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THE NEW MOOD THE HUE, WHAT & WHERE OF THIS SEASON’S DREAMIEST PALETTES
FOUND! THE WORLD’S COOLEST AIRBNBS HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME
HERE COMES THE SUN
75 GAME-CHANGING FINDS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE SHEER GENIUS WINDOW TREATMENTS TO INSPIRE & TRANSFORM
BENELLI 3-SEATER LEATHER SOFA WITH TWIN ELECTRIC RECLINING ACTIONS, $6999 Upholstered in beautiful genuine cowhide leather, the Australian-made Benelli sofa combines craftsmanship, quality and comfort in a contemporary style. With solid Victorian ash legs, twin electric recliners and adjustable headrests, the Benelli is the perfect balance of comfort and style.
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Bianca Carver Chair, $459. Marli Coffee Table, $399. Trelis Dip Dye Rug (160x230cm), $599. Elle Table Lamp Gold, $209.95. Luxe Marble Tray Small, $49.95; Marble Vessel with Brass Small, $69.95; Large, $99.95.
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CONTENTS I S S U E
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T H E
N E W
M O O D
4 9 FAVE FINDS
WHAT’S ON THE COVER
From beach towels and outdoor furniture to ambient lights and lovely linen, it’s all good!
5 4 LOCALS ONLY Mates Jesse and Jonathan’s frustration with disposable water bottles inspired their start-up
8 2 ART SPACE
All the buys to create three living space looks, from timeless and lush to casually chic
5 6 NEED TO KNOW
Discover the careful renovation and layered decoration of a Melbourne artist’s family home
3 9 MOST WANTED
Rug studio Danskina takes the art-for-the -ﬂoor concept to a whole new level
9 2 RAW FINISH
Get ready for summer with Hot Mesh outdoor chairs; they’re super comfy in sizzlin’ shades
5 8 SPACE CRUSH
A Swedish home is opened up and painted white, with timber joists for rugged appeal
4 0 LOOK BOOKS
DesignOfﬁce transform a historical power station into the Higher Ground food hub
10 4 INTERIEUR
6 2 THE NEW MOOD
A splash of colour and some contemporary furniture bring this Paris home up to date
3 1 3 WAYS TO STYLE
Food and art make for page-turners this month
Whether you’re after a whole colour palette or an accent, here’s the guide for you
4 3 WHO ARE YOU Say “hej” to Niels Strøyer Christophersen, co-founder of Danish design studio Frama
HOME S 7 1 THE NEW NEUTRAL
4 6 MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE Tim Ross uses Halloween as a chance to nosy around a fabulous, nearby house
Rosa’s light-ﬁlled ﬂat is a lesson in simple, pared-back style and restrained elegance
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ROOMS 12 0 SHEER GENIUS Curtains, hardware, blinds and fabric! We shine the light on how to dress (windows) for success
12 8 B&A: MONOCHROME MAKEOVER A Sydney couple expertly blend their love for classic and modern design in their 1900s semi
13 6 THE WORLD’S COOLEST AIRBNBS We look to Airbnbs around the world for decorating inspo. Take ﬂight with cool ideas
O U T SIDE 15 1 HERE COMES THE SUN Check out all these fun and colourful buys for a gorgeous outdoor space, the most popular “room” in the house during the warmer months
E AT 16 1 EGGS-TRAORDINARY Lucy O’Reilly shares a swag of recipes from simple to fancy in Posh Eggs. They’re so goog! @reallivingmag
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HELLO One of a kind We’ve fallen hard for the unique pieces by Danish Design studio, Frama. Meet founder Niels Strøyer on page 44.
Hi there! This couch from Clickon Furniture made a mighty ﬁne perch. Love the lamp? It’s from Beacon Lighting.
NO YOU’RE NOT SEEING THINGS, THAT’S ME ON THE FRONT COVER. “THERE’S SOMETHING I’VE WANTED TO TRY ALL DAY, DON’T FREAK OUT,” OUR ART DIRECTOR SANDY SAID WITH A WICKED SMILE. MY INITIAL REACTION WAS PURE TERROR. I NEARLY FAINTED ON THE SPOT WHEN SHE SHOWED ME. BELIEVE IT OR NOT I’M NATURALLY A VERY SHY PERSON. BUT AFTER MUCH CAJOLING FROM THE TEAM, I DECIDED TO THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND. AFTER ALL, TAKING RISKS, BEING BOLD AND KEEPING IT REAL IS WHAT THE MAG IS ALL ABOUT, AND I DON’T THINK YOU CAN GET MUCH MORE REAL THAN THIS!
The playlist Oh Mercy When We Talk About Love vinyl LP, $36.99, Ohmercy.com.au
Art attack Look At Me/Don’t Look At Me #8 artwork by Leo Coyte, $3200, Galeriepompom.com
Black magic Kilian “VoulezVous Coucher Avec Moi” Eau de Parfum, $475 for 50ml, Harrolds.com.au
Need it now Elizabeth and James “Zoe” shoulder bag in Claret Suede, $492, Net-a-porter.com
Colour crush “Skandinavian Skies” Boujad rug, $960, Tigmitrading.com 1m x 2m.
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photography maree homer (emma); courtesy of frama (interior) | styling sarah ellison (living room), tanya levak (fashion) | hair & make-up wayne chick/the artist group
THE NIGHT BEFORE MY FIRST DAY on real living I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. It was like being invited to front my favourite band. Of course playing with rockstars can be intimidating to say the least, and I’d been told in no uncertain terms by old workmates that as the editor of real living, it was time I got a handle on my untidiness and put an end to the make-shift wardrobe under my desk. So armed with a shiny new Hay pen and a beautiful orchid, I moved into my new digs, vowing to turn over a new leaf. But after 12 days, things have already gone south. Clothes have reappeared, a bookshelf has been taken over by my collection of hot sauces and there are papers everywhere. But to my surprise and delight, my organised chaos has been wholeheartedly embraced by the team. In fact, the six pairs of shoes and crate of chilli barely raised an eyebrow. It reminded me of why I fell in love with real living many years ago. It’s not about being perfect; it’s seeing the beauty in your surrounds, and ﬁnding joy and inspiration in your most treasured possessions – in my case, Tabasco. Like falling in love, buying a house or ﬁnding the perfect sofa, when you ﬁnd “The One” you just know. And after putting my ﬁrst issue to bed, I can safely say I’m head over heels with my new gig and already dropping the “L bomb”. I hope you ﬁnd something in this issue that makes you want to drop it too.
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Understanding colour relationships and proportion
Identifying undertones and working with neutrals Using colour to create mood in an interior How to interpret different styles and trends Communicating and presenting moodboards
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In Your Dreams W E S P E N D R O U G H LY A T H I R D O F O U R L I V E S A S L E E P, S O M A K E I T C O U N T. H A R V E Y N O R M A N H A S A L A R G E R A N G E O F M AT T R E S S E S T O E N S U R E YO U G E T A G O O D N I G H T ’ S S L E E P.
Sleepsense Vitality Standard Base Queen Ensemble $3,299 A sound night’s sleep is crucial to our overall health and well-being, and everybody’s needs when choosing a good mattress differ greatly. Adaptability is the name of the game with the Sleepsense Vitality Standard Base Queen Ensemble, which is able to adjust to your individual needs thanks to the handy touch of a button on the Sleepsense remote or mobile app.
T H E S L E E P S E N S E M AT T R E S S C A N B E C U S T O M I S E D T O YO U R N E E D S . F I N D T H E U LT I M AT E I N S L E E P S E N S E T E C H N O L O G Y W I T H T H E B E L O W F E AT U R E S * . *Features may vary between models, see in store for details.
Variable Firmness Customise the ﬁrmness of each side of the bed with the remote or smartphone app.
Adjustable Base Match with the Sleepsense Genius adjustable base to elevate head and foot positions. (Sold Separately).
Sleep Tracking Monitor your sleep activity with inbuilt Sleepsense sleep tracking technology. (Optional Extra).
That Sealy Feeling HAVING MADE BEDS FOR OVER 45 YEARS, SEALY ARE ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED BRANDS IN THE BEDDING BUSINESS, ALWAYS INNOVATING NEW MATTRESS TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE YOUR SLEEP SATISFACTION IS AT AN OPTIMUM.
A BETTER NIGHTâ€™S SLEEP MEANS A BETTER SENSE OF WELL-BEING.
Sealy Posturepedic® Trafalgar Plush Queen Ensemble $3,699 A great night’s sleep leads to increased productivity and a better sense of well-being. The Sealy Posturepedic® Trafalgar Plush Queen Ensemble promises a royally good rest with a combination of innovative, cutting-edge Sealy Posturepedic® technology, starting with a trifecta of foams: Memory Foam, convoluted SuperSoft Foams and deep SuperSoft Foams, the combination of which will have you drifting off into a sleep deeper than you thought possible. Then there’s the unique ComfortCore® Plus with Gel-Infused Visco Elastic to give your lower-back maximum support, luxuriant Silk and Wool Fibre quilting and Sealy’s ReSTII® Ti coils and UniCased® XT edge support – everything you need to doze off contentedly.
What are the beneﬁts of a Sealy Posturepedic® mattress? + Backed by decades of research and development, Sealy mattresses lead the way with patented technology which lies at the heart of their product range + Common pressure points located on the body are given concentrated relief + Employs technology such as the ComfortCore® to support hips and lower back
The King of Slumber SLEEP EASY AND FEEL REVITALISED WITH KING KOIL’S INNOVATIVE MATTRESS COIL TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO GIVE MAXIMUM SUPPORT FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP, NO MATTER YOUR WEIGHT OR BODY SHAPE.
THE REFLEX PLATINUM SUPPORT SYSTEM MOULDS TO THE SHAPE OF YOUR BODY ENSURING A RESTFUL SLEEP.
King Koil Platinum Posture Bellagio Medium Queen Ensemble $3,699 Treat yourself to the most lush and luxurious sleep imaginable with the King Koil Platinum Posture Bellagio Medium Queen Ensemble. Lay down and be gently supported by the Gel Infused Latex, Memory Foam and Micro Comfort Coils, all engineered to provide supremely satisfying layers of comfort. The advanced Reﬂex Platinum support system molds to the shape of your body, ensuring you’ll experience a replenishing, restful sleep.
Tempur Perfection EXPERIENCE SPACE AGE SUPPORT WITH TEMPUR – A PRESTIGIOUS MATTRESS AND PILLOW BRAND WHOSE MATERIAL WAS DEVELOPED BY NASA WHO REQUIRED A MATERIAL TO EVENLY DISTRIBUTE WEIGHT AND PRESSURE.
FEATURES AN ADJUSTABLE BASE FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO READ, WATCH TV OR WORK ON THEIR LAPTOP IN BED.
TEMPUR® Zero-G Platinum Queen Adjustable Base with TEMPUR® Orion Cloud Plush Queen Mattress $5,499 Combing style with high-tech features, the TEMPUR® Zero-G Lifestyle Queen Adjustable Base is designed to look like a contemporary bed frame, and has a thin movable platform on top that quietly adjusts your mattress to a position you desire via a backlit wireless remote – perfect for those who like to read, watch TV or work on their laptop while in bed. The base also offers a head and foot massage option, and the luxuriant TEMPUR® Orion Cloud Plush Queen Mattress boasts the ability to always return to its original shape for the life of the product.
Get Your Beauty Sleep A TRUSTED BRAND THAT’S BEEN REFINING THEIR MATTRESS-MAKING CRAFT FOR OVER A CENTURY – THEIR BEDS WERE EVEN ABOARD THE TITANIC – BEAUTYREST HAVE DEDICATED DECADES TO DELIVERING THE BEST SLEEP POSSIBLE.
Beautyrest Black® Boston Medium Queen Ensemble, $3,999 The Beautyrest Black® Boston Medium Queen Ensemble features a sumptuous Cloud Top mattress layer – not only is it as blissfully comfortable as it sounds, but it is made from Micro Diamond Infused AirCool™ Memory Foam. The mattress also features Beautyrest’s famous Pocketed Coil® support technology providing maximum comfort and support.
What are the beneﬁts of a Beautyrest Black® mattress? + Advanced Pocketed Coil® support technology, its triple stranded coils providing pressure relief + Micro Diamonds in the foam conduct heat away from the body, preventing overheating + Crafted from luxury fabrics that provide an unparalleled sleeping experience
BEAUTYREST BLACK® POCKETED COIL SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES MAXIMUM COMFORT AND SUPPORT FOR A UNFORGETABLE SLEEP.
Pillows & Quilts C H O O S I N G T H E R I G H T P I L L O W A N D Q U I LT W I L L E N S U R E Y O U G E T T H E B E S T P O S S I B L E S L E E P.
FRONT SLEEPER A soft pillow is great for front sleepers as it provides the right amount of comfortable cushioning.
CHOOSING THE PERFECT PILLOW All Rounder
Logan & Mason MemoryCloud™ Pillow, $99.95.
Dentons Medi Rest Therapeutic Pillow, $99.95.
Back & Side Sleeper
Sealy Memory Foam Contour Pillow, $249.95.
TEMPUR® Symphony Medium Pillow, $299.
SleepMaker® Airﬂow Memory Foam Classic Pillow, $189.99.
Dentons Foam High Proﬁle Contour Pillow, $94.95.
Back & Side Sleeper
Back & Side Sleeper
BACK SLEEPER A medium-ﬁrm pillow is ideal for back sleepers providing support for the neck without affecting the alignment of your spine.
Gainsborough Talalay Latex Gel-Infused Standard Pillow, $99.95.
Back & Side Sleeper
Beautyrest® Recharge II Gel Visco Memory Foam Standard Pillow, $269.99.
Back & Side Sleeper
Bambi Cool Touch Microﬁbre Flip High Proﬁle Pillow, $79.95.
SIDE SLEEPER A ﬁrm pillow is perfect for side sleepers as it keeps the spine aligned and prevents hunching and painful necks.
