furnishings in neutral colors. Adding to the calm vibe of the bedroom is the natural light streaming through the big window.


Who says you can’t have an indoor golf course in the bedroom? This is one of Jamii’s favorite features in Tiny Living as it’s not only unique, it gives guests something to enjoy during their stay, too.


The bathroom is simple with feminine touches – as seen on the walls and chosen décor. To level up the basic fixtures, Jamii chose to have patterned walls, an ornate mirror that doubles as wall accent, and chic décor pieces.


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