Oh, what a sweet reunion!! A bit out of order, but I have to start with a big, cheery HELLO, right?!
And yes, I’ve gotten many a requests to well-catalogue the Gardner’s infamous Hello Kitty Headquarters… so here it is!
The ‘OH-MY-GOD!’s generally begin here.
What you don’t see is the nine light switches and remote control that lights up this room in 17, yes, 17 ways.
This guy had way too much time and money on his hands!
Who the hell is Tony & Ruby, I hear you ask? Clue: NOT children! WT?
A bidet with heated seating, front and rear oscillators and powder blow dry at that. Only the best for Tony & Ruby!
This pad is aaall about the ambiance!
Oh my. This place looks even more ridiculous in pictures!
Aww, Diegs… nobody’s going to eat you in here!
If I were 10, honestly, this room would be a dream come true.
A little much? Should we lose the cushion?
On their behalf though, I have to stop and point out that the house they decorated themselves in SF was absolutely gorgeous and worthy of being on the cover of a Restoration Hardware magazine. It was filled with beautiful antiques seamlessly blended in to their very modern loft. So why this place?
Well, a house like this deserves a worthy tale. So, as you’ve been hearing her voice already, here is Shahirah herself to tell her story!!
Apartment hunting in China (on a budget) is an entertaining experience that begins with taking everything you thought you knew about anything, aaand throwing it out the window. For example, it’s fairly safe to assume that the pictures used to advertise an apartment are of THE ACTUAL APARTMENT, right? Wrong. And that’s before you’ve even stepped foot in the door! Welcome to China.
Counter intuitive home layouts (ie dining rooms that face a restroom, restrooms that ventilate into the kitchen, laundries in bedrooms) are typical of older apartments, along with shoddy plumbing, grimy interiors, and landlords who rarely speak English and quite frankly don’t care.
So when Annie our agent (who speaks fantastic English) showed us a newly renovated two bedroom in the heart of Xujiahui, complete with wood flooring, new appliances, reverse cycle ACs in every room, electric bidet, and 17 way chandeliers at a STEAL – we just couldn’t resist. The fact that the apartment was smothered in Hello Kitty top to toe, for us, was a small price to pay.
Under normal circumstances, I’d have cringed to death if you’d have told me this is what my life came to but hey, when in China!
– Shahirah Gardner
To hear more of her stories, check out her blog here!