Beautiful bungalow vintage poster

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.

Beautiful bungalow lounge area

A clever mix of patterns and colour keeps the living area light, bright and modern. Cushions, Bonnie & Neil. Rug, Fenton & Fenton.

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.

Beautiful bungalow storage

Scandinavia meets Melbourne with a pale hide, antlers and streamlined String shelving. Plenty of baskets varying in size ensure that there is always a place for toys and clutter. String system shelving from Grafunkt. Artworks, Castle & Things and Bloesem. Charcoal ‘Aztec’ Pop & Scott pot, Lulu with Love.

Beautiful bungalow staircase

Armchair, Jardan. Cabinet, Originals. Charcoal ‘Charlie Brown’ Pop & Scott pot, Lulu with Love.

Beautiful bungalow seated area

A gorgeous pop of neon orange and hot pink brighten this corner. Tom Dixon bench, XTRA. Cushion, Bonnie & Neil. Pink ‘dip’ Pop & Scott pot, Lulu with Love.

Beautiful bungalow kids play

The kids corner co-exists beautifully alongside the adults space.

Beautiful bungalow outdoor lounge

Tara has made great use of the entrance area by turning it into a relaxing indoor/outdoor lounge. Daybed made in Indonesia. Armchair, IKEA. Rug, Armadillo & Co. Yellow cushion, Castle & Things. Turquoise ‘Charlie Brown’, Turqouise ‘Dip’ and Sorrento Blue ‘Dip’ Pop & Scott pots, Lulu with Love.

Beautiful bungalow kids room

Bedlinen, Cotton On. Yellow stool, Greg Hatton.

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.

Beautiful bungalow heads

Woven antler heads, Fenton & Fenton.

Beautiful bungalow nursery

Clean and simple rules the day in the twins’ room. Artworks, Castle & Things and Bloesem. Chests, IKEA.


Photography, Zoe Hasker.