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ISSUE #11 2013


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Contents | Regulars

09 Editor’s Letter



Issue #10 2013

Blue Print

Royal Hue




Edited by Georgina Jeffries

Edited by Pip McCully

Practically Beautiful

34 ATELIER Luxury at Large

42 Closet Covet The Write Stuff

112 BLOG LOVE By Wonder

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Contents | Features 50 Archetypical Beauty AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Photographer Dana van Leeuwen and her husband Dick van der Helm wanted to build a new house, but not one that looked like those in the mainstream developments in their neighbourhood.

62 The Main Event MORNINGTON PENINSULA, AUSTRALIA The search for the perfect weekender saw Shani Anderson drive up and down the same stretch of road for years, hoping the right house would come up for sale.

74 Model Masterpiece NEW YORK, United States Designed by Todd Hase, the New York apartment of supermodel and artist Sasha Pivovarova and photographer Igor Vishnyakov is a reflection of their creative hearts.

84 Green and Bold Melbourne, AUSTRALIA The build up to Christmas in the household of one of Melbourne’s most in-demand florists, is a particularly hectic time for the busy young MacLachlan family.

94 Style and Substance MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Never one to do anything by halves, Chyka Keebaugh’s approach to Christmas is to embrace it and go all out, just as she does with life.


Editors Letter The colour theme for this issue could easily be indigo, as part of the trend that is sweeping the world, but for us the most obvious message that these pages convey is the hard work and tenacity of the creative women we’ve featured. From talented artist Cj Hendry, to fashion designer Shani Anderson, international model and artist Sasha Pivovarova, florist Fleur McLachlan and catering and event director Chyka Keebaugh, these talented and successful women relentlessly flex their creative muscle and share the result with the world. We count ourselves lucky to support them and share their work with you. Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCally of interior design firm Wonder are two creative women who’ve entered our orbit in the past 12 months. We invited them to guest edit our last issue of the year and share their fresh contemporary approach to design that we think you’ll love. Having fast developed a name for themselves as a design team known for creating spaces that are both considered and aesthetically timeless, Pip and Georgina are also the epitome of hard work and have all-encompassing passion for their craft. We hope these pages fill you with a sense of your own wonder and a drive to keep pushing yourselves forward.

Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief

Take a look at what our guest editors Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCally of interior design firm Wonder are coveting on pages 24 to 27. They also share their favourite blogs to visit for inspiration on page 116.


Editor in Chief Sian MacPherson

Creative Director Lynda Evans

PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | STYLING Sian MacPherson | WORDS Yvette Caprioglio

CONTRIBUTORS EDITORIAL Georgina Jeffries, Robyn Lea, Pip McCully, Khaseem Warren. PHOTOGRAPHY Brooke Holm, Marjon Hoogervorst, Dana van Leeuwen, Tara Pearce, Toby Scott. STYLING Anouk Brands, Jessica Bouvy, Marsha Golemac, Todd Hase, Chanelle McAuliffe, Maxine Riedmaier. WORDS Yvette Caprioglio, Renske Schriemer.



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blue print PHOTOGRAPHY Marjon Hoogervorst | STYLING AnoukB

Ancient crafts pared with contemporary patterns and new applications have seen a worldwide Indigo trend take hold. From the Shibori masters in Japan, to the recent revival of Africa’s ancient traditions of indigo dyeing led by artist Aboubakar Fofana, the current infatuation with indigo is ever-growing.

After traveling to Japan in 2011 to study the craft of indigo dyeing and Shibori, an indelible impression of the craftsmen, culture and landscape was cast upon Baukje Stamm. With a new love and appreciation of the ancient Japanese art form, Baukje, together with Celia Geraedts set about sharing their new found passion with works from their studio Blue Print in Amsterdam. A graphic designer by trade, Baukje creates books using the time-honoured crafts of letterpress, indigo dyeing and screenprinting. A series of collected treasures from the past and a mix of materials such as paper and fabric that have been granted a new life and reinvented using indigo dyes and newly developed patterns using the Shibori technique are seen throughout her home.

Citing her German-Chinese descent, Baukje explains her preoccupation with ancient cultures and heritage by way of her family’s historical search to find an identity that was not tied to one particular country or continent. Inheriting a passion for colour, crafts, strange routes and bizarre objects from her ancestors, Baukje continues to follow her family tradition of exploration and fascination with experimentation in various handicrafts. With each pattern unique to the individual artisan creating it, a touch of Shibori fabric as part of your decor is the perfect way to add a handcrafted, artistic element to any scheme that is on trend yet won’t break the bank.


