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Launch Issue!

Breeze magazine

Dec/Jan 2012

Merry Christmas! Inspiring people, beautiful homes, Christmas cooking and more...


Behind-the-scenes with ELKHORN Local artist MICHELLE KINNANE Beautiful BEACH FARM The refurbished WOY WOY FISHERMEN’S WHARF


SPECIAL THANKS TO: Jen Taylor Nick and Lisa Brand Jon and Jenny Cutler Liz Carr Spencer Gilpin & Designit4u

and to all the wonderful people who appear in, or contributed to, this issue, including the “wranglers” in the background who made things happen.


COPYRIGHT © Breeze magazine. All rights reserved. Copyright of articles and photographs remain the property of Breeze magazine or of the contributer and may not be reproduced without prior permission.

Breeze magazine

Launch Issue!

Page 159 Welcome to the launch issue of Breeze Magazine! It has been an exciting time for the Breeze team, putting our first issue together. We have met so many amazing and talented people along the way. And that’s really what Breeze is about - bringing you fabulous people, places and pics. Encouraging you to breathe deeply of local inspiration! This issue we meet the talented lady behind The Art Space, talk to Brian Lizotte, catch up with a fabulous textiles artist and visit some amazing homes and placed. We also have some shopping suggestions and delicious recipe for good measure. We thank you for all your support and hope you enjoy the read.

Until next issue!x

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Haven at Home.

melli cosmetics

street style


Michelle Kinnane Pearl Beach artist

catch of the day

the refurbished Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf

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Christmas Dessert Table


New York City

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Bells at Killcare Sangria & Lace market event

Bouddi Beach House


Patonga 146 sea change 92 Dickebusch 159 Avoca Valley

Patonga holiday home

unsurpassed views... understated elegance... a day you’ll never forget...

The Haven, Terrigal, NSW 2260 (02) 4385 3222 NATIONAL WINNER - 2011 Restaurant & Caterers Award -Restaurant Caterer 2011 Winner Modern Australian Contemporary – Formal – Central Coast 2011 Winner Caterer of the year - Central Coast 2011 Winner Restaurant Wedding Caterer - Central Coast 2011 Winner Restaurant Caterer – Central Coast 2011 Winner Consumers Choice – Central Coast pics:

Elkhorn specialises in oneoff pieces, handmade with eco-friendly fabrics that will capture your heart. Elkhorn is known for its gorgeous hand screen-printed homewares, as well as clothing and accessories, with a quirky twist. Monique founded the business just over a year ago and works out of her parents’ converted garage space on the Central Coast. For Monique, handmade pieces are precious and one of a kind, and carry a real sense of richness and history. “I think it’s much more pleasurable





and meaningful to buy straight from the maker and get to know the person and story behind the object.” she says. Like most creatives, “making” has always been a part of her life. Growing up, a creative urge or idea would come to her and she would have to explore it further. “I remember painting “The Birth of Venus” on an old stool and decoupaging a guitar with cut out pictures of roses — crazy! I was very lucky to have supportive parents who let me discover my own path and encouraged me to do what I most enjoyed.” Today, Monique’s creative process can be sporadic. She finds inspiration everywhere, from the change in light when the sun goes down over the water to the variations of colour and texture in a feather. A single piece of fabric can inspire her to create a top or a scarf. Her design process can start with a collection of ideas from magazines,

Click here for Monique’s beautiful blog featuring more of her inspirations and beautiful finds...

You can find Elkhorn at the following markets:

The Olive Tree Market

The Finders Keepers old photographs and found objects that have a similar theme or feeling and she’ll start sketching from there. Although it can be time consuming, she sometimes cuts out her own stencils for screen printing, rather then trying to picture the design on a computer, to get an instant feel for what it will look like on fabric. She has a wonderful group of creative friends that constantly inspire and challenge her to come up with ideas, and being involved in markets like The Finders Keepers has also allowed her to meet other creative types. After years of working in different fields as a graphic designer, horticulturist and fashion retail assistant, Monique says she is “pretty content living in this relaxed coastal town and enjoy the freedom of running my own business.” Future plans for Elkhorn include a buzzing wholesale business of independent boutiques and perhaps even their own store. The Breeze team wishes Elkhorn every success! CONTACT:


Perfect Christmas gifts! Buy gorgeous Elkhorn products directly from their Etsy shop.

Dahlia Tea Towel $26 Dahlia kerchief scarf $25

Blue feathers tote $59

Grove Cushion rectangle $89

Floaty Feathers Table Runner $75


shopping! It’s that one time of year when shopping goes from being a leisure activity to a down right necessity. Shopping fan or not, you’re going to have to hit the shops to some extent. Breeze magazine and our beautiful feature shop, Haven at Home, have made it as easy as one, two, click!

Mozi door stop $21.95 Visit online store

apple&bee toiletry bags $36.95 - $59.95 Visit online store

apple&bee tote $39.95 Visit online store

HAVEN AT HOME Specialising in stylish and modern homewares, Haven at Home inspires you to create a haven in your own home. We stock beautiful home decor, treasured gifts and stunning jewellery. We take time to focus on your needs and are always happy to assist you in your purchase. Complementary gift wrapping is on us! Shop 2B 490 The Central Coast Highway, Erina, NSW 2260 Ph: (02) 43654618

HOURS An extensive range of Najo jewellery is available in store.

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Sounds like home owl $35.00 Visit online store

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Citta chiller picnic basket $59.95 Visit online store

Tonic toiletry pack$25 Visit online store



Sunnylife clutch $129.95 Visit online store

apple&bee tote $19.95 Visit online store

Tonic heat pad $32.95 Visit online store

Papaya vases $14.95 - $43 Visit online store

MRD large wooden pear $49.95 Visit online store

Wall art

Metal wall art $99 Visit online store

See more large, metal wall art designs in-store

Wall art $65-$165 Visit online store

Wall art $19.95 Visit online store


gingerlilly lingerie $69-$79 Visit online store

Lots more jewellery in-store

Adorne pendant $44.95 Visit online store

apple&bee clutch $84.95 Visit online store

eb&ive bangles $19.50 each Visit online store

Rituelle handcream $12.95 Visit online store

Pretty things

Adorne necklace $29.95 Visit online store

Rituelle soaps $29.95 Visit online store

Zendiva candles $21 - $34.95 Visit online store

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Funky Fibre linen shoulder bag $65. Click here for information

Olive Bay Designs Goddess, Little Miss Goddess and Baby Goddess pendants Click here for information

And for the kids..

Puppet theatre $99.95

School bus and figures $69.96 School house $119.00

Bamboo cotton pajamas size 2 -10 $24.95

Framed print $95 Elephant $26.95 Range of Patersonrose bedlinen available instore. Custom-made bed POA Owls $34.95 each Car $19.95 All products available at Nicnacs 4 Kids. Shop 3, 490a The Central Coast Highway, Erina, NSW 2260



melli cosmetics Melissa Carter, known as melli to her industry peers, has worked in the TV and Film industry as a Makeup Artist for the last two decades alongside some of the Entertainment Industry’s biggest names. “I started out on low-budget feature films, then moved onto Television at Channel 9 in the 90s. The first show I was booked on was the Midday Show, which was live with a studio audience. It taught me to work fast and was a great intro to the celebrity world. Each morning I would end up with everyone from Ritchie Sambora of Bon Jovi to Brady Bunch actors. The talent that sat in my chair each day was so diverse it taught me to work with all types of personalities. I still work on a regular basis with celebrities freelancing for Channel 9, plus other networks and production companies. The highlight of my career was working with Hugh Jackman for a week on a documentary about the Film Industry, which I also featured in. On one particular day of the shoot I drove him across town in my car, as his driver hadn’t shown up. I worked with him briefly a month ago and he still remembers that day!

