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Make an understated impression. Available in ďŹ ve neutral colours, from subtle, lighter tones through to bolder, darker hues, COLORBOND steel Matt diffuses light to create a soft and textured appearance. Tested in some of Australia’s harshest conditions, its strength and durability are perfect counterpoints to its designer appearance. Visit COLORBOND.COM/MATT or call 1800 702 764

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A palette of warm and earthy timber stains sets the tone for a beautiful desert look. Australian made Ezio 150cm round dining table in timber stain Cocoa

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Australian made Ezio 183cm 3-door Buffet in timber stain Cocoa

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Australian made Ezio 92cm round coffee table In timber stain Cocoa

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Sioux dreamer print $429; Capri table lamp white $249; Hatch cushion blush 29.95; Diversity cushion black 34.95; Raindrop cushion blush $19.95

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Love an earthy colour palette with beautiful muted tones? Creating a Pinterest-worthy space like this is easy with Harvey Norman’s range of high quality, customisable furniture. Inspired by the Australian desert at dusk, the ‘Broadway’ lounge shown here is a fabric of soft, millennial pink. Contrast with a dining table in a bespoke stain with chairs to match – like the one pictured above with chairs featured in Warwick Mystere Delft.

Stain, upholstery and size. Never underestimate the power of a key piece of furniture: it will be the cornerstone of your contemporary desert aesthetic. Create a feature sofa by customising it to your precise design vision, choosing from different stains, upholstery and sizes, and even different angles that will change your room dynamic and make it feel more social.

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L OV I N G 18 ROSE Make your precious heirlooms and vintage pieces work with your new, evolving decor

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Find a sunny spot and relax with these reads

4 2 SPACE CRUSH A shared office kitchen gets the Midas touch

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Our monthly list of the things we love

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A calming neutral palette and organic textures reflect the coastal Byron Bay location of a creative couple’s relaxed, open-plan home

Discover the bittersweet tale of the Aalto vase, Finland’s most iconic design object

3 4 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Floral stylist Christelle Scifo invites us into her Sydney design studio, Fleurette

3 9 BEAUTY SPOT Your spring look isn’t complete without one of these rosy-hued blushes on your cheeks

SHOP 8 4 ON DISPLAY We’ve found a gorgeous selection of vases and vessels in all shapes and sizes that will elevate the look of any room in an instant

8 8 WHERE I SHOP Eleanor Pendleton, founder of Gritty Pretty, reveals her favourite spots to shop

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Take your floral fashion inspiration and style cues from the 2019 Resortwear collections

The top-floor apartment of an old industrial building is turned into a dreamy family home

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We show how easy it is to style the same statement rug in three different rooms

Interiors styles spanning several design decades come together in perfect harmony in this sophisticated period apartment

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13 2 HINDSIGHT: YOUNG AT HEART

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Designing your new kitchen? No matter what outcome you have in mind, following these simple steps will make your dream a reality

110 KITCHEN TRENDS Three stunning kitchens, each with a distinct style, provide loads of design inspiration

116 FLATPACK BASICS Looking for an affordable way to update your home? A flatpack kitchen could be for you

12 0 PAINT DIY: KITCHEN CABINETS A coat of laminate paint is the answer to transforming dated cabinets on a budget

By taking on much of the work themselves, a young couple with a small budget and big vision create a home they can grow in

13 8 REAL PETS: CHEEKY CHAP Get to know Charlie, a sweet, scruffy dog who lives with writer and stylist Jessica Bellef

14 0 MONEY MOVES TO MAKE Money magazine’s Effie Zahos shares what you need to know before taking parental leave

OUTSIDE 14 4 STEM SECRETS

12 2 DECORATING DIY: DRIED FOLIAGE Learn how to dry flowers and plants and display them to full effect in your home @reallivingmag

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Packed with robust flavours, these recipes put a twist on the classic three-course menu

TR AV E L 15 6 INCREDIBLE INDIA Thinking of a trip to India? Be prepared for the experience of a lifetime with our guide to all the best places to stay, see and eat

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CAN YOU HAVE TOO MANY VASES? I think not. There are so many different ways to arrange flowers, it’s only natural that you’d need a “wardrobe” of vessels to display them in, right? But if I had to limit myself to just three, I’d choose a bud vase for bedside posies, a short fishbowl for coffee table flowers and a tall cylinder for those big, special-occasion bunches. That said, spring is here and I’m mad for florals, so bring on the vases! This issue, we’ve found 92 of them for you to shop, starting at only $5. What’s your favourite way to display blooms? Take a pic for Instagram and tag us @reallivingmag. While we’re on the topic of a new-season refresh, now is the time to ditch all the stuff you’ve been hoarding over winter and have an organising blitz. This can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Start with just one room, or even a junk drawer, and be ruthless. Keep only what’s essential or truly loved, donate what someone else could use and throw away (mindfully, of course) the rest. Our top 30 genius decluttering hacks (p124) will get you motivated, I’m sure. My favourite one is to secure a magazine holder under the kitchen bench to hold all your chopping boards and oven mitts. Clever, huh? If your kitchen needs more than just a storage hack and a bunch of flowers, check out our reno and style updates from p107. We even reveal how to buy and build a flatpack kitchen, and overhaul your dated cabinets with laminate paint – it’s a tried and tested method, so I promise you’ll love the results. Goodbye, dull decor… and hello, spring!

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1 Decorating with flowers! I am obsessed (putting it mildly) with this dusty pink Linear vase from Kmart. It’s only $7. (Whaaaat?) Kmart.com.au

Eating more salads now that the weather’s getting warmer. Cane salad server set, $55. Neueblvd.com.au

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Wearing sneakers. These ones have a platform for a bit of extra height. Billie Flatform sneakers, $69.95. Seedheritage.com

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As lowers go, THE ROSE IS THE MOST MULTIFACETED – both classic and contemporary, it will suit MANY INTERIOR STYLES. So how do you make your beloved pieces – family heirlooms, secondhand inds and investment buys – WORK WITH YOUR EVOLVING DECOR in the same versatile way? Here, we reveal how… photography maree homer

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HAUTE NATURE Linen/Cotton armchair, $4495, Maker & Son. Sidney 45 side table, from $1054, Jardan. Sarah Ellison “Mirror” plinth in Pink, from $295, Clickon Furniture. Leona console table, $799, Pottery Barn. Agra rug in Duchess (2.4m x 3m), $4000, Armadillo & Co. Milk & Sugar velvet floor ottoman in Coral, $249.95, Life Interiors. Antique chandelier and mirror. ON ARMCHAIR Lynette cushion in Desert Rose, $89.95, Eadie Lifestyle. ON SIDE TABLE Candlesticks, $24.99 each, H&M Home. Crystal cruet, $110, The Luxuriate white glass candle in Botanica, $59, and Malini candle snuffer in Brass, $17.95, The Vignette Room. ON CONSOLE TABLE Manhattan spirit decanter, $64.95, and Croyden paperweight, $249.95 for set of 3, The Vignette Room. Stoneware vase, $29.99, Small suede box, $24.99, and Large suede box, $44.99, H&M Home. ON RUG Conch bag, $395, Lucy Folk. MODEL WEARS De Cristo wrap top, $475, Aje. Benny trousers, $380, Camilla and Marc. Chloé “Rony” embellished leather slides, $771.83, Net-A-Porter. Standard hoop earrings, $129, Reliquia. Gold Matisse necklace with pearl, $440, Gold pinky signet ring (worn throughout), $350 for 9-carat gold, and Wabi-Sabi rings (worn throughout), $880 and $1220 for 9-carat gold, Holly Ryan. A


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BLOOMING BEAUTY Antique mirror and fireplace. Bec & Bridge x Pared Eyewear “Petite Amour” frames in Pink, $250, Bec & Bridge. Crystal decanter set, $625, The Vignette Room. Inventum hand and ring candle in Black Herbarium, $430, Gucci. Sarah Ellison “Sun Setting” mirror, $199, Clickon Furniture. Gold look box, $10, Kmart. OPPOSITE Antique lounge and fringed side table. Knock out round base table in White Marble, from $1678, Fred International. Prague ottoman in Blush Velvet, $199 for small, Life Interiors. ON LOUNGE New York scatter cushion, $226, Coco Republic. Soft blanket in Dusky Pink, $44.99, H&M Home. Lynette cushion in Desert Rose, $89.95, and Chelsea cushion in Preonze, $109.95, Eadie Lifestyle. House of Hackney “Zanjan” medium fringed velvet cushion in Sapphire, $335, and House of Hackney “Mey Meh” medium fringed velvet cushion in Blush, $335, Radford Furnishings. ON FRINGED SIDE TABLE Petite Machine table lamp in Oyster White, from $1056, Fred International. ON ROUND BASE TABLE Candle holder, $19.99, H&M Home. Paeonia Blush teacup & saucer in Coral, $99.95, Wedgwood. ON FLOOR Assorted books, Oscar & Friends Booksellers. Double ring mini bucket bag, $59.95, Seed Heritage. MODEL WEARS LoveShackFancy “Nellie” top, $540, and “Alex” skirt, $680, both in Pink Floral, Mode Sportif. Nike “Blazer” low sneakers in Rose, $120, Mode Sportif. @reallivingmag

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Pair up contrasting styles If you have an antique (or antique-look) armchair THAT YOU JUST CAN’T PART WITH, team it with something modern like a minimalistic side table. The same goes for other pairings: BEDS AND BEDSIDE TABLES, DESKS AND LAMPS AND SO ON. Make the pieces work together through a common thread like a similar COLOUR PALETTE, MATERIAL OR SHAPE. A

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Rework your existing pieces Love your new dining chairs, but THEY’RE NOT QUITE WORKING WITH YOUR OLD TABLE? If you can’t paint it, a tablecloth will work wonders – choose a COLOUR OR PATTERN that works with the rest of your home’s style. Be PLAYFUL WITH TABLE SETTINGS, too. Mix your Granny’s dinner set with super-modern cutlery for A BESPOKE LOOK.


