{DESIGNER APPROVED} IKEA SCORES

A very common misconception about interior design services is that they cost big bucks and that only multi-bajillionaires can afford to hire designers.  I would like to squish this idea and set the record straight.  In the past I’ve worked with large budgets and small budgets – I love being able to splurge on beautiful custom furnishings and gorgeous luxe finishes, but I also equally love the challenge of creating amazing style and highly personalised spaces on a smaller budget.

So today let’s talk IKEA budget design scores.  I’ve used at least one IKEA piece in every single project to date – a lot of their designs still leave a little to be desired, either style- or quality-wise, but they also have many many stylish and durable items, that allow you to re-direct budget towards pieces that would otherwise be unaffordable.

So here’s a little round up of my faves, I hope you enjoy.  Ha and if there was ever any doubt in my mind that I’m drawn to natural raw textures and authentic finishes, then this board has blasted it into smithereens – such gorgeous leather, linen, woods, glass, jute, cork, banana leaves, rattan, seagrass, sheepskin and cotton.  There’s not a piece of plastic or synthetic fabric on there, not a sausage {oh, apart from the faux botanicals}.

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1) Love me a bit of interesting upholstery, this armchair in black would do nicely.

2) Couple of fun pillows – black/white {used in my Hong Kong Discovery Bay Villa project – link here} and green.

3) Bought this set of chic vases for my recent magazine shoot.

4) LOVE this all-natural rattan pendant shade – can see a row of them over an organic raw edge wood dining table happening in my life at some point.

5) These simple white porcelain plant pots come in about 5 million sizes, perfect for pretty much any type of greenie without stealing the spotlight.

6) Love a sheepskin, fabulous in nurseries or used to soften dining chairs or sofas {as in my Joo Chiat Duplex project – link here}.

7) Caramel leather?!  Why yes please.

8) This banana fibre stool is so multi-functional, have used it about 18 times already.

9) Ditto this simple off-white throw, love!

10) RIBBA, oh RIBBA I love you – my go-to source for inexpensive frames, used in every single project I think, notably Katong Shophouse {link here} and Pennsylvania Farmhouse {link here}.

11) Heart this hurricane lantern, which comes in black or white – also used in my Hong Kong project {link here}.

12) Stunning acacia wood platter that needs to move into my place immediately.

13) I have one of these candles burning pretty much constantly at home, love this vanilla scent.

14) Fun quirky carafe with cork top!

15) Beaut natural placemats made from woven water hyacinths, used in my recent Skyline Condo project {link here}.

16) Can’t go wrong with the IKEA 365+ series of simple but stylish white porcelain serveware and dinnerware.

17) Gooooorgeous walnut wood salad servers.

18) They are really killing it with the glassware right now – love this chubby fun hand-blown jug.

19) And these shorty glasses are fun, they make me feel like I’m back in Spain for some reason.  Perfect for bubbles I have found!

20) I can’t believe IKEA have got in on seagrass belly baskets!!!!  If anyone needs me this afternoon you can find me in the Tampines store hoarding stacks of these suckers.

21) A Scandi-style {unsurprisingly, ha} two-tone wood mirror, perfect in an entryway.

22) Love this black/brass {not really brass…} office task light, this needs to happen in a project soon methinks.

23) I’m not one for artificial plants personally, but this end of the board was looking a little lifeless.

24) Love a cowhide rug, incorporated one of these babies into my Hong Kong project {link here}.

25) I have been liberally spreading these jute rugs all over the fine country of Singapore willy-nilly, and I refuse to stop…perfect by themselves or as a base layer under a vintage dhurrie or kilim, LOVE.

26) And last but not least {whew this was quite a round up} a very stylish monochrome flatweave rug, which I used in my Telok Blanch HDB project {link here}.

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So do tell loves, which is your fave…?  And what have I missed out that should be on the board?

Skyline Condo – before + after

Oooh I do love me a good ‘before and after’, I do.  Ever since my first B+A post a comically long time ago {here}, when I was evidently still finding my design-feet {and where, at some point since, WordPress has inexplicably decided to make the text ALL ANGRY CAPS}, I still have a huge soft spot for seeing spaces transformed from uggers version to thing-of-beauty.  I also still ponder that droopy {technical term} silk blind on a weirdly regular basis.

Anyhoo, I digress.  No droopy silk blinds were involved in the design of this masculine, slightly ethnic, very well-travelled bachelor pad, in a rental unit at Concourse Skyline Condo, just next door to Nicoll Highway/Arab Street.

