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DÉCOR & DESIGN 14 Walls: visual versatility 22 Flower Power: bold prints 32 Outdoor: natural pleasure 46 Bathrooms: statement minimalism 58 Home Office: working chic 70 Living Rooms: alluring style 78 Bedrooms: blissful haven 86 Kitchens: compact innovation


94 Flooring & Rugs: durable aesthetics

140 A La Carte: fine dining with a touch of style

104 Dining Rooms: five-star sophistication

144 Wine Notes: new regions and labels

110 Sound Systems: quality streaming 112 Lighting: eye-catching classics

146 Child Psychology: preparing for kindergarten

114 Curtains: gorgeous fabrics

148 Health & Beauty: inflammation and stress

122 Globally Green: latest eco trends 124 First Person: business insights 126 Property & Design Showcase: dream homes

150 Art & Culture: sculptural nature

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NEWS & EVENTS 152 Festive review of inaugurations, anniversaries and celebrations 156 Bulletin of companies, organisations and people in the headlines 162 The Final Word: specialist expatriate advice from leading experts


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The Celestial collection from L’Objet is hand-painted with unique design details to create an eye-catching earthenware piece. The range comprises footed bowls, mirrors and hanging lamps with antiqued brass hardware. L’Objet is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (

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For those who have been enjoying the luxury of sleeping in, languishing on a sunbed all afternoon and blissfully over-imbibing during the summer break, reality will now be wreaking its traditional vengeance. Yes, it’s that dreaded time when post vacation stress disorder clicks in. Okay, we’re being a little over-dramatic. After all, this is southern Spain, and the wonderful year-round weather, incomparable al fresco lifestyle and frequent opportunities for chilling out by the sea can be appreciated well after our summer visitors have returned home and our professional responsibilities have once again become the main priority. Nevertheless, to help you navigate through this potentially traumatic period and be steered along a cheery path as autumn sets in, we are pleased to share the latest enlightening news about the art of being happy. Many readers will recall that the cool term last year was “hygge”, a Danish word that, according to Visit Denmark, roughly translates as “cosiness” and essentially means “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people” – for example, around a candlelit table. This year, so we are told, “hygge” has passed the baton to “lagom”, a Swedish-originated virtue of moderation and balance. In this respect, we are encouraged to embrace personal enjoyment and individual contentment while also retaining a healthy lifestyle and helping to encourage group harmony. The term can be applied to work habits, social occasions, and even to interior design and décor. In the latter case, it tends to imply a minimalist concept of “less is more”. In short, as psychologist Niels Eék explained in a BBC report this summer, “Lagom teaches us to avoid both excesses and extreme limitation, allowing us to better understand what makes us happy and what works for our own unique mental wellbeing.” If the Danish are considered the happiest people in the world – or they were until Norway ended their reign at the top of the United Nations’ “World Happiness Report” earlier this year – Japan tends to lead any longevity index or ranking. Bearing in mind that many Japanese are forced to endure onerous working hours, strict hierarchal protocols and confined housing spaces, the obvious question is: how are they able to stay happy during their long lives? The answer might be found in another trendy term currently doing the rounds, “ikigai”. Similar to the French phrase “raison d`être”, it effectively means “a reason for being” or “what makes life worth living” – and discovering it is said to bring satisfaction and provide a meaning to life. Whether it is work, a leisure pursuit or raising a family, ikigai identifies the source of value in a person’s life and embodies the reason why they get up in the morning. Whatever your inspiration when starting a new day, we hope some of the décor ideas in the following pages will help you enhance the cosy ambience of your home and provide bounteous contentment in the post-summer period – and well beyond.


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Wallpapers come in so many varying patterns, colours and textures these days that design options are endless. The beauty of wallpaper is its versatility. It can be put up and pulled down with relative ease and speed, and the overall visual impact that a wallpaper provides can totally transform a room. Recently, we have seen trends leaning towards bold prints such as exotic birds, plants and large geometric patterns. Feature walls still seem to be quite popular and double-up as an artistic statement, giving the room an eye-catching focus. Placing a console table with a vase and perhaps a mirror on the feature wall can perfectly finish off the look and give a designer feel to the room. The same also goes for textured wallcoverings that add a touchy-feely dimension to a wall. Home & Lifestyle Magazine takes a look at the latest collections available on the Coast‌ The stunning Paris Green range from Glamora is a washable vinyl wallpaper available in various rich colours. It is water-resistant, eco-friendly and slightly embossed, giving it an impressive texture. Glamora is available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcåntara ( and B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella (


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THREE-DIMENSIONAL WALLCOVERINGS Above The Cascade range from Élitis’ Peace collection has a delicate petal effect that looks like downward scales. This exciting new range is eye-catchingly bold and great for a statement wall. Available from Gancedo in Edif. King Edward in Marbella (, The White House in Urb. Marbella Real (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara ( Left The Cabretta vinyl range by Osborne & Little is a trellis of stitched diamonds printed in relief. This very sophisticated collection comes in a range of colours and in wide rolls. Osborne & Little is available from Casasola Muebles near Torre Real ( and Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona ( Opposite Page The Intrigue collection by Arte International comes in three different patterns: Rosace, Feuillage and (as shown here) Caisson. This non-woven wallcovering is perfect if you want to dampen down the sound in a room. Available from Casasola Muebles near Torre Real ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Above The Mini Hexa Canale tile from Wow Design is part of their Subway Lab line. Made from dry-pressed ceramic, the tiles have a contemporary and slick design which was inspired by metro lines. Wow Design is available from B&D Marbella Home in Pol. Ind. La Ermita ( Right Ezarri’s Iris collection (shown here in jade) is a rich multi-coloured mosaic tile with metallic hues. Ezarri is available from Mercasur in Estepona (


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These beautiful handmade cement tiles from Zoco Home are Moroccan-inspired. They have over 100 designs in stock, also including Granito and Zellige tiles. Everything shown here is available from Zoco Home in Centro Idea on the Mijas Road (


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Flowers and plants have really made a comeback in the world of design, with major fabric and wallpaper designers adorning their new collections with bold floral and leafy prints. We can’t seem to get enough! Plants and flowers not only add aesthetic beauty to your home but also improve the air quality as well as your mood, tranquillity and, some sources say, creativity. With these aspects in mind, we need to give our leafy friends a stylish vase or pot to provide them with an appropriate home. Here are some ideas…

The Bones range of plant pots from Vondom come in various sizes and can be illuminated to create a striking feature in your garden at night. Vondom is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Vertigo in the Marbella Club (


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Tom Dixon’s Tank vases are made from mouth-blown clear glass. They come in different shapes and sizes and are a real showpiece for any table. Tom Dixon is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (


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Above Left Making a real statement in your home are these avant-garde vases by L’Objet. Available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Above Right These pots and vases by Muubs have a raw and earthy look, with the grey and black enhancing the colour of the plants. Muubs is available from the BoConcept Plus Store in Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella and on the Mijas Road (


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Style & Design Even through the autumn months, we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy southern Europe’s famed outdoor life. Latest outdoor furniture trends have leaned towards natural materials, and blending the indoors with the outdoors with cushions, rugs, ottomans, throws and ornamental accessories.

Gloster’s Whirl round dining table, made from buffed teak, combines perfectly with their William dining chairs, which are also made from buffed teak and a powdercoated stainless-steel frame and arms. This contemporary dining set features a natural and welcoming look that goes with any style of patio or terrace. Gloster is available from Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Above Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Maia dining chairs offer light and sophisticated wide seating. They go perfectly around the sturdy Riva dining table, which is made from a warm-coloured teak but also available in marble. Kettal is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Casasola Muebles near Torre Real ( and Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara ( Right Designed by Patrick Norguet, Ethimo’s Knit chair combines high design with functionality and is a perfect match with Ethimo’s Tavoli square teak dining table. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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Cane-line’s minimalistic Copenhagen dining table is made from aluminium with a durable outdoor powder coat. It is lightweight and can be flat-packed away for easy storage, making it hugely practical. All other furniture items and accessories in this photo are from Caneline. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro Negocios de Oasis (, UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara (

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Opposite Page Above The new Hopi range of poufs by Paola Lenti comes in different sizes and colours, with a water-resistant polyester covering making them perfect for the outdoors. Paola Lenti is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Below The Layton bean bag by Borek is made out of a combination of Olefin and vinyl, making it waterproof and ideal for around the pool. Borek is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza en Nueva Andalucía ( This Page Manutti’s Moon Island collection designed by Gerd Couckhuyt is a fun island concept where the seats can be placed whichever way you feel fits best around a central coffee table or ottoman. Simplicity and playfulness are the keys to this collection’s allure, as well as its versatility. Manutti is available from The White House in Urb. Marbella Real (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Acoola in the Pol. Ind. San Pedro (


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Above The Faz Daybed designed by Ramón Esteve for Vondom has a futuristic design that offers shade in a practical and versatile way. Vondom is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Vertigo in the Marbella Club ( Left The award-winning Leaf beach chair designed by Frank Ligthart for Dedon lives up to its name, with its shape featuring elegant curved lines that ergonomically support the person lounging upon it. The chair comes in two sizes with a leaf-shaped padded towel, and can also be accompanied with a leaf-like side table. Dedon is available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Outdoor Concepts in San Pedro de Alcántara (


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Bathroom Trends Minimalist bathrooms will always be popular but we are now seeing a growing trend towards adding personal touches. Wallpapers, furniture items such as clever cabinetry, statement chairs, floor mirrors, rugs and tables are making more of an appearance in this area, as well as interesting lighting ideas including chandeliers and wall sconces. Patterned and three-dimensional tiles are becoming increasingly popular in a range of different designs, depending on your style.


