Est Magazine #7

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ISSUE #7 2012

lifestyle , fashion , interiors ...



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Contents | Regulars

7 Editors Letter


28 Shop Eds Picks


The Grand Tour Issue

The Grand Tour

Mad for the Marais

Contributors Choice



36 Shop

Forward Thinking

Romy - Take it away!

Romy Style

38 Real or Replica The Tractor Stool



From the ground up

Fritz Frames

64 GET THE LOOK Neo Romantic

104 GET THE LOOK Capri Style

106 TRAVEL Mallorca Guide

116 FOOD



The Long Lunch


Say Hello!

Contents | Features 52 Comtesse de Vintage BORDEAUX, FRANCE A set of practical hands and the eyes of an experienced bargain hunter helped create this French gem in Bordeaux where vintage design and neo-romantic styles co-exist seamlessly.

68 House on a Hill BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA Architects Owen and Vokes and Peters renamed the place Bulimba Hill House after developing a real affinity for the place. It’s easy to see why. The home is a success story in indoor/outdoor living.

76 Home of Heart MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA It was love at first sight when Kerrie Golias set eyes on her Middle Park home less than 12 months ago. “We loved the house as soon as we saw it, and just felt that it was right for us.

86 The Land of milk & honey CAPRI, ITALY Capri in the Gulf of Naples, is the seductive island that has lured discerning travellers, along with the rich and famous to its shores for over two thousand years.

Editors Letter Have you been dreaming of escaping to far away lands and exotic locations as the end of year madness starts to take hold? With so much to do before we sign off for another year we can’t help but to conjure up stunning places to retreat and recover from it all. Our roving New York contributor, Robyn Lea has been weathering cyclones and horrific storms since her recent sojourn to the isle of Capri to shoot a stunning villa frequented by the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z (shh... don’t tell them we told you!)… and I know where Ms Lea would rather be. After 2 weeks exploring the Marais district of Paris, wandering the avenues and laneways in search of unearthing something new, I was struck with sensory overload at almost every turn. From the boutiques to the patisseries, the window displays are an artwork unto themselves. The art of refinement and expression is something the French have in spades - and has me inspired to take more care in consideration. Grand Tours whether for a week or a year are just the ticket for challenging your perceptions and expanding on your ideas... to refine your own art of living. Be sure to check out the new look Est website - you’ll find past featuresalong with a whole bank of images so you can pin, shop and reference to your hearts content. Enjoy!

Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief


Editor in Chief Sian MacPherson

Creative Director Lynda Evans

Editorial Sarah Edgar, Tamie Freier, Robyn Lea, Joanna Swanson, Khaseem Warren LAYOUT Andrew Marsic PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bennetts, Mindi Cooke, Julien Fernandez, Tara Pearce, Toby Scott, Victoria Simson PRODUCTION Marina Cukeric STYLING Lee Blaylock, Barabara Marsiletti, Annique Rousseau Words Elizabeth Anile, Amandine Berthon, Yvette Capriogla, Chauntelle Roelandts

SALES & MARKETING Trent Casson, Rachael Knott, Mark Rosenberg, Stephen Terry.



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the Grand Tour

PHOTOGRAPHY Robyn Lea STYLING Barabara Marsiletti | PRODUCTION Marina Cukeric LOCATION Villa Le Scale and Villa San Michelle, Anacapri

In years gone by a Grand Tour would last anywhere from several months to several years, taking the young to far flung places to unwind, reconnect and explore the finer things in life. It’s a custom we would like to see reinstalled as a rite of passage for anyone feeling a little disconnected with their life… or in search of a life lived with more meaning. Given many of us can not afford the time out of our hectic and somewhat discombobulated lives we look to visualisation and inspiration to lead our minds on a ‘mini vacation’ of sorts. The devil is in the detail and often it is in the planning, the researching and the imagining that we find the greatest pleasure as we anticipate how good its going to feel, and what wonders we will see, when we step out of our daily lives… if only for an instant.


Piped silk pajama shirt pant set and robe in geometric print by LOVE & LUSTRE.

Converted antique wardrobe now used as a liquor cabinet in the main dining room of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri.

Take a Journey

The grounds at Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele in Anacapri, a minute’s walk from the Villa Le Scale.


Guest taking in the view from the outdoor balcony adjoining the ‘Venetian’ guestroom at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Oak Leaf robe in ice by LOVE & LUSTRE




Clockwise from top left Flower detail at Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Antique book from Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. A 19th century crystal lamp from Rajasthan on display at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Antique silverware from Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri.

Stairwell in Villa Le Scale in Anacapri, which features original 18th century flooring tiles from Portofino


Dine Antique German silverware, displayed on a 19th century Indian tray from owner Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri

Oars on classic fishing boat in Marina Grande, Capri.


Poolside garden shower at Villa Le Scale in Anacapri.


Villa Le Scale’s ‘literary garden’. White Linen Dress by Capritouch at Mariorita Boutique in Anacapri. Locally made leather sandals by Canfora in Anacapri. Silk cashmere robe in charcoal by LOVE & LUSTRE.


Clockwise from top left White fabric flowers. Vintage gown (stylist’s own), hanging on the original period brasserie in the ‘Louis XVI’ guestroom at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Stacked baskets in the kitchen at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Text from antique Italian book in Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at Villa Le Scale, Anacapri.



