When energy trader and interiors influencer Vivienne Shen and her Dutch husband went house hunting in Singapore, they fell in love with a Joo Chiat conservation shophouse the moment they set foot in it.
“We have always loved shophouses in Singapore. Each of them is unique, and carries a piece of the country’s history and cultural heritage. This one has really high ceilings, an open space on the first floor, and a courtyard right in the middle of the house, which allows us to bring the outdoors inside,” says the 34-year-old of the 3,500sqft, two-and-a-half storey house, which comes with an attic space and a rooftop patio.
Having grown up in China, married a European, travelled widely and lived in Singapore for 16 years, Shen shares that her taste in interiors has evolved over the years. “My eyes were constantly educated by the places I travelled to, the cultures I was immersed in, the materials I touched, and the people I found inspiring,” she expounds.