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A home which tells the story of its owners’ love of heritage, travel and toys, Home & Design News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – “It is important your home reflects your character,” say owners Lindy Lin and Denice Chua of this five-room Housing Board flat in Jurong West. And theirs, filled with vintage souvenirs from their travels, toys and other mementoes, does exactly that.

The owners, who are in their 30s, called on Ms Carmen Tang, design director of home-grown boutique design studio Wolf Woof, to create a cosy abode that caters to their differing preferences: a love of a lighter palette versus a penchant for punchy hues and black accents.

A key feature is the decorative cement breeze-block at the entrance that pays homage to Ms Lin’s Peranakan heritage on her grandmother’s side. Beyond it is the kitchen with glass accordion doors that let light in, lend a sense of openness and keep cooking fumes away from the rest of the home.

The combined living and dining area is spacious but irregularly shaped. Interestingly, its angles gel smoothly with the eclectic, playful vibe of the decor.

“Working around the odd layout was one of the main challenges,” Ms Tang points out. “Built-in furnishings were kept minimal to keep the place from feeling cramped.”

Thoughtfully placed furniture and a divider help demarcate the different areas in the open layout of the 1,185 sq ft home. The pair moved in after a three-month renovation, which set them back by $62,000, including the furniture.

The neutral base palette is punched up with a cheerful mix of patterned rugs, bright cushions, movie posters and shelves of toys.

One’s gaze is instantly drawn to a sculptural wooden swing chair from shopping website Taobao that sits in one of the home owners’ favourite spot.

The home is also brimming with vintage finds, including an old projector that used to belong to a relative , a red letterbox from an antique shop in Haji Lane and an antique Siemens Brothers & Co telephone on the wall.

“I bought that from London’s Portobello Road Market in 2013 and it still works. The customs officer thought it was a bomb as I’d stuffed it into my backpack,” recalls Ms Lin, a corporate sales manager, with a laugh.

What was previously a walkway with a built-in wardrobe that led to the master bedroom is now a cosy study that provides the pair with more opportunities to showcase their massive toy collection in two display cabinets.

The new master bedroom is dressed in soothing mint and light wood, and is simply but tastefully furnished with a curated selection of quirky finds, including a superhero robot-inspired lamp from Kickstarter.

When it comes to building a home you love, the owners say: “It is important to be on the same page as the designer. You also have to be prepared to scrap things that aren’t cost-effective and be flexible. We were initially into the mid-century modern look, but changed things up to fit our tastes.

“Talk to your partner and be open to ideas. If you’re stubborn, you’ll wind up with a home that

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Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. to manage the historic 18-century, Ran Baas part of Qila Mubarak, Patiala as a Heritage hotel

The Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in Punjab has selected Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Limited to upgrade and operate Ran Baas, part of Qila Mubarak, in Patiala as a heritage hotel.

Built by the first Maharaja of Patiala Baba Ala Singh in 1763, Qila Mubarak stands in a 10-acre complex in the heart of Patiala city. The sprawling complex houses the Qila Androon (inner fort) or main palace, Ran Baas the guesthouse and the Darbar Hall. The majestic fort is an outstanding example of a synthesis of the late Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles.

Ran Baas was the guest house for the Maharaja of Patiala’s guests and will now be developed into a 28-room luxury boutique hotel reflecting The Park Hotels’ design ethos, and its quintessential hospitality experiences. The palace will have an all-day dining, bar, spa, and multiple indoor and outdoor banqueting spaces with The Park’s Anything But Ordinary services.

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“I am delighted that we will bring Ran Baas back to life as a jewel-like heritage hotel under the Park Collection. Punjab is special for us as the roots of Apeejay Surrendra Group are in Jalandhar. We are thankful to the government of Punjab for entrusting us to partner with them to make Ran Baas a showcase for Punjab, nationally and internationally,” said Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. 

“We are honoured to add the iconic Ran Baas to our collection of heritage hotels which include The Denmark Tavern and The Park Chettinad. We are equally pleased that Zone by The Park, Amritsar would open in the state within a few months to cater to a new audience. We look forward to more openings and growth in the region,” added Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. 

The Park Collection has hotels in Goa (The Park Baga River and The Park Calangute), and heritage hotels, The Denmark Tavern in Serampore, and The Park Chettinad.

Ran Baas hotel is slated to open in 2022, post-restoration.

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USDA Forest Service – Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness

Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources

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Renewing Body and Spirit,

Inspiring Passion for the Land

“Perhaps the rebuilding of the body and spirit is the greatest service derivable from our forests, for what worth are material things if we lose the character and quality of people that are the soul of America.” 

–Arthur Carhart, Forest Service Landscape Architect, 1919


The National Forests and Grasslands provide the greatest diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities in the world, connecting you with nature in an unmatched variety of settings and activities. You hike, bike, ride horses and drive off-highway vehicles. You picnic, camp, hunt, fish, and navigate waterways. You view wildlife and scenery, and explore historic places. You glide though powder at world class alpine resorts and challenge yourselves on primitive cross-country ski or snowmobile routes.

Outdoor recreation is fun — and so much more. It provides physical challenge, requires development of life-long skills, provokes interest and inquiry, and inspires wonder and awe of the natural world. Recreation thereby contributes greatly to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of individuals, bonds family and friends, instills pride in heritage, and provides economic benefits to communities, regions, and the nation. Indeed, outdoor recreation has become an essential part of our American culture.

Participation in recreational activities is the way that most of us come to our National Forests and Grasslands, making it an important portal for understanding their meaning, history, and relevance, and that of public lands as a whole. Recreate on a National Forest or Grassland near you!


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