You know how some weekends you decide do some window-shopping for new furniture or accents for the home but somehow you’ve no idea where to start or where else to go apart from the “usual suspects” with the likes of courts, harvey norman, ikea, picket & rail?
Well, I’m all too familiar with that feeling especially recently.
For the last few weekends, mum has been involving the Bo & I on a furniture shopping adventure for our new temporary home and boy has it been a ride. Each time throughout the week when she starts asking me to plan an optimised shopping route on the shops to cover for the coming weekend according to the theme and category, I get stumped. I mean yeah, sure I could go through my 3 years’ worth of and neatly stacked Home & Decor issues to get listings manually and call to check if the shop is still at the listed address or even still around…but being the online lover that I’ve grown to be, it’s so much convenient typing into a search box before resorting to doing things more traditionally.
Strangely, it took me quite a few keywords permutations before I was able to get the results to match specific and niche shops that met my requirements. A rather comprehensive blog that I stumbled upon helped too!
So today, in the spirit of giving back to the community and to lending lost souls like myself create another haven of resources, I’ve created a mini digital reference of sorts that I hope will help make home renovation & furniture shopping in Singapore a lot easier to get around to. Have fun!
The first & most resourceful directory site that got me started on planning which shops to shortlist and visit. I appreciate how the site has different shopping guides available and also breaks it down to various categories including “Furniture sale”, “second hand furniture”. They even feature mass online shops such as furniture mart, forty two etc. There’s also summary of what each store sells/specialises in, with an indicative price range so that you know what to expect. Thanks to navigating my way around, we did get to visit a few of the shops listed here and managed to land ourselves some really great steals that I can’t wait to see in our new space. I did wish this site looked a little nicer too and was easier to read. Also wished that they featured more blogs apart from the one & only that I’ve been seeing.
A very useful blog that I came across during one of those many google searches and one that I constantly cross reference before checking out a particular shop so that I can better manage everyone’s expectations especially my own. This blog owner has a gorgeous home to boot (I will definitely be drawing some inspiration for our first long-term home in time to come) too. What’s pretty awesome in this blog is that there’s also a rather comprehensive shopping directory list of address and websites for the uninitiated.
3. Home & Decor
There’s a reason why I put aside money to subscribe to Home & Decor amongst my monthly magazine portfolio. Even its digital counterpart doesn’t disappoint. I usually start off by viewing the latest local home designs and mood boards and reading the latest blog posts/articles before browsing through featured products to give me add on to my furniture shopping directory.
There is something quite charming about peeking into expats’ homes, even that of my expat friends in Singapore. The way things are put so effortlessly together, the vibe of a cozy home and the beautiful use of space to host the frequent gatherings and parties. The only thing that annoys me is that some articles on shopping directory doesn’t load efficiently or properly which makes it really frustrating.
One of my all-time favourite websites and resource centre for almost everything that I need a quirky, stylist dose of. The Honeycombers never fails to deliver some smiles and laughs through their guides, list and recommendations of places I’ve hardly even heard of. Laden with oodles of home inspiration and unique shops to go to, did I mention that they do awesome giveaways as well?
Another hippie, aesthetically-pleasing-to-the-eye, stylish design website that I adore to bits, I haven’t been able to stop myself from clicking to this site ever since we’ve embarked on furniture shopping. Click and you’ll know why 🙂
Another favourite site that’s on my to-check-out weekly list, I love that Naiise features lots of local designers, artists and nostalgic stuff. I can’t wait to use the products I bought from Naiise in our new place!
I hope you enjoyed checking out the above links. Feel free to let me know if there’s other sites I should check out and can share with others since I will continue to snoop around for more home shopping goodies during my much-awaited maternity leave as we continue to furnish our new place.