| The Shophouse Series | Singapore – The Cranes in Joo Chiat by Ong & Ong

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The Cranes is a multi-shophouse project by Ong & Ong that expanded from the restoration and redevelopment one shophouse to include two other adjacent shophouses. The design concept revolves around the idea of community and is inspired by the diverse Joo Chiat neighbourhood, where the shophouses are located.

To read more about the project, head over to Ong & Ong website.

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| The Shophouse Series |

I grew up staying in a shophouse in Malaysia, where my father ran (and is still running) a restaurant (kopi-tiam) at the ground floor and our family stayed at the first floor. Although our shophouse is a 1980’s modern cookie-cutter type of commercial/residential building in Malaysia, I’ve always have fond memories of shophouse living.

So I’m especially drawn to the unique, beautiful and charming  conservation shophouse you could see in Penang, Melacca, or Singapore. They are really such a gem in the building heritage of South East Asia.

A lot of these conservation shophouses are now being converted to boutique hotels or hip residential homes (how envy of the lucky folks!). Though I don’t have the budget to acquire one of these shophouses and do a major overhaul, I reckoned that it is no harm to start a “virtual collection” here by sharing the amazing images of these home tours with all of you :) Hope you like it too!

Excerpt from Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore –

Shophouses—a historical source of delight and nostalgia—are a prevalent building type in Singapore’s architectural and built heritage. They are also commonly found throughout the historic cities of South East Asia. They are narrow, small terraced houses, with a sheltered ‘five foot’ pedestrian way at the front. These buildings can be used for both business and living. Constructed between the 1840s and the 1960s, these shophouses formed the majority of the pre-WW2 urban fabric of the old city centre as well as several other parts of Singapore. These buildings are generally two- to three- storeys high, built in contiguous blocks with common party walls. Shophouses therefore form the bulk of our gazetted conservation buildings. The shophouses still around today have been carefully restored and conserved according to our conservation guidelines.


To understand more about key elements of a typical shophouse, head over to URA website!


Rebecca Robertson’s Family Loft in Brooklyn

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There are some houses that will just make my heart flutters, and this one, is definitely one of those.

This is a factory converted 2-storey loft in Brooklyn, belongs to former Martha Stewart Living decorating editor Rebecca Robertson and her husband Marco Pasanella. The couple worked with the building’s architect-developers, Alloy to create this stunning, warm and inviting family home. In love with every inch of the space…

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LABLstudio | Romantic Bohemian Apartment in Chelsea (Part 2/2)

If the mid-century West Village apartment by LABLstudio is a perfect man cave for a bachelor, this second project that I’m going to share is definitely the perfect “bachelorette pad”.

This Chelsea one-bedroom apartment is decorated in a bold, romantic bohemian style. The shades of mauve used in the living room are so delicious!

Also, have I mentioned to you that this talented duo at LABLstudio also have their own range of wallpaper to offer? Featuring here in the bedroom is the Racy Lacy wallpaper from their design. To view the full range of their wallpaper design, click here.

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LABLstudio | Mid-century designs for a West Village Bachelor Pad (Part 1/2)

LABLstudio was founded by designers Lindsay Boswell and Ali Levin, and is based in New York City. Lindsay Boswell is also an ex-designer at The Novogratz. If you are following the TV series of 9 by Design and the Home of Novogratz, you will expect no less quirk and creativity from LABLstudio.

The design studio is rather young, and they have only included a couple of their past projects in the company website. Nevertheless, each of the projects is so gorgeous that I really can’t wait to share with you.

The first project is a bachelor pad located in West Village, New York city, inspired by classic mid-century modern designs, with some industrial. traveled and street style influences. Something that I really like about this apartment, is the geometric painted wall in the bedroom. Such an original and inexpensive way to add drama and character to a room!

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