Performance analyst Rachel Lee and her sales director husband Harsha Sundararaman had their childhood homes in Serene House and Gillman Heights respectively. "We remember growing up surrounded by lush greenery and ample space for us to run around and play games such as police and thief," says Ms Lee.
Their present home, a 2,000 sq ft, three-bedroom apartment in an old condominium estate in Bedok offers spacious elements that are not found in modern estates.
"It was an opportunity for us to relive our childhood and for our children to experience joys that an older estate has to offer," says Mr Sundararaman.
Ms Lee adds: "Besides the surroundings, we also wanted to bring some of the old school wonders in to our home - the black grille at our entrance, the brick walls and the tiles in our kitchen are all items from our parents' homes that we wanted to replicate."
Their instructions to interior designer Annie Tan from The Interarch Design was to create a "home that would remind us of the good old days when we were growing up", says Ms Lee. "We also wanted a place that was not too fussy, homely and child-friendly."
With that brief, Ms Tan put in details that gave the apartment a nostalgic feel.
For example, upon entering the home, visitors will see a white brick wall.
Most owners would have preferred to have a smooth plastered wall, but exposing the bricks gives the apartment a more retro touch.
In the living room, the television is housed in a custom-made cabinet made of timber panels.
Rather than use wallpaper to dress up the living room wall, the timber panels double as a feature wall.
Ms Tan did away with curtains for the living room.
Instead, white timber blinds with black trimmings were used. The result is not only a clean look for the living room, but also an impression of living in a black and white house.