Working on the first Lord of The Rings Premiere was a lavish affair but the industry can be far from glamorous, in fact the hours can be pretty full on and there’s a down side just like every job.” In 2004, melli created her own Makeup Range, which made its debut on TVSN on the Foxtel Network with monthly melli makeover live shows. The range is used widely in TV Makeup Departments across the country and Natalie Gruzlewski, alongside many other celebrities, is a huge fan.



Three years ago melli decided to open her first concept store in Terrigal. melli has a team of makeup artists working for her and is available by request in-store for makeovers and lessons. “The Coast needed a place where women of all ages could go to get the real deal on makeup. We educate women on how to bring out their features naturally. I personally train all of my girls, so when you have a lesson in-store with one them you’re learning my tips and tricks. We look after a lot of brides and our specialty is a natural Red Carpet – we’ll make you look just like one of my clients ready to hit the Red Carpet. Minx Nail Metallics are huge in Summer and coming soon are Artistic Colour Gloss, the latest Gel Nails which last up to 21 days. If you’re wondering around in a makeup daze, unsure, unconfident and want to look fresh and young again, we offer complimentary consultations on weekdays.


Are you constantly on the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of foundations? Most foundations on the market are too pink, yellow or orange, or they don’t stock a colour light or dark enough so you end up looking too dark or ashy. Then there’s the biggest makeup mistake, the dreaded line on the jaw. Great foundation that matches your skin tone seamlessly is what melli Create-a-blend delivers. A melli Createa-blend Custom Foundation is blended, whipped and modified right before your

eyes in-store. Using a blend of toners that ensure a perfect match, texturizers are then added to create the perfect texture to suit your skin type and the look you wish to achieve. Best of all, our Liquid Mineral based foundations are Paraben, fragrance and talc free. Our formulas won’t clog your pores and are perfect for sensitive skins.

Women’s Everyday Basics Great Quality and Made in Australia

It’s Made to Order Couture Foundation formulated just for you. In a world where everything is mass-produced, it’s rare to have cosmetics customized to your exact needs. We keep your recipe card, or prescription as we call it, on file so when you are ready for a refill it’s as easy as giving us a call. To book just call our store on 4305 2105. We will take the confusion out of choosing a foundation shade and formulate not only your correct shade, but the right formulation for your skin. Shop 2/18 Church St, Terrigal

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Must-have wardrobe basics for women – t-shirts, drawstring pants, gym wear, travel wear, sleep wear and more.


Street Style


Photography by dwf photography

I took to the streets of Terrigal on a very hot Sunday afternoon to check out what girls were wearing in the recent higher temperatures. In a sea of denim short shorts we found 7 sizzling hot looks.


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2 1. JO teaming a Whistles skirt with a simple black singlet. Effortless!

5. Tyne is on trend with her colour blocking and choice of bold colours.

2. Tessa looking so cool in her floral mini dress and sunnies. So summery!

6. KirsTie teamed her bright top with a black skirt and oversized clutch - bright, smart, and fun.

3. emma described her style as 80’s vintage/ rockabilly. Summer glam with an edge! 4. Kylie’s look is loose and floaty, teamed with fedora beach hat. Relaxed yet cool.

7. lOuise has a European influence in her styling. I adored her ladylike beach style. AND Karen Millen bag!



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to support both. With the aim of making it through his contract, Brian brought in Wendy Matthews and Jenny Morris for dinner shows. These sold out immediately and, as he says, “saved his bacon”. Finding that the club mentality wasn’t suited to where he wanted his life to go, Brian shut up shop in the club at Ettalong. That seemed to be it for the music, but with the crowds they had been getting to the dinner shows it did seem like they had started something good, so it was only a year later that he decided to give it another go.

Like many on the Central Coast, Brian Lizotte came in search of a better lifestyle. After years of working in the entertainment catering business, he was eager to give the long hours and the travel away. After relocating, Brian opened a restaurant in Hardy’s Bay RSL. This gained such a reputation that he was soon pursuaded to relocate to Ettalong Beach Memorial Club. “Bringing back the music” arose out of necessity - running a restaurant upstairs in an club with a bistro downstairs means that you had to be imaginative with your strategy. There just wasn’t the population

They found the perfect location at Kincumber and it has only taken 6 years for Lizotte’s to become an institution, and the premier live music venue in the area. The appeal is twofold - great music and great food. Brian also feels that it is important to offer options, so there is a mix of ticketed dinner shows and also shows alone, with an a la carte menu available for those who want it. With the business being such a success, the question of extending was bound to come up. Brian has cleverly resisted making the existing venue bigger, recognising that part of the attraction of Lizotte’s is the intimate “dinner show” atmosphere. Instead, he has opened a Lizotte’s in both Sydney and Newcastle. Cannily, this gives the venues better “buying power” with artists, as they can



basically do a mini tour, following the Lizotte’s venues up the coast. The result being a great line up, guaranteed. It’s not just established artists who feel the benefit of the Lizotte’s empire and it’s accompanying food and nurturing, Brian is very committed to encouraging local emerging talent. Each Wednesday night is ‘Live and Local’, a showcase of up-and-coming talent, which has proved very popular with local audiences. Feeding into local talent spotting is Lizotte’s school initiative, which enables high school students to put on live shows within a professional, working enviroment. They currently have 15 local high schools that put on at least one show per year, and the initiative is in its 5th year. Brian

says it is a great way to spot talent - acts either sink or swim - and for a few, it cements their commitment to a future career in music. There have been some great young musicians coming out of this unoffical mentoring programme Brian has established including Liam Burrows, Sarah Humphries, Mike McCarthy and Jacob Pearson. If Brian has one message for his fellow locals, it’s to turn off the tv, get up off the sofa and come and support great local acts. “We have X-Factor happening here every night. And hey, you might just enjoy yourself.”

Rocwater Sunday 11th

Israel Cannan Wednesday 14th

CENTRAL COAST SHOWS FOR DEC 2011 - FEB 2012 DECEMBER Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Thursday 1st

