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Familiarity – in the case of couple Farish and Malis, breeds trust instead of contempt. When Elements ID Consultants designed their previous home moons ago, it was a successful transformation and love at first sight. Now with two teenage daughters and two resident felines in tow, they want their favourite interior designer to help them carve a comfortable dwelling to house for a growing family.
With this four-bedroom property at Mariam Walk, though, things were different; the couple were thinking long term. Working with their trusted collaborator, Victor Ng, founder and design director at Elements ID, the plans for their new home came together. “They wanted to create a home that they could grow into,” explains Jenny Lim, the interior designer heading the project.
A nature-inspired interior décor with warm wood and marble slabs
One of the first features the couple knew they wanted to install in the 3000 square feet property was a master bathroom with skylight. Another request was an extension at the front of the house to serve as a lounging patio. In terms of interior décor, they wanted something natural, organic and simple. In short, the house had to make sense and it did not need to be overdone and complex.
But since the designer knows the couple so intimately, she had an innate sense of what would appeal to them. The designing team envisioned the nature-inspired home with touches like natural wood furniture, oversized fixtures and full slabs of marble quartz in the bathroom and living spaces on the ground floor while architectural pendant lighting complement the high ceilings. The use of natural materials in a warm colour scheme of grays and earthy browns lend an elegant texture to the interiors.
In terms of the renovation, the largest project was refashioning the open-plan kitchen, dining room, and family area to be a relaxed space that was conducive to cooking, eating, and, for the youngest members, playing. Mealtime in the nature-inspired home brings everyone together.
“We each have our own favourite spot in the house. The kids favorite is their bedroom as it’s very relaxing and conducive for them to do some reading, play their musical instruments and chitchat with their friends on their phones,” shares Farish.
“Malis’s favourite spot is the master bedroom as she can lay down in the comfy bed and catch up on her Korean dramas, other TV shows and movies after a hard day’s work. Mine is my mancave as its’ a very comfortable location for me to do my work, indulge in my various hobbies and also do some gaming for relaxation.”