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To design a simple yet elegant fully furnished unit for my client to rent out his unit at Concerto North Kiara, i have never met the owner because owner of this beautiful home is working in Abu Dhabi and i am providing a one stop service for him from design, renovation, furnishing and decorating the whole house.

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We have been seeing white interior, iphone, white car for the past few years and the total contradictory black is coming back. Black has always been a daring colour, the dramatic outcome that black can create is distinctive and it takes courage to apply it. Black wall, black painted brick, black wallpaper or even black décor item can change the appearance of your interior. Here’s some exquisite black theme interior modern home pictures.

Photo credit: Festim Toshi


Chinese New Year is around the corner, the Chinese community must be busy buying, spring cleaning and doing all sort of preparation to welcome the lunar new year. Decorating the home is one of the necessary to spark up the temperament. Typically a family home adopts a very traditional décor will typically be cherry blossom in porcelain vase, lantern, red Chinese calligraphy, angpow cutting art. etc.

I am going to share 6 simple ideas to bathe oriental mood for your home in a contemporary yet auspicious way.


1. Wall Art Sticker

Instead of hanging or creating new elements, nowadays a lot of ready- made creative wall art sticker can be purchased to create an instance touch to camouflage an empty wall.


2. Table Setting

u can never go wrong with red, setting up your table with cutlery, tableware, glassware or napkin with some red shade will instantly creating the lively atmosphere


3. Paper Pom Pom

I personally love hanging up this big and colourful paper pom pom, it is fun and easy to made, tutorial is available everywhere online. Just imagine having this fluffy thingy in your house.




4. Water Bottle Décor

Creating creative labels to wrap around bottle as decorative idea or to serve your guest as lucky water.

photo credit: jewelpie



5. Peony Flower

Why not replace usual cherry blossom with big colourful peony flower, it’s a flower symbolic rich and honour in Chinese culture looking absolutely trendy


6. Red Sculpture

some bright red fengshui sculpture like pi xiu or guardian lion

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Where to start to bring in luck in Monkey year? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby –whatever the entry is where you live. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug to welcome the New Year.


Every room of your home or office has a Fame/Reputation area to focus on in Monkey year. But the most important room this year is your living room because that is the room of the element Fire, and 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey. Fix your living room, a major yang room. Start by standing at the entry of your living room. Then observe what is in your Fame/Reputation area. Really look at your living room to make it the living room that you want.


The energy of any environment can be transformed completely by adding a coat of paint. If each room of your home has white or ivory walls, all that white is too much of the element Metal which can lead to arguing and bickering. Be sure to paint at least one room with color.

The painted room can be a small room such as a bathroom. Good colors for a small room are light blue for a bathroom or light green for a bedroom. Be sure the blue or green are restful and not too bright. Yellow is good in the kitchen, or gold in the dining room.

Which room to paint? Paint the room that looks the most rundown and is in the most need of sprucing up.


Paint colors correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best in bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, and all shades of red or with bright accents to stimulate conversation and activity.

EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast.

– In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful.

WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine.

WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room.


Add beautiful flowers to welcome the New Year! It’s fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. Fresh flowers bring fresh aroma that clears the air for New Year, especially if your home feels dark, over heated, or musty. The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen to improve health. So be sure to add fresh cut flowers or a healthy plant to your home for New Year.

For both home and office, add green house plants with round leaves such as a lily (peace plant), jade, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or orchids with round leaves. If you do not have a green thumb, bring in fresh flowers on Monday to the office, or add silk flowers in lively colors.

If you do add a fish tank or fountain, be sure you can commit to the work involved in maintaining a tank or fountain. A fountain in this Fire year is not always fortunate because Water extinguishes Fire, although adding Water can help calm Fire energy if it gets too strong.

Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like a cactus, indoors or outdoors. Instead, grow lush plants that have soft round leaves like a jade plant or philodendron.

Outdoors, it is more fortunate to have plants that stay ever green and do not ever lose their leaves. Bamboo is especially lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is stronger and longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it is easily adaptable to change. But be sure your bamboo does not dry out and become yellowed. If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container.

Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. A bouquet of fresh flowers is excellent to add beauty, fragrance, and luck, but be sure to recycle the flowers when they lose energy and begin to wilt. No dead or dried flowers, and no potpourri.

Silk flowers are superb in feng shui because they are a wonderful way to add light and life to your environment. If you bring home a lovely orchid, after the flower wilts, cut away the dead stalk and insert a good-quality silk orchid into your container. Then your orchid seems to be always in bloom — instead of a dead stalk tied to a stake.

