Home Guide was brought in with an interior design brief to create an elegant home for the clients and their extensive collection of books and art. A double story building with a mezzanine running the length of one side, lighting and groupings were used to divide the space visually into cosy nooks and gathering areas. The existing strong timber detailing, in the Peranakan architecture of the building, was artfully incorporated into the aesthetic, with all of the elements coming together as a cohesive sophisticated whole.
The main living area with formal seating and dining areas, each displaying a selection art and ornaments.
The main living area was divided into smaller spaces using ambient lighting and groupings of classical and traditional furniture items. The client’s exquisite art and ornament collection can be found in carefully curated collections throughout the room, creating charming spaces equally suited to entertaining or quiet contemplation.
The mezzanine library, with its grand timber pillars is the focal point of the home.
The strong timber detailing has been embraced, along with the quaint leaded glass windows of the original structure. Both are perfectly incorporated into the careful combination of European and Oriental design elements. The Mezzanine creates an ideal nook, a pause area between two floors, and an enticing focal point for the whole house. Housing the extensive library, the eye is drawn upward to the space, which is highlighted by the imposing timber lighting pillars, providing structure and ambience.
The entrance provides a taste of the design aesthetic with a choice selection of art and sculptures, creating the perfect transition space.
The master bedroom is simply decorated with a few choice items, and is cleverly extended with the use of the glass wall of a hidden wardrobe.
Timber and careful lighting create warm pockets of elegance, even in the bathrooms.
This bathroom is elevated to understated sophistication, with the addition of the traditional hand carved chair and art hung next to the contemporary frameless shower.