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The First Word from Our Editor Spring is here and with the changing of the seasons comes home renovation. To get you inspired within this issue of Perfect Homes Magazine we take a look at the latest trends and designs on the market today, we look at the “industrial movement” of loft style décor and we speak to top American designer Dahlia Mahmood showcasing her opulent work and breathtakingly beautiful interiors. As with every issue of Perfect Homes Magazine we try to ensure we keep our readers up to date with the latest trends in design and products coming to market; Within this issue we look at the stunningly beautiful wall lamps by Axo and introduce you to the designer of the moment Daniel Lago of Lago with his gravity defining creations. If that’s not enough we bring you all our regular features of; Style News, Interior News, Perfect Homes Goes around the World and much much more…. Happy Reading! Mr Stan Israel Director & Editor


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A LAND OF ENCHANTING BEAUTY The American Southwest has long attracted artists from around the world due to the resplendent natural light and its effect on the dramatic landscape. Additionally, a pleasantly mild climate makes New Mexico an enticing place to reside for those who seek an outdoor lifestyle. Santa Fe, in particular, has become a coveted destination for luxury home buyers with its distinctive Pueblo architecture, rich culture and an average of 300 days of sunshine annually. On the north side of the city, just eight minutes from the downtown district, is one of Santa Fe’s most majestic estates. The residence maintains a rare combination of South-western style with unmistakably European influences offering a surprising 12,500 square foot main house. Accommodating yet not invasive, the sprawling residence and guest house are characterized by an assortment of inimitable materials converging into an irreplaceable masterpiece.

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The Tuscan inspired exterior is an elegant blend of local adobe and native stonework, with a handmade Spanish tile roof. Beautifully crafted windows and doors and think pillared columns frame the covered patio areas from that of the open plan pool area. This picture-perfect setting made up of lush professionally landscaped grounds, cascading water fountains, and posh courtyards highlighted by the extensive use of stone and natural elements, offers a private oasis away from everyday life, and captures the epitome of luxurious living. Adding to that its numerous summer terraces this property is an unrivalled destination for gracious living and entertaining. Beautifully furnished throughout this villa makes perfect use of it’s many summer terraces with designer furniture. Featured in the photo above is the Croquet Collection by

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If you love pale colours and soft neutrals, look away now.

with yellow being a standout shade, along with luminous accents of orange, neon pink and turquoise.

This spring is the time to embrace an explosion of colour. The patterns and palette we’re going to see coming through this season are bold, cheerful and optimistic,

But fear not – the key word for 2014 is ‘accent’, and don’t despair as these colours also look great with taupe and ever-popular greys.

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Teal Last year’s print designs featuring nature and woodland creatures will give way to lush, green botanicals, ethnic designs with a strong Moroccan or Mexican influence, as well as lots of strong, graphic geometrics.

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Vintage will also continue to be a massive trend, as our love of shabby chic sees us delving back into the past to take inspiration for the future, but always with a modern twist. Expect to see lots of lace and chintzy, floral vintage prints on a white background, which reflects our passion for handmade and old-fashioned crafts like knitting, crochet and stitching. Perfect Homes International Magazine


Eastern Design Influence for Luxury Interiors


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Add some flavour to your everyday style by curating an inspired interior space. Create a global home by mixing modern and vintage pieces of interest with eastern influences. From minimalist patterns to bold designs, this trend is sure to take hold in 2014! Rugs, storage containers, decorative accents, tapestries, fabrics in silk and velvet, furniture, tiling and bedspreads can all be used to bring eastern styles to the forefront of your space. There will also be a burgeoning demand for products made from the unique woods that grow in the region’s many countries (like Thailand’s teak, monkey and mango timber).

Black & White

The biggest sartorial statement from 2013’s runways will make a big splash in the home sphere in 2014. Expect to see this classic pairing everywhere – on textiles and in hardware form. Bold designers may even pair the two in unexpected ways, think painting the walls of a room white and its ceiling black.

Sunny Side Of The Street

Don’t like pastels? Perhaps you’ll want to add this season’s brightest shade to your home: Yellow. Yes, splashing a bit of sunshine throughout your space will be a thing to do in 2014. Go bold by repainting a dresser or coffee table in the eye-popping shade or keep things subtle by adding yellow accessories (like a jewellery box or bookend) to a focal point shelf in your home. Perfect Homes International Magazine


Perfect Pastels Pantone recently dubbed Radiant Orchid the colour of 2014, saying the hue exuded “confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” The decision speaks to a larger trend that will see less-intense hues take prominence over the bright neons we’ve been seeing in years past. Add the softer shades to your home’s decor via throw pillows or chic dining room linens. 22

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Industrial Interior IDesign


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very aspect of Industrial interior design matters. So what does that mean? Simply that this concept is based largely upon the space being honest with its components i.e. everything from the construction to the selected furniture and items are boldly on display. That’s why an open space like a loft is great for this style.

More or less every man-made object around you is the result of an industrial designer’s skill and talent whether it’s a table or useable gadget like a food mixer. Industrial interior design is often the concept selected for loft apartments off refurbished warehouse’s and factories. The best thing about industrial interior design is that you can achieve the look on a budget in particular you are looking for old industrial looking objects that are made from steel, metal or wood which look best when worn down or salvaged. The overall style should be an unfinished look with a focus on raw and rough surfaces with clean, flat surfaces. This concept is often blended with minimalism therefore you should avoid having lots of furniture or object or at least be able to hide them in good well thoughtout .

Colour: Your colour palette should steer clear of bright, bold colour instead you are looking for warn, neutral tones to fill your space. Shades and tones of grey work really great mixed up with white to add a crisp, clean look.

Key elements: n natural exposed brickwork n steel structure: beams, columns n concrete: show me concrete n rough timbers: wood n clutter free n great storage n abulous light fittings: light n interesting furniture

Walls: Should you be fortunate to have walls in your house that are unfinished old or exposed then that is a bonus that can add to your industrial style. For full effect you could even try to make them look even more worn. Painted walls work best with a mix of large pieces of art hanging.

Floor: As with minimalism a great floor option is polished concrete. It can be as rough and patchy as it wants to be and will still look great. Timber or stone flooring are also good finishes that will help you achieve the industrial look.

Decor: It is the decor that brings softness into your space so try to find some seriously comfy sofas and big scatter cushions to work alongside the ‘industrial’ type objects. Plants will inject life and colour into any environment so look for a few really great large leaf plants and some significant pots to house them.

Lighting: Free standing floor lamps are a wonderful source of lighting for this look. Try to add a few amazing looking pendants into your space like metal structured lighting typical of a factory work space.

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Des gns Add a quirky look to your industrial loft interior with Mr J. Design – Prince Edwards Top Hat Light. This quirky take on a great British classic is a great centre piece and talking point. How many of your friends can say they have a top hat light above their dining room table? Made with a 100% wool top hat this piece is the ultimate accessory for any home, both contemporary and traditional. For more information visit:


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How much thought and how much heart has gone into creating Axor Starck Organic? An extraordinary amount: resulting in a funcational mixer shower jet that is unprecedented, revolutionary low water consumption of 3.5 l/min., and a totally new operating concept. Find out more about the new bathroom collection, which will enable you to experience water in a MEGA BULB completely new way, at or A minimalist suspension in blown glass.

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Tomorrow take you?


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design have set new standards in the interior design market, their concept and approach to interior design is quite unique as they not only create high end contemporary interiors, they also design and manufacture the bespoke furniture that goes into their stunning custom built projects.

Interior Design Company with a difference

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From bespoke cabinetry to sumptuous contemporary sofas. Unique and original collection of custom made furniture along with a vast selection of the latest trends in contemporary rugs, fabrics, compliments and accessories including personalized made to measure art and sculptures. All our furniture is designed created and manufactured in house to any size, finish or color. Combining modern textures and materials, such as mirror-finish high gloss lacquers, with specially selected natural woods, painted glass and polished steel, achieving luxurious and unique furniture and interior designs. Whether you arrive by car at the south gate or via the helipad, as you enter this truly stylish residence you are greeted with the most spectacular sea and mountain views. Surrounded by nature but yet minutes away from Puerto Banus and Marbella, this home is a wonderfully dynamic mix of luxury and convenience both interior and exterior.

As you enter this residence through the spacious, asymmetrically decorated foyer with pedestal sculptures on the right and a commissioned art pieces on the left all of which are framed with white glass wall panels you then cross the perpendicular hallway into one of the many living spaces. The lounge effortlessly flows out into the spacious terrace where luxury, comfort and style all merge together to create a truly inspiring outdoor living space where the coastline of Marbella awaits you. The suspended walnut and brushed steel fireplace separates the lounge and the family room creating a connection yet a subconscious division between the two spaces. The spacious open plan kitchen and dining area provide a variety of formal, informal and casual seating and dining areas depending on ones mood and the occasion. With the main dining table being more of a sculptural conversation piece than a table, proudly overlooks the rest of the kitchen from its slightly elevated position.

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The kitchen is the central point of the house, encouraging communication throughout the entire home. With its white minimal Krion workstation and attached glass breakfast bar, it has exquisite views of the out door patio, pool, and of course the coastline. Alternatively there is also an oval shaped informal dining area which over looks the pool and a more casual sofa area perfect for relaxing. The kitchen and dining room both are adjacent to an interior water feature. This water feature comes with a herb garden, which can be accessed by stepping stones. This feature proving that nature is definitely part of the home! Access through the sliding glass doors and you can step out onto your covered pergola, with casual sofas as well as an additional outside formal dining. Look to the right and you will see the pool and Jacuzzi, which has a covered

lounge area. Look to the left and follow the terrace around, taking in the views of Marbella & San Pedro. This will bring you to more outdoor seating options and also can take you back inside to the formal living room. On the terrace there is a lovely range of seating options. A tucked away daybed, for those escape or reading moments, a hanging daybed for those sleepy moments, and of course seating area ideal for entertaining. Back inside the house, follow the stairs down and you will find the first of two master bedrooms. This one is called the “Winter Bedroom”. All the objects in this bedroom are in different hues of grey or silver, making it a very luxurious and connected bedroom. The bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom and two walk-in wardrobes. With views to the ocean, this bedroom is a lovely place to retreat to. Also on the lower level is a self-

contained apartment, complete with a kitchenette. To finish off the lower floor is a gymnasium with two Turkish baths/saunas. Discreet lighting strips under each stair leads you safely back upstairs to the street level. Move past the entrance foyer and you will find another staircase. After taking a peak at the two en-suite bedrooms and the study, make your way up the staircase, which is lit via a skylight. At the top of this staircase is the “Summer Bedroom”. This bedroom, like the winter one, has an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. However, the difference is noticeable in the colour scheme. The bedroom is fitted with dark grey hues and striking geometric wallpaper featuring as the back wall to the bed and headboard. The bedroom has private views to the coastline and the


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surrounding environment. With the storage units and doors being finished with a dark wood, it is a sophisticated contrast to the lighter wooden floor. The wardrobe is fitted with motion sensor lighting, making it very modern, convenient and also ecofriendly. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean and the sophisticated interior and exterior lighting becomes noticeable, the atmosphere changes. Transforming this home into a glamorous setting perfect for entertaining on the terrace or having a cosy dinner indoors. This home is an energetic combination of sophistication, style, & relaxation. For more information stay tuned for next months issue or contact UDesign on +34 952 794 117 or Images & Website: UStudio Words: Nicola Geldart

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FRAMEWORK | Wall lamp Design indirect light wall lamp design by Manuel Vivian (2013)

A collection of suspensions, ceiling lamps and wall lamps in wrinkled white painted aluminium with a fluorescent light source, all available in three different sizes. The ceiling lamps/wall lamps are supplied in three different heights to create customized compositions, thanks to removable spacers which allow for reduced packaging.

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Runway Rugs

Rugs occupy an ever more central position in floor fashions as the trend in hard flooring continues. With more people choosing hardwood or tiles for their homes, wide expanses of bare floors can make an interior feel cold and unwelcoming. This is where a strategic placement of rugs can help.

A rug helps define areas, muffles noise, keeps the dust down and provides warmth. In addition to that, rugs also greatly enhance the aesthetics of a room by providing a finishing touch. Replacing or adding a rug to your interior design is one of the easiest and cost effective ways of bringing your interiors up to date with current trends. But with so many rugs and styles to choose from it’s not easy picking out what’s on trend. Here we look at a few key trends for 2014

Modern Florals Floral rugs have been in and out of style for years but now there back and they are most definitely bold, think Rock n Roll not Grandma. Look out for large floral motifs to give a modern feel and immediate impact in living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.


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Geometric Following the trend of being bold geometric rugs will always make a statement. Our advice is to choose a colour that either complements or contrasts with other colour shades in the room. They don’t come bolder than Geometry by Oriental Weavers.

Clash of Colours This is always fun but don’t think this style needs to bold and brash. For 2014 try clashing pastel colours and softer patterns like Paisley and florals. This style is also great for children’s rooms when they’ve grown out of the traditional kiddy rugs.

Folk and Craft The key to this trend is to let go of your desire to match your rug to your current scheme, this trend is all about individualism so think creatively get a rug that matches your personality. From patchwork, vintage, retro to homemade style anything goes. The trick to this trend is to go for bright colours and characterful patterns such as Nomadic from Plantation Rugs,

Heritage Traditional patterns are making a comeback, look for neutral palette shades with accent colours, go for slightly bolder designs

Tartan and Checks A British Classic and with the number of styles and colours of rugs available now there’s no reason why this style can’t be contemporary too. Greens, yellows, blues and bright pink are on trend for 2014, so if you’re looking for a modern twist to this old faithful pattern try using these colours. What’s great about Tartan and Check style is that it’s difficult to go wrong. Mix, match or clash they’ll always look good and always make a statement. Use bright colours for contemporary and classic colours for a cosier feel.,,

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Striking light

Created from a series of tiny crystal pieces suspended by nickel plated rings assembled by hand, the Ozero custom-made crystal chandelier multiplies the light source and offers a beautiful and glittery atmosphere

The piece was envisioned by Janos Heder and has the ability of turning your home into a more harmonious place to live, while defying spaces. The project is based on the idea that crystal makes a room more special and creates an outstanding point of reference. The beauty of this custom-made chandelier can be explained by the fact that each tiny piece of crystal features an impressive brilliance that refracts the light into a rainbow of colours spreading inside the room. Giving any room a warm and soft light, the custom-made chandelier becomes a beautiful piece of your personal universe.

