SINGAPORE — One can’t help but feel uplifted upon entering this five-room executive duplex apartment owned by Thomas and Katie, a civil engineer and sales representative in their 30s who declined to give their surnames.

The couple contacted interior designer Kuay Mei Yee of local firm Distinct Identity to renovate their 1,572 square foot Potong Pasir home – which cost $110,000 to design and refurbish and took 12 weeks to complete. They moved into the apartment in March 2021.

Their playhouse, decked out in bright colors and accented with bold tropical wallpaper and patterned tiles, has a playful personality.

Yet it doesn’t feel cluttered or cramped, thanks to an open floor plan that unifies the living, dining, and kitchen spaces. “It’s great for entertaining family and friends,” says Thomas.

Aqua, navy blue, lemon yellow and nude pink combine with black and white to define the space. The owners, in love with the sea, chose bright blue for their walls and kitchen cabinets.

“Our honeymoon in Santorini was inspirational,” says Katie. The hue is complemented by tropical wallpaper and a colorful backsplash, making the kitchen a focal point.

The rest of the house is just as detailed. Black and white patterned tiles adorn the foyer, while a feature wall and bright blue dresses the staircase.

“Our wall displays photos from our journey together as husband and wife, while art prints in the kitchen and dining room honor local culinary icons,” says Thomas. An eclectic mix of furniture from local stores, such as Second Charm and Lims Legacy, completes the look.

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