For owners Marvin Liang, 34, and Chong Lingyi, 32, their home on Depot Road is a labour of love. Though they bought the HDB unit just two years ago, their vision for their home started long before. Years of bookmarked references and design inspiration gave the married couple a pretty solid idea of their first home together.
The organised and creative pair, who both work in advertising, even collated their design brief and wishlists into a multi-page mood board as they scouted for a suitable interior designer. They found a kindred spirit in Mikael Teh of Monocot Studio and entrusted the renovation into his hands.
In their brief, the couple outlined their interior inclinations – a mid-century modern vibe invoked by a dusky colour palette of dark wood and navy blue, filled in with tropical plants, rattan furniture and wall-hung art for a comfortable lived-in feeling.
“We knew we wanted things like rattan and certain colours, but we couldn’t visualise it cohesively,” shares Lingyi. Luckily Mikael was able to bring the disparate details together in his 3D renders, which both Marvin and Lingyi agree, helped bring their vision to life.
After moving in in August 2018, the house-proud couple created a lifestyle-centric Instagram account (@ourseaofgreen) to share images of the many picturesque corners of their home and their efforts on living more sustainably. They spent around $65,000 on renovation which took four months to complete.