Small Space Living Singapore| Clean-lined Shoebox Apartment in Queenstown

I live in a small apartment of 667 sqft, and I really understand the challenge of making a pocket-sized space comfortable, functional, and still stylish at the same time. Hence I always feel very excited when I found projects of small homes with mega style and character.

When it comes to decorating small spaces, there are many “theories” or “tips” shared by designers or design bloggers over the internet. Do you go for neutral, white colours to create an airy look; or do you go for dark moody paint colours to blur the boundaries of the space? Should you keep the space clean and minimal; or go all out with patterns and colours to create a small space with high visual impact?

Today, I’ll be sharing two of my favourite small homes in Singapore that were featured in Home & Decor magazine before. Both have different approach in design, but equally gorgeous.

The first apartment is a 560 sqft shoebox unit in Queenstown, Singapore, designed by Mike Tan from The Interarch Design. (By the way, Mike Tan is also the man behind the uber cool lifestyle and furniture store EGG3)

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Entering the apartment, you are greeted by the abundance of natural lighting. In this apartment, all the walls are kept white, a few pieces of black furniture and accessories make the space more stylish and fashionable.

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Use a day bed in the living room. There’s storage below it, and double-up as extra sleeping space when there’s guest visiting.

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The monochromatic kitchen with a built-in counter that also serves as the dining table for the home owner.

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Style should not be given up even if you are living in a small home. A couple of apothecary jars, some books and flowers, makes a pretty corner.

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Two sides of the bedroom comes with bay window, which made the living space even smaller.

The designer has managed to turn them into part of the design though. One set of the bay windows was converted into seating area with cushion placed on the ledge. The other bay window ledge was covered in dark timber strip to create a more cohesive look, and also double-up as display area.

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Small space living – every inch counts, and under bed storage is always a great idea.

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A second bedroom was converted into a walk-in wardrobe, and it flows nicely to the en-suite bathroom and the master bedroom.

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This is an example of small apartment that is simple, stylish and chic.

In the next post, I’ll be posting on the another apartment in Singapore that uses a different approach in decorating the small space.

Images via Home & Decor 



{ Wallpaper Journal } Artisanal wallpaper by Eskayel


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Eskyel is a Brooklyn, NY based design studio that focused on applying a uniquely artistic and environmentally responsible approach to interior surface design.

Shanan Campanaro is the artist and designer behind Eskayel, and she is best known for creating mesmerizing and ethereal paintings that are digitally transformed into wallpapers and fabrics.

The abstract and organic pattern in muted colour palette is so refreshing, and I think you are unlikely to grow tired or board with such wallpapers.

Following are some of my favourite Eskayel wallpapers that look absolutely stunning!


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Taipei Office of J+D Design Lab 齊舍設計事務所

Yes, this is the office of an interior design studio in Taipei.

J+D Design Lab is another Taiwan-based interior design studio that I really like. I’ll share one of their projects another day.

In this post, I’m excited to show you their office space instead.

Stepping into the office of J+D Design Lab is like entering a salon in France. Besides the architectural details like crown mouldings and French door, I’m particularly fascinated by the use of colours in each room.

Once entered the studio, there are two olive green chairs in the meeting area and a salmon-coloured accent wall greeting the guests. A dark charcoal grey was used for the office, giving it a sophisticated vibe. Then there is a splash of orange in pantry.

Last but not least, my favourite – is the super pretty toilet painted in turquoise blue. Such a vivid colour, and it is looking really good.


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Danielle Moss’ Lincoln Park Apartment

Danielle‘s Chicago apartment is everything I wish for.

It is so pretty, elegant and feminine. It doesn’t have to be expensive but the small details and accessories exhale glamour.

This is the gorgeous home of Danielle Moss – the co-founder of the lifestyle website The Everygirl.

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Budget-friendly Decorating – Taking cue from Serviced Apartments in Hong Kong (Part 2/2)

This is a project by Urban Design & Build. A classic Tong Lau was converted into a chic and cozy walk up serviced apartment in Soho, Hong Kong.

Again, we see how a can of white paint and carefully curated accessories can transform any space. A few pieces of art, and some great pillows and blanket – you get a simple, cozy and relaxing haven in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

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