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here are two kinds of people in this world: those who ask for directions and those who don’t. Hand on heart, I’m in the second category, but when it comes to advice on renovating my own place, I’m contacting every expert I know to point me in the right direction. This issue, we’ve rounded up all of our best and most helpful contributors across the key problem areas to deliver a super-charged Expert Issue. As you turn the pages, you’ll find loads of familiar faces pointing out some of the key considerations when it comes to making those tricky decisions. From choosing the scale of your renovation on page 118 to hanging art on page 72, we’ve covered off the common problem areas, but do let us know which subjects you’d like to know more about. We’ve also made a list of the jobs you can wholly hand over to the people who are, quite frankly, better at it than you. Of course, our favourite columnist Meg Mason uses humour to make us all feel better about shameless outsourcing. Turn to page 116 and enjoy! One of my favourite features in this issue is the overseas inspiration feature on page 88. An interior designer built her dream home in Botswana, and, apart from the country having a moment in the sun thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I love seeing a new home in a location so far away from my familiar Australian surrounds. The light is incredible, those rammed-earth walls are the ultimate in raw texture and I’ll be dreaming of sipping a refreshing drink by that river for quite some time. It’s important to dream – where does your inspiration come from?

PS. While I’m surrounded by new things at work, sentimental value is important, too. Turn to page 32 for tips on working with heirlooms.

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ISM Objects uses smart technology to reduce noise TRENDS Open your doors to the soothing shades of native Aussie flora with eucalyptus tones, while these refined perforated pieces make a hole lot of design sense PALETTE Summer’s richest colours join forces, inspired by the elaborate design of traditional Turkish tiles PERFECT PAIRS Pieces that form a meant-to-be combination. This month, pendant lights shine bright on dining tables ASK AN EXPERT Stylish solutions to all your design dilemmas, including colour quandaries, quote confusion and more PROFILE Stylist Stephanie Stamatis explains her inspiration, what she’s working on now and what she’s learnt along the way CULT CLASSIC The story behind a design icon and what’s next BEST BUYS Party season continues with wine coolers for those bottles of bubbles and trivets to keep table surfaces scorch-free PERSONAL, NOT PERFECT Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and much-loved old pieces could become your decor winners HOW TO: HAMPTONS STYLE If your budget doesn’t quite extend to buying a house there, getting the same look at home is easier than you may think – Natalee Bowen shares her tips

a family-friendly retreat with the design expertise of a close friend 58 STAY A LITTLE WHILE An express build has allowed this young

family to build a modern home with strong resale potential 68 CONNECTED TO NATURE Balinese living influences a small but

unique pod-designed home in Perth’s beachside suburbs MOVING ON UP Why shift suburbs when you can turn an old warehouse in the same street into a three-storey masterpiece? 88 LABOUR OF LOVE The three years it took to build this rammedearth house in northern Botswana were worth the hard work 98 DREAM IT. DESIGN IT. DO IT. A Sydney reno is motivated by sticking to a tight budget and the result is spectacular 78

106 20 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START YOUR RENO

The experts will set you on the right path before it’s too late 112 SITE VISIT: WE HAVE BIKES IN OUR KITCHEN When clutter causes

chaos, it’s time to think outside the square – how about a triangle? 116 7 JOBS TO OUTSOURCE There’s nothing wrong with getting your

hands dirty – but these jobs are best left to the professionals 118 RENOVATE OR DETONATE? Our experts reveal the pros and cons 120 BATHROOM & KITCHEN NEWS Give your home’s two busiest

zones a lift with the latest fittings and accessories 122 KNOWLEDGE CLUTTER Decluttering expert Peter Walsh educates

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a thriving courtyard garden in Sydney’s inner suburbs 132 A BIT DOWN THE SIDE Savvy design and plantings result

in a lush, functional pathway beside this beachside home 136 BUYER’S GUIDE TO OUTDOOR FURNITURE Our pick of pieces

to grace backyards and courtyards of all sizes and shapes 142 RICK STEIN: SOUTH OF THE BORDER In his new book, the British

chef starts his odyssey in the USA and heads down Mexico way 148 FINGER FOOD How to get kids to eat their vegies – no joke!

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Website creator and editor Nikki Yazxhi (pictured with her family’s labradoodle Jake) left no questions unanswered with the third renovation of her family’s home on Sydney’s northern beaches, notably in a kitchen where the focus was on storage. For the benchtop and splashback, instead of marble she went for richly veined Super White dolomite from CDK Stone. See more of this beautiful renovation on page 48.

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# sense appeal The new light from ISM Objects sounds as good as it looks Lighting meets technology with the latest release by Melbourne-based ISM Objects. The inventive ‘Teamwork’ powder-coated steel pendant light pairs LED lighting with a clever sound-absorbing ‘inner’ material that reduces ambient noise, perfect in work and dining zones. The fabric insert has no visible fixings for a streamlined look and comes in a host of colours – 22 in total. We’re rather taken with this pink version!

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1. ‘Vivo’ cushion in Eucalyptus, $137, L&M Home, lmhome.com.au. 2. ‘Contrast’ light shade in Sage, $159, Città, cittadesign.com. 3. Linen pillowslips in Stone, $85/pair, In Bed, inbedstore.com. 4. Muuto ‘Around’ coffee table, $970, Living Edge, livingedge.com.au. 5. Umbra Shift ‘Deuce’ pitcher/watering can in Mint, $99, Gingerfinch, gingerfinch.com.au. 6. Ferm Living magazine holder in Dusty Green, $79, Designstuff, designstuff.com.au. 7. Hartô ‘Odilon’ table mirror, $90, Clickon Furniture, clickonfurniture.com.au. 8. ‘Cape’ salad servers in Mineral Green, $17.95/pair, Country Road, countryroad.com.au. 9. Ligne Roset ‘Softly’ sofa, from $5825, Domo, domo.com.au. 10. ‘Eggshell Acrylic’ paint in Double Strength Newport Blue, $101.75/4L, Porter’s Paints, porterspaints.com.au. 11. Muuto ‘Fiber’ bar stool in Dusty Green, $440, Living Edge, as before.

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1. Woud ‘Dot’ pendant light, from $379, Floc, flocstore.com.au. 2. Octaevo Cyano two-way print, $129 (unframed), Gingerfinch, gingerfinch.com.au. 3. Perforated contrast tote bag, $99.95, Country Road, countryroad.com.au. 4. ‘Arch’ chair, NZ$3960, Douglas & Bec, douglasandbec.com. 5. Rubn ‘Vogue’ light, from $1425, Fred International, fredinternational.com.au. 6. Normann Copenhagen ‘Nic Nac’ organiser, $50, BYMR, bymr.com.au. 7. Normann Copenhagen ‘Kabino’ sideboard, $1650, BYMR, as before. 8. ‘Volla’ candleholder, $29.95, Country Road, as before. 9. Normann Copenhagen ‘Salon’ tray, $165, Designstuff, designstuff.com.au. 10. Curio ‘Cane’ wardrobe, $4250, Clickon Furniture, clickonfurniture.com.au.

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turkish delight Be inspired by the patterns of traditional Turkish tiles and embrace the beauty of summer’s richest shades, with fertile greens and deep blues balanced by a neutral base

‘Endure’ interior low sheen paint in Admiral Blue, $85.60/4L, Taubmans, taubmans.com.au.

‘Eggshell Acrylic’ paint in Blue Bottle, $101.75/4L, Porter’s Paints, porterspaints.com.

‘Interior Expressions’ low sheen acrylic paint in Carib Green, $74.90/4L, Haymes Paint, haymespaint.com.au.

‘Wash&Wear’ low sheen interior paint in Green Buoy, $91.40/4L, Dulux, dulux.com.au.

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This Lambert & Fils ‘Atomium’ brass pendant light from Living Edge (livingedge.com.au) is a contemporary choice, while Ritzwell chairs from Stylecraft (stylecraft. com.au) surround a Spence & Lyda table (spenceandlyda.com.au).

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Each issue, we’ll find solutions to all your style and design dilemmas from those in the know

Q In older homes, a light trim colour emphasises a room’s architectural features.

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“Be very careful of lowball quotes,” says David Lakes of Lochbuild (lochbuild.com. au). “They are often loaded with provisional amounts, which is where the builder is effectively saying he’s not sure how much a particular element will cost, so he’s made an estimate but it’s not a fixed amount. If you have a lot of provisional amounts in a fixed contract, it ends up more like a cost-plus contract (where you pay actual costs plus the builder’s margin), and it’s much easier to lose control of your costs. Most banks prefer lump-sum building contracts, too.”

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A heat pump dryer such as Fisher & Paykel’s ‘DH8060P1’ model (fisherpaykel.com) has a 6-Star energy rating.

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because they don’t need to be externally ducted. Condenser dryers are slightly older but are also more energy efficient and create far less humidity than a traditional dryer. Both types condense moisture into water tanks that you’ll need to empty periodically. ”

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How is engineered timber installed? Sally, via email “Our engineered timber boards can be installed on timber joists, like a solid timber floor, or onto a solid sub-floor such as concrete or even tiles,” says Elle McCarthy, architectural finishes specialist at Tongue N Groove (tonguengrooveflooring.com.au). “You’ll need a qualified installer who will

Terrazzo comes in many variations. This is the Belotti ‘508’ terrazzo design from Signorino, $815/3050mm x 1250mm slab, signorino.com.au.

for a kitchen or bathroom benchtop? Andrew, via email “Generally speaking, terrazzo is a product of aggregates such as Carrara or Nero Marquina marble, quartz/quartz powder and onyx set in cement,” says David Signorino, marketing manager at Signorino Tile Gallery (signorino.com.au). “Each terrazzo gets its unique look from the size of the aggregate and the colour chosen for the cement. Terrazzo is certainly suitable for kitchen and bathroom benchtops – it’s essentially natural stone and is therefore treated and applicable in all the same ways. If you’re planning a benchtop using terrazzo slabs, don’t use material less than 30mm thick, as this may be too brittle for this application. Best to be safe and ensure your bench stays beautiful for many years to come.” Engineered flooring is a streamlined option, and is installed faster than solid timber.