Perhaps you’ve seen what is referred to as a “money plant.” This potted plant usually is decorated with gold or red charms. But this type of plant tends to get leggy as it grows, with long stringy branches weighed down by the charms. So this money plant is not your best choice. A lush round jade plant is better choice than the so-called money plant.

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Congratulations to Desigva Interior. Our principal designer VANESSA TSHAI is awarded as The Designer of the Year 2013 fully organised by the Designer Concept by ACG Media, the best selling ID magazine in Malaysia.

Designer Concept Magazine

Designer Talk - Vanessa Tshai

Designer Talk - Vanessa Tshai Desigva

Oleh MEGAT LUTFI MEGAT RAHIM – 7 October 2012

VANESSA TSHAI, 31, selesa mengenakan seluar jean serta baju-T ringkas semasa bekerja mahupun berlibur. Malah, pada usia yang masih muda, dia sudah pun memiliki perniagaan sendiri dalam bidang hiasan dalaman.

Walaupun bergelar bos wanita, dia tidak menyerahkan segala urusan bulat-bulat kepada pekerjanya.

Ketika ditemui di pejabatnya yang terletak di Kajang, Selangor baru-baru ini, alat penggerudi elektrik sentiasa ada di tangannya. Vanessa menggunakan alat itu untuk menyiapkan rekaan berasaskan kayu seperti almari dan dinding untuk hiasan dalaman rumah pelanggannya.

“Jangan sangka wanita tidak boleh buat kerja-kerja berat serta rumit yang selalunya dilakukankan kaum lelaki. Saya sebenarnya mahir menggunakan gerudi ini sejak berumur lapan tahun lagi.

Nasi Arab

“Bukan itu sahaja, saya juga boleh menggunakan mesin pemotong serta gergaji elektrik,” katanya.

Ternyata, Vanessa teliti dalam kerja menyiapkan rak perhiasan itu.

“Cuma kini saya mempunyai 10 pekerja yang membantu melakukan kerja-kerja sebegini. Jadi, saya boleh menumpukan perhatian pada rekaan serta berhubung dengan pelanggan,” katanya.

Keberanian Vanessa berbaloi apabila dia mendapat kepercayaan ramai pelanggan termasuk yang datang dari Singapura dan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE).

Tutur Vanessa, projek rumah mewah di Dubai merupakan yang paling mencabar untuk dirinya.

Ini kerana dia perlu menyiapkan kelengkapan dan hiasan dalaman kediaman yang dibina di padang pasir.

“Selain itu, kos pergi dan balik ke negara itu menelan belanja yang tinggi, jadi hasilnya harus pada tahap maksimum.

“Ini juga dapat membina reputasi syarikat saya kerana Dubai dikenali dengan kemasukan pelbagai pelabur asing dari seluruh dunia. Dengan bantuan rakan-rakan, projek itu dapat disiapkan mengikut jadual,” cerita Vanessa.

Mengimbau kembali kenangan menyiapkan projek itu pada tahun 2009, Vanessa berkata, dia tertarik dengan kepelbagaian makanan serta kecanggihan struktur bangunan di negara Arab itu.

“Saya gemar makan nasi Arab. Boleh dikatakan hampir setiap hari.

“Tetapi ia tidak menggemukkan. Rasanya juga enak,” katanya.

Wanita ini secara jujur menceritakan bahawa dia bagaimanapun tidak tertarik dengan lelaki Arab yang agak kacak penampilannya walaupun dirinya masih bujang.

Tidak lengkap berbicara dengan Vanessa sekiranya tidak berbual mengenai perniagaannya kini.

Dia menceritakan, perniagaannya bermula sebaik sahaja menamatkan pengajian di Universiti Metropolitan Manchester, Britain pada tahun 2004.

Sebelum itu, dia memperoleh pengalaman berguna kerana membantu menyiapkan bangunan Royal Bank of Scotland semasa menjalani latihan praktikal dengan Sheppard Robson yang merupakan antara 10 firma arkitek terkenal di London.

“Sebaik sahaja tamat pengajian, saya menjalankan perniagaan secara kecil-kecilan di rumah bermodalkan sebuah komputer riba.

“Saya berhubung dengan pelanggan yang diperkenalkan oleh rakan-rakan menggunakan e-mel,” ujarnya.


Bercerita mengenai hiasan dalaman, Vanessa berkata, ia tidak memerlukan perbelanjaan yang besar.

