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Perfect Homes Magazine just gets bigger and better!! With the success of Perfect Homes Magazine for sale in stores across Spain & the UK we have been inspired to take things further, and to ensure we stand out from the crowd this month we unveil our NEW LOOK magazine. Autumn has arrived and as the temperature begins to drop and the nights start to draw in the warm earthy tones of autumn present themselves. When it comes to décor trends, this season is full of exciting designs. Whether you enjoy subtle styles or something a little more extravagant, autumn has something for everyone. Autumn is all about colour! And the top trends for autumn are ones that will make you want to pick up your paint brush and overhaul your home. Within this issue we feature the latest colour trends from the traditional to the super sleek. We give you practical advice for every area of the home and take a journey throughout looking at the role colour plays within the all your rooms. Although autumn is a time to snuggle down within the home, the garden can still play a huge role and minimalistic gardens can provide that additional room if done correctly. If Autumn is not the season for you and you’re looking to get away and buy a summer home then our “Perfect Homes goes around the World” sections which showcases the very best properties for sale is just for you.

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So, if you have a room in need of some love, or you’re planning a new adventure and need to remodel now is the time to get organized and do something about it. Christmas is just around the corner and with family and friends visiting, why not wow them with a whole new look in your home..

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The Pride of Paris Four Season George V Hotel

28 Style News

Autumn Trends and colour

53 Kelly Hoppen

The Queen of Taupe

74 Rampoldi Creations

Luxury craftmanship made in Italy

82 Tick Tock

The hands of time

93 The Button Back is Back

Classic, Elegant Chesterfield sofas

108 Dressing Up

The traditional kitchen dresser

116 Counter Balance Counter Tops

140 Chronology Colour & Design What colours should you use?

148 Bedroom Makeovers

Luxurious Linens and the art of lighting.

162 Modular House 176 Booming Brazil

A growth nation and property investment

186 Zen Gardens 188 Simply Minimalist Garden solutions

196 Flowers in Autumn 206 Pefect Homes

Goes around the World

237 Magical Moroccan Interiors

The wonder of colour and accessories

275 Zoning Areas within the home View all our publications on-line go to:

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Paris It established a reputation for understated opulence and exemplary service, and today these are still the qualities that enable the George V to consistently head any list of world class destination hotels, and continue to be the home-away from-home for many of the world’s most famous people.

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Parisian Palace

ocated just steps away from the Champs-Elysees, the George V hotel in Paris is steeped in history, since its inauguration in the 1920s, it has become a true icon of the City of Light. Designed by Richard Martinet the George V hotel was named in tribute to the reigning king of England and can only be described as the epitome of luxury. After four decades of service in October 1997, the George V hotel closed its doors as part of an exhaustive renovation and rebranding project under the watchful eyes of its new owners Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who reportedly spent $167 million to acquire the property from the London-based Granada Group, and $125 million more on rebuilding and design. The project was steered by the construction giant Bouygues, the same firm that refurbished the Louvre and more than 1,100 artisans and workmen were involved in the renovation, in December of 1999 the rebranded Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris was opened. This incredible eight-story landmark building sparkles with period architectural details, lavish interior and exterior spaces and offers some of the city’s finest dining. The Art Deco gates and medallions over the glass entrance doors of the George V have been replaced and now look as they did in 1928, when the historic hotel opened. The long, narrow gallery once again has a 500-square-foot Savonnerie carpet, three Murano crystal chandeliers and a 17th-century Flemish tapestry. Its tall windows look out onto the interior courtyard, with its restored irongrille balconies and replicated royalblue awnings. Even the 16 planted magnolia trees were nurtured through the two-year renovation period. The renovation not only restored the original Art Deco design and facade, but it provided state-of-theart infrastructure and contemporary amenities. Guests will find the spirit of the old George V in the well-dressed guests who meet for afternoon tea and drinks in La Galerie, toting Ferragamo and Fendi shopping bags from the neighbourhood fashion houses. They can also see the new Four Seasons appeal in energetic young couples in casual dress working out in the health club, business travellers plugging in their laptops and families with wellbehaved youngsters. Part of the reason for the hotel’s tremendous appeal is its location. Situated within the Triangle D’or Paris’ Golden Triangle the Four seasons George V hotel is a stone’s throw from the most exclusive areas of Paris, like the Avenue Montaigne and the Rue Saint-Honoré and some of the city’s most famous architectural treasures.

The hotel’s original 300 rooms were reduced to 245 rooms and suites, during the refurbishment with the 184 rooms divided into three classes: Superior, Deluxe and Premier. The 61 suites and apartments; 30 with private terraces, are in nine categories: Executive Suite, One- Bedroom Superior and Deluxe Suites, Duplex Apartment, Two-Bedroom Superior and Deluxe Suites, Specialty Suites, and Presidential and Royal Suites.


Rooms are a generous 450 to 600 square feet, and suites range from 750 to 1,660 square feet. Each room or suite is coordinated around one of three colour schemes; buttercup yellow, celadon green or lavender blue, which is echoed in the walls, carpets, damask bedspread, fabrics, and even in the classically French-style Louis XVI or Empire painted wooden cabinets and consoles that hold the TV, VCR, CD and video game station. Rooms also feature a desk with three telephone lines, including a data port for modems, a separate fax line and voice mail. Every room has a computer keyboard that, with the television monitor, provides high-speed Internet access. Spacious bathrooms are fashioned in Four Seasons’ signature beige marble, with sink top and design details that echo each room’s dominant colour. Large separate showers, deep bathtubs, separate toilet stalls, thick terry robes and oversize towels, hair dryers and Bulgari toiletries all serve to provide the bathroom luxury to which veteran Four Seasons guests are accustomed.

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The Spa For the ultimate in pampering and luxury, an elaborate health club includes a 30 x 17-foot blue mosaic-tile swimming pool, whirlpool, saunas and steam rooms, with fitness instructors and the latest training equipment. The full-service spa offers various massage therapies, facials, body treatments and double massage rooms for honeymooners, and was voted ‘Best Hotel Spa in Europe’ in 2010 by Travel and Leisure for the fourth consecutive year.


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The Four Seasons’ world-renowned restaurant Le Cinq is among the city’s most elegant dining rooms and has been awarded a coveted two Michelin stars. Boasting beautiful views of the hotel’s courtyard, with its crystal chandelier, marble columns and palm trees, it is an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The executive chef, Philippe Legendre, came from the Michelin three-star rated Taillevent.


The La Galerie Lounge is the heart and soul of the Hotel, La Galerie showcases beautiful Flemish tapestries, 19th-century paintings and furniture, as well as many exquisite objets d’art. The atmosphere is of elegance and genuine peace, highlighted by the pianist. This is the best spot for people-watching, intimate conversation and light fair.

A defining spirit of elegance and charm

The Four Seasons King George V hotel is the Parisian version of a Palace “fit for a king” for more information: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France, +33 1 49 52 70 00,

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Beachfront luxury, Golden Mile Marbella Impressive Duplex Penthouse set right on the beachfront, boasting views over the Mediterranean Sea. Ideally located only 500mts from Puerto Banus in an exclusive complex, fully gated with 24 hours security guards, sub-tropical gardens and first-class amenities to enhance quality of life. DM2934. Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Interior: 215m2, Terraces: 148m2, Price: 2.300.000€

Style masterpiece by the sea, Los Monteros Exquisitely decorated duplex penthouse in gated first line beach complex, offering the ultimate in luxurious finishes and extraordinary features. Spacious living areas with convenient distribution to enjoy beautiful sunlight, refreshing breezes and glorious sea views. DM3354. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4, Built: 334m2, Price: 4.400.000€

Av. Cánovas del Castillo Nº 4 (esquina Av. Ricardo Soriano), 1º planta, No. 3, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain. Tel.: +34 952 76 51 38 I I 1

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Modernist high life, Reserva del Alcuzcuz A landmark home that makes an immediate statement with its striking façade and large exposures. Featuring an ultra-sophisticated smart home system that controls every aspect of the house for the ultimate experience in comfortable living, this property is designed to maximise space and natural light. DM3076. Bedrooms: 7, Bathrooms: 7, Built: 1.400m2, Plot: 3.100m2, Sales and rental price on application

Exceptional beachside property, Guadalmina Baja

Charming villa with sea views, Altos Reales

South facing villa surrounded by mature gardens in a sought-after consolidated area. A desirable combination of quality construction, convenient layout and tranquil atmosphere make this lovely home a special find.

Located in one of the most demanded and secure residential areas at the foothills of the Marbella mountain, this comfortable home combines distinctive interiors with expansive park-like grounds.

DM2678. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4, Built: 900m2, Plot: 2.550m2, Price: 3.800.000€

DM3027. Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 4, Built: 819m2, Plot: 3.000m2, Price: 3.490.000€

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Secluded and inviting estate, El Madroñal Unique property situated on a private hilltop with privileged views. The main residence is built around a captivating patio and the interiors are richly accented with Moroccan features. The extensive grounds include a private tennis court and possibility for further development. DM1542POR. Bedrooms: 10, Bathrooms: 8, Built: 2.000m2, Plot: 35.000m2, Price on application

Enchanting haven, El Madroñal This remarkable estate is unrivalled in its breadth of features. Designed to impress by use of elaborate architecture, space and the quality of the specifications, to provide comfort and enjoyment, suitable for varying lifestyles. DM3348. Bedrooms: 6, Bathrooms: 7, Built: 2.437m2, Plot: 30.024m2, Price on application

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Picturesque ‘country in the city’ retreat, Los Reales (Estepona) Situated on an extensive plot, close to Estepona centre, this enclave offers the archetypal ‘country in the city’ experience. The estate encompasses a main house, a guest house, eight self-contained bungalows, a staff house, a ground keeper house, squash court and stables. A special feature of this property are eight bungalows (each containing a bedroom, a shower room and a kitchenette) built in a pueblo-style design, independently sited next to the swimming pool with a barbecue and a delightful and also independent playroom. By the pool and patio area there is a guest house composed of a living room, an open terrace, a kitchen and a shower room on the ground floor and a bedroom suite on the upper floor, enjoying sea views from both levels. The characterful property’s range of impressive features offers numerous possibilities for living, large-scale entertaining and outdoor activities, and would also make an ideal boutique hotel DM3333. Bedrooms: 18, Bathrooms: 18, Built: 1.475m2, Plot: 30.153m2, Price 4.500.000€

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Elite living, La Quinta de Sierra Blanca Elegantly designed with a contemporary aesthetic, this residence incorporates top quality features and excellent craftsmanship throughout. Located in a peaceful location, within a gated and secure community at the foothills of ‘La Concha’ mountain. DM3356. Bedrooms: 7, Bathrooms: 7, Built: 1.477m2, Plot: 3.284m2, Price: 4.950.000€

Distinctive style, Guadalmina Baja Exceptional house in prestigious address, within short walking distance to the beach. The property offers high quality specifications, guest apartment and staff quarters. Sleek lines blend with natural elements to provide luxurious and comfortable accommodation. DM3345. Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 5, Built: 794m2, Plot: 3.139m2, Price 4.950.000€

Av. Cánovas del Castillo Nº 4 (esquina Av. Ricardo Soriano), 1º planta, No. 3, 29601 Marbella, Málaga, Spain. Tel.: +34 952 76 51 38 I I 5

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The importance of networking and professional partnerships across the world by Pía Arrieta Morales

Over the years, DM Properties has built up a reputation as one of the most highly respected specialists in luxury real estate in and around Marbella. It is a name that results not from a lot of brash marketing, but earned from a longstanding dedication to service, integrity and specialist know-how of the luxury property market of the Costa del Sol. And yet, DM Properties is far more than a Marbella agent alone. We have been associated for many years now with the leading international networks that bring together the most prestigious real estate professionals from around Europe and the world. Our aim is to work not in isolation but forge important international links and collaborations that enable us to help find international clients properties in Marbella as well as sourcing international properties for people based in this area. In an increasingly global market this is more important than ever, as our clientele has always been highly international but now can come from across western and eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to our strong international ties DM Properties is a highly international Marbella luxury property specialist capable of reaching far beyond the geographical confines of our specialist area. Not only are we longstanding affiliates of such organisations as Christie’s International Real Estate, Luxury Portfolio International, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, LPA



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(Leading Property Agencies of Spain) and DOM3 (the association of businesses for high quality housing in Marbella), but we are in many cases also their official – i.e. the only – representatives in this region. In addition, DM Properties is a founding member of EREN (The European Real Estate Network), an organisation that brings together regional and national leaders in top segment real estate from across Europe. DM Properties makes these commitments to collaborate with its international peers so that it can offer clients not only the finest properties in Marbella, but also a truly comprehensive selection of luxury properties from around the world, benefitting from international marketing platforms that include websites, promotional events and highly respected luxury real estate publications which in many cases are distributed to personalised mailing lists and at the finest of locations. The trust and efficient cooperation we enjoy with our overseas partners was not built up overnight; it enables us to provide a truly international service and allows our clients to have full confidence when commissioning us to place their properties on the market or help them find the home they have are searching for. You can find out more about DM Properties and its unique national and international reach in our websites:

Palatial elegance, 16ĂŠme Paris. Encompassing two floors, this truly unique apartment boasts wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower. Located on the 4th and 5th floor of a prestigious building, featuring large reception areas on both levels, a grand master suite, leisure suite with plunge pool and sauna and two kitchens. DMI0054. Bedrooms: 9, Bathrooms: 9, Built: 1.054m2, Price on application.

Privileged living, Ascona. A superb home with stunning views onto Lake Maggiore and 5 min to Ascona’s famous Piazza. Originally designed by famous Swiss Architect Camezind and renovated to the highest standards for luxurious comfort indoor and outdoors. Distributed on 3 levels with lift, heated outdoor pool and spacious living areas. DMI0014-01. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4, Built: 500m2, Plot: 821m2, Price: 6.850.000 CHF Perfect Homes International Magazine



Penthouse suite, Postdamer Platz, Berlin. Elegant and spacious, located in a new 5-star residential complex in the heart of Berlin: Postdamer Platz. Providing all the comforts with the most elegant fittings and amenities, including a private roof terrace with panoramic lounge, whirlpool, bar area and fantastic views of Berlin.. DMI0055. Bedrooms: 6, Bathrooms: 2, Built: 319m2, Price: 2.600.000 â‚Ź

Designer villa in excellent location, Vienna Situated in Mauer, very close to the vineyards and offering a unique view of Vienna, this spectacular home is luxuriously appointed with outdoor and indoor pools, spa area and wine cellar to name a few of its outstanding features. Distributed on 4 levels and built to the highest standards, including eco-friendly energy supply systems. DMI0007-01. Bedrooms: 9, Bathrooms: 6, Built: 730m2, Plot: 959m2, Price: 3.290.000 â‚Ź 8


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Investing in a luxury home?

Here we look at countries stamp duties & fees Being able to purchase a luxury property valued in the millions is something only a few can dream about, but even if you do have stacks of money in the bank, knowing where you could save money by paying less tax would be an advantage. After all who wants to give their hard earned money to the tax man? Venturing into the luxury property markets means one thing... you need very deep pockets! The sale price of a home is only part of the financial equation for buyers. Taxes, stamp duties and annual fees can add significant cost to the home, turning a property from an investment into a money pit. India, one of the world’s largest growing economies has the highest amount of tax and charges on a property valued at US $3,500,000 buyers can expect to pay US$ 250,825.00 a percentage of 8.02% of the property price compare this to Estonia where a property valued at the same amount would charge US$3,317.00 a percentage of 0.09% of the property price and you can see a vast difference. Here we list 25 of the world’s markets from highest to lowest value of charges for properties valued at US$ 3,500,000 – You may be surprised at the countries where you can save money! Amount of Taxes

% of property price


$ 280,825.00



$ 245,000.00



$ 245,000.00



$ 185,827.00



$ 178,500.00



$ 178,150.00



$ 175,000.00



$ 165,025.00



$ 161,000.00



$ 153,337.00


Czech Republic

$ 140,050.00



$ 113,928.00



$ 105,436.00



$ 105,000.00



$ 70,000.00



$ 70,000.00



$ 70,000.00



$ 66,156.00



$ 57,018.00



$ 55,678.00



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he summer sun is slowly beginning to set, and for the interior design enthusiasts amongst you, thoughts are probably turning to the small touches you can make to your home to get it in line with the latest trends for autumn. Right now, you’ve got your summer accessories out but as with fashion, seasons change quickly and our thoughts now move to what’s hot for autumn.. Here are our top interior design trends to get you prepared. This season is all about opposites and extremes: the loud, outrageous and aggressive alongside the quiet, calm and restrained. As well as disorientation and doubt, there is comfort and rational certainty. It’s more about attitude than colour, and you should choose the colour palette to suit our mood. Neutrals can help maintain order, while autumnal palettes become more adventurous. But take note balance is the key to this look.

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Neutrals are as raw as last season, with chalky whites and coarse linen tones, anchored by calming blacks. Brown influences many colours, creating red browns, dark browns, rich browns and neutral browns. Blues are important on three levels: grey blues are subdued, progressing from offwhite and lilac. Greens have less significance this season, and are mainly olive tinted, tones range from buttery pales to sharp lime to sombre green-blacks. Yellows are more distinctive than in the summer, with a golden hue creating tans and ochres. Oranges are pale almond and peach, plus intense neon orange and rich caramel. Reds are lively and warm, with corals, flames, tomato shades and burnt dark brown. Pink has been replaced with mauves, such as ash rose and lilac brown, and darker tones such as port, damson and coffee-bean brown add a dramatic effect.

Colour Palettes

Mix it up Some of these combinations may at first seem strange or even weird. But this is all part of the season’s character: OPPOSITES & CONTRADICTIONS. Greys and dull neutrals balance a subdued orange and faded green. Bleached pastels are the perfect foil for a warm, strident red. Oriental influenced darks contrast with decorative red, green and yellow. An intensified palette of fiery orange, chrome green and sulphur yellow teams up with deep, inky blues. Jaded greens and blues compete with toffee-toned brights. The warmth of pale orange and deep rust finds a perfect partner in cool blue.

Raw materials

Stone and wood are really being showcased in their natural stripped down state, really showcasing the beauty of the material in its natural form. Sticks, branches, and even wood stumps are set to be brought into the home, while crystals, gems and geodes and finding their way indoors too.

Computer generated Fabrics On runways, fashion designers have been showing computer-generated photorealist fabrics. Believe me, we’ll soon be seeing those kinds of fabrics in living rooms too.

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Embroidery and knitting

It’s a shame we didn’t pay attention to grannie!! If we did, our homes would look right on trend. Embroidery and knitting is a major trend for 2013. From colourful carpets with thousands of knots to various storage baskets and poof covers, handmade is back and appears it will be here for a while. The modern twist of these items produced by hand gives them a particular charm, one that cannot be obtained from any industrially produced household decoration. It’s all about

showcasing your personality.

Upcycled furniture

We all know how much of a hit shabby chic styling has been in the last year or so; well upcycled furniture plays on that style, but with a new modern twist. Rather than keeping furniture looking old and vintage, upcycled gives it a new lease of life. Think classic wooden sideboards painted with a whole host of bright colours, vivid pink dining room chairs; that kind of thing. Gloss! High gloss! Shine! Polish! Lacquer!


