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THE CUT Jardan showcases a dazzling collection of crystal
NEWS Our round-up of the hottest finds in design
BEST BUYS Dinner plates that draw attention, and timber
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chairs with a bespoke, out-of-the-workshop feel TOP 10 PICKS Shell accessories and motifs at their finest COLOUR TREND Straw emerges as the yellow du jour DESIGN PROFILE: JAMES HOWE For this Adelaide creative, the road to simple but beautiful furniture had many twists PERFECT PAIRS Some things are made for each other. This month, the focus is on works of art above classy consoles HOME OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2019 Calling all residential architects, designers and builders! Enter our inaugural awards and a VIP trip to Venice could be yours, courtesy of Brickworks CULT CLASSIC Design expert David Harrison writes in glowing terms about the Model 537 table lamp and today’s equal THE HOT 19 Bruce Slorach and Sophie Tatlow from Utopia Goods are just two of the design dynamos turning heads this year OUR BIRTHDAY WISHLIST Stylish objects of desire
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inside: homes & renovation
54 RENO RETHINK Our Before & After Special begins with a Sydney
flip that panned out so well, the delighted owners stayed put
took to turn a Sydney terrace into a monochrome masterpiece TAKE TWO After their children had reached voting age, a set of Perth parents made their home more grown-up friendly OUT WITH THE NEW In the heart of Milan, a couple with a love of all things vintage gave their apartment a chic facelift BEACHY KEEN Brick bungalows from the 1970s are not the easiest of makeovers, but a WA family relished the adventure TO SAVE OR SPLURGE: THAT IS THE QUESTION So many options, so little money? Shannon explains where and what to prioritise ASK AN EXPERT You ponder – the design industry responds CLEVER THINGS Small but exquisitely formed homewares KITCHEN NEWS Special pieces to complement any kitchen RENOVATION NEWS Grab hold of that blank canvas and use some of these products in your next reno palette HAPPY HOMES Design firm The Sociable Weaver is busy building eco-conscious homes for a sustainable future BUYER’S GUIDE: HEATERS Twenty of the best gas, electric, wood and ethanol heaters on the market, plus invaluable expert guidance on the pros and cons of each type BATHROOM NEWS Taps, tiles and after-soak treats I’VE ALWAYS WANTED… EXPOSED BEAMS A beam ceiling may be a lot closer to home than you think
48 136 To mark our hip hip 19th birthday e (yes, we were a Millennium baby), we w present the best in design right now
out: gardens, travel & food
13O HIDDEN ASSETS In small garden, landscape designer Adam
Robinson makes room for a bbq area, lots of seating and a garage 136 UPDATE YOUR GATE Ideas for your own kind of grand entrance 140 DESIGN DESTINATION: BARRENJOEY HOUSE Yet another good reason to visit – and stay in – Sydney’s Palm Beach 144 PREP, SET & FORGET Slow cooking is perfect for warm winter fare
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Dream dining chairs Hot List 2019: Who’s doing great things in building and design Built with love: The most amazing home transformations Save or splurge? Shannon Vos has the answers So hot right now! Our buyer’s guide to fabulous fireplaces Exposed beams Front gates with charm The Big Easy: Slow cooking for big flavours
our cover look When Michelle and Leon Elski bought a rundown two-bedder in Sydney’s east, their intention was to fix and flip. But after having their first child, the couple realised they were creating the perfect family home. See more on page 54.
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ho can resist a really good Before & After project? In fact, finishing a renovation has to be one of life’s most satisfying achievements. This is InsideOut’s annual Before & After Special, which always reminds me why we love renovating so much. It’s about hope, the idea that we can always make the places we live in better and more beautiful. When I picture what I’d like to do at my place, I see the finished house with me pulling together a fantastic lunch party… not any of the messy building bits that came before. That’s why we are drawn to all these finished projects – to see that it is possible. This issue, we have some really great examples. In case you didn’t know, June is InsideOut’s birthday and we are proud to have been on newsstands for 19 years, championing fantastic Australian homes and the people who make them. That idea inspired our Hot 19 in Design on page 33, which showcases our pick of today’s dynamic creatives doing amazing things in architecture, art, design and sustainability. This issue, we also launch the inaugural Home Of The Year Award with our friends at Brickworks. We are looking for incredible homes that have been designed and built using interesting materials (there’s a special design category for brick) while keeping an eye on sustainability. The prize is extraordinary – a trip to the Venice Biennale Architettura 2020 for the architect of the winning project. Enter your home at homestolove.com.au/insideouthomeoftheyear
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You can never have too much sparkle, and a new range of crystal pieces at Jardan is thrilling us
CHAMPAGNE FLUTE, $79 FOR TWO, MAISON BALZAC. IRIDESCENT-FOIL BACKDROP, $5, KMART
There’s art, there’s decor – and then there’s the Reflections Copenhagen collection of vases, vessels, trays and mirrors, which sits comfortably in both categories. Each breathtaking piece has been intricately handcrafted using mirror glass, to create a bouncing castle of light and reflection that seems to assume a vibrant new personality wherever you place it. From left Haven vessel in Multicolour, Memphis tealight holder in Clear + Green, and Long Island bottle in Multicolour, $350 each, all Jardan, jardan.com.au
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We have our eye on this luxe home range by The Beach People, made of upcycled denim with a focus on zero waste. The result is super-soft fabrics and a clean conscience. THEBEACHPEOPLE.COM.AU
Scarves are having a moment – and the more riotous the colour, the better! Shown is the 100 per cent silk Serifia Vikuri flower scarf from Marimekko, $260. MARIMEKKO.COM/AU_EN
good drops We love a label and are big fans of Brancott Estate’s arty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $14 (from bottle shops); RethinkReﬁll wine Le Rose Bleu, $29.90 (lerosebleu.com); and Handpicked x Gorman Pinot Noir, $28.99, which celebrates 10 years of edgy fashion brand Gorman (handpickedwines.com.au).
BAR BOTANICA A sweet garden cafe on the NSW Central Coast run by Dan Hughes (ex-Three Blue Ducks) and wife Julia, Bar Botanica showcases their famous Mr Goaty Gelato (yes, it’s goat milk). It sits in the gardens of a gin distillery, with handpainted murals by local artist Nicole Berlach and garden-to-plate dishes. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm. Day trip sorted! 25 PORTSMOUTH RD, ERINA, NSW; BARBOTANICA.COM.AU
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ready to view The latest in the clever Art Hotels series is The Fantauzzo, which sits in Brisbane’s hopping Howard Smith Wharves precinct and displays art and architecture by namesake artist Vincent Fantauzzo. “We wanted the building to blend in with the surrounding cliffs while being something that is visual and bold,” says architect Tristan Wong of SJB.
At Milan Design Week, Kartell relaunched its Componibili storage unit, designed 50 years ago by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, in plant-based bioplastic. Each of these colourways is $375. SPACEFURNITURE.COM.AU
SOUNDS UNLIMITED We’re listening with Sony’s new Glass Sound Speaker, $699, a minimalist table lamp with Bluetooth connectivity that can connect with up to 10 other devices — so you can definitely bring the party. The speaker includes eight hours battery life, which means you’re good to go. SONY.COM.AU
we love linen… and Sandalwood is the new colour in I Love Linen’s ever-increasing bedroom palette. Not as sharp as rust, and richer than beige, this colour is a delicious riche wint winter warmer, and starts at $305 for a single of beautiful French linen sheets. set o
Subtle but striking at the same time, the hand-loomed Voyage Weave rug in Dove from Amigos De Hoy has a gentle, wavy pattern to get you in the mood for summer while keeping your footsies firmly planted in the warmth. The 230cm x 160cm wool rug is $1295, with larger sizes also available. AMIGOSDEHOY.COM
it makes scents The Dépaysement (it’s French h for ‘outsider feeling’) interior spray ay from Black Blaze, $49 for 150ml, ml, has notes of peony, rose, clove, e, violet and grass. A spritz or two wo and you’ll yearn to visit France! e! BLACKBLAZE.COM.AU
a fresh approach NO LONGER A PURELY FUNCTIONAL SPACE, THE BATHROOM IS NOW A PLACE OF RETREAT. LOOK TO CAROMA FOR ALL THE DESIGN INSPIRATION YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR RENOVATION. he perfect bathroom needn’t be a pipe dream. Caroma, a proud Australian innovator for 75 years, offers a range of great-looking, up-to-the-minute fixtures that will help you create your own sanctuary. No matter what style of bathroom you love, or what size space you have, Caroma has everything you could need to put your own stamp on your new bathroom. From timelessly stylish basins to sleek, designer tapware, the choice is yours. And because sustainability matters to Caroma, there’s a wonderful selection of water-efficient showers and taps in the mix. You can plan your dream bathroom from the ground up with Caroma’s easy-to-use online 3D planner. Select your layout, customise your dimensions, then drop in your favourite Caroma products to bring your bathroom to life. Transform a blank canvas into a bathroom you’ll love.
The definition of a contemporary bathroom? It’s an up-to-date and elegant space that’s a valuable addition to your home. The modern bathroom distinguishes itself with clean lines, geometric patterns and flowing curves juxtaposed with hard angles.
For more information or our to find our showroom locations visit caroma.com.au
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It’s all in the details
Never underestimate the power of accessories; they can make or break a bathroom. Look to textured items and accessories that feature natural materials. They’ll provide a pleasing counterpoint to some of the harder lines and surfaces that can typically be found in the bathroom.
“Less can be more. There’s beauty in the perfect blend of simplicity and quality.”
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LEFT PAGE : Caroma Liano Nexus Double Towel Rail, RRP$280.47; Caroma Contura 530 Solid Surface Inset Basin, RRP$717.92; Caroma Contura Wall Basin Set – Matte Black, RRP$522.21; Caroma Liano Nexus Toilet Roll Holder, RRP$119.52; Caroma Liano Nexus Overhead Shower and Shower Arm, RRP$584.57; RIGHT PAGE: Caroma Contura Solid Surface Freestanding Bath, RRP$4,343.03; Caroma Contura Freestanding Bath Mixer – Matte Black, RRP$1,493.38.
decorative plates Serve your cooking triumphs on another work of art
Clockwise from top left Blue Elements plate, $129, Royal Copenhagen. Blue dinner plate, $13.96, Royal Doulton. Fasano hand-painted face side plate, $65, Atelier Studios. ED Ellen DeGeneres plate, $11.16, Royal Doulton. The Yellow Swirl plate, $29, In The Round House. Watercolour Aqua dinner plate, $12.95, Ecology. Oiva/Eläköön Elämä plate, $39, Marimekko. Gembrook side plate, $39.95, Robert Gordon. Oiva/ Siirtolapuutarha pink plate, $39, and black-and-white plate, $19.50, both Marimekko. Goa cutlery, $680 for a 24-piece set, Francalia. House & Garden ‘Sandycape’ tablecloth (280cm x 180cm), $99.95, Myer. Whywood dining table (120cm diameter), $1499, Life Interiors. Artek ‘Atelier’ chair (78cm), $695, Anibou. Pere Michel napkin (on chair), $50, Shilo Engelbrecht. Sisal floorcovering, $65 per sq m, International Floorcoverings. STOCKISTS page 152
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STYLING NATALIE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY NIC GOSSAGE
FA M I LY O W N E D AND TRUSTED
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living areas this winter. The custom-fitted versatility of the Cellular Shade means they can be adapted to windows of any dimension – even horizontal skylights and angled loft windows – and they hug so closely to the window edges that light gaps are virtually eliminated and noise reduced. Wynstan Cellular Shades are also surprisingly strong and durable, making them the perfect window treatment for your home.
To book a free in-home consultation go to wynstan.com.au or call 1300 667 679 *Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted 20mm single cell blockout fabric in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on window type and installation.
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timber chairs Handcrafted looks with an out-of-the-workshop air
STYLING ASSISTANCE: NONCI NYONI, CHANTELLE TRAFICANTE
TOP ROW, FROM LEFT Artek ‘Atelier’ chair, $695, Anibou. Expormim ‘Fontal’ chair, $1413.50, Ke-zu. Pinch ‘Avery’ dining chair, $1230, Spence & Lyda. Gemla ‘Vilda’ chair, $1660, Seeho Su. BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT HAY ‘J110’ chair, $579, Luumo Design. Barri chair, $682, Jardan. &Tradition ‘In Between’ chair, $770, Cult. Miyazaki ‘DC09’ chair, $3350, Great Dane. No.18 chair, $275, Thonet. Marble-topped console, $2500, Ici et Là. Skuggis bamboo wall hooks, $7.99 each, Ikea. STOCKISTS page 152
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TOP 10 PICKS
We don’t have to sell these shells. The rare beauty of each piece speaks for itself
1 Harlequin ‘Demi Mineral/Shell’ wallpaper, $239 per 10m roll, Natty & Polly Wallpaper. 2 Nature’s Luxury wall light, $9715, James Said. 3 The Sash pendant light, $1998, Klaylife. 4 Helix dinner plate (27cm), $9.95, Salt & Pepper. 5 Gubi 5321 table lamp by Paavo Tynell, $859, Luke Furniture. 6 Tamar Mogendorff ‘Shell’ pillow, $219.95, Hello Little Birdie. 7 Shell velvet sofa, $2275, Interiors Online. 8 Pilgrim door knocker, $75, Society Inc. 9 Shell hoop gold earrings, $240, Sarah & Sebastian. 10 Roshi Ceramics ‘Lunar’ round vase, $190, Curious Grace. STOCKISTS page 152
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This season, yellow travels via the farm to deliver a more earthy shade of happy
1 Sowden bottle in Light Yellow, $69, HAY. 2 Monte #0914 runner, $1490, Pampa. 3 Interior Expressions paint in Straw, $80.65 for 4L, Haymes. 4 Bell Weaver lamp shade, $1200, Pop & Scott. 5 Japanese Compounded incense, $19.90, Alchemy Produx. 6 Muffy Bancroft photographic print by Slim Aarons, from $510, Fineprint Co. 7 Prague ottoman in Mustard, $449, Life Interiors. 8 Golran ‘Garden of Eden’ rug (267cm x 200cm), $8441, Mobilia. 9 Bloke lounge chair, $2899, Blu Dot. 10 Burton throw in Ochre, $220, L&M Home. 11 Sac Set sheet set in Mustard, $550, In The Sac. 12 Kip & Co brass salad servers in Citrus, $79, Jumbled. STOCKISTS page 152
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SOHO 3 seater sofa | WESLEY coffe and side tables
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MANGO CREEK queen bed | MANGO CREEK tallboy
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Late to a career in furniture design, this Adelaide innovator is making up for lost time with a minimalist approach What is your background? I grew up in Adelaide and decided
Emerging furniture designer James Howe (above) at home in Adelaide with his J5 cabinet design in the background. Another popular design, the Shirley Jacket stool (two shown above right) champions the use of sustainable timber. James’s J4 side tables (below) play on the contrasts of timber and acrylic, and light and shadow, while his Rushcutters bench (left) features woven seating that honours the thatching done by the early settlers in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay.
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to study journalism. On the first day of my grad job as a reporter at the Katherine Times (in Katherine, NT), the editor handed me a camera and sent me to shoot a story. I had no idea what I was doing, but one of the shots made the front page. The next year I moved to Oxford in the UK to join my wife Jo, who was studying PhD in law. I joined the Oxford University Photography Society, where I learnt a huge amount. Oxford was a good base to travel and research stories in Europe and Africa, which helped me build a career as a freelance magazine writer. What drew you towards design? My interest in furniture design came suddenly. We needed to buy chairs for our home, so I typed ‘dining chairs’ into Google Images and saw Børge Mogensen’s ‘J39’ chair. It triggered something – a dream to become a furniture designer. Jo was pregnant with our daughter Paige (now four) and asked me to make nursery furniture. One of the pieces won the Etsy Design Award, Which had the prize of a trip to New York and helped me get into Adelaide’s JamFactory as a furniture design associate. I’ve been at JamFactory for three years now. Where do you find inspiration? In handmade objects. Many things I draw inspiration from are old – such as buildings and building materials – but also artefacts such as Indigenous objects. They’re often incredibly beautiful, and you can ‘read’ the dedication and time spent making them. They communicate a level of patience. How would you describe your aesthetic? I am very minimalist. I try to strip my designs down to the purest expression of their core idea. Peeling back these layers can be torturous, but it’s satisfying to finish with something that is beautiful, functional and well resolved. In what kind of home do you see your furniture fitting? I’m drawn to sparse, almost brutal, interiors. I’m a huge fan of concrete and tend to mentally juxtapose my designs with concrete interior walls. But my work is also well suited to a cosier interior aesthetic. Tell us about your creative process I design primarily in my head and then usually jump straight to a one-to-one prototype in finished materials. Shunning sketching and model-making is unorthodox and has tended to irk some people, but it works well for me. What other materials are you drawn to? Those with contrast and texture, particularly architectural materials such as brick and renders. For example, the bent tube frame of the Rushcutters bench was inspired by ceiling trusses at Finger Wharf in Sydney and the weave was designed to evoke rush thatching. What’s next for you? I’m launching pieces at Melbourne’s Denfair (June 22). This includes lighting, which I’m very excited about. For more information, visit jameshowe.com.au EDITED BY LUCY FRANCIS
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Bone Inlay#3 console in Fish Scale, $2000, and artworks by Spencer Harrison (at left) and Andrea Shaw, all Fenton & Fenton.
why it works The sinuous trunk of the foreshortened tree mirrors the consoleâ€™s classic shape. October Shedding #3 painting by Judith Sinnamon, $9000 (unframed), Edwina Corlette Gallery. Vionnet Provence console, $1675, GlobeWest.
console & art
Some call it a hall table but all agree that having art on side can make this piece of furniture sing
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Kiss The Shore II acrylic-on-canvas original painting by Diana Miller, $2200, Modern Times. Halo three-drawer console, $4900, Zuster.
