The ups and downs of construction and minimal interior in Vietnam.

  1. Don't use a light floor in retail. You will see every single shit. Every single hairrrr. Don't use a matte black floor either. You will see every single foot print. 

  2. Don't bother to invest into high quality materials and products such as tiles, most buildings are not straight anyway, and construction workers can't apply them cleanly. Waste of money. Get the cheaper lookalike version. I bought a bunch of toggles from Buster & Punch for like 500 pounds and most of them ended up scratched and whatsoever during application process….. Most of the wooden products that were made of MFC…. stains, fingerprints and scratches all over. We can’t even paint over it. No beautiful matte black cupboard for me : (

  3. Find a guy who is good at being pissed to talk to construction workers. I was being nice. Definitely did not work. They looked at me and ignored me anyway. Which resulted in them doing tons of mistakes which they had to fix up again. Waste of money and time. Also make sure you can attend the construction site every day. Best case would be just move in there during the process.

  4. Plug placement ! This is so important. Our cashier (with most electricity products) has 4 plus, our stock room (which we barely use), has incredible 18. I already considered this when we planned the layout but somehow it turned super weird anyway.

  5. Cheap is what you get when you want cheap. Unless you work directly with suppliers. The guy who did my bf's shop said he can do our furniture exactly the same as our actual constructors, but cheaper. Looking at bf's shop furniture now, I doubt it and i'm so happy i didn't work with him. Even though our current furniture is not that good either, i imagine it would be totally shit if i had worked with that other guy.

  6. Ok let’s add one. Vietnamese people will ALWAYS say they can do it even if they can’t. This is so fucking frustrating. Why can’t people just admit it when they are not able to to do something ??? Seriously, this is the part that cost me the most time and money. In so many cases I would have been able to provide a cheaper and better quality option if the construction part would have simply admitted to incapacity. So much frustration could have been avoided.


Construction in Vietnam is a really really tiresome process, unless you can find a design company with a really good construction company (which are usually very expensive and still kinda so/so). In my case this time I had struggles on both ends. The designer I hired was really nice. Too nice. He couldn't be an asshole on the construction workers. And he couldn’t provide me with many options and suggestions because strong follower-type and I usually take the lead. Construction was super slow and not very well planned. The whole process cost me so much time, money and nerves, even now the shop is not 100% as I wanted it to be (but still better than a lot of places). The list of things I want to fix for things to really look good is long and I’m not even sure whether anyone is gonna fix them.

I invested a total of over 70.000.00 USD into that store, not speaking of products and all the retail operation things such as computers, etc. The total total is way over 100K for sure.


Was it worth it ?

Yeah, still worth it. I love the new space, even though it could have been done better quality-wise. In terms of design I'm very happy because it's a space just how I wanted it to be. Monochrome, open spaced and light. 

The new office is not completely done yet, will do another blog entry for our new office : D

Interior Concept: Julia Doan / Design & Build: DQP Design


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

Floralpunk office van phong cool
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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.

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 

The flushing meadows bar

This bar is like one of the hidden gems you always wish to stumble upon when you travel somewhere new.I mean I lived in Munich for so long, and I just know about the Flushing Meadows because one of my best friends Nathalie works there. This bar is a design hotel bar, which has really cool vibes. I mean just look at this interior ! And the view from the rooftop bar ! You can't compare it to an Asian rooftop bar, but it is just like Munich. Cosy and small. If you ever want to spend a smooth evening drinking high quality cocktails made by people who really care about their work (like my friend Nathalie), you should really check out The Flushing Meadows bar. And if you come from outside, you can also stay at the hotel, which is part of the Design Hotel group. It is not luxury in that sense, but just a cool hotel with nice interior right in the heart of the city.

The Flushing Meadows
Fraunhoferstr. 32,
80469 Munich
Direction: U-Bahn Fraunhoferstrasse, Exit Baaderstrasse, turn right and walk past the Commerzbank until you reach house number 32.