Adore Home magazine - Winter 2021

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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 Casey Hutton caseyhutton.com Nichola Davies nicholadavies.com Product/content sourcing assistant Kate Moss kate@adoremagazine.com Photographers

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Alexander Hoy alexander-hoy.com Annette O’Brien annetteobrien.com.au Hannah Blackmore hannahblackmorephotography.com Lisa Atkinson lisaatkinson.com.au Louise Roche, Villa Styling thedesignvilla.com.au

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Lucas Muro lucasmuro.com.au Mark Zeidler phoenixlabstudios.com Mezic Studio mezic.studio Nat Spadavecchia, The Palm Co thepalmco.com.au Simon Shiff simonshiffsays.com Spacecraft spacecraftmedia.com.au Tom Ferguson tomferguson.com.au Stylists Alana Langan alanalangan.com.au Norsu Interiors norsu.com.au

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CONTENTS 4

EDITOR’S LETTER

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WHAT’S NEW

10 TOP 9 VANITIES 13 PRODUCT TRENDS 14 EMERGING ARTISTS

We introduce some talented female artists you should have on your radar.

20 STORE PROFILE

Whitepepper Homewares stocks a gorgeous range for the home and supports female startups in the process.

23 DESIGNER PROFILE

Hegi Design House create handcrafted statement furniture pieces.

25 KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

Dreaming of redesigning your kitchen? We bring you three sophisticated renos that’ll give you food for thought...

33 THE KITCHEN EDIT 34 DOORS TO ADORE

From classic to contemporary, we’re knocking on the doors of stylish homes with serious street appeal.

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Views expressed by the author are not necessarily that of the publisher. Whilst all care is taken in the preparation of this publication, the publisher accepts no responsibility for any errors and/or omissions. © Copyright Adore Home Magazine 2021. Copyright of articles and photographs in Adore Home Magazine remain with the individual contributors and may not be reproduced without permission. ISSN 2204-1079

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Out with the old and in with the cool… We visit three family homes that put a contemporary spin on established styles.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

PHOTOGRAPHY PHOENIX LAB STUDIOS

“The living room was the last space to finish, and it’s with a great sigh of relief that I tell you my painting days are over.”

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- LONI PARKER, EDITOR I am very happy to announce that my home’s internal renovations are complete! The living room was the last space to finish, and it’s with a great sigh of relief that I tell you my painting days are over. Probably the hardest part about this space was finding furniture in stock. It seems there’s a real shortage of furniture in this country that isn’t on a six-month waiting list! I’m sure anyone else out there hunting for new pieces for their home will feel my pain. But, with a bit of digging around, I found everything on my wish list, and the living room turned out even better than I could have imagined. So, what’s next for us? Well, the front exterior isn’t finished yet; there’s still a carport, deck and fence to be built, along with landscaping. But I’m happy to take a little break from all the tradies at our house and to just enjoy this beautiful little home we’ve created. The big takeaway from this reno journey? Enjoy living in the moment. I think it’s actually the process of renovating that I find most satisfying, not necessarily the end results (although those sure are sweet!). We have also learnt to live with less in such a small space, but it hasn’t felt like a compromise. In fact – quite the opposite – it’s been liberating to cut the clutter and live small. For our next house, I’ll have a few more non-negotiables on my list. A garage or carport is now a number one priority. Who knew they’d be so expensive to build from scratch? Wah!

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Handmade statement lighting Featuring three exquisite ranges: Bamboo, Seagrass and Rattan.

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PHOTOGRAPHY + STYLING LOUISE ROCHE, VILLA STYLING / STYLING ASSISTANT KYLIE JACKES / PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION OHANA BEACHHOUSE

The freshest new finds for your home this winter.

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HANDCRAFTED LIGHTING

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Australian interiors brand Lighthouse Lane has introduced its signature 2021 collection of handmade statement lighting, featuring three ranges: Bamboo, Seagrass and Rattan. Lighthouse Lane’s on-trend selection of designs is underscored by its commitment to using high-quality, natural and sustainable materials. Each of the brand’s creations is individually handwoven by Indonesian artisans. lighthouselane.com.au

D AV I S D O O R HANDLE The ‘Davis’ door handle from ABI Interiors features a stylish round rose with concealed fittings and a strike plate that matches the handle. Designed for internal passage use only and available in a range of colours. Brushed brass handle pictured priced at $69.90. abiinteriors.com.au

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TOP 9 VANITIES

ADP ‘Clifton’ vanity in Prime Oak finish (1500mm) $2,829 adpaustralia.com.au

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IKEA ‘Godmorgon’ vanity (820mm) includes ‘Tolken’ countertop and ‘Törnviken’ basin $598 ikea.com.au Vanity By Design ‘Airlie’ vanity (900mm) $1,690 vanitybydesign.com.au

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Vanity By Design ‘Mac’ vanity in sea foam (1200mm) $1,990 vanitybydesign.com.au

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Zuster ‘Issy Halo III’ vanity unit $3,260 (600mm) reece.com.au

Loughlin Furniture ‘Avoca’ double vanity in walnut (1800mm) $3,834 loughlinfurniture.com.au

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Zuster ‘Issy Blossom II’ vanity unit (1500mm) $4,800 reece.com.au

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Schots Emporium ‘Selina’ quartz top vanity (1800mm) $3,459 schots.com.au

