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EDITOR’SNOTE The other day, I was sitting working and bobbing my head along to Bob Marley singing, “There is so much trouble in the world”. Then the words registered. He was thinking that back in the 70s – I wonder what he would have thought of the 21st century! A few minutes later, Bob and I were singing, “Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cos every little thing is gonna be all right”. And suddenly everything was okay – and I believe it will be. I’ve watched a couple of good movies lately, but Suffragette (with Helena Bonham Carter) probably had the biggest impact. It wasn’t even 100 years ago (equal voting rights in the UK were only granted in 1928) that the working and marital conditions for many women were horrific. I had no idea of the police brutality at the peaceful protests, or what went on in the prisons then. The slandering of those who were just trying to get their voices heard was criminal – some things haven’t changed. In the UK, they protested peacefully for 50 years before stepping it up, but what a difference it made for women and children there. It sometimes feels like a hundred years ago that I was choosing preschools for my two girls. I remember how proud they were to be all decked out in their uniforms for the first time. It’s always good to be able to get other parents’ views about schools before you decide. Our annual preschool guide in this issue offers testimonials fromhappy parents – and, if your kids are a bit older, we have a huge international schools guideonexpatliving.sgandmore comingup in the Junemag. We’re very excited to see regional travel gatheringmomentum; please support the industry if you can. And learn to enjoy travel again, even if some of the online information on procedures is still mind-bending! Happy travels!

REBECCA BISSET Editor-in-Chief

After a peaceful approach hadn’t worked, the British suffragettes resorted to more “ serious” activity and were branded as the baddies!



Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET



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NEWS 20 What’s on in Singapore 22 Subscribe and join us at an event or online talk HOME & PROPERTY 26 New furniture finds and store updates 30 Inside the home of the owner of Cocoon Styling 42 Buying Guide: Inspiration for kitchens and bathrooms 50 How to give your home the Hamptons look 52 Furniture that’s tailored just for you 54 What it’s like living in Tanjong Katong 58 Finding the ideal serviced apartment 64 A solution to your household pest woes

42 Want a new look for your kitchen?

LIFE & FAMILY 68 The latest news for parents and kids 74 Noticeboard: Baby births, plus bunnies for adoption 76 Visit this experiential toy store in Singapore 79 A long-term expat couple embracing life in the tropics 84 What to watch and read this month 88 Singapore Pages: Interesting facts about where we live 90 A school fostering a sense of belonging 92 Study tips from top IB scorers at AIS!

76 Cool stuff for kids!

94 A chat with the co-founder of All Hands Together 97 The benefits of drinking quality water 101 Things to do in Dempsey with your pet 105 A mobile banking app specifically for women

109 PRESCHOOL SPECIAL Families tell us about their experiences at 25 different preschools across Singapore




WINE & DINE 140 Foodie news, restaurant updates and more 142 We sip a glass or two of punch at Republic 144 Recipe Corner: A couple of great cocktails 146 Reviews of some of Singapore’s best bubbly brunches TRAVEL 153 Trip-planning inspiration and hotel news 156 Are you ready for a resort holiday? 158 A weekend at The Clan Hotel in Chinatown 160 Hear from the winner of our Shangri-La staycay competition

146 Fab brunches with free-flow bubbles

156 A tropical

escape close to Singapore




STYLE & BEAUTY 166 The latest fashion news and advice 168 Handy styling tips for dressing your best 171 Timeless jewellery for day and night 172 How to colour your hair with less damage 173 The latest beauty products and services 175 Debunking five myths around hair loss 176 Clinical facials for smooth and radiant skin 179 Relaxing massages to ease your stress 180 Brightening products for getting a glow! 184 Tried & Tested: Our look at exfoliants HEALTH & FITNESS 188 Medical updates and health tips from experts 192 Eight ways to improve your gut health 196 We interview addictions expert Andy Leach 198 Four common shoulder injuries and treatments 200 When foot or ankle pain warrants attention

171 Bring on the bling!

REGULARS 202 See how well you do in our Puzzle Pages 204 What’s in your stars this April? 206 Important contacts and this month’s advertisers 208 Parting Shot: The trick to becoming a great chef in Singapore

179 Massage spots reviewed





The Non Season Exhibition (UNTIL 10 APRIL)

