Home and Away

Interior design firm Decor House blended a nature-inspired aesthetic and smart functionality to create this Tai Po family refuge.室內設計公司Decor House以自然美學和家居科技,打造這個大埔居所。

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Their home, meanwhile, was intended to be a place where they could relieve stress and entertain friends. The design duo cultivated a sense of calm by employing a neutral colour scheme with plenty of wood and soft blue accents. "The pattern of the outdoor wood flooring was extended to the inside of the home, bringing Mother Nature from the outside to the inside," they said. The bathrooms, bedrooms, and corridor leading to the bedrooms are done up in beautiful Manchurian ash and teak. Meanwhile, nature-inspired accents abound—organically shaped wooden tables sit in the dining room and corridors and a floral pattern embellishes a cabinet in the master bedroom.

"'Great design improves quality of life' is our main design approach," said Chan and Li. But it isn't just all about being aesthetically pleasing. Decor House excels at implementing both home technology and multi-functionality, and Chan and Li made full use of their know-how when setting up the home's storage spaces and technological systems. "Our design was executed through meticulous storage planning, stateof-the-art patented technological systems, flexible furniture pieces and multi-purpose configuration," they said.

A round table on the balcony, for instance, can be concealed into the floor to make room for a yoga platform. An ultra-slim elevating projector lift—the slimmest unit of its kind across the globe—conceals a projector screen in the living room ceiling, while a 65-inch TV is installed on a custommade sliding door that separates the living room from the kitchen. (The kitchen was originally enclosed by a wall, but Chan and Li have knocked it down to create a semiopen kitchen, allowing the couple to chat with their guests while cooking.)

"Multi-purpose designs bring endless possibilities," Chan and Li emphasise— and this family is definitely in the position to embrace all the possibilities their open, versatile home has to offer.

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