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contents ISSUE 50 AUGUST 2011

012 Reader Letters – Grand Prizes 021 Home News 025 HOMEWORKS Book 026 Best of: Interior Trends 030 Best of: Living Rooms 044 Best of: Dining Rooms 054 Best of: Kitchens

062 Best of: Bedrooms 068 Best of: Bathrooms 075 Best of: Alternate Spaces 080 Best of: Outdoors 086 Home Ideas 092 A-Z Directory

030 Best of: Living Rooms

044 Best of: Dining Rooms

054 Best of: Kitchens

062 Best of: Bedrooms

068 Best of: Bathrooms

075 Best of: Alternate Spaces

080 Best of: Outdoors

086 Home Ideas


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Happy 50th Birthday HOMEWORKS! It’s with an enormous sense of pride that I am able to write this. Having started working on the second issue of HOMEWORKS back in 2003, I feel so fortunate and grateful that I still enjoy working on the publication as much as I did when writing my first contribution. There’s no doubt that this is a shared mindset amongst the HOMEWORKS team, which I believe results in the collective effort to create a magazine that continually strives to bring its readers inspiration, improvement and style. This issue is an appreciation of special living, dining, eating, sleeping, bathing and spaces in between from issues 26-49 (2007-2011). We hope you enjoy the retrospective and look forward to bringing you all new homes and features for issue 51.

Thank you for reading!

HOMEWORKS is published by writeon ltd. every two months on Sundays with an audited circulation of 40,000 copies distributed with The Sunday Times of Malta.

Publisher Marc Spiteri

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. © 2011




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Gillian Mahoney is the winner of the two-burner stainless steel gas barbeque worth €125, courtesy of Zahra Enterprises GILLIAN MAHONEY: “Thank you all for publishing a magazine that is consistently of a high calibre and of great interest and help to many. All your efforts as a team shine through with every issue, which oozes style. Having just purchased a penthouse overlooking a valley in Zebbug, and being a first time buyer, I feel there is a lack of information available on planning for home improvements. I’d like to know what considerations should be made when planning, the professional people to contact, authority permits to obtain, and planning sequence suggestions. Further to this, space is limited and has become a luxury in today’s search for property. Rooms are being built smaller and more compact, necessitating a different outlook, which focuses on practicality. So I’d like to see editorial on clever ideas for storage (anything from kitchen to bedroom to bathrooms), on creating a feature out of storage units, cupboards etc., on maximizing corridor space, on reaching a balance between hoarding vs. clearing. I also think it would be helpful to see something on planning empty rooms with regards to furniture, sockets layout, electricity, plumbing, television and other.”

Other Readers wrote:

NEEDS YOU! 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 for the attention of: The Editor, Writeon Ltd., Airways House, Level 5, HIgh Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or (photos will not be returned)

JOHN CALLEJA “I am a pensioner and live by myself and so I have to deal with all household necessities. I always follow HOMEWORKS with interest. It is very comprehensive and helpful. Often problems crop up. For example, the fridge or the cooker stops functioning, mould appears on the wall, windows leak, a fuse on the ‘salva vita’ blows up and similar problems that disrupt your daily routine, especially if like me, you are no good at doing handyman jobs. May I suggest that you publish information about these every day problems and how to deal with them. It would be a great help.” Noelle Darmanin “We started collecting HOMEWORKS about six months ago, as we are in the process of purchasing our first house. Unfortunately we do not have any knowledge whatsoever in construction work or professional home design, which is why I find HOMEWORKS an inspiration to come up with new ideas. I would like to see a page on “Top 5 Tools”, which are must-haves for DIY home improvement. I’d also like to see a page on “Top 10 Home Gadgets”, as well as an article explaining some guidelines on how to have an energy efficient household. We all know the new housing regulation, which encourages us to have an energy efficient certificate based on the rating of the house. The question is, how can we improve our energy house rating and how can I plan these upgrades now that I am about to start refurbishing my home?”

