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We have a back garden. And although it’s really pretty, we’ve never really made much of it.

Except the occasional barbeque. Or frolicking on the grass, our faces and bare shoulders catching the rare summer sunshine.

When YJ visited during Christmas, she was amazed at the size of our garden. ‘You can keep a horse in here!’ Nay…no horses. Though we do get fox poo (because we stepped in one that evening).

It would be nice to host a movie evening. Like this:


Maybe. When summer comes. If the neighbours aren’t going to complain. 😀


..with a nice touch of red!

What a pretty chair from Oka.


I haven’t been blogging.. but besides slogging my arse off, I’ve been busy with designing the bathroom, and now our bedroom. So since we have to try and squeeze a home office in for me, I’ve been looking for inspiration on the internet. I guess that’s what you’ll see in this space from now on..decor..and food.


I am attracted to taupe. I want taupe. For everything. First it was for our wedding. Then our bedsheets. Now our bathroom.

I believe I can compete with Kelly Hoppen for the title of ‘Queen of Taupe’. At the same time, I think that is why my heart gasped when I first saw her own house and real life makeovers on TV show ‘Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen’.

I’m now sat at the table with Mr P, surrounded by stacks of bathroom brochures and magazines. And supposedly doing research. He finally revealed his preferred colour scheme (After a whole month of brainwashing from me, no less). Taupe.

From the gallery of CP Hart
I fell in love with this bathroom from CP Hart the moment I saw it in the LivingEtc magazine.

Never thought I’d say this so soon..we bought a bed!

It’s a strange sensation. It is our first purchase for the house and it seems to hold a lot more symbolism to me than I thought. So we will have a new bed, and I don’t even know how our room – or all the other rooms –  will look like yet. (Transforming this house we live in was meant to be the next big project).

Why the rush?

According to Mummy-of-Bridezilla, and the geomancer she has painstakingly consulted, next month is the seventh lunar month so we will have to set the marital bed next Saturday, or at 2am on a Wednesday the following week.

Now, I don’t believe our marriage is going to be any less blissful without these auspicious Chinese traditions, and was going to abuse the fact that I live on the other side of the planet so Mum will not actually know if I did get a new bed, place a few oranges on the bed and got a young boy to roll on it.

But she has good intentions, and having to lie to her if we did not follow the tradition would just start the whole wedding on a wrong foot.

So now we have a bed. And I am very happy with it. Pocket sprung mattress, deep chocolate brown faux leather headboard and bedstead with 4 drawers. We’ve got the fluffy pillows. Now all we need is luxurious egyptian cotton sheets with a million thread count!

To read more about the bed setting / an chuang traditions, try this blog.