A little while back I wrote a guest-post over at the fabulous SFGirlByBay … perhaps you already saw it… but perhaps you didn't 🙂

Our garden in Kuala Lumpur is full of bamboo and i have really come to appreciate this incredibly strong and eco-friendly plant — although having the fastest growing plant on earth in your garden poses some challenges. but the crisp green colors of its leaves and retro look never cease to inspire me. this image (above) is of our garden, with bamboo curtains that not only help keep the mosquitoes away, but also make the lovely sound of bamboo clicking together when the wind comes up.

I always have a vase of bamboo in my studio, where you can also find the beautiful plywood alphabet from bookhou. we just painted the wall very (and i mean very) dark blue, which makes the green leaves of the bamboo even look prettier.


Bamboo furniture and accessories combined with rattan are my new found love in home decoration. i wanted to share with you some lovely vintage etsy finds: 1.) rare arabia of finland kaj franck casserole and bamboo carrier 2.) vintage bamboo shelf with hooks 3.) vintage bamboo basket and 4.) vintage bamboo magazine holder.


And of course, the long-time item on my wish list, is this rattan ‘eureka’ hanging chair by giovanni travasa (image on right). i just love this chair and hope to be rocking in it one day soon right here in kuala lumpur. many thanks to victoria for inviting me from bloesem to share here on your beautiful blog.

Bloesem loves comments
  1. Jennifer

    I did see your post at Victoria’s site, but it’s always nice to see it again! I love the baskets best.

  2. sue@solsticehome

    Hi Irene, I’m also a lover of bamboo lately so thank you for featuring my bamboo items. Love that dark blue wall too.

  3. maike

    jaaaa! ik had het al eerder gezien en gelezen en werd erdoor geinspireerd om ook een bezoekje te brengen aan de site van bookhou…. het alfabet is werkelijk waar prachtig EN reeds in bezit, moet het alleen nog opgehangen ;-(

  4. Slow Lane

    Read your post already at SFgirlbybay but enjoyed reading it again.
    This hanging chair is super duper and is On my own wish list. Such a shame its price is ridiculous… So expansive!!

  5. Christine

    I love those bamboo curtains! I need to start thinking about bringing some bamboo into my home.

  6. renee

    Your garden picture is lovely,and the thought of a light evening breeze and the clicking bamboo curtain is heavenly. I’m jealous.

  7. andrea of ffft

    LOVE that plywood alphabet but the link seems to be broken! I also love the bamboo against the blue walls. Looks great 🙂

    I just saw an article in Garden Design maybe? about a bamboo that is completely black, so feaking cool, with bright green leaves. I am trying to track some down up here so I can do up some great large pots. It would be so stunning!

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