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HOME Coastal homes from Australia and beyond

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Get organised with The Home Edit's Clea and Joanna Healthy treats to fight the winter blues

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inter is upon us and what a perfect time to organise your home and get ready for the warmer months. It was a great pleasure to chat with Clea and Joanna from the Netflix show Get Organised with The Home Edit for this issue. Clea and Joanna talked to us about home organisation and their take on why people are seeking to organise their homes more than ever before. Not surprisingly, the chaos of our last few years has impacted how we manage our home environment. Personally, I know I need everything to be in its correct place before I can completely relax. It brings me a sense of calm when my home is ordered. And it is this feeling that Clea and Joanna have captured in their business, The Home Edit. When asked what they love most about their work, they both talked about the sense of peace they bring their clients and how rewarding this is for them. As we go to print, Clea is receiving treatment for breast cancer and from the ele we would like to wish her strength in "Personally, I know I family, her healing journey and a speedy recovery. need everything to be in This issue we showcase four coastal homes Australia and beyond. We visit a tiny its correct place before from home on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia I can completely relax. which has some of the most majestic views have seen from a home. We take in the It brings me a sense of Icoastal barn-like sophistication from a home calm when my home is north of Durban, South Africa, designed by architect Lisa Rorich and decorated by Robyn ordered." Constantinou. We also head to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast to check out a luxe holiday stay which combines relaxed coastal elements with New York style loft living. And finally, we head to one of my favourite Aussie towns, Brunswick Heads, and visit a home designed by the very talented Jason Grant for his friends Karl and Gene. Karl and Gene’s surf shack is one of those homes that fills you with a carefree happiness the instant you step inside. We have so much more inside. We explore the rising trend of grandma chic design, visit the coastal town of Kingscliff to check out the latest accommodation offering from the team that brought us The Chalet in Brunswick Heads, and we have some delicious recipes developed by the team at Xali to help fight the winter blues. I hope you enjoy this special issue.

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Issue 6, 2022 ISSN 2653-049X Copyright eat.live.escape 2022 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY ele HOME acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of the place where this magazine is published. ele HOME also pays respects to Elders past and present.

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Front cover This month’s cover image features South African artist Michael Taylor’s work which is featured in a stunning coastal home just north of Durban. For more of this home, turn to page 50 IMAGE: Lar Glutz

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We used timber cladding on a lot of the outside walls because it weathers so beautifully.” - page 50

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50 CONTENTS 9 IN STYLE ele HOME checks out what's new in the world of home and design. 10 VISIT Check out The Blue Water Motel in the charming seaside village of Kingscliff. 16 THE ENTREPRENUER Grown Alchemist founder Jeremy Muji.

21 FEATURE ARTIST Wildlife artist Carla Grace. 26 THE INFLUENCERS Meet The Home Edit founders, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin.

37 HOMES TO LOVE Four unique homeowners from around the world showcase their beautiful homes. 86 IN THE KITCHEN Treats to bust the winter blues.

32 FATHER'S DAY The ultimate Father's Day gift guide.

89 GARDEN NEWS When high fashion meets garden.

33 STYLE WATCH Are you a Grandmillennial?

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Timeless Style

Out this month is Style: The Art of Creating a Beautiful Home by renowned interior stylist, Natalie Walton. This timeless interiors book shows you how to transform your living spaces using what you own and love. While designing can be a big investment, styling allows you to elevate your spaces with what you’ve already got. RRP $60 hardiegrant.com

With Nature


Osborn House, a new luxury hotel in the NSW Southern Highlands, is destined to become the retreat of choice for discerning experience seekers keen to soak up five-star country elegance in a glorious forest setting. Osborn House is situated in established gardens above the quaint village of Bundanoon, with spectacular views to neighbouring Morton National Park. The boutique property, featuring 15 super luxury suites and seven newly constructed free-standing luxury cabins, each with a fireplace and balcony bathtub, opened in February 2022. Book your getaway now! osbornhouse.com.au

Out this month is With Nature by Australian garden designer, Fiona Brockoff. In this beautifully photographed book, Fiona takes us through her gardens in Australia, with tips and design guidance to help you create your own sustainable and wholistic garden. RRP $70 hardiegrant.com

Chateau De Glass

Australian based and family owned, Chateau De Glass, create unique, high-quality metal art pieces and personalised signs from their North Brisbane location. Whether you need an elegant piece for your home or storefront, Chateau De Glass can help bring any of your ideas to life! Visit their website to choose from their large range of designs or talk to their friendly team to create a piece that will capture your style and personality.Featured the Beach Break Round Metal Wall Art from $159.95 chateaudeglass.com.au @chateaudeglass_au

Winter Boost!

Leading New Zealand beauty brand, Jeuneora has launched its latest creation Renewing Booster. This highly concentrated anti-ageing serum contains an advanced form of Retinol and other powerful ingredients to visibly reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The serum is vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist approved, and suitable for all skin types - even sensitive, and the serum packs a punch in a 15ml recyclable purple bottle which contains 20% post-consumer recycled plastic. RRP $58 jeuneora.com.au

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Blue Water Motel Situated in the charming seaside village of Kingscliff, on the Northern NSW coast, is the ultimate holiday destination to cool down, relax and enjoy a coastal holiday.

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The creative minds behind the Chalet Motel in Brunswick Heads have done it again, this time a bit further north in the picturesque coastal town of Kingscliff. Their new look boutique accommodation, Blue Water Motel has been reimagined by renowned designer, Mr Jason Grant. It is a nod to the cool and relaxed coastal vibe of Kingscliff but with a hint of retro. Honouring the peach / lemon vibes of the 60’s, making it the ultimate mid-week getaway, family holiday, relaxing vacation dogs always welcome kind of stay. The symbolism in the design and interiors is that nostalgic motel stay, casual and comfortable accommodation, differentiating at Blue Water, with a touch of subtle sophistication. Experience a luxury stay, without the premium price tag. Their reimagined coastal motel is centred and inspired by the colours of the beach, the Northern NSW coastline and a feel-good summer stay. Think margaritas by pool and sunsets at Cudgen Creek. Guests of Blue Water Motel are within walking distance to Kingscliff beach and some of the best surf breaks along the Kingscliff coastline. This feeling and vibe of a calm and relaxing holiday is translated throughout the motel. The dusty blue, the anecdotical features, Lulu’s (converted lemon yellow retro caravan and soon to be coffee van) the nautical / coastal theme of each room and much-loved feature pelicans. The property is complete with a renovated reception area, saltwater swimming pool, 24x7 kitchen, alfresco common areas, bike hire and onsite parking. The Blue Water Motel offers 17 newly renovated and uniquely designed rooms. All rooms include: Malin + Goetz Toiletries, a dedicated work station, unlimited WiFi, TV / Foxtel, air conditioning, Byron Bay tea and Dukes Coffee, with local craft beers from reception and more. Book your coastal getaway now! 129 Kingscliff St, Kingscliff, NSW 02 6674 2999 thebluewatermotel.com.au @bluewatermotel_

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Designer of Blue Water Motel, Jason Grant, with the beloved pelicans

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Managers of Blue Water Motel, Josh and Alana, and son Velzy

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Kingscliff Lions Beachside Markets 2nd and 4th Saturday each month at Jack Bayliss Park @kingsclifflionsbeachsidemarket Taverna 22 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW @tavernakingscliff