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Loughlin Furniture ‘Pacific’ vanity in American Oak light (1500mm) $3,345 loughlinfurniture.com.au

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PRODUCT TRENDS

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ARMCHAIR Life Interiors ‘Jasper’ bouclé swivel armchair $1,095 lifeinteriors.com.au / QUILT SET I Love Linen clay/gingham double sided quilt cover set from $250 ilovelinen.com.au DINING CHAIR Life Interiors ‘Blake’ boucle dining chair $345 lifeinteriors.com.au / RECTANGLE CUSHION L&M Home ‘Sands’ rectangle cushion $141 lmhome.com.au / PRINT Desenio ‘Le Collage No4’ poster from $24.95 desenio.com / LAMP Ode to Elma x Karen Morton ‘Seed’ sculptural lamp $399 greenhouseinteriors.com.au / RUG Miss Amara ‘Bobbie’ rug (3.2 x 2.3m) $579 missamara.com.au / OTTOMAN Life Interiors ‘Monet’ bouclé ottoman $395 lifeinteriors.com.au / CUSHION Città heavy linen jute cushion cover$94.90 cittadesign.com / BOUCLÉ CUSHIONS McMullin & Co. ‘Bernard’ bouclé cushions from $149 rawsunshinecoast.com.au / BENCH SEAT McMullin & Co. ‘Wilbur’ bench seat in bouclé ivory $1,099 mcmullinandco.com

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EMERGING ARTISTS

emerging

ARTISTS We introduce some talented female artists you should have on your radar. WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES

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ADELE NAIDOO Adele Naidoo’s artworks are characterised by a sense of femininity and fun. Calm palettes with pops of colour, earthy tones contrasting with brighter hues, and dusty pinks and pastels make up her signature style. What started with digital drawings has evolved to include mixed-media works combining acrylic paintings and digital art. Her large-scale florals feature thick, textural brushstrokes and dripping paint on subdued pastel or moody contrasting backgrounds. With an artist father, Adele grew up in a creative environment. She’s travelled extensively, moving from her birthplace of South Africa to New Zealand, Australia and now Shanghai, giving back along the way through charitable ventures.

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VYN KA H A L L A M

Vynka Hallam’s art combines exaggerated colour and altered perspectives with a touch of satire. Growing up in a creative family, Vynka taught herself art, beginning with charcoal drawing at a young age. Today, her paintings are characterised by intentionally visible brush marks and paint drips that emphasise the constructed nature of her work. Vynka portrays her subjects from unusual perspectives, believing there’s honesty in the imperfect. Having travelled extensively as a volunteer, her paintings represent a fusion of her travels, experiences and moments she’s found inspiring.

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AMANDA HINKELMANN

Born on Wiradjuri land in Wagga Wagga, Amanda Hinkelmann is a passionate Aboriginal artist whose works share stories of resilience, strength and the power of women. Drawing inspiration from her hometown, her family and the Dreamtime, Amanda’s contemporary Aboriginal art style is driven by intuition and an innate desire to create. Following the success of her first collection, Amanda has released eight new artworks, embodying her storytelling style of painting featuring curved lines that lead the eye around the canvas. Staying true to her trademark style and use of warm tones, the new collection is delicate and light whilst simultaneously rich in detail and sentiment.

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CA I T LYN EVE R E T T

Caitlyn Everett has created a sweet series of zodiacthemed original art and prints in her new collection ‘Solare’, available through her store and studio Sunday Lane. With simple, elegant forms that reference nature and nurture, growth, light and love, ‘Solare’ uses astrological musings to invite us to look deeply within ourselves. Fluid shapes in an easeful beige suggest natural forms such as doves, florals and pottery.

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KAT E P I T TA S

Kate Pittas is a Brisbane-based artist whose dreamy, semi-abstract landscapes draw on personal experiences and travels throughout Australia. After studying fine arts and teaching art for nearly a decade, Kate decided to take the plunge and follow her dreams and is now painting full time. Through her masterful use of colour, she imbues her work with a sense of nostalgia, romanticism and intrigue, inviting viewers to bring their own memories into her conjured landscapes.

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T E G A N F R A N KS

A mother of four by day, and an artist “whenever I get five minutes!”, Tegan Franks says she’s inspired by her coastal surroundings in Newport and Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Tegan’s artworks feature playful arrangements of figures engaged in activities like surfing or playing beach volleyball. Each painting tells a story, with different characters on the canvas immersed in their own idiosyncratic scenes.

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D E N I S E H OJ DYS S E K

Denise Hojdyssek is an abstract painter with modern influences whose artworks utilise a contemporary colour palette. Inspired by travel, the Australian landscape and her love of mid-century interior design, Denise responds to textures, shapes and colours that move her. Her creative process begins with taking photos for her visual journal, followed by drawing or collaging to develop ideas and various abstract shapes that appeal to her. Denise then draws her design onto wood panels before layering and sanding paint to create her textured artworks.

