Friday Style Inspiration – Tropical Colonial

As the British colonised the world from the Americas to India and West Indies, they left behind a distinctive style that combined decor from their homeland but with fresh tropical elements using local materials and styles that were more suited to the warmer climates.  The result is both exotic and deeply traditional all at once.  At Zjoosh they love to mash together traditional and modern elements in unexpected ways.  Mixing cultures and periods provides a sense of whimsy – an acknowledgment of the past while embracing the fresh and new.

Bird Song

A little can go a long way with style, so consider placing Zjoosh’s ornate porcelain figurines against a simple modern background.  Their beautifully crafted candelabras are perfect accessories in spaces which are otherwise pared-down. They provide a focal point on a mantel or coffee table and beautifully complemented by arrangements of greenery (whether fresh or faux).  These artworks will be in your family for generations to come. Treasured pieces which bring instant colourful life to the simplest spaces.




White Stage

There’s a reason art galley walls are generally white:  They ensure that the artwork remains the focus.  You can do the same if you have a piece or grouping of pieces you’d like to command the room.  Zjoosh has a stunning white four drawer four door buffet, that could be your main stage for a floral display or candelabra. Not just beautiful in their white simplicity, these sturdy old fir wood pieces will provide brilliant storage in family rooms and dining rooms, for platters, plates, albums and board games (playing backgammon is very colonial).

white drawer

Nature’s Neutral Green

Arguably, green is the most soothing colour of them all.  It is nature’s neutral colour and adds both personality and peace to a space at the same time.  With this in mind, Zjoosh has a simply beautiful range of velvet printed green cushions available in all stores and online which will help you create your cool, calm, tropical, colonial vibe.  Blend shapes, patterns and textures together within this colour range to create the perfect environment to relax and enjoy.

green cushion

Nailed it

With a subtle reference to earlier times, the upholstery nailheads on Zjoosh’s classic Annalise Chair gives it a touch of polish and classic definition.  The subtly textured weave of this beautiful simple chair provides comfortable seating for any living room, family room or bedroom corner (a fab reading chair).


Zjoosh has for a limited time a spend and save storewide promotion.  So now is a great time to purchase some fabulous homewares to give your house that Colonial look.


Zjoosh is a Lane Cove Success story. Zjoosh has a thriving online business, wholesaling business and 10 bricks and mortar stores. However it all started in Lane Cove where Kellie Rigney lives with her husband, Wayne, and their four children.


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