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The Alchemist

Grown Alchemist took Australia by storm when it launched in 2008 by brothers, Jeremy and Keston Muij. ele HOME talks to co-founder, Jeremy, about the initial start-up and the love and determination that goes into growing your own brand. IMAGES: Supplied

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Q&A Tell us about yourself? I have a background in the fields of product development business strategy. Before I launched Grown Alchemist with my brother we consulted with large multinational companies and were used to pulling teams of international experts together to develop products. We found this was a great environment for learning the art of innovation. It was in fact on one of these projects we discovered that if we were able to formulate a natural/organic orientated product with a natural Peptide active that for example stimulates the body’s ability to produce Collagen we would achieve a better beauty result than using traditional synthetic ingredients. How did Grown Alchemist begin? After working for many years as consultants in product and brand development, Keston and I decided to move towards the natural side of the skincare market. It was during this shift that we witnessed our clinical results demonstrating improved cellular function when exposed to natural ingredients. It is this realisation that gave birth to Grown Alchemist and which continues to inspire us today. What is the philosophy behind Grown Alchemist? The name Grown Alchemist encapsulates the duality of our brand, one that is built on biology, and then backed by science. As a brand, we have one foot firmly planted in the natural world utilizing the power botanicals we use in our formulations, and the other rooted in the alchemy of science in order to harness the potency of these naturally occurring ingredients. This duality makes us who we are as a brand. How hard was it to get Grown Alchemist up and running as a new start-up? What challenges did you face? Like all business owners, this is not an easy job. In the beginning it was just Keston and I, doing everything ourselves, and only have a few employees, so everyone was very hands on and wearing many different hats and handled different sides of the business that we normally wouldn’t. But we were very passionate and devoted to creating products that wouldn’t comprise health, and along the way we met and worked with amazing people who helped us become who we are today so it’s all worth it.

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What makes Grown Alchemist different from other products in the market? As a brand, we distinguish ourselves from other brands in the market through one key focus: restoring skin function. The skincare industry has conditioned consumers into thinking that the answer to amazing skin is all about a magical ingredient. Naturally, as a beauty brand we do believe in the power of science and active ingredients to visibly transform skin. But without a healthy, capable skin cell nothing really happens. It’s just a waste of powerful ingredients. So, unlike other brands, natural or otherwise we spend the majority of our time and energy enhancing the capability of the skin through detoxification; a function-restoring process that is as much about what we add back to the skin as what toxic ingredients we leave out. Once we restore skin function, we then focus on activating and enhancing it with amazing ingredients with the power to visibly transform. No other brand focuses on cellular function in this way and it’s a point of difference that guarantees real results for our consumers. Is sustainability and ethical practices important to Grown Alchemist? This is paramount for a brand. Grown Alchemist’s ethos has been backed by the creation of 100% natural, clean, environmentally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free product offering. We are independently certified by a number of external organisations including Australian Certified Organic, Safe Cosmetics Australia, Positive Luxury, Vegan. org, Think Dirty and Choose Cruelty Free. We proudly feature their logos on all our packaging to reassure our customers our products are certified toxic free, not tested on animals, contain certified organic ingredients and our packaging is recyclable.   Our packaging is 100% recyclable. For us, this is more than marketing. Recyclable packaging is intrinsic to our brand DNA and our brand philosophy of how we look after your skin. Consciously made packaging is the sensible thing to do to ensure our environment is preserved for generations to come; it also reduces toxins from landfill seeping into the soil ensuring we are able to harvest only the highest quality ingredients from the healthiest of sources.  We recently launched our new Eco Refills, a recyclable 500mL refill pouch, which can be used to refill any Grown Alchemist 500mL hand and body care bottles. Sustainability is one area in every business which requires continually optimisation. We are committed to having 100% recyclable, biodegradable, or reusable packaging in use by 2025 where possible to avoid plastic littering our Ocean. We will also be moving to use Ocean Waste Plastic soon. We are committed to protecting and restoring nature's biodiversity by sustainably sourcing ingredients,

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Age Repair Gel Masque $80 promoting fair ethical working conditions, and supporting local farmers. We are committed to becoming a Certified B Corp by 2023. By reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint within the supply chain, we aim to become carbon net zero by 2025. This is our commitment to ensure that we contribute to a better tomorrow. Who and what inspires you? Spending time with my family. My personal motto is: Always be present and enjoy the journey! What do you love about your work? No two days are the same, there’s always something new, something challenging, but exciting at the same time. Meeting and working with like-minded people who are equally passionate about what Grown Alchemist is all about, is such an amazing and rewarding feeling that we are all part of this journey, and we are creating magic together and bringing our community with us and continue to serve them.

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Where can our readers find your products? Grown Alchemist products are available now at major retailers across Australia including, Amazon, David Jones and Adore Beauty. As well as online at grownalchemist.com, in-store at the Retail Lab in Carlton and selected global retailers.

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What does the rest 2022 and 2023 have in store for Grown Alchemist? As a brand we have always had a laser focus on being the best in beauty. It’s a space that evolves quickly and will continue to do so. As time goes on, we have learnt that beauty cannot be a singular skincare experience, there is no one magic pot of cream or serum to solve everything. So, we will continue to be the best, holistic beauty brand in the years to come. Our current focus is getting teams on the ground in local markets overseas. We’re now looking beyond that virtual moment. Whatever mechanism to create healthy, beautiful skin the future holds, that’s where we will be. @grownalchemist grownalchemist.com.au

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The Artist

Feature Artist Carla Grace IMAGES: Supplied

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am Carla Grace. I am a wildlife artist that works in acrylic and oil paint, creating realistic animals that seem to interact with you from the space within the painting. I was born in South Africa, but grew up in Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Zambia. My early childhood years in Zimbabwe exposed me to a life full of wildlife, and that formed the foundation of my career as a wildlife artist. I now live on 14 acres in Aldinga Beach, South Australia with my husband and two young children. I paint in a traditional, realistic style. Most people call what I do photorealism, however, to be technical, my work is not refined enough to be quite that perfect. I call my style realism, as what I depict, the details and the nature of my work is very close to being real. However, when you move up to the canvas and look closely at the brush work, there are clumps of paint, areas of incomplete details and many artist marks all over the work. I don’t want to take away from the artwork the fact that it was created by a human hand as opposed to being printed. I find that there is great beauty in imperfections, and I love that my work still looks like a painting when you take the time and care to inspect it. I began my career at the age of 17, when I would draw portraits for pocket money during high school. As people would happily pay upwards of $150 for a portrait done by a teenager, I figured that there was something unique in what I did. I tried to study art at university in Auckland, New Zealand, but found the disconnect between academic art and commercial art to be too large. I didn’t fit in with the academic world, as my business mind was too keen and spoke too logically about what I had experienced on my own outside of art school. This led to many arguments with the tutors, and so I dropped out at the end of 2014, after achieving my diploma and moved to Australia where I registered as a sole trader within the year. Carla Grace Art became my official business in 2015. I became a full-time artist in 2018 after slowly transitioning away from my day jobs as the demand for my work increased. I am inspired by nature first, by the beauty I can feel and see around me. I am motivated by the potential wildlife art has in the overall narrative of art history. Its lack of presence there gives me hope that throughout my career, and through uplifting other wildlife artists along the way, we can make wildlife art a significant genre. I see it as a challenge to accept, knowing that other areas of art, portraiture, still life, landscapes and so on, have been done so well by so many others over hundreds of years. Realistic wildlife art is criticised by many as being pointless, the most common comment being “why not just take a picture?”. I am inspired by the critiques as much as by the potential I’ve found in the art form. My work is going beyond the photographs, indeed, making it impossible to capture in a photograph what I capture in my paintings. I love that the animals feel as though they are about to take a breath at any moment. That they feel alive. Like I have been able to give others an opportunity to connect with an animal in a unique and permanent way. Above any other ambition of mine, my work would be a failure if I could not give the eyes of the animal’s life, without that there would be no spirit to my work. I have just returned from maternity leave after having my second child. With an exciting new series planned, I will be spending the rest of 2022 painting things that other wildlife artists have never painted before (that I can see based on my research). This new series is the start of my plan to reform wildlife art, and to motivate others to do the same. I teach everything I know through my tutorials, and through my social media pages, hoping to help others lift their game and to encourage a better quality of work being made available to collectors.