We want your feedback. Forward your ideas outlining what you would like to see published in HOMEWORKS. Send your ideas to: HOMEWORKS Feedback, Level 5, Airways House, High Street, Sliema SLM 1551 or email:


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is with our great pleasure at HOMEWORKS, to present our 50th issue. We are > Ithonoured to have had and continue to have the opportunity to work with such

professional and forward thinking suppliers. Without the solid and unrelenting support of the following companies, HOMEWORKS would not be able to celebrate its 50th issue. So thank you for supporting us, as well as bringing us great home interior products and services, year after year @240 A&A Mizzi Adore More Alberta Alternative Technologies Aluserve AM Projects APS Bank Arcidiacono Arjakon Asia Arts Astral Auntielucy Azeta Azzopardi Antiques Azzopardi Jewellers B&C Trading B&D Blinds B&M Supplies B4 Group Banif Bank Banju Boutique Baron Group Bathroom Design Berger Paints Big Ben Biggie Best BLC Blueline Halmann Bonds BOV Brands International BSL BT Commercial C. Azzopardi Antiques C.Fino & Sons Calamatta Landscapes Calleja Ltd Calypso Manufacturing camilleriparismode Carini Stores Carmelo Delia (1890) Casanova CentroCasalinga Ceramax Charles Micallef Pools Chateau D’Ax CHL Citadel Insurance Clever Homes Comfort Stairs Compunet Comtec Construct Furniture Contemp Core

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Every issue of HOMEWORKS brings readers three homes, each distinct in their architectural style, design and character. Without the architects and designers, HOMEWORKS would not be able to feature such stunning spaces. Of course, how the homes are portrayed is just as important as the spaces themselves. Since silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone, the HOMEWORKS team extends a huge thank you to all the architects, designers, stylists, photographers, writers and contributors that have helped us produce such full and charismatic content over the past 50 issues Aaron Abela, Architecture Claire Anastasi, Design David Anastasi, Architecture Dmitri Angelov, Architecture Greta Apap Bologna, Design & Styling Penny Apap Brown, Design & Styling Jimmy Aquilina, Cuisine Andre Arends, Design Emma Armstrong, Design & Styling Kurt Arrigo, Photography Olivia Attard, Editorial Jonathan Bajjada, Design Donald Baldacchino, Cuisine Francesca Balzan, Editorial Adrian Bonello, Cuisine Joseph Bonello, Landscape Design Kevin Bonello, Cuisine Jonathan Bonnici, Styling Andre Bonnici, Cuisine Malcolm Borg, Editorial Henry Borg Barthet, Design Chris Briffa, Architecture Debbie Brown Barnett, Design Zillah Bugeja, Editorial Konrad Buhagiar, Architecture Ivan Cachia, Architecture Carlos Calamatta, Landscape Design Peter Calamatta, Landscape Design Patrick Calleja, Architecture Mark Camilleri, Design Claude Camilleri, Cuisine Robert Camilleri, Photography Kurt Camilleri Burlo, Architecture Clint Carabott, Cuisine Elisabeth Cardona, Editorial & Styling Anabel Caruana, Design Jo Caruana, Editorial Alan Carville, Photography Mark Cassar, Photography George Chetcuti, Architecture Daniel Cilia, Photography Silvana Cini, Crafts Edward Coppini, Architecture Kenneth Cortis, Cuisine Ian Critien, Architecture Nicholas Cutajar, Design Nicholas De Piro, Editorial Wilfred Debattista, Architecture Ray Demicoli, Architecture & Editorial Steve Demicoli, Architecture & Editorial