The taste of luxury Deviehl, London based company designed cups which make drinking coffee a luxury pleasure Andreas Bos and Jonathan Strauss, Deviehl’s founders focussed their complimentary skills and experience in luxury watchmaking, precision engineering and product innovation to design the perfect coffee cup. They managed to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing. Designed to delight the eyes – innovative shape, 25 separate component parts (excluding decoration), Deviehl’s coffee cups are crafted crafted from unconventional materials, hydrophobic leathers, carbon fiber and exotic woods.

Perfect Balance French interior designer and architect Grégoire de Lafforest has created a truly contemporary lounge chair which, behind its apparent simplicity, conceals a wellthought interplay of contrasting elements The elegant ‘Opper’ chair juxtaposes the rigid, cool Carrara marble volume of its base with the warm, softer leather seat inspired by 1970’s motorbike saddles, all the while combining the functions of a lounge chair and a side table in one piece of furniture. Hollow inside, the marble base also provides storage for the seat’s bespoke cushions. The overall seating unit resembles a set of balancing weights and lines. The central axis of the seat is highlighted by changes in colour. One unexpected practical feature that we enjoyed is the existence of storage space inside the supporting marble cube. Its hollow interior allows users to place a set of three cushions inside for safe keeping. The ‘Opper’ chair has been released in a limited edition series of 12 + 1 prototype.


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Unique position Have you ever had the chance to admire a swan sleeping?

Inspired by the unique position adopted by these imperial creatures while they rest, Iran-based designer Ali Alavi imagined an elegant shape suited for spaces that need to express modern sophistication. Named the Serenad Chair, this bent chair design imitates the curvaceous body of a sleeping swan as it floats on water. Imagine the sumptuous bird with its head between the winds – there is nothing like it. This unique sleeping position was so inspiring for the designer, that he chose to depict it in the shape of a household item. By choosing modern materials, the designer also captured reflections of the water as the bird gently floats on the body surface. With a chrome finish, the sinuously shaped chair mirrors colours and patterns in its proximity, creating an extravagant effect. Perfect for contemporary home, the Serenad Chair proves once again that nature holds the best forms of inspiration.

Elegant, contemporary & inspirational Stylish and modern, the Swarovski Elements Wallpaper created by British designer Karen Beauchamp promises to offer eleven original wallpaper styles adorned with crystallized Swarovski elements Revamping your interior by using one of these eleven different designs of the Swarovski Elements Wallpaper means giving into your desire for luxury. By incorporating one of these intricate wallpaper styles in a modern residence, one could create magnificent crisp compositions that lend elegance to the surroundings. The effects range from dramatic to elegantly subtle, inviting customers to choose the best options for their own specific interior needs. Contemporary adaptations of elegant wallpapers can be the perfect match for a space that seemed to miss something, but you never quite figured out what. Inspiring colours and patterns adorned with Swarovski elements add luxury and quite a dramatic element of surprise to interior spaces.

The Rockstar Whiskey Bar lives up to its name through its eye-catching design, elegance and finishes

On the rocks

Buster + Punch created the luxurious whiskey and cocktail bar from in two wooden versions: American Black Walnut and Blackened Ash. Hand-made to conjure the inspiring elegance of carefully finished details, the Rockstar Whiskey Bar also comes in customized sizes so it fits in perfectly in your chosen interior. Its name derives from the attention given to a rockstar because he/she “steals the show” and this is the exact feeling given by the refined wooden bar. Attention to details shaped the final result of this sophisticated furniture piece: “Our stunning whisky or cocktail bar is hand made in the UK from either solid American Black Walnut or Blackened Ash. The quilted back panel comes in sumptuous Grey Berry silk or rockstar Black Leather. To the side sits a knurled brass light fitting with a snake’s heat cage for protection. The bar is opened from the top with two doors on brass butler hinges. The bar is then finished with custom brass buttons and our signature knurled brass furniture handles.” Visit:

Bags of style The world of Saint Babila is a world of elegance, luxury and respect for the fines qualities, of material and manufacture that culminate in a dynamic and involving energy

Made of myths & legends Portugal-based design studio UNDA celebrate fascinating mythology by creating the Lotus Desk Trying to express the transition from winter into spring, when everything is revived and enters a new life cycle, the design focuses on details and a smooth, elegant cream-like color or its dark counterpart to shine. This transition from cold to warm is described by the two opposing ends – one displaying an ice-like geometry, while the other blossoms into fine details: “From new life to death, from purity to passion, Lotus have had many meanings in myths and legends. Swelling from tender bud to full bloom, flowers are associated with youth, beauty, pleasure and the season of spring: the season of growth and transition. This Desk intends to capture exactly that: the transition from the hard and cold winter to the blooming and joyful spring which we love so much.”

The new Saint Babila Collection emanates a certainty borne from experience, the Saint Babila creations value fine craftsmanship, exclusive tailoring and true Italian style. The eclectic talent of Samuele Mazza meets with the excellence of a company, whose utmost manufacturing expertise, to give interiors a new appeal, innovation, freshness and timeless luxury.



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Las Brisas Plot: 1.625m2

Built: 622m2

Price: â‚Ź3.150.000

A unique neo-colonial contemporary villa situated frontline to the famous Las Brisas Golf course thus boasting amazing panoramic views across the fairways to the lakes with decorative fountains. expected completion is April 2014. For further information on this property, please call International Marbella on (34) 607 520 701 or email your enquiry to

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Sotogrande Alto Plot: 4.100m2

Built: 1.160m2

Price: â‚Ź4.000.000

Spectacular 8 bedroom villa situated front line to Almanara Golf Course offering spacious reception rooms with tall ceilings and having the most amazing huge Clive Christian kitchen with wood burning marble fireplace and doors to the infinity pool and thatched Gazebo. For further information on this property, please call International Marbella on (34) 607 520 701 or email your enquiry to

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Alexanders´Collection Spain Luxur y Home POUL HENNINGSEN Simple, functional and to the point. Everything he produced from architecture and furniture to cultural critique and poetry follows one single line of thought. Always liberating, always enlightening, he pretty well invented modern Danish living. The PH Grand Piano was designed in 1931 by Poul Henningsen. It still belongs to the future. It brings style and beauty to any surrounding and interior project.

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Be inspired by Danish design icons and German quality. Poul Hennigsen Pianos are the most exclusive pianos on the market and bring style and beauty to any place and interior project.

THE STORY When Poul Hennigsen designed the grand piano in 1931, it was an instant sensation at the “Your Home” Exhibition which was held in Copenhagen. At the exhibition Poul had decorated the area with some of his own quotations; “The grand piano that goes with all sorts of furniture” and “ A piece of furniture can be both beautiful and ugly – “An instrument is always beautiful”. The idea to the grand piano occurred in a pub, while chatting with the famous Danish contemporary jazz pianist Leo Mathiesen. Mathiesen commented on the first draft, and suggested PH to make more space between the legs, so that a bass drum would be able to stand beneath it, when packing together the instruments after a concert. From 1931 to mid-1960s approximately 70

“Today it is very rare to come upon one of the original pianos, and they are seen as a highly exclusive instrument.” grand pianos were sold a before the production was stopped. Today it is very rare to come upon one of the original pianos, and they are seen as a highly exclusive instrument. Today the new internal components are manufactured by Blüthner, which now makes the sound as supreme as the design. The legs are curved and the overall design is made with the idea to highlight the beauty in this type of instrument, namely the strings. It is an icon in the Scandinavian design history, and a trademark for Denmark.

THE CONSTRUCTION The grand piano is made of steal, celluloid and goatskin. It combines elements from Bauhaus and the more traditional organic forms. It was designed to be placed in the ordinary living room, and to be easily placed in all sorts of establishments. But has ever since its launch in 1931, been seen more suitable for the modern and high class home, the exclusive interior design. The PH Grand piano is a modern timeless instrument. It lifts the surroundings and is seen both as a fine instrument as well as a piece of high quality furniture. It exudes luxury and leads ones thoughts to the surroundings of a sky bar, a fashionable hotel a highly deluxe yacht and the penthouse apartment.

PH explained himself the construction this way: “My starting point was that a piano is one of the few instruments played on while inside its case. I mean, you take a violin out of its packaging before playing on it. The traditional packaging of the grand piano has therefore always been that of an item of furniture, in the style of time. I wanted to turn it into an instrument and, in doing so, perhaps improve its sound, which is solely determined by the sounding board.” “The large wooden construction the bears the iron frame and the sounding board I bound as if it was a book of red shagreen. I made the lid of plexiglass, which was all the rage just then. The music rest is a part of the lid and has the entire width of the piano. The legs are of malleable cast iron and chromium-plated. They have been curved to provide space for percussion instruments, even a big drum”. Available at: ALEXANDER’S COLLECTION HOME LUXURY

THE INSTRUMENT Steel and leather bound with a lightness of being. Graceful legs dancing to the beat of a different drummer. A cover made of crystal clear celluloid, allowing a view of the felt hammers as their movement transforms into sound. The PH Grand Piano, a contemporary work of art. The PH Grand Piano is a symbol of modernism and represents Poul Henningsen’s personal ideal of simplicity above all else. With a celluloid cover held in place by an elegantly bow-shaped, chrome-plated brass frame, the piano was given a fresh, edgy, contemporary expression of the 30´s. Specially constructed Blüthner soundboard & components.


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Made in italy Sign of design:

Lago In the crowded world of domestic design, LAGO takes its place as an emerging brand, thanks to a collection of stimulating products and a corporate philosophy which embraces interaction between business and art, coupled with on-going research into sustainable development. In charge of embracing this philosophy is Daniele Lago, a young entrepreneur and designer, who, together with his brother Franco and his sister Rosanna, leads a young and dynamic team.

Fluttua Fluttua is a suspended, height-adjustable bed available in round and rectangular models. The Fluttua bed eliminates everything superfluous to leave more room for thought. The characteristic of the product is its single, height-adjustable central leg and multi-layer base combined with a solid iron structure anchored to the wall.

Wildwood bed The Wildwood bed combines the glass’ transparency with the wood’s warmth. The live oak headboard is embellished by a personalized fabric band and can be customized with glass bands on the sides. Fabric dressed accessories that can serve as side tables and object containers can be attached anywhere on the headboard. The legs come in extra-clear glass. The platform is made of HPL.

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Italian Design

“From Inspiration to Installation” “от вдохновения до установки”

Pol. Ind. San Pedro de Alcantara, Calle Fco. Moreno Lomena nº 4, 29670, Marbella, Malaga Tel: 952 786 631

Be Inspired!


hen designer Dahlia Mahmood was asked to design an entrance fit for a grand estate, she used a classic black and white theme creating a serene mood, rich textiles, a stunning chandelier and delicate archways - the result simplistic elegance. Dahlia, president of Dahlia Design a full service design firm design firm which specializes in transforming living space into a unique luxurious home, providing elegance and timeless design. Her philosophy is Simple, Elegant, Glamorous, “every client is different different expectations so as a company pride ourselves of always exceeding client’s expectations”.

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With this is mind Perfect Homes Magazine ask: What was the single-largest issue you wanted to address for the family of this beautiful home? Before the redesign of the pre-existing home, the walls were crowded with ornate moulding painted in gold. The client was in love with the exterior of the home but grew uneasy every time she stepped into the interior. Over-the-top ornaments clouded her vision of the space.

Our team, on the other hand, saw the great ceilings and the potential of the architectural elements. There definitely was beauty in this home, it just had to be rediscovered a nd refined. How does the end result match up with your original vision for the space? The client had noted that she wanted to keep the pre-existing double doors because they were hand-carved walnut pieces imported from Brazil. We stood by her request but found that the doors faded in contrast to the completed interior. The colour had diminished with age and had to be restored. With permission, our top-notch craftsman carefully sanded, stained and sealed the walnut, and the carvings turned out to look even richer than before. What was your biggest obstacle in this space? Designing this home, we decided to install large mirrors in the foyer to create the illusion of depth and reflect light from the grand chandelier throughout the open space. Mirrors at this scale, however, become very heavy, so we took extra precautions to secure them with steel brackets and a surrounding frame attached to the wall. A week after installation,

Virginia was hit with its first major earthquake in years. The East Coast was shaken up, but the mirrors remained in place. What surprised this project?





No matter the space or the size you are given to work with, there is beauty in any home, it is just a matter of finding it. Without a doubt, this home had the bones; it just needed a tremendous update. I learned to work through messy, outdated designs and bring out the best architectural qualities of a pre-existing structure. What are the hidden gems in your plan? Upon entering the home, the foyer table becomes the center-piece, your eye moving up to the baccarat vase of fresh flowers and to the custom, crystal rock chandelier. The client had a love of pearls and so this became the focal finish — from the Corinthian capitals to the moulding wrapped around the room, every finish in the entrance was given a lustrous touch of glamour. For more information about Dahlia designs visit:

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Axor Starck Organic Follow your Head and your Heart

How much thought and how much heart has gone into creating Axor Starck Organic? An extraordinary amount: resulting in a funcational mixer shower jet that is unprecedented, revolutionary low water consumption of 3.5 l/min., and a totally new operating concept. Find out more about the new bathroom collection, which will enable you to experience water in a completely new way, at or


Kitchen Disasters

Within each issue of Perfect Homes we focus our attention on the kitchen after all it is the “heart of the home” but designing a kitchen and ensuring you have ticked all the right boxes can be a daunting task. Here we share the do’s and don’ts of kitchen design.

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Leave some space to breathe.


Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets. There’s rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics

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Have a countertop around wall ovens.


Put a wall oven by itself. Where are you going to put the turkey when you take it out of the oven? When using a wall oven ensure there is plenty of counter space next to / or across from it so you can place your heavy cooked dishes onto a counter as soon as you remove it from the ovens.


Invest in strong and good-looking cabinets.


Skimp on poor-quality. Think about it - you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential.

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Bring cabinets up to the ceiling.


Have cabinets that fall short of the ceiling. Why? Because they collect dust and unnecessary accessories, plus the space created between the cabinet and ceiling is completely wasted. By taking the cabinet all the way up to the ceiling you create more storage space ideal for those products that you don’t use on a day-to-day basis.


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Have one element that’s fun or creative.

Don’t: Be boring.

The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal. Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops - the whole room has to bend effortlessly together a bit like a marriage.


Make a small kitchen work for you.


