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Moody hues, the Klooftique way

One of the design trends most noticeable in our own showroom and homes is the use of dark hues.

From a fresh coat of moody grey paint on an accent wall to textured, dark floor coverings, incorporating dark hues into your space doesn’t have to be a costly or challenging task.

We are crushing on Carey Carter’s Muses, available in a range of colours, each one featuring its own Zen teaching and retailing for R1 450.00. A striking piece of art, which introduces organic textures and muted, moody hues.

 

As we’re slowly starting to head into the wintery months, there is no better time to give your living space a comforting, tonal facelift.

To bring the dark-hued trend into your home, shop our latest promo below!

https://klooftique.com/product/promo-so-lo-daybed/

SO LO DAYBED IN WEATHERED ZAMBEZI CHARCOAL
Size: 2500 x 1500
PROMO PRICE: R28 995.00
Full retail: R34 995.00

Liveable Luxury at Klooftique

For February’s blogpost, we will be featuring the next design trend for 2021 at the top of Klooftique’s list of favourites:

“LIVEABLE LUXURY”

(Images courtesy of  Home Fabrics)

Nothing epitomises Liveable Luxury quite like the FibreGuard fabrics. The FibreGuard brand boasts with an extensive range of colours and textures, all equally easy to clean and maintain.

Each FibreGuard fabric has been finished with Stain Free Technology, which means the fabric is able to withstand everyday stains such as ballpoint pens, coffee, red wine and even tomato sauce!

The FibreGuard fabrics have fast become some of our most popular choices, with our very own team coming home and lounging about on their FibreGuard-upholstered Klooftique pieces; something that has proven to be as popular among humans as with their furry companions.

Many of the FibreGuard ranges can be viewed in-store with the help of either Justine (shop@klooftique.com) or Katherine (showroom@klooftique.com)

And as of the first of March 2021, clients can visit our showroom at our extended hours of Monday – Thursday from 10:00 – 17:00, Fridays from 10:00 – 16:00 and Saturdays from 10:30 – 14:00

Welcoming 2021 at Klooftique

As we slowly settled back into the new normal following an eventful 2020, we reflect on the year that was and approach 2021 with renewed anticipation and enthusiasm.

As so many of the top design trends for 2021 are in line with our ethos, it makes perfect sense to feature a few on our monthly blog posts.

For January, we will be featuring one of our favourite design trends for 2021, which features grounded, earthy shades.

These can be seen especially in our go-to leather colours and textures. After going back to our Klooftique Core in 2020, we love that organic elements are a prominent feature, as this is most certainly not just a trend, but a design staple.

 

Victoria chair in Diesel Toffee: R11 995.00

Sahara sofa in Diesel Brown, 2200mm wide: R22 995.00

Forget “New Year, New Me”! How about “New Year, New PROMO”?

We are working on an exciting new promotional design to kick off the new year, so be sure to keep an eye out on our social media for the exciting coming announcement!

For our first recipe of the year, we’re featuring one of our favourite chilled soup recipes, ideal for long, summer days. We love how simple and quick it is to make!

Chilled Pea, Avocado and Mint Soup by My Darling Lemon Thyme

(Image: My Darling Lemon Thyme)

INGREDIENTS:

350g fresh or frozen peas (defrosted if frozen)

625ml chilled vegetable stock

1 x large avocado

80ml Coconut milk

2 x cloves garlic, peeled

½ cup firmly packed mint leaves

2 x tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD:

Place peas, vegetable stock, avocado, coconut milk, garlic and mint leaves into a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste with the sea salt and black pepper. Chill the soup in the fridge for an hour prior to serving.

Enjoy!

 

Now that we’re back in the swing of things, be sure to visit our showroom in Kloof street!

Our trading hours are as follow;

Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 16:00

Sat: 10:30 – 14:00

Hoping to see you all very soon!

The Klooftique Wrap-Up

And just like that, we’re midway through December! While for many 2020 has been a trying year, we are grateful for the small victories we’ve been able to experience as a business and team.

This year has taught us to strip away the excess; to focus on living more sustainably and more considerately.

We are excited for the projects and opportunities that 2021 will bring and continue to focus on providing our wonderful clients with beautifully manufactured heirloom pieces and responsibly sourced accessories and artifacts.

You don’t have to wait ‘til 2021 though to get a peek at some of the accessory designs we’ve been working on!

Introducing our single and double shoe racks, manufactured in black ferro steel;

Double shoe rack: R1995.00

 

Single shoe rack: R1295.00

Making its debut is our much-loved Tree Coat Stand in the brand-new Brass tone;

As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to extend our gratitude to all our amazing clients for their continued support during this challenging year. We were privileged to work on some very exciting projects and collaborate with brilliantly creative minds; just a few of the highlights of our year.