TEMPUR® Comfort Cloud Pillow, $259.
Back & Side Sleeper
Beautyrest Black® Memory Foam Standard Pillow, $329.
Herington High & Firm Gusseted Pillow, $39.95.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT QUILT COOLER CLIMATES Down, Wool or Alpaca provide extra warmth and are suitable for cold climates or people who feel the cold.
HOT SLEEPERS Cotton is ideal for hot sleepers or mild climates, light weight and breathable ﬁbres allow for good ventilation. SENSITIVE SLEEPERS Synthetic quilts give the same warmth as natural ﬁllings, a practical choice if you’re allergic to feathers and down.
Kelly & Windsor Alpaca Classic Queen Quilt, $349.
Moodmaker Gold Woolmark Queen High Loft Quilt, $319.95.
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Herington Luxury Queen Quilt with Excel Polyester Fibre, $209.95.
The forever kitchen Classic colours soft grey and white grace the Clubhouse Bricks wallpaper from Milton & King and Silke Bonde Forest Floor print from The Little Interior. Ikea “Mossebo” frame, Freedom “Bailey” console and Zakkia vessels. Flip the page for more of this timeless room. A
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Designer DIY Paint Your Own Doors kitchen, $2881 (including cabinets, Modern doors, panels, hardware, Mayonella laminate benchtop and splashback), Kaboodle Kitchen. Doors and cabinetry painted with Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss paint in Flooded Gum, $101 for 4L, Bunnings. Replica Eero Saarinen “Tulip” dining table, $595, Matt Blatt. Signature Essentials “Simple” dining chair and carver chair in Facade Pumice, $169 and $229, Freedom. Replica Flos IC pendant light, $239, Amonson Lighting. DAB+ Mantle radio, $49, Kmart. Watering can in Brass, $74, Zakkia. ON TABLE Clovis glass vase, $59.90 (holding ﬂowers from The Grounds Florals), Finch lunch plate, $24.90, and Dine linen napkin in Ecru, $12.90, Citta Design. Cereal New York City Guide, $25, Harry Hartog. Eli ceramic spoon and spreader in Parchment, $9.95 each, Country Road. Barbara mug, $32 (with saucer), Nathan + Jac. Raw bottle, $49, Zakkia. IN DRAWER/ON BENCH Atti enamel salad servers, $54.95, Country Road. Finch cereal bowl, $18.90, Citta Design. ON BENCH Olsen salt and pepper grinders, $49.95 each, and Tynne teatowel, $34.95 (set of 3), Country Road. The Kinfolk Table book, $37.26, Book Depository. Flowerpot in Grey, $28 (with saucer), Hay. Dichondra plant, $19.99, Plants Plus. Arch chopping board, $79 (medium), Hay. 4-slice toaster, $39, Kmart. ON FLOOR Livyn “Balance Click” vinyl planks in Canyon Oak Light Brown, about $57 a sq m, Quick Step. A
THE HERRINGBONE FLOOR ADDS CHARACTER AND SOFTNESS TO THE WHITE AND GREY
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Rich green Stockholm cabinet in Green, $399, Ikea. Boa entertainment unit in Walnut, $1259.09, Life Interiors. Stockholm swivel chairs in Sandbacka Green, $399 each, Ikea. Hudson cushion in Black, $5, Kmart. Sino coffee table, $520, Clickon Furniture. ON CABINET Asteroid deco object in Gold, $19.89, Freedom. The Tailored Interior book, $70, Nathan + Jac. Lumo bottles in Verdigris, $31.90 and $36.90, MRD Home. ON ENTERTAINMENT UNIT Brass armadillo, $59, and Geometric deco object in Marble/Wood, $59, West Elm. Geometric tealight holder in Brass, $5, Kmart. GPO Westwood speaker, $159; The Champagne Guide book, $49.95; Paris Style Guide book, $39.95; and Perfect Imperfect book, $59.95, Opus Design. Kate: The Kate Moss Book, $59.87, and Serge Ramelli’s Paris book, $38.93, Book Depository. ON COFFEE TABLE Link deco in Gold, $54.95, Opus Design. Tetris vase in Black, $38.50, MRD Home (holding ﬂowers from The Grounds Florals. Vogue: The Jewellery book, $149.95, Opus Design. ON WALL Camden Factory Bricks wallpaper, $160 per 10m roll, Milton & King. Antony Makhlouf “Ode To Newton” print (50cm x 70cm), $89, Blue Dog. Custom frame in Black, $153, Frameshop. Replica Serge Mouille sconce, $445, Amonson Lighting. ON FLOOR Cowhide rug, $399, NSW Leather Co. Boston boots, $59.95, Rubi Shoes. A
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LIVING IS EASY Long Beach 2-seat sofa in Bellevue Ivory, $1899, Lounge Lovers. Bestå storage unit combination with doors in White Stained Oak Effect/Djupviken White, $535, Ikea. Benson coffee table, $650, and Bussell stool, $325, Clickon Furniture. Fifty 5 Parrots hide armchair, $699, Atolyia. ON COFFEE TABLE Barbara ceramic teapot, $59.50, and mug, $32 (with saucer), Nathan + Jac. Carved speckled vase, $65, Dot & Co, holding Crassula plant from The Succulent Garden. Disc vase, $35.90, MRD Home. Near And Far book, $39.95, Opus Design. ON STOOL Etchings vase in Black, $49, Nathan + Jac. Aspen Bay candle in Blood Orange & Vine, $54.95, Opus Design. ON STORAGE UNIT Cactus in dipped pot, $169, cactus in grey antiqued pot, $29 for 3, and pear cactus in antiqued pot, $89, Lounge Lovers. Gigja Einarsdottir Mirror canvas print with box frame (1m x 75cm), $395, Urban Road. Little Jugs jug, $35, Dot & Co. Kali vase, $69, Lounge Lovers. Artiﬁcial gumnuts, $5.95, and Monochrome Home book, $55, Opus Design. Greenterior book, $59.46, Book Depository. ON LOUNGE Mongolian sheepskin throw in Camel, $165, Hides of Excellence. Pilve knit cushion in Caramel, $79.95, and Veda cushion in Marshmallow, $33.33, Country Road. Anna cushion in Blush, $49, Lounge Lovers. Anni woven cushion cover in Multi, $139, Citta Design. Kara cushion in Grey, $125, MRD Home. ON WALLS Facet wallpaper in Old Silver, $72 a lineal m, Quercus & Co. Clubhouse Bricks wallpaper in White, $160 per 10m roll, Milton & King. Denna wall-hanging in Ivory, $205, MRD Home. ON FLOOR Colca rug in Multi (15.2m x 2.44m), $599, West Elm. Solidtex vinyl ﬂooring in Noma Blanc, $29.75 a sq m, Gerﬂor. Austin lamp, $299, Lounge Lovers. Baines boots, $49.95, Rubi Shoes. For stockists, see page 175. R
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WHY WE LOVE THEM Outdoor furniture can be harsh on the derrière but not these lounge chairs. The comfort level is high and the wide design means you can spread out or ﬁt another small person on it with you. Inspired by hand-woven rattan, they’re actually made from punched metal so will last a lot longer. The colours are amazing and you could even buy three in one colour and a different one to contrast. Not shown are the Off White and Green versions and the other Hot Mesh styles: cafe chair, counter stool and bar stool (which we’ve conveniently photographed for you in our outdoor furniture story on page 151). R Meshed up Hot Mesh lounge chairs in Humble Red, Black, Natural Yellow and Simple Blue, $449 each, Blu Dot.
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ALTHOUGH NIELS WANTED TO BE A PRO SOCCER PLAYER WHEN HE WAS A KID, HE WAS ALWAYS DRAWN TO THE WORLD OF DESIGN. VARIOUS DESIGNERS FEATURE IN HIS STUDIO COLLECTION, WITH ITS FOCUS ON SOLID MATERIALS, NATURAL FINISHES AND SIMPLE GEOMETRY. LATEST PROJECTS INCLUDE THE FRAMA STUDIO KITCHEN AND A NATURAL APOTHECARY LINE. FRAMACPH.COM Where did you grow up? “An hour south of Copenhagen in a medium-to-large city – on a Danish scale – close to the forest and sea, with two brothers. I’m the middle child.” Tell us about your childhood “My parents still live in the same house, built in the 1950s and extended in the 1970s. Our house has always been a very open house, with space and food for everybody. The doors were never locked because, according to my parents, there was nothing worth stealing. My siblings and I were very focused on soccer and spent many hours every week trying to reach the goal to be professional soccer players.” How did you get to where you are now? “I had a passion for design from a relatively young age – it was natural for me to search in that direction. I began as an agent for international brands, which was a very important learning period for me. Later on, in October 2011, the Frama permanent collection was established. From here, it’s been a fantastic journey working as an independent production and creative studio.” What do you love most about your job? “The atmosphere is relaxed but serious, and values and a common mindset are highly prioritised. We are extremely focused and very dedicated, and our everyday is ﬂexible in order to maintain our personal life also.” What design is your greatest accomplishment? “Probably our studio kitchen line because we proved that something quite complex can be simpliﬁed.” @reallivingmag
Angled aesthetic Vinkel bookshelf by Kevin Hviid and Mikkel Damsbo – part of the Frama collection – is made of wood boxes cut at different angles to play with perspective.
Functional artistry The 90° wall light by Frama Studio, with its strong, geometric character, and the Adam stool by Toke Lauridsen, a local Copenhagen steelsmith.
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Worlds collide The Sintra coffee/side table by Nicholai Wiig-Hansen is a contrast between soft, warm cork and smooth, cold marble.
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S L AT S N I C E Danish furniture brand Hay is heading outside with its new Palissade range of garden furniture, designed by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Its simple lines and curves look at home in both natural landscapes or urban settings. Enjoying the great outdoors has never been so appealing! Priced from $315 and available through Cult Design and Cult distributors. Cultdesign.com.au
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GET IN QUICK Following the successful collaboration with furniture designer Mark Tuckey, Cotton On has launched its new homewares collection CO:Home. With an emphasis on quality fabrics and ﬁnishes, the range is fresh and modern – and super-affordable. Due to hit select stores and online October 31. Cottonon.com.au
WELL ROUNDED The repeated circular design of the La Chance “Zorro” coffee table is simple, elegant and practical – not to mention those beautiful blue glass table tops! The base is a clever “Z” structure that supports the overlapping tops, keeping it light and minimal. It’s also available with a marbled top. Priced from $2275, Living Edge. Livingedge.com.au A real living
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Always at the forefront of contemporary Scandinavian design, Fred International is now carrying the beautiful Boss storage series by Fogia. The covetable range includes this simple and sophisticated Bureau, available in oak or ash and a range of ﬁnishes and replaceable top panels in wood or limestone. Fredinternational.com.au
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This year Colorbond steel is celebrating 50 years of shaping Australian buildings with their fences, guttering, sheds, garage doors, roofs and mail boxes. In 22 standard and loads of custom colours, Colorbond make the most forward-thinking builds possible – one of their most recent projects is the Sunbury Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Victoria (pictured right). Pretty impressive huh? Colorbond.com.au
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THE MEMOBOTTLE was born from two frustrations. The ﬁrst was the damaging effect of single-use bottles on our environment. Human convenience is often the catalyst for devastating climate damage – so to make a positive change and impact on the environment we needed to create something that offered improved human convenience coupled with a clear environmental advantage. THE SECOND FRUSTRATION was the inability to ﬁt water bottles in the laptop bags that we carried to work. We found it intriguing that all bottles were round. Bottles hadn’t changed shape in decades yet tablets, laptops and computer bags were all ﬂat in their design. We decided to ﬂip the equation. IN AUGUST 2014, after months of preparation, we launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. We had a target goal of $15,000, but after 45 days of the campaign we were fortunate enough to receive support from 6118 backers and over $261,000 in funding. THE BOTTLE is designed around two international paper sizes – A5 and A6. The A6 ﬁts in your pocket or handbag, or can be held while jogging. The A5 neatly slides into your carry bag. WE WERE IN different countries [Australia and America] when we started the business. This had its challenges, but the distance also helped us realise what sort of business we wanted to be. Neither we nor our employees are location-speciﬁc – we are constantly travelling the world meeting customers and suppliers and having the ﬂexibility to work while experiencing a little of what this world has to offer. It’s a beautiful thing. R
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RUGS ARE LIKE ART FOR THE FLOOR AND DANSKINA ARE THE MASTERS OF STYLE UNDERFOOT
WANT A RUG THAT WILL SERIOUSLY UP THE STYLE CRED OF YOUR HOME? Look no further than Danskina! The rug studio was founded in the small town of Bladel in the Netherlands in 1973 by Piet and Ina van Eijken. Originally, the couple wanted to focus on Danish design, so Piet combined the word Dansk with Ina, his wife’s name (geddit?). These days, it’s owned by textile giant Kvadrat Maharam, with the rugs made in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal and India. 2. Eleven out of the 19 rugs in the collection are designed by guest designers, so you’re always guaranteed something different. They’re hand-knotted, woven, fusion-bonded, tufted or felted, mainly from wool, but the one we love most is the Cork & Felt design (shown here). Plus, you can have them custom made to any length in a variety of shapes. 3. It can take eight to 10 weeks to make just one rug (add another week for delivery to Australia). Check out the whole collection at Danskina.com and buy them locally through Hubfurniture.com.au R
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The ultimate rug This is the Cork & Felt rug in colour 549 by Hella Jongerius. As the name suggests, its made from 35% cork and 65% wool felt. The standard width is 1.8m x 2m, but the length is unlimited! Order from Hub Furniture.
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With the introduction of Quick-Step IMPRESSIVE ULTRA, our new waterproof ﬂoor, there has never been a better time to bring all the beneﬁts of laminate ﬂooring to your bathroom or damp room. Thanks to the protective and repellent Hydroseal coating, water stays on the surface and does not penetrate into the joints. Beautiful laminate ﬂooring has never been this easy.
