May 2017


MAY 2017


Pull Out & Keep! International Schools Guide

Spanish & Australian Fare

Black &White HOMES

Resort-worthy fashion picks WardrobeUpdate:

Fab beach breaks Get Booking:


I thought the world was only speeding up for “oldies”, but apparently the “youngies” are feeling it too. So, if you’re diving into May with your brain still in February, don’t panic – it’s not your age! Is the world spinning quicker? Are we trying to fit too much into each day? Or is there a massive giant up in the clouds putting something into our food? All I know is that I haven’t quite started on some of my New Year’s resolutions yet! Getting fit, starting meditation classes – those still haven’t happened. I have, however, booked my first guitar lesson. And from a work point of view we’ve been doing wonders. We’re ready to roll on our first series of neighbourhood videos – so, if you’re thinking of shifting house, or you know people who are moving here, head to for a preview viewing. There’s heaps more to come, so keep checking the interactive map. As usual, May is our black-and-white homes theme, and we’re sure you’ll love the ones in this issue. Do let us know if you want us to showcase your home; no matter what size or type, we’re interested in your story – email us at and we’ll get in touch. Our annual Travel Guide will be out soon too – we wish you all the best for getting your travel bucket-list ticked! And don’t forget that entries for our Photo Competition close on 15 May. There are some fab prizes to win! See page 92 for details – and good luck!

REBECCA BISSET Editor-in-Chief



Editor-in-Chief REBECCA BISSET


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Justine and Nick Hazlett’s black-and-white home




NEWS 12 News Headlines 14 Calendar Updates: 22 Readers’ Letters 24 EL Forum:

38 Nosing

around a colonial home with a beachy, boho vibe

What’s on in the coming months

What we’re up to online, plus our upcoming events

26 Social Snaps:


Photos from events and happenings around town

Product News: Pretty new things to put on your table

HOME & PROPERTY 34 News 38 Home Showcase:

A boho black-and-white near Portsdown Road Working retro and vintage pieces into your home

49 Furniture Focus:

54 Home Showcase:

Meet past and present tenants of a heritage house

66 Monochrome Magic: Timeless décor for every room 69 Mindful Design:

Inside a socially responsible interiors company

72 Buyers’ Guide:

Our shopping edit of consoles and sideboards 81 Reader Recommendations:

Tips on finding the best removal company

ARTS & LEISURE 92 Photo Competition:

84 Street Talk:

66 Add some bold and stylish

Life at Ridley Park

monochrome touches to your home


Send us your snaps (and videos!) and win great prizes

Vintagemahjong set, reserveprice $140,HotLotz

LargeAfricanpicture measuring 145cmby 105cm, $599,TattyMarsh

African feather headdresses, small $310 and large $620,Originals

FatboyEdison Petit cable-free lamp,$130 each, HouseofAnLi

Elsa and Fletcher cushions, $120, Bungalow55

94 On the Stage:

Broderie centerpieces, small $40 and large$60, Originals

The latest in live music, dance and theatre

Four-piece bathroom set in capiz shell,$250, BespokeLiving

97 Mile-High Action:

MAGIC Black- and-white

DIRECTORY BespokeLiving #B1-18ScottsSquare 6ScottsRoad 94244967 Bungalow55 #01-05AClunyCourt 501BukitTimahRoad 64633831 TheCinnamonRoom #02-74 JalanMerah Saga Block43The Worklofts@Chipbee 64674202 HotLotz #01-15CendexCentre 120LowerDeltaRoad 6254 7616 HouseofAnLi #03-17TanglinMall 163TanglinRoad 62353851 houseofanli Originals #02-03SimeDarby Centre 896DunearnRoad 64719918 TattyMarsh #02-07TanglinMall 163TanglinRoad 68874225

A chat with the director of Wild Rice’s Boeing Boeing

White jar, $159,Tatty Marsh

Wedgwood Basalt four- place tea set, reserve$160, HotLotz

Coralon stand, $329, Tatty Marsh

Handmade incense ormosquito coil holders,$45 each, HouseofAnLi

98 On the Wall:

Largeblack-and-whitemarble cheese boards,$75 and$85 respectively, Bungalow55

Everythingmay not always be in black andwhite, but on thispage it is!Here are somedifferentdécor ideas for your homeusing this timeless combination.

