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SquareRooms Issue 82 February 2012

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Issue 82 | FEBRUARY 2012

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INTERIORS. IDEAS. SOLUTIONS

Makeover special

Over S$1,500 worth of cookware from Razorsharp

Transform your home from drab to fab

A Publication of Key Editions Pte Ltd MICA (P) 076/04/2011

A-Z guide

PPS 1409/07/2012 (022767)

to no-reno revamps Small to spacious tricks

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pages of real homes revived!


Rushing. Relaxing. Preening. Playing. Laughing. Loving... Living A big slice of your life is lived out in the bathroom. So make your bathroom a place that’s a reflection of you. Express your individual style, answer all the needs of your family and home, create a look, feel and character that’s all your own - with bathrooms for Life, from Twyford. Sophisticated, simple, stylish. Classic, contemporary, chic. We’ll help you make your bathroom beautiful, whatever you want it to be. In every home, every bathroom has a story to tell. About living. About life. About you.

Water Consumption: 3.50 L (Full Flush) / 2.50 L (Reduced Flush) Type of Product: Low Capacity Flushing Cisterns Brand: Twyford Model: Moda Registration No.: WC-2010/005167

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Metris®

Comfort at all levels.

Water Consumption: 5.00 litres/min Type of Product: Basin Taps and Mixers Brand: Hansgrohe Model: Metris single lever basin mixer 110mm Registration No.: BST-2011/007451

Water Consumption: 5.10 litres/min Type of Product: Basin Taps and Mixers Brand: Hansgrohe Model: Metris single lever basin mixer 260mm Registration No.: BST-2011/007453

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Discover Metris® at www.hansgrohe.com.sg/metris From washing your hands to washing your hair: your wash basin mixer’s height determines its versatility. We have a name for this: ComfortZone. And that’s not all. Metris also enables you to reduce your energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions – all thanks to the Hansgrohe EcoSmart technology. Hansgrohe Pte Ltd · 69 Mohamed Sultan Road · Singapore 239015 · Tel: 6884 5060 · Fax: 6884 5071 · Website: www.hansgrohe.com.sg

Email: info@hansgrohe.com.sg

Malaysia Representative Office: Penthouse (Level 27), Centrepoint South, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Tel: 03 2096 9581/9582, Fax: 03 2096 9782 · Aamor Pte Ltd: 120 Lower Delta Road, #01-13 Cendex Centre, Tel: 6878 0200 · Bathroom Solutions by Econflo Systems Pte Ltd: 263/265 Beach Road, Tel: 6396 3738 · Bretz & Co Pte Ltd: 9 Penang Road, #B1-07, Park Mall, Tel: 6336 9926 · Carera Bathroom Pte Ltd: 20 Upper Circular Road, #01-50/54, The Riverwalk, Tel: 6533 0455 · Hafary Pte Ltd: 18 Boon Lay Way, #01-132 Tradehub 21, Tel: 6570 6265 · Hemsley Holding Pte Ltd: 39A Jalan Pemimpin, #07-01 Halcyon Building, Tel: 6337 3136 · Homeplus 2000 Building Products: 312 Changi Road, Tel: 6846 8749 · Homewerkz Pte Ltd: 28 Sin Ming Lane, #03-144/145 Midview City, Tel: 6659 5955 · Home & Bathroom Bldg Products Pte Ltd: 566 Balestier Road, Tel: 6253 4655 · Wan Tai and Co. Pte Ltd: 25 Changi South Avenue 2, Tel: 6546 5900


Issue 82 Contents 60

FEATURES

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22 Bare Basics – No renovation needed The A-Z guide to no-reno revamps

32 Focus – Island paradise

Incorporate an island counter in your kitchen for a stylish modern flair

38 Practical – Super space-savers Foolproof reno ideas for small spaces

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living large

Clear, open spaces dictate this newly renovated maisonette which boasts a cool change with plenty of natural light

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52 Black beauty

A decadent black palette paired with a modern design scheme gives a holiday home more than just an inviting appeal

68 Luxe living

Budget talk Essential tips and ideas for a low-cost kitchen

elements On the cover

Dressed in sleek shades of black, the shared dining and kitchen space are punctuated by woody undertones and a punch of purple for a stylish yet soothing take on style. Image: Snapper Media

Fusing elegant aesthetics with practical sensibilities, this family home is the epitome of good design sense

76 True calling

A quirky play on design details gives an eclectic space its effortless, relaxed approach

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a credible and reliable flooring contractor is of utmost importance … you want someone who will be there when you need help.” Jacky Tan, Marketing Manager, Evorich Holdings (p.26)

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Febuary 2012 publisher foo mei siah EDITORIAL

month by month

Departments 6 Editor’s Note The editor has her say

writer priscilla wu contributors deborah jane goon | redzman rahmat

8 News What’s in, what’s up and what’s hot

interns deborah wee | denise yeo fawwaz baktee | julailah wahid

10 Bites Eat, drink and feast in finesse 12 Browse New stores to hit our shores

photographer gerald chia

14 Month by Month February is a good month… to fall in love! 18 Catalogue Fab up lonely sofas with gorgeous cushion pinups

assistant editor disa tan

DESIGN

creative director aris lai art director kevin wong

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senior designers mabel leng | angie ng ADVERTISING SALES

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44 Look Change the way you look at storage with inspiring storage units 50 Spotlight Handy tools and home products to guarantee an easy peasy makeover 82 ProAds Intelligent interior design solutions from our advertisers 134 Resources ID and shop listings 136 Ideas Create a wow factor in your living space with a futuristic side table

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for advertising enquiries: email: nicholasliu@key-editions.com tel: 6546 7756 fax: 6546 4398 associate business director nicholas liu assistant business manager james soh senior executive (marketing & communications) maggie mok email: maggie@key-editions.com executive (marketing & communications) adrian chia | darran ong executive (sales support) yeo hui ting PRODUCTION & CIRCULATION

operations manager emmeline lee

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We are always looking for homes with style. If you think your home has flair, please send photos and your contact information to the assistant editor: disatan@key-editions.com

Although every reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and objectivity of the information contained in this publication, neither the publishers, editors and their employees and agents can be held liable for any errors, inaccuracies and/or omissions, howsoever. We shall not be liable for any actions taken based on the views expressed, or information provided within this publication. You should always seek professional advice from the appropriate advisor, professional or institution. Copyright 2004.

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editor’s note

makeover magic I love makeovers.

Whether it’s transforming your home or yourself, it always signifies a change for the better. Though change can also infer to backbreaking work, especially when it comes to a home’s makeover, it’ll be just worth when you see the results. So, rather than remain stuck with the same old same old, take this as a chance to start afresh and attempt all the new things you always wanted to do. Of course, before you embark on anything, it always pays to do your homework first. Research and planning come very much into place but with the overwhelming amount of information to digest here, it is enough to discourage anyone from moving forward with the overhaul. This is why this month’s issue takes care of all the legwork for you. From major to mini overhauls, you’ll find something useful in the various sections. For instance, check out page 22 (Bare Basics) and learn more about the A-Z guide of revamping your home without renovating at all! This is sure to keep your cost and stress levels down! For those looking into a complete overhaul, turn to page 38 (Practical) and don’t miss out on the visual tricks to expand your space. We have also compiled an extensive list of interior designers and their “revived” homes starting from page 82! So, go on and get inspired now! Cheers,

Featuring the FIAM Glass Ghost chair designed by Cini Boeri, available at Proof Living

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KITCHENS FOR PERSONALITIES A good kitchen is the perfect match for its owner. It is flexible, intelligent and unmistakably individual. It expresses an awareness of life, and reflects the personality of its owner. And it holds true to its promise: the focal point in life. Experience the new range of products designed by Philippe Stark for WARENDORF. At www.warendorf.eu. Or visit your local retail partner.

Arbonia Forster Group (AFG) Pte Ltd 371 Beach Road #15-03, Keypoint Building, Singapore 199597 T +65 6396 0336 F +65 6396 0337 asia.pacific@afg.ch www.afg.ch www.warendorf.eu

Kitchens for personalities since 1973

Singapore Distributor : W.Atelier Pte Ltd 22 Jalan Kilang #02-01, Singapore 159419 T +65 6270 8828 F +65 6270 0020 kitchen@watelier.com

Malaysia Distributor : Bina Warehouse Sdn Bhd 22 Jalan Kampong Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur T +603-2274 6111 F +60 3-2272 1846 www.binawarehouse.com


ne ws Lunch buddies

Want to look stylish while carrying your groceries, lunch or baby essentials? The Milkdot label from USA has made its way here with Stoh, a gorgeous reusable lunch tote perfect for stashing groceries while keeping it fresh and cool. The collections Snackmates and Fruitmates are designed by artist Matthew Langille, who has designed graphics for Swatch and Marc Jacobs. Adorned with whimsical illustrations, it also proves to be the perfect travel companion with its attached ID tag and even folds flat for easy storage after use. Retailing at S$45 and available at tangoChocolat in Parco Millenia Walk, Takashimaya, Robinsons and John Little

Dragon tales

Embrace the year of the dragon with LIULIGONGFANG’s range of Dragon collectibles from the Arising from the East collection. Designed by artist and acclaimed actress Loretta H.Yang, she has immaculately encapsulated the power and confidence of this legendary beast into her art pieces. From majestic glass figurines to baby dragon emblems, these pieces are sure to make great gifts for those born in the year of the dragon. Located at Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #01-26 and Marina Bay Sands: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands L1-37

in season

Pamper yourself with the best buys of the month

Picturesque view

LG is pushing the limits of home entertainment with the world’s largest 3D Ultra Definition (UD) TV. Combining LG’s industry-leading 3D technology and Smart TV function with UD display technology, this 55-inch OLED TV features a 4-Color Pixels function allowing for a more accurate and vivid colour depiction. That’s not all as it boasts superb picture quality with 8 million pixels; four times the resolution clarity (3840x2160) of existing Full HD TV panels. Scheduled for release Q4 in 2012 (October 2012) at all authorised LG retailers.

Divine trio

Look, feel and smell great this romantic season with Crabtree & Evelyn’s latest Avocado, Olive and Basil Body & Hand Cream Collection. By combining the natural healing qualities of the avocado fruit and olive oil together with the restorative and aromatic properties of basil, this has resulted in an ultramoisturising body and hand care range. Central to this collection is the luxurious Skin Nourishing Body Butter, which will moisturise dry skin to smooth and plump perfection. Retailing from S$30 at all Crabtree & Evelyn outlets. Visit www.crabtree-evelyn.com.sg for more information.

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Your Best Kitchen helper… Turbo Italia Sporting stylish designs and special features, Turbo Italia range of cooker hoods, hobs and ovens are the best helpers for any modern day kitchen. Highly suitable for Asian cooking, the Turbo Incanto hobs are available in a wide variety of sizes to kit out your kitchen to perfection. Be spoilt by our wide range of conventional, canopy and chimney hoods for all your cooking needs. Complete your kitchen with a Turbo Italia oven, featuring a large 61-litre capacity with electric grill, thermostat control and many more features. Stylish statements that are functional and exceptionally user-friendly for the modern day food lover! √√ Very Good Water consumption: 9.70 litres/kg Cotton 60 Type of product: Clothes Washing Machines Brand: TURBO Model: TW812 Reg no: WM-2011/008431

SOLE AGENT: HAPPINESS PTE LTD 52 LOYANG WAY, S508745 T6542 2822 F6542 2922 SHOWROOM: 55 JALAN BESAR, S208808 T6294 3771 T6294 1938 AVAILABLE AT: COURTS, BEST DENKI, HARVEY NORMAN, AUDIO HOUSE, CITY GAS AND ALL GAS, ELECTRICAL & HARDWARE/SANITARY WARE DEALERS www.turbo-italia.com


bites

glorious feasting

This fabulous February, eat, drink and feast in finesse Guilt-free bread

Love bread but worried about packing on the pounds? Stay slender with Swissbake’s Abend Brot (Evening Bread), a delicious new creation developed with the support of Dr. Detlef Pape, who is famous for his insulin-separation diet concept. This scrumptious nourishment fits perfectly into the ‘Slim while you sleep’ principle and is packed with four to five times more protein than traditional wheat or rye mix bread. Furthermore, it contains approximately 8 percent carbohydrates which makes it a good addition in lowcarb diets. Visit www.swiss-bake.com for more information

Happy hour

Rosy Affair

Located at The Club (basement), 28 Ann Siang Road and available from Monday to Friday, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Available exclusively at The Link Home and retailing at S$128 (inclusive of a bottle of G.H.Mumm Brut Rosé) while stocks last.

Tuck away your ice bucket and celebrate love in style this Valentine’s Day with G.H.Mumm’s new Rosé Dinner Jacket. A lovely second skin that laces itself to the contours of a 75-cl G.H.Mumm Brut Rosé champagne bottle, it keeps the champagne fresh and chilled for at least up to an hour. Made of neoprene rubber, you will also appreciate the attached strap which lets you tote around your bubbly in effortless style.

Looking for an ambrosial dining experience this Valentine’s Day? Take a cue from snazzy wine and cocktail bar B28 which recently launched its new B28 Cocktail Hour. Offering 15 of its bestselling cocktails, bar connoisseurs can enjoy their favourite spirits for just S$15 each! And as perfect accompaniments to these sparkly quenchers, complimentary crispy pork sandwiches such as the crackling roast pork specialty will be served.

