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June is a month of celebration because
it's all about connecting back to our
Swedish roots. Learn about how the
beloved Midsummer is celebrated in
Sweden, plus a refreshing drink recipe
you can try out on your own. Don't forget
to get tickets for the Midsummer buffet
in our Restaurant (page 11).
Then get a peek into history of how IKEA
was started by an enterprising boy selling
matchsticks almost 80 years ago. For
fellow entrepreneurs, we offer up some
Feng Shui tips; and furnishing ideas on
setting up your business, whether it's an
office space, an F&B outlet, or a retail
front (page 24).
Getting the keys to your new place soon,
or planning to revamp your kitchen
for the year-end festivities? Best to
get started now (page 6). But if you're
just looking for a mid-year refresher to
spruce up your home, look no further
'cos we have some simple decoration
tips for you (page 3)
For mums and dads with little ones to
entertain this school holidays, we have
gift & party ideas (page 14), plus a
space-tecular event on 13–14 June
(page 13). There is much lovin' to do
this Summer! We hope to see you at the
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Get your
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Accessories are the decorative items in a home that express the styles, interests and personalities of the
people who live there. Although they play a supporting role to the functions in a room, changing the dominant
accessories changes the entire impression of the room – an easy way to change or freshen up a space.
Basic ideas
Visual balance – Well-placed
accessories help to improve the
visual balance in a room. For
example, a large or tall window on
one wall can be balanced with a big
picture on another wall.
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Start with an
empty palette
The furniture is always the base when
decorating or redecorating a room.
By clearing a room of all accessories,
it is then possible to add new
accessories for a new impression.
Breathing space – Leaving some
space around wall decorations or
groups of wall decorations gives
them more aesthetic impact.
Plants and flowers – Flowers and
plants add life and colour to the
room. Plants also improve the air
quality. Of course, plants require the
right light conditions, either from
daylight or artificial plant lights that
do not emit a lot of heat.
Create a theme
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Facelift your home
DIY décor
So what’s new?
Themes such as flowers, nautical
motifs or animals create a consistent
impression for a whole room, part
of a room or a wall. Working with
themes is pleasing to the eye and
helps to reflect the personalities of
the people who live in the home.
The theme can be carried through on
textiles, wall decorations, accessories
and window treatments.
Limit the
use of colours
and shapes
Too many shapes and colours can
create a messy impression. A calm
and harmonious look can be created
by limiting the number of colours and
shapes. The theme can be carried
through on textiles, wall decorations,
accessories and window treatments.
DIY décor
Spreading smaller parts of a collection makes a room look cluttered. Grouping them
together makes them a focal point in the room.
Collections can be grouped by colour, material or by shape. Even a collection of
different shapes and sizes looks organised if everything is the same colour or material.
If a collection consists of pieces in different colours and materials, it is a good idea to
limit the number of items on display to prevent a messy look.
Visual balance
A wall display can be created with visual balance by placing the larger, heavier
items lower down and the lighter items higher up. (Note: Dark items appear heavier
than light ones of the same size.) Heavier items in one section of the display can be
balanced with one of equal weight in another part of the display.
Groups in a rectangle
Hanging pictures of different sizes on a wall can create a cluttered impression unless
they are grouped together. Using an imaginary frame can help. Contrasting sizes
and intensity creates dramatic effects in a rectangular group. Balance is created by
hanging small pictures above large ones and light ones above dark ones.
Group by triangle shape
A guideline for displaying a group of accessories is to arrange them in the shape of
a triangle. This is done by placing the taller pieces in the back of the arrangement
and filling in the gaps with medium and smaller pieces. This will create an
appealing group of shapes and heights.
Using a top line and base line
One way to create unity is to arrange
wall decorations by lining them up
along an imaginary line, parallel to the
ceiling or to the floor. Picture groups
can be hung along an imaginary line
that is at the same height as a line
that already occurs in the room, such
as a large piece of furniture or the top
of a window or door frame.
It is not necessary to create a perfect triangle, but to achieve the look of "steps",
both at the sides and the front of the display.
Visual balance in a group
Dark objects seem heavier and stronger than light ones of similar size. The heavy
effect of a dark piece needs to be balanced with another heavy-looking object or
something large.
Using a centre line
Hanging wall decorations according
to an imaginary centre line is an
alternative to lining them up on a top
line or a base line. This is useful when
the wall decorations are of different
sizes. The centre line should be
approximately at eye level.
Number of things in a group
A group with an odd number of items (3, 5 or 7, for example) is more interesting to
look at than a group with an even number of items. Keep in mind that it is easier to
create a pleasing group with a few interesting items than a dozen mediocre ones. If
an arrangement looks too cluttered, then it is recommended to remove some pieces.
Groups within a group
If many objects are displayed in the same area, they can be divided into smaller
groups. The groups can then be placed with empty spaces in between so they
balance each other visually.
Group wall decorations
Wall decorations can turn a plain wall into a unique
and expressive part of the home. The challenge in
composing groups of wall decoration is to achieve a
balance that gives each piece the attention it deserves.
Symmetry vs. asymmetry
If displaying more than one object, a symmetrical or an
asymmetrical display can be created. Symmetry tends to
look classical and formal, while asymmetry looks more
modern and casual. The choice of display will depend on
the objects, available space and the desired effect.
Functions of wall decorations:
•Space filling – a print to fill that glaring gap
between the wall and shelf
•Complementing – a green picture to match that
green sofa, an oak frame to match an oak table
•Enhancing – large canvas to make this huge room
feel cosier, bright colours to brighten a room
•Expressing – photos from the wedding, photos
of the twins
DIY décor
Group collections
Accessories on different walls can be
placed so that they line up with each
other. This creates a neater appearance.
Applying the golden section
The golden section is commonly used
to hang art in museums. It is also
practical at home when hanging wall
decorations of different sizes.
The golden section is applied by
drawing an imaginary line 5/8 of the
way up the wall and then hanging
each wall decoration so that 3/8 of its
height is above this line.
An alternative is to imagine a line at
eye level and hang pictures so that
5/8 of their height is above this line.
Using a picture shelf
A picture shelf offers many possibilities to mix sizes
and change or re-arrange pieces without putting too
many holes in the wall. It can be used separately or
in combination with decorations hanging on the wall.
The shelf gives a neat and organised look.
Especially for children
The general principles of working with accessories
apply to children's areas as well. An extra
consideration is to place the accessories at a height
where children will be able to see and enjoy them.
Displaying children's artwork
Hanging children's drawings is a way to follow their
creative development. One way to display art is to
hang it on a wire system at children’s height. This
makes a personal display and is easy for a child to
see and change. Pictures can be placed at children's
eye level so they also can enjoy them.
See more decorations ideas and products
Get your kitchen to work for you
The most important decisions you need to make when planning your new kitchen are deciding where to place vital functions such
as the main workspace for preparing food, the sink, cooking unit and refrigerator/freezer. These decisions go hand-in-hand with
your choice of kitchen layout.
Whether you already
have a kitchen or are
planning to install a
new kitchen, there’s
something for everyone.
Since installing a kitchen
is a long-term and heavy
investment, you’ll need
careful planning to get
your money’s worth.
