Specially chosen furnishings and cool built-ins accentuate this home’s airy and open appeal.
The homeowners and their designer, Cindy Tan of I-Chapter, go way back. Starting out as Cindy’s customers 10 years ago when they worked on an earlier home, the trio are now friends who trust and understand each other.
Working together again for this terrace house’s refresh, their initial plan was to go with an industrial theme, but that soon evolved to have a more polished feel that would better suit the covetable 4,000 sq ft space. The home boasts a light and airy aesthetic with tall ceilings and large windows, and Cindy wanted to enhance that further.
In the living room where sunbeams freely stream in, Cindy matched the drama of the dark existing marble flooring with special effects paint on the media wall, adding movement and interest to the gathering space. The designer also altered the ceiling, adding magnetic lights along black tracks to help visually elongate the interiors. Cove lighting was also installed above the TV, creating a moody vibe for cosy movie nights.
To play up the roominess here, the space is outfitted with only essential furnishings that either lie close to the ground to play up the ceiling height, or pieces that “float” or are propped up on slim legs, letting the eye take in the entire length of the communal area.
In the same space, within a nondescript custom “storage unit,” is a DJ booth to cater to the male homeowner’s hobby. The bi-fold doors open fully to allow unrestricted access to the equipment, but once the doors are closed, no one would be any wiser about its contents.
Across the hall is the dining zone which looks out to an outdoor patio. The dining table comfortably accommodates six or more but doesn’t look bulky thanks to its slim profile. The ghost chairs chosen to complete this setup are an ideal match, letting light and one’s gaze pass through for an expansive appearance.
Venture one floor above and you’ll encounter a stately bookcase on the second-floor landing. This cheeky floor-to-ceiling structure affords the homeowners additional storage and display space, but it also swings open to reveal two adjacent rooms: the study and walk-in wardrobe.
Designed to look like a boutique, the closet is a thing of beauty. Illuminated full-height storage units with clear glass fronts allow the homeowners to display their belongings without making the room seem cramped.
While space was never an issue in this sizeable dwelling, it never hurts to play up strengths. By employing popular techniques to visually expand the interiors, this home managed to retain its roominess, yet is more comfortable, chic and purposeful than ever before.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the October 2022 issue of SquareRooms.