7 Tile Tricks to Make Your Small Home Look Less Cramped

Tiles are some of the best interior design materials out there. Most of them are plenty affordable and they come in a wide array of designs that would fit in with any style. If your home is short on floor estate, learn these tile tricks that will make your space feel bigger than it really is.

1. Open plan? Go with one floor tile.

One tile to rule them all. Keep to one continuous floor tile throughout an open-concept home. Mixing and matching different types of tiles can visually chop up your small space into even smaller parts.

tiles tricks

tiles tricks
The same wood grain tiles were used throughout this open-plan HDB flat.

Design: Fifth Avenue Interior

2. Match the wall tiles with the floor tiles

Similarly, blending the wall tiles with the floor tiles in a small bathroom or kitchen can help to maximise the sense of depth and space. Consider using the same tiles for both the walls and flooring, but if that’s impractical, go for tiles with similar tones.

bathroom tile

bathroom tile
Clad entirely in marble lookalike tiles, this bathroom is a picture of timeless elegance.

Design: Rockin Spaces

Speckled terrazzo tiles cover the walls and flooring in this kitchen.

Design: Habit

3. Stick to a same grout colour

To make things appear less cluttered and busy, match the grouting colour to your tile colour. An absence of contrast gives a more uniform look that will trick the eye into thinking your space is bigger.

If you don’t look closely enough, the white tiles and matching white grouting appear like a single, continuous surface.

Design: Jubilee Interior

4. Adopt bigger format tiles

In the same vein, going with bigger format tiles can help to reduce the amount of grout lines and the visual busyness of your home. For communal spaces like your living room, opt for ones that are at least 60cm x 60cm. For wet zones like the bathrooms, stick to 30cm x 60cm as those offer more traction and are safer. Tiles that are too big will also make it difficult to create a proper slope for drainage.

Large format tiles like the ones in this living room keep the grout lines to a minimum.

Design: Happe Design Atelier

5. Go gloss over matte

While matte tiles don’t necessarily make a small home feel smaller, the additional sheen in glossy floor tiles can help to bounce light around and make your small space look more spacious. Word of caution: Avoid using glossy floor tiles in areas prone to being wet like the bathroom, as they can be too slippery.

Glossy floor tiles together with a full-height mirrored door help to bounce light around this small condominium apartment.

Design: Ark-hitecture

6. Minimise the patterns and grains

Plain tiles are better for small spaces, since they help to cut down on visual clutter. But if those are too boring for you, pick patterned tiles that aren’t too busy e.g. those that feature strong geometric lines as opposed to Peranakan style patterned tiles for instance, or tiles that look like marble and wood but with less obvious grains.

The floor tiles in this home feature faint marble grains that add interest and visual texture without the busyness.

Design: Charlotte’s Carpentry

7. Consider a herringbone or diagonal layout

For places that need lengthening, you may wish to consider laying out your tiles in a herringbone or diagonal pattern. With herringbone, the eye is immediately drawn to the direction of the ‘V’ arrow as a result of this pattern. If you are using square tiles, laying them in a diagonal layout creates a diamond shape pattern with longer lines that run diagonally across the room to give the illusion of a longer and bigger space.

The herringbone patterned flooring draws the eye towards the service yard, elongating this kitchen.

Design: Arche

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A Big Dream Coming True for Us (+ Get the First Peek at Kylee’s New House)

A Big Dream Coming True for Us (+ Get the First Peek at Kylee's New House)A Big Dream Coming True for Us (+ Get the First Peek at Kylee's New House)

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We’re just about to become empty nesters (for real this time) after over 30 years of raising our wonderful children! We are reaching the end of an era, but yet it’s the beginning of so much more!

Last week my husband and I committed to a major life decision that will radically impact our family and our “empty nester life.” We’re so excited, it’s good y’all! I keep pinching myself! It may seem a bit unexpected, but it’s something we’ve prayed for…and waited a long time for answers on.

It’s really a dream come true in so many ways!

Even so, the exact *what* *how* or *when* or even *if* weren’t clear to us until this past week. It’s hard to put into words what it feels like to finally know some of the answers to our questions. And even more exciting, we are able to SEE clearly now what our dream actually looks like! It’s even better than I could’ve imagined, so I’m feeling very very grateful.

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It’s bittersweet in some ways, though, as this decision closes the door on other possibilities (at least for now). Change is often like that, it’s not always perfect. But knowing we are following the path meant for us and seeing the pieces start to come together has brought such peace. It’s a good feeling to finally KNOW! And gratefully this bittersweet dream-come-true is not too bitter–it’s mostly sweet!

We have plot twists going on here that you can’t even imagine, and we don’t have everything 100% set yet, but we’re going to navigate the changing seasons in the best way we can and trust it will all come together as it should. This new chapter is going to be good, friends, it will be REALLY good.

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I didn’t mean for this to be such a cliff hanger teaser of a post (ha)! but there’s a LOT to share in this story. I’ll be able to share more details in the coming days and weeks (and as a few more puzzle pieces come together), I promise.

But, I can say this right now…

This dream is going to be SO fun to share with you! Thank you to those of you have been following along with our family for years, I appreciate your prayers and support so much! One season is definitely ending but I can’t wait to begin what just might be the MOST EXCITING CHAPTER of our lives to share with you YET!

And speaking of BEGINNING EXCITING NEW CHAPTERS….here’s another one that is finally about to happen:

My daughter Kylee is getting the keys to her new house THIS WEEKEND!!! Her new home is very charming and we can’t wait to share it with you! She’s going to share the first photos of it with our newsletter subscribers, so be sure you are subscribed HERE if you want to be the first to see the sneak peek! 🙂

If you missed the post where we shared the news about Kylee moving, you can catch up here, and read her home buying story here.

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An Art-Driven Bronx Remodel For Work-Life Space

This pre-war Bronx remodel gives a work-downstairs space for its artist owner

Image of an entryway seating area with furniture and staircase

“After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

  • Homeowners: Steve and Lewis posted their gut renovation project on Sweeten.
  • Where: South Bronx, New York
  • Primary renovation: A whole-house remodel in the Bronx reveals an in-home art studio and a vibe of “warm minimalism”
  • Sweeten general contractor and architect, Shannon Reid of Reid Wilson Architects
  • Sweeten’s role: Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and up to $50,000 in renovation financial protection—for free.

Written in partnership with Sweeten homeowners Steve and Lewis

Setting goals for a new home

We bought this house with dreams of a live/workspace that would reflect our style and offer plenty of room for our art collection. Steve is a painter, so having his studio at home was a life-long dream. We also wanted a place where our friends and large extended family could get together.

