What Happens When Your Landlord Lets You Decorate Your Rental? This!
December 12, 2018
landlord was strict. “With my new landlord, happy siya with how the unit turned out. Ang swerte kasi kilala ng boyfriend ko ‘yong owner,” she adds. Mariel sought the help of Erika Go of Elementary Design Group, whose portfolio she found on Instagram. “I’ve been following her on Instagram. I like her style and tagline—Bringing ‘Luxe for Less’ into your home. Maximize rentals—so, she’s the first person I reached out to,” Mariel shares. In two weeks, the 38sqm rental unit was decorated (design phase, sourcing of furniture and accessories, and actual furnishing included) on a budget. The result is a chic and cozy condo unit for Mariel and her cats, Brody and Chloe.Although there weren’t any structural edits in the unit—one of the condo owners doesn’t want anything built or removed, even holes on the walls are a no-no—the strategic layout of furniture pieces in the condo creates a visual separation among the areas of the unit. With the layout kept open, one easily gets a hint on Mariel’s lifestyle and interests. Upon entry, a modest foyer greets guests with a potted orchid and a dish of psychedelic crystals which Mariel got into when her officemate introduced crystals to her five years ago. The designer, Erika, took inspiration from those crystals, particularly the pink quartz crystals, and came up with the color palette for the rental unit, with pink and gold as the accent colors against the white, gray and light wood base. The light and easy palette, reminiscent of Scandinavian design style, gives a chic, clean, and cozy ambiance in Mariel’s rental condo. A spacious vanity area, one that Mariel requested, is custom-made by a furniture maker she and Erika found on Instagram. On either side of the vanity are storage units that according to Mariel are non-negotiables because she has a lot of files from her sales work, books to read, and other knick knacks including her pets’ things. I’m always on-the-go. My days aren’t always the same because I don’t have a strict nine-to-five job. I’m in sales, so palipat-lipat throughout the day. I want to stay home as much as possible, so I wanted to have a place that I would actually want to be in, where I feel good and without stress,” shares Mariel. An area rug helps define the living space with a geometric pattern in varying shades of gray. The two-seater gray couch ties the composition together. An artwork hanging above anchors the space and renders a touch of modern sophistication.