Think bigger is always better. A welldesigned kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly.


Use cabinetry to conceal some appliances.


Go overboard with stainless-steel appliances. Stainless steel can be a wonderful accent. However, as with all good design, there should be a rhythm with the placement. Splashes of stainless all over the place make any kitchen look and feel choppy and small. Be especially careful with those stainlesssteel coffins — giant stainless refrigerators as they can quickly overpower a kitchen design if it’s not balanced correctly.


Know when to stop.


Overdo it. Knowing when to stop is the real challenge, there is nothing worse than a kitchen overloaded with stainless steel or mosaic tiles. The key rule to remember is that appliances and decorations should accentuate the kitchen space.

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GUNNI & TRENTINO is a 40 year old leading Spanish firm with wide international experience, specialised in high end decoration. Gunni & Trentino are pleased to announce a new working collaboration. “Our catalogue includes more than 500 elite brands, which enables the expert professional, or customer freedom and flexibility to choose from a huge range of possibilities to achieve their design goal. By adding to this catalogue the products of a prestige brand like Armani Casa is a huge success not only for us but for our customers.” Mónica Fernández de Béjar, head of marketing and communications. We are very pleased to work with Armani Casa because it fits perfectly with our project and we know that our present and future customers will choose this brand often for its quality and originality,” he says Chema Moreno, Partner and Commercial Director GUNNI & Trentino. The exquisite taste that characterizes the brand reaches heights of great refinement in his collection of furniture, textiles and accessories.


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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. 102

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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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GUNNI &TRENTINO Bulevar Alfonso Hohenloe, 4 2, 29602 MARBELLA Tlf.: +34 951 968 771 [ ] [ ] Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 14:00, 16:30 - 20:00 & Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00

The Sheridan Handleless Painted Kitchen The Sheridan handleless painted kitchen, from Tom Howley‘s new contemporary range on our blog, last week. Symmetry is key to the design. The shape of the island mirrors the shape of the suspended ceiling and the appliance wall at the end of the kitchen is also perfectly symmetrical.


Wood Effect Porcelain Tiles C

hoosing the flooring for your home is one of the most significant decisions to make in terms of the long-term, overall look and feel of the space. It’s a big financial decision, and theoretically it’s not going to be changed for at least a number of years – or ideally, for many years to come. But choosing between real hardwood flooring and porcelain tiles means being stuck between two very different choices: authentic and long lasting but difficult to maintain and expensive, or durable, easy to clean, but without a touch or warmth. Well the simplest solution always seem to be the best and Porcelanosa Par-ker Original Ceramic Parket tiles offers the best of both worlds - a porcelain tile printed with wood patterns offers picture-perfect natural wood colour and variety with durability it’s easy to clean and less expensive than one might think and by merging the beauty and warmth of wood with porcelain tiles highly rated performance, hardness and longevity is a definite winning combination. The Par-ker tile doesn’t scratch, fade or warp and with a zero absorption rate it doesn’t stain or need refinishing, furthermore Porcelanosa manufactures versions with anti-slip surfaces ideal for use in wet zones such as bathrooms and kitchen which is why this tile is the newest trend to emerge this year.

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Babylone Living in splendour

The height of luxurious living Located within the highly desirable vibrant city landscape right in the heart of Montreal, the babylone is made up of two slender 37-storey and 25-storey glass-clad towers bridged by a pair of hanging gardens offering stunning gardens and incredible views of the Mount-Royal, the St-Lawrence River and the city’s other famous buildings. The Babylone will house 331 luxury studios, apartments and penthouses designed to offer the highest possible standard of comfort and luxury-living. Due for completion in fall 2016 Starting from $193,000 / €141,000 / £ 117,000

Ocean Seven is a one-of-a-kind beachfront development on Kenya’s fantastic North Coast. Within 28kms of Mombasa, Ocean Seven is a secure and elegant residence for those who want a lifestyle that matches their vision - a truly bold concept for modern day life. Every condo has been carefully designed to maximize the panoramic Indian Ocean views and cooling on-shore breezes. The blend of services and facilities has been crafted to exceed expectations. There are five different types of property you can buy at Ocean Seven. All are ‘condominiums’ or condos. There are 58 condos in total in the first O1 Tower. All bedrooms offer en-suite facilities and the open plan kitchen, dining room, living room and balcony all look out across the garden area towards the sea. Ocean Seven has been designed to enhance quality of life, setting new standards for luxury living in Kenya. The warm Indian Ocean and the pristine, white sandy beach is a perfect backdrop to life at Ocean Seven. Swimming pools for families with separate areas for young children and an Olympic length 50m-horizon pool have been worked into the expansive 17acre garden to give plenty of swimming, gardens and deck space. For more information visits:

An exotic private island paradise A haven of beauty and tranquillity, this tropical island is located at the south end of the Berry Islands chain, just 30 minutes by air from Nassau. The island is well protected on all sides by neighbouring islands and sand banks. Chub Cay lies just west of Bird Cay and offers an excellent marina, a private resort club, restaurants, and a 5,000 foot airstrip with regular and chartered flights to Nassau. The privately owned island of Whale Cay to the east includes a 4,000 foot paved runway and harbour. Proximity to the Great Bahama Bank and the Tongue of the Ocean makes this an excellent fishing, sailing, and scuba-diving paradise. The Property: With over 4.75 Miles of water frontage Bird Cay offers sandy beaches, crystalline waters, spectacular ocean views, gentle prevailing breezes, numerous landscaped trails, gardens, mature tropical palms as well as citrus and coconut groves. Given the considerable flowing lawn that surrounds the main house, a few golf holes could easily be constructed on the island. The Residences: The island features a historic two storey main residence (4 bedrooms, 3 baths) that overlooks the swimming pool and the ocean. It was developed in the 1940s and is in need of repair.

Five colourful waterfront cottages line the shore of this private gem and seem to float on an artist’s palette of dazzling blue ocean fringed with pristine white beaches. The guest house overlooks nearby Whale Cay and affords complete privacy enveloped by native flowers and a white picket fence. It comprises three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, a huge sitting room, and a dining room. Priced at: $11,900,000 / €8,692,000 / £7,200,000 For more information visit:

Indoor-outdoor living Ian Schrager presents 26 limited edition residences in Miami Beach designed by John Pawson Located on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION are situated between the ocean and the bay with breath-taking views of each. Each of the 26 one of a kind apartments’ are light-filled with generous living areas and floor-toceiling windows. Every detail of the seamlessly flowing spaces is designed to invite effortless continuity between indoor and outdoor living. Each residence has Pawson’s magic touch with custom designed, open Bulthaup kitchens with islands as well as master bathrooms with Italian white onyx translucent screens and custom-cast integral

concrete bathtubs and sinks. Pawson uses an unparalleled level of finishes and details to create interiors of maximum comfort, functionality and aesthetic pleasure. Generous living areas are light filled with floor-to-ceiling windows and bleached teak wood flowing throughout including balconies and terraces. In addition to the apartments, there are 2 luxurious Penthouses with pool, indoor/outdoor lounge and an outdoor kitchen, as well as the Beach House and Bay House residences with outdoor kitchen, lounge area and plunge pool. Amenities include a resident-only private entrance, 24-hour doorman, concierge and priority access to all hotel facilities and amenities. Available for sale in fall 2014. For more information visit: Perfect Homes International Magazine




THE PRESTIGIOUS A LT E A H I L L S E S TAT E G R O U P LAUNCHES THE M O S T LU X U R I O U S EXCLUSIVE RESIDENTIAL VILLA COMPLEX ON T H E C O S TA B L A N C A . 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 service-quarters, 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: 5.800.000 euros Apply for a full brochure: Contact Agent: Global Luxurious Properties Team of Professional Real Estate Consultants Phone: 0031-(0)15-2630195 Email: Website:


Private Island Full RESORT Infrastructure

Saint Vincent

is just about to join the international travel world with its International Airport. If you are looking to develop a Caribbean Resort this Private island could be for you. A great opportunity for re-launching onto the international island traveler market. We highly recommend this private island to you. Potentially one of the best private island options currently available in the Caribbean where you can add most value within one of the last emerging regions of the Caribbean. Young Island Resort is a privately owned luxury resort in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. This superb property has been run successfully as a private island resort for 48 years and has an established reputation amongst a loyal clientele and strong repeat guest rate.

Fast Facts: • 12.6 acre Private Island of tropical hillside • •

and beachfront Elevated land as well as beach areas Ample space for further development current buildings only occupy 2.5 acres

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White sandy beaches - Saint Vincents’ best beach Just a short 3 min boat transfer with calm level waters from the mainland Enjoys mainland facilities including power and water Total of 91 years available on a lease Buy ahead of the New International Airport Just 200 yards of the south of Coast St. Vincent.

29 Private Guest Cottage and Full Resort Facilities There are 29 private guest cottages scattered around the island, primarily upon gentle sloping hillsides overlooking the ocean.

Island Features include: • • • • •

Large Lagoon swimming pool Spa Har-tru tennis court 2 bars including The Coconut Bar 2 dining areas; one area reserved for more formal dining and the other under several thatched gazebos used for casual dining.

29 Guest Cottages with: • Sea views • Open-air garden showers • Some with private plunge sun decks

The spectacular island location offers guests, privacy and seclusion in the private cottages amongst natural peace and quiet. Enjoy the best of both worlds whilst being relatively close to the capital, airport, shops, bars and restaurants. International Sailing, Watersports and Elite Neighbourhood of Mustique, Canouan, Palm Island & Bequia. Young Island is the first island of the Grenadine chain of islands which includes Mustique, Canouan, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent all of which boast luxury resorts. The island is perfect for Marine Development as well as hotel Development.

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South of the main Hurricane Zone Surrounded by Glorious Sailing & Diving Large Yacht anchorage in deep water perfect for international Super Yachts


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World class sailing in the Grenadines on your doorstep - Frequently rated as The Worlds best sailing World Renowned Diving The Grenadines offer great Kite-Boarding, Golf and Snorkeling with a warm and vibrantly colorful Culture and low crime.

Young island benefits from the idyllic climate and stunning natural environment of the Grenadines for a prefect destination for Both US & European guests.

The Lush Tropical Landscape Ripe for Eco Tailoring The islands undisturbed tropical environment is home to a divers species including some near extinct on the mainland. Some of the oldest Botanical species in the Northern Hemisphere.

Opportunity Build on an Excellent Reputation

The Eco aspects of the resort could be enhanced further to attract Eco inspired tourist.

The resort consistently receives excellent reviews including a Fodor’s Choice designation. Ranked #1 of 16 hotels in St. Vincent Trip Advisor reviews...“Among the very best” ....

The natural lush vegetation gives much privacy and shade to the guests making the island very comfortable and matching guests expectation of a tropical hideaway.

Long established Wedding and Honeymoon and family holiday destination with many repeating visitors - 50% repeat business primarily from the US and British markets.

FOR SALE Saint Vincent & The Grenadines 10MUSD open to offers. Contact the international agent who can assist with further information: The Grenadines Collection UK 0800 0484814 THE GRENADINES +1 (784) 529 8046 THE GRENADINES +1 (784) 455 0969








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0800 0484814 The 35 acres that is Young Island. It is virtually a tropical garden. The trees are in fruit and flowers are everywhere. White ginger, hibiscus, crotons and ferns, to name a few, are sheltered under tall palms, giant almonds, mango, coffee, nutmeg, flamboyant and breadfruit trees, on the beach, where white sand eases gently into the Caribbean. Hammocks hang under thatched roofs for reading and napping in the shade. The cooling trade winds are ever constant and enjoyed too for sailing and windsurfing. Windsurfers, small sailboats, snorkels, masks and flippers are available for the beginner or pro. 29 Cottages with sea views, open-air garden showers and private patios are spread out across the 35-acre private island….Just off shore is our “Coconut Bar” where drinks are served in fresh coconuts… just “one more”, before the swim back to shore…. Perfect Homes International Magazine



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Design your life with Fernando Moreno …


ernando Moreno is a family run business located in the town of San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella). Founded more than 40 years ago the company has been dedicated to the world of construction and over the years has evolved to now offer a full range of materials not only to build your home but also to furnish and decorate it too. At its facilities customers are initially awed by the sheer size of the building. Housed within its walls is a showroom of 5’000m2 and a warehouse which measures 15’000m2 plus there is a very large customer car park. Here under one roof one will be able to find everything required to make their home a dream home with products such as: furniture, decoration, bathrooms, kitchens, tiles, flooring, building materials, hardware, etc.

By working with only the most prestigious firms both domestically and internationally Fernando Moreno can offer show stopping pieces that will make your home unique.

The large spacious showroom - showcases all the departments perfectly but without the feeling of being overcrowded and is the “one stop shop” for your home decorating and construction needs.

Downstairs there is a Ceramic - Bathroom department where one can see different cladding materials both classic and modern plus the latest tile trends. There are also toilets, whirlpool tubs, Jacuzzi & saunas ...

Each department within this area offers a variety of ideas and layouts to help you choose how to design & decorate your home with beautifully presented displays that combines elegance, design, and functionality.

The Kitchen Department offers all of the latest designs and technology appliances available on the market today plus barbecues, fireplaces, and kitchen utensil basically everything that any modern home will need.

Located on the first floor is the Furniture Decoration & Interior Design center here you will be able to find; beds, sofas, lighting options, fabric, upholstery and accessories along with garden furniture. One of the main reasons for Fernando Moreno success is their dedication to customer service. Their team of professionals are always on hand to assist and advise to ensure all customers receive a dedicated personalized service and if required they can offer a “full service” whereby not only will they help you achieve your dream home but they will do all the work too … even hanging pictures and curtains!

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The extensive Siemen’s portfolio offers solutions for energy, water and environment, which are manifest in its appliances ovens, cooktops, rangehoods, warming drawers, dishwashers, washers, dryers and coffee machines. Siemens’ design and production takes a global view, when considering the happiness of your home.



Royal Buckingham Royal Buckingham, know that a custom made dinner service is something that will be cherished for years. So due to high demand from their customers, they have expanded their tableware range with personalized Harlech dinner set offer, which looks set to be a winner with the connoisseurs of Bone China. The process of making the decision has never been this simple before! Just send them your logo, crest or monogram in vector format and they will create your own personalized dinner service in the colour and border style of your choice. The base background colour for this pattern can be done in neutral White or in various custom colours such as Formal Black, Ivory, Turquoise, Charm Pink, Navy Blue, Maroon, e.t.c. Your Logo will be matching the border which can be produced in Gold or Platinum.


