... to meet my friend Julia!
This lovely lady is contributing a very special guest post today - all the way from Singapore.
Julia was born and raised in Berlin. After her studies as graphic designer she went to London where she stayed for over 5 years working for an IT company. Julia moved to Singapore a year ago with her boyfriend and took a sabbatical year of traveling. (Smart girl!) Soon she will start working again - but before that I was lucky enough to have her share her styling and decorating ideas with us on MINA MOKA.
Now fasten your seatbelts and let's go to Julia's home in Singapore where she added some asian flavour to the traditional european christmas decoration.
Hello, I am Julia!
Living in Singapore with tropical climate all year round it is sometimes hard to get into the Christmas mood and also traditional european decoration, for example pine twigs, are hard to find and expensive and all of it is flown across the world from Europe or America.
So this is why I wanted to try to convert some of the exotic things that we have in abundance but also keep in touch with my traditions from Germany and the UK.
To make a more sustainable christmas wreath I made mine out of kaffir lime leaves which you can buy here everywhere for a dollar a pack. The smell of fresh limes is amazing but beware of the spiky thorns!
I decorated it with some of the shells that I collected on my holiday on Tioman's beautiful beaches in Malaysia earlier this year.
Instead of using the traditional oranges I went for limes and spiked them with cloves that come straight from Indonesia. You will find cloves and cinnamon sticks here at every market.
But thank god for some of my good old friends Marks and Spencer, Laura Ashley and of course Ikea where I bought all my candles and sweets which made it all come together.
Tip: Just get some markers or paint and customise decoration. It gave my steel hearts from Ikea a personal touch.
Photo credit: Julia Hirschberg
THANK YOU SO MUCH, JULIA!
I hope you'll have a wonderful christmas in Singapore and you won't miss the cold and snowy weather too much.
So... What do you think?
Did you enjoy our little journey as much as I did?