Now that we will be putting an eventful year behind us, we will be taking a little break to recharge before we take on 2021.
Our showroom will be closing on the 23rd December, but we will reopen again on the 4th January.

May you have a wonderfully blessed festive season; from our families to yours!

A Klooftique Summer

This past year, we’ve been so fortunate to introduce some of our favourite brands into the Klooftique space, just in time for summer!

We’re longing for long, hot days spent on the beach, cold watermelon slices on a porch and impromptu picnics with family in the garden.

Summah’s gorgeous range of towels and blankets will likely have us making more trips to our favourite beaches and riverside spots, along with a good book, sunscreen and Wick’s Multi-Use Mist.

Wick’s Multi-Use Mist is great for days where head straight from the beach to cocktails, as it can be used as a scented body mist. Our personal favourite is the Pink Suede, a combination of white musk coconut and tuberose.

WICK Multi-Use Mist in Pink Suede: R195.00

 

Our go-to WICK product has to be the wax melter and melts, which we use in our space every day. As all the WICK scents blend together beautifully, you can mix and match your scents to suit your mood.

WICK Wax Melter: R295.00
WICK Scented Wax Melts: R160.00

In the spirit (no cheeky pun intended) of summer, we thought one of our favourite (kind of) healthy cocktails could be just the thing!

INGREDIENTS:

Fresh, generous piece of ginger

Freshly squeezed lemon juice from one lemon

Half a cucumber

2 x Green apples

Kale or spinach (whichever you like)

Fresh mint

Tequila

 

METHOD:

It could not be easier; simply juice all the above ingredients, add tequila to taste and pour over a lot of ice!

 

ENJOY!

Klooftique & Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the month of October, we were fortunate enough to collaborate with Breast Cancer Awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. For each sofa or arm chair sold to our wonderful clients, Klooftique donated a Comfort Box to BCA.

These comfort boxes are given to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and are filled with small comforts like lip balms, washcloths, socks, hand lotions, facial wipes, bars of soap and various other goodies.

At the end of October, we will be announcing how many comfort boxes we were able to donate through the continued support of our valued clients.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this incredible initiative in making these formidable women’s road to recovery a little easier.

The start of summer has us feeling energised and inspired, which is why we’re back to moving our showroom and constantly filling it with new pieces and fresh designs.

What better way to introduce freshness and life into dull spaces, than by filling it with gorgeous greenery?

Did you know that having plants in your home can boost your mood, help you concentrate and be more productive? They even assist in absorbing toxins in the air, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.
A most-searched feature on our Google search currently is Atrium Plants, which stock pet & child friendly plants in an extensive range of sizes and prices and we’re obsessed!

Visit their amazing online store in the link below;

https://atriumplants.co.za/

*Image via Atrium Plants website

The end of October is fast approaching and with it, the closing of our order books for orders to be completed in 2020. We urge all our clients who are thinking of ordering pieces for the festive season to pop in or get in touch with us to avoid disappointment.

This month, we will be featuring one of our favourite summer recipes; Bocconcini, fresh basil and baby tomato pasta. As simple as it is delicious, this is one of our go-to dishes on a gorgeous summer’s day.

INGREDIENTS:
2 x tubs of Bocconcini
1 x punnet sweet rosa tomatoes, sliced in half
1 x large handful of fresh basil leaves
1 x large glug of olive oil
Salt and pepper
Rummo rigatoni or similar short, fat pasta shape

METHOD:
Boil salted water and add pasta. Cook according to instructions on packet. Drain the bocconcini and cut into smaller pieces.
In a separate bowl, mix the bocconcini, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and add a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil.
Allow the flavours to merge for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Once the pasta has cooked, drain the water and in a large bowl, add the bocconcini mix.
Add additional olive oil and season to taste

Enjoy!

The “Spring” in Our Step

With Spring just around the corner and the promise of longer, warmer days, now is as good a time as any to start decluttering our spaces.

De-cluttering can stimulate creativity and promote relaxation, with the added bonus of potentially helping others.

As many people are now working from their homes, reducing clutter is one of the best ways to improve productivity, as clutter in your immediate surroundings pull focus.

Clearing out and cleaning up is one of our favourite activities and we try to do a BIG de-clutter at least one every three months. With every de-cluttering session, you can always find the Top 3 “GET-RID-OF-IT” Contenders;

1) An impulse-buy
2) Something you’ve convinced yourself you’ll still use at some point
3) Something you should have actually spent a little more money on, because its copy-cat friend that you purchase instead just isn’t doing the trick (but you suspected as much when you bought it)

This is where black refuse bags and a great initiative called ONE BAG FULL come in.

