Home & Living

Win the battle for space
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Overcome space limitations with creative and practical ideas By Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my SMALL living space is fast becoming a trend among urban residential developments. For those who are used to lots of elbow room, the lack of space may be frustrating. Urbanite millennials, however, have a different mindset and seem to make do with the…

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What is a smart home?
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By Viktor Chong viktorchong@thestar.com.my   TECHNOLOGY is improving, and with it, the borders between fantasy and reality are quickly blurring. A long time ago, a house was merely a roof on an individual’s head. But now, it is becoming more than that. If the idea of killer robots and thinking machines might unsettle a homeowner, then…

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Preventing a termite infestation in your house
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By Viktor Chong viktorchong@thestar.com.my   TERMITES are found throughout the world, and they play a vital role in the soil ecosystem. Among their functions include recycling dead organics, regulating soil pH as well as improving carbon and water content. However, property investors and homeowners alike do not appreciate the termite’s ability to recycle wood materials….

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How smart is a smart home?
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By Tharmini Kenas We are now familiar with the term “Smart home”. With connectivity in our fingertips and the emergence of the “Internet of Things”, smart home is fast becoming a trendy term across the globe, though it is still considered as a novelty in Malaysia. What is a smart home? A smart home is…

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Why you should decorate your house with plants
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By Viktor Chong It is normal for our mind to gravitate towards items like furniture and fittings when it comes to our house decoration. As a proud homeowner, we should not pigeonhole our creativity to such measure alone. The incorporation of “green leafy friends” could do much in turning around your house, giving it a…

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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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