Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Monday, August 31, 2015   

In good taste
Do you ever feel you need to find a quiet place to relax and escape the bustle of Central? You can find it at SunnyHills' Mid-Levels store, giving you a touch of nature and serenity, with earth-toned walls and giant french windows, and for another week a display of homeware from atomi.

Cool desert retreat
WHEN IT COMES to the desert, summer temperatures in the mid 40s can be a deal breaker. But for Robert Shiell, who recently renovated his 1959 weekend home in Palm Springs, California, the searing heat is incidental to the quiet beauty of the desert landscape and the classic mid-century architecture that dominates his Las Palmas neighborhood.

Space-saving gesture
Hong Kong apartments are notoriously tiny - the average is only 450 square feet.

Winning stripes
Upholstery is getting racy. At the Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina, vertical stripes commonly associated with classic speedsters made the jump from the racetrack to chairs and sofas. In contrasting textiles or tapes, the winning result is fabric-on-fabric vibrance.

Take cover
Can't get enough of Mariko Jesse's Hong Kong-inspired toile pattern? Then you'll be pleased to know she also has an umbrella out in her signature pattern - just in time for the typhoon season.

Form and function
Designer Tom Dixon taps on British heritage for his new home accessories collection.

On the right track
When used correctly, track lighting highlights a room's best features. Track lighting helps homeowners spotlight pieces of art or pieces of furniture. With an electrical current flowing through the track, this product allows homeowners to change or reposition individual fixtures after installation.

Newly minted
The latest hue from Le Creuset - Cool Mint - is such a breath of fresh air. Apart from the signature cast-iron pots, the color is also available in stoneware.

Simple clean lines
Keeping a toilet clean can take hours of work. Now an intelligent toilet can cut the toil and reward home lovers. "People are getting more health-conscious nowadays," said Cynthia Yuen, manager of Kohler, an American bathroom brand.

All steamed up
A hot trend in healthy cooking these days is using steam ovens. Steam cooking means less fat and oil are used and the original juices and texture of the food are maintained.

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