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IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAS MUCH SPACE, BUT THIS ONE- BED­ROOM FLAT IS FULL OF CLEVER DE­SIGN IDEAS AND HID­DEN NOOKS FOR STOR­AGE.

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - The Green Issue -

It isn’t sur­pris­ing that home­owner Lori Chin asked her de­signer, Stella Lee of D’Haus, to fash­ion lots of hid­den stor­age for her twobed­room HDB flat in the Laven­der area. What’s sur­pris­ing is that, even with a floor area of only 484sqf, the de­signer man­aged to carve out stor­age spa­ces that are large enough to be func­tional, yet she didn’t com­pro­mise on the vis­ual spa­cious­ness of the in­te­ri­ors. The other big chal­lenge Stella faced was in com­ply­ing with the list of in­struc­tions Lori’s ge­o­mancer had for the de­sign of the flat.

First, the en­tire flat had to be gut­ted, and the door­way to the kitchen re­moved to present a long, un­in­ter­rupted flow of space from the front door right up to the win­dows in the yard area. Stella also shifted the en­trance of the sole

bed­room from a door­way fac­ing the liv­ing room wall to right be­side the main door. “We pushed out the bed­room wall by about 50cm into the liv­ing room to in­cor­po­rate a hid­den dress­ing ta­ble on the bed­room side,” says Stella. This also pro­vided more pri­vacy for Lori. The door to the bed­room is now so well hid­den that some guests walk past it think­ing the bed­room is at the back of the flat!

Lori’s plans to erect a plat­form with hid­den stor­age in the liv­ing room went out the win­dow be­cause of budget con­straints, plus her ge­o­mancer had ve­toed her idea to swop the lo­ca­tion of the kitchen and bed­room – do­ing that meant her bed­room would have an ad­join­ing bath­room. Should this have hap­pened, the plat­form would have hid­den the wa­ter and gas

pipes. But they kept the idea of the plat­form, and a lower ver­sion now subtly de­mar­cates the foyer from the yard, “pre­vent­ing dust from en­ter­ing”, ex­plains Stella.

“I orig­i­nally wanted Moroc­can lamps hang­ing from the liv­ing room ceil­ing, but that was an­other idea not ap­proved by my ge­o­mancer,” says Lori, who loves Moroc­can aes­thet­ics. They trans­lated the idea into the floor tiles in­stead. The Moroc­can pat­tern was a lucky find be­cause it had the ex­act colours the ge­o­mancer had spec­i­fied for the liv­ing area! Says Lori: “My idea of a home is cosy and chic, and this is ex­actly that.”

Fol­low­ing her ge­o­mancer’s ad­vice, Lori bought a bed that al­lows for air to cir­cu­late un­der­neath. “Book” stor­age on floor, from Egg3.

Sewing ma­chine legs, bought from a vin­tage shop, have been fit­ted to a wooden tray to cre­ate a nos­tal­giatinged ta­ble in the foyer area. Ar­ti­fi­cial plants and cake stand, both from Egg3.

The home’s bath­room is clad in the same Moroc­can-print tiles as the liv­ing room floor­ing for vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity. Win­dows let in more light to brighten up the space.

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