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost many, many families far too much. If there was ever a time to be grateful for what you have and you’re in a position to help someone else, this is it.
ONE BAG FULL run weekly challenges and it’s such a great way to get rid of the things you don’t need and make a small difference in someone else’s life.

https://onebagfull.com/fill-up-your-bag/

 

Once you’ve completed your bags, you can drop them off at any of the below STOR-AGE locations
• Cape Town: 2 Brooke Street, Claremont
• Cape Town: 67C Regent Road, Sea Point
• Johannesburg: 376A Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall

As we move to a more sustainable future together, let’s shift the focus to supporting small business that produce sustainable pieces with locally sourced products, as we work to rebuild our economy.

This week, we’re featuring one of our favourite, hearty recipes – perfect for chillier days spent with family.

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 sweet potatoes
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
½ fennel bulb, finely chopped
1-2 shallots, diced
Handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon capers, roughly chopped
2 dates, roughly chopped
½ cup labneh
Lemon or lime, zested and juiced
Olive oil
Freshly cracked pepper
Flaky sea salt

METHOD:

Cut the sweet potatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven for 50-60 min at 180 degrees Celsius.
While the sweet potatoes bake, mix all die ingredients together, except the labneh. Once the sweet potatoes are done, scoop the mixture onto the sweet potatoes and drizzle the labneh over the mixture.

Enjoy!

Klooftique’s Winter Warmers

We have been watching so many episodes of Architectural Digest’s “Open Door” series – one of our favourites being Dakota Johnson’ retro home, previously owned by Ryan Murphy.

 

The space is filled with organic textures, moody tones and an array of personal touches. This has inspired us to change up our own spaces around for what feels like the 10th time since the national lockdown started; drawing renewed inspiration from our favourite designers and creatives.

To watch Architectural Digests’ Open Door with Dakota Johnson, click the link below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwhBTrzzqeg

What we’ve found with moving pieces in our space every few weeks, is that we always find a new way to use an old, existing piece. This is such a fun exercise, because it’s a constant reminder that when you invest in a good piece, it will bring you joy for many years to come.

We are overjoyed to see the rise in support for local brands, artisans and creatives – many who produce handcrafted, exceptional quality pieces, with often decades’ experience. The narrative has changed from buying from the giants who import in bulk, to rather sourcing locally produced, heirloom treasures.

This aligns perfectly with the Klooftique ethos of producing beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time, handcrafted in a humble factory in Paarden Eiland by a team that shares a love for sustainability and design.

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For this week’s recipe, we’re doing our favourite lentil Bolognese. It’s hearty, healthy comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:
2 x tablespoons olive oil
1 x Onion, chopped
1 x rib celery
3 x large carrots, chopped
1 x whole garlic clove, peeled
1 x can tomato paste
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x tablespoons dried sweet basil
1 x teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Salt and pepper to taste
2 x cups brown lentils
2 x cups water

METHOD:
Heat olive oil in a pan and add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring as needed, until softened about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, while stirring frequently, then stir in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, basil, oregano, baking soda and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the lentils and water and leave to simmer until the lentils have softened.
Serve and enjoy!

Ordering a Klooftique sofa – A Complete “How-To” Guide

  

We are so happy to be back in our showroom! The last two weeks have been wonderful and we are very grateful to our existing and new clients for their continued support.
We’ve found that some clients are still a little unsure about what it is we do, so we’ve decided to do a complete “how-to” guide on ordering a Klooftique heirloom piece.

Each Klooftique sofa is handmade – from the building of the solid South African Pine sofa frame, cutting of the fabric to suit each sofa’s individual pattern, to upholstering the sofa itself.
The manufacturing of each Klooftique piece is done almost entirely by hand by our skilled artisans – many of which have been with Klooftique for more than 20 years.
Unlike mass manufactured furniture imported in bulk, no two Klooftique pieces will ever be exactly the same – one of the many reasons why a Klooftique heirloom piece is so very special.

     

HOW TO ORDER:
1) Get in touch with Justine (shop@klooftique.com) or Katherine (showroom@klooftique.com) about which piece you are interested in. If you are unsure, then you can send them images and dimensions of your space and they can make suggestions based on that. It is important to note that just about all of the Klooftique designs can be manufactured as an armchair, two seater, three seater, daybed or corner unit.
2) Once you have decided on a design, you can specify the size that you’d like. If you are unsure about which size will work in your space, then our team are able to make recommendations based on the size of your space.
3) All our pieces are available in a comprehensive range of fabric and leather. The leather options can be viewed on our website under “ABOUT” or be viewed in-store. As our fabric range is so extensive, we recommend clients give us an indication of the texture and colour they’re interested in and we can then make recommendations based on that.
4) Once we know which design, size and fabric/leather our client would like, we can then quote accordingly.