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But before I spill the beans on this project, let’s connect!  Add me on Instagram {here} and Facebook {here} for behind the scenes peeks and current project progress pics.  And the occasional gratuitous heels shot…oh and some rock climbing snaps…and the occasional cookery fail…ok stop now.  And you can click through to my website {here} to access my full portfolio.

So for my Skyline Condo project, we started with a totally blank slate: a very new, rented, 800 square foot, one bedroom condo with combined living/dining space, a good-sized terrace and one stonking view out over Kampong Glam.

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My client already owned a few pieces of furniture and a lot of artwork/accessories that we incorporated into the design, but other than that I had a fairly free rein over the project.  I find that this is usually the case when designing for men who live alone – I just need a budget, any particular likes/dislikes in terms of palettes, materials, and general styles, and then I get on with cooking up a scheme they’re delighted with.

But why take my word for it…?  Here’s what this client had to say:

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Ok enough wiffle-waffle, let’s get into it.

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Living space

BEFORE – you know how when someone is walking in front of you and they have too-short trousers on, and you get totally transfixed by the sight of their ankles and have to restrain yourself from suggesting that they get their hems taken down a smidge {or is that just me?  That’s actually kind of mean}.  Well anyway, that is also how I feel about too-short curtains: transfixed and mean.  Especially the shiny-and-with-weirdly-elaborate-pleats-and-also-too-short-to-boot curtains that we were facing in this instance.

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AFTER –

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^ Happily my client was down with replacing the curtains, even though it’s just a rental unit – the window is so tall and wide, he’ll definitely be able to re-size and re-use these gorgeous white linen beauties in the future.

^ Because it’s a relatively small apartment, we maximised space visually by keeping to a relatively neutral colour palette.  And then brought in interest through lots of contrasting natural finishes, referencing my client’s love of nature and the outdoors: antiqued brass, all-natural linen, carved wood, tan leather, seagrass, and cotton and jute rugs.

^ I sourced a Japanese shoji screen to disguise the irritatingly-numerous doors leading into the room from the bedroom.  I do not understand why there are three different ways to get from the bedroom into the living room…again, because it’s a rental unit we couldn’t go around making structural changes, but at least the shoji screen reduces how chopped up that wall is visually.

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^ I commissioned a custom dhurrie rug from India, layered over a jute base.  It’s a new piece, custom-sized for this project, but with a stonewashed effect to make it look a little more vintage.  And I heart it big-time, will definitely be using this supplier again in the future.

^ A vintage indigo batik textile from {I think} the Miao hill tribe, picked up in a market in Beijing, and leopard/linen pillows jazz up the neutral sofa.  And an antique cast bronze Thai rain drum side table adds some depth to the scheme.

BEFORE –

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AFTER –

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^ I had fun styling the credenza, it definitely helped that my client already had a fab art/curios collection!  I had the oversize canvas print of the ocean customised to the space – this is actually one of my photos, I have a large collection clients can choose from if we’re wanting to incorporate travel photography but they don’t have anything quite right.

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^ I commissioned a custom succulent and cacti terrarium for the photo shoot, which I luuurved.  Such fantastic detailing and palettes, my botanicals guys really are very good.

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^ A detail shot of my client’s existing artwork: lots of travel photography and interesting pieces he’s collected over the years like maps and Chinese prints, supplemented with a framed vintage ikat textile by Anserai {here} and that oversize canvas print of the ocean.

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Dining space

BEFORE –

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AFTER –

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^ I created a little bar area in the dining space, including sepia travel photography, my client’s collection of Japanese whiskies, and a Tibetan yak horn objet.  I’m still totally obsessed with this beautiful antique Chinese apothecary cabinet too.

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^ And to create a juxtaposition with the antique piece, I used a light industrial accent for the dining table – this area needed to remain neutral as it shares the room with the living space, but the dining table crazy-legs {another technical term, I’m spoiling you today} stop it becoming boring and blah.

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Master bedroom

BEFORE – more uninspiring ankle-y curtains…

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AFTER –

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^ …were replaced with light and bright, all-natural linen roman blinds.

BEFORE –

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AFTER –

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^ A gorgeous Chinese carved wooden screen serves as the headboard, like with my Joo Chiat Duplex project {here}.  Blue/grey distressed nightstands with rattan detail, a neutral dhurrie rug, oversize lumber pillow in a blue ombre textile, and white alabaster lamps complete the look!

^ Because the view from this room is so incredible, we decided to keep the colour palette of the space quite calm and neutral, so as to not detract too much from it.

