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  • An IKEA-Inspired 57sqm Condo in Mandaluyong

    Taking inspiration from the brand's chic minimalist aesthetic, interior designer Claudine Medina created a home filled with sleek furniture, neutral touches, and pastel accents.
An IKEA-Inspired 57sqm Condo in Mandaluyong
PHOTO BY Claudine Medina
  • After seeing how interior designer Claudine Medina transformed an empty unit into a welcoming Scandinavian-inspired haven on realliving.com.ph, the owners of this two-bedroom condo in Mandaluyong got in touch with her to see if they can collaborate on a similar project. “They wanted a similar look for their own condo—they want gray walls, multifunctional and light-colored furniture, and Scandinavian accessories,” she shares.

    Since the clients are based in the United States, they had to finalize a couple of important details to make sure the project will run smoothly. According to Claudine, the condo will serve as their home whenever they’re in Manila. “They like IKEA furniture and they own several pieces, plus, they love using pastel colors for the accessories,” the designer adds. To recreate the feel of their U.S. home, Claudine took these into consideration as she worked on a basic chic look defined by simple furniture, dainty accessories, and a color palette that’s easy on the eyes.

    Given that they won’t be using the unit most of the time, the owners also wanted to create a space that can be rented out while keeping within the set budget. To accomplish this, Claudine had to stick with the existing finishes upon turnover like the flooring, the ceiling, and the location of lighting, to name a few. After the renovation period, the gray walls serve as canvas, with sweet pops of color and well-thought-out furniture completing the IKEA-inspired look.

    Living Area


    Right in front of the main door is the simple yet inviting living area furnished with a three-seater sofa and a center table. "The clients just wanted basic lounge furniture for this area," says Claudine. Though shades of gray dominate the space, it's far from being boring given the pops of color used as accents.


    Claudine spruced up the living area with pastel-colored pillows and chic accessories from H&M Home, while the owners handpicked the painting on display from SM Home. Hanging paintings and mounting appliances can be challenging in condo units because of drywall partitions. "Unlike cement walls where you can just drill and attach screws anywhere, you need to find where the studs are located in a drywall to make sure the item to be hung is properly supported. In these situations, it's best to hire experienced workers and contractors to mount heavy items so you won't end up with a broken item or a damaged wall," she explains.

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    "The unit's cable TV outlet was situated near the door, and because we can't relocate it anymore, we had to work around it," shares Claudine. To maximize the vertical space, she mounted the TV to the wall then added a built-in shoe cabinet from Furniture Source underneath. The space on top of the shoe cabinet can hold the cable box and small catchalls for tiny knickknacks.

    Kitchen and Dining Areas


    The pristine cooking area highlights white cabinets and a spotless countertop with only a few small appliances on display. Opting for long stainless steel cabinet handles make the compact cooking area look bigger than it really is.

    Dining Area

    It's common to see round dining tables in condo units as these enable the owners to maximize the available space. "I used a circular table instead of the usual four-cornered one to add more hallway space in that area. I added a pendant light from Home Cartel that matches the dining set for a uniformed look," adds the designer. Claudine polished the look with matching chairs sporting slim legs.

    Lighting is crucial in any space as it can make or break the look you're going for. Since Claudine had to work with the existing location and number of the lights, she had to make sure that her chosen lighting pieces are enough to brighten up the different areas. "The living and dining areas don't have windows for natural light to come in so I had to make sure these are well-lit by using daylight bulbs which mimic sunlight," she explains.


    Find similar pieces at Furniture Source and Landmark Department Store.

    Master Bedroom

    The owners wanted to use light-colored furniture in the bedroom given the gray walls and the existing dark wooden flooring. Matching nightstands decorated with sleek white table lamps and blooms flank the bed on both sides.

    Find similar pieces at Our Home.


    To complete the master bedroom, Claudine chose a beautiful walnut bed frame with hidden drawers that goes well with the Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. The bed looks heavenly and inviting with crisp, white sheets.

    Find a similar bed frame at Philux.

    Second Bedroom

    An all-white palette gives the second bedroom a snug and relaxing appeal. Single-sized beds dressed in white sheets make it slumber-ready, with light-gray pillows breaking the monotony.

    Find similar pieces at Habitat.


    Ready for your own home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Claudine Medina through email at claudinemedina[at]me.com or mobile number (0917) 830-0897.


    This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.


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