Clockwise from top left Façade details in Anacapri. Homemade ‘caciotta’ and a floral arrangement at Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Detail from the ‘Death of Lais’ sculpture by Roland MathieuMeusnier (1824-1896). The piece is featured in Villa Le Scale and is a study for the sculpture that is found in the Tuileries gardens in Paris.



Antique silver spoon and plate from Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri.

Try something new

Cruising the Capri streets in style on a vintage Vespa, with bag to match.

Feel the wid in your hiar



Clockwise from top left Leaf from the garden and a guest awaking in the ‘Collector’s Suite’ guestroom in the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Celebrations pajama in confetti print by Love & Lustre. Memorial flowers displayed in the quiet and peaceful Anacapri Cemetery, a short distance from Piazza Vittoria. Fresh wildflowers from the Villa Le Scale’s ‘literary garden’ atop of a guest’s journal.

Secluded stairwell amongst the flowers in the Villa San Michelle, a short walk from the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri.

Meander Home


Verre Bodega Glass at Merci

mad for the

Marais Edited by Sian MacPherson

‘Calme’ Tea at Colette

Jenny Suede Slouchy Boots

After two weeks in the Marais district of Paris I can safely say no stone was left unturned when it came to seeking out the hidden gems the area is famous for. There is no denying the french are the masters of understated sophistication when it comes to boutique shopping - whether it be fashion or home wares. Here I share with you my not so private confessional for my own personal shopping indulgences.

Mathilde Danglade Smoky Quartz Ring


Joplin Skull Necklace

K Jacques Sandles

Les Parisiens by Amandine Pechiodat Kanako Kuno at Colette

Stella McCartney Bryce Iconic Wool Coat at Nathalie Schuterman

Steve McQueen Print at La Garlerie de l’Instant

The Billy at Jerome Dreyfuss




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CHOICE Four contributors share with us what they are coveting right now for the home, tablet and wardrobe.



Amandine Berthon JOURNALIST 1. La Baladeuse floor lamp by Caroline Gomez 2. Variopinte Plates by StĂŠfania Di Petrillo 3. Clotaire shoes

MINDI COOKE PHOTOGRAPHER 4. Gourmet Traveller 5. The Pony Club Acid Look from Gorman 6. Mark Tuckey Big Log Pine Coffee Table

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7. Wall Sticker Calendar from Ferm Living 8. Paulistano Armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha. 9. Komono sunglasses

10. Mr Kitly Peaches and Keen planter 11. Sass & Bide Good Sport Tee 12. iPad cover by Kenton Sorenson 13. Gorman Acorn shorts


Magno sustainable wooden radio

Diane Von Furstenberg Kelly” blouse


THINKING Nars Manoi Body Glow II

Why wait? Steal next season’s looks now! Heavenly dresses, print trousers, bold jackets, go-to neutrals and all manner of green. You’ll have S/S13 in the bag, literally. EDITED BY Khaseem Warren

Jimmy Choo suede sandals

Mathew Williamson suede clutch

Tom Dixon Copper Champagne Bucket

Diane Von Furstenberg apple green “Dennett”

Peter Jensen silk “Scenic” dress

Mawi London rose gold plated bangle Dries Van Noten “Polish Green” trousers

Sass & Bide “The Explosion” mini skirt

Chloe nude blouse

Butter London “British racing green” nail vanish



Stylist & Blogger Romy Frydman gives us a sneak peak inside her suitcase, sharing some of her travel favourites… and leaving us with just a little job envy. BY Khaseem Warren

After 15 years working on magazines such as Nylon (US), Vogue Australia and Harpers Bazaar, Australian fashion stylist Romy Frydman, decided to start a blog to share a behind the scenes look into the life and fashion loves of a busy stylist. While Style Me Romy is the perfect creative outlet for Frydman, for readers it is an inspiring, beautiful and refreshingly original view into the world of fashion.

This hard working stylist juggles the fast paced nature of fashion with parenthood and travelling the world to attend fashion shows and events. Enjoying successful creative collaborations with designers from Dion Lee to Tiffany&Co. Frydman has also directed a short film, created a print version of her blog for Australian Fashion Week and just added photographer the list. She even starred in a window at Browns London!

Styling the likes of Miranda Kerr and actress Teresa Palmer, to name a few, Frydman applies her unique touch to creating looks; un-fussy and cool.

I was once told “If you want something done, get Romy on to it!”. They were right. Not only does Romy get things done, she does it with that “I want it!” style.



So what does Romy pack for her regular trips for work & play? It won’t matter if she’s in Ibiza, London, Paris or New York her wardrobe will be covetable. A little bit rock chick, pared back and modern with luxe detail with just a dash of the off-beat. Limited Edition Hermes Leica Camera

Packing essentials? Can’t go anywhere without a good playlist, camera, a little black dress, wedges, Tom Ford Santal Blush perfume, Toni & Guy shine gloss serum & KORA Organics cream cleanser.

What is on high rotation, right now, on your playlist? Bill Withers so old school but good. I love my DJ Zen mix and have for some reason got into Kayne’s Gold Digger song again… I think that’s because I was working with the Kardashians last week!