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Stripes, stripes, stripes

Dynamics designs inspire vibrant living and energy. One of the simplest ways to achieve this effect is by employing stripes in an elegant manner. Carpets, wallpapers, upholstery, graphic art. Each of these elements can wear the distinct feature of movement as long as they are defined by‌ stripes. Bold red and black & white patterns are the highlight of the design themes again, only this time associated with minimalist decor complements. The idea is to make things stand out, without compromising on visual harmony.


Designed by Harri Koskinen


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Bianca von Hanau INTERIOR DESIGN


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elegance with many faces Princess Bianca von Hanau has over the years become a point of reference in the world of interior design known as a perfectionist with a keen eye for detail Princess Bianca von Hanau’s sophisticated designs, easy elegance and personal touches satisfy client’s needs of function and beauty.


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IRRESISTABLE REFINEMENT Using her past experience and aristocratic upbringing she has created a timeless style. Princess Bianca grew up in the family residence in Austria. A picturesque castle, called Trofeiach. Travel was part of her upbringing and the designer’s travels started at a young age, when she moved with her family to Canada, the USA, Lebanon, and finally Iran, each move enabled the designer to gain knowledge and understanding of these diverse influences through their architecture and culture. Princess Bianca later settled in the Jet-set resort of Marbella, where she married Prince Heinrich von Hanau, from the Hessen dynasty. Her time has hereon been spent between numerous metropolitan cities and resorts and at some of the most magnificent homes worldwide. These experiences have marked Princess Bianca von Hanau’s decorative style as a combination of luxury touched with her with her innate sense of sophistication and old aristocratic glamour and refinement Princess Bianca takes great care to keep up with the newest advances in interior design to create a home which is defined by comfort and innovation a fusion of “old and new”- with modern styles blended skilfully with antiques.

Bianca von Hanau INTERIOR DESIGN

Avd. Hohenlohe, Alhambra del Mar, Centro Comercial Tembo, Local 3, 296002, Marbella, Malaga, España Tel: +34 952 82 34 95 e-mail:

Modern and Contemporary Art WHY COLLECT ?

There are different reasons why someone feels the exigency to collect art: it can be for cultural reasons, for economical and investment reasons, or simply for esthetical ones but all have in common a deep sensibility, a great spiritual depth and a strong love for beauty.

HoA is mainly engaged in contemporary art, but in case of advice for the establishment of private collections or simply to find a work coveted by a collector who has addressed to us, we can, through our international contacts, to assess and achieve even modern art.

Collecting contemporary art and is one of the most exciting ways to interpret the world right now, like living in a live show, through a process that ties together the most diverse aspects of aesthetic and conceptuality linked and guided by the collector’s personality.

One of our collectors says: “I started to buy works of art several years ago, but I think I have become a collector only recently, meaning as collector one who is buying without thinking about where to place it, and sees collecting as a reflection of his own personality.

Collecting art is a path of personal growth. We have just to remember that a collection is not a body of work, but the portrait of taste, passion and culture of the owner. As it is said by Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Modern Museum in London: “If you can afford it, the best way to deal with art is buy it, live it with passion and take care of it”.


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When you buy works of art, the first reason is your personal taste and the pleasure of sharing

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and showcasing the work at your own home, then you tend to make more organic choices, to include works by artists who at the first instance do not totally reflect your taste, but that trace a path in the art scene. Gallery Houses of Art, works to promote high quality contemporary and modern art. We represent international artists with a solid important background who feature in international collections and museums as well as emerging and mid career international artists. At the same time we support a select group of young artists by exhibiting their works from an early stage to take them to a level of international exposure, collaborating for this purpose with other international galleries. We assist collectors at all levels in the primary and secondary market and provide a detailed provenance of all works of art exhibited.


Men have always perceived shadow as an incorporeal double of themselves and of the world of things – a sort of bridge between the physical and the imagination, between the body and the spirit, between visible and the invisible. It is about this perceptual and conceptual ambiguity that Corneli works. Almost the “ground of the middle”, looking for that “middle place” of the living space in which man materializes the eternal relationship between opposites, between earthly reality and spiritual dimension, finite and infinite. The magic of the silent works of Fabrizio Corneli is built from the shadows, with its immateriality great protagonist of his art: it is the shadow that identifies the image, changing the memory in the physical presence, the physicality in immateriality, the image in vision. And, to its opposite, the light, the essence of

the visible, ideal extreme limit that can exceed the form to touch the pure feeling. The light is, on the other hand, one of the most powerful demonstrations of the greatness of human creation: the appropriation of knowledge, no longer thought of as divine, is the birth of the city, the artificial horizon and the invention of mechanical reproduction: it is the end of the night of reason to be the beginning of the acquisition and the unveiling. It is the condition of a desire that through the darkness becomes fragment of appearance. Corneli change the common conception of the relationship between light and shadow: in his works the light is the agent of the apparition, but it is the shadow that evokes and defines the image. The immaterial – the shadow – becomes the element of materialization of form. The technique chosen by Corneli for his works, anamorphosis, it is ancient knowledge, which

combines science and poetry. The result of a careful mathematical study of anamorphosis (ana-MORFOSIS, reconstructed form) allows the artist to form the image almost magically, without defining the contours or shape physically the material, playing on rules of perspective and perception that transform into figures small cuts in thin metal plates.

Fabrizio Corneli will present his fascinating shadows and lights in a Solo Exhibition, from the 19th of September until the 22nd of October, 2013, at the Gallery Houses of Art Marbella Club Hotel

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Haas Brothers for Versace

This season new Home Collection by Versace feature’s 12 pieces created by LA based artists and designers Nikolai & Simon Haas. This collaboration has resulted in in a range of pieces grounded in tradition while looking boldly to the future. The Donatella chair encapsulates the mood of

the collection and the glamorous rock n’ roll spirit of Donatella herself. Other pieces in the collection include The Stud Club, an armchair inspired by Donatella’s style and the Bondage Bench a piece dedicated to the late Gianni Versace

Grande Papilio by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia

The Grande Papilio armchair appears as a single form made of a single material. Its shape is a fluid design carved out of the trunk of an upside-down cone, where the roomy upper part and backrest are truly pronounced, offering the ultimate comfort and relaxation. Equipped with a swivel system, this armchair sets itself apart thanks to its organic and statuesque design.


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Daybed Faz by VONDOM The FAZ family is growing and growing. VONDOM now enters into the world of sunshade with Daybed, an elegant and comfortable sunbed with a double function for outdoor. Despite the large family of this collection; table, sofa, sun lounger, bank, chair, flowerpot... his creator, the architect Ramón Esteve has designed this new element, thinking about the sensation to have an ideal bed, for relaxing, sunbathing and enjoying in the open air, under a sunshade which protects from the harmful rays.

MyWorld by Phillipe Starck for Cassina

“My world is a cacoon, a nest, a world where we can be egocentric and comfortably commune with our own shadow or collect some snatches of news from the world that is said to be real.” Phillippe Starck The MyWorld lounge system by Philippe Starck for Cassina is an authentic sofa system where one can eat, drink, relax, work and be connected. Its construction is all right angles, which encourages erect but still comfortable posture, and it’s wired with a built-in USB charger, an electrical socket, and a Duracell Powermat, so

dwindling battery life doesn’t pose a distraction. Starck designed MyWorld for ultimate flexibility, and it comes in full sofas, love seats, and with an armchair, a chaise, and an ottoman. In addition the wooden box compartments on the side conceal all of the electrical goods.

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The Queen of Kelly Hoppen MBE is the darling of British Interior design and is acknowledged as one of Britain’s most influential style gurus. Her simple but opulent style has permeated interior design at every level, and has resulted in her work being featured in various newspapers and magazines across the globe.

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Kelly’s style fuses the Eastern principles of simplicity with the Western taste for sumptuous textures and luxurious finishes against a beautiful paint palette of natural tones. These signature colour tones have become the staple of Kelly’s designs earning her the title “Queen of Taupe” and instead of taking this title as a dig Kelly is very proud to be linked with this colour palette, “because I take my inspiration from organic shapes, texture and the interplay between materials, it is subtlety and ease that are the hallmarks of my style rather than brash, ‘in your face’ elements” she quoted. Kelly’s rise to interior goddess was not through a conventional method, she didn’t attend a highbrow interior school, and with her stunning model looks and cascading toffee curls she looks like she should be gracing the cover of a magazine instead of designing the people’s homes featured within it… but then this is what Kelly Hoppen is all about! Her career began 37 years ago when as an independent 16-year-old with a relentless passion for design Kelly was given the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. This modest commission not only created a teenage entrepreneur, it kick-started one of the most celebrated and extraordinary careers in the design industry, from there she worked for a race car driver, partner of one of her girlfriends, she designed a bachelor pad for the actor Martin


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Shaw, star of 1970s cop show The Professionals, and through this whirl of excitement and contacts Kelly says the business “just happened” but not before some failed attempts at working for others “I did some Saturday jobs. I got thrown out of Harrods, didn’t last more than a day. And I got thrown out of Tile Mart. Every job I went to, I lasted a day. I hated working for someone else, I’m too bull-headed,” she says. In 1975 her business, Kelly Hoppen Interiors was formed and since this formation she has gone on to design for the rich and famous such as Victoria Beckham, Madonna, Elton John and it is even rumoured she worked with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Not limited to just celebrity homes she has also undertaken many projects around the world for a variety of different spaces including houses, hotels, yachts, ski chalets, private jets as well as the interiors for British Airways first class cabins. Kelly has also been successful in a variety of business areas establishing herself as designer, retailer, author, educator and innovator. In 2007 she famously stated that “she’d never work for less than £300,000”, good work if you can get, and Kelly Hoppen certainly can as her ever expanding waiting list shows. Although her career has now spanned nearly four decades, Kelly Hoppen shows no sign of slowing down. Amongst other projects, Kelly has found the time to re-open her highly successful ‘Kelly Hoppen Design School’ which she originally launched in 2003, her ninth book is due out in September, she has a new creative partnership with bathroom specialists Crosswater, and has re-entered the world of TV having recently completed filming the new season of Dragons’ Den. Kelly is also been expanding her business, supporting various charities, acting as a trade ambassador for Britain as part of the Government’s GREAT campaign, and working with UK Trade & Investment mentoring SMEs. Kelly Hoppen is fearless and as one of Britain’s most sophisticated career women she lives by her slogan that “nothing is too big, and nothing’s ever big enough”!

KELLY’S HOUSE RULES n Create balance on mantelpieces and other surfaces by juxtaposing one over scaled object with two or three miniature ones n Beware colour as classic Kelly is a yin-yang scheme of dark and pale, using a palette of neutral colours and contrasting textures. n Mix old and new antique and vintage, against the clean lines of stark contemporary pieces n Introduce texture as without it, a neutral scheme will look flat and dead. n Start with linen as your first choice of fabric: without it, a scheme will never feel quite right. n Unblock energy within the home using crystals, colour, candles, music, and chainmail curtains made of small metal balls. n Create symmetry if a fireplace is off-centre in a room make sure you line the sofa up with it.,,,,,, www.


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The Ten Commandments of Interior Design

It may seem obvious but when designing your dream home a few handy tips can go a long way to avoiding those little mishaps


Discover your personnel style

Nowadays there are numerous resources available to help you discover what your personnel style is. To help you establish what look you want to achieve start a style & idea folder of rooms / elements within a room that you love. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles to create a custom look that is just you, it doesn’t matter if you are a traditionalist at heart you can still incorporate the clean sleek lines of contemporary items.



Accessorise with artwork

Wall art doesn’t need to be expensive it needs to please you. Framed personal photographs tell about people and places that hold great meaning for you. Many homeowners think expensive price tags when they think of art. However, art doesn’t have to have a high monetary value as long as it has high personal value. Framing personal photographs of your favourite vacation can add a beautiful statement to a room, while making it uniquely your own

Plan ahead

Be sure to have a well thought out plan before you start designing any room, this will help to keep you focused on the job at hand to stop you deviating and starting new jobs before the current job is finished - there’s nothing worse than having lots of unfinished design jobs within the home.


Don’t fall into a design trap

All the design and interior magazines may be showcasing the latest trend – but remember that’s all it is. While the latest trends and styles are great at offering inspiration you don’t want to find yourself with a dated look, instead borrow ideas from these trends and incorporate them into your design plan to create a unique look suited to your style and taste.


Don’t skimp on quality products

It’s easily done, instead of buying a quality product we sometimes tend to make do with the easiest option, but remember you pay for what you get! Buy brands that you know and trust especially when it comes to appliances, you may pay more initially but in the long term it will last a lot longer and be cheaper.


Don’t use decorative items simply to fill a space

The decorative accents you choice should be functional and inspirational. When searching for that special item don’t give up and select something that you don’t truly love or buy it just because it suits your budget. If you can’t afford that special something wait it will be well worth the wait once you’ve managed to save your pennies and it takes pride of place in your room


Make sure your rooms complement each other

Open floor plans make colour flow and design flow more important than ever. No room is an island. Some colours complement each other and work wonderfully together. Others just seem jarring and uncomfortable when used together. Design styles should also flow from one room to another. All surface textures and finishes should be considered in your plan and be used to draw the design elements of one room into another.


Choose your colours carefully

Colour is one of the best ways to too add warmth and personality in a room. Find what shades make you happy and use them to add some life to your room. Small rooms are a great place to make a dramatic colour statement however if you don’t feel that brave accent doorways, bay windows to add that splash of colour.


Pay attention to lighting

Lighting is a key element in achieving success when designing. In addition to the functional aspects, lighting also helps to set the mood and ambience of a room. When deciding what lighting to use, think about how the room will be used as this will help you decide on the correct fixtures and fitting. Don’t be afraid of different types of lighting such as incandescent or halogen, or sconces and chandeliers.


Don’t forget to look Up

While the main focus of any room is the floor and walls it is important not to forget your ceiling. The ceiling can help to add dimension and character to a room, if you are designing a traditional room crown mouldings look fantastic, for a more modern look why not extend the colour of the walls onto the ceiling to create a cohesive, never-ending look to the room. Just be sure to choose a ¼ lighter shade of paint on the ceiling since horizontal planes tend to look darker than vertical planes.

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GUNNI & TRENTINO is a 40 year old leading Spanish firm with wide international experience, specialised in high end decoration. The firm supplies all type of products for home equipment and provides interior design services to private clients, property developers and hoteliers. GUNNI & TRENTINO creates unique quality projects offering bespoke, personalised designs. Their dedicated team of talented decorators and architects design exceptional interiors, whether classic, contemporary, cutting edge, or a balanced blend of styles. The company is structured in two main divisions: Retail –with their own branded stores in Marbella, Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao and Contract - with over 100 projects executed in more than 10 different countries hotels, offices, civil works and residential. GUNNI & TRENTINO has its own manufacturing and branded products in the Kitchen, Closets & Wardrobes, Bathroom, Natural Stone and Wood categories. The firm is also the official distributor of the best design brands in the world: B&B Italia, Maxalto, Fendi Casa, Kenzo Casa, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Flexform, Poliform, Roda, Armani Casa, Dornbracht, Devon&Devon, Agape, Artemide, Baccarat, etc.


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A bit of history The firm was founded in Spain 40 years ago. The result of a most successful merger between two family-owned companies, GUNNI & TRENTINO is a blend of the experience and savoir-faire of both founding firms. A cosmopolitan taste, a team of experienced professionals committed to excellence, a love for detail, a modern understanding of what luxury means, and a client oriented service have done the rest. Founders like to believe they are building on a heritage that adds value to the firm’s long-lasting brand.

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Kitchen Bathroom and Spa Flooring and Panelling Household Furniture Closets and Doors Lighting Office Furniture Tableware

International reach GUNNI & TRENTINO has a strong track record in international projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Their international Contract practice is in constant expansion. The firm works with certified transport operators to ensure top quality delivery, and can provide their own installation services all over the world. International Offices in: Bogotá, Caracas, Doha, Kuwait City, Guatemala City and Miami.

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Mayfair Collection GUNNI & TRENTINO present the Mayfair kitchen, a magnificent classical cuisine, rich in detail, warm and traditional in style. Made with materials of extraordinary quality our design includes marble flooring and countertops and splash backs available in a variety of either natural stone, Corian or Silestone. The Mayfair kitchen, offers lacquered MDF doors with frames and silk touch molded panels, in a wide range of soft colors such as White, Old White, Gray Pearl, Gray Lavender or Gray Marengo. The subtle & stylish fittings emphasis the traditional character of this kitchen. The light fittings, fixtures and lamps with ceiling-height adjustable lighting promote a cozy and elegant feel to the kitchen design. As with all custom designs, our selection of appliances, furniture, fixtures, faucets, countertops, flooring, cladding and lighting have been chosen to emphasis the highend kitchen completely and can be adapted to suit the tastes and preferences of each client. 72

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Cutlery boxes in walnut or natural oak, with inox base, for 500mm depth drawers up to 1200mm width. All accessories available for perfect bespoke order: steel knives carriers, steel spice carrier, steel rolls carrier, bread-board in steel, natural oak compositions for dishes racks up to 1200mm width, saucepan drawers and complements, with the best materials.

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ife is made of choices, sometimes difficult, sometimes easy, anyway never random. In the choice of interiors you have to be in the position to select and choose furniture, sofas and accessories for a room. This is the starting point from which images come turning to real life scenes and becoming stage of private life. Simply excellence in the art of furniture interiors being the basic aim of Rampoldi Creations. This is the artistic ability to create customized locations where you enjoy the pleasure of life. Available at Alexanders’ Collections Spain Luxury Homes in Marbella, Malaga




pera Collection proposes projects that range over living boiserie, interior doors, false ceilings, sleeping area with walk in closets enhanced by the extreme elegance of sofas and armchairs matched with refined complements. Customized solutions emphasized by particular finishings, thanks to which Rampoldi Creations is considered one of the most successful company of classical furniture in Italy.

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ven nowadays our manufacturings are characterized by the ancient taste of tradition starting from raw materials till to the finished products. The wood we use requires


much more manual workmanship and old production knowledge than theory. Rampoldi Creations likes interpreting wood as a set of emotions coming from the exclusivity of this material and

from the manufacturing skills. The carving gives to the wood particular shapes and emphasizes the exclusivity of finishings like antique gold & silver.

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e can find furniture with the capacity to tell their own Italian story. Furniture that at first sight can seem similar to others but hide small and big differences.

With opera collection born a new creative style to design the home where all is mixed together, with that shade of personality that creates the difference that breathes with the beauty of this furniture because true, authentic, unique.



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ime, it is something we all take for granted and gone are the days when time was simply read on a wristwatch or clock within the home these days it seems there is a digital display of time everywhere we turn from our mobile phones, to our computer screens, to the displays on our Blu-Ray / DVD systems.

But clocks are not just about telling the time they are also home decorative pieces. Clocks that function as beautiful accents in the house can be split into two divisions: Time Trends, which addresses popular fashion movements, and Time Traditions, clocks designed in a classical styles.

