Home & Living

Discover the meaning behind CNY decorations
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By Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my The best way to welcome a celebration and spread the festive joy is by decorating your home. Chinese New Year is almost here, and it is not too late to start filling your home with all things red and gold to usher in prosperity and good luck. While most of us…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Chinese New Year
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By Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my Malaysians have plenty of exciting stories stemming from the multitude of interesting cultures and traditions. With Chinese New Year just around the corner, I am reminded of one particular tradition that fascinated me when I was in primary school. I was told by a dear friend that it was not common…

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Old is the foundation for new
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Heritage buildings give us a better understanding of the present   BY NG PAU LING pauline@thestar.com.my Heritage buildings are some of the most precious assets to modern cities. They have withstood the test of time and are pieces of living history that allow us to look back at the past to have a better understanding…

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Big ideas for small spaces
Room 1’s Industrial Chic design will showcase a sustainable, recycled look.  

Optimising small space   The Rooms at Design Street will showcase some savvy design tips that can be used in limited built-up areas – perfect for SoHo, SoFo and SoVo-type of units. BY YVONNE YOONG yvonneyoong@thestar.com.my LAND, being a limited resource, is becoming increasingly scarce in cities around the world as this natural resource is…

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You too can refurbish and ‘up-cycle’
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That old grille you’re throwing away could be a unique designer coffee table, did you know? by Justin Santiago There’s something to say about antiques, wine or even wisdom. Age does matter. Wood, steel or glass that has aged has a certain quality about it unlike newer materials. Not only are these aged materials of…

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It pays to know your neighbour
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One Man’s Meat by PHILIP GOLINGAI Because something as ominous as an unknown car parked in front of your house may just belong to them. It is 9.25pm and an Audi A4 saloon is parked right in front of your double-storey terrace house. You don’t know who owns the Audi blocking your driveway. Nobody is…

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Choosing the right plants and nursery for your home
The importance of a good nursery is also so that you get the right advice on the plants you like, whether it is suitable, or even necessary.  

Though any form of green is a good thing in my opinion, you may want to invest a little effort in choosing plants that can match well, but more importantly thrive well in your garden. Of course, the basics to know are the conditions of your garden, or the space in which you want to…

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Tips for tree planting: Do I really need a tree and what type should I go for?
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Just like a blank canvas or empty house, to plan a garden can be difficult. More specifically, it can be hard to choose what to plant and which plants go together. Most people often consider which plants are easy to maintain. For example, the bougainvillea has become unpopular with many despite its bright and beautiful…

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How to green your property from reclaimed plants and materials
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For most property owners, landscaping is often an afterthought. Once all the high gloss tiles have been laid and customised kitchen cabinets fitted in, there is little time or money to go beyond calling in a rag tag team of labourers to put in some grass and “plant a few trees here and there”. Perhaps…

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Q&A: House owners always bullied by developers?
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Dear StarProperty, I recently moved into a new 3 storey link house in Seksyen 11, Kota Damansara, it’s a gated and guarded community with individual title. In the Deed of Mutual Covenants signed with the developer, it was stated that the developer will provide security services for 12 months from the date of vacant possession…

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