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SPRING SOIREE (FROM LEFT) Flocca linen flat sheet in Rosa (used as tablecloth), $395, Hale Mercantile Co. Cake stand with lip, $29.95, Wheel&Barrow. Super white cake stand, $5, Kmart. Chopping board with handle, $19.95, H&M Home. 3 Tier cake stand, $10, Kmart. Stoneware plate in White, $7.99, H&M Home. Vera Wang “Jardin” 4-piece setting (two pieces shown), $129, Wedgwood. Antique knife and fork. White plain cake stand, $12, Wheel&Barrow. Robert Welch “Radford” pie server, $49.95, Myer. Ferm Living “Fein Tipping Measure” bar spoon, $39, Designstuff. Wooden chopping boards, $14.99 each, H&M Home. Brass nutcracker, $35, The Vignette Room. Moët & Chandon “Brut Impérial” champagne NV, $54.99 each, Dan Murphy’s. Antique champagne bucket. Butterfly mug, $285, Gucci. Cakes and pastries, Flour and Stone. Cheeses and fruit, Harris Farm Markets. OPPOSITE Katie Stratton “Peony” wallpaper mural, $99 a sq m, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor. St Vincent outdoor lounge chair, $995, Coco Republic. ON CHAIR Lynette cushion in Musk, $89.95, Eadie Lifestyle. ON TABLE Flocca linen tablecloth in Ayrton (1.6m x 1.6m), $169, Hale Mercantile Co. French Cut chess board, $44.95, Opus Design. MODEL WEARS Bahai Bamboo print silk wrap dress, $890, Matin. Chloé Nolan velvet slides, $517, Matchesfashion.com. Wreath pendant, $349 for Silver, Suro. R real living

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feminine form FROM LEFT Pretty lace top in Clay Pink, $129.95, Seed Heritage. French Panels wallpaper in Ashes, $85 a sq m, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor. White marble tray side table, $1295, Urban Couture. Luxe pink velvet sofa, $3755, The Vignette Room.

royal blush One Duck Two “Victoria” floral cushion, $49.95, Temple & Webster. Alexandra side table, $534, Pottery Barn. London armchair in Red Wine, $1199, Life Interiors. Bloomingville large kids velvet ottoman in Rose, $234, Designstuff.

perfect match antique afair Marken large round ottoman, $599, Brosa. Glass dome with metal base, $29.99, H&M Home. Decadent Scent “Pink Peonies” fragrant candle, $9, and Perforated tray, $7, Kmart. Nel Lusso “Cariso” gold champagne flutes, $59.95 for set of 4, Opus Design.

navy nostalgia Vera Wang “Harrow” 16-piece cutlery set, $199, Wedgwood. Lyon 1200 chalk veneer dining table, $688, James Lane. Lenox dining chair in Ink Blue, $349, West Elm. Sunprint 27cm dinner plate in Solar, $16.95, and Sunprint 21cm side plate in Lunar, $11.95, Ecology.

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Alia floor lamp, $249, Early Settler. Marseille armchair in White, $839, Zanui. Mette Ditmer cotton cubic throw in Blush, $109, Designstuff. Tillie large vase in Burgundy, $69.95, Country Road. The Editor slingbacks in Black Suede, $US155 (about $210), Everlane.

a soft edge Chesterfield upholstered sofa, $3299, Pottery Barn. Mercer + Reid “Boracay” long fringed blush cushion, $49.99, Adairs. Brass look ring table lamp, $15, Kmart. Middle of Nowhere “Mira” leaner mirror in Dusk, $475, Life Interiors.

Anchor the allure of contemporary design with the elegance of time-honoured pieces

floral fantasia Cafe Lighting & Living “Bardot” tray, $79.95, Zanui. Fornasetti “Ortensia” candle, $270, Mecca. Field of Dreams mauve reversible pink nectar quilt cover, $215 for queen, Kip&Co. Rodin “Olio Lusso” lip balm, $49, Mecca.

future classics No.18 Thonet chair in Natural Oak, from $203, Thonet. Earthenware tableware with raised-design rim, from $9.95 for bowl, Zara Home. Sarah Ellison “Stacey” dining table, $2895, Clickon Furniture. 16-piece rose gold-look cutlery set, $19, Kmart. R

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Live Life Stylishly With plenty of styles, fabrics and leather options to choose from, not only will you live life comfortably with the Romano 3+2 seater by La-Z-Boy, but stylishly as well. Visit your local La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery today for

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DEEP SEATED Outdoor furniture that transcends the boundaries of the backyard can liberate your living space. Enter the new AIIR chairs by GamFratesi studio. Made with optional cushions and tapered teak legs, the lightweight design and colour palette means these side and armchairs are a breeze to move between spaces. Available at Dedon. Dedonliving.com.au

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COFFEE CONNOISSEUR Being a coffee snob ain’t a bad thing, but full immersion brewing systems are usually the preserve of hipster baristas. Not anymore. The automated Siphon Coffee Brewer from Kitchenaid is easy to use and clean and it’s available in a classic onyx black and stainless steel finish. $299; Kitchenaid.com.au

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Bursting with hand-painted florals, cheeky statement prints and Rachel Castle’s signature sense of fun and whimsy, the Castle Summer 18 collection includes bedlinen, tees, beach towels and tote bags. Castleandthings.com.au

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master glass Making waves since the 1930s, the Aalto vase is Finland’s most iconic design object, but its story is far less known

Ahead of the curve Alvar Aalto believed the purpose of design is to bring the material world in harmony with human life. In his home, clear glass Aalto vases are displayed on a piano.


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THE ALVAR AALTO VASE ISN’T JUST FOR HOLDING FLOWERS. IT CAN BE USED TO DISPLAY FRUIT OR STAND ALONE AS ART

THE YEAR IS 1937 and the name on everyone’s lips is Aalto – or as it was known back then, the Savoy – a glass vase that won first prize at the Paris World Fair. A year earlier, an architect by the name of Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto had entered the vase into a design competition held by the Iittala glass factory in Finland, which was looking for pieces to display in the World Fair’s Finnish pavilion. Aalto was an architect by trade, but working with glass objects offered an opportunity for him to explore his more spontaneous and creative sides. The vase was, in fact, one of many designs he and his wife Aino created for the luxury Savoy restaurant in Helsinki. The original sketches included sharper curves, but were modified because the moulding techniques available at the time simply couldn’t replicate them. It was meant to be – the end result became one of the most famous glass designs in the world. The vase’s fluid glass folds are reminiscent of the Finnish landscape and lakes, but it was Aalto’s liberated approach to design that really set this piece apart. He believed people should be able to look at and use objects in multiple ways – notice how the free-form curves allow flowers to fall away from each other so their beauty can be seen from all angles. In a bittersweet twist, Aalto never made a dollar from the vase because the original design belonged to Iittala, which ran the competition. To this day, Iittala reproduces the vase in 11 shades using new materials, with Aalto now recognised as the most important Finnish architect of his generation. R real living

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Wild flower Christelle’s favourite thing about working with flowers is “the process of change, life and death, and fleeting beauty.”

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“MY WORK ALLOWS ME TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED CREATIVES. IT’S PART OF MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY AND IT MAKES FLEURETTE WHAT IT IS” Creative duo Christelle shares a studio space in Brookvale with Jedd Cooney, a photographer.

THE TERM FLORAL CHOREOGRAPHY SEEMS A FITTING WAY to describe the work of Christelle Scifo. After all, the creative director, consultant and stylist was once a ballet dancer, studying and living in Paris. Thanks to a childhood spent surrounded by a family of artists and gardeners, it’s little surprise that Christelle chose a creative path. “It happened gradually and naturally,” she reflects. “The art, flowers and fashion were always there, through part-time jobs and internships with brands and magazines.” She began styling after an injury put a halt to her dance career, and at 28 she launched Fleurette, a multidisciplinary studio involving set design, floral styling and brand consulting. The life of a freelancer isn’t all roses, she confides, citing the early-morning call times as one of the downsides. But on the flipside, she spends many of those mornings at the flower markets, and no two days are the same, from events and installations to creating concept briefs and catching up on emails. “There’s not one aspect I prefer more. My work is what I enjoy and the chance to create across many fields is such a luxury.” Stay tuned for her upcoming collection of 10 limited-edition vases and vessels created in collaboration with Copper & Clay. Each piece has been uniquely formed and handmade, with no two the same. Working between her home studio and a shared photography studio space called Loffte, both on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Christelle extols the role women have played in her career, and none more so than her mum. “My mother is an example of diligence, independence, hard work, and always with a kind, humble spirit,” she says. And it’s these very qualities that drive her to keep evolving. “I’ve gained the most memorable lessons through experience, observing my surroundings and learning from my mistakes.” A Still life Objects, food, music, flowers and scent all feature in Christelle’s work, bringing the vision and aesthetic of brands, events and places to life. real living

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Ones to watch In September, Christelle and Jedd will unveil their A Still Life collection of limited-edition prints that explore nature in a modern man-made world.

1. What are your morning rituals ? An espresso and my beauty routine. If time allows it, lemon-infused water, stretching and a swim. 2. What are your favourite lowers? Poppies and tulips for their shape and movement, camellias and daphnes, which bloom around my birthday, and the magnolia for its summer scent. 3. What did you want to be when you grew up? A ballerina, then a fashion editor because I grew up with a love of design, fashion and beauty. 4. Where do you feel most at home? Home is by the sea in Sydney, where my family and friends live. I used to live in Paris and it’s a necessity to go at least once a year, for the inspiration and culture that I miss so much. 5. What music do you listen to when you work? Almost anything, especially classical music to focus – that’s the ballerina in me. Serge Gainsbourg, Nicolas Jaar, Solange, Lana Del Rey, Françoise Hardy… 6. What talent would you most like to possess? Singing. 7. What trait do you most admire in others? I love to see compassion, love and humanity in other people’s eyes and actions. 8. What is your greatest indulgence? My annual trips to Paris. 9. How do you relax? A ballet or Pilates class to quiet my mind and switch of. An ocean swim and book on the beach, rummaging through vintage stores, and in the evening, a glass of red wine. 10. What was the last book you read? Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire. R Christelle’s work can be found via her website, Fleurette.co; Instagram @fleurette___ Art vessel Look out for Christelle’s new collection of handmade ceramic vases and vessels, designed in collaboration with Cooper & Clay, which launches in September. Also pictured are some of her signature Fleurette pieces – the shell-shaped vase, white bowl and Chinese vase.

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Golden hour Luxury meets affordability in the staff kitchen at Stine Goya HQ. The bare bones of the kitchen are Ikea, with click-on, goldenbrass cabinet fronts customised by Reform.

