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368 CHRISTMAS GIFTS TOO GOOD TO GIVE AWAY LET ’S DO LUNCH OUR MOST EFFORTLESS FESTIVE FEAST!

DECK YOUR HALLS 67 TINSEL-FREE DECORATING IDEAS


LIAM 3-SEATER FABRIC SOFA, $1599 Upholstered in Zepel ‘Trooper’ fabric, the Australian Made Liam sofa combines craftsmanship and quality materials with supreme comfort. Featuring stylish black metal legs the Liam is available in a variety of sizes to suit your lifestyle.

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We know that no great meal is made without a bit of mess. That’s why essastone benchtops are engineered to guard against staining, scratching and citrus acid marks as well as being easy to clean.* To view the new range, visit essastone.com.au *Subject to the conditions and limitations set out in essastone ® ‘Warranty, Care & Maintenance’ brochure.


For a Scandinavian look, pair essastone in Fino Venato for benchtop and essastone in Caolino for splashback with panels in Laminex Impressions Sublime Teak Riven fi nish.


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THE COLOURS OF AUSTRALIA SINCE 1966. COLORBOND steel is a familiar sight around our homes and yards, but there are many larger buildings that incorporate COLORBOND steel into their designs too, such as Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Science and Senior Years Centre. Inspired by a volcanic rock called a ‘thunder egg’, the design uses COLORBOND steel in the colour Monument for its outer skin to ensure that the building fits well in its surroundings and to contrast with the wonderland of colours inside. McBride Charles Ryan architect, Debbie Ryan, said ‘COLORBOND steel helped us out enormously – the cost was reasonable, the material is efficient and it looks beautiful’. Visit COLORBOND.COM to find out more.

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122 LOV ING 2 6 JINGLE BELL ROCK Forget a traditional Christmas decorating palette and try velvety tones and flowy florals

SHOP 5 9 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE No matter your budget, here’s a Santa sack full of gift ideas for friends and family

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3 6 WRAP STARS For the coolest wrapping, check out our DIY pompom, leather bow and mosaic projects

6 9 TRENDS

4 4 CURATIVE FORCES

What’s hot right now? Homewares and fashion inspired by beachy Byron, earthy Ibiza, Mexico modern and Miami glam

Who throws in a coveted job to open an art gallery? Kitty Wong, that’s who!

7 7 MOST WANTED

5 0 NEED TO KNOW

Oh là là… Every day is Christmas with this divine Diptyque advent calendar!

Curvy, comfy and coveted Featherston – the much-loved mid-century furniture – is back, but in contemporary fabrics and new colours

7 9 FEEL GOOD FINDS

8 8 FESTIVE LOVE Christmas is in the sentimental details dotted around this charmingly quirky Danish rental

10 0 RAW & SIMPLE Christmas is a time of giving and our picks this month are from retailers who give back

5 5 SPACE CRUSH A colour artist advises on the deeply luxurious scheme in the Le Roch hotel and spa in Paris

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Nature rules this home in a perfectly imperfect, pared-back, moody interior

112 DREAM WEAVER 8 5 LOOK BOOKS We’ve brought you a swag of books for pressies, decorating, menus and more

Lots of style to steal in a laid-back Sydney home that’s dressed for a chilled-out Chrissy

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12 2 INTO THE WOODS

Making shell necklaces on a far-flung beach inspired designer Julia to follow her passion

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15 1 DECK THE HALLS Gather up flowers and greenery to make one of these five lush ’n’ lovely wreaths

E AT 15 9 CHRISSY WITH THE GIRLS Invite your friends over for the most-relaxed Christmas lunch. Six easy dishes matched with delicious wines. Merry Christmas!

WA NDER 17 3 BEYOND BALI Escape the crowds and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the beach on Gili Meno island, Bali’s quiet neighbour. Bliss! @reallivingmag

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ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS Laid-back living Shore pendant in Natural Rattan, $149, Beacon Lighting. 40cm diameter.

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Earring inspired Torremato “Bon Ton N2DI” pendant, $929, Lighterior.

LT04 Colour light by Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik, $2430, Living Edge. SANDY DAO

MUST WATCH Don’t miss our resident man about the house Tim Ross’ brilliant new two-part series Streets of Your Town (Centenary Pool, Brisbane, pictured below, gets a look in). Both hilarious and insightful, Tim takes us on a tour of suburban Australia to trace why our notion of the “dream home” evolved from modernist masterpieces to McMansions. Catch it on November 8 and 15 at 8.30pm on ABC TV and iView.

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Christmas ready! We shot this beautiful old terrace for our Christmas rooms story – and she sparkled big time. See more on page 26.

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Turkish vintage wash bamboo towel in Raspberry, $59, Atolyia. SARAH ELLISON

Byredo “Gypsy Water” eau de parfum, $240 for 100ml, Mecca. LISA BURDEN

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THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD: Those who LOVE the festive season and those who don’t. I fall firmly in the former camp. I have been known to whistle Christmas carols in July, I believe turkey is the unsung champion of roast dinners and when I get a whiff of star jasmine, my heart skips a beat (growing up in Queensland this was always the first hint that Santa season was around the corner). Christmas came early for me this year when we shot our cover story and I got to see inside a gorgeous, rambling Victorian terrace – complete with its own stables. Sure, the paint was peeling and I may have fallen through a hole in the floor, but what the old girl lacked in polish, she made up for in personality – in one room even the floorboards were painted bright pink! It’s those unexpected, personal touches that make your home – especially at this time of year – truly special. Hopefully, after devouring this bumper Christmas issue, which is filled with glorious gifts and decorating inspo with naught a red-and-green bauble in sight, you’ll feel as excited about the silly season as I am. Whatever your plans are, from all the team here at real living, we wish you a safe and stylish holiday. See you in 2017!


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Experience the real warmth of wood and natural beauty with a Quick-Step timber floor in your house. You can fit Quick-Step timber floors in no time at all thanks to the simple Uniclic® Multifit click system. Moreover, you can enjoy the benefits of your floor at once. These loors do not need any treatment after fitting, so you don’t need to sandpaper them. You don’t get any dust in your house and you don’t need to give them a coat of varnish, oil, or lacquer. That’s easy, isn’t it? The oil and lacquer finishes make these stylish wooden loors highly resistant to wear, stains, and scratches, so they are ideal for your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or children’s playroom.

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FIND YOUR DREAM FLOOR. See what a Quick-Step timber loor would look like in your own interior with the Floor Advisor, the best online interior tool. Simply visit www.quick-step.com.au, upload a picture of your room and start matching your loor style. You can also find a dealer on the website.

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Flat White The Creatista is the first Nespresso machine to offer the world-famous Flat White in its menu.

WHEN IT COMES TO COFFEE C U LT U R E , AU S T R A L I A L E A D S T H E WO R L D I N TA S T E A N D TA L E N T. If there’s one thing Australia knows, it’s great coffee. We invented the Flat White, and our worldclass baristas are sought after in Paris, New York, Rome and beyond for their creativity and expertise. Now, with the Nespresso Creatista, you can create the perfect baristastyle coffee at home with more of your own personal touches than ever before. Featuring an automated steam wand, multiple milk foam textures and temperatures for you to select from, you can effortlessly achieve the perfect milk for silky smooth latte art.

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Heart t PRO TIP The heart is the basic latte art design. Pour the milk from an elevated position so it glides under the coffee. When the cup is ¾ full, bring the jug closer to allow the foam to rise to the top. Gently wiggle your wrist left to right. To finish, trace a straight line from the top and run it across the forming heart. SKILL L LEVEL Beginner latte artist ar

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Cool Christmas Steer clear of traditional festive colour palettes this season and instead opt for metallic decorations and bold, free-form florals, BYO puppy! Turn the page for more decorating ideas for your home. A

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JINGLE BELL ROCK DECORATE YOUR ROOMS FOR CHRISTMAS WITH LUXE TEXTURES AND SURPRISING PALETTES STYLING SARAH ELLISON PHOTOGRAPHY MAREE HOMER


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CHERRY RED, FOREST GREEN AND GOLD might be the classic palette for Christmas decorating, but we love the idea of bringing a contemporary feel to the celebrations by adding cool blues, pastel pinks and deep plum colours to your space for the festive season. Include shiny copper and aged brass to create a luxe touch and finish off with a fresh pine tree. ROOM NOTES Experiment by combining rugs with different patterns that share a similar palette. “It’ll add colour and interest, and is a much more economical way to cover a large space than just one big single floor rug,” says stylist Sarah Ellison, who created the rooms on these pages. A

Berry beautiful Claude sofa, $8350, Arthur G. Cubist coffee tables, $260 each, Clickon Furniture. 8ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. Kelly armchair, $2774, Jardan. ON SOFA FROM LEFT Haiku Punch cushion, $245, and Toulouse Spice lumbar cushion, $155, Le Marc. ON COFFEE TABLE FROM LEFT Small Balloon Dawg sculpture, $279, The Vignette Room. Ferm Living candleholders, small, $39, and large, $49, Urban Couture. Lens box, $80, Hay. ON TREE FROM TOP Beaded star votive, $29.95, Ruby Star Traders. Plug-in string lights (10m), $69, The Woodsfolk. Small Decadence heart decorations, $9.95 each, Plain Kite decoration, $23.95 for six, Small Decadence glass baubles in Antique Cream and Gold, $9.95 each, Ruby Star Traders. ON FLOOR KIL296 Turkish kilim rug (back), $1800, 3.21m x 1.78m, and KIL299 Turkish kilim rug (front), $1800, 2.98m x 1.63m, Perryman Carpets. ON MANTLE See overleaf. MODEL WEARS Dress, $119, Zara. Shoes, $159, Zara. OPPOSITE Paper star, $65, Ruby Star Traders. 75cm diameter. real living

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SPRAWLING FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS are a creative way to decorate forgotten ledges and mantelpieces. The incredible masterpiece on this page was custom-made for real living by Sydney-based florist Hermetica Flowers, using ranunculus, roses, sweet peas, vanda orchids and passionfruit vine, but you can make a similar arrangement at home with an oasis foam base (these can be bought at florists or online) and your favourite blooms. Choose long-lasting flowers and foliage that drapes and falls whimsically to help create an interesting focal point. Pair your arrangement with a grouping of votive candles in aged metallic finishes – candlelight is one Christmas tradition we’d never skip on! “By mixing old and new objects, you can really have fun with colours and styles,” Sarah explains. “It’ll make almost any room feel inviting.” A Bloomin’ lovely FROM LEFT Tom Dixon “Stone Brass” candleholders, tall, $285, and short, $245, De De Ce. Down To The Woods “Oro” wreath, $115, The Woodsfolk. Discoball fine art print, $1800 (unframed), Dina Broadhurst. 60cm x 90cm. Large poster frame in Black, $15, Kmart. 60cm x 90cm. Decadence glass votives, small in Antique Gold, $15.95, large in Antique Petrol, $22.95, and large in Antique rose, $22.95, Ruby Star Traders. Floral arrangement, $300, Hermetica Flowers.

