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There’s also the breadth of variety in Singapore so, no matter what your taste, we guarantee you’ll find a store or style you love. So, take your time, look through these pages and see which places appeal – then go trawling. Some people start from the floor up, they find a rug they love and the décor evolves from there. For others, it’s the sofa that’s key, or they find an antique that takes centre stage and everything else has to link in with that. Remember, it’s your home, you have to live in it, so buy what you love. If your partner has different tastes to you, just shop without them and tell them later. Only joking ... kind of! Some of the spaces are small in Singapore, so make sure you measure up before you buy. But also remember the special pieces you can take with you, and you’ll always be reminded of your time spent here. Happy collecting! You know what’s fun about decorating here in the tropics? You can use colour, mix antiques with modern, and dark with light wood. Detailed oriental carpets can lie next to Zen contemporary rugs. Anything goes!


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#06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 9640 3829 | areteculture.com The entire project – from initial consultation to furniture sourcing, buying and installation – came together in a month, as Kiran wanted to have the home ready for Diwali entertaining. And it was! The makeover First, wallpaper was used to create a blue and grey feature wall that anchored the living and dining rooms. For the living area, the Arete team reconfigured the layout to have both a formal and informal seating area for the family. Soft furnishings were added to layer different textures. Burnt orange and mustard cushions were used to give the neutral palette a boost; these were complemented by rugs with rusty tones in the lounge. Brass finishing on the light fittings, lamps and occasional tables brought an accent of luxury to the space. And bespoke furniture was created for the indoor areas for functional storage and to better direct the spatial layout. The final flourish was doing up the outdoor area, which Kiran had previously never used. It receives plenty of breeze and is really comfortable, so Caroline wanted to give her the opportunity to make full use of the space for entertaining. The existing furniture was reupholstered, and some soft furnishings added to pull the look together.

Kiran is a working mum of two who fairly recently completed a total gut job of her house, which she managed entirely on her own. She did an amazing job choosing the finishes – her built-in light fixtures, flooring and kitchen finishings were modern, sophisticated and neutral, and gave the home a versatile foundation to style with. However, after the family had lived in the house for six months, Kiran felt that the space was lacking warmth. That’s when she approached Arete Culture. It’s not uncommon for people to be apprehensive about using colours in the home, and Kiran felt exactly that way. Her reluctance meant that brown and beige tones were dominating the space. So, the Arete Culture teamwere called to the rescue. She wanted them to create an open-plan home that would feel luxurious, warm and elegant. She hoped to avoid clutter and maintain the space while still having a sense of depth and visual interest. Wary of decorating with colour? CAROLINE CHIN-GEYLER from Arete Culture can help you change your mind! True Colours



Looking for something a bit different for your space? A Grand Statement What’s a popular item at Black & Walnut right now, and why?

The Driffield dining chair ( below ). It has an American solid ash frame and features nano-leatherette upholstery. The unique Windsor twist armrest design gives it a minimalist look, and it’s also affordably priced. Is there a current collection or piece that you feel would appeal to our readers? The Kintail collection features lounges with deep seating in American solid ash frames, with button-wrap armrests, duck feather and down fillings, fully detachable seat and backrest cushions, plus scatter cushions upholstered in the same top-grain napa leather material as the sofa. Any new trends for 2020? We’re seeing that “luxury lite” is a new theme: a light touch of gold used on contemporary furniture for a luxurious feel.

Designer furniture specialist Black & Walnut provides fine furnishing solutions for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and workspaces. After first focusing on multi-functional furniture for small spaces, the brand expanded in 2019 to offer a complete range of home furniture and furnishings. Plus, most of the pieces are customisable, so you can make your own grand statement in your home. We asked the team for a sneak peek of what’s in store.

TheBlack&Walnutapproach We like to challenge the conventional and embrace eccentricity and detail to bring out something magical. For us, a settee is more than just a sofa. It’s not just an item of furniture; it’s the soul and inspiration of the living space.

Black & Walnut has two showrooms: • 43 Keppel Road, #W1-01/02/03 • #01-22 Ubi Techpark, 10 Ubi Crescent (Lobby B) 6781 3218 | blacknwalnut.com.sg



Whether your outdoor space is a small balcony, a modest strip of green, or a vast area surrounded by jungle, your décor should resonate with your personality and ethos. So says the team at Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations , an award-winning outdoor furniture brand with four showrooms spread across Singapore. The showrooms feature outdoor collections for a wide range of alfresco needs: from lounge and dining areas, to bars, poolside spaces, patios and all kinds of shade requirements. You’ll find everything from timeless classics featuring wicker weaves, to modern elements such as rope twists, padded slings and marine leatherette. The key ingredients for good outdoor pieces, according to the team, are that they are “aesthetically appealing and functionally enduring, at approachable prices.” It’s what’s on the outside that counts, right? Alfresco Designs

