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Welcome

Looking at the big picture with Kasey Funnell

Create the ideal outdoor space for Autumn entertaining

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Australia’s must-have coffee table books

Reshape your small living space

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Ladies leading the way in real estate

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24 AUT UM N 20 21 CANB E R R A E D ITION E D ITO R Laura Marsh

C R E AT IVE D IR E CTION Bandit Design Group

C O NT R IB UTO R S Amy Braddon Belinda Chamberlain Laura Marsh

Property podcasts & TV shows to tune into

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Photography by Jandrie Lombard

Welcome Welcome to the second edition of Inspired Living Magazine, a showcase and guide to what is trending within homes around Australia, the nation’s capital, and what is also possible within your own abode. A seasonal magazine produced quarterly by Blackshaw Real Estate. Inspired Living offers you, our valued readers, a unique, behind-thescenes insight into Canberra’s dynamic property industry and its talented collection of local designers, architects, developers, builders, stylists, photographers, artists and more. In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, this edition highlights some of the talented ladies currently leading the way in real estate and discusses the importance of gender equality in business. We look at the big picture with award-winning, local photographer, Kasey Funnell to explore the inspiration behind starting her own business and her creative career. We share our edit of Australia’s must-have coffee table books, show you how to reshape your small living space, create the ideal outdoor area for Autumn entertaining, and look at the top property podcasts and TV shows to tune into. We invite you to discover Inspired Living, take it home with you, share it with friends, and find inspiration in the possibilities of your own home.

Belinda Chamberlain, Managing Principal Blackshaw Real Estate

WELCOME

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Photography by Kasey Funnell

Looking at the big picture

with Kasey Funnell You’ve no doubt seen award-winning AIPP photographer, Kasey Funnell’s work in and around Canberra. Specialising in interiors, lifestyle, and property photography, Kasey’s ever-growing list of clients and publishers is testament to her skill and absolute love for what she does. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we caught up with this local industry leader to discuss the inspiration behind starting her own business, why she loves photographing property, and what’s next for her creative career.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY? In 2012, my little family and I packed up our life and went exploring around Australia. It was during this amazing period of nomadic living that I began dreaming about how I wanted to live my life on our return to society – as a photographer. I must admit, I have had a love affair with photography for my whole life – it’s in my DNA. One of the greatest joys early on in my life was developing film in the darkroom. I was very lucky to start my career and photography education in film photography.

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“It has become very apparent to me that a creative career can be the most rewarding job you can hope to have as long as you are true to your vision, true to yourself and your style.” WHAT DO YOU FIND APPEALING ABOUT SHOOTING PROPERTY? It’s no secret that I seriously enjoy architecture, good quality builds and brilliantly designed and created interiors. These are my absolute favourite shoots to be a part of. The cherry on top is when I can add some bespoke lifestyle elements to the environment I’m shooting in.

IS THE MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT YOUR JOB? I’ve had many amazing experiences so far in my career, especially being able to travel for work. The most important thing to me so far has been the relationships I have formed, which has attracted the right type of work and brought me enjoyment. It has become very apparent to me that a creative career can be the most rewarding job you can hope to have as long as you are TRUE to your vision, true to yourself and your style. I’m lucky that I have clients who appreciate this and hire me because of this.

WHAT ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS? I’m not one to search for inspiration online. It mostly comes organically to me. I don’t want to be a copy of someone else’s work, but I do enjoy workshops that inspire and motivate me as a human rather than as a photographer. The only other creative outlet I find equally as relaxing and meditative as photography is wheel throwing/pottery. Photography by Kasey Funnell

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Photography by Kasey Funnell

“Build strong relationships with your clients, be loyal, work hard and exceed expectations.”

HOW HAS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED AND HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED?

HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED AND WORKED IN THE ACT AND SURROUNDING REGION?

The industry is always changing – you need to

Yes, I am a Canberra/Queanbeyan girl and I

keep up, be innovative and as unique as you

feel so lucky to be living and working in the

can, but the core values in business always

beautiful bush capital. I must admit I always

remain the same. Build strong relationships

feel the pull to the ocean and warmth... plus I

with your clients, be loyal, work hard and

admire different architecture in other cities and

exceed expectations.

countries.

WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR YOURSELF?

WHAT’S NEXT FOR KASEY FUNNELL PHOTOGRAPHY?

I am a bit of a control lady so working for

Working full time in the industry doesn’t

myself suits me perfectly. I know what needs

leave me as much time as I’d like to enjoy

to be done and how to get there. My creative

photography as a ‘hobby’, however, I do have

vision is what makes my work (hopefully)

several amazing ideas bubbling away that are

unique! Making sure I set guidelines and be

going to be seriously rad personal projects.

strong in business is important… I am a creative

My mind is always busy… watch this space for

mum who runs a business. One day, I’ll bring

workshops, lifestyle images for sale, a blog/

on staff to help with the workload when I want

exhibition on spaces, and unique films!

to expand.

