Rattan facts and information

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Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and is used for furniture, handicrafts, and building material among others. Rattan continues to be an invaluable part of rural people’s livelihoods in South and Southeast Asia.

Rattan description

Rattan belongs to the palm family (Arecales or Palmea) and is found from sea level up to 3,000 m. Around 600 species and 13 genera of rattan are known.

Although most rattan species are native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia, there is a large variety in their distribution.

Commercially-used rattan usually grows in hilly tropical areas, with a mean annual temperature of 25° C and an annual rainfall of -2,000 mm. As a result, the main area for rattan production is in the tropical regions of South and Southeast Asia.

There are different types of rattan palms, such as high or low climbers, single stemmed or clustered rattan species. Some have very short and underground stems. Several rattan species are known to reach lengths of 100m.

Rattan sheaths have spines for protection, along with ‘whips’ that are also covered with spines. These play a major role in supporting the rattan as it grows over trees and other plants in the rainforest.

 
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Rattan distribution

The majority of the world’s rattans are found in Indonesia’s forests, with the rest of the world’s supply provided by the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh among others.

Almost all the rattan is collected from tropical rainforests. Because of deforestation (e.g. forest conversion to other land uses), rattan populations havehas decreased over the last few decades and there is now a shortage of supply.

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Rattan collection and processing

Rattan is an attractive resource because it is easier to harvest than timber, and is also easier to transport, while and it also grows faster than trees.

Rattan canes are cut in the forest and are partially processed before being sold. Canes with small diameters are dried in the sun and often smoked using sulphur. Large canes are boiled in oil to make them dry and to protect them from insects.

Rattan products

Because it is light, durable and relatively flexible, rattan is used for a range of purposes:

  • Food: The inner core as well as the shoot of some of the rattan species is edible.
  • Furniture: Furniture is the main end product of rattan.
  • Shelter: Rattan is an approved material for house building in rural areas.
  • Handicraft: Handicraft, besides furniture, provides the main income of the rattan industry.

The skin of rattan strands is peeled off and used for weaving, while the “core” of the rattan can be used for various purposes in furniture making (wicker).

Some rattan fruits exude a red resin called dragon’s blood. This resin was once considered to have medicinal properties and was also used as a dye for violins.

In 2010, scientists pioneered a new “wood to bone” process for the production of artificial bone made of rattan.

 
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Rattan trade

Rattan is a growing, US$4 billion per year, industry.

Village communities in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam rely heavily on the rattan trade. Sales account for up to 50 % of cash income in villages, making rattan a major contributor to poverty alleviation in rural areas.

Vietnam is an important exporter of finished rattan products with almost 60% of its total production going to the European Union in 2005.

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Other rattan benefits

Rattan harvesting and processing provides an alternatives to logging timber in areas where forests are scarce.

In fact, rattan grows best under some sort of tree cover including secondary forest, fruit orchards, tree plantations or rubber estates. As a result rattan planting indirectly protects tree cover, along with forests.

Some rattan species are appropriate for small-scale cultivation under fruit trees or in rubber gardens. This allows smallholders to earn extra money on small areas of land.

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By buying rattan from us, you will be directly supporting the trade of the developing countries which will bring a better chance in life for them.

Call us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. By calling Vince, whatapps ( 90305057 ) you can speak direct to us, we don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

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Tips For Maintaining Upholstered Furniture

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Upholstery Care 

A sofa in a high-traffic area will need a sturdy, strong, easy-to-clean fabric. Certainly you will want to invest on a quality fabric for a beautiful showpiece in the living room. A well maintained sofa can last for years to come. So here’s a little something to start with:

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Know your Fabric Well:

Cotton (Natural Fiber): Cotton provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses.

Linen (Natural Fiber): Linen is best suited for formal or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. And, it won’t withstand heavy wear. However, linen does resist pilling and fading. Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinkage.

Nylon (Synthetic Fiber): Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Nylon is very resilient; in a blend, it helps eliminate the crushing of napped fabrics such as velvet. It doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill.

Polyester (Synthetic Fiber): Rarely used alone in upholstery, polyester is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance, eliminate crushing of napped fabrics, and reduce fading. When blended with wool, polyester aggravates pilling problems.

Rayon (Synthetic Fiber): Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable. However, it wrinkles. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical.

