April 1, 2019
Spring 2019 Issue 98
Until the end of February, the winter months were most certainly cold and miserable. Now that we are well into the month of March, the weather is set to improve and we are blessed with warmer temperatures.
Spring is my favourite season, as every garden comes to life and bursts into colour with gloriously fragranced flowers. Our countryside is also transformed into lovely green fields with splashes of colour from blossoming wild flowers. We have once again filled this magazine with bright ideas, modern and traditional houses, fine gardens and, as always, good food.
In this issue, one can find special features on beautiful houses and apartments found here on the Island. Walking down the gentle slope of St Christopher Street, one reaches the beautifully restored The Craftsman’s Palace, which is ready to accommodate its first guests. One can read more about this beautiful Valletta palazzo on page 12.
Comfort and style are the focus of a property in one of Malta’s most sought after residential locations, Santa Maria Estate in Mellieha. Andrea Christians writes about the thoughtful renovation behind this modern villa on page 30.
A feature on the restoration and preservation of a house of character, Dar Rummien in Lija, can be found on page 40. Snapshots of this house of character show the laborious process by the owners of blending the old with the new.
Kristine Bonnici writes about Laguna Living on page 50. The interior designer has just finished working on a stunning apartment at the Portomaso Laguna, creating a luxury interior based on the use of natural colours and textures, embracing contemporary living.
In a series of articles about travel and interiors Jim Dunn writes about buying wrecks in Ireland – a cottage perched on a hill in Country Kerry with magnificent views – on page 80.
One can also find articles on art. Jacqueline Agius writes Journey Expression Through Life on page 94, an insight into her watercolours, which reveal the warmth of places that have inspired her. Towards Impressionism on page 98 by Debbie Caruana Dingli, is about Jackie Magri’s varied journey through art, while The Symbol of Tree by Jeni Caruana on page 102 is about the process of the artist’s self-discovery through nature. Through Stories Untold on page 106, Johanna Barthet, the artist behind the Stories Untold exhibition currently running at Palazzo de Piro in Mdina, captures the psychology of the human figure.
The number of varied articles in the magazine are sure to please any reader. Working to a tight deadline when it comes to putting the magazine together is extremely time-consuming. However, the end result is always worth the effort.
I hope that you will enjoy reading this issue of Design & Decor. We wish you all good reading and a very happy Easter.
Eve Arnett Depasquale