House Tour: 920sqf four-room HDB bachelor pad in Hougang with lots of quirky ornaments

When one creative director embarked on his home renovation project, he sought to create a chic and contemporary space that feels welcoming and warm.

Homeowner Desmond Lim not only enjoyed the freedom of doing up his four-room HDB apartment in Hougang according to his wishes, he also had the benefit of engaging an old friend as his interior designer. Desmond and Jon Toh, principal designer of StudioK.id, met when they were studying in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and subsequently found themselves as bunkmates during national service. “I remember asking Jon at the time if he would be my interior designer when I bought a house in the future and he readily agreed,” Desmond recalls. “Twenty odd years later, here we are.”