Day 9 – 31st May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Open Wardrobe

I like this clean, crisp design. Maybe some people might call it Scandinavian or whatever, but it brings to my mind the traditional Japanese house with its sliding doors.

Lived in

I don’t like having to look at this clutter, which is why I don’t like open wardrobes. Unless I’m staying at a budget hotel like, say, an Ibis, then it can’t be helped because the rooms are a lot smaller. But this room is spacious and I don’t believe this is a budget hotel ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The dedicated closet for iron and its board is neat, but wasted space when hung in the middle like this. They both could be moved to one side, making space for small drawers or cubbyhole storage.

Especially since there’s not a single drawer in the whole wardrobe to put underwear and other small items, which is my main negative feedback about this wardrobe.

The safe is not deep enough to store my 17″ laptop, unless I prop it up at an angle (as shown in the last photo above), and I wouldn’t be comfortable having to leave it like that for long periods of time.

And yeah this is the laptop that went into a coma on me and which I can’t use until I’ve changed the hard drive. What perfect timing! Three weeks stuck in this room and I can’t even use my f**king laptop. Argh!! ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฎ

The aluminium rail looks nice, but the clanging sound of the metal hook of a hanger against it annoys me. (Yes, sorry, I’m rather anal about noise) I would line the rail with velvet cloth or vinyl, for a quieter, gentler clothes hanging experience ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿคซ *bliss*๐Ÿ˜‚

I love the colours and materials used, including the minimalist lines of the black metal frame and especially the linen-like wallpaper covering. Elegant and soothing to the eyes. Once again, it makes me think of a Japanese traditional house.

Day 8 – 30th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Electrical Socket with USB charging port

This is pretty neat and reminds me that I really should change some of my electrical sockets at home to those with USB charging ports like this one. That would free up the main socket for another device.

There are three in this room: one at the desk, and one on each side of the bed. The ones at the bed are also international power outlets, an added convenience factor which makes them even cooler.

Day 7 – 29th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Floor Finishes

I really like the taupe shades of the laminate flooring of the room. The colour is pleasing and soothing, and because you can lean towards both modern greys or classic beiges and tans when it comes to furnishing, it’s really fabulously versatile. Warm gold or cool silver shades for metals likes doorknobs and switch plates? Either one would look good with this floor.

The wood grain design is also beautiful and looks so natural. If I gaze at a wide area it makes me think a bit of a shag carpet! Maybe that’s why I find it cozy and warm.

Bedroom floor with colours/materials of curtains and armchair.
A touch of glamour with a bit of granite for the threshold between bedroom and bathroom.
Bathroom tiles with colours of wall finishes.
Floor trap with tile insert, 13x13cm (approx.5″). Note also how its problematic location is resolved with a neat cutout of the built-in concealment for the WC plumbing.
A smaller floor trap in the shower. I’ve never seen that small size before in a shower. 8x8cm (approx.3″)
Different colours and materials in harmony together.

Day 6 – 28th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Food packaging & serving

This is how the Food Fairy leaves my meals, three times a day. He/She/They press the doorbell and will have completely vanished from the corridor by the few seconds I take to slip on my mask and get to the door. I think they are as scared of my germs as I am of theirs.

(Can’t wait to do the post for that hideous carpet!)

When I first arrived last Sunday evening, I was given this set of cutlery in the lobby, so even before I stepped into the room. Love it. I’ve always wanted to be all precious and grandly whip out my own cutlery when out at the hawker centre or food court ๐Ÿ˜‚

Example of Breakfast

Usually stingy with the jam ๐Ÿฅบ, but no matter, as I’ve packed my own jam! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ

Example of Lunch. I love fried fish ๐Ÿ˜ป This meal was yummy.
Example of Dinner. I love me some green leafy vegetables. This was a nice meal too.

I have to say the portions are too small for my liking and what I’m used to. (Thank God I’ve brought a snack. See previous post) It’s like we’re at a fat farm to prepare for a supermodel pageant or something.

I cope by telling myself that this is the proper portion for an adult. That I’ve been eating 2x or 3x the portion of rice all these years, and that’s why I’m overweight ๐Ÿ˜‚. So yeah, I guess I’m on quarantine AND a diet. *sucks in cheeks*

All the meals are labelled with when they were first ready, and when you should not be consuming them anymore, for safety’s sake ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸฝThat’s actually important information and much appreciated. Food poisoning would suck at any time but to happen during quarantine would make it far worse.

