4 Bedroom Apartment
Rental in Hong Kong
Maura's balcony makeover
Maura and her family has a great balcony overlooking the water in Hong Kong. The balcony was already somewhat furnished with plants, shelves, and a grill. It served as an “overflow” space during parties with friends and family.
But Maura wanted more than just an overflow space. She wanted it to be a space to enjoy a morning coffee in the early mornings, playtime with her kids on the weekends, evening Gin & Tonics (looking at the sunset), and grill space for parties. So we got to work.
"I want a balcony I can enjoy my coffee and evening quiet times in."
Maura Thompson is the Co-Founder of Sassy Media Group. We met her at our Horizon Plaza pop-up where we connected over revamping her balcony into a cozy and inviting space that she and her family will actually use and enjoy.
A sense of arrival
get the look
We understood that Maura would like to have her morning coffee and nighttime drinks in the balcony with the amazing sea view that she had. However, the plantations that she had were blocking the view while seated. Therefore we rearranged the placements of the items in the balcony so that the view wasn't not wasted.
The view itself helped draw people's attention to the balcony, and our job was to make people want to stay and feel enveloped. The balcony needed a sense of arrival where you can intuitively know where and how to settle into it. Therefore, the first thing we did was to design and add a seating grouping and then we design everything else around it. We opted for two relatively smaller lounge chairs to accommodate for the limited depth of the balcony. Then we added a rug underneath to create a sense of arrival. We also added 3 stools and trays combinations that enhanced balance and served as platforms to lay down drinks and other items on.
lighting and flooring
Lighting was incredibly important for this balcony. A big part of the charm of this balcony came from overlooking a beautiful sunset. Therefore, we needed lighting that was softer and more diffused and not overpowering. The balcony had two of those simplistic light bulbs on the ceiling but they were too strong. We utilized handy fairy lights to help. We also found these little ball-ball lights that we evenly spaced out on the floor. This symmetrical combination of soft lights at once added to the inviting-ness of the space and also helped draw attention to the incredible view.
Accenting the Flooring
One downside was the flooring. It was visibly old and because the unit was rented, we didn’t have too much latitude to do too much. We turned to the next best alternative, which was to appreciate its character and compliment it with a rattan rug. It also served as something that drew the eye to focus on this central sitting spot.
Everyday moments of connection
“I am happy to say that I spent a decent amount of it sitting on my balcony reading a book and just enjoying the lovely weather and nice breeze that was coming through. The chairs that you have found for me have been amazing!”, says Maura.
The making of...
We are so happy that we were able to help Maura transform her balcony. More than a nice space, we really felt like we played a part in enabling small moments of happiness for Maura and her family. We love how they embrace it as a new central feature of their home, connecting with themselves and each other way in a sanctuary away from the busy-nes of life.