Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Friday, March 6, 2015   

New wave
Scuba divers know the feeling of freedom floating in the sea. Marimekko's Spring 2015 home collection aims to bring this sensation to urban life - offering an escape to nature through prints that depict waves and life under water.

Learning to love pink
When Stacey Lopis' friends see the bathroom in her 1960-vintage ranch house, they all say the same thing: "You have to get rid of the pink tile." Pink bathrooms. They were built by the millions in 1950s and 1960s ranches, Capes and split-levels, but they get no love from today's homebuyers - even the ones drawn to other mid-century styles in architecture and design.

Safe and cozy
Winter heaters can be energy guzzlers but Baumatic has developed two that come with power-saving green designs.

Out for the count
How do you choose bed linen? Sleep Naked director Robin Beaumont helps to unravel the confusing world of thread counts.

Heart to hearth
The house-proud Valentine is easy to buy for, given the proliferation of luxury home furnishing stores in Hong Kong. You don't need to splurge on an elaborate sofa set - just small tokens of affection will do.

What's here to stay
Decor, like fashion, is cyclical. That lamp that was hot 40 years ago, then stale during the 1980s, looks fresh again with a new lampshade. Same goes for grandma's chest of drawers, only now with a coat of bright chalk paint.

Preserved for posterity
With its name literally translating as "get rich together" in Cantonese, the Tung Fat Building on New Praya Road, Kennedy Town, goes against the aspirations of every developer and homeowner.

Fit for a queen
Want a touch of luxury in the bathroom but find yellow gold fittings a little too crass? Kohler has a solution: 18-karat rose gold plating. Rose gold is more understated than the traditional yellow.

Deck the halls
Only a week left to Christmas - but don't fret if you have left it a tad late for gift shopping and home decorating.

Eco ho ho ho
Christmas decorations can be so ecologically unfriendly, especially if you plump for plastic bits and baubles. But you can cut down on the waste by shopping at Tree. The eco-chic home store has a range of reclaimed, recycled and reloved pieces that is perfect for an au naturel Christmas.

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