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Alexander’s Collection Spain, SL Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00 - 20:00 Ctra. n-340, Km 176, Edif OASIS Business Center, Local 1. 29600 Marbella (Malaga), España T. +34 952 82 34 40 ac-spain@terra.es www.alexanders-collection.com


Alexander’s Collection

Fine carpets, luxurious fabrics, hand made embrodiery, exquisite high quality mosaics, glassware and accessories


Quality, Style and Elegance

Alexander’s Collection Spain, SL Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00 - 20:00 Ctra. n-340, Km 176, Edif OASIS Business Center, Local 1. 29600 Marbella (Malaga), España T. +34 952 82 34 40 ac-spain@terra.es www.alexanders-collection.com


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With spring just around the corner, many homeowners will be looking at refreshing and updating their homes. Within this edition of Perfect Homes Magazine we bring you inspirational ideas of how to re-decorate your home without having to embark on a major refurbishment, by simply using paint or wallpaper a room can immediately be transformed. Gorgeous colour is everywhere for us to enjoy from surprising hues in an arrangements of flowers to beautifully designed table settings and accessories. Within this issue we explain what colours to use to bring the best out of your north, south, east or west facing room. Given that light plays an important role in our lives we also show you how different types of window dressing can instantly transform your rooms creating impact. This month we venture to the Caribbean Islands to showcase up and coming property investments along with our regular feature of properties from around the world. Our designer bio spotlights Mr James Dyson and we bring you the head ups on latest in technological gadgets set to hit the market. Mr Stan Israel Director & Editor


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The Best Non Urban Hotel in Spain

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Light and Space in Madrid & Ibiza

92 Property of the Month

Luxurious Living in Sierra Blanca

102 Paint

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120 Spring Flowers 126 Perfect Homes Caribbean Special

154 Perfect Homes

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188 Zen Gardens Stress Relief

194 Sir James Dyson

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Best Non Urban Hotel in Spain voted by Condè Nast Traveler Finca Cortesin is a spectacular independent hotel, golf & spa destination set in the rolling hills of southern Spain between Marbella & Sotogrande flanked by the Casares Mountains with sweeping views of the Mediterranean.

Set in a vast 532 acres estate, Finca Cortesin is one mile back from the sea outside the coastal settlement of Casares and close to the fashionable Sotogrande. The hotel is 25 minutes (40km) from Gibraltar, 50 minutes (84km) from the modern international terminal as Malaga airport and one hour (90km) from Jerez.

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Built around two principle courtyards with palatial proportions, the hotel has 67 large, bright and exquisitely designed suites with lofty 4m high ceilings ranging from 50 to 200m2. The 67 hotel suites are divided into junior, Executive, Pool and Cortesin Suite, All suites are characterised by elegant design, space and light and include a private balcony in the junior suites, large terrace or garden in the Executive Suites and a formidable private terrace and outdoor plunge pool in the Pool Suites.

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Fine Dining Finca Cortesin has two main restaurants known for their excellence in service and each deliver a luxurious but unpretentious dining experience, both restaurants are overseen by Executive Chef Schilo Van Coevorden. Schilo is the eponymous restaurant as Finca Cortesin in a formal dining room that combines contemporary and traditional features. The open plan kitchen serves modern Arabic and Asian cuisine characterised by lively colours, flavours and smell. El Jardin is composed of two separate dining spaces, each unique in its own way. The interior space features high ceilings, hand painted Portuguese ceramics throughout and restored antique furniture. The interior elegance is juxtaposed with a picturesque terrace with hundred year old olive trees and panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Guests can also order food from the traditional Lobby Bar, the menu includes traditional tapas and Arabiam mezze but the chef will also cater for specific guest requirements.

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The luxurious facilities

guests can take advantage of the latest in beauty and rejuvenation technology.

Guests can also benefit from the small plunge pool and bracing snow cave.

The first striking feature of Finca Cortesin’s spa is its size. Measuring 2.200m2 the space is divided into designated areas for face and body treatments, with seven treatment rooms’

Facilities at the spa include three thermal areas, one female, one male and one unisex all equipped with a sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area.

In addition the spa has a large 25m heated indoor pool and modern fitness centre.

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World Championship Golf

Finca Cortesin boasts a magnificent par 72 18 hole golf course designed by the worlds leading golf course architects. At early 7,500 yards, this is one of the longest golf courses in Europe and also boasts a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. In October 2009 Finca Cortesin hosted the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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beautiful Showroom on the Golden Mile directly opposite the Marbella Club Hotel is easily accessed with reserved free parking right outside THE BEST SOFA COMPANY ! This month we feature a mouth-watering selection of decorating accessories. Starting at the entrance where a breathtakingly beautiful golden-leaf chandelier is hanging, charming antique french shuttered windows, antique copper, delightful hippo’s and many more discoveries await as one wanders through 700 sq.m of decoration. Without doubt this is also the most luxurious and unique collection of handmade Sofa’s on the Coast. Cosy sofas for small spaces, ranging up to grand sofas where space is no object. All are designed especially for people who need comfort but understand quality. We bring 35 years of manufacturing experience to bear ensuring that our sofas really are the best ! As the premier manufacturers of tailored, loose cover sofa’s and chairs, we invite all visitor’s to our showroom to experience the sensation of sitting on a Cloud ! Fabrics are treated with Teflon which also makes daily care so much more simple and practical too.

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For the casual elegance of the Mediterranean, we offer a range of Dining and coffee tables crafted from ancient woods, romantically reclaimed from the Cecil John Rhodes dream to run a railway from the Cape to Cairo ! Constantly changing collections in our showroom offer a unique approach to decorating to your particular requirements. Our showroom is a pleasure to revisit time and again - We extend you a warm invitation to come and view our eclectic collections of decorating accessories, objects and spectacular Fine Art ! If your home is elsewhere, we are experienced Exporters and deliver World-wid e. 16

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TESTIMONIAL “The Maison Afrique team can take any average room and transform the space into an inviting salon, den or office, because they can acutely visualise proportion, not only the objects that occupy the space & fill it. Only a true interior artist can make a drab space into a magic, cosy and elegant area. Each change, no matter how seemingly small, builds on previous adjustments and before you know it - voila - a new home!� - Karen.S, Marbella

Showroom Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 20:00 Saturday 11:00 to 14:00 Contact us on: FACEBOOK : MAISON AFRIQUE DU SUD Tel : +34 951 27 94 07 Edificio Centro Expo, Bulevar Principe Alfonso Hohenlohe, Km 179, N340 Opposite The Marbella Club Hotel Golden Mile, Marbella

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North North facing rooms have cooler natural light and a lack of direct sunlight. To furnish these rooms use warmer shades such as natural warmer shades of white, light yellow, pinks, neutral stone or marble. Avoid greys and charcoals as this will make the room look cold.

1. Fawn Sofa

FAVN is an evolution of Fritz Hansen’s design language that brings together qualities of Spanish & Danish design. The Sofa is presented in light cream and taupe and includes a mixture of three fabrics. The combination of texture and tone make this sofa visually and emotionally appealing. www.scandivia-design.fr

2. Colourful cushions

Use a selection of cushions in varying colours to add warmth and depth to your room www.comparestoreprices.co.uk, www.dianefordsoftfurnishings.co.uk

3. Vivaldi Mable Coffee Table

Expertly crafted from the highest quality travertine marble, the Vivaldi marble coffee table is made from natural solid Travertine marble retaining all the natural beauty created by nature. Supplied with an additional side table and with a thick solid marble top it is a contemporary and beautiful marble coffee table which will make a bold statement in your living room. www.masterfurniture.co.uk

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South facing rooms have warmer direct sunlight, so make use of a greater range of colours, from rich warm reds, oranges and yellows to cooler fresher greens, blues and turquoise. Make sure you don’t use to much white or all of one bright colour as this will make the room look too dazzling when hit by direct sunlight.

1. Block cube Tea-light

Create a wonderful fusion of colours around the rooms when lit, this Tea-light holder is made in acrylic and stainless steel. www.culturelabel.com

2.Modern Livingroom Set

This fabulous modern living room set in beige, orange and chrome is designed by VIG Furniture. Ideal for a South facing living room, the material is upholstered in bonded Leather & PVC which is colour matched and is available in other colours. www.figstores.com

3. Yellow Vase

Elegant and shapely this versatile yellow vase is practical and elegant and will make a bold statement in any room. www.domayneonline.com.au

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Furniture From Paradise Syrian Moroccan Jewelry Box. www.akbik.com

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East East facing rooms have plenty of energetic morning light reducing to cooler light by the evening. Use colour to create a feeling of warmth and energy such a vibrant greens, yellows and blues. However if you feel this may be too bright for you to wake up to first thing in the morning opt for a more subtle shading such as aubergine, and pastel greens and blues.

1. Square Pouf Ottoman LumiSource www.ojfurniture.com

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Nova Lamps Emperor www.sanasurbandesign.com

3. White Leather Sofa set

Mid Century modern design with clean detailed lines, designer button-less tufting, all hardwood frame and no-sag springs. Each piece starts with a solid wood frame, black wood legs, and dense foam cushioning. This sturdy base graduates with cream bonded leather all around in a leather panel design with pulled edges, creating a tufted look. www.designerstouchcleveland.com

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West West facing rooms have evening light and sunset tones, meaning this room will go from cool light in the morning to warm hazy tones in the evening. Natural colours look great in this light use natural tan, ochre, mauve, stone and dusky blues as the evening light will create a feeling of warmth to accessorise use natural woods such as pine and beech and hinds for floor coverings.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall.... Mirrors create space and project a feeling of harmony www.figstores.com

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Dwellstudio Deco Border www. diedloaf.info

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Satin Nickel Salford Contemporary www.sararte.com

4. Bourgie Table Lamps

Designer Bourgie Lamps Apres Contemporary www.apresfurniture.co.uk

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Casasola Muebles, you will discover the widest variety of furniture, statement pieces and ornaments of all shapes and styles, guaranteeing you the ideal find for your home. Our specialised shops in Marbella, Alhaurín El Grande and our furniture outlet in Málaga all depend on our professional design team with a lot of experience in decoration who will assess your needs and assist you with the perfect purchase in classic, rural, modern or colonial furniture as well as kitchens and lighting. Our products are suitable for any installation and can fit to any budget. In the Casasola Factory Shop you will find all the latest furniture at lower prices.

At Casasola Muebles, you have access to the latest articles in home furniture including: sofas, dining rooms, bedrooms, children’s bedroom furniture, wardrobes, chairs, armchairs, curtains, paintings and mattresses so you can explore new ideas to inspire your home. We offer an all-round service so that you enjoy your free time whilst we take care of decorating your home for you.

Design & Exclusivity

Variety & Style Casasola Muebles’s understanding of high class interior décor is all about authentic Joire de vivre, expressed through an international blend of fine design, noble woods, and new interior concepts.

At Casasola Muebles, you will find exclusive pieces of; classic furniture delicately carved in wood with gold detail from the Spanish Levante, luxurious Italian design, along with cclassic, rural, modern, or colonial furniture.

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Offering a wide range in all styles, the design team at Casasola Muebles provides customer with personal attention at all times. Throughout the year, the design team travels to Madrid, Valencia, Milan, Indonesia, Shanghai, and Japan, to visit fairs to discover the most relevant trends. The result of these trips is Casasola Muebles is able to offer it’s customers a wide variety of furniture which is exclusive and unique.

Refined High level of service: “Turn-Key Projects” Since its origin, Casasola Muebles, has placed a special emphasis on providing the highest quality of service level and finish to all its projects, because of this high level of service Casasola Muebles, receives a very high percentage of repeat custom and friends, family and acquaintances of these customers immediately trust Casasola Muebles no more so then with there “Turn-Key Service” Cati, the owner of Casasola Muebles explains the importance they attach to the projects ‘Turn-Key. This service is highly appreciated

by the customer, as today’s fast paced hectic lifestyle attaches great value to their personal time, and you want to find the home fully finished and furnished without the disadvantages that entails. It is a service, we insist: “Designed for customers who spend some time in our city and prefer to spend their precious time to enjoy their leisure and home from the first moment.” From all corners of the world and fairs, the design team and thrives Casasola projects to offer both concrete pieces as these projects ‘Turn-Key’. Some projects that the decoration will be a true reflection of the personality and needs of the customer, always based fully customized pricing.

The Guarantee of a Large Firm Although these are the main features of the service and expertise of Casasola Muebles it’s best to get to know their exposure where the variety of styles and formats, we can make all kinds of furniture discover that shapes our home. A home to live in with passion.

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NUEVA ANDALUCIA, MARBELLA - 3.950.000€ negotiable (reduced from 4.500.000€) BUILT SIZE 610m² · PLOT SIZE 2480m² · 5 BEDROOMS · 7 BATHROOMS · SEPARATE SELF-CONTAINED STAFF APARTMENT Ref: 99299 The symmetrical proportions of this villa give it an aesthetically pleasing appearance - add to this the fact that this is a beautifully built modern property with stunning décor throughout and it is an ideal combination. Benefitting from fabulous sea views in its elevated position both from the interior and the garden, this property is only a five minute drive from central Nueva Andalucia, and a ten minute drive from Puerto Banus.There is a heated swimming pool and gazebo on the main level of the garden which overlooks the tennis court on the lower level. The furniture is negotiable in the price.

