Cover The open-plan living and dining areas feature a restful neutral scheme, elevated by metallic details on the furnishings and pendant lamp

Renu Chainani of Ren Home Design tells us more about the elegant transformation of this apartment in Singapore

“I always believe in spending time with my clients and understanding their lifestyle and personalities before I create a space for them,” says Renu Chainani. The interior designer believes in crafting personalised interiors, and that starts with a keen understanding of each owner’s needs and lifestyle. 

The founder of Ren Home Design first established the firm with her sister and co-founder Rita Chulani in Mumbai, India, in 2001; Chainani is currently based between Bombay and Singapore. Her knack for detail has won her projects through word-of-mouth. Most of the homeowners she has worked with have referred her to their friends, and she has also designed beautiful homes for celebrities, prominent entrepreneurs, and clients from all walks of life.

“I have worked with various Bollywood celebrities in India like Neelam Kothari, Fardeen Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Malaika Arora to name a few,” she shares. The interior designer also counts members of the Jindal family and Reddy family, as well as The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, and Kempinski Hotels among her clients.

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One of her recent projects is an elegant 2,000sqft home in Singapore, which Chainani designed for a close friend. The three-bedroom apartment is close to the Orchard Road shopping belt and looks out to enviable views of the city; perfect for the owner, who is a well-travelled jewellery designer from India and had grown up studying in Europe.

“The client is a close friend from India who was moving to Singapore,” shares the designer. “She wanted the apartment to be warm, cosy and personal. ‘Modern luxe’ was the brief given; we wanted to reflect her stylish personality. She also loves art and brings in a hint of colour through the accent pieces.”

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For the home’s colour palette, the designer selected soft and neutral tones, with pops of colour added through pink accent pieces. “Creating a blank canvas to add art and accessories is my firm’s USP (unique selling point),” she says. “I prefer to keep the walls and furniture neutral and play with cushions and art for colour. In this apartment, I have gone with cream and grey with a hint of pink.”  

The open-plan living and dining area is a restful space with a tactile mix of linen, velvet and suede upholstery fabrics. She also collaborated with local luxury retailer Royal Interiors to select furnishings for the home.

“We wanted the open-plan living and dining area to be entertainment-friendly as well as work for movie nights and dinners with family and friends. I loved adding the cushions, candles and styling it,” says Chainani, who considers it her favourite space to design in this home.

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Glass elements help expand the sense of space, while high-gloss lacquered ebony finishes add warmth to the interior. A rug and lounge furniture makes the adjacent balcony just as cosy; this includes a swinging chair, which contributes to the relaxing ambience of the space. The kitchen area is maximised with the use of bar stools, which turn the island counter into a bar area and a cosy nook for breakfasts and quick meals on busy days.

The study, in particular, required a major overhaul as the existing built-in furnishings did not match the owners’ lifestyle. Chainani redesigned the study as a work-from-home office to cater to the clients’ new telecommuting needs. The study was also to double as a secondary guest room; so the challenge was to incorporate a foldaway bed, storage and prayer area while designing the space to match the home’s overall interior scheme. 

The master bedroom features an off-white scheme, with an enchanting floral wallpaper at the vanity creating visual interest while pink accents add pops of colour to the space. It also features an elegant walk-in wardrobe with French-inspired panelled doors on the cabinetry and a neutral scheme. The guest room is another tranquil space, with blue tones on the cushions and wall-hung painting contributing to its restful look.

Completed swiftly in two months, the owner is delighted with the makeover of her home, particularly with the look of their living room and study. The designer is just as thrilled with the result, and considers it a job well done.

  • PhotographyDiana Jamal
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