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Bounce with me.

Yes, bounce.

(I will get to the bouncing part soon.)

But for now,

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I was ready to create a scene that day.

My day did not start off good. So it was only natural for me to be in a foul mood.

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See, 4 pm was my appointment with a bunch of guys, and I arrived at 4 pm sharp too. I was expecting some latecomers, truth be told. I was telling myself on my way there, “The latecomer will get one sinister remark from me!”

The moment I reached the venue, lo and behold!

I saw the rest of the guys already waiting for me at the entrance of the cafe.

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I was (quietly) impressed lah.

I did not show it, obviously. Heh.

I detest people who chronically late because I am chronically early. Like, even If I know that I will be delayed by 5 minutes due to unavoidable reasons like bad hair day or eyeliner for right eye goes a different direction, I will inform the person waiting for me so that at least he/she knows that I am held up somewhere. Come on guys, that’s basic courtesy. I understand totally if you are busy because you have a very busy life. But if you are late for no apparent reason or late with reasons that you make up on the spot, then please let me know in future so that I can plan my events around you. No, I am not chastising you.

I guess these guys from Icon Interior Design know how I am like by now. So it is very hard for me to find fault with them most of the time because it is so obvious that they are very careful whenever I am involved and they know what exactly will tick me off all the time. I am treated like a fragile item. And mind you, one of them is the big boss, and he was there on time for the meeting yesterday!

 

MEET FOR WHAT?

To finalise on the finalists for the final season of the Icon Home Challenge, that’s what!

 

Yeahhhhhhhh! Ready to view the photos of the houses?

 

FINALIST 1 : Yishun

Homeowners: Iszam & Suhaili

Residence type: BTO

Theme: Skatepark +  Starwars  + Industrial

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FINALIST 2 : Punggol Field

Homeowners: Shafiq & Shahirah

Residence type: BTO

Theme: Modern Mediterranean

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FINALIST 3 : Riversound @ Sengkang

Homeowners: Noorisman & Nurharyani

Residence type: 3 + 1 condominium

Theme: Modern Contemporary

 

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FINALIST 4 : Punggol Walk

Homeowners: Fazlan & Zalinah

Residence type: BTO

Theme: Scandinavian + Industrial

 

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FINALIST 5: Choa Chu Kang

Homeowners: Haniff & Noorashekin

Residence type: BTO

Theme: Scandinavian

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 Once again, I have to thank my buddy Fauzi Anuar for the photos (except for Topaz!) and for agreeing to work with us despite the really short notice and super tight deadline.

The houses that we visited were indeed beautiful, but his photos (and great interior photography skills) will always add an extra umphhh to the houses, and make them strikingly beautiful!

Fauzi Anuar can be found HERE and HERE too! You can also view his other photography works (such as food photography) here. LOL.

 

Just to recap, here are the prizes that await the top three winners!

 

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I will announce the results on November 10 2015!

VOTE WISELY.

You know what happens when you do not vote wisely, right?

Oh wait, before you vote, it is important to listen to the speech made by the finalists too, right?

(Lol this reminds me so much of GE2015)

Want to hear what the homeowners had to say? 

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WAIT, WAIT!

Before I show you the video of each finalist, I need to add this very important disclaimer.

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And oh, nobody was drugged prior to the interview too.

BAHAHA!

Now, let us watch all the video interviews and get to know the wonderful homeowners even better.

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FINALIST 1:

(They first met when they were working at Starbucks Coffee, you know?)

 

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FINALIST 2:

(The homeowner offered us Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when we came!)

 

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FINALIST 3:

(Want to know the best part? Nobody knows that they have moved house, so perhaps after reading this post, all their relatives and friends will know! LOL)

 

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FINALIST 4:

(Their son is not scared of horror movies! Can you imagine it? During the photoshoot, they were all watching The Conjuring but their son was like checking his nails out instead. Apparently, he was just waiting for the scary part of the show.)

 

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FINALIST 5:

(I swear their house looks really big for a BTO! I was really amazed by the size of their house!)

 

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I would like to thank a new addition to the Icon Interior Design (behind the scenes) team, Zeenol! I remember looking for a videographer the other time for this project, and his ever so sweet girlfriend told me to check out Zeenol’s portfolio. I checked, I was awed, I PM-ed him, and the rest is history. Thank you for the dedication and patience, Zeenol! Thank you for also providing subtitles to all the videos! HAHA! You can check out Zeenol’s portfolio HERE! Oh yes, this guy can really sing, okayyyyy? Go check out all his song covers! My favourite will be this cover he did with his sweet girlfriend, Dania. Click HERE HERE HERE  to be mesmerized by this cute couple!

On a serious note, I would really like to thank the homeowners for their warm hospitality, the good food, and for agreeing to have themselves interviewed. I appreciate their spontaneity during the interview because I really wanted them to be themselves and say what they felt like saying. You guys were really amazing, so regardless of the results, MY BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU! Thank you so much for believing in me, my blog, and most importantly, ICON INTERIOR DESIGN! 

