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8 Ways to Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Clutter has a detrimental effect on one’s mental health, mainly when it accumulates in a sacred place like home. We tend to clutter the spaces where we feel the most comfortable, leaving our home furniture to suffocate under piles of unnecessary items. That’s why it’s essential to develop self-discipline when it comes to keeping your home a sanctuary. 

Nobody likes the last-minute running around while shoving all your junk into the cupboard when you have guests coming over. If you think you’re just an item away from starring in an episode of Hoarders, we’re giving you eight ways to keep your home clutter-free: 

 

1. Store Item in the Places They are Used

You’re never going to put the iron away if it’s not stored close to where you usually plug it in. If you often iron your clothes in the laundry room and for some reason store it under the kitchen sink, you’ll most likely leave it out for days.

If you can avoid having to walk half-way across your house to put something back, it’ll become much easier putting things out of sight.

 

2. Make a Habit of Putting Items Back After Using Them

You must make a habit out of putting items away. It may be a challenge for those who are not bothered by clutter, but you clearly must be if you’re reading this. Just force yourself to put things back in their place until it becomes a natural occurrence.

Train yourself to be aware of unnecessary items laying around the house. When you notice how much better your home looks without them, and you will want to keep it that way.

 

3. Don’t Keep Things Because of Sentimental Attachment

It’s okay to have an emotional attachment to the necklace your mom gave you for your 18th birthday. But, if you’ve held onto the fishbowl that your first fish died in, we’ve got news for you.

We get very attached to our possessions because of the memories and emotions we assign to them. It’s important to remember, however, that you’ll always have that memory whether the item is there or not. Taking pictures also makes it easier to donate the item or throw it away.

 

4. Allow Yourself a Junk Drawer

For those who are hard to crack, we suggest having a space designated for all your junk. Get a box and put in all the things you know you don’t need and sort through it at a later stage. It’s better than having them lay around, causing a mess.

Some people will have more difficulty sorting through junk than others. This method helps to keep your home tidy while you decide what you want to throw away. But don’t let your junk drawer become another way for you to clutter.

 

5. Have a Plan for Disposal

If you haven’t gotten rid of your clutter yet, it’s probably because you don’t know where to take it. There’s no point in gathering it all up and having it stay at the house for months on end. Instead, find out where to dispose of your unwanted items before packing them up.

Recycling, donating and even selling are all useful ways of getting rid of clutter. Find out which items would be appropriate for each method, and soon you’ll be clutter-free.

 

6. Question Every Purchase

Whenever you go shopping, question every single item you pick up. You need to ask yourself things like: ‘how does this benefit me?’, ‘do I have a place for it?’ or ‘can I survive without it?’. It will help you make better buying choices and give you peace of mind knowing you only bought what was necessary.

Impulse buying is often the leading cause of clutter because we believe we need to accumulate possessions to feel complete. Confront yourself about why you feel the need to buy something, and you’ll be able to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary.

 

7. Clean out Before Shopping

If you know, you’re going to the shops, de-clutter your home before the time. This way, when you bring home new items, you won’t have to worry about making space for them. It also helps you avoid filling your cupboards to the brim.

Clean out your fridge before you go grocery shopping, so you know what you need and what you don’t. Avoid buying more than what you need to save money and space.

 

8. Get rid of one Item Everyday

You don’t have to rid yourself of all your possessions in one go. You’ll most likely end up cluttering your home again to fill the void. Getting rid of one unwanted item per day helps you understand why you’re de-cluttering.

Give yourself a chance to get rid of things individually, and let it become a habit. You’ll start to become aware of the things you don’t need and the reasons why you want to get rid of them.

Our homes are places where we can recharge and forget about the pressures of our everyday lives. If we do not take care of it, it can quickly become an environment that frustrates us. De-cluttering and remaining clutter-free can be more challenging for some than others.

In the beginning, we suggest everyone should take it one step at a time. Take time to understand why you need to keep your home and home furniture tidy and how it will benefit you. Work towards making your house a calm and sacred space.

Contact us today for more and we’ll guide you in making the right choices. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page here.

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Is Minimalism Taking Over the Design World?

Today, people have a higher appreciation of how their everyday environment affects them. Space can have an intense psychological effect on us, and it all comes down to how different design elements make us feel. The rise of minimalism and modern furniture in the interior design world shows that people have better psychological responses to calm, clean settings.

