Desperate times call for desperate measures and nearly the entire world has gone into a lockdown mode to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Singapore is also joining the efforts, which means that more and more people are staying at home as offices close down and remote work takes over.
The Home Guide team has made the decision to close down our showroom office from April 7 until May 4. We believe this is the responsible thing to do, when it comes to saving lives and helping conquer a major health threat. Still, we are remotely available to consult clients and help with the conceptualisation and planning of brand new home interior design and renovation.
If you are using social distancing to consider home improvements, you can get in touch with us via WhatsApp. We also monitor our Facebook and Instagram profiles and will respond to questions sent there. You can also get in touch with us by email.
All of the Home Guide ongoing site work will be suspended until further notice.
While social distancing has had a profound effect on our lives and the ways that we work, we firmly believe that the opportunity can be used for the betterment of the future.
So, while spending time at home, start planning for a remodelling or a renovation project that you’d like to go through in the future. You still have access to a ton of resources that will inspire you and give you spectacular ideas about what to do with your living or work space.
What Will Your Future Home or Office Look Like?
If you have never worked on an extensive renovation project in the past, you may feel clueless about where to get started.
Browsing through online resources makes it easy to get acquainted with different styles and concepts. Once you identify the one that appeals to you the most, the search can be narrowed down to pinpoint specific elements.
The Home Guide residential, office and retail portfolios provide an excellent starting point.
Check out the projects we’ve completed in the past to determine if these come close to what you’re looking for. Needless to say, you can also get in touch with us to inquire about a specific execution or to fine-tune the idea.
Social media also provide amazing research opportunities.
Head over to Pinterest – multiple popular boards are dedicated to both residential and commercial interior design. You can also do an image search for an individual term that you’re curious about, for example – a particular interior design style like Scandinavian or art deco.
Visual social media like Instagram can also come in handy. There, you’ll find items categorised by hashtags. Identifying the most prominent interior design-related hashtags will give you access to huge collections of images.
Finally, don’t underestimate the power of YouTube. There are dozens of home and office walk-throughs, as well as visuals demonstrating the execution of a particular interior design idea. Even if you’re not into the entire thing, you can pick little nuggets from here and there to eventually come up with a home remodelling strategy that’s 100 per cent personalised and catered to your needs.
Other Less Common Sources of Inspiration
You can find inspiration in just about everything. The colours of the sunset, a beautiful painting you’ve seen online or the layout of a celebrity home can all give you that lightbulb moment.
It may be a good idea to start a scrapbook while social distancing. All you’ll need for the purpose is a plain notebook, some magazines and a printer that you can use for online images you like.
Cut out or print everything related to interior design and renovation that you fancy. Apart from featuring the images in your interior design scrapbook, you can also write down notes. Such a journal will help you organise all of your ideas and fine-tune the original concept even further.
Style blogs and even urban photography websites can also open your eyes to the immensely big world of interior design and décor. Just use Google to discover a few resources to get started with – there are thousands of style blogs and digital magazines out there. Some will miss the mark but others will give you content you’ll enjoy and content that’s in line with your vision.
We do recommend checking out our interior design blog. Not only does it feature explanation of various interior design projects and practical tips, the blog will also highlight some clever solutions that may be just what your home needs.
The current uncertainty right now makes it impossible to determine how long social distancing is going to last. We know one thing for certain, however – this too shall pass!
You have all the time in the world right now – use it to plan for the future. Even if you’re limited in your ability to go out, shop and start actual work, you can explore ideas and acquaint yourself with brand new possibilities.
And don’t forget that we’re here to help you and guide you through the process. While meeting right now isn’t possible, we believe that digital communication is the next best thing and it provides amazing opportunities to stay in touch.
In the end, we’d like to say that we hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and strong. Take good care of your health, do the responsible thing and we’ll soon all emerge from this situation much stronger.