A Cozy Vacation Home in the City

Handpicked furniture and lovely accessories make this 70sqm condo unit unique and personal

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Pictorial Direction: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Anla Li-Tan

One would think that after years of working in hotels, the owners of this condo unit in Bonifacio Global City will settle for a hotel-like look to make it feel like home. However, once you enter the space, it’s easy to notice that they chose a different path in terms of overall aesthetic. The two-bedroom home is cozy and charming—with well-thought-out pieces that complete the look. “They wanted to make it homey and infuse the place with their personal taste and preferences in terms of décor and furnishings,” says interior designer Anla Li-Tan.

Currently based in Jakarta, the couple invested in the unit with plans of using it as a vacation home whenever they’re in the Philippines. The original plan was to create a modern, fully customized space, but to stay within the timeline, Anla and the owners agreed to purchase the furnishings instead. This decision didn’t stop them from achieving a classy and contemporary home the owners would love to come home to. “When we started this project, we were expecting an eight-week turnaround time, but because of the details and personal attention [we gave], it took is twice the time as planned,” says the lady of the house. After months of painstakingly choosing the pieces and accessories for each area, the couple is more than happy to finally settle in. “It is home after all, so every extra day is worth the work,” she adds.

Living Area

To make the unit truly theirs, the owners put a lot of thought into the sourcing, purchasing, and installation of the pieces. The living area showcases the use of browns and beiges as seen in the drapes, seating pieces, and storage units.

The use of sheer and heavy curtains allows the owners to maintain the cozy vibe of the unit, while letting in plenty of natural light.

Living Area

The sofa is inviting—with fluffy pillows and a throw used as accents. Minimal decor can be seen as the wall already has a captivating installation to spruce it up, while the center and side tables have marble tops. Keeping it simple and clean can further highlight the material.

Living Area

Aside from the two-dimensional and two-toned lighting fixture (not seen in photo), a sleek table lamp provides extra light when needed.

Living Area

An iron metal sculpture of climbing men livens up the wall in the living area. It's a captivating work of art that makes for an interesting conversation starter.

Find a similar work of art at Global Views Manila, Unit 2F5, Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Living Area

Books, magazines, and other accessories are neatly displayed on the wooden shelf by the window. Potted plants and flowers in small vases serve as refreshing accent pieces.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

The living, kitchen, and dining areas are interconnected and can be accessed with ease. Since the space is quite compact, Anla and the owners had to choose the furniture and materials wisely. "We opted to minimize the built-in furniture and we heavily invested in choosing the right furniture and accents for the unit," shares the lady of the house.

Even though the kitchen and dining areas are close to each other, the layout doesn't look cramped at all.


To keep the kitchen from looking too small and to open up the space, the finishing of the cabinets was changed to aluminum and frosted glass. To match the cabinets, graphicote was chosen as backsplash—completing the clean, modern, and cohesive look of the cooking corner.

Since the owners paid attention to detail, they made sure that suppliers deliver quality pieces. "We tell the supplier up-front what is acceptable and what is not. If a wood panel needs to be replaced or the frosted glass has to be adjusted again, we don't mind as long as it gets finished properly. This project has truly taken a slowly but surely route," shares the lady of the house.

Looking for backsplash options? Check out Pacific Glass Corporation, Sheridan Street, Mandaluyong City.

Dining Area

To achieve contrast against the mostly boxy furniture pieces, a round dining table and a round lighting fixture were chosen for the dining area. These picks proved to be a good call as the table helped the owners save on space, keep the airy look, and ensure the proper flow of traffic from one area to the next.

Master Bedroom

Instead of having the bed frames, bedside tables, and dressers customized, the owners sourced for the right must-haves and purchased those that worked with the look they have in mind. To say that this bedroom is charming would be an understatement as it seems to invite you to take a well-deserved rest. Wooden blinds in walnut shade and sheer curtains let in natural light—adding to the cozy feel of the space.

Master Bedroom

The lovely four-poster bed from Philux serves as the focal point in the room. To further highlight its beautiful wooden finish and impressive form, crisp white sheets and neutral-colored decorative pillows were chosen. With a view of the Makati City skyline, the bedroom will remind you of an idyllic weekend escape.

Visit Philux Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive corner Estrella St., Makati City to see more pieces.

Master Bedroom

A trio of wooden side tables adds a distinct warmth to the bedroom. A blooming plant used as decor makes the space extra relaxing.

Second Bedroom

The second bedroom was given much thought, too. It features an upholstered headboard, matching table lamps, and hotel-like sheets for a rewarding slumber. Green serves as the accent color in the space—cleverly injected through pillows.

Ready for your own makeover? Click here to get in touch with interior designer Anla Li-Tan. You can also e-mail her at: anlali.tan[at] To see more of her projects, follow her on Instagram—@anlalidesigns.

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