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Time traditions Grandfather Clocks Grandfather clocks at one time were only ever seen in the homes of the wealthy upper class and over time grandfather clocks moved into homes of the middle class because they were inherited from family members. Even today Grandfather clocks are still one of the more expensive clocks to own because of the detailing and mechanisms in the clock.

Pendulum Clocks The most common type of pendulum clocks is the ones that hang on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth while the clock ticks away.

Mantle Clocks If you have watched any movies or television shows, you will occasionally catch a clock on the mantle of the fireplace in the 70’s these types of clocks where very popular. A Time Tradition clock the mantle clocks has fared better commercially then any of the other clocks in this trend because they have adapted with time and are now available in many modern designs.

Carriage Clocks Carriage clocks are a rectangular clock that was used in travel in the 19th century. Carriage clocks are often used as a decorative item in book cases or on the mantel these days.

Time trends Word Clocks Rather than a digital display that reads the time numerically, this clock displays the time in your chosen language. Word clocks are becoming extremely popular right now as home decor pieces and make great conversation pieces. They are also available as physical clocks, computer programs and iPhone apps, so you can find the word clock that fits your life.

Oversized Clocks When it comes to these amazing clocks, function is most certainly second to fashion! This isn’t just a clock; it’s a piece of art! Placed on the wall as a statement piece or placed against a wall these clocks add impact to a room immediately,,,,,

Choosing the right clock for your home With so many different variations of clocks available nowadays with varying designs and style choosing the right clock for your home is a matter of looking at the following factors. - Type of clock - Where you will position the clock (i.e. living room, kitchen or hallway) - The size of the clock - The interior design theme of your home The first deciding factor is what type of clock do you want to add to your interior design theme, do you want a Time Trend or Time Tradition clock, is your style modern, vintage, retro or contemporary once you have decided this you need to establish where your new clock will be places. A kitchen clock would definitely look out of place in a living room, home office or study likewise a mantle or carriage

clock would look silly in the bathroom! Choosing the wrong type of clock for a room can have a big impact on its overall style and flow but choosing the right clock can be spectacular. Another important factor to keep in mind is the size of clock. What size space do you have to fill, do you require a wall mounted clock, a standalone clock or a simply decorative mantel clock. Finally, the aesthetics of the clock do you want a digital or an analogue clock. The preference of numerical digits or hands indicating the time is personal, but a clock with hands usually looks better if you’re buying one for decorative purposes. Although digital variants can look really sleek, in some settings it just doesn’t look right and the old-fashioned hands of time are a wiser choice.

Clock Mechanism Got an empty space on your wall? Why not fill it with a clock hands. The mechanism of the clock is fixed to the wall and the large hands tell the time used with or without numbers. This design is a real eye-catcher so, be prepared to stare at it all day.,,

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Keep autumn chills at bay... September sees the official arrival of autumn, the warm summer sun is fading fast and as the air starts to chill and the sun begins to set earlier, we all sense a slight internal pull to start preparing for the chill of autumn. Thermostats are turned up, candles are removed from hearths and firewood is gathered. The best and most economical way to recapture that warmth of summer is with fire. Fireplace designs have come a long way over the past few years, not only do they add a toasty warmth to the home and a sense of relaxation but more importantly they make an effective interior design statement.

The beauty of modern fireplaces is that they blend naturally with any aesthetic design because they come in all shapes and sizes; from gas fireplaces, gas stoves, wood burning stoves, electric fireplaces, pellet stoves, inbuilt fireplaces or freestanding fireplaces. Being this versatile means that a fireplace can sit beautifully within any design layout whether your home is designed in a contemporary style or traditional style the modern fireplace or stove can blend perfectly into its surroundings plus if you have a large patio or terrace area there is also a large selections of fire heaters and pits which work perfectly to keep the patio and terrace snug.

At Chimeneas, Fire and Design we work extensively with many leading brands to ensure we bring our customers the best in design and heating options. Fireplaces are no longer limited to just living rooms. It is now common for homeowners to have fireplaces in their bedrooms their bathrooms and we have also seen a rise in fireplaces being used within the kitchen, recalling the kitchen’s traditional place as the hearth and heart of the home. With so many beautiful options and designs available, there has never been a better time to purchase a new fireplace for your home so why not pop into our showroom to see what we can offer you.

For further information contact Pias who will be more then happy to assist you in all your fireplace needs.

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The soft glow of candles and the thrilling sensation of flickering light soothe the soul, and mesmerize the mind. Scented or not, pillars or tea lights there is something magical about these little decorating accessories.


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andles are a great way to refresh your interior design. Even if you don’t ever light them, the style, the texture, the candle holders all add up to your unique home design. Candles are a great way for creating the right moods, and the scented candles can be very soothing. Candles are the ideal accessory for decorating any room. Love, harmony, beauty, relaxation, and colour are only a few things that they address. They can calm and excite; illuminate and cast shadows; speak volumes and whisper. The important thing to remember when decorating with candles is that they always have the last word. Since they add the final touch to a room, anywhere a candle speaks, people listen.


ne of the most popular places to include candles is the fireplace or mantel. But of course, your living room is not the only room that can be a host to candles. Bathrooms and bedrooms both benefit from the look and smell of candles. When placing a candle in a room try to match the colours of you candles with the furnishings and other interior dĂŠcor elements. The colour choice is as important as the type of candle itself. Some believe that colours have significant meanings (i.e. red=energy and passion, green=wealth and abundance). Still, it is best to choose colours that match the existing colour scheme. If you want a simply ivory candle a piece of coloured ribbon wrapped around the object that is housing the candle can pull the decoration together. In other words, there is no need to pick any old colour to bring attention to candles. They speak for themselves.

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Tiffany Lamps The first Tiffany lamp was created around 1895. Each lamp was handmade by skilled craftsmen, not mass or machine-produced. Its designer was not, as had been thought for over 100 years, Louis Comfort Tiffany, but a previously unrecognized artist named Clara Driscoll was identified in 2007 by Rutgers professor Martin Eidelberg as being the master designer behind the most creative and valuable leaded glass lamps produced by Tiffany Studios.


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�e button-back � back! The Chesterfield sofa is not just a piece of furniture but a piece of history.

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he Chesterfield sofa has a long and surprisingly complex history that stretches back over two centuries. It’s now a ubiquitous piece of furniture and no lawyer’s office or upmarket coffee house seems complete without one. Yet that hasn’t always been the case. The Chesterfield sofa was once exclusively the preserve of the wealthy and well to do. It was, and still is, regarded as a status

symbol: a luxurious and classic item, but with an understated elegance that sits perfectly with the British psyche. The classic Chesterfield sofa has been a part of interior design and stately fashion for hundreds of years. But where did it come from and how has it evolved? It is rumoured that the Chesterfield sofa was originally commissioned by Philip Dormer

Stanhope, the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield way back in the late eighteenth century and this is how it is believed to have got its name. Whether that’s an urban myth or fact, is impossible to judge. Many have laid claim to creating the Chesterfield sofa, and the actual facts may well never be discovered, however, the Earl has been portrayed sitting on a Chesterfield.

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Aside from being a much-admired politician and writer, patron of Voltaire, the Earl was known as a trendsetter. Apparently the Earl requested a local craftsman to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort allowing sitting without wrinkling the garment. This was the original purpose of the chesterfield sofa with its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim. There has never been any solid confirmation of this noble beginning; however, this namesake is certainly appropriate.

A luxurious and classic item, but with an understated elegance that sits perfectly with the British psyche Legend has it that in March 24th, 1773 when the nobleman passed away his very last words were directed to his personal butler. The old Earl while on his deathbed was visited by a friend and upon leaving the Earl ordered to his manservant: “Give Mr. Dayrolles a chair� before passing away. The servant took Lord Stanhope at his word and

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waving away protests, insisted that Mr Dayrolles, a budding young diplomat who had come to enquire after the elderly man’s health, take the armchair with him. After carrying the heavy chair back home, Mr. Dayrolles had a proper look at the chair: a magnificent piece of work in deep brown leather, indented with large, deeply set buttons. The years of wear had served to lend the item an even more attractive appearance. It had become an ageless and timeless masterpiece! Throughout time, the Chesterfield sofa has come to represent different things to different people. The classic image being a vintage study filled with smoke from expensive cigars and brandy glasses (imagine Sherlock Holmes) to the pre-requisite seating of Gentleman’s clubs in London. The Victorian era saw the chesterfield become a piece of furniture in the living room of the elite and wellheeled, gentlemen would relax on them while their wives sat in chairs crafting needlepoint and since the 19th century, it has been linked with Freudian psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud originally used a sofa during his hypnosis sessions with patients.

So what about today? What was once a status symbol of the elite is now a much sought-after addition to the modern home or business. History notwithstanding, Chesterfield sofas have remained forever the epitome of luxury, class and style. Nowhere will you find a more recognized, timeless example of a piece of furniture. The beauty of any Chesterfield Settee is

What was old is new again with antiques enthusiasts looking for a retro look, the vintage icon has now been reborn in a wide range of editions: classic, limited, reviewed, customized… featuring leather or velvets and in colours such as white, purple, hot pink, silver, gold... Whatever the future of this harmonious courtship of refined structure and luxurious comfort, the chesterfield sofa is sure to remain in demand for centuries to come.

that it is truly versatile and adaptable. You might mistakenly believe that a minimal, white-walled living space would cry out for modern furniture, but this isn’t necessarily the case. A sleek, contemporary Chesterfield sofa covered in a bright or boldly patterned fabric can look awesome in such surroundings. You could also introduce a traditional leather Chesterfield sofa into a modern environment to make a dramatic style statement too. The real beauty of interior furnishing is in mixing and matching colours and textures, and juxtaposing the old with the new. Chesterfield sofas have the ability to be the chameleons of the furniture world. They can be whatever you want them to be, where ever you want them to be.

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Made in italy Italians are said to have more imagination and are better mediators between the past and the future.


Monachella Lamp by Gio Ponti 1953

taly today still exerts a vast influence on urban design, industrial design and fashion design worldwide and Italy’s iconic design has emerged into the common phrase “Made in Italy”

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Italy is a world trendsetter, and has produced some of the greatest furniture designers in the world, such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. Italian art deco reached its pinnacle under Gio Ponti, who made his designs sophisticated, elegant, stylish and also modern, exotic and creative.

With the fall of Fascism, rise of Socialism and the 1946 RIMA exhibition, Italian talents in interior decorating were made evident, and with the Italian economic miracle, Italy saw a growth in industrial production and also mass-made furniture. Yet, in the 1960’s and 1970’s saw Italian interior design reach its pinnacle of stylishness, and by that point, with Pop and post-modern interiors, the phrases “Bel Disegno” and “Linea Italiana” entered the vocabulary of furniture design. Ever since the late 1970s and early 1980s, design in all forms began to be logoed by notable Italian fashion houses, such as Prada, Versace, Armani, Gucci and Moschino. Examples of classic pieces of Italian furniture include Zanussi’s rigorous, creative and streamlined washing machines and fridges, the “New Tone” sofas by Atrium, and most famously the innovative post-modern bookcase, made by Ettore Sottsass for the Memphis studio in 1981, inspired by Bob Dylan’s song Memphis Blues. The bookcase became a huge cultural icon and design event of the 1980’s.

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Memphis bookselves by Ettore Sottsass (1980)

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First Line Beach Luxury Villa for Sale in Marbella This recently refurbished property has a unique location on the Costa del Sol: It directly borders the protected and partially forested dunes adjacent to the beach. The beach and the picturesque marina of Cabopino are within a short walking distance. Heated pool, 2 outside Jacuzzis, gym, home cinema. REF.


Plot: 2.066 m2 • Built area: 619 m2 • Terrace: 116 m2 • Bedrooms: 8 • Bathrooms: 8 • Price: On Application

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Modern Andalusian Style Villa for Sale on the New Golden Mile, Estepona Luxury villa located on one of the best and most elevated plots of the Los Flamingos Golf Resort. This property faces southwest and offers spectacular panoramic views of the golf resort, lake and the Mediterranean all the way up to the Strait of Gibraltar. Large L-shaped living area and ample kitchen with dining area. Two ofces, cloakroom, laundry room, pool room. REF.


Plot: 2.122 m2 • Built area: 533 m2 • Terrace: 342 m2 • Bedrooms: 6 • Bathrooms: 4 • Price: € 3.900.000

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• Plot: 1.200 m2 • Built area: 407 m2 • Terrace: 255 m2 • Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Price: € 995.000 Ref. 111626

Contemporary luxury villas for sale on the New Golden Mile, Estepona Modern style luxury turn-key villas nearby amenities and beach in a golf area between Marbella and Estepona centre. You can still chose your own materials, colours, quality specifications, extras, lay out etc... These villas and its measurements are designed for these plots. Obviously this design can be adapted to any other plot and location according to your choice. The price will depend on the price of your plot and the built size.

• Plot: 1.185 m2 • Built area: 509 m2 • Terrace: 249 m2 • Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Price: € 995.000 Ref. 111627

The villas are in the project phase. The offer includes the purchase of your own plot and the project management of your villa. Price is including the plot and excluding kitchen, landscaped garden, V.A.T. and buying costs. The amounts paid in advance are guaranteed as per current law. The consumer has the right to receive the DIA and related documentation as per Decreto 218/2005, de 11 de octubre, Andalucía. Supporting documentation is available at the address indicated in this advert.

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Plot: 1.405 m Includes retaining wall & project Price: € 490.000 Frontline Golf Resort • Gated Community

Built area: 195 m • Terrace: 115 m Bedrooms: 3 • Baths: 2 Price: € 895.000 Modern • Sea View • Luxury

Built area: 162 m2 • Terrace: 99 m2 Bedrooms: 3 • Baths: 3 Price: € 995.000 Beachfront • Sea View • Luxury




Built area: 300 m • Plot: 800 m Bedrooms: 5 • Baths: 4 Price: € 1.350.000 In Golf Valley • Prime Location • Privacy

Built area: 261 m • Terrace: 86 m Plot: 650 m2 • Bedrooms: 4 • Baths: 3 Price: P.O.A. Modern • Front Line Golf • Sea View




Built area: 691 m2 • Terrace: Included Plot: 3.503 m2 • Bedrooms: 5 • Baths: 5 Price: € 3.400.000 Sea View • Gated Community • Luxury

Built area: 1.085 m2 • Terrace: 659 m2 Plot: 2.568 m2 • Bedrooms: 7 • Baths: 6 Price: € 5.950.000 Panoramic Views • Provençal-Style

Built area: 737 m2 • Terrace: 496 m2 Plot: 4.068 m2 • Bedrooms: 6 • Baths: 9 Price: P.O.A. Sierra Blanca








Built area: 545 m2 • Terrace: 150 m2 Plot: 1.130 m2 • Bedrooms: 5 • Baths: 5 Price: € 1.750.000 Modern • 5* Golf Resort • Sea View

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Welcome to a world of innovation. Introducing the next generation of speedMatic dishwashers from Siemens

dressing up When it comes to storage solutions within the kitchen a traditional dresser is the natural choice. It allows you to display your most prized possessions and hide the others!


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traditional A fundamental element to any period or country kitchen is the traditional Dresser. Originally designed as a functional piece of furniture where meat and other foods were dressed or prepared has evolved into a stunning piece of furniture for display and storage purposes. The traditional dresser is an ideal place to display your crockery, hang your keys or store your table linen. Whatever its use, The Dresser is still a focal point for any kitchen.,,,

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n the days before fitted kitchens became the norm, dressers were a common sight within most homes. The drawers and cupboard offered a practical solution for storing pots and pans, plates and cutlery while the open shelves enabled you to show off your blue and white diner service and fine crystal glasses. Perhaps, the most well-known type of dresser is the Welsh dresser. Welsh dressers have been around for a long time and have a rich historical background. The piece often used for display and function at the same time was able to offer all the needs of a typical family. Typically the Welsh dresser was constructed in oak but over time many different woods have been used to make this piece. It is interesting to note that the Welsh dresser can look dramatically different depending on what is made from. For example, a dark stain on oak can look very rich and commanding the same piece painted a

creamy white can look very casual and take on a country house appearance. Today, the dresser can be found in many different designs but with more modern day features such as adjustable shelves, glazed panels, in-built wine racks and internal lighting, but at its heart the Welsh dressers still has that same beating heart. A timeless piece of freestanding kitchen furniture When choosing a dresser: - Think about the features you need: Plate rack, open shelving, wine rack, drawers, cupboards or a combinations of all these - Decide how you are going to use the dresser is it for storage, display or again a combination of the two? - If you have young children consider the height of the worktop and if possible opt for lockable doors and drawers.

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Contry to popular belief not all dressers need to be openshelved. The pantry dresser offers all the visual attributes of a traditional looking dresser but with the added benefit of hidden storage. First developed in the early 1900s pantry cabinet and its many imitators soon became an essential fixture in kitchens and where often billed as a “pantry and kitchen in one.� Available in a selection of different interior styles the pantry dresser is an ideal piece of furniture for any kitchen to be used for food storage. Pantry dressers are extremely versatile and can be either free standing or built-in. They allow you to see its entire contents at a glance and even enable you to conceal large and small appliances within them. This piece of furniture is a great for hiding away your kitchen essentials but acts as a timeless piece.,

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traditional A fundamental element to any period or country kitchen is the traditional Dresser. Originally designed as a functional piece of furniture where meat and other foods were dressed or prepared has evolved into a stunning piece of furniture for display and storage purposes. The traditional dresser is an ideal place to display your crockery, hang your keys or store your table linen. Whatever its use, The Dresser is still a focal point for any kitchen.

Modern A revamped version of the traditional dresser but with all the elements required of today’s modern shaker style and contemporary kitchens. Clean lines with beautiful finishes are the benchmark of a modern dresser.,,,

Freestanding or integrated, open shelved or glass panelled the modern dresser is an important feature in any kitchen.,,

Taking inspiration from the traditional dresser, the display dresser can be used within any room within the home, as a bookcase, storage cupboard or display unit. A grand and opulent addition to any interior, the display dresser will command the attention of guests and catch the eye of admirers alike.

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Exuding class and refinement, the display dresser is an impressive and striking piece of furniture offering practical storage solutions and a luxurious look to the interior.,,

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Multifunction Oven with Digital Auto-cooking Auto-cook oven precisely computes the cooking parameters for perfect results. The advanced sensor system detects the volume of food in the oven and based on the food category together with the time it takes to heat up, the oven automatically selects the optimum cooking function and precise temperature and time to achieve the perfect result every time you cook.

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hen choosing kitchen counter tops, it can be easy to get confused by the many different material options that are available. Stone products like granite and quartz are among the more popular materials used for counter tops due to their strength and durability. By comparing the features and benefits of granite and quartz, you’ll be able to select the right material to meet your family’s needs. Here we take a look at these two stylish stones and answer some common questions

Granite WHAT IS IT? Granite is a natural product that is formed from minerals and stones. These materials are pressed together at extremely high pressure and temperatures deep within the earth, and eventually form granite stones as we know them which are then cut into slabs. Since the concentrations of the minerals that make up granite vary, each piece is distinct in colour, pattern and composition WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? There are wide variations in pattern and colour for granite, even within the same slab, bit it will always have an earthy white, pink or grey base tone. WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? Beauty: Each slab of granite is unique, making it a perfect choice for a countertop which is meant to be the centre of attention Durability: Granite resits scratches, heat and stains. If it does chip or scratch, surface polishing is usually enough to restore it, while the stone’s varied grain allows blemishes to blend in. IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN? Granite is porous, and pores can be a breeding ground for bacteria. For that reason, many experts suggest sealing granite once a year.

