Ina's Tropical Modern Inheritance

Ina's Tropical Modern Inheritance

Gregory Han
Mar 31, 2010

Name: Ina and Asrul, andmy twin sons Rafli and Rifqi.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Size: 1,000 sq. ft.

It's been awhile since we're highlighted a space from culturally diverse, Indonesia, a region where the tropical climate seems to naturally inspire the liberal use of colour within the home. Today we conclude our day with Ina and Asrul's tropical modern residence, the decor inspired by resort hotels, and with a beautiful backyard pond that offers a relaxing scenic view from the bedroom.

Ina describes their Jakarta home:

It was a small old cluttered house with lots (and I mean a lot!) of inherited stuff, so it's quite a challenge to make and keep it feel spacious, bright and airy as we want it to be. Not to mention the tropical insects – mosquitos, flies, you name it. We ended up using mosquito screen throughout the house. Oh, and don't get me started on the very limited budget!

The house is still a bit plain for my taste. Actually it felt nice with the white walls and empty spaces here and there which the opposite from the previous cluttered and cramped state, but now I'm starting to feel the urge to put up some framed pictures, wall decals, artworks.

We got contractors to do most of the work, however it was my husband who make the screen door on the front door. The screen door does wonder in keeping the privacy and breeze in while the bugs out. We even repurposed a desk as our breakfast table! We did change the whole floor tiling and the ceiling too, but it's because they're falling apart.

In regards to furnishings and decorative details: Inherited cabinets, wardrobes and sofas (we had them reupholstered). We bought the rest in local stores or had it custom made with local carpenter. We put colorful IKEA plastic drapes on the kids bedroom wall to add some color which also function as a visual headboard. The kids often hang their paper craft and drawing on the drapes too. The framed artwork on the green living room wall actually is a framed batik scarf. I found the batik motive and color compliment the wall color very nicely.

Thanks Ina and Asrul, for sharing your lovely home with our readers!

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