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STORE PROFILE

WHITEPEPPER HOMEWARES

Whitepepper Homewares stocks a gorgeous range for the home and supports female startups in the process. WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES PHOTOGRAPHY CHLOE JORDAN

The founder of Whitepepper Homewares, Karen Jordan, says she dreamed of having a shop since she was a little girl. A self-confessed interiors addict, she had an imports business before the pull of fulfilling her childhood dream grew too great. Whitepepper Homewares’ Caloundra store has been located in the town’s oldest building, the Comino’s Drapery building, for the past five years. It’s the place that Karen said, 30 years ago, she’d like to open her store. “Isn’t it funny how things work out?” says Karen, who opened the second Whitepepper Homewares location in Brisbane in October 2020. Raising two young daughters of her own now, Karen also supports fellow female creatives 20

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through Whitepepper’s ‘pods’, where makers with exceptionally beautiful and conscious products can stock them in their own little spot in-store. In terms of what you can expect to find, Karen says Whitepepper brings both on-trend and classic homewares together. “Personally, I love a clean, eclectic aesthetic,” she says. “I love mixing pieces that I’ve collected with lovely new pieces. My home is never completed but constantly evolving – always inviting, restful and fun – and that is also the aesthetic of Whitepepper.” “We are always sourcing beautiful objects – from large furniture pieces to linens, textiles, ceramics and lighting.” At Whitepepper you can expect exceptional customer service, a sublime atmosphere and beautiful wares. Visit the Caloundra store at 26 Bulcock Street and the Brisbane location at 27 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington.

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“Our designs are inspired especially by European architecture, as we have worked in Europe over the past decade.”

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DESIGN Established in 2019 by husband-andwife team Juri and Nelli Hegi, Hegi Design House creates handcrafted statement furniture pieces.

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Nelli and Juri Hegi describe their aesthetic as minimalistic and honest. “All of our pieces are handmade on the South Coast of New South Wales,” says Nelli. “We infuse simple elegance into every piece we create, to ensure it can be handed down to future generations.” Juri, a professional joiner who is largely selftaught in metal work, makes the furniture, and Nelli designs. “Creating an emotional connection with the physical piece is vital to us as designers… We don’t want the pieces to be just noticed but remembered.” Hegi Design House furniture is characterised by a fusion of timber and metal, and a sense of classic sophistication. “Metal gives our designs a strong foundation, and timber softens the aesthetic,” Nelli explains. Focusing on the beauty of the material – be it walnut, oak, linen, leather or steel – every Hegi piece is a statement piece, embodying “German-quality soulfulness and craftsmanship in all aspects”. The pair were born in Kazakhstan and raised in

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Germany. “Our designs are inspired especially by European architecture, as we have worked in Europe over the past decade. We love to travel and get inspired by architecture, sculptures and fashion.” While they’re influenced by the global community, they’re simultaneously committed to sustainability in their business. “We only use certified timber and fabric suppliers,” Nelli points out. “Our steel offcuts are reused by a local sculptor, or by us in creating welding trollies, benches, and so on.” “We think that people are rediscovering the value and authenticity of handmade and locally produced designs, therefore our aim is to have open conversations on supply chains and sustainability.”

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KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

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Adventurous colour choices and cool curves make a bold statement in this kitchen in Sydney’s inner west. WORDS CASEY HUTTON / PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO

The owners of this old terrace home had a strong vision when they set about renovating it, explains Catherine Heraghty of interior styling company The Stables. “They really wanted colour,” says Catherine. “It’s not every day you get to do a green kitchen, so this was pretty special for me!” Taking inspiration from the dusty green of eucalyptus leaves, they chose ‘Pukaki Double’ from Dulux’s New Zealand range. Replacing older-style white Shaker cabinets with a slimline Shaker detail on the cupboards and drawers allowed room to play with texture on other surfaces, such as battening on the curved island bench and tan leather on the banquet seat. Integrated appliances and ceiling-high cabinets maximised storage space and ensured a sleek profile. Challenging aspects of the design ended up contributing to the kitchen’s appeal. For instance, the concrete stairs at the entrance to the space overlapped with the island. “We had to work out whether this was going to feel strange,” Catherine explains. “Funnily enough, once it was done I didn’t give it another thought; it feels like it is meant to be this way.” The curved shelves over the banquet seat were also tricky. “Initially, the seat was supposed to be separate from the kitchen joinery. When we realised we had less space, we had to join the two together.” “It is such a beautiful result,” says Catherine of the finished kitchen. “And that’s because the client pushed us and not the other way around!”

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$ BUDGET Approximately $70,000 for joinery.

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KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

Tap and door handles from ABI Interiors; bar stools from Magnolia Lane; cabinetry in Polytec ‘Ravine Natural Oak’; Quantum Quartz ‘Naturale Concrete’ benchtops.

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“Our niches and the beautiful hand-plastered walls are truly breathtaking in real life!” - TRACEY BONE

Inspired by villas in the Mediterranean, Tracey Bone re-envisioned this dark, dated kitchen on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as a languid space for Airbnb guests to unwind. Embarking on the renovation with help from Kitchens By Design and her builder at Luxury Coastal Homes, Tracey wanted a cooking space that felt more open and light. “The previous kitchen included a lot of overhead cupboards and an appliance tower,” says Tracey. “A laundry ran off the kitchen and the washing machine and dryer could be seen from the living areas.” They gutted the kitchen and started afresh. “New wall battens and Gyprock were installed, which allowed for the creation of niches above the kitchen sink,” Tracey explains. A bulkhead in the ceiling was built to house downlights, and an island bench and floating shelves were added to create a less cluttered look. Cleverly, the laundry became part of a new butler’s pantry. “We moved the laundry appliances to the opposite side of the pantry, out of direct sight. We were then able to extend the stone benchtops to the butler’s and included a second sink for dirty dishes to be stowed.” Engineered concrete benchtops, brass tapware and sparse furnishings in raw timber tones complete the Mediterranean atmosphere. “Our niches and the beautiful hand-plastered walls are truly breathtaking in real life! The floating shelves lit up with LEDs glow beautifully at night and create a gorgeous ambience for our guests.”

