A Chic Minimalist 47sqm Condo Unit
One of our readers transformed this one-bedroom home into an Instagrammable haven filled with space-saving details and monochromatic colors
After graduating from college, Roselle made a wise decision—she purchased her own condo unit and slowly transformed it into a minimalist space that’s cozy and inviting. “I told myself that this investment would serve as a push [and as a] reminder to always strive for the best and to always work hard. This home is pretty sentimental to me in the sense that it’s my reward for all the hard work and discipline I’ve put into these past years. It’s not just an investment, this is now my home,” she shares.
The 47sqm, one-bedroom unit is a must-see. With the help of her friend and business partner, design consultant Charlene Falcis, Roselle’s vision for the unit materialized. It showcases modern Scandinavian elements, brick walls, lovely bleached pine wood, space-saving details, and a monochromatic palette. Aside from completing it with furniture pieces carefully sourced here and abroad, the young homeowner also used Pinterest, her travels, and the shows she loves to watch as sources of inspiration. The bonus? Roselle and her friends aren’t the only ones impressed with the unit’s final look. Her furry housemate loves roaming around the place, too.
The living area is a study in monochrome—with touches of black, white, and gray dominating the space. A similar palette extends to the kitchen and dining areas, with accents in bleached pine wood adding warmth. From this angle, guests can admire the Scandinavian influences showcased in the cooking area. The addition of two stools instantly transforms the counter into a dining nook. Meanwhile, Roselle’s fluffy furry friend lounges on the dark gray Chesterfield sofa, the focal piece in the living area.
The stackable center table was purchased from HAY and features her Kaleido trays from the same store, wooden dog miniatures, and a collection of home design books.
Find HAY products at Design Story, 3rd Floor, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Follow @designstoryph on Instagram.
One of the non-negotiables in the space, the gray Chesterfield sofa is a customized piece that can accommodate two people. “Its design is the perfect epitome of luxury, class, and style, making it a timeless accent in my home,” shares Roselle. The owner chose a dark gray piece as it complements the gray rustic laminated wood planks used for the flooring. It also pops out against the white brick wall.
To cozy up the nook, Roselle added a throw and a pair of pillows.
Find a similar sofa at Dhalton Home, G/L The Magnolia Residences, N. Domingo Street, New Manila, Quezon City.
Since Roselle is a dog lover, her love for furry textures is evident in the unit. This can also be seen in her chosen accessories and décor.
A potted plant livens up a corner of the living area, making it extra inviting and refreshing. Most of the seating pieces have dark finishes to complement the sofa and the walls.
Homeowner Tip: Don’t be afraid to stick to a monochrome palette. “It may sound restrictive, but it gives you the flexibility to work on a lot of textures, patterns, and arrangements that easily fit together,” Roselle shares.
Another must-see piece in the living area is the customized TV console with a display compartment for Roselle’s camera and lens collection. To conceal the wires of gadgets and appliances, the cabinets underneath have special holes where these can conveniently pass through.
The display compartment takes inspiration from the Leica showrooms. Roselle’s prized possessions are placed on top of a cloth to protect it from dust.
Kitchen and Dining Areas
It’s a treat to simply look at the kitchen and dining areas. Aside from the touches of wood, there’s a cozy dining nook and enough space to accommodate different tasks. Set against the brick wall is a dining table made of reclaimed wood that can seat four people comfortably.
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“The kitchen’s design is rooted in my love for cooking, entertaining, and food photography,” shares the owner. Not only is it IG-worthy, it’s organized and functional, too. Only a few essentials are on display and the backsplash features tiles in pale neutral colors. To keep the space efficient and clean, there are enough cabinets to keep Roselle’s collection of kitchen items and appliances in place.
One of the kitchen’s features is the spring-coil pull-down sprayer kitchen faucet in an aged-bronze finish. The bronze pairs well with the area’s wooden touches and gives the space a country-inspired charm.
Find quality kitchen fixtures at the Sanitec Main Showroom, 236, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Barangay Don Manuel, Quezon City.
The quirky chalkboard wall helps Roselle keep track of her pantry staples and supplies. Aside from serving as a perfect food photography background, it’s also a conversation starter as it’s one of the firsts things guests see when they step into the unit. Below the AC unit, Roselle scribbled one of her favorite food-related quotes—“Is Butter A Carb?” from the hit movie, Mean Girls.
Roselle’s friend and design consultant suggested to divide the original cut of the bedroom into two to maximize the space. The sleeping area features a double size bed from Pottery Barn Kids. It completes the rustic feel the owner is going for.
To match the bed made from solid oak wood in gray tone, Roselle painted the wall-mounted wooden ledge that serves as her vanity area in gray and chose a nightstand with the same finish to spruce up the other side.
Above the ledge is a round mirror from HAY. “I love being right next to my window when I do my makeup routine,” she shares. Since it matches the color of the walls, the mirror seems to be floating. Opting for a wall-mounted ledge for a vanity area is a wise decision for the homeowner as it maximizes vertical space, while keeping the look from being cramped.
Homeowner Tip: Consider going minimalist. According to Roselle, it’s easier to maintain order with less stuff. “Minimalism echoes slow living—it helps us simplify our lives and reclaim our time for what we value the most and what truly gives us joy and meaning,” she adds.
By the door is a wall-mounted three-tier ladder style desk that functions as Roselle’s work area. Just like the other parts of the unit, it is sparsely decorated with only the essentials and a few accessories. “The big clock on the topmost shelf is my direct line of sight when I wake up so it keeps me on time too,” she shares.
Another DIY project by her boyfriend (aside from the chalkboard wall), the metal grid photo wall allows Roselle to showcase her love for photography. “The idea came about when I realized I wasn’t willing to spend a five-digit peso budget for frames. My boyfriend bought the grid from a local hardware store for just around P600, he painted it in matte black, then mounted it to the wall—all by himself,” she shares. Roselle used wooden clothespins to put her monochromatic pictures and motivational artwork on display.
Find a similar grid wall panel at Wilcon Depot.
Since the room was divided, a sliding barn door separates the sleeping area from the walk-in closet. Apart from serving as a divider, a mirror was also installed on one side of the door to help the owner get ready before leaving the house. Completing the country-meets-rustic look is the cast iron hook latch lock.
Inside the built-in closet is a black hanging rail for Roselle’s curated wardrobe. To further add warmth to the space, she also added a sheepskin rug on the floor.
Find barn doors and other vintage-inspired hardware at Vintage Hardware Manila. You can follow them on Instagram—@vintagehardwaremanila for more details.
Roselle’s favorite part of the unit (next to the kitchen!), the bathroom features a curved, vintage-inspired shower enclosure that matches the aged bronze fixtures chosen for the space. The T&B also has white and gray-cement tiles to create a clean, modern feel that follows the unit’s overall theme.
Beside the shower area is a two-tier black and white stackable designer table from HAY (it’s similar to the one seen in the living area). It keeps the owner’s toiletries and towels organized.
The bronze bathroom fixtures pairs well with the white pieces in the bathroom.
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