Christmas Trees from Mason Home Decor

Christmas season started early at our home this year!

This is the earliest we have set up our Christmas tree in November, all thanks to Mason Home Decor.

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Christmas tree and decorations all nicely packed and delivered from Mason Home Decor.

Previously we had to spend time at various shops looking for the right-sized Christmas tree with suitable tree trimmings and decoration. I liked it that Mason Home Decor has everything covered under one roof/website. And most importantly their stuff are not cheesy, run-of-the-mill or sub-standard quality. The concern that shoppers have about online shopping is, the actual product differs drastically from the photos. Honestly, I had my reservations initially. But the unedited videos on some of their products helped to rest any unease.

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Wolasko – Premium Christmas Wreath (Silver)

I made my choices based on the following 3 steps:

1) Budget: How much is your budget? Mason Home Decor’s Christmas products aren’t the cheapest in town. But their quality is definitely above average and reasonably priced for their quality. I was pleasantly surprised that they came nicely packed and unboxing them felt almost like unboxing presents!

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Palline Baubles – There is a mix of 3 surfaces – glossy, matte and glittery – in each package of 24 baubles.

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Shimario Baubles – Gold. I like the dancing glitters in the semi see-through baubles.

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Reindeer Baubles – Bronze. Elegant and tall.

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Perla Baubles. I really loved its’ glossy Tiffany-blue tone.

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Snow Flake Bauble – the whites to introduce “snow”. Open-mouthed smile

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Berry Tree Picks with (real) Mini Pine Cones decorated on our TV console.

2) Size: We have very limited space at our current place as most new apartments are these day. The Altaeco (Slim Christmas Tree) – Artificial Colorado Pine Christmas Tree – caught my eyes immediately. It is slim and yet dense with easy-open branches. It fitted our requirement for small spaces.

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Boys getting ready for unboxing and setting up the slim tree just next to the TV console. You can see it’s a really narrow place we have.

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Opening up the branches and leaves.

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Good quality and dense leaves.

3) Look and feel/Theme: If I have many houses, I will like to have a different colored-themed for each Christmas tree! Since I can have only 1 house & 1 tree, I choose my favourite Christmas tree colors – gold, silver, white and a little blue. I love the icy-cold look since we can only have sunny (or rainy) Christmases in Singapore. Open-mouthed smile

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Hanging up the final decor piece – the star – a job which only the head of the household is privileged to do. Well, he’s the only one who doesn’t need a chair for that job. Smile with tongue out

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Our new Christmas Tree is up! Smile Night view.

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Daytime view.

The verdict:

We managed to squeeze the Altaeco Christmas Tree right in front of our TV console. We had such a fun time un-boxing the packages and setting up the tree with it’s trimmings together as a family. A short video of it here on Instagram.

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The soft warm glow from our cove lights together with the Christmas tree lighting. It’s all warm and fuzzy; ready for the cool season. Smile

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Alpi – Premium Metal Star Tree-Topper – Medium in Gold.

We are very happy with the quality of the Mason Home Decor’s tree, it’s close-to-nature shade of green color and thick density of the branches/leaves.  The Christmas Ornaments and Baubles are of solid quality and boost of unique designs. It is a far cry from the cheap ones I have sourced on other websites before. Well, you do have to pay for quality. Open-mouthed smile

If you are pressed for time, shopping for your tree online will be a time-saver for you. However, if you are the must-touch-and-feel-before-you-buy type, Mason Home Decor has a physical shop which is open daily.

Do shop early to avoid the peak Christmas shopping season! Smile

Details

Mason Home Decor

Address: 39A Jalan Peminpin #03-01C, Halycon Building Singapore 577183

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm

Sat 12pm to 8pm

Sun 2pm to 7pm

Website: www.mason.com.sg/christmas

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N.B: Thank you to Mason Home Decor for fulfilling my little wish of having a really lovely Christmas Tree in our humble small home. Smile 

Home and Decor Part 5– Kids’ room makeover with Nippon Paint (Final look!)