Image of two Sweeten renovators

Image of the exterior of a red brick rowhouse with black windows in the South Brox

We are Steve DeFrank and Lewis Holman. Steve teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Lewis is self-employed as a tax accountant. We sold our loft condo in Williamsburg after living in it for nearly 15 years to purchase a small townhouse in the South Bronx.


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From a two-family to a single-family rowhouse

The engineer’s report on our 1882 rowhouse in Mott Haven, the Bronx, came back good, but we still planned on a gut renovation. The structure has three stories comprising roughly 1,500 square feet. The home had been divided into two apartments and had eight rooms on just two of the floors. We wanted to renovate and convert to a live/work single-family home.

Image of a living room with wooden floors, couches and floor-to-ceiling windows

Image of a dining area with wooden dining table, chairs and wall shelves

Image of a dining area with wooden table, hanging pendant lamp and shelving unit

We listed our project on Sweeten and began our search for design-build services. Sweeten’s introduction to our contractor and architect was a valuable service. As first-time renovators, our biggest questions before starting the project were about cost. In addition to an in-home studio, we wanted to open up every floor of the building with fewer walls and more windows. We understood that altering the building in this way would be an investment.

The plan we made with the architect was for the ground floor to be Steve’s studio and a water closet—a bathroom with the sink outside. The middle floor would be the living and dining rooms, plus a kitchen and a half bath. On the top floor would be our bedroom and a home office/guest bedroom, a full bath, and a laundry closet.

Image of a blue storage unit and pink staircase

Image of a Sweeten renovator sitting in his at-home art studio working at a crafts table

Image of an at-home basement art studio with hanging art on the walls

We did a true gut renovation—nothing was in good enough shape to retain. Our Sweeten contractors demolished down to the bricks and joists, all of which had to be replaced or sistered; this was necessary to allow removal of the central beam, needed to open up the ground- and middle-floor spaces.

Radiant heat and functional stairs

Throughout the home, we aimed for low-maintenance, design-worthy materials to evoke an aesthetic of warm minimalism. We wanted expansive wall space for hanging works of art. The ground-level studio interior is an open workspace with recessed LED lighting, a lot of artist’s storage, and radiant-heat flooring—which we installed on all levels. To bring as much light as possible to the studio, we opened the rear wall with an 8’ x 9’ three-panel glass sliding door.

We decided to remove the original front stoop and relocate the house’s entrance to the ground floor, which created some challenges. Our architect Shannon envisioned and our Sweeten contractor produced, a storage unit that divides the entry area from the studio space. We had hoped to save the original interior staircase and railing, but our Sweeten contractor showed us options that made more sense.

Ultimately, we closed the stairs from the ground floor to the first to create more wall space in the studio; we chose a vivid pink hue for the risers, which brightens the whole entrance. On the parlor and top floors, we went with a wood stair-rail that looks simultaneously classic and modern. In the end, we were very happy that we took our contractor’s advice.

Connecting all of the floors

The kitchen cabinets are custom millwork, the front panels are painted a green that evokes the palest verdigris. Our island, which has an angled front, is an homage to artist Donald Judd. We rented nearby during renovations and observed this living area coming together. Visiting the site at least twice a week, we loved seeing the gradual progress, sometimes glacial and sometimes lightning quick.

We understood that altering the building in this way would be an investment.

A dining-area drawer and shelving system provides storage and connects these rooms to the top floor, where the main bedroom and home office also employ coordinating storage units. We had fun with tile in the upstairs full bath, where we mixed matte and glossy tile in a range of sizes and colors, including chartreuse, dark green, and gray-green.

A building exterior refresh

The elimination of the parlor-floor entrance led to an anomaly on the front of the house, with regards to the living-room windows. Because we replaced what had been the front door with a window, there was a size disparity between that and the window next to it. The architect’s solution—a modular window design, a component of which sort of flip-mirrors the smaller window to create a visual connection despite the size difference.

Image of a modern bathroom vanity and wall with green tile

Image of a bathroom vanity with black fixtures and modern oval mirror

Image of a shower with light green tiles, black fixtures and shelf for bathroom supplies

Steve and Lewis’ renovation advice

Throughout the job, we enjoyed a collaborative exchange with the architect and contractor. As first-time (and last!) renovators, we’d embarked on possibly the most stressful project of our lives. Luckily, we had chosen our team carefully. Our contractor and crew kept a sense of humor during a long, arduous process.

Our advice to other homeowners ready for a renovation: Anticipate bad news and delays, and roll with the punches. Be grateful for the opportunity you have, even when you wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea! And remember, issues that arise and seem monumental during the process get solved, and are forgotten once you move in. Now when we enter our home, we feel serene.

Image of a bedroom with storage cabinets and at-home desk workspace

Image of an at-home workspace with metal desk and white hanging shelves

Image of a laundry closet with washer, dryer and shelves of cleaning products

Image of a multi-story staircase with black railing and white brick walls

Thank you for sharing your Bronx remodel story with us, Steve and Lewis!

Renovation Materials

WHOLE HOME RESOURCES: Wall and ceiling in Super Matte paint; interior doors, trip/castings, window sills, stair risers, and stringers in Cliffside Gray pearl paint: Benjamin Moore. Radiant heat flooring: Warmboard, Inc. Engineered Hickory Heirloom, ¾” thick, tongue and groove softened edge, 5” face widths, Veiled White satin prefinished wood flooring: Carlisle. Mini Orb stairwell lights: Allied Maker. Light switches: Lutron.

ARTIST STUDIO RESOURCES: Interior doors and door trim in Super White pearl; studio floor and cellar stairs in Platinum Gray glossy floor/porch paint; storage cabinet in Pacific Ocean; stair risers in Hot Lips pearl; stair stringers in Cliffside Gray pearl: Benjamin Moore. Continuum 23 series architectural LED linear fixture: Alcon Lighting. No. 8 LED, flush mount recessed lighting: Dulanski

KITCHEN RESOURCES: Custom millwork cabinets: Custom by contractor. Cabinets in Antique Jade paint: Benjamin Moore. Dekton countertops and backsplash in Zenith: TK Quartz and Granite. Refrigerator, dishwasher, and cooktop: Bosch. Electric oven: Samsung. Discus Pendant 2 light over kitchen island: Mattermade

DINING AREA RESOURCES: Tolomeo variations light over dining table: Artemide. Dining area drawer and shelving system: Vitsoe.

