East Coast El­e­gance

Christy Liang’s Mid-Lev­els flat is a love letter to clas­sic New Eng­land charm, writes Leanne Mi­randilla

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Christy Liang’s Mid-Lev­els home is a love letter to clas­sic New Eng­land charm

“Hong Kong was not a part of my plan,” says Christy Liang. “I met my hus­band here, so I de­cided to stay, but my long-term plan was to set­tle in Bos­ton.” As we chat in her Mid-Lev­els home, Liang—a for­mer banker— looks so com­fort­able and at ease that it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine her any­where else. Ex­plor­ing the apart­ment fur­ther, how­ever, re­veals that this sense of com­fort is in part due to the aes­thetic she’s de­cided to sur­round her­self and her fam­ily with.

The Liangs’ abode is a taste­ful blend of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary. Set foot inside and you’ll feel as though you’ve been trans­ported from Hong Kong to a house in the Hamp­tons. You’re im­me­di­ately greeted by a hand­some, stand­alone mar­ble kitchen island that nat­u­rally flows into the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas, which are all tied to­gether with light par­quet floor­ing— some­thing of a rar­ity in Hong Kong. “I spent my adult life in New Eng­land,” Liang says. “I went to school at Har­vard. When I was lit­tle, my god­mother would take me be­tween her homes on the Up­per East Side and New­port, Rhode Island. Dur­ing the sum­mers we’d hop be­tween the Hamp­tons, New­port or Paris. My home’s de­sign is very much in­flu­enced by what I grew up see­ing through her eyes.”

The ma­jor­ity of the fur­nish­ings, fix­tures and even art­works were painstak­ingly sourced from Europe and the US. Plenty of items—in­clud­ing a cof­fee ta­ble, con­sole and beau­ti­ful blackand-gold La Cor­nue stove—are by Amer­i­can kitchen and home­ware brand Wil­liams Sonoma. Hong Kong fur­ni­ture pur­veyor The Red Cab­i­net rounded out the home with cus­tom side ta­bles, cab­i­nets and bed.

For cer­tain brands, the Liangs’ home marked their first en­try into Hong Kong—and Asia. “I fell in love with an open kitchen done by Bri­tish de­sign team Blakes Lon­don on the cover of Es­sen­tial Kitchen Bath­room Bed­room mag­a­zine, so I reached out to them,” says Liang. “It was the first time they did an over­seas pro­ject, but they took a chance on us.”

The fire­place, which takes pride of place in the liv­ing room, is also in Hong Kong for the first time. It’s an an­tique Louis XV piece taken from a 15th-cen­tury chateau in France, pur­chased from an­tiques dealer Mar­morea Lon­don and sourced through on­line an­tiques shop­ping plat­form 1st Dibs. The kitchen counter and fire­place are both Ital­ian Paon­azzo mar­ble, a rare va­ri­ety veined with pur­ple and gold that matched the home’s warm cream walls and brass ac­cents per­fectly. “There was a new reg­u­la­tion in the UK where houses aren’t al­lowed to have fire­places un­less they meet cer­tain stan­dards, so all fire­places dropped in prices,” she says with a laugh. “I thought— great! That’s my fi­nance back­ground show­ing.”

While Liang might not have a pro­fes­sional back­ground in in­te­rior de­sign, she’s cul­ti­vated an in­ter­est in it, reg­u­larly dec­o­rat­ing her flat

when she lived in Bos­ton, and gath­er­ing de­sign in­spi­ra­tion on her Pin­ter­est ac­count. Aside from bring­ing Blakes Lon­don in to de­sign the kitchen and Wing Hung Wa­ter & Elec­tric Engi­neer­ing as con­trac­tors, she spear­headed her home’s in­te­ri­ors her­self— with help from her hus­band, Ben, of course.

While Liang loves neu­trals, her hus­band is a fan of blue shades, which can be seen through­out the home in the form of celadon Jonathan Adler poufs from Har­rods in front of the fire­place and the robin’s egg blue Zof­fany wall­pa­per in the mas­ter bed­room’s walk-in wardrobe. “It was re­ally a part­ner­ship,” she says. “It’s a lit­tle bit like wed­ding plan­ning. You’re constantly mak­ing de­ci­sions, ar­gu­ing, dis­cussing. But by the end of the ren­o­va­tions he could read my mind.”

Liang was six months’ preg­nant with daugh­ter Ser­ena dur­ing the pro­ject and there­fore un­able to visit the site due to the fumes, so she re­lied on her hus­band to check up on it. But she im­me­di­ately took a more hands-on ap­proach as soon as she was able; she re­mem­bers try­ing to or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing her­self af­ter mov­ing in, climb­ing up and down steplad­ders to reach shelves while her hus­band kept telling her to stop and rest.

Ser­ena’s ar­rival also led to a bit of in­te­rior de­sign re­jig­ging. The apart­ment was orig­i­nally designed to have four bed­rooms, but was trans­formed by its pre­vi­ous own­ers to have two bed­rooms and two liv­ing rooms. While one bed­room was des­ig­nated as the mas­ter bed­room, the other was to be a study for Ben—now, it’s Ser­ena’s nurs­ery.

Were there any other big changes? “We en­larged the win­dows to give a bit more tex­ture on the walls,” she says, ges­tur­ing to the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that line both liv­ing spa­ces. In spite of the dreary weather, the home is still steeped in soft nat­u­ral light. “I didn’t want any cur­tains be­cause I wanted the green­ery to show through. I also wanted the win­dows to be a bit of an art piece.” The view of ver­dant trees con­trib­utes to the sub­ur­ban feel, too. Cen­tral is close by but the quiet sur­rounds make you feel as though the buzz of the city is miles rather than min­utes away. The flat’s high ceil­ings add to its open,

airy qual­ity. “For high ceil­ings you re­ally need to go for old build­ings,” says Liang, ex­plain­ing that the build­ing is around 50 years old. “You don’t get unique lay­outs like this in newer build­ings.”

Liang and her fam­ily, how­ever, are look­ing squarely to­wards the fu­ture. She and her hus­band want to pass their love of cook­ing on to Ser­ena when she’s old enough by cook­ing to­gether in the gen­er­ous kitchen area, and they dream of even­tu­ally fos­ter­ing chil­dren. The abode is typ­i­cally a hub of laugh­ter and com­pan­ion­ship, as the Liangs are no stranger to en­ter­tain­ing friends over for din­ner par­ties or week­end brunch. “We just want this home to be a bless­ing to other peo­ple,” Liang says. And it looks as though it’s po­si­tioned to be ex­actly that.

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR Clock­wise from left: Christy Liang chose the Stay chairs by Nika Zu­panc for the din­ing ta­ble; beau­ti­ful wall­pa­per from UK brand Zof­fany in the nurs­ery; Liang with her daugh­ter, Ser­ena

SIM­PLE EL­E­GANCE The kitchen island was designed by in­te­rior de­sign firm Blakes Lon­don

RE­FINED AES­THETIC The area lead­ing to the mas­ter bath­room is ded­i­cated to wardrobe space, en­hanced with pan­elling and Zof­fany wall­pa­per

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