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DIY: White TV Console

White furnitures create the impression of a larger and lighter space. That is why last Saturday, we made the old dark brown TV console in the living room our first project. We painted it white!

I have painting experience years ago when I painted the violet walls of my old room into bright sunny yellow. I think painting furnitures are more difficult because of the little corners and small areas. This was hubby’s first painting project, and I can say he did a very good job.

This is the original color. There are some tape marks at the bottom of the shelf that we wanted to get rid of, hence painting the whole thing (except for the glass top, of course).

The whole place was messy and filled with paint smell during the whole weekend. Not good for me and baby Alexa. We had to keep all windows open to let the fumes out, and just stay out of the living room (-slash-painting-area).

While hubby was doing the painting, I stayed in the kitchen to cook our meals and bake some Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Pandesal (second trial).

There was a lot of waiting time for drying in between coats and before use which actually tested our patience. But it was worth the wait. Here is our newly painted TV console…

What do you think?

It actually made a huge difference to our living room. It is now brighter and more pleasing to the eye. And more importantly, the tape marks are gone!

We’re looking forward to more DIY projects. Such a productive weekend we’ve had!

Have a great week ahead!

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Homemade Cleaners

Hello everyone!

Today, the new house is officially OURS! The keys have been turned over to us last night. Today is the big move, so things are getting more and more exciting from today onwards!

I am not a squeaky-clean-in-the-house kind of person. But since buying a house with our own hard-earned money, I can’t think of anything but how to make it clean and homey, especially with baby Alexa on the way.

I have been looking around Pinterest for home décor and organization ideas which I have shared with you in my previous posts. Just in case you missed, please click on the Our Home category in this blog.

Aside from decors and organization ideas, I have also been obsessed with homemade cleaners. They are definitely way cheaper than store-bought cleaners, and I believe they are more eco-friendly. So I thought of giving them a try.

Today, I tried to mix only three recipes just to see if they really work. And for initial house cleaning, I think these will be most useful for me.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp dish soap
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar
  • 400 ml warm water

Dusting Spray

  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 c white vinegar
  • 2 c warm water

Air & Fabric Freshener

  • 1 tbsp scented fabric softener
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 350 ml water

For all recipes, you just need to stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for optimal usage. (400 ml squirt bottles were purchased from Daiso at S$2.00 each)

This is going to be a very busy week! Lots of moving, cleaning, and unpacking to do. But I am sure to give myself some pit stops in between those chores to recharge and ease the anticipated back pains.

By the way, today is the start of week 31. Nine more weeks to go. We’re almost there…

Thanks for dropping by!

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Time-Saving Tips for Moving into Your New Home

Five days till the house move. Glad to have found these very helpful tips!

Enjoy the rest of your work week!

Jennifer Fields Real Estate

Time-Saving Tips for Moving into Your New Home

Planning a move may be an exciting adventure, but it’s certainly not an easy task.  There are a lot of things to consider before the big day arrives. First, you need to plan for the big day by deciding what moving company to hire, what to bring, what to get rid of, when to move etc.  Then, you need to pack your things.  And finally, you need to unpack your things and organize them to fit your new home once you arrive.

Moving to a new house can become all-consuming, but if you plan ahead, you won’t have to put as much time into it as you may think.  Below are some helpful tips for saving time during your next move:

  • Create a checklist. You don’t want to forget anything during your moving process, so creating a checklist will give you an organized idea of what you have already done…

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Ideas: Bath and Kitchen Organization

 

And the countdown begins…

It’s confirmed, keys to our new house will be turned over to us on Monday night. We begged the previous owner to make us move on the weekend, but no can do so we have no other choice but to take some days next week off from work for the big move. Can’t wait!

And I also can’t wait to do stuff around the house. I don’t think the big belly can stop me! I have been collecting a lot of home decors and DIY ideas for our little but cozy abode, all in my Pinterest board, Home.

But today, why don’t I share with you ideas that I have gathered on home organization? At least for the bathroom and kitchen. In our home, they are usually the areas of chaos!

On bathroom organization:

I’m loving how these crates/wooden boxes are innovatively used in the house — as shelves, storage side tables, bed frame/headboardottoman, and coffee table. I am actually thinking of doing this in our bathroom. But since crates are a bit difficult to find here in Singapore, I would have to replace them with boxes or woven baskets.

Great idea so that small corners would not go to waste.

Putting bottle racks on the cabinet door maximizes storage space.

For more bathroom organization ideas, please click here.

On kitchen organization:

Uniform containers/bottles give your storage a cleaner look. Stick cute and colourful labels on them to add a creative touch.

These are just cheap baskets from the dollar store with magnets glued at the back. Saves space on your kitchen counters.

Makes use of slim spaces in your kitchen.

For more kitchen organization ideas, please click here.

On the side note, I just want to mention that I super adore this kitchen…

Such happy colours! The natural light coming in is a plus!

Any organization tips to share? I would love to hear from you.

Oh, another side note… the whole world welcomes Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal baby boy today! Congratulations to the new parents!

Natural Indoor Air Filters

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Who doesn’t love clean air, especially in our own homes?

