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contents ISSUE 52 DECEMBER 2011

013 Competition 014 Advent Calendar of Events 017 Christmas Trends 021 The Real Thing: George Apap 026 A Whole New Level 038 Vienna Meets Valletta Hanging Pumpkin Votives, Cox & Cox. www.coxandcox.co.uk

046 The Little White Door

026 A WHOLE NEW LEVEL Interior designers Carlo & Stefania Schembri take Christmas to a whole new level in their tremendous two hundred year-old townhouse in Rabat

054 Twas The Night Before Christmas 061 The Perfect Christmas Lunch 083 Food News 085 Design Escape 087 Crafts Made Easy 090 A-Z Directory

038 VIENNA MEETS VALLETTA The Rattasits family embark on a massive renovation in St. Paul’s Street

054 TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS When all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

061 CHRISTMAS LUNCH PARTY Get your guests into the festive mood with decorating, food and drink ideas

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Christmas is in the air! This issue we’ve gone to town with yuletide inspiring features and stories. Start off by checking out our advent calendar for new interior product launches, exhibitions and openings from December 1st to Christmas day (page 014). Artist George Apap epitomises Christmas joy in the most eloquent exhibition of handcrafted and painted Christmas scenes in elegant boxes (page 021). And if this still hasn’t stirred the Christmas spirit in you, check out our T’was the Night Before Christmas decorating feature on page 054. We also go into Christmas decorating and food detail ideas on page 061 in “The Perfect Christmas Lunch Party”. Crafts guru Anne Marie Quercia brings us step-by-step guides on how to make decorations at home - something fun for the whole family to do together (page 087). Don’t miss our Christmas Gift Guide, which is brimming with great interior gift ideas – all the better to help cosy up the spaces of friends and family. After all, when could be the better time for all to get comfortable in their homes? We hope you enjoy this issue, and a very

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!

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HOMEWORKS 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 info@writeon.com.mt (photos will not be returned)

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3 40% discount on all living room furniture from B&M Supplies for the month of Dec starts today

8 Get ready for the VCT Ltd annual open weekend from Dec 9th-11th between 9am-7pm. A special discount of 10% is being offered on purchases of €100 and more

4 Get decorating - the first Sunday of Dec is the ideal day to decorate the home and tree with the whole family. Find ideas on page 61 5 Cuisiner Enamel Cast Iron Cookware from S&P (Salt&Pepper) brand launches today at Junction 66

9 Lladró Classic Porcelain Fall 2011 new items are now available at selected Sterling Jewellers stores

13 It’s Republic Day, so it’s a public holiday and most of the shops will be open today – perfect day to do that last minute Christmas shopping 14 Piscopo’s lovely new range of Brussels Diamond pots now in

10 The new Agog Art Gallery opens today in Zebbug 15 Lights from Leipziger Leuchten GMBH are now available at Spot On Supplies

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18 Perfect Sunday for baking up some scrumptious Christmas treats 19 There’s certainly someone on your list who would love their own copy of the HOMEWORKS book! On the shelves of all leading book stores now 20 Get the whole family involved in making some Christmas crafts. See Anne Marie Quercia’s step-bystep guide on page 087

23 It’s the Friday night before Christmas – the perfect evening to hold a Christmas party. HOMEWORKS brings you Christmas party ideas and tips on page 061 24 It’s Christmas Eve! Celebrate with friends and family wishes you a very Merry Christmas! 25

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The lovely paintings not only remind us of why we celebrate Christmas, but they also epitomise the joy of it. HOMEWORKS brings you a sneak peak of the Christmas boxes exhibition currently on display at Vee Gee Bee Art Shop. Just taking a look will start off your season with true Christmas spirit!

“When I was a child I loved to collect Italian pop-up Christmas cards. When my sons were born I decided to make similar cards by hand to celebrate each Christmas for them.�

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The four-metre tall tree is placed in the central 13-metre high courtyard with a large format glass panelled floor. The glass-roofed area interconnects all the ground floor living spaces and upper level rooms

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arlo and Stefania Schembri are an industrious couple. Both designers, they have created Carlo & Stefania Design, which possesses a portfolio abundant with design projects, ranging from interior spaces in private residences, commercial areas and catering outlets to jewellery design and urban regeneration.

