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AT EASE IN
Daylesford When Anna and Miguel Meirelles stumbled across a rundown miner’s cottage in country Victoria, they knew they’d struck gold.
Story by Danielle Hanrahan Photography by Nicole England Styling by Jayne Reid
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aylesford in country Victoria has a European feel courtesy of the many Italians and Swiss migrants who established themselves in the town during its formative gold rush years. It’s hardly surprising then, that when Anna Meirelles and her Italian husband Miguel were deciding on where to buy a home in the country for weekends and extended getaways, Daylesford instantly came to mind. Renowned for its mineral springs, history and charm, it was love at first sight for the Meirelles family who decided this picturesque country town would be the perfect place to look for a property they could relax in and also rent out to other holidaymakers. “We happened to find this property on the internet, so I decided to go up to Daylesford the next day to see it and I absolutely loved it,” Anna says. “It was an unloved dark house that needed a lot of attention, but I could see how it would turn out.”
Originally a miner’s cottage, Anna and Miguel remodelled the bones of the house to become a spacious five bedroom, three bathroom property, with an open-plan kitchen and dining area, separate lounge room with open fireplace, and a billiards room. The original house featured dark timber panelling and ceilings, with a complementary colour scheme that had its heyday in the 1980s or
LEFT: The eighteenth-century English dresser to the left of the hallway houses several French oyster serving plates. PREVIOUS PAGE: Before the couple had settled the house, Anna had already started planning the design of the rooms, purchasing two sofas for the living room from an ex-rental property store in Melbourne. Anna and Miguel loved the 1960s-style low-slung sofas so much they used the fabric colour as the basis for the house’s entire colour scheme. The cushions on the sofas have been custom made using fabric from Westbury Fabrics, which has showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne.
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The large eighteenth-century French oak dining table from the Loire Valley is one of the main features of the kitchen/dining area, and is surrounded by 10 rush seat chairs from the area of Normandy. The wrought-iron chandelier above the table incorporates a casserole dish, with the idea being that dried flowers go into it.
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The dark timber chest of drawers, or a commode as it was coined in France, dates back to Louis XVI circa 1770-1780 and features its original marble top. The antique mirror above the chest also dates to about 1780.
1990s, making the interior look very outdated. With a bit of renovation experience behind them, the couple didn’t extend the house but remodelled it by demolishing walls, widening windows to provide more natural light, and converting the large double garage into a billiard room, a laundry and an extra bathroom. “We installed these beautiful big French doors in the new building, formerly the garage, and made an entrance connecting the main house with the new billiard room structure.” An unused powder room was removed to make way for a hallway that would connect the two buildings while at the same time extending the main house. A new kitchen was installed and the internal bathroom, which like much of the house had been dark, was remodelled with white walls, vanity and a spacious bath. For the rest of the house a good lick of Dulux’s Antique White USA was applied, instantly transforming the interiors. “It has really gone from being a dark and depressing house to one that’s really light and has a lovely feel to it,” Anna says. “It came up really well.” While the interiors underwent a transformative makeover, the garden proved to be just as much of a challenge not least because of its size, an extensive 3000 square metres. “I think when it had been originally planted, the garden would have been really lovely,” Anna says. “But since then it had been let go. It was completely overgrown, so we worked like busy bees, hauling so much plant material out.” Once much of the garden had
LEFT: The chandelier in the master bedroom is a rare wrought-iron piece that dates back to about 1780 from the Loire Valley in France, and still retains its original crystals.
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One of Annaâ€™s favourite rooms is the master bedroom, which looks out onto the deck, the small swimming pool and the trees. The bed linen in all of the rooms is from Bed Bath Nâ€™ Table.
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ANNA’S DECORATING TIPS Go with what you like. I think many people go with what’s in fashion rather than what they prefer, but I always go for what I like. I also opt for simplicity. I have added colour in the quilts but have only used a neutral palette throughout the house, like Antique White USA by Dulux on most of the walls. A neutral background with interest added in the form of antiques or art is the best marriage between the bones of a room and its furnishings. Add personality and character with a large mirror or a beautiful lamp. Casa Adagio is available for rent from www.stayz.com.au Miguel and Anna Meirelles own an antiques shop in Melbourne called Miguel Meirelles Antiques www.meirelles.com.au
been removed, the family started replanting, with a hedge of camellias and winter roses providing some colour all year round. An edible garden was also installed on the northern side and features a range of fruit trees including apple, pear, orange, lime and lemon, with herbs scattered throughout so guests can step out from the deck and pick fresh rosemary whenever they like.
ROME WITH LOVE
Anna and Miguel’s story is the stuff fairytales are made of. A young Australian woman travels to Italy to sample la dolce vita, meets a handsome Italian man who is an antiques restorer in Florence, they marry and live a beautiful life in Australia. Bringing his passion and expertise for antiques to Melbourne, Miguel opened Miguel Meirelles Antiques in Malvern, specialising in a range of styles, from French Provincial to English Country furniture. While Anna says she designed their country weekender with no particular style in mind, Miguel’s beautiful antiques did play an important factor in how the rooms would look. “Although the house lends itself to a kind of country look because of its setting, I did design the house in such a way as to accommodate Miguel’s furniture,” Anna explains. With a selection of charming furniture at their disposal, the couple furnished the house with a number of eye-catching pieces. One of a number of favourites was found during one of Miguel’s frequent buying trips to France – a rare dining table from the Loire Valley which dates to about 1780. Anna says she loves the quality design and craftsmanship of antique furniture, which is rare in a time of mass-market items. “If antiques are used in the right way they can add so much character to a home,” she says.
