Home Styling: Where to Shop in Singapore
When I landed in Singapore in 2010 I stepped off the plane with not much more than a couple of suitcases. Much to my excitement one of my first tasks was to go furniture shopping. Unfortunately, I quickly realised that finding great furniture and homeware in Singapore wasn’t such an easy task. I had no idea where to go and I just couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. So it was off to IKEA I went and I spent the next two weeks perfecting the art of the flat-unpack. Fast forward seven years and my, how things have changed (including my living room which thankfully no longer looks like a Scandi show home). In the last few years there has been an explosion of boutique homeware stores popping up in Singapore, offering a fabulous range of gorgeous furniture and homeware from all over the world.
I caught up with interior designer and fellow NMSG-member Kate Gallagher and asked her to share her top spots for homeware shopping in Singapore:
An ex-pat favourite from way back this is still one of the best places in Singapore to find great quality, unique furniture at reasonable prices. Originals specialises in natural teak wood furniture and Asian-inspired contemporary pieces and if you’re the kind of person who prefers to look at furniture up-close before you buy then you’ll adore their 6000sqf showroom at 896 Dunearn Rd. originals.com.sg
Stylo Deco Stylo Deco is a one-stop online shop offering stylish homeware for all areas of the home. If you’re a fan of French and Scandinavian design you’ll love their collection of vases, textiles, baskets, ceramics and decorative accents. Re-styling your child’s room? Don’t miss their fabulous selection of kids’ homeware and accessories. stylodeco.com
Massione If you’re a Tiong Bahru local you’ll know all about this little gem at 38 Eng Hoon St which offers a fabulous collection of designer and one-off pieces. If you’re looking for stylish accessories for your kitchen, bathroom or lounge a visit to Massione won’t disappoint. They also offer an exquisite collection of bed linen exclusively imported from New Zealand. maissone.com
The Grey House Sourced from artisans around the world The Grey House’s collection of homeware combines contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship for a modern yet refined aesthetic. They also offer stunning bespoke items such as their gorgeous leather and teak chairs, and handwoven rugs from North India. thegreyhouseonline.com
Bungalow 55 Located in a shophouse in Cluny Court, Bungalow 55 offers a wide range of elegant and contemporary accessories, lighting, rugs, furniture, tableware and gifts. Founder and stylist Nina personally sources her exclusive collection from all over the globe. www.bungalow55.com
Offering an eclectic mix of beautifully handcrafted homeware, jewellery, art and gifts, Shiva Design is the place to go to find unique and eye-catching pieces for your home. Look out for their bespoke label for beautiful Indian-inspired linen and accessories. shivadesignbespoke.com
Affordable Style Files If you’re a fan of Australian design, AFS is the place for you. Australian stylist Hong Henwood curates a wonderful collection of homeware and interiors from labels such as Pop and Scott, Ivy Muse, Fab Habitat and Merci Perci. Shop online or visit her studio at 6A Dempsey Road. affordablestylefiles.com
Elements Elements offers beautifully handcrafted furniture and accessories made from materials such as rattan, teak, bamboo, marble and brass – all with a hint of the tropics. Prefer to see the collection in real life? Visit their showroom at 420 Joo Chiat Road. elementsconcepts.com.sg
MJ Resident The brainchild of sister duo Caz and Kath, MJ Resident offers a unique and carefully curated selection of homeware and accessories from around the world, including vases, candles, linen, lighting and much more. Their collection is clean and contemporary with a twist of bohemian. myresident.com
So there you have it, no more wandering aimlessly around shopping malls trying to find the perfect vase or cushion – thanks Kate!
On a related note, if you’re keen to up your decorating game and learn more about home styling you may want to check out one of the upcoming workshops on offer at The Assembly Hall. Founded last year by Kate and fellow stylist Charlie Cameron (aka ‘Lottie is Loving’), The Assembly Hall offers a range of creative workshops for individuals and small businesses wishing to learn a new skill or brush up on an existing one.
For more details on the workshops and to register visit theassemblyhall.com, or browse their Instagram page (@theassemblyhall) for some style inspo!