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Tour this Mount Sinai house for a taste of London in Singapore

By: Amy Brook-Partridge; photography by Michael Bernabe

Marina Milburn’s Mount Sinai home is her little taste of London in the Singapore sunshine. She discusses how she’s infused her traditional English style into her family home.


Marina and Paddy arrived in Singapore four years ago, just ten days after their honeymoon in Italy. Leaving behind their furnished London flat in the hands of Marina’s brother, they settled straight into a condo in Leonie Hill Road, River Valley. Five months later, Marina’s fashion business, Ribbon & Roses, was up and running and, with a new addition to the family, Archie, they decided they needed a little more room to breathe.

Marina knew of the Mount Sinai area through friends, and found the family’s current four-bedroom house herself. “I love the area. We have Ghim Moh wet market close by and three playgrounds within walking distance. Archie has loads of friends in the area, and I love having a garden.” Evidently so does the family dachshund, Kanga, who enjoys racing across the grass.

The house is furnished almost solely with Singapore-bought pieces. “When we moved from the UK we left our furniture there. Some wedding presents did come with us, lamps and pictures, but everything else was purchased here. It’s a complete mix of secondhand, IKEA and higher-end retailers.”

Marina’s background in fashion PR, and her current job running Ribbon & Roses, intimates that she knows more than a little about style. “I know exactly what I like, and in terms of my home I’m traditionally English without a doubt.” The pure colours and simplicity of her home styling can also be seen in her Ribbon & Roses clothing, which is chic, stylish, and perfect for the Singapore climate.

“I don’t work in seasons, and I don’t make more than 20 of anything, so you’re unlikely to bump into someone wearing the same outfit. The shopping malls here bring me out in hives, so I wanted to create something that sits somewhere between high street and designer brands that people can buy online.”

Marina’s ability to seamlessly mix the old with the new, clean lines with bright colours, has created a stylish home that is also cosy and inviting − no mean feat.

Flick through the gallery above to see Marina’s gorgeous home and find out how and why she designed it herself…



27a Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
6463 7336 |

Artisan Boulangerie
118 Killiney Road, #01-01
6444 8130

Blu Kouzina (Greek restaurant)
893 Bukit Timah Road
6875 0872

“Amazing blog for anyone new to Singapore.”

E-Sarn Thai Cuisine
5 Ridgewood Close
Unit G2 Ridgewood Condominium
6466 8078

Galanga Living
211 Henderson Road
#01-02 Henderson Industrial Park
6475 2633

Jess Boutique
293 Holland Road
Level 1 Cold Storage Jelita
“I recommend these tailors to all Ribbon & Roses customers who need alterations.”
6469 0811

Lightfoot Travel
33 Pekin Street
#02-1A Far East Square
6438 4091

Pottery Jungle
85 Lorong Tawas
6268 6121

Ribbon & Roses
8128 8176

The Salad Shop
“For little things like glass jars and other accessories.”
25 Haji Lane
6299 5805

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