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THE RIGHT NAME
When choosing a name for a property or an estate, many people opt for a title that pays respects to its past. Miguel and Anna, who had a number of good debates on choosing the right name for their muchloved Daylesford property, wanted a name that would reflect not only the house’s peaceful atmosphere but the town’s as well. The couple, who both speak Italian, wanted an Italian word or term that people who didn’t speak Italian would know, or at least know how to say. They came up with adagio, which means at ease, a slow pace. “You do actually feel at ease when you’re in the house because the setting is so peaceful and quiet, and we designed the interiors to be quite peaceful too,” Anna says. The words Casa Adagio are now invitingly written on a signpost at the front of the property, which marks the long pebble drive to the beautiful house beyond. While Anna and Miguel often stay at their Daylesford home on weekends, Casa Adagio has been designed with guests in mind. The luxury rental is not only situated in one of the most popular tourist towns in Victoria but features a number of personal touches to make a guest’s stay here all the more comfortable. “We both love music,” Anna says, “so we put one of Miguel’s iPods with a large collection of music in the living room because we thought that was important for people who were going to stay here.” When Anna comes to stay with Miguel and their three children at Casa
RIGHT: Anna, Miguel, their daughter Mia and black Labrador Peppa, on the steps of Casa Adagio.
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Adagio, there are a number of activities she loves doing, one of which is going for long walks through the forest at the back of the house. “The next town is two kilometres away and is called Hepburn Springs, so you can walk on one of the bush tracks to the town or into Daylesford with its charming little cafes and antique shops,” Anna says. While getting back to reality is hard after any holiday, Anna admits that when she’s at Casa Adagio she never wants to leave. “I knew that I would always enjoy going up there, I just never knew how much I would love it,” she says. “I still walk around and think I can’t believe we own this.”
ABOVE: The western deck has spectacular views of the swimming pool and gardens, with the teak table and chairs perfect for serving up a delicious lunch or dinner. The table was left from the previous owners and the outdoor chairs are from Bed Bath N’ Table. TOP RIGHT: This pair of antique French doors welcomes guests into Casa Adagio via the billiard room. French gasolier lanterns hang on the wall on either side of the doors. RIGHT: Originally a double garage, Anna and Miguel transformed what they called ‘wasted space’ into a billiards room, laundry and bathroom.
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Make it personal Create a relaxed family space with a mix of antiques and colours inspired by the Australian bush.
Of the sea
A unique chandelier hanging over a dining table is a sure fire way to turn heads. This beautiful one made from abalone shells is a gorgeous choice and it’s $1200 from Eco Chic.
Introduce warm pops of yellow and green to your lounge room with this Clinton Friedman cushion from The Design Hunter. It can be used indoors or out and would be perfect teamed with some bright yellow cushions.
A cosy country bedroom always benefits from a beautiful headboard, lovely framed art and classic stripes. This French Chateau headboard in velvet has plenty of old fashioned glamour, especially when teamed with crisp white bed linen and plump quilts and throws. It’s $770 from Eco Chic.
Splashing out on some antique pieces is a worthwhile investment for a traditional-style home. Detailed bookcases, an armoire or even side tables lend an authentic warmth. This pair of 19th-century Italian commodes makes a wonderful addition to a bedroom. They’re $5400 from Wallrocks Antiques.
Adding a retro-style sofa in a soft, hand-tufted fabric adds instant luxury for all the family. This Espoo two-and-a-half seat sofa is $1199 from Lounge Lovers.
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If the devil is in the drink, then bring on this wicked kitchen accessory. The Classic Cocktails Tea Towel by Stuart Gardiner features 20 classic recipes in their intended glass, making this tea towel perfect for the kitchen or bar. It’s $19.95 from Lark.
Cover your bases
Online bedroom furniture boutique, Bednest.com.au has just added a new bed range to their beautiful collection of bedheads, which can now be made with the addition of an upholstered bed base with timber slats. With a choice of metal or timber legs, the height of the base can also be adjusted to suit your style – shown here is the Florence bed.
On a wing
Give the gift of your time and share a cuppa with your loved one. This Bird Lid Tea for Two set is a fun choice for entertaining. It also will look great displayed on the kitchen bench. It’s $59.95 from J Style.
Add a touch of vintage charm to hallways and entrances with Lark’s Iron hall cupboard. With a wooden top for displaying photographs and curios or holding your hat, it’s available in black, white and aqua (pictured) for $149.
Embrace the new season with the stunning new Blossom collection of cushions and fabrics by Scottish textile design company bluebellgray. Inspired by owner Fi Douglas’ travels in Japan, the range showcases an abundance of watercolour blooms in pinks for a fresh, vibrant look. This Betty cushion retails from $170 through Importico Home & Gifts.
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Let’s hang out!
New to The English Tapware Company, the Pendant 45 light from David Moreland Design makes a stylish statement in any home. Ideal for hanging above an island bench or dining table, it’s available in standard grey, green, yellow, white and black, $455, and copper, $555, finished with white inside, with custom colours available upon request.
Cut out floral designs are a unique and stylish choice for side tables. The Hexagonal Fret Wood Side Table is from Shanghaied.
Spring to life
Bold colour and design statements need not be harsh. This lovely Garden Party rug by Catherine Martin for Designer Rugs is a stunning centrepiece for the lounge room. It’s $4,320.
Ice cream dream
From relaxing baths, to re-creating the luxurious atmosphere of a hotel room, this Blissful Rest Tin Candle, $18.95, from Get Drenched is a sure-fire way to soothe the senses. The tin makes it easily portable, while the bergamot, citrus and lavender scents are a delight.
What’s better than a single gelato? A queen size one! The popular gelatohued bed range at Incy Interiors is now available in queen sizes to cater for parents with ‘bed envy’ or kids who like a bit of extra room. In sweet shades of spearmint, pink, pale lemon, vanilla and chocolate, they have a timeless look that will match a range of bedroom looks. Crafted from sturdy iron, the queen sizes retail for $899 – pictured here is the Mae bed.