Boulevard Outdoor Inspirations has 4 showrooms: • 43 Keppel Road, #W1-01/02/03 • #01-22 Ubi Techpark, 10 Ubi Crescent • #01-18 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road • #04-K3 Parkway Parade, 80Marine Parade Road 6781 3211 | boulevardoutdoorfurniture.com A word from the store ... What’s a popular item right now and why? The VANUA Rocking Chair. It’s crafted with UV- resistant polyester rope, and engineered to bear the elements and keep you comfortable at the same time, all while emitting a casual vibe for your outdoor space. What’s a current piece in stock that will appeal to our readers? The XANTHI extendable table features a smooth mechanism, easy one-hand operation for opening and closing the extension, and a durable marble-print HPL top. Any new trends you’re seeing come through at the moment? • A move towards timber and the “wood look” • The use of a mixture of timber with other materials like rope weaves and straps for a modern look



The brightly coloured shophouses in Joo Chiat have a rich and lively history. Over the years, the trades may have changed, but some still house thriving businesses. DOUG LOCKETT from China Collection explains why the store recently moved into a two-storey, pre-war Peranakan shophouse.

Check out the Insta-worthy China Collection building at 252 Joo Chiat Road. For opening hours, new shipment details and open house events, visit facebook.com/ ChinaCollection. What’s new for 2020? Our new range of exquisite table lamps has just landed in store! it’s a great neighbourhood to explore if you want to see a bit of “Old Singapore”. Our shophouse has a unique street corner location, which gives us great visibility and so much natural light. The light helps our clients get a sense of how our pieces will look in their homes. Part of visiting China Collection has always been the experience of seeing a unique part of Singapore’s history; often, our clients come in to just show their visiting friends and family a traditional shophouse.

all the floors and returned the ceiling to its original height. Lastly, we painted the exterior blue and white to give it a great pop of colour that’s fitting with the neighbourhood. What’s the best thing about your new location? Joo Chiat is mostly a sleepy residential neighbourhood with amazing pre-war shophouses and terraces. Along Joo Chiat Road, where we’re located, is the centre of commercial activity. There are plenty of local family-owned businesses that have existed for three or more generations, so

Why did you decide to move? We knew we wouldn’t be continuing at our black-and-white, so we began searching for buildings that would give us a similar historical setting to display our antique furniture and accessories. The new shophouse has that same historical wow factor as our old black-and-white. What renovations did you do? There had been no serious renovation for the last 30 years. We painted and fixed the interior, adding the shop fittings, air-conditioners, a new staircase and a shopfront window. Upstairs, we replaced



Transforming a home into an emotionally satisfying and memorable space can be as simple as adding the right rug or lamp. VISHA NELSON, owner of The Cinnamon Room , is well-equipped to advise on how to do this. “Your home should be a reflection of your personality,” she says. “Adding elements in the right way can make it a truly significant space.” Here are her top tips. How to pick the perfect rug to create a home you can be proud of.

Online option Visha recently launched her online offering, giving customers the option to book a free 30-minute consultation in the showroom. Just make an appointment online, then bring in some images of the space you’re looking to transform, and she’ll help find the best rug for your home. Consider placing a runner or round rug in those “dead” spaces in your home, such as landings or hallways. Choosing complementary rug designs (think similar tones or textures) for open-plan spaces such as an entrance hallway leading to a living area can help maintain a cohesive theme to your design scheme. #1 Get the dimensions of the rug right. Too small and it won’t anchor the space; too big and it can overwhelm. I ask clients the size of their sofa, dining table or bed to help them choose the right dimensions. I also often ask for images and I can then usually advise on the right sizing. If a standard stock size doesn’t fit, we can customise to suit their needs perfectly. #2 It’s important to create a sense of balance and symmetry. Often I see clients have pushed a rug up against the sofa or a wall while leaving a wide gap at the other end, and this doesn’t help the area feel grounded. Balancing the placement so there is a sense of symmetry helps make a space look more defined. #3 Effortlessly transform a dead corner and bring it alive with a rug.

43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-74, Holland Village 9727 3051 | thecinnamonroom.com



#1 Quality Ideally, your mattress will be made using high-quality and naturally sourced sustainable materials. Dormiente’s organic natural latex mattresses are GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standards) certified. They’re handcrafted in Germany and tested for 200 types of harmful chemicals, and are resistant to dust mites and mould. Suffer from back pain? The best-selling Natural Classic Orthoform Female and Male Mattresses provide orthopaedic support in seven body zones – they’re recommended by the German Association of Back Posture Trainers to help with regeneration of the spine. #2 Firmness Correctmattress firmness ensures your body is supported in a natural position, with good spinal alignment. Babies, children and adults require different types of mattresses for the right body weight support and even pressure distribution. At Dormiente, you can also select a different firmness for you and your partner within the same mattress. #3 Durability Natural latex comes from the milky sap of the rubber tree, so each mattress has an elasticity that allows it to mould to your body’s curves naturally. It can respond exactly in areas where pressure is exerted to spring back to the original shape when you change position during sleep. This helps to maximise the mattress’s durability and life span. #4 Ventilation Singapore’s high humidity is relentless; yet the open-cell structure of a natural latex mattress provides it with excellent ventilation. Couple it with a good mattress cover made with certified organic cotton and pure new wool and the problem of sleeping “too warm” or “too cold” will disappear. Dormiente has been supplyingorthopaedic bedding and natural latex mattresses for over 30 years. We asked the team to tell us four key things to keep in mind when choosing a good mattress. Mattress Must - haves