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Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, Zucchetti’s Him mixer taps have been created to shout “less is more”, offering an understated, slim and geometric faucet that ensures full control of water flow and helps save water at the same time. Zucchetti is available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita (

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Above Made from white Exmar, Agape’s In-Out circular bath comes as a freestanding, built-in, corner or niche installation, in numerous sizes and configurations. The taps can be attached to the floor, wall or bath itself. Agape is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita ( Below The freestanding DUROCOAT® mineral stone bathtub by Agata Bath Design comes with a matching Alma floor-standing wall sink or an Alma II countertop sink. Resilient and warm to the touch, this range includes a variety of designs. Agata bathtubs are extremely resiliant (shock, scratch and stain-resistant). Agata can also create bespoke bathtub designs. Agata Bath Design is available from the Marmorin Design Center on Marbella’s Golden Mile (


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The Origen range by Inbani combines wood, metal and ceramic to create a stunning and contemporary bathroom range. Inbani is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella (


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The Conservatory wallpaper range from Wall&Deco’s Wet System is water-resistant so it can be mounted in a bathroom to provide an impressive visual impact. Available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara (


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SASSY STORAGE Above The Code range by Sonia offers minimalist functionality with a huge variety of storage options, including a side bar where ( for example) you can place a toothbrush and towel. Sonia is available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita ( Right The Vivia range by Villeroy & Boch has a furniture console with a wide edge, hinged mirror and removable accessory boxes. There is a stool with integrated storage and a mirrored cabinet with an adjustable light colour and brightness. Villeroy & Boch is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita (


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The highly durable Atrio faucet by Grohe combines elegant form with functionality. It comes with either Ypsilon tri-spoke handles or Jota lever handles. Grohe is available from Puya in Pol. Ind. La Ermita (, Mercasur in Estepona (, Unique Reforms ( / Tel. +34 600 012 012) and B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella (


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Going back to work after the summer holidays is always a struggle, but converting your home office or work space into an attractive area might make the dreaded return a little easier. A harmonious work space can positively influence your mood and productivity. Your work is an important part of your life, so it is worth investing in this area of your home – and reaping the potential benefits. Cattelan Italia’s Nasdaq desk comes in Canaletto walnut or Heritage oak and can also be complemented with a drawer for fixing on the sides of the desk. Available from The White House in Urb. Marbella Real ( and Marbella House in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara (

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Nigel Coates presents the Bistrotstuhl armchair, which combines characteristics from Gebreuder Thonet Vienna’s Lehnstuhl lounge chair and their Body Stuhl chair. It offers comfort and ergonomy, as its sculpted anthropomorphic backrest fits the triangular shape of the seated person’s shoulder blades. Available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Above Left Sika Design’s Melody chair with their Lucas console table is the perfect combination for a simple workstation. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and in Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( Above Right Enea’s Ema stackable chair is light and practical. The seat and backrest are made from polypropylene and can come with or without arms. Enea is available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita ( Left The Maarten table comes with legs that can be attached directly to the table top. The combination of light-coloured wood and white slim legs, together with the matching chairs, gives this table a sense of overall lightness and contemporary style. Viccarbe is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (


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home office The new DjembĂŠ ceiling light range from Marset is designed to create musical compositions of light. This bell-shaped lamp makes a real statement and comes in various sizes and colours that can be installed individually or combined as shown here. Marset is available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( and Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva AndalucĂ­a (


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Above Menu’s Conic table lamp is practical and intriguing with its jaunty-angled shade. Designer Thomas Bentzen says he is “obsessed with materials and their limits, by form and functionality and by the durability of design”, and the Conic lamp is no exception to this idealogy. Menu is available from the BoConcept Plus Store in Centro de Negocios Oasis and on the Mijas Road ( Right Pols Potten designed this work area to make the most out of the small space available and transform it into an attractive work station. Everything shown here is from Pols Potten, which is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara (


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Creating a ‘modern, yet classic feel’ was the brief for our latest project in London’s Belgravia. Pictured here is part of the Master Suite – the hallway from the bedroom to the bathroom. Polígono Industrial San Pedro, C/Países Bajos 6, San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella) T: (+34) 952 794 117 E:

home office Louis Poulsen’s NJP work lamp is a new take on the architect lamp. The design arose from a collaboration with Japanese design company Nendo and designer Oki Sato. It has springs, an angled shade with a rotating head, and a clamp to attach easily to a table. The light is distributed without glare, making it the ideal work lamp. Louis Poulsen is available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and in Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Your lawyer, your accountant. Working together for you. Your business is in good hands at Marbella’s leading Spanish property lawyers, accountants and tax consultants. Also, to make your legal and tax matters easier for you to understand, at Welex we speak several languages including Spanish, English, Dutch, German and French. • CIVIL LEGAL AND EXTRAJUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS










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living rooms

Living Room


Opposite Page Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Bohemian sofa is a contemporary take on a classic design – and built for comfort. Moroso is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (, Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Above Komplot and Hay’s Nobody is a stackable chair moulded from one single piece of 100 per cent recyclable plastic converted into felt. The Nobody chair’s soft edges give it a very comfortable feel. Hay is available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella ( Right The Stingray rocking chair by Fredericia was inspired by nature and the flowing lines of the stingray. It is designed to appear like it is floating on its stainless-steel frame. Fredericia is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Roche Bobois’ green Spoutnik armchair was designed by Sacha Lakic, and its dynamic and bold design was inspired by his passion for motorbikes and fast luxury cars. This armchair adds a flash of colour next to the RÊflexion tendresse leather sofa, which was designed to create visual harmony and optimum comfort. The whole look of the room is brought together with the machine-tufted and hand-carved Astre rug. Roche Bobois is situated in Torre Real (


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The Egg armchair designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen features sculptural lines and curves that give it an especially alluring appearance. The leather upholstery stretched over a strong inner foam shell offers comfort with style. Available from the BoConcept Plus Store on the Mijas Road and Centro de Negocios Oasis in Marbella (


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We have a wide range in furniture. Modern style or in solid wood, we have it all. Check our web site.

Customized sofas in leather or fabric in all kind of colors. Top quality sofas from the best factories.

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The Forever pouf range by Flexteam comes in varying sizes and beautiful rich colours that really make the room pop. Flexteam is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva AndalucĂ­a (


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Michel Gibert. Photograph used for reference only.Stone Sculpture museum of the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen.

Kenzo Takada dresses the Mah Jong

Designer unrestricted and audacious, Kenzo Takada, « the most Parisian of Japanese couturier”, has imagined for Roche Bobois a unique and exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics. To ‘dress’ the Mah Jong modular sofa, Takada got his inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Nô Theater, from which he has re-interpreted the patterns and colours, creating fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolizing the 3 times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), Yoru (evening).

Mah Jong. Modular sofa per elements, designed by Hans Hopfer. Upholstered in Nō Gaku fabric Yoru veriant, designed by Kenzo Takada for Roche Bobois.

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French Art de Vivre

Michel Gibert. Photograph used for reference only.Stone Sculpture museum of the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen.

Kenzo Takada dresses the Mah Jong

Designer unrestricted and audacious, Kenzo Takada, « the most Parisian of Japanese couturier”, has imagined for Roche Bobois a unique and exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics. To ‘dress’ the Mah Jong modular sofa, Takada got his inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Nô Theater, from which he has re-interpreted the patterns and colours, creating fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolizing the 3 times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), Yoru (evening).

Mah Jong. Modular sofa per elements, designed by Hans Hopfer. Upholstered in Nō Gaku fabric Yoru veriant, designed by Kenzo Takada for Roche Bobois.

