Laureen Uy Tours Us Inside Her Newly Renovated Condo!
A lot can be said about influencers. While some people think that it’s just about posing with beautiful clothes and posting beautiful photos of places and food, the other side of the camera tells a different story. These social media butterflies are the current tastemakers and trendsetters. And for some, these influencers are life inspirations to their followers. Close to a million followers on Instagram, Laureen Uy is one of the top local influencers.
Jet-setting to and fro the most beautiful cities around the world, wearing the most on-trend outfits, and generally living a double-tap worthy life, Laureen has made a name for herself in the industry and with good reason. This influencer knows that her job goes beyond what people see on her blog and Instagram: being a positive part of someone’s life.
Cameras and smart phones down, Laureen is the condo dweller you would want to be neighbors with. She’s friendly, welcoming, and you won’t even feel like she’s Insta-famous. She welcomes us into her apartment, and makes sure that we feel right at home. The large-cut unit in the heart of Makati is extremely opulent with a mix of dark tones with metallic accents and eclectic collectibles.
Being the youngest of the Uy siblings, Laureen was the last one to move out of their parents house. She was 21 when she first got this condo and she styled it just like her fashion sense at the time. “It was all bright colors, neon, pink, orange, stripes, prints and patterns everywhere! I had that phase when I was into colors so much and I wanted that to translate into my interiors,” she points out.
Now a year shy from hitting the 30-mark, Laureen is in the middle of evolving her style. “As I grew older, I realized that that wasn’t my style anymore. Everything changes, everyone changes. Personality, style, lahat. Before renovating, I was going through a phase where I was wearing sneakers more than heels. I was learning to love neutral colors than coloful ones, bright colored pieces.”
It was November or December when she woke up and realized that the place was too bright for her. Come 2018, Laureen had the renovation done. After all, #NewYearNewMe. She was guided by her cousin and interior decorator Elle Uy, who also helped Laureen in dressing up the unit before in its bright colored phase.
“To be honest, the first time we did my first apartment, it was all about the look,” guiltily admits the influencer. Function, versatility, and usefulness weren’t on top of her priority list. However, in this renovation, she was more firm on what she needed and what she wanted. She considered everything from the type of cement finish on the walls, the paint color in her office, and the wallpaper in her bedroom. “I was more hands on now. I noticed all the tiny details and I would tell the contractors to fix something if something was off,” she adds.
Comparing it to her old unit that had a dominantly white wall-base with bright pops of color though the furniture and accessories, the new look is more chic, sleek, and mature. “I changed it according to my personality and style now and surprisingly I like it more now than before,” the influencer adds. From its extremely femme and shabby chic predecessor, the renovation resulted into one of the chicest, eclectic condos to grace the Manila skyline.
“I was leaning towards the more industrial look but of course when you hear the word industrial, it’s so manly. It usually fits a guy, and you instantly think it’s for a bachelor’s pad,” Laureen shares. However, she didn’t want to go for a mancave look. She wanted to strike a balance between something masculine and sophisticated. She shares that in order to keep that chic and feminine touch, she mixed tropical and luxe pieces in the unit’s already masculine base. “I have more plants now and I have more gold pieces just to balance out the manliness.”
When asked about the difference of styling her unit from creating her daily #ootds, Laureen shares that it wasn’t so difficult. “I feel like it’s in me already, I know what I want. When I see an item, be it clothing or decor, I automatically lean towards that. When you’re shopping for yourself, you automatically know what piece you want,” she explains.
While her closet is decked in the latest in high fashion, her apartment is accessorized with hand-me-down furniture from her siblings. “It’s like my clothes too, I want a mix of designer and affordable pieces, but everything has a meaning.” She also visits stores like Curio Cavern and Jonathan Adler, but the biggest shocker is that this influencer shops from Dapitan Arcade! A local flea market of home decor in Manila. “I haggle for a cheaper price! I ask if I buy more will it be cheaper, kuripot!” she laughs. A curation of high end brands and market deals, Laureen’s condo is a beautiful display of things that make her happy.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia’s July 2018 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com