Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Saturday, July 4, 2015   

Fifth symphony
Quick, check your HKID card. Is there a five in your number? If so, you can get 50 percent off all Le Creuset products at its flagship store on Wyndham Street, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Let there be light!
Stepping into Alex Sheldon's 2,100- square-foot house, the first member of the family you meet is the dog, as it rushes to greet you in the concrete of the front yard.

This house rocks!
The first thing you notice are the rocks - thousands of them - forming intricate mosaics on walls, doors and even stair risers. "The house is highly textured," said artist/homeowner Lauri Svedberg, in an understatement if there ever was one. "Often I'd see a material, fall in love, and think, 'I've got to use it.'"

Look to tradition
Looking for home interior inspiration? If you're planning to tap into Hong Kong's heritage, check out a roving photo exhibition by the Commissioner for Heritage's Office of the Development Bureau.

Childhood revival
People who fix up old houses pour countless hours of sweat equity into their projects. Jim Bonner likes to joke that the three-story Victorian he and his wife, Leslie, have been restoring for the past 20 years required bone equity.

Cents and sensibility
Flea + cents is expanding. The home furnishing store - famous for designer and retro furniture, lighting and collectibles and located in a 1970s building in Wan Chai - now has an outlet in Wong Chuk Hang and an e-store. Set up in the summer of 1996, flea + cents has a team of professional architects and interior designers sourcing for its unique collection of contemporary and vintage pieces from all over the world.

Classy student digs
Mention student digs and what springs to mind are cramped quarters piled high with books and smelling of unwashed clothes and dishes. But the newest student accommodation, Campus HK, looks more like a fancy clubhouse. Billed as Hong Kong's first shared accommodation created specifically for students, the building at 123 Castle Peak Road in Tsuen Wan - less than 30 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui and Central - offers 48 shared rooms of 660 square feet.

Show and tell
In early February the house was empty, cold, cavernous - tired. It had been on the market for more than a year. The floors throughout were downtrodden. The master bedroom was a toothache shade of pink. The ceilings looked discolored and lumpy.

Summer au naturel
Following the success of last season's collaboration, Madura has teamed up again with Paul & Joe to create a summer line of curtains, cushions and bed linen. Paul & Joe founder Sophie Mechaly is a Parisian so the French home-decor pioneer is the perfect partner. The new collection combines Mechaly's nature prints with Madura's timeless designs.

Prepped for bachelor parties
As a realtor and property owner, Ryan Edmondson recalls some rehab decisions that he is not proud of. "I could kill myself for some of the things I did," he said. And he takes little credit for things done right on his own home, on the second floor of a row house.

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