Also... Pillows: The pillow is a major factor in achieving healthy sleep, but it’s often underestimated. A breathable pillow of organic natural latex with an organic cotton cover ensures a healthy moisture level and temperature balance for a cosy sleep. Bed frames: A good bed frame should be free

of toxic chemicals and varnishes, and ideally made from FSC- and PEFC-certified sustainable hardwoods. At Dormiente, you can choose from 50 toxic-free custom- crafted bed frame designs in timeless, elegant designs. Bed slats: Sprung-slatted bed slats are great for absorbing body weight and forming the correct foundation for your mattress base. Individually adjustable slats allow you to fine-tune the firmness in the lower back area, while reclining slats enable you to read or watch TV in your favourite position. Dormiente has a range of different slatted bases on offer.

#11-10 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 9748 4468 | dormiente.sg




Stonewashed linen refers to a type of linen that is pre-washed after being manufactured, but before it’s sold to consumers. Actual stones are used in the process, giving the textiles a unique appearance – a comfortable, aged patina. Unlike cotton, stonewashed linen has a softness and flexibility straight out of the package. It keeps you cool in warm weather, and is especially suitable for children with its bacteria-resistant, evaporating, ventilating and moisture-absorbing capabilities – ideal for those who live in a tropical climate like Singapore or who suffer from allergies. Online store Édition Limitée features Julie’s own designs in French stonewashed linen. Her signature items include beautiful bedding such as duvet covers, pillowcases, fitted sheets and flat sheets; she’s also designed a line of tablecloths, napkins and cushion covers. Originally from France, Julie has lived here for 15 years, so she knows the best way to beat the heat – especially at night. Her thermo-regulating sheets are new for Singapore, but already, she says, customers are coming back for more – not just for themselves but for their children, too. Julie adds that she is driven by quality, clean lines and the use of natural materials (such as cotton, linen and leather); the store’s capsule collections of fashion apparel, jewellery and handbags are hand-picked with an eco-conscious approach, avoiding plastics and unnecessary packaging where possible. You can’t underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. It’s said to improve mood, productivity and general health, and keep you looking and feeling younger. That’s why JULIE TARDIEU wants to share her secret: stonewashed linen. The French Touch

Free delivery for purchases over $80 – check the website for more information. 9816 2581 | editionlimitee.com.sg




Ten things to consider when buying Chinese furniture.

#1 Origin

Hand-crafted pieces from Northern China should last a lifetime, and certainly a lot longer than mass-produced pieces from the South. Look closely at the finish. Multiple colours, layers and effects mean more effort went into it – the finish itself is a work of art and created by techniques that only a few skilled craftsmen are trained in. Look for Northern woods and true Chinese carpentry (not wood held together with glue and nails) to ensure your piece will last multiple moves and climates. The more drawers and doors, the more expensive the piece will be, as each one is hand-constructed. Each drawer will fit only its specific slot. Most of the old metal hardware was melted down during the Cultural Revolution, which means metal items you find now are new, even on old pieces. Metal is still precious, so the bigger the hardware, the pricier the piece. Look for paintings on the front of cabinets – in some instances, paint was applied straight onto the wood; in others, it was applied by decoupage. On others, you’ll find ornate carvings, symbols, flowers or stars, all of them with some significance in Chinese culture and history. Compare the thickness of the wood being used. Heavier pieces that are old or use reclaimed wood are better quality and will be more expensive. Many old cabinets had lift-tops. If you look closely, you can see where the top was divided before being joined together and sealed, being replaced by doors in the front. It’s okay – desirable even – to see bits of colour from the old finish peeking through the layers of paint. Every piece really does have a story!

Whether new or old, each furniture piece from China has a history of its own. Many pieces come from old homes or farmhouses that were torn down to make room for modern buildings – or they’re made out of the wood from those buildings. These are handmade treasures that fell into disrepair and were rescued or made by craftsmen who breathed new life into them. If you’re thinking about buying one of these beauties, it pays to know a thing or two about what you’re getting. One person who can help is CHANTAL TRAVERS, owner of speciality Chinese furniture store Emperor’s Attic . She lived in Beijing for many years before moving to Singapore and has worked with the same people in China for over a decade. “I personally choose every single piece we have in the store, and I have it all authenticated,” says Chantal. “When that shipment arrives, I know exactly what I’m getting.” Here are some things she suggests keeping an eye out for when you’re browsing for a favourite old or new piece.

