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ISSUE 30 APRIL 08

Design Antonio Citterio

ISSUE 30.08

Arclinea Caldogno VI Italia ++39 (0)444 394111 www.arclinea.com

“Where the kitchen is the home, it is the home which revolves around the kitchen.”

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The “best seller” kitchen from Italy can be found at: Aplan Centre B’Kara Bypass B’Kara BKR 9037 Malta Tel: 00356 21 480590 Email: scavolini@aplan.com.mt

Please download our general catalogue from www.scavolini.com

System of Quality Management UNI EN ISO 9001 System of Environmental Management UNI EN ISO 14001 Scavolini S.p.A. 61025 Montelabbate (PU) - Italia Tel. +39 0721443333 Fax: +39 0721443413 contact@scavolini.com www.scavolini.com

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APRIL’S SPACE BY Elisabeth cardona

020 welcome to This issue is my absolute favourite to do – featuring dream homes is a lot of fun, not only because it’s encouraging to see such gorgeous homes, but also because it’s inspirational to see homeowners living their dream. Check out the English family in Rabat that lives and breathes contemporary function. This home is so contemporary, yet warm, practical and great fun for the kids (page 20). Pippa Toledo designs a luxurious pad at Tigné Point, through the clever use of materials, the colour white and optimal exposure to the view. Combined, these elements make for a highly luxurious and inspirational apartment (page 30). Mark Cassar creates his dream home through dedication, love and a keen eye for detail on page 40.

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Everyone wants a piece of their idea of a dream home – HOMEWORKS shows you how it’s attainable through our high budget – low budget feature on page 58. Find out how to go about installing the perfect modern bathroom through tips, ideas and suggestions on page 48. Tying in with dream homes is the new room at the San Anton Presidential Palace – the perfect account of how luxurious and high quality can be achieved on a budget (page 69). A grand garden, full of serenity sits against the high cliffs in Fawarra, overlooking the immense Mediterranean. See a garden to die for on page 81. This issue’s Sunday Lunch cuisine and wine section is with Chefs Adrian & Kevin Bonello, de Mondion, Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux on page 91. There we have it – a spring issue full of inspiration and aspiration. Everyone can work towards that dream home – even if it’s just that one small step at a time.

EARNED ETHOS BY JO CARUANA

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THE ORIGINAL. HANDWOVEN FROM WEATHE R - R E S I S TA N T D E D O N F I B R E .

DEDON Collections ORBIT and PANAMA. Design Richard Frinier. The Natural Head Company Ltd. Showroom: Aldo Moro Road, Marsa – open Mon - Sat 10.00 - 12.00 hrs Alternative viewing by appointment – tel: + 356 9944 9999, + 356 21 489999 julian@maltanet.net · www.dedon.de

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Issue 30.08

HOMECOMPETITION

This Edition:

We want your Feedback!

Editor Lisa Borain

Forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published within HOMEWORKS.

ASSOCIATE Editor JO CARUANA

The person submitting the most interesting idea/ concept will receive the synthesis designer duotone 9-piece melamine serving set, courtesy of Bellacasa, worth €59.

Art Director Marc Spiteri Design CHRIS PSAILA MAS Communications

Send your ideas to: HOMEWORKS Feedback, P.O. Box 48 Msida, Malta or email: info@writeon.com.mt

Photography MAS Alan Carville contributors EMMA ARMSTRONG ELISABETH CARDONA JO CARUANA BILL HERMITAGE Sales & Marketing MATTHEW SPITERI 2133 9999 Pre-press and Printing Progress Press Postal Address / E-mail WriteOn Ltd. P. O. Box 48 Msida, Malta info@writeon.com.mt

GORDON MANGION HAS WON THE SET OF TWO CERAMIC VASES, FROM THE LATEST COLLECTION AVAILABLE AT PRESTIGE INTERIORS. Gordon wrote: Dear Editor, “I would like to congratulate you for the most packed home magazine one can find on the market. There are definitively no excuses for those out there who say that they have no idea how to go about designing their homes. I found Issue 29.08 the most inspiring of all, showing 3 different homes, but all very intensive, beautiful, modern and functional at the same time. Whenever we are abroad, my wife and I always make it a point to buy a piece of art, be it a painting, sculpture or something else – not just to remind us of our holiday but to fill our home with authentic pieces from different countries. I would like to read and see ideas how to choose the ‘perfect artwork’ in relation to certain rooms especially for living areas, bedrooms and halls, both in a modern and contemporary environment. I would also like to read about tips and advice on the setup and framing of these paintings. “Prosit” and keep up the excellent work, I really like the new layout of the magazine. You and your team have achieved so much respect from all of us readers.” Gordon Mangion

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HOMEWORKS is published by writeon ltd. every two months on Sundays with an audited circulation of 39,500 copies distributed with The Sunday Times of Malta.

Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the Publisher is prohibited. All rights reserved. Dates, information and prices quoted are believed to be correct at time of going to press but are subject to change and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Neither the editor no publisher accept responsibility for any material submitted, whether photographic or otherwise. While we endeavour to ensure that firms and organisations mentioned are reputable, the editor can give no guarantee that they will fulfil their obligations under all circumstances. © 2008

“Well done for the wonderful issues of HOMEWORKS! They have always been very inspiring to my partner and I. We would have never come up with certain ideas for our house if we weren’t HOMEWORKS readers. It’s amazing how your tips and originality have turned our house into a dream and for this we thank all of your team. Keep it up! In the upcoming issues, we would like to learn more about washroom designs. At the moment, our washroom is only at the planning phase so before we actually start constructing it I want to be 100% sure that it will suite my taste and needs.”

“A huge ‘prosit’ for all your articles and congratulations to the HOMEWORKS team for the effort to produce such a high standard publication. I have a collection of magazines in relation to interior design, as I am very interested in the subject and your magazine features among brand-name magazines in my collection.   I would very much like to see a detailed article on roof gardens by an architect or architects featuring spas or splash pools: their advice, comments and opinions on feasibility.  In Malta we have quite large roofs, which we tend to ignore and of which we could make better use of.

Elaine Caruana

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NEEDSYOU! HOMEWORKS READERS are invited to submit interesting photographs and a brief description of their homes, which may be distinct in their architectural design. Of particular interest are homes that offer outstanding elements of both interior and exterior living spaces. HOMEWORKS will select the best submissions for future features. Send a photo and information to the attention of: The Editor, Writeon Ltd., P. O. Box 48, Msida, Malta or info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

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HOMENEWS

PRESTIGE INTERIORS NEW CONCEPT

@ 240 CANE-LINE The new Cane-Line outdoor furniture is designed to give outdoor areas indoor style and comfort. The product is designed not only to look good, but also more importantly to withstand the elements. The entire collection is hand-woven from a synthetic Hularo fibre, which is weather and soil-resistant, highly durable and exceptionally environment-friendly due to the fact that all materials utilised are toxin-free, bio-degradable and recyclable. It can also be cleaned with ordinary materials and enjoys a five-year warranty against corrosion as well as fading of fibre and against breakage of frames. Cane-line combines quality with comfortable seating and romantic design of the highest calibre.

