Cover The open-plan living room features a mix of velvet fabrics and leather that exude a stylish glamour

KGID crafted stylish spaces and tasteful touches in this home to boost family bonding

A job well done often leads to happy clients who come back for more, and even spread the word within their own circles of influence. It was no different in the case of the owners of this six-bedroom bungalow, who were so pleased with the results of a prior renovation with KGID that they tasked the design firm to work on their new home.

Dubbed the Eave House, the abode is home to a couple and their two children. Among the requirements were bright, airy spaces conducive to family time and various customised fittings throughout the 4,400sqft residence.

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Working closely with local firm Ming Architects, KGID introduced several functional and personalised elements that satisfy the family’s needs and enhance their daily lives. One specific client request was for a playroom on the first floor, which would double as a tuition room.

Located between the living area and dry kitchen so the grown-ups can socialise while keeping an eye on the kids, the playroom houses an extensive collection of dollhouses and other toys. It is sectioned off by large, semi-transparent sliding panels adorned with a stucco finish. The overall effect ensures a degree of visibility, yet hides any mess within the room.

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In the open-plan living area, colourful and textural pieces such as sofas from Poliform, a Porada console and a JAB Anstoetz daybed stand atop Statuario marble flooring and enliven the neutral scheme. Velvet fabrics and leather communicate a plush, luxurious feel. The light-hued floor visually expands the dimensions of the living area.

KGID gave the home a number of unique touches, such as a stunning walk-in shoe cabinet. Located next to the entrance, it comprises two tall rows of open glass ledges, framing a Japanese bonsai in the garden. The wife loves the illuminated shelves and laminated glass doors with a 180-degree turning radius, which channel the look of luxury boutiques such as Chanel.

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In the dining area, the design firm crafted a customised long, shallow sideboard to store serving plates, cutlery, table mats and wine glasses. This storage piece also fits the confines of this narrow space perfectly.

As the owners had previously lived in an apartment, they sought a similar degree of proximity in this house. As such, they asked for the master bedroom, children’s rooms and study to all be located on the second floor. “A sense of togetherness is important to us,” says the husband. “Having all our bedrooms on the same floor was so we could migrate up there after our meal.”

The children’s bedrooms were done up by KGID to feature a travel and princess theme each. The designers also made the study conducive to work with four large workstations that the family can use together.

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Like the shoe cabinet downstairs, the master bedroom suite is fashioned after Chanel boutiques. KGID added a custom-made headboard, mirrored panels, velvet upholstery and Barbara Barry wall lights for a cosy vibe. In the granite-floored bathroom, mirrored trays and fresh flowers bring an elegant touch to the counter.

This 18-month project was completed at the end of 2019. “This was the second home we had worked on for the client, and we enjoyed their trust and were given a lot of freedom with the design,” says KGID co-founder Karen Gan with pride.


The firm was founded by husband-and-wife team Kelvin and Karen Gan to fulfil their goal of providing highly personalised interior design services to residential and commercial clients. With decades of design experience between them, the couple were named among the 50 Most Influential in Singapore Design talents by Tatler Homes Singapore in 2015 and 2016. KGID also clinched the Best Interior Designers (Classic) accolade at Tatler Singapore’s Best of Singapore 2021 awards.

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