Thursday, 28 August, 2014

Published January 18, 2014
Home & Garden
Spring a steed or two
Welcome the Year of the Horse by decorating your home with pretty furnishings, some of which have horse-related motifs too. By Tay Suan Chiang
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From $6.90, from Robinsons Orchard,

260 Orchard Road

Chinese New Year may be about two weeks away, but it is not too early to hang up some decorations. Local company Shevron makes fabric embroidered ones, making them last longer than paper ones. These here come with auspicious greetings and even one in the shape of a horse.

Horse Wine Stopper

$105 each, at Shanghai Tang,

Ngee Ann City, #03-006/07

These wine stoppers not only make great gifts, but those born in the year of the Horse may want to keep them for themselves. Made of stainless steel and brass, the wine stoppers come in two colours, a red for the merlot, and a silver grey to keep uncorked bottles of prosecco fresh.

Gold Lustre Mustang Vase

$1,500, at Lalique Crystal,

Mandarin Gallery, #01-16

The horse is a symbol of strength, speed and grace, and gold has always been an auspicious colour for the Chinese. The Gold Lustre Mustang crystal vase from Lalique is a combination of both, with a horde of horses galloping on it. The gold is in a soft shade, reminiscent of sandy dust kicked up by the horses' hooves.

Three-tier basket

$159.95, at Crate and Barrel,

Ion Orchard, #04-21

This basket will come in handy when you are entertaining guests. The lowest tier is right for oranges, the second and top for cookies and other goodies. After Chinese New Year, the basket can be used to serve other snacks. The baskets are handcrafted of iron wire in a distinctive rustic weave and finished in a multistep process of zinc plating, dipping and rubbing to create a dark antiqued patina.

The Boat

$338, at Atomi,

Mandarin Gallery, #04-27

Here is an elegant way to display mandarin oranges. British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko's Boat, made of fine bone china, can do extra duty as a floral basket after Chinese New Year. The boat symbolises the bearer of good tidings and wishes. The red coloured rope is exclusive to Atomi.

Red cushion covers

From $41, at Francfranc,

VivoCity, #02-41/42

If you recoil at the sight of over the top decorations for Chinese New Year, but still want a festive touch, here's an easy trick. Get some red cushion covers. These ones from Francfranc still come in an auspicious colour but with a modern look.

Steeds Sweeping Far & Wide

$290, at Franz, 137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01A

No Chinese New Year is complete without the family getting together for a feast. These salt and pepper shakers, from Franz, are just right for the table. The shakers showcase traditional paper-cut designs on porcelain, with colours typically used in puppetry. The lively postures of the horses signify zest and passion.

Mahjong cushions

$23 each, at Goods of Desire, Central, #02-08

Hands up if you play mahjong during Chinese New Year. Keep back aches away, with these cushions inspired by mahjong tiles. Losers get to throw cushions at the winner at the end of the game.

Trendig tea towels

$9.90, at Ikea, 60 Tampines North Drive 2

Just in case visitors wander into your kitchen, you want to be sure that there are pretty tea towels on display. These are from Ikea's new Trendig range, a fusion of Chinese culture and Scandinavian design. These tea towels are made of 100 per cent linen, do not generate lint and are thus suitable for drying glasses.


From $108, at Blossom

Floral Design, Mandarin

Gallery, #02-26A

Placing a bunch of pussy willows in a tall vase is the conventional way of displaying them. But why not consider topiaries. They are more modern looking, but still have that festive touch. Blossom Floral Design specialises in them, such as this topiary, shaped from peonies, pussy willows and oranges.

Disposable China Collection

From $14, at Goods of Desire, Central, #02-08

Fool visitors into thinking you are serving them food on fine chinaware. Like its name implies, the Disposable China Collection, is 'china' that you can use and throw away - they are actually paper cups and plates. A set of paper napkins completes the collection. The collection is designed by local creative agency, The Local.