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In Singapore, Rooms Defined By Color

by Shannon Grant

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Moving into a new space can be an exciting, yet daunting, endeavor. With a completely new space, the decorating possibilities are endless. One of the things that I’ve discovered helps ground my own decorating process is choosing a color palette (or three). Whether it be the paint on the walls, the color of my couch or structural wood details, these large hits of color guide everything that comes after, creating focus within a space. , a Singapore-based designer and dabbler of all things creative, decided to let color be the guide as she decorated her home. She and her husband Roland have a playful and experimental approach to decorating their home, filling it with everything from quirky action figures and fun IKEA pieces to elegant mid-century furniture. But by creating zones of color (gray, black, white and wood for the living room and dining room, and a library set in black, gold, red and wood), they have created continuity amongst their eclectic collection of art and decor. Within less than a year of living in this home, which they share with Roland’s mother and three pets, Priscilla has managed to express the family’s style in a way that suits both the space and her budget. Thanks, Priscilla, and special thanks to Tan Yang Er for the lovely photos! Shannon Grant

Image above: “What I love about our dining room is how mismatched everything looks,” Priscilla says. “Everyone loves our swing bench as they are able to sit on it while having dinner, and after dinner, they can swing it the other way around to watch TV. The cement raw wall was deliberately done up after showing my contractor many samples of how I wanted it to turn out. It took quite a bit of nagging and we are so happy with the final color and texture. All of our guests love the raw touch to the wall.”

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Image above: “This metal bronze artwork is the favorite part of our home. It is the first thing people see when they step into our home and we love the fact that there is a hidden message behind it. The black matte wall is from Nippon Easy Wash With Teflon called Mysterious 8151.”

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Image above: “What I love most about our open-concept kitchen is the gorgeous greenery view we get! I made sure I have lots of open spaces to cook and bake and to create flatlays. The magazine/books corner was a perfect solution to the bare, empty space and adds character to the kitchen. We kept the kitchen walls quite bare as we wanted our kitchen to look less cluttered. We filled up both sides of the wall with our favorite glasswares collected from all around the world.”

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Image above: “A mixture of glassware souvenirs we got from Morocco, Japan and as gifts from friends. I found these dried lavender stalks from a local nursery and kept a bunch of them as gifts to give to our friends who visit us. I find it really useful to have dried flowers around the house as I often use them to style dinner table settings as well.”

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Image above: “We found a plant potter stand from Daiso which holds our glass drink dispenser perfectly. I love combining both fake flowers and dried hydrageneas and cotton plants. I am a big fan of supporting local talents as I am a designer myself and the embroidered painting with beads is from an artist called @TeeTeeHeeHee (Teresa) from Singapore.”

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Image above: “Adding a horizontal mirror in the dining room helps broaden the width of our house. We decided to keep the living space clean with four main core colors like black, white, and grey with touches of green and yellow details in plants and cushions.”

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Image above: “Roland loves collecting toy figurines, and what better way to display his favorites than by placing them near his bedside corner. I love collecting postcards and the one on your left is a vintage jewelry sketch artwork I found in Berlin. I conduct watercolor workshops and the floral botanical was done by me, before my class, as a promotional artwork. We love traveling and the acrylic painting on the right was painted when we holidayed in the rice paddy fields in Bali.”

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Image above: “My favorite corner where I get dressed is filled with my rendition of pop art paintings in my favorite yellow hue!”

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Image above: “My corner is filled with everything fairy and fluffy! I love bright colors, gorgeous scents, scented fruit teas and everything colorful. I am really into Neom soy wax candles and they instantly brighten and fill the room with the most beautiful scents! I found the bird cage in a thrift shop and filled it with toy birds and used it as a hat holder.”

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Image above: “Over in my work desk, I keep up to date with an old school traditional Chinese mini calendar. Everything around my work desk is red and orange to create the mood of urgency when I do my work! I found the Chinese calendar at a local stationery shop for SGD$1.”

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Image above: “I keep all my small pens, pencils and erasers well contained in antique boxes and I keep jewelry lying around for inspiration. On the left, I bought a paper pencil box painted with a parade of Indian men on elephants during my recent trip to India.”

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Image above: “We are proud vegans and our home is as vegan-friendly as our diet. Everything we use from our home, including our shampoos, detergents, home accessories and décor, we try our best to keep them all cruelty-free!”

