Who lives here: A young couple
Home: Four-room HDB apartment in Sengkang
Max and Dessy are a young couple who are well-acquainted with the art of compromising with each other. It did not take them long to agree on what they absolutely needed for their first marital home, a four-room HDB apartment in Sengkang.
"We mainly wanted necessities such as storage, as well as to avoid clutter and keep things clean and simple," says Dessy.
Where they differed was on how to transform those shared dreams into concrete reality.
Max, a relationship manager, favoured an industrial theme, while Dessy fancied a contemporary-resort look. Their solution was to combine the best bits of these disparate decor styles, with help from designer Kelvin Teo of Space Sense.
Kelvin had no qualms juxtaposing screed walls with wood floors, or a rustic red-brick feature alongside a magazine rack custom-designed to resemble a "punk dog".
The apartment's allure, following a four-month renovation, lies in how its various raw, homespun, and edgy elements are fused to create a space that is both eminently habitable and easy-on-the-eyes.