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CREDITS Publisher Adore Home Magazine Editor-in-chief, designer and product editor Loni Parker loni@adoremagazine.com Sub-editor Casey Hutton caseyhutton.com Writers Beth Greshwalk Casey Hutton caseyhutton.com Pip Miller pipmillerpr.com.au

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Photographers Annette O'Brien annetteobrien.com.au Lisa Cohen lisacohenphotography.com Mindi Cooke mindicooke.com Rikki Lancaster rikkilancaster.com.au

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Stylists Alana Langan huntandbow.com.au Kylie Jackes kyliejackes@gmail.com Product/content sourcing assistant Kate Moss kate@adoremagazine.com Contact Adore Home Magazine 7/32 Hardiman St, Woody Point QLD 4019 Australia info@adoremagazine.com www.adoremagazine.com Social like us on facebook.com/adorehomemagazine find us on instagram @adoremagazine

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CONTENTS 4

EDITOR’S LETTER

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PRODUCT TRENDS

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KITCHENS TO ADORE Feast your eyes on 10 kitchens that cater for all tastes – from cool and contemporary to eclectic and elegant.

30 BUSINESS PROFILE 32 RENOVATION TIPS Our experts share their secrets to revamping and styling key zones – from the front door through to your kitchen, 2

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28 bathrooms and outdoor living spaces – to boost the value and livability of your home. 43 HOME TOURS Four sets of homeowners take us inside the houses they’ve meticulously transformed. 86 GOURMET NEWS 88 TRAVEL NEWS 90 BRISBANE: A MODERN OASIS We track down the most blissful places to stay, eat, drink and shop in beautiful, bustling Brisbane. 96 WHAT TO PACK


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EDITOR’S LETTER

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ver See more of our front co home from page 66. It feels like a major lifestyle change happened since my last editor’s letter, so let me fill you in! I finally sold my one-bedroom apartment (after five long months of being on the market) and made the move from busy Chermside to the much quieter seaside suburb of Woody Point. We decided to rent initially, and we’re enjoying living in a townhouse just 100 metres from the beach. Each afternoon, my partner and I stroll along the boardwalk, taking in the sea views and breathing in that salty air – pure bliss!

EDITOR LONI PARKER

If you follow Adore Magazine on Instagram, you might have seen that I decided to sell my apartment privately without an agent, through buymyplace.com.au (this is not sponsored, by the way). I would have made a huge loss with an agent at the price they wanted to sell it for (I had three appraisals, and all valued it $30,000–$60,000 less than what I paid for it brand new only two years ago). That’s Brisbane’s current apartment market for you!

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So, facing what seemed like an impossible task, I took the plunge and listed my apartment on the major property sites. I held multiple open homes on my own, then finally found a wonderful buyer who was downsizing. I managed to sell my unit for what I paid for it – and saved myself $15,000 in agent fees.

Selling your own home isn’t for everyone; I totally get that. But it was actually easier than I’d anticipated. All you need to do is answer emails and calls from prospective buyers and host open homes. If you were with an agent you’d have to clean your home before inspections anyway (that, to me, is the hard part!). And popping on a smart outfit (a blazer will make you look the part) and hosting your open house for half an hour is not that bad. Your lawyer can take care of drafting up the contract for a fee (something I wasn’t confident enough to do myself). Easy. If you find yourself in a similar situation to mine, or you just want to save your hard-earned dollars, I dare you to give it a go! And, if your home could do with some work ahead of selling, check out our renovation tips on page 32. We picked the brains of experts to find out where to splurge and where to save in order to improve the functionality and value of your home – including using a styling company to stage your property and boost its price tag. Wherever you are in your renovation and real estate journey, I wish you the very best of luck! It can be tough but the rewards (hello seaside!) can be so sweet.

Loni


THE COMEBACK OF ARCHES They were last year’s hottest trend, and we think we’ll see even more in 2019. The Calile Hotel in Brisbane has embraced the revival of the arch, with windows framed by curves, generous archways in the rooms, and crescent-shaped breezeblocks https://greenhouseinteriors.com.au/products/ in the pool cabanas. copy-of-ayla-1?omnisendAttributionID=email_ca thecalilehotel.com mpaign_5c246bb48653ed4e6c2e1509&omnisendC ontactID=5b18888145f b91388d900ed8&omnisend ScopeID=5b188828597ed75be3a6a765_2_2691225 6&utm_campaign=campaign%3A+Debbie+Macke nzie+%7C+Natalie+Jade+%285c246bb48653ed4e6 c2e1509%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source= omnisend&variant=14391546085418

DÉCOR TO ADORE

Holder Vase in Dark Teal Glaze in by Vivienne La décor We’re predictingCeramic that arches, terrazzo and $160 moderntimes.com.au with a Japanese twist will be trending in 2019.

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WALLPAPER These Walls ‘Arch’ wallpaper $72 per lineal metre thesewalls.com.au / CABINET HK Living ‘Retro’ oval cabinet in light grey $1,695 hkliving.com.au / MIRROR HK Living ‘Arch’ wall mirror in brass $899 houseoforange.com.au / VASE Vivienne La ‘Holder’ vase in dark teal glaze $160 moderntimes.com.au / ARMCHAIR ‘Arch’ accent chair $499 zilloandhutch.com / BOOKENDS Behr & Co. bookends (set of two) in brass $79.95 behrandco.com.au / ART PRINT ‘Tribe’ A4 unframed print by Natalie Jade $120 greenhouseinteriors.com.au / SIDE TABLE OZ Design Furniture ‘Lincoln’ side table $261.75 ozdesignfurniture.com.au / CANDLE HOLDER Ferm Living ‘Arch’ candle holder in brass $209 designstuff.com.au / OTTOMAN Kristina Dam Studio ‘Curved’ pouf ottoman $1,035 designstuff.com.au / BUFFET GlobeWest ‘Archie’ buffet $2,760 globewest.com.au WALL HANGING Xavi & Me rainbow knotted wall hanging $125 etsy.com/shop/xaviANDme / CUSHION Grace Garrett ‘Mediterranean Fishscale’ cushion from $90 gracegarrett.com adore home

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TERRAZZO Haymes Paint Ultimate Flooring in Chateau featuring ‘Bijoux’ terrazzo coffee table from Space To Create Photography: Martina Gemmola / Styling: Ruth Welsby

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STOOL Fenton & Fenton ‘Terrazzo’ hourglass stump in soft pink $450 fentonandfenton.com.au / PENDANT LIGHT Bentu ‘Piece Terrazzo’ pendant $750 remodern.com.au / CANDLE Tom Dixon ‘Materialism Terrazzo’ candle (medium) $150 safariliving.com / ART PRINT ‘Terrazzo Girl’ print (A3 size) $35 tictail.com / HORSE Zakkia ‘Dala’ horse statue in snow sprinkle $79 zakkia.com.au / HOOK Zakkia ‘Terrazzo’ hook in seashell $54 zakkia.com.au / TRAY Lucie Kaas ‘Erat’ tray in pink $268 oliverthom.store / POT Fenton & Fenton ‘Terrazzo’ pot in soft pink (extra small) $90 fentonandfenton.com.au / YOGA MAT DOIY ‘Terrazzo’ yoga mat $59.95 until.com.au / COFFEE TABLE Fenton & Fenton ‘Woodrow Terrazzo’ coffee table in soft pink $1,200 fentonandfenton.com.au / BOX SET Ferm Living ‘Terrazzo Rose’ tin boxes (set of 3) $79 designstuff.com.au / UMBRELLA Basil Bangs ‘Terrazzo’ beach umbrella $289 basilbangs.com.au / VESSEL Zakkia terrazzo vessel in seashell $62 zakkia.com.au 8

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MIRROR The Family Love Tree ‘Rising Sun’ wall mirror $329 thefamilylovetree.com.au / LANTERN HK Living ‘Traditional’ lantern in nude (XL) $1,895 hkliving.com.au / PENDANT LIGHT Beacon Lighting ‘Mele’ squat pendant light $159 beaconlighting.com.au / EUROPEAN PILLOWCASE The Family Love Tree ‘Rising Sun’ European pillow cover in pink clay $99 thefamilylovetree.com.au / CUSHION The Family Love Tree ‘Tiger’ cushion $129 thefamilylovetree.com.au / CHAIR HK Living velvet dining chair in old pink $399 hkliving.com.au OIL DIFFUSER Addition Studio ‘Synergy’ oil diffuser in travertine $169.90 top3.com.au / TRAY Addition Studio large travertine tray $99.90 top3.com.au / TEAPOT HK Living ‘Kyoto’ tea pot in white $79 hkliving.com.au / BOWL HK Living ‘Kyoto’ spatter bowl $24.50 hkliving.com.au / BED HEAD The Family Love Tree ‘Rising Sun’ bed head (queen size) $489 granitelane.com.au / ART Middle of Nowhere ‘Torn Blush 2’ from $349 middleofnowhere.com.au / POT Ferm Living ‘Bau’ pot in dusty rose (small) $79 arrivalhall.com.au / CANDLE Addition Studio ‘Stratosphere – Mimosa Rocks’ candle $99.95 additionstudio.com / BEDCOVER The Family Love Tree ‘Rising Sun’ bedcover in pink clay $399 thefamilylovetree.com.au TRAY Muuto ‘Platform’ tray in dark red $105 top3.com.au adore home

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WHAT’S NEW

Blush crush!

