LOOK HUES TALK­ING

From vi­brant colours to bold mo­tifs, it’s all about em­brac­ing the un­pre­dictable for this home­owner cou­ple.

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From vi­brant colours to bold mo­tifs, it’s all about em­brac­ing the un­pre­dictable for the home­own­ers.

It helps to have an open mind. From the minute An­to­nia and Derek Ro­driguez en­gaged in­te­rior stylist Priscilla Tan of Styledby.pt, they en­trusted her with the de­sign ideas and left most of the sourc­ing of fix­tures, fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories to her. What sets Priscilla apart from most in­te­rior de­sign­ers is that, apart from de­sign­ing the home, she prides her­self on pro­vid­ing “be­spoke home styling and dec­o­rat­ing ser­vices” that very much re­flect a home­owner’s life(style).

“The home­own­ers were very open to my ideas and sug­ges­tions,” en­thuses Priscilla. “There’s a bo­hemian vibe about them; they are not afraid to em­brace colour and take risks, al­low­ing me to source for many things on­line.”

Colour my world

The in­te­rior of this four-room apart­ment acted as a gi­ant can­vas for Priscilla to make a splash with at­ten­tion-grab­bing, yet sooth­ing, colours. From mint green in the kitchen to turquoise in the din­ing area, brick-like tiles in the liv­ing room, and quirky wall­pa­per in other spa­ces, it was a bold ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent shades and mo­tifs.

Priscilla went about vis­ually dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing the rooms, kitchen and even the bath­rooms. Says An­to­nia: “Each room or sec­tion aims to evoke a cer­tain kind of emo­tion. For ex­am­ple, the kitchen is whim­si­cally bright, mak­ing it a happy place to be in, where the chef in me can ex­er­cise the most cre­ativ­ity.”

“There’s a bo­hemian vibe about them; they are not afraid to em­brace colour and take risks, al­low­ing me to source for many things on­line," says the in­te­rior de­signer.

One of the bed­rooms was con­verted into a “lounge” area, a cosy nook with pas­tel-hued cush­ions and quirky wall­pa­per re­plete with tri­an­gu­lar mo­tifs. “Peo­ple who know us can prob­a­bly see parts of our per­son­al­i­ties re­flected in our house,” adds An­to­nia.

And, un­like the many builtin cab­i­nets com­mon in many homes, the own­ers did not want too much stor­age space.

She says: “What makes our home very ‘us’ are our col­lectibles and trin­kets scat­tered all over the home, in plain view. There are things like the lit­tle Easter eggs, which make great con­ver­sa­tion starters. I also like to re­ar­range things from time to time, just to keep things fresh!”

One of the prom­i­nent fix­tures bought on­line is a barn door that serves as the door to the com­mon bath­room. “Many of my friends thought it was a store­room be­hind it so they got a nice sur­prise when they opened it,” says An­to­nia.

A darker shade

For an ul­tra-spa­cious mas­ter bed­room, two rooms were con­verted into one, cre­at­ing space for a walk-in wardrobe. The room was given a more sen­su­ous ash-black tone to en­hance the re­lax­ation mood.

BE­LOW Com­ple­men­tary pas­tel colours help to give the kitchen a friendly at­mos­phere.OP­PO­SITEThe bed­room is swathed in a sea of calm­ing beige and grey tones.

RIGHT TOPA splash of blue sets the tone in the en­trance and din­ing area.

LEFTThe cou­ple added their own ac­ces­sories to make the home look unique and full of per­son­al­ity.

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