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French Art de Vivre


Vincent Van Duysen’s Anton bed for Molteni&C has smooth clean lines that offer simplicity and a contemporary design. Available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (www. and Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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Making Your Bedroom A Blissful Haven

We all know by now that our bedroom should be uncluttered to keep the mind at its most restful state. We have been advised of this many times over! However, that does not mean you cannot have your most treasured items around you to make you feel at home and comfortable in your resting space. In recent years, we have seen a trend for Scandinavianstyle bedrooms with lots of white and grey accessories, natural materials such as wooden headboards, side tables and lamps complemented with wool and linen bedclothes. Whether the Scandinavian look is your preferred style or not, there are plenty of ways to make your bedroom a stylish haven by simply choosing a high-quality bed and mattress, good storage systems, ambient lighting and well-thought-out decoration that fits well into the space.


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The stylish Bonaldo’s Squaring bed designed by Giuseppe Viganò is upholstered all the way around the mattress and looks fantastic placed in the centre of a room. Bonaldo is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( and UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (

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With Jensen Supreme, you get to enjoy comfortable Norwegian bed design that has the latest technology for optimal sleep comfort. This dream bed was developed by our physiotherapist and his dedicated team of product designers, taking Jensen’s seventy years of craftsmanship one step further. Experience legendary sleep comfort in Jensen Supreme.

Polígono Nueva Campana 23 Nueva Andalucía, Marbella T: +34 952 90 88 55 Monday - Friday 10-14, 15-18


BEDROOM STORAGE The Millimetrica walk-in wardrobe by MisuraEmme offers superlative luxury for contemporary living. It is a fully bespoke installation with an infinite choice of materials, finishes and compositions. There are pull-out tie racks, scarf holders, shoe racks, LED lighting and much more. MisuraEmme is available from Femont Galvan ( and Vertigo (, both situated in the Marbella Club.


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We are experts in making your house a beautiful home accommodating for all budgets. Established for more than 30 years working with a wide range of Spanish and international brands. Turn-key projects. Ctra. Cรกdiz-Mรกlaga Km 184.5, Marbella. Tel +34 952 77 27 58

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GETTING COSY THIS AUTUMN Above This beautiful Moroccan cotton blanket with large pompoms on both sides comes in an array of different colours and is perfect for a bed cover or on a sofa. Everything shown here is available from Zoco Home in Centro Idea on the Mijas Road ( Right King Of Cotton’s Mayflower range is made from pure cotton at 300 thread. It is hand-embroidered and comes as a duvet cover set with matching pillow cases. King Of Cotton is situated in Centro Comercial La Colonia in San Pedro de Alcåntara (


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Established in 1995 in the United Kingdom, King of Cotton is known for dressing some of the most luxurious hotels in the world with the finest bed & bathroom linens. Our main target is to bring the lush linen from big hotels to end users who desire to feel like they are in a luxury 5 star hotel while being at home.

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Kitchen Design

In recent years kitchen trends seem to have flown in different directions, ranging from the raw industrial look to minimalistic, glossy and, recently, collections that incorporate more natural materials such as wood and stone. Technology and new innovations have become increasingly important in the kitchen, offering the home cook easier and more efficient ways to store, clean, prepare and heat food.


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The Cloe kitchen by Arredo 3 is available in five different ranges that are all compact, contemporary and eye-catching. This kitchen offers ample storage with handy wall units and large open compartments. The doors can come with either groove or handle, and in neutral and natural-toned finishes. Arredo 3 is available from Decodan in Estepona (


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Above The Gourmet+Habitat kitchen by Inko Cocinas showcases “when lifestyle meets the kitchen�. This kitchen offers large work surfaces with plenty of storage, while the use of wood mixed with white gloss gives it a contemporary and timeless look. Inko Cocinas kitchens are available from Mercasur in Estepona ( Right Blanco by Gutmann have produced custom-made extractor fans that offer a long service life and high performance. Available from Decodan in Avda. Juan Carlos in Estepona (


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Generally, the kitchen is the most expensive room in the home followed by the living room. Having an open-plan kitchen that integrates the dining and lounge area is a natural progression, and this has become an increasingly popular trend in recent years. This design layout brings together the whole family, creating the focal point of the home. The kitchen featured here by Xey is available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella (


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MAJESTIC CONTEMPORARY FRONTLINE GOLF VILLA WITH PANORAMIC SEA VIEWS Special offer: 2.950.000€ If you are looking for a deluxe frontline golf property for sale in Benahavis with spectacular south facing sea views, this villa has been designed by the world famous architect Carlos Lamas who is known for delivering unique contemporary homes. As expected with a property of this calibre, it has a beautiful private garden, ensuring complete peace and privacy, and an impressive private mosaic finish swimming pool. Benahavis is a beautiful location famed for its high quality properties, majestic villas and private estates, and it is also home to the 6-star Villa Padierna Palace Hotel and a number of world class golf courses including Los Flamingos. The beautiful hillside village of Benahavis is often referred to as the ‘dining room of Andalucia’ due to the plethora of restaurants. The complex is ideally located just a short drive from Marbella, Puerto Banus and Estepona, each boasting beautiful beaches, superb amenities and marinas. Malaga and Gibraltar airports are also conveniently close. The interior of this incredible home will take your breath away. On the ground floor you’ll find a stunning open plan sitting room with double patio doors leading to a generous main terrace, adjacent is a family TV room and study, each overlooking the garden and swimming pool. The state-of-the-art kitchen and formal dining room also have direct terrace access. There is a fantastic master suite and 3 spacious guest rooms with beautiful en-suite bathrooms on the first floor, each enjoying direct access to a terrace and those all-important sea views. Large basement with plenty of facilities. Other features include a lift, electric blinds, and a double garage with automatic doors. Completion summer 2018.

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That Offer More More than ever, homeowners are investing in new flooring. With so many exciting options on the market, and an ever-expanding array of different materials available, it is not surprising that the flooring sector has seen an uplift in interest. Not only are these new flooring options durable and practical, but they are also aesthetically stunning and can transform the look of a room. Wow’s Hexa floor tile range comes in ice white, ashy grey and graphite matt colours. The hexagonal design cut gives the overall look of the floor a striking designer style that is ideal for a kitchen or bathroom. Shown here with Wow’s Moon tiles placed on the wall of the breakfast bar area, it demonstrates how tiles can add a contemporary cutting-edge look. Wow Design is available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella (


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This Timbertech Twin Finish wood composite decking is ideal for flooring around water as it has a VertiGrain slip-resistant surface. It is highly durable and is resistant to mould, moisture and mildew. Available from Parquet Astorga in Urb. Marbella Real and in Calle Salitre in Mรกlaga (


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Bespoke, unique, timelessly elegant schemes designed with a personal touch and a lot of love We speak: English, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish and German Urb. Marbella Real, Local 19, 29602 Marbella (Málaga) Tel: (+34) 952 902 613 · Mob: (+34) 620 055 640 · E-mail:


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Above This Keranium large slabbed flooring from Dekton® by Cosentino is dark to give it an industrial look. It is offset perfectly with the Zenith worktop, also by Dekton®, to provide a stunning contrast. The kitchen featured here is Dani García’s in Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella. Dekton® is available from Decodan Interiores in Avda. Juan Carlos in Estepona ( Below Autumn is the best season of the year to install hardwood floors as it is the ideal climate for such an installation. Wooden flooring needs to acclimatise to the indoor environment before it can be properly installed as it is important for it to take on the indoor humidity level and temperature. If not, the wood can absorb moisture and swell, especially in the summer months, and in winter it can dry out and crack, which is why autumn is such a key time for installation. Hain, Rudda and other prestigious wood manufacturers from Germany and Austria are exclusively available at Korsch Cabinetmakers in Polígono Industrial Elviria (www.


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Adorn your floors this autumn with beautiful rugs that set the tone for the whole room, giving the space texture, warmth and style.


