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4 1 MUST HAVE The Hay for Ikea YPPERLIG range is here!

2 4 SET THE TABLE Elegant tableware, glasses and ceramics to help you create a welcoming spread

4 2 LUST HAVE A classic shelving cube from the ’70s has been given a modern update

3 1 TRENDS We take design inspiration from some of Sydney’s hottest night spots

3 6 LOOKBOOKS Gorgeous tomes to adorn your coffee table

3 8 BEHIND THE SCENES: IN BED The popular lifestyle brand gives us a sneak peek at the shoot for its latest campaign

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HOME S 8 4 CABIN FEVER The Three Birds Renovations team transform a shabby caravan in NSW into a beautiful riverside weekender

5 0 NEIGHBOURHOOD: MIAMI

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Pristine beaches and a sense of community are tempting a new wave of young creatives and families to this Queensland suburb

The co-founder of Hunting For George and her partner have worked hard to put their own personal spin on this Melbourne rental

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Staycation in style by bringing an exotic resort feel to your own backyard

A dated house on the Bellarine Peninsula is turned into a colourful family-friendly home

6 4 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE We meet the sisters who created bohemian fashion brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective

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132 NOTED 12 8 HINDSIGHT: TROPICAL OASIS Forward planning helped this family reno in Collaroy Plateau, NSW, to run smoothly

13 8 THE RULES: TABLE SETTINGS

14 8 SO YOU WANT TO BE ON THE BLOCK? Former Blockheads share their top tips

17 8 FULL STOP Five minutes with Scandi brand Muuto’s head of design, Christian Grosen

How to set the mood for any dining occasion

14 0 MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE Our resident funnyman Tim Ross on the emotionally fraught realities of entertaining

14 2 TWELVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON… YOUR RENO The ladies from Three Birds Renovations share their clever cost-cutting tips

14 4 REAL PETS: GIRL’S BEST FRIEND We play fetch with Staffordshire terrier Dillon and her owner, The Undone’s Georgia Martin

14 6 MONEY MOVES TO MAKE Money magazine’s Effie Zahos on how to save cash when buying or selling a home @reallivingmag

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WA NDER 15 3 ROAD TRIP: MORNINGTON PENINSULA For the second part of our Mini roadtrip, we discover the delights of this picturesque area

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16 1 ALOHA, POKE! Fill your bowl with the fresh flavours of this healthy food trend from Hawaii

GROW 16 9 HOT POTS Our pick of seriously stylish plant pots

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new dream kitchens plan “Our kitchen looked like it had been plucked from the 60’s! It was interesting working with the unique space in our kitchen and trying to visualise a completely different design.”

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“Once we decided to remove the archway, we were then able to open the kitchen right up and reconfigure the layout to include pantries and a longer island in the centre – this made use of the width of the space.”

- Ashley

Ashley and Blake moved into their suburban townhouse with the goal to rejuvenate the entire place within a year. Like the rest of the home, their existing kitchen featured an outdated colour scheme and didn’t have a lot of storage space. It was time to begin their changeover!

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“We stuck to a contemporary colour scheme throughout our house and used raw textures as feature points.”

“We tried to make the kitchen transition as quick and easy as possible. We stocked up on homecooked meals in the freezer that were reheated in the microwave on a regular basis to get us through!”

“What a change this new kitchen has made to the way we’re now able to utilise and interact in this space. I can’t say I miss the fluorescent green benchtop…”

- Ashley

“It was handy that we were able to pick up a few colour swatch samples at our local Bunnings to take home and experiment with the whole colour scheme in our space. We ended up choosing the kaboodle euro oak timber benchtop as a feature for the island, and their yamaroo benchtops for the rest of the kitchen.”

- Blake

- Ashley

“After we removed the older kitchen, we knocked down the arch, new flooring was installed, and then came the new flat pack kitchen. Our configuration was pretty straightforward and we had a lot of space to move which made it easier to install the kitchen.”

- Blake

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“When you step into the room it feels like you’re in a completely different house! We’ve gone from something ancient, to something totally contemporary and visually pleasing.”

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the end result “When you step into the room it feels like you’re in a completely different house!” - Ashley


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Call of the wild Pillowme Zebra print pillow cover, $97.80, Etsy.

Hot seat Honoré Deco “Croisette” Cotton armchair in White, $1190, Bastille and Sons.

Floral fantasy Emma’s celebrating the approach of summer at our cover shoot – see page 56 for instant feel-good vibes.

Floor play Deco Flower tile rug in Light Blue (60.9cm x 1.219m), $245, Bonnie and Neil.

Pot of gold Fox & Ramona concrete planter in Gold, $45 for medium, Life Interiors.

COME AND MEET ME!

Art and interiors powerhouse Fenton&Fenton is bringing its immersive Home Away From Home event to Sydney’s Rosebery, and we’d love to see you there. I’ll be running a bunch of talks with leading industry experts, who will share their best interior styling secrets. While you’re there, take in the curated collection of Australian artworks from 23 local artists, check out Fenton&Fenton’s new Riad collection of outdoor furniture, and much more. Running from October 20 to 29; see Fentonandfenton. com.au for details.

IT’S MAGICAL HOW CUES FROM NATURE can completely change your mood. Only a couple of months ago, everyone I spoke to seemed to be crawling towards 2017’s finish line. Then suddenly, the days get longer, the jacarandas begin to shower glorious purple rain on the footpath and you feel confident in swapping out the winter doona for the summer one. Before you know it, you’re counting the weeks until school breaks up, looking forward to long lunches in the backyard that roll into silly suppers and workshopping where to get away for a week in January. I really wanted to capture that unexpected rush of energy and optimism with this issue. If you’re not quite there yet, our cover story on page 56 – a guide to recreating a holiday vibe at home – should have you ready to roll out the outdoor rugs and pop a bottle of rosé. And if that still doesn’t do it for you, we drop in on three gorgeous, distinctly Australian homes, all of which have been filled with colour and styled with joy. Until next month…

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Amy Winehouse: Back To Black I love Amy’s style, it’s a musical cocktail of pop, soul, jazz and reggae. The perfect blend for a fun night in with friends.

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Vance Joy: Dream Your Life Away Even though I live nowhere near the beach, I love having some coastal tunes playing in the background.

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Louis Armstrong: Ultimate Cool My partner and I love jazz… it’s Louis all the way!

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THIS PAGE Tommy Hilfiger Academy quilt cover in 100% cotton, 300 thread count, $49.95 to $349.95, single to king size, shown in Navy. Also available in Grey. Tommy Hilfiger College Plaid sheet set, cotton rich, $119.95 to $199.95, single to king size. OPPOSITE PAGE Belle style director-at-large Steve Cordony. OPPOSITE PAGE Tommy Hilfiger Signature Towelling range, $12.95 to $44.95 in various colours. Washer, bath mat, hand towel and bath towel available.

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Preppy classics The Tommy Hilfiger embroidered logo is a feature on all flat sheets and pillow cases. Coordinating fashion cushions and throws complete the collection. .

Soft touches Signature Supreme towels are available in luxurious 100% cotton and six colour ways and all feature the Tommy Hilfiger logo embroidery.

TO M M Y HIL FIGER IS A N A ME synonymous with classic, all-American style, melding old-school refinement with a contemporary, carefree spirit. “It’s an attitude,” says Tommy Hilfiger. “It’s classic, it’s American, it’s cool.” This ethos has been deftly translated from the brand’s iconic sportswear to its collections for the home, including bedding, towels and accessories, all realised with preppy panache. Inspired by the ‘Summer of Love’, the latest offering is a nostalgic take on Americana with a sun-soaked palette recalling 1960s Californian beach culture. From quilt covers embossed with the brand’s insignia and matched with premium sheet sets, to cushions, throws, bath and beach towels, the range evokes the freedom of the West Coast in those halcyon days with a distinctly Tommy Hilfiger twist. “The signature palette of red, white and blue is so recognisable and American, yet also speaks to the Australian sensibility and our love for all things nautical,” says stylist Steve Cordony. “I wanted to show how Tommy Hilfiger design elements translate effortlessly from fashion to interiors.”

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Down time “When we weren’t working, we did a lot of eating!” Pip says. “The seafood in Portugal is incredible and there are so many amazing restaurants – we were spoilt for choice.”

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Where better to showcase your new bedlinen range than in the city where it was made? That was the thinking of In Bed founder Pip Vassett, who travelled to the Santa Clara 1728 hotel in Lisbon, Portugal, for the brand’s latest campaign shoot. “Our factory is based in Portugal and has a rich history of manufacturing, so we really wanted to tell its story. And the Santa Clara is pretty much the dream hotel destination, with its seamless combination of old and new.”

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A SOFT TOUCH ALL THE TEXTILES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED WITH COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY IN MIND. THE THROWS COME WITH AN ANTIPILLING FINISH WHILE MOST OF THE CUSHION COVERS HAVE DIFFERENT PATTERNS ON EACH SIDE.

