HOUSE TO HOME #02
Geraldine & Vincent
Art teacher Geraldine and photography hobbyist Vincent have lovingly adorned their mid-century modern home with their beautiful paintings and photography. Together with their fur-kids June and Luna, the creative duo spent an afternoon with us and shared about their favourite spaces. We also learnt about what inspires them and how they inject pops of character to their home.
“I’m an art teacher and Vincent works in finance. Outside of our jobs, both of us love putting our creativity to use through urban drawing and art making for myself, and photography and music for Vincent, as he used to be part of a band.”
“We’ve been living in our humble abode for just over a year! We would describe our home aesthetic as a mix of mid-century modern and eclecticism.”
“We created a mood board using Pinterest at the beginning of our home journey. We gravitated strongly towards homes with a cosy, lived-in feel (picture excessive furnishings and art décor with layered rugs, throws, and cushions), using mainly dark wood elements and clean wall spaces.”
“We also wanted to give some limelight to our quirks and appreciation for vintage items and spaces, hence our home also features a healthy dose of oriental and old-school elements with pops of colour.”
"The house layout is quite square. You’d be able to view almost the entire house by standing at the main door. That was also the biggest reason that convinced us to buy the house the very next day after just one viewing.
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Being young and super trendy, they were able to fully understand and execute the style we wanted. They were also daring and willing to push creative boundaries to make magic happen.”
“We knocked down a huge wall that used to separate the kitchen from the living area, creating a full open space. This living area is now our favourite space.”
“We’ll often be watching shows, enjoying drinks at the sofa or even simply sitting on the rug on the floor, where June and Luna will be napping at our feet. It’s also the best spot in the house to enjoy the view of our plants swaying in the balcony on a windy day.”
“We start our mornings with a good cup of tea and breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day to us, and we’re happy to dedicate a good amount of time whipping up our own breakfast/brunch especially on weekends.”
“Our kitchen island is great for food preparation with ample space for us to manoeuvre around each other, and our counter top heights are customised to accommodate to Vincent’s relatively taller stature.”
“We wind down the day with a cup of tea (or maybe a cocktail for Vincent), before chilling on the bed for a good hour or so catching up on some shows before falling asleep. We find scents very relaxing, so we’ll always diffuse some aromatic essential oils or light a scented candle before bed time.”
“Vincent and I are nature lovers. When travelling, we like to pack our itinerary with activities like hiking and going off the beaten path to capture local architecture and nature. Hence, our home has many natural elements like dark wood and plants to emulate that relaxing vibe of being outdoors.”
“We’ve lost track of the exact number of plants we have at home as it keeps increasing. All the framed photo prints and artworks displayed around the house are created by Vincent and I. We make it a point to celebrate our creative hobbies.”
“We really love the photograph of the Icelandic horse taken by Vincent on our trip to Iceland in 2016. It’s a close-up with only one subject matter, hence it makes viewers pay greater attention and have more appreciation for textural details and variations in colour.”
“We loved how it was such a subtle and unassuming piece yet looked pretty ethereal and timeless against our white wall.”
“We also love ceramics and pottery items, and have come to love Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle (@potteryjungleshop
) for their immensely wide range of pottery items which are so affordable. If you look hard enough, there are some really good finds. Ezbuy and Carousell are also our top platforms for home purchases.”
“What can be harder than embarking on a new chapter of life together? Having our own home has made us a lot more independent, disciplined, confident and strong-willed to take on other challenges to come.”
“With all the added responsibilities that come with moving into our own space, we started getting into a routine to maintain the house that forces effective communication between us. We now appreciate all the little things in life that we may have taken for granted before like having home-cooked food on the table and clean clothes in the wardrobe.”
"As cliché as it sounds, home is a place where we can let our guard down and let our inner crazy run wild. It’s a place where we feel creatively inspired to do better than yesterday."