Catherine Britt’s Hillbilly Christmas Jam Friday 2nd

Dragon Saturday 3rd

Piggs Peake Wine Lunch featuring Dr Goodvibe Sunday 4th

Brisbane Waters Secondary College Musical Showcase

Good Evans It’s Xmas with Bob Evans & Adalita Thursday 15th

Diesel Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th

The Black Sorrows Monday 19th & Tues 20th

Richard Clapton Wednesday 21st

A Tribute to Van Morrison Thursday 22nd

Bondi Cigars Friday 23rd

The Seltic Sirens Wednesday 28th

Brian Cadd & Russell Morris

Wednesday 7th

Thursday 29th

The Church

Brian’s Famous Jazz & Chilli Crab Night

Thursday 8th

A Night At The Crossroads – Tribute to Robert Johnson Saturday 10th

Friday 30th

New Years Eve with Beccy Cole Saturday 31st


Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 18th

Andrew Winton Thursday 19th

Graeme Connors Friday 20th

JANUARY Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 4th

Hanggai – Mongolia Thursday 5th

Mark Seymour Friday 6th

Glenn Shorrock Saturday 7th

Joe Robinson Sunday 8th

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 11th

Passenger Thursday 12th

John Swan with Rick & John Brewster (The Angels) Friday 13th

1927 Saturday 14th

Bruce Mathiske Saturday 21st

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 25th

Busby Marou Friday 27th

Choirboys Saturday 28th

FEBRUARY Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 1st

Elixir – Katie Noonan Thursday 2nd

Ian Moss Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th

Colin Hay Tuesday 7th

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 8th

Think Rock n Food Trivia Night Thursday 9th

Barry Leef – My Songbook Saturday 11th

The Widow Birds Album Launch Sunday 12th

Valentine’s Day with Ashleigh Grace Tuesday 14th

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 15th

King Tide Friday 17th

Lazy Sunday Lunch with Cotton Keys & Morris Sunday 19th

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 22nd

Jon Stevens Thursday 23rd

Doug Parkinson Friday 24th

Lazy Sunday Lunch with Karl Broadie & Caitlin Harnett Sunday 26th

Reverb & Lizotte’s presents Live and Local Wednesday 29th

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BEACH FARM The original settler’s cottage is still visible in the roof line and the interior.


Traditional straw ceilings are lightweight and excellent insulation

Beach Farm The house at Kincumber’s Beach Farm is evocative and inviting. Bathed in a warm and benevolent light, you can’t help but be drawn inside. This year is a special one for Beach Farm, marking its centenary. From working farm and settler’s cottage; dilapidation and restoration; to its current lush landscape and eclectic, elegant home; Beach Farm has a rich history, which continues to unfold. It began life as a happy home, built in 1911 by Henry Mathew for his large family who farmed the land and had picnics on the beach nearby. However, when Marian and Frank French purchased the property in 1976, it had long been derelict. Beach Farm was a four-room timber settler’s cottage with just over six unruly acres


The original cottage forms the living room, the former verandah is now the dining room.



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Much of the furniture was collected for next to nothing before “old stuff � was popular.


and a dam filled with old vehicles. Yet Marian fell instantly in love. Despite the daunting disaster, the dust and thick coat of cobwebs, she sensed the promise of such a special place. Marian and Frank had regularly holidayed on the Central Coast and it seemed the logical place to look for a property to slowly transition to from Sydney. There was to be no slow transition for Marian though, who had seen the advertisement by chance and, after travelling up for an inspection, begged Frank to buy the small farm. Once it was theirs she started

Marian’s tiny office (left) feels like a snug ship’s cabin. It was originally part of a leanto bedroom attached to the original structure. The rest of that room is now an alcove (shown far left). Fairy lights (below) cleverly replace flames in warmer weather. spending her weeks at Beach Farm, with just her dogs for company and Frank joining them on the weekends. Bit by bit she tamed and tidied and lovingly restored Beach Farm’s beauty. And unexpectedly, Beach Farm gave back. It was with little forethought that Marian planted a few lavender bushes on the property. It seemed a good area for them and they supplied cut flowers for her cottage. Before long they were producing more lavender than she needed, so Marian started leaving bunches on a table by the road with an honesty box – $1 per bunch.




A shade house, built from salvaged materials, is reached through french doors.

Local shops began stocking Beach Farm lavender and soon this progressed into a thriving business. Marian converted some old sheds into a still-room cum gift shop and in no time tourist coaches were driving up Beach Farm’s long dirt road, full of visitors keen to explore ‘The Lavender Patch’, as it had become known. Today, the acres of lavender are long gone and Beach Farm has been surrounded by modern sprawl. It must be very different from those early days. And yet, step through the front door and there is the Mathew family’s original timber farmhouse sitting in the middle of this pleasant, rambling home. The walls have been cut down to half height, with the majority of

the four-room cottage now forming the living room. The original stone fireplace is suspended between this and the builtin former verandah, which now forms a dining area. The home has grown pieceby-piece through necessity, but no modern or off-the-plan place could ever lay claim to the charm of this random bundle of rooms and its inviting outdoor areas. There are so many enticing corners in this house, encouraging you to sit and do not much of anything. Buffered from the world by an oasis of lush green garden, with public parks beyond the gates, Beach Farm seems timeless and content. Much like Oliver, Marian’s patrician Oriental cat, who ‘lords it’ on the front verandah, you get the feeling that Beach Farm has earned its place and now enjoys stretching out in the soft sunlight, ready for an afternoon doze. Marian has filled Beach Farm with beautiful and interesting things that seem very at home here. She has obviously lavished a lot of love on this special place and in response; it is positively purring.

Oliver, the Oriental cat, guarding the front door (top left). Marian’s garden betrays her love of old farm equipment, such as the steam powered chaff cutter in the front garden (left). With no phone on the property, the brass bell was bought by Frank as a security measure (bottom left).


The garden at Beach Farm has evolved, from its professional days, into a comfortable, low-maintenance one. Marian is lucky to have many established trees, which were on the property when she and Frank purchased it, and there are many more that have flourished in the years she has been there, including some huge and beautiful Crepe Myrtles. A very large Philadephus bush threads through one of these trees, and the theme of lush green with white accents is continued with Star Jasmine, Snow-in-Summer and Agathpanthus, all low maintenance plants once they’re established.

Lavender (top), Mock Orange (above) and Star Jasmine (top right) all grow well with occasional maintenance. Marian cuts Mock Orange (Philadelphus) blooms for the house.



French Country Market Since Frank’s passing in 1988, Marian has continued living at Beach Farm, lovingly maintaining the home and garden that she and Frank established. As an author and historian passionately involved in environmental and heritage issues, she has led a busy life in the community over the years.

Beach Farm is one of the few remaining early farmhouses on the Central Coast and each year, as part of History Week in September, its delightful garden and adjoining park are used to host a French Country Style Market. The market began five years ago with twelve stalls, which grew to sixty five stalls this year.

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Michelle Kinnane is the force, and talent, behind a new artistic endeavour in Pearl Beach. The Art Space is a small and peaceful studio used for classes and exhibitions. It has only been open for business since mid-year, but the enthusiasm of its students and the energy of its founder have ensured that the word is spreading and its reputation is growing fast. Michelle began her professional artistic career as an illustrator. She majored in painting at Alexander Mackie, before moving to using pastels, particularly for portraiture. A career segue soon after saw her become a school teacher (art, drama and dance), a vocation she has continued with for more than 20 years.

The Art Space, set up for its 2nd exhibition. Classed usually consist of only 4 students.



Many changes occurred in the intervening years, including two sons, until Michelle arrived in Pearl Beach 10 years ago. It was a pivotal time for her. She was suffering a bout of chronic illness, which had her at a physical, spiritual and creative low. Michelle wasn’t familiar with the area, but she immediately fell in love with the landscape and the community. It felt like the homecoming she was in need of. One particular feature of the area that captivated her was the giant Angophoras that surround the tiny beach community. Michelle has long had an artiswtic love affair with the female form, and in Pearl Beach these trees are like huge serene goddesses gazing calmly over the landscape.

Michelle also decorates gumboots. They are available at Gnostic Mana in Woy Woy.