Rugged or elegant wood, it doesn’t matter, Quick-Step laminate brings your home beautiful flooring with practical advantages; flooring that has it all! Thanks to a huge choice of looks and colours, you are sure to find a floor that is true to your style. With trueto-life textures and joints perfectly in keeping with the character of your floor, Quick-Step laminate floors are almost indistinguishable from the wood they recreate right down to the smallest of detail. The sealed surface of Quick-Step laminate floors provides excellent protection against spilt drinks and dirty shoes, making them easy to wipe away. What’s more, with the Scratch Guard layer, Quick-Step laminate floors are up to 10 times more scratch resistant, meaning less worry for you and a floor that will stay looking beautifully natural for even longer. Find out what else a laminate floor can do for your home at www.quick-step.com.au IMPRESSIVE ULTRA | IMU1854
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AFTER A MUCH-ANTICIPATED OPENING, HIGHER GROUND DOESN’T DISAPPOINT. THE SOARING 15M CEILINGS, NATURAL LIGHT AND PALETTE OF TERRAZZO, CORK, PAINTED STEEL, STONE AND TIMBER HAVE HAD CROWDS CONSISTENTLY QUEUEING UP – OR IS IT THE FOOD? IT MAY WELL HAVE THE BEST KALE SALAD EVER, AND THOSE AFTER MORE HEARTY FARE (WAGYU SHORT RIB ROLL ANYONE?) WILL ALSO REJOICE.
HIGHER GROUND FOOD HUB
Resting room In the basement is a hand-wash station where shiny and new meets buffed old factory.
SIX LEVELS OF ALL-DAY DINING HAVE BEEN WRAPPED AROUND THE EXPOSED-BRICK WALLS OF A HISTORICAL POWER STATION
FOUND IT! THE TEAM BEHIND MUCH-LOVED EATERY TOP PADDOCK CHOSE DESIGNOFFICE
to transform their latest venue. Guided by the concept of a hotel-lobby feel, with dining and lounging options for a range of occasions, the Escher-like arrangement of blue-steel staircases and platforms make this foodie experience a delicious journey. 650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000, Victoria. Highergroundmelbourne.com.au R @reallivingmag
Rounded off Conde House “Splinter” upholstered oak chair (left), $1380, Apato.
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Coasting Relax with everything from breakfast cocktails (like this pomegranate shrub) to spirited drinks.
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FRESHEN UP THIS SPRING, REFRESH YOURSELF AND YOUR H O M E W I T H A S T Y L I S H N E W W AT E R F I LT E R J U G WHETHER YOU’VE JUST COME home from a workout or you’re having friends over for brunch, ﬁltered water is essential. But who has the space to store cases of the stuff? Today’s homes can be compact, meaning there’s more need than ever to be clever about what we acquire; furniture, appliances and kitchenware all need to be both functional and beautiful, which is where great design comes in. Hello BRITA ﬁll&enjoy Fun water ﬁlter jug! It ticks all the boxes for functionality: easygrip grooves, swing lid to open and close, cup icons to indicate the right ﬁlling amount, BRITA MEMO to remind you when the ﬁlter needs to be changed, and a 1.5-litre-capacity design that ﬁts neatly in the fridge door. Plus, it looks great! It’s available in four vibrant colours – purple, lime, pink and blue. In addition, by using the BRITA ﬁll&enjoy Fun water ﬁlter jug, you’ll save money – after all, you’re simply transforming regular tap water into healthy ﬁltered water. What’s not to love?
FORM AND FUNCTION With a funky, compact design that comes in four fabulous colours – purple, lime, pink and blue – there’s a BRITA ﬁll&enjoy Fun water ﬁlter jug to suit your home and personal style. Which colour will you choose?
CLEVER DESIGN The BRITA ﬁll&enjoy Fun water ﬁlter jug does all the thinking for you – it has cup icons to indicate just the right ﬁlling amount, plus a memo panel to remind you when the ﬁlter needs to be changed.
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OPEN-PLAN This wet-room design showcases the curvy forms of Cadenza.
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PRACTICAL BE AU T Y Does your bathroom need a makeover? Check out these stylish designs from Mondella.
Cadenza 900mm vanity cabinet, $249.
High-quality ﬁttings and smooth curves – that’s what you get with the Mondella “Cadenza” bathroom collection. The look is slightly retro without being old-fashioned – call it curvy chic. It’s a look that would suit hyper-modern as well as more traditional bathrooms. This range has everything from shower sets to mixers, plus all the ﬁnishing touches like a mirror, towel rail, hook bar and corner shelf. Vanities have soft-closing drawers and doors and their angular forms are the perfect counterpoint to the lines of the basins and mixers.
Cadenza double glass corner shelf, $54.17.
Cadenza basin mixer, $53.40.
Cadenza shower set, $63.12.
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A big hit of timeless allure is what you get with the Resonance collection. Easy to install and easy to clean, the range features functional and attractive pieces including family-friendly towel hooks, smooth-action mixers and tapware, and showers that really deliver the downpour you need. Shapes are a mix of conﬁdent curves and simple straight lines. And great for peace of mind: like all Mondella bathroom products, Resonance ﬁttings and accessories come with a 10-year warranty.
Resonance 900mm x 900mm shower base, $134. Resonance pin-lever shower set, $134.
Resonance 5-hook towel bar, $31.20
Hotel-style luxury is the name of the game with the Rococo collection. Gleaming ﬁttings come in chunky geometeric shapes that are perfect for contemporary bathrooms. With Rococo you’re guaranteed luxe shiny accents and a look that screams modern conﬁdence.
Rococo basin mixer, $149
Rococo toilet brush, $44.79
Rococo shower set, $179.
Rococo 600mm Single Towel Rail, $44.76
find your perfect match! IT’S SO EASY TO MATCH YOUR BATHROOM FITTINGS AND ACCESSORIES. SIMPLY GO ONLINE TO CHOOSE FROM THE SEVEN COLOUR CODED RANGES THAT BEST SUIT YOUR STYLE.
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SO, YOU’RE READY to embrace a new colour palette and bring a new mood to your home. Whether you just want to add an accent, or go for a full-blown scheme, there are some must-know tricks to getting it right. The ﬁrst thing you need is a little background on colour – speciﬁcally, what deﬁnes a colour as warm or cool. Wendy Rennie, the colour and concept manager at Haymes Paint says to think of the colour wheel. “The yellows, oranges and reds are warm, as they make you think of sunlight and heat. While, blues, greens and violets are on the opposite side of the colour wheel and remind us of water or the sky, which feel cooler.” But it goes further than that. Colours have undertones, so, for example, you can get blues that have red in them, making them warmer, or reds that have a blue tint, making for a cooler hue. A SUGAR-FREE Otto 3-seat sofa, $2317, Clickon Furniture. Shiitake table, from $690, Four Two. Jaime Hayon “Fri” chair, $5232, Cult. All Sorts ottoman, $2685, Zenith Interiors. Minimalista console table, $999, Blu Dot. Atlas Collection “New Pom Pom” rug, $4700, Koskela. Original paintings by Sylvia McEwan, Artduo. ON SOFA Sonora cushion cover in Butternut, $59.90, Citta Design. Middle Of Nowhere “Spot” cushion, $85, Life Interiors. Mags cushion, $264, and Crinkle throw in Peach, $215, Hay. ON COFFEE TABLE Wrong for Hay “Tela” glasses in Pink, $43 each, Hay. ON CONSOLE TABLE Amy Leeworthy “Ruiz” vase, $140, Koskela. Resin “Temple” vase, $210, Dinosaur Designs. Terrazzo pot, $59, vase, $54, and pyramid, $49 (all in Snow), Zakkia. ON WALL Taubmans Endure Interior paint in Hedonist, $64 for 4L.
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Many people like all-white, grey or greige (grey/beige) spaces they can brighten to taste with coloured accessories; others might commit to a dramatic colour on all four walls with tonal accents. There are no rules to choosing colour, but some combinations mean you may have to try harder to make them work. According to Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr, “It feels easier to use ‘feature’ colour in places such as bedrooms because they’re used by only one or two people and can be exactly what they want.” Powder rooms are another space that can take a strong feature colour. In living rooms, accent colour can be added onto dado rails, picture rails and other architectural details. In the kitchen, try a coloured splashback or cabinetry. A MOODY BLUES Ligne Roset “Ruche” armchair, $7150, Domo. Trent Jansen “Tidal” coffee table in Navy Gloss, $1000, and Jil dining table in Wizard Gloss, $1490, Tait. Box Box cardboard boxes in Green, $107 (set of 5), Hay. Callista tall and squat pendant lights in Opal/Chrome, $189 each, Beacon Lighting. ON COFFEE TABLE Agate ornament, $250, Dinosaur Designs. Vase and ﬂowers, Hermetica Flowers. ON SIDE TABLE &Tradition “True Colours” vase in Blue Brass, $375, Great Dane. Resin “Pebble” vase in Forest Malachite, $300, and “Branch” vase in Ice Jade, $230, Dinosaur Designs. ON WALL Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Mondrian Blue, $86.90 for 4L.
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Taubmans Crimson Belle
Sherwin-Williams Raspberry Crème
Haymes Paint Prima Donna
Porter’s Paints Dragon’s Eye
A really important thing to consider when choosing a new colour palette is the lighting of your room, both natural and artiﬁcial. Choose your new wall colour while you’re in the room you’ll be painting – that means you need to get swatches and samples! Then view the colour at different times of day. Typically, bright, natural light will lift a colour in a space, but can wash out the undertones. “Whereas a darker room with a warm light can really exaggerate undertones like yellow,” Wendy says. With this in mind, how do you know if you should go for a warm or cool colour? As well as the natural lighting, consider the orientation and location of the room. “A cool colour in a cold room will make it feel stark and unwelcoming, whereas a warm neutral will bring more life to the space,” Wendy says. Also, the size of the room is important; cool colours recede, so they’ll make a small space look larger. Conversely, warm colours can close in a space, making them great for larger rooms or to create a cosy feel. A PRETTIEST IN PINK Ligne Roset “Ploum” settee, $10,495, Domo. Boxed ottoman in Burgundy, $1580, Arthur G. Coco lounge chair in Pink, $695, Clickon Furniture. Discus marble pendant light, $1375, Volker Haug. Pink Abstract #3 print by Sylvia McEwan, $800 (unframed), Tigmi Trading. Glass vase (on plinth), from $264, Dinosaur Designs. Flower vase, $85, Marimekko. ON WALL Porter’s Paints Interno Lime Wash in English Rose, $106 for 4L.
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Unless you’re decorating a room from scratch, you need to consider the other furniture items and surfaces you have in the space. Make sure your wall colour is harmonious with the other hues in the room, be they in furniture, ﬂooring or artworks. And, yes, you should limit the number of “feature” colours in a room. Generally three is the limit, but again, it depends on how you want the room to feel. Wendy says if you want the room to feel light, go for only one colour on walls, skirting and windows. If you want the room to feel darker, dramatic or cosy, “using two paint colours works to create contrast and highlight architectural features, without ﬁghting with other styled elements and furniture,” Wendy adds. But above all, go with your instincts. It’s your space and it should make you feel happy to be in it. R
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EARTH BOUND Sundial oak dining table and stool, $4950 and $440, with Vader chair, $749.95, Page Thirty Three. Coedition “Atlay” chair, $6900, Hub Furniture. Frama “Sintra” marble and cork coffee table, $1300, Great Dane. Abstract Architecture photograph (framed), $289, Life Interiors. Mayu 01 pendant lights, $1540 each, Coco Flip. ON DINING TABLE Atelier resin puzzle in six parts (one pictured, another is on side table), $595, Dinosaur Designs. &Tradition “True Colours” vase in Terracotta Brass, $450, Great Dane. Koppa serving dish, $98, Marimekko. Void incense burner, $149.95, Page Thirty Three. ON SIDE TABLE Hunter 1 table lamp, $179, Beacon Lighting. ON WALL Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Bright Delight, $86.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 175.
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Dulux Porcelain Figurines
T E R R A C O T T A Sherwin-Williams Orange Motif
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ﬂoor work Not all of Rosa’s artworks adorn the wall; she’s purposefully displayed some on the ﬂoor – a great idea for renters! Flip the page for more. A
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text elle lovelock | photography rei moon/living inside | production moon ray studio limited | ﬂoorplan lisa burden
Rosa’s interior style is simple, but she loves to display “collections.” In the living area, a gallery-hang of framed artworks echoes the colours of the books displayed on the coffee table.
TAKE YOUR BOOKS OFF THE SHELVES AND DISPLAY THEM ON THE COFFEE TABLE
show it off On the coffee table, stacks of books act as mini plinths for Rosaâ€™s decorative homewares and objects. A real living
calming space The framed picture on the mantelpiece in the living room was photographed by Rich; it was inspired by the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. The black Anglepoise lamp is decorative and functional. A
DESIGN classic Oslo chair This chair is a new classic, designed by Anderssen & Voll, a ﬁrm that launched in 2009. Created for Scandinavian design house Muuto it’s crafted in Norway and upholstered in Denmark. Also available as a sofa and pouf, ﬁnd them at Livingedge.com.au
ROSA LIVES HER E Though Rosa Park and her partner Rich Stapleton now call Bath, England, home, they’ve lived in eight countries between them. It’s no wonder, then, that they founded a bi-annual travel and style magazine called Cereal ( Readcereal. com). Work aside, travel is still a huge part of their lives, and Rich almost always travels with a camera in hand – his photos are displayed throughout the home. It’s travel that is at the core of Rosa’s decorating inspiration, too; with hectic travel schedules and regular jaunts to bustling cities, she speciﬁcally gave her home a calm, neutral aesthetic.
close look Rosa’s work space is dominated by a grey Muuto “Under The Bell” pendant light, which makes the space more design oriented. The drawing is by Rich, a gift to Rosa for their 100-day anniversary. A black Anglepoise lamp cuts through the all-white walls and furniture.
