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THE GREEN ISSUE – YOUR ECO-CHIC GUIDE

JUNE 2018

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16 THE GREEN HOUSE Embrace eco interiors and bring health and happiness to the forefront of your home’s style

2 6 FEEL-GOOD FINDS

4 4 GREEN TEAM

From captivating coat hooks to sensual soaps, these buys show it’s smart to be green

Using repurposed furniture and materials, a Perth couple gets serious about upcycling

3 0 SPACE CRUSH

5 4 NATURE AND NURTURE

A Kiwi fashion label’s new storefront is tailormade for the brand’s eco ethos

A beach shack in Byron Bay is given a rustic makeover with the help of salvaged materials

3 3 BEAUTY SPOT

6 4 BUSH BALLAD

Patchouli, that signature scent of the ’60s, has made a sensational comeback

Using passive solar principles, a new-build in Tasmania treads the earth lightly

2 2 A NOTCH ABOVE A Melbourne potter fires up inspired ceramics with a tantalising twist

3 4 LOOKBOOKS Must-have books to enhance your coffee table and your leisure time

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SHOP 8 3 THE GREEN EDIT

3 8 TINY HOUSE... BIG IDEA How living in a small space can have a massive positive impact on the environment

From stools to sneakers, scent to stationery, we celebrate the suppliers and their products keeping us and the planet happy A real living

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13 6 MONEY MOVES TO MAKE

From delectable pastels to luxe leather and a lush leaf or two – what’s hot right now

Money magazine’s Effie Zahos offers some sage advice on how to budget wisely and milk more from your savings

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13 8 Q&A: WE ARE TRIIBE

10 3 STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Our resident interiors experts answer all your passive design queries

Bring order to your home with 21 clever storage tips, plus smart shopping buys

NOTED 114 HINDSIGHT: TREE CHANGE Important lessons learnt by a Melbourne couple who uprooted their old lives and moved to rural Queensland

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11 WELCOME 13 Bauer Media Privacy Notice 12 2 SUBSCRIBE to real living and receive a warm and cosy Raine & Humble jute cotton throw 16 2 FULL STOP Emma Lane from The Farm Byron Bay takes our quiz

E AT 14 9 THE BEAUTY CHEF BREAKFAST Health guru Carla Oates serves up food for radiant skin and wellbeing

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15 7 PEACE MISSION

How a cocker spaniel channelled George Clooney and helped launch a doggie brand

A wellness resort in New Zealand lets you reconnect with nature – and your inner self

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LIKE MANY OF YOU, I’M ABSOLUTELY obsessed with decorating. As a child, I would pinch my mum’s Ikea catalogue and circle all the things I wanted for my bedroom. I was constantly drawing floorplans of my perfect future house, creating colour schemes (white, grey and peach was my idea of heaven in the ’80s) and now, decades on, my habits haven’t changed. Hand on heart, becoming editor of real living is a dream come true. I’ve spent half my career working here and watching the mag evolve, but one thing has remained the same – decorating is at the core of everything we do. I’ve got so many ideas I want to share with you over the coming issues; there’ll be lots more to shop, beautiful styling projects to try and plenty of gorgeous homes to pore over. This issue’s all about living in a way that’s as sustainable as it is stylish. Whether you rent or own, have a tiny home (check out the one on p38!) or loads of space, you can be smart about how you shop, renovate and live. If you’re in the mood to buy a little something to update your home, our green edit on p83 features the most amazing new eco homewares and design buys. We also reveal the real costs of living green, from installing solar panels to buying an electric car, and how to choose the most environmentally friendly home appliances. And let’s not forget about plants! Got one that’s not looking so good? Flip to p141 to figure out what it’s trying to tell you. So, let’s set out on this new chapter together. If there’s anything you love, have an opinion about or really want to see in the mag, get in touch. I’d love to hear from you. But first, have a read of this excellent Green Issue (thanks team!), find something that inspires you and start decorating!

It’s easy being green I love the idea of bringing greenery indoors, especially when it’s a canopy like the one on our cover! Might have to give it a try next time I have a dinner party…

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This month I’m looking forward to...

1 Asking Alexa to play my favourite tracks (anything dance-y, in case you’re interested) on my Sonos One speaker while I get ready for work each morning. $299, Sonos.com

Monogramming some new desk accessories from The Daily Edited (TDE). But what colour to choose? Decisions… From $34.95, Thedailyedited.com

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5 Spritzing the new Bergamot EDP from Rag & Bone… and pretending I’m in Italy. $205 for 50ml, Rag-bone.com

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Cooking up a feast for friends in the most gorgeous Mini Cocottes from Le Creuset. Individual chicken and leek pies, I think. $35 each, Lecreuset.com.au

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Repotting my plants into something a bit more fun, like this half-dipped planter from West Elm. $39 for small, Westelm.com.au

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I’ve always wanted one of those white log stools from Totem Road but never got around to buying one. This could be the month!

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Cork round tray from Città. Cork’s one of the most eco-friendly trees around, so this tray will serve you – and the planet – right!

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Turn a new leaf Bring nature into your living areas with these fresh ideas. HK Living “Tree” dining table with brass legs, $2695, House of Orange. No.811 Hoffmann side chairs with cane seats and backs in Natural, from $481 each, Thonet. Hanging greenery installation, Hamblins. ON TABLE Pure French linen napkins in Olive Ivy, $39.95 for set of 4, I Love Linen. Forks and knives, $14.99 for pack of 4, H&M Home. SOH by DEA x Peter Anderson dishes, $33 each, DEA Store. Marmoset Found “Cloud” vase in Chalk XL, $54, Design Twins. Ro Hurricane tealight in Amber (10cm), $62, Top3 by Design. Tara Shackell Landscape vase, $70 for large, Koskela. Turn the page for more. A

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THE GREEN HOUSE EMBRACE ECO INTERIORS AND BRING HEALTH AND HAPPINESS TO THE FOREFRONT OF YOUR HOME’S STYLE

PHOTOGRAPHY ALICIA TAYLOR

INTERIOR STYLING KERRIE-ANN JONES

WHETHER YOU’RE STARTING FROM SCRATCH with a renovation or just looking for some quick and easy style updates, there are plenty of ways to embrace eco design and interiors in your home. On the larger end of the scale, cork flooring is a great natural choice. It’s harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, and this bark grows back every three years, making it an ideal renewable resource. Cork is also soft underfoot, durable, easy to clean and antimicrobial if anyone in your household has allergies. Other good eco-friendly flooring options include reclaimed timber, bamboo, polished concrete or recycled glass tiles.

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FASHION STYLING EMMA KALFUS

DIY HANGING GREENERY ALYSIA FROM HAMBLINS FLORIST TELLS US HOW TO RECREATE THIS AMAZING INSTALLATION. HAMBLINS.COM.AU Position two ladders or platforms at eye height and rest a metal rod, long piece of timber or hula hoop on top. Secure with cable ties to hold your installation in place while you create it. Using greenery foraged from your garden or your local flower markets, build outwards from the centre, using smaller foliage in the middle and introducing longer pieces as you work your way out. Attach each piece with jute rope or clear floral ties. Step back to see how it’s progressing and if needed, cut greenery to the desired shape or length using scissors or secateurs. Once you’re happy, hang your arrangement from the ceiling using jute rope and ceiling hooks – ask a friend to hold it while you tie.


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TAKE THE FLOOR HK Living “Tree” dining table with brass legs, $2695, House of Orange. No.811 Hoffmann side-chairs with cane seats and backs in Natural, from $481 each, Thonet. Palissade bench in Olive, $592, Hay. Industria X “UT” trolley in Light Green and Natural, $1120, Life Interiors. Hanging greenery installation, Hamblins. ON TABLE Pure French linen napkins in Olive Ivy, $39.95 for set of 4, I Love Linen. Forks, $14.99 for pack of 4, H&M Home. SOH by DEA x Peter Anderson dishes, $33 each, DEA Store. Marmoset Found “Cloud” vase in Chalk XL, $54, Design Twins. Ro Hurricane tealight in Amber (10cm), $62, Top3 by Design. Tara Shackell “Landscape” vase, $70 for large, Koskela. ON BENCH Pure linen throw in Milk, $175, Cultiver. Velvet seat cushions in Mustard, $14.99 each, H&M Home. ON TROLLEY Lady vase, $175, Clay Canoe. Tara Shackell “Landscape” vase, as before. Katia Carletti ceramic vase, from $100, Koskela. Stephanie Phillips hand-built clay sculpture, $339, and ceramic dinner plates, $22, DEA Store. AYTM “Vivero” watering can in Brass, $180, Top3 by Design. ON WALL Interior Expressions low sheen acrylic paint in Deep Forest, $74.90 for 4L, Haymes Paint. ON FLOOR ReadyCork Ambient flooring in Champagne Sand, $79 a sq m, Premium Floors Australia. Handmade Overdyed Turkish rug (2.52m x 1.7m), $2250, Matt Blatt. Malawi rug in Oatmeal, $1490, Armadillo&Co. MODEL WEARS Monica double-breasted top, $290, and skirt, $375, Albus Lumen. Shoes, $129, H&M. A


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When shopping for eco-friendly furniture and styling accents, think sustainable, ethical and fairtrade. For this room, we’ve selected a hand-carved, hand-painted stump made from sustainable timber for the side table and a woven rug made by Indian artisans using fairtrade practices. Take it one step further and use reusable wallpaper on your walls – it peels off so you can move it to another room or take it with you to your next house! A

Made from recycled materials Asymmetry wallpaper in Pistachio, $72 per lineal m, These Walls.

Removable style White Wood wallpaper, $55 a sq m, The Wallsticker Company.

REST EASY Stockholm Queen bed in Oak, $1395, Matt Blatt. Stumpy carved Julia stool, $660, Pop & Scott. Hanging greenery installation, Hamblins. ON BED Bobby throw in Honey, $450, Jardan. Quilt set in Natural, $425 for queen, InTheSac. Linen sheet set in Olive, $395 for queen, Cultiver. Velvet pillowslips in Mustard, $55 each, The Pillow Slip Store. Velvet cushion covers in Rust, $12.99 each, and velvet cushion in Forest Green, $12.99, H&M Home. ON STOOL Addition Studio “Void” incense burner set in Terracotta, $149, The Minimalist. Swept Away by Wanderlust book by Axel & Ash, $39.95, Design Twins. Glass & brass carafe, $49.95, and glass cup with brass, $29.95, Our Corner Store at Habitat Byron Bay. ON WALL Raku Crackle wallpaper in Jade, $76 a sq m, Rebel Walls. Perversion Puddle artwork by Paige Northwood, $500, Jerico Contemporary. ON FLOOR ReadyCork cork flooring, as before. Pop & Scott Dip pot in Eucalyptus, $220 for medium, Koskela. Olive tree, $79, Flower Power Garden Centres. Dell floor lamp, $1190, MCM House. Zulu rug in Natural & Shale (1.7m x 2.4m), $1490, Armadillo&Co. MODEL WEARS Top, $44.99, H&M. Super wide-leg relaxed trouser, $650, Michael Lo Sordo. A

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Inspired by nature Midbec Botanik wallpaper in #218112, $193 per 10m roll, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Decor.


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For a quick and easy way to up the eco factor in your home, look no further than greenery! Indoor plants don’t just add a splash of colour to your interiors, certain varieties can also help purify the air we breathe (spider and rubber plants), act as natural humidifiers (palms) or dehumidifiers (succulents) and improve our quality of sleep (lavender or jasmine). They’re especially great if you’re renting or live in an apartment with little or no access to the outdoors – just looking at them helps reduce stress and enhances productivity.

