By: Amy Brook-Partridge; photography by Ken Tan
A graphic designer by trade, Venezuelan expat Carolina Labastidas has cast her professional eye over her Bukit Timah home and turned it into an eclectic and glitzy treasure trove. We met up with her to find out how she combines her home décor finds in such a stylish way.
Who lives here:
Maria Carolina Labastidas, ten-year old son Albert, helper Jenny and pet Chihuahua Lola.
Time spent in Singapore:
They arrived in January 2015 from Guangzhou, where they spent three-and-a-half years.
Size of home:
300 square metres, 4-plus-1 bedrooms in a four-storey walk-up in Bukit Timah.
Style of home:
Refreshingly eclectic, and a reflection of Carolina herself.
Originally from Venezuela, Carolina has lived overseas for eight years, first in Panama for three-and-a-half years, then Guangzhou for the same length of time, and now here in Singapore for just over a year. Her job as a design leader for Procter & Gamble has seen her travel across the regions of Central and South America and the Asia-Pacific, allowing her also to indulge her passion for home décor.
“I love to buy pieces on impulse, and then find a way to make them work at home and fit into my style. I don’t follow a particular style, just my heart,” she explains.
Her four-bedroom walk-up home on Shelford Road in Bukit Timah is the perfect size to house not just her ten-year-old son Albert and dog Lola, but also her varied collection of furniture and furnishings. Her 23-year-old daughter, Maria Paulina, otherwise known as Polly, now studies overseas, but there are still plenty of reminders of her in photographs along the walls, and there’s also a bedroom styled just for her for when she visits.
“When I landed last year I was looking at newer property developments, but I soon realised my furniture wouldn’t fit. This place was perfect, the space was big and, even though I do love new things, I also love older places.” Décor-wise, Carolina says, she’s going through her blue and grey phase right now. “I don’t follow a specific style,” she reiterates. “Everything I have in my house I have because I saw it and loved it, and then I make it work. Sometimes I will refresh the style and look.”
Food and Drinks
Coastes (“a wonderful place to spend mum-and-kid time; you can eat on the beach and it has a great menu, particularly if your kids are a bit difficult with food, like mine are!”)
6631 8938 | coastes.com
Modern Beauty Salon (“for facials and massages”)
Wow Hair (“a great place for a keratin treatment”)
Don’t forget, you can order the mag direct to your doorstep!
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