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THE LOWDOWN THE PANTON WIRE CUBE WAS DESIGNED BY VERNER PANTON IN 1971, BUT NOW DANISH STORAGE COMPANY MONTANA HAS TAKEN OVER PRODUCTION – AND TAKEN THE DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THE LATEST LIMITED-EDITION VERSION IS IN GOLD, ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT YOU CAN ALSO GET IT IN BLACK, SNOW, MOULIN ROUGE AND CHROME-PLATED STEEL.

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BEACHES, A SENSE OF HUMOUR and anything to do with John Farnham – three things that Australians are mad about. And you’ll find them all in this seaside suburb. The name alone conjures up visions of long, sandy stretches, which the suburb enjoys in spades (beaches, tick). And the locals are happy to admit their name comes with a certain gravitas. Chinese restaurant Miami Rice knows it. The now-defunct Miami Ice factory knew it as well (sense of humour, tick). And John Farnham liked it so much he filmed his Two Strong Hearts video in front of the aforementioned ice factory back in 1988 (Farnsy, tick). While those halcyon days may be over, there’s a new breed of artists now calling Miami home – like Stephanie Lawson, 42, owner of Canvas Espresso & Home and Grow Wild Workshops. Having worked as an art director all over the world – from California and London to Munich and Costa Rica – she’s settled for a laidback life with daughters Anais, seven, and Vega, two. “When I moved here, Miami was relatively unknown,” Stephanie says. “I used to skate a long board on the warm summer nights with no one around, but not any more!” Stephanie opened her store in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. “Miami Beach is an awesome, clean beach for swimming and long walks, and a great surf spot for consistent waves,” she says. “Plus we see whales swim past every year! We’re very lucky.” A real living

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“The atmosphere is ultra-relaxed, but we’re also a tight-knit community where families really look out for and appreciate each other.”

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WHERE WILL I FIND IT? Miami sits around seven kilometres south of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast Highway and roughly 17 kilometres from the Queensland/New South Wales border. Sam Westaway, sales consultant from First National On The Coast, says this is what makes it so enticing. “Suburbs on the Southern end of the Gold Coast have become extremely popular, and Miami is no exception,” he says. “The location is perfect.” And you know what they say about real estate and location… “It’s a cliché, I know,” Sam says. “But it’s true. Miami is only a five- or 10-minute drive to Broadbeach and another 10 minutes to Surfers Paradise. Wherever you buy in Miami you can walk to the beach, cafes and parks.” Conal Martin, principal at Kingfisher Realty, agrees. “It’s in close proximity to the airport, M1 and train stations, but has a great beachside vibe away from the hustle and bustle. Miami also has a great range of amenities or is in very close proximity to them,” he says. “And while it’s certainly attracting lots of attention, some parts of the suburb are still being discovered – compared to its well-known neighbours, Miami remains a relatively hidden gem.” @reallivingmag

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WHAT WILL YOU FIND THERE? Holiday-makers on the hunt for a sea change. In fact, with more than triple the amount of visits per property than the Queensland average, demand is high. Just over 40 per cent of residents are renters, while one-quarter of dwellings are units and the rest free-standing or semi-detached houses. A public high school makes it an easy move for families, and locals love the Miami Marketta – a burgeoning music and street food venue. “They have food trucks, tapas, loads of boutique stores and it’s family friendly,” Stephanie explains. WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE LIKE? Despite the fact there’s more money in the suburb than ever, the chilled vibe remains. “People still wear trackpants to get the bread,” Stephanie says. With young singles now moving to the area in droves, the median age has dropped to just 36. “There’s been a demographic shift over the past few years,” Conal confirms. “We see a lot of young couples, young families and young adults moving into the area. It’s more affordable than neighbouring Burleigh and Mermaid, so it’s more appealing to a younger demographic.” As for what’s to come, the only way is up. “The light rail network is extending south in 2020 and will be a huge bonus,” Conal says. “The suburb is still on the rise.” A real living

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(3) (4) BEST COFFEE Canvas Espresso & Home (3) Shop 7/2221 Gold Coast Highway Go for: a caffeine fix in a communal setting or one of the art, drawing or meditation classes that also take place on site. “Plus, there’s amazing design books to pore over,” Stephanie says. BEST RESTAURANT Greenhouse Canteen + Bar (4) 1916 Gold Coast Highway Go for: vegan delights like zucchini flowers and chickpea fries. “The locals in Miami are pretty healthy and a lot of us are vegan,” Stephanie says. “This place is testament to cruelty-free yummy dining.” (6)

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TABLE SERVICE Florence dining table in Natural, $795, The Family Love Tree. Missoni Home Miss Upholstered dining chairs, $1795 each, Spence & Lyda. ON TABLE Maison Balzac “J’ai Soif” carafe and glass in Pink, $59, Bastille and Sons. Vases and flowers, Hermetica Flowers. ON FLOOR Athena Jade cement tiles (20cm x 20cm), $129 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. Pots and plants, Garden Life. MODEL WEARS bandeau swimsuit, $179.95, Jets. Skirt, $180, Bec & Bridge. Sandals, $399, and belt, $189, Ginger & Smart. Hat, $80, Búl. A real living

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GONE EXPLORING Sommer bike in White, $599, Papillionaire Bicycles. Flowers, Hermetica Flowers. MODEL WEARS dress, $299, Country Road. Shoes, $70, Bensimon. Sunglasses, $293, Elizabeth and James. OPPOSITE Honoré Décoration “Croisette” outdoor armchair in White, $1290, Bastille and Sons. Mastholmen side table, $59, Ikea. ON CHAIR Escape to Paradise “Paradise” velvet cushion in Emerald, $79, Life Interiors. Flowers, Hermetica Flowers. ON SIDE TABLE Cariso Champagne cooler, $125, The Vignette Room. Domaine Tropez rosé, $39.30, Quattro. Hipped Glassware white wine glass, $12, West Elm. Tray, $39.99, H&M. ON FLOOR Loom Anatolian vintage ZM rug (3.1m x 1.95m), $3500, Koskela. Fringed block-printed cushion with Chindi in Blue/White, $105, Ruby Star Traders. A

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POOLSIDE GLAM Bonnie and Neil Curve Buff Rust cushion, $195, The Lifestyle Edit. Tea Rose Pink cushion, $220, Bonnie and Neil. Modern Geometric bone inlay tray in Black (40cm x 30cm), $345, Ruby Star Traders. Pimp My T2 large teapot in Black, $78, Pimp My T2 sugar bowl in Black, $30, Pimp My T2 teaspoon, $18, and Moondance Gold Tiger tumbler, $18, T2. Matthew Williamson Sunbird fabric in Grass/Cerise, $285 per m, Seneca Textiles. OPPOSITE Judd Old Elm side tables, $390 each, MCM House. ON TABLES Tezza high bowl, $145, Jardan. Kip&Co resin salad servers in Navy, $79, Life Interiors. Bone inlay tray, as before. Pimp My T2 teapot, as before. Moondance Gold Tiger tumbler, as before. Fungi dish in purple, $70, and shell spoon, $25, Dinosaur Designs. Colourful Life Berry Fantasy dinner plates, $39.95 each, Villeroy & Boch. Sicily Floral Multi napkins, $125 for set of 6, Bonnie and Neil. Smith cutlery in Gold, $54 for 5-piece set, West Elm. Green Copper Tome tray, $210, The DEA Store. Pimp My T2 milk jug in Black, $28, and Pimp My T2 sugar bowl, as before. ON WALLSEAT Fabric, as before. Fringed block-printed cushion with Chindi in Pale Pink/White, $105, Ruby Star Traders. Bonnie and Neil Curve Buff Rust cushion, as before. Escape to Paradise “Paradise” velvet cushion in Emerald, $79, as before. Tea Rose pink cushion, as before. MODEL WEARS blouse, $245, Kaliver. Bikini top, $100, and briefs, $110, Palm Swimwear. Sandals, $399, Ginger & Smart. Hat, $80, Búl.


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LAWN PARTY Sika Bella Donna sofa with Missoni Home Teton #211 fabric, $3020, Spence & Lyda. ON SEAT Bonnie and Neil pom pom cushion, $155, and Daisy Pink cushion, $155, The Lifestyle Edit. ON GROUND Loom Moroccan Boucherouite rug (1.3m x 2m), $1450, Koskela. Hummingbird Boujad rug (2.6m x 1.53m), $1575, Tigmi Trading. Vintage Moroccan rug (2.4m x 1.27m), $2500, MCM House. Marais cushion, $125, The Lifestyle Edit. Escape to Paradise “Paradise” velvet cushion in Rust, $79, Life Interiors. Fringed block-printed cushion with Chindi in Pale Pink/White, $105, Ruby Star Traders. MODEL WEARS dress, $299, Country Road. Shoes, $70, Bensimon. Sunglasses, $293, Elizabeth and James. R

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Humble beginnings As business boomed for creative sisters Isabella and Lizzy, they decided to consolidate their entire team in the one place. “It’s the first time we’ve had 45 people under one roof,” Lizzy says. “Having the collective energy in the office has been so positive.”