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Upholstery in General:

• When a fabric is made from more than one fibre type, where one is strong and other is weak, it tends to pill easily. As the weaker one wears and breaks while the stronger fibre holds the pills to the cloth.

• Dust and dirt cause upholstery to wear faster, we recommend vacuuming regularly with an upholstery attachment.

• Flip, rotate and fluff removable cushions regularly to ensure even wear and increase longevity.

• Feather and down cushions have excellent recovery, but much like down comforters or pillows, need to be fluffed more frequently to restore their loft.

• Tight, attached seat and back cushions will stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore their appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess upholstery into the sides of the seat or back.

• To minimize fading, we recommend placing your upholstered pieces where they won’t be exposed to direct sunlight.

• An annual professional cleaning will keep your upholstery looking its best.

 

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Tips:

1. Vacuum fabric sofas regularly with an upholstery attachment using low suction.

2. Clean spills/marks immediately, as stains are harder to remove when they are left unattended.

3. Use Fabric Cleaner on spills and marks, as general household cleaners can damage fibres and discolour fabrics. Always refer to your fabric care label.

4. Prevent velcro and sharp objects such as rings or buckles from coming into contact with your furniture, as they may cause pulling or tearing of fabric.

5. Prevent pilling with regular vacuuming and cleaning to remove dirt and any loose fibres. Should pilling occur, a Fabric Pill Remover (available at department stores) is safe to use.

6. Protect fabrics from direct sunlight as this can result in fading, and weaken fibres.

7. Protect fabric at production stage. This extends fabric’s life by allowing liquid spills to ‘bead’ on the surface, becoming easier to soak up.

8. Organise an annual professional clean by an upholstery cleaner to maintain your sofa’s condition.

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Rattan furniture with Sunbrella fabrics

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Rattan furniture with Sunbrella fabrics instore to help you create that feeling of relaxation and tropical luxury in your space.
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How to Customise Your Sofa with Centrepiece Furnishing, Singapore

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If you are looking to find a sofa that aligns perfectly to the length of your living room’s wall partition without compromising the design, color and comfort level…why not try customizing your sofa with us today?

The process of customizing a sofa may appear daunting if you have no idea what to expect but today, I am going to share some great tips before you head down to our showroom! Customizing your sofa is going to be a breeze.

Lead time

But…how long does it take to customize a sofa; do I need to wait for several months?? No worries, we are glad to say that the production lead time of our sofa is about 4-6 weeks depending on the design picked. Though it takes a little longer sometimes due to our manpower timeline, the waiting time is relatively shorter than most places as ours are solely Made in Singapore. With that said, even though the waiting time frame is relatively short, it is still better to start customizing your sofa as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Design

With the timeline set, it is time to look for the design that matches your interior and lifestyle. There is no time to waste! Pick a design first and we can work on the customization later.

Length & Configuration

With customization, comes the opportunity to determine the length and configuration of your sofa. If you need a l-shaped sofa that is 205cm in length, we can convert most of our sofa design into a l-shaped sofa and adjust the length accordingly! If you need that extra chaise length for more seating area during your house gathering but want the layout to be flexible, we can customize a matching sofa and ottoman set in your desired dimensions!

 

Upholstery Options

Fabric, Microfiber, Faux Leather Fabric…there are probably too much to choose from! How do you decide which upholstery suits your living space and your family’s lifestyle best? To prevent the dreadful long process of endless debates in your head and with your family, here is an overview of each material with their advantages and disadvantages to make the selection process a breeze:

  • Fabric: Soft and machine washable. Did you know that our fabric sofa has fully removable covers? If you enjoy the feeling of clean covers all year round, our machine-washable fabric options may be the perfect option for you. Available in a wide array of colors and texture, be spoiled for choice.
  • Microfiber: Stain and water resistance, this upholstery material is prefect for those with young kids and pets. There is less to worry about accidental spillage during uncontrolled playtime because the cleaning up process is as simple as wiping it off with a rag using water and detergent. A peace of mind and no need for a costly replacement. Although the material requires more vacuuming if you have a pet who is going through their seasonal sheds, a microfiber sofa will save you from the nightmare of a torn sofa after week 1.
  • Synthetic Faux Leather (PU): A more durable alternative to real leather but at a fraction of the price. Synthetic leather may be a heat-trapper in Singapore’s humid condition but like microfiber, it is ideal for busy families and young children. If you enjoy the look of leather but do not have the time to care for it, why not go for the synthetic leather?