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Stylist Stephanie Stamatis (inset), aka Stephanie Somebody, works her magic for a variety of clients and publishers, drawing inspiration from travel to places such as Catania in Sicily (top centre). She has styled photo shoots for the likes of I Love Linen (opposite top) and designer Anna Varendorff of ACV Studio (top left & bottom left). Stephanie was also the food stylist for books such as Low & Slow (above) and The Wurst! (opposite bottom), both published by Smith Street Books.

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Can you tell us about Stephanie Somebody? I’m a photo stylist and creative director – I source, direct, talk, curate, host. Ultimately, I help businesses create imagery that stirs emotion in their audience. Do you draw inspiration from your work environment, or from somewhere more personal? My brain needs breathing space to create, and when I’m time-poor I default to something that’s safe rather than expand on an idea that pushes me creatively. I photograph everything that catches my eye and collect little mementos that I can call on for future projects. It all adds to my visual storytelling – I love layers of Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy, Italian Renaissance paintings and the patina of beautiful crumbling cities. I’m also lucky enough to be surrounded by people doing amazing things, who constantly challenge me and inspire growth. Have you had any stumbling blocks along the way? I’ve made a lot of mistakes and make a point of learning from them. I have stayed in working relationships that didn’t benefit me. This taught me to prioritise my business direction and myself. Oh, and when you fall behind on admin, it’s very hard to recover. Stay on top of emails! How has the styling industry evolved since you started? The industry began to change around the same time I entered it. I was able to break into styling and creative direction using my social media as a platform to showcase my work directly to clients. Briefs are evolving and there’s more of an emphasis on social content now. What are some of your career highlights? Running Studio Local, a Melbourne venue that hosts events, photo shoots and a night market, has been a huge dream realised for me. The space has become a hive of activity and it’s been so satisfying shooting in my own space. Breaking into publishing has been one of my most rewarding achievements to date. It’s such a thrill to see my work in print. Do you have any advice for someone looking to pursue their dreams and start a small business? What have you learnt from the process? My biggest lesson is that it’s really important to build a community. Over the years, my community of like-minded creatives has been a support network, helping me with everything from sourcing the perfect florals to accounting advice. For more information, visit stephaniesomebody.com. Inside Out / 25


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Would you choose the classic flexible desk lamp or its updated contemporary cousin? WORDS DAVID HARRISON

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PERSONAL, NOT PERFECT Hang onto those well-loved hand-me-downs to create an individual look. The challenge lies in mastering the mix of old and new

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OK, hands up everyone who’s spent time living in Asia, or anyone lucky enough to have family heirlooms from overseas – this one’s for you. The secret to making these pieces work is ensuring they stand alone. A room of Asian antiquities can tend towards ‘museum’, but a single hero piece can be a standout feature. Make sure large furniture items have room to breathe, too, especially if they have hand-applied inlay, carving or craftsmanship worthy of extra appreciation.

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Many decorators believe every room needs something ‘old’, without which it lacks character. An old frame fits the bill nicely, since it’s not required to be functional and can add the requisite atmosphere from the safety of the wall. So, if you come into old mirrors or paintings, don’t ignore the frames – even if the work within is no good, it can easily be replaced with a new mirror.


on hand is something that’s been ‘resting’ in the garden or under the house for a few years. We have news: this kind of rough treatment is what causes the very same ‘patina’ you’ll pay over-the-odds for in a vintage store. As long as your rustic item is perfectly dry and free of pests, it’s good to go, although it’s best to limit yourself to just one ‘patina’ piece per room.

Turn a page back and we talked about putting a new mirror in an old frame. Now we’re talking about putting a new frame around old (but loved) art. Confused? Don’t be – both approaches hold true, just not at the same time. In this method, you’ll keep the art you love but bring it up to date with a crisp box frame so that it sits comfortably in your modern interior. Win, win.

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times, but silver was still a traditional wedding gift until a few decades ago, and many families have some kicking around. The flatware is easy to use and enjoy, and doesn’t need to be kept aside ‘for good’, but ornate decorative pieces can be tricky. The age of the dustgathering ornament is (thankfully) over, so find a practical use for small trays, dishes or jugs and enjoy the thought that your forebears would probably not approve.

Pick up old chairs or sofas and you’ll notice that they’re really heavy. It’s not (just) the years of dust – it’s the fact that they are well made from quality materials, and using techniques that have often been lost to modern machinery. Designed for comfort, not speed, they can be refreshed with new upholstery. Hide their old-school lines with a loose slip cover, or embrace their charm with an updated take on retro. Either way, you’ll be sitting pretty.


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1 EXTERIOR DETAILS Whether it’s indoors or outdoors – pretty much anywhere the eye can see – this look is all about layers, and loads of them. “While a traditional Hamptons style often features shingles, we don’t see that much in Australia,” says Natalee. “Labour is just too expensive and the longevity is not there.” Instead, the best way to get the look is to start with fibre cement cladding, then add details such as decorative railings and door mouldings. We’re not talking ye olde charm, though – the details work best in the form of geometric, striped or bordered executions in an all-white palette. Don’t even think about a lacework trim. Finish it off with classic glass-framed or wall-sconce lighting options.


2 WALL-TO-WALL DETAIL Once you have the floor plan sorted, take a look at the internal structural details. In this instance, Natalee flies in the face of ‘less is more’. Can you have too many panelled walls or cornices? “No, you can never have enough,” she says. Well, that’s that then. Natalee is excited that Australians are embracing the use of decorating details in wet areas. “Traditionally, tradesmen were hesitant due to the problems with water damage, but with products such as Scyon Axon panelling, which can get wet (but not submerged or used in a shower), they’re more confident,” says Natalee. So while we’ve already seen a lot more shiplap creeping into design in kitchens and living spaces, you can expect to see more throughout the home. Our guru says while she prefers a more traditional colour palette of blues and greens, she’s seeing a more modern take, with slick black floors and metallic details paired with marble surfaces.

3 THE FINAL LAYERS When it comes to the final decorative details, Natalee’s preference is a more tropical feel which runs to ocean blues, teals and greens – but no matter which incarnation you’re trying to create, it’s key to add natural elements. “Jute rugs, natural oak timber and linens should be the starting point, then, depending on your style, a black-and-white colour palette overlay, or interesting features like clam shells full of fruit or rattan feature pieces,” she says. To her mind, there’s a Hamptons style for everyone. One of the more interesting combinations she’s seen incorporates tribal elements, which works perfectly with a simple, yet refined colour palette.


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5 SIMPLY SYMMETRICAL As a rule, most stylists recommend odd numbers with grouping items. It’s tried and tested, and apparently it’s more comfortable to the eye. Does that work in this style? “Nope, I’m the opposite,” says Natalee. “Have four stools, not three, it feels better.” That fits with the overarching premise of this kind of design. Joinery should help balance and create calm in all spaces, and with so many lines running through each room,

it’s important to make sure they, well, line up. Artwork hanging style should also be orderly. When purchasing sofas, Natalee’s ideal is “two three-seater sofas with beautiful armchairs to complete the look”. In her view, a two-seater and a three-seater is not going to work. We’ve all got enough room in our homes for that, don’t we? If not, plan a trip stateside. It’ll motivate you, we promise. To see examples of Natalee’s work, visit indahisland.com.

4 UPCYCLED STYLE If you want to give your home this sort of makeover, don’t make the mistake of thinking you need to turf everything out and start again. That’s the beauty of this eclectic style. “I’d much rather reupholster a great-quality older sofa than work with a brand new cheap one that fits the brief,” says Natalee. “And in lots of cases we can work with a lovely buffet by sanding it back, repainting and adding a marble top.” When she’s working with clients, she tries to give them a long-term plan so that as they make bigger purchases over time, they’ll know what to invest in. “Sometimes people need me to come in with fresh eyes and help reorder the space for that open Hamptons feel,” she says.

