A Beach-Inspired Look for a 54sqm Unit in Mandaluyong

Interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy turns a condo in the city into a charming cottage-like home

Photography: Marc Jao Styling: Therese Dehesa Interior Designer: Jean Suzanne Sy

Homeowners can find interior designers, architects, and design professionals by simply browsing the Real Living website! In fact, the owner of this 54sqm condo in Mandaluyong City actually found the portfolio of interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy on our design directory

Since the homeowner wanted to have a space that would remind her of the sea, Suzanne selected ocean-inspired shades like blue, brown, and white. She also chose natural pieces like wooden furniture, woven baskets, and faux plants made out of cloth

Living Area

The homeowner and Suzanne decided to retain most of the materials and finishings in this one-bedroom condo. However, since the standard flooring was too dark, they chose brand new ceramic tiles that look like bleached wood. The light-colored tiles complement the blue and white furniture and accessories.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a customized sofa that was built especially for this one-bedroom condo. The seat is spruced up with mismatched pillows and a knitted gray throw from John Lewis

Crate and Barrel Fish

Did you know that you can display table decor in different ways? These blue fish from Crate and Barrel were supposed to serve as paperweights but Suzanne decided to use these as wall decor! These fishes now spruce up the surface behind the blue sofa in the living area.

Window Ledge

Suzanne highlighted the wide windows and beautiful view of the Ortigas skyline with a customized window ledge. Since the window ledge has shelves and drawers, it can also be used to store the homeowner's belongings

Tabletop Decor

The window ledge is decorated with a framed quote, a cute ceramic rabbit, and three small plants from Smarty Plants PH

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with mismatched dining chairs: a long bench with tufted details and a pair of fully upholstered seats. Mismatched dining chairs made with the same fabrics and materials add a casual and relaxed feel to the space.

The wooden dining table with whitewashed legs is topped with mason jars from True Home by True Value and pink and blue plates from Crate and Barrel.

Dining Area

To make the small dining area appear bigger than it really is, you can consider putting up a faux window!

Just like Suzanne, you can hang up a wall mirror and wooden screens. These details open up the dining area by making it seem like it is connected to another room.

Brick Wall

The homeowner specifically requested for a white brick wall. To mimic the appearance of a brick wall, Suzanne asked the workers to put up thin white brick strips and paint the entire surface white

The wall-mounted shelves are adorned with assorted decor, including a mix of real and faux plants. In line with the color palette of the home, Suzanne also covered old hardbound books with plain blue, white, and green paper

Photo Wall

The plain white wall near the dining area is adorned with framed photos of places that the homeowner has already visited. The photo wall features Coron, Boracay, Ibiza, and even Paris


The homeowner was lucky enough to have a U-shaped kitchen in the small one-bedroom condo. To add warmth to the predominantly white space, Suzanne chose rustic printed tiles for the kitchen backsplash. She completed the space with interesting details like the woven baskets filled with faux plants and wooden shelves that can be used for air plants.

Master Bedroom

How can you reflect the same beach-style feel in the master bedroom? You can select materials and furniture in blue, brown, and white! For a nature-inspired appeal, you must also use wooden shelves and floors

Suzanne also put up a brick wall in the master bedroom! Leaning against it is a winged headboard and an inviting bed topped with blue and white pillows and bed sheets.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is completed with a blue-and-white world map wall art from Ikea. According to the interior designer, the homeowner purchased these pieces in Malaysia. 

The wall art is flanked by a wall mirror from John Lewis on one side and a blue screen door used as a wall accent on another

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is the only space that has a distinctly different style! Since the homeowner really wanted a bare concrete wall, Suzanne chose an industrial theme for this particular area. She also granted the homeowner's request for a bath tub.


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