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Sibella Court’s Imaginarium

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nce again, I find myself looking at a lot of tiles. Tiles for the floor, tiles for the walls, tiles as a possible feature… Does it feel easier after having done it before? Not really. Of course, it’s the fun part of designing a new space, but all those hard-surface decisions will be around for a while, so there’s some pressure to get it right. Here are a few tricks I’ve learnt from hanging out with some very knowledgeable people. First, spend lots of time looking for inspiration (we’ve provided a whole lot of that in this issue from page 111). While you might feel like you’ve dropped down a cold and shiny rabbit hole, it’s only after you’ve looked at loads of bathroom pics that you’ll start to notice the ones that appeal to you have a common theme. Once you’ve ‘scrapbooked’ or ‘pinned’ a bunch, pull a thread through the commonalities. Is it the palette? Or a recurring tile style? Sometimes it helps to get someone else to look at them with a fresh eye. The second tip is to be realistic about what you need functionally. A freestanding bath might be on the wishlist, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. Move on. I love the idea of having a separate bath and shower, but I just don’t think I have enough room. Claire, move on… My third piece of advice is to try to enjoy the process – by leaving it in the hands of the professionals. Once you’ve decided what you’re after, your work is done. Step away from the waterproofing.

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20 SOCIAL MEDIA Keep in touch through our social media platforms 23

84 NORTH STAR Nordic and Japanese elements define this

INSIDEOUT.COM.AU A taste of what’s on our site this month

contemporary barn renovation in south-western Iceland 94 DREAM IT. DESIGN IT. DO IT. A team of mates brainstorm

THINGS WE LOVE Articolo’s statement lighting pieces

24 TRENDS Invite the army tones of khaki into your home and

dare to be bold with glass and metallic curves

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28 PERFECT PAIRS Sofas and cofee tables destined to be together 30 ASK AN EXPERT Stylish solutions to all your design dilemmas 32

PROFILE Melbourne maker Gemma Patford’s playful rope vessels

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34 CULT CLASSIC The story behind a design icon and what’s next 36 BEST BUYS Make your morning cofee environmentally friendly

with a reusable cup, then relax into one of these shapely seats 46 GIFTS FOR MUM Make Mother’s Day special with our selection of thoughtful present ideas to suit all budgets 50 INSIDE THE IMAGINARIUM Uncover the distinctive style and global inspiration of designer Sibella Court in her new book

inside: homes & renovation 56 INTO THE BLUE A creative couple’s use of colour inspires the

imaginative reinvention of their Edwardian Melbourne home 66 A NEW LEAF The renovation of this Victorian-era home has resulted in a unique space made for sustainable living 76 GUIDING LIGHT The Block’s Kara and Kyal transform their Long Jetty beach shack into a light, bright home

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their way to the transformation of this cramped Sydney terrace house into a light-filled, timber-clad home THE PANEL: WE NEED INSPIRATION TO GET STARTED With $200k from Allianz’s ‘Be Inspired To Win’ competition in their pockets, combining one couple’s diverse decorating tastes is a challenge MONEY-SAVING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS A finance action plan to help you save for your housing move or renovation LIGHT TOUCH A beautiful sun-drenched ensuite in an earthy palette of stone and timber is added to a master bedroom PURE AND SIMPLE Pale tones and a custom-designed vanity and mirror are the standouts in this bathroom reno BATHROOM MOODBOARDS Luxe, playful and bright palettes to inspire your ideal wet-zone fixtures and fittings 5 STEPS TO A GREAT BATHROOM Shannon Vos shares the most important considerations for this busy zone BUYER’S GUIDE: FLOORING Everything you need to know to pick the right style, colour and finish for your floors BATHROOM & KITCHEN NEWS Fresh ideas and inspiration to help you update these key family spaces BARGAIN-SHOPPING CLUTTER Peter Walsh’s tips to help break the cycle of clutter created by discount buys


S O M E T I M E S O N LY A CAPPUCCINO WIL L DO The new Latissima One. For the love of quality cofee moments.


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in this issue Everything you need for Mother’s Day, plus our in-depth bathroom special

out: gardens & entertaining 134 POINT OF VIEW Redesigning an established garden for this

sport-loving family is at the centre of this outdoor update

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142 FEAST TO SHARE Treat your mum to our complete Mother’s Day

menu along with a table of elegant pastels and neutral tones

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a bonus set of four ‘Amélie’ mugs from Salt&Pepper 150 ADDRESS BOOK Where to find and buy products 154 ASK MEGSY Meg Mason’s trademark take on DIY dramas

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46 49 gift ideas for Mum INSPIRING HOMES WITH HEART

50 Sibella Court’s Imaginarium 76 Beyond The Block: Inside Kyal and Kara’s new project 102 Darren Palmer’s inspiring advice

bathroom sp cial + ‘Get the look’ style solutions + Real-life inspo + Shannon Vos’s design tips

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108 How to save for your reno (and still eat avo) 111 Bathroom special: Real-life inspo 116 Bathroom special: ‘Get the look’ style solutions 120 Bathroom special: Shannon’s design tips

BEYOND THE BLOCK Inside Kyal and Kara’s new project

How to save for your reno (and still eat avo)

123 Step on it: Our go-to flooring guide Step on it Our go-to flooring guide

Sibella Court’s Imaginarium

Darren Palmer’s inspiring advice

Sarah Harris and her husband Ben renovated this Edwardian semi in Melbourne’s inner-east with a very hands-on approach. They chose a blue and white palette throughout and turned the existing tired and dated two-bedroom home into a light and bright three-bedder. Their dog, Babe, came along for the ride, too! Turn to page 56 for the full story.

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1. Howqua Track photographic print by Kara Rosenlund, from $290 (unframed), kararosenlund.com. 2. Linen duvet set in Moss, from $340, In Bed, inbedstore.com. 3. Vintage Turkish kilim rug, $2300/175cm x 293cm, Loom Rugs, loomrugs.com. 4. ‘Highlander’ cushion cover, $109, Pony Rider, ponyrider.com.au. 5. T By Alexander Wang parka, $605.07, Net-A-Porter, net-a-porter.com.au. 6. ‘Welf’ wall shelf, $129, Blu Dot, bludot.com.au. 7. ‘Prague’ small ottoman in Olive, $199, Life Interiors, lifeinteriors.com.au. 8. HK Living sofa in Khaki Brown, $2995, House Of Orange, houseoforange.com.au. 9. Asplund ‘Tati’ coat rack, $3795, Great Dane, greatdanefurniture.com. 10. ‘New Endure’ low sheen interior paint in ‘Army Brave’, $100.46/4L, Taubmans, taubmans. com.au. 11. ‘Devon’ tile in Camel, $88/sqm, Earp Bros. earp.com.au.

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ask an expert Each issue, we’ll find stylish solutions to all your decorating and design dilemmas from those in the know

Create interest in kids’ rooms with diferent strengths of the same paint colour. Here, Taubmans paint in Cyberpunk creates a vivid mountain design.

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“Using whites and lighter greys rather than colour on the walls can brighten a bedroom, be less overbearing and open up a small space,” says Fiona King, colour expert at Taubmans (taubmans. com.au). “Have some fun and add a sense of depth by painting a pattern like these mountains [above], using varying strengths of the same colour – this shade is Cyberpunk. The best way to get your kids to love their room is to let them take ownership and be part of the decorating process. The experience should be fun, and using shapes allows children of all ages to go crazy with their imaginations. Let them select the shapes and shades but try and limit the palette to no more than three colours, so it’s fun but not overstimulating.”

“Yes, it’s possible to seal existing grout using a DIY spray product, or to apply a grout colourant to refresh and protect it – you could try Aqua Mix’s products,” says Tim Stokes, sales director at Bisanna Tiles (bisanna. com.au). “If you haven’t built your bathroom yet, I’d recommend avoiding basic cement grout as it’s completely porous. Instead, look for a polymer-modified grout that’s specially formulated to be waterrepellent and mould-resistant. We recommend Mapei ‘Ultracolor Plus’ but there are plenty of similar products around. Epoxy grout, which is usually used in commercial applications, is another option, but it’s more expensive and more complicated to apply and clean up.”

