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Victorian Furniture

Victorian Furniture

I have this fetish for Victorian Furniture since young.

They have somehow crept into my subconsciousness when I started to read fashion magazines.

Somehow, I associate them with class and romance. Really, just look at those those intricate curves...the fabric, material, and oh my...the colors!

But Mr Diva never liked them. :(

Perhaps, presence of such furniture emasculate a man. :)

Nonetheless this has not stopped me from scouting for these furniture in Singapore.

If you are hunting for Victorian Furniture, look no further!
Here are some stores which you can find in Singapore. Click on the header to access their website!

Paris Home


The home page says it all: Singapore 1st fully online furniture store which carries a wide variety of French, Victorian, Modern, Baroque and so on furniture. Do note that they are formally know as Couture Furniture.


What I love:

They have a huge collection of photos! What makes online shopping a breeze! They offer customization and prices are listed down for easy comparison.

What could be better:
I am not sure if the photos are from various magazines or they are the actual products which the company carry. However, they do have a past creation corner. In addition, the description could be better and include the materials used and more dimensions.

Address:
Showroom

(Public holidays, please call for appointment)
Opens daily 12.30pm - 8pm
Close on Mondays & Thursdays

14 Frankel Terrace
Singapore 458019

Tel: +65 6748 8740
Mobile: +65 9722 7857
Email: ask@parishomeonline.com

De Style Victorien



What I love:
Nice clean layout of the site, with ample photos. Wide category of furniture to choose from too.

What could be better:
I am not sure if customization is allowed. No prices are stated.

Address:

Victorian Style Pte Ltd

22 Mar Thoma Rd #01-03, Singapore 328702
+65 92398958

kitty@destylevictorien.com

Manhattan Collection



What I love:
They carry home furnishings like mirrors and lamps too. You can opt for 0% interest free payment when you use UOB credit card.

What could be better:
The product catalog seem pretty limited and no prices are stated. I guess we have to go to the actual store to take a look at what they offer.

Address:
16 Lavender Street #01-01 Pek Chuan Building Singapore 338730
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm Daily
Tel: 68363738
sms: 9139970

Lee and Lee Lifestyle Living


What I love:
They carry an extensive range of products and have their own online catalog.

What could be better:
 
No price list! We have to go to the actual store to take a look at what they offer.

Address:
47 Kallang Pudding Road #08-12 Crescent@Kallang
Singapore 349318
Tel/Fax: 6604 6533

Noble Creation


What I love:
Humm...I am not sure.

What could be better:
A product catalog with prices will definitely helpful . I guess we have to go to the actual store to take a look at what they offer.

Address:
62923215

info@noblecreation.com.sg

48 mactaggart road #08-04
MAE Industrial Building


Paradigm of a "livable" Home

 Image from dornob

"When it comes to interior furniture furnishing, it is no longer just about color and aesthetics. It is about creating a personal intimate space which enhances our quality of life. 

It is about a Home which ultimately brings out the best in us.

It is about moving away from whatever perceived norms or space constraints which were placed upon us."

As I noticed the growing popularity of small size apartment which has steadily taking hold in Singapore recently, this thought suddenly came to mind. 

The steady downward march of the home sizes is fueled by the pressure on the developers to keep the quantum of the property purchase affordable. This is so far the most effective means of coping with rising home prices.

However, a smaller unit size certainly certainly poses a big challenge for homeowners like us. Many of us might have veered clear of smaller units due to the misconception that smaller units are simply "not-livable"

Nonetheless, I realized that all we need is a subtle shift in our paradigm of a "livable" home.

Just take a look at this video.


Are you amazed at how one can really maximize the use of very limited space?

In order to utilize our space effectively, we have to start to think in terms of multi-dimensional space; a space can function for different purposes at approporate juncture.

Apart from this, we have to think of muli-functional furniture pieces too; furniture which pulls double or triple duty to suit the homeowner's needs and purposes.

Image from designrulz. Multiplo modular furniture can be a bed, table, sitting room and much more.