Dinosaur print, from $180 (unframed), Jacqui Turk. Marshall Dark Burl console, $2360, James Said.
why it works Both dark and moody, these two harmonise through their hues and textures.
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why it works Mid-century curves meet cool kitsch in this fun combo. We kept it sleek by using a natural, neutral palette. Cabazon
WORDS & STYLING JONO FLEMING
Architect: Scale Architecture
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HOME OF THE YEAR
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Could yours be the Home of the Year?
entries now open! In association with Brickworks, Australia’s leading building products company, InsideOut is thrilled to announce the inaugural Home of the Year Awards.
e are looking for Australian home transformations and new builds – beautiful projects that inspire us with their clever use of new materials and are innovative in their treatment of light and space. Championing the Australian design and building industries and the homes that result is what we do every month, and we are excited to share more great design – and the people behind it – with you via these awards. There are four categories and one overall Home of the Year winner, and we are calling on owners, architects, designers and builders who’ve had work built in Australia. Five architects will be shortlisted for the major prize – an amazing trip to next year’s Venice Biennale Architettura!
+ Best New Home Build + Best Home Renovation + Best Sustainable Project + Best Use of Material: Brick + Home of the Year
The Home of the Year winner will receive a return Economy flight to Venice to experience the Biennale Architettura 2020, the prestigious 18th international architecture exhibition. The prize includes four nights’ accommodation in Venice and airport transfers, to be taken in May 2020.
TO ENTER go to homestolove.com.au/insideouthomeoftheyear The first four categories are open to interior designers, landscape architects and designers, interior architects and interior designers and builders. They must have completed the residential property in the past two years. The Home of the Year prize will be awarded to the overall winner, an architect, as judged by the InsideOut panel. The competition opens on June 6 and closes on August 1, 2019. For Terms & Conditions, see homestolove.com.au/insideouthomeoftheyear
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Petite Machine table lamp by Flemming Lindholdt Madsen for Made by Hand The form A table lamp in brass with
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At 70, this slender brass-stemmed lamp has lost none of its allure THE ORIGINAL
a painted-metal base and shade. What makes it special The Petite Machine was designed in 2014 by Flemming Lindholdt Madsen for Danish lighting and object brand Made by Hand. It was named after a song by Danish rock musician Kasper Eistrup, a friend of the designer. While showing a strong Bauhaus inﬂuence, Petite Machine also offers some unique design ideas. The light is unusual in that the shade doesn’t rotate or pivot but revolves around its brass support in a horizontal plane, allowing the shade to nestle compactly into the stem or extend further into the room through 360 degrees. The stem also rotates to the left and right through 180 degrees. Petite Machine features a rotating machined-brass on/off switch with a satisfyingly loud click as it moves from one position to the next. Also quite unusual is the choice of six colours: Deep Black, Slate Grey, Moss Green, Light Pink, Oyster White or polished brass. Expect to pay From $1056 (painted). Where to buy Fred International; (02) 9310 3263 or fredinternational.com.au
Model 537 table lamp by Gino Sarfatti, reissued this year by AStep The form A marble-based lamp with a brass stem and shell-shaped painted-metal shade. What makes it special Sarfatti (1912-1985) was Italy’s pre-eminent lighting designer.
With something like 700 designs to his credit, he revolutionised domestic lighting worldwide. He founded his lighting company, Arteluce (‘art and light’), with no real experience in lighting but an insatiable appetite for exploring new ideas. In 1953 the Arteluce showroom was redesigned by Marco Zanuso, one of Italy’s best-known modernist architects. This brought international attention, reinforced by two Grand Prix awards in 1954 for his radical ﬂoor lights, 1063 and 1065. That year, Sarfatti won the country’s highest design accolade, the Compasso d’Oro, for his cylindrical 559 table light, followed by another the following year for his 1055/S modular lamp (sold in parts for the purchaser to assemble). Earlier this year, Sarfatti’s 537 table lamp, designed in about 1950, was reissued by AStep, a lighting company established by his grandson Alessandro. It features a whimsical bent-brass rod that acts as a handle as well as support for the shade; the base is marble – for appearances and to create a stable base. The overall look has many of the hallmarks of Italian lighting styles of the 1950s, but Model 537’s rich mix of materials and organically shaped shade offers a simple yet majestic variation on this theme. At the height of Arteluce’s success in the early 1970s, Sarfatti sold the company and its entire catalogue of designs to Italian lighting company Flos, before retiring to Lake Como. Expect to pay $1800, with a brass stem on a white-marble base and a Black or White shade. Where to buy Hub Furniture; (03) 9652 1222 or hubfurniture.com.au INSIDE OUT | 31
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It's our 19th birthday! To celebrate, we bring you the most interesting people in Australian design and the reasons why we love them…
HOT 19 Heleena Trahanas Tamsin Johnson Richard Unsworth Leila Jeffreys Alyce Tran Henry Wilson Utopia Goods Heidi Middleton Dana Tomić Hughes Anson Smart Steve Cordony Karen McCartney Lyon Housemuseum Bassike Joost Bakker Carol Crawford Richard Parker Lottie Consalvo Emma Elizabeth
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The side-hustler Heleena Trahanas sets a damn good table. When the Dinosaur
Designs marketing manager isn’t up to her shoulders in a rainbow of the label’s iconic resin bangles, she’s scouring Italy for vases, sculptural centrepieces, plates and bowls for her side-hustle, the lifestyle brand Alex And Trahanas, which she started with fellow travel obsessive Alexandra Heard. Her top table-setting tip? “Add unique pieces. Our hand-painted Apulian face plates and vases (below) or a Dinosaur Designs piece, paired with linen napkins, balances fun and sophistication.” alexandtrahanas.com
2 | The treasure hunter TAMSIN JOHNSON
If a piece isn’t custom designed or a one-off, interior
designer Tamsin Johnson doesn’t want to know about it. Her design philosophy is all about originality, which is why her new showroom in Sydney’s Paddington (left) stocks unique treasures from Europe. Does she ever hate to part with something? “Both my parents were antique and art dealers, and I got home from school one day and the desk in my bedroom had been sold,” Tamsin says. “I’m used to things coming and going.” tamsinjohnson.com
PHOTOGRAPHY: FELIX FOREST (TAMSIN JOHNSON AND SHOWROOM), MAREE HOMER (RICHARD UNSWORTH), COURTESY LEILA JEFFREYS AND ALYCE TRAN
The green thinker As creative director of Garden Life, Richard Unsworth
has created an oasis of calm along the Princes Highway in Sydney’s St Peters. Keen gardeners wander among huge plant specimens and architectural objects sourced from across the globe. There are handmade terracotta pots from Morocco, antique planters from Turkey and India, and pots from Africa and Asia. The other half of Garden Life’s business is Richard’s landscape-design arm, where he dreams up and realises some of the country’s most imaginative gardens. gardenlife.com.au
4 | The bird whisperer LEILA JEFFREYS
Leila Jeffreys has the patience of a saint. She’s photographed wild
and rare birds (some of which have come through rescue shelters), but capturing them in her signature style (at once stunning and unnervingly human-like poses) takes hours. A series can take years to complete while she waits for the right bird. Her large-format works, such as Rose Crowned Dove (above), are in high demand internationally but, luckily for us, Leila will have her ﬁrst Australian exhibition in ﬁve years this October, at Sydney’s Olsen Gallery, and her work will be explored in an ABC documentary. leilajeffreys.com
5 | The multi-tasking creative ALYCE TRAN
When Alyce Tran says, “I’m a commercial creative and able to
make creative things commercially viable,” it’s an understatement. The co-founder of accessories label The Daily Edited regularly pumps out It bags, such as personalised leather vertical clutch (left) and accessories that appeal to the masses but keep their cool. She’s also just launched a homewares company, In The Round House, retailing mildly priced, high-design pieces online. Alyce sits at the helm of a multimillion-dollar business but is still hands-on. Visual output, product design, marketing strategy, admin, store concept, customer service… the only thing she doesn’t seem to do is sleep. thedailyedited.com; intheroundhouse.com.au INSIDE OUT | 35
6 | The imaginator HENRY WILSON
BRUCE SLORACH & SOPHIE TATLOW, UTOPIA GOODS
The botanical specialists Artist Bruce Slorach’s illustrations
may be permanently housed in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria, but his luxury homewares range, Utopia Goods, lets you keep pieces of his art in your own home. Along with his partner, Sophie Tatlow, Bruce oversees each stage of the design process, making covetable prints and fabrics and ensuring each is an homage to Australian botanicals. Pictured are his Native Meadow salon chair and Imperial Waratah wallpaper. utopiagoods.com 36 | INSIDE OUT
knows that the harmony he creates between material and object, form and function is a thing of beauty. Australianborn Henry formed Studio Henry Wilson soon after ﬁnishing his Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Since then, he has used bronze, aluminium and stone to create unique furniture pieces, lighting (his Block travertine sconce is pictured left) and accessories, such as door handles and bookends, in ways that enhance the materials’ natural qualities. He’s also designed the interiors of two Aesop stores. henrywilson.com.au PHOTOGRAPHY: BRETT STEVENS (HENRY WILSON), PETER DILLON (UTOPIA GOODS), INDIA GRACE PLOWMAN (HEIDI MIDDLETON), NICK HUGHES (DANA TOMIĆ HUGHES), RUSSELL HORTON (ANSON SMART), SOPHIE LEA PHOTOGRAPHY (STEVE CORDONY). HOTEL PALISADE DESIGN: SIBELLA COURT
Anyone familiar with the work of designer Henry Wilson
8 | The fashion
Former Sass & Bide designer Heidi Middleton has reached a point in her
career where she is focusing only on what she loves. Heidi’s new venture, Artclub, is an online atelier of sustainable fashion, curated vintage pieces and the art she has created (think Cubiststyle paintings). Firmly among the vanguard of new retail, Artclub is about “treasuring pieces and passing them on”, she says. “It’s the slow-fashion philosophy, making a positive impact on people and the planet.” Look out for an Artclub pop-up this year when Heidi takes pieces such as Art III (opposite, top centre) on tour. thisisartclub.com
DANA TOMIĆ HUGHES
The design documenter
Dana Tomić Hughes really loves Milan.
As the author of Yellowtrace, an online compendium of everything design-related, she has visited Milan Design Week for the past 10 years and reported on what she’s seen. The result is Milantrace, an immersive audio-visual experience of everything you need to know about the most important week in the design calendar. This year is set to be massive, with the launch of a new website and, for Dana and husband Nick, a second child in October. yellowtrace.com.au
11 | The go-to stylist STEVE CORDONY
Steve Cordony is synonymous with high style.
The proliﬁc interiors and event stylist travels the world producing shoots and videos showing his innate talent for creating domestic bliss. Steve says that once you have the key pieces in place, it’s all about the small details, such as the power of a vase with the right ﬂower. With more than 70,000 followers, he’s one of Australia’s top 10 interiors Instagrammers, meaning Cordony #inspo is all access, all the time. stevecordony.com
10 | The photographer of life ANSON SMART
Everyone wants their house shot by Anson Smart. He has a way. A long time
ago, the canny photographer realised that if he shot all his favourite things in life – including but not limited to “amazing places, homes that have a soul and a personal touch, tasty food and people with their own style” – he could have his dream life. Since then, Anson has risen to the top of interiors and food photography and still found time to snap elephants in Thailand, palaces in Morocco and local landmarks here, such as Sydney’s Hotel Palisade (above). This year, he’s working on a personal project that “could fail miserably… or I’ll be pleasantly surprised”. Our money’s on the latter. ansonsmart.com
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12 | The design leader KAREN M C CARTNEY
fact that she was the launch editor of this magazine. Since handing over the reins in 2010, she has remained an authority in the world of design and architecture. Karen also has several books under her belt, the most recent being The Alchemy Of Things, a stunning tome she describes as featuring “highly creative people working on the edges of design rather than in the mainstream”. Karen has found that her skills as an editor translate perfectly into other ventures, among them content company Edit’d, where she creates strategy and material for some of Australia’s premium brands. editd.com.au
13| The arty oversharers LYON HOUSEMUSEUM
MARY LOU RYAN & DEBORAH SAMS, BASSIKE
The ethics committee
Perhaps the easiest way to describe Lyon Housemuseum is
Since establishing Bassike in 2006, designers Mary Lou Ryan
like Hansel and Gretel’s house of edible treats, but for creatives. While that fairytale house was made of confectionery, Melbourne’s LH is made of experimental art. Privately owned by architect Corbett Lyon and his wife, computer scientist Yueji, it challenges conventional ideas about public versus private space. With 350+ works by more than 50 artists – including Emily Floyd’s Workshop (detail) above, the exhibit now extends beyond the original building into Housemuseum Galleries, a public space for “engagement with creative life”. lyonhousemuseum.com.au
(above left) and Deborah Sams have stayed true to their ethos of sustainability. Each collection is a considered edit of luxurious yet wearable pieces made locally from organic cotton, making it one of the most comfortable brands for both body and conscience. Mary Lou and Deborah’s devotion to eco-friendly design extends to their beautifully constructed ﬂagship stores in Sydney (above) and LA, designed in collaboration with similarly minded architect Kelvin Ho and his Akin Creative. Expect calming white, natural textures, recycled timber and feel-great clothes. bassike.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY: PRUE RUSCOE (KAREN MCCARTNEY), JOHN GOLLINGS (LYON HOUSEMUSEUM), ADAM GIBSON (JOOST BAKKER) AND COURTESY CAROL CRAWFORD. KAREN MCCARTNEY BOOK IMAGE OF MARTYN THOMPSON'S NEW YORK LOFT AS SEEN IN PERFECT IMPERFECT: THE BEAUTY OF ACCIDENT, AGE AND PATINA, PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHARYN CAIRNS AND STYLED BY GLEN PROEBSTEL; MURAL BY DOVE DRURY HORNBUCKLE
Karen McCartney’s deserved place on the list goes beyond the
The stickler for sustainability From humble beginnings on his family’s flower farm in Holland, Joost Bakker has
become a major player in the sustainable hospitality game. From Greenhouse by Joost, a pop-up made from recycled and recyclable materials, to Silo, Australia’s ﬁrst zero-waste restaurant, Joost’s passion has taken many forms. For a time he worked on a sustainable housing project, and he’s also created ﬂoral installations out of upcycled materials for hot Melbourne restaurants. Then there’s the awe-inspiring TED talk... @joostbakker
16 | The natural
To say Carol Crawford’s sculptures
are sentimental is an understatement. Each one has a name and she misses it when it’s gone (although she’s happy to see them go to good homes and will often try to visit ﬁrst). In addition, many of her pieces are connected to emotional and very personal moments. Carol might ﬁnd a stone while walking her dog or cast the net much wider and buy one from overseas. She’ll then spend months cutting, ﬁling and gently shaping it into one of her signature abstract, bulbous shapes, letting it decide what it wants to become. carolcrawfordsculpture.net
17 | The skin illuminator RICHARD PARKER
We have Richard Parker’s parents to thank for the Rationale skincare range. Richard
was obsessed with having perfect skin after inheriting his parents’ conditions (one had acne and the other a propensity for sun damage). Instead of relying on someone else to tell him how to deal with it, he studied up on dermatology and pharmacology before studying formulation science at university. Three decades later, we get to reap the rewards of Richard’s hard work with a science-backed range that marries beauty and medicine, sold online and at Rationale stores and medical clinics nationally. rationale.com
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The modern artist
and performance to explore ideas that are beyond words – and sometimes comprehension. “I explore longing, desire, the manifestation of thoughts, and how we shift through experiences,” she says of pieces such as If It Never Ends (left). “Painting allows me to move more subtly and slowly [while] there’s a potency with performance and video that can be overwhelming.” Those who like their art to be aesthetically pleasing with a side order of existential crisis would do well to see her next exhibition at Sydney’s Dominik Mersch Gallery, from August 15. dominikmerschgallery.com
The Australian design campaigner
Designer and stylist Emma Elizabeth could be our most passionate design advocate. Her curated hub, Local Design,
proudly elevates local designers to the global stage by giving them a network and a voice. “We are a rapidly growing industry with world-class talent,” she says. “Australian designers aren’t afraid to take risks.” When Emma Elizabeth isn’t exhibiting her own work at Milan Design Week, she takes select clients on edited tours of the event, to see the people and pieces she deems the most important. Sign us up! emmaelizabethdesigns.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY: DEAN BELETICH (LOTTIE CONSALVO AND ARTWORK), PAUL BARBERA (EMMA ELIZABETH)
Remember the name. Lottie Consalvo uses painting, video, sculpture
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5 RITA VASE, $185, AND PORTRAIT SERIES VASE, $660, CLAY CANOE
All the sculptural pieces by this Newcastle, NSW, company are made using local clay. The organic forms of our duo are tactile and comforting, created with traditional ceramic practices.
2 GOBLET VASE, $90, AND TONE PLANTER,
1 BALBOA VASE, $480, DEN-HOLM
Hand-carved by Melbourne artist and stonemason Steven Clark, this bold piece in unconventional limestone has an externally raw finish and a smooth interior.