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dash. I was given a beautiful Vicki Fowler basket and her use of fabric and colour really spoke to me. At that time, Harvest Workroom in Melbourne was hosting basket-weaving classes by Maryann Talia Pau. I started Googling, reading and sampling, and it grew from there. Could you tell us about your production process? My baskets are made using an electric sewing machine and cotton rope. Some of my first pieces were very floppy and not at all practical. I started working with harder, neutral rope, which made the vessels more durable. I experimented with watercolours and noticed the cotton rope absorbed the paints wonderfully and created the efect you see in the pieces now. I’ve moved into using more vibrant acrylic paints. Does your home reflect the style of your work? My husband Duncan and I are in the process of renovating our new home in Melbourne. Think polished floorboards and terrazzo tiles: our style is a mixture of things found in op shops and items we’ve had custom-made for the space. We have a few luxury items, such as art and a solid table that we can dance on, but largely we don’t own anything too precious. There’s nothing in our house that we don’t enjoy so, in that way, our home is an honest reflection of our style. You released a book last year, Roped In. What’s the best project for a beginner to tackle? If you can sew a straight line, I would recommend starting with the rope placemats or coasters. If sewing isn’t your thing, then I would suggest starting with the knots, and making a set of friendship knot earrings. What’s in the pipeline for the rest of the year? The first thing I need to do is set up my new studio. Then I plan on really investing a lot of time in making my own rope – hand-dyeing fibres and creating unique rope to make a new, totally diferent range. Follow Gemma on Instagram: @gemmapatford. Inside Out / 33


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‘James’ bar cart by Yabu Pushelberg for Stellar Works The form: A black metal-framed trolley with a walnut handle, shelves and wheels. What makes it special: Designed in 2016 by well-known interior design studio Yabu Pushelberg, which has ofices in Toronto, New York and Guangzhou, the ‘James’ bar cart is part of a collection that includes a stool and a chaise lounge. All feature fine, grid-like metal elements in combination with luxurious stitched leather and walnut. The ‘James’ is a sophisticated and graphic object with an aura of masculinity. It has oversized wheels, but the overall look is subdued when compared to other contemporary drinks trolleys such as the GamFratesi-designed ‘Chariot’ bar cart from Casamania. Beautiful to look at, this drinks trolley is also highly practical and features rails that surround both shelves to ensure bottles don’t fall of while moving the cart – a moveable tray is also included. Yabu Pushelberg has recently become one of the hottest object design studios around, working with Dutch brand Linteloo and Czech brand Lasvit, but its fame originates with interior design work from more than a decade ago on projects such as the Four Seasons hotel in Tokyo. Expect to pay: $2690. Buy at: Living Edge, livingedge.com.au.

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inside the Imaginarium Sibella Court’s new book is the ultimate visual guide to her distinctive style and its mix of local and global inspiration What’s the idea behind Imaginarium? I gather experiences, memories, colours, scents and ideas, just as I collect objects. They all become part of my life library, which I draw on for inspiration – part history, part imagination, and a whole lot of makebelieve. The book is a visual journey through 25 years of styling, travelling, ‘colour hunting’ and collecting. How do you create a sense of place in your interiors? My idea always begins with a story, piece of history, process or material that I’m inspired by. Rather than simply choosing a particular aesthetic or working from a sketch, it’s a process of storytelling and uncovering a history and letting an experience, sense of nostalgia or understanding of craftsmanship inform and direct design decisions. What role do trends play in your creative process? I don’t pay particular attention to trends. I tend to take more of a trailblazing approach, weaving a story that becomes the foundation of the project using elements of imagination, souveniring and history. Is your inspiration purely visual, or does it rely on other senses, too? I don’t limit myself to visuals. I incorporate a greater spectrum of research through scent-seeking and soundscapes when delving into

a project. You can create layers that satisfy diferent senses and give depth to interiors. Sometimes the things you can’t necessarily see but can hear, smell and feel are what make a space special and personal. What are your favourite travel experiences? I refer to my travel style as gallivanting – a combination of work and holiday. I take lots and lots of photos to build up my image library, some of which you will find in Imaginarium. I collect bits of ephemera and objets trouvés [found objects]; souvenirs that evoke the memory of a place, which can be referred to for future projects. To capture the palette, I ‘colour hunt’ while on the road. I pack my trusty travelling watercolours and paint a palette using botanicals, landscapes, textiles or even a storm to colour match. I take notes of the scents I encounter in diferent countries in diferent seasons, bearing in mind that a trip to the same place in another season may smell entirely diferent altogether. What’s most important to you about your own home? Home should be an oasis; I like to come home and not want to leave. It’s somewhere to be with family and friends, surrounded by the art and objects I have collected from my travels, reminding me of past and present adventures and memories.

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DINING AREA A trio of glass ‘Silhouette’ lights by Ross Gardam illuminates a marble-topped table and ‘Sunday’ chairs from Jardan. Fresh blooms, a Lightly planter and a Robert Gordon plate create a minimalist vignette. LIVING AREA (opposite) Homeowners Sarah and Ben love spending time in the curated kitchen. A pair of gold Ross Gardam ‘Ora’ pendant lights are an elegant choice over the island bench. Ben laid the timber parquetry flooring from The Good House himself.

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attention to detail combine, a successful renovation is all but guaranteed. Sarah, a graphic designer, and Ben, a former carpenter who now uses his skills in precision as a helicopter pilot, combined their talents to produce this stunning renovation in Melbourne’s inner east. The existing two-bedroom home was “pretty dated and tired, with a ’70s-style renovation that didn’t really make use of the northern light at the rear,” says Ben, who, together with Sarah, had recently completed another renovation just around the corner. “It had cheap carpet and a quick paint job before the sale, but we loved living in the area and could see its potential immediately.” Expecting a fairly smooth renovation ride, the couple took a month to do a mini-renovation before they moved in. “We did the front two rooms and hallway, turning the second bedroom into a walk-in robe and an ensuite off the master bedroom,” says Sarah. During this time, they also came up with the master plan for the rest of the home. “Ben can visualise spaces, and then I’ll come up with a heap of examples from magazines, Instagram and

Pinterest to see how others have done it – and then take the best ideas and go from there,” says Sarah. “Ben hand-drew the plans to scale, then I put them into Illustrator, which isn’t an architectural program at all, but it was enough for us to be able to give our draftsperson a good guide for him to produce the plans for council – a great way to save some money,” says Sarah. “We knew the town planning would take a little while, but certainly didn’t envisage a 12-month hold-up until we could start the second stage,” she says. “We had gutted the place and it was so cold – I used to let our dog Babe sleep on the bed just to keep me warm!” Once the green light was finally given, Ben took on only occasional piloting jobs “so I could work pretty much seven days a week on the house,” he says. His building experience and meticulous planning meant that all the materials were ordered and delivered on time and no further hold-ups ensued. “He was so keen to get on with the job,” says Sarah. “If we had materials ready but couldn’t book in a tradie, he would just do it himself.” “I did as much as I could,” says Ben. “I prepared the slab and got a concreter to pour and screed, then I built the frame, did the cladding, installed the windows, did the painting, the floors and the landscaping. We called on family, friends and good people

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KITCHEN (above left) Simple wire ‘Hee’ bar stools by Hay create a casual dining zone. Metallic accents in the form of Perrin & Rowe tapware from The English Tapware Company and MadeMeasure pulls and handles add luxury, while sleek Smartstone benchtops are a practical choice. LIVING AREA (above right & opposite) “I love Bonnie And Neil’s floral prints,” says Sarah of the striking artwork. “The colours work beautifully above the Jardan sideboard.” Sarah and Ben used glazed brick facings from Euroa Clay Products around the Jetmaster fireplace to add texture.

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I’ve met over the years whose work we can trust for the rest. My brother is a great plasterer, Sarah’s brother did the plumbing, and we got in a sparky, a tiler and a roof plumber.” “We’d broken the back of the structural work by August,” says Sarah. “Then the interiors really started to take shape.” The couple share a similar taste, which is another big plus for creating a really resolved and cohesive interior. “We do like similar things, and when we do disagree it’s generally because my tastes are a bit more classic – which then translates into more work for Ben,” she says. “For example,” says Ben, “Sarah loves parquetry, but I knew how long it would take to do and suggested an easier option, such as wide floorboards that would take a day and a half to lay, as opposed to 12 days for the parquetry. Once I started, I definitely got on board – I was just trying to save myself some work. I guess the fact that I’d do it all again means I’m very happy with it!” The other stunning standout in the home is the beautiful blue kitchen cabinetry – again a product of the couple’s teamwork. “I was collecting lots of images of dark grey and green kitchens, but Benny suggested the blue, and it was such a winner,” says Sarah. “The first blues we tried were way too vivid, so we kept going darker and finally settled on Oolong by Dulux, which is a bit greyer in flat paint, but in the two-pack is the perfect deep blue.” With their own winning formula now down pat, Ben and Sarah are planning their next move – another period renovation in the same area. Stay tuned! For more of Sarah’s work, visit sarahharrisdesign.com.au.


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GUEST BEDROOM (opposite) The blue and white theme continues upstairs. “I bought the antique-style iron bed at Domayne and picked up the gorgeous little sailing ship print at The Vintage Shed in Tyabb,” says Sarah. POWDER ROOM “We splashed out on a beautiful little basin from Rogerseller,” says Sarah. A circular AYTM ‘Circum’ mirror from Designstuf completes the look.


MASTER BEDROOM The palette here switches to a more feminine mood, with the bed dressed in Norsu Interiors and Abode Living linen and a Brooke Holm artwork from Modern Times above the bed. The signature gold is back in the form of an ‘Orbit’ lamp from Luke Furniture. EXTERIOR (opposite left) “The garden was ripped up and re-landscaped, and Ben laid the bluestone pavers,” says Sarah. ENSUITE (opposite right) The Laufen ‘Pro‘ basin from Reece and Astra Walker mixer combine with subway tiles for a calming look.

