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Before & After: renovations in our apartment

Thursday, 15 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Welcome to our 8 Rodyk apartment in Singapore.... not that we are actually living there ... no we bought the place a long time ago but it became too small to live with a family of four so we are renting it out at the moment. I thought you might like to see what we have done with the space a couple of years ago to make the space look more modern and functional ...  a little face lift today!

Rik and I wanted to open up the space so we could get more use out of the apartment. The apartment is about 98 square meters, which might sound big ( don't get me wrong i agree), but a big part of it is used for the balcony which is perfect for a warm weather country. Perfect apartment for a young couple with small kids! (Click here to see the kids room in the apartment and how I used vintage pieces to make the kids room feel more cosy)

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

 This way  to see perhaps the ugliest picture ever posted on Bloesem ..

The first thing we saw when we walked in was floor to ceiling glass panels that closed up the kitchen which is more suitable for hard core cooking which is very common in the Asian culture. The glass panels help keep the smoke and smells of cooking within the kitchen. Since neither Rik nor myself are hard core cooks, we decided there was no need for the glass panels. Removing the panels immediately opened up the flow from the door into the kitchen and then into the rest of the living room.

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

And this what the open kitchen looks like after our make-over. By putting plywood on the little wall below the window we created a small sitting area. Simply adding some pillows and ta-da ... 

There also used to be a little outside patio which also acted as a laundry room to house the washing machine and dryer. Instead we decided to build plywood cabinets to house all the items we thought were slightly unattractive but still necessary. The plywood cabinets are a recurring feature in the apartment, we used it for storage as well as display in the kitchen and the living room too.

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations  Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

 (probably the ugliest pic I have shared on Bloesem ever!) 

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

And this is what you see now ... the garbage shoot and laundry machine hidden in this plywood cabinet ... don't you agree that looking at vintage ceramics make much more sense! A very tiny detail which you perhaps can't see very clearly but we used copper rings for the little holes in the doors, this gives it a quirky and nicer effect. 

The kitchen being side by side with the living room makes the apartment a great place for hosting dinners and having guests over. You can still talk and interact while guests sit in the living room.

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

In the master bedroom, we took out a glass wall that looked directly into the bathroom ... built in a shelf that made the space feel much bigger with the light flowing through the bathroom and into the bedroom. The shelf also gave us extra space for decoration and display. Here I placed some vintage ceramics from the Netherlands. 

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Another detail i like is giving the walls a banner from the bottom up to half meter a off white color throughout the enitre house also the bedrooms ... it connects the rooms and gives a good flow!

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

I hope you liked our little tour today! Over at BloesemKids I'm sharing the boys bedroom from this apartment! Irene xoxo

If you have any questions about the interior styling or decoration just send me an email!

Image credit : Marjon Hoogervorst aka Vorstin

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