SINGAPORE - A scene in the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, where a couple bicker over a wagon wheel coffee table, illustrates well the subjectiveness of taste - and how lovers can fall out over it.
With soaring home prices now, couples want to make the most of their home spruce-ups which can go up to six-figure sums, say those SundayLife! spoke to.
But when interior design ideas are polar opposites, couples say they clash over the use of space, colour and finishing.
There are stalemates and cold wars.
Such was the case for global human resources manager A. Rajendran, 38, and her customer services manager husband K.L. See, 48.
Originally from India, she is a Singapore permanent resident of 12 years. She met her Singaporean husband at their former workplace. Married for 10 years, they have adjusted to the cultural differences. For instance, he now loves Indian vegetarian food and she takes chicken rice.
But it was the proverbial pebble in the shoe that tripped them.