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An apart­ment with style and beauty, com­plete with a se­lec­tion of decor and art­work.

Decked in a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, this apart­ment ex­udes char­ac­ter and un­der­stated beauty, com­plete with a se­lec­tion of quirky decor and art­work.

WHO A cou­ple in their 30s and their pet cat

HOME Three- bed­room re­sale HDB apart­ment at Far­rer Road

SIZE 818sqf

When de­sign­ing this re­sale apart­ment, in­te­rior de­signer JQ Ong was very clear of the brief that the home­own­ers Nigel Heng and Jayne Tan had. “We wanted to keep ev­ery­thing as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble. We didn’t want any ar­ti­fi­cial or syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als used in the home — no lam­i­nates or vinyl floor­ing,” shares the wife, Jayne. “We just used what we could af­ford, in­clud­ing raw ma­te­ri­als like wood or con­crete. This home has noth­ing pre­ten­tious about it,” she adds.

The flat fronts Far­rer Road, and traf­fic noise was a big is­sue. JQ knew he had to cre­ate a tran­quil space and rest­ful am­bi­ence in the home. To achieve this, he em­barked on a ma­jor re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of the lay­out, with the mas­ter bed­room, liv­ing and din­ing room po­si­tioned fur­ther away from the front. To ad­dress the lim­ited floor area, he also sug­gested hack­ing all the walls of orig­i­nal bed­rooms, which re­sulted in an open-plan space for the liv­ing, din­ing, and kitchen ar­eas. It was per­fect for the home­own­ers as they en­joy hav­ing gath­er­ings and meals with friends and fam­ily.

Right in the mid­dle of the apart­ment sits the kitchen — the cou­ple’s favourite part of the home. “We knew that we’d want to spend time with peo­ple — chill­ing, eat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. And this space (and the din­ing area) is now the most com­fort­able area for all that, while be­ing very re­flec­tive of our char­ac­ters,” Jayne ex­plains. Lin­ear wood­work de­signs for the car­pen­try give the space an un­der­stated look that’s com­plete with the nat­u­ral beauty of the ma­te­rial, as the wood­grains and patina stand out against the sooth­ing muted for­est green-hued mo­saic

tiles on the back­splash. “I de­signed the kitchen cab­i­netry as mod­u­lar sys­tems, with open shelves. Nigel and Jayne have very good taste in uten­sils and table­ware, so it is im­por­tant to have a space where they can show­case their col­lec­tion,” says JQ.

With an ex­ten­sive li­brary of books and a lush se­lec­tion of plants in the home, JQ ded­i­cated the area along the win­dowsill for these. To com­plete the decor is the cou­ple’s care­ful cu­ra­tion of their favourite art pieces, rugs, sou­venirs, pho­to­graphs shot from their trav­els, and a few key pieces of fur­ni­ture, which they had splurged on.

“We saved the most money in the bed­room and study!” Jayne shares. “We got the bed frame for $150 from Carousell.” In­stead of spend­ing on a wardrobe, JQ sim­ply cus­tomised a clothes rack us­ing a wooden rod and rope.

With a $60,000 ren­o­va­tion, this re­sale apart­ment now has a new lease of life and loads of char­ac­ter, thanks to the de­signer’s clever space-plan­ning and the home­own­ers’ im­pres­sive taste and style.

ABOVE Jayne cu­rates the art pieces, decor and sou­venirs dis­played in the home. The spa­ces un­der the win­dowsill are trans­formed into shelves where the cou­ple now dis­play their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of books. Wired glass gives the cab­i­nets a slightly tex­tured look. CEN­TRE & FA R R I G H T Through­out the home, the cou­ple dis­play their favourite art­works from in­ter­na­tional artists, as well as hand­crafted ware from their trav­els. (OP­PO­SITE) TOP B O T TO M RIGHT Open cab­i­nets were de­signed for the kitchen, for the pair to show­case their col­lec­tion of table­ware.

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