A Sophisticated Suite Highlights A Young Couple’s Precious Rug Collection
Tying the knot is a life-changing event for couples. This new chapter of their lives is filled with excitement and joy, especially as they are set to embark on new beginnings. Same goes for these newlyweds who recently purchased their first home in Cebu where they can start building a life and family of their own.
The newly married couple decided to purchase a three-bedroom suite located in the central part of Cebu Business Park to accommodate their busy lifestyles—the wife is a doctor while the husband is a businessman. Upon purchase of the unit, the newlyweds looked for a Cebu-based interior designer to help them build their first dream home. After browsing online, they met interior designer Janet Lee and thereon started with the renovation project.
The many must-haves of the couple already came with their newly bought suite: beautiful views of the city, spacious rooms, and security. However, the bare unit was not reflective of the couple’s taste and agreed it needed a makeover. What the husband and wife wanted leaned towards traditional design style; they also wanted to have a space that would highlight their precious rug collection. “We showed Janet some design pegs for the house but something we absolutely would not do without are the Persian rugs which we’ve had for many years,” shares the couple.
Initially gearing towards a traditional look, the designer changed the unit’s style to something more modern yet with eclectic touches to accommodate the couple’s must-have. “If the rugs were essential for the couple, then the rugs are essential to our design,” shares Janet. The Persian rugs served as the anchor of the unit’s design style, followed by the furniture choices and color picks of the couple.
Classic and contemporary pieces from Ethan Allen, Natuzzi, Tom Dixon, West Elm, Pottery Barn and some local brands like Philux, Moss Manila and Pietro Collection were added in the unit. “Some of the furniture pieces were selected to really match certain shades of the rugs,” Janet explains. Quite a number of pieces inside the unit were imported by the clients from abroad. The wife also had collection of paintings from her previous home, which she asked to be displayed in the unit as well.
The designer explains that she the color scheme of the unit were intentionally kept neutral to complement the couple’s treasured items. The walls of the entire unit were then painted with white, which perfectly highlighted the paintings and rug collections of the owners. “We opted for a neutral palette as to not overpower the pieces we were using,” Janet explains.
Janet and her design team changed nearly everything in the unit during its renovation period. As requested by the wife, the previous light yellow-colored flooring of the unit was replaced with engineered walnut planks. Though the unit originally had large glass windows, a cove lighting was installed in the living room ceiling for added source of light inside. The design team also installed wallpapers, wall moldings, and wainscoting in all rooms of the unit, while extra cabinets were added for more functionality.
The six-month construction period of the unit was definitely labor intensive for the part of Janet’s design team. But as the couple was very proactive during the construction, the design process became a lot smoother. “The best thing about it was the working relationship, they communicated to us what they wanted and how they wanted it to look yet still gave us enough trust and freedom to use the skills and professional style that we brought to the table,” shares Janet.
With the owners and the designer’s collaborative efforts on the color scheme, furniture pieces, and arrangement of the unit, their first home now suits the young couple’s sophisticated style and character. With their design wish list completed, the newlyweds can now start living to the fullest where they can create a family of their own.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine’s June 2018 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com