Newlyweds Izzat and Raudhah were beaming with pride as they welcomed us to their HDB home in Tampines. Who wouldn't be, when the 105-square-metre flat is a poster home for beauty in simplicity?
Invitingly laidback, their home embraces the Scandinavian style—stark white walls, neutral colour palette, light wood tones, functional furniture—and the result is a bright and airy space that gives a strong sense of home for the couple and their pregnant cat, Cinnamon.
"We were inspired by European homes on Instagram. We wanted a home with no clutter at all and features big open spaces," says Raudhah, who has always been interested in interior design. "I even built my dream home on the Sims! So, it's a dream to finally put all of that gaming experience into a reality."
Izzat adds, "We were going for Nordic-minimalist, so mostly whites and wood with some subtle blacks and greys. We decided to only purchase practical pieces of furniture to avoid cluttering the house."
Take a tour of the couple's simple but stunning home:
Devoid of any bright and bold colour, the living room looks no less beautiful. This area impresses with the sweet harmony of black, white, light wood, and grey elements.
A three-seater beige sofa from Luxur Home, rocking chair from Hipvan, coffee table from Taobao, and grey area rug from Ikea are enough to make staying in this living room pleasurable. A grey feature wall behind the TV console and a pot of plant breaks the monotony of white-washed walls.
Izzat says, "I think it's the perfect size for our first home. The open layout also allows us to explore using the space to our liking."
Kitchen and Dining Room
Izzat and Raudhah's kitchen and dining room areas are clean, clinical, and almost showroom-worthy. But you'll be surprised to know they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whipping up dishes for themselves and their occasional guests.
Immaculate white cabinets and subway tiles help the kitchen maintain its classic elegance. The scene stealer though is the wooden bar counter—accentuated by three geometric pendant lights and a "Bon Appetit" poster—that serves as a subtle divider between the cooking and dining areas.
Another stunner in this kitchen is the Klipsch The One Heritage Wireless Speaker, a Bluetooth-powered speaker that packs a lot of punch. Sporting mid-century modern style—an American reflection of the European-born International and Bauhaus movements popular from the '30s to the '60s and is enjoying a resurrection today—The One is stylishly sleek, thanks to the real wood veneer and tactile spun copper switches and knobs that add a hint of luxury.
"I've always been a fan of Klipsch. The speaker has amazing sound quality," says Izzat. Raudhah agrees, "I love the retro feeling it gives off. The wood is gorgeous and I love the little switch and knobs that enhance the old school vibes. I love it in the kitchen because I enjoy listening to music while I cook. "
The dining area is unapologetically plain and simple: a rectangular wooden table with two dining chairs and a bench. Indeed, clutter and unnecessary furnishings have no place in this couple's home.
Izzat and Raudhah's last-minute decision to hack the walls in the master bedroom prove to be a good one. Their sleeping enclave is spacious, dreamy, and envy-inducing.
"Even before we had our own home, Raudhah already wanted this specific mattress she found at an expo," laughs Izzat. Their white-and-blush pink bed from Forty Two is symmetrically framed by midcentury-style nightstands, pendant lights purchased in Johor Bahru, and framed quotations.
The en-suite bathroom and L-shaped wardrobe are found on the other side of the bedroom. The couple's private space subscribes to the home's uncluttered, clean look.
For the bathrooms, Izzat and Raudhah opted for darker tones. The en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom sports black honeycomb tiles for added spunk without going overboard. The common bath features light wooden accessories and glass divisions.
The couple is more than satisfied with how Inspire ID Group was able to bring their dream home into life. "We scoured through many reviews online and also from friends. We met up with a few to judge for ourselves if the ID was a good fit and understood our needs. Of course, we also looked for the most competitive quote, and all these considerations led us to choosing Inspire ID! Our ID has been very professional and patient, and ensured that the entire renovation process went along without any hitches," explains Raudhah.
Type of property: HDB Resale Flat
Total space: 105 square metres
Interior designer: Inspire ID Group
Time to complete works: 6-7 weeks
Izzat and Raudhah's tips for homeowners:
- Think before purchasing something. A nice piece of furniture does not mean it would fit the house; you ought to think of the overall look.
- If you’re a buying a resale flat, not everything has to be demolished or changed. For example, the old wooden doors could just be painted over. Save some of that moolah!
- Simplicity is key. There is no need to fill up every corner of the house.
The Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speakers are available at Tat Chuan Acoustic.
The Adelphi (Opp City Hall MRT) 1 Coleman St #01-17 S179803
Tel: +65 6334 5566
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Photos by David Loh