This Sheung Wan apartment makes a strong case for do-it-yourself design

When Sabrina and Andrew Ho first encountered the space in 2011, they immediately realised its potential, especially after they thought of combining several units together.

However, it was only after moving back to Hong Kong from New York in January 2015 that they really got to work. Getting the space into fighting shape took a lot of careful planning and detailed execution, especially as the couple got to it without the help of an interior designer.

“My husband and I knew what we liked, so we started collecting images of interiors we were drawn to,” explains Sabrina. Their Pinterest board brimmed with industrial-style influences as well as a strong affinity for a mid-century modern aesthetic. “I’d describe our style as contemporary, minimalistic, and industrial – this is the foundation of our home,” she says.

The home’s shell is an interplay of varying forms of white, metal and wood; they chose a dark-tinged oak as flooring, while the walls were painted white and surfaces clad in an ivory marble-print tile.


The living area opens up to a terrace enveloped in greenery. Wood dominates the home – from hardwood oak flooring to a sculptural dining table from Bali. 

The living area is the epitome of an urban oasis – interiors meld seamlessly with the terrace. Black metal features heavily in the entire home, creating a consistent industrial feel.

The Japanese wooden tub is the clear centrepiece in the spacious bathroom. The children's bedroom is full of imaginative details.

The open kitchen is clad in hard-wearing large format tiles from Spain, which mimic the look of marble.

The terrace is surrounded by vertical gardens and clad in teak; their dog Pretzel and cat Tofu love lounging in this airy space.


Browse our Sheung Wan tag for more homes in the vicinity, and make sure to check out Interiors section for more inspirational interiors.

Photographer: Edgar Tapan
Styling: Jo Lorenz