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Studio Toogood, that is.

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this lovely London Townhouse sooner…but my subscription to Est magazine reminded me.

Faye Toogood, previously a marvellous stylist for World of Interiors magazine, has founded her own studio and is producing some wonderful work. And not just interiors. Under her creative direction they also work on projects for branding, art installations and more.

I love this townhouse in London, particularly the Living room and Master bedroom…the colours are slightly ethereal, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record…I love the mix of furnishings.  The bespoke carpet runner down the stairs is a touch of genius, and other elements – like the wardrobe doors – help to make the space feel more youthful and less serious. Its English, but not stuffy. I love it.


Love this room by James Boyd Niven featured in the latest AD España. The mix of two of my favorite colours, the lovely chaise, interesting side table and artwork makes for a serene spot. I certainly wouldn’t mind curling up here with a book.

Tabourets de verre

Today I’m totally in love with these hand blown glass (with cork bottom) wave stools by Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova. I love how they look almost metallic. They’d make cute side tables too I think.

Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova’s collection is distributed worldwide by Haymann Editions.

WANG The Rare Collection

Who would have thought that marble and meat had so much in common? Well according to local interior designer Joyce Wang, “Marble is the flesh of the earth”. Inspired by the remarkable similarity of marble and meat, Wang presents thirty three cuts, taken from two blocks of Turkish marble like slices and dices of raw red meat.
Each unique piece has been designed to showcase this marbled flesh in a way that highlights the material’s natural physical qualities, slicing through layers of vein patterns, fatty content and pinky, blood red hues. Every cut was then carefully hand-crafted and moulded by artisanal masonry workers in South West China, into individual gems. Much like a precious stone, each item has been set within Corten steel ‘claws’, celebrating the marbles value and rarity. At the base of each pedestal a mirrored rose-gold base reflects the elegant, minimal geometry of the designs allowing the viewer to appreciate the form from every angle.
I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural presentation of this limited edition table collection during the week of Art Basel Hong Kong 2013. What I loved about the pieces was the contrast and tension created by the solidity of each block, and the delicate base it is set in.
The collection will remain in Wang’s studio until the middle of this month (about now!, so if you’re interested and in HK I’d get on it quickly), after which time it will be placed in and sold through galleries in the USA.  Contact WANG studio for further details.

Melbourne town

I had a great trip back home. Melbourne is a fantastic city, visually beautiful (except some of the fugly looking new developments) and lots going on. In lieu of a more lengthy post (I have so much work to catch up on,  you know how it goes)…I will leave you with a few recommendations for places I visited on this last trip. Mostly food this time…no time or funds for shopping unfortunately.

Firstly, Melbourne is known for its foodies and coffee afficionados. If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain, like I am, you will already know this, as he has referred to the fact that all Melbournians are food critics (or at least we think we are!) so the quality is good and competition fierce.

I had time in the CBD on my own for an afternoon and asked a friend to recommend a great coffee place and these were his recommendations – Patricia and Little Wish. I only made it to Patricia…and was not disappointed. In a city where Starbucks is failing miserably, good coffee is fairly abundant. There are obviously a few that stand out from the crowd and I dare say this is one of them.  With an almost hidden entrance at the back, and probably always packed with uber cool young things, Patricia certainly serves up a mighty fine coffee. And the interior isn’t too bad either 😉

I had breakfast at The St Kilda Dispensary one morning with friends and loved it. I am a bit of a sucker for nice decor and have been known to sacrifice quality of food and service for a nice interior…but you needn’t do that with this place. Set in an historical building (actually the first medical dispendary in the British empire, hence the name) with a fun but not too kitsch interior, and a menu to die for. Great coffee and a selection of interesting and not-so-usual breakfast items. I would definitely go back.

Finally, I enjoyed a wonderful meal with a large group of friends at Otsumami, a Japanese resto on the ever changing and newly hip High Street in Northcote. It must have been good…it managed to get a bunch of strict south-of-the-river Melbournites north of the river for the night! I loved their slightly fusion version of Japanese, and the fact that they managed to please a vegetarian and a pescatarian.  Pretty well priced too.

That’s it for now. Thanks to all the lovely people who made the trip a memorable one. You know who you are…


I’m back in Hong Kong after a fab trip back to Melbourne, and have lots to update you on. In the meantime I wanted to share an article with you that was published in a local magazine, Square Foot, while I was away. Click on the images, or this link for the full article.

Manks sale!

Folks, I’m not in town, but if you are in Hong Kong over the weekend, make sure you check out the huge warehouse clearance sale Manks is having!

Wrightson Stewart

So I’m actually back in Melbourne at the moment…I snuck away without telling you!  I attended the designEX show on Friday for the first time in a long time…but I’ll let you know all about that in a separate post, probably when I’m back in HK.  In the meantime I wanted to share with you a fab warehouse conversion in Teneriffe, Queensland by the design firm Wrightson Stewart.  Love it…especially the timber detailing in the bedroom and the kitchen.
If you like these pics, go check out their website for more…I love the look of their office space too! 

