This week, we’re rounding up the very best places in the ‘Kong to feather your little chick’s nest! Be it furniture that’s both fabulous and functional, kid-friendly soft furnishings (yep, think machine-washable, mama!) or some custom-made finishing touches to personalise a newborn’s nursery, we’ve got the lowdown right here.
If you’d prefer to keep your pad stylish and on-trend once the little tyke arrives, Bloom should definitely be on your radar. This ultra-modern range of designer furniture is beautifully styled, but also totally practical (the Coco rocker is Sassy Mama tried and tested, and is a cosy naptime nest!)
Cosmo Beebies offers not only an online shopping site, but also a quiet little store in the heart of Wellington Street. Here you’ll find a small range of furniture, and check out their Nuna line if you are looking for stylish high chairs to fit into a funky pad!
Eugene Club offers a giant selection of baby products, including a good range of furniture, and specialises in cool Japanese baby products. Their shops are generally spacious and pleasant with good prices – and we love, love, love their extremely well-organised layout!
It’s inevitable that you’ll find yourself at the big blue and yellow warehouse at least once while kitting out your baby’s room, but you may be pleasantly surprised by Ikea’s great range of kids furniture, bedding and rugs. If you were so inclined, you could kit the room out from top to bottom, (toys included!) in just one stop, but we prefer to stock up on basics and mix and match with other fave brands. Our picks are the good quality bedding and the eminently well-designed Gulliver highchair, an easy-clean favourite of baby-led-weaners everywhere!
We are in love with Indigo’s kids’ line! Consider your decorating dilemmas solved. The super line includes furniture such as beds, bedside tables, desks, wall units and cots plus, bed linens, mattresses and cushions and even a selection of toys, books and a wonderful range of clever storage solutions. Phew! There are many styles to choose from, each brilliantly designed so that you can add to your child’s room as their needs change.
It’s Magical is a great store for unique toys and furniture that get a child’s imagination up and running. Club members get free delivery with purchases over HK$3,000.
Unit G29-G34, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, TST, Hong Kong. Tel: 2375 6020
Unit 130, Level 1, Seibu Department Store, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Tel: 3148 1151
Shop 209, 2/F Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2808 1773
Kidniture will get little ones excited about sleepy-time with their super-cute princess, fire engine and bus beds. Lovely designs and reasonable prices make this and attractive option for a themed room.
If you’re looking for something custom-made for your child’s room, Kids by Red Cabinet should be for your first stop. They are especially great for beds with built-in storage to hide the stash toys and out-of-season clothes. For those who wish to purchase ready-made products, they also carry stock of stylish play tables, bookcases, first beds, bunk and loft beds and nightstands. It’s also a great place for wall stickers and art.
A one-stop green shop, Mother Organic also has lovely bedding – and it’s a great place for organic cot mattresses. In addition to the online shop they also have a retail location in Central.
My Woodz at Attic Lifestyle is all about simple lines with a subtle Chinese twist. There’s everything here from cabinetry to nursery furniture and they’re all finished in beautifully coloured, low VOC paints.
Mothercare is a UK brand that offers a whole range of things for baby – quality basics, bedding, gear and a good quality selection of nursery furniture. Prices may cause a few raised eyebrows amongst UK mums (especially when the original price tags are left on and you can see the HK mark-up!), but are still pretty reasonable.
201-202, 2/F, Lee Gardens Two, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2504 1088
4-6, Level 9, MegaBox, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2359 0018
OT G52, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, TST, Hong Kong. Tel: 2735 5738
523, Level 5, Grand Century Place, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Tel: 2380 1832
303-306 Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2523 5704
A112, Phase 3, Level 1, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Tel: 2698 5533
With functional desks, kids beds and cute character couches, Nerd Kids For Living is another to add to your Horizon Plaza itinerary.
If you’re after reasonably priced furniture but can’t face another trip around Ikea (we hear you!), Takad could be the answer to your prayers. Making functional beds, desks and storage out of solid pine, this basic, but very affordable, option is great if you’re handy with a paintbrush or don’t mind a simple finish.
Tiny Footprints offers a plethora of baby brands (with a strong Aussie bias!) and is the place to head to for gorgeous Boori cribs and changers and Baby Bjorn bouncers. While you’re there, stock up on all your other baby essentials, like formula and nappies.
