With 16 years of friendship between them, it was "only natural" that architect Voon Wong designed her apartment in Singapore, says businesswoman Florence Lim. It helped that the Singaporean, London-based designer had previously designed her six homes in London and Spain.
Ms Lim, together with her consultant husband, and their two sons aged 10 and 12, moved into their four-bedroom apartment near Bukit Timah last November.
The family moved to Singapore so that the two boys could learn Mandarin. "There are good schools here, and it is easy to live in Singapore," says Ms Lim, who was born in the Philippines, grew up in Canada and lived in London for 16 years.
Ms Lim wanted her first home in Singapore to be "as luxurious as possible". She was attracted to the 29-year-old apartment's spacious layout and the lush greenery surrounding it which Ms Lim finds "a breath of fresh air, unlike the new apartments which are tiny".
The apartment's deep balcony, where most of the entertaining is done, is big enough to double as an outdoor living and dining area with unblocked views of the city.
Despite being completed in 1983, Mr Wong says the place was "sound and well-built, and there was no need for major realignment of the apartment". Instead, he changed some entrances for easier movement around the apartment.
The home is divided into three large sections. The living and dining areas are in the centre, with an additional family area that is hidden behind a wall in the dining room. On the right side of the apartment is where the couple's bedroom is, and a guest room. On the left are the bedrooms belonging to the two sons.
Clean lines abound, which Mr Wong is known for, and which Ms Lim appreciates. "Voon and I are on the same wavelength, so we always know what the other is saying," says Ms Lim. "We have mutual respect for each other."
Having lived in an all-white home when she was a child, Ms Lim's apartment now is also in the same shade. "White is a soothing colour, and it gives me a feeling of peace and tranquillity," she says.
The white extends to the B&B Italia dining table and leather chairs. It is also on the walls, and on the floor, which is made of reconstructed marble. Ms Lim chose to have it in a matt finish as "shine is only suitable for lipgloss", she declares.
Mr Wong adds that white "serves as a neutral background, so the focus can be on the art works and objects in the home".