An Asian Inspiration for a Mandaluyong Condo

A sought-after makeup artist finds harmony and comfort in his city home - thanks to a little feng shui


For a busy makeup artist like Krist Bansuelo, living in the deeper south of Metro Manila didn’t make work easy for him. The distance and traffic made it difficult to meet with his clients as well as go to his projects. These factors often resulted in him not being able to host makeup trials for brides. Given his situation, Krist acquired a condo unit in Mandaluyong and sought the help of his friend, decorator Marilyn Villaflor.

Playing around with masculine colors and following feng shui philosophies, Marilyn and Krist were able to design a home that was serene and harmonious—the perfect escape for a busy professional living in a bustling city. Blue hues were blended with taupe while mud colors added a calm atmosphere to the 81sqm space. Tearing down the walls opened the home – allowing free movement. Not only did the tropical influences and the feng shui create a peaceful home for the makeup artist but it became a beautiful location to welcome new clients and projects, too.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial Direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon and Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("All Made Up") in the January 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area Space-saving features and hidden storage units allow the space to accommodate guests and be free from clutter, respectively. The daybed below the round mirror from MC Home Depot houses a pull out bed for overnight guests. The beams that frame the similar daybed open into cabinets that store Krist’s makeup.
Living Area Detail To make the space more peaceful, the condo is spotted with fresh flora like lilies.
Living Area Detail To keep the Asian vibe, Buddha heads are used as design accents.
Living Area Detail Following feng shui, Krist had the walls in his living room padded to prevent money from being siphoned from his hands due to a pair of mirrors facing the living area.
Dining Area Similarly, a large mirror took the place of a small round one in the dining area to prevent bad feng shui. The large mirror better reflects food on the table allowing blessings to be multiplied.
Kitchen Detail Wooden cabinets against a simple white backsplash recreate the theme in Krist’s kitchen.
Bedroom Wood furniture in the living area and the bedroom were custom-made to fit the space exactly. Darker shades of blue were used in the bedroom to make the atmosphere less sprightly and mellow.
Powder Room The serene look of the entire unit flowed into the powder room as well. Zen stones, candles, and plants bring in a hint of nature.
Outdoor Area An irregular stone treatment was a simple application to the outdoor area to make it interesting. Different Buddha heads adorn the wall to unify the Asian theme.

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