Recently, Tish had the utmost privilege of working hand in hand with Airbnb and BookXcess in creating the ultimate bibliophile’s dream in accordance with Airbnb’s ‘Once Upon a Sleepover’ contest. For this event, #TeamTish had the opportunity of re-imagining and re-designing the interior of what was once a classroom in BookXcess, Tamarind Square Cyberjaya. It was a tricky ordeal, but Tish is always game for a challenge! Especially one that was as rewarding and worthy as this.
This isn’t just any ordinary contest. The winners will get a chance to stay at this Airbnb for one night only, from the 29th of September to the 30th. It’s aimed to inspire people to travel, read, and travel through reading. During their stay, the winners will get a chance to experience the bookstore as owners for a day, and learn the ins and outs of what it takes to run a fully functioning bookstore! At night, they’ll have the chance to partake in a book club discussion with none other than BFM89.9’s Umapagan Ampikaipakan. And to top it all off, the winning pair will be able to take home as many books as they can grab in two minutes! (That’s an incredible steal if you ask us!)
The contest is also doing its due diligence by pushing local companies forward! We had the chance to collaborate with other great brands like Kedai Bikin, Real.m, Hive Remedies and Roots Remedies to ensure that the lucky guests would feel more at home when they stay in our specially curated space. We were also so lucky to have the walls decorated with the beautiful photographs that have been shot by the crazy talented Nadirah Zakariya. The ‘bedroom’ wall is adorned with a photoset of favourite local foods and snacks that are a testament to Malaysian culture.
Tish did what Tish does best. We handled everything related to interior design and styling. As aforementioned, the space was originally a classroom used to host workshops and discussions in the bookstore. But after much consideration and brainstorming, we managed to split the room into three spaces. The ‘bedroom’, the ‘dining area’, and the ‘living room’. As you walk in, you’re greeted with a living space fit for a family of five! The entire Airbnb is made cozy with plush cushions, candles, lighting, plants and hundreds of books to choose from. It’ll be hard not to want to pick a book up and dive deep into a different universe. The whole space was specially made to become bookworm friendly.
Unfortunately, the contest is now closed for entries. However, we still recommend you to visit the bookstore when you have the chance! BookXcess is after all currently the biggest bookstore in Malaysia, with over half a million books to choose from and at reasonable prices! You can find books for all ages at BookXcess, covering a wide range of topics from Gauguin’s art philosophy to baby’s first ABC’s.