A Sleek And Minimalist 41sqm Studio Unit With Ingenious Storage Solutions

An organizer's dream come true, this modern bachelorette’s condo packs a punch with its space-saving nooks and crannies

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn Guanzon Interior Designer: Frenjick Quesada

"Adequate storage" are magic words almost every homeowner longs to hear. Surprisingly, we found it in abundance at the 41sqm studio of Stephanie. In this compact condo home, every inch of space is accounted for and clutter is just a bad word left outside the front door.

Step inside and you'll face a sea of neutrals where the air is calm and everything seems right in the world. "I told [designers] Frenjick Quesada and Chako Hirayama (of Design HQ) that when I walked through the door, I wanted that there would be no stimulation at all. I want a home where I could empty my mind," Says Stephanie.

This request translated to a minimalist space characterized by clean lines and custom-made furniture pieces that do double duty as storage. “I’m very obsessive-compulsive about storage,” adds Stephanie. “I wanted all the storage to be multi-purpose.” The unique, built-in storage units and cleverly organized living, dining, and sleeping spaces resulted in an organized and cozy home that is refreshingly modern and bright. 

Entry Foyer

An alcove and the white walls set the stage for this vibrant painting. Underneath is designer Chako's brilliant storage idea—a row of stainless steel toilet paper holders. Stephanie can hang her bags and keys on them as she sets foot inside her home.

General Living Area

The 41sqm studio unit is a fine example of one-room living. The cozy sleeping area at far left is hidden by a low partition, while every inch of wall space on one side is maximized with clean, built-in storage units that hold and hide everything.

Living Area

Stephanie's books and selected souvenirs pop out against the white walls and becomes her obvious stamp on the space. "I am very obsessive-compulsive about storage. I wanted all the storage to be multi-purpose," says Stephanie. Custom-made furniture pieces double as storage like the tan, sky blue, and beige couch in the living area that Stephanie fondly calls her kabaong bench. Here she can store her winter clothes and other large, prized pieces.

Dining Area

Just right off the entry stands a custom-made table designed to store silverware and table linen. The living and dining areas are situated closer to the front door, while the more private sleeping and study areas are located near the window.

Sleeping Area

A half-century-old suzani (a Turkish throw) is used as a colorful bed cover. With the bed facing the window, the sleeping area provides Stephanie with a good view of the skyline. The waist-high partition serves two purposes: It acts as shelving for her numerous travel books and hides her sleeping area from the more public, open-layout living area.

Work Space

Across the sleeping area is a small home office, which is carved into a niche in the wall. It is surrounded by strategically located cubbyholes and built-in shelves to store her numerous books.

Hidden Storage

Every inch of available space in the condo unit was turned into storage, like the drawers underneath the TV in the living area which hides bags and other accessories.

Secret Shoe Cabinet

Even the entry foyer isn’t spared—a shoe cabinet is tucked into a niche near the entrance. Read the original article ("Comfort Zone") in the March 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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