Russel Wong in Kyoto, Asian Civilisations Museum

The Non Season is an eclectic art and fashion activation publicly showcased in the Design Orchard building. Conceptualised by creative collective Hyphen BB and led by May Leong, Becca D’Bus and Bobby Luo, it incorporates the work of more than 20 Singapore-based artists and designers. Along with art exhibits, there are workshops, panel discussions, live performances by homegrown band Tiramisu, DJ sets by KiDG and Ginette Chittick, and tours by heritage blogger Jerome Lim. designorchard.sg/the-non-season Russel Wong in Kyoto – Extended (UNTIL 10 APRIL) ACM’s expanded exhibition showcases 37 additional black-and-white prints by Russel Wong, and several images in colour from the photographer’s ongoing personal project to document the geisha community of Kyoto. This new selection sheds further light on the uncommon traditions of this fascinating community, giving visitors deeper insights into Kyoto’s culture. Tickets are priced at $19 and can be purchased at sistic.com.sg/events/russel0422. nhb.gov.sg/acm My Video Making Practice by Gan Siong King (UNTIL 17 APRIL) This is a presentation of recent video essays by renowned Malaysian artist Gan Siong King. The exhibition is in two parts: a probing, three-channel video installation featuring the production of bespoke electric guitar amplifiers in Malaysia, along with a humorous take on the artist’s own video- making process. Enjoy the free event at The Engine Room in Singapore Art Museum as part of Singapore Art Week. artweek.sg/events The Sea and The Sky Art Show

(UNTIL 17 APRIL) The Sea and The Sky is an art show that celebrates the sublime beauty of nature while addressing the harm that mankind has caused to the marine environment. Held in partnership with Seastainable, a local business that supports marine conservation in Southeast Asia, the show includes paintings for sale, with a percentage of proceeds going to conservation efforts. Seastainable will also organise beach clean-up activities via the Stridy mobile app in conjunction with the exhibition. All participants receive free postcards of the paintings. heymiwa.com/2022/02/06/new- exhibition-the-sea-and-sky Shaws Open House (23 APRIL) Looking for a suitable

preschool for your child? Join this open house to explore the play-based campuses of Shaws Preschool – the outdoor spaces and butterfly gardens are highlights! You’ll also meet teachers who can answer any questions you may have on how play-based learning is applied in the classrooms, and explain why sport is

an important part of their ethos. The school accepts children from Pre- Nursery (18 months) to Kindergarten Two (6+ years). The event is from 9am to 10am, and free to attend. Book a slot with enrolment manager Dana at dana@shaws.com.sg. shaws.com.sg

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Open Call for Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award (UNTIL 30 APRIL)

The Silvana S. Foundation is known for its efforts in addressing environmental and humanitarian issues in the Asia Pacific region through photographic excellence. This is the second edition of the Award, which this year has the theme of “Renewable Coexistence”. The final winner will not only receive a monetary award but also an opportunity to showcase their work for charity. Register at contests.picter.com . Evoke: Mystic Impressions Art Exhibition (UNTIL 30 APRIL)

This is Singapore’s first homegrown art show to introduce art authentication with NFTs (non-fungible tokens). You’ll get to experience the result of dynamic innovation, complete

Aperol Spritz Garden (UNTIL 8 MAY) Have a chill weekend with your furry companions at Hotel Indigo Singapore’s pop-up pet-friendly garden bar in Katong, every Friday through Sunday, from midday to 10pm. The alfresco area comes with colourful deck chairs and relaxing bean bags, with a backdrop of a vertical wall garden. It’s the perfect spot for a zesty get-together. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 6723 2025 or via direct message on their social media. fb.com/hotelindigosingapore SIFA: The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual (20 MAY TO 5 JUNE) The 2022 Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) features newly commissioned works by a mix of homegrown and international artists. You can begin your SIFA 2022 journey through the new virtual venue, Life Profusion. Highlights include Mepaan , a concert celebrating indigenous music from Southeast Asia; a three-in-one performance, Ceremonial Enactments , that challenges conventional notions of theatre; and Holly Herndon: PROTO , a concert featuring technological revolutions. Tickets at sifa.sg . Butterfly Lovers Dance Performance (3 TO 5 JUNE)

with a meditative space with bold strokes and flowing sculptures designed by P. Gnana. The artworks reflect the fluctuation of

emotions throughout our lives and are showcased at AMH Arthouse Level 1. Interested parties can register a timeslot at calendly.com/artmeetshart/evoke-mystic-impressions . Flirting Point Art Installation (UNTIL 30 APRIL) A free, interactive installation at Singapore Art Museum, Flirting Point consists of a lit signpost and four benches; it’s a satirical commentary on the perceived culture and behaviour of Singaporeans, pointing out how something as spontaneous as flirting can happen only at a designated spot, under instruction. singaporeartmuseum.sg/art-events/ exhibitions/flirting-point Pink Charity Golf (6 MAY) Golf enthusiasts are welcome to gather at Tanah Merah Country Club this year to support Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) at the 8th Tee for Pink Charity Golf tournament. For golf flight enquiries, email enquiries@bcf.org.sg or call 6352 6560. BCF also accepts outright donations towards its programmes and support services for the breast cancer community. bcf.org.sg/donate

Originally premiering in Singapore in 1958, and choreographed by BAA’s Artistic Director Mrs Santha Bhaskar, this work was reimagined by the BAA in December 2021, this time

through the perspective of Mrs Bhaskar’s daughter, Meenakshy Bhaskar. Look forward to the restaging of the historical dance performance for the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s annual cultural fiesta, Cultural Extravaganza. More details will be revealed closer to the date at fb.com/bhaskarsartsacademy .

