Interview with Nigel & Danielle
Moving into your new apartment as newly weds can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. We found out how a young couple Nigel (30) and Danielle (28) overcome their milestones together and what they did to furnish their cozy 4 bedroom HDB flat in Simei with just $5,000.
How did you know you had met “the one” and how has life been since?
N: We met 6 years ago at our workplace and for Danielle it was love at first sight [gives a side eye to Danielle], the moment she laid her eyes on me…
D: [Shakes head grinning] That’s what he claims…
N: Well, we got married in November last year and went for a really nice honeymoon in Paris & Europe and now that we are back to such a beautiful home and can’t wait to share it with you guys!
What made the both of you decide to choose this 4BRM HDB?
N: Coincidentally I was living just next door and one day I was just looking online and realized my neighbor actually put his home up for sale. I wasn’t so sure if Danielle would have been okay with it - living so close to my dad and all. But after a few discussions we realized that there were a lot of benefits of staying close to your parents. Plus we really like the layout of this house it’s… different [gestures out to the large space].
How different is it to be living on your own now as newly weds?
D: Staying together in our own place is very different. We have to do everything on our own. The cooking, the cleaning….
N: You mean I do it! All on my own!
D: [Playfully nudges Nigel] I do the cooking! But he does the cleaning and washing. These kinds of things are quite new now that Saturday morning has to be set aside to tidy the place. Got to make sure everything is as it is. One thing about Nigel is that he likes all the lights to be switched on everywhere even if he is not in the room! [Sighs]
When it came down to furnishing your home, what was the most stressful issue?
N: Hmm, the biggest challenge we faced was of course the cost involved. We purchased the house, got married, went for the honeymoon all in the same year… [Exhales sharply] so when it came to furnishing our house, we had to make important choices like what kind of furniture we bought or whether certain things were necessary to be bought at that moment.
So what made you think of HipVan?
D: Before even getting the house, I have been shopping on HipVan for some stuff so when it came to decorating the house and buying furniture, it was natural for me to go to HipVan. They have such a wide variety of items available and the cost was also right for us.
N: Yea, I think the most important part for me is that they are so convenient. We were so busy planning for our wedding and were also working… I like to part where you can just go online with a few clicks of the mouse to get anything you want and get things delivered really fast too with no issues because they always call you before they arrive. Everything was very professional and excellent!
What did managed to get for your home with just $5,000 from HipVan? Did it manage to cover most of your essentials?
D: With the $5k, we managed to do a lot more than we wanted! We could furnish our guest room with a bed frame, a mattress and bedside table. Now we can entertain guests in our house. N: We also managed to get the chairs for our island in the kitchen; it exactly matches the grey theme. Even the dining room, we thought that the design of the chairs matched the space really well.
Personally, which is the most important area of your house and which is your favorite furniture/ décor piece?
D: Umm... I’d have to say it would be the living area, because that is where our family and friends gather when they are over. I really like the slug lamp because of its colour, it’s ROSE-GOLD and you can move it around where you need the light to be.
N: For me I think the living room as well. It’s just extremely spacious and can accommodate 15 – 20 friends; it’s great when we have parties. Well the most important piece to me is actually the swing! I call it my “chill-out” chair. I use it for reading, eating, sleeping and pretty much everything! The back and forth motion of the swinging just puts you at ease and takes away your stress. I really like that piece a lot.
What were you most satisfied with from HipVan?
N: The great thing about HipVan is the free assembly service that really gives you peace of mind as a customer because I can’t imagine getting boxes of stuff and having to assemble them ourselves. There were lots of items that we bought that were professionally setup and very quickly done. Also, if there is ever anything that goes wrong we don’t have to worry because they have free returns! Their customer service is really very good… like what happened with our glasses.
D: [Nods in agreement] Yea, so we ordered some glasses and one of them was actually broken so we emailed HipVan and very quickly within the day we got a reply and a new piece was sent over in a week.
N: Exactly! So that really gave us the assurance that the customer service is there for us. If there are any defective items, they will be there to rectify the problem.
D: Yea and we definitely will recommend HipVan to our friends and family! ☺