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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.

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