FULL BATHROOM RESOURCES: Field tile, 6×6 in color P210 (dark green), 6×3 in color R203 (chartreuse), 3×3 tile in color P94 (gray-green), 3×3 in color S1 (off-white, behind sink): Pratt & Larson. Blu Bathworks series 1200 wall-mount vanity and matte white #SA1200-01m sink top; Duravit Darling New wall-mounted toilet; matte black single-function shower head; black Del Rp71751.Bl shower arm; black wall-mounted hand shower set: AF New York. Gravity mirror: Ex.T. Mini Dome light: Allied Maker.

HALF BATH RESOURCES: Adriatic 3×12 lava stone subway tile: Tilebar. Jason Wu sink faucets: Brizo. Nivis wall-mounted sink: Agape Design. Gravity mirror: Ex.T. White Darling New wall-mounted toilet: AF New York. Endless Dome light: Allied Maker. Contempo II black matte towel bar: Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath.

BEDROOM RESOURCES: Drawer and shelving systems: Vitsoe. Tolomeo variations wall-mounted bedside lamps: Artemide.

ADUs or accessory dwelling units can transform into home offices, living space for family or as a rental, or a retreat.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation with Sweeten.

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Which Kitchen Countertop Material is Best?

I recently visited a couple of kitchen countertop material suppliers to find out the differences between sintered stone and quartz. While many of you already know what quartz is, sintered stone is a newer material that has surfaced in the interior design scene lately.

Sintered stone versus quartz

Sintered stone versus quartz

Purportedly the successor of quartz and made with newer technologies, this man-made material is fast gaining popularity for its durability. In this article, I list down the key differences between the two materials and put a few sintered stone and quartz samples to some rigorous stain-, heat- and scratch-test to see how they hold up.

What are the main differences between sintered stone and quartz?

Composition: While the composition differs from brand to brand, sintered stone surfaces essentially comprise natural quartz stone as well as minerals and raw materials commonly used to make porcelain and glass surfaces. These are then fused together at a very high temperature. Quartz, on the other hand, is a blend of natural quartz stone, resins and other pigments, compacted together under intense vibration and pressure.

Appearance: Sintered stone uses a digital imaging technology to achieve the pattern on the surface material. The appearance of, for instance marble grains can therefore look more realistic and natural on sintered stone surfaces compared to those on quartz.

Quartz however is full body, which means the pattern travels through the slab. So if you are opting for a thicker slab, you mean be able to see the pattern running through from the side of the countertop. Sintered stone’s pattern is just visible from the top surface.

Side perspectives. Sintered stone versus quartz: notice the grains at the side of the quartz sample.

Yellowing under the sun: According to a supplier, quartz surfaces will discolour and turn yellow (if it’s white) or greyish (if it’s a darker colour) when left exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time e.g. 6 months. This is because of quartz’s high resin content. In contrast, sintered stone is unlikely to have any discolouration during the same period. As such, the latter is suitable for outdoor use.

Cost: Across the brands, premium quartz colours have a similar price range to sintered stone, which is about $230 psf. There are however lower-end quartz designs that can go for around $90 psf.

Putting sintered stone and quartz samples to a scratch-, stain- and heat-test

quartz versus sintered stone

quartz versus sintered stone
Top row: Sintered stone samples. Bottom row: Quartz samples.

To learn the differences between the scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant qualities of both sintered stone and quartz, we also put them through several tests.

What samples did we use?

I went with marble-inspired sintered stone and quartz samples for consistency and also because of their popularity with homeowners in Singapore. The colour codes are in brackets. These were the ones I tested with:

Sintered stone:

· Gardenia Slabs (Calacatta Arabesque) by Bellus
· Dekton (Rem) by Cosentino


· Silestone (Pearl Jasmine) by Cosentino
· Neutra (Nuvolato) by Bellus
· Caesarstone (Frosty Carrina)
· Iquartz (Barrington)

The Tests

Scratch test: I ran a knife through the surface samples a couple of times, mimicking the action of slicing and chopping.

Stain test: Splotches of pasta sauce and turmeric paste were left on the samples for two hours to see if these would cause any staining. The splotches were then washed away with dishwashing liquid and water.

Will the pasta sauce and turmeric stain the surface samples?

Heat test: A pot of boiling water (100 deg C) was left on each surface sample for 5 mins.


Scratch test:

Scratch test on the iquartz sample.

Scratch test on the Dekton sample.

All the surface samples passed the test. I did not see any scratches on any of the surface samples.

Stain test:

This is where things got interesting. All the quartz samples were stained with turmeric after two hours, even with much scrubbing. Silestone followed by Caesarstone had the faintest turmeric stain left behind, while Neutra had the worst.

Stains came off very easily for both the sintered stone samples (Dekton and Gardenia Slabs), even without soap.

The results of the stain test.

Neutra Quartz Before and After.

Gardenia Slabs (Sintered Stone) Before and After.

Heat test:

I placed a pot of boiling water on each sample for 5 mins.

There were no scruff or burnt marks on any of the surface samples. They all held up to the 100 deg C test well.


From what I’ve learnt about sintered stone as well as the tests that I’ve put them through, it would seem that they are indeed an improvement from quartz, with better durability and more stain resistance.

I also preferred the more natural appearance of the sintered stone surfaces compared to quartz (for their marble series), although Silestone also has a wide range of quartz surfaces that feature very realistic looking marble grains.

Folks who are particular with the sides of their countertops may wish to note that sintered stone surfaces come with plain sides so the top design doesn’t follow through to their cross section of each slab. This isn’t a very huge issue, as you can always opt for a double-profile installation, which joins two pieces of slabs together so that there is a thicker edge by the side. This allows both pieces to feature the top design.

In terms of price, quartz takes the cake as sintered stone surfaces are usually priced alongside the premium quartz range.

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House Tour :: A Renovated Modern Victorian with The Most Gorgeous Kitchen

Somewhere in the course of the past year, our family switched from eating in the ‘formal’ dining room to our breakfast nook for most meals. Of course, this may have had something to do with the fact that we haven’t exactly been entertaining, but there is something about the ease and convenience of an eat-in kitchen that has become more and more appealing. So my question is – is it possible to have a dining space connected to the kitchen in a way that feels formal enough for guests, and comfortable enough for breakfast? Well, my friends, I think we’ve found it…

The renovation of this 19th century Victorian home, located in Sydney, (done by Smith + Levine) presents many beautiful details, preserved charm, and thoughtful design, but the kitchen – and adjoined dining nook – is by far my favorite room in the house. The way the two spaces transition seamlessly (notice how the backsplash and counter create one continuous line that connects the two!), while still having a hint of separation in the doorway is simply perfection. The two spaces also featured different ceiling treatments, and the dividing wall allows for that to happen without it feeling awkward.