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About $45,000, including demolition and installation of new cabinetry, appliances, benchtops, and butler’s pantry.

ON THE BEACH A beautiful reworking of a tired apartment kitchen has us longing to pack our bags for a luxe seaside getaway. WORDS CASEY HUTTON / PHOTOGRAPHY LOUISE ROCHE, VILLA STYLING

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KITCHEN RENOVATIONS

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Kitchen and bathroom specialists TuxLux worked with homeowner Alex Gordon to create this bright and refined kitchen that’s super functional. WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES / PHOTOGRAPHY LISA ATKINSON


$ BUDGET All up, this renovation cost $45,000 (excluding appliances - Alex kept all appliances from the previous kitchen).

Stools from Lounge Lovers; pendant lights from Milly and Eugene; tiles from Tiento Tiles; benchtops in ‘Cloudburst Concrete’ from Caesarstone; brass handles from Lo & Co Interiors.

When rethinking her kitchen, Alex Gordon was inspired by The Block stars and reno gurus Kyal and Kara’s kitchen aesthetic. She also wanted something that had better usability than her old kitchen, which was small, poorly planned and had virtually no workable benchtop space.

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“I love the functionality of my new kitchen. Having a larger island bench has made a huge difference to meal preparation.” - ALEX GORDON

TuxLux designer Sandra Hughes worked closely with Alex to create her dream kitchen with a $45,000 budget. “We played around with the design several times before we came up with the final design, which we felt captured her vision,” says Sandra. “A lot of thought went into the usability of the kitchen, such as drawers versus cupboards, inner drawers, and so on.” Sandra points out that these practicalities are often overlooked by homeowners because the aesthetic aspects of designing are a lot more exciting. “We went with a 40mm Shaker profile to modernise the look of the Shakerstyle joinery, in a Dulux ‘Lexicon Quarter’ 2PAC finish to ensure the place remained light and bright as per her brief.” The new kitchen is spacious – the result of opening up a wall in the living area, meaning the three-metre island could be a feature. The American oak island is solid timber and was hand built. “My favorite aspect of the kitchen is the way in which we incorporated the American oak timber and the rattan,” says Sandra. “It is such a beautiful feature and adds the right amount of texture without being over the top.”

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Beacon seagrass squat pendant light in white $449 beaconlighting.com.au

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al.ive body Kaffir Lime & Green Tea wash & lotion duo + tray $79 alivebody.com.au

Lo & Co ‘Carlisle’ pull nickel (15cm) $49 loandcointeriors.com.au

Country Road ‘Theo’ timber cake stand $69.95 countryroad.com.au Robert Gordon ‘White Garden To Table’ salad bowl (27.5cm) $49.95 and salad servers $39.95 robertgordonaustralia.com

Ferm Living ‘Still’ carafe $79 designstuff.com.au PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING THE PALM CO / INTERIOR DESIGN HEMMA INTERIORS KITCHEN JOINERY JONO GOODE / BUILDER JWK CONSTRUCTIONS BUILDING DESIGNER ALEX URENA DESIGN STUDIO

Città pinstripe linen napkin $12.90 cittàdesign.com Natadora ‘Aha’ upholstered barstool in camel/light oak $795 globewest.com.au

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HOME TRANSFORMATION When it comes to making the biggest impact on your home’s facade, architect Ricci Bloch says a new coat of paint can make a huge difference. “Paint colour can be a simple way to transform an exterior. We painted this new front door in Dulux ‘Deep Aqua’ and added a custom-made door handle from IN-TERIA,” says Ricci. “The original front door was timber, with a fixed glass highlight and side panel with opaque glass. We increased the door height to maximise the feeling of space and to create a grander entry,” says Ricci. “We replaced the side panel with obscure Georgian wired glass to add texture and let in more light.”

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LANDSCAPING MYLES BALDWIN DESIGN AND STARR LANDSCAPES

PHOTOGRAPHY TOM FERGUSON / ARCHITECTURE + STYLING RICCI BLOCH

“We also opened up the entry by removing the old portico, and replaced it with a new entry awning inspired by the modernist houses along the street. New landscaping was installed to give privacy from the street (the two front bedrooms look onto this garden) and to blur the boundary from inside to outside.”


