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E D I TO R ’ S N O T E

As a design lover, and a new factors regarding the interiors can


homeowner, I believe that there’s be managed and tweaked, it’s the
no such thing as a house beyond elements outside the property that
redemption. Every property, old or are beyond one’s control.
new, ođers as much potential in being Those were the things I studied
transformed into a beautiful space. All when I embarked on my search
it needs is a vision, wise planning, and for a new home ĝve months ago.
plenty of patience. Once I’d received the keys to the
So what should you be looking out resale unit, the exciting process of
for when purchasing a home? In my renovation went into full swing.
opinion, look for houses with beautiful That was when I realised that there
bones. That means looking at the layout weren’t any renovation guides
and structure of the property, instead around to ođer tips on integrating
of just focusing on how clean it is or home automation or smart devices
how well-maintained the walls are. into the home. When should one
Those are just cosmetic in nature, and plan to install the broadband and
can be easily rectiĝed. Look beyond wireless mesh networks? How
and study the way the spaces Ğow. should homeowners connect various
Consider what can be done if walls devices like a smart TV and wireless
have to be hacked or if you need to speakers to the home network?
remodel the bathroom. Ironing out those issues was my
More importantly, look at the preoccupation over the last three
BUILDING surrounding area around the house. months, and it compelled me to
Are there ample amenities in the share some of my experiences with
ON A DREAM vicinity and is there enough greenery you in our new renovation checklist.
to provide shade for your home? While At the same time, homeowners
are always thinking about ways to
optimise space usage and that’s
something I want to share as well. I
hope these features will help you as
much as it did me, in the course of
our research. Be sure to follow the
updates on my renovation project on
our website and in Facebook posts,
and we’ll see you again in August.

photography ANGELA GUO art direction NONIE CHEN location SPACE


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Sicilian puppet blenders, all
theatre and hand- clad in colourful
painted carts), Sicilian patterns.
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Combining traditional methods with inspiration from a Modernist
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Urquiola has created an outdoor furniture collection that is both
modern and familiar. Named after “wicker” in Italian, the Vimini
collection for Kettal features wicker-and-wood pieces with Basket-
like seats, and the classic braiding often seen in outdoor pieces.
Complementing its earthy tones are nature-inspired hues like
taupe and green. “It doesn’t have the same Modernist spirit as the
Basket but it’s familiar enough that, when you get close, it
stirs a memory and makes you feel at home,” says Patricia.
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Adding colours and textures
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the cheerful, welcoming vibe
you want. With Swedish textile
artist Simon Key Bertman’s
Chess cushion collection, you
get pattern, texture and colour
all in one without the pieces
looking too loud or overbearing.
His works are statement pieces
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Portable Bluetooth speakers are the way
forward in home entertainment, and if
you’re on the search for something stylish
and packed with power, the Beoplay P6
is deĝnitely one to consider. Designed
in line with Bang & Olufsen’s signature
understated Scandinavian style, the P6
ARTIST OF THE MONTH features rich, powerful sound, up to 16
hours of battery life, and a dust- and
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Julian began his design journey a soft tactile feel when pressed. Designed
as an interior designer after for portability at home or on the go, P6 lets
graduating from the Royal College
you listen to music wherever you like, even
of Art in 2000. Since then, he has
while you’re lazing away in the tub after a
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Paciĝc Plaza from July 7 to Aug 26.

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leather for your sofa. A full aniline
leather sofa looks amazing, but the
leather colour is likely to fade and
can stain so it is best to pick semi–
aniline leather with a protective
finish. You can find such sofas from Trend expert
furniture brand King Living’s True Sebastian Nash ofers
Touch and Prestige leather range; handy advice on how
they look like aniline leather but to protect leather
have easy care properties.” sofas from stains.

26 
IN A NEW LIGHT
Keep your home cool and
cosy, while taking advantage
of soft furnishings like blinds
to add ambience to the space.
Inspired by nature, where
clouds act as a barrier to
sunlight, Woodnotes Cloud
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Design your kids’ rooms like how you would your
own, and dress them up with high quality furniture
pieces that are functional yet fun! This way, you
encourage a sense of belonging, while educating
your children about the importance of good
design. Newly launched luxury kids-furniture brand
Essa Grace came to fruition, thanks to a father’s
passion to build unique furniture for his kids. With
a collection made of European birch plywood, the
range includes a minimalist, Scandinavian-style
bench, bookshelves, chairs, tables and even a slide!
Mix and match these pieces to create a fun, practical
living space your children can feel at home with.
E ss a G race ’s fur n itu re re tails fro m $ 12 0 fo r a chai r.
C he c k o ut t he co l le c tio n at www.e ssag race.co m .

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TRENDING

a­œ 1. Olivia armchair, $1,750, from

qœÂùœé°Éœ¦¦œ’é
Embowood.
2. Sistine armchair, $1,280, from
Finn Avenue.
3. Luke chair and Luke chair with arms,
in Christian Lacroix Birds Sinfonia Perce
Neige (back) and Aqua Clean Bellagio
Velvet is “in” this season! We’re seeing it on (front), $590 and $650 respectively,
everything from chairs to loungers and even up on from Blafink.
walls! Perhaps it’s that air of romance it conjures, and 4. Normann Copenhagen Ace lounge
that utterly sensual feel, which have homeowners chair, from $1,290, from Kuhl Home.
spellbound. Here are some pretty options to consider. 5 5. Fredericia Swoon lounge chair, from
$3,979, from Danish Design Co.

S P I N AWAY
You’ll know control – so you do
Vornado as the not over-circulate
US fan brand and waste energy
that invented the – a brushless
Vortex Action energy-eicient DC
technology: motor, and a timer TILE OF
the sculpting which shuts of the THE MONTH
of air into high fan when it isn’t in
velocity flow use. The 6803DC
while blending model, in particular,
hot and cold air, has an adjustable N E W T R AD I T I O N S
resulting in even height and cord East meets West in the design of this made-in-Japan tile
room temperature. management, collection, Hinotori, which is the result of a collaboration
Well, Vornado making it a between French designer Theophile Besson and Kyoto tile
has launched an convenient and manufacturer Asada Kawara. Each tile is handmade, with
Energy Smart clutter-free traditional production methods where ĝne clay is polished
Series which product. several times before being ĝred. The result is a rot-proof
combines its and weather-resistant material suitable for both indoor and
Th e En e rg y S mar t
powerful airflow S e r ie s co me s w ith
outdoor use. The shimmery look on the tiles is reminiscent
with eco-friendly a 10 -ye ar war ran ty. of that on roofs of traditional Japanese temples. Geometric
Find the series at
features. This H o me - Fix Trad in g ,
and textural details are added to the pieces using patented
includes 99 #02-01, 19 Ta i screen printing technology.
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to allow precise vo r n ad o sg .co m. i nfo@t heophi l ebesson.com .

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NEWS

B AC K A N D B E T T E R
Gucci has partnered Dapper Dan to
launch a studio atelier in Harlem, New
York City. Once known for dressing
gangsters in Harlem, he returns to
the fashion industry after 25 years.
He will create unique pieces using
fabrics, prints, embroidered patches
and hardware from the brand. The FA S T
by-appointment-only store will have FREE
a strong look (with red interiors),
reflecting Dapper Dan’s bold creations. Don’t let the process of buying,
selling or renting your property
intimidate you. It will no longer
be tedious and time-consuming,
especially since you can specify
EW GTECH AIR RAM K9
VI your requirements – whether
RE
you are a buyer, seller, tenant or
The low-down: landlord – via the free Ohmyhome
Within just two years of its launch, mobile application (available
the Air Ram by Gtech became the on App Store and Google Play).
UK’s best-selling vacuum cleaner in Pushing the boundaries of
2014. Now available in Singapore, this traditional real estate search, the
3.5kg cordless cleaner runs on a 22V in-app “Shoutout” feature ensures
lithium-ion battery and is designed with you access a well-curated list of
a proprietary Air Loc system which properties, and communicate with
promises to pick up both fine particles prospective buyers and tenants
and larger debris. We test the Air Ram directly, without needing a property
K9, the strengthened, pet-friendly agent. That’s everything you’ll need
version featuring resilient aluminium at your fingertips!
alloy components and scented tabs
which eliminate odour.

ITS EASY-TO-MANOEUVRE BODY AND LED


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EL IZA H AM IZ AH
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The review:
The vacuum cleaner is easy to The LED light highlights fine dust, which
assemble, with a straightforward I would have missed under normal
manual. I am most impressed by its lighting. Ironically, it also illuminates my
nimbleness and powerful suction; it’s biggest gripe about the Air Ram – the
easy to work around furniture legs, and dust in corners that are unreachable.
New A ge
lifts hair and bits of my cat litter well The rotating brush, filter, dirt bin and o f Desig n
— on tiles and rugs, and during forward battery are fitted in one area; this makes
and backward strokes. I find that my the body too bulky to clean corners. I One more handle for all you design
traditional cleaner would not have had to use a broom to sweep out the enthusiasts out there to follow, on
cleaned the space as immaculately! dust in corners. If only this came with social media platform Instagram!
I do enjoy the foot-operated on-of slim hoses or brushes! Its design team launched @design
button, and the fact that the machine The scented tabs are a welcome in April, to celebrate global craft,
can stand upright. It comes with two change. I wouldn’t say they neutralise design, as well as technology. With
chargeable batteries. You can charge odour, but they do provide a powdery the widespread use of this platform
one and continue cleaning with a spare. scent that makes cleaning enjoyable. internationally, the world will
T h e A ir R am K 9 re tails fo r $ 65 6 an d is availab le at  www.gtechworl d.sg. I t com es continue to receive design ideas and
wi th a t wo -ye ar war ran ty. Lo o k o u t fo r its mo n th ly of fers, too. inspiration readily and conveniently.
text DOMENICA TAN & ELIZA HAMIZAH 29
NEW STORES

LIGHT THE
WAY

U
nlike conventional
lighting stores
where shoppers are
overwhelmed by pendant
lamps and standing lights
lined from wall to wall, Sol
Luminaire’s new showroom is
monochromatic and minimalist.
What catches the eye when
you step into the store is the
uniquely designed Nula 8
lighting collection. Its lighting
options take centre stage,
protruding from the ceiling as
tubular designs positioned at
various angles. Sol Luminaire’s
Aeon series includes over five
variations of fixtures, such as
suspended, recessed, surface-
mounted and track lights, to
name a few.
These designed- and visual distractions,” shares
made-in-Singapore lamps are Joseph Ho, owner of Sol
categorised and showcased Luminaire. “Lighting is an
according to their uses in extremely important aspect of
the home and housed the home environment because
within “cabins” in the it can make or break the ONE-STOP SHOP
shop, to create a conducive ambience,” he adds.
shopping experience.

E
“This way, clients tend to Visit Sol Luminaire at stablished American furniture brand Ashley
feel less overwhelmed when 395 Guillemard Road, Furniture Homestore recently unveiled its
shopping, as there are less www.solluminaire.com.sg. first Singapore flagship. Housed in a 7,000sqf
showroom at Kallang Way, the brand carries a wide
variety of furniture pieces for the living room, dining
room, bedroom and even study or home office.
Its collections fit into five categories comprising
Vintage Casual, Urbanology, Contemporary Living,
New Traditions and Family Spaces. There is a wide
selection of styles and materials to complement
different looks. There are also furnishings such as
vases, clocks as well as decorative accessories.
Exclusive to the Singapore store, Ashley Furniture
Homestore has a dedicated space for bed and mattress
specialist King Koil to showcase the brand’s range of
mattresses and customised sofas, too, making it a one-
stop shop for home furniture and furnishing needs.

Visit Ashley Furniture Homestore at #01-01, North East


Building, 12 Kallang Way, www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com.