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^ For the window seat, because it’s a rental apartment it made no sense to get a fully upholstered cushion, so I sourced a gorgeous vintage kilim rug from my guy in Turkey and just wrapped it around a foam inner.  Because the kilim’s quite heavy-weight it doesn’t wrinkle up when sat on or anything irritating.  And because the vintage piece wasn’t cut at all, my client gets a bonus rug to use in the future.

^ The kilim base cushion was supplemented with a mountain of linen pillows, with slightly different colour backings so that, again, they’ll be easier to re-use in the future.  And a brass/linen plug-in wall sconce gives task lighting for the reading corner.  Plug-in sconces are fantastic for rental apartments, where you {obviously} can’t start re-wiring everything – they just need to be drilled into the wall close to a plug socket, and the job’s a good’un.

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^ I picked up the whitewash tray for a song in Bali, and the Chinese teapot was already owned by my client.  And you can also see the subtle detail on the kilim here, love!

Humour me please, just one more time…BEFORE:

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Aaaand AFTER – aaah, so pretty:

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{credits: Elly MacDonald Design}

We’re currently taking on new clients, both for e-design services and full concept interior design services – shoot me an email for further info: elly|at|ellymacdonalddesign.com.

Succulent styling

I have a photoshoot lined up next month for one of my recently completed projects.  I’m excited: it’s the first time I’ve had the pros in as opposed to doing it myself, and I can’t wait to see them work their magic.

The project’s pretty much good to go, it just needs a little tropical botanical/floral pep, and I’m thinking that succulents and cacti are the way forward.

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It’s no secret around these parts that I like a bit of gardening, in fact my internal OAP self was out in force last weekend on my roof terrace whipping things into shape.  There’s something about having my hands in the earth that makes me calm and quiet, maybe it’s the long long line of Viking-y farmers that I apparently descend from, who knows.  Not me, not a sausage.

Anyway here’s a nice pic:

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My botanicals guys did a fantastic succulent/cactus terrarium for another project I recently shot, with arty-farty sand layers and a large sprinkling of detail, but this time I think I’m just going to shove a load of these beautiful chubby-leaved suckers in nice pots and call it a day.  Maybe just strew them around all over the place willy-nilly.  We shall see.

But in the meantime here’s some inspiration…

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Errr also can we please take a moment over this best staircase in the world…?  This needs to happen in my life at some point:

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Have a happy weekend loves!  And do tell, are you on the succulent/cactus bandwagon or is not your cup of tea?

E-Design Services

I’ve received quite a few enquiries over the last couple of months about the interior e-design services I offer, here at Elly MacDonald Design, to clients in Singapore, the US and the UK.

So I thought I’d save my sausage-fingers from some avoidable typing, and do a little blog summary of the ins and outs of this service.

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It’s essentially a more affordable version of a traditional interior design project.  In an e-design project, the client does all the non-design-y bits and pieces: the measuring up of the space, the purchasing and installing of all furniture, textiles and accessories, the sourcing and managing of contractors (where used), the dealing with any and all install bloopers {there’s always one!}, the styling, etc etc.

The designer focuses on all the design-y bits and pieces: the technical floor plans and elevations, colour and textural palettes, pulling together the design schemes, managing budgets, factoring in lead times, and processing client feedback on the various design drafts issued.

Unlike, ahem, some other firms {that shall remain nameless}, it’s very important to me that these projects are still as personal and non-generic as they would be if they were a full concept interior design service.  I make a huge effort to ensure that the designs are very specific to the client, their personal story, their interests and their family.

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So how does it actually work, I hear you ask?

The client provides me with images of all four walls of each room to be designed, the dimensions of the space, images of any existing items of furniture/artwork/textiles to be incorporated, a link to their Pinterest board and lastly my e-design questionnaire.

A little like this, which was the input from a lovely {and extremely design-savvy} client in Pennsylvania, USA, she of testimonial-fame above:

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{credit: Elly MacDonald Design}

I then go away and do my thang, rustling up for each room a floor plan, scheme board, and shopping list.  The fee I charge includes three drafts, so that we make sure we get the design really spot on.  This is quite different to a lot of other e-design services out there, which often just offer one draft.  The more feedback clients can give me on each draft, the better I can tailor the subsequent ones to them.  I usually find it’s pretty spot on at draft 2, and then the third one is more for final tweaks.

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{credit: Elly MacDonald Design}

The best thing about it is that the service is totally customisable too, I can help out with whatever additional services are needed.  So for instance, subsequent to the standard e-design package being delivered, previous clients have then tagged on advice on things such as gallery wall arrangements, technical lighting plans, specific elevations they need, help finding a recommended upholsterer in their area etc etc.  I can help with it all!

