Gilded Gold Mirrors Can Be Practical

In Hong Kong, gilded gold mirrors get a bad rap. Gold here, gold there, gold gilding everywhere – China just doesn’t go easy on the gold. There are ways to use gilded mirrors in the home that are elegant, refined and dramatic. NOTE : Large gold gilded mirrors fit well in a modern home when…

Why We Love Fabulous Feature Walls

Love them or fear them, feature walls can really shape the mood of a room. Cosy and muted or loud and fun, they are a lovely idea for a home and can be easily changed over the years. NOTE : Large painted feature walls dominate a space and slimmer slices add a bite of zesty…

Putting a Window on the Wall

Putting a window on the wall sounds rather Alice in Wonderland and the effect can be as thrilling as falling down the rabbit hole. French or arched window mirrors are a genuinely beautiful way to have a romantic european touch and can highlight plant features and flowers in the home. NOTE : Big or small,…

Turquoise Interiors Demand Attention

Dramatic and boisterous, turquoise interiors always bring a smile to my face. Do I dare to be so bold with my apartment? YES!! For the courageous decorator, turquoise is a gorgeous colour to feature in a room and radiates a happy, youthful energy. NOTE : Furniture, full dressings, feature walls or curtains in any shade…

Bringing Garden Elements Indoors

Bringing the outside indoors by introducing garden elements into the home is a vibrant way to liven up a space with the element of life. In the concrete city of Hong Kong, this can make a big difference to the feel of a home. NOTE : For people with green thumbs of death, well chosen…

Practical Bookshelves For Apartments

Bookshelves are a wonderful household essential and can really pull a space together. When well placed, they add a depth of character to a room and maximise the height of a wall. NOTE : Corner bookshelves are practical, as are shelves that wrap around or sit behind a sofa, and bay windows add a romantic…

Quarry Bay : Kings Road

I love how clearly this angle captures Taikoo Place’s Devon House, Chung Hing Mansion and Swiss House (which flank Pan Hoi Street, my ‘street to be watched’ in Quarry Bay.) There’s another charming little street that I’m starting to find interesting, Yau Man Street, which houses the tiny Quarry Bay bus depot (it literally looks…

San Po Kong : Mau Tau Wai Road

I was on a bus going through San Po Kong. This small chandelier flashed through my line of sight as the bus roared down Mau Tau Wai Road. I knew it was the wardrobe chandelier that I’d been keeping an eye out for these past few months. Two hours later, armed with my umbrella and…

Quarry Bay : Pan Hoi Street

This is a street that I predict will be developed into an extension of Taikoo Place, or at least have a very nice boom in the next ten to fifteen years. The street layout and feel remind me of Elgin street when I lived there a decade ago. Elgin looked similar to this then, and has…

TOP THREE Essential Items for a Hong Kong Home.

These items may not sound like they will change your world, but I have found that they are absolutely key to improving the Hong Kong experience and making a house feel more like a home. #1. Split Unit Air Conditioner. Why : They dehumidify, cool and heat. In summer I leave my split unit A/C…

Finding a home in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong takes a few years to settle down in. Many people move here and find themselves having to find a new home and sign a new lease every year. It can take years to find the area that you want to call home, and I’ve found is that it’s best to go with gut feel….