30  text DOMENICA TAN photos SOL LUMINAIRE & ASHLEY


Online store is now open!
NEW STORES

MC.2

Spanning 4,200sqf and two storeys, this showroom ofers


more than just ordinary blinds and curtains

S
ome homeowners can’t blinds to be operated via a
agree on whether outdoor phone app, as well as via voice
balconies are a boon or automated home systems like
a bane; they either see it as Amazon Alexa.
unusable space or love the The pleated blinds by
opportunity for gardening. Toso are a stylish two-in-
The answer to this issue is one product, with one sheer
located at MC.2’s stylish new and one opaque fabric that’s
gallery in Ubi, in the form of customisable. A sheer upper
TOP
Find the Altex the Securezip blinds by Altex, fabric lets in light, while
blinds on the which can transform a balcony the eye-level opaque fabric
second level, or patio into an extended provides privacy. If your home
displayed
alongside Wood “indoor” space any time. This faces the sun, keep the heat out
Couture’s flooring is made possible as its fabric with an opaque upper fabric.
options. shields the space from rain and You can shop for wall
ABOVE strong winds, while keeping the claddings and sound systems
Shoppers can air-conditioning in. here, too. MC.2 has expanded
explore Toso’s The Securezip blinds are to include a wide range of
wide and colourful
range of fire- not the only game-changing brands, such as sound system
retardant fabrics. product here. Shoppers can brand Sonos, stone specialists
explore the extensive range of Polystone, and flooring
RIGHT
The Hunter innovative window and wall supplier Wood Couture.
Douglas range solutions by Toso and Hunter
here includes Douglas. Hunter Douglas’ MC.2 is located at #01-28 Vertex,
light-filtering
Alustra Woven Powerview, for instance, is a 33 Ubi Avenue 3, tel: 6634-7333,
Textures fabrics. system that allows motorised www.mc2.com.sg.

32  text ELIZA HAMIZAH photos MC.2


LIVING

H A LCYO N
GLAZE

These gorgeous table and pendant lamps are shiny and


splendid enough to grace your study or bedside areas. 1
The gold accents are a perfect complement to the various
glass and stone materials, giving the fixtures an air of
absolute poise and sophistication.

1. Rubn Vox 5. Pablo Pixo


table lamp, table lamp,
$560, from $350, from
Made&Make. Pomelo.
5 2. Dahl 6. House
pendant lamp, Doctor Pin
price upon table lamp,
request, $347, from
from Danish Journey East.
Design Co. 7. Walter table
3.Saturne lamp in satin
pendant lamp, brass with
price from glass shade,
$1,475 till $1,325, from
$1,645, from Vanilla Home.
Vanilla Home.
4 4. Lambert
6 & Fils Clark
table lamp,
$1,680, from
Made&Make.

34  coordination KAFFY TAN


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An efficient, compact and lightweight
cordless vacuum cleaner is a must-have
in the home.

Health is wealth, and keeping mites, pollen and mould2 is


your home clean is the reduced, ensuring that the
first step in keeping your surrounding air is kept clean.
family safe from germs and You can even reach
bacteria, preventing them under furniture such as
from falling sick easily. sofas and beds easily
Ensure cleaning up is kept with the Powerstick Pro’s
as fuss-free as possible, by patented ergonomic Flex
choosing the right appliances Handle, which can be tilted
that will help you do the job around by a maximum of
effectively. 50 degrees. This way, you’ll
Tired of tripping on never miss a corner again!
the wire every time you’re This feature also minimises
vacuuming? Corded vacuum strain on the wrist, muscles
cleaners and tangled-up and back.
wires are a thing of the The Powerstick Pro
past, with Samsung’s handy comes with additional tools
Powerstick Pro. Not only is including a mini motorised
this wireless vacuum safe tool (for bed sheets and
to use when your children mattresses), extension
and pets are around, it’s crevice tool (for crevices in
also easier to manage and sofas and the corners of high
handle. Designed with users’ ceilings), combination tool
convenience in mind, this (for table tops and window
appliance is powerful enough frames) and soft action brush
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Pop-up eateries
on the ground
floor of Ann
Siang House keep

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isit the row of being close to cultural and the space
shophouses along heritage spots nearby, such hip, refreshing
Ann Siang Road in the as Chinatown,” shares Sara and a destination
to frequent.
evening and you will enjoy its Villarreal, head of business
vibrant, cheerful atmosphere, development at 8M Real Estate,
with crowds patronising the which acquired the property.
many restaurants, cafes and Interior designer Flo Sander
ANN SIANG drinking holes that line the of Ithink Consulting Group to admire the luxe yet edgy
street. To add to the lively spruced up both the exteriors aesthetics of the space.
HOUSE environment is the well- and interiors of the four-storey At night, clever use
appointed Ann Siang House, building, while preserving of lighting on the facade
which has breathed new life the old-world charm of this transforms the hotel into a
New boutique hotel housed into the corner shophouse lot 1920s heritage shophouse. beacon atop the hill, while
in a heritage shophouse that sits at the top of the slope. To lend contrast and create illuminated rooms add a touch
“We wanted to create a a standout feature, Flo chose of warmth to the overall look.
lifestyle destination that’s a striking deep blue for the The 20 rooms across two
accessible not just to the after- facade on the ground floor. An floors are kitted out in locally
work crowd, but to everyone opulent chandelier hangs at the inspired elements, and have a
who wants to experience the entrance of the hotel lobby, and touch of Mid-Century Modern
vibrancy of this area, while many passers-by have stopped style. The East-meets-West

36 
LEFT
Ann Siang
House lights
up at night
to create
attractive
aesthetics
inside and out.

RIGHT
Bold design
elements such
as the black
and white
tiles, and gold
tones, add
to the overall
luxurious look.

MIDDLE,
RIGHT
Classical-style
features like
wainscot panels
are used in the
hotel rooms.

BELOW
In addition
to textural
materials like
subway tiles,
there are
also carefully
curated
artworks
placed
throughout
the hotel and
its rooms.

features and a bold colour


palette comprising mustards
and greys, and brass and copper
tones, lend lots of character
to the interiors. Despite a
mishmash combination of
styles – from photos of local
architecture, to Classical-
style wainscot panels on the
walls and subway tiles in the
bathroom – the result boasts an
understated appeal and a touch
of luxury. Also, every room
offers an element of surprise,
thanks to different layouts and
configurations as a result of the
building positioning.

Ann Siang House is located


at 28 Ann Siang Road,
www.annsianghouse.com.

text DOMENICA TAN photos ANN SIANG HOUSE 37


HOT SPOT

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DOUBLE JOY
A LIFESTYLE A N D
GARDEN CENTRE

Shop for plants as well as rugs, vases, and


chairs made out of natural materials

K
nown for its long stretch of pubs and
eateries, East Coast Road is always bustling
with activity. At the quieter intersection,
however, is a boutique where you can unwind as
well as do some shopping. Double Joy A Lifestyle
And Garden Centre comprises a furniture and
decor store, a quaint cafe that sells freshly baked
pastries, a garden nursery, and a floral studio.
ABOVE
The boutique is run by husband-and-wife The spacious
team Tinah and Desmond Leong. The former is longhouse in
a florist and interior design enthusiast who has which Double
Joy is located
worked with John Erdos Home and Liaigre, while used to home
the latter is founder of Mandala Landscapes. horses in the
Tinah’s selection of relaxed, beach-inspired 1900s.
furniture – mostly made out of natural materials RIGHT
like wood, pandan, seagrass and bamboo – and Customers
Desmond’s array of plants and flowers create can choose
from plants
a restful atmosphere. After spending some and gardening
time here, you’ll be inspired to recreate the materials from
environment at home, too. Indonesia,
Malaysia and
“We bring in non-mass-produced items we the UK. Double
have sourced during our travels, including those Joy also has
by European designers in Indonesia. From them Murakami
Nishikigoi koi, a
are products like the wooden daybed and burnt championship
wooden stools, and from Vietnam, the fish-trap breed from
hanging lamps. There are vases and trays from Japan.
Australia as well,” says Tinah.
The store smells wonderful, thanks to the eco
wood wick candles by Australian bath, body and
fragrance label Sohum. One of the scents, Cotton

38 
LEFT
Many of the
products have
interesting
origins, such
as table lamps
made from
water jars in
Vietnam, and
stone birds
which are
carved out of
river stones
by hand.

BELOW LEFT
The cafe
features a halal
menu, and its
indoor and
outdoor seating
can hold about
20 people.

BOTTOM
BOTH
Besides the
extensive range
of candles and
reed difusers
by Sohum, the
store also has
accessories and
even jars of
lavender honey
from Australia.

Flower, has notes of white lily, pink pepper amaranth and marigold. I even use some of
and carnation. As for the lush greenery, step them for my TinahL floral arrangements,”
outside to experience it. “Mandala Landscapes says Tinah.
is branching out from commercial projects into
retail. We sell gardening supplies, fertilisers, Double Joy is located at 1A Kuo Chuan Avenue, 
and plants and flowers like agave, globe tel: 6344-0443.

text ELIZA HAMIZAH photography DARREN CHANG art direction KAFFY TAN 39
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Tough challenges,
feisty characters
and zero margin for
error – those were
the conditions that
participants faced in
the sixth edition of
the reality interior
design competition
The Apartment: Passion
For Design. Emerging
from the ordeal was
Philippines-based
fashion designer
Stephanie Dods,
whose ĝnely tuned
design instinct and
perfectionist streak was
her winning edge.

41
F
ans of both reality
competition shows and
interior design will not be
unfamiliar with The Apartment,
which just concluded its sixth
and latest season in May. The
2018 “Passion for Design” edition
of the television show saw 12
international interior design
amateurs busting their design
chops in 10 gruelling missions.
Those missions, which ranged
from putting together a ĝtness
room to designing for demanding
real-life clients, were challenging
not only because of tight deadlines
and scant budgets, but also
due to testy personalities and
unexpected hiccups along the way.
Enduring it to the end and
emerging winner of this season
was 27-year-old fashion designer
Stephanie Dods. In the ĝnal
mission, which tasked her and co-
ĝnalist Rachel Lee to design a two-
storey ĝve-room property within
45 hours, the half-Pinay, half-New
Zealander impressed the judging
panel with her eye for colour, and

ability to pull ođ a masculine


“I’VE ALWAYS HAD AN vintage concept. Though principal
INTEREST IN INTERIOR judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
DESIGN BUT NEVER THE did not vote in her favour in the
ĝnals, he could not deny that
COURAGE TO COMMIT TO she had grown into a formidable
A COURSE OR STUDIES.” interior designer. “Stephanie
showed such natural talent
from the outset and her fashion
background meant that she was
incredibly style-literate. Our job
as judges was to get her to bring
some heart and soul into her
designs, to break the “showroom
home” mould she was adept at
producing. I’m very pleased with
how she Ğourished in the ĝnal
and I’m beyond proud of what
she will become in the future.”