Stylist Sarah Ellison has released yet another stunning collection of furniture – this one entitled ‘Golden’. Combining the natural beauty of rattan with brass accents, the range shines in both coastal and contemporary-style interiors. ʻElton’ side table pictured priced at $695. lifeinteriors.com.au

NORDIK HAS TEAMED UP WITH MELBOURNE INTERIOR STYLIST TARA WOKULSKI TO CREATE THE TARA ARMCHAIR. COMES IN A PERFECT SHADE OF BLUSH, PAIRED WITH NATURAL OAK. PRICED AT $825. NORDIKLIVING.COM.AU

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E T H I C A L LY M A D E SERVINGWARE Socially and ethically responsible design platform ASILI has collaborated with Città to produce a range of reclaimed olive wood servingware, including this round board, $189, and salad servers, $79.90 (pictured). Each piece helps to support artisans, their families and communities in East Africa. cittadesign.com

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Dutch Warehouse seagrass basket with rust tassel $49 dutchwarehouse.com.au

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Sage and Clare ‘Banjar’ pom pom blanket $279 sageandclare.com

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Kip & Co ‘Island Life’ durie shag wool cushion cover $99 kipandco.com.au

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One of our favourite DIY destinations for chic kitchen cabinetry, Kaboodle Kitchen has launched a new range of colours based on the hottest international design trends. They include matt black, rich green, smoked grey, deep navy, and two fresh concrete shades. Added to their current selection at the same affordable price, it’s Kaboodle Kitchen’s way of helping you achieve the standout designer kitchen you’ve always wanted. Visit their website or simply pop in to Bunnings Warehouse. kaboodle.com.au

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The cane webbing of the ’80s is back in vogue and looks better than ever before. HKliving's ʻRetro Webbing Clothing Cabinet’ ($4,500) will lend an air of Parisian sophistication to your boudoir. It's ooh-la-la good! Also available in light grey. hamptonsathome.com.au

OYOY'S 'FOLLOW THE RAINBOW' WALL HANGING FEATURES MUTED BOHO COLOURS – THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR A CHILD'S ROOM OR FOYER. PRICED AT $175. MILKTOOTH.COM.AU

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H+G Designs sage suede strap sidetable with charcoal shelf $190 handgdesigns.com

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Lightly ‘Tone’ planter in sage and grey $150 lightly.com.au

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Society of Wanderers wasabi/ charcoal stripe double sided quilt $299 societyofwanderers.com adore home

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TO ADORE

The beating heart of any home, the kitchen is a communal workspace that nourishes both body and soul. Feast your eyes on 10 kitchens that cater for all tastes – from cool and contemporary to eclectic and elegant. WORDS CASEY HUTTON

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INTERIOR DESIGN JO ALCORN / PHOTOGRAPHY JASON HARTOG

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MARBLE ELEGANCE

When Canadian design guru Jo Alcorn renovated her kitchen, she was intent on getting it right first time. Transforming the impractical galley-style space into a bright, user-friendly zone, she installed glossy white cabinetry, a serene Caesarstone island bench, rose-gold appliances from Whirlpool’s ‘Sunset Bronze’ collection, and decadent marble tiles on the floor, walls and splashback. HVAC venting in one of the walls made a completely open space impossible, but adding a closet, display shelves and more marble tiles delivered an unexpectedly pleasing focal point and some extra privacy from the front door. “Sometimes problems in a design concept can work in your favour and create something even better than you planned!”

Beacon Lighting ‘Aksel’ pendant light (200mm) $199 beaconlighting.com.au

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Salt & Pepper ‘Marble’ dinner plate (27cm) $9.95 saltandpepper.com.au

Carrara marble white bevelled tile $24.95 for 30 x 30cm nationaltiles.com.au

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Phoenix Tapware ‘Vivid’ slimline sink mixer gooseneck in brushed gold (160mm) $435.60 phoenixtapware.com.au

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ESCAPE

Ancient patterns and rich textures are expertly balanced with clean lines and layers of white in the kitchen of interior architect Georgia Ezra, who designed it as part of a full renovation of her 1920s semi-detached home. Honouring the original bones of the building – including brickwork that was exposed during the reno (“I didn’t have the heart to plaster over it”) – Georgia envisioned the kitchen as a melting pot of Mediterranean influences: “light, textural, inviting, aromatic and full of love”. Carefully curated cultural references extend to the room’s bespoke arched windows and doors, as well as the handcrafted Moroccan mosaic tiles from Georgia’s own company, Tiles of Ezra.

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Kitchens are the hub of family life and need to cater for a range of people and activities that often happen in parallel – cooking, eating, homework, admin, socialising and more. “Space, storage and ‘good flow’ are critical for the success of every kitchen,” says Sara Bryant of Bryant Alsop Architects, whose design for this kitchen incorporated a walk-in pantry, a connected nook for kids, a built-in desk for the family computer, bookshelves and extensive storage space. The kitchen, which connects a traditional Edwardian house with a contemporary extension, balances a classic style with playful touches, like recycled newsprint wallpaper behind the desk. The owner’s brave colour choice ensures this hardworking zone is as handsome as it is handy.

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ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN BRYANT ALSOP ARCHITECTS / PHOTOGRAPHY JACK LOVEL

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EFFICIENT MULTITASKER

Kitchens are the hub of family life and need to cater for a range of people and activities that often happen in parallel – cooking, eating, homework, admin, socialising and more. “Space, storage and ‘good flow’ are critical for the success of every kitchen,” says Sara Bryant of Bryant Alsop Architects, whose design for this kitchen incorporated a walk-in pantry, a connected nook for kids, a built-in desk for the family computer, bookshelves and extensive storage space. The kitchen, which connects a traditional Edwardian house with a contemporary extension, balances a classic style with playful touches, like recycled newsprint wallpaper behind the desk. The owner’s brave colour choice ensures this hardworking zone is as handsome as it is handy.

bryantalsop.com.au @bryant_alsop_architects

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Rubn Lighting ‘Long John’ pendant from $1,604.90 fredinternational.com.au

Muuto ‘Nerd’ bar stool $775 top3.com.au

‘Canvas’ tile in grigio $77 per m² thetilepalette.com.au

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Bloomingville ‘Nature’ vase $30 simpleform.com.au

‘Luna’ pull in black $34 loandcointeriors.com.au

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In this calm, minimal kitchen, layers of grey are deftly balanced with textural elements and strong lines. Cassie James-Herrick of CJH Studio explains that the client wanted a space that was both practical and aesthetically beautiful. A butler’s pantry, concealed appliances and full-height joinery allow for a streamlined look. Hard, flat surfaces are interrupted by curved handles and the subtle stone textures of the benchtops, splashback and floating shelf. “No overhead cabinets allow the kitchen to feel a little more generous in proportions than it really is,” says Cassie. “And it provides a unique opportunity to create some personality too.” A dramatic black rangehood breaks up “potentially overwhelming” soft greys and accentuates the ceiling’s height.

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Traditional elements are perfectly balanced with contemporary flourishes in this calm and collected kitchen in the English seaside town of Hove. The work of kitchen design company deVOL, the bespoke green paint on the Shakerstyle cabinets pays homage to three gnarled olive trees that grace the garden of this terrace house. The homely palette and nostalgic brass handles and tapware are juxtaposed with modern Silestone quartz benchtops, a polished concrete floor and slick pendant lights, creating a space that’s simple and stylish.

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BLACK + WHITE CONTEMPORARY

“Black and white is a classic combination that will always remain stylish,” says Saskia Steinhart of Design + Diplomacy. For this suave kitchen, they incorporated a variety of textures to soften its stark monochromatic palette. The Polytec ‘Ravine’ laminate joinery provides a theatrical backdrop for the kitchen’s focal point, the ‘Calacatta Nuvo’ Ceasarstone island bench. Beneath it, show-stopping 3D ‘Triangle’ tiles (from the Rombini collection designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina) are transformed through the day with the movement of sun and shadow. Saskia’s styling advice for contemporary kitchens? Keep it simple; use natural elements like plants and timber accessories to add warmth; and invest in quality furniture that will stand the test of time.

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WHITE

Rita Donahoe of Rita Chan Interiors in California was determined that this Manhattan Beach kitchen wouldn’t be “just another white kitchen”. Keeping the style classic, she warmed it up with a white oak island bench and gleaming brass pendant lights. Handmade square tiles (chosen as an alternative to the popular subway tile) bring subtle movement and texture to the space. Running cabinets all the way to the ceiling keeps things modern (“How often do you see that gap look amazing? In the U.S. it tends to be home to fake plants, pottery that just may fall on your head, or poor porcelain roosters all covered in dust!”), while shiplap panels create an air of coastal charm.

