An Interior Designer's 120sqm Penthouse with an Eclectic-Industrial Style

Interior designer Brill Flores-Sanchez gives us a tour of her renovated family home

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson Interior Designer: Brill Flores-Sanchez

Since an interior designer has enough experience and knowledge to create many different kinds of places, it's always exciting to see what he or she can do in his or her own home. With this in mind, we were especially interested to see interior designer Brill Flores-Sanchez's 120sqm penthouse in Caloocan City. 

Brill, the principal designer of DBS Design Concept, shares that she and her family has lived in this unit since 2001. In the span of 14 years, she has already renovated the ceiling to remove termites and repainted the walls six times. She also personalized the haven with an eclectic combination of French, mid-century modern, and industrial design elements.

Read the original article ("A Perfect Mix") in the May 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.


Since the hallway is often neglected and forgotten in many homes, this lovingly planned corridor is a pleasant surprise. The homeowner reveals that this is actually her favorite part of the entire penthouse.


The homeowner could not create a vertical garden in this family home so she decided to spruce up the hallway with a strip of faux leaves! This unexpected wall accent paired with wall-mounted shelves make the foyer look unique.

Air Plants

Another way to bring in a natural feel in a small space is to hang air plants in clear glass orbs! Air plants are easy to take care of and look especially captivating.

Living Area

Double doors open to reveal the living area with Prussian blue walls. The surprising wall color is complemented with chic sunburst mirrors from Ikea.

Beneath the wall decor is an old wicker love seat with white cushions and mismatched pillows. Facing the sofa is a black coffee table and a wooden chest or baul draped with a fur throw.

Living Area

On the other side of the living area is a more contemporary find: a new sectional sofa topped with different pillows. We love the mix of prints and patterns on this comfortable seat.

Metal Cabinet

Instead of a plain and boring TV cabinet or console, the interior designer chose a filing cabinet with wheels! This statement piece looks cool and can also be easily moved around the home.

Home Office

The interior designer turned a corner of her living area into a home office. The customized work desk and Eames-inspired chair are influenced by mid-century modern design.

Dining Area

A simple arch marks the entrance to the bright and airy dining area.

Dining Area

The interior designer retained the existing brick wall and filled the space with old and new furniture pieces. The antique wooden cabinet is joined by a recently purchased wooden dining table and reproduction wishbone chairs.


How can you change a kitchen without spending too much time or money? Consider replacing cabinet doors and kitchen countertops only.

In this case, the interior designer chose wooden cabinet doors and countertops made from wood and stainless steel.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is furnished with a tufted headboard and a queen-size bed covered with mismatched pillows and sheets. Hanging above the bed are framed black-and-white typography art.

Master Bedroom

The printed wallpaper is the ideal choice for the master bedroom!

RL Tip: If you would also like to create an accent wall in a compact area, you may want to consider a graphic print in a neutral hue.


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