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A Two-Storey Loft With Classic And Modern Touches

Can two widely different styles marry in one house? This 165sqm family home proves that it is possible.

Photography: The Scientist for Houzz

“The homeowners knew ‘less is more’ when they moved into their sun-drenched two-storey loft,” says designer Alvin Ling of The Scientist. “What they liked, though, was very different. For the wife, it was the welcoming, pared-down white and wood-infused interiors of Scandinavian décor, while the ornate Victorian, classic hotel style was more to the husband’s taste.”

Marrying these contrasting styles in a harmonious and tasteful way was therefore the main objective. It helped that the owners and the design team already have a good working relationship, having worked together previously on their first house. With careful redesign and space planning, the team managed to create a perfect balance between the owners’ differing tastes.

The 165sqm house—located in Singapore—was new when the owners bought it, so there wasn’t much rectification work that needed to be done, only additions, says the designer.

“What is remarkable is that while every piece of furniture fits in perfectly like a jigsaw puzzle, it is due entirely to good taste and meticulous planning, not extensive remodelling,” he adds. The living area on the ground floor, whose neutral palette is enlivened by the colours of the area rug and the organic shapes of the sofa and coffee table, saw the most revamps. Here is how the designer did it.

Living room

One of the major additions in the home is the midcentury-modern-inspired, wood-grained laminate TV wall that separates the dining from the living areas. “While glass walls at the back of the apartment allow natural light to stream in, they can also make the occupants feel uncomfortable and exposed in the dining area. So the wall feature was created to set the two areas apart, allowing the family some privacy while dining,” says Ling. Asymmetrical cutouts in the feature wall ensure that light passes through to keep the dining area sufficiently illuminated.

Displayed along the length of the living room wall are framed black and white photos, which echo the monochromatic images and printed Bible verses.


The sizeable balcony serves as additional entertaining space, perfect for alfresco dining and casual conversations. The designer went for a glass tabletop and transparent chairs (find similar pieces locally by Kartell at Dexterton) to maintain visual lightness and allow daylight to pervade the indoor spaces.

Music room

One of the rooms on the ground floor was converted into a music room for the kids’ piano, guitar, and drum set. A shaggy rug and cushions make it inviting to sit on the floor while listening to the kids play their instruments. Folding doors open up to the refreshing garden, laid with timber decking (to see a local selection of timber decking, check out Matimco). 


“In response to the husband’s penchant for Victorian decor, we placed a large gold chandelier to accentuate the apartment’s high ceiling,” the designer says. You can find a similar chandelier locally at Décor at CW Home Depot Ortigas.

Master toilet and bath

The master suite begins with the master bath. The highlight of the master suite is the open flow of light and air. The master bath, with its full-length glass partitions and marble tiling, was retained in its original condition.

Master bedroom

The master bedroom is flanked by picture windows. One side offers a view of the outdoors, while the other side gives a peek into the entertaining spaces downstairs. The profusion of light renders an airy feel to this minimally furnished bedroom. A small ledge serves as a cozy area for reading by the window.

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