TRY PLACING A PRINT ON YOUR MANTLE, RATHER THAN HANGING IT, FOR A MORE EDGY, RELAXED FEEL

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IF YOU’RE A “LESS IS MORE” PERSON take this approach to your Christmas decorating by incorporating just one or two small festive touches into your rooms. “Keep your decorations to a minimum and instead focus on lighting,” says Sarah, “It can make all the difference.” In this room, the warm glow created by candles on the mantelpiece creates the perfect mood, while silver stars and a white wreath offer a subtle nod to the festive season. ROOM NOTES Don’t overlook your display of gifts as a key element in your decor. Choose one or two gorgeous papers in a complementary palette so they look cohesive with their surrounds. In this room we’ve gone for an on-trend look with marble-patterned paper, which works in well with the subtle palette of dusty hues. If you’re after a style that’s a little more decadent, try metallics. For more inspo, check out our clever gift wrapping ideas on page 36. A

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writer lucy e. cousins | fashion styling jesse hart | styling assistants lisa burden, sara cosford

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Dining finery Daphne dining chair, $565, Globewest. Mimosa concrete dining table, $1222, Matt Blatt. All Sorts ottoman, Zenith Interiors. ON MANTLE FROM LEFT Gifts wrapped in Marble wrapping paper in Pink, $7.50 a sheet, The Minimalist. “Merry Christmas” card, $24.95 for 10, Blacklist Store. Love is truth framed print, $249.95, Blacklist Store. 50cm x 70cm. By Lassen “Line” candleholder, $209, Urban Couture. Seed vase, $220, Jardan. “Merci” card, $5.95, Blacklist Store. Down To The Woods “Blush” wreath. $79.95, The Woodsfolk. ON TABLE FROM LEFT Cheese board in Lilac Suede, $149, and coasters, $59 for four, Keep Resin. Gordon Ramsay “Union Street” 27cm plates, $19.95 each, and 18cm cereal bowls, $15.95 each, Royal Doulton. Gold lines white wine glass, $54, Gold dot low glass, $33, and carafe, $77, Hay. Decadence glass votives in Antique Petrol and Antique Gold, small, $15.95 each, and large, $22.95 each, Ruby Star Traders. IN WINDOW Beaded star hanging votives in Charcoal, $29.95, Ruby Star Traders. OPPOSITE as before, plus Down To The Woods feather cluster in Gold, $4.95, The Woodsfolk. “Peace Love Joy” card, $24.95 for 10, Blacklist Store. real living

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’TIS THE SEASON to experiment with luxurious textures and bright colours. We particularly love the combination of feathers and velvet, as shown on these pages. If you’re entertaining, it’s the perfect opportunity to mix these in with touches of vintage crystal and brass. Also, think about festive decorations at floor level, like the intricate paper star (opposite). This is a more contemporary approach to Christmas decor – it creates an understated, low-key look. ROOM NOTES Deciding on the right Christmas colour palette for decorating your home can be challenging. Sarah recommends choosing decorations that speak to your home’s existing colour scheme, rather than adding a completely new set of hues. “Take some of the ideas from these pages, and see how they fit into your home – it’s all about the fun of experimenting,” she says. R All is calm OPPOSITE Diamond Button ottoman in Petrol Blue, $3380, Arthur G. 1.2m x 1.2m x 39cm. 8ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. ON MANTLE FROM LEFT Flynn mirror, $405, Life Interiors. 1m x 1.2m. Large Decadence votive in Antique Green, $22.95, Ruby Star Traders. Large brass candleholder, $30, The Vignette Room, holding By Lassen candle in Black, $4, Urban Couture. Vintage crystal decanter, $110, The Vignette Room. Large Decadence votive, as before. Candleholder and candle, as before. Small Decadence votive in Antique Green, $15.95, Ruby Star Traders. Small Decadence votive, as before. Down To The Woods “Midnight” feather wreath, $79.95, The Woodsfolk. Iver large vessel, $129, Country Road. IN FIREPLACE Pillar candles, $6 each, and vanilla and jasmine pillar candles, $3 each, Kmart. ON OTTOMAN FROM LEFT Art Deco round tray in Gold, $475, Ruby Star Traders. Brandy glasses, $30 for two, and vintage crystal decanter, $110, The Vignette Room. ON TREE Beaded star votive in Charcoal, $29.95, Ruby Star Traders. MODEL WEARS Dress, $390, Alice McCall. ON FLOOR Paper star, $65, Ruby Star Traders. 75cm diameter.

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IY EE DS OR R H I T H TXUR IOU ON E W S E LU RY ESSI AY FUL , OR EV E R P E L F A L ISDE A S – PET H I NG N O S PER W R A P I E’S SOM GI FTY – T H ER E DG HOW TO MAKE PROJECT Pompom wow You will need Yarn, fork, sharp scissors. Step 1 Wrap yarn around fork prongs. Step 2 After 15 to 20 revolutions, thread piece of yarn through fork’s middle prongs and tie firmly around layers of yarn. Step 3 Carefully remove tied yarn from prongs. Cut each loop at the centre point, fluff out into ball, then trim to neaten. PROJECT Freehand colour pop paper You will need Plain white wrapping paper, paint in various colours (we used wall paint sample pots), paintbrush. Step 1 Select paint colour and paint short, fat strokes on paper. Let dry. Step 2 With another colour, paint strokes slightly overlapping first strokes. Let dry. Step 3 Repeat steps 1 and 2, layering colours with strokes in different directions until you’re happy with results. PROJECT Cute woolly tassels You will need Yarn, 5cm x 10cm piece of cardboard, scissors. Step 1 Wrap ball of yarn around longer sides of cardboard about 15 times. Cut ball of yarn. Step 2 Cut 15cm piece of yarn and slide one end under wrapped yarn on one side of cardboard. Pull to top and tie in loose knot. Step 3 At bottom of tassel, cut through layers of yarn. Carefully remove cardboard. Step 4 Tighten knot at tassel’s top then thread piece through bead for tying to gift. Step 5 Cut another piece of yarn and wrap around tassel, about 1cm from top. Tie a knot, then tuck ends into tassel. A @reallivingmag

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THE LOOK Sophisticated neutrals with a feminine touch, for the design lovers in your life. Leather bows add modern opulence. Attach simple cards with washi tape for a crafty finish.

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PROJECT Music mosaic box You will need Gift box, hot glue gun, old CDs, sharp scissors. Step 1 Use scissors to cut CD into pieces. Step 2 Heat hot glue gun, then glue shattered CD pieces on top of gift box, forming mosaic pattern. Allow to cool. PROJECT Black and silver shard tags You will need Black and silver sheets of A4 card, scissors, black cord or string. Step 1 Cut various-sized shard shapes out of both black and silver sheets of card.

Step 2 Tie a small knot at end of cord. Step 3 Make small hole in top of each card tag, then thread cord through hole of first shard until it catches on the knot at end. Step 4 Tie second knot on cord after first shard, leaving enough space between knots so shards can swing freely. Thread cord through hole of second shard in alternating colour until it catches on second knot. Step 5 Tie third knot on cord after second shard, then thread cord through hole of third one in alternating colour until it catches on third knot. Cut cord then tie or tape to gift. R

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MEET KITTY WONG, A FORMER FASHION BUYER WHO FOLLOWED HER DREAM TO OPEN HER OWN GALLERY

c u r a t iv e fo r c e s KITTY WONG WAS A SENIOR BUYER for luxury brand Gucci, a highly sought-after role for any fashionista, but threw it all in to open her contemporary art gallery Saint Cloche early last year. “I needed a new challenge, and I wanted to apply my skills as a seasoned buyer and merchandiser to the arts – buying is a form of curation,” Kitty says. “I’ve always been interested in the art of curation – behind every great artist is a great curator.” In Kitty’s gallery in leafy Paddington, aesthetics are key. The elegantly restrained design – including marble and @reallivingmag

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brass-framed plinths, polished concrete flooring and European steel-framed windows – allows the exhibitions to really shine. This clean, high-spec style is repeated in her home, situated above the gallery. It, too, features marble furniture, concrete-look tiles and crisp white walls. For Kitty, living above the gallery has distinct advantages. “There’s the convenience of simply walking down to work and popping back up after a late, opening-night event,” she says. “And I love waking up in beautiful tree-lined Paddington, surrounded by heritage architecture.” A


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Instant garden Kitty’s private terrace – above the gallery – includes a selection of drought-tolerant potted plants such as cacti and succulents. Her best interior decorating tip involves the leafy greens. “A well-curated display of plants or foliage adds texture and warmth to your home,” she says. Pot plants also greet visitors to the gallery (bottom right). Still smiling More artworks (far left) that featured in Egyboy and Angus Gardner’s S-MILE show.

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10 QUESTIONS WITH KITTY WONG 1. Hi, Kitty. Where did you grow up and what did you want to be when you were a child? “I lived in Malaysia until I was 13. I thought I’d be an artist but instead I studied graphic arts and fashion design.” 2. Who are your creative influences? “Architects Joseph Dirand and Oscar Niemeyer, architect/designers Stéphane Parmentier and Le Corbusier, and interior designers Ryan Korban and Rossana Orlandi.” 3. What is the most inspiring space you’ve ever walked into? “From recent travels, it’s Villa Balbianello, Lake Como. It was once a monastery then lastly home to explorer Guido Monzino, who filled it with rich collections, including artefacts acquired on expeditions.” 4. You love travel – where’s your fave holiday destination? “Capri.” 5. On the subject of faves, what fashion item are you enjoying right now? “I’m loving the latest addition to my white sneaker collection, the Céline pull-on sneakers in White.” 6. And what’s your favourite colour? “White.” 7. What is your most treasured item? “My 1930s engagement ring.” 8. What is your go-to gift to give? “Functional ceramics.” 9. What is the quality you admire most in other people? “Joie de vivre or joy of living. I admire those people who are passionate in life – go-getters who live to the fullest.” 10. And what are you most proud of? “Starting Saint Cloche and having the courage to leave my secure, high-flying role at Gucci.” A @reallivingmag

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YOU’LL WANT TO TAKE A SEAT AS THESE COVETED FURNITURE DESIGNS MAKE A RETURN

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SO SENSUOUS, SO COMFY, SO WORTH A RELAUNCH! Seventeen pieces of Grant Featherston’s much-loved, mid-century furniture have made a welcome return. Characterised by sculptural forms and clean lines, the designs won hearts when they were first released between 1947 and 1974. The reissued pieces, while true to the originals, have been revitalised with contemporary fabrics and colours to tantalise 21st-century design lovers. 2. Grant, born in Geelong in 1922, was a self-taught lighting and glass-panel designer. After serving in World War II, he returned to Melbourne to design furniture, opening a showroom in 1956. Almost 10 years later, he married Mary Currey, a graduate in interior design from RMIT. The couple, who shared a love of nature and a belief that design should reflect people’s everyday lives, collaborated until Grant’s death in 1995. The next year, they were inaugural inductees into the Design Institute of Australia’s “Design Hall of Fame”. 3. The Featherston 2016 collection is a collaboration between Mary, manufacturer Gordon Mather Industries and Melbourne-based distributor Grazia & Co. Watch out for Grazia’s second showroom, due to open in Sydney early next year, by appointment only. Find out more at Graziaandco.com.au. R

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Fine form The organic Scape chair of 1960 resulted from Grant Featherston’s fascination with the human form. Accordingly, he designed a male and female version, the latter having lower armrests for optimum comfort. We’re lusting after this male incarnation in luscious pink velvet; $4190.