What’s on in Singapore’s art scene

Metal lanterns available in various sizes, from$35 to $225,Originals

cowhide rug,The Cinnamon Room

Libeco fineBelgian linen,duvet cover from$310,House ofAnLi

100 On the Screen:

Cinema and TV highlights for this month

102 On the Page:

Recent book releases and reader reviews

Dog’s-tooth cowhide rug, in standard sizesof 160cm by 230cm ($1,600) and 2by3metres ($2,100),or customisable to any size (including runners) from$700, TheCinnamonRoom

Victorian jellymoulds that canbeused asdécor items (or just formaking jelly!), startingbids from $25,HotLotz

Octopusprint with silver edging,$1,125, Bungalow55

WedgwoodBasalt vases and jug, reserve$140,HotLotz








LIFE & FAMILY 108 News 114 Noticeboard: New births and more 116 Best of British: Find out who is starring in this year’s festival 119 Freemasonry in Singapore: We visit the Masonic temple and meet the men 126 Business Insider: Julie Renyard’s lifestyle and charity projects 129 Bilingual Kids: The advantages of learning Mandarin SCHOOL SPECIAL 132 The latest education news 135 New campus for GESS 137 Fuss-free steps to changing school 139 Stamford American’s expansion 141 Summer Camps 101 Options for keeping the kids busy and engaged 150 One in Two Million: A girl scout and her amazing award


Time for a tropical beach break? We think so!


Exploring the distinctive traits of retro furniture

WINE & DINE 162 News 166 Recipe for Success: The story behind a thriving cooking school 170 Bar Tab: 172 Spanish Specialities: From top tapas to perfect paella 178 Aussie Eats: Much more than just Vegemite! 182 Recipe Corner: Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire 184 Delivering the Goods: Bringing quality meats direct to your door Watering holes worth checking out

196 This Riau Islands resort is just a ferry ride away

TRAVEL 190 News 194 Sun, Sea, Sand:

Beach destinations just a short hop away

196 Easy Getaway:

An inside look at a nearby island resort

200 Kyushu Calling: Five must-dos on Japan’s third-largest island 203 Cycling Adventure:

Touring Portugal on two wheels




208 Bags of Style:

A chat with Desti Saint


Find your favourite looks in this mall that has it all

FASHION 214 News 218 Boutique Style:

Where to find independent brands

222 Beach Ready:

Resort and swimwear for the new season

BEAUTY 228 News 232 Slim Physique:

Read about a new body contouring treatment

234 Lippie Lust:

Our favourite lipstick picks 236 Smooth Operator: Go fuzz-free with these hair- removal treatments HEALTH & FITNESS 242 News 244 Health Matters: Seven good reasons to exercise in the open air 246 Get Outdoors: Six alfresco activities to make you fit

248 Bootcamp Buddies: Group fitness entrepreneurs 252 Regional Races:

178 Restaurants with an Aussie twist

Fill your running calendar with these great events

254 Run, Swim, Cycle:

Meet the guys from multisport training club Tri Edge

258 Urban Rehab:

Tips from an endurance athlete and physiotherapist

REGULARS 263 Numbers & Websites 264 Horoscopes for May

266 Advertiser List 268 Parting Shot: Eloping in Singapore




Top Spots for Working Women No doubt we’re biased towards thinking that Singapore is a great place for women to live and work. Surprisingly, a global survey rated it at number 30, far behind the top three countries: Luxembourg, Taiwan and Germany. They’re rated highly for job security and career opportunities, as are Hungary and Bahrain, which came in at numbers four and five respectively. Slightly under half of the expatriate women surveyed mentioned their job or their business as a reason for expatriating, far lower than the 71 percent of men who did so. Interestingly, over three-quarters of expat women consider themselves happy, and three in ten are thinking about staying abroad for the rest of their lives!

The two public holidays this month – Labour Day (1 May) and Vesak Day (10 May) – are fantastic opportunities to either explore more of Singapore or to escape it for a short while. Check out the newly opened Chestnut Nature Park ( for a trek or mountain bike challenge; or tour the Istana ( – the official residence of the President, located on Orchard Road. Do note that it’s open to the public only four times this year: Labour Day (1 May), Hari Raya Puasa (25 June), National Day (30 July) and Deepavali (18 October).

Tune Into Nature If you can’t get close to nature to improve your mood, it seems the next best thing is to watch it. Global research by the BBC into the science of emotion, hot on the heels of the release of their blockbuster series Planet Earth 2 , revealed that viewers experienced positive emotions such as curiosity, awe and contentment just by watching natural history programmes. This backs numerous studies demonstrating the importance of nature to our wellbeing.





DANCE, DRAMA & THEATRE La Cage Aux Folles (UNTIL 13 MAY) Wild Rice brings its production of the Broadway hit La Cage Aux Folles back to the Singapore stage, with a star-studded cast led by Ivan Heng. It tells the story of a family’s struggle to stay together and stay true to themselves. Victoria Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. Village People (18-19 MAY) Rock along to timeless 70s and 80s hits with the American disco group Village People. Enjoy old favourites such as “Macho Man”, “In the Navy” and “Can’t Stop the Music” and don’t forget to break out those famous hand signs during “YMCA”. What’s more, special guests Björn Again will be performing a host of ABBA hits. Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres. Tickets from Sistic. The Tiger Who Came to Tea (19-21 MAY) Following its successful run in London, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to Asia. This family show is packed with singalongs and clumsy antics that will keep you and your kids well- entertained. SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.

