Wabi-Sabi for Five

Blending rustic and modern elements, this multigenerational home brings a slice of resort life to a waterfront neighbourhood in Punggol.

Travertine, dark walnut, and limewash: these are a few of a wabi-sabi lover’s favourite things. As if balancing the three elements isn’t tricky enough, Joann was entrusted to do so for a family home for five. Six, if we’re counting their feline friend, whose itchy claws were another consideration during materials selection. Nevertheless, the interior designer nailed what she calls the “clean yet moody” aesthetic.

“It really was a smooth project as we were in tune with each other. Because the homeowners treated us like their friends, it made the journey very pleasant, fun, and easy,” she recounted.

Living room:

It was “go big or go home” in the living room, with limewash paint stretching from the walls to the ceiling. Decorative and functional ceiling lights illuminate the eclectic seating arrangements below, many of which feature bamboo and rattan.

“The owner has good taste; she did her research and took her time to source for the right furniture,” said Joann.

These rustic elements are juxtaposed with a sophisticated dining table, custom-made with real travertine to give the room a polished feel.


In the open-concept kitchen, yet another opulent slab steals the spotlight, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding matte and textured surfaces.

A dark walnut laminate is generously applied to the built-in cabinets while a light grey one was chosen for the worktop and backsplash, reflecting the natural light pouring in from the service yard.

Master bedroom:

An L-shaped wardrobe helped to maximise space in the master bedroom, but what truly sets it apart is a swing door on the side. Located at the foot of the bed, it opens towards the wall and showcases the homeowner’s cherished collection of headscarves. To accommodate this personalised feature, the pelmet of the cove light is shortened tastefully with a curved profile, softening the angles in this corner of the room.


To complement the dark-coloured bedroom doors and furniture, the master bathroom is concealed with black louvred doors. Travertine makes another appearance here, but it’s been softened with a matte surface, allowing the textured feature wall to take centrestage. To complete the resort theme she envisioned, Joann selected bathroom fixtures that exude quiet luxury while ensuring functionality and easy maintenance.

Ovon Design

Showroom 1:
53 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427777

Showroom 2:
534 Balestier Road, Singapore 329860

tel: 65 85882388