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Restoring a grand mansion 

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TWENTY-SEVEN years in the making, the US$45 million renovation of a 150-year-old Taiwanese homestead is finally nearing completion. The Lin Family Mansion - a complex of five buildings on 3 hectares - is one of...

Sustaining the soul in a lane house 

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YOU can often tell at a glance when somewhere has been "interior designed." It might be a little too perfect, with everything looking too new. A design project can sometimes lack that sense of history and of soul that...

Architect's exploration into changing space 

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A kind of "wow!" moment often occurs when entering Tom Pen and Yvonne Chau's home on tree-lined Anfu Road, located on one of the city's most desired residential blocks. Fluid space planning, random pieces of...

Letting the light into a private sanctuary 

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LIFE doesn't get much better than relaxing in a comfy chair or enjoying a good meal in a chilled-out environment in your personal sanctuary, does it? Hidden along a run-down lane in the center of this busy city is...

Giving it the welcome factor not the wow factor 

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HOW does a Dutch furniture retailer decorate her Shanghai family home? With a simple French-style feel, of course. Some homeowners renovate their home to bring it from drab to fab. But in the case of Leontien Nipshagen...

Lover of Art Deco finally finds perfect space 

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SPENCER Dodington has spent the past 15 years searching, experiencing, and shifting houses in Shanghai. But it's not a nomadic urge that propels his perennial quest to find the perfect home. "It was my goal to...

Moleskine more than a notebook 

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ITALIAN Moleskine notebooks with covers decorated by internationally renowned Chinese and other artists is on exhibit through November 20 at Bund 18. The exhibition has taken place in major cities such as London,...

Stylish chef creates tasteful surroundings 

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ALTHOUGH there is no room for waste or error when you are planning the layout of a small apartment, there is plenty of space for big ideas to make even the tiniest area work efficiently. Craig Willis' one-bedroom...

Sweet, oily and utterly delicious 

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EATING your way through the National Day holiday is a delightful way to learn about Shanghai through its much-talked-about cuisine. The dynamic dining scene offers an unsurpassed range of culinary delights, from...

Private heaven with views of the Great Wall 

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THIS house north of Beijing blends itself with nature. At center stage are the spectacular views and when people are inside they don't feel enclosed. Yang Di reports. A quiet, eloquent interior speaks volumes...

Warm, eclectic, modern and changing 

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SOMETIMES moving to a new country presents an opportunity for positive change, to give life a new direction and probably a new style to home interior decoration. Such is the case with Chris Buckley, an Oxford science...

Original old lane house perfect for style remake 

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FABRIZIO Leuti wanted to create a home that was elegant and practical yet somehow luxurious and fantasy-like. The homeowner and designer knew exactly how to bring his dreams to fruition. Five years ago, the Italian...

with oodles of design ideas 

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DENIZ Demirel opens her doors and offers a peek into her private sanctuary, along with some insight on why she and her husband love the Asia digs. Demirel from Turkey and her Italian husband Corrado Lo Maglio have...

Starck cooks up some new ideas with kitchen designs 

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PASSION, intelligence, imagination, fantasy and appreciation for life are all echoed in design guru Philippe Starck's creations, from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods. For more than three...

Small space made homely with thoughtful solutions 

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FORMER florist Jasmine Jean first found her ideal home location in Shanghai and then started to mould it to her lifestyle needs, from ripping out walls to decorating it with flowers, Patsy Yang reports. This is...

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