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SM Home’s Essentials of Condo Living: any condo can be beautiful

CE Designer Profile James Razo

In a ridiculously overcrowded city with soaring property values, and epic traffic jams, condo living is a logical dwelling of choice for the urban Filipino. Because of the realities of urban living, and in particular, life in Metro Manila, people have been looking at condo living as a more permanent situation.Recognizing this fact, ”Essentials of Condo Living” the first edition of SM Home’s new design series will feature very small living spaces optimized and styled by up and coming professional designers, to demonstrate just how possible it is to turn even a small living space into a perfect home.

Recognizing this fact, ”Essentials of Condo Living” the first edition of SM Home’s new design series will feature very small living spaces optimized and styled by up and coming professional designers, to demonstrate just how possible it is to turn even a small living space into a perfect home.“In recent years, we’ve seen condo sizes shrink. And as they do, homeowners have to learn how to maximize their spaces, to live comfortably without feeling cooped up,” notes SM Home assistant vice president for marketing, Tom Castañeda at the media presentation of new condo interior setups on the ground concourse of the SM Makati store last September 12. “Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like setups, as well as expert-led talks.”

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“In recent years, we’ve seen condo sizes shrink. And as they do, homeowners have to learn how to maximize their spaces, to live comfortably without feeling cooped up,” notes SM Home assistant vice president for marketing, Tom Castañeda at the media presentation of new condo interior setups on the ground concourse of the SM Makati store last September 12. “Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like setups, as well as expert-led talks.”“There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living,” shares Tom, “SM Home is filled with compact-yet-stylish and multifunctional pieces that are, what we call, condo perfect!”

“There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living,” shares Tom, “SM Home is filled with compact-yet-stylish and multifunctional pieces that are, what we call, condo perfect!” For the Essentials of Condo Living setups, SM Home partnered with four talented architects and designers, dividing them into two teams. Each pair was tasked with designing individual living spaces, while working together to combine their assigned areas within the confines of a limited space, similar to what you’d find in a standard urban condominium. Maya Franco and Erika Uichanco were assigned the kitchen and dining room areas, while Ivy Crisostomo and James Razo were given the living room and bedroom spaces to design and style.

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For the Essentials of Condo Living setups, SM Home partnered with four talented architects and designers, dividing them into two teams. Each pair was tasked with designing individual living spaces, while working together to combine their assigned areas within the confines of a limited space, similar to what you’d find in a standard urban condominium. Maya Franco and Erika Uichanco were assigned the kitchen and dining room areas, while Ivy Crisostomo and James Razo were given the living room and bedroom spaces to design and style. The setups were designed in the popular Scandi-chic style with touches of rustic-Luxe. “Aside from being popular, Scandi-chic is considered to be more minimalist, which makes it a perfect choice for small spaces. The addition of rustic-luxe elements helps give the spaces a lived-in and relaxed vibe, something that can be lost in today’s smaller, low-ceilinged condos,” adds Tom.

“Aside from being popular, Scandi-chic is considered to be more minimalist, which makes it a perfect choice for small spaces. The addition of rustic-luxe elements helps give the spaces a lived-in and relaxed vibe, something that can be lost in today’s smaller, low-ceilinged condos,” adds Tom.

 

Both highly styled setups feature novel and inventive ways to define each living area, while maintaining a cohesive look. Erika and Maya break-up their kitchen and dining room designs with a divider that doubles as a shelving unit. To make the line between the two spaces that much more recognizable, they chose a bright teal (Tribal Teal) paint color for her dining room walls, and a dark green shade (Scout’s Honor) for the kitchen, both from Boysen’s Tradition palette, part of its Color Trends 2017 collection.

And Maya has chosen to add a kitchen island to the space, which can easily be converted from a cooking area to a workspace.

“I love that in this very simple but tasteful design, Maya has broken condo interior rules that were once thought of as hard and fast, like never use dark colors predominantly in condo interiors. Her space may be deep green, but it really works in this tight space,” enthuses Tom. “And with condos, conventional wisdom tells us that less is more, but Maya has chosen a kitchen island to show that isn’t always the case. Overall, her design shows that even in a limited space, there really are infinite possibilities.”

Any condo, no matter how cramped, can be beautiful and functional, and you’d be surprised at how little you need to spend to make it that way with items from SM Home.

For some inspiration, come see the “Essentials of Condo Living” setups this week at the SM Makati store. See how a little imagination and SM Home’s range of condo perfect products can transform even a tiny living space into an urban oasis. Get invaluable insights on subjects like space planning, multifunctional pieces and more during this weekend’s SM Home’s Design Series talks (September 16 and 17) from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. The talks are free and open to the public.

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