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Buying Guide: Kitchen and bathroom ideas

Gallery 278

30 Style Decisions: An interior designer’s home in the East

50 Cool & Classy: How to get that Hamptons look in your space!

52 Best Bespoke: Readers’ favourite custom-made pieces




OHMM’s outdoor Tres and Latitudes tables are now even more durable – and still eminently stylish! – thanks to the addition of HPCL tabletop slats. HPCL, or high pressure compact laminate, is impact- and moisture- resistant, as well as anti-bacterial. The table designs come in dining, coffee and side-table sizes. They’re available in two recommended paired finishes: a powder-coated frame finish inwhite with HPCL slats in marble, or silver with slate. Head to theOHMMwebsite to check out the collection. ohmm.sg

Cool Collection There’s a new collection at Nestify, with exciting pieces for any room in your home. For dining, both the Harper and Mabel chairs will pair beautifully with the new Chef’s Table. Add a touch of black with Nestify’s six-legged Sheraton console ( pictured ). Or bring a spa feel to your home with bathroom storage pieces and towel racks, all made from sustainably sourced teak. For the bedroom, there’s the classic and tropical four-poster teak Bobbin

Italian Connections Global product and design company The Varisan Group has taken up a new base of operations in Milan, Italy for its Italian brand VERO. Alongside this, VERO is collaborating with Italian artist Daniele Sigalot ( pictured, with The Varisan Group founder Archana Velukutty ) to create an installation for an ultra- luxury Singapore penthouse. The Varisan Group brokered this collaboration using the WEM – Empowering Art Platform, a platform that supports artists and represents Daniele. This will be his first installation in Singapore. Visit varisangroup.com to find out more.

Bed. And the 2022 collection also includes a sideboard, an array of side tables and coffee tables, as well as stools, mirrors and a jacket rack. There’s also free delivery on all orders; for more information go to nestify.shop .




Central Space International furniture brand KING has opened its second showroom in Singapore, located in Alexandra. The 3,900-square-foot showroom is a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road; head there for a visit and you’ll find plenty of modular sofas, beds, mattresses, rugs, accessories and storage furniture. There are also tons of fabrics and European leather swatches to view. Coinciding with the showroom opening, the brand has launched two designs: the Vertigo Wall System, and Kato, KING’s latest sofa. Explore the new showroom at #01-02/03 Thye Hong Centre, 2 Leng Kee Road .

All-encompassing Art Th e t e am a t Art Meets Hart knows that art doesn’t have to be confined to canvas on walls. The art design company, l ed b y f o u n d e r a n d c r e a t i v e director Pallavi Goenka, offers an alternative, by

fusing art with product design, including furniture. Two recently launched cabinets, for example, combine artwork and veneer; you can see this in the unique circular Rise Bar Cabinet ( pictured ), as well as the reclaimed teak wood cabinet Moon Dance. The Rise Bar Cabinet is accentuated with art by local Singaporean artist P. Gnana, and both pieces are handcrafted. Find out more at artmeetshart.com .

All About Art

With all the art I own, it’s long been a joke that my home is more an art gallery than a place of rest! This month, I share tips on how you too can learn to decorate with art. #1 Art often becomes a focal point, so ensure the colours work with your overall palette. They should either make up the dominant colours or accent the room. #2 Use different types of wall art (tapestry, canvas or prints, for example). Toomany of a single type can feel too matchy-matchy. #3 Don’ t l ike clutter? A single, larger piece of abstract artwork adds visual interest while leaving enough negative space, creating the illusion of an airy but layered interior.

Arete Culture’s founder and creative director CAROLINE CHIN GEYLER shares her professional tips on home design and décor.

#4 For larger walls, pick pieces that fill at least two thirds, if not three quarters of the wall. #5 Got a smaller piece? Create diptychs and triptychs with other pieces instead. Ornate mirrors work beautifully here.

Arete Culture | 20 Depot Lane, #01-01/02 | 9640 3829 | areteculture.com




KARIN RYSGAARD, owner of Cocoon Styling and co-owner of Island Living, chats about her different homes in Singapore, including this East-side abode – plus some budget saving tips! Tell us about your journey here. I arrived in Singapore 17 years ago, originally from Melbourne. I’d lived in Copenhagen for three years previously. My daughter was just three when we arrived, so at first I was a full-timemum, doing playdates and baking cupcakes.