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Bold use of the colour orange. The casual dining room is situated within comfortable access to the kitchen and overlooks the garden with glass doors that slide completely open

The bright and fun Ligne Roset Togo sofa adds to the vividness of the casual living room, creating a stimulating environment for the children

This is such a busy couple and yet, their priority seems to be their significant home life. The theme is set at their two hundred year-old townhouse in Rabat this Christmas. It starts with a platinum twigged arch, which frames the striking Flos Taraxacum 88 pendant light by Achille Castiglioni. Deep red poinsettia plants invite visitors in, leading the eye to a glimpse of the overflowing presents beneath the enormous Christmas tree. The four-metre tall tree is placed in the central 13-metre high courtyard with a large format glass panelled floor. The glass-roofed area interconnects all the ground floor living spaces and upper level rooms. Oversized metallic multicoloured plastic balloons and Christmas decorations hang from the ceiling, revealing just how high 13 metres actually is. 031

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Above left: The courtyard interconnects all the ground floor living spaces and upper level rooms. Above: The striking Flos Taraxacum 88 pendant light by Achille Castiglioni

Carlo and Stefania’s son, little Julian also puts the enormity of the space into perspective, as he runs across the polished glass floor, his little sneakers squeaking. Julian’s younger sister Sophie is in tow, the two figures so tiny against the giant backdrop. The colours, sparkle and fantastical enormity must be a child’s absolute delight. Stefania’s reaction to her children is uplifting, giving off the sense that this really is a family home and that it’s for the children to enjoy as much as it is for the adults. In the same way that the entire house overcomes the difficulties of extracting a maintainable and convenient home out of an old townhouse, each room combines the warmth of classic with a contemporary spin. The epitome of Christmastime cosy, the formal dining room sits next to a comehither lounge area. The dining room is where the family gets together for Christmas day lunch with every traditional accommodation possible. A complete polar opposite of the dining room is the ultra modern stainless steel kitchen; an example of how the couple skilfully balances convenience with lustre. 033

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A dramatic pop of red in the warm and restful study

In the lounge area, mirror cladding surrounds a large and bold canvas of black and red, while the dark furniture offsets the crimson sofa. The lighting design is flawless, with the grand pendant lamp giving the room a 30’s glamour appeal. It seems as though good times for family and friends must be abundant in this truly remarkable townhouse – particularly at Christmas time, when the house’s (as well as the designers’) warmth is brought out. Carlo and Stefania bring us living proof that a successful home life can in fact be balanced with illustrious careers. 034

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The 12-metre high open-storied wall, as seen from the ground floor upon entrance

hen Christoph and Gerlinde Rattasits moved to Malta because of Christoph’s job, the couple began their property hunt not knowing exactly what they were looking for. They viewed houses of character in Zebbug, old townhouses in Sliema and even new apartments in all areas of the island. After seeing enough to figure out what kind of home they wanted (something old and unconverted), they started looking in Valletta.

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Gerlinde. “We were so impressed by the city: the palazzos, the churches, the bastions, the atmosphere, the culture, the theatre… When we decided on Valletta, it was definite. We knew that this was where we wanted to live.”

“Our advice to anyone renovating a place in Malta for the first time would be to buy something with existing permits, or have a lot of time and patience!”

The renovation of the old house took place in several stages. The first step happened in 2004 and took about nine months. The walls had to be scraped, while concrete walls that were built in the 1950s and 60s had to be removed altogether. The house had to be brought back to shell form and then started again. The electricity and drainage was done again from scratch, while new walls and rooms were built. The couple also opted to install new flooring in the old Maltese style. The second stage of the renovation was done about five years ago, which was the construction of an extension on the former roof. The last stage was three years ago when the couple decided to fully build the second floor: a new staircase leading up to the roof, a huge room for their daughter, and on top – a swimming pool with a roof terrace. “This was so much work, but worth it because the view from the roof is just wonderful!”

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The large space of the home caters well to the needs of everyone in the family. The children play different musical instruments, so the couple is thankful that there is enough space to allow for it, otherwise it would be uncomfortably loud in one room. “It’s great to have so much space; the kids love to play hide and seek around the house and with the two staircases (one new and an old garigor) it’s a lot of fun. The house is also great for entertaining and big parties are not a problem at all.”

The formal dining room, in which a lot of entertaining takes place. The furniture pieces and grand chandelier are Austrian, while the wall colour, as well as the layout of the room was inspired by Viennese palaces

Gerlinde’s favourite spaces of the house are the sala on the first floor, the entire downstairs area and the roof terrace. “In summer we have a lot of barbeques up there and we spend lazy Sunday afternoons by the pool. We have a perfect view of the fireworks festival, which is great because I just love fireworks.” The couple don’t hesitate when asked what their biggest obstacle was. “We have quite a lot of experience from refurbishing apartments in Vienna, but Malta is definitely different. In Austria you have a clear building scheme with unmistakable rules and regulations. You know what can be done and what can’t, and when you apply for a permit within the given parameters, the permit is granted in a matter of a few weeks. Here it took ages to get the necessary permits (all together three years!) and we are still waiting for another approval for small changes. Our advice to anyone renovating a place in Malta for the first time would be to buy something with existing permits, or have a lot of time and patience!” Now that the couple have experienced life in Valletta for a few years, they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on the island. “It’s a fantastic place to live. We don’t need a car for shopping, going to the cinema or going out for dinner; it’s never more than a ten-minute walk. I love Valletta at night, as it’s so quiet and the street lamps create such a nice, cosy atmosphere. Also, you have most of the events going on in Valletta – the jazz festival, Notte Bianca, wine festivals, the fireworks festival, several festas and the arts festival – all of this is at our doorstep. It’s truly fantastic.”

