Friday, 25 November 2011

My Tropical Home In Malaysia. Build or buy? That is the Question.

Just right size for me.
I have been looking for my dream home in the tropics now for over six years, and still I have not found it.

I am now getting fed up Renting (money down the drain) so the question is, do I buy the land in the location I want then build. or keep looking for that perfect home.

For me as a child growing up and watching Ernest Hemingway in his tropical home in Key West.( even though his home was 2 stories it gave me lots of ideas)

I used to love the way the curtains flowed in the breeze and how when bad weather came they closed the shutters, just little things I remember but Malaysia is perfect for me to recreate my own Paradise in the tropics.

Things I will need to dress the home will be

  • Carved, caned and wicker furniture
  • Wood flooring
  • Tile flooring
  • Area rugs
  • Curtains
  • Draperies
  • Shades
  • Shutters
  • Bedding
  • Mosquito netting
  • Throw
  • Folding screen
  • Plants
  • Woven hat
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bistro set
  • Hammock
Looks a lot but I can assure you this only touches the surface.

Tips from ehow.

Shop for furniture made by island craftsmen evoking pieces imported by the European settlers from their homelands. Look for pieces in hard woods, like ebony, teak and mahogany, that sport carvings of island motifs like palms and pineapples. Mix in white wicker pieces with deep cushions upholstered in bright turquoise and coral.
  • 2
    Lay floors of wood or tile. Leave them bare or dot them with rugs in natural fibers like coir and sisal. Opt for a more traditional look with Oriental area rugs.
  • 3
    Dress your windows with sheer, white curtains that float in the breeze. Add heavier draperies or curtains that can be drawn for privacy. Opt for bamboo roll up shades to give your windows a natural island feel. Install plantation shutters to block the hot sun.
  • 4
    Relax in a high four poster bed made up with white bedding and topped with a mosquito net canopy or surrounded by white cotton curtains. Give it a splash of color with a cotton throw in a bright island color like canary yellow or cobalt blue.
  • 5
    Create a reading nook with a caned arm chair sporting a cushion in a palm tree or shell design coupled with a mahogany floor lamp featuring a coarse linen shade and a carved teak side table. Separate it from the rest of the room with a silk paneled folding screen.
  • 6
    Bring in the outdoors with plants. Place potted palms and flowering hibiscus around the room. Hang ferns above windows to blow in the breeze. Place small floral bouquets in English china teacups on table tops around the room.
  • 7
    Choose colors that evoke the tropics. Consider painting your walls warm orange, sea foam blue, bright yellow, red or turquoise. Hang a Caribbean inspired painting you particularly like and pull the colors from it as inspiration for the rest of the room.
  • 8
    Greet visitors with a lime green door embellished with a hat woven from palm fronds. Create an island retreat on your porch or deck by adding a ceiling fan, lush flowering and hanging plants, wicker chairs painted white or mixed and matched in colors of the Caribbean. Add a wrought iron bistro set for casual meals and a hammock for wiling the hours away.

  • Read more: How to Add Caribbean Style to Your Home |

    Some photos of what I am looking for. you will see my dream home does not have to be that big, its the planting design that will make the house feel tropical.

    Pool not to big but practical and easy to maintain

    wall sculpture really nice and simple

    Like use of mirrors on wall

    wall and curtains good

    Loung area by the pool

    Pool at night lit up


    Open plan - I would install roll bamboo blinds all around 

    Open plan living

    master bedroom flowing out into Garden

    Nice bedroom flowing out onto pool deck.

    Like the running water into pool from the wall

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