In the mix

In the mix

DECIDING how to decorate your home can be tricky. You don't want it to be too polished and precise or it looks like a characterless showflat.

Shan Shan's eclectic Kembangan home

You don't want to be too minimalist - it's too cold. Go overboard with the retro look and you risk living in a museum. Yet you want a little of everything, in a way that would make visitors say, "Oh, this is so you".

Guan ShanShan, who works at a multinational software corporation, found the perfect solution, when she was doing up her two-bedroom apartment at Kembangan.

She opted for the eclectic look - a mix of old and new and of varying styles. "It is a reflection of my personality, I like to mix and match," she says.

While eclectic is about mixing things up, Ms Guan manages to create an apartment that is well put together and not a chaotic mess. She has been blessed with an eye for detail and beauty, but also adds, "it helps to have a clear idea of what I want".

Another tip is to limit the quirky items to just two or three pieces for each space.

She worked with her designer Benjamin Lim from Livarc on the hardware for the home, but sourced the soft furnishings herself.

Ms Guan had stumbled upon Standard of Living in Kampong Glam by chance, and loved the brick wall at the furniture store. Coincidentally, Mr Lim also owns the store.

He created a faux brick wall in Ms Guan's living room, "which gives the home a bit of a country look," she says. For the flooring, Ms Guan picked light wood laminate over the apartment's original marble flooring, "for a slight Scandinavian feel".

Ms Guan also wanted to inject fun into her home. In place of a conventional kitchen door made of wood or glass, the door in this apartment has a chalkboard finish.

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