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Quartz WHAT IS QUARTZ? Quartz is a man-made product made from quartz crystals and resin. It is pressed, heated and coloured to resemble natural stone, but is actually an engineered product Quartz counter tops are an engineered stone, using quartz bonded with resin. Typically the ratio is 93% quarts to 7% resin. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? The choice of colour is virtually unlimited. With the quartz crystals creating a sparkle within the base colour. WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? Uniformity: The colour and pattern of the countertop remain consistent, making it easier to match to the rest of your dĂŠcor. With seams undetectable Durability: Quartz while extremely durable can be difficult to repair if damaged. Choose cleaning products carefully as harsh alkaline or acidic substances can harm the surface. IS IT EASY TO MAINTAIN? As mentioned above special attention should be taken when choosing the right the cleaning products. The benefit of a quartz countertop is that it does not need to be resealed.


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Trend Recycled Glass A sleek and modern look, combined with a low carbon emissions production process makes Trend Glass an environmentally preferred product. Trend Glass uses transparent tempered glass, post-consumer recycled glass, and semi-precious manmade stones to give you a fresh, clean appearance and a modern feel. Trend Glass is extremely durable stain and scratch resistant and low maintenance. Trend Glass is also heat resistant and cold resistant. The non-porous surface means spills won’t stain it and cleaning is very easy. Trend Glass is perfect for modern homes and businesses looking to express a fresh, forward looking sensibility. Available at: www.granitetransformations. com

Corian The new kid on the block, Corian® is an original solid surface material a densely mineral-filled methyl methacrylate with the durability and rugged characteristics of stone combined with the workability of hardwood. Created to last a lifetime it is a unique blend of minerals and acrylic which creates a stonehard surface can be shaped to meet any design or dimension. It cannot delaminate or rot; is difficult to stain; has good impact resistance; and is very easy to clean and maintain. With its design flexibility and the capacity to achieve solid, impermeable, the material offers inherent hygiene and ease-ofmaintenance on projects where these features are of particular importance. Corian® is backed by DuPont™ with a 10 year Limited Installed Warranty

Safer SieMatic

The best design for your kitchen... The kitchen has become one of the most important rooms in our homes; where we not only prepare our meals but eat, watch TV and even congregate in when attending parties or family functions. Aware of this new role, Safer provides a comprehensive service in the design and installation of kitchens. Safer SieMatic has been providing customers with a comprehensive solution for equipping your kitchen, both in new construction and in existing housing reforms for over 25 years. In this regard, Safer Siematic can draw on their experience and working with a dedicated team who by working with the customer will ensure that the new reform meets the needs and tastes of their customers. The team will manage the production of furniture; contact the factory in Germany, and take charge of the installation and after-sales. Safer SieMatic’s mission is simple to provide the highest quality in their work, leaving the kitchen fully operational by the agreed deadline.

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In this specimen plan, tall cabinets with lovely wood grain veneer in SieMatic’s natural walnut colour double as room dividers and create elegant accents in the graphite grey SieMatic S2 kitchen.

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Preferring the best As a high-end brand that is also steeped in tradition, SieMatic is renowned internationally for kitchens that combine the best of modern and classic styles. The company’s portfolio is notable for its award-winning designs, superior quality and functionality, and innovative kitchen detailing. Updated versions of SieMatic’s successful kitchen solutions are on view in showrooms and at prestige outlets worldwide in more than 60 countries worldwide. Since its founding in 1929, SieMatic has dedicated itself to the quest for perfection and to the elaboration of ever more distinctive solutions. The company, which is headed by CEO Ulrich W. Siekmann, has always prioritised corporate social responsibility in all of its activities. To this end, the company’s products are manufactured in Germany under eco-friendly conditions.

Made in Spain

Spain’s specialists in Ceramics & Tiling


here was a time when Spain’s only export was oranges, olive oil, wine and textiles, but since its founding some forty years ago, Porcelanosa has carved itself as the leading ceramics & tile brand with branches in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, the United States and across the world - an achievement that is attributable to its unique business model which forms the foundation for its strong, dynamic corporate strategy. Production diversification has played a key role in the growth of the business group that started off with the production of a single product: ceramic tiles. Today, the Group’s eight companies offer a wide product range that includes kitchen and bathroom equipment as well as state-of-the-art building solutions for contemporary architecture.

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A passion for detail PORCELANOSA is the market leader in the ceramic floor and wall tile sector, and its on-going efforts in research and development and its excellent standards of quality have earned it an excellent business reputation throughout the world. The company specialises in the production of porous, stoneware and porcelain wall and floor tiles in a wide range of formats and finishes. Technology, quality and durability are the defining characteristics of all its products.

Exclusive and surprising designs Ever since it was set up VENIS has stood out as a pioneering company in the launch of new products and technological innovation. Its manufacturing activity centres on the production of wall and floor tiles in a wide range of formats, types and finishes. A pioneer in the international ceramic tile sector, it is renowned for the versatility of its designs and its technological innovation in the production of ceramic and porcelain tiles.

Avant-garde kitchens and bathrooms When it was first created, GAMADECOR specialised in the production of bathroom furniture and accessories that stood out for their innovative designs. The company has since extended its product range to include kitchen furniture and bathroom vanity tops. As a result of the quality and popularity of its products, GAMADECOR produces bathroom furniture and accessories as well as avant-garde kitchens and has opened several bespoke kitchen showrooms.


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The essence of natural materials L’ANTIC COLONIAL was created in order to meet the demand for traditional and handcrafted ceramic tiles, characterised by their matchless beauty and warmth. This company has traditionally held a special place in the Group thanks to its natural, exclusive products: terracotta, slate and marble featuring tumbled, satin or polished finishes in a countless number of formats. In addition, its selection of accessories, washbasins, vanity tops and mosaic tiles make it possible to create integral projects with the hallmark warmth that characterises handcrafted products. 2003 saw L’ANTIC COLONIAL’s launch of a very special product: wooden flooring.

Sophisticated and efficient bathroom equipment NOKEN’s entry onto the market brought with it innovative designs in taps, sanitaryware, bathroom furniture, radiators and a wide range of accessories, all characterised by their quality and impeccable finishes. Its highly innovative designs set market trends in terms of their pure and simple lines and on-going search for materials offering varying textures. Single lever, monoblock and thermostatic taps, all manufactured using state-of-the-art production processes. NOKEN is dedicated to innovation in tapware, sanitaryware, bathroom furniture, accessories and radiators.

Water culture SYSTEMPOOL was set up as a result of the growing market interest in water culture as a complement to health and wellness. Its focus on offering integral bathroom projects for private and professional customers has led to the creation of the Blue Spa concept. SYSTEMPOOL offers a wide range of products: showers, shower cubicles, Finnish saunas, steam baths, Roman baths, hydromassage products, thermal loungers, spas, etc…

Products for large-scale projects URBATEK, a company specialising in the commercialisation of ceramic wall and floor tiles is continuing to consolidate its position in the property development and building sector by offering excellent value for money, and introducing a wide selection of models, formats and finishes in the full range of styles, all backed up by the PORCELANOSA Group’s quality seal and unbeatable standards of service.

Advanced building solutions BUTECH was set up in 2001 in order to provide solutions and technical support for the laying of ceramic and stone materials. It started off with the production of materials for cleaning, treating and protecting natural stone as well as the distribution of grout and bonding materials for ceramic tiles and natural stone. Today, BUTECH has diversified its activity and now also manufactures and sells additives for grout and bonding materials, waterproofing and soundproofing materials, radiant heating systems, decorative and

technical profiles for ceramic tile laying, as well as ventilated and bonded façades. BUTECH is also committed to the protection and improvement of the environment and the use of renewable energies, and to this end its range of products includes all the necessary elements for the production of sanitary hot water using solar energy.

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Barcelona, Spain

Renovated apartment with sea and city views Light filled 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom renovated apartment. Situated in a unique beach front location with views of both the city of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. In all approx. 160 sq m. Guide price: â‚Ź1,170,000


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Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain

Charming villa with landscaped garden, pool and Jacuzzi New build villa with a living area of approx. 350 sq m plus open and covered terraces. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, kitchen with breakfast area, utility room and larder room, wine cellar, landscaped garden, pool, jacuzzi and private parking. In all approx. 1,400 sq m. Guide price: â‚Ź3,500,000

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La Zagaleta, Marbella, Spain

Beautiful villa in exclusive golf community with sea views This 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom residence features large open plan living spaces, 3D cinema room, staff accommodation, gymnasium, sauna and steam room and an impressive infinity swimming pool surrounded by entertaining areas offering sea views. In all about 1 acre. Guide price: â‚Ź7,750,000


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PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain

Contemporary country residences in the heart of Catalunya An existing estate with two world-class golf courses (ranked No. 1 in Spain and No. 3 in Continental Europe), clubhouse with restaurant and residents’ club. Ideally situated just minutes from historic Girona, approximately 20 minutes from the beaches of the Costa Brava and 50 minutes from Barcelona. Available residences include golf-fronted plots and completed turnkey villas, semi-detached villas and luxury apartments. Prices from ₏365,000

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Sotogrande, CĂĄdiz, Spain

Elevated villa with ocean and golf views Situated on an elevated south facing plot, this property offers quality specifications throughout and boasts far reaching views over the Almenara Golf Course and lakes to the sea beyond. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, secondary accommodation, garage and swimming pool. In all about 1 acre.

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Guide price: â‚Ź2,950,000

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La Moraleja, Madrid, Spain Magnificent golf front villa

An elegant, frontline golf villa designed by the prestigious architect AndrĂŠs Revuelta. Magnificent reception rooms, Master bedroom suite with private living room, walk in wardrobe and bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi, 3 further bedroom suites. Landscaped garden of approx. 5,000 sq m with swimming pool. In all approx. of 1,400 sq m. Guide price: â‚Ź8,000,000

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Jerónimos, Madrid, Spain Stunning refurbished apartment

Located in a classical 20th century building this impressive apartment was recently refurbished by one of Spain’s most important designers. It features a grand living room with fireplace, plenty of natural light from 3 balconies, Master suite with walk in wardrobe, hot tub and hamman, and guest bedroom suite. Car parking space and storage room. In all approx. 210 sq m.

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Salamanca, Madrid, Spain

Class and distinction in an unbeatable location Located in a beautiful period building, this apartment is full of natural light and refurbished to the most exacting standards. Living room with fireplace, separate eat-in kitchen, Master suite, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, multiple balconies, individual heating, air-conditioning and storage room. In all approx. 170 sq m. Guide price: â‚Ź1,500,000

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Almagro, Madrid, Spain Prime location

Recently refurbished property in a modern building with a communal swimming pool, sauna and gym. 3 bedroom suites, under floor heating system, wood flooring, air-conditioning, home automation system, 24hr security and storage room. 2 parking spaces available for sale and an additional storage room. Approx. 254 sq m, including a 41 sq m terrace.

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& design Colour


olour has a profound impact on our lives. Many researchers have executed numerous experiments on colour psychology in an attempt to develop an understanding of the phenomena of human perception and results show that all people generally react similarly to colours and that colours evoke emotion.

With the oncoming transition of summer to autumn and then to winter the long bright days of summer are replaced with shorter hours of sunlight which can evoke emotions of sadness, depression and anxiety. Within interior design, designers look to combat these changes in the season with trends, Chromotherapy the practice of healing with colour is a trend that has been adopted by the interior community to help combat these emotions by using colour within the home. For example, blue and lavender are known to soothe and promote relaxation; red stands for energy and excitement; yellow promotes learning and curiosity; pink symbolizes nurturing and friendship; and green promotes emotional harmony and balance. So bid farewell to white walls and minimal-chic decor! To warm up your home and your heart all you need is paintbrushes, rollers and paint. It’s important to consider all the elements in the room: furniture, window treatments, pictures, even trinkets. If you don’t want to paint the entire room, you can still brighten it up with a few cleverly placed accent pieces in that colour.

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Hallway/Foyer: Best colours: Off-white and shades of blue, pink or green represent hope and welcome Don’t recommend:

No rules

Why? These are all active spaces and can be painted bright colours or muted colours. The hallway is a reflection of your personality and is the only room in the home that can be painted any colour.


Study/Office Best Colours; Brighter colours are fine for these more active spaces. Choose any colour that you love. White and cream colours are excellent for home offices because they represent the metal element which supports mental clarity.


Don’t recommend; Darker tones or any colour that reflects the water element which is too floaty and ungrounded. Why? Home offices should be more active so that you can get things done. So you should use bolder colours here. This is not the room to be so cosy. Lemon yellow is ideal for this space if people need to concentrate: The colour of the sun not only accelerates learning, boosts vitality and energy but also enhances creativity, growth and combats depression by stimulating the leftside of the brain. Another colour to use is purple as this is great for good mental health.

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The Living Room Best colours: Earth tones, pastels, muted colours Don’t recommend: Reds, purples, bright colours - neons Why? The living room can be both a busy and active area of the home, as well as a refuge for members of the household to relax after work or school. The colours chosen for the living room can be especially important, and consideration should be taken when deciding on which colour schemes best fits the needs of the room, and the mood that is desired. As a balance, natural colours of browns and greens are good choice for the living room as they encourage vitality and abundance, as well as health and growth. For active go getters, fire colours in reds, oranges, pinks and purples, create a living space which promotes high energy and passion. This colour selection best suits those who use the living room area for activities related to career or work. Couples who spend time communicating in the living room area of the home may find that these colours energize conversations.

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The Kitchen: Best Colours: Earth tones as well as the spectrum of yellow Don’t recommend; Reds, black, navy blue, grey, dark brown Why? Kitchens should be happy active spaces but they also already have a lot of fire and water. The best element to balance both is the earth element represented by earth tones and terra-cottas. These can be bright yellow, gold’s, rich terra-cotta or any other brighter colour. The colour yellow stimulates digestion, boosts the lymphatic system, and facilitates the removal of toxins and, in conjunction with white, immediately grants a sense of “cleanliness” to the space and highlights the natural colours of food. Green is also another good choice for the kitchen as it stills our hunger pangs and makes us feel sated.

The Bathroom Best colours: Earth tones, pastels, whites

Don’t recommend: Navy, dark brown, green or purple Why? The bathroom should be a sanctuary where you go to prepare yourself to face the day or retreat at night to prepare for sleep. The best colours for a bathroom include lighter shades of green, blues, pink, or white.,,,


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Black or grey, which correspond to the water element, make good accent colours or, you can use pastels or white with bright accents to enliven the space.

The Master Bedroom: Best colours: Earth tones, flesh tones, pastels including light sages, colours that are more muted. Don’t recommend: Bright colours, fiery colours such as bright reds, purples, pinks or oranges. Dark colours such as black, brown, greys, navy blue or dark green are also not recommended Why? Choosing the right colour for this room is probably the most important, as the choice of colour used not only affects your overall mood but your sleep pattern as well. Bedrooms should be calm spaces to promote rest and rejuvenation. Bright colours are too active for bedrooms and dark colours are too depressing. You want the,,

right amount of restfulness but not to the point that it is depressing. Red, the colour of passion is great for increasing sexual prowess but for those with a fiery temper it is like a rag to a bull! Many people believe the use of purple within the bedroom is a sign of luxury however the colour purple is known to stimulate the brain so sleeping in a purple room is more likely to promote vivid dreams or even nightmares resulting in less sleeping hours. The best colour choice is a soothing light blue as it encourages a better night’s sleep, promotes calm & soothing feelings and is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure.

The Child’s Bedroom/Nursery: Best Colours: Pastels pinks, dusky blues or mellow yellows are great for a child’s bedroom as they promote sleep and calm Don’t recommend: Red, purple, bright orange, black or grey Why? Avoid using energizing colours like red and other bold, bright colours in the bedroom as they can cause tempers to flare during playtime and too much hyperactive energy for the little ones to fall asleep too at night. Bright colours are good for playrooms but bedrooms need to be more subdued.,,,,


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ne of the easiest ways to makeover your bedroom is to change your bedding. Ideal bedding should draw the eye and express your sense of style while providing you with a cozy, comfortable place to rest your weary head.

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This season white sheets have been given the boot, replaced by vibrant colours and graphic designs meaning updating your bedroom is as simple as child’s play! Here we take a look at this season’s trends.

Go minimal with modern bedding The hottest trend in bedding is modern style with sleek lines. Inspired by the clean feel of Japanese bedding, modern bedding is meant to be tucked around the mattress on a platform that shows off the structure of the bed itself. Forget valances and long, draping coverlets. Choose a heavy but flat blanket or sham that fits your mattress with no excess fabric hanging over the edges. Use a small selection of decorative pillows (to accent your tightly-made bed. Choose sheets and covers in warm tones like cream, olive, dark teal and chocolate.

Choose textures and prints over fussy bedding The dust-gathering, fussy trend of using dozens of pillows and excess blankets has thankfully ended. A bed full off pillows and throws only adds extra work when it’s time to make the bed. Give your bedding pop and style by using coverlets, blankets and pillows with texture. Use no more than three accent pillows and add colour to the bed with a textured or printed blanket draped artfully over the foot of the bed.

Add some colourful bedding The easiest way to create a stunning new look is to change the colour of your bedding. Try a duvet cover or throw pillows in the season’s hottest colour trends, such as grey and orange or bold plum. Make an all-white bed and accent it with decorative pillows in jewel tones like turquoise or bright metallics. To bring the entire look together, invest in one or two accent pieces in your room that draw from the colour scheme of your bedding, such as a decorative vase, mirror or wall art.

Black is back Taking cues from this season’s runway fashions, modern, streamlined linens in classic black and white look crisp and super-stylish in just about any bedroom. Team with simple chrome accessories to create a dramatic effect

Last but not least! Pretty sheets promise your bedroom an instant pick-me-up, but new linens should always be laundered before making the bed. For the softest, sweet-smelling results, wash them with a fabric softener and scent booster and enjoy that blissful night’s sleep.,,,,,,


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Think green. Sleep bluechecked. All-natural materials? Check. Free from allergens? Check. Handmade? Check. Checked? Check. There’s no question, blue is the new green – because there’s no other bed as environmentally friendly as Hästens. Did we mention you can get it in almost any colour? Sure you can. It’s green anyway.


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With over 40 years’ experience within the furnishings business offering impartial professional advice and unequalled service, our customers benefit from the knowledge that we provide good solid beds that are designed to last “we work hard so you can sleep peacefully”.

fast paced environment, we ensure we stock a large quantity of ranges ready for immediate delivery plus in addition, by working directly with manufacturers, we can also offer a bespoke tailored service so we can help you design the bedroom of your dreams.

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lluminate the night! Lighting within the bedroom is extremely important. No matter the size, the style or dĂŠcor, your bedroom is your sanctuary and it deserves to be lit correctly to handle everything you demand of it: like reading, relaxing, dressing and exercising.

