Cheap as chips

So one issue when it comes to living in Hong Kong is that almost all apartments come unfurnished.  Now this is a fantastic opportunity if you’re planning to stay here long term, but for most expats on a 2 / 3 year contract, it is a bit of a pain in the behind.  One has to balance having a stylish home with not spending loads of dosh attaining it.  In Hong Kong there seems to be two ways to achieve this: 1) order everything from custom workshops in China (more on this later!); 2) head to good ol’ IKEA.

A lot of people are very snobby about IKEA but I have to say I am a huge fan.  Anything that looks like it’s made out of balsa wood can go take a running jump, but there actually are quite a few stylish pieces on offer.  I think it’s all about combining IKEA furnishings with the odd high style piece, Chinese (reproduction?) antique, and some gorgeous artwork/prints.

Here’s my round up for today – let me know which piece is your fave!

{all items: IKEA}

So what are you up to this weekend folks?  Here in Honkers it’s the annual Dragon Boat Festival over on the south side of the island – we’re looking forward to checking that out!


  1. As an expat with even fewer furniture option I agree! IKEA does have some basic pieces as well as slightly higher end pieces that are nice so one shouldn’t discount it entirely! I do end up bringing random decor back from the US though (if you have enough, it may be worth getting a container if you’re overseas for a few years too!)
    Have a lovely weekend!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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