Because mon copain and I are gradually taking certain steps towards a future together, we are house-hunting!
Since the reality of owning our first home together will require 2 – 3 years with public housing regulations, building our savings and other administrative bits and bobs, dreaming thinking of ideal interiors in a focused manner motivates us to work towards a more specific, attainable and hopefully, realistic target.
It’s great that we are mostly aligned – discovering the similarity of our tastes was a pleasant surprise as we got to know each other a little better during the early days of our relationship. : ) (We do so like the items from West Elm and Crate & Barrel… Aside from the stunning price tags, what’s not to like?)
For inspiration, I turn to sites like Apartment Therapy and a few blogs I follow on Tumblr as well as Pinterest and Instagram as they house great pictures to save and are shared by friends and influencers alike all around the world.
I’m pleased that I do have clarity about what I want in my future apartment now. Yay!
For this post, I’ll focus on the living room, because it is the first space everyone will experience once they walk through the entrance of most homes.
Besides the prominence due to layout, it will also be the place where we and our guests will spend the bulk of our time awake (reading the papers, work, play…). A host at heart, I will expect to entertain friends and family with themed nights in like game night, movie night, poker night, girls’ night, among many others. : )
My brief to the interior designer (or myself!) is likely to include buzzwords like:
RoominessThe goal: minimalist, understated elegance paired with strategic space planning.With fewer items in the room, that likely translates to spending less on purchases, fewer dust traps to keep up with and a fighting chance at eradicating clutter – the last of which I’m likeliest to be susceptible to, given the unfortunate state of affairs at the workplace and my bedroom! Oops.
A open plan with modular furnitureThere’ll be lots of moving around for game nights and house parties!
ComfortableI’m partial to the palette of complementary colours in Benjamin Moore’s muted neutrals or the denser pastels.
Adjustable lighting and some aromatherapy implements e. g. scented candles or a humidifier-diffuser will complete the experience!
Sources of living room inspiration we’d like to channel include:
Hi again! It’s been a while since I last wrote but I’ve decided to resume the bi-weekly posts habit, lest work and distractions get the better of me.
Theme of today’s post: what’s been inspiring me this week!
1) Pop colors!
Perhaps it’s because we’re in the heat of summer* and Instagrammers and Pinners alike are sharing trends in a similar grain, I’ve been drawn to pastels and bright, bold bubblegum types of colors.
At my last visit to the nail salon, I opted for a lilac (Steady As She Rose, OPI) and a bubblegum blue (Gumdrop, ORLY) for les mains et pieds, respectively; though the latter garnered more compliments than the former, being a greater deviation from the usual color suspects of dark, brooding Burgundy or the safer, muted neutrals.
What better time of the year to flash your purdy toenails than summer? Between the comfy thong sandals and sassy peep-toe heels, I’ve found my new love this summer in the single strap sandal. Versatile enough to be dressed up and/or down when paired with the right items, it was a definite buy when I spied a pair on sale at Forever 21; at SGD29, it was an utter steal. The lines of the featured design from Prabal Gurung collab with Target are closest to what I consider the ideal sandal – pity I didn’t get a pair when it was released though, sigh!
3) A nugget of wisdom
A quote I’ve heard at a recent workshop I was facilitating – touché, especially in the society today where most heads are seen bent over smart devices than spending quality face-to-face communicating.
4) The Great Gatsby
I’ve said this to anyone who’d hear me and I’ll say this again a hundred times over: Baz Luhrmann is an artist. Critics can say all they want about the fidelity or the lack thereof to the book but I was lost in the Jazz era envisioned and brought to screen by the man. The same can be said about the way Moulin Rouge captivated me completely, and still has its hold on me, almost a decade on.
I was inspired by the visual appeals of the glitzy, golden, glamorous fashion of the 20’s and maybe even the bacchanalia that went on then, despite the satire dripping from the book. I’ve caught myself wondering what it might’ve or would’ve been like, had I lived in that era but I reckon I’ve lived vicariously through the immersive experience of the film. : )
Heaps of love til the next time!
*Welllllll, one could argue that we experience summer year-round being smack on the Equator, or that seasons don’t work the same way in the Southern Hemisphere…. But I’m operating on the Northern Summer schedule apparently, so didgeridoo to that. :p
I’ve always had a keen sense of smell (though nowhere near the abilities of bomb squad dogs!) and it’s interesting how scents behave almost like a meta tag on life’s events, milestones, places, people, experiences or memories.
For instance, the scent of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea perfume reminds me of my days in Junior College – not only was it the most affordable fragrance in the duty-free section of the airport then, it was also a light and refreshing scent which I happily and frequently spritzed on throughout the day… and it wasn’t too overpowering either.
The year I turned 17 was when my fascination with scents began – at one point, I was actively wearing over 10 perfumes in the course of a week (not at the same time, of course! :p)!
Looking back, I’ve realised that my preference of notes has evolved with age – when I was younger, I was all for the fruity florals ala Escada Sexy Graffiti and the likes. These days, it’s more of the musky woods and feminine florals and clean scents – signs of aging, I reckon!
If I could bottle up any scent in the world, it would be the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread – the former I came across in a market stall in Bangkok, which I had to quickly walk away from, or I would literally have bought them by the dozens!
These days, I have a few choice scents which I turn to, depending on the antecedent mood or occasion.
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Eau de Parfum – My signature scent since 2010 – it’s a versatile scent which takes me from day to night; it’s feminine, floral and not too fruity which might make it a tad too casual. The Eau de Parfum is also preferred as it lasts much longer than an Eau de Toilette.
This Bvlgari’s fragrance is a beautiful bouquet of various sorts of rose.
Two kinds of roses – opulent and deep Turkish rose and rose Prelude with pure, greenish aroma – open the composition. In the heart, the fruity notes of blackberry are softened with delicate violet and jasmine trace. Sandalwood and patchouli make a lingering and sensual drydown. The fragrance was created by Beatrice Piquet in 2006. The bottle in light pink color repeats the shape of classical Bvlgari Pour Femme.
Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege Eau de Toilette – My go-to scent for a casual, fun day out! I trialed this with a sample vial I got with a magazine purchase during its Singapore launch in 2006 while I was in Junior College and was amazed at how it was a mood-lifting pick-me-up! The perfume has since been relaunched in a variety of limited edition packaging and enhanced seasonal editions.
Top notes are green lilac and petit grain; middle notes are peach blossom, wisteria, red peony, green tea and Chinese osmanthus; base notes are amber, musk and cedar.
Lancôme Miracle Eau de Toilette – I was gifted a bottle of this in 2006, and this was highly recommended by 2 cousins who were wearing this scent, and it was the most expensive bottle of perfume I’d owned during my initial phase of fragrance exploration!
I’m pretty pleased with the light, fun and fruity yet womanly scent of Miracle – it’s a good choice for a date night as it isn’t too strong and most noses will take to it quite well.