Wedding Inspiration: Rustic Gold Cotton Theme

I love weddings. It is always an happy occasion where the bride and groom share their love and joy with everybody, saying their vows together and celebrate together. The painstaking effort that they put in to ensure their wedding is a success! While celebrating their joy, one will not help noticing the beautiful decor surroundings, filled with flowers and vivid colors that heightened excitement and joy in the atmosphere. And I just love looking at those decorations, taking note of how beautifully it was arranged.

So when my fiance’s sister,SH, asked for our help in decorating her album table and ang pow box for her December wedding last year, we immediately agreed and keeping to her low budget, the boy and I spent the time sourcing for items and coordinating with the florist for her table bouquet. As she loves cotton flowers, I immediately imagine a rustic gold cotton theme which suits her perfectly. As she prefers simplicity, we did not over decorate the table and keeping it simple, needlessly to say, both the bride and the groom were satisfied with the results we put in!

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We actually DIY the Ang Pow Box as SH wanted the box which she saw at IKEA and asked me for help in decorating the box. Since I decided to go for rustic theme, I designed their names and the layout of the box before enlisting my fiance’s help in looking for the suitable items that I have in mind.

Thanks so much to the boy who exercised so much patience when I dragged him everywhere to look for the stuffs!

DIY Ang Pow Box

Up close of the ang pow box

So this is how the Ang Pow box turned out!

Going for the simplicity, I decided to tie the purple ribbon around the box before adding the cotton flowers to give a rustic look. And then, I just add the sweet smelling dried flowers into the box to give a nice rustic effect. The boy helped with the cotton flower arrangement for the box and it turned out beautifully!

Now come to the best part which is the arrangement of the flower bouquet as well as DIY-ing decorations!

I liaised with the florist, telling him the arrangement of the flowers that I preferred and he was so nice to even bundle the flowers using silver satin! He was also extremely helpful in giving me suggestions when the flowers I wanted was out of stock! I got a fake branches from him as well, and brought home to DIY the potted tree after coming to the agreement for the table bouquet arrangement. And luckily, since it was near Christmas, IKEA has many beautiful decorations which we bought for SH’s wedding!

So this is how the whole table layout turns out:

The table bouquet that we spend so much effort in designing the arrangement! The bride loves it to bits that she kept it as dried bouquet for her house.

I actually DIY the twine vase and bottle by wrapping around the vase and bottle using twine. Can you believe that the bottle was actually a recycled make-up bottle? 🙂

The cotton flowers were used as leftovers after most flowers were used for the table bouquet. The small little fluffy leaves you saw, we got it from Taobao. The gold beads used were bought from IKEA. We bought the pebbles from the florist to add them into the vase on top of the sponge (where we poke the fake branches in to make it looked like a tree) to give a nice pebbled look for the tree. We just love how it turned out! The fairy lights was provided by SH’s husband 🙂

Wine glasses with gold beads

This is one of our favorites! We borrowed the wine glasses from the hotel, and put the gold beads in, arranged with fairylights.

After which, we arranged the photo frames of the sweet couple!

And there it is, ready for the admiration of the guests as they flipped through the album!

Photos credited to Teo Sze Lee from A Little Moment Photography who took such awesome photos!

Much Thanks for the couple’s permission to use their photos for my blog 🙂

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We managed to keep everything within the budget, which cost us less than $200 for both the decorations and the box!

So I hope this will serves as an inspiration to brides and grooms-to-be, who are on a budget.

So how we do it?

Try to source for good and affordable materials and think of ways to DIY instead of getting firsthand!

I was actually looking around for the bare tree with vase and it was insanely expensive at the minimum price of $100! And it only costs me less than $20 to make everything from getting a vase to making it into a bare tree vase decoration.

As for flower arrangement, if you have an eye for colors, do your own arrangement instead of getting the florist to do everything for you. In that way, you can decide on the flowers to go with it while watching your budget and still getting the desirable results. Visit your neighboring florists instead of going to expensive florists at mall if you have a specific flower arrangement in mind. The florist will be be able to advise you on the costs since he has contact from many suppliers. I visited my florist which is just few minutes away from my house!

First it is convenient to settle many things as you will have things to carry back and forth and you can easily get the flowers a day before the wedding. I have listed down his shop address, so whoever stays in Tampines, you can look for him there 🙂 He and his wife are really helpful and friendly! He doesn’t have a shop name sign board but you can just google for the picture.