But it’s the custom curved island that really tops things off for me as far as the kitchen goes. Mark my words, this is a trend that we’ll be seeing more of!

rounded wood island in an updated kitchen

The traditional ogee edge and the use of different materials from the rest of the kitchen (brass hardware and oak!) lend to the furniture style of this piece, giving it the feel of a repurposed antique while being able to customize it to the space.

The cabinets, on the other hand, are painted Dulux ‘Heifer’ and make a lovely compliment to the oak while the modern edge matches the clean lines of the rest of the kitchen. The mix of traditional and new in every space in the house is really lovely.

In the dining room, I love that the chose a contrasting darker wood finish for the table and chairs, along with the dark leather bench. It brings a bit of sophistication to the room while breaking up the sea of oak. The way the bench is built into the wall with more storage is also quite fantastic and functional.

As for the rest of the house… well, it’s got plenty of gorgeous architecture and details for you to bookmark.

I always love an antique piece of furniture like this – especially in the entryway – to set the tone for a home. The massive mirror really fills the wall and creates the illusion of more space in the entry. It’s a bit on the large side for me, but I appreciate the way it functions. Also, if you look closely you can see that the front door is painted a lovely shade of green – wish we could have seen more of that little detail!

A secondary entry – which I’m guessing may be via the carport – exists through the laundry room, where more practical storage awaits. The bench top being a stone surface is so smart, as I imagine wet coats dripping onto the surface.

The living room is, sadly, my least favorite space. The furnishings are quite modern and the styling a bit cold for my taste, although it does look comfy. It’s tucked into a more narrow back section of the home, and I wish it had a few more antique accents or details to it.

The bathrooms in the home are also more on the modern side, but the tiles are so gorgeous, I don’t really mind! There is the use of more traditional hardware fixtures to help balance it out, and I also adore the curved backsplash detail on the marble behind the sink!

The custom details of the built in bench and the paneling behind the headboard in the main bedroom are nice touches. Again, though, I find myself wishing for a few more elements that reflect the warmth of the kitchen and dining room. To be fair, some of this could be the editing of these photos where the subtle creams in the linen bedding aren’t quite coming through. I do see how keeping these details uniform in color helps create one cohesive space, but one could also argue that it all sort of blends together. Which would you prefer??

Here in the closet we do finally get a dose of some more wood in what looks to be the shoe storage area. I’d take this entire closet situation with all that natural light!

And then finally, we have the main bath. My goodness, this house has so many windows!! I always take note when designers come up with clever ways to float mirrors over windows, as it can be such a help in problem solving layout issues when designing bathrooms. I think it’s very well done here where the scale of the mirror mimics a slightly smaller version of the windows.

I also very much enjoy the mix of tile on the walls with the addition of a more creamy tone for warmth. Do I sound like a broken record yet?

Overall, I think the renovations to this home were a lovely improvement! I think we all know that I veer a bit more organic and classic than some of the rooms featured here, but that won’t stop me from appreciating what the designers and owners created. For more details on the home, the process and the designers, you can reference the original article on Home Beautiful.

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Six Favorite Tips for Decorating a Summer Bedroom

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This post is in partnership with Walmart

One of the most enjoyable things for me in decorating is to focus on enjoying the season we’re in! Why keep your spaces the same all the time when you can feel inspired with a few simple changes? We aren’t headed off on a tropical vacation this summer, but the sun is out right here so we’re savoring every moment of it. Last week I brought in some fun elements to our bedroom from Walmart Home to give it the feeling of a tropical retreat!

The things I chose for our space from Walmart Home are so cute and super flexible so they’ll work in other areas of the home and in other seasons, too. It’s really easy to switch the whole feeling of a room by simply changing a few accessories, so you don’t have spend a fortune.

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Here are my Six Favorite Tips for Decorating a Summer Bedroom:

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1. Decorate with what you love, but be willing to try something fresh and new! I got this floral white ceramic lamp with a teal shade. I’ve had simple white lamps in my room for a long time, but I have to say, I ADORE this quirky colorful lamp. I’m so glad I tried a new look! The style really spoke to me and gave my room a really fun personality!

After I fell in love with the lamp and brought it home, I saw one similar at a high end shop. Don’t you love when you get a deal on something you love and then find one similar but more expensive elsewhere? You have to know where to shop, be true to what you love and yet willing to try something new, and window shop often enough to jump on good finds when you discover the gems.

2. It’s OK to decorate spaces so they are pretty now, even if you think you are just going to change them later. I got this botanical wall art set because they are just so fun! This wall has felt uninspiring to me for a long time, but I kept debating what I was going to do about it. Now it makes me so happy to see it looking so finished, fresh and cute! I thought these pieces would be great as an accent anywhere you want a little splash of color. I think sometimes we are afraid to get or hang art because it seems too permanent or it makes a statement we might not be sure we want to commit to! I learned a long time ago to just HANG THE ART! You can always change it later, but you might also wonder what took you so long to fall in love with your space.

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3. Try throwing in a touch of moody to a space, even in the summer. You don’t have to do all light and bright in the summer. A deeper tone in a shade you love can bring more contrast and dimension to the space. I got this faux suede peacock color pillow. I loved the color because it ties in so well with the lamp, but also it brings in a contrasting tone and a slightly more moody vibe which will be really nice as we head into fall, too.

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4. Look for versatile layers. I got this white chenille 3 piece duvet and sham bedding set. I really wanted a simple lightweight textural white coverlet for our bed that would be easy to layer with other bedding throughout the year, or could be folded up and stored in the winter. When I saw this duvet cover I knew it was going to be perfect! You can use it like a coverlet, but it also has a button closure with ties so I can put in my faux-down insert to make it extra cozy and FLUFFY when I want to, or as we head into fall! I’ll show you how that looks next week. This will be really fun and cozy to use all year round. It came with the shams, too.

5. Don’t forget texture! I loved this little round wicker tray for texture, but also the versatility. Texture is an often overlooked element that really transforms the feeling of a room. I love setting up a little tray like this on a bed for guests, but it could also work on the wall as pretty decor or as a basket to corral anything on a counter or dresser.

