The place to pick up South African cushions, cheongsam-inspired vases and other quirky home decor
The buzz: Adding some much-needed variety to beloved indie street Haji Lane (though we think it's seen better days) is this crafty home decor and lifestyle multi-label boutique.
The vibe: Simply decorated with white box shelves and light wooden tables, the quirky space has hanging floral bud lamps and a life-size nutcracker statue. Reflecting store owner Leyna Poh's personal taste, it is a melange of light-wash wood, minimalist aesthetics and shelves strewn with stationery, pillows and even an alligator skull. Books are piled on a large table that acts as a centerpiece.The playlist comprising upbeat YouTube covers and the latest indie bands keeps the browsing energy up.
The goods: Mainly home decor and accents, with colorful patterned cushions from South Africa, (from $40), local hand-made vases inspired by traditional cheongsams (from $400) and in-house designed typographic posters dreamed up by Leyna herself (from $20). There's a shelf full of made-in-SG goodies like GSH Conserves (from $4 a bottle), as well as a curated selection of books and indie magazines provided by BooksActually.
Why you'll be back: The mish-mash of products may be a little random but it forms a cohesive I-didn't-know-I-needed-this vibe. It's also an affordable Scandinavian-inspired design store—which we know are far and few between. The laidback atmosphere makes you feel like you're over at a design-savvy friend's house with its dining table full of accessories and magazines, but you're actually perusing through the ever-changing roster of rare, well-chosen products.