Rae Yun & Gary Low at home in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore
Please tell us something more about your background.
Rae: I started out as a Wardrobe Assistant at Mediacorp Studio and later went on to do marketing and events for TANGS and Dr. Martens. I still hold a full time marketing job now and I run Oh Happy Fry, an online concept store for babies and kids, as a hobby.
Gary: I enrolled in a hair academy when I was 18 and trained as an apprentice in a hair salon. I’m now a Senior Hairstylist at Passion Hair Salon and has worked with both local and international celebrities such as Chinese actress Li Bing Bing, It-girl Leigh Lezark and Singaporean singer Olivia Ong, among others.
Rae, can you tell me where the name, Oh Happy Fry, came from? What made you start your business?
The name was inspired by “Small Fry” but I wanted a more cheerful and snappy name, thus Oh Happy Fry.
When I found out that I was pregnant last year, I did most of my shopping online and while there are many local online stores here that cater to babies/children, there is a lack of lifestyle or unique concept web store. Most of the local stores sell only clothes or practical baby gear such as baby cot, pram or milk bottles. I hope to introduce a concept store that is a little more fun with interesting and quality products.
Can you talk about how you met?
Rae: We met through my then hairstylist. They were housemates and he tagged along for movie. It was more than 8 years ago and I remember he had rockstar perm hair and tattoos on his arm.
What are your hobbies and passions outside of work?
Rae: I love to cook and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Recently I started to pick up sewing and knitting, just for fun. But I don’t think I’d ever complete a scarf! Knitting really does test out my patience.
Gary: Does exercise count as hobby? I try to work out twice a week. It keeps me physically and mentally strong.
When you go out, do you have any favourite spots in Singapore?
Kinokuniya for books and magazines. Marmalade TOAST, Real Food and GRUB for food.
How would you describe your space, and what do you like best about it?
Gary: Bright, airy and inviting. I like that it’s a corner unit so we have more privacy and a spacious living room space.
Gary, what drew you to the location of your home?
I have been living in this area for the past few years and there’s a sense of familiarity. I like that it’s walking distance to Bishan Park and other amenities.
What of your personalities can we see in it?
Rae: Modern Zakka style (from the Japanese ‘zak-ka’（雑貨）or ‘many things’). I’m a hoarder. I like to collect home ware and small objects with an emphasis on handmade.
Gary: Simple & clean. Nothing too over the top.
Rae, how would you describe your interior style?
Anything goes. A messy home is a sign of character. But I’m married to a clean freak. Can a clean freak and a messy person live together happily? Yes, but we also drive each other crazy sometimes 🙂
Gary, do you have a favourite piece of furniture or object in your flat?
Our dining table from Scanteak. It’s large, heavy but beautiful. I believe that dining table is an important part of family life. This is where we share a good portion of our daily life communicating, sharing and interacting with our family.
How do you balance a stylish home with the demands of a young family?
Rae: I won’t say our home is stylish! Now that our son has started to crawl, it gets really messy and we have toys and baby gear everywhere. But it’s important to invest in functional and stylish storage ideas to keep toys at bay. I really love those storage bags that we stock at Oh Happy Fry – they are stylish, affordable and hide the toys (or anything!). This way your guests will notice your decorating, not toys and books scattered across the floor.
Gary: Durability is key. We opt for dark upholstery for sofa so it’s ‘bulletproof’ and lighten things up with printed cushions. And eventually we hope to create a space to play, maybe a chalkboard painted wall for the kids to draw.
If your walls could talk, what would they say?
Gary: I think we need a fresh paint
Do you have any tips for other young families?
Rae: I think having kids doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your design style. Shop at Oh Happy Fry!
Famous last words:
Rae & Gary: Good things come to those who wait.