The metropolitan home of a young urban executive mirrors his need for a warm, inviting retreat after the pressures of a day's work. The owner of this condo unit took a while to decide on having his own pad, but when he did, he actively sought out a designer who would be able to draw out a masculine layout but still keep the space homey and welcoming, a place where he could relax despite his location in busy Makati.

The owner only had three specific requests of designer Gerard Mendoza: that his space look masculine, that it wouldn’t be too boring or simple, and that there would be a lot of storage. The end result is a home with an urban-Asian theme and an overall feel that is equal parts practical and luxurious.

(First published in Real Living, Real Homes section, as "Luxe Asia" in June 2007. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno; styling by Gwyn G.S. Guanzon; adapted for use in Female Network)
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