Cherry & Jeff Create a Home in Hong Kong

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Name: Cherry and Jeff Location: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong Size: 800 sq. ft., 1 bedroom Years Lived In: 2 years

Leaving health-crazed, outdoors focused, nature loving San Francisco for the densely populated, fast-paced, retail-obsessed city of Hong Kong was not an easy transition, but Jeff and Cherry welcomed the challenge.

It's been six years, but with extended family in relatively nearby Thailand, Hong Kong doesn't feel so far away from home.

Real estate and land are at a premium in Hong Kong. Every inch is precious! So, after moving around a couple of times, Jeff and Cherry were thrilled to come upon this well apportioned, smartly designed condo sublet. A big bonus: built-in storage!

Jeff is an architect and Cherry is a city planner who has started a street map based tableware company. They take design quite seriously and yet they have a minimal simple style that also happens to elicit a smile. On frequent visits to Japan, they buy a little something to add to their home that does just that.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: I'm not sure we have a style we can name.

Inspiration: Mid-Century Modern

Favorite Element: The open floor plan.

Biggest Challenge: Enough storage.

What Friends Say: It doesn't feel like you're in Hong Kong.

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitty litter.

Proudest DIY: I'm not sure this counts as a DIY but a lot of our furniture is used — our bookshelves, and dining table are used. The bed and sofa are new. We bought the two chairs from Trout Farm in Berkeley when it was still there on Bancroft Avenue ages ago, and shipped them over when we moved here. Our Ikea closet we dubbed the "Narnia Closet" due to its surprising storage capacity — we seem to fit a lot of things.

Biggest Indulgence: An antique Chinese sideboard that is lacquered in a happy lime green.

Best Advice: Surround yourself with color.

Dream Source/Resources: Retro Furniture place in Bangkok!
We go by Joe's almost every time we're in Bangkok.
Or something from D&D Department in Japan!
We make a point to get something at D&D Department — quality there is just too good to pass up.

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Thanks Cherry!

Images: Jill Slater

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