Deciding on aesthetics is
the easy part. You need
to know what you’re
getting and the planning
process doesn’t have to
be complicated.
Planning step-by-step
The best way to start is with a
measuring tape, pen and paper.
Measure everything carefully and
make a rough sketch of your kitchen.
This gives you a good idea of the
possibilities and limitations that are
determined by the shape of the room
and the available wall/floor space.
The aim is to place the functions in a layout that creates the most natural workflow for you. Consider the pattern of movement in
a kitchen and plan your kitchen accordingly, making sure it is easy to move between the different functions.
Workspace The main workspace for
preparing food is between
the stove and sink. This puts
the chef within easy reach of
both functions and limits the
movement of foods or liquids
over floor areas. The ideal
width of the main workspace
is between 80cm to 140cm,
allowing enough space
for working and using
kitchen equipment.
Measure the height and width of each
wall that you want to use for cabinets.
Remember to consider the space
doors and windows need to swing
open, or you’ll need to look for roller
or sliding doors. If you want a cabinet
under a window, the minimum
distance between the window frame
and the floor should be at least 90cm,
and preferably 105cm.
Decide where to place the main
functions. Plan a work triangle
(sink, cooking unit and fridge) with
a natural workflow and in relation
to the placement of daylight,
dining area and entrance.
Cooking unit
Make a drawing of the room.
Measure the distance between walls
and mark out the current position
of all permanent fixtures, e.g. doors,
windows, plumbing, electricity,
special angles and any other
major architectural features.
Decide which kitchen layout is
most suitable for your space
(single-sided, double-sided,
L-shaped, U-shaped, island).
Consider storage needs (including
appliances) according to function.
Choose your cabinet size, interior
fittings and the sink wisely. Ensure
that doors are hinged on the correct
side. Especially for a single-sided
kitchen, take into account a minimum
5cm filler piece on each side of a
kitchen combination that is against
a joining corner or wall, enabling
doors and drawers to be opened
or pulled out freely.
Plan countertop lighting and the
placement of additional electrical
outlets for all appliances (including blender, toaster, coffee machine, etc.)
Ensure a sufficient number of electrical outlets for the appliances at
the early stages of planning a kitchen.
Choose knobs and/or handles.
Handles provide a better grip on
drawers and pullouts, which are
often heavy.
Complete base and high cabinets with
plinths, legs or a combination of both.
Legs can create a more open feeling
and make cleaning easier. Plinths,
on the other hand create an
integrated look.
Choose from the many different types
of wall storage accessories to make
your kitchen even more practical,
and to free up countertop space.
10.Bring your own drawings or print
out your drawing from the IKEA
Kitchen Planner software (download
from www.IKEA.com.sg) and bring
them to the store for help in finalising
your plans.
To facilitate cleaning, there should be no joints in the
countertop over the main workspace. A generous workspace is
useful, but if it is too wide there will be unnecessary movement
back and forth. In large-sized kitchens it may be better to plan
additional workspaces, allowing more than one to work in the
kitchen at a time.
Distance between the countertop and wall cabinet should be
at least 50cm. If cabinets are placed lower, they will block the
view of the workspace. Placing cabinets 5–10cm higher allows a
better view but may put your stored items further out of reach.
While it’s not a function per
se, in kitchens, you need
functional lighting (e.g. spot
light or counter top light)
directed over different areas
to carry out tasks, and to
minimise the risk of accidents.
You also need general lighting, such as ceiling lamps that
spread light evenly throughout the whole room.
Each household has different
routines and habits which
all require smart storage
solutions. Organising around
routines and habits in the
kitchen, like placing coffee
filters near the coffee
machine, makes life easier.
The storage dimensions need
to be adapted to all those
various pots, plates, utensils
and food. Stored items need
to be placed close to where they will be used. With the correct
interior fittings, you can save space and organise everything
for easy access. Check with the Kitchen specialists in the IKEA
store for more kitchen storage tips and solutions.
Getting started
Function and safety are
important when planning the
cooking area. Ensure that it
is easy to access heavy pots
and pans. It is important to
have utility surfaces where
hot items from the stove
can be quickly unloaded.
Choose materials that are
durable and easy to clean,
and can withstand heat up
to 180ºC.
Separate the oven and hob. This makes it easier for two
people to work in the kitchen at a time, and avoids having to
stand in front of a hot oven while cooking on the hob. A utility
surface of at least 40cm is recommended on each side of the
cooking unit so that hot items can be quickly unloaded.
Washing up
Planning the wash area
according to a natural work
flow will make it easier to
wash up and keep the kitchen
clean. The most natural
placement of the wash area is
to the left of the workspace,
with a dish drainer to the left
of the sink (for a right-handed
person and opposite for a lefthanded person).
When choosing a double-bowl sink, ensure that there is at
least one large-sized bowl for washing large pots and pans.
Rectangular sinks are more practical than round sinks for
washing large items.
Waste handling
There are plenty of solutions
for organising all types
of waste and recyclable
products. Put everything
neatly behind cabinet doors
or create smart sorting
stations with suitable bins
and boxes that become part
of the overall kitchen design.
Shelves and drawers are
difficult to place under a sink
due to plumbing. Having
waste bins under the sink makes effective use of the space
and helps to avoid spills on the floor.
A kitchen layout is mainly determined
by the space available and the habits
and routines of the household. For
instance, what is the size of your
household? Is there more than
one chef? Will children be helping
out? What activities take place in
your kitchen apart from cooking? If
groceries are often bought in bulk, you
will need more storage space. Here
are 5 basic layouts for inspiration.
The double-sided kitchen does not
require a lot of space. It is often
suitable when windows and/or doors
are situated on the narrow walls of the
room. A double-sided kitchen may have
workspaces on either side.
You need a minimum of 120cm between
opposite kitchen cabinets so that doors
and drawers can be opened freely from
both sides at the same time. Avoid placing
workspaces opposite each other so that
two people can comfortably work together
(1) Single-sided kitchen without getting in each other’s way or
The single-sided kitchen is designed along
having to stand directly back-to-back.
one wall – suitable for narrow spaces or
small to medium-sized households where
only one person works in the kitchen
at a time. Using this layout in a large
kitchen would create too much walking
space between each function. With all
appliances and cabinets against one wall,
the work triangle is a straight line.
(3) L-shaped kitchen Cooking
Kitchen natural flow
Washing up
Main workspace
(5) Island kitchen The island kitchen provides additional
storage space and makes it possible
for two people to face each other while
working in the kitchen. It allows several
people to socialise and/or help out with
the cooking.
The island can also work as a room
divider but you would need sufficient
floor space. An island kitchen requires
a minimum of 120cm between the two
main kitchen combinations so that there
is enough space for working and opening
doors and drawers from both sides at
the same time.
minimum 120cm
Cooking unit
minimum 120cm
Cooking unit Refrigerator
Right-handed solution
Utilise space in corner cabinets with interior
fittings that swing out and optimise available
space. Consider mounting an extra sink
if the cooking unit and sink are placed on
different sides so that hot items do not
have to be moved over open floor space.
