The Art House

The Art House

SOME people's idea of an ideal home is pretty straightforward - a breathtaking view and of course, as much floor area as possible. But German-born, Singapore permanent resident Stefanie Hauger likes walls. The more the merrier, so she can display as much art as possible.Home, for the director of homeware store Vanilla Home at Palais Renaissance, is a three-storey conservation shophouse on Everitt Road, where she lives with her eight-year-old daughter.

Almost every wall in the home displays art - in the form of paintings, sculptures or photographs. "I don't want the place to be boring, I want every wall to have something quirky on it," she says.

Ms Hauger adds there is so much more that she wishes to display, "but I'm limited by space. If I had more wall space, I would buy more art." Having run out of space in the common areas and the bedrooms, she is already eyeing the kitchen. Plans are already in the works to renovate the kitchen, pulling down some of the "too heavy" kitchen cabinets to free up more wall space.

Her mother, Irene, is an artist, so Ms Hauger grew up in a house filled with art. It's only natural now that she's grown up with her own home, that she would want the same thing. She bought the 4,200 sq ft shophouse in 2009, having lived in one other before. "I have a fondness for them. It was a no brainer to buy it as I'm investing in Singapore's heritage," says Ms Hauger, who has lived in Singapore for 18 years. She says she is drawn to colours such as orange, reds and cognac, and these shades are not only found in the art pieces, but also in her choice of furnishings. "Look around the home, and these colours keep appearing as they fit in well with each other," she says.

The wallpaper in the living and dining rooms are in shades of light brown, to complement timber flooring and a carpet in the living room. Naturally, she has filled her home with pieces from Vanilla Home, including a pair of Riviere table lamps, partially made of bamboo, and hand-blown glass sculptures by Singapore-based architect Michael Fiebrich, and brass decorative accessories by American fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Ms Hauger doesn't hesitate to add that she also shops at other places, such as Space for her dining tables and chairs and Pagoda House Gallery for her coffee table, as well as a pair of statues of monks.

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