Antiques meet kids' antics

Antiques meet kids' antics

Children and antiques are not always a good combination but at Ms Violet Lim's house, it is a relationship that works.

The co-founder and chief executive officer of dating agency Lunch Actually lives in her in-laws' home - a three-storey bungalow in Gentle Road - where their collection of about 100 Chinese antiques, ranging from vases to cabinets, exudes a chinoiserie vibe.

The mother of two young children often gets asked by her friends: How are the antiques spared from excitable kids?

"They are quite good about being careful around the antiques. As they grew up with them, they have been conditioned to living with them," says Ms Lim, 32. She has a six-year-old son, Corum, and three-year-old daughter, Cara, with her husband Jamie Lee, 36.

Aside from the antiques, four generations inhabit the house, in which Mr Lee has lived since he was born.

Fifteen people are under its roof: Mr Lee's parents and his grandmother, his elder brother, his sister-in-law and their five-year-old son, and his bachelor younger brother. There are also four maids.

The house, bought in the 1970s, had been renovated once in 2000. Its interior now is in a Balinese-Oriental style, with a high ceiling in the living room, and wood panelling around the house.

Floor-to- ceiling glass windows give the first floor a spacious, airy feel.

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