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Ideas to transform the laundry area into an efficient and attractive part of the home

When it comes to interior design, the laundry area tends to go forgotten in the back corner of the home - after all, who wants to think about washing and ironing?  But with just a little planning and some help from modern technology, even the smallest laundries can become functional, practical and attractive spaces.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:34PM

When it comes to interior design, the laundry area tends to go forgotten in the back corner of the home - after all, who wants to think about washing and ironing?  But with just a little planning and some help from modern technology, even the smallest laundries can become functional, practical and attractive spaces.

Ideas to transform the laundry area into an efficient and attractive part of the home
The ingenious baby gadgets that will give parents peace of mind

Hong Kong executive Bruce Griffin travels frequently for work, with trips to far-flung locations such as Mongolia and Queensland, Australia. No matter where the job takes him, each night finds him at home reading his two-year-old daughter a bedtime story.  

18 Mar 2016 - 5:33PM

Hong Kong executive Bruce Griffin travels frequently for work, with trips to far-flung locations such as Mongolia and Queensland, Australia. No matter where the job takes him, each night finds him at home reading his two-year-old daughter a bedtime story.  

The ingenious baby gadgets that will give parents peace of mind
New OLED and QDot technology will make televisions as portable as a mobile phone or tablet

A decade ago, television sets were as big as an oven and weighed just as much.  In most homes these entertainment-monoliths were hidden away inside huge, purpose-built cabinets - cut to 2015 and concealing your television is a lot simpler.  The latest designs are so thin and flexible that you can peel them off your wall and roll them up like a sheet of cardboard, making them as portable as a mobile phone or tablet.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:33PM

A decade ago, television sets were as big as an oven and weighed just as much.  In most homes these entertainment-monoliths were hidden away inside huge, purpose-built cabinets - cut to 2015 and concealing your television is a lot simpler.  The latest designs are so thin and flexible that you can peel them off your wall and roll them up like a sheet of cardboard, making them as portable as a mobile phone or tablet.

New OLED and QDot technology will make televisions as portable as a mobile phone or tablet
Bring the virtual reality experience into your home

“Immersive entertainment” and “virtual reality” – for many of us, these hi-tech terms still sound like science fiction.  But, today, virtual technology is in fact part of the real world. Tech companies such as Oculus, Sony and Microsoft are bringing digital worlds into our sitting rooms, transforming the way we watch, listen to and interact with our home entertainment systems.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:33PM

“Immersive entertainment” and “virtual reality” – for many of us, these hi-tech terms still sound like science fiction.  But, today, virtual technology is in fact part of the real world. Tech companies such as Oculus, Sony and Microsoft are bringing digital worlds into our sitting rooms, transforming the way we watch, listen to and interact with our home entertainment systems.

Bring the virtual reality experience into your home
Versatility of tiles makes them a hot trend in home décor

Ann Sacks’ career as a purveyor of unique home tiles began in 1980 with a hunt for a Mexican wedding dress.  While browsing through boutiques, Sacks stumbled upon a box of ornately patterned, hand-painted Mexican Talavera tiles. She instantly fell in love with them, and their traditional beauty inspired her to launch her eponymous tile business from her living room in Portland, Oregon. Three decades later, ANN SACKS is an established brand, with showrooms across the United States and in Britain. 

18 Mar 2016 - 5:33PM

Ann Sacks’ career as a purveyor of unique home tiles began in 1980 with a hunt for a Mexican wedding dress.  While browsing through boutiques, Sacks stumbled upon a box of ornately patterned, hand-painted Mexican Talavera tiles. She instantly fell in love with them, and their traditional beauty inspired her to launch her eponymous tile business from her living room in Portland, Oregon. Three decades later, ANN SACKS is an established brand, with showrooms across the United States and in Britain. 

