I was very excited to post my first “vlog” this week, only to be told by my husband that it needs some serious editing! Turns out I really am as bad at technology as I thought. Stay tuned – it’s coming!
Meanwhile, I figure someone should be benefiting from the obscene amount of time I’ve spent researching homewares in Hong Kong, and that person should be YOU! Here’s a list of my favourite furniture and homewares stops in Hong Kong…
Obvious I know – enter any apartment in Hong Kong and it features at least one item from the Swedish furniture giant. But there’s a reason. Not only is the store very conveniently located in Causeway Bay, but IKEA HK offers free delivery AND ASSEMBLY!! No flat packs to be seen my friends! It’s also affordable, fresh and modern – a must stop if you need to save on big basics likes sofas or shelving (we bought the Kivik after our sofa drama and love it), plus of course for my favourite giant white candles and glass tumblers.
Bowerbird is a gorgeous store I discovered by reading about the founder, an Aussie, in a local magazine. Walk into the store in Ap Lei Chau and you’ll feel your shoulders relax and a smile creep onto your face. Think giant ginger vases in traditional blues and modern mints, white painted Chinese sideboards, oversized rugs, giant bird cages and a whole lot of neutral linen sofas. It’s Hamptons Chic, Hong Kong style. Be sure to take a credit card with a high limit…
While basically the antithesis to Bowerbird, Organic Modernism is probably my other favourite Hong Kong discovery. It speaks to the other side of my style – dark teak wood, Danish designs with a modern twist, large Turkish rugs and Balinese throws. I love their Vintage style sideboards and mid-century inspired armchairs – I would absolutely have one of the huge rugs in our apartment if only it would fit! There’s a store in Sheung Wan but the Ap Lei Chau store is much larger and worth the trip.
Homeless is a fun, quirky store filled with mostly expensive accessories but some furniture and practical items too. Marketing itself as a “Life Style” store with shops dotted around the island, Homeless sell everything from designer lamp shades to silicone oven mitts. Great for gifts and one off items.
I’m yet to actually buy anything at Franc Franc but it’s worth a mention because it’s very Hong Kong, as well as very affordable and diverse. Friends of ours bought a giant copper Toucan from there, while another friend has some great shelves he picked up for less than HK$1000. There are also some more questionable items for sale…but still definitely worth a look and just around the corner from IKEA in Causeway Bay, so you can kill two birds with one stone.
One for the kids and officially my absolute favourite store in Hong Kong. I am already a Gold VIP, that’s what it’s come to. We ordered Heike’s beautiful big trundle bed (by QUAX) from there the day we arrived, and it’s been a love affair ever since – a play teepee for the living area, a rug for Walter’s room, wall decals, posters, clothes. They have everything and everything they have is worth buying. The staff are so friendly and now Whatsapp me with new arrivals…okay, it’s getting weird. They have stores in Central and Stanley, but I shop just down the road from me in Wan Chai.
Be sure to jump online and take a look at the classifieds section on Asia Xpat – there are LOADS of furniture items to be picked up for a bargain, or even for free. If you’re lucky you’ll snap up some rich couple’s designer living room suite for HK$1000 before the hoards of other desperadoes (namely, me) do!
They are just a few of the many, many options for homewares in Hong Kong – my favourites. PLEASE contact me with any questions or suggestions, because I have as I said spent way too much time doing research and would love to save you that time!