(Stay) At Home with Mia Marchadesch

by Japs Medina July 28, 2020

(Stay) At Home with Mia Marchadesch

Mia gives us a tour of her Singapore home and chats with us about the many hats she wears

When asked to describe herself, Mia Marchadesch generously (and colorfully) threw out a couple of titles: expat wife, modern-day mom of three (ages 13 to 30), avid art collector, frustrated home stylist, wellness and fitness coach, tennis addict by day and a trader by night. Whew. Not that having so many hats burden her - she actually embraces and enjoys all of them.

If we were to look at a dominant title, her love for collecting art and for decorating can easily be seen in her home. Mia shares that she needs to feel surrounded by art pieces that reflect who she is. Her urge for the creative is also reflected in her newly-found hat: sourdough bread making. Mia found enjoyment in creating her artisanal bread from starter to baking.

Based in Singapore, Mia is not your typical weekend tennis hobbyist - she recently became an overall doubles champion in her ladies' division. When not playing or dabbling in art, she finds herself consumed by wellness, even turning to full plant-based eating and working out almost every day. Through this, she realized her passion to help and guide women to transform their mind and body, and has been a transformational coach since 2018. On her spare time (yes, she still has some), she adds trading skills to her plate. 

Take a tour around Mia's Singapore home and get to know this hustling-and-bustling lady a little more.

Mia's newly-found hat: sourdough bread baking

Who are your design heroes?
There are a lot but I love the style of Leanne Ford and Joanna Gaines. I also can relate to Queer Eye's Bobby Berks. I enjoy mixing accessories the way Jonathan Adler does too! I super adore everything about Diane Keaton though. From h her black and white clothes to her quirky home.

Tell us about your design process in decorating your home.
It revolves around my art obviously. I don't look at pegs or images. I actually visualize I get bits of pieces of the aesthetic of some designers (mentioned above) but in the end, it's still my vision that I go for. Come to think of it, it's more the feel now. If it looks good but does not feel right, I change it until it fits.

Mia designs her home around her collection of artwork

If you could sum up your design aesthetic in a song title, what would it be and why?
Hmmm... it would be Beautiful People by Ed Sheeran (feat. Khalid).

Aside from liking the beat (it's part of my workout playlist), It's the lyrics that I relate to. When I was younger, I used to want to be like someone or want my home to be like that in the magazine which represents that from beautiful people. But as I matured and understood who I am, I stopped buying magazines, stopped Pinterest, and unfollowed a lot on Instagram and started checking in on what's important to me. I started trusting my own instincts on what to wear, what art to buy, and what didn't really have to designer stuff anymore. As long as I can do the things that I enjoy, travel with the family is enough for me.

So what's beautiful or "in trend" for others, I really couldn't relate to anymore. I have my own sense of what Beautiful is and you can actually see it in my art collection :-)

What’s on your current playlist?
Sam Smith
Dua Lipa
Clean Bandit

Which room do you spend the most time in? The least time in?
Our home is currently compact that I spend time in most rooms except maybe the room of my kids. Also now that I practically do all-around things — from baking to working and working out from home, I find myself mostly juggling myself from my workout area to the kitchen and my workspace (aka guestroom)

How does being a fitness enthusiast influence the way you decorate your home?
Hmm. The way I view fitness, you can say I have trimmed down fat or have become minimal when it comes to decorating my home. (Though my husband won't agree. Hahaha. But it's true, at least for me.) When we travel I have stopped buying mementos as souvenirs. Maybe because we move a lot so it's the thought of the packing and unpacking I'm dreading. So the same way I eat is the same way I shop (or don't ) when it comes to decorating my house — I go for basic, essential, and efficient.

If you could wear only one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
White. With my skin tone, I think it suits me. Plus I can accessorize it with anything.

Is there anything about your home that you wish to change?
The kitchen. I've been baking a lot of bread lately and I want a big and hi-tech kitchen. Since I have found the love for sourdough bread baking, which needs a wide countertop space for kneading and a really good oven for baking, I wish for a better and brighter kitchen.

Give us your favorite Instagrammers.

Sorry it's a lot but these are my faves:

Gabriela Hearst
Stella McCartney
Diane Keaton
MobuDays (my friend Mia De Lara)

Drawing room

Daily Kelsey
Redefining Strength

Dr. Mark Hyman
Women's Health

Roger Federer

Sourdough baking
Foolproof baker

This busy lady follows a plant-based diet and works out almost everyday

How do you hope your guests feel when they visit your home?
I want them to feel welcome and special yet I don't want them to feel smothered. I like long lunches and cocktails so I want guests to feel that they can come for a long lunch and overstay until maybe cocktails until its time we all go out for dinner.

Plants or flowers?
Plants because I eat these a lot so we grow them too. My husband recently took urban gardening and hydroponics so it's all over our home. They are easier to grow and maintain.

Some of Mia's prized possessions

Favorite city in the world to shop in and why?
Barcelona. I love the vibe and their local stuff. I can live on margaritas and (plant-based) tapas for the rest of my life.

What does home mean to you?
Home for me should always nurture your soul and heal your heart. :-)

Japs Medina
Japs Medina


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