Comfort Level [Seating Cushions]

Is a family member of yours like the princess and the pea? Bring him or her to our showroom to try out the different comfort levels that we have. With 5 comfort levels to choose from in store, we are confident that we have something for them.

Or read on to determine which may be perfect for you first:

  • Standard [High Density Foam, Down & Feathers]: The softest option! If you prefer a sofa that you can sink into and get cozy quickly, go for the standard.
  • Firm [High Density Foam]: Fuss-free and sleek-looking. Without the fluffy down & feathers, you get a very neat looking seating cushion that retains its shape all year round. Go for firm if you prefer something softer, if not the firmest option with the higher density foam may be better for you.
  • Premium [Latex, High Resilient Foam, Down & Feathers]: If you are all about the back support, try the Premium comfort level whereby the latex and high resilient foam gives your butt the support while retaining the softness of a cushion with down & feathers. If you cannot imagine it, no worries, our sofas are waiting for you.

 

Comfort Level [Back Cushions]

That can be customized too? Yes! While the default filling for our back cushions is down & feathers, you can change it to cellucotton if you prefer something firmer. The down & feathers back cushions are soft, fluffy and oh-so-huggable. While on the other hand, the cellucotton fillings help to keep your cushions in shape all year round without the frequent fluffing.

 

Number of Seating and Back Cushions

Bet you did not know that you can determine the number of cushions too. A sofa with a single piece of seating cushion looks different from one with multiple seating cushions.

Tip: If you go for the standard and premium comfort level, try going for more pieces of seating cushions as it is a lot easier when it comes to fluffing them and they look better with down & feathers filling.

Call us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. By calling Vince, whatapps ( 90305057 ) you can speak direct to us, we don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

Looking for reupholstery to change the look of your home? We will be able to assist you.

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How To Judge A Sofa For Quality

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The ideal way to check the quality of a sofa is to actually see the insides to scrutinize the engineering and construction aspects of it but unless you are able to find a furniture store that allows you to rip off the covers and it’s outer layers, you are pretty much limited to the touch and feel on the outside.

All hope is not lost though as we share the following tips to ensure that the sofa you are going to buy is not going to end up at the nearest recycling plant six months down the road.

The Frame

This is the most important component of the sofa as the type of wood used for the construction of the frame determines the lifetime of the sofa.

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A good quality sofa uses kiln-dried hardwood, held together by industrial glue and nails, which lends to it’s sturdiness and durability, and can typically last more than 15 years! An example of hardwood are Birch, Maple, Oak, Ash, and Teak. Kiln-drying removes all moisture from the wood before construction as this helps guard against cracking. It also enables the frame to retain its shape and stability for a long time to come.

A lower quality sofa uses furniture-grade plywood several layers thick held together with staples. It’s a substitute for hardwood and costs lesser. This type of frame will typically last you at most two to three years. Some manufacturers will use plywood with a combination of other lower grade wood like Pine, which can last you about five years or less.

How to check:

  • Check what type of wood was the sofa frame constructed out of. If you’re in Singapore, the quality ones are usually North American Birch, and Oak wood.
  • Hold the sideframe of the sofa, and move it from side to side. Do the same for the backframe. A sturdy frame should not wobble or twist. If it does wobble, it usually means that the joints are not held firmly which can cause serious safety concerns in the future.
  • Lift up the sofa and feel the weight. It should feel heavy. How heavy? As a reference, our Sofa (Length at 190cm) requires two man (Avg. height:185cm / Avg. weight: 80kg) to lift it up vertically whilst a sofa at IKEA only required one man. In general, this should not be used a sole determinant of a good quality sofa as engineered wood or plywood can feel heavy as well.
  • Test the frame strength by lifting one corner or leg of the sofa up to about 15cm. If the other leg is still touching the floor, then it means the frame is weak.

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 Filling

The type of filling used for the cushions determines how soft and plushy or how firm the seating comfort is.