“Gold Digger” by Kanye West

Prada, black suede wedges

Last place you travelled to? Paris (for the S/S13 Collections)

What are you coveting right now from the shows in Paris? Everything Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane and all the ruffles from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s final season at Balenciaga (so sad!) Alexander Wang, leather “Pelican Weekender”

Isabel Marant, black lace “Caira” lace dress

Where are you off to next? Brazil, I’m going for the blog, but also lots of pleasure, I always like to mix in a bit of both. I’m so excited as I’m going in a couple of weeks and I’ve never been!

Favourite in-flight entertainment? Sleep, watch films and catch up on Vanity Fair.

Emelia cashmere travel kit


Real or Replica PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | STYLING & PRODUCTION Lynda Evans


Modern Nature After stumbling upon an old tractor seat found on the side of the road in Switzerland, Australian architect and designer Craig Bassam was struck by the ergonomics of the metal seat and the contours of its form. Teaming up with American creative director Scott Fellows, the duo set about engineering a new twist on an old classic. In hand carving the contoured shape out of a single solid piece of sustainably produced timber, the design duo have relied on traditional techniques similar to those applied to the making of shoe lasts. Each individual stool is unique owing to the natural variations in the timber and grain. Hand finished with a wipe on oil and sealer product, the seat is designed to patina with scratches and scrapes from natural use over time. Since its launch on the market at Milan’s Salone Furniture Fair in 2003, the Bassam Fellows Tractor Stool has been revered for its precision design and craftsmanship. Favoured in both residential design schemes and commercial installations around the world, the Tractor Stool is almost iconic in its craftsmanship and design. Made by the Amish in North America, each individual stool is tended by one man who watches over as each block of wood is cut and each stage of production is carried out. From the hand sanding to the assembly, right down to the finishing stage of sealing each chair, the Tractor Stool passes under the critical eye of a man who takes pride in his art that is producing a piece of furniture that will last for generations. Available in two bar stool sizes with a black leather wrapped foot rest or as a smaller stool for table seating, the Tractor Stool is a symbol of the ingenuity of 20th century modernism and ancient crafts.

Enamel pink tray by Ruby Star, Retro mini stool by Decor, Carnaby wave vase by Jonathan Adler all from Happiness Place. Hello Gorgeous Cushion, Linen Madame & Monsieur handtowels and Cotton Flamingo hand towel all by Happiness Place Designs. Photoprint Feather Cushion by Louise Roe Design Essentials & Argentinian Cowhide Floor Rug by Art Hide from AP Design House.

At first glance the Tractor Stool is simplistic in its form and construction but upon closer inspection the details are numerous and impeccably applied. Here’s how to spot the difference between a real and a replica Tractor Stool. MAKERS MARK Tractor Stools come with the Bassam Fellows insignia clearly and beautifully imprinted under the seat. It includes their logo, the model number and the wording BassamFellows© Made in USA. SHAPE Check out the legs! They are not perfectly rounded but rectangular. The real Tractor Stool legs also taper slightly at the top where they are masterfully fitted into the base of the seat. SEAT SHAPE The lines and the contours on an authentic stool seat are ergonomically pure perfection. Knock-offs are awfully misshaped. LEATHER DETAIL The two larger sizes of an authentic Tractor Stool come with a foot rest flawlessly wrapped in black leather. Most replicas don’t even bother with the wrapping. TIMBER Authentic Tractor Stools are available in solid Walnut, Ash Rosewood or in Teak for outdoor use. Replicas are usually manufactured from less durable timbers such as pine or teak. FINISH Replicas are often sealed with a cheap sealer that feels waxy. An authentic stool has been hand oiled with a finish that is silky smooth and designed to patina beautifully with age. FEET An authentic stool has small rubber stoppers under the feet that prevent scratched floors ensuring a well resolved design. NO VISIBLE JOINS Using traditional wood turning techniques and hand finished by expert cabinet makers ensures precision joinery. It is impossible to see how the legs fasten to the seat on the real Tractor Stool while on the replica there is no disguising the joint marks visible on the seat.

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From the Ground Up Melbourne based Architect and Interior Designer, Susi Leeton, specialises in high end residential design with a predilection for using natural timbers for texture and warmth. PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bennetts

One of her latest works, Tree House, is the epitome of Susi’s style - open spaces that seemingly merge with their exterior surrounds, with an aesthetic that exudes both solidity and refinement. Using Aged Smoked and Limed Oak Timber by Royal Oak Floors for the flooring throughout this contemporary renovation, Susi designed this family home based upon its rear north facing aspect with a sprawling tree taking centre stage - as if almost part of the house itself. Timber lined walls in American Oak in a Brown Black stained finish, also by Royal Oak, line the hallway alcove and anchor the new with the old. A successful collaboration of natural materials combining with modern design and engineering.

Oak floors seem to be the floor of choice whether it is an Antwerp apartment, Hampton’s hideaway, or an Australian Alpine ski lodge. We called in the experts in engineered flooring, Royal Oak Floors, to highlight the 6 key points we need to consider when choosing oak flooring for our next design project. 1. What’s What Laminated flooring relies on a printing process to print an image of wood onto the top layer that looks like wood - but is not. These are generally very thin, inexpensive with a click together joining system and are floated over an existing subfloor. While cheap they are not great for longevity. Engineered flooring has a top layer of real wood and a base made up of multi layers of other woods. They can be floated but the best quality ones are fixed to the subfloor by glue and secret nails to give a solid sound when walked on. 2. Prices Determined by board dimension and the quality of construction and finish. The wider and thicker the board the more expensive. The thickness of the “top layer” or “wear layer” should be compared. Like all products on the market there is a bottom, middle and a top, which will be reflected in the price. 3. Finish The best finishes are made of Aluminium Oxide and come from European based chemical companies who supply the top quality engineered flooring mills around the world. The difference between an expensive clear coat finish and a cheaper one might only be obvious after a year or two of wear. 4. Variation Wherever possible visit a showroom to view a large area of the colour you wish to purchase rather than relying on a photograph or a small sample. A good timber floor needs to have variation of colour and tone across the floor, this variation occurs naturally with all timbers but some species and grades will have more or less variation.