Rope Vessel Gemma Patford & Vic Pemberto



Kaleidoscope Beetle Dress MCQ Alexander McQueen

Edited by Khaseem Warren

Liquid Satin Tunic Dress Raquel Allegra

Indigo is the queen of colours and she’s ruled planet fashion for centuries. Denim, silk and cool cottons are indigo’s best friend and this season make them yours too. Go for prints in ikat, tie-dye and abstract florals and fine tune your accessories to strike a balance that’s relaxed but edgy.

Rockstud Ballet Flats | Valentino

Ryder Satchel | Phillip Lim

Indigo Henry Sunglasses | Triwa

Tie-Dye Cotton-Jersey Proenza Schouler

Morgan Floral Print Skirt | Preen

French Navy Napoleon Perdis

Flynn Skinny Jeans | A.N.D.

Joie Candle Mina Perhonen

Indigo Girl Collection | Heinui

Head in the clouds, feet on the ground... I love photographer Trevor Mein’s Cirrus Series. It takes you to another place

Cirrus Series | Trevor Mein Alvar Alto Tea Trolley 900 | Artek

Michael Anastassiades’ Mobile Chandelier and Tip of the Tongue Pedestal Table Light are both beautifully balanced with elegant simplicity.

Borge Mogensen Spanish Chair | Fredericia


Vessels | Daniel Emma

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DESIGN by Georgina Jeffries

As the ying to partner Pip McCully’s yang at design studio Wonder, Georgina Jeffries’ list of design favourites for Christmas reflects her own personal style.

Cape Cod PM | Hermès

Patricia Urquiola Vieques Bathtub | Agape


Racer Clutch | Phillip Lim

Phoebe Whitman is one of my favourite artists who also happens to be my good friend. I love her ability to capture ethereal moments.

Irreverent | Carinne Roitfeld


BECAUSE by Pip McCully

As one half of interior design studio Wonder, it’s Pip McCully’s job to covet great design for her clients. And it’s only natural that she should also covet for herself. It’s an occupational hazard.

Espresso Maker | Alessi

Daniel Wellington watches have a modern beauty with a classic aesthetic.Â

I would love to get lost in a Le Bambole Sofa. Slightly ridiculous in shape yet wonderfully comfortable.

Domesticated Dust 1 | James Carey

Council Chair | Salto & Sigsgaard | OneCollection



beautiful PHOTOGRAPHY Brooke Holm | STYLING Marsha Golemac

Put way the traditional tinsel and fairy lights and instead indulge in our hand-picked range of gifts that we hope will make you think outside the Christmas box. Play Vase by Ingrid Tufts at Modern Times | Cu Tall Copper & Timber Vessel by Studio Kyss at Modern Times | Christopher Plumridge Claystone Lidded Box at Modern Times | Salt And Pepper Mill by Helgo at Vincent 2 | Small Glass Bottle at Safari Living | Copper And Concrete House Paperweight at Modern Times | Marble Plate 20Cms at Safari Living | Tea Light Holder at Safari Living | Marble Bowl at Safari Living | Diamond Brooch by and O Design at Modern Times | Wooden Spoons at Lightly | Pink Glass Bottle | Safari Living | Matryoshka Dolls 5Pc | Blank

Big Top Wall Hook at Lightly | Wooden Spoon at Lightly | Coiled Trivet at Modern Times | Tapas Bread Plate at Country Road | Marble Pear at Maison et Jardin | Take Time Watch by Lexon at Vincent 2

Panna Cotta Table By Ron Gilad For Molteni at Hub Furniture | Pendant 45 In Copper by David Moreland at The English Tapware Company | Glass Bonsai by Amanda Dziedzic Medium at Modern Times | September Chair by Dennis Marquart For Ox at Great Dane.

Neoprene Basket Medium at Safari Living | Doug Johnston Density Basket Clouds Two at Safari Living | Muuto Stacked Shelving at Vincent 2 | Vasi Litigati By Mario Ferrarini For Bitossi at Hub Furniture | Unisex 80’S Block Sweater at Handsom | Huis Woolfelt Cushion Mint Green at Lightly.




What is irrefutably the most exciting thing about producing Est Magazine is discovering and sharing the work of talented creatives. Recently, South African born fine artist Cj Hendry stopped us in our tracks. We were captivated the moment we laid eyes on her Instagram feed - the only online portal for this Brisbane based artist, where her huge black and white renderings of made objects and curiosities are creating a frenzy amongst curators, collectors and international luxury brands alike.

