Home & Living

Declutter your home – for health
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BY NG PAU LING pauline@thestar.com.my Free up your living area and destress with these practical tips   Searching for your personal belongings in a cluttered home can be a stressful affair. Nobody enjoys playing treasure hunt every day. From a feng shui point of view, too much clutter creates negative energy that will harm your…

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Is your property friendly to the blind?
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Take proactive steps to accommodate the visually impaired in your premises Losing one’s eyesight is one of the terrifying experiences anyone could go through, especially when we all rely so heavily on our vision every day. Life will no longer be the same once a person becomes visually impaired because of the adjustments that have…

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Contest: Identify the real solid wood (and WIN a prize!)
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(Answer question to Win a Solid Wood Pencil Tray! )   By NG PAU LING pauline@thestar.com.my Solid wood is one of the earliest materials for making furniture. Archaeological research tells that in 5B.C. the Ancient Greeks began to carve and build stools, beds and tables from solid wood such as maple and oak. This classic…

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Top 5 interior design trends in 2018
This urban loft epitomises the new rustic-industrial aesthetic - with an exposed clay brick wall and roughly-hewn concrete forms of industrial origin accompanied by reclaimed wood furniture.  

Keep up with the Joneses, or get ahead of the curve with these top five interior design trends to expect in 2018. Colour of the Year According to major paint manufacturers, there is some observable consensus on the colour of the year. Jotun’s “Blushing Peach” and Dulux’s darker “Heart Wood” are two versatile shades of…

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Explore The Future of Microhousing and Parklet
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  ThinkCity’s Microhousing and parklet project advocates communal living and rethinks the way to live sustainably in the city. Showcasing their ideas and concepts on future living, ThinkCity features small houses and compartmentalized spaces that would be the norm. The projects are available throughout Medan Pasar from now until Feb 28, come and see the…

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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 …

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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
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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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