JUNE 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 49)
Subject: JUNE 2014 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 49)
Send date: 2014-06-01
JUNE 2014 ISSUE 49
IN FOCUS: ONE PLACE, EIGHT LOOKSBy Nicole Kow
Decorating a home can be as exciting as conceptualizing one. It is the time that the homeowner’s taste is reflected into the soft furnishings chosen within the home. Similarly like our very own Head Interior Stylist and Co-Founder of Nic & Wes Builders, Jude Kow takes keen joy in investing time and effort into the various looks she creates within the home throughout the year.
The living room is the first area seen by all who enter the home. This is especially the area Jude takes most pride in. Over the past couple of months, we have compiled some of the looks she has given this specific area. Without moving the main furniture pieces, we take a look at how swapping and mixing simple home accessories can transform the living room space keeping it constantly appealing.
Look 1: Touches Of Shanghai Tang
Fashion boutique Shanghai Tang embraces the use of colours. Unafraid to mix and match, pink and green are two colour swatches identifiable to the traditional Asian styled fashion house which is translated through the cushion cases and table runner for this inspired theme. Motifs are another element that is distinct of the Shanghai Tang style and while minute in detailing, embroidered butterflies on the pillows and runners bring a hint of the style without going full-on ethnic with the look. Another piece that hints but ultimately ties in with the look comes from the pink glass mosaic vase complete with a colour co-ordinated floral arrangement that trends on the pinks and greens.
Look 2: Mystical Midnight
Inspired by the Arabian Nights vibe translating it into the existing setting brought on touches that still gelled with the rest of the floor. The tales of the Arabian Nights evoke magic and mystery of what else but the night thus trending along deep blue and purple touches did just that. Alternating the cushion colours creates dimension of the mystical night sky and it does not matter if they are not the exact pattern throughout as long as it is within the same colour family.
Look 3: Christmas Sparkle
Tis the season to be jolly can never go without a little sparkle whether it be in the form of tinsel, sequins or rhinestones. Keeping the main palette silver, the look provides a frosty effect with a little pizazz. Going bold on bling can be questionable to most. The trick is to zoom in on only a couple of main pieces to stand out while blending with the existing pieces to break the strength of the sparkle. Mixing materials within the similar metallic swatch reveals a beautiful juxtaposition of textures.
Look 4: Desaturated Mod
The arty retro vibe of the mod era is distinctive of its geometric prints especially that of spherical shapes. A simple yet effective addition to emphasize the theme comes from the table arrangement of Christmas ball ornaments hanging from black twigs which weave in with the complementing cushion covers and runner patterned with the similar geometric shape. Keeping it to just black and silver reveals a chic twist to the Mod vibe.
Look 5: Exotic Eden
Probably the easiest look to tie in with a tropical-oriented home would be the back-to-nature feel. While there are many ways to approach the nature-appealing theme, taking a step further with exotic hues really stands out. Not any kind of cushion cases would do. Really choosing unique patterns and textures mimicking petal-shaped or leaf-shaped designs makes the theme identifiable. Adding in floral patterns in wall art or even within the table runner adds to the overall look. A chocolate –hued shaggy carpet equally textured to the cushion covers brings out the three-dimensional effect of what other than an exotic garden.
Look 6: Spring Is Calling
Around the time of Easter season where pastels garner the feeling of Spring, simple and understated blues matched up with pastel yellow as seen in cushions instantly transforms into a mellow and calming living room. These bright cheery tones give a fresh change from previously seen bolder decor settings. A discreet black cushion placed in the background of the couch slightly enhances the contrast within the light colour tones for a richer feel while tying in with the surrounding dark features. Adding a touch of the earthly charm, bronzy glass candle stands are placed onto the coffee table for added contrast.
Look 7: Ethnic Warmth
Taking cue from its overall tropical vibe, this look leans the nature-oriented theme into a more sophisticated form. Turning to rich tones of maroon reds and blacks, the deep colour palette creates a warm inviting feel. The red mosaic side lamps while subtle in presence still plays its part in bringing out the red touches as the dominating tone for this theme. A switch of wall accessories from frames to the fusing of two wooden table runners adds a diy touch that enhances the surrounding woods which brings attention to the hint of the tropics. A tropical-oriented theme will not be complete with hints of nature visible in its majestic floral arrangement.
Look 8: Tudor Regality
Taking the exact same look from Ethnic Warmth and swapping only the wall piece instantly transforms the tropical theme into an old-world European design. A switch in focus to the metal accents and rich velvet materials from the cushions takes centre stage once the carved wall accessories with hints of metallic are on display.
Tweaking it further by simply adding on colour co-ordinated backings to the wall carvings further emphasizes and enhances the luxuriously bold colour palette of the Tudor style theme.
Simple tweaks from small home accessories are all it takes to go from one theme to another. Cushion covers, wall accessories, floral arrangements, table runners, carpets and candle stands are easily available in a range of designs and patterns making it easy to keep your home transforming throughout the seasons.
IN MY OPINION: THE PURSUIT OF BUILDING LIFESTYLE HOMESBy Brian Kow
Nothing beats seeing and experiencing Lifestyles locally and abroad. A Farm Stay in Australia touched Jude and myself when the owners shone with pride showing off their Cottage Farm with acres of land surrounding it. Would I want to stay and make that my home? Not likely, but it was an abode that was run by this elderly couple who proudly built and lived in it and met up to their wants and desires, a sanctuary they proudly call Home.
A home is more than a house. And a Home is very special to the people who live in it. It is built around the people, families so customised that it should warrant a strong pull factor to gather the people living in it and friends that are invited to have a taste of it. It is a place where memories are born and survive through the generations. It is really, a reflection of the members of the household.
What if we could make this more than just a Home?
What if the pull factor is not enough?
What is the Wow Factor of this Home?
I believe that our sustained existence has been through the ability of delivering more than just houses but the creativity of a Lifestyle Homes that work around their desires and to be able to enhance their ideals with our creative experiences with interesting features to complete this place called Home.
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List Type: For Sale
Built In: 1378 sq. ft. (approx)
Features: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room with double volume ceiling, side view of MBS
Amenities: Close proximity to UE Square, Novena, Newton and Little India MRT Station and schools (St Joseph's Instiution Junior, Anglo-Chinese Junior School Newton, Anglo-Chinese School Junior)
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