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fter almost 15 years of living in their home, Nikki and Adam Yazxhi faced a common dilemma. “With our sons aged 14 and 11, we were at a crossroads on whether to sell and buy something bigger, or stay in a house and area we love and renovate to make the house work better,” says Nikki. In the end, they decided storage was the main issue. “We chose to renovate and put the money we would have spent on moving and stamp duty into creating our ultimate home,” says Nikki, creator of lifestyle website bellaMUMMA (bellamumma.com). They’d already made some changes over the years to the 1940s weatherboard beach house in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It was a place that Nikki and Adam purchased four years after getting together. “We always loved the vibe, the beach, the cafes, so when we decided to move in together, we rented a beach cottage on Clareville Beach,” says Nikki. “We loved the area so much that we decided to buy and found our home in nearby Avalon.” Back then, every room was a different bright and loud colour. It also had the original carpet, kitchen and bathroom. “It’s taken three renovations to get it looking this way,” says Nikki. The first involved rewiring the house and updating the bathroom, and the second round included an extension to create more room for their family. The final time, they moved out for three months and the place was gutted and rebuilt, while maintaining its original charm. Nikki and Adam enlisted friend and interior designer Nina Maya. “We loved her work, her style, she knew us really well, and she knew how the house worked and how it would work better,” says Nikki. “Everything was streamlined and simplified.” Incorporating joinery throughout helped to increase space, as did opening up doorways and losing ceiling cornices. “Lighter, wider floorboards and taking cabinetry up to the ceilings also helped create more workable, brighter areas,” says Nikki. Nina was keen to retain the original footprint but open up the internal spaces, increase the connection to the outside and maximise storage. She achieved this by removing the wall separating the living area and the kitchen, and installing fullheight glass bi-fold doors on the back deck and skylights to boost the amount of natural light. “For the interior scheme, we worked with a refined palette of neutrals, using only natural materials such as European oak flooring, marble, stone and brass,” says Nina. This sense of openness and light is one of Adam’s favourite features. “A few simple additions: bigger windows, removing cornices and opening up doorways, has made the house feel immediately bigger,” he says. “We didn’t want a bigger house for the sake of having a bigger house. Instead, we worked hard to get the maximum potential out of the spaces we have.” Nikki loves the living room with its B&B Italia ‘Husk’ chair and reading corner, as well as the kitchen and butler’s pantry. “I love our ensuite, too,” she says. “When you step in there and close the door it’s like being at a relaxing hotel spa.” The house is a grown-up version of the one Nikki and Adam bought all those years ago. “Our style has changed as the boys have grown,” she says. “When they were younger, it was all about functional pieces and spaces for them. Now it’s more about Adam’s and my dream pieces – we’re well away from the ‘grubby-hands’ stage – and spaces that work for living and entertaining.” To view more of Nina Maya’s work, visit ninamayainteriors.com.

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April 08 Renovation plans are put on the backburner as Nikki starts bellaMUMMA. July 14 The couple add an upstairs attic in the roof for extra storage.

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LESSONS LEARNT “Finding the right builder is an integral part of realising your vision and keeping your sanity” NIKKI YAZXHI, HOMEOWNER “We were beyond lucky in having a great recommendation from our interior stylist, Nina Maya. Our builder Sam Pollnow from Customconstruction [custom-construction. com.au] had recently completed a major job for Nina in Palm Beach nearby, so we got to see their work as well as speak with the clients. The fit was immediate in an understanding of our goals, budgets and timeline. There was also a great sense of synchronicity with our collective mindsets – conversations flowed easily and we worked together to overcome any potential problems. The budgets were understood and respected, and all options were discussed with enthusiasm. The ability to discuss concerns, problems or even ask for advice without intimidation or judgement was a key foundation.”

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EXTERIOR Malvina and Malcolm stained the pods’ timber cladding in Porter’s Paints Palm Beach Black. “It’s an environmentally friendly stain and looks ‘heavy’ and grounds the pods,” says Malvina. “It helps them nestle into the environment.” DECK (opposite) The interior of the home comprises just 48 square metres of living space, but the central deck adds 20 square metres.

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Perth for two weeks when she met her husband, Malcolm, at a mutual friend’s birthday party. “He was late – that’s standard for Malcolm,” says Malvina. “But we’ve been together ever since!” That was 30 years ago and, before long, the couple had purchased their first property – a 1950s bungalow in the suburb of Doubleview – and quickly turned it into a happy family home following the births of their now-adult daughters Milly and Polly. At the same time, Malvina began carving out a successful career as an interior stylist, initially under the tutelage of renowned Australian interior designer Judith Barrett Lennard. While she was passionate about her profession, Malvina equally enjoyed spending time at the beach while Malcolm surfed, or in Bali at the family’s private villa. Then, in early 2015, the family received a life-changing blow – Malcolm was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although already retired, he could no longer drive to the beach or visit his daughters, both of whom had married and moved out. For Malvina, the diagnosis ignited a desire for a more Zen-like lifestyle, similar to the one the family enjoyed on holidays in Bali.

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“We’ve always loved the North Beach area,” she says. “Over the years, we’d drive down this street and I’d tease Malcolm by saying, ‘Why don’t you buy me a beach shack here?’ We’d both laugh, thinking it would never happen. Then, two years ago, we were driving home from visiting our daughter, who lives nearby, when we saw the ‘For Sale’ sign on the side of the road. We stopped the car, trotted down the driveway, looked at the block, went home and put our house on the market. The rest is history.” That was in July 2015 and, taking a cue from the prefabricated pods designed by Perth company Blue Frontier Studios, who made the final drawings for council, Malvina set to work sketching the home of her dreams. The property settled two months later and she immediately contacted the builder, Go2 Homes, not wanting to waste any time transforming the vacant block. The build almost exactly mirrors Malvina’s original drawing and was completed in an incredible 12 weeks. It comprises three freestanding timber pods – a master bedroom and ensuite, a guest bedroom and ensuite, and an L-shaped kitchen, living and dining space – all linked by merbau wood walkways and a central deck. “The builders from Go2, Gordon Allen and Rorey Flynn, just went out of their way to make it all happen for us,” says Malvina. “Often you might see homes taking two, three, or even more years to build. We just wanted to live in it and start enjoying it.”

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Some changes were made along the way.The laundry was moved from the kitchen to the ensuite. The floors are engineered timber rather than hardwood, and the benchtops are laminate, not marble. “We were determined to not go over the budget because our main objective was to live debt-free, so we were very strict,” she says. “But other than a few small compromises, I wouldn’t change a thing.” True to Malvina’s vision, the retreat merges WA’s beach culture with Bali’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. She and Malcolm can enjoy ocean views, hear the waves crash at night, spend time outdoors with their beloved grandchildren and soak up Perth’s sunshine. “Much like in Bali, this property exposes us to the elements, which makes us feel alive and connected,” says Malvina. “We throw open all the doors and spend the day moving seamlessly from space to space. I reckon we’d spend at least half the day outdoors, depending on the weather. Even in the winter it’s beautiful.” After two years here, Malvina and Malcolm’s unique home still attracts plenty of attention from neighbours. “When we explain to people around here where we live, they say, ‘Oh! You live in the black pods’ – so now we refer to our style of living as #podlife,” says Malvina. “I feel very peaceful and content here.” For more about Malvina’s styling work, email malvinastone@hotmail.com. Find out more about the builder at go2homes.com.au.

how to create a gallery wall Malvina and Malcolm’s home is full of small artworks, often hung in groups. Kitty Clark of Saint Cloche gallery (saintcloche.com) shares her tips on this approach + Starting a collection with small pieces is more affordable, and hanging them together can create the illusion of something bigger. Small bold pieces can also stand alone in unexpected spots like the kitchen. + Choosing pieces of art you love tells a story on its own – everything doesn’t need to be the same subject matter, medium or colour. In fact, having works in different media will lift the collection as a whole. + Varying the frames is a great idea. To ensure your art wall doesn’t look too cluttered, hang the smallest pieces with large borders and narrow frames.

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LIVING AREA (left) Black-and-white artwork, such as this framed drawing by ceramicist Fleur Schell (centre) and portraits by daughter Milly (left) and artist Ella Bunker add character to a set of IKEA drawers. EXTERIOR (above) In the backyard, Malvina and Malcolm stand in front of a roadside-find installation. “A friend found all these discarded letters – they were an old supermarket sign,” says Malvina. “I quickly grabbed the ‘S’, ‘E’ and ‘A’!” DINING AREA (opposite) A dramatic rattan light shade, unearthed at Bali homewares store Muubs In The Rough, takes pride of place. Engineered oak flooring from Planet Timbers keeps the palette light and calm.


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timeline 2015 July Malvina and Malcolm purchase their beachside vacant block. They engage Go2 Homes and Blue Frontier Studios to bring her vision for a home comprising three connected pods to life.

2016 Sep The property settles and the couple visit Bali while the development approval and building permit are finalised. Nov The footings for the pods are laid and the walls go up in a few days.

Dec The deck is laid and the three pods are tangibly connected. Malvina and Malcolm stain the pods’ timber exterior, sweating it out in 40°C heat each day to finish it while their builder enjoys a Christmas break.

Jan The kitchen, master bathroom and laundry go in. Original plans placed the laundry in the kitchen, but regulations prevent this happening. The solution? Move the laundry into the generous master ensuite.

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GUEST BEDROOM (opposite, left) A waffle-weave blanket and bedspread from Ma Cuisine combine with a vintage chest of drawers from France, a rattan cushion from Bali and a woven natural floor rug to create a relaxed room full of texture and light. OUTDOOR SHOWER (opposite, right & above) Not only does this reflect the couple’s love of Bali’s famed lifestyle, it’s practical. “We visit the beach almost every day – even in winter – so this shower gets used a lot,” says Malvina. EXTERIOR (above) Malvina and Malcolm wanted their decks to have a weathered look, so they chose merbau wood, a naturally durable timber. It has been left untreated, to ‘silver off’ over time, and they maintain it with occasional oiling. Their dog Duchess approves.

lessons learnt “HAVING A PLAN B IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA” MALVINA STONE, OWNER In the original design, a compact laundry was to be combined with the kitchen. Unfortunately, Western Australian building regulations prevented this from happening. “Evidently, WA is one of the Australian states that won’t allow you to have your laundry in your kitchen – by law, washing machines aren’t allowed to be placed in areas where food is being prepared,” says Malvina. “The answer was to move it to the master ensuite, which wasn’t ideal, but in the end it looks fine and is quite functional.”