Engineered oak floors look best laid using a “mixed” grade of flooring. This means that some boards have no knots and some do have knots, making the floor more interesting than a “select” grade, which over a large area can sometimes look bland. “Feature” grade oak makes for great antique looking floors when artisan handwork is used to age them authentically. 5. COLOUR Engineered floors come in a variety of prefinished colours and treatments unlike on-site finished floors, which cannot match the colours, or quality of the factory finished surface. Choose your colour carefully. It is of course always possible to sand off the original finish and change the colour at a later date. 6. REPUTATION As with all big decisions involving substantial financial outlay be sure to use a reputable company that can demonstrate a solid track record in the business and who have a physical showroom for best results.


Fritz Frames A boat builder by trade, German born Fritz Schwartz began experimenting with timber frame eyeware at just 16 years of age. With a workshop based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and nestled beneath the soaring eucalypts of his home backyard, Schwartz’s bespoke frame-ware business has built a loyal and devoted following. With each pair taking 10 hours to make, using the same techniques of layering and sanding required for boat building, these designer frames are individually unique. PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott

In 3 words describe your style. Classic, organic and a little bit punk What are you currently working on? Refining our production facilities and an artisan jewelry range made from miniature frames. Where do you live and work right now? Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast What design purchase have you made lately? A black leather bag by Agenda, which was designed by a Melbourne based friend of ours, Lynette Clucas.


What do you covet? Wisdom, patience and a hydrofoil Moth (sail boat). Favourite blog/website? I don’t have any – I only recently acquired a computer ;-) Favourite online shop? EBay & Moda Operandi (they stock our frames). No. 1 Design/Style tip? Under promise and over deliver. What are you reading? The Rhino Handbook, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fford. What are you listening to? The Shins, Violent Femmes, The Doors and a lot of classical music. What are you watching? Breaking Bad and a box set of Herzog / Kinski films. What is your greatest extravagance? Handmade pony leather shoes. Where do you go to for inspiration? The ocean.



de Vintage A set of practical hands and the eyes of an experienced bargain hunter helped create this French gem in Bordeaux where vintage design and neo-romantic styles co-exist seamlessly. PHOTOGRAPHY Julien Fernandez | WORDS Amandine Berthon

A few months were all graphic designer Elodie needed to redesign this typical, small townhouse in Bordeaux. “I loved the experience” says Elodie. “Until now, I could never understand why my friends would move house when they’d just finished renovating their existing one. I honestly thought they were crazy or really had nothing to do!”. How things have changed. Elodie designed everything herself and gave the project 100% of her energy. “I’d already left my old apartment and moved to my parents’ house in the suburbs. I rode 12km to work each morning and then late afternoon I’d go onsite to work on the house. At 8pm I’d ride home quite exhausted” recalls Elodie animatedly.

The reconfiguration has turned a dark and uncomfortable 70 square metre single story house into a bright and airy space. The major work was entrusted to experienced builders while Elodie, assisted by her father, took charge of finishes including painting, floorboards and tiles. The Fine Arts School trained designer has a knack for finding and customising banal yet beautiful furniture at little or no cost. “Apart from a few designer pieces, there’s nothing of value here!� says Elodie, laughing.

The master bedroom, entrance hall and bathroom are located in the older part of the house, built in the late 19th Century, and are decorated in a style that Elodie defines as ‘countess’. Dusky colours, old furniture and antique portraits create a classic, elegant atmosphere. The living area closer to the garden is quite different and is part of an extension added in the sixties. White walls and modern furniture create a seventies style vintage decor. Overall, the designer has considered the house’s history during the renovation, “I had to adapt a style to fit the house in the end, the fireplace dictated the décor” concludes Elodie.


‘The Caribbean look’ from Aquabumps

Antlers from Fenton and Fenton

neo romantic

Hector Bibendum bone china pendant

EDITED BY Tamie Freier

Siirtolapuutarha Marimekko plates and “Ants on My Plate” by Bailey Doesn’t Bark

Let white be the backdrop to colourful artworks and the odd pink flamingo to allow your quirky charm to shine rather than overwhelm your space.

Italian Campaign Canopy Bed Penny Farthing Flamingo Print

Organic White Cowhide

Paulistano Butterfly Chair



House ON A HILL PHOTOGRAPHY Mindi Cooke | STYLING Annique Rousseau | WORDS Chauntelle Roelandts

Jennifer Codey’s parents moved to Bulimba, Brisbane, in 1972 and built their “very 70s brick box” right next to the identical brick box that would later become their daughter’s. Like her parents, Codey always adored the street’s north-easterly aspect overlooking the Brisbane River. So, in 1992, when the house came onto the market, she and her husband bought it. Since then, their “brick box” has been overhauled a number of times before the couple made the decision to demolish it, and start again.

