At Home with Cayenne and Elements Concept Home Decor

As y’all know, Kemang is a treasure trove of unique art galleries, fashion label boutiques, and of course home decor stores.

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Ready to explore Kemang on foot! Colourful tiles outside Cayenne.

I had previously written about Galeri PotCahayalampu, and Confetti Gift Shop, all of which can be found in Kemang. Today, I’m going to share my new Kemang faves — Elements Concept and Cayenne.

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Elements Concept, Kemang.

ELEMENTS CONCEPT started out humbly with just a handful of selected locally-made furniture on display. Fast-forward two years later, it now carries a broad range of items such as teak wood, minimalist rattan and leather furniture alongside modern home accessories.

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Beautiful minimalist rattan and wood.

Elements stands for natural handcrafted home decor with a plain yet elegant style from quality materials. The two-storey kemang outlet has high ceilings, white walls, and full length glass windows, allowing loads of daylight to stream in.

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Elements dining set.

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Cozy vibes.

The blends of different textures and wood furnishings give off a cozy and warm feel. If not for the shop assistant, I’d totally chill on the hammock with my book. 🙂

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Glass candle holder with gold rim. I WANT.

Founder and owner Bastiaan Spil, who is of Dutch descent, followed in his parents’ footsteps by entering the furniture line. His family has furniture manufacturing facilities both in Cirebon and Jepara; everything is made from their own factories.

Through Elements Concept, Bastiaan wishes to open up new possibilities with traditional raw materials. His furniture and home decor can be summed up in a few words — quirky, fun, handcrafted, non-conventional, simple and elegant.

Am lovin’ how the local artisans from Elements inject playfulness and unexpected features into everyday objects!

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Spot the kawaii motorbike helmets encased in rattan?

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Absolutely adored this wooden mini refrigerator (legit Toshiba fridge inside).

To date, Bastiaan has worked on various interior projects for lifestyle ventures all over Indonesia, including the renowned Potato Head establishment in Bali.

I was so tempted to buy >>> of home decor pieces. But after exercising some self-restraint, I settled on 2 items. Here’s what I got:

  • Plant Wall for the living room, made of solid teak wood (IDR 1,375,000).
  • Hanoi Display Table, with removable tray top. Great for serving food/drinks to guests; currently my snack corner (IDR 875,000).

Dear Elements, please keep up the good work in introducing new perspectives to conventional home products. I’ll come visit soon again!


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Cayenne, Kemang.

An independent local furniture and homeware store, CAYENNE is best known for her colourful geometric cushions as well as pretty slip-covers in Indonesian ikat.

Apart from these, Cayenne also has one of a kind furniture pieces, beautiful timber desks, tableware, bed linen, and an extensive range of baskets for storage solutions.

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One of my fave items – TILED solid wood tables.

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And tiled stools. How cute!!

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Vintage sofa with matchy cushions.

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Cayenne dining sets and tableware.

Cayenne is owned by interior designer Dewi Haliman, a great supporter of local goods. Some of the brands sold in Cayenne include Ruma Manis’ ceramic plates, General Object’s woven baskets and wooden cake stands, and Haliman’s own creations ranging from jewellery boxes to chairs, bed frames, and more.

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Wooden kitchenware, rattan…you have it all.

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Woven baskets of all shapes and sizes.

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Intricate glassware.

What I love about Cayenne is that all her merchandise is designed, manufactured and handcrafted in Indonesia. The products are reasonably priced and come with fine craftsmanship – a rare find in today’s mass production world. Plus the store has a really intimate home setting. 🙂

If you get hungry midway through shopping – fret not. Stop by Breakfast at Cayenne for a hearty all-day brunch anytime. The cafe is positioned right beside Cayenne furniture store (they share the same porch).

My souvenir from Cayenne:

  • Glass box with brass trim to store my statement necklaces/makeup (can’t remember the price).

Few places reflect home like Cayenne. I’m sure you’ll find something there that best suits your needs. Till the next time! x


Elements Concept
Jl. Benda Raya No. 8C
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan

Cayenne
Jalan Kemang Selatan 8 No. C2 
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan

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INACRAFT 2017: Gifts, Housewares, Batik, and Much More

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INACRAFT 2017.