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From classic to contemporary, we’re knocking on the doors of stylish homes with serious street appeal. WORDS LONI PARKER


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1 Hume ‘Solicore’ duracote exterior flush door $109 (2040 x 820mm) bunnings.com.au

2 Loughlin Furniture ‘Sawtell’ shiplap vertical entry door from $3,200 loughlinfurniture.com.au

3 Zen Doors ‘Neo’ iron pivot door from $6,275 zendoors.com.au

CONTEMPORARY STYLE When designing a contemporary facade, says Neil Hipwell, Founding Director of Futureflip, it’s important to choose your hero features carefully. Sometimes, less is more. “It’s always an option to use the front door as a feature however in this home (pictured opposite page), we kept the 6.5-metre glazing, recycled brick and timber screening as the feature, so a statement front door wasn’t necessary. Here we chose a simple, cost-effective door to complement the facade and to work with the overall vibe of the house,” explains Neil. Just as important as the front door itself is the hardware. “We’re loving smart locks and have started using these in our developments. They are super handy and it’s a great value-add for clients. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with a chunky, oversized handle in matte black or crisp white. Using a contrasting colour helps to add texture to your facade and create a much more interesting exterior,” says Neil. adore home

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LOCK & HANDLE COMBOS Choosing the right lock – whether it’s traditional or smart – is vital. Here are three slick lock-and-handle combinations.

1 SLEEK CHROME Lane slimline square deadbolt in brushed satin chrome $69.95 itwproline.com.au

2 ALL-IN-ONE Lane ‘Grande’ smart lock door handle $549 itwproline.com.au SHOP THE LOOK Corinthian ‘Seaboard’ door with custom-made door handle by Auburn Woodturning.

Lo & Co ‘Kintore’ entry pull in nickel $279 loandcointeriors.com.au

3 Designer Doorware round key deadbolt kit from $147 and ‘Niki’ dished semi-circle timber pull handle (single entrance from $300) designerdoorware.com.au 38

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SHOP THE LOOK Hume Doors ‘Carringbush’ door painted in Dulux ‘Black’ in a semigloss finish.


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1 Hume ‘Regency’ duracote external door $401 (2040 x 820mm) bunnings.com.au

2 Front Porch Properties ‘Oaklands’ door (available in a variety of sizes) from $490 frontporchproperties.com.au

3 Hume ‘Carringbush’ door $622 (different glass options available) bunnings.com.au

CLASSIC STYLE For heritage and traditional-style homes, choose something appropriate to the era. This charming Dutch door pictured above (and renovated by Front Porch Properties for their client) is a great example of the right choice making all the difference. In fact, founder of Front Porch Properties Rachael Turner has recently started selling her own range of classic front doors after seeing a gap in the market. “A new door can totally transform your house,” says Rachael. Interior designer Sarah Yarrow chose a front door with cathedral glass for her own home (pictured opposite page). “It’s from the Hume Doors ‘Carringbush’ range, which is a recreation of Victorian-era doors. Even though the house isn’t Victorian, it was a very conscious decision to stay true to its historical presence and really honour that, rather than trying to modernise it and make it something it’s not,” says Sarah. “Choosing a front door is like the jewellery to an outfit; it sets the tone for the rest of the home and gives a sneak peek of what lies beyond,” says Sarah. “Many renovations or new builds treat the front door as an afterthought or a hastily made decision on the run, but I’d urge people to give the same level of consideration to the front door as they would to flooring or kitchen design. After all, it’s the first impression and an opportunity to add flair and personality!”


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SHOP THE LOOK The front door used on this ADLAR Homes house is the ‘Linear’ entrance door from Hume Doors (sourced from Gowan Lea Timbers) and painted in Dulux ‘Surprise’. The door handle is the ‘Luna’ entry pull in brass from Lo & Co and is paired with a Designer Doorware round key-snib deadbolt lock.

Lo & Co ‘Luna’ entry pull in brass $499 loandcointeriors.com.au

TOP 3 TIPS Lara McDonald of ADLAR Homes shares her top tips for creating a statement front entry.

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It’s a great idea to paint several different colour options onto individual swatch sheets, even if they are close in colour. Tape them to the door and look at them at different times of day to see which you like best in all the different lighting. We prefer not to test sample paint directly onto the door, as you run the risk of it showing through once fully painted.

If you have a feature colour tile in a small section of your patio, like we do, having the door colour in a similar shade will really help make them both pop.

Go for a statement door handle. If the door profile is simple, add an oversized statement handle which can tie in beautifully with other accents, such as the exterior lighting.

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Light, shadow, form and shape perform a captivating dance in this artfully composed modern beach house in Cronulla. INTERIOR DESIGN + BUILD NESTED PROJECTS / JOINERY FINCH PROJECTS PHOTOGRAPHY THE PALM CO / WORDS CASEY HUTTON

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DINING The dining area is one of Katie’s favourite spots in the house. “The banquette seating and American oak veneer shelving were custom made for the space. It’s the perfect place for entertaining both adults and children.” Chairs from Stylecraft; bench seat fabric by Maharam and backing fabric by James Dunlop; wall sconces from Lighting Collective; wall painted in Porters Fresco paint.

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“We also chose lots of louvres to take advantage of the breeze and, more importantly, to hear the ocean!” -KATIE BURT, NESTED PROJECTS

L I V I N G “We wanted an easy, versatile space with comfortable seating and enough space for everyone to lounge around, including our dogs,” says Katie. Sofa, coffee table and rug from GlobeWest; dog bed from Hello Trader; curtains from Solis Products.