Day 5 – 27th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Desk

Barely 45cm/17.5″ deep (for comparison a kitchen counter is 60cm/23.5″) the desk is surprisingly adequate.

I like the barn-inspired or industrial design or whatever you call that design now. It matches the floor and the rest of the room. Neutral colour scheme without being boring, and pleasant to look at.

The laminate surface selected for the table top provides a welcome contrast yet goes well with the veneer of the fridge cabinet. It’s also pleasant to the touch.

While not a subject of this post, I’d like to say I appreciate the comfy chair. It gives proper support to my lower back. However, it slides around a bit too easily when I lean in to write, so I constantly have to consciously brake. Not a big deal to me, though.

The cabinet contains the minibar fridge
Location of vents for the fridge. – Inadequate, as every time I open the cabinet housing the fridge, I can feel a bit of hot air released.
How the desk looks like lived in.
The ‘kitchen corner’ of my desk ๐Ÿ˜„
– I can’t believe this sign is necessary! Some guests are really too much. ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜คโ˜น๏ธ And when they say “food items” I’m guessing they mean instant noodles ๐Ÿ˜‚
My therapist. Tom Hanks had Wilson in Cast Away, I have Suzy. She’s good! Patient, understanding, and doesn’t interrupt me. In fact come to think of it she’s never spoken. Highly recommended.
Afternoon snack: instant oatmeal
Grocery list, after coming across NTUC supermarket’s website. Hoping the hotel will allow for grocery delivery, not just outside food order delivery.
Motivational list to keep me from moping and keep my ass busy in this ‘luxury prison’.

Day 4 – 26th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bathroom Wall Finishes

I was impressed to see Bianco Carrara marble in the bathroom of a decidedly non-luxe hotel room. Then I quickly realized upon touching it that it was a synthetic veneer of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜นHad me fooled!๐Ÿ˜น But it’s beautiful. Bright, fresh, clean, and modern.

Curiosity had me Googling it, and I was intrigued by what I found. Obviously waterproof for it to be in the bathroom, this panelling comes in a range of marble finishes. Some nice, some some not so nice. I think a factor why the one in this bathroom looks good and effective is because of its low sheen. A high gloss or too distinctive a vein ‘pattern’ might make it look somewhat gaudy and less convincing.

They also come in a range of concrete finish designs, for example the panel installed in the shower, shown in the photo above and two other photos below.

The ‘concrete’ and ‘marble’ selected here go surprisingly well together, I think. It also dials down the posh factor a notch (let’s pretend the Carrara marble is real) to cleverly tie in to the theme of shabby chic lite out in the bedroom.

And it goes soothingly well with the tile selected for the bathroom floor.

I take a bad picture. The floor tile is a truer grey than this, I must had let it take in some of the warm light from the bedroom for it to look more brown.

Day 3 – 25th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes

I rather like this handsome little fella. I ๐Ÿ’œLOVE๐Ÿ’œ the look of the burlap (burlap linen?) fabric. It looks smart and tidy yet affably casual, like a dapper gentleman in a linen suit, Panama hat and loafers. Surprisingly it’s not itchy at all and in fact I love the feel of it against my bare arms.

I like the size. It’s not too big, but big and deep enough to accommodate a big behind, I should think. Armrests are the perfect size too. Big armrests are unnecessary and would render the piece unsuitable for small or tiny spaces. I also love how low they are so I can sit with a leg over one as I sometimes do.

Two things I don’t like, though. 1. The backrest is too low. I prefer one that I can rest my head against.

2. No legs at the back, for its decline-back design (see side photo above). I like my armchairs (in fact all furniture) to have void space below throughout so it’s easier to vacuum and/or mop the floor.

So, for a burlap armchair or sofa: do I file it under “Things I’d love for my own home in the future”? YES!

Day 2 – 24th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Filtered Drinking Water Tap

There’s an extra tap on my vanity counter.

The sign, enlarged below, explains it is to do away with bottled water that was usually provided to guests, a practice that has been the norm for many years.

Cynical me can’t help rolling my eyes hard. But even if the primary motivation was really to cut costs and safe money from not providing bottled water to guests, I still think it’s really cool that so many fewer disposable plastic bottles are choking our planet because of this initiative.

Below are some pictures of the filtration used and how it’s connected.

Tap water in Singapore is already perfectly potable. But I guess most visitors would be hesitant and expect bottled water. (Heck, even some of us locals prefer to boil our tap water first before drinking it, out of an abundance of caution. Old habits die hard.) Hence this special extra filtration.

Interesting!

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.

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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.