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Dream Home: A Change for the Better

12 Jun 2017 by SUZANNE LAURIDSEN | | Share

The house of Sakthi and Sasikala is at once elegant and daring, thanks to the chameleon-like colour-changing LED lights that have been installed throughout the living area and bedrooms. The bold move was at the suggestion of their designer, Johnner Tan of EightySeven Studio. Hear the story of their renovation.

Project Snapshot

Name(s) of Homeowner(s): Sakthi and Sasikala
House Type: 5-bedroom Private Condominium Apartment
Size of Home: 1,500 sq/ft
Duration of Renovation: 1 month
Cost of Renovation: $45,000
Interior Design Firm: EightySeven Studio
Name(s) of Designer(s): Johnner Tan

The living area gets the ‘wow factor’ from colour-changing LED ceiling lights
The living area gets the ‘wow factor’ from colour-changing LED ceiling lights

The family seated against a deep golden and caramel-coloured feature wall that was created using Nippon Paint Momento special effects paint
The family seated against a deep golden and caramel-coloured feature wall that was created using Nippon Paint Momento special effects paint

A change of colour from the LED ceiling lights creates a whole new mood!
A change of colour from the LED ceiling lights creates a whole new mood!

HomeRenoGuru: How did you come to engage EightySeven Studio to renovate your home?

Sakthi: I had shortlisted EightySeven Studio, mainly because I was impressed with Johnner Tan’s quick turnaround. Whenever I asked for some design changes, he was able to produce the changes almost within the same day or the next day.

The built-in TV console faces the Momento-painted feature wall
The built-in TV console faces the Momento-painted feature wall

Both the feature wall behind the TV console and the mirrored panel feature a distinctive criss-cross pattern
Both the feature wall behind the TV console and the mirrored panel feature a distinctive criss-cross pattern

HomeRenoGuru: What were some crucial inputs from your designer?

Sakthi: In the living room, we have the feature wall behind the TV. Johnner Tan suggested don’t go with a smaller design because your TV is really big. So if the TV is really big, then you’ll have to have a design that is really big also. So he suggested to have a criss-cross design, which I really liked. It matches the mirror also, so we really liked it.

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HomeRenoGuru: What would you say are the highlights of your renovation?

Sakthi: When you look at the master bedroom, we chose a king size bed and we also chose the false ceiling. The false ceiling also matches the bedframe.

Another part to highlight is in my second son’s bedroom, which is very complicated because we have the storage area. We wanted to cover the storage area, but some of the designers told us we had to hack it, like (what they say) they want to dismantle it. But we don’t like that idea. We had another idea that no other designers were willing to do, but EightySeven Studio was. My first son’s room we also like. The lamination colours match with the painting as well as the bed frames, and even their study table.

Stunning lighting effects in the master bedroom pair downlights with colour-changing LED cove lights Stunning lighting effects in the master bedroom pair downlights with colour-changing LED cove lights
Stunning lighting effects in the master bedroom pair downlights with colour-changing LED cove lights

I especially like the way Johnner Tan put the down-lights as well as the cove lights for each and every room. If you look at the rooms right, every room has cove lights and colourful LED lights. I can change the colour any time, I have the remote to change the colours. And then all the down lights with the remote, I can dim it, I can change the colour tone, I can reduce the lighting.

The older son’s otherwise sedate room comes to life with electrifying colour from the LED lights
The older son’s otherwise sedate room comes to life with electrifying colour from the LED lights

HomeRenoGuru: Would you recommend EightySeven Studio to your family and friends?

Sakthi: I will definitely recommend EightySeven Studio to my friends. The reason being, they are willing to help even after we move in. They are ready to come in immediately whenever there are some issues that we need help with, touch-ups or any rectifications. Thank you, EightySeven Studio for making this home very beautiful and you know, very convenient for us. So after a long day at office, I like to come home everyday. Thanks, EightySeven Studio!

Elevated from ordinary to extraordinary at the flick of a switch, the younger son’s room is also made special with colour-changing LED lights
Elevated from ordinary to extraordinary at the flick of a switch, the younger son’s room is also made special with colour-changing LED lights

Handy concealed storage under the bed
Handy concealed storage under the bed

Floor-to-ceiling tiles in neutral shades make the bathroom easy on the eye and easy to clean
Floor-to-ceiling tiles in neutral shades make the bathroom easy on the eye and easy to clean

An unexpected but welcome visitor – the ‘Lobang King’, and a partner in EightySeven Studio!
An unexpected but welcome visitor – the ‘Lobang King’, and a partner in EightySeven Studio!

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