Category: Upholstery swooning

Chic in Cape Town

I was looking at some old design mags the other day and came across this cracking Cape Town pad featured in Living Etc a while back.  I remember at the time I took note of it as I’ve done something similar-ish on a smaller scale with the pendant lighting in our home (below left) and it made me regret not adding about 17 more of the blighters to our fixture.

I usually go for more light and bright spaces, but the moody masculine palette and diverse texture range really speak to me here.  Plus the botanicals situation.  Plus the reclaimed wood wall cladding.  Plus she looks like a nice lady.

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Ooooooh la la {modern bergeres}

Oh I’ve been so naughty skipping my posts, I do apologise lovelies.  I’ve been bogged down working on a crayzee enormous historical notebook I have to put together on English and French interior design styles since 1660.  Yah, you read correctly.  A blooming long time.   Literally 4 weeks of my life and counting has gone into this sucker.

I’ve been working on les frenchies the last few days and have been getting a little over excited about all their trad bergere and fauteuil chairs – but updated for 2013, forget about those stinking damasks.

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Here’s a little round up of these beauts – leopard and ikat clearly get my votes, quelle surprise…

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Ooh and zebra and stripeys:

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And a cheeky suzani or two (all the usual suspects I know, I’m getting predictable non?!)

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Most of these lovely ladies will be bespoke upholstery, but I’ve rounded up a few already-dids in case anyone’s looking for a zero hassle approach.  Which is your fave?  Do tell!

french chairs modern upholstery{Clockwise from top left: green trellis, navy blue, pinky, leopard, zebra, black ikat, blue ikat, olive green, aqua blue, leopard, malachite – yum!}


Monday’s Masterpiece – banquette beauties

I came across this image over the weekend and it pretty much knocked my socks off:

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{credit: Lisa Sherry Interieurs}

Divine no?!

There’s nothing I like better than a big dose of tufted goodness, so I thought I’d go on the hunt for a few more high-backed banquette images, you lucky people you.

I can’t decide if I prefer the high-octane colour jolts or the more neutral off-whites, but both of these below are my cup of tea for sure:

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Yum!  Thoughts…?

Bananas batik – part 1

Morning darls!  Yesterday’s post seemed to go down well but after all the monochrome yumminess I thought today I’d get a leeetle beeet more colour on the go.

May I introduce you to the newest of obsessions in the (already obsession-full) brain of Caribbean Living: the beauties that are batik.  I’d come across this gorgeous race of textiles before but it was on our honeymoon in Bali that I really became acquainted with them.  They’re traditionally made all over the world from Ghana and Nigeria to India and Japan, but it’s South East Asia that’s really famous for producing this art form, especially Malaysia and Indonesia.

See?!  Yum:

interior design batik4Often confused with ikat, the name batik describes the method of applying wax to fabric and then dying it, so it can come in literally any design and colour your heart desires, as opposed to ikat which sticks within an admittedly-getting-wider-by-the-day band of patterns.

Think my faves are the blueys but the bright fun colours are divine also.

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Even more gorgeous!

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I wish the armchairs here were a batik in a more neutral colour – other than that I am loving this space bigtime:

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Delectable pastels!

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And how awesome is this headboard?!  Not sure about the brown shade but if it were a blue or a purple…yummy:

interior design batik11Cushions are a great way to add some fun without committing to upholstery:

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And this Balinese daybed on the LHS here just takes my breath away:

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I brought a few pieces back with me the last time we headed to Bali but think I need to start some serious cushion manufacturing here in Singapore – hmm I wonder when I can get back there…

A Chesterfield rainbow

So yesterday’s blush pink Chesterfield attracted a lot of admiring feedback, and I thought I would take a little look today at a few more colourful options, seven to be precise.

I may have taken a little liberty with the shades of the rainbow I’ve used, but hey, who wants a scarlet Chesterfield?!  [With apologies to fans of scarlet Chesterfields…]

Let me know which is your fave!

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{credits: Chesterfields / other beauts}

In other news, I’m heading back to Blighty tonight for a flurry of weddings and 30th birthday shindigs and am soooo excited to see everybody.  Less excited about the Ice Age that England is currently experiencing, not sure what havoc a 35C temp change is going to do to me.  Yikes.  So I hope to be able to post tomorrow but I may be too wrapped up in blankets and hot water bottles…