May 24, 2010

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A Fairytale Gone Right

You would think that after so many years of separation, their friendship would have grown stale. still everything remains the same and it only grows stronger with each drip of sweat and sketch.

Gone were the days of living in a small town. Sg. Siput is a town situated on the outskirts of Perak where architecture was close to zilch. Unless our honorable politicians are willing to uphold their long-forgotten promises of bringing the town forward, I’d put my money on the fact that it will become your next ‘South Hampton’.

Even with these unforgiving circumstances, two girls who lived in this small town had been abstaining from their hearts’ desire – Katie Yew a 32-year-old thriving interior designer who has been in this industry for 14 years and May Heong a successful business woman who is running a recycling business.

Separated for six years, these two were reunited through Facebook and then they started cooking up a plan for a magnifique creation. Designer Yew’s challenge was to meet the nitty-gritty requirements that Heong has for her home. In this case, the important portion of the design and renovation work goes to the kitchen. The aftermath of the design has promised Heong the convenience that she always wanted in the home, “in the beginning of the process I was very worried about the space and now all my worries have disappeared…the house can be easily maintained…” Her mother also shares the same love for the kitchen as she does as they are both people who take pride in a neat, clean and organized space.

Since becoming a mother in 2007, Yew has taken safety measures when she designs each home, “it is an important factor, so I would minimize the usage of corners, during the process of designing”. In fact, her love for interior designing began because of her “love to see beautiful houses. When the home is beautiful, the person that is living in it is beautiful as well. And then you can also feel them illuminate with happiness.”

Instead of going out to the shops to purchase the furniture, most of the pieces are custom-made to fit the given space. This would then give the design justice, rather than just giving the place a lift up but not catering to the fundamentals.

“Each project that I get, I treat them like my ‘baby’ so it is up to me to nurture them and bring them up.” Yew says, “As interior designers, you have to be excited and shed love for each of your design otherwise you will not be able to share your creation with no one else. You need to put your heart and soul into each design.”

Andy Collier & Doctor May Heong
Putra Heights
35’ X 54’ , 3 Storey Semi-D

13-1, Dinasti Sentral, Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Off Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
+603-7981 8441
+6012-2677 790

Interior Designer, Katie Yew and the owner, Dr May Heung

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