About the home Style & size: Semi-

detached, three-bedder – approximately 1,800 square feet Location: 34 Lorong Who lives here? Karin, long-term helper Sheron and rescue cat Athena (daughter Sophie, 20, is studying at university in Sydney) Kembangan, near Kembangan MRT




Initially, we lived in a short-term rental apartment while I found something that I loved. The first home I found, just off Sixth Avenue, was rather run down – but it was a great space. The landlord was considering selling, but after some gentle arm-twisting I convinced her to rent it and allow us to renovate. We pulled the whole back of the house off and extended the kitchen into a lovely garden space. It was this project that led me to formally start Cocoon Styling 12 years ago. How did you find your current home? After living in three different rented landed properties very happily on the Bukit Timah and Thomson side of town (all of which I partially renovated), my daughter Sophie and I decided to move to the East. She had been a student at OFS since pre-K, and the school had relocated to Pasir Ris. One sleepless night, I had the epiphany: let’s move! I jumped into action immediately and trawled Property Guru at once, even though it was 2am. I was looking for a much smaller space. Our previous bungalow was wonderful, but a large home and garden requires a lot of maintenance, and with my work getting so busy, I didn’t have time for something so big. My non-negotiables were: walking distance to an MRT, room for a small pool, and some outdoor space. I knew straight away it was the one, but some serious creative vision was required – it was completely brown, for one thing, with dark and dingy tiling! But the landlordwas happy to rent on a longer-term lease and at a good price – and he gave me free rein to do pretty much whatever I wanted. Some clever use of paint and printedwallpapers helped the downstairs area a lot; I also replaced some windows, removed the grills and covered the flooring with a neutral vinyl. Repainting the whole house gave it a big lift too. I also put in a free-standing kitchen, and created an opening between the wet and dry kitchen spaces. This facilitates a great flow, so we can live without aircon in the downstairs level. We also gutted the two bathrooms and re-did them – all in a very neutral style with simple, clean lines; my wonderful contractor Raj played a huge part in the transformation. And I put in the little plunge pool and made it lovely and private with the garden. How did it look when you moved in, and what have you changed?

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How would you define your home style? I’m guilty of changing things around and bringing in new bits and pieces – with access to products through Island Living, I’m spoilt for choice. However, I’ve always been focused on creating a welcoming, comfortable home. I love to entertain and cook, and I want people to feel great when they visit. I’m not too precious; yes, you can drink wine on the sofa and if some ends up on the coffee table, I’m not that fussed. Bringing the outdoor natural elements indoors is another priority – adding timber, textured rugs and textiles, and lots of natural colours helps to achieve this look. And plants are a must. Favourite area in the house and why? Outside at the front is a lovely covered area. I’ve furnished it with a rattan daybed, Malawi armchairs and coffee tables, and it feels more like an outdoor roomand an extension of the indoor living area. Being able to squeeze in the little dip pool in place of the parking spot was a bonus. Especially in recent times, being unable to travel, coming home each day to this little oasis has saved us. I’ve included loads of potted palms and plants and added accent cushions.

What three items would you save in a fire (god forbid!)? Being practical, I would say my passport, my computer and myself! Oh, and my reading glasses, I would need these to get out the door! For a sentimental item: my daughter’s artwork from when she was young. Everything else I could replace. Favourite thing about Singapore? It’s a melting pot of culture, it’s super safe and it’s organised. I just love living here – it’s a real privilege. Some people say Singapore can be a bit boring, but I don’t feel that way. It’s a gateway to most places in the world and Changi Airport runs like clockwork. We’ve all been feeling a little stuck these past couple of years, but this will change soon enough. What would your advice to newcomers to Singapore be? Immersing yourself as soon as you can in some local culture is a good idea. And don’t be afraid to show some vulnerability; it’s okay to have a bad day now and again. Reach out when you need to – in my early years, there were no Facebook groups that offer the amazing help they do these days. Starting a new chapter can be daunting, but one day you wake up and there has been a shift. Suddenly Singapore really starts to feel like home. For me, I can’t imagine being anywhere else right now.




Karin loves her outdoor area, especially the private plunge pool she had put in – perfect for the end of a busy day, with a glass of wine!

