In­spi­ra­tion

TO ADD A FLOUR­ISH OF TROP­I­CAL SEN­SI­BIL­ITY TO HER NEW HOME, SAB­RINA HO EX­PLORES THE XTRA SHOW­ROOM IN SEARCH OF OUT­DOOR FUR­NI­TURE

Singapore Tatler Homes - - AUG/SEP 2018 -

Tak­ing decor cues from this is­sue’s trop­i­cal theme, Sab­rina Ho ex­plores the out­door col­lec­tions at Xtra

Hav­ing re­cently moved into an apart­ment with her fi­ancé Kevin Matthews, home decor has cer­tainly been the topic du jour for Sab­rina Ho. By the time we meet her at the Xtra fur­ni­ture bou­tique on a sunny af­ter­noon, she’s al­ready brain­storm­ing the myr­iad ways she can dec­o­rate her new home. Fur­nished with col­lec­tions from lead­ing brands around the world, the show­room is a trea­sure trove of de­sign in­spi­ra­tion; and Sab­rina is ef­fu­sive with praise about the pieces on dis­play. “I love how di­verse their col­lec­tions are—i can look for a wide va­ri­ety of fur­ni­ture for my of­fice and home within one place, which saves me a lot of time,” she says. While the cou­ple’s in­te­rior scheme is still a work-in-progress, this gives them plenty of room to ex­per­i­ment to turn the space into a cosy sanc­tu­ary for two. Part­ners in work and life, the dy­namic duo hap­pily shares the same taste when it comes to their home decor. “Kevin and I are very aligned when it comes to in­te­rior de­sign,” says Sab­rina. “I am more de­tailed about pro­por­tions such that I would mea­sure ev­ery­thing to make sure it fits per­fectly, while he is more cre­ative and vi­sion­ary.”

ART OF THE MIX

De­scrib­ing her per­sonal style as “chic, play­ful, colour­ful and fem­i­nine”, Sab­rina fully be­lieves in dress­ing for the oc­ca­sion as much as be­ing con­fi­dent in her own skin, and she hopes to bring that same ef­fort­less ease to her in­te­rior scheme. “I do take the cur­rent trends as a ref­er­ence and in terms of fur­ni­ture, I lean to­wards the min­i­mal­ist and mod­ern Ital­ian style,” she says. “I also love to add a touch of gold and find unique, con­tem­po­rary art pieces to liven up the space.” The vi­brant ar­ray of the fur­ni­ture from Span­ish out­door brand Ket­tal in­stantly catches her eye, along with the Melt stand­ing lamps by British de­signer Tom Dixon at the Xtra bou­tique; pieces that co­in­cide with her de­sign pref­er­ences. “I par­tic­u­larly love the rosy hues and the qual­ity of the Ket­tal Mesh sofa, as the colour gives me a sense of calm­ness and har­mony; it’s a piece that looks as good indoors or out­doors,” she shares. “And the Tom Dixon lamp, with its metal­lic fin­ish, looks like an art piece it­self—i have to say I’ve found the miss­ing piece I’ve been look­ing for our liv­ing room.”

STYLE IN THE TROP­ICS

Of ut­most im­por­tance for the cou­ple is the study, a multi-func­tional room that also serves as a calm and con­ducive space for work or leisure. “Fur­nish­ing a home of­fice is very im­por­tant for us, as we work from home from time to time,” shares Sab­rina. “So find­ing prac­ti­cal home fur­ni­ture pieces that makes it com­fort­able and less for­mal can con­trib­ute to cre­ative en­ergy.” The prac­ti­cal el­e­ments of the weath­er­proof fur­ni­ture on dis­play call out to her. Be it the fold­able Seax seats from De­don or the light­weight side ta­bles from Bel­gian brand Tribù, Sab­rina ap­pre­ci­ates the ver­sa­til­ity of th­ese col­lec­tions. In­spired by the trop­i­cal vibes of the show­room, Sab­rina also hopes to in­cor­po­rate plant life into her study too, with ac­cents of pink. “Pas­tel pink and green go re­ally well to­gether; I would like to play with th­ese hues to cre­ate a warm, cosy and calm at­mos­phere,” she shares, with the in­ten­tion of pep­per­ing her in­te­rior with ver­dant de­tails as well. She adds: “Green­ery has a calm­ing ef­fect and it’s thought to re­lieve stress, so it would be the look I go for to dec­o­rate my study.”

FU­TURE PLANS

For the go-get­ter, home decor is just one of the many items on her to-do list: Sab­rina is the di­rec­tor of re­cruit­ment con­sul­tancy KS Part­ners, which spe­cialises in the le­gal and com­pli­ance sec­tors; she also runs ex­ec­u­tive search com­pany KR Part­ners (spe­cial­is­ing in en­ergy and com­modi­ties) to­gether with Kevin. On top of that, Sab­rina is in the midst of launch­ing Half the Sky Asia (HTSA), a ca­reer plat­form for fe­male pro­fes­sion­als. “With over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, I have wit­nessed first hand the chal­lenges fe­male pro­fes­sion­als face at work,” she shares. “I started HTSA with a sim­ple pur­pose of lev­el­ling the play­ing field for women at work.”

It’s a project of pas­sion that Sab­rina takes pride in, as much as she does with re­dec­o­rat­ing her home. On her wish­list: a dream pent­house with a gen­er­ously-sized bal­cony, where she can take in the scenic views and green­ery, while en­joy­ing the com­forts of her sanc­tu­ary. “I hope we can find that space we can re­ally make our own, in­fused with char­ac­ter, charm and our per­sonal style,” she shares, as the cou­ple con­tin­ues the search for their next dream home.

LEFT TO RIGHT Sab­rina Ho lounges on the Mesh sofa, which is styled next to the Mesh and Vieques side ta­bles, all from Ket­tal; the Vieques side ta­ble and Cala arm­chair from Ket­tal, as well as the ad­ja­cent Moroso Net side ta­ble em­brace the gar­den-in­spired colour pal­ette

Xtra is lo­cated at 6 Raf­fles Boule­vard, #02-48 Ma­rina Square, Tel: 6336 0688; visit xtra.com.sg for more in­for­ma­tion. CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT The Natal Alu sofa, CTR club chairs and pouf from Tribù, styled with a ta­ble from Ali­var and table­ware from Tom Dixon; din­ing chairs, ta­ble and bench from Tribù‘s Il­lum col­lec­tion; the Tosca club chairs by Tribù

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