Brewing pleasure

Located at a three-storey heritage shophouse, the new Oriole Coffee Roasters outlet combines a roasting facility, training and coffee lab as well as a boutique cafe which redefine the coffee drinking experience. For menu selections, expect a nostalgic nosh of breakfast classics such as the Vegemite toast, homemade Pandan-kaya butter

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toast, O’School strawberry buttercream cake amongst many other traditional favourites. Not to be missed is Oriole’s 63ºC Free-range eggs served with premium soy sauce which are poached sous vide at a low temperature of 63 degree Celsius. Located at 10/10A Jiak Chuan Road (off Neil Road). Call +65 6224 8131 or visit www.oriolecoffee.com for more information.


Perfecting motion

Blum Connect

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An iPad app that delivers the Blum experience right to your fingertips is now available. The ‘Blum Connect for iPad’ app provides retails customers and professionals with extensive information about Blum products, current promotions, latest brochures, memos, videos, press releases, photos and prices as well as a list of all certified partners and carpenters. To download the app, search for ‘Blum Connect’ on the App Store.

Blum South East Asia Pte Ltd. 150 Ubi Avenue 4 #02-00 Ubi Biz-Hub Singapore 408825

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Tel.: +65 6547 1760 Fax: +65 6547 1761 E-Mail: info.sg@blum.com connect.blum.com

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atomic theory

Atomi, purveyor of quality Japanese home products, is bringing more understated Japanese furniture designs to our local shores with a second new store Text Denise Yeo

What’s hot?

store displays some of the more noteworthy selections in its purest form. There are no over-the-top embellishments; just clean cut living settings that bring out the iconic outlines of each furniture piece prominently.

Why we love it?

design plans with the friendly atomi staff. The atomi x furniture gallery will also host lifestyle activities and workshops such as sake appreciation and cooking classes, on a regular basis.

Showcasing selected furniture from renowned design names in Japan such as Maruni Wood Industry, Nissin Furniture Crafters, Oak Village, Asahineko and Toshiyuki Kita, the modestly-sized

What’s the buzz?

Since its conception in 2009, lifestyle boutique store Atomi has been making waves with its Japanese selection of simple yet statement-making home products. So much so that it has gone on to open a second new store and this time, owners Andrew Tan &

Mitsuko Murano have turned their focus to Japanese furniture too. Aptly named the atomi x furniture boutique gallery, it is located just one store away from its predecessor and offers lighting fixtures as well as furniture pieces all designed and crafted in Japan.

From what we’ve heard, the store has plans for an in-house café where customers can enjoy refreshments while discussing their interior

Must-buys!

The Waku Work Table features a sleek and streamlined inlet for wires to go through conveniently. For bigger cables, the detachable curved wooden block on the tabletop can be removed easily to reveal a larger slot. Best paired with the Hiroshima Chair by Maruni.

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Located at 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #04-27 & #04-29, www.atomi-jp.com


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H채fele Office 68 Sungei Kadut Loop, #03-00 Nutzcentre, Singapore 729504 Tel: (65) 6494 7400 Fax: (65) 6494 7401 Email: info@hafele.com.sg Web: www.hafele.com

H채fele Showroom No. 1 Kaki Bukit Road, #01-27/28 Enterprise One, Singapore 415934 Tel: (65) 6848 9075 Fax: (65) 6848 9076 Email: showroom@hafele.com.sg Web: www.hafelehome.com.sg


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february is a good month...

to fall in love! 14 romantic tips to make February the 14th even more special

Text Julailah Wahid

Preparing for a V day meal at home? Give your dining table a punch of drama with a stunning centerpiece and rest of your dinner setting will fall perfectly in place. Loom vase, from Zwiesel 14

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Image courtesy of Nippon Paint

Set the mood for romance in your bedroom by painting the walls in passionate shades of lilac or red. With such strong hues, keep the other tones in the room a neutral shade to avoid overwhelming the eye.

Pen a love message for your sweetheart! Nothing says “I love you� more than a mushy love note.

My Valentine Time Capsule S$24.90, from Kikki.K

From the main dish to indulgent desserts, serve your V day dinner course in a set of lovely heart-shaped cast iron cookware. Featuring the Le Creuset cast iron cookware

Fill up glass jars or tall vessels with colourful candy as a sweet dinner conversation starter and centrepiece.

Featuring tall glass jars with lids, from King & King Wong FEB 15


month by month When it comes to romance, nothing invigorates the senses more than a scented room. So, immerse the intimate areas of your home such as the bathroom or bedroom with diffusers that give off delicious scents. Featuring the Gardenia Bloom Twin Set, S$69.90, from Cityluxe

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Lavish your bath suite with soft and fluffy towels in gorgeous hues of maroon, crimson or violet. Alternatively, lay freshly-cut flowers on cream-coloured towels for a sensuous feel.

Surprise your loved one in bed with champagne served on a silver platter. Fill it with rose petals, candles and wild flowers to complete the romantic setting.

Instead of putting up thick drapes, line your windows with sheer curtains. These are sure to bathe your room with a soft and dreamy feel.

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Featuring the ALVINE SPETS curtains, S$14.90, from IKEA


Featuring photo frames, from S$4, onwards, from King & King Wong

Snuggle up with your other half in gorgeous bedding and don’t forget to pile on the pillows!

Don’t let oversized vases swallow your small flowers whole. Instead, scrounge the dainty blooms up and place it inside an egg cup.

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Embellish your side table or shelves with photo frames that depict the sweetest moments of you and your dearest. It is a wonderful way to personalise your space and a beautiful reminder of your memories together.

Soft rugs and carpets are reminiscent of a fivestar hotel suite so adorn your cold floors with these plush soft furnishings for a touch of luxury. Featuring the Bayliss carpet from Molecule

Featuring the CONTEMPO Vivid Vintage Artisan Quilt Cover set, from S$129.90, from Aussino

When setting the table, fold napkins into hearts or tie ribbons around them for a romantic treat. FANTASTISK paper napkin in red, S$3.90, from IKEA

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1 Cushion with bloom patterns, S$69, from Galanga Living

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2 Rice Kiss cushion, S$51, from ni-night

3 Good Earth striped cushion, S$98, from The Shophouse 4 Mustard cushion, S$69, from Galanga Living

5 Good Earth crush turquoise cushion, S$98, from The Shophouse 6 Bouquet cushion, S$79, from Tatty Marsh

7 Medium elephant cushion, S$89.95, from ni-night

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8 Harlequin red cushion, price upon application, from BoConcept 9 Leaf cushion, S$69, from Galanga Living


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10 Good Earth Spring Botanical cushion, S$85, from The Shophouse 11 Myscre Jasmine cushion, S$85, from The Shophouse 12 Dark grey cushion with purple letters, S$95, from BoConcept

13 Grey round metallic cushion with yarn applique, S$95, from BoConcept 14 Pale blue checkered cushion, S$85, Tatty Marsh 15 Masala Chai cushion, S$78, from The Shophouse 14

16 Royal wedding cushion, S$120, from Tatty Marsh

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17 Dark purple cushion with rosette details, S$95, from BoConcept

18 Green cushion with graphic print, S$69.90, from Quedos 19 Malhar cushion, S$65, from The Shophouse

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1 Rectangular cushion with purple swirly patterns, S$49, from Galanga Living 2 Red cushion with prints, S$39.90, from Quedos

3 Grace Garett Duck Egg Paper Lantern cushion, S$92, from The Shophouse

4 Black & white cushion, S$239, from Quedos

5 Purple cushion with black floral motifs, S$199.90, from Quedos 5

6 Zebra print cushion, S$225, from Tatty Marsh

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8 Cushion with leaf patterns, S$69, from Galanga Living

9 Cushion with blue circular details, S$95, from BoConcept

10 Rice colourful large cushion, S$108, from ni-night

11 Multi-coloured round cushion, S$95, from BoConcept

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12 Grace Garrett Emerald Chinese Door cushion, S$92, from The Shophouse

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13 Large House cushion, S$99.95, from ni-night

14 Pink cushion with Damask prints, S$269, from Quedos 15 Green striped cushion, S$76, from The Shophouse

16 Cushion with swirl pattern, S$145, from BoConcept 17 Dog Boris cushion, S$89, from Tatty Marsh

18 Houndstooth cushion, S$129, from Tatty Marsh 18

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20 Moulin Rouge black & red cushion, S$145, from BoConcept

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is for Art

To jazz up a blank wall, hang up a couple of colourful art pieces. It can be an oil painting with a gilded frame or very simply, a casual medley of your favourite postcards or travel shots.

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no renovation needed The A-Z guide to no-reno revamps Text Priscilla Wu

is for Budget & research Even without going through an extensive renovation, you have to work out a budget to accommodate your mini makeovers. Don’t be afraid to compare prices from different retailers and search online for the biggest bargains. The more research you do, the more likely you are to find solutions that are within your budget.

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is for Colour Even if your paintwork is in good condition, a new coat of paint can help to breathe new life into your living space. Painting your entire home without professional help can amount to a lot of work so just choose one or two walls to work with. Ideally, you should opt for a complementary colour to match the existing base colour.

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is for Double-duty If your home needs a good clean-over rather than a makeover, rid your home of unnecessary furniture pieces to open up the floor space. Double-duty furniture will come in handy here as you won’t have to cramp your space with too many things.

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is for Focal point An easy way of revamping a room is to introduce a new focal point. It can be as simple as replacing your old curtains with vibrantly-coloured ones.

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is for Exotic Prints Animal prints never get old; instead they seem to get bolder by the minute. Take a walk on the wild side by emblazoning your walls with textured animal print wallpaper.


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is for Greenery To refresh tired-looking spaces, pop in some plants or flowers. Place them on unassuming areas such as a dark corner to liven things up.

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is for Heads up

Instead of changing the wallpaper or repainting your bedroom, putting up a new wall art behind your headboard will give your room a whole new design perspective.

is for Illumination Bad lighting can dramatically affect the mood of the space so think about updating your lighting fixtures. For instance, conventional lighting such as fluorescent lighting can emit a harsh look so add a standing or table lamp. Its soothing glow will make your room look warm and inviting.

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is for Jewel tones For a Victorian take on style, glam up armchairs or dining chairs by embellishing the heart of the chairs with sparkling gems.

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Play up your child’s imagination by incorporating colourful touches to their bedrooms. Embark on DIY paint projects with the little ones by painting fun shapes on their walls.

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is for Light You’ll be amazed by what natural light can do for your home. For starters, it will enhance the size of your space visually. So, open the windows, draw the curtains and bathe your space with the wonders of natural light.

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is for Mirrors For a simple yet stylish update, hang up thin strips of mirrors on the walls. These not only help to bring the impression of more space, its glossy surface will infuse a sense of modernity into your home. FEB

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is for Neatness You may have heard this a million times but keeping clutter at bay is the key to a beautiful home. De-clutter your space regularly so that the beauty of your home will not be hidden by mountains of mess.

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is for Office Forget dull or serious home offices or study rooms. Add a dash of personality into your workspace with personal touches: travel snaps, children’s illustrations or family heirlooms.

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is for Professional help DIY makeovers don’t necessarily infer that you have to forgo the help from a professional. Many retailers and renovators offer sound advice to homeowners on how to dress up their space. It’s never a hassle to learn how to apply your purchases appropriately to your room.

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is for Quirky storage

Image courtesy of XTRA

Why opt for regular storage when you can induce more visual impact with interesting storage units? Look out for storage compartments in unconventional forms such as slanted or geometrically-arranged shelves.

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is for Rugs Give plain flooring a spot of colour and your feet a plush place to rest on with area rugs. These will immediately render a cosy and inviting appeal to your space.

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Rather than imbue your home with an over-the-top feature panel, try adding in a few statement furniture pieces to make a strong visual impact.

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is for Textiles & trimmings Changing the upholstery or coverings for your sofas or armchairs can give your space a whole new look. Image courtesyof Proof Living featuring the Cappellini Peacock chair

is for Unifying design schemes Co-ordinating your furnishings and home accessories to the main design and colour scheme will bring cohesiveness to the overall look.

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is for Vintage Give vintage pieces or passed down heirloom furniture a new lease of life by giving it a fresh coat of paint or new upholstery. After they have been spruced up, add them into your current furnishings as an eclectic accent piece.

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Unleash your creativity with DIY decals or wall painting, and watch the room transform without the hassle of paint or the cost of wallpapers.

X Image courtesy of Decorette Store

is for Xtra room If you have an extra room or guestroom that lies idle most of the time, why not turn it into a chill-out spot? Put together a relaxing setting of a chaise lounge, fluffy cushions, bookshelves and soft lighting and you’re all set for some downtime.

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is for Yarn throw Add an accent tone to your sofa or bed with a cosy throw. Better yet, knit your own so you can churn it to your preferred length.

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budget talk Get more bang for your buck with these essential tips and ideas for a low-cost kitchen

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Image courtesy of Evorich Holdings featuring the Jatoba Regal Classic flooring

s compared to the rest of the living zones, the overhaul of your kitchen will probably eat up the most of your renovation fund. If you are low on budget, there are clever ways to cut cost without settling for inferior workmanship. For starters, careful planning will help to prevent you from making costly mistakes. Here we have prepared a comprehensive list of tips and ideas that will guide you towards cooking up a dream kitchen that won’t break the bank.

Getting started

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Decide on how you want your kitchen to be. Focus on the functions and features you would like to see in your cooking space.

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Spend some time in the space allocated as the kitchen. This will give you a feel of the room’s natural flow and help you figure out how to go about planning for the space. Understanding what works and what doesn’t can save you a lot of time and money.

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Be realistic. Don’t be fooled by glossy catalogues. Do you really need a state-of-the-art kitchen if you hardly ever cook?

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Research. Don’t just jump straight into buying stuff in the first store you go to. Find out where you can get great deals through friends and family members. Compare prices and shop around for the biggest bargain.

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Don’t forget about the minor details. How often do you cook? Where do you want your appliances and cookware to be placed? For avid cooks, it is easier to have the pots and pans within easy

reach. How many people will be cooking? If you have more than one cook, you will need a larger working space.

