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YEAR-END WARMTH

Diana Khoo

Diana Khoo, Editor

For some, it’s time to dream, plan and make real winter pleasures: cups of spicy mulled wine after a day on the slopes, a soak in an onsen as snowflakes gently fall all around you or perhaps a comforting meal of hotpot as you wind up a cold winter holiday up north. For others, the year-end is when it’s time to sneak away to the beach for a few days where the healing effects of sun, sand and saltwater work together to help one rejuvenate and recalibrate before the new year officially begins. It was in this light that the team at Haven decided to look towards the sun for our final issue of 2017. Packing our bags and boarding a Bali-bound flight, we spent a few hectic but thoroughly delightful days exploring and shooting three most distinct homes: the first, just yards away from the hot black volcanic sands of Berawa Beach in Canggu, the other two, side by side in a verdant village that’s a short drive from Ubud, Bali’s undisputed artistic and cultural heart, each oh-so very different — one evokes an Out of Africa spirit while the other is an eminent architect’s vision of the Nusantara region in all its glory.

Naturally, it would be cruel to showcase all these beautiful homes and not share with you ideas on how to recreate their essence in your own living space. So, all you need to do is turn to our product features on spreads scattered throughout the issue for inspiration. We particularly like the merchandise of Kim Soo, a sweet little homeware shop with attached café that’s smack in the heart of Petitenget, Seminyak. See what caught our eye on Page 34.

Although Christmas is in the air, our minds (and stomachs) are also trained towards the Chinese New Year and the rounds of traditional feasting that’ll ensue. So, to help you get your reunion dinner planning started, please don’t miss the special recipes crafted by the fabulous Pong sisters, Michelle and Melissa, of Fat Spoon and Mei by Fat Spoon fame on Page 104.

After all, as we well know, few pieces of furniture in the home can equal the table’s importance. May yours be filled to overflowing this merry season. Catch you in 2018.