Houzz Tour: A Flat's Contemporary Take on Preppy Style
A genteel mix of patterns and a warm, bold colour scheme renders this home a classic and cosy ambience
From a design approach, the owners wanted a traditional feel, but with a more contemporary colour palette, so Twilhaar went for “‘Preppy Style’, where traditional architectural detailing gets a bold touch,” he says. Since the flat came as a shell, without the floor finish and doors, and only the kitchen and bathrooms were tiled, the designer and the owners collaborated to create a spacious, timeless and homely abode out of a blank canvas.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A young couple and their baby girl
Size: approximately 1,200 square feet (111 square metres)
Project duration: 3 months
“’Preppy’ finds its origins in traditional homes,” Twilhaar says. Having lived and worked in Boston, the Singapore-based Dutch designer drew inspiration from the Federal-style homes with a transitional/fusion approach. “I also like elements that are surprising or quirky. These could be a colour scheme or objects that can be a talking point. In this case, we opted for a bolder and warmer colour scheme, but still tried to keep it neutral, so the home has a timeless feel,” says Twilhaar.
The design of this home is mainly inspired by US East Coast apartments, which tend to be more formal. He achieved the look through the furniture and accessories, and at the same time, infused a more streamlined, New York vibe through some art deco pieces.
Twilhaar originally wanted to place a marble slab behind the TV, but went for a more cost-effective large tile. The TV console is mounted behind the wall and the cables are accessible from the back. Elevating the sophisticated look are mirrors on both sides, cut in varied sizes and with a bevelled edge.
“The wall lights next to the TV were a present from the husband to the wife, so he and I picked a design and imported the lights from Denmark. All this while the wife and I were still looking around for the ‘right’ wall light, and I had to ‘reject’ a few designs saying they did not work well with the space, because I knew the lights would come in,” the designer says.
Sofa and side table: Crate and Barrel; side chair: Lush; wall lamps: Danish Design Co
Wallpaper: Cole & Son from Goodrich
Dining table: Furniture Club; chairs: Comfort Design Furniture; lamps: Taobao
“We opted for a traditional Shaker style cabinet, laminated in a dusty jade colour. All my Shaker kitchen cabinets are fully laminated with solid plywood as base, and the interiors are coloured polykem for a finishing touch. In our climate, I prefer to avoid materials like MDF or particle boards, as they tend to get mouldy and expand when moist,” says Twilhaar.
Laminate: Formica; countertops: iQuartz; drawer systems: Blum; backsplash: Hafary
“To avoid the typical HDB feel, we pushed the wall flush under the beams, so the walls are now neat. The space behind the flushed wall is used for the TV cables, and we embedded the TV console in the wall as well, to maximise the space in the room,” the designer says.
The wardrobe is custom-built using matte laminate Shaker doors, and extends to a small vanity area.
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