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We head Stateside for the insider’s guide to our enduring style crush RENOVATING + DECORATING + ENTERTAINING + OUTDOOR LIVING


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ave you ever travelled and found the destination so inspiring that you began to plan how to re-create that holiday feeling back home? Or perhaps it wasn’t the vibe, but rather a style, a particular look and way of life you were after? It’s a story we hear at Home Beautiful time and time again, and the location is invariably the same – the American East Coast. In fact, two of the homeowners in this issue told us that same tale, about that very spot! For this reason, the Hamptons have always been on my wish list as a travel destination, and last year I was able to realise the dream. The result of that visit is the feature you can read starting from page 119. From the ground, the insight I gained into just why that look has captured so many Australian hearts was invaluable. At once modern and timeless, Hamptons design spans a huge breadth, from cute coastal cottages to sprawling formal estates, but the goal behind almost all of the builds is the same: to create a home with personality, that embraces indoor-outdoor living, and delivers high-end style that won’t instantly date – which is what so many Aussies would love in their own home! It’s no wonder this trend has captured our imagination, and I can’t wait to see how it will evolve and adapt on our shores. Also in this issue, we’re sharing kitchens of all shapes and sizes in our Kitchen Design Guide (from page 155), to help you plan out your dream kitchen – perhaps a Hamptons-inspired one? Another story I really enjoyed reading is from this month’s verdant Outdoor section, as I’m trying to pick a feature tree for a spot on my front lawn. Classic Magnolia ‘Little Gem’, or perhaps a purple-hued Forest Pansy? The latter sounds and looks a little magical!

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ON MY WISH LIST

‘Hanami’ linen cushion in Saffron, $139/50x50cm, Walter G.

‘Byron’ picnic basket in Charcoal, $179, Country Road.

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Therese, the owner of the stunning home (top left) from page 52, found interiors inspiration on a 40th birthday trip to the Hamptons! Turn to page 155 for kitchens of all sizes (left), plus planning, storage and layout ideas.

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‘Kali’ teacup, $9.95, Aura By Tracie Ellis. Stockists, page 190

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Sunlit haven Put your feet up and soak in the shiny last days of summer Bathrooms Simply stunning sinks and taps Renovation wow An amazing transformation Hamptons design file We head Stateside for the insider’s guide to our enduring style crush Outdoor inspiration Gorgeous trees to plant and love forever Kitchen design guide 35 pages of layouts, planning & shopping


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Collection Check out Dulux’s new-season collection In the know What’s hot in design inspiration and in stores Shop it: Top 10 Make a statement with a stylish accent bowl Now showing Divine pieces on the HB wish list this month Designer’s diary Imogene Tunnicliffe, Città Design’s senior designer, shares her favourite retail haunts and the sources of her inspiration Beauty Gorgeous finds to take care of hard-working hands and nails Creative collection Meet the dynamic pair behind Kira & Kira Precinct Visit the hidden gems of Queensland’s Toowoomba Endless summer Conjure up warm, balmy days with sunset tones

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American dreaming Glamour meets family functionality in this home Game, set, match This Sydney abode is fit for a growing family Small packages Compact living that has massive benefits Class act When a dream to build a Hamptons home becomes a reality Sweet surprise Creating a sense of space was the key to this dwelling

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106 Make a splash Sourcing the best sinks and taps for your bathroom 110 Planning ahead A Californian bungalow enjoys a magic makeover 119 The Hamptons Take a tour of the birthplace of the iconic style, a must-visit for design aficionados and dedicated renovators

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130 Tree of life Elevate your outdoor space with the right feature tree 136 The simple life An easy-care garden with myriad zones

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156 Little wonder Good things really do come in small packages 162 Fitting room Utilise nooks and crannies to maximise storage 166 Classic elegance There’s a place for everything in this zone

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172 Shape up How to choose the right layout for your space 178 Larger than life A spacious kitchen with winning practicality 186 Surface stars Choose the right benchtop to suit your space

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143 Life’s a picnic Easy-to-prepare dishes for a chic alfresco lunch

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Ed’s letter Sarah is dreaming of America’s East Coast Staff Who we are and where to find us Connected What’s happening in the world of HB Directory Like what you see? Here’s where to find it Unsung icons: The jaffle maker All hail the sandwich press!


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DEPUTY EDITOR Jane Parbury

CREATIVE & FOOD DIRECTOR Imogene Abady

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SENIOR DESIGNER Carol Baldas PICTURE EDITOR Helen Petrou

SENIOR STYLIST Rachel Peters JUNIOR STYLIST Tilly Roberts

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HOW CAN I ACHIEVE A HAMPTONS LOOK?

Weatherboard cladding is the Hamptons signature. You can get the look with the same charm as timber boards but in a more durable material with Scyon Linea weatherboard cladding. It’s hard-wearing, low maintenance and resistant to damage from termites, rot, moisture and fire. It can also be gun nailed, is easy to cut like timber and seamlessly captures the Hamptons look. WHAT COLOURS HELP TO CREATE A HAMPTONS LOOK?

Neutral shades like white, linen and grey tones are the foundation palette for this look, while blues in a range of tones, from duck egg to navy, offer the ideal contrast. WHERE DO I START WITH A NEW BUILD OR HOME RENOVATION?

Collect examples of your style. They say a picture says a thousand words, so use a visualiser tool to create a design that shows everything you imagine to your builder. DESIGN YOUR OWN LOOK AT SCYON.COM.AU

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Thank you, Home Beautiful, for providing me with inspiration for styling my dad’s house! I wanted to create a space that really worked for him and wasn’t just a representation of my personal style. I was able to completely transform the space with clean lines, warm wood, soft grey tones and indoor plants to flow through to the garden and create an illusion of space. My dad couldn’t be happier! Bianca Stamenkovic, Marion, SA, via email

T REN D IN G : SEC RET S T O AN ORG AN ISED L I F E One of this month’s most clicked articles at homebeautiful.com.au reveals how to have your days running smoothly and your home looking its best self – proof positive that you’re craving easy – but beautiful – ways to clear the clutter.

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PHOTOGRAPHY (MAIN IMAGE) PRUE RUSCOE STYLING STEPHANIE POWELL (INSET) JOHN DOWNS STYLING KYLIE JACKES

PUP ART Blue heeler @donnydelroy poses comfortably in front of a @fragnagna_art piece perfectly matched to his own colour scheme. Share your pet pics with the hashtag #hbpets.


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Dulux’s new-season Kinship collection is awash in red-toned browns, terracotta and warming pinks. “This beautiful autumn palette creates a welcoming and nurturing ambience,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux’s colour and communications manager. “Schemed alongside Natural White or Beige Artefacts, these decadent colours balance in perfect harmony.” Wall in Natural White, panelling in Maiko, $74.90/4L, dulux.com.au.


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WHAT’S HOT OUR ROUND-UP OF THE LATEST DESIGN NEWS, SHOPPING AND DECORATING EDITED BY HOLLY BYRNE & TILLY ROBERTS

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ome fragrance and bodycare brand Ecoya has joined forces with three inspirational florists to create a trio of limitededition scents. They shared their inspiration with HB.

ECOYA X BLUSH AUCKLAND FLORIST AND BLUSH FOUNDER KELLY KARAM Describe your perfect bouquet. Fresh, lush, textural and fragrant. How did that become a scent? It translated into a sultry and very feminine fragrance with a beautiful balance of being tropical and a little fresh and earthy. What was the most important part of this process for you? Keeping the scent balanced in tones of tropical and earthy – I really wanted a beautiful, heady blend of the two.


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ECOYA X MR COOK

TASMANIAN FLORIST AND JARDINE BOTANIC FOUNDER JARDINE HANSEN

SYDNEY FLORIST AND MR COOK FOUNDER SEAN COOK

What was the biggest challenge? Narrowing down the options! There are so many scents I love at different times of the year. It was interesting to work through the different scent profiles and discover how to create depth and balance. What influenced your fragrance? I drew all my inspiration from my surroundings. I am either working with flowers, gardening with flowers or out in nature, bushwalking and observing plants. How did the final product differ from your original bouquet? I initially wanted to create a candle that smelt like a walk in the Australian bush. It was a tricky thing to balance them, though, so we worked together to create a scent profile that felt similar in that it’s quite green and fresh with rich earthy tones and some lighter fresh notes. It felt like the garden version of my bushwalking.

What do you love most about the final combination of scents? It’s really bold and I just love the layering. When you close your eyes and inhale, you go through a series of different moments: the initial hit of pomelo and orange, followed by mint and Vanda orchid, and then the creamy velvety base of tonka bean. It’s an uplifting fragrance while still retaining some delicacy. What was the biggest challenge? The balance of citrus and mint. I didn’t want the fragrance to be decidedly one or the other, so finding the softness between them took a bit of back and forth. Also, finding the perfect Vanda orchid for my packaging! What was the most important part of this process for you? Ensuring I loved the fragrance! It was also important for me to create something that others will love, so I spent time sharing my fragrance with my nearest and dearest to get their honest feedback. The collection is available now, from $42, ecoya.com.

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“I ADORE SCENTED GARDEN ROSES, THE KIND THAT ARE SO VOLUPTUOUS THEY SPILL OUT OF A BOUQUET” ~ JARDINE HANSEN

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SPOTLIGHT ON:

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Bentu ‘Bang’ concrete pendant, $400/each, remodern.com.au.

‘Laura’ limestone planter by Den-Holm, $990, Fenton & Fenton.

TREND: ROCKING OUT STONE HAS BURST OUT OF THE KITCHEN AND BECOME A TRENDING MATERIAL EVERYWHERE IN THE HOME

BOOK CLUB THIS IS HOME BY NATALIE WALTON (HARDIE GRANT, $55) In her new book, HB contributor Natalie Walton explores the interior of 15 homes from across the world, introducing us to the people who devised them and exploring whether there is some universality to what makes us happy in our spaces.

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Nathan + Jac have joined forces with Bloomfield and Webber to launch an inaugural outdoor collection, Savannah. A collection of cushions and beanbags in colours inspired by the desert are now at nathanjac.com.au and in the Nathan + Jac showroom, from $99.

PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP LEFT) SIMON FITZPATRICK STYLING GEORGIE FITZGERALD

Artist-on-the-rise Emma Itzstein will unveil her debut solo show at Federation Square’s No Vacancy Gallery Project Space in Melbourne later this year. The Perth-born creative is pre-releasing three limitededition prints, combining abstract expressionism and playful botanical representation. From $165, emmaitzstein.com.

‘Jewel Halo’ marble-topped buffet, from $8400, zuster.com.au.


We Made THE It Our Own LOOK

BUILDER: Darren Hunt Homes

" We've always loved the clean lines and angles of a modern industrial look, yet we wanted to create something truly unique. Working with our draftsman, we finally got to build our dream home. Owning our own coastal construction company, we use Hardie products for their looks and durability. So on our home, we combined Axon with HardieFlex & Axent Trim to give us a look we can call our own". EXPLORE

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SUPER BOWLS A CHIC ACCENT VESSEL IS THE PERFECT STARTING POINT FOR A PRETTY VIGNETTE COMPILED BY RACHEL PETERS

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1. Coral shaped marble bowl, $95/small, Lumu Interiors. 2. Menu ‘Echasse’ bowl in Smoke, $625, Top 3 By Design. 3. ‘Dora Maar’ bowl, $395, Coco Republic 4. Hammered metal bowl in Gold, $34.95/large, Oz Design. 5. Resin ‘Beetle’ bowl in Tortoiseshell, $280/large, Dinosaur Designs. 6. Kubus bowl in White, from $189, Urban Couture. 7. Skultuna ‘Spike’ bowl, from $229, Design Stuff. 8.Mesh bowl in White, $8, Kmart. 9. Block bowl in Smoke Marble and Brass, $240, Mr Pinchy. 10. ‘FC Adissa’ bowl, $98/22cm, Spence & Lyda. Stockists, page 190

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We Made THE It Our Own LOOK

BUILDER: Darren Hunt Homes

" We've always loved the clean lines and angles of a modern industrial look, yet we wanted to create something truly unique. Working with our draftsman, we finally got to build our dream home. Owning our own coastal construction company, we use Hardie products for their looks and durability. So on our home, we combined Axon with HardieFlex & Axent Trim to give us a look we can call our own". EXPLORE

Darren & Nat's

HOME OR DOWNLOAD A LOOK BOOK AT SCYON.COM.AU

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WISH LIST

THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO OUR SHOPPING CART COMPILED BY TILLY ROBERTS

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1. ‘Outback’ cushion in Eucalypt, $69, Hendrix & Harlow. 2. ‘Tau’ hand-painted planter, $39, Hendrix & Harlow. 3. ‘Banksia’ timber screen, $2400, Bonnie and Neil. 4. ‘Balloton’ tumblers in Smoke, $126/set of 6, Jardan. 5. ‘Bronte’ four-seat sofa in Linen Dark Grey, $2999, Lounge Lovers. 6. ‘Stash’ desk, $699, Blu Dot. 7. ‘Kali’ dinner plates in Mist, $79/set of 4, Aura. 8. French linen kimono robe in Soft Grey, $135, I Love Linen. 9. Marble side table, $29, Kmart. Stockists, page 190

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We Made THE It Our Own LOOK

BUILDER: Darren Hunt Homes

" We've always loved the clean lines and angles of a modern industrial look, yet we wanted to create something truly unique. Working with our draftsman, we finally got to build our dream home. Owning our own coastal construction company, we use Hardie products for their looks and durability. So on our home, we combined Axon with HardieFlex & Axent Trim to give us a look we can call our own". EXPLORE

Darren & Nat's

HOME OR DOWNLOAD A LOOK BOOK AT SCYON.COM.AU

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DESIGNER’S DIARY:

IMOGEN TUNNICLIFFE

THE SENIOR DESIGNER AT CITTÀ DESIGN SHARES HER FAVOURITE PLACES TO FIND UNIQUE PIECES AND HER OWN SOURCES OF ARTISTIC INSPIRATION WORDS CANDICE MORATO STYLING SAM VAN KAN PHOTOGRAPHY YASMINE PARKER

“AS AN ARTISTIC PERSON YOU CAN DRAW INSPIRATION LITERALLY FROM ANYWHERE — I ACTUALLY FIND WHEN I GET MOST INSPIRED IS WHEN I GO FOR A WALK AND MY MIND JUST WANDERS” - Imogen Tunnicliffe

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TUTUKAKA COAST “Every summer we go up to a place in the far north on the Tutukaka Coast — it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s my happy place. I’ve been going there since I was a baby and the beaches are stunning. The pohutukawa trees at Whale Bay are just magical. I think a lot of New Zealanders are inspired by greenery and there’s nothing better than nature to inspire you.” Bookmark: tutukakacoastnz.com.

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“We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously, so there’s always a quirky couple of designs with a bit of humour in each collection. There’s definitely a classic base of product, but our in-house design team is very interested in the world. For the last five or six years we’ve been inspired by cities or countries around the globe, but we put our own spin on it and add our own story.” Visit: 493 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW, plus 14 stores and outlets across New Zealand. Bookmark: cittadesign.com.


marimekko

“I’m constantly inspired by the Finnish design house, especially their fun use of pattern and colour. Their designs have a narrative. I’m particularly inspired by children’s book illustrations and I’ve illustrated a few kids’ books myself, so I’m really drawn to design and art that are figurative and tell stories. I like that about Marimekko.” Visit: 66 King St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9299 0372; and four stores across Australia. Also available through Bolt Of Cloth in New Zealand. Bookmark: marimekko.com and boltofcloth.com.

ASIA GALLERY & VINTAGE FABRIC EMPORIUM “This is a great place in south Auckland. It’s a treasure trove of weavings, old kimonos, tapestries and fabric. You have this visceral response, your eyes widen and you think, ‘Where am I going to start?’ Their things are often vintage or imperfect and there’s always something really tempting.” Visit: 67 Maurice Rd, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9634 7231.

trade aid

“This is a New Zealand not-for-profit that is now doing really well as retail stores, with any number of things made by underprivileged people from around the world. A portion of the sales goes back to them. There are so many beautiful handcrafted things these days. There’s an interest in the handmade and having the evidence of the craftsperson in an item that’s really coming back now, which I’m thrilled about.” Bookmark: tradeaid.org.nz.

gorman

“I love that with Gorman it’s beautiful design and beautiful clothing, but it’s really about using texture and surface pattern in such a sophisticated way. And the colour combinations are spot on. I also love the braveness and the fact that it’s not conforming. In a way, it’s fashion doing the same thing we’re doing here at Città. We try and have an element of what we do that’s not conforming to what everyone does, and just try to be a little bit different to delight you and surprise someone when they walk into a store.” Visit: 248 Chapel St, Prahran, Vic, (03) 9510 1151, and stores in Australian capital cities and Auckland. Bookmark: gormanshop.com.au.


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PALM READING BEAUTIFUL FINDS TO HELP TAKE CARE OF HARD-WORKING HANDS AND NAILS STYLING TILLY ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY CATH MUSCAT

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CREATIVE COLLECTION:

DYNAMIC FORCE GRASON AND SIMONE OF KIRA & KIRA QUIT CAREERS IN BANKING TO PURSUE A MORE CREATIVE PATH, AND HAVEN’T LOOKED BACK STORY & STYLING KYLIE JACKES PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOWNS

THIS PAGE: Opening their store Kira & Kira was a way for Grason and Simone Kira to showcase Grason’s furniture and lighting pieces, and an avenue to support other local creatives such as Tania Blanchard, whose painting ‘Waterfalls’ is pictured. “I wanted the store to have a unique feel and everything I source is something I’d have in my own home,” says Simone. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Timber curves ready to be pieced together to form different styles of mirror; Grason, Simone and their dog Pippy outside the store; every piece of furniture is branded with the Kira & Kira logo; the ‘Stahl’ bed can be made using either timber or rattan.


AT A GLANCE Who: Grason and Simone Kira What they do: Grason designs and makes furniture, and curates homewares with Simone for shopfront Kira & Kira. Where: Gold Coast, Queensland. Why Grason does it: “I love the process of designing and making furniture. It’s a way to express my creativity and control my destiny but, most importantly, it makes me happy.” Visit: kiraandkira.com.au >

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ON A SCORCHING summer’s day, Grason Kira’s workshop on the Gold Coast is sweltering in the heat. With sawdust flying and the roar of his electric tools, it doesn’t seem like the most relaxing place to work, but then, neither was his former office — a frenetic trading floor in London. “My wife Simone and I worked in the investment banking industry,” he says. “It was an intense, pressure-driven environment and, although it was exhilarating at times, I came to realise that working in the banking arena wasn’t for me. I had to do something more hands-on and creative. It was a scary jump, but I’ve never regretted it. I’m much happier surrounded by timber.” Following a move to Australia, the arrival of children West, now 12, and Chilli, 11, coincided

It’s the creative, problem-solving process that Grason relishes most. “On a good day, I can wake up with a concept in my head and be staring at a rough prototype on the workshop floor in the afternoon, which is really satisfying,” he says. Ten minutes up the road, Simone runs their store, Kira & Kira, which showcases Grason’s furniture alongside her selection of eclectic homewares designed by local makers and artists. She styles the ever-changing zones like rooms, with pieces such as ‘The Iconic’ sideboard (top left) displayed alongside striking artworks and pots billowing with lush greenery. “Simone has boundless energy and passion for what she does and who she meets, so she’s completely in her element in the store,” says Grason.