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FIAT 500X PROMOTION

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ON COVER: Model wears Condura headscarf, Zara top (underneath dress), Talulah dress, Megan Park wearing, Christie Nicolaides cufs. LEFT: Model wears Condura headscarf, Oasis dress, all jewellery by Christie Nicolaides, Senso heels.

MADE IN ITALY

For the last century, Italy has been synonymous with the finest examples of interior design. It is widely acknowledged as a leading trendsetter in furniture design and the art of creating beauty within the home, whether that be a sophisticated, rustic, modern or exotic look. Comfort and elegance define Italian style and allow the individual to add accents of colour and soft accessories such as cushions and throws to iconic pieces of furniture. That ability to blend styles, empowers the homeowner to mix design favourites and personal touches such as art and literature, both in the luxurious surrounds of a classic Italian villa or to complement the metropolitan lifestyle of a modern apartment. That seamless fusion of classic and modern style is a hallmark of Italian interior design and with such wide appeal and desirability it has made the “Made In Italy” phrase an internationally recognised standard of excellence.

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LEADERS Let the European style leaders add an air of sophistication and iconic design to your home interiors.

LEADERs IN DESIGN For over fifty years a quarter of a million visitors annually converge on the Salone Internazionale del Mobile during Milan Design Week to view the latest furniture and design products from around the world. It is a prime example of the influence of Italian design and its position at the epicentre of the global industry. With a reputation for the highest quality and creative innovation, Italy continues to be the world leader in furniture design by adapting to trends and working with some of the biggest Italian names in the fashion world such as Prada, Versace and Gucci.

From interior to industrial, fashion to car design, Italians are style leaders and trendsetters right across the board.

Missoni cushion, candle & throw, Spence and Lyda; Mario Luca Giusti glass, Top3; Zara clutch.

ADD A TOUCH OF ITALIAN STYLE

The FIAT 500X boldly continues the Italian design aesthetic of style excellence in harmony with functionality, to provide the best possible driver experience. It incorporates the iconic FIAT 500 shape and styling with essential modern features such as 16-18 inch alloy wheels, Chrome Satin exterior finish and deep tint sunscreen glass*. The ability to infuse your own personality into the car is made possible with bonnet and roof decals, two-tone wheel kits and personalised side mirrors and key covers*. The FIAT 500X will become an extension of your own style, whether you’re shopping for a family meal, embarking on a road trip or hitting the town for a night out. Find out more at fiat.com.au/fiat500x

*Features & optional extras specified available on select models in the 500X range at additional cost.

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THE NEW FIAT 500X BRINGS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF STYLE, PERFORMANCE AND PERSONALITY TO THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE.

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No one does it like Italy, the leaders in style & design

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Indulge in Italian fashion, explore art galleries and the showrooms of the world’s leading interior designers.

DESIGNER DESTINATIONS

DESIGNER POWER When it comes to the beloved FIAT 500, FIAT just couldn’t help themselves. So they took one of Italy’s most popular small cars and gave it more of, well, everything. The result is the irresistible 500X.

DESIGNER STYLE

From the Tuscan countryside to its idyllic islands and historic cities, Italy is an endlessly stylish adventure.

Late last year FIAT launched the new 500X, an all-new entrant for the Italian brand into the small SUV segment. The 500X is a crossover SUV that combines an off-road and city look and lives up to the FIAT name by being cheeky, proud and individual. Still in keeping with the enduring charm and characteristics of the iconic 500, the 500X offers everything you would expect in a quality modern SUV including design, AWD, technology, performance as well as state-of-the-art safety and security features. Importantly, designers and engineers added more space, utility and ground clearance to the 500X ensuring its suitability for modern living and transportation requirements while retaining that unmistakeable FIAT look. With the option to personalise with a range of decals and wheel kits, you can add your own style to the character and inherent attitude of the 500X.

DESIGNER TASTE Enjoy the rich & indulgent cuisine of Southern Italy.

STATE-OF-THE-ART Incorporating design quality, integrity and technology makes the new FIAT 500X a fun, safe and exhilarating driving experience. For more information fiat.com.au/fiat500x ®FIAT is a registered trademark of FCA Group Marketing S.p.A.

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VEDERE COSA C’È GRANDE DEL DESIGN ITALIANO (SEE WHAT’S BIG IN ITALIAN DESIGN)

There’s no hiding the distinctive style of this compact crossover. Like the Fiat 500, the larger Fiat 500X would look just at home on the runway as the driveway. So to get around in the most sophisticated Italian design going, visit fiat.com.au Overseas model shown. ®Fiat is a registered trademark of FCA Group Marketing S.p.A.


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FRENCH INTERIOR DESIGNER AND COLOUR ARTIST SARAH LAVOINE COLLABORATED WITH ARCHITECT VINCENT BASTIE to create a 37-room hideaway that

Strike it rich We love the deep teal used throughout the rooms. It beautifully complements the sea greens and blues in the bar and library spaces (bottom left).

Hot & steamy Each of the suites features a hammam steam bath, plus bathtubs and basins from Kaldewei (source them locally from Reece).

features a private garden, library and a luxurious spa.

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LAP UP THE LUXURY OF THIS COOL HOTEL AND SPA IN THE 1ST ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS

Gastronomique Guests can wind down in front of a leafy outlook while considering whether to try out the hotel’s plush restaurant for dinner. From $505 a night. 28 rue SaintRoch, Paris 75001; Designhotels.com

CARRARA MARBLE SURFACES, WALNUT FLOORING, CASSINA FURNITURE AND A SOPHISTICATED PALETTE CREATES A REFINED, CONTEMPORARY FEEL THAT’S DECKED OUT WITH MOD CONS. IT’S A SLICE OF MODERN LUXURY IN A TRADITIONAL PARISIAN ’HOOD. R real living

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Think beyond the frame with the Fujifilm instax printer, and print your art from any smartphone, anywhere, anytime. INSTAX AS ART Make your interior more personal and artful by turning your snaps into a creative feature. Use the prints to get creative ve e in your interior space. EASY PRINTING Just by downloading Fujifilm’s instax SHARE E free app, you can have e smartphone images printed in a snap and make copies with the reprint button. SHARE THE LOVE Share your pics on social media, then use the Fujifilm instax app to print these pics direct from Facebook or Instagram. Like!

We used the black and white in-app filter to give all our snaps a unified stylish look. Love!

Start by getting the instax SHARE app on your phone. It’s free at the App Store and Google Play. Visit fujifilm.com.au


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I WENT BACKPACKING for two years after uni. My last stop was Costa Rica, and one day I was sitting on the beach, making seed and shell necklaces. They’d been teaching me how to make them on the farm I was staying at and I just loved it. In that moment, I knew I was going to pursue jewellery making. As soon as I returned to Sydney I enrolled in a jewellery manufacture course at TAFE and got an apprenticeship. IN THE 10 YEARS BEFORE I STARTED WOODFOLK my work was very much about diamonds and precious stones. I continued that for a long time, working for two companies, and myself. AFTER I HAD THE IDEA FOR WOODFOLK, I did a lot of research to find the best place to have the pieces made. I’ve always wanted to go to Nepal, and I saw online that they are well known for wood carving, so I headed out there to see what I could find. I was showing my drawings to someone and another guy saw them and said to me, “my dad is a wood carver, I think we can find some people to help you”. His father made some samples and they were exactly what I wanted. I’ve been working with him ever since! IT’S A VERY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP. I’m not working with a factory; my pieces are created by a family and their community. HAVING MY OWN BUSINESS is hard work. I work 60 to 70 hours a week but I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else. Running your own business has its challenges, but there’s also a lot of learning and growth that comes with it. I need to be switched on all the time and remain clear and grounded. You have to look yourself in the eye and become a stronger person. R

Small wonders Blues Volcano vases, $35 each, Woodfolk.

Beads please FROM TOP Salty Blue Bead necklace, $68, U-Shape necklace in Dusty Peach, $45, Circle Cluster necklace, $126, Springtime necklace, $95, Woodfolk.

Plate up Salty Blue Canoe platter, and Salty Rose Oval platter, from $40 each, Woodfolk.

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BOULEVARD 3 seater sofa in charme italian leather RAW coffee table in clear lacquer.

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For the presents Pick a gift or two from our guide and you’ll be everyone’s favourite Santa this year! Flip the page for more gorgeous gifts at every price point. A FROM TOP Extra large Disc vase in Charcoal, $62.70, MRD Home. Atti salad servers in Gold, $54.95, Country Road. SOH “Petiole” candle, $59, The Candle Library. Lalique “Encre Noire A L’Extréme” eau de toilette fragrance for men, $199 for 100ml, Vintage Luggage Company. Large Mali bowl, $129, Country Road. Medium Flip Flop Slip rectangle dish in Teal/ White, $28, Curious Grace. Solid Brass Sphere paper weight, $49.95, Behr & Co. Laptop case, $249, The Horse. BACKGROUND Laminex “Brook Pebble”, from $84.26 a sq m.

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confidence to take the leap from design being a hobby to making it my career.

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Snuggle up! Aneau’s quilts were captured by photographer Hannah Scott-Stevenson in the village of Purkal, India, where they are made.

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Ready to rumble “It’s a child’s dream come true,” says Pi Bjørg Lind of her traditionally decorated Christmas tree in the living/dining room. “We have a daughter who jumps on furniture and creates caves from rugs – so the interior needs to be able to handle this,” Pi says. “When she gets older, we can buy fragile furniture and expensive art.” The blue rug came from Morocco, while the sofa was bought from a thrift store and reupholstered. A

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Rhapsody in blue Colour inspires Pi’s decor – she has decorated her apartment around a blue theme, including a medley of heirlooms, designer pieces, her ceramics and thrift-shop finds. Favourite things In the kitchen (opposite), a flexible Porsa shelf system features narrow shelves for displaying items (including a Höganäs teapot, a gift from Pi to her tea-loving husband, and a tea cosy from her grandmother) and a larger shelf that doubles as bench space and worktop, complete with an Ikea lamp and chair. The photo of a pregnant Pi was snapped by her husband. @reallivingmag

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WHILE THEY LIVE IN A RENTED APARTMENT, ceramicist Pi Bjørg Lind and her husband Rasmus have made it uniquely their own. Before moving in, they painted the apartment white, creating a blank canvas to make their colourful, creative mark. It didn’t matter that the walls were slightly off-kilter in the 85-sq-m flat – it added to its character, which the couple love. “The apartment is very old and leaning walls are part of it – I find that particular style very beautiful and original,” Pi says of her Copenhagen home. “It exudes an old, creative soul, which describes our style well.” But first up, the couple split the large main bedroom into two, in order to create a second bedroom for daughter Zoe. Then they added their own creative brushstrokes. A blue palette, inspired by the Moroccan rug in their living room, was chosen for the furnishings, creating a calming atmosphere. Much of the furniture – found in thrift shops or kerbside – is hardy, making it perfect for a little one who likes to climb. While Pi would have preferred an original, vintage kitchen, she was able to use the space to her advantage by creating a cosy nook with storage – a large shelf doubles as a small table. “It has always been my dream to have a little corner for enjoying breakfast or a cup of coffee,” she says. The “old, creative soul” that attracted Pi and Rasmus to the apartment also inspired their interior decoration. In Pi’s words, the couple’s style is “practical, unpretentious and fun”. While they have a few designer pieces, the most precious of all are worn and sentimental objects. A faded rug came from Rasmus’ dad, while a patchwork quilt was an early gift from Pi’s stepfather to her mother. A Christmas-themed artwork, which graces their living room wall during the festive season, was painted by Pi’s grandfather, and an old Christmas rug from a flea market covers the couple’s bed in December. “It was bundled with other stuff to fill a bag and sold cheaply,” Pi says of the rug. “I could see the many hours of handiwork in it, so we use it for our bedspread.” The apartment is packed with pieces with fantastic tales to tell; the stuff Zoe’s bedtime stories are made of. R