TODAY was the first day of the 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair (INACRAFT 2017) held at Jakarta Convention Center. The event spans five days and will run from 26 – 30 April 2017.

Officially the biggest and most complete exhibition (in Indonesia) of gifts, housewares, handicraft, batik, accessories etc, it is an event not to be missed. I was in Singapore last year during INACRAFT 2016 and was really sad. So glad to make it for this year’s. 🙂

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Ticker counter at 11am.

True to my expectations, it was pretty crowded on the first day (and probably will be for the other days). I went at 11 a.m. and the crowd was already building up. It was worse by the time I left at 3 p.m. (yes four hours later!) – my driver took half an hour to make one tiny turn to pick me up at the lobby.

When I first entered the exhibition hall, I was overwhelmed. There were more than 1500 exhibitors and I didn’t know where to start. Oh by the way…after you are done shopping at Hall A, do continue walking on to Hall B – there are even more stalls there. If not for my appointment at 4 p.m., I’d definitely have stayed longer than four hours heh.

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Layout for Exhibition Hall A. There is a separate plan for Hall B.

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Upon entering Hall A.

I had in mind a few things to look out for at INACRAFT 2017 — batik, accessories, wood home decor, and storage boxes. And I’m happy to say I fulfilled my INACRAFT wish list.

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Batik cloth and clothing.

There are so many stalls selling batik from all over Indonesia…from silk to cotton to tulis to cap – you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

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Trendy batik flats (love the topmost right pair).

The housewares/home decor section was equally huge. There were stalls selling aromatherapy items, unique vases, wall art, teak furniture, wood carvings, artificial flowers, carpets, bath fittings, tableware, baskets, embroidered bed and cushion covers, just to name a few.

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All things wicker.

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Cutest handsewn stuffed animals.

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Of beautiful food covers and bottle-lamps.

My advice would be to go early; the place was teeming with people around noon and it got a little harder to move around and browse stall items.

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Crowd situation at noon.

There were a lot of stalls selling miscellaneous items like handmade gifts, stationery supplies, educational games, puzzles, gemstones, board games, pet clothing, and so on.

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Indonesian food that looks realllly real. This got me hungry.

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Onesies for your beloved kids pets.

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Handmade statement necklaces.

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Storage boxes for almost everything and anything.

There was an entire section of stalls run by various provinces around Indonesia; they sell many traditional items unique to their province. I find it amazing how so many people flew down from around Indonesia (with all their special items) just for INACRAFT Jakarta. 🙂

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Ivana hails from Lampung and I insisted she take a picture. 😉

Here’s what I bought at INACRAFT 2017 (much to Agent D’s dismay):

  • Batik necklace and batik brooches, all handmade.
  • Wood serving plate and a wooden vase which I fell in love with at first sight. Can’t wait to pair it with a few stalks of baby’s breath.
  • Batik fabric to make a dress and possibly a matchy-matchy outfit with Agent D.
  • Storage/jewelry box for my accessories (isn’t it just so pretty!). Lovin’ the embroidered silk drawers.
  • And since I’ve been spending the husband’s $$$, I thought I’d better get him something too – a batik casual tee.

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    The only thing I got for Agent D.


INACRAFT 2017

The 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair

26 – 30 April 2017
Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta

Friday Treasure Finds: Qlapa Flea Market Jakarta

Moving on from our previous Friday Treasure Find: Confetti Gift Shop,  I’d like to introduce you to Qlapa flea market currently running at Lippo Mall Kemang (from 31 March – 2 April 2017).

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My Friyay treasure finds from Qlapa market.

As you already know, I’m a huge fan of flea markets – especially those selling local handmade products and uniquely Indonesian crafts. The vendors at Qlapa are selling exactly the above. *excitezzz*

I couldn’t wait till the weekend and headed down to Lippo Mall on Friday. The stalls are mainly selling home decor, woodcraft, custom made shoes and bags, pretty batik clothing, leather goods, accessories, AND MORE.

Some pictures from the ground:

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Entrance to Qlapa flea.

Given that the flea was held in a mall, Qlapa market is rather small in size. It would have been nice if it was larger scale with more stalls. Then again, the shopping aftermath would have left me even more broke $$$ heh.

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Lovely water colour paintings.

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Well wishes cards and notebooks by ARTIAN.

