Take one Singaporean bungalow, add a dash of Melbourne style, a pop of colour and a sprinkling of love and you have one very lovely, very liveable home for Tara, founder of Lulu with Love, and her family.
Not old enough to be a Colonial beauty, not new enough to be all clean-line minimalism, the older style Singaporean bungalow falls somewhere in-between and as a consequence is often overlooked. Which it shouldn’t be. The bones of these homes are good with a well-considered layout – bedrooms at the top, open living at the bottom – and the proportions of the rooms tend to be more generous than a modern condo as well. Not to mention you get a garden.
So what’s not to love? Well, they may not be architecturally beautiful from the outside…but we all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts and it is here that this house truly becomes a home.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Tara worked at Fenton & Fenton in Melbourne and owned a florist shop in Armadale and her experience in these creative areas show. She has an eye for design and has infused the house with a contemporary Australian look using large scale vintage posters, mid century influenced furniture from Jardan and artworks from Rachel Castle. There is also a sense of fun with touches like a neon skull and a pair of ceramic sneakers that act as a vase. And of course there are the beautiful Pop & Scott pots, which her business, Lulu with Love, imports to Singapore.
A well-styled children’s room will stand the test of time and this one hits the nail on the head with a neutral colour palette and a pop of colour.