#2 Finish

#3 Joints

#4 Drawers & Doors

#5 Hardware

#6 Decorative Elements & Themes

#8 Weight

#9 Function

#10 Old Colours

#01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 9011 0380 | emperorsattic.com




A better mattress means a better night’s sleep – and with that comes benefits for body and mind alike. You don’t have to flick through too many magazine pages these days before finding a feature about the importance of getting the right amount of rest. A 2016 survey in the US revealed that insufficient sleep cost the economy more than $400 billion – a clear indication of how our wellbeing can be effected by tossing and turning through the night. If you have problems sleeping well, there’s an easy way to start tackling the problem: improve your bedding. European Bedding is a one-stop store that focuses on natural organic latex mattresses and pillows, FSC-certified slatted bed bases and bamboo lyocell sheets. All the products are made of natural and sustainable materials, including the store’s signature Heveya Natural Organic Latex Mattress. Mattress facts Here are five notable features of the Heveya that should appeal to anyone hoping to improve their snooze. #1 The mattress’s latex core is made from 100 percent natural organic latex, harvested from an organic rubber plantation (with no pesticides and fertilisers) and therefore free from harmful chemicals. #2 The elasticity of natural latex promotes adjustable support and comfort, and excellent spine alignment. Heveya mattresses come in different heights and firmness to ensure a good fit with your personal need and preferences. #3 As the Heveya is hypoallergenic, it’s ideal for those who are sensitive to allergens. The latex is naturally anti-dust-mite and anti-mould, and the mattress comes with a removable cover for easy cleaning. #4 The latex is breathable, with an open-cell structure and pinholes, allowing you to sleep cool. #5 Natural latex is durable – it lasts longer compared to other mattress materials, so you can sleep better for longer.

Need something extra? European Bedding provides a range of customised options with its mattresses. If you and your partner differ in your sleeping preferences, for instance, you can get a king-size mattress that has a firmer side and a softer side. You can also change up the size – to fit your existing bedframe, for instance, or the berth of a yacht; or, you can even order an ultra-wide mattress for a bigger family.

European Bedding offers 100-night free trials on mattresses. Visit the store at 32 Eng Hoon Street. 6735 6658 | europeanbedding.sg





With most apartments coming unfurnished in Singapore, leasing furniture and furnishings is an option for those who don’t want to buy straight away. But it doesn’t have to mean generic, boring pieces. FELICIA KOH from Gallery 278 by Esco Leasing passes on some tips for renting and how to integrate with your current pieces.

“At Gallery 278, we can create bespoke pieces that you can rent and, eventually, if you want, buy,” explains Felicia. “We offer the option for you to own the items after the lease or opt to budget for a residual lease so you can have something to remember your Singapore stint by!” Felicia’s Tips • Take into account the delivery terms. Some shops might be up to 12 weeks for standard items. If you opt for custom pieces from Gallery 278, you can take advantage of our complimentary loan service of a similar item so you won’t have to sleep on the floor or “picnic” while you wait! • Ask if delivery and installation is included in the price. Also, let the store know if the delivery is difficult. • If you’re thinking of buying the leased item, consider what pieces you already have in your home country – you don’t want to double up. Also, think about how the furniture will fit in, from a design and size perspective. • Take advantage of the in-house designers, like the ones we have at Esco Leasing. They can help you decide what needs to be prioritised for your budget. • Leasing can give you the opportunity to try something new that you may not have the courage to buy. We constantly change as people; our homes should reflect that. • Finally, however you decide to go about furnishing your new country, new home, new interior, remember it’s the people living in a house that make it a home. And, whatever you choose, don’t forget to have some fun!

278 River Valley Road 6737 2322 | gallery278.com



Solid Wood Slab Tables There are four different types of premium wood to choose from at the store, each with unique natural grains and edges: American black walnut, Indonesia teak, American ash and sycamore. The in-house workshop can change the size and add one of ten different table-leg designs. Visit the showroom to view (and touch!) a huge range of gorgeous slabs. Leather Sofas There’s a new range of timeless leather sofas available; they come in five different leathers, ethically sourced from Brazil, Italy and Germany. Select from a wide range of colours, from monochromatic shades to warm, natural tones. You can also opt for a power recliner or a sofa with adjustable headrests. Open-conceptWardrobe Racks The Mila collection is available in four sizes, two different colours and finishes for the shelves. You can customise the configuration of the Mila to suit your space. Besides clothes, the racks can also be used for display or storage in a living or dining room. Consultations are free; just bring along a floorplan or the dimensions of your space and the store will take it from there. Smaller apartment sizes inSingapore have increased the need to custom- fit furniture into tighter spaces. This brings with it one big advantage: made-to-order pieces can feel more exclusive and meaningful. Grey & Sanders offers a range of customisation options; here are just a few of the possibilities.

