Luxury hotel style for a Loft-Type Condo

A plain and boring space is transformed into a glamorous family home

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Styling: Mica E. Aquino Design Consultant: Mica E. Aquino

A condo unit can be as warm, inviting, and personalized as any house. This is the case for the three-bedroom home of Jojo and Bing Crisologo. Their once-bare and unfurnished property has been turned into a stylish and functional one that meets the unique needs of their family.

To make the most out of the area, EBA Construction principal designer Mica E. Aquino changed the original floor plan. She explains that the size of the loft-type condo was fine but the layout had to be improved for an airy and spacious feel. Her team knocked down some of the walls to create open spaces. For a calming and relaxing hotel-like ambiance, a neutral color scheme was used alongside elegant furniture and home accessories.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Styling by Mica E. Aquino. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article (“Weekend Hotel”) in the November 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The high ceiling makes the living area look grand and opulent. The lavish look is emphasized with a custom-made leather sofa with steel framing, a high back statement chair, and a wooden coffee table on a cowhide rug. A pair of Ivan Acuna paintings completes the space.

Living Area

Mounting shelves on the wall behind the couch makes the space useful and interesting. The shelves are adorned with home decor that add sparkle to the set-up. The cowhide rug beneath the coffee table pulls the look together.

Living Area Detail

The coffee table is adorned with a mix of different accessories. Choosing trinkets that have varying sizes and shapes can help create an impressive set-up.

Living Area Detail

Even from the top, one can appreciate the different textures used in the living area. Pairing silky soft materials with glass and steel finishes can create the regal look often seen in five-star hotel suites.


The den is furnished with a chocolate brown daybed accentuated with a gray throw. An oversized fully-upholstered chair is topped with two pillows. A reproduction Arco floor lamp, a mirrored coffee table, and a gray shag rug are fitting finishing touches.

Den Detail

No luxury space would be complete without decorative pieces that have shiny, metallic surfaces. In this den, a miniature globe placed on top of a side table is the ideal choice.

Dining Room

To make way for a bigger dining room, the maid's room had to be taken down. This choice resulted in a more spacious and comfortable area for the family. The wooden cabinets are used for storage and to conceal the fuse box and electrical wiring. Six fully-upholstered chairs surround the customized dining table.


The space underneath the stairs was turned into a Japanese rock garden-inspired nook. The Zen feel is conveyed through a striking lighting fixture on a pedestal and the flat stones.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom shared by Jojo and Bing Crisologo looks like a lavish hotel suite because of the dramatic lighting, mirrored wall, padded headboard, and the inviting bed. Mocha-colored drapes cover the windows for a cozy, private feel.

Master Bedroom Detail

In the master bedroom, bedside lamps with intricate patterns illuminate the space.

Girls' Bedroom

Daughters Bianca and Bea share a well-appointed bedroom that also has a subdued color scheme. In this space, the color palette is made interesting by the use of rich burgundy. The regal shade is used on the padded headboard with a damask print. It is also used on the identical beds adorned with soft pillows and silky sheets.


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