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Project Mono: Furniture Room-by-Room, Part I.

For the list of recommended stores, go to List of Furniture Stores, Part II.

So finally, furniture! This Part I, I will breakdown the furniture that I've obtained so far by the product name, where I bought them from, and the design intent - room by room. After that, I'll list of the stores that I purchased from and my recommendations will be in Part II.

1. Living & Dining Room

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With the Living, Dining, & Kitchen occupying half of the apartment as one large space, compartmentalising each area became a bit of an issue. The Kitchen & Dining were separated by the island. The Dining & Living are then divided by the sofa.

Majority of the initial furniture purchased for the unit was for the living. I chose the L sofa rather than 3 seater + 2 seater due to the limited space and that the back wall & AC door was difficult to orientate with. The colour of the sofa had to be muted; any darker colour and it would shrink the room OR any vibrant colour and it becomes a distraction.

The dark TV console and the muted sofa had to be balanced by a vibrant rug; the Kahlo Rug was probably the quickest impulse purchase I ever made which dictated the selection glass coffee table which I chose to leave the view of the rug unobstructed.

Off the bat, I don't have dining chairs. The round dining table follows suit of the coffee table; in itself a glass display feature rather than a practical dinner table to feed 6. So the selection of chairs had to be curated as it would be quite visible and the ones I was keen on were limited and also, unfortunately, outside my budget.

I wanted the "dining area" to be light - use of a linen runners and raw timber from the tray and table legs. The background and decor around it are kept monochromatic with the black bar stool and breakfast island creating a clear divider to the kitchen.

2. Master Bedroom

Seeing the room, you'd think all the furniture were selected to accommodate around the open-wardrobe but it was actually the bed that dictated everything and was my first purchase for the apartment. The depth of the shelf were reduced than initially planned and even the materials were revised not to undermine the bed.

The beautiful vast Melanie bed was bought before I even received my keys; with the dark wood frame & built-in side table, it was to became the center piece of the bedroom. The selection of bed covers and decor was to keep it clean and minimal; with such a size in comparison to the room, any bold colours or patterns would make the room feel gaudy. 

3. Study / Guest Bedroom

The study became a storage room of my collected memorabilia and work space. Where college textbooks, artworks bought from street vendors, and unused notebooks are kept in - a room of stuff I couldn't decide where to place in the rest of the apartment - but eventually it all melded together to be its own identity.

The eventuality of the room is to turn it into a Guest Room to would-be visitors or potential Airbnb guests but part of me is hesitant in letting someone else occupy the room and the other part acknowledges that I'd burst my furniture budget to finish the room in the first place.

Click here to read Part II for the full list of stores that I purchased from and recommend visiting.

Project Mono: Built-In Wardrobe & Kitchen Extension

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The following item in the to-do list for Project Mono was the Built-In Items. Keeping renovation/carpentry works to a minimum, the only built-in items were concentrated on the Master Bedroom & Kitchen. So I began by simply looking at the "Brochure Layout" for my unit and went from there,

Left:  Proposed Layout for the unit Type 3A1.  Right:  My proposed layout.  As you can see the kitchen layout are basically the same, with the exception of the cooktop and basin orientation, as well as the length of the island. The bedroom wardrobe layout are vastly different; the developer proposed 2 seperate wardrobes at the entry to the ensuite and my proposal is a single long wardrobe next to the bedroom door - the intent is that the circulation from the bedroom door to the ensuite is not interrupted and creating a partition for the ensuite and bedroom with the wardrobe space.

Left: Proposed Layout for the unit Type 3A1. Right: My proposed layout.

As you can see the kitchen layout are basically the same, with the exception of the cooktop and basin orientation, as well as the length of the island. The bedroom wardrobe layout are vastly different; the developer proposed 2 seperate wardrobes at the entry to the ensuite and my proposal is a single long wardrobe next to the bedroom door - the intent is that the circulation from the bedroom door to the ensuite is not interrupted and creating a partition for the ensuite and bedroom with the wardrobe space.

1. Kitchen Extension by Signature Kitchen

Left:  Propose Kitchen Extension.  Right:  Existing Kitchen during Handover

Left: Propose Kitchen Extension. Right: Existing Kitchen during Handover

With most of the kitchen already complete, the extension is quite minimal. My proposal is to create a slot for the fridge with accompanying shelving above it and a small breakfast island (underneath the pendant lighting) just for additional counter space and also works to separate the kitchen and the dining area.

The existing kitchen was already made by Signature Kitchen (Projects Team), so rather than shopping around for kitchen manufacturers and since I initially wanted the same material,s why not go to the same source, Signature Kitchen (Subang). From where I was introduced to Diyana who helped me with my material selection and convinced me to go for a contrasting colour for the island rather than matching the existing [the Silverino was chosen], and Fadzli who later supervised the installation. And the results are:

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The overall outcome blended together quite well; the fridge and its compartment felt almost like a single piece and the contrasting island actually fits nicely with the curtains in the background and didn't seem alien (as initially feared).

Contact: Signature Kitchen Subang (Happy Maternity Leave, Diyana!)

2. Open Wardrobe by FS Design Furniture

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Above: my proposal for the Open Wardrobe for the Master Bedroom design.

The intent with the long single wardrobe was to create a partition between the ensuite and the bedroom; so you enter the "walk-in" wardrobe area rather than the bedroom straightaway and you could go to the ensuite without having to go through the bed area (unlike the proposed layout in the brochure) - so you can avoid looking at my messy bed.

The idea of the Open Wardrobe was because I wanted to avoid making the bedroom feel smaller; despite the wardrobe cutting into the bedroom, the open concept didn't make it feel too enclosed. Materiality was important, light thin frames were required and timber shelving to meld with the flooring.  There were 2 options initially, one with a metal frame and wooden shelving and another is a standard wooden shelf with no doors or backing. 

Option 1 was the main intent and after several weeks of searching, FS Design Furniture, was the most reasonably priced, had made similar shelving previous, and was highly recommended (Thanks Syireen!). During the course of manufacturing, several discussions with the founder Fazli Shah about the colour of the frame either in anodized black or brass was a constant toss-up and finalized with black to follow suit with the lighting and bed frame which were also dark.

The main issue with open concept wardrobe for some people is that people can see your clothes - which is true, careful curation of clothes to be displayed for when your guests come to visit are required or if you're like me with not that many clothes, display them all anyway. The results are:

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The overall outcome was as the desired intent and fits quite comfortably in the room; the Bedroom did not feel like it lost a quarter of its space and timber shelving blended perfectly.  I would highly recommend FS Design Furniture, they also have a great selection of pre-packed furniture with similar timber and metalwork finishes - tell them Izzat sent you and hopefully they'll give you a discount.

Contact: FS Design Furniture and visit their Instagram for more of their work.

3. Open Wardrobe by IKEA

Bonus! Following the same Open Wardrobe concept of the master bedroom, IKEA offers a similar product called the ELVARLI Post system which comes in a modular layout that fit my Spare Bedroom/Study quite nicely. It's a great system that fits to varied ceiling heights (see far right post in the photo above) and can suit your desired layout.

Tip before purchasing is to figure out your desired layout on their website before going to IKEA to purchase it. Because the whole thing is modular, once you've selected your layout, the website will list all the required components for you to pick up - ask the attendant at the store for assistance.

Website: IKEA

Next post for Project Mono is FURNITURE, coming soon-ish.