As featured in Issue 299 of The Finder, these 6 Finder Insiders share their best tricks for making your SG home feel like, well, home.
Want more ideas for zhuzhing your rental home (without pissing off your landlord!)? Give this a read.
Jessica Iliffe, Interior Designer, Jessica Iliffe Designs
As an accomplished interior designer, it’s not surprising that Jessica created the layout of her SG home before she even moved here in 2017. Some of her favourite features of her well-appointed space include the Solid Black American Oak round table, which she manufactured herself! Her tips for furnishing your home? “Call an expert to help. There are plenty of expat interior designers and stylists who understand what you’re experiencing. Plus, it takes so much stress off your shoulders when you have a family to relocate!” (Read this article for tips from one such pro.)
Nilam Mehta, Social Media Manager, AWA Singapore
“After living in large homes in the U.S., I had a hard time trying to set up my apartment here. Cost and small apartments make it difficult to decorate,” confesses Nilam, the social media manager of AWA Singapore. he’s been here 11 years now, and two years ago, was able to move into a larger space. “It gave me a chance to completely change the look of our apartment, while keeping the same pieces and artwork,” she says. One of Nilam’s proudest decor accomplishments? The kids’ den. “It has its own look and feel, since I have two game-loving boys.”
Anthony Desaram, Marketing Operations Manager, Danish Design Co
Danish Design Co’s marketing operations manager Anthony says: “I’ve used pieces of artwork and photography that I brought over from the States to make me feel like it’s home here.” His biggest organising challenge of living in SG? “Storage – no matter how big the unit is, there always seems to be a lack of space!” His tips to combat it? “Go vertical. Wall storage systems such as the String System from Sweden or the DK3 Royal System from Denmark are great for customising to fit a particular-sized wall.” (Fun fact: Anthony used to work for Taylor B. Designs, and is featured in the video on this inspiring article.)
Visha Nelson, Founder and Designer, The Cinnamon Room
Singaporean Visha, who opened her Holland Village store and design studio in 2014 offers her “biggest lesson” about renting in SG: “Choose a landlord you feel you can develop a good relationship with. Having a reasonable landlord to address issues is imperative.” (See here for more tips on this.) What sorts of furnishings does she suggest to expats in SG? “Invest in contemporary, unique pieces using the best of Asian skill.
That way, you’ll love them enough to take with you when you move!”
Chris Churcher, Founder and Owner, REDSEA Gallery
“We live in a very small black-and-white house on the Wessex Estate, and since building an outdoor living area with a pool, it has changed our home life 100 percent,” shares Chris, head of REDSEA Gallery in Dempsey Hill. He says that he founded the gallery in 2001 to be “user-friendly” and “non-intimidating”. Why does he recommend everyone purchase art? “When people buy art, they are investing in something special. It’s therapeutic – art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Nathalie Ricaud, Professional Organiser and Founder, Get Organised & Beyond
Besides sharing her super-smart relocation-organising tips here, Get Organised & Beyond’s Nathalie shares some decorating recos: “Less is more! Being selective allows us to honour the items and memories that are really special to us. Don’t rush into purchasing furniture for the sake of furnishing your home. Wait to fall in love with a piece that will enhance it instead!” Her favourite store? “Gallery 278 – its design director, Felicia Koh, and her team make the time to understand your needs.” (Bonus: Check out Nathalie’s CNY-themed roundup of 20 places to declutter in 15 minutes or less!)
By Melodi Ghui, The Finder Issue 299, July 2019
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