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To purchase Carla’s art or follow her tutorials visit: carlagraceart.com @carla_grace_art

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The Home Edit Meet Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the Nashville based home organisers who have made organising fun, turning their passion into the Netflix hit, Get Organised with The Home Edit IMAGES: Supplied

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The Home Edit founders, Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer

Tell us about yourselves and how the two of you came to know each other? We were both new to Nashville and a mutual friend set us up on a “blind date” because she thought we had a lot in common (Jewish, husbands both in the music industry, kids of the same age, wanting to start an organizing business). That same night, we came up with our company name, designed our logo, bought our domain, and registered our LLC. Organizers are nothing if not efficient. Looking back, it’s probably ill-advised to essentially get married after a matter of hours, but we knew it felt meant to be. Tell us about your business? How did the two of you begin your careers in home organisation? Clea: We’d each wanted to start organizing companies on our own but hadn’t made the leap. Once we met, it just felt right. We’re both extremely organized people, obviously, but coming from different backgrounds, we balance each other in terms of style and utility. Joanna: I'd never wanted a business partner before meeting Clea. But truly the minute I met her, I thought, This will totally work." We have seen a huge popularity surge in home organisation and a desire for simplicity in our lives. Why do you think this is? Clea: There’s so much we can’t control in the world right now but you *can* control the way your home operates. An organized home makes your everyday life feels less chaotic. People are Wrealizing how gratifying it can be to just start the day with everything in its place. It lifts a mental burden. Organizing gives people something productive to do, rather than just refreshing their news feeds every five minutes. Joanna: People are definitely looking for a sense of control and to create a more peaceful environment in their home. Life is hard enough…if you can avoid unnecessary frustration in your life, why wouldn’t you?

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How would you describe The Home Edit’s style? Beautiful, functional, colorful, and cohesive. What do you love about your work? Clea: Helping people bring peace and order to their space. Life runs a lot smoother when you have organized systems on your side. Joanna: Most of our clients tell us that after we organize, they feel less stressed. That’s an extremely rewarding part of our job. How did your Netflix show, Get Organised with The Home Edit, come about? Clea: It all started with Molly Sims back in 2016. She found us on Instagram and reached out to us about helping her organize her home and contribute to her new lifestyle book. We obviously jumped at the opportunity and flew out to LA where we spent about three days in Molly’s home working on projects and photographing them. I vividly remember being in the pantry with Joanna, bickering about where to store the spices, and Molly and her husband, Scott, who is a huge producer, turned to each other and were like, “This needs to be a show.” Joanna: It’s surreal to think that it all started in Molly’s kitchen. And from there, we were put in touch with Reese Witherspoon and her production company, Hello Sunshine (which actually acquired us earlier this year! So crazy!) and the rest is history. Has the success of The Home Edit surprised you? Joanna: I knew that we would take Nashville by storm and do amazing work in people’s homes. But I honestly thought it would end there.

Clea: I guess the answer is yes and no. I knew that we’d make a splash on Instagram and social if done correctly. It was a space that no other organizers were using, and it’s a visual type of work that we do. I really wanted to make sure that we had a significant social following, and I really wanted a product collection—both of which happened! But it still blows my mind that we’ve grown our company to what it is today. It feels surreal. What have you learnt from the past two years while the world has been in the grips of COVID? Has the experience of the pandemic changed how you work? We’ve never been paused for that long before. So we took the time to re-strategize how we do things, how we interact with our clients, how employees can be socially distanced, all of the stuff that needed to go into it. And we had the bandwidth to do it—which was enormously helpful. What is The Home Edit’s favourite project to date? Why? It’s so hard to choose! We’d probably have to say Gwenyth Paltrow... even to this day. Her playroom and pantry put us on the map. You both have busy lives with careers, family etc. – how do you balance this? Clea: I won’t lie, it’s definitely challenging. Our husbands are a huge help—we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. They are so supportive and so capable and we are so lucky. It also helps to have systems in place. We live and breathe by our organized systems. They streamline our life and make everything plug and play.

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Joanna: Yes, what Clea said! We also embrace something we like to call “The Low-Bar Lifestyle.” Life is hard enough. Let's not set the bar so high that we can't accomplish things. Let's just take bite-size pieces as we go. It's the only way we're ever going to get through today. What exciting things does The Home Edit have in store for us in 2022 and 2023? Now that we’ve joined the Hello Sunshine team, it will allow us to grow in bigger and faster ways than we could on our own— which is so exciting! We’re working on developing a podcast and more products, and also continue to expand the service side of our business. If you could give our readers one great piece of advice for organising their home, what would it be? One of the biggest pitfalls in organizing is choosing a project that’s way too involved, too soon. It’s all about staying motivated. Start with a smaller project like a drawer, then take the confidence and knowledge you gain from that and apply it to a slightly larger project.

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Getting to know Clea and Joanna Most influential person in your life? Clea: My mother Joanna: Clea You are both known for wearing the cutest sweaters. What are your favourite fashion labels? Rails, Ann Taylor Loft, Chinti & Parker Favourite overseas destination? Clea: Paris Joanna: London Favourite flower? Clea: Peonies Joanna: Hydrangeas Favourite book? Clea: Harry Potter series Joanna: Goodnight Moon Favourite meal out? Clea: Spicy tuna roll Joanna: NY Bagel with vegan scallion cream cheese

The Home Edit founders, Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer with Reese Witherspoon from Hello Sunshine

Favourite TV show ( apart from Get Organised, of course!)? Clea: The West Wing Joanna: Shark Tank What item is a must have when home organising? Clea: Bins. The simplest solution to contain your items and maintain your systems. Joanna: Ditto!