Grey & Sanders has two outlets: • #02-42 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard • #06-02 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 8371 8864 | greyandsanders.com Casegoods There are four different styles of casegoods on offer, featuring TV consoles, coffee tables and more. Constructed from acacia or solid aged oak, each series is perfectly crafted to fit any interior. Each collection has its own distinctive style, yet they’re all highly resistant and durable.



British expat CLAIREWARREN launched The Grey House in 2016 after struggling to find beautiful, reasonably priced pieces for her Singapore home.

Being versatile True to its name, The Grey House follows a fairly muted palette – think elegant silhouettes in neutral tones and natural fibres. For Claire, one key to this aesthetic is its versatility. “The collection allows clients to adapt their pieces to new homes, whether they’re moving within Singapore or abroad. We aim to provide quality, design-led products, generally in a neutral palette and simple patterns that clients can customise, which in turn allows for versatility and longevity.” The customisation aspect of the business extends to the brand’s wool and cotton handwoven flat-weave dhurrie rugs. These are all made by family-run businesses

“My family is originally from India,” says Claire, “and the business started when I purchased some rugs from there. They were just for my home, to begin with, but I decided to take them to market to see if others would be interested.” The interest was definitely there, and before long The Grey House was established to provide custom-made furniture and rugs. In subsequent years, two additional arms of the business – interior styling and homewares – have been added to the offerings.

View products online at thegreyhouseonline.com, or contact info@thegreyhouseonline.com or 9068 5209 to book a showroom appointment. in Northern India and are available in a number of patterns, numerous colours and any size. Similarly, the range of custom furniture, made in Indonesia and Singapore, can be fully designed from scratch or simply tweaked by adjusting measurements or reupholstering in chosen fabrics to ensure that it’s something suitable for the client’s individual space. In addition to the above, if you need help in bringing everything together in your home, The Grey House’s interior styling service will consider the items you already have and offer advice on the best way to complement and enhance your existing décor, to truly make your house a home.



Hassan’s Carpets is a four-generation family business established in the 1930s. It’s one of Singapore’s oldest and most prestigious handmade carpet galleries, and the store is home to one of the largest collections of rugs you can find on the island. The range extends from modern contemporary pieces to classics, tribals and antiques, with carpets sourced from South Asia and Central Asia including Iran, Turkey, Russia and the Caucasus. If such a wide range means you mightn’t know where to start, we asked the team to tell us more about three of their featured collections. #1 Ghazni “Made from the finest hand-spun Afghan wool, the Ghazni Collection gives the traditional Tree of Life design a contemporary twist both in colour and in format. This collection incorporates modern, whimsical elements for a playful feel, while the classy craftsmanship and use of lanolin-rich, high-quality wool result in a luxurious sheen and presence.” “Fluid in design and colour, the Abstract Canvas Collection boasts an unrivalled sense of movement. Our master craftsman weaves each piece like an artist using textural strokes on a canvas. The carpets are made with premium New Zealand wool and royal bamboo silk, and are crafted with hand-knotting techniques and embossed textures.” Want some luxury woven art for your floors? Here’s one place where you’re sure to find a piece you like – and you can design your own, too. #2 Abstract

#3 Persian

“Our extensive Persian Antiques Collection is personally sourced and handpicked by our owner and director. These classic pieces feature superfine weaves of brilliant design and distinctive quality from reputable weavers in Iran. Each piece is unique and historically valuable, telling its own story with every knot.” What else? Hassan’s provides bespoke luxury handmade rugs through its HSC Studio. You can customise one of the store’s existing designs to your own personal style, or create something completely to your own taste – the possibilities are endless. The store also offers a carpet maintenance service, from washing and cleaning to repairing and restoring, to ensure your woven masterpiece retains its original beauty and quality.

#02-06 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 6737 5626 | hassanscarpets.com



House of AnLi was first operated by husband-and-wife team ANNE-JEAN LIÉTAER and PANAGIOTIS LYNAS out of their own home. Today, following several new additions in 2019, it comprises a showroom on the third floor of Tanglin Mall, an expansion of the showroom one floor down on the second level, and a restaurant on each of those two levels. In the store itself, you’ll find a total concept for the home through curated furniture, fabrics, linen, tableware, sleeping solutions and more. The fun and stylish Mathy by Bols children’s treehouse bed will likely catch your eye while you browse; as will the Belgian tapestries depicting Ethiopian and African tribesmen. There’s also a linen section, with a huge variety of items to choose from. These can be used for made-to-order curtains, cushions, upholstery and plenty of other soft-furnishing options, using 100percentmade-in-Belgium linen fromLibeco. A Tanglin Mall furniture, furnishings and accessories store continues to expand.

Shopping Sustenance! If you’re mid-shop and you need a bit of a boost, House of AnLi’s two F&B

offerings should do the trick. House of AnLi Bistro is a Belgian-inspired bistro with homemade specialties; you’ll find it at the back of the House of AnLi store space on Level 3. Meanwhile, newcomer Pano Kato Grill, Pizza & Deli is a Greek Mediterranean concept that opened in October 2019, with homemade Greek recipes, pizzas, meat and fish, along with takeaway super-food salads, freshly made dips and homemade gluten-free cakes. The name means “upstairs downstairs” in Greek, referring to the House of AnLi presence across two floors of the mall.