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This Page The swirling design of the Storm range by JAB Anstoetz represents the symbols from weather maps that highlight changing wind directions and air-pressure movements. The pile differs in height, giving the feeling of a storm. JAB Anstoetz is available from Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcántara (, UDesign on the Ronda Road (, Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( and Marbella House in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara ( Next Page Above Left The Marquisette Alabaster rug by Designers Guild features graphic swirls in pure alabaster white. It is a sophisticated rug that suits any style of room. Designers Guild is available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona (, Siesta Interior Design in Nueva Andalucía (, UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara (, The White House in Marbella (, Cort Idea on the Mijas Road (, Gancedo in Marbella ( and Marbella House in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara ( Above Right Pappelina’s Dana woven rug, made on a traditional loom using wooden shuttles, is practical and easy to maintain. It has a welded ribbon to add strength and is reversible. Pappelina is available from Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía ( Below Left The Dizzy range by Serge Lesage features a sophisticated camouflage design with touches of earthy colours mixed with bright, resulting in a stunning creation. Serge Lesage is available from Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona ( Below Right Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Losanges rug from Nanimarquina is simplistic and elegant, with references back to the traditional Persian rug and the utilisation of ancient kilim techniques. The Afghan wool is hand-spun, making each item truly unique. Nanimarquina is available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club (


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Costa del Sol Market Leaders in Real Flame Electric, Gas and Wood Burning Fires


Unique Fires also offer all types of outdoor heating and barbecues!

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dining tables & chairs Grey and yellow are a perfect match and give a great contemporary look. The Mafalda chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso adds a touch of citrus zing to the grey Oasis circular dining table. Moroso is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (, Lord Designs in the Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara ( and Siesta Interior Design in Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucía (


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Designer Dining Give yourself a five-star dining experience in your home like you would expect when eating out, with a beautiful table and chairs set. As our kitchens and culinary skills have become more sophisticated, our dining areas should also step up to the mark. Above This porcelain table-top by Ondarreta, together with their Bai chairs, is a sophisticated and contemporary dining set. Available from B&D Marbella in Pol. Ind. La Ermita in Marbella ( Left Zoco Home’s teak extendable dining table comes in two different sizes, complemented by dining chairs with pompom cushions available in an array of different colours. The hanging lampshade is made from natural seagrass, adding to the casual look of the dining area. Zoco Home is situated in Centro Idea on the Mijas Road (


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dining tables & chairs The Elvis Keramik dining table from Cattelan Italia comes with a white or graphite base that is embossed in lacquered steel or satin stainless steel with a polished stainless steel column. The chairs are from Cattelan Italia’s Beverly range. Cattelan Italia is available from The White House in Urb. Marbella Real ( and Marbella House in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcåntara (


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NEW FURNITURE STORE IN SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA For all your interior design needs: furniture, curtains, rugs, wallpaper and accessories at reasonable prices.

Calle Eslovaquia 13, Polígono Industrial San Pedro de Alcántara, Marbella | Tel: 951 562 183· 639 18 32 37 | |

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dining tables & chairs

Above Designed in 1958, the 6284 dining table by Fredericia is made from the finest selection of solid oak and can also come with additional plates to extend the table-top at either end. It is shown here with Fredericia’s Pato chairs. Fredericia is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club ( Right Patricia Urquiola designed the Canasta range for B&B Italia after being inspired by the geometric shape of Vienna straw. The dining table has a painted corten frame with a porcelain top. B&B Italia is available from Femont Galvan in the Marbella Club (


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sound systems


Volumes As we enter into the autumn and winter months and spend more time at home watching television or listening to music, why not treat yourself to a high-quality sound system with these ideas... Above The Denon Heos advanced bi-amplified soundbar and wireless subwoofer features five channels of efficient Class D digital amplification with excellent DSP audio processing, including multi-channel virtual surround. The wireless subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room. Right The Sonos Playbase offers full-theatre sound for your TV as well as streaming music. Its design is understated and it can securely support televisions of up to 35 kilograms. Add SUB and two PLAY:1 rears for wireless 5.1 surround sound. It can stream over Wi-Fi so the music never stops – even if you get a phone call. Both available from TD Sat & Sound in Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcåntara (


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Opposite Page The oval Candles And Spirits Chandelier by Brand Van Egmond combines the extravagant beauty of Swarovski with jaw-dropping contemporary design. The chandelier is hand-sculpted with a nickel finish and also comes as a wall sconce. Brand Van Egmond is available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club ( This Page Above Masiero’s Drylight S18 chandelier has all the characteristics of a classic Venetian chandelier but can be installed outside to give your outdoor area a magical feel. Waterproof and windresistan, Masiero is available from UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Casasola Muebles near Torre Real ( Below The Nara light by Aqua is made from handcrafted silk and also comes as a ceiling and pendant light. Available from Vertigo in the Marbella Club (


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Bringing Down

the Curtain

It’s fabric season, when we can swathe our windows with gorgeous curtains. Whether you are after some delicate voiles or richly sumptuous curtains, dress your windows this autumn with style. The Pure Sunflower collection by Morris & Co is a stunning interpretation of William Morris’ original sunflower design. This sophisticated range is jacquard woven with a sub-linen weft. Morris & Co is available from Gancedo in Edif. King Edward in Marbella (


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Above Left The Marrakech range by Today Interiors is a glorious collection of jewel-coloured velvet fabrics that features a tumbled effect. Today Interiors is available from Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcántara (, UDesign on the Ronda Road ( and Tela Bella near Pol. Ind. Estepona ( Above Right The bold Sansibar collection by Sahco is a fine plain silk satin with a shiny finish. It is woven on a silk warp with cotton weft yarns. Sahco is available from UDesign in San Pedro de Alcántara ( Right Entrada, the three-dimensional room divider and curtain by Création Baumann, absorbs sound – thus providing privacy between spaces. Création Baumann is available from Arte del Lusso in San Pedro de Alcántara ( and The White House in Urb. Marbella Real (


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Bridging History By Ali a Bab

As summer draws to an end, we are sated by the heat, noise and pollution, so I thought I would show you some serenity. Bridges are wondrous things. They have been around since a very long time: think of the Great Wall of China and the Roman aqueducts, to name just two among many famous examples and all the smaller and not so well known ones. They take us from here to there and back again. Who knows who built them all! Some are famous, most are not, and yet they play a vital part in our lives. They were built with stone, roots, impacted earth, vines and all sorts of materials. All of them were eco-friendly and a lot of them used recycled materials, although at that time no-one knew about these things. The examples I am showing

you here are lovely bridges: from Ireland to Japan, Yemen to China… bridges are everywhere in the world. Their design has been adapted to fit the places where they are located, and how clever were they who designed and built them. Using primitive tools and a lot of manpower (most of it forced), they still stand today, as monuments to ingenuity, eco friendliness and skill. We are too fond of using steel and iron – metals carved out of our planet, granted – to span great space. This is needed but I am drawn to those little bridges with years of people going over them, each with their own story to tell.

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first person

Sculptural Creations Inspired by Nature Interview with Matias di Carlo


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How did you enter into the world of art? I grew up in my family’s wrought iron workshop in Argentina; my first memories are of the bright cherry-red iron glowing in the fire. There, amongst raw materials, I began to play with shapes and volumes for the first time. In that workshop I spent years learning and perfecting the techniques I nowadays use for my creations. At a very early age I began to receive my first commissions to design special pieces, allowing me to express and develop my own sculptural language. This was my entry into the world of design... What are the inspirations behind your work? My main sources of inspiration are in nature and the interaction between matter and void. I also like to work with the sense of power and proportions.   Take us through the process of making your sculptures ( from the initial idea to the final work of art)... The starting point is finding the concept to work around. Whether it’s a customer commission or a more personal project, it all starts off with an idea which is then developed. Once I have the idea, I turn it into a mental visualisation including every detail. During this creation stage I completely lose track of time. This is a very exhausting process but at the same time the most important. After this I prepare the technical plans and/or drawings and the materialisation of the sculpture

begins. The combination of metal, fire and water allows me to transform the inert material into a sculptural creation.   Why do you like to work with corten (weathering) steel? I feel really attracted to corten steel because of its resistance and technical possibilities. When properly worked and shaped, I see the earth in its true essence – it captures the environment and breathes together with it. It is also an amazing material for architectural designs, especially in large-scale formats.   What does the future hold for Matias Di Carlo? With the recent opening of my design gallery in Marbella I am now connecting with special people who share my perspective and passion for art and design. We are working on several commissions for sculptural furniture, and after successfully presenting my most recent sculpture during the Art Marbella fair I am now developing a new series of sculptures to be presented at various international fairs. Matias di Carlo Polígono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucía (Marbella) ​ Tel. (+34) 951 517 731


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design showcase

Pure Lines in an Idyllic Landscape The villa featured here is accommodated in a geographically privileged plot on a hill in the prestigious La Zagaleta urbanization (BenahavĂ­s), facing south and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 126 SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017