Previously, we showed you the meticulous work by the Nippon Paint painters. Here’s the end result after we bought new furniture and deck up the kids’ room! Smile

The boys have been sleeping on mattresses without frames ever since they were babies. The main reason is safety – both boys fell and rolled off our adult beds before – thus the decision to use mattresses on the floors.

But Ethen had been asking for a “proper” bed since he is growing up. We did have a “fire engine” pull-out dual bed before, but it didn’t work out. So we gave it away.

This time, we bought a 2-in-1 single “adult” bed; hoping it will last longer.

I choose a white colored bedframe despite knowing the boys might dirtied them. Just because it matched the colors of the painted walls. Open-mouthed smile

Here’s the final look of the boys’ room; simple and functional:

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Pull-out bed with white bed frames for the boys. Bed sheets from King Koil Warehouse Sale. And a colourful TASTRUP carpet from Ikea as the weight of the bed put dents onto the floor.

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I love the white frame against the Momento Special Effects Series of paint by Nippon Paint. And kids’ room has the liberty of adding pops of colors! Smile

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At one of the corners, we recycled the brown IKEA book shelf from our old place as it was still well maintained. Ethen loves to read so the book shelf is constantly filled with many books to encourage the boys to pick up a book easily.

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I bought a wooden clock with the face of a map because Ethen enjoys identifying places in the world. The wooden block puzzle toys are from our Taiwan trip – a gift from my mother to the boys.

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For the wall which was painted with Nippon Odourless Paint in “Raindrop” color – I put up white photo frames with recent photos taken by Tomato Photography.
Instead of buying a picture, I D.I.Y a watercolor calligraphy quote. First attempt – thus the “raw” and “impromptu” look. Open-mouthed smile But maybe more meaningful than a store-bought painting? Smile

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And that’s the final look of the kids’ room.

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Made possible together with Nippon Paint! Smile

If you are looking to paint your new place or spruce up your current house before Christmas/New Year, do take advantage of Nippon Paint’s promotion with savings more than $900 and stand a chance to win a staycation! More details on Nippon Paint’s website.

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Another cool thing to share: Nippon Paint had developed an application “Colour Visualizer” which is available for Free on iOS and Android. You can take a photo of the room/wall that you are planning to paint and choose from a wide range of color selections. Thereafter you can “paint” the walls virtually to see how they turn out.

Nippon hopes this will help owners to “visualize” the colors prior to painting and make informed decisions on matching furniture too.

Try it out today! Smile

N.B: This is part 2 of a 2 part-series of a collaboration with Nippon Paint’s painting services. Photos and opinions are writer’s own unless credited.

Read more on our Home and Decor Series here:

Part 1 Keys Collection and Defects Check

Part 2 Useful Home Renovation websites and apps

Part 3 Renovation Ideas for kids’ rooms with Nippon Paint

Part 4 Dressing up your walls and glass doors with Decals by Decorette

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Home and Decor (Part 4)–Dressing up your walls and glass doors with Decals by Decorette

Decals are not a new thing. But they change their form and shapes as vendors get creative with the changing time.

In our previous place, we had this really huge wall decal of “Gaia” which is still standing today. I find it timeless to use decals if the designs are clean-cut and not too cheesy.

When we moved into the new place, there are a massive number of glass doors! Then again, it is the new norm. As the average sizes of apartments get smaller in Singapore, architects made use of glass to allow more natural light and at the same time, create spatial division of the usage of space without a wall.

I like glass but I dislike crashing into them!

More than once, I had people “walking through” my kitchen glass doors. It is not funny.

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Our tiny kitchen – when we first collected the keys.

So we decided to look for decals which can add some character to the interior design and prevent accidents too.

After a long search on the Internet, I found Decorette – a local online shop – which stocks some really interesting designs. From Decorette, I learnt a thing or two about decals vs stickers.

The below information are from Decorette’s FAQ page which provided a very good summary of vinyl die-cut decals vs stickers/non die-cut decals.

