The Hari Raya edit: 10 essentials for a stylish home
So you've levelled up and taken that plunge into a BTO or found a rental that checks all the right boxes. For domestic goddesses or home-bound bachelors who enjoy having people over, there's no better time than Hari Raya to feast like royalty. Should we expect some royal wedding-themed lemon elderflower kuihs this year? We're all for keeping to tradition, just as how we're not eager to swap out the dulangs (large serving trays) for buckets as well. What we're looking forward to is choice. Those Corelle plates? They belong in your mother's kitchen. Those God-awful, brown glasses that have somehow stood the test of time and might just survive Thanos' apocalypse? They belong in the upstairs cupboard that's only opened once a year.
This Hari Raya, we're embracing the Midas touch, enjoying the rewards of hand-woven crafts and amping up the hygge factor, allowing the festivities to speak (or shout) for themselves.
1. Rocket St George Pom Pom Blanket
This blanket has all the things we want in a comfy companion: Pom poms, pom poms, and even more pom poms. The gorgeous sandpaper mustard hue is a plus that'll work well on a lounger, where you can retreat to after one too many kuihs.
2. Bungalow Living Bali Crochet cushion cover
This cushion cover is certainly Makcik-approved. Crochet's back, more aggressively than ever, proving that hand-crafted goods will never go unnoticed. Sure, it might be a bitch to wash, so keep this away from drinks and gravy.
3. Such and Such Mr & Mrs Teapot
Made of natural white stone and topped with an oak handle, this teapot will make all your hygge dreams come true.
3. Kiyolo Nordic Tea Set With Tealight Warmer
We love that everything about this product is handcrafted. You can also finally put those Ikea tealights to good use.
4. Decoriia Art Deco plates
Art Deco never goes out of style. Not only does the symmetry in these plates glam up table settings, it also looks pretty spiffy up on the wall.
5. Hotel & Home Moonlight Tan Plate
For something a bit more understated, these wood-fired plates are literally a John Legend song come to life, with all their curves and edges, and perfect imperfections.
6. Rocket St George Natural Wicker Placemat With Black Tassels
Why do we only indulge in the use of natural placemats on beach holidays? It's an islander's life in Singapore after all, and we're loving it. This comes with tassels attached. Score.
7. FÖRÄDLA Serving stand
Once in a while, Ikea does come up with something that makes sense — and looks good while doing so. Place your cakes and cookies on this curved stand, where simplicity really scores some points.
8. BoConcept Tear flowerpot
Can't be bothered to make your own macrame planters? This teardrop pot is great for succulents, cacti and other green friends you call babies. They're a great and simple addition to amp up the greenery in a small space.
9. Kiyolo Lazy Day pet hammock
Your cat deserves the best this Hari Raya. Instead of watching this cutie scurry underneath the bed at the sight of other guests, give it a place to hang out — quite literally. The soft fleece cotton's pretty comfortable, too.
10. Cire Trudon Abd El Kader
If you decide to splurge on one thing this Hari Raya, let it be this. The creme de la creme of candles, this scent is named after the politician, military leader, writer, poet and philosopher who founded the Algerian state. Perfume your home with a minty fresh, ginger and peppery flair.