L-shaped kitchens provide generous
workspace and storage. But it is difficult
to optimise the use of space in the
corners. Furthermore, a corner solution
will always cause a joint over the middle
of a work surface.
minimum 120cm
The U-shaped kitchen provides a
concentrated work area. It is safe, efficient
and offers a lot of storage space. Two people
can easily work together but separate the
functions so people do not get in each
other’s way. For an effective kitchen, the
layout requires a minimum of 8m2.
The L-shaped kitchen is a versatile layout.
If there is enough space, the kitchen can
be combined with a dining area. Allow at
least 120cm between the cabinets and
dining table so a person can comfortably
sit at the table and not get in the way
while someone else is working.
(4) U-shaped kitchen Dishwasher
(2) Double-sided kitchen Dishwasher
Kitchen layout
Left-handed solution
Washing up
Sustainability tips in the kitchen
•The fridge and freezer
are never turned off.
So invest in an energy efficient one is a great
investment that will save
you money over time.
•Place a fridge or freezer
away from your oven,
since they use more
energy to cool when
they’re close to a
heated area.
•Fan ovens lets you save
even more by multitasking,
cooking several layers of
food at once.
•Induction hobs are faster
and more energy efficient
as it only heats the
area needed.
Bundle RSP $599/set
Bundle RSP $129
•Whirpool kitchen appliances
bundle deals. Come to the IKEA
store and check out 8 different
hob-hood bundle deals, with
savings of 25-40%. Only valid
from 1 May – 25 June.
•Save more. Get 20% discount
on all S&G series solid surface
worktop colours. Only valid from 1 May – 25 June.
•Learn more about the kitchens
and services IKEA offers. Download
the IKEA Kitchen Brochure from
for more inspiration.
STABIL boiling insert
•Using a boiling/steaming
insert lets you save time,
energy and even space
on your stove.
•Using a lid lets water boil
up to 75% faster, saving
both time and energy.
•The water you used to
wash uncooked rice,
boiling eggs, or rinse
fruits, and vegetables
may be saved to be
used for washing the
toilets or watering plants.
•Remove fruits and vegetables
from their packaging as soon
as you get home from the
store will prevent condensation
that can make them rot
and go mouldy faster.
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Enjoy up to 24-month interest-free
instalment payment plan. See store
or visit www.IKEA.com.sg/IPP
for details.
Main workspace
Midsummer is an occasion to gather with friends, family and
loved ones and is usually celebrated with a lot of feasting,
drinking and singing. Nothing captures the essence of
Swedish summer like a midsummer buffet table.
favourite holiday
Assorted herrings alongside boiled potatoes with chopped
chives is the spread's centrepiece. But there has to be
something for those who don't fancy herrings. Like salmon,
pies or meatballs. Bread and cheese on the side. As for the
kids, a yummy hotdog with bread will do the trick.
Join us for the IKEA Midsummer Buffet on Friday, 20 June
2014! Get your tickets from the IKEA Restaurant, starting
from 6 June 2014. While stocks last, on a first-come-firstserved basis.
Think you know ‘The
Land of the Vikings’,
and all things Swedish?
Well, why not have a go at this
little quiz.
1.Which of the following is not a
Swedish brand?
b. Volvo
c. H&M
d. Tetra Pak
e. Nokia
The Midsummer Buffet
2.What colours does the Swedish
flag has?
a. White, blue and red
b. Blue and yellow
c. Green, red and white
d. Blue and orange
e. Red and white
3.Who wrote the book “The Girl with
the Dragon Tattoo”?
a. Stieg Larsson
b. JK Rowling
c. Astrid Lindgren d. Mikael Blomkvist
e. JRR Tolkien
5. c
Midsummer is celebrated in many
parts of the world as the longest
A Swedish verse says “Midsummer
night is not long but it sets many
cradles to rock.” And it holds much
truth as many couples tend to wed
After the pole is raised, Swedes would during this time and Sweden always
don their traditional folk costumes,
sees high birth rates 9 months later
and sing and dance around it to folk
in March!
* Each adult diner will also receive a $10 IKEA store voucher.
Terms and conditions apply.
5.Which of the following is not a Swedish music group/band?
a. The Cardigans
b. The Hives
c. The Corrs
e. Ace of Base
4. d
weden in June is truly beautiful
and it’s the favourite month of
most Swedes. School is out and
nature has burst into life. Besides
celebrating their National Day
on 6 June, it is also the time of
Midsummer. Midsummer falls on the
Friday closest to June 24th and marks
the start of a weekend of celebration.
Midsummer is also a time where
romance is in the air. It is said that
if a girl picks 7–9 different types of
flowers alone while speaking to no
one, and sleeps with it under her
pillow, she would dream about her
future husband at night. In the past,
young girls were also told to jump
over 7–9 wooden fences in order
for their dream to come true!
Option 1: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Option 2: 8pm – closing
3. a
An authentic Swedish Midsummer
centres around the Midsummer pole,
be it a town celebration or private
party. Of all the activities taking
place on Midsummer, none are as
significant and as popular as the
traditional celebration of raising
the Maypole. Children and adults
will collect flowers and greenery
from the fields and woods to dress
the pole and make flower krans
(wreaths) for wearing on their heads.
music from fiddles and accordions.
One popular dancing game is the
Små grodorna, where people of
all ages hop around the pole while
singing about little frogs.
IKEA FAMILY member: $20*
Non-IKEA FAMILY member: $30*
Children (4–12 years old): $10
Children (< 4 years old): Free
Create your own Swede treat at home
Sparkling Elderflower Drink
A refreshing elderflower drink is the perfect welcoming drink
or aperitif – tastes just like summer!
This is what you need
(serves 1):
1. e
2. b
day of the year. In northern parts
of Sweden, the sun actually never
sets at all! It is arguably Sweden’s
best loved holiday. Though many old
traditions are gone today but it is
mainly a celebration of summer, joy
and for the lucky, perhaps romance.
Ticket prices
4.Which of the following is not typical Swedish fare?
a. Pickled herring
b. Open sandwiches
c. Crayfish
d. Fish and chips
e. Princess cake
elderflower syrup
This is how you do it:
Pour the snaps and elderflower
• 4 cl SNAPS CITRON & FLÄDER syrup in a highball glass with ice.
(snaps with lemon & elderflower) Squeeze half the lime into the
glass. Slice the other half and
(elderflower syrup)
add all slices but one to the glass.
• 1 lime
Fill up with tonic water and stir.
• 25 cl tonic water
Place the remaining lime slice
• Ice
on the edge of the glass.
Mission accomplished!
ikea space camp
Humble beginnings
Join us as space cadets and go on a space mission and collect
Space Stamps. Cadets who accomplish the required missions will
get a little treat and stand to take part in the Solar System Lucky
Dip. The lucky winner will win a kid's bedroom makeover worth a
total of $10,000. Bon voyage!
he soul of IKEA is symbolised by a row
of stones from Småland, Sweden. It is
one of the poorest regions in Sweden –
its ground is stony and unfavourable for
agricultural development. Yet, the people
of Småland have thrived and become
renowned for their thrift, inventiveness
and hard work.
and transport them to the train station.