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o you love thrifting, gallery walls, vintage furniture, upcycling and layering with texture and print? If so, it’s safe to say you are well across the grandmillennial/coastal grandmother trends. Grandmillennial refers to millennials rebelling against the neutral looks from their parent’s era and designing with their grandparent’s generation in mind – think interiors that are layered, personal and nostalgic. Coastal grandmother tends towards a more neutral palette but is still heavily layered and sentimental with a definite seaside twist. A lot of the time these two styles tend to cross-over. Why have these styles gained such momentum over the last few years? The pandemic has seen us spend a lot more time at home than ever before and with this we have seen a shift away from pared back design to creating more sentimental, nostalgic spaces. We are seeing a trend to more individualised homes rather than cookie cutter spaces. Our homes have become a haven and we want our personalities reflected in our living spaces. American filmmaker, Nancy Myers, has a lot to answer for. Her celebrated Hamptons home in her movie Something’s Gotta Give, Give, stole hearts across the world when the movie debuted in 2003. For many of us this was when our love of the granny chic style really kicked in. The home, owned by Dianne Keaton’s character in the movie, was the epitome of coastal grandmother style. Think laid-back luxury combined with cosy layering set against muted blues and neutrals. So how does one go about introducing the grandma chic aesthetic into their home. It does not have to cost a lot and mixing old with new pieces is a wonderful way to start. That is why op-shops, Gumtree, garage sales and your local markets are great places to start. There is such a joy in finding one off pieces of furniture, which may need a bit of restoration and elbow grease, for your home. Op-shops are the perfect spot for finding old picture frames and vintage landscapes to create a unique gallery wall in your home. If you are going for the coastal grandmother look, think soft furnishings in neutrals, blues, French ticking layered with rustic wooden timber pieces and wicker baskets. If your style tends more towards grandmillennial, you can really amp up the colour palette by bringing heavy patterned wallpapers and cushions, ginger jars, and antiques. The beauty of both styles is that anything goes. Instagram and Pinterest are a wealth of inspiration. Check out designers such Mike D Sikes, Nan Philip, Amy Berry, Laura Solensky, Clary Bosbyshell to name a few. While Australian designers Anna Spiro and Amy Spargo have long perfected the look. As we move towards simpler and slower times, expect the Coastal Grandmother? Grandmillennial? grandma chic movement to continue to grow and Why we love decorating our homes influence. As we deal with pandemics, war, environmental issues, and an increase in our cost of living, it is lovely to like our grandparents. turn to a more nostalgic and comforting style in our homes which is cost effective, kinder on the environment and The Montauk Lighting Co. Foo soothing to the soul.

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Hydrangeas – one of the flowers of choice of grandmillennial and coastal grandmother decorators 1. Thames & Hudson The Kitchen Dresser by Simon Griffiths $49.99 / 2. Freedom Cane Arch Mirror $249 / 3. Libertine Parfumerie Christian Tortu Tuberose Collection Candle $88 / 4. Bohemian Traders Billow Sleeve Top in Vibrant $159.95 / 5. Kitchen Aid 4.8L Artisan Stand Mixer Blue Velvet $949 / 6. Early Settler Dominique Drinks Trolley Gold $229 / 7. Madras Link Sail Boast Lumbar Cushion $54.95 / 8. Madras Link Shell Blue Vase $27

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We wanted to make it feel like a muted and cosy retreat, the domestic equivalent of sheltering in the shade of a huge tree,” Robyn Constantinou pg 50

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The built-in seating offers comfy and relaxing space to hang out, while the use of shutters and open timber screening allows for beautiful breezes to filter through the area.


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Q&A Tell me a bit about yourselves. We’re Karl and Gene – We’re both from North America, although yonks and yonks ago. Karl works in fundraising for Australian Red Cross. Gene is an organisational psychologist and works for NSW Health. How long have you owned your home and what have you done since purchasing?

We bought the house in early 2020, and literally took the keys in the early days when COVID was landing in Australia. At the time the living room was a converted carport with a concrete floor and there was an internal window to the front bedroom! But we loved the house and especially the garden. When we renovated, we didn’t want the final result to be too perfect so that we’d lose all the original details that made it so special. Can you give me a bit of background on how you found the property? Are you originally from the area?

Karl may have a Canadian accent – but his family goes back three generations in the Northern Rivers. His Mum’s family ran pubs in Murwillumbah, Kyogle, Lismore and Casino – so welcoming a new generation of guests feels like the family history has run full circle. Do you have design backgrounds?

We’re not designers ourselves, but we had a very clear vision about what we were looking for: a relaxed space completely designed around the moment when you come back from the beach, rinse off in the outdoor shower, and then settle into the outdoor deck for a relaxed chat and a barbecue. Bedroom walls are painted in Dulux Natural White and Dulux Bay’s Water. Door is in Murobond Surf Shack by Mr Jason Grant (named after Karl and Gene’s home). Bed linen is from Major-Minor Wares.

How would you describe your style?

Relaxed and welcoming. We’re big advocates for local culture, so you’ll find local artists’ and crafts people’s work dotted around the house, including paintings, pottery and even basket ware. What do you love most about your home?

The large and varied subtropical garden.

Who designed the exterior and interior of the home?

Jason Grant is a good friend who brought the interior design vision to life – he’s got great style, and a wonderful sense of colour. Bill Uhrich (Karl’s brother) and his firm Table Architecture Collective were instrumental in the design work – which they did, during COVID, over Zoom, without ever setting foot in the house! Who designed the garden?

Karl designed the garden with some help from his plant-loving friends. It’s a subtropical planting, with an emphasis on edibles, including bananas, paw paws and passion fruit. Your best interior design tip?

Keep it simple and warm.

What designers inspire you?

Two stand out: Nina Freudenberger (who also wrote the book Surf Shack) for her relaxed, unfussy style– and Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa, the two Sri Lankan brothers who heavily influenced Tropical Modernism in architecture and landscape design. We visited (and stayed in!) their homes in Sri Lanka and it left a big impression on us. What do you love about the Northern Rivers region?

Karl’s non-religious aunt (who’s family settled in Bangalow in the 1890s) calls this God’s Country. We have to agree! There’s something about the intense natural beauty of the place, plus the creative energy that the people bring to everyday life here. There’s nowhere else like it. ele HOME


The outdoor shower is the perfect spot to wash off after a quick ocean dip. Tiles are from ele HOME Mr 44 Jason Grant’s range, New Paradise – Skyfall Hexagon, in collaboration with DiLorenzo.

Favourite places to eat and shop in your region?

To eat: Mavis’ and Tweed River House in Murwillumbah (both for atmosphere), and Harvest in Newrybar (they have their own forager). To drink: Wandana in Mullumbimby and Red Earth in Cudgen – both are micro-breweries. To shop: Clem’s Cargo, Resould and Oscar & Keene in our very own Bruns – for pre-loved pieces and furniture. Favourite pieces in your home?

We have a painting by Mullumbimby painter Heath Wae that we really love – he’s a philosophical painter whose studio is just 10 minutes up the road. Biggest splurge?

A New hot water heater on the roof that we had to install when we burst a water main when we moved a big tree in the front yard. Greatest budget buy or budget decorating tip?

We make no secret that we really like Kmart – they have a mustard 70s dinner set that takes pride of place in the kitchen! What’s your favourite way to spend a day in your region/home?

A sunrise walk on the beach (yes, we wake up early, and so do a lot of folks in Bruns!); the Mullum market on Friday to pick up local coffee and bananas; on the weekends, a drive through the hinterland to do a hike or visit quirky little villages like Burringbar and Uki. @brunssurfshack www.brunssurfshack.com.au Bruns Surf Shack is available for stays via Airbnb

The simple but warm kitchen cabinetry is by Turner Joinery in Alstonville. Pendant light from Bisque Traders in Bangalow.

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The panelled study wall is painted in Farrow and Ball’s Calke Green and defines the room while adding a warmth and cosiness to the space. Artwork is by New Zealand artist, Philip Maxwell.