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reassessing your home and realising it’s not going to work, or that you need more space. So it was for Shirin and Daniel Pulitano – after years of living in an inner-city Melbourne terrace, they came to the conclusion that their much-loved home wasn’t going to be suitable for a family. “We’d extensively renovated and made it into a three-level home, which involved some planning challenges but we got there in the end,” says Shirin. “It was great, but when I became pregnant with our son Oscar [now 5], we realised the layout, with the master bedroom on the top floor separated from the other bedrooms by the living area on the middle level, wasn’t going to be very practical with a baby.” The couple started hunting for a more family-friendly home, even looking in more suburban areas where they could also have a garden. But they realised they would miss the buzz of the North Melbourne neighbourhood they had called home for so long. When a vacant warehouse became available on the same street as their terrace, they decided to build a house that would work for the couple and their family – and also mean they wouldn’t have to sacrifice the inner-city lifestyle they had come to love.

Shirin, were you not fazed by the amount of work needed to turn this space into your dream home? Not really. A lot was going on,

but my background is in events, so I’m used to working on lots of projects at once and I was able to get into this. It was a matter of working through the necessary steps to make it happen. Why build from a shell rather than renovate an existing house?

The location was perfect. After living in this street for 12 years, we love this area and the community. Both of our jobs are nearby, as are our families, and we love that we can walk to the city. Building also meant we could get exactly what we wanted. Another advantage of this site was that it came with plans and permits for a three-storey house, which would save us time with the planning process. Plus, having Daniel’s construction company handle the build meant we could get a high-end result at a really good price. You engaged architect Nick Harding from Ha architecture practice – what did he bring to the project? There were plans already in

place, but we tweaked them to make the home more suitable for a family. We got rid of the narrow lap pool at the back – it sounds glamorous, but the reality was that it was completely in shade and I was probably going to spend more time cleaning it than using it. We enlarged two of the bedrooms and included a family bathroom on the second floor instead of each bedroom having an ensuite, and we also added a butler’s pantry behind the kitchen as we both love cooking. Well, Dan loves to cook and I love his cooking!

LIVING AREA (opposite) Shirin and Daniel with son Oscar and daughter Tilly. Daniel sits on a Fritz Hansen ‘Fri’ chair from Cult, where you can also find the Serge Mouille ‘Applique 3 Bras Pivotants’ wall light. The Friends & Founders ‘Knock Out’ side table is from Fred International. TERRACE (above & below) The living area opens to a sun-filled zone with a custom table designed by Peachy Green landscapers and ‘Volley’ chairs and rocker (below) from Tait. Ceramic patterned Mutina tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics contrast in design but keep the palette consistent – the Patricia Urquiola designs are ‘Azulej Estrela’ (left) and ‘Azulej Cubo’.


DINING AREA (left) Timber is a highlight here with Hans J Wegner & Søn ‘Wishbone’ chairs from Cult around a ‘Moller #26’ oak table from Great Dane. The Wästberg ‘W103 Sempé’ pendant light is from Euroluce. GUEST SUITE (above) Visitors can relax on the ‘Iko Iko’ armchair and ottoman, ‘Bole’ sofa bed and ‘Fred’ coffee table, all from Jardan. The Persian rug was a gift from Shirin’s parents. KITCHEN (opposite) A slab of Peraway Marble’s ‘Statuario 2855’ marble forms the island bench. The custom fixed louvres allow for privacy while still admitting light.

plans, there was a home cinema room that we didn’t need, so that has become Dan’s wine cellar. We also included a lift. It was a lot of work to put in, but this is a three-storey house and it was something we needed for resale value. I thought I would never use it, but it’s very convenient, especially if I’m taking shopping or our daughter Tilly up to the top floor, where our main living area is. What were your aims with the interior? I like a calm, uncluttered space with clean lines. I’m surrounded by colour at work but at home I’m Dulux Lexicon Quarter all the way. I love black and white with timber. I’m glad we went with a warmer American oak veneer for our joinery rather than the paler timbers. Have you had to balance your love of design with the need to make the house child-friendly? I wouldn’t compromise on design.

I would rather my children learn how to take care of nice things, but I did consider safety and made compromises. I originally wanted our sofa to be in tan leather, but after testing out a sample with milk stains, I chose a durable wool fabric alternative. After working so hard to make your home a reality, what does it mean to you? Tilly was born since we moved in and Oscar has

grown up here, too, so it’s a place that’s always going to mean a lot to us. We enjoy living here so much that when we go on holiday, it’s very hard to choose a place to stay that we like as much! To see architect Nick Harding’s work, visit h-a.com.au. Daniel’s family construction business can be found at pulitanogroup.com.au.

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“Don’t leave choosing things until the last minute” SHIRIN PULITANO, HOMEOWNER

“As soon as you’ve worked out your layout and room sizes, turn your attention to the fittings and fixtures, otherwise you will have to compromise,” says Shirin. “No-one wants to compromise when you have to live with things forever.” She and Daniel also decided not to put an airlock at the entry. “In retrospect, it would have been nice not to step straight out onto the street,” says Shirin. “Also, the budget didn’t allow us to have concrete between the upper floors, which means you can hear people walking above you.”

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timeline 2012 May The couple purchase the site with existing plans for a three-storey home. Jun Daniel starts 11 months of work to rectify existing latent conditions, which had resulted in a building notice and the suspension of works. They include unapproved structural

2013 underpinning to adjoining walls, illegal demolition and a sewerage connection broken and diverted through a neighbour’s property. Aug Nick Harding from Ha architects is engaged to rework the existing plans. Sep Shirin and Daniel’s first child Oscar is born.

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Apr Framing is completed. Glass panels weighing 600kg in total are craned in. May Internal plastering starts. Final prop to the facade is removed. Aug The site is locked up. Sep Kitchen and bathroom joinery is installed and the timber flooring laid.

Nov Marble benchtops are installed in the kitchens and bathrooms. Dec The internal painting is wrapped up in time for Christmas. Jan 2015 Just over a year after building started, the house is completed and the family move in.

LIBRARY (opposite) This room is brought to life with vivid greenery and artwork. The ‘Wilfred’ sofa from Jardan, Moroso ‘Klara’ tables from Hub Furniture and an Artek ‘901’ tea trolley from Luke Furniture add a fun, modern edge. The Flos ‘265’ wall light is from Euroluce. ENSUITE (above left) Grey ‘Portland’ floor tiles contrast with white subway tiles, both from Erneste Tile Concepts, in the ensuite. The custom floating vanity, as with all the joinery, is American oak veneer stained in a custom medium-dark stain. The custom mirrors were designed by architect Nick Harding. OSCAR’S BEDROOM (above right) Oscar can do his homework in style in future years with a custom desk and Eames ‘Aluminum Group’ chair from Living Edge.


BRIGHT IDEA “I love this panelled wall,” says Shirin. “I set myself a challenge to change up the colour in one of the rooms and this works beautifully.” She chose Dulux Guild Grey for the job.

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MASTER BEDROOM (above) Dark tones provide a soothing space for Shirin and Daniel, with grey Jardan linen complementing By Lassen ‘Frame’ side tables from Fred International and ‘Caravaggio’ wall lights from Cult. CELLAR (above right) “Dan is really passionate about Italian wine so this is a space he loves,” says Shirin. Tom Dixon ‘Beat’ lights from Dedece and a ‘Smed’ stool from Great Dane are grounded by Patricia Urquiola’s ‘Azulej Estrela’ tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics. GUEST BATHROOM (opposite) A Moda ‘Teresa’ bath and ‘Claudine’ basin, both from ACS Bathrooms, give guests a five-star retreat.

how to live with bold colour Inspired by this moody bedroom, we asked Wendy Rennie, colour expert at Haymes Paint (haymes paint.com.au), for her tips on using dark colour in sleeping spaces + Light colours have traditionally been used in bedrooms, but people are now accepting that dark colours can create a cocooning effect that works perfectly for places of rest. + For bedrooms, I like dark charcoals, dusty greys and blues, and olive greens. I’d probably steer away from dark reds, as it’s less restful. + The best paint choice for this situation is a chalky matt paint like the Haymes Paint ‘Soft Chalk’ range. They give a soft, velvety finish, which tends to absorb rather than reflect light, so they make sense for a calming zone.

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cheat sheet Who lives here: Darryl Freeman, an interior designer with her own business specialising in the design of safari lodges in Africa. Style of home: A pavilion-style one-bedroom house made of rammed earth, with a plunge pool and separate guest suite. It’s located on the outskirts of Maun, a town on the Thamalakane River in Botswana. The home was built over a period of about three years.

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ENSUITE (opposite) The shutterboards used to form the rammed-earth walls became the home’s ceiling, but weren’t limewashed in the bathroom. The freestanding tub and outdoor shower look out over the spectacular view. One of Darryl’s friends used a trunk of leadwood to make the log stool. MASTER BEDROOM The four-poster Weylandts bed is topped with a cushion made by Darryl’s friend Taryn. Darryl stripped the paint from the chest of drawers, which came from her mother, while the rug belonged to her grandmother. She found the prints on the bedside table in India.


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Before snapping up the property, the pair enlisted architect Scott Lester of Nathan Lester Architecture to inspect the duplex and help them reimagine its future, in two life stages. “When Scott came to the property, he described it as ‘introverted’ as it ignored the outside,” says Sophie. Scott’s solution was to flip the floor plan to align the living areas with the north and north-eastern aspect, putting the bedrooms on the southern side. The functional areas – kitchen, bathroom and laundry – act as the spine in the middle. Sticking to the building’s footprint saved money, which is helpful in view of plans to reclaim the top floor down the track. The ground-floor plan also works to fill the house with light, a top priority, while delivering two living zones within an open-plan space. “I think it’s really important to have more than one living area in a family home,” says Sophie.

