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.




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