“GRASON IS A PROJECT MAN. ‘DESIGN IT, MAKE IT, FINISH IT’ IS HIS MOTTO” ~Simone with the couple’s decision to follow their passion for furniture design and interiors. Grason’s suits have been swapped for a dust mask and set of ear muffs. He now works alone, with only the hum of machinery keeping him company as he transforms beautiful pieces of oak into mid century-style sideboards, dining tables, lighting and chairs in his Burleigh workshop. He is completely self-taught, and his designs are inspired by the clean lines and simple aesthetic that is synonymous with modern Danish furniture. With the ethos of ‘buy once, buy well’, his pieces are designed to last a lifetime.

The pair have garnered a strong and loyal following since they opened the store three years ago, and increasing demand for the Kira & Kira furniture collection keeps Grason busy in the workshop 12 hours a day, five days a week, working on commissions. “I think the ability for clients to customise our designs to suit their space, and knowing it’s handmade for them personally, has struck a chord,” says Grason. “And it’s nice for me to meet the people for whom I’m making a piece. Knowing that they like my work and they want to have it in their home is the ultimate compliment.”

TOP LEFT: Grason’s favourite piece is ‘The Iconic’ sideboard, which has handcrafted open-weave doors. A print by Kimmy Hogan, hanging above it, echoes the abundant greenery in the store. TOP RIGHT: Grason at work using an Altendorf sliding table saw. BOTTOM LEFT: Customers often comment that ‘The Slightly’ dining table is reminiscent of a Paddle Pop. “The curve of the table top is reflected in the legs that just ‘slightly’ touch the ground, which is where the name came from,” explains Grason.


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WE REVEAL AUSTRALIA’S MUST-VISIT SHOPPING DESTINATIONS AND UNCOVER THEIR HIDDEN GEMS WORDS KYLIE JACKES PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOWNS

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KNOWN AS Queensland’s garden city, Toowoomba is a picturesque place to explore and indulge in a little retail therapy. Great for a weekend getaway, and just 90 minutes from Brisbane, the town has a rural feel with beautiful tree-lined streets and dozens of public parks and gardens to enjoy. It’s dotted with homewares stores and cafes, and a short drive will take you between some of the best spots. Rabbit vase, $60, Harolds Finishing Touches.

1 | Harolds Finishing Touches From gentle music and the delicious aroma of candles to the treasure trove of homewares available, Harolds Finishing Touches is the perfect place to while away time and soak up the ambience while you decide which piece you want to take home. “We are constantly searching for different products, and with new stock arriving daily, it’s a revolving door of goodies,” says owner Aaron Bourne. Every corner of the store is beautifully styled; vignettes feature Bonnie and Neil cushions, luxury Bemboka blankets and throws, and also whimsical pieces sourced from Creatively Active Minds. Must-haves: Bordallo Pinheiro ‘Cabbage’ dinner plates from Portugal, $64 each; cups and saucers, $69/set. Visit: Corner of Bridge & Hume streets, (07) 4638 7838. Open: Tues–Fri, 9.15am–5pm; Sat, 9.15am–2.30pm. Bookmark: www.harolds finishingtouches.com

2 | Bungalow and Basket Cousins Sally Cleary and Jodi Paynter decided to combine their passions for homewares shopping and cafe hopping, and the end result is Bungalow and Basket. With an open-plan kitchen – where Sally bakes homemade treats daily – and a rustic stone fireplace, the store exudes a lovely warmth. Jodi’s keen eye for design is evident, with a discerning collection of homewares, fashion and accessories on offer, including pieces from Rachel Kennedy Designs, as well as children’s bedding company Halcyon Nights and jewellery by Pebble+Fred. Must-haves: Hourglasses from $25; handmade vase by Robert Gordon, $110. Visit: 400 Ruthven St, (07) 4564 9283. Open: Tues–Fri, 8am–4pm; Sat, 9am–1pm. Bookmark: facebook.com/ thebungalowandbasket


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4 4 | Sauce Set in a beautiful, century-old heritage building that was once the town’s granary, Sauce is a magnet for foodies keen to learn new skills and stock up on cooking accoutrements. When owner Sharyn Donaldson opened the doors over six years ago, it was her vision to create a one-stop shop that celebrated food with a cafe, cooking school and vast selection of appliances, kitchenware, tableware, napery and cookbooks. “With our cafe we try to showcase what’s going on in the Darling Downs food scene by partnering with local producers,” says Sharyn. The store also offers cooking classes with visiting chefs. Must-haves: Fox Run wooden scoops from $5.30; Muse 4-cup teapot, $220. Visit: 1 Station Street, (07) 4638 2665. Open: Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm. Bookmark: thesaucekitchen.com.au

5 5 | The Finch A mural by local artist Bronte Naylor adorns The Finch, a cafe loved for great food and coffee. “When we saw the space, we knew we’d found the place to create a quality breakfast and lunch spot where we’d love to eat ourselves,” says Dan Farquhar, who opened the cafe nearly three years ago with partner Edwina. “We restored all the original features, including the brick walls and pressed metal ceilings, which give the place its charm.” Menu favourites include Roasted Goombungee Mushrooms and more-ish House Baked Beans. Must-haves: Slow-roasted cha siu pork tacos with cabbage, coriander and chilli, $16. Visit: 469–473 Ruthven St, (07) 4613 0159. Open: Mon–Fri, 6.30am–3pm; Sat–Sun, 7am–2pm. Bookmark: thefinch.com.au

WHILE YOU’RE THERE There’s plenty more to see in Toowoomba. Just a short walk from Queens Park, the Cobb + Co Museum (cobbandco.qm.qld.gov. au) is a must-see for history buffs. Foodies might like to stock up on local produce, then head to Picnic Point Lookout and Parkland for a panoramic feast. Another option is a wander through Ju Raku En Japanese Garden (tr.qld.gov.au) at the University of Southern Queensland. Or, time your visit for the Carnival of Flowers (tcof. com.au) in September. With open gardens, steam train tours, a floral parade and food and wine fest, it’s worth checking into a B&B and making a weekend of it.

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COLOUR QUEENS MARBLE AND OCHRE MAKE A GORGEOUS COMBINATION

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: The Cane lounger, $799, Worn Store. Round linen cushion in Cinnebar, $175/60cm, Pop & Scott. Vintage Boujaad rug, $2990, Marr+Kett. Marble ‘Tulip’ coffee table, $795, Matt Blatt. On table, from left: Books from The Book Room, Shannon Fricke crystal, $240, and Nikau Emma Gale vase, $180, all Newrybar Merchants. Antique urn, $395, Worn Store. Nikau platter, $79, Newrybar Merchants. Incense, $26, Pampa. OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM LEFT: Wishbone chairs in Natural Oak, $347 each, Bisque Interiors. Nikau ‘Bohemia’ towel, $69, ‘Tulip’ marble dining table, $1945/medium, Matt Blatt. On table from left: Nikau bowl, $99, and platter, $79, both Newrybar Merchants. ‘Chulucanas’ vase, $99.95, HK Living. The Art Park ‘App’ original artwork, $250, Newrybar Merchants. Lantern in Natural, $249/65cm, HK Living. Stockists, page 190


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ABOVE, FROM LEFT: For a similar large gourd basket, try My Paradissi. On sofa, from left: Books from The Book Room at Newrybar Merchants. ‘Outback’ cushion in Western Sand, $69, Hendrix & Harlow. ‘Puma’ llama throw in White, $320, Pampa. Cotton flax embroidered cushion in Mustard, $106, Bisque Interiors. Red macramé cushion, $89.95, HK Living. Monte #1 cushion, $195, and Monte #20 cushion, $185, both Pampa. Raffia cushion, $110, Ha’veli. Cactus silk cushion (filled), $195, Marr+Kett. Cone shaped pendant, $671/large, Bisque Interiors. On floor: Etnico rug, $1390, Pampa. Dish top round stool, $528, Bisque Interiors. On stool: Nikau bowl, $59.95, Newrybar Merchants. ‘Base Element’ print, $69, ‘Devils Ivy’ print, $89, and ‘Eclipse’ print, $79, all Hunting For George. Stockists, page 190


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ABOVE, FROM LEFT: For a similar hand towel, try ‘Teshvikiye’ hand towel, $29, Atolyia. ‘Lombok’ bag, $125, Worn Store. On timber shelves, from top: Cup, $24, and plate, $33/22cm, both Citizen Nomade. For similar wooden egg cups, try Rina Ono ‘Cara’ goblet, $85, Mr Kitly. Mahana bowl, $150, Ahoy Trader. Chulucanas vase, $79.95/small, HK Living. On bench, from left: Nikau cement urn, $69, Newrybar Merchants. For a similar chopping board, try vintage French breadboard, $220, Le Grenier. Nikau platter, $79, Newrybar Merchants. For a similar chopping board, try Hantverk cutting board in Birch, $75, Mr Kitly. Nikau bowl, $59.95, Newrybar Merchants. Wooden egg cup, as before. Cutipol cutlery in White and Gold, $100/set, Citizen Nomade. Nikau tea cups, $39 each, Newrybar Merchants. On white shelves, from top: Shannon Fricke ‘Earth’ bowls, $32 each, Newrybar Merchants. Vintage scales, seek similar Ebay. Mini #21 rug, $340, Pampa. Stockists, page 190

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TEXTURAL TOUCHES PAIR NATURAL FIBRES WITH FRESH WHITE AND POPS OF SOFT COLOUR BELOW, FROM LEFT: ‘Ingoma’ vase, $175, and ‘Insingizi’ vase, $599/small, both Uniqwa. For a similar round jute rug, try ‘Petunia’ from $750, Armadillo & Co. ‘Harris’ woven chair, $995, Coco Republic. Bonnie And Neil ‘Kooka Waratah’ cushion in Rust, $155, Ahoy Trader. Round linen cushion in Ochre, $120/40cm, Pop & Scott. Nikau Jai Vasicek ‘Lani’ print (framed), $1200, Newrybar Merchants. For similar macramé hangers, try The Dharma Door. Stockists, page 190

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FROM LEFT: Nikau cement urn, $69, Newrybar Merchants. Vintage Boujaad rug, $2990, Marr+Kett. For a similar Turkish urn, try Lumu. Custom-made original desk by Israel D Bush from Newrybar Merchants . On desk, from left: The Book Room books, Fate & Fortune notebook, $29, ‘Lemon’ scissors, $79.95, bulldog clip, $6.95, Shannon Fricke ‘Rose Quartz’, $65/large, Nikau Emma Gale vase, $150, and Shannon Fricke feathers, $8 each, all Newrybar Merchants. Vase, stylist’s own. For a similar chair, try Eames ‘Eiffel’ chair, from $1390, Living Edge. For a similar basket, try ‘Fringed Sisal’ basket, $160, Bisque Interiors. For a similar gourd basket, try My Paradissi. Palm husk wall hanging, from $1850/large, Lumu. For a similar pendant light, try Ha’veli Interiors. Stockists, page 190


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THIS PAGE, FROM BELOW LEFT: Tigmi Trading ‘Nongo’ baskets, $145/small and $195/large, Newrybar Merchants. Etnico rug, $1390, Pampa. For a similar chair, try Eames ‘Eiffel’ chair, from $1390, Living Edge. Cotton flax embroidered cushion in Mustard, $106, Bisque Interiors. On mantelpiece, from left: For similar pear candles, try Papaya. Fate & Fortune leather candle holder, $110, Newrybar Merchants. Mini #21 rug (used as artwork), $340, Pampa. OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM LEFT: Manhattan throw, $189.95, Eadie Lifestyle. For similar bedlinen, try Morgan & Finch White Label ‘Milano’ sheet set, $299.95/double, Bed Bath ‘N Table. Aegean cushion in Rust, $155, Ahoy Trader. Knot cushion in Mustard, $169.90, Leo & Bella. ‘Luca’ linen cushion in Burnt Orange, $89.95, Eadie Lifestyle. On side table, from left: Ceramic tray, $29, Ahoy Trader. Justina Blakeney planter, $119, Nikau. Books and guitar, stylist’s own. Custom rug, from $1210, Pampa. Above bed: ‘Devils Ivy’ print, $89/medium, Hunting For George. The Art Park prints, $39 each (unframed), Newrybar Merchants. For similar lights, try open weave rattan pendants, $345 each, Bisque Interiors. Stockists, page 190


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BATHING BLISS ADD BEAUTY WITH ACCENTS OF BLUSH AND BURNT ORANGE FROM LEFT: For a similar towel ladder, try ‘Driftwood ladder’, $264, Temple & Webster. ‘Harle’ woven scarf in Brown, $39.95, Hope & May. Frazada rug, $650, Citizen Nomade. ‘Lunar’ stool, $395, Coco Republic. On stool: Mug, $24, Citizen Nomade. Book, stylist’s own. Peruvian Rattan slides, $29.95, Hope & May. On bath: Fate & Fortune face washers in Mustard, $34.95/set of 3, Newrybar Merchants. On shelf: Ceramic dish, $29, Ahoy Trader. Fate & Fortune brush, $20, and Church Farm ‘Beautiflora’ soap, $9.50, both Newrybar Merchants. For a similar ceramic vase, try ‘Milk bottle’ vase, $34.95/large, Robert Gordon. Pendant, $403, Bisque Interiors. Stockists, page 190

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LIGHT& BRIGHT TOP LEFT, FROM LEFT: ‘Dreamer’ sofa in Ochre, $5940, Pop & Scott. On sofa: Mud cloth cushion, $204, Bisque Interiors. Vintage berber cushion, $169, Marr+Kett. ‘Lynette’ rectangular cushion in Desert Rose, $89.95, Eadie Lifestyle. Velvet square cushion, $125, Pop & Scott. Aztec cushion, $129.95, HK Living. Tigmi Trading ‘Pink Abstract #3’ and ‘Pink Abstract #1’ artworks by Sylvia McEwan, $360 each, and Honore lamp, $415/large, all Newrybar Merchants. ‘The Cane’ lounger, $799, Worn Store. ‘Outback’ cushion in Desert Rose, $69, Hendrix & Harlow. Injiri Rebari ‘58’ cushion, $150, My Paradissi. ‘Lunar’ stool, $395, Coco Republic. On stool: Nikau Emma Gale bowl, $140, Newrybar Merchants. Tealight holder, $80, Bisque Traders. ‘Tulip’ coffee table, $795, Matt Blatt. On table: Books from The Book Room at Newrybar Merchants. Selenite tealight holders, $29 each, Marr+Kett. Copper pot, $575, Bisque Interiors. Wooden spoons, $50 each, Ha’veli. On ground: For a similar cushion, try Pampa. Luna sandals in Tan, $169, Citizen Nomade. Rug, $699, HK Living. TOP RIGHT, FROM LEFT: For a similar console table, try Ha’veli. On console: ‘Frontier’ artwork in Natural Oak frame, $229/medium, and ‘Figure’ artwork in Natural Oak frame, $99/small, both Urban Road. Lip plate, $42, Citizen Nomade. ‘Fez’ candle, $89, Tigmi Trading. Books, stylist’s own. Wishbone, $220, Citizen Nomade. ‘Chulucanas’ vases, $79.95, and $99.95, HK Living. Crystal, $240, Shannon Fricke. ‘High Line’ artwork by Sarah Kelk, $670, Modern Times. Croisette chair, $1490, Bastille & Sons. ‘Kalama’ side table, $579, Uniqwa. Beni M’Guild rug, $2800, Marr+Kett. Stockists, page 190

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STATE OF MIND With its vast proportions and sumptuous interiors, Therese and Derek’s home reflects the best of American style, yet is truly an Australian space for the couple and their family – William, 14, Luke, 12, and fox terrier Ruby (who matches the home’s monochromatic leanings). “I kept saying to the builder, ‘I want it grand and filled with light’,” says Therese (pictured, with Luke) of the statement ceiling in the combined living areas. The cathedral-style roofline – 4.5 metres at its highest point – brings in openness and sunshine. “It was a big decision, but it would be a totally different house if we hadn’t done it,” adds the homeowner. The sloped ceiling had its challenges – namely the kitchen lighting, solved by a trio of Beacon Lighting ‘Vaille 3’ light pendants in rubbed bronze that have adjustable lengths – but the results are ever present. “In summer we open up all the doors and windows and there’s this amazing airflow right through,” says Therese. “It’s such a beautiful house to live in.”


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hen marketing consultant Therese decided to turn her years of addiction to American design into a new family home, she went next level – and straight to the source. “For my 40th birthday, I went for a trip to the Hamptons, and I actually planned it so we were deliberately there on a Saturday so we could go to all the open homes,” she explains. “I literally went to every real estate agent and picked up all their brochures. We were just hopping around all these houses so I could have a look inside!” This wasn’t the first time Therese and her husband, Derek, had been to the US. The pair, along with their sons, William and Luke, are regular visitors to the shores – and designers – that she finds endlessly inspiring. “The first interior designer that I had a crush on was Jonathan Adler,” says Therese, who counts Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York among other favourite design stops. “I’ve kept getting drawn to American architecture more than anything else.” ‘Cape Cod’ wasn’t the phrase that instantly came to mind when Therese and Derek first spotted their original 1930s home, with a poky rear extension, on Sydney’s north shore back in 2004. “It wasn’t charming!” says Therese. But it was on 820 square metres of level land. The couple bought the home and gutted the extension, with a view to doing a full renovation down the track. Fast forward 11 years, and with heads filled with research and New-York-glam-meets-East-Coast style ideas, they engaged architect Stephen Grech + Associates and builder Daniel Clark, who recommended interior designer Melanie Tomlinson to help bring their American dream to life.

“I WAS VERY FIRM ON THE ‘SKELETON’ of the home – THE ARCHITRAVES, THE DOORS, THE WINDOWS” – THERESE

DINING ROOM Black steel doors and windows from Trend Windows & Doors add drama when paired with walls in Dulux Brume (top & above). “I wanted it to have a really classic feel and not to feel too modern,” says Therese. The monochrome look is continued with black ‘Markson’ dining chairs with white piping, sourced from Coco Republic – “I love the formality of the piping,” says Therese – and a kitchen island topped with Carrara marble. The herringbone-patterned ‘Bone Inlaid’ bar cabinet from West Elm (above) has a New York vibe about it and is topped with a vintage green vase, found by Derek’s father, Brian.