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Made to measure Isabella’s office boasts custom clothing racks that were made by a local craftsman to accommodate the brand’s iconic maxi dresses. Work desks were also custom made to fit in with the rustic interiors.

CALL IT INTUITION, CALL IT MAGIC – Elizabeth (Lizzy) Abegg and Isabella (Spelly) Pennefather have an uncanny knack for manifesting their destiny. From the spontaneous decision to work together to utilising the powers of Instagram, they even managed to turn their vision of finding the perfect office space into a reality. “Isabella and I went for a walk around an old industrial estate and saw this place with its big old balcony,” Lizzy recalls. “We said to the guy who was here, ‘Are you leaving?’ and he said, ‘No way.’” But seven years later, the girls and their team of 45 now call the former timber chopping board factory home. It’s had a face lift, and now has a crisp white palette interspersed with Moroccan-style archways and exotic A

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furnishings. “We played on the original features and added natural elements,” Lizzy says. “We’re surrounded by factories so we wanted to bring a feminine softness and warmth.” With just one flagship store in Byron Bay, Spell has caught the attention of fans and celebrities around the globe, largely thanks to its extraordinary Instagram following. Even in the early days, Lizzy knew the app would be perfect for taking their wares to the world. “We used to do a lot of blogging and then Instagram came along and suddenly we had a platform for all this content. It was great,” she says. R

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10 QUESTIONS WITH LIZZY ABEGG AND ISABELLA PENNEFATHER 1. What are you currently working on? Lizzy: “Our newest collection, Lionheart.” 2. Where’s the strangest place you’ve found inspiration? Lizzy: “Camping. I have this overwhelming urge to decorate using things from the landscape. I try to make it beautiful, then go home and carry that on in the house.” 3. What’s one thing you’ve owned longer than anything else? Lizzy: “My sisters and I started a ‘life book’ when we were around 12 and every year we’d do an entry. There are montages of Twin Peaks and The Little Mermaid, and pictures of Nathan Harvey from Girlfriend magazine. As adults we’ve kept it going. It’s like treasure tucked away in the back of the bookshelf.”

5. What’s it like working with your sister? Isabella: “It’s great to own a business with someone you completely trust and someone who you couldn’t do without.” 6. Who’s always right? Isabella: “Lizzy! Ha! But we both have our moments.” 7. Do you have creative differences? Lizzy: “Isabella is very ‘more is more’ and sometimes I’m ‘less is more’. But we balance each other out.” 8. If you could own any artwork what would it be? Lizzy: “I discovered an artist called Ulrike Arnold while I was staying at Amangiri [resort] in Utah this year. She does these incredible desert palettes on canvas.” Isabella: “An original photograph of Kate Moss from her days shooting with Corinne Day.”

Raw materials The sisters love the use of wood and greenery in the space. Inspiration starts here Pin boards provide a visual reminder of how much the Spell & Gypsy Collective team have achieved.

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9. Best decorating tip? Lizzy: “Collect things on your travels because they will always mean something to you.” 10. What piece of advice would you give your younger self? Isabella: “Manifest as much as you can. We’ve both learnt that every time we ask for something, we get it.”

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4. Where did you grow up? Isabella: “Cheltenham in Melbourne, Victoria. The shopping centre next door was where they filmed Kath & Kim.”


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I N TH E FR A M E TV in the bedroom? Yes please! Especially when it looks like an artwork when not in use. The new Samsung The Frame TV has a library of art, or you can showcase your own pictures on the screen, making it blend perfectly with your interior. Samsung.com.au

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Tommy Hilfiger has just released a new homewares range and it has all the linen you could want for a holiday at home. For example: (A) TH Mono Grosgrain Flange cushion 45cm, $69.95. (B) Grey Academy quilt cover set, $239.95. (C) TH Robinson Knots oblong cushion, $99.95. Available at selected David Jones and Myer stores.


Give your home the perfect ‘face lift’ with the elegance, style and sophistication of CustoMade Plantation Shutters are new Shutters remain functional, beautiful and give you total peace of mind for many years to come.

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NEW tableware SET THE TABLE The entertaining season is upon us and it’s time to up your tableware game. If monochrome with a dose of timber is your look, head on over to Freedom for a beaut range of dinnerware, serving utensils and trays. Freedom.com.au

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EYE SPY Elk has a new range of sunglasses, and we love ’em! Made from translucent acetate, they’re bang on trend for summer. Go bold with the Blue or chic with the Champagne colour. $149 a pair. Elkaccessories.com.au

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PARTY ANIMAL If your dinner parties get a bit wild, don’t worry, Basil Bangs (of beach umbrella fame) has your table covered. They’ve married Teflon technology with outdoor canvases so the tablecloths and placemats are soft, but the stain resistance is next level. Basilbangs.com R

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HARVEY NORMAN’S RANGE OF AUSTRALIAN-MADE FURNITURE LETS YOU CUSTOMISE PIECES TO SUIT ANY INTERIOR STYLE, WITH QUALITY FABRICS IN A WIDE RANGE OF COLOURS AND A SELECTION OF STAINED TIMBER FINISHES.

Langham Australian-Made 3-Seater Fabric Sofa.^ Upholstered in Linderman Aqua.

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Lombardozzi Australian-Made 4-Door/3-Draw 207cm Buf fet.^

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CUSTOMISE YOUR DINING TABLE. CHOOSE YOUR:

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Fabric Select your ideal fabric from our extensive range of textiles.

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Eastern Australian-Made 4-Seater Fabric Sofa^ Upholstered in Jarvis Denim.

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Eastern Australian-Made Ottoman.^

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CUSTOMISE YOUR DINING TABLE. CHOOSE YOUR:

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Homewares: Blue Bull Print ^ 115x85cm, $399. Sands Table Lamp^, $149. Beau Cosy Medium Rug in 56708/272, $499. (Additional items are stylist ’s own).


Oakdale Australian-Made Arm Chair.^ Upholstered in Dolce Midnight Jacquard.

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Lombardozzi Australian-Made Hall Table With Wine Rack.^

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Brandon Australian Made Lamp Table.^ Homewares: Gentle Care Print ^ 100x100cm, $399. Freya Cushion in Camel, $29.95 . (Additional items are stylist ’s own).

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CHOOSE FROM A NUMBER OF CUSTOMISED OPTIONS TO MAKE THE PIECE TRULY YOURS.


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Zenith Australian-Made 2. 5-Seater Fabric Sofa^ Upholstered in Expanding Lead Fabric with Hamlet Niagra Accent Cushions

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Homewares: Blake Table Lamp, $149. (Additional items are stylist ’s own).

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C A B I N BLACK WALLS, PINK TILES AND A CARAVAN – THE LATEST THREE BIRDS RENO PROVES THAT BREAKING THE RULES CAN SOMETIMES DELIVER PERFECT RESULTS

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The new black The Three Birds chose a bold black, pink and gold exterior colour scheme to stand out against the surrounding environment. The walls are painted Dulux Weathershield “Black” and the caravan has been painted Dulux Weathershield “Porcellana”. Surface value Scyon Axon wall cladding has been used inside and out, while solid brass wall sconces from Beacon Lighting add a luxe touch. A

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WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD “CARAVAN”, you probably conjure up visions of budget holidays, cramped spaces and grey nomads. But when the reno wizzes at Three Birds Renovations were presented with a rundown beige caravan set on the muddy banks of a NSW river, they immediately saw its potential and set about turning it into the ultimate weekender. “What drew us to the project was the challenge of doing such a small space in a colour palette that was really different to anything we’ve done,” says Lana Taylor, director at Three Birds. “We had to think creatively to make the space beautiful but also practical, so it could sleep as many people as possible.” A WOMAN’S TOUCH Gone is the Birds’ usual all-white coastal vibe and instead, black fibre-cement cladding dominates with an interior palette of gold, green, black and pink. “To us, the concept of a river shack felt quite masculine, so we wanted to pretty it up, which you see as soon as you arrive and spot the bright pink caravan,” Lana says. CLEVER TRICKS Another surprise addition is the vinyl flooring. “Twenty years ago you would’ve just thought ‘yuck’, but vinyl flooring has come a long way,” Lana says. “We chose vinyl planks because they’re really durable, don’t scratch, are water-resistant and easy to clean, which was so important with lots of muddy feet coming through.” With the brief of sleeping as many bodies as possible, the shack has many dual-purpose spaces that transform into places to sleep at night. This comes by way of considered furniture choices and clever uses of space, like the day beds that convert to sleeping quarters and the ottoman that folds out to a bed. HOW’S THE SERENITY? And then, of course, there’s the real star: the river. “It was all about the river for us, so the whole home is designed to make sure that wherever you’re sitting, you have a great vantage point,” Lana says. That’s what we call a room with a view. R

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CIRCULAR ACCENTS HELP SOFTEN AN OTHERWISE ANGULAR SPACE.

