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Neutral and Bold: A Scandinavian Chic Rental Property


I first met Mr. T, a week before he was about to leave for the United States. I prepared budgets and renders for him base on our initial meeting which he described as fresh, modern, light color and a little of Scandinavian and not-so industrial design look that looks good and would be appealing to the renters for the concept and a functional space for wardrobe, storage, kitchen, dining and most of all the sleeping area must accommodate 3 to 4 people.

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The Hallway Area facing the entire unit

He initially approved by design right from the moment I presented it and some changes upon his comments were sent via E-mail until it was finalized.  It was really quick as we did it for less than a month since my first presentation. The reason why he hired me is because of his daughter who urged him to hire an interior designer, and thru the recommendation of their Agent, Mr. T and I have met including his wife's family, who will also be overseeing the project.

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Dining Area and Bar

One of the challenges we encountered was to ensure all the requirements he required of us.

  1. Storage for Utility and Shoe Cabinetry
  2. Wardrobe Desk
  3. Study Area 
  4. Media
  5. Dining Area
  6. Bar Area
  7. Kitchen 
  8. A Queen Size bed that will fit in 3-4 pax and ensure that these requirements will also be spacious and looks fresh.

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A view of the open space studio rental

One of the challenges here was being on time of their expected date since we have to wait for a couple of months before we can start the construction because the unit was not yet turned over to him when he hired me and he was already abroad when we commenced the project. Since we were waiting for the turn-over date we had the time to settle things ahead of time from the material selection and possible date of turn-over and sourcing the things that needed to be. Project Management was crucial on our part to meet the deadline of July 30, 2019, instead of hitting the 30-45 working days.

We had about 25 days left by the time I was informed about the turn-over and from time then, we had to fix what was needed to commence the project which took a few more days before we could get in as everyone involved were on different projects, our time was ticking by the nanosecond.  On our day 1, was 19 days left of us and our timeline was still the same. Mr. T, on the other hand, is updated every other day because he was abroad and travels often. We made sure that the ease of working with us would be pleasant, hassle-free and have the assurance that we are right on track on the project and always being on the loop for the updates and ensuring his approval that despite his physical absence, it seems he is still around.

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Bed Area and Coffee Table

Everyone in the Project team was tight-lipped and worried on this, including me, their Operations Manager and Interior Designer but despite the crucial time, we had everything to the last detail grasp in order to be on time and there were even setbacks during the 19 days process.

In order to accommodate around 3-4 pax, We used a Queen Size Pull-out bed from Uratex. The client was happy that he was able to have a spacious area wherein anyone who would stay can do other extracurricular activities like yoga, or other mini work-outs. Even so, the purpose to accommodate 3 or 4 pax was due to the pull-out bed hidden under the spring bed.

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Bed Area

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Kitchen with Dining-Bar Area

The kitchen was designed in a way that will fit the pull-out bed and still is able to move area the kitchen area when in use. The kitchen itself stands a beauty of its own because of its accent tiles - the backsplash, we used a random design of Scandinavian-inspired subway tiles which unifies the bar chair color, bed area, and the media wall fresh and modern look. The overhead cabinet is inspired by an industrial kitchen and still looks fresh and still looks Scandinavian design due to the use of light wood materials. 

Looking at the other side of the wall was a full-length cabinetry and media area for the shoe cabinet, a niche and utility area for extra storage, and a two-door wardrobe, attached to a floating desk table and drawers utilizing its walls as a media area. The concrete wall of the media down to the legroom is painted using Davies Paint: Lush Garden Satin Paint. This Paint was the main accent wall and become the source of color in selecting our furniture, accessories, and accent tiles to have a cohesive look without overdoing it. The shades are not the same and the selection of colors matches from one area to the other and goes the same with the election of wood color and materials.

Having an open space will maximize the use of space and despite having a requirement the best way is to do a space plan and make a specific area work well in two or three activities by applying multi-functional furniture and designing an area with a double purpose. 

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Toilet and Bath

The Toilet and Bath were revamped as well to fit the requirements of the client, with more storage space, and a lavatory that the client approved of,  with cabinetry and a full-length mirror wat serves as its accent and still reflects the Scandinavian chic theme.

Having this type of design, we made sure that every change will keep the client updated and consulting him from time to time, giving them options on which they like and allowing them to have personal touch despite the fact that this is a 19 days renovation, having the client on board makes it easier for us to work and by trusting us to get the job done even if they were abroad and our time zones were like the 12-hours difference. I had gathered my team to be fully committed and on board despite all these and with each role that everyone has been assigned and efforts put into. We were able to make the client, Mr. T, happy and satisfied upon completion of the turnover.

The reasons why he was happy and his sister-in-law with our work:
1. We were on time despite a few delays
2. We were on budget despite the changes and a few additions
3. The requirements he asked from us were there
4. The description he had in mind was what it was,
5. Better than our perspective
6. We styled it all the way even it was not part of it. 
7. We produced quality materials.

Overall, We are just glad and happy that we were able to pull this through, this wonderful challenge until our next journey.



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