Malaysia Tatler Homes - - SANCTUARIES -

ix years ago, this French fam­ily of four was des­per­ate to find a new flat in Happy Val­ley – and had the good for­tune of chanc­ing upon this hid­den gem with the help of their real­tor. “We got kicked out of the last place and didn’t fore­see that we would find some­thing so much bet­ter,” re­calls the home­owner. “So I learned that when­ever some­thing hap­pens, you al­ways have to think of the good op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up around the cor­ner.” The im­mac­u­late low-rise res­i­den­tial build­ing dates back to the 1930s, with traces of the pe­riod’s Bauhaus move­ment ex­pressed through the ivory-toned build­ing’s beau­ti­fully curved fa­cade, which is mim­icked in the arch­ing ter­razzo stone steps. The cou­ple ven­tured over to view the build­ing and, even be­fore they saw its in­te­ri­ors, they in­stantly fell in love. When they stepped in­side the cav­ernous three-bed­room apart­ment and took in its soar­ing 12-foot ceil­ings and enor­mous win­dows that flood in light from a quiet side street, they recog­nised that they’d stum­bled on the find of a life­time. The flat also pre­sented the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the home­owner to em­brace her flair for dec­o­rat­ing by fill­ing the ex­pan­sive home with be­long­ings she’d col­lected over the decades. Buy­ing her first art­work at just 20 years old, she counts scour­ing flea mar­kets and auc­tion houses as a life­long pas­sion – one she’d picked up from her fa­ther and has since passed down to her own chil­dren.

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