Clever seating Bench seats offer storage and maximise the space at hand. Vinyl floorboards from Godfrey Hirst flow throughout, while a Paloma mirror, table and stools from Zanui and a pendant from Opaque Handcrafted blend in seamlessly. Crowded house With such a small space to work with, the girls had the kitchen (opposite) custom made by Carrera by Design. It features Fisher & Paykel appliances, a Caesarstone benchtop in Vanilla Noir and Luxaflex aluminium shutters. The artwork is by Simon Davidson, the rug comes from Marr-Kett, the gold stools are Space to Create and the dining setting is from Gallery Home. A

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SMALL SPACE, MAXIMUM IMPACT The Three Birds share their top tips for getting the most out of a tiny space. H I D D E N S T O R A G E “Bench seats are great for creating storage,

and we even built additional storage under the custom bunk beds.” K E E P T H E K I T C H E N O P E N “In a small kitchen, consider not having overhead cabinetry so the space feels open. We did this in the River Shack and it made the bench feel much more airy and spacious.” J O I N I N S I D E A N D O U T “If you have limited indoor space, use your outside space to make everything feel bigger. Put in bi-fold doors to create a wide opening onto an undercover deck, or consider installing a servery from the kitchen.”

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LESS IS MORE WITH PINK – DULUX PAINT IN “PARCHMENT PAPER” IS A SUBTLE OPTION.

Raise the roof In an eye-catching move, the walls and curved ceiling of the master bedroom were covered with Watercolour Strelitzia wallpaper from Luxe Walls. A hanging rattan pendant from Newrybar Merchants casts a glow over the Cultiver bedlinen and bedhead from Heatherly Design. Dark side Black details add some edge to an otherwise feminine pink bathroom (opposite) – think penny rounds from Amber Tiles, a Caroma showerhead, Dorf mixer tap and Caesarstone vanity top in Vanilla Noir. The pink feature wall tiles are also from Amber Tiles. A real living

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Quiet corner Just one example of using available space for a multitude of purposes, this window seat converts to a bed at night, with handy storage underneath. The walls have been painted in Dulux “Parchment Paper”, the custom cushions are by Grace Garrett and the tasselled throw is from Sea Tribe. Great outdoors An additional deck was built on the riverbank – and Erin, Lana and Bonnie were happy to test it out. HardieDeck decking is framed by Dulux Weathershield “Black” walls, while gold stools from Space to Create and Alboo armchairs provide a place to perch.

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See the light Arch windows flood the living room with natural light, and keep the couple’s indoor plants thriving. A decorative wooden Alaia surfboard rests next to the Nook sofa from Jardan; the coffee table, cushions, throw, ottoman and rug are all from Hunting For George. Sitting pretty Everything on the mantelpiece has sentimental value, from Lucy’s first tennis trophy to her beloved John Lennon portrait. She handmade the weaving herself. A

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Cheers to that! The couple love the Grazia & Co sideboard, which conceals their booze collection. “It makes for a good party trick when we lift the lid to reveal all its treasures,� Lucy laughs.

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YOU DON’T NEED TO own a home to put your own stamp on it. Take creative couple Lucy Glade-Wright and Jonno Rodd. They rent their two-bedroom apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, and it’s bursting with personality. “There was a queue of potential tenants at the inspection,” Lucy recalls. “But as soon as I saw those arched windows, I knew we had to have it!” MODERN RETRO The pair behind homewares store Hunting For George (Lucy is co-founder and Jonno is marketing manager) moved into the art-deco home five years ago. “We wanted to modernise it while having nostalgic pieces that maintain the building’s heritage,” Lucy says. Her grandmother’s old record player, retro chairs found on the side of the road and Polaroid cameras helped to achieve this. HOME STORE Much of the furniture and homewares are from the store. Clean lines and muted colours mix with timber, leather and linen. “I bring home products I designed so I can get a better understanding of them,” Lucy says. A second record player in the living area is a much-loved item. “If we’re at home we’ll pop on a record or watch a movie and crank up the volume.” SMALL CHANGES The couple made minor changes with permission from the owner. Light fittings were replaced and most of the rooms were painted. Rugs, artworks and plants help to disguise anything they can’t change – for now. Calm and collected “We prefer calm tones for the bedroom. If we want to add colour I change the quilt cover,” Lucy says. The artwork above the bed is by graffiti street artist Doctor and features the words “young love never ages”. The linen quilt cover set, table lamp and art print are all from Hunting For George. A real living

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SEVENTIES FLORAL CARPETS, an orange retro kitchen and missionbrown bricks would send most house hunters running for the hills. But Kip&Co co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke saw past this dated decor in a tiny house on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, and visualised what would be her future family home. Within weeks of buying the house, Hayley and her builder husband James began demolition. Fast forward two years and their Scandi-meets-Aussie renovation is complete. IT’S ALL ABOUT HUE Working in the design biz, Hayley knows a thing or two about interiors, and for her own house, there was no question it would embrace the same playful colour palettes the Kip&Co brand is known for. “I was born with a love for colour and pattern. I’ve always been drawn to them,” Hayley says. “I wanted to create a space that had a calm, feminine energy, so I chose shades of pink for some of the walls in our kitchen area and bathrooms.” And what does James think about the rosy hues? “He’s not fussed with the colour of the walls as he knows only too well that I generally win those battles!” Hayley says. GIVE AND TAKE That said, renovating a home didn’t come without its challenges for the couple. “We would butt heads here and there, mainly with my requests for things like round plaster ceilings and archways. James would tell me certain things weren’t in the budget,” Hayley says. “I fought hard for my one steel archway between the kitchen and butler’s pantry/laundry. And now James loves it!” CHILD’S PLAY While James may be happy to take a back seat when it comes to the style of the house, the kids were adamant they wanted a say. The boys helped their dad design their bunk beds and Chloe chose the paint colours for her room. Hayley says there was a method to her madness. “I only gave them a handful of options – a mum edit!” As a result, Hayley loves the space they’ve created together. “Our home is user-friendly and built for a family. I’m not precious about ‘things’ as they aren’t really what’s important in life, after all,” she says. R

First impressions The home’s entryway is a sign of things to come: splashes of colour and beautiful American oak parquetry that flows throughout. A photo from The Artwork Stylist hangs next to a vintage yellow coat stand. Family gathering The “heartbeat of the home”, the kitchen features a variety of different textures, including concrete panelling for the walls and plaster painted in the softest pink. Meeting place The main living area is home to a comfy, velvet-covered couch and eyecatching artworks including one by Aboriginal artist Margaret Scobie. Wash up Hayley wanted the kids’ bathroom to look and feel like a pool. The navy tiles are pool tiles and James crafted the concrete vanity. Twit twoo Hayley purchased the cute bird painting when she was in New York. It sits above a window seat in the master bedroom. Making a splash The pool – decked out with yellow Ikea chairs – is bigger than it seems. “We’ve had 14 kids in there at one time before,” Hayley says. A real living

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Play time The kids’ playroom is painted in “Iris White” by Haymes Paint. Pretty gemstone wall hooks by Kip&Co adorn the walls and hold a collection of eye-catching accessories. The daybed is from The Rattan Collective.

SOFT CUSHIONS AND THROWS CREATE AN INVITING SPOT TO SIT AND READ A BOOK.

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Texture and warmth The oors in the kitchen are American oak parquetry. Hayley has added colour with stools from Clickon Furniture and a rug from Kip&Co. Copper pendants from Weylandts add warm tones, and the epic oven is from Belling. A

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HAYLEY’S SECRETS TO THE PERFECT FAMILY HOME From location to design, this home ticks all the boxes for a growing brood 1 F U N F U R N I T U R E “James built the bunk beds for the boys – they double as

a pirate ship, baddies’ base and cubby house, just to name a few!” 2 F O O D , G L O R I O U S F O O D “Our giant kitchen bench doubles as a dining table and

servery. I’m trying to instil good eating and appreciation of food in our kids – we have so many fond memories of meals and good times with friends and family.” 3 H I D I N G P L A C E “I’d like to change up the loft at some stage and convert it into a parents’ retreat, complete with lounge, open-plan bathroom, office and bedroom.” 4 T H I N K A B O U T C O M M U N I T Y “We moved closer to town and the school so we could ride our bikes and be a part of the ‘village’ life that our little seaside town offers.”