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KITCHENS TO ADORE Target ‘Reactive Glaze’ mug $4 target.com.au

Sussex ‘Scala’ sink mixer in matte black POA reece.com.au

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Kmart ‘Industrial’ black stool $25 kmart.com.au

Tile Cloud ‘Brushgrove’ gloss white subway tile $41 per m² tilecloud.com.au

Beacon Lighting ‘Clayton’ ceramic pendant light $199 beaconlighting.com.au

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BREEZY E N T E R TA I N E R

Designing a kitchen for an architectural photographer client was an exciting privilege, according to Claire Thomas of Melbourne’s Altereco Design: “They are adventurous by nature and we could reflect that in the style.” This airy kitchen in playful blue capitalises on natural light via a high skillion ceiling, reflective surfaces and plenty of windows. “For those who use their backyard for relaxing, playing or entertaining, the most interactive adjacent room is likely to be the kitchen,” Claire points out. Accordingly, the kitchen’s servery window encourages an indooroutdoor connection, even if no one’s on bar duty. “It’s funny that it’s known as a ‘servery’, when in reality nobody is going to serve you another G&T – you’ve got to get it yourself!”

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ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN ALTERECO DESIGN / PHOTOGRAPHY NIKOLE RAMSAY


INTERIOR DESIGN HUIT LAGUNA / PHOTOGRAPHY CHAD MELLON

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CALIFORNIAN

COASTAL

Californian style embodies “a casual, inviting lifestyle that is both comfortable and sophisticated”, explains designer Tania Cassill, whose interiors company, Huit, is based at Laguna Beach. In this spacious entertainer’s kitchen she reworked the existing fireplace, installing Zellige tiles, and re-positioned and extended the island bench to reduce congestion around the angled range wall. The Benjamin Moore ‘Tarrytown Green’ paint colour is both robust and restful, and was chosen to echo the sea. “The house has an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. We wanted the colour palette to reflect the view.”

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BEACHY MODERN

Catering to the long, lazy days that characterise coastal living, this kitchen basks in abundant natural light. Beneath a lofty ceiling, white is the order of the day – from the streamlined cabinets to the lighting and island bench. “If possible, allow 1100mm around your island,” advises interior designer Skye Bryant. “Your kitchen will feel spacious and allow for movement when more than one person is using it.” Skye incorporated blackbutt timber shelves, providing a flexible display space and adding warmth and texture. The window splashback integrates the outdoors; try golden cane or rhapis palms for an instant green hit.

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Uniqwa Furniture ‘Kusina’ bar stool $369 uniqwafurniture.com.au National Tiles ‘Cottage’ laminate (8mm Atlas Oak Beige) $29.95 per m² nationaltiles.com.au

Caesarstone ‘Ice Snow’ from $450 per m² installed caesarstone.com.au Casa Lusso ‘Ottimo’ gooseneck sink mixer $188 highgrovebathrooms.com.au

SHOP THE LOOK > ‘Rustic II’ ceramic subway tiles $110 per m² thetilepalette.com.au

Beacon Lighting ‘Porter’ pendant light $199 beaconlighting.com.au

Target ‘Reactive Glaze’ large bowl $4 target.com.au adore home

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BUSINESS PROFILE

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taking your business to the next level In the cut throat world of retail there is no room for error according to Saretta Rout of TDM Project Management whose innovative enterprise offers specialist knowledge founded on business acumen, an innate sense of creativity and instinct for the next big thing. WORDS PIP MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY AMANDA HAMILTON, PEPPERMINT PHOTOGRAPHY

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After launching TDM Project Management last August Saretta is full of enthusiasm and ideas for the year ahead having just returned to Brisbane after a monthlong sojourn in Europe getting to grips with the latest and greatest products on show at Maison et Object, Christmasworld and Ambiente trade shows. According to Saretta, TDM Project Management was founded on expertise in product development and a desire to share that knowledge with others. Having worked for some of the Australasia’s most notable retail brands, Saretta has distilled her years of knowledge into a consultancy framework based on a forward thinking, bespoke service. Saretta says since launching TDM Project Management she is loving the opportunity to work with likeminded others and doing what she does best, matching the right ideas with the right businesses.

“I also wanted to work and live in Europe and working as a consultant was the perfect way to expand my reach beyond just Australia and New Zealand,” says Saretta. From a business perspective, Saretta says it is her creativity that gives her an edge on other consultants working in the retail sphere. “What I offer is the ability to develop whole ranges across a wide variety of product categories for commercial success.” And when it comes to spotting a trend, Saretta says she has “a knack for finding a gem and seeing the potential in a product that others don’t necessarily see.”

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RENOVATION TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS So, you’ve decided to renovate! Our experts share their secrets to revamping and styling key zones – from the front door through to your kitchen, bathrooms and outdoor living spaces – to boost the value and livability of your home. WORDS CASEY HUTTON

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EMILY'S TOP RENO TIPS 1 Live with it: Try and live with the existing space to figure out how it can be improved. For us, it meant realising we needed water access, better drainage and lighting. Not exactly exciting stuff, but it's the little things that have improved the functionality of the space. 2 Think global: Don’t be limited to what’s available locally; look online and find suppliers interstate or overseas who offer different products, so you don’t have to compromise. Our beautiful zellige tiles from Tiles of Ezra are imported from Morocco; the pot is from India; the beaded chandelier travelled with us back from Bali; and the copper shower rose is from Heritage Bathware in New Zealand!

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AARON WORTH, UTOPIA LANDSCAPE DESIGN LANDSCAPER, BUILDER + TILER LANDSCAPE SURROUNDS / PHOTOGRAPHY EMILY TAUBERT

3 Don’t be afraid of colour: Colour creates visual interest and, importantly, evokes ambience, which is essential in entertaining areas.

OUTDOOR LIVING “Gone are the days of fence-to-fence lawn and the Hills Hoist in the middle,” quips Grant Boyle of Fig Landscapes, who designed the multi-zoned space pictured on the opposite page. Answering the needs of its busy owners, it features a lowmaintenance garden and entertaining areas including the pool, cabana, fire pit and pizza oven. “Australians are blessed with a warm climate, so we spend a lot of time outside,” Grant says, pointing out that smart design moves outdoors will extend your living space and raise the value of your home. He recommends budgeting between $1,200 and $2,000 per square metre. For Emily Taubert and her husband Sam, designing the perfect outdoor area (pictured on this page) meant ditching the dark decking and hedges around their pool and completely rethinking the

space, with the help of Aaron Worth of Utopia Landscape Design. The dreamy white pavilion is perfect for lounging or dining, providing essential shade in the summer. Bench seating provides storage space and Moroccan-style laser-cut screens hide the pool filter. “It’s pure luxury showering after a swim amongst our little tropical jungle,” Emily says of her outdoor shower, with its showstopping mosaic wall and copper shower rose. Styled as an exotic escape that reminds the couple of their travels, the area oozes personalised style. “It’s perfect to relax and entertain in. By adding curtains, cushions, stools and, of course, a G&T and a good book, our backyard can be enjoyed all day long – and throughout the winter months.”

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BATHROOMS If you can afford it, splash out on optimising your bathroom’s layout, says Leah Pitman of Bone Made, who designed the airy haven pictured. Then, choose your dream freestanding bath and floating vanity, and install under-floor and towel-rail heating. For those on a budget, Leah suggests quick wins like spraying or painting tiles white, replacing the shower screen and tapware, or adding decorative elements such as a floating shelf or pendant light. And when renovating to sell, don’t over-capitalise: “Work with the existing layout and spend money where your buyer can see it.”

DESIGN AND STYLING BONE MADE / PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO.

Studio Black Interiors’ Maria Cerne, designer of the chic bathroom pictured opposite, stresses that prices vary widely. “For example, budget tiles can range from $35 per square metre, while premium tiles can cost $150 or more. It pays to shop around – and remember to consider the costs of licensed tradespeople.”


MARIA'S TOP TIPS 1 Focus on layout: There’s nothing more frustrating than a bathroom that doesn’t work! Design the layout before you get too involved in how it will look aesthetically. 2 On trend tapware: Tapware can make a big difference to the look of a bathroom. I love matte black and metallic tapware; it can instantly bring an extra level of sophistication to a space. 3 Stylish accessories: A few chic pieces can go a long way towards giving your bathroom a five-star feel. Greenery, luxurious towels and beautifully packaged vanity products can create a hotel atmosphere at home.

