Lifestyle

Get The House Ready For The Lunar New Year

Get The House Ready For The Lunar New Year

All signs for the Year of the Ram (or Goat or Sheep, the choice is yours) so far point to a much better 12 months than what the outgoing Horse wrought. It’s generally believed rams/goats/sheep are calm and nurturing, so keeping a few ovine symbols around the house this year can’t hurt — in red if possible.

A clutch of Hong Kong’s most popular retailers have a broad swath of all things rammy up for grabs. G.O.D. starts things off with a series of small gifts that celebrate the New Year in a low-key way. Have your morning java for the next 12 months from their zodiac mug ($70), and make sure to place it on a kinda-sorta matching horoscope coaster ($60). If your holiday entertaining includes wine, a set of Hong Kong icon glass markers ($280) will keep your Chardonnay distinct from a guest’s Chablis. And when you’re out shopping this year, the sheep-themed collapsible tote bag ($180) is environmentally friendly and way cooler (and yes, cuter) than the plain cotton bags supermarkets offer up. And G.O.D.’s lai see packets ($55) will make those $10 bills look a whole lot better this year.

Over at TangTangTangTang, the lifestyle emporium looks to jazz up the everyday with a range of seasonal cooking and service ware, starting with its signature, blocky rice cooker — that looks like anything but — in red ($800). Once dinner’s ready, dish out food on the Garden bone china dinner set ($1,000 set of two), and don’t forget to put the silver fortune cookie salt and pepper shakers ($600) on the table. For more casual get togethers bring the requisite tea (or coffee) out in the red tinted Lattice tea service ($1,200 set of four). And for flowers, go for T4’s red and silver-plated square vase ($1,800).

Of Homeless’ typically design-forward accents and accessories for CNY the highlight might be UK brand Innermost’s HiHo Rocker Sheep ($17,800), a reimagining of the children’s rocking horse. Either facing forward in action mode or backwards for a lazier lounge, the HiHo certainly brings something new to the living room for the creative. And yes, there’s a kid’s version too. Speaking of kids, from France comes the La Fontaine coat hook by ENO ($330), an easy way to decorate spaces that demand hanging things. With winter lingering, the Sew Heart Felt rug sheep from the UK ($1,150) is cosy underfoot and made from 100 percent Merino wool — no sheep died to make it. Chehoma Belgium’s salt and pepper shakers ($688) are the kind of table accents that work year-round, particularly for easygoing outdoor gatherings. From Germany, Designimdorf offers a sheep-shaped steel wool scrubber ($275), and artisan brushmaker Redecker combines the prosaic with the lucky for its goat’s hair blind duster ($175). And though it lands on the porcine side of the aisle, nothing says “faat choi” like a piggy bank — in this case Areaware’s pig-shaped gold money box ($1,855).

Finally, local favourite TREE adds some themed eco-friendliness to the mix. Sticking with traditional reds and golds, toile pattern ceramics that are emblematic of Hong Kong by local designer Faux! are still available ($125 to $1,650) but adding to the options this year a range of service ware. A modern spin on the traditional, the Spring Blossom platter and bowl ($1,450 to $2,950) are elegant additions to the table. All those new year flowers can be showcased in vibrant recycled glass vases (from $697, and nesting apple-shaped rattan baskets ($795/set) can hold candy and whatever else you want off the coffee table. Raw coconut shells inlaid with gold leaf ($95) are another novel and ecologically responsible way to share sweets — and you can toss extra change in them year ‘round. Finally, what would the Lunar New Year home be without a lantern? Designed and handcrafted by Mekong Creations, a non-profit working with and for women in disadvantaged rural communities in Vietnam and Cambodia, TREE’s bright cotton or paper mini-lanterns ($95) are the perfect way to start the New Year with good fortune; spreading a little of it to someone who could use it. Gung Hei Faat Choi, everybody.