Home owners spend $25,000 to renovate charming cat cafe-themed HDB flat

Home owners spend $25,000 to renovate charming cat cafe-themed HDB flat
PHOTO: Kell DesignPlus

No one will fault you for thinking that this is one of the most stylish pet-friendly homes in Singapore. Because it is, fur real.

This 93-square-metre flat in Pasir Ris is not your typical HDB home.

Step inside and you'll discover its purr-ty interiors-a space inspired by cosy cat cafes but still finds common ground between feline-friendly and style-forward decors and furnishings.

"We wanted a cat cafe-themed home with plenty of space for our cats to roam around," begins Kellen.

"The dining area with high table and chairs and a blackboard wall are for family and friends to chill around and draw any cat-related cartoons on the wall."

Take a look at this charming cat cafe of a home:

Interiors of couple's Pasir Ris HDB flat inspired by cosy cat cafes

Entryway and Dining Area

Greeting you upon entering this industrial-style home is the dining area.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Featuring a bar table and high chairs custom made in China set against the backdrop of a chalkboard wall, this space is made for entertaining.

"We wanted to have a cafe environment. Cedric and I love to spend our time in cafes before we got our house. Here, it's a mixture of cafe and cocktail concepts that's why I named this area the 'Cat Bar'," Kellen explains.

Kellen got her creative juices flowing and DIY-ed the wall so guests could have a fun time doodling on it and creating cat cartoons.

The dramatic hanging lights were sourced from Singapore, Malaysia, and China.

Living Room

"Our living room sports a simple open-concept space with chill-out corners and drop lightings," says Kellen.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Although kept simple, the living space exudes a certain kind of charm, what with the cat-themed curios and colourful accents.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Cedric and Kellen bought the three-seater sofa during the Singapore Furniture Fair while the small decors were from their travels.

"It is a must to get cat-themed items everywhere I went," she smiles.

Kitchen and Laundry Area

The couple maintains a simple and usable kitchen.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Instead of full-height cabinets, they opted for open shelving to display their cute and quirky collections.

Laminate cabinetry from Lamitak, granite countertop, and white subway tiles keep the kitchen stylish and contemporary.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Who says laundry time should be boring?

Not for this home.

"We created a small greenery garden space at the laundry area where we can chill out with a cup of coffee," Kellen says.

Master Bedroom

To achieve a bigger bedroom, Cedric and Kellen decided to hack into the common room and conceal it with a wardrobe cabinet.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

They made the room cosier by parking a single sofa by the bedside and using colours to highlight certain spots.

Cat Room

Tutty and Latte (who have an Instagram account) also got to have their own "room."

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Kellen shares, "We created a TV console with two wine crates and a long wooden laminate plank. We also created a 'MAMAK' shop within the common room for items that we brought from overseas which we sell online."

Cedric and Kellen also ensured both feline buddies will have a grand time here.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

They created openings-called "cat door"-so they could move easily from the cat room to the living room.

There's also a special cat head-shaped cabinet where they can chill out inside.

Bathrooms

The couple only had minimal changes done to the bathrooms, but ensured these areas have large mirrors to provide the illusion of a bigger space.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Hallway

The hallway houses some of the more interesting details of this home-from cat figurines to witty signages.

Photo: Kell DesignPlus

Cedric and Kellen also used travel destinations as labels for their doors.

"We want our doors to be like a Doraemon door, where we can go to anywhere in the world!"

Renovation Details

  • Type of property: 4 Room HDB
  • Total space: 93 square metres
  • Contractor: Chiang Feng Construction
  • Interior Designer: Kell DesignPlus
  • Budget: $25,000
  • Time to complete works: 3 Months

Cedric and Kellen's tips for other homeowners

  • Don't overspend on furniture.
  • Get lots of souvenirs from overseas trip.
  • Design your own cosy corner.

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