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TO MOVE Story by Mark Vender Photography by Tony Potter Styling by Kathryn Borglund
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Clever, hideaway space-savers helped turn this small kitchen into a celebration of good cooking and generous entertaining.
The open design and use of space savers such as slide-away chopping boards and the platter rack have turned what could have been a pokey kitchen into a very generous heart of the home.
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The generous 755mm Shaws Butlers sink sets the tone for the whole kitchen and is perfect for washing large pots and pans.
hen Irene and her partner undertook a large-scale renovation of their 142-year-old worker’s cottage in Rozelle, Sydney, one of the key things for them was putting in a beautiful kitchen. “What we had before was an old, old, old galley kitchen that you couldn’t do anything in – it was just really impractical,” recalls Irene. “With the new one we wanted space.”
LEAN CUCINA Unfortunately, space was in short supply. The original home had just one storey and one bedroom. Although they added two levels, for the kitchen they only had 12.2 square metres to work with. “We were very much limited with centimetres,” confirms Irene, laughing. “Fifty millimetres was a huge thing for us!” The couple looked around for designers who could assist with the challenging project and came across Dominique McAdam from Provincial Kitchens. They clicked immediately. “No one else could compare,” says Irene simply. Dominique helped plan the room, incorporating clever design elements: ‘Magic Corner’ fold-out pot storage in the hard-to-reach corners of the room, a pantry under the staircase, and pull-out chopping boards and a platter rack. All of these save valuable space. They also look fantastic. This was especially important for Irene and her partner who see the kitchen not simply as a functional area, but as the heart of the home. “We really wanted to make sure that we brought that out in the style and materials and everything that we used to create it,” she says. Ornaments such as the mantel above
TOP LEFT: The pride and joy of the kitchen, the AGA cast-iron S-Series Six-Four stove. It’s dual fuel, with gas hobs and electric ovens. LEFT: The Hafele ‘Magic Corner’ was the perfect solution for this deep storage space in the corner of the kitchen.
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The flow between kitchen, dining and outdoor areas makes entertaining a joy.
KITCHEN ESSENTIALS the stove and the cupboard handles create an elegant, provincial atmosphere without ever being over the top. Similarly, the Carrara marble benchtops introduce natural texture and a classic feel without attention-seeking.
TIME TO SPLURGE Two pieces warrant special mention. First there’s the cast-iron AGA stove, with four ovens and six burners and a weight of 250kg. “It’s a heavy beast,” Irene says, before adding, “It’s the pride and joy, that’s for sure.” It includes conventional, fan-forced and slow-roasting ovens and a grill, and it fits in with the country-style cooking that the couple like. “It’s a great piece in the kitchen. It looks amazing, but also works really well, and the best part about it is it doesn’t burn anything!” Irene says. The Shaws’ handcrafted fireclay sink – big enough for easy cleaning of large pots and pans – is the other piece that really establishes the mood and gives a sense a luxury and generosity to the kitchen. Generosity is a key word here because so much of this space is about sharing with friends and family. The open design, which connects the kitchen seamlessly to the outdoor area and the dining room, allows hosts and guests to enjoy each other’s company while the food is prepared. It’s a world away from their old kitchen, where the cook was condemned to slave away in isolation. Irene talks with obvious delight about one of the parties they’ve had since the renovation, how she chatted away with friends while whipping up the egg whites for a pavlova. “We really wanted to create a space where if you’re in the kitchen you’re involved in the conversation and involved in the celebration,” she stresses. “The cook is always a part of what’s going on, which is lovely.”
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RIGHT: Inside the classic country-style cupboards is state-of-the-art storage.
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Ask The Expert
A GREY AREA Colour consultant Samantha Bacon thinks shades of grey are the neutrals of the moment and are very trendy. Often overlooked as being dull and boring, she believes that greys can actually provide a very sleek and stylish background colour.
e tend to associate grey with sharp, contemporary decorating schemes but they can be just as effective in a country-style scheme as in a high-rise city apartment. Research by colour psychologists indicates that people with a preference for grey seek security, are agreeable and restrained. However, it’s rarely a colour that people choose as a favourite one – it’s just simply a sophisticated backdrop for other colours to shine. Warm greys are generally better for decorating when you want to achieve a soft look, so opt for those shades with a yellow or orange base rather than harsher green and bluebased greys. When you choose warmer greys, then yellow and orange will naturally work well, particularly as accent colours. It’s so important to consider the mood you want to achieve when decorating and this is where grey can really help you out. White always looks good with grey as it provides tonal variation and, in turn, creates an interesting look. However, if your walls are white with other white elements in the room, the mood will be quite different. The mood with white on white is light and airy, but grey brings a bit of drama to the look and changes the atmosphere. Fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnott work beautifully if you’re after a country-style look, as shown in this beautiful bedroom – it’s proof that grey can create a stunning look. Dulux Champignon and Doe are lovely warm greys that work well with yellow accents as their base is yellow. Rather than using a harsh white on the trim and ceiling, consider pairing these colours with quarter-strength Dulux Vanilla Quake.
A grey palette is especially soothing in a bedroom. Shown here are Flora & Fauna, Song Birds, French Ticking, and Paisley Ground, all fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnott.
From left to right: Champignon, Doe and Vanilla Quake, all from Dulux.