Luisa Diacono, Styling David Drago, Architecture Kevin Drake, Editorial Guillaume Dreyfuss, Architecture Mark Edwards, Editorial Steve Ellis, Editorial Richard England, Architecture & Editorial Andre Falzon, Cuisine Mona Farrugia, Editorial Ruben Farrugia, Cuisine Trinity Fava, Architecture David Felice, Architecture Etienne Fenech, Architecture Janice Fiorentino, Architecture Roger Friggeri, Cuisine Malcolm Galea, Presentation Patrick Galea, Editorial Antoine Gatt, Editorial Emma Glazer, Editorial Sean Gravina, Cuisine Brian Grech, Photography Gordon Guillaumier, Design Lyndon Hadley-Coates, Editorial Johnathan Hampson, Cuisine Bill Hermitage, Wine Recommendation Jacqui Hilly, Editorial Guy Laguens, Editorial Tonio Lombardi, Photography Jason Lu, Design Peter M Mercieca, Photography Carlos Magro, Design Adrian Mamo, Architecture Pippa Mattei, Cuisine MAS, Photography & Design Sharon McNamara, Design Charlie Meljak, Cuisine Matthew J Mercieca, Architecture Christopher Micallef, Architecture Edward Micallef, Architecture Kevin Micallef, Design Alberto Miceli Farrugia, Architecture Tara Mifsud, Design Edwin Mintoff, Architecture Paul Mizzi, Photography Marisa O’Cock, Design Cheryl O’Meara-Sims, Styling & Editorial Michele O'Reilly, Design Michael Pace, Architecture Rupert Pace, Architecture David Pisani - Metropolis, Photography

Emmanuel Piscopo, Gardening & Editorial Bernard Polidano, Photography Paula Porro, Design Davina Preca, Design, Styling & Editorial David Pulis, Cuisine Anne Marie Quercia, Styling & Crafts Frank Refalo, Cuisine Mike Ross, Photography & Editorial Rene Rossignaud, Photography Ray Said, Architecture Ian Saliba, Cuisine Simone Salerno, Floral Alberto Sansone, Architecture Chris Sant Fournier, Photography Daniel Scerri, Architecture Maria Scerri, Design & Styling Carlo Schembri, Architectural Design Stefania Schembri, Design Hayden Scibberas, Architecture Herman Sciffo, Editorial Melina Scodanibbio, Landscape Design Joseph Spiteri, Cuisine Sandra Spiteri, Architecture Sophie Spiteri, Editorial Assistance Joanna Spiteri Staines, Architecture Kenneth Tanti, Design Pippa Toledo, Design Michael Trapani Galea, Design David Vassallo, Architecture Chris Vassallo Cesario, Editorial Astrid Vella, Editorial Bernard Vella, Architecture Godwin Vella, Architecture Joseph Vella, Architecture Joe Vella, Cuisine Roderick Vella, Cuisine Allen Venables, Photography & Design Michel Vergnaud, Cuisine Katja Wiedersum, Design Malcolm Xuereb, Architecture Martin Xuereb, Architecture Jackie Xuereb, Styling Antoine Zammit, Editorial Sarah Zammit, Design & Styling Troika Zammit, Styling & Coordination Kenneth Zammit Endrich, Architecture Darrin Zammit Lupi, Photography Ingrid Zerafa, Editorial Peter Zumthor, Architecture


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OUT OF SIGHT The new Bose VideoWave system at Doneo merges sound and picture like never before. Imagine the renowned power and clarity of a complete Bose home cinema system, but without any of the speakers or sub woofers in sight, as all the speakers and even bass unit are actually built into the television. To further eliminate clutter and complexity, all connected decoders, DVD players and game consoles can be operated from a single and simple to use remote control.

Debenhams WINNERS Debenhams Malta recently launched a set of House Warmer packs mainly aimed at first time buyers, holiday homes, rental apartments and anyone interested in a great bargain. Last issue of HOMEWORKS, Debenhams gave readers the chance to win Debenhams House Warmer packs worth €180 each, which consist of a selection of duvets, duvet covers, cutlery, drinking sets, and bathroom accessories that can be set up to suit individual needs. Whilst thanking all those who participated, Debenhams would like to congratulate the winners, Daniela Testa and Kylie Bugeja.

SOHO New to Fino, The Sense from Herman Miller is functional and stylish - perfect for those who indulge in the beauty of working from home.

The Key Whether you’re buying your first home, renovating your existing property or looking to invest in real estate, APS Bank’s new Home Financing Packages can be the key to your dream home. Terms and conditions apply – contact APS bank for more information.

SOLIDLY SPLENDID The new Samsung Staron Seamless’ high performance solid surfaces are competitively priced and available in over 70 colours, offering incredible design flexibility for kitchens, bathrooms and commercial interiors.