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Cocoon Styling cocoonstyling.com

As someone who wanted to create the perfect nest, I was surprised by the way expats were decorating their homes, especially those who were renting. They would arrive with a container of furniture – a mishmash of treasures collected on their journeys – and desperately try to make it work in their new tropical environment, in a home they didn’t own. A mad dash to Ikea would follow, to fill in the empty gaps. It’s still a familiar story. I started Cocoon Styling with the aim of creating spaces that reflect the people who live in them; they should also be functional and easy to live in. There’s so much you can do, even as a renter. Budget is often a concern, but with professional guidance you can do more than you think (see my tips over the page). People sometimes avoid upgrading out of fear their next home will be very different. We’re also all more mindful of sustainability – buying too many items for a short time can seem wasteful. One solution is to identify your style and carry it throughout the home; that way, you can pick the whole package up, so to speak, and reuse it in your next place, even in a different layout. However, deciding on your style can be the biggest challenge. I call it “picking a team” – once you choose your favourite sports team, you don’t chop and change. Similarly, stick with a solid foundation of dining tables, sofas and consoles. Then, when you add new items here and there, you’ll see how the space feels cohesive and well considered. If the foundation is solid, you can change up your accent pieces, pillows, lamps and rugs as your tastes change. It feels like a complete makeover without having to replace the big items. As the years went on, I met more local suppliers and contractors, who were incredibly helpful and supportive. This enabled me to expand, offering contractor projects and larger renovations. The business grew organically. As my design projects got bigger, I started to become frustrated when sourcing furniture and homeware – there wasn’t enough variety when it came to well-priced items. I was introduced to Denise Vrontas by a former client of mine in November 2018; she was interested in importing products from Southeast Asia and, with two young children, wasn’t keen on returning to her corporate role. After several phone conversations, the concept grew. We got excited about the business idea and decided to jump in. With plenty of blind faith, hard work and lessons learnt along the way, it all seems to be paying off. The aim of Island Living is to offer a laid-back approach to furnishing and homeware for customers to style their homes, with products that are on trend and affordable. We focus on natural textures and fibres, using recycled and sustainable materials where we can. With her marketing background, Denise takes charge of that side of the business while I focus on the creative elements. It’s a perfect pairing, in that sense, and we’ve also cemented a wonderful friendship. And slowly building a great team from different backgrounds to back us up has allowed us to keep growing. Island Living islandliving.sg

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4 budget-saving tips Karin outlines ways to make money go further when styling your home. #1 Invest in the best dining table you can afford The dining table is often the heart of the home, used to eat, entertain, work or do homework on. Pair it with cheaper dining chairs, then you can always upgrade the chairs once the toddlers are out of highchairs and the puppy is housetrained. #2 Don’t stress about curtains! Aside from in the bedroom where you need to sleep, take down any daggy curtains to allow more natural light to come in. Heavy drapery in this climate weighs a space down and feels hot and dusty. If privacy is an issue, simple low- cost sheer curtains will do the trick. #3 Opt for multi-functional furniture For example, choose chairs that you can move from an indoor to outdoor living/entertaining area when needed. Work-from-home solutions are still a hot topic, too – try a simple, beautiful U-shaped timber console as an additional workspace. It can double as a sideboard you can style with a lamp, photos and more down the track. #4 Lighting makes a huge difference If you’re renting and stuck with super-bright overhead lights, try adding lamps. A combination of standing and table lamps gives a cosy vibe; I often buy a simple base and have a custom lampshade made for a pop of colour. Tie it all in by having a few custom cushions made in the same fabric.




Even if it’s a rental, put your mark on your home; it doesn’t have to cost a lot!

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Sandrine Capdouze (“I love this artist – a great addition to your home if you want a special piece”) sandrinecapdouze-arts.com Giovanna Photography (“I’ve admired her photography for many years”) giovannaphotography.com The Shade Society (“bespoke lampshades online, including home delivery”) theshadesociety.com Affordable Style Files (“the girls have given me such great service with design projects over the years”) asfhomestore.com Simone Irani (“Simone’s kaftans are my go-to throw- on items, with sandals or dressed up with heels”) simoneirani.com Olivia (“I’m totally in love with this restaurant, for lunch or dinner!”) olivia.com.sg Woohoo Seafood Market (“best place for fresh fish – great customer service”) 8446 1337




Did you know that the kitchen and master bathroom are regarded as the two most important rooms when it comes to buying and selling property? Obviously, these are spaces that can really make an impression! For some stylish and practical inspiration to give yours a new look, try our picks below.







