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SHOWTIME!

The TV used to stick out like a sore thumb in the living room. Now, it’s an integral part of the interior, whether for watching Netflix, browsing Youtube, or playing Overcooked. 

If you happen to own The Wall Luxury by Samsung, its Ambient Mode can display your favourite pictures or paintings when the TV is not in use. This gives more of an art installation or museum wall feel instead of a plain black panel. 

As a TV, The Wall Luxury offers vibrant, ultra-sharp hues so you can enjoy a larger-than-life cinematic experience. Discerning homeowners will also be glad to know that it can be customised to their preferred size, viewing ratio and even shape, thanks to its modular panels, while maintaining its 30mm slim profile. 

Now that’s what we call a game changer!

The Wall Luxury retails at AV Intelligence, Millenia Walk. Private viewings and price quotes are available upon request.

COLOUR OF THE MONTH

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GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT

Alright, we may be cheating a little here – since this dark blue velvety hue is derived from a combination of its texture and actual colour – but the resulting tone is so unique, it would be remiss of us if we did not accord it the recognition it deserves. Part of its allure comes from the way light bounces off the textured yet smooth surface of the object, creating a lovely ombre effect. There is also a sense of sensuality and cosiness, inviting one to reach out and run a finger or two over it. This lovable blue helps to add depth to a space, and is just as ideal when used on small items as it is on walls or larger accessories. 

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PANTONE 228C

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PANTONE 199C

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COLOUR OF THE MONTH: PANTONE 654C

No time to shop? These colourful velvet baubles are available from www.limelace. co.uk at $33 for a pack of four.

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Wong Liangyuan

Colour Specialist, Haven Lifestyle

THE EXPERT SAYS

“Dark velvet colours have been trending for the past two years, and it is interesting to note that homeowners are still fascinated by them. We see them being used for large, tufted sofa upholstery as well as on curtains. They create a very opulent look though, so use them sparingly.”

TRENDING

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LOVE TO LOUNGE

What better way to lounge the holiday away than lazing snug as a rug in a bean bag? Here are some of our faves.

1. Zanotta Sacco bean bag in leather, from $3,580, from W.Atelier.

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2. Beads Sofa with cover set, from $160 (Christmas promotion till Dec 25) from Muji.

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3. Sploosh Alfresco bean bag in size double, $499, from Naiise.

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4. Nobodinoz Bean Bag Oasis Riviera Blue, $239.90, from Deer Industries.

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HEAVEN-SCENT

Spice up your home this holiday season with the Christmas Lights scented candle collection from Maison Christian Dior. Created by master French perfumer François Demachy, the collection features two scents: Ences Mystique, with evocative woody notes, and Thé Osmentus, which pays tribute to the rare osmanthus flower.

Each candle retails for $115 and is available exclusively at Maison Christian Dior, ION Orchard.

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CUSTOM CHRISTMAS

Do a little something different with your Christmas decor this year with personalised ornaments from Urban Li’l. Designed and made locally, the home and kids decor brand is offering a selection of decorative items such as Christmas tree toppers and wreaths that can be custom inscribed to bear your or your friends’ family names. 

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We can’t think of better festive gifts to warm and delight your loved ones!

Orders for customised designs can be placed at www.urbanlil.com from now till 1st December 2019. 

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Add to cart

Started by former ad executive Tara Button who got tired of spending money on items that didn’t last, this web store is committed to finding and stocking the longest-lasting products in the world. With over 2000 items in their inventory from bed linen to office stationery, their commitment to sustainable shopping is perfectly aligned to the present zeitgeist.

Visit www.buymeonce.com.

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ALL-IN-ONE APPLIANCE

Ever heard of an all-in-one appliance that can chop, mix, fry, steam, even weigh your ingredients, and so much more? That’s what the Thermomix TM6 can do. Whether you’re a professional chef or home cook, this machine is set to make life so much more convenient in the kitchen. It comes with a High Temperature cooking mode, sous vide function, fermentation, slow cooking, and has over 50,000 recipes with step-by-step cooking instructions.

