PLAYFUL FASHION ACCESSORIES THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONS OF SHAPE, COLOUR AND FINISH TAKE ON A WHOLE NEW MEANING IN THE ECLECTIC, TCHOTCHKE-FILLED ABODE OF INDEPENDENT FASHION PR CONSULTANT/“FRENCHAPOREAN AUNTIE” SANDRA CAMERON.
This chest is pretty much the first thing you would see when you step into my apartment so I want people to ‘get it’ right away. It’s covered in a million things and you’ll see similar motifs repeated throughout my house. I’m a Pisces so I love anything that’s fish-shaped; I also love cats. The little plastic mice are from a kids’ store and are displayed because it’s the Year Of The Rat. The Chinese takeaway box is actually a Christmas ornament. In the back is a traditional Burmese wooden doll while the two thermos flasks were bought in Singapore... In my home, no table is left empty and I think it’s a reflection of me. I am definitely not a minimalist and I always have a lot of things going through my brain. I am also very curious. When you’re not curious, that’s the end of you.
Hermes Reponse sterling silver earrings (on gnome figurine), double ring (on goldfish figurine) and necklace (on table), Hermes
Cameron wears 4 Moncler Simone Rocha nylon and down coat, Moncler, and her own earrings
My husband Peter and I have lived in this rented apartment for two years... Yes, it is very old, but it has a lot of charm and character and is very unusual for Singapore. When we first moved here in 2003, we lived in a super modern condo with Phillipe Starck fixtures, nonsense like a wine fridge and a private lift lobby, and black and white furniture from the likes of Kartell and B&B Italia. It was fashionable to be minimalist then, but we eventually decided that it was not for us. I wanted a place that reminded me of my childhood homes in North Africa and France where there were so many things around, dusting took forever... What I like is not a show flat, but a home that shows some quirkiness, some madness and fantasy, and definitely a sense of humour. When you come here, you can touch everything and sit anywhere. This is not a museum.
Birdcage brass and strass novelty bag with accompanying suede pouch, Chanel.
On a weekly basis, we rotate or change the huge linen bed sheets that we use to cover the grey couches from our original minimalistic apartment with. As I’ve said many times, we are not those people anymore so we bought a lot of beautiful linen bed sheets in colours like indigo and sage green and I would switch them every week to create a new decor, getting candles in new colours and changing the cushion covers and vases displayed. You can come here and ask me to create just about any decor theme and I would most likely be able to – Mexican, North African, toile de Jouy, a specific colour, a kid’s party, hearts, anything – because I love to buy different accessories to dress up the house. It might sound a little childish, but I like this sense of innocent play... It’s a bit like never taking down one’s Christmas decorations so it’s Christmas all year round.
Peekaboo Essentially calf leather fabric tote, Fendi.
Calfskin pumps, Tod’s
2.55 goatskin handbag, metal, resin and strass brooch (in dish), metal and resin brooch (on table), and metal and strass necklace (on teapot), Chanel
I love to go on a treasure hunt and find items that not many people would look at... On the shelf showcased opposite, for example, there are vintage tea and coffee canisters from the UK, a very traditional French tea canister from Hediard, a Moroccan teapot, Chinese porcelain cats, the candleholder that’s very old as well as new items made to look vintage such as the paperweight shaped like hands. The gold box on the lower shelf is actually an accordion that doesn’t work 100 per cent, but I love it: this super-French, down to-earth musical instrument.
Mini Pocket cotton and leather tote, Burberry.
(From top) Metal necklace with resin pearls, stones and crystals, lambskin bustier top with matching belt, and calfskin and fabric boot, Dior.
The perfect home is definitely all about character... I want someone to come to my place and say, ‘Sandra, I see you in your apartment.’ I would be very disappointed if I met someone who dressed well and has an interesting style, but go to his or her home only to find it really boring... We should show our personalities through our clothes and through our homes. Fashion and the style of your home are connected.
Off The Grid nylon bucket hat, Gucci. The Fringe Pouch nappa leather clutch, Bottega Veneta
PHOTOGRAPHY VEE CHIN
ART DIRECTION ADELINE ENG