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Perfect Poise Anglepoise Lamps now available from camilleriparismode, Rabat and Sliema.

Liking The lantern Find a new selection of original contemporary lanterns made from wood, metal, bamboo and glass from Garden-It.

Dulux Bathroom+ Brought to us by Vee Gee Bee, Dulux Bathroom+ is a new exceptionally tough, moisture and steam resistant soft sheen paint, highly formulated with Moldtec technology. Independent laboratory testing has shown that the Mouldtec formulation protects the paint against mould for five years, so it’s perfect for keeping steamy bathrooms looking great for longer. Dulux Bathroom+ is available in Pure Brilliant White and can be tinted to various different shades. Collect your free Dulux colour card from your local hardware and paint store.

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CONCREATIVE! A new range of Concreative polished concrete applications are now available from Sphinx Concrete. The low-maintenance and non-slippery applications are great for kitchen countertops, stairs, tables, garden furniture, skirting, shelving, bathrooms and window sills. A variety of colours are available from natural greys and whites through to reds, greens and yellows using specialist mixtures.

ANTI ANT Comtec’s latest Anti Ant powder is a dispersible dust powder for ants and common crawling insects. An effective new product designed specifically for domestic and large outdoor areas, it clears homes of all those nook and cranny creepy crawlies – an absolute must for summer.


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THE BOOK A snapshot of contemporary Design & Architecture in Malta from 2003 to 2011

True to HOMEWORKS magazine’s quality conscious design and contents, the new HOMEWORKS book is over 300 magnificently designed pages of contemporary homes in Malta and Gozo. Also true to the magazine’s purpose of bringing readers inspiration, innovation and style, the book is a synthesis of highlights throughout the first 50 issues of HOMEWORKS magazine, featuring a true diversity of contemporary spaces, all distinct for their style and architectural dexterity. An accurate reflection of true Maltese contemporary living, this is a collection of homes that can only exist in the here-and-now: at a time when design and style has gone through the metamorphosis of traditional classical to distinctively modern. As a result, the book is truly a snapshot of contemporary design in Malta from 2003 to 2011. Each section encompasses a specific area of the home, with a full portfolio of different styles and ideas. Well over 100 different spaces appear throughout the book, designed by Malta and Gozo’s top architects and designers, skilfully photographed by Malta’s leading photographers. From apartments to villas, maisonettes to duplexes, the classical style of the traditional romantics to ultra minimalist conversions of modern loyalists, each home featured in the HOMEWORKS book is for its quality, originality and character. The new HOMEWORKS book will be available at leading bookshops this autumn.


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BEST OF TRENDS HOMEWORKS has seen a myriad of well-formed and wonderful trends throughout issues 26-49. Here we highlight our favourites:

Coral Pendant, designed by David Trubridge

Mini Dada Face a Face designed by Claudio Colucci for Ligne Roset

Cico Egg Cup designed by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi

Mademoiselle Chair in Missoni fabric designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Washing-up Bowl & Brush Set designed by Normann Copenhagen


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Ruche Sofa designed by by Inga Sempe for Ligne Roset

Bleu Nature Candelabra, designed by Marie Crusoett

Diary Boutique Sofa, designed by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Oriental Garden range designed by Designers Guild

Miss Lacy Armchair designed by Philippe Starck for Driade

Bourgie Table Lamp designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell


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In celebration of HOMEWORKS’ 50th birthday, this collector’s issue is a synthesis of home highlights throughout issues 26-49, featuring a true diversity of contemporary spaces, all distinct for their style and architectural dexterity. An accurate reflection of true contemporary living in Malta and Gozo, this is a collection of homes that can only exist in the here-and-now. Each space featured in this issue was selected for its quality and originality, character and wonderful personality



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f recent years, the living room has become a lot less compartmentalised. Previously, it was not uncommon for people to have two living rooms – one for guests, the other for the family. It meant smaller, divided spaces and a more formal way of entertaining. With space becoming such a commodity, an open plan living/dining/kitchen area has become the norm, which affects the way people entertain, which in turn, influences the other rooms in the home. Different areas of the open plan are determined through subtle divisions, such as different flooring, distinct lighting and ceiling heights


