This Singapore Apartment Has One of the Dreamiest Balconies We’ve Ever Seen

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White built-in bookshelf between kitchen and living room
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Name: Daria and husband, Faizal
Location: Marymount neighborhood, Singapore
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,302 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I work in events, and my husband works in finance. We bought this 35-year-old apartment five years ago and it’s the first home we bought together. It’s smack in the middle of Singapore, which is really convenient. It took us a good two to three years to put the house together in what we now feel is a semi-complete look. Most of the furniture is secondhand. We like to own things that have a story rather than buying new. It’s good for the environment as well as our wallets!

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I love colors (blue, green, and yellow are my favorites) while my husband is a fan of black and white. We both love wooden furniture as well as traditional Indonesian batik prints, which you can find hung on walls and ladders throughout the home. My husband is Singaporean and has Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian ancestry, and I’m Italian. We met in Australia while studying at university 14 years ago and have been stuck together ever since. We decided to use Peranakan patterned cement tiles for the kitchen and balcony floors because they’re just beautiful and evoke a sense of old-school Singapore charm that we both love.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, old school.

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What is your favorite room and why? The balcony. It’s just so blissful to end a hard WFH day sipping a drink while sitting on the hanging chair in the balcony.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Plants. We keep on killing them!

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t think you need to buy everything at once. Beautiful homes look collected for a reason. People take years to collect beautiful things that are meaningful to them.

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