The Beach People ‘Luxe’ hand towel in peach $26 thebeachpeople.com.au Elegante Terrazzo Nimbus tile (400 x 400mm) $99.95 per m² nationaltiles.com.au

Scandiluxe double towel rail in American Oak $209 scandiluxe.com

DESIGN AND STYLING MARIA CERNE / BUILD HOMES BY HOWE / PHOTOGRAPHY H CREATIONS

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Phoenix Tapware ‘Vivid’ slimline compact twin shower in matte black $572 phoenixtapware.com.au

“An off-the-shelf mirror in a round or oval shape adds interesting detail to a bathroom.” – Maria Cerne, Studio Black Interiors

Middle of Nowhere ‘Bjorn’ oval mirror $235 lifeinteriors.com.au Fishscale mosaic tile in white $105 per m² thetilepalette.com.au

“For a bathroom or ensuite renovation, costs will vary depending on whether you’re undertaking a full structural renovation, minor cosmetic updates, or both,” says interior designer Maria Cerne of Studio Black Interiors. “If you're renovating for a profit, as a guideline, aim to spend around 1.5% of your current property value to completely upgrade an existing bathroom.”

Expect to pay... Budget renovation: $5,000 - $15,000 Standard renovation: $15,000 - $25,000 Luxury renovation: $25,000+

DESIGN NICOLA GREENAWAY / STYLING CLAUDIA STEPHENSON PHOTOGRAPHY HANNAH BLACKMORE

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Loughlin Furniture ‘Staples’ Tasmanian Oak vanity from $2,250 loughlinfurniture.com.au

A bathroom renovation budget can blow out very quickly, so it pays to be thrifty. In Nicola Greenaway’s bathroom (pictured left), she paired an inexpensive vanity from IKEA with a marble top bought from a building recycler and cut to size. Subway tiles are also a budget-friendly option and give a timeless look. adore home

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STREET APPEAL

“When we first saw the house, the outside was a custard creamy yellow colour, with dark-green gutters and trims. The security screens were old, and the fence was completely run down.” Boldly repainting the exterior in Taubmans ‘Peach Cascade’, and adding a new front door, laser-cut palm screens from Decoview, whitewashed front steps and an endearing picket fence with bamboo-roofed gateway has given the home a new lease on life. “It’s even been used as a shoot location and event space,” says Nicola. If drenching your home in a bold hue isn’t your style, you could try a punch of colour on the front door. Andrea Pienaar of SIBA Interiors tried 13 different sample pots on her home (pictured top right on the opposite page) before she settled on the perfect blush shade for her front door – Taubmans ‘Beige Pink’ – as a counterpoint to the dark exterior palette. Fences and landscaping are also useful elements for framing the façade of your home – it’s hard to go wrong with a white picket fence for older-style houses. When she designed the entrance to this all-white beach house (pictured at the bottom of the opposite page), Skye Bryant opted for lush greenery in contemporary pots of varied sizes. Aside from fresh paintwork, says Skye, “greenery always completes the look and softens the exterior”.

Javi Design wall mount letterbox with custom numbers from $449 javidesign.com

Dulux Weathersheild in ‘Porcelain Crab’ $42.40 per1L / $78.90 per 4L dulux.com.au

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Beacon Lighting ‘Norwest’ outdoor wall light in solid brass $249 beaconlighting.com.au

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Academy Home Goods ‘Grid’ high pile door mat $69.96 everten.com.au

Ivy Muse ‘Chubby’ spun metal pots from $270 ivymuse.com.au

DESIGN NICOLA MURRAY / PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ZEIDLER

Looking to give the front of your home an instant facelift? “Paint alone can transform the feel of a place and make it look brand new again,” stresses Nicola Murray, who worked with her mum to reinvent a dilapidated bungalow as a playful Airbnb rental, pictured left.


IMAGE TOP RIGHT DESIGN SIBA INTERIORS / PHOTOGRAPHY CLAIRE MCFERRAN / IMAGE TOP LEFT PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ZEIDLER

RENOVATION TIPS

All white beauty

DESIGN SKYE BRYANT / BUILD DB BUILDING / PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO.

This contemporary coastal home designed by Skye Bryant and DB Building has great street appeal, thanks to its all-white colour scheme. “I wanted the exterior colour of the house to have a classic coastal look that wouldn’t date too quickly and that would appeal to a broad market,” explains Skye. “I used Dulux ‘Mt Aspiring’ as my exterior colour and Dulux ‘Vivid White’ for the front door, architraves and exposed rafter tails.”


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KITCHENS “It’s true that kitchen renos are one of the most challenging. But they’re also the most satisfying when you experience the amazing results, day in, day out,” says Lana Taylor of Three Birds Renovations. First up, decide who’ll lead the work. The DIY option is a good way to keep costs down, says Lana, as long as you’re prepared for the responsibility: “You will be the person that coordinates all the tradies, and you’ll purchase most of the fixtures and fittings.” The most common route is to hire a kitchen company. “They can create 3D drawings of your desired kitchen and give you expert advice. Be aware that some offer a full service and will

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manage all the tradies; others like to stick to the cabinetry component exclusively.” If you’re in the midst of other renovations, you can also enlist your builder to lead the kitchen installation, although they’ll often engage a kitchen company to do much of the work. When designing, the Three Birds team recommends prioritising your everyday lifestyle over what looks nice for occasional visitors. Don’t tuck your sink out of sight if it suits you better to position it centrally, where you can face everyone and watch TV while you’re washing up! Be guided by your own needs when selecting cabinetry. “If it's your forever home, polyurethane (2-Pac) is the bee’s knees of custom cabinetry and usually the most expensive option,” Lana explains. “A renovation for profit might be better to use the more affordable vinyl option (a popular finish for flat-pack kitchens).”


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THREE BIRDS’ TOP TIPS 1 Paint: Paint all the walls before the cabinetry goes in. It’s better for your painter and helps to protect the cabinets from paint splatter. For cabinetry, we prefer a satin finish, which is easy to clean and doesn’t show fingerprints.

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2 Taps: Tapware is not a place to scrimp – but expensive taps aren’t necessarily worth their price tag either. We suggest choosing mid-range tapware by a reputable brand that offers a warranty.

If you’re a first-time renovator or looking to build from scratch, sign up for an online course with Three Birds Renovations’ Reno School and learn how to reno like a pro.

3 Flooring: If you’re installing new flooring, ask your cabinet maker, carpenter and flooring company if it should go in before or after the cabinetry. There isn’t one rule – it all depends on the type of flooring and your cabinet maker’s preference. We’ve done it both ways in previous renovations.

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Colour Tip If you’re nervous about going all the way with colour in your kitchen, you can limit it to just the island and use white everywhere else, as Three Birds have done in the kitchen pictured here.

Caesarstone ‘Statuario Maximus‘ from $1,100 per m² installed caesarstone.com.au

Xavier Furniture ‘Sherman’ bench stool P.O.A xavierfurniture.com.au

Beacon Lighting ‘Aksel’ six-light pendant in brass $895 beaconlighting.com.au

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T pull brass bandle $29 loandcointeriors.com.au De’Longhi ‘Argento Flora’ kettle in peppermint green $89 delonghi.com

Godfrey Hirst ‘Artemis’ hybrid flooring in Goddess P.O.A godfreyhirst.com.au

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“We focus on maximising space, creating zones and showing possible buyers the potential of the property.” – Amy Chamberlain, The Real Estate Stylist

STAGING “Professional stylists see the property through a buyer’s eyes and create a new story that adds value,” explains Sara Chamberlain, who runs The Real Estate Stylist company with her sister Amy. They stress that most buyers scour online platforms when househunting. “A bad photo can be enough for them to not even click through to your property. First impressions count!” Stylists’ fees vary (The Real Estate Stylist charges around $6,500 plus GST for a six-week hire campaign on a three-bedroom property, which includes installing a full house of furniture with linen, outdoor furniture, art, lamps, and more). “We have a 90 percent clearance rate for our properties, in a market with an average of 50 to 60 percent,” says Amy. She adds that it’s handy to get advice from your chosen stylist and check their schedule before engaging your real estate agent.

STYLING THE REAL ESTATE STYLIST / PHOTOGRAPHY DYLAN LARK, ASPECT 11

And try not to be too precious about the staging process. “You need to see selling your property as making a return on your investment, so let go of Nanna’s old chair and little Johnny’s macaroni frames and give in to the stylist’s approach. We guarantee it’ll be worth it!”

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Serenity COLLECTION

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PHOTOGRAPHY LISA COHEN / INTERIOR DESIGN ALISA AND LYSANDRA FRASER

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TOURS Four sets of homeowners take us inside the houses they’ve meticulously transformed.