HW ISSUE 45 Elements stand out while still remaining practical, so that the design is fitting for today’s fast-paced lifestyle. A simple, minimalist and straight-lined interior, yet with a homely feel


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HW ISSUE 40 To avoid distracting from the view, the fireplace was placed in a central spot within the upper floor living space and the television on a custom-made, innovative sliding panel that can be completely hidden from sight to maximise the view even further


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HW ISSUE 42 A Bedouin theme was inspired by the Maltese floor tiles that were in pristine condition. The sofa bases were custom-made and the coffee table finished with a mirror insert

HW ISSUE 48 Modern classic furniture pieces in the dramatic yet casually chic living area. The bookcase was left undisturbed by the previous tenant and the new homeowners designed around it 032

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HW ISSUE 39 Main room on the first floor, which comprises an open plan living, cooking and dining area. The design keeps the space fresh, avoids sterility and exposes the stretched views as much as possible 033

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HW ISSUE 40 All-white backdrop and furniture, with black touches to catch the eye and sharpen the decorating scheme, serving as an outline that sets off specific areas and objects

HW ISSUE 43 The central space of the expansive room typifies clean lines and expanses of bold hues


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HW ISSUE 47 Open plan living/dining and kitchen with each area zoned through ceiling height or Persian carpets, or both

HW ISSUE 40 Large sliding glass doors allow for the maximisation of the stunning entrance to the Grand Harbour view. Mirrored panels divide the living room from the study area of the apartment while also reflecting the view even further and creating the illusion of a larger area 037

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HW ISSUE 40 A full glass wall was preferred to one with sliding doors because a mullion would have interfered with the view. This way, two side doors can be opened to allow air in and the view is unobstructed, with the outside becoming very much part of the room, feeling like one undivided space

HW ISSUE 48 A combination of selected Minotti and Porro furniture amidst a neutral and masculine backdrop. Ample light from the floor to ceiling sliding doors makes the airy space seem even larger


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HW ISSUE 27 Layers of fabric textures, all within the same colour scheme appear as a myriad of colours. All decorative items are in multiples, which reduces the look of clutter

HW ISSUE 37 Space reminiscent of the calm stillness of a Japanese interior. Possessions are kept in the large panelled cupboards that have become bare walls, allowing the eye to roam freely around, unimpeded by furniture or pictures to give the impression of limitless space; a quality accentuated by the view of the sea and the horizon line 040

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n the past, there was a great formality to Maltese dining rooms. The tendency was to blatantly section them off from all other rooms. They were often dark and non-compromising in terms of veering from the standard form and function. Nowadays, dining rooms have become what the homeowner wants them to be according to their specific needs. Open plan dining/living and kitchen areas have become prevalent in a short amount of time, due to their functional practicality. As a result, entertainment dining has become a lot less formal in its approach


HW ISSUE 38 This dining area can be closed off from the living room, thus becoming open to the elements. Cavity walls faced with mirror to give the illusion of a larger space 044

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HW ISSUE 39 Designed primarily as a covered external space for summer living, the main volume of the pavilion is aligned with the pool and the original garden terraces, but orientates towards the views beyond


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HW ISSUE 43 The central core of the house rises up through two storeys, which creates a central atrium feeling. The quality of openness paradoxically allows for extra intimacy and interaction in that it generates a comfortable proximity between dining and other activities

HW ISSUE 40 Open plan dining room with kitchen to the left and the living room adjacent. The change in ceiling height defines that this is the dining area 046

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HW ISSUE 36 Monochrome colour scheme with an interesting mix of materials, which exude quality and comfort, as well as a seamless feel

HW ISSUE 42 Open plan dining room, which enjoys views of the coastline, as well as the swimming pool


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HW ISSUE 48 Without distraction from the stunning view, the interior design is earthy and subtle, with all simple colours, lines and materials doing nothing more than what they need to

HW ISSUE 34 Accent lights highlight the interesting texture of the silvery grey wallpapered wall. The dining area is zoned off by a change to marble from parquet flooring and daring focal point pendant lamps set off the atmosphere 049