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Initially, the couple had planned just to renovate, but when the builders moved in, they soon discovered the floors needed to be ripped up, piers replaced and that excavation was required. The solution? The architect quickly drew up new plans and the home was knocked down for a complete rebuild. “We had in our mind that the cost of building was going to be prohibitive, but the renovation cost was now kind of meeting the new build cost,” says Therese. “And we would have had to sacrifice a whole lot of elements to get what we wanted, so in hindsight, it was the best thing.” The expansive four-bedroom home opens to a vast, yet inviting hallway (complete with beautifully refined mouldings) that leads to a mud room, grand staircase and an elegant interpretation of a ‘Great Room’, a very American concept that encompasses several zones in one large space. In addition to a main bedroom suite downstairs, the upstairs holds the boys’ rooms, a bathroom, guest room and living area. All are decorated with high-end designer pieces mixed with difficult-to-resist bargains. “I’ve got $200 cushions and I’ve got $10 cushions – I just know what I like,” says Therese. With its timeless good looks, it’s obvious this home has been built with longevity in mind. “My goal when I started doing this was that in five years, when you drove past the house, you might not know if it’s old or new,” says Therese. Meanwhile, today, the dedicated decorator and renovator, who admits she would love to do it all again, is still getting used to the place her family now calls home. “I still have that sense of, ‘Oh my God, this is my house’,” she says with a smile. “I can’t believe I get to live here!”


LIVING ROOM “My interior designer, Melanie, showed me two concepts for the lounge area – one was kind of green and pink and blue and the other was based on a grey lounge – I was like ‘Ooooohhhh – that one, I have to go that one’,” says Therese of the winning pink-green combination. “Green is my absolute favourite colour and when she put the dusty pink with it, it was quite beautiful.” A pair of sofas from Domayne, covered in ‘Plush Forest’ Warwick velvet, provide luxe appeal – “They have a bit of a 1930s club lounge feel,” says Therese – while two upholstered chairs in Dusty Blush add the pretty. Underfoot is a rug Therese found at Overstock.com, while white sheers add softness. A ‘Victoria’ floral print cushion from The Vignette Room is a gorgeous addition, as are the blue vessels Therese found in her father-in-law’s shed and white Jonathan Adler pieces picked up in the US.


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When Therese spotted these chairs at Kmart for $39 each, she swung into action – and bought up a palette. But before they made an appearance in her sumptuous study, they were given a quick makeover; she spraypainted the original beech-style metal legs bronze with a paint picked up from Bunnings. Try White Knight Metal Guard Brass Spray Paint, $26.90, bunnings.com.au.

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A black ‘Kilo’ bath (below right) from Gianni & Costa fits into the couple’s preferred colour scheme – “I have a black car, my husband’s got a white car!” says Therese with a laugh. Black ‘Deco Series’ hexagon tiles from Amber Tiles on the floor are a crisp contrast to the white wall tiles.

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“I LOVED SELECTING AND choosing FIXTURES AND PIECES AND PUTTING A vision TOGETHER” – THERESE

Leading from the main bedroom (opposite) through to the ensuite is a fabulous custom his-and-hers walk-in robe from Betta Wardrobes (top right) – black profile, serious mouldings and functional, with separate shoe storage and an earrings drawer. The ensuite (top left) is just as luxe, with striking ‘Zaragoza’ black statement tiles sourced from Tekno Tiles. “This was a little bit of my indulgence,” says Therese. “I’d only seen the pattern of four tiles in the shop and when it was laid it was a thousand times better

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than what I expected.” A door from Bunnings provides privacy and sound proofing. LUKE’S BEDROOM

Therese and Derek’s younger son, Luke, was keen to have a black room, so the couple chose a deep blue-based black paint for the walls – Taubmans Black Forest (left). A bedspread from Adairs and a Kmart throw make for smart matches, while a vintage map sourced by Luke’s grandfather adds character. Try Coco Republic for a similar Union Jack-style cushion.

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A sense of calm and comfort imbues Derek and Therese’s bedroom, thanks to a soothing palette of soft greys and pinks (try West Elm’s ‘Cotton Lustre Velvet’ quilt cover for similar), a fabulous king-sized bed and herringbone carpet from Carpet Court that turned out to be quite the bargain. “I really wanted a pattern that wasn’t going to date the house, and I wanted texture,” explains Therese. “It was a commercial carpet so it wasn’t expensive.”


OUTDOOR AREA “We really wanted a beautiful outdoor area

that was covered and gorgeous,” says Therese (pictured, with William and Ruby) of the terrace, which has a three-piece ‘Excalibur’ setting picked up from Graysonline.com. The expansive garden doubles as a soccer ground for the boys, with a fire pit that is also a big drawcard (opposite). “When kids come over, we’ll put the fire on and they’ll sit around,” says Therese. “It’s a great space for them.”

CONTACTS

Architect Stephen Grech & Associates, (02) 9953 8886, grecharchitects.com.au. Builder Danark Constructions, 1300 326 275, danark.com.au. Interior designer Melanie Tomlinson Design, melanietomlinsondesign.com.

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Who lives here? Therese, a marketing consultant and owner of shopon.social; her husband, Derek, who works in technology; their sons, William, 14, and Luke, 12; and Ruby the fox terrier. How would you describe your style? Therese: “I would say it’s a bit New York, a bit Cape Cod and a splash of Jonathan Adler.” Is Derek as obsessed with US style as you? “We have very similar tastes. You don’t know that when you get married. You don’t ask – ‘What are your design tastes?’ He’s got very strong opinions, but luckily most of our opinions are the same!” What was the biggest lesson that you learnt throughout the build? “Trusting my design taste, but then getting an interior designer in to work with to get exactly what I wanted, and to make the different styles work together.”

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1. Greg Natale ‘Paint’ cushion in Black, available at Domayne. 2. Luke enjoys the backyard. 3. William in the hallway, which features a ‘Turnabouts’ print by Florence Broadhurst. 4. Artwork by Catherine Hiller. 5. Try the Domayne ‘Almada’ fabric sofa for a similar lounge. 6. White bevelled-edge subway tiles in a herringbone pattern from Amber Tiles. 7. Vintage clam from The Vignette Room; ‘Cornell Gold Leaf’ wall sconce from Regency Distribution.

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THEIR SPORTS-MAD SONS LED EMMA AND ROSS TO THIS NORTHERN BEACHES SYDNEY HOME THAT HAS PLENTY OF ROOM TO MOVE AND PLAY

TROPICAL CUSHIONS (OPPOSITE) STEAL THE LIMELIGHT, FLORAL CUSHIONS COCO REPUBLIC, RUG ARMADILLO & CO

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FAMILY FAVOURITE Homeowners

Emma and Ross were looking for a place that would suit their family’s outdoorsy lifestyle. With its swimming pool (opposite) and proximity to the beach, this new build ticked all of their boxes. “Our sons Hamish and Nick use the pool nine months of the year,” says Emma, who picked an apt artwork for the living room (below): David Bromley’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. “I fell in love with it because I have two boys who both sail, and it reminds me of when they were little and used to dress up like that with crowns and swords,” says Emma. The room has a beautiful cosy vibe thanks to the fireplace, Coco Republic sofa, chic coffee table from Manyara Home and lovely Naturally Cane chairs. The artwork above the fireplace is by Nick. >


DINING AREA Emma (pictured) can easily cater for a crowd thanks to a long dining table custom-made by Rust, teamed with vintage bentwood chairs that her parents brought back to Australia after a posting in Malaysia. “They were going to move them to their holiday house but I insisted I have them,” she says. “They’re so beautiful and they have Chinese writing on the back – vintage graffiti!” On the other side of the table is a bench from Rust, perfect for seating groups of kids. Two French wool baskets from The Country Trader have been transformed into pendants and add rustic charm. This area is also where Emma displays many of her copper pots, bought in India by her parents, and ginger jars from Cambodia. “Most of the shells are the ones your children collect at the beach and give to you,” she says. “I’ve kept them all.” Dark floorboards – southern beech with an ebony stain – are lightened by a rug from Armadillo & Co.

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hen your sons are keen cricketers, surfers and mountain bikers, finding a home close to the beach and the bike path, with a cricket pitch of a backyard, is like hitting house-hunting gold. So when Emma and her husband, Ross, inspected this newly built home on Sydney’s northern beaches, they were amazed at how well it suited. “I have two cricket-mad boys, so to have a cricket pitch-shaped lawn was a really big thing for us,” says Emma. The only problem – the house itself was not at all what they were looking for. After renovating twice before, the couple had their hearts set on finding a knock-down to restore or rebuild. “This was not at all on the cards!” recalls Emma. But the home’s family friendly floor plan, location and generous living spaces changed her mind. “I loved the parents’ retreat upstairs, the kids’ bedrooms and the open-plan living area,” she says. “And, as a mother of boys, the large laundry!” It was the size and north-east aspect of the block and the untouched level garden that won Ross over. “He’s a keen gardener,” explains Emma. “He loved that the garden and landscaping around the pool area was a blank slate.” The home was nearly ready to move into, but the previous owners, who had designed and built it, had run out of money, so there were a few jobs left to do. “Most of the rooms didn’t have cabinetry,” says

Emma. “The living room was painted lilac, and they had bamboo blinds in all the windows so you could see in at night from outside. The exterior was painted light blue and there was no front fence.” Emma and Ross made the house their own with fresh white paint, plantation shutters and Shaker-style cabinetry. “I think the day we got the keys we had the people measuring for shutters and the painters in quoting,” says Emma. The pair also repainted the exterior in Resene Triple Dune for a modern update, and thanks to Ross, the home now stars a lush, tropical garden inspired by family holidays to Bali. “Everything you see, he put in himself,” says Emma. “Ross scours eBay and Gumtree for mature plants.” For the interiors, Emma looked to her childhood, which was spent travelling around Asia and India. “I was born in Bangkok and I spent most of my childhood overseas, as my father was a diplomat,” she says. “My decorating style is inspired by plantation, colonial style, British India, that sort of feel.” She has created a relaxed, holiday vibe with cane chairs covered in ikat fabrics, wicker baskets for pendants and a collection of vintage copper pots and ginger jars. Entertaining is now a breeze, thanks to the open-plan kitchen and easy indoor-outdoor access, which comes into its own at gatherings. “It’s a fantastic house for having parties and barbecues,” says Emma. And, of course, regular games of backyard cricket.

KITCHEN With its Caesarstone benchtops in Snow and a Carrara marble mosaic splashback, the glamorous kitchen (top) was already complete when the family moved in. All that was left to do was add a set of bar stools (the couple bought these on eBay) and pendant lights (found at Rust). “I love that it’s open plan,” says Emma. “It’s got a great pantry with heaps of storage, and a big oven, which is excellent for entertaining.” The boys eat breakfast at the island every morning. “The street is full of boys,” adds Emma. “There are often five or six squashed around the bench!” >


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EXTERIOR The couple chose a deep grey – Resene Triple Dune – with white trims in Dulux Vivid White and a yellow door to give the exterior a new look. “I have someone knock on the door literally every week asking about the exterior paint colour,” says Emma (pictured, with Nick and Hamish). The street’s communal tyre swing is also a big neighbourhood hit. “We love living here,” adds Emma. “Our neighbours are fantastic and our boys have found some great friends on the street.” DECK The deck (left) was originally painted black, but in Ross’s garden makeover he redid it using tallowwood. Beyond is a guest cabana, on which hangs a handmade pelican artwork, crafted from recycled materials and found at Beachwood. Sumptuous soft furnishings bring extra comfort to the wicker furniture: a Home Republic cushion in Storm from Adairs, a linen throw from Bed Bath N’ Table, and a cluster of No Chintz cushions. The swing chair – try Byron Bay Hanging Chairs for similar – is warmed with a throw from Bed Bath N’ Table, a No Chintz cushion, and a tassel linen one from Home On Darley. In winter, an outdoor fire (above left) helps give the zone extended year-round use. >

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With its high ceilings, exposed beams, timber panelled walls and use of blue and white, the twostorey house has a classic architectural feel. “These are the sort of timeless details that Ross and I wanted to have in our home,” says Emma. “That said, the house equally reflects British colonial style with its dark wood floors, plantation shutters and covered verandahs.” Walls in Bristol Malamute from Taubmans fit the relaxed aesthetic.

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MAIN BEDROOM The couple added a window seat to make the parents’ area (opposite & right) even cosier. “I often sit here when I need to get away from everyone,” says Emma. “I can read, and I can also keep an eye on what the boys are doing in the tree out the front.” Ross built the cabinetry, topped with a custom-made cushion from Steal The Limelight and throw cushions from Alfresco Emporium. A Town & Country bed is layered with a dark blue bedspread from Bungalow Living Bali, patterned cushions from Alfresco Emporium and a cushion from Early Settler. A painting by friend Miranda Patten matches the theme, while a wicker bedside table and pineapple table lamp, both from Alfresco Emporium, add a plantation feel. BATHROOM The bright family bathroom (below), with

its travertine floor tiles and chic white cabinetry, was complete when the family moved in. Emma has added touches of greenery with an array of indoor plants.

NICK’S BEDROOM Both boys love to sail and Nick’s bedroom (below right) features a nautical theme. The boats above the bed hold a very special meaning – they belonged to Emma and her brother when they were children – while the yellow life buoy was found in a council clean-up. Red, white and blue linen, thanks to an ‘Anchor’ cushion from Alfresco Emporium and an ikat doona from Pottery Barn Kids, adds to the shipshape feel. Emma updated a bedside table from Pottery Barn Kids with a knob she picked up at Alfresco Emporium. >


LAUNDRY The laundry is well equipped, with a long benchtop for sorting and folding, and stylish cabinetry, including two massive pull-out drawers for dirty clothes. “When we bought the house, it had just the benchtop and a small cupboard,” says Emma. “The hamper drawers are possibly my favourite addition to the house.” Chic Mother Of Pearl & Sons knobs add a sophisticated look to the practical space.

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CONTACTS

Cabinetry Zanda Hoffmann, 0414 346 097 Stonework Collaroy Stoneworks, 0433 802 721


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Who lives here? Emma, a stay-at-home mum; her husband, Ross, director of his own business; their sons, Nick, 12, and Hamish, 9; and Bailey the koolie puppy. What is your favourite room? Emma: “The living room. I love sitting here, because we don’t have a TV in that area – we have a separate room just for television. I love that the boys can go and watch whatever they want to and Ross and I can sit here and read with the fire on, and have a glass of wine.” And the boys’ favourite? “The TV room! No, it would be the backyard. They just love the backyard. The trampoline, playing cricket, soccer and the pool.” How do you make a house a home? “Lots of artwork, painting it the colours you like, greenery and putting your favourite pieces in.”

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PACKAGES THIS MELBOURNE HOME PROVES THAT SMALLERSCALE LIVING CAN BE BIG ON BENEFITS

STORY SHELLEY TUSTIN STYLING SIMONE ZARB PHOTOGRAPHY DEREK SWALWELL

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HOMES BRIGHT & BREEZY

Minimalist though it may be, there is nothing cold about the home Mark and Simone share with daughters Amelia (left) and Tahlia, courtesy of Simone’s keen eye for interior style. A King Living sofa adds discreet colour to the living room’s layers of grey, which range from the French oak flooring and sand-hued Armadillo & Co ‘Sherpa’ rug, to the serpentine curves of an Anna Pitjara artwork. Design tricks make the home eminently liveable. Double-hung and frameless sash windows offer cooling on all but the hottest days. >


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commissioning Mark and Angela Jamison to design a duplex for the generous block, half of which would become the family home. The couple’s brief had two main requirements: storage and light. “Storage was a huge factor, because we were downsizing,” explains Simone. “Even though we were wanting to live minimally, you can’t help holding onto things to some extent!” The second demand was for plenty of natural light and airflow. “We didn’t want to be living in a dark townhouse,” says Mark. Architect Mark Jamison began the design process by getting up on the roof of the old house and identifying where neighbours overlooked the property or might, in turn, be impacted by the new building. The solution was flipping the standard duplex layout to put the hallway on the exterior glasslined wall of the house, and dedicating the common wall side to service spaces like the garage and powder room. Landscaping aids in maintaining privacy, while bathing the interiors in leafy shadows. Whether it’s the easy way every need is catered for – from a nook for the car keys to a seat to pop on shoes – or the way the home opens up to welcome the crowds that the family loves to invite over for barbecues, this smaller home punches well above its weight. “I don’t feel as though I’m in a townhouse at all,” says Simone.


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couple are frequent entertainers, so having a kitchen (above left) that was functional, and also a social space, was a priority. The Smartstone marble-look island bench has no sink or stovetop, marking it as a conversation space for people to gather, with the messier work done on the back counter. Mark himself took on the engineering challenge of creating a cantilevered island, with room for six seats. “The seats wrap around the island bench, so when we sit there, we’re all looking at each other,” says Mark (pictured, with Tahlia). Simone opted for slender-framed furniture – ‘Transit’ counter stools from Curious Grace, and a Globe West ‘Como’ coffee table (bottom right) – to keep the kitchen finishes as the stars of the room, able to be admired from the living room sofa (bottom left). “You can see through them,” says Mark. “Simone was really particular about being able to see all that stone.” Similarly, an induction cooktop was chosen for its low profile while the splashback is black Corian, buffed just enough to make it appear to recede into the background. “We didn’t want to see a reflection, but we didn’t want it too matte,” says Mark. “We have recessed LEDs that light it up at night and we love it.” >


“RATHER THAN MAKING THE HOUSE BIGGER WE JUST try to MAKE IT more efficient ” ~ ANGELA, ARCHITECT

Black-stained shiplap boards line the hallway and then wrap around to the kitchen (above), concealing the fridge and rendering the door that opens to the butler’s pantry almost invisible. The hallway is also packed with useful functions, including an alcove (left) ideal for useful bits and bobs or artwork. “We’re always thinking about how people are living in these spaces and what’s going to make their living experience more enjoyable,” says architect Angela. OUTDOOR FLOW

The living room flows out to the alfresco area (far left). The couple decided to forgo a bulky outdoor kitchen in favour of a streamlined floating concrete bench and built-in teppanyaki plate.

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Clad in architectural blocks from National Masonry, the three lower-floor blade walls have been created using a clever ‘reverse build’ technique, with slim 90mm blocks on the inside and timber frame and lightweight concrete panels outside. The result is a gorgeous internal feature and an external wall that offers superior insulation against Melbourne’s more extreme weather. Visit nationalmasonry.com.au for more information. >


“IT’S next-level architecture – IT’S THE THINGS YOU DON’T SEE THAT make it special” ~ MARK, HOMEOWNER

GIRLS’ ROOMS Amelia’s room (opposite) and

Tahlia’s room (above) are decorated to suit their personalities, and feature linen from Adairs and artworks from Blacklist. Cage pendants from Beacon Lighting and a rug from Armadillo & Co (seen in Amelia’s room) complete the spaces. Floaty sheers are a pretty textural element, with recessed blinds hidden behind.