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THE DESIGN DUO'S

LUXE makeover

Two years after choosing a rundown 1890s terrace home to renovate and sell, sisters Alisa and Lysandra Fraser have created a bold showstopper that’s spacious and luxurious while paying homage to its past. PHOTOGRAPHY LISA COHEN / WORDS CASEY HUTTON


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For former champs of The Block Alisa and Lysandra Fraser, the decision to ‘flip’ this home for resale was an obvious one. Its sought-after location in Melbourne’s Albert Park, just moments from the beach, was unbeatable. And its heritage features offered them a unique challenge. “We wanted to pay homage to the era of the home, but at the same time we were looking to create and design a contemporary space,” explains Alisa. The pair meticulously restored the facade, preserving its neighbourhood street appeal for decades to come. Inside, they kept original features like the decorative cornicing, skirting and ceiling roses in the master suite and front hallway. The rest has been given a contemporary treatment. “To keep a natural flow through the home and to achieve a seamless transition from old to new, we used the same timber flooring throughout.” 46

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The three-level sanctuary they’ve created boasts three bedrooms (the master suite is a luxurious den with an enormous walk-in robe and a private plunge pool off the ensuite), a rooftop terrace, multiple living areas and a wine cellar. With a reputation for pushing boundaries with their designs, the twin sisters are no shrinking violets when it comes to renovating. Their boldest move in this project? “Hands down, it has to be the cellar. We fought so hard to make it happen.” Their plan to carve out a generous wine cellar beneath the house was a huge challenge to plan and execute, considering the home sits in a row of Victorian terrace houses. “It was imperative that foundation works were extremely well measured and engineered.” The sisters fall into natural roles when working together. “Lysandra works best on the ground >


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L I V I N G Sofa from Harbro; coffee and side tables from Curious Grace; Luminette privacy sheer blinds from Luxaflex.

K I T C H E N Alisa and Lysandra turned to former The Block contestants Chris and Jenna who recently opened their very own kitchen showroom – Kitchens by CJ.

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"Luxury to us means creating a space that feels extra special."

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and I work more behind the scenes,” explains Alisa. “Having said that, we both have equal say in the design, and if we don't agree then we keep working on it until we are both 100 percent happy.” They say the secret to staying calm in the midst of the madness is to keep doing things that make you happy and clear your head – for them, that’s exercise (and the wine cellar!). 48

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One of the lessons learnt from this project was that delays with Council add to holding costs. “If you’re purchasing a property to flip in a heritage area, try and opt for a longer settlement so you can do all of your pre-planning before having to pay interest.” Ultimately though, preserving a piece of Melbourne’s history, while making it attractive to this generation of city-dwellers, was the best decision they could have made. “It certainly took a lot of time and expense, but it was all well and truly worth it.”

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M A S T E R B E D R O O M “We kept the original features in the first section of the house, which includes the hallway and the master bedroom, with decorative cornicing, skirting and ceiling roses,” says Lysandra. Artworks from The Art and Framing Co; custom bedhead from Harbro; bed linen from Aura Home; pendant light from Beacon Lighting.

W I N E C E L L A R “Our favourite part of the project (and most challenging) would have to be the cellar,” says Alisa. “So much work went into putting the cellar in, but we knew we had to have it for this property.”

E N S U I T E A N D W A L K I N R O B E The underfloor heating and plunge pool in the ensuite create a level of luxury whilst bespoke cabinetry in the walk in robe ooze sophistication. Tapware and shower head from Sussex; tiles from Beaumont Tiles; vanity, basins and towel rail from Reece.

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Heavenly sanctuary M A I N B A T H R O O M Alisa and Lysandra have created a heavenly sanctuary in the master bathroom, complete with twin showerheads and double sink vanity to really amp up the luxe factor. Tapware and showerheads from Sussex; floor and wall tiles from Beaumont Tiles; bath, vanity, basins and towel rail from Reece.

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ALISA & LYSANDRA’S

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Set a budget. It may need to be tweaked but make sure you keep an accurate record throughout your project. Invest in competent trades that you trust. Shoddy work and misunderstandings will cost you time, money and stress. Simple and low-cost improvements like fresh paint, new bathroom fixtures or new hardware on cabinetry can make a big difference. Beware of passing trends. Think about your true preferences, as well as resale appeal down the track. Layout is a very personal thing. When designing your floorplan take the time to map it out and take into account light, ventilation and the overall flow of the house.


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COLOUR PALETTE

PLUNGE POOL MAKES SHORT ON SPACE? A OW AREA. A THE MOST OF A NARR ALSO A S I N E D R A G L A C VERTI GARDEN A E T A E R S M A R T WAY T O C E METREAGE. WITH LIMITED SQUAR

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PENDANT LIGHT Beacon Lighting ‘Corbell’ pendant light in antique black $695 beaconlighting.com.au / PRINT Peytil ‘Faberge’ print (unframed 50 x 70cm) $149 artandframingco.com.au PILLOWCASES AURA Home ‘Inca’ Euro pillowcase in black $49.95 and ‘Chambray’ quilted standard pillowcase in dove $39.95 aurahome.com.au / WALL LIGHT ‘Kika’ wall light $129 aboutspace.net.au / POT Zakkia ‘Podium’ black pot (large) $76 zakkia.com.au / THROW L&M Home ‘Burton’ throw in ochre $214 lmhome.com.au / TAPWARE Sussex Taps ‘Scala’ 25mm wall outlet curved (200mm length) in living polished brass POA and ‘Scala’ shower/bath mixer in living polished brass POA sussextaps.com.au / VANITY Zuster for Reece ‘Issy Halo III’ vanity unit with two soft close drawers $3,918 reece.com.au / DINING CHAIR LaForma ‘Aminy’ chair $339 laforma.com.au / STOOL ‘Saddle/Tractor’ stool in black American ash $219 relaxhouse.com.au VASE Linen House ‘Palace’ ruby vase $39.95 linenhouse.com / TRAY Lightly ‘Infinity’ brass round tray $135 simpleform.com.au adore home

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F A R M H O U S E A P P E A L Concrete Cambridge roof tiles in ‘Soho Night’ from CSR Monier; barn lights from Barn Lights Australia; House number ‘seven’ from BoBject.

A lucky find, a hassle-free building experience and spot-on styling instincts gave Kayla and Darius Boyd this dreamy home amongst the leafy streets of Brisbane’s north.

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Building DREAMS

PHOTOGRAPHY MINDI COOKE / STYLING KYLIE JACKES WORDS BETH GRESHWALK

Rachael Turner, founder of Front Porch Properties, shares the rewards of becoming a builder and how she transformed an old home into a stunning modern farmhouse.

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C A L M D I N I N G R O O M The palm leaf wallpaper from Wallpaper Trader creates a calming atmosphere in the window seat nook in the dining room. Pendant light from Sunday Society.

L I V I N G R O O M The stone veneer from Infiniti Stone (on the fireplace) creates an authentic farmhouse-style space. Horse print from Urban Road.

O U T D O O R D E C K Zero maintenance composite decking from Ultra Deck; outdoor cane furniture from Malawi Cane.

Brisbane builder Rachael Turner is living proof that we – and our homes – can become anything we set our minds to. After a decade of running a successful music school, the classical pianist decided to pursue her lifelong fascination with construction and obtain her builder’s licence. Last year, Rachael won the 2018 Master Builders Queensland Women in Building Award. In an industry where, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2018), just 12 percent are women, Rachael’s accomplishments are an important reminder of what women can contribute. “We offer a different skillset, can often better interpret a client’s vision, and bring a nurturing quality to a construction site, which is great for morale.” “It’s an industry where women can excel,” Rachael says. And she has. For her most recent project, she bought a one-storey 1920s home in Coorparoo, Brisbane and transformed it into ‘Brae Homestead’ – a two-storey American-style modern farmhouse. Destined for a makeover from the start, the home “ticked all the boxes in terms of location and block, and we could foresee beautiful city views, once raised,” Rachael recalls. “I also loved the original features and planned to restore these where possible.” When she embarks on a renovation like this, Rachael

begins with visualisation, creating a mood board early on. From there, she meets with her draftsperson to draw up the building plans. “I tend to not get a huge amount of detail drawn, as I spend lots of time on site with my team,” Rachael explains. “I find it’s often easier to communicate carpentry details in person. By now, my carpenters generally understand my style and what I want to achieve.” As for budgeting, Rachael calculates “like an investor”. “I like to understand the market, including renovated and unrenovated homes in the area, and use that as a gauge for my budget. Then I allow for extra… especially with renovations, where there are often surprises along the way.” Following this process, Rachael and her six full-time carpenters spent just over 10 months completing the contemporary farmhouse design – a style she chose instead of the ever-popular Hamptons look. “I love that this style is casual and relaxed. It’s perhaps slightly more industrial than traditional Hamptons but still extremely homely and warm.” Her favourite features include the front porch with its swing, and four additional entertaining decks, including one with stunning city views. The shiplap wall panelling and large windows with window seating are also headturners, along with the high ceilings and original cornice work. >

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Though Rachael typically implements all interior design and styling herself, the enormity of this project required additional help. So, she enlisted Gold Coast-based Soul Styling Interiors to ensure the home was styled in time to hit the market, proving again that no task is insurmountable.