– kaseyfunnellphotography.com.au

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Australia’s must-have coffee table books From rich visuals, engaging stories and awe-inspiring photography, coffee table books can span countless genres – from architecture and design to landscapes and nature, as well as food, wine and fashion. A good coffee table book can spark conversation, elevate your decor, or become a timeless collector’s item that will have you poring over it time and time again. Most of all, they can make a bold statement about your personal aesthetic and really set the style for your home’s interior. Here, we’ve rounded up our edit of Australian favourites.

Photography by Karolina Grabowska

Photography by Italic

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Architecture, design and interiors

Thames and Hudson

Thames and Hudson

AUSTRALIA MODERN: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND DESIGN 1925–1975

DESIG N LIVES HERE: AUSTRALIAN INTERIORS, FURNITURE AND LIGHTING

STILL: THE SLOW HOME

Australia Modern features 100 of the country’s

Design Lives Here is the ultimate collection

Still is inspired by the philosophy of the SLOW

most significant modern sites, from the Sydney

of contemporary Australian design featuring

movement: living Sustainable, Local, Organic,

Opera House to the National Gallery of Victoria

a reimagined Californian bungalow with

and Whole. This beautiful book features

and iconic residential architecture. Written and

a dining table inspired by the humble HB

twenty homes from around the world – across

curated by two of Australia’s architecture al

pencil, to a monumental inner-city residence

four continents and thirteen countries – and

authorities, Hannah Lewi and Phillip Goad, this

furnished with more than 100 custom pieces.

tells the story behind why each homeowner

stunning book pays tribute to some of most

This evocative book was written by Penny

chose the SLOW path and how it has

revered architects and includes essays by

Craswell, a Sydney-based editor, writer and

benefitted their lives. Readers will be inspired

leading voices exploring how modernism has

curator who specialises in design, craft,

to embrace this philosophy at home, from the

shaped Australian society. With rich archival

architecture and interiors. Full of showstopping

materials we source in construction to how we

images and newly commissioned photographs,

photography and stories by key players within

fit-out and furnish them. Still was created by

Australia Modern captures architecture at all

the industry, readers will be inspired by the

leading interiors and lifestyle magazine stylist,

scales, from vast infrastructure projects, to

incredible residential architecture and unique

Natalie Warnes, owner of Imprint House and

public health and education institutions, to new

interiors, coupled with the furniture, lighting

co-owner of editorial content agency Warnes

centres of culture, consumption and leisure,

and bespoke pieces that reside within them.

& Walton, which she runs with renowned

and more.

Hardie Grant

photographer Chris Warnes who captured the images in this book.

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Are Media

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

Thames and Hudson

THE ORIGINALS: BEACH HOUSES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH

CLAY: CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC ARTISANS

The Originals is a homage to the architectural

Ceramics and pottery have seen a resurgence

and cultural value of the quintessential beach

in popularity and Clay perfectly captures the

cottage. From a cottage on the wild Tasmanian

history and beauty of this handicraft in all its

coastline to a little black shack chasing the

forms. From decorative pieces to functional

breathtaking Pacific horizon, the book profiles

objects and unique sculptural works, this

seven beach homes within Australia and the

beautifully presented book showcases 50 of

story behind their careful restoration, told in

the world’s most notable modern-day potters

the form of letters from their homeowners.

who are keeping one of the oldest human

Including more than 200 evocative colour

crafts alive. Featuring insights and a behind-

photographs

and

the-scenes look into these artisan’s lives and

breathtaking interiors, this collection will

working methods, Clay will leave you itching

encourage readers to nurture their own

to get behind the potter’s wheel. Clay’s author,

distinctive style and inspire them with a myriad

Amber Creswell Bell, is an arts, design and

of design ideas and resources. This beautifully

lifestyle writer and curator, and in 2015 she

presented book is written and curated

curated four sold-out exhibitions in Sydney

by Deborah Bibby, a multi-media content

galleries, several of which included the work of

specialist with over 20 years’ experience in

emerging ceramicists.

of

unique

exteriors

interior design and fashion.

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Gardening and nature

Hardie Grant

PQ Blackwell

AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES: THE ART OF PLANTING IN GARDENS INSPIRE D BY NATURE

BIRDLAND

Showcasing 15 of the most diverse gardens

Australian fine-art photographer, Leila Jeffreys,

found in the Australian landscape, Australian

captures the beauty of birdlife like never

Dreamscapes explores lush green oases

before. Shortlisted in the Fully Illustrated

to semi-arid settings. This book is filled with

Book

stunning photography and essays written

Book

by garden owners and designers, taking

Birdland includes some of the world’s

readers on a journey about how they create

most beautiful, feathered specimens from

and nurture their green spaces. Australian

eagles and cockatoos, to owls and parrots.