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A commissioned sculpture by artist Dion Horstmans hangs in the centre of the living area as a design muse. “It’s like a lightning bolt; it’s incredible,” says Sophie. “We knew that it was going to be one of the major features, so we decided to keep everything very white and go with elements of matt black throughout.” This plays out with white walls, bold lighting and other star furniture items in black. The white kitchen has also been broken up with dollops of black. “As we were building it we thought it might look very stark, so we decided instead to go for black cabinetry for the pantry and internal laundry,” says Sophie. It’s now Dean’s favourite part of the house. “I love the black on the cupboards. It makes that working area disappear,” he says. It’s not the only design trick in play. The kitchen itself has been extended with a servery section, which sits in the former porch area. “The sink and appliances are hidden behind a nib wall,” says Sophie. “It means you don’t see all the functional aspects of the kitchen or the clutter of appliances.”

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Dean kicked off the build the day after the tenants moved out, leaving just 12 weeks until Christmas – Sophie’s deadline. “I kept getting asked, ‘When are we moving in?’,” says Dean. “It was actually very easy,” he says of being both client and builder. “There was no sitting around waiting for a decision – everything flowed quickly.” Working around the clock, he met the deadline with two days to spare. Dealing with a duplex meant they had needed to undertake a full DA (development application) and this resulted in the need for privacy screens and extra materials to meet fire codes. Opening up the floor plan downstairs also meant a lot of structural steel was needed to support the brickwork upstairs. “I wanted everything to

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be clean with no bulkheads, so I did have to lower the ceiling in the living areas to 2500mm to compensate for the steel,” says Dean. “It was a compromise.” The budget was similarly balanced with a focus on what they really valued. “We wanted to fund the renovation from our savings so we needed to make sure it wasn’t too extravagant,” says Sophie. “We were clear up-front about what we were going to splurge on and what we were going to save on. One of the things we saved on was the bathroom. It meant that we could go big on the kitchen.” See more of Dean’s work at grangebc.com.au, and get in touch with the architect at nathanlester.com.au.

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CAN I PROJECT MANAGE MY OWN RENOVATION INSTEAD OF HAVING THE ARCHITECT DO IT? “It may seem like an easy way to save money, but personally I think it’s a false economy. Regardless of how thorough documentation is, builders can misinterpret drawings. Even a slight deviation from the design can have an unexpected knock-on effect and the builder is unlikely to understand the overarching concept in the same way the architect does. There are also likely to be unknown conditions that can only be uncovered during construction. At this point, the architect is the best person to instruct the builder on what to do next. Aside from design outcomes, there are contractual reasons to keep an architect involved. Their experience and expertise means they will manage the builder on time, cost and quality. Eva-Marie Prineas, architect, Architect Prineas (architectprineas.com.au).


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HOW LONG SHOULD I ALLOW FOR A BATHROOM RENOVATION? “It’s best to allow

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a minimum of six to eight weeks. People say it can be done in four weeks, but it rarely actually happens that way. With a renovation, you never know what you’re going to find once you strip out the old bathroom – and you’ll often find a problem you need to rectify, such as water damage because of a fault in the waterproofing. Finding and fixing another problem means there is a flow-on effect to the timeline, and the chain of tradies gets disrupted and delayed. It can become stressful when you don’t have a bathroom in your house, but I prefer to give people a realistic estimate. If it comes in more quickly, they’re delighted!” Petrina Turner, interior designer, Petrina Turner Design (petrinaturnerdesign.com.au).

WHICH RENOVATIONS WILL OFFER THE BEST RETURN WHEN I SELL? “There are three key areas that add the most value, according to bank valuers – your front facade, kitchen and bathrooms. I use strict formulas to avoid overcapitalising my properties to sell. I try to stick to spending no more than two per cent of the property’s current value on a kitchen renovation, two per cent for a front exterior and 1.5 per cent on a bathroom renovation. Keep in mind that the amount you spend should relate to the value of your home – you’ll never recoup the cost of a $50,000 kitchen in a home that’s worth $500,000. Of course, in a family home you expect to be in for a long time, you should do what makes you happy – but take these guidelines into consideration. You never know when life will change and you might regret overspending.” Cherie Barber, Renovating For Profit (renovatingforprofit.com.au).

HOW MUCH SPACE DO I NEED FOR A WALK-IN PANTRY? “The minimum depth for a comfortable walk-in pantry is 1500mm, which allows for a 600mm-deep bench and a 900mm walkway. The length can, of course, vary, but the smallest one we’ve done was 1.5 metres long. Everyone wants a walk-in pantry, but sometimes the space required means it’s just too much of a compromise for the main kitchen space. We usually draw up both options so that clients can visualise the space better.” Mardi Doherty, interior designer, Doherty Design Studio (dohertydesignstudio.com.au).


5 HOW DO I BALANCE TRENDS WITH MORE TIMELESS CHOICES? “I’m a big believer in the importance of architectural detail to increase a home’s value rather than filling the space with ‘on-trend’ pieces. I’d rather see people choose timeless design for fixtures and permanent features and then mix in the latest furniture and decor. That way, after however long it is that the ‘trend’ hangs around, it’s an easy upgrade to the latest and greatest as you’re not touching the ‘build’ of a home. So, if you’re thinking about a bathroom, it could be a combination of brass tapware and a monochromatic scheme (the timeless part) with pops of pattern and colour in your towels (the trend details).” Shannon Vos, interior designer, VosCreative (voscreative.com.au).

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WHAT ARE SOME EASY COSMETIC CHANGES I CAN MAKE TO MY HOME WITHOUT A FULL RENO? “Paint is liquid gold for renovators. It gives you the biggest bang for your buck for the least cost and you can even do it yourself – I call it ‘sweat equity’ in your house. Ripping up old floorcoverings can make a difference, and if you don’t find timber underneath, look to lay timber or timber-look flooring. Make sure you ditch outdated window coverings (I’m talking vertical blinds or lace curtains) and replace them with light-coloured blinds or shutters. If your home has oyster lights, replace them with modern LED downlights. It’s even possible to cosmetically update kitchens and bathrooms using tile paint and laminate paint. For the facade, if you’re living with completely outdated ’60s or ’70s brick, think about rendering the front, and painting the sides and back for a cost-effective transformation.” Cherie Barber, Renovating For Profit.


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GAS OR INDUCTION IN THE KITCHEN? “Most of our clients choose induction and have no regrets, but some people who have always used gas are keen to stick with it. The bonus with an induction cooktop is that you get some extra bench space, as it’s flat.”

WHAT’S THE TIMELINE IF I WORK WITH AN ARCHITECT? “It’s common to underestimate what’s involved in working on a renovation. Choosing an architect and signing a contract with them can take time. In a renovation, before design work can start, a property survey and a set of measured drawings of the existing house are required. With this in place, concept design can start and it could be a month before the first concepts are presented. Once a concept design is settled on, the design is developed. This can take another month, longer for a large or new build. The planning and construction process involves other consultants as well – for example a heritage architect, a hydraulic engineer and/or a geotechnical engineer. The logistics of co-ordinating the site visits, briefing and reports as well as other information required for the approvals process can take four to six weeks. Once a project has planning approval, a structural engineer is engaged and then the architect will put together detailed construction documentation – this includes drawings, specifications and schedules that a builder can tender and build from. This stage can take a minimum of six weeks.” Eva-Marie Prineas, architect, Architect Prineas.

9 DO I REALLY NEED TO MOVE OUT DURING MY RENO? “Unless it’s a single bathroom or something pretty small, my answer is yes. By moving out, you’ll allow the builder to get the job done more quickly. I’d say it takes up to twice as long to complete a build if you have to completely clean up and make the site safe at the end of every day, then unpack again the next day. There’s a lot of dust, and not every tradie is meticulously clean.” David Lakes, builder, Lochbuild, (lochbuild.com.au).

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“The builder’s margin (usually around 15 per cent) can be saved on these items if the client supplies them, but I prefer to have the builder supply them under the contract if possible. If the builder supplies these items, the risk and responsibility then lies with them. So, if something is incorrect on delivery or doesn’t work for any reason, it’s up to the builder to sort it out within the original time frame. If the client makes an error with the order, which is easy to do, or if the delivery doesn’t arrive on time, it can cause delays for the whole project.” Eva-Marie Prineas, architect, Architect Prineas.

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and we value manage from there. Usually, a variety of areas – for example, choosing a $50/sqm tile rather than a $200/sqm tile, or going with laminate joinery rather than timber veneer. But all of these are the visual elements and sometimes it’s a shame to compromise on them. My advice is always to get a builder involved early in the project. Once your architect has come up with a concept, talk to an experienced builder about the engineering that’s likely to be needed and a realistic budget. That way, you won’t get your heart broken further down the track.” David Lakes, builder, Lochbuild.


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I’M INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABILITY BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. WHAT SHOULD BE MY AIMS?

“One of the most important things to think about before building or renovating your home is how to make it a beautiful and joyous place to live. Part of that is ensuring comfort in both summer and winter. Part of it is not being wasteful with resources, which might mean collecting rainwater to use in your garden. But more than the ‘mechanical’ ways of increasing energy and water efficiency, think about making your home a place where you can enjoy and understand the seasons, the daily changes of light and movement of air, and where you can see, hear and experience changes in nature. Some of the most meaningful experiences we have in life touch all our senses – sitting around a fire or going to the beach. It’s so important to understand how you live, or want to live, and then create an environment that shelters you and enables a meaningful interaction with nature.” Caroline Pidcock, architect, Pidcock – Architecture And Sustainability (pidcock.com.au).

