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A 73sqm Airy and Spacious Condo Home

Nature-inspired details and tropical elements make this one-bedroom unit with balcony an ideal city haven

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Interior Designer: Christian Banayad

Since living in the city can be quite exhausting, many of us make it a point to create a home that’s not only relaxing but can be a special place where we can rest, recuperate, and spend some quiet time with friends and loved ones, too. Serving as a halfway home for a semi-retired couple who lives in Alabang, this 73sqm one-bedroom condo with balcony is a city dweller’s dream. It features a spacious layout and a welcoming feel that anyone would love to come home to.

According to interior designer Christian Banayad, he wanted to bring the outdoors into the home without actually creating a beach cottage-inspired space. He worked with hints of blue, yellow, and green as these worked well against the gray color of the city. The result is a high-rise sanctuary that’s light, open, and easy on the eyes.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Christian Banayad through e-mail at: xcn423[at]gmail.com or mobile number 0916-668-7385. You can also see some of his works on Instagram: @xteriors.

Living and Dining Areas

An open and bright dining area welcomes guests into the home. Since the unit has a balcony, the sliding glass doors that lead to it allow natural light to stream into the space. A view of the surrounding buildings can also be seen on the right side of the place upon entrance. A customized TV console features an angled left side to keep the unit from looking cramped. It has open shelves where the owners can display different accessories.

Dining Area

The dining area features a round dining table from Cadi, upholstered chairs from La Sedia, and an elegant lighting fixture from Mandaue Foam. It was completed with the intention of creating a space that's reminiscent of a hotel lobby. Choosing a round table helped the owners save on space as well.

To learn more about Cadi, follow them on Facebook. You can check out La Sedia pieces by visiting their Robinsons Magnolia branch.

Living Area

The curved design of the living area immediately catches one's attention. The recessed design was done to avoid a boxy look. Additional lighting was also added to highlight the space while the mirror helped open it up.

Living Area

To create a beach-inspired ambiance, framed prints that relate to the sea are displayed on the walls using spray-painted frames that feature colors within the unit's color scheme. Other pieces highlighted in this nook include the round rug from Showcase Carpets, sofa from Edia, throw pillows from Our Home, and the yellow chair and rattan ottoman from Mandaue Foam.

Dining and Kitchen Areas

High-gloss finish was chosen for the cabinets and shelves all throughout the home for a modern look.

Kitchen

The spacious kitchen highlights a U-shaped layout that allows the owners to move around freely when cooking and entertaining guests. Captivating Edison lamps from Decor serve as focal points in the space. These lighting fixtures also helped define the kitchen from the living area. To complete the look of the cooking area, shiny and circular patterns were chosen for the backsplash.

Bedroom

According to Christian, wallpaper helped create a cohesive look in the unit. Within the home are similar wallpapers in different colors. In the bedroom, the owners particularly loved the walls—even considering it as an art installation.

"There was an existing recess on the wall, about half of its length and the owners wanted it utilized. Instead of [installing] ledges, vertical pillars were done in progressively diminishing widths to create an illusion of a horizontal pattern. Recessed LED uplights were used-in between to serve as a nightlight of sorts," the designer explains.

Bedroom

The inviting bed was bought from Forty Winks while the wall clock that doubles as wall art is from Furniture Republic. Additional lights above the bed help set the mood in the bedroom and make it extra cozy.

Balcony

To make this outdoor nook more homey in contrast with the surrounding buildings and establishments, Christian added a faux turf and a simple setup featuring a bright yellow chair and a rattan ottoman. This can be the perfect corner where the owners can enjoy refreshments and even entertain friends.

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