Furnishing your pad shouldn’t cause a headache mama, especially when Singapore is brimming with homewares stores that offer everything you need to take your place from drab to fab. Whether you’re looking for throw cushions to brighten your sofa, lamps to add some light, or a new rug for the kids to roll around on, we’ve got it covered with our Guide to the Best Homewares Stores in Singapore. Let’s shop, mama!
Art From Junk
We love when furniture tells a story and the pieces at Art From Junk definitely have a tale or two to tell! This Singapore-based art studio takes pre-loved vintage furniture and recycles it into gorgeous statement furniture with nothing more than a bit of TLC and a new lick of paint. Drawing inspiration from retro patterns and traditional Singaporean style, all of their pieces are truly one-of-a-kind!
Jalan Rumah Tinggi, Bukit Merah, Singapore 150037
Tel: (+65) 9112 6264
By appointment only
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-9pm
New shop alert! Throwing open their doors on 17 September 2014, Arete Culture’s new homewares store will be a mecca of gorgeous and eclectic pieces sourced from around the globe, and we know it will fast become your go-to for clever home furnishings that are made with love by independent designers. From lampshades to linens and artwork to ottomans, their modern pieces will add a touch of class to any toy-riddled home.
63 Hillview Avenue, #09-08 Lam Soon Building, Singapore 669569
Tel: (+65) 9878 8154
Hours: Mon-Wed:10am-5pm, Every first Saturday of the month 10am-3pm
Selling beautiful ceramics designed by a New Zealand designer and hand painted by Vietnamese artists (they’ve some seriously drool-worthy pieces, mama) Bowerbird is one to keep on your radar when you’re looking for some lovely pieces for the home. Psst… we hear that these guys will be setting up shop at the new Chillax permanent indoor market at The Grandstand (opening in October 2014)… yippee!
Tel: (+65) 9105 1222
One to love at Cluny Court, look to Bungalow 55 to furnish your pad with timeless home décor pieces that bring a touch of coastal chic to the Singapore tropics. The brainchild of Aussie-born Nina Beale, shop here for simple, beautiful and generally affordable additions like rustic wicker baskets, vintage-inspired glassware and nautical cushions.
501 Bukit Timah Road, Cluny Court #01-05A, Singapore 259760
Tel: (+65) 6463 3831
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Making contemporary furniture (more) affordable, Castlery’s online store is brimming with home furnishings like sofas, beds, storage units and an array of lights, rugs and other accessories… you’ll find everything you need to furnish your nest here and all with a tap, tap, click of your mouse.
Tel: (+65) 6744 5333
Crate and Barrel
Popular homewares megastore, Crate and Barrel is an easy go-to when you just want to get your hands on funky and functional home décor. While it is no comparison to their American counterparts (ker-ching!) you can pretty much find everything you need to spruce up your space with colour and comfort.
2 Orchard Turn #03-25 and #04-21 Ion Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: (+65) 6634 4222
Hours: 10:30am-9:30pm daily
The mecca of interior design, head to Dream if you’re on the hunt for luxury furnishings from brands as Knoll, Cappellini, Matthew Hilton and more. While shopping here may hurt the hip pocket, who can resist when you’ll find so many stunning statement pieces in their 18,000 sq ft showroom (think sofas, coffee tables, soft furnishings and bedding in classic styles).
456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342
Tel: (+65) 6235 0220
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-6pm
Merging the very best of Asian and Western design, Fifth Element is a gorgeous home accessories store that sources all of their unique brands from around the world. Stop here for simplistic, contemporary, and rustic pieces that will add a touch of understated cool to your place. We love the girly Alphabet cups from Bloomingville and the light-weight and portable chairs from Airborne – perfect for outdoor picnics with the family!
501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-23 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Tel: (+65) 9800 9109
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 11am-3pm
Fred Lives Here
Modern, cool, with a trendy edge, we adore Fred’s too-cool-for-school furniture and lifestyle offerings, especially their colourful kids egg chairs (pictured above!). Supporting local artists by giving them the opportunity to jazz up some of Fred’s classic chairs in any style you wish, you can also get your hands on any manner of quirky yet modern home furnishings.
181 Orchard Road, #02-14 Orchard Central Mall, Singapore 238896
Tel: (+65) 6634 3733
Hours: 11am-9pm daily
If you’re looking for gorgeous and eco-friendly pieces of furniture that’ll last the distance when you’ve got kids in the house, then Gallery 278 should be at the top of your must-visit list, mama! A lovely mix of old and new, all of their pieces are crafted from recycled wood sourced throughout Asia and features everything from lounge chairs to benches, coffee tables to day beds, and much more.
