Eclectic Asian Style for a Two-Bedroom Condo in Manila

Interior decorator Ronald Gonzales turned a bare and simple unit into a bright and colorful space

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Angluben Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar Ching

In 2007, interior decorator Ronald Gonzales worked on his first project: a two-bedroom condo in Manila. Since the standard-issue property had plain beige walls, white-tiled bathrooms, and empty spaces, Ronald decided to completely transform the space.

He chose different wall colors for every room and rich brown-hued tiles for the bathrooms. He also designed customized lamps and furniture pieces that would perfectly suit the new look of the home.

Read the original article ("Perfect Combination") in the March 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.


Are you also decorating a home for the first time? Don't forget to spruce up the entrance of your home! For this foyer, Ronald chose a console table from Our Home and a wall mirror made by Mila Jarme

Living Area

The living and dining areas are defined by three different shades of green — Ronald's favorite color!

Living Area

The living area is furnished with wooden pieces designed by Ronald and built by Valencia Woodworks.

Living Area

An eye-catching piece by artist Joel Paraiso hangs above the three-seater sofa with a wooden frame.

Dining Area

Ronald explains that the homeowners originally wanted cheap furniture from home stores. However, he convinced them to invest in pieces that would last a lifetime.

The yakal dining table and chairs that he designed on his own are ideal pieces for this particular area!

Dining Area

For a pop of unexpected color, the dining chair seats are upholstered with lavender-hued fabric! The colorful painting by Ronald also brightens up the open space. 

Quiet Corner

This particular corner is personalized with a floor lamp from MC Home Depot and a framed hundred-year-old piece from Korea.


In the kitchen, Ronald paired a modern dining set with an antique capiz window from Espana, Manila. The conversation piece was actually part of an old house!

Master Bedroom

How can you easily transform a bare bedroom? If you ask Ronald, you may want to consider painting the walls! For this master bedroom, he chose rich plum walls complemented by a floor lamp that he designed himself

Sewing Machine Table

The homeowner surprised the interior decorator with this sewing machine turned into a TV table.

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is completed with a recycled headboard! Ronald used the old wooden divider that used to be found in the foyer.


Ronald replaced the small blue-and-white tiles in the bathroom with big brown tiles from Ortigas Home Depot. The wall mirror was also custom-made by Mila Jarme.


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