The Chic Apartment

Here's what a 3-room flat could look like

Photographs and art pieces line the walls.
Photographs and art pieces line the walls.PHOTOS: VERNON WONG AND HOME & DECOR SINGAPORE
Photographs and art pieces line the walls.
Photographs and art pieces line the walls.PHOTOS: VERNON WONG AND HOME & DECOR SINGAPORE
Curios are displayed on wall-to-wall shelving.
Curios are displayed on wall-to-wall shelving.PHOTOS: VERNON WONG AND HOME & DECOR SINGAPORE

Bachelor Aaron De Silva's spacious study helps keep his things tidy while providing a comfortable place for his media-related work

Freelance editor and art director Aaron De Silva bought his resale three-room Housing Board flat in Everton Park the instant he turned 35.

He was drawn to the neighbourhood's "mix of old and new, convenience and vibrancy", even though he knew he had to renovate the flat extensively to suit his lifestyle.

The bachelor ended up splashing $64,000 on the renovation and another $56,000 on furnishings, appliances and art.

Working in the media industry, he wanted "a home that would inspire him". A proper study - one that is open and connected to the other spaces - was especially important as he works from home.

He says: "I needed it to be spacious as I have lots of reference books and 1,001 press kits and materials."

So the design team from Artistroom removed the walls of the second bedroom to make way for an open-concept study.

Mr De Silva in his three-room flat. PHOTOS: VERNON WONG AND HOME & DECOR SINGAPORE

The designers also custom-made wall-to-wall display shelving with slim, linear aluminium frames in the study.

Mr De Silva's extensive collection of curios, antiques, art pieces and books - amassed over the years - have all found a place on these shelves, infusing the cosy home with his personality and letting him show off his treasures.

The footprint of the master bedroom was reduced. Its walls were removed and rebuilt to make way for a walk-in wardrobe and additional circulation space around the main living area.

Downsizing the kitchen also contributed to the bigger open- concept living and dining area.

Another key structural alteration is the new doorway from the master bedroom to the only bathroom in the flat, located near the kitchen.

As for aesthetics, the design team gave Mr De Silva's home a clean, sleek look inspired by Italian design - a masculine palette of black, grey, white and dark wood tones.

The walls were kept white to best exhibit his paintings, photos and prints - adding to the gallery-like feel of his stylishly curated home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'Open study perfect for work'. Print Edition | Subscribe