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AMERICAN ELEGANCE

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This look draws inspiration from the work of American interior designer Barbara Barry, whose design favours classic yet liveable looks, and in doing so, her work eschews the tests of time.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

On a side note, as seen from the comment above this post, there are really a lot of spammers in Renotalk.

 

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CONTEMPORARY WHITE

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White is a particularly popular colour for living spaces. However, to avoid a sterile-looking space, and yet retain a largely light-feeling space that works well together, one needs to consider incorporating a myriad of textures into a space.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

 

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CONTEMPORARY WHITE

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White is a particularly popular colour for living spaces. However, to avoid a sterile-looking space, and yet retain a largely light-feeling space that works well together, one needs to consider incorporating a myriad of textures into a space.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

Hi Gakuseisean,

I really please and inspired after reading your blog. This is because my ids don't seem to be able to produce a design that matches my dream home...

As a result, I have told my IDs to read your blog in order to come out with the perspective that I like ..

My re-sale flat has a L-shape access balcony. I plan to use "wood-look" tiles, plant and water features to decos this corner. Do you have any design reference for access balcony ? what lighting is suitable ?

I don't see any kitchen design in your blog. I have a long kitchen layout and would like to partition it into 3 sections, dining, cooking and service balcony. Do you have any design reference?

Thank you in advances for your guidance and advices.

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Hi Gakuseisean,

I really please and inspired after reading your blog. This is because my ids don't seem to be able to produce a design that matches my dream home...

As a result, I have told my IDs to read your blog in order to come out with the perspective that I like ..

My re-sale flat has a L-shape access balcony. I plan to use "wood-look" tiles, plant and water features to decos this corner. Do you have any design reference for access balcony ? what lighting is suitable ?

I don't see any kitchen design in your blog. I have a long kitchen layout and would like to partition it into 3 sections, dining, cooking and service balcony. Do you have any design reference?

Thank you in advances for your guidance and advices.

Hi, I've PMed you.

 

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POP GLAMOUR

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I’ll be honest, this look is a little confused – it started out as an attempt at making somewhat of a modern baroque style, but as it developed, I realised that it did not quite fit that particular label. It’s generally clean lines hinted at something more art-deco rather than baroque. Nevertheless, as confused as this look might seem, I particularly love the various vignettes that it offers, and I do hope that it can offer you at least some degree of inspiration.

The sense of luxury is created using a whole host of materials – from ebony macassar veneer/laminate to glossy white marble floors to rich elaborate wall-treatment to a generous use of chrome and the allusion to bygone days of glamour in the furniture choices. Below are a list of sources where you can obtain the various pieces of furniture featured in this lookbook.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

 

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JAPANESE MINIMALISM

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Japanese architects are truly masters of minimalism; one only needs to browse the gallery of Japanese works on ArchDaily to see that these architects eat, sleep and breath a life of simplicity. Here’s my attempt to translate that particularly distinct style of simplicity to an apartment, and below is a guide on how to achieve it.

The trick to Japanese-style minimalism is a somber colour palatte – wood grains and white. In this render, the wood flooring of choice was spruce, but pine, ash and oak – light-coloured woods in general form the basis of a minimal Japanese home.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

 

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CHINOISERIE CHIC

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Chinoiserie is a French term that signifies “Chinese-esque” European designs, and as a design style, was particularly popular from the mid 17th century. In this lookbook, one will find Chinese elements, albeit modernised – and while the motivation for doing so is different from that of 17th century European designers, the end result is the same: making Chinese design more accessible.

For more details on this design (i.e. places to purchase the featured furniture), visit my blog.

 

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Glad to be of help. Nope I'm not in the ID business, this is just sort of a little hobby of mine, that I hope would offer a little inspiration to those who are bored of the cookie-cutter designs that many local interior designers use.

so happy to stumble upon this topic. What a godsend, I finally found a guide on how to match my furniture to the theme i want.. thanks! And you are right, I don't like the cookie cutter designs my IDs here have..