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cheat sheet Who lives here: Make-up artist Kylie O’Toole, her husband Andrew, a photographer and creative director at Eleven Australia, and their daughters, Anais, 16; and Bonnie, 14. Style of home: A renovated Victorian home in Melbourne, circa 1880. The family undertook a 13-month renovation working with architect Damian Rogers and tasking interior designer Jessica Bettenay with the interiors over a further two years. The renovation cost around $$$$ $800,000.


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LIVING AREA (opposite) The developing patina of the Corten steel panels is the star of this space. Cool concrete, punctuated by black lights from Lights & Tracks, contrasts with the rusted surface, while a colourful rug from Loom Rugs marks out a warm living zone. EXTERIOR The dramatic glass

A NEW LEAF This unique space, packed with natural materials and sustainable surprises, is a classic case of a slow and steady renovation WORDS & STYLING JULIA GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY ARMELLE HABIB

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was achieved for each space. The overhaul began in 2014, when much of the building was stripped back to its bare bones and the existing kitchen, bathrooms and living areas were demolished. In the true spirit of sustainability, all offcuts were upcycled - even the back gate was built out of salvaged timber. An angled roof structure in glass and steel, installed at the rear of the building, set the tone for things to come. Its leaf shape became synonymous with the home and earned the abode its name, ‘The Leaf House’. Wrapping the weathered steel Corten material from the exterior through to the interior wall of the living room was a genius move, seamlessly linking the spaces. According to Jessica, it was Andrew and Kylie’s love for and exploration of natural materials that guaranteed the successful result. Timeless and naturally aged substrates, including Carrara marble and concrete, were selected for the kitchen and bathroom materials palettes. Every detail was thoughtfully considered, from the aged-brass tapware to the custom drain tray carved into the marble kitchen benchtop. To encapsulate the timeless style of the home, artwork and furniture reflecting the owners’ affection for travel and unpretentious beauty were selected. Treasures collected on the couple’s travels, including rugs, textiles and sculptures, were integrated into the design, while earthy base colours dictated

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he age-old saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ certainly rings true for interior designer Jessica Bettenay of Melbournebased studio Resident Avenue. The adage speaks to both the time and the creative energy put into her latest interior project. Helping her long-time friends Andrew and Kylie fit out the home of their dreams was a lengthy but rewarding process for Jessica. With an ethos focused on individual design, she started with an understanding of the couple’s deeply held values around sustainable living and love of natural materials. The design process was carefully thought-out and ultimately delivered a spectacular and uniquely curated result. “Andrew and Kylie spent 10 years living in their space and raising their family prior to the renovations, so had a finely honed sense of what was important for their lifestyle,” says Jessica. “It took time, patience and four rounds of architectural designs before we started the interior. All up, it took a total of just under six years to get it exactly right.” It might have been a long process but, according to the designer, not a second was wasted nor a stone unturned, such was the level of dedication employed in ensuring the right feel


LIVING AREA (opposite) The expansive Jardan sofa matches the scale of the room, while the &Tradition ‘Palette’ cofee table by Jaime Hayon from Great Dane is a sculptural addition. KITCHEN “Two versions of the kitchen were initially designed, one white and one black,” says Jessica. “The family opted for the lighter, brighter version.” American oak veneer joinery from George Fethers adds warmth, while grooves cut into the Carrara marble benchtop from Corsi & Nicolai replace a draining tray.


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KITCHEN & DINING AREA Mismatched dining chairs from Hay and Cult are a nod to the family’s love of the eclectic. The Tuckbox Design table is lit by a Normann Copenhagen pendant light. PORTRAIT (right) Interior designer Jessica stands in the doorway to the intimate sitting room, which can be separated from the main living area with a sliding door.

the home’s understated palette. Colourful, textured accessories were then layered for dimension and impact. Another factor underpinning many of the interior design decisions was the amount of light. As a photographer, homeowner Andrew was particular that the home should be bathed in natural sunlight, and that the family should be able to control the ambience. Jessica embraced the challenge and, together with her clients, produced a lighting plan that ticked the boxes both practically and aesthetically. Diffused lighting in the hallway, for example, offers a soft evening glow, while track lighting illuminates busy work zones. But it wasn’t just indoors that enjoyed the makeover. A rooftop vegetable garden was added to the build, which saw the family oasis become a local talking point. “Kylie and Andrew rarely need to set foot inside a grocery store, instead feeding themselves and their extended family from the abundant fresh produce of their labour,” says Jessica. “The end of each day sees them catching up while tending to their vegie patch.” The overall tapestry of the home has a considered, welcoming feeling with an emphasis on the organic. According to Jessica, the design journey was as important as the end result. It was a collaboration of creative minds, culminating in brave design and decisions made with a lifetime in mind. “The devil is in the detail,” she says. “It’s the emotional response to every single facet of this home that makes it feel special. This house is an honest and authentic reflection of the beautiful souls that occupy it.” See more of interior designer Jessica’s work at residentavenue.com.au. Get in touch with architect Damian Rogers at rogersarchitecture.com and the builder at duobuilt.com.

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test even the happiest of relationships. But for former The Block stars and soon-to-be parents of two Kara and Kyal Demmrich, juggling their latest property transformation while raising toddler son Ziya was the easy part. Having to contend with morning sickness in the final stages of the project, on the other hand, proved trickier - for Kara, at least. “Even the smell of the new carpet would make me feel ill,” she says. “It’s a fresh new smell that I would normally love, but it just set me right off.” Fortunately, Kara and Kyal managed to meet their design and construction deadlines in near Block-time. Over the course of nine months, their Long Jetty property, once a dilapidated, poky fibro home, was given a dramatic facelift. Awash with organic textures and tones that pay homage to the surrounding seascape, the house has been transformed into a bright and beautiful abode.

What was it about this place that appealed to you from the start?

Kara: We first noticed the house while driving past one day. It had a certain charm about it and we fell in love with the big Canary Island date palm tree out the front. It was also a great sized block – 650 square-metres – so we knew there was room to play. When we took ownership, there had been some add-ons, such as a deck, shed, outdoor laundry-bathroom and a chicken coop. Kyal: By the time we’d done all the demolition work, we’d really only left the wall frame of the front two bedrooms. It was a huge job. We wanted an extensive open-plan living and dining area and the home was planned around that. You’ve worked together on more than 40 renos. What’s the secret to staying happily married? Kara: We disagree during the

projects, but we’ve learnt that it’s almost like a teething process. You just have to listen to each other: once you do that, you end up coming up with a decision you’re both happy with. Kyal is good at spatial planning and layout – he builds the project. I’m more thinking about the finishes, colours and the look and feel. Kyal: And we’ve just had our 10th wedding anniversary and have been together for over 14 years, so it’s working! Speaking of the interiors, what vibe were you hoping to create?

Kara: I wanted people to walk in and instantly feel it was a light, airy and fresh home. There is a lot of white, but also elements of colour in the artwork and other accessories.


ARTWORK: (MEDIA ROOM) PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT BY GRACE PICOT, SHOTBYGRACE.COM, (LIVING AREA) PAINTING BY BONNIE GRAY, BONNIEGRAYART.COM. ‘EASYASCOT’ PANELS (IN MEDIA ROOM), EASYCRAFT, EASYCRAFT.COM.AU. SOFAS AND COFFEE TABLES (IN MEDIA ROOM & LIVING AREA), GLOBEWEST, GLOBEWEST.COM.AU

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BATHROOM (left) With room to spare, Kara and Kyal included a luxe walkaround shower and ‘Bahama’ stone tub from Beaumont Tiles. KID’S ROOM (below left) A Wee Gallery height chart from Urban Baby is a fun addition. LAUNDRY (below) Moroccan-style tiles from Beaumont Tiles tie into the coastal feel of the home. GUEST BEDROOM (opposite top) Walls in Taubmans Cotton Sheets paint contrast with the panelling in Snow Olive. STUDY NOOK (opposite below) A Tasmanian oak desk is paired with recycled oregon timber shelves.

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Kyal:We designed the house with 3.6-metre ceilings in the living zone and highlight windows around the perimeter. It was a big challenge engineering the roof to handle that span, particularly to incorporate a vaulted section for skylights over the kitchen, but it was definitely worth the effort. We highlighted the open feel by scaling up the Corinthian ‘Moda’ doors to accentuate the high ceilings, and also choosing a wide feature door – the Corinthian ‘Deco’ – for the front entry. The doors have a lot to do with the feel and vibe of the renovation. How did you work in texture and pattern in the home?

Kyal: I particularly enjoy working with timber. Being a carpenter, I love experimenting with it and it’s a bit of a signature of ours. In this house, there’s a lot of timber in the kitchen and bathrooms, and it also features in the beautiful Godfrey Hirst engineered oak flooring and blackbutt timber deck outside. How did you ensure the home was family friendly? Kara: It’s about designing a layout that works for family life and choosing practical materials. For example, we definitely wanted a really big openplan area for the family to be able to hang out, but with that comes noise, so we chose Gyprock ‘Superchek’ plasterboard. It’s much better at absorbing sound than the standard product, and also more impact-resistant, so it’s perfect for a family home. You’ve just sold the house. It must have been tough handing over the keys. Kara:Yes, after stepping back and seeing how

amazing it is, we did think it would be so nice to live here! Kyal: We do pinch ourselves as to how it all turned out. It really is the most spectacular home - definitely our favourite so far. See more of Kara and Kyal’s work through their company, Diverse Design & Construct, at diverseconstruct.com.


