where the heart lies

Home & Decor (Singapore) - - News - YOUNG LIM EDITOR

“We think of our homes as places of warmth, fa­mil­iar­ity and love, of shared sto­ries and mem­o­ries... there is a time­less sim­plic­ity to the pull of home,” said Queen El­iz­a­beth II dur­ing her most re­cent Christ­mas ad­dress.

I share Her Majesty’s sen­ti­ment – home is the gather­ing point for things we cher­ish. At the same time, I be­lieve that home should also be a place that can make you feel pro­tected and pam­pered.

For that rea­son, any op­por­tu­nity to turn the home into a more com­fort­able and en­dur­ing space is a wise in­vest­ment with un­lim­ited po­ten­tial. With care­ful plan­ning and bud­get­ing, build­ing your dream nest doesn’t have to turn into a lo­gis­ti­cal or fi­nan­cial night­mare.

While func­tion­al­ity of your space is es­sen­tial, don’t for­get that your home should also be a source of in­spi­ra­tion in your daily life. It al­ways sur­prises me how eas­ily ideas flow when I feel at ease and calm. And at the end of the day, home is a place you’d look for­ward to com­ing back to, even if it’s just to slouch on a plush sofa while ston­ing in front of the TV.

These are rea­sons why you shouldn’t feel guilty about buy­ing that 72-inch smart TV, or putting in an or­der for that sump­tu­ous tufted leather lounger from Flex­form. Ul­ti­mately, it’s the amount of plea­sure you can de­rive from your home that mat­ters, and the truth is that noth­ing can be deemed too in­dul­gent sim­ply be­cause, well, you’re worth it.

That’s some­thing that the prac­ti­cal-minded and fru­gal may not en­tirely agree with, but it’s only when you know how to pam­per your­self that you can learn to pam­per the ones you love. So go ahead and splurge on your home, or in­dulge in en­hanc­ing the am­bi­ence of your abode, be­cause you don’t need to be a royal to live like a king.

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