Modern Victorian Design in a Three-Storey Condo

Rich colors, soft fabrics, and gleaming metallic finishes result in an elegant space for mother and son

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Interior Designer: Andie Buenavista Design Consultant: Ella Garcia and Ed Santos

Modern Victorian style creates a glamorous, sophisticated, and dramatic look in any home. In this three-storey condo owned by Agnes and her 6-year-old son Coby, this design choice leaves a lasting impact. Agnes explains that they rented the space and eventually made an offer to buy because she liked that it was near her office, had tight security, and that it made them feel like they were living in a real house.

Once she purchased the property, it had to be renovated by interior designer Andie Buenavista and his team: decorators Ella Garcia and Ed Santos, and contractors Jojo Diaz and Raymond dela Cruz. Their first steps were to get rid of the termites in the old wooden parquet flooring, fix the plumbing because there were leaks everywhere, and remove some of the old furniture and furnishings. The place was then filled with grand pieces and refined details for a luxurious effect.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

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

FOYER The compact foyer that welcomes guests into the space is simply decorated with a silver mirror on a wall.
HALLWAY The limited space in the hallway is made interesting with a crystal chandelier and lighted wall niches. Lighted wall niches are great because they illuminate the area and provide a place for displaying framed family photos and home décor.
LIVING AREA Modern Victorian furniture pieces often have deep hues and tufted details. These two elements are present in the first piece purchased for the living area: the fully-upholstered sofa. The purple seat is complemented with a mirrored coffee table on a gray shag rug.
Living Area Detail This classic damask pattern on the armchair is another Modern Victorian design staple.
LIVING AREA DETAIL On the other side of the living area is an accent wall with gray stone detail. Flush against it are two armchairs covered in damask print.
DINING AREA In the dining area, the eight-seater dining table is surrounded by silver-framed black suede dining chairs. The silver studs on the chairs add sparkle to the space. One of the walls is adorned with a silver sunburst décor to invite luck into the owner’s home. Hanging over the set-up is one of the seven crystal chandeliers in the condo.
DINING AREA DETAIL The dining table is paired with a black buffet table and a black side table adorned with Buddha heads, Asian trinkets, and other Oriental touches for an unexpected style.
POWDER ROOM Unlike the other parts of the three-storey condo that are defined by neutral hues, the powder room is awash in a bold shade of red. This choice livens up the walls and creates a strong, memorable statement. In line with the Modern Victorian theme, the space is illuminated with crystal chandeliers.
STAIRCASE DETAIL For a dramatic effect, a black and white spiral staircase was built. To add to the majestic feel of the space, the wall is covered with a black and silver damask pattern.
MASTER BEDROOM To make the most of the substantial size of the master bedroom, one corner is now used as a home office and seating area. A regal Cleopatra chair is the ideal choice for lounging and relaxing.
MASTER BEDROOM DETAIL The master bedroom has a distinct luxury hotel appeal emphasized by the classic black, white, and purple color scheme. The shades are complemented by the oversized, tufted headboard that highlights the bed dressed in black, silver, and white. For a touch of drama, both sides of the bed are decorated with a small chandelier.
BALCONY A single woven chair, an Oriental statue, and potted plants liven up the balcony.

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