Live-in Library

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If you could add any room to your house, what would it be?  Hands down, my vote’s for a home library.  I think there’s nothing cozier than sitting in a library to wait out stormy weather or unwind after a stressful day.  Of course, space is an issue when living in HK…so, for now it’s a mere daydream.



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Chandelier Charade

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Who’s to say that chandeliers only belong over dining room tables?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought there was something magical about hanging chandeliers in the bedroom.  I’m currently in the market for a new update on light fixtures and thought it was finally  time to consider the chandelier as an option.

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Shelving Shoes

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What is it with women and shoes?  We know we don’t need another pair, let alone afford them, yet we still convince ourselves to make these often costly investments. Once we make said purchases, we then have to figure out how to store them within the confines of our overflowing closets.  Not an easy task when living in HK (i.e. closet-sized apartments).  Fortunately, or unfortunately, I’m currently living in my parents’ 4 bedroom flat and undertaking the process of converting the storage room (which used to be the maid’s room) into a sort of shoe haven.  While figuring out how to best organize this space, I’ve taken inspiration from how other women have tackled this very same dilemma.  I’m sure I’ll never be able to build anything remotely similar, but a girl can always dream…



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I really wish I had the patience to meticulously archive each pair of shoes and store them in matching boxes but, frankly, I just can’t be bothered.

 

 

 

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Dizzy Dots

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Do you see what I see?  I’m currently experiencing a very idle stage in my life, hence the blogging, so I spend quite a chunk of time frequenting the shopping districts of HK and lately it seems that I’m seeing spots everywhere I go!  I’ve never been a big fan of polka dots, but I’m learning to appreciate their ditzy quality.  Come to think of it, Julia Roberts was the picture of perfection wearing that polka dot dress and matching hat in ‘Pretty Woman.’  So, who knows, maybe I will succumb to this dizzying trend after all.


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Alexa Chung (model/tv host/journalist/fashion icon) obviously loves polka dots.

 

 

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A subtle way to incorporate some quirky dots into your home.

 

 

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And…a not so subtle way.  I wonder what happens when the paint starts to chip away.  Well, in any case, the children certainly look pleased.

Telling Time

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How accurate is your time?  We depend entirely on the clocks by which we schedule, organize and gauge the duration of tasks and events in our busy lives.  If you’ve noticed, our clocks are never perfectly synchronized and we always seem to be running on different times set apart by slight discrepancies in minutes and seconds. However, the certainty of knowing that there’ll always be 60 seconds to a minute and 60 minutes to an hour facilitates a sense of infallible structure.  Perhaps this is where my current fascination with clocks stems from.  Anyhow, I aspire to become a collector of things many and clocks are high up there on my list: vintage clocks, retro clocks, wall clocks, mantle clocks, alarm clocks, novelty clocks…

 

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This triplex penthouse apartment in Brooklyn was converted from the watch tower of an old industrial building.  It has four working clocks that are electronically synchronized to not only tell time, but serve as unique window treatments.

 

 

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Apparently, the hanging of deconstructed clock faces makes for some interesting wall art.


 

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There’s something so endearing about the curvy, feminine shapes of these Swedish Mora clocks!  The perfect counterpart to the traditional, English Grandfather clock.

 

 

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The first thing that came to mind after seeing this image was the Jetsons theme song: “Meet George Jetson…his boy Elroy…daughter Judy…Jane his wife.”

 

 

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Obviously not a working clock, but this vintage Adams English plate’s a nice collector’s item.  The time is, as it seems, permanently fixed at 6 o’clock.

 

 

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A rather whimsical piece made from vintage tea cups…but can you imagine the amount of dust it’ll collect?

Balletic Blight

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What girl doesn’t dream of becoming a ballerina?  This girl certainly does!  Today was the first time in 10 years that I stepped inside a ballet studio, thus making another feeble attempt to correct years of poor posture and overcome my general lack of coordination.  Try as I might, I’m hardly the age at which one fulfills their balletic aspirations and so this pseudo-ballerina will just have to settle on looking the part this spring:


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YSL ‘Love’ ballet flats…seriously, what’s not to love?!  Well, maybe just the price ($485) and the ultimate decision in choosing the right color.


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Moschino ‘BowWow’ ballet flats – another collaboration between the Italian fashion house and Kartell, the plastic furniture company.  A rainy day alternative in 8 fun colors ($119) and it doesn’t hurt that they’re 100% recyclable.


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A little bit of kitschy fun from Whimsical Watches without having to break the bank ($49.95).

 

 

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