The Angophoras and the healing atmosphere of the village did their work. Michelle saw a huge change in her creative energies. Her work from her early career is exquisite, but the art Michelle has created since her move to Pearl Beach shows an increasing freedom and joy in the process. There is a palpable sense of personal growth and wellbeing, with mixed-media becoming a passion. After her most recent exhibition, The Awakening, which dealt with the healing process of Pearl Beach and its guardian Angophoras, it seemed time for a new direction. The idea of a space for people to come and explore art started forming in Michelle’s mind. As a school teacher, and as a student herself, she knew that creative exploration is ultimately self exploration, and for those who aren’t used to expressing themselves creatively it can be an incredibly intense and lifechanging experience.

Michelle’s home is full of exquisite treasures, including these tarot inspired mixed media works and an embellished light switch. The enclosed front verandah is furnished with roadside finds.

Two works from Michelle’s most recent exhibition, The Awakening. The portrait is of sculptor, Ingrid Morley.

For Michelle, it was important that, while students were introduced to the tools and techniques of art, the process and the journey undertaken would be a holistic one. Her classes are more about playing and experimenting than producing frame-worthy pieces. And importantly, this happens in a calm and supportive environment where there can never be a right or a wrong, only personal expression, however it comes. Creativity is often a battle but when it is undertaken in this way, and persevered with, it is always a battle won. Michelle is a firm believer in Divine Timing, and just as her dreams were taking shape, the perfect space was “delivered from the gods”. The ramshackle weatherboard cottage is typical of Pearl Beach’s inter-war period homes, but it had fallen on hard times. What it did have was a giving nature. And a great studio space out the back! With enviable energy and a lot of help from locals and friends, Michelle was able to renovate the house and studio, and tame the beautiful rear garden, which is home to... the largest Angophora in the village! This stately lady now keeps a protective watch over Michelle and the Art Space, and I’m sure that all who come here feel the effect of her benevolence. Contact Michelle for details of classes at The Art Space at or on 0402 756 106. Follow The Art Space on Facebook.


Catch of the day

Photography by Tim Brand and Xanthe Highfield



For 30 years Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf has been the Central Coast’s largest fresh seafood market, the busiest seafood takeaway and the most relaxed seafood restaurant. This iconic business was ready for more...


oy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf was founded by Pat Cregan more than 30 years ago. Today’s proprietors, Pat’s daughter Jenni Cregan and husband Merv Clayton, together with their children Michaela and Sam, are shaking things up. They are offering customers a new space to relax and enjoy the freshest seafood, now with the coolest bar on the Coast. “We wanted to introduce a liquor licence and our children told us this was the year. The simple wine list that Michaela (wellknown Sydney Morning Herald Sommelier of the Year 2008, and Tony Bilson protégé) and Sam created has already been acclaimed. It is a mix of Australian, French, Italian and Spanish wines that are well below prices elsewhere and often unavailable in bottleshops. We also stock imported beers and a full cocktail bar,” says Merv. “Our uncle, Manolo, grew up in Jerez in Spain, home of sherry, so we have sourced the world’s best Jerez sherry” adds Sam. “Mum and Dad love Spain too, so we have some great Spanish Rosé, and as Michaela and her partner are involved with French wines, we also have amazing French on offer. Representing Australia, we have Riesling from Orange, Chardonnay and Semillon from the Hunter, and Michaela begrudgingly allowed us one local Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. The wine list is



an evolving adventure with almost every wine is available by the glass.” And the new look? Sam and Xanthe Highfield created the fresh vibe. Both experienced film and television designers, they commissioned local artist Trent Whitehead to paint a huge mural. The seating they designed is a combination of Tolix and CWA chairs (as displayed in the Powerhouse Museum) and benches built by local craftsman Paul Skinner, covered in Bruce Goold fabrics. To finish things off they added their own personal elements. What about the food? “There is so much to try!” says Sam. “Sample our famous Brisbane Water oysters with a glass of Muscadet, sardines and Vermentino, chilli mussels and a Bloody Mary, or beer battered fish and chips and a Monteith’s beer. If you don’t do lunch, we are open Wednesday to Saturday all afternoon, as well as evenings.” “We have seen trends come and go, and have stayed true to Pat’s maxim, K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Seafood).” says Merv. “We source the best local fish, oysters and prawns available and receive daily deliveries from the Sydney Fish Market and co-ops from Wollongong to Tuggerah to the Clarence River.” “The emphasis will always be on the best fresh seafood available,” says Jenni, “but with the new bar, our chef Andy is

updating some old favourites. There are sharing plates of fish tacos, fish burgers, spicy fish strips and paella; healthy salads; and Sam has snuck in the odd chicken and vegetarian option too.” “We have had many plaudits, won awards, and founded and funded the Oyster’s Birthday for nearly 20 years. But the best recognition is that our children want to be involved after separate and successful careers elsewhere. They want Woy Woy and the Central Coast to have a unique venue for their generation. We hope our customers find it as exciting as we do!”

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Fried Flathead and Chips

Patatas Bravas

Flathead is one of the best fish types for traditional fried, battered fish.

The extensive seafood menu is now complemented by a new tapas menu.

Fish and chips is delicious with a cold beer. A dark ale like Monteith’s Black Beer provides a smooth balance between the fish and crispness of the batter.

The Spanish beer Estrella is a natural accompaniment to this classic tapas recipe. Alternatively, any full-bodied lager would also taste great.



Blackfish Tacos

Baked Jewfish Fillet

A variation on a Mexican favourite, using delicous locally sourced Blackfish.

Jewfish is one of the most versatile fish. Here it is baked with fennel.

With a Pico Degallo (salsa) and a coriander purèe, the rich flavours of this dish are perfectly matched with a crisp, light beer, such as Mexico’s Corona.

Our favourite drop with this recipe is a Riesling from Bloodwood, based in Orange. The crispness of the Riesling with it’s floral strength works well with the strong flavours of fish and fennel.



Local Pacific Oysters These delicious oysters from Patonga are served with an Asian Vinaigrette, citrus zest and fish roe. Oysters are great with no accompaniment except your shucking knife, but if you like to dress them up a little, they are the perfect vehicle for a range of flavours. Oysters are delicious with a clean white wine, such as our Domaine Pierre De La Grange Muscadet from the Loire Valley, France. Muscadet is best suited to the salty sea-flavour of oysters and shellfish as it balances them with it’s light mineral and fruit flavours. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE

Local Empire Bay Sydney Rock Oysters are also available. Smaller but oh-so-delicious!


TheWharf’s guide to local catch This Christmas, purchase delicious local seafood with confidence. Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf, the Central Coast’s premier fresh seafood market, gives us the “what” and “how” so we can work out the “why”.


A huge Black Flathead, straight off the boat and into the kitchen. They are essentially the same as Ocean Flathead but larger and with much darker skin. RIGHT: Freshly caught Butterfish, Silver Bream and Ocean Flathead.


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Blue Morwong


WHAT: Also called Deep Sea Bream. Saltwater fish, caught off the coast and on reefs. Light fleshed with a strong sea flavour. Serves 1–2 people.

WHAT: Saltwater fish, caught off rocks and on reefs. Light fleshed with a sweet flavour. Can serve 2–6 people.

HOW: Fillet and remove skin and bones. Pan-fry in seasoned flour, serve with a light salad.

