I did bring a few handpicked items which I thought would make us feel at home. Mostly pictures and postcards I had collected over the years, 2 farewell gifts from my co-workers, the Hay Kaleido trays I got from my dear husband last Christmas, plus a couple of other stuff.
To be quite honest, although we do want to be comfortable and enjoy our new home, we don't know how long we will stay in Singapore and we don't know if we'll be able to take some of this stuff back. So here's the dilemma.
How do you great a sense of home without spending a fortune? Or resorting to IKEA for everything?
- Don't rush it! You don't need to have everything ready in a week. Give yourself the time to make considerate decisions, to explore the local options and to gather advice from people who have had the same experience.
- Mix & match! It's ok to source from different places. It's actually fun and can be a great way to keep things within the budget. Decide on the items you want to splurge on and then be creative. Consider visiting markets, second hand or vintage shops, doing it yourself or just waiting for your next trip to buy something special.
- Repurpose! Think outside the box and you will find unexpected rewards, like we did when we turned olive oil cans into pen holders or when we used a Japanese tea cup with a lid into a salt cellar (both pictured above).