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Doting Uncle Elvin Ng Just Created A Lovely Children’s Room For His Nephew & 2 Nieces

He said that the kids, who used to sleep in his brother’s room, need their own space now that they’re all in school.

It looks like Elvin Ng wasn’t done with making changes to his 5,500 sq ft three-storey semi-D after adding a long desk and a dining table to his bedroom, which occupies the entire third floor.

On Wednesday (Jan 12), the Mediacorp actor, 41, took to Instagram to share a few pictures of the newest update to his sprawling abode: A lovely children’s room that was converted from another room with the help of a local interior design studio.

The cosy-looking “happy place” was done up specially for his nieces, six-year-old Nicole and four-year-old Arissa, and two-year-old nephew Reyner, who live with Elvin along with his mum, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.

“All the children are enrolled for school now and the eldest is [in] primary one so we wanted to give them a space of their own to study and play,” Elvin explained in his caption. “So glad everything was well-organised and on time to make it for their first day of school!”

Elvin really dotes on his nephew and nieces

Elvin really dotes on his nephew and nieces

In a WhatsApp interview with 8days.sg, Elvin shared that he was “fully involved being the OCD and attention-to-detail Peh Peh (uncle)” in the planning of the room up until the execution stage, which is when he left everything to his brother and sister-in-law.

Aside from having complete trust in the interior design company, he thought he should let them have the responsibility and experience of building their own children’s room, although Elvin, who designed the whole house previously, did offer his advice.

According to Elvin, the whole family decided to do up a room like that as Nicole was entering Primary 1 and even the youngest, Reyner, was starting school, so it was time they had their own space as the kids previously slept in his brother’s room.

“So we converted one of the spare guestrooms into a children’s room with a colourful and fun theme to be their study area and playground where they can have fun childhood memories growing up,” he said.

So many happy colours

So many happy colours

It was no minor renovation, by the way. While Elvin’s brother originally just wanted to add a bunk bed to the room, the star suggested redoing the entire place.

“We decided to give the room a total reconfiguration and facelift, and even tore down the wardrobe and changed the fixtures,” he said.

In addition to the beds and wardrobe seen in the pics, there’s also a long writing desk with two seats and a whiteboard in the room. The closet is split into three parts so each kid has their own section, and the beds have “little reading cosy corners” and display shelves.

Even we wouldn’t mind curling up with a book here

Even we wouldn’t mind curling up with a book here

Naturally, the kids are “absolutely ecstatic” to have their own space, which Elvin “can tell from the sparkle in their eye when they speak about their room”.

While his eldest niece Nicole is supposed to have the top bunk, Elvin said she’s still afraid to sleep alone so she’s currently sharing the lower deck with her younger sister Arissa, while Reyner has his own bed beside the window.

“It’s nice when they say thank you to me for their room and own little wonderland,” Elvin gushed. “The funny thing is, when I asked Arissa what she liked most about the room, she said, ‘I like Peh Peh’s room!’ (Laughs)

We don’t blame the girl for saying that.

Their room is really pretty too

Their room is really pretty too

Nicole, Arissa, and Reyner are lucky to have Elvin as their uncle

Nicole, Arissa, and Reyner are lucky to have Elvin as their uncle

After going through this remodelling project, Elvin has a valuable piece of advice for couples getting their first home, especially those who intend to start a family.

“For many newlyweds, I think sometimes when they get their first home, they think they probably won’t have kids so soon, so they don’t plan for a proper children’s room until they actually have one,” he said, adding that a few of his married friends, including Sheila Sim, have told him about this issue.

“Maybe I’d like to offer a bit of advice, which is, if they know they want children, leave a vacant space for a kids’ room or start building one that is more gender neutral in terms of colour or theme so there doesn’t have to be double work.”

    Photos: Elvin Ng

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