Prestige Interiors is a new concept in home décor. Now home décor can be purchased from the comfort of home via the new website www.prestigeinteriors.com.mt. All products are made by My Maison, who are leaders in modern, exquisite and affordable, designer homeware & giftware. The extensive range varies from warm therapeutic earthy tones to vibrant blends and complementing textures. Each ‘My Maison’ piece is skillfully designed, quality manufactured, proudly packaged and presented for your enjoyment in the home or office.

FINO FERRAMENTA GLASSLINE SHELVING

JDS FURNITURE SOFAS JDS Furniture has just received a wide range of quality German manufactured sofas and a wide range of unique coffee tables. The sofas can be customized to suit individual needs and the styles vary from classical, contemporary and modern. JDS has also just introduced the new Maximilian Home Designer Collection – it can be viewed at the showroom in Mellieha or at the new outlet in Garibaldi Street Marsa.

All Glassline shelf bottoms are now available in clear and stained execution made of 8mm thickness safety glass. The glass edges are mirror finished and all shelf edges are rounded, thus the creation of soft lines in the combination. Each glass bottom is delivered together with a product insert and protected by a highly transparent cling film. All shelf brackets are delivered in blister packs with assembly instructions. The Zen shelf bottoms are produced of solid, birch laminated wood. The three-sided edge profile is extensively formed and reprocessed by hand. The exact surface finishing and the high-quality varnish sealing give Zen its elegant look.

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HOMENEWS

FGP GARAGES FGP’s overhead sectional doors now offer a unique combination of pleasant appearance, sturdiness and security. The top quality insulated sectional doors are manufactured to the highest safety and quality standards, offering better space utilisation as well as excellent weather sealing. Manual operation is light, smooth, quiet and reliable. Alternatively, sectional doors can be automatically operated by means of a remote control electric motor.

VALUE DIRECT MEUBELINDO INDONESIAN TEAK A range of grade A teak tables and chairs are now available at Value Direct to suit outdoor requirements and most importantly, all budgets.

MEKANIKA LTD SANYO Mekanika Ltd, the Gasan Group’s engineering company has been appointed exclusive distributor for SANYO Air Conditioners for the Maltese islands. As the engineering division of the Gasan Group, Mekanika Ltd has developed from a company handling large engineering contracts into a leading player in providing total solutions for buildings including lifts and escalators, building management systems, facilities management and now Sanyo air conditioning. With almost fifty years’ experience in the industry, Sanyo has earned its reputation as an innovator in air conditioning, consistently delivering market-leading technology and reliability.

WINDSOR CUCINE ARRITAL CUCINE Windsor Cucine are now expanding by adding the prestigious brand Arrital Cucine to their range of kitchens. By the end of April Windsor will be launching this range of the latest models with a new concept of modern designs featuring last generation accessories, which make Arrital Cucine flexible, functional and modular.

CONTEMP CAMELOT WEBSITE Camelot Pictures have recently launched a website featuring its complete range of pictures, fully searchable by colour, size, artist and style preference, making it a virtual store at your fingertips. Simply browse on www.camelotpictures.com

CORE SHOWROOM REVAMP Core is revamping its showroom with a new range of top contemporary furniture. The GRATTAROLA 100% solid wood kitchens, EUROMOBIL designer kitchens, PIANCA living and sleeping areas, and BRINK & CAMPMAN rugs in the showroom will be replaced with different models. Consequently remaining models currently on display will have discounts of 50%.

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A selection of antique dining chairs and other antique dining furniture including Georgian sideboards, dining tables and many more. Price: Upon request. C. Azzopardi Antiques, 33 St. Anne Street, Floriana or at Shop no.1, The Westin Dragonara Resort, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 1839 / 9949 7300.

Mustard chair: 2 seater, also available in black or red. Price: €600. Red sofa” 3 seater, also available in black. Price: €800. White armchair: also available in black or red. Price: €400. Krea Malta Ltd, Mdina Road, Qormi. Tel: 2142 3501. info@krea.com.mt

Domestica boasts a wide variety of stools in various styles and colours manufactured with Ecological leather, in red, white, dark brown and black. Price: €111.80. Also available are the innovative wooden stools in different colours, styles and prices. Prices starting from: €153.73. Domestica Showroom, Msida.

Available in different sizes and layouts. Price: €2630. Singways, Valley Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2147 2882.

Rowina offers a range of reclining / lift armchairs, which offer the solution to your total control and comfort at a simple touch of a button – available in different leather / micro fibre finishes. Price for manual armchairs starts from €442.58. Value Direct, 180, St. Paul’s Street, St. Paul’s Bay. Tel: 2157 8597 / 9949 9337.

Exclusive dining chairs, available in black or white. Price: €109.50. Krea Malta Ltd, Mdina Road, Qormi. Tel: 2142 3501. info@krea.com.mt

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HOMEIDEAS

Aimbry Lighting Scrible Range, available in five different styles. Prices start from €25. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, Birkirkara. Tel: 2144 2116

New models of recliners to suit all tastes and requirements, available in fashionable microfibres and leather colours. Prices start from: €256.23. Value Direct, No. 180, St. Paul’s Street, St. Paul’s Bay. Tel: 2157 8597 / 9949 9337.

Recessed glass halogen downlight available in various shapes and sizes. Price: Upon request VCT Ltd, Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. www.vct.com.mt

LED Recessed systems in aluminium finish. Price: Upon request VCT Ltd Light & Design, Ponsomby Street, Mosta. Tel: 2143 2571 / 2143 6186. www.vct.com.mt

For the stylish home Gemco present this latest new range of modern light fittings made with top quality glass, wenge and chrome, which comes in different handing styles. Prices start from €200. Gemco Ltd., Msida Valley Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2148 8919.

New Portico collection now available at the best prices. Prices start from: €34.57 Cose Casa, 77, Three Churches Street, Balzan. Tel: 2144 7672 / 3.

The woven collection by BRINK & CAMPMAN is produced in the Netherlands according to a weaving technique, which approaches the original knotting technique resulting in a cosy rich high-pile carpet that oozes elegance and sophistication. Prices start from €156.07. core showroom (situated in the upper part of Valley Road leading to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.core.com.mt

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2008 ICI DULUX PAINTS COLOUR OF THE YEAR IS YELLOW, WHILE PANTONE’S IS BLUE IRIS... “THESE ARE NOT THE COLOURS THE DESIGN INDUSTRY IS TELLING YOU TO USE, THESE ARE THE COLOURS THE DESIGN INDUSTRY THINKS YOU SUBCONSCIOUSLY WANT TO USE.”

