At Home: Passion for fashion manifests in studio decor 

Connie Wong’s career, lifestyle and background all intersect in her small, streamlined Nob Hill studio.

She’s a fashion buyer for Macy’s, so the walk-in closet and stylish wood floors were big draws. Wong likes to entertain, so she makes room for wine bottles and places for people to sit. And part of her early life was spent in Hong Kong, which means she learned to live clutter-free in small spaces.

The result is a sunny, welcoming and overwhelmingly stylish studio, which is a place for Wong to relax, read a magazine, or sip a cocktail or coffee looking out the kitchen window, five floors above the streets of Nob Hill.

“I decompress here,” says Wong, who likes to curl up on her buttercup-yellow chaise longue and read. “It’s the perfect size.”

Wong’s career in fashion spills over into her decor. She applies the same principles to designing her home as she does to choosing clothes — contemporary clean lines and minimalism dominate. She doesn’t like too severe a look, though.

“It’s beautiful,” she says of design schemes like the cold, ultramodern Swedish lines, but she prefers a cozier place to nestle into.

The studio is free from disorder. “I learned to be streamlined in Hong Kong,” Wong says. That habit makes the small space work: “I feel out of balance when there’s clutter.”

In home furnishing and in couture, Wong mixes it up. “I like to high-low it,” she says, which means combining a designer piece with something basic and inexpensive. Ikea and CB2 form the basis of her furniture, and those pieces are sprinkled with personal effects and higher-end accents.

“I like to splurge on random things,” she says, pointing out a quartet of chandelier prints from Therapy and a large, striking bouquet of silk cherry-blossom branches bought from India.

Wong also takes matters into her own hands if they don’t fit her vision. A print of Audrey Hepburn, black on brilliant purple, hangs over the bed. She bought the print from Ikea, but didn’t like the gray background, so she took it outside and painted it purple. Then, she painted her studio’s trim a lighter purple to match.

“Everything is based on Audrey,” she says. It fits: a fashion icon as the center of a fashionable pad.

The home is “an extension of my creativity,” Wong says, “and it has to be comfortable.”

Style keys

Design principles: Contemporary, clean, cozy
Favorite pieces: Chandelier prints in kitchen
Favorite magazines: Nylon, The Economist
Favorite blogs: Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Decor8, Pad Style

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