THE PERFECT NEUTRAL SCHEME can mean different things to different people. For editor Rosa Park and her creative director partner Rich Stapleton it means a pared-back palette of white and grey, pale timbers and a distinct Scandinavian ﬂavour. It’s an aesthetic that extends to the beautiful bi-annual travel magazine, Cereal, the couple founded and publish. “We ﬁnd the clean minimalism in every destination!” Rosa says of the design ethos she prefers at work and at home. For this couple, home is a light-ﬁlled one-bedroom Georgian ﬂat in the centre of Bath, England. It’s is ﬁlled with hundreds of books – stored discretely behind cupboard doors to keep with the minimalistic theme – and peppered with simple designs by Scandi brands like Muuto and Hay. “I think home is where you feel the most relaxed,” Rosa says. “And you’re likely to feel this way in a setting that you’ve taken the time to set up and curate to your liking and tastes.” While the bedroom is decked in dreamy white (sleeping is one of Rosa’s favourite pastimes!) and the kitchen is bathed in the most beautiful natural light, the living room is Rosa’s favourite space in the ﬂat – it’s here she spends most of her time, whether alone with a cup of tea and a good book or entertaining a group of friends. A large dark grey sofa anchors the space and is balanced with a pair of Oslo chairs by Muuto. They ﬂank the focal point of the room: a ﬁreplace with one of Rich’s own photographic artworks mounted above. Rosa loves to collect art; some of her favourite pieces by Nicole Patel and Agnes Martin hang alongside photographs and collages in a gallery arrangement behind the sofa. The dining area/ofﬁce space has more of a mix-and-match vibe, with a white table surrounded by chairs by Hans Wegner, Harry Bertoia and Hay. Above it hangs an oversized Muuto “Under The Bell” pendant light, tying in with the grey and white scheme. A stack of pastel Hay storage boxes adds a soft colourful accent and provide storage. These, plus some sweet miniature chairs on the mantel, are just some of the subtle decorative ﬂourishes that Rosa has added to her pared-back interior, understated examples of Rosa’s considered decorating style. “I am constantly trying to ﬁgure out what’s truly me and in order for me to do that, I look to my history and see what I’ve always loved and stayed loyal to.” R
mini marvels Miniature Scandinavian designer chairs are a focal point on the mantelpiece. Rosa likes to keep ofďŹ ce items hidden away in stacked pastel boxes from Hay. A
simple space The kitchen continues the neutral scheme with mid-grey walls, white Shaker-style cabinetry and timber benchtops. Even the benchtop accessories are white or timber!
“I look to travel, books and art for inspiration.”
IF YOU WANT TO TRY A DARK WALL PAINT, BUT ARE A LITTLE SCARED, CHOOSE A DARK NEUTRAL, LIKE CHARCOAL OR NAVY
natural light To make the most of the natural light while working, Rosa’s desk in the home ofﬁce has been positioned under the window, with a view over the golf course. bathing beauty The bathroom has a similar scheme to the kitchen with grey walls and Shaker-style joinery around the bath. Large-format wall tiles impart a contemporary look, but in white won’t date quickly. A timber bath tray keeps lotions close at hand. dark & handsome Though most of the home is light, white and airy, Rosa has used various shades of grey to add depth. In the living room, one wall is painted in charcoal, and is the perfect contrast to the other white walls and silvery ﬂoor. A
the odd pair The bedroom is yet another white space, except for the bedspread, which adds a touch of inky charcoal. Instead of a matching pair of table lamps, Rosa has chosen a ďŹ‚oorlamp from Ikea and a simple desk lamp.
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design choices A George Nelson “Bubble Saucer” pendant light is a subtle design piece that visually ﬂoats in this living room.
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1 Muuto “Under The Bell” pendant light (82cm x 46cm), $1189, Surrounding. 2 Replica George Nelson “Bubble Saucer” pendant light, $385, Matt Blatt. 3 Ina cushion (50cm), $79.95, Country Road. 4 Samarcande porcelain paper weight, $500, Hermes. 5 Ranaro ﬂoorlamp in Off-white, $69, Ikea. 6 SuperConnect digital radio, $499.95, Revo Australia. 7 Form Us With Love “Pine Cone” print (50cm x 70cm) $79, Norsu Interiors. 8 Mercer + Reid “Oslo” pot in Sky Blue Half Dipped, $19.95, Adairs. 9 Box Box storage boxes, $94 for set of 5, Hay. 10 Bella glass dome, $34.99, Dusk. 11 Muuto Oslo chair, from $3165, Living Edge. Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Hycraft “Queenstwist” wool carpet in Smoke, from $63.70 a sq m, Choices Flooring. Murobond Pure Eggshell paint in Ash & Moonlight, $98 for 4L. Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Monsieur, $85.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 175. real living
A Melbourne artist applies his keen eye and considered approach to the meticulous renovation of his relaxed family home
Different strokes “My favourite space is the hallway, which features some of my work sitting above that fabulous ﬂoor,” says homeowner/artist Andrew O’Brien. The entrance gives visitors a sense of what’s to come, thanks to the travertine ﬂoor. Just beyond the front door is a painting from his recent Salt Lake series. Family living Andrew and wife Georgie with twins Leni and Beckett in their transformed space. New 2.9m-high ceilings, walls and a ﬂoor were added, as well as recessed lighting, to an area that used to have grey carpet, rounded walls and pendant lighting. Andrew created the artwork he’s in front of as well as the zinc-topped dining table. The stools are Artec and the Bertoia chairs are from Dedece. A
Formal zone In the main living room is a glass curtain wall separating the ground and ﬁrst ﬂoors. Andrew designed the green marble and black steel coffee table and custom mirror. Recessed shelves in black oxide steel open into the kitchen. Jewel box The site of the existing kitchen remained but everything else was changed. An ebony stain was applied to solid American oak joinery; the benchtops are green marble. Though the kitchen is dark, Andrew says, “Everything that happens in it becomes more theatrical. It also works in contrast to the white spaces of the apartment.” Colour pop Andrew designed the surfboard for Mick Fanning in 2014, using one of his original geometric artworks. Mick gave the board back after riding it in competition. The stairs are American oak. A
A CUSTOM-DESIGNED MIRROR FITS THE SPACE PERFECTLY, IN THIS CASE SWEEPING UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR
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CREATING A HOME wasn’t a task Andrew O’Brien took on lightly. The Melbourne-based artist went to great lengths to create a beautiful, considered space for his family: wife Georgie Corke and two-year-old twins Leni and Beckett. The project even took him to Italy, where he hand-selected the pieces of travertine that would go on their ﬂoors and walls, ensuring the veins matched in the right places. The couple bought the Georgian property in the 1990s, intending to turn the top two levels into a three-bedroom home and the ground ﬂoor into an apartment. It’s in East Melbourne, an old part of town that has signiﬁcant pre-Victorian buildings. The building is also only 300m away from the CBD and ringed by parks. However, it was run-down and had a 1980s-style renovation, and for many years was rented out. Andrew didn’t start work on the renovation until the end of 2013, a month before the twins were due to be born. “My approach was to gut the internals and start again,” he says. “I had the best intentions, no budget, and ended spending more than I anticipated. I didn’t compromise on the ﬁnishes and had the best trades to help with the key elements.” The project took almost nine months to complete, but Andrew says the process was satisfying because he was hands-on with the carpentry and joinery in the kitchen. Certain ﬁnishes required skilled artisans. The walls are ﬁnished with Marmorino Veneziano plaster, a rough ﬁnish, and the ceilings are polished plaster, another Venetian technique. For the ﬂoors, he used vein-cut Italian travertine from the same quarry used in many Roman buildings. “I wanted to end-match all the ‘veins’ to ensure the ﬂoor had lots of interest,” he says. “This was great to do as the ﬂoor really is the key design element.” Of the process, Andrew says: “The main obstacles are getting committed trades who know and understand the artisanal process required to get a super ﬁnish. And don’t underestimate the time it takes to complete work. Days can run into weeks and months very quickly.” R real living
Precious paintings A painting by Andrew hangs alongside a sideboard he designed in oak and brass. It conceals a drinks cabinet and a TV on a hydraulic lift slides behind. On top is one of his most prized possessions, a work by Raphael (Sanzio) painted in the 16th century and bought in Paris. “It depicts the Madonna and is only displayed on rare occasions,” he says. Statement space On the ﬁrst ﬂoor is the family room and another of Andrew’s designs, the coffee table. The digital artwork in front is also one of his pieces. The steel windows were custom-made by Skyrange.
FURNITURE THAT’S MIRRORED OR SHINY BOUNCES LIGHT AROUND AND ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION: REFLECTION
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“I grew up in Bayside Melbourne in a house built in the 1900s,” A ndrew says. “The house was built by an ow ner-builder influenced by A merican architecture and in particular Thomas Jefferson’s house, Monticello, in Virginia, USA. It had a large columned portico, red brick and white rendered pelmets. It influenced me to think about crafting a space w ith rigorous attention to materials and simple strong proportions.” A
Warm touch A Jorge Ferrari Hardoy “Butterﬂy Chair” by Knoll brings warm tones to the upstairs living room, as does the American oak ﬂooring and rug from RC+D. Andrew designed the console using American oak and Arabescato Sea marble. Suite style The main bedroom was enlarged to include a wall of built-in cupboards and oak study nook. Above the bed is a work called Evening #5. A
A MAJOR ARTWORK NEEDS A CONTRASTING BACKDROP. THE ROOM PALETTE PLAYS TO THE PICTUREâ€™S SOFTER COLOURS
Bathroom luxe The ensuite to the main bedroom has the same vein-cut travertine as in many areas throughout the house. Digitally printed Azulej tiles on the vanity are by Patricia Urquiola, the bath is from Oz Bathroom and the taps are a Phoenix Vivid Slimline design in matte black. Smooth Venetian plaster, a technique that gives depth through added marble dust, has been trowelled onto the ceiling.
FLOOR-TO-CEILING TILES AND THE REFLECTIVE VENETIAN PLASTER CEILING CREATE A LUXURY HOTEL-LIKE FEEL
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1 Plastic pot in White (38cm x 39cm), $15, Kmart, holding fern from Bunnings. 2 AYTM “Spatia” bouquet vase, $89, Urban Couture. 3 Citta Design piped lumbar cushion in Navy/Caper, $80, Clickon Furniture. 4 Limited-edition Capels Crossing No.1 giclée print, $275 (medium), Andrew O’Brien Store. 5 Allor oriental rug (2.3m x 1.6m), $179.95, Zanui. 6 Industrial 2000 rustic pine dining table (2m x 1m x 76cm), $799.95, Super Amart. 7 A69.05.48 “Icon” wall mixer set in Matte Black, $648, Astra Walker. 8 Pampa Mariposa by Cuero leather “Butterﬂy” chair in Crude Nature, $1790, Curious Grace. 9 Nook bouclé sofa in Cashmere, $7402, Jardan. 10 Globe West “Elle” cube black marble coffee table with black powdercoated frame, $1260, Design Twins. 11 Stanley reclaimed timber stool/side table, $989, Jardan.
Colours & ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Boral “Australian Beech” tongue-and-groove solid-strip ﬂooring, $7.90 a linear m (85mm x 19mm), Bunnings. Preﬁnished lining board in White, $7.80 a linear m (90mm wide), Glosswood. Caesarstone in Vanilla Noir, from $1000 a sq m (installed), Caesarstone. Sherwin-Williams “Cashmere” paint in White, $84 for 4L, Masters Home Improvement. For stockists, see page 175. real living
R AW F I N I S H A Swedish home is OPENED UP, painted white, ﬁlled with unique ﬁnds and deliberately UNFINISHED
Ever-changing The owner, Josephine, retails furniture and styles interiors for a living and is aways trying out new looks at home. Her talent for bringing together different design styles and eras is apparent from moment you step into the two-part hall, with its old-gold framed mirror, 1920s chairs and industrial lights. Favourite things Mirrors, iconic chairs and retro lights are Josephineâ€™s passion and feature in most of the rooms. Pale, limewashed ďŹ‚oors throughout mean the dark pieces really stand out. A
DESIGN classic Diamond chair The organic, welded steel design was developed by Italian-born American Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) in 1952. A jeweller, printmaker, sculptor and furniture maker, busy Harry is probably most famous for this chair, which continues to be popular in â€“ and outside â€“ homes all over the world.
Above and beyond Craned over the 1980s table in the living room is an Arco ﬂoor lamp by Achille Castiglioni, which Josephine won at auction. As you move around, the constantly changing reﬂections of the lamp and 1960s round mirrors bring the room to life. When you consider all the different elements – including the tube-like Moustache “Bold Chair” and African Kuba cushions – the likelihood of them all working together doesn’t seem great but Josephine has done it with the help of a neutral scheme. Not having a rug keeps the focus off the ﬂoor.
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JOSEPHINE EKSTRÖM, OWNER OF INTERIORS STORE LILY & OSCAR, HER HUSBAND RIKARD AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, EMMIE, 10, NOAH, 8 AND LILY, 5. L I LY & O S C A R ; W W W. LILYOSCAR.COM Interior expert Josephine Ekström not only retails accessories, she styles projects and homes for private clients. Rikard is an engineer and project manager. Disappearing walls Rikard’s father has a construction company and arranged for several internal walls to be removed, creating the massive new open-plan kitchen/dining area. Bo
IN JOSEPHINE EKSTRÖM’S HOME, old and new furniture stands out against the backdrop of bright white walls and painted ﬂoorboards. Most of the pieces were found at European trade fairs, French ﬂea markets and Swedish auctions, which she frequents on buying trips for her nearby interiors store Lily & Oscar. Josephine loves to try new things and accommodate the many items she ﬁnds on her travels with iconic designer pieces and even homewares she makes herself. “I ﬁnd the inspiration for my combinations everywhere,” she says, “in interior magazines, people I know, restaurants and hotels. Travel tends to be a big source, especially when I’m in more unusual environments.” The 200-sq-m house in the small ﬁshing port of Höganäs is close to the beach and popular summer activities so her family is always busy outdoors. But there was a lot to do inside when they moved into the 90-yearold house. The children were small and there was space to be created and wallpaper stripped. In addition, after discovering beautiful black and white tiles under the living-room ﬂoor, Josephine’s husband Rikard decided to clean every one before re-laying them in the hall. Josepine took care of the styling, and her home has been a constantly changing moodboard of inspiration ever since. The look can variously be described as a blend of vintage industrial, modern, ethnic and antique. “From one week to another, the house can look completely different,” she explains. “I am always on the lookout for design from the 1950s. I’m crazy about A real living
DESIGN classic Wassily chair Purists call it Model B3 but this tubular steel design by Marcel Breuer (1902-1981) is mostly known as the Wassily. Inspired by Modernism and the ďŹ‚at-roofed homes of the Bauhaus, the 1925 design is a reduced club chair, usually in leather.