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The informal dinning room, open plan with the kitchen.

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Apart from the difficult time it took to get there, the family is clearly happy with the outcome of their renovation. When gazing up at the 12 metre-high wall in the glass roofed courtyard, hearing the sound of a violin and saxophone being practiced simultaneously, it’s evident that this is a family comfortable in their living environment – a little slice of Vienna right here in Valletta.

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Upstairs casual sitting room, with its eclectic different styles, such as the Versailles-like gold gilded marble console amongst the Ron Arad chair, or Tom Dixon floor light

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Moody and atmospheric dining room, which is comfortably situated between the foyer room and kitchen

s the homeowners of this stunning Valletta house stepped foot in Malta, they were convinced that this was a good place to invest in. The couple were looking for a place where they could feel comfortable and unwind during certain parts of the year.

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“It’s positively brimming with history, yet it’s bursting with an international ambience. It was a perfect location for us in this sense. The people, the culture and the architecture made moving here hard to resist.” The most important aspects to finding the right home was that it was spacious and situated in a central location. The Ursula Street property fit all three of the criteria perfectly. “When we saw it for the first time, we knew we wouldn’t have to do very much to it to make it a comfortable home.” Upon entrance, the hallway leads right through to the small courtyard, the grand wrought iron railed staircase off to the left. The courtyard allows for infinitely more light than would be available otherwise. Extremely convenient for receiving guests, to the left of the entrance there is a small foyer room, which leads through to the dining room, and then on to the kitchen.

Small foyer upon entrance, which leads through to the dining room

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“Who knew that such grandeur could lay behind the unassuming doors along Ursula Street?”

The kitchen is highly unusual with a traditional arched wall unit, which works as both a chimney and an extractor. As a result of this feature and the unpolished wood, the style of the kitchen appears very ‘country’.

The country style kitchen, complete with an open oven. Accent lighting and the use of raw materials makes for a rustic, yet dramatic room

Unsurprisingly, the one thing that the homeowners insisted in installing was a lift, which is situated to the side of the kitchen allowing the homeowners to go up and down the different levels as they please. The guest bedroom, as well as a small library and a formal sitting room are situated on the first level, while the second level is where the homeowners spend most of their time – here, an extremely large, casual sitting room with an impossibly high ceiling is where the couple watch television and unwind in front of the enormous stone fireplace. The previous homeowners were both internationally renowned artists. Remnants of their quirky and design orientated tastes have been left behind in art, chairs and lighting designs, which mix remarkably well with the rustic elegance of the architecture. 051

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Various sumptuous shades of deep red are brought in through the accessories, such as the rugs, curtains, artworks and cushions, which create a striking contrast with the light and natural backdrop, as well as the deep greys of the furniture pieces. Entirely different styles are brought together to create an eclectic look, such as the Versailles-like gold gilded marble topped console next to the Ron Arad ‘Big Soft Easy’ chair by Moroso. The second level is also where the study is situated, which then leads on to the master bedroom. The third level – the roof area, offers a substantially large rooftop art studio for the lady of the house. The room is large enough to also act as a conservatory, which overlooks the glorious view of Fort St. Angelo and Grand Harbour – an almost illogical reminder that this enormous house is actually located in Valletta. There’s no point mincing words – this house is absolutely stunning on every level and in each charming little nook. Who knew that such grandeur could lay behind the unassuming doors along Ursula Street?

Christmas decorations by Alistair Fabrics by Designers Guild (www.designersguild.com), available through Design House

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Photography: Alan Carville Styling: Lisa Borain & Troika Zammit Special thanks to Claire Kennington & Nick Dyson

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Jesse Julie Armchair with removable cover (€1,145) from FORM • Destiny Ivory rug (€1,100) from THE RUG GALLERY • Santa stockings (€10 each) from QRONFLA • Wreath (€25) from QRONFLA • Norwegian Santa (€25) from QRONFLA • Large chest (€420) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Mirror (€320) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Cream cushion on armchair (€34.90) from THE ATRIUM • Wooden picture frame on the trunk (€9.50 / €13.95) from THE ATRIUM • Wooden candlesticks on the trunk (€9.50 / €11.65) from COIN CASA • Tree trunk candles (€12.90 each) from COIN CASA • Copper teapot (€26.90) from COIN CASA • Grey cake tray (€19.90) from COIN CASA • White tea cup and saucer (€6.90) from COIN CASA • White tray (€26.90) from COIN CASA • Presents in wrapping paper from GAJET

