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The light-filled and spacious bachelor pad is cosy and comfortable.

It is always a challenge if you’re a bachelor wanting to find a space to put your identity to it. There are things to consider such as price, location and the close proximity to modern day conveniences. Donny De Silva who works in the recruitment industry was in that hunting process but thankfully the tediousness of finding the right home never reared its ugly head, all thanks to an amazing agent who knew the buyer’s likes and dislikes.

“I constantly hear of horror stories of having the wrong agent who brings you around in circles and wasting the client’s time. I’m very thankful that my agent was resourceful and through sheer luck the property was also up for sale,” beams Donny. Located in Tiong Bahru, the prime property offers lush views of rain trees and the vibe is very laid-back. The homeowner explains, “I think there’s a charming character about living here, the people are mostly senior citizens but of course you have many hipsters living close by. But generally, you get peace and solitude even on weekends.”

Good Referral

After buying the property the next inevitable hurdle would be finding the right interior designer or contractor to re-imagine the space. Donny didn’t have to hunt high and low or check with friends about renovation contractors, all because lady luck was on the homeowner’s side. A recent friend’s house-warming that Donny attended, yielded a contact to engage Yellow Boots to take on the task. “Kenis Sim from Yellow Boots did an great job even when I came up with the whole idea in my head,” says Donny.

Melange of Styles

The brief to Kenis was a “Vintage Contemporary” – a mesh of steampunk, modern and baroque elements. Certainly, this concept had never been done by Yellow Boots but being a passionate and dedicated interior designer, delivering the goods to the client was paramount. Kenis researched the elements that created the concept while ensuring the right type of furniture pieces, colour palette and material finishes met the homeowner’s requirements. “The client understood what he wanted from the beginning: rustic and earthy look, elements of wood, copper, steel, bronze, black luxe leather and a hint of metallic grey. All in all, the home swayed towards a masculine approach with a few twists here and there to break the design monotony. It’s good to work with clients who know what they want and they define it clearly from the start,” enthuses Kenis.

The kitchen offers lush views of the surrounding estate.


Photos courtesy of Yellow Boots.


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