Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.

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From temporary housing to luxury high-rises, modular construction is a faster, safer, greener way to build

99-unit quarantine facility built in 77 days shows the improvements in quality control, worker safety and speed of construction that factory built homes can bring.

10 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

99-unit quarantine facility built in 77 days shows the improvements in quality control, worker safety and speed of construction that factory built homes can bring.

From temporary housing to luxury high-rises, modular construction is a faster, safer, greener way to build
Is Ho Chi Minh City the next Beijing or Shanghai? Vietnam ranks high on Juwai’s top 10 countries to invest – so should you buy up luxury property quick?

Want the Nguyens as neighbours? Interest is building fast in Vietnam’s luxury property market – with beautiful beaches, amazing food and a thriving economy, it’s no wonder

31 Jul 2020 - 6:00PM

Want the Nguyens as neighbours? Interest is building fast in Vietnam’s luxury property market – with beautiful beaches, amazing food and a thriving economy, it’s no wonder

Is Ho Chi Minh City the next Beijing or Shanghai? Vietnam ranks high on Juwai’s top 10 countries to invest – so should you buy up luxury property quick?
Furniture rental offers flexibility and a green solution for short-term lets

Furniture rental avoids ‘fast furniture’ destined for landfill, and saves on shipping when relocations are temporary.

30 Jul 2020 - 12:34PM

Furniture rental avoids ‘fast furniture’ destined for landfill, and saves on shipping when relocations are temporary.

Furniture rental offers flexibility and a green solution for short-term lets
Sustainable and free of plastic: the revival of rattan furniture and why it’s here to stay

Rattan has been used for hundreds of years in furniture, and is enjoying another revival as consumers tired of the throwaway mindset look for alternatives to plastic at home and in the office.

27 Jul 2020 - 3:32PM

Rattan has been used for hundreds of years in furniture, and is enjoying another revival as consumers tired of the throwaway mindset look for alternatives to plastic at home and in the office.

Sustainable and free of plastic: the revival of rattan furniture and why it’s here to stay
Sean Connery’s French Riviera home is on sale for US$33 million – as France leads the post-Brexit, post-coronavirus property boom

Want to buy a celebrity waterside home in France? So do we – from vineyards to villas to Parisian bolt-holes, now is the time to buy your slice of paradise

20 Jul 2020 - 3:00AM

Want to buy a celebrity waterside home in France? So do we – from vineyards to villas to Parisian bolt-holes, now is the time to buy your slice of paradise

Sean Connery’s French Riviera home is on sale for US$33 million – as France leads the post-Brexit, post-coronavirus property boom
Invest in Hong Kong property now, say analysts, as coronavirus lockdown keeps foreign and mainland buyers away – before the post-pandemic market rebound

First-time buyers, listen up – the absence of foreign investors during lockdown mean it’s a buyer’s market right now – but act quick before the post-pandemic market rebound

14 Jul 2020 - 3:51PM

First-time buyers, listen up – the absence of foreign investors during lockdown mean it’s a buyer’s market right now – but act quick before the post-pandemic market rebound

Invest in Hong Kong property now, say analysts, as coronavirus lockdown keeps foreign and mainland buyers away – before the post-pandemic market rebound
Sea view properties in Hong Kong are getting more expensive as affluent families flee protests and coronavirus for Sai Kung, Southside and Lantau

Protests and pandemic have fuelled interest in sea view properties as affluent families flea for Sai Kung, Southside and Lantau

1 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Protests and pandemic have fuelled interest in sea view properties as affluent families flea for Sai Kung, Southside and Lantau

Sea view properties in Hong Kong are getting more expensive as affluent families flee protests and coronavirus for Sai Kung, Southside and Lantau
Forget Covid-19 and Brexit: London remains a magnet for the super-rich as the luxury property market booms

Property agents say rich overseas investors are buying historic properties during the pandemic without seeing them in person

30 Jun 2020 - 12:25PM

Property agents say rich overseas investors are buying historic properties during the pandemic without seeing them in person

Forget Covid-19 and Brexit: London remains a magnet for the super-rich as the luxury property market booms
Natural-fibre statement rugs are right on trend as families in lockdown look to add colour and comfort to rooms

Rugs add colour, texture and comfort and are a great way to change up a room, says designer Aviva Duncan, who used lockdown to design her debut collection – in geometric patterns that are this year’s trend.

7 Jul 2020 - 10:46AM

Rugs add colour, texture and comfort and are a great way to change up a room, says designer Aviva Duncan, who used lockdown to design her debut collection – in geometric patterns that are this year’s trend.

Natural-fibre statement rugs are right on trend as families in lockdown look to add colour and comfort to rooms
Can’t sell your Hong Kong flat? Hire a stylist to make it look fabulous – and help you get the price you want

In Australia, the US and the UK, house stylists have long helped sellers get the price they want for their property; now it’s Hong Kong’s turn to style it out

27 Jun 2020 - 7:00AM

In Australia, the US and the UK, house stylists have long helped sellers get the price they want for their property; now it’s Hong Kong’s turn to style it out

Can’t sell your Hong Kong flat? Hire a stylist to make it look fabulous – and help you get the price you want
Lisbon, London or Los Angeles – after Covid-19, where are luxury property investors looking to buy?

