Sweet dreams, my dears {Review of Kids Haven}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 29.3.17
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As much as I like to think I spend quite a lot of my time cooking in the kitchen or playing with the kids in the living room, the fact is that I spend the majority of my time in the...... bedroom. Now, that is coming from someone like me, someone who doesn't sleep a lot in the past and still don't sleep a lot now. I mean, hello? How else can I manage to look after three kids without help, with a hubby who returns home in the wee hours and with a blog that I would like to say is still very active? Right, sleep less.

That said, I came to realise (to my horror) that my kids are kind of like me, sleep late and sleep little. I blame it on my lack of scheduling, on not being strict about bedtimes, on not setting ground rules like who gets to sleep where and on not making the kid's bedroom a bedroom per se.

So, all that had to change when we moved and I really, really wanted to do up the rooms nicely and transform them into warm, cosy places where the kids can look forward to a good night's sleep. Considering how small the two kids' rooms are with an area of 8sqm each, there was only one main piece of furniture I had to focus on for each room and that is..... the BED, of course!

I reckoned beds were a worthwhile investment and I didn't want to get just any bed; I wanted beds which could be customised to our liking, serve our needs and were beautiful, eye-striking and inviting. When I happened to come across Kids Haven, and went through their e-catalogue of customisable beds, I instantly knew that this was exactly what my heart sought after.

For a tour of the girls' PINK room, go here. For a tour of the boy's BLUE room, go here. In this review post today, I will share with you more about our experience and share with you more about our beds from Kids Haven too.

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As one of Singapore’s leading destinations for children furniture, Kids Haven focuses its products on quality, design, price and safety, offering kids an ideal place to play, learn and grow. Their products include beds, bookshelves, storage boxes, study tables, toy storage organisers, bedding sets, rugs, wall displays, decals, jewellery boxes, kids accessories, ceiling lights and more.

I loved looking through their extensive catalogue and it wasn't until after many rounds of discussion and decision-making, including making a trip to their showroom, before I decided on a triple deck bed (it's actually a bunk bed with a trundle bed at the bottom) for the girls and a loft bed, along with shelves and cupboards, for the boy.

On the day of the delivery, which happens around 2-3 months after your order is placed, two of the workers from Kids Haven came and the whole installation process took approximately three hours. I thought that was quite a short amount of time considering the vast amount of work to be done. Piece by piece, plank by plank, the bed frames got set up gradually and screwed in place. I was happy to see how the colours of the beds turned out and the vibrant hues of blue, purple and pink were just the colours that I had envisioned.

One thing that really bugged me was seeing some dents and marks on the wood and I was told that it was inevitable because these came from the original wood from which the pieces were cut out from. What I was assured was that the workers would help me to touch up as best as possible and my advice for you as a customer is that you have to be very meticulous in checking so that no major spots gets overlooked. For instance, one of the steps in the girls' room had a significant dent and it was after I pointed it out that the workers patched it up using some cornice powder.

Other than that, I'm satisfied with the quality of the wood and the workmanship provided by Kids Haven. First, let me show you about the girls' bed, which they really love and look forward to sleeping in every night. Isn't that great news for any mum? In fact, the girls can now go to bed on their own when it's bedtime and I don't even need to accompany them, giving me time to just concentrate on getting the sticky, still-being-breastfed toddler to sleep.

Ta-Dah! Yes, here's the personalised pink and purple bed for the girls - the Little House Double Deck with Trundle and Ladder Drawers. What I like about Kids Haven is that you get to customise your own bed frame - from choosing the design, the colour, raising the height of the upper deck, choice of a single/super single sized bed, motif design, type ladder and so on. What I did to let the girls love their beds so much was to involve them in the selection process, even if it meant I had to lug three kids and a pram with me all the way to the showroom in Ubi.




Yes, the girls were the ones who decided on this design, who chose purple and pink for their own bed frames and who wanted the 'A' and 'heart' motifs at the trundle. I like the Little House theme because not only does it look welcoming and homely, the 'roof' also acts as a rail guard and prevents the kids from rolling over. We do place a mattress onto the trundle and pull it out every night, just in case of them ever falls down.

You know, I was initially very tempted to get a slide for the girls. However, firstly the dimensions of the slide wouldn't fit into the room, secondly we tried it out and it wasn't as slippery as I thought and thirdly, part of me knew they would outgrow them and it was wiser to be more practical and get a bed design that can possibly last us for the next decade. So, we decided on getting ladder drawers instead.


