Stacey Leong Interiors

The process of designing a space, be it a home or office or commercial space, may seem daunting and understandably so. It is very personal and intimate to share this journey with an interior designer, and Stacey Leong Interiors values your time and commitment to open your home, your space and your heart. It regards as its job to extend your vision and transform the physical bricks and mortar to a release of emotions. This constant pursuit of what makes a space sing and soar. In harmony and excitement. This is what it strives to do every day. 

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Stacey Leong Interiors makes over a bungalow in MacRitchie with a calm, minimalist aesthetic

Stacey Leong Interiors makes over a bungalow in MacRitchie with a calm, minimalist aesthetic

The green movement has made its mark on the architecture industry through sustainable design, energy-efficient buildings, renewable materials and the adaptive reuse of existing structures. Indeed, preserving a house is one of the most eco-conscious decisions any new homeowner can make. Another excellent reason for doing so: timeless, classic design.  This was the case for this bungalow in MacRitchie, which was conceived and built in 2005 by Bedmar & Shi, the firm of renowned Argentinian architect Ernesto Bedmar. “Their utmost priority was to preserve the architecture of the original house,” says Stacey Leong of her clients, who hired her to give the home a makeover. The first floor of the building houses an office, an en suite guest bedroom, a formal living area, lounge, kitchen, dining room and powder rooms; while the second floor has the master suite and three bedrooms.  “There were no layout changes, apart from converting the basement to a gym and installing an office in the front of the house,” says Leong, who runs her own eponymous firm. “For daily living, the client yearned for a…

Q&A with Stacey Leong, Stacey Leong Interiors: Every project presents quirks and challenges that ultimately become opportunities

Q&A with Stacey Leong, Stacey Leong Interiors: Every project presents quirks and challenges that ultimately become opportunities

When we caught up in-person, you spoke about how much the kitchen has evolved. Can you elaborate more on how?  Kitchen design has definitely earned us some of our best clients. At Stacey Leong Interiors, our aim is to always keep the space as streamlined as possible. We prefer unfussy finishes and classic proportions with a keen appreciation for ergonomics and flow.  From the start, we have a detailed questionnaire that helps our clients collect their thoughts and assess their ideals and priorities. Very often, they begin with a wish list of built-in and loose appliances that they need in their home. We find out about meal times, cooking habits, gathering frequencies, cuisine preferences and all the nitty gritty that make a busy family kitchen succeed or fail. We then undertake an analysis of circulation between the various zones, including food preparation, cooking, heating, storage and washing up.  Lots of arrows and bubble diagrams later, we begin to find a flow that works for our clients. Sometimes, we nail it on the first try but very often, there is great…

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Stacey Leong Interiors updates the ground floor of an inter-terrace to fulfil the needs of its multi-generational residents

Walk through the ground floor of House 19 with its graceful minimalism, refined detailing and elegant restraint and one would never imagine it used to be vastly different. Transformed with the help of Stacey Leong Interiors, it is now a perfect reflection of its inhabitants’ lifestyles.  Over 15 years, the three-storey inter-terrace saw its residents increase to now house three generations of a family. While the upper floors could adapt accordingly, the first level increasingly became challenging to live in.  “They struggled with the impractical layout and lack of order on the first floor,” shares the founder of the eponymous design firm. Additionally, there was very little storage space and natural light, the bathroom was too small, and the rooms were not working to fulfil the needs of a multi-generational family.  Fortunately for Leong, she had a muse of sorts from the get-go. “My client is a self-taught artist who dabbles in modern pop art using ink as a medium on the weekends,” she says.  “She has a passion for beautiful vintage collectible bags and porcelainware, including antique objects passed…