Rich colour pairings are the new black. In this case, Ochre & Sand meets Dusty Rose and together they elevate reassuringly simple shapes to a whole new level.
STYLING JONO FLEMING PHOTOGRAPHY NIC GOSSAGE
3 PETER ANDERSON ‘SOH’ PLANTER, $179, THE DEA STORE
A fresh take on traditional ceramics, this speckled stoneware pot is enhanced with a large gold spot, making it a star of the ceramic world.
4 SURFACE SCONCE, $2515, HENRY WILSON
A new icon of modern Australian design, this Calacatta marble piece is an ambient light carved in two halves. In daylight it’s subtle and standalone, in darkness it draws you in.
STYLING ASSISTANCE: SAVANNA COHEN, CHANTELLE TRAFICANTE. PAINT COLOURS: ID ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY MATT IN COLORBOND PLANTATION (1), $71.90 PER 4L, WATTYL. ULTRA FLAT ACRYLIC IN HOT GINGER (2), $114.50 PER 4L, PORTER’S PAINTS. ULTRA FLAT ACRYLIC IN DRAGON’S EYE (3), $114.50 PER 4L, PORTER’S PAINTS. ENDURE INTERIOR LOW SHEEN IN CHOCOLATE SPARKLE (4), $91 PER 4L, TAUBMANS. WASH&WEAR IN BLACK WATER (4), $91.55 PER 4L, DULUX
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9 HEMERA LAMP, $5495, NEW VOLUMES
8 JOY JY80 ARMCHAIR, $2189, JARDAN
Snugly upholstered in Elk velvet (Tangerine), this curvy seat is a designer dream. One is plenty in a living room; two are great together in a chat space.
This natural stone form by Ross Gardam – comprising two solid volumes intersecting with no overtly visible light source – is an exemplar of “refined functionality”.
6 RELIC BURNT/BLUE 111 SCULPTURE BY THOMAS BUCICH, $2800, BECKER MINTY
Measuring 114cm x 44cm, this is a triumph of reclaimed burnt wood and pigment on a steel base.
7 RESIN MOON CHEESE PLATTER, $420, DINOSAUR DESIGNS
Lapis Swirl is the colourway of this creation by a company that gets better with age.
10 REFLECTOR SIDE TABLE, $3740, JONATHAN WEST
A bespoke design from a Sydney-based furniture maker in laminated timber and aluminium, with a mirrored top.
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13 OCEAN RUG, $4500, DESIGNER RUGS
Industrial designers Bernabeifreeman now produce textiles and homewares. Their sophisticated Ocean rug range can be custom coloured to suit.
14 ATTALOS TABLE LAMP, $805,
The fluted brass base was inspired by a Greek temple. That and its frosted globe make this a new design classic.
ARTWORK ON PAPER BY ANTONIA MRLJAK, $1450, CURATORIAL+CO
Curiously called It Is Safe Right Where You Are, this is affordable abstract art at its finest. Measures 61cm x 61cm (unframed).
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MOCHI ARMCHAIR, $6631,
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DESIGN BY THEM
TABLES, $2350, CULT
Softness and structure collide in this fun, grid-style chair by Elliot Bastianon. Lots of options in fabric and leather add up to a one-off piece you can make your own.
Industrial design powerhouse Adam Goodrum designed this smart oak pair. They work well as a conjoined team or split into singles.
16 HONEY PENDANT, $792, COCO FLIP
A geometric sensibility and cursory nod to Art Deco have resulted in this fresh icon of contemporary Australian lighting.
18 HALF HURDLE CHAIRS, $420 EACH, DOWEL JONES
A sturdy metal frame in Dusty Pink supports the funky patterned seat in this cool design with baaad attitude.
17 HALF WAY BY ILDIKO KOVACS, POA, MARTIN BROWNE CONTEMPORARY
This stunning work sums up the great art challenge of our time: to go for shape, line and colour or discernible detail and form.
19 TJANPI DESERT WEAVERS BASKETS, $90 EACH, KOSKELA
Two great examples of storytelling through Indigenous fibre art, which is championed by Sydneyâ€™s Koskela. The basket designs shown are by Martha Ward (left) and Imitjala Curley (above).
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Instead of selling this family home, the owners refreshed it After 16 years in this Geoffrey Summerhayes-designed home in Perth, Sue and Peter didn’t want to move on. So, with expert guidance from design company Lahaus, they slipped into reno mode, taking just six months to turn a four-bedroom home built in the 1980s into one made for 21st-century life.
ERCOL ‘MARINO’ CHAIR, TEMPERATURE DESIGN. RUG, ARMADILLO & CO. METAL DOOR, RELIANCE DESIGN & FABRICATION. ARTWORKS BY LISA QUINN-SCHOFIELD
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PHOTOGRAPH MEGHAN PLOWMAN STYLING LISA QUINN-SCHOFIELD
before& after SPECIAL
LIVING AREA Navlam Sandblasted veneer in Oak from New Age Veneers has been used to construct the bank of floor-to-ceiling joinery. The contrasting rug is from Temple & Webster, the armchair from Arthur G and the Sarah Ellison coffee table from Life Interiors. Tribal Zig Zag cushions, Saarde.
STYLING ASSISTANT: NONCI NYONI
Who lives here Michelle Elski, an artist; her husband Leon, director of a commercial construction firm; and their daughters, Maddie, 5, and Olivia, 1. Style of house A once-neglected backpacker hovel thatâ€™s been transformed into a Scandi-noir five-bedder that embraces the laidback vibe of its beach locale. The project took an impressive eight months to complete. Michelle and Leon spent about $$$$ $800,000 on the makeover.
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The owners of this house intended to flip it, but in the end they flipped their thinking and decided to stay
WORDS CERI DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY MAREE HOMER STYLING JONO FLEMING
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M DINING AREA A custom-made table is teamed with chairs from Anibou. Art print and vase, Blu Dot. KITCHEN (opposite) Dekton tops the island bench while the joinery matches that of the living room. Grande European oak engineered-timber boards from Precision Flooring are used throughout. Dowel bar stools designed by Mr Fräg. Artwork by Michelle Elski.
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ichelle and Leon Elski bought a
neglected two-bedroom house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs five years ago with no intention of making it their own. Pregnant with their first child and renting a unit, they were keen to get a foot on the property ladder and decided a fix-and-flip house might just bring them the return they needed to buy for themselves. “It was a house of horror,” says Michelle. “Everything was damp and disgusting, and it smelt awful. My first instinct was to get out of there. Leon, on the other hand, was like a kid in a candy store.” Her husband doesn’t argue with that assessment. “It was dilapidated and I think there were backpackers living in the attic,” he says. “But where most people would have seen a knockdownrebuild, I saw potential in the structure.” The freestanding house was a short stroll from the beach, and with Leon’s background in commercial construction he was confident they could turn this ugly duckling into a five-bedroom swan. The couple’s plan was always to do it up, then sell. After all, they wanted something far smaller for themselves - though perhaps not as compact as the space they soon ended up in. So rundown was the house that they had to section off a tiny area at the front to live in while preparing for the renovation. A week after moving in, Maddie was born. “Leon and I are very adaptable,” says Michelle. “We’ve lived in shoeboxes before so the squeeze wasn’t new, but having the baby in tow was! There was very little room to breathe.” Hunting for an architect who’d worked extensively in the area, Leon looked up recent DAs and contacted the firms involved. “I wanted something very low-risk, and having someone who understands what the council wants really helps with that,” he explains. His research led to Design Tribe Projects; plans were drawn up and, thanks to the team’s knowledge of the local council, they were approved painlessly under a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). At which point, things slowed right down. “I’m sure that’s pretty normal after the birth of a first child,” Leon reflects. “You can have all sorts of things planned and much of it ends up on the backburner.” By the time they emerged from the haze of sleep deprivation and got the reno ball rolling again (almost two years after buying the place), Michelle and Leon realised they’d had a change of heart. “The idea of building something, selling it and then doing it all over again before we’d have a place of our own - with a baby - freaked us out,” admits Michelle. “The builders were literally
starting that week and we had just decided we wanted to stay put and grow into the house.” They overhauled the plans swiftly, sticking with the approved layout but finessing the detail. “We started to reconsider all the finishes, flooring, joinery and door hardware - all those sorts of things - because it gets very personal when it’s for yourselves.” Increasing storage was one of the couple’s priorities, as was finishing the kitchen in such a way that it would blend perfectly with the rest of the living area. “We wanted a clean, integrated look, so when you walk in it’s not immediately obvious that it’s a kitchen,” says Michelle. “And we didn’t want it to be dominated by a fridge.” They were also keen to bring the outdoors in, with plenty of light and views of greenery. The family moved in with Leon’s mother, who lives nearby, and work finally began - with an ambitious five-month timeline. “I knew there’d be extensions, because of the nature of residential construction, and in the end it came in at eight months,” says Leon. “But if I’d worked to eight months from the beginning, I’m sure it would have taken 12.” The window installation caused the biggest setback. “We went with one of the main Sydney contractors and they let us down big-time,” says Leon. “They failed to prioritise our job, delaying lock-up by about eight weeks. We’d have been much closer to the five months if it hadn’t been for that.” Of course, a year on, that’s all water under the bridge and the Elskis love their house. Its moody black exterior contrasts beautifully with the sand-hued interior, offering a nod to the home’s beachside location. Flooring and joinery blur, and the curved wall at the rear of the ground floor creates a natural flow between living, dining, kitchen and outdoors. There’s also a playful slant, thanks to elements such as the mini putting green and pink front door. “I think it’s the best-looking house on the street by far. It obviously has designer elements, yet nothing is too precious,” says Michelle. “We want to be able to ‘live’ here.” As for those five bedrooms? “We’ve filled the space easily,” laughs Leon. One is now occupied by Maddie’s little sister, Olivia. Michelle has commandeered another as a studio, where she’s currently focusing on pastel works that can be purchased through her Instagram page @melskiartist. Which only leaves one bedroom spare for guests. “But who knows,” she shrugs. “Maybe one day we’ll be five?” Design Tribe Projects (02) 9399 6673 or designtribeprojects.com.au 58 | INSIDE OUT
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KITCHEN/DINING Two picture windows allow light in and views out to the planter boxes beyond. Walls are painted Dulux Natural White and the pendant light is from Zest Lighting. The brass handles on the kitchen cabinetry are by Buster + Punch.
bright idea Keeping the light oak tones consistent throughout the home allowed the Elskis to opt for black on their island bench and elsewhere. It anchors the space without weighing it down.
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"Oversized commercialstyle ceramic tiles give the look of brushed concrete without the maintenance"
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MAIN BEDROOM Striking tobaccocoloured bed linen from In Bed pops against the walls, which are painted Dulux Ito. Bedside lights, Buster + Punch. Photograph by Dina Broadhurst. BATHROOM (opposite) A Caroma â€˜Vivasâ€™ bath is set into the almostseamless 3m x 1m ceramic tiles from Calibre Concepts. Laser 80SX basin, Parisi. Vivid shower, Phoenix Tapware.
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"We sacrificed space to have the pitched ceiling in the ensuite - but gained character" GREAT FINDS
FROM LEFT Thonet ‘S 32’ dining chair, $1725, Anibou. Fitted linen sheet in Tobacco, $165 (queen), In Bed. Dowel bar stool, from $890, Mr Fräg. Woud ‘Rain Circle’ rug (140cm x 90cm), $469, Luumo Design. Flange bowl, $129, Blu Dot.
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ADDITIONAL PRODUCT SOURCING: NATALIE JOHNSON
Light up your natural oak and black palette with tobacco and terracot terracotta accents
EXTERIOR The back of the home opens to a blackbutt deck that follows the curved shape of the rendered wall Dulux Black Caviar is the paint colour. ENSUITE (opposite left) Directly under the roof, the Caroma 'Cube' bath is bathed in light. WALK-IN ROBE Lots of drawers and practical shoe storage next to a built-in seat are the definition of luxury.
lessons learnt “THE BLACK EXTERIOR LOOKS FANTASTIC BUT IT DEFINITELY TRAPS HEAT” LEON ELSKI, HOMEOWNER
“Over the first summer we realised that we needed to run air-conditioning all day, so I’m happy we installed PV panels and chose a lighter colour for the flat part of the roof, to help reflect heat. We’re also planning to change the skylight above the stairs for one that opens and closes.”
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A tweaked floor plan, new storage and a monochrome redux turned this Sydney terrace into a spacious, serene home loved by the couple who live here WORDS CARLI PHILIPS PHOTOGRAPHY PABLO VEIGA STYLING JILLIAN DINKEL
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cheat sheet Who lives here Ben, who works in FinTech; his wife Sarah, a lawyer; and their puppy, Luna. Style of home A two-bedroom 1890s terrace in Paddington, Sydney, with a new, contemporary scheme. Interior designer Jillian Dinkel was hired in July 2017 and renovations began in June 2018. The owners moved back in 3 months later. The cost of the renovation was $$$$ $215,000 (excluding furniture).
KITCHEN New marble surfaces from Euro Marble have a calming effect on the space. The cabinetry is by Jillian Dinkel Designs, installed by Madden Bespoke Interiors. Appliances, Fisher & Paykel. Silhouette wall light, Ross Gardam. DINING AREA Leaning on the Zuster ‘Halo Console’, a limited-edition framed print from Blacklist pulls the focus. Parachilna ‘Aballs’ table lamp, Ke-zu.
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en and Sarah both grew up in terrace
houses and weren’t at all fazed by the small 92-square-metre footprint of their new home in Sydney’s Paddington. After buying in early 2017, they hired Jillian Dinkel to maximise every inch of the floor plan. Jillian is The Terrace House Designer (the name of her design blog) and specialises in adapting heritage homes to modern lifestyles, a unique niche for the Boston-born designer who moved to Australia six years ago from New York, where she worked for fashion magazines as a casting agent and stylist. “Terrace housing is very different to what I was used to in the US, but I fell in love with the architecture here,” she says. “I’ve lived in Manhattan, where space and light is at a premium, and I am familiar with creative ways to bring that back into homes that are lacking it.” The layout of Ben and Sarah’s kitchen functioned well, but Jillian felt its tired cabinetry and finishes needed upgrading. She replaced them with new ones in a two-pack poly finish (a dark navy called Dulux Antarctic Deep) featuring recessed finger pulls, and even managed to accommodate an integrated double-door fridge and six-burner stove without the space feeling cramped. “Most people think that a small kitchen means you need to have small appliances, which isn’t true,” says Jillian. “You can have full-sized appliances within a small footprint; they just need to be compartmentalised well. I designed an appliance cupboard with doors that fully retract, and drawers you can pull all the way out.” Avid cook Ben now has a designated spot for everything in the kitchen, including his beloved coffee machine. “One of the major goals was to give the house a serene feeling, and the way we did it was to ensure that anything with clutter potential was completely hidden away,” says Jillian. In the living area, pastel-blue accent walls were painted over in Dulux’s Vivid White, and a rectangular doorway from the
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DINING Across the freshly stained dark floor is a new custom steel door leading to the courtyard. Sloan Cross marble table, GlobeWest. Husk Wrap chairs, Zuster. Gubi ‘Ronde’ pendant light, Cult. STAIRCASE Creating a storage cupboard and cheeky drinks cabinet under the stairs are just two of the clever ways Jillian has hidden clutter in the home.
The renovation came in on time because we had fully documented drawings that we didn’t deviate from JILLIAN DINKEL, DESIGNER
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In a Victorian home, retain decorative period elements such as the fireplace and cornices, but present them in a different way. Recontextualise with clean lines, a chic monochrome palette and minimalist styling.
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dining area to the courtyard was knocked out and replaced with steel-framed glass doors, shaped to echo the original arches throughout. This larger opening was one of the biggest contributors to more internal light. While most of the renovation was smooth sailing, Sarah and Ben disagreed over whether the landscaping should be done at the same time. “Sarah was keen for the property to have a consistent look and feel,” he says, “but I was terrified of our house budget blowing out with a commitment to do the garden. Turns out we came in right on budget – so I was wrong!” In order to afford certain things, such as luxe lighting, the couple did cut back in other areas. The floor wasn’t in great shape and needed patching but they decided to keep it, staining it dark to hide the imperfections. “It still has dings, but I think they add character and make it all the more lovely,” says Jillian. While working on the staircase, inconsistencies were discovered in the risers and treads. Bringing them up to current standards would have meant losing more than a metre of bathroom space on the first floor, which was too valuable. Their wet area wishlist included a freestanding bathtub and shower, so Jillian created a nib vanity wall to make room for both. She added high-quality flecked terrazzo, a marble vanity top with integrated basin, black-stained American oak-veneer cabinetry and a wall sconce from Apparatus Studio. “I didn’t realise how much the complexity of the joinery would affect the price,” says Ben. “But rather than scaling back, we just decided to simplify it.” Sarah says she and Ben couldn’t be happier with Jillian’s work. “Our terrace is now a place of comfort and hotel-style luxury.” Jillian Dinkel Designs, Surry Hills, NSW; jilliandinkel.com
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BUILDING WORK BY RENOTECH. BED LINEN, CULTIVER. BLANKET, HALE MERCANTILE CO. ARTWORK, BLACKLIST. ARTWORK (OPPOSITE, ON CABINET) BY ANTHONY LISTER. CENSER INCENSE BURNER (IN FRONT), APPARATUS STUDIO
MAIN BEDROOM Whiting out most of the room in Dulux Vivid White means small details like the contrasting curtain rail, Canvas + Sasson ‘Soho Casina’ chair and Kelly Wearstler standing lamp from The Montauk Lighting Co really stand out. LIVING AREA The door arch was kept and made into a feature mirrored by the arch of the fireplace. Chair (as before).
