Tuesday’s Masterpiece(s) – Singapore style

Ugh, ruddy internet!  Sorry for the no show yesterday loves, our internet is down at home, am writing this from the yoga studio…

Anyhoo, so we were feeling a lot of love for Singers this weekend, and spent a good chunk of it oogling gorgeous shophouses.  If we stay here long term I think le dream is to own one of these beauts one day, although it’s a pretty wildly unrealistic dream, ha.  But then they’re the best type, no?!

So I thought today I would show y’all what I’m going on about, by sharing a couple of insanely gorgeous spaces I’ve come across lately, both pretty much down the road from our place.


{credit – note the Foo Dogs in front of the navy blue one??}

So shophouses are the traditional style of architecture here, built by Chinese and Peranakan merchants waaay back when Singapore became the massive trading port it continues to be today.  There’s not a lot of space in this little city, so the very skinny and deep terraced shophouses were the perfect solution: shop on the ground floor out front, house up top.

They were decorated in just gorgeous tiling, plasterwork, wooden shutters, stained glass etc. and after getting a bit old and crapped out over the past century or so they’re now getting a new lease on life as it’s become quite the thing to do to renovate these puppies.


So this one basically has a giant hole in the roof along its length to let in more light, which can be covered over with retractable canvases when it rains.  Cool, huh?!

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This dining table is incredible!  In fact, think I need to go make friends with the owners, I quite fancy a closer look at the place…

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Loving the spiral staircase!  And this luxed up version of the traditional bathroom outhouse is pretty awesome too:

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And next up is an insane wood/poured concrete/glass/EXPOSED BRICK beauty, that used to be a book shop back in the day.

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They’re really hot on conservation here (unlike tear-it-all-down Hong Kong, ha), so you have to keep the front facade of the building exactly like it was built.  I loooove though the juxtaposition this creates between the trad exterior and super contemporary interior – LOVE!

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All the non-structural interior walls were removed to make the space flow better, and do you see the ceiling height???!

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OH MY GAWD THAT BRICK!!!  And the suar wood’s not bad either.

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Not bad huh?!  I shall continue to dream my dream I think…


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