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POWDER ROOM The powder room (top right) is designed to wow, with shimmering ‘Cubica’ tiles from Earp Bros. Simple fixtures – including a pendant from Beacon Lighting and wallmounted Omvivo basin from Reece – keep the focus on the show-stopping feature wall. MAIN BEDROOM Twin pendants from Beacon hang either side of a bedhead that Simone designed and had custom-made by an upholsterer (right); try Bed Bath N’ Table to find a range of similar bedlinen. The ensuite (far right), with its stone bath from Reece, is open to the main bedroom and Mark says they wouldn’t change a thing. “We often visit a resort in Bali that has a very similar layout, which we love,” he says. “We have warm white LED lighting under the vanity basin and recessed in the shower niche, which are just bright enough to use at night without having light shining into the bedroom.” >

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SWIMMING POOL

This was a must-have for Mark and Simone, who both had fond memories of swimming in their family pools as kids. As well as being fun and practical on scorching hot days, it also serves as a striking visual feature of the overall design. “We love that this section of the house – the pool and alfresco area – can be easily seen and accessed from the main living spaces,” says Mark. “We often spend summer nights cooking, eating and swimming out here.” The blunt edges of the space, bordered in poured concrete, are softened with lush landscaping by local company Acre. CONTACTS

Architect Jamison Architects, (07) 5632 5365, jamisonarchitects.com.au

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Who lives here? Mark, who works in residential construction; Simone, a primary school teacher; and their daughters, Tahlia, 12, and Amelia, 10. Do you miss having a larger home? Mark: “Not at all. Our architect gave us plenty of natural light and ventilation, and loads of storage. All the spaces feel great.” Any craving for another building project yet? Simone: “Mark loves to build architectural homes and another project is always on his horizon! But we have no plans to move just yet.” What is your favourite part of the home? “The kitchen island bench, as it’s become the hub of the home. We both love to cook and enjoy sharing meals with family and friends.” Where would we find you on a Saturday? Mark: “We get up early and walk around the river. We love cooking breakfast on the teppanyaki.”

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daughter Amelia enjoy the ‘Neo’ modular sofa in Newport Marina, from King Living. 2. Ethnicraft ‘Kubus Naomi’ side table from Globe West. 3. ‘Suede’ dimensional wall tile in Taupe from Earp Bros. 4. The Blanco ‘Subline500IF SteelFrame’ flush-mount sink is a practical addition to the rear kitchen bench. 5. ‘Adelphi’ outdoor dining table and chairs, all found at Freedom.

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LIGHTER DAYS Belinda spent many years fine-tuning the home she has created

for her family. Details are queen, as is a style inspired by the interior designer’s passion for American East Coast style. This is displayed to great effect on the home’s exterior cladding (opposite), where highlight windows around the front door deliver extra light to the interior. In the kitchen, she was always going to have Shaker-profile cabinetry. “That was never a question!” says Belinda (pictured, with Harry the Maltese terrier). The Roman blind in a Kravet fabric (try ‘Riad’) was made by BQ Design and is true to the homeowner’s inviting style. “I love having soft furnishings in spaces with lots of hard surfaces,” she says. >


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he dreams started when Belinda – the creative force behind this divine family home – was 15. She lived in Virginia in the US at the time, and on weekends she and her mother spent their downtime visiting display villages to ogle the palatial East Coast homes. From that point onwards she was stuck in a lucid loop of oversized spaces, Shaker-profile timber, muted colour and crafted architraves. “The scale and level of detail planted a seed that grew and grew in my head all these years,” she says. And so began a planning process spanning a quarter of a century, which eventually brought Belinda here today: standing on solid oak within the real-life proliferation of endless moodboards and sketches. With a shopping list jam-packed with wishes – classic style with contemporary pops of colour, all-day sunshine and generous proportions – Belinda, an interior designer, and her husband, Dan, found a knockdown on 880 square metres in Melbourne’s manicured eastern suburbs. During the next two years, they planned and built a home to share with their daughters, Lucy, 13, and Mia, 10. From the outside, the two-storey light-grey weatherboard is so very Hamptons it could have been lifted from a Nancy Meyers film. Yet, the designer is reluctant to use the H-word – “It’s so overused,” she says – but admits “that’s where my inspiration comes from”. On the glossy black door, a pineapple-shaped doorknocker by Rhode Islandbased designer Michael Healy hints to the lack of cookie-cutter

design within. The doorknocker, by the way, came from Home Depot in the US and was carted home after a family trip to Hawaii. It was not the only thing to return to Australia. “Everyone came home with something in their luggage!” says Belinda. “Mum and Dad had a pendant light and the kids each had a roll of wallpaper.” Inside, graceful 3.3-metre ceilings evoke an awe-inspired response as the foyer sweeps past the front rooms, opens to a combined living and meals area, and then flows out to the garden. There’s a main bedroom downstairs and two more bedrooms upstairs, along with a low-key rumpus room for the girls. Belinda’s professional eye and affinity with this relaxed, classic style means she knows exactly how to strike the sweet spot between lightness and comfort. In communal zones she has used minimal colour but dialled up cosiness with layers of plush furniture, tactile rugs and floaty curtains and cushions. In bedrooms – “our special spaces” – she isn’t afraid to use more colour, especially indigo, pink and turquoise. “Every bedroom is different but complementary,” she explains. After a year of building, another year of planning and decades of pondering details, Belinda is thrilled to finally see her Americaninspired vision finally take form. But how would her 15-year-old self feel? “I think she’d get closure!” says Belinda. “After so many years of designing and sketching this house in my head, I now get to move on to helping other people build their own dreams.”

KITCHEN The magic of Belinda’s kitchen lies in careful planning (above). “I wrote a list of all my kitchen stuff, making sure everything had a place,” she says. Over time, the designer’s vision evolved to include a 2-pac finish in Dulux Natural White and Milton Moon on the island, along with Carrara marble benchtops. The handles are from Restoration Hardware in the US (Dan brought 150 of them back from a work trip to New York to furnish the whole house, stuffing most of his clothes into a suit bag). The Ralph Lauren pendants from Laura Kincade were Belinda’s biggest splurge. “I knew I really wanted them, so we had to tweak our budget around them,” she says. Bevelled subway tiles from Perini and a custom rangehood add interest.

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DINING ROOM Set around the Boyd Blue dining table, comfortable dining chairs from Domo mark the meals area as a place to linger (below). “The comfort factor was important,” says Belinda. “We needed to be able to sit in the chairs for a long time.” The rattan texture was almost as crucial — “There was a lot of white going on,” she adds. Underfoot, stained American oak from Royal Oak Floors is one of her favourite features. “The grey and brown tones work with the scheme of the house and they’re very practical,” she says. In true Hamptons style, meanwhile, the dining area enjoys an azure outlook. “I had never had a pool before,” says Belinda, who specified blue tiles from Perini. “Looking at blue water is really nice.” >

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SITTING ROOM “I wanted something elegant but still cosy,” says Belinda of the sitting room at the front of the home, which is used largely as an adult retreat (above). “When we have people over, the adults usually end up in the front room and kids in the back,” she explains. Grey linen curtains add intimacy, while the ‘Simple Scallop’ pendant light and ‘Bryant’ sconces from Cromwell Furniture deliver soft illumination. A round mirror from Bloomingdales Lighting breaks up the square lines of the mantel. Belinda kept her budget in check by reusing her old sofa and ottoman — reupholstering the sofa in beautiful Warwick ‘Mystere’ fabric. Custom armchairs are dressed up in a peacock print from Trend Fabrics, while the Bayliss rug delivers a measure of silkiness underfoot.

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“IT WAS FOR US TO HAVE AN SPACE WHERE WE COULD KEEP ALL OUR THINGS” ~ BELINDA


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The wide foyer (top left) heralds the home’s generous proportions. A pendant from Regency Distribution (sourced through Gallerie B) and Meizai console create impact. The lamp and mirror were found at Bloomingdales Lighting. “The lamp ties in with the blue bedroom opposite,” says Belinda. SITTING ROOM

A Zuster cabinet (top right) with an inlaid marble top is more contemporary than most pieces

in the home, but Belinda sees it as a future classic. “It’s so well-crafted — an heirloom piece to hand down,” she says. It is backed by one of her favourite budget finds – a Villa Nova grasscloth-look vinyl wallcovering from Marco Fabrics. FAMILY LIVING ROOM

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“I USED COLOURS THAT MAKE ME IN THE MAIN BEDROOM AND IN THE KIDS’ ROOMS” ~BELINDA

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Lucy wanted to have a blue and turquoise bedroom, but Belinda, who designed the plush bedhead (top left) and had it custom made by BQ Design, brought in a pop of pink — thank you, Lumiere Art & Co artwork and cushions — to bring the scheme to life. The valance was custom made to match the bedhead. “It finishes off the look of the bed,” says Belinda. To answer the storage question — and to create a spot for Lucy, Mia and Harry to hang out (top right) — the custom banquette includes drawers and a built-in bookshelf. Belinda has always loved Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s ‘Sultan’s Suzani’ fabric, which she used for the Roman blind. “I often start with a hero print and work from there,” she says. “It’s a good way to build a colour scheme.”

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“The powder room is not a big space so I wanted to have fun with it,” says Belinda, who went all out with Thibaut’s ‘Donegal’ wallpaper (left). The vanity has the same Shaker profile as the kitchen, but Belinda reduced her costs by using vinyl wrap instead of 2-pac and Caesarstone in Frosty Carrina. MAIN BEDROOM

Belinda calls the main bedroom (opposite) a haven for herself and Dan. “It’s cosy but elegant and we’re surrounded by colours we love,” she says. White linen curtains feature a full-blockout backing and the velvet bedhead from Heatherly Design gives the bed a ‘dive right in’ quality. The blue Sheridan quilt has been with the couple for years now (and is a drawcard for Harry).

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Natural in texture with a luxe metallic shimmer, grasscloth is the ultimate style-setting wallcovering. In the sitting room, Belinda opted for a vinyl faux grasscloth, but in the main bedroom she chose the real thing – Schumacher’s ‘Haruki Sisal’ in Cornflower. Handmade from natural threads, grasscloth is a premium finish (which costs in the vicinity of $300-$500/10m roll) and calls for professional application as no two sections are the same. >

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“NATURAL LIGHT WAS A PRIORITY – THE AROUND THE HOUSE” ~ BELINDA

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Sun loungers from Boyd Blue enjoy a view of the azure pool as well as the home’s classic lines, complete with Americanstyle shingles roofing, exterior cladding and architraves. CONTACTS

Interior designer Gallerie B, gallerieb.com. Landscape design VDB Gardens, 0414 885 429, vdbgardens.com.au.


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Who lives here: Belinda, an interior designer at Gallerie B; her husband, Dan, who works in funds management; their daughters, Lucy, 13, and Mia, 10; and Harry the Maltese terrier. Why the new build? Belinda: “I’d been planning this house in my head for many years. We loved Melbourne’s east but couldn’t find anything to my taste. So we bought a knockdown and created something in its place that ticked all the boxes.” Tips for home builders? “The building process — and level of detail required — is crazy. I liken it to pregnancy and childbirth — you forget the pain and you’re left with an amazing reward in the end.” What room are you particularly happy with? “The kitchen is a space we spend a lot of time in, so that’s where we went all out.”

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1. Office nook in Dulux Natural White and Carrara marble. 2. Belinda, Lucy, Mia and Harry in the hallway, which has Royal Oak Floors’ Architect Collection oakengineered boards in Mink Grey. 3. Marble-look porcelain tiles in herringbone format from Perini. 4. Hygge & West ‘Pineapple’ wallpaper in Blue. 5. Old display shelves repaired and painted in Dulux Diplomatic. 6. Christopher Farr ‘Carnival’ wallpaper in Green in the pantry. 7. Dulux Natural White on the exterior’s trim and Milton Moon on the weatherboards.

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SHAVING A BIT OFF THE FOOTPRINT WAS THE SAVVY SOLUTION TO CREATING A SENSE OF SPACE IN THIS LOVINGLY RENOVATED HOME

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mpulse buying is not usually the best way to acquire property, but it worked out surprisingly well for Catherine and Matthew, back in 2010. With baby daughter Clara, now eight, in tow, the couple were looking to move on from their little innerMelbourne terrace, which had been a great first dwelling for a pair of urban professionals, but didn’t quite meet their picture of an ideal family home. Frustration levels were high as they missed out on yet another house, before the real estate gods finally deigned to smile on them. “We hadn’t even looked much around here, to be honest,” says Catherine of their dip into Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. “But this area has a strong heritage and we fell in love with the consistency of all the old Edwardians, and the streets lined with beautiful, established trees.” Soon the young family bought their own Edwardian home on what Catherine now describes as “a bit of a whim”. A pair of period junkies, Catherine and Matthew loved the home’s impeccably preserved facade, but felt less fondness for the interior. “It was really neat and clean, but it had been previously renovated by people with very different tastes to ours,” says Catherine. A refurbishment was always on the cards and the couple dived in, somewhat reluctantly, three years later. “Neither of us have any skills in that area and I wouldn’t say either of us were confident about visualising a  finished home,” explains Catherine. “We went in  feeling quite daunted.” In addition, by then, Clara’s twin brothers James and Patrick, now seven, had arrived on the scene, making the process of trawling around Melbourne tracking down taps seem like a fairly intimidating prospect. To help them navigate the murky renovation waters and achieve the beautiful and functional family home they desired, the couple

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brought in Linda Simons from LSA Architects. “They knew what they wanted, but the existing plan was so disjointed, they didn’t know how to get the result,” remembers Linda. Addressing the lack of flow to the outdoors was high on the agenda, as was reclaiming some garden space for the kids to play in. “This is one of the few renovations where we actually made the rear room smaller,” says Linda. “But when we altered the layout, it was so much more logical and useable that the space appears larger.” The slight reduction in the home’s footprint and the removal of a double garage – an indulgence that wasn’t really supported by the size of the block – had a dramatic impact, creating clear lines of sight inside and out and visually expanding the living room to the fence line. “The reconfiguring of the rear room is something we smile about,” adds Linda. “Sometimes it’s not the obvious solution which is the best.” The remainder of the renovation then fell easily into place. Half of a second bathroom was sacrificed to make a handy butler’s pantry, while a second formal sitting room – a redundant inclusion for these casual entertainers – was converted into a walk-in robe and ensuite. These small changes were all that was needed to transform the house into a functional, modern family home, leaving nothing left to do but furnish the new spaces. Decorating the interiors is a process Catherine has opted to tackle over a period of time. “It’s been a gradual process,” she says. “I’m quite wary of  making mistakes!” But, having now successfully transformed this lovely house, has the reluctant renovator been converted to the joys of the process? “It was stressful at times, and I wouldn’t want to be one of those people who does it every three years,” she says. “But yes, I learnt a lot and I could definitely do it again!”

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EASY LIVING The modern sits easily with the traditional in Matthew and Catherine’s Melbourne home, which has been decorated over time – and with the couple’s three children, Clara, James and Patrick, in mind. Freedom sofas that have survived the baby and toddler years are paired with new pieces such as the ‘Tripod’ coffee table from Dwell in the living room. Even the floor covering – a wool flatweave ‘Subi’ rug from The Rug Collection – was a practical choice. “It’s comfort for my kids, who are often lying on the floor watching TV or doing homework, drawing or doing puzzles at the coffee table,” says Catherine, pictured opposite, with James, left, and Patrick. >


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White is alright, but black powder-coated aluminium proved to be a transformative choice in the modern back room of the home. “We’d seen so much white timber and not a lot of aluminium, so our architect had to convince me on the black,” says Catherine, “but I’m so glad we did it. It frames the garden perfectly.”

HALLWAY “The newer part of the house is Dulux White On White,

but I didn’t feel comfortable doing these old, traditional rooms in a strong white,” says Catherine, who decided on Dulux White Duck for the front section (top left). The timber floorboards were in great shape – if a bit too orange for Catherine and Matthew’s taste. “We stripped them back and used a grey stain to tone down the orange,” says Catherine, who has hung a couple of inexpensive prints found on Etsy and two larger pieces from United Interiors to lift the simple palette. A ‘Stephanie’ face vase from Stone and Grain makes a chic addition on the coffee table (left).

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KITCHEN Initially, Catherine had some trouble visualising the square island this kitchen needed, yet she and Matthew are thrilled with the result (below). “There’s a lot of bench space and you can have multiple people in the kitchen doing things at once,” she says. Masses of cabinetry in Dulux White On White 2-pac provide all the storage the family could wish for. The window splashback (opposite) is now one of the zone’s highlights, as is the butler’s pantry, which is this busy homeowner’s secret weapon: all that is visible from the main kitchen is a set of shelves in a timber-look laminate to echo the real timber veneer in the public spaces. Around the corner hides a second fridge, sink and less-than-chic appliances. “That’s where I have all the plastic lunch boxes, kids’ drink bottles sitting out to dry, the magnets and school notices on the fridge, microwave and those sorts of things,” explains Catherine. >

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KITCHEN The snowy white of the kitchen (opposite) is broken up by shelves (left) in the same timber veneer used in the living room, and the subtle veins of the Calacatta marble benches. “It’s a bit high-maintenance, but I’ve learnt to relax with it,” says Catherine. “It’s such a beautiful material and because I wanted a white kitchen, it needed the warmth of the marble.” The timber veneer is continued in the handy butler’s pantry (top left). DINING AREA With practicality and a budget in mind, the couple

didn’t indulge in too many luxury extras, but the beautiful oak Mark Tuckey table (above) was an investment they were willing to make. “Because it’s such a big space, we decided to get a really big dining table to get the proportions right,” says Catherine, who has paired the piece with upholstered dining chairs from Globe West in a familyfriendly dark grey. A timber buffet from Clickon Furniture keeps the children’s favourite toys accessible yet out of sight. >

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“I HAVE LEARNT A LOT ABOUT

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FORMAL SITTING ROOM One sitting room (above) survived the rejig of the floor plan, and it now provides a spot for anyone seeking solitude, whether it’s to read in peace or to construct a giant Lego masterpiece. A coffee table from Globe West is framed by seating made by a local upholsterer when the family first moved into the house, while an artwork from United Interiors was a more recent addition. “I just needed a really big piece to give the room a lift,” says Catherine. Joinery was also added either side of the fireplace (right), supplying extra storage and ample display space for books and treasured objects. “It’s a very big room, so it can take it!” ENSUITE The biggest change for the parents’ suite involved

converting a small adjoining room into a walk-in robe and ensuite (top right). “After not having an ensuite for a good few years, that was lovely,” says Catherine. Glass mosaic tiles sourced from Signorino above the marble vanity are a point of difference from the look of the main bathroom. A large mirror, running the width of the room, makes the space feel larger.

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MAIN BEDROOM

Period details and original leadlight windows are the key features in this bedroom, neatly dressed with linen from Sheridan and Provincial Home Living, and with an upholstered bedhead completing the look of understated luxury. Carpet was a must for Catherine. “I love carpeted bedrooms,” she says. “I’ve had both and I don’t think I could go back to floorboards in a bedroom.” Godfrey Hirst Waffle wool carpet in Fawn has a similar look to this. >


CLARA’S BEDROOM Walls in Dulux White Duck form a versatile base for Clara’s room, which at this point, is still pretty in pink. “I’m conscious that she’s getting to an age where she might want to move away from pink, but I love pink for girls,” says Catherine. Hiccups bedlinen fits the bill, accessorised by a tassel throw and rug, both from Kip & Co. The original fireplace surround (opposite) has been refreshed with white paint and now forms a picturesque perch for decorative pieces, including an Ikea strawberry print and an elephant painting by Catherine’s sister.