42 
We speak to the newly crowned
winner about her personal
experience on the show and her
plans ahead.

Congratulations once again,


Stephanie. Can you share
with us what made you join
The Apartment? 3 D E SIGN TIPS
I’ve always had an interest in F RO M STEPHANIE
interior design but never the
courage to commit to a course Scale and proportion are
or studies. I was at a crossroads crucial to space design
in my life and a friend It’s always a risk to decide
happened to mention the show something of a small
swatch; this applies to
to me. Everyone at the time
fabric, wallpaper, paint,
knew how much I love interior tiles and furniture. Things
design and thought this would often appear diferent on
be a great introduction.. a crash a larger scale, so ask to
course, if you will! see the physical tile, or
the wallpaper up against
a wall, and buy tester
Do you have some background There were some clashes with about something, it shows in pots of paint to try out
in design? the other contestants, who your work. at home.
Design has always been a part sometimes found you high-
of my life. I was an art student, strung and controlling. Do Do you have plans to pursue Lighting makes a
diference
and that led to a career in you think this was fair? interior design after this?
When used correctly
fashion. I started off only as a It was completely fair because Winning this competition gave and creatively, lighting
sales associate, but with focus I am, but I don’t find that a me validation in my abilities in can afect mood and can
and dedication, I was able to negative at all. There were so interior design, although there be used to designate or
work my way up to become many instances when I did not is still so much I need to learn. highlight certain areas
in a room. Key note:
a buyer and co-designer have control – be it the wrong I intend to further explore all
Colours may also change
for Australian label Cubic curtains showing up, furniture aspects of interior design and depending on lighting
Collective’s in-house brand, available, time constraints, practise in the Philippines. used, so it’s always best
Love is Treason, shortly after. or who I was paired with. Thankfully, I’m going home to test fabric, paint and
There were so many things with my two closest friends on materials under the
specific lighting you will
How was the experience of on the show that we did not the show, Jesy Cruz and Eugene
be using.
being on the show? have control over, so I found del Rosario. They inspire me
I absolutely loved my control wherever I could. I’m a a great deal and I will learn so Inject character through
experience and I was probably perfectionist at heart and much from them. artwork and accessories
the only person that didn’t miss when things are off-balance, Paintings and accessories
can completely change
home. It was at times incredibly it is not okay with me.
the look and feel of a
draining – oftentimes we space, and is a great
were working on only three to Why do you think you won? way for your room to
five hours of sleep, and each I think I won because I really tell a story. Surround
challenge was shot back-to- enjoyed what I was doing and yourself with pieces
you love and don’t be
back, with one rest day each completely threw myself into
afraid to mix and match
week. I also found it difficult this competition. I came in with for added personality.
to work with certain people. the right intentions and didn’t
In the high-pressure setting, let the fact that there were
where we were working against cameras or unruly people get
the clock, I found it hard to be in the way of making the best
patient – although I did meet room I possibly could. I worked
some incredible people on the hard, prepared, and I listened
show and I’m so thankful for to the judges. I think when
the relationships I did make. you’re passionate

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U P C LO S E

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TIMOTHY OULTON
Furniture and interior designer of the eponymous brand
specialising in handcrafted leather furniture.

1 What gets you out of bed in 5 Your fondest memory. 8 One style you dislike is...
the mornings? I went to a school called Ampleforth, I wouldn’t say there’s a style I have
I love what I do, so starting the day which is in a Benedictine monastery. an aversion to as such, but I think
is never a chore. My house master, a Benedictine interiors that rely on one particular
monk, was a great guy.ˈI’ve lots of design trend won’t stand the test
very happy memories, including of time. ˈ
2 What gets you to sleep? this community ethos: It doesn’t
I’m not sure I’m the best person to matter what you do, as long as you
ask! I never understood work-life contribute. 9 Your last meal on earth
balance, it’s all just life! And the should be...
human brain is an amazing thing, It would have to either be a good
even when you’re asleep it keeps on 6 A cause you support. old traditional English roast or a
whirring away. Sometimes the best One that’s very close to my heart beautifully cooked steak, with a
ideas hit you at three in the morning. is the village primary school bottle of red.
near our workshops in China. We
sponsor the school basketball team,
3 Your favourite pet? and host afternoon activities for 10 What’s the last picture you
I had a lovely chocolate brown lab the kids, and events where teachers took with your mobile device?ˈ
called Tallulah, which became the can practise their English with I don’t take that many photos on my
company dog. When we host visitors, some of our team. phone actually, but here’s one of
Tallulah would always be there. the spaceship we built for our Milan
Design Week booth. Everyone wanted
7 Your personal design style. to sit in it – at first, people were
4 The most inspirational element I’m a very casual person so my taking their shoes off and being really
in the world is... home is the same. But I love careful but, after a while, everyone
I love the ocean; part of me antiques too – especially from the just piled in, kicked their feet up and
would be quite happy to live on a great historical periods of British relaxed. It was brilliant.
houseboat. I also recently spent handcraftsmanship. I like to
some time in a village up in the incorporate pieces from different
mountains of rural China – it eras. I have a few antique pieces in
was incredibly peaceful and the my home, but I mix them up with
feeling of reconnection inspired something more modern; I like
my new Noble Souls collection. that collision of old and new.

44  text ELIZA HAMIZAH photo TIMOTHY OULTON


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latest development in fridge fridge, and find out what your to family members on their Family Hub revolutionises the
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M Y S PAC E

L AU N D R Y
LIST
Doing the laundry doesn’t have to be a
pain. Here are some pointers to help make
your laundry time fuss-free and efficient.

Samsung
LAUNDRY D O N ’ T S W E AT I T

CARE 101
Humidity can cause a problem, as damp clothing
can get mouldy. Always ensure that your washed
clothes are completely dry before you place them
back in the wardrobe, especially in areas such as
H O N E Y, Y O U S H R U N K around the collar, and at the cufs of long-sleeved
YO U R C LO T H E S !
shirts where the fabric might be thicker. Air-dry
them before keeping them, if need be. Also, avoid
Using the dryer ensures your packing clothes too tightly, as this causes
DON’T BOTTLE UP
laundry can be cleared quickly and a lack of air circulation, trapping moisture and
conveniently, but take note of best creating a damp environment that mould and
practices to prevent clothes from bacteria thrive on. Keeping your laundry area neat and tidy ensures
shrinking! Aside from checking you have a hygienic, clutter-free space. Don’t leave
clothing labels and selecting a low bottles of detergent lying around. Instead, pour
temperature setting for delicate them into sleek, stylish dispensers that can blend
materials, it is essential to keep the in perfectly with your interiors. The detergent can
dryer door closed. This ensures that also be dispensed easily whenever you need,
your laundry does not go through instead of having to haul heavy bottles over the
any temperature shock, keeping washing machine.
your clothes in good condition.
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di spenser i n brushed ni ckel , $10 9, ava ila ble
this helps keep fabric in shape. at Redmart.

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ONE SIZE FITS ALL

If you find yourself always


hunched over your ironing board
and straining your back, it’s time
to replace it with one that’s of
the right height. Make sure to
keep everything within reach with
an all-in-one appliance too, like
Miele’s B3847 Fashion Master,
which consists of an iron, steam
generator and ironing board.
With its flexible height settings,
Fashi on Master the ironing board can be adjusted
B 3 847, $2,999,
to fit individual working heights.
avai l abl e at Mi el e.
Ironing no longer needs to be a
back-breaking activity!

FUSS-FREE, CREASE-FREE B AG I T

There are many ways you can cut down on time spent Take extra care of delicate clothing, such as lingerie,
ironing your clothes, so you can free up more time doing when putting them into washers and dryers. Always
things you enjoy, like spending time with family and use laundry bags for smaller items, as that’ll ensure
friends! When washing laundry, select low speeds (1,200 they do not get tangled up with other pieces of
revolutions per minute, or less), as this results in less clothing, or get stretched during the wash or dry
wrinkles on clothes. Some dryers also come with anti- cycle. Never overload laundry bags, to ensure
crease functions, so make full use of them! Of course, it clothing will be washed more efectively.
is also important to use an eicient and powerful ironing
appliance. For example, Tefal’s Pro Express Care steam
generators are said to achieve ideal ironing results in a
shorter time compared to steam irons, as the former can
produce higher steam output (up to 8 bar steam pressure)
to penetrate fabrics more efectively.

Tefal P ro E x p re ss C are ste am irons ret ai l f rom $73 9,


availab le at majo r e le c tro n ic stores.

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WASHERS
TO WATCH

T WO I S B E T T E R T H A N O N E

Convenience is key with the LG Twinwash


washing machine, which is designed to
allow homeowners to run two separate
wash cycles at the same time. Wash
your white tees, delicates or even baby
clothing simultaneously, yet separate
from the regular laundry load. You’ll need
just 49 minutes to complete two laundry
loads – that’s really eicient!

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F i n d out mo re ab o u t LG Tw inwash
wa sh i n g mac hin e at   www.lg .co m/sg .

NEVER MISS A THING

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Samsung’s Quickdrive washing machine ofers
powerful washing performance so washing time is
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îé°Â°âœâîÛ utilises up to 20 per cent less energy, compared to

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conventional systems in predecessors. If you discover
you’ve forgotten to include a piece of clothing after
œââœÉœÞ§Āʨ starting a wash cycle, you needn’t worry. The machine
comes with an Add Wash door where you can drop in
loose fabric items.

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washi ng m achi ne at sam sung.com /s g/
qui ckdri ve.

GENTLE YET EFFICIENT

Bosch’s 9kg Active Oxygen


automatic washing machine is
designed to house the brand’s unique
drum structure that is said to ofer
gentle and eicient wash cycles,
suitable even for sensitive clothes
that require low-temperature washes.
Because of its in-built Eco Silence
Drive, the machine operates very
quietly and eiciently too!

Fin d out m ore about B osch


Active Oxygen washing machine
at  www.bosch-hom e.com .sg.

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DILIGENT
DRYERS
E N E R G Y S AV E R

Care for your laundry, as well


as the environment. A five-tick,
energy-eicient appliance,
Electrolux Heat Pump dryer
makes use of a heat pump
technology – as its name
suggests – where a closed
circuit system passes heated
air over clothes and recycles
this air to dry laundry. This
recycling process ensures
less energy consumption.

Fi nd out m ore about


El ect rol ux Heat Pum p dryer
at www.el ect rol ux.com .sg.

A ĝve-tick, energy-eĔcient
appliance, Electrolux Heat Pump
HIT THE GAS
dryer makes use of a heat pump
technology, which recycles heated
City Gas Rinnai RD-600 CG air to dry laundry.
gas clothes dryer is designed
to work faster and requires a
shorter drying time, lowering WELL-ROUNDED
running cost, when compared
with electric clothes dryers. With
a built-in microchip sensor that Achieve optimal results with machines like washer
constantly monitors the humidity dryers that kill two birds with one stone. The
level to prevent over-drying, Panasonic washer dryer NA-D106X1 can wash up to
the machine makes clothes turn a 10kg laundry load, and dry a 6kg load. Not only is
out soft, flufy and with fewer it said to complete washing in a mere 34 minutes,
wrinkles. The strong gas output the machine also has a tilted drum with a sensor
also keeps laundry almost 100 per that ensures clothes throughout the load is washed
cent germ-free, as dust mites and thoroughly. Simply activate the dryer once washing
microorganisms are killed during is complete!
the drying process!
Fi nd out m ore about Pana s on ic wa s h er dryer
F i n d o u t mo re ab ou t C ity N A-D106X1 at www.panason ic .com /s g.
G as Rinnai RD-600 CG at
City G as G allery at
#02-01/03 PWC Building, or
www.c it yg as .co m. s g .

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VOI C E S

and deposits unrefunded. (including deposit payments)


Elsewhere, consumers are should be conĝrmed with a
complaining of late deliveries receipt issued by the retailer.
and shoddy product quality Most established furniture
from errant furniture retailers. vendors will have the above
Because furniture purchases paperwork in place. If not, it’s well
can amount to quite a hefty within your right to ask for these.
ĝnancial outlay, homeowners If a retailer refuses your request,
should take steps to ensure that you can almost be sure something
they get what they pay for. ĝshy is going on (because it will
Before making a purchase, need the same paperwork for
do a quick online search on legitimate accounting
the retailer to see if its past anyway). These
or existing customers have documents will come in
Take Note
left unfavourable reviews. handy, if you ever have
The Consumer Association of to make a claim against From a legal
Singapore (Case) maintains a retailer for a refund, perspective, a
an active “blacklist” of errant replacement, or a late company is a
separate entity
retailers; it might be worth it or unfulĝlled order. from its owners.
to pay Case’s website a visit to If you discover What this
ascertain if the retailer is on defects in the furniture means is that,
the list. items after they are if the company
When transacting, refrain delivered, make sure folds, the law
FONG WEI LI from making advance payment you inform the retailer
does not allow
for aggrieved
LAWYER, in the whole sum of the in writing (which customers to
LITIGATION AND purchase price. While it is fair can be in the form of go after the
ARBITRATION, for vendors to require a deposit, e-mail, SMS, or even company’s
the deposit such never be in full. Whatsapp message). owners for
KEL LLC whatever
Insist that you pay at most half Keep records of all undelivered
of the purchase price upfront, your correspondence orders or
with the remaining to be paid with the retailer, unrefunded
DON’T LET upon delivery of the furniture. including replies from deposits.
This reduces your ĝnancial risk, the retailer. Similarly,
FURNITURE should the vendor suddenly if your order does not °â’†°ÈœÞʢq°œúâ
wind up without delivering on come on time or remains œÿÛޜâ✘°Éé­°â
SHOPPING BECOME its obligations. undelivered, inform the ÐÛ°É°ÐÉ’ÐÂîÈɆޜ魜
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A NIGHTMARE appear cumbersome to most, keep a record of the ɜ’œââ†Þ°ÂĀޜĞœ’é魜
having the transaction recorded communication. Ûî‘°⭜ÞʙâÛÐâ°é°ÐÉʨ
Fong Wei Li ofers legal advice on how in writing is a must. This It is perfectly
homeowners can protect themselves does mean signing a formal acceptable and common
against unsavoury sales practices agreement. At the very least, for customers to speak to the
and missing furniture dealers, when the retailer must issue you an vendors over the phone
shopping for the home. invoice or sales conĝrmation or in person on such matters,
on its oĔcial letterhead but be sure to follow up
that contains the following with a short e-mail or text

F
itting out a new home information: a description message conĝrming what
with the furniture of the items purchased, the was discussed verbally.
of your choice is quantity, price, payment Where big-ticket items such
often an exciting part of a terms, and the dates on which as furniture are concerned, it
homeowner’s journey. But the items will be delivered. is better to be safe than sorry.
a handful of unfortunate If the retailer promises Making sure that the purchase
homeowners have recently a warranty on the products, process is proper, fair, and
been left in the lurch, after ask for a written conĝrmation well-documented will go a
a spate of shop closures of the warranty’s terms and long way in saving you from
by furniture vendors, duration. Finally, all payments despair and acrimony, if a
leaving orders unfulĝlled you make to the vendor retailer ever goes rogue.