HotLotz Auction House: Modern and Contemporary Art (24 MAY) Don’t miss this evening art auction at HotLotz, featuring works by prominent artists such as Simon Ng, Takashi Murakami, Eddie Botha and Shepard Fairey. Browse the full catalogue at the HotLotz website. #01-15 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road.

SPORTS & FITNESS Warring Warriors: The Fundamentals of Rugby (UNTIL 7 MAY) Take a peek into Singapore’s rugby history, and get up close with memorabilia including a vintage rugby ball from three decades ago and a jersey autographed by Shota Horie, captain of the inaugural Sunwolves squad. Singapore Sports Museum. Runninghour 2017 (13 MAY) Do your part to promote an inclusive society by taking part in Runninghour 2017. In this unique event, you’ll compete alongside runners with special needs. You can opt to do either a 5km or 10km blindfolded run, or a 3.5km route where the blindfold is optional. Free entry for people with special needs. Bedok Reservoir. FitnessFest 2017 (20-21 MAY) Get ready for FitnessFest 2017, where you can try a selection of workouts including HIIT boot camps, yoga, Pilates, spin, CrossFit, boxing, barre, parkour and more. These will be led by celebrity fitness professionals such as Cassey Ho of Blogilates. Bayfront Event Space, next to Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre. National Vertical Marathon 2017 (21 MAY) Scale a challenging but manageable 34 storeys while admiring the view of Marina Bay. Do it individually, with a team of friends or as a relay. South Beach Tower.

Sting Tour – Live in Singapore (28 MAY)

Superstar singer-songwriter Sting will be performing live in Singapore this month, joined by drummer Josh Freese and guitarists Dominic Miller and Rufus Miller. Hear all the songs from his latest studio album, 57th & 9th , plus some of his classic hits. Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from the Sports Hub website.




Shaws Little League Sports Holiday Camps

FAMILY Shaws Little League Sports Holiday Camps (UNTIL AUG) Enjoy four days of fun-filled sport, cooking, and arts-and- craft activities during the holidays. Great for kids aged three to ten, each day’s three-hour session will introduce little ones to a range of sports including rugby, baseball, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Shaws Little League @ The Cage, 38 Jalan Benaan Kapal. Informational Coffee Mornings at SAS (4 & 18 MAY) Drop by the Singapore American School this month for a series of coffee mornings to find out more about the school’s vision, preschool programme, Chinese language immersion and college counselling. After the talks, take a personalised tour of the school. RSVPs required. Singapore American School. SJI International’s 10th Anniversary Dinner (12 MAY) Join St Joseph’s Institution International as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special commemorative dinner. Guest of honour will be Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore and Patron of SJI International. Proceeds will go to the school’s building and development fund. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Tickets from

EtonHouse International Pre-School Open House (13 MAY) Visit the EtonHouse international preschool campuses this May to meet the team of educators, hear about the

school’s learning environment, and find out more about the bilingual curriculum. Sentosa, Mountbatten 718 and Claymore campuses. Tanglin Trust School Open Morning (18 MAY) Get a first-hand experience of life at Tanglin and take a tour of the campus at this open morning. Attend a Q&A session with members of the school leadership and have the opportunity to chat with staff, students and members of the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road. Geronimo Stilton Live in the Kingdom of Fantasy (26-28 MAY) Popular children’s book hero Geronimo Stilton comes to life on stage in this brand-new musical. Join Geronimo on his great adventure to save the Queen of the Fairies. MES Theatre at Mediacorp. Tickets from Sistic.




ARTS Coastal Regions (Delta) Exhibition by Oh Soon-Hwa (UNTIL 14 MAY) Admire a selection of works by Singapore-based photographer Oh Soon-Hwa that explore the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. This series of photos investigates the impact of recent climate change that has affected the landscape of the country’s coastal regions. The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, #02-06. Take a tour of places of interest in Singapore with Blair Hall, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy Singapore, who will be sharing his insights about Singapore’s development from a small trading settlement to a prominent financial hub. SOCIAL The CRIB Ball – The Empress’s Journey (3 MAY) Celebrate strong women, inspirational stories and the entrepreneurial spirit at the CRIB Society’s second annual gala dinner. Along with a delectable formal dinner, there’ll be a silent and a live auction of luxury goods, and various performances. A portion of the funds raised will go to EmancipAction, an international non-profit organisation that works to combat child sex-trafficking. Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road. Tickets from Peatix. ExtravagANZA! (13 MAY) Don’t miss the 2017 ANZA Black Tie Ball, ExtravagANZA! More than just a night of fun and glamour, it’s one of the year’s most important fundraising events, with proceeds going to supporting Melrose Children’s Home. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road. VIP Walking Tour (20 MAY)