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“I WANTED THE biggest BATH I COULD FIT TO bathe ALL THE KIDS AT ONCE – IT WAS A practical CHOICE TO MAKE THINGS AS easy AS POSSIBLE WITH THE kids AT THAT TIME” ~ CATHERINE

FAMILY BATHROOM Catherine splurged on a marble and 2-pac

vanity, chosen to match the kitchen, but kept the rest of the fittings in the main bathroom simple and practical (above). Twin Caroma basins from Reece complete the vanity, while Catherine scouted Melbourne for just the right bath, a Moda ‘Mia’ freestanding model from ACS Designer Bathrooms. Neutral-toned porcelain tiles from National Tiles capture the fresh and clean look the couple desired, while a pendant light from About Space draws the eye upwards.

LAUNDRY The laundry almost didn’t get touched in the renovation

(left). “It was done in the same apricot tones as the old kitchen, and at the last minute I decided I would regret leaving it unchanged,” says Catherine. Her joiner obliged with a bank of cabinetry in white laminate which, while simple, is a fresh and functional addition. >

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DECK Sliding doors connect the rear living areas with the deck, giving the family the sense of indoor-outdoor flow they craved. Built-in benches make the best use of the narrow space, which is framed in lush shrubbery. “We wanted a low-maintenance but green garden,” says Catherine, with Patrick (left), Clara and James. The bright cushions are from Freedom.

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CONTACTS

Architect Linda Simons, LSA architects, (03) 9533 8633, ls-architects.com.au. Builder Graeme George, Blackburn Constructions, 0418 541 704.


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Who lives here? Catherine, who works part-time in investor relations; Matthew, who works in finance; and their children, Clara, eight, and twins Patrick and James, seven. What do you wish you had known going into the project? Catherine: “Renovating period homes throws up complications, but it’s worth it. You have to expect that something will surprise you during the process. It won’t all go exactly to plan.” Describe your perfect Sunday morning. “Sun streaming through our windows, family time and coffee!” Is there anything still left to do? “Not really – we made sure we did everything significant at once, and we are really happy that we went with that approach.”

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1. An artwork by Clare O’Donoghue

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the living area in winter. 3. Glass mosaic tiles from Signorino. 4. The timber floorboards were stripped back and stained grey. 5. The beautiful front facade of the Edwardian home was retained. 6. A trio of ‘Shy Pitted’ pendants in Black and Copper from About Space lighting. 7. Bedlinen from Sheridan and Provincial Home Living.

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MAKE A SPLASH WITH MYRIAD BEAUTIFUL BASINS AND ON-TREND TAPS AVAILABLE, IT’S EASIER THAN EVER TO MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT IN THE BATHROOM WORDS SHELLEY TUSTIN

THE RIGHT CHOICE of basin and taps can turn a bathroom from functional to fabulous. “A high-end bathroom look is made by highlighting and celebrating the best in materiality, texture and design,” says Daniela Santilli of Reece. “Look to lush textures, unique finishes and a hint of glam for a truly decadent space.” The positive take-out from this is that a big budget is not essential for creating spa-style glamour – it’s more about choosing fixtures that are elegant and eye-catching.

In this Minosa-designed bathroom, a Gessi ‘Goccia’ ceiling-mounted basin spout is an eye-catching feature.


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“If you want more storage, choose an above-counter basin that won’t take up space in the vanity below,” says designer Sally Rhys-Jones.

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Where you place your sinks and taps is just as important as which ones you choose. The number one rule is to communicate with your tradies. “Speak to your cabinetmaker when choosing a sink to make sure it works with the vanity design and size,” says interior designer Sally Rhys-Jones. “If it’s above-counter, you might need to drop the benchtop height. Also, have your builder and plumber cross-check the sink before they rough in the plumbing so the taps are high enough.” Wall-mounted taps are generally best with a countertop basin, as bench-mounted options with the height to clear the sink will be limited. Bear in mind that cleaning around countertop items can be fiddly.

Here, twin Kartell basins take centre stage in this moody yet elegant bathroom. TOP LEFT: A Marc Merckx-designed sink in aged-finish Belgian bluestone and a bronze-finish tap by Vola add drama.

“Have your mixers out of the wall and allow at least 70mm behind the basin for cleaning” ~Carmel Wylie, GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens

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With design, bear in mind your home’s style but don’t feel you need to use identical taps across the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Do keep some consistency through the home, which might mean using all traditional or modern styles, or all rounded or square shapes.

Vintage copper tapware ups the glam factor in this chic space. For similar try Rogerseller’s Icona Classic. LEFT: A sink from Piastrelle and tap by Vola bring a rustic touch.

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WHAT’S ON TREND?

Chrome taps still lead the way, but an emerging look is coloured finishes. “Brass, copper and other ‘living’ finishes are a real trend at the moment and look amazing,” says Sally. “Just keep in mind that they will age and change over time.” Other hot-right-now finishes include brushed steel and nickel, and matt black or gunmetal grey. “We are showing a shift toward muted metallics,” says Daniela Santilli. In sinks, above-counter basins are enjoying a moment, thanks to varied finishes such as concrete and natural stone, and new technology. Ceramic products, such as Roca’s Fineceramic and Laufen’s SaphirKeramik, allow paper-thin designs that exude chic sophistication.

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Looks are important, but since the bathroom is a functional space, you also need to tick off the practicalities. Before hitting the shops, consider your budget, who will use the room (family or guests), the style of the rest of the house, and the size of the space, all of which will govern your choices. “Above-counter basins give a luxe feel and can give a traditional bathroom a contemporary edge,” says Sally Rhys-Jones. However, though you may have your eye on a countertop basin, a small zone might suit an under-counter model, which keeps the look streamlined. Plus, if you want to draw attention to a high-end vanity surface such as marble (right), under-counter basins are best. A wealth of new colours and materials makes it easier than ever to choose something unique and beautiful, but beware of fleeting fancies. “Consider whether you’ll still like them in five years,” says Sally. “Chrome and black are fairly safe, but things like rose gold may not still be on trend in five years.” Taps may be easy enough to replace when you get sick of them, but if you’re shelling out for fancy pieces, will you want to?

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“Uniquely shaped tapware provides instant impact. With the right curves, angles and lines, you can make a luxe statement at any price point” ~ Daniela Santilli, Reece

PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP & BOTTOM) GREG COX/BUREAUX, TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

Here, Flaminia ‘Miniwash’ undermount basins in White with taps from Vola make for a strong style team. RIGHT: The ‘Wire’ column basin by Parisi is a contemporary masterpiece.

TIP Stick with what you love. “Be true to your personality,” says Carmel Wylie of GIA. “I believe if you fall in love with something, it’ll never date in your home.”


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A HERITAGE CALIFORNIAN BUNGALOW HAS BEEN REVITALISED WITH A NOD TO THE PAST AND A VIEW TO THE FUTURE WORDS KYLIE JACKES PHOTOGRAPHY NIKOLE RAMSAY

KITCHEN With the solid timber kitchen still in good condition, Solée and Tim decided to simply upgrade the finishes. The dated cabinetry fronts and green splashback tiles were painted white, with handles powder coated in black. Existing spotted-gum timber benchtops were reconditioned, with the stainless-steel top on the island replaced to match. To maximise functionality, cupboards were added either side of the rangehood to boost storage.


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INSIDE STORY WHO LIVES HERE? Solée, a volunteer charity coordinator; Tim, a lawyer; Pearl, eight; Louis, seven; and also Peggy-Sue, the British blue cat. LOCATION: Newtown, Victoria. ORIGINAL PROPERTY: Circa 1921 Californian bungalow – with references to the Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco periods – which had been adapted with numerous renovations and extensions. TIME FRAME: Almost three years from the initial design through to completion. WHY THIS HOUSE? “We had previously owned a red brick house in Richmond, so we were drawn to this home’s similar bricks, which are quite rare in this area. We also loved the idea of having a massive 1000sqm block with a north-facing yard,” says Solée. WHY THE RENO? “We bought the house in February 2014, and before we’d even moved in, we had engaged Nellie O’Keeffe and Brent Yttrup of Noby Architects to draw up plans for a complete overhaul. It was quite tired, particularly the back end and yard, so the brief was to re-energise the house and restore its original charm.” MUST-HAVES? Lots of glass to draw in natural light and connect the home to the garden, reinstallation of the two original fireplaces, and cosmetic upgrades throughout to complement the home’s heritage. THE WORKS: “We got rid of any add-ons, like the tacked-on sunroom, as well as any references to the 1970s and ’80s in the palette of finishes.” BUDGET-BREAKERS: “Turning back the clock to reinstate the fireplaces cost a bomb, but we knew that it was the right thing to do!” FAVOURITE ASPECT? “I love that our home has become really welcoming and engaging. Whoever walks through the door feels instantly relaxed, and I think it’s because of the timber, plants, artwork and the wonderful connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.” LESSONS LEARNED Be kind to your tradies. “Some days I baked morning tea for everyone, and I think that created a healthy morale and meant there was a lot of love and energy invested in the process. By the end, our beautiful builders really felt like part of the family.” >

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DINING AREA One of Solée’s wish-list inclusions was an industrial-style sliding timber door, which is a great design feature both aesthetically and also functionally. “In knocking the wall out and replacing it with a door which spans the same width, there’s flexibility to have it closed or open,” Solée says. “We mostly leave it open as it allows more light to flow through the house.” An Ailish Bourke artwork has prime position over the restored fireplace.

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LIVING AREA “Part of the brief was to maximise the northern end and

capture the beautiful natural light and views to the garden,” says Solée. The solution was to enhance the size of the windows and add a large glass sliding door to create a seamless connection out to the new deck (above). “I wanted to create more intimate nooks, so we also added a sliding door to partition the area. The kids love it; when the door is shut they really feel it’s their zone,” she says. Furnished with a King Living leather sofa, the room also features eclectic vintage pieces like the coffee table and an old movie set light from Mill Markets, layers of hides and cushions for softness.

KITCHEN A pair of Thonet chairs turn the peninsula bench into a casual breakfast bar. New bulb pendants from Beacon Lighting create a subtle feature, and Solée upgraded the tapware with a pull-out mixer; for similar try the Vivid multi function sink mixer from Phoenix Tapware. She also brought greenery into every space with nooks and shelves adorned with pot plants. “They’re great for air purification and very calming,” she says. >

BUDGET BREAKDOWN DINING AREA: Fireplace: Restoration, $2000; Flooring: Supplied, laid and polished, $3600; Furniture: Bombora custom table, DSW Eames chairs, ; Lighting $895; Paint: Dulux Natural White, $3000; Sliding door: Custom sliding timber door, $3400; Window and carpentry: $10,000. KIDS’ LIVING AREA: Door: Timber sliding door, $3300; Lighting: $900. Paint: $3000; Windows: $2000. KITCHEN: Benchtop: Timber, $2200; Refurbishment of old benchtop, $300; Carpentry and plasterboard: $3600; Extra cabinetry (beside rangehood): $2000; Lighting: Beacon Lighting, $135; Painting: $900. Stockists, page 190

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MAIN BATHROOM With a spacious, functional layout paired with good foundations, only cosmetic changes were necessary in the main bathroom (above). “We were able to keep the bath, and the existing marble benchtop was great, so we just modernised a few finishes to tie it in with the other bathrooms,” says Solée. A lino floor was upgraded with the same honed bluestone used throughout and, for a touch of luxury, underfloor heating was installed. The dated tapware was switched for contemporary black fixtures, and the cabinetry was refreshed with timber veneer vanity fronts, which were paired with powder-coated black handles. ENSUITE Once “absolutely hideous”, the ensuite (left) now has beautiful

honed bluestone flowing from the floor and up the walls. It creates a sophisticated backdrop for a Caroma Cube basin atop the custom floating vanity, topped with Caesarstone in London Grey and paired with Astra Walker Icon aged brass tapware. “I really didn’t want drawers below the vanity, as being quite a small bathroom, I didn’t want anything encroaching on the space,” says Solée. Instead, the storage was concealed behind the vanity mirror. “There was a lot of pressure on the builder to cut the mirror in exactly the right spot for the tap, but he did a fantastic job!” she says.

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BUDGET BREAKDOWN MAIN BATHROOM: Door and drawers: New veneer door and drawer fronts, $500. Tapware and accessories: $1250; Tiles: Honed bluestone and installation, $2400. ENSUITE: Fixtures: Caroma Cube basin and toilet fixtures, $1500; Window, skylight and carpentry, $7400; Lights: LED downlights, $300; Storage: Custom mirrored vanity, $2800; Tapware: Astra Walker Icon aged brass and accessories, $2450; Tiles: Honed bluestone supply and installation, $7800; Vanity: Custom floating with London Grey Caesarstone top, $1500. BACKYARD: Arbour: Steel and timber, $10,250; site painting, $2200; Doors: Custom timber-framed glass doors and louvres, $17,000; Preparation and framing materials: $6750; Sunroom: Demolition, $2800; Timber decking, $13,000. Stockists, page 190

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BEFORE

OUTDOOR AREA The new deck

makes the most of the expansive backyard. A great space where Pearl and Lewis can play, it also lets the family eat outside at a vintage dining table, which has been painted with outdoor paint to help weatherproof it. A ginkgo tree planted in the deck provides beautiful autumn colour.

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JUNE – NOVEMBER 2016: The deck, arbour and all exterior painting is completed. The kitchen cupboards are re-surfaced, and timber benchtops sanded and re-sealed. Interior painting is finished and the team celebrate the end of the renovation’s final stage.

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JUNE - AUGUST 2015: Stage two begins. The bathrooms are stripped out, and rough-in of plumbing and electrical fittings is carried out. The main bathroom floor tiles are completed, new fixtures are installed and painting is finished.

sunroom is demolished, to reveal crumbling brickwork and a poorly installed beam, so a new structural column is installed and the beam is repaired. The sunroom slab is removed to enable preparation for the new deck. New windows, track and doors are installed in the family room.

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is boarded up from the dining room, where work begins. The box bay window is demolished and fireplace restored. The ensuite is stripped out and refinished with new tiles, cabinetry and tapware. Floorboards are installed in the dining room, and floors are polished throughout and resealed.

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APRIL 2016: Construction commences for stage three works. Windows are measured and the sunroom is partially demolished. A temporary wall is built between the kitchen and the living room so the family can continue to use the kitchen facilities. A temporary external wall is installed.

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FEBRUARY – MAY 2014: The project will progress in three stages. The couple meet with the architect to discuss their vision, and Solée seeks a heritage architect’s advice on original detailing. Design of stage one is finalised, with permit granted to demolish the garage and install a new boundary fence.

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Architect: Brent Yttrup (architect) and Nellie O’Keeffe (designer) of Noby Architects, noby.com.au. Builder: David Webb Building Solutions, dwbuilds.com.au. Landscape installation: King’s Landscaping, kingslandscaping.com.au. Joinery: Pavilion Joinery, (03) 5243 3195.


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DESIGN INSPIRATION:

THE HAMPTONS

DREAMING OF EMBRACING TRUE HAMPTONS STYLE? HOME BEAUTIFUL EDITOR SARAH BURMAN TAKES YOU ON A TOUR OF THIS MUST-VISIT DESTINATION FOR DESIGN AFICIONADOS AND DEDICATED RENOVATORS WORDS SARAH BURMAN

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THE AMERICAN EAST COAST is synonymous with sophistication, style and glamorous beachside living, where undulating coastal dunes flow into the lush private estates of screen luminaries such as Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfeld. The region, an easy drive from New York, is home to charming shopping districts, five-star waterfront resorts and design inspiration aplenty. It’s a place where history, landscape and classic architecture beautifully intersect: visually stunning, instantly relaxing and, for lovers of iconic Hamptons style – popularised by films like Grey Gardens and Something’s Gotta Give – a simply inspiring destination. Before you start planning your next renovation, consider pencilling in a trip to the Hamptons – your future home could reap serious benefits. >

East Hampton’s Main Beach tops lists of the best US beaches, and is a beautiful spot to take in the architecture from the sand.

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A trip to the Hamptons begins with a train ride or a drive – by car or via the iconic bus service, Hampton Jitney (hamptonjitney.com) – from New York. Travelling east towards Long Island, the drive from Midtown takes at least two hours, but can vary significantly depending on the time of year – during the high season (American summer) the traffic is infamous. About an hour east of the city, the landscape begins to change, morphing from the bustling metropolis of Midtown into urban Queens and finally into spacious suburbia, where glimpses of weathered cedar shingles, timber-clad facades and the occasional windmill herald your arrival into East Coast American design heaven. Further east still, the coastline grows ever more stunning, the homes grow in scale and the villages in charm: this is the Hamptons.

HAMPTONS HISTORY

The noun ‘The Hamptons’ refers collectively to a string of coastal communities in the state of New York, stretching to the eastern tip of Long Island, including Montauk, Southampton and Sag Harbor. Back during the 1870s, a trainline first opened up the village of Southampton to the city of New York, and today it remains the economic centre of the area. Easy access, beautiful beaches and fresh air made this seaside enclave irresistible to world-weary New Yorkers, with each village retaining the spirit

of its ancestry: Southampton as the original ‘summer colony’; East Hampton with its farming roots; and the laid-back fishing communities of Sag Harbor and Montauk. New money changed the face of East Long Island, with many cottages and small homes giving way to stately residences which, across the generations, have been completely replaced, reborn or reinvented as luxurious estates: this is not a place where history is revered. The influx of wealth was instrumental in the development of the area’s unique architectural style, with the size of the dwellings initially reflective of 19th century high society: the homes had to accommodate not just the owners and their guests, but also live-in servants – think Downton Abbey – but 20th century income taxes and two world wars made short work of that lifestyle.

VIEWING

One of the best ways to take in the design and architecture of the Hamptons – without knocking on SJP’s front door, that is – is to head down to the beach. With miles of golden sands and grass-covered dunes, the coastline is not unlike Australia’s, with one distinct difference. Almost exclusively, the waterfront homes are striking overscale examples of Shingle style and Dutch Colonial architecture (see breakout, page 125). One way to see these incredible abodes is by boat – companies such as Montauk Cruises (cruisemontauk.com) share the history of the area, and deliver a perspective you won’t get any other way. Try to experience it at sunset.

“In Hamptons architecture, there is a broad range of references to draw from: historical Shingle, 1950s modest beach houses, 1970s New York modernist cubes, 1980s mega mansions, and the recent interpretation of Shingle style” ~ Andre Tchelistcheff

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GETTING THERE


STREET TOUR

If your budget doesn’t stretch to a coastal tour, hit the streets. The vibe is relaxed, and as fences are a rarity, a peek through the hedge for design inspo is a cinch! Pictured is a fine example of the local architecture, with external chimneys, white weatherboard and contrasting shutters common. For private architecture street tours, contact Gary Lawrance (garylawrance.com).

SCENE SETTING Left: East Hampton’s pretty main street is a must to visit boutiques such as Ralph Lauren. Above: Expect miles of golden beaches. Right: Taking in the architecture from Main Beach, East Hampton.