Fee-wise, for this e-design service I charge on a per room basis, with bulk discounts available for four rooms and above, and I then subsequently charge an hourly fee for additional services.

So please get in touch if you are interested!  elly@ellymacdonalddesign | dot | com

Outstanding Oushaks

I seem to have a nine year old’s skills in titling blogposts…there’s nothing like a spot of alliteration.  Err random start.  SO today I thought we should talk oushak rugs, ladies and gents.

I have had a soft spot in my heart for these for a long long time now – adding the perfect exotic/ethnic vibe underfoot but without the more saturated and vibrant palettes you so often get with Persian rugs, they complement a really wide array of different interiors styles.

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Named after the city of Uşak in Turkey {please excuse the weird bold ‘s’}, these rugs have traditionally always been amongst the finest produced in the whole country – indeed a study of the rugs found in Istanbul’s largest mosques found that they were almost exclusively these intricate, high end specimens, with their star, medallion and floral motifs.

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Typical palettes include gold, soft blues and greens, greys, blush pink, ivory, terracotta and cinnamon; lots of gorgeous, soft, naturally-occurring dyes.  And the wool used is of a very high calibre, super silky and light-reflective, which adds even further to the visual appeal of the colours.

All of these factors add up to one rather large blow to the bank balance – these puppies do not come cheap but blimey O’Reilly are they beautiful:

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Fave inspo shots below – this first one on the RHS has been in my brain for a long long time now:

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Loving them paired with statement chandies in these next two:

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They’re fantastic for adding visual interest to fairly neutral spaces:

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Or to offset darker floor and wall finishes:

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YUM.  I am all over these like a pigeon on a chip.  Wait, I don’t live in London anymore…like a monkey on a can of 100plus.  For more Turkish/Moroccan rug-gy goodness also check out these posts on delectable beni ouarains and overdyed rugs.

And here’s a little round up of a few options if you would like to add one of these beauts to your life.  Some of these are real deal authentic vintage pieces (with price points to match) and some are more contemporary versions.  All are bananas beautiful.

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{ from top left: indigo / sky blue / distressed blush / grey / distressed grey / mid-blue / taupe / blush / faded blue / taupe / aqua + coral / peach }

{I do know you can’t really sell both your kidneys}

So tell me loves, what say you…?  Need a little oushak on your floor?

We’re in business!

Yikes loves, I’ve been awol for some time.  Well there’s been some changes around here at Caribbean Living HQ.

Where to start…well firstly I guess Caribbean Living HQ actually has a new name now: Elly MacDonald Design – Interiors + Urban Landscapes.  Yeehaw, we are in business.  And by ‘we’ I in actual fact mean ‘I’, for the time being anyway – I’m doing the designing, the project execution, the admin, the marketing, the website design, the graphic design, the photography, the business side of things aaaaand flipping instagram.  I’m a busy busy bee these days, so please forgive my errr year-long absence?  I’ve been sitting exactly in this spot working my bot off:

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Offering full concept interior design services to residential clients here in Singapore, and e-design services to clients in the States and UK, I’ve had projects coming out my ears since launching last year, which is a pretty fab problem to have, I guess.

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Teaser teaser, more to follow soon!

I’ve had a couple of veeeeery stylish e-design clients in the States, and I’ve just taken on an e-design project back in Blighty too.  More info on these in the next few weeks…

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Things are going swimmingly over at Anserai, and we’ve just added a few new items to our Indonesia collection!  The indigo ikat throw and indigo framed ikat have been swiped already but the rest of these authentic artisanal goodies are still available, see here for more info and purchases:

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In other more personal {and pretty terrible} news, I’ve been getting some ‘conscious uncoupling’ done {thanks for the concept, Gwynnie}.  Things have not been very happy around here in the love department, but I’m obviously not going to discuss on, you know, the interwebs.  Alistair and I are very sadly no longer married, but we remain close and care about each other a great deal.  I’ve actually been designing his new place here in Singapore – it’s quite nice having a client who pays double the amount stated on all your invoices, who you can nag to not get their cushions grubby and who can be guilt-tripped into any contentious furniture purchases, hahaha.  I should marry all my clients.  Not really future clients, just kidding.  Ahem.