“I’m inspired by people who aren’t afraid to take a risk with design – to make it truly about the design and not just how the house will be sold,” muses interior designer Katie Burt, who runs Nested Projects with her husband James, a construction manager. “I always make sure the home really does feel like a home, and not just a showpiece.” When renovating their own house in Sydney’s beachside suburb of Cronulla, Katie incorporated a handsome mix of materials and finishes. “I avoid being too on-trend; it’s fine to pick up some current details but on-trend will definitely date,” she points out. The transformation of the home’s interior and exterior began in September 2019 and took around five months. The finished product melds sparse Scandinavian sensibilities with Mediterranean flourishes such as arches, alcoves, terrazzo, terracotta tones and even a pizza oven. These elements are underpinned by a laidback beachiness that’s unmistakably Australian.

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“The facade was very tired,” says Katie. “We had the exterior rendered with lime plaster in ‘Natural White’ and added breeze blocks, keeping their natural concrete finish.” The distinctive circular motif in the breeze blocks is repeated in wall-mounted outdoor lights and the oversized round timber handles on the front gate and matching front door. The entrance to the house reveals one of Katie’s favourite spaces: a striking dining area with banquette seating and custom shelving. The existing staircase was moved in order to create this nook, and angled sunlight floods the area from windows in the void above. “I love this space; it’s such a beautiful feature as you enter the home.” With a young daughter, Georgie, and stepson, Hudson, Katie was conscious of the practical aspects of family life when planning the reno. The couple opted to have all their living spaces on the ground floor, with the alfresco lounge area and pool in view. “It’s so much easier with young kids,” explains Katie. In the open-plan kitchen and lounge, clean vertical lines are balanced by curved forms, and white walls are warmed by timber tones and stone surfaces.

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KITCHEN “It was an absolute must to have a large island for food preparation and entertaining. Lots of effort went into perfecting the details of the island, such as the curve, fluted sections and custom white veneer,” says Katie. Pendant lights from Living Edge; terrazzo splashback and bench top from Signorino; stools from GlobeWest; blue vase from Mud Australia; Kit Kat tiles on rangehood from Teranova.

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MAIN BEDROOM “This room feels like a retreat. It’s such a calming space, with the ocean close by, and there’s something about the linen curtains that makes it feel so cosy.” Bed head from Family Love Tree; quilt cover from Hale Mercantile Co.; wall sconce from Lighting Collective; bedside table from GlobeWest.

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“When our fireplace stone arrived it was too pink, so we had it painted white and just love it!”

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A guest bedroom and bathroom, office, powder room, laundry and rumpus room complete the downstairs layout. Upstairs, what used to be one big room was carved up to create three bedrooms, an ensuite and a main bathroom. The master bedroom enjoys the best scenery. “We added a balcony off this bedroom to make the most of the sea views and breeze. It feels so soft and inviting with the curtains and bedding.” The home’s beachside location informed many design decisions, Katie explains “Wind and salt always need to be considered. We also chose lots of louvres to take advantage of the breeze and, more importantly, to hear the ocean!” Outside, the effortless coastal cool continues. A largely monochromatic palette is offset by lush greenery, natural stone textures, and the inviting pale blue of the pool beyond. A bench seat incorporating breeze blocks is “hands-down the best place to lie in the sun – our pug Peggy loves it”, and a pizza oven and built-in alcove for firewood set the scene for poolside entertaining.

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OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Must-haves for this outdoor entertaining area included a view to the pool from inside, a pizza oven and wood storage. “This area can be used rain, hail or shine,” says Katie.


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THE BLOCK This elegant family home marries classic Hamptons style with modern flair. PHOTOGRAPHY SIMON SHIFF / WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES BUILD CONSTRUCT MELBOURNE / STYLING NORSU INTERIORS

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D I N I N G Dining table and chairs from Ethnicraft and decorative accessories from Norsu Interiors.

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“The client was initially inspired by some classic Hamptons features, such as a shinglestyle roof, weatherboard exterior and multiple-paned windows.” – CASSANDRA MAZZA, CONSTRUCT MELBOURNE

There’s nothing like a Melbourne lockdown to throw a spanner in the works of a new home build, but even with trades on site restricted to five at a time, this stunning family home was completed in just nine months.

before being renovated as House 4 on the show’s 2020 season. With the old house gone, the land was levelled and the build could begin.

“It was a unique experience to build through a global pandemic, but it made the handover of this project all the more rewarding,” says Cassandra Mazza, operations manager at building company Construct Melbourne.

The finished home is generously proportioned and striking. As you walk through its black steel double doors you’re swept into a grand hallway, which draws the eye right through to the living area, with views onto the magnificent pool.

The homeowners worked closely with Construct Melbourne’s architect from the get-go to create a fully customised home that would be functional for the whole family.

“The view from the large living space of the stunning white-tiled pool is just perfection,” says Cassandra. “White tiles give the pool an elegant and refined sophistication against the most exquisite, soft turquoise water colour.”

“The client was initially inspired by some classic Hamptons features, such as a shingle-style roof, weatherboard exterior and multiple-paned windows,” says Cassandra. “They also loved modern features: clean, crisp lines; a simple colour palette of black and white; and the use of different materials such as matt black and brushed brass.”

Cassandra adds that everyone who visits the home comments on the flow of the garage entrance into the mudroom, with access through to the laundry. The home even includes a laundry chute so that family members don’t have to lug dirty laundry from upstairs to downstairs.

