Day 1 – 23rd May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Drapes

I took an instant dislike to these the night I arrived. The sheen and the luxe-inspired pattern was a bit too glamour-puss and nightclubby for me. But it has grown on me somewhat. I don’t mind it so much now.

I find the sheen soft and velvety now, not garish and plasticy. And as someone who loves Art Deco I find it curious I didn’t embrace the pattern sooner.

Upon closer inspection, the fabric has a earthy, grungy finish. And the seams that make up its pattern, unpretentious. Interesting and lovely, this shabby chic look: like a weary sophisticated traveller, stepping out of a taxi laboriously but elegantly, flashing a quick and tired but polite smile at the doorman. It has a vaguely old world charm, perhaps the window treatment to an old palazzo or seaside villa slowly falling into disrepair as the sun steamily sets behind some palm trees and Cole Porter’s ‘In the still of the night‘ rising dreamily from Ella from a gramophone in a corner of a room. A lady clad only in her robe has been standing out on her balcony for what seems like hours, staring out at sea as if waiting for someone, or something, to show up. It will be dark soon. Resigned, she exhales slowly and flicks away her cigarette, absently brushing back the greying curls the growing wind has teased about in hopeless cascades around her face and shoulders, and with a sigh retreats into her room to fix herself another martini. Somewhere in the estate, in the woods across the lawn, a dog mournfully howls as if in camaraderie.


Sorry, I get carried away with the visions in my head sometimes (usually narrated by Morgan Freeman).

Here are some other photos:

Day curtains behind the drapes. Wouldn’t be my first choice. Too stiff and officey and grey to me, so it kills the romance a bit, but it’s okay I guess
How they graze the floor. Way too short for my taste, especially the day curtains, but I guess have to be practical for housekeeping.
Spacing of the tracks behind the pelmet. Very generous. There’s room for a third track there if required.
I discovered it’s just one piece at the corner covering two windows. Makes sense, no light peeking through at the corner. Also, quite a difference from the taupe with warm lighting, it takes on a bronzy gold glow. Interesting.

4 thoughts on “Day 1 – 23rd May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Drapes

    • Hi Cindy, so I haven’t written a post about that, but basically I’ve been holed up in Johor Bahru (a city in neighbouring Malaysia right across the Causeway separating the two countries where we have a rental for years now) for a year since the first lockdown because of all the strays we have. I still haven’t managed to put up all for adoption to other families, still got 2 cats left, but I got to return to Singapore and get a job, and also now thankfully I managed to get a carer to come to the house every 2 days to care for them.

      As per current regulations, Singapore requires people, including citizens like myself, entering the country to serve a 21-day quarantine at a dedicated facility (appointed hotel), except for if I’m not mistaken, travellers from Brunei, Australia, New Zealand and China.

      We don’t get to choose the hotel even though we have to pay for it, so yes, that’s why I’m here. 1 week down, 2 more to go! πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚


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