And from there, they were mailed to
the customers.
Furniture was introduced into the IKEA
range in 1948, and in 1951, Ingvar
decided to discontinue all the other
products, and focus only on furniture.
Ingvar knew that if he could assemble
This describes the spirit of Ingvar Kamprad, the furniture himself, his customers could
do the assembling themselves, too. This
founder of IKEA. Ingvar Kamprad was
will certainly lower the prices.
born in 1926 on a farm called Elmtaryd in
the village of Agunnaryd. As a boy, Ingvar
This concept attracted many customers
sold matchsticks, as many people needed
and businesses. But it was soon met
it to start fires for their stoves back then.
with firm resistance and boycott from
Later on, he also sold fish, Christmas tree
the established furniture trade, because
decorations and seeds.
IKEA’s low prices were a threat to them.
Suppliers started to be worried about
In the 1940s, his business and the range
supplying to IKEA, in fear of losing other
of products grew. This included watches,
wallets, pens and picture frames. In 1943, clients. So Ingvar started to design his
own furniture to suit production methods
Ingvar decided to register the company
and further reduce cost.
after the initials of his name, Ingvar
Kamprad, the name of the farm (Elmtaryd)
The first IKEA furniture showroom was
and the village (Agunnaryd) which he was
opened in Älmhult (Småland) in 1953,
born in, to form IKEA.
so that people could come to see and
feel the furniture, instead of just seeing
In those days, Ingvar’s business
them on the mail-order catalogues. Good
transactions were done through mailbusiness prompted Ingvar to expand. But
order, so he kept his stock at home on
instead of building an extravagant store
the farm in Elmtaryd. Each morning, the
milk-collection van would collect the goods in the city where rentals are high, he built
a giant flagship store outside of town to
showcase furniture and room settings.
On the opening day of an IKEA store
in Stockholm, the long queues and
massive demand required more and
more co-workers to fetch products
from the warehouse. Unable to employ
more people at such a short notice, a
co-worker had a stroke of genius and
opened the entrance to the warehouse
for customers to collect the products
themselves. So, the IKEA retail system
was born.
Customers participated in the production
process by assembling the products
themselves, they participated in the
sales process by selecting and picking
their purchases, and then transporting
them home. It is this cooperation
between IKEA and its customers that
allow IKEA to save on costs, and pass
these savings to the customers in the
form of lower prices. Manufacturing the
furniture in large quantities also helps
to reduce costs.
Today, the IKEA system has grown and
evolved, and has found its own niche:
well-designed and functional furniture of
the right quality, at prices so low that the
majority of the people can afford them.
Not just in Sweden, but also the rest
of the world – all in line with the IKEA
vision: To create a better everyday life
for the many people.
Extended shopping hours: Both the IKEA stores will
open from 10am till 2am. The restaurants will be from
9.30am till 1.30am.
Activities for the most important people in the
world: Aliens, martians or fuzzy monsters - Draw your
own space creature and the top-voted drawings will have
it turned into a real soft toy! Indulge in a celestial dessert
feast and rule the galaxy kitchen. Navigate through the
Orbital Course as a full-fledged space cadet and defend
the universe from alien invasion in the Cometh Shootout!
Food specials: Kids eat for free!
Plus, $1 tim sum supper deals
from 10pm till 1.30am to fill that
hungry stomach. Free ice-cream,
meatballs-in-a-cup, popcorn and
candy floss for that junior space
cadet as well. Burp!
Product offers and
mega savings:
Shop in style and
enjoy astronomical
savings on selected
products and late
night specials!
Parent-child bonding:
Think out of the box,
with a box. Build your
very own spaceship using
recycled materials or be
a Space MonStar and rule
the astro runway with
your orbit costumes.
Free IKEA Gift Cards:
Come dressed as an
alien or participate in the
Hotdog Eating contest and
stand to win IKEA Gift
Cards worth up to $50.
For more details, visit
IKEA.sg/spacecamp from
30 May 2014!
gift ideas
DUKTIG 10-pc
coffee/tea set
For children, play is serious business. It is a child’s
way of learning about the world around them.
It’s through play that the body’s muscles and the
brain’s senses get all the stimulation they need.
Play stimulates creativity and the ability to develop
new ideas or perhaps even dare to try something
new. Whether it’s for your own child, or a friend’s
child, here are some playful choices you can get as
gifts for the most important people in the world.
bead shape, set of 4
01 PYSSLA beads $9.90
Recommended for ages from 4 years.
Polyethylene plastic. Assorted colours.
02 PYSSLA bead shape, set of 4 $2.90
Polystyrene plastic. Assorted shapes/colours.
03 MÅLA watercolour box $12.90
Includes 1 tray, 2 water cups, 2 brushes and 14 assorted colours.
04 MÅLA easel $29.90
Blackboard on one side, whiteboard on one side.
May be completed with MÅLA drawing paper roll.
W62xL43, H118cm. Solid pine frame.
05 MÅLA paper $9.90
Bleached chlorine-free paper. Mix of A3 and A4 format.
06 MÅLA scissors, set of 2 $4.90
Straight and zig-zag edges. Plastic/stainless steel.
Recommended for ages from 4 years.
07LÄTT children's table with 2 chairs $39.90
Table W48xL63, H45cm. Seat W28xD28, H28cm. Solid pine.
MÅLA easel
MÅLA paper
LÄTT children's table
with 2 chairs
juggling set
children's table
08TRÄNING juggling set $59.90
Recommended for ages from 6 years. Fabric: polyester, nylon and elastane/spandex. Filling: Polypropylene plastic and highly resilient polyurethane foam.
09 DUKTIG 12-pc plates/bowls set $14.90
Stoneware. Multicolour.
10 DUKTIG glass $5.90/8-pc
Polypropylene plastic. Multicolour.
11 DUKTIG 10-pc coffee/tea set $12.90
Stoneware. Multicolour.
12FANTASIRIK decoration, set of 4 $5.90
100% polyester. W10xL29cm. Assorted colours.
13 GRATTIS serving stand with cupcakes $15.90/5-pc
GRATTIS serving
Recommended for ages from 3 years.
14 MAMMUT children's table $59
stand with cupcakes
Polypropylene plastic. W55xL77, H48cm. Light blue.
15 MAMMUT children's chair $19.90
Polypropylene plastic. W39, H67cm. Light pink.
01 PATRULL book $12.90 (Usual: $19.90)
Safe at home
02 KRULLIG book $5.90 (Usual: $8.90)
The princess and the happiness
03STRÖVA book $5.90 (Usual: $8.90)
King Elk
04 VANDRING $5.90/8-pc (Usual: $8.90)
The hedgehog
05 IKEA the book $15.90 (Usual: $25.90)
A page-turner
for everyone
Home improvement books for you,
coffee table books for a rainy day and
bedtime books for your favourite little
bookworms – our selection of books
offers something for everyone. And
with the low IKEA FAMILY member
prices, you can really build your
home library and still have plenty
left over for some new bookshelves!
gift ideas
Home is the
most important
playground in
the world.
