July 1, 2020 – Published in Design & Decor Summer 2012 issue
Design for living – an apartment in Sliema
Words: Andrea Christians
Photography: Alan Carville
Any property situated on the front at Tower Road, Sliema will obviously have spectacular views and this property did not disappoint. Situated in one of Malta’s most prestigious residential locations this fourth floor apartment enjoys uninterrupted panoramic views from its front terrace. Construction on this property was started above the existing block in 2000 and was completed in 2006.
The owner, who has her own apartment above, told me that she never tires of the stupendous view. On this day, in particular, we were treated to the mesmerising scene of a tempestuous sea hurling itself dramatically onto the rocks below.
On entering there were two things that immediately impressed me. The first was its size. It is undoubtedly one of the largest apartments I have seen in this area. The second is the amount of natural light.
With marble floors throughout and three good sized bedrooms the apartment is spaciously arranged. As a modern build the lines are clean and uncomplicated. There is a pleasant open plan feel to the main living area that stretches between two large windows that open on to the front terrace and those amazing views.
The main focal point here is an antique dining table with cleverly turned wooden spindle legs. The other half of the room plays host to a large angled sofa that is upholstered in linen. Indeed, the choice of these gentle earth colours is pretty much reflected throughout the entire apartment.
Here there is again plenty of space to put a kitchen table for more informal meals whilst a small sofa and coffee table snuggled away on one side offers a nice nook before moving into the main living space.
The ensuite bathroom of the master bedroom has a large bath while the second bathroom has a shower cubicle.
Moving towards the rear of the property I noticed three rather lovely paintings by renowned Maltese artists Paul Carbonaro. His abstract landscape scenes of Malta use colours that we associate with this island and are mirrored in the apartment itself.
All three bedrooms were filled with morning sunshine. The larger two opening out on to a large terrace that runs between the two rooms at the rear of the property. The owner told me that she had purchased all the furniture from Casa Nova in Luqa.
The Zen style master bedroom has a large floor to ceiling wardrobe and low-level bed with matching bedside tables in a rich cherry wood colour. The elegant clean lines of this furniture follow the eastern belief of creating a calming environment in which to rest and rejuvenate.
The second bedroom, though equally large, had a more conventional double bed with large mirrored wardrobes. The smaller third room contained a single bed and study desk and again, more than adequate storage.
This apartment though often used by the family is currently available for rent and would suit either a professional seeking central spacious accommodation or a family interested in taking advantage of all that Sliema, as one of Malta’s most dynamic and fashionable locations, has to offer.