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  • It’s all happening here

    It’s all happening here

    A constant demand and quality supply makes buying property in Sliema and St Julian’s an attractive investment, says Marianne Cauchi, senior property consultant at the Frank Salt Sliema branch. The local real estate market offers a variety of...

  • Open the garden door

    Open the garden door

    Our islands are so heavily built up that we are missing out on the vital benefits of trees and plants. Architect Amber Wismayer tells Veronica Stivala how the President’s Ethnobotanical Hub is working to help people reconnect with nature through...

  • Close to home

    Close to home

    Meet the neighbours At first, pharmacist Miriam Calleja wasn’t looking for a property in the St Julian’s and Kappara area, which is where her parents live. Her aim was to find a place that was not too far from her workplace and from her family at...

  • 80 years of safe structures

    80 years of safe structures

    As Kee Safety Limited, a leading supplier of rooftop and ground based guardrail systems, celebrates the 80th anniversary of its popular Kee Klamp fitting, the company also marks a relationship which spans nearly seven decades with the Malta-based...

  • German franchise Butlers comes to Malta

    German franchise Butlers comes to Malta

    German brand Butlers has opened its first shop in Malta, offering colourful, affordable and high-quality home accessories and gifts. Butlers, which has more than 150 stores throughout Europe, offers customers the possibility to immerse themselves...

  • Women in UK ‘spend longer on housework’

    Women in UK ‘spend longer on housework’

    Women devote well over the equivalent of a working day each week to household chores – double the amount undertaken by men. A poll for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour suggests that women spend an average of 11-and-a-half hours doing housework by their...

  • Making your rooms earn their own keep

    Making your rooms earn their own keep

    More and more people are opting for a home away from home when travelling. Helen Raine tells you how to get some pocket money out of that spare room. Every year, 1.4 million tourists visit our little islands. That’s a lot of people needing...

  • Think ahead, protect your home

    In 2013 there were over 17,000 reported offences across the Maltese Islands, often involving theft or property damage. This may seem frightening, but there is a lot you can do to ease those fears and ensure you are protected against worries of...

  • New management for Onepercent

    New management for Onepercent

    Design, direction and decadence are all names that could be associated with Onepercent. The luxury furniture store has been established for the past five years. However, recent changes have given this store an exciting, new makeover with the...

  • Giving a touch of colour to your home

    Giving a touch of colour to your home

    Colour plays a vital role in our lives so think carefully when choosing the colour of your rooms. Veronica Stivala looks at some of the latest trends in the home palette. Colour plays a vital role in our lives. It can influence thinking, affect...

  • A walk through the Villa Bologna gardens

    A walk through the Villa Bologna gardens

    From its baroque beginnings to its recent additions, Jo Caruana enjoys the charms of a walk through Villa Bologna’s gardens, discovering historic, architectural and natural highlights. I­t’s the time of year when we all vacate the poolside and...

  • Well-being in the office

    Well-being in the office

    The feel of an office space has a strong influence on work performance. This may not be apparent at first sight, but the more comfortable and safe people feel in the office, the easier it becomes to focus on their tasks. The human body creates a...

  • Enjoying the most relaxing corner

    Enjoying the most relaxing corner

    We all have favourites. Favourite books, favourite songs, favourites nephews… It’s something that really expresses who we are as people and that helps us feel more ‘at home’ when we want to tuck into our comfort zones. At home – probably more than...

  • Colouring the house green

    Colouring the house green

    Home and your office are the two spaces where you spend the best part of your day. And by virtue of that, both are spaces which need to nurture your individuality, instil a sense of wellbeing and be gentle on your senses. In simpler terms, both...

  • A second chance at a first impression

    A second chance at a first impression

    Traditional Maltese motifs are transformed into modern features for the ultimate fresh look in modern homes, graphic designer Matthew Demarco tells Melanie Vella. Growing up in Malta, graphic designer Matthew Demarco has always been intrigued by...

  • A noble European lifestyle

    A noble European lifestyle

    The world of luxury furniture and high fashion come together at Versal Gallery, offering an exclusive range of high-end, top furniture by well-known brands from Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic. The Versal...

  • Interior design help on TV

    Luxdesign is the home decor programme on TVM in which Medistone designers Noel Bartolo and Paul De Giorgio team up with other professionals from the home sector to provide ideas and creative tips to solve that home dilemma. This is the fifth...

  • Getting the big deal right

    Getting the big deal right

    Buying your first property is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. David Schembri speaks to two architects who point out the potential pitfalls when purchasing property. The biggest deal – literally and figuratively – many people will...

  • Next-door nightmares

    Next-door nightmares

    I’ve recently become a homeowner after a decade of living in rented flats around the island, a lovely apartment with a view in a newly-constructed development in a rural town. When I first got the keys and started my explorations of the dusty,...

  • A slice of rural paradise, going cheap

    A slice of rural paradise, going cheap

    After a bumpy few years, the property market in Gozo is starting to rally and canny investors with an eye on a second home or a place to retire to might do well to buy now. The market seems to be steady rather than rising, however, so buyers need...