DUKTIG 12-pc
plates/bowls set
Gingerbread mum
Putting groceries away
Whenever you’re home with bags of groceries, get the kids
to help you put them away. After a few occasions, they will
be able to remember where certain items go, particularly
those that they like. Of course, if you’re trying this out with
an over zealous toddler, you might realise your strawberries
have gone missing, only to turn up weeks later in some
random place like the bathroom cabinet or under the sofa.
Fun times await you, my friends, fun times!
I loved it.
With the safety gate, I could cook in peace
without having anyone clinging on to my legs. I
could chop an onion without worrying if any little
fingers were getting close to my knife. I could
carry a casserole from the oven without the
possibility of tripping over any little people. And
then one day, it broke. And so, now, the kitchen
is a free-for-all area, and since I can’t keep them
out, I have to find ways to get them involved.
The level of mess is very much dependant on the
ingredient that you’re measuring. Flour, for example, is a
potential nightmare. As is anything in liquid form. Eggs on
the other hand, are possibly one of the neatest things to
count. Until you ask your kids to crack them, of course.
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I’d like to share some ideas for all ye non-safety
gate folks, but would like to remind you that
whenever kids are involved, there’s always the
aspect of help versus ‘help’. Here we go!
Cutting and peeling
If they’ve done all that and still
want to help (lucky you!!),
here are some other meal-time
related things that young
children can help with:
• Clear, wipe and set table
before meals
• Bring (light and non-hot)
dishes from kitchen to table
• Bring own plate/bowl to
sink after meals
• Push chairs back to table after meals
• Wipe table and seat of high chair after meals
• Pick up/wipe up food items that have fallen off table during meal
• Pour drinks for all
Gingerbread mum
Welcome Kids,
to the Kitchen!
One of the best inventions in the world – after,
oh I don’t know, toilet paper? Air conditioning?
– is probably the safety gate. We used to have
one of those glorious things that divided the
kitchen from the rest of the house. It kept me
out of reach from the kids. It made me feel
like a caged animal. It made walking around
very cumbersome.
Having kids in the kitchen – It’s messy, it’s stressful, it’s
potentially frustrating. Why do we do it then? Perhaps it’s
because we believe in involving them as early as possible
in the hope that when they are older, it will become second
nature to help. The key word here is hope.
Even little kids can help to load up the blender. Just be sure
you remind them about 1,978,086 times (give or take a few
thousand) not to put their hands into the blender. They
can also turn the blender on and ‘pulse’ the ingredients.
Of course, make sure the lid is screwed on. Tightly.
Reading recipes
Butter knives or plastic kid-friendly knives are great for
chopping up mushrooms and slicing beancurd. Of course,
remind your kids that a career in knife throwing should not
be on the cards.
Preschoolers are fully capable with peelers, just make sure
you watch them closely. Long root vegetables like carrots
and parsnips are safer for them to peel as opposed to apples
or potatoes, and make sure they peel away from and not
toward themselves. I’ve found that placing my 5 year old on
a step stool at the sink works best for us – the peels end up
in the sink, and we pick them up after. That way, she can
concentrate fully on the peeling, and not on aiming the peels
at a bin or bowl.
Oh and don’t toss those scraps into the compost bin yet –
pass them on to your toddler along with a toy knife; she will
enjoy ‘cooking’ together with you.
Washing rice grains is a huge hit in our home. Granted, this is
possibly one of the messier things to involve the kids in (think
‘rice grains in hair’/‘water all over the kitchen floor’ kind of messy)
but like everything else, practice makes perfect. Keep reminding
yourself that each time you step on a rice grain. Because the look
on your preschooler’s face at dining table when you exclaim
“This is the best rice I’ve ever tasted!”? Priceless.
Armed with a colander, kids can also be given the task of
washing vegetables. The older ones can also help in plucking
leafy vegetables.
Most kids love playing with water and (bless their hearts)
don’t see dishwashing as a chore. As long as you remove all
sharp, heavy and breakable objects from the sink, feel free
to hand them a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid and
let them attack the dishes. Note: You may need to re-wash
everything. You have been warned.
If you want to involve your preschooler without the risk of
a big mess, getting her to read you the recipe is a good
way to do so. It’s also a good opportunity to practice new
words with emerging readers. Oh and need I mention that
it’s absolutely necessary that you just do a quick check on
the recipe as well, and not rely on your kids entirely? I know
you want them to feel trusted but you know, the difference
between 1/4 cup and 14 cups is rather substantial.
Adora is a freelance writer and also blogs
about her parenting hits and misses at
www.gingerbreadmum.com. She is
mum to Poppy, 5, and Calla, 2. She is a
lousy housekeeper but a top notch nagger
and when not with the kids, can usually be
found hiding behind the laundry basket with
a bar of chocolate. She is not accountable
for any potential thrills and spills you might
encounter in the kitchen. Or in any part of
the house for that matter.
kid's party tips
Appropriate time
and date: Select a day
and time that is most
comfortable for you and
your party-blasters!
Food and beverages:
Decide if you want
a buffet spread or
refreshments. Do bear
in mind any dietary
requirements of your
guests before deciding
on the food/caterer for
the party.
Number of party-blasters (guests): The more
the merrier! The number of people you intend to
invite will determine the amount of goodie bags
as well as food & beverages, so be conscious!
*Hint: to reduce food wastage, estimate to cater for about 10% less portions of the number of people invited.
Venue: Select
a location of
preference or
(Number of
party-blasters to
be considered)!
Choose a theme: We decorate to entice. It
is always easier to work with a theme. Party
themes can be based on your kids’ favorite
colors or captivating cartoon characters they
like. Once you are done… UP UP and AWAY
for a splendid time in deco-shopping!
*Hint: You can strictly follow the theme
or make a little twist to it. For instance,
a ladybird themed party, you can have everything in the colours of the ladybird.
Or you can add a little twist to it by
adding colours!
Brainstorm: (Picasso
time!!) Sketch out the
details of your ideal
venue to save some
time setting up the
party on the day itself.
Desserts table: There is nothing like a dessert
table to make your occasion sweeter than ever!
A good spread will consist of at least 3 different
desserts (e.g. cupcakes, sweets & chocolates,
and fruit tarts).
*Hint: It is not necessary to place the desserts on
a separate table. You can have the desserts right
in the middle of the dining table as well!
Play corner: What is a children’s party without a play corner?
BORING! Kids just love to have fun! Rolls of drawing paper
and toys can be included for the kids to have a fantastic time
at their own little corner!
Stage Two
checked! Now
all you have to
do is to have a
good rest for
the big day!
Budget: Be sure to
keep the total amount
you are willing to
spend in check. Doing
it yourself (DIY) is
Stage One
the ultimate way to checked! Now
keep budget low!
time to spice
up the party
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Who says
you can’t mix
business with
Need to plan a children’s party and unsure how
to start? While we can’t guarantee it will be an
entirely chaos-free party, we do have some useful
preparation tips for you to at least make it a fun one!
It might be work, but it doesn’t
have to feel like it. All it takes is a
comfy chair, home office furniture
that keeps things organised, and
the right lighting for the job. And
by making it easier to tackle those
to-do’s, you’ll have more time to
spend on your wanna-do’s.
