For all Muslim friends, Hari Raya is just a stone-throw away from us! Are you ready to welcome the influx of guests and relatives this visiting period?
For those who might be unsure, Hari Raya is a celebration to mark the end of their time of fasting. You can expect good food, good vibes and good company during this time. Basically, it's a two-week party that we don't want to end.
When playing host to visitors during this festive season, preparation of your home can last weeks. You might not have considered some of these items, so we've curated a list! You should definitely read on to find out what they are and where to get them.
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I've always been fascinated by the intricate designs of the curtains during Raya visiting. One should never underestimate the power of what a stylish backdrop can do for your home.
Think regal, sophisticated vibes; or a homely, cosy atmosphere. That's what curtains can do for your space! A tip from decor enthusiasts is to fix your curtains from ceiling to floor to create an illusion of a larger room. This Raya, you could try banded curtains to take the style factor of any room to the next level.
Up your curtain game with Kah Soon Textiles. 30 years of experience in the industry speaks for itself when you visit them. Choose from an assorted range of ready-made curtains, or even customise your very own! Conveniently located islandwide with 8 outlets, they've also got delivery covered so you can focus on bringing your vision to life.
Where to find them:
Kah Soon Textiles
1 Joo Chiat Road
Joo Chiat Complex
#01-1089, Singapore 420001
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Food is definitely the highlight of every house. Hosting families prep heaps of glorious dishes for the guests, and will shower you with amazing hospitality. There's no way you're leaving unless you've ingested your weight in food.
If you're making the meals from scratch this Raya, why not try a new set of kitchenware?
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From cooking utensils to prep tools and gadgets, we think Hipvan is a good place to start. There's also free delivery for orders over SGD$150!
Or if you're a seasoned cook, Sia Huat is your playground. A one-stop shop for all cookware, this kitchen specialist stocks 30,000 items! They've got top-grade restaurant quality pots and pans so you know it's the real deal.
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New kitchenware not your thing? How about appliances? Häfele Singapore has got you covered with their range of ovens, dishwashers and various kitchen accessories. It's a great place for bakers too, and we know all too well just how good Raya treats are!
Where to find them:
#02-6/7/8, Singapore 229233
7 - 11 Temple Street
1 Kaki Bukit Road
#01-27/28, Singapore 415934
While traditional motifs are common themes, most families try to produce a homely atmosphere while sprucing up the house. A time for family and friends to gather, we think it's an apt concept. For starters, try matching cushion cases with table placemats. It'll add a wholesome and harmonious touch with this simple change!
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Courts has its own Raya-specific line of products to lessen your headache too. Think sofas and dining sets that cater to traditional tastes and minimalist designs. Customisation services are available too so you can infuse your own flair to the furniture.
Reinvent your home, we know we'd love to, since Courts has made it that much easier!
Where to find them:
50 Tampines North Drive 2
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While we love the fancy chandeliers, fairy lights are a great way to redecorate. They're extremely versatile and be strung inside or outside of the home. You could also stuff them into mason jars and voila! You've got centrepieces ready.
We recommend sticking one colour, gold or white lights, to exude simplicity and class. There are lights in the shapes of stars and moons too if you're feeling adventurous.
The Party Stuff has got these lights in different styles. You'll definitely be spoilt for choice.
Where to find them:
The Party Stuff
315 Outram Road
Tan Boon Liat Building
#12-08B, Singapore 169074
You might not have even thought of this: with the number of guests you're welcoming into your home this Raya, security and convenience is of utmost importance.
There might've been times you were so tired from entertaining a mad rush of visitors that you forget to lock the door after. Or even rushing home after your own visits as you were about to receive more guests? The solution is a smart lock.
igloohome Smart Locks are equipped with an auto relock function, covering those pesky situations where you forget to lock your door. In the event your relatives arrive at your home before you do, you can also send an access PIN code for them to let themselves in.
The best part? You don't need to be near the lock to do all these.
The accompanying igloohome app is jam-packed with functions for you to celebrate Raya with a peace of mind. You'll be able to view access logs to see who has unlocked your door.
Of course, this will benefit the family beyond Raya season. Never fumble around for keys again, and get on the keyless access bandwagon. If you'd like to know more, explore our products here.
Here's wishing everyone a Selamat Hari Raya from our igloohome family to yours!
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About the Authors
Having faced lock-out situations for a couple of years, Cherry has sworn off keys (and alcohol). She is an avid follower of tech that prevents said situation.
Nydia, not Lydia, has never touched a key in all 22 years of her life. She has been an active advocate of the benefits of going keyless and is excited at the prospect of never needing them in the future.