As we drift closer to prime season for home renovation, it’s time to look at what’s happening in the everchanging world of interior decorating and design. While some trends have come and gone in the blink of an eye, others are still going strong. Thankfully, the painful clutter of the “found artifact” scene is fading away while concepts like Zen-like white minimalism and the subtle influence of mid-century modernism remain popular. With this in mind, here are a few of our favorite items for renewing your living space. Ligne Roset When it comes to living room furnishings, the days of choosing between ultra-modern and tastefully traditional are long behind us. Combining the new and old can be tricky, and certain furniture lines have it figured out perfectly. A quick skim through the Ligne Roset sofa and armchair catalog reveals a broad selection of sleek home furnishings that clearly pull influence from some of the Danish design greats without coming across as purely vintage pieces. In particular, the Cosse sofa, designed by Philippe Nigro, features a gorgeous blend of clean lines and interesting textures that add an air of warmth to an otherwise stark exterior. Sofa from $5,205, loveseat from $4,230 and ottoman from $1,465. ligne-roset.comLumid/Firelab The modern and minimalist fireplace is by no means a new trend, though interior designers continually push the boundaries of how large a footprint one can take up. Curved fronts, flames that rise through water and sealed units that shed next to no heat to the outside of the glass are just a few tricks modern fireplace builders have up their sleeves. In business for 25 years, Lumid/Firelab worked on custom fireplaces in all sorts of applications from the massive private residence install seen here to the roaring cauldron of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Its in-house R&D team spent countless hours developing proprietary systems to ensure no matter how large a client’s demand, the end product will reach if not surpass high expectations. firelab.com
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
FOR THOSE OF US PASSIONATE about wellness pursuits and who feel most at peace close to the sea, there’s nothing quite like the synergy offered by a floating spa integrated into the setting of a luxurious cruise ship. I’m sailing through the Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona, discovering along the way that the Crystal Life Spa & Beauty Salon on board the Crystal Serenity provides not only the element of high-end indulgence but also the cruise line’s signature commitment to attention and service.
CONSIDERING THAT JUST A LITTLE more than a century ago — 1910, to be exact — Miami’s population was only about 5,400 people, it’s easy to see why this South Florida hot spot has long been considered a boomtown. And the evolution continues to impress as the city gears up to welcome an array of new services, amenities and experiences.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Ethiopian Airlines added a daily non-stop between Brussels (BRU) and Addis Ababa (ADD). The carrier previously made stopovers in Vienna (VIE) three days a week, increasing the journey time from seven hours to nine.
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Last month, British Airways announced plans to offset carbon emissions from all its flights within the United Kingdom. The initiative begins next year and carbon emissions are offset via the United Nations’ carbon offsetting scheme, which invests in carbon reduction projects around the world, such as reforestation and rainforest protection.