Dreamscapes’ author, Claire Takacs, is a

Sydney-based Jeffreys worked with animal

renowned garden photographer and her

rescue and conservation groups to create

of

Designers

2016

Australian

Association

the

Awards,

images are regularly included in many of

her

the top international gardening books and

presented with the skill and intricate detail of a

magazines. Whether you’re a budding green

portrait painter.

thumb or a gardener connoisseur, this book will be sure to inspire.

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category

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breathtaking

portraits,

which

are


FLAVOURS OF AUSTRALIA Flavours

of

Australia

is

an

impressive

collection of modern Australian recipes, over 500 pages of stunning photography, and a host of unique and inspiring stories about the best places to eat and drink throughout the country. Travel north to south, then east to west and explore how the Australian food identity has been influenced by our diverse culture, rich indigenous history and abundance of fresh, local produce. Enjoy poring over the

Landscapes

pages that feature the delectable delights of renowned cafes and restaurants across the ACT, including Aubergine, The Cupping Room, Lazy Su, Wildflower, and many more. Thames and Hudson

IN AN AUSTRALIAN LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY In an Australian Light is a collection of breathtaking photography that celebrates the unique Australian light, from dusk until dawn and everything in between. Journey across the country in the magnificent book, from rugged coastline to arid outback, and admire the ways that light shapes and changes our natural landscape. This highly visual book was Hardie Grant

edited by Jo Turner who has a passion for crafting knowledge and ideas into beautiful, accessible books for audiences around

PLACES WE SWIM: EXPLORING AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEACHES, POOLS, WATERFALLS, LAKES, HOT SPRINGS AND GORGES

the world.

Food

Murdoch Books

AUSTRALIAN FOOD

From beaches, lap pools and ocean pools, to rockpools, waterfalls, lakes and hot springs,

Australian Food is the long-awaited new

Places We Swim explores the Australian

cookbook from cook, restaurateur and food

identity through swimming. This fascinating

writer, Bill Granger, who is often referred

and nostalgic book reveals the 60 best places to swim, dive, jump, paddle and float

to as the king of Australian cafe-style food. Australian Food is Granger’s twelfth book

around the country and celebrates the diverse

and is a celebration of Australian cafe culture,

landscapes and communities that make

packed with recipes that showcase the

up Australia. Readers will discover what

country’s freshest flavours and local produce,

makes each swimming spot unique, gain

all mixed in with beautiful photography, a touch

some useful local knowledge and uncover

of sophistication, and a whole lot of Aussie

some of the country’s most tranquil swimming

sunshine. Bill Granger owns 19 restaurants

spots, all within the comfort of their own

around the world, which offer up a uniquely

home. Places We Swim was curated by Dillon

Australian way of eating. His books have sold

Seitchik-Reardon, an environmental scientist,

over 1 million copies and he has appeared in

author, photographer and video producer,

food media in over 30 countries.

alongside editor, writer and creative producer, Caroline Clements.

Sunday Press

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It’s a man’s woman’s world – ladies leading the way in real estate Advocating inclusion and diversity is not a commitment Blackshaw Real Estate take lightly. We pride ourselves on attracting, developing, and retaining top, diverse talent regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion. With 65% of our organisation being female, and with sixteen women in leadership roles across nine offices, our incredible team of female employees continue to make an unparalleled contribution to our business and set us apart in the industry. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we caught up with seven inspiring ladies leading the way in real estate to discuss the importance of gender equality, particularly in the workplace, what they have discovered working in the industry, their mentors, and the importance of a achieving a work-life balance. It is up to everyone to create a culture that forges a gender equal world. Let’s celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality this International Women’s Day.

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and work long hours as it is a very demanding

Whether it be a client selling a property or

and time-consuming profession. It’s important

someone purchasing their first home, it is a

to set some simple goals like taking time out

privilege that people place their trust in us to

throughout the day to go for a walk or catch

support them through the journey.

up with a friend for a coffee. If life is stressful, I buy flowers!

After almost 13 years in the public service, I knew I needed a new challenge – I wanted

When I started in real estate in Batemans Bay,

to be part of something bigger and make a

my joint Principals were David Hayes Williams

difference. I am very much a people person,

and Ray Bassett. Their contribution to my real

and the opportunity to work in an industry that

estate career has been invaluable. They are

is client-focused was a no brainer. Helping

quite different and bring unique perspectives

people feels good.

to

situations,

but

both

are

thoroughly

professional and honest in their dealings. I am immensely grateful that they were my mentors.

