When style blogger Li-Chi Pan offered DECO an exclusive tour of her stylish apartment in Sydney, we jumped at the chance. In a perfect example of how to style up a small space beautifully, we share her key pieces and show you how to get the look here in South Africa.
South African-born Taiwanese blogger Li Chi Pan is currently based in Sydney. The 23 year old architectural and design graduate has a keen passion for photography and resides in Sydney’s plush One Central Park building – recently voted the ‘best tall building of the year’ by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) based at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology.
Li Chi Pan is currently busy working as a content editor for Australia’s leading luxury agency, MAXMEDIALAB, but somehow found the time to share her little sanctuary with us…
It’s a room up in the Clouds – I love living in One Central Park. The building is veiled in living green walls and sits above three levels of retail overlooking a vast terraced garden.
People often ask what’s it like to live here; my favourite part about my apartment is having floor-to-ceiling windows where I’m able to see all the lovely greenery drape the exterior. It’s like a real jungle, so it keeps me feeling earthed and calm.
The convenience of living in an apartment means no more lawns and also forces you to get rid of your pile of accumulated ‘stuff’ and live a minimal lifestyle.
I wanted to achieve a Nordic feel with light wood to bring through a clean and graphic look.
When decorating my apartment I can be quite thrifty and mix-and-match items. My room was heavily inspired by Scandinavian design.
DECO DICTIONARY: Scandinavian design
Scandinavian design is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. The principle of Scandinavian design: prioritising functionality without eliminating grace and beauty.
It’s my favourite place to kick back after a busy day at work and acts as an office during weekends. It’s where I let down all my walls and feel relaxed.
I love playing around with my side table, always change up my sheets and you’ll always discover fresh florals in my home.
GET THE LOOK
Li-Chi Pan‘s Sydney sanctuary has nailed that light wood, clean graphic look; a simplistic minimal functionality that we love, with a sexy Scandinavian feel that never goes out of style. Her chic little apartment is definitely crush-worthy with it’s beautiful clean designs and yet is highly functional too – her style is effective without needing heavy elements; only what is needed is used.
Here’s how to get the look, shopping locally right here in SA…
1. Intense obsessions print R110, Monoshop
2. 100% Grey and White linen duvet cover R2 195, Weylandts
3. Acapulco inspired chair R1 350, Esque
4. Elevate throw R600, Esque
5. Textured cotton mat R170, Woolworths
6. Desk lamp R695, Weylandts
7. Text scatter cushion R295, Weylandts
8. Glass dispenser bottle R150, Monoshop
9. White orchid R499, Boardmans
10. Matchbox scatter cushion R495, Weylandts
11. White and pine pedestal R1 400, Mr Price Home
12. White scented candle R180, Monoshop
13. Oak tray R250, Woolworths
14. Grey tray R300, Monoshop
15. Minimalist calender R350, Monoshop
Interior photography by Li-Chi Pan.
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For more style inspiration, check out Li Chi Pan’s blog: lichipan.blogspot.com.
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DECO intern Charné Mingo is an aspiring street and fashion photographer, with a background in TV, set design and writing. She is a free-spirited explorer, with a passion for travel and meeting people from all walks of life. She finds peace in cooking, exhilaration in cycling, solace in reading and absolute bliss in walking her dogs whilst listening to music. Follow Charné on Instagram @charne_mingo