With its French windows, shiplap wall design and landscaped lawn, the double-storey house certainly scores a few points in the aesthetic arena.
And a peek inside reveals a lovely home done up in modern farmhouse style featuring a neutral colour palette, light-toned wood furniture and woven details.Located in Bandar Bukit Raja, Klang, Selangor within a gated and guarded community, the home belongs to Nurul Zarina Rosnan and her husband Mohd Roshidi Ismail, both accountants.
They moved into their five-bedroom home on May 18 this year after renovation work that included adding statement shiplap walls and aesthetic French windows for the exterior. The latter’s large openings allow plenty of natural light into the home, with black frames adding a modern touch.
The couple wanted a neutral colour palette of white, grey and beige against simple clean lines for the exterior, which is capped with a grey clay roof.
“The choice of plants for our backyard is based on the dishes that we always cook at home. We have curry leaf, pandan, daun kesum and pokok bidara. We also added some outdoor plants such as jasmine and caladium,” said Nurul, 39.
“During weekdays, we enjoy our family time through gardening. Gardening in the evening is a pleasant experience and beneficial for plants. We water, weed, plant and trim them during this time. We also check for pests and enjoy the garden with added lights for a cosy atmosphere. It’s a relaxing way to care for plants and to unwind.
“At night, my spouse and I will relax in the backyard while enjoying our coffee. We’ll spend time together when the housework is done and the kids have gone to bed,” added the mother of four.
Nurul describes her home decor style as modern farmhouse, infused with arched designs and wicker elements.
“For the dining area, I also added a touch of Balinese to suit our lifestyle and our interest in wood and nature,” she said, referring to the tropical wallpaper and single-slab hardwood dining table.
The couple also chose a coffered ceiling design for their home due to its aesthetic appeal and luxurious feel.
“Coffered ceilings add a touch of elegance, create a focal point and contribute to the overall visual appeal of the living area,” said Nurul, who shares her home decor journey on Instagram.
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 #ightmtvwall for its stylish look.
“The concept of our TV cabinet is farmhouse style, inspired by Pinterest. I did a lot of research to achieve this look.
“A farmhouse-style TV cabinet is a versatile and charming furniture piece designed to seamlessly blend the rustic aesthetics of a farmhouse with the modern needs of an entertainment centre. Crafted primarily from wood, the cabinet exudes a charming, warm and inviting vibe.
“The colour palette of the TV cabinets revolves around neutral tones such as white, cream, beige and natural wood colours. The simplicity of the design is further emphasised by clean lines and minimal ornamentation, creating an uncluttered and visually pleasing piece of furniture, with the focal point being the shiplap wall design – the centrepiece of the TV cabinet,” said Nurul.
For the kitchen, quartz stone countertops are paired with fishscale backsplash while subway tiles fill the laundry area.
To blend with the overall farmhouse concept, the kitchen floor tiles consist of a simple black-and-white Devon design while more elaborate graphic-patterned tiles are seen in the pantry.
“The best thing about our kitchen is we did not separate the dry and wet kitchens. We used to have a dry and wet kitchen at our old house but it didn’t suit our lifestyle.
“By having an open-concept kitchen, we feel the space is more lively and works as a central gathering space with a large table island.
“We chose a neutral colour palette for our kitchen and added sliding barn doors for charm and functional storage solutions to better organise things. Together, these elements create a warm, inviting and practical farmhouse kitchen.”
Nurul’s favourite part of the house? The pantry.
“The pantry is a practical and charming storage space with wooden shelves, open shelving and rustic decor. It features neutral colours, an arched entryway and modern farmhouse tiles. Organised into zones and with the usage of glass jars, the pantry combines utility with nostalgic design elements, creating a timeless and functional storage area.
“The best part about our pantry is its arched entrance way that offers a cosy mode to enter our pantry. It’s almost like entering a fairy tale world!” said Nurul.