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Great books for your home BOOK OF THE MONTH
FIRED UP VEGETARIAN: NO NONSENSE BARBECUING Ross Dobson Who says that barbecues are just for meat eaters? Chef and king of the grill Ross Dobson has turned traditional barbecue food on its head in Fired Up Vegetarian with 80 delicious vegetable recipes suitable for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Drawing on culinary influences from around the world, including South-East Asia, India, the Middle East and Europe, Ross’ delicious vegetable dishes include everything from Pumpkin, black bean & feta dip and Haloumi with pickled chilli & cauliflower salsa to Japanese vegetable & ginger pancakes and Grilled eggplant with chipotle labneh. Divided into handy chapters including Dips & Bits, Small Plates, Big Plates, and Sides & Salads plus a section on types of barbecues, Ross also shows how versatile the barbecue can be, with recipes such as Barbie ghanoush, Crisp vegetable & herb rice paper rolls, Silverbeet & feta gozleme and even Spanish egg pots. With lots of cooking tips and advice on achieving the best results from your barbecue, the easy-to-make recipes in Fired Up Vegetarian will have your summer entertaining sorted. Published by Murdoch Books, $34.99.
WHOLEFOOD BAKING: WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS FOR DELICIOUS RESULTS Jude Blereau In her new book, wholefoods expert Jude Blereau shows how you can have your cake and eat it too. Wholefood Baking showcases over 120 fail-safe recipes using whole flours and natural sugars, making it the ideal cookbook for people with allergies or food intolerances, or those just looking for healthier versions of their classic baking favourites. Jude’s recipes include cakes, biscuits, scones and pastries as well as delectable creams, icings and jams, many of which are gluten, nut and dairy free and use whole and semi-refined flours and sugars. Try the Classic or Dairy-free scones for a sweet afternoon treat, keep the kids happy with Maple syrup, pear and ginger muffins or impress dinner guests with a luscious Strawberry mousse tart. Together with advice on how to convert your favourite recipes using whole ingredients, Jude also explains the key ingredients you will need, lists tools for the wholefood kitchen and supplies plenty of baking tips and techniques. Carefully researched and beautifully photographed, Wholefood Baking is a must for those who want their baked goods to be wholesome as well as tasty. Published by Murdoch Books, $45.
STEP-BY-STEP VEG PATCH: FOOLPROOF GROWING FOR GARDENERS WITH LITTLE SPACE Lucy Halsall Australian consultant Jennifer Wilkinson While we would all love a large backyard to grow our own fruit and vegies, often a much smaller outdoor space is the reality. But you can make the most of your limited space with Step-by-Step Veg Patch, a simple and comprehensive guide to creating your own vegie patch in any space, whether it’s a small garden, patio or balcony. Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, it has advice on the essential tools you’ll need and step-by-step, foolproof instructions to enable you to grow the 50 vegetables and 15 fruit crops featured in no time at all. The ‘At a glance’ crop planners help you decide what’s right for your individual space, while troubleshooting tips nips any problems in the bud. This Australianised edition has also been tailored to cover the Australian climate and seasons, with the sow and harvest charts specific to Australia and favourite fruits such as citrus, passionfruit and kiwifruit making an appearance. With plenty of bright photographs and artworks, Step-by-Step Veg Patch will help your little vegie patch achieve big things. Published by Dorling Kindersley/Penguin, $35.
A PLACE CALLED HOME: CREATING BEAUTIFUL SPACES TO CALL YOUR OWN Jason Grant Keen to bring some designer style to your home? In his first book A Place Called Home, stylist and blogger Jason Grant shows you how to create stunning spaces by looking for inspiration around you, being clever about where you spend your money, embracing colour and being creative with what you already have. Leading the reader room by room through inspiring real-life homes, Jason explains where to get inspiration and how to get started with mood boards, essential tools and so on, and shares his insider tips and insights on styling spaces to call your own. In addition to covering the bedroom, living room, dining and kitchen he also looks at smart storage solutions, small spaces, outdoor areas, working with colour, recycling and finishing touches. Fun and accessible, the book is filled with lots of clever tricks and ideas, as well as a directory of Jason’s picks on where to shop, including online stores and international favourites. Gorgeously photographed, A Place Called Home is a creative guide to styling your home in a uniquely Australian way. Published by Hardie Grant Books, $45.
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With its classic buildings and chic interiors, Paris truly is the city of dreams, providing plenty of inspiration for home decorators around the world. This issue, we’re celebrating the best this beautiful city has to offer style-wise. Story by Lauren Broomham
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Team a beautiful bedroom setting with flowing drapes and elegant whitewashed floors for a pretty Parisianinspired look. This Bianca queen bed set in Provincial white is $879 at Snooze.
Dreaming OF PARIS
Create a fabulous French-inspired boudoir with beautiful bedding and accessories.
f you are looking to give your bedroom a chic makeover, then Parisian style is for you. Not only does it have a timeless appeal, but it sets the scene for romance too. Start with the most important element – the bed, which could range from a simple wrought-iron frame to a classic upholstered bedhead or traditional timber bedstead. Layer with pretty bed linen, pillows and a velvety quilt – try a damask print for a more dramatic look or mix florals with stripes and checks to create a vintage feel. A neutral colour scheme will keep the room looking soft and feminine, or shimmering wallpaper adds a touch of glam.
Accessory-wise, think about a stylish armchair or day bed where you can relax after a long day or curl up with a soft throw on cold nights. A beautiful vintage mirror is essential, while a sparkling chandelier will fill the room with a romantic glow. A dressing table instantly turns any room into a stylish retreat, and for storage invest in a curved chest of drawers or an old-fashioned armoire. A dressmaker’s mannequin also makes a delightful way to hang jewellery or scarves – trés chic!
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TIPS FROM MEGAN HESS, RENOWNED ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR OF FASHION HOUSE:
Flowers I think adding flowers to a home is one of the best ways to add charm and bring warmth into a space. It doesn’t have to be big dramatic arrangements, just little casual bunches of blooms dotted throughout to make your home feel like a chic French florist any day of the week. Table setting Nothing feels more French than a table with a little bit of flair. It could be as simple as placing an antique tray as your centrepiece. Accessorise the tray with a few favourite pieces on top, such as a scented candle, little bunch of roses and a favourite framed photo. A French balcony Feel like you’ve just escaped to St Germain by giving your balcony or deck a French makeover. Choose elegant
wrought-iron chairs with a quaint circular table. A striped awning is the perfect addition and shabby potted plants are must. Parisian boudoir Transform your bedroom into a French Chateau by layering beautiful quilts and throws in a variety of textures. From antique lace to soft cotton and cashmere quilts. The key is to not be too exacting and let them all be casually thrown together. Paris framed Another lovely way to bring a French feel to your home is to frame black and white images of the city itself. It doesn’t need to be the iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. It could be simple photos of hidden Paris streets and architecture or vintage fashion images showcasing that classic French style.
