The fun-loving and cheerful owners of this flat wanted their home to reflect their optimism and zest for life. ELIZA HAMIZAH takes a look at what was done to help express their youthful personalities.
IN GOOD CHEER
The designer created quirky customisations for the living room, from the mountain decal to the van's flip-up breakfast table and side lamp. The van's chair even features a bicycle bell and handgrips.
They may be working in the banking industry, but they are goofy people, says Wolf Woof's design director, Carmen Tang, of her easygoing clients. Van Lim and Jin Tan, who are in their thirties, wanted something fun and different, and left it to the designer to translate their personalities into a home design. The result is a cheerful, adventure themed abode featuring quirky bespoke decor and inspiring illustrations drawn from their passion for travel and exploring new destinations.
However, it did not come without some challenges. The housemates had consulted a fengshui master, who laid down some dos and don’ts to ensure harmony in the home.
At the same time, the decor also featured vintage elements, such as a Vesper cut-out and a Volkswagon van decal, for added character. In all, the cosy out-of-the-box renovation cost $40, 000.
PLAYING WITH COLOUR
After much thought on colour – red represents fire and does not fit with the home's fengshui, while cream and brown seemed under whelming for the home – Carmen chose a bright sunshine yellow for the camper "van". “It brightens the wood-and-white home, and gives it a youthful spark,” she says.
A QUIRKY TOUCH
Complementing the Vespa desk is a motorbike helmet lamp, which was customised by Verde Light. Carmen says: “These fun bespoke elements reflect the personality of the homeowners. Clients deserve more than just recycled ideas.”
Carmen’s space-saving methods are just one of the many things the homeowners like about her firm. The home features a storage platform, a hidden spice rack and concealed doors.
To homeowner Van Lim, home is now a happy place she looks forward to coming home to at the end of a long day.
WHO LIVES HERE
A pair of housemates
Two-bedroom condominium apartment in Tampines
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM
The quirky desk, which was modified from an Ikea table, was inspired by Van’s wish to ride a Vespa. “I’ve always wanted to ride one, but we already drive and my parents discourage it," says Van.
The rambunctious homeowners loved the concept of the a cartoon decal for their feature wall. Carmen opted for softer silhouettes and a hand-drawn style, as advised by the fengshui master, setting the tone for a cheerful adventure theme.
As the extensive decal work took up a chunk of their budget, the couple shopped for decor from affordable retail stores such as Ikea and Taobao. This includes the pegboard and tables.
photography VERNON WONG art direction KAFFY TAN