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The project is simple, explains Manuel Ruiz, partner and creative director of ARK Architects. “A horizontal plane is proposed as a ‘podium’ on which the house stands as if it were a Greek temple. This basement, or podium, comprises a spa, gym and relaxation areas, while the upper levels are highlighted by the villa’s grand living areas.” The property’s precise architecture features “pure lines that evoke a certain modern classicism, aiming only to frame the idyllic surrounding landscape of sea and mountain through large glass panels that seek at all times to provoke an extension of the inside spaces towards the outside. “In this way,” adds Ruiz, “we link the architecture directly to the environment and the garden, and in some moments it is difficult to differentiate the boundary between interior and exterior space.” Ruiz quotes Luis Barragan, who said, “I like to design houses that look like gardens and gardens that look like houses.” Reynaers Aluminium sliding systems were used for La Zagaleta H-11’s windows and doors. In this case, the lift and slide CP 155-LS system and the minimalist sliding Hi-Finity. Both facilitate large sizes, minimum visible aluminium, connections between the inside with outside of the house, and optimum entry of natural light. These systems’ high performance makes them ideal for modern architecture. The installation was carried out by Moncada Aluminium, a member of the Reynaers Installer network. Reynaers Aluminium: / Moncada Aluminium: ARK Architects:


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Chic Style in La Cala

The developer’s main request for this show flat in the La Cala area was for it to be warm and relaxing, “so the moment you walk in you feel you are on holiday”. Siesta Interior Design then set to work creating a suitably laidback and cosy atmosphere that is ideal for a holiday home at any time of the year. The style is described as Ibiza and Boho chic – with some ethnic touches. “We used mainly natural materials, natural wood, linen and yute, and kept it very simple, not overdressing with accessories. We wanted each of the furniture pieces to stand out by themselves, to show their own character.” The Siesta designers kept the colour palette calm, highlighted by white and sandy hues, except for the second bedroom where they introduced a strong turquoise. The outdoor covered terrace, which will be used in this particular apartment to greet clients with drinks, includes two lounge areas framed by handmade yute rugs. “We wanted to make sure the indoor and outdoor followed the same style, and the terrace still felt as warming as the indoor, as here on the Coast we spend so much time outdoors. The panels on the wall and the outdoor curtains also add a cool, summery look.”.    Siesta Interior Design Centro Comercial Centro Plaza 44-46, Nueva Andalucía (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 952 908 705 Facebook: SiestaInteriorDesign


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London Calling

for Global Marbella Company


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UDesign might be based in Marbella but their work takes them to the world’s most luxurious enclaves. From the deserts of Marrakech to the snowy slopes of fashionable Verbier – and to the bright sandy beaches of the Cayman Islands – UDesign’s international clientele are keeping the company in globetrotting mode. Their latest international project is slightly closer to home: a listed building in London’s fashionable Belgravia. The property is distributed over six floors with nine bedrooms and is full of beautifully detailed period features. After working with UDesign on a large project in Marbella the owners were keen for the company’s talented design team to take on their magnificent London residence. The brief was to retain the integrity of the internal architectural features, but at the same time create a modern yet classic feel.

Each project UDesign undertakes can be said to be truly bespoke as they create furniture specifically for its individual design and décor, as well as having their own Signature Collection. If you’re looking for a style that is different from the norm, “something bespoke that’s really you”, UDesign are the company to contact. UDesign – Architecture & Interiors Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcántara, Calle Países Bajos, 6, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 794 117


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Stunning Cortijo Transformation in

El Madroñal

The property featured here was a dated “cortijo-style” house when Lord Designs Interiors were commissioned to completely modernise it up to current standards. The client wanted to transform its original rustic features into a contemporary style, while still retaining a “homey” feel. “They wanted warm/happy colours,” says founder and interior architect Sophie Lord. “To that end, we used a light colour pallet with splashes of citrus tones combined with fresh aqua-coloured accents. All of the fixtures are in warm gold/bronzes, which is currently being favoured over stainless steel options.” Lord Designs also made the rooms appear a lot bigger than they were, by clever space planning. “We changed the distribution of the rooms to make it more practical and feature a better use of space. We redesigned the ceilings, interior doors and dressing rooms, as well as the lighting design.” The project was basically a new build. The villa was taken back to a shell and totally redesigned including all new bathrooms, kitchen and major adjustments to the exterior. “The finished result is hardly recognisable from the old villa that it once was,” according to Sophie. On the business side, Lord Designs Interiors have been experiencing rapid growth, and a particularly successful year, prompting them to move to larger premises: a new office/ showroom on the main street in San Pedro Polígono. “Although we specialise in high-end interior design and that is where our passion lies,” says Sophie, “this year we have completed a large office block in the Netherlands, as well as various commercial projects such as a nightclub and fashion boutique in Puerto Banús. “Our reputation is what drives us, and all of our projects are through recommendations from happy customers. We are an extremely well liked and friendly company working in a professional and honest manner. It has taken me years to build up my team of professionals, which I am very proud of.”    Lord Designs Interiors Tel. (+34) 952 906 203 / 619 281 173 / Facebook: lorddesignsinteriors


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property showcase

Breathtaking Panorama

at Mirabella Hills 134 SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017

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A popular project in the highly coveted La Alquería residential estate, Mirabella Hills offers dream homes in an exclusive environment. Residents have the peace of mind of a 24-hour gated community with security guard to ensure privacy and safety; while top golf courses are conveniently located nearby and the beach is less than three kilometres away. The property featured here was handpicked for its stunning location, distinctive and elegant design (by leading Marbella-based architect Carlos Lamas), and magnificent sea views. The villa’s top-class amenities include a fitted kitchen, open and airy covered terrace areas, finished interiors, under-floor heating throughout, a gas-powered feature fireplace, and landscaped gardens. Spacious, stylish and rich in natural light, the rooms and terraces are designed to make the most of the stunning views surrounding the property. Additional space is available for a spa, home cinema, entertainment room or gym.


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Exceptional first-class features and coastal views… guaranteed to impress


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This magnificent mansion sits majestically on an expansive park-like plot within a highly secure and renowned golf club resort. Located in the midst of unspoilt nature, yet just a 15-minute drive to the coast, this upmarket property is presented by Residencias Lujosas Vitalux S.L. – a luxurious estate that truly delights with its outstanding appointments. The interiors are particularly impressive for their spaciousness, with ceiling heights between 3.2 and 3.8 metres creating a sense of lofty grandeur, while the living area with its antique Swedish tiled stove forms the heart of the property. A stunning upper floor area features sumptuous bedrooms with exclusive en suite bathrooms and dressing room. Another highlight of the residence is its superb use of first-class materials, including selected Italian marble and travertine floors, solid wooden floors and custommade joinery throughout. Also noteworthy is the high-quality heating system using different energy systems (solar, heat pump and oil). Other life-enhancing details include a top-quality sound system, Italian designer lights, pre-installed wine cellar and pre-installed spa area. In addition, the home includes a fully-fitted Clive Christian kitchen, double-glazed mahogany windows, open fireplaces, home automation system, alarm, electric shutters, a four-car

garage and 24-hour security. The south-southwest facing grounds benefit from an abundance of beautiful trees and sitting areas with a fantastic heated infinity pool, jacuzzi and breathtaking views. All brought together, these magnificent luxury features are what set this home apart, even from others in the same ultra-select area. PROPERTY FILE Building year: 2012 Plot: 5,008 m2 Built area: approx. 780 m2 Terrace(s): approx. 155 m2 Bedrooms: 4 + office Bathrooms: 4 + 2 toilets Garage: 4 cars Price: on application (ID number 18562) Residencias Lujosas Vitalux S.L. (Doris Kavcic) Tel. (+34) 630 565 473 / /


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Authentic Italian Cuisine IN THE HEART OF MARBELLA


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Part of the successful Metro Group, Cibo Italiano offers authentic Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Situated at the end of the Golden Mile, the restaurant features an attractive décor, giving it an airy and relaxed ambience. Even though Cibo is quite spacious, it still has an intimate feel with several areas where diners can enjoy privacy within their own dining booth. Seating is well laid-out and suitable for any kind of diner. From parties and family groups to romantic meals, Cibo can accommodate all requirements and preferences. There is ample outdoor seating for al fresco dining, where you can sit down the side of the restaurant or out the front – and take in Marbella’s buzzy atmosphere. Both terraces are delightfully decorated and are covered by awnings, allowing you to dine outside all year round. The menu offers a wide range of dishes from pastas, risottos, seafood and meats to pizzas (gluten-free pizzas are also available) and salads. Cibo pride themselves on their authentic Italian food and sensible prices, and this is certainly the case with pizzas ranging from just €9.50 to €14, and many of the pasta dishes coming in at around €15. All the dishes we tried were generously portioned and creatively placed on the plate. As a starter, a must-try is the antipasti sharing plate, which was beautifully presented on a wooden board with salami di Napoli, Parma ham, Caprese salad, crispy prawns, bruschetta and chargrilled vegetables served with a tasty dip – and all of this for just €20. Their desserts are all homemade and highly indulgent, with the likes of the typically Italian tiramisu, a dark chocolate and salted caramel pot, limoncello cheesecake and panna cotta; while for the savoury palette there is the assortment of Italian cheeses with onion relish and candied walnuts. A surprising feature on the menu is their Sunday lunch for only €14.95. It comes with slow-roasted beef served with vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, whole roasted garlic cloves, crunchy roast potatoes and gravy, and is a big hit with the locals and regular visitors. Cibo Italiano Boulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, Marbella. For reservations: Tel. (+34) 952 900 380 /

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Gourmet Cooking AT CASTILLO DE MONDA Photos by Peter Staes. Text by Jaap Schaafsma from Hotel-Restaurant Castillo de Monda.


