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Liquid Interiors designs a flat to promote healthy living

Liquid Interiors

Home is not only where the heart is — home is also the place that can nurture or harm us the most. While sleeping, eating, relaxing or executing daily chores, we are surrounded by spaces that may make us sick. Some cabinetry or finishes release toxic fumes long after they are installed, while noise and lights may disrupt crucial sleep patterns.

For Rowena Gonzales, founder of Liquid Interiors and a LEED AP-ID+C certified interior designer, ensuring that her clients are happy and healthy in their home is just as important as how the space looks. Her solution for a 1,400 square foot flat on Broom Road in Happy Valley has a cheerful vibe with built-in wellness features. Its combination of outdoor living and flexible spaces tell the owners’ story, for a home they are proud to show off to friends. One of the first things Liquid tackled was reinstating an original balcony that had been converted into interior space over time.

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With ceiling heights of just over eight feet and no view from the north-facing windows, the apartment was very dark when the owners first purchased it. Allowing in more natural light was high on the priority list. “With the low ceilings, the challenge was how to bring light deep into the space and make it feel more open,” recalls Gonzales.

“The owners like to entertain — they don’t watch much TV,” she adds. “She really likes bold, vivid colours. During our design meetings, she would often point to what she was wearing to illustrate the shade she was after. The owner wanted a Greek island feel.” To accommodate her extensive wardrobe, one bedroom was converted into a walk-in-closet. When all wardrobe doors are shut, the room doubles as an extension of the living area with the central island dresser transforming into a stand-up bar for drinks.

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Liquid Interiors


Liquid Interiors

“It is nice to walk into this space during a party to discover a champagne bar,” says Gonzales. To realise her client’s love for rainbow hues, Liquid splashed accents of colour through cushions, poufs, lampshades and accessories against a background of white. These shades were reiterated in carefully selected artwork that reflected the owners’ personality. “We styled the bar with similar colours,” Gonzales notes. “We sourced everything: from the bar cart to the coasters and stir sticks.”


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Liquid hid an air purification system in the ceiling to enhance sleep quality and replaced windows to improve acoustics. In the bedroom and bathroom areas, circadian lighting was installed to mimic the sun’s light temperature and helps to regular melatonin levels. The kitchen was relocated to near the entrance; it has an airy breakfast counter and open shelving for displaying souvenirs. “The long entry corridor became a gallery of family photos — it immediately tells their narrative to anyone coming through the door,” notes Gonzales, “This adds meaning to the space.”

After living in the flat, the owners are enjoying a better quality of life both aesthetically and physically. “She feels happier, enjoys better sleep and her breathing problems are gone,” states Gonzales. “It shows that a home designed with health and wellness in mind can benefit people right away.” 

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