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Bring a touch of whimsy into your home – and a smile on your face – with these quirky accessories. Whether in your kid’s playroom or right in the middle of your living room, the Magis Spun chair is an invitation to sit down and let loose. $802.50, FROM XTRA
With a cheeky wink and a moustachioed smile, the Secretman knitted cushion from Danish brand LUCKYBOYSUNDAY will put a smile on your face. $95, FROM FRED LIVES HERE
Fun, colourful and quirky – the Ginger collection of embroidered cushions and melamine tableware will surely brighten up your home. PRICE UPON ENQUIRY, FROM GALANGA LIVING
The packaging of the Sticky Lamp, designed by Chris Kabel, comes with an adhesive that lets you attach the bulb wherever you want. $48.30 FROM DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP
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Serve up a dose of fun with the Oliver appetiser plates that feature cartoon drawings. $4.95 EACH, FROM CB2
Your poker face will turn into a smile once you set eyes on the Seletti a la Carte table/shelf. The modular pieces can be stacked just like a life-sized house of cards. $460, FROM LIFESTOREY
The young and the young-at-heart will fall in love with the Bucket series of washbasins. Pick from the wide variety of aesthetics, from pure white to geometric patterns to ironic pictures. PRICE UPON ENQUIRY, FROM SANSEI
This kooky clock doubles up as a gentle (and ironic) reminder that time is precious. $99 FROM COMFORT FURNITURE
The laidback vibe of Cluny Court draws a constant stream of shoppers. Located along Bukit Timah Road and next to the Botanic Gardens, this two-storey colonial building is home to a handful of cafes, restaurants, a supermarket and specialty shops selling homeware, furniture and kids’ fashion. The shops are quaint and have an air of exclusivity – factors that make the shopping experience so wonderful. Here are three stores that have caught our eyes. TEXT: REDZMAN RAHMAT
Bungalow 55 sits on the ground floor of Cluny Court in a prime spot facing the main street. This home décor store exudes a warm and inviting front to passers-by who can’t help but stop and peer through the storefront. Founded by Australian-born Nina Beale, Bungalow 55 offers an eclectic range of homeware, accessories and décor items. The items are sourced from all around the world, with a large fraction imported from Europe, Australia and America. There’s a predominantly colonial look to the collection, but with a strong nautical influence, evident in the blue accents around the shop. The best part about visiting
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this store is discovering the little surprises that are littered throughout the space. Rummage through the furniture pieces and home accessories and you might chance upon design-centric coffee table books, marineinspired accessories, beachwear, as well as Oriental antique pieces. Bungalow 55 501 Bukit Timah Road Cluny Court #01-05A Tel: 6463 3831 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Business hours: 9.30am – 6.30pm (Mon to Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun) www.thebungalow55.com
Lemongrass & Aubergine
From the outside, Lemongrass & Aubergine might look like a fun children’s store. Cheerful colours and playful displays are the first things you see, including the massive turquoise crocodile statue lying on the floor. But the shop, located on the second floor of Cluny Court, is actually a home décor boutique that carries a varied collection ranging from tableware to textiles. Most of the items in Lemongrass & Aubergine have been brought in from around Europe – particularly France. Shop owner Sofia Greig has built and maintained a network of suppliers from that area, which allows her to import these hard-to-find homeware and accessories. Sofia constantly brings in new items to the store, making the shopping experience full of pleasant surprises check out the brightly coloured melamine tableware, the dish towels with unique prints, and the beautiful PVC area rugs.
Lemongrass & Aubergine 501 Bukit Timah Road Cluny Court #02-26 Tel: 6463 0752 Business Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon to Sat), 10am – 3pm (Sun) www.lemondeco.com
Design Kit FEATURE
In the Mix A STREAMLINED DESIGN ALLOWS THE YOUNG HOMEOWNERS TO PERSONALISE THIS HOME WITH FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES.
hen Casey Yew and her husband first
More importantly however, Casey didn’t want
viewed this 1,119-sqft condominium
any over-the-top design elements that would
the Upper Thomson Road location was an initial
accessorise, so I wanted the basic design to be quite
apartment, it was love at first sight. Although
deterrence, the couple saw the bright side of staying in a quiet and serene location.
But what finalised the decision to get the
unit was the layout of the apartment. “We were
completely sold by the floor plan,” Casey says. “There’s a shared lift that opens straight to our
overpower the basic look of the home. “I like to simple. That way, I can fill up the space with my own decorations and accessories,” she explains
further. With the freedom to personalise her space, Casey and her husband can easily tweak the look of the home over the years.
Currently, the home has an “arty eclectic” look
foyer, so it looks like a private lift lobby. And the
that Casey has cultivated over the last few months.
The young homeowners then sought out
quirky home accessories, ranging from novelty
shape of the rooms are pretty unique as well.”
design firm Free Space Intent to help them realise
their dream home. “I knew exactly what I wanted, which is a modern-looking home with a lot of
personal touches in the furniture and accessories, but I had no idea how to achieve the look,” Casey
Her personality is evident in her collection of
table lamps to cheerfully coloured cushions and unique wall art. Even the furniture – a mix of
classic design pieces and custom modern furniture – is testament to her eclectic style.
The quest to personalise her home is an
confesses. “We needed to design this place to be a
on-going event, Casey explains. “I’ll look
needed to be sleek, supple and modern.”
whether I think it’ll be appropriate for the look.
home that we’d want to stay in for a long time – it Together with the designer, the homeowners
created the ideal interior for their lifestyle needs. For example, the master bedroom is fully carpeted
and has four types of premium wallpaper for a truly lavish touch; the open-concept master bathroom is reminiscent of the ones found in
luxury hotels; and even the glass-encased study room provides the perfect environment for the couple to work from home.
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around on my own and pick out items based on
If I’m unsure, then I’ll check with my interior designer.” While some homeowners dread the
renovation and interior designing processes, it’s obvious that Casey really enjoyed the entire experience. “Even now,” she admits, “I still keep an eye out for things that will look good in our
home. But I have to keep reminding myself that
I can’t keep buying new things! I’ll run out of space to display them! ”
Project Type 2-BEDROOM CONDOMINIUM
Because of the small space of this home, the designer custom built the TV console and shoe cabinet for additional storage space.
Floor Area 1,119 SQFT TEXT: REDZMAN RAHMAT PHOTOS: XIN, CALIBRE
I like to accessorise, so I wanted the basic design to be quite simple. That way, I can fill up the space with my own decorations and accessories.
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Design Kit FEATURE
The balcony stretches past the living room and study room, with sliding doors that can fully open. Photo: Free Space Intent
DESIGN NOTES Convert a bare balcony into useable space with weather-proof furniture. A suspended lamp helps to set the mood.
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