#03-17, #02-21/22/23 Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road | 6235 3851 | houseofanli.com



British expat PRIYA NAIK launched Interior Design Journey in 2013, after she’d spent many years working in the interior design industry. She couples her knowledge and experience of the interior furnishings and finishes market with a natural passion for décor, to help expats create their perfect sanctuary – a space that allows them to fully relax at the end of each day. Priya’s style incorporates both Eastern andWestern influences, using loose furnishings to give flexibility, combined with Asian elements. As an expat herself, she understands the different stages of moving to and within Singapore, and offers services to help with each situation – from renting an empty apartment with limited or no furniture, to re-styling a space, or even purchasing and re-designing a home. “We can help newcomers who are looking to settle quickly into their first abode in Singapore, whether they require new furnishings or help with incorporating their own furniture,” says Priya. “Or, if you’re moving within the Little Red Dot and need help arranging existing furniture into a bigger or smaller new space, just let us know. We can source additional items, if required, or consolidate current items to have you settled in smoothly and efficiently.” Then there are the “seasoned expats” who may be considering becoming homeowners. “If you’re taking the step of purchasing your own property, Interior Design Journey can ease your pressures and help you with all aspects of interior design to create your dream home.” Whichever of these scenarios apply, Priya works with her clients at every stage of the transformation process to achieve the bespoke result they would like for their home. “We not only aim to transform your space through exquisite design, but we also want you to feel a positive impact,” she says. A visually appealing home can help to inspire our mood, drive and happiness – something we could all do with more of! We profile a company that can help you achieve your perfect space, whether you’re fresh o the boat or an “old hand”.

Priya did an excellent job helping us decorate and furnish our apartment, making our move to Singapore much easier and more enjoyable. We were relocating from the US, and she helped us identify existing furniture to ship from there, and also sourced additional items from Singapore. – Jennifer

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AUDREY LIM of Lim’s Holland Village looks back at the journey of her family’s furniture and homeware business from the 1970s to today. “Holland Village has great importance to our family,” says Audrey. “It started from my father, CK Lim, being his own delivery man for his arts and crafts shop out at Changi. His clientele was mostly expats, so he did many delivery runs to the black-and-white houses inWessex Road and Chip Bee Gardens. He regularly passed through Holland Village on his way.” CK Lim ended up falling in love with “Holland V”, or “Singapore’s oldest bohemian enclave” as it’s often referred. So, he decided to join forces with his brother to co-found a new venture in the 1970s; it was known at the time as Lim’s Arts & Crafts. The Lim sisters fondly recount their stories of growing up around Holland Village. Audrey says, “I got my first part-time job at Lim’s and worked as a cashier to pack items for our customers. My father wanted me to feel like part of the business at a young age.” Since then, many things have changed – including the store. Lim’s Holland Village, as it’s now known, was launched by CK Lim and his three daughters in 2016 and repositioned to appeal to both Singaporean and expat customers. What’s more, Holland Village continues to be a place where great memories are made for the Lim family. As eldest daughter Diana says, “Dad had a vision for Holland Village. He believed that it would always be beating with life because of the diversity of the people and the businesses there.”



What can you expect to find at Lim’s today? “We like to win our customers’ hearts through pieces that are not only decorative but also functional,” says Audrey. “A shopper once told us that we carry items that customers needed before they knew they needed them! How do we do that? We use our own personal requirements as a family to measure if the products we’re considering are ones we would use in our own house. We three sisters are the ‘filters’, if you like; so, the items we’ve selected for the shop have been through very stringent tests.” It’s never an easy question for the family when people ask what particular items they carry. The list is a long one, from Chinese furniture and reproductions, to Southeast Asian handcrafted décor, to accents, homeware and more. “What we do really have is something for everyone,” says Audrey. “Whether you’re a newly arrived expat looking for a starting point for your home décor, newlyweds looking for a statement piece of furniture, or you just want a housewarming gift for a long-time friend, or a knickknack for yourself, there’ll be something for you at Lim’s Holland Village.”

New Opening Lim’s is expanding from the “village” to make its way in the world – Great World, that is! The store has opened a second outlet, in Great World City, with a focus on home décor, soft furnishing and gifts. Look out for themon Level 2 (#02-141).

Holland Road Shopping Centre 211 Holland Ave, #02-01, 6466 3188 Great World 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-141, 6219 8110


5 Modern Rug Options

#3 Upcycled Rugs While woven upcycled leather, denim, cotton and even silk can make for an interesting accent piece, a particular repurposed favourite at Living DNA is the PET outdoor rug, made from the world’s most common plastic waste, polyethyleneterephtalate (from water bottles). The fabric looks and feels like cotton or wool, and it’s breathable and durable – a perfect high-traffic and outdoor rug. Plus, by choosing an upcycled rug, you’re joining the effort to create sustainable spaces. #4 Round Rugs This shape is emerging in

A carpet can be one of the easiest ways to make a new home feel more like your own. The team fromLivingDNA runs us through some modern rug styles to look out for.

