Realm of Style


Singapore Tatler Homes - - DEC2018/JAN2019 -

Astrie Rat­ner’s el­e­gant and in­spir­ing fam­ily home pro­vides plenty of room for work and play

The first im­pres­sion one gets of Astrie Rat­ner’s airy apart­ment is that there is a lot of white. From the ivory cur­tain pan­els to the cream so­fas and seashell­white cab­i­netry, this neu­tral tone dom­i­nates the colour scheme of the en­tre­pre­neur’s 3,400sqft home in River Val­ley. “Peo­ple are sur­prised that I have so much white with three kids at home,” says the founder of beauty and life­style bou­tique The Beauty Candy. “But white is easy to main­tain be­cause you can bleach ev­ery­thing and it will be pris­tine ag ain,” she adds with a laugh. In­deed, this un­fussy el­e­gance, which Astrie is known and loved for, is a theme that runs through her en­tire home. “I go for clas­sic and com­fort­able be­cause of the chil­dren. I want my home to look beau­ti­ful and el­e­gant but I also want the kids and who­ever comes over to feel like they can sit down and re­lax,” she says.


Astrie, who holds a degr ee in fash­ion de­sign from Par­sons School of De­sign, de­cided not to en­gage the ser­vices of a de­signer when the fam­ily of five re­lo­cated from a smaller unit in the same con­do­minium t o this pent­house ear­lier this year. In­stead, she un­der­took the project her­self, both as a way to stretch her creative mus­cles as well as to per­son­alise the space t o meet the needs of ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber. “My fash­ion back­ground has given me an un­der­stand­ing of the ba­sic re­quire­ments needed to put things to­gether; for me it is im­por­tant to make things look ef­fort­less while re­flect­ing who I am as a per­son,” she says. This is why she chose to move trea­sured pieces from her trav­els abroad with her. For in­stance, the sofa set was ac­quired dur­ing her univer­sity days; an an­tique gold mir­ror from Swe­den dat­ing back to the 1800s stands in the en­try­way; and the Bun­ga­low 55 chan­de­lier over the din­ing ta­ble was from the fam­ily’s pre­vi­ous apart­ment. The shelves and walls are lined with framed pho­to­graphs, prized books and pre­cious me­men­tos such as a Ja­panese fig­urine and a Swiss vase that she and her hus­band David re­ceived as gifts when they got mar­ried 12 years ago.


Equal care and at­ten­tion to de­tail went into dec­o­rat­ing the rooms for her three chil­dren— Noah, Myla Rose, and Neal to re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties, she says. There are shelves for the el­dest son, Noah, who loves sport, to dis­play his foot­ball, box­ing gloves and taek­wondo medals. With an Xbox con­sole, flat screen tele­vi­sion and computer, it is cer­tainly more “grown up” com­pared to the younger kids’ rooms too. In con­trast to the navy-toned ac­cents in Noah’s room, Myla’s room is a fem­i­nine haven done up in shades of beige, grey, white and of course, touches of pink. “Myla is very girly so I re­ally wanted to cre­ate a pretty room that in­cor­po­rates pink with­out look­ing like a bub­blegum ex­plo­sion,” says Astrie. There are cud­dly soft toys aplenty, a cloth­ing rack of cos­tumes for play­time and a feath­ered ceil­ing lamp that echoes the feath­ered ta­ble lamp by Asi­a­tique that Astrie has in her own room.

“As for Neal, he is my baby, so I splurged on cre­at­ing a su­per dreamy room for him,” says Astrie, her voice soft­en­ing as she talks about her youngest child. Filled with plenty of whim­si­cal toys, in­clud­ing a rock­ing horse and an over­sized soft toy gi­raffe, which Neal in­her­ited from Noah, it is a wel­com­ing space for a toddler just be­gin­ning to dis­cover the won­ders of the world. Colour­ful pic­ture books line the wall shelves like small paint­ings, so it is easy for the child to grab books that catch his eye.


When it is time to in­dulge in some self care, Rat­ner re­treats to her read­ing cor­ner in the mas­ter be­d­room which she has fur­nished with a blush pink Fritz Hansen arm­chair and wo­ven rug. “Af­ter I put the kids to bed, this is where I un­wind with a glass of wine or cham­pagne and catch up with my hus­band,” she says. The cosy spot, which over­looks a park, is also where she sits in the day when she has pock­ets of free time to catch up on work and dream up new creative en­deav­ours. Although she re­cently mi­grated The Beauty Candy from a brick-and-mor­tar store at Man­darin Gallery to a digital space, Astrie says she has many plans up her sleeve for the busi­ness. Up next, she is work­ing on start­ing her own Beauty Candy brand, start­ing with the launch of a per­fume next year—some­thing she’s wanted to do for a long time. “I’ve been cus­tomis­ing fra­grances for many years, from when I lived in New York and would go to es­sen­tial oil shops to cre­ate my own blends,” she says as she takes out a pro­to­type of her fra­grance. “Per­fume is so in­ter­est­ing as a scent can evoke pre­cious mem­o­ries. I en­vi­sion this to be a scent of joy and beauty. It is fresh, clean, pow­dery and with a bit of musk and vanilla.” Sounds like the essence of the Rat­ners’ home, doesn’t it?


LEFT TO RIGHT The din­ing area looks out to views of the sur­round­ing green­ery; the light and white palette in Astrie’s home cre­ates a calm­ing mood

OPEN­ING PAGE A map of Paris is the fo­cal point of Astrie’s en­try­way; Astrie and her chil­dren Neal, Myla and Noah

LEFT TO RIGHT An an­tique mir­ror from Swe­den adds a touch of glam­our to the liv­ing area; ev­ery cor­ner of the apart­ment, from the liv­ing area to the hall­ways has been thought­fully dec­o­rated with books, fam­ily pho­tos and travel me­men­tos

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Myla’s and Noah’s be­d­rooms fea­ture ac­cent colours and decor unique to their per­sonal pref­er­ences; Neal’s room pro­vides am­ple room for play­time THIS PAGE The mas­ter be­d­room fea­tures a read­ing cor­ner by the win­dow as well as a play tent for the chil­dren; the out­door rooftop area is next on Astrie’s to-dec­o­rate list

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