When this four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, located at the Baguio Villa luxury estate in Pok Fu Lam on Hong Kong Island, was purchased, it was “tired and old, with no design done”, says Natasha Usher, founder and design principal of Hong Kong-based Natasha Usher Design Enterprise (NUDE).
The new owners enlisted Usher’s firm to carry out an overhaul of the property, which takes up 2,120 sq ft and also has a balcony measuring an additional 100 sq ft. The process took around five months.
The clients have an appreciation for urban, European designer residences, says Usher. “They wanted their home to be a timeless space with classic modern accents, complete with simple, stylish details.”
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Soothing grey tones and shades of taupe dominate many parts of the home, though with subtle pops of colour: a wall painted sage green in the dining room adjoins the living space, and there are bronze accents throughout. Usher wanted to “explore a bit of colour without deviating too far from a neutral palette”—the colours and the material complement each other, she says.
The walls in the living room and master bedroom feature moulding details created by the designer: these are not commonly seen in Hong Kong other than in classic-style homes, she says. Meanwhile, herringbone motifs are used on the wooden floors in the living and dining areas. These are juxtaposed against simple, contemporary details, such as a minimalist TV cabinet designed by Usher that features wooden doors with metal inlays. This provides a flattering contrast of classic and modern elements, says Usher.