There are two interests that help busy working mum Amiza H. A. destress – cooking and home decorating.
And that is clearly reflected in the way her home interior has been lovingly put together.
Located in Eco Spring, Johor Baru, her double-storey link terrace house is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom abode for Amiza and her family of four.
With an original build-up of 2,184sq ft (202.9sq m), the house also features an extended space of 7ft x 10ft (2.1m x 3m), formerly a yard area that is now used as the laundry room.
For the interior, Amiza and her husband decided on a transitional style design.
“When we first bought the house, I thought of blending the exterior concept, which is a European-like design, with the interior design of a modern farmhouse style, which features a white theme,” said Amiza, who moved into their home on March 4.
“Later, we changed our minds and chose a transitional theme instead, which combines modern and traditional designs. The modern style for me is something that is fresh, white and clean, and incorporates natural materials.
“In terms of traditional themes, I prefer classical interior design, which tends to have a timeless and structured look. A transitional design will be aesthetically pleasing when it combines traditional and modern elements. The accessories, texture and finish speak volumes about its richness. I believe that for the time being, this theme suits us best!” said the 35-year-old chemistry lecturer.
Amiza shares her home decor journey on Instagram. Her house was also selected recently by @ighometourmalaysia – a local home tour group on Instagram hosted by home decor enthusiasts to inspire one another and share ideas on home design and decor – under the theme #ightmcoffeetable for its stylish look.
“The coffee table was one of the pieces of furniture that I really looked into before buying it. It has always been our dream to have a large coffee table with a woody finish and texture.
“With dimensions of 56in x 42in (142cm x 107cm), it is the perfect size for our family. Besides, our guests may also enjoy a cup of coffee in the living hall without having to go to the dining room.
“As for the display items on it, rather than using heavy decorations, I chose simple, aesthetic ornaments. For me, the colour and texture combinations of frames, vases and flowers are important factors in creating an elegant decoration for our coffee table,” shared Amiza, who has a son aged six and a daughter aged three.
Adding character to her home interior are arched doorways and shelves, which give out a warm, classic feel.
“When designing the interior of our house, we decided to incorporate some arched designs into certain areas, such as the kitchen, doorway and door. Aside from its trendiness, we also wanted to inject some classic elements into the interior design of this home.
“As we all know, arches have captivated hearts since the times of our ancestors. Today, we can still highlight arches with some fresh elements while (retaining) the (original) idea of arches,” she added.
Amiza’s kitchen is done up in white modern farmhouse style with gold and wooden elements. Sintered stone (porcelain) is used for countertops, which goes well with the ember white and black mosaic floor tiles.
From the kitchen window, Amiza and her family can also feast their eyes on a spacious, green backlane garden, which is a public space for residents there.
“There is no doubt that my favourite spot in the house is the kitchen. I’ve always enjoyed cooking. My free time is mostly spent in the kitchen preparing food, baking and exploring new dishes for my family and friends.
“In fact, cooking and decorating are two way of relieving me of stress. My heart feels calmer and my mind is more open when I can do the things I love.
“The moment I begin decorating my home, I feel very happy. To me, taking pleasure in decorating a home does not come from just interest, but from passion. It is a step-by-step process.
“It’s amazing how ordinary people like us (ighomers) can express extraordinary ideas through the art of interior and exterior decoration,” she shared.
The small garden in front of her home has also been turned into a simple yet functional space with outdoor furniture and edible plants like pandan leaves, lemongrass, aloe vera and turmeric. It is also where her kids play and family barbecues are held.
“There is still much to do before our house is fully complete and decorated. We will prioritise finishing our home’s living room and upper floors.
“Afterwards, we will focus on the garden landscape and other areas. Even if it takes years, that’s okay with us. We will just enjoy it and go slowly.
“In decorating a house, it’s important to make it more than just a home, but an inspiring place to live in, and not to underestimate the power of creativity.
“Believe me, the purchase of luxury items is not always the best choice, and there are times when buying inexpensive products is a good idea. It is us who give colour to our houses. So, be happy by spending wisely!”