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An old ter­race house gets a breezy Scan­di­na­vian-style makeover.

An old ter­race house gets a breezy Scan­di­na­vianstyle makeover for its home­own­ers and their chil­dren. JAC­QUE­LINE TAN finds out from its in­te­rior de­signer how the pro­ject came to­gether.

It bears all the hall­marks of a Scan­di­na­vian­in­spired home. The white walls, modern fur­ni­ture, clean lines and, of course, the es­sen­tial dose of warm brown ac­cents for some rus­tic cosi­ness. But what also makes this re­fur­bished three-storey ter­race house a stand­out is how it has been so ef­fort­lessly and stylishly pulled to­gether against a pre­dom­i­nantly white back­drop by in­te­rior stylist Priscilla Tan of Styledby.pt.

From the mod­ish neu­tral­toned fur­ni­ture to the way it is laid out, the dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the home show­case how sim­plic­ity meets beauty. Sub­tle wood tones for the fur­ni­ture and floor­ing at the fam­ily’s re­sort-chic front porch ex­tend into the liv­ing room. The 6m-high ceil­ing in the liv­ing room lends the space a breezy

feel, up­ping the hygge fac­tor of the home.

For a dis­creet luxe feel, Priscilla decked out the liv­ing room with rose gold-trimmed fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories such as a cus­tomised arm­chair, round cof­fee ta­ble and mir­ror – the sleek dashes of gold are also on the lamp fix­tures in the din­ing room and kitchen, as well as the shelves in the en­ter­tain­ment room, so that these spa­ces do not give an over­all im­pres­sion of ap­pear­ing too white­washed.

Each rug and cush­ion was also spe­cially hand-picked by Priscilla, who prides her­self on be­ing more than just an in­te­rior de­signer – she’s also a stylist.


The orig­i­nal wall sep­a­rat­ing the liv­ing room from the kitchen was hacked to open up the space and make way for more nat­u­ral light. Again, its de­sign is a no-frills lay­out com­bin­ing func­tion­al­ity with a min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic. A small is­land top de­signed to be child-friendly also lets the chil­dren gather round and par­tic­i­pate in kitchen ac­tiv­i­ties.


Per­haps the most ad­ven­tur­ous pal­ette is found in the bed­rooms. The mas­ter bed­room sports an eye-pop­ping spec­trum of blue hues, from light to teal. For a luxe boudoir feel, the room also features heav­ier car­pet­ing, art­works and more or­nate light­ing fix­tures such as the chan­de­lier. The kids’ bed­rooms are also splashes of bold colour (pink for the girls, and a wall­pa­per mu­ral for the boy).

Modern and min­i­mal­ist, this house lets in plenty of nat­u­ral light while earthy ac­cents keep the in­te­rior homely and cosy.

LEFT OP­PO­SITE A “hello” sign in a cursive type­face greets vis­i­tors at the door. The home's out­door area has been turned into an open-air liv­ing room for the fam­ily. BE­LOW Light colours and a neu­tral scheme set the tone in the house.

ABOVE The light colour scheme of­fers a per­fect can­vas for show­cas­ing these colour­ful book cov­ers.

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