Photography by Jilson Tiu. Interior Designer by Ruby Besira
What makes a halfway home perfect? If you ask me, I’d say that it should have elements that make you feel warm and cozy the moment you step into the space. It needs to be a special place where you can immediately feel right at home—even if you’ve been away for days, weeks, and even months—it’s like you never left at all.
Suffice to say, this compact unit designed by interior designer Ruby Besira meets all of the above. Since the owner already had a clear vision of what he wanted for his space, it was quite easy to come up with a look that revolves around his lifestyle. The result is an inviting home with a no-frills ambiance, functional storage solutions, and an aesthetic that never goes out of style.
LIVING, DINING, AND KITCHEN AREAS From the bedroom, one is given a view of the entire space. Since it has an open layout, one area flows freely to the next—avoiding a cramped look.
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FOYER Once you step inside, a charming blue chest of drawers and a gray sofa bed greet you. These pieces work well against the wood vinyl on the walls. The said material adds a sophisticated touch to the space.
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LIVING AREA According to Ruby, wood vinyl is ideal for small spaces as it’s not only pleasing to the eyes, it’s easy to maintain as well. To save on floor space, the designer also opted for a wall-mounted adjustable lamp. With this lighting fixture, the owner can read while relaxing and adjust the piece depending on his position.
For days when the owner is expecting company, he can simply turn the foyer/living area into a makeshift sleeping space. Since the sofa bed can be transformed, it’s perfect for sleepovers. See how it transforms here.
A sliding glass partition separates the living and dining areas from the bedroom/work area. It can be easily pulled out when the owner wants privacy.
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DINING AREA While sitting on the sofa bed, one can admire the dining area, kitchen, and cleverly concealed closet.
The dining area is reminiscent of a quaint coffee shop with its laid-back vibe, wooden pieces, and industrial-inspired pendant lamps. To be able to accommodate more people, two wooden chairs were paired with an upholstered bench.
A small potted plant, mini terrarium, and a speaker on a wooden tray complete the centerpiece. Aside from plants, you can also experiment with mason jars filled with sweet treats and scented candles. RL Tip: Ruby suggests to choose plants that are easy to maintain and those that can function as air cleaners.
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VIEW OF THE KITCHEN To liven up the kitchen, the cabinets were repainted and paired with a white textured splash back. Given the limited space, the wall behind the dining set features a multipurpose cabinet. The left side serves as the closet while the right part is meant for pantry essentials.
An open shelf somehow separates the two sections of the cabinet. It is a design element that Ruby tries to incorporate in every project. “I feel like it captures life in transition, each item a client displays in time is unique and has a story to tell. It changes as the owner changes—maybe he discovers a new hobby or passion or an inspiration from a recent travel,” she shares.
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BEDROOM A cushioned headboard that takes up the width of the wall creates an illusion of a bigger floor area in the bedroom. To maintain the look and feel of the entire unit, neutral colors were chosen for the pillows and sheets.
Since the side table was meant to be used as an extra storage piece, Ruby opted for another pendant lamp. The side table can be used to hold books, knickknacks, and other belongings.
When it comes to small spaces, storage is the number one priority. To hit two concerns with one stone, the space above the headboard was transformed into a secret storage space. Aside from giving the owner a lot more room for his things, it also served as a clever way to hide an unsightly concrete post.
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WORK AREA To create a clean and unified space, Ruby decided to merge the work and TV areas. For days when the owner needs to work, he can simply set up his laptop on the desk and get some things done. The built-in nooks, open shelf, and drawers are perfect to keep things in place and avoid clutter.
The full-length mirror and wood cladding help conceal the second concrete post in the unit.
Whether the owner is entertaining guests in the dining area or in the balcony, they can still watch TV—thanks to a customized mechanism that allows it to face left or right.
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BALCONY The once bare balcony was turned into an al fresco space for days when the owner wants to relish his cup of coffee, read a book, or even entertain friends. A long wooden table paired with barstools complete the space.