With no formal training, Hendry has developed her own methods to magnify quality, texture, form and perfection, starting with enormous scale. A recently completed 3m x 1.4m work commissioned by restaurant Noma in Surry Hills, Sydney, is astronomical. Hendry strips away colour from her reference images and quite often the original objects too. It’s definitely shocking to see a coveted Chanel handbag defaced with a can of spray paint, even if it’s in the name of art. Here’s the proof. Hendry’s works and her environment are both devoid of colour as she believes it dulls an emotional connection and allows her to better focus on the perfection in details. In contrast, Hendry is a broad spectrum of colour personified. Vibrant, thoughtful, graceful and humble, with an infectiously wicked grin, all at once. We believe ‘big’ (pardon the pun) things are in store for Ms Hendry. In three words describe your style. Clean, refined, white. What are you currently working on? At the moment I am bringing a large-scale sketch of a pair of Gucci monk strap shoes from Mr Porter to life. At any one time I can be working on up to three various size sketches.

What would you consider your greatest achievement? It was certainly the decision to quit my job at Chanel and pursue this avenue full time. I have some friends working on startup ventures of their own so listening to their advice certainly helped. What would you be if you were not an artist? I don’t actually know. I would probably be working in finance - that’s been the plan for the last couple of years. Having said that, my marks are not exactly ‘interview worthy’ so maybe I was destined to do this all along. It just goes to show that plans can warp along unknown paths and slap you in the face when you least expect it. Where do you live and work right now? I live with family in Brisbane and am working in the smallest space known to man. It was a tool shed which dad has converted into a ‘studio’ that’s linked to my bedroom. I pretty much roll out of bed and get straight into it. I’m surrounded by a very tactile environment with obscure curiosities and a rich selection of taxidermy items I’ve collected at antique stores, at auctions and on ebay. I really want to collect more, but my space doesn’t allow. Where do you dream about visiting? I grew up in South Africa and I’ve travelled extensively through Europe, Scandinavia and Australia, but there are so many places I still want to see. I plan to move to New York next year once (if) I’ve finished my commerce degree double majoring in accounting and finance – ugh. I’m getting rather excited about that option. What else do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? This is going to sound awful but I don’t really stop. I get up early and go to bed late and work 7 days a week. In all honesty I find it very difficult to give myself down time. It’s a work in progress. I have a really great group of friends who drag me out. What design purchase have you made lately? I just had a friend bring back a cherry red Chanel Lego clutch from London for me. They are so hard to come by. I just went all out with it.

What are you reading? I don’t make the time to read much. Instead I listen to audio books while I’m drawing as it really helps me maintain focus. I’m that person who gets overly involved in the stories and generally stays awake for a couple more hours to sneak in another chapter. What are you watching? I very rarely sit down and watch TV. Instead I download movies or series like Breaking Bad, Suits, Friends (again) and Game of Thrones. I watch them in their entirety. Sometimes I put my headphones in and watch what’s happening in my peripheral vision whilst drawing. What is your greatest extravagance? Every month I go and get my toenails done with shellac, generally in a bright red. There is something really nice about not having to worry about chipped nail polish. Tell us a little secret about yourself that no one else knows. I’ve never actually been to a hairdresser. Any friend or family member who is game enough does it for me. Kitchen cut - hello!


The Write Stuff PHOTOGRAPHY Tara Pearce | STYLING Sian MacPherson & Chanelle McAuliffe

Yvette Caprioglio is a writer, creative communications strategist, Est Magazine contributor and our closet covet muse.

A lot of my work revolves around telling stories - mostly other people’s or products in a creative way. So it’s fitting that a lot of the pieces photographed here have a provenance and a bit of a story to them. They’ve been passed on to me by friends and family. I remember being interested in clothes when I was quite young - my grandmother had a great eye for interesting pieces as does my very stylish mother and she also has such a great aesthetic in her home. So I guess I’ve inherited some of that. I tend to dress in mainly dark colours, black (hey, it’s Melbourne) navy, grey. I buy mainly fewer but good classic things and add interesting bits along the way.

This painting was bought on a whim with my art director about 10 years ago and as you’d expect, he has a good eye. I love it. It’s by Baz Blakeney. It has been commented on by every single person that has ever entered my home.... enough said. The other lady jostling for position in this picture is my wire haired fox terrier, Arkie. She’s the business.

