Look Inside A ‘Mutya ng Pilipinas’ Board of Director’s Family Condo
Jeff is a Chinese businessman, the owner and vice president of the Sheridan Marketing Inc. and one of the Board of Directors of Mutya ng Pilipinas. His wife, Tiffany, on the other hand is an IT entrepreneur and a socialite from Singapore. The young couple travels regularly between Cebu, Singapore and many other places across the globe with their baby Bella. While their life seems to have a lot of things going on, their family condo in Cebu Business Park is a modern minimalist with hints of industrial style designed by Janet Lee.
“Our clients already have envisioned the kind of ambiance they want to achieve for their home. One of their goals was to have a wooden slat ceiling in the entertainment area. The wooden slats were also used in the guest room and master’s bathroom,” points out Janet whose team has known and worked with Jeff for quite a long time before he became their client. “We had a few projects with him and we’re so glad to be designing his first home to share with his lovely wife Tiffany,” she adds.
The young family’s entertainment or living area instantly sets the mood of anyone who sees it. The cozy ambiance and clean look of the space is a calming combo, complemented by the sheer window treatments diffusing the bright natural light from outside. Wooden slats in the ceiling add color and warmth to the otherwise neutral and muted space.
“Our clients want something light to match with the existing flooring. The challenge was to source for materials and furniture that would blend well with it,” Janet shares how they came up with the neutral color choice for the unit and how it’s like to work around it. She adds, “We also used skim coating and concrete looking wall tiles for the toilet and bath to achieve the concept.”
The designer also shares that they did a lot of changes in the family condo, especially in the kitchen and the toilet-and-bath rooms. The design team altered the kitchen countertop with high gloss lacquered and matte Silestone. Moreover, mirror subway tiles serve as backsplash for the kitchen, a modern twist to the industrial design style. Meanwhile, the flooring was replaced with wood tiles from Spain.
A portion of the kitchen was also knocked down to open up and widen the space. The then closed-off kitchen now has an island with a waterfall countertop finished in the same material as the kitchen countertop. The island also creates a visual separation of the kitchen and dining area, complemented by three Bo Concept pendant lamps in white to contrast the dark countertop and cabinets. On one wall is a floating wine rack, while on the other is a larger storage space.
Next to the kitchen is the dining area designed in a mix of glass, metal, and leather. The cold and rigid glass and metal are neutralized by the warmth and soft edges of the Ottawa Chairs in Caramel Bahia leather. The dining table is also extendable to accommodate more when the couple have friends and family over.
“We understand that condos are limited in space and our clients love to entertain their guests so they picked furniture that are functional, like the expandable glass dining table and the sectional sofa in the living area that can accommodate their friends and family. We didn’t have a lot of accessories since the furniture pieces already make a statement,” points out Janet.
On the other hand, the toilet-and-bath rooms were all retiled while the counters were all customized. One of the bathrooms has a black marble sink, a scene-stealer with its sleek finish, and a flat mouth waterfall faucet. Fish bowl planters also adorn the otherwise bare wall. The other bathroom is accentuated by a wall of hexagon-shaped tiles. Meanwhile the master bath features a his and hers bathroom sink.
The guest room that also incorporates the couple’s home office follows the same neutral palette, but with warmer tones of brown. Two different wallpaper colors, designs, and textures adorn the walls of the space, the use of which creates an interesting personality to the room. Mirrors also make the room brighter and roomier.
A work desk for him and her is placed by the window with an ample natural light, with one side featuring the same wood slats in the living area and the other an open shelf for the couple’s printing machine and important documents.
While the condo took around five months to renovate and was turned over late last year, the nursery room for the couple’s unica hija was finished just recently, in time for the baby to arrive. The baby’s room, the only colorful (although muted) room in the family condo, was furnished with furniture from Pottery Barn Kids. Striped wallpaper cover parts of the room’s walls, while watercolor artworks hand painted by Tiffany hang on the plain colored side.
In the master bedroom, the bed anchors the whole room. On either side of the bed is a floating bedside table left neat and spacious by opting for a wall-mounted lamp. Mirror details also create a more spacious room, while also amplifying the light from the wall lamps and the natural light from the balcony. In front of the bed is the vanity, and to the left is the master bath.
Janet shares that the condo turned out a lot better than what they imagined, and seeing their ideas and designs come together in this space for the couple’s growing family and busy lifestyle is the best part of doing this project. And when asked about what feature in the unit she’s most proud of, she spills, “The best feature is the wood slat ceiling because it gives you that inviting and cozy ambiance.”