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Do you entertain often? If so, you will appreciate an island counter that will allow you to chat with your guests while you cook.

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Choose a kitchen plan that caters to your needs. Depending on the amount of space you have, the L-shaped or U-shaped provides maximum work space and storage potential. If you are pressed for space, a single galley layout will suit small spaces.

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An open-plan layout offers an integrated entertaining-cooking space, but it requires a larger space and limited privacy when preparing for a stressful party.

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Regardless of the size or budget of your kitchen, keep in mind of three key functions – food preparation, cooking and washing up. You should allow as much counter space as possible for each activity without sacrificing storage space. The three stations should also be within easy reach of each other, enabling tasks to be completed quickly and easily. FEB 27


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Countertops Laminate

Possibly the cheapest material for a countertop, laminate is durable, anti-bacterial and moisture-resistant. Available in a wide assortment of colours and texture, it is suitable for homeowners who prefer a seamless look between the countertop and cabinets. With proper maintenance, a highpressure laminate countertop can last you for years.

Acrylic

Stainless Steel

While stainless steel is comparatively more expensive, it scores top marks for its durability. Easy to maintain and resistant to heat, scratches and stains, it is an excellent choice for those who cook on a daily basis.

Image courtesy of Nippon Paint Design: Linear Space

Non-porous, heat-resistant and anti-bacterial, acrylic can be shaped for any kitchen

without visible lines. The higher-end variety may cost quite a bit, but chips and scratches can be repaired quickly and easily, making it a relatively cost-efficient option.

Backsplashes Tiles

Ceramic tiles are a budgetconscious option for your backsplash. They require basic maintenance and can be used to bring a dash of colours to plain kitchens.

Corian Design: SpaceOne ID

Boasting a non-porous body, Corian is highly durable and hygienic. This material can be moulded into any shape, excellent for constructing a seamless appearance between the sink and countertop and backsplash.

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hoods & hobs

We speak to kitchen appliances retailer Happiness Pte Ltd for tips on how to get the best value appliances for your cooking quarters. Images courtesy of Happiness Pte Ltd

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What are the different types of hobs available in the market?

There are three types of hobs: gas, induction and ceramic. Gas hobs are commonly regarded as the traditional choice, while induction and ceramic hobs are tech-savvy options. The top-of-the-line ranges offer borderless induction, pot-tracking and temperature boost functions. The idea of borderless induction may sound unsuitable for those with small children, but most models today are equipped with child lock and liquid overflow auto cut-off functions. These functions are extremely helpful to moms who need to leave their kitchens unsupervised for a short period of time.

What are the pros and cons for each type of hob? If you are looking for easy maintenance and a sleek addition to your kitchen, go for an induction or ceramic hob. Do take note that electric hobs with three zones usually require a 30-Amp power which is not allowed in HDB flat units. If you prefer something that heats up efficiently, go for the induction hobs. Bear in mind, however, that they can only be used with certain types of cookware and are fragile to any sharp objects or long hours of cooking with oversized pots.

For consumers with tight budgets, what should they look out for when selecting kitchen appliances?

They should look out for package offers, especially those for wall-mounted hoods. Most hob and hood sets start from around S$500. If you plan on using the appliances for a long period of time, never select those in odd shapes and sizes. You will have difficulties looking for replacement parts should the suppliers discontinue the model. In the worst scenario, you may need to cut your countertop to fit a new replacement.

Turbo C596 chimney hood

What type of hood is suitable for small kitchens? Turbo Incanto TMO25SS microwave grill oven Turbo T58AOSS 4-zone ceramic hob

What space-savvy alternatives would you recommend for kitchens that cannot accommodate an oven?

Which is more budget-friendly?

Turbo T7629G-BK gas hob

Gas hobs are definitely easier on the pockets as they typically range from S$300 to S$480 (for stainless steel top) and S$400-$500 (for glass top).

With space constraint issues plaguing most kitchens nowadays, many homeowners have limited space for a standard built-in oven. If you prefer to have one without taking up too much space, consider buying a two-in-one microwave grill oven instead.

The size of your kitchen and cooking habits play an important role in selecting the right cooker hood. For smaller kitchens, it may be better to go for a simple wall-mounted hood. Although telescopic and chimney hoods are more powerful than wall-mounted versions, they can take up a great deal of space. What can homeowners do to get the best value out of their limited budgets? Always go for trusted brands in the market or get recommendations from friends and relatives. FEB

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Image courtesy of Evorich Holdings featuring the Parador Laminate Classic 1050 edition flooring

Jacky Tan, Marketing Manager from flooring retailer Evorich Holdings clues us in on the flooring essentials for budget-friendly kitchens.

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What are some pocketfriendly flooring options for kitchens, especially high traffic ones?

Ceramic tiles are considered the most common kitchen flooring materials in Singapore, especially in HDB apartment units. While they lack in terms of variety, they are extremely easy to maintain and hassle-free for both wet and dry kitchens as it is water- and oil stain-resistant. High end resilient flooring (HERF) is also considered a great option for homeowners with limited budgets. They may cost as much or slightly less than top-quality

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ceramic tiles, and is a strong substitute to laminate or solid wood flooring. Due to its 100 percent water- and termiteproof attributes, it can be used for areas exposed to constant moisture such as the wet kitchen. Possibly the most budget-friendly of all, laminate flooring resists scratches and heavy impact. The wide variety of colours and designs available in the market allows trendy homeowners to incorporate cool designs into their cooking space. Beware, however, that laminate flooring should not be used for wet kitchen areas.

How should homeowners select the right flooring for their kitchens?

To ensure that you have selected the flooring that best caters to your needs, you need to ask the chef of your home – be it your spouse or parents. If they cook on a daily basis, they will need a kitchen that works for them.

What are some things to look out for when selecting the right flooring? Durability To test durability, you will have to find out how resistant the flooring is when exposed to high temperatures and humidity.


Moisture resistance A typical kitchen involves a great deal of washing, so you may want to look at the types of flooring that is highly resistant to water. Always check with the retailer on suitable cleaning methods and the types of cleaning equipment that need to be used.

Slip resistance With the amount of cooking that needs to be done in the kitchen, accidents can happen if the flooring is too slippery. This is especially so for households with young children. Hence, it is important for you to select flooring with slip resistant properties.

Tips for small kitchens

Good Customer Support Engaging a trustworthy flooring contractor is of utmost importance because you may need maintenance support or repair work to be done due to normal wear and tear.

Be smart with appliances If you have a small kitchen, you wouldn’t want to have the space cluttered with appliances that you rarely use. Do you really need an oven or would a multi-functional microwave be sufficient? Don’t cook much? Then perhaps a twoburner cooktop might be better suited to your needs than a full length hob.

kitchen. Check out compact or dual-function kitchen appliances instead.

Hit the walls Have no floor space for appliances or storage? Get smart by installing wallmounted compartments or shelving to efficiently utilise every inch in a space-challenged kitchen.

Utilise storage tricks Hidden storage is always useful to keep clutter at bay. Install pull-out trays and drawers under the sink or in cabinetry for cookware and kitchen supplies.

Samsung OmniPro Microwave Combi Oven

Image courtesy of Evorich Holdings featuring the Cherry Regal flooring

Design: Woan Design

Easy removal of stains Stubborn oil stains can be a big headache if you cook on a regular basis. You may need to find out if you can remove such stains easily from the flooring that you have in mind.

Think small Don’t try to fit a huge refrigerator or an extra dishwasher into a small

Do-It-Yourself Enlisting the help of a professional kitchen designer means you will be

assured of a system that is tailored to fit your existing layout. However, customdesigned kitchen systems will definitely cost more than an off-the-shelf flat pack. If price is a concern, consider a cash-and-carry alternative from retailers such as Ikea and have them install your new kitchen for you at a minimal fee. Do remember to take note of details such as wiring, plumbing and lighting.

Let the light in The secret to a successful kitchen plan is proper lighting. You will come into contact with sharp objects so adequate lighting is important. Install downlights underneath the overhead cabinets if your kitchen is deprived of natural light.

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island paradise

If you’re tired of bland kitchens, incorporate a splendorous island counter for a stylish modern flair

Image courtesy of Arbonia featuring the Warendorf Mood Light Kitchen

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lanning your kitchen layout can be quite straightforward, especially after you’ve figured out the best way to utilise the floor space. But before you commit pen to paper, you might want to give your kitchen a style boost that will raise your kitchen’s functional and

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aesthetic levels. Incorporating an island counter smack in the midst of your kitchen space will immediately add a certain sense of luxe to the room. At the same time, an island offers greater storage solutions and an additional worktop surface for food preparation.


Can you build a kitchen island? Walking space

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Always make sure you accommodate enough room to walk around the island. Don’t bother with a big counter if you end up having to squeeze through narrow walkways. If you’re planning to build cabinets and drawers, be sure there is still enough space for you to open doors and pull out drawers.

Image courtesy of Arbonia featuring the Warendorf Duality Kitchen

Height

The height of the island is extremely important; too short and you’ll end up having to bend down to prepare meals, too high and you’ll feel uncomfortable. The ideal height should be equal to the height of the other counters in the kitchen, but you may want to build a slightly lower island to differentiate it from the rest of the room. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a dualheight island for a sleek and modern look.

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Dining table

Smaller homes may have consolidated the dining room into the kitchen to scrounge up additional space. Instead of dragging the dining table into the kitchen, you might want to think about letting the island double up as the dining table. You’ll have to consider the correct height, as well as ensure you have enough space and seats for you and your family.

Image courtesy of Arbonia featuring the Warendorf Duality Kitchen

A trend that has cropped up over the years is the popularity of open concept kitchens. Not only do these kitchens afford an airier feel to the rooms, they also exude a modern design that appeals to most tastes. Islands are a great addition to open kitchens, as they help to substantiate the space. You may want to bend the rules a little and not place the island counter right in the middle of the kitchen. Instead, you can build the standalone island perpendicular to a wall or a row of counters for a modern twist. Another more popular option, is to use the island counter as a soft boundary between the kitchen and the rest of the home.


Counter surface

The most obvious function is the extra surface it provides – an obvious boon to any space-starved kitchen. Since the island will most likely be the central focus of the room, place important appliances there. These include items that you use daily, like the coffee machine or toaster.

Wash basin

You might want to consider installing pipes that will connect the water source to the island. This allows you to place your washing sink on the island, giving it the prime position it deserves. Since washing up will be something you’ll always be doing, the island counter is arguably the best spot to put it. Choose luxuriously large sinks with a pull-out faucet to maximise the utility of this space. If your island counter is considerably large, you can even install a double basin that not only has a washing up space, but also room for food preparation and a dish rack to dry your cutlery and tableware.

Overhead racks

Image courtesy of Allitalia featuring the Mood kitchen system from Scavolini

Creating an island in the midst of your kitchen isn’t as simple as plonking a cabinet in the middle of the floor space. There are, surprisingly, a number of customised options you can incorporate into the kitchen.

Image courtesy of Sanwa featuring the Elevato Ex kitchen

Types of Kitchen Islands

For smaller islands that desperately need storage space, build overhead racks that are suspended over the counter. These racks are hung from the ceiling and are raised directly above the island. Not only are they a convenient spot to store dishes, pans and drinking glasses, they also offer easy access. Overhead racks are better for kitchens that have suitably high ceilings. Make sure your renovator or interior designer attach the racks securely, and ensure that it can hold heavy weights safely. You should keep in mind that an overhead rack will be extremely visible and can present an eye sore for messy homes. FEB

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Drawers and shelves

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You might think that it is such a waste to have a big block in the middle of the kitchen, just to provide additional surface space. So instead of leaving the island unoccupied, fix it up to house storage space. Many kitchen contractors offer specialised drawers and shelves that can be built into an island counter. Store cutlery in the pull-out drawers, and keep large plates and crockery in the built-in cabinets. You can also keep cooking books and reading magazines in racks and shelves fitted into the island cabinets.

For a sleek, unblemished look, you can opt for handle-less cabinet doors that are flushed against the surface. You might also want to avoid glass cabinet doors for a neat and uncluttered look. If the island is deep and wide, you can even build storage spaces on opposite sides of the counter, doubling the amount of storage.

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Illumination

Image courtesy of Arbonia featuring the Warendorf Mood Light Kitchen

Stylise your island with a bold streak of lighting integrated within the counter. This Mood Light kitchen from Warendorf creates different moods with different lighting shades. From vivacious colours for a lively atmosphere to soothing hues for cosy sessions, this automated light-up counter is sure to be a cool conversation starter. Furthermore, it highlights the sleek linearity of the Warendorf kitchen system design. Definitely a keeper for those big on entertaining with pizzazz.

Image courtesy of Allitalia featuring the Tess kitchen system from Scavolini

Breakfast counter

Push up a couple of bar stools against the kitchen island, and you’ll create a cosy little breakfast counter in the kitchen. Adding seats to the kitchen counter also presents an added utility: guests and family members can gather round the kitchen when you’re cooking, turning it into the prime entertaining spot. If the island counter is big enough, it can also transform into a convenient dining table. Just ensure you have enough dining chairs or seats to accompany the table.

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super space-savers Foolproof reno ideas for small spaces

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Got an extra room to spare? Get your contractor to tear down the wall and combine two average rooms together, creating one expansive space. Create a larger living room, a spacious kitchen, or even an amazing bedroom complete with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom.

Design: I-Bridge

Two become one

It’s no secret that mirrors will make a room look larger, but instead of just buying an oversized mirror to adorn a room, build it into the design scheme. Wardrobe doors, TV feature walls, bedroom headboards, shoe cabinets and the doors to rooms are just some of the areas that you can embellish with mirrors.