I have always been attracted by electronic air purifiers but is always hesitant to purchase because of the cost. I don’t need to invest on that anymore. We now know the inexpensive (and at the same time, decorative…) alternative! (it rhymes! hihi!)

I’m still choosing which plants are easy to maintain and yet give amazing benefits. I would love to hear your thoughts…

Have an awesome (?) Monday! 😉

Ideas + DIY: Nursery Decors and ABCs

A great Sunday to all of you.

From my previous post, I mentioned that I have been collecting inspiration for my baby girl’s nursery. Lots of ideas, it’s overwhelming! The last time I felt this was during my wedding preparation, when I was so confused with all the ideas I saw in the internet, as well as friends’ and family’s inputs. Gladly, we got to mix all the great ideas and it turned out to be a beautiful and solemn ceremony for me and hubby, which was enjoyed as well by everyone close to our hearts.

Going forward to the present, since I am into the mood for decorating the nursery (at least in my dreams at the moment *wink*), I have also been collecting photos of decors and accents for the baby’s room. They are also found in my Pinterest board, Baby Love.

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Yes, I’m into pink + gray. Plus, the cutie gray ellie and the message “dream big, little one”, who wouldn’t be in love with this? Words of inspiration not just for kids, but for adults as well. Nobody should stop dreaming and believing in themselves.

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I don’t know why, but I find elephant designs cute for the nursery. Especially if they are in color pink or gray. Move over teddies! (This mommy’s not a fan of teddy bears!)

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Green + pink + white also make a good color combination. Love the white owl lamp base!

As a way to boost the kids’ learning, my sister K (mom of my 11-month old baby niece, M) shared to me that I should stick alphabets and shapes on the walls. Found some cute frames in Pinterest which I found interesting and easy to do.

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There’s another ellie!

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The above photo has been my inspiration for my first nursery project — the alphabets with the little one’s name highlighted. But instead of repeating the alphabets, I swapped two letters so the letters of her name is in order. For my project, I highlighted M-A-X, Alexa’s nickname.

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Of course it’s in pink + gray! The Tigger stuffed toy was given to me by hubby when we were still dating. And it will be passed on to Alexa.

The frame is an old IKEA Nyttja frame. The letters were designed using Adobe InDesign and printed on 6 pieces A4 paper. I just pasted it together. I made some mistakes along the way with some letters not aligned, only can be seen when you look at it closely. It looks nice from afar though, somehow. 🙂

More DIYs (and recipes) are on the line, all reserved to be done after the house move and during my maternity leave.

For the meantime, enjoy the rest of your Sunday and wishing you all a great work week ahead!

Ideas: Nursery for Baby Girl

Hi everyone!

Recently, I have been collecting inspiration for the nursery. I want it simple, soft, and white, with touches of grey and pastels.

Here are some of them, collected in my Pinterest board, Baby Love:

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Love the soft pastel colors! Just replace the blue color with pastel pink, it would be perfect for a baby girl nursery.

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I would prefer gray + pink…

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White + mint is also love!

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Don’t you love the natural lighting?

Which one is your favorite?

I am also collecting inspirations for nursery room accents and decorations. I will share it with you in another post.

Today, we are starting to pack our things for the house move which will happen in three weeks… excited!

Have a great weekend to you all!

Planning for our New Home

Hello everyone! Today is again one of those days when workload is at a low and all I wanna do all day is browse the internet for pretty ideas for our new abode.

We will be moving into our new home next month and I am SO excited! Thanks to Pinterest, I have a place to search and collect photos of lovely homes and just keep it there until I can finally apply it to our home. Maybe one day, I can also share some photos and give inspiration to others.

Here are some ideas that I have collected in my Pinterest board, Home:

I am so in love with those white rattan chairs! I have tried them out at IKEA and they are oh-so-comfy (especially with pretty fabric foam seat covers for your butt and back). I can imagine having two of those by the window, with a white coffee table in between. It will be just so gorgeous especially with lots of natural light coming in at daytime!

It is normal in Singapore homes that the laundry area is in the kitchen. With a tiny kitchen such as ours, I would not want our food to be anywhere near the detergents and softeners. But seeing this layout, it looks organized and acceptable. Would definitely do the oven-over-front-load-washer style in the photo, very space-saving.

Because our kitchen is “tiny”, I would like to take the dining area out and compress it together with the living area. This would also make communication easier in the house as most people will be spending most of their time in the living room while watching tv, and at the dining table having their meals (well, the kitchen is a busy place too, but not for everyone). We initially thought of having storage benches as dining seats, but so far have not found the perfect piece yet. We can settle for low back dining chairs and/or stools, and a small (maybe extendable) dining table for 4. Still torn between having a round or rectangular one. Depends on what our small space will allow.

And for kitchen organization, these would definitely be in. Love the roll out drawers which makes it easy to see what you have in your pantry. You can even put labels with expiration dates so no food/item will go to waste.

Also love the idea of hanging pots and pans inside the cabinet. Stacking them up would cause scratches on them which is a big NO-NO.

I will be looking around for more home ideas, and share them again with you soon.

Have a great day! 🙂

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