1 Design concept, interior design, accessories and styling by Arete Culture 2 Kitchen and furniture design by Gallery 278 3 Assorted tableware and dinnerware, from $15, Gallery 278 4 Wicklow two-tier round serving cart with castors in FSC-certified teak wood with corrosion-resistant aluminium frame, price on request, Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations 5 Rice bowl from Maelstrom’s Atocha collection, made from stoneware and finished with matte glaze, $20, Island Living



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6 Design concept, interior design, accessories and styling by Arete Culture 7 Fatboy Edison Petit table lamp, wireless and touch-activated with three light settings, $145, House of AnLi 8 Barnacle planter storage boxes, $795 (big), $695 (small), Gallery 278 9 Large rustic bookcase, $2,800, Originals







10 Teak bar table set in teakwood, from Indonesia, price on request, Woody Antique House 11 Nomad India grey shelf, $1,380, Originals 12 Selection of PET Yarn mould- free bathmats, made from recycled plastic bottles rescued from landfills, $85, The Cinnamon Room 13 Marble mortar and pestle, $29, Island Living 14 Yellow enamel serving tray, in yellow hue, $175, The Cinnamon Room






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15 Design concept, interior design, accessories and styling by Arete Culture 16 Bohem peshkir hand towel, $25, Island Living 17 Weavve cotton towels, classic bundle, $69; PB stool in solid teak, $129; potted plant, $138; Rustic Jawa carved panel with two hooks, $69; Gallery 278








18 Bungalow bamboo towel rack, $59, Island Living 19 Ulm mirror, full length in solid oak and glass, $995, House of AnLi 20 Marbella towel rack in teak, $160, Nestify 21 Flat lid African baskets, $160, Originals 22 Resort bathroom column in teak with glass shelving, $1,180, Nestify 23 Yellow and white geo outdoor rug, PET Yarn mould-free rug, made from recycled plastic bottles, $499, The Cinnamon Room


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24 Nomad India turquoise cabinet, $1,280, Originals 25 Ramun Basket, $420, Originals 26 Carved bar cabinet, from India, price on request, Woody Antique House 27 Design concept, interior design, accessories and styling by Arete Culture 28 Bathroom design by Gallery 278 29 Ningbo kitchen/bar cabinet, originally from Ningbo Province, China, price on request, Woody Antique House 30 Valet cloth hanger in solid oak wood, $395, House of AnLi





Arete Culture 20 Depot Lane, #01-01/02 9640 3829 | areteculture.com


Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations • 43 Keppel Road, #W1-01/02/03 • 200 Turf Club Road, #01-18 The Grandstand (South) • 80 Marine Parade Road, #04-K3 Parkway Parade 6781 3211 | boulevardoutdoorfurniture.com


The Cinnamon Room 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-74 9727 3051 | thecinnamonroom.com

Gallery 278 203 Henderson Road (Wing A), #11-01 & 02 6737 2322 | gallery278.com House of AnLi #02-21/22, #03-17 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road 6235 5193 | houseofanli.com Island Living 8 Kaki Bukit Avenue 1, #06-01 (new location) 8028 2571 | islandliving.sg

Nestify FB and IG: @nestifyhome | nestify.shop

Originals 1 Bukit Batok Street 22, Level 5 6471 9918 | originals.com.sg Woody Antique House 13 Dempsey Road, #01-05 6475 7036 | woodyantique.com


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Keep it cool and classy at home with these Hamptons-style pieces from Taylor B. The Hamptons style has long been a popular choice amongst those living in Singapore. It’s a beachy, relaxed coastal look that lends itself perfectly to our breezy, tropical homes – just as much as it does where it originated all the way over in Long Island, New York. If you’re keen to inject some of that vibe into your own home, read on for some key tips.

Get the Look! #1 Cool Colour Scheme

A light colour palette is one of the most important factors in a Hamptons home. It’s easy to stick with the white, bright theme, but nature-inspired hues such as aqua also work well, alongside charcoal or warm beige. #2 Beachy Pieces Hamptons style comes straight from the beach, and your furniture should reflect this (without looking like it’s been washed up!). It’s important to get the balance between a shabby chic and contemporary luxe look. Invest in the right larger furniture pieces and balance them against more rustic décor – think a solid teak bench against a jute rug, or a light linen sofa with a reclaimed wood mirror behind it. #3 Natural Elements Natural materials really emphasise that beachy feel. Along with reclaimed wood, furniture made from natural materials such as wicker, rattan and cane work particularly well. #4 Nautical Themes Blues and whites are a classic staple of the Hamptons style. Striped cushions can be a simple but effective addition, and nautical knickknacks including shells and faux coral also help accentuate that beside-the-sea vibe. #5 Dressed Windows Not only do floor-to-ceiling floaty curtains fit the theme, but plantation shutters are also just right for a Hamptons home. Light, bright and airy are key to a great Hamptons style.

With gently rounded edges and a tactile texture, this six-drawer dresser features a woven mini-tile motif and finger-cup pulls.




