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When Jacqui and Stuart Fuller and their two daughters relocated from Sydney to Hong Kong with Stuart’s job as partner of law firm King & Wood Mallesons, they not only had to adjust to new schools, a new pace of life and the sadness of leaving their older children at boarding school and university in Sydney, but they also had the task of turning their first Hong Kong apartment into a home. Jacqui is first to admit that she is clueless when it comes to the intricacies of interior design, even more so in a city where she has never lived before. So she turned to trusted advisor and friend, Sydney-based interior designer, Lynne Bradley for help. Jacqui and Lynne had worked together on the couple’s family home in the Sydney suburb of Artarmon and several rental properties so they were something of a dream team.

 

 

Jacqui’s initial cry for help was answered not, as you would expect, with a few tips and advice on an email, but with an offer from Lynne to fly up on a four-day visit during which time she would scour Hong Kong’s interior stores and restyle and reorganise the family’s home to turn it into the perfect sanctuary

Lynne established her business in Sydney 10 years ago after discovering she had a talent for styling and design. In her early career she managed several world-renowned classical musicians and, as well as organising the day-to-day logistics of their busy lives and tour schedules, she also got involved in styling sets and even costumes. After having kids she put this experience and creativity to good use, retrained in interiors and is now one of Sydney’s leading residential designers.

Although Jacqui almost always loves all of Lynne’s ideas and embraces most of her suggestions, she and her husband also love to shop, so before Lynne had even touched down to start the makeover, they had already bought the Chinese-style dining set, the leather sofa and the polished chrome sideboard from Bowerbird. They also had a large collection of art including Chinese scroll paintings and some stunning Aboriginal pieces that they wanted incorporated into the scheme.

“In whatever home I am working on, I always adapt what I am given,” explains Lynne. “These new pieces were large blocks in the living room so my task here was to move the furniture around, fill in the gaps and soften what was initially quite a masculine room.”

The makeover began almost as soon as Lynne got off the plane at 6am one Monday morning. After a quick recce of the flat to get an idea of what should go where and where the gaps were, she and Jacqui were in Ap Lei Chau by 10am.

Their shopping excursion started at TREE in Horizon Plaza and they worked their way down to the ground floor. With only four days to complete the makeover, they could only buy what was available on shop floors for immediate delivery. “It was fairly restrictive but I was pleasantly surprised by how willing many people were to help,” admits Lynne.

Living Room

The finished living room scheme is predominantly black and white but while some monochrome schemes are stark and minimalist, Lynne has managed to make this homely with the use of layered textures and softer touches.

 

mid level apartments, family home, Hong Kong

The couple’s wing-back chairs have been updated with silk cushions from Indigo. The kilim-upholstered chair in the window is from Bowerbird. The rug was from Zense and the small pedestal table with inlaid top was found at Tequila Kola.

Linking the dining room and living room was essential, so Lynne added a full wall of glass-and-metal bookcases from IKEA. She then arranged the family’s extensive collection of books, making them a striking feature of the room.

The glass jars on the table were from Jacqui’s home in Sydney but Lynne updated them during her visit by adding single stems of white hydrangea, a design touch that Jacqui now copies regularly.

Study

As Jacqui’s two older children are at boarding school and university, she had to have a room that would convert into a space for their visits. The large desk is a family heirloom so it had to work within the scheme. Lynne chose to position it on the smallest wall, with IKEA shelves to add extra storage and interest. She also added some drawers underneath for stationery. The sofa bed is from OVO and the rug from IKEA. All the artwork was hung in a random fashion to add interest to what could be a rather functional space.

“IKEA is not the most glamorous place but for expats, who are never quite sure how long they are here for and don’t want to invest too much but still need to make themselves at home, it’s perfect,’ admits Lynne.

Master Bedroom

“My brief here was to create a really soft, lovely retreat. A more calming, feminine space where Jacqui and Stuart could relax” explains Lynne.

 

mid level apartments, family home, Hong Kong

Jacqui had already bought the blush-coloured bedlinen in Australia so Lynne worked with that and added neutrals and greens to the scheme. The wedding cabinet was from Bowerbird, who helpfully agreed to convert it to a TV cabinet in just one day. The carpet is from Zense in Ap Lei Chau and other accessories were sourced at Bowerbird. “Philippa truly was a lifesaver,” admits Lynne. “She had so many things on the shop floor available for immediate delivery which was fantastic.”

Twin Bedroom

Lynne turned this very small space into a striking and contemporary room by choosing a colour scheme of navy, white and lime green. The Sheridan linen was bought in Australia and then updated with the green cushions and striped dhurrie rug from Bowerbird. The fun circular cushions were a find at Francfranc’s outlet store in Ap Lei Chau.

 

Lynne prides herself on being able to quickly absorb someone’s situation and, having lived abroad herself, she was able to empathise with the changes Jacqui and the family were going through. “I am very happy with the end result. It was a dramatic makeover but what was really lovely was that I felt like I’d taken the emotion out of the process and turned the flat in which they were just surviving into a home where they were surrounded by all the things they loved. I feel like I’ve given them their lifestyle back.”

 

Lynne’s Recommendations

 

Bowerbird

Unit 5, 2/F, Oceanic Industrial Centre

2 Lee Lok Street

Ap Lei Chau

2552 2727 | bowerbird-home.com

 

Francfranc

Shop 1001-1002

10/F, Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

2941 0055 | francfranc.com.hk

 

IKEA

ikea.com.hk

 

Indigo Living

6/F, Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

2555 0540 | indigo-living.com

 

Ovo Studio

Suite 2002, Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

2529 6020 | ovo.com.hk

 

Sheridan

sheridan.com.au

 

Tequila Kola

1/F, Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

2877 3295 | tequilakola.com

 

TREE

28F, Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

2870 1582/83 | tree.com.hk

 

Zense

Room 2604-2607,

26/F Horizon Plaza

2 Lee Wing Street

Ap Lei Chau

3904 3666 | zense.com.hk

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