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A DIY maisonette that’s bursting with character

The owners of The Rocking Chair took charge of their home renovation and personally customised every furniture piece they could

Home Type: 5-room maisonette

Floor Area: 1,550 sqft


One of Singapore’s best kept shopping secrets is boutique retailer The Rocking Chair. Lodged away in an industrial building in Ubi, owners Jay and Pearl take vintage furniture and upcycle them, giving birth to customised vintage pieces that are scene-stealers in any room. Their DIY ethics follows through at home, where the young couple decided to take charge of their home renovation without the help of an interior designer.

“We really wanted this home to come from our ideas and not from the input of an external party. So we came up the plans and designs, and with the help of a contractor, we built the home that we wanted,” says Pearl.

Starting from scratch, they removed floors and hacked down every possible wall, giving them a blank canvas to work with. There’s a vivid industrial look, but the homeowners didn’t want to be restricted when it comes to their creativity. As such, you can see the couple’s handiwork throughout the two floors of the maisonette. Pieces such as the dining table, coffee table and bookshelf were painstakingly taken apart and put back together for the deconstructed, DIY look.



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