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.
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.