A Globe-Trotting Couple Settles Down in Singapore

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Living room and entry (Image credit: Submitted by Sara)

Name: Sara
Location: Singapore
The basics: Rented for 2 years

We got a glimpse of Sara and Nick three years ago when they were in Cambridge and now the globe-trotting couple has landed in Singapore. Two years in they are focused on creating a home that feels like them.

Tell us a little about your home and the people who live there: We moved to Singapore from Cambridge (check out our first home tour on Apartment Therapy) and into faculty housing. Singapore is otherwise a very expensive city to live in, but we’re lucky to have a big place close to campus. My husband and I live here on our own, with a guest room and both of our offices. When we moved, we weren’t sure how long we would be out here—Nick’s contract is open ended. A lot of academic expats live a pretty spare lifestyle with furnished apartment basics. But having lived abroad with all our stuff in storage before, we wanted this move to really feel like OUR home. We brought nearly everything from our old place.

What is your favorite room and why? As the “trailing spouse” (I prefer “trailblazing partner”) freelance writer, I LOVE having my own home office. I used to have just a small desk in the living room in our Cambridge place, so when we moved I was determined to curate my creative space and invested in this fabulous vintage silk rug that I found on Arab Street here in Singapore. We also love having our balcony and ritually eat breakfast out there nearly every morning.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We’ve been working on incorporating elements from our travels around Southeast Asia, like starting our sake cup collection (so far from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Vietnam), and doubling down on our indigo dining theme with more Japanese dishes and the hand-died vintage table runner from Vietnam. The wax-drawn detail is so unique and intricate!

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Liz Lemon would probably enjoy our bright colors, quirky combinations, and wouldn’t mind an office of her own at home away from the craziness of TGS.

Sara’s words of advice: Invest in plants! I started with a small balcony herb garden and have been accumulating since. It’s so nice to enjoy the tropical climate and added green texture in our place, but I’m always torn because I know we won’t be able to take our plant babies with us if and when we move.

Thanks, Sara!

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