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“Up here, one truly feels alone in the world” RUT KÁRADÓTTIR, HOMEOWNER


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‘Marmi’ porcelain panel in Statuario, POA, Maximum, maximumaustralia.com.

‘Vivid’ slimline mixer, $429, Phoenix Tapware, phoenix tapware.com.au.

enovating homes is a way of life for Casey Scott. As a child, he moved from house to house watching his parents renovate, and he was hooked. “The houses would start out as pretty terrible and turn out to be amazing,” says Casey. As a young man, the Sydneysider and his sister would join in, working with their parents on projects. His sister created her own reno company with friends, Three Birds Renovations, and soon after Casey and two mates, Scott Ligertwood and Matt Crocker, started their company, Kinwolf. “We are all mad for design,” says Casey. “It’s pretty awesome to do what you love for a living with your mates.” Their first project is this terrace in the Sydney suburb of Birchgrove. “It’s a 126-square-metre block, so we had to be smart with the space and let light in,” says Casey. Only the front facade stayed the same. At the back, architect Michael Dawson of Dawsonvu balanced a timber box on top of a linear living zone that opens to the garden and sky.

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DREAM IT. The original two-bedroom terrace held little allure – but the location more than made up for it. A stone’s throw from the harbour and in-demand Balmain, Birchgrove is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. “The home itself was pretty rubbish – it had very low ceilings and was very skinny and dark,” says Casey. “But it ticked all the other boxes in terms of the area, a nice view and a good street.” The architect’s priority was to have light penetrate into the core of the building. “A glazed roof was positioned over the staircase and across the living area to define both the living and dining zones, which resulted in a suspended cubist form, or box shape,” says Michael. While light and bright, it was important that the house still felt like home to a potential buyer. “We certainly didn’t want it to feel sterile or look like a gallery,” says Casey.

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DO IT. There are challenges with building – and then there are ‘challenges’. Casey came face-to-face with the latter here. Holidaying in the US just as the build began, the father-of-two was hit by a car and sufered extensive injuries, including fractures in his vertebrae and multiple broken bones. “I was in a wheelchair for three months and they told me I wouldn’t walk for at least 12 months,” he says. “But I’m walking around now and the house is finished.” A lot of hands-on work was still to be done and Casey was glad to be part of a crew of people, including an architect and builder he could trust. With the support of his wife, family and community, the project ended up exactly as they’d imagined, albeit via a diferent pathway. “It was definitely emotional when it was finished,” says Casey. “It was like, ‘Wow, we’ve done it!’ It was a journey!” The building itself is the reward. “We love standing in the courtyard and staring through when the doors are open,” says Casey. “You can see the outside and inside all in one. It looks beautiful.” To contact Casey, visit kinwolf.com. For more projects by the architect, visit dawsonvu.com.au. The builder on this project was George Saba from Lovelife Projects – visit lovelifeprojects.com.au.

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Darren Palmer Interior designer, author and The Block judge

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the story so far Dutch-born Franky and his fiancée Josephine have recently moved into their newly built four-bedroom house near Romsey, Victoria, with their five-month-old daughter Victoria. Franky’s four-year-old daughter Zoe from his previous marriage also lives with them sometimes. While the couple found the process of choosing the fixtures and finishes for their home quite enjoyable, Josephine admits there was “a bit of arguing and a lot of compromise” as they have diferent tastes when it comes to interiors. Franky has a fondness for Dutch/Scandinavian design with the odd retro or vintage piece and a splash of colour, while she prefers a French provincial look with a muted palette of whites and creams. “Now we’ve moved into the house, we’d like to know how we can successfully combine our tastes to create a home that works for us both,” says Franky. They’ve decided to ditch some of their “IKEA/hand-me-down” furniture and buy some new pieces but would also like some advice on how to make the layout – and the things in it – work for their family. They also need storage solutions for Franky’s vast book and music collection and the girls’ toys, and the garden needs landscaping from scratch. “We’re very open to inspiration on how we can create our dream family home,” says Franky.

the prize

$200k, an in-home consultation with Darren Palmer and one year of Allianz insurance

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what the builder says... the builder Elana Panayiotou Marketing Manager, Henley

Franky and Josephine have chosen to build a design called the ‘Carmelle 31’, which is one of our best-selling homes – in addition to the living and dining areas, it has a separate theatre room and leisure room. This design is also great for entertaining because the timber stacker doors open up the whole middle of the house to the alfresco area. The floor plan works really well, too, and this is perhaps the number-one

way to add value to your home: if it’s functional for you, then it will most likely work for another family. Most people choose to build because they’ve looked in the established market and can’t find a floor plan that works for them. Often with the bigger builders like us, customers think they don’t get anything included in the base price and aren’t allowed to make changes, but there’s a magnitude of choices

in terms of colours, finishes and style, even without upgrading. Franky and Josephine made a few additions, such as installing 40mm Caesarstone benchtops – 20mm is standard – and an undermount sink, externally upgrading the bricks and render and extending the alfresco area. It comes down to what you want to spend your money on. Even if you go with standard choices, you’ll still have a beautiful home.

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THE SOLUTION:

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the advice

Darren’s assessment Darren Palmer Interior designer, author and The Block judge (darrenpalmer.com)

Franky and Josephine have a spectacular gift in this brand new house because it’s a blank canvas with the opportunity to create something completely new. They’ve picked a lovely neutral palette – the hard flooring with the grey timber tones is very elegant, in particular – which is the perfect backdrop to do anything they want to make it their own. But a blank canvas can also be a little daunting – when faced with myriad choices, ‘analysis paralysis’ can set in. The best thing Josephine and Franky can do now is define a brief on how they want their home to function and feel, who will be using the diferent spaces and for what, and so on. With a well-planned brief, you don’t have endless choices. Instead, you narrow the field by separating things that don’t fit the mood, style or desired functionality until you’re left with just a handful of choices, and everyone is capable of making good decisions from a handful of choices! Franky and Josephine are a typical couple in that they have their own likes and dislikes. We have two very diferent styles, preferred eras and takes on colour, so the key is to create spaces to suit diferent people within the house, where both of them can feel like they belong.

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Darren: “In an open-plan kitchen/ living/dining area, it’s important to create separate zones. Franky and Josephine already have a large rectangular dining table that will work here, but as Josephine isn’t keen on the dated high-back chairs, I say get rid of them and start again with something more modern. A substantial piece of art on the blank wall adjacent to the table will introduce a pop of colour – much to Franky’s delight – and also anchor the dining space along with a pendant light above. The couple are struggling with furniture placement in the living area as they don’t want it to be too cluttered, and also need to consider that it’s a transitional space to other rooms. I would suggest a wipeable three-seater tan leather sofa placed opposite a wall-mounted TV surrounded by built-in storage, which could also serve as overflow space for the kids’ toys. As it would be nice for Franky and Josephine to also be able to look at the garden, I’d suggest an additional upholstered ottoman with the flexibility to be used close to the sofa in a chaise longue style or pushed away as separate seating. One must-have is a large rug – no smaller than three metres by two metres – which

will visually separate the living space from the kitchen.”

the playroom Darren: “You need as much storage as humanly possible in a playroom, so I’d start with shelving in the existing niche in the wall, adding big pull-out baskets or drawers for the girls’ toys. This means they can easily access and hopefully put away their things, leaving lots of open floor space for them to play on. Franky and Josephine’s existing modular sofa will also find a new home in here, so I would team that with an upholstered cofee table, which could also double as more storage underneath. Another idea might be to attach a big roll of brown paper to a bracket on the wall that the girls could then pull down and draw on. You could paint a wall in blackboard paint, but the playroom is adjacent to the living space so I wouldn’t go crazy in here – save wallpaper, if you fancy that, for their bedrooms – but think of it more as an extension of the living space and introduce colour through their toys rather than with fixed wall coverings. And keep in mind that the girls are going to grow and evolve, so you need the space to be flexible enough to change with that.”

ADVICE PROVIDED IS OF A GENERAL NATURE AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS A STARTING POINT. LOOK INTO YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS BEFORE STARTING ANY RENOVATION WORK. PHOTOGRAPHY: (PLAYROOM) ERENA TE PAA @ERENATEPAA, (STUDY) AMORFO PHOTOGRAPHY, (LIVING AREA) DEREK SWALWELL. STYLING: (STUDY) KIMBERLEY WIEDERMANN, (LIVING AREA) MIKAYLA ROSE. DESIGN: (STUDY) WATTS STUDIO, WATTSSTUDIO.COM.AU, (LIVING AREA) HEARTLY, HEARTLY.COM.AU. STUDIO ROLLER (IN PLAYROOM), GEORGE & WILLY, GEORGEANDWILLY.COM. BUILD: (LIVING AREA) BEN THOMAS, BENTHOMASBUILDER.COM.AU

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INTERIOR INSPIRATION the study A custom desk with drawers underneath.