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D PE
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It is not as loud as you think bin emptying mechanism,
THE FUTURE IS HERE The machine is acoustically simply release all the dust
engineered so it does not and dirt directly into the
Corded vacuums will be a thing of the create jarringly loud noises dustbin or trash bag and
past from here on. that’ll wake even your dispose immediately.
neighbours. A layer of acoustic
felt around the Dyson digital Air that leaves the machine
Dyson has done it again. Various accessories allow motor V10, a post motor filter,is extremely clean
This time, it’s proven that you to clean all spaces as well as a motor bucket that Allergens and bacteria are
bigger does not necessarily There are tools that cater regulates airflow around the kept in, thanks to the pre- and
mean better. And if you’ve to different uses and needs, motor to reduce turbulence, post-motor filters, which are
been on the hunt for a new including the combination help absorb vibrations and integrated as one sealed unit,
vacuum cleaner, you might tool (for all surfaces), mattress reduce noise. so you won’t have to worry
have noticed the increasing tool (perfect for mattress about nasty microscopic
popularity of smaller and and upholstery cleaning), Up to 60-minute fade-free dust (as small as 0.3 microns)
cordless models. Now the hose extension (to reach run time escaping from the machine
Dyson Cyclone V10 is the into awkward corners), mini The lightweight, energy-dense and into the air you breathe.
brand’s latest revolutionary motorized head (to remove battery ensures constant
product. Its new and ground-in dirt and hair from suction so performance is not Sleek and stylish design
improved technology upholstery and confined compromised from start to end. With a sleek body that
promises equivalent spaces), amongst others. comes with a metallic
(if not, better) efficiency You won’t get your hands orange stick, it is minimalist,
when compared with There are indicators to dirty even when clearing yet futuristic. A must-have
corded cleaners. update you on the condition the bin appliance for the home,
of your machine With a ‘point and shoot’ we say!
Smaller and lighter, yet You’ll never have to second-
more powerful guess what’s happening to
Dyson’s latest stick vacuum your machine when it seems
has a smaller and lighter to be working less efficiently.
motor than its predecessor Dyson Cyclone V10 has an
Dyson V8, yet it’s proven LED system diagnostics that
to be 20 per cent more gives instant confirmation
powerful. In fact the weight of filter status, blockage and
of the all-new Dyson V10 battery usage, so you can fix
Cyclone digital motor is the problem and get it back
almost half that of the Dyson on track.
V8’s. Made of ceramic, it is
also the brand’s fastest and Its patented brush cleans
most power-dense digital everything
vacuum motor yet. It spins Four rows of soft anti-static
up to 125,000 rpm — that’s carbon fibre filament remove
over 2,000 revolutions a fine dust from hard floors.
second! Large debris is no problem
for the machine either, as the
Cleans from ceiling to floors roller is covered entirely with
Because the machine is so soft woven nylon that helps
lightweight, you won’t feel pick up large pieces of dirt.
as if you’re lifting heavy The stiffer and denser nylon THE DYSON CYCLON E V10 IS AVAILABLE AT SHOP.DYS ON.COM.SG
weights at the gym when bristles also dive deep into A N D A LL MA J OR ELECTR I CA L A N D DEPA R TMEN T STORES.
you vacuum the ceiling fans carpets to remove stubborn
or cornices. dirt and pet hair.

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Brass and
copper accents
throughout
the home add
to a luxurious
ambience.

OPPOSITE
Brass track
lights by
Swedish
designer Niclas
Hoflin hang
above the
marble island.

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ELIZA HAMIZAH visits this home in Bugis, where the owners' jet-setting lifestyle and the
designer's knack for spatial and lighting design resulted in a luxurious interior.

WHO LIVES HERE

A couple
H OME One-bedroom

condominium apartment
S IZ E 829sqf

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Moving the
island and
sink to a more
central position
was costly but
necessary, as
the couple
entertain often.
The large island
also holds a
dishwasher and
wine fridge.

sojourn at a luxury boutique


hotel, paired with an itinerary
filled with wine and dine
destinations, spells the perfect
vacation for homeowner Stan
and his partner. Naturally,
these avid travellers want their
apartment in Bugis to be an
urban sanctuary that reflects
their lifestyle, too.
“We started out wanting a
bold Empire State Building-
esque interior, but all our ideas
eventually pointed to a restful
and elegant style – much like
that of the Aman resorts, which
we love!” says Stan. The couple’s
friend and interior designer,
Vin Leong from Haelcyon Days,
merged the two into the dark
and modern one-bedder
it is today.
Here’s how they achieved
the look, which set them back
$120,000 in renovation costs.

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Despite the small space, Vin
was adamant about not going
open-concept. Instead, he com-
partmentalised the home into
various “elements of surprise”.
Upon entering the home, guests
will be greeted by a long and
striking Nero Marquina marble
countertop, before being drawn
to the backlit cabinet housing
travel mementos. Open the
sliding door next to the
wood-slat console to enter
the bedroom, where its pas-
sageway is flanked by a sink
vanity and glass wardrobe.
There is also a cleverly
concealed walk-in closet.

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The same
Nero Marquina
marble was
used to clad
the sink, which
was moved
outside of the
bathroom as
“we are vain
and need a
huge vanity”,
says Stan with
a chuckle.

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“We both love the sensuality The jet-setters spent lots of
and masculinity of dark tones, time at Ralph Lauren Home’s
leather and brass. Vin’s lighting New York stores and lugged
design, from placement and home its stylish bedspreads, as
hue to even voltage, accentuates well as Art Deco-style sconces
these and creates an inviting which sit prettily by the bed-
and elegant mood,” says Stan, side. They also ordered a taupe
who adds that his partner’s leather sofa from Molteni while
background in the hospitality in Italy, and nesting coffee
industry gave them insight into tables from Australia. Though
interior design. To match the they came with some risks –
home’s dark marble and wood both orders arrived with cracks
finishes, the couple opted for and had to be replaced – getting
a tinted-glass wardrobe and the perfect look was well
black granite bay window. worth it!

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They kept the


parquet floor,
whose golden
brown tone
adds warmth
to the mostly-
black space.

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58 
The previous
owner had
bought the
corridor space,
giving interior
designer Trifven
Ho more space to
experiment with
various tiles.

OPPOSITE
Trifven used
white to balance
out the many
prints and
patterns in the
home. However,
textured surfaces
on the door and
walls still keep
things interesting!

59
WHO LIVES HERE

A couple, their daughter


and two pets
H OME Five-room HDB apartment

in Depot Road
S IZ E  1,100sqf

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60 
Both Trifven OPPOSITE
and Trish do BOTTOM
not shy away The couple
from utilising loves oriental
prints on prints furniture,
– the more especially
the merrier, those with
they say. traditional
features like
OPPOSITE lacquer
TOP finishes and
Homeowners metal hinges.
Jason and Trish
have worked
with Trifven
for two other
homes – each
in diferent
styles.

61
62 
The couple
retained the
marble and
terrazzo
floors from
the original
unit. Many of
their furniture
pieces, such
as the dining
chairs, are from
Taylor B.

“THE CHINOISERIE
STYLE IS
EFFORTLESSLY
CHIC, A LITTLE
CLUTTERED, AND
DRAMATIC. TO
CREATE IT, WE
PICKED FLORAL
PRINTS TO PAIR
WITH GOLD AND
BRASS FINISHES,”
SAYS TRIFVEN.

63
Q WHAT WENT INTO THE $100,000
RENOVATION?
Mostly the reconfiguration of space. We took
some space from the dining room for a walk-in
wardrobe in the master bedroom, and created
a shoe cabinet near the foyer. We also re-did
the kitchen; we added a breakfast counter
and, as I hate the oil from cooking, Trifven
moved the stove nearer to the window.

Q THIS IS YOUR THIRD HOME. HOW DID


YOU INCORPORATE YOUR EXISTING
FURNITURE INTO THE NEW SPACE?
Every time I move, I will buy some new furniture
and keep the rest in storage. Trifven will then
look through my collection for pieces that
match the current style. We also try not to
discard furniture, and modify them to enhance
its functionality instead.ˈFor instance, we
incorporated a wooden partition – that we
bought from Just Anthony almost 10 years ago
– into the sliding grille in the living room, and
turned another intricate wood panel we have into
a dining room feature wall.

64 
ABOVE OPPOSITE
An all-white TOP RIGHT
kitchen is Both the mirror
punctuated with and vanity
colour, such as are over 60
a tap and track years old.
lights in gold
finishing, and a OPPOSITE
Moroccan-style BELOW
tile backsplash. The
freestanding
OPPOSITE claw-foot
TOP LEFT tub and
The dining handprinted
room space was floral mural
reduced for the take you
walk-in-wardrobe back to the
in the bedroom, old days.
which features
a romantic wall
covering.
photography FRENCHESCAR LIM art direction YEW XIN YI 65
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A BOLD
MOVE
This modern kampung house pushes the concept of
communal living to the extreme. LYNN TAN finds out more
about this interesting project from the team behind its design.

66 
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IMPRESSION

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67
Alex and
Pauline believe
firmly in
spending as
much time
as possible
with their
three boys,
Ayden, Kaleb
and Eli, aged
10, nine and
seven months
respectively,
especially while
they are young.

WHO LIVES HERE

A couple and their three children


H OME A semi-detached home in Jalan Wajek
SI ZE 4,818sqf (land area),

6,474sqf (built-up area)

his semi-detached house at the corner of Jalan A raft foundation was cast after the existing
Wajek looks every bit the industrial home, with house was demolished, upon which the new house
its black steel and glass exterior, complete with was erected. Structural members were calculated
a corrugated metal roof more commonly used and pre-cut to size, then transported to site, and
in the construction of flatted factories here. bolted and welded together like a Meccano toy set.
So it comes as a surprise when the team at Similarly, the corrugated metal was chosen as the
Three-D Conceptwerke reveals that the design roofing material because of the ease of installation
was not driven by any particular style. and its durable qualities. Cutting down on in-
“Together with the homeowners, we situ works also greatly reduced the construction
wanted a home that was open and airy, time to 12 months, including planning and
comprising a simple and lightweight structure,” design. “The skeleton of the house went up very
says the team. quickly. Whenever we came by the site to check
As a typical reinforced concrete structure on the progress, we could literally see the house
would be visually too heavy, they decided to use ‘growing’ day by day,” recalls Alex.
I-sections for the columns and beams. Instead This project was a challenge for the design
of covering up these structural members, they studio, requiring meticulous planning before
chose to express them, resulting in an aesthetic construction, as well as working very closely
language that is a manifestation of the design with the architect who advised them on
ethos rather than style. building regulations and authority submission
The choice of building elements also requirements. The result is a captivating domain
addressed the homeowners’ preference for with spaces that flow freely from room to room
a dry construction approach. Alex Lin and and designed to encourage social interaction.
Pauline Soo were adamant about minimising “We see this project not so much as
disturbance to their neighbours, so the home building a home for our clients, but more about
was conceived with pre-fabrication in mind and building a dream and turning it into reality,”
without any piling involved. says the team.
68 
A I R P L AY

The many skylights


allow natural light to
ĝlter into the house,
giving the interior
diđerent qualities
depending on the time
of day. “I love how the
house interacts with
the light,” comments
Alex. “We understand
that there is always
a link between light
and heat, but this is
something that we are
willing to live with.”

