Life By Design
Robb Report Singapore|July 2019
Life By Design

Adding finishing touches to your home can sometimes get a little tricky. But if there’s one takeaway, it’s all about balance.

Charmaine Tai

A home that oozes warmth can be broken down into two components: essentials and surprises. The former is a no-brainer, where the likes of loungers, dining tables, beds and bathtubs fill a good portion of your home. The latter is where creativity – and a dose of playfulness – comes to life. An unexpected piece of art on a wall, an exquisitely rare decor item, and perhaps a scent that adds another layer of intimacy to your home. But the trick lies in knowing where to draw the line between tacky and tasteful. We speak to four experts on the best ways to add a touch of personality to your home. They’ve all had a part to play in imbuing the Concourse Skyline Penthouse by Robb Report with oodles of charm and character, and have ample experience in sprucing up spaces for discerning homeowners.

Amin Bagheri

Director, The Orientalist

Is there a rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a carpet in the right size?

It’s important to have a balance between the carpet and the size of the furniture. For example, if you have a sofa set and coffee table, the carpet has to be large enough to cover the length of the sofa and the table, and must also have room left for walking around the perimeter.

Carpets require maintenance from time to time. What material is the most hasslefree, particularly for families with young children and pets?

The easiest rugs to maintain are wool rugs with some silk. They are comfortable, luxurious and easy to maintain. They also work well in Singapore’s tropical climate.

Would there be an instance when you recommend against purchasing a carpet?

Definitely not. A carpet always adds to the room and makes the house feel more like a home. There’s always a carpet, even for unusual and difficult scenarios.

Patterns and materials are always subjective, but how does one go about deciding which to go with?

This is one of my favourite challenges at work. I usually start by asking clients this question: are you looking for a style that’s modern or classic? This usually halves the options available, and we continue asking questions and narrowing choices using the method of elimination. Other questions include asking about their preferred colours and patterns, which could be floral, geometric or even plain.

What about doing something bespoke? The Orientalist has over 1,800 colours and numerous materials to choose from. How would clients start?

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July 2019