Lush Interior | Time for Change | Ang Mo Kio

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Moving into their second home, this married couple wanted a complete one-eighty from their previous abode. The result is an inviting, minimalist space with an abundance of sunlight.

While many homeowners think of their first flat as their forever home, tastes and priorities often change over time, leading them to eventually move out and move on. Jeri Tan from Lush Interior Design found herself in this situation with her husband just five years after finishing their original BTO flat. This time around, they wanted something uncluttered and full of light—a completely different design from their previous home’s vintage industrial theme. Aiming for a simple, somewhat Japanese-inspired look with light pops of colour, their top priority was achieving a lively ambience that inspires happiness day after day.

FACT FILE
Space: 3-room HDB flat
Size: 883 sq ft
Location: Ang Mo Kio
Designer: Jeri Tan from Lush Interior Design
Reno period: Eight weeks
Budget: $40K

Home office

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Unconventionally placed along the entryway, the home office receives the most sunlight out of every space in the house, making it particularly conducive to working. Both the desk and the low-height cabinets were custom-built to fit the homeowners’ needs to a T, allowing them to store their shoes, books and boxes and even display their toy collection right by the entrance.

Living room

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Once dark and enclosed, the living room is now a semi-open space, separated from the entryway by a sliding door for a sunny and inviting ambience. The door was custom-built using plywood, veneer and clear polycarbonate board, giving it a Japanese-inspired look, while the white TV console is topped with terrazzo-looking Panaplast laminate for variety. Of course, comfort wasn’t neglected in the living room either, furnished with a cosy daybed from Scanteak.

Bedroom

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Instead of sticking to the conventional HDB layout, the couple decided to move the bedroom into the common area, combining it with the living room and home office. “Before, the bedroom only had a small window,” shares Jeri. “Now we have the luxury of enjoying an open space and waking up to bright and cheery morning sunshine every day, with an unblocked view of the lush trees outside.” When the couple needs some privacy, they simply close the sliding door, triggering the automated blackout blinds.

Wardrobe and vanity

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To save some space in the tiny bathroom, Jeri and her husband decided to move the chunky vanity out and place it just outside the walk-in wardrobe instead. The overall area was given a mauve and grey treatment with faux leather cabinet fronts for a tactile finish that’s more luxurious than textured laminates. And after all these modifications, the wardrobe can still accommodate a single-sized bed should guests come to visit.

About Lush Interior Design
Combining interior consulting with space planning and personal shopping, the team behind Lush Interior Design aims to create thoughtful, liveable spaces that exude both creativity and functionality. The designers work closely with their clients and industry partners to craft layouts that maximise space, practicality and aesthetic appeal for you and your family.

Contact
1 Thomson Road #04-348F
Singapore 300001
Tel: 9847 3899
lushinterior.sg

This post was adapted from an article originally published in Key to Your Home 2022.
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