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Ethnicraft Singapore – Emorational Furniture

I have been fervently scouring the furniture stores in the last few weeks to jazz up my upcoming study room that #DuluxSG recently helped me paint in the colour America’s Cup. I have never been a fan of contemporary styles that feature glass, plastic or leather. Instead, I like stately looking rooms with a touch of Parisien flaire or old-world charm. I also love the woody look so I do like Scandinavian designs as well. The irritating thing is that it is an uphill task to make the tiny apartment that we live in stately looking in the literal sense. Hanging an ornate mirror on the wall practically takes up the entire wall already! So it’s becoming clearer to me by the day that I may have to give up my stately looking furniture and just stick with Scandinavian. (I am however not giving up my dream of having a study desk 2 metres length x 1 metre depth!)

IKEA is one place that would definitely spring to mind when you think Scandinavian furniture. They have some good pieces at affordable prices if you keep your eyes peeled, but IKEA’s certainly not the only place to sell affordable Scandinavian furniture. I just found out last week about the existence of Ethnicraft. Ethnicraft is an international furniture company started in Belgium. The furniture sold at Ethnicraft is made of solid teak wood either reclaimed or from plantations in Java in Indonesia. Teak is a dense hardwood with high natural oil content, naturally repelling moisture. Apparently, no other wood shares teak’s exceptional strength and durability.

I love the furniture designs offered by Ethnicraft! I wish I could buy up everything! Some ladies buy branded bags but I’m the type that would consider it money well spent (not splurge!) if I spent it on good quality, long lasting furniture that would make me happy every time I step into the house. Zoomed to the Ethnicraft furniture showroom in Eunos within 3 days of checking them out online. You can scroll down to check out the photos or go to their website to look at individual pieces.

Ethnicraft (1)

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Design Hub

I’ve been furniture hunting for the new place and checking out all the usual suspects such as Ikea, Park Mall, Courts etc. Been wanting to go down to Tan Boon Liat Building as well in Outram, where I heard you can find indie and retro furniture. Actually, after you’ve seen what other furniture stores have to offer, you won’t look at Ikea in the same way again.

Then we read about this newly opened Design Hub in the Straits Times boasting 45,000 sqft worth of furniture showrooms! Have to go right??? Only issue is, it’s in Tuas, and just about the furthest part of Tuas you can get too before you drop into the sea! We decided to forgo one morning’s worth of cafe hopping and did the cross-country drive all the way to Design Hub. Guess you could call it furniture hopping?

This Design Hub is really cool. First of all, it’s SO SPACIOUS! The building is about 10 storeys high or so, but the showrooms are concentrated on the 1st 3 floors. There was hardly a soul there on that Saturday morning, and even if a hundred more people poured in, you would still have room to run about. The 1st floor comprises mostly kitchen showrooms and huge art pieces, the 2nd floor comprises of a mish mash of furniture such as tables, chairs, tiles, carpetting, and the 3rd floor comprises main bathrooms.

I was most amazed by the bathrooms. One look and I just fell in love with all the designs! They look so “hotel like”! I’ve always maintained the mantra that, all things being equal, we should spend more money decoring our house so that we would not feel the need to spend money on staycations. Of course it’s easier said than done, but really, shouldn’t we all try to spend our money “inside” rather than “outside”?

Devon & Devon Bathrooms and Bathtubs (10)

You’ll never look at bathrooms the same way after you view these bathrooms by Devon & Devon. They remind me so much of hotel bathrooms. In fact, if you read my article on my stay at the Citadines Suites Louvre Paris, you’ll see a striking similarity in terms of design. I’ve no idea what the official name of this design, sometimes I call it “English”, sometimes I call it “New England”. Can someone enlighten me? Love the heater too!!

Devon & Devon Bathrooms and Bathtubs (7)

This is one of my favourite looking bathtub designs! Although it’s smaller in size than what I would prefer, I just love the detailing on the feet, as well as the taps and showerhead! They remind me of old school telephones. I can just imagine the stress melting away with a soak in this bathtub.

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