Image from bharatdreamhome. The bed can be tucked away when not in use.

Interestingly, there was an initiative from a developer, to showcase that size doesn't matter when a home has been correctly furnished. The pilot involves a family of 3 and the family would feedback to the developer during the trial stay.

Free concept condo trial showcases small space

I would love to findout the outcome of the trial but so far, I am unable to find any more news on this. 

My Home Grand Furniture and Reno Spring Expo 2014


My Home Spring 2014 is one of Singapore’s biggest home fairs with more than 100 exhibitors and thousands of furniture and furnishing items on display. Exhibits include the latest in furniture to creative furnishing items, branded mattresses to designer interior d├ęcor, as well as high quality renovation and artistic decoration ideas. There will be many attractive programmes, gifts and prizes in store for all visitors. Exciting photo opportunities will be awaiting all visitors at the beautifully decorated exhibition hall.

For more details, visit http://www.myhomeinternational.com.sg

Such exhibitions are excellent places to source for furniture and furnishings for your dream home, but do not succumb to some pressure tactics of the salesmen and to purchase on the spot. Take your time to consider and also conduct a background check on the Company to make sure that the Company has a good standing and track record before making any commitment.

Make this event down in your calendar! Details of the exhibition is below! :)

Note: Do not succumb to sales pressure tactics!


Exhibition Content: Furniture & Interiors

Location: Singapore Expo, Hall 7
Time: 12 noon to 10 pm
Date: 22 Feb to  2 Mar 2014
Cost: Free Admission, open to Public
Refer to here for directions and accessibility.
Should you DIY your Renovation?

 Image from Decorate101 
hi! i would like to seek your advice. i am actually thinking of doing without a ID/contractor. reason being i think we can diy our renovation. we are not intended to do any fancy fixtures or false ceilings. so mainly it is a paint job and buying of furnishings and furnitures. the only constructions that need to be done would be a window ledge and tv console. what are your views?

A reader left the above comment in one of my blog post recently. As he/she did not leave behind any contact, I decided to respond to this inquiry in my blog.

I believe that completing a renovation project without an ID or contractor does have certain risks. After all, specific skill sets, experience and expertise are involved.

Hence, I only recommend this approach if the extent of renovation is very very minimal and that you have the time and patience to research the works that need to be done.

For instance, let us take a look at painting.
There are many different types of paint available in the market to cater to different budget and needs. Furthermore, with enough research, you will realize that the existing walls have to be prepared properly before the new paint is applied.
 

Trust me -  it is a literally back-breaking although fun experience - I have been through and done that with my family. :) 

In fact, do keep in mind that a lot of research on what is involved and what is the proper process of completing the works has to be done.

That involves cleaning of the walls, stripping of the old paint, patching up dents, and applying of primer and so on. However, that is not half the work done. Masking of the window, door ledges etc needs to be done before the new paint can be applied. Proper canvas have to be used to cover the floors etc. There are several painting techniques involved too.

Next, let us take a step back and relook at why do you want to DIY. Is it due to the budget concerns? Or do you believe that you will do a better job than the professionals?

Real case in point.

A close friend of mine decided to DIY her 5 room flat with her partner. The desire to cut costs was the main impetus for her decision.
The outcome was less than ideal. Although she initially saved a few hundred or thousand dollars, the renovation took much longer than expected. As she has already committed and purchased all the equipment and raw materials needed, she couldn't bail out when things started to go wrong.To quote a few example:

The paint job was uneven (despite her best efforts); her partner couldn't drill and secure the curtain rails properly since he is totally inexperienced.
To make things worse, the walls moulded after a few months because the primer and paint did not dry properly. Furthermore, her partner sprained his back and had to see the specialist.

In the end, they ended up spending more to undo the damage they have caused.

Remember, most renovation works done by the renovation professionals do come with some form of warranty.


Hence, sometimes it might be more advisable to let the professionals do the work. :)







Will Renovation Raise the Price of Your Property - Part 2


Image from Livingspace

I posted my views on whether renovation will raise the price of your property in May two years ago. I read with interest that similar views were shared in this article recently.