Don’t be fooled by that fairly ordered looking desk.... a collection of a bunch of things to distract me including pictures of far away places. The Jeanloup Sief poster was a gift from my parents. I like books about creative people - Keith Richards’ book Life and ‘Bill Bernbach’s Book’ by Bill Bernbach who is one of the original Mad Men that formed DDB in the 1950s and is one of the truly creative people of this lifetime. It’s a first edition and was given to me by a friend so it’s very precious. There’s a postcard of Francis Bacon sitting in his studio - it makes me look tidy!! The big unframed black and white photo is by Adrian Cook - I’ve been really lucky to have worked with some very talented photographers and he’s one of them, so it was a beautiful moment when he gave me this print from his studio. I kind of like it unframed too. In front of that is a clutch from a High Street store that has turned out to be very little money well spent. The vessel is by my friend an artist named Emma Davies. Oh, and a couple of cameras.

The beautiful photo ‘Runway in Montaulk’ is by another talented photographer and a friend, Ingvar Kenne - he’s Swedish and lives in Sydney. The leather jacket is one of the best things I’ve ever bought - I didn’t realise it had gold hardware until it arrived, another reason to love it. The gold Asics Onitsuka Mexico 66 Tigers are favourites and will almost have to be retired soon... I wish I bought two pairs.

The leopard trench is a vintage French coat that was given to me by a close friend in London when I moved back to Melbourne 15 years ago... I like that she’s with me. The YSL Le Smoking jacket was a gift. It doesn’t need an explanation. The classic Chanel bag is my mum’s but it sort of ‘lives’ with me. The black velvet shoes are Prada ones that I squirreled away the money for in London years ago - I still adore them.

The jewels are all show stoppers and have a little story to them. The fabulous gold drop earrings were given to me by a gorgeous friend in fashion from Sydney who took them out of her ears at the end of dinner one night and gave them to me. The Shark and the coloured ring were both gifts from two different friends and the green earrings were handed to me at the end of a great party one night by a savvy New Yorker. The LV case was a birthday present almost 25 years ago and now makes for a handy prop. The brown bottle is room scent from Hotel Costes - I love it. If I could pick a single dress in my wardrobe that has never let me down it’s this Philip Lim paisley dress. It’s been worn to lunch, to parties and rolled up and thrown in a case to travel too. It’s so distinctive yet I just never tire of it. I keep saying I must write to Phillip Lim and tell him how enamoured I am with it. I love what he does.

The Eames chair is one of a pair a bunch of friends gave me for my 40th. It’s not hard to see why things become classics. The Louis Vuitton Speedy has been bashed around - I call it the tardis as it fits everything in it. The boots I bought with a girlfriend in Paris - they’re what boots should be - old and comfy. The Sergio Rossi metallic sandals are mostly there to be admired as they’re so damn high I can barely last a night in them. My house is full of books and magazines - mostly archived Vanity Fair. There are worse things you could hoard.



Beauty PHOTOGRAPHY Dana van Leeuwen STYLING Jessica Bouvy | WORDS Renske Schriemer

Photographer Dana van Leeuwen and her husband Dick van der Helm wanted to build a new house, but not one that looked like those in the mainstream development they saw in their neighbourhood. Instead, they aimed for something atypical and the result is stunning. A family home that plays with light and styles.

When Dana and Dick started looking for a home for their growing family – son Verne was a baby and daughter Bronté was six years old – they wanted an older home, but couldn’t find what they envisioned. Then a ‘for sale’ sign in front of a house with a big yard, just outside of Amsterdam, surrounded by nature, peaked their interest. “The existing house on the lot had to go. We wanted to build new. But it had to be low maintenance and fast. We’d entered a phase in our lives that was too hectic to choose the time consuming route of hiring an architect,” says Dana.

Her pragmatic nature prompted the idea to find a talented builder and pick a prefab home from his catalogue, so the family would avoid surprises and problems and could still add their own accents. It turned out to be a great move. Less than a year passed between purchasing the lot and receiving the key to their new home, while the actual building process only took three months. The house is like an empty canvas, with white walls, a white kitchen and furniture in white tints. “The kids complain as they would like to see more colour, but white in all forms makes me calm, the house light and the space larger,” says Dana. The wooden base of a lamp, a soft pink granny chair and the piano stand out in the otherwise white décor. The colours that Dana adds are always grey-toned, quite understated and matte. “I prefer adding colour with flowers, we always have flowers in the most beautiful shades. My husband will sweetly buy white roses for me, but funnily enough, I prefer a bouquet with colour,” explains Dana.