ECO-CONSCIOUS DESIGN

Although some are tired of seeing and hearing about going green, it doesn’t always have to be so obvious. There are certain nuances in good design of late that coin the eco theme without being bland about it. Even this year’s colours are indicative of the iris flower….

Yellow & Blue Iris

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April’s Space Words: Elisabeth Cardona Styling: Emma Armstrong, Accessories from Stem Interiors, Planters from Calamatta Landscaping

IT TOOK SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY TO MOVE THE HOWES FAMILY FROM THEIR LONDON HOME. HOMEWORKS FINDS OUT ABOUT THE HOUSE THAT SEALED THE DEAL.

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There’s a definite ‘wow’ factor involved here, after all it’s not everyday that a house’s back wall is completely replaced with glass panels, essentially bringing the outdoors in. It’s that very aspect that inspired a London family to pack lock, stock and barrel and settle in this unusual Rabat townhouse. “We were quite overwhelmed by the house when we first saw it eighteen months ago and immediately decided to buy it,” explains Marlon Howes. “Even at that time we knew that we would be able to seamlessly merge our existing home in London into this one, as it offered a lot of scope to do exactly what we wanted. The upshot is that it has become the perfect family home for myself, my wife April and out two children.”

The hundred-year-old, three-storey house was renovated by its previous owners around five years ago, restructuring it from standard to extraordinary. Architectural Designer Mark Pace and Structural Engineer Aldo Caruana added an extension on to the existing building. The result is that the house now flows effortlessly from level to level thanks to its open plan layout; through the glass ‘antiporta’ at the entrance there is an immediate view of the entire lower-ground and ground floors, as well as the pool area and garden behind it.

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“We love to entertain and this house lends itself perfectly to that purpose.�

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The minimalist kitchen is situated half a storey below the main corridor, while the expansive, music-themed dining room leads off it; a poolside eating area (just one of three to be found on the various balconies that lead off the back of the house) offers an alfresco alternative and is something that the family make great use of. “We love to entertain and this house lends itself perfectly to that purpose. The downstairs area is spacious and impressive and we have

“It was important for us that we could bring our furniture with us and it feels a little like we bought a house to fit what we already owned as it all blends in so well! At the end of the day the house can look grand and impressive, but it also needs to function for our needs and the needs of our children.

a lot of fun utilising the space on offer. We especially enjoy the summer months when we throw open the windows and doors so the outdoors can merge with the indoors and it feels like we live in the garden; they become like one space.

The family’s sitting room is situated on another split-level and visible from both the ground floor and outside. Another outdoors seating area leads off that room and offers a pleasing view of the pool and garden below.

“For that, the open plan layout is incredibly practical, as we can all seem to be within the same space even if we are not in the same room.”

“One of the reasons we opted for this house was its pool, which was a great change from London and a real plus for our children – Tilly, eleven and Sky, ten.” The house becomes more and more family oriented as one moves up through the floors.

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The house continues to sprawl upwards, leading to four large bedrooms. “My favourite aspect of the house is the contrast between the old and new,” explains April. For instance, the old Maltese bricks against the glass panels, or our modern furniture against the traditional architecture. It gives the house a unique feel and it’s been a pleasure to decorate from that aspect. I also tried to unite Maltese design with English décor – that was a challenge but the outcome is pleasing. We even brought our garden shed with us from London and it slots in nicely on the lawn!” While all of the structural changes had been completed, the family still had to make a number of adjustments in order to make the house habitable. “The roof needed to be changed and we decided to add a garage onto the side. We also made some lighting changes, adding bursts of colour in the corridor, which look spectacular at night.”

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“We especially enjoy the summer months when we throw open the windows and doors so the outdoors can merge with the indoors and it feels like we live in the garden.” All of the rooms have balconies overlooking the garden, including the master bedroom on the top floor – a cosy room teeming with light and with views spanning the entirety of Rabat. “There is something very special about this house. It’s a hideaway in a bustling town, a little bit of history with a modern twist and a practical family home all rolled into one. When you move to Malta one of the biggest benefits is the regular sunshine and we wanted to make the most of that – well, there’s no getting around that in this house!”

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Effective, inventive and versatile lines and volumes, conceived to meet the needs of people looking to get the most out of their kitchen. The kitchen becomes a milieu of open interpretation, simplified in some models, in others developed using state-of-the-art configuration plans.

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The Worth of White Stylist: Pippa Toledo, accessorised by Shop 55. Photos: MAS Words: Elisabeth Cardona

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One of Pippa Toledo’s greatest fortes is formulating solutions without compromising aesthetics. The renowned interior designer is capable of making smart moves to ensure that solutions are created and appear as clever design features. The art of function married with form is a fine line for an interior designer; the more control one has over this, the more costs can be kept to a minimal and the more comfortable an apartment is made to feel. Another attribute to the interior designer is her command of colour. This Tigné Seafront apartment was a blank canvas. Pippa chose the primary colour of white – the secret to doing it successfully: in the detail. When Pippa arrived on the scene, the apartment was already partially standard fit-out, which means that some areas (such as the kitchen and bathrooms) and some materials (such as the floors and walls) were already there in standard form. Had the apartment been designed with the same white marble floors, white painted walls, white window frames and white textiles, it would have looked sterile. However, the space came alive through the use of various shades of white, splashes of colour, as well as the attribute of various design illusions.

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“....it’s fresh, summery and it opens the area up, giving you a feeling of wellness....”

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Pippa. “I used white because the tiling was already in, which is a major dictator of what will look good and what won’t. It was the perfect colour as a foundation because it went beautifully with the floor, it’s fresh, summery and it opens the area up, giving you a feeling of wellness. With the colour white there is a fear of the place looking stark, so I used a lot of white rugs, which really added a cosy feel to the space. Also, the light changes throughout the day, which means that it was important to use different shades of white to give it a personality and to create various atmospheres; depending on what position the sun is in. The splashes of vibrant colour keep it interesting and not too modern that it dates, but modern in a practical sense. Nothing is permanent about the colour, as it was added in removable doses so

that a replacement scheme can quickly take place, through the use of different cushions and flowers. The apartment can easily become a blank canvas again.” “As the apartment was standard in some areas, it needed dressing up. I designed the panelling with lines, which creates a feeling of continuity throughout the apartment, as well as a nautical look and feel. I dressed various areas with mirrors that would have otherwise been solid walls. Mirrors create movement and interest, as well as reflect the fantastic view. We focused on keeping the look and feel airy and unobtrusive – this included little details such as painting the beech wood doors white, or creating a pelmet for the curtains or the addition of cladding the service door in mirror.”

