This Eclectic Condo In Tagaytay Was Designed By The Owner’s Niece!
While there are a lot of accommodations to choose from when you’re visiting Tagaytay, it will always be different if you can come home to a place you can truly call your own. Your own private hideaway tucked from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. For this getaway condo, it’s exactly that. It’s where one can exchange the traffic and smog for mountains and fog. Being a corner unit, this space is filled with natural light, fresh Tagaytay ventilation, and unobstructed views of Taal Lake. The only task left was to make the inside as chill as the outside.
Prior to turnover of the unit the owner already knew that her niece Erika Uichanco would design the space. Bothe the designer and the client have a penchant for traveling and they’ve been everywhere from Lucerne to New York, with each vacation giving Erika a chance to get to know her “client” better.
Even if the designer was given the entire artistic license, she admits that she still prioritized placing the client’s needs and personality in the design. Initially a three bedroom unit, Erika took down one of the bedrooms to make way for a larger living area. The client shares that she is very happy with the layout which opens up the space and maximizes the view of the unit.
“I like how the TV is in the center of the layout kasi kahit nasa bar ka or sa couch, you can watch. We love watching movies kasi,” shares the client. In case of family movie night, relatives can stay over because the cozy couches double as guest beds. Erica shares that the entire design of the condo came from the accent sofa bed in the living area. But if the rest of the family is not free, the living room is Bruno’s playground. “She likes pugs,” exclaims Erika who incorporated a lot of pug accessories in the unit, inspired by her aunt’s playful pug, Bruno.
The dining area is very quirky with all the different patterns and shapes from the ceiling lamps to the chairs. The eclectic details are balanced out by the neutral color scheme throughout the living spaces. In the sleeping areas, however, the designer played more with colors.
“They wanted one room to be very floral,” shares Erica on the pink bedroom with an accent wall. In the other room, Erica opted to place a detailed wallpaper with a wood print instead of adding real planks which will take a lot of time in construction and will make the bedroom feel cramped. The small study area in this room is adorned with mementos from the client’s travels and a great view of the Taal.
A lot of accessories in the space either came from a trip abroad or a trip to Cubao Expo. “She loves Cubao X,” smiles Erika on her very hip aunt. But before buying anything, pieces go through Erika’s jurisdiction and vice versa. “When I want to buy something, I have her approve it if it’s okay. Siya din, when she sees something, she sends it to me too,” shares the client who wants to fill her condo with homey accessories and vintage pieces.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving 2016 Vol. 11.5. Edits have been made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com.