PAT JAMESON

Principal | Licensed Agent Blackshaw Coastal

“To me, equality in the workplace is everyone having access to the same opportunities, regardless of gender.”

I am a people person and love the opportunity to meet and help a diverse range of people.

To me, equality in the workplace is everyone

In real estate, we work with people who put

having access to the same opportunities,

their trust in us to act in their best interests

regardless of gender. I have been fortunate in

with what for many is their biggest asset –

my career where my ability to be successful

their home.

was never hindered by the fact that I am a woman and has always been based on skill set

Real estate has been a natural progression for me from other service industries. I started

and drive to get the job done.

ESTHER SEBBENS

in the hotel industry in London and then my

Finding the right balance between work

husband and I had a restaurant in Batemans

and personal life is challenging, especially

Bay for ten years before I ventured into real estate in 2003.

Principal | Licensed Agent Blackshaw Belconnen

I think that gender balance is important in all

when you are responsible for the success of a business, supporting a team and leading by example, as well as guiding two children through their teenage years. For me, setting

workplaces as it better represents views of

a routine both at work and in my personal life

almost half the population. Over my life, I’ve

I love this industry because I get to work

is key. I make non-negotiable commitments

seen that women have great empathy, and

with like-minded, enthusiastic people who

and ensure I can be physically and mentally

this is very important in this industry as we

are focused on client servicing. When you

healthy, engaged and fully present, and

support vendors and buyers throughout the

surround yourself with people who have the

maintain positive relationships.

sales process. Many people feel a great need

same values and enjoy what they do, you love

to be heard and I can see they appreciate the

coming to work; the office culture is too fun to

My husband, Matt, is my biggest inspiration. He

additional time we spend with them.

miss out on.

lives his values daily, he is other-focused and

When it comes to work life balance in this

In real estate, we make a positive difference

taught me self-efficacy, and together the world

industry, it is very easy to fall into bad habits

in people’s lives and that is so rewarding.

is our oyster.

freely gives his time to support others. He has

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DEBBIE MADDIGAN

KYLIE BARRY

Sales Consultant

Marketing

Blackshaw Manuka

Blackshaw Gungahlin

What I enjoy most about working in real estate

for the better in terms of equality but there is

I love the autonomy and creativity I get to relish

is achieving amazing results for my sellers.

still more progress to be made as far as equal

every day by working in this industry. Creativity

I do what I do because I love to help sellers

opportunities go.

is in my blood, so this role allows me to play to

prepare their house for the market and move

my strengths and combine a genuine love that

on to the next step of their property journey.

I am still working on achieving work-life

It is so very satisfying for me. What is very

balance… my family has always been my

special about this work is that I have formed

number one priority, but my work hours do

I love working in real estate because you get

some great relationships and long-standing

get in the way sometimes! I try to block some

to be a part of something very significant in

friendships with my clients.

times where I can completely switch off and

people’s lives. If I can be behind the scenes

give my family all the attention they deserve,

helping to optimise the way a property is

I also love the independence of the job – I am

not often enough though! On a daily basis, I

presented to the market and show care

able to run my own race and most importantly,

do always try to make myself available for

and attention to detail when I’m working

be my own boss. I am supported by my office,

little things they could need, like babysitting

on someone’s home, then my hope is that I

but I am in control of my own work. I always

in the evening with my husband, which we

contribute to showcasing their property in its

thrive for perfection and to be the best agent

really enjoy.

best light so that our clients get the outcome

I can be. I didn’t plan to be where I am today,

I’ve always had for architecture and interiors.

they need to move onto the next chapter of

but my background is in customer service and

My parents are my role models and mentors. I

people would always tell me I should be in

am grateful for the way they brought me up –

real estate. I also very much enjoy mentoring

they gave me strong ethics and values. They

I’ve been creative since I was young – it’s

people like Julie, my PA.

are amazingly loving and hardworking people.

always come very naturally to me. I love

As a woman in real estate, I realised quickly

I hope to continue working with Blackshaw

about how to design or create something or

you have to work twice as hard to prove

Manuka in the future. I am not thinking of

make something work that doesn’t seem like

yourself. I have been in this industry for 17

slowing down anytime soon!

it can.

their life.

visualising things and getting lost in thought

years now and I must say, things have changed

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“Equity is equity. And for me, it’s quite personal. It’s one thing to talk about equity in the workplace, but quite another to walk it.” JO HOPE

