These house­mates’ dif­fer­ing tastes re­sulted in an eclec­tic mix of in­dus­trial raw­ness and tra­di­tional charm.

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These house­mates’ dif­fer­ing tastes re­sulted in an eclec­tic mix of in­dus­trial raw­ness and tra­di­tional charm.

WHO House­mates in their 30s

HOME Three- bed­room walk- up apart­ment in Joo Chiat

SIZE 1,300sqf

“Jef­frey and I wanted a place where peo­ple feel com­fort­able enough to put their feet up – but we didn’t quite know how to trans­late that into a style,” says Nick Longstaff, who moved to Sin­ga­pore from Canada nine years ago. It turns out he didn’t have to ex­plain much, as friend and in­te­rior de­signer Ar­jan Twill­haar has got the house­mates’ taste to a T.

Ar­jan shares that Nick likes a more tra­di­tional style, while Jef­frey is a lit­tle whim­si­cal and eclec­tic (“I like colour and graph­i­cal art prints… I have a print of a ma­chine gun-wield­ing Red Rid­ing Hood that I have yet to put up!” says Jef­frey) so he mixed the two to cre­ate a cool, New York loft-type am­bi­ence. This style wel­comes clas­sic de­sign el­e­ments like white skirt­ing with dark her­ring­bone floors, and a mix of in­dus­trial archetypes like brick walls and steel grid win­dows.

Their $90,000 ren­o­va­tion in­cludes tear­ing down one bed­room to make way for a spa­cious kitchen. Nick loves to cook for guests who come over for brunches and din­ners, and a large stove and oven were es­sen­tial. This meant less coun­ter­top space, so most of the food prep is done on the kitchen is­land, which is fit­ted with a

sink, dish­washer, and wine chiller. Tra­di­tional de­tail­ing, like an Ogee-edged quartz top and mar­ble back­splash, im­bue a coun­try-style charm here; these clash beau­ti­fully with Nick’s con­tri­bu­tion – steel bar stools in four vi­brant hues.

In­stead of vis­ually weighty built-ins, the house­mates opted for loose fur­ni­ture and lay­ers of ac­ces­sories that can be mixed and matched. “The tex­ture and colour from the brick wall makes a good back­drop, so we stuck to com­ple­men­tary mas­cu­line colour themes – like grey and dark wood tones – and weaved quirky prints and tech­ni­colour draw­ings through­out the space,” says Ar­jan.



“I love travel posters, and bought these Sin­ga­pore-themed prints from Eck & Art,” says Nick. Re­mov­ing one bed­room made space for a com­mon bath­room, too. Ar­jan, who has plenty of experience in shift­ing bath­rooms, was the only de­signer who took up the chal­lenge to cre­ate a big­ger bath­room. The sea grey wall pro­vides a muted back­drop for the colour­ful con­sole and pho­tog­ra­phy prints. The house­mates ac­ces­sorised the home with items from Ikea, Com­mune and Sec­ond Charm, as well as from their trav­els (like the cop­per lamps).

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