Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Here's How You Can Make Your House Look Bigger [ADVERTORIAL]

There are many new houses available for sale with beautiful interior designs on iproperty Malaysia. Although some houses come with smaller size, people still manage to make the space appears bigger than the actual size by doing some minor renovation. Are you tired of your current old house layout because it looks small and cramped? Worry not, you could change how your space looks like if you make some minor renovations to your current house. This article will guide you through some tips to make your house looks bigger.

1.     Right proportion
Choose the right proportion for your furniture that you want to place at home. Avoid getting furniture that is too big for your house as this will only make your space looks smaller than it already is. It is suggested to always keep some air or spaces between the walls and your furniture. In addition, avoid heavy and weighty furniture that eat up the spaces in your house.

2.               Keep it low to the ground
It is said that furniture which is lower and nearer to the ground will give a feeling of openness in the house. Hence, it is advised to place mattress direct on the ground or use a loft bed to create the feeling of openness in your bedroom.

3.               Show a little leg
Although the above tip suggest to keep furniture as low as it could to the ground, you could choose furniture with legs if you do not like your furniture laying low to the ground. Furniture with legs allows air and light to flow in, which makes your furniture look like it is floating. You could choose furniture that are low and leggy to create a feeling of openness in your house. Opt for armchairs or sofas that are raised on legs to create a sense of space and light. Show off the legs!

4.               Mirrors
Mirror is said to be the fastest way to make a space looks bigger and brighter than it actually is. Whether or not it is a myth, it is true that they are good in reflecting sunlight in a room. However, it does not work the same when mirrors are placed in dim spaces such as the bathrooms as there are no direct sunlight for reflection purpose. Instead, you could use some framed mirrors to make your space appear brighter and more spacious. Not only they make your room appears larger, they can also reflect light coming into the room if placed across from light sources.

Mirror - Image Credit: Lookbox Living

5.               Ditch the drapes
Ditch the drapes around your house, such as curtains. Expose your windows as you want to allow natural sunlight to create a sense of depth in a small space. Natural sunlight plays an important role in creating a sense of openness in your house, making the space looks bigger than it is. If privacy is your concern, you could choose shutters or cloth blinds.

6.               Keep it white
White color reflects cleanliness and openness. Paint your house white to create a cloud like effect that enhances your house design. In addition, neutral colors give an illusion of a bigger and more organized space. Not only it is comfortable to the eyes, it also makes your space looks bigger than it already is. Minimalists will definitely like the idea of keeping the house white.

7.               Clear pathway
Keep the pathway at your house clear from clutters. Declutter the pathway if you already live in a small space. Not only it helps in keeping your house neat and tidy, it also create a sense of openness in your home that makes your house looks more spacious. Avoid putting too many furniture at the hallway or pathway. This will also prevent you from bumping into those furniture.

Clear Pathway - Image Credit: Singapore Carpentry Service

8.               Breezy fabrics
It is suggested to use soft breezy fabrics that absorb sunlights and promote airiness. Keep heavy materials because it weighs down the space.

9.               Vertical illusion
In addition, you could also add in some vertical stripes to make your space appear longer and bigger. Using tall furniture such as a tall bookshelf will also enhance the sense of openness and height of the space.

10.            Keep it simple
Last but not least, keep everything simple. Less is more, so try not to buy too many furniture for your space as it only makes your space looks crampy and small. Avoid exaggerated patterns or drawings that could be too overwhelming for your house. Instead, go for paintings that are simple that will visually expand a small room.

In conclusion, your house will definitely look more spacious if you follow the tips above. Most importantly, it does not cost as much as you think it would be. If you have the budget, you could definitely engage an interior designer to help you on the design. If not, you could always visit Pinterest to have a look on how people design their house. 

Monday, 3 December 2018

Ellenborough Market Café – Festive Feast 2018 [MEDIA INVITE]

Festive Feast 2018

Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore has prepared a special feast to celebrate the 2018 festive period. The highlights of this year festive culinary delight at Ellenborough Market Café includes:

Santa, Raindeer and Gingerbread Man

Asian-inspired Turkey with Cranberry and “Kam Heong” Sauce. It is juicy, succulent plus the superior ingredients of dried shrimps, curry powder, shallots and garlic in the Kam Heong marinate infused throughout the turkey. Yum Yum

Asian-inspired Turkey with Cranberry and “Kam Heong” Sauce

Honey Glazed Smoked Gammon Ham (Whole, Semi Bone-In). The ham has a nice smoky aroma, followed with a beautiful combination of sweet and salty in the meat. To balance the rich flavour of the ham, pineapple sauce is served together with the ham.

Honey Glazed Smoked Gammon Ham (Whole, Semi Bone-In)

Braised Short Rib of Beef with Winter Mushroom. The meat has a nice marbling and just simply melts in your mouth. The braising sauce absorbs into meat nicely. This dish got our pick for the best dish this year.

Braised Short Rib of Beef with Winter Mushroom.

On top of the Signature Log Cake, the culinary team also introduced the Ivory Valrhona Yule Log with Pandan Roulade, White Sesame Mousse and Azuki Red Bean. An interesting combination of Asian flavours, especially blending white chocolate with red bean.

Signature Log Cake

Ivory Valrhona Yule Log with Pandan Roulade, White Sesame Mousse and Azuki Red Bean

Keep a look out for their Smoked Salmon. It is surprisingly good and surprisingly makes a nice pairing with the mushroom salad and roasted pumpkin.

Smoked Salmon

Charcuterie Platter

These dishes are available on top of the regular spread at Ellenborough Market Café

Pumpkin Salad

Mushroom Salad

Festive Feast at Ellenborough Market Café
When: 3 to 31 December 2018
Lunch (Monday to Sunday): $58++ for Adult, $29++ for Child
Dinner (Monday to Sunday): $78++ for Adult, $39++ for Child

Cookies and Gingerbread Woman

Blushing Santarina Cocktails - at Crossroads Bar
(Homemade pomegranate, prosecco, gold dust and sugar)

Santa's Devotion - at Crossroads Bar
(Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, Mozart dark chocolate, double espresso, kahlua,
whipped cream, and grated cinnamon served with cinnamon stick)

The delicious festive dishes above also available for takeaways. Check out their Takeaway order form below. Festive Takeaway Treats is available from 1 to 25 December 2018.

Take Away Order Form

Take Away Order Form

Thank you very much for Swissotel Merchant Court for the tasting invitation

Food & Drinks: 7.5/10
Value: 7.25/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Event)
Ambiance: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 and Above

Ellenborough Market Cafe
20 Merchant Road
Level 1, Swissotel Merchant Court
Singapore 058281

T: +65 6239 1847/1848
IG: @Swissotelmerchantcourt
Buffet Breakfast: Daily, 06.30 – 10.30
Buffet Lunch: Daily, 12.00 – 14.30
Buffet Dinner: Daily, 18.30 – 22.00
Buffet High Tea: Sat, Sun & PH: 15.30 – 17.30
(Ala Carte Menu is available upon request)

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