“Vinyl wall decals (not just any type of decals) are graphic cut outs using self-adhesive coloured vinyls. They are intricately cut by machine (not printed with ink) followed by the removal of the negative space, leaving only the design itself to be installed. Unlike printed decals where the graphics are ink printed onto a clear or white vinyl backing, die-cut decals do not come with any backing. Instead, your wall colour (or glass) serves as the background giving a clean, seamless and professionally painted effect.”

Still not clear enough? Simply-put: Die-cut vinyl decals are of a better quality, more lasting and gives a clean look unlike stickers. Naturally, their prices are a little higher than stickers or low-grade decals.

For more information, do check out Decorette’s FAQ page and Behind the Scene to understand the difference in quality.

Beside the assurance in quality, the main thing that attracted me was the Uniquely Singapore decals.

It tells of my age, I think. Open-mouthed smile

After spending 2 years flying around the world and hearing foreigners asking if Singapore is part of China?!, I am even more drawn to This-is-Home-Truly. I appreciate the uniqueness of our little red dot, the “rojak” (mixed) style of residents and even the Singlish we are famous for.

Decorette has been around for 8 years. 2 years ago, the folks behind it revamped the way decals look and feel. They conceptualised Uniquely Singapore collections decals which I fell in love with.

Look at these:

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Fancy Gems – our ubiquitous, old-charm gem biscuits! These look so daintily cute in a kids’ room.  You can customise the colors accordingly.
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Another one of my favourite – Peranakan Tiles. There are 2 designs (rose and lotus) and you can customise the colors. This a good alternative for those who love tiles and can’t use tiles in their place (read:ME!).
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My absolute favourite – Kopitam Talk. Or maybe it’s a tie with Fancy Gems. Open-mouthed smile This screams SINGAPORE! Even though most coffee shops do not have such a menu, you will hear shouts of all those drinks orders “thundering” through the kopitams in Singapore.
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Singlish – how can you leave Singapore without a souvenir LAH? Smile  Great gift idea for that foreigner friend who is relocating or the overseas Singaporean who missed home!

Besides “Uniquely Singapore” decals, Decorette also specialise in customised designs for corporations,  monograms and text/quotes/wordings. In a nutshell, they can do anything you can dream of. Almost. Smile More designs selections are available on their newly revamped website.

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Scallop Monogram – If I have a girl, I would love this for the nursery room. Too sweet.
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For the Christians, they stock several designs of bible verses or you can customise one with your favourite verse.
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Customised wall decal design for one of Decorette’s corporate clients.

After meeting up with Decorette’s bosses, I found out that they are revolutionizing the world of decals. From catering to the end-users with DIY good quality decals, they are also taking on projects to customise designs and engage in branding for individuals and businesses. It helped that both of them – Catherine and Brandon – came from a marketing and branding background. They are strong in communications, design and branding from a business angle and are able to tailor make designs to suit various set-ups or your home.

Decals are actually highly versatile and can be used in many ways on different smooth surfaces such as floors, doors, walls, glass, mirrors and even ceilings. In my case, I needed decals urgently for my glass surfaces in the kitchen and yard. We had a great conversation on the designs and they kindly came in person to install them!

Here are some details to share if you are going to D.I.Y installing decals yourself:

1) Know your surfaces

There are 2 ways to install decals on glass – wet and dry. In my case,  the Decorette team applied the dry method as the decals are not large. For newly painted walls, it will be ideal to stick decals after 30 days so that the paint had “rested” and the decals will adhere properly. Catherine advised that she also give out sample stickers to clients who are not sure if their walls are suitable surfaces. Some wall paints have Teflon substance (non-stick material) and thus decals might warp or not adhere.

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Installation of Peranakan tiles decals onto the kitchen glass divider. Usage of simple material such as masking tape to hold the decals in place while you position/adjust them.

2) Follow the instructions

There are clear instructions on DIY pasting of decals on glass and wall surfaces. You can also watch the videos or read the instructions on Decorette’s website for a better idea. Follow the instructions and you will be an expert in no time. Brandon mentioned that some of his clients made it into a family bonding activity and allowed their children to help out with the easier applications. Sounds fun. Smile

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Step-by-step decal pasting on glass surface.
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Brandon used the same technique of securing the decal using masking tape and using a squeegee or an old credit card to smooth out the air bubbles.
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After determining the position of the decal, I had the easy task of removing the transfer tape; thanks to the high-grade properties of the European vinyl material. Imagine trying to peel off one letter at a time?! *horrors* !

