Some people have been asking me how come I write about home design and decor without even featuring my own home, not in this blog and not in some flashy Singaporean design magazine .. 🙂
Despite our wish to have our first home featured in a Singaporean design magazine, we decided otherwise because we didn’t want to give our interior designer the credit for it. She ran away without completing the job, and never supervised or control the quality of the contractor’s work. For me, who lived in Jakarta at that moment, and my husband, who travelled out of Singapore 75% of the time, this was a major, major bummer.
Yet, the fact is that at one point we were her client and wouldn’t be able to stop her from showing off the magazine pages (if there’s any), telling people that she did our house .
However, now that we have moved out from this apartment, we wanted to “immortalize” our first home before the new owner started their renovation 🙂
This was a 1,625 square feet four-bedroom apartment in West Coast which we turned into a spacious three-bedroom condo with GIANT walk-in wardrobe to keep my husband’s clothes. My husband designed the lighting and the change of layout. I chose the colors and artwork, and we both chose a Balinese resort theme throughout. And here they are, hopefully you can steal a few ideas from here 🙂
Original layout, a four-bedroom unit with built-in wardrobe in each room.
After renovation ... half a room converted into walk-in wardrobe with access to master bedroom and the guest bedroom enlarged.
Living and dining room. Everyone loves our red wall 🙂
Living room with limestone feature wall and a bench to put backpacks and put on shoes. It uses dropped ceiling so we can play with different light settings (we can use fluorescent lights around the room, or just use the halogen down lights and artwork spotlights)
Guest room - with one wall in light creme color and two sets of artwork. This is everyone's favorite room 🙂
The guest room has a bench to put luggage, and lots of artwork to personalize the look of the room.
We use the end of the hallway to feature an artwork. We use adjustable spotlight to highlight each artwork.
An alcove that we used as an office. The desk is custom-made to fit the depth of the alcove, using matching design as the filing cabinet. Three Balinese paintings and the use of rattan and mahogany complete the Balinese look in this space.
The walk in wardrobe is about 7.5 square meters. The depth is 2 meters. All underwears went into the chest drawers. Laundry is organized in three baskets: white, color and dry clean.
We designed our own wardrobe to meet our storage needs. Our wardrobe system has a corner unit to maximize space, plus a foldable full-body mirror.