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Shelf contained In the living space, Pi’s ceramics – such as the Christmas tree – mingle with special finds on a Hay “Woody” shelving system. Tuft decision In the dining area (opposite), Pi flipped the rug to conceal fading, and showcase its craftsmanship. “I like that you can see how it is made,” she says. It came from her father-in-law’s old office and she loved it on first sight. “It just called my name!” she recalls. Fritz Hansen chairs at the homemade table were bought at auction. A

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Your best Christmas memory? “I have a lot, but the first Christmas night I spent in my own home – at this address – was very special.” How do you make Christmas magical for your daughter? “I think Christmas decorations should contain mystique plus elements of fantasy and superstition. It’s a classic tradition in Denmark to put a bowl of rice pudding in the attic for the elves. Zoe loves that!” When do you start decorating? “Early December. I keep a big box with Christmas stuff, which goes to all corners of our flat. I prefer something found in nature, something old and something made by children.” What’s your fave decoration? “An elf landscape made by my grandfather. It hung in his living room during the Christmas months. It has inbuilt lights, so the church, the moon and the windows of the houses light up when the painting is on. It has become a tradition that Zoe turns it on every morning before she opens her advent calendar.” Do you have any other traditions? “Every year, I have new ideas or designs I need to test. One is a Christmas landscape, made out of cotton balls, in the window of Zoe’s room.” A

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Clever cookie Pi borrowed the adjustable Juno bed from her sister for Zoe. It was designed by architect Viggo Einfeldt in the 1940s to grow with the child. The bookcase was a kerbside find and the rug, like the rug in the dining area, came from her father-in-law’s office. Two into one The large main bedroom was divided by a nib wall to create a small second bedroom for Zoe. The sofa came from Pi’s mum. “She has a thing for leopard print,” Pi says. The framed photo is by her husband Rasmus. Child’s play Having a few decorations at child-height means Zoe can get involved with the Christmas preparations. Tiny ornaments adorn pot plants and the brown envelope advent calendar was a gift from Pi to Rasmus that includes stories of their time together and small pieces of paper with written compliments.

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All in the family During December, Pi covers her bed with “the Christmas bedspread”, placing it on top of a patchwork quilt that was a gift from her German stepfather to her mother. “He bought it in Berlin, and after many years, I begged him to give it to me,” Pi says. The star was bought at a vintage shop. Wave pillowcases are from Hay. A

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Colours and finishes FROM LEFT Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Pure Blue Quarter, $85.90 for 4L. Snow Leopard fabric in Silver, $16.99 a m (150cm wide), Spotlight. Murobond Pure Low Sheen paint in Just White, $89 for 4L. Herringbone Block flooring in Smoked, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. For stockists, see page 193.

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T H E TA BL E IS SET FOR CH R IST M A S W I T H A M I X OF SECON D-H A N D A N D heirloom cutlery, candlesticks, napkins and an aromatic bouquet (bay leaf, thyme, oregano and pine tied with ribbon) on each plate. “Candlelight, earthy colours and organic materials create a cosy and natural ambience,” says homeowner Niels Strøyer Christopherson. A Frama Studio “F56 Trestle” is perfect for entertaining. A bauble, star and pine cones (opposite) create a beautiful vignette. A

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T H IS I N T R IGU I NG 9.5° CH A I R ( BELOW L EFT ) BY B.FEX IS STOCK ED BY HOM EOW N ER N I ELS’ design studio, Frama, and also features in the raw, muted interiors of his apartment. A collection of foraged branches makes an arty Christmas tree! Niels prefers to wrap his own gifts rather than have them wrapped in a shop. “I like to give them a personal touch, decorating them with things like wooden sticks, wooden pegs, thin rope and an interesting grey wrapping paper that I found,” he says. A

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Family and tradition are important to Niels. On Christmas Eve, he and his mum travel for an hour to attend a church ser vice at a 12th-centur y church. For Christmas dinner, the family enjoys duck f illed with prunes and oranges, ser ved with redcurrant jelly, red cabbage and potatoes.

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Walls and floors were stripped back; the muted tones and subtle textures lending a raw, slightly industrial, yet sophisticated, look to the space

T H E DOOR BET W EEN T H E BEDROOM A N D dining room has been replaced with glass to allow natural light to flow between the rooms. OPPOSITE A plant adds a structural element (left). Niels’ living room is a mix of vintage furniture and modern design, including the “Table, Bench, Chair” by Sam Hecht (centre). Herbs and sprigs make an aromatic place setting (right).

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NIELS STRØYER CHRISTOPHERSEN can go from lying in bed to being at work within minutes – his home is under the same roof as his design company, Frama, which focuses on solid materials with natural finishes and simple geometry. Located in the charming, historic Nyboder district of Copenhagen, the 125-sq-m ground-floor work studio/private apartment was originally a pharmacy, from 1876 to 1950. It was modernised in the 1980s and 1990s, but Niels and his business partner, Driton Memisi, wanted to restore it, making sure it still retained its character. “The original wooden features, beautiful ceiling and the soul are still here,” Niels explains of their makeunder. To give the former pharmacy a more moody feel, walls and floors were stripped back to take the space back to its original condition, exposing interesting flaws and textures. “Moving the radiators and building radiator boxes with graphite black marble tops has also made a big change,” Niels says. The authentic feel of the pared-back interiors complements the collection of Frama products, which are scattered around the place. A

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T H E FR EE-STA N DI NG FR A M A ST U DIO K I TCH EN (OPPOSI T E ) takes centre stage. Comprised of a metal frame and timber, it looks more like a feature design piece than kitchen cabinetry. A timber-encased sink holds pieces of spruce, in readiness for Christmas decorating. The lamp (below) is a project from Frama. A concrete chair sits in the room like a sculpture. A

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Frama’s signature look is sharp lines and clean geometric shapes, with pieces made from simple, organic materials, such as stone, cork, marble, iron, wood, glass and wool – a perfect match for Niels’ apartment. “The home is filled with honest and pure design,” he says. But his place is not just a showcase for the studio’s pieces; it also includes a careful selection of vintage and second-hand buys as well as travel finds; Niels has travelled widely and considers his home a place where memories and travel experiences merge. “It’s a culmination of Paris, where I lived, the canal houses in Amsterdam, and an apartment that could have been in one of Kafka’s books – like a tale of man still seeking his identity in the city,” he explains. But of all the carefully curated designer pieces and travel treasures that show his love for solid materials, natural elements, patina and imperfection, it’s Niels’ bath which is his favourite item in his home. “I really appreciate my bath – it gives me an opportunity to take time out,” he says. Simple pleasures in a simply sophisticated home. R


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L I K E T H E R EST OF T H E A PA RT M EN T, T H E BEDROOM WA L LS A N D FLOOR S H AV E been stripped back. Furnishings, too, are kept minimal – functionality, aesthetics and simplicity are key. The bed is from LLLP, and the light on the floor is from Frama. OPPOSITE An old step ladder is transformed into a festive tree with a star on top (left). The bathroom features terrazzo-style flooring (made from a mix of stones treated with epoxy), slate tiles on the lower part of the wall and upper walls plastered in a blue-green colour. Niels loves his freestanding bath (centre). A metal sliding door mounted on rails leads from the bedroom to the bathroom. A

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Shelf assurance Ferm Living shelf hanger brackets in White, $64 for 2, and oiled oak shelf (85cm x 24cm), $109, Designstuff.

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AUSSIE home LAID-BACK ATTITUDE “When it comes to my home, I don’t consciously decorate. I just collect things that I love and find a place for them. I have a pretty specific style so everything tends to fit in,” Jessi says.


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COOL CANOPY Jessi and partner Adam love having people over at Christmas. On a grassy patch they place outdoor rugs and stacked pallets to create a long table and cushions for seating. A

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YES, PLEASE! “As we don’t get to experience a white Christmas in Australia, we might as well embrace the warm weather and take it outdoors,” Jessi says. “It’s brilliant having everyone together, and in such good spirits.”

JESSI DEAKIN’S STYLE is a gorgeously loose weave of modern coastal and bohemian Scandi. This talented 29-year-old’s home, where she’s hosting Christmas lunch this year, reflects her love of collecting and building up a look over time – a process that is the exact opposite of her fast-paced work life, which is all about meeting deadlines for magazine shoots and making one-off macramé pieces for international brands. The weatherboard cottage, situated on the Georges River in Sydney’s south, that Jessi has rented with her partner Adam for 18 months, is prime 1960s real estate. Its priceless features include an old flagpole in the backyard and a wall down by the river with old beer bottles cemented into it. Inside, Jessi and Adam have done an amazing job of personalising the space without even touching a paintbrush. “The way I have dressed[the house] is kind of the same way I dress myself – with soft colours in relaxed shapes and natural textures,” Jessi explains. “Coastal references reflect Adam’s love for the surf, while the layering of textures and tones is my aesthetic.” A @reallivingmag

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to Adam, there would be Led Zeppelin and Cronulla Sharks posters on every wall, and we’d eat dinner off a surfboard!” Jessi says.


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STYLE ON A SHOESTRING At the back of the house, the upstairs living area, formerly the dining room, overlooks the garden. Jessi rescued the sofa from a council clean-up, spotted the lamp at Vinnie’s and bought the rug from Spotlight. Juju hats, a splurge from Cameroon, are hung on the wall, and the ottoman is from one of Jessi’s favourite stores, Cabana Jo’s in Berry. A

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SOFT APPROACH Jessi created the large macramé work to complement the old kitchen. The cabinet was found in a council clean-up. Adam bought the sound system on Gumtree. “The speakers turn 50 this year and don’t sound a day over five – we think they deserve a party!” Jessi says. The lamp is from Freedom.

