10 places to buy home decor items with local twist and flavour

SG50 saw a burst of our patriotic passions as Singaporean designers come together to produce a whole range of SG-themed products from tote bags to T-shirts to adorable plushies. Even though the celebrations are now over, the fad isn’t! In fact, SG-inspired home decor items are now the trend because they make such cute and quirky additions to our living space.

If you are riding the hype and are looking for items to spice up your house, we’ve got you covered with 10 stores that will leave you spoilt for choice.

1. Cat Socrates

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Cat Socrates is an indie retail shop offering a range of housewares and fashion with unique designs. The store is a mix of modern with traditional as amidst the treasures, you can find trinkets that brings nostalgia like an old childhood book of The Three Little Pigs. If you dig a little harder, you can even uncover the latest designs: Peranakan Tissue Fabric Holder, Peranakan Trinket Dish, and a Merlion tape dispenser. (FYI: if you head to their stores, you can even see their house cats lounging about!)

Check out their online store here!

Visit their stores at 448 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427661 from 12.30pm to 9.30pm (Tues to Sun) or
231 Bain Street, 02-25 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231 from 12pm to 8pm (Mon to Sat) and 12pm to 7pm (Sun & Public Holiday).

2. Independent Market

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If you are looking for a gift for that hardcore patriotic friend, Independent Market is your go-to store. Their products are nicely categorised into gifts for colleagues, friends, and your significant other, so shopping is made much easier. Independent Market also houses several cute and quirky plates that gives you a recipe for our iconic Chilli Crab dish and tells you how to differentiate between Kopic C and Kopi O – items that will definitely add a new level of vibrancy to your home!

Check out their online store here!

Visit their stores at 211 Holland Avenue, Holland Village Shopping Centre, 03-01, Singapore 278967 from 12pm to 7pm (Mon to Sat) and 1pm to 6pm (Sun) or
163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall, #03-05A, Singapore 247933 from 10am to 8pm daily.

3. Naiise

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You’ve probably heard of Naiise before. Widely loved for its beautiful house decor items, they have started selling SG-themed products in recent years. With a wide variety of items from furniture to apparels to stationery, you can definitely find something that tickle your fancy. Some of their popular products include Love Letter Bolster and Otah Cushion (so cute to hug to sleep!).

Check out their online store here!

Visit their stores at 112 East Coast Road, 112 Katong, #01-31/32, Singapore 428802 from 11am to 10pm daily or
1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista, #01-11, Singapore 138617 from 11am-10pm (Wed to Mon) and 11am to 9.30pm (Tues) or
2 Handy Road, The Cathay, #B1-08, Singapore 229233
from 12pm-10pm daily.

4. Nam Shiang

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Another iconic Singaporean item that will surely evoke a sense of nostalgia is these Rooster tableware! Unfortunately, these old school kitchen set are difficult to get your hands on, but we have found Nam Shiang, a distributor who has recently opened their online store. Now, you can have the full set to add to your collection!

Check out their online store here!

5. Nom Nom Plush

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Want themed items you can carry around? Nom Nom Plush got you covered. By taking your favourite local delights and turning them into travel-friendly plushies, you can now show off your very own quirky ornament. Imagine opening an ice cream sandwich pencil case, or dangling a wa ko kueh (steamed rice cake) keychain off your bag!

Check out their online store here!

6. Stuckshop

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Started by a team of young local entrepreneurs, Stuckshop’s motto is “Because we’d like to sell things we’d want to buy ourselves.” Indeed, their creativity is endless, introducing funky item like a re-usable Parking Coupon Calendar as well as a Kopi Bag Mug. These items are so handy to have because, who doesn’t need a Calendar and who wouldn’t want a mug that can hold those flimsy coffee shop plastic bags?

Check out their online store here!

7. Supermama

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If you enjoy having guests over and hosting dinner for them, Supermama’s SG-inspired cutlery will be a great addition to your kitchen set! They feature a wide range of designs from an intricate drawing of the Singapore map to a bubbly reconstruction of HDB blocks.What better way to have an old-school gathering than to serve local food on themed plates?

Check out their online store here!

8. The Farm Store

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We cannot talk about local home decor items without mentioning The Farm Store! Opened in 2010, this online retailer pioneered unique items with a twist on Singaporean identity and has no doubt popularise Singaporean style decor. Their best-selling items include local delights made into cushions; think pineapple tarts cushion, durian cushion, and even a jiu cheng gao (nine layered cake) doorstep!

Check out their online store here!

Visit their showroom at 261 Waterloo Street #04-20 from 1pm to 6pm daily.

9. The Outliers

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Perhaps you are like me, and you want Singaporean style decor that has both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Then you should consider The Outlier’s storage tin cans that look just like food tin cans! These products are launched by Felicia Ang who took inspiration from the food cans in our local supermarkets and modelled clocks and storage boxes after them. Now, you can secretly boast when your friends come over!

Check out their online store here!

10. WHENIWASFOUR

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If the name isn’t already quirky enough for you, check out their unique cushion covers inspired by coffee shop signs. Most of them feature local dishes like Hainanese Chicken Rice mixed with the familiar Singaporean slang like huat (meaning prosperous), producing an odd stall name: Everyday Huat Hainanese Chicken Rice. Very Singaporean.

Check out their online store here!

Visit their store at 261 Waterloo street #02-18 Singapore 180261 from 12pm to 7.30pm (Mon to Fri) and 12.30pm to 6.30pm (Sat). WHENIWASFOUR is closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.

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