A Mix of Styles In A Two-Bedroom Condo Unit

A husband-and-wife tandem of design professionals took into consideration each other's preferences to complete this family home

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Michael Angelo Chua Styling: Tala Singson and Trisia Tolentino

When you’re newly married, have just settled into a one-bedroom condo unit (with a complete set of customized furniture to fit the space), and get great news along the way that you’re going to be parents soon, moving out seems like a terrible idea, what with the packing, hauling, and getting the new unit ready before the baby arrives. But interior designer Catherine Cena-Yambao and landscape architect husband Erick did just that.

The designer couple were worried about not having enough space for their soon-to-be family of three, so they preferred a two-bedroom unit, which was fortunately available a few floors down in the same building. Luck seemed to have been on their side because their new space came with two arched floor-to-ceiling windows—only one of the two units in the entire building to have such. The good news? They didn’t have to worry about their customized furniture set because the pieces fit perfectly in their new space, too! “Sakto sila. Amazing!” says Catherine who designed the pieces herself.

“Our home’s look is a mix of mid-century and modern. It’s also a bit contemporary, since that’s my style. We’re both designers so it’s a merging of both our styles. You’ll see a touch of our personalities all over the house,” Catherine shares. The said styles are hard to miss upon entering the house.

The dining area is what welcomes the guests near the door, which is just right as the couple likes throwing dinner parties once in a while. A few steps in and one of the arched windows comes into sight in the living area. Behind the TV set in the living area is the master bedroom where the other floor-to-ceiling window sits. It is adjacent to their daughter Zoey’s playroom and the kitchen, with two bathrooms and a study nook serving as the divider.

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Living Area

The two arched floor-to-ceiling windows in their two-bedroom unit made it easy for Catherine and Erick to decide to move out of their previous space.

Living Area

Catherine and Erick don’t have an office so they get their work done at home—in the living room to be exact, especially for Catherine since she finds it relaxing. “We’re here a lot. It’s where Zoey plays also—it’s like her safe zone,” she says.

Living Area

Catherine’s favorite color is blue, which is evident in the color scheme of the living area. It works well with her chosen wall color, too. “I already liked this series from Wallcrown. It’s taupe with a suble texture,” Catherine describes.

Living Area

Taking center stage in the living area’s wall is the rug, which the couple found at S&R. “You find these gems in the most unlikely places,” says the interior designer.

Living Area

Since they are renting the unit, Catherine and Erick found it challenging to hang stuff and drill holes, saying “if we put permanent things, you’d better be prepared to leave them.” In this part of the home, wall accents complement the homeowners' appliances and gadgets.

Dining Area

The four-seater round table makes a great setting for intimate gatherings.

Dining Area

A blue bookshelf sits in the dining area and above it are black and white portraits of the members of the family.

Storage Room

The door leading to the storage room can be found near the kitchen and the playroom.


Chalk art is one of the concepts that the couple loves playing around with. Their daughter Zoey’s room has an entire wall dedicated to it and a few chalkboard pieces were used as decor in different parts of the home, too.


Black, white, and shades of gray aren’t common colors used in playrooms, but Catherine and Erick worked with it so the rest of the things in the room would pop out. The chosen wallpaper mimics the feel of the woods—giving the space an extra whimsical appeal.


One side of Zoey’s playroom has elements of an outdoor tea time, while the other side features this tepee from Pottly N Tubby (@pottlyntubby).


Zoey’s colorful spelled-out name in one corner of her room stands out against the all-white cabinets and walls.


“You know how kids’ toys are always brightly colored? We try to choose the opposite!” says Catherine of their choice on the neutral theme. Even the artwork in Zoey’s playroom has minimal colors, too.

Study/Vanity Area

The dedicated space for work in between the master bedroom and the kitchen doubles as a vanity area, too.

Master Bedroom

Unlike the living area’s colors that play around different shades of blue, the master bedroom is done in white with occasional grays and patterns to add color. 

Master Bedroom

Aside from this wall with framed photos and artwork, there is hardly décor in the room seeing as the natural light alone is enough to make the space breathtaking.

Master Bedroom

The arched window in the master bedroom not only allows an abundance of natural light to stream into the space, it doubles as a headboard, too.

Master Bedroom

The customized cabinets and drawers make great beautiful and functional additions to the master bedroom.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Catherine Cena-Yambao through her Instagram account—@catherinecena. You can also e-mail her at design[at] To see more of her projects, visit her website.

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