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Her top reno tips? “Engage a professional to oversee the entire project… it takes the stress out. Allow for budget blowouts. And consider the scale and proportion of everything – for example, you don’t want a small window on a large wall or pendant light that’s too small or large for a space.”

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S H O W - S T O P P E R K I T C H E N Ash concrete benchtop (on main wall) and Carrara benchtop (on island) from Essa Stone by Laminex; tapware from Phoenix Tapware; hardware from Lo & Co Interiors; Regal Oak timber flooring in Astor from Godfrey Hirst.


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W A L K - I N R O B E Individual flower wall decals from Rocky Mountain Decals create a dreamy, romantic space. Plantation shutters from DIY Blinds; pendant light from Wanderlust 4 Lighting; cabinetry hardware from Tradco Hardware; carpet in upstairs bedrooms and walk-in robe by Godfrey Hirst.

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J U S T F O R K I D S Polka dot bedding by More Than Ever; leather cushion and bunting from Coco Rose Interiors; wall mural from Wallpaper Trader; art print from One Tiny Tribe.

E N S U I T E The ensuite was formerly a bedroom. Due to its large size, Rachael decided to build a wall in the middle of the room to keep the space from feeling too vast. Tiles from TileCloud.

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Trop ical vibes B R E E Z Y L I V I N G R O O M Rachael says the second living room, pictured, is one of her favourite rooms in the home. “You could sit up here with a book and a glass of wine or simply enjoy the city views,” she says. “My favourite part of the room is the wallpaper, which I actually installed myself!” Wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decals; rug from Dutch Warehouse; cushions from Coco Rose Interiors.

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COLOUR PALETTE

Planters from Little Boho Lane

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PENDANT LIGHT Beacon Lighting ‘Southampton’ pendant light in antique black $299 beaconlighting.com.au / WALLPAPER Palm Trees wallpaper (self-adhesive) priced from $47.81 rockymountaindecals.ca / ARMCHAIR OZ Design Furniture ‘Bramble’ chair $487 ozdesignfurniture.com.au / FRAMED ART Urban Road ‘Icelandic Horse’ framed art print from $326 urbanroad.com.au / TOWEL Home Republic ‘Navara’ cotton bamboo textured rose towel from $19.99 adairs.com.au / QUILT COVER Sage and Clare linen quilt cover in chambray (queen size) $285 sageandclare.com / CRAB Brass crab $149.95 pineappletraders.com.au / CUSHIONS Coco Rose Interiors ‘Marieke’ macrame cushion cover $129 and ‘Delilah’ leather cushion cover $179 cocoroseinteriors.com.au / TILES ‘Coral Bay’ matt white fish scale tile $8 per sheet tilecloud.com.au / VASE ‘Maui’ cylinder rope vase $10.95 ozdesignfurniture.com.au / SOFA James Lane ‘Como’ white three-seater sofa $1,699 jameslane.com.au / RUG Dutch Warehouse zig zag natural rug (2x3m) $699 dutchwarehouse.com.au adore home

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PERFECTLY

TAILORED Renovating their Melbourne home allowed Courtney and Marcus Leslie to achieve a stylish, functional space just right for their family. PHOTOGRAPHY ANNETTE O'BRIEN / STYLING ALANA LANGAN / WORDS BETH GRESHWALK

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CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN “Adding heaps of natural light was essential, which was achieved by adding four skylights above the kitchen and the steel-framed glass doors off the living room,” says Courtney. Pendant lights from About Space Lighting and bar stools from GlobeWest.

Three years ago, Courtney and Marcus Leslie and their son Noah welcomed baby girl Isla into their family. It was then that they decided their single-fronted Edwardian home in Melbourne’s Glen Iris needed to expand as well. “Having lived in the home for four-and-a-half years, we knew what worked and what didn’t,” explains Courtney, an interior stylist. “So, we had a firm idea of what we wanted to achieve from our renovation.” They needed a large open-plan living space, with a playroom near the kitchen that allowed them to watch over the children. Besides the kitchen needing a refreshed look and layout, Courtney recalls, “We only had a small European laundry – and with two young kids, we needed a fully functional laundry.” So, while the Leslies would be able to retain their two front bedrooms, central hallway and period features, an all-new living space at the rear of the property had to be built. “Pretty much a full overhaul,” says Courtney. After 18 months of planning, Courtney and Marcus embarked on the challenge of renovating as owner builders, requiring them to supervise and/or commence all the work themselves. They did both. Fortunately, Marcus is an electrician, and no stranger to the building process and the work involved. Regardless, the couple had their work cut out for them.

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“We had to be extremely organised and be across all aspects of the build. To avoid lengthy and often costly delays, we finalised all our selections prior to starting. We also created a budget spreadsheet and updated it daily to remain on track.” The family had to empty the home and move out for six months. And while Marcus assisted the various trades to save on labour costs, he still had to oversee his own electrical business. “And I had a four-month-old and a three-year-old to look after,” adds Courtney. “It was hectic!” But worth it. The completed renovation proved lifechanging for the family, giving them two revamped full bathrooms; an open-plan living area; a revitalised kitchen with butler’s pantry; a designated playroom; an expansive laundry; and a reconfigured master bedroom > with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite.

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> L I G H T - F I L L E D L I V I N G The living room is Courtney’s favourite. “I’m constantly changing the artwork on the gallery wall. I love how, just by changing a few cushions and throws, you can almost completely transform the space.” Art prints from Norsu Interiors, Designstuff and Olive et Oriel; coffee table from Harpers Project; sofa from Sketch; armchairs (with white covers) from Hermon & Hermon; blush leather armchair from Barnaby Lane.

Four new skylights flooded the kitchen with natural light, while large steel-framed doors leading from the lounge out to the deck inspired steel accents throughout the home. Courtney says she loved handpicking all the fittings and fixtures within the contemporary Scandinavian space: “I chose finishes that I not only love, but that also suit the way my family lives… practical and aesthetically pleasing.” The Leslies now adore spending time in a home that’s literally made for them. Says Courtney, “The kids love having the playroom off the main living area; they still feel part of the action yet are in their

own space. We’ll be able to live comfortably in this home for many years to come.” Courtney’s best family-friendly reno advice? “Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. It is essential to not only have a firm grasp on the design and style you want your home to have, but also how you and your family plan to use and live within the space. This will ensure your renovation is tailored to your family and your lifestyle.”

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D I N I N G R O O M “My favourite feature of the home is most definitely our large steel bifold doors,” says Courtney. “When we decided to renovate, steel doors were number one on the must-have list, and we essentially designed the home around these doors.” Table from Maison Est; chairs from The Banyan Tree Furniture; Normann Copenhagen ‘Bell’ pendant light from Arrival Hall; bench seat from Barnaby Lane.

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M A S T E R B E D R O O M The bed from Snooze is dressed in an array of sumptuous textures, including a chunky knit throw from Nickel.N.Co, linen from Country Road and cushions from Eadie Lifestyle, Norsu Interiors and The Banyan Tree. On the Middle of Nowhere side table sits a beautiful flower arrangement from My Flower Room.

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I S L A ’ S R O O M Bed from Snooze; wallpaper from These Walls; canopy from Numero 74; grey pom pom throw from Rose Avenue Home; pink bench seat from Incy Interiors; rocking horse from Adairs; Kreativitum art prints from Designstuff.

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B A T H R O O M Mirror from Middle of Nowhere; wall light from Lucretia Lighting; vanity, Milli ‘Axon’ rose gold mixer and Omvivo ‘Venice’ basin from Reece.

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N O A H ’ S R O O M “I love to decorate my kids’ rooms, as you can have so much fun with decor items,” explains Courtney. “I like to choose things that reflect their own personality and style.”

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PENDANT LIGHT Normann Copenhagen ‘Bell’ pendant (medium) in grey $795 arrivalhall.com.au / WALLPAPER These Walls ‘Scallop’ dots wallpaper in musk $72 per lineal metre thesewalls.com.au / FRAMED PRINT The Print Emporium ‘Spring Bouquet II’ framed art print in oak frame from $159 theprintemporium.com.au / MIRROR Middle of Nowhere ‘Bjorn’ round mirror $209 lifeinteriors.com.au / THROW Rose Avenue big allover pompom throw US$68.99 roseavenuehome.com / GRINDERS Menu salt and pepper bottle grinders in blush $139 norsu.com.au / ARMCHAIR Barnaby Lane ‘Smith’ leather sling chair in blush (full leather) $1,490 barnabylane.com.au / CUSHION Eadie Lifestyle ‘Geant’ ribbed velvet cushion in desert rose $109 designstuff.com.au / ROUND CUSHION Pampa ‘Monte’ pom pom cushion $195 pampa.com.au / PLANTER XLBoom ‘O-Collection’ planter (medium) $126 top3.com.au MIXER Mizu ‘Bloc MK2’ sink mixer matte black P.O.A reece.com.au / SHEEPSKIN Hides of Excellence Icelandic sheepskin rug in natural white $168 hidesofexcellence.com.au / COFFEE TABLE Harpers Project round marble coffee table low $1,249 harpersproject.com / BAR STOOL GlobeWest ‘Wesley’ bar stool $220 globewest.com.au adore home

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SUNSHINE Interior designer Kate Cooper’s savvy renovation has reimagined this ’70s Sunshine Beach home as a contemporary Airbnb haven. PHOTOGRAPHY RIKKI LANCASTER / WORDS PIP MILLER

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F I R S T I M P R E S S I O N S Kate wanted to give the beach house wow factor as soon as guests get to the front door. “It’s a Dutch door painted in Dulux ‘Duck Egg Blue’,” says Kate. “The entrance needs to make an impact so guests are impressed and excited about what is to come.”