Butterfish WHAT: Saltwater fish, caught in most waterways and off the coast. Light fleshed with a sweet flavour. Serves 1–2 people. HOW: Best pan-fried in seasoned flour (always cook in flour as flesh is very delicate) and served with a light salad.


HOW: Best barbecued or as sashimi with a seaweed salad.

Leather Jacket WHAT: Saltwater fish, caught in most waterways and off the coast. Light flesh with a sweet flavour. Serves 1–2 people. HOW: Remove head, spike and skin (peels off easily once head is removed). Bake in aluminium foil with leek, lemon and garlic. Serve with roast vegetables.

Local School Prawns

WHAT: Saltwater fish caught in most waterways and off the coast. Light fleshed with a very sweet flavour. Serves 1–2 people.

WHAT: Small to medium-sized school prawns caught in Tuggerah Lakes and Hawkesbury River mouth. They have a delicate sweet flesh.

HOW: Best pan-fried in seasoned flour and served with roast veggies, a light salad and a beer. A true Central Coast classic.

HOW: Try marinating in hot Szechuan spices and flour, and pan-frying until pink. Serve with lemon and a cold beer.

Jewfish WHAT: Also known as Mulloway. Saltwater fish caught off rocks and off the coast. Light fleshed with a mild, sweet flavour. Serves 2–4 people. HOW: Delicious barbecued on a hotplate or baked whole. Fillets are perfect panfried or baked. The firm flakes also makes it ideal for fish stews and soups.

Silver Bream WHAT: Saltwater fish, caught in most waterways and off the coast. Light fleshed with a strong flavour. Serves 1–2 people. HOW: Best stuffed and baked whole, or pan-fried as fillets.


Freshly caught, large Jewfish. This one is destined to be stuffed and baked whole. A whole, baked fish makes an easy and delicious meal for entertaining. BELOW: Local School Prawns, cooked and ready to peel and eat.

Snapper WHAT: Saltwater fish caught off rocks and on reefs. Light fleshed with a very sweet flavour. Serves 1-4 people. HOW: Smaller fish are best stuffed and roasted whole. For larger fish, fillet but leave the skin on, and barbecue on a hot plate, skin-side down.

Trevally WHAT: Saltwater fish, caught in most waterways and off the coast. Light, oily flesh with a strong flavour. Serves 1-2 people. HOW: Skin and bone the fillets, and fry in seasoned flour. Serve with a light salad.

The market is open 7 days, 9 am to 5 pm. Takeaway Fish and Chips are available Mon-Tues 11 am to 4 pm, and Wed-Sun 11 am to 8 pm. CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TRADING TIMES


Read more... Pauchard Tolix chairs The refurbishment of Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf features classic, yet very cool, red Tolix Model A chairs, with the exposed original structure accented by fishermen’s basket light fittings. The Model A chair was designed by Xavier Pauchard in the 1930s, with the name Tolix registered in 1934. The utilitarian nature of the Model A chair saw it adopted into factories, offices and hospitals, as well as being popular as outdoor furniture. In recent years, Tolix has developed variations on the galvanised original, introducing distinctive new colours and perforating the Model A to reduce costs. Transformed by these innovations, the Model A chair is the perfect modern incarnation of a design icon.


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beach house Standing on the beach below, this home is barely discernable through the trees. Some very clever thinking has made it elegant, efficient, eco-friendly and fire-safe.

The brief for this weekender sounds simple: design a three-to-four-bedroom home that takes advantage of the beach views and the Summer breezes. However, architect Dianna Thomas knew it was a little more involved than that. “The house is in a bush fire flame zone, which means on three sides it had to be designed to withstand the highest levels of bushfire attack,� Dianna says.

Photography by Brigid Arnott

Daunting as this may sound, it’s the sort of challenge she relishes, being committed to environmentally aware design.



Dianna used Scyon™ Matrix™ cladding on the three sides vulnerable to flames, as well as on the eaves and verandah. It was chosen for its performance and for its proportions, which fitted with the long, rectangular look of the house.

Thermal efficiency was another important point for both client and architect. The Blackbutt tree at the front of the block was retained, as it provides a microclimate for the house and keeps it cool in Summer.

The house also collects rainwater, stored in a large reservoir tank dedicated to a bushfire sprinkler system and fire hose.

The long, narrow building also facilitates optimum cross ventilation, with sliding glazed doors on the north side and a series of adjustable, narrow vertical windows on the south.

Shutters were custom-made in consultation with the local fire brigade. These are kept closed when the owners are absent and provide peace of mind.

When it came to a colour palette, the cladding used opened up the options.


Inside... Mid-century furnishings accentuate the airy feel of the open living space.


Read more... Mid-Century Furniture Dianna Thomas is known for her mid 20th Century design aesthetic and the house at Bouddi is furnished accordingly. Mid-century generally describes the period from 1933 - 1965, building on Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic style of architecture and incorporating International Style elements. Scandinavian (Aalto, Jacobsen) and Brazilian (Neumeyer) design also heavily influenced architecture and furniture design around this time. The living area features a fabricupholstered Grasshopper chair and ottoman, designed by Finnish-American Eero Saarinen in 1946. Saarinen was close friends with Charles and Ray Eames as well as Florence Knoll, and the Knoll furniture company has manufactured all Saarinen designed furniture . Other well known Saarinen designs produced by Knoll include the “Womb” chair and “Tulip” chair, which won numerous design awards in the 1960s.

Clever use of space means that that this holiday home has ample sleeping room for guests. The kitchen has clean lines and a stunning outlook. A dark textured paint, such as the Murobond Kohl used, could have created too much heat without the flame resistent cladding. When combined with the recycled hardwood, it creates a sense of calm and blends with the environment. The interior of the home makes clever use of space, with multiple entertaining areas within a compact space. Upstairs are open-plan living and dining spaces and downstairs, a teenage retreat. The overall effect is a comfortable beach-side weekender with the added bonus of knowing that it’s designed with its environment front of mind. Architect: Dianna Thomas Architect Builder: Cochran Constructions Email:

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property purchases Dianna Thomas Architect began in 2000, working in a collaborative group studio in Sydney. A sea-change in 2002 brought us to live and work in MacMasters Beach NSW. Our designs are contemporary and simple, stemming from the tradition of mid-20th century modernism, updated for an environmentally aware 21st century. Our mission is to improve the quality of the built environment through a high standard of design, which stands out due to its simplicity, generosity and striking use of colour. The Dianna Thomas Architect AAA approach means that the money you spend on your project is invested wisely, and ensures that you will enjoy the benefits of excellent design in your home or work environment.

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avoca valley Beautiful Avoca Valley, happily situated in the Avoca Beach hinterland, is peaceful, tranquil and exceptionally private. It is nontheless centrally located, just 4 kms from Avoca Beach or a short drive to the bustling cafes, restaurants and beaches of Terrigal, Copacabana, MacMasters Beach and Pretty Beach. Within this lush landscape lies an impressive, gated acreage estate. With internal roads and two-and-a-half acres accommodating horse paddocks and a tennis court, this property is truly an idyllic escape. An architect designed home, featuring five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, takes pride of place on the property, overlooking a large and picturesque dam.

A true entertainer’s dream, the home has a solar-heated indoor pool and spa. These open up from the second living area which features a bar, billiards room and gymnasium. The main living areas are open and spacious, with a stunning European-style kitchen. The home is bright and airy, and has a casual beachside feel. Every convenience has been considered to make life here as stress-free and pleasant as possible. This really is a very special home in a very special location.

