Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple in their 30s
Size: 1,200 square feet (111 square metres)
Project duration: 4 months
“The foyer gives a bit of privacy and allowed me to add more storage, especially for their luggage,” he said. Mirrors and recessed lights give the illusion of more space.
To create a much larger living space, the owners proposed making the kitchen smaller to allow more space for the dining area. Twilhaar heeded their request, and proceeded to integrate all built-in appliances in the dining area. “It creates a casual dining space that feels like an open kitchen,” he says.
One drawback, though, that the team encountered with the merging of the dining and kitchen is the beam that runs across the room. They worked around it by sandwiching it between pendant lights. To help bounce light around the area, a mirror panel was also placed in the middle of the kitchen cabinetry.
What also keeps you drawn to the spacious room is the coffered ceiling, a key element of the Federal-inspired style. “I love adding feature elements to the ceiling, as I feel that is a wonderful canvas to add a layer of depth and detail.It also helped keep the ceiling higher, as we placed lights and conduits in the beam areas and maintained the recesses as high as possible,” he says.
Lamps: Hock Siong & Co.
Furniture-wise, they opted for pieces that are store-bought – like the sofa and dining set from Ikea, and the credenza and ottoman bought online – to keep the budget on track. “The dining chairs and table, in particular, are a temporary purchase until something more suitable can replace them,” he adds.
The wall behind the headboard was finished in laminate that mimics a tweed pattern. More storage was created along this wall.
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