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Blush hour On the other side of a fireplace, Hayley and James created a reading nook where the family chill out and play Uno or the kids will play guitar. The leather armchair is from Dare Gallery and the beautiful vintage lamp was bought by Hayley’s parents 45 years ago. And the standout feature wall is painted in “Pearl Lilac” by Haymes Paint. Set in stone In Chloe’s ensuite, the striking stone wall tiles were sourced especially by Beaumont Tiles. The towels are Kip&Co, naturally, and the concrete vanity was another of James’s creations. Into the deep The walls in the boys’ bedroom have been painted in “Copen Blue” and the ceiling in “Blue Wash” by Haymes Paint – a great backdrop for their bespoke “pirate ship” bunk bed. Hayley bought the tartan carpet in the UK. All the bedlinen is Kip&Co. A

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Hanging ’round The loft is used as a spare room for family and friends, who can relax in the swing chair from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs. The couple put in some round windows throughout. “I have always had an affinity for round windows and curved walls,” Hayley says. “They add a real softness and ambience to a space.” @reallivingmag

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eggshell wall light in the master bedroom. “These guys are my absolute favourite lighting designers. Very elegant and very cool,” she says. Hayley’s bedside table is topped with rose quartz from India. The stallion head is vintage and the painting is by Victorian artist Sam Michelle. All bedlinen is from Kip&Co, of course. A

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Raise the roof The house has a Scandinavian look from the exterior with steep-pitched roofs, round windows in the loft and hardwood timber cladding left to weather naturally. Out on the deck, James handmade the outdoor table and bench, while the outdoor umbrella is from Basil Bangs.


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MARBLE LOOK The marble trend is huge right now, and these marblelook pendant lights are the perfect complement to an all-white kitchen.

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INDUSTRIAL Shapely black pendants act as both task lighting and a sculptural element over the kitchen bench.

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In WA, products are only available at Armadale and Bunbury. Some products are not available in some stores, but may be ordered. Accessories are not available at Bunnings.

GREENERY To liven up a corner of your living room, or add visual interest to a hallway, install one of these two-in-one pendant light planters.

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CHECK OUT THE INDOOR LIGHTING RANGE IN-STORE AND ONLINE AT BUNNINGS.COM.AU

1 Home Design Marmo Pendant, $149 each. 2 Home Design Small Zucca Pendant, $89. 3 Home Design Pianta Pendant, $129. 4 Verve Design Tyler Pendant, $109 each. 5 Home Design Deco Pendant, $129. 6 Home Design Mesen Pendant, $149. 7 Home Design Grove Pendant, $119. 8 Brilliant Copper Derby Table Lamp, $59.90.


Art + TV come together From art by day to thriller gorilla by night, discover how The Frame switches between TV and Ar t Mode to transform your living space. With 100 works of ar t to choose from, or the ability to upload your own, The Frame is the T V that inspires and enter tains.*

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*Additional artwork available to purchase through the Samsung Art Store. Internet Connection required. Charcoal frame comes ďŹ xed to the TV, so is included. Additional frames (including the frame pictured) are sold separately.


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Knock, knock! For a front entrance that provides a sense of security while also appearing welcoming, take a solid door and paint it a bright colour. Turn the page for more ways to get the most out of your home’s entryway. A

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SOUND BARRIER IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A DEDICATED ENTRY SPACE, ANOTHER SET OF DOORS LEADING INTO THE HOUSE WILL GO A LONG WAY TO BLOCKING OUT NOISE POLLUTION.


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BENCH SEAT A BENCH SEAT IN THE ENTRY HALL … LITERALLY INVITES THE PERSON ARRIVING TO HAVE A SEAT AND TAKE A LOAD OFF THEIR FEET. IT ALSO GIVES YOU A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INJECT SOME PERSONAL STYLE INTO THE SPACE.

CONSOLE TABLE A CONSOLE TABLE IS ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES THAT YOU OR A GUEST ENCOUNTERS WHEN ENTERING A HOME. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT STYLE, CHARACTER AND A BIT OF YOUR STORY.

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SAFETY FIRST A DOOR SEPARATING THE ENTRY FROM THE REST OF THE HOME ALLOWS EXTRA SECURITY.

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SCENT SETS THE SENSORY SCENE OF HOW YOUR HOME IS PERCEIVED. CONSIDER PLANTING SOMETHING FRAGRANT NEAR THE FRONT DOOR. ENTRYWAY ESSENTIALS A BENCH OFFERS SOMEWHERE TO PUT ON OR TAKE OFF SHOES, WHILE THE ARTWORK IS A STATEMENT TO THE CHARACTER OF THE HOME OWNERS.

TAKE THE FLOOR TO DEFINE THE ENTRY SPACE, CONSIDER USING A DIFFERENT FLOOR FINISH TO THE REST OF THE LIVING ROOM. HARD SURFACES ARE THE WAY TO GO – CONSIDER TILES, TIMBER OR POLISHED CONCRETE. A FLOOR RUG CREATES A SENSE OF ENTRY AND MAKES A FRIENDLY GESTURE OF WELCOME.

THE ENTRY TO YOUR HOME is one of the few spaces in a house where no one is expected to spend an extended period of time. It’s a transition space. You and your family use your entry more than anyone else [and] you should feel happy walking through the door, as if you were arriving to a friendly embrace. Impressing a visitor must always come second to that. Think of [your entry] as a space to commence your journey, an opportunity to introduce the personality of you and your home. While having a separate entry room is ideal, if you’re in an existing house or apartment where this isn’t possible, there are other design options available to you. If you have a front door that opens directly into the living room, you can create, in effect, a short hallway by partially enclosing the area around the front door on two sides. Or if there is simply no opportunity in your room to fit in a wall or joinery, use your furniture to create a sense of a separated entry. Position the back of a long sofa or two armchairs to form A

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For more ideas on how to make the rooms in your home work for you, grab a copy of Your Best Home: 5 Spaces x 5 Design Steps = A Better Life by Joe Snell, Murdoch Books, $39.99.

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ROOM TO MOVE CREATE ENOUGH SPACE TO ALLOW FOR STORAGE AND THE PRACTICALITY OF UNLOADING AS YOU ENTER YOUR HOME.

an entry area. Even better, run a slim sideboard/sofa table along the back of the furniture on the entry side. This instantly becomes an entry console and a practical solution for keys and shoes, as well as an opportunity to show off some ornaments. As it’s one of the few spaces in the home where no one is expected to spend any extended time, [your entry] can afford to be more practical than anything else. Make a list of what each householder does as they arrive home. For me, it would be to drop the keys, then the bag, then the jacket, then shoes… If you don’t provide space for each of these items, you’re going to find a big pile of stuff at your front door. Provide somewhere for umbrellas and raincoats too; it’s always embarrassing to place a dripping umbrella in a corner and then see the puddle it has formed when you come back to it. [But remember,] your entry is a first impression not only for guests but also for you. So don’t clutter the space – you don’t want to walk into chaos every night! R


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Good as gold For the latest advice on house renos and maximising your finances, read on. Then get organised with elegant stationery in pink and gold. FROM TOP Quartize marble wallpaper, $117 per lineal metre, Emily Ziz. Kate Spade NY initial foldover notecards and envelopes in K, $40 for 10, Papier d’Amour. A5 clipboard in Clear Gold Foil, $9.99, Typo. Bullet pen, $14, Hay. Kate Spade NY gold acrylic odds and ends container, $70, Papier d’Amour. Futagami paper weights, $88 each, Specified Store. Turn the page and get started. A

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H I N D S I G H T BACKGROUNDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN A ND CONSTRUCTION HELPED T H I S C O U P L E T U R N T H E I R S Y D N E Y R E N O VAT I O N I N T O A F A M I LY H O M E J U S T I N T I M E F O R T H E C H I L D R E N ’ S A R R I VA L

s a builder, Darren Shield could see potential in the home that he and his wife Louisa purchased in Collaroy Plateau on Sydney’s Northern Beaches back in 2012. Louisa recalls, “It was the location, the pool and the bones. We instantly knew the property could be transformed.” With Darren’s construction know-how and contacts, the couple were able to work quickly and efficiently at designing and building their dream home. But it was Louisa’s love of design that led to the bold styling choices that reflect the home’s tropical and beachy location. “My decorating style changes daily! I tend to be drawn to a different style for each room, but they all seem to work cohesively together,” she says. The renovation took place in two stages – each stage coinciding with Louisa’s pregnancies. In a way, the project became a race to the finish line to get everything done before each child was born. A

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Home shopping Louisa used to work in fashion and has a large clothes and shoe collection. “My husband, being the romantic he is, always dreamt of building me a wardrobe that could showcase it all. I couldn’t be happier. It’s a girl’s dream come true! It’s like shopping in your own closet. It really makes life easy when everything is in sight and easily accessible.”

