Italy in Pe­nang

We take a tour in­side Lily Fenn’s hol­i­day home in Pe­nang, as she brings the lit­tle nu­ances of the land of La Dolce Vita to Malaysia, writes Kath­lyn D’souza

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A luxe cross-cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence is in­evitable when vis­it­ing Lily Fenn’s hol­i­day home in Pe­nang

Lily fenn prac­tises law in Hong Kong but un­abashedly ad­mits that she ad­mires Pe­nang’s mul­ti­cul­tural and his­toric charm—the good food goes with­out say­ing, of course—and af­ter nu­mer­ous re­turn trips to sa­ti­ate her un­re­lent­ing ap­petite for the is­land, she fi­nally set up a hol­i­day home at Le­genda@south­bay. With a built-up area of over 7,200sqft, Lily con­sid­ered the in­te­rior de­sign of the house back in 2013, when it was still un­der con­struc­tion. The years lead­ing up to the com­ple­tion al­lowed for Lily to sur­vey around for ideas and visit the show­rooms of fur­ni­ture and light­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers in Italy for items that would go with the house. Al­to­gether, she made at least six trips to Italy to meet her in­te­rior de­signer who is based there. For a Hong Kong-based so­lic­i­tor who was plan­ning to build a hol­i­day home in Pe­nang, one must won­der why Italy was the muse? She an­swered, “As early as 1984, I have al­ready trav­elled around the world once. And of all that I’ve seen and touched, I love Ital­ian de­signs best. So, I de­cided then that if I would have the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign my own house or hol­i­day home, I would def­i­nitely adopt the Ital­ian de­sign.”

And adopt the Ital­ian de­sign she did; she had the en­tire space lit up by only Flos light­ing in­stru­ments, the cab­i­nets cus­tom­made by Molteni & C, kitchen fur­ni­ture de­signed by Dada, and health and well­ness equip­ment brought in from Star­pool Sweet­spa and Techn­o­gym Ki­ne­sis. How­ever, with the grandeur that is Ital­ian de­sign, Lily in­jects a more re­laxed el­e­ment into the space with pops of colours. Her ra­tio­nale for this was that since it is a hol­i­day home, she wished to make it lively and vi­brant, to keep guests and her­self happy. A sunny dis­po­si­tion is achieved in the living room with a le­mon yellow Edra flap sofa, made even more cheer­ful with bright cush­ions com­ple­ment­ing it. The din­ing area leaves a clue to where Lily’s other in­ter­ests lie—in avi­a­tion. She can pi­lot both fixed-wing air­craft and he­li­copters, and had 19 Ver­sace plates in mul­ti­ple colours ar­ranged to form the pat­tern of a pro­pel­ler on the wall. Lily’s Pe­nang getaway is un­ques­tion­ably as­pi­ra­tional and in­spi­ra­tional, with its Ital­ian touch and a bit of mod­ern dab­bling here and there. Her com­ment on the fi­nal mas­ter­piece sim­ply sums it up: “What truly made a dif­fer­ence to the house is the el­e­gant taste and ro­man­tic am­bi­ence set by the har­mony of ev­ery­thing be­ing per­fectly knit­ted to­gether. It gives me warmth and calm­ness, plus lets me in­dulge in my pas­sions and hob­bies.”

Minia­ture dec­o­ra­tive pieces add a per­sonal touch and a pop of colour to the hol­i­day home MINI MOTORS

COLOUR CON­TRAST Clock­wise from left: Lily teases the eyes with feel-good yellow and neu­tral tones in her living room and bed­room (be­low); a mini gallery wall of mir­rors to open things up in the bath­room; a poster of The Great Gatsby per­son­ally au­to­graphed by Leonardo Dicaprio above a Gufram Bocca sofa in the home theatre

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