$100,000 renovation yields glam chinoiserie-styled 5-room HDB flat

$100,000 renovation yields glam chinoiserie-styled 5-room HDB flat
PHOTO: Home & Decor

WHO LIVES HERE: A couple, their daughter and two pets

HOME: Five-room HDB apartment in Depot Road

SIZE: 1,100sqf

There is incredible detail in every corner of Jason and Trish Yong's five-room flat, from the two different black- and-white tiles that greet visitors at the entrance to the dragon doorknob of the master bathroom.

This decorative Chinoiserie style is the result of a collaborative effort between interior designer Trifven Ho from Living Icon and the homeowners. Trifven and Trish not only have a good eye for Oriental design, but a resourcefulness and a more-is-more approach, too.

It is no wonder that the Yongs have worked with Trifven on previous home and office properties (over the course of the last decade) as well. Trish shares with us the work that went into creating this vibrant and expressive abode.

A 5-room HDB home decked in chinoiserie prints and vintage-style furniture

Q: THE HOME IS DECKED OUT IN COLOURFUL PRINTS. TELL US ABOUT IT.

I am half-Peranakan, and have always been drawn to loud colours and the Oriental style, with a French twist. Trifven knows my style well, and went to Goodrich Global to pick out several prints with butterflies, birds and flowers like peonies. We also engaged a Chinese artist to illustrate three murals, including the floral motif in the master bathroom.

Q: WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR MUST-HAVES FOR THIS HOME?

I insisted that I must have a bathtub, even if it is small. But it's more about my love for standalone bathtubs rather than having a good soak (laughs). We decided to remove the shower point in the master bathroom and move a bathtub in instead. We also kept the area enclosed, away from the vanity, for a cosy and dramatic mood.

My husband wanted a red main door, as it is a visually striking element and complements the oriental decor well.

Q: WHAT WENT INTO THE $100,000 RENOVATION?

Mostly the reconfiguration of space. We took some space from the dining room for a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom, and created a shoe cabinet near the foyer. We also re-did the kitchen; we added a breakfast counter and, as I hate the oil from cooking, Trifven moved the stove nearer to the window.

Q: THIS IS YOUR THIRD HOME. HOW DID YOU INCORPORATE YOUR EXISTING FURNITURE INTO THE NEW SPACE?

Every time I move, I will buy some new furniture and keep the rest in storage. Trifven will then look through my collection for pieces that match the current style. We also try not to discard furniture, and modify them to enhance its functionality instead. For instance, we incorporated a wooden partition - that we bought from Just Anthony almost 10 years ago - into the sliding grille in the living room, and turned another intricate wood panel we have into a dining room feature wall.

This article was first published in Home & Decor

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