While the best time of year to visit the Hamptons as a tourist is the American summer (and high season) – late May to early September – visiting during the off season, when locals traditionally market homes for sale, will give you the chance to take a sneak peek at some Hamptons interiors. Grab a selection of local real estate magazines – you’ll see them everywhere from cafes to fashion boutiques – and start planning your design tour! Leading New York-based architect Andre Tchelistcheff explains that the interior details of properties in this area are driven by lifestyle elements. “Being able to entertain is often a key factor on how a house is planned out,” he says.

Expect to see “Open main floor plans, ample daylight, hardwood floors and whitewashed floors, and natural materials for furnishings, often contrasted with contemporary art.” Traditional style will deliver painted millwork, beadboard ceilings and wainscoting (see below), pared-down classicism and variations of scale for different social activities, from cosy nooks to long dining tables to accommodate family and friends. Interior designer Natalee Bowen of Indah Island points to lighting as being an important element in any Hamptons home, as well as a soothing palette inspired by nature. “Whites, greys, blues – with the art or fabric as contrast,” agrees Andre.

“The beauty of this style is that it’s layered. If you want to go sophisticated, add drama with lighting; or if you want a more masculine space you might go with monochrome and grey over blue and white” ~ Natalee Bowen

IN THE DETAIL

WAINSCOTING Decorative wallcovering: raised, flat, panelled or beaded boarding, typically in square or rectangular profiles.

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CABINETRY Usually in Shaker style, with an 80mm rail compared with the traditional 60mm. Tongueand-groove is also often seen.

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LIGHTING “Chandeliers, glass with wrought iron for a modern take, drum lights in bedrooms,” says Natalee Bowen.

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INTERIOR REFLECTIONS


STYLE RECIPE Top: Simple detailing and a monochrome palette prevail in modern Hamptons homes. Left: Soffit ceilings add detail to this dining zone. Above: Patterned blues and fresh white fabrics make an intimate pairing in a bedroom. Right: Carrara marble and raked ceilings in a classic bathroom.


material mix

Varied finishes rule, with traditional shingles paired with board siding, cladding and stone. Interior designer Natalee Bowen points to a trend for longer-lasting products such as cement-composite cladding by Scyon Walls over expensive cedar boards.

ON THE OUTSIDE Above: A popular look in the Hamptons, weatherboards are usually painted in a seaside palette of blue, white or grey. Right: Distinctive cedar shingles can be used asymmetrically and to highlight unusual or special features, such as rounded contours or turrets. They are frequently simply allowed to weather to grey. (Safety note: in Australia, pools must always be fenced.) Bottom left: Clipped hedges are contrasted with loose plantings and gravel pathways. Bottom right: This classic home is surrounded by lush hydrangeas, a must-have for any Hamptonsinspired garden.


“Spacious living areas opening onto porches and terraces, where life ebbs and flows, to the pool, tennis, barbecue… Outdoor cooking is a must” ~ Andre Tchelistcheff

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EXTERIOR STYLE

The now-iconic architectural style of homes in the Hamptons is reflective of the lifestyle enjoyed by its locals. Gary Lawrance, an architect and author of Houses Of The Hamptons 1880-1930, explains: “When people come to the Hamptons, they crave the sense of being part of what a traditional summer is supposed to be – beaches, lounging, leisure, food and wine, gatherings of family and friends, and yet no-one wants to live in a house that hasn’t kept up with the times.” So while the look feels timeless, it is always subtly evolving, with a few constants: Gary lists white-painted columns, porches, slate, windows with shutters and bluestone in traditional homes. Architect Andre Tchelistcheff concurs, further adding distinctive geometry, gables and privet hedges to that list. “Fire pits have become increasingly popular; teak decks both under covered porches and extending into the gardens; and bluestone pavers around pools and walkways,” he says. “Incorporating a pool house as a feature in the landscape seen from the house is also popular.”

GARDEN GLAMOUR

As important as the house itself is, the landscaping surrounding a Hamptons home is just as definitive. The classic, structured formality extends from the architecture to the hardscaping via paved stone courtyards and pergolas to the planting beyond. You can expect to see “Lots of shrubs, hydrangeas, boxwood, geraniums, white flowers, grasses and many potted plants beautifully arranged around entrances, patios and the pool,” explains Gary Lawrance. Verandahs, large white-framed dormer windows, bi-fold doors and paved entertaining areas that connect with these zones are also an important part of the design. According to Gary, there is a trend towards windows and doors that slide into walls to enhance this easy flow. And, surprisingly, forget fences – it’s all about hedges! Privacy is achieved via sky-high hedges, which are usually maintained by on-staff gardeners. Gravel driveways and paths in on-trend neutral colours and grey are edged with careful topiary and moulded hedging, sometimes freeform, in a beautiful balance of shape and structure.

ARCHITECTURE 101

SHINGLE STYLE Comprising rectangular multistorey abodes with cedarshingled surfaces that grey with age, dormer windows, eaves, gables and steep roofs.

DUTCH COLONIAL Often employing a mix of materials, including timber cladding and stonework. Windows are large, with portholes sometimes a feature.

COTTAGES A take on Shingle Style, the main difference is scale. Most share common elements: large windows, columns, porches and balconies.

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THE VILLAGES

TAKE A TOUR OF SOME OF THE REGION’S MORE PICTURESQUE VILLAGES, EACH WITH ITS OWN PARTICULAR CHARMS. TOP-NOTCH FASHION, BEAUTY AND JEWELLERY STORES ABOUND

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A tourism centre for good reason, Montauk is a great base for any Hamptons experience. Although it has a lighthouse (the fourth oldest working model in the US) and a reputation for fishing, it is best known for its beach resorts and party vibe – and as the setting of the television series Revenge. Shop: Accessories and casual clothes are the order of the day at surfer-owned store Whalebone, which is so hip it even has its own award-winning lifestyle magazine. Find it at 65 Tuthill Rd, shopwhalebone.com. Eat: For no-frills dining at its best, and one of the area’s statement dishes – lobster rolls – check out Duryea Lobsters, duryealobsters.com. Stay: Embodying modern Hamptons style with an oh-so-stylish pared-back palette and abundant hints of brushed brass, Gurney’s Montauk’s (pictured) oceanfront rooms are second only to its beachside cabanas. Standard ocean view rooms, from $382.78*/ night (USD$306), gurneysresorts.com.

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A centuries-old whaling town, Sag Harbor has a low-key, relaxed vibe, signalled by its visitor centre, which is housed in a windmill, and the red brick facades of Main Street (pictured). Shop: At Monc XIII, discover a rigorous edition of products that are functional, beautiful and chosen to age well, and a mix of new and antique furniture of the same philosophy. “A sort of poetic functionalism,

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if you will,” explains owner and founder Natasha Esch. 40 Madison St; monc13.com. Eat: For delicious fine dining with a local, paddock-to-plate philosophy, pop in to Page at 63 Main, page63main.com. Stay: Topping Rose House is an example of modern-meets-timeworn luxury, perfect to access both Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. House King room, from $494.24*/ night (USD$395), topping rosehouse.com

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The original ‘summer colony’, pretty Southampton’s leafy streetscapes are a must-see, with interesting galleries and museums completing the cultural offering. Shop: Take a wander through Mecox, a quite extraordinary 1.2 hectare property, and you’ll uncover a trove of vintage and antique pieces to accent more modern reproduction items, simple geometric shapes and forms, natural materials of wood and stone, and earth tones complemented with bursts of colour. 257 County Rd 39A; mecox.com. Eat: The cuisine of quiet fishing villages near Naples is reimagined at Tutto Il Giorno. 56 Nugent Street; tuttoilgiorno.com. Stay: With its gorgeous rolling lawns and finely manicured gardens, Southampton Inn brings European flair to the Hamptons. Traditional King bedroom, from $200.22*/ night (USD$160), southamptoninn.com.

Sarah Burman travelled to the Hamptons as a guest of Scyon Walls; scyon.com.au.

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OUTDOORS IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR STYLISH OUTDOOR LIVING

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Greenery has the power to evoke a sense of serenity, so where better to create a sanctuary than in a corner of the garden? This month, we share a pretty Perth plot (page 130) filled with spaces to relax, enjoy and entertain, while our focus on trees (page 136) will help you find the perfect feature plant, whatever the size of your outdoor area.

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GARDEN PLANNING:

TREE OF LIFE THE RIGHT FEATURE TREE CAN ELEVATE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE FROM BASIC TO BEAUTIFUL WORDS TAMMY HUYNH

A TREE CAN BE SO MUCH MORE than just a plant. When chosen correctly, it can act as a focal point, drawing you into the landscape and keeping you engaged as you move throughout your garden. “There is not one single element that makes a perfect tree,” says Paula Benneian of POD Gardens. “You need to assess the site to understand what it needs.” Do you want to lift a small space, give your landscape structure, soften hard edges, make shade or create visual impact from indoors? Once you’ve decided, it’s a matter of choosing a tree to suit.


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make a statement A good feature tree has a combination of practical and aesthetic value.

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Typically, one with grand stature, striking architectural shape, seasonal foliage, textural qualities or stunning flowers makes for the perfect candidate. “Something that stands out by itself, yet still makes sense being included in the garden,” says Grahame Rowe of Soil & Spade Garden Design and Consulting. “Take frangipanis. They offer lovely respite from the heat, show off a gorgeous silhouette in winter, and bloom profusely with divinely fragrant flowers in summer.” Sometimes, depending on available space, more is more. “A lone tree isn’t always the solution, and multi-planting the same species provides a much better ‘wow’ factor,” says Paula Benneian.

4 WAYS TO GROWING POWER

1 Prepare your soil prior to planting by adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure.

2 If your soil is made up of heavy clay, add gypsum to help break it up. It may take a couple of weeks for it to break up, so be patient – your tree will appreciate it in the long run.

3 When planting, dig a hole twice as wide as the rootball and to the same depth. “Otherwise it can rot and die,” says Paula.

4 “Water well, and control vigorous grass and weeds around the

root zones of trees while they’re establishing, as they compete for valuable water and nutrients,” says Angie Thomas of Yates. >

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“TAKE CARE OF THE TREE AND ” IT WILL REWARD YOU FOR A – PAULA BENNEIAN, POD GARDENS

too big and you’re forever pruning, but too small and the effect is lost,” says Paula Benneian. Consider the size of your garden, and the ultimate height and spread of the tree before heading to the nursery. If you have a small garden, you can still find fabulous dwarf or compact species which offer impact but won’t encroach on your space. Don’t forget to think about climate and location, too. While fiery reds, oranges and yellows are signature autumnal hues of liquidambars, Japanese maples and crepe myrtles, their blazing colours tend to be less intense in warm climates. Look for other forms of seasonal ‘wow’. “Try ornamental plums, cherries and deciduous magnolias for an early spring display, jacarandas for mid-spring, and crepe myrtles, frangipanis and flowering eucalypts during summer,” suggests Angie Thomas of Yates.

design matters Your tree should stand out, not stick out. For a feature tree in the middle of the garden, consider under-planting. “Try spill-over foliage plants, like lomandra or dianella, to help soften the base of the tree,” suggests Paula. Also, think about the ambience you’re looking to create – an established tree can add an evocative patina of age. “There’s something romantic about a garden that looks like it has been there long before you,” says Grahame Rowe. Don’t let your new feature waste away at night – use spotlights to help emphasise the shape of the trunk, or fairy lights along the branches for a magical feel, and consider the impact from indoors. “A deciduous tree planted near a north-facing window can create a stunning display from inside, but also provide shade in summer and let in the light and warmth during the cooler months,” says Paula. >

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what to choose “One of the most important factors when choosing a tree is the size:


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FIND A TREE TO SUIT YOUR SPACE

SMALL TREES <5 METRES

ACER PALMATUM

MAGNOLIA

MEDIUM TREES 5–10 METRES

IVORY CURL

FOREST PANSY

FRANGIPANI

• Ivory curl, from $99/45cm pot, Logan River Tree Farm • Forest pansy, from $128, Hargraves Nursery • Frangipani varieties, from $30/20cm pot, Frangipani Farm • Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Vulcan’, from $185/40cm pot, Specialty Trees • Betula ‘Moss White’, from $300/50cm pot, Specialty Trees

LARGE TREES >10 METRES

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• Jacaranda, from $160/40cm pot, Specialty Trees • Chinese elm, from $132.95/ 40cm pot, Dawson’s Garden World • Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’, from $128, Hargraves Nursery • Pyrus ‘Chanticleer’, from $132.95/40cm pot, Dawson’s Garden World • Fraxinus ‘Meczek’, from $230/45cm pot, Blerick Tree Farm

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CREPE MYRTLE

• ‘Indian Summer’ crepe myrtle (small variety), from $385/50cm pot, Engel Trees • Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ (Japanese maple), from $200/ 40cm pot, Specialty Trees • Magnolia ‘Teddy Bear’, from $269/40cm pot, Online Plants • Mop top robinia, from $99, Hello Hello Plants & Garden Supplies • Corymbia ‘Summer Red’, from $168/30cm pot, Hargraves Nursery


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A pool and outdoor dining area were on homeowners Paul and Adele’s wish list when they asked Martine Holland from Tim Davies Landscaping to design their new garden. Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ in a raised bed by the pool is maturing beautifully, while a steel planter box bordering the deck creates visual interest. “The lines of the garden are very pleasing to the eye,” says Paul. “From the interiors you can view through the garden to the pool and all the surrounding structures.”


WHEN EMPTY-NESTERS Paul and Adele decided that it was time to downsize, they chose to buy vacant land in a new Perth housing development because it provided them with a blank canvas to work with. “Our block was a flat sandbox, full of weeds, when we first saw it,” recalls Paul. “However, it was north-facing, overlooking a beautiful treed area, and it was one of the two widest blocks in the subdivision.” This extra width made all the difference when fitting in the couple’s wish list, which included a pool, alfresco dining, a covered living zone and outdoor kitchen, lawn and plenty of plantings. “Our previous house was a lovely family home but with a larger and less structured garden, so this time we wanted something completely different,” says Paul. The outdoors also needed to reflect their new home’s clean, modern style, with elements of stone and wood. The couple spoke with several designers prior to meeting with Martine Holland, senior landscape architect at Tim Davies Landscaping. Martine generated some of the desired indoor-outdoor links by using the same Eco Outdoor alpine stone from the home’s facade in the garden, along with the same render to the garden walls, and timber in the decking and gates.

“Adele loves white flowers and so the plant selections needed to look elegant, simple and white” ~ Paul, homeowner pool Paul and Adele had long discussions with Martine about the benefits of both concrete and fibreglass pools. “We decided on a concrete pool over fibreglass because it could be truly custom designed to suit the exact shape of the available space,” says Martine. “It was located in the north-east corner (top) so that the visual impact of the pool fencing was minimised. Divisive or dominant pool fencing can potentially make a space feel smaller.” dining A ‘Waratah’ table and ‘Barwon’ chairs from Eco Outdoor make for a resort-like dining spot (left). A copper bowl from Pekho, wood-patterned plates and a two-toned pot from Blu Peter are stylish additions. 138

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The footprint for the alfresco kitchen and dining zone (below) was increased beyond the covered area for a more generous feel. Large bluestone pavers create the illusion of more space and add a modern note, with a Blu Peter throw on the ottoman and Denim Blue outdoor cushions from Eco Outdoor giving the neutral lounge setting, from The Outdoor Furniture Specialists, a muted colour hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a very social place to sit, as is the built-in wooden slat bench on the edge of the garden,â&#x20AC;? says Paul.


DESIGN TIP Materials can be used to link and define different spaces in a garden and create continuity between the home and the outdoors. In this garden, these include stone cladding, the bluestone steppers that connect the alfresco space to the pool area, and complementary colour selections, such as the render on the hardscaping.

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Alpine stone cladding from Eco Outdoor has been included on walls around the property’s perimeter to reflect the stone used on the home’s facade, tying the landscape in while adding warmth, detail and depth. The intricate metal ‘Zanada’ screening to the pool wall and entry gates (top right) allows views to the borrowed landscaping, and was created by Q Design.

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Timber works Austim, (08) 6558 1266, austim.com.au. Feature screens Q Design, 0410 041 018, qdesign.net.au.

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screening Retaining walls, which double as raised planters (top left), are an opportunity to add height variance and structure. Martine filled the substantial poolside planters with magnolia ‘Little Gem’, which also screens the wall behind and provides privacy for swimmers.

“We wanted the garden to have different levels and some privacy while still being able to take in our northern aspect and see the beautiful trees around us” ~ Adele, homeowner

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A white theme runs through the plant selections, which include mature frangipani, magnolia ‘Little Gem’, dwarf gardenia, miniature agapanthus, jasmine and citrus, including a lemon and a lime tree. “It creates a peaceful outlook, with a view across the decking to the pool and adjacent magnolias and jasmine,” says Paul. A steel planter box at the side of the house also holds fragrant jasmine. “The perfume is really strong in spring and breezes into the house,” he says. The garden offers something to surprise and delight, no matter the season, courtesy of Martine’s savvy plant selections and clever design touches. “The warm months are obviously the best, when we can be outside and everything is growing, especially spring as the magnolias and jasmine are in bloom,” says Adele. “But then it is also lovely to be in the garden on a fine, crisp winter’s day.” Each beautifully designed zone also has its own perks. “Sitting in our alfresco space offers privacy since the hedging has taken off, looking out over the pool and the frangipani and magnolias,” says Paul. “The decked area with its bench seating is perfect for lazing and is lovely early in the morning and late in the afternoon as it is tucked away, with a great view towards the gum trees across the street.” The couple say the beautiful garden is everything they had wanted. “It is manageable and easy care, but private and so incredibly peaceful,” says Paul.


plantings To adhere to passive solar-design principles, Martine chose deciduous trees for the northerly aspect so that shade is provided in summer and sun filters through during the winter. Snow pear features to the north of the alfresco zone, while a beautiful Chinese tallow has been added to the lawn to provide increasing shade as it becomes more established.


