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A Beautiful Friday

Before the lockdown, the majority of us had been used to spending the bulk of our day away from home. Now that we’re getting to spend more time at home, we’re able to really listen to each other, see, more than ever, our furry companions’ incredible little personalities, rearrange our spaces until they’re just right, then rearrange them again.
Some of us have realised that we’re actually really good at knitting and yoga isn’t that hard when you’re a first-timer, especially when you’re doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge by Yoga with Adriene.

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What’s Happening at Klooftique

As Level 4 commences, we are grateful that some of our staff will be able to return to work to get started on the orders and projects that have come in during the lockdown period. We have missed the smell of leather and the distant humming of sewing machines. Monday will be a good day.
We have been fortunate enough to still be working during the lockdown and have been involved in a range of exciting projects. Projects we are excited to share with everyone once the installations are able to take place.
Keep in mind that our phone lines are fully operational and we’re available on email (shop@klooftique.com & showroom@klooftique.com), as well as social media. We also have a full catalogue of readily-available stock, which can be delivered as soon as the Lockdown permits. You can get in touch with Justine and Katherine on the above email addresses if you’d like to see what’s available.

We would like to start including some hearty, comfort food recipes, so if you have one that you’d like to share, then kindly email us and we will feature it on our next blog post and newsletter.

For this post, we’ll be sharing Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks. She always kept these in a large container on her kitchen counter where it was easy to sneak one or two. These are delicious!

 

Ouma Helene Brookes’ muesli rusks recipe:

Ingredients:
1kg Self-raising flower
750ml All Bran Flakes, crushed
375ml Corn Flakes, crushed
125ml Muesli (Preferably Nutty Crunch)
125ml Raisins (Optional)
5ml Salt
10ml Baking Powder
500g Stork Baking Margarine
250ml Sugar
2 x Large Eggs
500ml Buttermilk

Instructions:
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the sugar. Melt the margarine and add the sugar, buttermilk and eggs. Mix these together well.
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well. Prep two bread pans by spraying them with Cook and Spray so the mixture doesn’t stick to the pans. Cut the dough into twelve even-sized pieces and roll them into balls. Place six dough pieces per tray evenly.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for one hour. Once the rusks are out of the oven, leave them to cool in the pans. Once they’ve cooled, cut them into pieces. Place them back in the oven at 90 degrees Celsius to dry out for 4 hours, or as preferred. The longer you leave the rusks in, the dryer they will become.

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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.

Modern Lighting Ideas From Trends In 2017

Modern Lighting Ideas From the Klooftique Team

Lighting is often one of the main aspects of a room that can determine its mood and feel. Whether it is a living room or a kitchen or even a bathroom, lighting can add incredible style and value.

In 2017, we saw a resurgence of the free-standing lamp that has begun to act as a statement piece on it own. Also trending are copper or rose gold fixtures that add that modern, industrial feel to your room.

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Huey Tilley print // Spider Side Tables starting from R1995,00

When you think of modern lighting ideas, don’t get overwhelmed. Even a simple side lamp with a large lamp shade is considered stylish and can act as the room’s statement piece.

Bamboo and wooden features in lighting is also a popular choice. Wood, in all its forms, provides warmth to a space. Take a look at some of Klooftique’s lighting fixtures here!

Cool, calm and refreshing, we’re loving all things green at the moment. You’ll find plenty of green elements popping up in our showroom from stunning ceramics to actual greenery and plants.

Follow us on Instagram at @klooftique for more lighting inspiration or visit our showroom at 87 Kloof Street, Cape Town.

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