 

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Hi

I have the following furniture pieces and was wondering if its possible to have scandinavian or modern studio theme for my living-cum-dining room?

My flooring is biege tiles with wood skirting. I would also like to hear your views/suggestions what type of lounge chair, coffee table and dining table should I get if I would like the above themes.

Thanks!

Black leather sofa

Transparent acrylic dining armchairs

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Hi

I have the following furniture pieces and was wondering if its possible to have scandinavian or modern studio theme for my living-cum-dining room?

My flooring is biege tiles with wood skirting. I would also like to hear your views/suggestions what type of lounge chair, coffee table and dining table should I get if I would like the above themes.

Thanks!

Black leather sofa

black leather sofa

Transparent acrylic dining armchairs

Transparent acrylic dining armchair

Based on the 2 pieces of furniture you have purchased, a Scandinavian look is rather tough. However, I've came up with some suggestions that you can see below:

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1. PK22 Lounge Chair in Wicker by Fritz Hansen, replicas available at Lush

2. Roy Lichtenstein prints, available at The Wright Gift (ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands) and Kinokuniya

3. Line Console by Grafunkt

4. Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp by Flos, replicas available at lighting stores like Lightcraft

5. Traditional style carpet, available at Ikea

6. Stockholm Coffee Table by Ikea

7. Cushion by BoConcept

A. Kawaguchi Table (White Oak) by Lush

B. Forte Rect Dining Table (Oak + Plywood) by Lush

C. Em Table, designed by Jean Prouvé for Vitra, replica of table base available at Comfort Furniture, custom make a wooden top

D. Random Lamp by Moooi, replicas available at a myriad of lighting stores

E. PH5 Lamp by Louis Poulsen, replicas available at Lush and some lighting stores

 

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Thanks for your lovely suggestions! However I figured I have some built ins which are in wood already (e.g doors and wardrobes) so having different type of woods may look strange and uncoordinated. Does having a black sofa restrict me only to monochromatic luxe look?

 

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Thanks for your lovely suggestions! However I figured I have some built ins which are in wood already (e.g doors and wardrobes) so having different type of woods may look strange and uncoordinated. Does having a black sofa restrict me only to monochromatic luxe look?

Hey sorry for the late reply. Don't worry too much about clashing wood tones, so long as they are roughly similar shades, it'll be fine - too much of the same shade of wood becomes really boring (of course, it's hard to find a balance). Personally, what I suggested was more towards a mid-century look, which as you rightly pointed out consists largely of red tones. Alternatively, you could try something similar to what I suggested in this lookbook, but use a more vibrant fabric for the chair instead (e.g. lime green, orange etc). I tend to suggest more earthy tones for furniture pieces as these aren't things that are easily changed unlike accessories.

 

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Hey sorry for the late reply. Don't worry too much about clashing wood tones, so long as they are roughly similar shades, it'll be fine - too much of the same shade of wood becomes really boring (of course, it's hard to find a balance). Personally, what I suggested was more towards a mid-century look, which as you rightly pointed out consists largely of red tones. Alternatively, you could try something similar to what I suggested in this lookbook, but use a more vibrant fabric for the chair instead (e.g. lime green, orange etc). I tend to suggest more earthy tones for furniture pieces as these aren't things that are easily changed unlike accessories.

No problem, thanks for the suggestions. Think this look sounds great.

Ya true earthy tones are easier to mix and match if change theme next time. Thanks a lot again!

 

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Hi

I am so glad I found your post here and really inspired by your blog.

Inspired by your lovely layouts in your blog, I will be following the same 3seater sofa, with hanging pic on top and opposite a lowlying console and coffee table, complete with a rug but adding a ceiling fan.

I am however having trouble trying to decide on a coordinated style/theme for my living/dining area seggregated in a l-shape (my floorplan: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/85/palmlodgefloorplan.jpg/)

pics of my living & dining area:

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http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/024cq.jpg/

Will most appreciate your advise & recommendations. Will love to have your recommendations on the type of furniture to have & where to purchase those as well!

Many thanks!

Louise

 

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