A Staycation Home
We're very thankful for this sweet couple for sharing Qanvast and other online readers on their renovation journey with our Team at Mr Shopper Studio.
At a Glance
• Wilson, 35, and Peiru, 32, both working in the banking industry
• Size: 99sqm / 1065sqft
• Location: SkyTerrace @ Dawson
• Cost of Renovation: $60,000
• Cost of Furnishing & Appliances: $40,000
• Designed & Managed by: Mr Shopper Studio
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Qanvast: Was it an easy decision to enlist the services of Mr Shopper Studio?
Wilson (W): Yes. We came across Mr Shopper Studio while doing our research on interior designers using the Qanvast app. We felt that their designs were aligned with our preferences – stylish, clean and refined.
They were also really different from the other interior designers that we had met. Their selling point is very unique as they will help to source for furnishings on top of renovating your home.
Qanvast: Besides searching for interior designers, what else did you use the Qanvast app for?
Wilson (W): Checking out reviews. What I like best about Qanvast are the honest reviews by homeowners who have gone through the renovation process with the interior designers and are able to weigh in on their expertise in handling the renovation.
The filters on Qanvast are another handy feature. Being able to shortlist projects by location was very useful for me as I could see the designs of other SkyTerrace @ Dawson projects and see how the space was utilised in the house. Since some of the units have similar layout, this was very relevant to my understanding of how I could work with the design of my home.
Qanvast: Why did you decide on a ‘hotel’ theme for your home?
Wilson (W): We intend to use this place as our weekend home so we wanted something that feels modern and luxurious. As we stay with our parents on the weekdays, we want this place to be somewhere that we can head to for a staycation-like getaway.
Qanvast: Tell us about a unique design idea which the Team implemented in your home?
Wilson (W): At first, we were thinking of doing up a walk-in wardrobe. The Team refined this idea and proposed a walk-in bedroom concept. So when you walk into our bedroom, you will see the wardrobes but not the bed.
It’s a reverse concept from the usual walk-in wardrobes that most homeowners do. They came up with this after learning about my fengshui preferences for our head to be facing the east while sleeping. I remember that we were really impressed by this idea when they presented the 3D drawing to us. In fact, it was what convinced us to engage them as our interior designer.
Qanvast: Is this your favourite part of your home?
Wilson (W): Yes. We love it. It’s very luxurious.
Peiru (P): Whenever we are in the bedroom, it always feels as though we are in a hotel as it’s very grand. Actually, I like every single part of the house since it really evokes the hotel theme very well.
Qanvast: Can you tell us more about how the furnishing services at Mr Shopper Studio eased your renovation journey?
Wilson (W): Their furnishing services made our renovation experience hassle-free. We gave the Team our budget and they would do the budgeting and allocate the amounts for the various furniture and furnishings he needed to purchase. He would then set about sourcing for furniture and compile a shortlisted lit of furniture for us to choose from. That was really helpful as we lack the design expertise and needed someone to help us to choose furniture that would complement the theme nicely.
Qanvast: So how did you find their furnishing services?
Wilson (W): It is definitely a good service. At the start, they gave us a survey to do so that they could determine our design preferences before they began the furniture selection process. When it came time for furniture selection, they would give us a choice among – for example – ten different sofas from various stores and ask us to pick one that we like. Interestingly, no matter which design we picked, it would complement the overall design of the home.
Qanvast: How was it like working with the Team? Wilson (W): They're very committed. They would make sure to always keep us updated about the renovation progress via the group chat that we were in. There was also once they stayed until about 4am at night to sort out some painting issues that had cropped up. By the next morning, everything was settled.
Peiru (P): They're also very patient with us. There were some things which we did not like in the original 3D drawings so they had to make amendments a couple of times. We felt that they were very passionate about our project. It was as though the renovations were being done for their own home.