Houzz Tour: Thoughtful Design Sets the Scene for Art in This Flat
Visual continuity through the clever use of materials and colour enhances the perceived size of the 3-bedroom apartment
Who lives here: A young married couple in their late 20s
Location: Cantonment Close
Type of property: 3-bedroom HDB flat, approximately 17 years old
Size: 3 bedrooms, with a floor area of about 1,000 square feet
Project duration: Design took about 3 months and construction another 2 months
Designer in charge: Interior designer Yap Mei Ying of StudioMyte (collaborating with architect-husband and business partner Terence Tang)
Speaking on behalf of interior designer Yap Mei Ying, who led the renovation, Tang describes the design process as collaborative: “The owners had many of their own design ideas, but we lent our expertise in spatial design, material selection and design detailing, so as to help them realise their ideas in the best possible ways. We recognised the owners’ love for collecting art and other vintage items and their penchant for unearthing great finds. Therefore, we sought to design the home as a ‘blank canvas’. We were careful not to over-design their home so as to allow their own growing collection of art and furniture to lend their own character to the home.”
Tang says: “The first thing one would notice upon entering the home is the wide green painted wall. This wall was designed to accommodate the owners’ collection of paintings and artwork so we wanted it to stand out. Although there are only a few pieces of art currently hanging on the wall, the intention was for their collection to eventually grow to fill the entire expanse of the wall.”
The designers enclosed the kitchen with glass doors to “allow for visual connectivity to the living and dining areas and make each of these spaces feel more spacious than they actually are”, Tang says.
The third bedroom was turned into a study (not pictured).
“The owners were very hands on in purchasing their own furniture, although we did chip in with our recommendations and opinions. Many of their furniture are vintage/second-hand”, says Tang.
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