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6. Look for pillow covers with zippers. I was thrilled with the pillow covers I got in this blue and white patterned pillow set. They look so great with my style and can work in any room of our home. Plus, they have zippers, which I love for two reasons. One is you can fill it with the fluffiest pillow inserts so it’s super plump! Plump is good when it comes to pillows :). The other reason I love pillow covers is when the season is over or you just want to change the look, you can easily switch out the insert and put the cover away until next time you want to use it.

I loved how these pillows looked in our living room too (below).

Six Favorite Tips for Decorating a Summer BedroomSix Favorite Tips for Decorating a Summer Bedroom

Walmart Home has so many fun accessories for the home!

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Floral White Ceramic Lamp with Teal Shade

Fronds Wall Art Set of 2

Round Wicker Tray

Rattan Open Weave Round Storage Basket

Rattan Weave Woven Storage Crate

Natural Fiber Rug

White Chenille 3 Piece Duvet and Sham Bedding Set

Faux Suede Peacock Color Pillow

Ceramic Floral Round Wall Hanging Mirror

Metal and Glass Terrarium

Other source: Blue and White Patterned Pillow Set

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Popular Types of Kitchen Countertops, from Stone to Steel

From granite to quartz, different types of kitchen countertops can deliver on both looks and performance

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After kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops have the most style impact in the kitchen. There are many types of kitchen countertops to choose from—stone, quartz, solid surfacing, wood, to identify the most popular—so you’ll want to take a few factors into consideration before pulling out your wallet.

  • Where will it go? Will it be attractive if it’s visible from adjoining living areas as well as the cooking space?
  • How will you use it and how often? Can it stand up to common spills and daily impact with cooking tools?
  • What other features will it connect to? Will it look good and stand up to adjoining elements, like a sink or a stovetop?
  • How often do you clean? Besides the after-meal swipe with a sponge, are you up for taking the time for regular maintenance?

Happily, whatever your answers are to the questions above, there is a countertop for you. Today’s eclectic kitchen styles also welcome a mix of materials, so don’t worry about everything matching. You can have one material for the island and another for the countertop, or treat yourself to a small slab of marble for a bar space, for instance. For best results, always hire a professional certified to fabricate and install the particular material you choose.

Below are popular types of countertops that Sweeten homeowners have installed along with the pros and cons of each material.

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Marble counters

Image of marble kitchen countertops

(Above Sweeten homeowners Lia and Chris’ kitchen remodel

Sought for its classic beauty and variety, marble still draws its fans among homeowners who want stone in the kitchen. However, it is more porous than granite, and this factor, combined with a high price tag—more than $100 per square foot, not including fabrication—limits its application to a few areas of the kitchen, like entertaining or baking areas. Remember that this particular material enjoyed pride-of-place in grand homes in the last two centuries, so if you are up for classic elegance that yields a timeworn patina, this could be the stone for you.


  • Withstands high heat
  •  Adds a high-quality, luxury look suitable for traditional or contemporary kitchens
  • Stays cool, so good for rolling out dough
  • Pairs beautifully with many other surfaces, especially wood and metal


  • The most expensive of stones
  • Limited in color choices—whites, grays, blacks
  • Stains, scratches, cracks, and chips more easily than other stones
  • Requires monthly sealing and may still discolor

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Soapstone counters

Image of soapstone countertop and backsplash
(AboveSweeten homeowners Janet and Jerry’s kitchen remodel

Soapstone’s resistance to heat and water, along with a muted color palette marked by subtle veining, makes it an appealing alternative to granite and marble. It also comes with a slightly lower price tag, in the $70 to $100 per-square-foot range. Soapstone does require care, like all stones.


  • Resists heat and water
  • Color tends to be uniform throughout the slab
  • Suitable for sinks, too, if you want a blended look
  • Comes in at the lower price spectrum of natural stone


  • Scratches easily and will show stains, which can be sanded out
  • May crack or chip if you aren’t careful when working on it
  • Requires regular sealing and will show stains if not wiped up immediately
  • Develops a patina over time, which you may or may not like

Engineered stone counters

Image of townhouse kitchen with engineered stone counters(AboveSweeten homeowners Bellamy and Zak’s kitchen remodel

Of all the types of kitchen countertops, engineered stone is probably the toughest surface on the market. this material is typically 90 percent quartz mixed with pigments and polyester resin, then manufactured under pressure into highly dense slabs. Manufacturers such as Caesarstone offer a vast array of looks, including many faux granites as well as the whitest whites, blackest blacks, and some brilliant colors like red and blue. Claims that it won’t stain or fade or succumb to high heat make engineered stone the most popular choice for kitchen countertops, edging out granite, despite the fact that the cost starts around $100 per square foot, the same or higher than natural stone.


  • Most impervious of all surfaces; resists heat, stains, scratches, bacteria, fading
  • Huge selection of patterns and colors, including faux stones and custom colors
  • Can be manufactured into nearly any shape you want
  • Requires no sealing or special maintenance


  • Faux stone doesn’t appear to look like real stone
  • May crack on sudden impact with a heavy object
  • Costs as much as real stone
  • Solid-colored slabs will show seams

Granite counters

Image of granite countertops in kitchen
(AboveSweeten homeowner Ann’s kitchen remodel

Granite landed on the kitchen scene a little over two decades ago and remains popular. It’s a close second behind the number one choice, engineered stone, according to a survey from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Why does granite endure? It combines unique beauty with durability and low maintenance. The natural grain means no two slabs will be identical. While very hard and impervious to heat, granite is porous, so it needs to be sealed at least annually—easy enough with hand application by sponge.


  • Resists high heat
  • Comes in a range of colors and grains
  • Each slab has a unique appearance
  • Maintains its value if well cared for, including sealing annually


  • Expensive, from $60 to $100 per foot, but popular colors come in lower
  • Shows wear from knives and spills like vinegar, citrus juice, and oils, so use a cutting board on top
  • Requires regular maintenance, which a DIY project with a sealant and a sponge can accomplish
  • Will crack if improperly installed or a heavy object makes impact

Solid surfacing counters

Image of a kitchen with black and white floor(Above) Architects Can Vu Bui, Lane Rick, and Matthew Storrie’s kitchen remodel 

Twenty years ago, solid surfacing was the darling in the world of kitchen countertops. It still deserves consideration, as many qualities have been improved over time by brands like Corian. It is heat- and stain-resistant and comes in a range of looks, including faux stone, and lots of fashion colors. Because it has a little give, due to it being made of acrylic or polyester or a blend of the two, objects dropped on solid surfacing are less likely to break. It also can be molded into many shapes, including intricate inlays, edge and backsplash treatments, as well as furniture. Plan to spend around $80 to $100 per square foot, depending on the pattern and color.