Harry Bertoia and Eames creations, and recently I’ve become interested in Italian design from the ’70s and ’80s, when chrome, marble, brass and leather were popular.” Art also plays a big part in her repertoire. According to Josephine, art not only makes spaces more interesting, it describes who you are. She’s currently gathering small original works and posters for a picture wall, which will eventually include Picasso, Braque, Tàpies and many others. Size is another factor in Josephine’s home. “The things I surround myself with are often big,” she says. “Small items look messy and disturb the picture. It’s similar with colours. I prefer soft schemes with graphic elements of black and white, occasionally with a bit of colour. I think in pictures created from colours and materials. If something doesn’t work, I change it. As far as I’m concerned, you’ve only succeeded with your interior if you long to come home.” R
Snug ﬁt In the second part of the hall is a replica 19th-century ﬁreplace and pit stop to warm up. Its designer line-up includes Wassily Chairs and a Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen. The black pendant light is repeated in other rooms. Grand entrance Double doors in the wide opening to the living room add to the general air of sophistication. Josephine kept the rugs colour-free, so geometrics add the interest. African artefacts and clay pots keep it natural while the Venetian mirror and other glassy, shiny items act like ice crystals in a far-from-bleak whiteout. A real living
NATURE-BASED TONES, TIMBER JOISTS AND SOLID BLACK KEEP THE GAUZY WHITE SCHEME GROUNDED
NOTHING SAYS “NORDIC” LIKE A LIMEWASHED FLOOR AND THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO MAKE PINE BOARDS WITH DARK SPOTS LOOK AMAZING
Natural hues Greys and browns with a tiny amount of plant-fresh green create a calming atmosphere in the dining room, where the Gustavian-style table and vintage Eames chairs are supplemented by African masks and gilt mirrors. Another stack of pictures awaits a ﬁnal member so the group can ﬁnally be hung. Board members Family time is a priority and the house has been laid out with this in mind. On the second ﬂoor, tucked under the roof, is a TV and games room with a slouchy leather sofa and 1980s glass table for board games. Its metal feet rest on a graphic Beni Ourain rug. A mood board helps Josephine keep track of her home’s ever-changing look, with inspiring pictures, photos and tearsheets from magazines. The wooden stool matches the timber above. A real living
So relaxed Track lighting and loosely draped linen keep the bedroom casual. Its roughly ﬁnished chest and artefacts reference the ensuite inspired by ancient roman baths. Inside story A painted Gustavian cupboard bought in an online auction was in poor condition until Rikard refreshed it with paint. The “B” stands for the “books” stored inside and Chinese pots line the top. Cleverly curated An African mask, glove maker’s steel hand and Picasso print. Shelf made Josephine is a collector and curator of beautiful objects; within her shelving she’s displayed an antique optician’s mirror and cool marble canisters. The Wire Lamp is by Verner Panton. History lovers The couple designed their own tub using natural stone and white tiles. A
ALL-WHITE WALLS BLUR THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FLOOR AND WALL, GIVING MUCH-NEEDED HEIGHT TO LOFT SPACES
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Space to play Josephine found the leather gym mat at an antique market. With soft velvet cushioning from her store, it’s alternated as a play mat or daybed. The wire chair is one of Josephine’s many Harry Bertoia designs and there’s another designer chair on the strip of Deborah Bowness wallpaper near the window. Drawing room Sketching, writing and casual meals take place on the table of this light-ﬁlled garret. A plain top balances the original painted Baroque-style legs. The oversized bowl is South African and the massive urns are from China.
IN AN ANGULAR ROOM, SUCH AS A LOFT, PAINT ALL SURFACES GLOSS WHITE TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACE AND AIRINESS
Graphic design African Kuba cloth cushion, $48.50, Zazzle. 41cm. Bold drop Mill pendant light, $120, Fat Shack Vintage.
Firm hold Manikin wooden hand, $19.99, Cotton On.
Shiny and round Ronglan aluminium mirror, $99, Ikea.
Place to hang Amalﬁ Collection coat stand, $149.95, Amalﬁ Homewares.
Top table Replica Eero Saarinen “Tulip” dining table (90cm), $349, Replica Furniture.
Under lines Kasbah wool rug in Ivory, $699, West Elm. 1.52m x 2.44m.
Leather head Piper leather bedhead, $1470, Heatherly Design.
jose Going green LSA “Coro” tealight holder, $39.95 (for set of 4), Myer. Amalﬁ Mercari recycled glass bottle, $54.95, Amalﬁ Homewares.
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Legs of steel Replica Marcel Breuer “Wassily” chair, $639, Sokol. For stockists, see page 175.
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Natural allure Mini ﬁnger faux cacti in dipped pot, $84.95, Rogue Home.
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High, frescoed ceilings and inherited features were a great start, but this Paris apartment only got the fantastique factor when the ownerâ€™s best friend came knockingâ€Ś
COOL CUSTOMISERS Homeowners Antonin and Elisa personalised the two-level apartment by mixing some of his family’s furniture with contemporary designer pieces and ﬂea-market ﬁnds, such as the ﬂoor lamp. He bought the wicker bench at auction. A
DESIGN classic Togo chair Designed by Michel Ducaroy (1925-2009) for Ligne Roset in 1973, this is a vintage version that Antonin found at a clearance sale. Contemporary versions of the all-foam seats are available in different sizes and have quilted covers that can be removed by upholsterers.
THIS IS THE STORY OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN PARIS, of a grandmother who left her home to her beloved grandson Antonin, a professional photographer, of his decision to live there with his young wife Elisa and their daughter Léontine – but not before remodelling and changing its original appearance! For this Antonin turned to his long-time friend Samantha Hauvette, architect and head designer at Hauvette & Madani (co-owned with Lucas Madani, Hauvette-madani.com). As students, Antonin and Samantha lived in part of the apartment as roommates. Back then, neither imagined that one day they would radically transform the place, in the roles of client and designer. “We’ve always celebrated birthdays and anniversaries in this living room,” Antonin says. “Choosing to live here has meant continuing a family tradition. However, I wanted to modernise and imprint my style and Elisa’s on it. The three of us worked harmoniously because we have the same tastes.” Joining two separate units, the renovation created a two-level apartment, where traces from the time it was a hôtel particulier (grand townhouse) are still evident. The entry stairway connecting the ground and ﬁrst ﬂoors leads directly to the kitchen, from which one passes into the parquet-ﬂoored dining room and on to the living room. Although the layout isn’t traditional, accessing the apartment through the kitchen is like entering its domestic heart without hesitation and feeling right at home. From the kitchen, a new stairway goes up to the bedroom area, with a bathroom (once a living room) and Antonin’s studio. During the renovation, the living room ceiling, which had blackened over the years, revealed a magniﬁcent fresco of a subtly veiled sky encircled by painted frames. It was a lovely surprise and, as a tribute to it, the sky is now repeated on the walls of the dining room, where a cloud-white dining table sits in front of the ﬁreplace. Despite their modern furniture, both these rooms have retained a traditional feel. In the kitchen, a custom Hauvette & Madani design combines natural oak, Carrara marble and wood that has been painted the same color as the walls. Ornamental elements include the tiled ﬂoor and geometric pattern of the stair rails. On the upper ﬂoor, the room that’s received the most attention is the bathroom. With a large tub in Carrara marble, twin basins (also in marble), a shower and large mirrored areas, the spacious room serves as a sort of antechamber to the bedroom, which is actually quite minimalist. These non-conventional choices are what make the home so fascinating and so personal. They also reﬂect the tastes of a photographer who works in fashion, loves capturing family memories, prefers vintage and design pieces by the Bouroullec brothers, and who wanted to make his young family’s home functional. “It’s a story with a happy ending,” Antonin says, “because the home found us and not vice versa. We continue our family history within its walls.” R
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“We’ve always celebrated birthdays and anniversaries in this living room. Choosing to live here has meant continuing a family tradition. However, I wanted to modernise”
CLOSE LOOK Antonin, Elisa and their daughter LĂŠontine on their beloved Ploum sofa by the Bouroullec brothers. In a clever twist, the photograph (by Antonin) above is of the dining room, a view similar to the one a mirror in the same spot might reďŹ‚ect. A
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PHOTOGRAPHER ANTONIN, HIS WIFE ELISA AND THEIR ONE-YE AR-OLD DAUGHTER LÉONTINE Life’s work Antonin’s photographs are all around the apartment. He modestly claims to take pictures of “still lifes and pretty girls” but his work is much more comprehensive than that. His father was also a photographer. Art class Growing up in such a creative home can only have a positive effect on young Léontine, whose room up on the top ﬂoor has a massive feature wall with a tropical jungle theme.
BLUE SKY ALL DAY Wispy cloud wall art links back to the fresco on the ceiling of the living room. The lacquered table is custom made by Hauvette & Madani and the AIM lamp centrepiece is by the Bouroullecs. Most of the chairs are family pieces. A real living
BIG BLUE Access to the apartment is through the hallway and kitchen, uniﬁed by the stunning blue-painted walls and cabinetry. Skilfully tempered by natural oak, marble and tile, there’s more relief in the white ceiling and over-bench lamp. The wild card, a Magis cloud suspension, is a stroke of genius.
TILE TASTIC Balanced by the stacked stair rails, the 3D kitchen ﬂoor tiles draw people through this pivotal space. Lighter and darker versions of the cubic design are available from Academy Tiles and Jatana Interiors. @reallivingmag
THE SKY THEME IS CARRIED THROUGH FRESCOES, DECORATIVE OBJECTS AND EVEN THE COLOUR PALETTE
SALON STYLE As there’s so much happening on the ceiling, with its heavily detailed painted cornices and frescoes, other aspects of the room need to be a total contrast. Sparse and modern, the black Wo & Wé wall lights are a perfect balance. A
GRAND SCALE Once a living room, the bathroom enjoys the luxury of space – and Carrara marble (on the vanity and bath). Despite the opulent materials, it’s actually simple in design to suit the nearby bedrooms. Look in the mirrors for Antonin’s photographs of the family.
HOT SHOTS Antonin’s photographs are leaned on rather than hung over the original ﬁreplace. This deliberate randomness matches the tumble of cords in the light. As in other parts of the house, the panelled base moldings are elegant and unobtrusive.
SPACES TO HANG In all of the rooms on the top ﬂoor are coloured hooks made from blown glass. These bright, sugary touches bring the older pieces into the present, along with funky pendants and linen. A
PUTTING PHOTOGRAPHS IN ELABORATE TRADITIONAL FRAMES HELPS BLEND THEM INTO PERIOD HOMES
MAKING AN ENTRANCE Hauvette & Madani designed the steel railings of the stairs and customcoloured the radiator so it wouldnâ€™t stand out and ruin the scheme.
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1 Böja rattan pendant lamp, $99, Ikea. 2 Flos “AIM Suspension” lamp, from $936, Euroluce. 3 Serendipity ﬂoor mirror, $2319, Zanui. 4 Bubble glass hooks in Yellow and Grey, $108 each, Smallable. 5 O’branch II wall light ﬁxture, $920, Reduxr. 6 A69.05 chrome wall set, $418, Astra Walker. 7 Skandinavian 307 rug in Turquoise (2.25m x 1.55m), $399, Catwalk Rugs. 8 Svärtan decorative bowl, $39.99, Ikea. 9 Bottle and Belle vases in Snow, from $72.50 each, MRD Home. 10 Bloomingville “Cross” bench, $520, Clickon Furniture. 11 Ligne Roset “Ploum” settee, $8975 (medium), Domo. 12 Smeg 50s-style toaster, $179, Harvey Norman. 13 NM “Brick” cushion in Orange (50cm x 60cm), $165, Top3 By Design. 14 Fryken seagrass baskets with lids, $17.99 for 3, Ikea. Paints and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Pavimento by Greg Natale “Corsica” hexagonal ﬂoor and wall tiles, $129 a sq m, Tera Nova. Caesarstone in London Grey, $1000 a sq m (installed), Caesarstone. Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Azure Blue, $85.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 175. real living
Stylist Tahnee Carroll reveals her secrets to styling your living room with the latest colour trend – blush – and the gorgeous new range of cushions from Rapee
CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL INTERIOR LOOK BY MIXING AND MATCHING CUSHIONS – IT’S YOUR OWN BESPOKE COMBINATION
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ADD SOME SOFTNESS TO TIMBER FURNITURE – SUCH AS A SIMPLE HALLWAY BENCH OR DINING TABLE SEATING – WITH CUSHIONS AND THROWS IN THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST HUE
Zuma cushion in Dove, 45cm, $54.95
BLUSH BENEFITS This barely there pinky hue is the perfect ﬁt for so many decorating styles – vintage, contemporary, beachy, romantic – but one of my favourites is Scandi. Blush pairs beautifully with grey, white and timber, hallmarks of Scandi style. Plus, it’s versatile – you can use it in any room of the house. Jewel throw in Dove, 1.27m x 1.52m, $79.95
Create a resolved look throughout your home by combining soft furnishings in the same colour palette. Blush, white and grey work as well on the bed as on the sofa. It just makes decorating so easy!