Artwork from On Sharks and Humanity

Melanie McCollin- Walker “On the Edge”

Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands

Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands (UNTIL 30 JUN)

Watch the excitement on the faces of those little Harry Potter fans at this magical exhibition, as they feast their eyes on beautiful stamps featuring the child wizard, along with movie memorabilia and collectibles from around the world. Singapore Philatelic Museum. Chicken and Egg: A Fowl Tale (UNTIL 25 JUN) In honour of the Year of the Rooster, this family-friendly stamp exhibition traces the historical journey of the humble chicken – said to have originated from the tropical forests of Asia – across civilisations, and examines the many roles it plays as food, in recreation and in medicine. Singapore Philatelic Museum. On Sharks and Humanity (UNTIL 26 JUN) Explore over 20 artworks from local and international artists at the newly opened Parkview Museum, addressing environmental issues of shark protection and ocean conservation. 600 North Bridge Road. Melanie McCollin-Walker “On the Edge” (2-26 MAY) Admire the dramatic paintings of Melanie McCollin-Walker at her solo exhibition On The Edge. Her works are inspired by travels around the world and she was a winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2013. Australian High Commission.




Swiss Chamber Gala Dinner 2017 (3 JUN) Enjoy an evening of fine food, drinks, entertainment, and the presentation of the first Swiss Business Award. Swissotel Merchant Court. Peter & Blue’s Birthday Party (8-11 JUN) Interweaving dance with the magic of fairytales, this children’s production tells the story of the ever-inquisitive trio – Peter, his dog Blue and his cat Calico. You also have the chance to meet with the dancers after the show. Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets from Sistic. Baby Baby 2017 (9-11 JUN) The ultimate baby fair returns this June with more great products and promotions. Check out the latest baby items, watch demonstrations and get tips from professionals. Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Aviva Superfundae (10 JUN) Excite the kids with more than 30 games and activities across five themed zones – Circus Centre, Speedy Zone, Dream Castle, Pirate Island and Jungle World. Enjoy yummy food and great entertainment all day, including an outdoor movie screening. The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay. Tickets from Sistic. Magic Piano & The Chopin Shorts (10-11 JUN) Magic Piano tells the story of 10-year-old Anna, who misses her father while he’s working abroad. Having decided to run

Aviva Superfundae

away, she stumbles upon an old piano that transforms into a magical flying machine. The show is presented in a new live format alongside four short animated films (“The Chopin Shorts”). Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Hansel and Gretel (16-17 JUN) Young and old will enjoy the classic story of Hansel and Gretel , presented here as a staged concert performance, and featuring an international and local cast backed by the Orchestra of the Music Makers. Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Boeing Boeing (23 JUN – 22 JUL) This Wild Rice favourite returns to the stage in June, directed this time by Pam Oei. The hilarious production tells of Bernard, a modern-day Casanova whose three beautiful air stewardess girlfriends are all happily unaware of each other’s

existence. His perfect plan falls apart when his friend Robert comes to stay. Victoria Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. DreamWorks Day Run (24 JUN) Be part of the first ever DreamWorks Run in Asia this June. Interact with the vibrant casts of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon and Madagascar , and have your picture taken with the characters. Choose to run 5km or register the kids for the 800m kids’ dash. Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden. Pluck and the Magical Banyan Tree – Harp Musical (25 JUN) Go on an adventure with Pluck, the fairy protector of music. In the Harp Kingdom of Enchantia, people are forgetting how to make music, so Pluck embarks on a journey to find out why. Sota Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.


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PRE-LOVED STUFF Here we are in Singapore, “fresh off the boat”, as they say, and already loving it! The only glitch is that the Bukit Timah condo we’ve just signed a two-year lease for is not big enough for all the furniture that’s about to arrive from Glasgow – what’s more, I suspect that a lot of it will look a bit “tired” and won’t really suit the modern style of our new condo. Where would you suggest I donate the stuff that that I don’t need any more? – Angie Bligh Ed: You can drop stuff off at the Salvation Army ( headquarters for resale in its thrift stores, and they will also collect furniture from you if it is in good condition. Another worthy cause with thrift shops is MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore; As the single parent of a six- year-old and a ten-year-old, I think it’s time t h e y s t a r t e d l e a r n i ng t he value of money, a nd h ow t o handle it. What would be an appropriate amount of pocket money at their ages, do you think? – Valerie Maasdam Ed: It all depends what they need to pay for in the course of the day, such as snacks or bus fares, for example. Other than that, one of our EL staffers hands over $2 per week to her five-year-old and $4 to her seven-year-old; they’re expected to make their own beds, buy their own sweets and do their daily reading. Another goes according to her boys’ ages – $8 for the eight-year-old, for example, linked to doing simple household jobs. No jobs, no pocket money! POCKET MONEY?

