Kelvin Lee (KL) is not your average graphic designer and web developer. Aside from being nimble with his hands, he’s also a passionate spider lover. Not one to keep them confined to tanks, Kelvin allows his spiders to free roam within his bedroom. The avid arachnid owner even created a make-believe company name for his bundle of joy, called Stacey’s Web Development Company. But with a growing collection of cobwebs forming in various corners around the space, Kelvin decided to use the opportunity to transform his former bedroom into a cool den where he can hang out with his eight-legged pals while working or gaming from home.
Utilising a mix of recycled materials and some new parts, Kelvin gave his normal-looking room a total makeover. His facebook post detailing the entire process (which you can see below) has since gone viral, and we decided to catch a one-on-one with the creative homeowner to find out more about the project.
H&D: What made you start Stacey’s Web Development Company?
KL: It is actually just a joke I came up with when naming Stacey’s little spider corner. Stacey (who has since passed on) was one of the first spiders I got, so I created the page to showcase my spiders, their lifestyles, and different bugs I take photos of. Hopefully, it also helps people understand and fear these creepy crawlies a little less!
H&D: Do you work at home full-time with your spider crew?
KL: Pretty much. I had been working from home for the past five years while overseas, so after moving back to Singapore, I naturally wanted to build a nice WFH setup for myself.
H&D: Why spiders though?
KL: I’ve been fascinated with them ever since I was a kid! Basically I like small creatures of all sorts, but spiders more. It’s amazing how they have evolved to have so many diverse ways of hunting their prey.
H&D: But won’t these free-roaming spiders escape the room?
KL: Nope, the species that I keep free-roaming are semi-permanent web builders, which means they hardly take their webs down once they find a spot they are comfortable with. The key is to understand them enough to create a spot they want to stay in.
H&D: So what are some tips you can share with those who are inspired by your project to give their own rooms a makeover?
KL: For building a WFH setup, I would just say go with what you are passionate about! Think about what you love and what you want to be surrounded by, and ideas will come naturally.
Intrigued? We certainly are! Below is Kelvin’s step-by-step recount of how the whole room came together (warning: close-up of spider shots included!)