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Take a tour of Ben and Melly’s beautiful home and check out their unique take on the popular style

At Home with Ben and Melly

A Nordic Haven in Anchorvale

As creative professionals, Ben and Melly had a clear vision of their ideal home. Luckily, both share the same sense of aesthetics. Looking at their flat, decorated in a monochromatic colour palette, it is clear what that style is.


Late morning light filtering through the curtains paints the flat in a soft glow

“I originally wanted a flat that was all white,” Melly said. “Both of us do not really like colours, which is why black, white and grey feature strongly within the design,” Ben added.


Art prints that reveal Melly’s love for New York


Open shelving showcases the couples’ favourite ornaments and travel souvenirs

A pleasing ensemble of grey and wood elements evokes warmth and consistency in the design. From light fixtures to floor finishes and tiles, the couple were heavily involved throughout the design process. The exposed wiring and pipes in their flat are a nod to the industrial theme, adding a chic and edgy touch to their Scandinavian interiors.


Exposed black painted pipes in the kitchen are a unique focal point

Being an app developer and artist respectively, Ben and Melly work primarily from home. A comfortable work space was definitely on the top of their priorities – their glass panelled office embodies the balance of functionality and style that Nordic design is famous for.

In carving out a specific spot to work, they also wanted the space to be open. “We had to knock down some walls, but it is great to see what is happening outside of the room instead of just staring at walls,” said Ben.



The use of glass panels makes Ben and Melly’s workspace feel airy and open

By choosing a flat in a non-mature estate, the couple was able to buy their flat at a relatively lower price. This allowed them to spend more on their flat renovation, which came up to about $60,000.


Houseplants and leaf cuttings bring nature into the home

Since moving into their new home in 2014, Ben and Melly have caught up with old friends and found new friends in their neighbours living in the same estate. “The car park is a great place to meet new people,” Melly joked. They are also fond of the Riverside Park near their home, where they often head to for exercise.

Ben and Melly shared that they are currently expecting a baby and will be transforming one of the rooms into a nursery. We wish the lovely couple and the newest addition to their family every happiness! 

Do you know of any other beautiful HDB homes that we can feature? Share them with us via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or visit us on Facebook!

By K
March 28, 2017


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All That Glitters – DIY Gold Jars

If you have some spare glass jars lying around in your home, this will be a great chance for you to make use of them! For this DIY project, you really just need 2 items – gold metallic spray paint, and a glass jar. While it is very easy to do, make sure that you take note of our little tips, so that your gold jar turns out perfect. 🙂

1) Clean

And by this I mean, really clean it. The most important thing is to make sure that you wipe off any fingerprints on the jar, because it will be visible even when you spray over it!

2) Spray

Now comes the spraying part. Shake the can, then start spraying side to side. Do not spray too close to the jar, because it will cause the paint to drip – a distance of about 12 cm is about right. The key is to apply constant pressure on the nozzle, so that you can get a smoother finish.

Ensure that you have evenly sprayed the entire jar. At the same time, you do not want to spray too many coats of paint, as it will dull the metallic finish. Usually, one coat is enough to achieve a smooth finish.

Ta-dah! You’re almost done. Now all you have to do is to dry it for about an hour. You definitely would not want any marks on your new masterpiece!

So there you go, your very own DIY gold jar that you can use to hold flowers and other decorative items! It is the perfect way to add some sparkle at home, without going overboard 😉

If you have any other creative DIY ideas, you can share it with us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or via our Facebook page.

By Atikah Razak
March 23, 2017


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