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Send us your thoughts on the magazine, or on any subject under the sun. For her letter of appreciation, we’ll be delivering a bottle of champagne to Gail Steele .

THE BABY QUESTION I have to admit that there are occasions when I momentarily hesitate before buying Expat Living ,

thinking that the magazine’s target audience are expatriate wives. However, I must congratulate you for the bold, provocative article in your March 2017 issue: “The Baby Question”, by Verne Maree. Several years ago, while sitting beside a swimming pool in Kota Kinabalu with two friends, we discussed our feelings about not having children. Like Verne, two of us had felt we could either take it or leave it. The third friend was less emphatic and speculated that her choice to be a foster parent was, to some extent, motivated by this ambivalence. Though my mother died when I was seven, I had a very happy childhood, raised by my father and my brother. Perhaps I lacked the socialisation skills to become a mother. Anyway, from now on, I will proudly describe myself as “child-free” – so thank you, Expat Living , and particularly Verne Maree. – Gail Steele

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INSTAGRAM Follow us @expatlivingsg for all our behind-the-scenes antics!

Experiencing a gorgeous sunset from a cruise ship.

We love capturing a good oozing egg shot at a food review!

Trialling the best in beauty – this new mask by Kiehl’s launches this month. Don’tmissour fantasticevents in MAY! Visit to register.

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Green Thumbs Everyone learnt a thing or two about hydroponics at Expat Living ’s recent Herbs on Tap event at Originals furniture store. Thorben and Nadine from Aerospring Gardens gave some great tips on growing herbs and vegetables at home, inspiring the urban gardener in each of us.

Welcome to Singapore Over 24 nationalities were represented among the 80 or so people who came together for the British Council’s first Coffee Morning. This series of informal coffee sessions aims to help expats settle into Singapore, giving them useful insider information about local culture, customs and dining spots. There was also a fun lesson on Singlish etiquette, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of local experts.



Sharing is Caring New Facebook group Seasoned Singapore Expat Women, hosted by Nici Schueler, celebrated its launch recently. It’s a forum for experienced expats to forge new friendships, support one another and share their collective wisdom. Membership is strictly for expats who have been in Singapore for over three years.

Celebrating the Arts The official opening of the Senior School and Performing Arts Centre of Dulwich College was both entertaining and diverse. Staff and students performed a mix of classical and pop, including David Bowie’s “Major Tom”. Firecrackers and drums welcomed guests after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a tour of the exceptional facilities.



Vintage Glam At the GeorgeWashington Centennial Ball, held at Capella Singapore, guests were transported back to the 1920s with cocktails, smooth jazz and more. Winners of the lucky draw and silent auction took home everything from fine art, home décor and jewellery, to two round-trip tickets to the US on Emirates Business Class. The event raised funds for the American Association of Singapore’s 100 Acts of Charity, supporting its initiatives to help the needy in the community.

On The Big Screen Tanglin Trust School recently hosted the Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF), a gala event that was streamed live across the region. The festival celebrated the talents of students as young as 10, with 274 submissions from 50 different schools and 13 countries across Asia. Best Filmwas awarded to Tayo , which follows the journey of a Filipino worker who leaves her son behind to work overseas to give him a better life.




72 Buying Guide: Window-shop these gorgeous sideboards, consoles, benches and stools

Danish Design’s Skovby sideboard

38 Home Showcase: Take a tour around this tropical-boho black-and-white house

49 Décor Ideas: Find out how to use retro or vintage furniture in your home

84 Street Talk: Get the inside scoop on living in Ridley Park


The BetterCompany ’s stylish tissue boxes come in packs of four, for $5.95;

For The Table Impress your guests with this range of porcelain tableware and kitchenware from Mud Australia, now available at Originals . The porcelain is imported from Limoges in France, and each piece is handmade in the studio in Sydney. What’s more, they are oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe – perfect for cooking in and serving from. Originals, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road.

Crafted with Love Ha nd c r a f t e d f rom organic South African clay, Wonki Ware is a range of pottery by Di Marshall Pottery. The unique pieces are handmade by a team of talented craftspeople

from disadvantaged backgrounds, and now sold in Singapore by Everyday Style SG. Side plates and dip bowls start from $20, larger salad bowls from $85. To find out more, go to EverydayStyleSG .