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The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid!, On Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!” And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

Low black Chinese cabinet under the window (€335) from FORM • Shabi bedside tables (€200 each) from FORM • Artificial olive tree (€210) from CALAMATTA • Square chrome framed clock (€137.50) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Cactus vase on the window sill (€54.90) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Small Noti frame (€17.99) from ZARA HOME • Randolph frame (€19.99) from ZARA HOME • White Mader lamp (€89.99) from ZARA HOME • Michael pyjamas (€35.99) from ZARA HOME • Branda bed robe (€45.99) from ZARA HOME • Amy blanket on bed (€45.99) from ZARA HOME • Embroidery Gigi cushion (€45.99) from ZARA HOME • Quilt (€149) from ZARA HOME • Mimosa bed linen (€69.99) from ZARA HOME

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He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight...

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!” FIND IT: CALAMATTA LANDSCAPES, Triq Il-Wied tal Ghargur, San Gwann. Tel: 2138 0637 / 2138 2818. info@calamattalandscapes.com / www.calamattalandscapes.com FORM LTD, Tirq Il-Wied, B’Kara. Tel: 2144 6000. www.formltd.com

ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS, Vjal il-Wihed u Ghoxrin Ta’Settembru, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Ix-Xatt, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155/65. www.onetwoone.eu QRONFLA, 253, Triq Il-Kbira, Balzan. Tel: 2144 2600. info@qronfla.com / www.qronfla.com

GAJET, The Plaza Shopping Centre, Level 3, Suite 1, Bisazza Street, Sliema. Tel: 2132 4272. Energy Complex, Valletta. Tel: 2122 5066. Antoine De Paul Square, Paola. Tel: 2180 1794. Corner Stone Complex, Mosta. Tel: 2142 0365. St Julians (opposite Baystreet). Tel: 2138 1105. www,gajetmalta.com

THE ATRIUM, Mriehel Bypass, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt

LITTLE LUXURIES, 128, Triq il-Kbira, Sliema. Tel: 2701 9131. www.littleluxuries.com.mt

ZARA HOME, 1,Triq Ir-Torri, Sliema. Tel: 2258 2900. www.zarahome.com

THE RUG GALLERY, Ix-Xatt, Sliema. Tel: 2133 4191. www.rugs.com.mt

Ficus trees (€31.50 each) from CALAMATTA LANDSCAPES • Michael pyjamas (€35.99) from ZARA HOME • Branda bed robe (€45.99) from ZARA HOME

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THE PERFECT

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There’s no better time of year to entertain than Christmas. HOMEWORKS brings you ideas for details that will put your guests into the festive mood

Photography: Alan Carville Styling: Lisa Borain & Troika Zammit Fresh floral: Bjorn Borg, Floreal Home

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Christmas fresh floral can be simple and elegant – mix white roses with snowed conifer branches

Candles are key to a cosy and atmospheric Christmas – use a variety of different candlesticks on a tray to get a relaxed chic look

DECORATE! Decorating is not difficult to do during the festive season, since there is so much available for Christmas. Since there is ample opportunity to use a wide variety of colours, Christmas fresh floral can be simple and elegant – white roses, snowed conifer branches and twigs. Place them in a basket or in a clear vase to keep the focus on the arrangement itself. Create wintry looking pieces by filling a combination of vintage and contemporary vases with sparse white flowers. These are great to place on any shelf or side table, but also for a different looking centrepiece, they can be lined down the middle of a table.

Nestled pinecones in a basket, clustered among eucalyptus leaves, sprigs of Cedar and Juniper, which enhance the feminine and frosty colours of the arrangement

Candles are key to a cosy and atmospheric Christmas. Use a variety of different candlesticks on a tray to get a relaxed chic look. This year, there are two sets of Christmas tree decorating colour palattes. The first is light green, white and silver, which creates a toned down Northern look, reminiscent of the traditional Christmas greeting card snowy scenes. The second is a more traditional red with white and silver, creating a fun, quirky look. Silver bulb twigs behind candles (€7.90 each) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Crystal twigs behind candles from FLOREAL HOME • Silver floral container behind candles (€14) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Silver tray and candles sticks by Sia (€249) from FLOREAL HOME • White rose arrangement in Sia vase (€105) from FLOREAL HOME, arrangement by BJORN BORG • Basket arrangement (€40) by BJORN BORG for FLOREAL HOME • On the tree: Sia baubles (ranging from €9.90 - €59.90 for a set of 12) from ONE TWO ONE Heart and egg shaped decorations (€6) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Silver reindeer (€4 each) from BHS • Silver bird (€4) from BHS