#1 Natural Woven Rugs Ideal for the “perfect imperfect” look, natural woven rugs tend to have an irregular texture because they undergo very little processing. They’re mostly undyed, too, so the natural colour of jute and sisal can come through; this look has a “grounding” effect in homes. Even when dyed, the colour remains earthy; Living DNA occasionally mixes jute with coloured cotton to incorporate more softness and interest – particularly for areas where families gather. “It’s comforting to be surrounded by natural materials in the home,” says the store founder DENISE KAUR, “because we humans lived in nature way longer than we have in modern dwellings. In that kind of setting, we can heal, rest, focus and enjoy life best.” #2 Viscose Rugs Viscose is a semi-synthetic material derived from bamboo or other cellulose fibres. It’s also called “art silk” because it echoes the sheen of silk rugs, but at a fraction of the price. Viscose rugs are great if you

stylish interiors thanks to the global preference for soft, organic forms. A round rug is perfect for completing a vignette, be it an armchair and side table combo, or even a lounge chair or beanbag. At Living DNA, round designs include Peacock, inspired by its namesake, Wave, which mimics the reflection of light on seawater, Moss, with earthy forest tones, and solid colours of terracotta, peach and refreshing blue. #5 Shaggy Rugs The shaggy rug continues to

#01-10B Space@Tampines, 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent 8511 3584 | livingdna.sg be a comfort piece for many, but Living DNA elevates the concept by introducing it in a premiummaterial quality. Colour options include subtle tones of gold, silver, rose gold and purple. They’re budget-friendly (all below $500), with sizes for kids and grown-ups alike.

want to go all-the-way glam, or add a touch of luxe. Theymightn’t last as long as a wool rug, but in humid Singapore, the cool feel underfoot makes thempopular. Always go for the highest density available – try Living DNA’s Alchemy range, for example.



Set among the quirky cafes and bookstores of Yong Siak Street in the hip heritage area of Tiong Bahru is Maissone, an award-winning boutique selling creative and authentic homeware, both in- store and online. Owner and director Stephanie sources and selects her products from a pool of talented international designers, keeping inmind the latest trends and the needs of her clients. The result is an eclectic range of homeware that includes an extensive collection of luxurious cushions, select furniture and lighting, artwork, vases and tableware. There are plenty of surprises, too – you’ll find everything fromwine buckets and eye pillows, to planter pots, hanging pendants and cookbooks; in short, everything you need to style your home beautifully. Did you know? There are four elements to the retail philosophy of Maissone: the store strives to champion products that are handmade with love, environmentally friendly, made from natural materials and fibres, and that help to support small business. What’s new? “In 2020, we’ll be starting to offer workshops to help amplify the design experience such as shining a light on art, furniture design and introducing the artists and designers who create our products,” says Stephanie. “We’ll also be running a series of limited-edition pop-ups with other brands and designers to enliven the space and create an even more interactive and surprising experience.” As newcomers to Singapore soon discover, Tiong Bahru is a neighbourhood with a real buzz about it. Stores like Maissone are helping to create that buzz.

Psst ... Maissone offers free delivery in Singapore on orders over $150, and free gift wrapping on any purchase.

Shop online or visit Maissone at 25 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru (closed Mondays) 8506 3665 | maissone.com


Originals has been among the furniture favourites of Singapore for over 17 years. Australian GERI MURPHY’s initial vision was to embrace the wonderful old craftsmanship of Asia (North India, in particular) and make timeless originals – pieces that could fit into both contemporary and classic home décor styles. New Space ,

Same Great Style

The store now brings in a range of furniture, furnishings and accessories curated from around the world, including Africa, India and Indonesia. Old doors are used to create dining tables or room dividers, and ancient carved windows are turned into mirror frames and bed headboards.



Large and small pieces Over the years, Originals has moved into creating its own styles and designs that are perfect for apartments and smaller spaces – you’ll even find smaller L-shaped sofas and dining tables. There’s a range of outdoor furniture, too, again with smaller versions for balconies and patios. “It’s hardworking, long-lasting, low-maintenance furniture that you don’t have to be precious about,” says Geri. The store’s sofas are super comfortable – which is why EL’s editor-in-chief has two of them! – and they feature linens that are peaceful and pastel; the bed linens follow the same style. There’s also a wide range of affordable off-the-shelf cushions, vases, carpets (including handwoven Armadillo rugs from Australia) and other accessories that allow you to give your home a refresh without spending too much. The Originals team is careful in selecting partnerships with suppliers; they look for names that are globally renowned for innovative design, quality and sustainability practices. International brands you’ll find in store include Mud, Maison De Vacances, Ethnicraft, Vincent Sheppard, Natadora, Nomad, Cultiver and the aforementioned Armadillo. The other aim of the store is to create products that are as environmentally friendly as possible, whether they’re recycled, reclaimed, pre-loved or built from sustainable sources. “We recognise our actions have an environmental impact, and we take our responsibility seriously for contributing towards a greener environment.”