CLICK HERE for more details or contact Brad Hillier on 0405 371 109 or 4382 3999.


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Looking for an easy, and sweet, way to feed the family on Christmas Day? We have put together a selection of recipes and decorating ideas that will make it a cinch! Our Christmas Dessert Table is a showstopper, and so easy to create that it’s sure to become a family tradition.

By Sarah Deaves of Princess Allure Boutique Events Photography by Nick Brand With thanks to Frosted Fantasies and Buttercups Florist

Beautiful confectioner’s jars, available at selected homewares stores, contain simple store-bought confectionary in seasonal colours, red and white.





Champagne Popsicles

Shortbread Cookies

These adults-only ice treats are sure to be popular after turkey and all the trimmings.

As much a decoration as a dessert, these pretty cookies taste amazing!

Mix sparkling wine with blended fruit and you’re done - too easy! We used strawberries, which gave the popsicles a festive pink colour, but most fruits can be used. Popsicles are a perfect recipe to make ahead of time to cut down on Christmas Day stress!

Decorating cookies that look this good takes time... so we called in a professional - Frosted Fantasies. Rachel can create just about anything for any occasion in her cake boutique. If you want to give it a try yourself, grab a shortbread recipe, fondant icing, some seasonal cookie cutters and you’re ready to go!



Trifle in a Jar


A clever twist on an old dessert favourite that is perfect for guests of all ages.

Frosted Fantasies made us some beautiful macarons in seasonal red and white.

These are so easy, and a fabulous excuse to hang on to all those lovely jars you come across!. We used red jelly, sponge cake, custard and fresh cream, sprinkled with white chocolate shavings. You could add fruit, fruit cake or anything else you like!

The subtle flavours and textures of French macarons have seen their popularity soar. You can guarantee impressing your guests by including these delicious morsels on your Christmas Dessert Table.




North Pole Cupcakes

White Choc Rocky Road

You can’t go wrong with cupcakes. Perfect for all occasions!

We created these with a perfect blend of seasonal red cherries and white chocolate.

These cupcakes are a simple butter cake recipe. If you wanted to make them even easier, you could use a store-bought cake mix. Be sure to top with a decadent butter frosting and some coconut “snow”. Candy canes and jaffas create the North Pole.

What we didn’t anticipate was just how perfect the combination would be! Use the best ingredients you can find. The slight tang of the cherries goes deliciously with the super-sweet, creamy white chocolate.



Make: cards & labels

Make: bunting

We have used simple, stylish brown card combined with red and white cord and ribbon.

This bunting adds a lovely, oldfashioned festivity to your table. And you can use it again!

These labels and cards aren’t just about identifying the desserts for your guests; they also finish off your Dessert Table decoration with a dash of professional flair! Use our table decor as a starting point and give your imagination free reign.

You can use your bunting above the table or fastened to the front as we have done. We continued our rustic theme by using squares of hessian with frayed edges, an easy no-sew option. The letters are simply stencilled on.

Make: snowflakes

Add: fruit & flowers

We created a gorgeous backdrop to our table with oldfashioned crocheted doilies.

We added red berries and snowy Gypsophila, along with fresh strawberries.

Another idea with great impact that requires minimal effort. You can pick up second-hand doilies cheaply. Or you could use the paper versions, or even have a go at crocheting your own! Alternatively, Princess Allure Boutique Events are famous for their doily bunting.

Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition to your Dessert Table. As we have a Summer Christmas, there are many gorgeous blooms to choose from. We kept ours restrained, with snow-like Gypsophila and red berries. The little berry baskets add colour while also being a healthy addition and a palette cleanser after all those decadent desserts.

and when the guests are gone..


there’s hardly any washing up !

Make platters look more festive (and keep them clean) by cutting festive wrapping paper to size.



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Each issue we invite someone O.S. to send us an “e-card” from their beloved home. This month we have a photo essay on New York City from newish resident, art director Samantha O’Brien. Sam has worked in advertising for many years, winning some cool awards and meeting some talented people along the way. She is loving NYC and shows you why on the following pages.

Above: Hockey players in the Village below an ad for MoMA. Right: The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum. Two Museums not to be missed, along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Above: Washington Square Park in the Spring. Right: The elevated High Line at the Standard Hotel. One of the city’s newest and most popular ways to experience Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.

Houston Street, Soho: Quintessential street finds above, and the day after a snow storm, right.

The famous Cyclone roller coaster, a New York Ci

ity landmark built in 1927. Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Above: A Smurf float on the afternoon before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Right: The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the city’s great walks. Once in Brooklyn, make a left off the bridge and head down to DUMBO for spectacular views of Manhattan.

When you finally stop for food: La Esquina Corner Deli on Kenmare Shake Shack at Madison Square Park Joe’s Pizza at 7 Carmine Street The Bagel Hole on 7th Avenue, Brooklyn Dim Sum Go Go at 5 East Broadway Coffee fit for an Aussie at Third Rail Coffee Samantha O’Brien is an Australian Art Director, living and working in New York. She hopes you love it as much as she does.

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transforming overnight - so what is popular this month may be passé by the time you arrive. It’s a city to explore “in the moment” and it’s impossible to see everything it has to offer. Instead, try to soak in the sheer amount of culture, restaurants, exhibitions and people here - and you’ll be acting like a jaded New Yorker in no time!

GETTING THERE Sydney to New York is well covered by a number of American, Oceanic and Asian based airlines, including Qantas Airways, United Airlines, Air New Zealand and Japan Airlines. The flight to New York is a 16000 km longhaul trip that takes well over 20 hours flying time, with a connecting stop within the United States mainland (often in Los Angeles) before flying onward to New York. A “stopover” on any long haul flight is a welcome break from the unnatural backto-back movies and broken sleep pattern, giving passengers the opportunity to get off, stretch their legs and even stay a few nights. Depending on your airline you can stop over in Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand. Or alternatively, break your trip in the Middle East at Abu Dhabi. The flight to New York really is a round-the-world adventure.

WHERE TO STAY New York is not exactly cheap, but deals are plentiful if you’re not set on a specific property. And where to stay? Many New York City visitors insist on staying in the hectic Midtown area, but other neighbourhoods are often just as convenient. Less-touristy areas, such as Gramercy, the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side - even Brooklyn - offer a far more realistic sense of New York life. The least expensive months to book are January and February. Try to avoid peak dates, like Fashion Week and the New York City Marathon. Chain hotels offer some great bargains. Many have moved into the city, offering reasonable room rates. In addition to favorites like the Sheraton, Hilton, and Hyatt brands, there are Best Westerns, Days Inns and Comfort Inns. Their rates aren’t as low as hotels outside Manhattan, but they’re certainly getting closer.