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RECIPE PRESA IBÉRICA SERVED WITH A PURÉE OF CARROTS, BEETROOT AND MUSHROOMS INGREDIENTS (serves four people) 600 grams of presa ibérica (shoulder of Iberian pork) 1 kg of fresh carrots 200 grams of small mushrooms 200 grams of beetroot 4 little gems (lettuce) Red wine/port sauce 4 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallots 1 clove of garlic Olive oil Pepper and salt 1 lemon CARROT PURÉE Peel and wash the carrots. Cut them into even pieces and cook them in water (just above the carrots) with a pinch of salt until they are soft. Take them out and dry them on kitchen paper. Put the carrots in a blender and blend until you have a smooth purée. Add a small lump of butter, pepper and salt to taste. To be sure that there are no lumps left in the purée you can press the purée through a kitchen sieve with the back of a spoon or a soup ladle. BEETROOT Cook them in an oven at 200 degrees Celsius wrapped in tinfoil until they are cooked and soft throughout. Peel them and cut them into four pieces. Marinate the beetroot with extra virgin olive oil, a good balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. PRESA IBÉRICA Pre-heat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Heat a frying pan with a bit of olive oil, until light smoke is coming off the pan. Season the pork with salt and pepper all the way around the meat. Place the meat in the pan and leave it a few minutes until this side gets brown and crispy. Turn the fire to medium heat. Turn over de pork and leave it on this side until nicely cooked brown and crispy. Keep the meat moving in the pan until all sides are nicely coloured. Take the pork out of the pan and place it on an oven tray and place it in the pre-heated oven. If you have a thermometer for meat put it in the centre of the meat and wait until it is around 55 degrees Celsius. When its reaches this point, take it out of oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Then cut the meat into onecentimetre slices. While you wait for the meat to reach its temperature… MUSHROOMS Clean them with a brush, or rinse them under water and dry them again with a towel. Cut off the bottom part of the mushroom stem. If the mushrooms are small you can fry them all in some butter, with half of the chopped shallots and the garlic. If they are bigger, slice them in halves or quarters. When finished, add some parsley. LITTLE GEM LETTUCE When everything is prepared, hot and ready to serve, thoroughly heat up a sauté pan with some olive oil and add the rest of the shallots. Add the little gem

lettuce (cut in four, lengthwise) and briefly fry them on both cut sides. The goal is to just heat them slightly. Add a dash of lemon juice and a tablespoon of parsley. Take out. Serve everything on a plate and start with the carrot purée, then place the slices of meat over it, adding the beetroot, mushrooms and two pieces of little gem as presented in the photo. Castillo de Monda Calle Villeta, 6, Monda Tel: (+34) 952 459 836


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New Region, New Wines, New Labels By AJ Linn

As any golfer on the Costa del Sol will know, the growth of the game locally was, unsurprisingly, in parallel with the building of courses. What has always been referred to as the first generation includes Las Brisas, Aloha, Guadalmina, Río Real, Sotogrande and Atalaya. All were constructed on easy-to-work, relatively flat land with no space limitations and minimal gradients. Those of the second generation were not so comfortable, often having tighter fairways. The last generation comprises courses on land that would normally have been considered unsuitable, but they got built because there was nowhere else. On these mountain goat-courses golf buggies are indispensable. The historical background of Spanish wine is not so dissimilar. The first generation during the middle ages consisted of products from Jerez, trailed shortly after by the Málaga varieties. Rioja chimed in a few centuries later, and following closely in the quality stakes Ribera del Duero. Exports from the Castilla La Mancha region began early and now represent more than half of total Spanish wine exports, most in bulk and at cents per litre The economic downturn of the 1980s provoked a search for lower prices and “new” wines, and the amazing improvement of those from lesser-known regions caught the public’s interest. It was not easy going though, as a wine store owner explained. “There is still a reluctance to order unfamiliar wines in restaurants, particularly if trying to impress friends or business colleagues, but at home people are drinking wines they did not even know existed a year or two ago.” It was not long before household names from La Rioja and Ribera set up satellite bodegas in places like Rueda and Toro, and they deserve to be congratulated on their foresight. They were usually setting up in regions that were relatively unknown but where the wine was good, or potentially good if advanced techniques could be applied. The existing local producers were not normally skilled at marketing and distribution, which is where the newcomers could show them a clean pair of heels, in most cases already having national networks. Nor was every region a winner. Of the 70-plus officially recognised, some, such as Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora and Arabako Txacolina will have faded from the reader’s memory by the next paragraph. Nevertheless there are important “new” regions that have come into the limelight as a direct result of competitive prices and superb winemaking. As the pick of the “second generation” regions, Somontano must be near the top, along with Toro and El Bierzo. There are excellent wines from Campo de Borja, abutting Navarra (the Borgia family had estates here), and surprisingly good red wines are coming out of the Jerez area. Even closer to home Ronda has matured and settled for fair prices. Yecla, Jumilla, Cariñena and Alicante are all regions that have started producing good wine lately, and some decent stuff from the Balearics and Canary Isles now have a firm presence on restaurant wine lists. As an ideal example of how this new generation of winemakers is shaping up, Yecla was, until recently, a region whose wines were not really made for anything but local consumption. Fortunately modern grape husbandry and winemaking techniques have transformed them from just drinkable to

very good indeed. The Winery On bodega, a comparatively new enterprise founded and run by German designer Karel Eissner and Pablo Cortes, has quickly found a loyal band of devotees for its six varieties, all based on the local Monastrell grape and with hard-toignore labels. This tannin-heavy fruit is thought to have originated in Spain, although it is also found, as Mourvèdre, in the Rhône, Provence, California and Australia. Winery On’s high standards dictate that as a matter of policy only 10,000 bottles of each quality are released each year. The autochthonous Monastrell vines are 50 to 60 years old, and some of Winery On’s reds are blended with Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. No aggressive chemicals are used in the 20-hectare vineyard and maturing takes place in American and French oak barrels. Prices start at €8.50 for the La Más Bonita white and rosado, followed by the most agreeable La Morena Mia at €11. Top of the range is the €23 Enfuria Classic, aged for 20 months, and made with all Monastrell (15.5º alcohol content). The regular Enfuria (€14) contains Petit Verdot and Syrah, as well as 50 pert cent Monastrell, and sells for €12. The other varieties, De Muerte, De Muerte Gold and El Chico Malo reds, range from €12 to €15. Indeed, for the quality and general excellence of the entire series, the wines are brilliant value and worth cellar space in anyone’s collection. The natural tannin of the Monastrell will enable a long maturing life in the bottle. Distributor for Costa del Sol: Vinacoteca La Cartuja, Marbella, Tel: (+34) 952 775 203


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Elena Gatsenko graduated from I.I. Mechnikov National University’s general psychology faculty in Odessa in 2004, specialising in clinical psychology and with a dissertation topic on “Impaired Concentration”. Elena has a special interest in fairytale and art therapy techniques. She is a head of the pacesetting poly-lingual International Kids Club in El Campanario (Estepona), where her interactive rubric “kindergarten” is dedicated to questions of early development and education of pre-schoolers.