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ENTERTAIN EASY AND DELICIOUS FOOD TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

lazy days

Make the most of the last days of summer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; head outdoors for a relaxed Sunday picnic with friends and a hamper of fine food. For details see page 149


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MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SANDWICHES See recipe on page 150

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT: Picnic basket, $159, and wood crate, $39, both Honeybee Homewares. Vintage stool in Light Green, $49, The Lost & Found Department. Cloth, stylist’s own. OPPOSITE PAGE: On table from left: Linen tablecloth in Flax, $125, Home Industry. Moroccan tumblers, $9 each, vintage forks, $8/set, all The Lost & Found Department. Cloth napkins in ‘Kangaroo Paw’, $95/set of six, Home Industry. Glass light holders (used as a vase and straw holder), $19 each, Honeybee Homewares. Wooden board, $45, The Lost & Found Department. Vintage dinner plates and butter plate in Green, $25/ set, all Home Industry. Wire basket, $28, Weck tulip jug, $9. On ground from left: Zinc tub, $45, and vintage stool in Light Green, $49, both The Lost & Found Department. Vintage Japanese suitcase, $175, The Bay Tree. Throw, $115, Honeybee Homewares. Other props, stylist’s own. Stockists, page 190 >


THESE DELICIOUS hearty bites ARE PERFECT FOR A PORTABLE LUNCH

HAM, GRUYERE & GREEN ONION CROQUETTES

See recipe on page 150

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RASPBERRY LAMINGTON CAKE

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SUMMER VEGETABLE BUDDHA BOWL WITH SRIRACHA DRESSING

Serves 6

1 cup white quinoa 200g beetroot hummus or dip 50g baby spinach leaves 1 large carrot, shredded 1 large zucchini, shredded 1 Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthways, sliced 200g punnet medley baby  tomatoes, halved 1 large avocado, sliced 150g labneh 1 cup watercress

Crunchy sprout combo Toasted sunflower seeds, to  serve (optional) Sriracha dressing 2 tbsp melted coconut oil ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp honey 2 tsp sriracha

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1. Place quinoa in a small saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until tender and water has been absorbed. Transfer quinoa to a bowl and allow to cool. 2. To make the sriracha dressing, put all ingredients in a small jar, shake and then set aside. 3. Place quinoa in the base of a large salad bowl. Dollop all, or desired amount, of beetroot hummus on one side of quinoa. Arrange piles of spinach, carrot, zucchini, cucumber and tomatoes over quinoa. Arrange sliced avocado and labneh on top. 4. Sprinkle with watercress, sprouts and seeds. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon some of the dressing over just before serving and keep remaining dressing for guests to add more if desired. RASPBERRY LAMINGTON CAKE

Makes 16 pieces

180g unsalted butter, at room  temperature, chopped ¾ cup caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 large eggs, room temperature 200ml sour cream 1¼ cup self-raising flour

Raspberry jam top 250g frozen raspberries ½ cup caster sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Shredded coconut, for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line base and two long sides of a 30cm x 19cm lamington tin with baking paper. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in the small bowl of an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. 2. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add sour cream and stir until combined. Add sifted flour, in two batches, stirring until combined. Spread mixture evenly in tin and smooth surface. 3. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Place the tin on a wire cooling rack whilst preparing the topping. 4. To make jam top, place frozen raspberries, sugar and juice in a small saucepan over a medium heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a gentle boil for about 8 minutes, until thickened to a runny jam consistency. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes. 5. Pierce the top of cake all over with a skewer. Spread warm topping over cake and allow to set for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with coconut and allow to cool completely. Cut into 16 pieces in tin. Cake will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container tip in a cool place.

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Makes 24

500g brushed potatoes, peeled,  washed 150g leg ham, finely chopped 1 cup (70g) finely grated gruyere 2 tsp mild English mustard ½ cup finely chopped green  onions (shallots) 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley ¼ cup whole egg mayonnaise Salt and cracked black pepper,

HAM, GRUYERE & GREEN ONION CROQUETTES

for seasoning ½ cup plain flour 2 eggs, whisked 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs Vegetable oil, for shallow-frying Lemon mustard mayonnaise ½ cup whole egg mayonnaise 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp mild English mustard

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cut potatoes into quarters. Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Return to saucepan and mash. Cool to warm or room temperature. 2. Meanwhile, to make lemon mustard mayonnaise, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl with a fork until smooth. Transfer to a small jar and set aside. 3. Place ham, gruyere, mustard, onion, parsley and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Season. Add potato and stir until well combined. 4. Place flour on a dinner plate and season. Place eggs and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls. Roll slightly heaped tablespoons of mixture into croquettes and place on a tray. Dust each croquette in flour then dip in egg and roll in breadcrumbs until coated well. Place on a tray. Repeat to coat remaining croquettes. 5. Heat enough oil in a medium frying pan to come 1cm up sides over a medium-high heat. Cook 6 croquettes at a time for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally or until golden all over. Drain on paper towel. Serve with lemon mustard mayonnaise (see tip). MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SANDWICHES

Serves 6

4 eggs, at room temperature ¼ cup (45g) sun-dried tomato  strips in oil 425g can tuna in oil, drained,  flaked ¼ cup (50g) Kalamata olive wedges, drained 3 tsp baby capers in vinegar ⅓ cup chopped green onions  (shallots) 1 tbsp lemon juice

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Croquettes can be made and cooked the day before picnic. Pack tip cooled croquettes in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. Allow to come to room temperature before serving, or reheat in a 160°C preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.

On the sandwiches you can use cottage cheese or Greek yoghurt tip in place of mayonnaise.

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1½ tbsp tomato paste Salt and cracked black pepper,  for seasoning 1 loaf ciabatta (see tip) ⅓ cup whole egg mayonnaise  (see tip) 1 small Lebanese cucumber,  diagonally sliced 40g mixed lettuce leaves 150g ricotta (optional)

1. Boil eggs for 8 minutes until they are hard-boiled. Cool in cold water. 2. Meanwhile, finely chop sun-dried tomatoes, reserving 1 tbsp of oil from jar. Put sun-dried tomatoes, reserved oil, tuna, olives, capers, onion, juice and paste in a medium bowl. Season and stir until combined. 3. Peel and slice eggs. Cut ciabatta in half horizontally and spread base with mayonnaise then top with slices of egg. 4. Spread tuna mixture over the top. Top with cucumber slices and lettuce. Spread underside of ciabatta lid with ricotta. Season again. Place lid on top of lettuce and press down. 5. Wrap ciabatta in baking paper. Tie with kitchen string at 4 or 6 intervals. Use a serrated knife to cut between string to make 4 or 6 individual rolls. Place rolls in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to transport.


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TILES Teamed with grey grout, subway tiles (try Beaumont Tiles for similar) are a cool and chic choice for the splashback. “They create a subtle texture without competing with the green joinery wall, which I wanted to ensure was the main feature in the space,” says Olivia.

WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING OLIVIA CIROCCO PHOTOGRAPHY MARTINA GEMMOLA

For as long as she can remember, homeowner Kate has been in love with green. So it’s little wonder that the colour was foremost in her mind when planning her dream kitchen with GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens interior designer Olivia Cirocco. “Kate told me at our first consultation that she wanted to incorporate a splash of green,” says Olivia. “Her initial thought was to have a green-tiled splashback, but I suggested the storage wall of cupboards and drawers. Kate was all for taking a risk with the space, and it really paid off.” That bank of joinery, painted in Dulux Baby Cake, is the scene stealer in the compact – just 12 square metres – cooking and casual eating zone, where clever design features ensure every centimetre has been put to good use. “The space just needed to be brought to its full potential,” says Olivia. Before the makeover, the kitchen was already ripe for an overhaul. “It was very old and dated – all pale yellow with black benches,” recalls Kate. “It had cupboards that were hanging by one hinge and chipped benches with terrible appliances.” Light and luminous, the new zone has plentiful bench space, state-of-the-art appliances, myriad storage options and a row of servery windows that open directly to the outdoor entertaining area. “I just love everything about the kitchen,” says Kate. “But particularly all of the green!”

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When space is at a premium, it’s vital to maximise efficiency and usability. “Clean, minimal lines are important in the design of a smaller kitchen,” says Olivia. “Internal hardware solutions should also be utilised to make the most of the storage space. We included two appliance cupboards to house the items that usually take away too much bench space and can make the area look messy.”

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PALETTE The work zone

and breakfast bar – made from 2-pac cabinetry that’s painted in Dulux Lexicon Quarter, and Caesarstone in Fresh Concrete – is the perfect support act to the minty colour. “We went for no handles in the work area, which adds to the sleekness of the white half of the kitchen,” says Olivia.


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CLUTTER FREE While Kate admits that she was initially a little unsure about the appliance cupboard roller doors on either side of the Fisher & Paykel fridge, she has certainly been won over. “They’ve given the kitchen quite a retro look, which I just love,” she says.

STORAGE Smaller

kitchens demand generous storage, and this bank of tall built-in cupboards certainly fits the bill. “It’s amazing having a place for everything,” says Kate. On the lower drawers, round oak handles from Kethy work a treat with the modern retro vibe.


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APPLIANCES Slick, top-of-the-range Ilve appliances, such as the ‘Flushline’ centre wok cooktop, built-in oven and canopy rangehood, make for effortless entertaining. New servery windows (below) above the sink connect directly to the outdoor dining zone.

SINK The double-bowl

fireclay sink from The Sink Warehouse is a modern take on the traditional butler’s model. The largecapacity sink, paired with a stainless-steel Scala mixer from Sussex Tapware, makes for a practical arrangement.

B UDG E T B R E A K DO W N

*SOME COSTS ARE BASED ON OWNERS’ ESTIMATES AND WILL VARY. ACTUAL PAINT COLOURS MAY VARY ON APPLICATION.

INTERIOR DESIGNER: GIA Kitchens & Bathrooms 1300 442 736, giarenovations.com.au. Stockists, page 190

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Teknobili ‘Flag’ pull out sink mixer, $517.99, Reece.

Prestige P20 ‘Mushroom’ knob in Teak, $4.50/48mm, Bunnings.

Taubmans Endure interior paint in Surfs Up, $68.50/4L, Bunnings.

Shaws 800 ‘Classic Butler’ sink, $1515, Restoration Online.

Home Republic potted rubber fig, from $99.99, Adairs.

Bottle vase in Brass, $19, Zakkia.

Home Republic ‘Cebu’ rattan counter stool in Natural and White, $299.99, Adairs.

Tray in Brass, $154/set of 2, Zakkia.

Mercer + Reid ‘Poppy’ basket,  from $48.99, Adairs.

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Arc Bamboo flooring in Brushed Antique, $83/sqm, Choices Flooring. Stockists, page 190


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FITTING ROOM I N A S MA L L KI T CH E N, U T I L I S E A L L TH O S E T I NY NOO KS A ND CR A NNI E S T O MA XI MI S E Y O U R S T OR A GE WORDS ELLIE GRIFFITHS

EASY ACCESS TO your kitchenware is one of the great advantages of a well-designed kitchen. Careful planning is the key to giving even a compact space plenty of storage solutions, so you can find a spot for everything you need. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your small work zone feel larger than life.


PLANNING POTENTIAL

PHOTOGRAPHY (OPPOSITE) CHRIS WARNES (THIS PAGE, FROM TOP) WARREN HEATH/BUREAUX, LINE T KLEIN/IDECOR

Mould your design to suit the space you have, not the space you wish you had. “Don’t try and cram everything into your design because you’ll end up with a space you really can’t move around in,” advises Jeneile Kirk of Kaboodle. Instead of trying to squeeze in a pantry – which can close off your room – look at including lots of base cabinets and drawers, which will still give you plenty of storage options while keeping the space feeling light and open.

“ OPE N S PA CE A ND C L E A N B E N C H TO P S A R E KE Y T O MA KI NG A S MAL L K I TC H E N A PPE A R B I GGE R ” ~ J E N E I L E K IR K, KA BOODLE

CONSIDER YOUR SPACE

While packing in all your bits and pieces is important, it’s also essential to consider accessibility. By designing your layout with a clutter-free benchtop in mind, your cooking habits will benefit. Position pots, pans and utensils close to the hotplate, as well as items such as olive oil, herbs and spices, and other oft-used cooking accoutrements. “You do not need to move around as much and the cooking, cleaning and preparation zones can be clearly identified to create a more functional space,” says Olivia Cirocco of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens.

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INTERNAL AFFAIRS

While drawers have the edge for storage capacity, internal organisers, as shown in this Provincial Kitchens example (above), can make the most of cupboard space. Simple stackers, available from Howards Storage World and Ikea, can double the carrying capacity of shelves, but be sure to check they can bear the overall weight before loading them up. Smart systems such as the Le Mans pull-out unit from Hafele will ensure nothing gets lost in the no manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land of a corner cupboard, and behind tall cupboard doors lies the potential for easy-access storage in drawer-like fittings such as Blumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Space Tower, ideal for pantry items.

EX P ERT T I P

Make the most of storage on your island bench by including half-depth cabinets on the face of the island for tableware and glasses. This has the added benefit of making regularly used dining items easily accessible from the eating zone; just ensure that your largest dinner plates will fit comfortably within.

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PHOTOGRAPHY (CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT) SIMON WHITBREAD, SUE STUBBS, SHANIA SHEGEDYN

When it comes to a small kitchen, Graeme Metcalf from Dan Kitchens recommends a combination of roller doors, cabinet doors and drawers to create storage zones. Small appliances such as kettles are best left on the bench, but out of sight. Drawers, while pricier than cupboards, can hold significantly more, so have as many as possible. Aim for a combination, with deep drawers for bulkier items, and corral cutlery, knives and smaller items in shallow drawers with dividers for ease of access.


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give the illusion of more space, and it’s important to make the most of them, says designer Kristie Hill. “We didn’t want a large bulkhead over the entire kitchen, so we increased the overhead cupboards to 2.7m high with a 40cm bulkhead, and it gives this sense of extra space.” Glass fronts on the cupboards bring added depth and texture.

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CLASSIC ELEGANCE TH ERE ’ S A PLA C E FOR EV ERY T HI NG IN T HIS BEA U T IFU L, PERFEC T LY F ORM ED KIT C HEN WORDS TAMARA SIMONEAU PHOTOGRAPHY CLAIRE MCFERRAN

When homeowner Michaela and her husband, Rhys, bought their 1940s cottage near Perth, they knew major work lay ahead of them. At the heart of the home would be Michaela’s dream kitchen – inviting, spacious and classic. Keeping mess and clutter out of sight was at the top of the priority list. “I am not a huge fan of cooking but when I do have a go, I make a huge mess, so somewhere to hide everything out of sight was a must,” she says. Fortunately, she found a like-minded interior designer in Kristie Hill of Colour Cube Interiors in Perth. Kristie had practical and stylish solutions for the Hamptons-style space. “By pushing the kitchen out we were able to include a scullery at the back with an extra sink and washing area,” says Kristie. Other clever features include carefully planned custom cabinetry. “I was able to tailor each cupboard and drawer size to suit its purpose,” says Michaela. “The drawer below the appliance cupboard perfectly fits the coffee, tea and cups, while the KitchenAid and ice-cream maker have a dedicated drawer that not only fits them but also includes a smaller drawer within for all the extra parts.” The cool colour scheme is complemented with modern, yet timeless accessories, and there’s also a handy office nook built into the cabinetry. “I just cannot believe how something that lived in my mind as a ‘dream kitchen’ is actually right there in front of me,” says Michaela.

MATERIALS Beautiful finishes, including the Smartstone in Statuario Venato (right) and a splashback studded with Soho Mosaics in Ice from Armanti Tiles & Bathware, contribute to the timeless appeal of the kitchen and are offset by walls painted in Brume from Dulux. A Perrin & Rowe ‘Country’ tap in Pewter from The English Tapware Company (top right) has a traditional feel, yet delivers thoroughly modern filtered water.


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CABINETRY “I love how

there is so much storage and that I was able to tailor each cupboard and drawer size to suit its purpose,” says Michaela of her Polytec Oberon cabinetry, painted in quarter-strength Lexicon from Dulux, which pops against the jarrah flooring stained in Feast Watson Black Japan.

THE ISLAND A single under-mounted sink makes the island more functional for cooking and serving, says Kristie of the 2.8m zone, which is highlighted by ‘Celeste’ pendants from Cranmore Home. The remaining benchtops provide a chic contrast, fashioned from Caesarstone in Raven.


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Interior designer Kristie Hill says you’ll never regret allocating space for a study nook in the design of a mid-sized kitchen for the inevitable pile-up of mail, keys, phones and chargers. “Adding drawers are a necessity for hiding all those papers and bills, so they don’t end up on the fridge,” says Kristie. “We added an open shelf above, which has box storage as well.”

APPLIANCES “We fell in love with the fridge, so

INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kristie Hill, Colour Cube Interiors, 0438 703 870, colourcubeinteriors.com.au. BUILDER: Challis Builders, (08) 9791 2206, challisbuilders.com.au. CABINETRY: Golden West Cabinets, (08) 9726 0355, goldenwestcabinets.com.au. Stockists, page 190

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

* EXCLUDES FLOORING. SOME COSTS ARE BASED ON ESTIMATES AND WILL VARY. ACTUAL PAINT COLOURS MAY VARY ON APPLICATION.

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the design flowed from that one piece,” says Michaela of the Liebherr side-by-side combination model in Black Steel, sourced from Winning Appliances. Thoroughfare spaces were tested with appliances, such as the steel ‘Ascot’ combi-steam upright cooker, to ensure they were wide enough for easy access.

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Nicolazzi ‘Adore’ sink mixer, $961.99, Reece.

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Cup handle in Matt Black, $6.51, Kaboodle.

‘Marcel’ 400mm pendant in Clear/Black, $229, Beacon Lighting.

Replica Philippe Starck 65cm ‘Victoria Ghost’ stool, $159, Replica Furniture.

‘Classic’ pepper and salt mills, from $65 each, Le Creuset.

L’amour Collection ‘Noir’ soy candle, $49.95, Illatos Lang.

TRA93BL 90cm freestanding Thermoseal cooker, $7190, Smeg.

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Coral, from $25, Sourceress The Store.

Caesarstone in Raven from $550/sqm installed, Caesarstone. Stockists, page 190


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DESIGN 101: PLANNING

SHAPE UP H OW T O CH OO S E T H E R I GH T L A Y O U T FO R Y OU R S PA CE WORDS LIVIA GAMBLE

WHETHER YOU’RE AN avid entertainer, like to spoil your family with a lovely meal at the end of the day or simply find the microwave gets a regular workout, choosing a layout that suits your needs and fits your space is key to designing your dream kitchen. We’ve compiled a list of standard layouts to help you pick the one that’s right for you.


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GALLEY

The galley layout is made up of two parallel countertops with a walkway in between – perfect for the organised chef. This style was originally designed for compact cooking zones on boats, so it’s ideal for smaller homes. An important benefit of this layout is having all of your appliances easily accessible. The downside? The galley can lack storage and can feel a little antisocial – so if you like to entertain, it may not be right for you. One solution is to make the second countertop an island bench, as in the kitchen pictured.

“GA LLEY KI T CHENS OR L - S H A PE D KI T CH E NS WI T H A N IS L A ND A RE I DE AL FOR E NTE RTA I NI NG A S T H E Y OFFE R A CCESSIBILIT Y FR O M A L L S I DE S ” ~ JE NE I L E KI R K, KA B O O D L E


ONE-WALL

As the name suggests, all of the appliances and cabinetry run along one wall, giving the kitchen a greater sense of openness. One-wall designs are particularly popular in smaller homes and apartments. However, careful planning is required to ensure that adequate room is available for food prep, as the sink, cooktop and refrigerator can take up most of the space. One solution is to use the dining table for extra workspace or include a wheeled butcher’s block.

U-SHAPE

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A U-shaped kitchen is made up of three walls featuring bench space and cabinetry within a fair amount of floor area. “U-shaped kitchens provide plenty of storage options for a medium-sized kitchen,” says Jeneile Kirk of Kaboodle. Keep in mind that this design, while great for storage, can reduce the space in a small kitchen to one cook only.