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There were a few problems that needed solutions. In order to keep privacy on the terrace as well accommodate greenery, large planters were situated around the side trellises, obstructing the view from the neighbouring apartments, but leaving the stunning view open from within the apartment. In order to keep the apartment clutter-free, smart storage solutions were installed, cleverly concealed by unobtrusive doors or drawers. Intelligent lighting was used throughout and certain areas were zoned to give an accent to specific features and aspects, creating softer or brighter ambience for each area. Working with the existing soffits, the team came across unforeseen complications within the structure of the steel gridding. In order to make the space as comfortable as possible, there was a need for extra electric points to accommodate additional electrical luxuries. The end result of all the attention to detail and clever solution solving is an effortlessly light and airy apartment, ideal for entertaining as well as relaxing with maximum exposure to that glorious view.

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EARNED ETHOS Mark Cassar’s dream home: dedication, love and a keen eye for detail.

Words: Jo Caruana Photography: Alan Carville Styling: Emma Armstrong

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The house, originally built around 1850, has been a labour of love for Mark Cassar for over three years. Mark: “At the time I discovered it, the house was completely derelict: uninhabitable. I have experience in converting houses through past projects and saw the potential in this one immediately. I took it under my wing straight away.” Mark’s main concerns were to increase the amount of light flowing through the property and to create livable spaces to fit his lifestyle, as well as incorporating traditional trends with contemporary twists. “The house looked very different back then. I knew the different roles that the spaces needed to fulfill – this house primarily needed to be a comfortable place to live, an exciting space to entertain in and a showcase for my art collection.” The front door opens onto a large courtyard, which was roofed over in safety-glass to allow maximum light to stream in. “We decided to close in this part of the house in order to create more room. The stairs, which are all original, lead to the bedrooms upstairs, while the space downstairs is great for entertaining and ties the whole house together. The glass rooftop above it lets in a fantastic amount of light during the day and also allows for a lot of air to circulate; in summer we can open them by remote control and it creates a lovely breeze throughout the entire house.”

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A large drawing room leads off the courtyard. The room’s focal point is a tremendously imposing antique mirror, which has been passed down through generations of Mark’s family. Contrary to the furniture and style of the room, the lights are all contemporary, including the chandelier, which has a very modern twist in stainless steel. “This space used to be made up of four rooms, including an area where animals were kept. We immediately took the decision to split them up and this has become a formal seating area; it’s also where a large part of my art collection is housed. The inner part of the room is two stories high as we opted to remove the second level to create more height. At the top we also removed the ceiling and replaced that with glass slabs, which once again lets in more light. The majority of beams were replaced given that the originals were made of iron; however two of the original, wooden beams were salvaged in the higher part of the drawing room and remain intact.”

The courtyard also connects the parts of the house that are designated for entertaining. The dining room, which also houses part of Mark’s art collection, is centered around the table which has been given an interesting twist. “The table is quite modern and came from the Far East. However, I came across a large and intact piece of 1750 Maltese lace, which now sits on the table and is protected by a glass cover; it has created a nice effect.” The smaller living room, just off the dining area, was designed with relaxation in mind and serves as a chill out area. It overlooks the garden and carries on the flow of entertainment areas.

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I brought the stones, one by one, from a house in Valletta which had been demolished.”

The outside parts of the house were given foremost importance during the design process and essentially feel like an extension of the indoors. The pool has colour-therapy, remote controlled lights which create a beautiful atmosphere in a variety of colours and the deck area is covered with astroturf, which is practical all year round and perfect for garden furniture. At the back of the garden is a more unkempt area where Mark grows cactuses, palms and flowering plants. “The kitchen is the last room downstairs and I designed it for myself: someone who likes to cook and entertain. It overlooks the garden so it’s very pleasant to be in as you can enjoy the view of the pool from there.” Upstairs begins with the first guest bedroom, which is decorated in a more minimalist style, and continues with one of the house’s grandest rooms. The room appears almost split level as it overlooks both the drawing room and courtyard. A lit stairwell (a traditional garigor) can be seen to one side. “That stairwell is not original to the house but ‘imported’ instead: I brought the stones, one by one, from a house in Valletta which had been demolished.” The master bedroom, which also leads off the upstairs sitting room, has its own terrace overlooking the garden and pool, as well as a large en-suite bathroom equipped with a hydro massage bath and shower, and a colour therapy bath. The bedroom itself is quite contemporary, painted and decorated in purple and earthy tones, which are the owner’s favourite. The third and final bedroom, which overlooks the street, houses original Georgian furniture brought over from London. The room, much like the whole of the house, expertly merges classical elements, such as an earlyVictorian screen, which was renovated recently with locally bought material in a classical print, with a very modern bathroom boasting all of the latest gadgets.

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ANYONE REFURBISHING A BATHROOM THIS SUMMER WILL FIND THEMSELVES FACED WITH A FAR GREATER CHOICE THAN EVER BEFORE, FROM SLEEK WALL-HUNG FURNITURE AND SPA BATHS TO COLOUR THERAPY LIGHTING AND SOUND SYSTEMS. HOMEWORKS OFFERS A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE YOUR PERFECT BATHROOM. WORDS: ELISABETH CARDONA

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VELLA FALZON Hydro Massage Baths with Shower Enclosure and various features including radio, ambient LED lighting, whirlpool system with 13 jets and much more. Vella Falzon Bathrooms, Triq il-Bankiera, Qormi. Tel: 2144 5165.

Today’s focal points are on feature baths and basins, together with discreet wall-hung toilets and bidets. These fittings have specific advantages: they make the bathroom look more spacious, the floor is easier to clean and borders or tile patterns aren’t interrupted by pedestals. The latest basins are wide, shallow designs and can be placed into a slab style work surface, wall-mounted with shelves and towel storage below, or installed as part of a basin unit. Deeper, rounder shapes set into slab worktops are also popular and colour is back. Together with lacquered white cabinets, chrome taps, dark wood and matching accessories, colours such as lime green or red can add a stylish touch to an otherwise minimalist bathroom. Baths are usually the crucial point of a bathroom and there is an enormous selection of shapes and fittings, adding a magnificent sense of frill. Modern roll-top styles, often mounted in a cradle or on blocks, are designed to sit in the centre of a large room, while non-freestanding designs will

Porcelanosa Basin and Noken mixer available exclusively from Satariano 122, Valley road, B’Kara. Tel. 2149 2149

need to be set into a surround finished with tiles or timber. The latest materials for baths include stone, cast-stone composites and even wood. You should think carefully before opting for a shower instead of a bath, as it may decrease the re-sale value of your property, especially if it’s a family home. Modern fitted bathroom furniture is often in dark wood, such as Ebony, Mahogany or Wenge, which works well with white and chrome.

