Having lived in Singapore for seven years now, former gallerist Susanne Weber had long been enchanted by the beauty of shophouses. So when she and her husband spotted this centrally located historical property, they called the agent the moment they saw the “to rent” sign on the lawn.
“It has always been a dream of ours to live in a shophouse,” says Weber, who recalls “falling in love” with the unit during the couple’s first and only viewing of the house.
As it was a rental unit and a conserved building, the expatriate couple could only make minimal alterations to the property. But with clever styling and thoughtful curation of art and furniture sourced locally and from around the world, they made it work; and the result shows in the space they now call home.
It was important to the couple to celebrate the tropical context and Asian heritage of their home, although Weber’s husband also left most of the decorating decisions up to her. House plants add a lush layer to the entrance and afford a sense of privacy; the area is also furnished with custom outdoor sofas and tables dressed in a striped fabric.