Category: Window treatments

Those Romans knew what they were doing…

…if wiki.answers is to be believed anyway.

Err sorry digression.  So I’m in the last few weeks of studying now, and have been polishing off a bunch of notebooks I have to put together.  One of them is on everything you could ever possibly need to know in the entire universe about curtains, blinds and bed treatments, so I have been spending a lot of time oogling (and writing about in excruciating detail) some seriously gorgeous examples.

I’d never really had much time for Roman shades but have to say I’m now a bit of a convert.  Giving the same soft and warm feeling to a scheme that curtains do, they are also just as versatile and are an easy way to add a pop of colour or print to a space.  Ummm…ikats and suzanis are my faves obvs, but am also all over some trellis, chinoiserie and Greek key.  Not to mention the glam beauts too.

Check ’em out and tell me you don’t agree!

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Still slightly obsessing over these malachite beauts – see here for more!

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And lastly some glam sophisticated puppies – I’ve been loving this droopy one (technical term) on the RHS here loooong time:

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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…

An unexpected new design crush

So I would never ever eeeeever use super traditional window treatments in a residential setting (just not my bag baby), but have suddenly fallen head over heels for them used in hotels or restaurants (merci Ireland).

It took me quite a long time to round up these suckers as apparently I only love about 5% of the ones out there though, ha. 

What do you think?  Is there room in your life for some swags, puddles, reefs or London blinds?  They all feel so glam and OTT – hmm, ok maybe I would use them in a home, stranger things have happened at sea…

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These next two are from The Savoy in London.  Ali surprised me with a reservation there the day he proposed to me [ha, grinny face] and it was AMAZING!  Such incredible architecture and the traditional decor was divine:

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These chartreuse beauts on the LHS are the pooch’s proverbials, look incredible against the dark wall and brass sunburst – love!

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Monday’s Masterpiece – the [traditional yet lustworthy] Irish craic

Morning peeps, happy Monday to ya.

Apols again for skiving last week – I was ill yet again, sooo annoying.  It turns out that when one is struck down by the plague and jet lag it is in fact not a good idea to attend two weddings, two 30th birthday parties and lots of general shindigging.  Literally thought I’d caught bird flu at one point last week (not something to kid around about I am aware…), but pretty much on the mend now so today I shall update you with more design blatherings from Singapore, you lucky things.  Ahem.

So I promised last week to share some pics of the setting of my friend Alex’s beautiful wedding, in an old country estate outside Dublin.  It was b.a.n.a.n.a.s.  Not just bananas, B.A.N.A.N.A.S – have a looksee:


I think the numero uno thing I miss about back home (apart from the fam and friendies obvs) is rural England, full of gorgeous old cottages, picturesque scenery, cosy village pubs and errr, sheep?!

So this trip over to Ireland gave me the bucolic fix I was in need of, in a serious way!

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The main house was chocca with roaring fireplaces, intricate chandies, period furnishings and some seriously elaborate window treatments.  It’s the latter that I was mostly gazing at slack-jawed for two days straight.  SUCH an incredible wedding venue!

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And the bedrooms!  MY GAWD!  Do you seeeee these window treatments?!

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Said incredible window treatments were created by Bridget Callan Design I believe – nice job Bridget!

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Think I may have to go on the hunt for more traditional lovelies tomorrow…

Romantic puddles…

Weird title, huh?!

Thanks for the kind comments last week on the bedroom design lovelies, much appreciated!  So one of the last items to install in there are the floor length white linen drapes.  I’ve been hunting high and low for a good curtain maker here in Singers and think I have finally found one…

So although the rest of the room is pretty contemporary / ethnic / sleek, I’ve been increasingly going slightly gaga for traditional puddled curtains.  They’re usually set in gorgeous French inspired spaces with elaborate chandies and trad furnishings, but they can also work well in a more modern space.

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Totally impractical when cleaning mind you, probs best for homes sans pets…

So here are some luscious versions I’ve been oogling of late – make sure you let me know what you think!

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Living room update…and a little bit of Greek Key

So over the last couple of days I’ve been teaching myself how to use SketchUp Pro (which I’ve found to be incredible after struggling on AutoCAD for aaaages – and no this is not a sponsored post, although it should be…), and have put together the plans for our new home.

Voila mesdames et messieurs, my first attempt at our living/dining room (ahem, and please don’t laugh at the cowhide, they are tricky!!):

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It’s a smidge squisharoo as we are in the lucky position of having the ‘problem’ that our parents are giving us a few pieces of furniture as wedding gifts, so we’re looking to the future and not just picking pieces to go in a mini apartment in SG.

VERY EXCITED to be living in a proper home again after gallivanting around Asia for a year, cannot waaaaait!

Ahem, anyhoo, so today I thought I’d take a little peek at one of the smaller design elements: the curtains’ Greek Key trim.  I just so happen to not be able to get enough of this lovely trimmy, in every single colourway in existence:

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I can’t tell you how full of grins those images make me, nothing like copious trimmings and fabrics to make me smile.

So it looks fabulous on cushions and lampshades…

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…but it’s on curtains that it’s really killer:

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Whaddya recky people?

Sheer fabulousness

Err, apols for the dodgy title, couldn’t resist.  Sooooo, since moving to Honkers I’ve been pondering the question of window treatments on and off.  With such densely packed buildings, the need to create privacy is pretty imperative – if we wanted to we could see into approximately 50 apartments from our 12th floor pad, for example.

When I think of treatments I usually think of fabulous billowing velvet/some-other-insanely-gorgeous-fabric drapes, such as…

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But sometimes these ceiling to floor lovelies just don’t cut the mustard from a functional perspective, either when you need to cut down direct sunlight streaming into a west facing room, or need to up your aforesaid privacy.  That, ladies and gents, is when the true genius of sheers comes to light.

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Or for a functional and dramatic look, how about pairing them up…?

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