I’ve never written about much personal stuff on le blog, I tend to stick to errr upholstery, Eames and ikat chat…but Alistair supported and encouraged me while I turned from tax accountant to interior designer, across multiple countries and continents, and I will always be very grateful for that.  Anyhoo just thought I would explain the sudden change from ‘we’ and ‘our’ references to ‘I’ and ‘my’ ones.

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So yep it’s been a sad time, a crazy busy time and now quite an exciting time: things are on the up up up and I have high hopes for the rest of 2016.  How are you loves?  I’ve been missing you!  Do tell your news please!

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

I don’t usually write about serious stuff on here but I wanted to pay my respects today.

The founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, sadly passed away yesterday.  He was an incredible man who built an incredible country, and he has this ang mo’s deep respect.  It’s a very sad time for Singapore, please take a moment to send some good wishes over here.

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Anserai giveaway

Roll up roll up loves, I have an exciting giveaway for you today!

To celebrate the launch of Anserai, we’re giving away one of our signature Framed Papuan Tribal Shell Necklaces.  Open to anyone over 18 years old and with a US postal address, to enter simply head on over to our website, subscribe to our mailing list, check out our Collection #1: Indonesia // Uluwatu to Ubud, and connect with us on social media letting us know the name of your fave piece from the collection!

We’re on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and would love to hear from you!

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All entrants also receive free shipping and a whopping 20% discount on all items from the first collection (while stocks last).  I recommend you get your skates on indeed…

Have a happy weekend!

Chalet cravings

The temps are creeping up here in Singapore.  January was delectably, wonderfully, enchantingly cool here but the sun is BACK with a vengeance.  Sounds like I’m bragging but trust me I am not – I have northern English genes and they do not do well in the tropics, ha.

Anyhoo so I’ve been having a bit of a hankering for some cooler weather and {as ermm always} Euro vibes – some deliciously designed ski chalets fit the bill nicely!

I looked at the work of Nicky Dobree a long long time ago now {when I seemingly did not own Photoshop…} {and also I don’t know why the hell all my old posts are now in all caps?!  Looks like I used to be really really angry about everything…I digress}.  Her portfolio has only gone and got even better I am happy to report.  Full of gorgeous horn light fixtures, cheeky plaids, luxe velvets, fur, exposed brickwork and slate wall treatments, rustic beamwork, leather and linens galore, and more fireplaces than you can shake a stick {err…log?) at.  YUM.  Feast your peepers.

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Errr yes please:

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Announcing Anserai

So I promised an update on what I’m up to these days, ermm about a month ago.  Better late than never, hey?

Anserai is a new online home decor boutique that I’m launching with my good friend Sarah, based out of San Francisco.  We feature collections of textiles, artwork and objets sourced from different countries around the world – Bali, Kenya and Thailand are our first few stops – as well as bringing a little taste of the cultures and stories behind our products.

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I have literally hand-picked every item for our first collection from Bali and wider Indonesia, and absolutely LOVED it.  I’ve been learning about the traditional crafts and gorgeous array of products over there for the last two years, as well as creating a network of sourcing contacts, and it’s fantastic to now get to work with them.

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Wherever possible we source directly from the artisans themselves, in order to help them grow their businesses and preserve the traditional techniques they use in a world of mass production and machine-made products.

We are also ploughing back a percentage of our profits into charities that operate in the countries we source from, more info on this soon!

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We are so excited about the launch (which we are hoping will be early December) and are working like a pair of crazy mofos to get everything wrapped up and live in time!

Pulling consistently 70 hour weeks is making me wish I were back in Bali on the back of this motorbike!!  All good fun though, all good fun (and I, unlike Sarah, do not have a very small baby and full time job, so I’m not sure why I’m complaining exactly).

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See here for a little more about our inspiration for the boutique, here for behind the scenes biz-ness, and here for some gratuitous antique Balinese door goodness.  Because when you have your own business you can spend as much time talking about antique Balinese door goodness as you like, mahahaha.  At least until your business partner yells at you.  [Which she hasn’t just to be clear, I seemingly still have some door capital to use up].  Anyhoo, I digress, here’s a pretty picture from Ubud:

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Come on over and check out our blog Demand Authenticity, for a little sneak peek of the collection and some behind the scenes in San Francisco and Singapore.

It’s been such a ruddy enormous learning curve for us both but we’re loving it – current projects are the graphic design and website construction, which are coming along swimmingly but taking up rather a large amount of brainpower, which is the reason for my slightly haphazard blog posts lately loves.

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Please sign up for our news and updates on the Anserai website and connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and [err our currently totally unpopulated] Instagram!

More updates to follow soon when we’re live!

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{all credits: Anserai}