If you like it soft and plushy, and that ‘sink-in’ feeling, consider going for 100% goose down and feather cushions. A goose down is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Do note however, going for a full feather option is very high maintenance and requires daily attention. It is also considered a premium choice and is pricey.

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Down Feather

An alternative combination that still provides you with that soft and plushy feeling but without the high costs and maintenance is the foam and feather mix which is commonly used by many designer furniture companies. The typical materials are high density/resilient polyurethane foam (35-42kg/cbm) wrapped in down feathers, cotton or polyester batting. The foam provides a bouncy feel and ‘push back’ against deformation. This makes the seating more supportive. For this combination, the more down feathers is used to wrapped the foam, the more cushy it feels.

Note: The higher the density of the foam, the firmer, and more lasting it is. Make sure you get the higher density foams as the lower density ones break down pretty quickly. Typical lifeline for the foams are:

25kg/cbm : 1 to 2 years
35kg/cbm : 3 to 4 years
42kg/cbm : 7 to 9 years

How to check:

  • If you opt for a seating cushion that has the down feather material, make sure that you check the inner cover used to contain the feathers. The cover is called Down Proof Ticking and it prevents the feathers from poking through your upholstery. Check the quality as well by pulling the inner cover. If it tears easily, make a pass.
  • Ask for the foam density. If you like it soft but would like it to last, ask for 42kg/cbm wrapped with down feathers, cotton or polyester batting. These are reasonably priced and very comfy.

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Foam Wrapped In Down & Feather

Upholstery (Fabric)

The type of upholstery used is equally important when determining the quality of the sofa. Fabrics like cotton and linen are ideal and holds out in tropical climates with high humidity as they do not trap as much heat. However, these fabrics can snag and wear off quickly without proper maintenance. A better alternative would be to go for polyester. It’s easier to maintain, durable, and lasts longer in temperate climate.

For leather options, if you are in an environment like Singapore with high humidity, forget about getting synthetic leather; these will flake after several months. Go for genuine leather but the costs are exorbitant and is approximately 60 to 80% higher than the cost of a fabric sofa. It is also cruel to animals and damages the environment. Therefore, we prefer to use fabrics most of the time.

How to check:

  • Check the piping and the seams of the sofa. They should be straight and stitched tight.
  • If you are buying a sofa for long term use, best to check if the sofa covers – including the side and back frames – are removable so that you can change to different color fabrics to match the yearly interior design themes you have planned. It is cost effective too!

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Call us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. By calling Vince, whatapps ( 90305057 ) you can speak direct to us, we don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

Looking for reupholstery to change the look of your home? We will be able to assist you.

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Note: If you are a new customer, and you need the upholster to do home visit, a $40 willl apply. This is to prevent people who are not serious in getting upholstery services from abusing  the system. This not only drive the business cost up, it will also be a waste of time and resources. However, this $40 can be reimburse if the job is confirmed upon deposit. For existing customers, fees can be waived.  

Foam and Padding

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  • Highest Quality Foam
    Our seating foam cores are the highest quality available to the
    furniture industry.
  • Fiber-Wrapped
    We wrap all seat cushions individually in a layer of polyester
    fiber for perfect contour and softness.
  • Well-Padded Arms
    We pad each arm with foam, cotton and fiber for maximum
    comfort and a beautiful, finished look.

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  • Chambered Backs
    Back cushion fiber is blown into chambered bags to minimize
    setting and sagging over time.
  • Firmness Options
    We offer three different foam core firmness levels so you can
    find the seat that matches your needs.

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  • Quality Testing
    Foam cores we receive from our vendors are put through
    specialized testing confirms that they are consistent to our
    exacting standards.

If you need the upholster to do home visit, a $40 willl apply. This is to prevent people who are not serious in getting upholstery services from abusing  the system. This not only drive the business cost up, it will also be a waste of time and resources. However, this $40 can be reimburse if the job is confirmed upon deposit.

Call us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. By calling Vince, whatapps ( 90305057 ) you can speak direct to us, we don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

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Determining if a Piece of Furniture is Structurally Sound for Reupholstering

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See if you can find out what type of frame your piece of furniture has. If it has a wood frame put together with wooden pins (rather than staples), it’s more likely to be sound. If the frame is a metal frame and uses staples, there is less chance that it makes sense to reuse. Even professionals will probably tell you that it isn’t a wise idea to try to repair a piece that isn’t good quality.