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HW ISSUE 27 The space in the height of the room allows for the niche, which also serves as a very practical space, but also adds interest to the below dining area 051

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HW ISSUE 48 Chunky old wooden dining table and preserved old floor tiles, with traces of glamour brought in through chandeliers, wall lights and a large mirror that reflects the view of the sea

HW ISSUE 30 Expansive, musically themed dining room, which leads off the kitchen and sits in a corner of all-glass doors overlooking the pool and garden area


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s a result of the rise of open plan living, the goal of the kitchen’s aesthetics has changed. It’s now about keeping the space clutter-free and concealing the unsightly items in unobtrusive panelled storage areas. Kitchen islands have become more of the norm than the exception and hints of glamour are being brought in by cleverly planned lighting design. Since it is now accepted that guests can stay in the kitchen while the host prepares, seating areas in the kitchen have become commonplace


HW ISSUE 40 Black marbled kitchen island, which reflects the view onto its seamless surface. The island allows the space to lay out well in the social sense, as it’s the first place guests perch upon while chatting to the hostess before dinner 054

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HW ISSUE 39 Optimal use of materials; white walls, resin floors, Corian kitchen surfaces and raw steel keep it fresh, while dimmable lighting, dark ceilings and neutral Iroko avoid sterility


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HW ISSUE 48 All-white Arclinea kitchen with built-in state of the art kitchen appliances. Storage is abundant throughout and built into the design with aesthetically appeasing exterior shelving

HW ISSUE 36 Black lacquer gives the space a masculinity, while ample storage space hides all the clutter. Since the kitchen is open plan, the idea is that the eye follows the lines and doesn’t get stuck on any one area. Large double black lacquered sliding doors conceal the fridge freezer, oven and microwave


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HW ISSUE 40 South-facing top floor kitchen, which has been centrally placed for practicality. An entire wall is used for cupboard space in order to keep the room clutter free

HW ISSUE 37 The extensive use of natural materials in a simple palette with a high quality finish


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best of kitchens HW50 HW ISSUE 43 Bulthaup kitchen with a natural aluminium finish, completely in keeping with the choice of nature-inspired materials for the rest of the house

HW ISSUE 31 Kitchen divided from living and dining areas through a higher floor level, as well as a bar. The kitchen style is a refreshing mixture of traditional and modern with cool beige ceramic tiles and a glamorous chandelier


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HW ISSUE 49 The extensive use of wood and stone not only ties everything together, but it also creates a timeless style

HW ISSUE 30 Kitchen overlooking the garden, built with gourmet cooking and extensive entertaining as its priorities 060

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ith the stressful quickening pace of life, many are looking for a sanctuary within their home. More and more, the bedroom is serving as a centre for personal relaxation and revitalisation. Soothing textures and colours are being opted for, with the aim to create a calming atmosphere. More bedrooms are seeing completely open plan bathrooms so that the lack of division between the spaces creates a common living area and allows the overall space to appear larger


HW ISSUE 47 Back wall serves as both a dramatic headboard, and a concealment to the behind storage area and walk-in wardrobe 062

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HW ISSUE 46 Patchwork antique bedspread for retro-inspired young girl’s room

HW ISSUE 44 The ceiling slab above the bedroom has a rounded edge to diffuse the light from the high-level windows above it more evenly 063

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best of bedrooms HW50 HW ISSUE 32 A mixture of items collected on travel, haute fashion, a myriad of colour and old furniture mixed with new make for a highly eclectic space

HW ISSUE 48 Rustic four-poster bed with chunky natural beams for a more contemporary look. All dĂŠcor is in multiples to avoid the eclectic style from appearing too cluttered


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HW ISSUE 45 Dominated by natural colours and a touch of purple, glamour is brought in through splashes of silver. The asymmetrical Japanese-inspired unconventional bed includes built-in storage

HW ISSUE 45 Russian-inspired bedroom with the extensive use of gold and black. Old pieces, such as the chandelier, are mixed with new to create a classically eclectic style. Imposing wallpaper on the back wall makes a bold statement 066

