Blog, Interiors

Coffee table styling

28 February 2013

Coffee table styling

We’re getting busy here at Eclectic Cool.  I thought it would be great to introduce a fellow interior lover to the blog, Beks.      Here are her tips on styling a coffee table.  Thanks, Beks!

Recently, a visit to a client inspired us to blog about styling a coffee table.

This essential piece of furniture, often ignored and unfortunately prone to clutter, is a key piece in all living areas.

Instead of using it as a collection place for a multitude of  remote controls or a place to rest your plate or feet while watching tv- why not use it to add interest and beauty to your interior space .

Whether small or  large; square, round  or rectangular, all coffee tables deserve to be styled in a way that reflects your personal taste, displaying objects you love.

With our  simple formula, you can easily achieve a stylish look that is both functional  and which adds character to your room.

Start with something natural (1) – the most obvious choice here being a floral arrangement.  We love using a one type of flowers in a simple vase- or a pot of orchids for something a bit long lasting.   However, if flowers aren’t your thing then another natural element such as a piece of driftwood or even flowering branches may be more to your taste.

Add piles of books(2): coffee table books that are in proportion to the size of your table. Choose beautiful books on subjects that interest you, with bold covers, interesting colours and pile them in small groups  of three (largest at the bottom). The number of piles is up to you but I like an even number if the table is round or square and odd numbers if the table is rectangular.

In HK, Page One has the best collection of coffee table books and we stock quite a few design books too.  

Place a tray or jar on your table (3).  This is a place to collect smaller  objects such as remote controls, keys, coasters etc.  Trays not only look stylish but they keep things tidy too! Try one in an interesting material such as lucite  or something more traditional such as mirrored glass, metal or wood.

Lastly add an object of interest  or a personal touch to your arrangement (3). This piece  will create a statement about your style. It could be a quirky object that has meaning to you or something more sculptural.

Follow these simple rules and you will soon have a table you will be proud of!

Check out more coffee table styling images here.

 

 






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Cool…Moleskine white

26 February 2013

Cool…Moleskine white

I always choose black.   When you open up my wardrobe…the bottom rail is basically all black.   When in doubt- I always choose black.  Some things, though, look good in white- towels, jeans, sneakers, t-shirts and now…moleskines.   Why didn’t they do this before?











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Make design your life….

24 February 2013

Make design your life….

The designs of Ray and Charles Eames are iconic.  You will recognise them even if you don’t know too much about furniture and interior design.   The classic Eames easy chair was used on the TV show ‘Frasier’ for example, a set designer’s joke contrasting the urban and sophisticated Frasier’s taste with that of his more down to earth and man of the people father, who’s chair was the Laze Boy recliner.

Ray is probably the most famous designer of the 20th century.   An artist by training, she worked with Charles throughout her career and produced many textile designs in her own right, some which are still being produced today by Maharam.

The couple worked together throughout their lives and their attitude towards design is pretty much summed up by the following 15 statements.

“Fifteen things Charles and Ray teach us”, an essay by Keith Yamashita

  1. Keep good company
  2. Notice the ordinary.
  3. Preserve the ephemeral.
  4. Design not for the elite, but for the masses.
  5. Explain it to a child.
  6. Get lost in the content.
  7. Get to the heart of the matter.
  8. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
  9. Rembember your responsibility as a storyteller.
  10. Zoom out.
  11. Switch.
  12. Prototype it.
  13. Pun.
  14. Make design your life. (And life, your design.)
  15. Leave something behind.

These are principles that underpin design and are something all designers could take lessons from.  Personally, I love number 14…it’s something that I live by.











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Our new store front

23 February 2013

Our new store front

We had a lovely Chinese New Year break, despite a bad cold which I am still trying to fight off.   However, we are full steam ahead in the store and are busy restocking with new products and showing more of our furniture collections.  In addition we have revamped our store front.  Isn’t it cute!