ACCEPTING THE QUOTATION:
1) We require a 60% deposit as confirmation and once the payment has been receipted, the order is placed with our factory.
2) All pieces carry an estimate lead time of 8 weeks. This may seem like a long time, but do bear in mind that all Klooftique pieces are manufactured from scratch, by hand. We have weekly production meetings with our factory and provide our clients with estimate dates of completion approximately 4 weeks into production.
3) Once your order is complete, we will send you the confirmation, so all the necessary delivery/collection arrangements can be made.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
1) All Klooftique sofas carry a 10 year guarantee on the sofa frame.
2) Klooftique does not have an in-house delivery service – this service is outsourced to a third party. We will always ask our clients whether they’d like us to obtain a quotation for this service on their behalf or whether they’d prefer to arrange their own delivery.

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For this week’s recipe, we decided to feature Deone van Sittert’s traditional sugar cookie recipe. This has become a staple in our staff’s kitchen, because they look great and are SO easy to make!

INGREDIENTS:

250g x Butter
375g x Sugar
2 x Eggs
5ml x Vanilla Essence
500g x All-purpose Flour
5ml x Baking powder

METHOD:

Preheat the over to 180 degrees celcius.

Mix the butter and sugar together thoroughly, then add the sugar, vanilla and salt to the mixture. Slowly introduce the flour and baking powder and blend until smooth. Roll the dough out onto a clean surface (sprinkling flour onto the surface will prevent the dough from sticking to it) with a rolling pin and, with a cookie cutter, cut out the shapes that you want.

Place baking paper on a clean over tray and place your cookies on it – bake for 10 minutes.

You can make your own, fun variations by adding chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, nougat etc to the mixture.

Enjoy!

The Klooftique Team

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Our Next Step

As one of many furniture stores in Cape Town, we have certainly felt the impact of this pandemic. Here’s an update on what is next for us. With some semblance of normality slowly creeping back in, we’re looking forward to getting back into our beautiful showroom. Our plans for an updated showroom have been in the works for a few weeks and now we are finally able to get back into our space so we can start finalising our mood board.

When speaking with friends (both personal and industry) a similar narrative has begun to take shape; being that this time apart has brought much-needed perspective to many. The need for excess and fast-trends is decreasing and we’re learning to appreciate the things that truly matter. We are seeing our range of pieces, crafted by seasoned hands, with reinvigorated pride and appreciation.

sofa from furniture store cape town

What’s Next?

Even though we have only been permitted to reopen with one third of our staff, we remain optimistic that the times ahead, although challenging, will strengthen us as both a brand and a business.

We have decided to reopen our showroom to allow for minimum trade on selected days and for selected hours. This will allow us to distribute and sell our Rise and Fall bed linen range and to meet with our clients in a safe and controlled environment.
Our staff have been briefed on the strictest of safety protocols and masks will be required for all our clients to permit entry.
Our factory is hard at work to get all our existing orders out and we are open for new orders, which carry our standard lead time of 6-8 weeks, as our suppliers are slowly beginning to reopen.

UPDATED SHOWROOM TRADING HOURS:Mondays: 11:30 – 15:00
Wednesdays: 11:30 – 15:00
Fridays: 11:30 – 15:00

We have been receiving great feedback from many of you about our latest blogs and posts and we love hearing from you – thank you!

It’s such a joy to see our clients’ pieces in situ, so please send them to us to get featured on our blog posts.

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It’s Recipe Time

For this week’s recipe, we will be featuring a humble favourite: Crostata with Peach Jam. This is a very simple recipe, easily prepared.
Crostata with Peach Jam (makes a 28cm tart)

Ingredients:
100g Butter
350g Plain all-purpose flour/Gluten Free flour
180g Sugar
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
½ Teaspoon baking powder
400g Peach Jam (or jam of your choice)
1 Egg yolk, whisked, for glazing

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C.
Mix the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and a pinch of salt together in a large mixing bowl. Knead the resulting dough into a tight ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

Break off one third of the pastry and place it aside. Roll out the other two thirds of dough into a circle, approximately 34cm in diameter on baking paper. Use this dough to go up and over the round baking tin. Using the baking paper as a tray, position it over the tin and then flip it so the pastry lines the tin tray. Peel away the baking paper. Press the pastry gently into place in the tray. Be sure to prick the base pastry with a fork here and there.

Spread the jam in evenly, so it covers the pastry nicely and turn the sides of the pastry down onto the jam to neaten.

Roll the remaining dough out into a flat sheet and cut approximately 18 strips of dough. These can then be arranged in a criss-cross pattern and trimming away the loose ends.
Using a small brush, brush the egg yolk over the pastry.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the pastry golden and the bottom crisp. Cool before slicing.

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The Klooftique Team

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