Turn a rental house into a home on a budget and deadline
Read on – our editor Sara tells you exactly how far her shophouse living room has come!
If you saw the recent story in The Finder about my rental shophouse makeover, you may have wondered exactly how bad was it before.
My family and I worked with Singapore-based interior designer Maureen Courcenet of Signé Design, who has previously contributed to The Finder about incorporating art into your home, Singapore’s design scene plus the benefits of being a museum docent.
Before the makeover, the furnishings and overall room didn’t flow. The area rug was too small. There wasn’t enough baby-friendly storage.
Shoes were a jumble in the entryway. Wall art wasn’t well-posititioned on the room’s tall walls. The stark white walls contrasted too much with the multi-coloured accents.
After the makeover, the look is eclectic but cohesive thanks to attention to detail. Colours and motifs are repeated throughout the living room. Now, the rug better fits the large floor space. A wall of bamboo wallpaper adds a focal point when you enter the front door.
By layering a special water colour on top of the wooden screen, it becomes the focal point we always intended it to be. Our existing pieces, like the IKEA coffee table, still work in the made over space. The green console table plus a similar hued cupboard gave us the storage we sorely needed in the entryway, particularly for shoes.
We bought this armchair in Singapore and, while it was comfortable, it’s even more so now with a custom-built, intentionally non-matching foot rest. The mirrored cupboard has shelves inside, which hold the majority of our shoes. Slippers, sneakers and flip-flops go in white IKEA bins underneath the console table. The design on an eye-catching lamp references the peacock feathers in the tapestry nearby.
Thanks for coming by my house! Hopefully, it helps inspire your own decorating adventures.
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By Sara Lyle Bow, September 2016