Happy Friday!! Today I thought I would share with you guys (as promised) the outdoor tour of our little Hong Kong apartment. This space was really the reason why Diarmuid and I fell in love with the place. It’s rare to even have a balcony in Hong Kong, let alone a terrace the size of your entire apartment that offers a lot of privacy. We immediately started calling it “Tropical Paradise.”
There are two doors that open up onto the terrace space — one from the living room and one from the bedroom, which is great when having guests over since they don’t have to go tramping through your bedroom to get outside. In the warm months in Hong Kong, we love to sit outside in the morning, have some coffee, maybe bring out the old laptop and get our dose of Vitamin D for the day. (You may have noticed, but we don’t have a kitchen table inside… only a coffee table! It’s pretty terrible. The charms of a small apartment, ha.)
Our dining table and chairs are from Ikea, along with the wicker chairs. The great wooden privacy fences were already installed when we moved in, and we love them. The trees, too, offer a barrier from the shiny office building across the street. I bought our fun lantern (we had to add some Chinese touches, after all) for $2 at garden shop in Hong Kong when Chinese New Year was winding down, and they were having a sale. And the outdoor pillows are from the Japanese homestore Muji.
I call these guys the “three ladies.” I peered through the slats of the fence one day (as you do sometimes, ha) and saw our neighbor had the most beautiful macrame plant hangers. I wanted one desperately after that and looked everywhere in Hong Kong. But alas, no one sold them… so I took to the Internet and found them here, and they were shipped from the U.S.
We live one floor up (on the second floor, technically) but have many more floors above us!
And here’s the reason Diarmuid really wanted the apartment: The Chinese Coca-Cola sign! It was his pièce de résistance. Unfortunately, the restaurant below us switched owners recently, and they took it down, though :( R.I.P. my friend.
As you can see, my love of gold has spread outside, too. I got this whimsical plant stand from the Hong Kong flower market for about $15.
I also adopted the Hong Kong practice of tying everything up with thick plastic. If you buy a vacuum, for instance, the shop won’t give you a bag, but instead will tie plastic bands to it to make it a box-to-carry. Although, in truth, I used these plastic ties because Diarmuid had taken WAY too much from Ikea, and I couldn’t find any twine at the time. I can sometimes be impatient to get decoratin’ ;)
Diarmuid’s parents and aunt came to visit us last October, and let us put our table to good use. There’s just something about dinners by candlelight… and since we’re on the corner of the building, and across the street from a park that’s only a few blocks from the ocean, we always get a nice breeze passing through.
They were even kind enough to celebrate my birthday with me and get me a cake! Speaking of birthdays, I’m hosting a birthday party for Diarmuid and one of our friends tomorrow on the beach. A beach birthday BBQ, where we’re going to roast bratwurst, veggies and potatoes and have birthday ‘smores, of course.
Have a great weekend, everyone!