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WARMING UP

Add a dash of magic and sparkle to your Christmas with the Disney x Escentials limited-edition candle collection. Named Live Your Truth, the collection celebrates the spirit of iconic characters Elsa and Anna from Frozen II, with four gorgeous designs. The candles come in two scents: Cedarwood, which is mixed with vanilla for a warm uplifting aroma, and Wild Mint, a fresh and crisp fragrance. Made of soy wax with natural cotton wicks, these candles have up to 40 hours of burning time, and are free of paraben, phthalates and sulfates.

Each candle retails from $55 for 200g and is available at escentials Paragon, escentials ION and escentials.com.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

BLACK BEAUTY

French audio brand Devialet first launched the Phantom Reactor months ago in their signature colourway, Iconic white. The wireless speaker, which is a compact version of the Phantom, is now available in Matte black. The all-black body, coupled with its unobstrusive size, allows it to effectively recede into the background to give its impressive sound performance centre stage.

The Devialet Phantom Reactor in matte black retails from $1,890 and is available at Devialet stores and authorised dealers.

TILE OF THE MONTH

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DENIM DREAM

The story behind this range of mosaics show that you can take design inspiration from anything. Inspired by the hardy material of denim, now you can dress your floors and walls in a mosaic finished in your favourite wash of jeans.

 Appiani Denim mosaics retail at Rice, 213 Henderson Road #01-03. Visit www.rice-fields.com. 

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HOME CAFE

From espresso to cappuccino to caffe latte, you can now create a variety of coffee-based beverages within the comfort of your own home with the Bosch VeroBarista 600. With a touch of the sensor display, the fully automatic machine will prepare your selection of aromatic coffees and milk specialities.

The Bosch VeroBarista 600 retails at $2,188 and is now available in stores exclusively at the UnserHaus Experience Centre, Courts Megastore and Courts Causeway Point, and online at www.bosch-home.com.sg.

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EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH

Prized Paintings

What: Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor

When: Now until March 22

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum

Continuing their Season of Chinese Art series, the Asian Civilisations Museum will be exhibiting over 130 Chinese ink works from the Xiang Xue Zhuang collection of the late Dr Tan Tsze Chor. The exhibition features prized pieces by respected Chinese artists Xu Beihong, Qi Baishi, and Ren Yi, and will also showcase the works of local artists like Liu Kang to illustrate how Dr Tan’s collection influenced and inspired the local art scene.

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REST & RELAX

Osim’s latest massage chair, the uDivine V, is as close you can get to having a real-life masseuse at home. Incorporating cutting edge V Hand Technology that emulates the skilled techniques of a professional luxury spa masseuse, the rubbing motions will relieve deep-seated knots and rejuvenate the user. With in-built speakers, users can play music from their favourite playlists or from the OSIM Music Library to have a truly relaxing time of self-care.

 The Osim uDivine V retails for $3,999, which can be paid in installments over 36 months at $112/month.  

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SOUND ADVICE

Amp up the volume at your next party with the Beoplay P6, now clad in a rich chestnut shade as part of Bang & Olufsen’s new seasonal collection. With True360 Sound, the Bluetooth speaker delivers an excellent acoustic experience while retaining its sleek portability – making it the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas get-together.

NEWS

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Trailblazing woman

British interior designer Katharine Pooley has been named ‘Designer of the Decade’ by the International Design and Architecture Awards (IDAA). The recognition commends Pooley’s dedication to sophisticated design projects since the inception of her eponymous studio 15 years ago.

Visit www.katharinepooley.com.

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Top-notch

Local interior design studio Design Intervention made the list of the top 100 design and architecture firms by the London-baseed Interior Design Review. Described by the British Times newspaper as the ‘Bible’ of the interior design world, this is the sixth year that Design Intervention has been included among the world’s leading designers.

Visit www.designintervention.com.sg. 

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Best of the best

Out of 8,000 brands considered, Grohe was recently bestowed the distinction of sanitary brand of the year at the Red Dot Awards 2019. Aside from its consistent quality, Grohe’s brand management across over 150 countries was a determining factor in achieving this distinction. 

Visit www.grohe.com.