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AMAZING NEW VILLA PROJECT IN LA ZAGALETA – Price on Application BUILT SIZE 1582m² · PLOT SIZE 6368m² · 9 BEDROOMS · 9 BATHROOMS · SEPARATE GUEST HOUSE Ref: 99341 A rare opportunity to purchase a newly-built home of distinction at this privileged address set against the backdrop of Spain’s premier Golf and Country Club. In a prime position overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it will sit on what may be the finest remaining plot at this exclusive address. The property will offer all the hallmarks of stylish living, contemporary yet elegant. Incorporating Far Eastern detail, the plans were borne from a desire to create a home unifying two architectural styles. Comprising a main house with five en suite bedrooms, a guest house with three en suite bedrooms, three swimming pools (one indoor), a cinema room, games room, sauna, gym and much more…

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LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – 12.500.000€ BUILT SIZE 1170m² • PLOT SIZE 9627m² • TERRACES 160m² • 6 BEDROOMS • 6 BATHROOMS Ref: 103027 If privacy, seclusion and mesmerising coastal views are a priority, this spectacular villa is one of the finest options, situated in this privileged and private location which offers the use of two Golf courses, a Clubhouse, tennis courts, an Equestrian centre and even a helipad should you wish to arrive the unconventional route! The home has relaxed open-plan interior spaces, a Spa and gymnasium as well as a cinema, an indulgent bodega and a games room. Created with entertaining in mind, it has several open and covered terraces and expansive gardens with a heated infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Chiringuito and a BBQ area.

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NUEVA ANDALUCIA, MARBELLA – Price on application BUILT 1500m² • PLOT 3200m² • 7 BEDROOMS • 7 BATHROOMS • 3 CLOAKROOMS SEPARATE SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENT • SEPARATE OFFICE BUILDING Ref: 102885 Exquisitely designed and decorated newly-built villa in the sought after and popular area of Nueva Andalucia’s Golf Valley. This expansive property is beautifully furnished throughout and benefits from being offered with the furniture included in the price. Other features of the property include spectacular sea and mountain views, particularly from the first floor and the expansive roof terrace, a Guard’s house with cloakroom, a lift, a 12-seat cinema room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a Health suite including a Gym, heated indoor pool, Turkish bath and Sauna and staff accommodation comprising two en suite bedrooms. This perfect villa also offers a beautiful landscaped garden with heated infinity pool and alongside it a Gazebo with in-built kitchen.

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LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB – 5.450.000€ (reduced from 6.950.000€) BUILT SIZE 1415m² • PLOT SIZE 4560m² • 7 BEDROOMS • 8 BATHROOMS • STAFF QUARTERS Ref: 98688 Amazingly distinctive villa with the influence of Italian style, set within a stunning Italian landscaped garden and having an impressive sweeping drive with a classic round design used in Rome by Michelangelo. Beneath this is the amazing garage, which has been designed in a car showroom style with a large central skylight. Features of the property include a Cinema, a lounge with bar, a Spa, a wine cellar and a lift. A pavilion can be found in the elegant pool area of this beautiful property, set in the mountains of this stunning and privileged tranquil estate which offers the use of two Golf courses, a Clubhouse, tennis courts, an Equestrian centre and a helipad.

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THE GOLDEN MILE BEACHSIDE, MARBELLA – 3.900.000€ (reduced from 5.000.000€) BUILT SIZE 470m² • PLOT SIZE 970m² • 5 BEDROOMS • 5 BATHROOMS • SEPARATE GUEST COTTAGE Ref: 98664 Located in this very exclusive area next to the Marbella Club Hotel on Marbella's premiere beach, this very special villa is walking distance to all amenities and situated in a secure and manned drive. It has recently been totally redeveloped and refurbished and is being offered fully furnished and equipped to a very high standard. A separate casita in the manicured grounds offers private accommodation for guests, at this property which is a stylish and elegant home that becomes a picture postcard when lit at dusk.

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Thinking of redecorating a room? You’ve chosen the colour scheme, the flooring, flooring, the furniture and accessories but what kind of window treatment will you use?

Even back in days gone by, Neanderthal man used animal hides to cover the windows of the caves and since these times the key reason for dressing our windows has remained the same. Whether for the purpose of privacy or to keep the light and / or heat both in and out there are a number of different options to choose from with a vast range of fabrics, colours, metallic’s, patterns and textures to make our windows the focal point of ever room. Today as consumers we have so many options available to us to create a stunning window design. Whether you choose curtains of which there are many different designs such as tab tops, pencil pleats, sash and so on plus the assortment of blinds which again vary in design from vertical & horizontal slats, Venetians and Romans each with varying ways to filter filter light within the room. When dressing a large picture window you may choose to use a combination of products simply because of the sheer size of the window in particular contemporary homes where entire walls of glass form the windows. For large windows, as opposed to glass walls, you could use vertical or Venetian blinds with curtains to dress the window. The blinds will give you privacy and light control by angling the slats or louvres during the day and both types of blinds can be fully closed at night to create a block-out effect. The curtains will frame the window, which in most cases are never closed and are primarily there for décor purposes.

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Curtains remain the most popular form of window dressing, especially in traditional and modern homes. These can be used as the main window dressing, with the addition of net curtains or lightweight voiles to keep prying eyes out of your rooms.


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he trend for using a combination of blinds and curtains continues to grow and for those who don’t have a privacy issue can use fabric Roman blinds, woodweave or bamboo to co-ordinate the colours and design with the rooms furniture and décor. These window dressing choices also allow you to leave the curtains swept back and open both day and night, (which is a real godsend if your curtains are elaborate swags and tails styles) and also provides unobstructed views outside during the day and total privacy at night when the blinds are lowered. With so many different window dressing styles, either ready made or made to measure, available the daunting task of choosing a dressing for

a large picture window is a thing of the past. Whatever style or design you want it’s available to you. Furthermore, you don’t have to spend a fortune getting the window dressing you want there are plenty of cheap ready made window blinds and curtains in a wide variety of colours, styles and prints. Glass walls typically overlook a stunning view so there’s no problem with privacy. Due to this big advantage many contemporary glass walls don’t have any window dressing or if they do sheer voiles are used. These lightweight curtains are usually hung from motorized curtain tracks, so that at a push of a button the voiles glide closed. Another window dressing which is used is Venetian or vertical blinds which again are remote controlled.

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Blinds make a real feature to your window and there are many options to choose from with Venetian, Roman or roller, each creating a different and style and effect to the room

Roller Blinds By using Roller blinds you can turn either disguise your windows and dress them with neutral tones matching your walls or you can turn your window into a work of art.

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With so many fantastic designs available your window can be dressed to suit any colour scheme whether it’s for a child’s bedroom or an artistic working studio or you plan to use your

roller blind as the focal point of your room you’re bound to find one that suits your scheme. Roller blinds are also ideal choose for conservatory and sun room ceilings and are not just limited to being used on the windows. Roller blinds are a classy alternative to partisans as they can be dressed and treated to match your wallpaper and interior.


Roman Blinds Elegant & stylish Roman blinds are a type of window covering used to block out the sun. Roman shades are different from standard window shade in that they stack up evenly when being opened, however when they are open they are visibly smooth, not bumpy or ribbed like typical vertical shades of blinds. Roman shades are usually opened with a cord mechanism, allowing the user to adjust the height of the covered area. In this case, the opened portion of the blinds

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remains smooth, while the very top will be stacked evenly. Roman blinds are available in a variety of styles. Both Looped Roman blinds and Classic Roman blinds are designed to create depth and dimension. Looped Roman blinds have folds that cascade down the face of the shade to help create depth, while Classic Roman blinds offer a pleated design. Roman shades are also available in a seamless style, which feature a smooth or at shade face.

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Shutter Simplicity For a more solid and stable window covering why not choose wooden shutters. Interior shutters normally are hinged to the window frame and swing inwards. Many are operable louvred shutters whereby allowing the slats to be tilted to alter the privacy and inlet of light into a room Shutters add an organic, natural feel to a room and look lovely in there natural wooden tones or painted white to create that seaside beach feeling.

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Venetian Blinds Venetian blinds are mainly made from wood or aluminium, which create am ambient feeling when daylight filters through the slats. They are available in two styles either as a vertical or horizontal panel. Not the most heat preserving of window dressings however but because of there tilting slats they provide fantastic privacy but still allow sufficient lighting to penetrate through. Sadly the downside to Venetian blinds is that they are dust traps and will require regular cleaning.

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ade to measure bespoke dining tables, sumptuous, contemporary sofas, state of the art kitchens and stylish walk-in wardrobes. All our furniture and installations are designed and handcrafted to any size, material and colour. From mirror-finish high gloss lacquers to specially selected natural woods. We can provide individual furniture pieces or fully integrated design projects which are all designed before construction using virtual 3D programming.

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bedroom is a place of serenity. It is a place we go to when we want to forget about the taxes, or the mortgage bills, or the dishes leftover from dinner. However, more often than not, bedrooms are simply a place to store all the annoyances that couldn’t fit in the hallway closet. A bedroom should be the place where we go to find a little bit of tranquillity in a chaotic world.

Unfortunately, creating a calming bedroom is easier said than done. The most important thing to remember when designing and planning your bedroom is to use neutral, relaxing colours on the walls or objects. Secondly, use softer, dimmer lights to make the space more comfortable & cosy. Thirdly, plan the space so that there is enough room to walk around and everything has a logical place. The last thing anyone wants is for a room to be impossible to move around. Keeping these design points in mind, your bedroom should be able to sooth you, whether you are there to sleep or simply fetch a jacket from the closet. When planning your bedroom space it is important to consider the heavy and larger furniture pieces first. These consist of the bed, headboard, drawers, bedside tables, and chairs – if there is enough room for a sitting area. All the other elements are simply decorative such as, rugs, mirrors, bed throws, & photo-frames. Once you begin to plan & design your bedroom, decide on the piece that is going to be the focal point – this can either be the largest piece in the room or even an object that has sentimental value. Then place all the other objects in the room around that particular object. One very important element that must be thought about in your bedroom design is your mattress. I know too many people, myself included, that have back problems. One of the main causes of back problems is sleeping on poor quality mattresses. Take the time to invest in a good mattress that will last you a while and will also save your body from future torment.

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After all of these considerations comes the decorating part. This part can either be the most exciting or the most painful task. It all depends on your style. I like contemporary bedrooms, but I also like a mix of classical elements. UDesign create some beautiful contemporary bedrooms that allow for relaxation and practicality.


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The most important thing to keep in mind when decorating your bedroom is that all the elements are tied together either through style or colour. The last thing anyone wants is a bedroom that has disjoining elements - this will make the room seem chaotic and it will not give you the sense of relaxation. So, make sure that you have a colour scheme for the room, about three or four colours that can be seen in most of the bedroom objects. These colours can appear anywhere, from the bedspread to rugs, curtains, even the picture frames. Having this link between all the objects will pull the room together, turning your bedroom from a once frenzied space to a relaxing space where you can go and shut off the world. The key when designing a bedroom is to keep all the elements within one style. By focusing on one style your bedroom will become your refuge the place that has the capability to rid your mind of everything else that is happening outside the closed door.

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hoosing fabrics & wallpapers for a design can take an extremely long time. There are so many options with regards to texture, colour, finish, & material. Having to make so many choices can be difficult if the desired outcome of the project is not known. The choice of fabric can either make or break a design.

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Romo - Ziani Artio Fabrics

When selecting a fabric it is important to consider the durability of the fabric, where the item will be placed – indoors or outdoors, and also the aesthetic factor. Although a fabric might be practical with regards to its durability, if it doesn’t look nice, then it won’t add anything to the space. When choosing fabrics although it may look great in a sample book, it might not look so great once applied to your item or space. That’s why working with companies, such as UDesign, who use 3D programs can be so beneficial. You will be able to see how that exact fabric or wall covering will look in your design. This 3D option will allow for you to try before you buy, ensuring that your final fabric choice will be the one you want without any unpleasant surprises.

Zinc - Mission & Juno Combination


There are many things to consider when choosing fabrics or wallpapers. Another factor to take into consideration is who will have the highest interaction with the fabric or wallpaper. If the room is more of a formal space then it is perfectly fine to choose a more lavish fabric like silk or satin. However if the room comes into a lot of daily contact with people or pets then it is probably best to chose a fabric that can be cleaned relatively easy as well as one that can last a while. The same applies to wallpaper. Wallpaper should suit the rest of the interior space but also the durability and interaction with the wallpaper needs to be considered. If the wallpaper is placed in a popular section of the house then make sure it is a covering that will not scratch or get damaged easily. Secondly, if you have children who love to write on the walls with food or crayons, consider selecting wallpaper that is easy to clean or replace. In this modern world the possibilities with fabrics and wallpapers are endless. Any pattern can be turned into a fabric that can then be applied to any object. Personally I find the best method when choosing which elements should be covered in fabric is to select the objects that are not the largest in the room but rather the ones that will boost the larger elements. For example, keeping a sofa with a neutral pattern or texture but enhancing it with pillows or throws of different colours and patterns. This will make the space much more interesting and it also allows for more experimentation and

change to be made in the future without having to buy a different sofa every time. Finally, another problem when it comes to fabric & wallpaper choosing is which company or style you should go with. There is a terrific fabric & upholstery company known as Romo, which have four other design houses under its name. All these different houses have different styles & colour palettes. The main brand, Romo, has quite a contemporary and lively feel to its fabric patterns. However one of its daughter brands, Zinc, uses more neutral and seductive palettes to develop more urban and sumptuous patterns. The options with Romo and its other design houses are endless in terms of style and colours. For wallpapers, a French company, Elitis, is a very innovative wall-covering company. They have a variety of patterns & textures to choose from as wall-coverings. Both Romo & Elitis provide the public with a variety of options in order to make your interior truly stand out.