Come in and take a look at our Eclectic Cool range of linen.   We have them in stock in around 8 colours but we are able to order them in around 23 colours.  Our napkins are HKD90 each, runners HKD 210 and tablecloths HKD 845.    We also have some cute fabric baskets that are great for inside or outside alike.  Fill with bread and fruits for a casual al fresco lunch , or use to store veggies in the kitchen.  The small is HKD 135 and the large is HKD 255.

They will be able for purchase on the online store very soon.

See you at the store!

 











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cool…lego blocks

15 February 2013

cool…lego blocks

Many a designer or architect’s first experience with design was through Lego.   I still get a bit of a thrill playing with it, though none of my children really loved it as much as I did when I was a child.   I guess there are so many more different things to play with.   I do remember, however, an acute dissatisfaction with the standard colours of yellow, red, blue and green.   Even at 5 they were a bit garish for me.   I was excited when I was given a lego kitchen (I know- sexist!!! my brother got a spaceship) in white and I used the pieces to build a lot of other things.

These new blocks by Mokulock, a Japanese design firm, are designed to fit with standard lego pieces- though there is a disclaimer that due to temperature and humidity changes, the blocks may vary in size.   They are beautiful though, and would be great for modelmaking.   I’ll have to go to Japan soon and get some.  When I do, I will share my creations with you.

 











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Art, Blog, Design

This week’s cool artists & architects

13 February 2013

This week’s cool artists & architects

Aimless surfing of the net on holidays always means that you find interesting and beautiful things.  From a table you could eat in Paris to a barn made entirely out of glass, to huge large scale fabric installations draped  over buildings: the inventiveness of creatives means never ceases to amaze me.   I think the beauty of art and architecture comes from allowing you to see the world differently- something all these artists and designers do effortlessly.











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Cool…the best ski interiors ever

11 February 2013

Cool…the best ski interiors ever

There is something about the cold, crisp air of the mountain that is magical.  We have been spending the last couple of days enjoying the snow and the great outdoors.  A ski holiday makes you feel invigorated and refreshed even though you are physically tired at the end of the day.

That is why  it is always nice to come home to beautiful surroundings that make use of location and climate. This selection of ski interiors really hit the spot.

From all around the world, they have a few things in common, use of  natural materials: the use of wood & stone are common to all of these interiors, from the simplest to the most ornate.   The interiors are softened by plush textiles and furs- hunting being a tradition of mountain life.   Some are outwardly looking and light, the others are more cosy and use the darkness to create mood and warmth.  And, it would not be a ski chalet if there was not a fireplace.

 











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Cool…apartment redesign

8 February 2013

Cool…apartment redesign

Hong Kong spaces are nothing if not small.  One thing that you have to understand that the listed size of an apartment may not actually be the correct size: when renting or buying  an apartment make sure that you ask what is the ‘saleable’ size, rather than the gross size.  The saleable size takes out the common amenities and actually indicates space.

In Sheung Wan, where the stop is located, even over the last 3 months that we have been here, I have seen the quick gentrification of the area, where locals who have lived here for years are being pushed out by high rents.   I guess it is not the first city where this has happened.    Now, you often see expat faces, climbing the stairs of traditional tong laus.   We are increasingly getting a lot of work from clients who are looking to redecorate these small spaces.   Some forward thinking types have managed to buy whole buildings and are turning them into multi level homes.

The project at 226 Hollywood Road, designed by Ilse Crawford, gives some indication of the possibility of these spaces.   From the glossy charcoal grey tiles to the lush walnut cabinetry that takes advantage of the view of the park (in HK called an ‘outdoor seating area’)  opposite.   Something like this project, does seduce you with the idea of downsizing your life and moving to a smaller and more central, space.

 











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Our CNY break….

7 February 2013

Our CNY break….

We’re taking a break over Chinese New Year.  We will be closing at 5pm today and heading off the ski fields.   Sorry for any inconvenience but this holiday was booked before I even knew that I would have a store!  So have a good one, eat lots of turnip cake (my absolute favorite) and hand out those lai see packets- spread that good cheer!  We’ll see you on the 20th .   We’re focussing on furniture and lighting.   Lots of new brands including the most divine sofas from HAY.











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