Bespoke Living has opened its doors in Scotts Square mall, carrying contemporary home décor accessories, curios, objets d’art and bespoke statement pieces. Its collection is curated from all over the globe, and includes distinctive pieces such as antelope-shaped bookends, luxurious chandeliers, and transparent acrylic chests that double as coffee tables. #B1-18 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, ORCHARD OPENING

Simply Modern The versatile Matt range of furniture has arrived at Gallery 278, 278 River Valley Road . Expect subtle details and angles, each piece reflecting the intuitive simplicity of mid-century modern design. These clean, sleek lines will add a touch of elegance to any home.






Under the AMMER!


Tired of tossing and turning at night? Scanteak ’s new mattress brand, Scankomfort, will sort all that out. Made from eco-friendly Tencel fibre, the mattresses maintain an optimal temperature for a good night’s sleep – particularly useful in this tropical climate! It has a support system to ensure youwon’tbeaffectedbyyourpartner’smovements, and comes with removable covers. Prices start at $299 for a single. #B1-14 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green.

This striking piece by Japanese artist Takashi

Murakami will be up

for auction – reserve price, $2,800.

AUCTION: Modern and Contemporary Art. WHEN: Wednesday 24 May, previews from 6pm, auction at 8pm. The catalogue is now available online. WHERE: HotLotz, #01-15 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road. WHAT TO EXPECT: Lots of fun! This specially curated auction includes interesting, affordable works from local and international artists with prices ranging from $500 to $10,000. Enjoy a drink and mingle with other bidders before the auction starts.

WHAT ELSE: HotLotz also holds weekly Interiors and Antiques sales. These include a huge variety of products up for auction, from

Japanese Living Head to the newly opened ACTUS Häuse by Atomi store to explore its stylish collection of quality Japanese furniture and other lifestyle products that marry comfort and functionality with clean lines. #04-26/27/28 Mandarin Gallery, 333a Orchard Road.

Chinese cabinets, dining tables and outdoor furniture, to antique tableware and hard-to-find vintage furniture for the keenest treasure hunters! You can visit the HotLotz saleroom in person and take a look at what’s up for auction, or register on the website, view the catalogue and bid online. Each item has a reserve price, as well as a low and high estimate.

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Who lives here: New Zealanders Justine and Nick, and three-year-old-son Nash Hazlett, along with helper Sarrah, cat Remy, and two chicks, Colonel and Sadie. Type of home: Two- storey black-and- white house with three bedrooms. Style of home: Island boho, with lots of natural materials and a feng shui flow. Justine’s favourite part of the house: “Without a doubt, the outside living area and pool.”




I’m at an advantage when I arrive to “interview” my friend JUSTINE HAZLETT in her black-and-white house near Portsdown Road, as I’ve been here before – quite a few times, in fact. Since we first met a couple of years ago, she and her husband Nick have gone from married couple living in a black-and-white apartment, to parents of Nash, whom they adopted from Ethiopia in 2015, now living in this beachy-chic house. I find out how she created the cool, boho-vibe that permeates her home, and the journey they went on to find their son. Boho Tropics in the BY AMY BROOK-PARTRIDGE

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ustine and I sit outside, sipping on tumeric lattes made by her helper, Sarrah, and chatting about her Singapore journey. While living in Sydney for ten years before moving here in 2011, Justine met Nick at a mutual friend’s 30thbirthday party – “As soon as I saw him I thought, ‘I’m going to marry that guy’.” That was in 2004, and two years later they tied the knot at Justine’s parents farm in Pukekohe, New Zealand. Having gone there to celebrate their engagement with her nearest and dearest, they decided to get married there and then! With only two-and-a-half days to arrange the wedding, they managed to keep it a secret from everyone. This surprises me a little, as I know what a perfectionist Justine is; however, her job as a television producer also means she’s meticulously organised and as fast as lightning when she wants to get something done. After Nick expressed an interest in moving to Singapore, his company relocated him to open an office here in early 2011 (he’s since become a partner at banking and financial services recruitment firm Symmetry). Justine, however, was still more than happy living and working in Sydney, and hung back for three months before joining him here. Their first home was a black-and-white apartment, close to their current home. It wasn’t long before Justine was snapped up by a television production company, and what was meant to be a three-month contract ended up being a year. Working long hours and during the weekends, there was very little spare time to focus on much else.

Right: The banner on the right was an original bus-stop scroll from Sydney, which Justine gave to Nick for their second wedding anniversary. Even the kitchen has been beautifully styled by Justine.




