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The Evolution of an RL Home: From Bachelor Pad to Family Home

See the inspiring transformation of this 140sqm condo that used to be a man cave

Photography: Dakila Angeles, Ocs Alvarez and Paolo Feliciano

In 2004, then-bachelor Jardine Gerodias’s condo unit had walls of varying colors: the den was blue, and the bedroom was black and red. He enlisted the help of his friend Bodek Cabrera, who was at that time an interior design student. “It took us four or five months to finish. We didn’t have a battle plan,” Jardine recalls.

The unit went through different changes—a major makeover had to be done after he got married in 2012 and a couple of adjustments had to be accomplished after the birth of their daughter in 2013.

Read the original article ("The Evolution of an RL Home”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Den in 2004

Since Jardine was an avid film buff (he was a film student, after all), his den was surrounded by shelf after shelf of his impressive DVD collection, and he filled the walls with art film posters, which made Jardine’s place the perfect man-cave. 

Den in 2013

In 2013, Jardine and his wife Gen proudly showed off their newly-transformed space. Together, the couple changed the bachelor pad into a home fit for a small family.

The dark blue walls of the den were repainted white for a clean, streamlined look. The French-style sliding doors were also replaced with a sleeker, more modern version.

The reproduction Womb Chair is made even more inviting with a furry throw pillow.

For a unique look, the flat-screen TV is highlighted with a blue frame that has an intricate pattern.

Dining Area in 2004

The dining room used to have yellow and green walls. Jardine chose more framed movie posters to decorate the space. 

Dining Area in 2013

Simple decorating tricks create a whole new feel in the dining area. Hanging on one wall is a quirky and colorful painting bought from a 19-year-old artist at the Art in the Park held at Salcedo Park. Below it is a custom-made console table spruced up with ceramic drawer knobs from an Amsterdam flea market.

Bedroom in 2004

Jardine's bedroom is defined by dark red walls lined with more movie posters. The space was furnished only with one bed.

Bedroom in 2013

All of the brightly-colored walls have been painted over with white for a bright and airy feel. The bedroom is spruced up with a black and white photograph, paisley-printed bed sheets, and colorful pillows.

Across the bed is a reading corner completed with a cream-colored armchair. 

Since Jardine and Gen celebrated the birth of baby Paige in January 2013, they set aside a special area for their daughter in the bedroom. Now the couple also look forward to adding Paige’s photos on the photo wall. 

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