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THE BUDGET BREAKDOWN BUILDERS: $95,000 ARCHITECT: $8500 PLUMBING: $14,000 ELECTRICAL: $8000 APPLIANCES: $11,400 KITCHEN: $19,000 WET AREAS: $18,900 TAPWARE: $2500 VANITY: $1600 PAINTING – INTERIOR: $10,200 PAINTING – EXTERIOR: $12,400 FLOORING: $12,000 CARPET: $8200 LANDSCAPING: $6000 WASTE REMOVAL: $10,500 PLASTERING: $21,000 WINDOWS AND DOORS: $2300 GARAGE: $19,400 CERTIFICATIONS: $3200 LIGHTING: $3400 CABINETRY: $29,000 PLANTATION SHUTTERS: $13,500 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: $2800 AIR-CONDITIONING: $12,200 EXTERIOR TILING: $8900 TOTAL: $353,900

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Instant ambience The way you decorate your table will elevate the mood of the event. In this instance, a darker colour scheme and candlelight creates a cosy, intimate vibe.


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a roast or is it an outside brunch for friends? “A formal meal lends itself to a perfectly set table and a casual event calls for large share platters for guests to help themselves,” says Jessica Bellef, head of styling at Temple & Webster.

L AY T H E F O U N DAT I O N S Tablecloths suit formal

and casual meals, but the fabric will change the style completely – crushed linen creates a relaxed look while crisp cotton is more formal. Al fresco dining calls for a bare table with a table runner or placemats.

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they add colour to a setting, too. “If you make your own, you can tailor them to your scheme. Cut cotton fabric into 60cm squares, sewing a hem or leaving the edges to fray. Run them through the wash before you use them,” Jessica says.

S E T O N LY W H AT YO U ’ L L U S E Don’t set extra plates, cutlery and glassware just because it looks nice. Only put out things that will be used throughout the meal or you’ll end up with confused guests and extra washing up to do. Nobody likes washing dishes!

G E T T H E O R D E R R I G H T If you’re serving more than one course, cutlery should be placed in order of use from the outside in. Forks go to the left, as does the bread or salad plate, while knives, spoons and glassware belong on the right.

D O N ’ T A D D C L U T T E R Mealtimes shouldn’t be

spent playing table Tetris, so avoid littering your table with glassware. “A multipurpose bar cart is a nifty thing to have,” Jessica says. “Put it near your table, stacked with excess tableware, cutlery and ice buckets.”

C H O O S E A C E N T R E P I E C E Keep your table centrepieces low for easy eye contact. For breakfast and lunch, opt for fresh flowers or bowls of fruit. “Candles are perfect for dinner parties, but choose unscented to avoid fragrance clashes with your dishes,” Jessica says.

F I N I S H I N G T O U C H E S C O U N T Whether it’s a place card, a beautiful napkin ring or jar of homemade jam for your guests to take home, the finer details make all the difference. It’s even better if they have been handmade specially by the host. R

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“What time are they coming again?” he asked, barely wine he could buy that would still look reasonably fancy. managing to conceal his negativity. “Seven thirty!” she He settled on an obscure Argentinian Malbec at $14 a pop. replied curtly. “They’re your friends, you should know He was dreading Jo and Derek coming over, with their what time they’re coming over.” “They’re actually both our patronising comments about the apartment. “Oh, it’s such friends and it was your idea to have this stupid dinner…” a cute size! I loved living in a little apartment while I was His voice trailed off as he walked out of the lounge room studying. God, I ate some tuna back then,” Jo would say and into the bedroom to look for his keys. before whipping out her phone to show off She sucked in the desire to let fly and some photos from their recent trip to Italy. instead shifted all her energy into putting Then Derek would talk about his H E M A D E the tea light candles into the small glasses investment properties, bore him about the S O M E Q U I C K she had bought from Ikea. six-pack of craft beer that he’d brought C A L C U L A T I O N S He found his keys and snuck out the along and sniff the Malbec for five minutes O N T H E C H E A P E S T door, beginning to ruminate as he made before downing it like a glass of cordial. W I N E H E C O U L D his way to the bottle shop. Why did she He would drink fast and furious, too, B U Y T H A T W O U L D always invite these people over when all still smarting over being berated earlier for S T I L L L O O K it did was cause stress? She’d made him wanting to wear jeans rather than chinos. R E A S O N A B LY go to Bunnings to buy some pot plants to “It’s just Jo and Derek coming for some F A N C Y … A N put on the balcony while she spent hours pasta, not a job interview to work in the O B S C U R E making a tart that she ended up burning Apple store,” he’d say, ducking nimbly A R G E N T I N I A N because she got distracted gossiping on as the second shoe was thrown at him. M A L B E C A T $ 1 4 the phone with her friend Stacey. Then she The night would drag on, the same A P O P S H O U L D threw a shoe at him when he suggested it conversations would be had over and over D O T H E T R I C K . would have been easier and cheaper to go and when they finally took the hint to leave, to The Cheesecake Shop. Then she got Derek would struggle with his Uber app angry because she couldn’t remember her Spotify login and he would end up ordering one on his account, knowing (she didn’t want to repeat the extreme embarrassment full well he’d never see the 50 bucks it cost for them to get from the last dinner party when the Spotify ads started back to their huge house in that horrible suburb. playing just as they sat down for the entrée, and her He ended up with four bottles of Malbec, some Prosecco obnoxious friend from work, Steve, called them tight for and a dessert wine. Heavy with dread, he gingerly opened not paying for their music streaming). the door, bracing himself for the latest barrage. Surprisingly He stopped his quiet contemplation long enough to she was sitting on the couch watching Narcos. “Jo called,” make some quick calculations on the cheapest bottle of she said. “They can’t get a babysitter. They’ve cancelled.” R

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SUPERSTAR RENOVATORS THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS ARE LAUNCHING THEIR VERY OWN ONLINE RENO SCHOOL. TO CELEBRATE, LANA TAYLOR SHARES HER TOP TIPS TO SAVE COIN ON YOUR FIXER-UPPER

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. You’ve pinned an amazing designer look on your Pinterest board, showed all your friends what your reno is going to look like, only to be brought crashing down to earth when you find out how much it costs to copy Gwyneth’s kitchen. Fear not! You can still achieve your dreams at a fraction of the price. At Three Birds Renovations, we’ve done the hard yards to find the best budget ways to achieve an amazing home.

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Hume entrance door, $169, Bunnings.

2 OPEN UP TO FRENCH DOORS Alfresco living is growing in popularity, but instead of spending thousands on bi-fold doors, opt for French doors. We get ours for only $169 each from Bunnings. Paint them white for that Hamptons look. 3 MAKE YOUR OWN BI-FOLDS If you’re desperate for bi-folds, hinge together regular doors. They don’t run on a track so won’t last forever but they’re so cheap you can probably afford to replace them every few years. 4 USE CHEAP-AS-CHIPS WARDROBE DOORS Cabinetry costs add up fast, but you can pick up some great wardrobe doors for around $50 each from Ikea or you can get a rustic look with old timber louvre doors on eBay. To make sure they fit, have your builder construct a frame to fit the doors, not the other way round.

Bergsbo door, $50, Ikea.

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The garden will probably get trashed by tradies, needing new turf. If you’re tight on cash, have a landscaper prepare the soil then order and lay the turf yourself. It’s not that hard. I laid 40 square metres of turf on my own on our first reno. Despite it being 40 degrees that day, I got the job done while my kids ran through a sprinkler. And I enjoyed it!


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7 CHOOSE STANDARD TRIMS Most builders include standard skirting, architrave and cornice profiles in their quotes. Be aware that if you upgrade to a decorative shape you also raise the price.

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Euro linen pillowcases, $95 for set of 2, Cultiver.

A bed frame or fancy bedhead can set you back some serious coin. If you need to save some cash create an ensemble with Euro pillows and artwork as the feature. This is especially useful when staging a property for sale.

9 DON’T TILE FLOOR TO CEILING Save on materials and labour in bathrooms by tiling only 1.2 metres up from the floor (except for the shower recess) and paint the rest of the wall. This cuts your tiling bill in half and gives the bathroom a softer feel with fewer hard surfaces.

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Manor house basin set in Chrome, $441, Dorf.

Gone are the days when only a tradie could access a huge range of tapware at great prices. With online shopping, you can take on that responsibility by ordering the items you want direct. This removes the mark-up your tradie would have passed onto you, not to mention another charge for their time to find them.

11 U S E T I M B E R I N YO U R L A U N D R Y This is a great money saver. Depending on your timber choice, the countertops can cost less than $100 and with a coating of the right oil they can handle any water.

