Home is where the art is

Home is where the art is

IT looks like a regular two-storey home in Bukit Timah, but the moment you step in you almost wonder if you should have paid an admission price at the gate.

Paintings of all sizes cover every bare wall space.

Antique Buddhist statues fill various corners, along with decades-old carpets, some hung on the walls, such as a 300-year-old tattered one from Romania, and others laid on the floor.

A large Chinese folding screen hangs on a wall between two framed pieces of Islamic calligraphy. Even the wooden frame of the main door to the building is no ordinary one - it's almost a hundred years old.

A museum? No, it's just the home of marketing manager Priya Rath and her consultant husband.

The couple moved in a year ago after four months of renovations, which involved gutting the entire house.

Walls were knocked down on the first floor to make the interiors bigger. An area by the front can be closed off to be used as a guest room.

The living area is divided into two sections - one that is cosy, while the other, decorated with colourful sofas from Indian artist Ketna Patel, overlooks the pool and garden.

There are two rooms on the ground floor, one is a study and the other, a guest room. Upstairs, the couple's bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe.

As the couple have a lot of art to display, interior designer Allen Chia of Edgeline Planners made sure there was plenty of wall space all around.

The couple have been collecting artworks and statues for about 12 years, and the pieces are mostly a mix of Islamic and Buddhist art.

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