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practical You might think that the bay window in your room is just eating up into your floor space, but the truth is, you can turn this space-guzzler into a space-saver. Convert it into a cosy seating bench, or incorporate a cantilevered work desk and use as a study area.

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Show a softer side

Soft boundaries like sheer curtains, louvered panels and cut-out walls are great for small homes that want to invite light while still preserving privacy.

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If you have an expanse of empty wall space, create an alcove that can house a series of shelves. Decorate the space with ornaments and other prized possessions.

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Shelf it

Design: Darwin Interior

Smaller spaces are always in desperate need of room to store your belongings. Easily get around this by building up. Create full-height shelving unit that occupy the full wall space to get the most out of your space.

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Custom wardrobes

Fashionistas with small bedrooms might want to completely forego buying a wardrobe. Custom-build a closet with racks, hangers and shelves to fully maximise the space. JAN

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Most small homes will have to make do with a dining space that’s shoved into a small corner of the home. Utilise the bay window space with built-in bench seats that can turn the space into a booth diner.

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Give it a booth

Design: Renozone

Don’t have an extra room to build a study? No worries! Turn an empty corner into a built-in study area.

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Push aside

Instead of hinged swinging doors, ask your contractor for sliding doors. They require less room when opening, and offer you a sleek look that you can further improve with clear glass.

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Home office nook


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Break down all the walls in your home, and turn the lifeless flat into a fancy studio apartment. With no hard boundaries to make you feel cooped in, you’ll invite a sense of airy openness to your home. This is especially successful when you combine the kitchen with the living and dining rooms.

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Raised space

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Out in the open

Raised platforms can work wonders in terms of incorporating a generous amount of storage space in the room. Depending on your storage needs, you can choose to add in either open or concealed storage compartments within the platform space.

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sleek picks We change the way you look at storage with these inspiring storage units Text Priscilla Wu

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Tall Tales

The Forest bookcase offers a contemporary take on storing books with its sculptured shape and intricate design. Each of the cut-out partitions in solid wood gives the overall look a multifunctional and commanding profile. Featuring the white Forest bookcase in solid wood. Available at SPACE Furniture.

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White Washed

Inspired by an unassuming but familiar domestic object – audio speakers, Punch by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons is an understated masterpiece. Constructed in wooden carcass, the exterior exudes sturdiness while the repetitive use of bevelled edges on the individual holes of the aluminum doors adds character to the simple material.

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Featuring the white Punch credenza in wooden carcass exterior and thin gauge aluminum doors. Available at Pomelo Home.

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Hidden treasures

Concealed partially with a door that can be repositioned to different positions, the HIDE cabinet is the exact opposite of mass-produced designs. Interpret it in any way you want and create inspiring compositions that are just right for your home.

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Featuring the white HIDE cabinet in MDF structure panels and polyurethane base with lightly embossed lacquered surface. Available at XTRA.

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Knock on wood

Since its inception, the Oak Flat Coffee Table has emerged as a classic piece. Conceived by the designers as the symbol of ‘a simple life of luxury’, the coffee table is exquisite in its clean-cut detailing. By using European Oak, every piece is one of a kind with natural splits and knots.

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Featuring the Oak Flat Coffee Table in European Oak. Available at Whitewoods Living.

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Statement maker

Designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, the dual-compartment Ghost Buster is the first night table created by Kartell. Available in a range of colours, this stylish piece makes a statement in any shade.

Featuring the white Ghost Buster in square corners and gently rounded surfaces. Available at SPACE Furniture.

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Caged In

The modernist style makes its way to storage furniture with these Fluid shelves. Designed to reflect the infinite possibilities of DNA, this deceptively simple piece allows users to stack and create endless modular combinations.

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Featuring the Fluid shelves in steel rod and transparent plastic joints for vertical and horizontal assembly. Available at XTRA.

Bringing to mind the traditional letters in the Japanese language, the Calligrafia Est bookcase is a novel piece that adds a distinct touch to any room. Blending a robust and aesthetically pleasing form with the versatile MDF structure in matte lacquer, the bookcase has become the trademark of a successful furniture brand. Featuring the Calligrafia Est bookcase in multi-coloured lacquered MDF body. Available at XTRA.

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spotlight Bosch Ciso Secateurs

Achieve a picture perfect garden with this pair of batterypowered gardening shears. With one cut per second, the cordless Bosch Secateur Cisco will make pruning your greens an effortless task.

Retailing at S$138 at all leading hardware stores and Home-Fix outlets

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Embarking on some DIY home projects? You’ll need these handy tools and home products to guarantee an easy peasy makeover Text Denise Yeo

Bosch Multi Detector

Don’t risk accidentally cutting off your neighbourhood’s electricity supply during a major overhaul. The Multi Detector detects concealed piping, wires and more hidden objects inside walls for up to 12cm. It is also the only tool on the market that calibrates itself to prevent errors caused by incorrect calibration; thus making it a reliable tool. Retailing at S$163 at all leading hardware stores and Home-Fix outlets

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Elfa System

Thinking of converting your study room into a walkin-wardrobe? With the customisable elfa system, you can reconfigure the setting of your room easily by adjusting the position of its modular shelving units. Retailing at Howards Storage World

A step ladder is always useful to have around the house. You never know when you will need an extra boost of height to put away or take something down. Retailing at S$29 from Ikea


Hang and Level Picture Hanging Tool

Bosch Laser Rangefinder

Retailing at S$23.95 from Howards Storage World

Retailing at S$325 at all leading hardware stores

Don’t you just hate bending down or climbing up a ladder just to measure your space? You won’t have to do that anymore; not when the Bosch Laser Rangefinder can do all these backbreaking measuring tasks. With just a click, this revolutionary aim-and-click and 2-in-1 measuring and spirit level tool gets you all the accurate figures you need.

With this nifty tool, it helps you mark exactly where the nail for hanging the painting should go. This means less time wasted and less damage to your walls. Great for hanging other small home accessories such as clocks and mirrors.

Nippon Paint Odourless Paint

A DIY paint job can mean a lot of work and time so make it less of a dread with Nippon Paint’s Odourless Paint. No more putting up with the overbearing smell of paint! Available at all leading hardware stores

Nippon Paint Brushes

ABSORB Leather Cleaner from Ikea

Planning on cleaning your home thoroughly? Start by giving your leather sofa, the most obvious furniture piece at home, a good wipe with leather cleaner. You’ll be surprised how shiny and new your sofa will look after that! Retailing at S$12.90 from Ikea

Bosch Ixo Screw Driver

The fourth and latest generation Ixo screw driver from Bosch features a new sporty and elegant design. Perfect for a wide range of everyday tasks, the extended Ixo screw driving system with an off set angle adapter allows for closer screw driving at the edges. It weighs a mere 300 grams which means the ladies can get into the action too. Retailing at S$77 at all leading hardware store and Home-Fix outlets

Make your paint job go faster and easier with Nippon Paint’s time-saving range of paint brushes. Suitable for all paint types and surfaces, the German technology behind the brushes enables it to absorb more paint and cover more surface area. Available at all leading hardware stores

Removable Picture Hooks

Protect your new paint job with these removable picture hooks. They are easy to stick, can hold up to 1kg and come off as easily without tearing off the wall paint.

Retailing at S$3.50 for a pack of 2 hooks from Howards Storage World

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A decadent black palette paired with a modern design scheme gives this holiday home more than just an inviting appeal Text & images Dlux/Snapper Media

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here’s no place like home but in the case of this luxury detached house in the Greek village of Arachova, this holiday home is changing the rules. Under the project of the construction and operation of highlevel holiday homes by the construction company Airtec & Yampolis, founders Vassilis Karavas and Sofia Apergi collaborated with famous design studios and gave this holiday home a high level of quality and abstract style by the domestic and international standards. This area in Arachova was chosen because it combines the unusual natural beauty and the magnificent views of the traditional village of Arachova and the Delphic landscape. It is near to the new ring road leading to the ski center and near the road to Athens, and it has an infrastructure that ensures a pleasant and comfortable stay during all seasons.

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For a rustic cabin style, clad your walls or cabinetry with black wood paneling to evoke a cosy feel. It is better suited for homes with plenty of room since black can visually diminish the appearance of space.

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As compared to its glass counterpart, a wooden dining table may seem outdated to some but with the right additions, it can turn out to be a winner. Dress it up with dining chairs of iconic forms and a cluster of pendant lamps or a standing lamp.

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Instead of the usual arrangement of placing lamps on bedside tables, flank the bed with hanging lampshades which will leave more tabletop space on the bedside tables.

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Go au natural with an open-concept bath suite in the bedroom. Devoid of walls or dividers of any kind, this bold statement is sure to make a splash and draw in lots of natural light.

DINING AREA (left) Dressed in sleek black, the dining space and kitchen are capped with woody undertones to evoke a stylish yet rustic cabin feel.

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LIVING AREA (opposite page) Designer furniture pieces such as the L-shaped Elliot purple couch from Vercelloni, the Gray chair from Gervasoni and the Fat black metal coffee table from Cappellini are laid out to good taste in the cosy living area.

DINING AREA (top) The imposing wooden dining set integrates with the living room and large terrace with incredible views of the traditional village of Arachova.

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The clear lines, modern materials and the proper allocation of space are clearly, the highlights of this 2100-square-foot house. Each space has been studied separately and comprehensively, so as to serve the modern lifestyle that complements the relaxation and enjoyment of the magnificent views. The sleek monochromatic tones; the heavy doses of natural materials like wood and stone; the color accents of the warm fabrics of the furniture; all create a stunning backdrop. This is evidently so in the main living and dining area. Sharing the same area, a pop of purple from the Elliot purple couch from Vercelloni gives the natureinspired dining setting some much needed colour. Though awash in mainly neutrals, the dining set stands out effortlessly with its well-arranged furniture pieces. The handsome wooden dining table sports thick, sturdy legs which go impeccably with the six dining chairs in minimalistic forms. Cutting a fine figure, a slightly curved standing lamp hovers over the dining set and serves as the perfect focal point; even without illumination. Against it is a fitting backdrop of a kitchen with black cabinetry. Glossy worktops in brown cap the black counters which sport a paneling design. Extending towards the divider next to the kitchen, the consistency of this streamlined pattern bestows the cooking space with a modern and elegant appeal.

BEDROOM-BATHROOM Just like the public living zones, the intimate areas are merged seamlessly as well and this allows light to bathe the space in opulence.

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LOFT(top) Overlooking the kitchen and dining area, the loft is a cosy little hideout spot which also doubles as the guestroom. BEDROOM (opposite page) Fusing new with old, two modern hanging lampshades hover atop the square wood log bedsides.

Just overlooking the kitchen is the loft. It is used as a guestroom and is enclosed with metal bars that allow visual contact with the main space. This adds to the industrial style that is in sync with the wood and stone elements. Furnished with a large bed and a comfy Zoe armchair with footstool from Vercelloni in a strong orange colored fabric, the guestroom makes a cosy hideout spot from the rest of the cavernous home. Heading upstairs, the wooden stairs are painted black and connect the two levels of the residence. The second floor consists of three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms while the storerooms and laundry and boiler room stand alone. The owners’ favorite room is the master bedroom. With black wood paneling and cabinets, customdesigned bed and desk furniture and special details like the minimalist

fireplace in the wall opposite the bed, it’s no wonder the occupants love their gorgeous sleeping boudoir. That’s not all as it is connected to a completely open-concept bathroom. With no walls, no barriers or dividers segregating the space, the entire bath suite is bathed in natural light. A hydro massage bathtub from Duravit which was designed by Philippe Starck graces the room with an imposing presence and allows its occupants to relax after skiing on the peaks of Mt. Parnassus. Adding to the tranquil setting is the animal print leather rug and large windows overlooking the garden and the village of Arachova. At the opposite side of the room, two square porcelain sinks from TEOREMA serve as his and hers sinks. Fitted on top of a black hanging countertop, the sinks are well complemented by a large wall mirror parallel to the counter. FEB

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Clear, open spaces dictate this newly renovated maisonette which boasts a cool change with plenty of natural light Text Deborah Jane Goon Images courtesy of Distinct Identity

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At A Glance

SPACE HUDC Maisonette SIZE 1,500 square feet LOCATION Serangoon North HOME TO A couple and their two boys DESIGNER DISTINCTidENTITY BUDGET S$100,000 excluding fittings and accessories

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here is a certain minimalistic element to this HUDC maisonette designed by Distinct Identity. Perhaps it is the white washed walls, wide open space and heavy use of glass that present this first impression. That being said however, the home also embodies just the right mix of homely elements such as artwork and collectibles that work to keep it from feeling sterile and cold. Most of the walls on the first floor were knocked down to create one large, open concept space that hosts the family area, living room, dining space and kitchen. This easy-breezy, open concept is further accentuated by Italian long strip homogeneous tiles and white walls, with wooden skirting around corners and walls adding a subtle contrast and warmth to the space. The light coloured, finely textured flooring initiates the smooth, open concept brilliantly, giving this home its spacious, crisp ambience. Since the staircase sits right in the middle of the

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Break down walls and use glass panels instead to create a light filled house. Add roller blinds to the mix to create an element of privacy when required.

One of the best ways to create an added illusion of space is to allow as much floor to be seen as possible. Take inspiration from this home and create a barrier free, clean sweep in your home by minimising blockages and maximising a clean line of sight.

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Break up the monotony of an allwhite colour palette by introducing wood furniture in a rough sawn finish (choose a light shade if you prefer) for a relaxed, effortless appeal.

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Keep storage units and built-in furniture off the floor to create a lighter, airier feel at home.

FAMILY AREA (left) The family area is defined by cantilevered laminate cabinetry that allows open and closed storage for maximum versatility. STAIRCASE (top) Glass banisters were put into place at the staircase area so that more light can penetrate the entire household.

