Show us how you live in style and stand to win $50 CapitaLand vouchers!

Living in Style Contest Website Banner FINAL

Show us how you live in style and stand to win $50 CapitaLand vouchers! Simply post a photo of your nicely renovated HDB living room on Instagram and tag us @mynicehome by 3 July. 2 entries with the most number of ‘likes’ will win! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and get your friends to join in too! Terms and conditions apply.

Find out how to pick the right window blinds for your home!

Make it Over

Making Blind Choices

They are stealthy creatures that keep you in the dark about the time of day, and noise from the world beyond the walls of your room. They can also be quite attention-seeking, stealing the limelight of every room in new flats these days. And they do all this without sight.

They are… BLINDS!

Window blinds are seriously gaining popularity with new home owners these days, but there is such a wide variety out there and it can be hard to decide which would be best for your new home. Don’t fret! We will bring you some insights on what is popular (and practical) these days.

Let’s start with the Italians, who have always been masters of their crafts.

  1. Roman Blinds give you the best of both worlds (curtains and blinds), with its cascading fabric pleats and vertical cord system. You can choose a style of fabric that either blends in with the look of your room, or stands apart and be the focal point. They are also much easier to clean, compared to full-length curtains!

image-231

  1. Venetian Blinds on the other hand, would probably not give you a soft or plush feel. However, they are perfect for recreating the trendy ‘Scandi’ or resort and spa type of look. You can have full control over the amount of sunlight streaming into your room with these blinds. Cleaning is also hardly a chore, as you can dust off each slat with a cloth or duster in no time.

image-231

Don’t be won over by the Italians just yet though. There is still more to come!

  1. Roller Blinds are probably the simplest type of blinds, consisting of a long sheet of fabric curled up on a metal rod. These are a good choice for full-length windows as they are weighed down by another metal rod. If you select a material with little transparency, these will definitely keep you in bed for many hours beyond sunrise. Roller blinds are also best for ‘wet’ areas like kitchens and bathrooms as you can choose water-resistant fabric – wipe and swipe is all you need to keep them clean!

image-231

I’ve saved the best (in my opinion) for the last!

  1. Rainbow/ Zebra Blinds are really cool inventions that add a modern touch to any home. By adjusting the alignment of the alternating sheer and opaque blocks on two different layers of blinds, you will have superb control over the amount of light let into your home.

image-232

We hope this has been an eye-opener for you! Time to set up a blind date with your drapery shop now!

Have good suggestions about the right window treatment for your home? Let us know on our Facebook page or drop us an email at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.

By Deborah Chua
June 28, 2016


You may also be interested in:


Chic Rooms On the Cheap


There’s Magic In A Rug!

Find out how to make your own wine cork planter magnets in 3 easy steps!

Hands On!

DIY Wine Cork Planter Magnets

image-229

Cute, isn’t it? You don’t need to be a horticulturist to create this too!

These adorable wine cork planter magnets are very simple to do, and they make a wonderful decoration at home or at work. I recommend using succulents as they are known to be hardy and require minimal watering. Perfect for a person like me who does not have green fingers. So let’s get down to business!

image-230

Tools you’ll need:

1. Wine corks
2. Pocket Knife / Scissors
3. Succulent plants
4. Soil
5. Magnets
6. Glue gun

Step 1 – Prepare the cork

image-231

Using a pocket knife or scissors, punch a hole in the centre of the cork and turn in a circular motion to hollow out the centre of the cork. Be careful not to puncture through the bottom. Your hole should go about halfway or ¾ down the cork.

image-231

Quick tip: wrapping your fingers around the cork could help to prevent the rim from cracking. :)

Step 2 – Stick the magnet to the cork

image-231

Once you are done hollowing out the cork, glue your magnets to the cork using a glue gun. I am using tiny magnets that I bought from a thrift shop. I have tested them before and found them to be quite strong, despite their size.

Step 3 – Add soil and plant your succulent

image-231

Next, pack 1/3 of the cork with soil and add a few drops of water. Carefully plant your mini succulent into the cork and add more soil. You can use a toothpick or a stirrer to pack the soil down.

And you are done! :)

Simple, isn’t it? It took me less than 15 minutes to complete 5 of them, which I hung on my kitchen door and my office cupboard.

image-232

I just love how these little plants add a touch of green to my environment. Oh yes, you’ll get colleagues asking you if these tiny plants are real!

Remember to water these tiny planters regularly using a dropper or a straw to keep them alive. It would be good to let them ‘sunbathe’ once in a while too. :)

The next time you enjoy a bottle of wine, remember to save the cork!

Give it a try and share your creation with us by tagging #MyNiceHome on Instagram.If you have other crafty suggestions, do let us know via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or via our Facebook page.

By LF Shen
June 23, 2016


You may also be interested in:


Trigger-Happy DIY Projects


DIY Air Fresheners

Find out how to style your drapes to make a statement!

Get some tips for your home from Jenny’s edgy bachelorette-pad!

Check out these tips for picking the perfect curtains for your home!

In need of more shoe hacks? Here’s our second parter to help you.

Looking for a new home? Need some handy guides? MyNiceHome makes it easier for you.
Check out the options available through this gateway.

They will point you to a suite of information and
e-Services related to flat buying and selling.