From The Straits Times    |
8 easy and elegant ways to spruce up your home for CNY

Rustic sweet

Twigs and branches make for a minimalist, nature-inspired vessel for Chinese New Year decorations. Opt for pastels in soothing sweet hues like peach and pink to amp the elegant factor. Then plant them all in a woven basket like this one from Ikea

Eco conscious


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Save the environment and avoid wastage when you reuse your old Christmas wreath by replacing the acorns and hollies with peach blossoms and peonies.

Tassel trend

Love tassels? Make it yourself! Here’s an easy guide. And do them up in glossy red and gold to keep them aligned with the CNY theme. Then string them up anywhere at home, but we totally recommend slotting them in a cool branch and then using it as a centrepiece for your wall.

Save room for desserts

Dress up your CNY sweets like nian gao, gold coins and sugar candies in hipster-worthy apothecary jars. Place them on a table and viola! Instant dessert buffet.

Go with gold

Nothing says class like gold. We are loving these luxe-looking cushions from local online store Stiches & Tweed that won’t feel out of place even after Chinese New Year!

Centre of attraction

You can’t do Chinese New Year without florals. And this one by Windflower Florist is a modern interpretation on CNY blooms. The key is to go for an array of flowers with similar colour palettes, but to juxtapose them with a subdued foliage like eucalyptus. A pussy willow twig or two will seal the deal.

Go big or go home

If you’re the crafty sort, paper flowers work great too. Make them big, but make only a few so it stays elegant. All you need are some brightly coloured paper, wires for the stem and tape. DIY with instructions here. Place them in a large clear vase and spruce up a corner of your living room.

Bright and beautiful


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Who says CNY visitations have to be boring? Paper lanterns make things fun and cheery. Go for bold hues like these ones from Dreams and Confetti.