‘Dahlia’ leather sofa, $2599, Freedom, freedom.com.au.


the study Darren: “Franky has his heart set on a wall of floor-to-ceiling shelving in the study to house his collection of books and music. Although you could get away with some cheaper flat-pack shelving in the playroom, in here, I would build something in. The study is more of an adult space, so you can spend more money knowing it’s not going to get trashed by the kids. You can chew up a lot of your budget building joinery, but here I think it would be money well spent. I’d also install a custom desk for the other side of the room, which would incorporate storage in the form

of drawers. Franky mentioned a small filing cabinet for this room but a desk with drawers would be softer and create less of a corporate feel. In terms of colours, they could go for white for the joinery but I feel like that would be a bit too safe. Franky and Josephine have chosen a laminate called Whitewashed Oak for the powder room that could work in here or they might consider grey, which would work with the greys in both the hard flooring and the carpet. Finally, the study might just end up as the best place for Franky’s mid-century-style teal chair and ottoman, as Josephine isn’t a particularly big fan of it!”

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Nathan: “Josephine isn’t keen on decking in the alfresco area as she thinks it will require too much maintenance. As the space is protected from the Josephine and Franky have two Nathan Burkett hot western sun, it makes a lot very different styles, preferred eras Landscape and takes on colour architect at Nathan of sense to extend the paving in the alfresco area out into Burkett Design DARREN PALMER, INTERIOR DESIGNER (nathanburkett. the garden. This will provide com.au) a generous entertaining area with the addition of a raised garden bed, which could also WATCH: For a behindthe-scenes look at Darren double as a seat. I’d go for and Nathan's consultation, a natural and durable stone go to insideout.com.au. such as limestone paving here, as it requires minimal maintenance. When building a garden from scratch, I always start at the boundaries and work in, because the most important part is making the space feel your own. I’d look at putting some evergreen planting in front of the Colorbond fence, perhaps Waterhousea floribunda (a pretty robust variety of lilly pilly), Ficus hillii or Viburnum, which will create a green wall and a nice vista from the house. Josephine is also keen on a big lawn for Victoria and Zoe, so to the left of the pavers I’d create a kids’ zone where she can still keep an eye on them from the kitchen. There are many diferent varieties of grass but a warmseason grass like bufalo would be most suitable here as it’s hard-wearing and doesn’t require too much water in summer.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY: (OUTDOOR LIVING AREA) JESSIE ANN, (GARDEN) NATALIE HUNFALVAY. DESIGN: (OUTDOOR LIVING AREA) FIG LANDSCAPES, FIGLANDSCAPES.COM.AU, (GARDEN) OUTDOOR ESTABLISHMENTS, OUTDOORESTABLISHMENTS.COM & HAMPTON ARCHITECTURE, HAMPTONARCHITECTURE.COM.AU. OUTDOOR LIVING AREA FEATURES FLOORING AND WALLING FROM ECO OUTDOOR, ECOOUTDOOR.COM.AU, AND FURNITURE FROM TAIT, MADEBYTAIT.COM.AU. CALL 131 000 FOR A PDS TO SEE IF ALLIANZ IS RIGHT FOR YOU

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EXTERIOR INSPIRATION

WINNING INSPIRATION Thanks to Allianz’s ‘Be Inspired To Win’ competition, Josephine and Franky have $200,000 to spend on their new house. As well as the cash to get them started, we sent interior designer Darren Palmer, Inside Out editor Claire Bradley and landscape architect Nathan Burkett to their home to provide inspiration and advice to help transform this house into a welcoming family home.

Sandblasted limestone pavers in Dover, $111/sqm, Eco Outdoor, ecooutdoor.com.au.

Find out more about how to insure your home at allianz.com.au

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the project Mark Korgul and Carolyn Miles, both architects at their own firm, Watershed Design, extended their mid-century home on Sydney’s Middle Harbour with a second-storey bedroom and ensuite.

the space The bathroom is roughly square, and the floor measures around 2m x 2.6m. “It was important to give the bathroom enough space so that it didn’t feel poky, but we also didn’t want to compromise the adjacent walk-in wardrobe and bedroom,” says Carolyn.

the brief “We wanted our bathroom to feel spacious and really simple,” says Carolyn. “It’s our zone and our aim was to create a minimalist sanctuary.”

the materials The pair chose slim rectangular limestone tiles, laid in an ofset pattern on the floor and stacked vertically on the walls. Handmade Moroccan tiles feature on the splashback and shower wall, adding to the organic feel. The cabinetry was made by All Aspects Joinery in Laminex’s Sublime Teak – “It stands up to moisture better than timber veneer,” says Carolyn, and Mark made the shelf and drawer handles himself from solid blackbutt. Caesarstone’s Fresh Concrete, a light grey with a matt finish, was used for the vanity top. The finishing touch is southern beech timber lining from Hardware & General for the ceiling, coated with clear sealer to protect against moisture.

the key to success A flat fixed Velux skylight above the shower allows light to flood into the room, which has only one window. “The room looks straight onto our neighbours’ house, so we went for a narrow frosted louvred window for privacy. The big skylight over the shower lets lots of light in and makes it really nice to shower under,” says Carolyn. See more of Mark and Carolyn’s work at watersheddesign.com.au. Contact All Aspects Joinery on (02) 9907 1660.

NATURAL TOUCH Get the warm and welcoming look of this bathroom at your place with a curated palette of organic materials and earthy tones. Surface in Fresh Concrete, from $500/sqm (installed), Caesarstone caesarstone.com.au.

‘Zellige’ Moroccan tiles in White, $264/sqm, Surface Gallery, surfacegallery.com.au.

Laminate in Sublime Teak, $102.41/sqm, Laminex, laminex.com.au.

‘Andorra’ limestone tiles, $189/sqm, Eco Outdoor, ecooutdoor.com.au.

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Little Bear Pots planter, $185, The Plant Room, theplantroom.com.au.

‘Bondi’ pot, $1250/ 400mm x 800mm, Robert Plumb, robertplumb.com.au.

‘City Stik’ mixer wall set $702, Brodware, brodware.com.


Right angles play up the size of this room, with vertical tiles creating the illusion of more height.

“WE CHOSE THE MATERIALS TO CREATE A QUIET, ZEN FEEL. I LIKE A BATHROOM TO FEEL LIKE A SANCTUARY” CAROLYN MILES, OWNER/ARCHITECT


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the project This bathroom is a collaboration between interior designers Kestie Lane and Hana Hakim, former partners at Studio You Me. It’s part of ‘Maple’ apartments, a new development in Melbourne’s Hawthorn.

MONOCHROME MAGIC Minimalist lines in black and white are a bold match. Menu towel ladder, $975, Top3 By Design, top3.com.au.

the brief “The design direction was very minimal with a curated palette of white, black and the warmth of limed timber,” says Kestie. “We felt this was a timeless combination for a bathroom that would stay fresh.”

Inax ‘Plain 50’ tiles in J1, POA, Artedomus, artedomus.com.

the materials Small square tiles in white combine with white grout to create a textured wall finish that creates a serene mood, without being boring. The bath and vanity sink, both designed by Thomas Coward using a solid surface material, are clad in 6mm-thick marble-look Maximum porcelain panels. The flooring is smoked and limed engineered European oak from Melbourne Designer Floors.

the key to success Black fixtures punctuate the space, with the standout being the vanity mirror. Custom-designed for this project, it includes a hanging rail for the mirror to slide along and a black-stained oak shelf for display. See more of Kestie’s work at kestielanestudio.com. Find Hana Hakim at thestellacollective.co. Thomas Howard is at thomashoward.com.

‘Marmi’ porcelain panel in Statuario Matt, POA, Maximum, maximumaustralia.com. ‘Icon’ mixer wall set, $648, Astra Walker astrawalker.com.au.


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modbords Find your perfect wet-zone palette in these curated combos, featuring luxe, playful and bright elements

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Reece, reece.com.au. artedomus.com.

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timber The feel: “Wood floors add warmth,” says Anne Plumb, general manager at Royal Oak Floors (royaloakfloors.com.au). “They’re hypoallergenic, too.” The options: Wood floors come in either solid or engineered timber. “Solid timber is more prone to contraction and expansion than engineered boards,” says Anne. “Engineered timber minimises movement as the timber is cross-laminated, then the grain is laid in diferent directions so it doesn’t contract or expand. It allows wider boards [than solid timber] and is cheaper.” Both can be cleaned with an electrostatic mop or vacuum with a soft-bristle head. Installation: Solid timber is traditionally laid over timber joists, but both solid and engineered boards can be nailed and glued to the substrate, says Anne. Laying these boards over ply gives a smooth finish. “Some engineered boards can be laid as a ‘floating’ floor over a concrete slab,” she adds. “This is often required in apartment blocks for acoustic reasons.”