Versatility of tiles makes them a hot trend in home décor
Looking for interior inspiration? Top 5 best décor blogs are just a click away

If you’re looking for interior-design inspiration, forget about searching magazines, homeware stores, decorators and stylists for the latest trends and tips - simply turn on your computer instead.  Interior blogs are mushrooming in number and popularity, as they are the quickest and easiest way to access the latest news from the world of interiors.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:33PM

If you’re looking for interior-design inspiration, forget about searching magazines, homeware stores, decorators and stylists for the latest trends and tips - simply turn on your computer instead.  Interior blogs are mushrooming in number and popularity, as they are the quickest and easiest way to access the latest news from the world of interiors.

Looking for interior inspiration? Top 5 best décor blogs are just a click away
Specialist classes can work wonders for children with learning difficulties
Fat school fees no guarantee for top results
Entertaining made easy

On a perfect autumn afternoon last year, Sarah and Paul Orrock married on the lawns of the Repulse Bay Hotel.  Under blue skies, guests were treated to a celebration with an English Country Garden twist: ice-cream coloured bunting flew from white marquees, large bird cages were used as decorations and filled with flowers, butterflies and green foliage, while every table was smothered with beautiful British blooms, such as foxgloves, ranunculus, peonies and lilacs - placed in quirky silver teapots and glass jar vases.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:31PM

On a perfect autumn afternoon last year, Sarah and Paul Orrock married on the lawns of the Repulse Bay Hotel.  Under blue skies, guests were treated to a celebration with an English Country Garden twist: ice-cream coloured bunting flew from white marquees, large bird cages were used as decorations and filled with flowers, butterflies and green foliage, while every table was smothered with beautiful British blooms, such as foxgloves, ranunculus, peonies and lilacs - placed in quirky silver teapots and glass jar vases.

Entertaining made easy
Stylish décor moves outdoors to Hong Kong’s gardens and balconies

Large windows, natural lighting, hazy shades of green and blue, botanical inspired fabrics and wallpapers – for interiors this season, it’s all about bringing nature inside.  But a growing number of Hong Kong residents are taking the trend one step further, creating new and functional rooms outside – whether in a large, verdant garden or on a tiny urban balcony or rooftop.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:31PM

Large windows, natural lighting, hazy shades of green and blue, botanical inspired fabrics and wallpapers – for interiors this season, it’s all about bringing nature inside.  But a growing number of Hong Kong residents are taking the trend one step further, creating new and functional rooms outside – whether in a large, verdant garden or on a tiny urban balcony or rooftop.

Stylish décor moves outdoors to Hong Kong’s gardens and balconies
Students studying abroad must strike a balance between study and social life
Tropical themes dominate as Hong Kong welcomes summer skies

The days are finally growing longer, temperatures are climbing and the glorious deep-blue summer skies have returned to Hong Kong. We are once again living in the sultry tropics, and interiors trends for the season are all about bringing those warm, balmy breezes indoors.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:31PM

The days are finally growing longer, temperatures are climbing and the glorious deep-blue summer skies have returned to Hong Kong. We are once again living in the sultry tropics, and interiors trends for the season are all about bringing those warm, balmy breezes indoors.

Tropical themes dominate as Hong Kong welcomes summer skies
Remote-controlled homes all the rage with mobile gadgets

Now and again we all experience that sinking feeling after leaving the house: did I lock the front door, turn off the iron, start the tumble dryer? Well, worry not – thanks to the trend in home connectivity you can control your living space from just about anywhere. “Today’s smart home is no longer just about entertainment systems – it’s about being connected on every level,” says Hong Kong-based technology specialist, teacher and lecturer Clive Dawes.

18 Mar 2016 - 5:31PM

Now and again we all experience that sinking feeling after leaving the house: did I lock the front door, turn off the iron, start the tumble dryer? Well, worry not – thanks to the trend in home connectivity you can control your living space from just about anywhere. “Today’s smart home is no longer just about entertainment systems – it’s about being connected on every level,” says Hong Kong-based technology specialist, teacher and lecturer Clive Dawes.

Remote-controlled homes all the rage with mobile gadgets
Sexting among teenagers more widespread than many parents think
Mother's Day may be commercialised but it is still special for many
Irish dancing championships sees Asia's quickest feet square-off in Hong Kong
Take the stress out of Christmas gatherings by using common sense
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping by doing it online
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