Want to be Madonna’s neighbour? Join her and head to the Portuguese capital as analysts predict a luxury real estate boom after the virus has passed

22 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM

Want to be Madonna’s neighbour? Join her and head to the Portuguese capital as analysts predict a luxury real estate boom after the virus has passed

Lisbon, London or Los Angeles – after Covid-19, where are luxury property investors looking to buy?
Worried about food supply? Climate change and coronavirus mean you should be – but which country ranks as the safest to live and invest?

Worried about food supply? Climate change and coronavirus mean you should be – but which country ranks as the safest?

15 Jun 2020 - 8:00AM

Worried about food supply? Climate change and coronavirus mean you should be – but which country ranks as the safest?

Worried about food supply? Climate change and coronavirus mean you should be – but which country ranks as the safest to live and invest?
Why homes and offices may need a makeover if coronavirus pandemic changes open-plan interior design

Will experience of working from home during the coronavirus, and doing more home cooking, prompt families to favour enclosed spaces? And what about open-plan offices?

14 Jul 2020 - 3:21PM

Will experience of working from home during the coronavirus, and doing more home cooking, prompt families to favour enclosed spaces? And what about open-plan offices?

Why homes and offices may need a makeover if coronavirus pandemic changes open-plan interior design
‘Quintessentially English, but with modern luxuries’ – why rich Chinese investors love luxury homes in historic London buildings

‘Quintessentially English, but with modern luxuries’ – buyers are snapping up ultra stylish luxury homes in some of the UK capital’s classic buildings

10 Jun 2020 - 12:07PM

‘Quintessentially English, but with modern luxuries’ – buyers are snapping up ultra stylish luxury homes in some of the UK capital’s classic buildings

‘Quintessentially English, but with modern luxuries’ – why rich Chinese investors love luxury homes in historic London buildings
Emerging Asian designers shaping trends in furniture, product and interior design share what makes them tick in new book

From Hong Kong’s Michael Leung to Japan’s Ryosuke Fukusada to Indonesia’s Alvin Tjitrowirjo, 97 emerging designers shaping trends in furniture, product and interior design across Asia are the focus of a new book.

31 May 2020 - 7:45PM

From Hong Kong’s Michael Leung to Japan’s Ryosuke Fukusada to Indonesia’s Alvin Tjitrowirjo, 97 emerging designers shaping trends in furniture, product and interior design across Asia are the focus of a new book.

Emerging Asian designers shaping trends in furniture, product and interior design share what makes them tick in new book
The Peak, Mid-Levels or Happy Valley? Hong Kong’s 5 most expensive neighbourhoods to live – and to invest in

The Peak may still be Hong Kong’s priciest neighbourhood – but that doesn’t make it the smartest investment

27 May 2020 - 10:55AM

The Peak may still be Hong Kong’s priciest neighbourhood – but that doesn’t make it the smartest investment

The Peak, Mid-Levels or Happy Valley? Hong Kong’s 5 most expensive neighbourhoods to live – and to invest in
London’s Hyde Park and NYC’s Central Park show how a grassy view can heap value on prime real estate prices

A window opening onto London’s Hyde Park, NYC’s Central Park or any other major green space will pump plenty of value to your property investment

18 May 2020 - 6:00AM

A window opening onto London’s Hyde Park, NYC’s Central Park or any other major green space will pump plenty of value to your property investment

London’s Hyde Park and NYC’s Central Park show how a grassy view can heap value on prime real estate prices
How coronavirus has made home buying in the US, Europe, Australia and other places even harder

Owners in California, France, Spain and other usually hot property areas are pulling homes from the market as the global pandemic continues

14 May 2020 - 3:33PM

Owners in California, France, Spain and other usually hot property areas are pulling homes from the market as the global pandemic continues

How coronavirus has made home buying in the US, Europe, Australia and other places even harder
Working from home? Singapore’s Paper Carpenter has a DIY cardboard desk just for you

The coronavirus lockdown gave Adrian Chua, founder of Singapore-based Paper Carpenter, the idea for his latest product – a DIY, eco-friendly desk called the Poppi.

9 May 2020 - 4:57AM

The coronavirus lockdown gave Adrian Chua, founder of Singapore-based Paper Carpenter, the idea for his latest product – a DIY, eco-friendly desk called the Poppi.

Working from home? Singapore’s Paper Carpenter has a DIY cardboard desk just for you
The future of co-living: how communal shared housing and spaces will change post-Covid-19 – think working from home and more cleaning

Expect changes at Hong Kong co-living spaces Dash Coliving, Hmlet and The Nate to align with residents’ new expectations of communal shared housing, their operators say, including greater provisions for working from home and more cleaning.