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Need to know: “The harder the wood, the higher the rating on the Janka Hardness Rating scale,” says Anne. “A rating of six or seven will give a good versatile floor. Pine dents easily and rates low on the scale. Grey box and ironbark are very hard Australian species.” Grade describes the appearance of knots and general look of the grain, says Anne. “A board with no visible markings is considered A-grade, and at the other end of the scale is D-grade. Sometimes an A-grade timber can be so perfect it looks like laminate, so the grade you choose comes down to personal preference.” There are plenty of colour options, too. “Beech and oak are popular light woods, tallowwood and spotted gum are medium in colour, and jarrah and walnut are darker,” says Anne. Look for PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) endorsed timbers. These are sustainably harvested and manufactured.


carpet The feel: “Soft and warm, carpet creates a luxurious feel,” says Anthony Carter, national product manager of Carpet Court (carpetcourt.com.au). The options: “Synthetic [usually nylon] carpets are great for families with young children or pets,” says Anthony. “They’ve become increasingly popular due to advances in fade and stain resistance.” Wool carpets are pricier but are “worth the investment as they’re exceptionally hardwearing.” High-quality brands, such as Cavalier Bremworth (cavbrem.com.au), “possess thicker, softer yarns, and create a sense of luxury,” says Anthony. Pile style is important when choosing your carpet, too. “A cuttwist pile gives a textured appearance, and is perfect for high-trafic areas, such as hallways,” says Anthony. “A plush pile is luxurious with a velvety appearance, and great in bedrooms and living areas. It requires maintenance though, so is not ideal for young families. Textured pile and loop-pile carpets are made from uncut yarn. Strong and wear-resistant, they give a modern look.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: (OPPOSITE & THIS PAGE) DEREK SWALWELL, (THIS PAGE) STYLING: (OPPOSITE & THIS PAGE) RACHEL VIGOR. DESIGN: (OPPOSITE) AUSTIN DESIGN ASSOCIATES, AUSTINDESIGN.COM.AU, (THIS PAGE) KENNEDY NOLAN, KENNEDYNOLAN. COM.AU. ARTWORK: (TOP SHELF, FROM LEFT) MOOFUS AND TIM SUTHERLAND; PHOTOGRAPH (ON FLOOR) JACK SHELTON

natural floor coverings + Sisal: “Sisal is a natural fibre harvested from the Agave sisalana cactus plant,” says James Trowbridge, director of Floorspace (floorspace. com.au). “It’s durable and a great eco-friendly option. It’s also soft underfoot and competitively priced.” + Coir: Made from coconut husk, this carpet “has a firmer feel than sisal and gives a rustic look,” says James. + Jute: Made from fibres of the jute plant, it makes a softer – although less durable – carpet than sisal. + Paper: These carpets, made mainly from conifer trees, have a lifespan of about five years. + Marmoleum: A durable linoleum with a linseed-oil base, it’s biodegradable and made from 43 per cent recycled materials.


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concrete The feel: “Get a contemporary look by using a matt sealer, or a classic terrazzo finish with a glossy seal,” says David Lakes, director at Lochbuild (lochbuild.com.au). The options: “Concrete floors are cost efective and extremely functional – concrete is about as hard-wearing as you can get,” says David. “Maintenance is easy, but as with any other floors, clean up red wine spills as soon as possible – it will stain!” Concrete can be cold underfoot in winter. “Putting a solar hydronic system in the slab will solve this, although this can be expensive.” As it’s almost impossible to put concrete floors into an existing home, ‘Concreate’ is a flooring panel manufactured to retrofit. “Concreate panels are installed like a timber floor or tile,” says Anne Plumb. Installation: You will need a builder to pour a concrete floor. “They should use a laser level to check it as they go,” says David. “Make sure it’s covered for the rest of the build.”

laminate & vinyl The feel: “High-quality laminates and vinyl have really authentic wood designs with natural surface textures,” says national product manager at Quick-Step, Kendall Waller (quick-step.com.au). “Cheaper than timber, they’re also extremely durable.” The options: “Laminate flooring uses a wood-based panel overlaid with printed images,” says Kendall. “This is impregnated with melamine to give durability and colour fastness.” Vinyl flooring is PVC-based and available in rolls as well as flexible or rigid planks. “It’s soft to walk on, very hard-wearing and completely waterproof,” he says. Some new laminate floors have a waterproof surface that prevents water penetrating the joints. “These guarantee against water damage for up to 10 years and allow steam mops to be used.” Installation: “Laminate panels click together over any flat surface and can be installed in a day. Flexible vinyl planks require specialised preparation and installation before they’re glued to the subfloor. The rigid planks are installed like laminate floors and need a lot less sub-floor preparation. Special high-density underlays provide a quieter, more solid floor to walk on,” says Kendall.


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tiles The feel: “Stone tiles have an organic feel, while porcelain gives a sophisticated look,” says Christie Wood, design specialist at Beaumont Tiles (beaumont-tiles.com.au). “Timber-look tiles can feel very homely.” The options: “Porcelain is sturdier and more moisture resistant than stone tiles,” says Christie. “Ceramic tiles are very afordable, and pressed-edge tiles are cheaper to buy and install as they’re more forgiving when laid.” “Stone gives a luxurious finish, but needs more care and maintenance [than porcelain],” says David Compagnino, business development manager at Signorino Tile Gallery (signorino.com.au). “An excellent alternative is porcelain slab products such as Laminam.” The new ‘Cemento’ range from Beaumont Tiles is “constructed from rectified porcelain. It gives the beauty of polished concrete with the flexible application of tiles,” says Christie. Installation: To prevent future problems, hire a professional. Under-tile heating can be a good extra. “Convection energy means the tiles warm the floor surface and heat up the room,” says Christie. “It’s significantly cheaper than air-conditioning!”

make a small space feel bigger,” adds David. + Create cosy nooks: “If your home is large, then tiles in diferent colours or shapes can provide the contrast needed to avoid it feeling like a monotonous, empty space,” says David. + Highlight your favourite areas: “Natural stone tiling around a fireplace or feature you’d like to draw attention to can add real flair to a room,” says Christie. “Think about extending floor tiles up to make a feature wall.”

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Keep everyday items close at hand but neat and tidy in the minimalist ‘Chelsea’ wire basket, $29.99. Bonus points for the sleek timber accents. Find it at saltandpepper.com.au.

… wall-hung vanity Daniella Santilli, bathroom marketing leader at Reece weighs in

BATHROOM NEWS

scrub up Update this busy family zone with the latest hardworking elements and spa-ready style buys EDITED BY NATALIE JOHNSON & LOUISA BATHGATE

on point The rustic look and textured feel of cement tiles meets the versatility of porcelain in the new range of ‘Cemento’ tiles. The geometric Positano Cenere colourway is a winner in soft blues and greys. From $130.90/sqm, go to beaumont-tiles.com.au.

IN THE WASH Do away with plastic hampers and easily keep whites and colours separate with GlobeWest’s ‘Arabella Chevron’ baskets, $295/assorted set of 2, from globewest.com.au.

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The deal: With many Australians now living in smaller spaces, wall-hung vanities have become more and more common. But is this style of vanity right for every bathroom? The pros: They free up the floor and provide a more streamlined look than a standard vanity, creating the illusion of more space. Cleaning is easier, with less crevices and places for dust to hide. A wall-hung vanity also ofers versatility in height placement, which is great if you want your vanity to suit specific users. The cons: If you have tiled walls, you’ll need to account for additional tiling underneath. You will also need a solid support system to hold the weight, which may require diferent installation methods, so you should consult your builder to ensure it will work in your home. The verdict: Yay! Floating vanities are available in a range of styles, from contemporary to traditional, and will add to the feeling of space in your bathroom, which is at a premium these days! Go to reece.com.au.

WORDS: (YAY OR NAY) LOUISA BATHGATE. PHOTOGRAPHY: (BATHROOM) MATT JOHNSON AT THE BOWER, BYRON BAY, (ZAKKIA) SAM McADAM-COOPER

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the hit list What’s cooking on our kitchen wishlist this month

editor’s fave For the skinny on the best eats around, pick up Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick, Joshua David Stein, Natascha Mirosch and Evelyn Chen, for $39.95. Find it at phaidon.com.

surfac The latest from Mutina and Patricia Urquiola brings porcelain and wallpaper together in the new ‘Déchirer XL’ collection of textured tiles (POA), Available in three neutral tones, they’re exclusive to Artedomus. Go to artedomus.com.

the oven Ideal for keen entertainers, the new ILVE ‘200 Series’ double oven maximises the internal cavity for more cooking space. It’s $3399, go to ilve.com.au.

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ab er, $35, Kip th rug, $86, L&M Home, Manisa’ Turkish bath mat, $29, Lorraine Lea, lorrainelea.com.

and slimline design, the Eva Solo ‘Toolbox’ will keep essentials at hand. It’s $99.95 at until.com.au.