Operations Manager

Blackshaw Corporate

Everyone should have the right to excel and

throws them off balance with the terrible mood

What I love most about my role and this

do their best – regardless of any factor. Equity

that comes from imbalance. It’s something

industry is the people and the culture. The

is equity. And for me, it’s quite personal. It’s

I’ve tried to be really mindful of over the past

Blackshaw team is like a family and I believe

one thing to talk about equity in the workplace,

three years.

that is due to the leadership across the offices.

but quite another to walk it. I’ve been part of

It is fast paced and although it is cliché, no two

a workplace that said all the right things on

So many people that I see, read about and

paper, but when it actually came down to it,

interact with provide me with snippets of

didn’t walk the talk (my eldest daughter was

inspiration that I try to soak up and incorporate

In my early 20s, I worked as an interior

diagnosed with epilepsy when she was five

into my own life. Professionally, my first

designer for a boutique design studio in

years old, so flexible working arrangements

manager Paul Walshe who is widely known

Sydney. When I moved to Canberra, I wasn’t

were paramount for our family). Leaving there

across

Queanbeyan

sure that career was what I wanted any more

and coming to Blackshaw was like a breath

community, as well as my current managers

but when I saw an opportunity at Blackshaw

of fresh air. Finally, an employer that genuinely

Michael and Rebecca Braddon – all three of

Real Estate, I was excited for the change. I

‘gets it’ and values the contributions from

these individuals bring heart to the workplace.

am grateful to have grown with this business

employees, regardless of whether they work

They give back and they genuinely want to

and been given the opportunity to flourish and

primarily in an office, or have a more flexible

– it’s not forced. Their teams are like family

develop my professional skillset. I do this job

work-from-home arrangement. I’m thankful

to them. And friendships are lifelong. That’s

because I enjoy playing a role in assisting our

for that.

inspiring to me and is how I want to live my life.

offices grow, improve their workplace systems

the

Canberra

and

days are ever the same.

and create a better environment for their Balance can be hard to master. I certainly

teams.

haven’t, but I try! I recently read Brene Brown’s, “The Gifts of Imperfection” and it was a life-

Female

changing book. I know that when I don’t have

workplace are valued, acknowledged for the

equality

means

women

in

the

balance in-check it affects everyone I love

contribution they make and are respected

most – my husband and three girls – and

for this. I have been fortunate in my career

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Photography by Christina@wocintechchat.com

ALEX AH KEY

Principal | Licensed Agent Blackshaw Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra to have been employed by women and

supportive of others but also how to let loose

The best thing about working in real estate

had these women as role models for over a

and have fun! And all our amazing mums at

is helping and making people happy. Clients,

decade. For that reason, being surrounded by

Blackshaw Real Estate have taught me that

staff, customers. I do what I do because I love

strong, independent and talented women in a

you can have a family and a rewarding career

it and honestly couldn’t imagine a career

professional environment has been the norm!

at the same time!

in anything else. Success is my inspiration.

I am fortunate in my role to have flexible

I definitely see myself with Blackshaw Real

combination of repeat and referral clients,

hours and the ability to work from home

Estate in the future. The brand is continuing

business retention, staff retention, feeling I’ve

when needed, which helps me balance work

to grow and as long as I continue to provide

accomplished something meaningful after a

and life. This is priceless. At the moment my

value to the team and the wider group, the

long day. Getting a great result for a client – it’s

personal life revolves around raising a 5 year

possibilities of where I will be are endless!

a rush every time.

Not necessarily financial success but a

old and a newborn, so I have little me time, but it is so reassuring to know I have a supportive

Real estate in particular is often recognised

work environment that accommodates my

as a male-dominated industry, but I believe

personal life.

women bring a supportive and collaborative approach to the industry, especially to

I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by

leadership. We are emotionally intuitive, which

strong, smart, amazing women in both my

can lead to building rapport and trust – a rare

professional and personal life – every single

but valuable commodity in today’s society.

one of them has taught me something! My

The combination of male and female critical

mum has taught me resilience and how to

thinking, collaboration and technical skill, can

get on with things, my close group of friends

make for a winning combination.

of almost 30 years have taught me how to be

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Work-life balance can be a challenge.

always had a drive to succeed and focus on

Sometimes one is prioritised over the other

ensuring all those around him do as well.

and that can lead to a bit of guilt, but it helps to be surrounded by supportive, generous

When it comes to work-life balance, from the

colleagues who understand and encourage

very beginning, I have worked to ensure that

family time.

personal time was always included as a priority. My family has always come first, and thankfully real estate has given me the opportunity to

“Role models to me are positive, empowering women. Women who uplift others, encourage them, help them and congratulate them.”

provide our children with amazing experiences and the flexibility of choice for my hobbies and family. Blackshaw Real Estate employs on merit and it just so happens that more than 65% of our organisation and 80% of the corporate team are women. I am extremely proud of this. I’m excited about the future and continuing to grow and develop this amazing business. I enjoy the creative process and collaborating