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POWER PLANTS JD Lee “Finley” sofa in Chateau Snow, $5280 for 3-seater, The Plant Room. Savannah round coffee table in Light Oak, $1795, GlobeWest. United Strangers Oslo credenza, $2695, Matt Blatt. Belgian linen flax sheer curtain in White (1.27m x 2.44m), $104, Pottery Barn. ON SOFA Book, Opus Design. Lush velvet cushion cover in Copper, $54, West Elm. Monte cushion #28, $185, Pampa. ON COFFEE TABLE Brass tray, $24.99, H&M Home. Katia Carletti canister, $100, and assorted coffee table books, Koskela. SOH by DEA x Peter Anderson clay pinch bowl, from $18, DEA Store. Pilea Peperomioides plant, $45, in Alessandro Di Sarno planter, $110, and Mel Lumb pod vase (pictured left), $135, The Plant Room. ON CREDENZA Hanging Peperomia plant, $35, in Nic Ceramics “Stumpy” planter, $120, The Plant Room. Haws brass mist sprayer, $45, Koskela. You Were Never Hidden From My Eyes sculpture by Holly Ryan, $2800, Jerico Contemporary. Marmoset Found “Cloud” vase in Moss XL, $54, Design Twins. Constance artwork (120cm x 90cm) in timber-look box shadow frame, $546, Urban Road. Ro flower vase in Burnt Sienna (34cm), $238, Top3 by Design. ON FLOOR Etnico #0343 rug (1.71m x 2.18m), $1490, Pampa. Alby round ottoman (75cm) in Safari Turmeric, $719, Jardan. Lush velvet cushion cover in Dirty Blush, $54, West Elm. MODEL WEARS Lucicca dress, $1125, Albus Lumen. Earrings, $129, Reliquia. R

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Where the magic happens James works and teaches budding potters in his Brunswick, Melbourne, studio.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS… MAKE POTTERY. At least, that’s what the talent behind the eponymous James Lemon ceramics did. “I found myself making pottery after a rough break-up,” James explains. “Throwing myself into work and a new skill took my mind off it and allowed me to contribute creatively. There was a real sense of satisfaction after cracking the kiln that I didn’t get with other creative outlets, so I kept at it. Eventually, it got to the point where juggling jobs, uni and my work got too much, so I dropped what I could and started properly investing in my work.” The result is a beautiful collection of tactile vessels and dinnerware that have become hugely popular, thanks to their smooth kinks and grooves. “I released my first collection, Bump, a year ago, which was created because I am a very clumsy man! I got tired of producing work, only to knock and then accidentally warp the symmetry of the form, so I just started doing it intentionally,” James says. “Everyone loves the ergonomic and tactile element of my work; it really engages people. When I hear, ‘Oh, your cups are just so nice to hold’, I get this big grin on my face, because ultimately, tactility and human experience is the most important part of the work to me.” A

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Pots, plants and pup James and pooch Beatrix relax in the dining room of their share house, which is a beguiling jungle of plants and earthy ceramics. Clay time An array of his pieces (below), including his “squiggly stuff” and Bump range, which James makes by throwing the clay off centre for those twists and turns.

10 QUESTIONS WITH JAMES LEMON 1. What’s the best thing about what you do for a living? It’s basically an excuse to be a messy, muddy kid. 2. And the worst? Admin is killing me slowly.

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3. What are your favourite pieces to make? My squiggly stuff, an exploration into gesture and abstract illustration. These works were born out of the need for more expressive outlets, a way to spill the movement in my mind into something permanent. 4. Do you feel pressure to keep up with demand? Yeah, but I think that’s healthy. It’s important to keep up stock flow, work hard and get sh*t done, but I try to avoid burnout. 5. What’s your home like? I like it filled with art and design. If you can imagine the Brutalist architecture of the Heide [Museum of Modern Art] but slammed into an op-shop, you’ve got me.

The wheel thing James gets to the studio at around 6am and starts throwing for the day. He spends the last part of the day making less functional pieces. “It’s a fun reward,” he says.

6. You’re from New Zealand. What drew you to Melbourne? I love its art and design community. I need people to bounce ideas off and to laugh and to feel stress with. One focus this year has been collaborating with other artists and designers. 7. What music do you listen to in the studio? I listen to a lot of podcasts mainly, but Lauryn Hill, Solange and Beyoncé radios on Spotify always go down a treat. 8. What advice would you give wannabe ceramicists? Work for free in a studio. You learn more from doing it than from a course. 9. What makes you happiest? My close friends, my dog and a well-timed bottle of wine. 10. What’s next? Giving myself time to relax and enjoy making again — I don’t want to be caught in trends, because they are a perpetual vortex of uncertainty and angst. R

JAMES’S WORK CAN BE FOUND VIA HIS WEBSITE, JAMES-LEMON.COM. THERE YOU CAN SHOP FOR CERAMICS AND BOOK INTO HIS WORKSHOPS. HIS PIECES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN SELECT STORES IN NSW, VIC AND THE ACT. INSTAGRAM @JAMESLEMON @reallivingmag

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Tucked beside the harbour on Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf is Alibi, a design-led bar and restaurant serving up an indulgent list of cocktails, wines and gourmet purely plant-based dishes to satisfy the pickiest eaters. And don’t we love the retro decor. Alibibar.com.au

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Founded by textile designer Caroline Sherman, Among Equals is an online store and collection of artisanal bilum bags hand-woven by the women of the Papua New Guinea highlands. Profits from the social enterprise go towards supporting the weaving communities in PNG, and the women who work there. Amongequals.com.au Highlands bilum bags, from $265.

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STYLE TIP Eyelets and tab tops create large, wave-like folds and require less fabric.

QUICK & EASY INSTALLATION Before ordering custom blinds, assess if you can cut down pre-packaged blinds so that they fit your windows Room Darkening Eyelet Curtain in Maine Steel, $45 Sheer Roller Blind in Quartz, from $72.90

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HANG TIME Ready-to-hang curtains are a great option for standard-sized windows but you may require made-to-measure if your windows vary from common sizes. When it comes to hanging, position curtains higher and wider than the window frame, allowing the curtains to skim the floor.

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Skincare brand Farmacy specialises in transforming farm-grown botanicals into natural skincare products. The range includes farm-to-skin products that cater to all your brightening, firming and anti-ageing needs, starting from an agreeable $9. Farmacybeauty.com

PLY TIME This odourless mini green bin, from Billi + Buggs, hides a stainless-steel removable insert behind a birch-ply outer for a countertop compost option that won’t cramp your style. $135; Billi-and-buggs. myshopify.com

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In Australia, we produce an average of 650kg waste per person, per year. So, instead of using plastic, wrap your food in Sustomi Beeswax reusable food wraps, $35. Sustomi.com.au

per fect t ent s Furniture brand Matt Blatt has expanded its travel-inspired United Strangers range to include coffee tables, desks, cabinets, armchairs and other offbeat furnishings, such as this stool made from old army tents. Mattblatt.com.au.

ECO - FRI EN DLY AP P LI AN CES Fun fact: An induction cooktop will save you more energy than its gas and electric counterparts. Head over to Nationalproductreview.com to compare a range of induction cooktops (and other household appliances) from all the big-name brands. And don’t forget to tick the energy- and water-efficiency filters to help you find the most eco-friendly option. Neat, huh?

United Strangers “Army” stool, $495, Matt Blatt.


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Get the latest look for your windows at warehouse prices. Choose from a stylish collection of curtains, roller, venetian, roman, vertical and cellular blinds in a wide range of styles and colours. We have ready-to-hang and custom made options. Check out the range in-store or at bunnings.com.au

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Japanese design principles abound in the new Kowtow retail store. The slatted timber room dividers and ricepaper lampshades recall airy Zen-inspired interiors, while crackle glazes evoke the patina of age-old Oriental ceramics. What could be more in step with Kowtow’s eco philosophies? @reallivingmag

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THERE’S NOTHING OFF THE PEG about the design of this new clothing store in central Wellington. It’s the first storefront for eco fashion label Kowtow, and a key part of the brief to designer Rufus Knight of Knight Associates was for it to fit snugly into the brand’s eco values. “The store is an opportunity to bring the Kowtow ethos into a physical space,” says Kowtow founder and creative director Gosia Piatek. “Sustainability and traceability are core to what we do, and Rufus wanted to execute that in the design.” Rufus looked to Japan for much of his inspiration, using timber screens rather than solid walls, ricepaper pendants and plenty of planet-friendly materials – think floor rugs made from recycled synthetics, sustainable eucalyptus panels and non-toxic oils. The emphasis is on openness, thanks to the see-through screens and picture windows that invite passersby to see the store’s workings. “The store articulates minimalism, simplicity and generosity,” Gosia says. R

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Pendant investigation Ozeki & Co “Hotaru Buoy” pendants are reminiscent of Japanese ricepaper lamps. The wool-covered custom modular sofa, designed by Simon James, sits atop a rug crafted from old fishing nets.

THE ECO ACCENTS HERE INCLUDE SUSTAINABLY GROWN EUCALYPTUS BATTENS, DISPLAY UNITS IN VALCHROMAT (MADE OF RECYCLED WOOD CHIPS), FLOOR RUGS IN RECYCLED SYNTHETICS, MODULAR SOFAS COVERED IN RENEWABLE WOOL AND SUSTAINABLY GROWN LINEN CURTAINS… PHEW! A place to hang The floor-to-ceiling joinery gives the store a more defined layout while allowing light and sound to flow. It also provides the framework for an elegant racking system housing the merchandise in natural fabrics. Kowtow, 29 College St, Wellington. Kowtowclothing.com; @kowtowclothing

All fired up Glazed ceramic tiles by local artist Gidon Bing offset the crisp lines of the custom-made joinery in eucalyptus. These handcrafted joins – no nails needed – are typical of the meticulous attention to detail evident throughout the store.

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THE SCENT OF THE ’60S IS MAKING A COMEBACK – AND IT SMELLS GOOD. MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW PATCHOULI

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Renowned for its calming and soothing properties, patchouli helps the body produce those Zen feels. Shokunin platter in Speckle, $49, Shibui mini bowl in Speckle, $20, and Tengoku (Sky) bowl in Drip Dark, $65, The Potter x The Clay.

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IF PATCHOULI EVOKES COMMUNES AND CRUSHED VELVET, think again. The earthy, spicy scent has ditched its hippie stigma, with beauty brands embracing its calming, anti-inflammatory qualities. 1 Grown Alchemist Body Cleansing Bar: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Patchouli, $22, Mecca. It may look like a soap, but it doesn’t act like one, nourishing the skin rather than sapping it of moisture. 2 Diptyque Tempo EDP (75ml), $204, Mecca. Brings a spicy freshness to patchouli to give it a modern, wearable edge. 3 Aesop Resolute Hydrating Body Balm (120ml), $39. Spicy on the nose, hydrating on the body, and just what winter skin needs. 4 Ayu Pitta Body Oil (100ml), $60, Theayu.com.au. Blends 29 herbs with sandalwood, rose and patchouli for a sense of calm. 5 Jurlique Balancing Blend Aromatherapy Mist (50ml), $35. Spritz and inhale. 6 La Collection Privée Christian Dior Patchouli EDP (125ml), $335. Patchouli has always been cherished by Dior for its intensity, sophistication, mystery and unexpectedness. R real living

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S U N DAY S U P P E R S : R E C I P E S & G AT H E R I N G S by K AREN MORDECHAI ( 256pp ) Photographer, stylist and Brooklyn-based food blogger Karen Mordechai celebrates the magic of home-cooked meals, family dinners and gatherings. From a beachside lunch or picnic, to a whiskey feast or winter brunch, every occasion is catered for. Crown Publishing; approx. $43.

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BYRON : THE COOKBOOK b y T O M BY N G & F R E D S M I T H ( 19 2 p p )

O N V E G E TA B L E S b y J E R E M Y F OX ( 3 2 0 p p )

So satisfying in its simplicity, yet capable of lifting spirits and warming the soul, the humble burger is the ultimate comfort food, and UK burger chain Byron is known for slinging the best. Founder Tom Byng and head chef Fred Smith divulge their secret recipes and insider tips, along with cult classic chicken wings, onion rings, cherry pies and brownies. Hardie Grant; $45.

Californian chef Jeremy Fox cut his teeth at Michelin-starred restaurant Ubuntu in Napa Valley. Since then, his culinary creativity has revolutionised plant-based dishes and diets. On Vegetables showcases the flavours and textures achievable with plant-based cooking, and will elevate your vegetarian repertoire with unique recipes and inspired combinations of seasonal produce. Phaidon; $59.95.

JOS EPH BANKS’ FLOR ILEGIUM b y D AV I D M A B B E R L E Y, M E L G O O D I N G & JOE STUDHOLME (320pp)

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Naturalist Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage around the world, collecting over 1300 species of exotic flora. He then commissioned superlative engravings of his collection, known as Banks’ Florilegium, some of the most beautiful and precise botanical illustrations ever created. See them here. Thames & Hudson; $120. R

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1. Lytworx 400 LED Fairy Lights in Warm White, $49.00; 2. Arlec LED, Stainless Steel Spotlight - 4 pack, $114; 3. Lytworx Warm White LED Connectable Party Light - 20 Pack, $29.98; 4. Brilliant Chateaux Coach Light, $74.90; 5. Mimosa 3 Piece Coral Bay Setting, $999. Some products are not available in some stores, but may be ordered.