Elitis - Icones Wallpaper

Elitis - Azzurro Wallpaper

*All of these brands & fabrics are available through UDesign*

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Regency Realty PA R T N E R S H I P

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Welcome to Regency Realty Partnership Our agency has been established by partners offering more than 30 years experience within the real estate and customer service industry. The management team are highly respected individuals working towards a goal of complete client satisfaction regardless of property type, residential, holiday or investment homes. Our dedicated staff, all of whom have a stake within the company, offer a one to one service making the purchase of a property as simple and efficient as possible. We will assist with initial advice to project completion, including, obtaining finance, establishing appropriate legal advice, decoration and furnishing to renting and resale opportunities. The effective use of our partnership programme, ensures the best selection of properties are available direct from developers and of course distressed sales from banks, and in specific areas, 100% mortgages are available. Signe Soomre - 664 330 122 Signe@regency-realty.com

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Villa La Mina n Built 318m2 n Terrace 40m2 n Plot 2230m2 n Beds 3 n Baths 3 Reduced from 1m euros to 890,000 euros This charming, traditional Spanish family home set in the idyllic area of Sierra Blanca, with uninterrupted sea views to Gibraltar and Morocco, is offered for sale with early viewing recommended. Set in a haven of mature, perfectly maintained gardens totalling 2000m2. This property offers the convenience of being close to Marbella and Puerto Banus.

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Villa Malaga n Interior area 700m2 n Garage 121m2 n Porch&terrace 125m2 n Constructed area 946m2 n Plot 1132m2 n Beds 5 n Baths 5 2,975,000 euros A privileged location in the heart of the exclusive residential valley of Nueva Andalucia. Surrounded by Marbella’s finest golf courses. It’s only a five minute drive from the best beaches in Marbella and the prestigious shopping and leisure centres of Puerto Banus. The villa has been designed in harmony with its surroundings in an elegant Andalucian style.The living rooms and porches have been oriented to the south to offer you the privilege of enjoying the sunshine all day long.

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Villa Paloma n Built 526m2 n Terrace 100m2 n Plot 3096m2 n Beds 4 n Baths 4 Reduced from 2m euros to 1.4m euros This amazing 5 bedroom villa set in a mature 3000m2 plot, with large swimming pool and separate children’s pool is located within a 5 minute walk of Puerto Banus and surrounded by local bars and restaurants. Offering an amazing family space or indeed a substantial rental income. We recommend viewing urgently as interest is expected to be high due to a substantial price reduction.

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California Roll House by Christopher Daniel: “At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context. California Roll prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environment : The desert. Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency. Modularization of every structure members and finish materials are maximized to provide mobilty with rapid assembly and disassembly on site.. To sustain its challenging structural stand, carbon fibre truss frame under neath the exterior material holds the entire architecture. Hydraulic powered automatic doors with a security system is used for main entrance 70

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door which allows less spaces to operate the door mechanism. California Roll house features these latest technologies applied to architecture which breaks the boundary of product or vehicle design and architectural design which brings more mobility to living spaces. Plain surface on the ground extended from the exterior surface provides a paved area for out door activities which requires a flat and artificial surface different from desert sand surface. As well as surface on the ground, inside of exterior shell is covered with fibre reinforced plastic panels. Modularized skylights and windows along the exterior surface can be placed in many different locations to light its interior space to meet resident’s requirement from his own usage of the space. Passive and subtle control of the privacy in the bedroom area is provided by a curtain divider and bookshelf with a translucent midpart. These parts allows the residents to have sense of privacy by delicate visual hints over as well as providing lights through.Overall, the privacy in California Roll is controlled rather passively with resident’s awareness than tight blocking of spaces in-between.�

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he curved surface of the California Roll House is extended across the ground, creating a paved surface that can be used for various outdoor activities. Made of prefabricated elements, easily assembled on site, the building is mobile and versatile. The materials provide energy efficiency, including reflecting heat from the sun. The glass panels are electronically controlled and react to changes of weather conditions by adjusting the level of transparency. Underneath the entire structure is a carbon fiber truss frame, elevating it above the ground plane. Adopting ideas from automotive design industry, hydraulic powered automatic door controlled by number lock panel is installed on the sloped wall as main entrance to minimize the space required for operation and avoid contact with user while in operation. When the door is fully open, the clearance height is up to 2 meters. The door opens into two pieces, the upper piece lifts up over head, and the lower piece unfolds onto the floor for visitors to step on. When the door is completely closed, the material on the outside of door continues with the material of the exterior surface to achieve co nfo rmity and hid e the entrance.

The modularity of the house offers a customized positioning of openings. The residents can choose the placement of their windows. The bedroom area is completed with curtain divider and bookshelf with translucent middle part to provide privacy. In this way, the residents can have sense of privacy by delicate visual hints over as well as providing lights through. The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame, and features a hydraulic powered automatic door which open into two sections. The upper section opens up overhead, whilst the lower section unfolds onto the floor for easy access into the house. When the door is closed it continues the line of the exterior surface, contributing to the smooth lines of the building. The modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let in. The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living zones only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers.

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Living in Style IBIZA

PROJECT CASA Expresses the functionality and simplicity through lightness. A bright and natural style of architecture technically evolved and edgy. A rigorous and refined design for a new definition of environment where space is lived freely to enjoy. Minimum and functional units to its pure essential form. With each detail will emerge a projecting imaginary unit giving new ideas. To an audience looking for a style contemporary-minimalist and ne both protagonist of a space where the element components may be revalued.

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Building with Quality Foundations Shoe, beam and girder of reinforced concrete type HA 25/P/40/11A, and H.A/30/PIIb for peripheral supporting walls.

Structure The building’s structure is made of reinforced concrete, for the foundations, pillars and floors, with the floors being of a reticular shape or single-sided.

Closings 20 cm thick blocks of vibrated concrete, thermal insulation of 3 cm thickness made from projected polyurethane, with an internal partition made from hollow double bricks of 6 cm in thickness coated with perlite gypsum. Middle walls made with a double partition of 6 cm containing an acoustic insulation with woollen filter pad of 3 cm.

use of high density polyurethane which protects the double-layered asphalt tiling. The slopes are formed by foam concrete.

Noise Insulation Drainpipes for rainwater and human waste are double-sided and lined with a glass sheet with an aluminium layer.

Sanitary Installation In the bathroom and toilet areas sanitary installations are from the Duravit brand, Starck 1 series. The bath is the Strack 1 model by Duravit.

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The taps installed in the properties are single or dual handled taps, Starck 1 model by from the Hansgrobe company.

The same or inferior to what has been established by the Norm NBE-CT-79 for the area of Ibiza.

Plumbing

Paving The exterior paving of the residence, terrace and passable roofed areas have been made using unpolished limestone type 90/30.

The interior installation is made of Niron type polyurethane tubing with accessories from the same line. The hot water supply is to all pieces, except the lavatory, via a propane gas boiler.

Parking paving is made from super-reinforced concrete which has been mechanically hardened using quartz dust. General paving on the property is made from frosted limestone pieces type 90/30.

Duct installation for air conditioning and heat-pump throughout the house. With thermostats in all installations which have airconditioning. Top of the range manufacturers such as Mitsubishi or General Electric have been used.

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Flat, with a protective limestone, geo-textile layer supporting thermal insulation by the

The bathrooms are tiled with pieces of frosted limestone type 90/30.

Major openings are equipped with sliding doors. Glasswork in the exterior of the

Exterior walls made with a ventilated façade finished in special mortar and painted using silicate paintwork.

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properties is by Climalit, that is, double glazed with 6/4/6 cavity and on the ground floors of the properties with anti-theft protection provided by Stadip on the outer pane. The Venetian blinds are made from anodised aluminium layers for all the bedroom windows and are electrically operable.

Locking The outer-gates of the interior stairwells are made from stainless steel. Fencing on the balconies is made from embossed stainless steel from the floor.

Interior Carpentry The interior carpentry is made from premanufactured doors, with white satinfinished paint. The main door to the property is made from teak and has a Tesa locking system, with a peep-hole and security bolts. The bedrooms are equipped with fitted-wardrobes, with sliding doors of satinfinished white and stainless steel handles.

Painting The vertical interior walls are finished in white plastic paint. The horizontal parameters are also painted with white plastic paint. In the bathrooms a special plastic white paint which is resistant to water has been used. Wooden carpentry is lacquered in satinfinished crude white. Exterior surfaces are painted with silicate paint. Teak woodwork is varnished to protect its natural colour.

Kitchen furniture is top of the range like those of the Italian manufacturer ABC. The halogen hob, as well as the oven and microwave are made by Siemens. The kitchen extractor fan is made by the Italian manufacturer MaxFire.

Swimming Pool Each property has an individual swimming pool with stone terrace.

Coatings

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Interior coatings, both for vertical and horizontal parameters are made from a coating of gypsum perlite. The balcony roofs are tiled with a finecoating of Propane or similar.

The garage access door is made from metal, and equipped with a remote control operated automatic door.

Other Installations The properties are equipped with an alarm system. They are also fitted with television, radio and telephone points in the living room, bedrooms and kitchen. Video intercom is also provided. The entire property is connected to a wireless network. Satellite TV is also available.

Electrical Installations

Fitted halogen lights in the ceiling are from the Viabizzuno brand with dimmer switches.

A full electrical installation is provided for, according to the current legal requirements.

Door and wardrobe handles are made from stainless steel by the Italian company Olivari.

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White as theory white as texture white as attitude

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Madrid - La Moraleja

Wide-open interior spaces correspond to the idea of the infinite nature of the exterior space, in such a way that there is a permanent connection as a result of the proportions and spatial division, revitalising the importance of the edges between gaps. 1.700 m² divided into seven suites, Spa, Turkish bath, service area, a spacious hall designed for holding events, in the centre of the basement floor, the kitchen takes on the role of the layout’s strategic centrepiece, a designed by Ibermaison’s own kitchenware company, ILINE, a place for experiment. The overwhelming concept of this house produced by Massi Ferrachi, is that of habitation as a creative act, of perception and enjoyment of the space around us, and admiration for the inherent qualities of nature. After the project’s extraordinary beauty, sophistication and sensitivity, “The White House” leaves us with an idea, a starting point and an aim: “Living with art” from purity with beauty, towards the essential. l 2 plots: 2600 m² each l Built: 1750 m² l 7 suites l Pool l Spa l Turkish bath l Price: e11,900,000

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A room with a view... IBIZA

Casa O Below the ground, stone, rocks. Above, the sky, all the air and all the intensity. Oxygen. A house that is a bridge. Vertical relation. Why are rooves needed? Boxes of light, open to the sky, boxes which absorb and expand light. Without limits. Without breaks. Everything is simple, clear, fluid. See-through yet serene. Cleared. Nature which surrounds everything which invades and brims over everything. The blue sea, lime white walls, green and yellow of grass in the wind, the soft and fine sand. A house which is also a shelter. A place to live and resist. Simultaneously removed from the hustle and bustle whilst open to the world we live in. Like water, near and far, which comes and goes. l Plot: 2500 m² l Built: 600 m² l 3 suites l Basement 1000 m² l Price: e3,950,000

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Open space... IBIZA

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Casa H White, pure white. The repetition of whiteness, a shadow taken against an unbelievably blue sky. Barefoot on a cold and smooth surface. Tactile. Hands that glide across a liquid and limpid surface. Eyes that lose themselves in the immensity of what they see. Fresh and exact light. Clear oxygen. An open, breathing, infinite and defined space. Lucid. Nature, inside and out, everywhere and nowhere. l Plot: 2500 m² l Bulit: 550 m² l 2 suites l Basement 500 m² l Price:e3,850,000

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REAL ESTATE SPAIN

“Go to the Experts” “Elite Expert is a Costa del Sol based property broker and estate agency with offices in Puerto Banus. The company manages and sells all property types throughout the length of the Costa del Sol. We have links into many of the major estate agents on the Costa del Sol thus providing a “One Stop Shop” in your Costa del Sol property search. Whether you are looking for a luxury villa, a building plot, a modern or old traditional town house, an apartment or home on a modern urbanization we are certain that we can find your heart’s desires. With more than 10 years’ experience of working on the Costa del Sol, Elite Expert is well placed to provide an elite, professional and expert service for those interested in finding their ideal Costa del Sol property. As a property broker we provide a quality, personal service in locating your property on the Costa del Sol at no extra charge to you.

