Typically, homeowners of smaller apartments would opt for white and bright interiors to visually expand the space. Domenica Tan and Goh Wei Hao, however, embraced their abode’s size with a darker palette. “We wanted a contemporary style that could bridge my love for decorating with plants and printed fabric, with Wei Hao’s extensive figurine collection. A clean design with darker shades of green and blue worked perfectly,” says Domenica. The couple worked with JD Tan from Fuse Concept and spent $45,000 on renovation and furnishings.
The long foyer is clad in black and wood-look laminate; the darkening effect here serves two purposes — it creates a welcoming ambience when paired with warm lighting, as well as sets the scene for an open and sunlit living and dining area. Dark colour-blocking throughout the rest of the home allows the colour from colourful art pieces, such as a yellow Yayoi Kusuma Pumpkins tenugui, to stand out.
A need for storage also informed the design of the home, and is what they spent on the most. It includes a concealed shoe storage in the foyer, a full-height television console which comes with a niche just for their Nespresso machine, and a display cabinet in the study room. Wei Hao is an avid collector, and counts some 50-something pieces of Star Wars and Batman collectible figurines as his prized possession.
“For a small space to be comfortable, it should be clutter-free. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge the amount of items you have and want to fit in the home. Customised cabinetry can help conceal bulky items like ladders, stools, and ironing boards. This leaves us space for decorating,” shares Domenica.
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Wei Hao and Domenica chose food-related collectibles and prints for their kitchen feature wall.
A Marimekko fabric, stretched on canvas, hangs on the dining area wall. The dining table is from Soul and Tables.
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The couple chose a dark grey Fenix NTM laminate for their cabinetry; it is anti-dust and resistant to scratches.
The study is decorated with a Star Wars tenugui series, which the couple bought during their trip to Japan.
Domenica and Wei Hao bought their Executive Condominium apartment in 2017.
Domenica has a range of plants, from philodendrons and calatheas to flowering plants like petunia. The sunny balcony is their cat’s favourite spot.
The couple loves spending time in the living room, where they watch Netflix and hang out with their cat, Truffle.
WHO LIVES HERE
A couple in their 20s, and their pet cat HOME Three-bedroom executive condominium in Yishun SIZE 915 sq ft
JD customised a storage bed, which is connected to a vanity table, for the bedroom.
Domenica purchased this large macrame piece from Spotlight.
Wei Hao started his collection of Star Wars and Batman figurines when he was in primary school. His latest addition is the 1:1 Darth Vader helmet.
HAMIZAH PHOTOGRAPHY PHYLLICIA WANG ART DIRECTION KRISTY QUAH