After moving in, one of the couple’s first jobs was literally beating a path down to the river so they could have both water access and outside areas when entertaining guests. “The garden was so overgrown, we had to invest in a lawnmower and literally carve our way down,” Jessi explains. “It was a bit jungle-esque with all the overgrown palms and long grass, but now there’s a nice open path that requires very little maintenance.” These days, the couple have numerous outdoor entertaining areas: one under the pergola out the front, two balconies that run the length of the house, a spot by the river with a barbecue built into a stone wall and several grassy areas, which are perfect for picnics. The decision to host a Christmas feast was easy. “Decorating is always fun, and having it mostly outside freed us up a lot in terms of space,” Jessi says. “We just kept it relaxed, like us.” R @reallivingmag

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KNOT TOO SHABBY The soft neutrals and rich textures of Jessi’s decor are easy to live with. Her table, chairs and rug are from Ikea while the throw was found at Adairs. The serving board came from Target, the bowl with leather strap from Few and Far, the glass cloche and silver trees from Kikki.K and the sugar pot was from Papaya. A

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Hanging out “I started making macramé two years ago,” Jessi says. “It was something my mother and I practised together as a bit of fun because I wanted a plant hanger. She taught me most of my skills. Friends and family saw our creations and wanted to buy some, so I set up an Etsy page and it grew organically from there. I love it because you get to design and create anything you want using not much more than some rope. It’s cool creating a piece knowing it’s the only one like it in the world.” Homemade hit “Every home has a place for macramé, whether you live in a contemporary, monochrome place that would suit a black rope and brass rod wall hanging, or a rundown bohemian beach shack, where a more

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traditional natural rope plant hanger would suit. I offer colours and designs to suit all styles, making everything from wall hangings to bedheads and wedding arches. I’ve even made exposed-globe pendants!” One-off tree “I make custom macramé pieces all the time to suit people’s tastes and requirements, including this macramé tree (pictured). It’s a one-off due to its organic elements, but I’m happy to take custom orders if anyone wants their own. The tree hanging was made using chunky natural cotton rope and fallen tree branches from my yard. I’m not the traditional red and green decoration type, so I wanted to create a feature that made an impact but was still my style.”


HEAD UP The curved staircase leads to the living area and other bedrooms, while the outdoor area (below left) offers a private space to enjoy Sydney’s balmy summer evenings. The use of cane furniture helps to create a sense of space and the canopy netting gives a romantic touch. Placing the Norway spruce tree near the window (above right) draws the eye outside to the sofa Jessi found at Vinnie’s. She reupholstered it in Escape to Paradise “Palm Trees” fabric. The drinks tray is from Few and Far, the jug and glasses, Oxfam. The tree basket, bags and baubles are from Papaya and the giftwrap is from Kikki.K. A quiet corner (below right) is filled with a couple of Design Twins painted pots and sun-loving plants.

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Jessi and Adam wanted to be able to see the view from their bed, so they closed off the second entry to the bathroom and placed the bed in front of it. The chunky knitted throw from Kas is a prized piece and the striped quilt cover came from I Love Linen. The mirror is a Kmart find, the vase and gold star are from Kikki.K and the gumnut and pine cone are from Koskela. A


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WHILE AUSTRALIANS OFTEN SEEK the sanctuary of a cool home over the hot Christmas period, Europeans are more likely to be stoking up the fire to make a cosy interior. For Danish photographer Birgitta Wolfgang, the festive season is about creating a warm and inviting space – literally and aesthetically – for family and friends to relax and celebrate. In her 1940s renovated villa, Birgitta’s chosen to keep her Christmas decorations in natural, soft shades that suit the simple yet feminine style of her home with its mix of hand-picked designer furniture and art, bohemian details and treasures from around the world. “I like boutique-hotel-style decor, but with a very personal look,” she says. Birgitta starts decorating for Christmas in early December, and always sticks to the same palette. “I use black, lilac, silver and pink, and then I love to add some beautiful green Christmas trees,” she explains. The villa’s natural surroundings are a constant source of bounty for Birgitta. “I like to use nature’s own materials as decorations – we either find them in the garden or in the forest.” This includes the various Christmas trees in the home; the hero in the living room is the twinkliest of all. “We light it every morning before the children go to school, as it’s very dark. It really adds atmosphere.” Come Christmas Day, the dining table – where the family gathers for a long meal of typical Danish Christmas dishes, such as roasted duck with red cabbage – receives just as much attention. This year, Birgitta has decorated it with pink rose petals from the garden, which can be seen through the adjacent floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The swathe of glass doors are a feature, although this wasn’t always the case. When the famly moved into the 140-sq-m property in 2013, renovations were definitely in order. Walls were torn down to create more space and a new kitchen was installed, complete with glass sliding doors for more light. “I love that we can follow the seasons from the windows,” Birgitta says. “Light means a lot to me; I usually take my photographs in natural light, and that’s important in my own home, too.” As Birgitta travels a lot, Christmas is a treasured time when she can unwind and spend time with her family, including her husband Lasse Bjørnvad, son Hector and daughter Alba. Traditions, such as long walks and baking, abound. “In the first weekend in December, Alba and I make gingerbread houses and we decorate them together,” she says. R @reallivingmag

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christmas cheer On the last Sunday before Christmas, Birgitta invites friends over for champagne and tapas. A long-standing tradition, it’s a great chance to catch up and celebrate the festive season. catwalk wrap Birgitta makes her gift cards out of fashion photographs.


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star attraction Tree baubles came from Birgitta’s mother and grandmother, as well as from her own trips to London, Paris and New York. A stained-glass window casts a delicate light in the living area. The linen curtains were custom-made for the space. The lounge chair is Eames.

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wrap-ture For Birgitta, a beautifully wrapped gift can bring as much pleasure as the present itself. She creates simple, graphic packages. doggy tale Molly, the family pooch, enjoys the snow. frosty fairies Alba and her mate Madde sparkle in the frozen landscape. artist’s eye Photographer Birgitta captures the ethereal nature of her surroundings in this image. the wheel deal Romance meets elegance on the bar trolley, with its gorgeous display reflecting the home’s black-and-white palette. Candles are clustered on trays to add charm. A

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Colours and finishes FROM LEFT American oak flooring in Danish White, from $93.50 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Brighton Matelasse curtain in Platinum (2.44m x 1.22m), $129, West Elm. Porter’s Paints Low Sheen Acrylic paint in Snow White, $102.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 193.

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CARIBBEAN PARADISE Stylist Tahnee Carroll reveals her secrets to styling your living room with one of this year’s coolest interior trends, and the new range of cushions from Rapee

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CUSHIONS WILL UPDATE A ROOM INSTANTLY, BUT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THROWS, TOO! CHOOSE ONE TO WORK WITH YOUR SCHEME AND DRAPE IT ON A SOFA OR ARMCHAIR. Calais throw in Aqua, 127cm x 180cm, $69.95.

Greek Key cushion in Aqua, 45cm, $49.95. Batch cushion in Lime, 50cm, $39.95.

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To set off your soft furnishings, you need to tie them back with furniture and accessories in natural materials. Cane or rattan encapsulate the Caribbean look perfectly, so try these materials in a coffee table, bench seat or armchair. Potted plants, too, will lend a tropical feel to your interior. Stick to plants such as palms or those with large glossy leaves. As for lighting, again, go natural – a woven pendant light will work a treat over a living room arrangement. And art? A large framed photograph of a beach or ocean scene is just right.

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FESTIVE FANCY Laye Axis armchair in Marle Grey Felt, $1790, MRD Home. ON CHAIR Assorted decorations, Papier D’Amour. ON FLOOR Karndean vinyl planks flooring in Pearl Oak, $80 a sq m, Choices Flooring. Taylor Graphic wrapping paper in White, $7.95, Myer. Kraft paper roll, $4.98, Officeworks. Turn the page for more Christmas ideas. A

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R EE CHA NGE BEACH VIBES YO U A R E a relaxed, laid-back beach-goer who spends weekends enjoying nature, hiking to waterfalls and camping. Lazy barbecues and chilled white wine are an essential part of your Christmas celebrations.

YO U R S PA C E is like your personality, low-key and casual – you appreciate comfort, function and a cosy home that is inviting and embraces vintage influences. Think wool, paper, clay and wood thrown together with a few beautifully tactile elements like the woollen rug, cushion and beaded pendant lights here. YO U R T R E E reflects your lifestyle. A leafy native complements the beachy feel of your home. All eucalyptus trees are predominantly outdoor plants, but most will be fine for a few weeks indoors near plenty of sunlight. Delicate decorations in paper and light wood will work beautifully on their wispy branches. COASTAL CRUSH Axis armchair in Marle Grey, $1790, MRD Home. Harto “Marius” sideboard in Natural Oak, $2695, Clickon Furniture. Barrel pendant lights in Grey, $599 each, Klaylife. ON CHAIR Monte 1 cushion in Ivory, $195, Pampa. ON SIDEBOARD Marshall “Acton” speaker in Cream, $399, Amber Technology. Mugalicious mug in White, $45, Clay Canoe. Wingnut & Co “Tama” vase in White/Natural, $40, and Amy Leeworthy “Kore” clay vase in Natural, $120, Koskela. On the Loom book, $39.95, and The Inspired Home: Nests Of Creatures book, $89.95, Opus Design. Hairflow framed art print, $1650, The Artwork Stylist. 1.03m x 1.03m. ON TREE Assorted decorations, Papier D’Amour. ON WALLS Taubmans Endure low sheen paint in Sorrel Hide, $83.95 for 4L. ON FLOOR Karndean vinyl plank flooring in Pearl Oak, from $80 a sq m, Choices Flooring. Diamond Stripe Wool Dhurrie rug in Ivory, $499, West Elm. 1.52m x 2.44m. Terrazzo pot in White, $205, Koskela. Joanie tambourine in Natural, $229, Amigos De Hoy. A

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MODERN MOVES YOU ARE the type that loves a simple, perfectly curated interior – no-one does clean lines and block colours better than you. You’re not afraid to incorporate a quirky touch into your Christmas celebrations. YOUR SPACE is bold with plenty of fun, ultramodern details. You love strong colours and shapes, such as the patterns on this rug, and you don’t shy away from striking wall art. The mid-century Memphis-inspired wall piece on this page was created by using wall paint, rectangle templates and washi tape to define the corners. YOUR TREE is a different take on tradition. An upside down Christmas tree adds an edge to your room and is such a conversation starter you won’t need decorations. String a freshly cut pine from a strong beam or large hook in the ceiling or wall, or you can simply buy an upside down tree that sits on a stand. Try Balsamhill.com.au BLOCKED OUT 7ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. PS 2014 corner cabinet in White/Grey, $149, Ikea. Won “Room” 2-seater sofa in Bayswater, $3195, Clickon Furniture. Terrain pendant light shade in Matte White, $79.90, Citta Design. DLM table in Powder, $351, Hay. ON SOFA Sparkk Studios “Zitte” cushion in Black/White, $119, Life Interiors. ON TABLE Page Thirty Three “Void” incense burner in Grey, $149.95, Jim & Jane. ON WALL Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Cool Waters, $85.90 for 4L, Turners Light, $85.90 for 4L, and Princess Pink, $85.90 for 4L. ON FLOOR Mono striped rug in Black/White, $79, Kmart. A

