THIRD SPACE STU­DIO CAFé: HALO-HALO CHARM This cozy din­ing hub is home to com­fort food and re­fur­bished finds

Real Living (Philippines) - - Get Inspired Room For Inspiration - photography styling words DAIRY DARILAG TALA SINGSON SUN­SHINE SELGA FUNA

When asked what in­spired them to put up Third Space Stu­dio Café, owner and dec­o­rat­ing en­thu­si­ast Elle Uy Aguell ca­su­ally replies: “We just saw an op­por­tu­nity.” There are no tales about long, drawn-out dreams, nor are there mus­ings on restau­ra­teur as­pi­ra­tions. Her hus­band, Yus­eff, just hap­pened to see the 400-sqm space and de­cided to take a leap—it was as sim­ple as that.

This un­pre­ten­tious ap­proach ex­tends to the stu­dio-café’s menu, which con­sists of home-cooked com­fort food, re­fresh­ing shakes, and milk teas; and to its eclec­tic in­te­ri­ors put to­gether by Elle and Yus­eff. eclec­tic the in­spi­ra­tion is our col­lec­tion. We col­lect, we re­fur­bish. So be­fore

of scrap “Kaya siya kasi pa namin i-start ‘to, meron kam­ing bodega na na di pa namin alam gagawin. Ito yung re­sulta nun—ito yung lumang namin, lumang lumang fur­ni­ture frames ta­bles. Ito yun,”

chairs, Elle jovially re­lates.

Most, if not all, were bought from sec­ond­hand shops, vin­tage col­lec­tors, or were done by Yus­eff, who used to run an up­cy­cled-dé­cor shop with Elle (she chron­i­cles her dec­o­rat­ing projects at decorme­ Take, for in­stance, the old wooden school chairs that were used at the cou­ple’s wed­ding—some are now in the café, the writ­ing pads re­moved and turned into bases for a few of the ta­bles. Yus­eff de­signed all the light­ing pieces as well, with the help of a welder.

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