“Apa yang penting ialah ruang, pencahayaan selain pemilihan warna yang betul untuk hiasan dalaman yang menarik,” ujarnya.

Vanessa turut berkongsi mengenai kegemarannya melancong khususnya ke negara seperti Perancis, Itali, Singapura dan negara-negara Asia Barat.

“Melancong bukan sekadar untuk menenangkan fikiran. Saya mempelajari rekaan terkini hotel dan kediaman mewah di negara yang dilawati,” katanya.

Jarang sekali wanita gemar memancing tetapi tidak bagi Vanessa yang tidak lepas daripada senyuman ini.

“Saya mula serius dengan hobi memancing sejak setahun yang lalu. Selalunya saya memancing di laut bersama rakan-rakan.

“Kebiasaannya, kami akan menyewa bot untuk tujuan itu. Ia mengambil masa selama beberapa hari di laut. Ikan yang gemar dipancing pula ialah ikan todak dengan lokasinya biasanya di Pulau Pangkor, Perak.

“Ikan todak sifatnya lebih agresif dan gemar melompat tinggi sekali gus membuatkan adrenalin si pemancing memuncak,” cerita Vanessa.

Selain itu, dia juga gemar memancing di kolam ikan sewaan sekitar rumahnya.

“Memancing adakalanya memenatkan dan membosankan kerana kita perlu menunggu lama sebelum umpan dimakan ikan ,” terang Vanessa.

English Translation

Vanessa embarked to start a business after completing her studies in Britain. TSHAI Vanessa, 31, is comfortable putting on jeans and short T-shirt at work or on vacation. In fact, at a very young age, she owned her own business in the field of interior decoration.

Although the title of boss lady, she did not surrender all their trust business employees. When met at his office, located in Kajang, Selangor recently, electric drilling tool always available at hand. Vanessa used the device to complete the wood wardrobe design and home interior design wall for customers. Do not think women can not do heavy work and I’m really good at using this drill since she was eight years old.

Not only that, I can also use electric saws cutting machine as well, she said. Apparently, Vanessa is completing work on the jewelry rack. Just now I have 10 employees that help to do this kind of work. So, I can concentrate on designing as well as liaising with clients, she said. Vanessa courage paid off when he won the trust of customers, including those coming from Singapore and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Vanessa said, luxury home project in Dubai is the most challenging for her. This is because she needs to complete the interior fittings and built-in works at home the cost of going back and forth to the country incurred high cost, so the results should be at controlled level. This could also build the reputation of my company because Dubai is known for its inclusion of a variety of foreign investors from around the world. With the help of friends, this project can be completed on schedule, Vanessa continues

Looking back to memories to the completion of the project in 2009, Vanessa said she was intrigued by the diversity and sophistication of food structures in the Arab countries. I like to eat Arabic rice Almost every day. But it’s not fattening. It tastes delicious as well, she said. She recounted, het business started soon after graduating at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in 2004. Prior to that, she gained useful experience for helping to complete the building of Royal Bank of Scotland during the practical training with Sheppard Robson who was among 10 well-known architectural firm in London.

Upon graduation, I have been on a small scale at home capitalizes on a laptop. I connect with the customers introduced by friends using e-mail, she said. Talked about interior decoration, Vanessa said, it does not require great expense. What is important is the space, lighting as well as the right color selection for interior decoration, she said. Vanessa also shared about her favorite traveling especially to countries like France, Italy, Singapore and West Asian countries. Travel is not just for peace of mind. I learn the latest design and high-end residential hotel in the country being visited, she said. Rarely do women like fishing but not for Vanessa that this is not the last of the smile. I started seriously fishing hobby over the past year. I usually fish in the sea with friends.

Normally, we would rent a boat for the purpose. It takes a few days at sea. Fish like swordfish caught about its location is usually in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. Swordfish and enjoy nature more aggressive high jump once the angler makes adrenaline surge, the story of Vanessa. In addition, she also loves fishing in a fish pond near her house Fishing sometimes tiring and boring because we have to wait a long time before the fish eat the bait
Said Vanessa.

(Singapore Mandarin Oriental Hotel washroom at level 5)

An Island is commonly used in Kitchen as extra work top, sink or cooking area. How about an Island Wash Basin for your bathroom? It is used trendily only at lot of commercial hotel and restaurant washroom but If the your bathroom at home is huge enough to allocate one, an island wash basin will be a cool idea for your home instead of the typical mirror on top of a sanitary cabinet basin. A full length long mirror can always be hang beside it as practically do we need to brush our teeth or wash your face in front of a mirror?