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Dream Home: Home Sweet Home

08 Feb 2017

Dream Homes

Kelly Teo felt totally comfortable with her designer, Judy Tan of New Interior Design, and subsequently has a home in which she feels entirely comfortable. She loves her white and wooden sanctuary and considers every cent well-spent, including the ‘splurge’ on expensive real teak flooring.

Project Snapshot
Name(s) of Homeowner(s): Kelly and Gordon Teo
House Type: 5-room BTO Flat
Size of Home: 113 sq m
Duration of Renovation: 2 months
Cost of Renovation: $80,000
Interior Design Firm: New Interior Design
Name(s) of Designer(s): Judy Tan



Pearl, Caden, Kelly and Maltipoo (Maltese terrier poodle cross) Kobi in their ‘home sweet home’


HomeRenoGuru: How did you choose your interior design firm and designer?

Kelly: I searched online for a few interior designers and I’d spoken to a few IDs. After I’d spoken to Judy from New Interior Design, I felt very comfortable… And I have no regrets.



Kelly opted for a white colour scheme with lots of wood


HomeRenoGuru: What was your brief to your designer?

Kelly: I prefer something simply and elegant, so I chose the colour white, with a wood feel, and I insisted that I wanted Burmese teak flooring.



Kelly loves the luxurious underfoot feel of real Burmese teak flooring, which was admittedly costly


HomeRenoGuru: How did you find the renovation process?

Kelly: The renovation process was really great and comfortable. Judy updated me every day regarding the progress and took photographs for us. Even when we had last-minute changes, Judy acted very fast and incorporated them. Judy’s after-sales service was also great. She responded very fast and acted very quickly.

Basically, I love working with Judy.



Kelly loves the hotel-like feel of her bedroom


HomeRenoGuru: What are your favourite parts of your home?

Kelly: I love every part of my house. When I reach home from work I feel ‘home sweet home’. If I had to choose one room, I would choose my bedroom because it has a hotel-like feel, and also my bathroom, which has plenty of storage areas.



Kelly’s extra-deep kitchen drawers are ideal for storing tableware and kitchen utensils


I also love my kitchen. I love the soft-closing drawers, and I love the drawers because it’s really very big and deep so I can storage a lot of my plates and bowls and all my utensils inside.


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The dining area is distinguished by spotlit recessed shelving and a vibrant painting that was gifted to Kelly by her designer


I also love my dining area with the recessed shelving and the spotlight. I must mention my painting. It is a gift from my designer Judy. She carried it all the way back from Bali… I love it!

Pearl:  My favourite place is my bedroom because I have a spacious desk for studying and I even have lots of space for storage for my books and my clothing.

HomeRenoGuru: Do you have any general advice for homeowners contemplating a home renovation?

Kelly: If you’re looking for an ID, my opinion is – find someone that you’re comfortable with. This is very important.

HomeRenoGuru: Would you recommend your interior design company and designer to other homeowners?

Kelly: I would recommend Judy Tan from New Interior Design without any hesitation. Thank you New Interior Design and Judy Tan for giving me a ‘home sweet home’.

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