A welcome new space Originals has always chosen unique spaces for their stores, and their new one is a massive 14,000 square feet in size! “It was important for us to be able to display our huge range in a home setting,” says Geri. “In this space, we have 30 to 40 settings where you can visualise pieces in your own home, and mix and match to create a look that’s your own.” They now have an in-house interior stylist team, too, who can help you to create their effortless look in your own home.

1 Bukit Batok Street 22, #05-02/03 | 6471 9918 | hello@originals.com.sg



We profile a brand that’s signalling the way as one of Singapore’s pioneers in distinctive indoor design pieces – and offering great clothing and coffee at the same time. Things of Smoke and Wood If you’re searching for one-of-a-kind pieces, homegrown furniture design brand Smoke is in a league of its own. At its three retail outlets, it offers timber products that have been beautifully transformed by an age-old Japanese technique that involves charring the wood – hence the company name. But there’s much more, too. Consider just one of those three outlets, Smoke Signature in Esplanade Mall; this is a cool and eclectic place – the kind of store you have to see for yourself. There’s something for everyone, too. In addition to the striking charred-timber furniture, you’ll find fashion covering two distinct styles: from future-forward, punk-tinged jumpsuits to fun and breezy feminine looks. And, when you’re done browsing the quirky product range, you can refuel at the in-store coffee shop, which is making a name for itself for its cold brews, cakes and other goodies. Finding Zen Smoke’s furniture offerings – available at all three outlets – incorporate an ancient practice called shou sugi ban , in which fire is used to impart

Shou Sugi Ban Collection ( from top ): Wall art collection, Shou Sugi Ban stools and fashion label Astropunk Barn Door Collection with uniquely engraved graphics and metal studs Metal Divider collection Shou Sugi Ban chairs and fashion label JE&NIFER

charred patterns ontowood pieces. This application was traditionally employed in Japan as a means of making timber resistant to weather and insects. A torch is used to blacken the wood to help accentuate the natural grain and features of the furniture – the technique is carried out with precision and a well- refined intuition for the timber. A great example is the Zen Inspired range, which is crafted in the likeness of traditional Japanese objects.With their solidwood and charred elements, pieces such as the Zen Suillus Organic, Zen Tower Organic and the Zen KnobOrganic wouldn’t be out of place on the fortress of an old Japanese castle. They’re simple, strong and stylish, forming part

of a cohesive collection of clean, cool practical stools, tables and occasional furniture. Together, they evoke a sense of the feudal period of the Shogun in Japan – a clever nod to the erawhen the shou sugi ban method was born.



Suar and char The Suarwoodtable.com line is almost exclusively stocked at Smoke’s Tannery Lane outlet. These bold and functional pieces are designed with the intention of creating exceptional art in furniture. They feature custom-built, live-edge wood tables, chairs and side tables that can be made to order for a range of indoor and outdoor spaces – all produced by a team of artisans with over 20 years of experience. An example from the Suarwoodtable.com range is the RIKA Table, whose characteristics include cracks in the wood, knots and shou sugi ban corners . Specially selected charred wood joins – known as arigata in Japanese – are carefully inserted along the cracks, reinforcing the structural integrity of the piece, and giving it a unique character. The line of products available through Smoke extends further, too. For example, the Barn Door Collection features space-saving sliding timber doors that would be ideal in industrial-styled spaces, lofts and more; the Metal Divider Collection includes rustic room dividers for making more of the different areas of your home; and you’ll also find panels, doorknobs and wall art. Even vinyl enthusiasts are catered to with the Audiophile Collection, comprising gorgeous timber cabinets for housing turntables and records. With its three outlets, range of lifestyle offerings, and furniture with a difference, Smoke is delivering bold and clever concepts that make for a refreshing change on the retail scene. And that should be enough to get any shopper fired up!

• Smoke Signature: 8 Raffles Avenue #02-29 Esplanade Mall 6261 3277 • Suarwoodtable.com: 11 Tannery Lane 6741 3177 • Smoke By Shou Sugi Ban Gallery: 7 Opal Crescent 6291 3277 smoke.sg

What is “live edge”? Smoke is Singapore’s largest design and maker of unique live-edge tables and wood slabs, but what exactly does “live edge” refer to? It’s simply a style of furniture where a natural edge of the original timber is retained and incorporated into the product design; this can result in lots of interesting textures, from bumpy and gnarly to layered and pitted.

Suarwood.com Collection ( clockwise from top ): Live-edge teak dining table with Shou Sugi Ban-inspired drum stools Live-edge suar-wood table with teak drawers and pencil legs Uniquely curated live-edge suar- wood slab table Audiophile Collection console table


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