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An art-inspired interior project in Milano Residences Philippines

An art-inspired interior project in Milano Residences Philippines

When I was pitching for this project, I was still working on a set of condo units following a standard theme across the board and with a lot of limitations. So this one was refreshing to me because my client gave me freedom. In fact, he only showed me one image as my overall brief: a painting by Joan Miro called The Hunter. A very whimsical piece of artwork that meant so much to him. Honestly, I was sh*t-scared. I thought to myself – What if I don’t do it right? What if he doesn’t like my interpretation? Is that all the info I’m getting? I had these questions in my mind but I knew I had to shake off my self-destructive second guessing. So yes, I had to slap myself back to my confidently beautiful persona (LOL).

My client is based in the US while his agent (who referred this project ) is jet-setting around the world. I’m just thrilled that these clients gave me enough creative license in this whole process to interpret his brief into this two bedroom blank canvas -while of course following the set budget they gave that covers everything from furniture, decor, appliances, and even kitchen tools and dinnerware. I worked on this project every weekend for 2.5 to 3 months. *I have a day job!

Sooo I hope you like my thought process here. It’s not too literal, I feel. But I really put my heart into it. 🙂

MILANO RESIDENCES 2-bedroom suite

Photo credits to notable photographer Mr. Paolo Feliciano. Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to Marty and Mommy Arleen for helping me out with the kitchen island and bar construction!

THE BRIEF: Joan Miro's The Hunter Catalan landscape painting

THE BRIEF: Joan Miro’s The Hunter Catalan landscape painting

Upon entering, you'll notice the gallery wall on your left. Can you still see the panel board? I hid it!

Upon entering, you’ll notice the gallery wall on your left. Can you still see the panel board? I hid it!

The foyer and living room. That black line graphic subtly represents the first letter of my client's surname.

The foyer and living room. That black line graphic subtly represents the first letter of my client’s surname.

The dining room and kitchen. That kitchen island slash bar on the right side is just an addition to serve as a bar and breakfast nook

The dining room and kitchen. That kitchen island slash bar on the right side is just an addition to serve as a bar and breakfast nook

A closer look at the kitchen area with bar. Notice the chandelier? It can hold up to 14 bottles of wine! And I really like those polygon mirrors.

A closer look at the kitchen area with bar. Notice the chandelier? It can hold up to 14 bottles of wine! And I really like those polygon mirrors. I also used the same tiles in the kitchen backsplash and the island bar.

A closer look at the dining area. I got the table separately from those chairs. Those lights are Tom Dixon-inspired while the painting was created by a local artist who works for a furniture store as a salesman!

A closer look at the dining area. I got the table separately from those chairs. Those lights are Tom Dixon-inspired while the painting was created by a local artist who works for a furniture store as a salesman!

The master's bedroom. I had to inject more masculinity here while keeping it clean and airy. Those graphic lines on the wall represent the first letter of my client's name.

The master bedroom. I had to inject more masculinity here while keeping it clean and airy. Those graphic lines on the wall represent the first letter of my client’s name.

The master's bedroom. Minimalist decor still. I also recycled some red wine bottles for the nightstands.

The master bedroom. Minimalist decor still. I also recycled some red wine bottles for the nightstands.

A closer look at the master bedroom nightstand

A closer look at the master bedroom nightstand

The master bedroom work desk. The desk was custom-made! Notice how I made one leg yellow.

The master bedroom work desk. The desk was custom-made! Notice how I made one leg yellow.

The guest bedroom. That argyle-inspired wall screams preppy! :)

The guest bedroom. That argyle-inspired wall screams preppy! 🙂

The guest bedroom. I added some fashion references here through those framed prints.

The guest bedroom. I added some fashion references here through those framed prints.

Across the bed is a console with a lamp and a small Joan Miro print.

Across the bed is a console with a lamp and a small Joan Miro print.

Beside the guest bedroom's bed is a work desk. One can also enjoy the Makati skyline while seated.

Beside the guest bedroom’s bed is a work desk. One can also enjoy the Makati skyline while seated.

A closer look at the living room

A closer look at the living room

Some wall decor, still inspired by the colors and shapes I was going for.

Some wall decor, still inspired by the colors and shapes I was going for.

My favourite area in this project - the dining room! I really wanted it to look Pinterest-worthy. :)

My favourite area in this project – the dining room! I really wanted it to look Pinterest-worthy. 🙂

Do you want to have a beautiful space like this? Ask me. I can help you. 🙂 You can achieve a beautiful space without spending too much.

Love, Jules

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