Cobalt Collection Designed by Catharina Kippel Catharina Kippel has continued to explore the theme of her classic Bono collection, adding a deep tone of cobalt blue to her designs. During the 19th century and early 20th century, china from Ostindiska kompaniet, Kunglig Dansk, Gustavsberg and Rörstrand gained global reputation for its quality and design. Catharina Kippel’s Cobalt collection is made in the same tradition, with the cobalt blue designs hand-painted in three layers on slightly transparent bone china. Like all true highquality products it will only become more beautiful with time when used. We think of it as a tomorrow’s collector’s item.

Fine Bone China bejeweled with Swarovski Elements, placed by hand. Prouna Jewelry is a collection of expertly handcrafted fine bone china embedded with Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements. The Jewelry Collection is the only collection in the industry that uses the technology of hand-embedding Swarovski Crystals into fine bone china, whereas it remains dishwasher-durable. Rimmed in 24k gold or platinum, Prouna Jewelry is the perfect accessory for dressing up any table.

CARLOS LAMAS, Architect Highly-respected Argentinean architect in Marbella. His architecture workshop has been established on the Costa del Sol for more than 20 years, where he combines architecture and interior design in a global design concept. Locally and International known, with an impressive portfolio of contemporary houses, urbanizations, and icon buildings. You can find his distinctively design villas in residential areas of Marbella such as Sierra Blanca, Cascada de Camojรกn, Nagueles, Puente Romano, Elviria, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa, Los Flamingos, Sotogrande, La Zagaleta, and overseas.


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La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club – Marbella, Spain

Price: 7,950,000€ Built size 1319m² • Plot size 5249m² • 6 Bedrooms • 6 Bathrooms • Separate staff quarters Contemporary villa set on a very expansive plot in the heart of this stunning mountain backdrop, in which is this privileged residential area. Benefitting from the use of two golf courses, tennis courts, an equestrian centre, a clubhouse and even a helipad this setting can only be enjoyed by a select few. Crafted to engage with the rolling mountain scenery, this outstanding villa has floor-to-ceiling windows to frame the verdant landscape, bringing light and space to all three floors of the interior which is stunningly furnished throughout, with the furniture being included in the price. The lower floor is bathed in natural light and host to a heated swimming pool with gymnasium, sauna, steam room, games room and an amazing home cinema.

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State of the art interior design offers the ultimate in contemporary family living throughout with high-ceilinged, relaxed open plan living areas and a very spacious bespoke kitchen/breakfast room. The exterior areas, which are floodlit at night, have a sprawling lawn and a chill-out ‘snug’ alongside the decking that surrounds the infinity pool, which merges into the beautiful mountain backdrop.

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The Golden Mile Marbella, Spain

Price: 9,995,000€ Built size 1,007m² • Plot size 2,000m² • 7 Bedrooms • 7 Bathrooms • Separate staff apartment This property offers the ultimate in terms of location, state of the art design and quality of build along with breath taking sea views. Tucked away in a prime residential area behind the prestigious Golden Mile, it benefits from the peace and security that this area offers yet is only a minute’s drive from all amenities and the beach. The expansive build of this magnificent home encompasses the best in modern, yet classic design flair. A spectacular bespoke double staircase befits the high ceilinged glamour of the entrance hall, from where the remarkable sea views are immediately visible. Further rooms on the ground floor, the lounge, a dining room and a very spacious modern fitted kitchen/ breakfast room all benefit from the glorious views and open out

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onto a covered terrace which overlooks the gardens and heated infinity pool. Three en-suite bedrooms make up the rest of the accommodation on this level. The first floor comprises two en suite bedrooms, each having, dressing rooms and very spacious bathrooms. The master suite additionally has a sitting room and both open out onto a large terrace offering optimum sea views. As expected with a villa of this caliber, the lower ground floor has a guest suite and a staff apartment and two further rooms which could be developed. This property ticks all the boxes and really must be seen to be appreciated.

Fine & Country Marbella Marbella Club Hotel, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n 29602, Marbella, Malaga, Spain Tel +34 952 76 40 10 Email

Burj Khalifa Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa - Guide Price USD $ 1,900,000 Fine and Country are pleased to offer this unique two bedroom type H Burj Khalifa apartment, with two en-suite bathrooms, separate guest bathroom connected from the main hallway, separate maid's quarters, a good size storage room, and open plan fully equipped kitchen. This stunning apartment is on a high floor and offers a BUA of 2,053 sq. ft. with a large living room and floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of Sheikh Zayed Road and Down Town Boulevard. Each apartment comes with, built in wardrobes, AC, 1 parking covered space, access to gymnasium, sauna, swimming pool, tennis courts and benefits from having a 24 hour butler service, access to restaurants and

Dubai Mall. To own an apartment in this development is truly the Jewel of all locations Down Town and in the world, Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a masterpiece of Dubai urban city and the most promising address in the world. This apartment is perfect in every way and it is less than 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, easily accessible to several of Dubais landmarks and key destinations. Walking distance to the Dubai International Finance Centre ( DIFC), Business Bay, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Convention Centre and Sheikh Zayed Road.

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Murjan Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai

Murjan - USD $2,970,000 This upgraded property offers a spacious 5,005 sq. ft. built up internal area and an additional full terrace of a further 1,000 sq. ft. with panoramic sea views which takes in views of Palm Jumeirah all with private swimming pool on the terrace which doubles up for a fantastic entertaining area with the stunning back drop of the Arabian Sea.

The penthouse comprises of four full size double bedrooms all en-suite with the master suite having the additional benefit of covered balcony offering partial Dubai marina views. The property offers a very spacious open formal lounge/dining area adjoined by a sitting room / informal TV room leading to an upgraded open plan kitchen and breakfast area.

Fresnaye Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Excellent value in prime north facing position – ZAR19,900,00 A character-filled home with generously proportioned open plan living areas. The living areas open onto a spacious deck from where one can enjoy spectacular views. There are three bedrooms and the master bedroom has a superior, luxurious en suite bathroom. There is a smaller, fourth bedroom which

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can also be used as an office. A separate laundry makes ‘laundry day’ a breeze. The staff accommodation is on the property. A double garage and parking for two additional vehicles solves the parking problem often arising in Cape Town. The low maintenance indigenous garden and sparkling pool complete the picture of this enchanting home.

Fine & Country Atlantic Seaboard Marina Centre, First Floor, Lobby 1, Suite 102, 7 West Quay Road V&A Waterfront, 8001, South Africa Tel +27 (0)21 794 5120 Email

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Romantic Villa Estoril, Portugal

Price: 1,750,000€ 5+1 Bedrooms • 7 Bathrooms • Built area 600m2 • Plot area 1200m2 • Ref. 93855 Being only 20 kilometres from Lisbon International Airport, Estoril is an ideal place for a luxury holiday home or permanent residence. The seaside town of Cascais is within easy walking distance, the fairytale town of Sintra is 10 minutes drive and the magic of Lisbon is reached in less than 20 minutes motorway driving. This magnificent villa is located in a quiet area within 2 minutes walking distance to the beach.

The villa has a beautiful entrance hall, a large living room with fireplace and a terrace overlooking the gardens, a dining room, 2 fully equipped kitchens, a family room, an office, 4 bedrooms en suite and a master suite with a walk-in closet and an exceptional view over the Atlantic Ocean. A cottage with staff accommodation, a mature garden, a garage and a tower with a panoramic view are amongst some of the exceptional features of this property. Finishing materials and décor are of the highest standard in this spacious villa built on four levels. A superb family property for the discerning buyer

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Quinta de SãoThiago Sintra, Portugal

Price: Price on application 13 Bedrooms • 10 Bathrooms • Built Area 1,515m² • Plot Area 10,000m2 • Ref. 93919 Built over two floors, plus a ground floor area leading to the swimming pool and gardens plus an attic at one end, the house has been modernised, but keeps its original character, which includes a chapel, old Portuguese tiles, and a library. There are 9 double bedrooms, 2 suites and a large attic. The latter presently has a lounge area, two bedrooms and bathroom. The kitchen on the first floor is adjoined by a further two bedrooms that can be used for domestic employees or modernised for other requirements. Next to the kitchen is the dining room. From the dining room a corridor leads to the main lounge area of the house. Between the lounge area and the dining room there are two smaller relaxation rooms overlooking the garden. The main lounge is made up of two large rooms with fireplaces. Next to these is a smaller room presently used as an office.

On the second floor next to the Library and Chapel, the latter dedicated to St.Tiago (St James), is a further room with a magnificent view of the Sintra hills, gardens and swimming pool. Presently unused this could easily be developed into a suite or upstairs lounge area. On the ground floor the house has two large entertainment areas for parties, dancing etc with connections to the garden. These rooms are serviced by a pantry area which is connected to the kitchen on the floor above. Leading out from these rooms and adjoined to the garden and swimming pool is a completely independent building , which is a large oblong room, perfectly located for summer and winter entertainment with four French windows opening on to the garden and swimming pool which is within 20 metres. Adjacent to the kitchen and pantry area on first floor are two outhouses serving as laundry, house maintenance and garden equipment area.

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August Cottage Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, UK

August Cottage - Price ÂŁ795,000 - EPC Rating D August Cottage is an individually designed detached house approached via a block paved driveway providing ample car parking. The stunning entrance hall gives way to an impressive kitchen / dining / living space with vaulted ceiling and doors to the rear garden. Off of the kitchen and utility room is a fantastic cinema / family room. On the other side of the house, the entrance hall gives way to a stunning dining room with doors to the rear garden and a well-appointed study. The formal sitting room has double aspects to front and rear and leads onto a library room with vaulted ceiling. The garden room is split level and has a vaulted ceiling and ceramic log burner. This room gives way to a fully functioning gym which in turn leads to a magnificent indoor swimming pool with separate changing room and shower, all with French doors onto the rear garden.

The first floor landing is large and filled with light. There are five bedrooms in total, two of which benefit from access to a ‘jack & jill style’ bathroom ensuite. The master bedroom has dressing area, walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom. August Cottage is situated on a private plot, accessed via a lovely tree lined driveway in Broughton Astley, South-West Leicestershire. The village provides fantastic local facilities including a number of public houses and restaurants as well as shopping opportunities.

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Chapel Hill Farm Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK

Chapel Hill Farm - ÂŁ1,295,000 - EPC Rating: B An impressive detached character family home, offering spacious, flexible and versatile accommodation. Grade II listed with exposed beams and timbers, the property is set in approximately two acres of secluded mature landscaped gardens.

A brick farmhouse was constructed in the 17th century adjacent to the medieval chapel. The property was then sold to George, Earl of Warwick in 1798. In more recent times it has been extensively refurbished and today Chapel Hill Farm is a beautifully presented family home.

The sandstone walls incorporated within Chapel Hill Farm were formerly part of the chapel dedicated to St. James founded by John Mallori in 1337. The chapel fell into ruin having been deconsecrated in 1523.

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Green Mantle Kingswood, Surrey, UK

Green Mantle - Price ÂŁ4,500,000 - EPC Rating B Green Mantle is located close to Kingswood Golf club and is set out over four floors and has one of the widest frontages on the Warren Estate. The basement level has a media/entertainment room, sauna, hot tub and a fabulous indoor swimming pool complex, the first we believe to be built as a new build in Kingswood. Beautiful glass and walnut balustrades look simply stunning as you enter the house, there are further touches of luxury which include under floor heating and air conditioning.

The kitchen/breakfast room is spectacular with everything a cook needs and there are two further reception rooms and a study to the ground floor. There are five double bedrooms to the first floor all with luxury en suites and fitted wardrobes and the master bedroom has a large dressing room. Finally to the top floor is a large reception room with fully fitted kitchen and luxury en-suite, perfect for a games room or au pair quarters. It really is a luxury house from top to bottom with so many extra features you will be amazed.

Fine & Country Kingswood Waterhouse Lane, Kingswood, Surrey KT20 6EP Tel +44 (0)1737 361014 Email

Mougins Bordering the Old Town of Mougins, France

Price WAS 3,550,000€ – NOW 2,950,000€ Prestigious villa • Exquisite views • 5 Ensuite bedrooms This prestigious five bedroom villa is located right at the fortified edge of the medieval village of Mougins. It enjoys stunning and unobstructed views over the Bay of Cannes, yet it is only 100m away from the many galleries, shops, cafes and world-renowned restaurants contained within the Old Town's historic walls. Being situated on a hillside, as one enters the main house and the wonderful open living area with French doors opening onto a terrace, the

land falls gently away, offering breathtaking views. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and a large kitchen which also opens out onto the terrace overlooking the valley. The swimming pool is heated, the well established garden is delightful, and with a charming country summer kitchen it is the perfect setting for relaxing, or for entertaining with family and close friends, enjoying the lifestyle for which the region is so justly famous.

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Le Rouret Near Cannes, France

Price 4,800,000€ Discreet elegance • Complete privacy • 4 Ensuite bedrooms • Great location and views This magnificent modern villa is situated just outside the charming town of Le Rouret; a fantastic location, surrounded by natural parkland, ensuring privacy, only 30 minutes from Cannes, and less than half an hour from Nice Airport. Beautifully renovated with luxurious fittings throughout, this superb villa offers 4 spacious ensuite bedrooms, and numerous indoor and outdoor living and entertainment areas and patios with woodland views across the valley. Totally private and set on 15,000m2 of land (with possible sub

division opportunities) the lifestyle offered is of the utmost quality, enhanced by a Jacuzzi, sauna, hamam, gym and heated swimming pool. The large kitchen is beautifully equipped and fitted, adding to a wonderful and homely space with all of the modern amenities one might imagine and expect. A true gem, this gorgeous villa is a luxury retreat –within easy reach of all the delights of the French Riviera, and of course, the airport.

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Jamaran Villas Sahl Hasheesh, Red Sea, Egypt

Prices start from $350,000 Nestled on the sea edge, Jamaran affords some of the most incredible open water views available on the Red Sea. From any vantage point, whether it is your terrace, your bedroom or while relaxing in your spacious garden, the uninterrupted open sea view from Jamaran is a once in a life time opportunity that will be more than appreciated by your family and friends for many years to come.

Named after the beautiful Red Sea island of Kamaran or ‘two moons’, Jamaran – as the Bedouin call it - is bound to appeal to new homeowners eager to find a haven on the shore and become members of a great community.