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YOU ARE an inner-city dweller, who can’t do without a morning coffee and are drawn to all things European. You celebrate the Christmas season in a simple, classic way. No loud colours here, thank you very much! YOUR SPACE is filled with the simplest ultra-contemporary pieces in black, white and soft greys. You might prefer a monochrome palette but that doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate the importance of a dash of drama, like this oversized print or a stunning tree decked out with masses of blooms (all in the same colour, of course). YOUR TREE blends seamlessly into the style and colour of your home. This flower-decorated pine was created using a range of white florals, but a fail-safe combo is baby’s breath (which turns a creamy vanilla over time) and roses – real or fake. Using flowers as decorations will also fill your space with a divine scent. FLORAL FINDS 7ft Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. Linea Etch entertainment unit in Natural Oak, $2760, Globe West. Angel armchair in Grey, $1569, MRD Home. Flowers from A Real Flower Boy. ON ENTERTAINMENT UNIT Large pot, $155, and Small pot, $105, Esko. Vogue 100 book, $80, and Supernormal book, $59.95, Opus Design. Cow horn in Brown, $29, Bo Concept. Lunden table lamp in White/Frost, $299, Beacon Lighting. ON ARMCHAIR Purl Stitch throw in Off White, $139, Citta Design. ON WALL “Bardot” print, $980, Adoni Astrinakis. 1.22m x 1.52m. Picture framing, about $1685, Acme Framing. Porter’s Paints Eggshell Acrylic paint in Snow White, $97.65 for 4L. ON FLOOR Karndean vinyl plank flooring in Pearl Oak, from $80 a sq m, Choices Flooring. Armadillo & Co Sherpa Weave rug in Sand, $1080, Life Interiors. 1.7m x 2.4m. A real living

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LUXE MOOD Y O U A R E a night owl who appreciates the finer things. No dinner is complete without an amazing wine and a gorgeous table setting. You are famous for celebrating Christmas celebrations with a good dose of indulgence. Y O U R S P A C E is luxurious and sophisticated, highlighted with little touches of gold and copper; a decadent collection of textures and furniture styles which speaks to your love of opulent design from both past and present. Charcoal, graphite and royal purple are go-to favourite hues, as is bold wall art and sophisticated florals. Y O U R T R E E needs to feel as luxe as your home and nothing feels as richly festive as a fresh pine. Showcase the tree by keeping decorations minimal, using one or two types only. The perfect tree ornaments for this kind of interior style will combine traditional and contemporary elements – such as the matte gold prisms we’ve used here. Gifts wrapped in coordinated metallic papers at the base of your tree will set it off perfectly. R RICH ATTIRE 8FT Christmas tree, $153, Dural Christmas Tree Farm. Audrey dining buffet in Ebony, $1599, West Elm. Juliet dining chair in Slate Grey, $425, Globe West. Caraway dining table in Glass/Brass, $899, West Elm. Space Line pendant light in Antique Brass, $719, Bo Concept. ON TREE Assorted decorations, Papier D’Amour. ON BUFFET Colour Concept tumblers in Lavender, $32.95 each, and Scotch whisky carafe, $205, Villeroy & Boch. Donna tray in Brass, from $109, Citta Design. Lumira candle in Cuban Tobacco, $59, Opus Design. Cow horn in Brown, $29, and Wedding vase in Glass/Gold, $70, Bo Conept. Flowers from A Real Flower Boy. ON DINING TABLE Flower Addict book, $79.95, Opus Design. ON WALL Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Graphite, $59.95 for 1L. Night Rain Series #2 framed print, $3500, TOVL. 1.51m x 1.3m. ON FLOOR Rouge wrapping paper in White/Purple, $7, Hay. Totoki rug in Bordeaux Red, $2919, Bo Concept. 1.7m x 2.4m. A

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TOP Vinter 2016 star in Gold, $3.99, Ikea. Glitter feather, $12, West Elm. FIRST ROW FROM LEFT Glow Geo 3D diamond decoration, $3.95, Bed, Bath n’ Table. “Peace” bauble, $14.95, Papaya. 8cm paper ornament in Blush, $6, West Elm. Dragonfly ornament, $16, West Elm. SECOND ROW FROM LEFT White tree ornament, $6.95, Kikki.K. Jolly & Joy icicle, $7.99 for 8, Spotlight. Jolly & Joy glitter “Joy” decoration, $7.99, Spotlight. Vinter 2016 hanging rose, $14.99 for 5, Ikea. THIRD ROW FROM LEFT Ceramic deer in Gold, $4.99, Typo. Jolly & Joy bauble in Copper and White, $7.99, Spotlight. Nordic metal star, from $14.95, Papaya. Holli bauble, $8.95, Country Road. Swedish star light, $24.95, Kikki.K. FOURTH ROW FROM LEFT Summit wooden decoration, $12.95, Country Road. Jolly & Joy glitter tree, $3.99, Spotlight. Glitter wire gem ornament, $7, West Elm. Vinter 2016 paper decoration, $7.99 for 6, Ikea. Porcelain heart, $9.95, Kikki.K. House Doctor “The Guard” figurine, $29.95 for 2, Telegram Paper Goods. Jolly & Joy deer decoration in Gold, $4.99, Spotlight. BASE Wood cube, $65, Twiggargerie. For stockists, see page 193.

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Fresh as a daisy Sydney-based florist Sinead Ambrose has created a collection of stylish Christmas wreaths that are superpretty, yet simple enough to make at home. Turn the page to learn how. A

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THE HALLS GR E E N L IVI NG The look “This is a living wreath with a vibrant, fresh look. Because it will last for a long time and doesn’t scream ‘Christmas’, it would also make a great gift,” says florist Sinead Ambrose, who created these beautiful wreaths. You will need Sphagnum moss wreath base (available from florists and craft stores), succulent cuttings. To make Soak your wreath base in water. Insert the stems of your larger cuttings into the base, using a pencil or scissors to create holes for the stems, if necessary. Fill in the gaps with the smaller cuttings. Your wreath will need to lie flat as a table centrepiece for six to eight weeks before you hang it so that the succulents can grow roots. The wreath will also need watering as the moss dries out; do this by soaking it in a tub. Pro tips For all wreaths that use a moss or foam base, cut the stems of your flowers and leaves on an angle to make them easier to poke into the base. Also, make sure all leaves have been removed from the bases of your stems. When placing your stems, aim for a rough triangle of three focal points, so that your wreath has a balanced look. A

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WH ITE C H R I STM A S The look “The clean palette gives a fresh take on Christmas,” Sinead says. You will need Oasis foam wreath base, white flowers; we used ranunculus, flannel flowers, flowering gum, wax flowers, hypericum berries, gum leaves and sweet peas. To make Soak your base in water. Start with the largest flowers, distributing evenly. Fill the gaps in with the smaller flowers, adding in the gum leaves last. PE R FE C T FI ND S ( OPP O SITE ) The look “This is a foraged look. I want this wreath to inspire people to use things they have around them,” Sinead says. You will need Vine wreath base (available from florists and craft stores), florist’s wire, wirecutter pliers, moss, stems and pods; we used olive branch, Spanish moss, rosemary, poppy pods, spinning gum, woody pear and lamb’s ear. To make Wire on the moss and rosemary, layering gum, olive and lamb’s ear around the rest of the wreath. Wire seed pods in last. A

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M I N I L O B S T E R R O L L S Serves 8 Prep time 15 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; mixing bowl; kitchen spoon 2 cooked large lobster tails (about 450g) 150g mayonnaise 3 spring onions, thinly sliced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 2 tbsp finely chopped chives Salt & pepper Lemon juice 8 small bread rolls 1 tsp Espelette pepper (see tip) Salted potato crisps, lemon wedges 1 Remove lobster from shell and ● dice into 1cm pieces. 2 Combine lobster with ● mayonnaise, spring onions, celery and half of chives in bowl. Season to taste. Squeeze in a little lemon juice to taste, and add more, if needed. 3 Cut halfway down from top of ● each bun and stuff with lobster mix. Sprinkle with Espelette pepper and remaining chives. Stuff a few crisps in each roll for crunch. Serve with lemon wedges on the side. A

tip | Espelette pepper is a dried, flaked chilli from the Basque region in France. It’s available from Herbie’s Spices (Herbies.com.au). If you can’t get hold of some, it can be substituted with a mix of cracked black pepper and cayenne. Celebration time, come on! THIS PAGE Platter from Clickon Furniture. OPPOSITE Wineglass from Iittala. Yalumba Block 2 Grenache Rosé 2016. MODEL WEARS Amplitude wrap dress in Pink from Ginger & Smart. real living

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You can substitute home-cured trout with shop-bought trout or smoked salmon in this light dish. Serves 8 Prep time 20 mins (plus curing) Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; mixing bowl; plastic wrap; metal tray 100g good-quality mayonnaise 1 spring onion, thinly sliced 4 celery stalks, cut into julienne 1 baby fennel bulb, cut into julienne 2 radishes, cut into julienne 1⁄ cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley, 3 finely chopped 2 tsp wholegrain mustard Juice of ½ lemon, or to taste Cured ocean trout Cured ocean trout 150g caster sugar 80g sea salt 1 bunch dill, finely chopped 1 tbsp white peppercorns, crushed 2 x 400g pieces ocean trout fillet, pin-boned, skin on 1 Cured ocean trout In bowl, ●

combine sugar, salt, dill and pepper. Place one ocean trout fillet on piece of plastic wrap, scatter sugar/salt mixture over, then place remaining ocean trout fillet on top. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate on tray, turning and discarding excess juices occasionally, until cured (3 to 5 days). 2 Thinly slice ocean trout and ● arrange on platter. In bowl, combine remaining ingredients, season to taste and toss to combine. Place on trout. A tip | If you’re curing your own trout you need to start this recipe three days ahead. @reallivingmag

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Festive feasting THIS PAGE Platter from Citta. Salad servers from Clickon Furniture. Glass pot and speckled lidded jug from Zakkia. MODEL WEARS Oval and Warp rings from Sarah & Sebastian.

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heat on barbecue, turning occasionally, until charred and tender (15 to 25 mins). Wrap in clean tea towels. Set aside to cool. 2 Meanwhile, place pearl barley ● in saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally until tender. Drain. Transfer to large bowl to cool. 3 Mustard dressing In small ● bowl, whisk ingredients to combine. Season to taste. 4 Add corn, almonds, parsley, ● spring onions and radishes to pearl barley. Toss, add dressing then toss again. Transfer mix to a platter. A tip | When barbecuing the corn it doesn’t matter if it chars unevenly – it just adds to the rustic look.

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T U R K E Y R O T O L O W I T H P E C O R I N O & P A R S L E Y Serves 8 Prep time 20 mins Cooking time 1 hr 5 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; cheese grater; large knife; small bowl; kitchen twine; small roasting pan; metal skewer; foil; whisk; large bowl 1 (about 1.8kg) boneless turkey breast, skin on Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 15g finely grated Pecorino Romano 200ml extra-virgin olive oil 2 Spanish onions, cut into wedges 200ml chicken stock

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to taste. Add stock and wine and roast turkey for 30 mins, then roast, basting regularly, for another 30 mins or until turkey is golden and juices run clear when it is pierced with skewer. 4 Remove turkey and onion from ● pan, cover with foil and rest in warm place for 15 mins. 5 Meanwhile, place roasting pan ● over medium-high heat. Bring to boil. Cook for 5 mins or until cooking liquid has reduced to glaze consistency. Whisk in half of vinegar and 1⁄3 of oil. Season and remove from heat. 6 Whisk remaining vinegar and oil ● in large bowl. Season to taste, add radicchio and parsley and toss to coat. Thickly slice turkey and arrange on platter. Drizzle with pan juices. Serve with radicchio and parsley. Alternatively, the rotolo would work well with any roasted vegies. A real living

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P O T A T O , B I T T E R G R E E N S & A N C H O V Y D R E S S I N G Serves 8 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 25 mins (plus cooling) Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; saucepan; blender; frying pan; kitchen spoon; absorbent paper; bowl 1.5kg kipfler potatoes, unpeeled 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp drained capers in vinegar 1 frisee lettuce

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2 cups loosely packed mache lettuce Baby red chard Anchovy dressing 14 anchovy fillets 1 small garlic clove, coarsely chopped Juice of 1 lemon 1 cup olive oil Freshly ground black pepper 1 Place potatoes in saucepan, ●

cover with cold water and bring to boil over high heat. Cook until just tender (15 to 20 mins), then cool in water. When cool enough to handle, drain, cut into wedges and set aside. 2 Make anchovy dressing In ● blender, process anchovies, garlic

and lemon juice until finely chopped. With motor running, add oil in thin stream until combined. Season to taste with black pepper. 3 Heat oil in frying pan over high ● heat, add capers and cook until crisp (2 to 4 mins). Drain on absorbent paper and set aside. 4 Combine potatoes, lettuce leaves ● and capers in bowl. Drizzle with half the dressing, toss gently to combine, then transfer to a platter. Serve scattered with baby red chard and extra dressing on side. A Simple pleasures Platter from Keep Resin and salad servers from Country Road.


