“Don’t You Ever Wish You Were Someone Else”

I never knew Joey Mcintyre would be someone God uses to speak to me, but time and time He reminds me He works in mysterious and surprising ways.

This may not be entirely accurate of God’s daily love letter, but I hope it also brings you comfort and love.

“Don’t you ever wish
You were someone else
You were meant to be
The way you are exactly
Don’t you ever say
You don’t like the way you are
When you learn to love yourself
You’re better off by far
And I hope you always stay the same
‘Cause there’s nothing ’bout you I would change

I think that you could be
Whatever you wanted to be
If you could realize
All the dreams you have inside
Don’t be afraid
If you got something to say
Just open up your heart
And let it show you the way …” -Dad

[Excerpt from Joey Mcintyre’s “Stay the Same”]

As advised by Jabez, pray everyday to be open to the floodgates of Heaven’s blessings.

Delightful Habytation: Tamzin Greenhill’s NY Apartment

In fashion, they are saying it does not matter how much your outfit cost, the important thing is to be able to pull them off; so more and more bloggers and vloggers are coming out now with their fascination to thrifting. What about on home furnishings (/interior design) then? As much as we need more affordable clothing, we also need reasonably priced bed to lie on, an inexpensive but durable dining table, and so on. I am quite pleased that one who is considered “elite” is not ashamed of divulging that her apartment houses an item from the flea market.

The most common recurrence in her house seems to be ikat patterns, lithograph artworks, and the art deco vs. 20th century theme on a tug of war. This room is a special favorite… because of the Panton chair.

Up close now, the color coordinated drawings trick the eye of symmetry but the odd blend of chairs quickly drive you to its miscellany. I am guessing the Ryan McGinley is the focal point and the pieces that surround are to complement, which really makes sense as you give attention to the accessories, all seem to be dancing in harmony with the photo silhouette.

Her den might look like your usual designed space thanks to the overflow of Ikea items and Chinese knock-offs all around the world, but designers would know this single angle of the room alone contains hundreds and thousands of dollars off the window. Despite its wide eclectic range, this living room looks cohesive as a strictly “zen” clutter-free space.

Here now is the “thrifted” study desk. Found on a London Flea Market, I should think this study desk cost only a fraction of the original price. It was probably refurbished and re-stained, but a Paul McCobb is still a Paul McCobb. And the faux bois wallpapered background gives a subtle but luxurious background.

While the study area above is with a masculine artwork, it still remained feminine framed by the sophisticated and delicate vase held florals, the Dining Room however is on the androgynous side with the neutral browns, and wood elements that spread across the room. And while we have a burly B&W lithograph, the accent of yellows brings a burst of a bubbly cheerleader.

Another common theme is the surprising rupture of clustered primary colors which is almost always given as the focal point. In this instance, it is minute but still very notable.

Here in the corridor, it is more in-your-face and standing confidently tall. I’m surprised to see the pink roses complement than clash.

This is a small part of her showcase worthy house which she decorated herself. With such a prestigious career in modeling, she chose to go back to her true passion- Interior Design. And she is one to appreciate her long wait, she says she is not regretting the time she spent modeling as it allowed her to travel and broaden her sense of aesthetics. This she (and we) cannot deny as evident from her perfectly decorated eclectic apartment in NYC.

Read more here. And visit her website here.

heART and Design: Floral Shots by Martin Krüger

Just before I give in and accept defeat from Summer, here is a last (probably not) hurrah for Spring.

I would love to take credit for these but with disappointment written all over my palm, they are not. These photos are so pretty I saw butterflies around the room and out my tummy. Don’t you feel the same?

Click images to be directed to Martin Krüger’s original shots or click here for his flickr account. Enjoy! 🙂

heART and Design: At Home in Greece

Fact # 1: Greece has been on top of my Europe (wish list) itinerary, primarily for the wonderful sea view. But when I think about their architecture and interior, I always thought I do not relate to them well, as did I with Greek mythology.

Fact # 2: I have always been a heavy sleeper, and bedrooms gave me the ideal of ultimate privacy and sanctuary. On top of innumerable reasons, bedrooms have always been a favorite place of mine- to lounge in and to design.

Fact # 3: I never expected the aforementioned bits could be even more lovelier… together. In her book “At Home in Greece,” Julia Klimi gives us a deeper appreciation for Greece- the scenery, the architecture and of course, interior design.  Purchase the book here for HK readers, and here for international readers.