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Beautiful one level bungalow style Villa located in the heart of the Golden Mile The Property offers a chill out area as well as separate gymnasium. Landscaped gardens and swimming pool complete the luxurious look of the Villa. 5 Bedrooms

6.5 Bathrooms

Terrace 59m2

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Stunning Luxury Villa located in the best part of Sierra Blanca With beautiful tropical gardens and pool 5 Bedrooms

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Beautiful Detached Villa in La Qunita Constructed area of 800 m2 on a substantial plot of 2000 Built 6 Bedrooms

4 Baths

Terrace 150m2

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Safer SieMatic The best design for your kitchen.............

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

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LUXURIOUS LIVING Sierra Blanca

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arbella Sierra Blanca stands out as one of the most sought after and exclusive residential developments in Europe and has proved itself as a relative safe haven for high net worth investors looking for luxury real estate in the Spanish market. Plots of land in Sierra Blanca range from €800 to €1000 per square meter and due to lack of availability demand has remained strong and prices firm. Sierra Blanca takes its name from the Sierra Blanca mountain range of which La Concha, the mountain that towers above the development is part off. Located 300 meters above sea level the views are breath-taking in every direction and overlook the Mediterranean Sea to Africa as well as Marbella’s lush, green Golden Mile. Positioned perfectly on the foothills of the beautiful La Concha Mountain, Sierra Blanca benefits from a fantastic micro climate guaranteeing the protection from the winds, fog and sea mist that surrounds the lower ground during the summer months. Sierra Blanca, itself is a very quiet development located just 3 minutes by car to the shops, the beach, and 5 minutes to Marbella town. It is also just 7 minutes’ drive to Puerto Banus. The security on the development is of an excellent standard and is provided by leading security company Prosegur. Barriers are installed and closed in the evening at every street entrance to ensure no through traffic and every street is under constant surveillance by the on-site security team.

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Property Description: Classic elegance and refined to perfection. This unique spectacular villa set in the exclusive development of Sierra Blanca is set on an exceptional plot of 2069m2 offering fantastic panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Africa. The villa is surrounded by a magnificent park-like garden which offers total privacy to ensure there is no possibility of being overlooked by neighbours. A grand driveway leads to this exceptional villa which opens up with an impressive entrance hall with sweeping staircase and domed ceiling. The lounge with its fantastic fireplace leads to a beautiful dining-room with both rooms offering great sea views making them perfect for grand entertaining. The ground floor also comprises of a large superbly fitted kitchen with dining terrace sitting-area, two bedroom suites plus an office. The upper floor offers two exceptional large suites, each with a terrace again offering exceptional views. A further bedroom suite, professional cinema room, gym, sauna, bodega, walk-in pantry, utility room, laundry room & underground garage for up 6 cars are all situated on the lower level. The lower level also boasts a staff quarter offering a separate suite-lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom with a separate external entrance

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Paint the essential W

hen it comes to instantly reviving and refreshing a room, paint stakes its claim as the key decorating tool and with advances in new technology some paints can offer finishes to revival that of wallpapers and liners. During these frugal times re-decorating our homes can be a daunting task, we all want a fresh looking home but the problem one tends to find is once you decorate one room the others look drab in comparison and this leads to the whole house needing a facelift which can be very expensive, however thanks to technological advances, paint is becoming the must use option. It is safer to use, as oil- and solvent-based formulas have been replaced by water-based acrylic plus new paints are high-performing, low in toxic chemicals and almost odour-free, so better for the environment and healthier for us and our pets. Paints are now available in many different formulas which enable them to decorate every surface in the home, from melamine to ceramic tiles, plastic to masonry, walls, ceilings, woodwork, flooring and radiators. The new advances in paint technology have also enabled paints to be been tailored made specifically for certain areas within the home, such as bathrooms & kitchens. These paints offer durable and mildew-resistant properties and are hard wearing to withstand the ever changing heat temperatures such as from cooking or soaking in that hot relaxing bath. Specialist paints also include some new exciting finishes, such as suede effects, metallic and highsheen lacquers. These specialist paints are ideal to use for an accent wall of a feature wall. If you have a wooden floor that’s not particularly attractive or is made from a patchwork of old and new wood, paint is ideal to use to as a disguise. There are plenty of colours choices from Nordic style whitewashing to beach hut blues and greens. Alternatively, a timber floor in good condition can be treated to a natural or tinted stain, which allows the grain to show through. Woodcare oils are a great treatment to use as they takes the yellow edge off pine, and Osmo makes a range of opaque semi-gloss woodwax finishes, which can be mixed to create attractive, muted tones.

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Types of Paint: Water Based Paints are usually referred to as emulsions and were traditionally used only for interior walls and ceilings. But recently tremendous advances in paint technology mean that water-based formulas, especially the highperforming acrylics, are available for all surfaces, from woodwork to metal, and for interior and exterior use. The advantages of these paints, over oil-based ones is that they are cleaner, have less odour and are more environmentally sound. Brushes can be rinsed clean with water. Solvent or Oil Based Paints are used where a tough, durable finish is required for interior and exterior timber, masonry and furniture – although, as mentioned above, the new generation of acrylics and multi-surface paints offers viable alternatives. In general, brushes need to be cleaned with turpentine or white spirit. Make to order all paints are made of four key ingredients: pigments, binders, liquids and additives. Generally speaking, the more pigment used to make the paint, the better the quality it

will be: a ratio of 30 to 45 per cent binder and pigments by volume indicates a paint.

Distemper

A traditional water-based paint made from animal and natural resins, which dries to a velvety matt finish. Primarily used on ceilings and plaster mouldings, and to give furniture an aged effect, but not suitable for areas of high wear.

Eggshell

Traditionally refers to an oil-based paint with a silky finish, suitable for interior walls and woodwork. Water-based alternatives are now available.

Flat or Dead-Flat Oil

Provides a completely flat, oil-based finish. Generally used on walls but not suitable for areas of high wear such as corridors.

Gloss

These paints have a high sheen level and are usually used on woodwork.

Limewash

Made from slaked lime and water, this paint is good for porous surfaces such as brickwork, render and plaster and gives a chalky finish. It is available from specialist companies.

Matt

Describes paints that give a flat, non-reflective finish. It is ideal for walls and ceilings that are not perfectly smooth.

Satin or Silk

Water-based vinyl or acrylic paint for walls in highwear areas, such as hallways and kitchens. A satin finish will be slightly shinier than silk.

Satinwood or Semi-Gloss

These paints are commonly used on woodwork, such as skirting boards. This sheen level is between eggshell and gloss.

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Nothing says “home” quite like a fire place and with modern decor trends continually changing, the best way to make your house into a really warm and inviting home is to invest in a contemporary fireplace.

Be stunned by the possibilities offered by innovative and creative fireplace designs…

The modern fire place is inspired by the clean lines of modern living. It adds an air of timeless appeal to any lounge, living area, patio or garden and creates a work of art from the living flame which dances in the grate ensuring that it becomes the focal point of every room. The great thing about contemporary fireplaces is their versatility a contemporary fireplace makes a bold statement in a bold room and a soothing statement in a more classically arranged home. With their multifunctional appeal and their real bespoke design, they become the perfect centre piece for every room and every life style especially when paired with stylish fireplace andirons. Contemporary fireplaces are further suited to the modern home because they are equally suited to hosting or holding a wood burner. The modern fireplace can be fitted to parts of a room that held an old style hearth - or used as a framing devices for wood burners that have been placed in their own original locations. Leading fireplace design specialist Pias Chimeneas Fire & Design situated in Nueva Andalucia offer a huge range of modern fireplace designs which stand at the forefront of fashion. Every fireplace within their collection will bring a special and individual feeling to your home creating a warmth and new stylish dimension. Not only at this time of year when it’s cold and dark but during the changing seasons of spring and autumn. Not only do they offer a large selection of fireplaces but they also stock Bioethanol (in 5 litres for €17,50), a non-smoking and non-smelling liquid designed for use within decorative contemporary Bio -Fireplaces and burners which are ideal for small apartments where there is no chimney and flue. The beauty of Bio-fires as an alternative heat source is they add warmth and style to rooms which previously would have only been able to benefit from a radiator. BioFires and burners can also be installed in existing open fire places with stone and wood decoration creating an option for a real fire setting.

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

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Chimeneas, Fire and Design

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Calle el Califa 564, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella 29660 - Tel: 951 275 693 - Mob: 617 649 583 info@pias-chimeneas.com - www.pias-chimeneas.com

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Sonic Chair

Mixing mid century modern with modern minimalism, the Sonic Chair takes the classic bubble chair and turns it into a mini-office with 20″ touchscreen iMac on a pivoting arm.

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Vuzzle Chair

Christopher Daniel’s unusual, but comfy looking chair is made from 59 individual components, held together by powerful magnets. When not in use, it can be turned into a solid cube.

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Hollow

Chair

Judson Beaumont’s ingenious chair design removes the excess bulk under the seat and arms, turning it into storage, and personalizing the look. It took over 600 pieces of CNC-cut birch to construct it.

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Continental Construction & Interior Design

Drawings & 3D Design Local Authority Permissions No Sub-contractors Every aspect from the first brick to the last cushion On Time - Everytime!

After Before

“So Much More Than Construction�

Before After

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A hint of the properties we have to offer...

...luxury apartments in prime location

LA TRINIDAD - MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE La Trinidad is an exclusive development located in Marbella’s Golden Mile, very close to the 5 star Puente Romano Hotel and its tennis and sports club. Just over a 10 minute walk to the beach and the new promenade that links Puerto Banus to Marbella town. This private urbanisation consists of 116 apartments all enjoying the open space that the manicured gardens provide. Within the

grounds are two outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, gym, sauna and cafe/bar area. The properties themselves are all built to a high standard and have under-floor heating in the bathrooms, a/c hot and cold, fully fitted kitchens with separate laundry rooms. They also offer underground parking and storage room.

Prices: 2 bedroom apartments from 850,000€

3 bedroom apartment from 1,100,000€

Discover a truly dedicated team that work for you whether you’re buying or selling that special property

VANTAGE PROPERTY

Begoña Gonzalez

Clare Reidy

Maria Gomez

Tel. +34 952 908 415 theteam@vpmarbella.com www.vpmarbella.com Sales: Maria +34 605 891 443 Clare +34 646 136 790 Listings: Begoña +34 605 305 742

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Modern villa with breathtaking panoramic views...

...sheer luxury

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South orientation Panoramic sea views Gated community with 24hr security Under-floor heating Gym & sauna Heated Pool Cinema room

PRICE: 3,200,000€

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Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Plot: 1,870m2 Built: 1,160m2 Garage for 4 cars

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Stunning newly built contemporary villa...

...with everything that you could wish for!

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Southwest orientation Golf views Under-floor heating throughout LED lighting throughout Intelligent home system Cinema room Gym

PRICE: 2,995,000€

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Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Plot: 1,370m2 Built: 750m2 Garage for 3 cars Parking for 6 cars

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Elegant spacious family home...

...with beautiful views

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East orientation Golf & sea views Under-floor heating in bathrooms Office Cinema room Gym & Sauna Wine cellar

PRICE: 1,850,000€

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Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6 Plot: 1,150m2 Built: 591m2 Garage for 4 cars

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Perfect property for the keen golfer...

...with views to Los Naranjos Golf

VILLA IN LOS NARANJOS • • • • • •

Orientation south east Sea views from master bedroom Large family garden Under-floor heating throughout Double heighted vaulted ceiling Fireplace

PRICE: 1,195,000€

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Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Plot: 1,490m2 Built: 330m2 Car port for 2 cars

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MANSION CLUB GOLDEN MILE Located on Marbellas Golden Mile at the foot of La Concha mountain you will find this exclusive gated development of 114 apartments. The properties are set in lush tropical gardens with two out door laguna styled pools. Their is also an indoor heated pool, where you will also find the gym, sauna and turkish bath. All the properties are finished to a high standard with modern design features. 2 bed apartments 3 bed apartments Penthouses

from 595,000€ from 795,000€ from 895,000€

ALBATROSS HILL NUEVA ANDALUCIA Albatross Hill is a select development of only 72 apartments, situated in Nueva Andalucia and due to its elevated position offers great panoramic views of the valley and the sea. In this gated community you can enjoy any of the 3 outdoor pools or on a cool day the heated indoor pool where you also find the gym, sauna and tennis court. All the apartments are spacious and built to a very high standard including intelligent home system, electric blinds and much more. 2 bed apartments 3 bed apartments Penthouses

from 520,000€ from 690,000€ from 795,000€

LA ALZAMBRA PUERTO BANUS Situated just over a 5 minute walk from Puerto Banus and the beach you will find this unique gated development consisting of luxury villas, townhouses and apartments. Within this development there are various facilities, such as a gym, cafe, restaurant and only a few minutes away are various shops and restaurants. Perfect location for both holiday and residential homes. 3 bed apartment 3 bed townhouse 6 bed villa

775,000€ 650,000€ 1,395,000€€

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M agic C arpets TEHRAN MARBELLA

BILBAO

RUGS HIDES FITTED CARPETS WIDE SELECTION AND SIZES LOCAL TRANSPORT & INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE RUG CLEANING SERVICE UNIQUE PRICES

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ith decades of business expierence and a large store in Marbella, Magic Carpets has been the favoured location to buy your rugs on the Costa del Sol. We have built our reputation on being able to find you that very special rug you have been searching for and giving you an unbeatable price for it. Because we buy directly from origin we are confident that even if you have a new design in mind if we can’t find it we can have it made.