BELINDA CHAMBERLAIN

with the great people in our team as well as watching our vision become a reality and the benefits it brings to everyone in our organisation. I want to continue to provide

Principal

the best for my staff and franchise principals

Blackshaw Corporate

Role models to me are positive, empowering

What I love so much about my role is working

women. Women who uplift others, encourage

closely with my team – they are the best you

them, help them and congratulate them.

could ask for – as well as the people you meet

A key inspiration is Annie Gregg. She has

and the fact that no day is ever the same.

had a varied career and currently runs a

As the saying goes, “If you love what you

training business. She is a friend, a successful

do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

businesswoman, a mentor – my sounding

I love my job and the people I work with – they

board and voice of reason.

are like family to me; I wouldn’t want to do

and maintain and grow the amazing working relationships I have with them.

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anything else. After almost 15 years of running my business, I was itching for something more – I took a

I started in the industry and with the Blackshaw

corporate role in a much larger organisation

family over 27 years ago, and now to own the

and thought that was the direction I was

brand with my husband Andrew is an amazing

headed. The learning curve was in fact that I

feeling.

enjoy small business, so I came back to real estate. I enjoy one-on-one contact with clients

I have a few mentors, but my mum and

– the thrill of winning new business and the

husband Andrew are the key ones. My mum

even bigger thrill of achieving a great result

has always put her family first but also followed

and exceeding a client’s expectations.

her passion with her career, showing you can always do whatever you put your mind to. I’m inspired by Andrew who runs the business alongside me. He is the driving force of the business and motivates me every day. He has

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As we say goodbye to summer’s hot days and balmy nights, it doesn’t mean we have to head indoors. Autumn is the ideal time to be outdoors and entertain, especially since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Whether it’s a dinner party, a relaxing barbecue with your family or casual drinks with friends, here’s how you can elevate your outdoor space this autumn so it’s functional, fabulous and has the feel-good factor for you and your guests.

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FRESHEN UP FURNITURE AND SOFT FURNISHINGS

MOOD LIGHTING

MAKE YOUR GARDEN GLOW

Whether you’re sitting down for lunch on the

Prepare for evening entertaining with the

If you’re planning on entertaining this

deck, dinner in the alfresco area or a few

right lighting and keep your outdoor space

season, then you really want your green

drinks on your balcony, there’s nothing more

cosy, welcoming and relaxing for your

space looking its best. Begin with a good

important than having the right furniture for

guests. Set the mood with solar-powered

clean up – mow lawns, rake leaves, weed

the occasion. You might have a large dining

lights scattered throughout the garden and

paths, remove old or dying plants, and prune

table for meals but it’s equally important

along walkways and hanging festoon lights

flowers where necessary. To refresh your

to have a casual area for more relaxed

– they are not only an attractive way to

garden beds, add a new layer of mulch and

gatherings. Think chaise lounges, stools,

illuminate your yard but easy to install as well

remove leaves and debris. Be sure to keep

canopies and ottomans to add seating

as energy efficient. If you have a sculpture,

up the watering and consider installing a

while creating a more informal, laid-back

fountain

architectural

sprinkler system to keep your plants thriving

atmosphere. Make sure that anything you

elements, then a well-placed spotlight

and luscious. If your garden is looking a

buy is functional as well as comfortable. If

can accentuate its features and create an

bit tired and you want to make a good

you already have enough outdoor furniture,

attractive centrepiece. For softer and more

impression, then head to your local nursery

then maybe it’s time your decor needs a bit

subtle lighting options, consider lanterns or

for inspiration. Look at new plants and

of a facelift. If so, start by giving everything

candles that will cast beautiful shadows and

flowers, consider pots and hanging baskets

a good clean, then consider repainting old

patterns across your outdoor space.

to scatter around the garden, or maybe a

any

striking

settings or adding a fresh coat of stain to

water fountain to really make a statement. If

faded timber surfaces to bring them back

your shed or fences are looking a bit drab,

to life. Add a splash of colour with soft

give palings and doors a fresh coat of paint

furnishings and seasonal accessories such

or stain to make everything look new again.

as bright cushions, an outdoor rug, a large mirror, or an autumnal floral arrangement in the centre of your table.

