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East-West design harmony

Oriental and European influences come together beautifully in this semi-detached home

Tay Suan Chiang
Published Thu, Jun 23, 2022 · 05:00 PM

Interior designer Sarah Tham remembers when a potential client put her thrrough 2 tests before he would let her design his home.

This was a few years ago, says the founder of Cube Associate Design, who was unfazed and even pleasantly surprised by the conditions even though “no client has ever tested me before.”

With over 20 years of experience behind her, she naturally aced them both. One test was to design a study that looked like a cross between Winston Churchill and Ralph Lauren, while the other was to design a helper’s room.

“The client then said, ‘now you can meet my wife and daughter to discuss the home’,” she laughs.

The home has been done up in a Barbara Barry style, and from the living room, there is a seamless connection to the garden. PHOTO: TIM NOLAN

How the family found that house is another story. The wife, a New Zealander who has lived in Singapore for 4 decades, shares that her Singaporean husband - a director in a property company - a…

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