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MRCD, Qormi: Triq Karmenu Camilleri. Tel: 21 468 770 / 1. Lija: Triq Naxxar. Tel: 2141 3132.

For a quick-fix solution, you can update your bathroom simply by swapping an outdated basin for a chic modern one. Beware, however, of the differences in whites; if possible, get a colour chip of the new basin and view it by day and night. Keep in mind that new taps need to be matched up too and disturbed tiles and plumbing will have to be made good. Brassware (which includes the taps, plug holes, showerhead and controls) can play a huge part in the look of the bathroom. If your bath and basin are understated, then bold, angular brassware will create several focal points. Many ranges have satin and matte finishes, which will provide a softer look. The trend is for taps to be arched and graceful and showerheads as large as possible, especially in a wet room. Keep in mind that Maltaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly hard water causes shiny brassware to mark and dull quite badly, so be prepared to

dry and shine the taps regularly. The most desirable types of showers around at the moment are wet rooms. If you wish to use the whole bathroom, then it has to be lined with a waterproof membrane. You could opt for a semiwet room, or a walk-in shower; this will be spacious but with fewer technical considerations. Semi-wet rooms still involve extensive waterproofing of part of the room, while glass panels are used to screen off the rest of the room and contain the spray. Walk-in shower enclosures consist of a tray and side/front panels, but are without a fully closing door â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the walk-in area serves as a drying-off space. The latest have frameless glass panels and recessed trays to create a wetroom look.

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A. Unique shape combining elegance and practicality, part of the Ravak Collection. Keramit Bathroom Centre, Dun Karm Street, B’Kara By Pass, Iklin. Tel: 2143 4931. B. ‘Duravit Blue Moon’ bath tub, 140x140 cm, complete with whirlpool system and coloured lights. Creations, Mdina Road, Attard. Tel: 2141 1541 / 2141 7616. C. Ellipse, a shape evoking birth of nature, is the most harmonious among shapes, part of the Ravak Collection. Keramit Bathroom Centre, Dun Karm Street, B’Kara By Pass, Iklin. Tel: 2143 4931. D. The Tile, Bella Vista Street, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 1891. info@the-tile.com E. Ideal Standard - Wellness Hydro Massage Shower Designed by Marc Sadler. Available exclusively from Satariano, 122, Valley Road,, B’Kara. Tel. 2149 2149 F. Mosiaco towel collection and bamboo towel rack. One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9.

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HOMEIDEAS core is introducing contemporary outdoor furniture in synthetic weaving materials, as well as modular teak decking tiles mounted onto a special plastic resin grid that clicks together for easy installation on any surface, guaranteed to endure the elements. Price: Upon request. core showroom (situated in the upper part of Valley Road leading to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.core.com.mt

Available in various sizes and designs, Schildi extraordinary Austrian designed pots and planters are suitable for exterior and interior design and decoration. Prices start from: €140. F. Zammit Garden Centre, Valletta Road, Qormi. Tel: 2148 5485. www.fzammitnurseries.com

The new range of Schildi Pots, which blend with any interior – even the most unnoticed can be made attractive by the way it is presented. Prices start from €122. F. Zammit Garden Centre, Valletta Road, Qormi. Tel: 2148 5485. www.fzammitnurseries.com

Cararo Self Watering Planters - The green screen not only partitions your room but also provides an elegant backdrop for an extraordinary appearance. Price: €108.00. F. Zammit Garden Centre, Valletta Road, Qormi. Tel: 2148 5485. www.fzammitnurseries.com

Outdoor vase opens up as 2 chairs + 1 table. W69 x d160cm. Price: €690. Krea Malta Ltd, Mdina Road, Qormi. Tel: 2142 3501. info@krea.com.mt

core is introducing contemporary outdoor furniture in synthetic weaving materials, as well as modular teak decking tiles mounted onto a special plastic resin grid that clicks together for easy installation on any surface, guaranteed to endure the elements. core showroom (situated in the upper part of Valley Road leading to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.core.com.mt

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Shoestring Chic, or Just Chic? INTERIOR DESIGNER EMMA ARMSTRONG DESIGNS ONE ROOM WITH TWO DIFFERENT BUDGETS. THE FIRST DESIGN: CREATED FROM A LOW BUDGET. THE SECOND: CREATED WITHOUT FINANCE IN MIND, WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY ITEMS AVAILABLE. THE RESULT: TWO VERY STYLISH ROOMS.

WORDS: LISA BORAIN & EMMA ARMSTRONG STYLING: EMMA ARMSTRONG PHOTOS: MAS

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There are always going to be two main camps in interior design: those that don’t have to think much about how much things cost and those that do. What many may not realise is that there are a lot of items and interior design tricks that can help transform a low budget room into a stylish and comfortable space. On the other hand, for those that are looking for top quality designer items, they are certainly available in Malta. One thing that should always be kept in mind when trying to achieve a great look in the living room is that style is a mix of luxury with drama. What makes a style work is texture – the soft fused with design austerity. Think of it: true style is something sexy next to something sombre; a mirrored coffee table placed on wooden floor, a strip of art deco patterned wallpaper against a neutral wall, a brightly coloured cushion against a neutral material… The great news is that there are so many stunning pieces available on the market – shops like Cleland & Souchet, Minka, One Two One Interiors, LSD, Stem Interiors, Bo Concept - the list goes on, that supply extremely high end, bona fide designer items. More good news is that the look can also be achieved on a low budget: it is in fact possible. It will never be the same – luxury and good quality will always be felt when present, but it is still possible to create an attractive, personalised style. Interior Designer Emma Armstrong: “It often happens that our very exciting design plans and the reality of budget are not in sync with each other… this can be so frustrating! I know a lot of people who feel that it’s hopeless to try and design a room on a dead low budget. However, this is not the case! We all want high-end items in our home and some do have the luxury of choosing precisely what they want. For those who don’t have a high budget, there are ways of achieving the look you’re after.

TOTAL COST OF THIS ROOM: €4508.85

The key is to know when to splurge and when to save. You have to begin somewhere. One great way to start is to buy that one thing that you categorically fall in love with. It will help with the rest of the design and if need be, you can keep everything else low budget from there on out. However, you always need a starting point. You may see a lime cushion or a purple chair that you love but pass it up because you feel that it’s extra when you’ve got so much else to buy. This is not necessarily the case. There are a lot of ways to improvise, even on the big items, like sofas or flooring. The fact is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a rich, fabulous look. Very often, accessories will help bring that glamour feel into an item. So a lot of times, spending on the accessories will help the room come together without having to compromise the look you were going for.”