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n the same way that many are looking for a sanctuary in the bedroom, so it is for the bathroom. Today’s bathroom is about creating a private retreat in the home in order to replenish the senses from life’s fast paced stress. It caters for smaller spaces, realistic comfort and timesaving solutions. Showers are replacing baths, with rooms becoming entirely open in order to increase their spatiality. Like open plan living, bathrooms are also becoming this way with the bedroom to create a common “bedroom living area”


HW ISSUE 43 Extensively used marble, which creates a natural look and feel

HW ISSUE 27 His and her sinks with quirky stools to create an eclectic, yet practical basin area. The vanity unit and walls are in neutral mosaic tiling, which creates a calming spa-like feel


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HW ISSUE 48 Bathroom by Boffi with a fully glass shower cubicle in order to avoid any obstruction of the space 069

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HW ISSUE 37 Embodies both clarity and function simultaneously. Broad sight lines and extended openings allow for visual and spatial continuity throughout.

HW ISSUE 35 Dividing wall of the bathroom was removed and the internal floor landscaped to give a sense of place to each particular area. The room now sits on a custom-made wooden platform, which holds both the bedroom and bathroom in one space

HW ISSUE 36 Spa-like ensuite bathroom complete with high-tech gadgets; intelligent lighting, concealed heater, music system and heated mirrors

HW ISSUE 44 Wall cladding is textured in dark, creating a background that visually recedes, bringing the contrasting mirror forward. The bathroom was designed around the black crocodile skin basin. The room’s touch of classical, old and kitsch gives a hint of forced character to the design 071

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HW ISSUE 48 Floor and wall mosaic tiled bathroom, creating a spa-like feel

HW ISSUE 28 Extremely narrow bathroom, which was opened up as much as possible with the walk-in glass shower wall

HW ISSUE 40 The bathroom was placed on a higher level than the bedroom and is an open space so that the view can be enjoyed. A sunken bath, as well as his and her sinks along a spacious vanity are included for complete comfort 072

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Alternate spaces SPACES IN BETWEEN

ometimes it’s the spaces in between that make the perfect connection in order to create that symbiosis that we know is there, but don’t always recognise. In some cases the connection is purely aesthetic and in others it’s not only functional, but fundamental to the overall space


HW ISSUE 26 Natural light fills up the entrance hall with colour and life. The series of interior spaces are flowing and wrap around one another 075

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HW ISSUE 28 Restored Baroque entrance hall, which leads from the front door to the courtyard, which goes up through five floors. Lights accent the arches creating a feel of theatrical grandeur

HW ISSUE 27 Glass staircase that goes from the ground floor to the roof garden over nine levels, which is key to making the house work. The staircase was designed in such a way that each doorway is just a few steps away from the room above and below it

HW ISSUE 29 Foyer of grand house with double height floorto-ceiling faรงade and highly polished solid marble flooring, which reflects the view 077

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HW ISSUE 39 The space in between an open plan double height cooking/ dining area and a dropped ceiling living area

HW ISSUE 48 Space on the landing, which is utilised as a study

HW ISSUE 43 The central core rises up through two storeys. There is a central atrium feeling which has been created by the double height of the inner core, perfectly accented by the double height glass frontage


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altese home facades have come a long way of late, particularly in terms of the materials used. Whereas previously limestone was the norm, now we’re looking at diverse styles, often double-height glass frontages and various levels. Like interiors, gardens are being created according to the homeowner’s specific requirements and opening up. Also, outdoor lighting design is now considered a major part of the exterior


HW ISSUE 48 Palette comprising slate, timber, grey and white silicati walls and matte matching cladding and paving, which also flows into the house creating a seamless indoor-outdoor transition 080

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ISSUE 27 The Pippa Toledo designed pool room spills out on to the decked area, which gives the whole external space the feel of an indoor/outdoor marriage. External up-lighters light up specific areas in the garden, which create a fusion of interesting shadows

HW ISSUE 26 Most of the rooms of this house overlook the garden, which is bordered by hanging plants, shrubs and trees. The winding and shrouded stepped path into the pool is purposely and subtly veiled by foliage 081

