Home Journal October 2021

Home Journal is where inspiration lives. For over 35 years, it has been the leading design and lifestyle magazine in Hong Kong, showcasing standout spaces and inspired living ideas. The monthly bilingual publication is a trusted source of insight and intel – its pages are filled with the latest in interiors, design, and decoration as well as beautifully photographed travel, food, and entertaining features.

Hong Kong SAR China
Tatler Asia Limited
12 期号


looking after ourselves

Even before COVID-19 hit our shores, wellness-focused interiors using elements such as wabi-sabi and biophilic design were already becoming sought-after. And, as the pandemic has roared on, so has their popularity. But true peace comes from within. In this issue dedicated to wellness and healthy living, we look beyond physical pampering and bring you inspiration and ideas that promote inner wellbeing. In the Lifestyle section, we chat with founder of Tealosophy Tea Bar, Justin Ng, to explore how the Japanese way of making tea keeps you in the present moment. By fixing your mind on the strict protocols of tea rituals, it trains your mindfulness through sensory awareness and “the pause between each step is essential in a tea ceremony, even if it seems trivial,” says Ng. He tells us more on…

in focus

ORIENTAL CHARM Instil in your home a touch of exquisite orientalism with the Shanghai Tang X Mooyee Limited Edition E.P. Collection. Created by Jeen Lee, the founder of Mooyee, the collection is designed to revitalise the aesthetics of oriental traditions – from tea drinking to incense burning and flower appreciation. Handmade by porcelain craftsmen, the pattern on each piece consists of 15 layers of multicoloured decal paper applied through traditional Chinese skills and techniques. shanghaitang.com Around the Bend Elevate your space with Indigo Living’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection highlighted by two new seasonal trends that balance both masculine and feminine looks. The bold, yet cosy Boston Brownstone series, is inspired by luxe loft living with a touch of rustic outdoors vibe. Alternatively, you can envelop your home with the glamorous and playful Around the…

inner sanctuary

Clean lines, pared-down and all-white schemes are some of the must-haves that have often been associated with Zen-inspired interiors. But a Zen-like vibe doesn’t have to be dull or plain. Incorporate a dose of nature-inspired colours and subtle patterns as finishing touches that can punch-up your minimalistic home with personality and freshness, as reflected in the developing Japandi style. A hybrid of Japanese Zen-like aesthetics and Scandinavian hygge, the Japandi look at its best interplays with natural tones with accents of wood, which sparks a dialogue between nature and its habitants. To achieve a serene Japandi-inspired haven, start with a few decorative items in refreshing hues that lift your mood and then build around them. For an easy, unwinding vibe, keep the patterns simple and silhouettes uncluttered to avoid too much…

a new lease of life

The New Orleans hotel scene is “on the boil”, with several exciting new openings. By far the hottest unveiling is the much anticipated Saint Vincent from hospitality royalty Liz Lambert, the legendary design-forward hotelier and founder of the Bunkhouse hotel group. Lambert has helped change the way we travel and remains one of the most powerful women in the travel industry, known for creating authentic and eclectic spaces imbibed with a deep sense of place. She is also the founder of the wacky and wonderful bohemian hotel El Cosmico set amidst the high plains desert of the art Mecca, Marfa, in Texas. An 18-acre campground for adventurers and wanderers where you can sleep in the coolest vintage trailers, yurts, tents, tepees and Cosmic Kasitas. In a new partnership with fellow veteran hotelier Larry…

flower power

The concept of feng shui may appear superstitious to outsiders, but, at its core, it is about living in harmony with nature, and cultivating a positive flow of energy that leads to good health. To recognise a home with good energy, intuition comes first. “I felt at ease from the moment I stepped into this house,” recounts Oliver Lau, the homeowner of this four-storey dwelling in Tai Po that she shares with her family and beloved poodle Thomas. “It didn’t look at all like how it looks now, but its potential was huge. I knew right away this was the place my family would want to grow into.” Lau moved out here from Bellagio – a luxury housing complex in Sham Tseng – five years ago in search for more space, both outdoor…

homing in on wellness

The global pandemic has brought about many changes in almost all facets of our lives. Among these, architecture and design have been called upon to reshape our living environment as we try to live a more healthy and happy life. When the pandemic dawned on the world, a young couple with a child decided to rent a weekend retreat long term to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Their home sits on a three-hectare site in the idyllic rural Mexian village of Valle de Bravo, where the pine and fir forests carpet the surrounding hills, and the crystalline lake dialogues with the abundant wooden landscapes. “The main goal was to guarantee a privileged view of the forest. At the same time, the client wanted to leave the avocado field on…