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Make your restaurant stand out!

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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

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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 […]

That kitchen magic

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WHATEVER your particular interior-design taste, the kitchen is one area where a sleek, shiny, modern look usually works. In many Tenerife properties, the kitchen is open-plan, combined with a dining area, if not the lounge as well. Therefore, the style of your kitchen has more impact on your overall, interior design than might be the […]

Interior designer so handy

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MANY people who buy a Tenerife property come over to the island strictly for that purpose, and then need to leave and return to their everyday lives. But in this situation, what do you do about all the other matters that need to be addressed? Very often, changes are essential to bring any pre-owned property […]

Turn-key furnishing service

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WHEN people buy a property abroad, they sometimes don’t think about what they will need after the purchase has gone through. After all, finding the right property, appointing a solicitor, getting all the money in place and signing at the notary can be time-consuming, and rather stressful. And then what? If you’ve bought a new […]

New Year, spring clean

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OKAY, so it’s not Spring, but since we don’t have proper seasons here in Tenerife, New Year is as good a time as any to have a blitz of your property and get it back into tip-top shape! Apart from clearing up after the festivities, it’s also time to cast a critical eye over your […]

Home, where the heart is

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As ex-pats, it’s always an interesting question as to where you consider “home” to be. For the Swallows, who split their time between the UK and Tenerife, their answer would, probably, be the UK. But for those of us who live here, and have done for some time, the question is more complicated. We all […]

Christmas in the sun

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Most of us who live here would say that one of the main reasons we do so is the nice weather. However, Christmas is, pretty much, the only time of year when the lovely warmth and sunshine isn’t great, because it’s just not, well, Christmassy! There are two ways to approach this. Go for the […]

Your Christmas visitors

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CHRISTMAS is a time for family and friends. And, when you own a property or live in Tenerife, you will find out just how many family and friends you have! People in the UK are obviously keen to get away at this time of year to escape the cold and dreary weather. But since Christmas […]

See the light!

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Lighting is an important part of the interior-decorating scheme. As well as providing an essential service, it creates mood and ambience, which can change, completely, the appearance of any room. The type you choose will depend on its function. For example, a kitchen needs bright light to be able to work efficiently, whereas a bedroom […]

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