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set the mood. Joy factor Whichever way you like to listen to your music – while entertaining, studying or getting ready for work in the morning – the Sonos One will bring instant feelgood vibes to your home life.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: fill each and every room in your home with soulful music and start creating the moments that matter.


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usic is a powerful thing. It helps bring people together, breaks down barriers and adds instant joy to any occasion. The right tune can take the pain out of exercise, make housework more enjoyable or conjure up memories of a long-forgotten moment. But in today’s hyper-scheduled, screen-heavy, juggle-50-tasks-at-once society, we’re sadly losing this connection. That’s where the Sonos One comes in. The only smart speaker that’s been purpose-built to play music first and foremost, it will instantly fill any or every room of your home with soulful sound, and all you have to do is ask. Yep, with Amazon Alexa built right in, you can use your voice to manage your music – so no more hunting around for your phone and, most importantly, no need to forfeit that comfy spot on the couch. All you need to do is sit back, switch off and let the rich sounds fill your heart and home.

Along with its exceptional sound quality, ease of use and all-round versatility, the Sonos One has a sleek, streamlined look that makes it a stylish addition to any home. Choose from matte black or white, and display it in full view or tucked away on a shelf or bench. Its humidity resistance means you can even have one in the bathroom – gotta love that!

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WHEN I FIRST STARTED building my tiny house three years ago, I didn’t have land or even the prospect of it. But I craved a home, so I started the process of building a mobile home with the hope that I’d find somewhere to live in it when I was ready. Prior to this I was moving around a lot, helping on permaculture farms and travelling. In the process I culled my possessions over several years – every time I returned from a trip with only a backpack of essentials, I realised more and more that I didn’t need those things that I’d lived without for months on end. I guess deciding to build a tiny house was the final move towards living with less; the things you’re attached to become less important and the space their absence provides becomes the thing you crave. A PROJECT IS BORN… First I bought my trailer, which was a brand new caravan chassis I found on eBay, then I made it roadworthy and registered it as a tandem trailer. Next, I put it out into the universe that I needed to find a block of land for $35,000, as that was all I could afford without having to get a job just to pay a mortgage. The next week I found my land west of Melbourne and a few months later I moved my house there. I designed and built the house myself using around 80 per cent recycled materials. I hunted down doors and windows from eBay, Gumtree and local A

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TINY HOUSES – OR AS WE LIKE TO CALL THEM, POCKET MANSIONS – ARE MAKING BIG WAVES THANKS TO THEIR SMALL FOOTPRINTS. WE MEET MYSTEE UNWIN, WHO CALLS ONE SUCH TINY HOUSE HOME


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COSY CABIN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, PERCHED IN SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK IN WALES, SITS THIS TINY CABIN, DESIGNED BY THE TEAM AT TRIAS ARCHITECTS. SIMILARLY TO MYSTEE’S HOME, THE CABIN IS SMALL IN STATURE AND SYMPATHETIC TO ITS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, USING LOCAL SLATE RECLAIMED FROM NEARBY FARMS TO COVER ITS EXTERIOR WALLS.


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Clever design Strategically placed windows make this TRIAS-designed home feel light, bright and roomier than it actually is! Birch plywood softly diffuses the light, while stairs to the bed platform (right) double as a handy storage space.

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buy, swap and sell groups, and once I had these, I was able to start drawing up my framing – which I did, very simply, on graph paper; no fancy computer skills needed! Once I had my design refined, I used as much recycled timber as I could find, and purchased the rest from a local timber mill, which saved me almost three-quarters of the cost. I had a friend help me with the framing as I’d never done it before, but I have been an earth builder for seven years now. I work with Superadobe, an earthbag technique developed by Iranian-American architect Nader Khalili, who created the Cal-Earth Institute in California where I studied. In fact, while working on projects in Australia, the US, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, I stumbled across tiny house projects around the world. And the more I looked at tiny houses, the more it seemed to make sense as an option for me. My entire house (including the chassis, a small solar-powered fridge and solar panel) cost less than $10,000 to build. I now live here with my partner and our golden retriever/labrador cross, Saffron. Luckily she has short hair – tiny house, big dog! We’ve been here for almost a year now. MORTGAGE, SCHMORTGAGE The response you get when you tell someone you live in a tiny house is always exciting. You can see a twinkle in their eye when they see someone doing something they themselves would love to do! Tiny houses allow us to step off the treadmill of the mortgage trap and step back into life. And we can all live without a mortgage if we just change our habits – the main thing it comes down to is wanting and needing less stuff, using less power, being conscious of how much waste we create and being willing to deal with it ourselves. We compost our food waste, burn paper things that we can’t compost, recycle or reuse cans and jars, and make bricks for building out of our clean soft plastics. We simply shove the soft plastics into a plastic bottle with a wooden spoon until they’re rock hard. You can fit almost two months worth of plastic in one bottle depending on your food packaging and buying habits. This ends up being a “building brick” in the Superadobe walls, and after render is applied you can’t see them. In one year we’ve never had a rubbish collection and have been to the tip only twice.

GREAT AND SMALL The experience of living tiny with a partner has been incredibly positive in our case. We love the house, how it feels and functions and the fact it’s so simplistic. If we need space, we just go outside. When one of us is sick, there’s the bed and the couch where we can rest. It’s quite handy sitting in a kitchen and being able to reach whatever you need, so endless cups of herbal tea are never a bother! In fact, we often have friends pop in for a cuppa. If the weather is bad, we will most probably have our mini wood stove on and we can fit about six people in the house comfortably with steaming cups of tea on laps. If the weather is nice, we entertain outside, but we do find that people prefer to be in the house because it’s such a lovely space. There are just so many amazing things about living tiny – being warm, taking five minutes to clean the house, not having enough space to endlessly accumulate more things and the simple convenience. It also seems to invoke the child within – living in a compact and cosy space reminds you of being in a treehouse as a kid. The biggest challenge is that you can’t easily buy new things. You might think, “Oh, that’s a nice jacket. But then where am I going to hang it… OK, maybe I don’t need it after all!” The one thing that we’re missing is a deck, and that will be the next step because I love stretching and that’s one thing that becomes tricky (but not impossible) in a tiny house. THE SIMPLE LIFE In the end, I think the house you live within should be a simple and attainable thing that doesn’t force you to live beyond your means. The concept of a tiny house is an affordable and realistic option for housing, as it removes so many of the costs that people often have to fork out beyond their financial ability to pay for. And if you’re considering going down this path, but don’t know where to start, just ask. There’s a whole connected community of people out there who are doing the same thing. Ultimately, a home should be a launching pad from which you spring into the world and do things that you love – be it a job, a way of life, a craft, whatever! I think it’s always worth remembering that life is to be lived, not worked. R

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Into the green zone A Perth home gives eco living a warm welcome. An amber vase, Danish wall lamp and coachlight are all reborn retro finds. The concrete vase is from Arrival Hall. Turn the page for homes that give eco the green light. A

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Style and sustainability go hand in hand in a WA eco home lovingly created with upcycled materials

Block party A dining table, built by homeowner Peter from recycled oregon, and plenty of plants adorn the courtyard, which has a wall of retro-style breeze-blocks, from the Besser Block Centre. They offer privacy while avoiding that closed-in feeling. The chairs are from a Perth salvage yard and the watering can is from Ikea.


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Resin d’être The low-maintenance resin flooring in crisp white, by Hawk CFC, is robust and hardwearing. A table and mismatched chairs were found on various Perth treasure hunts. The oversized cane pendant is by Kira & Kira. A

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Eco menu The recycled oregon benchtop and Ecoply plywood cabinets by Raw Edge Furniture keep the white-tiled bench and splashback from looking too stark, while the mesh staircase ensures an open feel and facilitiates air flow. The 1970s Marcel Breuer stools, bought on Gumtree, are given a new lease of life. The white tiles are from Academy Tiles and Schweigen undermount rangehood from Harvey Norman. Plywoodencased above-bench light by Peter, an electrician by trade. A

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Verdant hues The green palette extends to the kitchen joinery. Menu salt and pepper mills were a gift from a friend.


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ALIVE WITH LUSH FOLIAGE AND DEEP FOREST-HUED WALLS, the Perth eco-home of sustainability consultant Tanya McKenna and trades manager Peter Chadwick wears its green credentials as proudly as its paintwork. “Our vision was to have a beautiful, green-themed urban home,” Tanya says. “Because we used so much concrete, timber and brick, we wanted a bold colour that pops, but this dark green is also calming and moody.” With four renovations behind them, the couple wanted to build a sustainable house from scratch. The result is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a mezzanine-style study and large ground-floor living area which opens onto a courtyard. Teaming up with Tanya’s architect sister Carla Karsakis, who runs Etica Studio, the couple played to their strengths, Tanya using her understanding of sustainable design and Peter crafting custom furniture, while Carla drove the vision for an open-plan, low-impact house across two levels. OLD IS NEW AGAIN Nowhere was off limits when it came to sourcing. From Copenhagen markets to demolition sites, Subiaco vintage stores to the local tip, the trio stayed true to their belief in upcycling. “There’s a raw feeling from the crushed-rubble concrete walls, which use demolition concrete,” Tanya explains. “And there’s warmth in the recycled furniture. Even some window frames and doors were salvaged.” Gumtree led them to timber floorboards from a Melbourne town hall, while eBay unearthed a green bathtub and basin. PASSIVE PROGRESSIVE The house stays at a comfortable temperature year round and is cost-efficient to heat and cool. “Carla designed this home to be solar passive, so you avoid hot morning and afternoon sun, but you have lots of northern light,” Tanya explains. “A green roof [see p52] provides a thick insulating layer, plus we have lots of shading in summer from a tree we planted in the courtyard.” With the builder, paint suppliers and joiners equally eco-aware, this home was a true green team effort. “They all got it,” Tanya says. R

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Land of nod Peter built the headboard in the main bedroom from Ecoply and retrofitted the twin amber 1970s pendants with LED lights. The linen bedlinen is from In Bed. The Kreafunk aGlow wireless speaker and lamp is ingeniously dual purpose.

Perfect landing “Fitting the recycled [Baltic pine] floorboards together was like a jigsaw puzzle, but so worth it,” Tanya says of the mezzanine landing that houses a desk and storage.

Going with the grain Distinctive white Icon tapware from Astra Walker is used throughout the house, including this gooseneck above the kitchen’s double sink from The Sink Warehouse, set into the handsome benchtop of recycled oregon timber. Resourceful Tanya rebirthed the 1960s Danish wall light, sourced from Gumtree, as she did the walls in recycled bricks.

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Going with the flow The 1970s green bathtub and a matching green basin were salvaged from an Adelaide house. The couple scored them on eBay. The showerhead and Icon taps are from Astra Walker.

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WITH THEIR PRE-LOVED PATINAS, THE CONCRETE WALLS ARE THE IDEAL TEXTURAL BACKDROP FOR THE COUPLE’S SPECIAL FINDS.

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1 Shore 600mm pendant in Rattan, $129, Beacon Lighting. 2 Aspen four-door sideboard in Walnut, $4370, King Living. 3 River Echo stripe weave rug in Hemp (1.8m x 90cm), from $420, Armadillo & Co. 4 FAB28RB refrigerator, $2490, Smeg. 5 Kombu pea cushion in Velvet, $89, Kip&Co. 6 Monstera plant, $49, Ikea, in Axel pot, $84.95, Life Interiors. 7 Tobi armchair in Ash and Ivory, $699, Life Interiors. 8 Latitude wide planter in Rattan, $189, The Family Love Tree. 9 The Print Emporium Black Monstera Leaf wall art, from $169, Temple & Webster. 10 Koto dining table in Oak, $699, Life Interiors. 11 Terrazzo plant pot in Soft Pink, $130 for medium, Fenton&Fenton. 12 Botanicum book by Katie Willis and Katie Scott, $35, Big Picture Press. 13 Zafferano “Veneziano” tumblers in Amber, $234 for set of 6, Jardan. 14 Jeremy floor lamp, $159, Life Interiors. 15 Curio dining chair in Ash and Rattan, $595, Clickon Furniture. 16 Dorf “Vixen” sink mixer in White, $319, The Blue Space.

