We moved into our new place about 2 months ago, but I hadn’t gotten round to taking photos of it til now. It’s a rental place, as we’ll move into our proper home afterwards. However, since it was fully unfurnished, it gave us the liberty to pick-and-choose the exact furnishings and decor that we wanted.
The theme that Chris and I both like is a sort of crisp & airy French cottage – white and turquoise being the theme colours. Having said that, it is hellishly DIFFICULT to find stuff along the lines of that in Singapore.. which we soon realised. In Singapore, it’s all about sleek and sharp, with lots of metal and glass and modern designs. We go for a much softer, homey, beach-side feel…. which is largely unheard of in Singapore :(
For that reason, we ended up having to get all our furniture custom-made, after we chanced upon ONE place in Singapore that was in line with our theme. It does cost more to get stuff custom made, but worth it because we plan to keep the furniture for awhile, and I’m just so happy with how everything turned out. The furniture will ‘wear’ well and become the vintage theme that I like, and our place really does look lot breezier and more open due to the style.
The other decor was bits and bobs purchased from various stores or online. What I’m proud about is that our stuff is a blend of high-end/expensive and also very cheap/homemade. We didn’t want a head-to-toe designer home (so tacky!) but also didn’t want cheap crappy stuff that could fall apart easily. I think what we ended up with is a nice mix of the two. I’m really into home interiors now (I can surf the net endlessly looking for ideas!), so I guess we’ll add more to it as time goes on.
But, here are photos.. for memories’ sake :)
Metal bird & leaves hooks by the front door. Purchased for $2 each on sale at Typo! Round the corner on the other wall is a big-ass hanging mirror with a plain white wooden frame. Love it!
Living room and Hunter’s main play area. The lovely Italian flower lamp (in the corner) are on loan from my parents.
Flip-clock next to the TV. On sale for a few dollars from Typo, couldn’t resist ‘cos of the colour and vintage-y feel.
Also next to the TV – turquoise metal canister from Smiggle, $5 on sale. Essential oil diffuser & light from Muji, a pricey $100 but worth it cos I use it every day (I have an unhealthy obsession with home fragrances, especially Lemongrass).
Small wooden-frame collage on the wall next to the TV. The frames were just a few bucks, on sale at Typo! But 2 friends have mistaken them for Tiffany & Co frames, teehee..
The living room seating area. I ADORE our leather couch. This is where I am 90% of the time, with my laptop ;) Couch cushions from Francfranc (50% off!). Super adorable wooden rocking horse from The Better Toy Store, a gift from Chris’ parents.
Close-up of the wooden Scrabble tiles (custom order from Etsy) on the wall above the couch. Guess it’s now no longer a secret what baby #2’s name is ;)
Love our dining table. We specifically wanted the bench seat – fun for both kids to sit/play on, and practical for guests (can sit and face the living area)
Much loved birdcage centerpiece, a gift from my lovely gf Ickleoriental! Ceramic candle holders from a Swiss brand (so expensive I’ve conveniently forgotten the price now, ahem), and a vintage wooden tray from Susie Watson Designs, shipped in from the UK.
One of the walls next to the dining table. Canvas prints and paintings from photoshoots in Shanghai.
Other wall near dining table. Bird decal purchased online. Garland/banner my DIY project (see below).
My mini DIY project using craft stuff purchased from DIY stores, Etsy, and Kikki.K shop. Made it all into the garland/banner in the pic above, for cheap!
Our awesome white fridge, with metal canisters next to it that I purchased years ago and still love. No other pics of the kitchen cos it’s boring.
Our sanctuary. We bought the mattress from Getha – splurged on a full pure-latex mattress with latex pillows. Expensive, but you do keep a quality mattress for years!! Lovely Italian solid-wooden round table at foot of bed also on loan from parents.
We splurged on identical turquoise carpets (one you’ll see in the living room in front of TV, the other is in front of our bed) from Francfranc. Chris picked it out and Hunter ADORES it.. and always snuggles up in the plush fibers, with a very satisfied look on his face :P
My dressing table :) Turquoise lamp $35 from Ikea. Metal makeup brush holder $5 from Smiggle. Rubbish bin from Francfranc, not cheap considering it’s only plastic, but I’ve forgotten the price.
My Stackers jewellery box, purchased from a seller on eBay. Shipping made it end up expensive, but I love it as it’s in my fave colours, the perfect size, and I couldn’t find anything remotely similar in Singapore!
Gorgeous white cot was a gift from my sweet gf Balletpumps. Star & moon lamps from Ikea (Hunter loves saying good night to them every night). ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ turquoise canvas print was $5 on sale from Cotton On. Wooden turquoise rocking horses on wall on sale at $20 from Motherswork. Adorable monkey-on-tree wall decal a gift from my wonderful Aussie gf. And Hunter’s assorted musical instruments all gifts from my parents.
Cute wooden dog clock a gift from Chris’ parents. Giraffe decal part of gift set from Aussie gf. Birds pillow from some online sale. Navy blue pull-out couch, and changing table from Ikea. Wooden dinosaur plaques (interior of changing table) $20 on sale from Motherswork.
Close-up of the vintage cards above the couch, a few bucks on Etsy.
More vintage cards from the same Etsy seller. These are stuck on his cupboard door, at knee-height so he can point to them like flashcards.
OK so that’s it for now! Haven’t gone into everything because that will take forever and I only want to record down the main stuff. So yep, this is our humble abode and I love it… :)