The Chic Apartment

Tiny home big on spunk

Wood finishes were used in the bedroom (above left) as well as living room and kitchen (above), which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks (left) add texture
Wood finishes were used in the bedroom (above) as well as living room and kitchen, which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks add texture to the home.
Wood finishes were used in the bedroom (above left) as well as living room and kitchen (above), which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks (left) add texture
Wood finishes were used in the bedroom as well as living room and kitchen (above), which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks add texture to the home.
Wood finishes were used in the bedroom as well as living room and kitchen, which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks(above) add texture to the home.
Wood finishes were used in the bedroom as well as living room and kitchen, which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks(above) add texture to the home.PHOTOS: SPACE SENSE STUDIO

This condo uses its space well and has a retro-chic vibe

It is true what they say: Limitation breeds creativity.

Faced with a small space, the home owner of a 1½ -bedroom condominium apartment in Geylang realised she had to utilise every nook and cranny innovatively. So the 43-year-old marketing executive brought in Mr Kelvin Teo of Space Sense Studio to help reconfigure the space.

With a renovation cost of $40,000, the result is a personality-filled home that is comfortable and stylish.

"The home owner needed a large wardrobe space and, at the same time, for the home to look more spacious. To achieve this, we converted the existing study room into a walk-in-wardrobe and cladded the door panels with mirrors," Mr Teo says.

This not only saved space in the 600 sq ft apartment - a clunky store-bought mirror would have taken up more room than necessary - but the reflection also creates an illusion of a larger space.

Necessities such as TV consoles, a dining table, as well as the bed were customised and integrated into the wall, which frees up floor space.

With the basics out of the way, the home owner, a bachelorette who is a fan of vintage decor and accessories, wasted no time decorating her home.

Adding pops of colour to a neutral-hued backdrop as well as a retro-chic atmosphere are the owner's Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong film-maker known for his visual style) and soda bottle cap-inspired wall art and a green leather chesterfield sofa.

A neon "Carpe Diem" sign and a variety of printed cushion covers imbue the owner's spunky character into the home too.

Wood finishes were used in the bedroom (above left) as well as living room and kitchen (above), which has a chalkboard-inspired cabinet to give a cafe vibe. Industrial-style elements such as metallic ornaments and blocks and bricks (left) add texture

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'Tiny home big on spunk'. Print Edition | Subscribe