BEYOND THE STEREOTYPICAL
THE HOMEOWNERS HAS OUTFITTED THEIR SUBURBAN HOUSE WITH A MIX OF NEW AND OLD FURNITURE AND DÉCOR ACCESSORIES THAT FLOW SEAMLESSLY TOGETHER.
The homeowners injected their personalities into this mixed concept home,
making it unique and fun.
Ahome is a reflection of one’s personality. That is clearly evident in the home of husband and wife, Joe and Veronica, and their four year-old son, Ethan. When they bought this double-storey link house in Shah Alam, it started out as just as investment. As time went by, they realised it was a better living environment and a less congested area compared to where they previously resided. They like the spaciousness of the house and the fact that not a lot of structural changes is needed. After three months of renovation, they moved in in early February 2013. Both homeowners have a background in architecture and interior design, and each had a hand in deciding the design of their home.
Joe, an interior designer and Veronica, an architecture lecturer, like the idea of randomness, without having the house interior looking too coordinated. They put a new spin to showroom quality houses, offsetting pristine accents and reversing the conventional. “A house does not need to look like a house”, says Veronica. Without any particular referrals or inspiration ideas, they bought the things that attract them most and somehow they work together despite their differences. They like to anchor a space with a statement piece, like the sofa in their living space.
When deciding to move in, they noticed the house was not very child-friendly. There was a glass balcony bordering the study. So they decided to cover up the entire void with three feet of laminated glass wall with powder-coated frames and also added powder coated iron railings to the stairs. The open-concept home offers a sense of transparency that allows them to keep an eye on their son whilst upstairs.
The tiles in the living room that came with the house are swapped with polished cement rendered flooring. They also added an exposed brick wall that gives an industrial authenticity to the double volume space of the house.
The only major renovation was the knocking down of walls to turn the space into an open dining area. Due to the existing column, they decided to do add a timber frame that adds a slight periphery to the living and the dining room. Decked with a marble counter top and timber teak flooring, the kitchen décor is a welcoming one.
MADE TO ORDER
Their home is an effortless mix of salvaged items and collectibles scored from worldly finds. It is also filled with custom designed pieces that make it more personalised. Working with a resourceful
Instead of the conventional console table, they custom designed a television console, made up of pieces of hardwood stuck together to create an unfinished look, intentionally exposing the wires. The railway slipper from a nursery plantation in Kelana Jaya is customised onto an old sewing machine, to give a fresh appeal.
The artwork collected from their travels add a worldly touch to the space and the natural arrangement and flow of their home is a testament to the homeowners creative eye at play. An example are the two large paintings they found at Chatuchak Market at RM 900 each. With a lot of imagination and hard work, they’ve created a unique space filled with humour, colour, and kitsch.
The exposed brick wall becomes a backdrop for their collection of chinois furniture.
above Steel structures on the staircase give the place an industrial look. left Among their collectibles is the restored antique radio and superhero prints from Bangkok.
left The kid’s bedroom room was the only room they experimented with colour. right The seating area of the master bedroom is kept simple and cosy.