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BATHROOM (this page and opposite) Handmade subway wall tiles and terrazzo floor tiles from Surface Gallery add a low-key elegance to the shower. Astra Walker brass tapware works in beautifully with the Dyad wall sconce (above the vanity) from Apparatus Studio. Simple white bathtub, Reece. Vase, Zakkia.
FROM LEFT Sloan Cross marble table, $2690, GlobeWest. Parachilna ‘Aballs’ table lamp, from $1474, Ke-zu. Apparatus ‘Censer’ candleholder/ incense burner, $1595, Criteria Collection. Kelly Wearstler ‘Cleo’ floor lamp, $3190, The Montauk Lighting Co. Gubi ‘Ronde’ pendant, $690, Cult.
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ADDITIONAL PRODUCT SOURCING: NATALIE JOHNSON
Contemporary black and white pieces in shapely geometric forms are easy to find and simple to style
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LESSONS LEARNT “Not going for it can cost you more in the long term” BEN, HOMEOWNER
“We tried to buy our first home during the Sydney price explosion of 2015 and 2016 and got gazumped on the first house we bid on in late 2015 by only $5000, right before prices started to skyrocket. At the time, we thought prices would steady but we were wrong. It took us 12 months to finally buy a place and by that time prices had gone up 40 per cent.”
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take two Thirty years after it was built, this Perth home has been given a second life
WORDS KATHERINE CHATFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MEGHAN PLOWMAN STYLING LISA QUINN-SCHOFIELD
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DINING Timber on the floor, ceiling and table in between makes gives the home a cosiness it lacked before the renovation. Papillon table and Stolab ‘Miss Holly chairs, Thonet. Mirror, Empire Homewares. Bowl, Asbury Park Agency. FACADE Sue and daughter Georgia with Paul at the entrance. An oversized front door and contrasting wall lights and plant pots give the marble-tiled porch a sense of arrival.
cheat sheet Who lives here Sue; her husband Peter, who works in the resources industry; their daughter, Georgia, 25, who’s in corporate finance; and dogs Paris (a cocker spaniel) and Paul (a whippet). Style of home A four-bedroom, one-level 1980s house in Peppermint Grove, Perth’s most petite suburb. Sue and Peter met with design company Lahaus at the end of 2017. A few weeks later the plans were drawn up, and the six-month build started in late January 2018. Approximately $600,000 (not $$$$ including the new furniture).
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brings with it a sense of responsibility – but when the house is designed by renowned Australian architect Geoffrey Summerhayes, there’s an extra sense of duty to uphold. Geoffrey designed this four-bedroom, three-bathroom villa in 1988, and it became the perfect family home for Sue and Peter when they bought it in 2001. Tucked away in Perth’s leafy Peppermint Grove, they raised their two children in the single-level house, which is walking distance to a golden-sand beach and peppermint tree-lined river. But when their children grew up and their son moved interstate, the much-loved home no longer suited their needs. “At that point I really wanted to downsize,” admits Sue, explaining that the Tuscan-inspired ochre exterior and terracotta tiles were dated and they wanted a ‘grown-up’ house where their now-adult daughter could have her own space. But in spite of all this, they couldn’t bring themselves to sell. “We had so much regard for the history and design of the house,” says Sue. “We were worried that if we sold it, someone would knock it down – which is happening quite a lot in this part of Perth. Plus Peter really loves the yard and the big block the house is on.”
KITCHEN TABLE AND CHAIRS, THONET. MØLLER BENCH (HALL), GREAT DANE. SOFA (OPPOSITE), WEBBERS. ERCOL ‘MARINO’ CHAIR, TEMPERATURE DESIGN. LAMBERT & FILS LIGHT. RUG, ARMADILLO & CO. ARTWORKS (BOTH PAGES) BY LISA QUINN-SCHOFIELD
uying or selling a family home often
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LIVING AREA Minimising the fireplace and drawing attention to the new metal doors on either side have completely changed the look. Doors, Reliance Design & Fabrication. KITCHEN “I renovated the kitchen a few years ago, with limed oak cabinetry and a marble benchtop,” says Sue. “It’s what I wanted the whole house to look like and now it does!” HALL All the brick walls have been painted over with Bauwerk Chalk. Zakkia planter.
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Once the decision to stay was made, they enlisted the help of creative director Lara Staunton at Lahaus interior-design studio. “We wanted to modernise the house but respect the original architecture,” says Sue. One example is the custom-fit steel doors and windows, which were a big part of Summerhayes’ core principles and the defining look of the house. “Previously we had white aluminium window frames with big expanses of glass in them, and shutters on either side. We put in the black steel to give a stronger, structured look. It’s the making of the whole house,” says Sue. “We also got rid of the shutters and have no window dressings at all now. This brings the light in, makes the rooms feel bigger and helps me to keep the place cleaner!” New steel doors internally have made the home’s quadrant floor plan functional again. “The doors create different zones but still let the light flow through,” says Sue. “And when Georgia has friends over, she can close the door to her space and have privacy.” To contrast with the starkness of the steel fixtures and fittings, Sue went for a palette inspired by the natural environment, with subdued tones for the floors, walls and ceilings. “We whitewashed the walls in a natural lime paint, and replaced the old terracotta tiles with Australian oak flooring, which gives a much softer look and feel underfoot. It makes the house feel natural and warm.” 76 | INSIDE OUT
Getting the bathroom right was another big deal for Sue. “I love my baths,” she says. “When we saw this Stand Bath by Norm Architects [from Candana], the only one available was in Melbourne. We were flying there for something else, so I went to the showroom to sit in it and make sure it was comfortable. After that, it was a no-brainer – we had to have it. I’ve been known to soak for an hour with a good book. It’s the best thing in the house.” On the bathroom floor are black hexagon Nero Marquina honed-marble tiles, which Sue admits were a leap of faith. “I was initially hesitant about black tiles because our previous bathroom was all white. Looking back, I suppose it was a bit nondescript. But when I saw this elongated design, it made the room pop. Marble is a bit high-maintenance but worth it.” The ochre exterior of the house was also painted over with a lime wash, and the terracotta tiles around the pool replaced with a pale-grey cement to create a more natural but minimal look. “The house now feels more ‘us’ than it did in the entire 18 years we lived here before,” says Sue. “We feel that we’ve rescued the house from destruction and can grow old here. When it was built, this house was way ahead of its time – now we’ve caught up with how the place was meant to be lived in.” Lahaus design services and store; (08) 6114 1044 or lahaus.com.au
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ENSUITE Fine-flute and rippled glass on the lower level creates privacy and a sense of enclosure. Tap, Astra Walker. Nero Marquina hexagon floor tiles, Myaree Ceramics. GEORGIAâ€™S ROOM Proximity to the pool gives this part of the house a resort vibe. New light-grey, large-format cement tiles have softened the look of the patio.
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GEORGIA’S BEDROOM The metal reading lamp coordinates with the metal doors. Side table, Ikea. DCW Editions ‘Gras’ wall lamps, Spence & Lyda. Linen and cushions, Asbury Park Agency. ENSUITE (opposite) Sue’s sanctuary also includes a generous rain shower, entered via the arched opening. Corian vanity. Towel, Empire Homewares.
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lessons learnt “HAVING A DESIGNER HELP WITH YOUR RENOVATION MAKES THE WHOLE PROCESS A LOT LESS STRESSFUL” SUE, HOMEOWNER
“Several years ago I renovated our kitchen and bathroom myself. They looked okay, but I wouldn’t do it again. Hiring a designer made such a huge difference this time; it let me bounce ideas off someone else, forced me to rethink what I really wanted and brought a cohesive look to the whole house.”
FROM ROM LEFT Palissade armchair, ar $494, Hay. Serge Mouille ‘Applique 1 Bras Pivotant Courbe’ light, $5675, Cult. Stand bath, $15,946, Candana. Eadie Lifestyle ‘Chelsea’ throw, $189.95, The Essence of Home. Asobi bud vase, $15, Salt&Pepper. Sia ceramic vase, $33.95, Country Road.
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ADDITIONAL PRODUCT SOURCING: NATALIE JOHNSON
This is a sophisticated ated look with casual undertones, enhancing the cla classic ssic beauty be eauty of the building
OUTDOOR AREA Just off the family room, this outdoor space is populated by Hay metal furniture from the Palissade collection. BATHROOM (opposite left) Georgia found inspiration for her pink tiles on Instagram. Vulcano ‘Fiori Rosa’ honed tiles, Myaree Ceramics. Stand basin, Candana. POOL (opposite right) “It used to have a turquoise border,” says Sue. “We relined it with a navy tile that changes colour with the angle of the sun.”
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An Italian design couple have let a passion for vintage style direct the clever reinvention of their 19th-century apartment in Milan WORDS JESSICA BELLEF PHOTOGRAPHY FABRIZIO CICCONI STYLING FRANCESCA DAVOLI
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cheat sheet Who lives here Anna Carbone, founder and creative director of design studio The Chic Fish; Giovanni Gennari, the marketing and communications director at Fornasetti and co-founder of The Chic Fish; and their son, Tito. Style of home The 120-square-metre apartment is located in a 19th-century building in central Milan. The couple bought the apartment in May 2013 and spent six months planning; the renovation took 90 days. Approximate cost was $160,000 $$$$ (including all the vintage pieces).
LIVING AREA New cement floor tiles bring a modicum of colour to the apartment. Vintage Chesterfield from England. FAMILY PORTRAIT Giovanni and Anna, pictured with son Tito, both wear two hats in a work sense. “I’m a graphic designer who mixes illustration with interior design to create even more interesting projects,” says Anna, who now works from home.
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Giovanni Gennari’s Milan apartment and you might think the rooms have been left to crumble over the centuries. Their walls are rough, electrical wires are exposed and the decor harks to bygone eras. The old-world look, however, did not occur by accident. The home, thoughtfully designed and curated by the creative couple, is an honest reflection of their shared love of vintage interiors and second-hand objects that hum with a connection to the past. Anna and Giovanni run a multidisciplinary design studio called The Chic Fish. It kicked off as a blog in 2011, when readers were quick to jump on board with the couple’s passion for ‘contemporary vintage’, a style direction that gives a new context to old things. When it came time for them to design their own home, they embraced their love of nostalgia and set out to create a space that brought the past into the present. During their first inspection in 2013, Anna and Giovanni were drawn to the glimmers of beauty in the bones of the 19th-century building. They saw beyond the overpowering yellow and blue walls, damaged laminate timber flooring and tiny red kitchen. They loved its ornate doorways, the terrace that would offer them just enough outdoor entertaining space, and the fact that the building was located in a neighbourhood with a sense of vecchia Milano, meaning ‘old Milan’, full of small stores and friendly bars. Completed in 90 days by builders and craftsmen, the renovation involved stripping back surfaces, gutting the kitchen and bathroom, and adding reclaimed materials that showed signs of old age. “The material sourcing phase was quite long and difficult because we went all over Italy, visiting every secondhand dealer we know,” says Anna. “We only wanted original materials and it wasn’t easy to find them.” The tireless hunting paid off, as the play of aged texture has resulted in a creative home that feels layered and alive with stories of the past. Some of the ceilings were removed and opened up to expose the beams, and the yellow and blue walls were taken back to reveal the original plaster. In the main bedroom, the decorated walls were stamped by hand with a motif Anna designed, resulting in a feminine pattern that’s in pretty contrast to the industrial look of the cement, timber and iron in other parts of the home. The cement tiles in the living room and office were sourced from a “secret secondhand dealer”, Anna coyly offers, while the parquet flooring is made of timbers salvaged from a demolition site. The living space’s iron and glass wall, installed by the couple
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DINING CHAIRS, ROSSANA ORLANDI
alk into Anna Carbone and
HALL (this page and opposite bottom) Anna and Giovanni acquired the chairs from a private chapel via auction. Other vintage chairs, artworks and quirky accessories, such as the dartboard on the back of the door, are dotted throughout. KITCHEN The benchtops are made from old pieces of rusted iron and the cupboardâ€™s iron doors were crafted by a blacksmith to match. Bespoke table illuminated by Studio Wieki Somers lights.
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to separate the kitchen and living room, is the feature that drives home the industrial feel of the apartment. The impressive structure was pulled out of the Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin, which was once an acknowledged icon of Italian industrialism and even had a race track on its roof. In this residential setting, the floor-to-ceiling wall opens up the kitchen to the rest of the home and helps delineate the space without sacrificing any light. “The kitchen is probably our favourite room in the house,” says Anna. “We spend most of our time there. We cook, we chat, we design and so on.” The red kitchen was jammed into a corner on the other side of the room before the couple reconfigured the layout and spread the new one across the opposite wall, closer to the terrace door. To eat, everyone gathers around the bespoke dining table, which Anna calls “the protagonist” of the space. It’s made from a piece of cedar with raw edges, found by the couple at a sawmill, where they picked out the timber slab and later had a blacksmith make the legs. Together, all the custom finishes and bespoke pieces create a fitting backdrop for the couple’s prized possessions and collections. The home is a shining example of a ‘new vintage’ space done well, but it means so much more to the family, which now includes son Tito. Anna muses on the idea: “I think what we love most about our home is the fact that we have been able to represent ourselves with this house: it perfectly reflects our personalities, our history, our travels and our style.” The Chic Fish Studio; thechicfishstudio.com 86 | INSIDE OUT
1 Entry 2 Study/studio 3 Bathroom 4 Living area 5 Kitchen/dining 6 Balcony 7 Ensuite 8 Laundry/storage 9 Main bedroom 10 Balcony 11 Bedroom
DINING AREA Looking from the main bedroom through the dining area and out to the terrace takes in the stunning 19th-century door frame, the only remaining original element. ROOM DIVIDER Lightly separating the dining space from the book-piled sitting room is a metal structure that once featured in the 1923 Fiat Lingotto car factory.
“THE MAIN CONCEPT BEHIND THE INTERIOR DESIGN WAS REMOVING LAYERS RATHER THAN ADDING NEW ONES, A ‘SUBTRACTION’ THAT ALLOWED US TO EMPHASISE RAW MATERIALS AND EXPOSE ELEMENTS SUCH AS IRON, CEMENT AND WOOD”
ANNA CARBONE, HOMEOWNER
OLD LAMPSHADE PENDANT LIGHT (OPPOSITE), PIET HEIN EEK
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LIVING ROOM An old anatomical print reinforces the pared-back feel. The radiator is secondhand and the floor is reclaimed timber, found on a demolition site and arranged in a parquetry pattern. STUDIO/OFFICE This space was created next to the front door. It has an internal window, allowing light to pass through and brighten the entrance. Farrow & Ball ‘Bumble Bee’ wallpaper, Ascraft + Decortex.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Kirby bookshelf, $129, Officeworks. Oriel Lighting ‘Plato’ pendant light, $127, The Lighting Lounge. Real Good copper chair, $629, Blu Dot. Wooden chest of drawers #9, $1760, Society Inc. Vintage leather Chesterfield sofa, $3399, Interiors Online.
ADDITIONAL PRODUCT SOURCING: NATALIE JOHNSON
Create a place where joy and nostalgia can live in harmony, inspired by the past and translated for now
BATHROOOM The timber floorboards continue in here, where modern convenience is camouflaged by industrial metal accessories. Bath from Cargo Milano and pedestal basin by Simas. MAIN BEDROOM The walls were hand-stamped by Gouache, a local wall-art company, using a motif Anna designed. Bed cover by Draga & Aurel.
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GO WITH THE FLOW The National Tiles Mitsua Hybrid collection is available in 12 matt colours that emulate the elegant finish of timber in open-plan spaces.
RENOVATE This month, it’s all about what came before and the amazing results after We kick off at the deep end – in the new pool of a villa-like Perth home whose owners wanted to swim while they waited for council approval to ﬁnish their renovations. Then we meet an eco-friendly builder, shine a light on exposed beams and screen-save a revamped Sydney garden.
POOL DESIGN BY PALM CITY POOLS. BRICKS PAINTED DULUX NATURAL WHITE. CUSHIONS, ASBURY PARK AGENCY. THROW, REMEDY
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DREAM IT. DESIGN IT. DO IT.
Thereâ€™s nothing like a new baby to accelerate a renovation â€“ just ask the Perth couple who tackled this reborn 1970s bungalow
cheat sheet Who lives here Lauren Gillespie, a high-school teacher; her husband Wade Gillespie, 36, owner of Axon Electrical; sons Rafferty, 3, and Perry, 1; and their Staffordshire bull terrier, Vegas. Style of home Built in the 1970s, this brown-brick bungalow in coastal Karrinyup has been made into a bright family home. Lauren and Wade bought the home in late 2016 and got straight to work on the renovation. Renovations started in June 2017 and finished in late 2018. The entire project cost $$$$ approximately $370,000.
