Rich in personality, this family home is a treasure trove of fine art and vintage pieces.
WHO A family with four young children
HOME Four-bedroom apartment in the Tanglin area
Photos VITERBO INTERIOR DESIGN
The living area is opened up to the outdoors through full-height glass doors. The lounge and dining area extend to the balcony, allowing the homeowners to entertain large groups of friends and family. Shagreen screens help segregate the areas.
Backed by a French grasscloth wallcovering, this cosy area, where two
sofas sit facing each other with a vintage coffee table in the middle,
was designed for conversations and reading time.
Stepping into this eclectic four-bedroom apartment in the heart of town is akin to being swept into a whirlwind of styles, colours, patterns and textures. Home to a well-travelled couple who own their own business and have a brood of four children aged between five and 10, the chic and refined abode is crammed with the things they love, from vintage collectibles to luxury furnishings and objets d’art. The idea, says designer Gracinha Viterbo from Viterbo Interior Design, was to curate the items so nothing would look out of place, while conceptualising a space where the kids could play, run and live.
Retaining the existing floor plan, Gracinha redesigned the various areas. “Social areas are where the family gathers or entertains friends. They need to be open and comfortable, so people can walk around,” she explains. The bedrooms, on the other hand, are intimate cocoons made especially for rest and relaxation. Art pieces give the home its soul, while lush finishes – in the wallpaper, wool and silk carpets, and cushion fabrics – convey a sense of glamour and luxury.
WHERE TO GO
Viterbo Interior Design, TEL: 6679-7860
An emerald green leopard rug by Diane von Furstenberg was layered on top
of a rough raffia one to add texture to the TV area. Cushions
custom-made with vintage fabrics evoke a sense of luxury.
The sides of the wood and white lacquered cabinet are angled inwards, making it look less boxy.
The artwork in the entrance hall alludes to the children’s love for paper airplanes.
The Hermes wallpaper in twilight blue sets the mood for the master
bedroom. The unfi nished wood headboard in an orange diamond pattern
injects colour and vibrancy, so the space doesn’t seem too dark. The
bedside tables each serve a different purpose – one is for bedtime
reading, the other is for work.
This table by Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis is where the owner displays personal photographs and a curated collection of knick-knacks.
Storage space for the children’s toys and books was a key concern. Open
shelves hidden by fabric panels sit on the bay window in the daughter’s
The large window in the master bathroom lets the outside in, creating a
verdant, sun-drenched oasis. The text on the rug reveals the homeowners’
philosophy on life.
A wallpaper featuring line drawings of wild animals lends a fun vibe to the bedroom for two of the boys. Customised cushions in sophisticated geometric prints provide a bold, delightful contrast to the predominantly white room.