L I V I N G “When I realised that the original mixed hardwood flooring could not achieve a whitewashed look, I decided to add all-new flooring and installed some gorgeous oak engineered timber flooring. It was an extra expense but totally worth it, as it gives such a great feel when you walk in the door,” explains Kate. Sofa custom made; entertainment unit from GlobeWest; rug from Armadillo&Co.

When opportunity knocked in the form of a 1970s beach house, interior designer Kate Cooper answered, transforming the home at Queensland’s Sunshine Beach into a covetable holiday oasis. From the outset, Kate could see that the home’s good bones and plum location – only one street from the beach – had all the right ingredients for an Airbnb. It had been relatively well maintained but was in need of some creative attention. “I loved the beach house style with raked ceilings and exposed rafters,” Kate recalls. “The existing layout worked well too, apart from the lack of laundry in the main house and the configuration of the bathroom.” The initial scope of works included the addition of a laundry, a new kitchen, a more spacious bathroom, feature lights and fresh paint. “But,” says Kate, “once we started on the project we realised that we wanted to do so much more to this cute beach cottage.” When a number of unexpected challenges popped up, requiring that they replace the deck, remove asbestos and change the guttering, they powered on regardless. And when Kate’s original plan to bleach the existing mixed hardwood floor didn’t work out, they opted for an oak engineered timber floor instead – “an extra expense,” says Kate, “but totally worth it, as it gives such a great feel when you walk in the door.” Other changes during the four-month renovation included

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new architraves, higher profile skirting, and replacing internal doors and hardware. “Our bathroom barn-door slider is not only great to look at – it also allowed the bathroom to have much-needed space that a swing door just didn’t allow.” Kate’s budget was guided by the design brief. “I wanted to create a boutique holiday home. Although it’s a small house, the detail and design elements meant that we had to spend extra money to get the desired finish.” She says that designing with Airbnb in mind involved considering first impressions and homely touches. “I wanted the beach house to be different as soon as people walk through the front door – we chose a blue Dutch door with amazing brass lighting either side.” A well-equipped kitchen was also crucial for this home away from home. Along with all the necessary utensils and appliances, Kate installed a “stylish and space-saving” Fisher & Paykel studio pack – a small cooktop with oven and integrated dishwasher below it. >


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With its raked ceilings and exposed rafters, this 1970s home had good bones but just needed a refresh to bring it into the 21st century.

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C O M P A C T K I T C H E N “The kitchen needed to be well equipped as a holiday home, so I made sure it had everything a guest would need if they were staying for an extended period of time,” explains Kate. “I integrated a fridge and installed a studio pack (a small cooktop with compact oven and integrated dishwasher below it) from Fisher & Paykel, as it was both stylish and space-saving.” Brass tap from Sussex Taps; bar stools from wholesaler Emac & Lawton; light from Beacon Lighting.

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The small kitchen lacked sufficient storage. A new kitchen was installed, along with a gas strut window to link to the back deck.

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O P E N W A R D R O B E “I created open robes, so guests have somewhere to sit their suitcase, hang up any clothes and access them easily throughout their stay,” says Kate. Leather hanging rail custom made by H+G Designs.

Other design decisions revolved around the practical needs of holidaymakers. The home’s light-coloured flooring and rugs hide beach sand, and the indoor/ outdoor fabric covering the sofa and bench seat were chosen for durability. “I also created open robes, so guests have somewhere to sit their suitcase, hang up any clothes and access them easily throughout their stay,” explains Kate. With no detail overlooked, this cleverly transformed beachside gem is now offering Airbnb guests a stylish, comfortable space to relax and enjoy the Sunshine Coast’s idyllic lifestyle.

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KATE'S TOP TIPS 1 CLEAR VISION Have a clear vision before you start. Think about how you want to use the space and whether you need more storage, lighting, etc. 2 INCLUDE TEXTURE Think about more than one element of design. Include texture – it’s my favourite! 3 DON'T LOCK INTO ONE STYLE Don’t think your home has to be a particular style, as it can end up looking too themed.

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AS R E LO C AT E D F RO M THE OLD LAUNDRY W SE TO THE MAIN U O H E H T UNDER M E R LY A S T O R A G E R O F LIVING LEVEL. ES LL SPACE NOW SERV CUPBOARD, THIS SMA GUESTS. R O F Y R D N U A L T C A P AS A COM

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For a laid-back beach house, get the look with these finds.

PENDANT LIGHT Wisteria Design ‘Piatos’ pendant light $1,995 wisteriadesign.com.au / ART ‘Shaded Paradise’ framed canvas $549 ozdesignfurniture.com.au / HANGING RAIL H+G Designs leather hanging rail in mushroom suede and oak $149 handgdesigns.com / ART ‘Shaded Paradise’ framed canvas $549 ozdesignfurniture.com.au / WALLPAPER These Walls ‘Palmy’ wallpaper $72 per lineal metre thesewalls.com.au / POT The Balcony Garden ‘Moonshine’ pot from $189 thebalconygarden.com.au / SIDE TABLE Country Road ‘Nomi’ ash table $249 countryroad.com.au / CUSHION Country Road ‘Leni’ cushion $79.95 countryroad.com.au / STOOL HK Living rattan bar stool $349 granitelane.com.au / CUSHION ‘Arlo’ Moroccan wool cushion cover $120 barefootgypsy.com.au / VASE Linen House ‘Tropical’ white vase $19.95 linenhouse.com / PLATE Marmoset Found ‘Cloud’ oval plate in light blue (medium) $29 marmosetfound.com.au / THROW Sanctuary Studio throw in ice blue $109 sanctuarystudio.com.au / ENTERTAINMENT UNIT GlobeWest ‘Willow’ woven entertainment unit $2,760 hamptonsathome.com.au adore home

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PROSECCO ON THE GO Based in Melbourne, The Prosecco Van is ready to buzz anywhere in the Victoria region to cater for your next event. Their Italian three-wheeled Piaggo Ape has been lovingly converted into an elegant mobile bar, serving chilled prosecco, wine, beer and spritz on tap for any occasion. Imported from Italy’s Veneto region, their prosecco is

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DEVOUR Say hello to the freshest gourmet delights.

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aromatic with notes of apple, pear and white peach. Salute! theproseccovan.net.au


GOURMET NEWS

Alter Eco’s new dark chocolate coconut clusters combine toasted coconut flakes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, a thick layer of 70% Ecuadorian chocolate and a sprinkle of hand-harvested French sea salt. The result? A decadent snack that explodes with deliciousness. altereco.com.au

N AT U R A L B E AU T Y O F S HANDMADE CERAMIC Zakkia have expanded their ‘Speckle’ range to include small, medium and large plates, bowls, jugs, serving dishes and more. In colours of pink, seagrass and snow, the pieces combine effortlessly to create a dreamy table setting. Zakkia's beautifully handcrafted ceramics are made using natural materials and traditional methods.

Socialise at Verandah

A jungle oasis in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Verandah Bar and Social is perfect for a cheeky martini or an elegant meal with friends. Designed by Luchetti Krelle, the eclectic interior is layered with Art Nouveau forms and botanical elements. Whether you’re after a quick snack or a languid feast, award-winning chef Brad Sloane’s Modern Australian menu has you covered.

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Marimekko ‘Pieni Unikko’ apron $69 huntingforgeorge.com

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TALK From tropical Queensland to the lively cities of Sydney and Brisbane, we’ve got your next holiday covered.

Yes please to the swim-up bar!

