Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 26th 2014 Contents Most people, essentially, have ques-
tions about home décor and design
they'd really love to get answered
straight from the 'mouth' of the indus-
So in 2014, we anticipated your infor-
mation needs and developed @Home's
newest feature, the 'Home Essentials'
FAQ column. We'll bring you valuable,
useful advice from some of Trinidad and
Tobago's top interior design and land-
scaping experts with years of experi-
ence serving local and international
This month, @Home interviewed Toni
SuratSingh, Principal Interior Designer
at Toni Crockett Designs (TCD), on the
essentials of Caribbean style furniture.
@HOME: What are the broad cate-
gories - in materials and design - of is-
land type furniture?
TCD: Caribbean or Island style is
eclectic by definition. Eclectic is further
defined by mixing and matching styles
to create your own unique style. Island
Type Furniture is typically wood, wicker
or rattan in casually elegant traditional
or transitional styles. Furniture with a
mixture of materials best reflects an is-
land style look. A good example of such
furniture would be a wood frame dining
chair with woven back.
@HOME: Which type is best suited to
more widely used in our region?
TCD: Personally, I would always lean
toward wood for its quality and low
maintenance. I encourage my clients to
buy their larger pieces in wood and
choose smaller pieces; chairs, and end
tables for example, in wicker, so that re-
placing the smaller pieces is not as
@HOME: What is the best way to
care for these types of furniture, if they
are exposed to (a) direct sunlight, and
(b) sea blast?
TCD: If your furniture is exposed to
the elements pay special attention to
fabrics. If any cushions are removable,
storing them inside until needed is best.
For pieces that must remain outdoors,
covering them with good-quality furni-
ture covers is best. Regular cleaning will
also improve the longevity of your furni-
@HOME: Can I use island style furni-
ture among my other more traditional
and contemporary pieces of furniture in
TCD: Absolutely, in fact I encourage
this with my clients. Interior Design has
evolved greatly in the direction of eclec-
tically selected furnishings. Mixing
styles and materials adds interest and
personality to a space. Select pieces
that you love and ultimately you will
love your space. While there are rules
and guidelines in Interior Design, creat-
ing a space that YOU love should take
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Awnings lend additional shade to your home and protection to your home
from the sun and rain. It also adds value and an elegant style to the property.
However, when choosing an awning, homeowners should be aware of the
differences between each type. Two types of awnings available on the mar-
ket are fixed awnings and retractable awnings.
A fixed awning is a welded frame attached permanently to your wall. It is
durable, offers full weather protection and is ideal for smaller areas like win-
dows and doors. However, it is a permanent fixture, therefore its orientation
cannot be changed. Fixed awnings come in a variety of styles, some of which
include dome, concave, convex, traditional, gable, slope, crescent, waterfall,
ornamental, marquee and long dome.
Retractable awnings extend via a motor, wind, rain and sun sensors, re-
mote control or manually. They can be wall mounted or mounted under the
roof eve. This type of awning can also be attached via custom-made brack-
ets. It comes in a variety of styles, colours and fabrics. It is also durable and
when not in use, is self-storing. Its frame requires less maintenance than a
fixed awning and it is ideal for patios and decks.
Another popular choice for outdoor shade is the shade sail. These can be
used over pools and outdoor patios and are very attractive. If you are having
a barbeque lime and want to ensure there is enough shade for the kids to
play and your friends to hang out. Putting up a shade sail over the garden or
backyard area is a simple and effective idea. They lend a strong, artful look
and are also waterproof. Another awesome feature of shade sails is they
come in a variety of striking designs and fabric colours.
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