A Three-Bedroom Condo with Rustic Yet Sleek Interiors
With the help of Heima’s design team, this Pasig City flat exudes a rustic-urban vibe that truly suits the creative owners' characters
The owners of this home had been jumping from one place to another ever since they got married. From Singapore, they leased a unit in Makati, while the condo they bought was being built from the ground up. In July 2013, the couple unpacked their boxes — hopefully the last for a long time — and finally settled into their three-bedroom condo unit in Pasig City.
Now that they finally had a place to rightfully call their own, the couple decided to research on how to furnish their home that reflected their personalities — both as individuals and as a couple. “We wanted it to feel lived in and a bit quirky,” they share. “This is our first permanent home, and when we were thinking of what we wanted for our space, we said that it should be a reflection of what we like, who we are, and where we’ve been. We’ve been to places where some of the homes seem too picture-perfect. It’s not us.” Thanks to Google and referrals, they came across Heima, a store that carries a sense of style and vibrant youthfulness that the couple prefers. Hiring Heima’s designers to turn the 97sqm unit into a home was an easy decision.
Since the owners work in the advertising industry, they knew that respecting the creative process of the Heima team, led by creative director/interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales, was important in order to fulfill their vision for their new home. The owners simply wanted to be transported into another world each time they close the curtains and they prefer ambient lighting, too.
In the end, the creative freedom worked to the couple's favor, as they were surprised to find design details they didn’t know they’d like. Indeed, their latest (and hopefully last) abode is testament that trusting your creative team to work their magic will benefit both parties.
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The owners love coffee, and it is obvious with how the kitchen and dining area are designed to mimic a mom-and-pop coffee shop that one usually sees in New York City, Seattle, or even Seoul.
The black-and-white palette gives the space a functional feel.
Quirky prints and a bright blue coat rack welcome guests into the space.
Recycled jars are turned into creative drop lights that add character to the area.
Gray walls and dark-toned furniture are given a visual break with the mustard yellow swivel chair, one-of-a-kind colorful throw pillows, and blue patterned rug.
The space evokes a hip yet warm atmosphere — perhaps that is why the owners’ three dogs (Pico, Pegi, and Trixie) love hanging out in this area so much.
The wall mirror that sits behind the headboard visually enlarges the space — a great trick for narrow quarters. The brick wall adds personality and texture to the room, giving it a cozy, café-like feel.
Wall shelves are great space-saving tricks. In the master bedroom, flat panels jut out from the walls, holding various items such as books, toys, magazines, and travel souvenirs. Beside it is a layered shoe rack — an awesome way to keep track of footwear without taking up too much room.
Instead of the usual bedside lamps, industrial pendant lights (a brilliant brainstorm of interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales, who’s also the creative director of Heima) housed in birdcage-like frame hang from the ceiling. This stroke of genius perfectly complements the casual vibe of the brick walls.
A collection of Monocle magazines and some framed prints make for a quirky yet quiet vignette in the bedroom.
Colorful storage boxes and various knickknacks brighten up an otherwise spartan shelf.
Bringing work home is quite becoming the norm among urbanites these days, so the couple had to incorporate a small home office in their condo. “We also sometimes invite people over for meetings. I do like the bureau because it gives us storage without looking like it holds a lot of things," shares the lady of the house. The area is cleverly set up with plenty of storage space and room for creative juices to flow, giving it an inviting feel.
Catchy knickknacks like this stuffed toy, a potted plant, and other essentials decorate the shelves.
To reflect their love of coffee, a framed print featuring coffee cups sits on the wall fronting the kitchen.
The vintage-inspired console table works well with the map and collection of books, creating an interesting vignette.