We have seen an increase in the use of minimalistic principles within homes, office spaces and even restaurants. It is said that the core of modern interior design principles bases itself on the notion that ‘less is more’. And minimalism is the most on-trend design tool used to emphasise style and functionality. Let’s figure out why:

 

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is often still dismissed as some ‘fad’ that is only accessible to a particular class of people. Despite its primary association as a lifestyle trend, it is also a tool that one can use to access the freedom we often feel evades us in our everyday lives.

The problem does not lie in owning possessions but rather the meanings we assign to them. People often put too much value on material possessions, sometimes at the expense of their well being. Minimalism assists us in freeing ourselves from the ‘consumer culture’ upon which we have built our lives.

Minimalism in interior design allows the design of spaces we occupy to be more in touch with our state of mind. The principle allows for the removal of unnecessary items and emphasises functionality. This trend transcends into every aspect of life and helps people get rid of distractions to see the beauty in what we value most.

 

Environmental Concerns and Global Awareness

When you’re constantly feeling like the world is ending, you tend to reflect on how your actions impact the environment. People are becoming more aware of how they can improve global issues such as pollution and climate change.

We are beginning to understand that less consumption means less use of the earth’s natural resources. When you stop accumulating temporary objects, you reduce your waste and your contribution to the earth’s pollution. Minimalists have gone as far as keeping their homes and office spaces plastic-free and purchasing eco-friendly furniture items.

Minimalism is often known for its artistic value, but eco-conscious consumers have increasingly appreciated its sustainable aspect in recent years. People care more about the environment than ever before, and minimalism is the perfect lifestyle to embrace to minimise waste production.

 

Minimalism is Modernism

Minimalism has become the core aesthetic for 21st-century modernity. Cleanliness, light-filled spaces and simple detailing characterise this design principle. It assists in designing spaces that are straight-forward and that highlight the beauty of raw elements. In addition, you see an increased use of modern furniture defined by clean, straight-cut edges and neutral colours.

Minimalistic designs are often uncomplicated, and if there is decoration, they take the form of essential items within that space. A cutting board doesn’t do much for a kitchen space when other kitchen utensils surround it. However, when you remove all those items and have it stand alone, it becomes the centrepiece. And this centrepiece defines that space.

The simplest elements can create an aesthetic and minimalism assists in showing us that. The merge of style and functionality often meet through the use of this design principle. And this mergence has become the very definition of modern interior style.

 

Less Stress, More Freedom

As our world continues to change and grow, we may find that these changes can cause stress and distractions. Everything is so fast-paced. Even when we’re relaxing, we face extreme pressure to let the world know on social media.

Minimalism offers something that is currently in high demand by society: freedom. Our possessions often enslave us because of the value we have put on them. We have to realise at some point that these values are not real and take up a lot of our time. Minimalists realise that unnecessary possessions are just distractions that usually cause stress.

Advertisers continue to make us believe that our next purchase will give us the satisfaction we’ve been looking for. Minimalism allows us to turn away from consumer culture and pursue other things that could make us happy. More people are becoming aware that there is more to life than possessions.

 

Different Lifestyles

We could say the world is in the midsts of some kind of ‘awakening’. Millennials potentially have the most powerful influence over society right now. With their open-minded nature, this generation has created a path to new ways of thinking and living.

Millennials are more open to living different lifestyles to those lived by their parents and grandparents. We have found numerous ways to live outside of conforming to a ‘9-5’ job by making money online, freelancing and starting our own businesses.

Minimalism helps today’s society prioritise their goals without being held by unnecessary items. The world is beginning to realise that we do not need to surround ourselves with worldly things to experience the world. We are now more focused on pursuing relationships, careers and significance of life.

The continuous changes in society have far-reaching impact on all sections of the design world. People are making an effort, informing themselves and becoming more aware of their otherwise “normal” habits and actions. Although consumer culture still has a significant influence on the majority of society, many are starting to pursue happiness elsewhere. Minimalism has drawn attention to how much time we waste with accumulating temporary items.

Interior design has become an industry that makes decisions based on the way the human mind works. In fact, the design process take into account and strategically uses the effects of different elements, colours and space on the human mind. Minimalism has taken over the design world because of its influence over all areas of life.

Are you looking to bring this trend into your space? Contact us today for a consultation and we’ll guide you in making the right choices. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page here.

