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Creating your own destiny


It was a lovely evening at the charming BluHouse and my friend and I were engaged in a fierce debate on whether she should leave her job because of an unpleasant work culture.

On the one hand, it seemed a fair enough reason for her to call it quits, but I was still unsure. As someone who has lived and worked abroad, I assured her there’s no perfect place or job anywhere on the planet. And, if there is anything I have learnt from the many design visionarie­s I talk to, it’s that we don’t search for the perfect home (or job), but we try to create one.

Such an ethos is the common thread among the charming homes that grace this issue. In a municipali­ty near Barcelona, a duplex in an unusual triangular floor plan has been given a smart redo that turns the many odd angles into charming, practical living zones.

Even with an effective layout, a 58-year-old apartment in the MidLevels had a lot of unexplored potential before undergoing a genius reconfigur­ation led by home-grown design firm hoo, with the result being a bright and commodious space with a tasteful balance between openness and privacy. Turn to page 76 and find out how.

In a heritage building in Lisbon, a warm, earthy palette, nature-geared furniture, and a rehabilita­ted 19th century building façade come together for a modern country abode with a historical flair.

On page 54, Brazilian financial service executive Renato Lulia Jacob and wife Emily Perry let us into their loving home in Brazil that channels a charming indigenous note. Finishes in jade-like Pakistani onyx, a wall niche with a small brass key bowl resembling a church holy water font, and a series of Brazilian artworks, make for an inner sanctum reflective of their past living in London, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires.

In Shopping, a host of furniture and accessorie­s in autumn-inspired hues are here to help you breeze into the cooler season; while Spaces offers glimpses into a new suite in London’s Town Hall Hotel dressed by London-based furniture maker Jan Hendzel. Enjoy the issue.






在里斯本一幢歷史建築­中,溫暖樸實的色調、充滿自然元素的家具以­及一道經修復的19世­紀外牆,併湊出一套散發歷史氣­息的現代住宅。而在巴西,金融主管Renato Lulia Jacob和妻子Em­ily Perry的家園散發­迷人的本地風情。翡翠般的巴基斯坦縞瑪­瑙飾面、設有黃銅盤子的壁龕,加上一系列巴西藝術品,充分反映夫婦倆曾經在­倫敦、里斯本和布宜諾斯艾利­斯的生活回憶。

另外,今期購物專題為大家帶­來一系列秋色家具,讓清涼季節更添暖意;我們同時亦為大家介紹­位於倫敦大會堂酒店內­的全新套房,由倫敦家具設計師Ja­n Hendzel悉心打­造,充滿樸實柔和的自然氣­息。希望你喜歡。

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JENNIFER CHAN Managing Editor

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