In future issues of Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Elena will write about such diverse subjects as: hyperactive and timid children; children’s fears and hysterics; exploration and development of children’s talents and aptitudes; jealousy to younger ones; and preparation for school. “But,” she says, “the best questions and the most important answers come from a dialogue with you. Write to me, ask questions and I will answer them with pleasure (”


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Noting that expatriates are all new newcomers on the Costa del Sol, Elena says, “And to a greater or lesser degree we all find ourselves in a stressful situation in connection with relocation. Today we have a chance to bring up our children as citizens of the world. In any part of the world they will be able to feel at home, be masters of a situation. In addition to early learning of languages, they also need psychological training. “If a small child from the first months of life is moved together with the mother, the child broadens borders of their ‘home’ at least to the scale of a city. It means that any unknown place beginning from a playground to a bank is just like another unexplored ‘room’ for your child. They are not afraid of people around them, actively get acquainted with the world, and become less shy. The next stage, your child’s independent steps into adult life, is kindergarten. Parting with the mother is the most terrifying thing that happens at this stage. I’m sure that most of you remember a picture from your childhood: morning at kindergarten, some are crying, tightly seizing their mothers’ legs, some are sitting with a sad face, silently suffering ‘betrayal’, and happy ones are rushing to play. In spite of what side you took in your childhood, today you can turn the time your child spends at kindergarten into a fascinating first job.” Looking ahead to Elena’s forthcoming columns, we asked her some key questions related to the first issues that parents should address… Is it necessary to send your child to kindergarten if you are able to be with them at home? Yes, it is necessary as least partially for half a day. Communication with peers should be deeper and more diverse than it is on a playground. It is a preparation for school, additional intellectual development, acquaintance with the laws and rules of social behaviour. Even if your child is hyper-sociable and knows 150 rhymes by heart, your dear homegrown “prince” or “princess” might find themselves an outcast in the secondary school.

What is the best way to prepare children? A competent PR is everything for us. In a good time, half a year or a few months before, begin to tell them about a fantastic place where remarkable boys and girls are gathered, where there are beautiful rooms for children only and a special garden for walks. A place where your child will be taught to speak different languages, where every child plays together, does crafts and eats delicious meals at small tables. Tell them only adults can be enrolled there (if your child is at “I’ll do it myself ” stage) or only the best ones like them… You can also show them a few kindergartens from a distance and say that some day they will be able to go there. How should parents approach the first visit? In an ideal scenario introduce a kindergarten teacher to your child and show them a room when it is empty of children. For example, before classes start or on a weekend. The kindergarten teacher will conduct an excursion during which the child is allowed to hold their mother’s hand, show lockers and beds, toys and tutorials, and tell your child what children will do there together. Then we go there for an hour or a maximum of two hours (even if the child forgets about the mother and doesn’t want to go home). If your child is worrying, take a break for a few days and then return for a certain entertaining lesson: musical or creative. During a week you can increase the time to half a day, for instance, until rest-hour. And only after this stage can you leave your child for the whole day. What should parents consider when choosing a kindergarten? Be sure to visit a couple of them. Get acquainted with the kindergarten teachers who will educate your child. Find out what subjects and in what volume children learn; be sure to assess the size and landscape gardening of the playground; obtain more specific information about the time and duration of outings, and of the menu. Listen to your heart and show the shortlist to your child.

International Kids Club “El Campanario”. Urb. El Campanario 3, Km. 168, Estepona Tel. (+34) 648 493 450 / 673 844 832 ·


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Don’t Stress! By Rachel Garrod

We all know stress is bad for us but do you know why? Our work and social life can all put tremendous stress on our bodies but for most of us we just push through. The problem is that constant stress has a nasty kick to it – inflammation. Inflammation in the body starts as a protective mechanism: the body’s immune system response to an injury or a pathogen. Swelling and redness around the site of a cut, for instance, may be a sign of inflammation. Initially damaged cells secrete chemicals known as cytokines. These increase blood flow to the area and alert the rest of the body to the injury. Blood vessels dilate and release cells that effectively attack and consume any invading pathogens and later clear the debris away. This is all good news but the problem comes when inflammation, which started as a positive effect of the immune system, refuses to go away. All kinds of diseases are linked to inflammation, notably heart attacks, diabetes, dementia, respiratory disease and arthritis, so learning more about inflammation could be the key to improved health for many.

Until now the scientific understanding of what causes chronic inflammation has been limited, but researchers Serhan and colleagues have found that the failure may be in a previously unknown “off switch”. It’s not so much that inflammation has a constant push to stay “on”, more that the trigger to stop may be malfunctioning. Serhan thinks this trigger comes from another set of cells called resolvins. So much in our daily life triggers inflammation – obesity, poor diet, smoking, inactivity and stress – but fortunately there are a number of things we can do that may help stimulate the release of resolvins. Regular exercise gives us benefits in two ways: it can reduce stress and gives inflammation a hard time. Low dose aspirin has some resolving-like actions and appears to kick start the resolution of inflammation. Losing excess weight is also another good way to reduce inflammation ( fat cells release inflammatory mediators). Having a diet rich in Omega-3 helps fight inflammation and, strangely, stretching your muscles seems to have a beneficial effect. Perhaps that’s why yoga is associated with so many health benefits. If you want help being more active, please get in touch.

Rachel Garrod PhD MSc is a physiotherapy lecturer and stop smoking counsellor Tel. (+34) 652 281 122 · · · Guest blogger:


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Art & Culture

Stunning Steel Perspective AT ART MARBELLA FAIR

Matias di Carlo was one of the leading Spanish and international exhibitors displaying their work at this year’s Art Marbella fair. The Argentine-born sculpturer, who recently opened his own gallery in Marbella, exhibited his “Pulse” work at the contemporary art show. The eye-catching piece was sculpted from corten (or weathering) steel, measures 270 x 230 x 120 centimetres, and weighs 800 kilograms. After growing up in his family’s wrought iron workshop, Matias di Carlo went on to perfect techniques that use the surrounding space as his canvas and the power of fire to transform metal into the strokes that give life to his sculptures. This was showcased in stunning fashion with his “Pulse” piece on show at Art Marbella,

which was described as “articulating matter and space in such a way that they merge to create a synergy that transports the observer to the innermost of the piece. Very rarely does a sculpture condense the physical strength needed during the creation process, and is then still capable of dynamically instilling that power.” Matias di Carlo Polígono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucía (Marbella) T ​ el. (+34) 951 517 731


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“SCHOOL OF LONDON” AT MÁLAGA’S PICASSO MUSEUM A summer-long exhibition featuring artists associated with the “School of London” remains on show until 17 September at the Museo Picasso Málaga. Organised in collaboration with Tate London, the exhibition is described as bringing together “Francis Bacon’s powerful solitude, Lucian Freud’s carnal angst, Michael Andrews’ encapsulated ego, Frank Auerbach’s three-dimensional painting, David Bomberg’s emotional force, William Coldstream’s rigorous measure, Ronald B. Kitaj’s multiplicity, Leon Kossoff ’s visceral quality, Paula Rego’s subversion and Euan Uglow’s proportion”. All these artists are associated with what has come to be referred to as the School of London, “a label that has not, however, been accepted by art historians or by the artists themselves”.

A Man who Suddenly Fell Over (1953), by Michael Andrews – © Tate, London 2017 © The Estate of Michael Andrews, courtesy of James Hyman Gallery, London

And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur (1953), by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) © Private collection, City of México © Leonora Carrington, VEGAP, Málaga, 2017

WOMEN, FREEDOM AND SURREALISM In October, the museum will be presenting ( for the first time in Spain) an exhibition that provides an international look at the new creative horizons opened up by women in the context of surrealism. Announcing the new show, the museum noted, “Tenacious, transgressive and controversial, women surrealists only gained their full freedom and protagonism as artists when they rebelled against the social and moral impositions of their time.” Exhibiting from 10 October to 28 January, “We are Completely Free: Women Artists and Surrealism” brings together more than 100 works by 18 artists from different countries: Eileen Agar, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Germaine Dulac, Leonor Fini, Valentine Hugo, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Maruja Mallo, Lee Miller, Nadja, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Ángeles Santos, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, Remedios Varo and Unica Zürn. The works include paintings, drawings, sculpture, collage, photography and film.


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GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR WORLD VISION PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA A lavish summer gala in aid of World Vision attracted 250 guests to Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s breathtaking Sea Grill restaurant in Marbella. They were able to enjoy canapés by Nobu Restaurant and a cocktail reception by Grey Goose, followed by an open-air candlelit four-course dinner designed by Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s executive chef Thomas Stork, as well as an array of live performances and fireworks from the sea. All the proceeds from this fifth edition of the gala dinner went to a project to save children from malaria in Myanmar. World Vision is the charity specifically chosen by Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa owner Daniel Shamoon. / /


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BREATHTAKING VILLA PROJECT UNVEILED AT ATALAYA VIEWS Guests were invited to “enjoy the view from the plot” when Elite Estates presented the stunning Atalaya Views project. With the licence now approved, construction has started on this exceptional villa – designed by leading Marbella-based architect Carlos Lamas and built by Rugue – and it is due for completion in summer 2018. Those present were also treated to canapés and drinks from Chili Gourmet. Photos by Adam Chandler.


