這座三層高的居所坐落西貢一處寧靜優美的山坡上，擁有高樓底和充足的自然光。不過，當Pocket Square(本地一間成立3年的室內設計公司)的創辦人之一Frankie Wong初次看到這個地方時，它完全是另一個模樣。
她回憶說 :「 屋子原來的天花板很低，窗子狹小，室內十分暗沉。可是，這裡有著很多可能性。」兩年前，她受委託把這個7,000呎的屋子改造成恬靜休閒的居所，讓屋主一家四口能夠遠離繁囂。
「我們重新設計整個布局，加闊了所有窗戶， 目的是引入更多日光，同時為屋主夫婦打造寧靜的 氛圍，讓他們盡情放鬆和充電——這正是屋主們對 新裝潢的主要要求。」
設計師的首項工作是重建前院。設計團隊清除 了原本通往屋子的曲折小路，改為鋪上漸變灰色的 花崗岩，再配以一個小竹子噴泉和大量植物，使前 院猶如一個日式禪花園。
To infuse more natural light and a soaring sense of spaciousness into the interior, parts of the original low ceiling on the ground floor were gutted to make for a double-height void over the living room, creating a perfect setting for the dramatic Penta pendant by Glo to shine.
Now bright and airy, the ground floor is governed by an interplay between light grey walls and walnut finishes, punctuated with notes of blue inspired by the tone-setting painting by Chinese artist Zhao Zhao in porcelain blue that takes up almost an entire wall.
“The painting is from the client’s old apartment in Mid-Levels. It was the first piece they decided on, and so we curated the furniture around it.”
In the living room, the Étiquette sofa by De Padova, and a pair of Poltrona Frau lounge chairs by Archibald, are tastefully arranged on tailor-made carpet by LE Carpet Studio. The cosiness is further accentuated by a Flexform Magi daybed and a Natuzzi coffee table, joined by the MAMA floor lamp by Ligne Roset, that adds a homey glow to the living space.
Dividing the living and dining areas is a marble-clad EcoSmart fireplace that is unique in its own right. Behind, a Brass 96 suspension lamp by Gervasoni 1882 graces the entire dining space, making for a dramatic contrast to the subtle Metalico dining table and Voyage chairs by Porro.
Connected to the dining area are a wine cellar, a Chinese kitchen and an open kitchen – each serves a dedicated purpose to suit the homeowner’s penchant for wine and cooking.
“The home is designed to accommodate the client’s various lifestyles such as the open kitchen for small get-togethers; a wine cellar for daily wine tasting; a study as a work-from-home space; an AV room to entertain; and two spacious kid’s rooms for the two little boys to grow into.”
Located on the second floor, the kid’s rooms share a large balcony and a common area that features an Indigo Living sofa and a Homeless Ottoman, joined by two Dutchbone coffee tables to create a sleek, flexible space that grows with the children.
To acknowledge the couple’s Western backgrounds, the team infused the top floor with touches of British colonial flair. The earth- toned master study, for instance, features a 1919 armchair by Poltrona Frau, an antique console by Birdcage, and an Oliver green lacquer bookshelf which, together with a vintage fireplace, makes for an authentic colonial setting with a modern flair.
The nostalgia touch extends to the AV room next door, where a BoConcept leather sofa and an Indigo Living tufted Ottoman, juxtaposed with checked curtains and patterned tiles, weave together colonial charm and modern glamour.
The master bedroom, however, is a true resting sanctuary. Crowned by a Luceplan pendant light, the room features a sophisticated Bluemoon bed by Poltrona Frau, flanked by an elegant pair of Gravity table lamps by Gubi. A Poliform’s Santa Monica lounge occupies a quiet corner, accompanied by a Sayonara Cattelan Italia floor lamp that adds extra cosiness to the space.
“The client moved out here from the city because they want to truly wind down and escape from the hustle and bustle,” she concludes. “The interplay with outdoor and indoor living allows the homeowners to benefit from the healing power of nature.”