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I Wish I Lived Here: Singapore House with Central Atrium Garden

I Wish I Lived Here, Singapore house

Photo by Lauryn Ishak for The New York Times

Hello, urban zen! This house actually started out as a long, dark shop in the suburbs on the outskirts of Singapore in the 1950s. It's current owners, Amy Long and TQ Shang, had a lifelong dream of living in a converted shophouse, and they were able to make their dream come true when they bought this shop in 2008. They hired a friend of theirs who actually converts shophouses into homes as a hobby (convenient!) to mastermind the transition from shophouse to home.

Since shophouses in Singapore are similar to brownstones you'd see in most urban areas in the United States, Amy and TQ focused on making their home seem lighter and longer. Their friend did this by adding in a floating staircase to connect the first and second floors, giving the home a loft-like feel. My favorite part, however, is the garden in the home's central atrium. There's nothing I love more than having a bit of nature inside your home -- especially when you're an urban-dweller.

Do you wish you lived here, Nesties? Share in the comments!

To see more of Amy and TQ's home, visit their home tour in The New York Times.

-- Lauren Le Vine

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