Tuesday, October 23, 2012


A large guest room and office - showing beautiful wood floors and well lit.   It has plenty of room to house a closet wardrobe by the door.  
This can also be an adult TV room if the kids are using the living room - or visa versa. 

On the original visit we quickly moved the sofa bed away from the desk to give more room - and also moved the white metal cabinet to the sofa for some shelf space - to house a lamp. 

The caramel sofa color is 'warm' but all the white is very cold and stark.  By adding inexpensive linen curtains on the back wall - it will soften the space and add some more color.  Then cover the desk with linen to hide the cords and mess. 

Because of the navy in the living room and your light blue in the bedroom - I assume you like blue.  So I would like to repeat it here  - it's always good to repeat your colors because when you move - they blend in the new home - maybe in a new room. 

A Ralph Lauren Feel. 

1.  There is too much white. It reminds me of a college dorm room. 

2. Cover the desk with a plywood top and then add a skirt to hide the cords and give some interest to the room.  It's a very inexpensive fix. 

3. Add a dresser or antique cabinet

4. You can keep the white metal or send it to the kids room.  Then add an old trunk large enough to house a large blue and white lamp. 

5. Add some linen curtains in front of the white shade.  

6. Add a rug for warmth

7. Add a Chinese screen to hide the outside door and bicycles that are stored there. 
Or if you don't use the door - use a tension rod with some more of the same linen fabric. 

8. Colorful Artwork for a punch 

9. And a contemporary oblong pillow in navy Ikat to match the lamp. 

10. Easy chair from living room  - you might have room for it here. 


One factory has already gotten back with a few ideas for cabinets in the room. They are all very different and so are the price points.

I'm returning to China Oct 30th and scope the other factories.  But this gives you an idea of looks and price points.  

I've written down 60" area (153), but you might be able to go larger. 

 Normal Retail  $12,000 - $15,000
Our Price  $7480
(this one's my favorite - it's very unique)

  Normal Retail  $12,000 - $14,000
Our Price  $6980

  Normal Retail  $8,500 - $10,000
Our Price  $4980

 Normal Retail  $11,000 - $13,000
Our Price  $6580

 Normal Retail  $6,500 - $8,000
Our Price  $3980
(this one leaves room for the other chair)

Monday, October 15, 2012



This inspiration room has gray sofas and a dark floor.
After searching navy fabric to match the rug - I was having a very very difficult time and never satisfied.  When I get like that I feel I am forcing something that is wrong.
So I thought of this photo - Gray is where the upholstery needs to be.  With Navy accents. 

Many of the Navy fabrics were expensive but looked cheap - and I wasn't satisfied with the wear-ability for an active family. 


Sofa vs tv placement: Sitting two times the distance relative to the screen size is a good general rule.  For a 42 inch TV, seating should be about 7 feet away.  You're TV screen seems very small for the scale of the room.  That's why I brought everything forward. 

I think the wall has to go dramatic.  To light and it's just a wall. 


The large cabinet and bookshelves can be centered on the back wall behind the sofa.   If the sofa is brought forward some more, then a chair can pull up to the console table a a desk (behind the sofa). 


The curtain needs to go black nubby linen to match the rug. 
Then add bright silver accents - these clocks were found in Repulse Bay 

The rooms look dark in the photo - but remember only 1 wall is painted.  I love the celery green punch.  The rest are cream.  There is also a full size window.  
To add another layer of punch - add a large plant. 

The inspiration came from the wall in the renovated United Center - black accents. 

Living Room Rug Design

EASY CHAIR With a Navy Pillow and antique Silver Nail Heads. 

Recover the ottoman in a gray velvet - keep the some of the tufting for drama.

A metal floor lamp in black.  (Floor lamps are very heard to find in HK).  But use a linen barrel shade.
Lamp = $ 2160
Shade = $600
Total $ 2760

Too Large a Cabinet

And to anchor the back wall and pull the look together - a large chinoiserie cabinet.  Great for hiding toys.  
Normal Retail $12,000 Our Price $6580
42.5" wide x 24.4 d x 66.5" h

Simple and contemporary. 
41" x 20" d x 71" high 
Our Price$7480
Normal Retail: $15,000

Another option

I love the design on the doors.  I found this photo on the left without the painting.  

Just sent this - no price. But great looking item.  
Need to cut off 3" on the legs for the elevator. 
Paint it high gloss black - or very dark gray.
You could even take the doors off and paint the inside blue to match the rug and have display area.  

So the mirror doesn't feel like it's floating above the Louis chair - maybe add a small cabinet. 
You can never have enough storage for kids. 
E3438   - painted all black.  
78 x 52 x 86 ( 31 x 20.5 x 34" )
$3780 ++
add a mirror behind the screen. 

Another option

clean contemporary - reproduction

3rd option - it' shorter
paint this black.

Add a lamp


Thursday, October 11, 2012


A simple bedroom starting starting with blue toile pillows : robin egg blue accent pillows: matelasse coverlette:  a painting of a rustic countryside home: and a linen love seat.  This is screaming "French".

Wall Color

Owners Artwork


Mirror would go the other direction on some of these dressers. 

I found these dressers in the factories - they are old English style
We can paint them cream. 

Our price $ 7240
Normal Retail $14000
We can paint the body cream and leave the top a dark brown stain. 

I found this in the unfinished pile in the warehouse.  Originally I only saw the lower part - and they dug out the mirror.  It's really unique.  Again - paint it a cream - and still leave only the top a brown stain.  The upper half is also cream.  
Shine up the hardware. 
Special Selling Price:  $8880
Normal Retail $ 17,000

$7480 - Reproduction
6 weeks
Retailing close to $15,000 at Horizon Plaza

The black can be repeated as bedside tables.  I had these made for my last customer. 

Gray Carpet

10 x 12 ft

Paint the secretary desk off white. - I'd like to see it next to the bed by the window if it's not too high. 

Throw on sale in Repulse Bay

I have this lamp in stock on special - great for the dresser.