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Posh and Contemporary Details In A 156sqm Condo Home

With a stunning view as its focal point, this unit became more inviting with the combination of muted colors, different textures, and subtle pops of red

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Photography: Jilson Tiu Interior Designer: Christian Banayad

Finalizing a home’s design involves a merging of ideas, working with what you have, and enhancing the features of the space. To achieve the upmarket model unit look the owners wanted for their three-bedroom home, interior designer Christian Banayad had to make a few adjustments to make sure the design will suit the unit’s layout. Opting for a palette dominated by pure white, beige, gray, and black, he was able to create a contemporary look with a sophisticated appeal.

Adding oomph to the space are the touches of wood, metal, and stone as seen in the chosen pieces and finishes. Since one of the unit’s main features is the calming view of the outdoors, Christian made sure that it will shine and capture the attention of guests upon entrance. Improving the layout of the home didn’t just help open up the space, it also amplified the bright and easy-one-the-eyes aesthetic that the designer was going for.

Living Area 

Upon entrance, the huge windows and elegant selection of furniture welcome guests. Since the unit has a fantastic view of the golf course and the sunset, Christian made sure that it will be highlighted in the final look.

To further open up the space, mirrors were installed on the walls as well as used to conceal columns. Meanwhile, one of the challenges the designer faced during renovation concerns the unit's flooring. "The unit was delivered with engineered wood flooring. We replaced the flooring in the living, dining, and kitchen areas with 120 x 60cm white, marble design tiles," he explains. Laying out the tiles entailed a lot of work, but it's safe to say the result was more than worth it.

Living Area

To match the contemporary look of the space as well as to balance the effects of the afternoon sun, Christian used cool white lights. Thick drapes also help block out harsh rays and add to the classic feel of the unit.

On the right is a makeshift foyer that showcases various accessories, a work of art, and a vase of faux flowers. The tables chosen for the space all highlight sleek, steel legs that work well with marble.

Living Area

Just like in any other home, comfort is important. To make the living area cozy and inviting, Christian furnished it with a sofa from Furniture Republic, flower arrangements from The Landmark, and an area rug from Showcase Carpet.

Look closely at the photo and you might see something interesting. There are two tables that make up the center table in the living area! The designer put two tables with the same design side-by-side to achieve proportion, thereby maximizing the space. To add color to the space, a red swivel low back accent chair from Furniture Republic was conveniently placed in one corner. It's very relaxing to lounge on the said piece and we wouldn't be surprised if it becomes the homeowners' favorite, too.

Living Area

Who wouldn't enjoy taking a nap or reading a book while looking at the view? Christian had a built-in bay window seating area customized with three five-inch upholstered foam pieces. The extra surprise? It has storage nooks underneath—ideal for storing essentials, magazines, and oher home must-haves.

Dining Area

The cove ceiling (with lights from Lights @ Play, MC Home Depot) helped unify the living and dining areas. One of the first things guests will notice in the dining area is the accent wall defined by vertical wooden posts. "It gives a touch of formality to the area," Christian adds.

Since the TV is mounted to the wall, it appears like a framed painting. Completing the look is the fancy accent light from Decor.

Dining Area

A lovely dining table with a marble top and steel legs from Decor shines in the dining area. Paired with dining chairs from Homebound, the setup showcases a streamlined appeal. To soften the look, the designer added decor and accessories like the vase from SM Home. While enjoying the food, the homeowners and their guests can watch TV or admire the view.

Homebound is located at 2/F Glorietta 4, East Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Kitchen

Cooking and preparing different meals will surely be easier in a bright and functional space. However, before this area was achieved, a lot of changes had to made. Two walls and a door were taken down to open up the fully enclosed kitchen. "We were able to add a bar counter with a gray travertine stone slab as a design highlight," shares Christian.

Meanwhile, textured dark gray-charcoal tiles from La Europa Ceramica were used for the backsplash. A similar material, in a different color, can be seen in the master bedroom.

Kitchen

Sticking to a palette of white, gray, and black distinguishes the kitchen from the rest of the unit, while still maintaining a unified look. The striking clock from Our Home serves as a wall accent and adds a modern meets vintage flair to the space.

Kitchen

This part of the kitchen is one of the first things guests will see when they enter the unit. "The bar counter was connected to the breakfast nook using gray-stained wood faces. The stone and wood complement each other, while metal bars were used to aesthetically blend the stone and wood finishes," says Christian. Since both are slim and can be easily moved, the bar chairs can be stored in a snap when needed.

The LED lights in kitchen not only shows a full spectrum of colors, it can be controlled through a smartphone, too.

Find a similar ceiling light at Lucendi, MC Home Depot, Bonifacio Global City.

Master Bedroom

Facing huge windows that give the occupants an incomparable view of the city, the bed is made more inviting with crisp sheets and fluffy pillows. The accent wall behind the bed features similar tiles used for the kitchen backsplash, but in gold. Aside from the abundance of natural light, built-in night lights were also installed on both sides of the bed—adding a warm, homey vibe to the space.

Find a similar bed at Store One, Alabang Town Center. The tiles used for the accent wall are from La Europa Ceramica.

Master Bedroom

Adding to the hotel-like vibe of the bedroom are the wooden posts that frame the bed, the area rug, the chosen accessories, and the tables that look like the ones seen in the main areas.

Master Bedroom

This corner in the bedroom allows the owners to read or get some work done. It can also double as a vanity corner. Just like the other chairs in the unit, the chair seen in the photo highlights beautiful steel legs and clean lines. The mirror on the wall can serve as a wall accent, too—with its pretty lines and unique frame.

Master Bathroom

"This particular area maybe out of theme, but when the owner requested for a fun T&B design, I said 'Yes!' to the very colorful floral wall design," says Christian. A welcome break from the dominance of neutrals in the space, the bathroom will remind you of summer and a few fond memories under the sun.

Find a similar material for your walls at Shell Canvas.

RL Tip: Installing wallpaper may require the help of a professional. Make sure you consult with an expert first before buying materials for your space.

Guest Room

Equally inviting and calming, the guest room features a white and gray queen size bed, a lovely wallpaper for the accent wall, and clever space solutions. "Instead of flanking the bed with night tables, we put in an end table and a console table. Behind the end table is a full-length mirror as it's close to the cabinets," explains the designer.

Find a similar bed at La Sedia.

Guest Room

This condo unit doesn't run out of views to offer its occupants. The guest who will stay in this room can simply sit on the chair, read a book, or even relish some quiet time. Gray curtains add to the room's relaxing vibe and go well with the overall palette.

Find a similar chair at Our Home.

Den

The welcoming den is perfect for movie marathons, karaoke nights, and sleepovers. Christian furnished it with a sofa bed from Furniture Republic, a small coffee table, and a red Panton Chair-inspired piece. With the addition of minimal accessories, an area rug, and an interesting wall accent, this compact space is as snug as the other rooms in the unit.

Powder Room

Guests can use the powder room near the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Though it's compact, it packs a punch in terms of style and decor. The designer completed the space with a floral-inspired mirror, gold pendant lights, and charming accessories.

Find similar lighting pieces at Lucendi, MC Home Depot, Bonifacio Global City.

Discover how you can achieve a similar feel in your own space when you watch the video below:

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Christian Banayad through e-mail at: xcn423[at]gmail.com or mobile number (0916)-668-7385. See more of his finished projects on Instagram: @xteriors.

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