AUBERGINE SOFA FROM BO CONCEPT: €1427 NEST OF TABLES FROM BO CONCEPT: €104.82 LIME AND BROWN THROW BY FABRIC GALLERY: €33.77 LIME SHAGGY CUSHION FROM FABRIC GALLERY: €18.40 MIRROR FROM ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS: €125.78 AURA 5 ARM CANDELABRUM FROM CLELAND & SOUCHET: €470 BUGATTI STAINLESS STEEL CHAMPAGNE COOLER FROM CLELAND & SOUCHET: €123.46 BROWN ARMCHAIR FROM HOMESPACE: €559.04 ROUND RUGS FROM HOMESPACE: €93.17 GREEN VASE FROM PRESTIGE INTERIORS: €35.21 BROWN VASES FROM PRESTIGE INTERIORS: €45.19 & €58.74 FLOORING FROM R LIVING: €580 CREAM ARMCHAIR FROM R LIVING: €512.46 CUSHIONS FROM STEM INTERIORS: STARTING FROM E30 FLOOR LIGHT FROM STEM INTERIORS: €229 WALLPAPER PRINT FROM STEM INTERIORS: FROM €51 A ROLL X 1ROLL MACPHEARSON’S RAYLUX 2.5L: €11.81 TOTAL: €4508.85 DIRECTORY: BoConcept Malta, Vjal Ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 8011/2 Cleland & Souchet, Blk.14, Level 0, Portomaso, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 9898 Fabric Gallery @ Bibas, Hompesch Road, Fgura. Tel: 2169 1269 Homespace, 122, Misrah il Barrieri, St.Venera, Tel: 21490 984 One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948 / 9 Prestige Interiors. Tel: 7942 7600. www.prestigeinteriors.com.mt R Living Showroom, Mriehel By-Pass, Qormi. Tel: 2149 9699 Stem Interiors, 1A, Hughes Hallett Street, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019

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Although it’s important to really like the main items you buy for a room, you don’t always have to love what you buy if it works to enhance what you love. For instance, if a certain side table fills a decorating need (fits that empty corner, makes an interesting statement, adds interest to your wall arrangement), is affordable and you don’t hate it, go ahead and snap it up. You can always replace it when you find something you like better. Time has a way to make you fall in love with those things you don’t initially like. An element of the unexpected will do wonders for your decor - an oversized picture, a shelf hung lower than usual, a red pillow in a green room, a teacup

turned on its side, a wall of family portraits. Don’t be afraid to do the unusual. These are elements that won’t cost much, but will bring out your or the family’s individuality, making it personal. Here, a gypsum shelf was attached to the wall, making what could be a very large bare wall into a feature. Accessorising is very important when keeping a budget low. For instance, if you are really desperate to achieve a look with a sofa but can’t get one that you can afford in the colour or textile that you want, slipcovers or throws are a great way to improvise. A very nice throw could be somewhat expensive, but far less than the sofa of your dreams.

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LEATHER SOFA FROM BO CONCEPT: €3,119 BEIGE ARMCHAIR FROM BO CONCEPT: €1,115 FABRIC ARMCHAIR FROM LSD: €1747 FLOOR LIGHT TRIPOD FROM LSD: €970 CANDELABRA FROM CLELAND & SOUCHET: €23, 800 CHRISTOFLE SILVER VERTIGO CHAMPAGNE COOLER FROM CLELAND & SOUCHET: €450 COW HIDE RUG FROM MINKA: €337.75 CRYSTAL LAMP FROM ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS: €193 MIRRORED CIRCULAR SIDE TABLE FROM STEM INTERIORS: €347.07 MIRRORED COFFEE TABLE FROM STEM INTERIORS: €291.17 MIRROR ON WALL FROM HOMESPACE: €582.34 WALLPAPER PRINT FROM STEM INTERIORS: FROM €51 A ROLL X 4 ROLLS CROWN BREATH EASY 2.5L: €14.44 TOTAL: € 33,751.88 DIRECTORY: BoConcept Malta, Vjal Ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 8011/2 Cleland & Souchet, Blk.14, Level 0, Portomaso, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 9898 Fabric Gallery @ Bibas, Hompesch Road, Fgura. Tel: 2169 1269 Homespace, 122, Misrah il Barrieri, St.Venera, Tel: 21490 984 One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948 / 9 Prestige Interiors. Tel: 7942 7600. www.prestigeinteriors.com.mt R Living Showroom, Mriehel By-Pass, Qormi. Tel: 2149 9699

TOTAL COST OF THIS ROOM: €33,751.88

With a slipcover you can instantly transform an outdated relic of some bygone era into something chic and expressive of current trends. There are a variety of styles available now in fantastic fabrics – on the previous page, a lime and brown throw from One Two One Interiors completely livens up the white armchair. You can save hundreds and really update your look this way. Even if the upholstery of your current seating is in fine shape, slipcovers are a great way to change the look of your living room space by season. For example, maybe your current sofa fabric is a deep, rich colour, which looks warm and inviting during fall and winter, but you’d like something fresh for spring and summer.

Stem Interiors, 1A, Hughes Hallett Street, Sliema. Tel: 2133 2019

The same as above goes for the flooring – if you can’t afford real wood or a fitted carpet, improvise with laminate flooring or a high quality rug. R Living have a wide range of laminate floors for a variety of budgets that look very genuine. With all there is to choose from, it’s easy to find a floor within your budget that you’re happy with. Homespace have a range of trendy rugs that certainly won’t break the bank, but will add that needed texture to a space. A rug can also be a unifying factor for your colour scheme. Try tying together the main colour elements of your room with a patterned area rug. A rug like this works best on wood floors or very low pile carpet.

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Iittala Tools are a high quality range of pots and pans suitable for a variety of cooking techniques including induction hobs, while with its oval handles and intriguing diagonal prongs, Iittala cutlery and Essence wine glasses embody the art of simplicity. Prices start from: €7.85. core showroom (situated in the upper part of Valley Road leading to Mannarino Road), B’Kara. Tel: 2144 3449. www.core.com.mt

Buy the latest in home décor from the comfort of your home. Price of espresso set of 4: €31.09. Prestige Interiors. Tel: 7942 7600. www.prestigeinteriors.com.mt

Beautiful rare Victorian 5 piece tea set U.K. hallmarked dated circa 1840 consisting of a coffeepot, the teapot with a supporting tray, sugar and milk jug - also available with the original box. Price: Upon request. C. Azzopardi Antiques, Shop no.1, the Westin Dragonara Resort, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 1839 / 9949 7300.

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Queen Anne period coffeepot dated circa 1714 originating from London in very good condition. Price: Upon request. C. Azzopardi Antiques, Shop. No. 1, the Westin Dragonara Resort, St. Julians. Tel: 2138 1839 / 9949 7300.