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SPRING

FLOWERS Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born. The term is also used more generally as a metaphor for the start of better time.

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Apple Blossom

Azaleas

Daffodil

Apple blossom is considered to be one of the most aromatic and splendid flowering species.

Having a lot of stems they represent a fantastic abundance of colors within the whole flowering season.

These blooms are immensely odorous.

This tree produces the blooms in tints of white or pink. Lustrous, green, roundshaped fruit typically follow them.

Azaleas are distinguished by the blossoms flowering all at once, in a spectacular show for about a couple of spring months.

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The floral substance named Galanthines today is being used in medicine for Alzheimer’s cure.


The Bird of Paradise Referring to the blooms’ likeness to this bird. It is very popular to grow the flowers in gardens. It is very important to know that the digested parts of the blossom have the poisonous nature. When birds drink the nectar, petals open to cover their feet in pollen.

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Gerberas Available at any season of the year and cut flowers may last for 4-14 days. Gerberas are attractive blossoms that are widely used as mass flowers in designs and arrangements. Additionally the flower is extremely popular, especially when one wants to get a retro 60’s look.

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Corn flower

Camellia

Tulip

The inhabitant of Europe has such common names as Cornflower, Basket flower, Boutonniere and Bluebottle.

Since old times young lovers expressed their love through this flower.

A tulip is described as a showy flower because of its striking feature. It has six large petals that come in variety of colors such as yellow, pink, white, violet, red, green, orange, and blue.

Sometimes the plant serves as a culinary ornament. It makes a tea component and is popular in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings.

The Chinese believe that camellia’s petals reflect the spirit of a lady, while the holder of the petals stands for the young man entrusted by the woman as her protector.

Wearing a tulip in one’s turban is part of the Turkish tradition that most likely led Europeans to name the flower after the Turkish word for turban, “tulbend”.

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HOLLAND FLOWERS W

ithout a doubt Holland Flowers is the most well known florist in the south of Spain and is a company which stands for quality and style. Founded by Dutch florist Bob Slingerland more than 2o years ago Holland Flowers has created a long and important list of clients who know the importance of perfection, refinement and class. Bob’s experience has enabled him to offer all styles in floristry, from the classic to the most avant-garde, and as any perfectionist will tell you all his products are made with the best materials, which are imported directly from Holland and South America. Holland Flowers not only limits themselves to decorating with flowers, but also offer a complete dÊcor.

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Flower Fashion

by Bob Slingerland

Everything changes with the passing of time. What was the ultimate look some time ago now seems to be old-fashioned. This doesn’t only happen in the fashion industry but within all walks of life especially floristry. When it comes to flower design, we firstly look at interior design, and then we ask ourselves: How can flowers compliment our look? With the cosmopolitan mix of cultures and tastes here in southern Spain this mix of interior design helps create wonderful flower arrangments and decor pieces.

Every country has its particular view of floristry fashion, that’s what makes the coast so unique. Flowers are used to give a certain look to a space and this is never more evident then as parties and weddings. Although some people still go for the traditional look, now more then ever a special theme is being chosen. Flowers should enhance and enforce a decoration and add to convert a venue in a very unique way. We are now seeing more and more party themes such as 1001 night, Bollywood, the Sixties, Oriental or Spanish, so you can imagine the different types of flower decorations which are needed to create this final touch. The same happens with colour schemes. Who can tell what the flowers colour of this year is? I am sorry, but I can’t give an answer to this question. This leads to another question. Who decides in the fashion industry what is going to be next year’s colour? For sure the designers are responsible for this. When it comes to flower arranging, something similar happens. A good example is the flower decoration done at the Four Seasons Hotels. It all started in the George V Hotel in Paris. Their florist achieved a real breakthrough, putting flowers upside down, submerged totally in water or letting groups of flowers sit on top of a vase. In spite of these fabulous innovations, the classic style still has its appeal. It is true that white flowers are the most popular choice of flowers because they look great in any surroundings and give a touch of elegance. White flowers are also a good & safe choice when sending flowers as you cannot always be sure about the interior of the person’s house you are sending the flowers too. But when it comes to decorating a party, rules are changing and coloured flowers are the favoured choice because white flower displays do tend to remind us of weddings. Although we think that we are very open-minded, something classic stays present in the back of our minds. The same happens with multi-colour flower arrangement at weddings. Of course the final effect can be smashing, but our preconceptions expect the décor to be white? The only thing that really has changed in flower arranging is the designs of the arrangements. Things seem to be far more natural and the use of greenery is a must now. A flower looks much better when surrounded by different types of leaves. New materials are introduced, like branches, raffia, fruits etc. combining various textures add to achieve a natural but surprising look. So: What is fashion, what is in & what is cool…….? The truth is that there is no satisfying answer. Did you know that male customers mostly prefer multi-colour displays and women normally go for a much softer look? at the end of the day it all depends on personal taste and preferences. Flowers play an important part in our lives, and I am so glad that the flower business is still very individual and can be considered as an art. It all depends on the design and creativity of the florist and some of us really do a good job!!!

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Caribbean special

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he Caribbean is a haven for jetsetters, celebrities and honeymooners all looking for their own piece of paradise and with so so many many islands islands to to choose choice from you can sometimes be spoilt for choice. Everyone knows of the beautiful island of St Lucia with it’s majestic Pitons and Jamaica with its carnival atmosphere but for a little piece of privacy there is a little unknown private island where a rare opportunity to own a house is spoken of onlybut in only hushed tones...tones... offbut about in hushed

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Jumby Bay

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umby Bay is a private enclave located two miles off the coast of Antigua, first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and then claimed by the British in 1632.

Owned by a series of owners including a family of sugar planters Jumby Bay was transformed into an ultra-luxe resort and vacation community in the mid 1980’s.

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The island itself is very in low density and is spread over 300 acres, the beautiful islands centre piece is its hotel which is ran by the Rosewood Group who back in 2009 embarked upon a $35 million refurbishment program. The new resort now offers 40 luxurious rooms & suites, 16 villas with two to four bedrooms and eight opulent estate houses. The resort itself is all-inclusive with all the amenities on hand to rival that of any other international tourist hotspot with golf courses, tennis courts, waters-sports and lap pools plus the standard high class restaurants and café bars of which you would expect from any luxurious destination but unlike other islands there are no cars allowed,


so everyone visiting the island must travel on bike in golf buggies or on foot. Jumby Island unlike any others is owed by exclusive club of property owners. When you buy a house on the island, you not only purchase a piece of paradise but you also buy into the Jumby Bay Island Company which runs the resort. To prevent over development of the island there is a limited supply of private villas which has been capped at 56 with currently 49 properties built therefore if you are one of the lucky few able to purchase a property you will indeed find that it offers an extremely sensible investment. “Buying a property means buying into the whole island which means, it’s more then just a holiday home, its taking responsibility for ensuring the island retains its unique charm and mystery”. Property prices range from $4 million to $40 million and each house varies in size, style and taste. Each comes with a few bikes for transportation and many have there own private beach, rental yields for these private residences command the highest prices throughout the Caribbean ranging from $4,000 and $14,000 per night simply put the modern ultra wealthy have now moved there social radar from St Tropez, Monaco and Klosters to the exclusive Jumby Bay. Life on Jumby Bay reflects an island someone once described “as far from the real world as you can get” there are none of the modern trappings of city life, just a complete sense of freedom, tranquility and wellbeing.

For more information about owning a property on Jumby Bay visit www.jumbybayisland.com, for holidays and resort information visit www.rosewoodhotels.com

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Barmy about the Bahamas

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or years the Caribbean has been the destination for those wanting a tropical beach get-a-away and as such has become a favorite of celebrities.

Owning a property in the Caribbean is almost a guarantee of a good return on your investment. This is because there are always plenty of tourists who want to stay in a house or villa rather then a hotel during their stay on the island.

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The one thing the Caribbean does fall short on is cheap land for development so investors looking to buy land will be disappointed, however there are many developments goings up and many resale opportunities to be found if you look hard enough. The Bahamas is an archipelago of 29 islands, 661 quays, and more than 2,300 islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Nassau.


Gorgeous pink and white sand beaches, the shimmering blue waters of the Atlantic and a pleasant tropical climate created by the cooling trade winds of the Gulf Stream have made the island many people’s idea of an earthly paradise. At the very least, its name has become almost synonymous with summer holidays, beach fun, and friendly locals. Bahamians have a reputation for being very warm and hospitable, ready to give visitors their first taste of the islands’ famed cracked conch upon arrival or regale them with folk stories and tales about life in the Bahamas. Indeed, there is no better way to enjoy the islands than with a local friend or guide by your side to tell you where the best restaurants, clubs, beaches, and diving spots are. Bahamian seafood cuisine is one of the finest in the world fresh crack conch drizzled with lime juice and spices, fresh fish boiled and served with grits, succulent land crabs and the Bahamian rock lobster. All these dishes are best savored with local beverages like Sky Juice (coconut water blended with sweet milk and gin), Switcher (a refreshing lime drink), or any of the world-famous Bahamian beers. The Bahamas real estate market is gradually recovering from the effects of the global recession as UK and US buyers return to the island looking for an investment this has created a hot market for real estate. Already, a wave of new property developments has reached even the outer islands. Although foreigners are not permitted to work in the Bahamas, investments are encouraged and economic residency is offered to anyone who invests more than $500,000 (€371,900.00) in the country. Commercial development on 32 of the country’s 35 inhabited islands is encouraged by granting tax incentives.

Owning a property in the Caribbean is almost a guarantee of a good return on your investment

Although the Bahamas government does not release housing figures most property owners have shown a 10 – 15% increase in their property sales. The Bahamas historically has enjoyed a stable economic growth of approx 3% however the global meltdown and decline in tourism and financial sectors saw this drop to 1% in 2009; however growth in 2013 is expected to return to an anticipated rate of 3% once again.

Investment to watch out for:

The Albany Project, jointly owned by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods & Ernie Els, which opened in 2010 is a luxury resort nestled along approximately 600 ocean front acres on the Southwest end on the New Providence seven minutes from Nassau’s international airport. Albany caters to the well healed and features an array of residential offerings and a boutique hotel with amenities including a 71 slip mega yacht marina, a golf course designed by Ernie Els, fitness centre fine dining, and clubhouse. On September 2012, the Tavistock Group announced an expansion project of three six story towers containing 35 residences, 24 of which have already been sold off plan via the pre construction sales program. The three six story towers, totaling 275,000 square meters were designed by leading architects Morris Adjimi, Gwathmey Siegal Kaufman & Associates Architects, and HKS Architects. The completion is scheduled for 2014.

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estled on a private peninsula on the eastern tip of the lush island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands sits Oil Nut Bay.

A pristine community unlike any other in the Caribbean. One visit to this tropical paradise will capture your heart and inspire your dreams. Oil Nut Bay’s sun-drenched white sand beaches, dazzling turquoise waters, and stunning landscapes invite you to experience a neighborhood like no other.

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For more information on current real estate projects and developments for sale visit www.oilnutbay.com The inspiration for Oil Nut Bay began as a visionary idea in the mind of Victor International Corporation Chairman, David V. Johnson. Johnson’s passion to create the most unique island retreat in the Caribbean has come to life with meticulous attention to detail and environmental integrity. Extending across 300 acres (121.4 hectares) on a secluded peninsula at the tip of Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay features dramatically beautiful landscape, infinite amenities, and world-class architecture. Victor International Corporation is an internationally-respected luxury real estate developer with a commitment to creating unique living environments that exist in sociological and ecological harmony with the land. With a 30year history and a strong focus on creating one development at a time, Victor International has created more than 40 developments throughout its history, including the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence winner, Bay Harbor, Michigan, Turtle Lake, a premier low density private community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The BVI economy is one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, with an average annual GDP growth of 9.5%. The economy is highly dependent on financial services and tourism. For over 550,000 registered companies, the BVI is a preferred corporate domicile for international businesses in the Caribbean.

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As a premier, upscale travel destination, tourism also plays a vital role in the BVI economy. Tourism accounts for about 45% of national income. The BVI has the largest charter boat industry in the Caribbean region. Its spectacular boating, coral reefs, white sand beaches, and scenic seaside villages make the BVI an unmatched vacation destination where guests are accommodated by world-class resorts brimming with amenities and casual elegance. When purchasing land or property in the BVI, you will encounter the term “BVI Belonger”. BVI Belongers are those who are of BVI parentage or birth who hold BVI citizenship and have automatic UK citizenship. All overseas investors, including citizens of the United Kingdom, require a Non-Belongers Land Holding License (NBLHL) to purchase property in the BVI.

