WET ROOMS

Choose from contemporary and classic designs for a spa-like bathroom zone or dedicated wet room including the latest technological advances

The latest sanitaryware is stylish in design and functionality. Long gone are the days when the bathroom was a merely practical space. It’s now a popular room where watching TV from the bath, listening to the radio or enjoying a jetladen power shower have become the norm. With simple relaxation and convenience in mind, dedicated spa-style wet rooms at home have risen in popularity and the latest designs are both sophisticated in style and high tech in operation. The beauty

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Private Party

A Seattle karaoke joint gets the Japanese treatment

Think of Japanese design and what comes to mind? The neon pop of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood? The attention to detail and craft of an ancient Kyoto temple? For designers at Seattle-based mwlworks, the answer is a little of both, and it shows in the heady brew they’ve brought to Rock Box, an upscale karaoke joint in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

“When the owners approached us, they had a different kind of karaoke experience in mind,” says principal Eric Walter. “It’s not the same in Japan as it is here, where it’s

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OCA Extravaganza.

Every year, a week before Thanksgiving, the cichlid and catfish convention known as OCA Extravaganza takes place in Strongsville, Ohio. In 2012, from November 16 to 18, many enthusiastic aquarists gathered at one of the largest conventions of its kind in the United States. It is organized by the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA), also based in Strongsville. More than 500 visitors attended from neighboring states and came from as far away as Texas and Minnesota. Even other countries, including Canada, England, and Australia, were represented last year.

The meeting was held in two large rooms at the

Holiday Inn in

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No-fly ESCAPES

FORGET BAG RESTRICTIONS AND SECURITY QUEUES-THESE RETREATS ARE ONLY A DRIVE ORTRAIN RIDE AWAY

CRILLON LE BRAVE, FRANCE

The drive from Avignon station to Crillon Le Brave may take you past 6 HRS1 pretty villages and vineyards, but still nothing can prepare you for your arrival at this exquisite hilltop hotel. Over the past couple of decades, what was originally a single building has spread to become a mini-village of stone houses converted into spacious suites with terracotta-tiled floors and views to die for. If you can tear yourself away from the vista, visit the sprawling terrace for breakfast, and

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KIDS ROOMS

READY TO GROW WITH YOUR KIDS

Favourite colours and styles change often as our kids grow from toddlers to teens. Children want to infuse their own personalities into their bedrooms. And they should; after all, it is their space. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this harmoniously with the rest of a home without succumbing to Elmo overload.

Giving kids room to grow in their bedrooms begins with choosing the right furniture when they are newborns. Jordana Jacobson, Owner of Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique and Cravings KIDS Lifestyle Boutique, recommends choosing convertible furniture that can be adaptable as

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GOING WITH THE FLOW

Gerry and Susan Goldwyre’s home — a converted Victorian water tower on the outskirts of Edinburgh — must surely be one of the most unusual residences in Britain. Yet they found it quite by accident.

‘Susan spotted it in the newspaper one day, and as she read out the details, I could already see the completed conversion in my mind’s eye,’ recalls Gerry, who is an architect by profession. ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a spectacular home. ‘I think lots of people liked the idea of living in the tower but were put off by the sheer scale

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FLOORING SOLUTIONS

The right floor is vital for the cohesion of any room – the best options will work with all colour schemes and moods

The choice of flooring literally ‘grounds’ any colour or decorating scheme, so it’s sensible to think about it as a long-term investment. The design and layout of the house dictates how we use and choose our flooring. Start at the front door – an area that gets used every day, so it’s crucial to get the flooring right in this busy, high-traffic space – and think about how the floor area flows from room to room. A

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Eurostars

WHO SAYS YOU NEED TO GO LONG-HAUL TO GO LUXE? DITCH THE IN-FLIGHT DINING AND FORGET ABOUT JET LAG. YOUR HONEYMOON IS JUST A FEW HOURS AWAY…

THE ROMANOS, GREECE

Set on the Peloponnese peninsula, the eco-resort of Costa Navarino is built over 10,000 acres of lavender and rosemary 3 HRS fields, dotted with thousands of olive trees. With swathes of deserted beaches overlooking the shimmering Ionian Sea, the area is famed for its natural beauty. The Luxury Collection hotel group has made a palace here, all gleaming, pillared and marble. Discreetly built into the hillside, The Romanos is designed

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ESCAPE ROUTE

«The great advantage of a hotel is that it’s a great refuge from homo life. «Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once sold. And so it is. The hotel offers us an escape from our dally routine – a world of protracted rain-soaked commutation (depending on where you call home), underpaid work (which, lets it, applies to everyone, for who among us thinks they are overpaid?), and a never-ending cycle of domestic chores. Hotels feature in many of our happiest memories: namely, honeymoons and vacations. The hotel, for two weeks a year, is a portal to a better place. Unless, of

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CONDENSED READING

A round-up of the latest photography books on the market

• ON STAGE by Michael Nether, £29.90 Michael Nether has, at least according to the introduction to this book, had a varied and stimulating career in various fields of photography. You wouldn’t really know it based on the evidence provided here. This book focuses exclusively on his work photographing musicians and other celebrities on stage. The result is a drab, monotonous affair, picture after picture of unfocused, greyscale famous faces, an inordinate number of which seem to have been caught at especially unflattering moments.

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