Houzz Tour: Global Flair in a Conservation Shophouse
A well-travelled expat settles in Singapore, hoping to showcase his growing art collection in his new home
Who Lives Here: A British corporate lawyer who grew up in Singapore as an expat kid
Location: Chinatown/Tanjong Pagar
Type of Property: A pre-war two-storey corner terrace house
Size: Three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and a study
Built between the 1920s and 1930s, this corner terrace is wider than most shophouses. The Urban Redevelopment Authority gave its conservation by multi-disciplinary design firm Ong & Ong an architectural heritage award in 2006.
In 2018, the shophouse welcomed a new owner, who wanted to move in as promptly as possible. He commissioned interior stylist Caroline Chin-Geyler of Arete Culture, who specialises in swift makeovers, to make this house his home.
“While the client had no specific brief and trusted us 100 per cent, he did ask that we try to incorporate his art wherever possible. He’s an art collector with a growing collection,” Chin-Geyler says. He also wanted the house to be entertaining-ready, with ample seating to accommodate large groups.
With the aim of maintaining the shophouse’s historical integrity, Chin-Geyler and her team gave the house a fresh coat of paint and selected furnishings that would complement the art collection and reused some existing furniture.
“The entryway is a little darker but we painted the space in a darker, moodier tone to let the collectibles shine from the get go,” Chin-Geyler says. Two of Andy Warhol’s Mao Series prints hang over the antique yoke-back chair and console.
“Because the space is so large and has an outdoor pool which is rare for shophouses, we decided to go with an open-plan living space that would integrate the indoors and outdoors,” Chin-Geyler says.
In this open-plan area, walls were painted a clinical white to emulate a gallery feel and spotlight core art pieces. “The colour palette was taken from the beautiful piece you see in the dining room. The client likes deeper colours, so we anchored the space with deep blues and brought in orange and yellow accents to lighten,” says Chin-Geyler.
The decorator used strategically-placed mirrors to increase the amount of light around this space.
Custom-built sideboard, furnishings, sofa, chaise, coffee table, rug and mirror: Arete Culture
All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and are amply-sized.
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