Architects Owen and Vokes and Peters renamed the place Bulimba Hill House after developing a real affinity for the place. It’s easy to see why. The home is a success story in indoor/outdoor living. It sits within its own garden context, with all the family spaces enjoying direct access to that central garden. As was the nature of the brief. “Paul [Owen] had to accommodate a large family of six plus a dog and cat. We all needed spaces and we believe he excelled at achieving this. We can often have a dozen people in the house but everyone is just doing their own thing,” says Jennifer.

“Family and work spaces co exist harmoniously... it has a great flow.” Equally important was accounting for the Sunday barbie. Codey admits it may sound like a cliché but the fact remains barbeques and Sunday lunches account for some of the family’s most treasured memories. Paul Owen’s work didn’t just allow for, it accentuated this. “We engage with the courtyards while we entertain, regardless of whether we are inside or outside,” says Codey. The couple are especially fond of the Carrara marble and wood island bench Owen designed for the kitchen. Oversized and cleverly joined by a notch, the family slide the doors back and the island bench sits right at the home’s centre. Perfect for the long hot summer days. “...It’s the heart of Bulimba Hill House,” says Jennifer.

When it came to styling, the Codeys had a lot of traditional furniture, pieces with character and history that would now be homed within a new contemporary living space. Stylist Annique Rousseau was hired to pull it all together. The artwork of Simon Degroot, much loved by the Codeys, was her inspiration. “I believe in starting with a neutral base: white walls, wood floors and building layers from there. Layers help build mood, theme and an opportunity to add the owners personality.” The clean, strong lines reflect the raw edginess of Brisbane city, while the bright colours add to the warmth and openness of living in the subtropics. Rousseau says it was the home’s open space that allowed for these vibrant colours, as well as the Queensland sun as one matches the other’s intensity. “Colour is great for making a focal point in the room, and to add visual interest.”

Annique found a lot of her vintage pieces from Archer and Archer. There is the office sign with subway tiles which, combined with the vintage yellow numbers, create a utilitarian feel. Yellow Sebel 60s tub chairs, originally part of an outdoor setting, appear next to the TV. In the living room a sign that now says LA started its life as the full ‘Vintage Lakes’. “There is beauty in everything, you just have to find the context that shows it off,” says Rousseau. You can tell that her client shares the same sentiment: why dispose when you can recreate. Jennifer is rapt with the sun lounge that overlooks the pool and beyond over the Brisbane river. It was purchased from a garage sale twenty years ago; back then, white with fairly ordinary yellow floral upholstery. “After it was powder-coated black, the striped upholstery complimented it well, even if elegantly plonked on the grass,” she says. In true Brisbane style.

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Home of the Heart

It was love at first sight when Kerrie Golias set eyes on her Middle Park home less than 12 months ago. “We loved the house as soon as we saw it, and just felt that it was right for us. PHOTOGRAPHY Tara Pearce | STYLING Tamie Freier | WORDS Elizabeth Anile

The stunning Edwardian was a natural choice for Kerrie and her husband Matt, who have been living in Middle Park ever since they married. They say the thing they love most about the area is the close proximity to everything. “If we turn left, there’s the beach, turn right, and there’s Albert Park Lake. It’s a beautiful area, and we feel very lucky to be living here,” she explains.

windows have been retained, and are sprinkled throughout the house. They fuse seamlessly with the contemporary and sleek renovations undertaken over the years and the earthy colour palette Kerrie favours.

The family, which includes their two daughters Piper, 14, and Mima, 11, moved in at the beginning of the year. Kerrie said the house was in “good shape” when they moved in. “There was not that much for us to do. However, we would love to improve our back garden area one day soon, hopefully in time for summer” she says.

“Our décor is very natural and muted, from the artwork to the furniture and accessories. Brown, black, cream, taupe, olive green and burnt orange feature heavily, and I love being surrounded by elements of the natural world, like tree branches, dried sea creatures, terrariums and lots of wood,” she says. “I am trying to introduce a bit more colour into the house. I love yellow, so I think we will start there. However, Matt hates yellow. This could be a problem!”

Period features such as ornate, detailed ceiling roses, cornices and stained glass ‘porthole’

It is hardly surprising Kerrie and Matt have strong opinions when it comes to the design of

their home; creativity runs through their blood. Kerrie is the owner of Voyager Candles whilst Matt is an inventor. And although the decision to incorporate yellow within the colour scheme is pending, Kerrie says she and Matt have “a very clear view” of what style they prefer. “Fortunately, we have very similar aesthetic views (besides the colour yellow). We have decorated this house ourselves, and so far, it has worked out pretty well.” Kerrie seeks inspiration from Asia and their use of natural materials like wood, paper and cotton aesthetically. She also loves to bury her head in design books and magazines and get lost in home ware stores – “home wares and furniture stores are heaven for me.” When pressed about her favourite piece in the house, Kerrie can’t go past her gold velvet sofa she purchased when she was living in New York, which is now placed in the window of their bedroom. “I have dragged it around with me for the past 20 years!” It’s sentimental pieces like this that have made their

“I get bored if I’m not moving furniture around, painting walls, re-organizing cupboards, adding pieces…

home a haven. “It’s good to surround yourself with objects you love, artwork that makes you feel something, calming or inspiring colours, family photos, things you pick up on your travels.” For Kerrie, decorating is a continual and evolving process that reflects the stage of life the family are at. “I get bored if I’m not moving furniture around, painting walls, re-organizing cupboards, adding pieces… so our house is always a work in progress. Matt never knows what he will come home to!” While Matt might be unsure of how the house will look when he gets home, chances are he will find Kerrie nestled in her favourite spot in the house, rehashing over Sibella Court’s ‘Etcetera’ on her favourite chair. “When the afternoon sunlight streams through our bedroom window… there is no room I would rather be in.” For the Golias’, home really is where the heart is.