As a photographer, Dana is often away from home, and when she is there, she wants peace and quiet. “I grew up in a small village, I love the outdoors and nature. A bustling city is exciting and an essential part in my life, yet ‘country living’ is a must for me and my family,” says Dana. Her favourite spot in the living room is easily guessed; it’s where a classic Tulip chair by Artifort adorned with a soft blanket, sits right beside the wood-burning fireplace, facing large French doors that let in copious amounts of sunlight. On the side table, a brocante find from a second-hand store, sits a large coffee mug. The cat, Noortje, is asleep nearby. “The cliché is true, a cat on your lap, a warm fire and the view of your garden is the ultimate delight. I can sit like that for hours,” says Dana, smiling. Dana had clear ideas about the function of the house, especially on the main floor. “I wanted a family home, one you can enter with your roller skates on, or even on your bicycle if you had to, but one that’s also a great work space.

The house is often a location for photo shoots. My office sits between the photo studio and the kitchen where I add finishing touches to photographs. It works well, people easily walk in and out and feel at home quickly, because it’s a real house. And the kids see me often. I can give them a kiss when they come home, chat for a while and then go back to work,” says Dana. The way Dana gives shape to her home and garden also applies to her own way of combining life with work.

“Often Dick walks into the vegetable garden and returns with ingredients for a salad. And all of a sudden, we find ourselves seated at our long picnic table having dinner with a large group of people; colleagues, models and our children. This doesn’t feel like work. It feels like life.”




PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | STYLING Sian MacPherson | WORDS Yvette Caprioglio

Fashion designer Shani Anderson’s house bears all the hallmarks of her well-travelled creative eye. The search for the perfect weekender saw Shani drive up and down the same stretch of road for years, hoping the right house would come up for sale. And it did, in the form of a 1960’s home on five acres in Main Ridge, Regional Victoria with stunning views of Bass Strait and the Morningtion Peninsula towards Portsea.

She quickly set about engaging renowned architect Don McQualter of Meacham Nockles McQualter who had worked on a friend’s house 20 years ago and whose timeless style she’d always admired. “His passion is houses of the 50s and 60’s so I knew he’d know how to seamlessly link the old with the new,” Anderson says. “Having come from a creative design background I was involved with the process from the outset with a clear vision of what I wanted, so I needed someone to collaborate with.” Shani worked in fashion for over 30 years before setting up oneseason eight years ago, a lifestyle business that supplies over 150 stores in Australia and 150 stores throughout Europe. She lived in the original house while the extension was built, which includes a master bedroom and ensuite, powder room, lounge, the all-important bar, kitchen and dining with a long walkway to link the old with the new.

Much was done in glass to optimise the views while aesthetically giving a nod to the original form. “I lived with the builders for a year, so what it really did was give me the chance to watch it organically grow from start to finish,” she says. “Don’s attention to detail is phenomenal; from the extraordinary custom-designed Besser concrete tiles on the fireplace to the industrialtype features like the timber beams that run from inside to out.” There are no white walls; the floors, ceilings and walls are all recycled stained plywood. “Timber brings an immediate comfort and lived-in feel,” says Anderson. The kitchen bench is steel-framed with a terracotta top and marine ply drawers, while rugs that bring colour and texture to the home were bought from far away places like Morocco. Anderson spends much of her week at Main Ridge, often joined by her daughters Grace, 22 and Lily, 19 with one or two days spent in

Melbourne. The country property is home to Lily’s horse Mighty and they’re a fixture on the competitive eventing circuit together. Copper and brass are also prominent throughout the house. The ensuite windows are sheltered by oxidised custom-made metal screens, with custom-made brass fittings. The kitchen splash back is brass as are the light fittings found above the dining table, in the kitchen and in the bedroom. Most of these were bought on trips to India, which Anderson visits four times a year for work. “India is a great part of my life I travel there four times a year. I enjoy the madness and the contrast of beauty and colour with the sheer grittiness,” says Anderson. “I spend most of my time in the north in Mumbai, Jaipur and Delhi, but have also visited Bangalore and Goa for weaving. On my first ever trip to India I went to Agra and stood and cried for two hours at the Taj Mahal. Part of that is found in my house.”





The New York apartment of supermodel and artist Sasha Pivovarova and photographer Igor Vishnyakov is a reflection of their creative hearts. Designed by Todd Hase, the eclectic space fuels and nurtures their work and provides a warm and private refuge for the high profile couple and their six-month-old baby daughter Mia.

