Do It Yourself

Crafty customers create new trend for D.I.Y. style

Handmade homewares are increasingly fashionable and can take many forms, such as these simple cushions from Louise Harris.

Handmade - a "trend from the heart" - was widely identified as one of the hot interiors trends for this year. According to the tipsters, we will eschew mass-produced, cookie-cutter homewares in favour of edgy indie. Or better yet, make it ourselves.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 5:22am

Time to triumph

1 Baking creme brulee

Creme brulee is delicious. I like to make a lot of them and just ... gobble.

Wong Kai-to

2 Clay sculpture

Imagine if we could all sip or nibble from the cup or bowl that we made. As if that is not cool enough, we can also design our own patterns.

Janet Choi

3 Editing films

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Darling of DIY designs

Many of the clothes in Geneva Vanderzeil's colourful closet appear to have come straight from the runways. There are striking statement pieces that seem bang on trend and expensive. But look more closely and you'll realise that most of her clothes are not designer frocks but inexpensive versions of the items you see in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Style Meter


Electric shades

For slinky looks with high-voltage style.

Perfectly applied deep red lipstick

Sophisticated and sexy.

Vintage-inspired footwear

We love retro colours and chunky heels.


DIY overload

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Improvements with your own two hands

When retirees Richard and Eleanor Borley bought a bolt hole in Mui Wo, on Lantau Island, 18 months ago, they decided to take on much of the renovation work themselves. Having had two homes in Britain built from scratch, they were confident they could replicate the success with their 800 sq ft apartment in Hong Kong.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Do it yourself

Listen to five people talking about the do's and don'ts of DIY and then answer the questions.

1 What does Jenny think about people who do DIY as a hobby?

a. she thinks they save a lot of money

b. she doesn't understand them

c. she thinks they are boring

2 What does she do if something needs doing in her apartment?

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Do-it-yourself chic

Whether it's growing their own herbs, making soap, or even building furniture, the do-it-yourself (DIY) idea has been popular in Western countries for decades. But in Hong Kong, where you can buy almost anything, it's surprising to find anyone who wants to make things themselves.

24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

I am against Raymond Wong [Yuk-man]'s tyranny and narcissism and uncivilised democracy. Just because of this point, I think people will support me

Former radio agony aunt Pamela Pak Wan-kam, who is running against Wong in the West Kowloon by-election

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Do It Yourself concept catches on

DIY is common among homeowners in Europe and North America. Couples will happily spend their weekend browsing enormous Do It Yourself stores in Britain and the United States and then haul their purchases home to embark on major renovation projects.

No job is too large it seems, from putting up shelves, to renovating bathrooms, or converting lofts.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

DIY concept coming to town

Buying a property in Hong Kong is one thing but renovating a home requires expert help.

In the west, buyers regularly tackle anything from changing a leaky tap washer to a total renovation but in Hong Kong that can prove extremely difficult.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

DIY trend reflects improving lifestyle

People are moving up the social ladder and want their homes to mirror that fact

WHILE IT MAY BE well established in the west, do-it-yourself (DIY) home furnishing is still a relatively novel concept in China. However, it is fast becoming a trendy lifestyle choice.

The consumer society places emphasis on variety and the sense of individuality of products.

20 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Do It Yourself (Stiff)

Humour always peppered the work of cockney vocalist Ian Dury, who sadly succumbed to cancer three years ago aged 57. And album covers were no exception: this second LP was issued in a handful of mock garish wallpaper patterns, for no other reason than to play with the title.

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Calling the professionals

Our first home renovation, many moons ago, was a classic example of what not to do. I'd wanted a new bathroom, but my other half deemed it wasn't necessary. So when a handy-type friend dropped by one afternoon I suddenly had a brilliant idea.

'What are you like with a chainsaw?' I asked him.

26 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Leave it to the pros and ex-cons

For two weeks I have been waking up to the sound of hammering and drilling, with a man with a tattooed chest tearing down my bedroom. In other words, a renovation nightmare.

12 Oct 1996 - 12:00am