 

OKAY NOW, LET’S VOTE!

 

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This will be the third year I have been working together with Shafee and one year plus with Icon Interior Design.

Want me to explain why?

I just like how passionate these guys are about their work, and how truly humble they are despite their status. Whenever I have a discussion with them, it is hardly about “How much will we earn from the customer ah?” But more about “Let’s think of a nice and unique design, and reasonable renovation cost for this house.” They ALWAYS have the customers’ budget in mind. I like working with people with the right and positive attitude. Like, they know they are in the interior design line and their main job is to turn a house into a home. It’s not just about renovating a house fast just so that their commission will come in fast too.

For a start, I do not quite believe that customers are ALWAYS right. Now, I am a customer too but that does not mean that I can abuse my rights as one just because of that overrated saying, “Customers are always right.” What’s right is right regardless of who you are, and what’s wrong will always be wrong. That’s a fact. But these days, I see a lot of customers who like to abuse their rights and degrade the one at the receiving end just because they are PAYING.

The reason why some customers end up getting into a dispute with the renovation company they engage is because they quite often ask for the impossible. Like for instance, they do not want to proceed with the progressive payment just because they see a little glitch or defect and they will start making demands like, “I will not pay until you settle this defect.” But you do understand that it is not the same worker who is doing the entire renovations works for your house right? The ID will engage several contractors who are in charge of different sections or works i.e. tilers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and more. So if you refuse to proceed with the progressive payment just because of a slight defect that is made by the tiler for instance, then the entire renovation works will have to stop. Meaning electrical works cannot carry on. Carpentry cannot go on. Painting cannot go on. One work needs to be completed before another work can start. Cannot do all at one time, one.

Did you know that?

Now, this is how almost ALL renovation firms work – you don’t continue with your payment, they cannot continue with their work too. Why? The workers would not want to come knowing that there will be a delay in their daily wage. I mean, who then is going to pay their workers? Who then will pay for the subsequent materials needed?

Now I am saying the above with reference to my personal experience. I had a very bad experience with one renovation company right before my wedding. The contractor was undeniably very rude from the moment renovation works started and did not want to continue with the renovation works because my dad did not want to pay the progressive payment. Why? Well, my perfectionist dad saw defects and did not like the workmanship. We even went to CASE. But we eventually had to pay the renovation company in order to get the renovation work completed because as explained by CASE, defects are usually attended to once the renovations works are completed. And in my case, I had a deadline. My wedding was just a week away! So if I really wanted to stick to being difficult, I would not gain anything from it either.

DISCLAIMER TIME BEFORE YOU START ASSUMING THAT I AM ONE SIDED.

Now, of course not ALL renovation companies are reliable and yes, there have been instances where the renovation companies went MISSING or did not complete the renovation works after payment was made. I have read about them. I am sure you have too.

THEY DO EXIST. 

Sorry to say but those renovation companies who like to go missing after the contract is signed are usually the ones who will promise the customers the cheapest quotation and basically, promise them the world.

WHY YOU WANT THE CHEAPEST WHEN YOU ARE NOT EVEN SURE OF THE COMPANY’S PROFILE OR THE QUALITY OF THE MATERIALS USED? 

If you want my advice, go for quality first but stick to something within your budget. Budget is of utmost importance. Quality can last you for as long as you are staying in the same house without much maintenance or repair work required.

Which will save you more money in the long run?

This is the reason why you need to engage a highly recommended renovation/interior design company. I recommend what, so if I recommend wrongly, you can always email me and feedback to me. I will find a way out for you, definitely. Everything can always be resolved in a nice manner. See, at least there is assurance on my part.

 Here’s the thing.

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…and I am always at Downtown East E-Hub too, you know? LOL.

Besides, all the customers that come from my blog will be categorized as ETRANGLE CUSTOMERS. You know what that means? That means, “Must handle with extra care because they come from Diah and if we don’t get the job done properly, they will go to Diah. And if we make Diah angry, all hell breaks loose.”

BAHAHAHA.

That’s how special my readers are.

(And that’s how special I am too.)

LOL.

Icon Interior Design is very professional in the sense that should there be some defects that homeowners notice during the renovation, they prefer to let the renovation works carry on (to prevent delay in the timeline already provided) and they will rectify all defects at one go once the renovation work is done. That’s how they do it. So if homeowners keep delaying the entire process by refusing to pay the progressive payment for instance, is it reasonable for them to blame it solely on the interior design company if the deadline cannot be met?

Just think about it.

And at the end of the day, these guys from Icon Interior Design are my very good friends. These are the same people I hang out with. These are the ones I invite over for lunch. I have so much faith in them and their work. I know they will never disappoint me. Disappointing my readers is as good as disappointing me. You can ask the guys from Icon Interior Design, especially Shafee. I will get angry and demand an explanation from them regardless of who was at fault.