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STAY WARM

SHADE AND PROTECTION

As late autumn settles in, the evenings will get

A bit of sunshine and Vitamin D is good for

cooler so consider ways you can seamlessly

all of us, but the autumn sun can still pack a

transition from daytime entertaining to night

punch and get in the way of a comfortable day

while keeping your guests warm. Create the

of outdoor entertaining. That’s where shade

perfect autumnal evening outdoors with a

comes in – it’s not only important to cool things

gas patio heater, an electric heater mounted

down and protect your skin, but the right

to your exterior wall or alfresco ceiling, or a

choices can make your home look stylish and

brazier or fire pit, which come in all shapes,

sophisticated. Depending on your budget, you

sizes and styles to suit your taste. A heat

could consider a gazebo, install a permanent

source, especially a fire pit, can become the

pergola or hang a lightweight shade sail in a

main feature for everyone to gather together

secluded corner where you can relax and

and snuggle up, so think about how your

unwind. For more flexible options, consider a

furniture is positioned around it. Likewise,

retractable awning or pop-up canopy. If you’re

keep everyone cosy with some soft quality

after something more cost effective, then opt

throws and blankets alongside comfortable

for a large umbrella with UV-resistant material

cushions, which can look particularly stylish if

– it’s not only sun smart but will also create a

matched with your existing furniture and decor.

relaxed, holiday atmosphere at home. These options can also help contain the warmth on cooler autumnal nights.

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POOLSIDE PREPARATIONS A swimming pool is often the centrepiece of a backyard so it’s important to keep it sparkling clean and well-maintained if you’re planning to entertain around it, but especially so if you and your guests are going to swim – with the average high temperature in March reaching around 25 degrees, going for a dip is definitely not off the cards. When it comes to entertaining around your pool, take some time to think about how the space will be used and what type of furniture, lighting and amenities you will need close by. Remember, you want your pool and surrounding area to be inviting and relaxing so consider some statement greenery, comfortable sun lounges with colourful cushions, an umbrella, and even some bright flotation toys for a bit of fun.

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Reshape your small living space Decorating a small area can be challenging, especially when it comes to storage and space, but one thing to remember is that you don’t need to sacrifice style. With studio living, downsizing, apartment developments and modular homes on the rise, now is the perfect time to explore how you can maximise space without breaking the bank. Here are six ideas to get you started.

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MIRROR, MIRROR

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One of the most effective ways to transform a

FLOATING FURNITURE

a mirror – and bonus, they’re budget friendly, to

too. Mirrors fool the eye into thinking the room

strategically position your furniture to take full

is more spacious than it is by adding depth

advantage of the space. For instance, rather

and reflecting light. Add space and make a

than a standing bookshelf or bedside table,

statement with an oversized mirror against

opt for floating shelving instead, and when

a wall or hang a framed mirror in the living

it comes to lighting, install wall sconces and

room as a centrepiece. You could even add a

ceiling pendants instead of using floor lamps.

mirror to the top of a coffee table – the

Likewise, remove your entertainment unit and

reflective surface will have a similar room-

mount your TV to the wall. These small tweaks

enlarging effect.

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A lighter, more neutral colour scheme throughout your interior is an effective way to make your small spaces appear larger than they are. Calm, clean tones and soft, light hues will brighten everything up and make it feel open and airy. Coordinating the colours of walls, furniture and soft furnishings can also make your decor blend and look cohesive as well as make the room less jarring to the eye.


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STORAGE SOLUTIONS Minimalism is key in a small room so rid yourself of mess and clutter to give the illusion of a larger space. Start by clearing all surfaces of miscellaneous items and put them out of sight in a cupboard or drawer or neatly positioned on a shelf. If you are lacking storage, which is common for a small space, then consider floating wall shelves, cubes or ottomans that can also serve as a coffee table or seat, as well as under bed containers to help organise your things and make everything look neat and tidy.

LIGHT IT UP Good lighting can make or break any room – big or small. Unfortunately, compact spaces often lack natural light due to small windows, which can make the space look even smaller, as well as dark and uninviting. If your interior is lacking light, then open up your windows by removing heavy curtains and replace them with sleek blinds. If your tiny space is lacking windows, then artificial light can be equally effective. Opt for mounted wall sconces, hanging pendants or flush mount lights, which won’t take up precious floor space, and make sure each room is well-lit.

CHOOSE WISELY When it comes to tiny spaces, sometimes your furniture can be your biggest enemy. Take a look at your decor carefully – can you reduce the size of your dining table, couch or bed? Investing in smaller, more practical pieces can give you back the space you’re after. Look for furniture options that can fold away easily or that serve multiple purposes. For example, could your dining table function as a desk, your couch as a guest bed, or could your bed provide you with built-in storage underneath? You should also remove any furniture that isn’t used regularly as it’s likely to be taking up valuable space.

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Property podcasts & TV shows to tune into Property renovation, investing and interior design has never been so popular, and with a huge appetite comes an abundance of TV shows and podcasts for our consumption and enjoyment. Whether you’re planning your own home renovation, want to learn more about the real estate market, or simply love to be inspired by beautiful property, follow our guide to the best shows and podcasts to tune into this year.

