#FLORALPUNKCREW OFFICE

We just got the walls repainted and it looks a lot cosier now.

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I asked you guys on insta stories whether you'd like to know where Floralpunk's office furniture is from so here is the post. We have so much stuff up there (it's above the shop), and it does get messy often, but it's one of those life goals I had. A proper office for the girls. Right now from the morning it's mostly the online customer service team and our store manager, and around midday to noon it fills up with the marketing team and our accountant. These days I have been more active at Floralpunk so I come up almost every day as well. Yesterday we got the walls painted, rearranged everything a little bit and this is how our office currently looks like, but it's not the final look yet. Most of our office stuff is from Ikea as well, because I figured a lot of things are simply cheaper to buy at Ikea and to have it shipped from China rather than buying overpriced and less my-style products here.

PRODUCTS:
1. Marble table - I got the legs made according to Ikea legs from an iron maker, but it's cheaper to get those table legs from Ikea if you are going to order anyway. My iron maker is on Vo Van Kiet street, a little bit further from the Calmette intersection, I don't have the exact house number. The marble top is from 32 Hải Thượng Lãn ông, Phường 10, Quận 5. It's a place that sells marble and granite and I found that they have the best prices from all the places I checked in D7 & D5.
2. Big black table - It's a dining table from Pho Xinh or Ashley home on Nguyen Co Thach street in the Sarimi Sala apartment complex right after the Thu Thiem tunnel. Last time I checked it was still available but surface scratches really fast. Not good value for price (it was 13 mil or so).
3. Shelves - Both our shelves are from IKEA, pretty cheap. Order through buying agent, Ikea has them packed pretty neatly so they are easy to ship.
4. Sideboard - I got it custom made for our store (it's the same as our jewelry tables downstairs just without marble top) from MQD Design and it was 8 mil.
5. Chairs - All our office chairs are from IKEA China, imported as well.
6. Office organisers - all boxes, paper goods organisers etc. are ordered from  IKEA as well.
7. Clothes rack - I got it made from the same iron maker mentioned above.

So yeah as you can see, most of our stuff is from IKEA China, if you plan to furnish a room completely I highly recommend this option as it's a better value for money option in my opinion. Other options are ordering from Taobao, they have pretty good furniture as well. For our kind of style, it's really hard to get furniture at a decent price on the local market. Home Up 1988 has pretty decent tables now, for chairs there are Home Up, Handyman and a bunch of other FB Pages, but I can't remember all of them. If I search my Facebook likes there will be probably more, but this post is supposed to be where our stuff is from, so yeah : ) Just google "dịch vụ mua hàng trung quốc" for shipping services from China. I don't always have these kind of things shipped together with my agent who also ships our products in large quantities so I can't recommend that person to you.

For office supplies, most of them the girls buy themselves so I can't help with that either. I did purchase a lot of things from Muji on my trips and brought them back for the girls to use though. I have a thing with colours as you might know, and most products available in Vietnam are pretty colourful. There is also this website for office supplies called Flex Office if you prefer to buy stuff online and locally. I hope this post was helpful once moreeee, let me know by giving it a like : D 

Little efforts

Ok my sleeping problems have escalated....  

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I have never been an early-sleeper, but lately my sleeping habits and my bedtime routine are getting very unhealthy. I go to bed with work on my mind and the first thing I do when I wake up is checking my phone and getting stressed out over work again. My whole life is just work and work right now, and yes I know that’s not good but even worse when you’re pregnant. I really have to start to accept the fact that it’s ok if christmas is not going to be as picture-perfect as I hope it will be. And I should also be less of a control-freak and just let the girls do. I have overly high expectations for christmas sales, and if sales is bad, it’s a reflection of my work, or that’s how I feel : ( like I didn’t try hard enough. Because I know all our bugs and what can still be improved, so of course I want to fix them. But yeah, not good. Take time for JJ and Juju ! Take time to get prepared for parenthood ! How about finish setting up the apartment first before doing everything for Floralpunk haha. 

I will charge my phone on the other side of the bed from now on and after I wake up, I will go through my morning routine of brushing my teeth, taking Juju out, a cup of tea and getting ready before I check my phone ! Weird how breakfast is not even part of my morning routine. I should have breakfast. And now I should sleep.  

OUR MINIMAL SAIGON APARTMENT

We moved about a month ago and so far we have... not a lot haha.

Saigon minimal apartment

BEDROOM
1. Mattress, pillows, blanket and covers from JYSK
(I also have pillow and blanket covers from Home Up 1988)
2. Mirror - I got mine made at a mirror place on Calmette street, near Nguyen Thai Binh intersection, but UMA and JYSK also have plain mirrors
(I get so many questions about my mirror, apparently it's hard to fine a simple black framed mirror haha)
3. Bedside table & lamp - IKEA CHINA
(I often order stuff from China, you can use a shipping agent for this)

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KITCHEN & LIVING AREA
1. Sideboard - from Mitssy.com
(they customise, I picked one and asked them to paint it black)
2. Ladder & Chair - IKEA CHINA
(Yeah we have only one chair so far lol)
3. Table - Square roots, bought from The Shed in Thao Dien
(Square Roots is produced in Vietnam, but not a lot of people know about it on the local market, I actually found it while browsing Taobao haha)
4. Speakers - B&O Beolit 17 through Techland
(they have pretty good prices compared to intl pricings)
5. TV - LG Oled 55" through Nguyen Kim

6. Fridge - also Nguyen Kim

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DECORATION
1. Plants - buy them on Thanh Thai Street, District 10 for really good prices !
(I bought my rubber plant a small one in D7 for 250K, on Thanh Thai I bought a huge one for the store at only 300K)
2. Scented candles - Peony Home (but the burning time is not very long)

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OTHER
1. Air purifyer - Xiaomi through Lazada
(I'm cannot tell whether it's good, useful or not, but it feels better to have one haha)
2. Almost all kitchen products are from Lock & Lock or WMF thanks to mom
(My mom sent me so many things from Germany, you know how they are... Nothing beats German quality blabla)
3. The crib is from IKEA China as well, but the baby bedroom is so so far from finished haha

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So yeah, every time I stories something in my apartment I get a couple questions about where I buy my furniture, where I got something from, etc. For furniture it's quite easy by now to get things that are not super colourful, but for other things, especially kitchen utility products, you really have to search, or do it like me. Buy everything on Amazon (in my case Amazon Germany), and have it shipped back here.

In a lot of cases I figured it's cheaper to buy already available products and ask them to customise for you, rather than getting your own furniture made. I got scammed so so so many times and in almost all cases received a shitty product which I had to resell for a lot cheaper. We are currently waiting for our sofa, which we ordered at He Studio, but sofacompany has nice products as well, just not exactly the style that I wanted and waiting times are way too long. A home takes time to build, so I'm not in a rush with anything. Right now I'm only looking for more chairs for our kitchen table and I want to get a couple frames made, because none of the ones available to purchase meet my quality expectations. 

One thing I'd like to point out, what a lot of people don't expect, Vietnam is NOT cheap when it comes to interior. If you want a decent quality product, you have to pay a lot more than what you'd pay at your furniture store in the US or Germany. It's especially hard if you are looking for minimal products that look right, like me. So yeah, I hope this post was helpful to some, gimme a like if you think it was : D