How to make your home a European escape

Just because we can’t jump on a plane to visit our favourite European hot spots doesn’t mean some of the joys that come with an overseas holiday are off limits.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have grounded flights for now, but you can still immerse yourself in the beauty of exotic holiday destinations with some clever design and decorating moves in your own home.

Porter Davis lead interior designer Patrizia Romeo has captured some of the most popular style aspects of iconic getaways — including Spain, France, Italy, Denmark and London — as part of the builder’s World of Style themes.

“You can make every day at home feel like a holiday escape,” Ms Romeo said.

Here, she reveals how to add a little decor flair from five Euro faves.

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Children at border treated ‘nicely’

Melania Trump’s once-close friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, acknowledged to both the Washington Post and to Rachel Maddow Tuesday that she has extensive recordings of the first lady saying, among other things, that young immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border were excited about their accommodations in federal detention.

First lady Melania Trump boards a plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, to travel to Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) 

“They’re not with their parents, and it’s sad. But the patrols told me the kids say, ‘Wow, I get a bed? I will have a cabinet for my clothes?’” Melania Trump said, according to Winston Wolkoff’s her new book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.”

“It’s more than they have in their own country where they sleep on the floor,” Melania said. “They are taking care nicely

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Sales of pricey New York City apartments plunge as the suburbs become cool again



a garden in front of a house: Photo of home for sale in Huntington, New York on August 5, 2020. New York City suburbs are seeing a huge increase in real estate demand amid the pandemic. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images


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Photo of home for sale in Huntington, New York on August 5, 2020. New York City suburbs are seeing a huge increase in real estate demand amid the pandemic. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images

  • New York City apartment sales plunged in July, according to a report from the real-estate firm Douglas Elliman.
  • But in neighboring suburbs, home sales are surging as wealthy New Yorkers seek greener pastures. 
  • For Connecticut — which has struggled to rebound even from the last recession — the migration could be a boon for its struggling finances. 
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Only one Manhattan condo sold for more than $10 million in July, according to a new report, as many wealthy New Yorkers continue to flee the city for greener pastures.

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Overall apartment sales fell 57% in July compared to the

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Japanese minimalism and materials are at home with Chinese feng shui in this Hong Kong flat



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Designer Keith Chan infused this Hong Kong flat with Japanese minimalism, materials and meticulousness. Photography: Keith Chan


Designer Keith Chan infused this Hong Kong flat with Japanese minimalism, materials and meticulousness. Photography: Keith Chan

For some, staying home during the pandemic meant rearranging furniture or buying new houseplants. For interior designer Keith Chan Shing-hin’s client, it meant transforming his entire flat into a Japanese-inspired retreat.

A few months ago, Chan, the founder of Hintegro, was contacted by a Chinese medicine practitioner who lives with his elderly mother in a 703 sq ft, two-bedroom flat in Taikoo Shing. With business down because of Covid-19 restrictions, the client decided to close his clinic and focus on revamping his living space into something that better suited his lifestyle.

“Our first meeting was in a coffee shop and we didn’t talk a lot about the renovation,” says Chan. “We talked about where we go travelling, what kind of coffee we like.”

He soon realised his client’s passion for whatever he did.

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