DARING TO BE DIFFERENT
No major renovation here. This couple transformed their apartment simply with decorations.
No major renovation here. This couple transformed their apartment simply with decorations!
A couple and their bull terrier
A two- bedroom condominium unit
Having done up the interiors of local clubs and bars, homeowner Calvin Ho is no stranger to design. However, although he has helped done up the homes of friends, he has ruled out going professional as he doesn’t like to compromise when it comes to executing his vision.
For his new home, he toyed with the idea of creating a space that went along the lines of “British eccentric”. But his first encounter with the apartment wasn’t so inspiring. “My wife and I were shocked when we walked into the space, as it was so small!” he recalls, having downsized from a 2,500sqf terrace house to a compact 786sqf unit.
With some ingenuity and furniture imported mainly from China, Calvin managed to turn this tiny flat into a dwelling that’s undeniably novel, through a renovation that took two months and cost RM90,000 (including furniture). “When it comes to dressing up small spaces, you need to do up the walls,” he asserts. “I don’t like bare walls as the space will feel incomplete.” He also had no qualms about using distinctive wall coverings to create an eclectic effect.
The stately living room has wooden planks bolted onto one wall, lending an old-world handsomeness to this area. It also enjoys a good dose of natural light, preventing the dark wood from looking too oppressive. On the other side, a brazen design statement is articulated with framed posters against rococo wallpaper – even the framed TV screen appears as part of the collage.
Calvin also laid composite flooring over the original beige tiles, leaving a finish that mimics aged wood to give the home a mature feel.
The home’s varying colours and materials form a unified scene. The customised kitchen
Not one for bare spaces, the homeowner unleashed his
creativity and left barely any corner undecorated.
features cabinet doors made up of a succession of ornate frames. This creative design is then complemented by a backsplash made up of bronze tiles, as well as a copper sink and tap.
As rose gold nail heads were used on the living room’s feature wall, Calvin echoed this visual element throughout the abode. The leather chesterfield sofa, side table, and coffee table all feature similar studded details.
The monochrome study room was decorated in a similar approach, with its strictly black and white furniture mirroring its striped walls. The only exception is a curated selection of Calvin’s figurines (some of his collection can be found at Hungry Heroes, the superherothemed restaurant that he runs), which stand out brilliantly against the room’s black and white theme.
Calvin’s aim was to create a home that veers away from anything remotely typical, and he has certainly succeeded: “If you want that wow effect, you’ve got to be different!”
ABOVE The kitchen cabinets are fronted by ornate frame-in-frame doors that the homeowner designed. OPPOSITE Despite having to downsize, Calvin embraced his love for decorative spaces and went all out in styling a living room that has a talking point at...
ABOVE Instead of cramming the shelves with numerous collectibles, Calvin stuck to a few to keep the room looking neat and tidy. OPPOSITE The study room was given simple stripes to turn it into an arresting space.