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IT SEEMS WE ALL LOVE AN IKEA HACK, even celebrated fashion designers like Stine Goya. While renovating her new office and showroom space in Copenhagen, the Danish designer wanted to create a stylish social hub and kitchen where her staff could congregate, relax and swap ideas. Enter design studio Reform, which collaborates with leading architects and interior designers to create customised Ikea kitchens. Stine was drawn to the “Chelsea” design by Copenhagen local Christina Meyer Bengtsson, with its grey, mauve and brass accents, and asked Reform if they could do something similar for her, made entirely of shiny brass to tie in with her label’s signature use of bold colours and shapes. The result is a gleaming wall of brass-panelled cabinets and cupboards with a black laminate benchtop for contrast. Warm yellow walls and timber floors complement the golden tones, while a selection of vases, artworks and other decorative objects add a homely feel. A

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Heavenly hallway An adjacent corridor has been painted a deep plum shade, in keeping with the rest of the store and office’s rich palette. Black on top A matte black Fenix “NanoTech” laminate countertop provides a stark contrast against the raw, untreated brass cabinet fronts.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Chelsea by Christina Meyer Bengtsson Brass front, from $US40 (about $54), Reform. Prestige 9.6cm Brass D handle, $3.65, Bunnings. Kado Classic sink mixer in Brass Gold, $573.33 for large, Reece. Jai single kitchen sink in Brass (88cm), $689.90, ABI Bathrooms & Interiors. Innovations laminate in Brushed Bronze, $229.35 a sq m, Laminex. R real living

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Organic element Homeowners Lara and Matt Fells have used woven textiles throughout to enhance their home’s coastal feel. The Pampa rug and rattan armchair from Worn Store are just two examples. The coffee table was bought on Gumtree and the artwork is by Jazz Di Prima. A

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who lives here? Lara and Matt Fells, founders of footwear and clothing label St. Agni, their son Jude, ive months, and Harper the Cavoodle. St-agni.com; @stagnistudio

LIFE SEEMS TO IMITATE ART in Lara and Matt Fells’ Byron Bay home. At first glance, the space is pared back and predominantly white, but it’s the considered touches – think handmade vessels, rattan furniture, cosy throws and rugs – that are reminiscent of the couple’s design label St. Agni and its handcrafted, woven leather wares. “My style is very neutral,” Lara says. “I like pairing whites and natural tones with lots of texture.” Since first moving in, the couple haven’t made any dramatic changes as they loved the simplicity of the house, but with Lara’s minimalist-leaning and relaxed aesthetic, a sense of tranquility descends upon every room. “I like our home to have a very calm feel,” she adds. COASTAL LIFESTYLE The couple were first drawn to the home’s open-plan layout and four-metre-high ceilings in the living and dining areas, which flood the space with sunlight. “Natural light is so important to us,” Lara says. “It was one of the things that really appealed to us when we bought the house.” To maximise this natural light, concrete floors have been painted white and large windows left curtainless, except for the bedrooms. The location was also a big drawcard. “We’re a five-minute walk from the beach and really close to the centre of Byron Bay, but you wouldn’t know it – it’s so quiet,” Lara says. A covered outdoor lounge and dining area takes advantage of the tropical green garden and makes for the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast. During summer, friends gather here for barbecues. KEEP IT LOCAL When it comes to homewares, Lara and Matt proudly support their fellow local artists and labels. Everything from the master bed to floor rugs can be attributed to the couple’s creative friends, and several pieces were made by the couple themselves, including a speckled vase that was a present from Matt and framed sketches drawn by Lara. “I really enjoy sourcing things from lots of different places,” she says. “I’ve found a lot of our furniture secondhand on Gumtree and eBay – I like pieces that have beauty in their imperfections.” R

Open-plan living The living space, which includes the kitchen and dining areas, is Lara’s favourite part of her home. “I love that it’s so open with lots of light and high ceilings and that it’s very simple, with three pendants and a window splashback as the focus.” The splashback was an existing feature, the pendants were handmade by Sit Still Lauren, the vintage chairs came from eBay and the table is from MCM House. A

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Swing time “I think Australian homes really make the most of outdoor living,” Lara says, pictured on a swing from Pop & Scott. The couple painted the original grey exterior white and had a day bed custom-built in the outdoor sitting area with storage under the seats – a practical addition that’s perfect for lazing about in the afternoon sun. The couple have a pared-back approach to luxury, which is at the heart of both their home and their label St. Agni. The brand’s designs, including leather and rattan loafers (pictured), are made for comfort with a nod to mid-century design. The rug is from Pampa and the timber box is second-hand.


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Nature, nurture The neutral colour palette flows into the nursery, which is decorated with a vintage rug, fruit-shaped mirrors from Tigmi Trading and cactus from Pop & Scott. The cot is from Ikea and Lara says she found the wood chest six years ago when they first moved to Byron. “I can’t let it go.”

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who lives here? Laura Gauthier Petit, founder and creative director of Parisian fashion label Fête Impériale, her husband Pascal and their 11-year-old son Maël. Feteimperiale.fr; @laurairinap and @feteimperiale

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT, and none more so than Laura Gauthier Petit, who spent two years searching for the perfect family home in the Marais district of Paris. The fashion designer wanted somewhere within a few blocks of her fashion studio, her son Maël’s school and her husband’s restaurant, and she finally struck gold in the form of a partially renovated apartment on the sixth floor of an old printing works factory. “The building had been gutted and all that remained was part of the roof,” Laura recalls. “To get an idea of what the view from the future terrace might be, I climbed the builders’ ladder on the outside of the building and found myself looking at a 360-degree view over the rooftops of Paris, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Beaubourg, Montmartre and more. It was impossible to walk away from.” BLANK CANVAS There followed another five-month wait for the construction work to finish, after which Laura was presented with an empty cavern of high, sloping ceilings, exposed air ducts and iron pillars. Not daunted in the least, she called on her architect friend Olivier Gray and together they dreamt up a floor plan and interior design scheme that was completely unique to Laura and her family. “The rooms, the kitchen, the bathrooms… almost everything was made to measure and designed by Olivier and me,” Laura says. PHOTO FINISH In her home, and also in her fashion designs, Laura draws inspiration from different eras, combining the cultural richness of the late 19th century with the discipline of the ’40s and the punk attitude of the ’80s. “I’d say my style is a bit baroque, a bit industrial and a bit shabby chic,” she says, adding, “If you want to be different or revolutionary, you have to break the rules.” As such, she and Olivier selected an unlikely mix of marble benchtops, mosaic tiles, country-scene murals and painterly florals to both complement and cosy up the industrial fittings. Soft fabrics, plump cushions and botanical flourishes add another relaxing layer to her long sought-after sanctuary. R Meeting place Windows allow for a nice flow between the living areas. Here, a Roche Bobois corner sofa fills the space beautifully, while the curtains were made to measure using Designers Guild “Martineau” fabric in Berry. Rather than having one large coffee table, Laura chose three smaller side tables by AM.PM., which can be moved around to accommodate guests. A

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homes Shape shifter The family’s dining table is a custom creation featuring marble on one side and timber on the other. It can be reconfigured into three different tables. The motley selection of chairs came from Silvera, while scenic wallpaper by Zuber and the Brokis “Muffin” lamp add a touch of drama to the space. A

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how to soten up an industrial-style space While Laura was happy to keep some of the apartment’s original factory inishes, ultimately this is her home and she wanted it to feel cosy and inviting. Her irst steps were to add timber and metal accents – in the shelving and lights – to counteract the cool tones in the loor and ceiling, and to choose furniture pieces with rounded edges in tactile fabrics like velvet and leather. Floral curtains at the windows, plush cushions and ambient lighting also go a long way to warming up the space. You could take it further by adding some plush rugs to the loor, painting the walls a richer shade or hanging some greenery from the exposed beams.

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The glory details In the main bathroom, bold pink mosaic tiles from Bisazza depict a Chinese imperial art scene. The “Organico” tub is also from Bisazza’s Hayon Collection.

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the divine feminine

A symphony of styles come together in perfect harmony within the walls of this period apartment

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homes Portrait of a lady Former stylist Christine Bauer, pictured, draws upon the philosophy of perceivable beauty when choosing furniture for her home. One of the pieces she’s most proud of is a white 1970s highboard with concave doors and a curved base. Serene scene An open window looking out to a blossoming tree invites greenery into Christine’s mostly white living room. The textural knitted wool rug provides a layer of warmth, while the round side table is a rare early Aino Aalto design. A

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IT’S HARD TO COMMIT TO JUST ONE INTERIOR STYLE. In the 22 years that photographer Christine Bauer has lived in her Munich home, its walls have witnessed the rebirth of baroque, a floral phase and a swinging ’60s period. And yet, her turn-ofthe-century apartment feels impeccably composed. “At home, I try to bring together lots of different styles,” Christine says. FULL CIRCLE Rare pieces of vintage furniture from different decades fill every room, but what ties each space together are the pastel walls in soft shades of pink, aqua and mint. Christine prefers tonal combinations, so furniture and decorative items in complementary shades of blue and turquoise, and emerald and sage, are grouped together to create visual harmony. To foster a sense of calm and light, the floorboards throughout have been painted white. Curved silhouettes are another recurring feature thanks to Christine’s one design rule – everything must be round. “I realised I don’t like angular things,” she explains. “There’s nothing angular in nature, either.” This love of gentle curves is especially evident in her chair collection, which includes a shapely green Fritz Neth armchair in the living room and a Danish-designed mustard yellow “Jason” chair in the bedroom. PERSONAL COLLECTION Christine’s apartment reflects her evolving style, her love of timeless design and her reluctance to part with things. The eye wanders over Art Deco mirrors, Scandinavian chairs, 1950s wall consoles and lights from the ’60s found in flea markets all over the world. “I’m not bothered about famous names. What matters to me is that I still like looking at something years later,” Christine says. Her eye for detail and feminine touch have imbued her home with sophisticated sensuality. “For me, aesthetics are an expression of harmony,” she says. “It’s something the world definitely needs.” R

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Custom kitchen Built-in kitchens aren’t Christine’s style. Instead, she furnished hers with individually made cabinets, some painted in a mint-green shade that she mixed herself. The mid-century shelving was originally in the living room during the apartment’s 1960s phase. Still life As an interiors photographer, Christine has a knack for styling unexpected pieces together. An heirloom Rosenthal “Crouching Woman” figure rests beside a vintage black cat vase. Fifty shades Each room in Christine’s apartment has a feature colour wall, and the kitchen is painted anthracite grey. The grey enamel light, suspended above an original Tulip table, has been one of her favourite pieces for 20 years. Go with the flow A 1950s floor bust and wire Cees Braakman chair decorate the all-white corridor and create instant calm. A

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Composed moment There are about 150 vases thoughtfully placed on every spare surface in the house, and in summer Christine fills them with flowers and branches collected on her walks around Munich. One of her favourites is a patterned vase from a ceramicist friend, which sits atop an ornate Venetian chest she found at a market 30 years ago. Collector’s items “I’m chair mad,” she says. In the hallway alone there are no fewer than nine chairs including a striped ’50s Thonet, a Baumann that she discovered in France, a small baroque seat and a 1970s plastic design from B&B Italia. A

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Dreamy details In the bedroom, a pink wall with unfinished edges reveals Christine’s sensual side. The curvaceous candleholder and gold ’60s Italian lamp are from eBay. She reupholstered the vintage light birch wood chair and it took her a year to track down the mustard Carl Jacobs “Jason” chair.