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Frames that are visible, often on antique furniture, are usually made of wood such as mahogany or cherry, and often don’t need to be repaired. Changing the shape of a frame is not something that an upholster can or will do. If the shape of the furniture is changed, it will change the entire integrity of the piece.

Check out the foam of the sofa. If the foam on the back and the arms is easily compressed, it’s probably sub-standard foam and is not worth reupholstering. If you find firm or even lumpy foam, chances are that the firm foam is more amenable to being reupholstered.

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Additional Reasons to Reupholster

One of the aspects of upholstery to think about is if you have a piece of furniture that is sound but needs to be changed, such as raising the back of the chair. A skilled upholsterer would be able to alter the chair in such a way as to raise the back and give you more support.

You can ask the upholsterer to save the old fabric for you. You may be able to find an alternative use for it.

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Last but not least, you will need to know how long it will take for them to complete the project, as well as the cost. You will want to research whether it will cost more to reupholster or to purchase new. Factors that can contribute to the cost are the number of cushions in need of repair, the type of fabric (you’ll need extra fabric for a pattern that needs elements lined up), repairing the frame or legs or adding a skirt. If you need to have your piece picked up and delivered, that will cost extra as well.

Motion Furniture

If you need the upholster to do home visit, a $40 willl apply. This is to prevent people who are not serious in getting upholstery services from abusing  the system. This not only drive the business cost up, it will also be a waste of time and resources. However, this $40 can be reimburse if the job is confirm.

Call us or email: info(at)centrepiece.com.sg to discuss your order. By calling Vince, whatapps (90305057) you can speak direct to us, we don’t have call centres or customer service departments, you speak directly to the people making your sofa.

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Bar trolley for that added style

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You may have finally gotten your hands on a coveted bar cart, but that doesn’t mean this popular furniture item will add instant style cred to your living space. A drinks trolley will only ooze fun and luxury if it is well stocked and styled.

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A bar cart, at its essence, is a working space. It’s a place where you should be able to whip up a quick cocktail should the opportunity arise. That means it’s an item that needs to perfectly balance form and function. So avoid going overboard with decoration and instead focus on items that are both aesthetically pleasing and useful.

 

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Even the best bar carts on the market will need a little styling magic.

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Totally bespoke sofas, made to order and unique for you.

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All our sofas are handmade, bespoke, unique to order just for you. From a vast range of styles to your sizes and dimensions and covered in 1000’s of fabrics. 

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A corner or standard sofa, a bed or dining chairs… All made from frame to finish by our little team in our workshop in Northstar@amk Singapore. With unrivaled craftsmanship and second to none guarantees create your perfect sofa with Centrepiece Furnishing.

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At Centrepiece, each one of our bespoke sofas is custom made to order and unique to you. We give you full control and choice when it comes to your sofa. Size, style, colour, fabric… everything is all chosen by you. We specialise in stunning custom made corner sofas, classic and contemporary chesterfields and everything in between.

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Outdoor Trends That’ll Be “In” for Spring

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One sure way to bring the indoors out? With splashy patterned pillows. Stores are offering more and more options for cozying up your backyard (Check this page—are our favorites). The best part: They can easily be switched out as time passes and trends come and go.

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Forget overly ornate wrought iron and plastic faux-wood furniture. “One of the big trends we’re seeing is the emergence of a retro feeling,” says Vince Chiang, Upholster Director at Centrepiece Furnishing, which recently launched an outdoor collection. “People are going back to natural, woven styles and crochet techniques that add texture to any space. What was popular in the ’70s—like rattan and wicker-inspired furniture—is making a comeback.”
And it’s not just outside: We’re seeing rattan indoors as well.

If you need more advice and is in #Singapore.

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The Worst Fabrics for Pet Owners

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If you have a pet and like more luxurious fabrics, you may have to settle for using them as window coverings and tapestries that are well out of reach. Textiles with loose weaves and nubby loops are highly susceptible to snags, and are difficult to repair if damaged. Here are some fabrics to avoid if you have pets in the home.

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Chenille is very durable and soft, and tends to hide dirt well, but the pile is uneven and easy to snag on cat claws.