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Family Focus One important thing that remained on her mind, however, was starting a family. After a year or so of trying for a baby while they were still in Sydney, she and Nick were advised to consider IVF. Not keen on heading down this route immediately, Justine consulted a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and followed a very strict programme that saw her lose a whopping 18kg in weight. “But I still didn’t get pregnant,” she says. Justine had always seen herself adopting, but Nick was still keen to explore the possibility of having a biological child; and, as Justine’s sister had been through IVF successfully, they decided to give it a shot. Trying IUI first, then IVF through her “amazing doctor Mary” in New Zealand, they undertook two rounds, and Justine got pregnant but unfortunately miscarried early on. “When I went back to the doctor, she said there was no point in doing another round as I didn’t have any eggs. That’s when it hit me – that that was it. I wasn’t going to see a little Justine running around the garden in her dungarees. I bawled my eyes out for a while,” she says. After trying egg donation without success, Justine thought enough was enough. They had already started the paperwork for adoption; and so when one door closed, another began to open. The Perfect Outcome Justine started her adoption research online. “You’re put in touch with a counsellor who can advise you, and we were told to pick three countries we were keen to adopt from – we chose Cambodia, Thailand and Ethiopia. Nick also contacted a few men who’d adopted children, as I think he was worried about bonding with an adopted child; but after speaking to them, he knew he could do it.” The paperwork takes a while, says Justine, and includes plenty of online tests and checks, including (reassuringly) police checks for every country you’ve lived in. “But I’ll never forget the email that said we’d been matched with a five-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia. It stated he had no known parents and asked us how we would like to proceed.” The couple flew out to meet Nash – then called Yosef – when he was eight months old. “It was so surreal; I just couldn’t believe that feeling of first holding him, and I gave him quickly to Nick, as I wanted to see how they were together! We fell completely in love with him at that moment.” The family hit a stumbling block, however, when the courts closed for what was expected to be a month. Justine and Nick went back to Singapore to prepare their home and wait for the call. However, the call never came, and they found out that all adoptions had been put on hold. After eight extremely stressful months, Justine went back to Ethiopia to find out what exactly was going on. “I couldn’t stand it anymore; I went there for a month, and just hung out with Nash as much as I could.” Finally, therewasmovement in the courts, and being there on the ground making herself visible put Justine in a good position. The court date came, and they got to pick up Nash on 22 April 2014 and take him home. Justine’s advice for anyone considering adoption is to start as soon as you can. “Looking back, I would have started sooner so I could have adopted a couple more children. The paperwork has now expired, and I feel that, at my age, it’s too late to start from scratch again.”

Left: The bed is from Originals, the pink side tables from Hacienda Blue. Below: Justine and Nick at their impromptu wedding in Pukekohe. She wore a Zimmerman dress (“my grandma thought it was a nightie!”) and used her sister’s veil.

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House and Home Realising they needed more outdoor space than their apartment afforded, they moved into this black-and-white house just over a year ago, and Justine has given it her own sprinkle of tropical island boho-style. After bringing more than a container-load of furniture during the move from Sydney, she has since been collecting from here and there, including hunting down pieces through classified ads and auctions, or exploring shops such as Originals and FairPrice Antique. Then there’s the bed Nash used to sleep on, made by Nick and Justine from wooden pallets and wheels. This is earmarked to be Nash’s trundle bed, as he now sleeps on a daybed from Sri Lanka that Justine purchased in Australia. The house has a natural and cosy flow, and Justine says she calls on Lucy Richardson’s feng shui expertise at least once a year. “Each time I decorate, I feng shui, and Lucy is familiar with all of my things. Sometimes, if I’m not feeling right, she’ll come over for a coffee and tell me to tweak something here or there.” At one point Justine added a pond in the career corner of her garden, “and now I get job offers every week!” Fortunately, this success has spilled over into her family life; Nash has been the perfect addition to their family. “I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome; he’s an amazing match with our personalities – cheeky and fun, and just right for us.”

Above: The Hazletts had the pool put in; the sunbeds are from IKEA. Next page: The family adopted Remy in Australia. Since Justine had the pond installed in the “career corner” of her garden, she’s been inundated with job offers.




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In With The Old Distinctive styles such as retro and vintage are great fun to play with, whether it means decking out your living room in full 1950s style, or adding just one or two pieces. We asked four retailers about the distinctive traits of these furniture styles, and tips on mixing it in with your own home décor.

