A 29sqm One-Bedroom Condo That Will Transport You to the Beach

Shades of blue, pops of yellow, and locally made furniture helped transform this once-plain space into a bright and calming sanctuary

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Styling: Julienne Cruz

There are different things one can do in two weeks—finish deadlines, take a social media sabbatical, explore a new country, or even take a quick trip to the beach or any local destination. But can you transform a condo unit into a resort-like hideaway given the same time frame? Some may have misgivings and others would squirm just at the mere thought of doing all the sourcing, shopping, and actual work in such a short period of time.

For The Style Hobbyist Julienne Cruz, the idea of breathing new life into an ordinary fitted and furnished condo unit came as fun and challenging—especially since she’s working on her sister’s investment property. Given the two-week makeover period, the tight budget, and the close coordination with her sister who’s based in the UK through Viber—the place was truly a labor of love. Beyond the airy and welcoming feel of the space, it also pays homage to the craftsmanship of our local furniture makers as most of the wooden pieces were purchased from sash factories located along the Tagaytay-Silang road. Inspired by the unparalleled beauty of El Nido, Palawan—the home is everything that Julienne and her sister wanted it to be—cozy, relaxing, and renter-friendly.

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Living Area

The compact living area welcomes guests into the unit. To create an illusion of space and to make use of the excess paint, Julienne decided to have a striped accent wall. The main colors used for the space were Davies Aqua Crystal (lighter shade) and Ocean Cruise (darker hue).

According to Julienne, the gray sofa bed is the most expensive piece in the unit. For most small spaces, having a sofa bed comes in handy—especially if you love having friends over. The pillows are from H&M Home and SM Home while the coffee table and multi-tier shelf are finds from sash factories.

Living Area

Like in many condo units, it's important to have multiple storage and display options. This locally made shelf is the best place to showcase decor, knickknacks, and other accessories that best describe the owner of the unit.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

Given the limited floor space, the dining, kitchen, and living areas occupy almost half of the entire unit. One can easily notice the yellow steel chairs and the printed tablecloth. Yellow is a recurring hue in the space to mirror the accent piece in the bedroom.

To further save on space, the entertainment system was placed on a wall-mounted shelf.


The kitchen maybe small but it's made charming with the glass mosaic tiles used for the backsplash.


Aside from complementing the colors on the walls and the overall feel of the space, the glass mosaic tiles are also reminiscent of fish scales—making it perfect for the unit. Since the wall is made of gypsum board, the tiles were installed using epoxy and grout.


The bedroom is the best spot in the home—with its wooden pieces, comfy bed, and striking blue wall. Since the owners plan to rent it out on Airbnb, they invested in crisp white hotel quality sheets. Sheer white curtains help separate the sleeping space from the rest of the home—giving the occupant some privacy.


One would instantly be captivated by the louver doors turned into a headboard. It's a special DIY project that Julienne worked on using pieces bought from home depots. She painted them white to blend with the theme, but as an alternative she suggests sanding them down for a more rustic and shabby chic vibe. The pillows on the bed were bought from H&M Home and SM Home.


The bedside table is made of mahogany wood that's sanded down to reveal a lighter, matte finish. Julienne specifically wanted a consistent look for all wooden pieces in the unit to keep it cohesive. Aside from adding a woven basket as storage underneath, the table also holds various decor pieces in colors that keep within the theme. To personalize the corner, Julienne displayed photos of her sister using an open picture frame with twine and mini clothespins.


Any bookworm would love the beige canvas accent chair with printed post stamps in one corner of the bedroom. It can serve as a reading nook where the owner can read a book before going to bed. Since it's by the window, she can also appreciate the sunlight streaming into the space. The letters used to spell out "Beachy" are from Papemelroti.


One of the challenges that Julienne faced in decorating the unit was incorporating the Sunflowers by Van Gogh print that her sister shipped all the way from the National Gallery in London. "It was quite a challenge because you don't normally correlate sunflowers with the beach," she says. The solution? She used hints of yellow as accent color all over the unit—hence the yellow accessories and steel chairs in the dining area.

The three-tier shelf was purchased from a sash factory along the Tagaytay-Silang road.


When Julienne spotted this white distressed dresser as part of Papemelroti's window display, she knew that it would look perfect in the unit. True enough, it looks lovely in the bedroom—complementing the wooden pieces and blue walls. Various shells and sea-inspired knickknacks were attached on the table to keep it interesting.


The bathroom is kept simple and functional—with a few pieces that go well with the theme. Aside from the quirky decor on the shelf above the watercloset, one would immediately notice the shower curtain with monochrome coconut tree print. A gray bath mat from H&M Home completes the area.


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