The perfect gift is...

“It’s good to surround yourself with objects you love, artwork that makes you feel something, calming or inspiring colours, family photos, things you pick up on your travels.”


The land of milk & honey PHOTOGRAPHY Robyn Lea STYLING Barabara Marsiletti | PRODUCTION Marina Cukeric LOCATION Villa Le Scale and Villa San Michelle, Anacapri

There are five islands in the Gulf of Naples. Four of them, Procida, Nisida, Vivara and Ischia bear the hallmarks of their volcanic origins. And then there is Capri, the seductive island that has lured discerning travellers, along with the rich and famous to its shores for over two thousand years. Luminaries from Homer, Julius Caesar and Marchesa Casati to Nureyev and Valentino have owned a house on Capri.

Guest at Villa Le Scale in Anacapri in the ‘literary garden’, taking in the view over the Bay of Naples.

Nestled on Mount Solaro in Anacapri, the tiny hilltop village found above Capri, is ‘Villa Le Scale’ (Villa of the Steps), a seven bedroom boutique hotel which can be rented fully-staffed in its entirety or by the room. Now owned by Anna Maria Coronato, the 18th century mansion, one of the oldest on the island, was once owned by aristocrat Baron Monti delle Corte and was the home for his family for the summer season where the Bay of Naples was the backdrop for idyllic lunches and parties on the terrace.

OPPOSITE: View from ‘Punta Tragara’ looking past the cliffs to the Tyrrhenian Sea. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Local fishmonger Antonino at “Pescheria Reale” in the center of Anacapri. Wooden oars on classic wooden boat in Marina Grande, Capri. Fresh vongole and mussels from “Pescheria Reale” in the center of Anacapri. The roofline of the Church of Costanzo in Capri town - the most ancient catholic building on the isle and ode to the patron saint of Capri. Late morning taking in the view in Capri town.

As a young girl, Signora Coronato had visited the villa with her parents, where they were often guests of the Baron and in 1978 she and her husband bought the property, which by that stage had fallen into disrepair. “When the former owner’s family died, I bought it because I love this island so much. I have so many memories and a personal history here,” says Coronato. Following her husband’s death, Signora Coronato, an antiquarian art dealer and Sotheby’s historical art consultant immediately set about restoring the property.

OPPOSITE Front entrance to Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Archeological objects and medieval Italian antiquities in the garden of Villa San Michele. ‘Amboise’ tray by Ibrides at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Caprese lemons displayed on a 19th Century Indian silver tray from owner Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. Antique glass decanter and matching glasses, filled with local Limoncello at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Local Italian man Luca prepares a boat at the Marina Grande in Capri to take a couple on a tour of the grottos.

She transformed the Villa into a boutique hotel for travellers interested in a private and authentic experience of Anacaprian life. Sequestered from the intensity of Capri and surrounded by a gated ‘literary garden’ three times the size of the villa, it has become a favourite choice of guests seeking total privacy. The on-site chef prepares local specialities such as the flourless ‘Caprese’ cake and the hand made ravioli filled with ricotta. Lunch is often served under an arbour covered in rare ‘Passionflowers’ or by the pool.

OPPOSITE ‘Cafe Casa Oliv’, overlooking the Bay of Naples at Villa San Michelle. Villa San Michelle is a minute’s walk from Villa Le Scale in Anacapri and a gorgeous place for coffee or lunch. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Lemon ‘Caprese’ Cake served for afternoon tea at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Top balcony and terrace of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. The houses and facades that flank the narrow walkways throughout Anacapri. Top balcony and terrace of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri.

“The relaxation experienced while here, especially in Anacapri, is almost intoxicating. Anacapri is all about understatement,” says Villa Manager Vincent Copeland. Copeland’s role also sees him provide guests with an insider’s guide so they experience the ‘secret’ Capri and can arrange anything, from private boat trips and fittings for hand-made ‘Capri’ sandals to dinners in private homes.

OPPOSITE The main stairwell, with original 18th century flooring tiles from Portofino that paves the way up to the guestrooms at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Antique wardrobe that Villa le Scale Manager Vincent Copeland converted into a liquor cabinet that sits in the main dining room of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. One of the ancient, narrow walkways that snake through Anacapri. Antique furniture in the sitting room at Villa San Michelle, built by the late Alex Munthe. The rare ‘passionflower’ that grows in the ‘literary garden’ of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Moorish details and architecture is abundant on Capri.