For our review of Fashion House, published by Hardie Grant Books, please see page 102.
Add a pop of colour with cushions in rich, velvety shades, such as this Izzy Pom Pom cushion in Fuchsia by Canningvale, just $29.95.
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Flowers can bring a Parisian boudoir to life – for a long-lasting posy, try this Peony The Way set of artificial flowers from EziBuy. With six flowers and three colours per set, they are priced at $39.99.
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Parisians love to use antique pieces in their decorating, but you can achieve the same look with this traditional Grange Provencal threedrawer Louis XIV curved chest â€“ it retails from $7,150 at DOMO.
UY BUDGET B A glamorous boudoir calls for equally gorgeous sheets and these HOME by Peter Morrissey Tuxedo sheets certainly fit the bill. The queen size retails for $69 at Big W nationally.
Mirrored accessories add a hint of glamour to a Parisianinspired boudoir. Decorative beaded mirror tray $99.95 and Rose candle $29.95 at Laura Ashley.
With its chic Parisianstyle look, this Juliette wing chair in French script fabric is a great place to sit back with a book. Also available in natural linen and with a matching ottoman, itâ€™s $1090 at Maison Living.
The perfect accompaniment to a classic upholstered bed, this charming bedside table from Lavender Hill Interiors features three drawers and retails for $390.
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A dash of black instantly turns a room from drab to fab – this French console table is available from Glamour Living.
Classic black and white has an oh-so-chic appeal and we love this Indira duvet set by Wallace Cotton. Made from 250-thread-count cotton percale, it’s priced from $74.60 to $132.70.
An ornate mirror is a must-have for a Parisianinspired bedroom and this Oh Mirror mirror from EziBuy fits the bill. Made from mangowood with an antique white finish, it’s $169.99.
Relax in true Parisian style on this stunning Lille day bed, $499 at Early Settler and Recollections stores nationally.
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Flowing curtains, elegant mirrored furniture and bright pops of colour make for a grand Parisianinspired living room. The pieces pictured here are all from the Palace Garden collection by Laura Ashley.
Transform your living room into an elegant Parisian retreat.
any of us have dreamed of living in our own Parisian apartment, and with so many gorgeous French-inspired pieces now available, it’s simple to bring the romance and sophistication of this style to your home. The key is to have a mix of modern and classic pieces – hunt around for vintage or reproduction pieces painted in black or cream and pair with neutral or whitewashed floors to give the room a lived-in look. Try to always have at least one statement piece, whether it’s a beautiful armchair, antique mirror or statement sofa.
It’s also important to remember that less is more when it comes to choosing a colour palette – use a neutral shade such as cream or grey and then add drama with metallic finishes and touches of glossy black. Cushions, curtains and throws in bold shades and rich fabrics such as silk, velvet and linen also brighten the space and are easy to change when you are ready for a new look. The Parisians love to display photographs and artworks too, so a large artwork or a series of frames makes for a striking feature. Glam mirrored accessories such as a side table or lamp will also add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’!
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TIPS ON CREATING PARISIAN APPEAL FROM CHRIS BURKE, GENERAL MANAGER OF DARE GALLERY:
Original ﬂair The wonderful thing about Parisian style is that you can add your own creative flair by choosing elements of the style through furniture and art that you love. The best place to start is by clearing out the clutter to give a blank canvas. Then add in some eye-catching items, such as artworks or a sofa to build your own Parisian inspired story. Mix and match old with new Contrast old antique furniture with sleek, modern pieces. Chose curtain fabrics in antique patterns and pair vintage-style armchairs with a sumptuous sofa. Opt for new pieces with an antique flair, such as the Dare Gallery Kingsley sofa (pictured), with its beautifully curved design and quilted detailing. Beautiful black While many believe Parisian-inspired living rooms are all about whites and neutrals, key accents are usually in black. Parisian panache is all about glamour and drama. Look for unusual black furniture and accessories to use as the focus point of your room. The Dare Gallery Coco range contrasts sleek, clean lines with curvaceous design. A highgloss lacquered finish adds that extra ‘oomph’ that’ll have your friends gasping at your sense of style! Gold, gold, gold No Parisian living room is complete without a touch of gold. Gold framed artworks or mirrors, such as the Dare Gallery Lyndon mirror, will add a touch of grandeur to your space. Contemporary curves While sleek, straight lines are fun for a modern home, opt for furniture which boasts fluid, curved and feminine design for a fabulously French finish.
For more information, visit www.daregallery.com.au
New to Warwick Fabrics, the Pilsbury collection is ideal for a creating a pretty Parisian look. Made from 100 per cent linen, it retails for $121 per metre.
New accessories are an easy way to bring some Parisian chic to your home and the new Paris collection by Villa Nova is perfect for the job. Made from textured weave cotton, the range is fully washable and suitable for drapes, cushions and accessories.
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Placing your television and electronic equipment in a beautiful armoire or on top of a chest of drawers helps blend it into the room. The pieces shown here are from the Arrondissement collection by Stanley Furniture which takes its inspiration from 18th-century France. It’s available in four timber and painted finishes at Globe Imports.
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The Eiffel Tower is the classic emblem of Paris and we love these plush Eiffel Tower and Iconic Paris cushions by Rapee, $39.95 each.
