#68 Project

Vanessa's "grown-up" apartment

project intro

Vanessa and her partner moved into this larger flat from their own respective smaller flats. Moving to this new apartment meant more than just a new living space - it also represented a new chapter of their lives. They wanted this place to bring renewed energy, inspiration, and lots of laughter with friends and family.


Vanessa is a returnee from the US and has been living in Hong Kong ever since her twenties. After years of living in her 500-sqft apartment in Happy Valley, she decided that it was finally time to upgrade to a "grown-up" apartment. 


Vanessa is an incredibly upbeat and down-to-earth person. We worked with her in such a collaborative way that she was almost part of our team!

Place: 950 sq ft. 3-Bedroom Apartment

Style: Natural Nordic

Objective: To make it a place for relaxed company and purposeful introspection.

I actually didn't know what my style was. Maggie (interior stylist) helped me figure it out based on what I was liking or rejecting. So it was actually...very fun!" - Vanessa 

The Flat

This was an overall really great space to work with. The layout was easy in that it was basically a blank canvas for us to work on. 

It was a blessing and a curse that the main living and dining area was a large rectangular space. It had more than enough room for a good-sized living and dining room. Therefore, what we needed to make sure we do was to ensure the transition between the two rooms were natural, without a big awkward gap. 

living room

Stylist's Note 

We loved how this living room turned out. We wanted to make the living room an irresistible place to fall into, and we made sure it was a place that naturally drew the eye as one walked in (of course, the amazing view helped). We picked a simple and fuzzy geometric area rug to subtlely add visual interest and warmth to the place. It also served to section the area nicely. The two lounge chairs made welcome gathering space and a quiet reading nook, while the round coffee tables set added a nice contrast to the very rectangular space. Finally, we used a concrete pot and faux flower to bring in "nature" and softeness to the flat. 

the main draw


a place to entertain

Stylist's Note 
The long wooden dining table served as the focal point of the space. The natural wood grains on the table surface looked great, so we actually styled it as simply as possible with a black round tray and a diamond-shaped vase. 
Vanessa had a good collection good wine and whiskey she liked to share with friends, so we made sure they were displayed and readily accessible. On top of her existing cabinet, we added a small whiskey and wine corner with some wine racks and tray - an economical and casual way of having her own casual "bar". 


Stylist's Note 

The blue feature wall was, hands down, one of our favorite elements of this apartment, giving the room a calming vibe with a playful twist. We went with a dark walnut bed-frame to match the energy of the room, while we found a great local artisan to customize the great bedside tables.

For finishing touches, we added a couple of concrete table lamps to add some rawness to the room, and a rug at the end of the bed to give the room some warmth and a sense of space in the room. 

entirely for rest

The making of...

It was a lot of fun working with Vanessa. Vanessa was very open to working with us in a collaborative way, which made it much easier for us to design a place that worked just for her.  
It was such a great feeling seeing how happy she was with her new home, and that we played a part in creating it. 

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