Home & Living

Ask Me Anything: Feng Shui for high rise property
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Compiled by: Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my Ask Me Anything is a platform for all readers to ask about all things property. If you have any inquiries, key in your questions http://bit.ly/AskMeAnythingProperty . As ancient Chinese discipline that exists for thousands of years, Feng Shui remains a mysterious subject that is also highly interwoven into our daily lives. Getting the right…

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KLAF2018 showcases local designer chairs
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Embracing designs with local identity By NG PAU LING A chair has long been the object of obsession for architects and designers over hundred years. It is not only basic utilitarian furniture, but a well-designed chair also carries the identity and story of a person, city or a country. Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2018 (KLAF2018)…

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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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