A 47sqm One Bedroom Condo With A View

With its open layout and curved floor-to-ceiling windows, this unit lets you enjoy the city without leaving the comforts of home

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Architect: Ian Palad Interior Designer: Denise Guieb-Palad

Given the owner’s plans of having this investment unit rented, architect Ian Palad and interior designer Denise Guieb-Palad of Project 1212, Inc. drew inspiration from boutique hotels to achieve an inviting space that would appeal to many. And true enough, it’s hard not to feel instantly at home the moment you step inside. The living and dining areas are bathed in natural light, contemporary furnishings complete the home, and a play of light and bold colors can be seen.

With its angled floor plan and curved windows, choosing pieces that would fit in the different areas proved to be a challenge. However, with the right mix of colors, a few small space tricks, and clever solutions, the design duo was able to finish the project with flying colors. The result is not only stylish and functional, it has become a cozy haven with a view of the hustle and bustle of the city, too.

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A trio of wire baskets from Our Home serve as wall accents in the foyer. Purple paint highlights the tall mirror while the shoe cabinet was added to keep the corner functional.


A few steps from the door is the compact kitchen made more interesting with brown mosaic tiles. To maximize the available space and keep the counter free from clutter, a niche was added within the cabinets to accommodate the microwave. A shelf was also installed above the refrigerator to serve as extra storage.

Dining Area

To save on floor space, a round glass table with modern legs from Play & Display takes up a corner of the open layout. Completing the set are the leatherette chairs from SM Home and the industrial pendant lamp from a store in Ortigas Home Depot.

Living Area

To break the monotony of neutral colors in the living area, a deep purple sectional sofa from SM Home acts as the focal point. It is complemented by the glass nesting tables from MC Home Depot, The Fort, a gooseneck lamp from A&S, and the geometric rug from Our Home.

The nesting tables can work as a side table and a coffee table.

Living Area

The hints of pastel seen on the rug work well with the dark hardwood floors and light gray and white walls. The focal wall that houses the TV, entertainment must-haves, and a few decor features a light wood and steel finish.

Living Area

The wall-mounted shelf is filled with various knickknacks and decor to personalize the space.

Living Area

The addition of a vase of blooms gives the space a refreshing feel. Meanwhile, the light fabric curtains let in natural light without making the space feel dark and cramped. According to Denise, they had to work with a few DIY hacks to add the curtains since it's hard to find materials that are perfect for the curved/angled shape of the unit.


To make it extra cozy and set the ambiance in the space, general and mood lighting were paired with shades of gray and other relaxing colors. Completing the queen size bed from SM Home, are crisp white sheets and fluffy pillows featuring a mix of white and dark-colored pillow covers. Meanwhile, to help the occupants keep clutter at bay, custom-made bedside tables by Project 1212, Inc. were added as well.


To keep the walls from being too plain, a mirror frames an art piece with white background. A low wall was added behind the bed to enable the design team to install cove lighting. Completing the hotel-like feel in the bedroom are the outlets added on top of the bedside tables for convenience and the cozy reading nook by the window.


The en suite bathroom is tight and compact but it's kept functional with minimal decor. Abstract art pieces in white frames from Our Home add life and color to the space. Meanwhile, to make the T&B look bigger, a mirror extending to the ceiling was installed then further accentuated with cove lighting.

Since the existing tiles are a bit dark with matte finish, the design duo had to change the warm white pin lights with cool white LED bulbs to brighten up the space.


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