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TA S TE SE N SATI O N The flavours of the falafel have reinvigorated the humble chip, delivering a deliciously authentic taste with extra crunch and chilli. Find Fabulous Falafel Chips in the health-food aisle at Coles or your local independent supermarket.

There’s nothing artificial about The Wholesome Food Company’s range of snacks: no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and definitely no chemicals with numbers. They’re simply a healthier choice. They taste great as they are, but why stop there? Next time you’re entertaining, get creative with these lip-smacking snacks and discover how they can bring your recipes to life. For more exciting recipe ideas go to www.thewholesomefoodcompany.com.au

1 tbsp lemon pepper ½ tbsp each sea salt flakes, garlic salt and dried oregano ½ tsp each smoked paprika and ground ginger Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon 3 tbsp olive oil 800g chicken tenderloins 350g The Wholesome Food Company Fabulous Falafel Chips (Chilli Flavour, 2 x 175g packets) 150g plain flour 3 eggs 2 tbsp milk Rice bran oil, to deep fry Sea salt flakes, store-bought aioli and lime wedges, to serve 1 Combine all spices, lemon zest and oil in a large bowl. Mix well. Add chicken and mix to coat. Allow to marinate in refrigerator for 2hrs. 2 Place Falafel Chips in a bowl or food processor and crush to a coarse crumb. Pour onto a large plate. 3 Preheat oil to 200ºC in a deep fryer or deep saucepan. 4 Place flour on a large plate. Coat each chicken piece in flour, dusting off any excess. Whisk eggs and milk together. Dip in egg mixture, then coat in Falafel Chip crumbs. 5 Fry chicken in batches of 4 strips at a time for 4-5mins or until golden on the outside and cooked through. Sprinkle with extra salt and serve with aioli and lime wedges.


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softened in cold water for 5 mins Fruit cake Brandy, for drizzling 500g (about 4 punnets) fresh raspberries Pure icing sugar, sieved Crème fraîche mix 750g crème fraîche 300ml thickened cream 80g pure icing sugar, sieved Scraped seeds of 2 vanilla beans 1 Bring frozen raspberries, sugar, ●

citrus juices and 600ml cold water to boil in large saucepan over a medium to high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook until fruit is pulpy (around 10 to 15 mins), then strain through muslin-lined sieve into bowl (do not press on solids). 2 Transfer 250ml of raspberry ●

liquid to small saucepan over low heat. Squeeze gelatine to remove excess water and add to saucepan, stirring until it dissolves (1 to 2 mins). 3 Return gelatine mix to remaining ● raspberry mix. Stir to combine. Transfer to 1.5L container and refrigerate overnight to set. 4 Make crème fraîche mix ● Using electric mixer, whisk crème fraîche, cream, icing sugar and vanilla seeds until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until required. 5 Assemble trifle Scatter half of ● fresh raspberries between serving glasses. Spoon over jelly. Slice cake, crumble over jelly and drizzle with brandy. Top with crème fraîche mix and remaining raspberries. Dust with icing sugar. Merry Christmas! A

1. Young wines that are sealed with a screw cap (both red and white) should be decanted first to bring out the wine’s notes – they need a little oxygen after being locked up with a cap as opposed to a porous cork. When serving red wine from a decanter, aim for a temperature of 16° to 18°C. 2. To ensure you taste the full flavour of your white wines, don’t serve as soon as you take them out of the fridge. They should be nicely chilled but not too cold, even on a hot summer day! 3. With food matching, you can aim for “like with like” or match food and wine as polar opposites. Don’t be afraid to break the rules – chardonnay doesn’t have to go with chicken, riesling doesn’t have to go with oysters and red wine really doesn’t have to be served with red meat. It’s all about knowing your wines and taking the time to experiment. R

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ISLAND NEAR LOMBOK SPECIALISES IN SOPHISTICATED SIMPLICITY Island paradise The inviting outdoor lounge area of The Crusoe House on Indonesia’s Gili Meno island is designed to blend into its surroundings. By using a mixture of natural materials, earthy colours and hand-crafted pieces, the owner Annelies Morres and her husband have created a holiday home that blurs the line between style and function. Sleeping up to 10 guests, this tropical hideaway is the perfect way to experience the quieter side of the Gili Islands, where your only neighbours are turtles and you have the beach entirely to yourselves. A

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THIS IS A PLACE TO APPRECIATE SUN, SAND AND A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED HOME Fun times With its playful yet practical design, this comfortable holiday home is built with families in mind. The Crusoe House’s four well-ventilated pavilions overlook a large courtyard with a fire pit, comfy beanbags and a selection of outdoor seating, perfect for sun lounging and stargazing. Rather than using high-maintenance, water-reliant trees and shrubs, the open courtyard has been turned into a soft sandscape, literally bringing the beach to your doorstep.

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Tropical traditions Every corner of this beachside residence has been designed for relaxation. The open-air day bed is wide enough for two, while the soft basket lighting throughout gives a subtle glow after dusk. The cool, roomy bathroom (far left) features all-natural tiles, wood, shell and bone, and the small kitchen overlooks a family area and, beyond that, the garden and pool.

LOST IN TIME IMAGINE BEING WOKEN UP BY THE SLOW, STEADY SOUND OF WAVES lapping the deserted beach at the edge of your sandy courtyard. Before the sun reaches through the window, you rise and walk past the open-air living room, where you’ll spend most of the day, and wander past the fire pit and plunge pool, down the path to a beach worthy of its own postcard. In the distance, like monuments to the beauty of nature, are the deep-blue mountains of Lombok, and right in front of you is some of the best snorkelling in South-East Asia. As you watch the sunrise, you realise your plans for the day are to do absolutely nothing… Welcome to the Gili Islands. Made up of three tiny tropical isles, the Gili Islands are known for their lively reef and vanilla-white beaches. They offer an alternative to Bali that few know about and even fewer have experienced. Gili Meno, the smallest and most pristine of the three, is only two kilometres long and one kilometre across, and can be explored in less than two hours (if you can pull yourself away from your hammock). Cars and motorbikes aren’t permitted, so the only traffic jams involve bicycles and horses; and the snorkelling is so prolific that you can swim with turtles while barely leaving the shore. This is a place to escape, to disconnect and appreciate the simple things in life: sun, sand and a beautiful place to stay. Tempted? We know just the holiday house for you. A real living

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Silence is golden Every afternoon, the sun stretches across the sand and settles on the terracotta-coloured walls, weathered wooden beams and layered textures of this dreamy dwelling. The earthy tones and raw textures used throughout soak up the vibrant colours of the sunset, while the high ceilings and open verandah keep the house cool. Everywhere you look there are invitations to sit and enjoy the silence – a swinging hammock, deep cane armchairs and a line of low-lying sunlounges near the shaded pool and open-air dining table. A

IN THE DISTANCE ARE THE JAGGED PEAKS OF LOMBOK’S MOUNTAINS, WHILE THE BEACH IN FRONT OF YOU IS THE STUFF OF ISLAND DREAMS

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Lost in Indonesia Among the palm leaf pavillions, you’ll find high ceilings, four-post beds with canopies, tiled bathrooms and, on the beach, a private boat awaiting you. By using locally-sourced materials and traditional building methods, Annelies and her husband have created a beautiful holiday home that any modern-day castaway would envy. A

C A S T AWA Y L I V I N G WHEN OWNER ANNELIES MORRES FIRST CAME HERE with her then-young family over two decades ago, she was instantly attracted to the deserted beaches and leisurely pace of life. Thankfully (and surprisingly, perhaps), not much has changed since then. “Gili Meno is the most relaxed of the Gili Islands,” she says. “And staying here feels like you’ve fallen off the map.” And it’s that “Gili” feeling that Annelies wanted to capture when designing this beachside holiday home, which comprises four separate buildings with room for several families. “My husband worked alongside local builders to complement the ‘nature’ of the island – we didn’t want to add a modern feel to the home or the area,” she says. To achieve this, they sourced most of the building materials from neighbouring Lombok, including the woven cotton textiles and baskets in the living areas. They also commissioned traditional palm-leaf thatched roofing and a driftwood artwork made by local artist Pak John. The result? An inviting collection of pavilions, centred around a rustic sand-covered courtyard and large freshwater plunge pool, all bathed in the mottled shade of an island garden. The design is both integral to your stay, and also understated and simple. Your only problem? You may never want to leave. A @reallivingmag

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Casual dining The large communal dining table sits under a roughly thatched roof, providing shade by day and atmosphere by night. Nearby, a collection of bicycles lie patiently in the courtyard, waiting to be ridden on Gili Meno’s bumpy streets. And the swing is just as much for visiting grown-ups as it is for kids. R

N E E D T O K N O W How much $500 per night for The Crusoe House, with a three-night minimum, including breakfast, wi-fi (if you want to connect – but you probably won’t) and staff. How many Within the four separate pavilions of this home, there is room for 8-10 guests. How to get there As Gili Meno has no airport, there are two indirect ways to reach the island: fly into Lombok and transfer to the local harbour for a 15-minute boat shuttle, or, alternatively, fly into Bali, and hop on the ferry from the nearby harbour for a 2 to 3 hour trip. Good to know Bikes and snorkel equipment are provided, and small day trips with a personal guide to the surrounding reef and islands can be arranged (for an extra charge). The only food available to buy on the island is grilled fish and vegies, so if you prefer a good steak and shiraz, you’ll need to take those along with you. Web Theislandhouses.com/crusoe-house

