Xing's Shanghai Surprise

Xing's Shanghai Surprise

Gregory Han
Jan 20, 2010

Name: Xing
Location: French Concession Shanghai, China
Size: About 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 months

Today's tour takes us around the other side of the globe to a home in cosmopolitan, Shanghai, specifically into the third home profiled by Apartment Therapy of globe trotting reader, Xing:

I moved to Shanghai for an expat assignment for a couple years. After living in an high rise apartment, I was kicked out of my place, because my landlord saw what I done with the place and liked it, and decided to sell it. In China, there is no tenant protection laws. So I found this smaller place in French Concession, located on the top two floors of an old style lane house (a typical architecture style from old Shanghai days).

AT Survey:

My/Our style: old Shanghai house meets artist's loft. Some Shanghai art deco, some Chinese antiques, some Danish modern, some midcentury modern. My style is still quite eclectic and relax (my house in Bellevue and my apartment in Seattle was featured on AT also), but the recent string of moves have forced me to clean up and go for a bit more minimal style, without much accessories in the house.

Inspiration: Elle Décor, various international edition publications.

Favorite Element: The master bedroom window. It is so peaceful to slide open the curtain panel to look out in the morning.

Biggest Challenge: The master bedroom. Even though the final result was simple, it was because I couldn't find any bed that I liked. The ceiling was sloped and low, so I just put the mattress directly on the floor.

What Friends Say: Feels spare and comfortable. Or feels like a loft.

Biggest Embarrassment: The old houses are not very well insulated. It gets real cold in the winter. Heating doesn't work so well.

Proudest DIY: The dining room chandelier. It originally was just a Chinese styled lantern, which I felt made the place look too Chinese and too boring. For Halloween, I had a pair of wings custom made; I was inspired by Ingo Maurer's Birdie series, so I put the wings on the lantern.

Best advice: Keep it simple.

Dream source: Unicahome. Mooi.


Appliances: Siemens

Hardware: From the renovation contractors

Furniture: Donghu antique market, Taobao and from friends.

Accessories: Various travels.

Lighting: Artmide and Taobao.

Flooring: From the renovation contractors.

Rugs and Carpets: A friend sold me the large cow hide rug. Taikang lu for the smaller sheep skin rug.

Window Treatments: WenDing Lu has lots of small stalls for different small businesses that do window treatment.

Artwork: The painting in the livingroom is a gift from friend. Few of the photos are from Trash out side out an art gallery at Morgan Shan Lu. The large photo in the masterbed room was taken by me while traveling in Helsingor, Denmark.

(Thanks, Xing!)

Photos by Xing

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