Kuala Lumpur homes: Over the roofs in Mont Kiara
This apartment is full of light and space and is as lively as its residents, Nina and her family. They are just about to pack up and leave Malaysia after seven years. We managed to sneak a few snapshots in between moving boxes.
“I follow no particular style. I like to add new things and change things around often. I may see something covered in dust in a corner of a shop and immediately visualise what to do with it and where to place it in my home. I rarely buy things without knowing exactly where they will fit.”
The lovely Chinese sideboard is Nina’s farewell present to herself, bought at Danasti in PJ – where she has found many other treasures during their long stay in KL. The first piece of furniture she got from there was a Chinese bench that cost 40 Ringgit at the time – a good example how prices have skyrocketed in the recent years.
“One of my favourite places in the apartment is the large armchair positioned so that I can see the city skyline. We used to live on the other side of the same condo and enjoyed the quiet jungle view for years, but now I love seeing the city every day.”
Traveling is a dear hobby to this family – and it shows in their home. Neatly in one corner stand wooden souvenirs from Africa and Asia, and the design of their native Finland is clearly visible in textiles and tableware around the apartment.
“Living in Asia has changed my taste a bit: I find myself attracted to small decorative things and trinkets. When I travel to a new country I like to bring back something that reminds of something special on that trip. It is important for me that objects in my home have a story. “
“For some reason I particularly like the entrance to our apartment. The eucalyptus branches have moved with me from home to home. They remind me of a special moment in Australia when we suddenly saw wild koalas hiding in eucalyptus trees.”
The dining chairs are a recent purchase from SSF, an alternative to IKEA for furniture, silk flowers and household essentials.
The girls like to set up their tea parties by the large windows of the living room. The moomin chairs Nina found at the discount corner of Hide & Sleep in Publika, another great little shop for kids’ furniture and wooden toys.
The girls are adamant Frozen fans but lot of their toys have local flavour. The Unicef doll is currently poorly as you can see from the plasters. A local tailor made an extra batik cover for the doll’s pram, and the cushion is from a women’s collective in Cambodia.
“I love markets in South East Asia. My favourites have been Chatuchak in Bangkok for variety, Pasar Kraftangan in Kota Kinabalu and the night market in Siem Reap for its’ serene atmosphere without pushy sellers”.
Lot 5, Jalan 215
Off Jalan Templer