You will find that taxes in the BVI are set at a reasonable level and are comparatively easy to understand. As a purchaser of property in the BVI, you will pay: • A one-time Stamp Duty at the rate of 12% of the price or evaluation of the property. • An annual Land Tax based on acreage: $50 for the first half-acre (0.2 hectares) or less; $150 for the next half-acre to one acre (0.2 - 0.4 hectares); $50 for each additional acre (0.4 hectare). • A House Tax levied annually at the rate of 1.5% of the assessed annual rental value. For homeowners who are not ordinarily residents of the BVI, only income arising in the BVI (such as holiday rental income) will be taxable in the BVI. The tax is levied as a hotel accommodation tax of 7%.


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Relaxation and Wellness by Aquapool Spas

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or most residents of the Costa del Sol Aquapool Spas are synonyms with high quality products coupled with excellent and professional customer services. Founded 9 years ago by Danish couple Anja & Claus Kielskov, Aquapool Spas has established itself as a market leader in the supply and installation of portable spa’s and is the exclusive dealer across the Coast del Sol for the world famous Hotspings Spas, the largest spa producers in the world established since 1977.

In the media, at work and also at home in all spheres of life nowadays we encounter the term “wellness“, which is increasingly becoming a symbol of a new dimension of quality of life. Without a healthy measure of physical fitness and mental balance, many people do not feel up to the demands of everyday life any more. “We all lead busy lives these days and are always being told that stress is bad for us so we sell a quality of life and it is wonderful to be able to make our clients happy and give them more wellbeing with their own spa. Owning a spa allows our clients to relax, rejuvenate, heal, and keep-fit. It also allows our clients to indulge in a whole new way of life”

Aquapool Spas showroom is situated on the Pol. De San Pedro de Alcantara with an extensive showroom of over 500m2 there you will find 18 different spas on display, plus a special spa test area. Their specially trained technicians are trained directly by the spa manufactures and are very knowledgeable in the handling, delivery and set up of your spa. Aquapool Spas also offer unique maintenance contracts, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the benefits of the wonderful hydromassage.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday closed Polígono Industrial de San Pedro - Carril de Picaza no 17 E - 29670 San Pedro de Alcántara

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www.aquapool.es More than just relaxing A hot tub can be good for you too Spas are not just great to relax in at the end of a stressful day at work, they also provide many other health benefits due to the hydrotherapy provided. The health benefits of spas have been known about for thousands of years, you may have

heard about Queen Cleopatra, over two thousand years ago she had a spa built for her to preserve her legendary beauty. But the health benefits were known twice that far back in history by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

How does hydrotherapy work? The hydrotherapy works principally by three factors; heat, buoyancy, and water jet massage. The heat of the water makes the blood vessels dilate and as a result of which increases the blood circulation. The water provides buoyancy supporting the body’s weight by nearly ninety per cent; this can help to relieve the pressure on aching muscles and joints. The massaging action is provided by the circulating pressure of warm water and air

bubbles through the numerous jets. Floating in warm water stimulates the release of endorphins; these are the body’s natural pain killers. Immersion in hot water raises the body temperature and causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation. The buoyancy of the water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, which relieves pressure on joints and muscles and creates the relaxing sensation of weightlessness.

Do you suffer from a sleeping disorder? A spa can help you! The beauty of a spa-induced sleep is that it is a natural remedy, unlike alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcoholall of which can make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects. According to a study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. • Relaxing in hot water for 15 minutes approximately 90 minutes before bedtime causes the body’s internal thermostat to pull your temperature down, enabling you to drift into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. • Hydro-massage is a natural remedy, unlike prescription & over-the-counter drugs and alcohol, all of which make you feel groggy and have other adverse side effects.

Type 2 Diabetes Management A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that soaking in a hot tub can be beneficial for people who are affected with Type 2 Diabetes. • Can reduce blood sugar levels by 13%. • Ideal for individuals who are physically unable to endure rigorous activity. • Increases overall sense of well being. • Promotes improved sleep.

T. +34 952 927 811 M. +34 651 830 937 info@aquapool.es www.aquapool.es Follow us on for all the latest news and offers

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● The biggest dealer of spas on the Costa del Sol, with more than 9 years experience ● Sales and service of American spas from the biggest spa manufacturer in the world: Watkins Manufacturing ● 500m2 showroom with 18 spas on display and private test area ● In-house service and installation team ● Service and maintenance contracts.

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iving in Spain comes with many benefits apart from the fabulous laid back lifestyle residents can also benefit from over 300 days a year of fabulous summer sunshine and this is why most households enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool. But during the winter months and cooler evenings sometimes our pools are left untouched and many pool owners forgo using their pools simply because the water is just too cold.

So why heat your pool in Marbella?

Swimming pool heat pumps

outside air. This energy is then transferred to the pool water your pool pump then circulates the water through the heater and warms the water.

Marbella enjoys warm, sunny weather even during the winter months and the pool can look very inviting, however the water temperature will have dropped way below a comfortable level for swimming.

One of the main advantages of swimming pool heat pumps over other pool heating systems is that they require no complicated gas supply, oil tanks or flues and in the main will operate from small capacity electrical supplies.

Heat pumps have a five to one co-efficiency, meaning that for every €1 you spend on heating you get €5 worth of heat energy into the pool.

It therefore, seems a pity to have a beautiful pool but only appreciate it in during the summer months when it’s actually possible to extend its use regardless of the weather.

How do they work?

Controlling the water temperature is essential to ensure the joy of swimming throughout the year. Combining the right heater with a suitable cover can significantly extend the period when your pool can be used.

Types of pool heating Choosing a pool heater can be a little tricky. However Marbella Pool & Spa have over 20 years of experience within the swimming pool industry and as such have a superb customer service team who will be able to assist you in making the right decision for your swimming pool heating requirement. Working with some of the world’s leading brands Marbella Pool & Spa can offer a suitable solution for yur budget and needs.

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A heat pump uses the suns free heat by collecting and absorbing energy from the

The average pool owner doesn’t want the trouble of constantly monitoring the heating so most systems are fully automatic and need only one control – The thermostat. Simply set the heater to the desired temperature and leave it to it.


As well as offering pool heating solution and pool covers Marbella Pool and Spa can also offer: n Filters and sand changes n Salt water chlorination systems. Automatic chlorine and pH regulators n Precision leak detection and repairs n Complete pump room installations and pumping repairs

Pool covers

n Pool tiling, grouting and crack repairs

A good quality swimming pool cover is highly recommended when heating a pool. It can significantly reduce night time heat loss, cutting down on heating times and running costs.

n Skimmer repair and replacement

A pool cover will also reduce the amount of evaporation water loss from the warm pool water. Many pool covers can offer the additional reassurance of entirely enclosing the pool making it ‘child proof’

n Aquatic exercise systems

There are two main options when choosing a pool cover automatic or manual.

n The Automatic Cover uses a motor to do the work for you allowing you to open and close the cover at the touch of a button.

n Spa installations and repairs n Pool lightening n Pool liners

n The Manual cover is made of a strong, light weight material that is attached to a roller with a handle so that the pool cover can be easily uncovered when in use

n Pool and Spa chemicals and accessories Our services are available throughout the municipal areas of Marbella, Eastern Estepona and as far inland as Benahavis. For more information from a friendly, local and professional pool specialist call us on 952 78 19 39 or E-mail: info@marbellapools.com

Centro Comercial, Urb Las Petunias, 29670 San Pedro Alcántara, Málaga, Spain t: +34 952 78 19 39 w: www.marbellapools.com e: info@marbellapools.com

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KETTAL

OUTDOOR collection

Showrooms Kettal: Marbella: Ctra C谩diz. Km 179. T. (34) 952 77 89 89. Barcelona: Arag贸n 316. T. (34) 93 488 10 80. Madrid: Pr铆ncipe de Vergara, 81. T. (34) 91 411 26 20. London: 567 Kings Road. London SW6 2 EB. T. (44) 20 7371 5170. Miami: 147 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, Florida. T. (1) 786 552 90 22. Paris: 80, Blvd Malesherbes. T. (33) 01 43 59 51 44. Cannes: 98, Blvd. Carnot. 06110 Le Cannet. T. (33) 04 93 45 66 18. Milano: Spazio S. Marco, Via San Marco, 38. T. (39) 02 65560728. Head Office Kettal / Contact: Arag贸n 316. 08009 Barcelona, Spain T.(34) 93 487 90 90. www.kettal.com 146

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Since 1964, focusing on Art, Design, and Lifestyle, Kettal converts any outdoor space into a deep “Outing experience�, fresh, individual and unique, where architectures, landscapes, colors, objects, materials and styles are merging into a blance living project.

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Saint Tropez Southern France

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Property from the 1930’s, 2,000 m2 Panoramic views of Sainte Maxime. Main mansion, guest house, parking, summer living room with terrace overlooking both the sea and the swimming pool. 7 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms from 20sqm to 51sqm. Main house has 4 bedrooms opening to a 100sqm terrace overlooking the sea.

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Private sale The Guest house with 3 bedrooms with 2 areas that can be transformed as a play room and/or home cinema. A large swimming pool on the edge of the sea, with direct access to the beach. The pool also features a pool house and 1 bathrooms and a shower and storage areas. The property is also comprised of a steam shower and a relaxation room. The main house also has a large

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Le Cannet Southern France

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Agent : Fine French Property Réf: 3269

Luxury mansion of around 600 m² set at the heart of a wonderful park of some 6.000 m² composed of large lawns, a charming kitchen garden and mediterranean species : lemon trees, orange trees, pomelos, palm trees. Unobstructed view to the sea. Only 5 mn to the Croisette. Oval ornamental basin of over 30 m surrounded by a portico covered with flowers, a 3.50 m wide marble paved peristyle surrounded by 52 columns of

white Carrare marble supporting a wisteria. The basin has been converted into a modern heated swimming pool with a wonderful view over the surrounding hills with the sea in the distance. The house built in 1970 with high quality materials and technology, has been fully renovated and extended in 2008. Large living room, small sitting room, study, TV room, dining room, bar, equipped USstyle kitchen, spacious veranda : small

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sitting room, summer dining room, 3 bedrooms with bathroom, dressing rooms. Spacious master bedroom opening onto 2 terraces and jacuzzi, nice bathroom and numerous dressing rooms, 1 guest bedroom with dressing room, bathroom and terrace. Garden level Luxury 2-roomed apartment ,huge cinema room, bar, games room, wine cellar, garage, Self-contained staff studio.

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Pantelleria Silcily, Italy

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Agent : Seek & Buy Properties Overseas

Villa with amazing sea view, 250 square meters, with a terrace of 210 sq.m. and a beautiful landscaped garden of 8,500 square meters. The villa consists of a main house and 2 annexes, for a total of 12 rooms, including 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

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The main house consists of: Large living room with terrace; Dining room with kitchenette and terrace; Hall; Master bedroom with terrace; Bathroom; Walk-in closet; Another kitchen with barbecue; Local.

â‚Ź1,800,000

Dependence: Living room with fireplace and overlooks the terrace; Kitchen with terrace and dining room; 3 double bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; Solarium with garden and outdoor shower, Bedroom, Hall, Bathroom.


Los Cabo Mexico

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Agent : A&K International Estates

This opulent villa is located within one of Los Cabos’ premier neighbourhoods, Cabo del Sol and is custom designed with expansive views of the Sea of Cortez and the world renowned Cabo del Sol Ocean. Villa del Amor has 4 bedrooms + alcove and 4.5 bathrooms and has a built area of approximately 418m2 (4,500 sq ft) which comfortably sleeps ten. It offers plenty of room for entertaining and is ideally

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suitable to host large groups and families. The residence has dual master suites with luxurious private baths and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto the outdoor terrace with inspiring views of the Sea of Cortez.

fire pit and seating area for stargazing, dual stereo systems for separate indoor and outdoor listening, central air conditioning with individual temperature controls for each bedroom, a swim bar and built-in barbeque and a garage for 2 cars.

Other features include jetted bath tubs, outdoor terraces providing sun or shade, a heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi bordered by a large, marble tiled terrace, an outdoor

Villa Amor is located along the Jack Nicklaus Signature Ocean Golf Course and is just a 10 minute walk from the beach.

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Palmeira Cape Verde

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Agent : Partner Network - Seek International Property

This stunning villa stands right on the beach in the residential area of Palmeira just a few minutes from the capital of Sal. It features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms huge balconies, 2 car garrage and a fantastic terrace.

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There is a salt water swimming pool just steps from the ocean. The villa is fully furnished and has incredible views.

ÂŁ214,875

This is one of the most desirable properties in Cape Verde at a very reasonable price.


Acacia Bay, Taupo New Zealand

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www.rightmove.co.uk - Agent : Bayleys Realty Group

This exclusive house of approximately 702.22 m2 has been operating as a 5 star luxury accommodation for the past 12 years.

Five star kitchen with lake views formal dining rooms creates interest with parquet flooring and angled ceilings.

A very private setting on approximately 6858m2 of landscaped gardens.

