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How this Hong Kong apartment’s views informed its interior design



a kitchen with a dining room table: Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko


Tommy Hui designed this Wong Chuk Hang apartment, aptly named the Bird Hide, to make the most of its panoramic views. Photography: Steven Ko

A good view is a terrible thing to waste. And the view from the 690 sq ft Wong Chuk Hang flat that Tommy Hui Shui-cheung was hired to renovate is truly spectacular: a sweeping panorama of Bennett’s Hill and Aberdeen Harbour, with folds of greenery rolling into the sea.

“We wondered how to focus the interior on the views,” says Hui, founder of local architecture firm TBC Studio.

The clients, a young couple – a nurse and an urban planner – plan to have children, but for now they wanted a sanctuary where they could relax with family and friends. Hui worked with them to create a design he calls the Bird Hide, a reference to lookouts built to observe nature, birds especially, at close range.

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5 Ways to Take the Fear Out of Bathroom Remodeling

Sponsored – It’s a spooky time of year, ripe for playing tricks, watching horror flicks, and telling ghost stories in the dark. One scary story we often encounter is that undergoing a bathroom remodel is a dreadful, anxiety-inducing experience that drags on and on. On the contrary, we believe the bathroom remodeling experience should be fun, quick, and pleasant. Here are five ways Re-Bath can take the fear out of your next bathroom remodel.



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R.I.P. to Remodeling Without Focus

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At Re-Bath, we don’t spread our remodeling efforts thin across kitchens, decks, windows, etc. We only do bathrooms! All day, every day, we live and breathe bathroom remodeling, and we’re not afraid to say we’re great at it! CHECK OUT OUR GOOGLE REVIEWS. Most of our competitors don’t focus exclusively on bathrooms, and some use shortcuts and workarounds that don’t address the root

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Re-Bath ceases Baton Rouge operations two years after corporate takeover

Re-Bath has left the Baton Rouge market after a 15-year presence here, permanently closing its 15,475-square-foot Coursey Boulevard showroom two months ago.

It’s not immediately clear why the company’s corporate headquarters decided to cease operations in Baton Rouge, as a Re-Bath representative could not be reached for comment prior to publication.

Jonathan Walker and Ransom Pipes of Maestri-Murrell Commercial Real Estate are currently listing the building for the owner.

“If we see any strength in the commercial real estate market right now, it’s in the multifamily and industrial sectors,” says Walker, who’s listing the building, for sale or lease, for $1.55 million, or some $10.50 per square foot.

Re-Bath’s exit comes two years after the Arizona-based bathroom remodeling company took over ownership of its Baton Rouge location, which had been owned by local franchisees—the late Janice and Ronald “Pepere” Leclerc—on Jones Creek Boulevard since 2005, and managed by daughter Christy

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5 bathroom updates that will stand the test of time

If, after being stuck at home for months on end, you are taking stock of your surroundings and looking for ways to spruce up the appearance or improve the functionality of your home, you are not alone. According to a report from Review Home Warranties, online searches related to home remodeling are up 84% this year. And small but achievable updates in bathrooms, such as replacing tile or hardware or painting, are among the more popular projects, according to the report.

If you’re going to update a bathroom and you want your design choices to stand up over time, the first step is determining what styles will be timeless for you specifically.

“People tend to fall into one of two camps,” says interior designer Michael Winn of Winn Design and Build in Northern Virginia. “They want a very classic-looking bathroom, or they want something contemporary and spalike, like the Four

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Walmart completes work remodeling Alliance location



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ALLIANCE  Walmart has completed remodeling projects in its store at 2700 W. State St.

The changes offer a new look and help customers save time, said Sarah Hall, store manager, in a press release. 

“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” she said.

Changes covered the basics: new signs, lighting and flooring throughout the store, remodeled bathrooms, new shelving and lower fixtures, and an increased number of products in the home, pets, sporting goods and hardware sections.



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Walmart has put in place safety protocols including mask wearing and social distancing.

The layout of the grocery has changed. There are new produce tables, a hot case and ready-to-go items in the new deli counter.