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Staying Positive in Trying Times

When the news first came of a nationwide lockdown that would be commencing from midnight on the 26th March, we – much like everyone in our beautiful country – were in a mild state of shock. Not because we didn’t expect the lockdown. But, because of the uncertainty of what this could mean for us as a small, family-owned business (a Bespoke Furniture Store in Cape Town). A question many have had to ask since.

We respect our president greatly for making this decision; it is crucial if we are to flatten the curve. The timing of it was somewhat comedic though (smiling as we write this), because to say that our year had been off to a rocky start would be a little bit of an understatement. We won’t get into the details, but once the initial shock of yet another challenge had dissipated, we did what we do so very often; laugh.

Not because we did not understand the severity of the situation or understand that what is currently happening in our world is heart-breaking, but because we understood that we needed to focus on the things we could control and try to find the comedy in the things we could not.

How do we Plan to Spend This Time?

As we’ve been spending time working from home, we’re able to enjoy the pure elation of our furry companions at being able to spend more time with them.

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Pictured: Weathered Zambezi Copper leather

Our Rise and Fall bedlinen range has proven to be quite the hit with the fluffy ones and their little hairs don’t stick to the bed linen as much. This is convenient, especially if your little ones insist on crawling under the covers with you. You can shop the range here.

If you’re not following Rise and Fall yet, you can give them a follow here. The page is truly beautiful.

During this time, we realise how fortunate we are to be able to spend it with our loved ones. Many with the same privilege are possibly planning do some gardening and rearranging of their spaces. If you’re doing the same, remember that we offer full virtual consultations. These apply us to collaborate with you to curate inspiring mood boards and layout drawings.

We’re still very much on the path of getting back in touch with who we are as a small business. That’s why we have chosen to take this time to strip away the shine and block out the noise. We’re focusing on what brings us joy and our Klooftique Core. We are all but vibrating with new ideas and concepts. And we can’t wait to start creating again, once the lockdown is over. While we don’t want to say too much yet, we are looking forward to curating a new space for us to welcome our clients back to.

We’re surely not the only small business doing this. As such, we’d like to encourage all our clients to carry on supporting small businesses and help rebuild our economy.

Final Thoughts

Since we have plenty of time on our hands to do a lot of writing, we’d love to hear from you and what you’d like to read about?

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Pop Justine (shop@klooftique.com) and Katherine (showroom@klooftique.com) an email with possible topics you’d like us to explore.

Bear in mind that all the showroom stock is currently 20% off (catalogue available upon request). In addition, any new orders placed during lockdown will automatically qualify for a 15% discount.

From Emily and Oliver (the dapper Vizslas), Coco and Gigi (the cheeky rescues), Sally and Jasper (the lazy Tuxedo cats) and the Klooftique team; be safe, stay inside as we flatten the curve together.

The Basics For Purchasing A Comfy, Statement Chair

A statement chair in your lounge should bring more personality to your home than Elton John on stage. However, it still has to be comfortable. Use Klooftique’s handy tips for buying the perfect statement chair.

Feel

The seat should feel soft to sit on yet offer firm support. If it sinks in too much, you will have to struggle to get out of it. If it is too hard, you may become uncomfortable after sitting in it for even a short period.

Angle

Your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor because you can’t be comfortable if your knees are pointing up or down. Look for a seat height that is right for you.

Depth

Another factor to consider is the depth of the seat. If you are taller, look for a seat with greater depth. The extra depth can easily accommodate the length of your legs. A shallower depth is good if you are not very tall, or suffer from bad knees.

Width

A wider seat such as in a chair and a half is good if you like to lounge in your chair. A chair and a half is also a good substitute for a loveseat if you are short on space. Take a look at the RC Green Chair and Half.

Height

Backs can be high or low, but more than anything, the back is there to offer lumbar support. If you read or watch TV in your chair, you would also want some neck support, so those chairs would be better with high backs. Chairs with lower backs are good for conversations, and you tend to sit up straighter in them, but they are hardly meant for lounging.

Tight back or pillows

There are two basic kinds of seats and backs, those with a tight cover or those with loose cushions. You can choose whichever look appeals to you, but if you are looking for comfort, cushions do make it a little cozier. You can also choose a mix with a tight back and a cushioned seat or the other way around.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Get Creative With Custom Furniture

As our interest in personalized interiors grows, the days when a three-piece suite was the backbone of any self-respecting living room feels long gone. Now, it’s all about letting a spirited mix of colors, prints, textures, and shapes dictate our seating choices. To do it well, choose blocks of colour and pieces from different eras that sit together nicely. Pick out designs, fabrics, and hues you love and bring them together with a dash of recklessness. This will work best if you follow a few basic rules, such as sticking with a neutral backdrop and pairing colours with care. But don’t be afraid to experiment with your custom furniture. You might just stumble across something unexpected that works.