The cabinet featured in the background works well as a bookcase or room divider. It comes in white Capiz shell, which adds coastal character, along with its pearlized oyster finish.

The Tuft Guy sofa has a classic, contemporary silhouette and sleekly rounded arms and back. Upholstered in a plush, luxurious grey fabric, it also features rounded feet finished in driftwood.

Make a statement with this Crown Jewel bed in mocha walnut finish (207cm x 218cm x 155cm). It has an upholstered fabric headboard and stainless steel plated front legs.

This sideboard is crafted in wood veneers and finished in driftwood. It features four doors, with individual custom-cast glass panels.

This accent table in stainless steel adds a contemporary luxe look, and works well for both large and small spaces.

Taylor B is at 65 Mohamed Sultan Road. 9758 3598 | taylorbdesign.com

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TAILORED Whether you need something to fit the shapeor sizeof your room, or you just fancy something specific, it’s good to know you can get great custom-made furniture in Singapore. We hear from some happy customers! TOYOU!

Atelier by Arete Aparna Ravi & Ravi Balasubramanian, Indian

Our objective was to make our living area more inviting and comfortable to host both small and large groups. We wanted to supplement our existing five-seater leather sofa in the living room by adding more seating and a centre table, and a place to serve drinks. We wanted the armchairs to be stylish, comfortable and inviting to guests, at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. The bar unit needed to be the right size with enough storage space inside the cabinet for glasses, wine bottles and other drinks – and the colour had to sync with the overall look of the living room. For the coffee table, we didn’t want any wooden or glass surface as we have young boys who are always climbing or jumping on furniture! So we wanted all the items to be sturdy and with no sharp edges. The Arete store has a great selection of furniture and décor. We visited a few times to look at the options before making our selection, and we were quite involved in choosing the design, colours and size. Caroline and Nirvi were extremely patient through this selection process and ensured that the pieces were practically designed in keeping with our needs; we’re happy with the quality and design of the final product.

Gallery 278 Rachael Day, British

20 Depot Lane, #01-01/02 areteculture.com

We wanted a specific shape, style and colour for an outdoor dining table for our balcony. We found a piece that needed re-sizing and treating with a whitewash effect. We’ve purchased items from Gallery 278 before and when Felicia and her team realised we couldn’t quite find the style we hoped for, they were quick to offer to make it for us. (They’re also producing a bespoke, rattan cabinet for us, which already looks fantastic!) We’re very happy with the result – it’s exactly what we asked for! The Gallery 278 team involved us at every stage and were meticulous about the details. They’re actually the most professional, friendly and precise team we have met in our 20 years in Singapore – flexible, talented, unfailingly honest and with a genuine love of design. And they aren’t happy until the customer loves their purchase! 203 Henderson Road (Wing A), #11-01/02 6737 2322 | gallery278.com




Heveya Tine Koldenborg Jessen, Danish

I was looking for new mattresses for our customised beds – more specifically, special mattresses to suit the needs of my family members, as we’re all quite tall (180cm plus) and we have various back issues. So we wanted mattresses that would be beneficial to our health, while also considering allergies. It was also important to me to find more sustainable options. Sarah from Heveya was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive to our needs, even to the extent that she was able to organise a customised mattress, the two sides of which were different in firmness. I hadn’t heard of this option before this experience, and I would really recommend it for those with different comfort needs. I’m also so pleased that the products exceeded my expectations in terms of being made of natural and sustainable materials, which are also naturally anti-viral, anti-bacterial and allergy-friendly. The shopping experience was very pleasant and smooth. Sarah was kind enough to come to our home to take measurements and discuss our requirements. I’ve also visited the lovely store (where the parking is also very easy). I saw that Heveya has nice bolster pillows and wonderful sustainable bedding as well, so I’ll definitely return for those in the near future, and I recommend the company to everyone.

Woody Antique House Kartik Krishnamurthy and Tasneen Padiath, Indian

We have always wanted a day-bed here in Singapore; we have one back in our family home in India. But, this time, we wanted a specific shade of yellow; we also wanted the piece to have a good angle to rest our heads, and all in a simple design. We were very involved in the process, and we co-designed the day-bed with the team from Woody Antique. Ms Ang and the team are fabulous – we highly recommended them. We already have many pieces from Woody Antique House and we will probably be looking at getting a new dining table and chairs from them soon too.

32 Eng Hoon Street 6735 6658 | heveya.sg

13 Dempsey Road, #01-05 6475 7036 | woodyantique.com

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CLAIRE SALARIA From: UK Occupation: Designer Lives in: A house in Tanjong Katong

The Specifics What’s the name of your street? Branksome Road.