FRESH & CLEAN Start the day with Austin Austin’s aromatic and certified organic Bergamot & Juniper shampoo and conditioner. NZ$49 each, head to fatherrabbit.com.

the tableware Earthy ceramics meet textural glass and brass accents in the latest collection from Zakkia. From $32, go to zakkia.com.au.

the hardware It’s all in the details! This leather and nickel-plated brass ‘Cassadie’ handle, $40, will add a modern yet rustic vibe to your cooking zone. Visit thedesignhunter.com.au.


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the five types of clutter

5. bargain shopping WORDS PETER WALSH

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Hi Peter, I have a problem. I love to shop and I’m really good at it. I love the search for a bargain and the thrill of the buy, and I’ve saved a lot of money over the years. But my house is filling up, including with things that I plan to use one day but don’t have room for. What should I do? Jane, Cheltenham, Vic

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Shopping is fun! Actually, it’s more than just fun. Shopping a sale can be a smart thing to do, as long as you’re shopping for something you and your family need now or in the very near future. Shopping for things that you imagine you will need some time in the next few months or years is where I draw the line. Jane, your house needs to breathe. If it’s weighed down by excess that you don’t need, like bargain-priced bottles of pasta sauce or can’t-pass-up specials, you may be denying yourself room to grow in your home. Here’s how to deal with ‘Bargain Shopping Clutter’.

1. Price isn’t everything. We love to buy on sale and do it for a sense of control. Are you the type who thinks if you buy extra boxes of sale pasta now, you’ll save money in the long run, because the family will surely use it one day? We crave that feeling of preparedness. It is smart to some degree, but it can get you in trouble if there’s too much of it. As I always tell clients – if the price is the best thing about an item, don’t buy it. Ever! We’re also made to believe that if we buy the right thing, we’ll be closer to the elusive ‘happiness’ we seek. This is especially strong when we’re told that we’d be silly to not buy it and miss a deal. 2. Break the chain. Look at why and when you shop. For many, shopping is recreational, and often people do it because they’re bored. Spending an afternoon in air-conditioned comfort seems free, and the promise of seeing new things can be hard to pass up. Sound like you? Instead, think about the hobbies you’ve always wanted to take up and enrich your life that way, rather than accumulating more stuf. These small steps can change your attitude quickly. 3. You can’t buy happiness. Have you ever gone shopping and not seen the ‘SALE’ signs? Realise that if you miss today’s stocktake sale, end-of-season sale, going-outof-business sale or too-good-to-pass-up sale, there will be another one very soon. Retailers will tell you that you’re smart if you buy their stuf – and especially smart if you do it while it’s on sale. They go to great lengths to ensure you ‘happily’ give them your money for that latest item. But ultimately, shopping won’t make you happy – and you’re smarter than the stores. Concentrate on what you can do to improve your life and your happiness. You don’t need to buy something to feel good about yourself. Turn into the person who feels sorry for those friends who can’t help themselves and buy way more things than they need. You’re no longer that person. Your days of shopping for shopping’s sake are over.

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If going to the mall is dificult to avoid, try this trick: leave your purse or wallet in your car’s boot. Sometimes we buy things because, in that moment, the deal seems too good to resist. Take a moment to breathe and think, then see if that item is something you truly need. By thinking about a purchase, you create a moment of reflection that will allow you to ponder your motives and whether the item really is a bargain.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: TOM FERGUSON. DESIGN: FEARNS STUDIO, FEARNS.COM.AU

Peter Walsh, the ‘get your whole life organised guy’, is an Aussie currently based in Los Angeles.

The final instalment of Peter’s series concerns possibly the most difficult form of clutter of all to conquer. Who can resist a great deal, or three? But you’ve come this far. Don’t let it all slip away


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Catering to two very active kids, this already-established garden with a sense of old-world charm is reworked to become a functional family space WORDS LOUISE McDAID PHOTOGRAPHY BRIGID ARNOTT

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T GARDEN BED (above) Below the stairs and railing designed by White + Dickson Architects, vibrant Cotyledon orbiculata and Kalanchoe marmorata are used as groundcover. Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) stands sentry by the railing. FENCE (above right) Clipped balls of Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’ soften the divide between lawn and pool. They are littered with frangipani flowers from the tree above.

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other, or from the view,” says Jaimie Woodcock, who shares the home with his wife Aimee, and their kids, Macauley, 9; and Leila, 3. Mostly, Jaimie and Aimee wanted practical spaces for their children to play outside, but they were also keen to exploit the views and preserve the captivating feel that drew them to the property. The plan included a high-quality cricket-pitch-sized lawn and a swimming pool, and shaping old plants into interesting forms to open up views and provide privacy. They engaged Michael Cooke for the landscape design. Having worked with Michael before, they knew he was more than capable of arranging this garden the way they wanted. The couple trusted both his expertise with the existing plants and his talent and vision to allow the garden to evolve. First was the pool, a significant addition, the unorthodox shape of which results from sloping land and a tricky corner. A drop down in the level around the pool yields a lower lounge area, with both levels paved using Eco Outdoor ‘Bolzano’ sandstone tiles. The crazy paving suits the unusual retro-shaped pool and extends to the house, where the downstairs area opens onto it. What was once a sloping grass patch has now become two connected spaces where this family spends most of their time.


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We wanted a durable, low-maintenance garden with spaces where we could relax with friends JAIMIE WOODCOCK, HOMEOWNER

POOL AREA Paving in Eco Outdoor ‘Bolzano’ sandstone tiles surround the pool and extend into the sunken lounge area. Driade ‘Tokyo-Pop’ stools from YLiving serve as low tables alongside a pair of Tait loungers.


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Michael did a fantastic job of working with the brief we gave him JAIMIE WOODCOCK, HOMEOWNER

Michael then designed an expansive lawn as a dynamic area for playing cricket and practising putting. “We have very active kids,” says Jaimie. “Macauley, especially, loves all sports, so we really wanted to be able to enjoy that in the garden.” They chose ‘Santa Ana’ couch turf for that golf-green look and feel. The glass pool fence provides a connection between these areas and the people using them. The planting between the areas is kept low to enable a sense of flow, and includes clipped balls of Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’. The curves of the balls and garden edging echo the random paving shapes. These shapely curves repeat around the garden, creating structure without rigidity. A pre-existing camellia is reshaped into an alluring cloud-shape and the lawn has a sinuous garden-edged border. More paving and a sandstone wall, built from convict stone, speak to the classic component of the space. The curves create a relaxed look, avoiding straight, formal lines. Away from the backyard, there are other practical spaces. The clothes-drying area has ample space for fun to be had among the household chores. There’s a trampoline and courtyard nearby, with easy access all around. “One of the things we love is that you can walk around the house on all four sides,” says Jaimie. “We wanted the kids to be able to wander and explore all around the house outside.” Much of the garden’s allure comes from the established plants and trees. Some of these were blocking views, so Michael thinned and reshaped them to reveal the ocean. While this

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LAWN (opposite top) Curves in the garden are formed by the freestanding sandstone blade wall, built by Cornerstone Landscaping from salvaged convict stone. Together with the shaped lawn and garden edges, it acts as a counterbalance to the straight lines of the house. SHOWER (opposite bottom) The outdoor shower is the ‘Murray Rose’ design by Robert Plumb. BACK GARDEN Clipped shapes of Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’ mix with free-form plants including a frangipani tree and Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga ‘Macrantha’ to the right of the balls. The large round pot is full of Zamia furfuracea.


PATHWAY (left) Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’ and Senecio viravira with silver leaves are planted beside recycled sandstone paving from the original garden. The fence is stained in ‘Palm Beach Black’ by Porter’s Paints. BENCH (below) The brass mesh fence and timber seat on the landing are by White + Dickson Architects. Mesh provides safety while maintaining solar access, ventilation and views. BACK GARDEN (opposite) The lawn is surrounded by boundary trees to ensure privacy, but these

initially shocked Jaimie, he soon saw the benefits. As he says, “I love the texture of the garden; I’m a big fan of shaping. The organic nature of the backyard area has great shapes and it’s only going to get better in years to come.” Foliage textures, shapes and varying heights define the subtropical planting theme. The interplay here is lively. Two large, new frangipani trees are an essential addition, enhancing the sense of garden maturity. Different layers of green pervade the plant palette, creating lushness and continuity, spiced with splashes of silver-leafed plants such as Kalanchoe hildebrandtii and Senecio viravira. It is not a flowery garden, but delicate blooms here and there add colour. The Bauhinia tomentosa on the pool’s far perimeter features exquisite yellow flowers and provides screening. The continuity of complementary colour tones permeates the garden, with all elements interconnecting. Michael designed it this way, with nothing competing – just with beautiful, subtle links. For Jaimie and Aimee, the colours all add to the ambience. “That’s what everyone says when they come to visit – it just has a very relaxing and peaceful feel to it.” See more of Michael’s work at michaelcooke.com.au.The garden was installed by Andrew Noble of Cornerstone Landscaping. Visit cornerstonelandscaping.com.au.

