heArt and Design: BBC Design Rules

3, 2, 1… and we’re back!

Not quite an expected beginning, but here’s a quick post, or rather, just a bunch of links for those who are looking to venture into the interior design realm. If you stick to the end, it’s not a doubt you’ll pick up a handful of basic knowledge to get you up and going. Here are the links to BBC Design Rules with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

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Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Hope you gained something from this very quick visit. Cheers to you if you go against the “practical” ways and pursue a career into art and design.. You won’t regret it! For the most part of your life, at least. I kid 😉

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Friday Frolics: Wan Chai Art Distict

My friends and I took a stroll around Wan Chai last month (not that side of Wan Chai, by the way), this little district is filled with quirky, vintage stores that one could easily keep you coming back. If only I had loads of money to spend, I am sure I would have walked away with bags and bags of collectible antiquities. Another friend actually took me here months ago and as soon as the area sunk into me, I felt right at home. None of the items there belonged to my past but they were reminders of it. It’s the classic irony I am sure we all share somehow, someway. Plus, an artsy fartsy would not be able to help it, the facades of some store really speak about the interior character in one snap! Take for example my two favorites below:

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And of course, the interior has to pride itself too! Like we always hear and copy, “It’s all in the details!”

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Faucet for hand knobs? Upcycling just got fancier.

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If this is part of the décor, I love it! If it’s for sale, I’d love to have it.

So without anymore delays, on behalf of these quirkiness, I welcome you to a short summary of our “tour”.

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I think we’ve went it to approximately five boutiques. All of them had their own characters, it’s just like going into fairytales, and if you had listened closely, I am sure there were tons of stories in one book.

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This refurbished display cabinet is just teeming with plastic toys. The smell brought me right back to twenty years ago. It may be junk to some, but for some collectors out there. (Especially guys, you might find a treasure or two in here- there’s even a Superman poster somewhere in this store.)

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Here it is! (@ nlostnfound)

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This certainly reminds me of my grandma’s house and bedtime stories. (Ps. Gaaah. Adorable miniature rocking horses!!!)

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A feast for the eyes! It would be safe to say you could find any home accessories you might be missing at the moment, and more! And by the way, does this trunk not remind you of Mr. Bean? (Click here if it doesn’t.)

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Cat lover? You might be infatuated with these Japanese cat booklets. They are so adorable even in pixels.

Oh, and if you haven’t already been sucked in, this next capture might do the trick.

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Handmade?? Defined cuteness enough for you? ❤

I promise you, these snapshots do not give any justice to what lies in wait. Here’s a map, find yourself lost in this small little district in Wan Chai tomorrow!

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At Sau Wa Fong Street, there would be these twin staircases on the left, pick either and climb up, there you’ll find these quirky goodness.

And for us who’s been… here is a teaser.

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Happy Friday!

 

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: 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!