NOVEMBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 6)

Subject: NOVEMBER 2010 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 6)

Send date: 2010-11-01

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In The Pipeline: Picture Perfect By Nicole Kow


It’s been about 4 months since I moved in to my new place. After all that unpacking and settling in, I’ve taken a breather from doing anything else to my bedroom. Finally I’ve been able to just sit back and take it all in and then it stares me right smack in the face. While my room clutches on to the modern baroque theme with a monochromatic feel, something is just amiss. Colour? No. Shelving? No. More décor? I highly doubt it! After closer observation and an hour of staring, it dawned upon me that my walls are missing earrings. Ok, not earrings passé but photo frames, which when you look at it from a girly perspective hangs ornately like a pair of earrings.

I ran out to Ikea Tampines (a couple of times) and got myself a bunch of photo frames – square, rectangular, white frames, black frames and vintage-esque frames.  I even dug up old frames from the store room.

Photographs freeze time, it captures memories that we hold dear to our hearts, mementos that tell a story, a story of our lives. Displaying happy or memorable times throughout the home actually creates a warmer more personal feel. It makes the house more of a home – a reflection of who we are.

This issue I’ll give you an idea of how to display photos in your home.


Photos create not only a talking point for visitors to the home but they make nice display pieces as well. Before getting started, take a look at the wall or mantel where you would like to display your photos. Thinking of a theme makes it all the more easier when deciding which photos to display. Take a look at the collection of photos you may have. Typically, family photos would be prominent to have and display, travel shots of places and even editorial photos might be something that will also look great on display.


If you are still not satisfied with your current collection, whip up your camera and start snapping away. Don’t worry, you don’t need a pro DSLR to take photos, sometimes the most feel good photos come from the humblest of cameras. Digital cameras especially allow you to edit photos from coloured to black and white easily to blend in with your photo montage. Programs like Adobe Photoshop or even freeware programs like Picasa will give you the ability to tweak till your heart’s content.

The best part about displaying photos is the ability to change around. It really becomes like an on-going hobby to get the dream shot. Candid shots are especially great to snap because of the spontaneity in them.


Organization is key to piecing everything together. Based on the trend going on in the room, use photo frames that will blend. For my room, I stuck to grouping clean cut black photo frames together in one group and vintage-esque photo frames together in another group. After sorting out the frames, move on to the photos. Typically to keep things neat, bunch coloured photos and black and white photos separately.


After settling with which picture goes where, it’s time to hang them up. A bare wall could be turned into a photo montage by displaying an array of photographs. Go wild by mixing portraits and landscapes together for a free flow collage. For a neat look keep them uniformed grouping only portrait shots together. When trying to create a photo collage, adding in a hint of still life to the montage of candids creates a nice variety to the sequence.


If you want to display just three photos for example, lining them up in a straight line makes a subtle yet dynamic set which could hang just above a couch.

If you are recycling photo frames, coming across an odd frame will not be uncommon. Instead of getting rid of it, display it along a bookcase in between books which creates a nice focal point breaking away from the monotony of stacked books.


Scrapbooking isn’t something I probably have the time or patience for although I admire it dearly. However, taking the time to search, capture and edit photos to put on my walls or shelves allows me to continue an on-going picturesque journey.


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IN MY OPINION: Staging By Brian Kow

I recently came across a quote by Accredited Staging Professional Master, Dawna Johnson, “If your home is vacant, it's soulless.” I am a true believer in that view. Why are we drawn to visiting show houses whether or not we are serious on purchasing one? The expectation to enter a show house and be blown away by its interior is mandatory. It is what pulls potential buyers to want to purchase the home.

However, with the normal properties for sale, potential buyers are forced to use their imaginations to see beyond the empty shell, the chipping paint and cracked tiles. But what happens when you put two units on sale side by side? The well decorated show house and the vacant house. By nature, it’s the well decorated show house that will draw the attention and potentially sell at a higher price which buyers will be willing to pay.

Staging plays an important role to visually enhance a property for sale allowing potential buyers to see its true potential rather than imagine it. It makes the house warmer, more inviting and all the more alluring. Just that little bit of décor can fetch you that higher price which buyers are gladly willing to pay for.  

TIP BITS: Artfully Affordable

An original painting can cost you a pretty penny. If you appreciate art in the home without blowing your budget, you may want to turn to prints. Authorized reproductions are easily available for purchase online. You can still own works of art from artists like Warhol for a fraction of the cost.




Type: Condominium

Tenure: Freehold

List Type: For Sale

Built Up: 861 sq. ft.

Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room

Amenities: Close proximity to Holland Village, Commonwealth MRT Station and schools (ACSI, New Town Primary School, Clementi Town Secodary School)

View Time: By Appointment

Contact: Randell (8100 0810)

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