This means that the ladder steps also function as drawers and give the girls more storage space for their toys, books, accessories and so on. This is something we needed very much because of the lack of a storeroom in the house. Not to worry, the steps are very sturdy and strong nonetheless and there is also a handrail for you to hold on to. Just be careful not to pull the drawers too hard as they might slide out of place and you will need to put them in again.

Moving onto the boy's room. here's the Nautical Loft Bed that comes with a chest of drawers, mini wardrobe and grid shelf.


This was the perfect theme for our boy, who has a submariner dad, and I love the boat motifs, lifebuoys and even the cute, special knobs, which can be personalised to your liking too. I needed more storage space because this room would double up as the playroom for the kids and the extra drawers and shelves would come in really handy.





Now you know where we keep our Sylvanian toys in the new house. Yup, these toys require quite a bit of space and while we didn't have this luxury previously, these adorable toy sets now have a storage cupboard of their own. I did find that the knobs, though pretty, can be a little hard to pull, given the unique but odd shape. Well, I guess that might be a blessing in disguise because this would mean that the toddler will be unable to open the drawers or cupboards on his own.

Now, we have to be fair, don't we? So, small parts might be out of reach what the toddler can easily reach for will be the puzzles, books and toddler-friendly toys that we have displayed on this grid shelf.



You might be surprised but even for a ladder, there are different designs to choose from. You can also determine where you want it to be positioned, for instance at the front or side, and you can also choose your desired colour too. Yes, it's customisation to the littlest details and I love it.




Last but not least, I wanted to make the room more fun and exciting since it's going to be the playroom and thus, I decided to get a canopy and bed curtains so that we can pretend to be camping for now. It took us some time to wait for them to arrive since I specially chose this shade of blue to match the bed but I think it was well worth the wait. See the porthole on the canopy and the tiny door and windows on the bed curtains? Yup, just too cute.



So, you are supposed to install the canopy and curtains on your own and while that might sound easy, the fact that no instructions were given, that there were so many tension rods to fit into the canopy, that the curtains were heavy and thumbtacks had to be use to secure the velcro tape, it took me a couple of hours just to figure it out and get everything set up. Just so you know, the curtains and canopy are not made of cheap plastic but of durable, quality fabric so that they can last. Seeing it all done gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and the fact that the girls' faces lit up when they saw the bed the next morning made everything even more satisfying.

The kids' bedrooms definitely look bright, beautiful and cosy now - just the way we hoped they would be. And the beds? Well, they are definitely my dream come true and I'm grateful and happy that the kids can have a good night's sleep every day now (Guess what, we got them new mattresses too!). Sweet dreams, my dears!

To find out more on Kids Haven or view their catalogue, visit www.kidshaven.sg or their Facebook page. For sales or product enquiries, you can call or Whatsapp them at 9178 0225 or 9647 6711.

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This post is part of the "A Happy Home" series where I share all about our new Scandinavian-themed house, the renovation process and some tips and thoughts. Moving is never easy but it comes with an indescribable sense of joy in building up the house of your dreams. Remember, home is where the heart is and nothing is more important than being able to build memories with the people you love.


Disclosure: This is a semi-sponsored review for Kids Haven. We received a special pricing for the above mentioned products. All opinions are our own.

A Happy Home - The Blue Room

Posted by ~Summer~ on 24.3.17
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Happy Friday! So, I've showed you everything about the Pink Room but kept the Blue Room a suspense all this while, except for the special Nippon Momento wall which you can read about here. Yup, today's time for the BIG reveal on how this room looks like!

Since I call it the Blue Room, you can probably guess that it's meant for the baby boy when he gets a little older. Yup, I guess that's the good thing about being the only boy of the family and having two sisters, who by the way actually love sharing their room. Anyway, since the baby still co-sleeps with me for now (and likely in the near future), this room functions as a playroom for now too. Some suggested to me that I should use this as a storeroom first since we don't have one in the house and no one sleeps here for now anyway. I refused to make it a storeroom per se because I foresee that once you start, you can't stop and I'll only be tempted to keep putting more things in it. So nope, it still has to look like a bedroom and be able to function like a bedroom at the snap of a finger so that we can transit the boy when the time comes.

