The first post we wrote about the work of interior designer Gila Salvador of Madhouse Design Studio, was about a renovation she did of a small space, a 22 sqm condo to fit a family of 5.

This  second one is about another renovation of a 29 sqm condo, again for a family of 5. It is not only space that was the challenge but also the dated look of the condo because it is in a 25-year old building.

Ways to Maximize Small Spaces

What I admire about Gila is that she makes something seemingly impossible possible. You can see from both projects that she really listens very closely to what the homeowners have to say. Here are the main elements that make her projects successful:

  1. She uses both vertical and horizontal spaces in her design.
  2. Clutter makes any space look smaller so she provides as much storage as she can so that the family members have somewhere to put their belongings.
  3. She provides fitted furniture which may be multifunctional, like a bed-cum-couch.
  4. Wall, furniture and upholstery colors are neutrals and blend well together.

Gila is the CEO and Creative Director for Madhouse Design Studio, an interior design, graphic design and construction company based in Metro Manila. If you follow her FB page, you will see that Gila’s unique abilities to cater to this market has been keeping her so busy.

For more tips, read these blog posts about small spaces:
Design Ideas for Small Spaces
Tips on How to Use Paint to Make Your Condo Look Bigger
Small, Space-Saving and Sustainable Structures



Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.


    • Hi Lourdes,
      Gila Salvador, the interior designer, has her own interior design and construction company. We just showed her work here to give our readers ideas on what to do with a small space. For price, please contact her directly. You can leave a message in her company’s FB page at Good luck with any home renovations you are thinking of doing this year.
      Happy New Year!

  1. Sana man lang at least 40 or 50 sq. mtrs maganda na, masyadong maliit yun space. Maganda lang yan kung hangang dalawa lang ang anak mo….pasok yan….Magkano ang rental yan or selling price nyan 29 sq. mtrs?

    • Hi Joel,
      Tama ka, mas maganda pag mas malaki ang space. But we just wanted to show what Gila Salvador can do with space limitations that some of her clients have. As to rental or selling price, we would not know because we are a paint manufacturer, and Gila wouldn’t either because she is an interior designer who also runs a construction company. It would be better to ask a real estate agent.
      Happy New Year,

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