The seven guestrooms are individually decorated and named after the centrepiece artwork featured in each. ‘The Venetian Room’ features a mid 18th-century bookcase mounted on the wall and ‘The Louis XVI Room’ is furnished with Louis XVI desk and chair, boiserie panels, and decorative objects sourced from a chateau in France. Other treasures from Signora Coronato’s travels punctuate the main living areas including crystal lamps commissioned by a 19th century Maharaja in Rajasthan, a 16th century Turkoman OPPOSITE ‘Cafe Casa Oliv’, at Villa San Michelle is named after Josef Oliv who was a good friend of the villas owner Axel Munthe. Oliv was an author, poet and journalist. Villa San Michelle is a minute’s walk from Villa le Scale in Anacapri. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Looking down at the view from Capri town, Capri. The ‘Collector’s Suite’ guestroom at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Bathroom inside the ‘Artist’ guestroom at Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Stacked baskets in the kitchen at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Seaweed detail, Villa le Scale in Anacapri.

Antique books and vases full of fresh hydrangeas from the ‘literary garden’ at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri.

Dining room, Villa Le Scale, Anacapri.

fireplace and the prized ‘Death of Lais’ sculpture by French classic sculptor Roland MathieuMeusnier (1824-1896), which is the study for the far more famous version displayed in the Tuileries Garden in Paris. A one-to-one staffing ratio at the Villa ensures you will have everything you need and it is tempting to not leave its grounds at all. If you leave only once, a visit to ‘Buonocore Gelateria’ near Piazza Umberto which serves home-made ice cream in warm waffle cones made while you wait is a must.

OPPOSITE Berries and pomegranate, Villa Le Scale, Anacapri. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Czech crystal from Anna Maria Coronato’s collection. Anna Maria Coronato’s Chinese tea set from the Deco Period displayed at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Venetian glass vase from Anna Maria Coronato’s collection at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Torta di Fragole’ from the famous Caprese bakery ‘Buonocore’. Summer hat from the ‘Mariorita Boutique’ at the Capri Palace Hotel and Spa in Anacapri

The streets and piazzas of Capri and its sister Anacapri can be overwhelmed by visitors in high summer, but a private villa provides a perfect balance to the pace, allowing you to dip in and out of the chaos according to your whims. Spring is perhaps the perfect time to visit, when the air is thick with the scents of passionflower, citrus, jasmine and the sea, gently reminding visitors of Capri’s special brand of magic.

OPPOSITE The reception and lounge common area of the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Original 1825 brasserie (mounted on the wall), desk and chair in the ‘Louis XVI’ guestroom in the Villa Le Scale. Antique English ‘porter chair’ which sits at the entrance of Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Axel Munthe’s bedroom in the Villa San Michele, Anacapri. A guest bathroom at the Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. Window details at Villa San Michelle in Anacapri.

Guest in Villa Le Scale’s ‘literary garden’. White Linen Dress by Capritouch and hat: both available from Mariorita Boutique in Anacapri. Locally made leather sandals by Canfora in Anacapri.


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MALLORCA guide Tomato Tomarto Mallorca Majorca whichever way you say it, the name conjures up endless summer days, warm Mediterranean seas and sun kissed skin - and perhaps a penchant for white shoes? BY Joanna Swanson

Ignoring the white shoes, the largest island of the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain, is popular for its beautiful beaches and brilliant sunsets over its rugged coastline. Although popular with Europeans in search of the sun, there are still pockets that are relatively untouched by tourist developments. Here the living is easy, the pace is slower and the sun is always shining... and for that white shoes may be excused.

Credit PHOTO ŠMireen Kierze

PHOTO Š Mireen Kierze

Puro Hotel

Puro Beach

Puro Beach

Hospes Maricel

Cap Rocat

Hotel Tres

Hotel Tres

SLEEP HOTEL TRES has seamlessly blended old and new. This hotel has a look like no other, mixing rustic Mallorcan style with a Scandinavian twist. Located in a 16th century palace in the heart of Palma, you are sure to find Hotel Tres your home away from home. The sun drenched rooftop terrace offers a magnificent view of the Cathedral, an infinity plunge pool and is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping. Other hotels I love Puro, Esplendido, Hospes Maricel and Cap Rocat. EAT SIMPLY FOSH is simply yummy. Here you will enjoy extraordinary Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on simple dishes using only the freshest, local, seasonal ingredients. The food is both delicious and artistically presented. To sum things up, Simply Fosh is exquisite, experimental and exceptional. Do make sure to book a table well in advance since this restaurant is incredibly popular. Other restaurants I love Duke, Emilio and Forn. Hotel Tres


B Connected

Rialto Living

Rialto Living

SHOP RIALTO LIVING This lifestyle concept store, in the heart of Palma, is 800 square meters of interior design, fashion, luxurious accessories and an art gallery. Everything selected with world travellers in mind. The store is named after the legendary Theater Rialto and on the theaters old stage you will find a delightful CafĂŠ. B CONNECTED is a group of 4 shops located in Catalina, Palma. Here you can shop living, vintage, fashion accessories and more. The B Connected concept store is overflowing with must have items. And if you fall in love with Mallorca b connected can also be your realestate agent and convert your new home into your own Mallorcan sanctuary. CORTANA is a treat like no other. Here the clothes hang from the ceiling creating an exhibition. Rosa Esteva, founder and designer, enshrines the harmony and elegance of her Mallorcan roots in each and every piece. When she started Cortana in 2000 her dream was for other women to be able to share her creativity and sensitivity. I have to say she has succeeded.

The only decisions you will have to make while you are here is what massages you will indulge in and if you want your next swim to be in one of the gorgeous infinity pools, the jacuzzis or in the deep turquoise sea.

