Former actress and model Lum May Yee likes her living space to be bright and airy.
The walls in her three-room condominium in Bukit Timah are mostly in white, and she had the false ceiling taken out to allow for more light.
The 39-year-old businesswoman, who distributes American jewellery label M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, says: "I don't like the dark and dingy feel. With more sunlight coming in, I think the house looks more lively."
She lives with her husband Steven Lam, 37, director of home-grown jeweller The Canary Diamond Company, in the 2,000 sq ft apartment. They have an 18-month-old son, Aiden, as well as two schnauzers, Juno and Oska.
The couple declare that they are fans of local furniture designer Nathan Yong's work, and have bought pieces such as their living room sofa and TV console set from his eponymous label and Grafunkt, his other store.
Yong's low-lying wooden pieces are great for Aiden, who often climbs and jumps on the furniture, she says.
"I don't have to worry when Aiden or the dogs roll and climb around. The height is safe enough."
Their other furniture features a mish-mash of styles, with retro pieces from Lorgan's in Pasir Panjang Road and Like That One in Bukit Batok sitting alongside more contemporary pieces such as a wooden dining table from Lava East.
Lum is unfazed if Aiden colours or dirties it during play time. "It's no biggie," she says. "If it's damaged, we'll just get it fixed when we can later on. But that's the beauty of wood - it hides flaws well."
To create an open concept for the apartment, Lum had the kitchen walls removed so that the space opens up to the living and dining rooms. They cook minimally to keep the area clean.