Open And Inviting

Newly-weds want nothing more than to call a space their own home after the big day. For the Wong couple, it was paramount in their plans to quickly settle down with a place to chill and perhaps start their own family, and of course have a place to invite friends over for the weekends.


Their 1,004-square-foot home is a pretty decent space to start off as a young couple so their brief to Karen Tan of Karen Gan Design was to “keep things modern”. “The couple basically opted for clean lines, plenty of storage to hide clutter and belongings plus sensible design that is stylish and practical were important,” explains Karen Tan.

Iconic furniture pieces designed by Eames and the neutral colour palettes of the living room add a cosmopolitan feel and create a vibe that is modern and relaxing.


Part of the couple’s brief was to have plenty of storage for clothes so they didn’t mind sacrificing a bedroom to convert to a stylish walk-in closet. The bedroom is decked up in a soothing taupe palette – cabinets, shelves, headboard and a cute little nook for a desk – to create a sense of calm when turning in for the nights. Blinds create a semi-diffused natural lighting that’s perfect to do some work at the desk. Two Artemide “Tolomeo” sconces serve as bedside lights while their soft glow creates perfect time for some shut-eye at night. A row of floor-to-ceiling wardrobes sit alongside the desk for the lady of the house to keep her precious clothes and belongings.

Tenets of creating a restful bedroom is using whites and creams and keeping clutter out of sight.


The couple’s fondest spot in the home is surprisingly not the bedroom or living room but the open concept kitchen and island counter that serves as a dining area. They love the counter idea because it is not only a counter for food preparation but also a dining table for them to serve food. The open concept also promotes better interaction between living and kitchen area especially when one is preparing food.

Their monochrome kitchen renders plentiful space and storage and will remain timeless for many years.

(Pictures courtesy of Karen Gan Designs)

To read more about this story, check out the Real Homes section of Home + Living, Issue 22 on pages 50 to 55.

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