69
70 
INSIDE
OUT

The design team


went through various
proposals with Alex
and Pauline, including
a “kelong style” home
elevated on “stilts”,
and one with front and
rear blocks connected
by a central staircase,
before eventually
arriving at the ĝnal
design, which is more
reminiscent of a
traditional kampung
dwelling layout. But
all the schemes had
a common thread,
which is the element of
communal living.

71
THE OPEN MASTER
BEDROOM LOOKS OUT
TO ALE X ' S STUDY,
WHICH HE REFERS TO
AS HIS " MAN CAVE ” .

72 
S PAC E TO
THINK

Two green armchairs


in a cosy corner
overlooking the
driveway strike a
dialogue with the
landscaping around
the compound, and
inject colour into
a monochromatic
palette. Alex
expressed some initial
reservations about the
colour monotony and
austerity, but Pauline
conĝdently forged
ahead. Now, he really
likes it. “I think the
grey walls and Ğoors
really complement the
black metal elements,”
he says.

73
A SKYLIGHT ABOVE
ONE OF THE COMMON
SHOWERS GI VES IT
AN OUTDOOR FEEL.

74 
RIGHT
Gym locker
room-style
showers are
a unique
feature of the
home, which,
again, draw
on the theme
of communal
living.

FAR RIGHT
The use of
perforated
metal panels
reinforces
the quality
of lightness
and casts
interesting
shadows.

BELOW LEFT
The absence of
the ubiquitous
walk-in
wardrobe is
just one of
the many
ways that this
home defies
convention.
Taking its
place is a row
of wardrobes
that lines the
wall beside
the master
bedroom.

BELOW
RIGHT
The wide
corridors are
proportionate
to the lofty
ceiling height.
Their generous
width also
transforms
them from
utilitarian
circulation into
communal
spaces.

75
BELOW RIGHT
The aesthetics Instead of
of the home an attached
are derived master
from an honest bathroom, the
expression family shares
of how it has a common
been put cluster of WCs
together with and showers.
components
that give it BOTTOM
character, from The Lins’
the exposed family home
structural is filled with
I-section personalised
columns touches and
and beams, keepsakes that
and Bondek give it a warm
formwork, to and loving
the ceiling feel, despite
cable trays, raw its metallic
cement floor structure and
and industrial grey-black
switches. colour.

76  photography KOH BOONWEI art direction NONIE CHEN & KAFFY TAN
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78 
The homeowners’ differences in
tastes and the need for storage
challenged the interior designer to
find a creative solution.
ELIZA HAMIZAH finds out what went
into this $130, 000 renovation.

“The unit came


with dark wood- WHO LIVES HERE
finished carpentry
by Poliform. We Two professionals in their 40s
used this material H OME Three-bedder
palette to inform
the rest of the apartment in Keppel Bay
home, including S IZ E 1,227sqf
cladding the dining
room ceiling in a
similarly stained
dark veneer. This
gave it a more
cocooned and
cosy environment,”
says interior
designer Alvin Oh.

79
omeowner Dan Lee says he and Keppel Bay apartment as their retirement home.
his partner, John Lim, are polar All they needed was an interior designer who
opposites. He prefers dark hues, could combine their tastes and requirements into
while John likes bright colours; he one coherent look.
cycles and John runs. And, says Dan They chose Alvin Oh of AO Studios for this
as he gestures towards some Chinese books: “I task. Alvin fashioned two full-height shelves that
am fascinated by Chinese literature, while John separate three living spaces: the living room,
prefers Chinese decor.” These differences are, of dining room, and bedrooms. Clad in a dark
course, not irreconcilable. They purchased this wood finish, these statement pieces check all

80 
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81
ABOVE & ABOVE,
RIGHT RIGHT
Their large These metal
collection of frames lend an
display items industrial-chic
includes a Jef look to the
Koons Balloon formal kitchen.
Dog, Georg Pendant lamp
Jensen silver from Krislite.
pieces, and
various books.

“Staying in some very nice


hotels definitely influenced the
look we wanted. For instance,
my love for dark wood came
about after a stay at the Park
Hyatt Shanghai. The $130,000
renovation cost went mostly to
the extensive carpentry work to
achieve this contemporary look,
storage space — we have lots of
winter and sportswear — and
converting one common room
into a dining area. This home is
a good marriage of what we like,
and what Alvin loves to design,”
shares Dan.

82 
Alvin
incorporated
Dan’s love for
linear designs
with a slatted
bedroom
alcove.

BELOW
The apartment
was chosen
as it is near
Sentosa, where
Dan and John
love to cycle
and jog.

photography VERNON WONG art direction NONIE CHEN 83


84 
Despite its petite size,
this HDB home shines
with its atypical layout
and customised soft
LAYERS OF
furnishings. LUXU RY

Almost
ELIZA HAMIZAH finds out everything in this
three-room flat
how it was achieved. is bespoke, from
the patterned
rugs and modular
sofa – interior
designer Adrian
Heng flew in a
water- and dirt-
resistant fabric
from Europe for
it – to the shade
of green used
for the kitchen
backsplash.
He kept to
monochromatic
hues for the
fabrics and
accessories,
and layered the
space with rich
textures like
velvet and leather.

85
DI S T I NC T I V E
DI N I N G

While circles and ovals rule the


living room and bedroom, the
dining area features angular
designs in the form of an
island-height dining table with
a geometric steel base, and a
cowhide rug. “I designed the
dining set with elevation, so
the homeowner can enjoy the
greenery outside. For the rug,
we sourced authentic cowhides,
sliced them up and had the pieces
stitched together; this way the
Ğoor gets interesting textures and
patterns,” says Adrian.

86 
IN HARMONY

This light wood


laminate by EDL is
the leading lady in
the colour palette. MODERN
Its cool tone CONVENIENCES
visually expands
the space, and its The kitchen was
subtle textured designed to be
finish allows for ideal for a busy
easy styling. This businessman and
great alternative avid traveller. The
to white walls is anti-fingerprint
complemented Fenix laminate and
by linen-style hard-wearing quartz
wallpaper on the countertop cladding
beams and accent the cabinetry are
walls. Once these easy-to-maintain
were chosen, the surfaces, while the
designer jazzed downdraft hood and
the home up with simple induction
soft furnishings in stove keep the
a monochromatic kitchen functional
scheme. yet clutter-free.

WHO LIVES HERE

A bachelor in his 40s


H OME Three-room HDB resale

apartment near Holland Village


S IZ E 800sqf

he homeowner of this sophisticated


abode saw the complete look only when
he was ready to move in. Such is the
schedule of the busy businessman, who
fully trusted Adrian Heng of Ottimo Spazi to
deliver a turnkey service. The designer worked
in European design influences – his client’s
favourite travel destination – and combined
that with his signature touch, to create an
understatedly elegant home with bespoke motifs
and furniture. But first, Adrian knocked the
walls down for a clean slate.

87
MATERIAL MAN WA L K- I N
Adrian kept to WO N D E R
the muted colour
palette, while
infusing “a bit of “A spacious wardrobe
bathroom bling”
with the right
is important to the
choice of tiles. fashionable homeowner,
Black quartz is
paired with Italian so I converted half the
grey stone tiles – common room into a
it is both luxurious
and minimal, walk-in and ‘gave’ the
masculine and chic. remaining half to the living
SWITCHING room. This not only made
IT UP way for a full-height galley
One of the wardrobe, but created an
homeowner's
favourite spaces
atypical HDB layout, too,
is the bathroom, which is useful in putting
which looks
a world away together a sophisticated
from its previous interior,” shares Adrian.
rundown state.
After combining The wardrobe is accessible
the laundry and via a Ğushed door in the
bathroom areas,
the sink was living room, as well as
shifted nearer to through the bedroom.
the kitchen. This
creates a more
spacious and bright
shower area and
WC, thanks to the
sunlight streaming
in from the window.

88 
S UAV E
SERENITY

Its white leather wallpaper


and customised pillow
covers are stylish details
that catch the eye, but
the real winner of this
bedroom is its lighting.
As his client loves to read,
Adrian incorporated a
backlight in the headboard.
The cove light imbues
the room with warmth,
while the dimmable
halogen light above the
bed is mood lighting.

photography ANGELA GUO art direction KAFFY TAN 89


P R OJ E C T S H OWC A S E

ROOM
FOR
MORE
A layout reconfiguration and
the right suite of finishes
make up this modern abode.
Eliza Hamizah checks it out.

90 
WHO LIVES HERE

A couple in their 30s


H OME Three-bedder apartment
with a family room
S IZ E  1,800sqf

A
plain and ordinary home just won’t cut it
for the sophisticated homeowners of this
Riviera Residences apartment. Their love
for metallic trims and stone finishes like marble
led Wein Goh from Poetus to design a cool yet
refined home that is decked out in white and grey.
The $100,000 renovation cost included a
major restructuring of space. Originally a three-
bedder with a family room, the apartment is now
compartmentalised into one spacious living and
dining room, as well as one master suite.
“It wasn’t part of the initial plan, but, after we
understood the layout better, I proposed that we
take down the two common bedrooms, family
OPPOSITE TOP room, and common bathroom to convert the
Behind the Stone tiles now-huge space into a master suite,” says Wein.
square cement from Rice and
slabs lie over a worktop from Another unique addition to the space
100 pairs of Cosentino clad includes the living room arrangement: A
shoes! the bathroom. stylish open study sits behind the living
OPPOSITE ABOVE room sofa, giving dual function to the space.
BELOW You don’t need The concrete slabs that clad the hidden
The glass doors to stick to only storage space create an edgy backdrop.
that join the one material;
rooms allow Wein gave the Wein also experimented with the walk-
natural light couple both in-wardrobe, where all three walls feature
to illuminate grey frosted differently designed closets. An open-concept
the spaces. glass doors, as
well as wood- section means the fashionable clothes on
LEFT finished ones. display will add personality to the room, while a
The couple traditional wardrobe allows clutter to be hidden.
shopped at
stores like In the bedroom, the designer created a
Made & Make storage headboard for the customised platform
to select their bed. Its grey wood finish goes beautifully with the
modern yet
unique furniture white marble flooring, and the colours and open
pieces. area help instil a sense of calm in the space.

text ELIZA HAMIZAH photos POETUS 91


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A
plunge into a kaleidoscope its momentum of launching
of rich and comforting collections for the home during
colours – that is perhaps Milan Design Week.
the best way to describe the
experience of navigating through A village of colours
Hermes’ multihued wonderland at At the latest edition of the Italian
the recent Milan Design Week. city’s design festival held in April,
A presentation so unforgettable Hermes ups the ante with a large-
requires a site as impressive, scale installation, establishing it
and playing host to the occasion as an exemplary home furnishing
is the 137-year old Museo della solution, not just a fashion brand
Permanente, the cultural centre doling out token chairs on the side.
for the society of fine arts and One of the most striking
permanent exhibition, in Milan. highlights is the sheer amount of
Here in the hallowed halls of tiles specially shipped in. In all,
the former palace, an entourage 150,000 Moroccan zellige (small
from the luxury French maison glazed ceramic square) tiles clad
laboured for three weeks, in the seven block-like pavilions, as
order to transform the spaces well as the entrance foyer within
into an enchanting labyrinth the museum.
of towering pavilions. Conceived by Charlotte
Macaux Perelman, co-artistic
From equestrian flair to director of Hermes Maison, and
interior finesse Alexis Fabry, the pavilions are
Founded in 1837 by Thierry each draped in a different colour.
Hermes, the lauded house of high At a glance, the scene resembles
fashion grew from humble origins, a city of glittering adobe-style
first as a maker of high-quality towers so brilliant in their glow
wrought harnesses and then as a that it makes one wonder if they
producer of fine saddlery. Over are a mirage.
time, it was the creation of the “We wanted to work with
Kelly, followed by the Birkin, that scale. Most of the pieces this
catapulted the maison into the year are small so we created
stratosphere of luxury goods, towering structures; the height
fashion and apparel. is emphasised by the use of
However, its meteoric rise stairs in the scenography
across social strata hasn’t changed (designed by Herve Sauvage),”
the core philosophy of the Charlotte explains.
brand, which places emphasis Doorways lead in and out
on well-honed craftsmanship, of rooms within the towers,
attention to detail and a allowing visitors to weave through
relentless pursuit of perfection. corridors, from one colour-
In 2011, Hermes made a formal filled setting to another. Amid
entry into the world of furniture this unusual chromaticism,
design, launching a full-fledged the new collections for the
collection in collaboration with home – comprising small
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. objects, furnishings, fabrics and
Since then, it hasn’t slowed wallpapers – are presented.