Artful House The vintage furniture you’ll find at Artful House has a historic element, and owner PADMAJA RAJAGOPALAN primarily works with architectural elements such as old doors, windows or wall panels, constructing pieces of furniture around these items. “While buying vintage furniture it’s important to pay attention to the quality and overall aesthetics of the restoration,” explains Padmaja. “This includes respect for the originality and imagination behind the piece, the overall proportions, the colour palette used and other attributes that contribute to the ‘wow’ factor. Modern aesthetics are integral to the vintage pieces we have curated at Artful House.” Padmaja’s Tips The versatility of vintage furniture means it can be used across a broad range of styles. “On the one hand, you have the home of a consummate collector who cannot resist a one-of-a-kind find; we can see this kind of homeowner being instantly drawn to a piece like our arched doorway console.” At the other end of the spectrum, Padmaja has clients who focus primarily on functionality with their décor, yet they want their home to look interesting as well. “The right vintage furniture can easily hit the spot for this. Our charcoal-grey vintage cabinet is highly functional and attractive at the same time, and it pairs beautifully with a contemporary striped wingback chair.” She recommends fabrics as a great way to seamlessly tie décor elements together, and the store carries a range of contemporary fabrics to complement various furniture pieces. “Overall, vintage furniture is an easy pick that works well with a mix and match approach.”

The vintage cabinet works perfectly with the contemporary upholstered wingback chairs.

These display shelves are constructed from architectural wall niches.

The craftsmanship of this piece makes it a great statement in any room.

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Ethnicraft Online founder KATRIEN BOLLEN points out that the characteristics of retro furniture and furnishings often vary, reflecting the trends that were current at the particular time they were made. However, one recurring characteristic of classic retro is the slender profile, noticeable in thin legs and curvilinear forms. “Nowadays, there’s a wider variety of retro furniture pieces from different cultures and time periods, and it’s not unusual to see modern furniture collections imbued with certain retro-inspired features such as tufting on sofas, or the use of materials like leather or velvet.”

Katrien’s Tips “There is no fixed way to display your beloved vintage and retro pieces; you can turn your space into a 1950s-inspired scene, or mix and match pieces to add just a tinge of nostalgia,” says Katrien. The key is balance; “If you’re unsure, start small and don’t overwhelm your interior by adding one or two retro pieces. If you like the outcome, you can continue to adjust until you find the right balance between the different styles.” Katrien advises making a vintage piece the focal point in your space by ensuring it contrasts boldly – in texture, design or material, for example – from the rest of your space and pieces. “The alternative is to pick pieces that aren’t so ‘loud’, and then select retro-inspired elements to create a harmonious interior that won’t come across as being dated.”

Above: The N101 sofa has a classic mid- century shape with angular frame and rounded slim legs. It comes in wheat (seen here), olive or ash grey; priced from $515 to $1,670, depending on size. Below: The oak origami television cupboard from the Mr Marius collection combines solid oak with retro design elements such as the folding sliding doors and elevated rounded legs; $1,395. The shape of the Mr Marius origami desk, and its use of levels and drawers, harks back to a different era; $1,395. Available in yellow, cream or black, the Mr Marius oak origami

secretary draws on classic design, combined with

coloured panels to give it a modern twist; $1,195.

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Art Deco sofa with metal frame; $2,150.

Journey East Journey East has specialised in Southeast Asian teak vintage furniture for over 20 years. Most of its pieces come from locations in Central Java, dating between the 1910s to the 1960s, and featuring influences from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern, and Dutch Colonial design traits. “There’s a sublime mix of East and West in these pieces as they also feature Southeast Asian techniques such as traditional joinery and hand bevelling,” explains Journey East founder ANITA SAM. “The vintage furniture we carry is almost exclusively crafted in teak, a prized wood of the region.” Anita’s Tips Combining vintage and modern items can result in an interesting, creative and stylish look, says Anita, and vintage and retro furniture pieces can blend seamlessly into modern home environments, bringing daring old world charm and character to a space. “Look at mixing bright modern elements with vintage wood pieces; the latter pair nicely with brightly coloured modern furniture – a retro console with a modern sofa, for example, or modern chairs with a vintage desk or dining table. Bright upholsteries such as throw pillows can also be combined with a vintage chair or sofa.” Alternatively, Anita advises focusing on smaller accents. “You don’t need to go overboard when adding vintage accents to the home – a well-placed side table, cabinet or sideboard can work as an accent piece, and as a distinctive way of adding retro style to the living room.”

Retro display shelf, circa 1950 to 1960; $2,675.

Retro desk, circa 1950 to 1960; $856.

Colonial drop-leaf bureau; $1,190.

Identifying Styles Art Deco: 1920s to 1940s, featuring prominent lines, geometric characteristics and/ or exotic wood facades. Art Nouveau: late 1800s to early 1900s, featuring delicate lines, curves, floral or nature- inspired motifs and intricate embellishments – for example, hand carvings. Mid-century Modern: 1950s to 1960s, clean sleek lines and proportions, “pencil” legs, a light and airy feel, heavy Scandinavian influences.

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