Kingston cushion in Pink, 50cm, $49.95
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Lock cushion in Dove, 45cm, $49.95 Waverly cushion in Pink, 50cm, $49.95
Society cushion in Pink, 43cm, $54.95. Kadiri cushion in Dove, 50cm, $49.95
So should you go for a block colour or a pattern? I say both! The key to this look is to mix and match. Think textured, shaggy, printed, striped, herringbone and fringed – as long as you stick to a limited colour palette of about three to four hues it will work.
Whisper fringed cushion in Dove, 50cm, $49.95
Speaking of colours, here’s why the Scandi colour combo works so well: white makes blush feel fresh, grey makes it contemporary and pale timber gives it a natural, down-to-earth feel. Want to take your styling to another level? Incorporate greenery with plants and artworks, like I’ve done here.
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Window dressing A window treatment can make a room â€“ as long as you get it right! Turn the page for everything you need to know about curtains. A
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“FLOOR-TO -CEILING CURTAINS CREATE THE ILLUSION OF MORE HEIGHT”
Free falling There’s no need to limit curtains to just windows and doors – a huge ceiling-mounted drape can easily divide a large open-plan space, creating cosier nooks and a little drama. @reallivingmag
CU RTA I N ST Y L ES POLE POCKET A hidden seam at the top of the curtain that slips and gathers over the rod. Best for sheer curtains you don’t plan to open as they don’t glide evenly. TAB TOP An informal style that works well with most fabric weights and in any room. Slips onto rods so choose carefully as they will be exposed even when closed. Try tie-top ﬂowy styles for a romantic or feminine feel. PENCIL PLEAT Tight, even, pencil-width pleats hung on a curtain look great when stretched over a wall of glass. Hung with hooks or rings. BOX PLEAT Large, ﬂat folds for formal settings but not ideal for some patterns as a lot of it will be hidden in the fold. Can be hung with hooks or rings. EYELETS Create large, almost wave-like folds that are easy for children to open.
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Whether bold and dramatic, light and flowy or practically invisible, curtains create mood and movement and are the perfect choice for cosier spaces such as living rooms and bedrooms. Always choose a style appropriate for your home’s look and feel. Colour vs pattern Treat curtains as you would wallpaper in terms of ensuring the colour and pattern is balanced with other textiles and furnishings. Go for solid colour with great texture if your room is already “busy” with pattern. Hanging tips Unless it’s a cafe-style curtain you’re after (where the curtain covers only the bottom half of a window), a curtain should fall to the floor, skimming it slightly, even if it’s a small window. If there’s an obstruction to full-length curtains (ie, a piece of furniture), a blind may be best for that window. Aim for your curtains to be two-and-a-half times the width of the windows when stretched out so they drape and gather nicely when closed, and hang them slightly wider than your window – between 10cm and 15cm wider than the frame – so they don’t block the window when open. If you can’t decide… A simple tab-top linen curtain in a soft grey or white paired with matte black curtain rod will suit just about any room or style of home. Ikea’s Aina curtains, $89 a pair, are good all-rounders, with hidden tabs that can be hung on a rod or with rings and hooks. A
ROD ST Y L ES – W H AT, HOW A N D W H ER E RODS WITH FINIALS These classic adjustable rods come in various materials and are hung above the window frame on brackets and capped with decorative ﬁnials. Can be paired with all curtain styles; more stiff, formal styles are simply hung on the rods via curtain rings. RETURN RODS U-shaped rails similar to a handrail – the rod curves, allowing the curtains to curve around the sides of the window and sit ﬂush against the wall for maximum blackout. TRACKS These thin rails allow the curtains to be hung by small hidden hooks or rings that slide along easily. Best ﬁtted by professionals if you want it ceiling-mounted. Great for sweeping across an entire wall of glass doors, along the ceiling to create a room divider or for corner windows and bifold doors for a seamless curtain. CABLE RODS Cables anchor into the wall or from the ceiling and allow rings to glide over them. Great for room-dividers or more casual spaces such as outside pergolas. TIP Choose hooks and rings to match the rod and space them evenly for a neat look.
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Just as important as the fabric and style of the curtain is the mechanics behind it. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right hardware: Consider the finish Curtain rods will be seen so the material they’re made from needs to fit with your style of house as well as other finishes in the room: brass for traditional; iron for simplicity; wood for warmth. Know your limitations Rods and finials just won’t work with a wall of glass as the brackets don’t allow the curtains to slide continuously – tracks are best. Likewise, unless a pelmet is used, tracks won’t have the same visual effect as rods when simply hung. It’s the little details Match curtain rings, finials, hooks and any open/closure rods to the curtain rod for a cohesive look. Don’t dismiss pelmets These fabric-covered boxes sit over the curtain rod or track to hide it. They often partially cover windows, too, so not ideal with inwardopening window styles. For a more contemporary look, install a sleek timber pelmet the length of the wall, and painted the same colour. Tie it back Tie-backs allow curtains to stay closed at the top but sweep across the window. Works well on a narrow window with just one panel swept to the side, or to draw attention away from a not-so-great view. Fussier styles are made of fabric or rope, while metal brackets or hooks are easier as the curtains simply drape over them. For stay-put styles Opt for small weights to be sewn into the hem. These help the fabric fall evenly and neatly, and stop them from billowing in the breeze. Top tip Consider the weight of your curtains and rods – heavy-duty styles might require fitting to studs, while lightweight styles could get away with wall plugs. A
“HANGING RODS WIDER THAN THE WINDOW WITH THE CURTAINS JUST COVERING THE EDGE WHEN OPEN MAKES THE WINDOW LOOK BIGGER”
photography pippa drummond (dining room)
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Classic look Here, sheer linen drapes in the dining room are open during the day but closed at night to make it more cosy. They help create the loft feel Bec was after for her New Zealand barn.
M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R This is the home of Bec Dowie from father-and-daughter design team Douglas and Bec. They produce furniture and lighting in Auckland but have a beautiful showroom in Melbourneâ€™s Collingwood. Douglasandbec.com
Single shade To bring the view of the garden to the fore, the translucent roman blind is in the same shade of white as the walls and trims.
M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R Sydney locals Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke are experts in beautifully relaxed interiors and mostly work on residential projects, though they recently ventured into hotels with the Alex in Perth. Arentpyke.com
Special treatment In a rustic interior scheme, natural matchstick blinds look amazing. These ones are an extension of the dark brown wall and ﬁlter the bright light of the top-ﬂoor space.
photography frederik vercruysse; felix forest (opposite)
M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R Well-known Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen designed this apartment with hotel-like facilities atop an old townhouse in Antwerp. He’s as famous for his interiors as his collabs with furniture companies. Vincentvanduysen.com
BL I N D A N D SH U T T ER ST Y L ES ROLLER Simple minimal style to shut out the outside world at night, but allow the windows or doors themselves to standout in the day. Ideal for skylights, walls of glass and bi-folds. ROMAN These blinds fold up from the bottom gently and allow a little pattern and/or colour. MATCHSTICK Usually made from natural materials, they let in a nice soft, ﬁltered light and provides privacy. Can be used alone or paired with curtains for a more formal look. VENETIAN Great for controlling light, these slats can be moved up or down – they also allow airﬂow on hot nights without totally sacriﬁcing privacy. But be warned, they can be hard to clean. VERTICAL Popular with large expanses of glass and sliding doors, these can control light and airﬂow and can sit nicely to one side out of the way when opened. SHUTTERS Can be custom ﬁtted to any door or window, ﬁtted with ﬂyscreens making them ideal for bifold and sliding doors, and moved to take advantage of breezes and block out light. PANEL These blinds act like frameless frosted windows, gliding up, down and side-to-side. A
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Your lifestyle and aesthetic needs can determine what fabric you choose, so too does the location of a room, its function and how you live in it. Here are your options. Blackout styles Heavily lined curtains can insulate a room, keep the light out, provide ultimate privacy and give a room a slightly more formal feel. They can also give fabrics more body and allow the curtain to drape nicely. Sheer styles Lighter, translucent curtains go a long way to softening up a room and giving off a romantic, billowy vibe. Sheerer styles are ideal for spaces that could benefit from filtered light and don’t require privacy screening such as dining and living rooms. The in-betweeners Mid-weight fabrics such as linen and cotton are great for all spaces – lined or unlined, they can be dressed up with pleats or left casual with tab-tops. Pair with a simple blind to get the best of both worlds. Layer up Sometimes, the best of both worlds is just what you want. In these cases, install a double rod or track system and use two different but complementing curtain styles: a primary curtain to block the light and provide colour, pattern and style, and a sheer that will lighten the feel of the room, allow light in while still offering a small amount of privacy (see right). Try before you buy Consider your fabric as you would paint - collect swatches and get a feel for how it looks in your space, how the light comes through it when held up against the window you want to use it on, and how it will drape by gathering or pleating the sample. Too heavy or too light will affect how it drapes. R
M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R “Curtains layer a room or add warmth, movement and texture,” says Paul Hecker, director of Hecker Guthrie. The Sydney-based company is at the forefront of the curtain-wall movement, namely sheer and motorised curtains in open-plan spaces. Heckerguthrie.com
CU RTA I N FA BR ICS COTTON Easy-to-clean and great with most styles, the softer the cotton, the better the drape. LINEN A textured fabric, linen is great lined or unlined, paired with sheer silks and soft voiles. VELVET A rich, luxurious fabric that provides great privacy, insulation and feel-me texture. LACE A little pattern, a little sheerness, a little texture, lace adds a light, feminine touch. SILK Choose a faux silk for longevity or line your real silk as it’s easily damaged by sunlight. VOILE A lightweight cotton perfect to create that breezy, billowy feel. Great for use on pergolas. @reallivingmag
photography shannon mcgrath/hecker guthrie; peter krasilnikoff (opposite page)
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Privacy please! If you have a large expanse of glass doors or windows facing the street, a sheer curtain will give privacy while still letting natural light into the room.
“WHATEVER STYLE YOU GO FOR, THE GOLDEN RULE OF HANGING CURTAINS IS THAT THE HEM SHOULD ALWAYS TOUCH THE FLOOR!”
Double up In a double-curtain window treatment, continue your interior scheme and choose a sheer in a complementary colour to your block-out curtains. real living
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ALEX GI LMOUR AND DO PREFER MINIC C ENCES F HONG P ERFECT OR CLAS LY BLEN SIC AND D THEIR MODERN RESPEC DESIGN TIVE IN THEI R SYDNE Y SEMI
AUSSIE home the STUDIO Entwined goodness The designing couple bring a similar aesthetic to their studio/ store as they do their home – a monochrome scheme and a simple vibe dominate in both. Many of their products star in their house. “Our work is a part of our home life,” Alex explains. A
It’s black and white Extensive water damage meant walls had to be replastered and painted. Alex and Dominic rolled up their sleeves and painted the walls throughout in Dulux “Vivid White” to create a greater contrast with the dark ﬂoors. There were no window treatments, so they added plantation shutters to the space. The Indivi custom-sized sofa is from BoConcept. The Eames ﬁbreglass rocker is from Spence & Lyda. On the wall hangs Jannali “Moon” by Astella Designs.
Ollie sit! Alex and Ollie, a pug x cavalier King Charles spaniel, in the bright, white hallway. The colour, in keeping with the rest of the house, adds a contemporary touch while the original hallway arch brings character. The simple, neutral palette allows a few key pieces – such as the mirror above the ﬁreplace – to stand out.
ALEX GILMOUR FAVOURED A CLASSIC, traditional-style home, while her husband Dominic Chong wanted something more modern. So the three-bedroom, split-level semi, which the designers and founders of Evie Group, found in Sydney’s Lilyﬁeld six years ago needed some ﬁne-tuning to suit their respective wants. The early-1900s house still had Victorian-style features – such as pressed metal ceilings, original doors and ﬁreplaces – while the previous owners had added a third bedroom downstairs; this was cut into the building’s sandstone foundations. Key to injecting a modern element in the home was the colour palette – black and white is the go-to combination for designers for a reason. It helps keep the space in balance and provides a backdrop for hero pieces. Black and white also works well in both traditional and contemporary spaces, so was a good compromise for the couple. Walls were painted in Dulux “Vivid White”, and upstairs, ﬂoors were stained in Black Japan, which helps to ground the high ceilings. The couple are inspired by Scandi design and American modernisn, with their home a lesson in clean lines and sleek spaces. “We like simple things and don’t like clutter,” Alex explains. A @reallivingmag
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DESIGNERS ALEX GILMOUR AND DOMINIC CHONG, DAUGHTER CHLOE, 2, AND PUG X C A V A L I E R , O L L I E . E V I E G R O U P. C O M Two zones “We worked with the two styles of the home to create our own aesthetic,” Alex says. “Upstairs focusing on the minimalist, monochrome, with touches of greenery, colour and texture. Downstairs looking at a relaxed, comfortable, softer, inviting style; it’s where we often hang in the late evenings.” Feels like home “Moving the home ofﬁce out a couple of years ago made the house feel more like a home – especially with the addition of a child,” Alex says.
the KITCHEN/DINING Beautiful functional The mirrored splashback in the kitchen area – where clean lines rule – helps to reﬂect light back into the space. The choice of marble countertop for the island bench brings a traditional material into a modern-day living context. The Feelgood Designs “C607” bar stools are from Stylecraft. The sunroom, which lies beyond the kitchen, was converted into a dining space, ﬁtted out with a Sean Dix “Oslo” table and Eames “DCM” chairs, which were a wedding gift.
the BATHROOM Rough elegance A space downstairs was cut out of sandstone to create a master bedroom – and warmed up with snuggly layers and textures including a cowhide and the custom-designed bedhead, upholstered in Warwick “Beachcomber” fabric. Rock it baby This room was initially the couple’s ofﬁce, then transformed into toddler Chloe’s bedroom. Walls had been restored after water damage and the room painted. DIY artworks are made from paint swatches. A Rokii rocker sits on Coppola Home rug.