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home, glass banisters were put into place to allow as much light as possible to penetrate the household. Furniture is kept minimal, while still allowing the home to exist as a functional family home. The first area that greets guests is the family area. Open and closed storage cabinets in white laminates provide ample space to store necessary items and books. The designers kept the cabinetry cantilevered and off the floor to allow for easy cleaning and maintenance when required. Open nooks allow for books and display space for collectibles, while creating a more fluid space, which would not have been achieved if all the DINING AREA (left) The strategically placed dining area offers a scenic view of the world beyond at mealtimes. LIVING AREA (top) Most of the walls were knocked down in this home to create an open and airy environment the whole family can enjoy. Furniture was also kept to a minimum to keep the space clean and fuss free.

cabinetry was left closed. Two modern classic armchairs present seating space for weekend reads. Designed to provide a conducive space for relaxing, playing games and reading, the family area is kept clean and barrier free so the kids have ample space to run free. Right at the end of the open concept home, the dining area is blessed with a view of the world beyond. Originally, this area housed a balcony but the family decided to maximise the floor area even more by incorporating the balcony into the overall floor plan. The integrated area now houses the dining area. Keeping with the relaxed, crisp feel, a rough sawn finished light wood timber table is teamed with two different types of reproduction designer chairs to create a relaxed experience. A timber console and a large painting depicting lovely foliage help to lend a homely touch to the overall space. A glass ceiling was also fixed above the dining space to maximise the double volume space and to house the pendant lamp that illuminates this area. FEB

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KITCHEN The open concept kitchen features a double galley configuration with one extended wall of cantilevered cabinets to allow for storage for kitchen and household essentials.

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the double storey apartment. First off, the boundary walls that used to enclose the staircase were replaced by glass walls. This means the bedrooms on either side of the staircase domain are open concept as well. In order to create necessary privacy when required, roller blinds were put into place so the rooms can be cordoned off. The kid’s bedroom and the next door room now share one large domain. The family wanted the boys to be in the same room to encourage bonding time but with the added space created by the study, the boys never have to feel claustrophobic. To maximise space in the boys’ room, bunk beds were chosen for this

KID’S BEDROOM (this page) The kids share one room with bunk beds provided to free up precious floor space. A glass desk ensures light can pass through easily while providing a timeless study option for the kids.

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BATHROOM (top) The master bathroom is in pristine white with couple sinks which are kept above the floor area to create an element of space. BEDROOM (left) Simplicity is the order of the day in the master bedroom which has one full wall of wardrobes.

room. The space under the window was also maximised with one wall of storage cabinets for all the kids’ belongings. A glass study desk and a white chair add a practical touch while still allowing the light to flow through the room easily. A blue swing hangs in the corner for afternoon reads or leisurely naps. A sliding door was also put into place to allow the study to be used as a guest room if the need arises. The last bedroom upstairs is the master bedroom. This is kept simple and spacious, with one long wall of full-height laminate wardrobes to keep the couple’s fashion under wraps. The master bathroom was also given a brand new lease of life and now exists as a white washed area. In order to keep the small room as spacious as possible, the bathroom vanity which features couple sinks is kept above the floor, with accent lighting underneath for a moody glow come night time. FEB

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luxe living

Fusing elegant aesthetics with practical sensibilities, this family home is the epitome of good design sense Text Priscilla Wu Images courtesy of Ultimate Interior Creation

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enturing into this threebedroom condominium unit, one is greeted with lots of light – the first indication of an inviting and cosy home. But a walk around the apartment reveals that all is not as it first seems and something a lot more distinctive is going on. This brand new home for a family of four is, in fact, an eight-year-old resale apartment. It shows no signs of wear and tear, all thanks to the successful revamp helmed by designer Cecilia Huang from Ultimate Interior Creation. The design brief to her was straightforward: create a space to cater to each family member’s needs without compromising on aesthetics. To achieve that, Cecilia decided to incorporate low maintenance yet luxurious-looking materials such as laminate, marble and parquet into the space. Along with an earthy colour scheme for most parts of the home, the end result is a living space brimming with modern and luxurious elements. The main living zone is divided into two areas; a living area overlooking the boardwalk and the dining area. Cecilia’s mastery of space configuration shows through in the clarity of both areas; with its custom-designed features and minimalist detailing. Taking centre stage in the living area is a beautiful laminate feature wall with wood grains and a matching console. With its linear clean-cut design, the hanging console emits a floating effect and this accentuates the soothing palette of creamy tones in this space.

SPACE Three-room resale condominium unit SIZE 1,765 square feet LOCATION Onan Road HOME TO A married couple with two children DESIGNER Cecilia Huang of Ultimate Interior Creation

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If your home is blessed with full-height windows, dress it up with sheer or day curtains to usher in a dreamy and ethereal feel.

Dark tones can visually diminish a room in size but it can also inject a cosy quality. Balance the dark tones with light-coloured hues like what was done in this home’s dining area. The dining area has cream-coloured seat cushions that help break the monotony of dark colours.

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Bathrooms do not need to look exactly identical. Differentiate each space with minor design elements such as the choice of tiles or bathroom fittings.

Let your child’s personality shine by adding in personal touches in their bedroom. Display candid snaps or colour the walls with their favourite hues.

LIVING ROOM (left) Full-height glass windows and a clean-cut colour scheme highlight and adds to the living area’s spaciousness. BEDROOM (top) A splash of vivid turquoise breaks the otherwise neutral palette in the bedroom.

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KITCHEN (top) The L-shaped kitchen with granite worktops offers a generous workstation for the family’s daily cooking routine. DINING AREA (opposite page) Dark woody tones serve as the backdrop and embalm the dining space with a chic and cosy feel.

Awash with dark woody tones, the dining area is graced with a dark and handsome dining set of hanging cabinets and a matching dining table. For seating, Cecilia added a built-in booth seating and clad it with plush padded seat cushions in creamy striped patterns. Dark wallpaper plastered on the back of the booth seat further amps up the warm and cosy quality in the dining area. Right behind the dining space is the kitchen. The homely style further extends to this cooking space, which has been thoroughly refurnished with brand new kitchen cabinets, granite worktops and homogenous floor tiles. Taking into account of the homeowner’s cooking habits, Cecilia made sure to incorporate a great deal of storage

space for their heavy cooking demands. Decking the walls with an L-shaped counter and overhead cabinets, the floor space is kept clear by flushing the major cooking appliances neatly against the cabinetry. With a generous flow of natural lighting seeping into the full-height windows of the master bedroom, Cecilia decided to create a serene sleeping boudoir oozing with opulence. An earthy colour scheme of beiges and browns is put in place and is splashed across the cabinetry, walls and flooring. Swathed in neutral shades, most of the custom-built furnishings are thoughtfully designed for practical uses. The simple wall-to-ceiling timber cabinet for instance, is a versatile storage unit that comprises a wardrobe, display shelves and even a vanity table. FEB

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BATHROOM (top) Bright mosaic tiles brighten up the vanity area which is decked in laminate with wood grains and a granite countertop. BEDROOM (opposite page) The bedroom is a vision of calm with its earthy hues and neat space configuration.

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Instead of infusing the usual kiddy themes for the two children’s rooms, Cecilia modernised it and designed personalised spaces that highlight their individual personalities. For the son’s room, a turquoise wall defines it vividly. To complement this strong shade, the rest of the room is kept in neutral hues so as not to overwhelm the eye. More storage space is introduced by transforming the bay window into a shelving unit to store the son’s favourite toys and books.


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GUEST BATHROOM (top) The bathroom is swathed with warm tones and for a refreshing dash of colour, the walls are dotted with orange mosaic tiles. DAUGHTER’S ROOM (left) To amp up visual interest in this whitewashed space, woody elements such as the parquet floors, study desk and shelf help infuse much needed texture.

For the daughter’s room, it takes on a simpler style with whitewashed walls. The all-white room is punctuated with lots of woody textures and this is prominent in the parquet flooring, study desk and matching television console. One part of the bay window area is turned into a study corner while the other is retained with a bay window seat. In harmony with the rest of the apartment, the tranquillity of the master bathroom and guest bathroom is achieved with soothing colours and sophisticated bathroom fittings. Not wanting the vanity area to appear overly plain, Cecilia added striking design elements by applying bright mosaic tiles on the walls and granite countertops. Glass doors encase the shower areas plastered in ceramic wall tiles of gradual hues. When asked about the design process and overhaul, Cecilia reveals that smooth communication and a well-planned design concept was the formula to this successful revamp. She says beaming: “It brings me joy to see a home that my clients are happy and proud to live in.” FEB

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A quirky play on design details - incorporating the homeowner’s collectibles and existing furniture are what gives this eclectic space its effortless, relaxed approach Text Deborah Jane Goon Images courtesy of Momo & Partners

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SPACE Maisonette SIZE 2,000 square feet LOCATION Braddell View HOME TO A single lady who works in advertising DESIGNER Moh from Momo & Partners BUDGET S$60,000

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any homeowners are clueless when it comes to renovating and decorating their homes. Often you find that the design of a new home doesn’t really reflect the homeowner’s personality but is rather an extension of what they’ve seen in magazine or other creative sources. While this can be good for some, this savvy homeowner chose to have it her way. The result is a new and improved double storey apartment with an eclectic vibe that the homeowner can truly appreciate. You won’t find ostentatious feature walls or minimalist design lines in this home. Rather, a redesigned unit that is like a diamond in the rough. Its renewed sense of spirit comes from the creative ingenuity of designer Moh at Momo & Partners - who had to work closely with the homeowner to incorporate all her existing furniture and collectibles. This included integrating old grilles, oriental pieces, vintage style armchairs, modern elements and a mash up of pieces that the homeowner loves.

Parts of the original home such as the upstairs and downstairs flooring were maintained and given a fresh polish and varnish for a new lease of life. Existing built-in cabinetry under the windows in the living room were also spared the axe but given a fresh coat of paint so they shine and add an oldschool charm to the mix. Timber plantation shutters were applied to the balcony entrance area, creating a relaxed vibe that lends an element of resort chic to the otherwise eclectic space. The new balcony space is splashed in cement screed flooring for a raw infusion that blends in effortlessly with the industrial style furniture. An old-school black and white bamboo chick was applied to the boundary of the balcony wall to keep the rain and extreme glare out while adding to the old-world charm of the home. Since the original kitchen was dark and dingy, Moh suggested breaking down walls in the original kitchen in order to create a large open concept space. The homeowner wanted to

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Break down walls in a dimly lit stairwell to allow more light to penetrate the home.

Instead of wasting money redoing the flooring (which can be costly), re-varnish and polish existing flooring instead. It will save you heaps!

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Infuse your own quirks and character by including collectibles like old style grilles and collectible furniture into the mix. Keep small bathrooms simple and organised to create an element of space.

BALCONY (opposite page) Timber plantation shutters give the balcony area a relaxed, old-world charm that is complemented by the lush greenery from beyond. DINING AREA (top left) The dining area sits nicely in front of the brick finished concealed laundry zone which is also part of the kitchen.

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incorporate a laundry area within the kitchen so he suggested keeping everything under wraps. For this reason, a white washed brick structure with sliding panels was created to host the washing machine and utility area. This neat and concealed laundry zone works well within the new open concept kitchen while still allowing plenty of natural light to pass through to the rest of the home. An L-shaped kitchen is defined by white laminate cabinetry that affords ample storage and hosts the oven and dishwasher neatly. Since one wall was broken down, the stove top was moved to the island cook top providing a large preparation space for homecooked meals. The dining space sits just beyond the kitchen and utility area, at the base of the staircase. Unlike most homes that try and keep all piping completely concealed, this free-spirited home has one exposed pipe coming down from the ceiling. Even though it might seem like an eyesore to some, leaving the pipe exposed somehow adds to the relaxed, unpretentious feel that this home embodies. Since the staircase was rather dimly lit, Moh removed one staircase railing completely, while keeping the original wall-mounted banister intact. This allows more light to penetrate and creates an open, free-flowing feel. In order to introduce even more light to the stairs and the upstairs study room, the boundary wall was knocked down and bi-fold plantation shutters put into place. This allows ample light to penetrate the staircase area and the study perfectly.

LIVING AREA The living room has a very real feel to it and is made up of the homeowner’s existing furniture including an Oriental console, vintage arm chairs, a modern sofa and a vivid rug.

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An old grille is given a utilitarian revamp and now serves as a photo display area.

KITCHEN (top) View of the L-shaped open concept kitchen with the new island cook top and the brick finished laundry utility. BATHROOM (opposite page) The master bathroom is given a complete overhaul, with the sink relocated outside the toilet for a better flow of space.

The revamped study area also doubles as a guest bedroom.

The windows in the study were also boxed in for a more exclusive, updated feel, giving the room a cosy, but relaxed atmosphere. The master bedroom toilet also received a considerable amount of work. The new and improved bathroom was made about two feet larger, giving the otherwise small space some breathing room. The vanity counter and sink were moved just outside the main toilet in order to create a better flow of space and give the bathroom more room. White cabinetry provides storage here and ensures the space stays neat and tidy. Ultimately, the good looks of this humble home provide a timeless space for the homeowner to enjoy and entertain in. The combined effort of smart design aspects like the breaking down of walls to create more light and space coupled with clever consideration while incorporating the homeowner’s quirky elements is exactly what sets this home apart from the rest. FEB

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simple does it A clean-cut and crisp white palette bestows this family home with a sense of spaciousness

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romantic appeal, use string curtains instead of solid doors to segregate the walk-in-wardrobe from the main bedroom.