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STOOLS, DISTRICT. MIDDLE OF NOWHERE ‘ALBERTA 1’ FRAMED PRINT, ROOM 296. VINTAGE CHAIR (OPPOSITE), GUMTREE
“I did not want another fully white kitchen,” laughs Lauren. Kimberley designed a warm space with an olive-green tiled splashback, smokedbronze mirrored panelling, V-groove cabinetry in Dulux Domino (black) by Precision Cabinets, and a Caesarstone benchtop in Cosmopolitan White.
ade Gillespie knew right off the
bat that he wanted the original 1970s mission-brown brick bungalow in Perth’s coastal Karrinyup. He and his wife, Lauren, were in the market for a fixer-upper and saw unparalleled potential in the home’s dated decor and strange, convoluted layout. “I’d had my eye on it for a while, but it was going to auction and that wasn’t until five weeks before the settlement of our other place,” he explains. “I had made an earlier offer, which was rejected, so Lauren was very anxious in the lead-up to auction day!” It wasn’t just Wade who’d fallen in love with the property. With its retro vibe and charming character features, it had easily won over Lauren, too. “The house is located on a corner block, which is ideal for Wade, who works from home as an electrician on new builds and requires space for a workshop, but the original house also ticked a lot of boxes for me: high ceilings; exposed
beams; light, bright and airy; living areas focused on a central outdoor space. It had so much going for it,” she recalls. The auction went the couple’s way and they wasted no time in engaging Jeff Swinyard and Kimberley Tan from Studio Atelier. Both studied architecture so they have an understanding of design as well as council submissions and construction. All of which came in handy shortly afterwards, when Lauren and Wade discovered that baby number two was on the way and they needed to renovate as soon as possible. To get things happening quickly, Studio Atelier proposed renovating in two phases, then submitted the plans to council and made themelves available to suppliers for onsite meetings. This meant that the Gillespies, who were the owner/builders, could focus on the build and site works, and their about-to-expand family. “They understood exactly what we wanted and worked with us until the house was a perfect fit,” says Lauren. “As well as planning the interior, Kim sourced various options from some amazing suppliers, which I would have found difficult to do while pregnant, still working and with a toddler in tow.” INSIDE OUT | 95
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Although they needed serious updating, the house’s 1970s features provided much of the renovation inspiration. “Lauren and Wade loved the original aspects of the home, but found the floor plan too convoluted and were overwhelmed by all the brown and red exposed brickwork, which featured both inside and out,” says Kimberley. “The home needed to be great for entertaining and suitable for a growing family.” For Lauren, this meant having a central, open-plan area where the family could socialise and move freely between the indoor and outdoor spaces. “I wanted to feel like I was on holiday in my own home – like I was in Byron Bay, or in a Balinese villa that opens onto the pool area,” she says. “I also wanted to be able to see the kids, whether they’re inside or out, and have that connection between the two spaces as much as possible.”
“I love how all the materials work together to provide texture,” says Lauren, “especially around the new [Rinnai gas] fireplace where we have timber floorboards, poured concrete and raw, untreated La Paloma brickwork [from Austral Bricks].” Plush furnishings from Asbury Park Agency make the concrete bench a really cosy place to sit.
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Inspired by mid-century design the family dining area is light and bright, and created from affordable childfriendly furniture, including a built-in bench seat, green chairs and stool from Ikea, a table from Freedom and lighting from Barnaby Lane.
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Lauren & Wade’s wishlist + Pool Both lovers of the outdoors, Lauren and Wade were adamant their new entertaining space would include a pool. “In our hot climate, the pool was pretty much a no-brainer,” says Wade. “Now I absolutely love the outdoor area. It’s my favourite space.” + Separate wings for children and grown-ups “I’m a very neat person, so I liked the idea of having a space where I could put all the kids’ junk and close it off from the rest of the house,” says Lauren. “I wanted the kids to have their own zone where they can hang out, and know that the space can grow with them over time.” + Living spaces that connect the home’s distinct zones “It was important for us to maintain the outlook from the living areas to the outdoors, while connecting the separate zones through those living spaces,” says Lauren. + Centrally located kitchen Also essential was a practical, family-friendly kitchen in a spot that could be easily accessed, in a design with as much personality as the rest of the house.
FROM LEFT Compact Wintry Forest Oak Extra Matt flooring, $75 per sq m (unlaid), Quick Step. City Colours porcelain tile, $125.40 per sq m, Myaree CeramicHs. Leopard pillowcase set, $119 for two, Society of Wanderers. Wash&Wear paint in Natural White, $77.90 per 4L, Dulux. Linen sheet in Gras, $385 (queen), Hale Mercantile Co.
With its London Grey Caesarstone benchtops, Manhattan Grey subway tiles (from Myaree Ceramics), sandblasted veneer cabinetry, cappuccino-coloured travertine, industrial Astra Walker tapware and woven baskets, this is another great example of how to use contrasting yet complementary materials.
“The front door used to lead straight into the living room, which is now the main bedroom,” says Lauren. “Jeff and Kimberley came up with a solution for this issue – moving it to the other side of the house.” The new entrance leads off the kitchen via a freshly created passageway. The custom-made round window is by Avanti Glass & Aluminium.
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The original floor plan was poky and not conducive to entertaining or family life, so Jeff and Kimberley remodelled it to create a central, open-plan living area with separate wings for the grown-ups and children. “It was really important for the floor plan to suit the family’s current lifestyle and allow for the future-proofing of the home,” says Kimberley. “The kids’ wing is down one end of the home away from the parents’ area and guest retreat, while the kitchen – the heart of the home – opens out onto the new undercover alfresco space and is the perfect backdrop for having friends over and enjoying sunny days by the pool.” The home’s interior aesthetic stemmed from initial catch-ups with Lauren and Wade. “They were willing to explore a look that was playful yet sophisticated, with pops of pattern, colour and materiality,” says Kimberley, who oversaw the cabinetry, material and lighting selections, as well as the fitting out of the new-look alfresco space. “We wanted to keep the interior arched openings, split levels and texture of the exposed brickwork, and tie this in with the new look and feel in a way that reflected the personality of this young family. The brown bricks were given a new lease of life with a few coats of fresh white paint [Dulux Lexicon Quarter] to seamlessly blend the old with the new and create a fresh base.”
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1 Entry 2 Study nook 3 Guest room 4 Guest ensuite 5 Main bedroom 6 Main ensuite 7 Drying area 8 Pool equipment 9 Side entry 10 Eat-in kitchen 11 Alfresco area 12 Pool 13 Carport 14 Bathroom 15 Storage 16 Bedroom 17 Kids’ lounge 18 Living/sitting 19 Porch
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This is a rich, luxurious retreat featuring a striking Glosswood ‘bedhead’ feature wall made by Wade, leopard-print cushions from Society of Wanderers, neutral bedding from Hale Mercantile Co, carpet from Wall to Wall Carpets, plants from Little Leaf Co and artworks by Kimmy Hogan (at left) and Maria Florez.
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Capitalising on Wade’s industry know-how as an electrician and handyman, the couple decided to tackle the project as ownerbuilders and created a two-phase construction plan. “We wanted to complete one half, and then move onto the second half so that we could live in the house during phase two and save on rental costs,” says Lauren. “While we were waiting for our plans to be approved by council, we did things that didn’t require approval, like replacing the air-conditioning and all the windows. And we completed demo work in the rooms we would be tackling first.” Phase one included the renovation of the guest room (once the main bedroom), the new main bedroom (previously the living area), the master ensuite (the old dining room), the kitchen, laundry and alfresco area as well as the installation of the much-anticipated pool. “After we began the process and found out we were expecting our second baby, we had to really maintain our strict schedule because I needed a functioning kitchen, and bedrooms to sleep in, when the baby arrived.” Major site works for the kitchen extension began in October 2017, forcing the family to move in with Lauren’s parents for five weeks. “The house was open, it was freezing and dangerous for Rafferty, who was then 18 months old. We had to add in extra sewer lines for the new ensuite and laundry, and new soakwells.” The good news is, everyone made the first deadline. “While there were still tradies floating around,” says Lauren, “the kitchen was done and we brought Perry home in the December.” Studio Atelier, Subiaco, WA; 0482 039 869 or studio-atelier.com.au 100 | INSIDE OUT
the best bits + Internal aesthetic “I love how all the materials work together to provide texture,” says Lauren, referencing the extensive use of timber for the flooring and panelling, the exposed bricks, stone benchtops, decorative tiles and soft furnishings. + Street appeal “Our white house has impact, personality and street appeal. While the bones and structure are the same, every surface has been altered and the interior and exterior are now vastly different.” + Kitchen and dining The open-plan entertaining area is one of the home’s greatest successes. “From the kitchen I can see the boys wherever they play,” says Lauren. “I love that everything connects to this space and opens to the outdoors.”
CITY COLOURS TILES, MYAREE CERAMICS. OUTDOOR TABLE, SEGALS. RATTAN LOVE SEAT, BYRON BAY HANGING CHAIRS. OTTOMAN, IKEA
The floor plan was tweaked so the living room opened to the central outdoor courtyard. Dulux Natural White on the exterior bricks has created a bright, modern-Australian beach vibe.
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The Block: Glasshouse co-winner and interior architect Shannon Vos. voscreative. com.au
– THAT IS THE QUESTION Renovating leaves you wide open to the temptation of expensive things, but Shannon says spending wisely is easier than you think
’m a big fan of buying right, buying
once and using the best products on the market. But until I win the lottery or Santa actually gets it right, it’s a balancing act of what we want to splurge on and where we should save. As a general rule, though, we should splurge on the hero elements in our homes and save the pennies on less-expensive pieces that almost blend into the background. As I look around my living room, gazing over the multitude of toys and questionable stains (thanks, kids), it’s clear that I’ve splurged on art, lighting and the timber ﬂoors. The couch is inexpensive, the cabinetry is from Ikea and the dining-room table has seen better days. Yet visitors always compliment the space and say how nicely resolved the room is. That’s because I’ve spent money on the focal points and what I want to draw the eye to. Everything else is background noise and about function over form. When you renovate, balancing the splurges and saves is always a challenge, so let’s look at how to pull it off properly…
where to save like a soldier KITCHEN The hub of your home can seem like a hard area to economise in, but it comes down to how you use the space. If cooking’s your bag, you will want the best of the best, but if you use the kitchen purely to unpack an endless supply of Uber Eats, you may only want to invest to impress. Appliances that don’t get used aren’t worth spending money on, so save it for snazzy benchtops and cabinetry. Good lighting is relatively cheap these days and a statement pendant (or three) can cost as little as a few hundred dollars. Downlights are cheap as chips, and LED strip lighting is a DIY job. But while it’s easy to save a penny or two on your lighting plan, you should never compromise on natural light. An oversized window or a light well in a kitchen is worth its weight in gold. Cabinetry can be made inexpensive by sticking to common colours (think white) and stock dimensions (usually 300mm, 600mm and 900mm wide). Ikea kitchens commonly pop up on my wishlist, as long as the thrifty selections are balanced with some jaw-dropping - and usually wallet-emptying - pieces.
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distance, but if you’re about to start a family or are at the pointy end of parenthood, you shouldn’t overspend. I’m deep into the toddler vortex (I have two kids, Dusty, 3, and Raffa, 1) and pretty much everything in my living area is being destroyed. Save your money for when the wee ones can appreciate your hard-earned dollars and, for now, tolerate your tattered dining table and not-at-all dream sofa.
BATHROOM Compromise is tricky here because everything that goes into it seems permanent. There are, however, a few elements you don’t have to spend big on to maintain design integrity. If you want a feature (ie, not cheap) tile, pair it with a more cost-effective one. Not all bathroom walls get a lot of wear and tear, so they can be the perfect surfaces for budget selections. Uniformly sized white (or a tone of) tiles can be picked up on the cheap and laid - with a few YouTube tutorials - by you. Just keep the ﬁddly bits for the qualiﬁed trades and always buy more tiles than you think you’ll need (usually, 10 per cent will cover wastage). Thinking about a bathroom renovation on a tight budget? A decent tile paint may be your saviour. Tile paint is hard-wearing, easy to apply and could buy you a few more years before the bathroom is classiﬁed as ‘must tackle now’. Weekend warriors should note that it’s always best to remove
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MIXED BLESSINGS This kitchen is a perfect case of blending a splurge with canny savings. An imposing Essastone composite benchtop in an Igneous Bitumen finish is balanced by cabinetry in Laminex White Textile and Laminex Impressions Sublime Teak panels.
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all the grout and silicone from tiles before painting, as fresh grout and fresh silicone on a newly painted wall or floor tile can look close to the real thing. If thrifty is your middle name (don’t advertise that fact), and your bathtub or shower pan looks dated (along with the tiles), resurfacing them with a specially moulded acrylic, or even spray painting them, could be a good option. This is a simple process but it’s fiddly, so seriously consider leaving it to a professional. Lighting in the bathroom is best kept simple and pared back, and there are plenty of budget options to choose from.
CUSTOM CLASS Quality joinery never disappoints. Built-in beauties such as this banquette seating can last for generations and more than justify the expense.
BEDROOMS These can be done on
FLOORING This is a constantly evolving element. Ten years ago, I would have said bamboo flooring was the bee’s knees, but now we’re seeing that most varieties don’t wear that well. Good options are click-system flooring or engineered-timber floorboards, which have surpassed solid hardwood flooring as the go-to because they’re easy to install and generally cheaper and eco-friendlier. Engineered floorboards are simple to lay and come in a range of timbers and finishes. They need to be laid on a solid floor - either glued, secret nailed or floating - and usually come prefinished, saving you even more on the installation.
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where to splurge like a ’dashian KITCHEN One thing to spend money
BATHROOM It’s essential to get
on is a good kitchen layout, which will make your prep area ergonomic and ageless. If you’re in contention for a MasterChef finale and cooking is your ‘lyfe’, spend money where you use it most - on great appliances and easy-to-clean, hardy surfaces. Put composite stone on the benches and it will last a lifetime – with half the maintenance that real stone imposes. If you entertain, a 900mm oven will come in handy, while an induction cooktop with built-in extraction (get the chequebook out) will change the way you cook forever.
this space right, as the core - and often expensive - elements are not easily changed down the track. Good-quality floor tiles and Australian-made tap fittings guarantee the longevity of any bathroom, and while underfloor heating screams ‘splurge’, it’s cheaper than you think. Never scrimp on the build of a bathroom. You will want to ensure the waterproofing and plumbing are all signed off by reputable trades. This may cost you at first, but it’s a solid investment for peace of mind.
LIVING ROOM First impressions count here. A statement sofa speaks volumes and a well-designed piece can last a decade or two, if you look after your furniture. While you’re at it, nothing says ‘look at the bulge in my wallet’ like a Monet hanging in the foyer - oh yeah, and having a foyer is a great way to impress the Joneses, too. Maybe not to that extent, but investing in art goes a long way to giving your space that curated look.
BEDROOMS Much of the aforementioned applies here, but this is a private space where you should treat yourself. Just go easy on the cushions.
LIGHTING Natural light is the best sort so, where you can, invest in architectural detail that encourages sunlight from the east and the north. Maximising natural light and including integrated lighting and some stunning feature lights will prove to be solid assets.
BESPOKE CABINETRY Custom-made cabinetry and storage add wow factor to any space, and details such as solid timber and stone can elevate the design of built-in features in ways that flat-pack can’t. Be prepared to pay for it and personalised cabinetry will probably last the life of your home - or at least as long as you’re in it.
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the cheap, as long as you’re willing to pull up your sleeves and have a crack. Flat-pack and DIY furniture is usually more cost-friendly because there’s no factory floor full of workers building a bed or a wardrobe. So, dust off the screwdriver, create a Zen-like space and do it yourself. I’m also a big fan of beds made from shipping pallets. With a basic knowledge of power saws and a bit of ingenuity, you can easily create a chic industrial-style bed (one of a kind, mind you) for next to nothing.
SOFA, SO GOOD The soft curves of Jardanâ€™s sumptuous Valley sofa deliver real dazzle when budget is no issue, as do artworks such as Capri Slumbers and Deadly Duo by Akila Berjaoui.
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Powell LED table lamp, $199, West Elm.
Recently, I’ve seen lots of interiors with moodier colour schemes and black accents. How can I add a few darker elements to my home without completely changing the overall look? Gabrielle, via email There’s something so luxurious about painting an entire room in a dark hue, but it is a big commitment! Ease into the look with a large-scale artwork in a darker colour. It will make a big (but not permanent) impact. Throws and cushions are the cheapest way to add moodier elements, and look at furniture and objects such as lamps that feature accents in black. If you change your mind and decide you want to go back to a lighter scheme later, these subtle accents will still have a place to call home.
Rome outdoor sofa, from $4469, BoConcept.
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My wife and I love entertaining outside year-round and want to update our outdoor area to make it feel more like our living room. What sort of outdoor furniture is popular right now? Jean, via Instagram Hygge, the Danish word for finding joy in simplicity and appreciating the small things in life, has turned into a big outdoor furniture trend, and the Rome outdoor range by BoConcept encapsulates it perfectly. A great place to start is the Rome outdoor sofa. It features deep seats and loose cushions that help create a relaxed and comfortable lounging experience, and the sofa’s modular, minimalist design captures the style of modern indoor living. Combined with high-quality materials that are made to endure weather conditions, and you’ve got the beginning of an outdoor living space that’s ready for entertaining or simply lazing around.
We’re planning to build an extension and I’m keen to use a steel material for the roofing. I want it to blend in with the environment – there are lots of gum trees on our property – and not look too industrial. What sort of product and colours should I be looking at? Thomas, via email For more than 50 years, Colorbond steel has inspired the colour palette of many Australian homes, and it’s an ideal option if you want to visually tie your home to its natural surrounds. Colorbond steel’s collection includes colours such as Windspray (below), Wallaby and Dune, which will reflect and connect with your landscaping and native flora. Keep in mind that having a consistent scheme throughout the exterior and interior will help bring the outside in. CHRISTINE MCCOY, COLOUR & DESIGN CONSULTANT, COLORBOND
Clove & Sandalwood standard soy candle, $39.95, Palm Beach Collection.
