The homely style and laid-back charm of this chic three-bedroom condo home in West Coast offer the perfect backdrop for showcasing the owners' love of carpentry and cooking.
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A couple in their 30s
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Three-bedroom condominium apartment in West Coast
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Evon and Ken's three-bedroom apartment is a mash-up of simple Scandinavian interiors and quaint country charms. The two styles may seem like opposite ends of the design spectrum, but the home's exposed plywood carpentry bridged them perfectly; it sports unfussy linear forms, as well as distinctive grains and wood tones that imbue warmth to the space. The red brick wall also added to the cottage-style look.
"When my fiance and I visited the office of our interior designer - Joy from Eightytwo - we fell in love with the plywood furnishings in the space. We wanted our home to have a light-hearted ambience with soothing colours, and the plywood that Joy suggested pairs nicely with our pastel blue walls," shares Evon.
Much of their $90,000 (furnishings included) expenditure went to the labour-intensive woodwork, from the living room's display shelves to the floor-to-ceiling wardrobe-cum-platform beds. The latter's cocoon-like design was inspired by the couple's stay in a Japanese boutique hotel.
"Its wrap-around shape gives you a comforting sense of security, and is a great way to incorporate storage," says Evon.
The couple also cook regularly - "he's the main chef and experiments a lot, while I prefer stir- and pan-frying," she says - so the bomb shelter in the kitchen became a fully stocked pantry, and the designers converted existing cabinets into an open shelf for easy access to condiments. Their passion for cooking is also seen in the living room, where pots and pans are displayed on a wooden rack - it makes for an accent wall that truly befits the homeowners' personalities!
The couple has a large collection of whisky bottles, toys and art - all of which are displayed throughout the home.
For a sense of design continuity, the kitchen also features exposed plywood cabinetry.