Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Last Emperor & Upholstered Doors

After tucking the kids to bed a couple of nights ago, my husband and I watched the movie The Last Emperor. The movie tells the life story of Puyi, the last imperial emperor of China who was thrusted to the throne to rule the country at a tender age of 3. He lived a lonely life imprisoned behind the gates of the imperial palace, better known as the Forbidden City and was kept oblivious of the tensions arising from fundamental changes in politics and society.

Puyi's only view of the outside world was through his English teacher, Reginald Johnston who taught him for 5 years. Johnston was as frank with Puyi on the changes that were happening outside the gates of the Forbidden City as he was firm in fending off the extended imperial family's exploitation of the young and vulnerable emperor.

In the later years of Puyi's life, he was expelled from the imperial palace. In desperation to regain power and a noble status, he collaborated with the Japanese, China's arch rival at the time, who provided him an asylum and made him the emperor of Manchuria though without power. Puyi was made a puppet while the Japanese entrenched further into the country.

When China overcame the Japanese occupation, Puyi was imprisoned for treason. He was placed in a school of reform for 10 years and released at a time when the cultural revolution was at its peak. His life at this point was far from an emperor and more of a common lowly civilian.

Anyhow, it was through this movie that I was inspired to pimp up my guestroom door. The red double door with oversized gold studs that the Forbidden City is known for would be taking it too far but the idea is there.

I'm thinking Miles Redd's door in his New York apartment upholstered in zebra stripes and brass nail-heads.
via New York Social Diary

Another upholstered door leading to the walk-in wardrobe and bathroom.
via New York Social Diary

By the way, I gasped when I saw his kitchen which I will write about another day. It is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Florence Broadhurst Fabrics in The Curiosity Shop

The beautiful Florence Broadhurst fabrics are now stocked in The Curiosity Shop. There are over 190 varieties of cotton, cotton-polyester and jacquard fabrics that are suitable for upholstery of furniture, window dressing (curtains and blinds), bedding and also fabric-panelling on walls. The fabric are hand-printed in Sydney, Australia using traditional screen-printing techniques.

All prints on Florence Broadhurst fabrics and wallpapers alike are valued for the original artwork from the 1960’s - 1970’s archive.

The Curiosity Shop is a gallery of vintage furniture and home d├ęcor accessories. Items are usually one of a kind so grab it before it's gone. Check out a past article that I wrote on decorating with vintage treasures here.

The Curiosity Shop
11 Jalan Berangan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur. 
Tel/Fax: +603 2142 6660

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chichi Cushions

Cushions are an accessory to a sofa as jewellery is to a woman. There's never a reason to have them and the more the better. The same is said for a bed with a fancy cushions. Whatever your style is, there are a gazillion designs out there waiting to be picked up.

I'm in the hunt now for chichi cushions....
Bling it with Sequin Cushion by Marks & Spencer
3D Petal Pouffe by Marks & Spencer

Flower Detail by Marks & Spencer 

Union Jack cushions via Armstrong Ward Lifestore

Jack Rusell by Marks & Spencer 

Westie by Marks & Spencer

Labels cushion via Recylart

Friday, November 12, 2010

Huge Lego Bricks

Oversized Lego bricks designed by Moleta Munro are just like the original Lego sets that for kids, only much bigger and doubles up as a storage. Stack them up and create your own decorative figurine like a huge robot or a simple piece of furniture like a bench.
Oversized Lego bricks by Moleta Munro via Culture Label

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Floating Studio Flat

Designed for inland waterways, the Floating Studio Flat by WaterSpace is equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and a sun deck. The Floating Studio is still at its design stage and I can't wait to see it drifting with real people living in there.
Bird's eye view

External view of the dining cum living room

External view of the bedroom

Internal view of bedroom, living/dining room

* Images via WaterSpace

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Happy Deepavali 2010

To all my Hindu friends, we wish you a Happy Deepavali.

Deepavali lights via Flickr (www.krishna.zenfolio.com)

For the readers who are not aware of what Deepavali is, it is the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus around the world. The actual day in 2010 is on 5th November. On the morning of Deepavali, a Hindu family would typically light oil lamps in their homes. The lights are a symbol of thanks to the Gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth received in the year. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate, as is Christmas to the Christians.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover

The Waterfall Ruffle duvet cover is bohemian chic and romantic all at once. I love the added dimension from the ruffles and the pretty colours that it comes in. Too bad it's not available in King size.
Waterfall Ruffle Duvet via Urban Outfitters

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