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Sadly many bedrooms are not lit properly as this part of the design process has been either an afterthought or aesthetics has taken over practicality. Most bedrooms are either too dark which is great for sleeping, but too little light hinders other activities taking place or too bright which has the opposite effect and means the bedroom is not being used to its full advantage. Bedroom lighting needs to be bright in the morning and intimate and atmospheric at night. Bedroom lighting traditionally ranges from basic to bold; dimmed to dramatic. So here we take a look at different ways to light up your dream bedroom but still ensuring it maintains an aspect or tranquillity and harmony. The most important lighting required within any bedroom is overhead ambient lighting. Whether that takes the form of a ceiling fan with a light kit, a ceiling pendant, a drum pendant, a semi-flush mount or even a chandelier, it doesn’t matter, what is important is that there is a source of ambient light overhead. Look for fixtures that will give off a soothing soft glow and provide the room with quality general illumination. You can even try putting your ambient lighting on a dimmer to more finely control the glow. For lighting at the bedside, there are a few different options available, you are not limited only to table lamps, although these might be perfect for you. Wall lamps with an added swing arm to better direct lighting right where it needs to go is a great option.


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Lamps and sconces can also be used to brighten up vanities or dressing tables after all these areas need great lighting! Choose a great, unique and eye-catching lamp that can also serve as decoration in addition to illumination. Or place sconces on either side of a vanity mirror to help you put your best face forward. Highlighters also make a great impact in any bedroom design by accentuating the intriguing little details; such as a shelf featuring trinkets and photos, a very special piece of art on the wall, a vignette of statues or a mirror.

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Another area often neglected within the bedroom is the wardrobes and cabinet areas. Highlighters placed under the doors or within the recess at

the top can create soft romantic shades around the room and often look very good when lit with colour LCD lights.,,,,,,,,,,,,


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odular housing may not sound glamorous, but the latest generation of kit built homes looks set to inspire those concerned with sustainability and affordability especially at a time when banks are refusing to lend money.



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Although the concept of the modern modular home has been around since the ‘60s, the architectural movement didn’t really seem to take off until the start of 2000 and today the Modular home has become cutting-edge in architecture, innovative with great bold designs, and packs a punch with impressive green building features in a word they have become magnificent!!

So what is a modular home? Modular homes simply put are kit homes, built indoors in a factory-like setting to an approved design specification. The sections are built and transported through the factory, similar to that of a car assembly line once all the pieces are assembled the finished modules are covered for protection and then transported to the build site. A modular home is not a mobile home it is simply a home that is built off-site as opposed to on-site. Once the sections arrive onsite they are placed on premade foundation, joined and completed by a builder, along with the help of electricians, plumbers etc etc.

How do modular homes differ from houses built on-site? Because modular homes are built indoors they can be completed in a matter of a few weeks as opposed to months. These home constructions do not see the typical on-site delays that are predominantly caused by the weather. In addition modular homes are built to a predisposed design so plug, light sockets, drain-always and duct work are already cut out making it quicker and easier for installation for the phase two: electricians, plumbers and kitchen fitters.

How long does it take to build a modular home? That depends on your design and the manufacturer, but some modular homes can be built in the factory in as little as 1-2 weeks and since modular pieces are built indoors, there’s never a weather delay. Once delivered to the build site the finished sections are then assembled with giant cranes, this process resembles a child building with Lego block and usually takes between 2-4 weeks.,

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So what are the benefits of a modular home? Modular homes are typically more affordable. Their shorter build time saves money on the overall construction because they are constructed in a factory. Modern ones also tend to be more energy efficient therefore your monthly utilities will be substantially lower than that of a constructed home. It is important to note, that an additional benefit to a modular home is that you can design and create the dream home you have always wanted. If you have always wanted a home with wooden beams or church style vaults now this can be achieved. Modular homes offer hundreds of personalized features that include but are not limited to: ceramic floors, solid surface countertops, various cabinet styles and wood species, exterior finishes, plumbing fixtures, essentially you can customize your own home.

Prefab homes have found their design place in today’s market because of their clean lines, multifunctioning spaces, and sustainable materials. These three elements define modern architecture and design qualities needed in today’s marketplace. If you are looking for luxury and affordability, a modular home may be the answer to your dreams, whether it will be your first home purchase, or if you want to downsize in retirement, today’s pre-built home options now mean you don’t have to compromise on quality. For more information on modular homes visit The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show the UK’s largest Self Build and Renovation exhibition held at the NEC Birmingham.

BLUEPORT ALTEA 10 Timeless Villas Tailored To Your Wishes

The prestigious Altea Hills Estate Group launches the most luxurious exclusive residential villa complex on the Costa Blanca. It’s BluePort Altea, a project of extraordinarily beautiful and comfortable villas located in the best available spot in Altea Hills - a unique place form which the views of the bay of Altea are simply unsurpassable and where the peace and quiet, privacy and natural surroundings envelope each and every home. BluePort stands for elegance and exclusivity specially for highly refined residents who invest on a luxurious level, and who seek to develop their stylish life in a setting of privacy, family comfort and firstclass refinement. The grounds where BluePort is located are truly mind blowing! The Slope faces south and are displayed in such a way that each residence is ensured total privacy whilst enjoying 270 degrees of unobstructed views over the bay. That view is yours forever. Within such an exceptional environment, Blueport stands as an exclusive private world of comfort and security. Our understanding of luxury goes beyond the material level. It allows you to step into a world of all-inclusive quality in life. All BluePort residences are situated on private parcels of around 1,000 square meters. Each villa has approximately 500 square meters of living area, including 5 bedrooms, a grand living room with an open kitchen, a dining room, spacious bathrooms, a fitness centre, and an optional cinema room; they also contain independent servicequarters, an elevator, a garage for 3 cars, ample storage spaces and pleasant inner patios and gardens.

Moreover, we encourage you to give it your own personal touch and uniqueness. The master bedroom, privately situated, offers a wealth of pleasure, comfort and relaxation, and it is favoured with a spacious dressing room en-suite bathroom, jacuzzi, private garden and large windows affording superb views. Large floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the outside scenario, making sure that wherever you are, the beauty of the sky and the bay is your companion. Because of the position of the villa, you can see all without being seen. Blueport Altea is surrounded by the amazing blue of the Mediterranen Sea. The blue, the sky, the sea...produce a sense of well being, a spiritual contentment that is difficult, if not impossible, to find anywhere else in other parts of Europe. To create a living space that enhances such qualities has been our biggest challenge. Our houses are not just beautiful dwellings, but they stand for expentional quality and will be appreciated by those who enjoy life. We are very thrilled to work with a unique team of experts that Altea Hills Estate has put together. A team of world-renowned experts in every aspect of the development of BluePort. It is Truly inspiring! Home to BluePort, is the heart of Altea Hills (5 star-urbanisation) that merges beauty, comfort, safety and well-heeled, tasteful residents who are environmentally aware and appreciate what life has to offer. There is Truth in the proverb ”My home is my castle” being more than just luxurious surroundings, BluePort Altea offers an absolute sense of security as a result of the enclosed perimeter of Altea Hills.

Altea On the foot of Altea Hills, is the town of Altea. Altea has more than six kilometers of the most beautiful and varied coastlines, combining impressive cliffs and turquoise coves with white sandy beaches that proudly display a blue flag all year around. Embraced by the majestic Sierra Bernia, a chain of mountains that curves into the sea, Altea is guaranteed a perfect climate almost all year round, mild and sunny. Its low humidity levels and the protection of the hills that surround it, create a unique micro climate that the world health organisation has rated as one of the healthiest on the planet. The “Old Town” built around 1244 is a maze of narrow steep streets, whitewashed houses, hanging balconies, carved wooden doors, jasmines and bougainvilleas that today, contains private homes as well as numerous galleries, exclusive boutiques, excellent selection of fine restaurants from Michelin star restaurants to French or Swiss Bistro, gourmet Spanish grills and a wide range of Oriental and European tendencies; the rainbow of choices is yours. Culture and arts are also top priority in Altea. Officially granted the title of “Cultural Capital of the Valencia Region”. Altea has several private and public harbours of great quality, including two first-class Marinas El Puerto Deportivo Luis Campomanes (also known as The Greenwich Marina because of its location exactly on the Greenwich meridian) and EL Club Nautico de Altea, distinguished for organising well-known international nautical competitions. Sun and Sea bathing are also a wholesome pleasure at the beaches and in the coves of Altea, even well into the autumn days. Mascarat, La Olla, Cap Negret

or La Roda are beaches of unspoiled beauty, these beaches invite you for a complete relaxation. The Nine-hole golf course Club Don Cayo is just minutes away from BluePort, Club Don Cayo is one of the five golf courses around the area of Altea. The two international airports of Valencia and Alicante and the well-maintained network of national and European roads and fast trains, keep Altea just a blink away from the rest of the World.

Eric Kuster The Shelter of the mountains and the endless sea provides the perfect symbiosis between the privacy of your home and overwhelming nature. The contrasted character of BluePort Altea inspired by world-famous interior designer Eric Kuster to create a dedicated design line; Blue by Eric Kuster.. It is the perfect match born from a passion for luxury and beauty, balancing classic and modern, light and dark, hot and cold, luxury and natural materials. Blue by Eric Kuster is Metropolitan Luxury in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Starting Price: 5.750.000 euros Apply for a full brochure: Contact Agent: Global Luxurious Properties Team of Professional Real Estate Consultants Phone: 0031-(0)15-2630195 Email:



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Booming Brazil S

prawling over nearly half of South America, Brazil is a country of contradictions, of bustling cities and lush natural landscapes, of glittering skyscrapers and centuries-old relics, of opulence and stark poverty. In this vast land the Amazon River coils through the great Amazon rainforest, and the Pantanal teems with wildlife. Miles of beaches stretch across the south eastern coast, and the rhythm of the samba and the Carnival hold sway. Brazil’s is the world’s sixth largest economy its economy grew 2.7% in 2011, 0.9% last year with an expected growth of 2.4 % this year. Due to a remarkable economic growth in recent years, warm weather all year around and natural beauty, Brazil has become one of the most popular property investment destinations in the world. The economy is booming, tourism is going through the roof the country will be playing host to the World Cup in 2014 and the summer Olympics in 2016 therefore property prices are set to soar. Now has never been a better time to enter the Brazilian real estate market.

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The Rio Hill Resort Rio De Janeiro A rare and exciting real estate opportunity in one of the most beautiful and emerging areas in the world: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located in a unique high growth area, the Lakes Region, close to the new $8.5 billion Petrobras facility, the R$5.4 billion Jaconé ‘Megaport’ and less than 45 minutes from downtown Rio, the area is set to face extraordinary demand in the coming years. The Rio Hills Resort, is located frontline on the stunning Guarapina Lake, and will boast a vibrant 5-star boutique hotel, a luxury spa, fitness centre, restaurants, bars as well as a private beach for residents. With land available in a variety of beautifully set locations, buyers have the choice of lakeside or mountain side land to purchase at below market prices. All land plots offer some of the most beautiful views that you could ever wish to see. Should you wish, some buyers will have the option to build a luxury villa from a choice of designs – fulfilling that dream of build your dream home. Each villa has been carefully designed to incorporate Brazilian nouveau architecture by one of Brazil’s most globally recognised urban planning and architects firms - De Fournier and Associados. Plans have been developed to ensure every owner receives the products and design required for the best possible investment opportunities. There will also be a selection of one to four bedroom apartments, ideally located on the canal side of Rio Hills. They will incorporate commercial spaces and residential units for the home and vacation market. Each apartment will claim either uninterrupted lake or mountain views and, at only three storey’s high, will not obstruct views from any other location on the resort. Penthouses will enjoy the same stunning views and come complete with their own private swimming pool. Prices starting from just $64,000 to $220,000 For more information visit: or email

QDR Residential Pipa Often called the St Tropez of Brazil, Pipa has a unique reputation as Brazil’s most exclusive resort. Property in Pipa is highly sought after. Many projects sell out during the construction phase with some selling out before roof level. The 1st phase of Townhouses in Pipa Natureza sold out before the foundations were laid! Nestled on the exclusive northeast coast of Brazil, QDR Residential will compromise of luxury townhouses set with a nature reserve of over 300hectares. The truly stunning location enjoys direct access to over 10kms of pristine palmfringed beaches. The truly stunning resort aims to capitalise on the current trend towards ecotourism and sustainable living while providing accommodation that is both luxurious and modern. The idea behind QDR Residential is simple; to build a sustainable development with the spirit of Pipa whilst respecting the environment. From inception to completion, the focus is on no compromise. The Resort will comprise of luxury villas and townhouses set within a nature reserve of over 300 hectares. The truly stunning location enjoys direct access to over 10kms of pristine palmfringed beaches. Prices from £ 88,000 For more information visit: projects/brazil/QDR_Residential.aspx


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BC Colonial Residence - Fortaleza Named as host city for 2014 World Cup

BC Residence is the latest addition to the famous BC brand, a brand synonymous with luxury and comfort. Brought to you by one of the leading developers in the northeast, this iconic project is set to become one of the most modern buildings in Fortaleza. BC Residence will be built to international standards and will comprise of 3 modern and contemporary towers. The project enjoys a prime location in Fortaleza, close to the promenade that stretches several kilometres along the beachfront. The area is already bustling with a range of luxury hotels, serviced apartments, restaurants and cafes. The location and concept behind BC Residence means the project caters for those investors looking for a luxury holiday home, short and long term buy-to-let investment or prime residence in the city. Prices from £68,000 For more information visit

Natal Boutique Apartments Natal One of the host cities in Brazil 2014 World Cup Newly released and already selling out fast, Natal Beach Cup in Ponta Negra offers ideal holiday apartments at incredibly low prices. Perfectly located for holiday rentals, close to a small neighbourhood park on a quiet slip road off the Rota do Sol (Route of the Sun) Boulevard, which leads down towards the beautiful southern beaches of Pirangi, Pium, Cotovelo and Pipa, this development is an easy 10 minutes’ walk to the beach and 5 minutes’ walk to the nightlife of Ponta Negra. Natal Boutique Apartments is a small and exclusive development in the City of Natal, comprising one and two bedroom holiday apartments, with balconies and finished to the highest standards. The development is a 24 security gated condominium which includes reception, off road secure parking, pool and leisure area. From the second floor upwards, the one bedroom apartments enjoy ocean views over Ponta Negra beach. Completion set for June 2014. Prices start from € 41,000, with an optional rental guarantee of 6% for 4 years. For more information visit:

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PROPERTY NEWS Doomed Versace Mansion is finally sold After many years of twists and turns, the South Beach mansion once owned by Gianni Versace has finally sold at auction on Tuesday 17th September 2013. The Ocean Drive estate, officially dubbed Casa Casuarina, fetched $41.5 million although this staggering amount may sound spectacular, the sale price represents a 67% discount off of the lofty $125 million initially asked way back in June 2012.

David Wolkowsky the famous Florida based visionary and investors has placed his private island called “Ballast Key” on the market. This unique jewel lies about 15 kilometres to the west of Key West (about 25 minutes by boat or ten minutes by helicopter) The 110,000 sqm island of powder white beaches, lush greenery and crystalline waters is the only private island in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge and the most southerly inhabited island in the USA. Film fanatics may also recognize the island as the exotic backdrop of James Bond’s 1989 venture, License to Kill. The island consists of a grand main home which comprises four bedrooms and a master suite. It spans three levels with a total interior of approx. 363 sqm. Sea views can be enjoyed from every single room in the property – including the bathrooms. Built on stilted foundations, the wooden property on the southern tip of the island is inspired by an old lighthouse on the Gulf of Mexico and designed in a “Conch House” style so typical for the Florida Key The island also has a number of smaller pavilions and its own desalination plant providing fresh drinking water. THE SALES PRICE US$ 15.8 MILLION (APPROX €12.2 MILLION) -

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Living in the Lap of Luxury The $550 Million Revival of Miami’s Saxony Hotel Faena House, Miami Beach, Florida Faena House is an extraordinary, 18-story ocean front luxury condominium situated on the widest stretch of white sand in all of Miami Beach, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Collins Avenue to the west. Envisioned by Alan Faena and designed by internationally renowned architects Foster+Partners, Faena House is a vision of true indoor/outdoor living – ingeniously designed and engineered, and meticulously constructed to exist in perfect harmony with its oceanfront setting.

Soaring to 170m, Tour Odéon will be the tallest building in Monaco and one of the tallest residential towers in Europe. A furnished marketing suite is now available to experience the design and specification. A limited number of luxurious private residences are available for purchase within the tower, benefitting from unprecedented 360° views over the sea and the Principality, to be enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows and from expansive private terraces. Residences will feature the very highest quality finishes and fixtures, including home automation and fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Alberto Pinto, one of Europe’s foremost interior designers, has been commissioned to design and decorate interiors of exceptional elegance and comfort.

Breakthrough architectural advances allow panoramic views from ocean to bay with glass walls that open extraordinarily wide to virtually eliminate a division between indoors and out.

Each home features a majestic outdoor living terrace that wraps around its interior, known in Argentina as an “Alero”, the Aleros dissolve the boundary between inside and outside through floor-to-ceiling window wall and sliding door systems, opening as wide as 12.6 feet in some residences. Three one-of-a-kind penthouses crown this magnificent building, with a full floor penthouse offering a private interior elevator and outdoor pool.

With 47 unique 1-5 bed residences offering sleek and impeccably detailed interiors, fixtures and appliances.

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Owners will benefit from a comprehensive array of on-site services and amenities, including spa and leisure facilities, state-of-the-art business centre, select retail boutiques and 24hour concierge. Construction is progressing at a rapid pace and by appointment, visitors can now start to see the unique views owners will enjoy. Completion set for 2014. GUIDE PRICE ON APPLICATION

The Most Luxurious Project in the World Awarded the accolade of the ‘Most Luxurious Project in the World’ by Newsweek Magazine, Nurai is the United Arab Emirates’ most sought after private island residential community. The ultimate exclusive haven offers secluded accessibility to the influential and growing business centre and emerging cultural hotspot of Abu Dhabi, Nurai is surrounded by crystal clear waters and ringed with pristinely beautiful sandy beaches while being mere minutes away from the mainland Abu Dhabi and 1 hour away from Dubai. Designed to provide residents with generous plots of land, panoramic sea views and the utmost level of privacy, Nurai is home to a limited number of breath-taking exclusive Beachfront Estates and Water Villas and a single, world-class, boutique retreat. In total there are 28 Beachfront Estates and 12 Water Villas. GUIDE PROCE FROM US$ 6,000,000 - US$ 14,000,000 -


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Significance: In a Zen garden, the small pieces of gravel or sand represent water. As a monk rakes this surface, he creates the texture of waves in an ocean. All around this surface, larger rocks stand protruding from the ocean as you might see when you stand at a rocky shore. Typically Zen design has one key stone representing the center of the world (called Shumi-sen) around which the builder places other smaller pieces, including at least one flat rock, known as a Worshiping Stone. The main stone represents Buddha, while smaller ones symbolize children, animals or tricksters. Some Zen gardens utilize sand and natural elements. This design illustrates that contradiction is part of all life, a philosophy central to Zen, Tao, and Shinto beliefs. Shrines may dot a Zen garden as places where Spirit and humankind come together. Gates around the garden designate walking paths. Bear in mind, however, that no two Zen gardens are alike.The garden is a very individual reflection meant as an insight to how the gardener interprets their world and Path.

