Style Rules This Modern Minimalist Industrial Home

Its raw character and rustic appeal draw you in and invite you to take a closer look at its stunning design details

Photography: Jilson Tiu Architect: ARQON Design + Build

It was no surprise that homeowners Leo and Che Nicolas were very particular about style while they were building their first home. Being creative entrepreneurs, they certainly knew how to put their “notion in motion,” which, coincidentally, is also the name of their videography business.

In 2015, the couple purchased a 400sqm lot in the city where Leo grew up in. They had a clear idea of the kind of house they wanted. “Gusto namin ng box-style house. Ayaw namin ng maraming details,” Che shares. In fact, she admits she is drawn to masculine elements.

Tumingin ako sa Pinterest for inspiration. Usually mga minimalist industrial homes ang nagugustuhan ko. Sa RL website, I would print-screen the homes that I like,” she adds. The couple worked with ARQON, a company run by their architect-friends, Manuel and April Pulido, and Chino Buitizon. ARQON says of this home, “By its very nature, industrial-inspired homes tend to be minimalist and straightforward, with neutral palettes of gray and earth tones on raw surfaces.”

“We worked with 350 square meters of space and transformed it into a four-bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom retreat. Replete with a man cave and equipment room, of course,” adds Arqon.

See how neutral color palettes make this home the perfect backdrop for a young family’s creative passions.

Living Area

The couple’s home stylist friend, Alein Comprendio, helped pick out most of the furniture pieces including this chesterfield sofa. They got the idea while staying at an Airbnb in Amsterdam, one of their favorite travel destinations.

Find similar pieces at Urban Abode, Unit E - Prime 08-B, CW Home Depot-Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City. You can follow them on Facebook.

Living Area

Expansive glass windows let lots of natural light in. “Super tipid namin sa kuryente. Kapag daytime, hindi kailangan magbukas ng ilaw,” says Che.

Living Area

This chandelier from Azcor capitalizes on the home’s high ceiling, directing light upward to create a dramatic ambiance.

Visit the Azcor showroom at 1014 Almeda Building, A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.

Living Area

According to ARQON, the focal point of the home is the drawn-out staircase with an I-beam stringer. “It draws your eyes up as it leans against a double volume raw cement wall and [large] windows,” the architects say.

Dining Area

Che saw a similar lighting fixture on Pinterest and was delighted to find it at Azcor. It’s made of abaca rope and Edison bulbs put together to create what ARQON says is an “illuminative work of art.”

Dining Area

Wood carvers in Paete, Laguna customized the dining table using repurposed wood. Not the type to go for matching pieces, the couple opted to source the dining chairs from Match Contract.

To see Match Contracts pieces, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


A cashmere granite countertop and multipurpose island is at the center of this modern modular kitchen.


Mahilig kami sa vintage,” Che says, so it’s not surprising to find accents like this bread toaster and faucet handle in the kitchen.

Find similar kitchen fixtures at Sanitec, 240 E Rodriguez Sr. Ave, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

The dining area flows seamlessly into the kitchen, with the pulley-weighted droplight delineating the two areas.

Man Cave

It is in this man cave where Leo weaves his magic on film footage and edits videos for Notion in Motion. “Childhood dream ko maging astronaut,” Leo says, so his friend Eric Lalic hand painted its image on the wall.

Family Area

Che’s mom usually stays in this family area on the second floor to watch TV. Plants bring the outdoors in, while family photos on a hanging shelf add a personal touch.

Find similar pieces at SM Home.

Family Area

The architects purposely left the hallways unadorned and almost bare, calling it “a neutral canvas of sorts,” in order to draw attention to the family’s lovely photos.

Kiddie Bedroom

The room is dominated by neutral colors, with the Pottly N Tubby canopy making the room feel young. The small chair is from Furniture Source, while the side table is a department store find, painted to match the bed frame.

Follow Pottly N Tubby on Instagram to see their pieces.

Kiddie Bedroom

Their daughter Chloe’s bedroom is a showcase of creativity: the stars were hand painted by Alain, while the bed frame was customized by an iron works supplier that manufactures jeepneys.

Master Bedroom

The bed, also custom-made by carvers from Paete, is flanked by a wooden side table from Our Home and a sleek floor lamp from SM Home. A balcony is accessible from the room via floor-to-ceiling sliding doors.

Master Bedroom

A barn door leads to the compact walk-in closet and master bathroom. It gives the bedroom a country meets rustic appeal.

Find barn door accessories and other similar accessories at Vintage Hardware.


Leo and Che like hosting get-togethers, and instead of renting an event venue, they can now do this at home. When needed, the lanai handles the overflow of guests from the living and dining areas. ARQON used hardwearing wood tiles for this high-traffic area.

Find similar pieces at Mandaue Foam Furniture Store, 489 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.


To make this home stand out in the midst of mostly contemporary structures in the area, ARQON says, “The challenge was to flaunt the “unfinished” and exposed structural elements and turn them into showpieces like the wide flanges at the perimeter of the house.”

Ready to build your own dream home? Get in touch with ARQON Design + Build through e-mail at info[at] You may also visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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