Raw and Beautiful | A Sin Ming Ave Apartment by Artistroom

Cement screed flooring always reminds me of my childhood days spent at my grandmother’s house. The cooling effect felt underfoot was a joy in our hot weather. It is a material with timeless appeal and looks great with almost any décor. The finish of cement screed flooring will change as it ages and cracks are expected to occur overtime. That’s what making it raw and beautiful.

In this apartment designed by Artistroom, the build-ins and colour scheme were kept simple and streamlined; giving enough breathing space for the gorgeous screed flooring and kitchen backsplash to shine. It is effortlessly beautiful.

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Elegant Transformation of a Tong Lau |11 Upper Station Street, Hong Kong

I came across this rental property from the website of Nest Property, a boutique residential property consultancy specialising in finding unique, characterful and well-designed properties in Hong Kong.

This is 11 Upper Station Street, located at Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. It is actually a 54 year old,  5-storey Tong Lau 唐樓 (Chinese Tenement Building) re-developed by Swedish boutique developer Helen Lindman into these chic rental units, comprising two duplexes and a top-floor suite.

I was instantly attracted to the elegant interiors. Once a dingy and dimly lit 6-storeys walked-up (scroll to the last to see the “before” picture), the building was renovated into this bright and stylish adobe, nodding to the Scandinavian aesthetic with a hint of oriental influences such as the asian-inspired wardrobe handle and the Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner. The exterior of the building was kept in black and white to preserved the originality of the old building.

Always love a good transformation of old buildings :)

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White + Wood | A Family Home at Mountain Court, Ho Man Tin by A Square

White walls and light wood are perfect combination in creating an easy going and relaxing home, especially given the abundance of sunlight we enjoy all year round in Singapore. Be it Scandinavian, minimalist Japanese or a contemporary modern home, white and wood is a versatile scheme that will fit right in.

In the | White + Wood | series,  we will look at projects that have utilised light wood and neutral palette as the main theme in their design.

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This is a 1380 sqft, 2 bedroom apartment in Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong, shared by a young couple and their son. The designer from A Square has fulfilled the homeowners’ wishes to filled their home with ample of wood, inspired by the green leafy tree visible from the living room. 

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A good looking gallery wall here to add visual interest to the white wall. Keeping the artwork in black and white gives a more contemporary and stylish look.

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I like the idea here, never thought a simple strip of faux grass could be a such a refreshing feature on the wall.

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