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SœÞ°Èœéޜ HÞ°†
âœÞ°œâ ˜ʙ)œÞȜâ
The series
’­†°Þ
comprises a Viewed from
mix of vases the side,
and trays, the chair’s
with designs silhouette
drawn from a features the
combination of letter H –
natural motifs one of Hermes’
and patterns icons – in a
inspired by timeless style.
the urban
landscape.

S†°˜ ;°È°éœ˜
’ÐÂœ’é°ÐÉ œ˜°é°ÐÉâ
Hermes also This Double
unveiled six Cheval blanket,
plaid designs, designed by
with geometric Mexican artist
and equestrian Miguel Castro
themes, woven Lenero, features
from full hand-applied
cashmere, as block prints
well as a mix of and traditional
cashmere and kantha
merino wool. embroidery.

a­œ S°ʙ) a°‘°’ÐÂÐÞ


This includes
aކĀ
comprises Perfect as
trays and desk the gathering
accessories. space for loose
Each item is change, keys
made from a and whatnot,
single piece the Tibicolor
of thick bridle tray is accented
leather, in a with a bridle
rich brick hue. leather
Precision cut, tab on the side.
the joints are
stitched with
four white
saddle stitches.

94 
a­œH†â°â
Each mono-
coloured tower
presents pieces
from the new
collection.
Here, against
the opulent
and glossy blue
zellige tiles, are
key pieces from
the Perimetre
collection
– porcelain
vases and trays
handmade
from unrefined
white clay and
produced by
Mosaic del Sur.
The homeware
items are
conceived by
Gianpaolo
Pagnie, who also
designed the
brand’s tangram
boxes.

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Vis a Vis
necklace busts

Attrape Reve scarf


holder, designed by
Guillaume Delvigne

The Perimetre
vase collection

96 
Droit Fil
scarf box

FURNITURE &
ACCESSORIES
Integrating whimsical
aspects with practical
solutions for the home and
wardrobe, the various pieces
of hardware intrigue with
Vice Versa
timeless looks and elegance.
two-way
desk with
drawer
Always drawing inspiration from
its close association with horse
riding and saddlery, Hermes
has injected leather accents into
most of its products. One of the
highlights is the Droit Fil scarf
box (above), which is inspired
by vintage sewing boxes. Made
from maplewood and ĝnished in
a vibrant orange shade, the box
features a handle upholstered in
incardine blood orange alligator
leather. It can hold up to 18 of
your cherished silk scarves.

Karumi banc et
assise bench

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PLAIDS &
WALLPAPER
Whether it’s something
for the walls or to add
visual warmth while you are
curled up in bed, Hermes
has you covered.

TOP LEFT
Plaid Avalon
Nothing is too small a detail or too
Tangram impossible a task when it comes
blanket to achieving perfection at Hermes.
LEFT
This quality-centric philosophy
Plaid Formes extends to the textile and wallpaper
Simples segments. One of the key pieces at
blanket
the design week, the Avalon Tangram
TOP RIGHT (above left) blanket is made from
Squares Nepalese cashmere and features
wallpaper
a plaid design made from hand-
RIGHT dipping the various sections one at
Circus a time. The blanket is removed from
wallpaper
the dye only when the colours have
been absorbed fully by the material.
This laborious technique allows the
colours to bleed into overlapping
sections, while still showing
hints of the layers underneath.
The result is a mesmerising
eđect with blurred edges and a
lively and multi-layered look.

98 
TABLEWARE
This year’s collection
features A Walk In The
Garden tableware pieces
designed by Irish artist
Nigel Peake and is based on
an English garden theme.

What started as a conversation


between Nigel and Benoit Pierre
Emery (creative director of
Objets et la Table at Hermes) at
summertime has blossomed into
an entire tableware collection
18 months later. Although Nigel
has worked with Hermes prior
to this collection, it is his ĝrst
attempt at designing porcelain
pieces. “I wanted the collection “ I WA N T E D T H E C O L L E C T I O N T O
to reĞect the structure of an REFLECT THE STRUCTURE OF
English garden, but also the
AN ENGLISH GARDEN BUT
way nature takes over when
you let it grow,” says Nigel. A L S O T H E WAY N AT U R E TA K E S
OV E R W H E N YO U L E T I T G R OW.”

Q&A
various colours together place that allows you to
while still letting them be alone and still be in
remain individual the company of nature.
elements of a final
There’s a lot of creation. There What were some of the
reference to colour and are also many shades technical challenges
proportion in this year’s to a specific colour; you encountered?
launch. Why so? the subtlety of colours B: Getting the right
Benoit (right): We intrigues me. colour was diicult
wanted to arouse because there aren’t as
emotions with colour, What are some images many colour options
as soon as you see the about a garden that available for porcelain-
collection. It gives came to mind when you making as before. It’s
you a special perception were designing these not easy to get the
of the objects when pieces? strong reds, pinks
you enter the various N: I immediately thought and oranges that we
rooms at the exhibition, of something that’s desired. The other
and leaves an indelible overgrown, vines and issue was attaining
impression in your mind. things that move in the sharpness of
the wind or make a the details when
What interests you sound, more so than transferring Nigel’s
about colours? just flowers alone. I like drawings onto
Nigel (left): In my the notion that a garden porcelain. It’s very
opinion, colours are like is a protective space, hard to control the
words; you have to use a secret place you can sharpness of the prints
diferent words in order go to when you want to when the porcelain
to form a sentence, so look at trees, the sky and undergoes the
you need to learn to use grass. It’s also a simple baking process.

text YOUNG LIM photography HERMES, A. SAMSON 99


F E AT U R E

SMART HOME
BUILDING
It’s important to include the integration of smart technology when
you are renovating your home today. Here is a handy checklist of
what to look out for pre- and post- renovation, as well as tips on
what you need to do to keep your interiors digitally connected.

100 
BEFORE RENO

S E T YO U R G OA L S A N D WO R K O U T E S TA B L I S H A T I M E L I N E
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â­Ð†’¿ú†ÂÂâĀÐî˜ÐÉʙéɜœ˜ʣ†É˜Ûކ’é°’†Â ЦȆÉÛÐúœÞʣÉÐÉʌ†ù†°Â†‘°Â°éĀЦȆéœÞ°†Ââʣ
’ÐÉⰘœÞ†é°ÐÉââ†ââéÐކ§œ†É˜†îɘÞĀʨ,é †É˜îɜÿۜ’霘 â°éœ ’Ðɘ°é°ÐÉâʨ
ȆĀ‘œî✦îÂéпœœÛ†â’Þ†Û‘ÐпЦ°˜œ†â魆é
This is where an interior design studio can
ĀÐî’ÐȜ †’ÞÐââ °É È†§†ą°Éœâ †É˜ â­Ðú¦Â†éâʨ
ofer a lot of support by taking on the role
of a project manager, as well as ofering
Focus on the physical layouts of the spaces
design solutions. Remember to factor in
you need first, followed by creating another
time required for the setting up of your
list of the smart appliances you have or plan
fibre broadband (Netlink Trust), as well as
on purchasing. These can include wireless
for the application of mobile broadband
network set-up, soundbars, intelligent home
network and cable television service.
systems, lighting, air-conditioners, locks and
kitchen appliances that be connected to
your central home system.

D R AW U P A C O N T I N G E N C Y P L A N
SET A REALISTIC BUDGET œÂ†Āâ†Þœ°Éœù°é†‘ÂœʣâÐۆɦÐÞ魜Èʨ,É魜
rÐÞ¿Ðî醑œé†É˜é­°É¿†‘Ðîé­ÐúÈ œùœÉéЦ†˜œÂ†Āʣú°ÂÂĀÐî­†ùœâÐȜú­œÞœéÐâé†Āʪ
‘œÞĀÐɆ¦¦Ðޘʣâ­Ðî˜魜’Ðâéâœÿ’œœ˜ †É魜˜œÂ°ùœÞĀЦ¦îÞÉ°éîޜ†É˜†ÛÛ°†É’œâ‘œ
魜ÐÞ°§°É†Â¦°§îޜʨ œȰɘ¦îÂЦ°Éâۜ’é°Ðɦœœâʣ ÛÐâéÛÐɜ˜†É˜ú°ÂÂĀÐî°É’îÞâéÐކ§œ¦œœâʪ
†ÛÛ°’†é°Ðɦœœâ†É˜â­°Û۰ɧ’Ðâéâʣœâۜ’°†ÂÂĀ
¦ÐÞÐÉ°ɜÐޘœÞâʨ°â’œÞɰɧ­ÐȜÐúɜÞâ’†É Diferentiate between your needs (must-
†ÂâÐÐۜɆâœÛ†Þ†éœ‘†É¿†’’ÐîÉé¦ÐÞޜÉÐù†é°ÐÉ haves) and wants (nice-to-haves) and
œÿۜÉâœâ âР魆é 魜Ā †Þœ œ†â°œÞ éÐ éކ’¿ʨ prioritise accordingly, based on your
budget and timeline. If you are in a rush
Create three diferent cost sections, to move in, you can start purchasing
one for the cost of interior design and furniture and appliances first and store
labour, another for the cost of materials them until they can be used. However,
(tiles, laminates, surfaces, lights, air-con be careful not to go overboard on home
system and units), and a third sheet for shopping and buy unnecessary things that
furniture. This helps you understand how will end up cluttering your space.
much you are spending in each area, and
ensure that all parts of the renovation
process are catered for accordingly.
ROOM
BATH
LIVING ROOM

BEDROOM

101
G O D I Y O R E N G AG E A N I N T E R I O R
DESIGNER?
Doing it yourself can help you better manage
costs and it is a great option if you know exactly
what you want, what you need and what needs
to be done. But, unless you have industry
experience or are prepared to devote time
researching and put in the legwork, you may be
better off leaving it to a professional.
An interior designer will be able to assist
you with the application of renovation
permits and recommend contractors for your
consideration. When looking for an interior
designer, don’t just look at their portfolios and
their style. It is very important that you have
rapport and can communicate efectively with
one another. For a look at established IDs in
Singapore, visit www.homeanddecor.com.sg
to download a free copy of Designer
Showcase 2018.

P R E - R E N OVAT I O N A S S E S S M E N T O F
EXISTING CONDITIONS
If your home is a resale unit, get a professional
assessment of the existing conditions, such as
whether it is structurally sound, whether there
are leaks, or damp or waterproofing issues, and
if the doors and windows are operating properly.
Apart from safety and functionality issues, it
will also help you to prioritise what needs to
be replaced and what can be retained. If it is a
newly completed unit purchased from the HDB
or a private developer, be sure to check for any
defects and get them rectified before you proceed
with any renovation works.
Remember to check if the premises are
fibre-ready. Alternatively, you can visit
http://netlinktrust.com/ to find out.