I’m looking for a new winter scent for my home. I’d like a candle with a warming fragrance to help create a comforting ambience on chilly evenings. What do you recommend?
Marion, via Instagram
There’s nothing better than burning a candle on a cold winter’s night to provide that instant ‘cosy’ factor. The new Clove & Sandalwood candle from Palm Beach Collection is my favourite scent this winter. It has a slightly masculine fragrance that reminds me of an outdoor cabin in the woods, with a big open fireplace that keeps everyone warm. Its heart notes of jasmine, cyclamen and rosewood, and base notes of cedarwood, musk and sandalwood make for the perfect night in.
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home CREATE YOUR DREAM BEDROOM WITH THE NEW MY DESIGN AND VENUS COLLECTIONS OF BESPOKE FURNITURE AT SNOOZE.
AUSTRALIAN-MADE STYLE All bedroom furniture in the My Design collection is expertly handcrafted in Australia. Celebrate the unique character of each piece, which is revealed through its grain, texture and colouration.
Pair contoured timber pieces with cosy fabrics in nature-inspired hues to create an inviting, relaxed bedroom. Crisp lines and natural good looks are hallmarks of the My Design extended headboard and floating base. They are constructed from feature-grade blackbutt veneer and complemented by tailored bedside tables – perfect for lovers of the Scandi style. Customise your headboard and base (and include additional storage, if you wish) in an array of stains and painted finishes. (Your bed can be made in a number of sizes from single to king to suit your needs).
“Strike a balance between natural and industrial with raw concrete and timber tones. Mossy green linen and wall colour help tie the two together, a bit of softness to balance out the harder materials.” Jono Fleming, Style Editor, Inside Out
NATURAL BEAUTY Bring warmth and character to the bedroom with the My Design bedside table in Native Tone stain. You can customise its size, shelf formation, feet and handles. It’s available as part of the My Design collection. Exclusive to Snooze.
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Warm hearted HARMONY REIGNS WHEN TIMBER BEDROOM FURNITURE IS TEAMED WITH DELICIOUSLY DEEP-TONED LINEN. EMBRACE THE BESPOKE BEAUTY OF THE MY DESIGN COLLECTION FROM SNOOZE TO CREATE YOUR ULTIMATE BEDROOM.
EARTHY DELIGHTS Complement your timber bed with bed linen in warm, mossy tones from Legend and Linen House. Shown here is the Legend Huxley queen quilt cover set in Moss and Linen House Loni throw in Charcoal.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS Give your bedroom a touch of luxe with the My Design floating base in a Native Tone stain. Or maybe youâ€™d like to choose one of many other bases available in the My Design collection to create your perfect bed. The blanket box, gas-lift and drawer bases are great for extra storage. Each piece is made from feature-grade blackbutt veneer and can be crafted in a variety of stains and painted finishes to suit your bedroom. Available as part of the My Design collection. Exclusive to Snooze.
Visit Snooze in-store or online at snooze.com.au to browse the entire Venus and My Design collections.
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Rich seams LET TEXTURE DO THE TALKING WITH THE LUXURIOUSLY QUILTED VENUS HEADBOARD FROM SNOOZE. COMPLETE THE LOOK WITH BOLD BED LINEN. SUCH A STRIKING PIECE OF BEDROOM FURNITURE DEMANDS IT.
BASE NOTES A modern take on a classic, the Venus floating bed bas is finished in Warwick ‘Bodhi Pebble’ fabric. Take your pick from a number of impressive bed-base styles, some featuring clever storage options. Each bed can be customised in a variety of Warwick upholstery fabrics to suit the style of your room. Available as part of the new Venus collection. Exclusive to Snooze.
Visit Snooze in-store or online at snooze.com.au to browse the entire Venus and My Design collections.
MOODY HUES A good-looking bed needs to be dressed in equally eye-catching bed linen. Shown here is the Linen House Nimes queen quilt cover set in Sangria.
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MODERN MARVEL Sophisticated and modern, the Venus pillow headboard is constructed from Warwick ‘Bodhi Pebble’ fabic. Available as part of the new Venus collection. Exclusive to Snooze.
Expertly crafted in Australia using premiumquality Warwick fabrics, the Venus bed frame is beautifully bold – the perfect piece for a contemporary bedroom. Team it with bed linen in the on-trend shades of sangria, rust and charcoal. The Venus bed can be customised to suit you. Explore the headboard and base combinations (some with additional storage) and experiment with elegant upholstery fabrics.
YOUR OWN WAY Showcase natural timber furniture with the My Design bedside table in a Native Tone stain. Or create your ideal bedside table – customise it to the size you want and incorporate the inclusions you love. Made from feature-grade blackbutt veneer, each bespoke bedside table is expertly crafted in various stains and painted finishes. Available as part of the My Design collection. Exclusive to Snooze.
“Texture goes hand in hand with style. Use velvet, wool and linen to create a cosy, inviting bed.” Cassie Huett, Senior Stylist, Snooze
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Tailored for you CREATE BEDROOM FURNITURE THAT’S PRACTICAL YET PERFECTLY PERSONAL WITH THE NEW, CUSTOMISABLE MY DESIGN AND VENUS COLLECTIONS FROM SNOOZE.
My Design extended headboard with optional upholstered pillows in Warwick ‘Vegas Steel’ fabric.
My Design tallboy with Ellipse handles in feature-grade blackbutt veneer in a Native Tone stain.
Complement your bed frame with bespoke bedroom furniture from the My Design collection at Snooze. Expertly made in Australia from feature-grade blackbutt veneer, the My Design furniture range is available in an array of stains and painted finishes. Each of the bedside tables, tallboys and chests in the collection are fully customisable and come in a range of sizes and with varying shelf formations, feet and handle options. For more of a generous bedside space for your lamp and night-time reading, opt for the My Design bedside table with Ellipse handles in feature-grade blackbutt veneer in a Native Tone stain.
STYLE NOTES 1. Accessories make a space truly yours. Carry the design aesthetic of the rest of your home through to the bedroom in your choice of lamps, vases and flowers. 2. Create a headboard that doubles as a headrest. Customise your upholstered pillows in various Warwick fabrics. 3. Introduce practicality with the option of incorporating a floating table shelf or USB port into selected beds from the My Design collection. 4. Create height and interest on your bedside table with stacked books topped with a trinket box.
Visit Snooze in-store or online at snooze.com.au to browse the entire Venus and My Design collections.
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Venus quilted pillow headboard in Warwick ‘Bodhi Pebble’ fabric.
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NATURAL BALANCE POTS
by STUDIO LORIER Forget me not! If you’re a plant lover with a tendency to over-water or under-water, this is the perfect pot for you – it has a built-in water reservoir that feeds the plant gradually for up to 28 days. The pot sits ﬂat when it’s full of water, and tilts to one side to remind you when it’s time to reﬁll. Handmade from stoneware in a choice of four colours, about $95* each.
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Beautiful yet functional, these products seem to have it all
by MUUTO Dial the light level up or down to suit your mood with this cool exposed-bulb design. Small enough to move around the house and ﬁt on any shelf, night stand or windowsill, it’s available in four colours (including Red), has an E27 dimmable 2W LED and is $280.
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by MENU Made for each other, this simple yet elegant dustpan and brush not only look great in a home, they will have you putting your hand up to clean… well, hopefully! The dustpan handle can be used as a funnel to get rid of dust, and there’s no more wondering where you put the brush down as it’s probably in the funnel. Also in Black, $139.
EENY MEENY MINY TRAYS
by BLU DOT If Marie Kondo has inspired you to get organised, why not trade that cardboard-box storage for this elegant bentwood tray set? It’s sure to spark joy and keep you putting things back in their place. Available in these colour options and a blue version, $159 each. bludot.com.au
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Bring the feel of haute cuisine into your home with these fabulous new ﬁnds
With its contemporary angled rim and delicate mouth-blown glass design, the Eva Solo champagne coupe is a delight to sip bubbles from, and looks ever so chic displayed on the table. $59.90 from Top3 by Design, top3bydesign.com.au
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Take your kitchen on a culinary tour of the world with these cookbooks
1 Bazaar by Sabrina Ghayour, $39.99, Hachette (hachette. com.au). Plant-based dishes full of Middle-Eastern flavours. 2 Tel Aviv by Haya Molcho, $49.99, Murdoch Books (murdochbooks.com.au). Israeli recipes and colourful stories shared by the woman who opened the first NENI restaurant. 3 Fire Islands by Eleanor Ford, $49.99, Murdoch Books (as before). A collection of creative yet totally achievable recipes that reflects the diversity of Indonesia.
Elevate your kitchen surfaces with Laminex’s Landscape Series. Inspired by the raw textures and natural tones of Australia’s terrain, the range includes laminate cabinetry in Spinifex, from $81.07 per sq m, laminex.com.au
boiling point Early mornings just got a little more stylish, thanks to the latest breakfast range from Sunbeam. The New York collection includes a kettle that lights up as it boils, and is available in three metallic colour options inspired the city’s bright lights and cosmopolitan aesthetic. $169, sunbeam.com.au
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We bet bacon and eggs taste better when served on this solid-timber Tate breakfastin-bed tray from Country Road. Plus, the legs are removable so it’s easy to pack away afterwards. $129, countryroad.com.au
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Redesigning your kitchen? Why not skip the usual stainless-steel or black scheme in favour of ILVE’s new Grigio Lusso series. These sophisticated grey appliances look sleek in any space. Single Electric Oven & 6 Burner Cooktop, $5999; ilve.com.au
Melbourne-based ceramicist Andrei Davidoff’s new Violet collection of tableware and vases is handmade, which means each piece is unique. Featuring a swipe of pastel colour, these Violet Beakers are designed to be mixed and matched. They’re $32 each from Jardan, jardan.com.au
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BELOW Fisher & Paykel 12kg ActiveIntelligence™ Front Loader Washer and Fisher & Paykel 9kg Heat Pump Dryer.
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The Anatomy of a Laundry Transforming your laundry into a stylish, efficient hub of home organisation and cleanliness is easier than you think. All it takes is a little planning, some creative thinking and the right appliances. Follow these tips to learn to love your laundry again. IDENTIFY YOUR NEEDS How many weekly loads do you wash? How much drying and folding do you do? What about storage? Assess each of these needs, giving thought to how they may change as your family grows and your lifestyle changes. SPATIAL PLANNING If space is at a premium, consider stacking your washer and dryer vertically to make best use of smaller rooms or cupboards. Alternatively, install side by side beneath the benchtop to maximise workspace. STORAGE Use high shelves for seasonal storage, and replace cupboards with drawers as they are more ergonomic and efficient, often ﬁtting more into the same space. ACOUSTICS A quiet laundry requires quiet appliances and sound insulation in the cabinetry and walls. With a smooth rotation at all speeds, Fisher & Paykel SmartDrive™ motors are among the quietest in the world.
Your washer and dryer should come together to make the perfect pair in form and function.
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GO GEOMETRIC Worship the ground you walk on with Fiandre’s ‘Colour Studio’ porcelain tile collection from Artedomus. Available in delicious colours such as biscuit, sage and malt, in traditional formats and fun geometric designs (pictured). Discover more at artedomus.com
Fisher & Paykel’s ‘Quad Door’ fridge and freezer is in the new wave of smart appliances. It cleverly analyses your usage and can adjust temperature and humidity accordingly. Now that's cool! $3699, fisherpaykel.com
made to last What’s new in the realm of renovation, from building materials to paint and appliances SURFACE VALUE After the look and durability of natural stone without the price tag? Enter the Dekton ‘Stonika’ collection by Cosentino. Its ultrarealistic appeal lies in the striking veined patterns, textures and compact surfaces that cleverly mimic real stone. Find out more at cosentino.com/au-en
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Your clothes deserve a super stylish and comfortable home, so give them one with new wardrobes from Freedom Wardrobes. Take your pick from four interior and 12 door finishes in walk-in, sliding, hinged and island designs. Visit freedomwardrobes.com.au
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Invite the outdoors into your bathroom with a bloomin’ beautiful Dutchmaster basin from Kohler. Its lush, bold floral design was inspired by the Dutch masters of the 17th century and created in collaboration with florography artist Ashley Woodson Bailey. Available in round or rectangular styles and two colourways; $1999. Go to kohler.com.au
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connecting people to nature, community and themselves through beautifully designed, sustainable homes is what Reece Stubbs is all about. Through his Melbourne company, The Sociable Weaver, he is doing just that. And the changes start small. On the firm’s construction sites, workers are handed KeepCups and attend regular meditation sessions. “We are trying to bring a softer, more connected culture to an industry with a reputation for being quite tough,” says Reece, the firm’s general manager, who works with a team of 25 people. It’s ambitious, but that hasn’t stopped The Sociable Weaver team before. They hold the record for the first 10 Star home in Victoria, built in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects. It self-heats and cools so the occupants will never see a utility bill. Building self-sustaining homes for long-term use while leaving a barely there human footprint is how they roll. To top it off, they plant 300 trees for every completed home at various locations around the area, in partnership with conservation group Odonata. Co-founded by Dave Martin, the head of numerous building companies, and OAM recipient Danny Almagor, who studied aerospace engineering before launching Engineers Without
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Borders and co-founding the social enterprise Small Giants, The Sociable Weaver is the real deal. And everything – from building to design – is done in-house, to streamline the process and expedite any changes along the way. Clients get all the specs and costs at the start so there are no surprises later on. “Our homes are practical, economical and available at a price point that makes architecturally designed, functional, healthy and environmentally conscious homes accessible to more buyers,” says Reece. It’s a philosophy they hope will make sustainable building and design the norm rather than the exception. Think materials built to stand the test of time – concrete slabs for good thermal mass (crucial in passive solar design); recycled brick (readily available from demolished properties); locally sourced radial sawn timbers for their hard-wearing properties; and hoop pine joinery, favoured for its strength and longevity. On a non-tangible level, clients are also offered ‘building biology’ services, such as feng shui, the identification of on-site pressure points (or energy build-up), space clearing (keeping a new home in harmony with the nature it’s in or surrounded by) and geopathic stress tests (to obtain information from the earth). “They’re not for everyone,” says Reece, “but part of our mission is to create non-toxic, healthy homes that are thoughtfully considered in every possible way.” The Sociable Weaver has projects from inner Melbourne to bush sites and, more recently, in Byron Bay. It’s also knee-deep in The Cape, a new eco-village in the Victorian coastal town of Cape Paterson, where Reece has completed his own weekender. By completion, there will be co-working spaces, electric car charge stations, gym stations, an orchard and 80,000 trees. The community vegetable garden is already full of tomatoes harvested for their annual Passata Day. Residents can engage The Sociable Weaver or any other contractor as long as they comply with a list of rules that includes no front fences and agree to native landscaping and dwellings with a minimum 7.5 Star energy rating and 10,000L water tank. “It’s a new way of living,” says Reece. “Our homes encourage living lightly on the planet. It’s how houses should be built.” The Sociable Weaver, Melbourne and Cape Paterson, Victoria; (03) 9068 3030 or thesociableweaver.com.au
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Renovating and building from scratch has taken on a whole new meaning for sustainable builder The Sociable Weaver, a holistic company named after a tiny African bird that builds spectacular communal nests
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Op Opposite Designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects, the wi 10 Star Home by The Sociable Weaver in Victoria’s Cape Paterson is 160 sq m of non-toxic living. This page, clockwise from top left The kitchen of clo the 10 Star Home. At the back, a beam is used to grow greenery along. Clare Cousins’ sketch of the front exterior. Another kitchen view, with Hannah Nowlan’s artwork Solar Sleeping Sun. Two of the 10 Star Home’s bedrooms. Workers stay refreshed with KeepCups. Another design is the Tiny House.
“We don’t dictate size but ask our clients to consider that, instead of two living areas, maybe they could just have one?” REECE STUBBS, THE SOCIABLE WEAVER
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Able to rotate 360 degrees, the Aether suspended wood-burning fireplace, $10,300 (supply only) from Aurora Suspended Fires, is at home inside or on a deck. Two Minds artwork by Dina Broadhurst.
