Hi. After over a month of hiatus from the blog and you all — it’s really good to be back. My first note is on an article by The Jakarta Post’s JPlus two weeks ago. The two-page coverage is about my house which according to the paper –I quoted here: “displays the perfect mix of good taste, creativity and vintage obsession”. Wow, such a kind write up by Willy Wilson as well as
gorgeous photos by Fransisca Angela. Check it out at thejakartapost.com andhere.
The video clip of Jakarta Vintage’s talk show at Rumah Inspirasi two weeks ago is just out in youtube. Thanks to Ozi the one man show guy who did everything for the video –shooting, directing, and editing. For those who wanted to get the look and feel of the event, have a look at this video.
The sharing and meeting session with around 50 vintage enthusiasts at Rumah Inspirasi finally took place, on a pouring Saturday. I got many interesting questions from the audience such as: how to decor a small apartment with vintage items? how to take care of old vinyls?who is your favorite vintage singer? and: what is the cheapest vintage item that I ever bought? The last one is a bit tough because … I have plenty of answers. That Vietnamese lady ceramic doll…I got it at USD 1. The handsome Samsonite briefcase in camel was only Rp 35K –now the similar item can hardly be found and if any at all, it would cost seven times the price. Well, putting that aside, I am glad that through this talk show I can share what vintage can do to us all –and trust me it’s all good: it’s stylish and unique, it’s affordable (o yes, compared to antiques, that is), it’s environment friendly (because no new energy produced), it makes you creative (mixing it with current items can be a challenge for many people), and did I say it’s cool too? Now I want to thank the team at Martha Stewart Living Indonesia who gave me the chance to share those messages and to the participants who came to get inspired, to inspire and stayed till the end. Have a fun week ahead!
Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.
Jakarta Vintage is in the press again. This time around it’s in Home & Decor Indonesia. In its December edition, the stylish magazine covered our first event that is the Retro & Beyond Vintage Auction held in Kemang Village last November under “What’s Hot” page. With the headline “Vintage Goes Hip”, the overall article sounds very kind and supportive. Of course, who wouldn’t? As quoted there: not only vintage is cool, it’s good to the earth too. So go get it for a good read.
Lebaran frenzy is almost over and —ooops I forgot to wish you all the best Idul Fitri and hope you enjoyed the break. As Lebaran is about sharing, I would like to share how Martha Stewart Living Indonesia celebrates Lebaran as featured in its July issue. Known worldwide as the guru in homemaking, Martha knows best how to decorate the table in a creative and unique way with the help of its artistic team and Pak Asmin Timbil, an eccentric florist from the famous Bin House. Pak Asmin used rare fruits, leaves, herbs and vegetables and arranged them in such a way that it at the end made a unique and unusual table decoration. I like it and hope you do too. So this is Lebaran a la Martha, with a little vintage touch of Jakarta Vintage.
Remember my posting in June titled “Vintage and The City” which highlighted an apartment in Senayan? Last month the Home & Decor magazine –with the tagline: stylish living made easy– visited the apartment and shot it for its August edition. So last week I bought a copy of the magazine, and when I flipped pages 68-75, it looks –shall i say it– more beautiful than the real thing. But of course. The photographer –Erwin Panjaitan– is a pro, so is the stylist, Stephani F Halim. Here are the photos from my iPhone. The title of the article is “Prudent Treasures”, but I would call it “Vintage Invasion In Modern Apartment”. What do you think? O by the way the space interior design is by me