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Up the wall Rather than hanging heavy, framed pictures, Christine creates collages of photographs, small objects and postcards that she adds to and changes according to her mood. An original Eames chair in rare “Seafoam� completes the space.

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From exotic homewares to wardrobe staples, Gritty Pretty founder Eleanor Pendleton shares her favourite spots to browse and buy

where I shop 1 Splice Boutique, Freshwater Just a few streets from my home, this boutique is my go-to for local fashion designers Zulu & Zephyr, Kacey Devlin, Bec & Bridge and Viktoria & Woods. Spliceboutique.com.au 2 Water Tiger, St Peters I stay up to date with Water Tiger’s deliveries via Instagram. When a new shipping container arrives filled with exotic finds from India or Turkey, I want one of everything (especially the large Turkish pots)! Watertiger.com.au 3 Mamapapa, Avalon Beach I always fall in love with something at Mamapapa. Owner Virgine Batterson’s eye for detail is truly exceptional. Mamapapa.com.au 4 Commune Bondi, Bondi Junction It takes a lot for me to leave my home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, but I’ll venture to the Eastern Suburbs for Commune Bondi. I love their range of rustic ceramics, woven baskets, rattan accessories and In Bed linen. Communebondi.com 5 Totem Road, Paddington I love everything about Totem Road’s approach to sustainable furniture. In my home, my pride and joy is my oversized Luxa mirror and Maebry entertainment unit – both from Totem Road. Totemroad.com

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Cult fragrance Helmut Lang eau de parfum, $289 for 100ml, Gritty Pretty.

Blush hour Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid illuminiser in Pearl, $68, Gritty Pretty.

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Trekka Travertine glazed porcelain tiles in Crema, $49.50 a sq m, Beaumont Tiles.

Edge carpet in Bearskin, from $69 per linear m (3.66m x 1m), Carpet Court.

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2. in the zone Rugs are a godsend for open-plan spaces, helping to create deined zones by grouping furniture items together. As a general rule, the front legs of your sofas or chairs should rest on the rug for an anchored look. LIVING THE DREAM Handmade Overdyed Turkish rug in Multi (2.45m x 1.7m), $2150, Matt Blatt. Dandy Leather Studio sofa in Camel, $6999, Blu Dot. Harper Round ottoman, $499, Life Interiors. Preston PR185 sideboard in Grape, $5134, Jardan. Lenox dining chair in Light Taupe, $349, West Elm. ON SOFA Lance Visage cushion, $240, Esther Olsson “Home Grown” cushion, $245, and Alfie throw, $360, Jardan. ON OTTOMAN Infinite Space book, $99, Jardan. ON SIDEBOARD Reflections Copenhagen “Panama” tray, $750, Octaevo “Janus Face” paper vase, $32, Wrap knot, $285, and Intuition book, $149, Jardan. Villa Vera canvas print by Slim Aarons (76.2cm x 50.8cm), $1895, Coco Republic. Stockholm 2017 table lamp, $69, Ikea. Large Resin Pebble vase, $300, Dinosaur Designs. Flowers, Hermetica Flowers. ON WALL Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Buff It, $46.07 for 1L. ON FLOOR Sarah Ellison x The Beach Club “Corfu” tiles, $189 a sq m, Teranova Tiles.


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meet the makers This striking space features Cantilever’s “Tableau” tailored kitchen system which was designed in collaboration with DesignOice. Cantileverinteriors.com; Designoice.com.au

PRACTICAL MAGIC Planning your dream kitchen? Consider these simple steps your recipe for success


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SO, YOU’RE DESIGNING A NEW KITCHEN, and you’ve got loads of ideas. Now it’s time to make some big decisions which will help you nail the layout and turn your dream space into a reality. Travis Dean, director of Cantilever Interiors, says it’s important to define your values. Is there a fixed budget? Do you plan on growing your family? Is environmental impact an issue? This will help guide your choices and result in the outcome you have in mind. “We always design to meet function first,” Travis says. This means scoping out existing light sources, living zones and pathways to make efficient use of space. From there, take these three points into account.

Switched on A well-lit benchtop is crucial. Choose a rangehood with lights and install downlights or strip lighting in overhead cabinets.

1. TAILOR TO YOUR COOKING STYLE Think about how you use your kitchen. If you prepare dinner for a big family or regularly whip up feasts for friends, a 90cm oven and cooktop is for you. If you cook small, simple meals, you might opt for a compact hob and spend more on stunning tapware. Make coffee and toast daily? An appliance cupboard will keep your bench free of clutter. Add powerpoints where you want to use a blender or microwave. 2. MIND YOUR MEASUREMENTS Planning should revolve around one main rule: the “work triangle”. Position your fridge, sink and cooktop in the centre within a few steps of each other so movement between each element is contained yet fluid. “Kitchens are about function and flow,” says Mark Simpson, director of DesignOffice. For adequate prep space, you’ll need 30cm to 60cm of bench space either side of the sink and oven, or at least 90cm on one side of your stovetop if there’s no other room for food prep. If you have an island, leave at least 1.5m between it and your counters to accommodate foot traffic. Ensure the fridge isn’t directly opposite your sink – this high-use area can get crowded. 3. DON’T FORGET STORAGE! “There is often lots of wasted or inaccessible space in kitchens,” Mark says. The key is tailoring the size of your drawers to fit what they’ll need to accommodate, such as the bin, bags and large pots and pans. He adds, open shelving will function as a display and an easy-to-reach place for the things you use frequently. To create more storage space in a compact kitchen, build shelving up the walls, attach hooks on the backs of doors and run a long rail above your benchtop to hang utensils. R

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LEFT TO RIGHT Industria X “Canteen” shelving unit, $1690, Life Interiors. Menu “Norm Bottle” grinders in Carbon/Ash Oak Lid, $139.95 for two, Hunting for George. Askersund door in Light Ash Effect (60cm x 80cm), $35, Ikea. Noritake “BoB Dune” pasta bowl, $46, Temple & Webster. Stainless steel bench (90cm x 60cm x 90cm), $270, Stainless Flat Pack.

Subtle yet strong Chosen for their practicality and palette, the warmth of the American Oak drawers perfectly complement the curved stainless-steel benchtop.

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ColourPyne board in Fiordland Elm, from $40 a sq m, Gunnersen.

smooth move A curved island bench softens the look and is a practical consideration for high-traic areas – no sharp corners for clumsy cooks or kids.

Benchtop in White Attica, from $900 a sq m installed, Caesarstone.

Pure Acrylic paint in Pelican, $85 for 4L, Murobond.


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THE LAYOUT If you love to entertain, this sleek and classic kitchen design is for you. A large island blends the kitchen and dining zones and encourages guests to pull up a stool while you put finishing touches on the meal. A pair of ovens at waist height are easy to access, but tucked just out of sight, adding to the resolved scheme. FINISHES Dark floorboards create an element of drama and elegance alongside the simple white cabinets and marble benchtops. A slender brass light – a contemporary touch – cleverly echoes subtle brass detailing in the island bench, door hinges and drawer handles. TRY THIS AT HOME Keep above-counter cabinets free of handles to achieve a streamlined look. Display your best napery and servingware in a decorative cabinet with glass doors. A

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Unique Calacatta slab (1.6m x 3.25m), $3025 per slab, Essastone by Laminex.

Masia tiles in Gris Oscuro (7.5cm x 15cm), $99.95 a sq m, National Tiles.

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material trick Metal ixtures, particularly brass and copper, will develop a beautiful, natural patina over time and give new kitchens and inishes a warm, lived-in feel.

Granite stone in White Cream, from $300 a sq m, CDK Stone.

Finished Design Timber Veneer sheet in Chalked Slate (2.44m x 1.22m), $360.20 per sheet, Laminex.

Kaboodle 30cm modern cabinet door in Pinto Bean, $52.84, Bunnings.


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Fancy a little DIY? A latpack kitchen is an easy and afordable way to update the hub of your home

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Step by step Flatpack kitchens are modular, which means they can be conďŹ gured into almost any space. But best of all, they are easy to assemble and install.


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Now it’s time to design a kitchen layout that suits your space and needs, which includes drawing up a detailed plan. Many suppliers have online tools you can use. “Online planners help you visualise what your kitchen could look like in different configurations, colours and styles. You can select every last detail so you know what to expect when the real thing comes to life,” says Lisa Mayski, marketing manager for Kaboodle Kitchen.

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The next step is to make sure your old kitchen is removed and any damage repaired, such as rough walls and uneven floors. Walls must be structurally sound and sturdy enough to take the weight of filled cabinets, and if you have stud walls, you’ll need to mark where the studs are so you can screw components to them. Call in a plumber and electrician to complete any preparatory work.

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Accuracy is key to creating a seamless flatpack kitchen. Use a spirit level or laser level, tape measure and pencil to mark a horizontal line on the wall where the top of the base cabinets and base of the overhead cabinets will sit. The recommended distance between the floor and the top of the benchtop is 90cm (give or take 2cm), and between the benchtop and overhead cabinets is a minimum of 60 to 65cm.