278 River Valley Road, Singapore 238319
Tel: (+65) 6737 2322
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun & Public Holidays: 12pm-5pm
Green Tea Bag
Brand new online store, Green Tea Bag (as if that name is not quite cool enough!) stocks funky, handmade and vintage-inspired home décor pieces with a bit of French flair! From wooden kitchenware to handmade soft furnishings and wall decorations, keep an eye on this one mama — we’ve no doubt they’ll be popping up around town more and more.
Tel: (+65) 9322 0279
Another online home décor store that we just can’t get enough of, Hola Linda was founded by Regan Della-Porta after she felt the need to update her Ikea-heavy furniture but couldn’t find the quirky pieces she really wanted in Singapore. Importing stunning homeware from independent designers in Australia, we’re obsessed with her colourful prints, cute cushions and neon concrete candle-holders – they’re bound to brighten up even the dullest of rooms!
In Situ Design
One of our favourite spots for classic high-end furniture and décor (maybe best kept for when the littlies are a bit older), In Situ Design is the place to visit when you want handcrafted and unique home furnishings. From soft furnishings to antiques, artwork to furniture, these guys source goodies from independent designers and artists from around the world (and that means no more IKEA catalogue home for you!).
238 River Valley Road, Singapore 238319
Tel: (+65) 6733 7307
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-7:30pm, Sunday by appointment only
Need stunning home furnishings but don’t fancy leaving the house to find them? Look to Korla Home for all your (customisable) cushions, curtains, blinds and lampshades. Using only designer fabrics, ordering is as easy as logging on to their website, selecting your fabric, finalising your design and clicking go! Simple but effective.
If you’re searching for comfy and cool bed linen in contemporary, yet a little quirky, designs then direct your browser to Maissone, mama. This Singapore-based online store stocks gorgeous New Zealand-designed bed linen in a variety of vibrant colours. In fact, we think their offerings are so fabulous you may never want to get out of bed in the mornings ever again.
Tel: (+65) 8292 5600
The moment we discovered Make Room we fell in love. More than just a shop, this gorgeous store also offers interior styling services, which fits perfectly with their ethos of “making the spaces at home work better for you.” Their eclectic mix of pieces range from industrial-inspired cabinets to dainty wall decorations and much more, but we’re particularly enchanted by their own-brand collection of knitted poufs and cushions. They’re perfect for your kids to lounge on!
315 Outram Road, #10-01, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Tel: (+65) 9113 1274
Hours: Mon & Tues by appointment only, Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-6pm
Need a good rug? Thought so. Make Ruby Slipper your new go-to for hand loomed rugs that are the epitome of luxury living (at pretty reasonable prices too). Inspired by Asian culture, it’s never been easier to get your hands on a customised rug that will transform your living space — or even your child’s bedroom! Contemporary, decorative, bold and durable (all of their rugs are reversible and washable too!) this is one home furnishing that will last for years to come.
Tel: (+65) 9116 4471
Shiva Designs Bespoke
Bright, colourful and fun are just some of the words that spring to mind when we pop by Shiva Designs’ appointment-only retail space (they even have an online store too if that’s more convenient!). We can’t help but feel an element of child-like excitement as we browse their unique design-led collection of homewares, gifts and accessories from emerging designers such as Bonnie & Neil, Jai Vasicek, Samantha Robinson and many more — it’s all so pretty!
3 Namly Grove, Singapore 267298
Tel: (+65) 9184 6049
By appointment only
Singapore Trading Post
If you’re looking to balance the IKEA toy storage units, with something a bit more classic, head to Singapore Trading Post. Their stunning one-of-a-kind vintage pieces are inspired by Singapore’s history with the East India Trading Company and are sourced from old trading ports in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. A veritable treasure trove of goodies, shop here for bedding, collectables, lighting, furniture, antiques, rugs, cushions and small keepsakes.
102F Pasir Panjang Road, #02-04 Citilink Warehouse, Singapore 118530
Tel: (+65) 6274 0511
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm
Named after traditional “godown” warehouse spaces in East Asia during the 19th century, The Godown is a contemporary warehouse-style homeware store, brimming with antique décor and furnishings. Roll your sleeves up and get ready for a bit of rummaging around here mama to find treasures like vintage wooden glass holders, Chinese lanterns and original hand-cranked ice shavers from the 1950’s — it’s the perfect mix of old and new!
44 Zion Road, Singapore 247776
Tel: (+65) 6333 8966
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm