Feng Shui vs. Accessorizing…

Originally posted on Fabrics and Frames Furniture:
A common debate in the interior design world is the question of how many items should be placed in a room.  Based off the theory of Feng Shui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, this theory argues…

Perfect Weather After The Rain

What an incredible day after the weekends smog and awful pollution. Hugh visibility 22*C Thank goodness for the rain. Also, yesterday I got engaged so it’s a perfect crisp welcome to my new life as Lady Allom!

Worst Pollution Yet!

How horrifying. Whether it’s the Xmas factory overtime in China, or some unfortunate winds/temperature combinations, Hong Kong’s pollution is a topic that this city should hang its head in shame about. How embarrassing to have air this bad when one is situated on a waterfront. Appalling and inexcusable. Get your act together HK government and…

The Saturday Club : SPICES, Repulse Bay (and Tin Hau Temple)

I wish I could write a more glowing review of Spices, since so many people were looking forward to this lunch. As it happens, I am writing this after the event since I managed to get hit with a horrible stomach flu the day after we dined there. Since the food was absolutely delicious, at…

Flowers in the City

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Properties for the second week of October 2012

WELCOME TO THE PROPERTIES OF THE WEEK! This series aims to give an idea of what’s on the market right now and at what prices. A lot of people are comparing prices now to prices six months ago, and many clients are wondering whether prices will ever go down. I have my own theories on whether prices…

Cool Small Spaces : Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy is my new favorite blog! It deals with the pressing issue of shrinking living spaces, which suits this Hong Kong blog perfectly. I’ve shared ideas on how to save space by moving your bookshelf, and ways to beautify a tiny bathroom space or double-up planters with pet beds, but this comprehensive interiors site…

Surviving Summer Heat in Hong Kong : Breathe Like A Whale

It sounds like a new age idea but the results speak for themselves. Hong Kong’s heat can be much more bearable with deeper breaths in the hotter months. I struggled with the humid heat in my first years here, then I did some hot yoga classes. The next summer I realized that I wasn’t struggling…

Originally posted on A Beautiful Mess:
No need to sacrifice floor area for greenery with wall planters from Flora Grubb or Woolly Pocket(shown). Woolly Pocket planters start at $40. More Photos » By JESSE McKINLEY Published: July 11, 2012 SO you’ve finally made it to the Big City, and all you can afford is a mini-apartment. Such…

Sweet Summer Treats in Hong Kong

Summer is a hot and humid affair in Hong Kong, but apart from the gorgeous hikes, water sports, junk trips, and outdoor dining to be revelled (really, check out that dining link, it’s for the 12 Best Outdoor Dining picks in HK), another big upside is the sweet summer snacking that we can enjoy for much of…

10 Best Plants For Improving Air Quality

Most of these plants are familiar on sight and very commonly found in Hong Kong markets, small plant stores and Ikea and Japan Home Center, to name a few places. They’re easy to get and usually quite happy living indoors by a window with minimal bother. NOTE : Hanging pots are a beautiful option for…

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….