With that, I present to you…

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ICON INTERIOR DESIGN BIGGEST EVER YEAR END FAIR!

(Yay finally a picture of me after so many pictures of houses…in MY BLOG!)

THIS YEAR END FAIR, YOU MUST GO!

Better than ever.

Bigger than before.

During this fair, they will also be presenting to you their Exclusive Designer’s Packages.

And these packages start from as low as $6888!!!

As mentioned earlier, Icon Interior Design cares about your budget and will definitely advise you to not overspend without compromising on design.

If you need to apply for a bank loan for your renovation, their interest rate is as low as 2.58%!

The guys at Icon Interior Design are able to calculate accurately for you (because they are just so well/versed in this area) how much you will be paying monthly, depending on the loan amount you are applying for. Based on the calculations, you will be able to adjust your loan amount or renovation accordingly until you reach an amount that you and your spouse are comfortable with.

AND AND AND IF YOU COME DOWN TO THE FAIR ON 14 TO 15 NOVEMBER 2015, YOU WILL EVEN GET TO PLAY A GAME WITH ME FOR A SURE WIN PRIZE!

(But only if you sign up for a package during one of those days lah!)

WHAT GAME?

 

IT IS BOUNCE MY BALL GAME!

How to play, how to play?

 

  1. First, you must sign up for a renovation package during the fair (DUH!)
  2. Next, take a ball and bounce it on the table
  3. Ball will bounce into one of the cups

 

LIKE THIS!

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Inside the cup , you will see what you have won!

This game, sure win one! Why sure win? We will let you bounce the ball over and over again until it finally goes into a cup!

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YOU WILL NOT WIN ANYTHING ONE.

HUR HUR.

 

So okay, what are the prizes you can stand to win when you BOUNCE YOUR BALL?

LOL.

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Let me now type out the prizes for you:

 

  • BLUM Orga-Line Starter Kit worth $480.

  • BLUM Servo System.

  • Sharp Air Purifier.

  • Built-in Microwave Oven.

  • Mini iPad.

  • $500 Lighting Vouchers.

  • IKEA Shopping Vouchers.

  • Courts Shopping Vouchers.

  • Capitaland Shopping Vouchers.

  • Digital Lock.

  • 50” TV.

  • Latest Craftstone Products as Wall Feature.

  • 6ft Designer’s TV Console.

 

And oh, since this is the final season of the #ICONHOMECHALLENGE, what fun will there be for homeowners who sign up during the fair besides getting the chance to bounce their balls?

Let me present to you…


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Uhuh.

It is only fair. Icon Interior Design always design based on what homeowners want right? Something safe. Something that looks decent enough for the in-laws who will come to visit every now and then. Something that is not too over the top.

But how about we challenge these guys (and you too!) to come up with something that is out of the norm for your house design?

It can be a Frozen bedroom for your little girl, or a Captain America bedroom for your boy, or a Harry Potter study room, or a Victorian master bedroom, or a graffiti filled bathroom!

IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THE ENTIRE HOUSE!

Have a talk with your chosen ID from Icon Interior Design! It is possible to do something fun while sticking to your budget at the same time!

The house with the most Unique design will win a…

Grand Prize of $3000 (electrical appliances voucher) !

Second prize:$2000 (electrical appliances voucher)

Third prize: $1000 (electrical appliances voucher)

Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  

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Dates:

14 November (Saturday) to 15 November (Sunday) 2015

TIME:

10 am to 9 pm

WHERE:

441 MacPherson Road

SG 368152

FOR APPOINTMENT/ENQUIRIES:

MSG/WHATSAPP: 9431 4921

EMAIL: SHAFEEMN@ICONINTERIOR.COM.SG

And do not forget to….

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Follow Icon Interior Design in FB too by clicking HERE!

If you LIKE their FB page, you  are entitled to enjoy:

  • BLUM parts and accessories for free!
  • Extended warranty for your renovation works!

COOL OR WHAT?

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

AND OH, IF YOU WANT TO WIN A $50 CAPITALAND SHOPPING VOUCHER, PLEASE GO TO MY FACEBOOK POST BY CLICKING HERE HERE HERE TO PARTICIPATE!

 

HOW TO GO TO ICON INTERIOR DESIGN?

Getting to their showroom is easy. They are located at the main road of Macpherson Road. The bus stop is directly right at their doorstep. Carpark is available on both sides of their unit.

BUS

Bus Services:

8, 62, 90, 151

Bus Stop No:

70121

TRAIN

Aljunied MRT:

Board Bus 62 opposite train station and alight at the 6th stop.

Tai Seng MRT:

Board Bus 62 opposite train station and alight at the 4th stop.

Toa Payoh MRT:

Board Bus 8 or 90 at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange and alight at the 9th stop

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