Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Monday, April 20, 2015   

Simple solutions for scrubbing up
Ah, spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier in the year now await you - a seemingly never-ending list of chores. However, not everyone has the time or energy to scrub their house from top to bottom. For those who need to abbreviate this seasonal ritual, house cleaners say the following areas are the most essential:

Naturally clean living
Georg Jensen is in bloom for spring. But in keeping with Scandinavian style, it is reminiscent of the elegant lines of the lily rather than a messy profusion of spring petals.

Design that makes sense
Luca Alessi believes that design comes first for all Alessi products. Functionality second. Look at the product that made the brand a household name: the Philippe Starck-designed Juicy Salif. It may not be the best lemon squeezer around but everyone still wants one, Alessi says.

Private library
E-books may be convenient but nothing can beat the sheer sensual pleasure of turning the pages of a favorite book.

Ready for the great outdoors?
If you're lucky enough to have that rare commodity in Hong Kong - private outdoor space - don't waste it. Two chairs and a table are all you need to jazz up your place in the sun. But remember that outdoor furniture has to be made specifically to withstand the sun and rain.

Staying neutral
White sheets have always been a signature for Sleep Naked. After all, the UK company makes bed linen for five-star hotels - which go for white in a big way.

Case in point
Make a bookcase that must not be bigger than one meter by one meter. That's the instruction architectural firm Aedas gave to its employees after sending a group of veteran architects to a not-so- glamorous factory in Dongguan for a three-day design boot camp.

Breath of fresh air
Don't you just want to move into Cath Kidston's home? Her Spring/Summer line, inspired by her home in the Cotswolds, gives you a glimpse of what it is like to live in the heart of the English countryside.

Artistic inspiration
There might be an urge to unleash the inner artist in you after attending a whirlwind of art events over the weekend. But for those who are not handy with a paintbrush, an easy way to be creative is to simply shop for the art you like.

Classy storage
Hong Kong homes are so small that good storage is essential. But if you are tired of boring boxes, check out Sagitine, a collection of chic storage solutions.

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