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kitchen cabinets Looking for an afordable and easy way to update your kitchen? Laminate paint is the answer. Here’s how you can do it yourself… You’ll need: Drop sheets; electric drill or screwdriver; soft scourer; mild detergent; fine sandpaper; cloth; painter’s tape; White Knight tile & laminate primer, and laminate paint in colour of your choice; paint stirrer; paint tray; cutting-in paintbrush; roller

1 Clear benchtops and cover floor and appliances with drop sheets. 2 Remove drawer and cupboard handles using a drill or screwdriver. 3 Clean cupboard and drawer fronts using soft scourer and mild detergent. Sand lightly then wipe with damp cloth; allow to dry. 4 Use painter’s tape to create edges around back of doors and anywhere you don’t want paint. 5 Stir primer and pour into tray. Use paintbrush to cut in any edges or tight spots. Use paint roller to apply an even coat (not too thick) to one surface at a time in a zig-zag pattern. Once surface is covered, roll in one direction to create an

even finish. Allow to dry for at least one hour; thoroughly clean roller, paintbrush and tray while you wait. 6 Repeat step 5, but with laminate paint in your chosen colour; allow to dry for six hours. Apply second coat; allow to dry for a further six hours or overnight. Carefully remove tape and screw handles back on. Note: laminate paint takes at least one week to achieve its maximum hardness, so be gentle until then! HANDY TIPS Do not close Leave cupboard doors and drawers slightly ajar while paint is drying to stop them from drying shut. Streak-free zone Except for cutting in, avoid using your paintbrush where possible as it will create streaks. R

4 combos to try Touch of blush White Knight laminate paint in Taubmans Hushabye, $55.10 for 1L, Bunnings.

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Dark forest White Knight laminate paint in Black Granite, $55.10 for 1L, Bunnings.

Sleek shade White Knight laminate paint in Platinum Grey, $55.10 for 1L, Bunnings.

Nice and neutral White Knight laminate paint in Taubmans Dust Puff, $55.10 for 1L, Bunnings.


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dried foliage Structural dried plants add visual interest and they last forever. Here’s how to bring out their best You’ll need: A mixed selection of dried foliage, vases and a block of floral foam. 1 Choose low-maintenance varieties that will dry thoroughly, such as pampas grass, cotton, wheat, eucalyptus, baby’s breath, twisted willow branches, tallow berry, lavender and sculptural twigs. 2 Experiment with different containers and textures. A straw tote or basket filled with rice flowers, lavender and bunny tail grass will lend a French provincial feel. 3 Dry your own blooms, selecting flowers that aren’t completely open yet (they’ll continue to open as they dry).

Cut off unnecessary foliage, use string to group flowers into small bundles or leave as individual stems, then hang upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. 4 Insert floral foam at the base of your vase. Evenly distribute the tallest foliage first, then arrange the larger dried leaves or flowers, trimming the stem lengths as you go to create a shape that you like. 5 Maintain the foliage by keeping it out of direct sunlight, heat and forced air as this will fade the colours faster. Regular, gentle cleaning with a duster will ensure the arrangement looks well cared for. R

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Unglazed glass Twisted willow in Adele vase, $69.95 for large, Papaya.

Lightly speckled Dried twigs in Oval stoneware vase, $110, Kim Wallace Ceramics.

Heavy metal Dried anthurium flowers in Polished cylinder vase in Brass, $49, Zakkia.


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Leave an impression This shapely “Ming” vase from Marimekko perfectly contrasts the decorative, delicate twigs. For a similar look, opt for native Silver Dollar eucalyptus or True Blue for extra height.

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30 genius decluttering hacks Keep calm and get organised with our guide to a clutter-free life THE RULES OF DECLUTTERING are simple: get rid of any unwanted stuff, find an easily accessible place for the items that remain, and endeavour to keep everything in that place. No more hunting around for your keys/wallet/glasses each morning, rifling desperately through drawers to find a pair of matching socks or skidding on a Matchbox car that was helpfully left in the hallway. Instead, our stress levels dissipate and we get more time to do the things that we love – exercise, cooking, reading, movie marathons on the couch… you get the gist. Sounds heavenly, right? Here are 30 clever tricks to make this dream scenario a reality.

1 pack your bags Hang onto those cardboard tubes when you use up your paper towels or cling wrap, and use them to store extra (reusable) plastic bags tidily in a drawer. Similarly, you can recycle wet wipe canisters for this same purpose.

2 kitchen calm Free up bench space by attaching a magnetic strip under overhead kitchen cabinets to hold spice jars with metallic lids. Store frying pans, baking sheets, pot lids and cutting boards on their sides, using a filing rack or organiser.

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Reduce paper clutter by taking photos of takeaway menus or flyers from local businesses. Likewise, download user manuals, credit card agreements and health insurance policies, and save in a folder on your phone or computer.

If space allows, set up a dining cart or station close to your dining table, much like they do in restaurants and cafes. Cutlery, placemats, napkins, glasses and condiments can all be stored within a small cupboard or trolley on wheels to save you making multiple trips to the kitchen every time you sit down to eat.

Limit yourself to one small “dumping tray” or “junk bowl”, where you keep odds and ends that don’t have an obvious place elsewhere. Think errant buttons, receipts, business cards, loose change, trolley tokens, maybe a pen or two. Choose something decorative, so you’re more likely to keep the mess to a minimum. A

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Invest in double-duty furniture with hidden storage options. Think ottomans where you can hide throws and cushions, coffee tables with slide-out drawers for magazines, colouring books or puzzles, benchseats with shelving underneath or tall bookshelves with inbuilt cabinets for surplus vases and candles.

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Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage coffee table, $899, West Elm.

Essentials large bookcase, $149.95, Mocka.

Felicity storage ottoman in French Beige, $349, Brosa.

Harto “Marius” console in Natural Oak, $1920, Clickon Furniture. ON CONSOLE Dimpled small plate in Beige, $3, Kmart. Leather Poet purse, $49, and Leather long tassel keyring, $18, Imprint House. Medium Resin Pebble vase, $220, and Small Ceramic Flower bowl, $95, Dinosaur Designs. ON WALL Natural Limewash paint in Olive, $120 for 4L, Bauwerk. Sticks and Stones artwork by Peta Morris, $700, Curatorial+Co. OPPOSITE Benchtop, for similar, try Möllekulla worktop in Oak, $290, Ikea. ON BENCH Ila small glass canister, $29.95, Mila medium mixing bowl, $29.95, Issi measuring jug, $19.95, Issi measuring cups, $29.95 for set of 4, and Allo small spoon, $12.95, Country Road. Otto rattan A4 magazine files, $10.95 each, Officeworks. Hemlagat tea towel, $19.95 for pack of 2, Kikki.K. ON WALL Eggshell Acrylic paint in Harvest Moon, $101.75 for 4L, Porter’s Paints. IN MAGAZINE FILES Chopping boards, for similar, try Olive Wood Paddle chopping board, $27, West Elm, and Ironwood Gourmet Long Grain prep board, $95, Cook Sharply. Assorted books, Oscar & Friends Booksellers. real living

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9 hanging display Hang your kids’ paintings rather than cluttering up your fridge. Set up a simple string and peg display system on an empty wall or along a window frame and rotate them regularly. Old artworks can then be reused to wrap gifts.

10 book nook Not enough space for a bookshelf? Use picture ledges as floating shelves to display your kids books.

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Help little people find – and more importantly, put away! – their belongings, by assigning each child a different colour. Then you can either buy them a storage tub, toothbrush, towel and so on in that colour, or use coloured dots or thread to “label” their belongings.

Save your bare feet from the excruciating pain of stepping on a Lego brick with clever storage solutions. Think a toolbox with pullout drawers, storage tubs with colour-coded labels, compartmentalised craft organisers or a play mat and storage sack in one.

Over-the-door shoe hangers can be repurposed for kids’ belongings like soft toys, craft supplies, Barbies, action figures, cars and more. Reserve the higher pockets for any items that you’d like to keep out of little arms’ reach.

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Natural Limewash paint in Raspberry, $120 for 4L, Bauwerk. Timber peg hooks in Beech, $9.50 each, Imprint House. Jute rope, $4 for 30m, and wooden pegs, $3 for pack of 6, Kmart. The Ledge shelves in Clay (80cm), $164 each, H&G Designs. ON LEDGES Assorted books and Maileg “Ballerina Bunny in Tube” soft toy, $63.95, Kido Store. Peach pastel hand-embroidered rainbow, $72, Wovenlove Store.


decorate 14 curtain call Buy a pack of shower curtain rings – they’re surprisingly useful! Loop onto a hanger or piece of dowel to hang belts, scarves, ties, handbags, hair elastics, baseball caps, necklaces and more!

15 a good sort Ice cube trays and paint trays are the perfect size for sorting smaller items like earrings, rings and buttons.

5 steps to decluttering bliss 1 Before you start sorting your stuff, find out where you can donate items locally, be it a charity collection centre, women’s shelter or local hospital. Also request to join your local buy, swap, sell groups. 2 Work at a pace that suits you. Come up with a deadline – say, in time for summer or before you move house in six weeks’ time – then break it down into manageable chunks. Aim to clear one room each week or one cupboard or drawer each day. 3 Swap between easy and hard tasks to stay motivated. Easy tasks might include reorganising your bookcase or decluttering your handbag, while harder tasks are often large areas like garages, wardrobes or cabinets full of sentimental items. 4 Get familiar with “the box method”. Place three boxes/baskets/laundry tubs and a garbage bin or bag in each of the main areas of your home, and label the boxes “put away”, “donate/sell” and “storage”. Add to them on a regular basis and then deal with the contents as needed. 5 Try the “5 Things a Day” rule. Every day, pick up five items that are bugging you and find a permanent home for them.

16 out of sight Conceal office supplies like folders, tax receipts and files inside a storage chest.

17 memory lane Instead of hanging onto unnecessary or bulky items for nostalgic reasons – for example, your mum bought it for you, or it reminds you of your childhood – take a photo of the keepsake and display the pic in an album or a frame.

