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Wednesday, 16 August, 2006, 12:00am

Net Profit

Whether they're looking for a lamp or a chaise-longue, smart shoppers are turning to the internet for their furniture. Just check the small print before you click.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

And so to bed

YOU SPEND EIGHT hours a day in bed - that's one third of your life. The perfect bedding can make the difference between a night of tossing and turning and one of sweet dreams. But with so many sheets and pillows from which to choose and buzzwords such as 'thread count' and 'Egyptian cotton' ringing in your ears, buying a set of sheets can be more difficult than it seems.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The art of bed-making

The art of bed-making

Rico Cheung Hing-Chuen, director of housekeeping at the Four Seasons hotel, Hong Kong demonstrates how the professionals do it.

Step 1

A firm yet plush pillow-top mattress stacked on a supportive box spring is covered with an oversize flat sheet - flat stays tauter than fitted - which is tucked in with hospital corners.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Linen Online

Linen Online

Westin Store (www.westin-hotelsathome.com)

Couldn't get enough of the Heavenly bed during your last visit to the Westin? No matter. Purchase the bed - and the hotel's entire range of Heavenly linen - online and relive your stay.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

WWF suggests 10 ways in which you can make a difference

Don't leave the water running. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing the car.

Flick off the light when you leave a room. Power plants burn fuels to create energy for your light bulb. Burning fuel makes smog that pollutes the atmosphere and adds to global warming.

18 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Why the smart home is not such a brilliant idea

As I research this story, I am spinning the scroll wheel on my mouse hard. The reason: since I will scarcely leave this seat in the next six hours, let alone take a walk or work out, I need to burn some calories.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Fitted out for growth

THE IMPROVED economy is bolstering the furniture business as offices and homeowners start to spend again.

Furniture retailers are looking to open more outlets and hire more staff to cater to the rising demand.

High-end furniture retailer Ulferts, which has four showrooms in Hong Kong, recently opened another showroom and a discount outlet in November.

25 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Talkback

Q Is it fair to crack down on laundry in public places?

12 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

2-8 Shouson Hill Road West

Age: 15 years

Size: 6,500 sq ft

Layout: Six bedrooms

For sale: $70 million

Agent: Landscope Surveyors

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Childbirth fails to put wind up San San

Many mothers find the pain of childbirth to be excruciating, but for windsurfing champion Lee Lai-shan it was nothing compared with the suffering she has experienced in the heat of competition.

1 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Microwave ovens

Siemens QuantumSpeed HB86Q560 combination microwave oven

The puff: 'The ultimate in new cooking technology for today's lifestyle.'

The look: Modern minimalism meets the 1970s in the shape of a red digital display.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The buzzword is boutique

The serviced apartment niche is attracting young professionals and expatriates

The boutique serviced apartment has become a popular choice among house hunters looking for budget accommodation in prime locations.

10 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Memories are made of this

Memory foam, the space-age material developed for Nasa in the 1970s, has risen to new heights in modern furniture made by upscale French company Ligne Roset (16 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, tel: 2891 0913).

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Living history

A 400-year-old Beijing residence that was once home to an imperial official provides the perfect blend of old and new, east and west.

Imagine if 11 Downing Street, the residence of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, were your home. It seems far-fetched, but in Beijing an American couple live in a house with as much, if not more, political significance.

31 Jul 2005 - 12:00am