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Turning your cozy space into a resort sanctuary

If white feels too stark, opt for pastel colors or a beach color palette.

The moment you’ve been waiting for— and saving for— has finally arrived. You are finally able to acquire your own condo unit at the place that you want, near your place of work, accessible to your life’s conveniences.

Your condo has a resort-like theme and you are excited to spruce your unit up to match your new community. However, yours is a small studio and suddenly, you hit a wall:  How will you turn this modest sanctuary into a livable space? How will you make this home comfortable without feeling too cramped?


Living in a studio or one-bedroom condo unit may test one’s decorating abilities.  You love that you have your own space, but at the same time, you’re also wondering how to make your home look more spacious and cozy than it actually is.

Pops of color


Colors play a major factor in a space. Dark colored walls and ceilings will make your condo unit seem smaller compared to white or neutral colors. If white feels too stark for you, opt for pastel colors or a beach color palette. Not only will it make your home look bright and airy, beach-inspired colors are sure to provide your unit with that relaxing and calming vibe.

Multipurpose furniture

You’ll want to make the most out of your limited space so it’s best to invest in furniture that have at least dual purpose: sofa beds, coffee tables or footstools that double as storage boxes, bed frames with drawers underneath. These space savers are practical to have at home to help minimize clutter.

You may also want to have furniture and shelves custom  built to maximize the space that you have in your unit. A fold-down dining table can easily be stowed away after meals so you are able to free up space in your unit when you need to do so. Have shelves installed along the perimeter of your walls so you’ll still have use for that empty space below your ceiling.

Maximizing space

Clutter makes small spaces feel even more crowded. You’ll discover how storage hacks are your new best friends when you’re living in a more compact space.  You can mount a metal wire mesh on your wall, hang baskets and hooks from this and use this as storage for notes, bills, letters and small trinkets.



You know you can never do away with decor. Decor brings any home—big or small—to life. Beach-inspired accessories are a perfect addition to your home but choose decor that has a double purpose. Seashell curtains, aside from giving you privacy, are also a simple yet perfect addition to your home for that tropical feel. Throw pillows that feature prints of sea creatures or nautical prints are a basic way, too, to give your home that island vibe. Also, installing big mirrors on your walls is an easy way to make a small studio seem bigger. Reflective surfaces add the illusion of space.

Indoor plants

If you’re a plant person, you can have a vertical garden consisting of indoor plants.  Again, all you need is a metal wire mesh, mount it on a wall and hang your small potted plants on it.

Going home to Kasara Urban Resort Residences is like going on an island vacation every single day.  Empire East’s resort-themed development in Pasig features lush landscaping, pools and other topnotch amenities which are sure to give its residents that feel of being on the beach every time they come home.

For inquiries, call 810-3333 or chat with Empire East LIVE! at www.empire-east.com. You can also follow @empireeast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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