Dream Designs
EL Singapore|November 2020
We take a look at how four interior designers helped these homeowners and tenants turn their blank canvases into home, sweet home.

Kelvin Zeng, Chinese

How did you hear about Arete Culture?

They came highly recommended after they transformed my friend’s unit at Leedon Residence – an impressive design-build project, from carpentry to renovation.

Tell us about your space, and the state it was in prior to the project.

We had just moved into an eight-year-old, three bedroom apartment. It had the basic fittings but was in a bare condition. We wanted the scope of the project to cover everything from the lift lobby entryway to the living and dining rooms, as well the bedrooms and outdoor area.

What was your brief to Arete Culture?

I shared a few pictures and colours that I liked, as well as some points to keep in mind. For one thing, we have three children, so wanted to keep our space child-friendly and add some concealed storage in the entryway for all the shoes and toys. We also had a few existing items of furniture that we wanted to keep and work around. From there, the team managed to pull together the ideal plan of action.

How was it working with Arete Culture?

I’ve had negative experiences with interior designers in the past, but the team at Arete Culture were incredibly experienced and professional. Communication was easy and smooth, and they provided a holistic solution for the project – from the layout and colour palette to the selection of furniture, wallpaper and soft furnishings. Everything was hassle-free and detail-driven. Several of our new furniture pieces came from the Arete Culture collection, too!

Caroline was even gracious enough to help me months after completion of my project. Unfortunately, there was some leaking in my son’s bedroom and the false ceiling had to be repaired and redone. Caroline had the great idea of using glow-in-the-dark wallpaper and sourced far and wide for it. She even waived the styling and consultation fees for us – my son loves it!

Arete Culture #06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 9640 3829 | areteculture.com

Jon Curry, Australian

How did you hear about Gallery 278?

I moved to Singapore from Sydney in 2019 with nothing but suitcases. My new role kept me more than busy, so I was on the lookout for someone to help turn my house into a home. I came across Expat Living online and noticed Gallery 278’s advert. Their style captured my attention so I decided to visit the gallery and check it out. I met Felicia at that visit and we hit it off instantly.

Tell us about your space, and the state it was in prior to the project.

After looking at nearly two dozen apartments, I finally found this generously sized space in Dhoby Ghaut. Cathay Residences was built circa 2009 and, while it’s an older building, it stands the test of time well. The space was truly a blank canvas, with white walls, large white ceramic tiles, a white kitchen and timbered floors.

What was your brief to Gallery 278?

I grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, surrounded by water and bush for most of my life. I’ve also spent a lot of time in Bali over the years and love the style; I wanted a look that reflected this without being too “beachy”. I’m not into high luxury but I like a comfortable laid-back look. I already had my eye on some furniture from Originals, too. I mentioned this all to Felicia and we took it from there.

How was it working with them?

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