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Month: March 2016

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

Traditional Javanese villa on the Bali shores

One couple transported a traditional Javanese villa to the shores of Bali to create this characterful beachside retreat. Twelve years ago, Marcello Massoni and Michela Foppiani were invited by a business partner to open a ceramics factory in Bali, Indonesia. Their company, Gaya, now produces handmade ceramics for a number of high profile clients. The Italian couple have a home close to their workshop in Ubud, but at the weekends they retreat to this beachside villa, a short drive away…

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Sunshine collective – the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture.

Sunshine collective – the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture.

Luxe travel meets hippy chic in this family abode. Overlooking Australia’s Byron Bay, the building’s style draws influence from Greek, Moroccan and Indian architecture. In Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, the mercury rarely dips below 20 degrees Celsius, even in winter. Visitors are drawn to the area’s long beaches and warm seas. This sunny, open house, set within a forest of palms just a short drive from the ocean, is a year- round family home – its cool, white…

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Small wet room

Small wet room

Create a spa-worthy power shower in even the smallest bathroom. Here we explain how. A great way to maximise space in a small shower area is to install a wet room separated by glass screens, or just a tiled floor and wall rather than a shower cubicle. In terms of wet room flooring, there are two main options. First, you could use a Dukkaboard ready-made shower tray. Fit it directly to an in-filled joist, timber floor or concrete screed floor, then tank…

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Eastern bathroom style

Eastern bathroom style

Follow these top tips to create a truly holistic bathroom, inspired by Eastern bathing rituals. Objects that are not needed for bathing should be kept separate. So, for example, your toilet should, ideally, not be placed near your bath or shower. Maximise space, even if your room size is limited, by revealing as much floor as possible with wall-mounted basins and toilets. Wet rooms and walk-in shower enclosures can also improve the flow of your room. The perfect wet room…

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Hammam style bathroom

Hammam style bathroom

With ornate patterns, mixed materials and embellished surfaces, the decadent style of the riads and hammams of Morocco and North Africa’s five-star resorts adds to the sense of escapism when you travel to the region. Meticulously painted tiles meet hand-crafted wood, woven linens and metallic details. Texture is key for this gloriously opulent look, but it can be hard to replicate when you return home. Fortunately, you can create a similarly indulgent feel in the bathroom just by incorporating some…

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Multi stool

Multi stool

A seat that doubles as a side-table is a versatile piece of furniture to have around the house, and it’s a great addition to the bathroom. Use it as a place to perch or to put your bathtime essentials. This smart ‘Langley’ design by British architect David Chipperfield comes in black-stained oak or walnut (first photo).    

Texture tiles

Texture tiles

To create a graphic-look, tactile wall or floor, check out the latest texturetiles featuring subtle lines and grid prints, which look great when mixed and matched. Top picks are Inga Sempe’s ‘Tratti’ collection of eight patterns, which come in white, beige and grey  and Piero Lissoni’s ‘Patchwork’ collection. The latter comprises four geometric designs in various shades, ranging from light eggshell to dark graphite.

Bathroom lighting tips

Bathroom lighting tips

To celebrate the launch of Balineum’s debut lighting collection, Sarah Watson, the company’s founder, shares her expert tips: Embrace both function and ambience with your lighting. You will need brighter light for tasks such as make-up application or shaving, but soft, soothing and flattering lighting is also important to create a relaxing environment. Consider how you will use the space and where your natural light sources are. We always recommend using ceiling lights, as well as wall lights, beside a mirror….

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Antique glass designs

Antique glass designs

Add a touch of old-world luxe to your home with bespoke gilded and antiqued glass surfaces. Whether it’s a glimmer in an alcove or an entire decorative wall, antiqued glass is enjoying a renaissance in interiors. The process of applying squares of metal leaf and paint to the reverse of clear glass dates back to before the Roman era, but it was 18th-century French art dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy who popularised gilding and used the technique to decorate frames for Marie…

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Using mirrors to increase light

Using mirrors to increase light

Mirrors provide an instant decorative update and are a quick and easy way to maximise light and space in your home. Here are four ways to get the most from your looking glass In the dressing room. Fix a glass sheet onto a dividing wall to demarcate your wardrobe area. For similar lighting, try the ‘Warm White’ LED strip. In the bedroom. Position a mirror adjacent to windows to reflect daylight into a room. Here, a slither of glass cut…

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