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You’ve probably heard of homeowners firing their interior designer (ID). But what about the other way around? “I got fired by my interior designer,” Fei Woon, homeowner of this five-room resale flat in Bedok Reservoir, tells 8Days. Following the fiasco, Fei decided to design the place herself and worked with a contractor instead.

The end results in these photos speak for themselves.

This self-designed 1,200 sq ft home, awash with natural light and decked out in warm wood and neutral tones, exudes all sorts of zen vibes, much like the modern minimalist Bali villas that Fei drew inspiration from.

The 38-year-old marketing director at an IT firm has been living here for almost a year, and is able to look back on the arduous one-year renovation journey lightheartedly, now that she’s got the luxury of hindsight. "When I tell people about it, they're like, 'Huh? How can you get fired by the ID; shouldn't it be the other way around? But I'm glad the place turned out fine in the end," she quips.

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