Malaysian 2-storey house a cosy, classy space with resort-like and homey feel


The couple added shiny accessories to their bathroom to jazz up the look. Photos: Jaslina Tanzil

Even though Jaslina Tanzil and her husband did not have a particular decor style they wanted for their new home when they moved in last October, it has turned out to be a cosy abode with a classy touch.

Located within a gated and guarded community in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, the double-storey end-lot measures 20ft x 70ft (6m x 21m) and comes with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

“My husband and I didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but we focused on having a cosy home full of earthy, wooden tones with a mixture of marble decorations. We chose this selection as we agreed to have something which is timeless but with a little bit of modern touch at the same time,” said Jaslina, 37, an in-house legal counsel.

Dark wood furniture, gold elements and beige tones form a big part of the overall aesthetics, creating a comfortable, stylish ambience.

“The combination of these elements beautifully balances our space, and it feels refreshingly modern and classic. In other words, we feel both resort-like and homey vibes at the same time!” said Jaslina, who shares her decor journey on Instagram (@homiekami).The dining room is one of the couple’s favourite spots as they can see the overall view of the house while facing the yard.The dining room is one of the couple’s favourite spots as they can see the overall view of the house while facing the yard.

Recently, her home was selected 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 #ightmbathroom for its captivating design.

“We love the minimal yet very luxe feel in this bathroom. The wood textures perfectly complement the dark marble tiles, and the gold fixtures complete the look.

“The fluted vanity cabinet with marble- patterned countertop and round lighted mirror accentuate the luxe feel, making the bathroom very warm and inviting. We love every bit of it!”

Jaslina’s husband, Akhmal Khan Abu, 37, who is in corporate sales, was the one who designed the bathroom himself after doing research online and on social media.

“Our bathrooms are quite small, therefore the options were quite limited but we managed to still make them look spacious without trying too hard. We added a little bit of shiny accessories just to make them pop,” explained Jaslina.

Meanwhile their kitchen is inspired by an English modern farmhouse concept, with marble-patterned quartz stone countertop, mosaic fish scale tile backsplash and wooden pattern floor tiles.

“I focused on having a light-coloured kitchen as our kitchen space is quite small, and having the wood-pattern floor tiles make it look classic,” she shared.The kitchen is inspired by an English modern farmhouse concept, with marble-patterned quartz stone countertop, mosaic fish scale tile backsplash and wooden pattern floor tiles.The kitchen is inspired by an English modern farmhouse concept, with marble-patterned quartz stone countertop, mosaic fish scale tile backsplash and wooden pattern floor tiles.

What Jaslina likes best about her kitchen is the custom-made moveable mini island.

“It is small in size but yet so functional. When we’re not using it, we will move it aside and when we have guests in our house, it can be set up as a buffet table.”

Unsurprisingly, the couple’s favourite spot in the house is the kitchen and dining space.

“I love spending time in the kitchen to prepare food as that’s when I will think about how far I’ve come to get my dream kitchen.

“The dining area is where my husband and I eat together and we can see the overall view of the house while facing the yard; it’s just so refreshing,” shared Jaslina, who hopes to work on her laundry area next to improve storage and access.


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