Sher­maine Wong

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her home and life­style busi­ness, plus her event styling tips.

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• What Tish Life­style is about. “Tish Life­style cu­rates beau­ti­ful homes and events. We of­fer scented or­ganic can­dles that are made in Malaysia, home­ware sourced lo­cally and glob­ally, as well as be­spoke event styling ser­vices for cor­po­rates, wed­dings and in­ti­mate soirees.” • The idea be­hind it. “Tish Life­style was in­spired by the no­tion that a sim­ple con­cept, thought­fully cu­rated and be­spoke, can up­lift your en­tire home and event. I be­lieve in af­ford­able lux­ury and that every­one de­serves ac­cess to beau­ti­ful things. For me, in­spi­ra­tion can come in the purest of forms: the gen­tle fra­grance of a pe­ony flower or the look and feel of pure linen. The colours, tex­tile pat­terns and patina (the thin layer that forms over older metal or wooden fur­ni­ture) of vin­tage Asian fur­ni­ture are fuel for in­spir­ing thoughts, as is the con­trast­ing sim­plic­ity of Scan­di­na­vian style.” • How her PR and me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence has helped. “It gave me an ad­van­tag­ing in un­der­stand­ing the lan­guage of the in­dus­try. Hence, I knew im­me­di­ately how I wanted to brand and pack­age Tish, giv­ing me time to purely fo­cus on the busi­ness. My ex­pe­ri­ence also blessed me with an ar­ray of con­tacts, which, thanks to their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port, has el­e­vated Tish's ex­po­sure to where it is right now.” • The one decor piece you must have at home. “Stor­age and more stor­age, please! Be it a hand-wo­ven bas­ket to store mag­a­zines or tow­els, or a mar­ble tray for your keys and sun­glasses, there can never be enough stor­age to store all the items you love beau­ti­fully!” • The key take­away when it comes to styling for an event. “My tip: book an event stylist! Be­fore you start, have a clear idea of what you want and do your re­search on the dif­fer­ent styles, qual­ity and prices. This will help you cre­ate a re­al­is­tic bud­get and nar­row down the sup­pli­ers. Go for the con­sul­ta­tion armed with lots of in­spi­ra­tional im­ages to help com­mu­ni­cate what you want. Your sup­pli­ers can make or break your vi­sion – you need ex­perts that have a good track record, who can make the process stress-free.” • What’s next for Tish. “We're look­ing for­ward to more col­lab­o­ra­tions with like-minded cre­atives and brands. You'll def­i­nitely be see­ing more of #TishStyleSesh, our col­lab­o­ra­tive team that hosts in­sight­ful and cre­ative work­shops for the cre­ative and en­tre­pre­neur­ial com­mu­nity in our Tish Life­style Stu­dio, based in Bangsar South. Ul­ti­mately, it's all about ex­pand­ing my busi­ness through hav­ing the right peo­ple in my team, as well as a strong net­work of ven­dors and sup­pli­ers.”

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