Jade Cham and her husband had three requirements while house hunting: the place had to be affordable and convenient for the family to visit, and they wanted it to have a nice layout with an open kitchen.
This property did not have the best layout among the homes they visited, and they wouldn’t be able to have the open kitchen they wanted, but the couple loved the big corridor outside and the long row of windows facing it which let natural light flood in.
Most importantly, the couple shared that they felt good when they stepped in, and with a focus on having a house that makes them happy, ultimately decided to purchase this place.
As the interior designer of Knock Knock Studio, Jade knew that getting the layout right was crucial for blissful living. “When it flows nicely, we won’t feel like there’s any blockage,” she explains.
“I believe space affects our emotions and mentality. When you feel good at home, this positive energy will spread to people around you. So just imagine, if it’s not smooth at home, you will bring this negative energy with you.”
Deliberating over this first step, Jade shares that she had to change the configuration 21 times. “It was Plan A and then it became Plan U. Luckily, I didn’t have to hire an interior designer, so I wasn’t afraid to change it until I was satisfied,” she reveals.
The couple decided against a theme as they didn’t want to limit themselves or the pieces they’d be able to buy. However, to tie the home’s various styles together, they used square and rectangular patterns throughout the residence. “Nothing curves, so there’s some seriousness in our house,” Jade explains.
While Jade mapped out the floor plan, her husband’s job was to furnish their home. “I knew he had good taste but was even more reassured when he was given the role to find the furniture and lights,” the designer tells us.
“The best part about this project was that the renovation brought my partner and me even closer. The entire house is filled with things we love, so it really makes us love the house even more.”
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the May 2023 issue of SquareRooms.