Just like the pink one, this room is cosy, small and merely takes up 8sqm of space. Yet, you'll be surprised at how much things I managed to put into it without making it look like a huge mess! Are you ready to join me on the tour today? Let's go!

Now, first and foremost, I wanted to get a nice, comfy bed for the boy. If you saw the triple deck bed we have from Kids Haven in the pink room, then you will see that I love to personalise their furniture and make it as unique as can be. For the blue room, I wanted a Nautical theme since the boy is a sailor's son after all and I thought it would be most befitting for him. So, it wasn't a pure coincidence that I chose the colour called Nautical Breeze ME026 for the feature wall.

As for the bed, I chose to go with a loft bed style that has a combination of bed frame, cupboards and shelves that are blue and come with designs of boats and lifebuoys to suit the nautical theme. See the picture above? The ladder lets you climb up to the raised bed, the cupboards and shelves provide storage space and there is still some space left to function as a play area. I wanted to make it look more fun and decided to get a canopy and bed curtains too so that the kids could play camping here. Good idea, right? I'll be sharing in detail about the bed in my review of Kids Haven next week but here's showing you just how the room looks like in the end.

Ta-dah! You like it? I love the splash of colours! The blue bed, the blue wall, the blue blinds (read our review of Meridian Curtains & Furnishings here), the TROFAST storage series from IKEA, the colourful boxes, the pink piano and more. And isn't the bed curtain with the door and windows just so cute too?

Here is a closer look at the cupboards beneath the bed. I simply love the boat motifs and the cute knobs (never mind that they are harder to pull than usual). These cupboards provide the space for bulky toy items like their Sylvanian sets or toys that I don't want the baby to reach easily. I'll show you more in our review post too!


It took me quite a while to figure it out as I fixed up the canopy and curtains on my own during wee hours one night. I had to do and re-do it till I finally got all the necessary tools - tension rods, thumbtacks and velcro tapes - in the correct places and were able to fully support the canopy and curtains.

Like all the other bedrooms, this one comes with a wardrobe that has two sliding doors. Similar to what I did for the girls, I added blue dividers bought from Taobao to create additional shelves inside the wardrobe. I can't even tell you how handy these are and easy to screw in place too. Even if the boy doesn't sleep here for now, all his clothes and towels are kept here already (just because I don't have any space to keep them in my own bedroom).

Now, I do use this room as a storeroom in the sense that the wardrobe, besides housing the baby's clothes, is also where we put our luggage, toys, picture frames, artworks, tent and more. Well, at least everything is nicely concealed, right? And oh, you are not seeing double, we have not one but two TROFAST storage frames which come with the bright, colourful boxes. Yup, the kids definitely have more than enough toys for now and I hope to make it a point to declutter and encourage the kids to donate so that others can find joy in playing too.

So, that's all for now for the Blue Room. Simple and small but full of surprises. I really hope the boy will love his room next time and that we can all have fun playing here and making memories as a family too. Till the next post where I will show you more of their study area!

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This post is part of the "A Happy Home" series where I share all about our new Scandinavian-themed house, the renovation process and some tips and thoughts. Moving is never easy but it comes with an indescribable sense of joy in building up the house of your dreams. Remember, home is where the heart is and nothing is more important than being able to build memories with the people you love.

Creativity 521 #109 - Fun with DIY terrariums

Posted by ~Summer~ on 23.3.17
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I have a few interests in life, think blogging and crafting, but you know what, gardening will never make it into the list. Well, the thing is I don't have green fingers and I never will. So while I do love to visit Gardens by the Bay or Botanic Gardens with the kids, I'm naturally not inclined towards having my own mini garden. A dedicated space for doing art and crafts, yes I would love that, but a garden which I have to tend to, thanks but I can live without it.

So we might not have a garden in our new house and don't have the much space for it either, but there was something that the hubby and I wanted to let the girls have a go at - making DIY terrariums. I'm still trying my best to keep up with the Creativity 521 series and in this week's post, I'll share with you how the girls made their first terrarium at A Tilly A Day.

We've walked past this shop in Waterway Point many times and kept telling ourselves that one day we would step into it and see what it has to offer, especially for the kids. So last week, which was a rare day when the hubby could join us on a Friday night, we decided to make our way here.


A check with the staff revealed that the kids could do a DIY terrarium which could be completed in about 20-30 minutes, depending on what kind of terrarium you choose and how long your kid takes to select his/her preferred decorations.