Old Town Resort Sahl Hasheesh, Red Sea, Egypt

About Old Town, Sahl Hasheesh Old Town Sahl Hasheesh is a new fantastic destination for entertainment. Exquisite restaurants, shops, luxury apartments and one of the largest beaches on the Red Sea. Old Town Sahl Hasheesh is an oasis of quality set in the heart of the Sahl Hasheesh Resort Community. It brings the promise of world class

shopping, dining and entertainment. Old Town amazes you with its beauty of architecture with a combination of Renaissance and Arabesque style. You can go shopping for modern brands whilst feeling that you are transferred to a time past, walking in an unknown old city. Maybe you will stop near the fountain or simply decide to walk on its small streets and courtyards and plunge into the atmosphere of a past century.

Fine & Country Egypt 30 Lebanon St. Mohandeseen, Cairo, Egypt Tel/Fax +202 33443060 – 33443070 Mob + 2 010 97775538 Email

Osborne Towers Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

Osborne Towers - From $1.6 million This immaculate property which won the 2011 International Residential Property Award for the Best Residential Property Interior in Africa provides a charmed lifestyle where luxury and style come with the highest level of comfort. Located in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, this is the kind of home that aims at refreshing the soul and giving you the perfect privacy that appeal to all the senses.

The state-of-the-art kitchens, fully-fitted marble bathrooms, motion sensor in all the rooms, two swimming pools, health and fitness centre, sauna, massage pavilion, squash court, club house, internet facility, dedicated transformer, video door entry telephone, CCTV, and 24hr security, club house, swimming pool etc have together created a unique ambience blending timeless style, superlative comfort and luxury.

This property radiates the bourgeois lifestyle everyone would love to have. The sleek and luxurious finishes exude elegance and reflect very high taste from the tree-lined driveway to the marble staircase leading to a lush and cozy lobby, with generous and unrestricted space.

On offer are four-bedroom apartments with service quarters.

Fine & Country West Africa 13 Adetokunbo Ademola, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel 08096000024, +234 2710722-4 Email

The emphasis is very much on enjoying the surrounding natural outdoor splendour.

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eople flock to the Costa del Sol and other sought after locations like Miami and the Cote d’Azur, France, for primarily two reasons: the climate and the lifestyle. These venues are famous for their outdoorfriendly lifestyle and people obviously want to enjoy it as much as they can whether it’s at a beachside chiringuito or a backyard barbecue. While a person can spend as much on a villa in one of these venues as they can in their home country, the emphasis is very much on enjoying the surrounding natural outdoor splendour. Within this setting, thatch-covered structures add a certain tropical elegance and luxury that highlights the outdoor lifestyle in places


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flexible way too. The Cape Reed Group of Companies works internationally on large commercial projects as well as residential projects for private homeowners. The former is a real test for their capabilities, while the latter offers important interaction with the end-user, so both are equally important. Another form of flexibility is the ability to liaise not only with constructors or developers, but also with landscapers or indeed to take on the building process itself. The Cape Reed design and engineering office provides the technical expertise while specialist assembly teams erect the wood and thatch structures. Cape Reed got their company name from the primary roof cover material they use: Cape reed (Thamnocortus Insignis). This special plant grows exclusively on a small strip of land on South Africa’s Southern Cape region. It is a slow grower, and takes about seven years before it is ready for harvesting, but thanks to a continuous staggered process of cleaning the land from alien vegetation, cutting and replanting, the company is able to ensure a good annual supply without depleting either the reed vegetation itself or the ecosystem it grows in. Cape reed is a remarkably durable natural fibre and ideal thatching material. Likewise, the Cape Reed Group of Companies uses timber from FSC-approved sources and plants more than 165,000 new trees every year. Cape Reed structures have a life expectancy of 20-50 years. Both waterproof and UVproof, these beautiful roofs also provide natural insulation with as much as a 10 degree centigrade difference in temperature compared to a traditional roof.

like Marbella. One company is clearly helping to bring nature back to man, so that they may enjoy all that the Costa del Sol and the other venues have to offer during their stay. For more than 20 years the Cape Reed Group of Companies has been designing, supplying and building exclusive, highquality Safari-themed structures with natural, sustainable materials. Subsequently Cape Reed structures have rapidly become a popular option particularly along the Spanish Costas, where it adds a perfect finishing touch to chiringuito beach bars, poolside cabana bars, covered terraces, spa areas and even villas.

Established in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, the Cape Reed Group of Companies has grown to include regional and representative offices in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Their timber and thatch structures can be seen in private residences from St. Tropez to New Delhi, and at luxury hotels from Marbella to Dubai. Cape Reed is without doubt a specialised product, though one with many applications, from a humble carport or covered gazebo to tropical style restaurants or shops. Not only is the product a highly flexible medium but so is the business structured in a very

While Thamnocortus Insignis has natural flameretardant properties, the company augments the fire retardant capabilities of its structures by incorporating a fire blanket within the thatch. The Cape Reed Group furthermore joined forces with leading European technology developers to reduce the fire threat even further. They commissioned Dutch firm Magma to create Cape Reed FireShield®, a fire repellent product aimed at natural materials and designed specifically for the reed and wood used in the construction process. The diligence Cape Reed has employed in ensuring the safety of its structures has earned it the European Union’s approval for its fire retardant thatching method; the only company of its kind to achieve such an endorsement.

Thatch covered structures provide a tropical elegance and luxury that highlights the outdoor lifestyle.

The Cape Reed Group of Companies has won numerous awards including the Arch of Europe in the Gold Category for quality and technology, and Gold Awards at the Dubai Swimming Pool and Traders Association.

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The use of quality materials combined with stellar craftsmanship allows Cape Reed to create stunning gazebos, pergolas, chiringuitos, and majlis to complement any garden, patio or poolside area, as well as primary roof structures and interiors for your home. Cape Reed also provides the finishing details from light fittings to furniture handcrafted in South Africa to turn your living space into something special.

Cape Reed provides rustic chic designs to villas and urbanizations around the world.

Cape Reed’s rustic chic designs have been featured in private villas and urbanizations around the world. Their presence in major commercial projects has situated them as a world leader in timber and thatch construction. The Cape Reed Group of Company’s biggest project to date is the Sofitel Hotel and Resort on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s newest and largest luxury five-star hotel. During this threeyear, $4 million (2.9 million euros) project, Cape Reed built 7,000 square meters of thatched roofing for the hotel, 5,000 square meters of thatch tile ceilings, 100 meters of timber hand rails, and 800 square meters of timber decking. They also provided 40 thatch beach cabanas, five lifeguard huts, and 200 square meters of timber pergolas. Also in Dubai, The Royal Island Beach Club, a Caribbean-style beach club aimed at highflyers, was the first commercial development to open on Dubai’s famous offshore island project The World. The Royal Island Beach Club is located on the island of Lebanon on The World development, four kilometres out to sea, and takes approximately 30 minutes by water taxi. Sofitel Hotel & Resort, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Cape Reed’s work included the construction of the main restaurant building which comfortably seats up to 200 guests, as well as eight chalets, 10 beach umbrellas, and two cabanas for welcoming guests. Special pressure-treated timber columns from South Africa were used to build all the structures, while the group’s unique cape reed thatching was used for all the roofs. The entire process from design to completion took more than a year due to the lengthy approval process by the developers because of the uniqueness of the project. Due to the location of the island, quite a number of logistical challenges were faced in getting the material and craftsmen to and from the island on a daily basis. Lebanon Island and The Royal Island Beach Club has since become synonymous with Cape Reed as everyone who visits the island really appreciates the beautiful safari and island style structures.

Chalets and beach umbrellas at Royal Island Beach Club, The World,Dubai, UAE

Recently, Cape Reed also finished work on the newly opened Al Sahel resort on Sir Bani Yas Island in the Persian Gulf. This private retreat owned by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was turned into a nature preserve and is now home to 30 animal species, including the Arabian oryx which was recently reintroduced into the wild after becoming extinct. For this project, Cape Reed turned the Al Sahel into a scene straight out of the African bush with thatch villas complete with luxurious wood interiors surround by scrubby savannahs, shimmering swimming pools.

Al Sahel resort, Sr Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Cape Reed’s European flagship project to date is the new Sea Grill Restaurant at the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella. The Sea Grill features traditional timber with a white wash coating to give it a sleek, modern design. It is capped by more than 400 square meters of thatched roofing that gives it a beautiful appearance but also makes it the ideal place to enjoy a delicious lunch on a hot summer’s day while taking in a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Take a drive from Marbella up into the hills toward Monda and you’ll find the Shanti Som Spa and Wellbeing Retreat. Cape Reed was instrumental in turning an old hotel into a modern, luxurious spa where you can relax, unwind and practice yoga. For this project, Cape Reed created a number of spectacular thatched roofs while preserving as much as possible of the original structure. Not only does a Cape Reed structure look great in gardens and by the pool, but they are also environmentally friendly. In addition to their sustainable farming practices, Cape Reed’s thatch and timber chiringuitos are carbon negative, reducing the overall carbon footprint.

Sea Grill restaurant, Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain

Thamnocortus insignis is a non-perennial plant that, unless it is harvested and preserved, will die and release its carbon dioxide into the air. By using it as thatch, the carbon dioxide remains locked inside the reed for as many as 50 years. The Cape Reed Group of Companies goes beyond benefitting the environment. It also believes in benefitting society. Cape Reed has set up a training academy for specialised craftsmen in South Africa, and is also involved in various outreach projects. The Cape Reed Group of Companies has regional offices located in Cape Town, South Africa; Marbella, Spain; Dubai, U.A.E.; and Miami, U.S.A. They also have satellite offices in Valletta, Malta; Amman, Jordan; Doha, Qatar; and Aix-en-Provence, France. Main entrance to Shanti-Som Spa & Well-being Retreat, Marbella, Spain



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Why do some flowers seem to last so much longer than others and is there a secret potion that you can put in the vase to make them stay fresh? Do you know if you are getting the best deals from your florists when you get flowers. One of the biggest problems with people buying flowers that don’t seem to last has got


absolutely nothing to do with the flowers but is a problem with the vase that they are put into. You need to always wash out the containers with a bit of bleach, this is to stop the growth of bacteria. Bacteria can live on for months in a dry vase so it is crucial that you clean your vases with soap and hot water and a few drops of bleach. Don’t put any flower arrangement near a source of heat as it will dry out the flowers. They really should not be in the heat of the sun all day either, it will considerably shorten their life span. The longest lived flowers in your home are

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the ones that are the freshest from the flower shop. You can tell yourself if the flowers are reasonably fresh by how perky they are. If there are any wilted flowers or any brown leaves then it is past its prime. The leaves on the flowers should be as crisp as a fresh lettuce. Look in the middle of the flower and see if it looks bright or faded. With some flowers you can very gently pinch them to see how firm they are, if they are very soft that means they are coming to the end of their lives. This is especially true with roses.

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Carnations Carnations are another under-valued flower. These also can last up to 20 days in a vase. Like Mums they come in many different colors but generally only two different shaped, smooth edged or frilly edged. Their best quality is the array of colors you can buy them in. White, yellow, orange, pink, red, purple... it is almost limitless.


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Chrysanthemums Chrysanthemum without a doubt are the longest lasting flower. Often called their shortened name Mums, many people just don’t understand how many different varieties there are to this flower and only think of the daisy type or decorative type which many people use in their fall gardens.

Alstromemerias Alstroemeria are a lovely delicate looking flower that can easily live up to 14 days in water. They look very delicate so they make very pretty arrangements. Their colors range from white, pink, purples and yellows and they all have a stripping effect that can be very subtle or very distinct depending on the color.

Red Roses It depends on the type of rose but they can last 7 to 10 days. Commercial roses can be tricky. Generally found that the larger the head of the rose the faster they die but not always.

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You can always Say it with Flowers...


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.

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Trees our Future Visually calming trees play an important role in our lives and well-being but you will be amazed at just what they provide for us!


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Trees Produce Oxygen Let’s face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath, something we all need to be conscience of.

Trees Clean the Soil The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

Trees Control Noise Pollution Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as

stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.

Trees Slow Storm Water Runoff Flash flooding can be dramatically reduced by a forest or by planting trees. One Colorado blue spruce, either planted or growing wild, can intercept more than 1000 gallons of water annually when fully grown. Underground waterholding aquifers are recharged with this slowing down of water runoff.

Trees Are Carbon Sinks To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a global warming suspect. A forest is a carbon storage area or a “sink” that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process “stores” carbon as wood and not as an available “greenhouse” gas.

Trees Clean the Air Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.

Trees Shade and Cool Shade resulting in cooling is what a tree is best known for. Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees break the force of winter winds, lowering heating costs. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be “heat islands” with temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.

Trees Act as Windbreakers During windy and cold seasons, trees located on the windward side act as windbreaks.

A windbreak can lower home heating bills up to 30% and have a significant effect on reducing snow drifts. A reduction in wind can also reduce the drying effect on soil and vegetation behind the windbreak and help keep precious topsoil in place.

Trees Fight Soil Erosion Erosion control has always started with tree and grass planting projects. Tree roots bind the soil and their leaves break the force of wind and rain on soil. Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.

Trees Increase Property Values Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighborhood. Trees can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more.

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Brilliant Ideas for Garden and Landscape raguhner, from W.S. Tyler

raguhner brand furniture, from W.S. Tyler, is the perfect solution for architects, landscape designers, metal workers and homeowners looking for the ultimate in unique outdoor furniture, privacy screens and lighting. All raguhner products are designed and woven with elements made of premium quality stainless steel. The modern, ergonomic designs with unique aesthetics are extremely weather-resistant and boast high mechanical durability. These easy-to-care-for designs are suitable for all seasons. Each product is exclusively manufactured with quality and precision to detail. 168

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Furniture raguhner city and space woven mesh furniture was developed in cooperation with studio fdesign. The timeless modern designs with their high stability and weather resistance are particularly suitable for public areas, as well as at home - in private residences. The stylish lounge chairs, benches and stools complement each other perfectly and can be used as individual items or grouped together. For city applications, the furniture can be firmly anchored to the ground. Lighting

raguhner light columns are sources of illumination and objects of design in their own right. During the day they are contemporary decorative sculptures, while at night they provide soft indirect light - creating a pleasant ambience. Light reflection on the body of the semi-transparent structure, which is made from high quality stainless steel architectural mesh, create fascinating MoirĂŠ effects that vary depending on the viewing angle. The stainless steel base has an integrated light source, which is suitable for installation in gravel, patios, terraces and most other landscapes.

