European flair

European flair

Civil servant Alvin Choo and graphic designer Michelle Tay, both 30, wanted their four-room flat in Punggol to be "bold and glamorous", just like their baroque-themed wedding, says Ms Tay.

Mr Choo says of the flat where the couple have lived for almost six months: "It was more of my wife's idea. We were thinking of a bit of baroque, a bit of Victorian feel."

Baroque is an European artistic style dating from 1600.

Ms Tay chips in: "We like Paris and European culture, so we found that the baroque theme was suitable for us. It's our first home, so we spent a lot of time and effort on doing up the whole place.

"We researched a lot on places that sell baroque furniture and went to a whole row of lighting shops and furniture shops."

They also approached interior designer New Nyew, who says she was given free rein to design a baroque theme in "black, gold, purple and red".

Ms Tay also drew on her background in design, incorporating their wedding logo - a giant-sized fork and spoon with chef's hats - into decals for the kitchen.

She says: "We wanted to make the living room, the dining area and the kitchen feel like a cafe.

When you are sitting there, you can imagine sitting in Paris and having a coffee."

The dining area has a L-shaped bench with red cushions adorned with crystals, a chandelier, a lamp post and a wall painted by Ms Tay to look like grey and white bricks.

She also drew a picture of a street on a large chalkboard in the kitchen.

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