Rising stars The Silhouette chair, Dominic’s design for his ﬁnal furniture major in 2004, sits alongside the couple’s award-winning and best-selling Spun table light in Rose Gold. Classic fashion Timeless choices for the bathroom mean that it hasn’t dated since it was installed more than ﬁve years ago. Colour is added through plant greenery, but otherwise kept to a minimum. The Moo stool is by Kenan Wang for Evie Group.
Practical solution In the back garden, a pond was ﬁlled in as it was a mozzie-breeding ground, and puppy Ollie kept falling into it! New plantings were added, including a box hedge, hydrangeas and gardenias. The Evolve outdoor furniture setting is from The Urban Balcony. Fresh air Bifold doors open up the living space so it extends to the outside. Alex, Chloe, Dominic and Ollie love enjoying time together on the deck.
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REPLASTERING WA L L S UP STA IRS, INCLUDING L I V ING ROOM A ND SECOND B E D R O O M : $ 16 0 0 . D O W N STA I R S FLO O R I N G O R I G I N A L H A R D W O O D F L O O R I N G WA S S A NDED B ACK A ND SE A L ED : $ 50 0. PLUMBING CR ACK ED WAT ER PIPE REPL ACED A ND DOWNSTA IRS WA LL REPL ASTERED : $ 2500. HOUSE PAINTING ALE X AND DOMINIC DID THIS THEMSELVES, ENLISTING THE HELP OF A PA I N T E R AT O N E P O I N T: $ 18 0 0, I N C L U D I N G PA I N T. W I N D O W TR EATM ENTS W Y NSTA N PL A NTATION SHU T TERS : $ 2400. NEW ROOF BY IV Y CONTR AC TORS :
FLOOR FINISH Feast Watson in Black Japan (A), $96.20 for 4L, Bunnings. KITCHEN ISLAND Caesarstone in White Attica (B), from $1000 a sq m (installed), Caesarstone. BATHROOM FLOOR Polished concrete (C), about $35 to $65 a sq m, from concrete ﬂooring suppliers.
$ 3500. POND REMOVAL THE COUPLE ALSO DID THIS THEMSELVES, FILLING T H E P O N D W I T H S O I L A N D P E B B L E S, A N D P L A N T I N G G A R D E N I A S, $ 15 0. A B
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INTERIOR WALLS Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Vivid White (A), $71.90 for 4L. EXTERIOR WALLS Murobond Pure low-sheen paint in Raw Earth (B), $89 for 4L.
Hex appeal Many of the homewares in Alex and Dominic’s place, like these Hex boxes, are from their store Eviegroup.com
Design lovers Alex and Dominic moved into their studio and retail space in Sydney’s Balmain in April last year. The black and white mosaic tiles echoes the colour scheme in their own home and, once again, blends classic and modern design elements. Spin off The Spun pendant light in the Balmain studio is one of the couple’s bestsellers. It is a piece that can be used in various combinations and different spaces. Art hero This is a detail of the round resin abstract artwork by Astella Designs (Astelladesigns.com.au), which hangs on the living room wall.
HOW LONG DID THE RENOVATION TAKE? “Two years. It began with the garden, followed by painting the bedrooms, a new roof, new plasterwork in the living room, painting the kitchen and living areas followed by sanding the downstairs ﬂoor and painting downstairs. We wanted to maintain a lot of the original features of the house so pieces were updated rather than removed.” WHAT WERE THE TOP LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE RENO? 1 “Take your time in picking quality furniture and items for your home – something that will last and not need replacing every few years.” 2 “Where time and specialised skill is required – for rooﬁng, plumbing, electrical – hiring a trustworthy and recommended tradesperson/professional is best.” 3 “Keep delicate/fragile and loved items up high and out of reach of pets and kids.” 4 “Planting mature plants works better for the long term if you have a puppy in the garden.” 5 “Peoples’ style choice can be conﬂicting. Start with the big items/basics and then add layers to create your ideal and practical space.” BEST MONEY SPENT? “The Eames rocker helped me survive many late nights with a crying baby, and now is used throughout the home by all.” BEST MONEY SAVED? “Doing the painting and general labour ourselves, and using our own products to style the home.” BEST PIECE OF ADVICE? “Take your time in picking quality pieces for your home – pieces that excite you, make you feel happy and ones that last and won’t be readily replaced.” R
SUCCESSFUL DESIGN – AT WORK AND AT HOME – IS ALL ABOUT PARING BACK TO THE ESSENTIALS FOR ALEX AND DOMINIC
Creative ﬂow Alex at work in the Balmain studio/retail store. The couple are about to release new furniture pieces for Evie Group while continuing to work on graphics and branding work for clients. The Moo coat rack was designed by Kenan Wang for Evie Group. real living
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text chris pearson photography elise hassey (sydney); we are in our element (joshua tree); johannes verhulststraat (amsterdam); klara yoon (berlin) illustrations christina banos
Air bubbled Glass vase in Mustard Yellow, $12.95, H&M.
1 S I M P LY D A R L I N G H U RS T Leave your passport in the drawer. In buzzy inner Sydney, this stylish studio borrows a little of the Scandinavian aesthetic to breathe new life into an old warehouse. We love the enormous steel-framed windows, soaring white-painted ceilings and timber ﬂoors. The dado-style paint scheme, with the bottom half of the room in warming charcoal, makes things hug-me homely, while the area above, in crisp, airy white, makes those chic windows really pop. 2 F R O N D E M B R A C E A little shot of green, such as this glossy monstera leaf, brings nature indoors. And how cool is that terrazzo-style bench and splashback?
3 L I G H T I N D U S T RY The adjustable pendant over the table creates a focal point, while also casting light over your gourmet pizza (the kitchen is nifty but who wants to cook when there’s a smorgasbord of take-out options close by?) That so-retro Panthella-style table lamp and the ﬂoor lamp deliver instant ambience. 4 E N J OY T H E F L I G H T All the Scandi-style furniture is as light as AirBnb – just look at the credenza on legs, the crisscross dining table and retro-style sofa, which converts to a bed. From $210 a night. www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/8583807 A
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Wooden legs Oppeby table (185cm), $299, Ikea.
American ash Flip chair, $195, Relax House.
Best shape NM bell lamp (55cm), $990, Top3 by Design.
Puffed Signature Basic cushions, $40 each, Lamb&Stine.
Whistler Le Creuset demi tea kettle, $257.99, Zoxoro. real living
Great tan Alby ottoman in Chalet, $1924, Jardan.
Iconic Replica Eames LCW chair, $325, Matt Blatt.
Industrial strength Two Arm light, $195, Fat Shack Vintage.
Steel frame Max Italian marble coffee table, $1695, Urban Couture.
NEUKÖLLN, BERLIN / MINIMAL MOMENTS
Fur real Natural cowhide, $369, Cowhide Rugs Online.
Petite Velvet Mini cushion in Indigo, $57, Linen & Moore.
1 WUNDERBAR! “Inspired by Nordic design and with the minimalistic German inﬂuence”, this apartment’s white walls are warmed by charcoal ﬂoorboards and cowhide rugs that create moo-d! The recessed shelf with the kitchen on the other side is a tad underdressed, but the idea remains one to bring home. Can’t ﬁnd the generous coffee table you want? Join two together, as this owner did. She’s also played with scale – don’t always think small in a handbag-sized home, go large! 2 I N T H E P I C T U R E Simple artworks echo the
classic scheme but with a few surprises, such as the lush velvet navy curtains and cushions on the leather couch. It stops things getting predictable – something to watch in a minimal scheme. Plus, the touch-me textures also ramp up the luxe factor. 3 D R E A M D E S T I N AT I O N The bedroom is small but big on ideas. Its futon-style bed on a raised platform offers generous storage underneath and shelves running seamlessly from it are ideal for storing all your books and travel ﬁnds. From $128 a night. www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/1559030
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1 L E T ’S D O D U T C H Who’s going to argue when this is your destination? This apartment is ﬁlled with fabulous vintage ﬁnds and art in a wonderful mix and match of eras and styles, all on a canvas of high ceilings, architectural mouldings, ﬁreplaces and herringbone parquetry ﬂoors. With their sculptural lines, the contemporary furniture pieces and 1960 Arne Jacobsen ﬂoor light provide a counterpoint to the oldies-butgoodies heritage features. It’s timeless decorating at its best. 3
2 M S M I X- I T The Queen Anne-style turned-leg table, stacked vintage luggage and contemporary bracket lights are in striking contrast, but there are no scary nightmares in this bedroom because the tightly controlled palette harmonises all. White sheers echo the walls and bedding and draw the eye out to the balcony. 3 S O A P O P E R A You’ll do much more than take a bath in this theatrical space – your guests will want to just sit here and soak up the ambience. All the original features have been painstakingly preserved, including the gorgeous original Art Nouveau tiles and clawfoot bath. From $169 a night. www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/4858813 A
Snuggly Embroidered velvet cushion, $39.95, Rapee. @reallivingmag
Rotatable Replica Arne Jacobsen AJ ﬂoor lamp, $249, Sokol.
Terr-iﬁc EG-0035 terrazzo tile, $116.60 a sq m, Signorino.
Three stars Methven Krome 3 function exposure rail shower, $325, Bunnings.
Solid walnut Gigi coffee table, $629.10, Life Interiors.
Cultivated Howea forsteriana potted plant, $59, Ikea.
Give your home the perfect ‘face lift’ with the elegance, style and sophistication of CustoMade Plantation Shutters. This is affordable style at it’s finest! CustoMade Plantation Shutters are made to the highest standards and to exact specifications using top quality materials to ensure that your new Shutters remain functional, beautiful and give you total peace of mind for many years to come. Some conditions apply. Free Installation is limited to 5 panels per opening, does not include special shapes or difficult access areas. Offer is for a limited time only. Images for illustration purposes and actual colours may vary. See in-store Sales Staff for full details.
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Caged Miners Hanging pendant light, $79.95, Cranmore Home.
Grofa Replica Hans Wegner “Plank” sofa in Ash/Light Grey, $1895, Matt Blatt.
Replica Snaketail plant in cement pot, $89.95, Rogue Home.
Solid Munggur tree trunk coffee table, $795, Weylandts.
Genuine Moroccan leather ottoman, $199, Valuca.
Tactile Barefoot Gypsy “Asha” cushion, $124.95, Atelier Lane.
1 H O M E O N T H E R A N G E Like a hacienda from your dreams, this inviting cabin in the south Californian desert has a bohemian, artisanal feel, with its handwoven ﬂoor rug, macrame hanging and tree stump as impromptu side table. Together with the sunbleached timbers and concrete ﬂoors, it has an earthy tactility, further enhanced by the neutral colour palette of rust, sand, bone white and concrete grey. “We created this space to embrace the thoughts and feelings of a bygone era represented by the original homestead cabins of Joshua Tree,” says the owner. “It features modern desert bohemian furniture… with handmade artefacts, art and accessories.”
2 W E L L H U N G Though the building is thoroughly modern, everything inside this cabin has an improvised quality. Artwork is pegged up like a cowboy’s long johns while the pendant lights above the bed have a hand-forged feel – there’s nothing too slick or overthought here. The bedding, with its Navajo-print cushion and pompom trimmings, picks up on the crafty themes explored throughout the cabin. Meanwhile, the sheepskin pillow, like the shaggy hides in the living area, nods to the rustic homestead vibe. 3 C A B I N F E V E R The chevron Navajo patterns in bold, sunny colours and prickly desert cacti contrast with the invitingly cool white walls and polished concrete ﬂoors. The novel A-shaped shelving unit plays on the American Indian zigzag motif; in this cool cabin, geometry rules and is repeated in the artwork, lighting, cushions and throws. From $186 a night. www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/7303044 R @reallivingmag
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SUMMER Matteo Double Sofa. (Available in store only)
SUMMER’S HERE SO SET THE SCENE WITH HARVEY NORMAN’S VERSATILE R ANGE OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE .
Urban 7-Piece Dining Setting. (Available in store only)
WHEN THE SUN IS OUT, L A ZE THROUGH THE DAYS IN YOUR OUTDOOR ROOM – YOU’LL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE PERMANENTLY ON HOLIDAY.
Trinidad 4-Piece Lounge Setting. (Available in store only)
Quay 11-Piece Dining Setting. (Available in store only)
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FROM BRUNCH TO LUNCH AND CASUAL DINNERS, SUMMER IS MADE FOR OUTDOOR DINING. INVITE EVERYONE OVER , FILL THE TABLE WITH YOUR FAVOURITE FARE , THEN REL A X AND HAVE FUN UNTIL THE SUN GOES DOWN.
Ezra 9 -Piece Dining Setting. (Available in store only)
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WHETHER YOUâ€™RE ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AND FAMILY, OR TAKING TIME OUT TO UNWIND, SIT BACK IN COMFORT AND ST YLE WITH AN OUTDOOR LOUNGE SETTING THAT HELPS YOU MAKE THE MOST OF THE WARMER MONTHS.
SUMMER Quay 5-Piece Bar Setting. (Available in store only)
Quay Cushioned Sunlounge. (Available in store only)
SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL STORE, ONLINE AT HN.COM.AU OR CALL 1300 464 278 Furniture prices displayed are valid in state capital metropolitan areas only (excluding Northern Territory). Prices in country areas will be higher due to additional freight charges. See in store for full range. Harvey NormanÂŽ stores are operated by independent franchisees. Ends 31/10/16.
