I got to know Phoebee from the performing days when I, out of pure luck, got to sing alongside this incredibly talented songbird. If you know her, I’m not surprised, but if you don’t, Phoebee is a full time singer / songwriter / performer at various establishments – she part of Paraphase Band and even has a fan page of her own, if you’re looking for a band I’m pretty sure they won’t disappoint. Her other half, Ivan (also a musician!) co-runs The 1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant and they have an uber cute furkid of their own named Toufu (even the name also cute!).
When I asked Phoebee what the style of her home was, she told me “Simplistic vintage with a touch of industrial? lol (I came up with this myself)“. LOL, but it’s quite true. Wanna see?
And here’s Phoebee, sharing about their home.
Were there any particular reasons for opting to go with this style and what were the considerations you kept in mind in renovating your home to this style?
My husband and I wanted a place that is easy to clean, spacious, simple but yet looks modern with some vintage touches. We are always fond of vintage cause it brings back childhood memories, our wedding was held at The Coastal Settlement, a vintage decor themed restaurant too :)
How much did your renovations and furniture cost?
Est. between $50k to $60k, it’s a tad pricy but worth every penny. Mostly the cost went to hacking of walls cause we bought a 28 yr old original condition 4-room resale flat, we bought the corridor and build into the flat as well, making the whole house look entirely different.
What are some of your favourite things about your home?
Favourite part of the house would be the living room cause its so cosy, I particularly love our sofa cause of its design and it’s in my favourite colour. Other small things i love about our house are the retro light switches and the old school chairs.
Is there anything you felt could be done better?
To be frank, we are very happy with the house and i think we have what we need. There are still have little touches we wanna do to make our home even more cosy:) There are a few things we wanted to do but due to HDB regulations, we couldnt.
Where can I check, for furniture and decor like yours?
A lot of old school furniture shop where u can check out, such as:
– Logan’s The retro store @ Pasir Panjang
– Curious Curios @ Chai Chee
– Wee’s collection (Can find this on facebook)
Alternatively, just google it and you will be amaze what vintage stuff u can buy from overseas and ship in.
Do you have any practical tips for new HDB owners in renovating their homes?
I think its very important you have a concept of what you want your house to look like, it speeds up the process. Talk about it with your partner and know what both of you want your house to be (theme, decor, feel, etc), it makes it easier to convey to your designer/contractor.
With that concept you have, set aside a maximum budget u r willing to pay for the renovation. That will help the contractor/designer to choose material and design which fits your budget.
Also, during the renovation, it helps being more proactive and dropping by to see the renovation process every once in a while, look out for anything that doesnt look right so you can notify your contractor and rectify the issue rather than finding out problems AFTER the whole house is done. My husband and I dropped by every few days to see the renovation. :)
All photos in this post are kindly provided by Phoebee, all rights to them belong to her
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