Williamsburg in New York’s Brooklyn is a melting pot of cool culinary spots and thriving art and music scenes. It’s also where Sasha, Igor and baby Mia live with their cat, Oolong. Their three-level apartment is found inside a converted warehouse that has soaring ceilings and abundant natural light, both essential ingredients for the couple’s creativity. Sasha and Igor, both Russian-born visual artists, met in Istanbul’s airport in 2003 while waiting for the same plane and started talking about art. The conversation never stopped and now the results of their creative union are evident throughout their home. Aside from being one of the most sought-after models in the world and currently featuring in her eighth Prada campaign, Sasha’s reputation as an artist has also been consolidated. Her evocative drawings have gained attention from Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada, been exhibited in New York and Paris and featured in French Vogue. Igor’s work is equally compelling, artfully combining photography, painting and traditional processes such as gum Arabic printing. His early art school training took place in the rigid Soviet system with little opportunity for creative freedom. In the 1980’s he broke free and gained prominence as an artist and member of important avant-garde groups in Moscow and St Petersburg, including the ‘New Academy of Fine Art’, which was founded by non-conformist artist and philosopher Timur Novikov. Sasha and Igor’s work entails a hectic travel schedule. It was during one international assignment that they called upon their friend, contemporary American furniture designer Todd Hase, to design and furnish the apartment while

they were out of town. Says Todd “I wanted the focus to be their individual art work more than how it was decorated, so it became the perfect backdrop for their personal artistic viewpoints.” The home is split over three floors, including a generous top floor living zone, a mezzanine bedroom and a lower level that encompasses Igor’s painting studio and the guest bedroom. Todd began the project by creating a floorto-ceiling charcoal chalkboard across two of the three walls in the open-plan living area. Designed to be filled with Sasha’s murals, Todd visualised the chalkboard walls as a central feature of what he describes as a ‘living art space’. “Sasha’s drawings have a really unique sensibility – they’re detailed yet so carefree at the same time – and I thought the best way to show them off was to allow her to draw on the walls,” says Todd. Sasha’s chalkboard mural depicts a woman with big, deep eyes surrounded by an enchanted garden. “I draw a fantasy world that only exists in my imagination but I often take everyday life details as an inspiration,” explains Sasha. Her suede-bound visual diaries populate almost every bookshelf in their home and document the couple’s fascinating life at the epicentre of the fashion world. The books were made for her by Igor and include collages, pressed dry flowers, travel mementos, photographic self-portraits and poetic drawings of Russian cityscapes. Using the chalk walls as the visual anchor of the living space, Todd then delved into Igor’s art archives. There he rediscovered Igor’s evocative self-portraits and portraits he did of Sasha in black and white which he hung on the adjacent wall. Many of the furniture pieces in the apartment are Todd Hase designs including Igor’s favourite, the Carmen Bergère barrel chair, with its elegant saloon finish and two Queen Abigail chairs covered with silk mohair fabric. In the same room is also his Gerard sofa with classic proportions and two white Blanc de Chien fu-dog lamps that he created in porcelain. He designed one of the

sofa tables with Macassar Ebony and covered a Mykolas ottoman in pecan-colored mohair. A 1940s vintage French mirror and glass table that Todd found in Manhattan is added to the mix. Both artist and muse, Sasha has often been the subject of Igor’s work. “Igor started taking my picture the day we met. Usually when he takes pictures of me, he transforms me into different characters: Aphrodite or Minerva, a nymph lost in a forest or a superhero from outer space,” she says. Sasha’s formal training in the visual arts has provided her with a unique foundation to inspire Igor and other famous photographers around the world. She describes the process of modeling as akin to being an actress in a silent film. Her understanding of composition and visual storytelling enables a deeper level of collaboration with each photographer, such as the shoot she did with Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue that was inspired by the paintings of the late Austrian artist Egon Schiele.

For Sasha, art and home have always been linked. As a child in Moscow she spent countless hours at the kitchen table with her large family where they would draw and make things. Her mother worked on embroidery and knitting and taught her how to make beautiful Russian dolls from fabric which Sasha now makes to decorate their apartment. A collection of the dolls ‘live’ in a Qing Dynasty wooden temple sourced by Todd, which is the focal point of their living space. Other dolls were made specifically for baby Mia. Sasha and Igor’s support of each other’s creative pursuits extends to encouraging and supporting the artistic vision of their friends such as Todd and Amy Hase. Together they enjoy an infectious and vibrant camaraderie and constant enthusiastic discourse, born from a shared approach to the world.