This year’s Christmas tree decorations are Northern inspired – frosted branches and simple decorations in basic shapes

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Often overlooked, sound is a large part of creating the perfect Christmas environment. Christmas carols usually evoke good memories and create a cheerful atmosphere. As with all else, Christmas carols don’t have to be traditional ones – there are a lot of different fun and modern Christmas carol albums these days. We recommend Silent Nights by Chet Baker, Crystal Lewis Holiday!, Yule Struttin-Blue Note Christ by Va-Yule Struttin’, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Take 6, and Songs of Joy and Peace: Deluxe Edition by Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and Diana Krall All twig tree decorations (starting from €3.50) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Zinc bucket (€6.40) from THE DIY CENTRE • Below: vases from left to right: Large and small vases by Sia (large, €39 / small, €25) from FLOREAL HOME • Green flowers (€7.50) from FLOREAL HOME • Sela vase (€45.99) from ZARA HOME • Bamboo lantern (€22.99) from ZARA HOME • Kissimmee vase (€19.99) from ZARA HOME • Green & white flowers (€8.90) from FLOREAL HOME • Sia vase (€68) from FLOREAL HOME

SETTING THE TABLE A few branches can serve as a fun, quirky tree

Create wintry looking pieces by filling a combination of vintage and contemporary white vases with sparse twigs or flowers. These are great to place on any shelf or side table, but also for a different looking centrepiece, they can be lined down the middle of a table

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The great thing about table settings is that they’re something that can be organised and finished well ahead of time. Leaving it until the last minute can be stressful and it allows problems to enter. One of this year’s colour palettes is a lovely cauliflower blue mixed with white and earthy neutrals. Pops of natural floral on the table create an interesting rustic aspect to an elegant setting. To make things simple, a good recipe for a serene elegant base is to include clear or crystal glassware, white, silver or glass candlesticks and flower vases, a white or cream-coloured tablecloth, napkins and candles. Looks can then be changed with different accessories, such as what was done here, illustrating how the same table can look very different with small changes.

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White linen table cloth (€109.50) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Tuscany wine glasses (€5.99 each) from ZARA HOME • Etrusca cutlery (€1.99 each) from ZARA HOME • Leonor sachets (€9.99 for a set of 2) from ZARA HOME • Grey Cloe (€3.99 each) from ZARA HOME • White Persia bowls (€3.99 each) from ZARA HOME • Silver glass candleholders (€19.90 for a set of 2) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Blue Beatrice place mats (€9.99 for a set of 2) from ZARA HOME • Carola candlesticks (€35.99) from ZARA HOME • Bianco bread plates (€6.99) from ZARA HOME • On the previous page: On the tree: Sia baubles (ranging from €9.90 - €59.90 for a set of 12) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Heart and egg shaped decorations (€6) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Silver reindeer (€4 each) from BHS • Silver bird (€4) from BHS • On the table: Silver floral vase (€14) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Silver leafy twig wrapped around candleholder (€34) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Silver canister (€20) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Large silver and gold hurricane lamp at table head (€189) from FLOREAL HOME • Country tumblers (€5.99 each) from ZARA HOME •

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On the table: White linen table cloth (€109.50) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Red star candleholder (€13.90) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Red & white candlesticks (€18) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Candy cane cutlery (€45 for a 16-piece set) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Berry wreath (€40) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Large silver and gold hurricane lamp at table head (€189) from FLOREAL HOME • Sangria water jug (€22.99) from ZARA HOME • Red metallic under plates (€9 for a set of 2) from BHS • Tuscany wine glasses (€5.99 each) from ZARA HOME • White Persia bowls (€3.99 each) from ZARA HOME On the tree: Small red baubles (€2 each) from LITTLE LUXURIES • White and red snowflake bauble (€4.50 each) from LITTLE LUXURIES • Red heart (€4 each) from BHS • Candy canes (€2.25 for a box of 12) from BHS

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CHRISTMAS FEATURE HW GET THE DRINKS READY There’s nothing cosier or welcoming than the smells of Christmas and of course, a good lunch party can’t be so without a good lunch. If the atmosphere is right, your guests will want to take it all in and enjoy it, meanwhile anticipating the lunch to come. Creating a special festive cocktail will add to the immediate celebratory spirit and put your guests in a cheerful mood. It’s worth keeping in mind that not everyone will enjoy drinking cocktails so having a beautifully decorated ice bucket with good wine chilling

will make guests feel that they are welcome to relax. Also, another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re a one-man host, cocktails may not be the best option, especially if they need to be freshly made. If it’s a more casual dinner party, you can always nominate a friend to be the official cocktail maker. There are so many cocktails that can be made, but to really get people into the yuletide mood, serve up this different take on the traditional Christmassy egg nog.