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For Sonya Marish, the dream beach shack has to evoke emotion and nurture the soul, so she’s created just that

Alfresco style The outdoor seating area was built around an existing citrus tree, with brick pavers sourced from recycled chimneys, an antique outdoor table and a bench made from recycled timber. Sonya bought the gorgeous macrame pendant from a Byron Bay market stall called Macrame 28 Degrees South Byron Bay. @reallivingmag

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Sitting pretty “Just about all my couches are velvet,” Sonya says. “I’m really into comfort, warmth and homeliness.” This green one is from Ikea while the rug is Tigmi Trading. A

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SALVAGE YARDS ARE A GOLD MINE FOR SECOND-HAND BUILDING MATERIALS, LIKE THESE OLD BOARDS USED TO LINE THE LIVING ROOM WALLS.

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Daycare do-over The two red Art Deco chairs in the sunroom once belonged to the couple’s daughter’s daycare and have since been reupholstered. The Moroccan floor cushion came from Marr-Kett.

Aussie lifestyle With a focus on getting back to the simpler things in life, Sonya and her family enjoy a traditional Hills Hoist in their yard and the beach just beyond their gate.

WHEN YOUR BEACH SHACK HAS LITTLE MORE THAN A FEW ROOMS, three baths may seem a little excessive. But for Sonya Marish, director of Jatana Interiors, it’s the perfect amount. “For me, baths evoke feelings of holidays, relaxation, warmth and romantic vibes. I can’t imagine not having them in my holiday home.” And though the small weatherboard shack is only 10 minutes down the road from her actual home in the Byron Bay hinterland, owning a little beachside getaway was always a childhood dream of Sonya’s. “Since I was a little girl, I loved the idea of living on the beach.” POTENTIAL PLUS That dream was realised three years ago when Sonya spotted, and fell in love with, what she calls a “classic ’70s beach shack” just behind the sand dunes on Belongil Beach. The previous owner had lived there for 65 years and to say the home needed a bit of love would be an understatement. “You really needed a vision to see what it could be, but as soon as I walked in, I was like, ‘I want it now’,” Sonya recalls. IN WITH THE OLD She and her husband Anthony did the renovations themselves, keeping the rustic structure of the house, but completely gutting the inside, which revealed big wooden walls hidden behind all the bad pine and corkboard. They also added a verandah, and, of course, a couple of extra baths – including one outdoors so they can soak beneath the stars. The whole space was created using salvaged or reclaimed materials, with Sonya’s trademark use of colour, and of course, Jatana tiles as far as the eye can see. The challenge, though, was not in the massive refurbishment, but in pulling back the interiors, which goes against Sonya’s natural inclination of having everything on show. The aim was to create a true sanctuary, a space where they could go to find some peace. And obviously it resonates, with the couple’s daughter Taya often escaping there to study during stressful exam periods. PEACEFUL RETREAT While colour features prominently, the space is inherently calm and relaxing, the perfect antidote to a bustling family home. “It’s beachy, it’s earthy, it’s casual, friendly, warm, open… and most of all it’s simple,” Sonya says. “On the weekend we just want to get out of our house with all our things and go to a nice clear space.” That, and luxuriate in one of the many baths, obviously. R @reallivingmag

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Custom creation Sonya had the modular lounge custom made, which she says was “expensive but worth it. There was nothing on the market that would fit that space, and we’ve added storage underneath.” The second-hand blue wall light is from The Grainery in Murwillumbah, while the painting in the window is by Sydney artist Emily Besser. A


Take the floor Sonya and Anthony converted the existing, smaller rooms into an open-plan kitchen/living area, featuring Jatana tiles on the floors. Up above, a skylight made from LaserLite and bamboo lets in dappled sunlight during the day. Artful impact “Every time I walk into the room, I think, ‘Oh my gosh, I just love that’,” says Sonya of her John Santucci pot plant artwork called Family (opposite). The blue louvre windows came from a salvage shop, while the table was bought from an art show. “It’s moved from house to house with us,” Sonya adds.

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more t r e a su re , le s s t ra sh Feel overwhelmed at the mere sight of a second-hand store? Breathe easy with these insider tips. The harder to find, the better “I always insist on having a look at what’s packed in behind everything else,” Sonya says. “Inevitably the best stuff is there and they don’t even know they’ve got it.” Search for the standout When it comes to second-hand shopping, the key is to look for something unique that you may not have ever seen before. Sonya suggests looking for colour and texture, and the pieces that jump out at you. “If there’s any thinking about it, it’s not the piece for me. But if there’s a standout piece, you can always make it work.” Go for inspiration If you’re unsure of your style, second-hand shops can be great for igniting the spark. You may find a piece that becomes the cornerstone of your look. A

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Coastal chill The couple replaced all of the home’s existing aluminium windows – including these in the bedroom – with recycled wooden frames to bring it back to its original state. Worn timber bedsides from Sydney’s Bondi Markets sit well in the beachy setting, and the doona is a Justina Blakeney design. Pipe dreams Sonya and Anthony converted a little tool shed in the garden into one of their three bathrooms. The bathtub was a Gumtree find that they had re-enamelled on the inside, while the antique tiles are, of course, Jatana. “Funnily enough they’re from two different countries, Morocco and Spain, but they look almost exactly the same and really work together,” she says.

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s oa k it up Sonya’s beach shack is all about the bathroom! Here are her tips for creating your own dream zone. Add a bath “They’re all about nurturing yourself, and making yourself feel good,” she says. Light it right Perfect light is really important, so fluorescents need not apply. “All our bathrooms have chandeliers – they add to the beauty of the bathroom and give such beautiful light,” Sonya says. Use tiles like art Sonya believes tiles play a huge role in making a bathroom beautiful. “It’s like choosing a piece of art for the bathroom,” she says. “If it’s the first thing you see when you walk into a place, obviously that will make you feel good.” A

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Old fl avour “Half the fun of doing up our little beach shack was sourcing old materials to maintain the relaxed feel,” says Sonya. “The orange chairs were such a great find,” she adds. “They’re originals from the ’60s that I found at a second-hand shop in Redfern and had reupholstered. They’re really comfy and the kids love them.”

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Colours & finishes FROM LEFT Reproduction tiles in Teal Clover, $165 a sq m, Jatana Interiors. Hardwood Plus G5 timber flooring in Spotted Gum, $110.88 a sq m, Choices Flooring. Reproduction tiles in Red Sunflower, $165 a sq m, Jatana Interiors. San Selmo Reclaimed bricks, $1995 for 1000, Austral Bricks. real living

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PERFECT RECIPE “We love our kitchen,” says Kinara, shown here with Finlay. “It’s small, but that keeps things simple, as there’s not much space for a ridiculous amount of appliances.” She and husband Andrew chose plywood and white laminate joinery by Imatech and handmade Style Marina subway splashback tiles from Tiles4less. The pendant is from Casa Monde, and the stools were an antique store find.

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FOR SOME, BIGGER WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES is better when it comes to building a family home, but Andrew Winchester and Kinara Johnson wanted just the opposite. Their two-storey, three-bedroom home in the foothills of Hobart’s Mount Wellington is simple, minimal and kind to the environment, without making any concessions to space and style. “I’ve always been a conservationist at heart,” says Kinara, who grew up a few suburbs away. “Living sustainably is important to us. We often reflect on how we live and whether we can simplify.” GREEN MACHINE Using passive solar principles, such as northern orientation with insulated double glazing (so requiring minimal heating and zero cooling), solar hot water and natural materials with good thermal properties, the home is an eco-friendly extension of its bush setting. The shell was constructed using rammed earth, an age-old building technique with a beautiful natural finish (see p69). “The rammed earth is one of our favourite features,” Andrew says. “It’s a much warmer finish than concrete.” As well as its thermal properties (it’s a good insulator, so it stores heat), it provides protection from bushfires, according to the home’s designer, Michael Shrapnel of Beachouse Architecture, who paired the natural material with metal cladding and cedar windows. “We built a fire-resistant house, but we haven’t built a concrete bunker,” he explains. GREAT ESCAPE With only a scattering of neighbours and sweeping views of bushland and mountains, it’s hard to believe Hobart’s CBD is a mere 10-minute drive from the couple’s home. “We can open up the bedroom and feel like we’re in the treetops,” says Kinara. “In winter, we leave all the blinds open and wake up in the morning with the sun shining through the trees. That’s pretty hard to beat,” Andrew adds. R

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WINDOW SEATS The eco theme extends to the furniture selection – Andrew and Kinara are bowerbirds when it comes to hunting out pre-loved items and repurposing them. They sanded back the sofa from Freedom (left), limewashed it and had it reupholstered. Retro tables came from Village Antiques, the Mk2 convection wood heater is from Nectre, and the old wooden create used as a side table was found at Margate Train Antiques. “We have a few of these crates throughout the house,” Kinara says. “I really like the look of rough old timber.” SHELF INTEREST Shelves in the kitchen display a Marimekko jug and bowls along with ceramics and other pre-loved finds snatched up from op shops and garage sales. A

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T O T A L L Y H O O K E D A row of handy hooks make clever use of underutilised wall space and are the perfect spot for Kinara’s Marimekko reusable shopping bag.

S O A K I T U P Nature is never far away – even the bath comes with an idyllic bush view. The Modena bath from Bathrooms Direct is offset against Alto Nero tiles from Beaumont Tiles, and a timber bath caddy bought in Byron Bay ties in with the bush surroundings.

B E D D Y B U Y S Kinara found the bedside table at a local op shop. “I just had to put a new latch on it and it’s as good as new,” she says. Andrew made the Tasmanian oak bed.

S U R F ’ S U P Self-confessed surfing tragic Andrew has numerous surfboards around the home, including this one in the second bedroom.

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T H E N I T T Y G R I T T Y Made from a highly compacted combination of gravel, sand and clay, rammed earth is an ancient building technique that’s energy-efficient, produces minimal waste and offers a beautiful natural finish. For Andrew and Kinara, it ticked all the boxes from an environmental perspective, but it can be labour intensive. “It’s not very straightforward,” says the home’s designer, Michael Shrapnel of Beachouse Architecture, especially because walls now require insulation. Yet it’s hard to argue against the stunning result – and it’s easy on the environment. “The beauty is you get the same finish inside and out,” he says. “It’s low-maintenance and, being a natural material, it breathes, so it’s great for the internal air quality.” Beachousearchitecture.com.au. A

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T O D I N E F O R The table, bought off Gumtree, complements the “character-filled, second-hand chairs I’ve collected from about the place,” Kinara says. The Tasmanian oak balustrade made by their builder is “one of our favourite features in the house. It divides the space and fills the double-height void beautifully.” @reallivingmag

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Colours and finishes FROM LEFT Benchtop in Classico Rugged Concrete, $900 a sq m installed, Caesarstone. Blue Jean gloss tiles (7.5cm x 15cm), $89.25 a sq m, Beaumont Tiles. Kaboodle benchtop in Hickory Maple laminate (2.4m x 0.6m), $325, Bunnings Warehouse. @reallivingmag

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CRISPY SKIN TIPS FOR A WORTHY ROAST Roast chicken with cranberry, almond stufing and crisp hasselback potatoes

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COMBINATION STEAM #01 Roasting perfection

Roasting is made easy, more succulent and healthier using steam. You will also find your roast will hold most of its weight compared to electric-only cooking, where up to 20% can be lost during the cooking process.

BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH A STEAM OVEN Food cooked in steam not only tastes wonderfully tender and juicy, it’s also healthier, with more flavours, nutrients and minerals retained. Plus, you can cook multiple dishes at the same time without the flavour transfer. Cleaning up is a breeze–the moist air on the oven cavity wall heavily reduces food splatter and spills sticking on the bottom of the oven.


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EASY CLEAN Create a honey, ginger and rosemary glazed ham with a fennel and pear salad, topped with apple cider vinegar and Dijon dressing.

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During the pyrolytic cleaning function, the oven heats up to 480°C to burn off grease and food residue. What’s left is a little ash that can be easily wiped clean. Choose from three cleaning programs, depending on the degree of residue that has accumulated, and with pyrolytic-proof enameled trays, shelf racking and telescopic rails (available on certain models), you can leave them in the oven during the cleaning program, too.

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COMPACT STEAM #02 STEAMING SEAFOOD

SUCCULENT SEAFOOD Keep your seafood moist and tasty with the Smeg compact steam oven that locks in flavour and nutrients so your seafood is always as fresh as the day it was caught.