Time and finances are precious –
whether you're in retail, hospitality
or an office. So we make sure that
well-designed business furniture
is never an extravagance. At IKEA,
we have the most comprehensive
range on offer to facilitate onestop-shopping at affordable prices.
Retail: Furniture to
make your store shine
In a successful store, the
display solutions, storage,
lighting, workspaces and
other elements all blend
together perfectly. At IKEA,
you can find the products
and ideas for creating your
own retail magic formula.
Don’t forget, we can also
deliver and install.
Office: Make a workplace that works
Our range of office furniture includes all those practical
items that help a modern company to run smoothly.
Plus, you’ll find lots of ideas for making your office
more pleasant, as well as more efficient. If time is
short, we can deliver and assemble for you.
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Enjoy $50 discount with a min
spend of $200 with Hilly Events
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Hospitality: How to generate more smiles
Your guests expect you to be there for them, with
a ready smile, at any hour. While that’s not always
realistic, we can offer help. Our hospitality furniture
solutions are practical, stylish and easy to achieve.
Which means that you can spend more time smiling
and less time shopping.
Article contributed by Hilly Events
Choose the right chair
Invest in a chair today and your body
will thank you tomorrow. The longer
you sit, the more adjustable your chair
needs to be in order to support and
relax you and make it easy to change
working positions.
Store things you use frequently close
at hand. For instance in a drawer unit
or a shelf nearby. This makes sure you
get up and take few steps, increasing
your circulation.
Bringing customers into your own business is no different
from bringing friends into your own home. They deserve
the same warm welcome, the same hospitality, and the
same consideration. It’s all about the little things.
Add some light
Lighting is essential to the look and
function of any room. But it’s also useful
way to decorate and add warmth. Use
lights to focus attention an artwork to
highlight architectural features and to
set a mood. Our light solutions come
in all shapes and sizes, and always at
affordable prices.
Make first meetings an opportunity. Make it a moment
for your customer to be indulged, to be seen, to feel
important – a moment to build trust and loyalty.
Make waiting a privilege.
Even though laptops and wireless
connections are increasing mobility,
and changing the perception of a
workspace, the basic needs are still
the same. We all need places to put
away stuff when not in use. We all
strive for ergonomics, functionality
and good design. And not to forget,
we want to spice it up by putting a
personal stamp on it all.
Plan your workstation
Your workstation has to work for you and
what you do. The more you spend time
there, the more important it is.
The state of your workplace sends
a clear message to your customers;
first-rate order – first-rate business.
An organised business starts with
an organised workplace. Plus an
organised, uncluttered workspace
can improve your efficiency and
calm your nerves. Not to mention
your colleagues’ nerves too.
What is your main workstation? Do
you have a desk, or do you use your
checkout counter for paying bills and
placing order? Think about the kind
of work you’ll be performing here. If
it involves a computer, consider an
ergonomically rounded desktop.
•A desk with depth supports your
wrists and arms, accommodates
keyboard and mouse and allows you
to place the monitor at arms lengths
from your eyes.
•An adjustable desk enables you to
work a height that suits your body.
You need room to turn 90 degrees
either way and stretch your legs.
•A rounded desktop invites others
to have a chat or quick meeting
right at your desk.
•A side table extends your worktop
and keeps the main desk free from
clutter. It’s also perfect for your
printer, fax machine, etc.
Get your light right
Good lighting makes working easier
and more comfortable.
Cable crazy
Drill a hole in the back
of your desk to really pull
through electric cables.
When you have one or
two cables to hide away,
bind them together (cable
trunking) and run them
along the wall or floor,
or even around corners.
Make sure that all the items
you use frequently are within
arm’s reach. Items that you use
less often can be stored further
away. To keep everything tidy,
use boxes with a corresponding
photo or label on the outside
for quick identification. Small
decorative boxes look great on
shelves too.
Clutter-free displays
Shoe racks can be
cleverly used to keep your
magazines, newspapers
and files within easy
reach. Frame a doorway
with shelving to display
your books and favourite
objects. It’s a decorative
solution and saves space.
Planning a meeting room
Meetings don’t always have to be
boring! Getting the meeting room right
can make you (and your team) more
productive. It can also be inspirational,
not just for your colleagues, but your
customers and clients too. Don’t be
afraid to try something different.
Make it scalable
Portable seating that can be stacked
away in the corner of the closet will
help make your meeting area scalable
when extra guests turn up. For a more
informal meeting area, cushions or
footstools are prefect ideas for
extra guests.
First decide if this is an internal meeting
room or one that your customers and
clients will use. That will help dictate
overall feel of the room.
Get seated
Instead of going for a normal meeting
room table and chairs, think about
using more informal, comfy chairs and
creating a more bunge-type feel.
Make use of the closets
Install drawers and organize
by size, shape or task. This
makes finding things- and
putting things away-much
easier. Stow away nonbusiness related items,
like seasonal decorations
or summer fans, and items
you don’t need on a regular
basis in clearly labelled
boxes on high shelves.
Add display area
Fill up an empty wall with wall-mounted
shelves. This provides a dramatic visual
effect, as well as creating a new display
space. Corner bookcases can make use
of space that’s usually wasted in small
spaces and around columns.
Shelve it
Chances are you don’t have a lot
of floor space, so start by taking
advantage of vertical space and
empty walls with mountable
shelves and bookcases.
Decorate and store
Use the empty space below
your shelves. Place a few hooks
underneath them to hang things.
When colours, patterns and textures
are introduced with care, when
special needs are accommodated
for, when neatly accessorised and
done properly, your facility will
effectively reflect your business,
look harmonious, inviting and
creative – a silent signal to your
customers that they are dealing with
a stable and professional company.
Naturally, the product in itself
has to do the biggest job, but the
way it is displayed is almost as
important. It’s about window and
interior display, colour and lighting
techniques, three-dimensional
presentation and product visibility,
line and composition, planning
and layout – it’s about store
atmosphere, it’s about the overall
shopping experience.
Display for impact
Give each product the space it needs. The
more products you show, the more you can
sell, but don’t overwhelm your customers.
Who do you want to sell to?
Decide who your audience is, then keep
that in mind when creating your display.
Display your best products at eye level. If
you’re displaying children products, display
them at a level that is right for them.
Grouping is everything
Grouping individual objects together
will add incredible impact to the
overall presentation. You can group
by size (for example, picture frames),
by material (for example, soaps and
beauty products), by colour (for
example, napkins, candles) or by
function. Grouping by function allows
you to group smaller number of items
together under a common theme
(for example, food preparations, or
preparing and serving coffee).
Picture frames
If there’s an interesting story behind
your product of services, or you want
a new way to display prices, try using
photo frames. There are lots of styles
you can choose from, plus they’re
affordable. Eye-catching and attractive
in themselves, but they are also flexible
enough to let your imagination go wild.
Create focus
An oversized item, like a huge lampshade,
can create focus and add character to
a room or space. Paint one wall in a
contrasting colour and you’ll feel the room
become more dynamic and energetic.
Light things up
Use lighting to highlight or frame your
products. Light automatically draws
people’s attention over. Spotlights
mounted on the ceiling or on a line
system are a good way to do this.
