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Priti Devi can't live without art and fresh flowers around the house

Everyone has a different take on what makes a home a home, whether it’s having a fresh vase of your favourite flowers atop the living room table every day or hearing the laughter your children bring to the home. What are your own must-haves? Here’s what four Singapore Tatler friends had to say.

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Art and fresh flowers
“Any house of mine must have style. This is achieved with accessories and items for the home that complement the home’s interior design such as art and fresh flowers. Art acts as a talking point and reflects the owner’s aesthetics, while I love how flowers bring an elegant, polished and welcoming vibe to the home.”
—Priti Devi


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A large dining table
“It has to be able to fit at least 10 people because my family is large. My parents live with us and we have dinner together every day, while my in-laws join us weekly. Quarterly, we invite close friends over for popiah or a BBQ too. So whether it’s after a long day of work or a social gathering, our dining table is where we share good food and life stories with those we love. I’d say the fondest memories we’ve made are when we’re gathered around the table.”
—John Lim


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Children
“I’m addicted to being a mother, thus a house is not a home without the happiness and laughter that my three children bring. My eldest Sascha, for example, is four and she says the funniest things that also often don’t make sense at all. My husband and I plan to have more—at least four, maybe six!”
—Nichol Ng

 
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Console tables
“We have four mirrored console tables in various styles. One of our main pieces is placed at the hallway of our entrance, so it is the first and last piece of furniture that any visitor sees. We place flowers, ornaments and candles on it, and items such as parcels or gifts that we don’t want to forget leaving the house with. Our oldest console table has been with us for 25 years and one we fell in love with at first sight. It’s also like a long-time family friend, that has witnessed our three children grow up.”
—Susan Peh

(Related: This Fabulous Family Home Is A Playful Mix Of Personal Styles)

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