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CHRISTMAS FEATURE HW EGG NOG MARTINI Serves 8 Ingredients 224g sugar 55g corn starch 1tsp ground nutmeg 2l whole milk 6 large egg yolks 720ml brandy

The Method Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Place the bottom of the bowl in an ice bath; set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, corn starch and nutmeg. Gradually whisk in 1 litre of milk, taking care to incorporate the corn starch. Whisk in the egg yolks.

Whisking constantly, cook over a medium heat until the first large bubble sputters (10 to 12 minutes). Reduce the heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, one minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through the sieve into the bowl. Stir in the remaining litre of milk. Let it cool completely in the bowl still set in the ice bath. Just before serving, stir in the brandy and ladle into glasses. Garnish with nutmeg.

Credits from previous page: Silver tray underneath Champagne glasses (€89.90) from ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS • Crystal candleholder behind tray (€45) from FLOREAL HOME • Lori Champagne flutes (€6.99 each) from ZARA HOME • Gingerbread tree made by LIZ FARRUGIA • Cookie cutters for gingerbread tree from COSE CASA • Bottles of wine from MARKS & SPENCER • Crystal flowers (small: €19.00 / large: €59) from FLOREAL HOME • White Persia bowl (€3.99 each) from ZARA HOME FIND IT: COSE CASA LTD, 77, Three Churches Street, Balzan. Tel: 2144 7672/3. info@cosecasa.com / www.cosecasa.com FLOREAL HOME, Parish Street, Naxxar. Tel: 2747 0744. florealhome@melita.com LITTLE LUXURIES, 128, High Street, Sliema. Tel: 2701 9131. www.littleluxuries.com.mt

ONE TWO ONE INTERIORS, 21st September Avenue, Naxxar. Tel: 2142 2948/9. Qui Si Sana, Sliema. Tel: 2132 3155/65. www.onetwoone.eu QRONFLA, 253, High Street, Balzan. Tel: 2144 2600. info@qronfla.com / www.qronfla.com THE ATRIUM, Bypass Mriehel, Mriehel. Tel: 2147 0000. info@ theatrium.com.mt / www.theatrium.com.mt THP DIY CENTRE, 11, Tigne Street, Tigne, Sliema. Tel: 2131 5214. colinzammit@waldonet.net.mt TOWER SUPERMARKET, High Street, Sliema. Tel 2134 5586. www.towersupermarket.com ZARA HOME, 1,Tower Road, Sliema. Tel: 2258 2900. www.zarahome.com

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Chefs Michel Vergnaud and Sean Gravina at Chez Philippe bring us a deliciously decorative Christmas lunch, while Bill Hermitage at Delicata Winery suggests the ideal wine accompaniment PUMPKIN AND PANCETTA RISOTTO WITH CINNAMON Serves 4

Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • • •

1kg pumpkin 800g Arborio rice 250g cubed pancetta 2tsp ground cinnamon 1 clove garlic 1 large onion 1tbsp honey 1 large glass white wine knob of butter parmesan cheese few leaves of sage 2l chicken stock with pink peppercorns and sage

Method: Preheat the oven to 180°. Thickly slice the pumpkin leaving the skin on and reserve one slice (which you need to cut into bite size pieces). Put into a roasting dish. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, drizzle the honey and olive oil, and season. Roast for 20 minutes until tender. In a frying pan, fry the pancetta until crispy with the reserved pumpkin. Cook until it’s very soft and add some sage. Make a basic risotto recipe. When the pumpkin is ready, peel off the skin and blend to a puree. Mix in with the risotto and check the seasoning. Add the butter, Parmesan cheese, the fried pancetta and the reserved pumpkin. Leave to rest covered for five minutes, then serve. WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage 2010 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE BEST

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage 2010 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE VIOGNIER - D.O.K. SUPERIOR MALTA

“In reality, a light red bodied would probably work well with this dish, but assuming this dish would be served as a starter I would rather opt for a white wine and then move onto a red for the veal main course. The main flavours the wine needs to contend with are the smoked, slightly salty taste of the pancetta and the sweet spiciness of the cinnamon and honey, plus the Parmesan cheese; all fairly strong individual ingredients. Therefore the white wine required needs to be weighty and full flavoured, soft with fairly low acidity and rich or ripe enough to cope with the sweetness of this dish. My choice would be a full-bodied, rounded dry white wine made entirely from the Viognier grape, Grand vin de Hauteville. Moreover, the 2010 vintage is a D.O.K. Superior wine, which means it has a bit more natural alcohol and weight in the mouth.”