E N S U R E T H AT A L L T H E N E C E S S A R Y
P E R M I T S A N D A P P R OVA L S H AV E
B E E N O B TA I N E D
Be in the know as to the extent of works that
you are allowed to carry out, and ensure that
your contractor/interior designer takes note of
structural elements that cannot be hacked.
HDB homeowners will be notified of their
permit application status through the HDB
portal online. It also helps if the homeowner
calls 1800-225-5432 to check for updates.

102 
ELECTRICAL POINTS AND CABLING FURNITURE SHOPPING
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ʂÝî†Éé°éĀʣÂВ†é°ÐÉʣÈÐîÉé°É§­œ°§­éʃʣ°§­é°É§ ޜ’ÐÈȜɘ†é°ÐÉâÐɦîÞÉ°éîޜ魆é’ÐÈÛœȜÉé
ÛаÉé⠆ɘ ’ÐîÉéœÞ ­œ°§­éâʨ 魜ۆÞ鰒î†ÞâéĀœЦĀÐîÞ­ÐȜʨÉâîޜ魆é
Advance planning can help you to plan for ú­†éœùœÞĀÐîÛ†ÉÐÉ‘îĀ°É§’†É¦°é’ÐȦÐÞ醑ÂĀ
concealing electrical wires and cords within °ÉéÐ魜 ˜œâ°§É†éœ˜ âۆ’œʨ
plaster walls and hollow skirting. Don’t forget to allow for circulation space
around the furniture. Also, consider how and
where you are going to place your electronic
devices, such as music player, modem, router,
speakers and television set.
B U I LT- I N E L E M E N T S
S†ÉĀÐîÞ‘î°Âéʌ°ÉœÂœÈœÉéâùœÞĀé­ÐÞÐÂĀ
‘œ’†îâœÐɒœ魜Ā†Þœ˜ÐɜʣÈИ°¦°’†é°ÐÉâȆĀ
°ÉùÐÂùœȆ¼ÐÞ†‘ÐÞé°ùœúÐÞ¿âʣú­°’­­†ùœ’Ðâé HOME AUTOMATION
†É˜é°Èœ°ÈÛ°’†é°ÐÉâʨÉâîޜ魆é魜’ÐÉéކ’éÐÞ
†É˜°ÉéœÞ°ÐÞ˜œâ°§ÉœÞ’­œ’¿†ÂÂޜœù†Ééâ°éœ
Ȝ†âîޜȜÉé⠒†Þœ¦îÂÂĀ ‘œ¦Ðޜ ¦†‘Þ°’†é°ÐÉʨ
For built-in appliances, always check the sizes
to ensure that the carpentry can accommodate
the appliances. You may have to select your
appliances earlier, as the contractor will need
the dimensions to fabricate the carpentry. If
you require space for displaying unique items,
such as a pen or doll collection, be sure to
mention it to your designer as they may
require unique set-ups and shelf space.

P R OT E C T I O N With sensors and smart home


assistants, it is now possible to
,¦魜ޜ†Þœ†Þœ†â魆éĀÐî†Þœœÿ’Âɧ¦ÞÐÈ
create a fully integrated home
魜ޜÉÐù†é°ÐÉʣœÉâîޜ魆é魜’ÐÉéކ’éÐÞ system that can allow you to
ÛÞÐ霒éâ魜ÈÛÞÐۜÞÂĀ‘œ¦Ðޜ’ÐÈȜɒ°É§ control everything from switching
úÐÞ¿âéІùа˜˜†È†§œʨ on air-conditioners and drawing
the blinds, to playing music and
even sending messages through
your smart fridge! The cost of
SEQUENCE automating the appliances in
a­œ’ÐÉéކ’éÐÞʯ°ÉéœÞ°ÐÞ˜œâ°§ÉœÞâ­Ðœ†‘Âœ your home depends on the
éЭœÂÛĀÐîȆɆ§œú­†é§œéâ˜Ðɜ¦°Þâéʨ"ÐÞ compatibility of the products
œÿ†ÈÛœʣ˜î’é°É§â­ÐÐȜ‘œ¦ÐޜÛÂîȑ°É§ʣ and whether their built-in smart
systems can be synced with the
¦ÐÂÂÐúœ˜ ‘Ā œÂœ’éÞ°’†Â ú°Þ°É§ †É˜ âÐ ÐÉʨ
system by your provider. For a
start, homeowners can consider
Apply for your broadband connection in
using the Amazon Echo and Alexa
advance, so that the engineer sent from
or the Google Home, all of which
your broadband service provider can assist
make use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
you with the installation of your broadband,
networks to connect appliances.
as well as Wi-Fi mesh and cable television.

BALCONY
WARDROBE BEDROOM

BATHROOM

F TV & BOOKSHELF

BALCONY
KITCHEN
LIVING ROOM

103
AFTER RENO

C O N T R AC T UA L O B L I G AT I O N S
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â†é°â¦°œ˜ ú°é­ 魜Èʨ
Note down the various corrections or
improvements that need to be done when the
home is handed over to you. Point out the
stains and areas that require additional work.

CHECKING FOR DEFECTS


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œùœÞĀ魰ɧʣ¦ÞÐÈú­œé­œÞé°Âœâ†Þœ†°˜ÛÞÐۜÞÂĀ
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†â˜Þ†úœÞ⠆ɘ ’†‘°Éœé ˜ÐÐÞâ ÐÛœÞ†éœ âÈÐÐé­ÂĀʨ
A handy tip is to go around with a roll
of masking tape in hand and use it to
indicate where various defects are, for easy
identification when pointing them out to your
interior designer/contractor.

104 
W H AT T H E E Y E C A N N O T S E E
S†Ā†ééœÉé°ÐÉéÐ魰ɧâ魆é†Þœ’Ðɒœ†Âœ˜
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ú†éœÞÛÞÐЦ°É§ʣ ˜î’é°É§ †É˜ ú°Þ°É§ úÐÞ¿âʨ
Ensure that your wireless networks are
operating properly.

R E C T I F I C AT I O N WO R K S
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˜œâ°§ÉœÞʯ’ÐÉéކ’éÐÞ ’ÐʌÐޘ°É†éœ ¦ÐÞ ĀÐîʨ
Some major defects may involve extensive
rectification works or even abortive works,
so be prepared. The bottom line is, do not
take over the unit unless you are absolutely
sure that everything has been satisfactorily
rectified, or if otherwise, that it is something
you are willing to live with.

CLEANING
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PROPE R T Y

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With no assurance of a Selective En bloc
Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) ofer in sight, that’s
the question on many concerned flat owners’
minds, including our property columnist’s.

W
hen my husband and saved us a pretty penny. Most IMM nearby. Across the road
I bought our first of my family and friends had are the new Ng Teng Fong and
home back in 2000, bought resale flats of about the Jurong Community hospitals.
the age of the flat was not a big same age or older. Nobody was We love the superb location
consideration. Convenience was counting down the 99-year of our flat so much that we
key. Although Build-to-Order lease because the Government refuse to sell it and plan to
(BTO) flats were cheaper, we was carrying out upgrading and retire there some day, even
didn’t like the long wait and the Sers projects all over the island. though we now own and stay in
locations offered. We viewed Despite being unseasoned a condominium. It is 5 minutes
several four-room resale flats first-timers, we spotted Jurong away from the Jurong East
in Clementi but those 20-year- East’s potential, even before the MRT station, the hospitals and
old flats were commanding Urban Redevelopment Authority the malls. So, like many other
$50,000 to $60,000 in Cash- unveiled (in 2008) the blueprint Singaporeans, we assumed that
Over-Valuation (COV). So, we for the Jurong Lake District, and when our turn came, our old
headed to Jurong East, just one the master plan (in 2017) for the flat would undergo Sers and
MRT stop away, and bingo! Our Jurong Gateway, Lakeside and we’d get to buy a new one. That
budget stretched to a five-room Lakeside Gateway precincts is, until National Development
flat! We paid $334,000 (including to form the second Central Minister Lawrence Wong
$22,000 in COV) for a spacious Business District. True enough, sounded an ominous alarm.
1,302sqf unit on a low floor. those former green fields
A youngish 16-year-old flat around Jurong East MRT station N O G UA R A N TE E O F S E R S
then, the renovation, though are now home to J Cube, JEM, Do not assume that your flat
unfashionable, was of good Westgate, Big Box and J Gateway will be chosen for Selective En
quality and still usable, so that condominium, joining the older bloc Redevelopment Scheme

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proposals, the current message
is clear: Buy expensive old flats
at your own risk, and don’t
bank on profiting off it.

TH E ‘ S E L L’ C A M P :
C H AS E A N E W E R F L AT
One solution is, of course, to
constantly “sell old, buy young”
but it can be disruptive and
expensive. Homeowner Madam
S.H. Tang, who is in her 50s,
recently moved
into a 30-year-old
§ÐИ éÐ executive apartment
in Bukit Panjang.
¿ÉÐú She chose this over
Resale prices for an 18-year-old unit
four-room flats in in the same estate
old estates, such because the older
as Aljunied and flat was cheaper
Paya Lebar, with
(Sers) when the lease runs out, population who and bigger.
61-year leases
warned Wong in a blog post live in HDB flats currently range However, she is
in March 2017. Singaporeans, end up in homes from $400,000 to concerned that
many probably for the first where the value $510,000. should she sell
time, found out that only 4 per gradually whittles her $600,000 unit
cent of HDB flats have been down to zero? after 20 years,
chosen to undergo Sers since Currently, 70,000 HDB flats there could be a possible
the programme’s launch in are more than 40 years old, and dip in value of at least 30 per
1995. The post was meant to almost 10 per cent of flats will cent, by her estimation. Thus,
caution some home buyers face lease expiry in 50 years, she is thinking of uprooting
who were shelling out as and the flats will be returned within the next 10 years
much as $1 million for older to HDB. before the flat hits 40, while
flats, gambling on their Sers While some have called for its worth is still maintained.
potential. But, judging from an automatic lease extension, For some senior citizens,
the online chatter and letters to Wong says it’s not such a selling is not as easy as
The Straits Times’ Forum page, straightforward matter, as before, as some buyers are
the post has got many owners Singapore, having limited staying away from ageing
of ageing HDB flats worried land, needs to recycle its flats. According to The Straits
and increasingly frustrated. land use for future housing Times Forum letter writer
For years, Singaporeans to keep subsidised housing Ronald Wong, “many seniors
have been sold the idea of home accessible to our children and who want to downgrade to
ownership and that our HDB grandchildren. Although the BTO studio apartments for the
flats are our greatest asset. Will Government promises to study elderly are in a fix, as they are
over 80 per cent of Singapore’s the issue further and welcomes unable to sell their old flats”,