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With no frame on the DS1400 gas fireplace, $10,999 (supply only), from Escea, your eye is drawn straight to the flame.
going for gas Captivating flame patterns, comfort control and very little maintenance make gas fires a hot favourite
PHOTOGRAPHY: TOM FERGUSON (OPPOSITE). DESIGN: THE DESIGNORY (OPPOSITE)
hen it’s chilly outside, there’s nothing more
appealing than a cosy ﬁre. Choose it well and the right ﬁreplace can also add focus and atmosphere to a space. “A ﬁreplace is so much more than just a source of heat,” says Melissa Bonney, director of The Designory (the-designory.com.au). “It’s something that people naturally gravitate towards, and where conversation happens.” Renovation and design expert Naomi Findlay (naomiﬁndlay.com) concurs, adding: “A beautiful ﬁreplace can bring texture, shape and style to a space. It also provides a great styling opportunity for accessories.” All manner of ﬁres are on offer, including sleek gas models, atmospheric wood-burning styles, slow-combustion stoves, plug-in-and-go electric designs, and eco-friendly bio-fuel models. Looks-wise, ﬁreplaces with pared-back lines and minimalist detailing are trending. “Fireboxes have become larger and their frames smaller as the frameless look gains traction,” says Jarrod Strauss, general manager at Stoke Fireplace Studio (stokeﬁres. com.au). “This creates the effect of a dramatic, contemporary ﬁreplace wall.” Pod-style ﬁreplaces that hang from the ceiling, double-sided and triple-sided models, and striking, contemporary takes on traditional slow-combustion heaters are other styles to consider if you want to make a statement. Whichever ﬁreplace you choose, you’ll also want to know that it can heat the space it’s going into. “Consider the heating power of the unit [which is measured in kilowatts], the volume of the room and how well it is insulated,” says Simon Guyon, director at Oblica (oblica.com.au). For a small living room, he recommends a gas or wood-burning ﬁreplace with between 4 and 7 kilowatts of power and, for a large, open-plan room, between 9 and 15 kilowatts. When it comes to convenience, gas ﬁres score top marks – just ﬂip a switch (or remote control) and away you go. There’s no messy clean-up and thermostat controls allow you to set your desired temperature. “Gas ﬁres are a great option for small homes, carpeted rooms and families with allergy considerations,” says Melissa. They’re becoming more convenient, too. Later this year, Real Flame (realﬂame.com.au) will introduce WiFi-connected models that allow you to activate your ﬁre from a smartphone.
Element 1800 high-efficiency gas fireplace, from $8499 (supply only), Real Flame.
Cypress GS2 freestanding gas fireplace, $5699 (supply only), Lopi.
864 Clean Face 31K GS2 gas fireplace, $6199 (supply only), Lopi.
Heat & Glo SLR-X gas fireplace, $7685 (supply only), Jetmaster Fireplaces Australia.
This XL900 Series ethanol burner, $3495 (supply only) from EcoSmart Fire, fits comfortably into a wall recess.
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Ghost ethanol fireplace, fireplace $2495 (supply only), EcoSmart Fire.
Stix fire pit, Sti ethanol th l fi it $1995 (supply only), EcoSmart Fire.
Pod40 ethanol fire bowl in Graphite, $2495 (supply only), EcoSmart Fire.
Aeris suspended ethanol fireplace, $3495 (supply only), Cocoon Fires.
Gas ﬁres remove the hassle and expense of sourcing wood. “If you have natural gas, the running cost will be less in areas where timber is not readily available,” explains James Kearsley, national sales and wholesale manager for Jetmaster Fireplaces Australia (jetmaster.com.au). Long and lean are the buzzwords in gas ﬁres, with Escea (escea.com.au) recently releasing its DS series of gas ﬁres that measure a whopping 2m wide. “Gas ﬁreplaces have really stepped up their game recently,” says Jarrod. “The fuel beds and ﬂame patterns look more natural and the ﬁreplaces are sleeker and more streamlined.” Expect to pay between $2000 and $35,000 for a gas ﬁre, adds Jeff Collins, national commercial sales manager at Glen Dimplex Australia (glendimplex.com.au). For many people, however, nothing compares to a ﬂickering ﬂame. A wood-burning ﬁre can heat a larger space than gas and, if you have ready access to logs, can be cheap to run. “They deliver on ambience, but the upkeep and effort to maintain and run them is greater than gas,” says Melissa. “You also need to think about storage for wood, both inside and out.” Choose between a built-in ﬁreplace and a freestanding style, such as a wood-burning stove or a suspended pod that hangs from the ceiling. Streamlined wood-burning stoves, which come in a range of colours and ﬁnishes, are making waves right now. “Simple ﬁreboxes installed on a concrete, brick or tiled bench are also popular,” says Simon. “They don’t require much masonry work and can be an affordable option.” If decent heating is a priority, be aware that a closed stove or slow-combustion heater will provide more efficient and longer-lasting heat than an open ﬁre. A wood-burning ﬁre will set you back between $1200 and $10,000. An electric ﬁre is a great option if you want a no-fuss heating solution that simply plugs into the wall. “Flame-effect ﬁres have improved enormously over the past few years, with technology making them look like real ﬂames,” says Jeff. Heat output on electric models ranges from about 1.5 to 2 kilowatts, warming rooms of up to about 20 sq m. But they can be energy guzzlers. “Look for a model with a four-star energy rating or above, or you’ll pay for it with your next power bill,” says Melissa. Electric ﬁreplaces range from about $500 to $4000. For eco-friendly heat, consider an ethanol ﬁreplace, which uses fuel made from plant by-products. They produce no smoke or mess, don’t need ﬂuing and can be installed anywhere from a kitchen island bench to inside built-in joinery. The XL series of built-in and freestanding ethanol ﬁreplaces by EcoSmart Fire (ecosmartﬁre.com.au) heats spaces of up to 60 sq m. Alternatively, go for a wood-pellet ﬁre, which uses pellets made from sawdust. They can heat anything from a room to a whole house and produce about ﬁve per cent of the smoke emissions of a log burner, at a cost of between $3000 and $6000 each.
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A modern solution can also have a traditional look. Just keep an eye on your power bills…
A full belly of ‘fuel’ keeps the Invicta ‘Argos’ wood heater, $1500 (supply only) from Oblica, hot for up to 10 hours.
Winston ‘Electraflame’ plug-in electric fireplace, $2499.95, Dimplex.
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Sherwood plug-in electric fireplace, $2799.95, Dimplex.
Wilton electric fireplace, $489.99 (supply only), Moda Living.
Hase ‘Sila’ woodburning fireplace, from $6990 (supply only), Oblica.
Focus ‘Paxfocus’ steel wood-burning fireplace, from $13,150 (supply only), Oblica.
Seguin ‘Aurore’ wood-burning cheminee fireplace, POA, Sculpt Fireplaces.
Stovax Studio 2 freestanding wood-burning fireplace, POA, Regency Fireplace Products.
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Fireplace, anyplace. With Escea gas fireplaces thereâ€™s no need to compromise on design. Flexible flue technology allows you to put the fire wherever you want and thereâ€™s also the freedom to surround your fireplace in any material you can think of, from timber to leather. The only limit is your imagination.
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CHECK MATE Well-known Finnish textile designer Vuokko EskolinNurmesniemi created this distinctive black-and-white pattern for Marimekko in 1954 and it’s as popular as ever. Vilja Iso Noppa cosmetic bag, $95. marimekko.com/au_en
in a spin The trend for simple, sleek tap handles has filtered down to even the most affordable brands. Take a look at the Spin half-turn basin set in Brushed Brass, $236. highgrovebathrooms.com.au
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Bathe surrounded by these subtle, neutral shades. 1 Avalon Gloss square tile, $100 per sq m, tilecloud. com.au. 2 Cement Pearl tile, $4.95 per 170mm x 520mm tile, nationaltiles.com.au. 3 Mutina ‘Lane Base’ mosaic tile, $240 per sq m for 79mm x 160mm, dilorenzo.com.au.
WASH & WEAR After a long, relaxing soak, wrap yourself up in a super-soft Ice Blue tartan waffle cotton bathrobe, $99 from Kip & Co, at least until you can convince yourself to get dressed and face the world! This design can also look cool by the pool. kipandco.com.au
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Everything new can look old again with a distinguished Voda custom spout, POA, and wall mixer, $694.98. Both are in a charming, aged Living Rustic Iron effect, to bounce off contemporary bathroom finishes. sussextaps.com.au
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skin tight Made by hand from nutrient-packed, plant-based oils and butters, Peach & Grey soaps are a luxe addition to your daily pampering regime. The Ocaso (grey), Linea (stripe) and Alba (spotted) soaps are $15 each. peachandgrey.com.au
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Your dream of loft living may be challenged by a flat ceiling but a solution will always come from above
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f you’re looking for an inventive way
to open up a room and bring in some light, exposed beams could be the answer. In timber-framed houses built in or before the 1920s, beams were a structural essential. After years of only being seen on dusty trips up to the attic, they’re now garnering serious attention. Removing a dropped ceiling to reveal original beams in a vaulted roof can turn a fairly ordinary room into a dramatic, light-filled space. Here are some practical things to consider first…
Before you rip out your ceiling, check the appearance of your existing beams and the spacing between them. Some standard ceiling joists have beams placed very close together, which doesn’t give the same aesthetic appeal as wider beams spaced more than a metre apart. Beams can be replaced, but you’ll need a structural engineer to advise you on this. Beams also work well on flat ceilings – but remember to take headroom into account if you’re thinking of adding them.
from the ceiling will keep the look uncluttered. It will also allow you to ‘zone’ the room, as different lights on the track can highlight different areas of the room. Linear LED lighting may be used on a dropped section of the ceiling, or closer to the floor for a more intimate feel. Hanging pendant lights on beams can also work, but make sure the beams are strong enough to hold their fixtures.
It might sound boring, but if beams aren’t kept clean the room will look tired very quickly. A long-handled duster is an easy way to keep things looking respectable, but you’ll need to wash your beams with soapy water every six months or so – which could mean climbing a ladder or even setting up a scaffold. Beams above kitchen hobs can get rather grimy so bear that in mind when considering which colour to paint them.
HIGH BEAMS Horizontal beams usually run along the shortest length of the room to bear weight, but running them along the longest wall will make the room seem bigger. A ceiling fan is great for circulating the hot air that rises to the top of a high vaulted ceiling. In this upper-level sunroom by Dan Gayfer Design (both pages), the fan is the same colour as the exposed beams to help it blend in.
Reclaimed wood beams can look beautiful in a country cottage or farm house. Faux-wood beams made from polyurethane can be a good alternative if wood is too heavy for your ceiling. Both wood and composite-wood beams should be treated to prevent rot, woodworm or colour changes. If you’re after an industrial feel, steel beams can bring a strong look to a space. When replacing or adding new beams, always seek the advice of an engineer to make sure the ceiling can support their weight.
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Original wood beams usually have a charming, rustic feel, but beams don’t have to look natural to work. Painting your beams the same colour as the walls will give the room a light, contemporary feel. For a hint of contrast, choose one shade lighter to really lift the ceiling and bring even more light into the space. Conversely, glossy black beams can bring a chic, minimalist room to life.
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Some advertised products may not be available in-store, but may be ordered. Curtains available in WA at Bunnings Armadale and Bunbury. Accessories are not available at Bunnings.
Step outside It’s easy to think of blinds or curtains as an interiors essential but they’re a brilliant addition to an outdoor area too. During the cooler months, blinds will help make your space cosier and more inviting. Add some throws and an outdoor heater and your outdoor space is useble throughout the cooler months. Come summer, wellplaced blinds for screening or on a Western side of the house will help keep the area cool and ideal for your next get-together with friends or family.
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Finishing touch BLINDS AND CURTAINS ARE A BRILLIANT WAY TO ADD THE FINAL TOUCH TO AN INSIDE ROOM OR OUTSIDE SPACE – AND THEY’RE EASIER THAN YOU THINK.
art function part fashion, blinds and curtains have an essential place in any room and ironically, when done well, they can almost disappear. Never an afterthought, blinds or curtains will play a key role in screening, managing light, privacy and mood. For the initial investment, the return is actually quite sizeable. Whether you’re updating a room or creating a new space, there are three key things to keep in mind before planning your purchase: 1. Screening. Window furnishings are a great way to maintain privacy from close neighbours, look towards venetians, sheer curtains or privacy blinds. 2. Cleaning. If you don’t like cleaning or maintaining, look for darker colours that will show less dirt less quickly. 3. Size. There are so many sizes of windows and doors that standard sizes will definitely not fit all. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy off-theshelf products. Having your choice cut to size will help ensure you have a bespoke finish without compromising the final look or function.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Coolaroo 2.4 x 2.4m Premium Pelmet Exterior Blind with Handcrank in Charcoal, $167; Windoware 1200 x 2230mm Blockout Eyelet Curtain in Barcelona White, $48 each; Markisol 270 x 240cm Uno Sheer Indoor Roller Blind in Ivory, $150; Windoware 600mm x 1500 x 45mm Venetian Blind in Western Red Cedar, $69.
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A conﬂuence of shapes and plants revives a small suburban plot The owners of this garden had a long wishlist for its transformation, and Ian Barker Gardens expertly incorporated everything into the new 95 sq m space. Raising the ﬂat area beside the fence to include the swimming pool and spa – with a timber-batten screen housing a waterfall feature – was just one of their many bright ideas. But perhaps most attention-grabbing of all are the offset bluestone pavers down one side, which dance in and out of a variety of plantings. Smart! landscape.net.au
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Landscape designer Adam Robinson rezoned this garden and made the L-shaped built-in seat its centrepiece. Neighbour screening on the side and feature screening at the rear (on right, not visible) draw the eye to the centre of the garden and away from the now-concealed cars.
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before& after SPECIAL
Finding a clever way to conceal the family cars led to a new outlook for the owners of this Sydney home
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Top The splashback of the barbecue area ties in with the garden’s other decorative tiles. Above Adam Robinson. Opposite Instead of concealing the two-car garage with a fixed screen, Robinson opted for a retractable screen that can be closed to door width for small gatherings or opened almost fully for parties. The occasional table at the built-in seat makes a conversation space, but swap it for an outdoor dining table and you have an alfresco meal spot.
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hen you live in a busy, bustling suburb, you want your garden to be a sanctuary from the hectic world beyond the gate. That’s not easy to achieve when your outlook takes in a paved parking spot and an ugly roller door. Yet challenges often give rise to wonderful solutions. At a terrace house in Sydney’s Balmain, dealing with this conundrum led to a transformation that created a whole new vista. Homeowners Sophie and Adam Trippe-Smith were fed up with looking at their car at the end of the garden. While the couple’s two children, son Emerson, 11, and daughter Tatum, 8, had a patch of lawn to play on, the only outdoor space to relax or entertain in was a small barbecue area next to the house. Sophie enlisted the help of landscape designer Adam Robinson, who could see that the highly visible parking spot was a problem. He decided to knock out the roller door, widen the entrance and build a garage big enough to house (and hide) both of the family’s cars. That could have left them looking at a plain expanse of wall, so he designed a beautiful laser-cut screen made from powdercoated aluminium instead. “I wanted to create a garage that didn’t look like a garage – one that was quite ornamental and which felt like a part of the garden rather than an awful blank wall to stare at,” Robinson explains. “There’s a lacework pattern to the screen that makes it feel stylish and architectural, but also brings a sense of softness.” The screen can be opened to just a door’s width, or can be slid back fully. This means the family can use the space when they have parties, barbecues and the like. “I love the flow-through feeling the screen creates, and it works really well on a practical
BARBECUE AREA SPLASHBACK AND TILES UNDER BUILT-IN SEAT, ONSITE SUPPLY & DESIGN. CUSTOM CUSHIONS MADE USING SCHUMACHER FABRIC. HARI SCREEN (OPPOSITE) DESIGNED BY ADAM ROBINSON. TERRACE OCCASIONAL TABLE, TAIT
“The lacework pattern to the screen makes it feel stylish and architectural but also brings a sense of softness” ADAM ROBINSON, LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
Lush tropical greenery and cloud topiary make for a sophisticated yet playful scheme
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Above Sick of looking at their cars, the family now loves the rear aspect. The timber-like plank tiles are similar to the internal floorboards and softened by mondo-grass borders. Opposite A large round mirror in the corner reflects light and views as you move around the space.
level,” says Sophie. “Caterers can come in and set up in the opened-up garage, with beer and wine on tap for guests.” Sophie wanted the garden to be an oasis that contrasts with the wonderful riot of colour inside her recently renovated home. “I love being surrounded by colour, but I didn’t want the outside to be so intense,” she explains. “I wanted it to be serene, calm and lush, with lots of green.” With that in mind, Robinson chose plants with a variety of heights and foliage. “It was all about shape and texture instead of flowers,” he says. The rounded forms of cloud trees appear to float across the garage screen, further softening the screen without blocking it. Large bird-of-paradise plants (Strelitzia nicolai) give a thick, palm-tree effect along one side of the garden. Large timber-look ceramic tiles extend the indoors out through the garden. These are divided by strips of mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus nana) to prevent the area looking “like a concrete jungle”, says Robinson. “We used an outdoor version of tiles that were used inside the house. This creates a seamless flow, while the grass strips bleed the landscape into the hard elements.” Another priority was to create different seating areas in which to relax, eat or entertain. The family now have a variety of options, with furniture that can be mixed and matched. In front of the garage screen, Robinson designed a cantilevered L-shaped wooden bench that’s perfect for lounging on. Adding an occasional table and chairs turns it into the ultimate relaxation spot, but when the those pieces are swapped out for an outdoor dining table (placed alongside the bench) up to 10 people can eat there. Equally, the table can be moved to the redesigned barbecue area next to the house. In line with Sophie’s desire for a calm space, Robinson had the walls painted a dark grey-blue (Dulux Basalt), which he matched with the powdercoating on the garage screen. “Darker walls make the courtyard feel bigger because they allow the boundaries to recede,” he says. “Light walls would have been overpowering, because of the amount of sun the garden gets.” For Sophie, the garden is exactly the kind of sanctuary she wanted. “You leave the hustle and bustle up the road, you walk through the house, and then the garden is like a breath of fresh air,” she says. “It’s just so calming.” Adam Robinson Design, Paddington, NSW; (02) 8354 1077 or adamrobinsondesign.com
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“I love colour but wanted the outside to be serene, calm and lush, with lots of green”
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BATTEN DOWN – OR ACROSS On-trend slim slats guarantee privacy and contrast with the concrete of this Mornington Peninsula home by Planned Living Architects and MadeBuild. Landscaping by Acre.