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From the very first days after taking office, President Eddie Fenech Adami was particularly keen on putting the large space taken up by the pantry to be of better use by turning it into a grand dining room. Though a banqueting hall already existed it was surprisingly smaller than the pantry. Notwithstanding that it contained a large table the dining room was being used also as a reception hall due to lack of space. It was thus decided to develop the pantry into a dining room where local and foreign dignitaries and distinguished guests could be hosted by the Maltese Heads of State.

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The project that developed over the past months posed a number of interesting challenges. The workmanship and materials used had to be of a particularly high standard but not only. The interior design of the room had to compliment the adjoining halls to maintain a sense of unity whilst evoking a feeling of warmth. Most importantly it had to be a creation of synergy between the interior design, reflecting the contemporary period but not in conflict with the general classical ambience of the Palace.

Overseen by the President and Mrs. Fenech Adami, the project was co-ordinated by Anthony Attard, Secretary to the Presidency. A planning study was prepared by Works Department architects and private designers. During this phase the advice of experienced Palace domestic staff, was sought to ensure that the project would be practical for both daily and official activitities. Adjacent to the new dining room, a small light weight iron and steel glass extension, was constructed by a private contractor to serve as the new pantry with access to both the new banqueting hall and and the hall previously used as a dining room, the latter now utilised as a reception area and sometimes even as a concert chamber. The new dining room measures aproximately fifteen by eight feet meters and seats comfortably 34 guests.

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The style of the dining room is classic, contemporary finished with a neutral colour scheme, classical patterned but clean lined drapery and bamboo wooden floor. A fireplace has been added to the room with a marble mantle piece etched with the emblem of Malta. The large ‘Marie Therese’ crystal chandelier and matching four wall lights were custom-made in the Czech Republic. Most of the manual labour was carried out by the very capable San Anton Palace staff, under the technical direction of Michael Bugeja, Works Department Technical Officer and the carpentary section, Works Department. Works included the laying of the parquet flooring, installation of the gypsum partitions, suspended ceiling and electrical system, interior decorating and last but not least the marble work on the fireplace by Works Department employee Abraham Bellia. The turn of the century mahogany furniture was already available at the Palace. The two typical Maltese mahogany gradenzas complimented beautifully the contemporary paintings.

The contemporary element is reflected in the paintings that decorate the walls. After consulting Heritage Malta, five Maltese artists were commissioned to provide five pieces of art to embelish the hall. Noel Attard, Isabelle Borg, John Martin Borg, John Grima and Luciano Micallef produced works depciting The Citadel, the Grand Harbour, Mdina, Maltese Prehistory and an abstract respectively. The contemporary pieces of art bear testimony to the period in which this hall has been given a new lease of life. The final product which has been completed well within the allocated budget has definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations. It has added a new focal point and dimension to the Palace, bringing more light into the central hall, and providing a more symmetrical layout which previously was felt to be direly lacking. Above all, this hall shall provide a taste of early twenty-first century Maltese society, proud of its history and culture but unafraid of boldly staring the future in the face.

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2005 Upgrading of the electricity supply Resurfacing of drive-in Upgrading works in the Main Courtyard and inner front Courtyard Redecoration of all visiting dignitaries’ rooms at the De Paul Suite Installation of drip irrigation system (phase I) in the Palace gardens Maintenance works on timber apertures overlooking the gardens, main gate and guards’ quarters Manufacture and gilding of four halfround tables and sixteen chairs 2006 Demolishing of a small room, excavation works and start of structural works for a new pantry and change of use of a large pantry into a fifteenmetre dining room Upgrading of the pool area and corridors, embellishment of the soft areas, installation of drip irrigation system and upgrading of adjacent rooms Restoration, including replacement of the lower sections and of the 50-metre wooden balcony overlooking the Palace gardens Manufacture of large bookcase and initiation of a Palace library with the acquisition of books related to Malta, as well as reference books Rebuilding and repairing of garden passageways, large shed and fountain Restoration of a Morano chandelier. 2007 Completion of the pantry and dining room project, resetting of the industrial kitchen and change of use of the old dining room into a fifteen-metre reception hall Commissioning of five large contemporary paintings by five Maltese artists for the new dining room Completion of the drip-irrigation system in the gardens (Phase II) (January) Redecoration of the Rotunda Start of repairs after the acquisition of rear spare parts, of the two ceremonial vintage Princess cars

HIGHLIGHTS OF WORKS CARRIED OUT AT SAN ANTON PALACE SINCE 2005: A Palace of this magnitude needs daily maintenance, as well as ongoing restoration. Here, we highlight the works carried out at the San Anton Palace since 2005.

All above works, as well as any ongoing repairs or maintenance, was carried out by the Palace’s personnel, unless specialised expertise was required. Expenses did not exceed the approved budgeted annual allocations.

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Peter’s Secret Garden

Over walls and earth and trees and swinging sprays and tendrils the fair green veil of tender little leaves had crept, and in the grass under the trees and the gray urns in the alcoves and here and there everywhere were touches or splashes of gold and purple and white and the trees were showing pink and snow above his head and there were fluttering of wings and faint sweet pipes and humming and scents and scents. And the sun fell warm upon his face like a hand with a lovely touch. “I Shall Live Forever-and Ever-and Ever!” The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Peter Ross is having an everlasting love affair with his spectacular garden. When he talks of it, nothing else seems to matter and he becomes very brightly animated, explaining everything around him as quickly as he can. When asked what his initial inspiration was, he responded, “I wanted it to be like the garden in that book, the Secret Garden.” It can’t be far off. The small wooden door opens and the first thing in sight at the top of the narrow steps is a stone gazebo with carvings and spaces in between the stones to allow glimpses of Filfa. The fact that it was built by Sir Basil Spence makes it all the more alluring. In fact, the property was owned by the notorious Scottish architect - in his last years, reputably stung by a reaction against his work, he retreated to this holiday villa in Fawwara. He nevertheless remained a prolific designer and worked on a number of foreign commissions in this studio.

Another homeowner took over the property after Sir Spence and left it derelict. Fourteen years ago, Mr. & Mrs. Ross purchased the property and found the garden in a severely downtrodden state. “This garden was originally built by the Arabs. It has come a long way since then – fourteen years ago I started from scratch. Form was non existent - there weren’t any passageways or zones, it was all just a mass of soil and weed.” Ross meanders around the garden, pointing out his favourite places and aspects – the rock that’s his personal Henry Moore, the unusual rosemary lawn, the Australian Flame Tree (which is very possibly the only one in Malta) and a myriad of other exotic looking flowers, plants and trees.