Can Simonetta

Can Simonetta

Can Simonetta

Can Simonetta

Puro Hotel

INDULGE CAN SIMONETTA As soon as you reach Can Simonetta, just an hours drive from Palma, all your stress melts away. This boutique hideaway is perched on the edge of rutilant cliffs with stunning grounds and spectacular views overlooking the bay of Canyamel. Can Simonetta is adults only allowing for a profoundly peaceful stay. P.S. I recommend staying in the Suite with a terrace in the Beach House. Can Simonetta

the Long Lunch

PHOTOGRAPHY Victoria Simson | RECIPE Sarah Edgar | STYLIST Lee Blaylock

As either a light summer lunch or entrĂŠe, fresh scallops with spring peas and broad beans can be served on the coast of the Capri or pool side in the city. The robust flavours of kaffir lime, ginger and coriander create the perfect combination for a roast chicken with an oriental influence. Served with crunchy coleslaw this dish is perfect for the warm days ahead. The South American caramel, Dulce de leche is simply devine when paired with fresh fruit, pancakes and cream. Serves 4

Seared Scallops with Fresh Broad Beans, Peas & Maple Pancetta 20 Scallops (5 per serve) 1 Cup of freshly shelled broad beans 1 Cup of fresh peas 2 Slices of pancetta 1 Tbsp of maple syrup 1 Tbsp of micro herbs (basil or watercress) available from markets or good grocers 2 Tbsp Olive oil 1 Lemon Salt and pepper Pre heat oven to 180 degrees, once hot, add the pancetta to a baking paper lined tray and cook for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, drizzle with maple syrup and set aside to cool. In a saucepan, gently boil the broad beans and peas for 3 – 5 minutes. Strain and run under cool water to stop cooking. Remove white shell from the broad beans and add to a bowl with the peas, the juice of ½ lemon 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then set aside. Season the scallops with some sea salt flakes and add to a hot fry pan with a splash of olive oil, cooking for one minute on each side. Once cooked, spread the broad beans and peas onto a plate and place the scallops and crumbled pancetta over the top. Sprinkle with some micro herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice, season and serve.

Ginger, Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime Roast Chicken with Quinoa Stuffing The Chicken 1 Medium sized, organic or free-range chicken 4 Coriander stems including roots, finely chopped 4 Kaffir lime leaves, centre vein removed, finely sliced 1 Stem lemongrass, roughly 4cm of the white end only, finely sliced 5cm Piece of ginger, finely diced 1 Garlic clove 1 Green chilli, finely chopped seeds removed Zest of one lime

For the Stuffing 1 Cup of quinoa, cooked 3 Kaffir lime leaves, centre vein removed and finely sliced ½ Cup of coriander leaves 1 Tbsp of olive oil 1 Lime

To test if the chicken is cooked, pierce under the thigh area with a sharp knife, the juices should run clear. Once cooked, remove from oven and cover with foil for 10 minutes to allow it to rest and tenderize. Serve on a bed of coleslaw with some extra coriander and wedges of lime.

Asian Coleslaw ½ Purple cabbage, finely sliced ½ White cabbage, finely sliced 2 Carrots, finely sliced/julienned 1 Cup of coriander leaves Juice of one lime 1 Tbsp of whole egg mayonnaise Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees. The Quinoa Stuffing In a saucepan bring one cup of quinoa to the boil with two cups of water. Cook until all water is absorbed and allow to cool. Chop the lime into halves and combine the quinoa, olive oil, coriander and lime leaves and fill into the cavity and tie the chicken legs together with some kitchen string. The Chicken In a mortar and pestle (or a food processor), combine the lime leaves, lime zest, lemongrass, chilli, coriander roots, ginger and garlic to form a rough paste. Rinse the chicken cavity in cold water and pat dry with some paper towel. Gently push back the skin on the chicken breasts, pressing your fingers under the skin to create room for the paste. In small handfuls, push the paste through to ensure an even covering of mixture under the skin. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the chicken and rub into skin with a splash of olive oil and some sea salt, this will ensure it becomes golden and crisp. Place in the oven and roast for 1½ hours, basting every 30 minutes. The Coleslaw Meanwhile, combine the juice of one lime, one cup of coriander leaves and one tablespoon of whole egg mayonnaise. Add this dressing to the finely sliced cabbage, coriander leaves and carrot to create the coleslaw.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Dulce de leche, Banana and Roasted Almonds ¼ Cup of castor sugar ¼ Tsp of bicarbonate of soda 1 Cup of self-raising flour, sifted 1 ¼ Cups of Buttermilk 1 Organic or free-range egg 1 Jar of Dulce de leche (South American caramel, available from gourmet food stores) 1 Banana, sliced 1 Cup of almonds 1 Pot of cream, whisked 1 Tsp of vanilla extract Coconut oil Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Once cooled, roughly chop and set aside. Combine sugar, bicarbonate of soda and flour in a bowl and form a well in the centre. Whisk buttermilk and egg together and stir into flour mixture until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk the cream with 1 tsp of vanilla extract until thick, set aside. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 1teaspoon of coconut oil. Pour one heaped tablespoon of the batter into the pan and cook for 2 minutes until bubbles form on surface. Turn and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining mixture. Set pancakes aside in the warm oven until all are cooked. Heat the dulce de leche in a pan until runny and serve over pancakes with the sliced banana, vanilla cream and roasted almonds.

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