Open house

The Business Times

THE Ng family home off Changi Road is party central when it comes to Chinese New Year. "Chinese New Year is quite a big deal for us," says Eddie Ng, managing director of Museum Homes interior design firm and Phyto Hair Science.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, Mr Ng will host about 40 relatives. "My father is the eldest in the family, so everyone visits him to bai nian," says Mr Ng.

Pool and theatre room liven up businessman's Changi home
  • Mr Eddie Ng, managing director of Museum Homes interior design firm and Phyto Hair Science, and his wife, Anita, bought their Changi home from the previous buyer when it was still under construction.
  • "We heard about this home, and loved that it had four bedrooms on the second floor," says Mr Ng. "It took months to convince the buyer to sell, but he finally relented."
  • The pop art pieces in the home, such as one of the family in the couple's bedroom is done by Museum Homes' inhouse artist, Andre Tan.
  • The three-storey detached home comes with an outdoor roof terrace, where the family sometimes have barbecues.
  • On the second storey are the four bedrooms. Two identical rooms in front are for the Ngs' two boys, Daryl and Perry. The third bedroom belongs to daughter Nicole.
  • On the ground floor separating the living and dining areas is a see-through floor, which looks down onto the pool.
  •  "You can swim right up to this spot, if you want to," says Mr Ng. But most times, his children prefer doing laps in the pool which runs alongside the living room.
  • The basement is the most fun part of the home. "This floor is set aside entirely for entertainment," Mr Ng explains. There is a bar, futsal and pool tables, and a well-set up entertainment system.
  •  "The sound system is better here compared to that in the family area, and the projection screen is bigger, so when we want to watch movies, we come here," says Mr Ng.
  • Mr Kwan picked out designer pieces such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Tom Dixon's Pylon chair for the living room. Mr Kwan also dictated the wall finishes, such as stone for the living area, and light wood for the bedrooms, and even the movie posters on the walls of the entertainment room, which are of arthouse classics such as Pulp Fiction and 2046.
  • The couple's bedroom is cosy and warm, and the blank walls allow Mrs Ng to display her Hermes scarves, while a cabinet by the side is where her collection of designer handbags are.
  • The Ng family home off Changi Road is party central when it comes to Chinese New Year. "Chinese New Year is quite a big deal for us," says Eddie Ng.
  • On the first day of Chinese New Year, Mr Ng will host about 40 relatives. "My father is the eldest in the family, so everyone visits him to bai nian," says Mr Ng.
  • There is also a family area where everyone gathers to watch TV after dinner. "We use this area quite frequently, as the children do not have television in their rooms," says Mr Ng.
  • Since completing this home, Mr Ng hired Mr Kwan to design Phyto's three salons.
  • In return, Mr Kwan was so impressed with Mr Ng's entrepreneurial skills that he asked Mr Ng to be the design firm's managing director. "The aim is to grow Museum Home, which is already an established firm to be an even bigger player," says Mr Ng.

"He lives with my youngest sister, but he will be here during Chinese New Year, since my home is large enough to accommodate everyone."

Relatives will come streaming in after lunch and often stay till dinner. On the menu is a vegetarian buffet as well as some homecooked dishes, and there are plenty of things to do.

"The kids will usually be playing in the pool, or some will be playing games upstairs. My older relatives will be singing karaoke in the entertainment room," says Mr Ng.

The second day is when the Ngs head out to visit their relatives. On the third day, Mr Ng throws open his door again, this time hosting friends and business associates. "We always have steamboat on this day," says Mr Ng.

As host, his home has been done up for the festive season. Mr Ng believes in keeping the decor stylish and not over the top. In a corner of the living room stands a tall vase filled with red pussy willows and adorned with bird ornaments and gold ingots. A pair of red couplets and a large fu ornament are up on another wall, while on the side table is a large basket filled with oranges.

Mr Ng says as Chinese New Year draws nearer, the red lacquered serving tray that is empty for now will be filled with cookies and other goodies. A red table runner, with the fu character on both ends lies across the dining table.

This is the second year that the Ngs are hosting Chinese New Year celebrations in their present home. "Everyone loved the space last year, and it was a unanimous decision to hold it here again," says Mr Ng.

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