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adding that they may even
lose their deposits on their ST E L LA T H N G
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new flat if they cannot do so.
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“Most of them were hoping
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to downgrade and live on the úÞ°éœÞ ú°é­ ÐùœÞ ȾɁ Āœ†Þâ Ц
profits from selling their flats œÿۜްœÉ’œ °É Ûî‘°⭰ɧʨ Z­œ
but have become disillusioned. ‘Ðî§­é ­œÞ ĝÞâé ­ÐȜ †é Ⱦȿ †É˜
The Government needs to step ʌVÐɆ˜rÐɧ ÂÐùœâ âÉ°Ĕɧ Ðîé §ÐИ ÛÞÐۜÞéĀ
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in to manage this problem
and not just leave things to about this issue seriously.” yet. My husband believes
market forces,” urged Ronald, She is confident that even if that ageing HDB flats is an 魜 œÿۜÞé â†Āâ
a retired senior education her flat is not chosen for Sers issue the Government would
officer. Other elderly owners in future, the Government of do something about, simply BÐ’†î✦Ðކ†ÞÈ
who prefer to live out their the day would carry out some because the majority of
days in a familiar old flat but upgrading and enhancement Singaporeans are in the same During a session in
would like to bequeath their work such as painting or boat. Even President Halimah Parliament in May 2018,
property to their children, may redoing the water proofing. Yacob owns an HDB flat! National Development
fret that they are handing over Another homeowner of a “If the message to the Minister Lawrence Wong
an inheritance that is getting 30something-year-old flat, who people is that whatever acknowledged the concerns
smaller by the day. Should they declines to be named, says he you buy with your money and explained: “The
cash in now? Has their flat’s also intends to hold on to his now will become junk, it Government has made clear
value plateaued? property. He has an interesting will create a market crash. from the outset that the
theory; with so many ageing The Government may not HDB lease is 99 years. That
T H E ‘ H OLD’ CA MP : THE flats in Singapore, he thinks the necessarily offer Sers to every is a long time – it covers two
G OVE R NMENT WILL AC T Government would still offer HDB flat but it may have generations.” Since the oldest
Audrey Sun, 40, lives in a five- Sers but only at an opportune other solutions, which are not HDB flat is around 50 years
room flat in Bukit Panjang time. It may choose to do so finalised yet. As long as our and the vast majority have
with her family and does not for very old estates where the population is still growing – more than 60 years of lease
intend to sell their 30-year- owners are mostly elderly and be it through natural birth remaining, he added that this
old home because they love the remaining lease is short at, rate or immigration – and the is not an immediate issue.
its roominess. “If we move say, 20 years. This then allows demand for public housing is
to a newer flat, which will the Government to buy back the still there, I’m not worried,”
likely be smaller, we will feel lease at lower prices to develop says my hubby confidently.
suffocated!” While she will new homes. Some of these As for me, let’s just say
leave the property to her two can be sold with short term that should we finally sell off
kids, she is not fussed about leases, or rented to the elderly, our HDB flat, I’d rather save
preserving its investment value cheaply. This could meet both up for a smaller freehold or
by quickly selling it off. “My the economic and sociological 999-year leasehold property
husband and I believe that needs of our ageing population. next. Even if there is no en
our kids should work hard So, will my husband and bloc potential, at least I don’t
to buy their own housing in I sell off our 34-year-old flat have to fret over a ticking
future, so we have not thought before it hits 40? Probably not lease bomb!
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M E X I C O C I T Y,
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Mention Mexican design and Other great buildings


you’d be hard-pressed to around the city include the
find someone who does not Torre Reforma, a three-sided
include its traditional crafts, skyscraper situated on Paseo
like textiles and basketry, de la Reforma, a wide avenue
in the discussion. However, that’s home to many other
the city’s crowning as the iconic structures. The “holes”
World Design Capital of 2018, you see on the concrete facade
and its annual Design Week designed by Benjamin Romano
Mexico, have shifted the of LBR & A are actually triple-
world’s attention from these height windows that allow
typical, albeit significant, the building to bend without
elements to modern breaking – a thoughtful design
Mexico. Many consider Luis for this earthquake-prone city.
Barragan, one of Mexico’s You should also visit the
greatest architects, to have towering steel shelf structures
contributed to this. Luis of the Biblioteca Vasconcelos
combined the country’s library, as well as Palacio
colourful heritage with his de Bellas Artes (Palace of
simplistic and blocky homes, Fine Arts), whose prominent
which you can experience at Neoclassical facade and Art
his home and studio in the Deco interiors give insight to
Miguel Hidalgo district. the city’s history.

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B I L B AO ,
S PA I N

Bilbao is not exactly under the radar, thanks to


Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. When it
opened two decades ago, the silver sculptural
structure – and its spider companion, Louise
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industry (this was later coined The Bilbao Effect)
and was even featured in one James Bond film.
However, Frank Gehry was not the only
starchitect to create change for Bilbao. Zaha
Hadid designed the Zorrotzaurre, an artificial
peninsula-turned-island that is meant to
promote creative and cultural activities; and if
you are dining at one of Bilbao’s restaurants, you
might be served water in a slanted ceramic jug
designed by Patricia Urquiola. The H20 Bilbao is
her reinterpretation of the wooden Kaiku jug.
And, besides also being a Unesco City
DUNDEE, of Design, Bilbao has one other connection
SCOTLAND to Singapore: The Bilbao City Hall won
the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew World City
We are only months away from the opening of Prize in 2010, which recognises urban
Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in Dundee. transformation and city excellence.
The museum sits overlooking River Tay, where
the stunning water reflection visually doubles
the already imposing size of the sci-fi-esque,
Kengo Kuma-designed building. It’s Scotland’s
first design museum and V&A’s first branch
outside London – clearly, Dundee is on the cusp
of something big, and all eyes are on it.
For the creatives of Dundee, this spotlight
is a long time coming. The city has roots in the
jute textile industry, but is now applying design
in all aspects of life. There’s the always-packed
Pechakucha nights organised by Creative
Dundee, where thinkers and doers share
ideas in a quick image-led format; the 2016
Designs on Justice collaboration, which saw
law and art & design students re-thinking the
criminal justice system; and this year’s Dundee
Design Festival, whose theme explores makers,
machines and the future of manufacturing. We
can’t see what else Dundee has in store for us!

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CHIANG MAI,
THAILAND

We are no strangers to Thai There’s also the newly


design; the annual Singapore opened MAIIAM Contemporary
Design Week as well as local retail Art Museum, which counts
stores often introduce its visitors works by the famous Montien
to made-in-Thailand furniture Boonma – said to have shone
from popular Bangkok brands like the light on modern Thai
Atelier 2+ and PDM Studio. Well, art – as part of its permanent
the capital may have paved the collection. And lifestyle brands
way for global interest, but we say like Woo Cafe & Art Gallery,
it is now time to set our sights on and boutique hotels like 137
the creative hub of Chiang Mai. Pillars House and The Artel
There are no shortages Nimman, add to the vibrant
of galleries and festivals that and creative atmosphere.
showcase emerging talents, Of course, any burgeoning
such as Moonler Collection art scene would have its own
Co, which often combine their Design Week. Chiang Mai’s
contemporary designs with is organised by Thailand
traditional craftsmanship. Baan Creative & Design Center,
NAIROBI, Kang Wat is one of them – visit whose branch here offers
K E N YA not only to see its craft studios design enthusiasts and brand
and cafes, but also to admire the owners a suite of resources,
The rise and popularity of kampung-inspired architecture. like books and seminars.
Afro-futurism has instilled
a pride in African culture
like never before, which is
especially exciting for up-
and-coming designers. In
Kenya, where there is a strong
culture of entrepreneurship
– it contributes 5.5 per cent to
Kenya’s Gross National Product their process with the public,
– Nairobi, in particular, is set to are part of the resourceful and
experience a bright future. imaginative creative scene.
In the last several years, Some notable names
Nairobi has seen a surge of spearheading the movement
designers, mostly working include Tosh Juma, the founder
with start-ups and NGOs. The of the Nairobi Design Institute
recent Pechakucha launch, – his first cohort of design-
theˈGo Down Arts Centre which thinkers graduated earlier
is a warehouse converted into this year – and Mark Kamau
artists’ studios, and events of BRCK who, alongside other
like Make a Day of It, where tech whizzes, wants to improve
designers and makers share Wi-Fi access in Africa.

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PRETTY NECESSARY

With homeowners becoming


more in tune with design
trends, even the appliances they
buy have to be pretty. These
include ceiling fans, which
have a bad reputation for being colour temperatures, too. Sleek
an unsightly, albeit necessary, and simple, this is one fan you’d
home appliance. The Intaglio want to show ođ!
DC-159 by Acorn Ceiling Fan,
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is a misconception. Measuring availab le in M atte - Black and
130cm, the Intaglio sports subtle M atte -Wh ite, an d is pri ced
curves and is clad in a natural fro m $ 249. Fin d it at www.
wood grain. You can opt for an aco r n ce ilin g fan .co m or
LED light that’s available in three au th o r ise d Aco r n re tai l ers.

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Prefer to shop for your lighting online? Head to


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its bestselling items; these include everything
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come in popular contemporary, Scandinavian
and industrial styles. To make your shopping M AG N I F I C E N T
experience a pleasant one, Lightcraft also ođers MARBLE
two-year warranties for its LED products and
after-sales service. You only need to walk into Marble surfaces are one sure-
one of its stores, and the stađ will share with you way to elevate the look of your
what you need to know about glare control, light home, but can be troublesome
colours, and more. to maintain especially if you
have kids or hate doing chores.
C h e c k o u t Lig h tc ra f t ’s onl i ne store at ht t ps:// One great (and cost-eđective)
e sh o p.lig h tc raft.co m .sg, or vi si t i t s showroom alternative to natural marble is
at 131 Jalan S u ltan , tel : 6297-6658. laminates: Thanks to advanced
technology, the patterns can
SAFE & STYLISH often look like the real deal!
EDL’s new range of marble-
Anyone who loves to cook would know that look high pressure laminates,
the quality of the stove is as important as the the Lavant, not only features a
ingredients used in preparing meals. City Gas’ new realistic diagonal pattern, but
range of gas hobs allows you to choose between is smooth to the touch, too.
two easy-to-maintain materials (tempered glass You can clad your customised
and stainless steel), as well as the burner size and furniture and even oĔce desks
placements. Find one that complements your suite with these for a luxurious look.
of cookware! To prevent gas leaks, these hobs will
stop producing gas once the Ğames are out. The gas The Lavant ra n ge is ava il-
leak detector provides further protection. abl e i n bot h da rk a n d ligh t
shades, and hi g h gloss a n d
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HARD TRUTH

WHAT’S TRENDING &


WHAT WE THINK

you love your home, it will be maintaining the clutter around


reĞected in the way it looks and the room. An untidy home is
also inĞuence how others view not a place you look forward to
your space. Intentionally putting coming home to, at the end of a
together a choreographed long day, when what you need is
corner in the living room or a snug sofa to sink into.
kitchen, just When styling a
BE HOUSE-PROUD so you can space, always begin
accompany a §ÐИéÐ by considering how
ALL THE TIME shot of the space ¿ÉÐú the space would be a
with an equally physical representation
pretentious In need of a of your life story.

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veryone loves a picture- some of them may have just hashtag, like part-time cleaner Shower your home
perfect living room, but settled into the property. #hygge or for the home? with love and plan for
what happens after you’re Now, as professional as the #luxe or even Consider the its upkeep. The late 80s
done Instagramming the space? team is in capturing the best #minimalist, is, mobile service groomed a generation
Do you love your home as much shots, it remains a wonder to say the least, Amahs on of true house-proud
as you say you do, or are you why owners of the home aren’t basic and banal. Wheels, www. homeowners, who
concerned about its upkeep only willing to put in the eđort to Urban amahsonwheels. would go all out with
when there are guests? keep the space looking just as dwellers will com, which a speciĝc theme for
Having shot well over 1,000 beautiful all the time. complain that provides a trained their home decor, be
homes over the past three As a modern homeowner, maintaining team of cleaners it country-rustic or
decades, the team at Home & you shouldn’t portray yourself the home, on on demand. modern-contemporary
Decor has documented and as living the good life only when top of juggling sleek, and keep their
shared some gorgeous abodes people are around; you should work and family, domain in sterling
with readers. Yet what the aspire to create the dream home is a major challenge. We are condition at all times.
illustration KAFFY TAN photo 123RF.COM
readers don’t get to see is the speciĝcally for your personal not saying that isn’t true. The If you have the opportunity
hard work the crew puts into enjoyment all the time. message here is that taking time to Ğip through some of the
cleaning up some of those Alas, with the popularity out to keep your home clean and Home & Decor issues from that
homes, in order to get that of photo-sharing portals. such inspiring, actually does more for period, you would be able to
perfect shot. While there is a fair as Pinterest and Instagram, making you happy than anybody witness the Ğair homeowners
share of genuinely house-proud many homeowners are more else. So don’t see housekeeping of that era injected into their
homeowners who keep their invested in building vignettes as a chore; instead, see it as spaces. Worry not, for as
homes in pristine condition, of their home that can generate something you do because you the leading design read in
many of the homes visited the most amount of likes, as are worth it. Singapore, we will continue to
require plenty of assistance opposed to decorating spaces for Sure you can surround inspire readers and provide you
to get them photo-ready. themselves. Now, many interior yourself with organised chaos, with ways and tips to create
This happens, even though designers will tell you that when but that is no excuse for your dream home.

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