We may think of celebrities as glamourous figures, who live in a lap of luxury with huge, extravagant mansions.
But in small itsy-bitsy Singapore, how do our local celebs glam it up, with the (much) smaller houses available here? Let’s take a sneak peek into local celebrities’ houses and see what styling tips we can glean from them.
Jade Seah’s Tanjong Katong vintage penthouse
And…it's a wrap! My home is back to its original state – as it was when @homeanddecor_sg visited and shot this some time back. ? #yay Who needs Marie Kondo and #konmari when you have a mum who is a genius organiser?! #mumisthebest Really a million thanks to my awesome, awesome folks – mostly mum who clears like no one I know, but also to dad (whom I got my hoarder genes from!) for hanging out and keeping us company the entire time, and helping to move all the stuff out. ❤❤❤ And props to the husband for clearing out all his excess stuff too! #homesweethome #happy #happyagain #sundayfunday #loftlife ?: @winston_c
We are totally in LOVE with the vintage, Peranakan inspired touches in this house.
The penthouse was initially a one shophouse with a high ceiling, but was converted by Seah into a two-story house, with the second level overlooking the living room area for a bird’s eye view.
What we noticed (and loved): The concept creates the illusion of a more spacious area, as well as allowing the residents to make better use of space! You go, girl!
Additional tips from Jade Seah: Seah mentioned, in a house tour video below, that she had meticulously handpicked many of the furniture items from various places including knick-knacks from overseas trips, random ornamental items, paintings from online stores like etsy or even often overlooked “trash” like a broken baby crib, which she had cleverly converted into a chair to put on her shoes.
She also used cabinets to hide “modern” electronic items such as the television, the washing machine and the fridge so that the house maintains a consistent vintage theme all across.
P.S. That giant shoe cabinet is to die for!
Jamie Yeo’s spacious, child-friendly Scandanavian-chic house
Yeo, in contrast to Seah, has taken a more simplistic, modernistic approach to the styling of her house with Scandanavian-chic inspired touches – wooden accents with white and grey walls – for a pop of colour to liven up the house.
Here, Yeo has expanded her living area into the balcony, so as to increase the space for her daughter’s play area.
With the limited space of the apartments in Singapore, we figure this is a good tip, especially for people with kids running around!
What we noticed (and loved): We like that the utilisation of white walls against wooden furniture. The white walls open up the house and give the illusion of more space, and the wooden, Scandanavian-chic touches helps to downplay the cool tones of the white and make the house more cosy.
We also like that she used a glass door to her kitchen to open up the space even more, giving an illusion of a larger area, The pop of brown from the ladder gives a chic, homey feel.
It may not be super fancy, but who says that being understated has to be boring?
Elvin Ng’s Balinese Bachelor Resort
Elvin Ng’s house is straight up fancy. It is a 5,500 sq feet semi-detached house spanning three floors in total.
In a house tour, Ng stated that he likes the combination of grey and brown, as he feels it creates a modern touch, yet a homey, relaxed ambience.
It also features a garden full of tropical plants such as Frangipani, Birds of Paradise to evoke a “Balinese Resort feel” as he terms it, of which he meticulously tends to himself, and is hugely proud of.
Psst, watch his house (and garden) tour here!
What we noticed (and loved): We love, love, LOVE the paintings put on the walls of each stairway – they add a pop of colour to the grey-brown colour scheme, and give character to the otherwise monotonous scheme of the grey and brown combination.
We are also absolutely in love with the garden and the fish pond that livens up Ng’s huge modern bachelor pad, which we feel create a zen sort of ambience that lends to Ng’s idea of a place where he can just “chill”.
What better feeling would it be to come back from work, kick back, relax, and enter a self-created resort world paradise?
Fandi Ahmad’s unbelievably spacious 5-room HDB flat
When Fandi and his wife first bought their five-room HDB flat, they shared concerns of how they were ever going to be able to fit their huge family of five children.
However, with the clever use of stylistic designing, they managed to make it work using the classic solution: lots of white colouring and mirrors to create the illusion of having expanded the (once cram looking) space.
The unit features almost exclusively white walls and flooring, coupled with glass furnishing and a huge mirror by the dining table, which Fandi states to be his favourite part of the house because of how spacious it makes the room look.
What we noticed (and loved): Can you even believe this is a HDB flat? We loved that even though it was almost completely white, it didn’t look cold or lacklustre. Pops of colours were added to the dining table, with flowers and plants to the modernistic, white coloured scheme of the house.
We also loved that the colours of the curtains and the coffee table were a unique metallic shade of black which gave more dimension to the house and toned down the overwhelming brightness (from the white colours) of the walls and flooring. Kudos to Image, who designed and conceptualised the interior designing.
A little FYI for those with limited space for their children: Fandi’s four sons’ room features two bunk beds, flanked side by side, but without a middle divider to make way for more space for his children’s growing legs.
Jamie Chua’s ridiculously luxurious closet
Let’s be honest – we are here for the famed closet tour, with rows and rows upon handbags, shoes, jewellery, and other such luxury items we could never dream of owning in our lifetime.
Yes, there had to be a special section for the luxurious and over-the-top displays like those from Chua’s closet. It may not be something we can replicate easily, but we could learn a tip or two from her closet tour!
What we noticed (and loved): Needless to say, we can’t get our eyes off the glitz and glamour of the rows of expensive luxury items, but what we noticed was how neatly arranged her items were, from her clothes, to her shoe rack.
Firstly, we loved the “bird’s eye view” of the handbags and shoes that were cleverly displayed in a glass case for easy viewing of her entire handbag collection, as opposed to simply putting them in cabinets. So why do we love it?
As she mentioned in the video, it makes the scramble in the morning a lot less hectic because you can see the entire collection from the glass casing, instead of a mad scramble (and possibly, a mess) when you can’t find what you want from a normal opaque cabinet.
Secondly, we love how her clothes cabinet seems to be structured vertically, such that you pull out a row of clothes, as opposed to the more traditional horizontally arranged clothes. Why didn’t we think of that? It saves soooo much space!
In the space where we put a regular horizontally arranged cabinet, Chua can probably squeeze in three of her unique, slim vertical cabinets.
It’s hard not to be envious, but we just hope designers quickly catch on to this and start selling this to the mass market so we can save some needed space (and store our clothes more efficiently).