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DILLON HAS BEEN WINNING HEARTS ALL OVER SYDNEY with her energetic and endearing personality. This pup has an insatiable fondness for homewares, especially cushions. How did you meet Dillon? We met in a backyard near Newcastle on a hot summer’s day. She was the smallest in the litter and started playing instantly. If Dillon was a person, what do you think she would be like? Bossy, a tad bogan, loyal, a bit of a sook but lots of fun. She has a huge personality! Is Dillon pro or against dogs in clothes? Pro! She has her own pyjamas that she wears to bed – she even lifts her feet when I’m putting them on her. She also has a set of jackets to wear to the park when it’s cold. Does Dillon have any party tricks? Yes, my favourite would have to be her fist pump. If Dillon had access to your credit card what’s the first thing she’d buy? She is obsessed with toys and I’m scared to think how many she’d buy. She gets so excited when we bring a new one home and does laps around the house. The last show Dillon bingewatched on the couch with you? Dillon loves the Discovery Channel. When she sees animals on television she tilts her head and tries to talk to them. What are Dillon’s best and worst housemate habits? The best is that she loves cuddles. The worst is that she has eaten every cushion we have. Does Dillon have any quirks? Every time she sees strawberries she starts barking and jumping around. We thought we were imagining it, so we assessed her reaction to other fruits and the results came in: Dillon is a strawberry hater! R

Apartment living Georgia and her partner both own businesses and were after a dog who would suit apartment and studio life – Dillon was the answer. MINT Y FRESH FRESHEEZE FRESHMINT MEDIUM B A L L D O G T O Y, $ 9 .7 5 , P E T B A R N .

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Park following Georgia says her young charge is proving popular at the park. “Dillon gets so much attention and now expects it from everyone. I’m trying to teach her a healthy balance of affection and discipline, but puppies are just so cute!”

CHEW IT OVER PUPPY MEDIUM TEETHING STICK, $ 17. 4 9 , P E T C I R C L E .

Pet therapy “One of the best things about having a dog is how much they look after you. Dillon makes us get out in the fresh air, switch off and have fun,” Georgia says.

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AG E N T F E E S These vary from as low as 1.5% or less up to 3% . So a 2% commission on a $1 million home means an agent fee of $20,000. If you fancy selling the property yourself, sites like Buymyplace.com.au, Agentinabox.com.au and Forsalebyowner.com.au can help you get your property listed on sites like Realestate.com.au (which doesn’t let private sellers advertise), provide signboards, brochures and access to photographers. If you prefer an agent you could try to negotiate a sliding commission, so if your house sells for less than the nominated price, you pay less commission. If it sells for more you pay a higher commission.

C A P I TA L G A I N S TA X Hold onto your investment property for more than 12 months and you get a 50% discount on your capital gains tax. The CGT discount works like this: Sandra buys an investment property for $500,000, sells it in year two for $600,000 and gets a $100,000 capital gain. Instead of paying tax on the $100,000, Sandra is eligible for the 50% CGT discount, which reduces her taxable gain to $50,000. She pays tax on this guarantee at her marginal tax rate. From 1 January 2018, residents investing in eligible affordable housing will be entitled to a capital gains discount of up to 60% if they hold the investment for at least three years.

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MONEY MAG’S EFFIE ZAHOS SHARES HER TIPS FOR BUYING AND SELLING YOUR HOME

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B U I L D I N G A N D P E S T I N S P E C T I O N S Failing to get

a building and pest inspection done (or a strata report if you’re buying a strata title property) before you buy a home can be a costly mistake and trying to cut back on these costs could prove a false economy. But there are ways to save. Many companies offer a combined building and pest inspection, often at a discount. You can also shop for pre-bid requirements at sites like Beforeyoubid.com.au and Eyeon.com.au. If you order a report on Beforeyoubid.com.au and it’s re-purchased you get some cash back. Eyeon.com.au claims reports are available to buyers for about 80% less of what they would normally pay. R

Be sure to stake your claim on any grants and concessions. The valuable stamp duty concessions usually apply to established homes only, but each state and territory differs. Let’s say you’re buying a $500,000 apartment. If it’s new and in Queensland you’ll save $23,750 by scoring a first home owner grant and stamp duty savings, compared to just $8750 on an established home (no FHOG applies). If the property was in NSW the savings would be $27,990 and $17,990 respectively.


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Sweet dreams Ronnie and Georgia created a stunning grey and blush master suite in the latest season of The Block. Abbotson Linen quilt cover in White, $529.95 for queen, Abbotson Linen pillowcases in White, $99.95 for pair, 400tc Soft Sateen sheet set in White, $349.95, 300tc Classic Percale bed skirt in Snow, $159.95 for queen, and Tullamore cushion in Carbon, $59.95, Sheridan. Mongolian Lamb cushion cover in Platinum (61cm), $199, Washed Cotton Lustre Velvet pillowcases in Platinum, from $199 for set, and Washed Cotton Lustre Velvet quilt cover and euro pillowcase in Dusty Blush, from $189 for set, West Elm. Painted Floral Cocoa cushion, $155, Life Interiors.

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IT’S ALL IN CONTEMPORARY STYLE Contestants Sarah and Jason wowed the judges with a stylish, contemporary kitchen featuring new metallic finishes from Freedom Kitchens.

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TWO COUPLES. TWO OUTSTANDING KITCHENS. TWO DISTINCT AESTHETICS. ONE THING THESE ROOMS FROM THE BLOCK HAVE IN COMMON IS THEIR USE OF GORGEOUS STATEMENT CABINETRY FINISHES FROM THE NEW FREEDOM KITCHENS RANGE. LET’S TAKE A TOUR OF EACH DESIGN…


FREEDOM KITCHENS PROMOTION

NITTY GRITTY Textured concrete cabinetry and Caesarstone rugged concrete benchtops set the industrial tone in Ronnie and Georgia’s kitchen.

INDUSTRIAL LUXE State of the art NEFF ovens were stylishly concealed with Freedom Kitchens Matt Black cabinetry.

These functional and spectacular kitchens impressed viewers and judges alike on The Block this year, and it’s easy to see why. The clincher? The cabinetry! Couples Sarah and Jason and Ronnie and Georgia expressed their individual style through a clever blend of thoughtful fixtures and fabulous finishes from the new Freedom Kitchens range. First up, let’s tour Sarah and Jason’s kitchen. This couple scored high points for their contemporary space that was at once glamorous and supremely functional. The integrated fridge was concealed behind Freedom Kitchens’ stunning new metallic cabinetry in platinum-hued Titan. This contrasted beautifully with the Super Matt Black on the range, the Ash Black anodised handles and the Blackened Elm cabinetry in the butler’s pantry. Sarah and Jason’s standout island bench showcased Caesarstone’s Statuario Maximus, complete with a decorative feature ledge in the new Rugged Concrete. Functionally speaking, they opted for state-of-the-art Bosch appliances,

including pyrolytic oven (selfcleaning!) with added steam and warming drawer, plus an integrated coffee machine. Meanwhile, Ronnie and Georgia presented a luxurious industrial-style kitchen, with Freedom Kitchens’ new textured light concrete cabinetry in Beton and advanced appliances from NEFF. These including a new induction cook top with downdraft ventilation and Pyrolytic full steam slide and hide oven. Ronnie and Georgia’s bank of ovens was set into ceiling-to-floor Matt Black cabinetry, providing a stark and stylish contrast with the upperrun cabinetry. Concrete was definitely the star of the show. Ronnie and Georgia chose Caesarstone’s new Rugged Concrete for both their island bench and also in the butler’s pantry. Learn more about Freedom Kitchens’ new metallic and concrete cabinetry at freedomkitchens.com.au or call 1800 113 733. While you’re at it, arrange a free inhome kitchen design appointment with a professional kitchen designer.

EARTHY DELIGHTS In the butler’s pantry, Sarah and Jason opted for Freedom Kitchens’ popular Blackened Elm cabinetry.

BOTH COUPLES TOOK THEIR KITCHEN CABINETRY SURFACES TO THE NEXT LEVEL BY DARING TO EXPERIMENT WITH MODERN METALLIC, CONCRETE AND MATT FINISHES


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Dynamic duo real living ed Emma and hubby Matt go off the beaten track (literally). Pick of the crop Apple, pear and citrus trees flourish in the Mock Red Hill orchard. Grand designs The Port Phillip Estate nestles comfortably into the surrounding landscape.

