Pretty much anyone who sets foot in this 4,000sqft Mid-Levels abode feels as if they’re being transported to a remote, tranquil land levitating above the infinite Mediterranean Sea—until they look out the extensive window, which enjoys a startling view of skyscrapers flanked by greenery that’s a simultaneous reminder of bustling Hong Kong.
Hailing from Europe, the avid art-collecting couple who live here set out to create an ideal treasure trove to showcase their impressive art pieces. They’re new parents as well, so it needed to serve as a core base for their six-month-old son to revel in.
Through word-of-mouth recommendations, they came across Hong Kong-based interior designer Peggy Bels who’s famed for her minimalist and clever takes on spatial design; it didn’t take long for the couple to realise she was the right person to curate their restful residence.
“While the wife favours Victorian aesthetics and the husband is more about modern masculinity, we managed to blend their individual preferences with my signature approach for a space that perfectly satisfies all their requirements,” says Peggy. Anyone familiar with the designer’s work would instantly recognise her meticulous use of a monochromatic scheme, but this home is a far cry from her usual take – it showcases her versatile yet natural approach to various styles.
The wife gladly concludes that the space is “airy, elegant and Mediterranean with a twist,” and it relies greatly on the delicate balance of white space and punches of nature-inspired hues to form a balmy abode that’s dotted with cherished treasures without overwhelming the overall ambience. Peggy explains, “It was important to go lighter on the interior design and appointments, as the couple possesses a strong collection of art pieces, so we came to an agreement to stick with a blue and white theme.”