The massive lounge has many areas where one can sit and enjoy the gardens or lake views, beautiful ceilings, large fire place creates ambience.

The Frank Lloyd Wright influence is noticeable thru out, with natural timber and South Island schist. You will be captivated with the quality and detail of this home.

A full size billiard table takes pride of place in the games room. Six bedrooms, 6 ensuites,

â‚Ź2,097.500 plus accommodation on lower level which also opens to the gardens. Looking back from the herb gardens you appreciate what is on offer here, something very special. Wonderful views, privacy, space and gardens. Two international golf courses are available at only 20 minutes drive with many other activities like trout fishing, skiing, yachting and cycling.

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Singapore

SKYPARK

Background On the 27th May 2006, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) was declared the wining tender of the Marina Bay site in the prime new business district of Marina South with its business-oriented resort. LVS highlighted its forte in Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE), of which its founder, Sheldon Adelson, is a pioneer in Las Vegas and the key to his early business success. In the Design Evaluation portion of the tender, a panel of local and international architects commended Sands’ design as superior to other bids in terms of pedestrian circulation and layout, and it also fit in with the Marina Bay landscape best. The design evaluation panel liked that the hotel towers were set back from the waterfront to open up expansive views of the city and the entire Marina Bay, making the skyline for Singapore’s downtown more attractive and distinctive.

Design The resort is designed by Moshe Safdie, who says “it was initially inspired by card decks”. In addition to the casino, other key components were the three hotel towers with 2,500 rooms and suites, a 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) ArtScience Museum and a convention centre with 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of space, capable of accommodating up to 45,000 people. The resort’s architecture 164

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and major design changed along the way to accomodate its feng shui consultants, the late Master Chong Swan Lek and Master Louisa Ong-Lee. The Engineering for the project was headed by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP/ELV). Arup had originally worked on such prestigious projects such as the Beijing National Aquatics Centre and the Sydney Opera House. In spite of their experience, they described the integration of the varied and advanced technologies as the ‘most difficult to carry out in the whole world.

Shopping The Shops at Marina Bay Sands boast close to 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of retail space with over 300 stores and food & beverage outlets, including numerous luxury duplexes for boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Cartier and Prada. Other luxury stores include Gucci, Hermès, Emporio Armani, Chopard, REDValentino, Dior, Dunhill, Vertu, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Montblanc, Blancpain, an Hermès Watch Boutique, and Herve Leger. Another spectacular feature is the canal that runs through the length of the shops, in the same style as the Venetian in Las Vegas. Sampan rides on the canal are available for guests and shoppers at the shopping mall, similar to the gondola rides available in the Venetian.

Restaurants Five of the six Celebrity Chef Restaurants – Cut (by Wolfgang Puck), Waku Ghin (by Tetsuya Wakuda), Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza (by Mario Batali), Guy Savoy (by Guy Savoy), DB Bistro Moderne (by Daniel Boulud).

Attractions The SkyPark is home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool, with a 146-metre (478 ft) vanishing edge, perched 191 metres above the ground. The pools are made up of 422,000 pounds of stainless steel and can hold 376,500 gallons (1424 cubic metres) of water. The SkyPark also boasts rooftop restaurants such as The Sky on 57 (by Justin Quek), nightclubs such as KU DÉ TA, lush gardens, hundreds of trees and plants, and a public observatory deck on the cantilever with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline.

Art Moshe Safdie designed an Art Path within the resort, incorporating seven installations by five artists including Zheng Chongbin, Antony Gormley, and Sol LeWitt. The pieces are meant to play on environmental influences including light, water and wind, integrating art with architecture.


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Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00 - 20:00 Ctra. n-340, Km 176, Edif OASIS Business Center, Local 1. 29600 Marbella (Malaga), España T. +34 952 82 34 40 ac-spain@terra.es www.alexanders-collection.com

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

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

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

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

• Secure key holding.

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

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

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

• Project management.

• Cleaning and laundry.

• Catering / party organizing.

• Airport transfers / taxi reservations.

Angels Property Services S.L. | Sales Office | Urb. La Alzambra | 29660 Marbella T: (+34) 952 81 92 59 | F: (+34) 952 92 92 24 | M: (+34) 617 493 094 | E: info@angelsproperty.com | www.angelsproperty.com

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

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

Administration service For all those things that are just too difficult to carry out if you do not speak Spanish or are not used to the system here in Spain, we can help. Whether it is a problem with the electricity or water companies, the community office, the town hall taxes or you need to urgently organize a doctor’s visit we have all of the contacts and can take on these tasks for you removing the worry of home ownership in Spain. Even if it is outside of office hours, we have an emergency number where we are contactable 24 hours a day.

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El Rosario 1,450,000 Euros 4 Bedroom Modern Villa with stunning sea views

South facing newly built villa with lots of light, sea views and set in secluded plot with 4 Bedrooms. 486m2 built on 1050m2 plot.

La Alzambra I 975,000 Euros 2 Bedroom Atico

Exceptional 2 Bed Atico Apartment sold fully furnished in a wonderful position within La Alzambra with stunning views.

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La Alzambra II 650,000 Euros 2 Bedroom Apartment

Exceptional 2 Bedroom Ground Floor Apartment sold fully furnished in a wonderful position within La Alzambra.

La Alzambra III 579,950 Euros 2 Bedroom 1st Floor Apartment

1st Floor 2 Bed Apartment sold fully furnished in the newest Phase III of La Alzambra.

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La Zagaleta This magnificent property is situated within one of Europe’s most exclusive and secure residential areas. La Zagaleta is nestled on a mountainside in an idyllic valley with lush vegetation including pine and olive tress as well as wildlife, natural lakes, two private golf courses, an equestrian centre and tennis courts. La Zagaleta is a secure gated community with a 24 hour manned entry gate. Members of La Zagaleta Country Club can enjoy an extensive Club House with pro-shop, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, billiard room, bridge room, function room and tennis courts. In addition, there is a heliport recognized by the Civil Aviation Authorities. The estate also offers a private equestrian centre where Spanish and Arabian horses are available. Alternatively members may choose to stable their own horse in the club facility.

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allpaper can be traced all the way back to Renaissance Europe. Historically, wallpaper was created in order to replace the expensive wall tapestries and usually featured scenes spread across multiple sheets of paper. Wallpaper has changed a lot since then and today there are literally millions of different patterns and colours to choose from with an expanding array of wall coverings. While most wall coverings still come in the traditional long sheet form, there are many examples that are unlike anything you have seen before from walls covered in post-it notes or plants to interactive walls and glow in the dark designs, wallpaper has transformed into something completely different. Within this issue of Perfect Homes Magazine we will look at some of the most creative and unusual wall coverings and wallpaper designs.

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Picture Frame Wallpaper Swedish graphic design Lisa Bengtsson has designed ‘the family’ wallpaper pattern to add some nostalgia to the home. The pattern is inspired by the walls of the past that overflowed with paintings and other hangings, users are able to recreate this in their home using the frames printed on the wallpaper and adding their own pictures or other details to customize the pattern. This wallpaper design is ideally suited to a child’s playroom, not only will it give character to the walls but will brings hours of fun for the child.

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Natural Shell Wall Coverings Natural Capiz shells used as wallpaper and wall covering material is fast becoming the best choice for architects and interior designers who are now choosing environment friendly materials for their building and decorating projects that do not compromise style and stability of their design. The technological advancements in the Capiz shell industry has paved the way forward thus producing a wide range of products from highly flexible sheets to carved threedimensional (3D) wall tiles. The endless potentials of Capiz shells make it one of the best innovative materials from nature that can be used as a better and eco-friendly source of interior wall coverings without sacrificing sophistication.

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3-D Wall Panels While most wallpaper designers stick to two-dimensions, these wall panels explore three-dimensions. Jaime Salm has designed an array of different designs each of which is made from recycled paper, the

www.mywallart.com panels are lightweight and can adhere to walls in a number of ways. The three-dimensional patterns add texture to the wall and can be arranged in different ways to create a series of patterns.

Light Emitting Wallpaper Dutch designer Jonas Samson’s light-emitting wallpaper turns wallpaper into a source of light, turn out the lights and the wallpaper illuminates the room, but when the lights come back on, the wallpaper looks completely normal.

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Ant’ique Wallpaper While this wallpaper may look like something found in your grandmother’s house, upon closer inspection you will find a different type of ant’ique! Look closer at the wallpaper’s pattern you will see hundreds of tiny ants crawling on the wall.

Pixel-Post-It-Notes Wallpaper This wallpaper design by Duncan Wilson and Sirkka Hammer uses tiny post-it notes to cover the wall. Each post-it has four layers to it; each one gets successively darker in colour to create a pixelated pattern as the notes are used. This wallpaper design is ideal for an office setting and is a visual representation of the pattern of use.

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Calendar Wallpaper Created by Dutch designer Christiaan Postma, this wallpaper doubles as a giant calendar. The design merges the properties of wallpaper with the functionality of a calendar to create a wall that is a true reflection of our busy schedules by making the calendar so large you can literally look at one whole year on your wall, giving an entirely different perspective of time. Having your appointments displayed to prominently will hopefully also help you remember that important appointment and you should never have an excuse to be late! www.duncan-wilson.com

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Sergio Mart铆nez Cifuentes was born in Concepci贸n, Chile, on the 7th of July 1966.

During his first phase he took to descriptive realism, and showed great mastery of forms and an elegant and contained use of colour in his works. Since 2002 he has taken part in international art fairs of which Caracas, Buenos Aires, California, New York and London are worthy of mention. 2003 saw him complete a mural in Kingston College in Concepci贸n. He later moved to Spain and settled in Madrid where he lives today. From 2004 Sergio Martinez has worked exclusively with the prestigious Sammer Gallery which has a permanent exhibition of his works. In recent years he has exhibited in various European galleries such as the Albemarle Gallery in London and the Vazquez Kunst Gallery in Blaricum, Holland. At present his work is exhibited in the Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This spring he is invited to exhibit in Petley Fine Art in London.

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lair with stairs One of the first things a persons notice when walking into your home is the staircase. You should therefore add some personality to this area of the home that up until now has been sadly neglected and overlooked. The staircase in your home is not just a means of adding another floor; it is a main part of the overall design and decor of the home. If you are building a brand new staircase railing or renovating one that is already there, you should make certain to get professional assistance and ensure it looks stunning! Perfect Homes takes a look at the many beautiful and stylish staircases which would not look out of place in anyone’s home.

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A solid staircase made of wood is never out of style or old fashioned. Wood has an elegant look, is durable, and can create a stylish look to enhance your home with the right hue and design. Obviously the space you have available to you will decide what type of staircase you can have as those suitable for a duplex or townhouses will vary differently to those for a villa or mansion. For a staircase that offers slightly less space try a staircase that offers a wall stringer for support instead of being held in place by steel clamps. This creates a nice open floating feel to the staircase creating a seamless effect which in this instance was constructed in Oak. Finding a staircase for a villa or mansion can be very difficult, the high ceilings, the large open expanse automatically lends itself to a grandiose design. For some this can be very daunting, as there are two very different styles a grand staircase can take, think hotel lobby dull, emotionless and bland or subtle, elegant traditional with a twist and striking. When designing a wooden staircase be sure to match the flooring with the design of the railings. It is best to match the colours or have various shades of one colour design on the balustrades, handrails, treads, and ornamental trims. Bear in mind at all times that a staircase railing is there to hold up balustrades and provide climbers with security. If you have a staircase that you would like to bring up to date add glass balustrades & metal accessories for a contemporary twist

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Modern design would be nothing without glass a Glass staircase offers a contemporary twist to any room, bringing with it light and a feeling of openness. Glass staircase’s create an optical illusion and are ideal to use when your stair opening encroaches across the room. Contrary to popular belief glass staircases require very little maintenance and care, however if you have small children then yes the glass does tend to smudge a little.

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There’s something about Spiral Stairs that captures our eye. Sometimes it’s the symmetry, sometimes they just make us dizzy. A practical designer might use one to save space while others may use them because of the beautiful patterns they create and show us these architectural masterpieces in a whole new light. Whatever the appeal, people love spiral staircases primarily because they add an immediate visual impact to a room and add an aesthetic appeal. From a design perspective, a spiral staircase will certainly stand out and may well be the focal point in an overall design concept.

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t’s no surprise that in these times of uncertainty in the world, more work, and less time it seems for personal and family pleasures, that a new trend of home garden design to provide stress relief has begun to emerge in Europe.