Nina Freudenberger, author of the Surf Shack

Garden design by Sri Lankan brothers Geoffrey and Bevis Bawa Resould, Brunswick Heads, NSW

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Clem’s Cargo, Brunswick Heads, NSW

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Artwork by Paul Harbour @paulharbour Paulharbourart.com

Mavis’s Kitchen, Uki, NSW

Tweed River House, Murwillumbah, NSW

Designer, Jason Grant, brought the interior design vision to life Harvest, Newrybar, NSW

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Tropical Tonic This coastal home north of Durban, South Africa, distils innovative architecture, punchy natural textures and lively colour to achieve a user-friendly sophistication formulated for family holiday living WORDS: Liz Morris IMAGES: Lar Glutz/ Bureaux Production Sven Alberding

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The outdoor roof deck has access to the pool and huge vistas of lush vegetation and the Indian Ocean beyond.

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Clad in white timber, the main living and dining space features a bone-coloured linen upholstered modular sofa, cushions in fabric by Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com/en/), an organically shaped coffee table made from a solid piece of wood, and an oak and leather armchair from Weylandts (weylandts.co.za). The artwork, which inspired the palette of this seating area, is by Michael Taylor, from Cape Town gallery What If The World (whatiftheworld.com).

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It is not always the case that a home is designed and decorated from scratch to completion by a duo of architect and decorator colleagues for family friends, but this was the case here. And the result was a focused vision from a tight-knit team, which played an intrinsic role in creating the special atmosphere and aesthetic of this completed project. As the home is set on a steep site, within a verdant tropical landscape where summers are humid and hot and winters blissfully sunny and temperate, architect Lisa Rorich’s objective was to provide solutions to the climatic challenges. Also key was meeting the owners' brief for a family space that combined a seamless contemporary open plan with more intimate areas, all of which should be rooted into the natural surroundings. It’s a big house: there are five bedrooms in two timber-clad, barn-style structures with several white-painted living areas and outdoor decks and enclosed verandas connecting them. The spaces feel lofty, open, airy – you need this in the cloying summer climate – but the scale is still human, with compelling flow created by a continuous use of natural materials between the exterior and interior architecture. “We used timber cladding on a lot of the outside walls because it weathers so beautifully,” says Lisa, “but also brought it indoors on the same vertical plane which, when all the doors are open, bands the spaces together as one in nature and not simply as inside and outside rooms. I really feel you get more living out of a home this way.” And certainly, surface textures distinguish the project, imbuing it with a contemporary clarity. Decorator Robyn Constantinou worked closely with Lisa on the interior finishes from the word go, electing to paint some cladding white to invite more crispness and light into the kitchen living area – where the ceilings were similarly clad – as well as in the bedrooms and the interleading stairwells. Other coups include a floor-to-ceiling wall of malachite-green zellige tiles in the main bathroom, and a wall of black-painted clad stone (another surface continuation from the outside) in the rear courtyard room. The dining area, with a solid timber table from Weylandts and high-back chairs from The Gatehouse at Mavromac slip-covered in a natural linen, forms part of the main living space and opens out onto the courtyard.


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On the outdoor terrace, architect Lisa Rorich's (lisaroricharchitects.co.za) use made of raw and painted timber cladding and decking to wrap vertical and horizontal surfaces in a common natural application. The heavy trestle table by Weylandts is made of solid timber planks, while the chairs and day bed from Weylandts are in bleached timber with woven rattan panels, echoing the minimalist design language of the floor and walls.

The home's timber-clad exteriors add to the contemporary barn-like feel of the structures in the tropical coastal landscape.

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The rear courtyard room functions as a sort of enclosed veranda. The feature wall is black painted stone. A long sofa from The Gatehouse at Mavromac with a brace of chartreuse cushions faces the garden, but the appeal of the room is it’s secluded atmosphere, as well as its access to the courtyard and main living area of the house.


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A double under-slung vanity slab in engineered stone combines with a woven grass Zulu mat from Ilala Weavers in Northern Zululand and a pair of brass-framed mirrors by Weylandts hung against a white painted timber clad wall to create serene symmetry in the main bathroom.

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Striking green Zellige tiles from Southern Art Ceramics, applied in a vertical broken bond pattern, are a feature of the guest bathroom.

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In the spare bedrooms, the brief was for quiet, natural tones. Decorator Robyn Constantinou used sand-coloured timber floors throughout with loose-laid coir matting and headboards upholstered in a lattice pattern to turn up the textural aspect. For even more sensory impact, swathes of mushroom coloured linen curtains (fabric from Mavromac) were used for privacy between the bathing and sleeping zones, instead of doors.

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The open-plan kitchen is anchored by a broad central island, which accommodates a hob, oven and prep sink plus concealed storage underneath and a flank of exposed storage shelves in the adjacent dining space finished in colours that refer to the kitchen's colour palette.

Interestingly, this space – sheltered from the elements, and with its back to the sea view – feels dusky and seductive: it's pretty much the antithesis of expected beach house decor 101, yet turns out to be the most socially popular of the whole compound. “We wanted to make it feel like a muted and cosy retreat, the domestic equivalent of sheltering in the shade of a huge tree,” explains Robin, “almost like an alter ego of the other living areas, which with their bleached palette, definitely communicate a sun, sand and surf blitheness.” And the genesis of the black stone wall? “It was white to begin with,” Robyn recalls, “and then Lisa and I looked at it and thought no way. It jarred, it was too Mykonos.” Painting the surface black – not jet black, but a more mercurial, cast-iron black – gave the room an earthy and grounded focus that in turn invited bold upticks of decorative language and colour contrast. Cue a 2.5 metre-long sofa in kingfisher blue, which faces the verdant leafy garden via huge sliding slatted doors, and a round, four-seater, marble-topped table at which the home's wine-connoisseur owners gather in the evenings when they feel for an outdoorsy but secluded spot. Designing for the way the owners wanted to live here on holiday was a key driver for the interiors throughout. “They didn’t want a highly styled layering of composed collections and tablescapes,” says Robyn. A fuss-free, fit-for-purpose tableau has obvious benefits for a second home, but it can often be at the expense of character. However, Lisa and Robin soundly trounced that possibility with their cohesive and combined approach to the project, knowledge of the owners' lifestyle and understanding of the climate. “The details, interest and information had to be in the architecture, the fixtures, wall features and furniture,” says Robyn. “The design of this was absolutely making sure those aspects did all the work.” lisaroricharchitects.co.za

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Decorator Robyn Constantinou (left) and architect Lisa Rorich (lisaroricharchitects.co.za).

Details of succulent plants and grasses, all of which thrive in these coastal conditions, growing in the many cultivated roof garden planters.

