This 1 bedroom condo is sure to give you some ideas on how you can add storage and still make your home look clean.

An open layout is essential for compact spaces

Who livs here: Daniel and Katherine Tran

Location: 19 Forest Woods

Type of home: 1 room condo

Livspace team: Interior Designer Mizan Arsad and Project Managers Terence & Fione

Livspace service: Design, electrical, ceiling, carpentry, painting

Budget: $$$$$

There are pros and cons of being the first ones to obtain the keys to your condo and for Katherine and Daniel it was no different. While it is amazing that they could move into their brand new 1 bedroom condo at the earliest, they had to endure and live through the dust and noise of neighbors’ renovation. But that apart, they were very excited about renovating their home and personalise it according to their lifestyle. Their designer, Mizan Arsad, made sure he optimised available space and made it as functional and pretty as possible.

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A unique home that opens up to the kitchen on one side

This cute condo welcomes you with simplicity
Grey and laminate pair up like a dream
Built-in appliances look sleek

At first you might find it strange, but a straight kitchen can be incorporated on any wall and for this 1 bedroom condo, this space seemed appropriate. Naturally, since this is the first thing you see when you enter the house, Mizan has to keep it neutral. Therefore, you will spot lots of laminate and subtle grey colours here. Equipped with built-in appliances and handleless cabinetry, this kitchen is perfect for a modern couple.

A befitting dining space for two

A foldable dining table is a saviour
A bench against the wall makes for cafe-style dining

When it comes to compact spaces, the trick lies in making the most of available space rather than cutting corners. So instead of not having a dining space, the couple decided to utilise a corner to have theirs. A trunk-style dining table is a clever way of adding concealed storage. To add some character to this space, they have hung up a wall painting with focus lights directing towards it.

WFH is becoming the new norm and many of us are forced to utilise a space that was not its intended function. The dining room doubles up as an office or a classroom for example.

“Our experience with Livspace has been very pleasant. Mizan is very patient and understands the criticality of having bust schedules. We met him during covid period, so we understand the difficulty of arranging manpower due to having to go through covid examination especially when Malaysia experienced a second lockdown. He delivered perfectly and we love the way our home looks now.”

Katherine and Daniel

Livspace Homeowners

Living rooms this cozy are love

Black leatherette sofas look classic
Cove lighting in the false ceiling FTW
Laminate TV unit with a wall-mounted TV

Due to space constraints, Mizan had to really think through the design of the console and keep it as sleek as possible. He tailored the size of this stone-style console such that it fits in perfectly and does not look like a typical TV unit. As for the feature wall, due to the short width of the wall and tall ceiling, we introduced brass inlays to break up the bulkiness of the wall. The couple loves spending time here, on the comfy couch with a great view of the outside.

“There is a poetic interpretation behind the brass inlays on the wall. Gold symbolises wealth and the usage of duality symbolises the husband and wife pairing,” reveals Mizan.

Boho vibes in the bedroom

Sheer white drapes create a dreamy ambience
A boho vibe flows through the bedroom
Always opt for sliding door wardrobes to save space

For the bedroom, the couple got a modular sofa which converts into a mattress but it looked out of place in the small but tall room. Therefore, we introduced a bedhead to manage the proportions of the room and also serve as a backing for the sofa-cum-mattress. This bedhead also allows for mood lighting to be introduced, which the couple really wanted. Taking care of storage is the sliding door laminate wardrobe next to it.

A tiny but functional bathroom

Storage-intensive bathroom for the couple
Hidden storage behind the mirror cabinet
Light colours for a compact space

The bathroom in this 1 bedroom condo is a perfect example of how one can make a compact space work harder. With hidden storage behind the vanity mirror and niche storage on the side, this bathroom has no dearth of storage space. It’s minimal, sleek and functional!

“This condo, despite its smaller footprint, is able to adapt to the client’s needs, thanks to smart furniture purchases and non-conventional approach to spaces. It was a unique experience working on this one and I am very satisfied with the outcome.”

Mizan Arsad

Interior Designer, Livspace

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