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or any growing family, having ample storage space is a great necessity. With kids in the picture, clutter can multiply in a matter of days and without sufficient room to stash it away, any stylish home can look unsightly. Aware of the mess that can arise with the shortage of storage space; the family living in this three-bedroom HDB flat unit wanted a low-maintenance and spacious home.

To accede to their request, the designers from AX Image adopted a white colour scheme for the shared living and dining area. Walls were whitewashed and the floors were laid with high-gloss homogenous flooring. To let in more natural light, the boundary walls separating the kitchen from the livingdining area were hacked away. Glass sliding doors were put up to demarcate


both public zones instead and to keep heavy cooking smells at bay. After this drastic overhaul, the living-dining space immediately looks more spacious. The designers then created a feature wall by adorning one of the walls with a large laminate partition. Recessed lighting was laid at the back of the mocha-coloured laminate feature and this brings along a sense of lightness and warmth. To keep with the sleek modern style, the chic combo of two light-coloured leather sofas flanking a black floor rug emits understated sophistication. As one enters into the private areas, two of the bedrooms are furnished with custom-built stow away beds. This allows occupants of the room to have a larger space when their beds are unused. Both rooms sport different design schemes as to differentiate the varying lifestyle preferences of the occupants. One features a feminine style with matching floral touches on the cabinetry while the other emits a masculine appeal with a monochromatic colour palette. For the master bedroom, it features a walk-in-wardrobe which is semi-enclosed. By hanging string curtains to cover the entryway and using strips of laminate to enclose the rest of the area, the walk-in-robe retains a sense of privacy and yet does not feel closed in.

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SPACE-SAVING TIP:

Flushed seamlessly against the cabinetry, this stow away bed offers a flexible use of space.

With a wealth of experience spanning the last 13 years, AX Image is certainly a design studio worth your attention. Not only do they handle residential and commercial projects of any size, their team of enthusiastic designers have creative mindsets and individuality to make your dream home a reality. On top of that, from the start of your home journey with them, you can rest assured since you will only need to deal with one individual, who will take you from conception, to drafting, to the actual design process. That basically means less stress for you and better control of the entire job all the way through. FEB

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essence of white Neither bare nor boring, the beauty of white is encapsulated perfectly in this Mandarin Gardens apartment unit

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The monochromatic palette of the single gallery kitchen bestows it with a timeless charm.

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tilising lots of white at home is a good idea to most people, however this basic colour can also create havoc when used in an overwhelming amount. Too much white can render the home cold and sterile and go against a relaxing home ambience. For these reasons, a white on white palette for this Mandarin Gardens apartment was discouraged by the design team from Brim

Design, and clever design features creating texture, while keeping with the desired white-based scheme, were put to use. The entire floor was overlaid with a light coloured laminate to set the tone for the crisp home. Rather than finishing the wall with a wallpapered surface, the designer opted for a white exposed brick wall to give the home character; its rugged but white-washed appeal


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Setting the scene of sophistication in the ensuite bathroom are the black and white tiles paired with Victorianstyle bathroom fittings.

infusing texture into the mix. On the opposite wall, the designers had the previous white upholstery of the sofa changed to a new lime green hue set and the striking shade pops out immediately amidst the sea of whites.

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To save cost, units from Ikea were used, with two shoe cabinets lining the wall as a cheaper alternative to a custom-built entertainment unit. At the same time, it allows ample storage space and blends in effortlessly with the simplistic design. The originally enclosed kitchen was converted into an open concept kitchen by removing the boundary walls. White cabinetry topped with a black worktop was then affixed to provide a contrast to the all-white setting. In the conjoined dining area, an element of space is introduced by adding a Philippe Starck Top dining table with transparent pleated legs. The illusion of more space is further created by hiding the unsightly utility area with frosted glass doors. On

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the other side, a full wall of storage space for suitcases and shoe cabinet is hidden behind classic white louvered doors. The designers also utilised louvered doors for the wardrobe in the single bedroom. As an attached bathroom was not included

in the original floor plan, the space was reconfigured, giving the master bedroom its own ensuite, with a full wall of louvered wardrobes and black and white tiles from Ikea. They then applied warm grey and white striped wallpaper to the wall which offers subtle textured appeal.

With their creative know-how, the designers at Brim Design pride themselves on their flair for practical, everyday ideas and a keen eye for design trends. This boutique interior firm caters to residential and commercial projects of all kinds to suit most budgets. Brim Design attributes their success in the creative field to their skills in building and nurturing meaningful and lasting relationships with their customers.

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monochromatic muse

The classic pairing of black and white hues and modern design details amp up the style quotient in this bachelorette pad

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he perfect contrast of black and white hues is best exemplified in this four-room HDB flat unit. Home to a teacher, she wanted a living space that could meet her lifestyle needs. Thus, she engaged designer John Lau from Chapter One and laid down her requirements for a modern sanctuary. Working his magic in the living area first, John

adhered to a striking colour palette of black and white shades. This is evident in the custom-built television console and hanging shoe cabinets which are both framed by a thick white laminate frame. For the floors, he laid marble flooring to evoke a gorgeous luster and this complements the feature wall which is decked in tinted mirror finishing. In the next area, John turned it into a study and

dining space. It is outfitted with a jet black long table with a lustrous sheen. Used for both work and dining purposes, the multi-faceted table is extendable and has a drop-leaf extension. It is exceptionally useful when the homeowner has company over as it can accommodate more guests when needed. Moving on to the rooms, John reveals that two of the rooms were merged together to form a more spacious


STYLE WOW: Set in the middle

of this full-height cabinet is a glass showcase for the homeowner's prized possessions.

sleeping boudoir for the homeowner. The master bedroom is combined with another bedroom and it now has room for a walkin wardrobe and even a chill-out spot. The newly expanded room follows the black-and-white design scheme prominent in the home and John segregated different areas of the room with a simple laminate divider. One example is the sleeping area which is segregated from the chill-out

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zone by its dark headboard. Behind it lies a medley of wall-mounted cabinets with a tinted mirror finishing. This same finishing can be seen on most of the cabinetry in the room and even in the back of a specially carved out niche on the wall. Since adding two bedside tables would disrupt the visual flow of space in the room, a recess was cut out from the wall to allow the homeowner to store her bedside essentials at ease.

Established in September 2009, this up-and-coming interior design firm is helmed by John Lau, who has over seven years of experience in the interior design field. He and his design team believe in providing a fuss-free renovation experience for clients. Boasting of a wide spectrum of residential and commercial projects in their portfolio, ChapterOne endeavors to deliver creative design solutions coupled with outstanding workmanship for all projects. FEB

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understated class

Timeless is the word for this four-room HDB apartment unit which sports clean-cut design lines

C CLEVER DESIGN IDEA: To maximise

the space in the living area, the designer incorporated storage compartments within the bay window area.

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hoosing practicality over flashy design themes, the young couple living here wanted a home of modern sensibilities. They engaged designer Andy Tan of D’Trenzo and he crafted a cosy home for the young homeowners. Nothing is over the top here and this attributes largely to the timeless essence within this four-room HDB apartment unit.

Beginning from the foyer, a striking laminate cabinetry extends all the way into the dining area. Sharing the same space with the living area, the dining space is segregated from the other public zone with different choices of paint hues. This goes impeccably with pale homogenous floor tiles and with the laminate feature panel with gorgeous wood grain patterns. Andy also made sure not to waste any

space here by incorporating storage space into the bay window. It is lined with laminate cabinetry sporting the same wood grain patterns. Into the kitchen, it evokes a simple yet sophisticated style with dark brown wood grain laminate counters. Since the couple cooks regularly, white solid surface is utilised for the worktops for heavy usage and other practical reasons.


WE LOVE: Since the dining area is positioned near to the front door, the shoe cabinet acts as a divider and a privacy screen.

Out of the public areas, Andy adhered to a consistent design scheme of wooden and dark tones for the private zones as well. These recurring design elements are a perfect match since it ushers in a sense of warmth to the bedrooms. It is especially prominent in the master bedroom, as it is decked with dark tinted mirrors and a dark laminate feature wall to helm the flat screen television. Of all the rooms, the master bedroom received the most radical overhaul. It was merged with another room to create one large space. This made enough

room for a walk-in closet constructed of dark tinted glass. Keeping with the design scheme, the flooring is decked with laminate tiles with wood grain patterns. This immediately sets the tone for a sophisticated resting space. For its connecting bathroom, Andy adopted a similar colour tone and affixed dark homogenous tiles on the walls and floors. He also chose to deck the space with laminate vanity counters sporting wood grain patterns. And just like every part of this home, even the bath suite embodies the clean-cut yet classy style.

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Style is not limited by space and age – families with young children can have their piece of style haven within a small area too

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to conceal the flat screen television when it is not in use, the feature wall is less of a disruption to the soothing design lingo.

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alk into this four-room HDB flat unit and be wowed by what appears to be expansive open space. Designers from Exodus 31 Design have whipped up a whole new recipe of refurbishments, creating a stylish and comfortable home dedicated to every member in the family – a married couple and their two daughters. By hacking away the boundary walls between the

kitchen, dining and living area, the designers were able to maximise the space to create an open concept area. This is perfect for the family of four as it increases interaction and family time, even when each member is in different parts of the home. A subtle touch added to separate the living and dining area is the contrasting floorings in place. From the walnut timber flooring in the living


SPACE-SAVING IDEA: Major appliances

such as the fridge are flushed neatly against the wall, clearing up more floor space.

area to white homogenous tiles in the kitchen area, the two spaces are given obvious demarcation without having to resort to walls or solid partitions. To further enhance the practicality of the home, part of the kitchen is enclosed with glass doors so that other areas will be protected from heavy kitchen smells. Bedrooms are great to showcase personalities and favorite items. So the designers from Exodus 31

Exodus 31 Design Pte Ltd

39 Ean Kiam Place Singapore 429124 Tel: (65) 6348 7942 Fax: (65) 6348 7943 Web: www.exodus31design.com

jumped at the chance of theming these sleeping quarters to further incorporate the homeowners’ varied personalities. The master bedroom is adorned with plum hue textured wall paper plus twin pendent lamps, perfect for rest and relaxation. As for the girls’ shared bedroom, their space embodies a princess theme, and is completely decked in pink and purple with pretty wallpaper prints.

Exodus 31 Design was started with the foremost priority to understand every client's dreams. In every project, they seek to translate every dream living space into one that is rich in design, sustainability, functionality, and achieving its unique characteristic. Fuelled by this philosophy, the team aims to establish a good communication with the clients. After all, it's not just about designing a house, office or building but sculpting a functional, well-planned space that anyone will feel right at home in. FEB

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Headed by their experienced design director Kelvin Toon, HC Interior Pte Ltd has gone headlong to brandish their signature knack for creating dynamic living spaces into a multitude of projects. Synonymous with the creativity for creating extraordinary spaces, their priority is set on designing a home tailored to your lifestyle and to enhance everyday living. Armed with a BCA certified Builder license, they also undertake construction, A&A and rebuilding works for landed properties. With a workforce of over 50 skilled workers, rest assured that your project is well taken care of. So come on in and find out more today at HC Interior Pte Ltd.

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colour mix As exemplified in this condominium unit, a dash of colour can make a world of a difference

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In the sea of whites, the blue paint on the sunken ceiling feature adds a much needed pop of colour to the bedroom.

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ome to two sisters, this four-room condominium unit has a fun yet tasteful streak which spans throughout the spacious home. The pair of siblings had turned to designer Nick Pang from Ideal Design for his expertise and he has definitely created a gorgeous home for them in a matter of just six weeks. They had first approached him with

the intent of injecting lots of colours into their home and looking at the results, Nick has clearly acceded to their request. All areas of the home are awash in different shades and Nick chose to adorn just one main colour for each area. As seen in the living area, it is swathed in earthy tones which induce an inviting appeal. What is most surprising about


CLEVER DESIGN TIP: Aesthetics meet functionality in the form of these decorative sliding panels which actually conceal the unsightly bomb shelter.

the space is that the feature wall which helms the flat screen television actually conceals a small window. And all the homeowners have to do to let in more natural light is just slide open the feature wall’s sliding laminate panels. Heading towards the dining zone, one entire wall is decked with storage compartments of all kinds. From cabinets to open shelving units, this wall display of storage compartments is

Ideal Design Interior Pte Ltd

161 Lavender Street #01-11/#02-11 Singapore 338750 Tel: (65) 6842 5542 Fax: (65) 6842 5580 Email: sales@idealdesigninterior.com Web: www.idealdesigninterior.com

an arresting sight with its geometric-styled arrangement. For the dining zone, the wall is decked with three sliding panels which conceal an unsightly bomb shelter. Recessed lighting was fitted at the back of the panels for decorative purposes. The laminate panels also sport geometric patterns which go in line with the storage units in the living area. Keeping to the design

scheme of an anchoring colour palette, the kitchen is clad in hot red, black and white shades. The leading colour is clearly red as it is splashed generously on the cabinetry. The crimson shade is also utilised as the coloured glass backsplash. With hi-sheen laminate cabinetry and the luster of the glossy glass backsplash, the kitchen is the epitome of modern chic.

With its humble beginnings in 2006, Ideal Design Interior was started by a talented team of experienced interior designers. This boutique-sized interior design firm caters to a wide range of clientele and specialise in mid range to high-end residential, commercial and retail projects. Armed with a diverse and integrated variety of services to suit different budgets and needs, working with them will be a personable and smooth-sailing experience. These design experts also believe in translating creative ideas into reality and into your everyday life through strategic planning, proficient design and project management. FEB

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small to spacious With clever space configuration and other space-enhancing tricks, this one-bedroom HDB flat unit feels more spacious than ever

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Instead of a regular door, beaded curtains are used to enclose this tiny room and this helps to make it feel less closed in.

