Cultures collide in Aude Giraud's favourite corner in this 1,000 sq. ft walk-up in Tiong Bahru she shares with her husband Antoine. From Giraud's favourite corner by the second-floor window, a snippet of the French-Indonesian florist and writer's passion project-turned-business — Ask A French Flowers
— hangs high, anchoring the eye as it trickles down to set its sights on a framed picture of an Indian philosopher (a Jaipur flea market find), a vase (a New Delhi original) that carries her last name, a Cire Trudon candle and the antique set of drawers (both from Paris) and a Tokyo Bike with a basket from Marseille's Maison Empereur; the oldest hardware shop in France and her favourite in the world. From that little nook, you'll face the dining area where a huge Arcade Fire poster serves as a backdrop.
Originally found in the Parisian metro station, the 30-something had it removed with the help of a maintenance worker and framed for her husband's birthday. It now hangs among the trinkets of stories found on the counters of this Eurasian home, which also houses her floral atelier that was initially her husband's office. Giraud's tastes draw from her Indonesian side too (which she visits every now and then — her mother runs a guest house in Flores), but only if you look hard enough. They lie in the wayang kulit
puppet hanging near the front door; the keropok
boxes and mirror from Yogjakarta; the Borneo craft basket from a flea market in Jakarta; and a basket from Kalimantan, which reminds the florist of her Indonesian grandfather. Francophiles are peppered elsewhere in this three-bedder: From the Mariage Frères tea boxes that lie on her long kitchen counter, the Dyptique ("Feu de bois brings me back to winters by the fireplace in Burgundy"), Cire Trudon and Astier de Villatte candles that illuminate the space, the linens from Caravane — one of her favourite homeware brands from Paris — as well as the antique furniture brought over from France.
An illustration of Paris by Charlotte Molas hangs in their bedroom, reminding the couple of home. For Giraud, however, home is three-fold: France, Indonesia and Singapore are where her loyalties lie, with her father and half-brother residing here. In fact, it was her French father — a Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre regular — who introduced the couple to the Tiong Bahru estate. "He said to us, 'This neighbourhood is for you Bobo guys," she shares.