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Lum May Yee home
Former actress and model Lum May Yee with her husband Steven Lam and their 18-month-old son, Aiden, in their three-room condominium in Bukit Timah. She is now a businesswoman who distributes American jewellery label M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, while Mr Lam is director of home-grown jeweller The Canary Diamond Company.
 

Former actress and model Lum May Yee likes her living space to be bright and airy.

The walls in her three-room condominium in Bukit Timah are mostly in white, and she had the false ceiling taken out to allow for more light.

The 39-year-old businesswoman, who distributes American jewellery label M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, says: “I don’t like the dark and dingy feel. With more sunlight coming in, I think the house looks more lively.”

She lives with her husband Steven Lam, 37, director of home-grown jeweller The Canary Diamond Company, in the 2,000 sq ft apartment. They have an 18-month-old son, Aiden, as well as two schnauzers, Juno and Oska.

The couple declare that they are fans of local furniture designer Nathan Yong’s work, and have bought pieces such as their living room sofa and TV console set from his eponymous label and Grafunkt, his other store.

Lum May Yee home
Furniture by local designer Nathan Yong sits in the living area in the three-room Bukit Timah condominium belonging to former actress and model Lum May Yee and her husband, Mr Steven Lam.
 

Yong’s low-lying wooden pieces are great for Aiden, who often climbs and jumps on the furniture, she says.

“I don’t have to worry when Aiden or the dogs roll and climb around. The height is safe enough.”

Their other furniture features a mish-mash of styles, with retro pieces from Lorgan’s in Pasir Panjang Road and Like That One in Bukit Batok sitting alongside more contemporary pieces such as a wooden dining table from Lava East.

Lum May Yee home
A wooden dining table from Lava East sits in the three-room Bukit Timah condominium belonging to former actress and model Lum May Yee and her husband, Mr Steven Lam.


Lum is unfazed if Aiden colours or dirties it during play time. “It’s no biggie,” she says. “If it’s damaged, we’ll just get it fixed when we can later on. But that’s the beauty of wood – it hides flaws well.”

To create an open concept for the apartment, Lum had the kitchen walls removed so that the space opens up to the living and dining rooms. They cook minimally to keep the area clean.

Fortunately, Lum’s in-laws live three floors above them so they often go to their place for dinner.

One thing that stands out in the couple’s home is how they have decorated it with paintings and framed photographs of their friends and family.

A large painting with a colourful flower motif catches your attention the moment you walk into the apartment. It was done by Bali-based Australian artist Steve Castley in 2009.

Lum May Yee home
A large painting with a colourful flower motif by Bali-based Australian artist Steve Castley anchors the dining space in the three-room Bukit Timah condominium belonging to former actress and model Lum May Yee and her husband, Mr Steven Lam.
 

Among Mr Lam’s favourites are two photographic prints by renowned National Geographic photographer Peter Lik. The Luna Bella photograph of the moon with a tree in front and a starry-lit sky behind hangs in the living room, while the Lunar Fringe, a photograph of the moon behind sand dunes, hangs in the master bedroom.

Mr Lam says: “We don’t specifically buy expensive art, just art that we like. They are just pieces that will brighten the home.”

Lum May Yee home
The Luna Bella photograph, of the moon with a tree in front and a starry-lit sky behind, by renowned National Geographic photographer Peter Lik, hangs in the living room of the three-room Bukit Timah condominium belonging to former actress and model Lum May Yee and her husband, Mr Steven Lam.


Lum May Yee
Elephants with quirky designs dot the side cabinet in the living room of the three-room Bukit Timah condominium belonging to former actress and model Lum May Yee and her husband, Mr Steven Lam.


Written by Natasha Ann Zachariah for The Straits Times. Photos: The Straits Times. This article was first published in 2012.

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