  • Heat- moisture-, and fade-resistant
  • Enormous choice of colors and patterns, including custom
  • Seams fuse together so joints don’t show
  • Molds into just about any shape including integrated backsplash or sink
  • Does not require sealing; clean with mild detergent


  • Can’t take high heat; will lose shape
  • Vulnerable to scratches, cuts, and prolonged exposure to stains like wine or catsup; requires a cutting board
  • Faux stone looks don’t exactly resemble stone
  • Not recyclable

Wood counters

Image of kitchen with wooden butcher block countertop(Above) Sweeten homeowners Lavanya and Regis’ kitchen remodel

Probably America’s earliest type of kitchen countertop, wood is still desired for its natural beauty and warmth. Wood can take moderate heat, but it will show burns, dings, and knife cuts. Fans consider the patina part of the appeal. Most damage can be sanded out; be sure to reapply food-safe mineral oil after any repair. Avoid installation in areas like the sink with prolonged exposure to moisture, which will cause it to swell. Clean with a damp sponge and a mild detergent. Hardwoods such as maple and oak are most commonly used as kitchen countertops, in a butcher-block pattern, which provides additional strength. Wood is a thriftier choice than many of the surfaces described above, starting at about $35 per square foot and climbing upward.


  • Easy to clean and repair
  • Good for cutting and chopping; knives won’t dull with contact
  • Won’t chip and objects dropped on it are less likely to break
  • Provides a rich look for a price lower than many other kitchen surfaces


  • Vulnerable to moisture, chemicals, and high heat, which cause permanent damage
  • Immediately shows signs of use
  • Expands or contracts with extreme swings in moist environment
  • Requires food-safe sealant and regular care to preserve surface

Laminate counters

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(Above) Sweeten homeowners Dan and Mike’s kitchen remodel

While not so rugged as most other surface options today, laminate still has plenty of upsides, like loads of patterns and colors, and a thrifty price tag starting at $10 to $20 per square foot. Made of resin-covered paper backed by plywood or particleboard, laminate does come with its share of synthetics. To ensure your indoor air quality, look for laminates certified by Greenguard, like Wilsonart, which indicates they are made from low-emitting materials that use formaldehyde-free paper and low- or non-toxic glues. This fashion-friendly surface can mimic the look of stone, wood, or fabric, or any graphic the manufacturer can think of. It will last for a few decades with proper care, which includes no direct cutting on the surface or exposure to acid or chemicals.


  • Requires minimal care and no sealing
  • Available in a vast selection of patterns and colors
  • Easy to cut and install in tight spaces
  • Well-priced, particularly for a product with so many style options


  • Scratches and burns easily; sometimes impossible to repair
  • Seams show, particularly on solid colors
  • Allows only drop-in sinks, due to their construction
  • Anything other than the simplest edge treatment will drive up the price

Stainless steel counters

Image of stainless steel countertops in kitchen

(Above) Sweeten homeowners Beth and Bob’s kitchen remodel

Of all the types of kitchen countertops, stainless steel counters are commonly used in commercial kitchens. This is because stainless steel can take a beating: from knives, high heat, most spills, and it’s completely anti-bacterial. You must avoid caustic chemicals, but since it’s water- and stain-proof, that’s not an issue unless you use it for something other than food prep. It comes in a number of finishes, including polished and brushed, which help hide scratches. Cost begins at the high-middle, about $70 per square foot. Dings and dents will show up and are impossible to remove without displacing the countertop. But if you want a pro-style countertop, those battle scars can be shown with pride.


  • Super-resilient material is water-, stain-, fade-proof and resists bacteria
  • No need for sealing; cleans with simple detergent and water
  • Integrates seamlessly with features like drainboards, sinks, and backsplashes
  • Manufactured to exact specifications, so potentially seamless


  • Not suitable for cutting; must use a board to protect from knives
  • Shows the smallest scratches and dents, which are very hard to remove
  • Noisy when kitchen tools come in contact
  • Fabrication will drive up the price unless you buy a ready-made sink and drainboard unit

Depending on how you use your kitchen, there is a myriad of options for those who always order take-out to the avid home chef.  Style and function combine for the level of care you choose to take on.

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8 Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen Instantly Without Renovating

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where tasty meals are prepared and new recipes are invented. Charging up the kitchen’s dated interior design may not necessary be a prohibitively expensive affair. affair. Here are some fun ideas to get you started!

#1. “Skin” the kitchen cabinets for a different look

As the kitchen cabinets take up the most space in kitchen, changing the color or texture of the cabinet will completely transform the kitchen. Nevertheless, changing the cabinets’ look can feel can actually be incredibly affordable and easy with using either  the flexible, self-adhesive vinyl film from 3M, or simply giving them a fresh coat of paint.

Tip: If you opt for a fresh coat of paint, remember to scuff the surface with sandpaper prior painting. For laminate cabinets, they require a special bonding primer.

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#2. Change the kitchen mood with a different wall color or design

Maybe the kitchen cabinets are fine, but the rest of the kitchen needs a refresh. The easiest way to pull this off is to either introduce a new wall color or design using wallpaper or paint, since kitchen tiles are just so cliched! In addition, you can consider using chalkboard wall paint for writing down your latest recipe. However, if you do not fancy using a chalkboard, you can consider transforming the surface into a magnetic one, with a magnetic primer!

Tip: If  your kitchen wall is textured, it is not suitable for chalkboard paint on. The more paint coats used, the smoother the chalkboard wall will be. If you are doing up a magnetic wall, you need to use least three coats in order to make the magnetic attraction stronger.

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#3. Overlay countertop wall tiles with tempered glass backsplash

The tempered glass backsplash is gaining popularity among homeowners because they are easy to clean and add tremendous aesthetic value to any modern kitchen. If graphic designs are not your thing, a glass backsplash can be easily back-painted any color of your choice.

Tip: The tempered glass is able to resist extreme temperatures and therefore, suitable for installation near the stove.

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#4. Swap out plain kitchen gear with colorful ones

You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to give your old, outdated hardware a refresh by incorporating cheerful pops of colors. Thankfully, a wide variety of kitchen brands such as KitchenAid, SMEG and Le Creuset, specialize in colorful cookware and appliances for that iconic and playful look.

