Cafe-torian, an amalgamation of the word ‘café’ and ‘Victorian’ that succinctly describes the home owners’ tastes and interests. Inspired by the many cafés that the adventurous couple has visited all around the world, this spacious 5-room HDB resale flat was given a new lease of life in the form of sleek white walls and light wood furnishings, interspersed with accents from the Victorian era that they so love.
The front door of this snug space opens to a unique U-shaped kitchen island built from a white ash oak that brings some warmth to the otherwise all-white kitchen. The light wood carpentry is balanced out with a cool grey floor that not only adds contrast to the entire kitchen and dining area, but also perfectly frames up and segregates the room from the living area in a way that is strongly reminiscent of a photo frame that the Victorians were ever so fond of.
Boasting not one but two focal points, the living room is without a doubt, the star of the show with its minimalist design and borrowed components from the Victorian age — such as the plush brown armchair and the wooden frame that gives the space some depth without going overboard and that also serves as a quiet reading nook.
Another area worthy of mention is the bathroom, a room largely ignored by the majority of new homeowners today, that features a seamless interplay between the bold use of Spanish-inspired floor tiles and the more laidback aesthetics of the cement screed wall, making this space one that flawlessly combines utilitarianism and beauty.