Privacy screens

raguhner wind and privacy screens take the look of a classic fence but with a contemporary twist. Banks of highquality, stainless steel woven wire mesh produce a dynamic optical affect. Natural or artificial light is reflected by the surface, which produces an elegant and ever changing metallic shimmer. The surface of the mesh is easy to care for and is extremely weather-resistant.

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Santorini, Greece


Puerto Vallarta, Flamingo

Agent: Tropicasa Realty - - 01.800.877.7000 $699,000 5bedrooms  House 939 M²  Parking for 4 

Jacuzzi  Pool  Mountains and Garden views

This is the perfect ranch home with an additional bungalow, plus there is even room for more of an expansion if more rooms are required. The pool area is just mesmerizing and has a full gym with whirlpool and steam. Be in awe of the wonderful rock wall that covers the dining room area and the gorgeous rock sculptured couch in the pool lounge area. There are details of excellent Mexican craftsmanship throughout the property. The beautifully maintained gardens are full of orchids and plumerias. This is an amazingly unique property. Not for the faint at heart! 172

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Greece Corfu

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


7 en suite bedrooms  Waterfront location  Large pool  Gym & Games room  Many bedrooms  Closed to village

The villa consists of a total seven en suite bedrooms including the new addition of a 50 sqm cottage. Recently refurbished throughout the villa feels new and would suit a large family thanks to its proximity to the capital and the local village of Gouvia.

Tasteful and expansive villa situated on the water close to the international marina of Gouvia with stunning views. The property enjoys a prime location right on the water in the sheltered bay by the marina thus benefitting from views of yachts passing by all day.

A large 6 x 12m pool sits to the rear of the house shaded in part from the summer heat by mature palm, Cyprus, Eucalyptus and Pine trees The villa has parking for several cars, electric gates, garage, laundry, private office, large games room/gym thus catering for a modern family and/or rental guests.


Antalya, Kas, Kas

Agent: Sun Estate Agent - +90 242 836 15 97 4 bedrooms & bathrooms 


 Pool 

Quality finishes 


Sea views

Villa Poseidon is a spacious luxury sea front villa. The villa measuring 330sq meters living space was originally planned and arranged over a double building plot of 1800sq meters meeting all building regulations. Villa Poseidon is located in an exclusive neighbourhood providing seclusion and privacy near the end of the Kas peninsula. The Villa has all round exceptional uninterrupted sea views and is just 100m from the sea. From the Villa there are private steps leading down to our own swimming platform into the sea. The large 800sq meter garden is planted with established olive trees and local flora retaining a natural appearance. The villas main entrance leads through an impressive Spanish style court yard. The courtyard is well sheltered, and provides a tranquil quiet dining area. Surrounding the villa are large covered and open terraces affording many outside dining, seating, and secluded sunbathing areas. Villa Poseidon offers spacious wellappointed rooms, fully air-conditioned, all having stunning sea views. The Villa has beautiful patina aged oak floors throughout all main rooms, bedrooms, and stairways. Bathrooms are fully tiled.

Thailand Phuket

 Fully equipped kitchen  Hot tub in the master en-suite  Private Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi  Garage with 3 parking space  Double car park  24 Hour security

The living room features sofa, LCD-TV, a spacious dining table as well as air conditioning for comfort. There is a western style kitchen complete with: gas cooker, fridge, microwave, washing machine and oven to create you favourite meals. The master bedroom features a king size bed, wardrobe, air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom complete with a hot tub and shower. Bedroom #2 and #3 also boasts a king size bed and wardrobe, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom and a shower. Bedroom #4 is located downstairs and has a single bed, wardrobe, air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a hot shower. Bedroom #5, located in a separate building, is currently an office but can easily become a 5th bedrooms. It features a wardrobe, air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

Outside there is a glorious 8 x 4 metre swimming pool complete with a jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation. There is also a nice wooden sitting corner to take in the scenery. This fully furnished house boasts furnishings of extremely high standards.

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The Magnificence of Mongolia

The second largest landlocked country in the world, Mongolia is wedged between the two superpowers of Russia and China and due to its rugged terrain and punishingly cold winters it is the least densely populated independent country on the globe. With a colourful history dating back from its most famous adventurer and warrior, Genghis Khaan, Mongolia has moved a long way from the images of nomadic animal skin clad tribes traversing the lands on horseback.

Mongolia is no longer controlled by a communist regime and is quickly turning into a healthy democracy which is experiencing an economic boom and a rapidly developing tourism industry based around the thriving capital of Ulaan Baatar, the upmarket city known as “Billionaire Valley�, it is not tourism however that has turned around the economy of Mongolia but the abundance of natural resources, minerals and ores including coal, molybdenum, tin tungsten, gold and copper (Mongolia has the largest copper mine in the world). As a result of this wealth of treasures, the world’s largest mining companies have set up headquarters in the capital and a huge construction industry has sprung up. Mongolia is quickly becoming the future source of resources for the growing Chinese economy. This has brought in many mining companies, almost all of which are increasing their numbers of foreign personnel. At the moment there are not enough apartments to house them in and therefore the rental yields in Mongolia are about 15-18% per annum. This is considerably higher than any other Asian country, making Mongolia one of the best real estate opportunities in the world. With 50% of the local population still living in yurts, the demand for modern accommodation is increasing day by day as the population grows wealthier which in turn is resulting is some very interesting property prices and development which have both almost doubled in the last five years. 176

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Sukhbaatar Square

Park View Residence The Park View Residence, was completed in 2007, and is one of the most luxurious properties available on the rental market, consisting of 31 apartments and 3 floors of mixed-use commercial space. The Park View Residence has excellent views of the city’s central Children’s Park and the Bogd Khan Mountain range. It has ten floors of high quality construction, and is located in the best central location. The apartments are luxuriously furnished, conveniently housing underground heated parking spaces, security at the gates, and code system security doors. In its advantageous location, Park View Residence is just a 2 minute walk from Sukhbaatar Square, and also has popular restaurants Veranda, Millie’s Cafe, and Silk Road just next door. For more information visit:


Olympic Residence Set to be the most desirable property in Mongolia, the Olympic Residence not only redefines the levels of luxury available to residents in Ulaanbaatar, but also makes Ulaanbaatar a truly contemporary city with buildings to rival those of any other city in the world.

Oasis Residence Located in downtown Ulaanbaatar, this seven story residential development will provide much demanded high-end accommodation in one of the most popular areas of the Central Business District (CBD). The Oasis Residence is a project of Asia Pacific Properties, a listed vehicle on the Mongolian Stock Exchange that focuses on strategic development projects around the county.

The mixed-use development lies in the heart of the Embassy District of the capital, within the Central Business District, overlooking the central park of the city and adjacent to two five star hotels. Orientated to the South, the Olympic Residence offers unparalleled views over the Bodg Khan mountain range, as well as a unique cityscape. The bottom three floors comprise of grade A retail space, set to showcase world renowned luxury brands and high end food and beverage outlets. Floors four to seventeen are made up of 97 residential apartments including duplexes and penthouses.

The Residence will provide much sought after accommodation for an emerging middle and upper class of professional Mongolians, as well as providing for the ongoing influx of expats, as more and more international companies open offices in Ulaanbaatar. It’s ideal location in the heart of the CBD will make it easy for professionals to commute to work.

The growing numbers of executive expatriates and wealthy Mongolians in Ulaanbaatar will underpin longterm demand. With the supply of centrally located, quality real estate being extremely short, rental yields should remain high going into the medium and long term and the opportunity for significant capital appreciation is strong.

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NewYork New york, USA


Agent: The Bouklis Group - +1 (212)402 7855 $1,650.000 7 bedrooms  Baths 6 full 1 half  Landscaped Garden  4 Car Garage  Heated Pool & Spa  10,087 Square Feet  Ocean Views

A luxurious home built for privacy, security & relaxation. Nestled on four acres of fully fenced natural landscaping, of woods, meadows, & a large pond. It’s a place that you will be sure to relax & unwind, surrounded only by the sounds of nature. Designed for quiet county living, its contemporary architecture blending into the natural surrounds, inviting the outside in through large windows. Inside you will be enthralled by the bright, wide open living spaces offering one level living for the owners, with a gracious master suite on the main floor. No expense was spared in the construction of this spacious home, using only the very finest of materials. View the tour for more photos & info.



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. Perfect Homes International Magazine



Nova Scotia, Sambro


 Spacious

Big fireplace Garage  Views  Spacious floorplan  

An outstanding home in the very sought after ocean side community known as the `The Breakers`. Custom built with fine European details that will please potential buyers. Panoramic ocean/harbour views from most of the windows. A grand foyer with a copper chandelier, a fabulous chefs kitchen. Library with propane fireplace. The master bedroom features a double walk in closet, custom built extra closets & a French balcony. There is a spectacular master ensuite with a light up sink and flow top taps. The lower level has a media room and lots of other rooms for many uses.

Agent: Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty +41 (0)33 854 11 60 $694,496 180

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Canada Big White

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5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Deck with hot tub

This stunning ski in and out half-duplex of 2400 Sq ft in the heart of Big White with features galore offers the new owner a games room with pool table, 5 bedrooms, full gym, loft, exposed beams. Boasts hardwood floors, gourmet gas range, steam shower, granite counters, vaulted ceilings, 2 full baths, walk-in closet in master bedroom, 5 piece ensuite bath with separate steam shower and comes fully furnished, equipped for your own use or to rent out.

Agent : Alpine Property Investment +33 (0) 489 733902 $695,000

South Africa Somerset West,

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5 en-suite bedrroms Private landscaped gardens Spacious family home Views over vineyards

This spacious family home situated in Golden Hill, Somerset West, is a perfect blend of flair and functionality and displays exceptional quality and craftsmanship throughout. Built with comfort, hospitality and comfortable family life in mind, this property will appeal to the connoisseur that treasures nature. This magnificent home offers generous living areas, ample work space and all the bedrooms are en-suite. Entertainment areas lead onto the private landscaped garden with Koi pond, pool area and tennis court. A separate cottage offers peace and tranquility for guests and sweeping views over vineyards, nature reserve and mountains accentuates this harmonious and unique home set on 8500 sq m of prime land.

Agent : Savills International Residential Property, London +44 020 7578 9000 £1,696,163


Agent : Lannhill Real Estate +971 4 346 6999


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

Beautifully upgraded 6 bedroom Arabic Gallery View signature villa, this villa comes for sale fully furnished and will be vacant on transfer. Full Atlantis and Burj Al Arab View.

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The most exclusive address in the world...


NE HYDE PARK: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental is without a doubt London’s most exclusive residential development. Completed in 2011, it is made up of 86 residential apartments and a number of exclusive shops including Rolex and McLaren Automotive.

The reception area is in many ways the most important area of One Hyde Park. Elegantly grand, the double-storey area allows natural light to cascade in from all sides. It is the first area for anyone entering the building and therefore needs to immediately impress, setting the tone for the rest of the development, as well as promoting the atmosphere of calm, order and comfort prevalent in the most luxurious of reception areas. Candy & Candy’s plan for the space responded perfectly with the residents’ desires, using luxury fabrics, exceptional contemporary artwork, genuine vintage pieces and luxurious materials, along with their innate design talent. To honour Knightsbridge itself, the concierge desk is faced by two suits of nickel-plated copper armour, while the centre of the room is lit from above by a handshaped and intricately wrought chandelier with details reminiscent of the leaves in Hyde Park on the doorstep. Below sits a choice of seating areas complimented with a piano, creating an Area in which residents and guests can linger, socialise and relax. All is implemented in typically luxurious fashion, with bespoke furniture and silk rugs. The calm, tranquil area that houses the Lavish One Hyde Park residents’ spa has been designed to create an atmosphere becoming of the most relaxing space in the development. The design concept focuses on a transition from light to dark, with residents entering into a light space emphasized by polished marble floors and

Offering the most scenic views in the city over Hyde Park with Harrods twinkling in the distance, this unique collaboration between the worlds’ leading architects, designers, hoteliers and artisans offers huge luxury apartments for only the most affluent clientele. Every single aspect of the scheme is of the very highest, near unreachable standards of quality. With a location in the most prestigious area of the Capital, iconic architecture by the award-winning Richard Rogers, services by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, art commissions by James Turrell and construction by Laing O’Rourke, One Hyde Park is an entirely allstar development. Fitting neatly among these 190 Perfect Homes International Magazine

names and claiming their place among the world’s best is the company chosen to carry out the vital interior design: Candy & Candy. Pioneers of bespoke design, Candy & Candy were appointed designers for the scheme. Their vision was to create interiors exquisite enough to do justice to the most exclusive address in the world. This included the creation of a series of bespoke show apartments, all communal areas including the cavernous reception area and library, the luxurious spa and recreation facilities and an interior base-build for each private apartment. In short, it was their job to design and implement the entire interior of the project.

sycamore timber furniture. Central to this first space is a waterfall, designs to firstly create a Zen-like atmosphere and secondly with the more subtly thoughtful aspect of drowning out the sound of the outside world, allowing the residents to forget about the busy streets on their doorstep. The transition in Palettes occurs on the walk to the treatment rooms where darker, cavelike colours creep in on the way to the two treatment rooms, which themselves are complete with adjoining relaxation rooms with mood enhancing therapy lights and gold-leaf ceilings, creating a extravagantly relaxing environment. Next door to the spa is the swimming pool. 21m long, it is flanked by a whirlpool bath and surrounded by leathered effect stone panelling and low underwater lighting, giving the illusion of height and movement. There are also a state-of-the-art gym, two private studios and high-tech squash court, all finished to the highest possible standard. Both changing rooms are finished in a range of exotic stones sourced from around the world, finished with a pine-panelled sauna and beautifully mosaicked steam room. Each and every base-build apartment is available in either a light or dark palette, comprising of either limestone, marble and European oak or Oriental beige stone, polished grey marble and dark brown oak. Regardless of which is chosen, all designs come with bespoke Bulthaup kitchens with a wide range of Gaggeanu appliances and bathrooms with rain showers, sunken marble twin basins and under-stone floor heating. Bedrooms enjoy a fully controllable heating and cooling system and programmable lighting, while windows are triple-glazed and automatically calibrate the amount of light brought

into the apartment. The design is tested in full with a ÂŁ1.5 million show build in a warehouse prior to construction to ensure that the quality and detail of the room is simply unsurpassed. As well as the base-build apartments, Candy & Candy fully designed, furnished and finished two show apartments, as an example of the potential innate in such a development. An exceptional 5-bedroom apartment complete with two kitchens and a private cinema room covers 9,000 square feet across one pavilion, taking in commanding views of both Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Both the master bedroom and four individually designed guest bedrooms have luxury en suites, while the formal reception area offers a stunning entertaining space. The three bedroom duplex apartment is designed for family life and city living, with rich, warm dĂŠcor and artistic touches throughout. The greatest and most spectacular feature of the apartment is the private terrace which runs along the entire ground floor providing an extraordinary backdrop to the whole space. A walled garden provides the terrace with a sense of seclusion and privacy, despite being so close to the outside world.

