A Bachelor Pad turned into a Family Home

Fresh coats of paint and new furniture pieces transform a 140sqm condo unit

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Dagny Madamba

Giving your home a makeover can be as easy as making a few changes. Nobody knows this better than Jardine and Gen Gerodias who prove that repainting walls and replacing furniture can be just as effective as a complete renovation. Together, the couple changed Jardine's bachelor pad into a home fit for a small family.

Red, green and blue walls were painted over with white to give the condo a more mature and put-together feel. Gen explains that they originally chose a white and brown color scheme but they soon found it too dull. To enliven the space, they chose surprising pops of color, such as a reupholstered purple sofa and a red table in the living room, colorful pillows against a cushy camel couch in the den, a custom-made sky blue frame surrounding a large flat-screen TV, a bright-hued, contemporary painting in the dining area, and a customized bookshelf in primary colors that Jardine designed himself. "Since both of us are fans of pop culture, he patterned it after Tetris. You can actually interchange it," explains Gen.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez-Angluben. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Read the original article ("Along Came Gen") in the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The dark blue walls of the den were repainted white for a clean, streamlined look. The French-style sliding doors were also replaced with a sleeker, more modern version.

Den Detail

Jardine and Gen also chose a few new pieces, like throw pillows with fun patterns and textures.

TV in the Den

For a unique look, the flat-screen TV is highlighted with a blue frame that has an intricate pattern.

Womb Chair

In the den, the reproduction Womb Chair is made even more inviting with a furry throw pillow.

Den Detail

To spruce up the space even more without making any major changes, Jardine and Gen tried window and wall decals or stickers.


One of the walls in the hallway is livened up with floral wall stickers.


A black chandelier wall sticker is used to liven up a plain and boring white wall. Flush against the wall is a table topped with framed photos, accessories, and a digital alarm clock.

Dining Area

Simple decorating tricks create a whole new feel in the dining area. Hanging on one wall is a quirky and colorful painting bought from a 19-year-old artist at the Art in the Park held at Salcedo Park. Below it is a custom-made console table spruced up with ceramic drawer knobs from an Amsterdam flea market.

Dining Area

The yellow filing cabinet in the dining area is decorated with quirky pieces like a pink toy robot and a zombie figure.

Table Accessory

For a whimsical and playful touch, a small girl and horse figurine rests on one of the tables.


The kitchen is adorned with a black and white photograph of an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square in New York City. Taken by U.S. Navy photo journalist Victor Jorgensen, the picture is a welcome addition to the home of Gardine and Jen.

Kyle's Bedroom

In their son Kyle's bedroom, old Pantranco bus seats were reupholstered with new fabric for a cool vintage look.

Kyle's Bedroom Corner

Kyle's study area becomes unique with a framed print by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is kept simple and uncluttered with just a few key pieces to make the space comfortable. Hanging above the bed for two is a framed black and white photograph.

Master Bedroom Corner

Across the bed is a reading corner furnished with a cream-colored armchair and topped with a Chevron print throw pillow.


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