You can choose from 3 kinds of terrariums - Egg terrarium ($15), LEGO terrarium ($25) or Glass Dome terrarium ($38). Each package comes with:

- Container
- Fittonia plant/Holland Moss/Seeds
- Pebbles
- Terrarium mix
- Coloured sand and volcanic rocks

Firstly, the girls had to pick out their terrariums and while the big sister chose to go with the LEGO one, the little sister was contented with the egg (which was what I would have chosen too!). To start off, they had to fill up the bottom with a layer of pebbles.


Next comes the soil! I could see that the girls were really happy and excited that they were allowed to do every step on their own and see their terrariums taking shape.

They were then asked to choose between a plant or a moss for the terrarium and both of them decided on the latter, which was then placed onto the soil.

Next comes the colourful part - the sand!


The girls loved picking up scoops and scoops of sand and pouring them in. While they did try to it layered, I think the sand eventually mixed together and became rainbow sand - which was still very pretty.

Last but not least, it was time to personalise their terrariums by picking out the figurines and positioning them on the top layer.

There was a wide variety of figurines to choose from and the pricing had a range too. We decided to just go for the cheapest ones which cost $1 or $2 each. It was easy to tell how their characters were different because while Ariel took just a couple of minutes to decide on hers, Angel took a good 10-15 minutes before she was finally happy with her choice. I love how they both wanted the pretty pink flamingo in the end. Here's presenting the final look!



Yup, simple but nice and I hope these will be well taken care of by the girls. For now, they are going into our balcony and it might be a very small step but hopefully, we can try to build up this space and make it more green by adding more plants, flowers or terrariums slowly but surely.

I'm hoping to get back into crafting mode with the kiddos so hopefully we have more hands-on and fun learning stuff to share with you soon! Till then!

A Tilly A Day is located at Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central #02-03 (West Wing). 

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. We paid for the terrariums and all opinions are our own.

A Scandinavian styled living room {Review of NEST}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 21.3.17
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You can say that it was a twist of fate that made me spend over four years of my life staying in the Nordic countries and it was in Scandinavia where I stepped into this life-changing motherhood journey. Still, it would always be the best thing that ever happened to me and I can only be so grateful that it led me to where I am now. With this in mind, when we were thinking of renovation plans for our new home, I knew I wanted a Scandinavian theme right from the beginning.

Since I'm a noob when it comes to interior designing, many of my ideas and inspiration came from online. I surfed through the internet for examples of Scandinavian homes, I read up on how they are renowned for simplicity, minimalism and functionality, I put together bits and pieces as I envisioned how we wanted our home to be, and I looked for furniture that would help us to emphasize on this theme that is so close to my heart.

That was when I came to know about NEST, an online furniture retailer that specialises in Scandinavian styling, and it made all the difference to my living room. In this A Happy Home post, I'll be sharing with you more about our sofa and dining set, both of which I seriously love.


NEST is rooted in the Scandinavian design tradition characterised by enduring aesthetics, functionality, craftsmanship and an honest expression. With an ambition to deliver a new perspective on Scandinavian design to Singapore, NEST helps to fulfill needs with its emphasis on the timeless style of simple, functional, elegant and intelligent designs.

The first time I browsed through its website, I was surprised by how neat everything was kept and I could easily search for the catalogue I needed. Clear product pictures were displayed along with details on the product description and pricing so it made things pretty straightforward. Once you are happy with your choices, all you need to do is add to cart, pay and wait for delivery.



So, why would you wanna pay for something that you can't physically test out, feel or even see up close? That was something that I asked myself too since I like the feeling of being able to actually sit on a sofa before I decide if I really want it. Well, it's all for the savings, of course. By ordering direct from factories when you buy from NEST, this means you don't have to let distributors, wholesalers or retailers earn your money and this translates to more affordable pricing. Having a 48-hour cooling period post purchase, 30-days trial period and 24-months warranty is also how it maintains its reputation and gives assurance to its customers.

Now, let's take a look at what we got for our new home from NEST. First up, here's our dining set which consists of:

- Platon Table 1.5
- Arthur Bench in Dolphin colour
- 2 x Minya Chair in Taupe Grey
- 2 x Ava Chair in Emerald Colour

These did not come as a set and we actually mixed and matched the pieces to achieve this look (the hubby and the kids had a say too, yup, we are very democratic). What do you think of it? Well, all of us loved it and that surely is a good sign. As you can see, there is a lot of wood involved and this helps us to highlight the Scandinavian tradition too.


