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Interior designers and decorators in Singapore: EL’s top home stylists

By: Jess Smit

Why is that some people can chuck a few cushions at a sofa and it just works, while others spend hours on Pinterest and still get it wrong? (I’m talking about myself here.) And this is before we even get on to room layout, lighting, colours, materials…

Drum roll, then, for Singapore’s favourite interior designers and stylists who’ll give your home the wow factor you’re dreaming of without 17 trips to Crate & Barrel just to get the napery right (again, me).

There are stylists and studios to suit different personalities (and pay packets) across Singapore, so read on to find out which one will steal your living room’s heart.

Elliot James

If you’re looking for something seriously stylish, opulent and classic, then Elliot James is for you. This trendy consultancy offers the finest elements of British interior design, combining England’s heritage and London’s fashion scene with the sleek, clean lines of Singapore. Founder Elliot, a lovely British bloke himself, has designed his way around the island – from creating swanky F1 suites to styling the funky new Chillax Market. His main focus is residential, with Elliot renovating and decorating an array of properties including shophouses, penthouses and even mansions across the Malaysian border. That’s not to say this consultancy can’t work magic on single room makeovers too – Elliot can give your home a luxurious, British twist with product sourcing and room styling alone. Call 8499 8885, email info@elliotjames.com or fill out a contact us form here.

We've got living room envy! Thanks E&A Interiors!
We’ve got living room envy! Thanks E&A Interiors!

E&A Interiors
46 Kim Yam Rd, off River Valley Road, 04-24, 239351
Fabric fantastic! We’re smitten with the gorgeous international fabric and wallpaper designs stocked by British designers Chlöe Elkerton and Elizabeth Acland’s boutique design house, E&A Interiors. Using these artisanal prints, as well as carefully curated vintage and bespoke pieces of furniture, Chlöe and Elizabeth offer a full interior design service, turning out eclectic and beautiful spaces that just so happen to be comfortable and practical too. Between the pair, they’ve worked across North America and Europe, and now Asia is getting some of their interiors fairy dust too.

You won't find any Ikea here! One of Design Intervention's many successful schemes
You won’t find any Ikea here! One of Design Intervention’s many successful schemes

Design Intervention
75E Loewen Road, 248845
An award-winning design studio and consultancy turning out impeccable interiors from a corner of Loewen Gardens, Design Intervention’s team is made up of interior designers, architects, stylists, furniture designers and project managers from 12 nationalities. So whether you’re looking for guidance on taking your bedroom from drab to fab, want a kitchen redesign, a bespoke sofa that’s sculpted to your specs and seat, or are planning to hit them with a full-scale new-build, renovation or restoration, Design Intervention’s got your back. They don’t have a house style, yet whatever interiors of theirs we’ve seen, we’ve loved – from dramatic and glamorous, to fun-filled and calm.
Psst! Fancy yourself as a closet stylist? Design Intervention’s School of Interior Design offers two courses in interior design. No prior knowledge needed.

Vibrant vintage design a la Make Room!
Vibrant vintage design a la Make Room!

Make Room
315 Outram Road #10-01, Tan Boon Liat Building, 169074
Pop some colour on your walls! Upcycle an old piece! Add some mood lighting! Lost already? Rope in MAKE ROOM’s interior design and styling services. They’ll work with what you’ve already got and mix and match a few new items to create a fab new look. Check out their website and drool over their latest overhauls, plus pop by their showroom to get a feel for their stuff. Think trendy industrial furniture from Madam Stoltz, hand-knitted poufs from the MAKE ROOM collection and Scandinavian-style pieces from Bloomingville.

Caroline Chin Geyler of Arete Culture transformed this Este Villa home in four short hours!
Caroline Chin Geyler of Arete Culture transformed this Este Villa home in four short hours!

Arete Culture
63 Hillview Avenue #09-08, Lam Soon Building, 669569
If you’ve got your ear to Singapore’s design ground, you’ll no doubt have heard about Caroline Chin Geyler from Arete Culture. Caroline and her team source products from partners such as Originals, Korla, Danish Design and many more big Singapore names, as well as from their own bespoke collection of customisable home decor hand-plucked from across the globe. They can make over anything from a single room to an entire home in a matter of hours or days. Plus, they specialise in combining new and bespoke pieces with your existing art and furniture, so don’t chuck anything before they’ve given it the yay or nay. Sustainable decorating – we like it (and we think our other halves will too).
P.S. Arete Culture’s brand-spanking new store opens on 17 September 2014, so now you can shop their artwork, lighting, luxury bed linen, lampshades and more for yourself if you so fancy.

John Erdos
274 River Valley Road, 238316
Teeny bit obsessed with John Erdos’ reclaimed teak furniture? Then you’ll be ecstatic to hear that they’ve started Interior Design services too. ‘I’ve had a lot of people who have asked me to help them create our ‘look’ in their own homes,’ says the man himself. With furniture and renovations for two Sentosa Cove apartments already under his belt – could yours be next?

The Shophouse worked with Davina Stanley from Paper + White to create this gorgeous interior for an embassy residence
The Shophouse worked with Davina Stanley from Paper + White to create this gorgeous interior for an embassy residence

The Shophouse
#07-03 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, 169074
We’re smitten with the Asian-inspired pieces and design classics with a modern twist that The Shophouse’s Creative Director Jamie Gorman and his team turn out. So, we’re more than a little thrilled to find out that they’re a design house too. Chat to The Shophouse’s interior design and home styling team for expert advice, bespoke furniture and unique home accents. Their point of difference is working with existing design houses to help them deliver the client’s vision. Just check out the uber-stylish interior (pictured above) created in partnership with Davina Stanley from Paper + White for an embassy residence in Singapore. When can we move in?

In Situ's architect-designed tall mangrove lamp along with their wicker coconut chair in a client's elegant Bukit Timah home
In Situ’s architect-designed tall mangrove lamp along with their wicker coconut chair in a client’s elegant Bukit Timah home

In Situ

238 River Vallery Road, 238296
Head here for direction on decor, lighting, furniture design and, if you’re going down the renovation road, construction. The architects and interior designers have done many a hotel project, but they’ll also gladly turn their hand to private residences. Plus, the fact that they work exclusively with independent designers and artists means you can be assured a distinctive look.

Lush Lush

Lush Lush
73 Upper Paya Lebar Rd, Centro Bianco, Level 3, 534818
Part furniture store, part styling house, hot foot it to LUSH’s Centro Bianco store to nose around contemporary lighting, furniture and decor at and snap up styling ideas from in-house stylists gratis.

A console transformed by Cocoon Styling!
A console transformed by Cocoon Styling!

Cocoon Styling
If you wish you could put the contents of your home in a garage sale and start afresh, give Cocoon Styling’s Karin Rysgaard a buzz. Armed with top-notch craftsmen, upholsterers, fabric suppliers and Annie Sloan’s cult chalk paint, Karin is full of fabulous pocket-friendly ideas on how to give your furniture and furnishings that much-needed facelift.

Besides furniture restoration and bespoke refurbishment, Karin also offers interior and exterior styling, as well as kitchen and bathroom remodelling using her own reliable contractors.
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