A One-Bedroom Unit Transformed into a Two-Bedroom Home

The designers of this 45sqm condo in Manila created a functional space with an urban contemporary appeal that’s perfect for its young occupants

Photography: Hans Fausto Styling: Kamila Arianna Garcia Interior Designer: Ivan Enteria and Angelo Aguilar

It may seem impossible to squeeze in an extra bedroom in a 45sqm unit, but designer Ivan Enteria and interior designer Angelo Aguilar made it happen in this condo unit in Manila. Aside from allotting enough space for the living, dining, and kitchen areas, the duo also created two inviting bedrooms where the occupants can relax and study. “The vision was to convert the condo unit into a two-bedroom home with a functional living area. The owners wanted the look and feel of the unit to be similar to an executive hotel suite,” shares Ivan.

Since it’s a corner unit with a panoramic view of the majestic Manila Bay, the designers made sure that the windows will be maximized. Natural light fills the space and makes it more homey and charming. To avoid a cramped feel, Ivan and Angelo also used sliding glass doors. This design move proved beneficial as the unit looks bigger while defining the different rooms in the space. Most of the furniture pieces were bought from Furniture Source and Furniture Republic, while the décor and accessories are prized SM Home and Our Home finds. To stay within the project’s budget, the designers also sourced and purchased a few items in Soler Street, a well-known shopping spot in Binondo, Manila.

Living and Dining Areas

From the door, guests will instantly see the living and dining areas. The owners originally wanted to turn the unit into a rental, but chose to spruce it up as a special place for their kids instead since it’s conveniently located near the De La Salle University. To keep the unit from looking small, the design team worked with a sweet peach-like color on the walls. The furniture pieces are mostly in neutrals, while wooden accents add warmth.

The designers had to consider a few Feng shui beliefs in designing the unit. “One of the challenges was hiding the existing beams on the ceiling as it is believed to be bad Feng shui. We had to redesign the ceiling to conceal the beams as well as properly plan the location and placing of furniture,” share the two.

Storage Detail

Beside the door is a smart storage piece. From afar, it looks like a neat stack of envelopes. Each can be opened and used to store bills, documents, and other small knickknacks.

Find a similar piece at SM Home.

Living Area

Ivan and Angelo livened up the wall in the living area with an entertainment center that doubles as storage. They opted for an entertainment cabinet that also has open shelves to accommodate décor items and an extra drawer as storage for books, extra pillows, and other essentials.

Dining Area

The delightful dining area will remind you of a quaint corner in a restaurant. To complement the full height mirror used to create an illusion of space, Ivan and Angelo added wooden accents on both sides. Completing the space are chic teal blue chairs and an extendable dining table. This kind of table has been a staple in small homes, especially if the owners love having friends over.

Find similar pieces at Our Home.

Living Area

Aside from maximizing natural light, the designers also brought in lighting pieces with three lighting modes—giving the occupants freedom to adjust the lighting and set the mood in the space. By the window, near the living area, is the second bedroom that Ivan and Angelo were able to incorporate into the layout. “Instead of using solid partition, we used a sliding glass door so it will not block the natural light. It features frosted glass to give the occupant some privacy,” they share.

The living area highlights a convertible sofa bed to enable the owners to accommodate friends for sleepovers. A wooden nesting table adds a country charm to the space, too.

Find similar pieces at The Landmark, Makati City.

Master Bedroom

The unit’s original bedroom features a bed with drawers underneath. It can be used to store extra pillows and sheets. The bed also has a headboard ledge where the occupant can display photographs, a lamp, and other accessories.

Master Bedrom

“Our client wants a different look for the wardrobe cabinets, so we asked one of our contractors to customize the cabinets to be added in the bedrooms. We opted for colored glass panels with metal frames,” says Angelo. In the master bedroom, the cabinet is placed near the study area. The glass panels perfectly conceal the contents of the cabinet, maintaining a clutter-free look. Another teal blue chair completes the study nook in a corner.

Master Bedroom

Three jars filled with fairy lights add a whimsical vibe to the bedroom. These lights can be turned on at night for a country home-inspired feel.

Second Bedroom

The second bedroom is a bit smaller, but it’s still cozy, inviting, and functional. Similar to what’s placed in the master bedroom, the bed also has drawers underneath. Meanwhile, the combi blinds somehow filter the light coming in through the window, giving the room a warm glow.

RL Tip: You can have your blinds customized at ACE Hardware, SM Makati, East Drive corner Hotel Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Second Bedroom

A built-in study desk was incorporated into the final look, placed near the wardrobe cabinet with colored glass panels. The sliding door that leads to this bedroom can be opened to create a bigger living area when needed.

Second Bedroom

Instead of the usual side table, this bedroom features a round piece with compartments. It can be used to store books, gadgets, accessories, and other personal essentials.

Find a Componobili side table from Kartell, at Dexterton, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City

Planning to work on your space? You can get in touch with designer Ivan Enteria through mobile at (0906) 252-5852 and interior designer Angelo Aguilar at (0915) 612-6689.

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