If you've been playing Animal Crossing recently, you might have been drawn into Cottagecore - an aesthetic inspired by a romanticised interpretation of a simple, agricultural life, offering an escape from today's stressful world.
"The homeowners are in their early thirties, a lovely couple with a lot of fun and they care about their future home a lot!" say the designers from Hall Interiors. "They enjoy hosting friends and family. They love cooking but wanted to keep an eye on the living room and the interaction there."
To overcome this, the design team created detailed lines and used cement to mimic the look of wood panels to improve the durability of materials. Extra effort is also spent on small details on the finishing of the handles, floor trap and sourcing loose furniture that are rare in Singapore. The beams in the living room not only add to the image of a cottage with the exposed wood structure, but they also cover up the wires and pipes without lowering the ceiling height of the house.
"Lots of people may think that's not important, but it is a very important detail to bring out the soul of the concept," explain the designers. "We're glad that the homeowners are on the same page and we put lots of effort to shop and search, importing them from overseas and custom made the coffee table, doors and side tables so as to not lose the aesthetic of the concept."