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  • Italian lessons

    Moving to the Italian countryside for la bella vita, as portrayed by myriad best-selling books and Hollywood movies, inspires many. Yet, Deana Luchia points out, the reality can be far from idyllic. I moved to an old farmhouse in Italy in 2002.

  • Damp and mould problems

    Since we have just experienced the longest, coldest and wettest winter for decades, many householders are facing unprecedented evidence of damp and mould inside their homes. There are various reasons for this and certain preventative measures...

  • Planning your garden

    My gardens have been a miscellaneous medley: a pocket handkerchief terrace here in Malta, which I try to brighten with bougainvillaea and jasmine, a delightful ‘Cornish’ country garden filled with hydrangeas, rose beds and in spring, a glory of...

  • Shopping for PV panels

    With an increasing awareness for going green, photovoltaic panels are the trend. Government grants and feed-in-tariff schemes support investment in such systems. However, amid this enthusiasm, people might not have the right knowledge when opting...

  • Is compulsive hoarding an isolated disorder?

    If we look at any home, it is usually a reflection of those living in it. When students move into student accommodation, at the start of a term (not always relevant in Malta), they have to learn to live in a confined space, clean up, cook and do...

  • Grow your own

    In this sea of depression and despondency, there is one area of growth at the moment and that is, well, growth. Growing your own has not been so popular since our grannies dug up their lawns during the second World War to plant potatoes and...

  • Safe as houses

    Over one million children are injured in their homes every year in the UK alone, most of them in preventable incidents. Jo Caruana takes a look at the steps you can take to childproof your home. Burns. Cuts. Falls. Knocks. These are just some of...

  • What do land surveyors do?

    W hat do land surveyors do other than stand behind a tripod and wave their arms at people we cannot see, or walk around with a flashy aluminium pole in hand? Unfortunately, most people think a land surveyor is either a skilled draughtsman with...

  • Designing spaces with new seamless surfaces

    New applications, designs and patterns of seamless solid surfaces have been introduced by Samsung Staron. Seamless surfaces can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. Staron can be used in the kitchen for chunky countertops, big...

  • New, expressive glass for kitchens

    Veneta Cucine has recently developed Ri-Flex, which makes use of glass as an expressive form of aesthetic and functional quality. In its quest to innovate the way people use their kitchens, the Italian manufacturer makes use of another innovation...

  • Kitchen blues

    For French painter Raoul Dufy, who was once called the “granddaddy of modern chic” by Time magazine, blue is a special colour. “Blue is the only colour,” he observed, “which maintains its own character in all its tones. Take blue in all its...

  • New Frank Salt Spinola branch

    The Frank Salt Real Estate Group has opened its 13th office, offering residential sales and letting services. The new office is located at 88, Ġorġ Borg Olivier Street, St Julian’s. The branch will be managed by company director Douglas Salt, who...

  • Etic stoneware collection

    The Etic collection of fine porcelain Italian stoneware is now available on the market. The new collection offers a selection of seven wood essences, each with its own tradition, look and charm.Two surface finishes are available: a matt finish for...

  • Middlesea adds more value to its products

    Following the launch of its new visual identity, Middlesea Insurance has developed and launched new travel, home, boat and motor insurance products. The new Middlesea travel policy allows the customer to travel with peace of mind knowing that...

  • Raising curtains

    Think simplicity and add curtains and you will probably come up with the traditional ħasira. But fashion and styling fads for interiors are constantly evolving, so the chances are that you may want to be slightly more unique in your choice of...

  • Re/Max launches real estate academy

    Re/Max Malta recently launched its Real Estate Academy at the Malta Property and Homes Expo. The goal of setting up the academy was to create a foundation where real estate training courses by Re/Max can be co-ordinated and developed and to...

  • Kitchen revamp

    If there’s no place like home, there is definitely no room like the kitchen. Far beyond a place to cook and consume food, the kitchen is often the heart of family activity; ours morphs from kitchen to study to classroom, to meeting room, to TV...

  • Creating a home

    When it comes to creating a home, does it matter whether a property is owned or rented, or are there other, more important, factors at play? Deana Luchia reports. If you own a place, do you feel it is more of a real home than if it were rented? I...

  • Editorial : Not just a roof over your head

    What makes a house a home? What makes us grow so fond of our homes over the years? Why are we so attached to where we live? Do you ever wonder why we crave for the space where we live, no matter how humble this may be? ‘It takes a heap of living...

  • The Show Flat by Joinwell

    Joinwell recently launched a new concept called The Show Flat, featuring a fully- furnished three-bedroom apartment which is being displayed at their showroom in Qormi. Housed over three floors, the Joinwell range includes German brands Hülsta,...

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