A bold sofa instantly brightens up a simple living area, especially when it’s teamed with some colourful cushions. Pictured here is a sofa in prairie Foch, and cushions in nattier Chateau de Bellevue, violette Champs Elysees, turquoise/ nattier Tiana, aqua Kayla and parme Foch – all from the 2013 collection by Manuel Canovas.
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Sleek and stylish, this Paris table lamp in black will look oh-so-chic on a side table – it’s $249 at Beacon Lighting.
Bring a little piece of Paris home thanks to this Paris 1715 wall art from Freedom – it’s $699 for a set of three.
Make an impression with this eye-catching Elitis La Belle et La Bete wallpaper in colour 01 from the Pleats collection at Seneca Textiles, $572 per 1 metre x 10 metre roll. Also shown here is a sofa upholstered in Elitis Sortilege 100 per cent linen in colour 03, $243 per metre, and throw in Elitis Clan cotton/viscose tartan, $552 per metre.
Relax in luxury on this lovely Charm chair, $329.99 at EziBuy.
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more for less
Looking for savvy ways to spend your hardearned cash? These cool finds are all under $100 and will help you save in style.
Fresh flowers instantly bring an uplifting feel to a room, but they arenâ€™t always easy to find. These Mercer + Reid hydrangea stem flowers have a natural look that blends into any home and are available in white, green and blue for $16.95 each. Also shown here is the silver rim vase priced from $19.95, all from Adairs.
Heart of glass
A handy addition to the kitchen cupboards, a chic set of tumblers is essential for entertaining guests or cooling off after a long day. These coloured glasses by Sunnylife each sport a raised diamond pattern and come in cheery shades of yellow, blue and grey. They retail for $34.95 for a pack of four at Outliving.
Shine a light
A beautiful candle is an easy way to brighten up your home and these Illume Essential jar candles are just right for the job. Made from hand-poured food-grade paraffin with a 60 hour burn time, they retail for $29.95 each at www.candleco.com.au and are distributed by Southern Lights Jentag.
All boxed up
Struggling to organise spaces around your home? These Coastal Living storage boxes offer a stylish answer to the question of where to put all those bits and pieces in the office, bedroom or kitchen. They are priced from $29.95 at Laura Ashley.
Celebrate every day
Whether itâ€™s a birthday, anniversary or a travelling adventure, the new Celebrate Today collection from kikki. K is exactly what you need to capture those special moments. Featuring notebooks, pens, wrapping paper, cards, bunting, ribbon and more in candy stripes, polka dots and sweet hand-drawn designs, this pretty pastel range will bring fun and colour to your everyday. Shown here is the A4 essential notebook 3 pack, $16.95, and Canvas tote bags, $9.95 each.
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A pretty pear
No country kitchen is complete without some cute crockery and these sweet pear bowls from MOZI’s new collection certainly fit the bill. They’re made from ceramic and retail from $9.95 to $19.95.
Family meal times just got a whole lot more fun thanks to RICE’s adorable children’s melamine plate and bowl sets. Designed in Denmark and available in ladybug or caterpillar motifs, they are BPA free, dishwasher friendly and retail for $22.95 each at Neapolitan.
Get your day off to a good start with these gorgeous ceramic cereal bowls from Orson & Blake. Available in an array of colours including pink, chartreuse and blue (pictured), they are just $16 each.
Bake up a storm this season with the classic Clara collection of kitchen accessories from Wallace Cotton. With its traditional floral and gingham design, it’s perfect for a country-style kitchen. Pictured here is the Apron $16.90, Pot holder $16.90 and Oven glove $8.40.
An instant classic
Rapee has just released their new collection for summer and we’ve fallen head over heels for the dreamy Timeless range. Inspired by warm neutral layers of colour with pops of chartreuse and mint, it comes in a range of fabrics including natural linen and flax textures, vintage tapestries and linen stripes. Shown here from top left to bottom right is the Silhouette cushion in lime $36.95, Batch tide in mint $34.95, Pietersen in black $38.95, Harbour in canary & lime $36.95, Abercrombie in linen $42.95 and Pluto in laguna $36.95.
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Crushed linen lends a relaxed air to a room, giving it a simple, elegant vibe. The Crellini bedcover from Eco Chic comes in winter white, natural linen or smoke in queen, king and super-king size and starts from $470 for the queen size.
Refreshing the bedroom can be as simple as giving your bed a makeover. Story by Ellen Driscoll
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With two layers of pure white cloth woven together in a geometric pattern, this tailored Bloomberg quilt cover and pillowcases from Sheridan is a modern take on a traditional matelasse weave. Available in quilt covers, bedcovers and accessories, from $329.95
etting up a restful haven in the bedroom often comes down to having the right ingredients – after all, no one feels particularly inspired to turn in early if their bed is looking a little threadbare. The first step to creating a beautiful bed is to make sure you have all the essentials – a mattress protector is an important place to start. From there, build upon the style you like. Do you want a bedroom with a Parisian feel, or perhaps the breezy feel of a Hamptons room? Whatever style you select, look for complementary colours to your existing furniture and paint colours – fresh, white linen or latte sheets never look out of place, but you can experiment with a range of colours if bright and punchy is your thing. Embroidered or decorative-edged sheets are also something to consider if you like things a little more detailed. Consider what quality sheets you wish to invest in. Try to buy the best quality you can afford as they will take longer to wear out – and, let’s face it, there’s something luxurious about slipping between high thread count sheets! The next step is to select your quilt or duvet. Keep in mind seasonality. A heavy feather down quilt isn’t as practical as a cotton duvet for the summer months. Think about colours – if you choose a neutral tone quilt then consider adding a contrasting bed runner. Prints abound, so keep an open mind on these options. The next step is pillow slips. Having a range of matching cushions to your quilt or duvet is a good idea so you can make the bed up in a plump mixture of plain and patterned pillows. If you love to add a few little extras to the bed, don’t be afraid to experiment with some cushions in contrasting prints to really make the space inviting. The bed will look so good, you’ll be dying to dive in and sleep tight!