One Hyde Park is undoubtedly the most phenomenal residential development the Capital has to offer

This vast project started with the idea of being the greatest, most exclusive and most luxurious property development in London with levels of quality and finish, not to mention design that are unsurpassed anywhere else, have created just that. One Hyde Park is undoubtedly the most phenomenal residential development the Capital has to offer and, integral to the success of the project, the key element that brought the disparate parts together to form a cohesive statement of elegant extravagance is Candy & Candy.

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Bath tub trends A

s a place to enjoy some quiet time, a place where we get ready to face the world in the morning and a space we retreat to at the end of the day for a soak in the tub, the bathroom is a hub of activity in any home. No longer just a utilitarian space, today’s bathroom can be a place of luxury and convenience. Achieving this is a matter of keeping up with the latest and greatest design elements.


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Bathtub Hammock Struck by the synergy between the shapes of two compelling symbols of relaxation, a hammock and a bath tub, Splinter Works were inspired to develop a piece that would provide the ultimate vehicle for total escapism. The peaceful experience of kicking-back in a hammock has been further enhanced by combining it with the immersive comfort of soaking in a hot bath. By literally elevating the experience of bathing into a suspended sculpture the bathroom has been reinvented as a contemplative sanctuary for artful relaxation. Designed for use in a wet room, the Bathtub Hammock is suspended from the walls and does not touch the floor. It is fixed with stainless steel brackets that can be covered over, or left revealed. The bath is filled using a floor standing tap and the waste water released through the base into a floor drain. A downpipe drain can also be installed if a wet room setting is not possible. The Bathtub Hammock is made from carbon fibre which is utilised for its inherent strength and ability to be formed into complex curves, furthermore the weave of the fabric references the cloth of a typical hammock. Beneath the layers of carbon fibre lies a foam core, which insulates the tub, meaning the bath stays hot for considerably longer than normal. At 2.7m long, the Bathtub Hammock is longer than a regular bathtub, leaving plenty of room to share the experience. Custom sizes are available but it is also designed so that it can be trimmed up to 20 cm to allow for flexible installation. Pictured here in black, it also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver. With its clean lines and curvaceous shape, the Bathtub Hammock takes stylish relaxation to a new level! For more information visit:

Casini Bath lifestyle The Casini is a stunning new freestanding bath design that combines classic styling with a contemporary twist. Reminiscent of an old fashioned blamange dish this solid cast one piece bathtub is made from BC Designs’ Cian. With a thin rim design that maximises its internal bathing space the Casini measures L1680mm x W700mm x H570mm, it has a matt finish interior and gloss finish outer.

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Aluminium Boat Bath The classic Boat bath known by some as a ‘Bateau’ style bath is a stunning deep bath tub with lots of character. The bath is cast in solid marine grade aluminium, so will last a lifetime and has a bonded acrylic liner for excellent heat retention benefits. The surface has been polished for a high shine look. The freestanding bath is also available in an acrylic version and can be painted by BC Designs (acrylic or primed finishes only) For more information visit:

Copper Bateau Bath The Copper Bateau Bath is reminiscent of a time past when one bathed in front of the fire. The bath had to be light, so that it could be easily carried from room to room. Although lightweight, the bath is sturdy and made entirely from high gauge copper. It is hand beaten, polished and then sealed, giving each bath a unique hand finished look. These copper baths are coated with a baked-on, hard wearing compound which maintains the applied finish and means that the bath only needs to be cleaned with nonabrasive, every day bathroom cleaner and wiped with a soft cloth. Developed for the Aviation Industry, the coating is durable and flexible, allowing it to stand up to the rigours of regular use. For more information visit:

Tasse Thinn Bath The oval freestanding Tasse bath has symmetrical curves, allowing for a large internal bathing area for optimum comfort and relaxation. The luxurious Tasse is a solid surface bath with a solid colour throughout. It is manufactured from BC Designs’ own Cian material which is durable, repairable and non-yellowing. The bath has a gloss finish and is now also available with a matt finish. The Tasse is part of BC Designs’ Gold Standard collection and comes with a 10 Year Guarantee. Size: L1730mm x H555mm x W808mm For more information visit:

Create the Bathroom of Your Dreams with the Silestone Bathroom Collection

Available in eight stunning designs (Elegance, Armony, Balance, Equilibrium, Symmetry, Basic, Simplicity and Exclusive) Silestone速 washbasins can be wall mounted for a floating appearance, placed

on top of a vanity unit or integrated into a vanity unit. The Balance and Equilibrium models incorporate a vanity top and basin, which is supported by a design leg to create a statement piece of furniture





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Kartell has dreamed up a unique initiative for the January edition of Maison&Objet in Paris to celebrate a special occasion. 2104 is an important year of anniversaries for Kartell as the brand celebrates 65 years from the year of its establishment and 15 years since it opened its corporate museum. This year holds yet another anniversary close to the company’s heart: the Bourgie table lamp by Ferruccio Laviani is celebrating 10 years in production.


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DAIRIN DECORACION A interior design company where its main goal is dedicated to comprehensive decorating projects, turnkey design, interior design, renovations and the execution of works. With 39 years of experience, Dairin Decoration interior store, has fabrics, indoor and outdoor furniture, mattresses, beds

and their own factory making curtains and upholstery, we also have a comprehensive interior design studio which handles projects and reforms. With our qualified and personalized monitoring of the execution of a project we implement all aspects of what is needed, furniture, paint, materials and lighting as well as the curtains and upholstery. All the details for your home or business. 202

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Customer care, in our business is essential, that is why we have professionals working in-house and in the field. Comprehensive reforms with budgets and deadlines with close supervision by our qualified professionals for the proper execution of the work agreed. We define everything before starting the execution of a project presenting detailed budgets with price and time commitment.

At Dairín Decoración we have an endless selection of accessories, which will help give your home that personal touch.

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harles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow born architect, designer and artist, is celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century. A pioneer of Art Nouveau, he is an even more enigmatic figure today than when he was alive. While the astonishing modernity of his work has long ensured him a place of prominence among the pioneers of the Modern Movement, in recent years his promotion of symbolic decoration has been hailed as prophetically post-modern. Combining a progressive modernity with the spirit of romanticism, the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh created many of the best loved and most influential buildings, furniture and decorative schemes of the early 20th century. Few designers can claim to have created a unique and individual style that is so instantly recognisable. Famous today as a designer of chairs, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect who designed schools, offices, churches, tearooms and homes, an interior designer and decorator, an exhibition designer, a designer of furniture, metalwork, textiles and stained glass and, in his later years, a water-colourist. Mackintosh believed architecture was the supreme discipline, as it uniquely brought all the arts together. To understand his work, it must be seen as a complete unit rather than as individual components. His aim was to connect individuals with his work both functionally and spiritually. He believed this could be achieved through a series of carefully balancing opposites: modernity with tradition, the masculine with the feminine, light with dark and the sensual with the chaste. His work has a distinctive character, as a figure head of his time, caught in the difficult transition between the Victorian era and the Modern age. His distinctive style mixed together elements of the Scottish vernacular and the English Arts and Crafts tradition with the organic forms of Art Nouveau and a drive to be modern. As his work matured Mackintosh employed bolder geometric forms in place of organic-inspired symbolic decoration. 204

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work can be divided into three main areas: public buildings, private homes and tea rooms. The Glasgow tea rooms he designed in the early 1900s are perhaps his most unique contribution in which art, architecture and design came together in a complete environment. These light, elegant and sophisticated interiors were an enormous contrast to the gritty, smoky urban city of Glasgow where he was born, trained and lived for most of his adult life. Glasgow is where the majority of his work was executed and Mackintosh’s career paralleled the city’s economic boom. By the end of the 19th century Glasgow was a wealthy, burgeoning European city with an immense network of trade and manufacture that supplied the world with coal and ships. It was also a rich source of commissions for a gifted young architect and designer.

One of eleven children, Mackintosh was born in 1868 to Margaret and William Mackintosh, a clerk in the police force. He grew up in Glasgow and from the age of nine attended the Allan Glen’s Institution, a private school for the children of tradesmen and artisans, which specialised in vocational training. At fifteen Mackintosh began evening classes at Glasgow School of Art and a year later, in 1884, he began a five-year pupillage with the Glasgow architects John Hutchins. In 1889 he joined the more eminent firm of Honeyman & Keppie, where he received a traditional Beaux Arts training typical of the period. The 1890s was a decade of learning and development for Mackintosh, as he continued his architectural training, travelled to Italy, attended and gave lectures, and formed new friendships. These experiences widened his interest in architecture to include the fine and decorative arts, and caused Mackintosh to align himself firmly with the progressive school. Among his friends were Francis Newbery, the inspirational director of Glasgow School of Art and his wife Jessie, Herbert McNair, a fellow draughtsman at Honeyman & Keppie and the sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald, who attended Glasgow School of Art. Mackintosh, McNair and the Macdonald sisters came to be known as The Four. Together they designed and exhibited work including posters and furniture. Through them, Mackintosh was introduced to the broader field of art and in particular to the feminine, symbolic graphic style of the Macdonald sisters. The group became known by the press as “the Spook School? a reference to their elongated, sinuous and feminine graphic forms based on fabled and mythic themes. Mackintosh went married Margaret Macdonald in 1900 and she was to remain his principal collaborator throughout his life. Perfect Homes International Magazine



In 1896 Francis Newbery invited twelve local architects to enter a competition to design a new building for Glasgow School of Art. One of these firms was Honeyman & Keppie, which was almost certainly selected because of Mackintosh’s friendship with Newbery. Honeyman & Keppie won the competition with Mackintosh as designer. This, his first and most important commission, was to seal his future reputation. The brief for the building of Glasgow School of Art on a steeply sloping site with an extremely tight budget was simple, utilitarian even. Due to the financial restrictions the design was completed in two phases. The north end opened in 1899, but the construction of the west end did not start until 1907 and was only completed in 1909. This time lapse coincided with the most productive period of Mackintosh’s career and accounted for the changes in style between the first and second phases. The later west end is not only much more radical and progressive than the north end, but Mackintosh also added an attic storey to create more studio space. The School forms a simple E-shaped building with an austere and asymmetrical north façade with massive studio windows. A single central entrance leads to a staircase with two floors of studios to the right and left. The bright and airy Director’s Office with fitted cupboards and a fireplace is directly above the entrance. At the centre of the school, at the top of the stairwell top-lit with a glazed roof and timber trusses like a medieval barn, is an exhibition space called the Museum. There was little additional decoration to the building because of the limited budget. Unusually for the period there was only a small stone carving over the entrance and any decoration that Mackintosh managed to incorporate was functional as well as beautiful. The massive fenestration of the north façade is visually broken up by decorative wrought-iron brackets that brace the huge windows and can be used as window cleaning supports. The lively wrought-iron railings also give decoration to an otherwise reduced building with finials of stylised birds, bees and beetles that resemble Japanese Mon or family crests. In the second phase of construction, the west elevation was radically altered with the addition of the library’s dramatic three-storey windows. The interior of the library is no less surprising, with the central fall of light from the windows contrasting with the dark 206

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stained wooden gallery supported by split beams. Mackintosh designed the fittings and furnishings in dark stained wood decorated with splashes of red, green and white – a magical mix of academic sobriety and modern geometric intensity. This library was probably one of Mackintosh’s most exciting interiors in a building that both kick started his architectural career and later revealed his mature style.


Mackintosh’s other domestic schemes ranged from single rooms, such as the music room he designed in Vienna for Fritz Wärndorfer in 1902, to the interiors of existing buildings, like his 1904 scheme for the 18th century Hous’hill owned by Kate Cranston and her husband John Cochrane. Yet his most important house was Hill House on a hillside site on the outskirts of Helensburgh overlooking the Clyde estuary. Mackintosh secured the commission after showing his client – the publisher Walter Blackie – Windyhill, the house that he built for his friend William Davidson in Kilmacalm in 1901.

The following year Mackintosh started work on Hill House by submitting the internal layout to Blackie for approval, before designing the elevations which reflected the function of the interior. A narrow building running from east to west with all the major rooms looking south over the estuary, Hill House was foremost a practical family home with the library off the main hall designed for receiving clients and the nursery situated at the furthest end in the north extension where the kitchen, services and children’s rooms were housed. Mackintosh used local sandstone and plain roughcast rendered or harled walls. Features such as the massive chimney and staircase tower – which came from the Scottish baronial tradition – were combined with a modern visual vocabulary, such as the flat roof of the sun lounge. Mackintosh was allowed a free rein with the decoration of the hall, sitting room and bedroom, where he designed everything from built-in wardrobes to fire tongs and pokers. His desire to create a total environment was in keeping with the artistic taste of the time. The Hill House is perhaps Mackintosh’s most polished interior since he experimented with – and fine-tuned his aesthetic not only with the Windyhill commission, but also with his own homes at 120 Mains Street and then at 78 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow. At Mains Street in 1900, in collaboration with his wife Margaret, Mackintosh installed his first all-white sitting room and experimented with the contrast of light and dark rooms and ‘male’ and ‘female’ environments.


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Mackintosh was extremely fortunate to work throughout his career with clients such as Walter Blackie, who allowed him to have complete control over a project. However his most supportive client – and most generous and constant patron was Miss Catherine Cranston, who owned and ran a chain of Glasgow tea rooms. At the time Glasgow tea rooms were unique as places where people of different classes could meet friends, relax and enjoy non-alcoholic refreshments in a variety of spaces within the same building. At a time when the temperance movement was increasingly popular, tea rooms like Miss Cranston played an important role in Glasgow life.


