When we first moved into our home, Imran insisted on having his own private study – so I had to very reluctantly sacrifice my dreams of having a guest room. I figured I didn’t need a dedicated space to work from since I usually spend a lot of time in the office during the weekdays, and I could work from the dining table if I wanted to. Fast forward a month into the Circuit Breaker and I reached my boiling point – I’ve had enough of working from the dining table!!! I had to clear my laptop and documents every evening for dinner, I didn’t have a chair that had good back support, and I didn’t even have a desk lamp to give me sufficient lighting! While Imran was working from the comforts of his study, I was attempting to get used to a “new normal” in a space that didn’t allow me to be conducive. Having had enough, I set out to shop for my own work station – I started with a desk from Rooma, a chair from FortyTwo, and assembled a work station I can be proud (and happy) to work from!
Table from Rooma, Chair from FortyTwo, IT Gadgets from Shopee and Creative (listed below)
Having spent countless of days – weeks even – scouring through furniture brands, I would recommend going to FortyTwo or Comfort Design if you are looking for chairs (dining, study, bar stools, etc.) and affordable office furniture. Shopee is a great marketplace for tech gadgets and stationery – the phone table stand and wireless charger you see on my desk are from Shopee and they cost less than $10 each!
I’ve included a list of items below to help you work well at home, you can also explore more in the Home and Electronics categories at ShopUOB, and get exclusive deals with your UOB Card!
Go for a mustard yellow shade to add a pop of colour to your work station. The circular shape of this chair not only makes it a piece that's interesting, but also provides adequate back support. UOB Cardmembers get $30 off with min. $500 spend, use code "UOB30 + first 6 digits of cardnumber". Valid till 31 Aug 2020.
Don't know what to do to fill up that empty corner next to your desk? This corner glass cabinet from Born in Colour is spacious enough to store all your favourite reads or the trinkets you've collected overseas. UOB Cardmembers get a Free Macaron Family Ted Tissue Box + Add. 5% off with min. S$500 spend, use code "UOBSTAYHOME5". Valid till 31 Jul 2020.
If you've opted for a petite console table like mine to be your study (I didn't want a larger bulky one), then you would probably need space for coffee and lunch as-you-work. Perhaps a coffee table next to you might work? UOB Cardmembers get 10% off regular-priced items, use code "UOB10". Valid till 30 Apr 2021.
When I'm alone at home, I tend to put on my favourite songs on the speaker out loud to get the adrenaline going! I came across these iRoar Go speakers at a photoshoot once and was so impressed with how the portable speakers filled up the whole studio! UOB Cardmembers get up to 60% off selected Creative products. Valid till 31 Jul 2020, for products listed on Creative x UOB campaign page only.
If you are looking for unique and creative stationery that you probably can't find at your regular Popular Bookstore, Shopee has tons of Seoul-inspired stationery at really affordable prices too. UOB Cardmembers get S$5 off with min. S$60 spend every Wednesday. Valid till 31 Dec 2020.
I've always loved local label r y e for their classic understated styles, each piece is also impeccably tailored and produced. This singlet and boxy trousers combo is definitely an outfit I'll turn to if I'm working from home. UOB Cardmembers get 15% off regular-priced items, use code RYEXUOB15. Valid till 31 Aug 2020.