The cotton flowers that we used to decorate the table and ang pow box were actually leftovers from the making of the table bouquet arrangement so we actually save up as cotton flowers are not cheap in the first place.

 And the whole DIY process can be tiring but fulfilling 🙂

And a special thanks to the couple for letting me to be part of their wedding preparations as I enjoyed the whole process with the fiance as well as with the couple! ❤


Supplies we obtained from:

  • Cotton flower bouquet, sponge and fake tree branches from:
    Wee Lee Nursery & Florist
    826 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520826
    6786 3201
  • Vases, gold beads, dried flowers and ang pow box from: IKEA
  • Ribbons and Gold cloth (for the bare tree vase) from Joo Chiat plaza
  • Fairylights : Borrowed from SH’s husband
  • Other small fake flowers: Taobao
  • Dried flowers: Daiso
  • Wine glasses and table cloth: provided by Hotel (Ritz Carlton)



Home Design Inspiration – Loving Whites

As the BTO completion drew nearer after waiting for almost 4 years, suddenly, I got a slight pang of anxiety regarding the interior design. With our tight budget constraints, people around me suggest hiring renovation contractors instead of interior designers but it is easier said than done!

Putting my worry aside, I finally be able to sit down and start browsing through some ideas to add to my mood board after months of being busying myself planning for my own wedding and taking a good recent vacation break away to Cairns.

So this post, I decided to show one of my favorite mood board which is shades of whites! I just love the bright and airy feel of homes, don’t you?

Mood Board: 

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Mood Board – Whites


And here’s some inspirations that I have handpicked 5 projects from Interior Design Singapore, which implements whites beautifully!

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  1. HDB 4-Room Unique Black And White Design – By De Style

Complicated but stunning, that’s what i thought when I see this. I love unique features like the texture wall with contrasting black and white colors. Very unique style to go for it!

2. Experiment with Colours for a Stunning Look – By Image Creative

Beside neutral tones, how about adding a hint of metallic colors like metallic pillows to add some personality to it? Love it!

3. All White Modern Colonial At Eight Courtyards – By Vegas Interior Design

If you notice that in my mood board, I like to choose colours on accessories and furnishings and leave the rest of the room in white.

Here, the designer adds colors through furinishings and decorative elements which give help to give some life to the white surroundings. With many interesting elements thrown in, it creates such cosy environment without looking very plain and dull.

4. HDB BTO Contemporary All White At Blk 88 Skyville @ Dawson – By DC Visions Design

dc vision contemporary all white kitchen

How about a white kitchen with some wood element?

I have never like seeing handles poking out of the cabinets so this is one plus point for me as it makes the whole kitchen looks very sophiscated and sleek by implementing the touch and push drawers to the cabinets.

dc vision contemporary all white master bedroom

Same goes for the bedroom. I just love how this bedroom is designed! Complicated design of accessories (frame), followed by neutral tones of the rug and curtains incorporated into the whites, I will prefer this to be my favorite hang out 🙂

5. HDB 5-Room White With Woody Walls At Bedok Central – By Weiken

This project is one of my favorites that I have bookmarked into my list.

weiken white and wood living area

weiken white and wood living area 1

Look at the lights! I have a thing for unique lighting fixtures and this attracted me as it added big “attractiveness” factor to the whole living room. A perfect contrast between the wooden elements and the white furnishings, this living room received much love from me!

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Disclaimer: All pictures are taken from Interior Design Singapore unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own.

NOTE: This post is also re-posted to : Interior Design Singapore Website

Card INspiration: Daisy Chain Paper Cut

Back with a new card, this time playing around using my Silhouette Cameo!

Live Laugh Love

I just thought that it will be great to have a framed paper cut card, layered behind with a lovely patterned paper. Here, I layered using tracing paper followed by My mind’s Eye patterned paper. I used tracing paper to actually soften the background so that when I added the quote, it will allow people to focus more on the quote instead.

I cut out the quote as well using Silhouette Cameo with canvas paper before spraying with Black Heidi Swapp colorshine spray mist and there you have it!

Close up

Thanks for looking!


Home Design Inspiration: Decorating with White

Let’s face it. White can never be boring. It can never go out of trend. You see whites in homes, wedding so many times and no one ever got tired of it. However, all whites design can be so boring to almost serious that you need something to break the monotony.

One may think that all-white room will be cold with sombre atmosphere, but if you are able to pair with good furnishings and decoration, playng around with textures and colors to match white, you can find yourself surrounded by with beautiful whites that give a very cozy feeling.

