Nat­u­ral Ap­peal

Home Journal - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

We are in the depths of sum­mer and this month is all about soak­ing up the sun and rel­ish­ing the azure sky. The longer, golden days are a time when lazi­ness seems jus­ti­fied and even the oc­ca­sional shower can’t dampen spir­its. It is timely, there­fore, that we ded­i­cate this is­sue to cel­e­brat­ing all things bright and beau­ti­ful, the great out­doors and the shrink­ing bar­rier be­tween in­doors and out.

In Hong Kong, where space is such a lux­ury, an ex­te­rior area is in­deed the ul­ti­mate in­dul­gence. Our dense, hec­tic en­vi­ron­ment cre­ates the need for liv­ing out­doors and en­cour­ages us to be cre­ative in lav­ish­ing our at­ten­tion on gar­dens, rooftops and bal­conies. The con­ven­tional ap­proach to ex­ter­nal liv­ing spa­ces has been pushed to the ex­treme – nowa­days, it has be­come the norm to en­joy out­door din­ing spots, kitchens, chill-out zones, bath­tubs and show­ers – re­ally, the sky’s the limit.

Our lineup of homes has been cu­rated to in­spire. From a serene three-storey house in She­ung Shui (Page 142) with an ex­pan­sive gar­den where the home­own­ers love to re­treat and spend time en­ter­tain­ing and gar­den­ing to a chic and sleek fam­ily home in Mid-lev­els (Page 118) that in­cor­po­rates a stun­ning green bal­cony, and a min­i­mal­ist de­signer abode in Dis­cov­ery Bay (Page 80), where an eco-con­scious cou­ple grows their own herbs and veg­eta­bles on their rooftop, each proves that the urge to con­nect with na­ture is uni­ver­sal. Fur­ther afield, we un­cover a beau­ti­ful con­tem­po­rary house in Mex­ico (Page 130), a 7,000sqft trop­i­cal home in Sin­ga­pore (Page 92), and an awe-in­spir­ing fam­ily res­i­dence in Cape Town (Page 104), il­lus­trat­ing that wher­ever you are in the world, there’s rea­son to en­joy com­fort, style and el­e­gance, whether in­doors or out.

踏入炎夏,本月不外乎燦爛陽光與蔚藍天際。悠長白天是慵懶放鬆的好時辰,即使偶爾撒下過雲雨也滅不了我們的愉悅之情。今期正好是向鮮豔精彩與美麗之作致敬的好時機,當然還有美不勝收的戶外天地,以及室內跟室外空間的無縫連繫。

香港寸金尺土,戶外空間是終極奢華指標。我們的密集生活環境更顯室外生活的重要性,啟發對打造花園、天台和陽台的無盡靈感。傳統方式已被推進極限,今天,戶外用餐區、廚房、閒座天地、室外浴缸和淋浴設備各見出色、不設限制。

今期收錄的亮眼家園包括上水三層平靜大宅(第142頁),當中附設偌大花園方便屋主款客與享受園藝之樂;中半山時尚俐落家庭屋(第118頁)配合綠色陽台,愉景灣簡約設計師之家(第80頁)則住有注重環保的夫婦,並在天台種植自家香草和植物,宣揚跟大自然連繫為一的重要性。走過地球另一邊,我們來到墨西哥的美麗當代房子(第130頁)、新加坡的7,000熱帶風大宅(第92頁)和開普敦的繽紛家庭屋(第104頁),證明不論你身在何方、室外或戶內空間,也定有打造兼享舒適、風格與優雅體驗的理由。

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