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Dream Home: The Light House - Jasbir & Simran's Renovation Journey

15 Nov 2016

Dream Homes

Jasbir and Simran Singh, a leadership consultant and a medical doctor, knew exactly what they wanted in a home – light, and lots of it. They shortlisted some companies online, had a few face-to-face meetings, and clicked best with Emily of Starry Homestead. If you like happy endings, you’ll love their story.

Jasbir and Simran Singh in their favourite place – at home

Name(s) of Homeowner(s):
Jasbir and Simran Singh
House Type: 5-room Resale Flat
Size of Home: 123 sq m
Duration of Renovation: 2 months
Cost of Renovation: $66,000
Interior Design Firm: Starry Homestead Pte Ltd
Name(s) of Designer(s): Emily Voon


The coveted curve around the TV console was perfectly executed in the final design


HomeRenoGuru: What was your brief to Emily?

Simran: We wanted something light and airy and happy. Light was really important to both of us, because dark places are just depressing. So we wanted light from all directions, and that also was a key in how we designed the house because we ended up breaking a few walls in the process.

Jasbir: We also wanted to complement the outside view of the skyline and the sea by putting a lot of blues and white in the house.


Natural materials and a profusion of blues and whites recur throughout the Scandinavian-themed home


HomeRenoGuru: How was the renovation process?

Jasbir: The process was really impressive. Firstly, it took only about eight or nine weeks, and given the amount of work that went into it, including breaking down quite a number of walls – one, two, three, four walls actually, a lot of tiling work and a lot of built-in furnishings, it was really quick for that timeline, for that amount of work.

Simran: I think Emily made the process quite seamless for us, as much as she could. There were lots of times that we could not be here on-site to inspect things that were going on, because of work or we were travelling. But Emily kept us updated through videos and photos and always kept us on board and discussed things with us. And if anything that was done but still not to our taste, Emily would make sure that it was changed.


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Simran’s favourite area – the dining area and the bookshelf

HomeRenoGuru: What do you love most about your renovated home?

Simran: My favourite part of the home is the dining area and the bookshelf. I feel that the whole area brings out a lot of warmth. I am a book addict, so looking at that shelf every day just makes me happy. I especially like the planks on the wall. That was Emily’s idea, and I think it added a lot more cosiness to that area.


Jasbir is a fan of the kitchen, where he often makes tea


Jasbir: I like the kitchen, especially the blue splashback on the white. It’s a nice place to make my tea every morning and whenever I need a refresher. Then I like to bring the tea out, if I have to work or write something, and sit in the study area. It has a good view of the sea, which is quite inspiring.


Jasbir likes to take his tea to the study area and enjoy the inspiring sea view


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

Simran: We would definitely recommend Emily and Starry Homestead. And the best part is, we’ve already done that, to quite a few of our friends actually.

Jasbir: I like being here. On Friday nights after work, when people want to go out and celebrate the end of the work week, I actually just want to come home and enjoy the space.

Simran: After a really long day at work, I really look forward to coming back to this space. It’s my favourite place to be.


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