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BELLS AT KILLCARE BOUTIQUE HOTEL, RESTAURANT & SPA In November, Bells at Killcare officially opened the doors to fourteen brand new, architect-designed suites and villas, taking the number of rooms on the property from 11 to 25. The expansion allows Bells at Killcare to cater for its ever-growing clientele, while retaining its intimate appeal. The new rooms (king suites, two storey cottages and lakeside villas) offer high-end levels of comfort and luxury, beautifully decorated in classic Hampton’s blue and white style. They are positioned alongside the current Bells villas, within lush, landscaped native gardens and restored lakes and ponds. The new villas are nostalgic of summers past and based on a palette of washedback blues, bleached linens and driftwood. The king beds boast Ralph Lauren bed heads, throw cushions, hand-woven blankets and luxurious comforters, with the rooms offering individual fire places, flat screen televisions and beautifully appointed lounge and dining areas. Large verandahs with roll-down blinds feature outdoor rattan furniture and day beds.



preston hun er interiors For the decor in the new villas, Bells at Killcare relied on Preston Hunter Interiors. Formed in 2001 by Preston & Fiona Hunter, Preston Hunter Interiors specialises in residential interior design and decoration. Preston Hunter, began his career in textiles in 1993 while he was studying in Sydney. He then moved on to become a Senior Interior Designer & Decorator for a well-known Sydney firm. Preston is a member of the Design Institute of Australia. “Because our clients find us at different stages of their design journey, we tailor


our services and fees to suit each client’s distinctive needs, style, budget, location and architecture. We offer a personalised and professional service to help you with small decorating projects or the complete design and fitout of a large project.”

Preston Hunter Interiors is located at 61F Webb Street, East Gosford NSW 2250. Studio hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am–5pm. Design & decorating service: Monday to Saturday by appointment only. Phone: (02) 4324 2000

Bells at Killcare

BOUTIQUE HOTEL, RESTAURANT & SPA 107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights NSW 2257

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The name KILLCARE originated in 1916 and is a pun – “Kill care at Killcare”.



The name ‘Manfredi’ is synonymous with modern Italian cuisine. Stefano Manfredi and business partner Julie Manfredi Hughes have been designing and operating restaurants under this banner in Sydney for more than two decades. Throughout this time, the Manfredis have been at the pinnacle of Australian food culture. Both the cuisine and the design of their restaurants have placed them among a handful of innovators in this burgeoning restaurant landscape.

At Bells, Stefano takes the Manfredi urban sensibilities and transplants them to a contemporary coastal setting. The result is a world-class dining destination that is a favourite with locals and critics alike. The Manfredi at Bells menu is grounded in the core Manfredi values of simplicity and sustainability. Its seasonal dishes are inspired by the produce grown and harvested in the estate’s famous vegetable garden, which now covers over 500 square meters of cultivated land. In addition to this produce, the menu features locally harvested seafood, including Hawkesbury River oysters and crayfish caught off nearby McMasters Beach. There are also about 50 chickens on the property, keeping the kitchen well supplied with fresh eggs.

Manfredi at Bells was recently honoured with the ‘Good Living Sustainability Award’ at the 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. The restaurant also retained their One Chefs Hat status, which it has held since its first year of operation. Adjoining Manfredi at Bells is a beautiful new purpose-built function room, The Conservatory. It can seat up to 120 guests or host 220 cocktail-style. The menu on offer at The Conservatory takes its lead from Manfredi at Bells, with all menus tailored to suit each particular event. Manfredi at Bells is open 7 nights a week, from 6pm for dinner. Lunch is served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon.


Read more... Adirondack chairs Blue and white Adirondack lawn chairs are a real feature of the manicured grounds of Bells at Killcare. Holidaying with his family near the Adirondack forest in New York State in the early 1900s, Thomas Lee designed these timber chairs through a process of constructing lawn-chair prototypes for his family to test out at his summer house. Lee made the prototypes from 11 pieces of timber, which he cut from a single piece. The chairs feature a rollover seat and wide arm rests, and the slanted back was intended to compensate for the steep inclines common to the Adirondack mountains, after which the chair is named. Lee subsequently offered his design to a friend who had a small carpentry business, and who capitalised on the potential popularity of the chairs, selling them to summer residents. Adirondacking refers to picnics at which attendees sit around in Adirondack chairs. They have now become a popular classic and are found on lawns and verandahs the world over.


Photography by Rachel and Emily Merrick

Spring saw the launch of Sangria and lace, a sophisticated market event showcasing Coastal and Sydney talent, with vintage clothing, fine art, photography, independent music, local designer labels, accessories, craft, short film & more. It was an idea whch originated with a group of friends and started with som smaller scale events. Seeing how well these went and having a healthy repect for the talent within her circle of acquaintance, Anna Lina Bishop decided to go bigger and better.


Terrigal Surf Club was the venue and the event went from midday to midnight. The exhibitors encompased a diverse array of goods and there was some amazing talent on display. The crowds flowed through steadily, despite a smattering of rain which only served to make the view over Terrigal Beach even more spectacular. Night time brought a change in atmoshere, with lamps, candles and bar tables. At 10 pm Sangria was served and a laid back, party mood set in. Stallholders and customers kicked back in the wind down to midnight.





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Some of the stall holders.. anna lina Arrabon

James Martin

Laura and Rachel Taylor

Berry & Fin

Lauren Merrick

Lauren Rowlands


Estelle Artistry

Frank and Col

Frankie & Buzz

Oh Deer Vintage

Sen Soi Natural Soy Candles Shop 55

Todd Fordham

Transit Guitars

Hazel Silver

Vintage Garden


Helen Moors

wood I GLASS

Hole in the Wall Records

umsum chocolates


the simple life...

The name Patonga means oyster, and oyster farming is still the main industry in this sleepy riverside community.


he primary reason to come to this picturesque fishing village is to get away from it all. Quite literally. Patonga can only be reached via a winding road that climbs for 4 km over the hills from Pearl Beach, itself a winding climb from Ocean Beach. It is also serviced by ferry from Palm Beach. As a consequence, Patonga is a relatively isolated yet located only 35 km from the centre of


Sydney, arriving at Patonga it can feel like you’ve been dropped on an island that time has forgotten. This has definite advantages. The beach is pristine, quiet and great for swimming, especially for children, due to the lack of swell. There is a small playground near the beach and this, combined with the original, or sympathetically restored, holiday homes gives Patonga a distinct “time warp� feel.


Patonga is famous for its Waratah Patch, ablaze in Spring with these iconic blooms.



It is filled with 70s-era polaroid vistas. This sensation is heightened when, turning left at the iconic War Memorial in the centre of a roundabout, you come to the camping ground at the end of Bay Rd. It is a well equipped ground and a great place for the kids to splash about. This the southernmost tip of the Patonga peninsula, with Patonga Creek snaking inland. There are large stands of mangroves and esturine mudflats, and chances are you’ll meet some friendly local pelicans.

There are several great walking trails to explore. The Tony Doyle Walking Trail takes you to a stunning lookout directly over Broken Bay, and at this time of year you will see wild Christmas Bells flowering in the bush. At the northern end of the beach is “Dark Corner” where half a dozen original houses are perched between Brisbane Waters National Park and The River. From here you can walk to Pearl Beach via a fire trail. This takes about two hours and is a lovely way to explore the southernmost areas of the Central Coast. Once you are done exploring and feel like some company, and some food, head for the Patonga Hotel. This building seems


like it’s been here forever, so it might surprise you to know that it was built only 3 years ago. It has been designed in a sympathetic, early-twentieth century style and fits perfectly into its surroundings It echoes the style of the fish and chip shop next door, reputed to have some of the best hand cut-chips around. Patonga Hotel’s Sandbar has a good range of beer (fifteen at last count) and wine. An unexpected feature is the bar itself. Beautifully crafted from Mahogany and Jarrah, it was removed from the America’s

Cup Bar at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel in 2000. The America’s Cup Bell sits on the wall behind the bar and is rung every night for last drinks. Many of the furnishings and fittings, including some striking etched glass doors that portray scenes from J-Class yacht racing, are also from that celebrated bar where many people watched Australia win the Cup in 1983. Local fish and oysters feature on the menu but there are also plenty of other delicious options, including a variety of tempting desserts.