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WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR RESIDENT FUNNYMAN & FURNITURE/DESIGN EXPERT, TIM ROSS DEAR SANTA, When a courier has arrived at our place with a package, I know I’m a bit old to be writing to you to tell you how I haven’t been stupid enough to think it is for me, or made good I’ve been, but, just quietly, I have. I know the kids judgements about anyone in the house buying things off want Lego and bikes for Christmas – and they’ve brushed the internet we don’t need. I also haven’t printed a photo their teeth and pretended to clean up their rooms, but on canvas of me, shirtless, hugging one of our sons as a those achievements pale in comparison when stacked newborn and hung it over the bed. I haven’t posted a photo up against my supremely good behaviour. of a boarding pass and a glass of Champagne “ W H E N A I’m aware that I shouldn’t be wasting at the airport on Instagram, and I haven’t C O U R I E R H A S your time with a sales pitch, that I should named my cat Kanye. I refuse to use Snapchat A R R I V E D AT cut to the chase and just hit you up with filters and I haven’t once posted a photo of O U R P L A C E a present list, but I think it’s important that a bath with the phrase “bath goals” as the W I T H A I dazzle you with the efforts that I’ve gone caption underneath. Lastly, I only look at my P A C K A G E , to, to raise the bar of human behaviour. phone while I’m driving when I stop at the I H A V E N ’ T For instance, just last week I changed lights. Phew! Isn’t that a pretty good list? B E E N S T U P I D the light bulb in the laundry, a very important So, unlike last year when I asked for a E N O U G H T O job that my wife asked me to do only 12 or vintage Mercedes convertible, I’m lowering T H I N K I T I S 40 times over the past eight months. Recently, my expectations. This year, all I want is a F O R M E , I have also cut back on my drinking and on trampoline for the kids that’s already set up. O R M A D E Monday nights I sometimes don’t have a Pretty please, can you spare me the indignity J U D G E M E N T S wine. While I’m patting myself on the back… of having to try to put one together in the A B O U T A N Y O N E the other night I didn’t skip any pages of the middle of the night while I’m half-drunk – after I N T H E H O U S E book I was reading to my kids so I could a few Christmas drinks with friends – with B U Y I N G T H I N G S get them in bed and go back to watching nothing but a Dolphin torch sitting on an Esky O F F T H E Narcos on Netflix. I also went to the hardware to help me? Help me avoid yelling obscenities I N T E R N E T W E store the other day and resisted the urge to at the top of my lungs, and throwing a spanner D O N ’ T N E E D . ” buy either a chimenea or a portable woodagainst the fence as I realise I’ve put the legs fired pizza oven. I have smiled politely when together the wrong way – for the second time. friends have talked about how much they love their I don’t want to be lying in the backyard in the foetal position Thermomix and at kids' parties, I’ve remembered the names of just hours before the kids wake up on their favourite day the couple hosting the party at least once, which is a personal of the year. I want to be in bed dreaming of roast meats, record (Hi Pam and Rod, if you’re reading… I mean Pat and gravy and chocolate-covered peanuts. Please, Santa, I’ve Ross… I think). I also haven’t painted a feature wall, hung been a good boy this year, give this dad a break. planters in macramé holders or put a fiddle leaf fig in the house. You can follow Tim’s Christmas on Instagram @modernister

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FOR A FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNER THERE SURE IS A LOT TO LEARN! CHRISTINA GEE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS AHHH… CHRISTMAS! For me it’s a subject that has with the day after! Well-slept guests are happy guests. always raised all manner of perplexing questions. For Of course, there’s no need to set your guest room up example, how to restrain oneself from a second helping with a minibar (no matter how much you might want to of trifle at lunch when you know there is a dinner to trundle fling a bill at those guests who eat and drink you out of off to afterwards (the joys of having two sets of parents to house and home), but attending to the basics of food and please). How to give meaningful gifts that won’t endanger water is important. I’m the annoying sort for whom a sleepmy ability to pay the mortgage. How to feign delight when in is getting up at 6:30am. Save people like me the indignity presented with another crochet of creeping around for a glass of water coathanger. And, most importantly, by popping a carafe and a glass in the F A B R I C S O F T E N E R how to live for days with people guest room. Also, asking for a snack O R N E W T O W E L S you can usually only stand for the as an adult is embarrassing. Avoid – I T ’ S Y O U R C A L L . duration of a single meal. hangry conversations and sneaky M A Y Y O U R B U D G E T Yes, friends, I am talking about fridge raids by providing a big jar of hosting overnight guests during the bickies and making your guests feel B E Y O U R G U I D E . Christmas period. Now, while you welcome to make themselves a cup might like to avoid the situation of tea when you’re not around. by putting them up in a nice hotel Lastly, do not underestimate the instead of giving them presents (or soothing power of a soft, fluffy towel is that just me?), I understand this on frayed nerves. No-one wants to dry might not be feasible, financially or themselves with a scratchy rag that politically. So, allow me to present feels like a scourer. I have two words a few strategies gleaned from the of advice for you here: either “fabric mother of all teachers, experience. softener” or “new towels” – it’s your The key here is do as you would call. May your budget be your guide. like to be done by. I’m not saying I’m aware that I might have just T R E AT Y O ’ G U E S T S LUXURY EGYPTIAN TOWELS you need to set up a five-star hotel succeeded in making myself sound I N S N O W, F R O M $ 19 . 9 5 , with Aesop toiletries and disposable like the pernickety sort you’d never SHERIDAN. slippers, but it is important to ensure want to have over in a million years. you have the basics en pointe. What I can promise you, though, Anticipating the needs of different sleepers and is that despite the extra effort, keeping your guests happy providing both light and warmer bedding options is of by paying a little attention to the basics will mean that foremost importance. I’ve both shivered my way through even though you’re looking after others, you’ll get air-conditioned nightmares under threadbare sheets, and to have yourself a merry little Christmas too. R sweated it out under a synthetic doona in the middle of Christina would love to know your strategy for hosting or playing house guest. Drop her a line at cgee@bauer-media.com.au. December. On neither occasion was I a nice person to live

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TOP ROW FROM LEFT Harvey Norman With its touch screen display and powerful processor, the HP Pavilion x360 13-U027TU 13.3” laptop offers absolute flexibility; Harveynorman.com.au Pillow Talk Whether you’re style is traditional or contemporary, celebrate Christmas with Pillow Talk; Pillowtalk.com.au Hisense The Hisense 701L French door fridge includes an ice and water dispenser plus a customisable fridge/freezer drawer; Hisense.com.au SECOND ROW FROM LEFT Vision Wall Coverings Gorgeous grasscloth wallpaper made with natural materials gives a serene feel your rooms; Visionwall.com.au Oz Design Furniture Bring your home to life with the Baxter buffet, a selection of chic wall prints and a variety of vibrant, stylish homewares; Ozdesignfurniture.com.au THIRD ROW FROM LEFT kikki.K Enjoy having your daily essentials together in one stylish place. Sage green leather organiser, $49.95; Kikki-k.com West Elm The combination of modern structure and tailored upholstery means that the Metal Frame Chair is both industrial and glam; Westelm.com.au Linen House Peyote is an expertly woven, diamond pattern wall hanging, hand-made by experienced handloom weavers in India, $99.95; Linenhouse.com.au BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT Black + Decker The 2-in-1 SmarttechTM Pet Stick Vac is designed to lift stubborn pet hair and disperse a cotton-fresh while you clean; available from Thegoodguys.com.au Waxworks Beautify and protect your entertaining area from mozzies with Waxworks citronella lights, $6.99; Waxworksworks.com.au Nespresso Indulge in the delightful festive 2016 Variations coffee flavours, inspired by traditional Viennese desserts, $8.40 for 10. capsules; Nespresso.com


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AV O I D S U P E R M A R K E T M E LT D O W N Santa shouldn’t be the only person with a

list this Christmas. To avoid a supermarket burn out there are plenty of shopping apps that can help you avoid food wastage. With Out Of Milk (iOS/Android/web), for example, you can add items to your list as they come to mind because your phone is generally within reach. You can also keep track of what’s in your pantry by using the “pantry list” function. So if you’re at the supermarket or local organic market and can’t remember whether or not you have pantry staples, such as flour and sugar, you can refer to your list. That way, you won’t be doubling up and wasting money. Hit the spot Comme Des Garçons leather wallet, $119.95, Net-a-Porter.

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If you’ve still got a few gift cards from last Christmas hanging around in your wallet, now is the time to cash them in. They’re a great way to buy presents for your friends and family. If you prefer cold, hard cash then you could sell them on Cardhub.com.au. Another cash-free option is using points accrued on your reward cards. Just be sure that you get the most bang from your reward bucks. To work out the point currency, divide the number of points required by the value of the gift – the lower the number the better.

between six and 13 received cash for Christmas last year. Having a little money of their own is a great opportunity for them to learn about saving and budgeting. That’s the easy part – the hardest is whose name you should put their savings in. For example, if you want them to buy shares with their Chrissy money, most brokers don’t allow you to buy and register shares in your child’s name. You might have to open the account in your name and act as trustee until they turn 18. Then you can transfer this with no capital gains tax as your child was always the beneficial owner. However, they may be responsible for paying tax on the dividends, but as long as your child doesn’t receive more than $416 in unearned income it should be fine.

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U S E D I S C O U N T C O D E S The best way to nab a bargain online is to do a Google search for a promotion or discount code for the website you’re shopping on. Check out websites like Finder.com.au, Oz-coupons.com and Groupon.com.au. If you’re purchasing from the USA, try Retailmenot.com, which offers codes for over 40,000 stores. Remember not to submit credit card details to websites if you’re unsure about their security. You can check the web page URL – a secure connection will begin with https:// – if entering the “https” at the beginning of the URL results in an error, you might want to take your business elsewhere. R

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TOP ROW FROM LEFT Airwick Freshmatic brightens up your home and creates a lovely, fresh ambience by releasing bursts of fragrance that fills the room for up to 60 days. Available at Woolworths, Coles and independent supermarkets Caesarstone Inspired by classic natural marbles, White Attica features an ultra white base with dense, dark grey veins; Caesarstone.com.au Elevit Breastfeeding A new breastfeeding supplement that supports the nutritional needs of both mum and baby*; Elevit.com.au 2ND ROW FROM LEFT Domayne Weather-resistant and easy to maintain, the “Oakland” collection is finished in Duraseal® timber coating to prevent the hardwood beneath from drying out; Domayneonline.com.au Ecoya 100% natural soy wax candles with pure cotton wicks offer a luxurious home fragrance experience; Ecoya.com THIRD ROW FROM LEFT Bunnings Warehouse The stunning “Mimosa Waiheke” daybed with canopy, $999, is the perfect way to bring a resort feel into your backyard this summer; Bunnings.com.au Brita Enjoy great tasting filtered water with the smart, colourful and compact, Fill&Enjoy filter jug; Thinkyourwater.com AeroBed Prepare your home for extra guests this holiday season with Aerobed® Fast Inflate airbed; Aerobed.com.au BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT Nick Scali Crafted in 100% Italian Leather, the “Fergi” sofa offers brings a designer look to your interiors at an affordable price; Nickscali.com.au Ilve MYQ Barbecue Effortlessly integrating style and smart design, ILVE’s new MY-Q BBQ is the ideal cooking companion this summer; Ilve.com.au Becko NeoFrost Dual Cooling Technology keeps humidity at optimum levels (up to 90%) in the refrigerator for longer freshness; Beko.com.au

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Sitting pretty Renowned for his vibrant, decadent prints, Brit designer Matthew Williamson has collaborated with Duresta and launched his first bespoke furniture collection (pictured). Featuring vintageinspired seating and elaborate upholstery fabrics in opulent jewel tones, the fashion-forward range is exclusively available at Domo. Domo.com.au

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