Simon Chong demonstrates that a beautiful aesthetic is possible, even with three young children in the picture
The main bedroom is muted in terms of its use of colour – a splash was recently added in the form of a new artwork above the bed – while the bathroom and dressing room have been deliberately kept separate from the bedroom, rather than the typical en-suite arrangement. This division means that Kim’s husband, who travels a great deal for work, can get up and prepare to depart without disturbing anyone else in the house.
Another characteristic feature of the home: there’s almost no built-in furniture in the house. Kim says she prefers to use cupboards, storage units and cabinets that are all individual pieces and often custom-made. As with other elements in the house, this could be read as quite an oldfashioned gesture, but her take on it feels extremely contemporary. One of the loveliest examples of this is the drinks cabinet in the dining area. Covered with a shagreen-textured vinyl decorated with a circular nail-head pattern, it’s filled with beautiful glassware – as well as all the essentials for everything from cocktails to post-dinner digestifs.
Listening to Kim talk about her history as an interior designer and the way she went about creating her own space, the description that comes to mind is "investigator decorator"; her visual style is largely the product of meticulous research. Kim methodically tracked down all sorts of items she had envisioned as perfect for her home, ranging from old terrazzo-tile presses to wallpapers, and from unique artworks to custom-made furniture. The combination of such a careful, thoughtful approach combined with an innate sense of colour that reflects so much confidence might be remarkable, but that just adds to the pleasure its end result affords. //