Rock Features The pattern of the sand or gravel in a Zen garden inspires serenity. As a person rakes, it gives the mind time to release, organize and integrate specific thoughts, or none at all. Everything placed in a Zen garden design promotes relaxation, focus and peace. The rocks, as the eternal element of nature in a Zen garden, break out into five different categories. Kikyaku (the element of earth) is a reclining stone that sets near the foreground. Shintai (the element of water) is either horizontal or flat, and is often used as a base stone. Shigyo (the element of fire) arches and sets to the side of other shaped stones. Reisho (the element of metal) is vertical and low lying, demonstrating the firm nature of metal. Finally the Taido (the element of wood) is a vertical, tall stone implying trees and usually goes to the back of a design so it doesn’t impede the view. Stones may also characterize mountains or islands, and white rocks or sand cones reflect purity.


gardens with rocks, as we see today, began appearing in Japan approximately around the 11th century at Buddhist temples, having come from China with Buddhist monks. These gardens provided the monks with a serene place to walk and contemplate Buddha’s teachings. The garden design creates a serene spot in the landscape to promote a feeling of peace.

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garden is an extension of the home, however maintaining a garden can be very time consuming and laborious. For those who don’t have the time or patience there is another option a minimalistic garden. A minimalistic garden is perfect for a person who is looking for a clean, smart, low maintenance garden. Ideal for young urban professionals, minimalist house enthusiasts, people who travel frequently, the weeding phobic etc. are likely to find this type of garden ideal. It should feature sculptures, architectural planting, and great vistas. All this adds up to an area you can both entertain and relax in.

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well designed minimalist garden can effectively provide you with an extra room. The key elements to a minimalistic garden is that it should feature sculptures, architectural planting, lighting, water if possible and great vistas. The need for plants should be minimal as youraim is to create a structure as much as garden that said plants within a minimimal garden create a splash of colour. When using plants ensure they add to the landscape and not overwhelm it. Lightening plays an important part in creating a minimalistic garden, not only does it illuminate areas which would otherwise be kept hidden it also creates shadows and allows you to alter the gardens mood during the twilight hours enabling you to enjoy your garden during the day and night. Another element critical to creating the perfect minimalist garden is water. Water creates serenity. The soft trickling of water brings harmony to a garden and the reflectivity qualities of water can be used to your advantage in the design process with the use of chrome, glass or aluminum.

Make the plants a bold feature but allow the hard landscape features to tie the whole design together

Use industrial elements to create a minimalist tidiness

It is important when creating a minimalistic garden you seek professional advise. A minimalistic garden may be easy to maintain but takes vision, and a keen eye to create.

Steel, glass and concrete are all materials heavily featured in many minimalist gardens and combining these industrial elements if done incorrectly can create a stark barren landscape. The ultimate goal when designing a minimalistic garden is to create clean lines, pure form and a strong sense of space within an architectural environment.

Another element critical to creating the perfect minimalist garden is water. Water creates serenity. The soft trickling of water brings harmony to a garden and the reflectivity qualities of water can be used to your advantage in the design process with the use of chrome, glass or aluminum.

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A beautifully presented detached house located in a small & exclusive, secure gated development. Built by Octagon and comprehensively updated to include a cinema, steam room, two dressing rooms and landscaped gardens. Wimbledon Common, Village and King’s College School are all close by. ■ Four/Five Bedrooms ■ Two Dressing Rooms ■ Superb Kitchen/ Breakfast Room ■ Large L-Shaped Drawing Room ■ Study ■ Conservatory ■ Double Garage ■ Parking

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ith the last rays of the summer sun starting to set on the horizon, the rich abundant colours of autumn are beginning to appear. Autumn comes with rainy, gloomy days but creating colour with flowers helps to keep an optimistic attitude and a feel good wellbeing.

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The first day of autumn officially falls on September 22nd, but in the flower world, autumn has been here for many weeks already. Mother Nature in all her wisdom has been providing fabulous materials for the professional florist to use; Flowers in deep rich colours, pods, cones, berries and leaves with so many textures and colours.

Autumn colours are presented in three palettes: Fire red, orange and gold, loud excited colours that shout, “Look out, autumn is here!� create a warmth and cosy feeling to the home as the nights begin to draw in. These colours can be found in festive pumpkins, feathers, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Chinese lanterns, Vine maple and Billy Buttons (aka Craspedia) .


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A muted palette of ivory, peach, brown and sage greens contrast beautifully with hot fiery colours to create a subtle, calm and soothing autumn. Roses, Leucadendron, Scabiosa pods, Sedum, Hydrangea, Succulents, berries and Amaranthus are a popular choice.

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Autumn styles: Autumn styles are crisp and fresh and the season’s colour palettes are a prelude to what’s to come, nestled right before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season autumn provides a nice head start in gathering and preparing creative decorating ideas for the winter. Working with what nature has provided, vases can look really effective filled with berries and gourds. Hurricane centrepieces add a subtle and unique look to any room, simply by adding either one

or two pillar candles into the inside of a votive glass containers surrounding it with florals’ or berries at the base, brings a special kind of warmth and elegance. A bouquet of autumn inspired flowers like Chrysanthemums, Dahlias or Sunflowers intricately placed inside a cornucopia work really well. In addition, fruits and nuts work wonders to combine with red and green apples, pomegranites, oranges, chestnuts and acorns. This makes for a fantastic dining table piece.

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lower Fashion…

by Bob Slingerland

Flower trends are constantly evolving, flowers unearth the emotions that inspire and fulfil the human spirit. Using colour, texture and shape, flowers create the stimulus to unleash the heart and create an environment that engages the soul. Flowers make life’s special events unique because they enhance the excitement of guests and express the feelings of the hosts. As with fashion certain colours or flower varieties come into and go out of popularity. A flower arrangement and its aesthetic appeal – just like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder. At Holland Flowers we know that flower trends follow fashion, not only in the clothes you wear but in your home design and interior. Ensuring we are always one step ahead we offer a wide assortment of fresh flowers, plants and gifts for any occasion. Founded over twenty years ago Holland Flowers has become one of the most respected well known florist across southern Spain, because we stand for quality, style & refinement. Visit our shop located on the Golden Mile to see what fantastic autumn displays and accessories we have in stock. Bulevard Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe C.C. Costa Marbella - El Corte Inglés - Sotano 1 29602 MARBELLA - T. & Fax +34 952 779 651 29660 PUERTO JOSÉ BANÚS T. +34 952 818 736 w w w . h o l l a n d f l o w e r s m a r b e l l a . c o m



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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S CUSTOM HOUSE Located within the historic Boston Custom House, this elegant urban retreat provides amazing views of Boston Harbour as well as convenient access to the city’s historic Freedom Trail. With the Atlantic Ocean on two sides and the famous Charles River running at its back, the city is a center of commerce, culture, education and entertainment.



Features and Fitness: • Counting Room Lounge • Observation deck with breathtaking views of the city and harbour • Fitness center • Valet parking

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Eating and Drinking: • Breakfast / cocktail lounge Counting Room Lounge For Children: • MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Childrens’ activity center, game room and theatre Other Activities: • Daily activities programme for all ages

- Bedroom Suite 1-bedroom / 1-bathroom Approximately 600 square feet Sleeps 4

SUITE AMENITIES • Queen-size sofa bed in living area • Open living and dining areas with elegant, comfortable furnishings • Two flat-screen televisions, 2 DVD players, microwave and mini-refrigerator • Wireless internet

Marriott’s Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, the United States All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only.

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Agent: Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty, Nova Scotia - www. - +1 (902) 450-5752


Oceanfront Dock  Double Garage  Landscaped Garden  Heating  Reception Rooms  Spacious - 3,732 M2  Ocean Views

This one of a kind waterfront property is a boaters dream with private dock. Privately situated on Northwest Arm with a 100 feet of level waterfrontage and pebbled beach area. Stunning details that are sure to impress any potential buyers. The entrance setting has an expansive courtyard design of interlocking brick and greenery. The extensive decking and large covered veranda and large windows capture amazing views. This home has a lovelyl floor plan for entertaining inside and out. Features include spacious rooms with high ceilings, in floor heating, library, sun room, exercise room, media room and elaborate in/out surround system for you to enjoy. This rare property is tucked away in a very private setting.

Cape Town South Africa

Agent: Savills International Residential Property, London - - +44 020 7578 9000


luxurious  Magnificent seaside sanctuary  heart of Clifton  Apartment Living  Balcony  Finished to a very high spec

Magnificent seaside sanctuary in the heart of Clifton. This exclusive, private apartment is unique. Finished to the highest of specifications, offering the size and privacy of a house with all the extra advantages of living in an apartment.

Sidi Abdellah Ghiat, Marrakech, Morocco

Agent: Savills International Residential Property, London - - +44 020 7578 9000 Lovely interior design  Extensive terraces  20 meter heated pool  Automated generator


4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms

Charming villa built using traditional materials and finished to an exceptionally high standard of comfort and quality. This property is twenty minutes from the heart of Marrakech and an ideal base for exploring the rugged Atlas Mountains and their hidden villages, the lush green oasis of the river valleys and the sandy desert with its cacti and wildlife, the coastline and its thriving fishing villages. Royal Golf Club is 12kms away. The entrance of this property is through antique wooden doors which lead to an enclosed cactus garden walkway with views through the house to the Atlas Mountains. The main entrance hall flows through to a huge living and dining area with an elegant open fireplace and fabulous views. The living area flows through to an enormous covered terrace with far reaching views. Accessed from the living room is a smaller living room as well as a large kitchen fitted with the latest modern equipment.

Palmeraie, Marrakech Morocco

Located in the heart of the Palmeraie, only 7 kms from La Mamounia hotel and 5 kms from Marrakech centre. This Guest Palace is a unique property for an investment in Morocco with 21 luxurious rooms, suites and tented pavilion set in 11,000 M² of mature garden each room beautifully designed to the highest standard, all with reversible air conditioning, Wifi, Phone cd + TV, each with its own terrace and some with their own private pools. The pavilions are spacious, well designed and with individual terraces. The pool is surrounded by palm trees and cascading bougainvilleas. A separate spa incorporates massage room, hammam, steam bath, body care, beauty centre and also a fitness club.

Agent: Savills International Residential Property, London +44 020 7578 9000 ÂŁ8,677.855

This property also has a petanque court and putting green, 2 staff cloakrooms, 5 staff units (managers), a generator, a water treatment center, with mains water and electricity. Furnishings are not included in the price.

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Agent: Vue International, Ranmore, Surrey - +44 (0) 1306 400660 $9,400.000 7 bedrooms  Baths 6 full 1 half  Landscaped Garden  4 Car Garage  Heated Pool & Spa  10,087 Square Feet  Ocean Views

Arched cathedral clerestory windows and French doors frame serene views of unending blue waters, beach & sunsets. 2 complete master baths! with spacious guest wing designed for privacy are joined by resort-like amenities such as a freshwater pool w/ salt and mosaic underwater table, stools, benches, spa + 5000 a/c square feet of play and storage area. Multiple covered patios and open spaces overlooking the pool and beach are ideal for romantic sunset dining or for grand entertaining. Interior highlights feature motorized high chandeliers, music/entertainment area, 3 laundry rooms, gourmet kitchen, Bizazza glass mosaics and marble baths, opera balconies, double mahogany stairway. “Light Touch” programmable lighting system, sun room, bay windows with window seats, walls faux painted-no wallpaper! Lush mature landscaping and butterfly gardens. Brick paver circular motor court leads to 4-car garage. Security cameras and a generator for entire home.




Agent : Pelagius-Suisse, Geneva - - +41 22 732 31 37

CHF 10,000.000

Top quality materials  Private Pool  Gym  Open fireplace  Beauitful garden  Entertainment Room  Fitness

This fabulous Villa is situated in Geneva, only few minutes away from the city center. The property offers 720 M² of living surface and is composed of 7 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms as well as 2 guest toilets, a bright fitness area with large windows, a spacious living room with a beautiful fireplace and a dining room. The property offers an ‘Entertainment Room’ with a large TV as well as a poker table. The Villa is located on 2140 M² of land with a private pool and pool house. The garden very well maintained. The surrounding of this exceptional property is very calm and offers ultimate privacy.

Bern, Grindelwald Switzerland

Plot size 1,837m2

 Wine cellar

Big fireplace  Garage with 3 parking space  Lift  Spacious floorplan 

The 7 bedroom Chalet Orion invites you for luxurious living. The well designed layout and cosy interior décor create an extraordinary and comfortable home environment. The three floors are easily accessible from the indoor car park by the elevator or by the staircase. The property is located in the Kirchbühl area of Grindelwald, on an idyllic southfacing slope with fabulous panoramic views of Grindelwald‘s mountain. The village centre are within easy reach, also the Chalet is easy accessible in summer and winter.

Agent: GriwaTreuhand AG, +41 (0)33 854 11 60 CHF 7,600.000


Ticino, Switzerland

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Panoramic Views Spacious Great location

This marvelous apartment is situated in one of the very best locations in Lugano, offering beautiful panoramic views. The living surface is 200 M² with a beautiful terrace of 100 M². This spacious apartment offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Agent : Pelagius-Suisse, Geneva +41 22 732 31 37 CHF 8,900.000

Chanti Siena, Italy

5300 Approx Sq Ft


 Swimming pool  Spa 

Private Garden

 Separate house for guests

Recently restored 4 bedroom farmhouse with 197 acres of land (with about 13 acres of Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.) In the charming hills of Chianti Classico surrounded by vineyards, meadows and woods. Landscaped garden with swimming-pool and a lake. Large wine cellar with all the equipment for wine production.

Agent: Savills International Residential Property, London +44 020 7578 9000



Agent : Eiffel Property Boker, Dubai - +971 4 4511772


5 bedroom  8 bathrooms  Spacious basement  Large Kitchen  Fully furnished  Private pool

The Villa has beautifull views of the hotel gardens and pool, with easy access to the beach. The Villa is fully furnished with private outdoor pool.

Bournemouth, Dorset U.K.

Agent: Sotheby’s International, London - - + 44 0 1 202 366 707


large southerly plot  Extensively modernised  6 bedrooms  State of the art fixtures and fittings  Private gated setting

This imposing Victorian villa has been extensively modernised by the current owners, to include state of the art fixtures, fittings and materials and has retained nearly all of its original style and character. There is planning permission granted for an extension to this already very spacious home. The plans incorporate an indoor swimming pool and additional areas of accommodation. (These plans are available to see through our office in Canford Cliffs). The accommodation is well thought out. The Gardens and Grounds, with a modern, rendered wall with electric double gates provides security and access to the plot, where a modern block paved driveway flanks a level and sizeable southerly garden area and leads down to the property. To the rear of the property there is a further sizeable garden area, a car port structure for several vehicles and an extremely large detached tandem garage. There is also a lodge style, two bedroom guest suite within the grounds located at the rear of the property, as shown on the attached floorplan.

Moscow Russia

Agent: Luxury Properties, Miami, Fl - - +1 305 600 0464


3 bedrooms & bathrooms  House 939 M²  Plot 6,400 M²  Gym & Jacuzzi  Guest House

Charming house with 3 bedrooms, two apartments and luxury services. Magnificent house with 939 M² of 6400 M² of land. Features: Hall, lounge with fireplace, jacuzzi, gym shower rooms, technical, service houses, pool, sauna, two showers. 1st floor: hall, banquet hall with a fireplace, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. 2nd floor: Room with balcony, bathroom residence is of three levels fully prepared to live. Home with high quality materials. Guest house with garage, laundry, boiler. Second floor: two apartments with separate entrance for guests.


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GARDEN S ummer is coming to an end and as we move towards the autumn months, our gardens move from the bright pinks and yellows hues towards blazing rich vibrant colours of red, dark greens and purples.

In the gardening world autumn is the mellow season, because all the hectic flowering and reproductive activity of the summer is over, but with winter approaching, autumn is also the time to clear out the summer bedding and put in those bedding plants that will give your garden colour from autumn through the winter months and into the spring. The range of winter bedding plants has been extended greatly over the last ten years, with many ranges of winter flowering available to make the garden look fantastic, here at Agrojardin we offer an extensive varied selection from;

Pansies which come in variety of colours, violas are ideal for tubs and baskets, polyanthus with their brightly coloured flower stems, colourful Primroses available in many colours, Bellis daisy which give a lovely show of pink, red or white, Sweet Williams one of the last to come into flower, but well worth the wait, Myosotis (aka Forget-me-nots) with their abundance of small blue, pink or white flowers, and the old fashioned wallflower or ‘gillies’ that give such a lovely show and scent.


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All these ranges will flower well from September and October through to next March-April time, autumn is also a great time to invest in your lawn. September and October is the ideal time to aerate the lawn with a fork or special tool, then, apply Lawn Food to nourish your lawn through the winter months. Now that the planting has been taken care why not visit our home & garden décor department where you will find both inspirational and aspirational products. Here we display a huge range of indoor and outdoor living products, whether it’s a bistro table for two or a large dining suite to seat eight you’ll find what you want in our extensive furniture department we also have an extensive range of cushions, throws and soft furnishings that can help add that final touch to any room. We also have stunning gift and decorating ideas great from outdoor tableware, candles, lighting, wall art, dried flowers and arrangements to water features, trinkets and room fragrances everything needed to create the ideal home all under one roof.


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Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 21.00 Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10.00 - 21.00 A7 km 164, 29680 Estepona, MĂĄlaga Tel: +34 952 79 62 31 E:

SERVICE, NOT JUST A PROMISE... Welcome to Elviria Property Centre Selling real estate since 1995 in and around Marbella, ELVIRIA PROPERTY CENTRE is specialized in the sale & rental of property in the east of Marbella with a special focus on the resale market. The companies highest priority is to offer the best possible real estate service to its clients, following a direct, clear and transparent business policy where the personal communication to the client is essential. The high personal dedication from each team member having years of experience in real estate guarantees one of the most professional services around property on the Costa del Sol. From the smallest Studio apartment up to the most luxurious Villa, ELVIRIA PROPERTY CENTRE has proven to be a straight forward partner when it comes to buy, sell, rent or administrate your property. You are invited to find out more about us, we are looking forward for you to contact us. Holger Klauke, PROPERTY CENTRE ELVIRIA

ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ В КОМПАНИЮ ПО НЕДВИЖИМОСТИ «ТРИМОБИЛИЯ»/ Центр Недвижимости Эльвирия! Начиная с 1995 года мы специализируемся на купле-продаже, а также сдаче в аренду недвижимости в восточном округе города Марбелья. Наш главный фокус – рынок вторичного жилья. Главным приоритетом компании является предоставление высочайшего сервиса нашим клиентам, строго следуя политике прямолинейного, открытого и полностью «прозрачного» ведения дел, где личное общение с каждым клиентом – неотъемлемая часть нашего бизнеса! Личное участие и заинтересованность всех членов команды, каждый из которых имеет многолетний опыт работы в недвижимости, гарантируют один из самых высокопрофессиональных сервисов в этой сфере, который может получить клиент на побережье Коста дель Соль.