Here, I pick some of the projects to give you some ideas of how you can make do with certain things to decorate with whtes.

Adding Textures to the Whites

1.Ultra Modern White At Seastrand Tower – Interior Design Pte Ltd

Living room

This room is pretty awesome! I am a fan of marbling designs and I am so in love with how the designer came up with the marbling design for the wall of the television as well as the carpet on the glossy white floor tiles. It added such classiness and elegance! Together with earthly toned furnishings, it made such a stunning home to stay in. Click on the picture to hop over to the source for more pictures!

2. Contemporary Design With Ample Storage At Waterfront Gold – Vegas Interior Design Pte Ltd

Beside adding textures like marbling, one can also play around with the lighting fixtures and mirrors to create a spacious and airy feeling, yet cozy.

Living room

Dining room

3. Black And White Modern At Anchorvale Crescent – Inzz Studio Pte Ltd

Why not add a dash of personality to your home? Adding textured walls like brick wall can also help to create beautiful surroundings at home to bring out the chic look which can be visually appealing to the eye. I like how the designer chose the swing chair, art decoration (painting) and pillowcase with word design because it just add interesting feature to the whole look, making it looks fun and lively.

Living room

Living room

2. Adding splash of colors to the Whites

1. The Pink Round Bed You Never Knew Existed! – Vegas Interior Design Pte Ltd


Skip the boring greys and black and go for bold or bright colours instead!

This is such a bold move to add the bright shade of pink into the whites of the room. It creates a stunning and visually appealing room!

2. HDB 4-Room BTO At Blk 430A Yishun Orchid Spring – Absolook Interior Design Pte Ltd

How about adding different shades of blue? It make everything looks so feminine and sweet! The light blue curtains matching with the sheer curtains add some daintiness, and adding lightness to the space and air of softness.

3. Sleek Simplicity At Blk 476 Upper Serangoon View – HomeVista Pte Ltd


Don’t forget your kitchen too! You can also add splashes of color as well to liven up the atmosphere which give you the mood to cook delicious meals while whistling away.

3.  White and wood make an excellent combination

Combinations of whites and wooden finishings are always trending in home interior designs, making homes look more warm and inviting. The combination helps to harmonise the interior for the homes.

1. HDB Resale 4-Room Modern Farmhouse At Bedok – Designscale Pte Ltd

Living room

Cozy corner

Doesn’t this house looks so warm and inviting? I just love how the designer put together a farmhouse concept right in Singapore! The cozy corner looks so comforting with lush of green at your feet, I will no doubt love to spend my morning sitting there reading book with a cup of coffee.

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You can never go wrong with white design if you know how to style your homes. For more home interior ideas, do hop over to Interior Design Singapore, which has amazing gallery of many reputable interior designers styling Singapore homes.

Disclaimer: All pictures are taken from Interior Design Singapore unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own. 

NOTE: This post is also re-posted to : Interior Design Singapore Website


Shaker Card Inspiration: Royal Princess Shaker Card

Gosh! It has been like weeks before I updated this post, which should have been done long ago. I have been quite sick, down with a bad flu and fever for past 2 weeks that I have not been able to do much things. Right now, I am still coughing like no tomorrow, but hopefully this will go away real real soon!

Thankfully, I managed to make a card while trying to stop myself from sneezing because the card was requested quite some time back. And for my frequent readers, you must have find the design quite familiar 🙂

Back with another shaker card! Seems like shaker cards have been quite a favorite among my friends and clients, as I have been getting shaker cards orders. For this card, someone requested this design based on my previous work but wanting to go for a more princessy fantasy touch to it. So Cinderella actually comes to my mind!

Royal Princess Shaker Card

You can’t really see from here, but the navy blue card base (WorldWin Papers) was embossed with lovely glittered embossing powder (Rangers). Next, I cut out the name on mixed media paper and do some castle masking using the castle template (Sweet Poppy) and seafoam glimmery color mist (Heidi Swapp) before adding shakers of beads, glitters and diamond dust (Floracraft).

I cut out the silhouette of horse and carriage using my trusty SIlhouette Cameo before spraying with Heidi Swapp ColorShine mist of Gold and Black, and then embossed using clear glittered powder to give a glittery finish. And layering of strip paper was done before tying with twine and layered with the horse and carriage silhouette.

