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The six-month renovation yielded an airy abode, replete with eclectic furnishings that respectfully tip their hat to the house's groovy bones. Furniture, all brought in anew from auction houses, antiques stores, flea markets and "basically from everywhere," says Wong, is for the most part vintage '70s stuff. "But since we didn't really want it to look like a '70s mosh pit, we introduced different eras, too. I'm drawn to pieces with great lines, nothing too froufrou, and shapes that are well made. If you buy good pieces from all periods, they'll go together. I like to mix it up so there's always a yin and yang with modern lines and curves." He created the kitchen island by affixing chrome legs to the oak top of a dining table that he found in the house at the time of purchase; aubergine stools from Brueton offer a modern pop. Such bursts of color are used carefully, sparingly and to great effect; the only color in the master bedroom, for instance, comes from a striking painting and a Swedish pillow fabric. "You tend to focus your eyes on those areas with bits of color," he says. In another corner of the room, a ceramic collection, all white, boasts sumptuous pieces from Royal Copenhagen, Gustavsberg and KPM.
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With durable fabrics throughout and accessories that Wong changes with the seasons, the home functions as a living and entertaining pad year-round. The main room is large enough to accommodate multiple conversations during parties; the outdoor space, with different terraces and a set-off pool area, can comfortably seat 30. And although the interiors have evolved during the years since Wong's purchase ("I've added things and taken things out, and we've become more and more selective!" he says), the home is pretty much complete. "You can always tweak things, but you get to a point as a designer when it's 90 percent done, and you just want to enjoy it."