18 tidy trinkets Use a cork or pegboard to hang your earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces. A

J.Burrows “Hessian” pinboard in Oak (60cm x 45cm), $9.97, Officeworks. Modernist Wood + Lacquer 3-Drawer dresser in Winter Wood, $1049, West Elm. ON PINBOARD (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Small brass mineral hoop earrings in Clay, $180, and Louise Olsen “Set 1” ring in Gold size P, $170, Dinosaur Designs. Ferrara bangle in White & Clear, $48, Elk Accessories. Virgo necklace, $739, Karen Walker. Triste bangle in Iris Blue, Apple, Charcoal and Champagne, $45, and Barri Tassel earrings in Blue, $40, Elk Accessories. Organic Ball pendant in Gold, $127.50, Medium Resin Stone ring in Black and Snow Swirl size O, $75, Organic Ball long drop earrings (24-carat gold-plated), $160, and Louise Olsen “Fold and Flow” earrings in Gold Tone, $275 for small, Dinosaur Designs. Fala drop earrings in Pale Pink, $45, and Ili bangle in White, $47, Elk Accessories. ON DRESSER Wide opening glass vase (holding sweetpeas), $6, Target. Byredo “Gypsy Water” eau de parfum, $275 for 100ml, Mecca. Imitation stone box, $14.99, and jewellery box, $29.99, H&M Home. Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture cream, $64.87, Herbivore Botanicals. ON WALL Eggshell Acrylic paint in Usu-Iro, $101.75 for 4L, Porter’s Paints.


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Get creative with magazine holders! Secure to the inside of bathroom cabinets to store hairdryers, curlers and straighteners, under kitchen shelves to hold cookbooks, chopping boards or oven mitts, or suspend sideways as a shelf for TV remotes, keys and wallets.

Keep a rubbish bag or empty box in the car for coffee cups, old receipts, used tissues or gum, and empty it at least once a week. Likewise, a basket in the boot can come in handy for common on-the-go items like hats, balls, picnic rugs, sunscreen and kids’ toys.

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Install some shelving over your bathroom door to store everyday items for easy top-ups. Think spare toilet rolls, cleaning products, cakes of soap and towels.

Speaking of kids and cars, hang a canvas shoe organiser over the back of the front driver or passenger seat to store their (many) travel belongings, like electronic devices and earphones, playing cards, colouring books and pens, spare dummies, snacks, sunnies, drink bottles and a few favourite toys.

Magazine holder in Pink, $4, Kmart.

Otto A4 bamboo magazine file, $14.95, Officeworks.

21 bath system Store kids’ bath toys in wire fruit baskets suspended from your shower rod or frame.

Magazine holder in White, $12.95, Kikki.K.

24 bathroom bounty Don’t have an inbuilt bathroom cabinet? Repurpose a dresser or drawers to keep extra towels and products on hand, or look for other storage solutions like a ladder, stacked crates or a kitchen trolley on wheels.

Molger trolley in Birch, $89, Ikea. Kaboodle benchtop in Vanilla Cream (2.4m x 6m), $254, Bunnings. ON TROLLEY (TOP SHELF) Salus Tuberose & Grapefruit Hydrating hand wash, $35, Salus Eucalyptus & Rosemary Purifying body scrub, $32, and Hunter Lab Daily Face Fuel moisturiser, $49, Opus Design. Calm soaking salts, $24.33, Herbivore Botanicals. Full Moon bath soak, $18, New Moon Blends. (MIDDLE SHELF) Coco Rose body polish, $48.65, and Blue Clay detox mask, $29.73, Herbivore Botanicals. Salus Blossom gift pack (includes hand wash and hand and cuticle cream), $39, Opus Design. Lose Yo Self bath salts, $18, New Moon Blends. (BOTTOM SHELF) Malmo hand towel in White, $3.50, Kmart. Bath towel in White, $14.99, H&M Home. ON BENCHTOP Rose Hibiscus Hydrating face mist, $21.62 for 2oz, Herbivore Botanicals. Loft Marble soap pump in Snow, $49.95, Country Road. D’LUCCI Stone Oblong basin (56cm x 32cm), $229, and Mondella “Signature” basin mixer in Brushed Rose Gold, $149, Bunnings. ON WALL Natural Limewash paint in Nigella, $120 for 4L, Bauwerk. Suede leather strap mirror in Brushed Silver/Mushroom, $259, H&G Designs. ON FLOOR Honed Atlantic Blue Chevron tiles (7.5cm x 30cm), $189 a sq m, Teranova Tiles.


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Store your clutches in a kitchen organiser rack. Meanwhile, a spice rack is the perfect little spot for nail polishes, lipsticks or essential oils.

Cull your linen closet down to two sets of summer sheets and two sets of flannelette (if needed) per bed, plus two full sets of towels for every person in your home. That’s seriously all you need – one set in use, one in the wash. Go one better and store each set of sheets in its matching pillow case, so you have complete sets at the ready when you need them.

Tip your underwear drawer out onto the bed and discard any odd socks, worn-out bras or undies that have lost their elastic. Put everything that’s left back in the drawer, using dividers to keep items within their categories.

26 on a ledge Attach floating shelves to a timber bedhead to hold miscellaneous belongings like reading glasses, books, a clock or framed photos.

29 all sorted Try this Oprah-approved trick: hang all the clothes in your wardrobe with the hangers facing inwards. When you wear an item, hang it the opposite way when you return it. Every six months, do an inventory of the items that haven’t been worn, and sell or donate them.

30 shoe shuffle Sort your shoes into pairs and store in clear boxes stacked vertically on the floor of your wardrobe or on open shelves. R

Nofu “654” clothing rack in Natural Ash, $1709, Curious Grace. ON RACK (left to right) Flocked velvet hangers, $12 for 30, Target. Shower curtain rings in Silver, $7.99 for pack of 12, H&M Home. Cubo scarf, $115, Elk Accessories. Woven scarf in Grey/Powder Pink, $14.99, H&M. Kimmy modal scarf in Rose Quartz, $69.95, Trenery. Cubo skirt, $179, and Wide-leg pants, $135, Elk Accessories. Jessie’s girl pants, $280, Bec & Bridge. Paige “Margot” straight jeans, $349, Order of Style. Natural Woman pants, $220, Bec & Bridge. Merge jacket, $669, Ginger & Smart. Fine merino knit top, $165, Elk Accessories. Mother Denim “The Boxy Goodie Goodie” tee, $169, Order of Style. Natural Woman V dress, $250, Bec & Bridge. Dapple kaftan, $179, Elk Accessories. Mini Bonnie saddle bag, $415, Karen Walker. (ON SHELVES, left to right) Sans Beast “The Brief Liaison” tote, $349, Elk Accessories. Trainers in Light Pink, $29.99, and Felted wool hat in Black, $24.99, H&M. Shoe boxes, $9 for set of 4, Kmart. Polaroids, taken on the Instax SQ6 camera, $199.95, Fujifilm. ON WALL Natural Limewash paint in Valerian, $120 for 4L, Bauwerk.

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Nice digs Find pleasure in watering your plants and tending to your vegie patch with gardening equipment that’s as pretty as it is useful. Limerence wallpaper in Ink, £185 per roll (about $331), House of Hackney. Purple kale plant, $6.98, Bunnings. Brass effect watering can, $10, Kmart. Saxon 4-piece garden tool set, $10, Bunnings. Turn the page for insider advice on renovating and making your money work for you. A

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Big beneďŹ ts The two existing skylights make the living room feel much larger and brighter.

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young at heart After nine months of eating meals on the loor and tiling late into the night, a young couple have created a home they can grow in

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Mariah Burton, interior designer and director of Folk Studio, and her iancĂŠ Caleb Madder, a carpenter. Folkstudiodesign.com; @folk.studio___

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MARIAH BURTON WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU THAT renovating a property wasn’t something she and her fiancé Caleb had considered doing in their early twenties. But the young couple decided to embark on their biggest adventure to date when, in May 2017, they purchased their first home, an apartment in Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Built in 1974, the space was dark, lifeless and “stuck in the ’70s”, Mariah says. “Think cigarette stains on the walls, vermiculite ceilings and a brown shag carpet.” Though the interior was rundown, it provided the perfect reno challenge, and despite their previous reservations, Mariah and Caleb were excited to tackle it head on. The aim was to create a home that reflected their beach-loving lifestyle, their travels and their personalities. Mariah’s other goal was to “stay sane and not kill each other in the process”. Fortuitously, their shared skill sets – hers in interior design and his in carpentry – enabled them to save money by doing a lot of work themselves, and they also had help from family and friends who work in trades. With a nine-month timeframe, clear goals and good communication were also vital. “We had a very small budget and big vision,” Mariah recalls. “So we had to get creative to get the look we wanted without the price.” A

Ceramics class These handmade tiles from Tiles by Kate were used throughout the kitchen as a contrast to the matte cupboards. Statement wall Besser blocks create a beautiful screen for the kitchen. Mariah was inspired by homes in Japan.

Counter culture The old timber veneer kitchen was removed and an Ikea stone bench and cupboards added. They were cost-effective and easy to install.

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Focus on form Mariah loves her office. It’s filled with art from her travels, inspiring her work.

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When Mariah and Caleb first moved in, their living room had green walls. On the plus side, two skylights provided lots of light. The dated popcorn ceiling was skim coated and the skylight shutters removed, making the space feel brighter and more welcoming. Low-sheen paint tinted “Natural White” was used on the walls and the existing concrete slab flooring was exposed and polished. Now, Mariah says her home feels “more like a townhouse and not a cramped apartment”.

It may be the home’s smallest room, but Mariah says the bathroom presented the biggest challenge. The original “beachy” look was replaced with subtle floor and wall tiles that added textural pattern. To create continuity, timber lining boards in the bedroom and living areas have also been used in the bathroom’s custom joinery, while an American Oak benchtop and leather handles introduce warmth. The old bathroom door was swapped for a sliding one to maximise space.

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AUGUST 2017 The kitchen and flooring are ripped out. Ceilings rendered, lining boards fixed to the walls and concrete floor polished.

SEPTEMBER 2017 Kitchen installed.

OCTOBER 2017 Painting begins. The cornices and skirting boards are installed.

DECEMBER 2017 All doors replaced.

FEBRUARY 2018 After a month’s break, bathroom is started. All wall tiles removed.

MARCH 2018 Tiling and plumbing. APRIL 2018 Joinery and lighting installed. Finished!

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Soap stars The matte black floor tiles and penny round mosaic tiles are from TileCloud.

