article_the-convertible.jpgGood things come in small packages, as evidenced by this 45-sqm studio unit that has been converted into a one-bedroom home. Interior designer Jean Paul de la Rosa explains that the only thing the owner specifically asked for was a separate bedroom, and that the rest of the decor were entirely up to the design team.

In transforming the space, the designer didn't just build a bedroom. He also made sure the room served another purpose: extra storage. The room is elevated with a few baby steps (reminiscent of a split-level house), and has drawers on one side, just below the mounted flat screen TV. Jean Paul made concession for plenty of hidden storage. He utilized odd corners by turning them into a bookshelf, a display niche, or a compact study nook, while the custom-made bed has drawers underneath for linen and extra pillows. Aside from providing storage, the extra height of the bedroom adds interesting depth to the unit.

Though the pad is far from big, it looks airy, thanks to the mirrors and glass partitions. These clear dividers, along with the sliding, frosted glass door of the bedroom, define areas without the cramped effect. The sweeping curtains in the living area also help in creating illusion of a grander area. In deciding on the color palette, Jean Paul chose subtle and soothing neutral hues—a soothing storm gray, mocha, and chocolate brown—which were also used for the finishes and soft furnishings. With the clever addition of partitions and the space's overall sleekness, no new guest would’ve known it was a bare studio unit until a couple of months ago.

(First published as "The Convertible" in the "Real Home" section of Real Living Philippines' October 2010 issue. Photos by Vincent Coscoluella; pictorial direction by Rachelle Medina. Adapted for use in Female Network.)

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