Rest your pretty head down on the elegantly embroidered Delacour Oxford pillowcases from Wallace Cotton. They’re $58.70 for a set of two and are made from 250 thread count cotton for a comfortable night’s sleep.
A bed runner is a stylish touch for the made bed and a nice way to add a little extra weight. This Pisa bed runner is $99 from DG37.
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Tone it down
Choosing the right colour sheets to match with your duvet can be confusing, yet you can’t go wrong with neutral colours like the WAM Home Décor range of Egyptian cotton sheets sets in linen, white or vanilla, $229.95.
Create a spring vibe in your bedroom year round with this Floral quilt set from Laura Ashley. Its soothing tones and bold scale print are a sure classic, $279 for the double bed size.
Gingham is a good choice for a room you don’t want to be overly feminine. The Bungalow duvet cover set, from $99.50 from Wallace Cotton, is ideal for any style of room..
The fresh face
Toile is an eternal favourite for rooms with a French-provincial feel. This Toile bedcover from Laura Ashley is $199 and looks wonderful teamed with crisp white sheets.
Treat your skin to the luxury it deserves with crisp cotton sheets. This 500 thread count Superfine twill standard sheet set from Sheridan is $339.95 for double bed size, shown here in Cadet.
Decadence is worth paying for, as this Mille 1000 thread count sheet set shows. It’s pure luxury with its sateen weave, silkysmooth finish and beautiful luster and it comes in queen and king size from Canningvale starting from $349.95.
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For a breezy, fresh look in the bedroom you can’t go past crisp, smooth cotton sheets in white. This Classic Percale sheet set from Sheridan is made from 300 thread count cotton and is $239.95 for the double size.
Fresh is best The dark night
If you love the feel of an elegant, moody bedroom, then look no further than the Velvet quilt from Wallace Cotton. Made from soft cotton and available in three rich shades, it starts from $279.90.
A white quilt is a refreshing touch in any bedroom. This pure white Santorini quilt from Wallace Cotton starts from $128.70 and is perfect for all the family.
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Sheets with a decorative edge add a new dimension to the bed. This Scalloped sheet set from Laura Ashley is $329.
The white base
White isn’t necessarily bland when it comes to bedding. It’s an easy choice for playing around with new colourways in the bedroom, and as this beautiful Isabella quilt in white demonstrates, it can also have exquisite detailing. It’s from WAM Home Décor and is available in queen, $209.95 or king $229.95.
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Home away from home
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Set in the rolling Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty House is a stunning manor hotel that blends country charm with modern comforts. Story by Lauren Broomham
ABOVE: Each room is comfortably appointed with classic furnishings and modern conveniences.
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ABOVE: Dining is a stylish affair in this beautiful breakfast room. BELOW: Cool off with a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.
nly 15 minutes from the centre of Adelaide and 25 minutes from the airport, this country manor house offers luxury accommodation in a picturesque setting, making it ideal for a relaxing stay or romantic getaway. Built between 1852 and 1858 by politician and businessman Arthur Hardy, the property was originally the Hardy family’s summer residence and remained a private residence for many years until it was almost destroyed in the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983. Restored by a local architect, it opened as a guesthouse in 1986 and has since expanded to 33 guest rooms, all elegantly appointed to reflect the history of the house. Current owner Malcolm Bean and his partner purchased the property three-and-a-half years ago while on the hunt for a hotel where they felt they could make a real difference. “Straight after the first visit, we had a strong vision of what the property could become and enormous enthusiasm for its historical architecture,” he recalls. Since they have taken over, the hotel has undergone a makeover, with new carpet, furniture, bathrooms and a second kitchen and bar all installed. They have also planted a second Pinot vineyard and re-planted the historic English gardens that surround the house.
A VIEW TO REMEMBER Today, guests enter the estate between the vineyard and gardens and are greeted by spectacular views of the Piccadilly Valley and hills below the house. Inside, the guest rooms are divided between the Heritage wing, which is beautifully furnished with high ceilings and period décor, and the Piccadilly wing, which has balconies overlooking the valley and reflects the traditional style of the house. For those who like a little indulgence, the Superior Spa rooms feature a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a two-person corner spa bath, while for the ultimate in luxury, check in to the Piccadilly Grand View Suite, which offers two balconies, separate lounge and dining room, a private entrance hall, king bed and a generously sized spa bath in the walk-in bathroom. All of the rooms also have individually controlled air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, an LCD television with Foxtel channels, a mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, iPod docking stations and more. For group bookings, Mount Lofty House also offers self-contained accommodation in the Piccadilly Cottage, a private five-bedroom residence located adjacent to the property surrounded by beautiful gardens.
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The balcony offers stunning views of the surrounding Piccadilly Valley.
ON THE MENU With its 12 acres of gardens and vineyards, Mount Lofty House also provides the perfect setting for a romantic wedding or special occasion and the property can cater for a range of functions and corporate events. The historic Coach House, which dates back to the building’s beginnings, has recently been refurbished into a conference and wedding reception venue, with six other function rooms that can cater for groups of up to 200. An elegant garden marquee is also available for dinners, cocktail parties and weddings and can cater for up to 300 guests. Fine dining is on the menu at the house, with the Piccadilly restaurant open for breakfast and dinner seven days a week. The emphasis is on seasonal ingredients and local produce from the Hills region as well as the restaurant’s own organic kitchen garden. Treat yourself to a mouth-watering selection of home-made desserts, or choose a wine from the extensive wine list which includes drops from the Adelaide Hills region as well as international vineyards. There is a guest library, complete with games and complimentary refreshments, and a billiards room, with a 24-hour butler service available anywhere on the estate. Keen for some sun? Relax with a game of tennis or a dip in the outdoor swimming pool – you can also take a stroll around the property’s Chardonnay and Pinot vineyards or simply unwind on the balcony with a glass of the Mount Lofty Chardonnay, Pinot or Sparkling.
