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‘I would love to live in a Matisse painting – a pastiche of colour, pattern, plants and bright flowers,’ interior designer and Hong Kong artist Greer Howland Smith tells The Style Sheet. We think she’s already succeeded.


Located in Hong Kong’s Southside, the home Greer shares with her husband and two children is an invigorating artist’s oasis. Perfectly balancing quirky and classic details, the space mixes functional pieces with plenty of treasures from her travels. ‘I go to fabric markets while I’m travelling and bring fabric back to be made into furniture, curtains and soft furnishings,’ she tells us. The inviting space is punctuated with vivid splashes of her own whimsical artwork along with one-of-a-kind original works.

Artist and interior designer Greer Howland Smith lounges at her Southside home wearing Edward Achour frill blouse and wide-leg pants, available from Harvey Nichols
Artist and interior designer Greer Howland Smith lounges at her Southside home wearing Edward Achour frill blouse and wide-leg pants, available from Harvey Nichols
Left: The home is peppered with colourful accents, including a tray from La Cartuja de Sevilla and a vase from Elyse Graham, both available at Lane Crawford. Right: An Astier de Villatte x John Derian vase from Lane Crawford and a floral bouquet from Ellermann perch in front of Greer’s own artwork to create a pretty contrast of print and colour
Left: The home is peppered with colourful accents, including a tray from La Cartuja de Sevilla and a vase from Elyse Graham, both available at Lane Crawford. Right: An Astier de Villatte x John Derian vase from Lane Crawford and a floral bouquet from Ellermann perch in front of Greer’s own artwork to create a pretty contrast of print and colour
The colourful, airy and electric dining room
The colourful, airy and electric dining room

Greer first gravitated towards the place – a rare find with both ocean views and a dense, jungle-like garden patio – for its ability to spark creativity. ‘I get inspired by the sea view and all of the wondrous botanical plants in the garden. I see the most extraordinary little insects and most recently was visited by a ten-foot python. A marmalade-coloured cat makes his appearance every day. It is a magical place.’

Left: Greer paints on her tranquil, lush outdoor patio. Right: Greer’s sketchbook is well-used due to the home’s inspirational location
Left: Greer paints on her tranquil, lush outdoor patio. Right: Greer’s sketchbook is well-used due to the home’s inspirational location
] A woman of many hats, Greer poses wearing a necklace she designed herself. Dress from Tibi available at Harvey Nichols
A woman of many hats, Greer poses wearing a necklace she designed herself. Dress from Tibi available at Harvey Nichols

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