Имея дело с любым видом недвижимости, начиная с небольшой квартиры-студии до самой роскошной виллы, «Тримобилия»/ Центр Недвижимости Эльвирия доказала, что является честным и надежным партнером в вопросах покупки, продажи, аренды и администрирования вашей собственности. Мы приглашаем вас посетить наш офис и лично познакомиться с нами! Сервис, а не пустое обещание! Хольгер Клауке,

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Centro Comercial Contur Local 5-19 Ctra. N-340 Km 192, Elviria 29604 Marbella

T. +34 952 833 200 F. +34 952 832 600


Villa in Marbesa Marbella Ref: VH1314

Price: € 875.000

Description: 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, Plot: 1070 M² Built: 308 M² Seperate one bedroom guesthouse Only steps from the beach in Marbesa you will find this lovely family villa with seperate guest house on a large 1070 M² plot with private pool of 11x5m, The house consists of a spacious livingroom, big kitchen, office and bathroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor.. It includes a double garage, sea views from the top floor and a large mature garden.

Elviria,Frontline Beach Ref: VH1326 Price: €1.290.000

Description: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Bungalow Style, Plot :1000 M² Built: 134 M² Immaculate frontline beach house bungalow style with wide open views to the sea. This three bedroom villa is on a plot of 1.000m in the area of the five star Don Carlos Hotel and Nikki Beach. The masterbedroom also has its own private tvroom which opens out into the garden and pool area. Complete with large garage, pool and garden.

White Pearl Beach II Elviria Ref: AP1341 Price: €369.000

Description:2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Built: 96 M² Terrace: 37 M² Fantastic groundfloor apartment in the luxurious frontline beach complex White Pearl Beach II in Elviria. The apartment offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, large and sunny liviing room and a big terrace with access to the communal gardens and Pool. Fully furnished with high quality furniture. Complex with nice gardens, pool and direct beach access. Close to all amenities.

Elviria Frontline Beach Ref: S1303 Price: €140.000 Studio Built: 50 M² Terrace: 40 M²

Studio apartment frontline beach in the Romana Playa complex. Completely refurbished and nicely furnished. Stunning sea views. Walking distance to shops and all amenities. Gated community with gardens, pools, consierge and gym..

La Quinta Village Nueva Andalucia Ref: PH1324 Price: €495.000

Description: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom, duplex. Built: 146 M² Terrace: 59 M² Wonderfull and immaculate three bedroom penthouse in the well known golf valley of Nueva Andalucia by Puerto Banus. The attic consists of a livingroom, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and terrace on the mainfloor. The second floor has two bedrooms and bathrooms with a south facing terrace and lovely open views towards the sea. This is a small and peacefull urbanization with security and easy access to the golf.





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he enchanting, warm look of Moroccan interior design is a delightful and captivating style for your home. Moroccan-style home decorating invites rich colours of the Middle East, with vibrant colours of red and rich orange inspired by amazing African sunsets, green and blues reflecting the sea of the area and tones off gold, light brown, yellow and silver taken from the surrounding desert.

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Traditional Moroccan interior design is a blend of harmony, colour and texture it is very sumptuous, and even sensual. Influenced by Arabian, Spanish, French and Moorish influences Moroccan design is very unique and striking to look at. From the light fixtures to the tile work, Moroccan design is all about the finishing touches so trying to recreate a Moroccan theme in your home can be daunting. To create this stroking interior look you must incorporate the key elements of Moroccan interior:

Colour Colour is very much a part of the Moroccan way of life where, in day-to-day life, the eye is continually distracted by groupings of bright colour. Strong, saturated shades of emerald green, aubergine, turquoise, rust, burnt amber, burgundy, olive, cobalt blue, sprint green, are juxtaposed with terracotta, lemon yellow, mustard, navy, sunset red, orange, violet, coral pink. Your colour palette should reflect earth tones and the warmth of a magnificent sun rise coupled with vibrant turquoise. Deep, rich colours look fabulous; chocolate, aubergine, and jade/olive/ sage green along with silver and amber set against a wheat or beige background. For an easier option choose colours named after spices to get the exotic, ‘spicy’ feel: cinnamon, paprika, saffron, curry or burnt sienna. If you fancy something a little calmer for your choice of colour in your home don’t worry it is not absolutely necessary to go colour crazy. Accents of brighter colours can be used on a focal wall or just in accessories and fabrics

Décor Interior spaces are busy in pattern but simple in furniture. Sofas and tables are inviting and set low to the ground. Moroccan furnishings rely on elaborate wrought iron scroll work, mother of pearl inlay, ornately carved wood in high relief, richly hued upholstery, and intricate mosaic or terra cotta tile details. For furnishings don’t choose anything too fancy a simple, rustic style is best, in a dark coloured wood. Carved wood and wrought iron decoration work well together and add to the Moroccan feel., ,,,,, ,,,,

Luxurious & Lush Fabrics Fabrics in rich colours with intricate textures and designs are typical of Moroccan décor. Add throw pillows and cushions in abundance, and drape luxurious fabrics from furniture, window frames, and even the ceiling. Tie loose draped fabric back with heavy cords in high traffic areas to keep them out of the way. The quickest way to Moroccan interior design is using bright and colourful wool rugs, kilims or thin large rugs with traditional geometric patterns. Few leather ottomans, or Moroccan poufs, and soft large cushions made of soft decorating fabrics add comfort to Moroccan interior design.

Lighting Moroccan interior design lighting is really special. Not only does it create an ambient, seductive space, it also has the wonderful addition of pattern splashed out into the room during the evenings when switched on. Typically, light fittings are made of bronze, copper and wrought iron and they look outstanding when used as a run in a long hallway or above a large, low table in a living room or perhaps a collection of smaller pendants hung above the table at your dining area. Look for interesting pendants that can be hung at various height levels. You could select a magical assortment of colourful glass shades or keep them in simple, muted tones.

Tiles Tiles are a very important aspect to Moroccan interior design. Small tiles and mosaic designs add that touch of WOW into your Moroccan decor and can be used for both the walls and floors. You can also find some stunning pieces of furniture covered with mosaics such as Moroccan mirrors, coffee table tops and bathroom sinks, creating traditional Moroccan interior design with cheerful and bright colour contrasts. Getting to grips with the Moroccan look is no great challenge – there’s a lot to love about interiors that sing with real style, sophistication and warmth. It’s time we all welcomed a bit of Moroccan sunshine into our homes?

B. Spoke is a company devoted to comprehensive decoration; for the home, commercial facilities and hotels. From our facilities we offer the possibility of developing a project from inception to completion by offering our service for: REFORMS: Working with the client we design and build projects of reform to bring to life the clients vision for the perfect home. We work with leading firms in the industry, flooring, wall coverings, doors, kitchen and bathroom furniture and equipment in general. ACCESSORIES: We provided advice on decorative elements such as wallpaper, carpets and help to achieve that personal touch FURNITURE: Nothing is impossible when you customize your home, B. Spoke offers the ability to customize both the design and measurements to suit your home needs offering professional design and working directly with the manufactures. TEXTILE DECOR: In B. Spoke offer a wide range of fabrics, advice & guidance.

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LA TRINIDAD - MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE La Trinidad is a spectacular development located on Marbella’s Golden Mile, very close to the 5 star Puente Romano Hotel and its tennis and sports club. Just over a 10 minute walk to the beach and the new promenade that links Puerto Banus to Marbella town. This private urbanisation consists of 116 exclusive apartments set In uniquely spacious, beautiful gardens. In the grounds are two

outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, gym, sauna and cafe/ bar area. The properties are all built to the highest standards of luxury and have under-floor heating in the bathrooms, a/c hot and cold, fully fitted kitchens with separate laundry rooms. They also have unusually large underground parking bays and storage rooms.

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• Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Plot: 1,370m2

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he summer sun is slowly beginning to set, and for the interior design enthusiasts amongst you, thoughts are probably turning to the small touches you can make to your home to get it in line with the latest trends for autumn. Right now, you’ve got your summer accessories out but as with fashion, seasons change quickly and our thoughts now move to what’s hot for autumn.. Here are our top interior design trends to get you prepared. This season is all about opposites and extremes: the loud, outrageous and aggressive alongside the quiet, calm and restrained. As well as disorientation and doubt, there is comfort and rational certainty. It’s more about attitude than colour, and you should choose the colour palette to suit our mood. Neutrals can help maintain order, while autumnal palettes become more adventurous. But take note balance is the key to this look.

Colour Palettes Neutrals are as raw as last season, with chalky whites and coarse linen tones, anchored by calming blacks. Brown influences many colours, creating red browns, dark browns, rich browns and neutral browns. Blues are important on three levels: grey blues are subdued, progressing from offwhite and lilac. Greens have less significance this season, and are mainly olive tinted, tones range from buttery pales to sharp lime to sombre green-blacks. Yellows are more distinctive than in the summer, with a golden hue creating tans and ochres. Oranges are pale almond and peach, plus intense neon orange and rich caramel. Reds are lively and warm, with corals, flames, tomato shades and burnt dark brown. Pink has been replaced with mauves, such as ash rose and lilac brown, and darker tones such as port, damson and coffee-bean brown add a dramatic effect.

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ngels Property Services is a family run business which has now been trading and growing with Word of mouth recommendations over the last twelve years. Our primary business started back in 2000 with the property management business headed by owner Nicola who has a wealth of experience in the hotel industry. With her partner Steve, the business has grown and developed over these years and we are proud to offer every kind of service that you could possibly relate to home ownership.

Property Management:We offer a property management service which is tailored to every one of our customers to suit their specific needs. Many of our customers live abroad and therefore require a trustworthy company to attend the property to ensure its well being and to take care of the day to day tasks that they are not present to entail. This could be cleaning drains after heavy rains, attending their alarm company should something be wrong with the alarm, checking the property on a regular basis to ensure the electricity, water and other utilities are in good working order or any other manner of issues that need to be dealt with in person when the owner is not present.

All of our staff, without exception, are covered by insurance which is important when someone is working in your home.

We have a very experienced team of cleaners who have been with us since the start of the business which means they are also able to tailor the cleaning as required for our clients.

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To give an idea of the vast amount of tasks that we can undertake on your behalf, whether you are present in Spain or not to take the worry and pressure out of home ownership meaning you can relax and enjoy your Costa del Sol home are: Regular inspection visits to:• Check security, locks, doors and windows. • Check watering of plants on terraces, garden boxes and indoors. • Check gas, water and electricity supply, turn these off on departure and back on for arrival if required. • Check property as a whole and report any damages such as leaks, humidity etc. • Regular airing by opening doors and windows for general ventilation.

• General day to day maintenance (we have a full time handy man who can normally fix problems within a couple of hours subject to availability of parts if needed). • Key holding service. • Air conditioning maintenance/ installation/inspection. • Maintenance to include: Carpenters, electricians, plumbers and decorators. • Television/satellite engineers. • Shopping service. • Arrangement of car hire. • Babysitting service. • Cot and high chair rental. • Rental of items for disabled people. • Attending properties for deliveries. • Administration, financial and insurance services. • Construction and renovation services.

Apart from the above mentioned inspection visits we can also provide the following services.

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Buying and selling a property in Spain:The team at Angels Property Services really does have a wealth of experience when it comes to buying and selling properties on the Costa del Sol and we are on hand to meet and discuss individual requirements. We have a network of agencies with whom we work and this enables us to advertise your property or indeed search for a property to meet your requirements up and down the coast. Our new website also offers prospective purchasers the chance to actually view your property before even stepping foot inside it, ensuring that only clients genuinely interested will view. This is a very useful tool as time is not wasted on the seller’s or purchaser’s side and you as a purchaser or vendor can rest assured that the best exposure 24 hours a day is being offered. Having taken the time to help you choose your new home, Angels Property Services will be on hand to help and assist with everything that you need to help you settle into it. This could be furnishing it, help with setting up the utility bills or any construction, decoration or refurbishment work that you wish to undertake. We can recommend tried and tested lawyers who speak many languages to help you through the legal process.

highest quality of work will suffice. We have projects of previous works with pictures and would be happy to discuss individual needs with you.

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Project management We are pleased to offer a full project management service. From as little as a knocking through two rooms to a basement conversion to the complete construction of a house from scratch, we can project manage it all. We have over the years been able to select the best local builders and architects, the best suppliers of building materials throughout Spain and the most reliable electricians, plumbers and installations experts in Spain. We inspect the work on a very regular basis and only the

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La Alzambra III 595,000 Euros 2 Bedroom Garden Apartment

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4 bedroom La Alzambra Townhouse, beautifully decorated just 5 minutes walk to Puerto Banus.

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La Alzambra III â‚Ź649,950 Stunning 2 bedroom garden apartment

150 m2 built plus terrace of 55 m2 The very best 2 bedroom apartment in La Alzambra

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Light, Clarity & Transparency


oday’s home interiors have adopted a more open living feel, where once there where sturdy walls that defined a specific room now the boundaries between dining rooms, kitchens and living rooms have become blurred. Over the last few years, the trend to adopt an open living concept yet define areas within the home has taken on new dimension with the use of glass wall room dividers or glass folding sliding doors. Glass is a beautiful interior element when added to your home dÊcor and is an excellent choice to define areas within the home as it creates separation between rooms yet still allows the natural light to filter through into the room restricting the stuffy claustrophobic feeling walls sometimes create. Although open living is the current trend in home dÊcor many households still require the need to separate two rooms, whether it be to keep noise out of another room, restrict cooking smells or keep the heat in glass dividers offer this alternative yet providing an unrestricted outlook so as a mother you can view what your children are doing in the next room without actually having to hear the noise they are creating! Here we take a look at a few examples:

This glass divider between the kitchen and dining area creates two separate dining areas within one space. The clever placement creates a formal and casual feeling to each room without ruining the overall design.

For a large area – like a loft having the whole area open plan and visible can become very messy, these frosted glass panels are a great alternative as they allow the light to filter through but restrict unsightly areas such as the sink


These folding sliding doors are a great alternative to glass dividers, with the glass panelling they offer you a snapshot



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of what is happening in the next room but clearly define the dining area as the frames have been cleverly matched to the dining room furniture.

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The use of glass as a partisan between the bedroom and master bathroom has created an illusion of space.

These folding sliding doors are a great alternative to glass dividers, with the glass panelling they offer you a snapshot of what is happening in the next room but clearly define the dining area as the frames have been cleverly matched to the dining room furniture..


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Sophisticated and stylish El Paraiso, Benahavis


odern, high quality, south facing villa, with far reaching sea and golf views, situated within one of the most established and tranquil residential areas the El Mirador del ParaĂ­so gated community. Set within extensive landscaped gardens, this high specification property oozes elegance, style and space. The property is divided across two stories comprising an impressive entrance hall complete with wooden vaulted ceiling, a substantial open plan lounge dining

Ref: V204

467 m2

31 + 117 m2

1041 m2

room with feature fireplace which leads onto a nice covered terrace, guest toilet and master bathroom suite. On the garden level there is a second living area with fully fitted kitchen leading onto the pool area, 3 guest bedroom suites, laundry room, storage and a 2-car garage. Other features include marble floors with under floor heating throughout, air conditioning with heat pump, sound system, private pool, landscaped private garden, alarm and shutters.




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Puerto BanĂşs


irst line beach apartment, just a few steps away from Puerto BanĂşs. In addition to its great location, the other great thing about this property is the generous amount of open interior and exterior living space it has to offer. Spacious living room with a fireplace, a separate and equally spacious dining area, a fully fitted kitchen with a utility room. There is also an extensive terrace offering plenty of room for outdoor dining/relaxing areas, from which the views across the gardens to the sea are just lovely. Owners have the exclusive use of a large outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a sauna, a social clubhouse and direct access to the beach.

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141 m2

32 m2

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337 m2

191 m2

Urb. Oasis De Banus, Golden Mile, Marbella

Grand luxury by the sea Playa Esmeralda, Golden Mile, Marbella



his superb beachfront duplex apartment with private garden in the most sought after complex on the Golden Mile in the very exclusive gated community of Oasis de Banus offers 24 hour security and is situated within walking distance to Puerto Banus, Marbella Club Hotel and Puente Romano Hotel Beach Club.

his stunning beachfront apartment is located in a prestigious first-class gated development situated on the front line of the beach on the Golden Mile, literally 2min drive from Puerto Banus and 5min from Marbella town centre is the superb three bedroom apartment.

Built in 2002 this beautiful apartment has been built to the highest standards and includes 3 bedrooms en suites, a fully fitted kitchen, satellite TV, alarm, storage, garage, air conditioning, under floor heating.

The property is immaculately presented with light and spacious internal areas the property comprises of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen equipped with Bosch appliances and a spacious open plan reception room featuring patio doors leading to a large terrace. There are many notable features including marble floors, under floor heating in the bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite TV.

On the first level you will find large sized living and dining area facing onto a huge terrace offering excellent views to the beach, tropical communal gardens and swimming pool below, a modern open plan fully fitted kitchen, laundry room, one bedroom suite and a guest-w/c complete this level.

Residents of this exclusive development have access to beautiful lush sub-tropical communal garden and a communal swimming pool. This is a secure gated community with 24hour security, secure underground parking and additional storage.

On the garden level there are a further two further bedrooms with bathrooms en-suite and another large terrace with small private garden facing the beach and pool area. On the same level there is also a private garage integrated with direct access to the apartment and a storage room. The master suite enjoys Jacuzzi bath, separate shower, dressing room and terrace access. This fabulous property is tiled entirely in marble and fitted with A/C hot & cold, under floor heating, automatic blinds and B&O sound system. Recently reduced from 4,250,000.




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182 m2

23 m2



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Spacious and modern apartments Paraiso, Benahavis


hese apartments are situated in an exclusive residential complex situated in Benahavís, a typically Andalusian white village nestling on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves, just a stone’s throw from Puerto Banus and Marbella. A privileged natural enclave of more than 123.000 m2 in which to enjoy the total tranquility and year-round ambience of the Mediterranean, golf and the traditional flavours of Andalucía.

105 m2


This select resort, gated and fenced around its entire perimeter, offers beautifully finished, modern apartments. An exclusive Club House at the disposal of all the owners sets this urbanisation apart as it combines extensive green areas with small lakes set among spacious gardens with fabulous mountain and Mediterranean views.

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120 m2

34 m2


Ref: A212

120 m2

33 m2




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89 m2

27 m2





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Elegant living El Madronal L

ocated just a short drive up the Ronda road past the beautiful enclave of La Heredia and adjacent to the exclusive La Zagaleta private estates this luxurious newly built villa sits perched 400 meters above sea level offering breathtaking views of the coast below and the forested hills of Benahavis. Flawless attention to detail has been combined with hand selected materials to create this stylish and contemporary property. Constructed in 2012 the spectacular landscaped grounds are spread across 4.017sqm and comprise of a three-storey 5 bedroom villa with separate guest house. Upon first inspection you can see that no expense has been sparred in the design & furnishings of this luxurious villa. After passing through the entry gate you will see to the right the guest house, which is also newly built and is split across three levels. The guest house comprises of a large open plan salon with fireplace and terrace area, a fully fitted Doimo kitchen with appliances and two very bright and spacious bedrooms with bathrooms.


