Taking advantage of the high ceiling, the interior designer created a home that combined the homeowner’s passion with sentimental reference. lynn Tan finds out how.
The design team incorporated shades of blue, yellow and brass in the colour scheme, which is symbolic of the excitement of life.
A white, fullheight cabinet with a built-in fireplace accentuates the high ceiling and contrasts with the adjacent grey wall.
WHO LIVES HERE
A bachelorette in her 30s HOME A three-bedroom condominium apartment in Haig Avenue SIZE 1,442sqf
One of the reasons that motivated adelene Fong, owner of coding school The Lab, to purchase this twostorey penthouse is its 4.5m-high ceiling. The entrepreneur, an avid sportswoman, is a climbing enthusiast and certified climb instructor, so her initial plan was to take advantage of the high ceiling by incorporating a rock climbing wall outside the apartment. The design team at Bowerman Interior Planner, however, took the original brief and turned it into something just as exciting, but more meaningful.
“Adelene bought the penthouse with the intention of living with her father. Unfortunately, he passed on during the course of the renovation, and she wanted to dedicate a dark cigar room in his honour,” share the design team.
To give the cigar room a peaceful ambience, the design team selected an old world blue from paint company Jotun. Against this backdrop, they gave the room a twist by incorporating an indoor rock wall within it.
To unwind, Adelene enjoys a relaxing soak in a tub with a glass of wine, surrounded by the fragrance of scented candles. The master bathroom is, therefore, one of the most important spaces to her. In relation to that, the design team reconfigured the master bedroom space on the second storey, together with the adjacent open garden and roof garden. “The original master bathroom and walk-in wardrobe were very tiny and practically unusable, so we proposed to expand it by making use of the garden areas,” they explained.
By relocating the walk-in wardrobe to the area occupied by the roof garden, both the wardrobe and master bedroom were enlarged. A skylight allows plenty of natural daylight into the reconfigured spaces, including the new master bath.
A new bathtub was inserted between the walk-in wardrobe and the rest of the master bathroom, in which Adelene can luxuriate, with a view of the sky.
The project was not without its share of challenges. The discovery of termite infestation during hacking, as well as water leakage from the original roofing, set the renovation schedule back by four-anda-half months. The team at Bowerman recognise that “the journey may not always be smooth and easy, but we will always steer this ‘ship’ to where it belongs - a house that the homeowner can call home”.
The bright yellow of the Take A Line For A Walk chair by Moroso in the bedroom is a splash of colour against a white backdrop.
This beautiful vaulted roof was unveiled by chance, when the design team removed a false ceiling.
The multipurpose cigar room is where Adelene and her boyfriend, Ross, indulge in their shared passion for climbing. It also serves as a study, office and chill-out space.
The designers and homeowner took a chance on a tight space and fit in a bathtub. The use of Carrara marble with a honed finish gives the space an ethereal quality.
The blue theme that started in the cigar room extends to the rest of the home.
The woodlike Dekton countertop provides an interesting contrast with the black elements to create a modern kitchen with a laid-back feel.
TO UNWIND, ADELENE ENJOYS A RELAXING SOAK IN A TUB WITH A GLASS OF WINE, SURROUNDED BY THE FRAGRANCE OF SCENTED CANDLES.