Avid dec­o­ra­tor Elaine Kim rel­ishes the chal­lenge of de­sign­ing homes that bear her sig­na­ture style—she ex­plores the Gau­tier bou­tique for in­spira­tion and shares the de­tails that make her in­te­rior scheme com­plete

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Elaine Kim lives a full life— she’s a mum to three adorable boys, a doc­tor work­ing in pal­lia­tive care, and the en­tre­pre­neur who co-founded fam­ily-friendly workspace Tre­haus, so­cial en­ter­prise Crib and lux­ury bridal bou­tique Trin­ity Gallery. When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing her fam­ily abode, she takes charge of its in­te­rior de­sign with the same gusto and am­bi­tion. “We’re al­ways look­ing for ways to re­dec­o­rate our home to make these spa­ces uniquely our own,” en­thuses Elaine. “I love in­te­rior de­sign and I’ve worked closely with ar­chi­tects to de­sign, re­model and re­dec­o­rate my pre­vi­ous homes. I’ve even helped de­sign houses for my par­ents—and I re­ally en­joy the aes­thetic chal­lenge of putting it all to­gether.” While the aes­thetic de­sign of her home is still a top pri­or­ity, Elaine ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance of the func­tional de­tails—such as the child-friendly fea­tures that make a fam­ily home a safe haven for all. “When de­sign­ing a home, there are prac­ti­cal­i­ties to think about, es­pe­cially for young chil­dren—such as the ma­te­ri­als that the fur­ni­ture is made of, and mak­ing sure there are no sharp cor­ners or things that will be dan­ger­ous,” she ex­plains. And French fur­ni­ture brand Gau­tier is mind­ful of all these qual­i­ties through its thought­ful se­lec­tion of pieces for the young ones.

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