Sandra Benhamou’s Chic and Eclectic Apartment in Paris

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This chic and eclectic apartment is the Parisian home of interior designer Sandra Benhaumou. After years of living in New York and London, Sandra returned to Paris and renovated this apartment which she shares with her family.

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| The Tiong Bahru Series | Boho-french Home of a Fashionista

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Bella Koh is the founder of the decadent ‘Flea & Trees‘ – a vintage, clothing, accessories and lifestyle store based in Tiong Bahru; and this is the pre-war flat she shares with her husband.

It is a two-bedroom, ground floor apartment with a courtyard space for their cats to roam in. French doors were built to lead from room to room.  Bella, who is also a food stylist/food blogger has an enviable kitchen fitted with marble counter top and backsplash, completed with an airwell next to the kitchen as the herb garden. In the master suite, tavertine was used to create the luxe spa look.

The owners’ impeccable taste is obvious in the decor of the apartment. The colour palette is largely retrained to white, but it never appear sterile. With the rooms flooded with natural light, it evokes an effortless boho-french feel, that is so serene, dreamy and romantic.

(P/S: I have seen Bella’s apartment being featured in The Straits Times and Home & Decor magazine years ago, and her amazing home has just recently being featured again in lilreddotfolks and thehoneycombers. So I’ve decided to compiled these pretty images that showcase her amazing home here. To find out more about Bella and her home, click the lilreddotfolks and thehoneycombers links to read her interview!)

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Taipei 內湖 Apartment by Interior Ink 墨線設計

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I have posted a project by Interior Ink before, and this is another amazing space that was designed by them.

The occupant of this Taipei apartment is a busy career woman, and her wish is to come home to a relaxing and personal space after frequent business trips.

And I really like what the designer has done to the apartment. There is daring use of colours and textures within the tight space, and thoughtful creation of extra storage  for this 2-bedroom apartment.

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A suspended shoes cabinet was built in to demarcate a foyer for the entrance. Since the cabinet is suspended, it doesn’t make the space look too cramped.

The floor of the living room was slightly elevated, and covered in wood flooring to add warmth to the space.

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Adjacent to the suspended shoes cabinet, is the TV feature wall that uses white asymmetrical shelves against a light sea green wall. A very refreshing colour scheme.

Oh and I really like the weathered leather chair and the rustic wood and steel coffee table here!

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Behind the sofa, the custom bookshelves were deliberately left back-less. Peeking through the shelves, is a wall dressed in bright lime yellow that gives such a pleasant surprise! The bright colour doesn’t look odd and out of place at all, and it certainly creates more visual depth.

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Industrial Chic Hong Kong Apartment | Wylie Court by Chinc’s Workshop

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This project by Chinc’s workshop is a 3-bedroom, 1600 sqft apartment in Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong.

The designer adopted a more subtle and sophisticated take on the industrial theme in this apartment. There is no exposed brick wall, exposed electrical trunking or steel I-beam seen in the apartment. Instead, a lot wooden and steel vintage furniture pieces that carry the American industrial feel were use to create a space that has an industrial edge, but still warm, comfortable and cozy for the couple.

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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