While most people have to brave the morning crowd, some lucky ones get to roll out of bed and head straight into their home offices. Three Expat Living readers tell us how they went about setting up these cosy working spaces.
Betina Falster-Hansen, Denmark
7 years in Singapore
“I run my children’s clothing brand website Copenhagen Delights (copenhagendelights.com) from home. We already have one office in our apartment, but this time I was looking for a beautiful and practical desk for the corner of our living room.
I bought a simple black one from FairPrice Antique. Even though it’s an antique piece from China, it has a slightly modern feel to it with slim legs and a simple design that I love. It works so well with the rest of our items of furniture, which are all iconic Danish design and classic pieces.
I love FairPrice Antique’s selection of old and modern Chinese-style furniture and decorative pieces. Owner Helle Espersen always seems to find distinctive items that stand out from the crowd.
My best tip to anyone looking to set up a home office is firstly to find a desk that suits your work needs and, after that, a good chair to sit on. If it’s more for decorative purposes and light use, find pieces that match your home so you’ll be happy looking at them every day!”
315 Outram Road
#01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building
6270 2544 | fairpriceantique.com
Wong Kit Kwan, UK
1 year in Singapore
“Given Singapore’s compact apartment sizes, I wanted my home office to be clean and neat. Most importantly, the furniture had to be durable and easy to maintain. Due to space constraints, I decided to have my work desk against one wall of my master bedroom.
I bought several pieces of furniture from Gallery 278 for the living room, the dining room and both the master and guest bedrooms. Their organic solid wood furniture is well built and the colour stains are consistent. The natural wood grain brings an element of natural warmth into my home, contrasting with the light-coloured floor and wall treatment in my apartment. Considering the tight space I have to work with, I would say my desk is a very good size. It also has many functional drawers for me to store my belongings.
I always look for quality furniture that will last. Solid wood is a far better option than laminate or wood-veneered furniture. Gallery 278 is able to create a holistic design, produce it on time and advise on furniture configuration, and all this has helped me tremendously in setting up my Singapore home. I travel quite a bit but, thankfully, they have been very accommodating with the delivery schedule.”
278 River Valley Road
6737 2322 | gallery278.com
Ana Carolina Valles, Mexico
8 months in Singapore
“My husband works from home, so he needed a comfortable office to work in. This beautiful and unique desk we found at The Past Perfect Collection is exactly that… perfect!
It’s an 1890s British colonial teak roll-top desk from Calcutta, India. It still has its original wooden handles, complete with working locks and keys. The top rolls open to reveal a fitted interior with several small compartments and drawers with wooden pulls. It stands on two pedestals; the left pedestal features four drawers while the right pedestal swings open to expose an extensive filing cabinet, which is great as it provides plenty of space to keep things in order. The writing surface has three sections. The middle section is adjustable to various writing positions and is covered with black leather.
We complemented this desk with a cabinet from Tibet and are currently on the search for a great chair to go with it.
When creating a home office, look for a centrepiece, but most of all, look for something that is comfortable and makes your working space a nice place to be in. After all, you will be spending many hours there.”
The Past Perfect Collection
315 Outram Road, #11-05 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
6737 3078 | pastperfect.sg