3) Be Creative!

It is really just plain walls and glass when you first start off. Beside customisation, you can play around with the pre-designed decals too. For example, Fancy Gems come in separate “biscuits” and “sugar toppings”. It is up to your creativity if you want to create a free-form, structured, around-the-border or even a vertical design.

We went with the same design shown on Decorette because I liked it. Smile

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Printed “Fancy Gems” decals prior to cutting
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Thanks to Catherine, she prepared a cardboard piece with exact cut-out squares for the Fancy Gem biscuits. You can prepare this easily with an used cardboard or mahjong paper. Alternatively, if you prefer to have a free form design, you can let your kids have a hand in pasting them. Smile
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The biscuits are pasted onto each square and replicated throughout the entire glass.
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After the sugar toppings are added, Taa Daaa! You get Fancy Gems in cool yummy shades of green and white.

Altogether, Decorette’s team installed 3 different glass decals for my tiny kitchen. The theme is Uniquely Singapore no less! Smile Here are some before/after shots:

Kitchen Glass Divider:

Catherine recommended Peranakan Tiles in Ivory and White to match the colors in our house. If I had more surfaces to play with, I would have chosen bright colors as Peranakan colors are always so vivid and bright! Decorette has a really colorful color chart to chose from. By the way, my tiny kitchen is normally not that neat! So the tiles served a dual purpose to hide the mess behind the glass. Open-mouthed smile

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Glass yard door:

Fancy Gems will work really sweetly on the wall of a baby or girl’s room. But I think the nostalgic gem biscuits add a quirky and unexpected look on the yard glass door which is just next to the kitchen. A fun reminder of my childhood favourite biscuits. Smile Once again, the dual purpose of hiding some of the mess and prevent accidental crashes into the transparent door!

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Kitchen glass door:

This is the most “dangerous” glass door as I had guests who really “walked-through” the door~! with bumps on their heads!

Koptiam – this has got to be my favourite of all. When I posted this photo on Instagram, many of my friends thought that I really opened a new koptiam or cafe!

This classic piece showcased Singapore’s dialect and our coffee shop culture. I really loved its character.

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And so, my kitchen is now “transformed” into Uniquely Singapore! Thanks to Decorette. Though I didn’t get a chance to use their decals on wall surfaces, I believed the good experience will be replicated.

I was very impressed with the conceptualisation, intricate design and careful thoughts which Decorette’s team put into each of their decals and especially so for the Uniquely Singapore series. From intense research work to product design and customisation, Brandon and Catherine are personally involved to ensure that their decals are of high quality. Of course, the fact about design is that it can always evolve. But the good thing is, these decals are easily removable from various surfaces and you can change to new designs whenever you changed your mind. Smile

For now, let me sit back, relax over a “Teh C” – my default local drink. Smile

For those who are interested in decals, do support our local business!

Decorette

Website: www.decorettestore.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DecoretteWallDecals

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/decalsbydecorette/

Good news No.1: Decorette is kindly giving Evespiration’s readers a special 15% off decals from their online store (not applicable for customised decals and installation service) by quoting promo code EVESPIRATION. This will be valid until 31 December 2016.

Good news No. 2: GIVEAWAY!

If you like the “KOPITAM” decal as much as I do, here’s a chance to win one!

Decorette is happy to giveaway one KOPITIAM decal (a different color can be chosen).

Enter this giveaway through the Rafflecopter link below:

Decorette Decal Giveaway

UPDATED ON 16th NOV 2016: 

Winner of the Decorette Decal Giveaway is Justina Tey! Congratulations and you will be receiving an email soon! 🙂 Thank you everyone, for the kind support and participation.  

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N.B: We were kindly blessed with the above mentioned vinyl decals from Decorette; of which I honestly would have purchased them nonetheless. All opinions and images are writer’s own unless credited with links.

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