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What home decor catalogues don't tell you

Published on Jul 6, 2014 11:53 AM

"Oh, you've bought a house!" came the oohs and aahs, "So fun! You can pick out all the things you like!"

I'd read all the interior design catalogues. I knew which colour palettes I favoured. I demanded the impossible of a three-room HDB flat sans utility room - that our entire house look as spacious and breezy as the effortless, high-gloss, magazine-centrefold, Scandinavian-channelling photographs of studio apartments transformed.

We would host charming house parties, have a good supply of wine, adorn our walls with quirky art by local artists and generally be the hip nesting couple.

Or so I thought.

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