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Look How a Studio Unit Was Transformed Into a Resort-Like Home!
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  • How do you turn a small space into a cozy and relaxing home? Keeping it clean and organized is a must, and investing in the right pieces is another. Many believe that it’s difficult to update a small home because it has the tendency to look cramped if you have too many furniture or boring if you stick to basic pieces.

    As seen in this studio unit in Bacolod, you can have the furniture and décor you want without coming home to a suffocating space. The trick is incorporating space-saving solutions and extra storage to keep clutter at bay. Designed by interior designer Marianne Jardeleza and contractor Julian Velasco, the condo unit features a modern Asian look that’s reminiscent of resorts.

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    “The unit was originally designed for an adorable senior couple. They wanted a modern, relaxing, and elegant space. Their plan, at first, was just to have it designed to be rented out in the future. However, since their daughter was about to have her own family, they decided to let her use the unit first,” says Marianne.

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    A smart divider was incorporated into the final look to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the space and give the owners enough privacy.

    See the rest of the unit below and take note of the tips you can apply in your own home

    Living, dining and sleeping areas

    “Since the space was quite limited and we were working on a budget, we made sure that every part was well-thought-of. We didn’t want to put something without purpose so we incorporated as much storage and seating as we can,” explains the interior designer.

    The unit looks compact, but Marianne and Julian were able to create different areas without making it look cramped.
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    As requested by the owners, the design team added a slatted partition to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the unit.
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    Living area

    Aside from privacy, the owners also requested for a recliner sofa, additional seating in the living area, and a ton of storage.

     

    To define the living area, the designers furnished it with a two-seater recliner couch that’s reminiscent of movie houses.
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    Instead of adding wall-mounted shelves for storage, an upholstered bench-type seating piece with extra storage compartments was incorporated.
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    “The floating table on the left side of the TV wall can also double as a writing desk or a vanity area,” says Marianne.
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    The design team cleverly chose multipurpose pieces to complete the unit – you can spot the storage ottoman under the floating table as another hardworking piece!
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    The two mirrors flanking the TV create an illusion of a bigger space. 
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    Dining area

    Chic and elegant, the dining area boasts of a chandelier and a back-lit wall accent with a carved wooden artwork. The owners requested for a four-seating dining table, and the designers chose to complete the area with a customized solid Narra table paired with matching dining chairs from Mandaue Foam.

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    To make the dining area stand out, they also added a dropped ceiling with cove lighting.
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    “We had to think about how we could separate the bedroom from the rest of the space without totally closing it off and ensuring that all areas are kept well-ventilated,” shares Marianne. To solve this, they decided to add a slatted partition – an option that provides privacy while still letting light stream into the unit.
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    There are one-way mirrors in between the partition slats. The reflective side faces the living, dining, and kitchen areas while the upper part was left open to allow air to circulate inside the unit.
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    Kitchen

    Before the unit’s renovation, it only had a built-in kitchen base cabinet with a sink and a countertop. To make it more functional, the design team had overhead cabinets installed and painted with white duco finish. 

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    Additional warm white LED strip lights were also added as under cabinet lighting.
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    The pretty hexagonal tiles with faux marble finish serve as the kitchen’s focal point.

    The tiles were bought at an affordable price from a hardware store!
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    Bedroom

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    The bedroom is completed with a bed that packs a punch in terms of style and storage. “It has an upholstered headboard with warm LED lighting for ambiance, built-in storage underneath, and two floating bedside tables with pull-out drawers,” says Marianne.

    The partition has an open shelf where the owners can display some of their favorite accessories. The designers installed directional lighting as well to highlight the pieces on display.
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    Bathroom

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    “We dressed up an existing wall-mounted sink to make it look like a vessel sink by adding cabinetry and white porcelain tiles. We also added a mirror, a wooden ledge with LED lighting underneath, and cubby shelves for storage,” the interior designer shares.

    Since some condo units have plain bathrooms upon turnover, you can add storage options and add décor pieces to liven it up.
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    Balcony

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    The designers spruced up the balcony with outdoor furniture – giving the owners another nook where they can enjoy meals, read a book, or simply relax.

    Who needs to eat out when you can dine al fresco in your own home?
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    Ready for your own home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Marianne Jardeleza through e-mail at yantot22[at]gmail.com.

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    This article originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

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

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