Houzz Tour: A Silk Road-Inspired Design for an Inter-Terrace Home
Cross-border inspiration from the past brings together the homeowners' Thai, Indian and Singaporean heritage
Who lives here: A pilot, his stay-home wife, their young son and a helper.
Location: Tanah Merah
Type of property: Inter-terrace home with four floors (inclusive of basement/carpark)
Size: Approx. 3,500 square feet (4 bedrooms and a study)
Project duration: About 4 months
Designer: Arjan Nijen Twilhaar of Aiden T
Twilhaar specialises in the East-meets-West sensibility of enfilade layouts (suites of rooms with doorways aligned with each other) and British colonial aesthetics, so his work appealed particularly to the owners – the husband is part Thai and the wife is Singaporean Indian.
For their home, they wanted the kitchen to truly feel like the heart of the home, so his space planning began with that.
Tiles and Marble: Hafary
To create that transitional-colonial style in the kitchen, the designer used Shaker-style cabinetry clad in a pale blue laminate. The backsplash is made of a rattan backing covered with crystal glass.
“While the design and material choices are colonial in style, the colours and eclectic decorations make this a contemporary space”, Twilhaar says.
Laminates: Formica; Quartz countertop: IQuartz Pte Ltd
“My reference was the Lanna Colonial homes, found in Northern Thailand. These were influenced by the British Raj Colonial style and some Chinese elements with a Thai undertone. This seemed to fit the bill as one cohesive design thread”, Twilhaar explains.
The designer considers the dining area the statement room of this house. He says: “The mural features a scene from the Chao Phraya River. The colours are in dialogue with the kitchen and a strong green hue was added to the overall colour palette.”
A quiet star of the room is the coffered ceiling with its fretwork design. A large round bone inlay table centres the space and the shape reflects that of a Thai covered food bowl. The green silk velvet chairs bring colour while the armed design brings formality.
Wallpaper: Ananbo; Dining chairs: Blafink; Lazy susan: Chisel & Log; Dining table: Sam & Sara
To create the illusion of space, one wall was panelled with mirrors and a trellis. “The goal is for the trellis to be covered with plants to become a green wall”, Twilhaar says. He designed the flooring to be laid in a chevron pattern and added comfortable outdoor furniture to make this space an outdoor living room.
Sofa: Blafink; Area rug: Jehan Gallery
“The window treatments divide the windows for a more Western aesthetic of smaller windows. Custom bone inlay side tables are a nod to the British Raj part of the design story”, the designer says.
Wallpaper: Ananbo; Nightstands: Chisel & Log
“The carpentry was kept clean lined and timeless so it can easily grow with him”, Twilhaar says.
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