A 53sqm Airbnb Home with Scandinavian Accents

Organic and modern touches come together in this bright and airy one-bedroom unit

Photography: Chira Dela Cruz

Nowadays, it has become easier to finalize vacation details and itineraries. Aside from depending on hotels and other accommodation options, a lot are exploring the possibilities of renting actual homes and condo units that provide the same comfort and almost the same amenities. While browsing through Airbnb, we stumbled upon this pretty house located in the heart of Makati. Since possible renters would love to come home to an inviting space that's perfect for a well-deserved break, owner Andrea envisioned a special place where guests can put their feet up and relax. “I wanted it to be open, light, and airy for my guests,” says Andrea.

With the help of contractor and interior decorator Gerry, she was able to achieve an organic look with just the right mix of natural and textured furnishings. She also added a couple of local furniture while still keeping within her budget. 


To maximize the space by the door, Andrea added a cabinet and functional decor. She also left a couple of books that guests can read and borrow during their stay.

When furnishing your home's entrance, prioritize function aside from aesthetics. Think of a way to make the most of the space. Aside from styling a vignette, allot a space for catchalls where you can leave house keys and other knickknacks. You can also have storage bins for shoes and other belongings.

Living Area

“When my broker referred this listing to me, I thought it was ugly, at first. But I saw its potential,” says Andrea. The owner adds that given the windows on opposite ends of the space, it is bathed in light and guests can admire the sunrise and sunset.

During the renovation period, she chose to highlight the windows and ceiling of the unit as these elements add to the openness of the space. The only store-bought piece in the living area is the red swivel lounge chair from Dimensione.

Living Area

To maximize floor space, Andrea chose a customized dusky blue daybed for the living area. To spice up the neutral walls, a wall art by a friend serves as accent.

When buying furniture for your space, make sure you consider the floor area and measure its dimensions before making any purchases.

To inquire about custom-made daybeds, contact contractor Gerry Gonzalez at (0916) 644-4305. 

Dining Area

“The dining table was a long conference table made from Narra! But I saw its potential, so I had the furniture maker cut it so that it can perfectly fit the space,” says Andrea. The benches were made from planks of Yakal wood from a store in Evangelista. She just had the legs added.

To separate the dining and living areas as well as to anchor the dining set, a Kilim rug was placed under the table. The owner bought it during a trip to Turkey.


The kitchen is the only area that was left almost untouched. Andrea kept the marble counters since it's a durable and high-quality material. To create a streamlined feel, she opted for wall-mounted open shelves that keep essentials within reach.


Since guests look forward to a good night's sleep after a day of exploring, Andrea chose a queen size platform bed with an orthopedic mattress. Printed wallpaper spruce up the blank wall behind the bed. Aside from wallpaper, you can also work with framed prints and artworks as accent pieces.

You can book this home via Airbnb! Click here to learn more.


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