Stylish Homes:
Aude Giraud's bobo-chic walk-up in
Tiong Bahru

Nature's little blessings

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.
Flatlay essentials for the dining table: A wreath of golden sprayed leaves and purple statice wrap a
Cire Trudon candle, while the gleam of copper from SOH Melbourne complements the scalloped
gold edges of the Dreams and Confetti plates. Never throw out your flowers — Giraud allows the
eucalyptus and hydrangea bouquet on the far left to age gracefully for two years.
"A good wreath should be made with foliage and flowers that can dry out, so you can enjoy it longer. I find it fascinating to watch it change with time. I love working with pines, holly berries, golden spray foliage, eucalyptus, lavender, cotton flowers and statices."
Giraud's Singaporean landlord converted the balcony into a kitchen, which spans the length of her floral atelier and living room to allow for natural light to stream in. French accents line the kitchen counter and cabinet in the white and blue tea towel from Maison Empereur and her collection of Mariage Frères tea and tea cups. A vintage ad for olive oil from Lesbos in Greece brings back memories of her family summer house. The log cake of her choice? Goodwood Park Hotel's
Summer Berries Mousse & Passionfruit Cream with Chocolate Brownie.
"Flowers entered my life without notice. My passion for nature grew stronger in Singapore — maybe it's the lush greenery that stimulated it. No matter how tall the buildings are, greenery's everywhere."
Giraud's floral business started after working on arrangements for Chanel through a friend who works for the brand. Armed with a diploma in floristry techniques and a stint with a florist in Paris, she returned to Singapore and now works from her atelier home. A poster displaying the language of flowers is a highlight of the space.
"I had to let nature into my house. I took time to think about how to enhance an atmosphere with flowers, starting with my own home."

Child-like wonder is present in the bathrooms, with colour pencils and a colouring poster for particularly long breaks.
"It was obvious we wanted to live here. The Art Deco buildings, the village lifestyle with a bakery, hardware shop, wet market and the aunties and uncles watching Channel 8 with their doors open. This is In The Mood For Love in Singapore!"
Photography: Vanessa Caitlin
Styling and text: Adibah Isa
Production assistant: Amanda Soon