Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Sunday, August 31, 2014   



Go green in comfort
You can go green without having to live a basic and austere life. An eco-home, which opened recently in Kowloon Bay's Zero Carbon Building, shows that green solutions can be achieved without banishing comfort.

Poetry in the wood
Landscape architect David Hughes often finds himself ripping out dead, overgrown, or otherwise undesirable plants to make way for new. But he doesn't haul that nasty Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese white mulberry, or Norway maple to the dump, curb or chipper.

Catch of the day
Summertime, and the living is easy at Ikea. The Scandinavian store's new collection is inspired by the west coast of Sweden - designers have infused elements such as sailing, ropes, buoys, longitude and latitude lines, and even seafood, into the limited-edition summer line.

Taste of Hong Kong
It's not easy to find good Hong Kong souvenirs that are not kitschy - but local homeware brand Faux appears to have struck the right balance of nostalgia and taste with its Hong Kong-themed ceramic tea and dining set by Mariko Jesse.

Don't throw in the towel
They're versatile, inexpensive - and often handmade, by local artisans to boot. The tea towel is more than a dish rag or an eco-friendly substitute for disposable napkins. It's a bit of graphic art, available in a plethora of patterns and illustrations.

Naturally welcoming
Every house needs a connection to the outside, says David Lewis, a builder of luxury homes. He follows this important motto in his professional career - and he and wife Toni live it in their day-to-day life.

Table that notion
I've been to fancy parties and a black- tie soiree or two over the years. But it's fair to say that I've seen more pretty lunch and dinner tables this spring than in my entire life up to then.

Setting the stage
Maria Sapuppo needed to sell her comfy bi-level with five bedrooms and three bathrooms last year, but her real estate agent warned it looked a little too "lived- in" as it was and suggested staging it. Sapuppo, a mother of two, agreed since she said she had a hard time looking at her house as a stranger would view it. She couldn't envision it any other way.

New crystal palace
Designer homeware retailer Town House has reopened its flagship store at Landmark Prince's.

Small wonder
Equipping a tiny Hong Kong kitchen always requires some compromise. An oven or a dishwasher? A fridge or a dryer? A blender or an ice-cream maker? Which do you need more? More often than not, that coffee maker gets sacrificed.



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