Tip: Remember that the cookware chosen should match the cooktop. Flat-bottomed pans  should not warp and are essential for an induction cook hob cooktop.

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#5. Charge up the countertop with under cabinet lighting

Under cabinet lights are important as countertop lighting or as aesthetic purpose, where the kitchen counter top can be used as showcase pretty colorful kitchen gear dramatically. There are a variety of light fixtures which can be installed on the underside of cabinets easily, and they include stick on LED battery-operated lighting strips.

Tip: Under-cabinet lighting should be at least between 1000 to 2500 lumens, when it is used for task-related areas such as  food preparation and other kitchen activities.

Design: 19EightyThree

#6. Switch to fancy kitchen lighting

Why settle for a a run-of-the-mill boring kitchen light when there are so many types of unique kitchen lighting; from flush-mounts to globes, chandeliers and much more, to instantly elevate a mundane boring space and look on-trend.

Tip: A kitchen serves a variety of  purposes and therefore, the space should be properly lit with a combination of task lighting, general lighting, and accent lighting to maximize its potential.

Design: Charlotte’s Carpentry

#7. Level up with a designer movable kitchen island

A portable kitchen island adds precious counter space and storage in a kitchen, especially for tiny kitchens that lack food preparation areas and storage cabinets. Furthermore, being movable means that the portable kitchen island can positioned effortlessly, depending on the needs. Kitchen islands are now widely available in many different designs; from industrial to contemporary to fit your kitchen theme!

Tip: There are 4 types of kitchen island; bar-style kitchen island for enjoying drinks and snacks, dining kitchen island, butcher block kitchen island for food preparation, storage kitchen island which rolls under the work surface when it is not in use. Choose the most suitable one for your kitchen needs.

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#8. Make guests green with envy with an herb garden

Incorporating a fresh herb garden not only makes your kitchen smell good, they are extremely convenient when it comes to cooking too. Since the herb garden needs at least six hours of sunlight a day, hanging the herbs near the kitchen window will make it easier for them to thrive and harvest too.

Tip: Although the kitchen windowsill is the perfect place for a beginner herb garden, you maximize the vertical space by hanging small galvanized buckets against the wall. A beginner herb garden is usually made up of thyme, parsley, basil, rosemary, sage or chives.

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Before & After :: Five Steps to Creating Your own Chateau Moment at Home

This post was created in partnership with Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. 

Over the last year and a half, if there’s one thing I think we’ve all learned, it’s the importance of creating spaces in our homes that support us in different ways. From carving out nooks for productivity, to finding a space to unplug and unwind at the end of the day… the value of either is immeasurable! Today, I’ve partnered with Chateau Ste. Michelle to give you a few quick tips on making a space for the latter – your own little ‘Chateau’ moment, so to speak. A place where you can escape with your favorite glass of wine (needless to say, my current favorite from Chateau Ste Michelle is their rosé!). 

setting a chateau style table with chateau ste michelle and coco kelley

When I think of creating my own chateau, I think of that perfect mix of relaxed and refined. Imagine the way you feel when you’re on vacation… wouldn’t it be nice if there was a spot in your home that recreated that same experience!?  To emulate this feeling, there are a few key elements I use to set the space – or the table. Ready to see how?  I put these steps into action using a corner of our studio to demonstrate how layering and adding detail can quickly transform and transport.

five tips to styling any corner of your home for a relaxing chateau moment

1. Comfort is Key: Not to lead with the ‘boring’ stuff, but sometimes practicality is the most essential ingredient when styling a space. If you’re looking to relax, then you’ve got to create something comfortable! If you’ve got hard chairs – add a cushion! If your escape nook is a corner on the floor – add a cushion! If you’re escaping to a bubble bath… yep, add a cushion! Whatever you do, make sure that you are setting your space up for successful lounging.

Here’s a pro tip from my apartment dwelling days: I love having a pair of chairs or bench that functions perfectly in the living room or dining nook. I would move them around depending on guests or how I was using the space. In our studio we do the same thing – investing in versatile pieces that can work just as well around a table as they do in a conversational layout. Here, I took a bare bench that we already had, added pillows to soften it up and give it a back, and moved a pair of sling chairs over to complete the scene.

relaxed loft breakfast nook

2. Layer Your Linens: Whenever a client tells me their room doesn’t feel ‘finished’, it’s typically because they’re missing some layering elements. Linens are game changers. Here, covering a modern marble dining table with a linen tablecloth totally transforms the space and the mood (What says vacation more than a lovely, casual linen fabric!?). But when I say linen here, I also mean it in the broader sense: literally any fabric or textile. A rug, some pillows, a summer blanket, window treatments… all of these items count as the type of linen that elevates any room and finishes it off. When you’re thinking of ways to update a space, linens are a really good place to start.

3. Foraged Florals & Natural Elements: Whether your style is a jungle of plants, or a single potted flower, bringing natural elements into a space is essential to creating a grounding moment. If you haven’t got a green thumb, I’d suggest foraging some flowers from the yard – or the grocery store – over any fake plant options. Or you could try hearty plants like tropicals and succulents that need less maintenance. Here, a potted geranium does the trick for topping the table! I love the movement in this plant, and it happens to smell amazing too!

potted geranium

4. Adding Personal Touches: The final piece in the puzzle when it comes to decorating or styling is one that often gets overlooked or is where people struggle most: bringing in your personality. This element often takes time to curate as it needs to be a piece that reflects you! It could be artwork that speaks to you, a souvenir brought home from travels, or a fun vintage find. In this space, the finishing touch really came from the set of vintage art prints hung on the wall.

potted geranium tabletop and vintage art

five tips to styling any corner of your home for a relaxing chateau moment

Ahhhh, doesn’t that feel GOOD? We went from a very bare corner to the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day, with only a few additional touches! I should mention that keeping the palette neutral and natural also helps create that relaxing ambience… and keeps things easy for decor, too!

Now that we’ve applied these practices to a room, how about we set the table with them too?

five tips to styling any corner of your home for a relaxing chateau moment

We’ve already got the elements of comfort and the layered linen – next step, add nature! I foraged some dogwood from my own tree, and made an abundant centerpiece. I kept it feeling organic by letting the branches create their own wild movement.

setting a chateau style table with chateau ste michelle and coco kelley

Then, we add the finishing personal touches: My favorite gold flatware that feels extra special, block print napkins from India, an antique compote bowl from Italy for snacking, and the vintage vase are all from my personal collection. And now we’re ready for the last step…

setting a chateau style table with chateau ste michelle and coco kelley

5. Wine Time! Now that you’ve created a relaxing little haven for yourself, or friends, it’s time to enjoy it! Pour yourself a rewarding glass of Chateau Ste. Michelle wine in your favorite varietal, and savor the moment!!

