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With the new year fast approaching, it’s time to get up to date with what’s in and what’s out in Interior design for 2017. The last year saw many natural materials enter the home. There was a desire for a reconnection with nature from city dwellers, who sought a breath of fresh air in the midst of the concrete jungle. It was the year the sharing economy boomed; we shared workspace, taxi cabs, holiday condos and apartments; our spaces had to serve many functions, be adaptable and smart – just like us. Instagramming, tweeting, Facebooking, all became part of the job, whether it was personal or professional PR, with many online entrepreneurs working from the comfort of their own homes. The bedroom was often required to function as a study or even, in the age of ever decreasing apartment SQ meters, sometimes also the bathroom and/or kitchen. We saw palms…

Most people think of relaxing and taking it easy on a holiday. But, there is a growing trend for high-risk adventure trips in countries not suitable for the faint hearted. These brave adventurers are not put off by political instability. The threat of kidnapping is music to their ears; gunshots equal adrenaline; near-death experiences are a story to tell. For these hardened voyagers, a hot cup of milk and a cookie is something for their grandparents only. This year, for something different we present the alternative holiday list for 2017. San Pedro Sula, Honduras This is a city that will challenge even the bravest souls. With the highest homicide rate in the world and a serious arms trafficking trade, those that visit will spend their trip on a constant knife-edge. Tourists tend to avoid the city, but for brazen adventurers, the fewer tourists, the better. Far from the madding crowd, a…