Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spotted in Malaysia Tatler Homes

Spot Iconic Designs in Volume 3, Issue 5 of Malaysia Tatler Homes. What I love most about this magazine are the articles that sneak-peak into the abodes of society's who's-whos.

Go to your nearest news stand and pick up a copy. While flipping through the pages of luxurious homes and massive wardrobes, count how many Birkin and Kelly bags you see. Some women have it all.

Volume 3, Issue 5 of Malaysia Tatler Homes

Page 26 - The Cranes wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst stands as beautiful as Angelina Jolie

Page 30 - Bird Tree wallsticker by Ferm KIDS

Page 39 - Owls wallsticker by Ferm KIDS

Page 127 - Berry Black wallpaper by Ferm LIVING

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Open Shelves in the Kitchen

To bare it or not...it was a decision my husband and I had to make when designing our kitchen. While a modern kitchen has all its mess and appliances cleverly hidden behind slick cabinets, there is a certain charm in baring our favourite displays on an open shelf. Imagine your favourite collection of coffee cups, spices, coke bottles, beer glasses or any pride and joy all neatly assembled and given its well deserved lime light.

Open shelves can be seamlessly integrated into your kitchen layout and lighten up the look of tall heavy cabinets. It also gives an appearance that's less sterile and more character. You can tell a lot about the owners of a house by the things that they display on open shelves.
Small cut-out makes way for shelves and plays down the darkness of the cabinets via Habitually Chic

If you're tossing in between open shelving and hiding contents of your kitchen behind closed doors, here's an option that gives you both (see picture below). Take note that it's actually a pretty tall hanging cabinet and would have risked looking heavy with solid doors, however the semi-translucent sliding doors and shallow shelving lightened up the overall design of the kitchen.
Semi-open shelves via handycrafunique.com

Speaking of tall...
Tall open shelves via Martha Stewart

Open shelving can do wonders in small spaces as it lets more lighting through, making rooms appear larger. I love the idea of storing my kitchenware conveniently above the hob like a real sous kitchen set-up. The hanging rack of herbs and spices is a bonus. 
Open shelving above kitchen island via the kitchn

Though the door-less look is great and would save a lot of money in cabinetry, the dust-free obsessive compulsive freak in me screams "no!"
Breezy black and white kitchen - source unknown

The use of open shelves maximises the exposure of your beautiful backsplash without taking up too much valuable storage space.
Maximum exposure via The Design Files

Jazz up your shelves with interesting brackets and play along with the theme of your kitchen design. If your theme is modern, opt for a more current material such as stainless steel in a simple and clean design and if rustic is your name, consider a rugged wooden slate as the shelf with brackets made from branches (see picture below).
Rustic shelf via wrenwoods in Etsy
Showcase Storage Simple wood shelves
Country style shelf brackets via Kitchen Building

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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Home & Decor Malaysia - Feb 2011

A big shout out to the team in Home & Decor magazine Malaysia for featuring Iconic Designs' webshop. Check us out in the February 2011 issue, page 35 under the "design.com" section.

This issue is a bunch of fun to flip through with all the colourful pages. Do grab a copy at your nearest news stand now!

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