A cosy place to come home to after work and a conducive environment for the kids to grow up in – these are what most working couples with young kids look for in a home. Finance professionals Erwin and Serina are no different.
Home for this family of four is a warm and cosy place filled with movies and music.
Who lives here? A couple in their 40s and their two young children
Home? A three-bedroom condominium in Siglap
Size? 1,216 sq ft
Interior Designer? 19EightyThree
However, unlike many homeowners who usually request to hack walls to create an open plan, they wanted the walls reinstated as the previous owner had many of them removed.
Although the condominium they purchased is only seven years old, they decided to redo the entire interior as it was not to their liking. Everything was gutted except for the common bathroom.
“We like our home to be clean, bright and airy. As we are into movies and music, we also wanted our living room to accommodate our hi-fi set up,” shares the couple, who are in their early 40s.
Working with interior design firm 19EightyThree, Erwin and Serina selected a neutral colour palette.
This is complemented by wood elements, as well as fabrics and cushions to soften the overall effect. Fans of textured surfaces, the couple engaged Performance Coatings International to create Stucco plaster walls for the entrance foyer, living and dining areas, as well as the master bedroom.
“We love the way the accent lights bounce off the textured surfaces, making it extra comfortable and inviting at night.”
A small built-in bench beside the main entrance is both practical and ornamental. It continues into a row of full-height cabinets and display shelves that provide the family with ample storage. This is especially useful with two young kids aged eight and six.
All the hi-fi equipment is neatly housed in a custom-built television console with fluted panels that allow ventilation.
The console is elevated slightly on a timber base with a larger footprint that provides space for standing speakers on either side.
The dining room is furnished with a rectangular dining table from Soul & Tables and dining chairs from Originals. A pair of white pendant lights from &Tradition creates an elegant counterpoint to the robustness of the dining table.
The efficient and minimalist kitchen’s white-grey-wood ensemble matches the colour and material palette of the rest of the interior.
The cosiness factor was also essential in the master bedroom. The homeowners wanted their bedroom to be “super cosy”, which explains the choice of a fabric bedhead from Blafink.
We also added a lot of cushions to soften the space further,” they point out.
The homeowners chose neutral colours throughout the home because “they are not too loud so our senses can rest”.
Lighting plays a key role in achieving a cosy ambience. Smart bulbs allow the couple to adjust the brightness and colour temperature, which totally transforms the room’s character.
When the ceiling lights are off, they rely on a pair of Flowerpot VP3 table lamps from &Tradition on either side of the bed that give the room a warm glow and a cosy mood.
The family moved into their new home in February 2022 after a four-month renovation costing around $150,000. They now have a space to cosy up as a family and chill over movies and music.