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A glam and luxurious executive apartment

A resale apartment with four bedrooms and a balcony, this home offers plenty of space to work with. Fatema Design Studio overhauled the home to create well-defined spaces while keeping the layout open.

Home Type: HDB executive apartment

Floor Area: 1,507sqft

Text by Rossara Jamil

For this couple and their three children, home is a sanctuary for the family to spend time together, and entertain their friends and family. In their brief, the couple wished for a modern and luxurious abode. At the same time, the interior had to provide room for the kids to play comfortably.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment dining area

Wan Ismail, the co-founder of Fatema Design Studio, 
shares: “We maintained the bedrooms as their sizes were adequate for the family.” That said, to achieve a more spacious living area, Wan opened up an adjacent bedroom to create a study area, which ultimately led to a more spacious living and dining area. Separating the latter two is a gold-framed partition. With gold accents and black marble flooring, the dining area evokes a sensuous ambience.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment kitchen

The dining area connects to a dry kitchen fronted by an island. The bar chairs are similar in design to the dining chairs. The island’s quartz countertop features dramatic marble veins that mirror those on the flooring. Wan balanced the look with kitchen cabinets in matte woodgrain laminates, similarly used in the wet kitchen for cohesiveness. He also installed sliding doors to keep cooking fumes and smells contained in the wet kitchen.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment foyer

Of note is the foyer, made possible by opening up the storeroom of this decades-old apartment. Wan furnished it with a plush leather armchair, artwork and decorative rug. This area sets the tone for the rest of the home, balancing intricate details with sleek lines. A partial-height shoe cabinet affords the family privacy while keeping the foyer connected to the other spaces.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment hallway and bathroom

The look and feel of the bathroom remains consistent with the rest of the apartment. Woodgrain cabinets and geometric tiles add texture 
and warmth to the space, while the black countertop brings in 
a touch of luxe.

Opening up one bedroom allowed Wan to extend the balcony. It now runs along the living area and into the study corner. Transformed into a long walkway, it connects the living area with the study area, where there is also additional seating. Creating a smooth transition from space to space aids movement as the family goes about their daily life. In the study area, customised bookshelves are placed against a structural pillar for a seamless look.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment bedroom

In the master bedroom, Wan placed the bed against the windows to make room for a wardrobe area complete with a vanity. With the room decked out in brown – from the walls to the leather-look laminates – an ambience of an upscale hotel room is evoked. Here, too, a partial height partition serves to maintain a sense of quiet and respite as one gets ready while the other sleeps.

Fatema Design Studio HDB Executive Apartment common area

Although the new layout offered a spacious common area to work with, Wan still strived to make the best use of space and also created eye-catching design features. To one end of the living area is a dramatic stone wall, while the partition that separates the living and dining zones serves as the television wall. The furniture pieces are orientated in a way that gives the home a cosy, intimate ambience.

Fatema Design Studio


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