Personal collection of vintage furniture gives couple's 5-room flat an old-school charm

Who: A couple in their 40s
Home: Serangoon Avenue
Size: 1,300sqf

To the owners of this five-room flat, vintage style is not just an on-trend phase but also something they embrace wholeheartedly. Their collection of antique furniture and memorabilia has been waiting in the background for years before they bought and renovated this home. The Scientist who designed their home is familiar with integrating vintage elements into a modern shell, but this couple wanted to go the distance.

The interior designers' main role was to achieve the modern-vintage style without the home resembling a bric-a-brac shop.

The budget of $60,000 enabled them to wipe clean the slate and present the flat as a spare white space with a honey-toned herringbone parquet floor. The back-to-basics style extends to the ceiling (which is devoid of L-boxes and false ceilings) and concrete base kitchen.

Vintage light fixtures, many with glass shades, came from the owners' frequent retro scouting jaunts, and black electrical pipes, which end in old-fashioned switch plates, highlight them.

The only area with embellishment is in the living room, where a faux mottled brick wall forms a feature. This is not too far from the balcony (this "walled" balcony is typical of point block flats from the mid-70s), which has floor to wall ornate tiles.

While the glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles of the 70s were glossy and textured, these modern incarnations are matt and flat. They bring a strong geometric pattern to counter the dark-wood vintage furniture and a touch of modernity.

The kitchen is another throwback to the past when kitchen cabinets were cast in poured concrete and affixed with wooden doors. This style of construction meant the couple could only have bottom cabinets, which they feel are sufficient for their needs. The kitchen walls have square powder-blue tiles laid diagonally, while the floor is tiled black-and-white mosaic style.

As home tutors with no children of their own, the owners could free up two bedrooms to serve as classrooms. The old-school (pun intended) styling of the home befits the sparse "classroom" furnished with simple wooden desks, moulded plastic chairs and a whiteboard.

"Many of our students comment that our home is unique, and some feel that it has a Peranakan feel," offers one the owners.

The other owner is keen to indulge her taste of the vintage and flex her design aesthetics: "Vintage stuff has this timeless appeal, which can somehow can be juxtaposed with any other style. I find this versatility very unique and one of a kind," she says.

Where to go: The Scientist, 706A Geylang Road, Tel: 6743-0363

BONUS! Furniture retailer HipVan is giving AsiaOne readers 15% off all purchases on their website. Simply enter promo code: HVASIAONE15 at the checkout.


Home & Decor, Singapore's #1 interior decor magazine is
now available in both print and digital formats.
Log on to to subscribe!

AsiaOne is looking to feature our readers' renovations and beautiful homes. If you have a HDB or condo flat that you would like to be featured, send along photographs of the home, along with your name and contact number, to, with the email subject: "Home Works", and we will be in touch.