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On The Move

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Even moving a couple of streets away can be stressful, so imagine the upheaval when your move involves thousands of miles and different countries. But just one look around on Lanzarote will show you that thousands have done exactly this,…

Key Trends

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Scandinavian Scandinavian or Nordic style remains one of the most important currents in European design after more than 50 years in the limelight. Blonde bare wood; cool neutrals and bright textiles; space, light and practicality are…

Change Is All Around

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Declutter Nowadays there’s a whole industry devoted to decluttering and cleaning, and it’s made millionaires out of the likes of Marie Kondo and Mrs Hinch. Clean out those cupboards, rearrange your living space and make the right…

The Design

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Work Out The Odds The importance of odd numbers to design is difficult to explain, but there’s no doubt that odd amounts of ornaments or features offer a dynamism and visual interest that regular, dull arrangements can’t match. So…

The Dream Machine

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Your bed is the centre-piece of your bedroom, which is reason enough to ensure that it delights you in every way. Like a pair of shoes, a bed is something you should never try and cut costs with. Quality requires outlay and the benefits…

Glass Houses

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Anyone who’s climbed into a car that’s been left in the Lanzarote sunshine will know the drawbacks of glass. It turns us all into hothouse cucumbers, as the sun’s radiation warms up the air inside, which then cannot escape. There…

Living Within Your Limits

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The smaller apartment is the way that most Spaniards and a good proportion of ex-pats have decided to live – and it’s not necessarily a question of financial limitations. Many prefer to live in a place that is easy to maintain, which…

Passion For Furniture

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Pause and think of your favourite piece of furniture and you’ll probably settle on a beloved armchair or sofa, but a little more thought will reveal that there are plenty of items that you might not want to live without. It could…

Perpetual Motion

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Stand in most living rooms and the only movement you’ll see is the movement of the second hand on a clock or the flickers on the TV screen. Our indoor spaces are mostly static – reliable, stolid places where things stay in one place…

Weather Wisdom

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And that means you need to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. That means durable exteriors and fittings and, above all, the ability to seal your house off from winds and rain outdoors. Make no mistake, you will not want…