A 120sqm Zen-Inspired Condo Unit

Fine simple lines accentuate the calming feel of this cozy home

Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon Architect: Glenn Malig and Ria Garcia-Malig of Gamaconstruct

Entrepreneur couple Jibby and Char Tinio was able to transform their bare 120sqm condo unit into a picturesque Zen home with the help of architects Glenn Malig and Ria Garcia-Malig of Gamaconstruct. Inspired by hotel rooms, chic restaurants, and relaxing spas, the couple took their time in deciding the color scheme and furniture for their abode. Soon after, their collaboration with the architects resulted in a home complete with a relaxing master bedroom, an entertainment room, and a nursery.

A neutral color palette was finally used as it doesn’t overwhelm the senses and it gives the home a fresher and spacious look. The only standout is the use of captivating terracotta orange in the balcony. Most of the furniture pieces were bought from different stores, although some were custom-fit by Mach Molina and Bambi Cuna of Norli Construction. Accessories and décor are found all over the unit. These are simple items that can be easily amped up, dressed down or mixed up depending on the mood of the owners – such as the plain tall vase that may be filled with rocks during the summer or Christmas balls in time for the holiday season or flowers during Valentine’s day. Halogen lights, Japanese-themed elements, wood, and clean lines all make for a peaceful and comfortable living space.

Original article by Charmaine S. Baylon. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article ("Zen Perfect") in the August 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details. 

Living Area A white couch against a white wall with rich colored accent throw pillows gives the area a clean and spacious look despite its small size. Cleanly organized décor, like the shelves above the couch, contribute to this illusion.
Living Area Detail Hanging shelves of wood, painted black, hold Zen symbols. The interplay of neutral color gives a balanced feel, with a burst of life from the green and yellow plant accents.
Living Area Detail Simple accessories like this clear, plain vase make it easier to change the theme of a room without a major overhaul. Adorn with fresh flowers in summer or gold and red Christmas balls during the holidays.
Living Area Detail Japanese-inspired elements abound in the living area, which opens to a balcony painted in terracotta orange.
Living Area Detail A harmonious play of colors is seen from this fresh flower in a clear vase contrasted against the terracotta orange wall.
Living Area Detail A floor to ceiling Japanese lamp softens the space with its round shape.
Living Area Detail To add character to the space, a personalized vase with the owners' photo is seen in the living area.
Rustic Touch This classic ceiling lamp gives the space a warm glow.
Dining Area The dining area offers a view of the clean and crisp modern kitchen. Wooden pieces take center stage in the area.
Kitchen The kitchen is modern with a hint of industrial, with a sleek white, gray, and black palette. Notable are the space savers—upside down racks for wine glasses, hanging glass shelves, and a magnetic knife rack.
Kitchen Detail Steel bar stools offer an interesting play of lines against a black and white mosaic counter.
Kitchen Detail Industrial halogen lamps bathe the room in a soft, yellow glow.
Hallway The reddish orange wall add a pop of color to the space. Framed photographs and prints serve as wall accents.
Master Bedroom Inspired by a hotel feel, the master bedroom is a comfortable space decorated with a dark plush armchair, photo frame wall, a huge TV, and a stunning view of the vicinity.
Bedroom The bed is Japanese-inspired and made of wenge. The cabinets save space by having a mirror on the doors instead of a separate mirror in the bedroom.

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