The Patonga Hotel is the social epicentre of the village, and many non-locals make the trip for its vibrant atmostphere and great live music. If you fancy a short downstairs stroll at breakfast time, you can stay at the pub its accomodation is among some of the best in Patonga. Two simply, but stylishly decorated, apartments feature wide, old fashioned balconies with stunning views across The River. Also worth a visit is the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery, which is located in an old shop on the corner of Bay Street, facing the War Memorial. It features an admirable collection of works for sale, from artists such as Jocelyn Maughan and Robin Norling. Many of the works depict local scenes, showing why Patonga has long been a favourite for artists.

Top: The Patonga Hotel blends perfectly with Patonga’s interwar dwellings, despite being only 3 years old. Bottom: The bar. Perfect leaning height. Far right: The Hotel offers two brightly comfortable apartments upstairs with beautiful views across the water.


why I love...


“It’s the most relaxing place for a family holiday and has a real community spirit,”

Steve, Mosman

“The pub for a weekend lunch - the best place to be!”

Luke, Gosford

“First time we’ve been here but we’ll be back! The ferry ride over was just gorgeous!”

Annette, Cromer

Surrounded by National Parks, full of wildlife, two streets one way and three streets the other - Patonga the perfect antidote to city living.

“There is an amazing art gallery just around the corner. I love browsing in there. And the architecture. Fabulous.”

Jacob, Melbourne

“We’re staying at the Patonga Beach House. I want to live here permanently!”

Annie, Wahroonga


Patonga Beach Hotel

The perfect day trip from Sydney. Great food, live music and upstairs accomodation. 6-8 Patonga Drive, Patonga NSW 2256 PHONE

(02) 43791111





Lunch 12.00 - 2.30 Dinner 6.00 - 8.30

Lunch (two sittings) 11.30 - 1.00 and 1.30 - 2.30 Dinner 6.00 - 9.00

Nestled in the sleepy fishing village of Patonga is this stunning renovated cottage. Imaginatively restored and furnished by the creators of Koskela, this home is casually chic in a very Australian way.




Dickebusch is

a two-bedroom holiday home, with separate cottage, in Patonga. Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, the pair behind the furniture and homewares company Koskela, are its current owners. They have restored and renovated both the house and cottage, which now feature furniture, lighting and objects direct from Koskela’s showroom, as well as other beautifully restored, collected pieces. Patonga and Dickebusch captured Russel and Sasha instantly. “A very good friend of ours has a house here,” says Sasha. “We had heard about Patonga through her for a while but we were a bit dubious - no rolling surf, a creek? As soon as we visited her, we were smitten. We decided that day we wanted a place here! Two weeks later we were walking around Dickebusch with the agent. Six short weeks after that we bought it.” Dickebusch was built between 1929 and 1930 by the Flowers family, as their holiday home. It was pre-fabricated and barged to Patonga wharf in pieces, then erected. In the process of renovating,

Natural finishes have been used throughout Dickebusch to give a warm, relaxed feel.

Dickebusch was built at the end of the 1920s. It was a Hudson’s Ready-cut Home that was shipped in to Patonga Wharf. These early kit-homes were usually bought as separate modules, on account, from stores like Grace Bros.



Russel and Sasha discovered that many of the original weatherboard timbers had the name “Flowers” written in pencil on their reverse-side. The Flowers named the house “Dickebusch” in memory of their son Fred, who died in World War I where he was serving as a medic. After surviving Gallipoli, he was killed in battle at Dickebusch, Belgium, and buried in the Australian War Cemetery there. Sasha explains: “We happened to find out about the original name when one day, as we were working on the house, we noticed a car pulled up at the front with an elderly passenger inside, pointing and talking.


When she was old enough, Jean Elliott was allowed to go to the dances at Patonga’s Progress Hall. It was there that she met her husband Ted and together they had two sons. Jean Elliot ends her letter by saying: “I hope that you…enjoy the same happiness that I did, which began in Dickebusch.” We asked if there was anything we could do, and it turned out that the people in the car were the granddaughter and great grandson of the family that built the house. We were really fortunate that we made this contact as the granddaughter, Jean Elliott, provided us with a letter of her memories about the house and some wonderful old photographs of the times she enjoyed there.”

Visitors love that Dickebusch feels like a real holiday house. It was intentionally designed to be different from city homes in terms of the finishes that were chosen, which give it a relaxed, warm feel - a million miles from the stresses of city life. Dickebusch sleeps up to eight guests and is suitable for families and groups of friends. The kitchen is fitted out for foodies, and the house and cottage come with all the latest mod cons, as well as a gas log heater, herb garden and fruit trees, fishing reels, rowboat, kayaks and a hot outdoor shower. Take your pick of exploring the creek, swimming at the beach or just lazing around your holiday home. For enquiries regarding Dickebusch contact Koskela.

koskela Owned and run by Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, Koskela produces Australian furniture that is beautiful, functional and durable. Koskela creates close partnerships with the best suppliers, manufacturers and craftspeople so that they offer clients the finest Australian-made products available. Local production supports local industry, and also creates flexibility in what Koskela can offer – pieces are easily customised and shorter lead times are possible. Koskela work with clients large and small. Whether you’re searching for a dining table made from recycled timber or planning a commercial fit-out, they can offer helpful advice and designs to suit. Koskela have recently relocated to a beautiful new “Pop Up” space in Potts Point, with a selected range of furniture, lighting, and some amazing new products for the home and garden. Koskela Pop Up Store 57 Macleay St, Potts Point 2010 Opening Hours Monday – Friday 10:30am – 6pm Saturday 10am – 4:30pm Sunday 11am – 3pm



Ready-Cut Homes

Kit homes are not a modern invention. Ready-Cut Homes, like that forming the basis of Dickebusch, were common during the early part of last century. George Hudson & Son Ltd Cottage Homes were a major supplier of kit homes in the Sydney area, with over 60 different designs for ready-made weatherboard cottages. These became common in many suburbs and a Hudson ready-made hut was even used as living quarters for the men on Douglas Mawson’s Australian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914). William Henry Hudson emigrated to Sydney in 1846 and established a joinery business in Redfern, in the 1850s. After starting an engineering business in the 1870s, his son, George, took control of the joinery business which became known as George Hudson & Son Ltd in 1905. By the 1920s, George Hudson & Son was producing a huge variety of joinery, as well as ready-made homes, known as “ReadyCut”. These became incredibly popular and are still a familiar sight to this day.

The classic box shape of the traditional Australian beach shack. This one is waiting patiently for some love. In the ‘60s, the Hudson’s jumped aboard another trend and started making ReadyCuts from fibro, particularly suitable for coastal weekenders. Models such as the “Hudson Pittwater” featured skillion roofs, giving them a modern yet casual appearance as well as being cheaper and easier to erect. In recent years, the fibro beach house has undergone something of a renaissance and in some areas has become a soughtafter “renovator’s delight”.


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