ABS-CBN hunk actor Jake Cuenca only wanted a space that would match his personality: simple yet very masculine.
Late 2009, the Kapamilya star was able to acquire two-unit property (a two-bedroom and a one-bedroom) in a high-rise condominium in Mandaluyong City, with the intention of turning it into a spacious bachelor's pad.
After four months of renovating, he got what he wanted.
Admittedly, he didn't have a specific design in mind, but associated his pad with his fashion style.
Jake told YES!, "To me, it's parang the way I dress up. It was really how I felt at that moment and it's something na parang very me.
"I really did not copy [from books or magazines]."
For the interior design, the Kapamilya star sought the help of architect Leni Llapitan of R.A. Leveriza & Associates, the architectural firm of his maternal grandfather.
He explained to her his ideas, like he wanted "something masculine, something na alam mo iyong lalaking-lalaki.
"Ito yung nararamdaman kong gusto ko 'tapos iyon ang sinabi ko do'n sa nag-i-interior, and naintindihan naman niya ang gusto ko," Jake said.
The actor's living room featured a gray couch, black ottoman, an arc floor lamp, and across it was his entertainment area.
Instead of having a dining room, Jake opted to just have a kitchen counter where he can whip upeverything that he needs.
This way, there was more space allotted for the living area.
His kitchen counter was paired with black swivel bar tools.
Jake's master bedroom was actually the renovated living room and bedroom of the one-bedroom unit.
The actor had his bed base custom-made with built-in side tables.
He placed an eye-catching portrait above his bed.
The portrait was actually of him and fellow Kapamilya Maja Salvador in costume as the iconic Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara of the film Gone with the Wind.
Jake's master bedroom came complete with a master bathroom.
This was the only area of the former's one-bedroom unit that had not been overhauled then.
He only replaced the bathroom fixtures like the shower system and toilet bowl.
Like most celebs, he wanted a big closet for his numerous outfits.
Rather than having a maid's quarter, the celebrity hunk turned the space into an extension of his walk-ins.
This was where he stored his most-loved shoe collection.
Original text by: Candice Anne Lim
Photos by: Rene Mejia
Read full story in YES! September 2010 issue.