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Shoppers drawn to accessories by XUSHA NARA DESIGN; Batik by KREATIV CORNERE.

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Unique woodcraft by a local designer. Couldn’t resist the animals!

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Custom made batik flats, sneakers, platforms, and sandals by D.A.T.

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Photography art on canvass and tote bags.

My buys from Qlapa flea:

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Tiny things to brighten up our home.

I’ve been looking for a good ol’ hand-stitched leather wallet for some time, something I can rough out with whilst travelling. And boyyy was I glad to find a matching pair for Agent D and myself!

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Hand stitched bifold for Agent D and a long wallet for myself. Both are made from cattle skin.

The entire wallet is hand sewn, from the exterior to the interior. Don’t you just love the smell of leather?! I do. 🙂

If you have nothing on this weekend, be sure to drop by Qlapa flea market! I’m sure you’ll be able to find a cute handmade gift for someone special or a souvenir for yourself. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Please hold another one soon, Qlapa market!

If you cant make it to the flea, you can always browse Qlapa’s online shop: https://qlapa.com/


Qlapa Flea Market
Lippo Mall Kemang
Ground Level

Jakarta Finds: Shopping at Pasar Tanah Abang

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A dizzying array of merchandise at Pasar Tanah Abang.

According to my dear friend Wikipedia, Pasar Tanah Abang has been around since 1735 (super ancient). It is the largest textile and garment wholesale center in Indonesia + Southeast Asia with over 13,000 kiosks and ten thousands of shoppers per day. It is even bigger than ITC Mangga Dua Mall, which I already think is mega HUGEEE.

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Menswear level.

At Tanah Abang, you can find just about everything and anything — batik, woven cloth, kebaya, children’s clothing, menswear, womenswear, Muslim wear, jeans, bags, shoes, accessories, household and bedding items.

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Shop after shop carrying tons of pretty batik.

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Art and craft supplies.

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Bedding items. (My American friend custom-makes her fitted sheets and duvet at Tanah Abang for a good price. Prices differ according to the thread count.)

As it is a wholesale center, the goods sold in Tanah Abang are more varied and cheaper than that of ITC Mangga Dua or Thamrin City Mall (its competitors).

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Don’t forget to bargain!

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Random items you may want to sew/iron onto your fabrics.

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Children’s bags.

Tanah Abang consists of several ‘Bloks‘, with Blok A and Blok B being the biggest, newest, and most comfy to shop in (fully air-conditioned). They remind me somewhat of a modern organized market.

My personal opinion is that shopping at Blok A and B is more than sufficient. My driver actually dropped us off at Blok F’s carpark and we had to walk through a maze within Blok F to get to Blok A. I didn’t like Blok F at all; it was dark, dingy, and very smokey (cough cough).

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Blok A, Tanah Abang.

For those who are thinking of dropping by Tanah Abang, you may find this shopping directory helpful. (Reference: Going shopping at Tanah Abang market? – The Jakarta Post).

Shopping Guide

B1 floor: Various bedding items including sheets, pillows and bed covers, as well as fabrics for kebaya (traditional Javanese blouse), jeans, batik and woven cloth.

SLG & LG floors: These floors are the place for hijab, mukena (female prayer dresses), gamis (Islamic robes), blouses, Muslim wear, kebaya and kaftans. Besides these items, children’s wear can also be found on the LG floor, from school attire to children’s swimwear and sportswear.

G and 1st floors: Menswear including T-shirts, shirts, pants, sportswear and jackets.

2nd and 3rd floors: More variations of womenswear can be found here, including office attire, accessories, bags and wallets.

3A and 7th floors: Various kind of clothes, from original labels to imitations, new to secondhand, are sold on these floors.

5th and 6th floors: A mix of clothes are sold on these floors, from women’s and men’s to children’s and family wear. Clothes for youngsters can be found on the 6th floor.

8th floor: The eighth floor has a food court with fast food and traditional Indonesian cuisine options available.

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Shopping directory for Blok A.

If possible, reach Tanah Abang as early as you can on a weekday. The crowd starts to build up towards the afternoon and the place is especially crowded on weekends/public holidays (crowded might be an understatement).

My loot from Tanah Abang: 1 pair of nice fitting jeans, a shirt for Agent D and 2 necklaces which I absolutely adore!