Do you know how it got its name? Tanjong Katong (which means “turtle point” in Malay) used to be a seaside retreat for wealthy Chinese and Europeans. All the streets are named after English coastal towns – for example, Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Branksome. The original shoreline is now reclaimed land, but you can still see a lot of old villas with names like Ocean View and Sea Breeze; it seems quite incongruous now, but I find it fascinating. Some are quite “Gatsby-esque”; I can imagine the glamorous parties that went on back in the day! What’s a common myth or misconception about your neighbourhood? That it’s “way out East”. It’s actually really close and convenient for the CBD, Marina Bay and Chinatown as well as the beach; the best of both worlds. Exact words you tell a taxi driver to get home? “Branksome Road please, off Crescent Road, off Old Airport Road/ Dunman Road.” Closest MRT station? Either Dakota (yellow Circle Line) or Paya Lebar (Circle Line and green East West Line). How long have you lived here? On this particular road for one and a half years, and previously a few streets away for nine years. We love this area! It’s really convenient for my husband’s work in the MBFC, has great cycling routes to Gardens by the Bay and East Coast Park, and lots of great local restaurants and shops. Above all, we just feel this area has some soul.

Trivia: The Bournemouth Connection

In the mid-1800s, Tanjong Katongwas home to a 400-acre coconut plantation belonging to ThomasDunman ( pictured ). Dunman

was Singapore’s first Police Commissioner; he retired to Bournemouth, England in 1875. His sonWilliam remained in Singapore and became Municipal Commissioner; it was he who named a number of the roads in Tanjong Katong after coastal towns around Bournemouth – including Branksome Road. (Others are Poole and Wareham, as Claire has mentioned, along with Parkstone and Ringwood.) Hong Lim Park in Chinatown – home to “Speakers’ Corner” – used tobe calledDunman’s Green, named after Thomas. It was one of Singapore’s earliest public parks.





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South West

Tanjong Katong

The Scene When you walk out of your place, what’s the first thing you see? The old uncle sitting on the kerb with his tricycle collecting recycling. He must have been sitting in exactly the same spot for years and is a neighbourhood fixture. What’s the closest store to your front door? At the end of Tanjong Katong Road, we are spoilt for choice. Amongst other things, we have a great greengrocer, a butcher and an old school stationer that literally has anything you could possibly need.

East Coast Park

Tanjong Katong is close to the Marina Bay area

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If your street was chosen for a remake of a film, which would it be? Either Crazy Rich Asians or the TV series Neighbours . We’re sure your neighbours are great, but is there anything you wouldn’t mind a little less of? Construction.

What’s the unofficial uniform of your street? Yellow workers’ helmets and a dog lead.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your street? Roosters and chickens seem to roam free; I’m really not sure where they come from. The Superlatives What are your three favourite places to eat or drink in the neighbourhood? Trattoria l’Operetta for the best pizza and family-friendly vibe. We’ve been going there since our kids were little, and they put dough balls on the menu at our request. Ponggol Nasi Lemak for high-quality, great value and delicious nasi lemak. (Be prepared to queue!) A bit further away in Joo Chiat Place is a new find – The Brewing Ground. It’s a really unique and contemporary spot for brunch or lunch. What are the best places to shop at in the neighbourhood? Greenmart is great for fresh produce, plus Foodie Market Place for specialities and Meat Collective for, well, meat. The previously mentioned old stationer, Katong News Agency, is a local gem, then of course Joo Chiat is a short stroll away for the best cheese shop, and La Tienda is fabulous for fashion and homeware. What are some fun or interesting things to do in the neighbourhood? Shopping, eating, cycling and just generally walking the streets and spotting the pockets of history is pretty fascinating.

Colourful Haji Lane

The National Gallery is a great spot for a dose of culture

Beyond the ’ Hood What are your favourite Singapore spots for taking out-of-town guests? Joo Chiat, Haji Lane, Gardens by the Bay and a day trip to Lazarus Island. Also, although it’s a cliché, I love any excuse to head to Raffles Hotel, so I always grab the opportunity to take guests whether they want to go or not! When you’re in need of a dose of culture, where do you go? I love the National Gallery, obviously for the art and exhibitions, but it’s also a beautiful building and so calm and peaceful.

What’s one thing you’d never change? The peace and quiet, the beautiful birds and the friendly neighbours.

How about one thing you would change? The construction – every old house seems sadly to be demolished.

If the city gave you a million dollars to soup up your street, how would you use it? A million wouldn’t be enough to whack conservation orders on the few remaining beautiful old houses, unfortunately.

If you’re missing home, what do you do? Go shopping in Marks & Spencer.

DO YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD? Share it with others – just email us at contribute@expatliving.sg with “ Street Talk” in the subject line. Include your name and street, and we’ll be in touch.



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