& green bold PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott PRODUCTION Sian MacPherson | STYLING Fleur MacLachlan

The build up to Christmas in the MacLachlan household is a particularly hectic time for this busy young family. As one of Melbourne’s most in-demand florists, Fleur MacLachlan works late Christmas Eve year after year, finishing off flower arrangements and Christmas displays for some of the city’s best homes.

This year won’t be any different, as Fleur will rush home after a long month of Christmas fervour to be with her children Archie and Milly and husband Lachie. With Czech, German and Irish ancestry on Fleur’s side and Scottish origins on Lachie’s, it’s little wonder the extended family that arrive to spend the day in the MacLachlan home favour a traditional style Christmas with all the trimmings. This creative designer and florist fashions a scheme that relies solely on foliage to decorate her own home for the festive season. Thick, verdant fir trees are grouped together and anchored in sturdy wicker bases that are sold in Fleur’s store.

The strong pine fragrance resonates strongly with her. “It’s the smell of pine that children remember about their childhood Christmases, not the decorations that were on the tree,” she explains. “That said, however, I do let my children have a fake tree in their bedroom each,” says MacLachlan. “Archie likes to decorate with Lego men and Milly with hair ribbons, bracelets, necklaces and hair clips.” The dining room is set traditionally, using King George cutlery, Astier de Villatte porcelain and pewter charger plates. A Barbara Rushbrook painting overlooks the table and the animated, chaotic Christmas lunch shared with kids, dogs, family and friends.

Candles en mass mixed in with groups of antiques, wicker baskets, swathes of green spruce and presents prettily wrapped in single colour are all evidence of Fleur’s synonymous style and attention to detail.

The MacLachlan’s connection to the country is obvious as soon as you walk through the tall picket gate and spot the dozens of riding boots lined up at the front door, along with a firewood stack that wraps around the length and breadth of the verandah. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this rambling Federation home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne with its sprawling yard, potter’s shed out the back and claw foot bathtub on the lawn was in fact a homestead in Victoria’s Western District.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | PRODUCTION Sian MacPherson STYLING Chyka Keebaugh & Maxine Riedmaier

Never one to do anything by halves, Chyka Keebaugh’s approach to Christmas is to embrace it and go all out, just as she does with life.

On the day of our shoot with Chyka in her Melbourne home, our subject greets us at 9am with the infectious enthusiasm she’s renowned for, perfectly turned out in a navy lace dress with killer heels and sleek hair. The house is teeming with people, as we work alongside a film production crew, busy shooting Chyka for the upcoming Real Housewives of Melbourne series airing on Foxtel in 2014. In a scene that may be unusual for some, Chyka takes it all in her stride and you get the feeling that this is exactly how Christmas Day plays out with husband Bruce, her two teenage children and extended family. It’s a buzzy, chaotic energy. Chyka, together with husband Bruce, has built The Big Group, one of Australia’s most successful event catering companies and The Design Depot, a bespoke event hire and styling company. On the day we visit, we find a towering Christmas tree kissing the ceiling, a sideboard laden with berry-filled hurricane jars,

home-made Christmas pudding and the smell of a turkey basting in the oven. Treats are discovered throughout the house; white chocolate and nougat in the reading room, tiny milk bottles decorated as snowmen by the fireside and scotch and shortbread in Bruce’s office. Hospitable to her core, Chyka is the ultimate entertainer. The saying ‘I don’t know how she does it’ has never been truer. Abundance is the overriding theme for a Keebaugh Christmas. While food takes centre stage in the classic Hampton’s-style kitchen, it’s the energy that the family and the home exudes that has us captivated. The excitement and anticipation is even greater this year as their daughter returns home after a gap year spent overseas. After having a film crew follow Chyka’s every move for three months and having just finished The Big Group’s busiest period of the year, the Keebaugh’s are looking forward to putting their feet up for the holiday. But not for long.

Take your entertaining cue from Chyka Keebaugh and make Christmas look effortless. MAPLE GLAZED BABY VEGETABLES Bunch of Dutch carrots Bunch of breakfast radish Bunch of baby leeks Bunch of golf ball turnips 60ml pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 60g salted butter Salt flakes and pepper We used a selection of baby summer vegetables in this dish, however the freshest seasonal veggies also work. Lightly steam the vegetables until just tender. Combine maple syrup, vinegar and butter in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add baby vegetables and quickly sauté until glazed and cooked through.

