rebuilding a 90s flat around its 30-year-old marble floors

Versatility to gather with those who matter

  • Couple Living
  • 4 br
  • HDB (Resale)
  • ~1,200 sqft
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Here it is: our long anticipated dining room. It looks straightforward — but really, was far from it. We had to hack a wall, level the floor, and lay/grind/polish new marble to get here…!
  • As we talked about in our earlier posts, we really prioritised the flow between the living, dining and kitchen area, because we saw this as being most optimal for hosting friends and family.
  • We were drawn to this dining set when we first saw it on Taobao, and were not disappointed at all by its quality. Solid, sturdy wood, finished with a sleek varnish to protect it from spills and stains.
  • Because it was solid wood, it also meant that it was shipped in one single piece, and couldn’t fit into our HDB lift. We ended up having to carry this up the stairs by ourselves… and relied heavily (no pun intended!) on the charity of family for help.
  • Here’s a view of the dining room with the bifold doors closed. We chose these clean, glass doors because we wanted to make sure that the grease and smell of food wouldn’t get onto the furniture, without having to sacrifice light streaming into the house.
  • I wouldn’t call this a regret, but one of the less conventional things we did was to install a fan above our dining table, instead of pendant lights. This has made dining much more comfortable, especially in Singapore’s oppressing heat and humidity. But the downside is that the dining area tends to get slightly dim during dinner time, without natural light illuminating the space. So if anyone has good ideas on table lamps or standing lamps that would work in this space, please hit us up with your suggestions!
  • 3 September 2023
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