Five to try: An­tiques and knick-knacks to dec­o­rate your home

Whether you’re look­ing to add a touch of Asia to your home or want to chan­nel Jane Austen, you can find dé­cor to suit your taste in Malaysia’s big range of home fur­nish­ing shops. Carissa Mo­rais scouts the penin­sula for cool home dé­cor shops for ev­ery kind

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Peter Hoe Be­yond

Housed in a re­fur­bished her­itage build­ing with a colour­ful his­tory, Peter Hoe Be­yond is just as colour­ful with its items as it is with its vibe. This large space, which has been pro­filed by

The New York Times, has ev­ery­thing you need to craft an artsy, lit­tle ate­lier in your house. The place is a lot more popular with ex­pats and tourists so ex­pect prices that are slightly above av­er­age. But if you’re look­ing for sturdy qual­ity and items that are un­com­mon, pur­chases here can be a good in­vest­ment for your home. Browse through a va­ri­ety of pil­lows with flow­ery ge­o­met­ri­cal pat­terns, ori­en­tal lanterns and fancy kitchen uten­sils that (hope­fully) work as well as they look. The con­cept of the shop leans to­wards a play­ful Asian sen­ti­ment, which we think is unique, with vi­brant colours that res­onate well if you’re look­ing for a fresh look. What’s also nice about this place is the café in the cor­ner that serves as a great pick-me-up in be­tween brows­ing for items. If you’re lucky to catch Peter there, you might just get some rec­om­men­da­tions and maybe even a dis­count. Lee Rub­ber Build­ing, 145 Jalan Tun HS Lee, KL (03 2026 9788).

Chan­tique Home Fur­nish­ings

Strate­gi­cally lo­cated along the stream of sim­i­lar in­te­rior dé­cor and fur­ni­ture shops in Bangsar, Chan­tique is a dou­ble-storey house that re­sem­bles a ware­house of an­tiques and mod­ern day items with a cen­tral Ja­vanese vibe. This neat space fea­tures ur­ban fur­ni­ture with the oc­ca­sional touch of tra­di­tional wooden carv­ings and quirky pieces like seashell state­ment neck­laces to frame your dresser in­stead of your neck. Apart from the Ja­vanese and Malay-de­signed dé­cor items, you’ll be sur­prised to find Euro­pean-styled plush car­pets, re­clin­ers and cup­boards that take you back to the ’40s. Be­sides their own items, Chan­tique also stores an­tiques and other dec­o­ra­tive items sourced from coun­tries like Den­mark and In­done­sia. Th­ese run out pretty fast so we rec­om­mend swift pur­chase for one-off items that are in de­mand. If you’re look­ing for a spir­i­tual Asian feel with con­tem­po­rary styling, this is a place to check out if you’re will­ing to in­vest in long-term qual­ity. 156 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Ban­daraya, Bangsar, KL (03 2093 3460/chan­tiquehf. com).

The Cu­ri­ousity Shop

This large space started out as a pop-up store hous­ing the pro­pri­etor’s an­tique col­lec­tion. In­spired by the Old Cu­rios­ity Shop in cen­tral Lon­don, this space stores nearly ev­ery­thing your mind can imag­ine. Browse through fur­ni­ture, an­tiques, acrylic paint­ings, kitchen­ware and whim­si­cal dec­o­ra­tive items. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find cook­ies dur­ing fes­tive sea­sons and vin­tage movie posters that are hard to find. Largely tak­ing its cue from parts of Europe as well as Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, you’d be sur­prised to find that there’s also a large pool of Asian good­ies like china tea sets, batik print lamps, lanterns and rat­tan chairs. This shop gets our vote for hav­ing the best of both worlds and for hav­ing an ex­ten­sive va­ri­ety of al­most ev­ery­thing you might de­sire when redec­o­rat­ing. It’s no sur­prise that they’re cur­rently widen­ing their

space to in­clude a café (which is due to open soon) in ad­di­tion to a sec­tion for up­com­ing art classes. Speak­ing of art classes, art sup­plies like can­vas, brushes and frames are sold here and to our sur­prise, we even found nail pol­ish. The price range is wide, rang­ing from af­ford­able to mega ex­pen­sive, depend­ing on what you’re buy­ing. Level two, Lot 12, 1 Mont Kiara, 1 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL (017 853 6660/ www.the­cu­ri­ousi­ty­gallery. blogspot.com).

179 The House

An­tique en­thu­si­asts will be de­lighted to find this lit­tle shop along Vic­to­ria Street among the throng of art shops in the vicin­ity. Part of the Chi­naHouse clan and fairly easy to lo­cate, 179 The House stocks a va­ri­ety of pieces from rustic, min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture carved from wood and rat­tan to whim­si­cal, hip­ster-like sculp­tures that will do won­ders in dress­ing up an empty space. Aside from the an­tique fur­ni­ture items, the rest of 179’s stock is mod­ern and funky. The first floor fea­tures acrylic and mixed me­dia paint­ings which lean to­wards a more West­ern aes­thetic. There’s also a va­ri­ety of other lit­tle artsy trin­kets. How­ever, if you’re look­ing for Asian flair, you’ll find dec­o­ra­tive pots with Chi­nese art mo­tifs, teh tarik shop-styled wooden chairs and batik print rugs which are aplenty. 179 Le­buh Vic­to­ria, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang.

Lit­tle Cottage Home Decor

As the name sug­gests, Lit­tle Cottage is filled with quaint pieces that re­mind us of a clas­sic English film set in the coun­try­side. The theme of the shop is def­i­nitely ob­vi­ous once you step in and we rel­ish the quiet and cosy feel that comes with it. Prod­uct-wise, you can’t go wrong with their faux flower pots and fur­ni­ture sets, es­pe­cially if you like white and pol­ished fin­ish­ing touches. Their ex­ten­sive photo frames and mini grand­fa­ther clocks are eye-catch­ing, but we doubt they are truly an­tique. So if you’re into gen­uine vin­tage items, you won’t find them here. This Korean-based shop sources some of their prod­ucts from In­done­sia and also op­er­ates a re­tail store, Fab­u­look, next door that caters to the K-Pop lov­ing gen­er­a­tion. If you have an un­speak­able love for all things Beatrix Pot­ter and Jane Austen, this is prob­a­bly the shop for you. 4D Jalan Got­tlieb, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang (04 229 1219/www.face­book.com/ cot­tage­homme).

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