In 1900 he designed the ladies’ luncheon room and related rooms for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street tea rooms and in 1903 the Willow tea rooms. The Willow tea rooms occupied a narrow site on Sauchiehall Street – old Scots for ‘alley of willows’, hence the use of willow for many of the decorative motifs used. Nothing escaped Mackintosh’s attention. He and Margaret designed everything from furniture and menus, to the waitresses’ uniforms. Within the four storey building, Mackintosh created a ladies’ tea room on the ground floor, with a general lunch room at the back and a tea gallery above it. On the first floor was a more exclusive ladies’ room with a men’s billiard and smoking room on the floor above. The most extravagant of the rooms was the Room de Luxe on the first floor. Overlooking the street, it had white walls with a frieze of coloured glass, mirrored glass and decorative leading, a gesso panel by Margaret Macdonald, splendid double doors with further leaded glass decoration and silver painted highbacked chairs and sofas upholstered in rich purple.

Mackintosh was first employed by Miss Cranston in 1896 to provide a stencil decoration for the walls of her tea rooms at 91-93 Buchanan Street. Mackintosh was asked to create a wall decoration for the ladies’ tea room, the luncheon room and the smokers’ gallery. His frieze depicted elongated female figures in pairs facing each other surrounded by roses. This commission led to others for Miss Cranston from 1898 to 1899 when Mackintosh had sole responsibility for the Argyle Street tea room. For this, his first major commission for furniture, he designed his first high-backed chair. 208

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In 1914 Mackintosh left Honeyman & Keppie – and Glasgow, this is the period of his life that, over time, has been elaborated to create the image of a tragic romantic hero who was rejected by his home town, and that so fits with the famous portrait of Mackintosh with a moustache and a bow tied at his neck. It has been written that he left Honeyman & Keppie because he had been drinking heavily, which was supposedly due to his difficult temperament and his inability to attract new clients. It is possible that he intended to

move to Vienna, where he was highly respected having forged friendships with Austrian architects such as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, only for his plans to be thwarted by the outbreak of World War 1. Mackintosh moved to Walberswick in Suffolk in 1914, where he produced a series of botanical watercolours. While there he was arrested as a spy, possibly because he received post from central Europe, and he then moved to London. Mackintosh tried to gain work to establish himself in England with the status he had enjoyed in Glasgow, but at a time when classical architecture was increasingly popular his style seemed outmoded. There is also little doubt that he was demanding to work with and needed exceptional clients who were able to give him the free range he required. However, Mackintosh did produce fabric designs for Messrs, Sefton of London and in 1916 he received a commission to refurbish and decorate a house at Derngate in Northampton for W.J. Bassett-Lowke, which he executed in a very modern style, similar to that of the Library at Glasgow School of Art. An endlessly fascinating man who created work with a very distinctive voice, Mackintosh emerged from the Arts and Crafts period as an urban architect who became progressively less interested in its rural aesthetic and increasingly inspired by the progressive art movements of Germany and Austria. Despite the disappointments of his later years, his early and mid-career work in Glasgow – much of which is still in use today – has sealed his reputation as one of the most important architects and designers of the turn of the 20th century.

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uxurious newly built villa situated within a forested area of pine trees and cork oaks. The three-storey villa and separate guest house sit in spectacular landscaped grounds. The guest house comprises of a large open plan salon with fireplace and terrace area, a fully fitted kitchen and two very bright and spacious bedrooms with bathrooms.

estled in the picturesque village of Benahavis, this delightful four bedroom villa is a dream home.

The property comprises of a very spacious living room with fireplace and French doors providing natural light and access to a wonderful terrace with panoramic views of the garden and pool. Further into the garden, an additional entertainment area can be found with BBQ facility, lounging area and shower pavilion for those using the pool.

The light and airy villa has a salon with fireplace and doors leading onto the terrace. Light floods through the large windows into the open plan dining and main living area. The large kitchen fitted with Miele and Gaggenau appliances and has a breakfast bar. Also on this level you will find a study, bathroom, guest WC and wardrobe.

The fully fitted kitchen (with pantry and utility room) is shared with the dining room, the hallmark of open plan living. Its high wooden beamed ceiling gives it a touch of warmth and a cosy atmosphere. On the same level there is a guest bedroom en suite with access to a private terrace and the garden.

On the upper you will find the master bedroom fitted with an en-suite and spacious dressing areas. There are also two further bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms and fitted wardrobes. All bedrooms have individual terraces with breathtaking views.

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he property is only a 3 minute drive from the famous Laguna Village and Kempinski 5 star Hotel and only 5 minutes from Estepona town centre itself.

Upon arrival at this fabulous villa you are greeted with a street level doorway which leads to a private courtyard into the property. This light, bright and very spacious villa consists of a large lounge and open plan dining room, both with access to elevated terrace areas. The fully fitted kitchen has marble mosaic featured floors and a large American fridge/freezer. The kitchen leads into a separate utility room which leads into the 3 exceptionally large garages. There is also a private office on this level. On the lower ground level there are 4 large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms with plenty of wardrobe space. All the bedrooms have fantastic views and direct access to the garden, terrace and pool area. In the garden there is an oasis swimming pool with a casita/bar area for al-fresco dining and entertaining with satellite TV connection. There is plenty of room in the private gardens to hide away and relax, enjoying the peace and quiet. This is a beautiful family home designed to take full advantage of its unique location within its tranquil surroundings.

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This 4 bedroom south-facing penthouse, maintained to a high contemporary standard is located in the prestigious area of Nueva Andalucia, just outside Puerto Banus in a gated community. It enjoys of stunning views of mountains and sea throughout the property, with spacious but cosy living room enhanced by a beautiful mantel piece and fireplace and French doors leading to a semi-covered terrace.

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his modern 3 bedroom apartment is situated in a prime location on Marbella’s Golden Mile. It comprises of an entrance leading to an open floor concept living/dining/ kitchen, offering plenty of space to entertain guests and family. It´s also embellished through large expanses of windows, allowing the use of natural light and a unique decorative feature-a vibrant column with handmade Moroccan tiles, also used to divide the living room from the diner. This space has all around system-BOSE installed an additional feature that excels the luxury lifestyle of this property. It has a fully fitted state of the art kitchen-Roy DÊcor, equipped with General Electric appliances, storage area and access to the garage. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom which includes a Turkish bath-Hamam, further 2 en suite bedrooms complete this apartment. It has 50m2 of terrace, which helps blend indoors and outdoors, giving access to the garden. Other features include: A/C, alarm system, marble flooring, covered garage (48m2), plenty of storage, communal pool and 24hrs security. Furniture is negotiable.

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INTERIOR DESIGN · RETAIL & COMMERCIAL DESIGN · CONSTRUCTION · IN-HOUSE UPHOLSTERY Nave 7, Polígono Nuevo, La Campana, Nueva Andalucía, 29660, Marbella, Spain +34 952 818 038

PRESENTING OUR LATEST RESIDENTIAL PROJECT This abandoned 5 bedroom villa repossession in El Rosario, was totally stripped of all fixtures and fittings, not to mention the unbearable damp in the basement caused by an unattended water leak over a long period of time. Our task was to make this into a family home for its new English owners, who wanted to slow down their busy business lifestyle, for a more Andalucían approach to life, and of course there’s nowhere better to do it than in a house designed by us! At Blackshaw Interior Design for the first stage of any project we advise on layout and any initial changes we can make to a house both internally and externally, for both investment purposes and also for living requirements so we can ensure the property layout and design suits the needs of the family (the clients). For this property a simple modernisation and bringing things into good working order, making good and up to date was what was needed. We were immediately struck by the mustard coloured exterior which that dates

these style of houses, and advised on a fresh white approach giving the property a more contemporary and cared for look. The small insignificant kidney shaped swimming pool was changed to an eleven by five meters pool with white tiles, with sweeping stairs visible from the approach in the main lounge. Along with the white exterior we matched grey detailing, and light painted wood, to transform the sad dark wood details. Contemporary up and down lighters complete the look and set the house off amazingly during the evening, giving the villa the stature it deserves. Interior double doors which previously led into the lounge were moved onto another wall, changing the way we could use the distribution of furniture in the lounge, and of course our current trademark kitchen and open living space, lends itself to being a more social and family orientated area. A light and bright colour palette was used throughout with the odd splash of colour. By using this classic contemporary colour scheme

the interiors look fresh plus it provides longevity to the communal areas. The children’s bedrooms were tailored towards their favourite things, having spent time choosing with the clients their likes and dislikes it is always extremely satisfying seeing the realisation of how much they will enjoy these rooms, should it be sparkles or pirates! For the master bedroom we set the scene for either a cosy early night, or a luxury lie in. With rich velvets, silks and crystal hanging lights, a touch of Marbella. Well… we have to occasionally. Thank you for following our work, and I hope you enjoy what we do as much as we do putting it all together. If there is anything you have seen here you would like more information about, or to enquire about a renovation, please contact the team at Blackshaw Interior design.


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These stunning pendant lights by Penta consist of hand blown borosilicate glass lamps suspended at varying height, sporting not one but three different shades. The lamps have a mirrored finish and produce a soft diffused light available in gold, silver, clear and mirror. For more information visit:

Beat lighting by Tom Dixon A series of lights inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels on the subcontinent. The Beat lights are spun and hand-beaten by renowned skilled craftsmen of Moradabad in Northern India. Featured are: Beat light Wide, Beat Light Stout & Beat Light Tall. For more information visit:

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This Iris pendant lamp by Alex MacMaster and Limahl Asmall consists of delicate curved laminations of timber that echo the shape of Iris leaves to create a sculptural, unique and impacting form. He ‘Iris’ inspired leaves are elegantly curved at three sets of angles and distanced to produce a perfectly proportioned pendant feature. The ambient light casts pleasing shadows and glows warmly against the sets of leaves giving them definition and character. The pendant lights are individually stunning, and are especially attractive when displayed in groups within larger interior spaces. For more information visit: visit

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mall space does not have to mean cramped. Just because your home is pint-sized doesn’t mean you have to live with pint-sized home decor. Try these tricks of the trade on for size, and you’ll find your small apartment has never looked bigger.

Open and organised

Keep your space clutter free

Define your rooms

An open plan apartment doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy but with screens and storage units you can create and separate areas

Keep things simple

A small room looks even smaller when it’s filled with contrasting colours, patterns and layers. Stick to a single flowing scheme to make the apartment appear much larger that it is.

Invest in versatile furniture

In today’s world, space is a hot commodity. So it’s no surprise that modern furniture has evolved to have multiple functions. Whether it’s a dining table on castors for easy mobility or a lounge that doubles as a storage container, it’s worth shopping around for pieces that suit your lifestyle.

Utilise dead space

Instead of leaving empty space behind a lounge that doesn’t sit straight against a wall place a narrow table with drawers or a small bureau desk there. Not only will it look aesthetically pleasing but will provide additional storage.

Make use of space provided



Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your apartment

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Interactive Cooktop Whirlpool is also showcasing a cooktop that can be controlled by voice or touch. This interactive concept establishes the cooktop as a sort of center of command in the kitchen. You would be able to access weather reports and a calendar from the cooktop, and even brainstorm ingredients for your next meal.

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 prepares meals from any generation at the press of a button. Kitchen appliances seem to add more functionality every time you turn around. In fact, considering the amount of connected appliances that keep appearing, one doesn’t even have to turn around; your updates will appear in the notification panel. Having appliances that talk to each other (as well as to your smartphone) This is the third-generation of the multicooker from Canadian company Double Insight Inc. The new device comes with 14 built-in programs for automatic cooking. The nice part is the ability to customize them to your needs. For example, the pressure cooker can cook either on a low or high setting, while the saute function can be used at three different temperatures. But don’t worry, modern people, the new multicooker may embrace multiple cooking modes as a way to add value, but that doesn’t mean it’s doomed to the past -- in fact, a Bluetooth-enabled version was just introduced.

iWatch The iWatch, seen here in a concept design, is on our list for the second year in a row, and now we want it more than ever. We first heard reports of this mythical item in late 2012, which left us intrigued about what could come in 2013. But the year came and went without a single wearable gadget from Apple. Instead, we had to make do with countless iWatch rumors as Google, Samsung and others released wearable gadgets of their own. That’s left us hungrier than ever for the iWatch. Rumours about an iWatch have been circulating since as far back as 2011, when it was believed that Apple had employed several new wearable computing experts to work on such device. In 2013 though, the speculation soared, with reports suggesting that Apple has a team of 100 people working on an iWatch, other reports claiming Apple has hired the Nike FuelBand developer, and rumours that two sizes of iWatch are in the works. This begs the question: is it too late for Apple? If Apple does decide to launch an iWatch now it will be way behind its rivals, at least time-wise (no pun intended). Apple will need to make its iWatch exceptional with all-new, never-beforeseen technology that blows competitors out of the water.

Guitar SideKick Aspiring and adept guitar players alike will appreciate the new Guitar SideKick, a tiny clamp designed to easily fit in a pocket or case. You will affix it to the guitar’s headstock at the end of the neck to mount your iPhone on. Aimed at fretted instrument players, the $19.99 accessory provides an at-a-glance overview of your music lessons and tutorials, as well as tablature and chord charts. A special app is available to tune your instrument and record as you play (Griffin says the SideKick has no effect on tuning or playability). The Guitar Sidekick will be available March 2014.

Tile Users who have a habit of losing their keys and other items will want to pre-order Tile. The square-shaped device is used to keep track of items that users could easily lose but wouldn’t want to, such as a phone or a purse. Using Bluetooth, Tile connects to users’ smartphones, letting them track the distance to their lost items using an app on their device. Users can also activate a Tile to ring, helping them find their misplaced item with the help of a sound. Even more helpful, users can tap into the network of Tile users to find items that have been stolen, such as a bike. Perfect Homes International Magazine


Considered a work of art, whether it is a customised iPad or IPhone, there is no need for a case. All products come with full body protection installation with a no questions asked lifetime replacement guarantee. And the packaging is part of the luxury experience. Delivered in a beautiful customised piano finished box, the iPad Air also makes an impression as an unforgettable ready to go gift whether for a loved one or high end corporate contact. Whilst Apple`s own designs stay safe on the side of nonostentatious sky grey exterior, Goldgenie`s customised iPads and iPhones come in a choice of Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum (as well as the choice of black and white display screens). Goldgenie 24 carat-gold mobile devices are the hallmark of style

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