House tour: A modern, classical home to a family of four

Homeowners James Teo and Patricia Huang were immediately drawn to the stately look and grand style of the colonial-inspired dwellings surrounding their new home – this fascination prompted them to consider channelling some of that old-world flair into their modern condominium.

However, they were concerned that a totally classical look would result in their home looking cramped and stuffy. So, they decided to seek professional help from established design studio Fuse Concept. After meeting the couple, designer Tan Jian Da proposed a design solution that embodies features from two styles – classical and contemporary.

“I wanted a modern take on the classical design, so that the home would not look too conventional or dated,” says Patricia. They also requested to keep the living areas spacious to ensure enough room for their two young children to play.

Parquet is used in the living room. James wanted the wood flooring to be finished with Rubio oil to give it a rich, dark stain while maintaining the textural qualities of the natural material. The walls were kept white and designed with shelves and wainscot details to add dimension and display area, as the homeowners love showcasing family portraits and knick-knacks. Many of the furniture pieces in the home were customised, including the dining set, side table, and sideboard from Second Charm.