Gardens to reduce stress may include zen principles such as simplicity (Kanso), austerity (koko), or naturalness (Shizen). While zen gardens have come to refer to raked sand, these stress-reducing gardens are much different. They are often similar to any other woodland or flower garden, only emphasizing certain design principles or colors. Gardens designed for serenity, to help reduce stress just by viewing and experiencing them, may incorporate one or more of the following ideas: Primary colors can be divided into warm (red, orange, yellow) and cool (green, blue , violet). Cool colors are more soothing. You may use a warm color for accent or focal point, but use only one plant, or less than five percent of the overall design. Use tints (lighter) or shades (darker) of the above primary cool colors, or pastels (light combinations of colors). 190

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Avoid white, as it is powerful attracting your attention and creating divisions among other colors. Grays or silvers are more calming. When combining colors, use adjacent ones on the color wheel such as green and blue, or blue and violet. These create interest, yet are more serene than contrasting opposite colors such as blue and yellow. Similar to color, avoid large contrasts in other design principles such as heights and textures. Plants of a more uniform height are much more calming than big ones next to little ones, and texture is the visual appearance plants create, such as a fine texture from tiny leaves or ferns, or coarse texture from large leaves such as castor bean. Curves and rounded lines are soothing, than sharp, straight edges and geometric shapes. Keep these in mind when making edges to beds and borders, or paths, beds that are rounded or versions of ellipses, such as a kidney-shaped island bed for perennials or daffodils, are more soothing than square or rectangular beds such as for roses or tulips. Some plants lend themselves more to one bed type than another.


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We often return to nature for peacefulness. How is this created? Nature uses large masses of plants, totally informal or placed at random, in large swaths. This may seem peaceful to some, but not to others. To others who like the appearance of control, discrete plants with space and mulch between may seem more pleasing and calming. This control can be seen in Japanese gardens, with their trees and shrubs clipped into precise shapes. Whether control or natural abandon is pleasing and calming depends on personal taste. The sound of gentle water is soothing, so include a small stream or bubbling water feature in your garden. Avoid gushing water fountains or waterfalls if you want relaxation. Scent is the most powerful sense, so you can incorporate pleasing scents in your garden. Which scents are pleasing may vary as well with personal taste. Some scents such as lavender actually can physically help you relax from breathing their essential oils. Don’t forget the sense of touch. Use plants with soft, velvety leaves, or at least not ones with thorns! 192

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Following zen principles, the most simple zen garden is often a peaceful one. Less is indeed more in this case. Use few plants, or at least few types of plants. In a woodland, this might be a few wildflowers, with the rest leaf litter. In a shade garden you may simply have moss on the ground (the simplicity, horizontal effect, soft touch, and green color all soothe). Using fewer plants means less maintenance. Or choose plants that require less care, such as pruning or staking. This often means choosing the right plant for the right place. You want to be able to stroll through and enjoy your garden, not constantly be reminded about what is out of control. This is not relaxing! If you are in a busy or noisy area, such as a city, surround the garden with a hedge of plants, wooden fence, or even an earthen berm if space allows. These will provide both a visual and sound barrier to the outside world, often found in Japanese gardens. This means you are able to escape, to shut out the chaos and distractions, this is crucial.


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gadgets 2013 1. The Logitech C930e Video calls at work aren’t just about one person sitting still and talking to another person, we frequently collaborate in new ways – pulling other people spontaneously into conversations, for example, or moving around our cubicles to show everything from product prototype to whiteboards. The Logitech Webcam C930e, has been designed specifically for business users. The Logitech C930e delivers the widest field of view in a business webcam, at 90 degrees, with full 1080p high-definition video. This provides more than double the coverage area of embedded webcams to typical laptops, which offer only a 60-degree field of view.

2. The Apple Nest There are several reasons why you wait for a certain gadgets, so here is an interesting new thermostat named Nest, the most special thing about it is that it has been developed by former employees from Apple who created iPod and iPhone. This intelligent thermostat makes out your habits and makes your house well heated automatically. Interestingly, you can control the heating of your home even through your mobile app! It offers you real smart device which also claims to reduce your power bills. Till now Nest was only available in U.S. now it will also be available in the U.K. and other parts of the world.

3.The Musshoof GreenZero Charger The Musshoof GreenZero Charger is both a wall and a travel charger. It senses when your device is fully charged and automatically turns off the juice.

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4. Sennheiser mobile headphones It’s a well known fact that Sennheiser has for years, made some of the very best headphones on the market. From the company’s entry-level earbuds to its more professional-level products, there’s been a bit of something for everyone. But this year at CES the German company is taking on somewhat of a new vertical for itself by releasing headphones that are specifically designed for mobile listening.

5. Privacy Screen for iPhones Zagg’s new privacy screen film for the Apple iPhone 4/4S keeps your phone to yourself, away from neighboring eyes. The razorthin film features what they call a four-way privacy filter that prevents prying eyes directly next to you on planes, trains or automobiles from seeing your screen. Applying the film is simple but in the event you mess it up, you can lift it up, reposition and re-apply. Many Apple purists refuse such protection but it’s great for keeping your device clean and scratch-free.

6. iHome Cases The iHome cases – developed by Lifeworks Technology – do exactly what they claim. Their motto is “simplify your life, organize your gear.” These are well-designed, sturdy products that look and feel great. It has plush, protective pockets that fit a tablet, laptop and smartphone perfectly. What’s more impressive are the dedicated pockets for charging cables and headphones.

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James Dyson is known to millions as the man who made vacuum cleaners sexy again. Not only is Dyson the most celebrated British engineer of his time but he is also the unofficial technology czar of the new Conservative government. David Cameron asked him to come up with a strategy for reviving the great tradition of British engineering and invention, which flowered during the industrial revolution and has been in steep decline ever since the end of the Second World War. Although Dyson is a household name recognisable across the world and is synonymous with the bag less vacuum cleaner, many in the know will tell you that this was not Dyson’s first invention. In 1970, while he was still a student at London’s Royal College of Art, James Dyson co-invented the Sea Truck, with sales amounting to 500 million units. The Sea Truck was a flat-hulled, high-speed watercraft that could land without a harbour or jetty. Sir James Dyson also produced the ball-barrow, a modified wheelbarrow with a ball replacing the wheel, the Trolley-ball (also with a ball) which was a trolley that launched boats and was featured on the BBC’s “Tomorrow’s World” television programme. The iconic invention that we all know of today, The Dual Cyclone bag-less vacuum cleaner was created late in 1970 and as the brand story goes, Sir James Dyson came upon inventing cyclonic separation because he wanted to create a vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction as it cleaned. One day while vacuuming his home, Sir James Dyson realized his bag vacuum cleaner was constantly losing suction power. He noticed how dust quickly clogged the pores of the bag and blocked the airflow, so that suction dropped rapidly.

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upported by his wife’s art teacher salary, Sir James Dyson began to work on a solution to this problem, 5127 prototypes and 5 years later in 1983, his bright pink G-Force cleaner was launched. Sadly Sir James Dyson was unable sell his new bag-less vacuum cleaner design to an outside manufacturer or find a UK distributer as he had originally intended, in part because nobody wanted to rock the huge market for replacement cleaner bags, so Sir James Dyson turned his attention to the Japanese Market and began selling the vacuum cleaners for just under £2,000 (British Equivalent) via catalogues.. The Japanese loved these overprized bright pink vacuum cleaners and in 1991 Dyson won The International Design Fair prize in Japan. With the royalties gained from the Japanese market Sir James Dyson took it upon himself to manufacturing and distributing his own product. In June 1993, he opened a factory and research centre near his home in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and began to make his machine. The result was the Dyson Cyclone, which even collected the finest particles of dust and was the first vacuum cleaner ever produced that offered constant suction. 10 years after its initial launch Dyson’s breakthrough in the UK market finally happened thanks partly to a brilliant television advertising campaign “Say Goodbye to the Bag” which emphasized the end of having to continually purchase replacement bags for your vacuum. Within 2 years, Dyson was the biggest-selling vacuum cleaner in the UK. Other companies in the market tried to prevent Dyson showing how their vacuum cleaners would clog and lose suction whilst his wouldn’t. By this time, three in five people were buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner because it had been recommended to them. Following his success with the cyclonic technology other major manufacturers began to market their own version of a bag-less vacuum cleaner which lead to Sir James Dyson having to sue Hoover UK for patent infringement which awarded him $5 million in damages. In 2000, Dyson expanded his range of appliances to include a washing machine. The new technology was called the ContraRotatorT, the world’s first washing machine that contained 2 drums. The two rotating drums moved in opposite directions within the appliance and the machine was made available in Dyson’s signature bright range of colours. However, unlike his vacuum cleaner, the idea was never really embraced by the buying public and is no longer available. Thanks to the savings in production costs Dyson achieved by moving production from the UK to Malaysia, he was able to invest in further research and development at Malmesbury. In 2005 Dyson added the concept of a wheel ball from one of his earlier inventions, the Ballbarrow, to a vacuum cleaner, thus creating the Dyson Ball which he claims “makes it more manoeuvrable”. 2009 saw Sir James Dyson introduce a fan without external blades, the Air Multiplier this was the first real innovation in fans for over 125 years.

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Sir James Dyson’s most recent invention is The Airblade Tap, which after more than 3,300 prototypes and millions of pounds in research, Dyson announced this month the launch of his combined faucet and hand dryer in one. Called the Airblade Tap, the three-pronged faucet uses infrared sensors to note hand positions and either release water from the tap stem (the middle prong) or activate the dryer to shoot jets of air out of the two branches on either side of the stem. As you might expect with a Dyson product, the Airblade Tap doesn’t come cheap. Its £1000 (€1160.00) launch price is likely to prove prohibitive for many businesses interested in installing the unit. However, if the cost comes down over time, we can well imagine seeing it becoming a popular fixture in washrooms around the world.

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Wonders of Wood Part Two

Wood is one of the most appealing materials at an architect or designer’s finger tips. Wood is versatile, renewable, attractive and cost effective. It’s also flexible enough to create anything from strikingly innovative designs to simple, economical structures. It’s surprising how much of our world is and has been built and furnished by wood - be it what we sit around to eat on, lie on at the end of the day, or simply walk around, under or in between. Furniture made of wood is one of the few things in the world that all people can own and know that they are the only person in the world who owns that particular grain pattern and its inherent beauty. Each grain pattern is a unique masterpiece of design, texture and splendour. Even what some may view as a defect, like a knot or other natural blemishes, can add more beauty and character to any given piece of furniture. The classification of wood has historically always been either hard wood; any leaf bearing tree, and soft wood; any cone bearing tree. These terms can be confusing since some leaf bearing trees can have very soft wood and some coniferous trees can have very hard woods. To make this easier, below we list different tree types, classification and then individual wood characteristics within the Softwood family.

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SOFTWOODS PINE:

CEDAR:

Pine is softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide.

Several species of cedar grow in the southern United States, Central and South America.

Properties: Pine is a soft, white or pale yellow wood which is light weight, straight grained and lacks figure. It resists shrinking and swelling. Knotty pine is often used for decorative effect.

PINE

Properties: Cedar is a knotty softwood which has a red-brown colour with light streaks. Uses: Its aromatic and moth repellent qualities have made it a popular wood for lining drawers, chests and boxes. Simple cases and storage closets are also constructed from this light, brittle wood.

Uses: Pine’s many uses include flooring, lumber, plywood, poles, pulp, paper, Christmas trees, and pine straw. ASH

REDWOOD:

ASH:

Indigenous to the Pacific United States, redwood trees grow to more than 300 feet tall and 2,500 years old.

There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important. Properties: Ash is a hard, heavy, ring porous hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak, and a white to light brown colour. Ash can be differentiated from hickory (pecan) which it also resembles, by white dots in the darker summerwood which can be seen with the naked eye. Ash burls have a twisted, interwoven figure. Uses: Ash is widely used for structural frames and steam bent furniture pieces. It is often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.

HICKORY

Uses: It is used to craft outdoor furniture and decorative carvings. Redwood burls have a “cluster of eyes” figure. They are rare and valuable. BEECH

Properties: Hickory is one of the heaviest and hardest woods available. Pecan is a species of hickory sometimes used in furniture. It has a close grain without much figure.

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FIR: REDWOOD

Uses: Beech is often used for frames, a variety of bent and turned parts. Quarter sliced and half round cut beech veneers are commonly used.

Works easy and finishes well. Uniform in texture and non resinous. Properties: Has low resistance to decay.

HEMLOCK

The American beech is a single species which grows in the eastern half of the United States. Properties: Beech is a hard, strong, heavy wood with tiny pores and large conspicuous medullary rays, similar in appearance to maple. This relatively inexpensive wood has reddish brown heartwood and light sapwood.

Properties: Light in weight, uniformly textured. It machines well and has low resistance to decay and no resinous. Uses: Used for construction lumber, planks, doors, boards, panelling, sub flooring and crates.

Uses: Wood from the hickory is used for structural parts, especially where strength and thinness are required. Decorative hickory veneers are also commonly used.

BEECH:

HEMLOCK: Western Hemlock is a softwood native to North America. It produces a lustrous pale timber that is an attractive choice for carving.

HICKORY: There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important.

Properties: The best quality redwood comes from the heartwood which is resistant to deterioration due to sunlight, moisture and insects.

Uses: Used in furniture, doors, frames, windows, plywood, veneer, general millwork and interior trim. SPRUCE: Spruces are large trees, from 20–60 metres tall when mature, and can be distinguished by their whorled branches and conical form.

FIR

Properties: Strong and hard. Finishes well but has low resistance to decay. Has moderate shrinkage and light in weight. Uses: Many purposes from general construction and crates to highly specialised uses in aircraft, and as a tonewood in many musical instruments.

SPRUCE

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