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We wanted the kids to be able to wander and explore outside JAIMIE WOODCOCK, HOMEOWNER

plant palette

Working with a combination of existing plants and new tropical plantings has resulted in a wonderful family garden.

orbiculata var. oblonga ‘Macrantha’)

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OPENING PAGES ‘Caviar Speckle’ round platter, $59.95, Maxwell & Williams, maxwellandwilliams.com.au. ‘Mika’ salad servers, $30, The DEA Store, thedeastore.com. Milk & Sugar ‘Wylie’ tumblers, $39.95/set of 4, Life Interiors, lifeinteriors.com.au. ‘Babia’ serving board in Pink, $30, Freedom, freedom.com.au. ‘Rhapsody’ goblet, $49.95/set of 4, Salt&Pepper, saltandpepper.com.au. ‘Oslo’ champagne glasses, $8.95 each, Domayne, domayne.com.au. ‘Glaze Landscape’ plates, $110 each, Takeawei, takeawei.com. Milk & Sugar ‘Huck’ tumblers, from $39.95/ set of 4, Life Interiors, as before. ‘Carved’ planters, from $74 each, Dot & Co., shop-dotandco.com. Linen tablecloth in Natural, from $135, and linen napkins in Olive, $39.95/set of 4, I Love Linen, ilovelinen.com.au. Cutlery and chairs, stylist’s own. PREVIOUS PAGES (left) ‘Arpel’ gold-rimmed champagne glass, $9.95, Domayne, as before. ‘Oslo’ champagne glasses, ‘Rhapsody’ goblet, ‘Carved’ planter, and linen tablecloth in Natural, as before. (right) ‘Babia’ serving board in Pink, ‘Glaze Landscape’ plate, linen tablecloth in Natural and cutlery, as before. THESE PAGES (left) ‘Caviar Speckle’ round platter, ‘Mika’ salad servers, Milk & Sugar ‘Wylie’ and ‘Huck’ tumblers, ‘Glaze Landscape’ plates and linen tablecloth in Natural, as before. (right) ‘Carved’ planter, linen tablecloth in Natural and linen napkins in Olive, as before.


THESE PAGES (left) ‘Glaze Landscape’ plates, $110 each, Takeawei, takeawei.com. Milk & Sugar ‘Wylie’ low tumbler, $39.95/set of 4, Life Interiors, lifeinteriors.com.au. ‘Rhapsody’ goblet, $49.95/set of 4, Salt&Pepper, saltandpepper.com.au. Linen tablecloth in Natural, from $135, and linen napkin in Olive, $39.95/set of 4, I Love Linen, ilovelinen. com.au. (right) ‘White Speckle’ side plates, $48 each, Dot & Co., shopdotandco.com. Linen tablecloth in Natural, as before. Cutlery, stylist’s own.


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Alisa & Lysandra alisaandlysandra.com.au All Aspects Joinery (02) 9907 1660 Artedomus 1300 278 336 artedomus.com Astra Walker (02) 8838 5100 astrawalker. com.au Beaumont Tiles beaumont-tiles.com.au BoConcept boconcept.com Bonnie And Neil (03) 9384 2234 bonnieandneil.com.au Byron Bay Hanging Chairs byronbayhangingchairs.com.au

Meizai (03) 9279 2888 meizai.com.au Melbourne Designer Floors (03) 9776 3113 melbournedesignerfloors.com.au Michael Cooke (02) 4373 1212 michaelcooke.com.au Muuto 1300 132 154, livingedge.com.au Natural Stone Bath Factory (02) 9542 7119 naturalstonebathfactory.com.au Nedgis nedgis.com Norsu Interiors (03) 9886 0457 norsu.com.au Onefortythree Lighting onefortythree.com Phoenix Tapware (03) 9780 4200 phoenixtapware.com.au PW Glass (03) 9335 2990 pwglass.com

c-d Caesarstone caesarstone.com.au Corinthian Doors corinthian.com.au Cornerstone Landscaping (02) 4365 4227 cornerstonelandscaping.com.au Corsi & Nicolai cnanaturalstone.com Corten Australia cortenaustralia.com.au Cult cultdesign.com.au David Bromley (03) 9510 8990 bromleyandco. com Designstuf (03) 8598 9700 designstuf. com.au DIY Curtains Online 1300 918 390 diyonlineblinds.com.au Domayne domayneonline.com.au Doorcraft (02) 4340 1083 doorcraft.com.au Dulux dulux.com.au

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Reece reece.com.au Robert Plumb (02) 9316 9066 robertplumb.com.au Rogerseller rogerseller.com.au Ross Gardam rossgardam.com.au Ruby Star Traders rubystar.com Rustica Hardware (07) 3245 6190 rusticahardware.com Scyon 1300 599 542, scyon.com.au Stegbar 1800 681 168 stegbar. com.au Steel Window Design 0434 843 426 steelwindowdesign.com.au

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Easycraft (07) 3906 7200 easycraft.com.au Eco Outdoor 1300 131 413 ecooutdoor.com.au Eleven Australia 1800 104 204 elevenaustralia. com Est Lighting 02 9194 3422 estlighting. com.au Euroa Clay Products (03) 5795 3078 glazedbricks.com Fenton & Fenton (03) 9533 2323 fentonandfenton.com.au George Fethers (03) 9646 5266 gfethers.com.au Globe West (03) 9518 1600 globewest.com.au Godfrey Hirst 1300 444 778 godfreyhirst.com Great Dane greatdanefurniture.com Gyprock 1300 306 556 gyprock.com.au

Tait (03) 9419 7484 madebytait.com.au Taubmans 131 686 taubmans.com.au The City Tiler (03) 9696 0444 thecitytiler. com.au The Vintage Shed (03) 5977 4195 thevintageshed.com.au Thomas Coward thomascoward.com Tuckbox Design 0432 156 077 tuckbox.com.au Urban Baby 1300 882 991 urbanbaby.com.au Urban Edge (03) 9429 2122 urbanedgeceramics.com.au

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Our Agony Aunt Meg Mason dishes out somewhat questionable style and decorating advice to would-be DIY renovators My husband and I have been househunting for four months, and have already lost out at a dozen auctions. Do you have an advice on how to succeed? We’re starting to lose hope. Jen, Coomera, Qld

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Anyway, where were we? Strategy, yes. Some experts say bid as much as you can as early as you can, so as to startle rivals with your apparently limitless resources and laser-like focus. Others say hang back and hope you’ll be able to storm in with a match-stealing thousand as the hammer falls. But the method that’s worked time and again for me? Choose a property you really do have a shot at – which is to say, one with a guide price at least $300,000 below your toppy-top. Once bidding begins, peck away at the competition with so many bafflingly tiny increments – $57.20, $1003, €8 and an expired Bunnings card – that eventually, confusion sets in and their parking runs out and you’re home, sweet home. I’ve been thinking about putting a plunge pool in the backyard. What factors should I consider before going ahead? Miriam, via email

If, after a very clear-eyed assessment of your rear proportions, you’re sure you have the space and won’t be forever stepping out of the bi-folds and straight into the shallow end, I say why not? Glorious on a summer’s day, lovely to look at, even sitting under a thick blanket of dead frangipanis, and if it’s only 2m x 2m, you can truthfully tell your co-workers you knocked out 50 laps before coming into the office.

revive the… home bar A forgotten objet ripe for resurgence Getting a spot at the bar was never a problem for the 1970s reveller, since the bar was in the corner of their own living room. Fully stocked, back-lit, mirror-inset in a gleaming mahogany-esque finish… every hour was happy hour.

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ere I to sit, with sharpened pencil and legal pad, and try to jot down the components of a truly awful Saturday, the final list would include… w from a fitful night’s sleep with the sort of tension headache that’s impervious to pharmacy-only painkillers and a sleeve of Nespresso pods, swallowed dry; being, by breakfast-time, so gripped with a nameless dread that your puffed quinoa is like chalk in the mouth; falling out with your husband because he forgot to remove the property section from the papers before bringing them inside, as per instruction, and now you can’t unread a headline announcing a 74 per cent jump in house prices since last Wednesday. Add to the list, realising as you rinse your conditioner, that you may have misplaced a six-figure bank cheque made out to cash experiencing a crushing disappointment of some kind, preferably attended by a palpable, very public reminder of how much money you don’t have compared to other people; and doing a spin class. Bar that last one, I have also described an average Saturday at an auction. Having endured so many, as yet to no end, it’s no wonder your faith is failing. How, after all, could you ever have more money than the 50 other hopefuls clustered curbside, waiting for a sharp-suited auctioneer to get on with his eight minutes of intense psychological torture, all gavelwavery and bogus ‘going-onces’. Can you ever know triumph when, barely having raised your paddle, a developer who’s left his Maserati running bids $800,000 over the reserve? What hope do you have against a 23-year-old punter whose parents are there to chip in that last million, when yours will later try and split the bill at yum cha. The futility! The anguish! The sobbing convulsively in school-sports traffic on the way home! To think, by way of aside, that there are people who pop along to auctions for fun. Not even in the market, just enjoying a takeaway coffee and the spectacle of human suffering, although – now I’ve said it – I can see that’s merely the modern equivalent of the ancient Romans watching Christians get torn apart by lions before heading off to brunch.


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