IT’S OFTEN LABELLED MELBOURNE’S ANSWER TO THE HAMPTONS, but we’re on a mission to discover the other side of the Mornington Peninsula, where boutique distilleries, slow food and modern art reign supreme. After collecting our wheels – a Mini Cooper Countryman – we head down the M11 towards the most talked about hotel in the country, Jackalope. Designed by Carr Design Group, it only opened in April and has already been named Hotel of the Year at this year’s Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards. EAT, STAY, LOVE We’re staying in one of the Lairs, which boasts fivemetre ceilings, a double-sided fireplace, marble bar and bespoke Zuster furniture. It feels like the sort of place Daniel Craig might hide out in the next Bond film. Downstairs, in the hotel restaurant Doot Doot Doot, the 10,000 globe chandelier and terrazzo tables are so beautiful, we almost forget to eat. But eat we do; eight courses, to be precise, all perfectly matched with locally sourced wines chosen by our sommelier Terina. LUNCH IS SERVED The next day we’re back in the Countryman, roaring along the winding roads to discover one of the Peninsula’s hidden gems, Red Gum BBQ. Tucked behind a petrol station in a former mechanic’s workshop, husband and wife team Melissa and Martin serve legit Southern food on huge barbecues. The place is packed as we enjoy a plate piled with tender meats, A real living

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Get lit Neon lights lead the way along the Jackalope’s corridors. Be our guest The Port Phillip Estate suites have all the creature comforts and views to die for. Precious cargo The Mini Countryman has ample room for all your luggage – and any souvenirs you collect along the way. Drink me Sample a tasting paddle of top-notch ciders and juices at the Mock Red Hill Cider Lounge. Changing rooms Keep an eye out for the Peninsula’s iconic bathing boxes as you drive past Dromana beach.

biscuits and slaw. To wash it down, we head for Mock Red Hill down the road – a family-owned biodynamic cider farm complete with tasting room. A QUICK DIP Soon it’s onto the next adventure at the Peninsula Hot Springs, which unfortunately requires getting into a swimsuit. Not the best timing after our generous feed, but FOMO wins out and we pour ourselves into swimmers for a rejuvenating soak in the natural thermal springs. Feeling refreshed, we head off to one of the area’s crown jewels, Port Phillip Estate. Designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, the property is modern, sexy and sleek with an epic lobby and views of rolling vineyards. Excited to be staying the night, we descend a staircase to explore our room, which features Bill Henson artworks, Missoni bathrobes and floor-to-ceiling windows. But first, dinner in the Dining Room. Over a bottle of pinot grigio, we feast on agnolotto of Moreton Bay bug and wood-roasted venison. But it’s the banana soufflé, peanut butter and chocolate dessert that has every table whipping out their phones for a photo. EXACT SCIENCE The next day we make our final stop: a gin masterclass at Bass & Flinders Distillery. Seated around a long table with beakers and droppers, we have a go at blending our own concoctions. The result is a drop that’s bold, earthy and incredibly moreish – not unlike the Mornington itself. R @reallivingmag

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Top drop Gin lovers will have a field day at Bass & Flinders Distillery, where the Angry Ant gin is made with Australian botanicals and ants from WA! Smooth ride The Mini Countryman handles the rural roads with ease! Walk the planks The Dromana Pier is a great spot for fishing or admiring the surrounds. Southern hospitality The warm and inviting decor of Red Gum BBQ makes you feel at home.

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STAY Jackalope Each of the 44 designer rooms have their own private terrace, along with luxurious features like rain showers, double vanities and an optional deep-soak bathtub. The Lairs start from $1200 per night. Jackalopehotels.com Port Phillip Estate There are six suites at this picturesque retreat, all with king-sized beds, separate living areas and white eggshell bathtubs – not to mention those delightful views! Vineyard Suites start from $500 per night. Portphillipestate.com.au

PLAY Red Gum BBQ 87 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill Redgumbbq.com.au Mock Red Hill Cider Lounge & Farm Gate Shop 1103 Mornington Flinders Road, Red Hill Mockredhill.com.au Peninsula Hot Springs 30 Springs Lane, Fingal Peninsulahotsprings.com Bass & Flinders Distillery 232 Red Hill Road, Red Hill Bassandflindersdistillery.com To plan your own road trip, head to Visitvictoria. com and Visitmornington peninsula.org real living

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1 PICKLED QUAIL’S EGGS Combine 250ml boiled water, vinegar, sugar and salt in pan and bring to simmer over medium heat. Add beetroot and cook for 10 mins before removing from heat. Allow to cool fully. 2 Bring pan of water to boil. Gently place in eggs and boil for 2 mins. Drain eggs and put into bowl of ice water to stop them overcooking. Once cool, carefully peel off shells and add to cooled beetroot pickling liquor. Leave to pickle for 30 mins, at which point eggs will be dyed a deep pink. 3 BASE Cook rice as per the instructions (see recipe, left) and leave to cool. 4 POKE Assemble dish by dividing rice among bowls. Top with smoked salmon, sliced avocado and kizami nori. Slice quail’s eggs in half and place yolk side up in bowls. Finish with wedge of lemon, sprinkle with coriander cress and sesame seeds. Try pimping with drizzle of tamari soy sauce. A

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SOY PICKLED SHIITAKE “Based on the pickled mushrooms at Momofuku in New York, these pack a flavour punch and pair perfectly with tofu and oily fish. Reserve the pickling liquid to use as a umami-rich salad dressing.” Makes enough to use in up to 10 bowls Prep time 10 mins, plus rehydration time Cooking time 20 mins Equipment Large bowl; saucepan; sterilised jar 50g dried shiitake mushrooms 120ml soy sauce 120ml rice wine vinegar 100g sugar 10cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1 star anise 5 Szechuan peppercorns 2 bay leaves 1 Place mushrooms in large bowl and cover with 400ml freshly boiled water. Leave for 30 mins. 2 Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to simmer over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Add rehydrated mushrooms and their soaking liquid and simmer for further 10 mins. 3 Remove from heat, discard spices and transfer to sterilised jar. Once cool, transfer to fridge where pickles will keep for up to 1 month. A


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SPICY TOBIKO SALMON “The bright orange tobiko (flying fish roe) adds a delicately smoky flavour and crunchy texture. Piled on the salmon, it lends a volcanic appearance to this fiery dish.” Serves 4 people Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 30 mins Equipment Julienne peeler; bowl; whisk BASE 240g short-grain brown rice SALAD 3 carrots, peeled 2 baby cucumbers 125ml tamari soy sauce 60ml dashi stock 60g sugar 125ml rice wine vinegar POKE 2 large fresh salmon fillets, skin removed and cut into 1.5cm cubes MARINADE 75g Japanese mayonnaise Juice of ¼ lemon 1 tbsp sriracha sauce ½ tbsp tobiko (flying fish roe) 2 tsp yuzu kosho chilli paste GARNISH 125g white sesame seeds 125g black sesame seeds 2 tbsp kizami nori (shredded nori) 1 tsp togarashi powder Pinch of sea salt Pinch of sugar 2 green chillies, thinly sliced 1 BASE Cook rice as per cooking instructions (page 162) and leave to cool. 2 SALAD Meanwhile, use julienne peeler to create long, thin strips from carrots and cucumbers and

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GRAPEFRUIT PONZU DRESSING 1½ tbsp grapefruit juice 1½ tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp mirin 5 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar POKE ½ pink grapefruit, cut into segments, pith removed Few fresh mint leaves Small handful of baby watercress 160g fresh sea bass fillets, pin boned and skin removed, cut into 1.5cm cubes Black sesame seeds 1 GRAPEFRUIT PONZU DRESSING Combine all ingredients together in bowl and leave to infuse. Alternatively, combine ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat and leave to cool, pour into sealable jar and keep in fridge. It should last for at least 1 week. 2 POKE In a bowl, combine grapefruit, mint leaves and baby watercress with dressing. Give it a quick stir and transfer to serving plate. Add sea bass and sprinkle a few black sesame seeds over the top to garnish. R real living

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Growth spurt Give your plants the best start with a beautiful home. The pots Clockwise from top Middle of Nowhere small Benny planter in Powder, $165, Designstuff. Takewai Surf planter 3, $185, Jardan. Public Holiday planter, $89, The DEA Store. Gold rim pot in #02, $105, Studio Twocan. The plant Strobilanthes gossypinus plant (20cm), $35, Garden Life. The wallpaper From top Eco wallpaper in Crimson Cherry Crayon, $120 per roll, Radford Furnishings. Roden red wallpaper, $79 a sq m, Luxe Walls. Turn the page for more pots, plants and advice. A

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The pot Carved pot in Confetti, $49, Zakkia. The plant Echeveria Blue Wren plant (14cm), $20, Garden Life. The wallpaper From top Marble Wall wallpaper, $79 a sq m, Luxe Walls. Schumacher Whirlpool wallpaper in Twilight, $415 per 8.2m roll, Orient House.

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The pot James Gulliver Hancock small Mini Man planter, $79, The DEA Store. The plant Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’ succulent plant, $18, The DEA Store. The wallpaper Clockwise from left Mimou Artisan Flower blue poppy print wallpaper, $258 per 10m roll, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor. Splash wallpaper, $79 a sq m, Luxe Walls. Deco Print Yala blue fishbone wallpaper, $183 per 10m roll, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor.

“Kalanchoe ‘Flapjack’ needs full sun all day to thrive and keep his red edges vibrant. Like all succulents, water well, but allow to completely dry out before watering again.”


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The pot Chippy pot, $990, Den-holm. The plant Bromeliad Billbergia plant (17.5cm), $45, Garden Life. The wallpaper Clockwise from left Tenue de Ville Balsam red horizontal stripe wallpaper, $219 per 10m roll, Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor. Roden red wallpaper, $79 a sq m, Luxe Walls. Textured red and white stone wallpaper, $79 a sq m, Luxe Walls.

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