Clear up
Use racks to store magazine, books
and files and leave the table clean for
your colleagues.
Some see it as a quick fix, as
an unwanted, time consuming
necessity just to get through the
rest of the day. To us, the break is
an essential escape from routines,
to effectively sort thoughts,
impressions and feelings. It is a
vitalising condition for staying on
track with motivation and keeping
energy levels high. All you really
need for a comfortable break area
are a few pieces of furniture to sit
on, good lighting and somewhere to
put away your things.
Flexible pieces
Fill your space with furniture on casters
that can be moved around whenever you
feel like changing its layout. Pick a dropleaf, gate-leg or adjustable-length table
that can change size when you have a
colleague’s birthday to prepare for.
Add some light
Lighting helps add warmth to a room.
Use lights to focus attention an artwork,
to highlight architectural features and
to set a mood. Our light solutions come
in all shapes and sizes, and always at
affordable prices.
Short on space?
Use matching small tables so you can put
them together to form one long table on
special occasions.
Just because you have limited amount
of space in your break room or staff
kitchen, it doesn’t mean it can’t be
pleasing to the eye and functional.
Getting organised in the kitchen can help
you keep it clean and tidy.
Group items together, so you find
everything you need to make a cup of
tea or coffee, for example, in one place.
Contribution by members
Special touches
Make your colleagues feel special too.
Add textiles, some tea lights in holders on
tables or at reception. Or add flowers in
the restrooms.
Choose your finishing
Give untreated wood a finish to match
your décor. Paint the wood the precise
colour, stain or varnish that suits the
style of your business.
Create a waterfall
Place shallow shelving or storage above,
and deeper storage below. Place larger
and heavier items below and lighter items
above. Following these rules will feel
more natural for the eye and allows for a
more functional display area.
Break the rules
Who said that a baroque chandelier
could not go into a modern-urban loft?
Add drama and some spice to the mix.
Surprise your colleagues and your clients
with an unexpected twist.
Create a space just for children at your
business. Add a bright rug, child-sized
furniture, toys suitable to their age
range, and a place to store the toys
when the children leave. Making kids feel
welcome encourages their parents-your
customers-to feel even more welcome.
Organise your non-perishable items in
easy-to-see pull-outs, cabinets, shelves
or racks.
We would like to submit our
entry for our office that was
put together largely using
IKEA products. Some of the
items include the magnetic
board panels, pendant lamp,
table and chairs, EXPEDIT
shelf and woven baskets, Alex
drawers, curtain rail, etc.
Get creative and use the top of low
bookcase as table. The break area
can double as an impromptu meeting
area too.
You can do it all yourself.
But you don’t have to.
You spend all day making sure your
customers get all the help they
need. So we’d like to do the same
for you. From delivering your new
retail display furniture to assembling
your storage shelves, we can help.
For enquiries on how IKEA can assist
in your business needs, email to
[email protected]
Rather than sitting down and do
my work, I've decided to set up a
standing desk with LINNMON and
another discontinued furniture that
I can't remember what the name
is. Below LINNMON is another shelf
called LAIVA which I just took the
top portion to make a book shelf
and a stand for the printer.
Witoyo Sucianto
Ereen Toh
If my study area looks like one of your show
room, it’s because I like Ikea furniture so
much! No matter how I personalise them,
they are still so IKEA! It’s better than an
office, I feel it’s like my personal work space.
Hiong Kai Ying
We have a small and packed
office, but yet we'd like to offer
visitors a seat when they come.
We also need to create meeting
spaces but bear in mind fire
safety regulations which stipulate
minimum width of corridors.
What better way to do that then
have foldable furniture from
IKEA like the JEFF chair?
Tan Yong Hui
How to use Feng Shui
as Management Tool
Many people may not realise it but Feng Shui can
be a management tool for business. The versatility
of Feng Shui appeals to many businessmen and
even young executives in this present corporate
world. It is no secret and not surprising that
many of Asia’s business tycoons, politicians and
even CEOs achieved great success due to their
diligence in ensuring the usage of right Feng Shui
applications at their work place.
Grow your business at a steady rate
Create growth luck in the office by enhancing the Wealth & Success sectors of your office. Ensure sectors that govern Growth, Wealth
& Success are properly reviewed and investigated before you decorate the area. Stand at the foyer (front entrance) of your office,
use a good compass, and take accurate facing of your entrance. The following tips may help you to enhance your business luck:
• If your office entrance faces North,
place a metal piece of Art or Metal
Decorative ornament at the center
of the foyer.
North is a Water element sector, and
having Metal will enhance this sector.
•If your office entrance faces South,
place a strong and healthy looking plant
(with no thorns – preferably plants
with abundance of rounded leaves)
in your foyer.
South is a Fire element sector, and
having Wood will enhance this sector.
•If your office entrance faces East or
Southeast, place a water feature in the
foyer. The water should be moving at
all times.
East and Southeast are Wood element
sectors, and having Water will enhance
these sectors.
•If your office entrance faces West or
Northwest, place a large piece of
crystal geode (i.e. amethyst crystal
or citrine).
West or Northwest are Metal element
sectors, and having Earth will enhance
these sectors.
•If your office entrance faces
Northweast or Southwest, place
a piece of nice lighting.
Northeast or Southwest are Earth
element sectors, and having some
Fire will enhance these sectors.
Clover Leaf seating arrangement
This is an ideal sitting arrangement for employees as they
do not directly face each other, hence non-confrontational.
Moreover, they have the flexibility to arrange and sit facing
one of their respective good facing directions.
Useful tips for work
• To minimise and prevent such quarrelsome energies, place some Fire element in
the workplace. Red-coloured wall, furniture/carpets, or nice lamps and increasing
the brightness of the office will help to suppress such unfavourable energies.
• Place a nice majestic Rooster to “peck away" all the office gossips and politics.
• Ensure that employees’ workstations are not arranged in a centipede manner.
This arrangement can easily result in clashes of energies and disharmony.
Ideally all employees’ sitting arrangement should be in a clover form.
•Work trays & files preferably should be higher & put on left side of the work desk.
Right side should be lower than left side
NOTE: Directions are taken from inside, looking outwards to the front of desk.
Left represents “Green Dragon” for Power, Prosperity & Authority and must be
higher than Right side. Right represents “White Tiger” for Protection.
•The front desk should be uncluttered, neat and clear with an unblocked view.
•The back desk should ideally have a wall or partition for “support” in your work.
It is not auspicious to sit with windows and doors behind your work desk.
•Do not sit underneath any beams, hanging pipes, single air-con units, as they
can cause sickness and great “burden” at work.
•Refrain from sitting too close to any photo copier machines and printers – including
having any of the machine output trays from facing any employees (all angles).
They are deemed as “Poison Arrows” that can cause bad luck and bad health.
•Do not put any water features, fountains and pictures that are related to
Water behind any work desk. Water behind you signifies “missed opportunities”
and lack of support.
Most importantly, all offices must be bright, fresh, airy and clutter free to enable all
the good energies to maneuver in the office to generate all the auspicious energies
for prosperity, good business and work harmony.
