Have a peek inside this cosy Sheung Wan studio with our latest That Flat.
Showing us how to make the most of a small space, our latest That Flat gives you a look inside the Hong Kong home of Jess Piatigorsky. As the Creative Director at Floristry at M&L, it comes as no surprise that her Sheung Wan studio is full of fresh, wild flowers and foliage, along with plenty of personal touches. Showing us that you don’t need thousands of square feet to make your apartment feel like home, we love Jess’s laid back, yet curated style. When we popped round, Jess was cat sitting the studio cat, Ellie, who also seemed to be loving this cosy space.
Tell us about your background and where you’re from?
I grew up in North Wales and spent most of my adult life in London working in design and art direction. I moved out to HK two years ago to set up a floral design studio, Floristry at M&L. We’re a contemporary florist part of creative agency M&L. I now split my time working on creative direction for Floristry and other agency projects.
Where do you live and why/how did you choose this flat as your Hong Kong home?
PoHo, my studio overlooks Blake Garden which is my favourite green spot in the city.
Where have you taken inspiration? Did you initially have a theme in mind?
With regards to interior design my style is fairly eclectic and a little bit bohemian inspired. I like a mix of old and new. I always like to collect objects on my travels so that everything in my home tells a story or reminds me of a trip.
What has been the biggest home improvement you’ve made/want to make?
I would love to frame and hang all my collections of photos, prints and pictures but I think they would completely cover my wall space haha.
Any tips and tricks for easily updating the look of a room?
I think fresh flowers always transform a space, even something small like one of our bud vases can instantly freshen up a space or desk.
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What’s your favourite piece in your home?
My old photos and jewellery mean a lot to me. I recently made a pilgrimage to a candle maker in Kyoto whom I’ve followed on instagram for a while. I brought one of her sun god candles back with me and its currently my favourite object.
Where is your favourite place to shop for homeware in Hong Kong?
The antique street for one of a kind pieces. And of course Floristry at M&L for candles and room sprays.
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Any tips for combining style with functionality?
I hate packaging so always decant everything from tea to cotton wool into glass jars and tumblers.
What advice would you give before you move in?
Always check the direction your windows face. I have to have natural light in a space, so north-facing windows are a no go. A lot of plants need natural light so if you’re green fingered, south-facing windows are best.
Any tips for styling a home?
I think style is all about balance – of colour, texture, height etc. Keep it varied and a space will feel balanced.
Which interior trend do you wish would come to end?
Dare I say succulents? I’m all about the grasses right now.
On the flipside, what’s your favourite interior trend?
I’m still loving lots of wild-style flowers and foliage.
If you could design your home from scratch – name 5 of your must-have pieces.
- A vinyl player with the best speakers
- A mahogany four-poster bed
- A proper espresso machine
- A big bath tub
- Art work on every wall
Name one item you’ve had for years but can’t part with?
I don’t really have one item, but I lived in the US for a while and picked up loads of vintage pieces from the flea markets there. It’s all travelled the globe with me and I can’t seem to part with it. Unfortunately it wouldn’t all fit in my tiny HK apartment, so now lives in the floristry corner of the M&L studio.
On a scale of 1- 10, how shocked were you at the size of Hong Kong homes? Why?
Pretty shocked as even coming from London, where space is also limited, the apartments here are tiny. But maybe it’s a good thing in that it’s stopped me buying too much homeware.
If the sky was the limit – what would you splurge on?
A sauna. Or a Rothko.
All images courtesy of Daisy Dudley for Sassy Media Group.