B E S T F E AT U R E S O F A C O M PAC T S T E A M C O M B I N AT I O N OV E N The smaller capacity of a compact steam combination oven delivers quicker heat-up with less energy consumption. Use steam and convection cooking at the same time, or use the electric oven or even the grill independently.


S M E G C L A S S I C C O M PAC T BUILT-IN COMPACT STEAM COMBINATION OVEN ( SFA4395VCX1 ) $3,475 SMEG WARMING DRAWER ( CTPA3015X ) $1590 COMPACT SIZE, BIG IMPACT With the Smeg 60cm Classic compact steam oven and warming drawer, you can treat your kitchen to the class, style and functionality that it deserves. Without having to change your kitchen, simply update your oven and start cooking with steam.

KEY FEATURES Smeg steam ovens utilise an evenly distributed steam that rises from the base in order to bring your food to the perfect level of taste while retaining a healthier vitamin content. Smeg’s SmartSense auto menus set cooking times, with the Ever Clean Enamel interior and the Vapour Clean function, it’s an absolute ease to clean. Soft Close Door technology keeps the door from slamming closed, and stops it dropping open.

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Cooking lobster can be overwhelming, but with a steam oven it’s super easy. Because steam creates moisture instead of dry heat there’s no risk of dry, flaky, unpalatable flesh. Instead, the steam traps the flavour and the goodness, so not only do you get a juicy and succulent lobster, you get the most nutritious version of it. So, instead of heading out to a fancy restaurant, get that master chef feeling from your very own kitchen.

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COMBI STEAM #03 baking perfection

BEST IN BAKING Bread is one of the most popular things to cook using steam. Still crusty on the outside but with more moisture and texture on the inside, it’s easy to bake and you can even create your own flavour profiles.

N E W WAY I N C O O K I N G W I T H O U T U P DAT I N G YO U R K I TC H E N As dimensions of cooking appliances haven’t really changed for the last 50 years, updating to the latest technology in most cases is as easy as out with the old and in with the new; no need to replace the entire kitchen just to get the best that innovation has to offer. No matter what level of cook you are, most of these ovens will almost do the cooking for you and deliver better results.


M I E L E S T E A M C O M B I N AT I O N OV E N 60CM CLEANSTEEL STEAM COMBINATION OVEN ( DGC6800XL ) $7599 KEY FEATURES The Miele 570mm Combi Steam and Electric Oven will take pride of place in your kitchen. With a spacious 48L capacity, you’ll be provided with ample room for cooking poultry, whole fish or any other delicious dish that you dream of. Ten cooking functions, 150+ automatic programs, a steam-only mode, humidity sensor, a wireless food probe and a range of additional features will help expand your culinary repertoire.

CAPACITY 48L oven capacity, combination mode with FanPlus, Grill or Conventional heat, steam-only mode, 150+ automatic programs, humidity sensor, wireless food probe.

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SOUS VIDE #04 LOCK IN THE FLAVOUR

STELLAR SALMON The Steampro Steam Oven with SousVide function does everything an oven can do, to perfection, every time. Nail that salmon dish by cooking at a low and slow heat. Choose the right oven setting and the ultra-smart AEG Steampro will switch itself of when it’s done.

P E R F E C T R E S U LT S . E V E RY T I M E . Every meal should be an experience. AEG created the SteamPro oven with full steam. It has three cooking modes — heat, steam and a combination of both. In combination mode it will automatically calculate exactly the right level of heat and steam. Whether you’re roasting or grilling meats, baking bread, creating delicate desserts or using the Sous Vide feature as seen in many professional restaurants around the world, you can be confident your cooking will be elevated to another level.


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THE SECRET TO LOCKED IN FLAVOUR Delivering the perfect amount of steam for every dish — the advanced humidity sensor continuously adjusts temperature and moisture levels in the oven to suit the type of food you are cooking. This not only leads to more efficient water usage, but ensures that every dish is cooked to perfection. Sous vide is the most efficient way to marinate protein; if you vacuum seal protein with the flavours or marinade, 30 minutes in a sealed bag is equivalent to overnight in the fridge in a covered bowl.

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Enhance your home’s eco-friendly vibe without sacrificing on aesthetics with our round-up of beautiful and ethical homewares and products


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Julia Denes, Woodfolk Natural Accessories A jewellery designer by trade, Julia was inspired while travelling in Central America to work with more natural materials like woods, ceramics, beads and shells. And so, Woodfolk was born. Her pieces use natural techniques and rich colours to complement the home and wearer, rather than overshadowing them. Woodfolk.com.au; @woodfolknaturalaccessories Large cushion platter in Terracotta, $48, Soft rectangular platter in Sand, $42 for medium, and Ceramic bowl in Speckled White, $38, Woodfolk Natural Accessories. A

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Carl Wilson and Victoria Aguirre, Pampa Based in Byron Bay, partners Victoria and Carl work directly with skilled artisans in Argentina to produce a range of handmade woven rugs, cushions and throws. All their wares are crafted using natural dyes, traditional techniques and ethical practices. Pampa.com.au; @wearepampa Monte cushion #28, $185, Pampa.

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Crystal King and Dayne Crocker, EcoCoconut From scrubbing brushes to infused coconut oils, even toothbrushes for dogs, every coconut-based product in the EcoCoconut range is 100 per cent plastic-free, including the packaging and shipping materials. “We believe in a future where plastic-free options are the only option, and together we are the generation to create a global movement for a sustainable tomorrow,” Dayne says. Ecococonut.com; @ecococonut Kitchen Cleaning brush, $7.49, Multipurpose Bottle brush, $7.49, and Twin Pack scourers, $5.99, EcoCoconut.

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Lucy Vincent, Sans [ceuticals] “I wanted to create products that could have a noticeable effect on skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, while being natural and sustainable,” explains Sans [ceuticals] founder Lucy Vincent. As such, her products are made in small batches from pure ingredients, and target a combination of needs in one bottle, reducing clutter and in turn, softening our environmental footprint. Sansceuticals.com; @sansceuticals Sans [ceuticals] Bio Active exfoliant, $53, and Hydrate + Nourish body kit, $49.95, My Chameleon. A


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Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds Why use synthetic materials to make sneakers when Mother Nature has provided us with the perfect alternative? This was the impetus behind the creation of Allbirds, a range of stylish, supercomfy and sustainable shoes made from merino wool and eucalyptus pulp. Cuteness alert: they also do kids’ sizes! Au.allbirds.com; @allbirds Women’s Wool runners in Natural White, $140, Allbirds.

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Jessie James, Supply Paper Co Known for her delicate and thoughtful stationery, Jessie creates every piece by hand from her home studio, guided by the principles of sustainability and simplicity. “Every design, every piece of paper, every package from Supply Paper Co goes through my hands,” she says. “That in itself means a lot to me.” Supplypaperco.com; @supplypaperco Everyday binder, $50, Everyday binder grid insert, $15, Everyday binder jotter insert, $12, Graphite pencil, from $3.50, and Standard cahier exercise book, $15, Supply Paper Co. @reallivingmag

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Poppy Lane and Scott Gibson, Pop & Scott The Pop & Scott range of furniture, homewares, lighting and pots is a true celebration of human touch. Each piece is handmade or hand-painted, using locally made, sustainably sourced materials. “As our business has grown, we’ve welcomed the challenge to make it more efficient, less wasteful and more sustainable for the long term,” the couple says. Popandscott.com; @popandscott Stumpy carved Julia stool, $660, Pop & Scott. A

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Gosia Piatek, Kowtow A conscious fashion label with a strong design philosophy, Kowtow is minimalist, comfortable and most importantly, ethical and sustainable. Each piece is made from fair-trade cotton or natural wool, using chemicalfree dyes, with workers’ rights a top priority. “I want to make sure that everyone in the production chain is being rewarded fairly for what they do,” founder Gosia says. Au.kowtowclothing.com; @kowtowclothing Classic shirt in White, $169, Kowtow.

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Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst, Armadillo&Co Combining aesthetics with ethics, the simple and top-quality rugs, mats and runners from Armadillo&Co are guaranteed to give you all the warm and fuzzies. Each one is handwoven using natural and sustainable fibres and fairtrade practices to protect the Indian artisans who make them. Armadillo-co.com; @armadilloandco Nala rug in Natural & Slate (top), $1490, and Malawi rug in Oatmeal (bottom), $1490, Armadillo&Co.

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Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky, Koskela Koskela founders Russel and Sasha “believe in more than the bottom line and want to be remembered for our commitment to have a positive impact”. As such, their furniture, homewares and lighting products are designed to last (reducing landfill), and their ongoing collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander artists and weavers help support Indigenous communities. Koskela.com.au; @koskela_

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1. Windswept fabric in Moss, $72 a lineal m (71cm wide), Quercus & Co. 2. Studio Macura “Lipa” indoor plant trellis, $110, Gingerfinch. 3. Linen cushion cover with metal rings (40cm x 40cm), $75.95, Zara Home. 4. Sierra cushion in Green (45cm x 45cm), $49.95, One Duck Two. 5. Round mirror in Grey (50cm), $285, The Wood Room. 6. Smith & Co candle in Tabac & Cedarwood, $29.95, The Aromatherapy Co. 7. Industriell crocheted pendant, $49, Ikea. 8. Cage bag, $69.95, Zara. 9. Finian side table, $174.95, Zanui. 10. Dimpled small plate in Beige, $3, Kmart. 11. Smoky glass vase, $75.95, Zara Home. 12. Industriell armchair, $199, Ikea. 13. Handwoven collapsible basket in Natural, $24.95, Oxfam Australia. A real living

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21 STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME CLUTTER-FREE – WE OFFER YOU STACKS OF POSSIBILITIES...


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Combos of cupboards and shelves offer visual variety. Display your treasures on the shelves and shut the rest away behind closed doors. But, beware, shelves gather dust. Take the joinery up to the ceiling for a clean, crisp look.

1 KEEP THINGS LOOKING NEAT IN YOUR KITCHEN OR PANTRY BY DECANTING YOUR STAPLES. REMOVE FOOD FROM ITS PACKAGING AND STORE IT IN GLASS JARS THAT REVEAL THEIR CONTENTS IN THEIR MANY COLOURS AND TEXTURES. LINE THE JARS UP FOR A STYLISH AND EASILY IDENTIFIABLE ROW OF COOKING INGREDIENTS.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE – those who put things where they belong and those who leave things all over the place, much to the annoyance of the first. For the neat freaks, coming home to a clutter-free environment is one of life’s greatest and most attainable pleasures, assuming you’re not sharing your home with those who are, let’s say, more random. On the subject of home, Japanese organising guru Marie Kondo says, to achieve order with minimal effort, we must first create “homes” for our possessions. So we have gone “home-hunting” and found the most efficient storage solutions to streamline your living and work areas. Follow our suggestions and show clutter the door.

3 If you have room in your kitchen, include an island, not just as an extra prep space, but also for storage, with deep drawers for pots and pans or open shelves for a barely-there look. Place it on castors for even more versatility. A

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5 Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall custom cabinetry transforms a blank wall, creating a 3D effect and lending instant character to a room. And it has all the benefits of being a tailormade solution, geared to your specific needs. Bare in mind that, as with any made-to-measure solution, it doesn’t come cheap.

Open shelving can be an artwork in itself. Style books sideways in stacks. With just the pages on show, you will avoid the clash of coloured book covers. Or see tip 8 for an alternative display idea.


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ATTACH YOUR CABINETS TO THE WALL IN ORDER TO LEAVE YOUR FLOOR CLEAR – THIS MAKES A SMALL SPACE SEEM LARGER AND CLEANING A LITTLE EASIER.

7 Can’t afford the madeto-measure option? Flat-pack and modular storage solutions can come to your aid, such as those from Ikea and The Shelving Shop. For the first, grab your Allen key and, with the latter, it’s like playing with Lego!

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PEGBOARDS ARE IDEAL FOR STORING KITCHEN PARAPHERNALIA, TOOLS AND KIDS’ TOYS. THE BEAUTY IS YOU CAN SHIFT THE PINS AROUND ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR. ONE HANDY TIP IS TO PLACE BITS OF DOWEL IN A PEGBOARD BASE TO CREATE DIVIDERS FOR DISHES IN A KITCHEN DRAWER.