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A Tiny Piece of Paradise A love of travelling off-grid, inspired Tim and Amanda Hogg to build their very own tiny abode on the coast of South Australia. Their home, Yambara, offers visitors a raw and rugged escape with panoramic views of the Eyre Peninsula, designed with nature and the environment in mind. WORDS: Amanda Hogg IMAGES: Lauren Photography DRONE IMAGES: Hook and Hammer Creative Media

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ur names are Tim and Amanda Hogg and we are the founders of EYRE.WAY. We are a family of five,our children are India - six, Elka - three and Jybah - one and a half. Tim owns a local plumbing business and is very handy when it comes to building and construction. He renovated our 1970’s pink caravan on his own which is our family holiday home on wheels. I am a primary school teacher but since having children has found a new love that really makes her heart sing. We feel together we make a great team, and this project is full of everything we love in one. We began EYRE.WAY early in 2021 and finished the construction of Yambara (our first tiny home) in November 2021. We are days away from launching our second tiny abode Maldhi which we are beyond excited about. It will be a striking contrast to Yambara. We have lived in Port Lincoln for almost 10 years and just adore where we live, we spend our weekends and holidays exploring in our caravan and boat. We stumbled across this land through the owner who is actually my beautician. We told her our concept of building Tiny Homes but not having any land to put them on. She replied “Did you know we own a beach? You could put it down there.” We really don’t have design backgrounds we just have a love of design and are self-taught. We are passionate and feel a sense of calm, contentment and positive energy when doing anything to do with design. I remember some of my most beautiful childhood memories would be to search though my Nanna’s old Better Home and Gardens magazine to create collages of my dream homes. Eyre Way’s “Tiny Abodes” have been inspired by the landscapes they are surrounded by. Neutral tones coupled with materials that provide a sense of warmth and sophistication will help the intended guests relax during their short stays. Plenty of glazing to take in the breath-taking scenery, crisp details and minimalist finishes. While the “Tiny Abodes” lack in size, they make up for in sleekness and functionality. The metal tray roof and external wall cladding provides sharp disconnect lines within the low-lying coastal shrubs. Despite the four wheels attached to the trailer chassis the home exudes a sense of place and permanence. We love the panoramic floor to ceiling windows that bring the stunning views of the rugged coastline right inside. But to be honest we love everything, from the handmade cookery sets designed just for Yambara, to the locally crafted couch out of Tasmanian Oak. The Venetian plaster is so dreamy we just love it and we couldn’t be happier with the Dekton Liquid shell bench top, the texture and earthiness is timeless.

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The kitchen benchtop is Dekton in Liquid Shell which with its subtle texture is reminiscent of the ocean just outside the window. Lower cabinets are in Laminex White with Tasmanian Oak details, while the overhead cabinets are in Dulux Manila.

Moore Design and Construct did the design, and I designed the interior. Melissa Slade, who is a clever local interior architect, helped with the final finishes to ensure it was all perfection. Our love for travelling off grid inspired our tiny home. The Eyre Peninsula is an incredible untouched, rugged, raw coastline that is predominately private land. We want travellers to experience this but there was limited accommodation available with views of the true Eyre Peninsula. We are very aware of how delicate this coastline is, so we wanted low impact on the environment and travellers to visit without leaving behind a carbon footprint. We find our inspiration through so many areas of our life but the designers who we think are just nailing it at the moment would have to be Simone Haag, she is so clever in the way she designs spaces to create memories (which has inspired our design). Josh and Jenna Densten who have been buying properties to renovate since they were 18. Claudia Stephenson who believes in selecting with intention, with such a small space every decision we have made has had to be with intention. My last but not least favourite designer is Sarah Andrews who is the owner a beautiful little Tasmanian slow stay that has inspired the hosting world. I have her book, but cannot wait to do her stylist course ‘The Hosting Masterclass’.

The earthy crockery set was designed just for Eyre Way by Mrs Fishery Pottery.

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The double-glazed windows cost far more than what Amanda and Tim were expecting but they have provided value for money with heating or air conditioning barely used even during the more extreme weather months.

The custom designed couch needed to fit the space and be comfortable, versatile, and practical. It took an interior architect, a designer, a talented cabinetry maker and followed by local upholsterers to complete. Upholstery is Warwick Eastwood Fawn. Seat base is Laminex White.

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The bedroom’s French linen is from I Love Linen. The living and bedroom space is painted in Taubman’s Cradle White

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We are very aware of how delicate this coastline is, so we wanted low impact on the environment and travellers to visit without leaving behind a carbon footprint."

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The Venetian plaster in the bathroom sets off the Tiles of Ezra handmade tiles perfectly. The Tasmanian Oak cabinet completes the organic look.

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Our biggest splurges are our windows and roof line. We tried to reduce the size and do a flat roof from various advice we received to cut the budget, but we just couldn’t do it. The pitched roof line with those windows is the main feature, we just didn’t realise how much the windows actually cost. They are all double glazed to increase energy ratings, which we are so glad we did as the tiny abode rarely needs the aircon or heater on. Our greatest budget decorating tip is to collect native vegetation from your surrounds and pop them in a vase! We have very intricate handmade vases in our tiny abodes that are full of little sticks, bunny tails and various vegetation we find from the area… it really brings the outside in. We are so lucky to be only 25 minutes from a main town centre, Port Lincoln. If you can drag yourselves away from the private beach, panoramic ocean views and the bird songs that you’re greeted by all day long you can venture into town. Port Lincoln is the capital of seafood in Australia so, the Fresh Fish place for a bite to eat is a must, followed by grabbing a coffee at Boston Bean Coffee Shop. If you fancy a very nice meal created with local produce with a spectacular view, then Peter Teakle winery is a must. After lunch you will be spoilt for choice with the local shops, the Bayroom and Ella and Zaffron are beautiful homeware and fashion boutiques that you will not leave empty handed. My go to shop for an outfit to spoil yourself is Call Me the Breeze. To end your trip with a bang L’Anse cafe is a definite for breakfast, lunch or to just get patisseries for the road. We are so excited to be launching Maldhi at the beginning of July, our second tiny abode. We have designed this tiny abode completely inspired by the rocky rugged valley it rests in. Maldhi, is nestled on the edge of a picturesque gully overlooking the coastal cliffs of Sleaford Bay, on the south coast of the Eyre Peninsula. It features world-class views across Sleaford Bay to the vast expanse of pure white sandhills materials and textures, resulting in a look that is both edgy and laid back.

The cladding and roof are in Colourbond Dune with contrasting white windows.

@eyreway eyreway.com Eyre way is available for short stays via Airbnb

Owners, Tim and Amanda Hogg and their youngest, Jybah

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The Vacay Co When Hannah Williams came across a rundown home in the beachside Sunshine Coast suburb of Mooloolaba, she knew it would be the perfect spot to create her vision of the perfect vacation stay. WORDS: Katie Skinner IMAGES: Palm Co. & Anthony Lazaro

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The Pool House is a new construction added to the rear of the property. The house is clad in Dulux Black painted wood siding contrasting beautifully with white window frames in Dulux Casper White Quarter and white roofing. Decking is from James Hardie. ele HOME


Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is having its literal moment in the sun. It is that perfect mix of coastal and hinterland, with a thriving food and wine scene, stunning beaches, and a busy tourism industry, yet it still retains that village, regional feel. It is not hard to see why property prices are booming and experts are calling it the next Byron Bay. It was here that Sunshine Coast local, Hannah Williams, a property professional, and her partner, Huw, a doctor, chose to purchase a three-bedroom home back in 2016 with the idea of renovating to create a luxury holiday rental. After an overseas holiday, Hannah and Huw came back determined to share what they had experienced. “Vacay Co. is our little dream come true, combining our passions for travel, design and property development. It all began with a trip to Morocco and Greece. Inspired by so many beautiful interiors, unique stays and local hosts we were determined to bring a piece of that back to the Sunshine Coast.” Three months after returning they had purchased a home in Mooloolaba, a centrally located suburb on the Sunshine Coast, surrounded by pristine beaches and canals. Hannah says “I grew up on the Sunshine Coast and really wanted my own little piece of paradise. When searching for the property I was looking for something with tall ceilings that was walking distance to the beach and cafes.” Their plan was a major renovation on the original home, which would become The Palm House, and a new build in the backyard which would become The Pool House. The home was in its original state and Hannah and Huw set about renovating it from the ground up. They did as much as they could themselves on the main house before beginning the build of the New York style loft pool house, pool, deck, carport and finally, the landscaping. Property development and design has always interested Hannah. She studied property economics at university and has been working in the property industry since she was 18. When Hannah started renovating, she had no formal design experience but has since studied interior design in the UK. The exterior and interiors of both properties were designed by Hannah, with many late nights after work sketching how she wanted it all to come together. Hannah also designed the garden and through her work has been lucky to work with some of the best landscape architects in Australia, which guided her design. Hannah set out

Black and white striped upholstery from Create Estate. Pendant from Inartisan.