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HW ISSUE 30 Nook created by Sir Basil Spence in Fawwara garden where cliffs meet sea

HW ISSUE 47 L-shaped swimming pool, in which an interesting interpretation of nature on all sides has been taken into account: the south with pebbles, the east with natural rocky terrain, the north with dark timber decking and the west with glass

HW ISSUE 40 Extensive use of glass on the faรงade of the house that overlooks the pool and beyond to the sea. The private side of the home is as much part of the outdoors as possible


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HW ISSUE 39 The lawn is drawn right in to the water’s edge. Raised deck was constructed on one side, seemingly blocking the flow of water down the hillside beyond the garden limits; the greenery was wrapped around the pool’s perimeter

HW ISSUE 30 L-shaped pool that divides the house into two sections. Wooden decking surrounds the pool and continues throughout all the bedroom balconies

HW ISSUE 43 Infinity pool with a mixture of dark and green slate varieties, which make a strong architectural statement while also offering hues well balanced with the surrounding landscape 085

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ROCHA.JOHN ROCHA Blue ‘Spa’ bed linen. Price: two standard pillow cases: €33; double duvet cover: €55; king duvet cover: €68; super king duvet cover: €82. DEBENHAMS, The Point Shopping Mall, Tigné Point. /

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The Howard sofa bed can be transformed into a double bed in ten seconds without the trouble of even removing the cushions. With a spring mattress and an orthopedic base, the sofa beds are designed for every day use. Available from stock in leather or micro fibre. Price: starting from €750. SPOTSWOOD, Industrial Estate, Luqa. Tel: 2124 4313 / 9949 8404. /

Kubo, Fly Design, ceiling light by S.T Fabas Luce. Price:

Faer shelves available in different colours and shapes. Price:

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Make a beautiful statement this summer as you step out of the shower or pool – wrap yourself in the gorgeous luxury of the Mallaury embroidered bathrobe and towel range. Price: bathrobe at €104. carréblanc, Tal-Balal Road, San Gwann.

Faer desks and corner desks for youths’ bedrooms available

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Environmentally friendly lead free UPVC apertures with no swelling, rotting, drying out, corrosion, painting or varnishing. They offer excellent thermal and sound insulation and they won’t leak air or rattle in the wind. Price: starting from €300. Meli Bugeja Ltd., Mriehel By-Pass, Qormi. Tel: 2148 5801 / 2144 4348 / 9943 3003. /

Stunning in both modern and traditional spaces, the One Two One wallpaper collection includes designs that are manufactured in Lancashire, England and are surface printed, resulting in a wonderful, painterly effect. Hints of metallic and pearl are used throughout the range, adding depth and shimmer. Price: €69 for a 10 metre roll. One Two One Interiors, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9 & Qui Si Sana Seafront, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155.

Orizzonte Vase by the master Italian glassmaker IVV. Price: €68.80. Fino Lifestyle at the Fino Showplace, Mriehel.

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The Apulum fine porcelain square design complete dinner set can be purchased complete or to suit individual preferences with a large variety of plate sizes. Price: starting from €2.50. Contemp Interiors, 119, Naxxar Road, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 2116.

Lisetta, Fly Design, table light by Opla, Fly Design, ceiling light by Fabas Luce.

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Melo Sofa bed, with reclining and sleeping function. As shown in black NU fabric, also available in a Sazza silver fabric. (h79 x w173 x d83/197cm) Price: €1,095. BoConcept, Vjal Ir-Rihan, San Gwann. Tel: 2137 8011/12.

New heavy duty, Canford reverse osmosis. Price: starting from €299. A&A Mizzi Ltd., Mriehel. Tel: 2148 8168/0. Errebi Ambiente Cucina Capacious offers well-fitted elements, with convenient pull-out grills to keep everything in order: indispensable solutions for daily comfort.Halmann Furniture & Interiors Ltd, Naxxar Road, Iklin. Tel: 2141 4286. /

Hallway combination, available in black-stained oak veneer, with a full length mirror and hanging pegs. (h194½ x w103 x d6cm) Price: starting from €289. BoConcept,

Console table / desk, available in black-stained oak

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