BLUE HORI­ZON

Blessed with am­ple nat­u­ral light and an ex­pan­sive view of the sea, the Stan­ley home of the in­te­rior designer Catherine Tay­lor is a dream retreat from the city

Philippine Tatler Homes - - LUXE HOMES - words & styling anji con­nell photography EDGAR Tapan

Even on an over­cast day, light pours gen­er­ously into Catherine Tay­lor’s home in Stan­ley. From her van­tage point, the sea and sky ap­pear to merge, giv­ing the sen­sa­tion that the apart­ment is float­ing in mid air. This tran­quil­ity is play­fully punc­tu­ated by a colour­ful ar­ray of decor pieces and con­tem­po­rary art, set against the all-white in­te­ri­ors.

Catherine, the founder of Grange In­te­ri­ors, and her hus­band Robin hap­pily came back to Hong Kong in 2010. “We made a con­scious de­ci­sion to live in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion for a new ex­pe­ri­ence. On our wish list was nat­u­ral light, a nice view and out­door space,” she says. They worked with Habi­tat Prop­erty, who knew of their pre­vi­ous Hong Kong flats and had a good grasp of their taste. “We chose it from the UK with­out see­ing it. I love how they found a place with great light and views. I also like the higher ceil­ings that are con­sis­tent with older apart­ment blocks,” says Catherine.

The apart­ment’s re­laxed lo­ca­tion and airy feel are en­hanced by a spa­cious open-plan living and dining rooms, which are ren­dered in a com­plex pal­ette of colours, tones, and tex­tures. Here, the mix of mod­ern and vin­tage fur­ni­ture re­veals the cou­ple’s deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for beau­ti­fully crafted pieces. “We both love go­ing to auc­tion houses and col­lect­ing art,” says Catherine. And it def­i­nitely shows. At the far end of the

room, a strik­ing, dark green, cir­cu­lar art­work from Stu­dio Rouge is placed above a black cabi­net and flanked by vin­tage peony lamps. Their dining area is note­wor­thy —a French, vin­tage, glass chan­de­lier im­me­di­ately draws one’s gaze up­ward; Ming chairs and Louis Ghost arm­chairs from Alu­minium sur­round the dining ta­ble; and the ta­ble it­self is set with beau­ti­ful, hand-painted Marie Daâge table­ware, avail­able from Grange In­te­ri­ors.

The living room is where Catherine sur­rounds her­self with com­fort­able pieces, such as the Flex­form so­fas from Le Cadre, as well as favourites from her store. She keeps a chair and foot­stool de­signed by John Smed­ley, and cush­ions from avant-garde Scot­tish de­sign­ers Ti­morous Beast­ies and Istanbul-based Yastik by Ri­fat Özbekin. Catherine also de­signed the newly ren­o­vated kitchen, which is both sleek and func­tional. The units are white with a grey glass back­splash, and a large cup­board with clear glass doors alows her to dis­play

“We made a con­scious de­ci­sion to live in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion for a new ex­pe­ri­ence. On our wish list was nat­u­ral light, a nice view, and out­door space”

FROM LEFT The mas­ter’s bed­room fea­tures clear glass win­dows that look out to a huge pine tree; a vi­brant pur­ple chair puts a nice con­trast to the wooden white bed­room and wooden fur­ni­ture

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Catherine loves col­lect­ing gor­geous table­ware and store her col­lec­tion of gor­geous table­ware.

In the mas­ter bed­room, a gi­ant pine tree dom­i­nates the view in the main win­dow. Op­u­lent, lime green du­pion silk drapes frame the win­dows, from which one can also take in vis­tas of the beach and be­yond. Pep­pered around the room are glam­ourous ac­cents: a pur­ple ac­cent chair from De­sign­ers Guild, a vin­tage star­burst mir­ror, and per­fume bot­tles and boxes rest­ing on the an­tique French desk that were snapped up at an auc­tion. A nude paint­ing found in Hanoi ce­ments Catherine’s re­laxed and beau­ti­ful style.

Us­ing Hen­ri­etta Spencer Churchill’s Clas­sic Ge­or­gian Style as a guide, Catherine dec­o­rated her home with sym­me­try, pro­por­tion and bal­ance in mind. This has re­sulted in a won­der­ful and warm space that show­cases the de­sign aes­thetic be­hind the col­lec­tions found at Grange In­te­ri­ors. Now that her pas­sion is her work, Catherine’s only prob­lem “is not tak­ing all the stock home.”

Op­u­lent, lime green du­pion silk drapes frame the win­dows, from which one can also take in vis­tas of the beach and be­yond

THIS PAGE A view of the scenic beach haven from the cou­ple’s home

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Nat­u­ral light bounces off the im­mac­u­late white walls and shelves

FROM LEFT Stan­ley’s re­laxed vibe is a per­fect fit for Catherine and Robin, who want a more laid­back life­style in Hong Kong; the read­ing room makes for a cosy nook per­fect for an af­ter­noon read or tea

OP­PO­SITE PAGE The cou­ple’s col­lec­tion of vin­tage fur­ni­ture is jux­ta­posed with mod­ern pieces re­sult­ing in stunning vignettes

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