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Reader Home: A 22sqm Condo in Cebu

RL Readers of the Week Arbie and Vanezsa Redoña show us their first home as a newlywed couple

Photography: Arbie and Vanezsa Redoña

Our RL Readers of the Week are Arbie and Vanezsa Redoña. The couple has been reading Real Living since 2014. They live in a 22sqm condo in Cebu City.

Real Living (RL): What are your favorite Real Living articles? Why?

Arbie: My favorite articles are those about tiny homes. I believe that owning a tiny home is the next big thing. Hopefully, living in a tiny home will also be more popular in the Philippines.  

RL: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned from Real Living?

Arbie: Making the most of an empty space in your house! My wife and I started living in a condominium last year. Since then, we have followed a minimalist lifestyle. We have learned to live large in a small yet clutter-free studio.

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Photo Wall

Arbie and Vanezsa spruced up this wall with their framed travel photos. 

Studio Layout

From the entrance of the unit, one can see most of the young couple's 22sqm condo. 

Black-and-White Palette

A monochrome color scheme is a classic and timeless choice. Sticking to two shades also makes it easier for the newlyweds to choose furniture and decor.

Sofa Bed

The sofa bed can be used as a comfortable seat during the day and an extra bed at night. 

Sofa Bed

The sofa bed is placed against a floor-to-ceiling mirror that helps create the illusion of a bigger space.

RL Tip: A huge mirror makes a small area seem larger because it visually "doubles" the room and it adds more light to the space. A well-lit spot always looks much more spacious.

Work and Dining Area

In this photo taken last Christmas, one can see the space that serves as a work and dining area. The table can be moved away from the wall to accommodate more people. 

Colorful cups

Since the couple's home is mostly in black-and-white, these colorful cups resting on the kitchen island are refreshing touches.

DIY Clouds

The charming handmade pillows have stripes and polka dots on them.

Bed Area

The couple's bed is topped with sweet "Bride" and "Groom" pillows. 

Customized Drawers

In order to make room for more things, Arbie and Vanezsa opted for a customized bed with built-in drawers. 

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