Black SMEG appliances coupled with tapware from ABI Interiors set against walls in Dulux White on White add dramatic effect. Decking is from James Hardie. The Geometric black and white tiles ‘Arcade Harrow’ are from Beaumont Tiles.

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The green velvet couch is from Freedom and is coupled with an Armadillo and Co. rug.

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Bed linen in the mezzanine bedroom is from I Love Linen.


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The double height ceiling in the Pool House presents a dramatic impact especially when combined with the polished concrete floor

The open plan loungeroom features a comfy sofa from Bianco Interiors.

to keep the garden very tonal with lots of greens rather than having a lot of colours. One of Hannah’s joys is seeing how the garden has taken off over the years, watching it grow and evolve. Hannah has also managed to capture that beautiful indoor-outdoor flow. “There is nothing quite like opening up the bifold doors to get a seamless to the sea breeze and a connection to our beautiful tropical garden and pool.”

Hannah created a cosy dining nook in the Palm House with a mix of old and new pieces. The French oak herringbone floors from Floorwood are featured throughout the Palm House and the pendant light is from Kim Soo. The dining table is Hannah’s sister’s childhood desk.

When asked to describe her style Hannah says “My style has definitely evolved throughout my twenties, but I have always tried to introduce character through using a mix of old and new finishes. I love to use raw unlacquered brass and organic materials like recycled timber and marble.” Her best interior design tip is a bench seat “People often seem hesitant when I recommend them, but I always ask them when they go to a café do they instantly go for the bench seat or a chair? They are comfortable, great space savers and you can also build in storage. Hannah and Huw have been surprised by how in demand their properties have become and as Hannah says they are incredibly grateful to be able to help their guests make lasting memories with an authentic local experience in the Mooloolaba beachside community. Their next adventure is renovating their latest holiday home in the UK and continuing to grow their business further by providing more quality and unique stays for all their loyal guests.

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Bedlinen from I Love Linen, mirror from Hello Trader, black bedhead from Create Estate, side table from Clo Studios and print from Kuki Prints.

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The V-groove kitchen cabinetry is from The Kitchen shop, coupled with SMEG appliances, and aged brass tapware from Astra Walker.

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The bathroom features a basin from Marble Hub paired with aged brass tapware from Astra Walker.

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Q&A Getting to know Hannah Williams – owner of the Vacay Co.

What designers inspire you? Tough question, I have so many! At the moment my favourites are Athena Calderone, Kelly Wearstler, Sophie Bell, Jake Arnold and Lynda Gardener. Favourite places to eat and shop on the Sunshine Coast? The Sunshine Coast has evolved into a foodie’s paradise over the past five years and I couldn’t be happier about it! My top restaurants would be: Sum Yung Guys Rice Boi Pier 33 We also have so many beautiful boutiques. My favourite spot for fashion is Alterior Motif and the best spot for artisan homewares is Hello Trader or Clo Studios. Favourite pieces in your home? Our recycled timber barn door that leads into the ensuite. It was given to me from my grandmother and is from my dad’s childhood home. It’s over 100 years old and adds so much character in the space and that can be difficult to achieve in a new build. Biggest splurge? Our beautiful hardwood European oak herringbone floors in the Palm House. Greatest budget buy or budget decorating tip? I love a raw log side table. I have had my dad cut me many from his wood pile. They are perfect by the bed or next to the sofa. What’s favourite way to spend a day on the Sunshine Coast? Our favourite kind of day starts with a smoothie at the Noosa Farmers Market followed by a hike and a swim in Noosa National Park. Favourite coffee haunt? The Velo Project Favourite restaurant? Sum Yung Guys Favourite overseas destination? It’s a tie between Italy and Greece Favourite Australian fashion label? St. Agni Favourite flower? Poppy The Palm House and The Pool House are both available for holiday stays via Airbnb or visit: @vacayco vacayco.com.au

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Healthy treats to fight the winter blues Xali’s award-winning in-house Clinical Nutritionist, Samantha Gowling shares four healthy treat recipes to fight the winter blues. Created by Northern Rivers resident Naz de Bono, Xali is a daily personalised program that provides workouts, recipes, education and support to women going through biological changes with a focus on perimenopause and menopause. To find out more visit @thexalimovement

Cream of Mushroom Soup A simple and ultra-creamy soup that is full of flavour and will leave you satisfied. This recipe is not only great for winter but it’s also medicinal - eating at least 1 clove of garlic a day can help balance your hormones, prevent the effects of hot flushes, and enhance the body’s immunity. Serves: 2 Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins Ingredients: Olive oil - 2 tbsp Onion, brown diced - 1/4 whole Garlic clove minced x 3.00 Thyme, fresh leaves - 1 1/2 tsp Mushrooms, brown or white sliced - 4 cup Mushrooms, Portobello or specialty, sliced - 2 whole Tamari - 1/8 cup Mustard, seeded - 1 1/2 tsp Coconut milk full fat - 200 ml Tofu, silken cut into about 12 cubes *it will be soft to handle 150 gm Spinach, fresh - 2 cup Chives, fresh snipped - 1/8 cup Parsley, flat leaf chopped - 1/8 cup Salt to taste - 1/4 tsp Cracked black pepper to taste - 1/8 tsp Method: 1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, heat olive oil, add onion, garlic and thyme until translucent and fragrant, about 12 minutes. 2. Add half of the chopped mushrooms and tamari and cook down on medium-high heat, covered for about 10 minutes. This will allow the mushrooms to release their water. 3. Add the remaining mushrooms and cook covered for another 10 minutes. 4. Remove the lid and add coconut milk, vegetable stock, cook for another 10 minutes uncovered to reduce liquid. 5. Drain the tofu while still in the pack, then cut into 12 cubes. Gently add to mushrooms and heat through for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the flavours to combine. 6. Just before serving, fold in the spinach gently until wilted. Ladle into serving bowls. 7. Serve with chives and parsley, season with salt and black pepper to taste, and serve hot.

