Is it possible to live in a pet-friendly home without having to sacrifice your personal style? According to this stylish Vietnamese apartment, absolutely yes.
Sharing a small space is never easy, especially when there are four cats involved. But that’s exactly the predicament 30-year-old Mr Minh Anh Cao and his wife had to navigate when deciding how to decorate their new home. Their design brief dictated a living space that was simple but unique. On top of that, the couple were keen to adopt a design that worked to the various needs of their feline friends, because after all “the cats are owners too, they are not pets” they say.
The result is a bright minimalist abode that’s the perfect sanctuary for both cats and humans. Let’s take a peek at how they did it.
Originally made up of a series of small individual spaces, the main living area of the apartment now consists of an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that works to create a light and airy overall feel. We love the clever use of that stunning oak wood locker system which opens to reveal a bathroom and TV cabinet. When closed, the clean streamlined unit helps to create a sleek minimalist facade that plays to the simplicity requested by the owners.
For the cats, built-in cubby holes function as private entrances to the bathroom and bedroom, providing a playful feature that also allows them free access to every corner of the house. What a great way to make your pets truly feel like this is a space of their own!
A minimalist design aesthetic doesn’t necessarily equate to a strictly neutral color palette. The addition of just one bright accent shade to an otherwise monochrome space can instantly add life and personality to a home whilst still adhering to those precepts of simplicity and restraint. Here, a pop of banana yellow adds a refreshing design detail that draws the eye to the coziest part of the room, immediately inviting guests to sit down and relax on the modular sofa. Better yet, the shade has been introduced via smaller soft furnishings like cushions and throws, making it easy to switch out for another color next season.
A change of color palette and an elevated platform help to visually define the kitchen. We love the juxtaposition of the grown-up and sophisticated chrome and black marble accents alongside the whimsical chalkboard wall.
In the bathroom, the same minimalist style reigns supreme. Notice the special custom cat toilet area, complete with extractor fan, a cat wardrobe, sandbox and cat toiletry cabinet (which houses their food, medicine and other essential items).
To effectively utilize the master bedroom’s large windows, a glass panel wall separates the room from the living space, allowing light to flood the whole apartment. Here, colors are restricted to cool toned grays, blues and whites for a calm and tranquil sleeping quarter. A low-lying futon bed makes it easy for the couple’s posse of cats to join them for an afternoon cat nap.
At the entrance of the apartment, just off the open plan living space, is a spare bedroom separated by floor to ceiling drapery in a nod to the art of functional zoning. The folding bed unit means that this space is actually multi functional, with options for a dining area, home office or cat playroom as and when it suits.
By incorporating the needs of their feline friends into the design of their home, it is clear that Mr and Mrs Minh Anh Cao view their cats as an integral part of the family. As fellow animal lovers, it is a joy for us all at NONAGON.style to tour a home that allows pets to really take ownership of the space. What’s more, it is an added relief to see that pet friendly and aesthetic appeal needn’t appear as two irreconcilable sides of a whole.
Overall, we paw-sitively love this minimalist pad that is perfect for both pets and humans alike – what do you think?
Project: Chans House
Design: KAY Architecture
Photos: Thien Thach
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