Mini Makeovers: A Minimalist Bedroom in Makati

Inspired by their family home and their life in Japan, Tata Enerio creates a clean and simple space

Original Article: Anna Felipe and Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson

Since her family home is in Fairview, Quezon City and her office is in Malacañang and at the Department of Foreign Affairs building along Roxas Boulevard, homeowner Tata Enerio soon found it tiring to go to work everyday.

As a more practical alternative to her daily commute, Tata’s parents let her stay in the family’s condominium unit in Makati. The space was filled with basic appliances for everyday use and hand-me-down items collected from her family’s previous postings abroad. “We hastily put together whatever furniture we had lying around the house into the unit,” explains Tata.

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For Tata, living on her own is a good way for her to become more independent. However, while she pays for rent, she recognizes that it is still technically her parents’ home.

“I want the place to showcase my personality, but I also want to keep it easy for my parents to change the design anytime they want to use it for the rest of the family,” Tata says.

With this in mind, Tata did not make any major changes. She kept the plain white walls and worked with most of the existing furniture pieces. She simply spruced up the space with home decor and accessories that can be easily moved.

Another thing that influenced the style of the condo is her work for the Office of the President as part of the organizing council for the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Conference. Since she spends a lot of time in boardrooms and formal office settings, she wanted to come home to a space that allows her to kick off her heels—literally.

“My definition of a nice afternoon is reading a good book in the park, feeling the grass on my feet. I’d like that to be reflected in the room, so I can lounge around. I’m more comfortable sitting on the floor,” Tata explains.

In line with this, she decided not to have a standard dining set. She furnished the dining area with a low table and floor pillows. 

To see more photos and learn more about this DIY minimalist condo, grab a copy of the June 2015 issue of Real Living magazine. 

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