After acquiring their new apartment - which home owners Joseph Ho and Evon Chng chose for its close proximity to Mr Ho's parents - the couple embarked on the renovation journey independently, instead of engaging help from an interior designer.
Having careers in the creative industry is a plus - Mr Ho runs local lighting brand Sol Luminaire, while Ms Chng is a fashion stylist.
They both have a keen sense of design and are clear about what they want for the look and feel of their home.
"I wanted a neutral palette or monochromatic tones," says Mr Ho.
This led to a unique mix of materials in the two-plus-one-bedroom condominium apartment near Kembangan, including concrete on the walls and whitewashed engineered wood for the floors that continue from the living room to the bedroom.
Ms Chng says: "As a fashion stylist, I steer towards more eye-catching and complicated designs, which are not necessarily the best to work with in a home environment.
"So, I trusted Jo in the selection of finishes, while I gave input on the choice of accessories and fixtures."
On top of being a lighting specialist, Mr Ho's family runs a construction and steel manufacturing business.
The couple, who are in their 30s, even took on the challenge of designing the furniture in their 880 sq ft apartment from scratch.
"We enjoyed the entire design process and managed to source interesting materials not often used by manufacturers," they say.
The dining table and coffee table were fabricated using jade for the countertop and these pieces have since become a talking point for guests.
With careful styling involving their collection of shoes and clothing, and the use of dried flowers and air plants, the couple have hit the sweet spot in achieving a modern home with an understated yet fashionable appeal.
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