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It took three months and $70,000 to totally transform this five-room Serangoon flat into the eclectic, breezy and bold abode that it is now. Home to a couple with a love for cocktails, the heart of the 1,300 sqft apartment is an open-concept bar and dining area that wouldn’t look out of place in a hip speakeasy.

But the flat, which was 37 years old at the time of renovations, didn’t always look this good. Interior designer Eric Yap of The Interior Lab tells 8Days.sg: “The condition of the flat was quite bad. Ceilings were warped, some even had concrete spalling. There was leakage from exterior walls as well."

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The homeowners pretty much gave their ID free rein in the design and planning of their home, and only requested for a look that’s a cross between eclectic, mid-century and boho.

“They gave me the freedom to plan for them, and the final outcome was almost the same as what I’d proposed, especially the kitchen and master bathroom,” says Eric. “I’m really thankful that they were very receptive to my ideas and suggestions to use bold coloured materials, like for the kitchen and toilet tiles, as well as kitchen cabinets.”

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