Kitchen Costs If you’re eyeing up a kitchen renovation but don’t have a clue about a starting budget, comparethemarket.com.au has revealed the countries where it’s most affordable to renovate. Singapore is the fifth cheapest, where locals spend US$7,469 on the average kitchen makeover. This represents 16 percent of the average annual income (data takes into account the average cost of the renovation, as well as the cost as a percentage of average annual income in 15 countries). Most affordable is Hong Kong, and least is Denmark.

Dempsey Debut Ever fancied some Swarovski crystals on your silk bedding or loungewear? Not a problem at this new luxury bespoke home and lifestyle brand, Silky Miracle, which has just opened in Dempsey Hill. Clients are able to customise their pieces across its range of luxury bedding and loungewear available. The collection, crafted in top quality raw silk, is handmade by expert craftsmen. Head to 13 Dempsey Road, #01-03 to view the luxe range.

Small design changes that make a big impact!

Good interior design isn’t just about how a space looks, but how it makes you feel. Sometimes, small changes are all you need to feel differently about a space! Here are five easy things you can try this weekend. #1 Decorate your walls with something you love. Add a mirror or artwork, or even design an accent wall with wallpaper. #2 Budget-conscious? Black-and-white family photos in the hallway can create an inexpensive, bold and personal statement. #3 Scents can lift your mood entirely. Add a scented reed diffuser or candle to your entryway or bathroom to evoke a spa-like experience. #4 Only have overhead lighting? Bring in a table or floor lamp for a gentle glow at night. If you have an outdoor balcony, consider hurricane lanterns wi th electr ic candles – they’ re romantic and child-friendly!

Arete Culture’s founder and creative director CAROLINE CHIN GEYLER shares her professional tips on home design and décor.

#5 Add a tray, ensuring it’s a different material from your tabletop. This small change not only neatens mess but also adds texture and visual interest.

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