No Place Like Home

If the monotony of your rather drab pad is getting you down, maybe it’s about time you livened it up a little. And, no, we don’t mean just rearranging your furniture around. We’re looking at a complete overhaul here, but if you’re wondering where to get some cool new stuff to fill up your place, look no further than these four cool, stylish and eclectic home deco stores.
Anthropology Homeware
What it’s About: Before you ask, no, the good people at Anthropology are not anthropologists. Instead, the outlet, that was originally set up in 2002 at Holland Village, concerns itself with how you live. The store opened a new outlet in Sep at The Raffles Marketplace that sports a stylish setting, designed by Singapore based Australian-Italian designer Albano Daminato.
Best known as the exclusive distributor of G.O.D.—the popular Hong Kong brand of homewares—Anthropology offers all sorts of chic furniture to add a little pizzazz to your home, from coffee tables to sofa sets and even light fixtures. But if you think that’s all there is to this boutique, then you’re in for quite a surprise. Also offering a host of other brands such as ACME Made from San Francisco, Designers Guild from London and the quirky local designs of Flea Circus, Anthropology sells a variety of other essentials for the modern home too—such as bed wear, organic bath products and even laptop casings. And if you’re not sure of what it is you think your place needs, feel free to ask any of the staff. They’re always eager to help.
If you’re looking for the chic, the stylish and the cool, Anthropology is the place for you to check out. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for their in-house line of leather accessories, like card and CD holders, coming soon.
Where It’s At: #B1-77/78 The Raffles Marketplace, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd., 6336-3655, 16A Lorong Mambong, Holand Village, 6467-2663.
What it’s About: Nestled in the quietly cool Haji Lane, Salad certainly stands out among the rest of the stores along the street, with its recently revamped color scheme of shocking pink and green, just in time for the coming festive season. Launched early this year by three veterans of the interior and lifestyle business, Salad’s already become a mainstay of the lane, which is fast earning a name for itself with its various fashionable and artistic boutiques.
Targeted mostly at designers, stylists and anyone looking for something a little different, Salad’s products range from chandeliers to cabinets and even to art pieces. On top of that, it also features personalized items like hand-painted shoes, sleek computer bags and even some tasteful bling bling for all you hipsters out there. Its constantly changing themes keep the store fresh and up-to-date with the latest trends and styles.
It takes quite a bit to stand out among the stores of Haji Lane, but Salad’s already earned that right. For anyone looking to take the artistic route with their home deco, this is definitely the place to check out.
Where It’s At: 25/27 Haji Lane, 6299-5805.
What it’s About: Looking good just isn’t enough for the people at Egg3. After a visit to their newly expanded store, the guys at this lifestyle concept store want your living space to achieve a sense of harmony and comfort as well.
Selling an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary styled home accessories, as well as fashion and jewelry since its inception in 2004, Egg3 has prided itself on not going with the flow and also selling a mix of products that you wouldn’t normally find under one roof. The staff helpfully encourage visitors to mix and match whatever would work best for their homes and what would make them comfortable. The end result is almost always unconventional, but definitely a perfect fit for anyone looking for an idiosyncratic vibe for their pad.
The store itself is visual eye-candy. After the expansion, the guys at Egg3 had 900 square feet to play with and they certainly went all the way—with a look that is an inspired mix of French and Chinoiserie style. With almost everything you see for sale, you could get lost in the outlet for quite a while.
Their recent collection includes nature-inspired designs for t-shirts, cushion covers and collectible accessories—a collaboration with some of Singapore’s finest graphic designers.
Where It’s At: #01-10/11, 33 Erskine Rd., 6536-6977.
What it’s About: If its name conjures up thoughts of simple, yet still stylish, homeware products, then you already have a rough idea of what Homebody’s about. Started by the same people behind the Cocoon Lifestyle spa body care brand, Homebody isn’t bound by any particular style. Be it eastern or western, as long as its trendy, you’ll find it at Homebody.
A tiny shop in Marina Square, Homebody sells a diverse mix of homeware items, furniture and lighting fixtures from around the world. Most of the items are limited in stock, but what really sets Homebody apart is that they will custom-make certain products, such as the chandeliers and triangle cushion seatees. On the flip side, there are also little knick-knacks, like quirky animal magnets, to keep you browsing for a while.
Going that extra step to build relationships with their customers, Homebody has a special Homebuddies mailing list for its regulars, which offers special store discounts and a heads up of what’s new at the store.
Where It’s at: #03-332 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd., 6334-3321.