Day 26

First glimpse of our selected wall colour

First glimpse of our selected wall colour

For the first time, our ID sent us a photo from the condo. It wasn’t for the purpose of updating us with the renovation progress; it was to confirm the location of the light in the foreground of the picture. But it did give us a glimpse of the wall colour after painting. Whee! I notice they did not paint the top edge of the wall that meets the plaster ceiling. If they haven’t by tomorrow, they will most probably do it during the second round of painting after carpentry is done.

Something nice, something extra

Every day we do something ‘house’ related. Today I suggested we go check out some carpets on Arab Street. We were lucky enough to meet a nice Iranian carpet seller who very patiently explained to us the different types of carpets available, and happily showed us carpet after carpet to meet our preferences for design and colour as well as budget. Somehow, because of the turquoise on the cushion of our dining chairs, our living and dining area has adopted a somewhat blueish theme. Not sure if we’ll get the carpets, but there were a couple we really liked.

High quality machine-sewn Belgian carpets which we matched for colour

High quality machine-sewn Belgian carpets which we matched for colour

There were some pure-silk carpets from Ghom in Iran, and Kashmir going for $3,000 to $5,000 for something like 3ft by 2ft. Exquisite to touch – very soft and smooth. We were told that these carpets are are hand woven over 11-12 months, and that it is so expensive that many who buy do not even step on it – they buy it to hang it as a piece of art on the wall. We didn’t hesitate to tell him our budget was less than 10% of that for something at least 4 times the size. Hehe.

Curtains

We almost forgot about looking around for a window dresser. We did set aside a budget for it much earlier on but in the flurry of activities forgot to plan for it until last weekend. Did some research on the net to get an idea of what kind of costs to expect. Visited one curtain maker in Joo Chiat and another in Tiong Bahru. Both their quotes were lower than we had budgeted for, and close to what we’d read in forums and blogsites. Today we confirmed our order with the one in Tiong Bahru (D’Zander). Chose some pretty linens with safe, neutral colours – black-outs (or ‘dim-outs’ as they call it here) for the two rooms and regular curtains for the living hall.

Safe curtain colours

Safe curtain colours

I really wanted blinds, though. Maybe I can still get it for the small kitchen window. Teehee.

Bright and Cheery

I was browsing through Apartment Therapy, keenly checking out a new post on an apartment makeover. I love the whole look of this place and their furniture pieces are incredible!  If I was living alone I’d definitely go for this look. I was also very excited to see that the featured a dining table looks just like the one we bought! These ladies’ table looks extendible and the chairs are a bit different. Nevertheless I take it as an approval of my good taste! Check it out here 🙂