Dare to be different


Take a risk but also bounce your idea on a couple of people you know have some taste. e.g. also speak to your Klooftique consultant. Go through books, magazines, the internet and bookmark the inspiring stuff that connects with your soul – something in you that says, “Yessss!” Also take smartphone snapshots when you see clever combinations in nature, in clothing shops, on signage. This will help you identify color combinations that consistently catch your eye.

Weave together two shades


If you don’t want to mess around with different shapes and styles of seating in your living room, you can always go down the mix-and-match color route within a coordinated range. A flexible modular-style sofa enables you to combine shades, patterns and textures within the same seating arrangement. A sprinkling of yellow/red in an otherwise all-gray scheme injects a lively modern tempo and works amazingly well against the grand backdrop, as the simplicity lets the architectural details shine.

Dabble with vintage hues

Blend chalky colors with vintage styles and if you don’t want a seating mix that’s too self-consciously eclectic, then think of pairing items. The pleasing blend of buttermilk, peppermint and coral colors weave in a considerable mix of patterns, but there’s harmony in the united colors. The green of the far sofa is picked up in the pillows of its neighbor, while the coral of the armchair is echoed in the subtle print on the larger sofa.

Play with colour

Though a monochrome color palette creates a sleek, sophisticated vibe that’s unlikely to go out of fashion. Soft-edged modern leather sofas can be the perfect vehicle for a black and white scheme, with the unfussy color duo putting a simple slant on the mix-and-match feel. But think colour! why not brighter blues, greens, and even louder prime colour pillows?

You need more help or information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Choosing The Colour For Your Leather Sofa

Sofa and chairs are one of the top furniture expenditures in your home, so choose them carefully. Like other major furniture purchases, your new upholstered or leather sofa will be with you for many years. Your sofa can make a big impact on your color choices for the rest of your living room.

Where to Begin

If you’re starting a decorating project from scratch, a sofa can be chosen first so you can decorate around it. Purchasing a new sofa isn’t cheap, so spend time getting advice and experimenting with colour in the room. A showpiece sofa as inspiration for a room could be upholstered in a vibrant, luxury fabric or leather covered. Remember, it’s likely to be the focal point of the room.

If you’re adding a sofa to an already decorated room, choosing a colour becomes vital. Choosing a new sofa for an existing color palette means that you’ll have to decide if the sofa will be neutral, or if it will take on an accent role.

There are designers that favor a sofa that matches the wall color to unify the room and make the room look larger. This is a creative idea for a harmonious color scheme. If you are buying a sofa to match your wall color, then changing the wall color in the future could be complicated. The most common approach is to choose a sofa that complements the other decor and is not the center of attention nor camouflaged into the wall color. This is why neutral sofa colors are the most popular for most homes.

Shopping

One of the first things you could do is to take some cellphone pics of the room with you when you go sofa or chair shopping. You may also want to take some magazine clippings that you like with you. Choice of colour can be intensely personal so take your time briefing and explaing your preferrences.  If you’re shopping in a quality store (such as Klooftique) the consultant or owner will have been trained in colour choice so it’s good to get their advice and recomendation first.

You need more help or information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

Seven Styling Mistakes For Living Room Furniture

1. Living room furniture placement

One of the most common styling mistakes is misplaced furniture. Pushing furniture up against all the walls of a room makes it look smaller rather than larger. Give the room breathing space by pulling the furniture away from the walls.

2. Heavy curtains

Unless your curtains are a spectacular fabric and pattern, you don’t really want the curtains to be the feature of the room. Consider roller blinds in a neutral fabric instead of big heavy drapes – you can still have the block-out effect but in a more subtle way.

3. TV placement

The best place to position a TV is on a blank wall that isn’t blocking window light. If possible, the TV should be mounted on the wall for a more streamlined look. Otherwise, make sure you have a suitably sized TV unit to put your TV on.

4. Lack of rugs

A room is never complete until there’s a bit of colour and pattern on the floor. Rugs on floorboards provide warmth in winter, while rugs on carpet are perfectly fine as well.