Timber-batten gates look great in modern architectural homes, and where privacy or security require a door-style gate. This slatted style is versatile and effective, whether the battens are vertical or horizontal. Customise the timber dimensions – slim battens create a contemporary profile, while wider ones gives a chunkier look. You can adjust the spacing, too – go narrow for limited see-through and wider for a lighter, breezier, more open effect. For a slick look, select straight, evenly spaced battens. Kiln-dried hardwood is a good choice for this. Its natural timber qualities soften masonry walls, concrete and glass, and it looks fantastic close up, making it smart where the gate is visible from inside. A pale tone has a lighter feel while a deeper tone has a warmer effect. If you live by the sea or prefer low maintenance, install straight-edged battens in powdercoated aluminium.
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Metal gates are secure and solid and bespoke ones are an investment. Wrought iron lends itself to distinctive designs for architectural styles ranging from traditional Victorian to Art Deco to sleek modern. It looks brilliant with most wall and paving materials, especially natural stone, plus it’s strong, making wrought iron outstanding for security gates. Galvanised wrought iron is also rust-resistant. The beauty and balance of a custom metal gate lies in the pattern proportions, determined by the gate’s height and width. This gives you a wide array of variables when choosing a gate size and style. Vertical rods suit contemporary settings; just make sure they’re close enough together if you need to keep little ones inside, but go for more width if you’re after an almost-invisible look. Add unique artistic details such as a street number, hand-forged design or leaf-blocking metal plate base. For a more traditional look, think about a flourish of scrollwork, twists, decorative panels or a flower motif. More cost-effective off-the-shelf tubular steel and rust-proof aluminium gates, both powdercoated, are also available.
METAL DETECTOR What they lack in bulk, the vertical rods guarding this Melbourne home make up for in visual appeal. House design by NTF Architecture; interiors by Doherty Design Studio.
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COMING THROUGH This sliding gate to a Sydney home by Philip Abram Architects has a hardwood frame with plaited-metal insert. Landscaping by Spirit Level Designs.
PALING POWER A dark painted picket gate and fence blends into the greenery leading to this bayside Melbourne home by Matyas Architects.
picket While many dream of a white picket fence, a picket gate is just as chic – with or without the fence. One of the simplest types of gate, it is a charming ﬁt with classic weatherboard cottages and heritage-style Queenslanders. That said, a picket gate can be easily adapted to a more modern look with a discerning choice of shape and colour. Picket palings are usually hardwood or treated pine (best painted or stained), in a variety of shapes. Square tops create a crisp proﬁle that suits contemporary settings, especially when painted black or in a moody grey or blue tone. Classic styles are rounded or pointed, and more decorative options include acorn, Gothic, Colonial or Windsor – typically in white or an accent colour from the house. Deﬁne the gate’s character with a shaped top. Pick arched for traditional, scooped for a view beyond, or straight across for a no-nonsense look. 138 | INSIDE OUT
Mesh gates create an enchanting yet practical approach, preserving views and airﬂow while keeping kids and animals safe. Small-gauge mesh that little feet can’t climb gives a smart, grid-like look that works well in urban situations, and larger-gauge mesh suits a country style. Woven-wire mesh has a subtle look that complements heritage architecture, especially California bungalows. Welded mesh comes in a range of sizes or gauges that create a pattern of squares or rectangles (depending on the wire spacing; the smaller the gauge, the more screening). Woven wire, or emu wire, is perfect for a vintage-style home. Both mesh and wire are available in an unpainted, galvanised ﬁnish or powdercoating of your choice.
big numbers If you want your house number to stand out, there are plenty of options to choose from.
From left Society 8.5cm x 5.1cm blackened-steel #2, $8, The Society Inc. Traditional 7.5cm x 4cm solid-brass #8, $7.95, Schots Home Emporium. Wall-mounted 14cm-high powdercoated stainless-steel #1, $65, and 14cm-high terracotta #5 and #4, $70 each, all Robert Plumb.
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RIGHT ON POINT Timber’s durability can’t be faulted, and its design versatility is seen in this striking chevron pattern, enlivening a home renovated by Melbourne’s Foomann Architects.
timber Who can go past the beauty of natural timber? Its colour, grain and texture deliver a warmth we can all relate to. Wood is strong and ﬁts in well with other solid materials, such as raw brick or stone, and rendered masonry walls. Highly versatile, it is suited to most settings Solid timber is also impenetrable to the eye so it maintains privacy – but you can of course add peep holes at the human or pet levels. Timber palings are generally cypress pine, treated pine or hardwood, ready to be oiled or stained to weatherproof and impart a colour tone. Palings in a vertical arrangement without gaps are traditional, but they work horizontally, too. After something distinctive? A diagonal style is perfect for a dynamic architectural vibe. INSIDE OUT | 139
This page Fresh flowers and produce tables with marble and shell displays are signature elements of all the Boathouse venues. Opposite “Barrenjoey House is heritage-listed and a local icon, so we wanted to retain its character while refreshing the building,” says owner/designer Pip Goldsmith.
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t’s totally new – but not new at all. Barrenjoey House has
In the upper reaches of Sydney’s northern beaches, a newly renovated guesthouse is stopping traffic WORDS ELIZA O’HARE PHOTOGRAPHY JESSIE ANN HARRIS
been the hot stop for Palm Beach locals since forever. For years, the art deco-vibe guesthouse was the only place to stay on the Palm Beach peninsula, and the restaurant below – with its collection of shAded tables on the footpath across from the Pittwater ferry – made for a great day-trip destination before the hour and a half drive back to the city. Now, locals Pip and Andrew Goldsmith hold the keys and have orchestrated a revamp in the style of their existing restaurant portfolio – the Boathouse Group – which includes The Boathouse cafes in Palm Beach, Balmoral and Shelly Beach, as well as Moby Dicks in Whale Beach, the pub at Patonga and a homewares store just
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This page, main picture The Palm Beach Ferry jetty and beach directly opposite Barrenjoey House. Clockwise from top left All the furniture was custom-designed and there are artworks by Ash Holmes throughout. The lampshades and their fabric are available to purchase at The Boathouse Home. Ditto for the fish-motif plates, $88, and striped napkins, $5 each. Opposite page, clockwise from top left One of the guestrooms. Go-to sharing dish Scallops with Corn Purée and Salmon Roe. The light and airy restaurant on ground level. Seating in the guest lounge, with a Cadrys rug and more fabrics from The Boathouse Home. Top-floor Loft Room.
up the road (selling some of the barefoot-luxury pieces used across all of their properties). Think custom shell-encrusted mirrors, hand-stretched print lampshades and beautiful original works by artists such as local talent Ash Holmes. Originally, Barrenjoey House was a traditional guesthouse with shared bathrooms. Post-renovation, each of the six rooms on the second floor has a new look and a cute, beach-inspired bathroom. On the top floor, the super-sized Loft Room with its quirky corners has been made even more inviting. Only guests have access to the chic private lounge/library and courtyard, where they can order cocktails and a cheese plate to share. Downstairs in the heritage-listed area, Pip has refreshed and brightened all the shared spaces. This has always been a coldchampagne-and-oyster sort of destination, but the new restaurant headed up by Petr Buchel has shifted gears. Everything is generous in that casual Italian way. It’s all big – oversized lampshades, impressive hand-painted fish plates, overflowing bowls of lemons and masses of hydrangeas and frangipani blooms – and suggests plates loaded with deliciousness will soon follow. And that’s exactly what happens. Heaving plates of rare yellowfin tuna spaghetti land before us in no time. Owner Andrew Goldsmith sympathises as he reassures us quietly that we’re not required to eat it all. We want to, but have already seen some desserts walking past and won’t be able to resist. Barrenjoey House is about indulgence, after all. Barrenjoey House, 1108 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach; (02) 9974 4001 or barrenjoeyhouse.com.au
PHOTOGRAPHY: GORDON BELL/ALAMY (THIS PAGE). SELECT PIECES OF FURNITURE IN LOFT ROOM (OPPOSITE), BEACHWOOD DESIGNS. CABINETRY BY JOEL TAYLOR OF TAYLOR MADE
The Palm Beach peninsula has views of the sunrise over the surf to the east and sunset over Pittwater to the west. If you’re high up on the ridge, you’ll get both
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Palm Beach pit stops Only 44km from Sydney, Palm Beach is dotted with some of the most beautiful houses in the country, and a host of upmarket design destinations to spend time in Best room The Loft at Barrenjoey House, built into the roof and with a prized view over Pittwater. Breakfast The Greedy Goat, a five-minute walk toward Avalon at 1031 Barrenjoey Road. Parking Not included, so drop your bags and head south by a block or two to find overnight spots. Don’t miss A swim at Kiddies Corner, the calm south end of Palm Beach, near the ocean baths. Travel tip If you’re heading back to Sydney on a Sunday, hit the road before 4pm or wait until the traffic eases after 6pm. If you’re flying in by seaplane, no need to worry!
WHERE TO SHOP
Bassike Shop 11–13 Macmillan Court, Avalon Parade, Avalon Ground zero for smart-casual and sustainable Australian fashion. Ginger & Smart 11 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach Local design favourites. Mama Papa 11/20 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach Beautiful white cotton pieces and French vintage homewares. Pony Rider 10 Robertson Road, Newport A curated selection of earthy home accessories.
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MUSHROOM RAGU WITH SPAGHETTI
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Slow-cook dinners that are short on prep time and long on flavour
RECIPES ROSS DOBSON PHOTOGRAPHY JEREMY SIMONS STYLING VANESSA AUSTIN
MEXICAN PRAWNS WITH CORIANDER RICE
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INDIAN SPICED ROOT VEGETABLES
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Indian spiced root vegetables Rather like an exotic bubble and squeak, but starting with raw vegies and giving them an Indian twist. There’s no need to wait until you have leftovers from a roast dinner to give this a try. As well as being a comforting supper, it makes an awesome brunch, topped with your favourite style of egg. I can never get enough boiled eggs, and I’m particularly partial to a roughly chopped hard-boiled egg. SERVES 4 PREPARATION 20 minutes COOKING about 4 hours
Mushroom ragu with spaghetti Mushrooms can be partnered with pretty much the same ingredients as beef; tomatoes, red wine and strong-flavoured herbs spring to mind. I would probably avoid more delicate mushroom varieties, such as oyster and enoki, here as they won’t benefit from slow cooking as much as the more robust button mushrooms and Swiss browns. For a gluten-free meal, simply serve with some mashed potato or polenta instead of the pasta.
1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2cm (¾in) piece ginger, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon chilli flakes 3 tablespoons chicken or vegetable stock 4 small waxy potatoes, halved 200g (7oz) pumpkin, skin on and cut into wedges 2 small parsnips, peeled and quartered 4 hard-boiled eggs handful mint leaves handful flat-leaf parsley leaves lime wedges, to serve
SERVES 4 PREPARATION 20 minutes COOKING about 2½ hours VEGETARIAN
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1 Heat your slow cooker to High. 2 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over the high heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes until aromatic. Stir through the cumin and chilli and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in the stock, then remove from the heat. 3 Tumble the potatoes, pumpkin wedges and parsnip pieces into the bowl of the slow cooker. 4 Pour the stock mixture over the vegetables, then cover and cook for 3 hours. Give everything a gentle stir so you don’t break up the vegies too much, then cover and cook for 1 hour, until the vegetables are tender. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if you like. 5 Transfer to a serving platter. Peel and roughly chop the hardboiled eggs, then scatter over the vegetables, along with the herbs. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
With very little conscious eﬀort on my part, much of the food I make in my slow cooker is gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian
1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 400g (14oz) can crushed tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée) 2 teaspoons vegetable stock powder 2 teaspoons cornflour 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce small handful tarragon leaves large handful finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 cups (180g) small button mushrooms 2 cups (180g) quartered Swiss brown mushrooms ¼ cup (10g) chopped dried porcini mushrooms ½ cup (125g) light sour cream 300g (10½oz) wholemeal spaghetti ½ cup (50g) finely grated parmesan, to serve 1 Heat your slow cooker to High. 2 Put the olive oil into a large frying pan over the high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock powder, cornflour, soy sauce, tarragon, most of the parsley (reserving a little to scatter over the finished dish) and ¼ cup (60ml) water. Season generously with salt and pepper, then tip the lot into the bowl of the slow cooker. 3 Add the mushrooms and give everything a good stir. Cover and cook for 2 hours, until the mushrooms are tender and the sauce is thick and rich. 4 Working quickly to avoid losing too much heat, stir through the sour cream. Cover and cook for a further 30 minutes. 5 Towards the end of the cooking time, cook the spaghetti in boiling water according to the packet instructions. Drain well. 6 Serve the mushroom ragu with the spaghetti, scattered with the parmesan and reserved parsley.
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Chicken with pomegranate molasses, prunes and potatoes
My pantry is full of healthy slow-cooker essentials: canned tomatoes and beans, dried beans and legumes, pasta and noodles
Mexican prawns with coriander rice
Your slow cooker makes really good steamed rice, as it works in much the same way as a rice cooker. Just make sure you give the rice a thorough rinse beforehand. Once the rice is cooked, you can top it with light ingredients (nothing too heavy or the rice will turn into a stodgy mess). Try this zesty tomato-based sauce with prawns (or fillets of white fish, if you prefer). I tend to avoid adding frozen seafood directly to the slow cooker because it releases too much water. If you are using frozen prawns, make sure they are completely thawed and then pat dry with paper towel. SERVES 4 PREPARATION 20 minutes COOKING 2½ hours GLUTEN-FREE
400g (14oz) can whole tomatoes 2 tablespoons chipotle sauce 1 white onion, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped large handful roughly chopped coriander (cilantro) 2 tablespoons lime juice 1½ cups (300g) long-grain rice 12 large raw prawns, peeled and deveined but with tails intact handful baby spinach leaves handful coriander (cilantro) leaves, to serve lime wedges, to serve 1 Heat your slow cooker to High. 2 Put the tomatoes, chipotle sauce, onion, garlic, coriander and lime juice into a food processor and process until you have a smooth sauce. Tip into a large bowl and set aside. 3 Rinse the rice in a fine sieve under the cold tap until the water runs clear. Drain well, then tip into the bowl of the slow cooker. Add 2 cups (500ml) water, cover and cook for 1½ hours, until almost all the liquid has been absorbed. 4 Stir the prawns into the bowl of tomato sauce, then gently pour over the rice in the slow cooker, spreading the prawns out so they don’t overlap. Cover and cook for 1 hour, until they are pink and cooked through. 5 Serve in bowls with baby spinach and coriander leaves on the side, and lime wedges for squeezing over the top.
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With two or three hours of cooking, chicken thighs are rendered melt-in-your-mouth tender. Because of the long cooking time I always use a firm potato variety, as floury potatoes would just fall apart. If you are super-organised, you could make this luscious chicken casserole the day before and refrigerate it, then reheat just before serving; the flavours will only improve with an overnight rest. SERVES 4 PREPARATION 25 minutes COOKING 3 hours GLUTEN-FREE
8 chicken thigh fillets 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large brown onions, cut into thin wedges 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ras el hanout (North African spice mix) 1½ cups (375ml) chicken stock 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses pinch saffron strands 6 small waxy potatoes, skin on, halved 12 pitted prunes handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped large handful mint leaves 1 Trim all the fat from the chicken and discard. Cut each thigh in half and refrigerate until needed. 2 Heat your slow cooker to High. 3 Put the olive oil into a frying pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and fry for about 5 minutes, until soft and golden. Stir through the cumin, cinnamon, ginger and ras el hanout and season generously with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. 4 Put the stock, cornflour, pomegranate molasses and saffron strands into the bowl of the slow cooker, stirring to dissolve the cornflour. Scrape in the contents of the frying pan and stir to combine, then add the chicken, potato, prunes and parsley. Mix thoroughly, then cover and cook for 2 hours. 5 Give everything a good stir, then quickly cover again to avoid losing too much heat. Cook for 1 hour, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and fragrant. 6 Serve with mint leaves on the side to tear up and scatter over.
This is an edited extract from The Healthy Slow Cooker by Ross Dobson (Murdoch Books, $35), which is out June 3. Photography by Jeremy Simons; styling by Vanessa Austin.
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This month, we opt for full transparency by singling out the Gweilo table lamp This beautiful design embraces the idea of harnessing light and turning it into physical sculpture. Created by European studio-towatch Parachilna, it’s handmade from see-through acrylic embedded with an LED strip. As the lamp is also available in a number of larger floor versions, there’s bound to be a swirling shape that suits your style or – possibly outdoor – space. Gweilo acrylic table lamp (35cm x 40cm), $1159, Ke-zu; kezu.com.au
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Supports and cushions your heel.
The FRANKiE4 specialised footbed is built-in to our sandals and heels, and adjustable in all our boots, sneakers and fats.
Aims to improve foot, ankle, and lower-limb alignments.
Enhances comfort and supports your forefoot.
Founded by Podiatrists and a Physiotherapist, FRANKiE4s are created with body mechanics in mind. The designs aim to alleviate and prevent heel and arch pain, plantar fasciitis and forefoot pain. www.frankie4.com.au
Make an understated impression. Available in five neutral colours, from subtle, lighter tones through to bolder, darker hues, COLORBOND steel Matt diffuses light to create a soft and textured appearance. Tested in some of Australiaâ€™s harshest conditions, its strength and durability are perfect counterpoints to its designer appearance. Visit COLORBOND.COM/MATT or call 1800 702 764
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