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1kg fresh veal fillet (ask your butcher to clean and portion it) 500g puff pastry 1 glass red wine a few sprigs of fresh thyme beef stock

Method: Heat oven to 200°. Roll out the pastry and sprinkle with the chopped thyme. Roll again to incorporate the herbs with the pastry. Cut out 12cm rings and place in a buttered mould. Bake blind with baking beans or rice for 10 minutes. Remove the beans or rice and cook for a further five minutes. Season the meat with salt and pepper and seal in a very hot pan for one minute on each side. Place in a roasting dish and finish cooking in the oven (10 minutes for medium rare meat). When it’s ready, allow it to rest for a couple of minutes. Take the juices from the roasting pan and add to the frying pan. Add a beef stock pot, a glass of red wine and more fresh thyme. Let it reduce until it thickens. Place the meat inside the pastry case, drizzle some gravy and garnish. Serve with vegetables of your choice and potatoes.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage 2009 MEDINA SANGIOVESE I.G.T. MALTESE ISLANDS

“There are no real strong flavours in this dish for the wine to compete with, although I would definitely go for a medium or full-bodied red wine, as long as it doesn’t overpower the roasted veal. The degree of fresh thyme used needs to be considered but if used conservatively it shouldn’t alter the overall flavour profile of the entire dish, just complement it. Maltese Sangiovese is a grape that is producing medium-bodied, soft, red wines with a subtle spiciness to them and the 2009 vintage Medina Sangiovese has enough maturity and bottle age to make it the perfect accompaniment to this festive main course.”

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Ingredients For the pastry: • • • • •

250g flour 125g butter 1 egg yolk 10g sugar 20ml cold water

For the pistachio créme patissierè: • • • • • • • •

250ml whole milk 60g sugar ½ vanilla pod 2 egg yolks 20g custard powder 25g butter 2tbsp pistachio paste handful roasted pistachios, roughly chopped

Method for the pastry: Preheat the oven to 180°. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands until you form a ball of dough. Add some more flour or water if the mixture is too wet or too dry. Leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes. In the meantime, make the pistachio créme patissierè.

Method for pistachio créme patissierè: Bring the milk and vanilla pod to a boil then remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar has dissolved and then add the custard powder and incorporate. Pour the boiling milk into the mixture and mix. Pour back into the saucepan and bring to a boil while mixing continuously. Allow to boil for two minutes and then remove from the heat. Stir in two tablespoons of pistachio paste and butter. Cover with cling film and leave to cool down.

BEST WINE ACCOMPANIMENT by Bill Hermitage

Flour the surface and roll out the pastry. Put in one large or four individual moulds, which are buttered and floured. Bake blind for 15 minutes with baking beans or rice, then remove them and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered. When everything has cooled down, pour the créme patissierè into the mould. Garnish with chopped pistachios, baby rocket and red berries.

2009 GRAND VIN DE HAUTEVILLE MOSCATO – D.O.K. MALTA LIQUEUR WINE

“Even though this isn’t the sweetest of dessert dishes, I would still serve a rich sweet white wine with it to round off the meal. There are a lot of ingredients in this pastry that will be complementary to the delicious flavours of the Moscato grape in this Hauteville Liqueur wine, such as the vanilla, the custard, the roasted nuts, the red berries and the pistachio paste. All will marry well with this opulent, syrupy smooth sweet wine, especially when it’s served nice and cold in a fine elegant glass at the close of your Christmas lunch.”

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MAMBA Maximilian J. Riedel’s recently released decanter, the Mamba, was inspired by the African snake, which is deemed the fastest in the world. Fitting for the decanter, since it “aerates wine faster than any other decanter on the shelf.” The beautiful Mamba is available in clear glass, as well as limited editions of 100 in neon green and black. Find Riedel at Mirachem. www.mirachem.com.mt

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HOME BAKE The busy ones are going to love this: a homebake product where the mix only requires the addition of real ingredients, such as eggs and butter. You can still bake, without making multiple trips to the grocer. This ingenious idea is part of the exclusive range of hampers by BG Food. www.bellagiordimaina.com

FRESHLY BAKED! Fresh Panettone baked on a daily basis is now available from Busy Bee for the festive season. Can’t you just smell it? www.busybee.com.mt

CHRISTMAS PUDDING! A Christmas pudding by Fortnum & Mason, the St James version is made with such fantastic ingredients, it’ll even please those who aren’t wild about Christmas pudding. Fortnum & Mason at The Wine Boutique. www.franks.com.mt

CHRISTMAS FANTASY Always something to look forward to at Christmas time, the Villeroy and Boch Christmas collection is now available for viewing at Joinwell. Check out their exquisite designs that make Christmas spirit another guest at the table. www.joinwell.com.mt