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SHOULD I PICK LARGE OR SMALL TILES FOR MY BATHROOM? “There are a few considerations when choosing between large-format or small-format tiles. Firstly, conventional wisdom says that smaller tiles means more tiles and, therefore, more labour costs – however, this is dependent on whether your tiler charges per square metre or per hour. The use of larger-format tiles can also lead to unwanted expense in the form of more wastage and cutting, depending on how well things measure out. In terms of look and feel, larger-format tiles can help achieve a more seamless look with fewer grout lines, which may make a space feel larger. Conversely, the use of smaller tiles might be more suitable if you’re trying to achieve a more detailheavy look. Another consideration may be matching your floor tiles to your wall tiles. Mixing it up will create a separate focus on each tile/area, whereas the same tile will give a smoother flow. It’s worth a thought.” David Signorino, marketing manager, Signorino Tile Gallery (signorino.com.au).

HOW DO I CHOOSE A BUILDER? “First, you’ll need to find out how much work your builder has on – if he has none, that’s not a good sign in the current climate! Also, importantly, find out whether he has the capacity for all the jobs he has taken on. If your builder is working on too many projects at once, he may have trouble investing enough time in yours. I always recommend people check that their builder has the ability to fund the project. Remember, a builder will often have to pay some pretty big bills before he’s paid by you – for example, for steel or windows. You could even ask for a letter from his accountant. If he can’t fund some of those big invoices, the project will really slow down.” David Lakes, builder, Lochbuild.


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Rachael and Tony purchased this three-bedroom 1990s terrace in the inner-Sydney suburb of Zetland in 2007 and undertook a major internal renovation three years later. By this time they had Archie, now 8, and another son, Lenny, now 7, soon followed. The family love their location, with its proximity to the city and the eastern beaches, as well as the open-plan living area with a large, galley-style kitchen that leads out to the bright courtyard. However, as Archie and Lenny get bigger, Rachael and Tony’s thoughts are turning to the boys’ teenage years just around the corner. “We would love to add to our storage inside and, ideally, have a separate living area for the children to use as they grow up and want some independence,” says Rachael. “And we’re desperate for somewhere to stash the bikes, boogie boards, golf clubs and so on that we’re steadily accumulating. But the house is what it is. It can’t grow, so we would probably be looking at something external.”

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what the real estate agent says... the realtor

Ivan Bresic BresicWhitney Darlinghurst

“Zetland wasn’t a residential area until about 10 years ago. But there’s a lot of development going on in Sydney’s inner southern suburbs, and with that comes the restaurants and cafes, and the young couples looking for better value than they might find in the neighbouring suburbs of Surry

Hills and Redfern. Most of the housing available in Zetland is terraces and newer apartments. The people wanting to buy are predominantly investors, professionals and young families. They’re ideally looking for three bedrooms, two bathrooms and parking. Any additional space

is of course a bonus and would push you closer to that $2 million mark. This particular house is one of three that were built about 20 years ago and it has been nicely renovated. Tony and Rachael have bought well. Since they moved in, the values have doubled and more.”

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Shannon’s assessment

Shannon Vos Behind the courtyard, Rachael and Interior designer at VosCreative Tony have a triangular-shaped off-street (voscreative.com.au) parking spot with a roller door onto the quiet rear street. They are considering how best to use this space for a garage, granny flat or basement. It is always better to go up than down. Excavating is an expensive option and the problem is you never know what you’re going to find once you start digging. Here, there will almost definitely be services running underneath and there may even be issues with the structural integrity of the adjacent road. On the flip side, there are no overhead powerlines to worry about and a precedent has been set with a few double-storey granny flats further down the road. Tony says that the neighbours have considered putting in a carport with granny flat above, and I’d say this is 100 per cent the way to go. If the two families tackled it together, it could greatly reduce the cost. The carport would be a great way to add built-in storage, while the space above it could be used as a second living space or bedroom – with bathroom – when Tony and Rachael’s parents come to stay.

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steel look. It’s tough, it’s easy to look after, it looks great and it will go up much more quickly than brick. The matt finish has a softer and more subtle look than typical steel cladding, so it won’t be too visually intrusive from the kitchen and living area in the home. The house is traditional in style and the combination of a steel structure with glass frontage would make a great contrast. We could put in street access, which would be a big advantage if Tony and Rachael decided to rent it out – maybe on Airbnb. Once they have the basic idea worked out for the design, they’d need an architect, or a really good builder, to draw up the plans.

2. the decor I’d opt for an open-plan living set-up in the space above the garage. Being an awkward shape, bringing too many internal walls into the mix would really close the room off and make it seem smaller than it should be. A small but functional bathroom would sit in the far corner with the stairwell, leaving the rest of the space to cater to an expansive living area, or a bedroom with study. A clean palette of whites and greys would give a modern feel and make the most of the huge amount of natural light that would stream through the bank

of floor-to-ceiling windows. Anyone staying here would need some block-out blinds, as the space looks straight down into the home’s lounge area, and sheer curtains would bring a level of softness to the space.

3. outdoor storage Tony and Rachael don’t want to lose their parking, and this way they’d be able to have a fully lockable garage on site. I’d suggest building it by pulling the car in to figure out the exact space needed to manoeuver into the spot (it’s an awkward angle) and then working out the best use of the remaining space for storage. You can get some great racking systems these days that would be perfect for storing those bikes, surfboards, golf clubs, outdoor furniture and other stuff that currently takes up valuable space in the house and on the front porch.

4. indoor storage Rachael is keen to have some kind of entertainment unit on the wall where the TV currently sits. My suggestion would be to flip the room and extend the kitchen cabinetry along the wall, where the sofa currently sits. This could incorporate a small desk area and define the line between the kitchen and living zones. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same – just something that works in tonally and draws the eye towards the lovely courtyard.

PHOTOGRAPHY: (PORTRAIT) MATT JOHNSON, (LIVING AREA) TOM ROSS, (STORAGE AREA) DEREK SWALWELL, (GLASS WALLS) SAYHER HEFFERNAN. STYLING: (STORAGE AREA) MIKAYLA ROSE. ARCHITECTURE: (LIVING AREA) QUINN ARCHITECTURE, QUINNARCHITECTURE.COM.AU, (GLASS WALLS) DAN WEBSTER ARCHITECTURE, DWARCHITECTURE.COM.AU. HOMEOWNER: (STORAGE AREA) KATE SYMONS. EXTERNAL IMAGE FEATURES COLORBOND STEEL IN MONUMENT MATT, AS SEEN ON THE PROJECT IN STIRLING, SOUTH AUSTRALIA


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outdoor storage Get inventive and use your garage for much more than your car.


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JOBS TO OUTSOURCE

things are best left to the professionals, from expensive outlays to fussy, fiddly chores. Here are seven jobs big and small, and the people who can help you out

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consider the fully insured Smart Installs. Netflix junkies elsewhere, try Universal Home Theatre. You could also ask for a recommendation when buying your TV. Check out smartinstalls.com.au, universalhometheatre.com.au.

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spent proper money on art, or collected enough framed eclectica for a salon hang – but your measuring and ruling skills, not to mention your hammer work, leave a bit to be desired. Good picture hanging is an art in itself, so save your paintwork and spare yourself the indignity of a lopsided result by commissioning a skilled picture hanger. Most do large mirrors as well which, considering the weight of the average piece, could save you serious injury. Some, such as Melbourne’s ProHang Art Services, will also install sculptures outside, or affix larger pieces to interior walls, and offer transport services for valuable art. Sydney art lovers could try The Hangman and Brisbanites could consult The Art Of Hanging or ArtPerfect. Visit prohang.com.au, thehangman.com.au, artofhanging.com, artperfect.com.au.

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if you fancy yourself as a skilled amateur electrician, wall-mounting a flatscreen television is a job best left to professionals. Especially when it can cost as little as a few hundred dollars (pin money compared to what you’ve spent on the TV) and will guarantee you don’t fall foul of the most common mistakes people make having a crack at it themselves – namely, positioning it too high and guaranteeing mid-movie neckache. Too low isn’t great, either, and don’t even talk about wonkiness. Selecting fasteners that can’t support the TV’s weight can be flat-out dangerous (smashed floor telly, anyone?) – while missing the stud, an amateur classic, means making multiple assaults on your plasterwork. Hiding cables within the wall or inside a duct cover is ripe for the botching as well. So, in Sydney,

CHOOSE YOUR ART

u don’t know about art but you know what you like. Or do you? You’ll get no judgement from us if the answer is no, considering that selecting art for the home can be a deeply confusing business – and, depending on your budget, mistakes can be costly. That’s why chatting to an art consultant is worth doing for those of us whose current taste begins and ends with a framed gallery poster of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Professional art buyers work independently or with an interior designer, and you’ll know if you’ve found a good one when they listen carefully to your description of what you like (no matter how vague), skilfully interpret the brief, carefully assess where the piece will hang and source pieces squarely within your budget. (Being asked why you can’t “stretch to $20,000” can really take the fun out of what really ought to be an enjoyable process.) Most small galleries will put you onto a recommended consultant or may employ one in-house, but your selection then will usually be limited to the gallery’s current offering. Alternatively, contact the Australian industry body for art consultants. Head to acaa.org.au.


