interior

Très Chic

Lots of white and pastel hues with occasional pops of neon. I think these spaces designed by Ukraine-based Mooseberry Group are incredibly happy and pleasing to the eyes.

Sunday Market Cafe, Lim Tua Tow Rd

 

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E and I made a trip to Boundary/Serangoon area over the weekend. Brunch was at Sunday Market, 22 Lim Tua Tow Road. There are really so many cafes springing up around Singapore lately, I often wonder where is the best place for brunch. Apart from serving yummy scrabbled eggs, what makes a great cafe for me will be the feel or ambience of the surroundings. Not too noisy or cramped seating space. My experience at this cafe checked all the right boxes for me.photo-2photo 4photo 2-2

The eclecticism in this cafe can be attributed to its Asian-fusion menu and interior design. I heard raves about their signature Sirloin Rendang Toast from a couple of food blogs. So quirky and it sounds like something my father will enjoy. I never had an adventurous palate. Rather, I could have scrambled eggs for all three meals and be very contented. When you eat as many eggs as I do, you tend to figure out what works and what doesn’t.  Fortunately, my Smoked Salmon & Cheese (topped with scrambled eggs) was done just right – fluffy and light. Considering E finished his portion of Eggs Benedict, I’m guessing his was pretty decent as well. To beat the summer heat, the refreshing aromatic taste of their Ice Chai Latte was very satisfying.

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Sunday Market cafe occupies the former premises of The Factory cafe. Just a 3-min walking distance from Paya Lebar Methodist Church, their big red social media wall located at the cafe exterior is quite easy to spot from far. Overall, the experience here was certainly positive, including their efficient and friendly service. Go there once, be there twice.

Sunday Market Cafe
22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Singapore 547772
Tel: 6287 8880

Visit their Facebook page here.

 

Birthday Staycation: Lloyd’s Inn Singapore

Time really flies when you’re having fun. A few days before my birthday last year, I remember getting duped by two close friends who tricked me into a one-night staycation at Hotel 1929! It was an awesome experience which I still fondly remember today. We started off meeting at a mall before we were supposed to head to our lunch location.

Then,  one of them suddenly mentioned she needed to hand over something to a client. Didn’t find anything suspicious while we were in the cab and even after we reached the hotel….till we three finally adjourned in a cosy hotel room! I remember lots of endless giggles and jumping on the fluffy white bed thereafter. This happened in 2013.DSC03903photo (10)

Like what one of them said, somehow the stars aligned again this year and another staycation opportunity sprung up! I was simply told to pack a set of overnight clothes and my passport. That evening, we enjoyed  2-hrs Mookata dinner and caught up as usual. I began to suspect something was wrong when they didn’t seemed in a rush to catch a ferry/coach. My instincts proved me right! The passport idea was just a fake! Our cab drove right up to an unsuspecting place at Lloyd Rd.

Our city escapade began right here at Lloyd’s Inn.

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(Photo of the old Lloyd’s Inn via here)

Designed by my previous company, FARMWORK, Lloyd’s Inn is a newly refurbished 34-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Somerset area. The photo above shows how the previous Lloyd’s Inn looked like, it was branded as a budget motel in every sense, with few facilities and barely any focus on the design aspects.

We arrived at Lloyd’s Inn at night. These photos were taken by my iPhone during the next day. Upon entering the hotel through a little gate, you’ll be greeted with the modernist style of the building. The decor is minimalist with lots of exposed concrete, accents of black and white and occasional pops of lush greenery.

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We arrived on the night of the soft launch so check-in was pretty smooth and fuss free. I felt the reception lobby really set the tone of the whole hotel – peaceful, calm and clean. While waiting for your rooms to be processed, you can also sit around and browse a selection of Cereal or Kinfolk copies.

This hotel does not boast an impressive array of fancy facilities. At least, it offers guests the comfort of an outdoor garden patio and a mini dipping pool. There’s also a few lounging chairs for you to soak up the holiday sunshine!

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While the lobby is the heart of the hotel, the guest rooms reveal its soul. There are a range of room types for you too choose from, depending on your travel needs and purpose of stay. From the Standard Rooms to the luxe Suite Rooms, the experience and design on the interior remains consistently, refreshingly raw. Our designated room for the night was “The Garden”.

On top of the basic comforts of the standard room, this room features an outdoor garden and a lounge chair. The room size is not too cramped like some other boutique hotels and amenities are adequate for the business traveller or couples. Each room also comes with a light Biscotti snack made from a tie-up with Freshly Baked bakery situated along Killiney Rd. A very thoughtful detail.

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The bathroom also reflects the contemporary nature of the hotel. It’s open concept design of the showering area makes one feel at one with nature. Of course, you can also choose to draw the showering curtains and make the most of your Grohe Rainshower experience. By the time we settled down, it was already 1 or 2am. Unfortunately, our next-door neighbors were making such a din in the room and we barely had a good night’s sleep. I’m wondering if the walls are even soundproof at all…the sound of their of their laughter felt so close to our bed, it was difficult to ignore.

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Guests can also enjoy the complimentary beverages at the hotel’s outdoor pantry. The owners believe that breakfast should be enjoyed at one’s own pace. These are the neighboring homes just across the hotel.

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Later in the morning, we took a quick tour around the hotel and popped by some other type of rooms. I stood in this room quite literally in awe. If i’m not wrong, this room is the “The Reading Room” which will set you back only at approx S$158/night!

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That’s it for our one-night staycation at Lloyd’s Inn! We left this place knowing we’ll definitely be back very soon 🙂 Hope you found this short review useful for your next staycation plan. For bookings and enquiries, please visit:

Lloyd’s Inn Singapore
2 Lloyd Road Singapore S239091
Tel: +65 6737 7309

Objects of Desire

I was magnetically drawn to these brightly colored Kisshions designed by Room39. So much sparkly and shiny goodness. It’s a bit on the steep side for a sofa accessory though. Hop on to room39.bigcartel.com to embrace more of these home beauties.

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An Open Canvas

I like to see my room as a calming sanctuary. A place where I can look forward to retreat every night. This coming months, I am set on a mission to revamp my white wall.

It is probably the best time to get cracking because big J won’t be returning home anytime soon. This means I’ve the luxury of trial and error! Through this adventure, I promise her work (Your Sadness is Mine) which is currently on my wall will be in good hands.

For a start, I identified a few bedroom looks of my dreams. My favorite looks mostly include a comfortable amount of fresh green plants and some woody elements.

Or a minimalist invisible shelf to hold my books.

Love these wooden storage boxes that will definitely “pop!” in a small space. Do you know that we all have a tendency to view interior colours according to different percentages? You’ll notice that the rooms you like the most are almost invariably divided into percentages of 60-30-10. Typically, this means

  • 60% of the room’s color is the walls
  • 30% of the room’s color is the upholstery
  • 10% of the room’s color is, say, an accent piece or a floral arrangement

Deep down, I am really leaning towards the idea of a polka dotted wall. Well, because it looks the easiest to execute for a beginner and one can hardly go wrong with these prints! The possibilities are endless….

Looking forward to get those creative juices flowing. A daunting yet exciting task awaits…