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Homes Showcase: East Coast Artist’s Abode

A self-confessed nomad, artist Louise Hill has moved home and/or country every two years since she met her husband Ryan in 1998. Here she tells us about their most recent move, from Sentosa to an East Coast shophouse, and what living in this area really means to her.

Living room
Louise in her living room

Who lives here: Louise and Ryan, originally from the UK, and their 13-year old twin boys Ezra and Jude.

How long in Singapore: Two years.

Other places they’ve lived: Melbourne, Shanghai, Hong Kong.

Size of home: Five-bedroom shophouse.

Personal style: Modern bohemian glamour, with an arty laid-back vibe.

Joo Chiat shophouse
Louise’s classic Joo Chiat shophouse

Arriving here in 2014 after four years of living in Hong Kong, Louise and her family chose a house on Sentosa for their first Singapore home. On paper, this sounds like an ideal start – it was a modern and sizeable place, with views over the golf course, and easy access to all that Sentosa has to offer. However, when you get to know the artistic and creative Louise, it becomes obvious why this first home wasn’t quite the right fit; their current Joo Chiat shophouse, with all of its quirks and idiosyncrasies, is far more suitable.

When I meet Louise, the first thing that pops out of my mouth is just how beautiful her home is. “It’s great, isn’t it?” she says. “I feel so privileged to live in a little piece of Singaporean history.”

Daybed
The Indonesian daybed is second-hand and the disco ball is from Stanley market in Hong Kong

The family moved into the house in August, and their sizeable collection of furniture and artworks from Louise’s business, Louise Hill Design, has now been put into place – just. “I feel like I’m living in one of my prints,” she says. The front room already had perfectly placed hooks and spotlights, so hanging her art was no headache. “In fact, this house really had my name on it.”

Louise’s work comprises a mixture of mediums, including photography, illustration and textiles. Her ideas stem from everything and anything around her, and often take a geographic slant – like her Hong Kong ferry edition, for example, which is also her top seller. Her latest print, “We Love Hong Kong”, was inspired by her love of that city and includes glimpses of the Peak Tram, Repulse Bay and Stanley Pier, using Louise’s own photography mixed with various mediums and vintage imagery. Her limited-edition designs run up to 100 prints only, and she hand-finishes each one with gold ink.

Artwork
Some examples of Louise’s artwork hanging in the living space

Louise clearly has an ability to assimilate into many situations – exemplified by the fact she has moved home and country so many times. “I feel like I’ve lived three lifetimes already. There’s definitely something nomadic in me – always an adventure to look forward to; and I’m not very good at sitting still.” She then counters this by saying she’s looking forward to staying put for a while; and while somehow I don’t believe her, for now, and for at least the next two years, this East Coast shophouse will serve as her inspiration.

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This is an extract from an article that first appeared in the November 2016 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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