If you’re heading to Horizon Plaza, start at TREE up on level 28 and fuel yourself for the task ahead with a bite at their café. Their TREEkids range of furniture is perfect for investment pieces that will last until they are off to uni, and their eco-friendly ethos makes for less worrying about chemical nasties in the nursery.
Décor and nursery gear
Online kids store Babatude have reasonable shipping to Hong Kong and stock cute and quirky décor, and kids homewares. The re-stickable growth charts are very cute and we also love their ‘Finishing Touches’ section.
Barefoot Carpets will design and custom-make rugs to suit your décor and prices are surprisingly affordable. If you’re not feeling very creative, they have an online gallery to inspire you.
A fabulous record of all of your wee one’s favourite things, or a unique birth announcement? Whatever you choose, a personalised bus scroll canvas from the Been Here There and Everywhere Canvas Company will record whatever you like for posterity. The pretty pastels or bold block colours make for a fab focal point in a child’s bedroom.
Bloom and Grow is Asia’s leading distributor of some of the best and most-loved baby and nursery products around. With names like ERGOBaby Carrier, Grobag, Bambino Mio, the Bumbo and Skip Hop, these guys have you covered with nursery décor and more. All of their products are found in store at top baby retailers in Hong Kong including Bumps to Babes and many can also be ordered on their website.
After a gift for a brand new Snake baby? We love, love, love the Chinese zodiac animal prints at Cupcake Designs. Perfect in either a nursery or on a living room wall!
Kaloo offers gorgeous French soft toys, nursery décor and clothing in pastel and natural colours. Great for picking up gifts, as everything comes so gorgeously packed.
Teens (or hipsters!) will love the quirky soft furnishings on offer at Little Clouds and parents will go for the reasonable prices.
The phrase ‘carefully curated’ gets banded about a lot in relation to Hong Kong boutiques, but you can genuinely apply the description to MIRTH’s range of unique home décor for kids and mama too.
Gorgeous homewares, toys and décor items are the order of the day at Offspring on floor 15 of furniture behemoth, Horizon Plaza. Children’s items are designed to be touched as well as looked at, and parents will appreciate the quirky and cute selection.
Tel: 2518 7771
In addition to being an online baby superstore with loads of brands you know (SkipHop, Peg Perego, etc), Our Baby also stocks hard to find European brands – if you’re hunting for some innovative playroom décor or the latest cutting edge car seat, pram, or cot this place may have just what you’re looking for.
Petit Bazaar is a gorgeous store, stocking inspired luxury kids furniture, gifts, toys and décor items from Europe. This is a treasure chest of fabulous stuff, much of which is eco-friendly.
9 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2544 2255
80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tel: 2528 0229
9 Stanley Market Road, Hong Kong. Tel: 2407 1892
A gorgeous online store exclusively for kids’ homewares and décor, Tickety Boo’s products are sourced from all over the world and the owners – who are parents themselves – select each product. They’ll ship right to your doorstep in HK and throughout most of Asia too.
If you’re going for a big project, an interior designer may be a useful contact. Clifton Leung Design Workshop specialise in luxury residential properties and work with Hong Kong’s limited space to create beautiful, homely results.
Want a custom mural for a room or playroom? Gail at Hong Kong Murals can transform your kiddo’s room into a colourful, happy and imaginative space designed just for them. She has developed a special system of a treated canvas that allows her murals to be stuck on the wall and then later removed without damaging the hand-painted images – perfect for Hong Kong rentals!
Quirky, pretty wall art is the order of the day at Marguerite & Gribouilli. All their designs are either one-offs or limited edition, so you can be sure the end result is yours alone. There’s an online boutique or for a professional eye, why not contact one of their designers for an in-depth consultation?
So you’ve got your gorgeous new furniture and finishing touches, but those landlord-friendly white emulsion walls are spoiling your overall effect? Nick Lambert is a UK-qualified painter and decorator with over 20 years of experience who will provide a thorough consultation, turn up on time, do a professional job without trashing your carpet and charge very reasonable rates – rare for Hong Kong! Although based out of Discovery Bay, Nick is happy to work all over Hong Kong and can help source good quality materials like kid-friendly wallpapers.
Tel: 6796 4317
And finally; if you’re a dab hand with a roller, you’re braver than us! The Yuen Fat Ho Paint Shop will get you kitted out with brushes and paint. Don’t forget the dust sheets!
Yuen Fat Ho Paint Shop
77 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2546 8020
Alternatively, Natural Living has all the eco-friendly paint you could want, along with green cleaners for tidying up afterwards! www.naturalliving.hk