A sneak peek @eveeleva’s renovations!

Our renovation has been progressing pretty well. In fact it’s almost over. The handover from the ID happens tomorrow. I’ve not been blogging because I’ve been so caught up with coping with the new workplace and taking care of every little detail about the twins that I haven’t had much energy to take care of the flat’s renovation.

After being quite peeved with Mr Eveel for not paying attention to the renovation and expecting me to take care of everything, I finally sat him down and started one of my legendary rants about how I’m not a superwoman, I’m not the kind of gal that you can let down and think that everything’s ok…no no…that’s Karyn White. But it surely was my themesong for the week. Well you get the drift. So he’s been taking care of everything. Including buying and choosing toilet accessories, etc. I really don’t care about these things! Yes- people stare at me in amazement when I tell them our tile picking experience took all of five minutes. We went…No, No, No, Erm…Yes!
We are extremely happy with our choice for a renovation company- Kenneth and Derrick from Ideal House have been absolutely superb! Here’s a sneak peek at our first pad for four!

More details to come…

Our home: Eclectic is Ca-pa-lang?

Busy busy busy with the boys and with looking for IDs and contractors who can do up our home just the way we want it and just within our budget!

We already have a clear picture of what we’d like our home to look like in colour. Yeah, hubby and I spend more time thinking about what colours our walls are going to be rather than what is the best layout…what sort of lighting we want….how to arrange the kitchen in the best possible way and other boring stuff like that. Thankfully we have very good advisors in this areas, who’ve had very good ideas that will help us save space, make our spaces look bigger etc.

But now colours…that Mr Eveel and I understand. Our colour palette will be inspired by a traditional Turkish hanging lamp set of 6 which we purchased during our trip last year. This will be hung over our antique marble table in the dining and will be the focal point of our home!

We unpacked 1 lamp out of the set of 6, and placed it under the light so that we could share our
design inspiration with the IDs we met.

My brother said, “Huh? Antique marble table and hanging traditional turkish lamps? Wouldn’t they clash?”

I replied,” My style is eclectic what?”

He retorted,” You mean ca-pa-lang lah? Same lah!”


A family heirloom…

Our family has had a old marble topped kopitiam table for as long as I remember. And for as long I I could remember, I have always always loved it. I remember telling my mom at 15 that I wanted the table for my own home one day. So I refused to let them throw the table away when we moved to our current residence and even convinced my sis to keep the table in her room while I went about looking for a husband, then looking for a place to live in. LOL.

I didn’t take a snap of the marble table but it looks something like this, except the legs of the table are much much bigger and grander looking.

Talking about our upcoming reno with my folks, and the fact that I will be taking our marble topped table along with me, my dad told me the most interesting of things. The table had belonged to my grandfather long before I remember it existing in my parents first flat in Bedok. It sat in the basement of my grandfather’s kampung house at Jalan Eunos, and it was a hangout spot for my uncles, who used to sit around, chat and smoke.

And my grandfather, who was a driver for the British army when they were still based here, had gotten the table from the British. I don’t have the details, but my dad told me that when they packed up and left, furniture on the base was, I dunno, sold or given away. That was how my grandfather came into posession of the table.

I was thrilled to hear this. A piece of history in my new dining room! Love lah…

I am sooo going to grill my grandmother about the table and how grandpa came into possession of it!

Our renovation journey begins here…

We’re getting the keys to our 4-room HDB flat in a week. It was like striking lottery when we received our ballot number for the ballot for the leftover/balance flats sale. The 4-room flat is at Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 right across the road from Bishan Park, a 5 min walk to AMK Mrt station and a 5 min drive from my folks. We couldn’t have asked for more. Especially when we were looking at resale flats at the area which were going at 150K more than what we are paying for our brand new HDB flat.

And now our renovation journey begins…

We’ve met with 2 Interior Designers..from Brilliant ID and D’trenzo so far…I’ll blog about that more laterz…. For now…here’s some pics to give you a feel of our design inspirations and what we hope to materialise in our first home!