So you might be wondering why on earth do I bring up this article again?

Now, as a case in point, let's look at what happened today.

A property agent was trying his very best to convince us to purchase a resale unit. With a high COV of course.

Here is a quick overview at the situation at hand:

Family Makeup: 
A family of 4, maid and 2 hyper active dogs. 

Renovation Works: 
Very extensive; additional grills at the service yard and balcony to keep in and keep out the active dogs; bomb shelter which has been remodeled as a maid's room (and the bomb shelter's door was removed!! That is not permitted! Please refer to my post on Renovation Works allowed for Bomb Shelter.) A study room for the kids constructed in the middle of the hallway, a huge and thick TV feature wall cum storeroom with a 42" hole set aside for the flat screen TV. Due to this huge feature wall cum storeroom, there is simply no space for any sofas. Walls were removed for an open concept kitchen, room doors and walls were relocated, additional walls constructed to allow for a bigger master bedroom with a semi walk-in wardrobe.

And the list goes on.  

Obviously, their interior designer took great pains to ensure that the entire place is customized according to the family lifestyle needs. Hence, I am sure the family has spent a huge bomb in their renovation.


However, the family and the property agent is being unrealistic when they expect their prospective buyers to pay a premium for their renovation decision.
Every family's lifestyle need is unique. Yes, not every family comes with a maid or pets.
There are families who want sofas in the living room. And to add on - most flat screen TV can't even fit into the TV feature wall cum storeroom. 


To end off this post, it is very comical to hear the following condescending comments from the Property Agent.

"This is MOVE IN condition! No need to renovate what! ALL YOUR NEEDS ARE TAKEN CARE OF! Why do you want to remove the feature wall?! Do you have any idea how much the owner has spent in the renovation?! "

Gosh.






Modern Living




Modern Living is a Home furniture & furnishing fair.


Such exhibitions are excellent places to source for furniture and furnishings for your dream home, but do not succumb to some pressure tactics of the salesmen and to purchase on the spot. Take your time to consider and also conduct a background check on the Company to make sure that the Company has a good standing and track record before making any commitment.

Make this event down in your calendar! Details of the exhibition is below! :)

Note: Do not succumb to sales pressure tactics!


Exhibition Content: Furniture & Interiors

Location: Singapore Expo, Hall 6

Date: 8 Feb to 16 Feb 2014
Cost: Free Admission, open to Public
Refer to here for directions and accessibility.

HDB BTO January 2014 Exercise: Punggol Waterfront Living, Woodlands, Bukit Batok & More



The new HDB BTO housing projects are out today for the January 2014 exercise. Six new projects are up for applications from the following estates:

Neighbourhood
Estate Project Name
Flat Type
Bukit BatokBukit Gombak VistaStudio and 3-room
Jurong WestGolden LavenderStudio Apartment
PunggolPunggol Bayview3/4/5-room and 3Gen
Punggol Vue2 and 3-room
WoodlandsWoodlands Glen2/3/4-room
SerangoonGolden GingerStudio Apartment

Punggol BayView offers the most selection types, from 3/4/5-rooms to 3Gen totalling 1,096 units. Overall there are 3,139 units available for purchase and prices range from $87,000 for studio apartments to 3Gen units at $433,000. Prices will lower if families are eligible for grants. Apply by 28th January 2014 and visit HDB eSales official website for more information on pricings, maps and plans and estimated completion dates.
Best Denki Woodlands Garage Sale from 22th till 26th Jan 2014



Perhaps the most colorful promotional image we have come across, Best Denki is holding a Garage Sale right at their outlet in Woodlands 11 from now till this weekend 26th January 2014 offering lots of clearance prices on electronics and household appliances such as headphones, mobile phones, irons, washers and many more!

Prices starting from just $9 and do head down soon as these promotional offer prices are available only in limited quantities so once they are gone, they are gone forever!