Find out how interior designer Kalyn Guo of Home Journal combines a super cool office with a cosy and functional family home.
26 December 2021
Home Type: 4-room HDB flat
Floor Area: 1,000sqft
Text by Janice Seow
The pandemic has brought on significant changes to the way we live. More and more, homes are becoming hybrid (aka work/live/play) spaces, with the integrated home office becoming almost a permanent fixture.
Kalyn Guo, who runs interior design studio Home Journal, decided to purchase an old four-room resale flat in Jurong with her husband. At 1,000 square feet, the unit is just nice for the couple and their young son. It also has enough space for a home office, and for her staff to work during the day. Not to mention, being at the top floor means the family can enjoy a higher ceiling.
The interior designer has demolished one bedroom and also created an open-concept kitchen. This results in a larger and more seamless living space that’s perfect when the family entertains. It also gives more room for the kid to run around and play.
The kitchen features a pantry where Kalyn and her design team can go to for drinks and snacks when they work. Nifty hidden features such as a downdraft hood also keep the space neat and clean.
The home office is situated next to the living room and beside the windows so it receives plenty of natural light. There’s lots of hidden storage for the interior designer to keep material samples out of sight. Notably, the desk features an additional swivel out table that can be pulled out for meetings, or whenever more desk space is required in this home office.
Bedroom doors are concealed behind feature panels, giving a greater sense of privacy whenever clients or guests come to the home.
The kid’s room is colourful and designed to nurture the imagination. In the master bedroom, a glass wall panel furthers the sense of openness in the flat, though blinds can be drawn for privacy. A full-height headboard brings a touch of hotel-like luxury to the space, and also has acoustical properties, blocking out noise.
The master bathroom has also been enlarged and is made more luxurious and comfortable for the couple to get ready in the morning.
Work/life balance is important to Kalyn and her husband. So at 6pm, the living room lights are automated to turn on and the curtains will be drawn open. This is a signal that office hours are over, and it’s family time.
This home was awarded a bronze at Singapore Interior Design Awards 2021.
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