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You’ve been waiting 14 months for your renovations to be finished (the builder promised not a day over nine), either living miserably on site or renting a tiny but somehow still ruinously expensive apartment while the job is done. Full-scale renovations are an exhausting, protracted and, most of all, messy experience – so why attempt the ‘final clean’ before moving in when you can spend the last few dollars of your blown budget on a professional clean? You’ll enjoy the moving-in process infinitely more, and it’s money well spent, considering post-reno mess is nothing like the usual domestic detritus. There’s plaster dust, joinery offcuts, sawn-off pieces of electrical cabling and, more than likely, a thousand Red Bull empties strewn throughout. Appliances and bathrooms usually require a particularly deep cleanse as soon as the builders depart. The service offered by Sydney’s Gentle Giant starts with removing paint and plaster stains, salvaging masonry, drywall bits and other debris for responsible rubbish removal, before getting down to the literal nitty-gritty of dusting baseboards, outlets and switches, cleaning windows and polishing appliances and fixtures. In Melbourne, get in touch with Zero Spot, and the amusingly named Boring Chores are your go-to in Brisbane. Visit gentlegiant.com.au, zerospot.com.au, boringchores.com.au.

can’t nab you a session with Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, but she’s not the only career tidy-upper who will spark joy by facing down your wardrobe, attacking your pantry and delving into other nooks and crannies. The trick is to meet with the consultant first, to ensure you get a sense of their method before letting them loose. Either way, the results should be sustainable and the consultant should be willing to train you up in how to maintain what they create. To make sure you don’t hook a dabbler whose only qualification is a roll of bin bags, in Sydney contact Get Organised, try Bless This Mess in Melbourne and Organize It in Brisbane. Visit getorganised.com.au, blessthismess. com.au, organizeit.com.au.

Hangover Helpers, operating in Melbourne and Perth. Their clean-up service includes rubbish sorting, a deep cleanse of the kitchen and bathrooms, thorough vacuuming and mopping, returning furniture to its rightful place and crating hired items for easy return. The icing on the (leftover) cake is that their deal includes a breakfast for exhausted hosts – greasy or green options, and a full selection of nutritious, rehydrating smoothies and juices. UrbanYou offers a similar service to Sydneysiders, and Swift Home Services will handle the day after for Gold Coast party people. In other areas, contact Airtasker. Visit hangoverhelpers.com.au, urbanyou. com.au, swifthomeservices.com.au, airtasker.com.

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fessional caterers are one thing if you’d rather not spend an entire day piping lobster mousse into vol-au-vent cases, but what about cleaning up and scrubbing fishy dollops off the carpet the next day? Oh, and washing up the glasses, binning the bottles and, depending on the party, emptying ashtrays and all but re-landscaping outdoor areas? Since there’s every chance you’ll wake up with a pounding head, thank the party gods there are experts to take care of all that: companies such as

The trifecta of unpleasant domestic tasks, wouldn’t you say? And if you’re a time-poor worker, why would you spend your weekend in rubber gloves squaring off against a blackened barbecue, crusty elements or, ahem, several centimetres of bin juice? Not only will a professional bring the correct tools and non-toxic products (husband to wife: “Babe, do you reckon Domestos is OK for the grill?”), they’ll get into those extremely unpleasant corners, which – let’s be honest – you’d be tempted to skip. Many specialty cleaning companies in capital cities offer all three services, so why not splash out and get the lot done at once while you pop out for an Aperol spritz? Hop onto Google for options in your area.


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the water works With a flow of nine litres per minute, the Eden ‘Nero’ 250mm round showerhead in Matte Black, $179, ensures a luxe shower experience. Visit highgrovebathrooms.com.au.

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clean up Make your bathroom sparkle this summer with the very best practical and decorative touches EDITED BY NATALIE JOHNSON & DARREN CHRISTISON

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Yes, you can even coordinate the bathroom basics, thanks to Zone Denmark’s ‘Nova One’ range in Royal Blue – (from left), toilet brush, $79, pedal bin, $129, soap dispenser, $55, and toothbrush holder, $29. Visit designstuff.com.

The deal: The bathroom vanity can really set the tone of the whole room, so it’s important to get right. First, you’ll need to consider your family’s needs. The pros: The vessel basin is quite affordable to install and easier than an undermount to update at a later stage. It better contains splashes and from a distance can conceal dirt and toothpaste spills. A vessel basin can be a feature of the bathroom and you can get quite creative with the vanity/basin combo. The cons: The style can date faster than an undermount, is harder to keep clean around the surrounding surface and can be susceptible to chips around the edges, as opposed to an undermount, which can be a more durable option. A vessel is often restrictive when face washing, and can sometimes be harder for young children to use. The verdict: Yay! But it depends: if you’re restricted in budget and like to update your spaces more than usual, I would recommend a vessel. If you are more classic and minimal in your design approach and after that timeless feel, then undermount is the way to go. Visit bybruno.com.au.

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r up nctional item in your bathroom e the most boring! Abode’s te bin, $159, features a bright e and durable stainless-steel n. Go to abodeliving.com.

Show off your tools with the ‘Knife Rack 370’. Magnets are hidden beneath the beech finish to hold up to seven knives. It’s $97 from sandsmade.com.

soft touch

Hand-loomed in Turkey from organic cotton, the absorbent ‘Sand Dune Stripe’ hand towel, $45, is an easy way to add colour and texture to your wet zone. Visit loomtowels.com.

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mix master The sleek all-in-one ‘Circa’ chrome bath mixer system with handshower, from $1012, adds understated elegance to your bathing zone. Go to sussextaps.com.au.

the tool Spice up your cooking with the Cole & Mason ‘Inverta Horsham’ pepper mill, $54.95. The copper finish scores full style marks, while its upside-down design won’t leave crumbs on the bench. Go to David Jones, Myer and leading kitchenware retailers.


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the five types of clutter

2. knowledge Peter Walsh, the ‘get your whole life organised guy’, is an Aussie currently based in Los Angeles.

In this instalment of his regain-your-space series, Peter explains why knowledge is not necessarily power, and shares his advice for getting your books under control WORDS PETER WALSH

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I’ve come up with a term for people with this strong type of attachment: I call them ‘Knowledge Clutterers’. This means someone who has a very strong attachment to their books, their magazines, all those ‘must keep’ articles they’ve printed from their favourite websites – even their music collections. Usually, simply owning the material is far more important than actually reading it. This means that many people will freely admit they haven’t read any of the books, magazines or articles for years, but they’re still not willing to let any of them go. Why is that?

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Peter’s latest book, Let It Go ($39.99, Rodale), is out now. Visit peterwalshdesign.com. 122 / Inside Out

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Hi Peter, What is it about books? I just can’t let go of them! I love the way they look, the way they make me feel, even the way they smell. Do you think I need to see a professional to deal with the fact that I can’t let go of ANY of them?

1. To defeat Knowledge Clutter, you must first understand why it occurs. For many people, books are a physical manifestation of ideas. They represent who you are, who you want to be, the work you’ve done or how you would like the world to see you. Stephen, I’d wager that a huge percentage of your books aren’t doing this. There are some you’ve never read, some you’re embarrassed to have read, some you can’t recall reading… and some that you have no idea how they got into your home. I’d argue it’s time to let go of these categories. This should cut out more than one-quarter of the books and most of the magazines and articles you’ve accumulated. 2. Now, work out what you definitely intend to read in the near future. There’s one more category of Knowledge Clutter you can get rid of, but it’s tricky for many. I’m talking about books that you intend to read some day. Oh boy! Let’s look at this and be realistic. If you’re truly just about to start a book that you’ve been meaning to read, OK. But if there are books in your collection that you’ve meant to read since your days at uni, relieve yourself of the burden of this massively unfinished to-do list. Restrict yourself to five books that you hope to read some day and let the remainder go to a good home, school or library, where they’ll be read and enjoyed. 3. This final step should be fairly easy. One of the great things about living in this day and age is that pretty much everything is online. You can pile up as many e-books on your devices as you like. I won’t complain about an over-stuffed tablet! So to Stephen, and all of you Knowledge Clutterers out there, remind yourself that when you get rid of a book, you are not getting rid of the information you may have learnt from that book. Realise that there are digital ways to hold onto things you reference regularly – and for the rest, find someone who will benefit from them. The ability to get rid of this excess is, in and of itself, some of your best new knowledge.


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Give a compact inner-city garden a green outlook with generous proportions

PHOTOGRAPHY: NATALIE HUNFALVAY. STYLING: EMILY HANNAFORD

A combination of textural ďŹ nishes with long lines creates an inviting outdoor room. In this space by Fifth Season Landscapes, a built-in concrete bench runs along the wall, becoming a barbecue spot at the end, drawing the eye across the length of the garden. A charcoal wall allows the brighter tones in the concrete and greenery to shine, while jasmine will grow along the wires to create privacy. See more of this clever garden on page 126.


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A designer’s smart use of space results in cohesive front and back entertaining zones in an inner-city courtyard garden WORDS LOUISE McDAID STYLING EMILY HANNAFORD PHOTOGRAPHY NATALIE HUNFALVAY

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ENTRY PATH (below) ‘Mowbray’ Sandstone steppers from Eco Outdoor trace a path from the gate to the front door. Tall Syzygium australe ‘Select Form’ lilly pillys and low mondo grass plantings create a green screen between the entry and courtyard.

