NO PAIN, ALL GAIN
M Square Creation’s home for a newly married couple is a match made in heaven.
Firsts in life can be thrilling or terrifying events, and truth be told, a milestone like a first home for a freshly minted Mr and Mrs sounds like it could go either way. But newlyweds Carmen and Kah Weng had the wisdom to realise that the best way to put their first home together as a married couple would be to leave it in the hands of professionals, namely M Square Creation, an interior design firm based in Petaling Jaya.
“We got to know Carmen and Kah Weng through an online service platform last October. At first, we thought it would result in nothing concrete, but in March, we were surprised by a message from Carmen. She explained that the late delivery of keys to their new apartment was what caused the delay in getting back to us. Our first meet up went very well as both of them are
really considerate and courteous. They conveyed how they imagined their home would be like and we took on our role is to make their dream real, and of course, within the budget,” recalls Chia Mei Mei, interior consultant at M Square Creation who took the lead on the project.
While the approximately 800 sqf unit service apartment was not particulary large, the team was still meticulous in the process of planning the project so that no detail was overlooked. “When we meet initially with clients, we have discussions to find out what they are actually looking for. The most important thing we ask our clients is what their preferred colours are. From there, we implement those points into the concept in order to create the final outcome. For this project, our client mentioned that they preferred a Scandinavian style and a home
which was practical. Based on their preferred light-toned palette, we managed to create a final outcome that would satisfy Carmen and Kah Weng,” enthuses Mei Mei.
As the clients were concerned about maintenance and detailing, the designers chose trusted surface finishing from Admiral, which is anti bacterial and easy to take care of for the build-in joinery. Also, because the overall mood veered towards light tones, the designer applied similar colour edgings to all custom-made cabinets to create seamless edges, as to them details are what create perfection. In keeping with this dedication to details, the designers added other thoughtful features; this included the creation of extra hidden storage inside the master bedroom, and a walk-in wardrobe in the guest room to provide sufficient storage. Additionally, the wallpaper chosen for the feature walls against the master bedroom bedhead and living area tv console are so well incorporated that they can only be noticed upon close inspection. Apart from that, all the lighting fixtures come with two years of warranty to
ensure that the couple would live a stress-free life, and instead focus on enjoying their home.
To ensure the apartment would be haven which the couple could look forward to retreating to, the designer created an overall colour mood which was warm, yet understated. The designers also left the selection of loose furniture to the lady of the home as they discovered with great delight that she had an innate talent for the task. “It is undeniable that Carmen is really good on this. She has good taste in decor item selections and generously shared her finds with us. In fact, we were so impressed that we told her she could do this as a part time job for our firm if she had the time,“laughs Mei Mei.
Most fairy tales end with “and they lived happily ever after”, and it would seem that this journey, which went so smoothly for both designer and client, deserved the clichéd happy ending. It is indeed a reality, as the results have realised and exceeded the homeowners expectations. In fact, according to Mei Mei, the handover date was only very slightly delayed and that was because the building management froze any building works over the unexpected holidays declared after the recent general elections, leading to the builders’ inability to access the site. In our hyper-connected age of social media, it only seems official if it happens on the ‘gram and the client has since generously posted a warmly sincere post thanking the designers, which left no doubt that the whole process was enjoyable, and that the designers have created the home of their dreams.
OPPOSITE The first impression of this cozy home is one of quiet restfulness ABOVE A white and pastel colour palette was used to create a soothing atmosphere.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Pale wood and white create a modern Scandinavian mood.
The desk was built in at an angle to save on space.
A small but well-equipped kitchen is perfect for a newly married couple.
ABOVE The designers managed to allocate space for different functions with good space planning.