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Peek into style-setters' stunning homes

Highlights from the March issue of The Straits Times e-publication

STYLISH HOMES

Four style setters open up their equally stylish homes in the latest issue of The Life e-magazine.

Socialite Susanna Kang, who is known for her daring fashion ensembles, spared no expense in building and decorating her weekend home in Sentosa Cove.

The house, built for entertaining, features luxuriously decorated rooms inspired by the four seasons.

Singaporean Cindy Chua-Tay, the only Asian on the Guggenheim Foundation's board of trustees in New York, has to be in the Big Apple four times a year to attend board meetings. While there, she stays in an apartment on the Upper East Side that is decorated with museum-worthy modern artworks by the likes of British artist Damien Hirst and American artists Sol Lewitt  and Richard Prince.


Susanna Kang. PHOTOS: ASHLEIGH SIM, WANG HUI FEN, NEO XIAOBIN, ON PEDDER

Fashion show director Daniel Boey's new semi-detached house off East Coast Road is inspired by colonial black-and-white bungalows, while advertising creative director Joel Chin's River Valley Road apartment is a study in mid-century style.

Explore these stunning homes in the latest issue of The Life.

Natasha Ann Zachariah


TRENDY ACCESSORIES

Refresh your wardrobe with this season's eight must-have accessories, which are anything but subtle.

Stride around town in colourful wedge sandals or metallic loafer mules, where comfort and style come together.

As for arm candy, be spoilt for choice - chunky chain handles and half-moon shapes are all on trend. For maximum impact, go for a graphic print bag.

Download The Life e-magazine for our accessory guide.

Alyssa Woo


PERANAKAN TREASURES

Long-time Peranakan jewellery collectors Peter Wee and Norman Cho share the fascinating stories behind the family jewels in their collections. From diamond-encrusted kerosang brooches to intricate gold filigree necklaces to rich jade bracelets, every piece is exquisitely crafted.

Go to the latest issue of The Life e-magazine for picture galleries of the dazzling gems.

Melissa Heng


COOK A MAORI FEAST

New Zealand is a land that offers diverse experiences - from visiting wineries to sailing to eating the freshest produce.

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Hawkes Bay is an important wine-producing area, with some of the oldest wineries in the country. This is also where you will find huge colonies of gannets, with thousands of the seabirds gathered on rocky cliffs to nest.

Walking tours in the capital city of Wellington take you to artisanal food producers such as a coffee roaster, a chocolate maker and a peanut butter maker.

In Auckland, you can try cooking a hangi, a traditional Maori feast cooked underground. Or visit the farmers' market, art galleries and vineyards on the island of Waiheke.

Go to the latest issue of The Life e-magazine for more on what to see, do and eat in New Zealand.

Wong Ah Yoke

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2016, with the headline 'The Life e-magazine'. Print Edition | Subscribe