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ost people would have accepted the small stature of this HDB flat unit as it is but for designer Florence Ong from La Bonne Vie, she viewed it as a challenge to put her design ingenuity to the test. Home to a mother and son, they wanted their small home to be equipped adequately to cater for the both of them.

Since there is only one bedroom, Florence decided to create another room for the son by putting up a laminate divider within the living area. With the space now split up into two areas, the larger area serves as the living area while the smaller space allows enough room for a single bed. Aware that the son would require at least some storage space, Florence affixed a


raised platform to hoist the bed and incorporated hidden storage compartments within the platform. She also turned the bomb shelter located just next to the room into a compact walk-in-wardrobe. In the public zones, Florence hacked away the boundary walls of the kitchen and it is now occupied by a bar counter which has storage compartments on both sides of the cabinetry. The side that is nearer to the front door allows the homeowners to squirrel away their footwear while the other side is used to store cooking appliances. The rest of the kitchen space is also maximised to the fullest as it hosts a simple dining set for two. As to add to the impression of space in this multi-purpose cooking and dining space, Florence sealed up the

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Reflective glass panels were added in the bath suite to elongate the space visually. original entrance of the bathroom and filled up it with a glass panel instead. This improves the light flow in the kitchen considerably and the reflective surface also visually enlarges the cooking space. In the bedroom which belongs to the mother, the en suite bathroom went through

La Bonne Vie Design & Contracts Balestier Plaza, 400 Balestier Road #01-04 Singapore 329802 Tel: (65) 6339 3364 Fax: (65) 6256 5663 Email: sales@labonnevie.com.sg Web:www.labonnevie.com.sg

a complete overhaul. It is now an open-concept space and Florence ensured that every possible inch of space was used for storage compartments. For instance, she affixed a full-height shelving unit at the front of the bathroom to store daily essentials.

Supported by a team of talented designers, trusted contractors and tile providers, La Bonne Vie Design & Contracts offers more than just smart interior design solutions. With 20 years of experience under their belt, this design expert takes pride in their quality materials and workmanship so that you can rest assured that your home is built to last! That's not all as their ultimate objective is to provide quality materials, workmanship and services, all at affordable prices. At La Bonne Vie Design & Contracts, you can expect nothing but perfection for your home. FEB

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a touch of simplicity A home of more than a decade is transformed into a contemporary dwelling for easy entertaining

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shelves don't necessarily have to be plain and boring. Neither do they have to be linear and fitted to a single point. A bit of creativity can transform a storage staple into a design signature.

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or those who love the company of their friends and relatives, home is the perfect spot for sharing those intimate moments. Minutes away from the Kovan MRT station, down the quiet road of Jalan Samarinda, lies a home designed to provide a cosy entertaining space. Living here for over 10 years, the homeowners

decided to do a complete makeover of the home. They approached designer Andy Tan of Linewerkz after hearing positive feedback about his work, confident that he would be the perfect person to bring their dream concept to life. With three teenage kids, the homeowners wanted a living space that not only has adequate storage for the entire family, but could also meet


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space? Utilise every inch of your wall with built-in cabinets and keep the clutter at bay!

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their entertaining needs. For a great first impression, the living space is coloured with a soothing palette of creams and browns. With a recessed space that houses a flat-screen TV and media devices, the wall adjacent to the windows is fitted with laminate storage cabinets to keep clutter away. Right across the room, quirky display shelves dress the wall with family snaps and personal ornaments. The existing ceramic floor tiles remains in its place, adding to the serene mood of the space. To give

No 27A Arab Street Singapore 199726 Tel: (65) 6398 0838 Fax: (65) 6398 0828 Email: enquiries@linewerkz.com Web: www.linewerkz.com

the homeowners a more convenient way of entertaining their guests, Andy built an open-concept dry kitchen next to the living area. Constructed in spray-painted glass with quartz stone countertop, the kitchen provides a home for prized cookware, treasured liquor collection and assorted cookbooks, while facilitating the serving of food during home parties. While it’s nice to have a comfortable space for guest to congregate, Andy made it a point to maintain privacy for

the family. Over at the sleeping quarters, the master bedroom is a sight of tranquillity. A wall-length bookshelf is custom-built to store essential reads and imported European furniture such as the black French-inspired floor lamp dots the room. The daughter’s personal haven evokes a romantic mood with soft pink walls and dark overhead shelves with matching desk set. All rooms are covered with laminate floorboards to maintain a sense of congruity within the home.

With one pure design motto in mind- to be a forward-thinking and efficient company. Linewerkz aims to provide one-stop interior design and renovation services. Armed with a team of dedicated designers including highly experienced senior designers, Linewerkz believes that their clients are their most prized assets. As such, they believe in generating simplistic yet trendy design ideas and are more than ready to cater to your specific lifestyle needs. Linewerkz also assures that only top quality materials are utilised in all projects, and they pride themselves on their dedication to achieving the best for your home. FEB

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Modern simplicity with an ingenius touch of creativity Driven by a sharp eye for creative ideas, strong work ethic and a clear vision, armed with a diverse range of building materials and design configurations, we believe in creating designs that would truly reflects you.

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Modern simplicity with an ingenius touch of creativity Driven by a sharp eye for creative ideas, strong work ethic and a clear vision, armed with a diverse range of building materials and design configurations, we believe in creating designs that would truly reflects you.

Showroom / Office Vertex Tower A 33 Ubi Ave 3 #02-21 Singapore 408868 65 6296 9644

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gold glamour Splashes of gold and warm neutral colours inspire this elegant yet functional abode

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egardless of how you look at it, gold will always be associated with wealth and glamour. Its beauty transcends time and even a slight accent of this gorgeous tone can add prestige to any design setting. However, the interplay must be balanced by neutral colours, like in this glitzy one-room condominium showroom. The developers for this upcoming

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condominium at Joo Chiat approached designer Darren Lim for a modern and relaxing resort-styled design that will play up the luxury factor of the prestigious address. A few shades of gold were decided upon and the rest of the space is surrounded with subdued tones that play up the gold trimmings. Such delicate harmony is best illustrated in the living

room, where hints of gold are subtly suggested. The TV console is coated with a solid shade of dark gold. The drawers have been dressed with lovely bronze mirrors that create interesting reflections with the lush brown shag rug in the centre of the room. A juxtaposition of different textures is further emphasised by the marble-looking decorative vertical columns


SPACE-SAVING IDEA:

Fitting in the custom-built dining set into a silver of space, the space in the living and dining area is maximised to the best extent.

and the wood-mottled backdrop behind the TV. To accommodate this space-challenged living room, Darren placed the dining table behind the beige, upholstered sofa. He then coupled the table with a booth seat that is attached to the wall. Completing the look of the living room is a large bronze-tinted mirror that stands serenely against the wall. Peering into the bedroom, we see gold being used as a romantic gesture in this design scheme. Cabinets and walls have been whitewashed to allow the bed area to standout as the main event of the room. The soft fluorescent lights that outline the inner perimeter of the headboard cast a warm glow over the bed. The lights also help to highlight the texture of the dark gold headboard.

Plush Living Design Pte Ltd

No 2, Tannery Road, #03-01, Singapore 347720 (CENCON BUILDING) Tel: (65) 6853 3753 Fax: (65) 6853 2873 Email: info@plushliving.com.sg www.plushliving.com.sg

The glamorous gild of gold continues into the bathroom, where two strips of mosaic tiles run down two opposite walls. Each individual tile is in varying shades of gold, making for an eye-catching point of focus. Finally, Darren opted to keep the design scheme of

the kitchen simple, choosing wood grain laminates to adorn the kitchen cabinets and cupboards. An uncomplicated focal point was created by applying a solid dark orange glass backsplash and pure white melamine kitchen top to highlight the cooking space.

Plush Living's strong and dedicated team of 15 highly qualified interior design experts have many years of design experience under their belts and are constantly growing and pushing the creative boundaries of design and service standards. Being an accredited RADAC and RCMA member with their own HDB license, clients can rest assured that their renovations are in capable hands.

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scandinavian finish The use of soothing wood design elements and a crisp white palette bring an ethereal feel to this condominium unit

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CLEVER DESIGN IDEA: The bay window area is put to good use by affixing a tabletop over it.

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hough decked in a pared down white colour scheme, this four-bedroom condominium unit emits understated sophistication. The design formula is decidedly simple but yet, it is easy on the eyes. The credit goes to the designers from Prozfile as they have sculpted a gorgeous family home for the homeowners.

Keeping in mind that the homeowners have two children, the designers made sure to adhere to a practical design scheme for the home. They decided that the Scandinavian style would befit the family best as it is easy to maintain and is aesthetically pleasing. Starting from the living area, they clad the wall with glossy laminate cabinetry


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The black-and-white cluster of pendant lamps makes a strong visual statement in the dining zone. with gorgeous streaks of wood grain patterns. Serving as a feature wall as well as a television console and display showcase, the full-height cabinetry offers a multi-faceted array of uses. The family can squirrel away

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clutter in the concealed storage compartments and showcase their family mementos in the open ones that are fitted with recessed lighting. Painting the walls white and laying the floor with white homogenous tiles, the living area looks more spacious and inviting than ever. A sideboard helps demarcate the shared space between the open-concept living and dining zones. The Oriental-style furnishing also offers a twist in the Scandinavian-themed setting. In the dining area, a cluster of Baroque-style pendant lamps dangles atop the glass dining top. It is teamed beautifully with the dining set with stilt-like legs and six designer chairs. An ornate framed mirror adds to the simple yet sophisticated setting. For the bedroom, the designers made use of the bay window area by affixing a mini

1 Starlight Road , Singapore 217754 Tel : +65 6396 6672 Fax : +65 6396 6673 Email : info@prozfile.com.sg

work desk over it. Carved out of mild steel and topped with Volex marble, it is connected to a long sideboard made of dark laminate. To make this room appear more spacious, the designers custom-

designed a low-rise bed which is helmed by a lush grey padded headboard. Beautiful wooden chip blinds prevent an excess of sunlight streaming in, providing a serene ambience for rest.

At Prozfile, a passion for revamping living spaces abounds in their team of designers. Their principle in interior and architecture is that the design of a home should revolve around the homeowners' specific needs and lifestyles; resulting in a comfortable and fluid environment for all occupants. Besides transforming spaces into lush abodes, the team at Prozfile also conceptualises a well-suited home in line with clients'’requests. Showcasing their dexterity and commitment in every project they embark on, Prozfile aims to become one of the top ten interior design firms in Singapore. FEB

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simply stunning A striking yet simple design scheme fused with the practical sensibilities of the Scandinavian look fill this home and studio with a distinct character

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hile some homeowners prefer a luxurious and elaborate theme for their home, Hart Tan of photography studio Tomatophoto opted for something simple. He engaged the designers from Renozone to give his home and studio a pared down look. To best reflect the look of simplicity, they went with a cool white colour palette.

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Evident in the most parts of the home, the whitewashed walls are teamed with cement screed flooring. The clean, industrial chic look is further accentuated by furnishing the rooms with minimal but noteworthy furniture. One such example is the living room. The spacious area is adorned with Scandinavianstyle wooden furniture. Most of the pieces line the walls; save for an antique trunk

which is used ingeniously as a coffee table. This arrangement gives Hart’s three growing children plenty of room to run around without bumping into the furniture. On the bare walls, Hart’s works are displayed proudly and it adds colour and personality to the otherwise staid space. Keeping to the simple yet distinctively pared down style, a walkway between the living area and dining


area is graced by personal mementos of Hart’s family. Once again, his favourite works jazz up the plain walls. Heading to the dining area, the dining set includes a white laminate table top which is matched with designer chairs and a long bench. With such a simple-looking dining set, this allows the iconic form of the dining chairs to show up in the best light.

Moving on to the kitchen, the first focal point that catches the eye is the stove and hood. Since the walls are decked with all-white cabinetry with orange worktops, the jet black stove and hood pop up prominently within the palecoloured setting. The major appliances are flushed neatly against the cabinetry and this evokes a larger sense of space in the kitchen.

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signature simple style of white elements against grey flooring, the design continuity is first set in the front entrance.

Renozone Interior Design House 1 Jalan Klapa Singapore199313 Tel: +65 6292 3345 Fax: +65 6292 3045 Email: admin@renozone.com.sg Web: www.renozone.com.sg

The team of designers at Renozone pride themselves for creating long term relationships with their customers. One of the main reasons why they manage to cultivate such amiable ties is because the company takes pride in all the projects that they have completed. Renozone guarantees quality workmanship and services, making customer satisfaction their top priority.

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modern respite Decked in sleek design elements and soothing undertones, this terrace home is the epitome of relaxed chic

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ike many aspiring homeowners, the young couple living in this double-storey terrace house dreamed of a gorgeous home that would appeal to all their senses. They wanted a spacious sanctuary with a sprawling garden. To materialise their dream home, they engaged the expertise of designer Yong Sen from Rezt & Relax and it was brought to life within a short timeframe. Incorporating easy-tomaintain design elements, along with monochrome shades, Yong Sen carved a

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modern but practical home which was what the couple wanted. The open-plan living and dining area is the heart of the home and has become an ideal location for relaxation after a day’s work. Highlighting the generous space was important, so the staircase was positioned at the back, making the living space the first thing you see when you enter though the main door. Large glass doors lead out to a view of the garden and matte homogenous grey tiles were chosen to accentuate the design theme. Dark laminate

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With an open-concept space, it’s best to keep to a uniformed design scheme for a better visual flow of space.


