The Chic Apartment

Modern Victorian in monochrome

The living (top) and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (left), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (righ
The living (above) and dining areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM
The living (top) and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (left), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (righ
The living and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM
The living (top) and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (left), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (righ
Tammy Tay (above).ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM
The living (top) and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (left), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (righ
Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (above), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue, convey a contemporary vibe.ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM
The living (top) and dining (above) areas stick to a black-and-white palette for a cohesive feel. Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom (left), and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (righ
Cove lighting and parquet flooring add to the warm ambience of the master bedroom, and in the children's rooms, solid colours, such as blue (above), convey a contemporary vibe.ST PHOTOS: CHEW SENG KIM

Interior designer achieves her dream look for her home by pairing ornate details with classic black and white

Many new home owners fret about choosing the perfect theme for their homes, but not interior designer Tammy Tay.

The 26-year-old, who runs her own studio Imagine by SK66, knew exactly what she wanted for her 1,500 sq ft condominium apartment in Bartley.

"I wanted a Victorian look, but one that was more modern. I wanted everything to be dark but not too dark, so I kept a balance by having black walls and mostly white furniture."

On one side of the dining area is a white shelf that hangs above a white counter and houses Ms Tay's wine collection.

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The plywood shelf and counter were made by carpenters from her firm. In between the shelf and counter is a mirror that stretches across the wall.

On the other side of the dining area, a mirror with an ornate frame - from bespoke furniture company Paris Home - hangs on a black wall.

A white dining table, with black-and-white chairs, sits in the centre of the space.

On the use of mirrors, Ms Tay says they help make a home look more spacious.

She lives in the four-bedroom apartment with her husband, their two children - Elroy, three, and Ellie, one - and their two domestic helpers.

The black-and-white theme continues in the living room, where there are more pieces from Paris Home, such as a black sofa with silver nailhead detailing, a black leather coffee table and a white Victorian armchair.

To brighten up the space, Ms Tay uses pieces of wall art, such as a pair of unicorn wall mounts from stationery and home accessories shop Typo, and a silver display piece from home-furnishing store Molecule.

She has friends over often and enjoys spending time with them in the balcony, which is sparsely furnished with a table and chairs from Singapore home-furnishing store fortytwo. "Usually, we'll play mahjong or just chill there. We'll have a meal there when it's not too hot - mostly in the evenings."

In the master bedroom , the furniture is white and mirrors - including a custom-made one hanging above the bed and a full-length standing one - help make the space appear more roomy.

Cove lighting, installed directly above the bed, and parquet flooring give the room a warmer ambience, compared with the living and dining areas.

In the room, Ms Tay also displays her handbags and other trinkets on a shelf custom-made by her company.

Although most of the home is done up in a contemporary Victorian style, her children's rooms are more colourful. Ellie's room is painted in pink, while her brother's is navy blue.

The five-week renovation for the home cost $40,000 with furnishings.

Ms Tay says that designing her own home, while nerve-racking, was also fulfiling. "The style is something I've always wanted. I haven't seen many Singapore homes with this particular look. Victorian themes usually come with a lot of gold and white. With a mix of Victorian and modern furnishings, the home is very 'me'."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'Modern Victorian in monochrome '. Print Edition | Subscribe