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Herschel ‘Trade’ hard shell luggage (small) in ash rose $319.95 herschel.com.au

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The Queensland tropics meets mid-century California in this Townsville hotel. Following a two-year renovation by architectural firm Woods Bagot, the upgrade capitalises on the area’s verdant landscape and water views. Fans, broad verandas and timber panelling echo traditional Queensland design, while retro furnishings are given a tropical treatment in crisp white and emerald green. Install yourself at the swim-up bar in the infinity pool and gaze across the Coral Sea to Magnetic Island as you count your blessings!

kikki.K leather travel wallet with zip in mint $69.95 kikki-k.com

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LU X U RY I S PA R A M O U N T

Fancy a sleepover fit for a star? Formerly the

warehouse and offices of Sydney’s Paramount

Picture Studios, this hotel is a rich textural feast of old and new. Preserved original architectural features play a lead role alongside fresh timber floors, terrazzo-tiled bathrooms, lush foliage and French linen sheets. The Paramount House building is also home to a cafe, fitness pavilion, wine bar, cinema and luxe office space. paramounthousehotel.com

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DAN300 ‘Santorini’ toiletries bag $49.95 dan300.com.au

G KEEP DIRTY WASHIN AGE G G U L R U O Y N I S E PA R AT E UDIO'S WITH SANCTUARY ST BAGS. AVAILABLE RANGE OF LINGERIE WAYS A N D M A D E R U O L O C O W IN T TIN, THE BAGS A S T F FROM SO O COME AS A SET OF TW .99. 5 3 $ T A D E C I R P E R A AND SANCTUARYSTUDIO.C

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We track down the most blissful places to stay, eat, drink and shop in beautiful, bustling Brisbane. WORDS BETH GRESHWALK

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VISIT stay THE CALILE HOTEL If you’re looking for a holiday oasis in the heart of hip Fortitude Valley, the Calile Hotel has it all. Dubbed Australia’s ‘first urban resort’, this James Street stunner is the work of internationally renowned Richards and Spence architects. The hotel takes its design cues from Palm Springs, Rio and Mexico City, mixing it with Queensland’s subtropical flair throughout its 175 rooms, pool deck and terraces. Breezy white brick invites us into a world where marble finishes enhance everything from the elevated pool area (complete with cabanas and alfresco dining) to the soothing rooms and suites. Each room is a pastel paradise sporting modern furnishings and cork floors with luxurious brass accents throughout. It gets more sublime, with opportunities to indulge at the award-winning Hellenika Restaurant, rejuvenate at the day spa, unwind at the cocktail bar, or treat yourself to some retail therapy at street level.

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stay OVOLO THE VALLEY Fun, funky and full of personality, this boutique accommodation designed by celebrated international firm Woods Bagot revels in Fortitude Valley’s diverse culture. The result: a 103-room haven brought to life with vibrant colour, eclectic furniture, whimsical art and statement wallpaper. From the moment you walk into its neon-lit foyer, Ovolo The Valley playfully intertwines art and entertainment, inviting you to indulge and be yourself. And it gets even cooler, with perks like a rooftop swimming pool, gym and sauna – plus complimentary mini-bar, breakfast, Wi-Fi and happy hour.

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must try A trip to Nodo wouldn’t be complete without a gluten free donut, but be sure to also try their delicious lunch menu.

eat NODO DONUTS One of the sweetest cafés in Brisbane’s Newstead, Nodo Donuts makes it perfectly acceptable to eat donuts for breakfast, by putting the fun back into wholesome food. Beetroot Blackout, Pumpkin Maple or Strawberry Hazelnut donut, anyone? You’ll also relish a seasonal brunch menu that includes hotcakes, grass-fed brisket burgers, salad bowls and superfood shakes – each boasting a medley of nourishing ingredients and tasty toppings. It’s gluten-free deliciousness that’s worth writing home about.

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drink MR PERCIVAL'S Brisbane’s exciting new Howard Smith Wharves precinct includes Mr Percival’s as part of its riverfront revival. Make this your destination for aperitivo-style bar snacks and a designer atmosphere worth savouring. Infusing elements from Europe’s iconic beach clubs, Brisbane designer Anna Spiro is behind Mr Percival’s ‘yearlong summer’ motif of arched doorways, which connect indoor and outdoor dining. Its sage-green floor tiles with Moroccan bordering, terracotta marble tables and whimsical ’70s-inspired cushioned seating are enlivened by salmon pink umbrellas, natural timber, and splashes of yellow and blue. With everything from crispy fried school prawns to warm baguettes with whipped cod roe dip, there’s no better place to savour Brisbane’s balmy days and nights.

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stay W BRISBANE Glam getaway meets poolside paradise at the new W Brisbane. Located in the CBD and overlooking the Brisbane River, this cosmopolitan hotel features lavish guestrooms and suites with modern furnishings inspired by lounge grooves and spectacular river views. It gets even more VIP on the rooftop WET ® Deck, a chic tropical retreat that invites luxurious poolside lazing by day, and revelling after sunset with live DJs, Aussie barbeque dining and impeccable cocktails.

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shop JAMES STREET Like a little retail therapy? You’ll love the James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley, with its impressive array of design showrooms, fashion boutiques, bars and restaurants. Lush green landscaping provides a serene backdrop for some serious indulgence.

The new Bec + Bridge store located underneath The Calile Hotel

Contemplate decorating ideas at west elm, Pottery Barn, St Barts, Jardan and other faves. Then zjoosh up your wardrobe at Mister Zimi, Bec + Bridge, Camilla, sass & bide and beyond. Award-winning restaurants and cafés will see to it that even your palate feels pampered.

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MORE TO BRISBANE STAY: THE WESTIN BRISBANE Nestled in the CBD, this luxury hotel boasts Brisbane’s first ever swimup pool bar. Pack your bikini and inflatable flamingo! westin.com/Brisbane

EAT + DRINK: BEIRNE LANE Open all day and night, Beirne Lane is Fortitude Valley’s hottest new drinking spot. Featuring lush greenery, mosaic flooring, a huge open kitchen and plush booth seating. beirnelane.co

PLAY: MORETON ISLAND Just 75 minutes from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island is an itinerary must – whether it’s a day trip snorkelling the renowned Tangalooma Wrecks or an overnight stay. tangalooma.com

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selfie EL’ ROSA Fancy a garden party for two? You’ll snap the sweetest selfie at El’ Rosa – a little slice of utopia serving the prettiest specialty drinks, ice creams and pastries. Located in the backyard of James Street’s own Arc + Family (retailers of hand-painted pots and owners of El’ Rosa), this pink-andwhite wonderland treats visitors to Moroccaninspired doorways, tropical foliage and romantic furnishings – an Instagrammer’s dream, with the drinks to match. Try the ‘El’ Rosa Rainbow’: a vanilla-and-rose float with pink cream, gold dust and fairy floss.

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HELLENIKA PHOTOGRAPHY SEAN FENNESSY / EL ROSA PHOTOGRAPHY GRACE ELIZABETH IMAGES

POTTERYBARN PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ZEIDLER / BEC+BRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY TOM FERGUSON

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The zucchini chips at Hellenika are a must! The crunchy batter make these simply irresistible.

eat HELLENIKA A tantalising taverna experience awaits at Hellenika, serving award-winning Greek cuisine as sister to its celebrated Gold Coast location. Nestled alongside the elegant pool deck of the Calile Hotel, Hellenika masters timeless Greek delicacies in a coastal-inspired white setting with modern timber, marble and pastel accents. Imagine your favourite traditional cheeses (kefalograviera, feta), meats (lamb, veal, beef, pork), seafood (octopus, spanner crab, local fish), dips and greens – all freshly sourced and impeccably prepared the Hellenika way. Paired with an impressive drinks list and authentic Greek hospitality, it’s your Mediterranean must-go. Ouzo, anyone?

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WHAT TO PACK

ETTORE BLUES Taking inspiration from the iconic 80s design movement Memphis, ‘Ettore Blues’ is an exotic collection of resort wear and accessories from designer Lucy Folk. Our favourite pieces from the range include the ‘Playa’ robe ($450) and ‘Castellation’ crop top ($345) in golden eye stripe (both pictured).

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T-SHIRT Castle ‘Hello’ t shirt $85 castleandthings.com.au / SCRUNCHIE Pam Pam Swim multi stripe scrunchie $30 pampamswim.com.au / TOWEL Linen House ‘Campora’ beach towel $59.95 linenhouse.com / SWIMSUIT Ephemera ‘Liberty’ balconette one piece $330 ephemeralive.com / BAG Lovestar ‘Cray Cray’ embroidered carryall in dolce $245 lovestar.com.au / SUNSCREEN Feel Good Inc. sensitive sunscreen lotion SPF 50+ $25.95 byronbaybeachlife.com.au / PICNIC RUG Basil Bangs ‘Wildflowers’ love rug by Leah Bartholomew $155 basilbangs.com.au / WATCH The Horse ‘The Resin’ watch in baby pink leather $159 thehorse.com.au / UMBRELLA Basil Bangs ‘Daydream’ beach umbrella $279 basilbangs.com.au / SUNGLASSES The Salty Blonde x Pared ‘Piccolo & Grande’ sunglasses $260 paredeyewear.com

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Adore Home magazine - The Renovation Edition / Autumn 2019  

Our special Renovation edition is packed with renovation tips from experts in the field, and a kitchens feature with 10 kitchens that cater...

Adore Home magazine - The Renovation Edition / Autumn 2019  

Our special Renovation edition is packed with renovation tips from experts in the field, and a kitchens feature with 10 kitchens that cater...

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