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Bought a shirt for Agent D from this rack. Can you guess which one? :p

P.S. Bring enough cash $$$.

P.P.S. Must bargain/haggle!

P.P.P.S. Protect yourself from pickpockets. Spread out your money in different places!

Happpppy shopping. x

Friday Treasure Finds: Confetti Gift Shop on Kemang Timur

If you enjoyed Galeri Pot Jakarta as much as I did, you’ll definitely love Confetti on Kemang Timur. It is another treasure trove of Indonesian artifacts — furniture, home accessories, fabrics, etc.

The houses/shops on Kemang Timur are not in running order (i.e. house no. 27a does not come after no. 27) so look out for a traditional rickshaw parked out at the front. That house is Confetti itself!

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CONFETTI.

Inside Confetti, you’ll find a wide range of homeware made in Indonesia. It is a good place to shop for souvenirs or perhaps that one item to remember your stay in Indonesia by. 🙂

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They have loads of quirky stuff to add warmth to a dingy corner.

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Colourful mugs to brighten up a home.

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Beautiful furniture and home decor.

Most of the pieces are carefully handpicked by Confetti’s owner Dewi from all over Indonesia. Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

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Family of wooden sheep (my parents couldn’t resist this set!).

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Wire giraffes for a minimalist home.

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Tall wooden giraffes + adorable metal twin giraffes.

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So tempted to buy home wooden papa, mama and baby zebra!

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Hoo hoo hoooooot. Hello there!

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Family of white flamingos found a home with me. 🙂

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Another favourite – sitting wooden birds.

Such pretty handiwork, aren’t they? If only my place in Singapore was bigger and I had more space to house such buys. #realitycheck

Other Indonesian artifacts sold include woven baskets in all colours and sizes, lanterns and candlelight holders, carpets, quilt, and even custom-made cushion covers!

I got a few gifts from Confetti and cannot wait to give them to my friends for their birthdays!

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Flamingos on display on my bookshelf.


Confetti
Jl. Kemang Timur No. 27a
Jakarta Selatan 

Wholesale Fashion Center in Jakarta: ITC Mangga Dua Mall

ITC Mangga Dua is a shopping mall in North Jakarta specializing in fashion, clothes and accessories – both retail and wholesale. It’s kind of like the Indonesian equivalent of Bangkok’s Platinum Fashion Mall.

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Six levels of intense shopping at ITC Mangga Dua.

ITC Mangga Dua is actually part of the Mangga Dua shopping district which includes five other complexes – Mangga Dua WTC, Dusit Mangga Dua, Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua, Mangga Dua Mall, and Harco Mas Mangga Dua. ITC Mangga Dua focuses on fashion and accessories whilst the other malls specialize in computer accessories, electronic devices, automotive products, etc.

Inside ITC Mangga Dua, there are hundreds of shops packed into six levels selling just about everything…clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, watches, spectacles, home decor, kitchen stuff, flowers, the list goes on. And of course food. 🙂

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A food stall smack right in the middle of shops.

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Yes you read it right – ICE CREAM SINGAPORE!!

On my first visit, I only managed to cover three levels. The second time I went with my parents, we spent the entire day there and yet still didn’t complete all six floors.

Ohhh and if you happen to see something you fancy, buy it right away. DO NOT attempt to mull it over and locate the shop later on – there’s a high chance you may not find it again (speaking from experience :/).

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An overwhelming sight.

If you get hungry halfway through shopping, you may want to check out Bakmi Aliang (rated 4.7 on Google). We walked past it by chance and seeing how it was packed with an endless stream of people, we decided to give it a try!

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Lunch stop at Bakmi Aliang.

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Bakmi Gede (with pork!!) for IDR 20K.

I saw some locals squeezing lime and adding black (?) sauces to their bakmi and decided to follow suit. Turned out to be pretty good stuff. After my fulfilling meal, I was energized to start shopping again.

Some of my buys from my most recent trip to ITC Mangga Dua:

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Handmade cookie monster rattan storage (IDR 180K).

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Waterproof jelly flats/wedges perfect for rainy days (or floods) in Jakarta.

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IDR 70-100K for each pair.

P.S. Bring enough cash $$$.

P.P.S. Must bargain/haggle!

Have a great time shopping. x


Address: Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, North Jakarta.
Opening Hours: 10am to at 6pm.