The client is a Malaysian woman working abroad in Melbourne who was looking to have a holiday home to return to whenever she visits family in Kuala Lumpur. The plan was also to make this two-bedroom apartment her permanent home upon retirement.

With a budget of between RM40,000 – RM80,000, she entrusted the 879 sf unit to Megan Lai – interior designer, architect, and founder of Ground Up. From observing her client’s personal stylish fashion sense, Megan knew instantly that her client is not one to shy away from bold patterns and a vibrant colour palette. With that, the transformation of an empty unit to one with botanical and tropical eclecticism began. Although nervous, Megan’s client was also extremely keen.

“I wanted a ‘Pinterest-worthy’ feature wall which would anchor the look and feel of the apartment and so I selected an emerald green wallcovering with a classy botanical design,” Megan Lai, founder of Ground Up.

Megan took the client’s request to make the house “lively and cozy (with a hint of chic)” by incorporating neutral palettes with green, teal and gold accents. Megan also made it a point to echo the botanical theme, anchored by the living room feature wall, throughout the apartment by utilising wall art of plant imagery and plant-like decoratives in the other rooms.

The choice of furniture was also deliberately made to allow the client to feel comfortable during periods when she would be alone in the apartment as well as for when she needed to host parties.

The total renovation cost, amounting to RM60,000, met the client’s budget and the result is an extremely happy client.