OUT AND ABOUT There’s plenty to see and do in the Adelaide Hills region, which is renowned for its gourmet food and wine. Sample the wines at local cellar doors including Ashton Hills, Nepenthe and Shaw & Smith and hunt around for bargains at the country markets in Uraidla or Macclesfield. At nearby Cleland Wildlife Park, visitors can make friends with the native wildlife, or take in the amazing floral displays at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. For Malcolm, it’s the history of Mount Lofty House, combined with its beautiful gardens and views that make a stay at the property well worth it. “I just love staying there, it is an immediate escape,” he says, “and we are proud to say that the House and Estate haven’t looked this good in 162 years.” So why not see for yourself?
ABOVE: Mount Lofty House’s carefully restored sandstone exterior reflects its historic past.
MOUNT LOFTY HOUSE ADELAIDE HILLS 74 Mt Lofty Summit Road, Crafers SA 5152 Phone: (08) 8339 6777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtloftyhouse.com.au
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Cool climate wines Adam Wadewitz is one of the brightest talents in Australian winemaking with both industry experience and several awards under his belt. This year he joined Shaw + Smith, one of Australia’s leading wineries in the Adelaide Hills, and he is increasingly embracing cool climate wines for both their structure and ﬁnesse. Q
What is your explanation of a 'cool climate wine'?
A Cool climate is a term that gets thrown around a lot. I guess I don’t think strictly about just the climate of a region when looking to make or choose a wine as I think there are so many elements outside of climate that contribute to the resultant wine. The Adelaide Hills, where Shaw + Smith is located, is a region with higher altitudes than our neighbours in McLaren Vale and the Barossa, with micro-climates that are perfect for making elegant wines. We're not trying to impose ourselves too much on the wines – we're letting the fruit express the sites that it comes from. When I think about cooler regions and the attributes I like, I think of spicy reds and lively whites – wines of structure and finesse. With careful site selection, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and shiraz are particularly well-suited to the cool conditions of the region. Likewise, our new Tolpuddle vineyard in Tasmania is really exciting for us with chardonnay and pinot noir performing well in this particular climate. These wines will be launched this October. Q
What is your best advice on buying cool climate wines?
A If you have the opportunity to visit a wine region, speak with the winemakers, as they will know exactly what works on their own patches of dirt. Helpful sommeliers and wine waiters are also a very valuable resource when choosing a wine from a region you are not familiar with. Understand the ‘hero’ varieties in each region (the varieties that are most suited to the region) by asking a wine retailer that you can trust. Q
Why are people tending to drink these lighter, crisper styles now as opposed to big full-bodied reds and whites?
A I like to think that the food movement in Australia has seen us really embrace these food-friendly wine styles as they work perfectly on the table. Depending on the mood and the dish, medium body, structured wines work well in many combinations.
Shaw + Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2010 and Savignon Blac 2012.
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bits & bites
What’s new to cook with – or to eat or drink Express your creativity and indulge in a sweet treat that combines both biscuits and ice cream with this Cuisipro Mini ice cream sandwich maker. Easy to use, it cuts, scoops and presses into three shapes – circles, hearts and stars. With no sharp edges, it’s safe for children to use and is dishwasher safe, $19.95 from Zimba.
If you love gourmet olive oil, you’ll love this Eliunt collection of extra-virgin olive oils, cleverly packaged in 60ml tubes. There's an exotic mix of flavours from ten regions around the world including Sonoma (USA), Olivar (Spain), Anfora (Italy), Athena (Greece), Mount Ida (Turkey), Ahiram (Lebanon), Holy Oil (Jordan), Oasis (Tunisia), Tradico (Portugal) and Vitality (Australia), each with a unique flavour, colour and aroma. Available in three- and five-packs, or as an allencompassing compendium of the entire range, you can purchase either online from www.eliunt.com or from kiosks at Westfield Bondi Junction and Hornsby.
It began as a limited edition but due to popular demand Twinings has decided to keep the Australian Afternoon tea blend in its permanent range. This vibrant tea is described as ‘brisk and lively, perfect for afternoon cuppas and was chosen by public vote as a tea that best reflects the taste of Australia. Available in boxes of 10 or 100 teabags and in 125-gram loose-leaf tea packs, find it in leading supermarkets nationally. Dessert is suddenly a much healthier, and desirable, option with the introduction of a new super-indulgent Cloud 9 frozen yoghurt. Made with no artificial colours or flavours, there are three yummy flavours including Vanilla Heaven with raspberry coullis and chocolate fudge pieces, Strawberry Dream with real fruit chunks and biscuit pieces and Limoncello Bliss with a lemon curd swirl.
Every kitchen needs a good microplane! Now Microplane have introduced a new Elite style with inclusions such as a curved grating plate that is safer to use and a transparent catcher/measuring cup that can be clipped to the underside. Choose from four models – Fine for zesting fruits and grating nutmeg and hard cheeses; the Ribbon for shredding chocolate and coconut; Coarse for hard cheeses and vegetables plus ginger and garlic; and Extra Coarse for hard cheeses and vegetables – all $42.95 each.
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Home at last
A STATEMENT Whether itâ€™s a massive mirror, designer bathtub or a heart-stopping chandelier, a statement piece should make a huge statement about your home. â€“ Margaret Megard
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Your Guide to French Country Style! Country Home Ideas is a home decorating magazine that provides the ultimate guide to creating a country...
Published on Jan 17, 2014
Your Guide to French Country Style! Country Home Ideas is a home decorating magazine that provides the ultimate guide to creating a country...