Just as shoes are a reflection of a man, and handbags the style signature of a woman, so is a home the plumb line into the heart and hopes of its owner.
Alli Sim and her partner, Mark Teal, have filled their new apartment in Holland Village with their easy charm, good taste, and a fun-spirited energy. "When people enter the space, I want them to feel peace, positivity and warmth," says Sim. "It's a retreat from everything out there. It's literally our happy place and we're never not laughing or talking."
Designed in collaboration with Dwell Interiors, the open and sun-drenched apartment is built on a foundation of black-and-white, and then thoughtfully decorated with an eclectic mix of designer furniture (Tom Dixon and Fritz Hansen chairs), eccentric finds (including a wooden table discarded from a shoot; a remnant of Sim's former beauty editor days at Harper's Bazaar Singapore), and the heady concoction of pure essentials oils, hand-blended into vials and jars for her aromatherapy label, mmerci encore
But Sim's favourite design feature? "There's the herringbone tiles in the kitchen, and the brass chandelier handmade by Lambert & Fils in Canada, but for all the hacking and rebuilding from scratch, we decided to keep our front door in its original statement pink hue. I love it. It brings Palm Springs to Singapore. It annoys the neighbours, but our pink portal had to stay."