A balance and well lay-out office that is bright and clutter free brings good energies
to the working space and it is a Happy Office. Thus, it will result in good working
harmony and good business success.
Create a stable and harmonious workforce
Good stable working relationships established between employees & bosses ensure
that there are no negative energies or harmful politicking at the workplace. Gossips,
office politics, tensions and quarrels are usually caused by stagnant energies, or
overly aggressive energies in the office environment.
Centipede seating arrangement
This is a common employees’ work sitting arrangement
in many companies as it can maximise space. However,
this is an unfavourable and inauspicious arrangement as
the employees sit and faces directly with each other when
they work. Such confrontational sitting arrangements can
gradually lead to disharmony, office politics, gossips, etc.
Amelia Neo
Owner & Senior Consultant
Art of Good Living
– World of Feng Shui Singapore
180 Kitchener Road
City Square Mall #03-46/47
Singapore 208539
(+65) 6376-9918
Email:[email protected]
Spring cleaning and fun doesn’t necessarily have to be an oxymoron and all it takes
is a little creativity to turn a boring chore into a super fun activity for the little ones.
Doing laundry seems like a no brainer
but there’s an art to making sure
clothes are properly cleaned without
destroying the color or fabric.
It keeps them occupied, plus mom gets a break from all that cleaning.
This way, everyone wins.
This list of simple tips will come in
handy to solve those laundry woes.
1. Laundry Sorting Game
1. Turn clothes inside out
It’s a simple but effective technique
to keep clothes looking new. The
tumbling action of most washers
and dryers can cause fabric fibers to
break as clothes collide into each other
and against the walls of the machine.
Turning clothes inside out before you
wash them will keep the worst of the
fraying on the inside.
2. Avoid direct sunlight while drying
We know that direct sun exposure
is bad for the skin but did you know
that it can be bad for clothes too? For
brightly colored clothes, exposing them
to direct sunlight can cause the colors
to fade so if you’re hanging them out
on bamboo poles, keep them away
from direct sunlight.
3. Stains
With kids in the house, stains are
inevitable. Depending on the different
kinds of stains, there are several ways
to effectively remove them.
• Coffee: Immediately rinse with hot
water. The key is to do this quickly because once the stain sets, chances
are there’ll be a faint yellowish stain that’s a nightmare to remove.
Berry Juice: Treat with a combination
of white vinegar and Fab Perfect detergent, before rinsing off with
warm water.
Tomato Sauce: Soak in cold water
mixed with white vinegar and Fab Anti Bacterial detergent. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes before rubbing the spot to remove the stain.
Baby Food: Apply a spot stain remover
before soaking in cold water. Do not use hot water as it may set the
stain permanently.
Chocolate: Turn the garment inside out and dab the stain out from the back to prevent it from saturating the fabric fibers. Combine some ammonia, cool water and Fab Color detergent and use mixture to blot the stain out.
4. The dyed whites disaster
This happens at least once to the best
of us despite the best efforts to keep the
whites and colored clothes separated. If
you find your batch of white clothes dyed
a nasty shade of pink due to an offending
red garment, don’t panic. Soak the
clothes in a solution of baking soda and
warm water with half a cup salt and half
a cup Fab Lavender detergent added to it.
If all goes well, the whites should
come out looking as white as ever
and smelling Lavender fresh.
5. Softer clothes with
Downy Anti Bacteria
Get the kids to sort the laundry according
to whites and coloreds before putting
them in the washing machine. The older
kids can go a step further by sorting
the clothes according to colors and
textures to separate out the delicates for
handwashing. At the end of the exercise,
let them measure out the right amounts
of Fab Lavender Detergent and Downy
Anti Bacteria Fabric Softener before
setting the clothes to wash.
2. The Febreze Spray Challenge
Give each kid a bottle of Febreze
Blossom & Breeze and assign them a
designated room in the house. Their job
is to go around spritzing the curtains,
sofas, mattresses and upholstery in their
allocated area to give the room a fresh,
happy scent. A blind smell test will be
The washing and drying
process can leave clothes stiff
and uncomfortable, especially
when worn on baby’s delicate
skin. When washing baby
clothes, add in a bit of Downy
Anti Bacteria fabric softener
for softer, cleaner clothes.
conducted at the end to determine
the winner.
3. Refrigerator Clean Out
Remove all the food from the refrigerator
to do a complete wipe down of the shelves
and drawers with some Flash All Purpose
Cleaner. The kids can have fun taking out
everything, sorting through all the expired
food on the labels and put everything
back according to expiry dates.
Pass it Ons: Toys that they have
outgrown or are no longer playing
with. This pile can be passed on to
other kids or brought to the Salvation Army for donation.
5. Art Corner Organization
Sort out the art supplies by throwing out
dried markers, pens and paints, then
arranging the remaining ones in baskets
or drawers for easy access. Wipe down the
i) Favorites: Toys they play with regularly. area with a damp cloth dipped in a mixture
ii) Storage: Toys that they are less fond
of Flash All Purpose Cleaner and Febreze
of at the moment. This pile can be kept Freshener to keep it smelling fresh and
in storage and brought out in a couple clean. Finally, the kids can select some of
of months or kept for the next child to their favorite art pieces to be displayed on
play with.
the walls while the rest can be recycled.
4. Toy Rotation
Have the kids go through all their toys
and sort them into 3 piles:
Stain remover on the go
3 easy steps to remove stains anywhere and anytime with Dynamo.
Now just in case you ever need to deal
with a disaster stain while you’re out
and about, here’s how to make your
own stain remover on the go.
Making a Dynamo stain remover
Mix a small amount of Dynamo with
some water and give it a good stir to
form a Dynamo solution. Place the
mixture in a small spray container
to bring along on the go.
Some frantic arm-flailing later, you look
at the offending stain in horror, not sure
if you should spend the 15 minutes you
have before the meeting rushing to the
store to buy a new shirt, or attempt to
wash out part of the stain in the
nearest washroom.
Removing stains on the go
Voila, problem solved.
They say that Murphy has a knack for
showing up at the most inopportune
times, so the best thing to do is to be
prepared for contingencies like these
in advance.
2. Next, spray on several spritzes of
the Dynamo solution, let it sit on the garment for 2–3 minutes and then
dab the stain with a cloth to lift the pigment from the garment.
Article contributed by
Daphne Ling from Mothers Inc
Imagine this, you’re grabbing a quick
bite before an important meeting at
work and amidst the rush, the worst thing
that could happen actually does – a glob
of sauce from your pasta accidentally
splashes onto your freshly-pressed,
clean, white shirt.
Good Clean Fun! Spring Cleaning with the Kids
Laundry Tips
When you encounter a spill, the
first thing to do is to gently dab the
garment to soak up the excess liquid.
Be careful not to rub it, as it will force the stain into the fibers, making it
more difficult to remove.
Once the stains are removed, proceed to dry the garment by dabbing up as
much water from the cloth and gently drying it under a hand dryer in the toilet.
For certain spills like red wine, get some vinegar from the restaurant to apply on the garment before proceeding with steps 1, 2 and 3. The vinegar will help to neutralize the purple pigments before you remove the stain with the Dynamo solution.
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