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.

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

Delightful Habytation: “Smallest Apartment in US”

I am still getting used to SMALL  Hong Kong spaces, and I have a few American friends who boast about their big spaces in US, which doesn’t help at all. But New York  is not far from Hong Kong! Not that I am happy about that. From a very early age, I knew individuals need their individual, personal, private spaces. (I digress.)

In Hong Kong, I had lived in a 14 sqm. (150 sqft). studio which was really tiny to house my bathroom, kitchen (aka. an electronic stove over a .50 x .60 m table and a petite fridge), and bedroom. A living room is out of the question. I was assuming New York had to be better. Apparently, I guessed wrong.

Instead of posting images, let me share one of my addictions, watching YouTube videos.

Please have a go at this:

It is not exactly a delightful space, but if you are struggling in small spaces, this guy living in a 7.2 sqm. (78 sqft.) for five years may give you some tips and tricks, and a practical mindset. Our small space can be delightful with a functional design (and affordable budget), agree?

Delightful Habytation: Harriet Anstruther

Rarely do I see an interior space receiving immediate response of: “My dream home!” But with the perfect turn of events, I came across Harriet Anstruther’s self-designed, eye-candy abode and marveled at how she almost perfectly got my taste. Browsing through her website, I didn’t  realize I screen-capped her entire house!

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 You always read it on good, worthwhile coffee table books: details matter a great deal.

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Luxury and ingenuity redefined.

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(Formal Living Room) In fashion, I believe this style should be what’s referred as “androgynous.” It’s applicable to interior spaces as well. 😉

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No write-up necessary.

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(Living Room) Give me this for a living room and I’d have no qualms whatsoever.

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I would give up any chair I own to have an original Panton Chair.

I’d give all chair I ever owned to have a Panton Chair with this home office.

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I could only hope for this. Colors are largely too masculine for my taste, but somehow the floral arrangement, feminine form of the armchair, the shabby pedestal, and walls brimmed with images gave off enough femininity to still be a dream of mine.

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“Grand” and “elegance” in their most simplistic, down-to-earth interpretation.

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Odd as it is, this corridor leading to the bathroom is my icing on this cake. It’s becoming rare to witness such design priority given to a space perceived “unworthy” of design. Lined french doors could apparently do so much, and those wood parquet are complementing beyond description.

Visit her website for more of these appetizing interiors. Happy Tuesday!

Delightful Habytation: LWren Scott + Mick Jagger

I have been staring at this image for over a year. It’s not my type of pink, not my choice of print, not my typical artwork, I’d have opted for different floral arrangements, a more mod, Western bedside lamp, perhaps? But somehow, it’s addicting. It sucks me in deep like the hole that got hold of Alice. So if this defines my definition of beauty, there’s a lot to learn. And I cannot explain the excitement that surfaces knowing there is still this vast playground to venture upon.

Disclaimer: Image grabbed from here.