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Window seat “I love creating spaces that incorporate natural shapes, colours and light,” says Mariah, who sourced a butterfly chair (left) from Gumtree.


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Terracotta touch Handmade pendants by Anchor Ceramics provide a moody, warm orange glow.

“IN A SMALL APARTMENT IT TAKES 18 PLANTS PER PERSON TO PURIFY THE AIR, SO THE MORE PLANTS THE BETTER, I SAY! I LOVE RUBBER PLANTS FOR THEIR FOREST GREEN LEAVES”

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Gorgeous globes The earthy tones and curved shapes of the HK Living pendant lights add to the room’s tranquil vibe.

“MY OBJECTIVE WAS TO CREATE AN APARTMENT THAT EXUDES JOY, ONE WE FEEL CREATIVELY INSPIRED IN WHEN WE WAKE UP”

KEEPING IT LOCAL A big part of the renovation project involved buying new furniture. Where possible, the couple supported local makers and artist friends, and sourced many secondhand pieces. “I’m always moving art into different rooms to find which spot suits it best,” Mariah says. Most of their furniture, like the Koskela sofa, is made in Australia.

TIME TO REFLECT Mariah was able to picture the final result before it was finished, which helped her communicate her vision to the tradespeople. “A creative thinker like me needs an analytical brain,” she says. With the renovation complete, Mariah can now appreciate the perks of having done much of the work themselves. R Dream, baby, dream Taubmans paint tinted “Natural White” and layered linen from In Bed and Jardan freshen up the bedroom. Floating side tables help it seem more spacious.

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we are family Charlie, ive, lives with Jessica and her partner Beau Sherrard. Jessicabellef.com; @jessicabellef

Jessica Bellef, writer and head stylist at Temple & Webster, shares her love of the outdoors with her scrufy sidekick Charlie


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Charlie is a rugged little rascal who’s seen a lot of adventure in his short lifetime. Now, this sweet boy has found a home right where he truly belongs.

Pet name Charlie’s full moniker is Charles Barkley. He was named after an American basketballer. A kind soul “His coat may be rough and unruly, but underneath he’s a sweet creature with a real sensitive side,” Jessica says.

Side by side In the afternoon Charlie and Jessica like to go for walks together along the jetty.

treats Take a walk Tiggy leather leash in Black, $49, Nice Digs.

Play house Huts and Bay black zip stripe pet teepee tent, $145 for small, Temple & Webster.

Where did you meet Charlie? At an animal shelter in Western Sydney. He’d been through a few homes before being found on the street and taken there. He was a nervous wreck when we first met him. Luckily he’s chilled out since. What breed is Charlie, and why did you choose him? He’s a patchwork of breeds. Terrier mixed with kelpie and dressed as a German Shepherd. We wanted a cheeky dog who’d help us take life less seriously. Charlie was the perfect match. Is Charlie’s temperament a little rough like his exterior? Not at all. Charlie is funny, curious and kind, and he can laugh! When we’re playing, this little guy likes to have a good giggle. Could you describe a day in the life of Charlie? He spends his day lounging in the sun, yelling out howdy to the neighbour’s dog occasionally. In the evening he’ll lap-hop between Beau and me. Has Charlie inspired your work at Temple & Webster? He has been in the spotlight on a few photo shoots. Beyond that, his untidy and charismatic look reminds me to keep my styling work a bit rough and undone. What would he represent as an interior style? Vintage style. Pre-loved, with all the knocks of a past life. Just like him. R real living

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HOW TO EARN & SAVE

money moves to make So you’re having a baby? Money mag’s Eie Zahos shares three things you need to know before taking parental leave

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DOUBLE DIPPING Even if your employer offers paid maternity leave, you can also access the Government’s Paid Parental Leave. The so-called “doubledipping” law wasn’t passed, so technically you can get both. How much leave and pay entitlement you get from your employer comes down to your employment contract. The Paid Parental Leave scheme, which is fully government funded, is paid for a maximum period of 18 weeks at $719.20 a week before tax (the national minimum wage). Parental Leave Pay can only be taken by one parent at a time, but if you go back to work and you haven’t used the full 18 weeks of leave, your partner can take the rest of the leave if they become the primary carer and are eligible.

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DAD & PARTNER PAY Eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) get two weeks’ leave paid at the national minimum wage ($719.20 a week). To be eligible for this scheme, you can’t work or take paid leave during your two-week Dad and Partner Pay period. If you plan on transferring your Parental Leave Pay to the same person who is claiming DAP, then the maximum payment period is capped at 18 weeks.

Spare change Lunar coin purse, $9.95, Sportsgirl.

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SUPER INCENTIVE Unfortunately superannuation isn’t paid on parental leave payments. There’s a cost in taking career breaks and this certainly doesn’t help with the super gender gap. While there are several things you can do to keep your super growing while you’re on parental leave – get your spouse to contribute or make extra payments when you return to work – it would be worth talking to your employer first. It may be tricky to negotiate, but ask if they’d still make super guarantee payments while you’re on leave. Some of the more progressive companies are offering this as an incentive to return to work. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! R


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As someone who creates stunning loral designs for a living, Mikarla Bauer is an expert on the subject of displaying and nurturing fresh-cut lowers photography lynden foss styling sarah ellison

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Olea europaea (Oleaceae family)


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MIKARLA BAUER IS A SELF-CONFESSED flower freak. “I was surrounded by flowers from an early age. My grandmother was a florist and as a child I followed her around her magical flower room,” she says. After studying interior design, she took a floristry course and started a business with her husband called Wilderness Flowers. Based in Bangalow, NSW, Mikarla’s big old double-garage workshop overflows with flowers and foliage for events and weddings. “I love every aspect of my job,” she says. “My favourite thing is the flowers, the smell, shape, imperfections, magnificence.” Want to get more beauty and life from your next bunch of flowers? Read on for Mikarla’s top tips. A fresh approach “I love putting together new colour combinations and textures, foraging around the garden and experimenting with what I can find,” Mikarla says. A


palm leaf Arecaceae (Palmae family)

orchid Orchidaceae (Orchidaceae; Juss family)

What’s the best way to display a single stem? Choose a vase or vessel that complements and supports the flower shape. Flowers that have some movement in the stem, like an orchid or tulip, will work well in a graphic-shaped, chunky bud vase. A dainty garden rose or violet will sit beautifully in a cut crystal vase. Which flowers look best displayed in big bunches? I’m a sucker for a big armful of hydrangeas that have been dropped in a champagne bucket, or a fluffy cloud of baby’s breath en masse. Which types of flowers will last longest? Native flowers with hard woody stems, such as proteas and banksias, can stay fresh for a month. Despite their delicate appearance, phalaenopsis orchids last for weeks. Which flowers should you avoid if you have allergies or pets? Lilies, wattle, jasmine, jonquils and grevillea can really set off allergic reactions. Play it safe and keep all cut flowers out of reach of pets and bubs. What’s your favourite flower combo at the moment? Terracotta and burnt orange blooms with dried and sun-bleached textural elements. I recently combined big terracotta-toned roses with dried native grasses and palm leaves to create a “Byron Bay meets the Mediterranean” look.


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rose Rosa (Rosaceae family)

pampas grass Cortaderia selloana; (Poaceae family)

Mikarla’s tips for longer-lasting lowers 1. Cutting the stems of your lowers extends their life and ensures they keep drinking water. Make the irst cut an inch or two from the bottom of the stem or at a length that will suit the height of the vase. 2. Cut the stems diagonally. This will leave more of the stem exposed so the lower is able to drink. 3. Place your vase of lowers in a cool spot out of direct sunlight to prolong their life. Even more importantly, keep them where you can gaze at their beauty and get the most enjoyment from them. 4. Replace the vase water about twice a week, or when it starts to look cloudy and discoloured. And adding bleach or sugar to the water won’t make your lowers last longer – that’s mumbo jumbo! R See more of Mikarla’s work on her website, Wildernessflowers.com.au; Instagram @wildernessflowers_

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TOP ROW La-Z-Boy Unique, distinctive and comfortable, the Martelli modular is the perfect solution for any modern-day home, with plenty of space for all the family. POA; La-z-boy.com. au OMO Introducing Ecoactive, OMO’s most sustainable laundry detergent. It delivers the cleaning power of OMO, with 70 per cent plant-based cleaning ingredients and a bottle made from 25 per cent recycled plastic. This product is tough on stains, not on nature. Omo.com.au Domayne In a deep noir shade with velvet upholstery, the new Haven Accent Chair brings old-world glamour to any setting. $499; Domayneonline.com.au 2ND ROW Harvey Norman With an elegant display, 80L capacity and combination steam cooking, upgrading your oven to the Electrolux 60cm Multifunction Steam Oven is a no-brainer. $1999; Harveynorman.com.au Taubmans The NEW Taubmans Endure Interior paint has advanced anti-microbial technology that protects against mould and mildew. The perfect paint for your home. $80.55; Taubmans.com.au 3RD ROW Kaboodle Designing your perfect kitchen is easy with Kaboodle’s cut-to-measure products. Kaboodle.com.au BlueScope Steel Tested in some of Australia’s harshest conditions, its strength and durability are perfect counterpoints to its designer appearance. colorbond.com/matt Choices Flooring œ>Ã̈˜} ƂÕÃÌÀ>ˆ>˜ ˜>̈Ûi ̈“LiÀ `iÈ}˜Ã] …œˆVià œœÀˆ˜}½Ã ƂLœ`i yœœÀˆ˜} «ÀœÛˆ`ià > ̈“iiÃà œœŽ vœÀ ޜÕÀ …œ“i°

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orange-brined chicken with freekeh, blood orange & fennel salad

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Serves 4–6 Prep time 45 mins, plus preserving and brining time Cooking time 1 hour 30 mins 1 (1.8kg) chicken 3 blood oranges, 1 quartered, 2 segmented 1 head garlic, halved, plus 1 clove extra, finely chopped 200g cracked freekeh ½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp blood orange juice 1½ tbsp sherry vinegar 60ml (¼ cup) extra virgin olive oil 2 baby fennel bulbs, thinly sliced on mandolin, fronds reserved ¾ cup each (loosely packed) flatleaf parsley, coriander and mint