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Clinical Nutritionist, Samantha Gowling

In the Kitchen Homemade Pecan Sushi This is a great meal to get the family involved. Prepare the ingredients and paté ahead of time and get ready for some hands-on fun! Pecans provide an abundance of organic pyridoxine (vitamin B6), essential for serotonin release and nervoussystem health. Serves: 3 Prep: 30 mins Ingredients: Ingredients: Nori seaweed, sheet - 3 whole Sprouts, assorted - 1/2 cup Cucumber julienned - 1/8 whole Avocado sliced - 1/8 whole Tamari to serve - 1/8 cup For the paté Pecans - 3/4 cup Capsicum, red chopped - 1/2 whole Spring onion chopped - 1 1/2 whole Coriander, fresh chopped - 1/8 cup Chilli flakes - 1/8 tsp Salt - 1/8 tsp Cracked black pepper - 1/8 tsp Method: For the paté 1. Add pecans to the food processor and blitz until they are reduced to a medium crumb. Add the remaining filling ingredients and blend to a chunky pate. Do not over process. To make 6 rolls 2. Place nori sheet with ribbed-side facing upwards, shiny side facing down, and lines in nori perpendicular to you. 3. Spread the paté evenly over the sheet leaving the edge furthest away from you free from paté for roughly 1cm as you will use this to secure the roll. Make sure to cover each horizontal edge or you might end up with end pieces without much filling. 4. Lay vegetables horizontally in the lower half of the sheet. Start rolling with the edge closest to you. Roll tightly, yet gently away from you. Secure the roll by adding a bit of water to the free edge furthest from you. 5. With a sharp knife, cut the roll in half. Slice each half into three or four bite-sized piece. 6. Repeat the process for the remaining ingredients. Slice into rounds and serve with a side of tamari.

Homemade Pecan Sushi

Easy Cheesy Egg Muffins Prepare these muffins ahead of time and enjoy a quick and easy breakfast for the week! Eggs are rich in iron and Vitamin D, are a great source of protein and have been linked to reducing cholesterol levels during menopause. Serves: 4 Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins Ingredients: Basil Pesto Basil, fresh - 2/3 cup Pine nuts - 1/3 cup Garlic clove minced x 2.00 Olive oil - 1 1/3 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated - 1/3 cu Lemon juice of - 2/3 whole Salt - 1/8 tsp Cracked black pepper - 1/8 tsp

Muffins: Spinach, frozen thawed - 166 2/3 gm Eggs - 4 whole Olives pitted, chopped - 1/3 cup Sundried tomatoes diced - 1/8 cup Thyme, fresh, sprigs leaves only - 1 1/3 whole Salt - 1/8 tsp Cracked black pepper - 1/8 tsp Goat cheese crumbled - 1/8 cup Pesto see recipe - 1/8 cup Thyme, fresh leaves to serve - 1/8 tsp

Method: For the muffins 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Set frozen spinach aside to defrost about 1-2 hours before. 2. Grease a 12 hole muffin pan with oil or butter or you can use cupcake patty pans to line the muffin pan if you have them. 3. Squeeze out excess moisture from the spinach and set aside. 4. In a food processor, add eggs, olives, sun dried tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper and blitz for a few seconds to combine. 5. Divide the drained spinach and goat cheese, evenly in the prepared muffin pan and pour in the egg mixture. Top with a small dollop of pesto. 6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve or let them cool completely before storing in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For the basil pesto 7. In a food processor or blender combine basil with pine nuts and garlic. 8. Add lemon juice and then the oil slowly and process into a paste. 9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 10. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Easy Cheesy Egg Muffins

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Naz de Bono & Samantha Gowling

Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Dill Omelette This colourful omelette will appeal to even the fussiest egg eaters. Create a super thin egg mixture and add plenty of herbs and lots of greens. Spinach is rich in antioxidants and is also considered a ‘cooling food’, which helps to combat inflammation and ease hot flushes. Serves: 2 Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Ingredients: Eggs - 4 whole Parsley, flat-leaf chopped - 2 tbsp Dill, fresh chopped + a few sprigs dill - 1 tbsp Pinch salt 2 whole Cracked black pepper - 1/2 tsp Olive oil - 2 tsp Smoked salmon - 4 pieces Spinach, fresh - 1 cup Sugar snap peas trimmed - 1/2 cup Asparagus spears sliced in half lengthwise - 8 whole Silverbeet finely shredded - 1/2 cup Method: 1. Whisk eggs with parsley, chopped dill, salt and cracked black pepper. 2. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet or omelette pan. Pour in egg mixture and cook over medium heat to set eggs for 4 minutes, then layer with smoked salmon and spinach. 3. Fold omelette over carefully in the pan and continue to cook for a further 3 minutes until the salmon has cooked and spinach wilted. 4. Meanwhile in a separate saucepan, steam or gently boil the sugar snap peas, asparagus spears and silverbeet for about 3 minutes, strain, pat dry and keep warm. 5. Transfer to a serving plate, add some fresh dill to garnish and serve with steamed greens.

Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Dill Omelette

Xali Founder: Naz de Bono

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Garden News

Garden Glory When high fashion meets horticulture


orn out of Sweden, Garden Glory is the female-founded luxury garden tools and outdoor accessories brand designed to elevate your backyard and to make it easier to spoil your soil. All the products in the range can be put ‘on show’ rather than collecting dust in the shed. After feeling uninspired by the dull green eyesore that was the garden hose and frustrated by the complete lack of stylish gardening tools in the marketplace, Founder Linda Brattlöf took matters into her own hands and established a niche market. Combining her passion for gardening and fashion, Linda set out to forge her love for the two. Inspired by the world of fashion, all of Garden Glory’s fanciful product range are an elegant remodelling of the historically mundane horticulture equipment. “Garden Glory is bold and has tons of attitude, but we don’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We want to break boundaries and be anything but ordinary,” comments Linda. From hoses to hose mounts, gardening gloves, watering cans, spades and flowerpots, the bold and colourful products are a manifestation of the delight derived from modern day gardening. Match your unique style, through the possibility of different colour combinations you can create the desired atmosphere in your garden sanctuary. With all the first class design you would expect from a Scandinavian brand, Garden Glory is proof you don’t have to compromise on function or aesthetics. The durable and high-quality pieces are not just there to look pretty and will please both the fashion forward folks and the green thumbed garden aficionados. gardenglory.com @missgardenglory

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Port Fairy, VICTORIA Merrijig Inn & Kitchen

The annual Port Fairy Folk Festival The Oak and Anchor Hotel

Visit the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, the perfect place to take in stunning and wild landscapes while enjoying heritage walks, superb food, and who can forget their renowned annual folk festival held each March. Where to eat and drink? Coffin Sally 33 Sackville St, Port Fairy, VIC @coffin.sally Port Fairy Coffee Roasters 59a Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @portfairycoffeeroasters Bank St & Co. 28 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @bankstandco Lucy’s Lane Port Fairy

Keik Greek Bakery 2/59 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @keik_greek_pastries Merrijig Inn & Kitchen 1 Campbell St, Port Fairy, VIC @merrijigkitchen Poco Gelato 26 Cox St, Port Fairy, VIC @poco_artisan_gelato Conlan’s Wine Store 34 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @conlanswinestore Where to shop? Penny & Reiby 2/10 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @pennyandreiby Golden Store 10 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @goldenstore_aus Where to stay? Sommarhus Port Fairy @sommarhus_portfairy Lucy’s Lane Port Fairy @lucyslaneportfairy

Poco Gelato

The Oak and Anchor Hotel 9 Bank St, Port Fairy, VIC @oakandanchorhotel

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