1. Create a streamlined look
If you’re not sure how or where certain fixtures should go, think of how to streamline your space so it doesn’t look messy or haphazard. Take a leaf out of Vincent’s book: A central axis runs the length of the house, beginning from the porch, continuing through the living room and into the dry kitchen. Elements such as the main door, television console and kitchen island, right down to the tile line, are all aligned along this datum.
2. Tie different elements together
The layering effect of the stairwell design was inspired by the overlapping panels of the pendant light in the dry kitchen.
3. Add textured details
The base of the television console feature is a black marble slab that was acid-treated to achieve a textured effect. Whether it’s marble, wood or stone, incorporate textured-looking surfaces into your home to create dimension and add personality.
4. Tailor the design to your needs
Just because there’s a wall (or in this case, a void) doesn’t mean you need to live with it, if it doesn’t suit your means. Of course, not all walls can be knocked down because the building needs to maintain structural integrity, but work with your designer to achieve a space that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle and needs. For instance, Norman sealed off the void at the top of the stairwell to create a master suite for Vincent and his wife, with a foyer and lounge area.
5. Create a moody bedroom
The leather travertine feature wall behind the headboard has an interesting texture that is a contrast of smooth and rough which gives the bedroom a cosy, rustic vibe. Combined with hotel-worthy backlit light, it has an iridescent, quartz-like effect that creates a mesmerising visual spectacle.
7. Conceal unsightly features
Even washbasin drainage holes and shower floor traps are discreetly hidden from view. End walls are deftly terminated with a special stainless steel piece at the bottom junction. The specially designed washbasin incorporates a sloping black granite insert that drains water efficiently, while concealing the drainage hole.
8. Maximise every inch
The walk-in wardrobe attached to the master bath was tailor-made for Vincent and his wife. Norman personally looked into each and every shelf and drawer, carefully detailing each compartment based on what it would accommodate. The corner space has been put to good use and the drawers even incorporate hidden locks. The porcelain floor tiles that resemble wood were specially treated to enable them to dry quickly.
9. Zoom in on details
Norman’s eye for detail extends to the smallest of elements, such as elegant drawer pulls.
10. Let your personality shine
Not all of us can have an Iron Man “bodyguard” at home, but we can all showcase our interests in different ways, whether it’s putting up artwork or displaying our most prized collections on open shelves.
For Vincent, who is used to life in the public eye, home is a place where he can feel settled emotionally, physically and mentally. “It is where I can be myself, without any restraint or inhibition,” he confesses. Over the past few years, the self-professed workaholic has slowed down to spend more time with his family. “My family is what motivates me and makes me feel more focused,” he shares. And, now, he has the perfect home to share with the people that he loves.
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Text and photos: Home & Decor Singapore