5. Lack of colour

Many living rooms lack colour, especially in regards artwork, rugs and cushions. Bright pieces add life to a room!

6. Oversized furniture

Many people fill their living rooms with furniture that is too large or chunky for the space, especially when it comes to sofas. This will make the room look and feel smaller. Consider sofas and chairs with slim line arms, particularly for smaller spaces.

7. Too much matching (overstyled)

Overstyling can look a little pretentious or forced. While mixing different styles may not work, neither does matching every single piece in the room. It’s fine to try and match up some of your furniture, but add in a few other splashes of colour to break it up.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 424 9458
Email: info@klooftique.com

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What Makes Up Quality Upholstered Furniture?

Quality upholstered furniture starts with its construction – that’s what any good furniture maker will tell you. So how does Klooftique make their furniture pieces last a lifetime? Here’s our process…

Construction

You probably won’t have the luxury of seeing the raw frame of the sofa or chair you’re interested in, so ask about its construction. Upholstered furniture that is built with good hardwood, dowelled, screwed and glued frames will increase the longevity of the piece, and keep it from getting creaky over time. The quality of the construction will to a large degree determine the lifespan of the furniture.

Comfort

It seems pretty obvious but many people don’t realise that a lot of manufacturers offer different cushion options. When choosing a cushion, think about what makes you most comfortable while using the sofa or chair. Remember that different cushions require different maintenance too. A down fill, for example, will need to be fluffed each time you’re done using it. The design often mesmerises, but don’t forget about functionality.

Fabric

Every manufacturer has dozens of fabric options. Go to a store with a design in mind. Do a bit of research upfront. Know what you want and don’t let the prolific options distract you: keep your eye on the prize! It really comes down to colour, content, and texture. Once you know your colour scheme, find a fabric that is made of the right materials for your needs. Fabrics with a high content of synthetic fibres will be inherently more stain-resistant and durable. If you have little kids or pets this becomes really important. Also, look for a fabric with textured as it makes daily wear-and-tear less visible.

Do you need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Why Leather Furniture Is The Best Kind Of Investment

Why Leather helps to create heirloom (investment) furniture

  1. Leather is four times more durable than fabric, so don’t worry about having pets and children around it. Just like a leather jacket or shoes, good leather furniture gets better with age.
  1. Aniline leather is dyed in a drum, which allows the dye to completely soak through for a rich, deep color. No protective coating is added, and it’s the softest and most expensive leather.
  1. Semi-aniline (protected aniline) leather is also dyed in a drum and has a small amount of coating applied, giving it slightly better protection against stains and fading than aniline leather.
  1. For pigmented leather, color is applied to the surface, not dyed through and through. And while the color isn’t as rich, it’s finished to provide greater protection against scratches, stains and fading. These leathers are less expensive and usually aren’t as soft as dyed leathers.
  1. Unlike upholstery, the color of your leather piece doesn’t make a difference when it comes to regular maintenance. Just use a damp cloth to remove dust.
  1. Look for leather upholstery with zippered seat cushions. While the leather can last decades, the seat cushion may not and you’ll want easy access to get it refilled.
  1. Leather takes on the temperature of your body within 12 seconds, so the notion that leather is cold is a myth.
  1. When considering price, remember that a leather sofa that is looked after, will last more than a lifetime.

 

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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Five Easy Home Decor Tips

At Klooftique, we understand that designing a home’s interior can be overwhelming. However, there are easy ways to tackle the challenge of interior design. Take a look at these quick, one-liner home decor tips from the experts at Klooftique.

  1. START WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME. Choose up to three colours that compliment one another, then choose one pop of colour – something bright that you only use once or twice throughout the space to add that personality.
  1. FAKE HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE.
  1. PUT INVESTMENT PIECES FRONT AND CENTER. You spent the money for a reason – because its a statement piece. Now, show it off!
  1. WARM UP A ROOM WITH MIRRORS. Mirrors create the illusion of a much larger space. They also allow for more natural light. Add value to your space by adding mirrors.
  1. LET SPACE SIZE DICTATE FURNITURE PLACEMENT. There’s no point in having a gigantic three-seater sofa in a tiny living room. Measure your  space before going shopping!

We hope these home decor tips have been helpful in starting your design journey.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

Klooftique: 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 9458

Email: info@klooftique.com

www.klooftique.com

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