PET friendly

Good news for cat and dog lovers: new domestic appliances are designed to make busy lives easier by taking care of pet hair and odour, so humans and their animal companions can enjoy a healthy, clean environment.

Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am

The hosts with the mosts

The art of room-keeping

Joseph Tsoi Yan-chi is a room management instructor. His job is to teach students all the tricks of the trade to ensure that rooms are made perfectly clean at top speed.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Students can lead in reducing wastage

Hongkongers take material possessions for granted and generate a lot of rubbish. Our landfills are almost saturated, but residents oppose the extension of landfills.

I would like to suggest things students can do to cut down waste at school and at home.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sofa so good for homes

The search for the perfect sofa can be a frustrating experience - too wide, too soft, too hard - and getting it just right to suit your needs can be difficult.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Eat, drink and be merry

With less than 10 days to go before the big day, chances are you haven't crossed every name off your Christmas shopping list. Have no fear - there's still plenty of time to pick up the perfect present for everyone, from your closest colleagues to your significant other. We've made the task easier by sorting through the season's offerings to bring you the best.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Always room for improvement

When you have spent 30 years in one field, you are considered to be something of a veteran. But Aouda Tam, director of housekeeping at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, where she has worked since its 1981 opening, approaches each day with the mindset of a newcomer.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Building for the future

Symbolic of London's continuing dynamism, traditional areas of the English capital are undergoing major regeneration to create vibrant new residential districts offering 21st century lifestyles.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Affordable luxury

Offering affordable inspiration for elegant European living since opening in 1995, Sol y Luna has worked on the premise that you shouldn't have to pay extortionate prices to enjoy Europe's top interior design brands in your home. The furniture and lighting showroom on the 16th floor of Horizon Plaza is an amazing 2,000 sqft collection of some of the world's best craftsmanship.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sleep more soundly

In addition to completing the look of a bed, a good pillow will give support in all the right places and keep the head aligned with the back and spine.

Experts say the choice of pillow should be made according to normal sleeping positions.

Side sleepers need a firm pillow to support the head and neck.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

WINNING combination

The message from furniture makers is loud and clear - love your home, love the environment.

Contrary to what most people think, stylish design can go hand in hand with environmental protection. Furniture makers are adept at incorporating green concepts with production.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Topped off with a sprinkle of colour

It's no mystery how white goods got their name. The generic term for everyday household appliances first emerged in the early catalogues of American department store Sears and Roebuck to describe fridges, washers and cookers that, typically, had a white porcelain enamel exterior.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Positions with 'sharp' energy

If you are easily distracted at work, review your seating arrangement. Your failure to concentrate may be due to the presence of fast-flowing, distracting energy that may be transformed into shar chi, or sharp energy, if it is not addressed.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cooking up a storm in small spaces

The growing popularity of entertaining at home is driving an explosion of smart design ideas and appliances geared to turning even Hong Kong's small kitchens into functional, flexible and attractive work spaces.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Wonder walls

Creating a feature wall is one of the easiest ways to add character to a home and it can also be one of the least expensive. Interior designers liken their role as a scarf to fashion - an easily changeable accessory. So what if you're renting, or have a penchant for paisley?

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Secure in his own skin

Three years ago, when the financial crisis swept across the world, Christian Courtin-Clarins made two important decisions for his family business - one, to delist it from the Paris stock exchange where it had been traded for 24 years; two, to focus on its development in Asia instead of America.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am