ALONGSIDE a lively Brunei street, filled with schools and a big shopping complex, sits a beautiful bungalow. This peaceful sanctuary is called home by a humble pensioner and his wife.
Their home has a modern exterior with carefully thought out textures and designs. It is breezy and spacious both inside and outside and suits the life of a pensioner who has decorated his house to ‘live in, and not to show’.
This explains why initially they were a bit hesitant to have their modest home featured in the magazine, Inspire Living.
One of the first things that you notice as you enter this home is the large collection of old golf clubs and sticks in the corner of the foyer.
The homeowner considers these his personal treasure as golfing has been his lifelong hobby and ultimate passion. Golf trophies won over the years are proudly displayed in the living room.
There lays also a unique shelf unit made of solid wood pieces, holding precious antiques collected from Thailand, where he had spent his earlier years as a diplomat, while also running his own business.
The bungalow feels cosier with its wooden flooring and uniquely oversized yet classy wooden furniture, picked and ordered from Thailand, which together give this home a timeless appeal.
The high ceilings and a built-in faux fireplace subtly encompass the home with a warm and pleasant environment. This heartwarming home is an ideal shelter for this couple who want to live a peaceful and quiet life together.
The house’s kitchen is particularly remarkable. Although modest in size, it is the perfect American-style kitchen with a beautiful island with dark marble surfaces on the counters and dark wooden textures on the cabinets and shelves.
Outside the bungalow, an ideal private retreat has been created – a homegrown garden of plants, flowers, fruit trees and elegant pine trees surrounding the gates of the home.
It is evident that much thought has been put into the designing of this house.
A private porch for relaxing surrounded by this beautiful lush garden makes this the ideal living space that any pensioner in Brunei could dream of. The owner has clearly succeeded in creating a quiet sanctuary in the heart of a relatively busy area.
And even though he enjoys the simple life at home, his family is his first priority.
With two daughters and 11 grandchildren, he leaves the house regularly to join them for dinner, to pick his grandchildren up from school, and to have the occasional get-togethers in restaurants with old friends.
When you turn 75, residing in a comfortable home and living a life that you’re proud of is the target for many.
This homeowner shows us that “real comfort” in life means spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the little things that life still has to offer – knowing that you have accomplished notable things throughout your life. (Courtesy of Inspire Living)