The electronics department now has interactive displays

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Watch Jasmine Roth Tackle the ‘Worst Bathroom Situation’ Ever

HGTV star Jasmine Roth has helped many homeowners fix their DIY fails, but in the latest episode of “Help! I Wrecked My House,” she encounters a bathroom that may be beyond repair.

In the episode “Behind the Tarp,” Roth meets Andrea and Jeremy, homeowners in Anaheim, CA, who started a bathroom renovation—only to leave the space in ruin. The floor is gone, the walls are gone, and there’s even a hole in the ground.

Now, Roth has a $60,000 budget to create a stunning bathroom from scratch. Read on to learn how Roth turns the worst bathroom into an oasis, and see some upgrades you might be inspired to try in your own home.


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Jasmine Roth plans out her bathroom design.

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Before: This DIY bathroom project was a disaster.

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Roth wants to make sure Jeremy and Andrea’s bathroom is extra

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New Zealand’s best kitchen and bathroom celebrated at 2020 NKBA awards

A stunning kitchen inspired by a coastal setting in Tauranga has taken top kitchen honours in the annual National Kitchen and Bathroom Association NZ awards.

The long, galley-style kitchen, designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award.

The main bathroom winner at the awards evening on September 18 was a dark and masculine bathroom in an Auckland house. The bathroom, by Christchurch designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors, won the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Bathroom Design Award.

This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

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This is the best kitchen in 2020 – winner of the NKBA Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen, in a beachfront Tauranga home, was designed by Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart, Rotorua.

And the 2020 Designer of the Year was Morgan Cronin of Cronin Kitchens, Auckland, who took out seven awards.

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* Dark, moody bathrooms feature in TIDA Bathroom Awards

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7 ideas for choosing your best bathroom tiles

We fully understand the appeal and excitement that comes with a design/renovation project. Take the case of bathrooms: whether you’re sprucing up your existing one or building/designing a brand-new bathroom, there’s a range of decisions you’ll need to make – including what tiles you will be using (and why) and which ones you’ll be avoiding. But while some may deem this as the perfect little decorating project (perhaps even the chance to flex their DIY muscles), others might feel overwhelmed by the various tiles’ different designs, colours, sizes, patterns, etc. Relax – homify’s got this…

1. Pick your focal feature first




a room with a sink and a mirror: 1. Pick your focal feature first


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1. Pick your focal feature first

What do you imagine to be your ‘wow’ piece in your new bathroom? A free-standing, claw-foot tub? A luxurious walk-in shower? How about your backsplash behind your vanity / mirror?

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Five bathroom updates that will help your space stand the test of time

If, after being stuck at home for months on end, you are taking stock of your surroundings and looking for ways to spruce up the appearance or improve the functionality of your home, you are not alone. According to a report from Review Home Warranties, online searches related to home remodeling are up 84% this year.

Small but achievable updates in bathrooms, such as tile, hardware or paint, are among the more popular projects, according to the report. If you’re going to update a bathroom and you want your design choices to stand up over time, the first step is determining what styles will be timeless for you specifically.

“People tend to fall into one or two camps,” interior designer Michael Winn of Winn Design and Build in Virginia said. “They want a very classic-looking bathroom, or they want something contemporary and spa-like, like the Four Seasons.” Translation: For many

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5 stunning minimalist bathroom ideas

Looking for minimalist bathroom ideas? Are you yearning for a clutter free, sleek lined bathroom that sparks joy? Aren’t we all. To successfully create it though, you need to be happy to have less (or to hide your clutter), as bits and bobs lying about does not make for a pared-back modern bathroom. So first things first, it’s time for a clear-out and let these five fabulous looks be your motivation. You’ve got this, we believe you can achieve the minimalist bathroom of your dreams…



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For more bathroom ideas head over to our gallery.

1. Use marble to create serene light filled space

How gorgeous is this bathroom? Not only is it minimal, but it shows you how to create this look when space is tight. The mini bath is a great shape and it looks perfect sitting on the large marble floor tiles

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