Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Saturday, December 20, 2014   



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.

Seasonal scents
The candle company has launched a range of seasonal home fragrances with packaging featuring a Christmas Vintage Circus theme.

True to tradition
With a huge red satin bow, the Negley- Gwinner-Harter House looks like a three-story Christmas present. Recently the Second Empire-style mansion in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was featured on a walking tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Free seating
Some say the dining room is dead - we say it has been reincarnated. The key detail that makes today's dining rooms up- to-date? A chic mix of chairs.

Let's talk turkey
Come thanksgiving and the turkey takes centerstage - not just on the table but celebrated in a variety of decorative interpretations, from plates to salt and pepper shakers, tablecloths, cocktail napkins and even pillows.

Round-the-clock charm
Cath kidston gained fame for her quintessentially British fashion and home accessories that combine nostalgia with fun.

History revisions
Hong Kong's historic walk-ups (or tong lau) are slowly disappearing in the name of progress so it is always lovely to see one being sensitively restored - such as the Tung Fat Building on Kennedy Town's waterfront.

Calling at No 34
The number 34 has a special significance for diptyque - 34 Boulevard Saint Germain was the starting point of the luxury candle and home fragrance brand in Paris in 1961.

When two become one
On a street of modest houses, why would someone go to the trouble and expense of combining two into one 6,000-square- foot home? Well, because he could.



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