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The location against the cliff face is a peculiar place for a garden to perch, but has actually proven to make for an excellent backdrop for the garden. “The rock does have a great advantage. Since it is so high and completely shelters one side of the garden, a microclimate is created. With only a north-easterly wind, a garden has the opportunity to become very, very green. Also, plants simply grow out of the rock. Wherever there’s a crack,

there’s something coming out of it. It’s quite extraordinary.” Ross’ knowledge on gardens is infinite – it has been in his family for a long while and he continues to pass on the passion to his own children. He talks about the three s’s that are the basis to a Mediterranean garden: Smell – six weeks of the year, scents like Jasmine and Citrus blossom fill the air. Shade – is absolutely essential and must be

available for eight months of the year. Shape – is important because the heat is so immense in Malta. The garden is so peaceful that it’s magical, with the sound of birds and wind chimes, a view of the rugged cliffs and vast expanse of the sea. It’s a no wonder that Sir Basil Spence snapped up the spot when he laid his architecturally trained eyes on it.

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Ross tells a story of one of Spence’s endowments to the property: “There is a legend in Malta that a giant would appear when it rained. So Spence designed a pool in the shape of a large foot. When the artist Victor Pasmore visited Spence, he created a mural at the bottom of the foot. Very unfortunately, by the time we got here, it was too badly cracked and the mural had come off – we couldn’t save it. It was such a shame. Can you imagine? It would have been like having a Picasso in our garden!”

Sir Basil Urwin Spence was most notably associated with Coventry Cathedral in England and the executive wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings in Wellington, nicknamed “The Beehive”. He was also responsible for numerous other buildings in the Modernist/Brutalist style, such as the British Embassy in Rome, the Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks in London, the high-rise Hutchesontown C housing in Glasgow, Edinburgh University Library, and Abbotsinch Airport (now Glasgow Airport), the Trawsfynydd nuclear power station, amongst others.

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This Sunday Lunch is brought to you by Chefs Adrian Bonello and Kevin Bonello of de Mondion Restaurant, Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux. Bill Hermitage from Emmanuel Delicata Winery has selected the ideal Delicata wine to accompany each dish. Photography: MAS

Mushroom, Macaroni & Gruyere Cheese Soufflé served with Asparagus Salad and Puree Ingredients: 40g 100g 125g 100g 2tbsp 100ml 2 60ml 1tsp 4 80g 1tsp

1cm long macaroni Mushrooms, finely chopped Porcini mushrooms, sliced Butter Flour Milk Egg yolks Fresh cream Parsley, chopped Egg whites Gruyere cheese, finely grated Truffle oil Salt & pepper

Method: Sauté the courgettes together with leeks and Porcini in butter. Add the chicken stock, bring it to boil and simmer for 30 minutes – finish with cream. Reduce the remaining cream and walnuts, blend until frothy. Best wine accompaniment: Gran Cavalier 2006 Chardonnay

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Fisherman’s Cioppino with Halibut & Rosemary Brochette Ingredients: 24 200g 16 4 1 large 2 80ml 8 50g 125ml 280ml

Little neck clams Halibut, diced Shrimp, peeled and de-veined Oysters (without shell) Onion, diced Garlic cloves, crushed Virgin olive oil Plum tomato concasse Tomato puree Burgundy wine Fish stock Salt & pepper Basil, marjoram & rosemary

Method: Sauté the onions and garlic until transparent and then add the tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the tomato concasse, half the herbs, fish stock and Burgundy wine. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season and serve immediately while still hot, sprinkled with the remaining herbs and accompanied by olive oil croute and fried herbs. Best wine accompaniment: 2007 Victoria Heights Rose Shiraz Superior – D.O.K. Gozo

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Braised Pork Belly Served with Potato Dauphinoise, Broccoli Gratin and Braising Liquor Ingredients: 1 2 1 sprig 1tsp 400ml 2litre 1 pinch 1 pinch 2 2tbs 2

Cleaned pork belly, about 1kg Garlic cloves, finely sliced Rosemary & Thyme Curry powder White wine Chicken stock Ground coriander Ground cinnamon Apples, finely sliced Corn oil Onions, finely sliced

Method: With a sharp knife, score the fat side of the pork belly. Seal the pork belly in hot corn oil until slightly brown. Take off the heat and sweat the onion, garlic and apple in the same pan until lightly coloured. Add the spices and herbs and cook for a further 3 minutes. Deglaze with the white wine and reduce. Then add the chicken stock and allow to boil. Place the sealed pork belly in a dish and pour over the braising liquor. Cover with aluminium foil and put in a 150C oven for 6 hours. Whilst cooking, keep basting in its own liquor every 30 minutes. After 6 hours, take out of the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Remove from the dish and seal again the fat side to obtain a crispy crust. Reduce the braising liquor to a saucy consistency and strain. Serve with the crisp pork belly and its liquor.

Broccoli Gratin Ingredients: 1 100g 25g 1tsp 1tbsp

Small broccoli Béchamel sauce Grated Parmesan cheese Parsley, chopped Breadcrumbs

Method: Cut the broccoli into small florets and blanch in boiling water until al dente. Place them carefully in a greased earthware dish. Mix the béchamel sauce with the grated cheese. Coat the broccoli with the Béchamel sauce, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and glaze under the grill. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Best wine accompaniment: 2007 Medina Sangiovese I.G.T. Maltese Islands

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Slice the potatoes into 2mm slices and season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. In the meantime, put the cream and garlic in a pan and infuse on medium heat until the cream is reduced by one quarter. Start laying the sliced potatoes alternatively with the reduced cream in a way that each slice is tied with the one next to it. Cover with greaseproof paper and put another dish on top and press it well between 2 shelves of a convection oven. Bake for 80 minutes at 150C. When cooked, refrigerate with the pressure still on. When chilled, cut round with a 3cm diameter cutter. Cut the round shaped gratin in half and use it as desired.

Potatoes, medium sized Fresh cream Garlic clove Nutmeg Salt & Pepper

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Pear & Blueberry Crumble Ingredients: 2 1 40g 2tbsp 1tsp

Ripe pears, 5mm cut Lemon juice Sugar Fresh blueberries Flour

For the crumble: 75g 40g 40g ½ tsp 50g

Flour Oats Brown sugar Clove powder Chilled unsalted butter

Method: Grease china moulds with butter. Mix the pears, lemon juice, blueberries, sugar and flour together. Fill the greased moulds three quarters full with the mix. Mix all the crumble ingredients together and then rub in the chilled butter until it becomes a crumble texture. Sprinkle the pear mix with the crumble. Bake in an 185C oven until golden brown in colour. Serve hot, sprinkled with icing sugar. Best wine accompaniment: Delicata Gellewza Rose Frizzante â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Demi Sec

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