PRESERVED BLOOD ORANGES 100g (1 cup) sea salt flakes 2 blood oranges, halved, skin on 60ml (¼ cup) each blood orange juice and lemon juice ORANGE BRINE 160g sea salt flakes 55g (¼ cup) brown sugar 55ml sherry vinegar 2 blood oranges, halved 1 lemon, halved 1 head garlic, halved 1 tsp each dried chilli flakes and fennel seeds 2 cinnamon quills

PRESERVED ORANGES Place salt and 250ml water in a saucepan over high heat; stir until salt dissolves (2–3 minutes). Cut each orange half into six wedges, add to pan and bring to the boil, then simmer over medium heat for 25–30 minutes until tender (the water will evaporate and the salt will crystalise). Rinse under cold running water, drain well and transfer to a container. Pour over juices to cover; refrigerate overnight. 2 ORANGE BRINE Place salt, sugar, vinegar and 1L water in a saucepan over medium heat; stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Squeeze in juice from orange and lemon halves, add squeezed fruit to liquid with garlic and spices and bring to a simmer. Transfer to a container large enough to fit the chicken; add 2.5L water and refrigerate brine until chilled (1 hour). Submerge chicken in brine, cover and refrigerate overnight. 3 Preheat oven to 220°C. Drain chicken, rinse under cold water and pat dry. Stuff with blood orange quarters and halved garlic head. Tuck in wings and truss legs. Rub with olive oil, season and place in a roasting pan lined with baking paper. Roast until juices run clear when thigh is pierced with a skewer (45–60 minutes). Rest for 15 minutes. 4 Cook freekeh in a saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender (15–20 minutes). Drain, rinse under cold running water, drain again and set aside. Combine onion, chopped garlic and juices in a bowl, season to taste and stand until onion softens (3–4 minutes). Add vinegar and olive oil. Rinse three preserved orange wedges, discard flesh, then thinly slice the rind. Add to onion mixture with remaining orange segments, fennel, fronds and herbs. Season to taste; toss to combine. Serve with chicken. 1

NOTE Cracked freekeh is available from select delicatessens. If it’s unavailable, substitute coarse burghul and follow packet directions.

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grilled tuna with blood orange, fennel & black olive dressing Serves 4 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 5 mins

Finely grated rind of ½ blood orange and juice of 1 blood orange 2 tsp brown sugar

750g piece skinless yellowfin tuna Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling 3 tsp fennel seeds, crushed 3 blood oranges (rind of 1 finely grated), all peeled, seeds removed and thinly sliced ½ head radicchio, torn 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced on mandolin, fronds reserved 1 large golden shallot, thinly sliced on mandolin 1 cup basil, plus extra to serve BLACK OLIVE DRESSING 100ml extra virgin olive oil 50g black olives, such as Gaeta, pitted 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste 1 small garlic clove, crushed ½ long red chilli, coarsely chopped

BLACK OLIVE DRESSING Pound or process ingredients in a blender to combine; season to taste. 2 Heat barbecue or chargrill pan to high. Brush tuna with oil, press fennel seeds all over fish and season to taste. Drizzle with oil and grill, turning occasionally, for 4–5 minutes until charred on the outside and rare inside. Rest for a minute; slice thickly. 3 Combine oranges, rind, radicchio, fennel, shallot and basil in a bowl. Dress with half black olive dressing, toss to combine and season to taste. Serve salad with tuna and scatter with extra basil and fennel fronds. Drizzle with remaining dressing. A 1

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eat roast rhubarb with candied almonds & rhubarb ice cream 1½ HOURS

Serves 6 Prep time 45 mins Cooking time 45 mins 500g rhubarb, thickly sliced on the diagonal 110g (½ cup) caster sugar 50ml dessert wine Thinly peeled rind and juice of 1 orange 1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger RHUBARB ICE CREAM 240g rhubarb, thinly sliced Juice of 1 lemon 200g caster sugar 400ml pouring cream 140ml milk 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped 6 egg yolks CANDIED ALMONDS 100g slivered almonds 30g icing sugar 20ml dessert wine RHUBARB ICE CREAM Place rhubarb in a saucepan with lemon juice and half the sugar; stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and rhubarb breaks down. Bring cream, milk and vanilla bean and seeds to a simmer in a separate saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk yolks and remaining sugar in a heatproof bowl until thick and pale. Add cream mixture and whisk to combine. Return to pan, stirring continuously until mixture coats back of a wooden spoon. Strain into a bowl, stir in rhubarb mixture and refrigerate until cool. Pour into an ice cream machine to freeze. Alternatively, freeze mixture until almost set, then beat and refreeze. 2 CANDIED ALMONDS Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Spread onto an oven tray; bake for 6–8 minutes until golden. Cool to room temperature; crumble. 3 Increase oven to 200°C. Place rhubarb, sugar, dessert wine, orange rind and juice and ginger in a roasting pan. Roast for 10–12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Serve hot with rhubarb ice cream and candied almonds. R

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A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST BETWEEN CHAOS AND CALM is what you’ll find as you weave your way through India. A relentless cacophony of beeping car horns, overwhelming flashes of vibrant colour and mix of intoxicating smells (both good and not so good) are matched with a friendly smile and generous offer of assistance at every twist and turn. But with so many enchanting and unexpected things waiting to be discovered around every corner, where do you start? Maybe it’s the heaving spice markets in Old Delhi, Agra’s breathtaking tombs and forts, a tranquil boat trip along the holy Ganges river in Varanasi or a magical lake palace in Udaipur. Read on for our insider’s guide to the best places to stay and eat, and the top things to see and do in five must-visit cities, plus helpful tips you should know before you go. A

Simply serene For uninterrupted views of the majestic Taj Mahal and Yamuna River, head to Mehtab Bagh garden – it’s not as well known, so you’ll have less tourists in your shot. real living

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History tour Explore Delhi’s Unesco world heritage listed sites, including Qutb Minar complex (pictured), the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb.

DELHI Where to stay Find respite in one of only four rooms at Scarlette, a boutique hotel owned by a French expat. For something larger, The Imperial Hotel is close to the centre of the city and well worth a look. Where to eat Bukhara for food cooked in a tandoor and the world’s largest naan. What to do Explore the alleyways of Khari Baoli in Old Delhi, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market, and enjoy a fresh cup of chai from one of the many vendors. Visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple and volunteer in the kitchen where they serve over 10,000 pilgrims a day. Good to know Ridesharing apps like Uber and Ola are the safest and most reliable way to get around town. If you’re heading to the Sikh temple, you must cover your head, so take a scarf or buy one out the front for a few dollars.

All welcome Kick off your shoes and cover your hair to enter the Sikh temple, which includes a school, art gallery, kitchen and holy pool.

To market Large sacks of fresh and dried spices will hit you with a tempting aroma you’ll never forget.


travel Jewel box Another must-see is the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj – it’s 20 years older than the Taj Mahal.

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Marble lady Decorated with white marble, semi-precious and precious stones, the iconic Taj Mahal can be admired from sunrise to sunset, but is closed to the public on Fridays.

AGRA Where to stay For a room with a view, The Oberoi Amarvilas is located only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Where to eat Stop by Shankar Ji dhaba (snack bar) for vegetarian delights by the side of the road, or enjoy a tasty Indian meal at The Master Chef air-conditioned restaurant. Ask staff to wrap up leftovers so you can feed the local monkeys. What to do Hire an auto rickshaw driver for the day and visit the iconic Taj Mahal (a must!), beautiful Mehtab Bagh garden and Agra Fort. Once you’ve had enough sightseeing, it’s time to go rug shopping. Good to know If you’re catching a train to Agra from Delhi, ask your hotel to book tickets for you well in advance as they sell out fast. Also, make-up and food will be confiscated at the entrance to all sites. A

Natural beauty Colourful flowers flourish throughout India and are an integral part of Hindu worship and rituals.

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Time out Take a moment to reflect inside the peaceful sitting rooms of Brij Rama Palace, left.

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Where to stay Soak up the sights and sounds of the holy Ganges and stay on the riverbank at Brij Rama Palace, or Suryauday Haveli if you’re on a budget. Where to eat Hit the streets and head to Deena Chat Bhandar for chaat (snacks) – don’t go past their famous pani puri and tomato chaat in little earthenware pots. What to do Rise early and take a tranquil boat ride along the river as the sun comes up. In the afternoon, explore the ghats (stairs leading down to the water) by foot and watch pilgrims and locals emerge to bathe and give their blessings. If time permits, visit the silk weavers’ village of Sarai Mohana to find saris and scarves. Good to know The Ganges is dotted with open funeral pyres where cremation takes place 24 hours a day. It can be a confronting sight if you’re not prepared.

Holy place Locals use the Ganges to wash, bathe and pray.

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Where to stay In the centre of the city at luxury guesthouse 47 Jobner Bagh, where the staff and tranquil surrounds make you feel at home. Or on the fringes at Samode Haveli, a traditional mansion. Where to eat Book an Indian cooking class at 47 Jobner Bagh then sit down to enjoy your meal in the private courtyard. After a big day of brass shopping, stop by Tripolia Bazaar for spicy kachori (stuffed and fried bread) and samosas. What to do For the perfect travel snap, head to the Hawal Mahal “Palace of the Winds” and City Palace, and check out the colourful phool mandi (flower market) – get there before 9am! Take a day trip to Amer Fort and its surrounding stepwells. Good to know Access to Amer Fort is only by a four-wheel drive, so you’ll need to pay for a driver at the entrance.


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Luxury escape You’ll never want to leave the Taj Lake Palace. Sit by the pool under the bougainvilleas, wander the marble-lined hallways, or practise yoga on the terrace.

Where to stay The romantic and private Taj Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola is hard to beat. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, book a room at Chunda Palace Hotel or The Oberoi Udaivilas. Where to eat Sheesh Mahal restaurant for local flavour with lake views, and The Sunset Terrace for sundowners. If you need a break from Indian cuisine, grab a toastie and juice from Grasswood Cafe. What to do Putt around Lake Pichola in a timber boat at dusk or dawn – it’s the best time to take photos as everything is lit up with a soft, golden glow. Visit the stunning City Palace for 360-degree views of Udaipur, then walk down to Bada Bazaar to stock up on jewellery, textiles, camel-leather goods and souvenirs. Good to know You cannot visit the Taj Lake Palace unless you’re a guest. R


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