Happy Anniversary to us!

Today is the 6 year anniversary of me starting this blog. I’m struggling to believe it. In some ways I can’t get my head around all that has happened in that time, and yet it also seems to have flown by. I’ve met some amazing people along this incredible journey, some who have become friends, some clients.  Either way, I’m incredibly grateful. Grateful for all of you who continue to read, leave comments and send me emails. So I’d like to mark the occasion with an open question to all of you. You’re an incredibly diverse group, although a lot of you are in the design community, located all over the world. I guess what I’d like to know is why do you read this blog? And what can I do to improve it? What would you like to see more of? How would you feel about advertising here, or it turning more into a magazine format? Do you want local content, or do you enjoy the international mix?

Any thoughts, comments, suggestions or feedback is much appreciated, as I endeavour to plan the future of the blog and our studio, and what the next 6 yrs may bring…

Casa Capriz

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my regular whining about the lack of vintage furniture in Hong Kong….well no more I tell you! There has been a slow gradual change in this city since I arrived, for the better, and it seems that the options that are available to us have multiplied. We now have a bounty of wonders to choose from, thanks to the arrival of Casa Capriz. A large warehouse space in the eastern island area of Chai Wan, Casa Capriz is a lovely curated space full of vintage finds, mostly of Italian origin. And this is thanks to Italian owner Irene Capriz. A mix of art, vintage industrial lights, armchairs (including a few originals by Marco Zanusso), vintage trunks by Louis Vuitton etc. and architectural elements, Casa Capriz is a real treasure trove. I highly recommend a visit, you just never know what you’ll find!
And perhaps you can time your visit with the Chai Wan Mei events over this weekend, held in conjunction with the Art Basel event that everyone is talking about in Hong Kong right now. A mix of studios and shops will be open in the Chai Wan area on Friday and Saturday, so if you’ve ever wanted to know what was lurking in the old industrial buildings, then now is your opportunity to check them out.


Wow. So this morning I totally just fell in love with the ENTIRE collection of lighting from Apparatus. Seriously amazing stuff. Check them out…

I would like one of each please!

Art month

So much going on in the city this week…but it all culminates in this fantastic event. I cannot wait.

Mr Blue

Spotted on Yatzer, the dreamy new restaurant in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris – Monseiur Bleu. Designed by a man who is fast becoming one of my favorite designers, Joseph Dirand. I love his use of colour in this space (I have always loved green, not just because Pantone says so)…and how he’s played around with light and dark. It looks fresh and new and so timeless at the same time. If the food tastes anywhere near as good as the place looks, I am making a reservation now!

a Rose by any other name…

 …may not be quite as stylish as Rose Uniacke.
There was something in the spare interiors of my previous post that reminded me of the work of Rose Uniacke….and that I hadn’t written a post about her.
A furniture restorer, gilder and a specialist in lacquerwork in a former life, London-based Uniacke is more likely to be known these days for her incredibly chic interiors that are sparsely furnished with a mix of antiques and 20th Century pieces, as well as her eponymous store on Pimlico Road.  Her own home is a testament to her timeless pared-back style.
The Entry / Foyer
Several views of the Living / Dining room
The Kitchen…love this!
Study, I presume…
Master Bedroom and Ensuite
And the Winter Garden…with lady of the manor…what a wonderful concept…

Loft living

So I’ve moved into a loft. We’ve been there about a year now, but I’ve kept it all a bit under the radar because its not finished…I didn’t want to make any announcements until I was ready to show you the finished pics.  I’ve had such a busy year that I’ve been my own worst client. I’ve been delaying having friends over and throwing a house-warming because its not done how I want…and I’m tired of getting those looks that say…“still?”…so I have set myself a goal to get it completed…and when I do I will be happy to share the before and after pics with you (if they don’t get published first). 
In the meantime, I am still looking for inspiration for certain areas, and while googling I came across the NYC loft of Harriet Maxwell and Andrew Corrie, the owners of Ochre.  I remember seeing this when it was first published in Elle Decor back in November 2010 and thinking that I loved the colour palette, and just how soft and serene it felt for such a big loft space.  Fast forward a few years, and funnily enough I have painted our walls a similar shade (although more taupe – think the background colour of the blog and you’ll be close)…and had started thinking along these lines without even looking at these pics.
I have to say I’m pretty in love with this right now, and am already mentally replacing my sofa, dining chairs etc….
a few angles of the lovely living/dining room…this space is the best in the whole apartment if you ask me…
although that kitchen aint half bad either…although ours is rather large, so I shouldn’t be complaining…
 very pretty bathroom and wardrobe spaces…love, love, love!