A Total Renovation adds style to a 130sqm Condo

Maximized space, clean lines, and creative touches for a family home.

Original Article: Thor G. Balanon Photography: Rene Mejia Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol and Dagny Madamba

Hailing from advertising backgrounds, couple Michael and Joee Manalo had a clear direction for the design of their 130sqm condo unit. Some of the goals they set were a kid-friendly environment, maximized space and of course, the aesthetic they wanted. With the help of interior designer Pinky Cruz-Peralta, they were able to pull off what they call the modern country look they had in mind.

The designer maximized storage options with cleverly hidden cabinets and flexible storage ideas. A bright and airy ambiance was also achieved, thanks to the use of mirror elements in the various areas. The personality of every member of the family, from the parents to their two lovely kids, is also considered and incorporated in the design.

Original article by Thor G. Balanon. Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol and Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Rene Mejia.

Read the original article ("The Fairest of them All") in the September 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The L-shaped sofa is a custom-made kid-friendly piece designed to look like blocks. The couple's two daughters enjoy climbing over the imaginary hill that is the sofa. The fabulous director's lamp is a direct representation of Michael's work as a director. Meanwhile, the Kenneth Cobonpue Bloom chair shows Joee's feminine personality and was Michael's 40th birthday gift to her.

Home Office

The home office incorporates practical function with complete workspace essentials. Michael's childhood toy collection adds to the charm of the area.

Dining Area

Batibot chairs are paired with traditional seats in metallic finish. The mirrored surfaces of the ceiling and dining table create an illusion of space. Dramatic pendant lamps by Mike Aguas complete the look.


The kitchen is a versatile space with several storage options. The clean lines of the built-in cabinets and counters evoke modernism, while the green wall color adds a pop of color.


The hallway leading to the bedrooms is littered with vibrant wall decor.

Master Bedroom

For the master bedroom, the couple wanted a serene hotel feel. This is achieved by the grayscale palette made luxurious with hints of silver. Mismatched lighting fixtures liven up the space.

Master Bedroom Detail

One wall of the master bedroom has a brick cladding painted black. Combined with the smooth built-in furniture, silver curtains and textured ottoman, the brick wall provides a contrasting rough texture.


This colorful bathroom perfects modern playfulness with bright pink, purple and green colors. Mirrors and vertical stripes by the bathroom counter make the space more interesting.

Walk-In Closet

In the walk-in closet, the focal point is the ceiling swathed in deep pink velvet adorned with a vintage porcelain chandelier.

Girls' Bedroom

In the girls' bedroom, their different personalities are reflected by the use of pink for one side and purple for the other side.

Play Area

Beside the girl's bedroom is their play area with secret doors that lead to closets. The playfully pink color scheme and fun patterned walls evoke girlish charm.

Blackboard and Toys

Toys are stored in shelves next to a blackboard.


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