It's a modern nest shared by an interior designer and her husband

Inside a Comfortable Hong Kong Home Surrounded by Spectacular Views
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"Our agent knows exactly the sort of apartment my husband and I look for," explains interior designer Deborah Scemama Guttieres. "Modern, lots of light and a great view with lots of trees in sight. We need to be surrounded by nature. Whether we live on the south side or on Bowen Road, the sky, trees and sometimes the sea form the view." 

Deborah Scemama Guttieres poses with her Pomeranians Simba and Mishka; the living area provides a spectacular view of the city

After two years in Repulse Bay, they moved into the 1,800sqft space in the Mid Levels earlier this year. Though the change may have been enforced when their previous landlord took back the flat, it proved a good opportunity for them to relocate to the neighbourhood where the majority of their friends live. The couple’s preferences are immediately obvious as soon as you enter their airy apartment; you are faced with sprawling views of the city and harbour, thanks to windows that wrap around the entirety of the corner living area. "I spend a lot of time at home, as I work there during the day, and having a lot of windows and natural light is essential to my well-being," says Deborah. 

Bellhop (2007) by Boo Ritson hangs above Enea Bontempi sideboard in the dining room
A series of playful artworks by New York-based artist Darcel adds character to the white walls

Deborah took on the design and the furnishing of their new home herself. "The flat was already very clean and modernised, but I needed to make significant additions in terms of storage and wardrobes," she says. "I designed wardrobes that would fit naturally, using the same wood and style as the rest of the flat. I also changed the fabric on most of our furniture items so that the colours would all fit." 

The statement white fireplace was an original feature of the space the homeowners love

While Deborah sourced her furnishings from a number of different design studios, the shades of the upholstery tie all the pieces together – in the couple's current home, the pieces are white to match the colour palette of white, beige and light wood, with pops of bright red to add colour and character. Most of the home’s statement pieces are by US design firm Knoll, such as the Saarinen Womb chair and Saarinen dining table surrounded by Tulip chairs. 

An enlarged version of the special Karl Lagerfeld hologram cover for fashion biannual AnOther Magazine's 15th anniversary issue
An Autoban Deco sofa mingles with a round sofa and rug by Maxalto in the living room

Walk through the home and you will come across plenty of decor items that speak to the couple’s personalities and experiences, too – sometimes by design, but occasionally through pure coincidence. The white fireplace, for instance, reminds Deborah’s husband of winters in London, where he lived for eight years before moving to Hong Kong. "That was already here – and we love it," enthuses Deborah. 

Her extensive jewellery collection – stored in a leather jewellery case and displayed in the master bedroom – calls to mind the years she spent as a jewellery designer before turning her attention to interiors. Bright artworks scattered through the home kick off plenty of conversations while infusing the space with colour. The hologram of Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, is the only piece in its size; an even larger piece is owned by Lagerfeld himself. "Nothing is really famous or expensive, but we’re happy with the art pieces that we have," says Deborah. 

Prints of Cecil Beaton's Audrey Triptych (1964) sit above the Maxalto bed by Febo in the master bedroom 

Most importantly, the couple’s home serves as a comfortable space where they can enjoy spending time with friends, family and pets. Deborah cites nearby Bowen Road as a perfect spot to walk her two Pomeranians. "I have always had dogs in my life and could not think of living here in Hong Kong without them," she says. The comfortable seating area and various other cosy nooks such as window seats make the home an ideal place for hosting get-togethers, too. "During the week in the evenings, our home is a refuge for our family," Deborah says. "Over the weekend, we like doing dinner or drinks, and it’s very easy to have large crowds at home while keeping everyone comfortable. This is probably the first apartment where we really feel at home – it’s both comfy and positive." 

A mirrored wardrobe houses Deborah's collection of handbags; a sprig of greenery adds a sense of calm to the bathroom

Photography: Edgar Tapan
Styling: Gemma Blest
Production: Emily Leung

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