Podcasts INVESTORS, OWNERS & OCCUPIERS

The Property Couch The Property Couch podcast was launched in 2015 by wealth experts, Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley, and is an insider’s guide to property investing, finance and money management in Australia. Voted Australia’s no.1 property investing podcast, it covers relevant and topical ideas from which property Photography by Will Francis

to buy, structuring your loan, finding the right property investment strategy, to tips for

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bidding at an auction. Between them, Bryce and Ben have combined experience of more than 40 years in the wealth industry and are regularly featured on TV and in print.

Elite Broker by The Adviser

Canberra Property Podcast

On Property Podcast

The Elite Broker podcast discusses some

The Canberra Property Podcast gives you

On Property Podcast offers a light-hearted

of the biggest issues affecting the Australian

behind-the-scenes

Canberra’s

and laid-back approach to all things property.

mortgage industry, and is brought to you by

property experts and showcases the quality

Hosted by Ryan McLean and targeted to the

The Adviser, Australia’s leading publication

outcomes created in property development

younger generation starting their property

for mortgage professionals. Each week, this

and construction. Hosted by local real estate

journey, each episode tackles a different

podcast interviews an Australian mortgage

professional Sam Dodimead, this weekly

aspect of investing in property from finding

broker or a property expert to find out how

podcast features guests from the development

positive cash flow properties, how to choose

they got to where they are now, their tips

industry across the ACT and surrounding

a good mortgage broker, tips for first home

for success, and what they think of the

region who share their background, what

buyers, and ways you can achieve financial

attracted them into the industry, the state of

freedom, plus much more.

current market.

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House Hunters Join people on their fascinating journey to find

The Block

Amazing Interiors

Arguably Australia’s most popular renovation

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is the spirit

families alongside their agents as they search

show, Nine’s The Block will return to our

of Netflix’s Amazing Interiors. This American

the real estate market and how they make the

screens in 2021 for a mammoth 17th season.

show takes viewers to the most fascinating,

important decision to buy a new home. There’s

The hit renovation show will see the new

eccentric and unique interiors across the

a very good reason why this American TV

contestants take on the renovation of five

USA, from backyard rollercoasters and indoor

show is so popular, now with over 170 seasons

properties in Melbourne’s Bronte Court in

aquariums, to a human-sized dollhouse and a

under its belt, so be sure to tune in.

Hampton, a picturesque suburban cul-de-sac.

home turned circus. You will be both shocked

Tune in and join hosts Scott Cam and Shelley

and amazed.

Craft with judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer for another bumper season airing later this year.

House Rules

Grand Designs: Australia Grand Designs: Australia is true to its name, showcasing some of the most spectacular and exciting property designs across the country.

After eight successful seasons watching

Inspired by the British series, the Australian

couples renovate each other’s homes for

installation is hosted by prominent architect

an ultimate prize of $100,000, sadly Seven’s

Peter Maddison who meets home owners (and

House Rules is not returning to our television

their designers and architects) as they build

screens in 2021. While there’s talk the popular

the property of their dreams, all while trying to

renovation show will return, in the meantime

balance big ambition and budget. Available to

you can get your renovation fix and be inspired

watch on ABC’s iView and Foxtel.

by great decorating ideas by streaming their past seasons for free on 7plus.

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Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia will return to

their dream home with Nine’s House Hunters. Each episode follows individuals, couples and

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The Living Room While Network 10’s The Living Room is not your typical property show, it does delve into a range of lifestyle topics including property tips and renovations. Australian designer and building expert, Barry Du Bois, has been the show’s property presenter since 2012 and covers topics from room transformations and interior trends, to water saving tips and to how to pick the right outdoor paint. Head to 10Play for free episodes, unseen extras, and blog articles.

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is on for a new resident landscaper as Charlie

Open Homes Australia

Love It or List It is one of Foxtel’s most popular

Albone will be departing the show this year, but

Watch Nine’s Open Homes Australia and travel

property expert, Andrew Winter and interior

things renovations, interior design and real

around the nation for the greatest and most

designer, Shaynna Blaze remain and will no

estate. Follow hosts and property experts

innovative architectural and real estate design

doubt bring us some of the most impressive

Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker as they

trends Australian has to offer. From multi-million

home makeovers from all corners of Australia.

battle to win over the contestants with a freshly

dollar beach homes to heritage farm houses in

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renovated property, or will they be tempted

rural settings, you’ll be surprised, inspired and

some incredible transformations and see

with a beautiful established home?

left wanting more.

our screens for season 14 this year. The search

and entertaining property shows covering all

how the team gets top dollar for these once ‘unsellable’ properties.

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