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A Neo-French Provincial Townhouse in San Juan

Country-inspired elements and refurbished modern pieces come together in this uniquely shaped abode

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Photography: Dakila Angeles Interior Designer: Mike Suqui

An irregularly shaped townhouse is always a challenge to renovate, but when a designer understands the needs, preferences, habits, and lifestyle of his client, doing so would be a breeze. This is exactly what interior designer Mike Suqui set out to do when his clients asked him to fix up their four-storey, 200sqm townhouse. “My challenge here was planning the space,” Mike shares. “We needed to address some issues regarding door location and walls, since my client wanted plenty of open spaces, despite the unit’s irregular shape.”

The project involved tearing down walls and relocating doors, creating hallways, plus lots of hidden storage, in order to accommodate the belongings of this family of four. Mike also went for a neo-French provincial look—incorporating elements of a country-inspired space into a decidedly contemporary setting. “I would say I specialize in translating an old style into a more transitional, contemporary look,” he says. This shows in the choice of light fixtures, like the dainty chandelier in the dining area and one of the girls' bedrooms.

A faux brick wall was used as an accent in the living area, which also serves as a TV room. The “brick” is actually made of cement, which were simply formed and finished to look like rustic brick painted white. Floating shelves display other countryside elements like framed leaves and butterflies. Curtains were used to soften the stiffness from all the straight lines, while a huge sectional sofa provides space for every member of the family.

While townhouses offer plenty of vertical space, this particular unit is able to maximize the horizontal (albeit asymmetrical) space on each floor into functional but still visually aesthetic areas. 

Dining Area

To separate the dining area from the kitchen, clear definition of the space is provided by the recessed ceiling, which in turn mimics the circular shape of the dining table.

Bright aqua-blue seat cushions lend a pop of color to an otherwise immaculately white space.

Kitchen

The kitchen is clean and clutter-free. White cabinets and shelves work well for the efficient space.

Kitchen Detail

A magnetic pantry closet door also serves as reminders central for the family in the kitchen. 

Living Area

A cool color palette made of soft greens, blush, and white are made warmer with wooden tones

Living Area

Sealing off the living room from the rest of the space is the sectional sofa and a console, which may also be used as a display for photo frames.

Living Area Detail

An accent wall is actually made from cement manually shaped and painted white to look like brick—a common element in many country-inspired homes.

Wall Accent

Metallic wall art in circular forms counter all the straight lines from the stair railing, furniture, walls, and ceiling. 

Powder Room

A narrow powder room gets a little traditional elegance via beveled mirrors and wall sconces with delicate lamphades. 

Master Bedroom

Florals and botanicals are another French-provincial component used to adorn the walls of the master bedroom. Extra storage space hides behind cabinets using tongue-and-groove door profiles.

Master Bedroom

A hallway was created when the door of this bedroom was relocated. Closets behind the hallway serve as the master’s bedroom’s hidden walk-in.

Daughter's Bedroom

This little girl’s bedroom receives a princess-y touch with a charming wall accent and pink chandelier.

Daughter's Bedroom

Laying a gauzy canopy over a four-poster bed provides a little privacy for its occupant. Partner contemporary built-ins (like the floating shelves and vanity table) with a refurbished chair with a vintage-inspired form.

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