Bedok Reservoir View | HDB 4-rm | 1130 sqft

A laid back, open plan space for an art lover and her 3 beloved cats.

We segmented the longish living space into 3 sections: starting with the IKEA EKET bookcases by the window as a “landing” for the cats to gaze out; followed by a conversation and reading nook enclosed by 2 armchairs; and finally, a round dining table for meals.

The owner loves a traditionalist look with a modern twist. Hence the choice of old school mosaic tiles against a neutral light colour palette. We also went for traditional knobs, handles and louvres with clean finishes.

For this article, we are covering a 4-room flat. Our client has three cats and wants a laid-back, open space to call home. She loves texture and colour and enjoys art.

As the unit has a long living space, we decide to segment it into three sections. We started with IKEA’s EKET bookcases by the window as a “landing” for the cats to perch and gaze out of the window. The two armchairs carve out a reading area that is ideal for intimate conversations and even with people sitting on the sofa area.

With natural light flooding in, the space also doubles up as a plant area. The thriving Monstera Adansonii cascades beautifully and softens the harsh lines on the shelf. The patterns on the prayer plants (bottom left shelf) add visual interest to the shelves.

The space next to the sofa creates a hideaway for the client’s beloved cats. We wonder if the felines actually peek out for an episode of Caesar Milan or two (watching enemies suffer). The clean, minimal artwork, paired with the turquoise stand and copper lamp, gives the space a very soft feminine touch.

We hacked a hole in the wall and added louvre windows to the otherwise plain wall above the sofa to add a design element.

A little random, but here’s the resident cat staring at us, almost warning us not to damage anything!

Our client has a love for traditionalist kitchens. An economical way to give it that look is to spend on old-school mosaic tiles on the floor, paired with traditional knobs and handles in the kitchen. This combination gives it an updated look with the white laminates, safely avoiding the old, tired kitchen look.