Cover The striped walls and a patterned rug add a sense of whimsy

Quirky wallpaper from Gucci sets the tone for this imaginative apartment in Principal Garden, Singapore, where a bold direction and the thoughtful curation of treasured possessions come together masterfully

Lino and Kavita stand at the ready, greeting all who step into the foyer. With luggage in hand, the duo—actually a pair of sculptures by artist Bruno Catalano—evoke a sense of curiosity and adventure. This whimsical mood is exactly what the homeowners aim to convey in their 2,347sqft abode in the Principal Garden condominium, where they live with their young daughter.

“The well-travelled owners wanted their home to look different and interesting, with surprises to be discovered in every corner,” says Jeremy Tay, co-founder and director of Prestige Global Designs. “For this project, we injected colours, textures and patterns to create a unique and luxurious interior. We wanted to create a sense of awe in every part of the house by adding interesting elements to the spaces; this makes it feel like one is exploring the world within the home, especially as the clients love to travel.”

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We wanted to create a sense of awe in every part of the house by adding interesting elements to the spaces; this makes it feel like one is exploring the world within the home, especially as the clients love to travel.

— Jeremy Tay, co-founder and director of Prestige Global Designs

A pair of French doors was specially chosen to allow natural light to illuminate the entrance foyer. Elegant furnishings from Hermès, including a leather sofa, armchairs and marble coffee tables, evoke a sense of understated luxury in the living area. The designers also installed a spray-painted wall feature as a complementary backdrop to the Bang & Olufsen TV and speakers.

In contrast to the neutral tones of the living room, the dining area is set against a Gucci wall covering depicting herons and dragonflies on a striking pink background. A round marble dining table and chairs in teal leather with coral piping from Gubi anchor the space while a Baccarat crystal vase and drinking glasses pair perfectly with the A Walk in the Garden tableware from Hermès.

“Together with the specially designed carpet, which replicates the effect of water rippling in a pond, the setting allows guests to enjoy the unique experience of dining in a garden-like setting,” says Tay.

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An open kitchen concept furnished with V-Zug appliances also allows the owners to revel in the generous expanse of their living area. Here, teal kitchen cabinets are paired with Gubi bar stools upholstered in a lively coral fabric, while an island counter with a backlit onyx panel creates a dramatic centrepiece.

The team also combined two bedrooms into a larger study to accommodate a custom-made study table for two. A zesty mix of yellow, olive and teal tones brings a sense of vibrancy, while Zig Zag wallpaper from Missoni adds a touch of fun to the space. “The large study room also allows the children to hang out for an afternoon of fun computer games or for the adults to enjoy a session of mahjong,” says Tay.

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With a similar intention to delight, the adjoining powder room features tiles in royal blue and decorative koi fish wallpaper to “conjure the experience of being underwater”. The curved cabinetry doors and mirror in this space echo the arched ceiling of the corridor, while the black-and-white marble floor tiles reference the colour scheme of the hallway. A sculptural basin is another intriguing touch.

The designers paid close attention to the daughter’s bedroom, located at the end of the unit. “We wanted something suitable for a little princess. It is built with a sense of fun and flexibility for her to grow up with happy memories,” he says, commenting on the pastel colour scheme.

The room’s centrepiece is undoubtedly the double-decker bed with a built-in slide, while a cosy round seat upholstered in light blue cushions inspires her to spend quiet time reading. For a touch of sophistication, her bathroom features colour-blocked tiles in hues inspired by her mother’s Hermès In-the-Loop To Go pouch. Additionally, a pair of pendant lights reminiscent of foam bubbles channels a sense of playfulness.

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In the master bedroom, a Duxiana bed stands between a sprightly pair of Hermès red table lamps, while a carpet in yellow and grey gradient hues further enhances the restful mood of the space. Additionally, a wall feature constructed from panels of fluted glass creates a cosy ambience while allowing the room to bask in natural light.

Tay also converted a room next to the master bedroom into a connecting walk-in closet. It features the V-Zug RefreshButler laundry appliance elegantly integrated into the full-height cabinetry, with black trimmings adding a graphic edge to the space. A cluster of Nuura lights and a Gubi sofa upholstered in geometric patterned fabric bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to the dressing room.

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A handsome master bathroom clad in Sahara marble completes the couple’s private suite. With his-and-hers vanity counters, bronze faucets, wood veneer cabinetry, ambient lighting and a marble bathtub, this space brings to mind the grandeur of a luxurious hotel suite.

Ultimately, Tay says the family was wowed by their new home, which took six months to be fully renovated. “They were very satisfied with the end result. Every corner offered something interesting, and the colours, patterns and textures came together harmoniously. They even observed that their daughter now prefers to stay home rather than go for a family staycation!”

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