A 190sqm Condo for a Newly Married Couple in Taguig

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino creates a newlywed nest with bright colors, eclectic patterns, and travel souvenirs

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

Homeowners Pat and Rina Santos wanted a modern contemporary condo with a cool New York feel. The couple also needed a space with personality—it had to be a playful yet polished home. In order to create a refined unit with quirky details, interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino complemented the plain walls with vibrant shades and interesting patterns.

The colorful furniture and printed pillows, rugs, and accessories make the space fit for a young couple. The place is completed with Pat and Rina's favorite travel mementos, including a print from Portugal, a hook from Japan, and a flower arrangement from Brazil.

Read the original article ("House Tales") in the December 2014 - January 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Foyer and Living Area

Living in a condo too? Think about putting up a shelf in between your front door and your living area. A foyer with a shelf will provide you with a sense of privacy. You can welcome guests and accept deliveries without exposing the rest of your space.


In the foyer, the white brick wall is adorned with a deer head, brass accents, and framed paintings, including a blue-and-orange painting from Pat's mother. 

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a streamlined L-shaped sofa, an ethnic floor lamp, and a rustic-industrial side table and coffee table. The sofa is topped with a throw and pillows in different shades and patterns. Beneath the sofa is a printed area rug that adds color and warmth to the space.

White Hand

After buying several items at a single stall, Rina received this white hand as a freebie.

Jonathan Adler Salt and Pepper Shakers

The coffee table is decorated with unusual pieces like these Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers used as figurines. Beside these is a vintage key from Alhambra, Spain.


Rina explains that they are still working on the kitchen. The basic space is completed with a pair of industrial-themed pendant lights over the breakfast nook. There is also a glass wall that can be used to write messages and recipes on.

Dining Area

In the dining area, the steel-and-glass chandelier hangs over the six-seater dining table. Just like most of the other tables in the home, the piece has a wooden top and metal legs. Combining these two elements can help create a warm yet modern feel in the space.

The dining chairs are also lined with brass studs. Behind the dining set up are industrial-themed plant stands that have been painted black for a modern look.


The couple is fortunate enough to have a small balcony where they can view the city skyline and enjoy each other's company.

Home Office

Just like the foyer and living area, the home office is furnished with striped furniture and printed pillows. The side table is adorned with a neon green table lamp and framed portraits.


Since Pat and Rina call each other "Bunny," their place is filled with rabbit decor, including this white one on one of the shelves.

Toy Car

This vintage toy car reminds the couple of "Herbie: Fully Loaded," the first movie that they watched together.

Home Office

This is Pat's side of the home office. The bright green chair is inspired by the palette of the colorful painting in the foyer.

Matryoshka-style Dolls

According to Pat, these matryoshka-style dolls on the shelf represent his side of the family. 

Kids' Bedroom

The kids' bedroom has been prepared for the couple's future children. The neutral yellow-and-gray color scheme could be perfect for a boy or a girl. The wall is covered with photos taken by Pat on their trips to Batanes, New York, Japan, Columbia, Barcelona, Portugal, Paris, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada, and Peru.


More of Pat's photos are put on display on the wall in the hallways. For a sophisticated look, keep your pictures in identical frames. 

Master Bedroom

Since the couple loves blue and white, these colors define the master bedroom. The pillows, sheets, and throw at the foot of the bed are all in blue and white patterns. Even the "24" print hanging above the bed is in blue and white.

According to the couple, 24 is an important number for them. It was the date of their wedding and Rina's expected date of deliveryshe is due to give birth sometime this year.


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