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Make your furniture work harder and do double duty, especially if you live in a small home where every inch of space counts. Put your feet up on an ottoman, while spare blankets rest inside during their summer hibernation, or include storage under a built-in banquette. Same goes for coffee tables – think drawers underneath or a lift-up top; great for board games or large Lego collections.

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BE INVENTIVE WITH YOUR STORAGE, SUCH AS OLD TINS OR HAT BOXES, OR BASKETS FROM GOOD HOMEWARES STORES. MAKE A COLLECTION FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT AND FUNCTIONALITY.

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10 When filling walls with shelves it can take up space you might use for hanging artworks, so think outside the square and lean artworks on open shelves to provide visual variety – they look less formal than when hanging on the wall. If you can, direct a spotlight onto your favourite items.

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Reach for the ceiling for your storage solutions to make use of your entire wall. Store the least-used items on the less-accessible top levels and the everyday pieces at eye level. You could include a ladder to give you access to the high shelves, which will also become a graphic decorative feature in itself.

In small bathrooms with minimal cabinetry, keep your clean towels rolled and stacked to create more surface space. Or keep them rolled up in a basket if you don’t have shelf space.


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17 An orderly desk is serious business if you want to be productive at work. Keep loose papers in lined-up smart magazine holders or even in stacked up boxes – see tip 21. You can buy two inexpensive drawer units and have a piece of timber cut to place on top (a drawer unit either end). This will give you extra storage and you can create a custom look. A pinboard is also essential, not only for inspiration, but to avoid loose papers and receipts piling up on your desk. Think creatively, clear the clutter and you’ll be surprised how much more productive you can be.

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Nature study Make your work space work for you with these stylish and practical items. FROM TOP Tropicana wallpaper in Blue, $79 a sq m, Origin Wallpapers. Memobottle A6 375ml transparent drink bottle, $39.95, Milligram. Malachite rock, $75, Rock & Co. Jstory Slow and Simple scheduler in Khaki, $39.95 for large, Milligram. Eco Pen and pencils writing set, $3.50, BuyEcoGreen. Lil Bump cup in Stone, $35, Lemons Ceramics. Green Phantom Quartz Generator rock, $150, Rock & Co. Turn the page for insider reno tips and expert money advice. A

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or Lauren Roe, founder of online homewares boutique I Love Linen, moving from a two-bedroom Melbourne townhouse to this airy fourbedroom home in the Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland, was literally a tree change. “I grew up in Queensland but had lived in Melbourne for 15 years,” she says. “I had a great desire to move to a warm climate, where I could wake up to 360-degree views of nature.” She spent three years looking for this place, which ticked many green boxes. “It had windows at every opportunity and was built in a pavilion style for maximum airflow.” Wide eaves keep the place cool in summer while a rainwater tank provides water for her lush garden. Lauren made a few cosmetic changes to the ’90s home, such as changing the lighting and refreshing the paint. “It just needed an overhaul of the fittings and finishes,” she says. She also turned one bedroom into an office, from which she runs her business. Her brief to herself? “We wanted a well-considered home, with beautiful pieces but not shelves filled with lots of objects. I wanted to keep things simple. Clutter wouldn’t have suited the home’s Australian bush-style architecture.” A

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See-through splashback Rather than obstructing the views, a five-metre window doubles as a splashback in the kitchen. Stools from Hunt Furniture sit at the counter, which features Menu salt and pepper grinders, plates bought in Japan and a clam bowl from Matt Blatt. California dreaming Another corner of the open-plan living area has a decidedly retro air, with an Iluka sideboard from Jardan and Swiss Miss photo of Palm Springs by James Geer.

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BLACK ACCENTS ADD INSTANT IMPACT, BUT DON’T OVERDO IT It’s true that black can create a dramatic statement, but too much can be overpowering. With this in mind, all of the home’s aluminium window frames were painted black to frame the views and add sophistication. Taking her cue from the windows, Lauren then powdercoated every handle in the kitchen and bathrooms black “to make them pop. It was the most satisfying thing we did,” she says. “It was a small investment that really made a difference. Not everything has to be big budget.”

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THINK BIG, BUT TAKE YOUR TIME CHOOSING THE PERFECT PIECES Lauren realised her existing, compact furniture wouldn’t work here, so she started afresh. The “sprawling” spaces challenged her, but she found the solution was to play with scale. “We chose the biggest sizes of everything – they make the space feel cosy,” she says. But she took her time with her purchases. “Be OK with the fact that some spots might look bare for a while,” she says. “Fill the home with pieces that have meaning instead of buying things simply to fill a room.”


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DON’T LEAVE YOUR BEDROOM IN SNOOZE MODE Too often the bedroom is an afterthought – many homeowners run out of steam by this point. But not Lauren, who realised it had to continue many of the themes running throughout the house, such as the use of colour, pattern and texture. Lauren asked weaver Maryanne Moodie to create a chunky, textural wall hanging that echoed the colours of the living room rug and sofa. The linen, not surprisingly, is from her own company – no white sheets here. Everything is a continuation of what’s elsewhere in her home.

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RETHINK YOUR DECOR TO SUIT YOUR SETTING A long way from her previous hometown of Melbourne, Lauren did away with the city-smart decor that she’d used there and adopted a fresher approach more fitting for the lush Queensland landscape. The surrounding gums, grevilleas and palms inspired the colour and textural palette that runs throughout Lauren’s home. She also reconfigured the deck area, with a customised dining table and outdoor lighting, so she and Andrew can entertain outside, day and night, in all weathers. A

Sleep sanctuary “I never get tired of styling beds,” Lauren admits, so it’s only natural that her own bed is a colourful masterpiece featuring I Love Linen bedlinen. Favourite finds The custommade outdoor dining table displays some of Lauren’s treasured pieces, including a tile bought at a Sicilian flea market, carafe by Normann Copenhagen and a vase made by a friend.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT… BUT NOT TOO MUCH Lauren loves light, and a sizeable slice of her budget went on lighting – but not just any lighting. In the living areas, her sparky suggested she reduce the downlights by nearly half, to avoid the airport-runway effect and because they were glary. In their place, she included pendants and table and floor lamps “for a soft mood”. He also suggested a powerboard recessed into the living room floor for extra powerpoints and to avoid the spaghetti jumble of extension cords – Lauren runs a floor lamp off this. “Push your tradies for design ideas,” she urges. @reallivingmag

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A COVERED OUTDOOR ROOM WILL GET YEAR-ROUND USE In a savvy move, Lauren upped the appeal of the deck area by turning it into an outdoor room. She extended its area and added a roof with broad eaves, which provides plenty of shade and shelter, regardless of the weather. “It’s a nice place to be on hot, humid days. Plus, you can watch the storms roll in,” Lauren says. There’s a big emphasis on comfort, thanks to the tough jute rug and the versatile inside/outside Butterfly chairs. Casual floor cushions, a fave with Lauren, provide comfy additional seating in this area. R

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Art deck-o In a stylish outside space, Reef black rattan dining chairs by Jakob Berg from Feelgood Designs sit beside a Bentwood chair bought secondhand. The dining table was made by Good Wood Supply Co and woven pendants came from Village Stores.


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Soul mates To say that Pixel changed his owners’ lives when he joined their family would be an understatement. In fact, he was the catalyst behind a career change for his dad, Alex. “We got Pixel because Mel wanted a dog, and now he’s my true love,” Alex tells. “I take him to work with me and we gaze lovingly at each other all day.”

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MEET PIXEL: AN ENERGETIC FOUR-YEAR-OLD ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL WITH SOME SERIOUSLY GOOD TASTE. Pixel likes going for long runs outside, leather armchairs and hand-crafted collars, and when he’s not hanging out in Melbourne’s Abbotsford with his family, he likes to get away to their renovated Victorian farmhouse in Strzelecki, Gippsland, for some time in the country… Who is Pixel’s celebrity spirit human? Definitely George Clooney. He’s devilishly good-looking, but he’s also a bit of a charmer. Does he have any quirks? He just does not like French Bulldogs. When we see other dogs out and about, he gets excited and wants to meet them, but if it’s a French Bulldog, he’s like, “keep walking”. What’s his worst or weirdest habit? He likes to think that he’s a sheepdog. On the farm, he’ll get into the paddock and round up the cattle and sheep. And bizarrely, he’s pretty good at it! A

Love supreme “This breed is incredibly needy,” Alex says of cocker spaniel Pixel. “He’s like a shadow, he just wants to be next to you and needs affection all the time.”

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Rural retreat Pixel played a part in the couple’s decision to buy the farmhouse. “We thought it’d be nice to have somewhere where he could really stretch his legs,” Alex says.

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It takes two “One of the things about starting a business is that it can be quite a lonely experience, because you’re doing everything yourself, alone,” Alex says. “Having Pixel there changes everything – he’s always positive and I can bounce ideas off him.” Animal farm Pixel shares the green valleys with the resident cows – and even tries his hand at rounding them up every now and then.

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How did you go from software engineering to dog collars? I’ve always been a maker. When Pixel came into our lives, I naturally wanted to spoil him, so I’d make new collars and leashes out of materials that I loved. People started asking about them, so I set up a space at the farm and started taking orders. How does he feel about the Animals in Charge range? He loves trying new things and getting dressed up, so he’s made for this role. He loves being the first dog in the world to wear our collars.

Does he have a favourite piece? He loves our fancy Cafe Collars. He recently wore a special piece made by a family in Jaipur, India, from hand block-printed fabrics and he was really strutting around in it. What’s the best part about having Pixel in your life? The companionship. Every morning we get up and go for coffee before work. That’s the first thing we do, and the best part of the day. We pretty much do everything together. To see more of Alex and Mel’s heritage country homestead, see Milkhousegippsland.com.au R

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Even the smallest changes in your home can reduce power bills, conserve water and lower your greenhouse gas emissions

WHETHER YOU’RE RENOVATING or renting, there are plenty of ecofriendly changes you can make to live more sustainably at home. Here’s what they are, who they’re good for and how much they cost. A @reallivingmag

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R A I N WA T E R T A N K S The promise Sydney Water estimates households can cut water usage by 40 per cent – that’s a saving of about $200 a year. “You’ll also have water during drought periods and if you have a garden you can use water more freely,” says Jean Brennan, urban ecology manager at Sydney’s Inner West Council, which offers a water tank rebate to residents. She says a huge benefit is that your tank will help to prevent stormwater from degrading local waterways. What’s involved Brennan suggests you look at how much water you use, how you use it and the space available before deciding on the size of tank. “If you have space for a larger tank, you can plumb it into your house and use the water to flush the toilets or wash clothes,” she says. Cost Small tanks start at $500, in-ground tanks are $2000 and up, and slimline tanks for small spaces are about $1000. Installation could be $300 to $1000. Best for Eco-conscious homeowners – especially those renovating or building a new home.

“The cheapest rainwater tanks are round and usually plastic or steel, but are often not suitable for inner-city houses because they’re too big. A slim-line tank that goes up against a wall can be used instead, but they are generally more expensive.” – JEAN BRENNAN, SYDNEY’S INNER WEST COUNCIL

C E I L I N G & WA L L I N S U L A T I O N The promise “Insulation is one of the best energysaving measures you can take, and generally pays back its investment quickly,” says energy analyst at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Andrew Reddaway. A 2016 study by Sustainability Victoria found topping up ceiling and wall insulation reduced annual heating bills by about $322. What’s involved “For ceilings, a popular option is insulation batts, which are easy to add in most homes,” Andrew says. Batts can be installed during construction, but to retrofit, options include making small holes in plasterboard or external cladding to pump in insulation. Check out the ATA’s Insulation Buyer’s Guide at Renew.org.au/buyers-guide. Cost Ceiling insulation costs from $7 to $16 a sq m. Wall insulation batts are about $8 a sq m – roughly $1000 for a typical house. Both can be installed yourself. Pumpin cavity insulation starts from $4400 and may require an electrician to check wiring. Best for All homeowners seeking to lower energy costs.

Small home, small footprint In the market for a new home? Consider converted shipping containers, like this Gippsland home by Modhouse Australia, featuring solar panels and windows to encourage cross-ventilation, giving it an energy rating of 7.8 stars – which means no energy bills!

