"I wanted to create my own home and not have someone tell me how to live", says Lim who shares his loft with French bulldog, Oliver


I've always had a wholesome fascination with how people decorate and reside in spaces they call their own. My earliest memories as a child are those of frequenting homes of relatives and strangers and the inanely colossal desire to examine every inch of their abodes; much to the dismay of my parents who always had to keep a watchful eye on their brazenly temerarious daughter. But the enthralment did not end there. During our evening neighbourhood walks I'd pass familiar brick veneer homes and curiously ponder what lay beyond those ghastly mission brown facades. Not so much the happenings itself (let me make on thing straight, I'm not a busy body!), but an innocent inquisitiveness as to what kind of furniture lay await, set up in which fashion. Were there fireplaces in the lounge and was their walls clad in wallpaper like ours were? Was it tastefully decorated and were the floors plush or a mix of both carpet and vinyl like ours were?

These days I find myself wondering the same things, especially during moments of being stuck in traffic. Sometimes taking Miss Coco for walks I find myself searching through shuttered windows trying in vain to get a glimpse inside.

Of course at times it is easier to peer into the domains of well known individuals because of the internets. And for me I adore getting glimpses into the residences of designers and creative types. There's always such a strong sense of identity in their abodes, never conforming and always authentic. I find it compelling in attempting to understand why they surround themselves with certain possessions. How they do it and with what exactly. Most times a glimpse into their homes is a glimpse into their souls and personalities; almost like an extension of their being. I love Mr Lim's eccentric mix of mid century and oriental design. Pieces that appear to be more art than practical, industrial contrasting with antique. Like the beaded Yoruba chair, a fanciful flea market find and one that I know I'd be too afraid of spoiling.

-Sxx
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"I wanted to create my own home and not have someone tell me how to live", says Lim who shares his loft with French bulldog, Oliver


I've always had a wholesome fascination with how people decorate and reside in spaces they call their own. My earliest memories as a child are those of frequenting homes of relatives and strangers and the inanely colossal desire to examine every inch of their abodes; much to the dismay of my parents who always had to keep a watchful eye on their brazenly temerarious daughter. But the enthralment did not end there. During our evening neighbourhood walks I'd pass familiar brick veneer homes and curiously ponder what lay beyond those ghastly mission brown facades. Not so much the happenings itself (let me make on thing straight, I'm not a busy body!), but an innocent inquisitiveness as to what kind of furniture lay await, set up in which fashion. Were there fireplaces in the lounge and was their walls clad in wallpaper like ours were? Was it tastefully decorated and were the floors plush or a mix of both carpet and vinyl like ours were?

These days I find myself wondering the same things, especially during moments of being stuck in traffic. Sometimes taking Miss Coco for walks I find myself searching through shuttered windows trying in vain to get a glimpse inside.

Of course at times it is easier to peer into the domains of well known individuals because of the internets. And for me I adore getting glimpses into the residences of designers and creative types. There's always such a strong sense of identity in their abodes, never conforming and always authentic. I find it compelling in attempting to understand why they surround themselves with certain possessions. How they do it and with what exactly. Most times a glimpse into their homes is a glimpse into their souls and personalities; almost like an extension of their being. I love Mr Lim's eccentric mix of mid century and oriental design. Pieces that appear to be more art than practical, industrial contrasting with antique. Like the beaded Yoruba chair, a fanciful flea market find and one that I know I'd be too afraid of spoiling.

-Sxx
via wall street journal

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  1. Love how he mixes east & west! That marble facade is amazing :)

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  2. My dream interiors! It's so beautiful <3 :)

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  3. I love seeing the dwellings of all different people - it's just so interesting and says so much about that individual. Phillip Lim's place however is an absolute dream. x

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  4. Stunning decor! :)
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  5. I love his built in display case. I think if I could ask for one apartment upgrade, that would be it!

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  6. Stunning deco! What an inspriration! Thanks for sharing Coco!
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  7. I love what he did with the vases, it creates such a cool vibe! It's always so amazing to see what people create with their homes, I love Pinterest for that because there is some insane designs and deco out there!

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    1. It's interesting isn't it. On paper it shouldn't work, but in real life it's just the most exquisite way of displaying curiosities. xx

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  8. Lol, I did the same things when I as a child! I agree Sonia, decor is in fact one of my passion and in another life I would have loved to become an interior designer. His house is amazing and perfectly reflects his creative sould. The tiger rug though is a little creepy!:P Have a wonderful week! xo

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    1. It's also mine too Lilli. I studied it for a bit too. Wouldn't mind getting into the industry still, more as a side project and working for myself in development as opposed to advising clients. And yes, that rug is kinda creepy. xx

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  9. This is so, so beautiful! I am always so fascinated and inspired by staring at other people's interiors haha!

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  10. I'm just jealous of the natural light and how open and airy it looks, haha!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Mica. Good amounts of natural lighting are my main priorities when searching for a place. If I can ever get my foot in the Melbourne market that is xx

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  11. Simplicity is so elegant and welcoming this is my type of place to live.

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  12. Lovely interior! Wish my apartment has natural light coming in filling it with so much warmth. xoxo

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  13. I wish my place could look remotely similar to some of these designs Sonia...... one day <3
    That bookshelf!!! My word....

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    1. One day Jade and yes that bookcase is incredible! xx

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  14. Those blue accents and animal prints, just gorgeous! love it!

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  15. Such a beautiful space!

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  16. Great photos dear!

