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Entertaining open

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entertaining open

The Straits Times

When the home owner bought this apartment, she instinctively knew that she wanted an open-concept kitchen and a concealed household shelter door.

She also wanted to have the same "mood and style" as her previous home, which was designed by Distinct Identity.

Having established a good rapport with the team, she entrusted the project to it once again.

For Ms Ambika Chowdhry, interior design executive at the home-grown design firm, the challenge was in coming up with a design that would make the 1,300 sq ft three-bedroom condominium in Kembangan feel as spacious and luxurious as the 3,000 sq ft landed home the family had moved from.

"Besides removing the kitchen walls and integrating the space with the dining area to create an open living concept, the interior has been designed in a modern luxe style with clean lines and a cosy feel," says Ms Chowdhry.

The family loves to host, so the main living, dining and kitchen areas have been designed with this in mind.

The home owner, an accountant who shares the home with her husband and mother-in-law, says: "In our previous home, we had a wet and dry kitchen and we spent most of our time at the dining table in the dry kitchen, either working from home or catching up on each other's day."

They wanted something similar in their new abode.

With the existing kitchen walls removed, the kitchen counter and dining table form a linear element that extends across both spaces.

Dekton is used on the kitchen counter and backsplash and the material follows through to the custom-made dining table, establishing a continuity that ties the two spaces together. Full-height cabinets behind the dining area provide storage space, conceals the door to the shelter and serves as a feature wall.

One of the challenges in designing the kitchen and dining areas is the structural column right in the middle of the two spaces.

Ms Chowdhry says: "I wanted the column to stand out on its own, which was why I opted for a raw concrete finish to add a different texture to the space and give it more character."

The clean lines of the master bedroom are consistent with the rest of the interior. Ms Chowdhry reconfigured the layout such that the bed and headboard are against the floor-to-ceiling window. This arrangement takes advantage of the length of the room and accommodates a king-size bed and bedside tables.

The home owner says: "It gives an interesting twist to the room and provides me with more storage space, as well as a clean wall for the television set and console."

After eight weeks of renovation that cost around $100,000, the family moved in just before Chinese New Year last year.

The home owner is full of praise for Ms Chowdhry: "She understood my tastes and preferences well and was able to incorporate my ideas and fit our lifestyle into the design."

For Ms Chowdhry, the project not only addressed the client's brief, but also achieved the aesthetics that the family wanted while "keeping the design practical and functional for the home owners".

• This article first appeared in the June 2020 issue of Home & Decor, which is published by SPH Magazines.

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Designing a kitchen is one of the most difficult parts of redeveloping a building. The kitchen is without doubt the heart of the home and it’s where we like to entertain, relax and create memories.

With this in mind, open plan kitchen / diner / lounges are becoming more and more popular. The openness of the design allows for a continuous flow of atmosphere; all music and laughter can move freely, smells from the kitchen will fill the room and groups are not divided into individual rooms.

As such you may think that there’s not a huge amount involved in designing the layout of a kitchen, just make it as open as possible and that’s forgivable, most people only consider the aesthetics of a kitchen’s layout. However when it comes to a layout’s functionality, and in this case entertaining guests, there are a fair few aspects to consider before settling on a design layout.

Consider where you cook…

If you’re the kind of entertainer that like to have people over for dinner, enjoy each other’s company with a glass of wine as you produce for them an exquisite 5 course meal (and make it look so easy), then you will firstly want to consider where you do the majority of your food prep.

This is precisely the reason why kitchen islands and peninsulas have become so popular. They afford an entertainer, chef the ability to continue preparing dishes, whilst facing their guests – without an island set up, you would have to turn your back to the room to continue. Now, islands / peninsulas include hobs and ovens also, to continue this benefit.

There’s obviously nothing wrong with turning your back occasionally to your guests, but when sustained it gives guests the subconscious impression that you’re busy and can’t talk, stifling conversation.

Sometimes a kitchen can be too big…

When we say a kitchen can be too big, we’re not talking specifically about the kitchen, so much as the space between parts of the kitchen. One such area of this that you should pay attention to is the distance between an island/peninsula and the opposite counter top. A large kitchen is great and adds a brilliant wow factor to a home, it just needs to be divided properly.

Open spaces are great in a building, they make the room feel large and light, but they come with a downside: An open space begs to be stood in, sat in, or leant on. Having guests stood where you’re trying to cook, prepare food or generally work can lead to a frustrating time for everyone involved.

Avoid this issue by using the island as a barrier between you and the rest of your guests, place it close enough to the adjacent counter so that the space between doesn’t seem intended as an entertaining area, think about the distance between a bar or restaurant kitchen. Still, ensure that it’s not a squeeze to fit in there, there’s a fine line to walk between too much space and not enough. Encourage guests to place themselves on the other side of it subconsciously by placing seating on that side.

Look your guests in the eye…

Spare a thought as to where your guests might naturally stand and talk and ensure that there’s nothing that could hinder that and cause people to stand in unnatural positions in the room, simply to hold a conversation.

Low hanging lights over the central countertop may look beautiful and be a great design piece, but you’ll instantly be trying to talk between the bright gaps as you try to make conversations with your guests. Common mistakes include, low extractor hoods, cabinets, hanging pots and pans, and chandeliers. People will hold a little bit of conversation around the dinner table in the seconds before they sit down to dine, a low hanging light fixture may interfere with this natural back and forth and cause conversation to die once the first course is served.


Creating a fun and enjoyable space for entertainment is entirely down to your preference and how you enjoy entertaining your guests and these are purely areas to be aware of, not hard rules to live by. The most important thing is that you enjoy your living space.

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