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“Everything is moving towards a more open-plan style,” says Daniel Bertuccio of Eurolinx. The L-shape is ideal for this, as well as being one of the most efficient layouts. Comprising two adjacent countertops, the style suits both small and medium kitchens. A big plus is that the L-shape easily supports the working triangle – the imaginary line between the sink, cooktop and fridge. However, be aware that applying this style in a large kitchen can mean your appliances are spread out too widely, disrupting the efficiency of the design.

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G-SHAPE

added extras ISLAND BENCH Providing storage,

extra prep space and as a gathering spot for meals, the island bench is hard to go past. As a general rule of thumb, allow for a minimum of one metre of space around each side. In order to maximise your work area Andrew

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Mumford of Sub-Zero and Wolf Australia recommends adding the largest bench possible. “It should be as deep as it can be so it allows you to use it as a casual dining area,” he says. PENINSULA Love the island feel but don’t have enough room? A peninsular bar might be the solution for you. While

similar to an island, a peninsula is attached to a wall, leaving you with three open sides, and is a great option when space is tight. “It still gives you the ability to have seating on one side, allowing conversations across the bench,” says Rebecca Pountney of Yellow Letterbox.

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Basically a U-shape with an added peninsula, the G-shaped layout can be used in just about any size of kitchen. Best attached to an open-plan living area, this design allows for plenty of storage room, extra counter space and multiple cooks. Throw in some stools and you also have an ideal seating area when guests come to visit. Bear in mind that size does matter when it comes to the length of your bench — you don’t want your peninsula to be too long and thus make you feel trapped in your own kitchen.


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CABINETRY With wide recycled oak boards already in place,

interior designer Fiona Austin needed cabinetry dark enough to provide a contrast. “This New Age Veneers ‘Arcadian Oak’ was perfect,” she says. “And the white marble and 2-pac cabinetry in Dulux Natural White bring a sense of light.” Some simple tube ceiling lights (try Karboxx ‘Tube’ medium ceiling lights from Lighting 55) are a quiet complement to the scheme.

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LARGER THAN LIFE A N E XPA NS I VE KI T CHE N W I N S A CCOL A DE S FO R PR A C TIC A L I TY A ND S TA ND- O U T STY L E WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING WENDY BANNISTER PHOTOGRAPHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN

Big truly is beautiful in this elegant Melbourne kitchen. Every surface in the light and airy space has been thoughtfully treated as a canvas for style, impact and functionality. Tactile finishes, including Calacatta marble and dark timber cabinetry, combine with clever design features to produce a dream result. Austin Design Associates director Fiona Austin was brought in to create a new open-plan cooking zone from the ground up. “The owner works long hours and wanted a relaxing but also a contemporary, minimalist kitchen – a no-fuss space,” explains Fiona. The designer delivered, with a wall of joinery stretching to the ceiling in dark timber veneer, while an adjoining bank of white cabinets and a central island bench encased in marble provide a lesson in the power of contrast. “It’s a look that’s both fresh and light, as well as full of interest,” says Fiona. “The marble also adds that element of luxury.” The front of the island boasts a striking timber display shelf, but all other storage options can be found behind closed doors, in keeping with the clean, uncluttered look. “We also went for drawers and cupboards without handles, which works perfectly for a more ‘grown-up’ house such as this,” says Fiona. “It’s really a very modern kitchen that is also luxurious yet fuss-free. The whole house is designed for entertaining, as is the kitchen, but it’s also a real sanctuary.”

EX P ERT T IP

In a large kitchen, bring in warmth and texture through the finishes, advises Fiona. A big zone also needs to work as hard as a smaller one. “You can never have too much storage,” explains Fiona. “Design is also crucial in a large kitchen to ensure you don’t have to walk too far between the island and the cupboards.”


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FINISHES Stainless steel

tops the rear bank of units in the kitchen. “It’s such a practical choice, as you can put hot dishes straight on it,” says Fiona. Fine Calacatta marble clads the island, which has a dishwasher and double under-mounted sink with a Gessi ‘Oxygene’ mixer.

APPLIANCES Cabinets

hold a neat row of cookers: electric, microwave combi and combi steam ovens, all from Miele. The Miele fridge and freezer, and the Qasair ‘Executive’ rangehood, are virtually invisible, as is the flush-mounted Abey Barazza gas cooker.


DISPLAY The timber shelf at the front of the island is the perfect spot for cookbooks and pretty pieces, adding a shot of personality. “As you see this kitchen from the living area, it also makes the island more interesting and more like a piece of furniture,” explains Fiona.

SEATING An island

corner offers a haven for casual dining with ‘Dita’ stools from Grazia & Co. “It’s always easier to chat to someone when you can face them, rather than when the stools are all in the same row,” says Fiona.

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STORAGE With tidiness crucial in the open-plan zone, a roomy

appliance cupboard ensures everything from the toaster to the knife block remains handy but out of sight. “As it’s a Victorian house, there was no spot for a separate butler’s pantry,” says Fiona. “Instead, all the smaller appliances can be stored behind this door, with a pull-out cupboard underneath for condiments such as oils, soy sauce, and herbs and spices.” A double pantry cupboard holds everyday essentials, while banks of drawers in the rear units ensure that every storage area is utilised but neatly hidden.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER: Austin Design, (03) 9592 6411, austindesign.com.au. BUILDER: Precision Cabinets, (03) 9702 4138, precision-cabinets.com.au. Stockists, page 190

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Appliances Cabinetry Marble Stainless steel Tapware and sinks

$58,083 $39,000 $12,000 $5500 $2790

TOTA L $ 1 1 7 , 3 73 *

* INCLUDES INSTALLATION COSTS BUT EXCLUDES DESIGN FEES

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DESIGN 101: SHOP THE LOOK

COOL CONTRAST COMPILED BY KYLIE JACKES

Ledlux ‘Surface’ 100mm dimmable downlight in Black, $109, Beacon Lighting.

HydroTap ‘Arc’ in Brushed Chrome, from $3595, Zip.

Industrial stool with leather seat, $395, Weylandts.

‘Calcutta Gloss’ 600mm benchtop, $198/m, Kaboodle.

Hawthorn spray, $19.95/104cm, Freedom. ‘Cloud’ vase in Icy Pink, $69, Marmoset Found.

EB60DSXB1 60cm built-in coffee maker, $3399, Fisher & Paykel.

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‘Bloomingville’ ceramic diamond vase, $149, Granite Lane.

‘Black Forest’ 450mm modern door, $105, Kaboodle. Stockists, page 190


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DESIGN 101: MATERIALS

SURFACE STARS FU R NI SH Y OU R B E NCH T OP W I T H T HE R I GHT MAT E R I A L A ND CR E AT E A F EAT U R E T H AT ’ S A DR E A M T O U S E WORDS KYLIE JACKES

AS ONE OF the largest surfaces in the kitchen, your benchtop can have a big impact. Integral to the look and functionality of the space, it needs to perform well under pressure, plus suit your desired palette, whether that’s cool and contemporary, industrial-style or classic white on white. With a swathe of options available, from natural stone, myriad engineered varieties and custom concrete to innovative slimline panels and ultra-compact finishes, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know to pick a surface to suit your space.

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NATURAL STONE

It’s hard to surpass the enduring beauty and appeal of natural stone, as displayed in this Greg Natale-designed kitchen (above). Often a conversation piece that conveys a sense of luxury, it’s a timeless choice that works equally well in a classic or modern space, says Julie-Ann North of WK-Quantum Quartz. “With its rich colours, veining and natural variation, stones like Calacutta Oro and Carrara are incredibly popular, as they complement a range of interior palettes,” she explains. One drawback is that acidic foods and liquid can stain the porous material, and it’s more susceptible to scratches, so it requires extra care and maintenance. The high-end look comes with a price to match.

“W HEN IT COM ES T O ST ONE , WHIT E-V EINED M A RB LE C REAT ES A TIME L E S S L OOK” ~ JU L IE - A NN N O RTH , W K- Q U A N T UM Q UARTZ

PRESSED PORCELAIN PANELS

For a seamless look throughout, pressed porcelain might be what you’re after. Made from natural materials, these tiles are incredibly versatile and can be used on benchtops, splashbacks, walls, floors and even in outdoor areas. Artedomus has large format panels, measuring 1500mm x 3000mm in size, paired with a slim profile of just 6-10mm. With 40 colours and finishes, looks range from marble and travertine to zinc titanium and metal oxidium, which resembles corten steel. “Rather than a DIY material, it’s best to leave installation to experienced fabricators and joiners,” recommends Alice Kol of Artedomus. If you want the look of natural stone, quality pressed porcelain is a cost-effective option.


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With a trend towards warehouse and brutalist styles, a concrete benchtop ties in perfectly with an industriallook zone. “The beauty of a concrete benchtop is that it starts in fluid, liquid-like form, so the shapes, thicknesses and design possibilities are virtually limitless, and it can be tinted any colour you choose,” says Chris Ruffe of Bondi Kitchens. “Another benefit is it’s strong, highly durable and develops character over time, resulting in a lovely patina.” Although porous in its raw state, applying a sealer will make it water and stain resistant. Avoid placing hot items directly on the concrete as the heat can damage or discolour the sealant. Edges can also chip, but it is repairable. Concrete is similar in price to most natural stones, however bespoke, labour-intensive fabrication will drive up the cost.

With today’s technology, engineered materials have never looked so good or been more robust, and there are lots of finishes to choose from. Engineered stone emulates the look and feel of its natural counterpart for less, with the added benefit of being scratch, heat and stain resistant. “It’s a great option for both your benchtop and splashback, but it is restricted to indoor use,” says Julie-Ann North. Fenix, a new material created using nanotechnology, is tactile, extremely durable and has a contemporary matt finish in a range of colours, while products such as Dupont Corian allow the kitchen sink to be seamlessly integrated into the bench top, explains Chris Ruffe. Some surfaces can even be translucent, which means a splashback can be backlit. “Raw look-and-feel finishes with a textural edge like Caesarstone’s Rugged Concrete are also sought after,” says Chris.

“ SHIN Y IS OU T A ND M AT T IS T HE NE W BL AC K” ~ CH R I S R U F F E , B O N DI K I TCHE N S

ULTRA COMPACT

“Relative newcomers are sintered compact surfaces by companies like Dekton, Neolith and Maximum, which are made of high-density, low-porosity ceramic, formed with different textures and printed designs,” explains Graeme Metcalf of Dan Kitchens. Heavy duty with high scratch, stain, moisture, UV, heat and microbial resistance, they are a great option for both indoor and outdoor kitchens, and with the option of large slabs, joins are minimised. “Because it’s a dense, heavy material, you’ll also need to ensure base cabinets can take the weight,” says Graeme. Expect to pay a little more than composite stone, but less than natural stone.

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ENGINEERED MATERIALS


S TO C K I S TS

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Cranmore Home cranmorehome.com.au. Cromwell (03) 9510 5294, cromwellaustralia. com.au. Curious Grace curiousgrace.com.au. D Dan Kitchens (02) 9624 2344, dankitchens. com.au. Danark Construction 1300 326 275, danark.com.au. David Bromley bromleyandco. com. David Jones shop.davidjones.com.au. David Webb Building Solutions 0416 069 937, dwbuilds.com.au. Dawsons Garden World, dawsonsgardenworld.com.au. Dekton (02) 8707 2500, dekton.com.au. Design Stuff (03) 9592 2960, designstuff.com.au. Dinosaur Designs (02) 9698 3500, dinosaurdesigns.com. au. Domayne 1800 366 296, domayneonline. com.au. Domo domo.com.au. Dulux dulux. com.au. Dwell (03) 9376 4545, dwell.id.au. E Eadie Lifestyle eadielifestyle.com.au. Early Settler earlysettler.com.au. Earp Bros (02) 4925 4550, earp.com.au. Easycraft easycraft.com.au. Eco Outdoor 1300 131 413, ecooutdoor.com.au. Eliza Piro elizapiro.com. Endota Spa (03) 5971 8700, endotadayspa. com.au. Engel Trees (08) 8280 0066, engeltrees.com.au. Eurolinx eurolinx.com.au. F Fazeek Homewares fazeek.com.au. Fenix NTM fenixntm.com. Ferguson Corporation (08) 9314 6888, fergusoncorp.com.au. Fisher & Paykel 1300 650 590, fisherpaykel.com.au. Florence Broadhurst Australia (02) 9938 2333, florencebroadhurstaustralia.com.au. Frangipani Farm (07) 5448 4053, frangipanifarm.com.au. Freedom 1300 135 588, freedom.com.au. G-H Gallerie B gallerieb.com. Gessi gessi.com. GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens 1300 442 736, giarenovations.com.au. Globe West (03) 9518 1600, globewest.com.au. Godfrey Hirst 1800 630 401, godfreyhirst.com. Golden West Cabinets (08) 9726 0355, goldenwestcabinets.com.au. Grahame Rowe Of Soil and Spade Garden Design and Consulting 0400 206 561, instagram. com/grahame_rowe. Granite Lane (08) 9201 2451, granitelane.com.au. Grays Online graysonline.com. Grazia & Co (03) 9555 5760, graziaandco.com.au. Greg Natale (02) 8399 2103, gregnatale.com. Hafele 1300 659 728, hafele.com.au. Ha’veli haveliofbyronbay.com.au. Hard To Find hardtofind.com.au. Hargraves Nursery (02) 9651 1833, hargravesnursery.com.au. Heatherly Design (03) 5772 2089, heatherlydesign.com. au. Hello Hello Plants & Garden Supplies (03) 9359 3331, thetutuguru.com.au. Hendrix & Harlow (02) 6680 9323, hendrixandharlow. com.au. HK Living (03) 9428 2400, hkliving. com.au. Home Industry (02) 9818 4529, homeindustry.com.au. Home On Darley (02) 9999 6966, homeondarley.com.au. Honeybee Homewares (02) 9948 9908, honeybeehomewares.com.au. Howards Storage World 1300 479 479, hsw.com.au. Hunting For George huntingforgeorge.com. Hygge & West hyggeandwest.com.

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Qasair 1300 360 563, qasair.com.au. Quantum Quartz (02) 9772 9888, wk.com.au.

L L’Occitane 1300 752 764, au.loccitane.com. La Vie Interiors (08) 9330 7861, lavieinteriors. com.au. Laura Kincade (02) 9667 4415, laurakincade.com. Le Creuset 1300 767 993, lecreuset.com.au. Le Grenier legrenier.com.au. Leo And Bella leoandbella.com.au. Living Edge 1300 132 154, livingedge.com.au. Logan River Tree Farm (07) 3807 4916, loganrivertreefarm.com.au. Lumiere Art & Co lumiereartandco.com.au. Lumu Interiors lumuinteriors.com.

S Sally Rhys-Jones sallyrhysjones.com. Santamaria Design santamariadesign.com.au. Schumacher fschumacher.com. Sheridan sheridan.com.au. Signorino (03) 9427 9100, signorino.com.au. Smartstone 1300 888 607, smartstone.com.au. Smeg (02) 8667 4888, smeg.com.au. Sourceress The store sourceressthestore.com.au. Specialty Trees (03) 9796 8308, specialitytrees.com.au. Spence & Lyda (02) 9212 6747, spenceandlyda.com.au. Stackwood (08) 9335 9834, stackwood.net.au. Steal The Limelight (02) 9939 9836, stealthelimelight.com.au. Stephen Grech + Associates (02) 9953 8886, grecharchitects. com.au. Stone & Grain (03) 5256 2228, stoneandgrain.com.au. Sub Zero And Wolf (03) 9600 2218, au.subzero-wolf.com. Sussex Taps (03) 9308 6599, sussextaps.com.au.

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can top Melbourne. Among myriad others, the Victorian capital has been the birthplace of Vegemite, AFL and the ute. The only way this trio could be more quintessentially Antipodean is if they were jointly harmonising Waltzing Matilda while making some damper over a campfire after a hard day of shearing at the Ashes. There is, however, another contender that some would argue is equally archetypal, if somewhat unacknowledged. Back in 1974, the Breville company – which had been in business since 1932 – launched a new product that toasted sandwiches. It turned out to be a crunchy revolution. Within the first year alone, 400,000 units had been sold nationally and, bearing in mind the population at that time stood at a smidge under 14 million, you’re talking serious market inroads for a product barely 12 months old. Its fame soon spread across the Tasman and eventually to the UK, where it was such a hit that the device itself soon became known simply as ‘the Breville’, in much the same way that generations of consumers referred to vacuum cleaners as Hoovers. Why, when toasters had been around for almost three quarters of a century, did this gadget become as much a part of Australian life as Richie Benaud’s voice in summer, gardenias in spring and fluffy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror? Like all items which become household indispensables, the jaffle maker was a near-perfect marriage of form and function. On the outside, it was a sleek rectangle of shiny stainless steel, in a world where Bakelite had yet to become cool again. When you popped in a couple of pieces of Tip Top, you were rewarded with two perfectly golden triangles whose edges had been steam-sealed, which were separated on a precise 45-degree angle and, if you had one of the fancier models, bore a scalloped motif thanks to a pillowy pattern on the heated plates. But, as with so many meaningful and lasting relationships, it was what was on the inside that counted. By some mysterious alchemy, your sandwich filling was steamed to perfection – honey caramelised and cheese surrendered to the melt, all encased in a one-handed crispy package. Better still, you didn’t need fancy

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ingredients to whip up what was as close to gourmet as any suburban kid could hope for. In fact, if the bread was a bit stale and the fromage was what the French might call ‘le Tasty’, the better the result. There was also an art to eating a toastie (just the word itself is comforting). It came down to timing. Many a jaffle newbie made the mistake of thinking that the heat of the contents matched its crusty envelope, only to find their mouth occupied from molars to incisors and tonsils to lips with a molten mush of cheddar and nuclear tomato. Which, of course, resulted in one dancing about with an open jaw while frantically trying to fan cool air onto your palate with your free hand. Wait too long, however, and concealment became congealment, resulting in a film of filling which clung to the palate like a co-dependent couple on their first overseas trip together.

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MANY A FOUND THEIR MOUTH OCCUPIED FROM MOLARS TO INCISORS OF NUCLEAR TOMATO WITH A Over time, refinements were introduced that made an excellent product even better. Your fancier versions came with thermostats so that the sambo could run from merely heat-kissed to nigh-on almost chocolate brown. These clever machines were also the first time many Australians were introduced to the wonders of Teflon – which meant that even baked-on detritus could be removed with a firm wipe of paper towel. Miraculous. #scrub-free zone. Today, these trusty gadgets battle for prominence with the more fashionable sandwich presses that take up double the bench space and couldn’t seal two pieces of bread – sorry, single-origin artisanal focaccia – if their lives depended on it. But the original was built to endure. Homes across Australia contain Brevilles that couples who courted in the 1970s and 1980s received for wedding presents, and are still using. In fact, with some cases, the machines have lasted longer than the marriages in celebration of which they were once presented. Now, that’s a lasting commitment.


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