Do you love to travel? Aside from buying souvenirs, you might want to bring home doses of inspiration as well. Look around you, take snapshots of those scenic views, and make them your pegs when you’re decorating your home. These Southeast Asian destinations are a great start.
1. Dedon Island Resort
Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte is a popular surfing spot. But aside from this, the island also offers a chock-full of design inspiration. Dedon Island shows you how you can achieve a laidback, seaside-inspired look. Dedon pieces are manufactured in its factory in Canduman, Mandaue City, Cebu. Be inspired wherever you are by visiting www.dedonisland.com to check out some pegs for your beach-themed home.
Address: Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines
Stepping into this store can be intimidating, with its mix of different pieces made by local designers and artists. But don’t be overwhelmed–these pieces are functional art that’s waiting for you to take them home. Grab this chance to bring something unique into your home, like this stoneware cup and saucer by Joey de Castro. This pair will surely be a great conversation starter.
Address: The Alley at Karrivin, 2316 Chino Roces Ext., Makati.
3. Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum is teeming with contemporary art made by Singaporean and other artists from Asia. But this museum isn’t just about paintings hung on walls for you to look at. In fact, an exhibition titled “Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth,” a yearly exhibition for children is running until August 27, 2017. One of the highlights of this exhibition is letting children make their own sculptures, which they will attach to “Lizard Tail,” a piece by Japanese-Australian artist Hiromi Tango. Take a cue from this exhibition and look for decor that can appeal even to kids, like wooden toys that can both be played and displayed.
Address: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
4. Nabalu Town
This charming spot located mid-way to Mt. Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu features a handicrafts market that is very similar to tiangges here in the Philippines. Stalls after stalls offering local handicrafts like woven baskets, shawls, different souvenirs, and home decor can unleash the collector in you. Even the woven bags can function as accessories that can inject some color into your space.
Address: Pekan Nabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
5. Little India
Quirky and playful—these are some of the words that will immediately come to mind when you set foot in Little India. Here, you’ll have a dose of India’s vibrant culture, thanks to the abundance of spicy and aromatic food, temples, and different knickknacks sold by merchants in the area. Rows of buildings dressed up in bold colors also make for #Instaworthy photos. Who knows? Your next color palette may just be inspired by these hues that you will see in Little India.
Address: Little India, Singapore