Step into this comfortable and spacious home clad in earthy hues and tactile accents.
Designed to be simple yet chic, this comfortable and spacious home is clad in earthy hues and tactile accents.
WHO A couple in their 30s
HOME Three- bedroom condominium apartment
When the homeowners of this apartment – a social-media entrepreneur and a fashion designer – approached Terence Neo of Eightytwo to design their home, they had two requests: A look that will stand the test of time, and space to showcase their ever-growing collection of collectibles. The result was a woodand-white Scandinavian-style home accented with unique textures.
“The young, trendy couple also cook and entertain often. We transformed the dark and stuffy home – which did not look and feel like 1,500sqf – into an airy, personal den that suits their lifestyle,” says Terence, who totalled the renovation cost to RM390,000.
Here’s what the couple and interior design team did to achieve this modern and spacious home.
Embrace patterns and textures
First, a much-needed rejuvenation – white polished compressed marble slabs replaced the dull flooring, and the existing drop ceilings were torn to make way for higher, white-painted ceilings.
To create depth in the now visually bigger and brighter space, textures were introduced; the kitchen was colour-zoned using a hexagonaltiled backsplash and monochromatic Moroccan-style flooring, while the dining area features a concrete-look wall. Accent pieces like the travertine stone dining table and geometric living room rug prevent the mostly-white home from looking “flat”.
Incorporate their collectibles
The challenge for the couple was to fit all their playful toys and art pieces into the apartment’s sleek interiors. To do that, Terence suggested a customised display cabinet that showcased the cream of the crop; it is tailored to the height and depth of the preferred pieces and arrangement, and comes with removable glass doors and backlights. Placed at the foyer, this feature gives visitors a warm welcome and glimpse into the homeowners’ personalities.
Be open to new ideas
Despite initially opposing the idea of a kitchen island, the cooking enthusiasts now profess their love for the space. Cookbooks and crockery are stacked neatly on the open shelving, and the once-dark kitchen now has natural sunlight streaming in from the glass doors of the wet kitchen.
“The couple were worried that the island would eat up the walkway space, but the open-concept layout – which has proven ideal for both intimate dinners and a casual night in with friends – turned out great,” says Terence.
The couple were worried about the maintenance required of the hexagonal mosaic tiles, but were eventually too in love with it to mind
ABOVE The couple’s prized possessions deserve the spotlight, so the designers fitted these compartments with backlights.
LEFT Not all the couple’s figurines and sculptures can fit in the display case! You’ll find this Lee Kuan Yew Pez candy sculpture by Flabslab in the foyer.
B O T TO M The couple spared no effort even for the guestrooms, and decorated it with art pieces, such as this one by Wu Qiong. text ELIZA HAMIZAH photography ANGELA GUO art direction LIM YI LING
RIGHT The spare room, which was converted into a walk-in wardrobe, has an en-suite bathroom.