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That ideal home is just waiting to be discovered by you Your home is a reflection of who you are. It has the personal features and touches that allow you to live the way you

like. Some prefer a quiet getaway, while others might fancy a glamorous lifestyle. In this issue of Homes & Living,

we introduce a careful selected range of homes exuding

character from which you can select the residence that best reflects your desired lifestyle.

Bigger families often prefer quieter locations. Conveniently situated in a discreet Mid-levels West location, the family residence (page 4) offers 2,750 sq.ft. of well-appointed

accommodation. Owner, Janet de Silva, describes how a

versatile layout created with movable panels caters to the needs of different family members.

To live your life like you are on vacation every day, you may

prefer a penthouse apartment with roof that provides lots of

additional open space, like the one in Happy Valley (page 34). This top floor flat boasts a spacious roof terrace with timber decking and furnishings – ideal for entertaining. What’s more, you can also enjoy panoramic views across Happy Valley racecourse and beyond. Of course, there are many more cosy homes available from Hong Kong Homes than just those presented in this magazine.

Our multinational team of real estate professionals, with indepth market knowledge and long-standing relationships with corporate and individual landlords, will listen to your needs and help you determine the type of home that suits you.

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COVER: ZEN-LIKE LUXURY ABODE AT MID-LEVELS WEST PHOTO BY RYAN FUNG Š 2011 Hong Kong Homes Ltd (Licence No: C-036537). All rights reserved. Whilst every care has been taken in preparing this magazine, Hong Kong Homes Ltd. and the Vendor give no warranty for the information contained herein. Potential purchasers shall satisfy themselves as to all matters and seek independent advice, if necessary. The information contained herein does not form any part of any contract, offer or representation.

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Zen-like Atmosphere enhancesluxury abode t e xT/ S uz a nne de nni s

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With a calming Zen-like atmosphere, this bright, spacious and luxuriously appointed 2,750 sq.ft. abode conveniently located in Mid-levels West offers truly exceptional lifestyle and entertainment options that are obvious the moment you enter. This ideal and centrally located family home offers views of central Hong Kong from the spacious balcony facing the city, as well as pristine greenery up to The Peak. “This apartment has been a truly wonderful place to live,” says owner Janet. “The flow of the spacious rooms combined with the flexibility to divide spaces according to need allows for endless lifestyle and entertaining options.” Comprising 5 bedrooms (2 en suites) and 3 bathrooms, this exceptional residence features the rare option of a fluid floor plan, with recessed pocket doors that allow for myriad room configurations, from small, intimate spaces to one large free-flowing space that is perfect for entertaining all year round. The en suites are light and bright with marble fittings and generous amounts of storage space discreetly positioned behind wall-to-wall mirrors that promote the overall feeling of spaciousness.

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The spacious master bedroom with en suite is

“A favourite area of mine is the spacious, open-plan

bathed in natural light and features unique pullout

kitchen with island dining bench and direct access

shoe cabinets, a welcome addition in fashion

to the dining room and lounge room,” enthuses

conscious Hong Kong.

Janet. “A large separate pantry area, adjacent to the

The family bedroom area comprises 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms while a separate guest area near

kitchen is also completely dedicated to large storage cupboards – truly a rare find in Hong Kong!”

the entrance of the flat includes a bedroom plus en

Two large maids’ rooms, a maids’ bathroom and

suite, offering total privacy and independence.

large laundry area are located behind the kitchen

The large, bright lounge room and sumptuously appointed dining room can also be further extended

area, with one of the maids’ rooms offering flexibility as an optional study, office or storage room.

for entertaining onto the large, spacious balcony

This large, bright and welcoming residence is the

which features custom sliding wood panels for

ideal family home allowing for almost limitless

additional privacy.

space arrangement options and an idyllic and centrally located lifestyle in Asia’s most dynamic city, Hong Kong.

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The Danish home is clean, stylish and pared-back, with perfect proportions, languorous curves and an intrinsic sense of comfort. It’s a look that requires a surprising amount of thought – about lighting, about furniture and about personality. It’s important to bring something unique and individual to your space, explains Copenhagenbased Christina Oppermann. “The classic Danish home has a very white, clean, Nordic look. It’s very typical for us here,” says the Copenhagen-based interior designer. “But I would recommend being 02

intellectual about the design, instead of just doing the same, easy thing.” She suggests thinking a bit more about your concept and what you want to get out of it, based on your personality and interests. And, she says, even Danes find they need to include something extra, besides the classic Nordic style, in order to be able to call a place home. Use the iconic Danish look – lots of wood, a predominantly white palette – as the basis for your design, and layer personal touches and colours on top. “Try unusual pairings of materials,” Oppermann recommends. “Challenge the furniture and bring out some new things in it.” Hang large, eye-catching lamps over your dining table, or pick out vintage tables, mixing them with fun, high-end plastic accessories, to “bring some humour into the design”. Kartell and Vitra both have a range of attractive plastic chairs that will fit the bill – try the S chair by Verner Panton for Vitra, for example.

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And, says, Oppermann, make sure your home is cosy. This is not always so easy to achieve when you’re trying to incorporate items like the functional Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen, a staple of the Danish look. Soft furnishings, such as colourful throws and cushions, can be helpful in this regard; as can lighting, which is another core element of Danish design, says Lisbeth Mansfeldt. Danes, says the lighting expert, often invite loved ones over to their homes for dinners and parties, rather than meeting up in a café or restaurant as they do in France or Italy. “We use a lot of candlelight, a lot of dimmed light. It’s very intimate and it’s very typically Danish. We call it hygge,” she says. This warm, mellow ambience is key to achieving the Danish look, advises Mansfeldt. She advises avoiding ceiling lamps in the living room, and suggests that you work instead with points of light around the room – a 04 05

floor lamp, a table lamp and a wall light should be sufficient, particularly in smaller spaces. This illumination approach may result in a darker ambience than you’re used to, but you can be sure the overall effect will be soothing, relaxing and comforting. Equally, for functional spaces like bathrooms, make sure your lighting isn’t too stark. Lights on both sides of the bathroom mirror may be enough: “You’ll get some nice shadows that way,” says Mansfeldt. “If it’s a small bathroom, you don’t need any more lights.” For a larger space, she suggests using down lights as general lighting, with a dimmer if possible. With Danish-designed furniture, intimate lighting and your own, personal touches, your home will be sleekly Scandinavian in no time.

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