While these tips are a good start to get you going in creating your own chateau moment in your home, we’ve got something even better for you. From now through August we’ve partnered with Chateau Ste. Michelle to bring you the chance to win a mood board complete with shoppable styling suggestions from me to give a corner of your home a little makeover! To enter, you can post an image on Instagram or Twitter, or go here to upload a photo of the space you’d like to refresh and turn into a chateau moment. Be sure to use #MyChateauSweeps and tag @ChateauSteMichelle if you enter on Instagram or Twitter. Valid dates of entry 7/20 12:00am PDT through 9/10 11:59pm PDT. And of course you can visit Chateau Ste Michelle online to explore some #MyChateau inspiration and learn more about this Washington State winery.

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May 2021 BTO Geylang’s MacPherson Weave Unit Analysis

We visited the site for MacPherson Weave, one of the BTOs launched in May 2021, on a rainy afternoon and found the area to be bustling. Besides being located at a busy junction, it was also surrounded by many residences as well as an industrial site. If you are selecting a flat at this Geylang BTO, read our analysis of the best stacks to go for.

» More May 2021 BTO Unit Analysis: Garden Bloom @ Tengah | Telok Blangah Beacon | Woodgrove Ascent at Woodlands 

At a glance

Total no. of blocks


Highest floor

15 to 19 storeys high

Total no. of units


Type of units

2-, 3- and 4-room flats

Estimated Completion Date

1st quarter of 2026


Next to MacPherson MRT. Bounded by Circuit Road, Circuit Link and Paya Lebar Road

Nearest amenities

MacPherson MRT on the Circle and Downtown Line
There are also a lot of buses servicing this BTO, taking you to nearly every town in Singapore. The bus stops are located along Circuit Link, Ciruit Road and Paya Lebar Road. You’ll reach places like Jurong East, Bukit Batok, Holland Village, Bukit Merah, Tiong Bahru, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, HarbourFront, Serangoon, Clarke Quay, Bugis, Eunos, Siglap, Marine Parade, Tampines, Expo and Changi.

The BTO is a 4-min walk to Circuit Road Market and Food Centre. There is also a Circuit Road Food Centre and a MacPherson Market and Food Centre that will take you 8 mins to reach by foot. The area is also a popular cafe scene, and there are a few within walking vicinity of the BTO. These include Knots Living, 20grams Coffee Roastery as well as Wishes Cafe.

In terms of supermarkets, there is an existing Sheng Siong at 18B Circuit Road, within the MacPherson Residency BTO and an NTUC Fairprice at 77 Circuit Road. Both are approximately a 10-min walk away. Come 2024, there will be a supermarket, eating house and other retail options across Circuit Link where MacPherson Blossom (SERS project) is being built.

Shopping mall wise, you’ll need to take a station down to Paya Lebar, where the PLQ Mall, Singpost Centre and Paya Lebar Square are located.

Site visit

site for macpherson weave

site for macpherson weave

macpherson weave bto

macpherson weave bto

Site for MacPherson Weave. Surrounded by three busy roads and an MRT interchange, MacPherson Weave BTO is a hive of activity.

Along Circuit Link. We noted that traffic was heavy even on a rainy day. Along with Circuit Link, Paya Lebar Road and Circuit Road, the roads surrounding MacPherson Weave, have bus stops with numerous buses passing through. Expect traffic to be busy at any time of the day.

Across this road, MacPherson Blossom is currently being built. This SERS replacement project site will house a supermarket, an eating house as well as other retail options.

The BTO is also located next to an industrial zone (along Paya Lebar Road), so heavy vehicles are likely to trawl the area surrounding the BTO.

Which unit to choose for MacPherson Weave BTO?

For privacy

For more privacy—away from the prying eyes of your neighbours—choose a corner unit that’s away from the rubbish chutes and the lifts. These are the stacks to consider:

95A: 508, 510, 524, 526
95B: 538, 552, 554
95C: 564, 568, 572, 576
97A: 582, 584, 590, 596, 600
97B: 602, 604, 606, 614, 616, 618
99A: 622, 634, 636
99B: 642, 644, 650, 652

Away from the afternoon sun

The hot afternoon sun comes in two directions in Singapore: the northwest direction from March to September and the southwest direction from September to March. So avoid those flats with the main areas facing these directions. Other factors like the surrounding buildings also play a part.

For those looking for a cooler unit at MacPherson Weave, these are the best stacks to pick:

95A: 510
95B: 538, 540
95C: 564, 566
97A: 588, 600
99A: 622

Peace and Quiet

Avoid stacks that are next to the roads if you don’t want to be disturbed by traffic noise. We observed that traffic was heavy for all three roads and there isn’t much of a buffer for those stacks located near the roads.

Stacks located near the bus stops and MRT stations are also likely subjected to more noise because of the higher human activity.

Steer clear of stacks located close to areas like the childcare centre, drop-off points, pavilions, fitness corners, playgrounds, car park and hard court as well since people tend to gather at these areas.

There are also some zones designated to be future amenities (number 9). We don’t know what these will be, but if these are built, they will also be zones where people congregate.

There is also a site reserved for a school, so if you are planning to stay long-term and the school gets built, you may not want to go with a stack that is directly facing the school.

These are the best stacks to go for if you want peace and quiet:

95B: 530, 532, 534, 536
95C: 572, 574

Possible unblocked views

There are stacks that are likely to get relatively unblocked views. These include the following:

Stacks 606, 608: Get a unit on the higher floor (we recommend at least 8th floor and above) for these stacks facing the school

Stacks 558, 560, 562, 592, 594, 628, 630, 654, 656: Get a unit above the 7th floor for these stacks facing the car park

Stacks 576, 578, 652: Get a unit higher than the 5th floor

Stacks 538, 540, 644, 646: Get a unit higher than the 3rd floor

Stacks 596 and 626: Relatively unblocked since the nearest block facing it is relatively far away.

Other considerations:

  • Go for a unit at blocks 95A, 95B and 99B if you want to be located near the entrances into the MRT station.
  • If you drive, you may wish to get a unit on a block that is more accessible to the car park: Blks 95C, 97A and 99A are your best options.

Any questions on Geylang’s MacPherson Weave? Let us know in the comments!

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