Interestingly, the house that originally stood on this site was bought by The Block and moved to a new location

K I T C H E N “We planned the kitchen with generous proportions in mind and have stayed true to our modern/classic aesthetic,” says home owner and interior designer Lisa Watson of Villa Avenue (@villa.avenue on Instagram). “The luxury details make this kitchen so special, such as integrated appliances, full size wine fridge, the bank of wall ovens and butlers pantry.”

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L I V I N G R O O M White armchair by Sarah Ellison; pink armchair from GlobeWest; floral artwork by Kimmy Hogan; abstract artwork by Tracey Mock; coffee tables from The Rug Collection; lamp from HK Living; rug from Armadillo; decorative accessories from Norsu Interiors.


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P O W D E R R O O M “We planned for this powder room to have some extra visual interest and warmth as it’s also used for guests,” says Lisa. “We’ve created a welcoming space with classic stacked feature tiles, blush concrete basin, brass tapware and a rattan pendant light. I love adding plants and a textured hand towel to keep it luxurious and pretty.”

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HOME TOUR P O O L H O U S E “The pool house is an extension of the house with its own bathroom,” says Lisa. “We have it set up as a fully equipped gym which we use daily. It also has the potential to be used as a guest house in the future.”

and healthy whether in lockdown or not,” Cassandra points out), along with a well-sized separate home office, perfect for parents needing to work remotely. There’s plenty of room for the kids to play together, enjoy time in either of the two family rooms, or tend to the veggie garden in the front yard. “The rear undercover area provides space to hold dinner parties and is fully equipped with a builtin barbeque and joinery to make entertaining a breeze,” Cassandra explains. The house has an impressive street presence and is unique for its location. “The area features a lot of grand old homes, and as you drive down the street you suddenly see this striking white home standing out with its dark-tiled roof and black Hamptonsstyle windows,” says Cassandra. “The front porch, with its granite tiles and stunning matt black wall lights, is really something to behold.” “The clients were thrilled to see their dream home brought to life.”

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L I V I N G R O O M “The open plan living area is connected to the kitchen and dining area yet has a cosy feel with the built-in fireplace being at the centre of this space,” says Lisa. “We designed cohesive built-in storage with vertical panelling, which is so practical for tucking away all of the kids games and clutter.”

O U T D O O R E N T E R T A I N I N G “The alfresco area has a seamless connection to the kitchen space especially when we open up the huge bifold doors,” says Lisa. “We love entertaining and have planned the space accordingly with the built-in barbeque area with double drink fridges. We often sit here for family meals and can use the space all year round.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN NERIDA STEWART, NCS INTERIORS / WORDS NICHOLA DAVIES PHOTOGRAPHY ANNETTE O’BRIEN / STYLING ALANA LANGAN

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E N T E R T A I N E R ’ S K I T C H E N / D I N I N G “The joinery of the kitchen nook extends outside to the barbecue area, softening the divide between inside and out. “Large-format porcelain floor tiles run from the inside and continue outside and around the pool, creating a seamless transition,” says Nerida. The entertainer’s kitchen nook features striking Artedomus porcelain paneling in ‘Maximum Moon’, which continues from inside through to the exterior barbecue area. “I searched extensively for a robust-yetlight material that was also ideal for exterior applications and had a large enough surface that would require no joins,” explains Nerida. “This product was ideal for that.” Table from GlobeWest; chairs from Trit House; pendant light from Hub Furniture.

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Interior designer Nerida Stewart of NCS Interiors and her husband Andrew fell in love with their Camberwell house in 2010. Situated across from a beautiful park, the home’s location offered a great place to raise a family. At the time, their son Hugh (now 11) was just a toddler, and their younger daughter Ruby hadn’t come along yet. According to Nerida, the house lacked street appeal and needed modernising, but it had a lovely light-filled interior with a lot of potential. After living in the home for four years, the family had a good sense of what they needed to improve, and they began their renovation, which took place over five years in two stages. Nerida took charge of the interior design and engaged Rod Hannah Design Group for the drafting. Beginning stage one in 2014, they undertook substantial renovations to the front of the house, including the façade and driveway. “Our underlying principle was to improve the house’s curbside appeal, maximising the park views and creating a street presence, without being overbearing or

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ostentatious,” says Nerida. “We had an extremely steep driveway that led to an open carport and we wanted this to be more practical,” Nerida explains. “I had nightmares of the kids speeding down the driveway on their scooters and colliding with oncoming cars!” The couple decided to excavate and go under the house for the garage, which was a major job. It proved worthwhile in the long term though, as they were able to add a second living room above the garage. They then renovated the kitchen and family room. After moving in and enjoying their transformed home for only a matter of months, Andrew was offered a job in Houston, Texas, and the family opted to take the plunge and move overseas for three-and-a-half years. “It was an unexpected life change but such an amazing adventure for the family,” explains Nerida. In 2018, towards the end of their time in Houston, Nerida put plans in place to get stage two of the renovation underway. This would involve >


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“Managing the early stages of the second renovation from overseas had its logistical challenges, but we had a very good builder, who was excellent at communicating.” – NERIDA STEWART, NCS INTERIORS

D I N I N G Ethnicraft dining table and chairs from Trit House.

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transforming the back of the house, including the bathroom, laundry, entertainer’s kitchen (formerly a playroom), outdoor entertaining area, guest bedroom and ensuite.

