Gossip Girl Design for an 80sqm Condo

A popular TV series inspires a young couple to invest in elegant pieces and sophisticated details

Original Article: Sunshine Selga-Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Architect: John Yuyucheng

In building, renovating or simply sprucing up your own home, you can find inspiration from your favorite things. You can capture the beauty of a tropical island or even follow the colors found in an abstract painting. For their 80sqm condo, homeowners Rayne and Sky wanted something similar to the chic, stylish spaces featured on Gossip Girl, a now-defunct teen-oriented drama set in New York City.

Architect John Yuyucheng rose to the challenge with a classic and luxurious design that still has a modern and youthful appeal. This balance between the old and the new is achieved through soothing neutral colors paired with vivid hues like turquoise and fuchsia. The opulent feel of the plush, fully-upholstered chairs is also tempered with unexpected patterns. 

Original article by Sunshine Selga Funa.  Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article (“Uptown Chic”) in the May 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


In the living area, the pink and blue prints on the pillows make the gray L-shaped sectional sofa more interesting. On one side of the sofa is an accent chair with a surprising detail: a solihiya back. The space is completed with a floor-to-ceiling mirror behind the sofa that makes the small area seem bigger than it really is.


In turn, the living and dining areas are separated from the kitchen with a mini bar and breakfast nook.


A painting by artist Aljo Pingol entitled "Mystical Beauties and Music" adds unexpected color and whimsy to the narrow living and dining areas.


Since the 80sqm unit is limited in size, the living and dining areas had to share the same space. The side of the living area is defined with a printed floor rug.


Next to the living area is the dining area furnished with luxe, tufted chairs that surround a glass-top table. The dining set is set against a stone accent wall made striking with a trio of cube LED lights – a modern take on classic wall sconces.


In the kitchen, small appliances on the white countertop like the oven toaster and microwave oven are hidden behind a partition inspired by aluminum garage doors. Keeping an area clean and organized always makes it look more spacious. Another way to open up a limited space is to opt for cabinet and drawers that have no handles. This creates smooth, streamlined surfaces that are soothing to the eyes.


To adorn one of their walls, the couple chose a pair of paintings by Manuel Baldemor. They explained that they wanted to collect quality art and they liked the “peaceful, cool, and positive” feel of the pieces.


In the master bedroom, a queen-size bed customized by furniture store Roomscape takes center stage. The bed is paired with a shiny wooden headboard and pillows and sheets with simple dotted lines. Mirrored side tables add sparkle and glamour to the space.


The mirrored bedside tables are topped with small catch-alls or open containers that can hold jewelry, gadgets or grooming products.


The master bathroom is completed with Italian tiles from Metrotiles while the faucets and shower fixtures are from Paffoni. The rich brown shade of the wall and floor tiles are complemented by gleaming white surfaces. Pink, blue, and green towels in the cabinet liven up the neutral-dominated space.


To make the guest bathroom interesting, the small space is decorated with a few accessories like a framed print on the wall and a scented candle on the countertop.


A tiny silver mouse from Home Bound at Glorietta 4 is used as a cute paperweight for paper tissues.


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