These are some of my favorite images (focusing on traditional Greek beds):

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It is largely part of my immobility once I hit the bed, but I have always wanted a platform bed- this way, I don’t fall off and my items don’t fall too far down. With this U-shaped platform bed (which I think is meant for sharing), I can literally stay in bed all daaaayyy.

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 With this one, I can even afford to entertain guest in a more “formal” manner.

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Once in my life, I have been a fan of minimalism. At that point, this would have been more than enough to make it to my bedroom wish list.

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Although not a platform bed, this bed still captivates me with its ethereal, flowy cocoon.  And with a cool color tone, I’m amused to say this room looks really warm. 😉

Seeing these invigorated my desire to visit Greece, but now that I have discovered another spectacular destination/recreation, I should make a mental note to not sleep in and enjoy what I originally went for. (That said, of course I will scour the internet for a hole-in-the-wall  B&B!)

Ps. Hi Hong Kong, in case you haven’t already known of this site fishpond.com, they sells books at competitive prices, some even almost 50% off. Most books would be shipped from straight from UK. I just recently purchased a book from them. I’ll see how it goes.

Friday Frolics: Cheung Chau (The Hidden Calm in Hong Kong)

Now, Cheung Chau is really not a hidden gem, but in some ways, it is and I would be selfish if I keep from sharing. I fell in love with Hong Kong for incalculable reasons, and Cheung Chau is on top of the roll. With a beach, a cycling track (and convenient bike rentals around the vicinity), random boutiques, good restaurants, massage parlors, and yet maintain the bucolic character, this is a paradise!

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Taking the fast ferry ($24) from Central, it takes half an hour to reach the island. Ordinary ferry for half the price takes you half longer, but the journey is worth it.

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Cone-shaped domes-it’s an added element for a fresh, quirky surprise.

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For a moment, it went out of my mind that I was in the perpetually busy, smoggy Hong Kong.  For this reason, moving to Cheung Chau might be a practical preference. Monthy ferry tickets are around $300 but flat/room rentals could be as low as $2,500. This is unquestionably something to consider.

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Cars are nowhere to be found, and residents cycle their way up and down. Of course, I got hold of a pink one. $30 for four hours is not bad at all.

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And look at this cute grandpa on training wheels! 🙂

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I know this is far from a Miami view but it somehow reminded me of it.

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This on the other hand reminded me of Canada. This is international living. 😉

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Look at this kid.

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He met new friends. Today, he learned befriending strangers is not always a bad thing.

Last but not the least: food.

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These are a few of what I chucked down. Those variant shaped fruits got me curious- I was a bit disappointed that they were just fruits, from afar they deceived my eyes of ice cream. You might also want to try their fishballs, they are probably seven times larger than the usual… Listing interesting foods would be all too many.

Streets are not only filled with snack vendors, tons of restaurants are all over this tiny island, and it’s not all Cantonese and local cuisines. They have Thai, some Western bisto, and of course, a number of restaurants for what the island popular of: seafood! Hefty amount of seating are available for all tourists without disregarding the locals!

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Spent the whole day there and being bored was not one of the status I have been in. (Why? Shopping is another option! You could even get unique local, and branded souvenir items.)

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Don’t be fooled from the larger part of my musings, Cheung Chau is still a busy suburb- a short proximity away from the pier anyway.

Ps. By the way, they have “hotels” too if you are coveting for a few days of paradise. A line of promotional kiosk would be waiting for you across the pier. 😉

* Images shot with an Iphone. More here.

Delightful Habytation: Sneak Peek

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Sneak peek! Hope this would be one of the images that enthrall you for today. This is one of my most recent and present favorite built project- and currently the only interior I designed in Hong Kong. I am proud of it for too many “whys”! 🙂 (Although, I must say, I should quit talking about getting a tripod and buy myself one sooner than later. It was only after wrapping up and propping to edit that I saw how dire the shots were. 😦 )

Ps. I do freelance designing apart from my full-time job, so if you live in Hong Kong (or even overseas! 😉 ) and are in need of a designer, please drop me an email at habyt.lifestyle@gmail.com.

Pps. The artwork was stolen from Google, please feel free to drop me a line if this is your work. I am so sorry to have used it without permission, it’s irresistible. :p