LIQUID Danish design agency SPACE have teamed up with Georg Jensen to design Liquid – a curvaceous collection of trays and decorative bowls. The series comprises a tray and three sizes of bowl: small, medium and large. Find Georg Jensen at The House Shop. www.georgjensen.com/uk 083

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HEART MADE. H A N D F I N I S H E D. Created with Swiss precision and high quality demands. Combined with the love for detail, exceptional bathroom concepts come to life: LAUFEN palace, design by platinumdesign

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THE THERME AT VALS, Switzerland by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller Words: Ray emicoli

The Therme at Vals, which was the first building featured in this travel series, is now acknowledged as one of the most beautiful buildings of our time. The outdoor pool of the baths looks onto the landscape of the steep slope on the hillside where this villa is located. Architects Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller of SeARCH and CMA respectively dug out the hillside and placed the house into the hill, without obstructing the baths’ heavenly view or their unique aura

The circular perimeter

Views of the landscape

The circular perimeter

Villa Vals at dusk

t is customary in Switzerland that a timber frame is built on site to represent the proposed volume of the building. In this way, all those around can see the actual future physical volume of the building on site, and raise their concerns, if need be. In this case this exercise was unnecessary. Thumbs up is deserved to the local council that issued the permit for this building.

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In Archdaily’s words: The Local Authority’s well-intentioned caution, that unusual modern proposals were generally not favoured, proved unfounded. The planners were pleased that the proposal did not appear ‘residential’ or impose on the adjacent baths building. The scheme was not perceived as a typical structure but rather an example of pragmatic unobtrusive development in a sensitive location. The placing of the entrance via an old Graubünder barn and an underground tunnel further convinced them that the concept, while slightly absurd, could still be permitted.

So much so that, after its construction, a private house was deftly placed in the slope, enjoying views towards the emerging circular perimeter and courtyard. Bedrooms are cleverly juxtaposed. Several Dutch designers were brought in to further enhance the interior, thus making it a clever match of Dutch design and Swiss quality. The exposed concrete finish is in contrast with natural stone and timber. The challenge of this building must have been the complex detailing and waterproofing. The result is a well-mannered architectural insertion to sensitive environs, which should serve as a model for sustainable development. Readers interested in spending time at the baths may be interested to know that this hidden gem is available for three days for as little as €825 during low season.

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Christmas Crafts MADE SIMPLE

Try these easy-to-follow crafts by Anne Marie Quercia with the whole family to entice some homemade yuletide fun >

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TWINKLING HURRICANE CANDLEHOLDERS Hurricane vases and candleholders wrapped in this twinkling star-punched paper creates a cosy warm glow

What’s needed Template (visit the HOMEWORKS (Malta) Facebook page to download) Decorative paper Hurricane vase Large sponge Sharp skewer Single hole puncher Double-sided tape

Method 1. Download the template from the HOMEWORKS (Malta) Facebook page enlarging it to desired size. 2. Cut the decorative paper so that it’s flush with the top of the hurricane vase and the paper ends overlap by about 1.3 centimetres. 3. Lay the template on top of the decorative paper, then place both on top of the dry sponge. Use the skewer to transfer the pattern. 4. Following the pattern, punch the decorative paper with the hole puncher. 5. Wrap the paper around the hurricane vase and secure with tape.

FLYING ANGELS

ICE CRYSTAL GARLAND

Perfect for wreaths, these sweet little angels are made with simple plain white paper plates

This one is for those who know how to crochet. Place this snowflake garland on wreaths or on a mirror to double the show

What’s needed Template (visit the HOMEWORKS (Malta) Facebook page to download) Paper plates Pencil Single hole puncher Utility knife Skewer Glue stick

Method 1. Download the template from the HOMEWORKS (Malta) Facebook page enlarging it to desired size. 2. Trace the paper angel shape from the template onto a plate with a fluted edge, and cut out with a utility knife. The two cuts for the wings should be different: one made from inside out, the other from outside in. Embellish the edge of the plate with one or two decorative hole punches. 3. With the angel facing you, shape her skirt into a circle. Slide the outside cut over the inside one to make wings. Curl some paper around a skewer and make a name card. Secure it in her hands with a dab of glue.

What’s needed for the garland Crocheted snowflakes Sewing needle White thread Map tacks

What’s needed for the crocheted snowflakes Template (visit the HOMEWORKS (Malta) Facebook page to download) White yarn Cardboard Clear packing tape Fabric stiffener Pins Cork board Tweezers

Garland method Lay out a row of starched and blocked flakes, alternating patterns. Use a needle and white thread to sew them together, end to end. Loop the thread through the end holes four or five times. Hang your string of snowflakes with map tacks.

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ISSUE 52 DECEMBER 2011

Thomas travels the world but always returns to Frank. Frank is designed by Antonio Citterio. www.bebitalia.com

ISSUE 52

Let the festivity begin

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