Summer loving For outdoor table settings, you can’t go wrong with monochrome! Geo perforated aluminium tray in Silver Grey, $170 (50cm size), Tait. Cassiopeia glass in Smoke, $7.95, and glass carafe, $19.95, Freedom. Resin “Earth” bowl in Snow Swirl, $190, and resin “Bone” servers in Black/Snow Swirl Dark, $100, Dinosaur Designs. Tweed planter in White, $30, holding Peperomia plant, $25, Terrace. Turn the page for more brilliant outdoor decorating buys. A
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BOILING You can boil eggs in cold or boiling water. Either way, accurate timing is essential. For a soft-boiled egg, my preferred method is to place a small saucepan of water on the hob and bring to the boil. Carefully lower in your eggs, reduce to a simmer and leave for exactly 6 mins before removing and quickly transferring to an eggcup. For a hardboiled egg, cook for 10 mins, then immediately plunge into a bowl of iced water. This will stop the cooking process and make removing the shell easier. POACHING I admit to having a problem with poaching eggs. In my early days as a food stylist, I would stay up late the night before a shoot creating the perfect poached egg, discarding many along the way. For the perfect teardrop shape, use only the freshest eggs. Crack one egg into a cup. Use a wide saucepan filled 5cm deep with water, and bring to a simmer. Add a teaspoon of vinegar, to help solidify the white, and stir to create a good swirl with the end of a spoon. Once it slows, add the egg into the centre and leave to poach for 3 mins or until the white has just set, while the yolk remains runny. Lift out with a slotted spoon. SCRAMBLING For creamy, velvety scrambled eggs, whisk the eggs together in a bowl with a splash of cream or milk and a pinch of salt and pepper. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, pour in the eggs and draw a wooden spoon slowly through to allow large curds to form. Remove from the heat while there is still a spoonful of runniness and quickly pile onto hot buttered toast. FRYING The temperature at which you fry your eggs will determine the texture and amount of fat absorbed. A high heat results in a crispy, frilly edge and a bubbly white. A lower temperature ensures
a silky, moist egg. Lightly oil a non-stick frying pan and warm through. Carefully crack a fresh egg into the pan and leave to cook for 2 to 3 mins, or until the white has set and the yolk is still runny (or to your liking). “Sunny-side up” means cooked on just one side, while “over easy” describes frying on both sides so that the yolk remains runny in the centre. OMELETTE An omelette, a golden wobbly plate of loveliness, should never be overcooked. There should be a degree of runniness, “baveuse”, as the French call it. Using a fork, whisk 2 to 3 eggs together in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place a medium frying pan (18cm across the base is perfect) over a medium-high heat with a dash of oil. Add the eggs, swirl to coat the base and then leave for 10 seconds. Begin drawing in the sides with a wooden spoon, tilting the frying pan so that the runny egg fills the gap. When there is a small amount of liquid left on the surface, carefully flip one side over to meet the other and wiggle onto a plate. Make it eggs-act These recipes use medium eggs unless otherwise stated. If you keep your eggs in the fridge, always bring them up to room temperature for half an hour or so before cooking. Buy right Always buy good-quality free-range eggs. A caged chicken lives a miserable life and this is refected in the quality of the egg it produces. You will be rewarded with a good healthy egg, a bright yolk, a strong gelatinous white and a delicious taste. How fresh? Eggs should be as fresh as possible for frying, whisking and poaching; slightly older eggs are best for boiling and peeling. A
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French fancy Serve it simply, with just the browned buttery juices from the pan.
OEUFS AU PLAT Serves 2 Prep time 3 mins Cooking time 7 mins Equipment Garlic crusher, sharp knife; chopping board; large heavy-based frying pan or barbecue; bowl; teacup; spatula 200g mixed wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, oyster or enoki 30g butter 1 garlic clove, crushed Few thyme sprigs Handful chopped ﬂat-leaf parsley 4 eggs Salt & freshly ground black pepper
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1 Brush the mushrooms clean ●
and slice them. Melt half the butter in a pan over medium heat. Fry the garlic for 30 seconds, then add the mushrooms, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and cook for 4 to 5 mins, then fold through the parsley. Remove into a separate bowl and cover. 2 Melt the remaining butter over ● medium heat in the frying pan. Break two of the eggs into a cup, being careful not to pierce the yolks, then pour into the frying pan. Cover the pan for 30 seconds, then uncover and cook for about 1½ mins, until the whites have set. Season and slide the eggs onto a plate. Cook the remaining eggs in the same way. Spoon the herby mushrooms and any butter from the frying pan over the top and serve.
SAUSAGE & EGG PICNIC ROLLS Serves 6 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 27 mins (plus 20 mins chilling) Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; fork; mixing bowl; regular bowl; large saucepan; pastry brush; baking tray; baking paper 400g sausage meat (removed from 400g of sausages) 1 tsp English mustard 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp chopped tarragon leaves 1½ tbsp chopped ﬂat-leaf parsley leaves 12 quail eggs 320g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry (such as Carême brand) 1 egg yolk, beaten 2 tbsp poppy seeds, to sprinkle 1 Mix the sausage meat together ●
with the mustards, tarragon and parsley in a bowl.
2 Bring a saucepan of water to ●
the boil, lower the eggs in and cook for 2 mins. Drain and transfer the eggs to a bowl of iced water to cool quickly, then carefully peel. 3 Unroll the pastry and cut into ● six 8cm x 13.5cm rectangles. Take a sixth of the sausage meat, shape it into an 8cm x 11cm rectangle and lay two eggs along the middle, nose to tail. Wrap the sausage meat around to form a neat roll with the eggs in the center, and place on top of a piece of pastry. Brush with a little beaten egg yolk and roll the pastry to encase the meat, sealing the seam with your ﬁngertips. Repeat with the remaining pastry rectangles and sausage meat, then chill for 20 mins. 4l Preheat the oven to 200°C and ● line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the sausage rolls on the lined baking tray. Brush all over with the beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake in the oven for 25 mins, until golden and cooked through. Serve warm or cold.
E AT Trip to Turkey A glorious yet simple dish of garlicky, herby yoghurt, poached egg and spiced butter.
Hello from Israel There are many variations on this Israeli dish. Here, the eggs are baked within a nest of garlicky greens, sharp tangy fetta and olives. If you come across purple kale it makes a pretty addition.
GREEN SHAKSHUK A Serves 2 Prep time 5 mins Cooking time 20 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; small frying pan; wooden spoon 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped ﬁnely 1 garlic clove, chopped ﬁnely ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander 50g mixed shredded greens such as kale or silverbeet (any thick stems removed) 110g baby spinach leaves 3 tbsp thickened cream 1 tbsp lemon juice 40g black & green pitted olives, chopped roughly 2 eggs 50g fetta Handful chopped dill &parsley leaves ½ red chilli, sliced ﬁnely Pinch of sumac (optional) Salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 Heat the oil in small frying ●
pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins over low heat until softened. 2 Stir through the garlic and ● spices, and continue to cook for a couple of mins. 3 Fold through the shredded ● greens and season well. Cover and cook for 1 min, then uncover and continue to cook for a further 3 mins. 4 Add the baby spinach, folding ● through to wilt the leaves. Stir in the cream, lemon juice and olives. 5 Make two depressions in the ● vegetables and into these crack your eggs. 6 Crumble over the fetta and ● scatter with the herbs and chilli. Season eggs with sumac, salt and pepper, then cook gently for 12 mins, or until the egg whites have set. Serve in the frying pan at the table.
Serves 4 Prep time 5 mins Cooking time 5 mins Equipment Fine grater or Microplane; garlic crusher; small bowl; large heavy-based saucepan; teacup; small heavy-based frying pan; slotted spoon; paper towel 400g Greek yoghurt, at room temperature 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1½ tsp tahini 4 eggs 55g butter ¼ tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp Aleppo chilli ﬂakes (red pepper ﬂakes) Zest & juice of 1 lemon Few small mint and coriander leaves, to serve Warmed pita breads, to serve Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 Poach your eggs by putting ●
enough water in a saucepan to come up to about 5cm, then bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat right down to a shudder. In turn, crack each egg into a teacup and slide it into the water, in separate sides of the saucepan. Cook for 3 mins until the white has just set. 3 Melt the butter in a small frying ● pan, as the eggs are poaching. Add the paprika and chilli and cook for 2 mins, until the butter smells spicy. 4 Remove the eggs from the water ● with a slotted spoon and drain brieﬂy on paper towel. 5 Divide the yoghurt between ● four small bowls. Top each with a poached egg, pour over the warm spiced butter and ﬁnish with a scattering of herbs. Serve with warm pitas for dunking. A
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E AT Crispy/creamy Sure, they take an hour to make, but using ready-made butter puff pastry is a lot quicker than making your own.
PORTUGUESE CUSTARD TARTS
Serves 10 Prep time 30 mins Cooking time 35 mins (plus chilling) Equipment Grater or Microplane; 2 small heavy-based pans; wooden spoon; thermometer; whisk; sieve; cling wrap; 12-hole mufﬁn tin; sharp knife; baking sheet; wire rack
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325g golden caster sugar Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 325ml full-fat whole milk 1 cinnamon stick 40g cornﬂour, plus extra to dust 4 large egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla extract butter, to grease 300g all-butter puff pastry (such as Carême brand) 1 In a small pan, combine 200g ●
sugar, lemon zest and 200ml water over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to the boil for 6 mins to reach 108°C on a thermometer (or until a little dropped into a bowl of cold water forms a thin thread). Remove from the heat and cool before discarding the peel. 2 Heat milk and cinnamon in a clean ● pan to warm through. In a small bowl, whisk cornﬂour with a little warm milk to form a paste. Bring the milk to the boil then whisk in the ﬂour paste, stirring until thickened. Pour into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk egg yolk, remaining sugar and
vanilla extract, then slowly pour over thickened milk, whisking as you do so. 3 Strain the mixture through a sieve ● into a bowl, then set aside to cool. Cover in cling wrap and chill. Once cold, stir through the cooled sugar syrup. Grease 10 holes of mufﬁn tin generously with butter and chill. 4 Roll the pastry out into a long ● rectangle of about 40cm x 18cm, and roll up from the short end into a tight log. Cut into 10cm x 1.5cm rounds (discarding the ends) and roll each out into a 10cm disc. Use these to line your mufﬁn tin and chill. 5 Preheat the oven to 250°C and ● place a baking sheet inside. Divide custard between the pastry cases (leaving a 1cm gap between the top of the ﬁlling and the pastry). Transfer to the preheated baking tray and bake for 18 to 20 mins, until the pastry is crisp and the custard just set. Leave for 5 mins then loosen with a knife and cool completely on a wire rack. R
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FOR A FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNER THERE SURE IS A LOT TO LEARN! CHRISTINA GEE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS I PITY THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE MEMORIES of eating tuna mornay. When I lived at home, Dad would cook it for dinner every Monday night in a large, oval-shaped Pyrex dish. He had it down pat – the perfect unctuosity, the crunchy breadcrumb topping, it was all there. Tuna mornay was part of dad’s repertoire. A few of the recipes he used came from an early Jamie Oliver title (well before nutritional panels started appearing in his books), but for the most part he cooked from a collection of clippings stored in a ringbinder. Somewhere along the line, cookbooks became much more than a compendium of things to make and eat. They became projections of desirable lifestyles – the rustic charm of Provence, the warm and fuzzy domesticity of the home baker, the ascetic piousness of the gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free life of “healthiness” and a whole lot more. As newlyweds with a blank slate ahead of us, Mr Gee and I were suckers for any kind of cookbook, so long as the pictures had rustic platters and micro herbs in them. We had books on French, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Australian and “Health” (yes, I classify this as a cuisine of its own). We had books on baking, fermentation, foraged food, food you could make in 30 minutes, food you could make in 15 minutes and food that comforted
(I never used that one – the pictures of the food were so beautiful that the idea of replicating them was terrifying). The ﬁrst problem with most cookbook recipes is that they’re expensive to make. I could have paid off my mortgage with all the money I’ve spent on kafﬁr lime leaves, only to use one from the packet. I’ve also been a victim of food fads: there’s a jar of chia seeds in my pantry that’s a remnant of my chia pudding days – coconutﬂavoured snot, sweetened with three cups of rice malt syrup, anyone? My friends still laugh at me for breeding scobies and making kimchi in bulk. Preparation time also makes most cookbooks useless between Monday and Friday. After serving a few weeknight dinners at eight o’clock, I realised the dishes of my cookbook fantasies were actually the perfect recipes for hangry tiffs with poor Mr Gee. I’m sure that the one part of us that never lies is our palate. I’m half Greek; I get antsy if I haven’t had food with oregano in it for a while. Mr Gee comes from a Chinese family and feels the same about rice (he’s been known to have it with lasagna). We eventually discovered that nothing was easier for us to cook, or more pleasurable to eat, than the food we grew up with. So, we’ve given away most of our cookbooks and put together our own ringbinder of recipes. A typical weeknight dinner for us now is souvlaki and rice (only half an hour to prepare), but now I think of it, I must ask Dad if he’ll share the recipe for his tuna mornay. R
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H O U S E O R U N I T Across Australia’s eight capital cities, the median apartment price for the June quarter (according to Domain) was $524,905 compared with $731,188 for houses. Apartments also tend to deliver higher gross rental yields than houses and can be easier to maintain but this can come at the cost of high strata levies. As for capital growth, houses usually deliver better long-term gains due to the land component. Need to know Lenders tend to be more restrictive with units so, before you commit, check that your lender doesn’t have the area you’re buying in ﬂagged as a high-risk postcode.
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You’ll have to pay tax on the rent you receive but this can be offset by the expenses on which you can actually claim a deduction. Need to know You’ll also have to pay capital gains tax (CGT) on any proﬁt you make when selling the property. You can reduce this tax by adding in the buying and selling costs. CGT is charged at your marginal rate, but if you own the property for 12 months or more you become eligible for a 50% discount.
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Pink patch In Melbourne recently for the Decor + Design show, Karim spoke about why people are afraid of colour and how space should elevate experience. Afterwards, he drew a pic of himself and a new hotel he imagined for the city before departing in his signature whites and pink. Below is Karim’s Rok & Roll chair for Cizeta; the background pattern is from his Korgamy Collection for Lindstrom Rugs.
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