Royal Princess Shaker Card

That’s about it! ❤

And for those who find this design familiar, I actually made a similar design and blogged about it, which is in mermaid theme: Card Inspiration: Mermaid in the sea Shaker Card

Do hop there to take a look of the design too! ❤

I promise I will come back again with a longer post once I recovered!


Layered Card Inspiration: The Secret To a Rich Life

Hello! I am back with a layered card – Secret to a rich life card which I have a sweet floral theme in mind, perfectly described the recipient of this card 🙂

I always love this quote: “The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.” -Dave Weinbaum

For this card, I prepared a cut out acrylic paper and embossed it using Tim Holtz Textured Fades Honeycomb folder, before spritzing the paper with Heidi Swapp Colorshine Seafoam Mist to give a shimmery effect. I also distressed the edges of the paper to give a nice weathered look to present a vintage look. Layered on top of the paper is another cutout of My Mind’s Eye cardstock (Be Happy theme) and distressed the edges of the paper before using Burnt Sienna Colorbox chalk ink to create a lovely faded shade in the background to give a soft look. The remaining scrap of the cardstock was trimmed into the shape of the ribbon and layered over the card. I always love Spellbinders dies because the templates gave suck an elegant and intricate details! I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Les Papillions Two butterfly die to cut and embossed the shape of butterfly. To add more details, I smudged the top part of the butterfly with blue chalk ink before giving a lovely glittered effect at the edges using Diamond Sticklers.

Close up look of the details

Next I cut of the frame using Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Labels Eight, soften the edges using blue chalk ink and adding the glitter using Diamond Sticklers at the corners of the frame. Quote was stamped using Cloud9 Design (Simple thoughts) clear stamp with black veramagic chalk ink.

The final outcome:

Layered Card Inspiration

I thought it will be easier for you readers if I type down bold and italic the brands of the supplies I used for easy reference. Well, I hope it helps if you want to look for those supplies to follow my design!

Thanks for looking! ❤


Interior Design Inspiration: Getting close to nature – Wood themes

As our BTO completion date is drawing near, the search for inspirations for our house still continue! The boy and I have great fascination with wood themes as we love the texture and look of it because it feels so homely and comforting.

Have you ever consider implementing wood themes into your homes? Wood is an extremely versatile material which can bring such warmth and being visually appealing to the eye. It is a great way to add comfort and create a proper home atmosphere.

Here, I have handpicked 3 projects which caught my eye and would love to share with you too!

(Note: The rankings are not in order.)

1. Project by  Inzz Studio Pte Ltd:

I am not the kind of person who likes many things in one room, but this project was an exception because it creates such dark and luxurious feel, with so many eye catching details. It does not feel as cluttered and I can imagine the comfort of lounging on the sofa, with my glass of red wine in my hand.  The wood theme here has inspired warmth and it feels like I will never want to leave the room!

Living room

Love the bedroom with the white walls and light brown wood wardrobe. It creates such a cheerful atmosphere which can really motivates one to work/study better. Adding a touch of beautiful wood decor like the one in the picture (wood board) can also help to create unique room in rustic style too.


2. Project by HomeVista Pte Ltd:

Here, one can see how well wood effortlessly blended together the rest of the interior design like the furnishings, draperies and rug carpet. With the right choice of color scheme and furnishing, you will be able to see how wood can help to add texture and create a beautiful and visually appealing environment for a home!

Living room – Styled by Home Vista

I just love the wooden floorboard which match perfectly in contrast with the dark walls and bed board. It gives a lovely comforting ambience which is important to have in a bedroom since you will relax and sleep at the end of the day.

Bedroom – Styled by Home Vista

Project by De Style Interior Pte Ltd:

This project caught my eyes due to its contrasting white walls against wood finishing. The white walls helps to add light and space while the brown, wood finishing of of the kitchen bring about warmth and coziness.

Kitchen – Styled by De Style

I just love how De Style comes up with this open concept kitchen! It creates a spacious look while looking chic and classy at the same time. It reminded me of cozy cafe where one can sit there to relax and chill while drinking coffee and reading newspaper in early morning.

Open concept kitchen – styled by De Style

I am always particular about having a beautiful washroom and this is one of the few projects which I immediately bookmarked. I just love the how they come up with this design! With the false ceiling lights to the colors used, I just cannot describe how much I like it!

Washroom – Styled by De Style

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Wood always never go out of style. It will be one of the smart way to invest in high quality wood for your home design!

Disclaimer: All pictures are taken from Interior Design Singapore unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own.

NOTE: This post is also re-posted to : Interior Design Singapore Website