7 May 2020 - 6:08PM

Expect changes at Hong Kong co-living spaces Dash Coliving, Hmlet and The Nate to align with residents’ new expectations of communal shared housing, their operators say, including greater provisions for working from home and more cleaning.

The future of co-living: how communal shared housing and spaces will change post-Covid-19 – think working from home and more cleaning
Investors are buying property through FaceTime, WhatsApp and Facebook Live streams as coronavirus lockdown restricts travel and viewings

With the world on lockdown, investors are buying property from FaceTime, WhatsApp, Facebook Live streams – but how smart are they?

28 Apr 2020 - 11:00AM

With the world on lockdown, investors are buying property from FaceTime, WhatsApp, Facebook Live streams – but how smart are they?

Investors are buying property through FaceTime, WhatsApp and Facebook Live streams as coronavirus lockdown restricts travel and viewings
Rents set to fall in Hong Kong but could rise in Singapore and Taipei, predict forecasters, as expats flee coronavirus

After the battering of months of protests, and now the global Covid-19 pandemic, it might finally be time to have a polite word with your letting agent

18 Apr 2020 - 10:00AM

After the battering of months of protests, and now the global Covid-19 pandemic, it might finally be time to have a polite word with your letting agent

Rents set to fall in Hong Kong but could rise in Singapore and Taipei, predict forecasters, as expats flee coronavirus
Property markets remain upbeat in China, Singapore, Britain and Australia – despite the coronavirus pandemic

Despite crashing stock markets amid the coronavirus pandemic, property markets remain remarkably resilient in China, Singapore, Britain and Australia

13 Apr 2020 - 10:47AM

Despite crashing stock markets amid the coronavirus pandemic, property markets remain remarkably resilient in China, Singapore, Britain and Australia

Property markets remain upbeat in China, Singapore, Britain and Australia – despite the coronavirus pandemic
What do wellness and health have to do with buying a home? A lot, it seems

Now that people worldwide are practising in-home quarantine, wellness-focused features incorporated into our homes are more important than ever, according to Luxury Portfolio International.

10 Apr 2020 - 12:22AM

Now that people worldwide are practising in-home quarantine, wellness-focused features incorporated into our homes are more important than ever, according to Luxury Portfolio International.

What do wellness and health have to do with buying a home? A lot, it seems
How wood is trending as a renewable building material, even for high-rises – but don’t expect timber skyscrapers in Hong Kong

Wood is trending as a renewable building material, and timber towers around the world are getting taller. Mass-engineered timber and cross-laminated timber can be used instead of concrete and steel.

31 Mar 2020 - 5:09PM

Wood is trending as a renewable building material, and timber towers around the world are getting taller. Mass-engineered timber and cross-laminated timber can be used instead of concrete and steel.

How wood is trending as a renewable building material, even for high-rises – but don’t expect timber skyscrapers in Hong Kong
British inventor puts stylish spin on cordless lamps, including a 24-carat gold one

The brand Alexander Joseph developed new bulbs and long-life battery configurations for designs by in-house and up-and-coming designers.

26 Mar 2020 - 4:30PM

The brand Alexander Joseph developed new bulbs and long-life battery configurations for designs by in-house and up-and-coming designers.

British inventor puts stylish spin on cordless lamps, including a 24-carat gold one
New app HelloJack! matches Hong Kong’s best handymen with local renovation projects

Brainchild of former corporate executive Philip Leung Shu-kai, the app aims to take on jobs of all sizes, from a leaky tap to a full remodel.

18 Mar 2020 - 12:17PM

Brainchild of former corporate executive Philip Leung Shu-kai, the app aims to take on jobs of all sizes, from a leaky tap to a full remodel.

New app HelloJack! matches Hong Kong’s best handymen with local renovation projects
How a Hong Kong entrepreneur’s obsession with tidiness led him to launch a new kind of box

Conrad Lee has indulged his passion for design by launching Boxzes, a modular storage system made from stackable acrylic boxes.

12 Mar 2020 - 11:06AM

Conrad Lee has indulged his passion for design by launching Boxzes, a modular storage system made from stackable acrylic boxes.

How a Hong Kong entrepreneur’s obsession with tidiness led him to launch a new kind of box
Why Kuala Lumpur’s luxury residential property market is a smart choice for Asian investors

Cheaper than Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore – but with branded luxury serviced residences, international schools and good health care – KL is next hotspot for investors and expats alike

11 Mar 2020 - 12:00PM

Cheaper than Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore – but with branded luxury serviced residences, international schools and good health care – KL is next hotspot for investors and expats alike

Why Kuala Lumpur’s luxury residential property market is a smart choice for Asian investors
The 10 best small cities in the world for affordable real estate and a thriving cultural scene

Japan, the US, Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia and even Portugal still have small towns and cities where cost of living is affordable and life is enjoyable

10 Mar 2020 - 4:34PM

Japan, the US, Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia and even Portugal still have small towns and cities where cost of living is affordable and life is enjoyable

The 10 best small cities in the world for affordable real estate and a thriving cultural scene