Annie G (a writer) and her husband Benny R (a banker), recently decided to downsize from a 2,300 sqft bungalow in Vancouver to this 950 sqft two-bedroom condo. The couple wanted to create a beautiful space to relax and entertain friends and family. They also wanted their home to reflect the warmth and humor of their native Filipino culture.  By the time they called our design firm, Annie and Bennie had already begun buying a few pieces of furniture on their own, thinking it was no sweat. It wasn’t long before they felt overwhelmed and realized that they needed the help of a professional to help them meet all their requirements and make the space look good at the same time. As with most do-it-yourself (DIY) decorators, Annie and Bennie weren’t mindful of things like scale and proportion. That’s why most people usually end up buying furniture that’s either too small or too big. Or they may buy various pieces of furniture that don’t look good together, because either the color or style is off. Furthermore they didn’t know the right suppliers where they could find the things they needed to achieve the minimalist/Asian look that they wanted. We purchased a full-scale dining table and placed this near the living room, which also doubles as their entertainment space. We introduced materials and natural fibers from their home country, such as water hyacinth for the love-seat, abaca for the sofa cushions, rice paper dining area pendant, raw silk for accent pillows and bamboo for various decorative pieces.  Annie and Bennie also had a growing art collection, out of which our design team selected several paintings to display in the living room and their bedroom. The end result is a very beautiful and functional space which both of them can enjoy and also entertain their guests.



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