Home & Garden

Storage Wars!

WHEN you buy a property abroad, it will generally be much smaller than your principal home. Many of the properties built in places such as Tenerife are intended for holidays, so there are certain aspects of the design that may not be ideal if you are staying there long-term, or even  permanently. The minimalist look […]

Exterior designer?

OUR climate here allows us to spend so much time outside, there is no reason not to apply the same amount of design detail to your outside area, as you do to the inside. In the UK, you would get a limited amount of use out of anything you buy for the garden, but here […]

Fabric or leather?

By Lili Meyrick WHEN choosing upholstered furniture, the final decision should depend on what it is, and what use you will give it. Obviously, the bigger the piece of furniture, the bigger the decision. And, and of course, the bigger the price tag! For example, you’re not going to worry as much about what the […]

Summer-season revamp

IF you own, or manage, a rental property in Tenerife, now is the time to  refresh things before the tourists arrive for their well-deserved, summer holidays. There are lots of things you can do to protect your investment, and also ensure that your tenants have a great time and want to return. After all, the […]

Buy a good bed for restful sleep

WHO doesn’t love to fall into a comfortable bed at the end of a long day’s work, or a lengthy session by the pool, if you are on holiday? A good night’s sleep is obviously a necessity if you are working, but, if you don’t sleep well, you won’t enjoy your holiday much, either. Your […]

Window dressing for sunny days

DRESSING the windows is very important in any home as part of the interior-design scheme, but hot climates present a different kind of problem from the UK. Firstly, instead of keeping the cold out with thermal curtains, you need to think about limiting the amount of sun that can enter your property, for various reasons. […]

Home comforts

by Liliana Meyrick of Muebles Chic EACH year, hundreds of expats flood in from the UK to invest in a holiday home, here in Tenerife. However, a second home in the sun couldn´t be more different from your typically-British home that one is used to, but the old saying still stands: “An Englishman’s home is his […]

Restoring a finca?

IF you have thought about buying an old Canarian house and restoring it, you are in good company. Many people have done it, with varying degrees of success. Obviously, a great deal of work goes into making the house structurally stable and waterproof, with all utilities in place, and the next issue facing you is […]

Make your restaurant stand out!

IF you own a bar or restaurant in Tenerife, you will be very aware of the amount of competition there is to attract customers to your business. First impressions are therefore very important, and one of the main ways you can influence this is through furniture and lighting. Years ago, it was quite common to […]

Colour and contrast

IN warm countries, there is a tendency to use open-plan lay-outs to improve air-flow. It’s also a way of maximising the actual liveable space in a small property. That means there might be a dining “area”, as opposed to a dining “room”. And, as a result, distinctions between the different areas can become blurred, so […]

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