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“Managing the early stages of the second renovation from overseas had its logistical challenges, but we had a very good builder (Terry from Latrobe Building Services), who was excellent at communicating,” says Nerida. Blending indoors and outdoors was an important factor for this area of the house. “The joinery detailing of the kitchen nook extends out to the barbecue area, while the large-format porcelain floor tiles run from the inside and continue outside and around the pool, creating a seamless transition,” Nerida explains. “We also opened up the ceiling to a gable roofline, along with fully extendable glass bifold doors, which has completely transformed the feel of the space. It’s perfect for entertaining friends while the kids swim in the pool.” Nerida says she loves their forever home for its overall feel. “The layout is unconventional,” she says. “The split levels overlooking glimpses of garden give the house a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.” L I V I N G R O O M “I love the raw texture and grout-free detail of the sawn travertine tiles from Eco Outdoor. The combination of soft-grey sheers and American oak flooring gives the space a sense of warmth and comfort,” says Nerida. Sofa from The Banyan Tree; grey armchair with ottoman from dedece; Gubi floor lamp from Surrounding; Ethnicraft side table from Trit House; coffee table from g razia&co.

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K I T C H E N “The original kitchen was blocked off from adjacent rooms; we really wanted to open this up to maximise the circulation space and make it a more interactive hub,” says Nerida. “I designed the kitchen with integrated appliances to create a minimal, streamlined look.” Bar stools from Cult Design; hanging light from About Space.

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L A U N D R Y Essastone benchtop and splashback; sink and tap from Reece; black shelf from Blu Dot.

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Clever design and careful planning granted a young family all their wishes for this tiny back garden in Sydney.

swimming pool at the rear of the garden. A petite 5.2m x 2.8m internally, the pool is the hero of the space – its glistening light blue Ezzari mosaic tiles offset by bluestone pavers and a weathered hardwood screen across the back fence.

When the owners of this home in Bronte, NSW approached Harrison’s Landscaping, their brief was simple: “Please, just somehow fit a pool in our tiny backyard!”

The clever interplay of complementary tones and textures is key to this small garden’s success. Plantings in deep glossy greens and silvery greys unify and soften the edges of the home’s three outdoor zones. “We created a relaxed feel by using a combination of raw, earthy materials and textural plants,” explains Josh.

“They’re a young family, so they still wanted an entertaining area and a level lawn, albeit a very small one,” says designer Josh Harrison. With only an 11m x 7m space to work with and extremely tight side access (800mm!) for earthmoving equipment, the project was a challenge. Josh explains that they used an excavator the size of a small motorbike, and soil was removed from the site via conveyor belts. Following 12 weeks of construction, the backyard was complete. Paved with hard-wearing sawn bluestone and elevated by two steps that run the width of the property, the alfresco dining area overlooks a lush pocket of lawn and enjoys a beautiful view of the

Plants in oversized pots create interest, while an elegant snow pear tree adds height and privacy. The side fences, painted in Dulux ‘Monument’, provide a stunning contrast to the verdant garden and its fragrant Madagascar jasmine vine. On a small block and desperate for a pool? “The first consideration should be how the pool will impact the rest of the garden,” advises Josh. “It’s all well and good installing a huge pool in a small space, but you also need to consider other factors such as lawns, gardens and entertaining areas. It’s all about priorities and working with every millimetre you’ve got!” adore home

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MADAGASCAR JASMINE “Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine) is more fragrant than standard jasmine and has large glossy leaves,” says Josh. 86

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KALANCHOE SNAKE PLANT

BLUE CHALK STICK

Sansevieria (snake plant) doesn’t need much water and can do well in both low light and full sun. “They’re such striking plants and don’t take up much space,” Josh points out.

This succulent is easy to care for and spreads well. “The colour complements the pool water so beautifully,” says Josh.

SNOW PEAR Come autumn, as with other forms of Pyrus, the foliage on the snow pear puts on a vibrant show of bright red colour.

SILVER SPOONS This shrubby succulent is perfect for both pots and garden beds. “The silvery tones complement the grey hardwood fence,” says Josh.


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“We created a relaxed feel by using a combination of raw, earthy materials and textural plants.” – JOSH HARRISON, HARRISON’S LANDSCAPING

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POTTING ESSENTIALS

Ferm Living ‘Orb’ watering can in cashmere $169 designstuff.com.au

Evergreen Collective ‘Cade’ small hanging pot in cypress $29.95 evergreencollective.com.au

Target beech wood & metal dustpan and brush $12 target.com.au

Potting

IKEA ‘Kolbjörn’ cabinet in beige $110 ikea.com.au

essentials

Ivy Muse Protect and Shine spray bottle $22 ivymuse.com.au

Yamazaki ‘Tower’ storage and tool box in black (large) $49 designstuff.com.au

Ferm Living plant box two-tier console table in olive $559 designstuff.com.au

Barebones scissors (small) $37 botanex.com.au

Frontier ‘Fresco’ pigskin gloves $6.90 botanex.com.au Barebones spade in walnut $39.90 botanex.com.au

Cultiver ‘Jude’ linen apron in olive $80 cultiver.com.au 88

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Evergreen Collective ‘Finch’ medium pot in cypress $59.95 and ‘Birch’ wide pot in chalk $44.95 evergreencollective.com.au


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