Beach-inspired Condo Styling
This condo project sparked my idea to create this blog -an attempt to establish an online chronicle of my purpose in life *thunder and lightning (hahaha). I hear ya, you think I’m such a frustrated interior designer. Well damn right, I am! I was that kid in high school who wanted to take an interior design course but had to go through financial limitations. But here I am. Just a corporate workaholic… standing in front of a computer… asking for a chance at realising her passion. I know in my heart that making beautiful spaces is not only a dream but a true calling.
So here’s combining two things I enjoy – the beach and interior decoration! It’s a true labor of love because it’s my sister’s very first real estate investment. She’s been in the UK for more than a decade and I’m happy that she decided to plan for her (future) retirement in the Philippines. So I helped her decorate the unit on a strict budget! Her design brief was to keep it beach-inspired, light and airy, nothing too nautical, very functional, and most of all renter-friendly. I had 2 weeks, 2 workers (handyman and painter), 1 pick up truck, 1 measuring tape, endless Viber chats with my sister, and a ton of imagination. I’m so happy she loved it as much as I enjoyed working on it. Here’s a walkthrough of the work I’ve done for her condo.
The Project: 29 sq.m. 1-bedroom flat with balcony, Miami tower of Azure Urban Resort Residences
The Inspiration: The design is inspired by no less than El Nido, Palawan. It’s my sister’s favorite beach in the Philippines.
The Client: This is my sister Cyril, the owner of the unit (and that’s me on the left). Yup, she’s very girly and colourful. You will see her personality shine through in the interior design.
Color Scheme: I decided to use the shades of light blue green, light wood, white, gray, and pops of sunshine yellow. It’s not easy to pick paint color from these tiny swatches, seriously. So it took a lot of back and forth before I decided on Davies’ Aqua Crystal (light) and Ocean Cruise (dark). It’s helpful if you know how sunlight hits the walls of your room before deciding on a darker shade.
This was her bare unit which came with some furniture and appliances. I decided to forego those that didn’t go well with what I had in mind. We just sold them for extra cash!
Voila! A beach-inspired living space. The white headboard is a DIY project I did in my garage. You can get old louver doors or buy them per piece at a home depot; just paint them white and screw them on. You can even use sanding paper to create a more rustic, shabby chic look.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match throw pillows for your bed! I got these from H&M Home and SM Home. The smaller printed pillow also ties in with the dining table cover (you’ll see later!). We’re using white hotel-grade sheets for comfort and elegance since this condo will be rented out for short-term leasing (like AirBnB).
Bedroom Details: Her bedside table was purchased for a song in Tagaytay-Silang highway’s row of sash factories. It’s made of mahogany wood but sanded down to give that lighter, matte, and grainy look. Accessories like the woven basket, light blue lamp, picture frames, and yellow alarm clock were all from SM Home; while the light house and book were from my own house. I really like that open picture frame with twines; I had fun picking out artsy photos of my sister’s many beach trips abroad.
A reading nook beside the window is perfect for this space. I chose this beige canvass accent chair printed with fun post stamps from SM Home. My “beachy” word play on the wall was bought per letter from Papemelroti.
This was my challenge –to incorporate her large Van Gogh Sunflower print. Hence my decision to use yellow as accent color. It’s important to choose the right wooden frame to mimic the closet beside it. The cute distressed white dresser was also from Papemelroti. I also got a wooden three-tier storage from one of the sash factories in Tagaytay-Silang highway. Woven baskets were placed in each level to store knick knacks and what-not. Notice that even the trash bin goes well with her color scheme!
I love Sanicare’s new boxes of tissues printed like wood and stone. I think it’s very clever.
Living Room: I initially wanted to have the darker shade (Ocean Cruise) just for the bedroom wall but we won’t be able to maximize the gallon! So if you bought 2 paint colors of similar color family (but different shade), doing a striped accent wall does the trick.
A compact space calls for a hidden extra sleeping area. This gray sofa bed was probably the most expensive purchase; it’s still good to invest on some items for long term use. More wooden furniture was purchased from the sash factories such as this multi-tier display cabinet beside the sofa and even the coffee table. The dark wicker ottoman doubles as extra storage and seat; I got it through online shopping in Lazada.ph. Fun throw pillows and accessories were from H&M Home and SM Home.
Kitchen and Dining: Check out the kitchen backsplash! I was lucky to find these glass mosaic tiles that remind me of fish scales. Since the wall’s made of gypsum board, we installed those mosaic tiles with epoxy and tile grout. The striped wall really makes an impact on this space so we didn’t have to install more artwork. The main door was also painted using Davies’ Ocean Cruise to keep it fun and in theme.
Dining Area: I used sunshine yellow as my accent color; this was only used sparingly throughout the space. Remember the sunflower artwork, yellow alarm clock, and yellow throw pillow? So for this dining area, I chose a couple of yellow steel chairs and a matching printed table cover. The entertainment system was also installed on the wall to save floor space. These open hanging shelves can be found in any hardware or home depot. Don’t forget to check the weight of your items against the capacity of the shelves!
Bathroom: The beach-inspired theme continues in the bathroom. I love this H&M Home gray bath mat and shower curtain with monochrome coconut trees. A small faux plant with sea shells makes the space feel fresh, while a tin “nude beach” plate signage is a quirky way to add some character to the bathroom.
I hope this inspires you to decorate your home no matter how small. It’s always refreshing to come home to a beautiful space.
If you wish to experience this condo, book a staycation via AirBnB! Azure Urban Resort Residences has world-class facilities and a man-made beach. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13100952