ROAST TURKEY WITH SAGE AND ORANGE 1 x 5kg turkey (serves approx. 8) 150g soft salted butter 1 bunch thyme 2 bunch sage 3 oranges 2 cups chicken stock Salt and pepper Place the butter, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Rinse turkey and pat dry. Gently loosen skin from the breast and push the butter under. Fill cavity with cut oranges and sage and tie legs with kitchen string. Place on a lightly greased wire rack in a baking dish. Brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and pour icing over stock. Cover with lightly greased foil and roast for 1½ hours. Remove foil and roast for a further 1 – 1½ hours, basting every 15 minutes with the stock, or until skin is golden and juices run clear when tested with a skewer.

MINCE TARTS Fruit Mince 2 apples 1 cup of sultanas ½ cup of brown sugar ½ cup of currants ½ cup of raisins 3 tbsp mixed peel Juice and zest of ½ a lemon Zest of ½ an orange ½ tsp of mixed spice ½ tsp of cinnamon ¼ tsp of ground cloves Pinch of salt ¼ of a cup of brandy Peel and quarter the apples. In a large bowl grate the apple. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. You can store the fruit mince in sterilized jars, topped with extra brandy and covered. It will keep for months in the fridge. Sweet Pastry POMEGRANATE MOJITOS Pomegranate and Tahitian lime syrup is added to Havana Club white rum and club soda then garnished with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint for a delicious take on the classic mojito. 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate juice 1 tbsp granulated sugar 1 tbsp fresh lime juice 10 mint leaves 30ml white rum Club Soda Mint leaves Lime Pomegranate seeds Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a hand full of ice cubes and shake. Fill two cocktail glasses with crushed ice, fresh mint leaves and pomegranate seeds. Divide mixed mojitos between the two glasses. Top with a splash of soda water and fresh lime.

200g flour Pinch of salt 120g salted butter 50g castor sugar 1 egg Sift the flour and baking powder into a food processor. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to food processor, blitz until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Add castor sugar and egg and blitz mixture until it becomes a firm dough. On a floured board knead the mixture until it forms a smooth ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C. On a lightly-floured board roll out the pastry. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter into rounds to fit patty tins. Using a small star shaped cutter, cut small stars of dough to cover the filling. Spoon the Christmas fruit mince into the cases and cover each tart with a star. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the tarts are golden. Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

PLUM PUDDING 375g golden raisins 300g currants 150g candied orange peel 170g dried cranberries 250ml rum/brandy 250g salted butter 200g dark brown sugar 4 eggs 175g fresh bread crumbs 75g self-raising flour 75g plain flour 1tsp mixed spice 1tsp ground cinnamon 2tsp vanilla extract Combine dried fruits, peel and rum in a bowl. Set aside for 6 hours to macerate. Brush an 8 cup capacity pudding basin with melted butter. Line the base with non-stick baking paper. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in bread crumbs, combined flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the soaked fruit mixture and stir until combined. Spoon into basin. Place an upturned heat proof saucer in the base of a saucepan. Fill one-third of the saucepan with boiling water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cut a 30cm square piece of non-stick baking paper and a 30cm square piece of foil. Place paper on foil and fold to make a pleat in the center. Place over basin, foil-side up. Tie a double piece of kitchen string around basin to secure. To make a handle, tie a double piece of string over the top of the basin. Lower the basin onto the saucer in saucepan. Add enough boiling water to reach two-thirds of the way up the basin. Simmer, covered, over low heat, adding boiling water when necessary, for 4 hours or until a skewer inserted in the center of the pudding comes out clean. Serve with double cream, caramel anglaise and fresh berries.

SNOWMEN MILK BOTTLES 250g packet of Marie biscuits, crushed 395g condensed milk 250g block of white chocolate, finely grated 1 tbsp rum Pure icing sugar Warm water Orange and black food colouring Drinking straws String or ribbon for the scarf Permanent marker Combine biscuits, chocolate, rum and condensed milk. Mould into suitable sized balls (depending on the bottle size), weighing each one to ensure they are the same size. Push straw through ball measuring the place for the head to the top of the bottle. Place on tray in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. In the meantime mix 100ml icing sugar with 1 tablespoon of warm water to make icing. Add colour for carrot nose. Repeat for black icing pour icing into piping bags. Take the balls out of the fridge and decorate faces. Tie string around the neck of the bottle and draw coal buttons on the bottle.

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