When Jeremy Giles and Rose Kanan engaged Phil Antcliff of

Fifth Season Landscapes, they wanted to transform the outdoor areas of their contemporary home in Sydney’s Paddington into something more special. “We wanted the garden for relaxing and entertaining, and to soften the front of the house,” says Jeremy. This was no easy task, given the restrictive spaces at the front and rear of the house, but Phil’s design made the most of it, transforming impractical areas into flexible, workable outdoor rooms. Out the front, Phil saw synthetic turf, paving and a series of pitiful leylandii trees. He knew it all had to go. A stylish front yard resulted, cleverly divided into two private areas. The courtyard has understated elegance, fitting its neighbourhood and the adjoining dining room seamlessly. “It’s extended the house,” says Jeremy. “We open the sliding doors and go from inside to outside almost imperceptibly.” The courtyard is ideal for lounging, ensconced among greenery and the gentle trickle of water that masks the bustle from beyond. Phil reworked the paving to a comfortable size and shape using ivory travertine to match existing tiles. The workhorse plants are Syzygium australe ‘Select Form’ lilly pillys

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in an advanced size, yielding instant privacy. Creating a verdant screen from the footpath and front gate, they also diminish reflection off the light-toned tiles. Potted citrus trees continue the perimeter greenery, complementing the evergreen plantings. Beside the courtyard is the front entrance, a tricky area that needed astute design to incorporate the heritage fence and gate. Phil turned this into a welcoming entry point – generous sandstone steppers lead to the front door with a steel planter as a focal point. “We custom built its shape to fit,” says Phil. The planter colour and plant palette link the front area and backyard through the paint and sculptural shapes. “I try to use a few elements from the front area in the backyard to get a feeling that flows through every part of the garden - even if it’s just the paint colour or one plant,” says Phil. The travertine tiling forms another link, extending along the front of the house, creating an elegant sitting nook. The neighbouring wall doubles as a backdrop for climbing plants, extending the garden to its outer limit. At ground level, Phil used mondo grass. “It will eventually cover the area, giving a look and feel of lawn without the maintenance,” he says.

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Japanese box Buxus microphylla ‘Japonica’

Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’

Lamb’s ear Stachys byzantina

Fiddle-leaf fig Ficus lyrata

Mondo grass Ophiopogon japonicus

Lime tree Citrus aurantifolia

‘Weathershield’ low sheen paint in Ironstone, $86.61/4L, Dulux, dulux.com.au.


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BACK GARDEN & BARBECUE AREA Lighting by Gardens At Night ensures this area functions in the evenings as well as during the day. The concrete bench by Youdell Constructions creates a working benchtop and seating option alongside the built-in BeefEater barbecue. Clipped Buxus balls grow beneath a white crepe myrtle tree.

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Venture out the back, and the once barren narrow strip is now a sophisticated, practical space. Paving provides both the step-out landing from the indoor bar and a functional path that connects the back gate, barbecue and side passage to the front garden. The gravel is multipurpose too, a soft surface area that drains rainwater from the house while adding textural contrast. The gravel also caters for planting, and acts as mulch around the balls of Buxus – a sculptural element repeated from the front. What works here is the tonal similarity between the travertine stone, gravel and concrete with interplays of texture. The area feels spacious and has enough detail to be interesting without being fussy. Another key in a small space is using a high-impact element – here, it’s the concrete bench. It stretches along the wall for ample seating then morphs into the taller benchtop, which houses the built-in barbecue. The sleek shape and finish emphasises a crispness, evident in the other surfaces. “It’s a challenge to get the most out of an area without overwhelming the space,” says Phil. Stainless-steel trellis wires on the boundary wall make it taller without being a solid enclosure, and support growing vines to create privacy. A white flowering crepe myrtle adds greenery and screening as it evolves, creating an engaging entertainment area. It requires skill to create a feeling of roominess in limited space, to make it tasteful and usable, and with finishes and in a style to match a home’s interiors, but Phil has achieved that fine balance. “The outdoor areas are vastly more functional and very attractive places to spend time,” says Jeremy. See more of Phil’s work at 5thseason.com.au.


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A combination of tropical inspiration and clever design and plant choices transforms a steep site into an inviting garden path WORDS VICTORIA BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY PETER BRENNAN

ar from a neglected side path, the stairs running the length of this coastal property in Sydney’s Palm Beach are in frequent use, providing access to different levels of the house and, ultimately, the beach. The designers of the project, Cadence & Co, brought on Julia Levitt of landscape designers Sticks & Stones to resolve the planting. With a brief for tropical gardens inspired by the owner’s love of Hamilton Island, and the location’s sun, wind and salty air to contend with, Julia chose foliage plants and mature palms to complement the existing Norfolk Island pine. The planting is tucked into the staircase’s curves to give a natural effect. “We’d usually terrace a sloping site,” says Julia. “But we didn’t want to take away from the organic flow, so we brought in large boulders to help support the soil and plants.” To see more, visit sticksandstonesld.com.au and cadenceandco.com.au.


STAIRCASE (these pages) “The house is fairly square and structured, so we designed the staircase with offsets and angles to have a more organic, free-flowing feel,” says project architectural designer Michael Kilkeary of Cadence & Co. This means the plants could be fitted in to small angled pockets for a natural effect, and in planters clad with ‘Howqua’ granite veneer walling from Eco Outdoor. Landscape designer Julia Levitt of Sticks & Stones designed the scalloped steel gabion pot, which acts as a sculptural piece and withstands the elements at the beachfront site.

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This family pug relaxes on a ‘Breeze’ lounger from Tait beside spotted gum decking.


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dining settings

If your alfresco dining requirements are more formal, or you plan to position your furniture undercover, consider a complete set of a table and chairs. This works best if your area is designed as an extension of your indoor living space – think of the setting as something that will look as good in an indoor dining room as it does beneath the stars, and you won’t go far wrong. Again, consider the materials. Wicker is eternally popular in gardens but sunlight is its enemy. The best solution is to always cover wicker furniture if you plan to leave it outside for more than a couple of weeks at a time. If you choose a more sturdy material,

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As much an engineering feat as a place to sit, this powder-coated pastel treat is a sweet option. SP01 ‘Jeanette’ chair, $705 (includes cushion), Space Furniture, as before.

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all the time and not telling the kids (because how will they ever get to like vegetables this way?), but I think it’s OK to do it every now and then. + When my kids were younger, they were absolutely adamant that they wouldn’t eat, for example, zucchini or mushrooms. So the easiest way to get them to eat the veg anyway was to hide finely grated or finely chopped vegetables in meatballs, dumplings, burgers and kofta. + One strategy I use is to hand out a bowl of raw vegetables, such as carrots, snow peas and sugar snap peas, before dinner. That way, a good portion of the meal can be eaten before you all sit down, and it gets your kids into the habit of snacking on raw vegetables at other times of the day.

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Our Agony Aunt Meg Mason dishes out somewhat questi advice to would-b A new friend of mine struggles with clutter. As I’m a very organise sort of person, she has started asking me to help her have clear-ou but afterwards it just goes back to how it was. Should I keep helpin her, or refuse to help for the sake of our friendship? Jen, via email

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bath or simply spice up a curry with garam masala that’s petrified into a single block over 12 years in the spice rack, you’ve got someone you can really rely on. I don’t mind dashes of colour here and there inside the home, but after a recent stay in London’s Notting Hill, my wife has developed a slightly disturbing mania for painting our terrace house pink. I’m not the sort to ‘put my foot down’ but I worry that it will feel a touch… emasculating. Am I wrong? Richard, Mosman Park, WA

Dick, allow me to disabuse you of that notion here and now. Any man who can work a pink chino, sup a rosé or walk a bichon frise in broad daylight is someone so obviously secure in his masculinity that another man in his orbit would suspect there’d been an unfair portioning-out of testosterone. So let her get at it with the roller, and put your hand up to plant out the window-box geraniums to really ram the point home.

revive the… glass bricks A forgotten objet ripe for resurgence Despite the fact that it’s rare to see glass bricks in a home built after 1995, is there a better way to bring a streak of dappled sunlight into a dark and dingy vestibule, or bring privacy to a bathroom that looks square into the neighbour’s kitchen, than a wall of nine-inch-thick frosted Lego blocks? Not that we’ve seen.

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“You can choose your friends but not your family” I always think, yes, but you’re still not allowed to choose your friends based on whether they share your love of regularly throwing out every single thing you own. It would be so much better if you could, since nothing introduces tension to a new friendship like popping in for the first time and finding that her front porch is so crowded with detritus that you’ve got to let yourself in down the side, force the laundry door with your shoulder, then gradually work your way kitchenward with measured steps through the accumulated detective novels, baby clothes and bundt pans. While she may tick many other boxes – like being kind or funny or rich – in this one area, you’re always going to feel superior. Why? Because while your fridge door is regularly cleared of children’s artwork, opening hers sends an avalanche of finger paintings to the floor because a thousand free magnets from the plumber won’t support the weight. Yet at the same time, watching you pluck an unfinished drawing from a three-year-old’s hand and feed it directly into the shredder will have her privately convinced that she’s the better person. Still, as the most organised in all my relationships, my sympathy lies with you, Jen. How many Saturdays I’ve wasted bin-bagging a friend’s possessions, Marie Kondo-ing their sock drawer and risking life and limb to kerosene a year’s worth of unopened post in the carport – and never a word of thanks, even when they actually asked me to do it and I didn’t just take it upon myself on a day when I knew they’d be out. It’s such a Sisyphean task, bringing order to another person’s chaos, we must give up and focus on the benefits of having a friend who couldn’t be further along the keep it/chuck it spectrum. I mean, should you ever want to leaf through a Time magazine ‘Most Influential People of 1989’ issue, add 73 tiny bottles of Sheraton conditioning-hair-and-body wash to a hot


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