Silk is very delicate, so animals will destroy it quickly. Velvet is also very luxurious, but easy to damage and very difficult to clean.

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Tweed is like a magnet for pet hair. It becomes embedded in the rough surface, and is almost impossible to clean. Pet claws can easily snag and tear the fabric, too, so it’s best avoided.

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Choosing textiles that are darker in color, patterned, evenly textured and with a tight weave work best in homes with pets. Keep this information in mind when choosing fabrics and furniture for your home.

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Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018 and 2019

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Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018

So what are the top colors? If you’re in the market for any kind of new upholstery, here are the top trends in upholstery to keep an eye on.

Navy Blue

By far the hottest color in design right now. Navy is always a safe bet as a strong neutral, not to mention a great infusion for something other than safe beige. Interestingly enough, us designers have been doing navy for close to a decade. In fact, I recall two projects I did in 2010 that were both navy and pink. I carried that same theme into a townhouse in 2012 for a single gal painting her entire ceiling in navy. It took a bit of time to catch on but it’s here to stay. The design trade will likely move on because we never want to be boring, but don’t worry, navy is just growing legs in the consumer market.

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Teal

I love teal. Like navy, the color teal acts as a neutral in my world and works with everything. Plus, it makes everything look better. Combined with just about any color, from red, to blue, pink to yellow or even orange, this color is like the gal who never met a friend she didn’t like.

Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018

Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018

Kale

Hands down one of the most healing colors you can have in a home, so it’s no surprise that this color is springing up everywhere. What started out as a small pop is now taking center stage in upholstery. Sofas, chairs, ottomans and the like are all green with envy.

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Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018

Peony

This lovely blush has always been in the background and for good reason.  I include this invigorating color into every interior I do. Pink is another healing color to have in a home to help keep you calm. Plus, it’s often feared making it an unexpected pop! But if you’re in the market for upholstery this is a great hue to experiment with on an accent piece or a chair.

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And I am doing a similar look for a new laundry room.

Top upholstery colors to watch for in 2018

 

So where is the trend headed? Well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see blue transition into purple, and the pinks transitioning into reds. Yet again, with a trained eye these can act beautifully as a neutral and blend with just about any combination! And by the time these colors cycle back around, it will have been about twenty years since we’ve used them, making them perfect to reintroduce as a fresh option!

Personally I can’t wait to see a little more red. It’s another favorite of mine and being that it’s one of the most auspicious colors in Feng Shui, it will be a resurgence I will gladly welcome back in! Need a piece right away?

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Ready for a change? Here’s how you can make it happen.

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There’s an old joke where a man says, “I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years–and I’ll be 50 in seven years!” A wise friend replies, “And how old will you be in seven years if you don’t go?”

If you’re not where you want to be in your career–or, for that matter, in your life–never let yourself believe change is impossible. Don’t allow your future to be limited by your age or your situation; stop being afraid of what might go wrong and start getting excited about what could go right.

 

Here are 4 ways you can begin right now to steer yourself toward a more fulfilled and happy life:

1. Address the choices you’ve made in the past and change the choices you’ll make in the future.

Life is made up of choices–some we regret, some we’re proud of, some that will hurt us. Everything in your career and your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want different results, start making different choices.

2. Speak up with honesty and stop holding back what you think.

People may believe that honesty won’t win you many friends–but even if that were true, the friends you make with honesty will be the right ones. Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and the ability to perform cannot exist.

3. Forgo being a perfectionist. Perfect doesn’t exist.

Once you realize perfect doesn’t exist, you can ease up on yourself. There’s no harm in being wrong or making mistakes, as long as you’re willing to make corrections. Just be yourself, flaws and all, and let people see the real you. Each of us is an imperfect human being, aware that we can’t push away our failures and our flaws.

4. Acknowledge your losses and move on to your success.

Remember, winners aren’t people who never fail but people who never quit. It’s important to never let success get to your head or failure to your heart. The secret to getting ahead is to acknowledge your failures and have the wisdom to apply them to new opportunities.

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Opt for Reclaimed Wood to go eco friendly

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Furniture that’s made out of reclaimed wood recycles wood from old buildings, furniture, old fences, and plenty of other places. Since wood is a material that can last a long, long time, especially when it’s been taken care of, re-purposing it is a green way to maximize resource efficiency.

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