GREEN WHEELS The auto industry is all afl utter with the next gen in green drives. Here’s how to tell your hybrid from your electric… ELECTRIC What they are: Electric vehicles (EVs) run only on electricity. How they work: Electricity is stored in a battery pack. Some cars have two engines for the front and rear wheels. Charge at home (you’ll need a carport or garage) or a charging station. How they reduce environmental impact: Zero exhaust emissions means no harmful air pollution. The electricity to charge the car may be sourced from greener energy such as solar or wind. Some EVs are made from recycled materials. Cost: Battery costs are dropping, so EVs will become more affordable – Tesla’s $60,000 Model 3 is coming soon. Running costs are about 70 per cent less than conventional vehicles. HYBRID What they are: Hybrid vehicles have a petrol and electric set-up. How they work: There are several types – some run just on electricity, others only run on petrol. Some models use petrol to charge the electric battery, while others can be plugged-in to recharge. How they reduce environmental impact: Hybrids have smaller petrol engines and use less fuel. Studies have shown one of the most famous hybrids, the Toyota Prius emits about 66 per cent less CO2 than similar conventional cars. Cost: The cost is more in line with conventional models, starting at $25,000. A real living

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The promise Switching to energy-efficient appliances can save money in the long run. Appliances use up a third of our power usage, accounting for 45 per cent of a home’s greenhouse gas emissions. What’s involved When buying appliances, check the Energy Rating Labels – the more stars and less energy used, the better. The biggest energy guzzlers are fridges, freezers and TVs so rethink your need for two of each. And turn appliances off at the power point so you’re not wasting energy. Cost Energy-efficient appliances can cost more, but they save on power bills. Estimate running costs and compare models with the Energy Rating Calculator at Energyrating. gov.au or Nationalproductreview.com Best for Anyone who wants to save money on their energy bills, while reducing emissions.

The promise “Once food waste goes to landfill, it goes anaerobic and produces methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than CO2. Our food waste produces over three per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gases – on par with the entire civil aviation industry,” says David Gravina of Compost Revolution. If composted, the 2.3 kilos of food waste an average household generates weekly can save 4.4 kilos of greenhouse gas emissions. What’s involved On-ground compost bins need soil so worms and bugs can come up and eat the food. Tumbling composters can be used without access to soil as they do all the composting in a barrel. Worm farms and bokashi bins are small and self-contained, so can be used indoors too. “As long as people maintain a 50:50 mix of nitrogen (food scraps) and carbon (dry leaves, newspaper), keep the compost moist but not wet, and aerate twice a week,” David says. Cost Compost bins start at $40, bokashi bins from $60 and worm farms from $70. Get 40-80% off at Compostrevolution.com.au. Best for Anyone!

WA T E R - S AV I N G T O I L E T The promise Installing a toilet with lower flush volume will save water and money. Replacing a single flush toilet that uses 12 litres of water each flush with a new four-star toilet with a 3.5-litre flush can save 50 kilolitres of water and $148 each year. What’s involved The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which runs the WELS Water Rating system, advise that you “look for a toilet with three, four or five stars. The more stars, the less water the toilet will use. The five-star toilets have an integrated hand basin so the water you wash your hands with will fill the cistern for the next flush”. Cost A four-star toilet with 3.5-litre flush volume could set you back $149, while installation by a plumber starts at $150. Best for Eco-conscious homeowners with a little spare cash. @reallivingmag

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“Worm farms can get through five to 10 kilos of food scraps a week; bokashi bins can break down vegies, meat, dairy and bread in three weeks; and compost bins can break down a significant volume of kitchen and garden waste into rich compost in one to six months, depending on the season.” – DAVID GRAVINA, COMPOST REVOLUTION

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W H AT T H E H E C K I S PA S SIV E DE SIGN ? Passive design uses the climate to reduce or eliminate the need for artificial heating and cooling in your home, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and saving you substantial money over time. A home with an orientation that catches the sun in winter and cool breezes in summer can keep occupants at a comfortable temperature. Skylights can reduce the need for lighting and also let in cooler air, while shades can block sun when it’s not wanted. Building materials with higher thermal mass, such as concrete, used in conjunction with passive design principles, can regulate a home’s temperature. Most importantly, passive design is based upon a building where the walls, floors, roof and windows are well-sealed and insulated to prevent heat loss. Visit Yourhome.gov.au for more information. A

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LEFT TO RIGHT Go Bamboo Biodegradable clothes pegs, $7.95 for 20, Flora&Fauna. Rattan laundry basket in Small, $195, Weylandts. Electrolux 10kg UltraMix Front Load washing machine, $1344, Harvey Norman. Clothes airer #1, $199, Miss Glass Home. Ecoactive laundry detergent, $21.99 for 1.8L, Omo.

LEFT TO RIGHT Bamboo toothbrushes, $13.90 for 2, Bamkiki. Contemporary Luna Fixed Overhead shower (4 Star WELS rated), $258, Caroma. Economy Amber Glass spray bottle (300ml), $5.50, Oils For Life Australia. Estilo WELS 4 Star toilet, $149, Bunnings. Pomegranate Seed Oil and Pink Clay with Bergamot, Pepper and Sandalwood soaps, $24 each, Sphaera. Philips 8W 806lm Warm White Scene Switch LED globe, $16.95, Bunnings. Pure-Castile liquid soap, $5.95, Dr. Bronner’s.

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The promise “By combining energy efficiency and solar electricity it’s feasible to have negative (or tiny) energy bills,” says Finn Peacock, founder of SolarQuotes. “My house has a family of five and we run a small business from it. Our last electricity bill was a credit of $128.” What’s involved A solar system consists of panels on your roof and a small inverter for each panel to convert the energy to 240V AC. Opting for a battery to store the energy means you don’t need grid electricity when the sun’s not out. For more info, go to Cleanenergycouncil.org.au/consumers. Cost A 3kW system will cost about $4500 to $7500 and may receive a discount of around $2000 under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. Best for Anyone who owns an unshaded roof and wants to be free of power bills.

The promise Changing to a four-star showerhead that flows at six litres per minute can save 105 kilolitres of water and $315 per year in bills. You’ll save energy too, as less water is heated! What’s involved Check the Water Rating label for four stars and water usage between 4.5 to 7.5 litres per minute. According to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which runs the site Waterrating.gov.au, “a four-star shower will use less water, and must meet special requirements to make sure the spray comes out with an adequate force and coverage,” Cost From about $99. Best for Making a money-saving switch.

“For 85 per cent of the people I talk to, the motivation for getting solar power is fi nancial – the eco benefits are a bonus. Benefits to the environment include reduced CO2 and particulate emissions because of your home. Your home can become part of the solution, not part of the problem.” – FINN PEACOCK, SOLARQUOTES @reallivingmag

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E N E R G Y- S AV I N G L I G H T B U L B S The promise Lighting is roughly eight to 15 per cent of a typical household electricity bill – but you can halve this by switching to LED light bulbs! Plus, you’ll be lowering your home’s greenhouse gas emissions. What’s involved Get the free Light Bulb Saver app (Energyrating.gov.au/apps) to help you find the right bulbs. Not all LEDs are the same in terms of performance, energy efficiency or longevity, so it’s worth following this guidance. Cost LED bulbs are more expensive upfront but cost less to run over their 15,000 to 50,000 hour lifetime. Best for Everyone! R

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LEFT TO RIGHT Solar Garden power cell kit, $269, and LEDlux Eos II 70mm 1 Light DIY Warm White decklight, $29.95, Beacon Lighting. Garantia 300L Taupe 2 in 1 Classic water tank, $598, Bunnings. The Toucan Shop hammock, $200, Eco Chic. Joraform “Little Pig” Rotational composter (125L), $495, Vitality Life. @reallivingmag

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Wonder walls Greenery on the exterior of your home can help to absorb the sun and regulate temperature. While it’s widely believed to cause damage to walls, some studies show that ivy can keep water damage at bay as well as absorbing harmful pollutants. Use a trellis if you’re worried about your walls.


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DO A BUDGET Highlight your expenses, negotiate with your providers and monitor your cash flow. If doing a budget is too painful, ask your bank for a list of your direct debits or periodical payments. Chances are a handful of regular bills are eating up your pay. Home loans can bring about the greatest savings. The difference between the cheapest variable home loan interest rate and the dearest is a massive 2.34%. On a $500,000 mortgage over 25 years that equates to over $721 extra in monthly repayments. Check your current rate and ask your lender for a better deal – or see if taking your business elsewhere will deliver savings.

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We spend an average of $77 a month on mobile plans – more than double the average spent on prepaid plans, so it may pay to hang onto your old phone and switch to a prepaid plan. Most phone plans now include unlimited talk and text – it’s the data that you need to keep an eye on. If you’re having trouble managing your bill it’s worth checking to see if your provider offers a usage app that you can download to see your real-time usage.

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What window treatments do you recommend to help me regulate temperatures in my house? A: A lot of products will help you to maintain the temperature in your house, so do your research and speak to experts about what is available. But first decide if you’d prefer a curtain or blind, and then speak to installers about what they would recommend. If you choose curtains, a thick material may seem a good option, but this will also affect how well it hangs, so a medium-density fabric with a good lining is a better way to go. There is a lot of innovation in blinds, especially, that will help to regulate your home’s temperatures. For example, blinds such as Luxaflex Duette Shades come in a variety of fabrics designed to control your solar heat with a honeycomb-like structure, helping to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Q:

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What fashionable flooring choices will be warm in winter and cool in summer? A: You need to take the material’s thermal mass into account. Products such as flooring tiles and the concrete slab are high in thermal mass, so, although they look great, they hold onto heat or cold for longer, which means they need to be in the right places (away from direct sun in summer, or in direct sun in winter). And they could need in-floor heating in the cooler months. Timber, on the other hand, has Q:

low thermal mass, so, to keep things simple, this is what we recommend. It’s breathable, natural and will be more consistent throughout the seasons. SOLAR PERPLEXUS Q: My living room has huge windows and a lot of sunlight, which bleaches my upholstered furniture. What can I do to prevent this? Are there fabrics that are resistant to fading? A: You bet – an array of outdoor and tough commercial-grade fabrics can be used to upholster interior furniture. Check the specifications on the back of the samples, or, even better, ask the fabric supplier which ones are faderesistant to ensure you find the right product. The good news is there is a lot of stylish fade-resistant fabric on offer. BLIND AMBITION

Without doing a full-scale reno, I can’t change my home’s orientation – are there any other passive climate control tricks to help with heating and cooling? A: Identify where the heat or cold is coming from. Then make sure it stays outside with the help of curtains or block-out blinds, which you can set on timers to close when you need them to, keeping your home’s temperatures constant. Planting trees will also regulate the sunlight coming into your home – deciduous trees which lose their leaves in autumn will allow sunlight into your home in winter, while their leaves will offer shade in summer. Other options include adding double glazing, extra insulation or external awnings. Q:

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I love the romance and elegance of sheer curtains, but they’re not good at regulating light and temperature – what can I do to remedy this? A: There’s no need to shun your beloved sheers. You can have the best of both worlds by installing another layer behind them, either a heavy-duty, block-out curtain on a second curtain track, or a discreet blind. Then you can operate them totally independently of each other, giving you full control of the light and temperature entering your room, no matter what the time of day. R Q:

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maintenance is important for giving your plants the best chance to thrive. Keep leaves clean and free from dust by wiping over leaves with a damp cloth. White oil (also known as Neem oil) is good to have on hand for spraying and glossing up leaves, and it can help keep plants free from pests that might attack their leaves.