The dining table turned out to be a little bigger than I expected and though that means we will have to squeeze a little since we have the sofa on one side and storage cupboards on the other, it also suggests that our guests will have more space to sit around and tuck into meals when they come to our house.



I wanted a bench that could be kept under the table and pulled out easily when necessary so the Arthur Bench was one which fitted my needs perfectly. Don't you just love this shade of grey? I really liked the fabric colour and its simplicity and elegance were the reasons why we chose this bench too.


I wanted two different designs for the dining chairs just because I thought it would jazz things up and make it look more exciting and fun. For myself and the hubby, we chose the Minya Chairs which were minimal yet functional.


As for the girls, they chose the colour of the chairs themselves and it turned out to be a beautiful emerald colour that stands out amidst the wood and matches our house (we mainly focus on blue, green and turquoise) perfectly.

If I have any qualms, it would be fearing that my kids would leave behind stain marks on these beautiful pieces of furniture but that would be a risk I have to take in opting for fabric ones. I was advised by the friendly folks at NEST to make use of Scotchgard fabric protector, which helps to repel stains, in order to make the furniture more lasting so let's hope that helps!

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Moving on to the sofa, I kind of think that it is an indispensable piece of furniture. Yup, it can be small but you have to at least have one there, especially if you plan to sit down to watch TV, do bedtime reading with the kids or let your guests have a place to hang around when they visit.



We used to have a leather sofa and it didn't really work out quite the way we wanted, so this time round, we chose to go with fabric instead. It took me a long time to go through the options NEST offered but after rounds and rounds of decision making, we went for the CENI 3-seater Sofa in Whale colour along with a matching CENI Ottoman.


I love the modern yet classic design of the sofa with its wooden base, plush seating and clean design lines. The slanted legs at the bottom, while looking sleek at the same time, ensure that the sofa is kept sturdy and strong. I can't even describe to you how much 'treasure' we used to have underneath our previous sofa, which was really disgustingly dirty and unhygienic, so I am glad that it's not hard to clean below the CENI sofa and in any case, the sofa can be easily shifted (on my own) so that makes mopping and vacuuming much easier too.


To complement the theme, I specially searched for and bought Scandinavian design cushions from Taobao too. Aren't these cute? I really like them lots! By the way, blue is the husband's favourite colour and green is mine, so we chose to focus on these two (plus their fusion - turquoise) colours for the living/dining room and even kitchen (I'll bring you on a tour for that soon, I promise!) too. You probably can't tell but the squarish cushions unzip to transform into comforters too which come in really handy on our movie nights, so I am totally thrilled that I bought them even thought I didn't know they had dual functions initially.

For the 3-seater sofa, the good news for us is that the cushion seats, arm rests and back rests come with removable covers! Woohoo! Yup, that makes cleaning really much easier for me because with three young kids in the house, even if I did apply Scotchgard, you just never know when messy big-time spills or accidents might happen.


We used to have a L-shaped sofa and I've gotten used to the habit of being able to lay my legs straight when I watch the TV - which is much more comfortable when the baby chooses to climb on me too. The addition of the Ottoman allows us to do so while giving us the flexibility to shift it anywhere we want too. While it also makes a wonderful spot to lay out all my laundry, the important thing is it lets us feel more comfortable when we snuggle and I'm very thankful we chose to have it.

I have to give credit to the folks at NEST who delivered the items and helped to ensure that everything was in place. Not only did they waited patiently (and assembled the furniture pieces in the hot and stuffy carpark) when I had to go out to fetch the kids from school, they were also extremely meticulous with the shifting and placement of the furniture and would go all out to meet our needs.

Yup, for now, I'm just so very thankful that the Scandinavian home dream has finally come true after all the months of hard work. Till more updates and tours!

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This post is part of the "A Happy Home" series where I share all about our new Scandinavian-themed house, the renovation process and some tips and thoughts. Moving is never easy but it comes with an indescribable sense of joy in building up the house of your dreams. Remember, home is where the heart is and nothing is more important than being able to build memories with the people you love.


Disclosure: This is a semi-sponsored review for NEST. We received a special pricing for all items mentioned above. All opinions are our own.

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