INSIDE: A Black & White Bungalow That's Music for the Eyes

by Anton D. Javier
Photography by Chino Sardea and Tracey Nguyen
29 Nov 2021

Ale Mora brings worldly flair to an old black and white house that she and her family calls home in Singapore

I was talking to Ale Mora about her experience in Mexico City and she said it’s a place that’s “music for the eyes.” Little did she know, she was describing her own home – a colonial black and white house in the Holland Village neighborhood that’s brimming with colors, textiles, and handicrafts.

  • Ale Mora in her favorite part of the house — the lanai
  • Three words to describe the home: Colors, textiles, handicrafts
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The Colombian creative and mother of three has travelled and lived all around the world – from Colombia, US, and the UK to China, the Philippines, and now, Singapore – and it shows in the way she decorates. “I love life and that’s what I want my family and friends to feel here in my home. It’s unique and eclectic. There is a lot of layering where I use unexpected styles and textures.”

  • The living room is livened up with green walls, which will have to be painted white when Ale and her family leave
  • The family room on the second floor
  • The guest bedroom features a vibrant mix of colors and textures, as well as Ale's childhood brass bed
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Knowing that living in a black and white heritage home came with a lot of restrictions, Mora reveals that it pushed her to be more creative and to research further about the history of these iconic houses scattered around Singapore.

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“I am a believer in respecting the architecture of the place we live in. That said, I tried to use as much furniture from the same era, so I have a lot of antique pieces everywhere. I also played around with the colors and décor on the wall to help bring the outdoors in.”