Friday, October 29, 2010

Children's Room with a View

Børneværelse med Udsigt in Danish translates to "children's room with a view" in English. Thanks to Google Translator, I was able to read the the contents of this blog owned by Eva Richter Nissen, a designer specializing in children's rooms.

Kids' rooms are possibly one of the most fun spaces to design, yet difficult because we don't usually allocate a lot of space for them and the design has to be suitable from their young years through to their teens. Eva is incredibly creative and you can see it in the design of her youngest child's bedroom. It is only 2 metres wide but has a high ceiling which she exploited by placing the bed above the door way.
View of one end of the room via Bornevaerelse Med Udsight. Also spotted here is the Mushroom wallsticker from Ferm Kids

The cupboard is neatly placed below the bed and shelves are cleverly integrated with the ladder.
Bookshelf under the ladder via Bornevaerelse Med Udsight

There's even room for a drum kit. Talk about good space planning!
View of the other end of the room via Bornevaerelse Med Udsight

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Old Charm

The second article for HomePride's Experts Say section is out. In this month's article, I've written about decorating with vintage furniture, antique accessories and recycled materials.

If you want to know where to get vintage goods in KL, please email me.

Magnificent Mirrors

A much seen place for mirrors in an Asian home is at the dining room. It is a common belief that the mirror doubles the amount of food on the table though traditional feng shui doesn't take to this as the food would eventually be eaten, leaving nothing behind. Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to have a feature wall embellished with a gorgeous mirror.
Simple gold framed mirror via unknown...isn't that chandelier to die for?

Antique mirrors with all the patina glory make a great feature wall and reflects without the harshness of an ordinary mirror.
Antique mirror tiles via unknown

Framed antique mirror via Lonny Mag

If I had a fireplace, it would definitely have a mirror above it.
Multi-facated mirror via unknown
Hervé van der Straeten mirror via coco+kelley

Or perhaps one of these on the mantelpiece.
Birdcage mirror via Angel at my Table

Baroque mirrors are back in style and you can find them in several home décor shops around KL.
via unknown

Mirrors don't always have to be pinned against a wall. The owners of this house have a great view from the bathroom which they glassed up all around and added as a backdrop to the mirrors. 
Bathroom mirrors via unknown

Liven up an old door with small pieces of mirror in between the edgings.
Mirrored architectural door via Greige

* Some images are from unknown sources. Please email me if it belongs to you and I'd be happy to credit you for it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Union Jack

Union Jacks have been making their statement in the interior furnishing and fashion world. The colour combination and design of the British flag really adds punch in decorating. A great design like the Union Jack has every right to have a place in a chic space and I would love to own a couple of items with the Union Jack design but would it make sense in a Malaysian home? Plus, I've never been to the United Kingdom.

Here are some of my favourite Britannia items...
Chanel Union Jack Bag |, the website for British Airways High Life magazine
Chanel's interpretation of the Union Jack

Union Jack Latimer Holdall Bag
Overnight bag by Anya Hindmarch via Designer Clothing

VW Flag Cushion by Vivienne Westwood | Wool Cushion
Cushion by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company

Lazy bench via Design Addict Mom

Love Too wallhanging by Paul Smith via The Rug Company

Friday, October 15, 2010

Up 5 Armchair

The Up 5 Armchair by B&B Italia is a kinky, quirky, love-it-or-hate-it and most expressively designed chair in history. It is a female figured armchair tied to a ball shaped ottoman symbolizing 'the shackles that keep women subjugated'. How does it feel?....just like sitting in a big mama's lap!
Up 5 armchair in red and white stripes via LikeCool

Up 5 armchair in red via LikeCool

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stairs and Slide

Do you often find yourself walking up and down the stairs several times in a haste as you're rushing out for an appointment? I would have one foot out the door and realise that I've forgotten my cell phone or car keys or the drycleaning. Maybe a slide would make my life easier just as a pole in a fire department brings the firemen down faster.
Stairs with slide via Ohdeedoh

Florence Broadhurst in Qantas Business Class

If you are fortunate enough to travel in class, I mean Qantas Business Class, look out for the newly released amenity kits featuring Florence Broadhurst's Hollow Square and Oriental Filigree prints.
Qantas Business Class amenity kit in Florence Broadhurst's Oriental Filigree print

If you would like to know more about Florence Broadhurst's prints for fabrics, please drop me an email.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Beautiful Backsplashes

Kitchens are looking so gorgeous these days that there's really no excuse not to cook. If you're a sucker for kitchen gadgets like me, getting your storage design right in a kitchen is paramount and more is always better. The choice of your cabinets should go with the overall furnishing of your house and the tabletop should be of a good quality material that can withstand plenty of wear and tear. The kitchen is my favourite room in the entire house and I'm definitely going to cover more on this in the very near future. 

Meanwhile, lets take a look at an often neglected part of the kitchen - the backsplash. It's one of the most vital components of the kitchen that is purpose built to catch spluttering grease and grit from the action of cooking. There are so many more choices other than stainless steel and tinted blue glass. Get creative and make a statement!

Girls and real men wear pink. Decoristas adorn their kitchens with it.
via Cabbage Rose

If pink is too much, try a more subtle and elegant material like tinted mirror.

Marble is an old time classic that will keep looking good.
via Metropolitan Home

Black and white wallpaper covered with clear glass.
via The Design Files

Joseph Frank wallpaper looks gorgeous anywhere including the backsplash.

How about a little Chanel in your kitchen - quilted stainless steel.
via Design Addict Mom

* Some images are from unknown sources. Please email me if it belongs to you and I'd be happy to credit you for it.

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