WHETHER YOU’VE BEEN a diligent plant parent or you’ve gotten a little lax tending to your greenery, things can and will go wrong. When dealing with the natural world some things are beyond our control and it’s important to learn from mistakes. Each experience adds to your plant knowledge and will help you tackle any future issues. Observation is key; not just checking in with your plants, but looking at how they respond to water and light, as well as noticing any changes in growth. A

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Older plant leaves may yellow and drop off as part of the natural ageing process and this is completely normal. However, if lots of leaves are turning yellow, including new growth, it’s possible your plant is getting too much light. Try moving it to a spot with indirect light and see if it improves. LEAVES DROPPING

This can be tricky to decipher as it can be caused by over- and under-watering. Regularly sticking your finger in the top layers of soil will tell you how quickly it’s drying out. As a very general rule, when the top 5cm (2 inches) of soil is dry you’re good to water again. Preferably, you should water just before your plant starts to show signs of dehydration. Trial and error is the best way to get your watering right, so persevere until those leaves stop falling. LEAVES CURLING

This can occur when a plant is subjected to long periods of drought or low humidity. Try and water as regularly as possible and provide extra moisture by misting the leaves. BROWN LEAF EDGES

Dry air or underwatering are the major causes here. Another culprit is over-fertilising, where leaf burn can present as browning tips. Always follow packet instructions and err on the side of caution when using fertiliser. It’s much better to over-dilute than the other way around! W I LT I N G O R B U R N T L E AV E S

This is a pretty clear sign that your plant is getting too hot, and potentially burned by harsh sun. Tropical foliage, in particular, is easily burnt by direct sun and needs to be positioned away from windows where the glass magnifies the sunlight. Afternoon sun is particularly strong and damaging to many indoor plants. ROOT ROT

Plants with root rot aren’t able to properly absorb moisture and nourishment from the soil, and will present as suffering from dehydration even though the soil is completely saturated. With this problem, prevention is definitely better than cure, and adequate drainage and a regular watering schedule are the best ways to avoid root rot. If the plant is salvageable, remove it from the soil and give the roots a good rinse. With a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs, remove the affected roots. You may also need to remove up to half of the foliage. Dipping the roots in a fungicide solution will kill off any fungus present. Make sure you wash the affected pot well with disinfectant or diluted bleach to avoid spreading the fungus to the freshly potted plant. A


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“If you’ve got some shelves calling out for a little green attention, you might choose a trailing plant that cascades down towards the ground. Or perhaps you have a neglected corner that’s perfect for a larger statement plant.”

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“Removing sick or dead leaves, stems or flowers as soon as you see them can prevent disease spreading to healthy parts of the plant, and allows the plant to focus on producing new healthy growth.”

Take a leaf out of this book This is an edited extract from Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan (Smith Street Books), $49.99, Simon & Schuster. @reallivingmag

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This is a pretty clear indicator that your plant is not getting enough natural light. Reposition it in a spot with brighter light or a longer period of light exposure. LOPSIDED GROWTH

More obvious in some plant species than others, this is more of an aesthetic issue rather than one that can cause your plant any major damage. The fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus Lyrata), in particular, can get very lopsided unless regularly rotated so that all sides of the plant get exposure to the brightest part of a room. Try and rotate your plants little by little each time you water them. R

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the beauty chef breakfast CARLA OATES SERVES UP FOOD FOR RADIANT SKIN AND WELLBEING

BREAKFAST IS OUR culinary introduction to the day and should delight, satisfy, sustain and nourish us for the morning. I always try to incorporate protein into my breakfast (and meals generally), as it helps keep me satiated until lunch. It also helps keep blood sugar levels balanced, which is one of the best ways to maintain metabolic efficiency (our body’s ability to burn fat) as well as protect collagen, the protein that keeps our skin lovely, firm and bouncy. Begin with a shot of apple cider vinegar in water just after waking – it will help to fire up your digestive system and increase acids in the gut, which aid digestion of your breakfast. I try to mix up my breakfasts, alternating between sweet and savoury, although I love savoury the best – I even enjoy a leftover soup or stew for breakfast.


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Get glowing breakfast smoothie bowl This health-giving bowl is fibre-rich, vitamin-rich, antioxidant-rich, lipid-rich and full of skin-protective and glow-giving minerals selenium, copper and zinc, plus it has the added boost of Glow Inner Beauty powder with prebiotics and probiotics to keep your gut happy and skin radiant. Serves 2 Prep time 10 mins 125g frozen blueberries 100g frozen unsweetened açai pulp, coarsely chopped 1 very ripe frozen banana, coarsely chopped ½ cup (125g) coconut kefir or natural yoghurt 2 tsp The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder (optional) ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp chia seeds 2 tsp cacao nibs*

TOPPING 1 small ripe banana, peeled and sliced 6–10 fresh blueberries 2 tbsp granola (see recipe page 155) 1 tbsp finely chopped pistachios 1 tbsp goji berries 1 tsp bee pollen* (not suitable for those with bee allergies) 1 tsp hemp seeds (optional)

1 To make the smoothie, blend the blueberries, açai, banana, kefir or yoghurt and Glow powder, if using, cinnamon, chia seeds and cacao nibs in a high-speed blender, until smooth and creamy. Pour into two wide serving bowls. 2 Combine toppings and sprinkle on smoothie. 3 Eat immediately.

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Serves 2 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 30 mins PORRIDGE ½ cup (100g) hulled millet*, soaked in water overnight and drained 2 cups (500ml) water 1 cup (250ml) almond milk (or any nut milk), plus extra to serve (optional) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp vanilla bean powder* ALMOND AND SEED TOFFEE 2 tbsp almonds 3 tsp raw honey 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tsp black sesame seeds HONEY-ROASTED FIGS 2 ripe figs 1 tsp raw honey

Sticky black rice with mango, strawberries and coconut cream This lovely dish (pictured left) is made with black rice, the only rice that contains anti-inflammatory anthocyanins, and mango, which is rich in digestive enzymes. Serves 2 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 25 mins ½ cup (100g) black glutinous rice, soaked in cold water overnight 1½ cups (375ml) water cup (160ml) coconut cream Large pinch of Himalayan salt 1½ tbsp maple syrup 1 ripe mango, cut into cubes 6 strawberries, sliced

Drain and rinse the rice. Place the rice and water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Decrease the heat to the lowest possible temperature. Gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes, to finish cooking. 3 Meanwhile, gently simmer the coconut cream and salt together for 2–3 minutes, until thickened slightly. Set aside. 1 2

4 Once the rice is cooked, add the maple syrup and stir to combine. Set aside to cool slightly. 5 Serve sticky rice warm or at room temperature, drizzled with the salted coconut cream and topped with fresh mango and strawberries.

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two small baking trays with baking paper. 2 Place the millet in a medium saucepan, add the water and milk, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to the boil. Decrease the heat and gently simmer over low heat, stirring frequently for 20–25 minutes, until the millet is tender, with a slight bite remaining and most of the liquid has been absorbed, to make a creamy porridge consistency. 3 Meanwhile, to prepare the almond and seed toffee, scatter the almonds on one of the prepared trays. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the honey and bake for 5 minutes. Scatter the pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds over the almonds, drizzle with the remaining honey and bake for a further 5 minutes, or until the almonds and seeds are golden and the honey is caramelised. Set aside to cool, until the honey toffee hardens. Break into shards or coarsely chop. 4 To prepare the honey-roasted figs, tear the figs in half from the stem to the base. Place, torn side up, on the remaining tray and drizzle with honey. Bake for 15 minutes, or until softened and juicy. 5 Serve the porridge hot, topped with warm honey-roasted figs and shards of almond and seed toffee. Serve with additional milk, if desired. A

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The flavours of this dish marry beautifully and horseradish, an anti-inflammatory with disease-fighting compounds, will help clear your sinuses if you have a cold. Serves 2 (4 pancakes) Prep time 20 mins (plus 30 mins chilling) Cooking time 4 mins 200g sliced smoked salmon 1 large avocado, thickly sliced Fermented beetroot and onion, to serve (optional) 1 small handful dill, to serve Black pepper, to serve BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES ½ cup (80g) buckwheat flour 1 tbsp arrowroot ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder ½ cup (125g) natural yoghurt 1 large egg, separated 2 tsp melted ghee, plus extra for greasing

HORSERADISH CREAM ½ cup (125g) natural yoghurt 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp freshly grated horseradish Himalayan salt, to taste To prepare the pancakes, place the buckwheat flour, arrowroot and baking powder in a bowl and mix well to combine. Add the yoghurt and egg yolk, and whisk to make a smooth batter. 2 In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white to soft peaks. Fold through the buckwheat mixture. Add the ghee and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 1

3 To make the horseradish cream, combine yoghurt, lemon juice and horseradish in a bowl. Season with salt. 4 Brush a large frying pan with ghee and place over medium heat. 5 Make four pancakes, using around ¼ cup (60ml) of batter for each one and spreading out slightly to make 1cm-thick discs. Cook for 1–2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. 6 Serve the pancakes warm, topped with smoked salmon, avocado, horseradish cream and fermented beetroot and onion, if desired. Top with dill and ground black pepper.

Autumn spice smoothie bowl with pear, banana and turmeric cream This creamy bowl of deliciousness (pictured, right) is rich in silica from the oats, which helps with skin elasticity. And it’s brimming with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant spices. Serves 2 (makes 1½ cups) Prep time 15 mins (plus soaking overnight) Cooking time 30 mins cup (30g) gluten-free rolled oats, soaked in water overnight 1 frozen banana, coarsely chopped 30g almond butter 1 medjool date, pitted ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp ground turmeric ¼ tsp cinnamon tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ cup (125ml) almond milk POACHED PEARS 2 cups (500ml) water 1½ tbsp raw honey 1½ tbsp apple cider vinegar (unpasteurised) ½ tsp vanilla bean powder* 2 beurre bosc pears, peeled TOPPING 2 tbsp granola (see opposite) 1 tsp bee pollen* (not suitable for those with bee allergies) Marigold petals (optional) Preheat the oven to 180°C. To prepare the poached pears, place water, honey, cider vinegar and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Decrease the temperature to low. Add pears, cover surface with a sheet of baking paper and weigh down with an upturned plate to keep the pears submerged. Poach for 20–25 minutes, until just tender. Turn off the heat and leave pears in poaching liquid to cool. 3 To prepare the smoothie bowls, drain the excess liquid from the oats and place them, together with the remaining ingredients, in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. 4 Pour smoothie mixture into two shallow bowls. Cut a pear half into slices and place over the two smoothies. Top with granola, bee pollen and marigold petals, if using. 1 2

NOTE Poached pears can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. You need only half a pear for this recipe.

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Granola with nuts and spices This fragrant and moreish granola is a fantastic staple and I make it weekly, as it doesn’t last long in our house. It’s delicious by itself with some yoghurt, or can be used as a topping for smoothie bowls (see recipes opposite and on page 151), desserts or in little containers for snacks. Makes 375g (1½ cups) Prep time 10 mins Cooking time 10 mins ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼

cup (35g) coarsely chopped Brazil nuts cup (35g) coarsely chopped macadamias cup (35g) coarsely chopped cashews cup (20g) flaked almonds cup (35g) coarsely chopped walnuts

¼ cup (50g) buckwheat groats* 1½ tbsp pumpkin seeds 1½ tbsp sunflower seeds ½ cup (30g) flaked coconut ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp coconut oil, warmed 1 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 180°C. To prepare the granola, place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Spread out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, clumping together to form clusters. Bake, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. 3 Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. R 1 2

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Eco trip Aro Ha’s eight accommodation units, including Eco Suites with two bedrooms and the Monastic Singles one-bedroom accommodation, harmonise beautifully with the landscape, thanks to their weathered timber cladding.

Snuggle zone What could be better than rugging up in this corner of the communal living area, with its built-in daybeds and pinch-me views? Finding her level Yoga newbie Nikole surprises herself by striking a polished pose with resort co-founder Damian Chaparro in the yoga room. N E E D

Wellness on a plate One of the many highly nutritious plant-based meals served up in the resort’s restaurant.

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How much All-inclusive Wellness Adventure retreats, for six days and five nights start at NZ$5200. How to get there Fly into Queenstown directly from Sydney, Melbourne (around three hours’ flying time) and Brisbane (around 3.5 hours). Aro Ha is a 40-minute drive from Queenstown Airport, the road following the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu. What to do there Hikes for groups of up to 16, all of which are matched to your ability level; sessions on healing bodywork, good nutrition and mindfulness; pampering spa treatments after a day’s outdoor exertion. Good to know All food is plant-based, with the emphasis on good nutrition – you won’t find any meat on the menu. Mobile phones are taboo, too, so be prepared to leave yours behind – you’ll be amazed at how easily this will help you unwind. And, beware, there’s no coffee or alcohol, either. Website Aro-ha.com


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Rooms with a view In all the suites, stunning vistas come standard. So, too, does simple, uncluttered decor, which, says Nikole, makes them feel calming. “I loved the feeling of coming home each day,” she says. Green’s the go The landscapes embraced by the walking trails are ever-varying, ranging from tussock-covered hills to dense natural forest.

In the moo-ed A herd of cows graze in the World Heritage setting, safe in the knowledge they will never end up on Aro Ha’s communal dining table.

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A farmer’s life for me Emma and her husband Tom co-created The Farm in the Byron hinterland to educate people about sustainability and the paddock-to-plate philosophy. Visitors can dine at The Three Blue Ducks restaurant on-site or buy fresh, local ingredients and flowers to take home, or check out their workshops and kids’ activities. Thefarmbyronbay.com.au R

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