A 97sqm Art-Inspired Two-Bedroom Condo Unit
With its airy atmosphere, happy vibe, and cheerful colors—this home has everything you need to stay cozy and live easily in the middle of a busy city
When designing a space, it’s quite common to use a place, a lucky thrift store find, or even a work of art as a peg in achieving a dream haven. Such was the case for this two-bedroom unit in Makati, as the owner specifically noted Spanish artist Joan Miró’s The Hunter (Catalan Landscape) as the inspiration for the look he wanted. With the 97sqm unit serving as a blank canvas, The Style Hobbyist Julienne Cruz slowly brought the painting to life with happy colors, locally made pieces, and upcycled must-haves. “It was like recreating a highly inspired artwork into another form of artwork that is livable,” she says.
As you enter the space, natural light welcomes you and lets you appreciate the common areas. Working with a Mid-century modern theme as base, Julienne took into consideration the painting’s colors and shapes, then translated these into the accents and furniture incorporated into the final look. Aside from its inviting bedrooms, charming kitchen, and a living area where you can hang out for hours, this well-thought-out haven also showcases an incomparable view of the city skyline—a fitting reward after a long day.
Since the owner wanted a home that's bright and maaliwalas, Julienne maximized the windows to let it plenty of natural light. She opted for white roller blinds, then had the walls repainted in semi-gloss paint to make it easier to clean and maintain.
The areas are clearly defined even with an open layout as each is defined by an area rug.
Joan Miró’s The Hunter (Catalan Landscape) features touches of yellow so it became the accent color in the unit. The yellow chair with steel legs from LRI Design Plaza adds a pop of color in the living area.
Notice the detail on the wall behind the TV? Julienne got creative with painter's tape and pre-mixed paint to liven up the plain spot with lines.
To achieve the perfect graphic line, the stylist finalized the angle by working with spare black ribbons. "This is an inexpensive way to create impact on your white wall. That's just a small can of paint, painter's tape, and a thin paint brush. It married well with the gallery wall on the left side and with the big slim LED TV," explains Julienne.
Julienne used Mid-century modern as a base theme for the furniture pieces in the space. Opting for lines and shapes not only stays true to the inspiration but gives the home a modern and youthful appeal, too. Lines and patterns are further showcased in the coffee table and pillows.
The coffee table and L-shaped sofa were purchased from Upcycle Manila.
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In some condo units, it's inevitable to find awkward beams and columns. One of the things Julienne saw as a challenge in the space is the oddly placed panel board near the entrance and living area. To remedy the situation, she created a gallery wall highlighting picture frames in different shapes and sizes that follow a similar color scheme. The stylist also searched for interesting images online then had these printed as part of the display.
Kitchen and Dining Areas
From the living area, the occupants and their guests can easily access the kitchen and dining areas. On the right is the kitchen island/breakfast nook. "I designed it on paper and had an architect create a render for the workers. I love how it looks," says Julienne.
To achieve a cohesive look, the designer used the same tiles for the backsplash and cladding of the breakfast nook. Julienne added stools to accommodate extra guests as well. It can also serve as a work area when needed.
The inexpensive lighting fixture that hangs above the island bar can hold up to 14 wine bottles. Completing the look are the hexagonal mirrors sprucing up the wall.
Who wouldn't love dining with a view of the city? The stylist's favorite spot in the home, the dining area highlights a wooden dining table from Upcycle Manila, an area rug with a typography print of the world's famous cities from SM Home, mismatched chairs from Dimensione, and the affordable Tom Dixon-inspired pendant lights from a store in Alabang.
The painting featured on the wall is a commissioned piece by a local artist who also works as a furniture store sales agent. The finished work of art was delivered after three days and Julienne loved how it turned out. It matches the unit's color scheme and the feel of the dining area as well.
A different kind of warmth emanates from the master bedroom. While sticking to the color scheme, the stylist also wanted to inject a touch of masculinity to the space, hence the choice of a bed frame with black faux leather upholstery paired with a faux cowhide rug.
To showcase a bit of yellow in the room, a corner wall and one leg of the work desk were painted in the said color. Black and gray graphic lines were again seen in the room to echo the ones used in the living area.
The TV console is also from Upcycle Manila.
Since the unit will be leased out, it's important to create a relaxing ambiance in the bedroom. Julienne chose a bed frame from Our Home then paired it with custom-made bedside tables. These tables were built higher than usual given the thick mattress.
"The unit owner also liked the idea of a hotel-like window treatment so I ordered drapes in white fabric with pleats," the stylist adds.
Framed pieces on both sides of the bed keep the wall from being too plain. Wine bottles were also recycled and turned into plant holders.
The owner of the unit considers the master bedroom as his favorite spot in the home and even refers to it as a "soul energizer." "The energy that the master bedroom creates is amazing! This room [exudes] confidence and allows you to focus on your inner self as you unplug from the turmoil of the outside world," he explains.
The custom-made work desk was designed by Julienne and executed by her trusted furniture maker. To make the corner extra efficient, she also brought in a chair from SM Home, a sleek white freestanding industrial lamp, a chalkboard for notes and photos, and hanging shelves with 3D wire decor.
RL Tip: Julienne chose a bulb from NXLed for the lamp. It changes color as you switch it on and off. "It has bright white, cool white, and warm white in just one bulb," she says.
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Simple, spacious, and functional—the master bathroom highlights a minimalist feel with only a framed artwork in black as decor and a graphic black and beige bathroom rug completing the look.
The guest bedroom is found on the left side of the unit. It features the same cozy feel and yellow accents seen in the master bedroom.
Instead of a solid yellow wall, Julienne opted to liven up the corner with argyle-inspired yellow, gray, and white graphic wall. Argyle refers to a pattern that's made of diamonds.
Another console from Upcycle Manila holds the lamp and can be used as storage. Above it is a small print of The Hunter (Catalan Landscape) by Joan Miró—the inspiration for the unit's look.
To create a sophisticated feel and to match with the wooden pieces in the space, Julienne chose a charcoal gray paint for the wall behind the bed.
In any home, storage must be given utmost importance. To make sure the occupant will have enough nooks for his or her belongings, the stylist chose a light gray bed frame with drawers on both sides. It can be used to store shoes, magazines, and other essentials.
A work desk was placed facing the window so guests can marvel at the view while working or reading. Instead of painting the legs yellow, Julienne opted to add an upholstered yellow stool for an extra color punch.
Just like the master bathroom, the second T&B is kept simple with a framed artwork and an area rug from SM Home.
What better way to maximize the balcony and an amazing view than with a lounge area? The occupants can relax on the chaise lounge while sipping coffee or enjoying cold drinks. Adding a refreshing vibe to the space are the triangular planters from Dimensione. Julienne used faux plants that do not require maintenance since the unit will be rented out.
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