GREAT TO BE 30

Home & Decor (Singapore) - - Editor’s Note - YOUNG LIM ED­I­TOR

I re­mem­ber thumb­ing through the pages of Home&Decor as a child, and tear­ing out pic­tures of mod­ern­look­ing in­te­ri­ors. Those tear sheets would then go into a scrap­book I kept by the bed.

Grow­ing up, it was the dream of get­ting to de­sign and style my own home that made me a faith­ful sub­scriber to the mag­a­zine. As there weren’t many ti­tles cov­er­ing lo­cal home de­signs back in the early ’90s,

Home&Decor be­came my go-to guide when­ever I wanted to learn more about how other Sin­ga­pore homes looked, aside from my own.

Home&Decor was my re­prieve, even as I was pur­su­ing my de­gree in psy­chol­ogy. Some­how, read­ing in­sights on home dec­o­rat­ing and pick­ing out tips on styling spa­ces made me happy and opened my eyes to another uni­verse, one lled with colours, de­signs, ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures. And as we cel­e­brate this mag­a­zine’s 30th an­niver­sary, I sus­pect that I’m not the only one with such sen­ti­ments.

In my role as ed­i­tor, I’ve had the plea­sure of meet­ing read­ers and fol­low­ers of our so­cial me­dia ac­counts. It’s al­ways heart­en­ing to hear how the mag­a­zine served as in­spi­ra­tion for them when they were dec­o­rat­ing their homes, or nd­ing cool and chic places to visit. One en­counter, in par­tic­u­lar, is etched in my mind.

Fol­low­ing an on­line show­case of a home we had fea­tured in our print edi­tion some 20 years ago (as part of our an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion), a woman in her 80s called to in­form me that she was the owner of the home. She had pur­chased it with her hus­band af­ter get­ting mar­ried, and it had been their cher­ished fam­ily nest un­til his demise. She was glad that it had been doc­u­mented for pos­ter­ity. Even though she’d lost the print copy of the is­sue, she can now head to our web­site to show her grand­chil­dren what their grand­par­ents’ home used to look like.

In that same breath, I be­lieve reach­ing this mile­stone is pos­si­ble only be­cause of the peo­ple who make, use and en­joy good de­sign. It is with your sup­port, that we are able to stick around, through trends new and old. On be­half of my en­tire team, I thank you for al­low­ing us to be a part of your de­sign jour­ney.

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