Room to Grow

Interior designer Janice Tjioe approached this family home in Jakarta as she would her own: by maximising functionality without sacrificing aesthetic qualities

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‘As an interior designer and a working mom, I know first-hand that what we need from a family home is more than just a functional space; it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing,’ Tjioe explains. The design brief emphasised the need to consider and accommodate the clients’ two young children, so Tjioe took that as her cue to design the relatively compact home to feel more spacious by maximising the available space.

In the living and dining areas, she designed storage units within the weather walnut wall panelling, where every panel is a door to a concealed unit. This strategy is repeated in the master bedroom, where the wall panelling hides extra closet space.

But, Tjioe notes, ‘in a family home, functionality also means durability.’ When selecting materials, this meant a washable area rug and quartz stone atop the dining table and kitchen counter. Both materials can be easily maintained, and the quartz surfaces, which complement the marble flooring, are scratch resistant.

Tjioe wanted to create a ‘relaxed yet sophisticated’ scene throughout the home, so sleek lines, a neutral palette and muted textures come together to offset the more rustic elements. ‘The balance of warm wood and neutral, matte finish make the space cosy and relaxing, while the polished surfaces add a touch of elegance and sophistication. In the dining area, the walnut panelling provides a more rustic palette against which a hand-painted semi-gloss buffet table, champagne leaf pedestal and crystal pendants stand out. The marble flooring that extends into the kitchen is softened with a broadloom area rug in the living area.’

With areas for play, relaxation and spending time together, Tjioe has designed a family home that champions functionality and modern design sensibilities.

Text / Simone Schultz
Images / Ari Iskandar

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