House Tour: A Europe-inspired 4-room HDB apartment with Mediterranean vibes
Canberra Mediterranean four room flat 1
A breezy welcoming vibe with a Mediterranean flair meets a Mid-century modern aesthetic – the home of art director Fazlie, his wife Corinne, who is a teacher, and their 11-year-old daughter Maya almost seems like an island getaway.
“My wife and I conceptualised the look of the house based on our individual tastes and combined inspiration from our travels to the UK and Italy. This is reflected in the heavy use of wooden tones and the tiles around the house for instance,” shares Fazlie, who co-designed the 95 sq m four-room HDB apartment in Canberra with interior designer Teck Hou of The Local Inn.terior.
“The Local Inn.terior came in with their experience and finesse in materials, overall aesthetic and space planning.”
Canberra Mediterranean four room flat living room
Their collection of new and old furnishings, as well as ceramics and paintings are displayed prominently throughout the house. Most of the furniture was sourced from local stores such as Castlery,HipVan, Hock Siong, Wihardja, Originals, and Island Living. Taobao also proved a good place to acquire stylish fixtures.
One of the highlights – a scarf from Block Shop Textiles which they used as a wall hanging.
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The couple gravitated towards a palette of earthy and dusty tones which evoke a distinctly Mediterranean flair with a natural, relaxed ambience.
Their shared appreciation for the Mid-century modern aesthetic is also apparent throughout the residence. “I’ve always liked the style, so furniture with pencil legs was something we looked out for when shopping,” reveals Fazlie.
Canberra Mediterranean four room flat dining area
One of the first considerations for the couple: a cosy dining area, which resulted in a quaint breakfast nook that was connected to the kitchen.
A banquette that can seat up to eight was carved out, and is an excellent spot that’s conducive for reading, working and to host guests.
Its seats can also be lifted up, revealing ample storage space.
Canberra Mediterranean four room kitchen
Sliding Crittall-style windows separate the galley-style kitchen from the dining area, with ribbed glass keeping any mess in the kitchen away from plain sight.
KompacPlus panels top the kitchen counters, bearing a wood-like finish that matches the wood-look vinyl and wooden furniture found in the rest of the house. Matte cream EDL laminates for the kitchen cabinetry go with the colours and textures in the living space.
The rustic taupe backsplash also ties the kitchen to the earthy aesthetic of the rest of the home.
Canberra Mediterranean four room flat bedroom
The bedroom is kept simple with a soothing palette of neutral tones and wooden accents.
As Corrine is used to standing up to apply her skincare regime and makeup, they did away with a regular vanity. Instead, all her facial products go into the top drawer of a teak dresser with a round mirror above. The rest of the dresser provides extra storage space for clothing.
An accordion hook keeps Fazlie’s large collection of caps and hats tidy and within easy reach while serving as decor.
Canberra Mediterranean four room flat bathroom
For the bathrooms, the original white tiles that were provided by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) were retained, but the couple opted for one feature wall in each bathroom. They also chose grey terrazzo for the floor – an on-trend option, but also a timeless one which the couple felt would age well.
The en-suite’s feature wall was laid with Spanish tiles that are reminiscent of the ones the family came across at the Baths of Caracalla in Italy.
In the common bathroom, they opted for a lightly patterned blue-grey tile from the same series.
Unsurprisingly, designing and renovating their abode didn’t come without challenges. For Fazlie and Corinne, the main challenge was keeping to their budget. “If we were to spend a bit more on an area, we tried our best to cut back on another area without compromising form and function,” Fazlie says.
And for homeowners planning to design their own dream abodes, here’s a tip.
“Opt out of the HDB fittings if possible to have more flexibility in creating an aesthetic that’s personal to you. It’s a small detail but having our choice of ‘classic’ wooden bedroom doors painted white instead of the standard-issue ones went a long way in achieving a cohesive design.