STYLE WOW:

An unconventional lighting choice for the bathroom, a glamourous chandelier gives the newly expanded bathroom a boost in style.

was used for the custombuilt furniture throughout the living space, while other furnishings such as the designer dining set were selected by the homeowners and designer. Crossing over to the kitchen, it is an airy and bright space. Awash in a sea of white with black-andwhite laminate cabinetry, the cooking area resonates with the couple’s love for all things cutting-edge. A granite stone counter stands as an island in the middle of the kitchen, serving as a bar counter and another food preparation zone. For the master bedroom

Rezt & Relax Interior

No. 33 Ubi Avenue 3 #02-09 Vertex Tower B (Access Lift Lobby B) Singapore 408868 Tel: (65) 6348 7787 Fax: (65) 6348 7797 Email: wilson@reztnrelax.com Web: www.reztnrelax.com

on the second floor, Yong Sen merged two rooms into one and expanded the size of the existing bathroom. Enclosing it with a Formica solid ply laminate feature panel which features a rotatable television feature, the spacious bath suite adopts a bold open-plan concept. Reminiscent of a resort-style bathroom, the Jacuzzi tub is hoisted on a platform lined with tiles. To create a more relaxing space, a curved recess pattern was carved on both sides of the flooring. It was then lined with pale stone pebbles to evoke a tranquil feel.

Started in 2001, Rezt & Relax is the brainchild of design partners Wilson Teh and John Foo. Their portfolio includes a wide spectrum of residential and commercial projects with clients such as Mayer, Jean Yip, Sticky Rice, as well as hotel projects in Dubai. The team at Rezt & Relax believes in offering creative design solutions and trend forecasts to help owners to simply relax and unwind in the comfort of their homes.

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simply sublime Adorned with luxurious touches, this penthouse oozes with class and yet manages to stay functional

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The lustrous black marble flooring emits opulence and pairs well with the chic red kitchen cabinetry.

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xtravagance is the key for this three-bedroom penthouse unit. Designer John Kow from Rhiss Interior sculpted a gorgeous living space for the two brothers living here. The homeowners wanted their shared abode to take on a modern and classy theme and looking at the results, John clearly adhered to that. He also did not forget about the practical aspect as he executed some clever space configuration to

better allocate the space in this cavernous home. Beginning from the openconcept living and dining zones, this space used to host a six-foot tall ceiling. John felt that it was a waste of good space so he sealed it up to add to the second storey’s floor space. The newly reclaimed space is then used for a walk-in wardrobe at the second storey. Back on the first floor – where the public living zones


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The custom-built bed frame is illuminated with recessed lighting to project a floating illusion that counters the dark colour scheme perfectly.

and a bedroom reside – the lowered ceiling is filled with geometric shapes to prevent the space from looking bland. It helms two chandeliers; one at each of the two public zones. At the living area, the wall is covered with a laminate panel with dark wood grains. It is

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then illuminated with recessed lighting fitted at the back to highlight the gorgeous feature wall. Strips of black tinted mirrors were also added to the glamourous mix and it frames the feature wall perfectly. On the other side where the dining area is, the wall is dressed with dark tinted mirrors with bevelled edges. For a subtle point of visual interest, John mounted a hanging shelf on the wall to better showcase the homeowners’ favourite display ornaments. Venturing upstairs, one of the bedrooms exudes a five-star hotel-worthy feel. John plastered a sprawling headboard of padded panels on the wall and this lofty feature spans upwards towards the ceiling. It is flanked by dark tinted strips of mirrors which add to its sleek appeal. On the other wall, grey wallpaper was utilised to create a masculine yet sensuous atmosphere conducive for rest and relaxation.

1 Balestier Road, Singapore 329670 Tel: (65) 6392 2282 Fax: (65) 6392 2232 Email: sales@rhissinterior.com Web: www.rhissinterior.com

With over 15 years of interior design experience between its founders, it goes without saying that Rhiss Interior Pte Ltd has the expertise to turn dream homes into reality. Besides that, its dynamic team of talented designers is always ready to transform empty rooms into innovative spaces for living, work and play! Armed with rich experience, creative ideas, practical interior solutions and most importantly, passion, you can be sure that your abode will be in the good hands of this dream team. FEB

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black decadence A black palette coupled with other sleek design elements bestow this family home with a city chic appeal

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foyers, this all-in-one storage system comprises a display niche, storage compartments and even built-in seating!

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n epitome of style and comfort, this three-room condominium unit is a true testament of modern living. Home to a married couple and their daughter, they had approached designer Daniel Loi from Space Define with the objective of transforming their new home into a stylish sanctuary. Daniel clearly worked his magic on

the family home as every part of the space harbours a chic disposition. Starting from the front entrance, the foyer has been dressed with shimmering wallpaper which emits a pearllike effect. It is teamed with a full-height shoe cabinet in hi-gloss laminate which sports a cut-out display unit for a decorative ornament. To amp up the comfort quotient in this


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The chic study area features textured wallpaper which pairs well with the sleek custom-built study desk with a dark glass tabletop.

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area, Daniel affixed built-in seating for the homeowners to put on their shoes in comfort. Next to the padded seat is the frosted glass sliding door which leads to the kitchen. Heading into the main living area, Daniel kept it mostly to a black colour scheme. One of the walls is decked with a gorgeous marble feature wall which emits a luxurious appeal. He then affixed hanging television consoles in contrasting shades of black and white laminate for a dash

318, Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427569 Tel: (65) 6345 0318 Fax: (65) 6345 0319 Email: enquiries@spacedefine.com Web: www.spacedefine.com

of contrast. The floors are laid with parquet flooring to usher in a warm and inviting feel for this family area. For the open-concept dining area, the walls are clad with dark coloured glass and mirrors to project a larger impression of space. Booth seating and an extendable dining table allow the homeowners to accommodate more company when the need arises. Daniel then merged the master bedroom together with another room to form a bigger

space for the married couple. Split into two areas for sleeping and studying, the newly expanded space follows the same design scheme of dark and decadent hues. Plastering the wall of the sleeping boudoir with a full-height headboard made of dark padded cushions, the bedroom is reminiscent of a luxurious boutique hotel suite. Two thick stainless steel strips frame this headboard and it is further flanked by strips of mirrors to evoke a larger sense of space.

The dynamic team from Space Define believes in infusing charisma into the spaces you live, work, and play in. The team caters to their clients' needs by offering creative options in design ideas and concepts to meet their functional requirements. Whether it's a residential or commercial space, the designers look beyond trends to create a concept that works with your space, but more importantly, for you. FEB

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grand illusions Adorned with a glamourous design scheme and other space-savvy measures, this swanky condominium unit shines with opulence

STYLE WOW The homeowner's watch collection is displayed with flair within these sleek showcase units.

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eng shui is perceived as a good way to improve one’s luck but in the aspects of interior design, it often clashes with the intended style. This was the challenge issued to designer Jonathan Er from The Montella when he took up the renovation work for this threebedroom condominium unit. The homeowners, a family of six, wanted to imbue feng shui plus sleek design details into

their family home. To strike a perfect balance between the contemporary and feng shui elements, Jonathan swathed the entire home in a modern Victorian style. Starting from the living area, the design scheme is immediately prominent with its feature wall. Essentially white full height cabinets with a simple border design, the classy laminate feature of white wood grain patterns


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Hidden storage compartments like this nifty contraption make up for the lack of space in this petite bedroom. serves as the television console as well. Over at the dining area, it is hard not to be entranced by the spectacular feature wall which doubles up as a bookshelf and booth seating. Instead of regular shelving, Jonathan proposed diagonal shelving units which infuse drama into the space. A sense of continuity is applied by adding streaks from the

diagonal pattern onto the booth seats. Another element that sports diagonal patterns is the specially selected base of the dining table. To break the diagonal setting, two plush dining chairs with a circular frame serve as much needed contrast. In the master bedroom, an orange headboard sports diamond patterns similar to the dining area’s main feature. Right next to the bed is a smart series of enclosed showcase cabinets with black tinted glass doors. Displayed proudly within it are the male homeowner’s classic timepieces. For the other bedroom, the bed head area is clad in vintage wallpaper for a touch of grandeur. Since this bedroom is rather petite in size, he gave the room a boost in space by constructing a raised platform. Filling up the platform with lots of storage compartments, this extra level allows the occupants to squirrel away their clutter with minimal fuss.

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Slido, Hafele’s sliding door range, offers a versatile selection of sliding door fittings that is easy to install Thanks to its space-savvy sliding action, sliding doors are a blessing for petite homes. In other aspects, it looks sleek, is quiet in terms of movement and is remarkably easy to handle. Taking all these into account, Hafele’s Slido, a range of sliding door fittings, is characterised by top quality workmanship, quick and easy assembly, and good running characteristics. Therefore, it can be installed quickly and easily in manual furniture construction. That’s not all as these fittings suit Vorfront, Mixfront and Infront wooden sliding doors in almost every popular weight class.

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installation or quick clip on fitting at the front of the cabinet. For the quick clip on fitting, the eye-catching design of filigree aluminum guide tracks adds a stylish design element to the doors. This version is perfect for shelving units. For wooden sliding doors with a weight of 50 or 60kg, the Slido Classic 50 VF P and Slido Classic 60 VF T sliding door systems are also fitted with the e-Drive electromechanical drive. This means that even heavy two and three leaf sliding doors can be easily moved with a touch of a fingertip.

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Be inspired by the stylish space-savvy home solutions in Sanwa’s brand new showroom

If you are a fan of the Japanese’s ingenious home solutions for their tiny apartments, check out Sanwa’s showroom which features original Japanese products designed by various SMEs in Japan. With an impressive array of ‘Made in Japan’ kitchen systems, vanities, tiles, storage cabinets, flooring and more, their product selection will inspire you to maximise your living space to the fullest. Specially conceptualised for real-life situations in tight living spaces, Sanwa’s showroom demonstrates Japan’s expert technology in this area of home furnishing. This is especially apt for Singaporean homes which are shrinking by the minute. For instance, their versatile range of compact kitchen systems is available in different sizes, as to accommodate kitchens of various sizes. Another brilliant product is the EURO-PLANK 145 Engineered Wood Flooring. Specially applied with olefin sheets, this flooring material resists stains as well as age deterioration better. The timeless design of soft cedar patterns on this flooring also make it a good fit for spaces of all types. If you are looking for something sleeker, the WALLNOT ceramic tiles are a popular choice because of its striking style. These tiles are known to be extremely popular in shops and home exteriors. It is also commonly used in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Sanwa Company Hub Pte Ltd Blk 28 Sin Ming Lane Midview City #01-131/132/142/143 Singapore 573972 Tel +65 6511 6262 Fax +65 6511 6263 Email : info@sanwacompany.com.sg Web: www.sanwacompany.com.sg

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on a high With four reputable awards attached to its brand name, Sky Creation is soaring beyond its accolades of innovative interior design services Founded on the cornerstone of perpetual innovation and growth, Sky Creation has cultivated itself into a multifaceted company offering more than just interior services. From budget planning to design development and project supervision, clients can expect to leave their homes in the good hands of its dedicated design team. Having already received four awards namely the OHSAS 18001 (Healthy & Safety), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and the Singapore Quality Class (SQC) certification, Sky Creation’s robust portfolio in both residential and commercial projects further showcases the acumen of the team. Moreover, to ensure quality craftsmanship that dovetails with uncompromising designs, the company’s very own executive director, Sky Tan, even set up a carpentry workshop. When it comes to residential landed projects, the team at Sky Creation exhibits a strong sense of vocabulary for style and functionality, carving the perfect perimeters for higher living. Commercial property owners will also be satisfied by the team’s delivery of adept design understanding which is clearly showcased in their showroom. Also known as the Sky Creation Museé, the one-stop space for all interior needs features their

very own Acqua label, which offers bathroom and kitchen solutions. The other labels such as Luce and Tissus offer lighting fixtures and beautiful upholstery respectively. Recognised for its dexterity in kitchen designs, Sky Creation established Himmel Kücheas, an exclusive brand that furnishes kitchens with a modern twist infusing flawlessly finished European-styled melamine panels. The label provides water-resistant, scratch-resistant and decay resistant constituents for guaranteed peace of mind. The superiority of Himmel Küche was also recognised when it became the first interior design firm in Singapore to obtain the Green Label Singapore award for its eco-friendly products.

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For this powder room, an egg-shaped basin immediately catches your attention with its shapely form. Complementing its futuristic outline is the concealed basin mixer which adds to the sleekness of the vanity counter.

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The shower cubicle is outfitted with a hi-gloss concealed shower system comprising a hand shower fixture and a rain shower fixture. Both of high quality brass, it is accentuated by a standalone bathtub with a modern form.


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Together with the design expertise of their sister company Inspiration D, YCM Interior turns this home from drab to fab with decorative stone flooring

Decorating with stone flooring remains to be one of the most popular design solutions in interior design today. Being durable and available in a wide array of colours and design, it offers many design possibilities for your home. However, choosing the right style can also be a mind-boggling experience and more so often than ever, most people don’t get it right the first time. That’s when you need to engage the experts. Take this intermediate terrace house for instance; the team from YCM Interior applied a gorgeous medley of marble flooring which contributes to its opulence. With two levels of space and an attic to fill, the YCM Interior team had their work cut out for them. Thankfully, they worked hand-in-hand with their sister company Inspiration D to create a wonderful home for the homeowners. The spacious floor plan also meant that the family living here can host many large scale parties or gatherings. To make the public zones conducive for entertaining, the team decked the open-concept dining area and kitchen with Volakas white marble flooring to induce a wider and more seamless expanse of space. For the living area which is blessed with a high ceiling, the team dressed it with a feature wall made of gorgeous black marble to accentuate the lofty space. They even carved niches in the feature so that the homeowners can showcase their ornate collection of antiquities and ornaments. For a sleek contrast, they laid the flooring with Volakas white marble flooring. All in all, this home oozes with sophistication like no other.

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