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Image above: “This doll has more than 80 articulation points to mimic the movements of a human body. This had to be the most expensive toy my husband has bought by far. Every single part of this doll is movable, including the fingers. It sounds creepy, but Roland is a huge fan! I hunt down flea markets, eBay, Etsy and local secondhand furniture shops for unique home décor finds. I think shopping is about luck. Some days you get lucky, some days you just cannot find anything. The best places to shop are places that are having closing-down sales! They tend to have hidden finds and are usually priced more than 50% off!”

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Image above: “I found this gorgeous, perfect-condition glass coffee table for a steal at Salvation Army. The glass chandelier was bought from Taobao, a China shopping site. I find most of my cushions online, at spotlight or I even sew my own from fabrics I have kept for a long, long time.”

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Image above: “We love collecting art, furniture and children’s story books! Here are our favorites, and a local artist whom I met in Penang from Georgetown Festival gave me a few of her animal figurines and they are happily displayed in our reading corner.”

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Image above: “The one thing I love about our living room are the windows that drench the space with so much sunlight! We added a Chanel No. 5 Andy Warhol reprint at the corridor to hide the view from our secret store room right behind that space. We used Dauphin Gray 1198 from Nippon Odorless Paint Series for our ceiling.”

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Image above: “The marble painting canvas was a painting mistake that worked out in the end and hides our TV from the main view. We have a real skull in our home and we understand he was a German guy from the 1950s. The skull is usually the best conversation starter at all our parties.”

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Image above: “Our lounge/library corner is our guests’ favorite corner in the house. It is cozy and filled with nicknacks we find during our travels. My favorite thing in the room is the Moroccan carpet we bought from Fez and how it frames the whole room together. The other amazing find is the ornate gold gilded ship painting I found at Salvation Army for a steal. The striped lamp post is an IKEA piece which I DIYed and added stripes onto.”

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Image above: “We live in an old apartment and there are many hidden nooks, and here we made use of one as a display corner. I am a huge fan of Walasse Ting and I tried recreating my own edition with a Cheongsam dress I designed a few seasons ago. We also recently bought a ceramic cat artwork from Penang during the Georgetown Festival and we love that parts of the proceeds go to the cat welfare society. Sadly, Franc Franc Singapore closed down and before that I managed to get my hands on some really gorgeous embroidered cushion covers.”

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Image above: “We color-code all our books in our library/lounge corner and add our favorite toys around it. This ferris wheel was found in Bangkok and it still works today and plays music.”

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Image above: “The library is filled with a good combination of Roland’s toys and my artworks and vintage finds.”

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Source List:
Chandelier: Vintage
Mirror: Custom made
Dining set: From my dad (he runs a furniture and teak flooring company)
Swinging swivel bench: Custom made by my dad’s factory
Sofa: IKEA (style has been discontinued)
Carpet: IKEA
Barcelona chairs: From my dad
Bed & bedsheets: IKEA
Typeface blocks: Typo Décor Shop
Botanical banner: IKEA
Lamps: IKEA and DIY stripes
Brass frame: From a friend who sourced it in Indonesia

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  • Just lovely. What a fantastic infusion of personality into an open and uncluttered space. And with a dream kitchen!

  • Beautiful home! I am in love with “I love you to the moon and back” metal artwork! Any way to find out where I can get one similar?

  • Hey Maddie and Leslie, Thanks for the kind words:)

    If you guys live in Singapore you can find the metal artwork at three/six/five shop at 38 Dunlop street. Their opening hours is from mon to sat 11am-9pm. The artwork cost $330.

    Hi Leo,

    I know..that’s how I feel too when I saw this perfect coffee table:)

  • Priscilla, can you please tell me the name and address of the stationery shop that you bought the Chinese calendar from?

  • Hi Christine,

    I got the chinese calendar from Bras Basah complex on the first floor. There is a stationery shop beside the MAMA store near Jack place. Not sure if they stock 2015 ones but please go check it out.

  • Hi priscilla. Nice home you got there. Can I check with you if you experience any chalking on your black walls? Eg.Like white patches

  • Love the bench, am wondering if it could be ordered in my next visit to Singapore. Please tell us the name of your father’s store. :)

  • Hi! Lovely, lovely house! May I ask where did you got dried cotton plants in Singapore? Your reply will be much appreciated!!

  • What a fabulous space, some great storage ideas. I particularly like the idea of utilising antique boxes for modern day accessories. Many people think of boxes like antique cigarette cases and vesta cases as having to store a particular item, however if another object fits and you find it useful (and looks great) go with it !

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