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Inspiring Ideas at Expanded Concept Store When Zoco Home opened their concept store in Mijas in October 2016, it fast became one of the Coast’s most popular destinations for home decorators and professionals seeking inspiring home and lifestyle products. Now, less than one year later, Zoco Home are expanding their Centro Idea Mijas outlet with a total of 200 square metres of space. For clients working on any project, from a hotel or restaurant to a private property, Zoco Home can help create inspiring atmospheres, with handmade and natural objects, furniture, one-of-a-kind collections of ethnic rugs, unique vintage pieces and custom-made treasures.  “Good design and good relationships arise from collaboration,” says Zoco Home founder Johanna Weckström, “and we’re excited to have a dialogue, to hear and learn about you and your project, and make places beautiful together.” Centro Idea, Ctra. de Mijas, Km. 3.6, Mijas Tel. (+34) 635 546 360


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Gunni & Trentino have officially opened their new showroom in Marbella Real on the Golden Mile, where clients are invited to “touch and feel” some of the extraordinary qualities to be featured in every home at Palo Alto Marbella. As they note, “With splendid, silky and natural materials and finishes, luxury seeps out through every pore.” On display are a kitchen, bathroom, outdoor kitchen and floor and wall tiles, plus optional upgrades. Visits are by appointment only. Contact Palo Alto Marbella directly for further information: Tel. (+34) 900 102 322,

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LATEST NEWS ABOUT Worldwide Real Estate Figures Residencias Lujosas Vitalux, S.L. are well known for their real estate services covering Málaga province, especially in top locations around Marbella, but business owner Doris Kavcic has also always maintained a great interest in the prices of properties worldwide. For example, prices have risen 27.4 per cent for luxury real estate in Shanghai, currently a world record; while second and third places also go to China. “However, this massive price rise is no longer desired,” says Doris, “so measures have already been taken to calm the market there.” According to the Pri-100 index, 10.1 per cent is the strongest price increase within European luxury real estate, in Amsterdam. “At the moment, you get only 17 square metres in Monaco for US$1 million, 20 square metres in Hong Kong and 26 square metres in New York. In Europe, the most expensive area is in London with 30 square metres for this sum, closely followed by Geneva, Vienna and Paris. In comparison, Marbella still offers top price performance conditions. Buyers can look forward to a wide selection in all price categories – a growing trend.” Residencias Lujosas Vitalux, S.L. Doris Kavcic Tel. (+34) 630 565 473 /


New Home Retail Shop opens in Marbella

Villa 25’s newly opened shop in Costabella (East Marbella) offers customers an eclectic and stylish mix of home accessories and gifts “designed to appeal to those looking for something refreshingly different”, as well as a bespoke decorating service. Interior decorator and Villa 25 owner Rita van Dijk spent months sourcing products she believes are unique to the Coast. Her aim is for the shop to offer customers a special retail experience “where they enjoy coming in, if only to spend time exploring the packed shelves and items on offer”. Having lived for 20 years in Dubai and being well-accustomed to supersized retail centres and a plethora of shops catering to a shopper’s every need, Rita wanted to bring a little of that retail variety to Marbella. “Villa 25 is the realisation of a life-long dream and passion for interior décor,” she says. “I can spend hours walking into and around any home shop and always hoped I could open up a small one of my own. Having worked as a deco-

rator in Dubai, California and Marbella, I always found it challenging to find the perfect accessories to complete the looks I was creating for my clients. The idea behind Villa 25 is to provide customers with a wide variety of stylish accessories and gifts that they can’t easily find anywhere else.” For those seeking larger items that are not displayed in the shop, Villa 25 has a digital catalogue that customers can look through and purchase on a special-order basis. Additionally, Villa 25 also offers a bespoke decorating service “that can be as small or as big as a customer needs it to be”. Located in Costabella (between El Rosario and Elviria), Villa 25 is perfectly situated on the main road (N-340) close to the English International College (EIC), and has dedicated parking out front. Open all day from 10 am to 6pm (closed Sundays). Tel. (+34) 952 939 300


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20th ANNIVERSARY Spectrum FM has been on-air for 19 years. Spain’s LARGEST English speaking radio station. Playing hot hits and the music you love! Our listenership includes English speaking 30-60 year old ABC1 adults which include British, German, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian and of course Spanish. With over 250,000K listeners per day.

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State-of-the-Art Installations and Quality Service The TecnoClima installations and maintenance company was set up in Marbella in 2008 with the aim of becoming an industry standard-bearer on the Costa del Sol. Over the past decade it has achieved that objective, offering clients top-quality service, exclusive design, solid professionalism and cutting-edge innovation, while being able to adapt rapidly to changing circumstances and new challenges. During this time, the Marbella-based company has gained a loyal base of clients, confident that TecnoClima’s extensive experience in the sector enables it to cover all their specific requirements for fully integrated systems and comprehensive back-up services. TecnoClima’s diverse area of expertise includes air-conditioning, with new technology that can reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent; “domotic” systems for state-of-the-art home automation; low-consumption electrical units and designer LED lighting; telecommunications for “intelligent homes”, including connections via iPad, TV, mobile telephone or computer; and multi-media audio and video systems for both indoor and outdoor areas, with advanced touch screens for convenient use. TecnoClima’s team undergo constant training to stay abreast of new trends in design; and maintain regular contact with clients for the whole duration of a project, from creation and development to completion. The company is able to offer “360-degree solutions”, including viability studies, advice on energy consumption and optimisation, administrative tasks such as obtaining technical certificates, and analyses of electric supplier companies. Its team of engineers are committed to client satisfaction, paying meticulous attention to the smallest detail in design and functionality, and offering a 24hour maintenance service 365 days a year. Pol. Ind. La Ermita, C/ Pirita Nº2, Marbella Tel. (+34) 951 775 196 Visitors attending the Mind Body & Spirit Festival in Marbella will be able to experience a variety of talks and demonstrations on mediumship, healing and tarot. There will also be holistic body and beauty massage treatments and reflexology available at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel from 11am to 8pm on 21-22 October. A variety of experienced readers and healers will be on-hand to offer tarot, palmistry, mediumship, healing and readings; jewellery, crystals and beauty products will be on sale; and visitors will be able to savour delicious healthy food by Valerie, and taste and experience free ionised alkaline water, while Cudeca Golden Oldies charity will be represented – all conveniently under the one roof. An entry fee of €10 covers all talks and demonstrations throughout the day, and there will be free parking around the hotel. Tel. (+34) 670 628 468 /


A Weekend of Pampering and Food for the Soul


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Final Word

Inheritance Tax Reductions IN ANDALUCÍA

Article supplied by Welex

Andalucian legislation on inheritance procedures includes an interesting change this year in applying the autonomic reduction for a spouse and direct relatives, with heirs paying no tax if the amount is no more than €250,000. Under the new legislation, which came into force on 1 January 2017, the full reduction is applicable provided they meet the following requirements: • They are direct relatives of groups I and II: that is descendants and adopted, spouses, ascendants and adopters. • The value of the inherited assets, for each heir, does not exceed €250,000 (before the law reform, this taxable base could not exceed €175,000). • Pre-existing wealth does not exceed €402,678.11. • Beneficiaries of life insurance policies are included. The amended law also allows for the correction of what was considered a “jump error”. In situations where the assets exceeded €175,000 – for example, €180,000 – the heirs had to settle the tax for the full amount of the inheritance (i.e. €180,000)

and not for the excess of €5,000. After the amendments to the law, if the value of the inheritance assets is between €250,000 and €350,000, a reduction of €200,000 would be applied, so that the heirs would only be taxed for the amount exceeding €200,000. For example, if a child inherits from his father an inheritance valued at €295,000, this would be settled for €95,000. For inheritances over €350,000, heirs are required to pay inheritance tax on the full amount: i.e. from €1, with no reduction at all. This amendment to the law also applies to cases of acquisition of assets and rights by inheritance, legacy or any other successor title, if the deceased had been resident in a member state of the European Union, following the Judgment of the Court of Justice of the Union European Union of 3 September 2014 (Case C-127/12). Do not hesitate to contact our law firm in Marbella, to resolve any doubts you have about this matter or any others related to successions.

Welex Lawyers & Accountants Avda. Ricardo Soriano 12, Edif. Marqués de Salamanca 1º-3, Marbella · Tel. (+34) 952 775 521 · ·


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Atlas Group · Centro Comercial Atenea, Local 1 y 17 Ctra. N340, Km. 168. 29680 Estepona, Málaga T: +34 951 272 140 · F: +34 952 897 936 ·

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Home & Lifestyle Magazine issue 53, September & October 2017