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  17. perfect interior :) chic and unique :)
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  18. I will forever be in love with white walls and simplicity!
    xo
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  19. I'm also fascinated by people's residences as well especially when it comes to creative types since I'm curious about how their aesthetics would translate to their living spaces. Everything about this apartment is just dreamy. I love the light and airy feel, the floor to ceiling bookshelves and the eccentric decor.

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    1. I feel like their spaces are always the most interesting myself. And that bookcase is so enviable. One day xx

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  20. Lovely interiors, one day I like to re decorate my place. My room and studio are good but the kitchen and the living room could def be better. One day when I have spare money ;)
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  21. Ahhh, OF COURSE Lim's pad is just as cool as he is. :)

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  22. I'm a huge fan of Phillip Lim in general so it doesn't surprise me that his home is like that! Love it!

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  23. These pictures are absolutely beautiful, it's my dream home! I definitely agree, there's so much of a person's individuality in their home!

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  24. Love this decor inspiration, beautiful photos!

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  25. Omgosh when can I move in?? This space is definitely eccentric but I love it!

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  26. All the pics you show seams to me reallly different and love them...they have sigular details

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  27. Wow this interior is so beautiful !

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  28. davvero interessante come idee arredamento

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  29. This is a seriously cool home! Love love love

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  30. What a beautifully spacious apartment - and collection of books, wow! It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who has a tendency to peer inside the windows of homes as I'm walking past ;)

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    1. Hehehe. From the look of these comments, there's a few of us out there Gabrielle xx

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  31. Amaizng interior design... so chic!!!
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  32. Waw! That looks so cool! Love the combination of the modern and the vintage! And the wall of books! I could spend hours sniffing around...

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  33. This was so interesting! I'm always fascinated by decor too :) x

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  34. I've always been fascinated by homes and interior designs as well, I smiled when I read that you were a temerarious girl :)))
    Lovely post!!!!

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  35. I'm not really into interior design in real life, Sonia, but I do love seeing how others decorate their own houses. Like you, I'm just curious as to the layout and why certain things are there, you know? I remember doing a blog post a long time ago about Louboutin's house that was featured in InStyle and just being in awe of the whole place....sigh....

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    1. Oh yes, that is out of this world xx

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  36. I love Phillip Lim. Ugh I envy his bookshefs and library >.< my dream. Hope you're having a good week.

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  37. Aw just amazing decoration, I love minimalistic details and colors. Great sense of style indeed! Have a nice day, S! Regards!
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  38. That was my favourite activity when I was a child too, haha! I also think that people's home talk about themselves much. That home above is very stylish and cozy, Sonia!

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  39. This post is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing))

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  40. I am exactly the same, Sonia! I love peering through the neighbours home because I am curious how they decorate their home and hopefully it would inspire me about mine. And wow, what a gorgeous place, if that place is mine...I would be a very happy woman.

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  41. In love with this! So inspiring! He has great design sense from clothing to interiors. The mix of modern, practical and fun and eccentric is subtle but perfect. Exactly how I picture a cool New York loft

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  42. Beautiful decor ;)

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  43. Wow, beautiful design! I love your story too hun!
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  44. Oh wow, that home is really to die for! I love his quote about creating a home, and how everything looks so unique, yet pulled together. This is definitely some great inspiration for a future home!

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    1. Me too. I kept reading that over and over again. It speaks to me very much right now, not just because of personal circumstances but also the truth in its statement xx

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  45. Wow! That is some awesome decor inspo!
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  46. Love, love this post, I am a home decor fan ! This style is amazing =)

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  47. Wow this place looks amazing! I love that large furry rug!

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  48. The house of my dreams: light everywhere with some zen vibes. Fantastic Sonia! Baci, Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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  49. wow, such a wonderful place!! love it :D xoxo

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  50. this is beautiful .. i love the decor
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  51. This looks lovely! You can definitely get creative with this post! especially giving such great ideas :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  52. i think i just fell in love. this looks like somewhere you would live in for your style. love it.

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  53. Looks great

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  54. Oh my goodness.. that kitchen is a dream! It's everything I want in a kitchen.. such a sleek and modern design :) I really want a huge wall full of books when I get my own home. Love how spacious the place is even though it's not empty.

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    1. I wouldn't mind that kitchen myself xx

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  55. wow, this looks so beautiful :) classy, chic :)
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  56. That coffee table is stunning...if only I had my own home!

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  58. Beautiful decoration! Love the kitchen! Have a great weekend!

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  59. Wow! Everything looks so pretty; those bookshelves are incredible; my dream!
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  60. If I was this good ind decorating. Ha! Love this a lot. Great inspiration and photos.

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  61. Perfect ideas. I loved each one photograph.

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  62. Is that pic of Phillip Lim himself? omg, I love his designs and I dont even know how he looks like lol. Love the home too!

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  63. Stunning space, love the colours and how much white there is!

    xo,

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  64. I love these interiors!!

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  65. Homes of people are indeed fascinating insofar that they tell so much about people's personality and creativity. I found it always particularly interesting to see the houses of my friends while they still lived with their parents, because their houses said so much about how they were raised and educated, too. For example the alternative/sustainable girl living in a wooden house or the creative/intelligent girl living in a house full of books and art. Even when it comes to my own future home I'm putting so much thoughts in it, already now considering which styles will suit me and my family best and what will make me feel at ease in my own place.
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    1. That is such an interesting point. I don't think I've ever looked at it from that perspective. I know with our own household it couldn't be farther from the truth! My parents place is anything but creatively inspiring nor was it filled with books (well the books that did line our petite bookshelf belong solely to me). It's very much free of clutter, minimal and overly clean. I have noticed that kind of penchant in myself however xx

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  66. Would love to live in a place like this!! So cool

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