Personal Taste (Hangul: 개인의 취향; hanja: 個人의 趣向; RR: Kaeinui Chwihyang; MR: Kaein-ŭi Ch‘wihyang; lit. “Kae-in’s Taste” or “Kae-in’s Preference”; also known as Personal Preference) is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It is adapted from Lee Se-in’s 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Kae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he’s gay. It aired on MBC from March 31 to May 20, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
Furniture designer Park Kae-in (Son Ye-jin) is kind, impulsive, clumsy, and a complete slob in her personal habits. She lives inSanggojae (meaning “a place for mutual love”), a modernized hanok (traditional Korean house) designed by her father, a famous and reclusive architecture professor (Kang Shin-il). Naive and trusting, she has been dating longtime boyfriend Han Chang-ryul (Kim Ji-seok) for years despite the fact that he takes her for granted. One day, without so much as a word of explanation, he breaks up with her and all but disappears. Then Kae-in is invited to the wedding of her good friend and roommate Kim In-hee (Wang Ji-hye) and is horrified to discover that the husband-to-be in none other than Chang-ryul; the two had been cheating on her for some time. When she finally comes face-to-face with them, the wedding ceremony breaks out into utter chaos. Kae-in is heartbroken, and determined to never take a chance on a man again.
Meanwhile, to keep his small firm afloat, architect Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) is desperately trying to win a project bid for the Dam Art Center against Future Construction, the prestigious company owned and operated by Chang-ryul’s father (Ahn Suk-hwan). In order to win the favor of the Dam Art Center director, and win the moneymaking bid, Jin-ho has to find a way to dig up more information about the art center director’s favorite building: Sanggojae, which has never even once been opened to the public.
Knowing that Kae-in would never let a man (let alone a stranger) be her new roommate, the straitlaced (and straight) Jin-ho pretends to be gay to get access to the house — and all the information that he’s sure is hidden within. At the same time, the DAC director (Ryu Seung-ryong), who actually is gay, finds himself attracted to Jin-ho. Once they start living together, Jin-ho gradually embarks on a mission to make over the inveterate tomboy/slob, but in all the mayhem of the makeover and hiding his true orientation, the unexpected happens and the perfectionist architect begins to fall in love with Kae-in. What will happen when the man who’s pretending to be gay and the woman who thinks he’s gay develop feelings for each other?