The beauty of her Caribbean surroundings and heritage inspired interior designer, Toni Suratsingh Crockett, when she designed her line of decorative pillows. Earlier this month, Toni Crockett Design hosted a gathering of friends and supporters at the Verandah Restaurant, Rust Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain to launch their new collection. These days, the Verandah Restaurant is one of Port-of-Spain’s creative hot spots, which opens its doors to patrons, creatives and local artisan-events alike. For the launch the Verandah was transformed to an exhibition space of lightboxes artfully layered with the colourful, hand painted silk pillows creating a lounge-feel of approachable luxury, while guests admired and commented on their favourite prints and patterns. This artistic approach to home decor was a collaboration between the interior designer and two other local creatives; Lisa Sarjeant-Gonzales of Lisa’s Fabrics who hand-painted the fabrics and Sew Chic Interiors who sewed the pillows themselves. The collection is a balance of design chic and island comfort. With themes like “Bamboo”, “Coral”, “Cocoa” and “Amerindian” Toni Crockett’s new decorative pillow collection is nothing if not designer island life.
We were intrigued by Toni’s career and her boutique interior design firm, Toni Crockett Design, so we took a peek into her background and inspiration. Here she shares her experiences and plans for collaborations with other local artists, along with the possibilities for expanding her collection.