Spring is in the air
WITH less than a week to go to Chinese New Year, if you're panicking because the only festive-related decor you have is the dead kumquat tree from last year, don't fret.
Several florists and designers we consulted say that all you need is a little red around the home to do the trick.
Don't succumb to a full-blown display of lucky scrolls or snake emblems. With a bit of imagination, your home could well have relatives looking for another reason to come visit.
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Less is more
"Practise restraint. You want your home to still feel like a home and not a shopping mall," says Ivan Sim, florist and owner of Blossom Floral Design, who also offers styling services.
Do start by decorating the main door, since visitors will see this area first. "Have a floral display on the coffee or dining table, put up a few wall decorations and have a pot of pussy willow by the corner. This will suffice," says Mr Sim.
Interior stylist Mike Tan, who owns the Egg3 chain of stores, says that it is better to have a bigger display in one area of the home, rather than have small displays everywhere to "avoid the house looking cluttered".
Using his newly opened Egg3 Patisserie as a backdrop, Mr Tan did up a display in the centre of the cafe as an example.
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Western style decor
This year, Blossom's Mr Sim is introducing topiaries, which he shapes using artificial red and pink peonies. "Topiaries are rather Western, but still look good for Chinese New Year," he says.
He suggests getting a pair and placing them on both sides of the front door, or at the ends of the TV console. If you prefer a more Oriental touch, then tie a red fabric ball around the pots. "You can remove the fabric ball after Chinese New Year and still display the topiaries for the rest of the year - they will not go out of style," he says.
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