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1027 m2

173 m2

4017 m2

Entering the light and airy villa you will immediately be struck by exquisite interior design which complements the high quality building standards and furnishings. The salon with fireplace lies straight ahead and flows effortlessly onto the terrace. Colour, light and space create an ambience both beautiful and relaxing. Light floods through the large windows into the open plan dining area which is decorated in a soft hue of lilac and leads through to the main living area where the highest quality materials including a home automation domotica system, have been used. The large American style kitchen fitted with Miele and Gaggenau appliances and accommodating a breakfast bar provide an additional area for relaxation and dining. Also on this level you will find a study, bathroom, guest WC and wardrobe An impressive wide stairway designed by David Marshall leads




to the upper level where once again the large windows bathe the area in light creating a feeling of openness. Here you will find the master bedroom fitted with an en-suite and spacious dressing areas. On this level there are also two further bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms and fitted wardrobes. Each and every bedroom features an individual terrace offering breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. To inspire and promote healthy living the basement features an impressive spa area fitted with sauna and steam room which leads onto the terrace and pool area where one can simply lay back relax & unwind and take pleasure in the beautiful surroundings this paradise offers. The basement has also a very large room which is currently being used as a second living room but could be refurbished as a playroom or cinema.

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Sophisticated and stylish El Paraiso, Benahavis


brand new villa, very modern, located in the Monte Mayor Golf Resort. South facing with spectacular views. Great open plan design, spacious living and kitchen area with fireplace, elevator connecting all floors.

Covered and uncovered terraces, garden and private pool. Other features include: Guest toilet, Alarm system, Gated community, BBQ area, Storage, Underfloor heating, A/C, Solar panels.

Ref: V263

500 m2

2865 m2




Contemporary masterpiece Marbella East


his new to build villa - scheduled for 2013 will be a truly unique, contemporary villa, consisting of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Especially the modern look, neo-classic roof and symmetry make this villa to become of the most bespoken quality properties at the seaside of Marbella. The ground floor level consists of the living area and open plan kitchen area. The high ceilings, windows from floor to ceiling and glass front will enhance the feeling of space and light. Big covered and uncovered terraces are adjecent for outdoor living. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, 2 with en-suite bathrooms and a 3rd bathroom to share. 2 bedrooms have seperate access to the terrace, from where panoramic sea views can be enjoyed. The rectangular pool with infinity border lies in front of the house. An outstanding, distinctive property rare to find so near the beach in one of the most desired and upcoming beachside areas of Marbella.

Ref: V219

320 m2

1400 m2




Stunning designer villa Marbella East


spectacular contemporary villa just 50 meters from the beach, to be completed by summer 2014. A unique location, distinctive architecture and high quality finishings and materials. This 4-bed villa (with basement to add 2 more bedrooms) lies only 50 meters from the beach of Marbesa, a rare to find location. As the land in front is ‘green zone’, this new modern villa is technically frontline beach with good sea views from the living room and garden area. The villa has a built size of just over 400 m2 plus basement (double garage, playroom and possible extra bedrooms) on a plot of 1.159 m2. The open plan kitchen and large living area is on ground floor level, with the 4 beds & baths on the first floor enjoying beautiful sea views. The outdoor area will contain a large infinity pool, BBQ/pool house surrounded by subtropical landscaped gardens.

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400 m2

1159 m2




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Charming development Campanas del Golf


ocated on the road to the charming village of Benahavis It is a project of a known and respected promoter of the Costa del Sol. There are small apartment blocks surrounded by the golf course with 18 holes and a clubhouse with spa in the resort center.

The clubhouse features a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. There are several swimming pools, fountains and waterfalls in the gardens. Safety is ensured by the 24 hour security service with surveillance cameras and guard at the entrance.

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From 65 m2



From 345,000

Rustic charm La AlquerĂ­a


eautiful south east facing rustic style villa surrounded by golf courses, with superb mountain, sea and golf views.

Located in a quiet area, the villa is built over two floors plus basement, connected via a lift. In the main level there is a large living room with fireplace. Separate dining room and fully fitted kitchen, with exit to the terrace with breakfast and BBQ areas. On the upper floor you find the master suite with walk-in wardrobe, fireplace and en suite bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi bath. Spacious basement with guest bedroom en suite, and large unfinished room with a fireplace. Storage room and machinery room, A/C, heated swimming pool.

Ref: V216

900 m2

1300 m2




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Marriott Vacation Club Holiday Package from only €299 per couple! Luxurious apartments in a stunning seafront resort, with access to all amenities Offer includes: • 4 days / 3 nights in a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment • Car hire for up to 4 days The use of all resort facilities, including restaurant and bar, beauty & fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, sauna, kids club, barbecue area, mini golf, paddle tennis court and more is included in the package. You will also receive a 90 minute presentation introducing Marriott Vacation Club’s holiday ownership program. This offer offerisisvalid validfor forbookings bookings made before 30th September 2013. This made before December12th of 2013.

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TILE TRENDS Tiles play a huge part in the finished look of any room in the house, limited not just to the bathroom and kitchen tiles have evolved to become a staple part of an interior designer’s armoury.

Here we take a look at some of the current trends in tiles...

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Open Plan Living Trends in architectural design over recent years have now filtered into mainstream interior design where we now see more and more people knocking down interior walls to create vast openplan living spaces. Open plan living is a key trend that can be used to create a flow between rooms, combining a relaxed and friendly living room and dining room into one area. This trend sees the development of larger format tiles such as hardwearing Porcelain Tiles, Highly polished and light reflecting Granite Tiles and Riven Slate Tiles, which are perfect for you to create seamless open-plan designs.

Get the look To get the most out of the trend for open plan living, create zones to clearly define activity areas with different surfaces from tiles to real wood flooring. Separate each living space with a well-defined flooring style, stained wood works effortlessly with beige large tiles to separate the kitchen and dining area.,

Zoning Areas & Feature walls With today’s open plan living the barrier between rooms can sometimes be blurred. Bring an open plan living area up to date with a statement feature wall using oversized polished porcelain tiles. Contrast neutral tones for a sleek minimalist look against a vivid bold colour to define the separating rooms this look will perfectly complement your contemporary home.

Get the look To define the areas clearly use contrasting colours, creams, beiges and neutral tones with dark wooden elements. Arteak wooden floors are perfect against split face Mosaic & Crystal ceramic tiles. A Feature walls of natural stone stands out beautifully and defines the open space when set against a backdrop of colour. Try mocha browns, or caramels,,

Patterned Tiles Today’s interest in Victorian charm has led to the resurgence in patterned tile flooring. With more and more Victorian homes being re-furbished utilise the era’s opulent designs. Recreate Victorian elegance using intricate floor tiles for an eye-catching effect that immediately sets the ambience in any room. Combine with corner and border designs to create a stunning statement floor.

Get the look To create Victorian splendour Buxton black and white or red and ivory tiles give floors an authentic feel with a classic monochrome colour palette.


High Luxe Treat yourself to the ultimate in luxurious spa chic by combining jewel-like mosaics with large format sparkly quartz tiles for a look that really makes a statement.

Get the look Gloss, high sheen and gloss again. This is what makes a luxe bathroom. To give your bathroom a luxury hotel feeling use large ceramic jewelled tiles. Large tiles are a wonderful option for spacious bathrooms, especially ones with large windows to bring in ample amounts of sunshine. Add jewelled boarders or features to give it that final touch of pizazz,,


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Being in college is costly and your college bound student won’t have a ton of money for entertainment. That is where the Roku comes in. The Roku 3 allows you to stream over 750 channels, along with connecting and streaming movies from your favorite movie services (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime). It also allows you to stream music. The Roku 3 will stream from all the big music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Cloud Plays, Rdio, etc. Many of the music services have a free versions that will toss in an advertisement every now and then, but it’s not as bad as local broadcast radio stations, and you get to customize what you want to listen to. If you don’t like what is on any of the channels, you can play music from your tablet, or smartphone. The most attractive part of this gadget is th remote. If you want to watch a movie, and your roommate is about to hit the sack, you c a n plug a set of headphones into the remote and it plays the sound through the remote, and into your headphones, so you don’t disturb them.

BioLite CampStove

First of all, it efficiently burns wood and other bio-matter that can be collected around your site or on a short hike. The BioLite is also quick to light and heats up fast, eliminating the hassle of starting a fire and getting those growling stomachs satisfied faster. It weighs less than 1 kg and folds for easy packing. And if that doesn’t sell the device, here’s that amazing perk: in addition to fueling the cooking fire, the BioLite collects escaping heat and converts it to electricity that can be used to charge your gadgets. This is great for keeping torches lit, and smartphones charged, and comes in handy when you need to use the GPS or look up song lyrics for those campfire sing-a-longs. The BioLite CampStove can be ordered through the BioLite website at

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Ever lost your mobile phone?Well this clever little devise mean that never again will you leave your mobile phone at work, in a restaurant, at the gym, or on a bus, because the poker chip-sized ZOMM Blue tooth-enabled wireless flashes, vibrates and sounds an alarm if the phone is left behind. It’s also a speaker-phone, so calls can be picked up when the handset is out of reach, such as at the bottom of a purse. www.www.

General Imaging ipico

The General Imaging ipico, is referred to as “a sleek hand-held projector for the iPhone or iPod touch. Easy to set-up, just open up the box, fold out the Apple 30-pin connector (it’s Apple certified) and slide your device on. It’s cable-free, fan-free, pocket-sized (4.25 x 1.75 x .5-inches), lightweight(just over 3 ounces) and its rechargeable Li-polymer battery (3.7V 1500mAh) will power about 90 minutes of use before a USB charge is needed. It has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and, depending on the amount of light in the room where it’s being used, can project up to 50 feet. The bulb itself can be changed but has a lifespan of more then 3,000 hours. After it’s connected movies, slide shows or YouTube videos , slide shows or YouTube videos can be projected in seconds.

FireEar Body Analyzer

If you’re serious about your health, the Withings Smart Body Analyzer is so smart, it can tell the world its findings almost instantly. It looks like a standard bathroom scale, which you could tuck away in the corner of any room but does a whole lot more.

The FE-1100 Monitor and its monitoring service offers peace of mind to homeowners that are away by notifying them of fire, abnormal indoor temperatures (including freeze) and extended power outages.

Along with the basics of recording up to eight topics such as users’ body weight, heart rate, air quality and fat mass percent, the device can connect to WiFi or Bluetooth and send out a tweet or a Facebook post with the results. You can use the Withings Health Mate app (free in iTunes) or more than 80 other third-party apps (iOS and Android) and websites with a computer or handheld device. Setup depends on which app is chosen, but regardless it’s pretty simple. It uses four AAA batteries (included) for power.

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Maurizio Sardo Director General of Domosat, The Giant of Home Cinema and Automation centres Reveals their further expansion within his magnificent showroom in San Pedro de Alcantara and gives an insight into their latest ..... State-of-the-Art Systems


nce again, I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity of interviewing Maurizio Sardo in his showroom in San Pedro de Alcantara, to discover the latest developments at Domosat. To say the showroom is spectacular is an understatement. It covers 500 square metres with three cinema rooms and demonstration rooms downstairs. On arrival, I am invited into one of the cinema rooms which is beautifully sound-proofed, perfect to conduct the interview.

I simply marvel at my surroundings. Maurizio, seeing my expression and remarks, “Every time people come and see the showroom, they say it is the best they have seen in Spain. It is true. I have many friends who are in the same kind of business, but this really is the best. Indeed by the end of October he will have a golf and car simulator in one of his cinema rooms, creating a playroom effect. In the meantime, clients on entering the hallowed establishment,

will be given demonstrations and be able to see firsthand how Domosat can design their dream systems. As I can see Maurizio, your cinema rooms are the latest in state-of-the-art in home entertainment. Can you give me the process of inception to conception and some examples of residential and commercial systems you have installed? “Basically the design is the same as the home automation system. The client will come in and many who have bought a new house will say they have an empty basement and want to design a cinema room or a playroom where we do, as the Americans say, build a box inside a box. We design everything from scratch. We initially present 3D plans so that the client can get a real feeling of what they are going to get and see the finished product. We then do the sound-proofing making sure the sound does not travel to the rest of the house, using special acoustic materials that absorb sound,

together with onsite coordination. We supply full decorative service and installation; from hi-tech cinema chairs to the smallest details. We work with top of the range brands such Wilson Audio, Krell, Martin Logan, SIM2..... With the cinema room part, what we are beginning to do a lot more of now is open-plan cinema/playrooms as people are not just looking for the traditional cinema rooms with three rows of seats. We have just finished a project with a cinema room with a golf and car simulator, so you can watch a movie, play golf and drive a car! We have also installed a Vantage lighting control system in the Picasso Museum. The residential projects have mainly been in urbanisations. We have installed systems in over 10 luxury communities including El Embrujo de Banus and at the moment we are installing a hi-tech system in La Reserva Sierra Blanca luxury complex.

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The story continues.. Now moving onto Domosat’s home automation systems. Just imagine waking in the morning to peaceful sounds of your favourite music, curtains sliding open and the roll-deck of the swimming pool opening up, all at the touch of a button. This is quite literally just a glimpse of one of the systems that a client can expect when they come to Domosat. They will depart knowing that they will realise all their dream systems for their new home. Domosat only uses the Rolls Royce of systems, Vantage and AMX which are exclusive to Domosat. I was eager to discover more about Domosat’s unrivalled expertise within this specialised field. Addressing Maurizio I asked him to give me an insight into their home automation systems with some examples of ones they have installed here in Spain. “Yes the main systems we use are Vantage together with AMX. We have been using them for fifteen years now. They are indeed the Rolls Royce of home installation systems. Over that time we have been doing very high end home automation systems, over 1500. These have included such areas as La Zagaleta, Sierra Blanca, Sotogrande, Gibraltar and internationally we have installed systems in London, France, Angola, Gabon, and Brazil. We are now also working on projects in Morocco as well as Ibiza where the demand is so high that we have recently opened a new showroom there. In Ibiza, do you offer the same products there or are they tailor-made for the Island? “They are pretty much the same systems. We are installing many Domosat systems and Bang & Olufsen installations there.” I know that many celebrities now reside there, is there a possibility that just this one time you may be able to reveal one or two who have had systems installed? “No because we have to sign confidentiality agreements but I can guarantee you that in the last six months we have done some very big installations for footballers and music industry moguls.” Referring back to the systems you have installed globally, how did you manage to secure these contracts? “Many of them are through word of mouth and through advertising, but also have been in Marbella for over 32 years and started the business 20 years ago; our Company and reputation are well established.”


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I asked Maurizio to describe in layman’s terms the exact definition of a home installation system. “Home installations systems, especially nowadays, where most people have an Iphone or an Ipad, who can access their email or You Tube, can now control their systems away from their house. You can pick up your iphone or ipad control the lights, temperature; disconnect the alarm system with a touch of your finger.” Domosat is irrefutably regarded as the leader in Home Automation systems. How have you managed to stay at the top?

“We were the first company here in Marbella and probably in Spain providing home automation systems. We have managed to stay on top because we joined forces with the best manufacturers so we are also able to supply the best possible equipment and give our clients the best service.” When a client initially contacts you to install a system, can you tell me the process you take them through, from when the initial idea materializes through to completion? “Basically what we do is ‘turnkey’ projects. Initially when we meet with the client the most important thing for us is to find out about their way of life. Are they married, single, have kids? How are they going to use the house? How are they going to use the system? That is in our initial meeting. We will then sit down with the client, their architect and decorator and customise the system for them. It is like when you go to buy a car. You sit down with the car dealer who asks what colour would you like, what wheels, and what interior. Leather, suede, walnut or aluminium. We install our systems tailor made for our clients. We then provide the client with plans and quotations. Once the client has accepted the quote, we coordinate the installation with the project manager of the house from the initial construction through to the completion of the project. We then show the client how to use and manage the system and we sign a maintenance contract where the client would pay a certain amount every month where they can have 7 days a week service at any time the client needs us. That is another reason is makes us one of the best Company’s on the coast. Your after service is second to none. However what happens if there is a power surge and knocks out the entire system. “If there is a power surge and it knocks out the electricity, the systems won’t work, unfortunately we cannot perform miracles! However in most big houses we recommend we install a power generator so that if there is a power surge the

generator will kick in and the system will keep working.”

I gather all the systems you install are all certified and officially approved by the manufacturer. “Yes, these include Vantage, AMX, KNX, Loewe, and many more that are part of the Cedia Group which is an American professional certification of installers. Most of these systems come from the USA so another reason we manage to stay on top is that I travel once a year to Indianapolis to the Cedia Show to pick up and learn about new technology. I will learn about them there and then bring them here and install them in client’s houses. We were the first company to do that. We also go to another show called ISE in Amsterdam every year, and do the same thing. As we have operated for so many years, we have developed a very close relationship with most manufacturers and distributors.

THE TEAM You have a large team at Domosat. Please can you let me know who heads up the team alongside you and their previous experience? “Without a shadow of a doubt, the most important part that has led to the success of Domosat is the team. I believe in the concept that the showroom is very important, the products are very important but what is integral to the success of Domosat, is the team. My right hand man, Miguel Angel is our Project Director has been with me for 14 years now together with my sister Barbara who manages all our branches. Most of my technical team members have been with me right from the beginning of Domosat. We send them on regular training so that every time a manufacturer comes out with a new system I will send them to England, Barcelona, Madrid, France or Belgium; wherever the head offices are so that they can study the new technology, systems and programming.

Can the Domosat systems save you money by conserving electricity and optimizing your heat and air conditioning systems? “Yes they do save money. Air conditioning systems, for example, are very much like hotels ones. If you leave a window open the system will cut off. We also do a lot of work where we use motion sensors for corridors so if you have got kids running around the house, the lights will come on and off, so that they are not left on all day which kids often do. Also with the system if you dim light you will be saving electricity.”

I also have two IT engineers who do all the programming. I don’t think there is a company in Marbella that has two in-house programmers fully dedicated to this purpose. The team are vital to Domosat because at the end of the day, the team are the ones that have to deal with the clients. They can do anything from a 5000€ television installation to a 2 million euro project.” With a steadfast team behind him and the continuing success and expansion of Domosat, Maurizio is clearly not going to stop there. He has come up with a new branch to Domosat entirely based on his longevity within the business for 20 years. He noticed over that time, having continuous collaboration with electricians, under floor heating installers, plumbers and other technicians, he realised how much better it would be for Domosat and his clients having them all on the same premises.

To this end, he is now working on establishing “DOMOSAT ALL IN ONE” with an office upstairs in their showroom exclusively dedicated to this. Says Maurizio, “DOMOSAT ALL IN ONE” will enable us to do comprehensive ‘turnkey’ projects and have a place where all professionals/companies involved in a project and customers can all meet together. However, more about that in next month’s edition of Perfect Homes.” On a final note by this writer, she is certainly looking forward to next month’s interview, and gaining a further insight into “DOMOSAT ALL IN ONE”. Until then, a visit to his showroom is a must for those who wish to transform their home into the home of their dreams.

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