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Welcome Like the spring flowers blossoming from their stems, I too become revitalised in this beautiful season. With the floral scents drifting through the air and the sun warming my skin I find I am propelled into action around the home.
ike many people, I go on a spring cleaning and styling blitz — spritzing and feathering my nest. This is further fuelled at the moment with the impending arrival of my first baby, as I put together a dear little nursery just for them. The Spring Edit from page 30 targets these global phenomena with a local flair, starting with a styling report — where cotton and linens, blooms and artificial flowers, light timber and pops of colour reign supreme. Flip to page 60 where the mindset to successful spring cleaning is discussed, page 63 for an on-trend take on organising the home, page 64 for a hugely successful wardrobe renovation and top tips for those considering one, and page 68 for veterinarian insight into how to keep your home clean and tidy while enjoying your pet’s company inside. Among the gorgeous local homes featured in this edition is one that packs an architectural punch; a home made from shipping containers which were once used at the Port of Melbourne — read from page 9. Some fun little reads include a wallpaper spread detailing the latest paper-art trends from page 27; a craftsperson profile on an origami-maker from page 93; a monochrome-luxe bathroom renovation from page 72; tips on creating a sustainable kitchen from page 74; and some delicious
summer canapes and an accompanying book giveaway from page 95. Head outdoors for some gardening finesse with our spring/summer planting how-to on page 86, on page 89 we have a pool with an impressive mural backdrop, and on page 90 a profile on a creative DIY-er who made their own chicken coop. Whether you are nesting inside or hitting the garden this spring, I wish you a happy and floral-filled season! DAMITA LAMONT EDITOR OUR HOME
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Emerging alongside the Goulburn Valley Highway, a stunning container home makes an impact. Â»
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A stunning glass staircase leads to the homeâ€™s guest retreat. 10
James and Rachel Briggs have made the unique space the perfect place to raise their children Connor, 2, and six-month-old Aria.
project for husband and wife James and Rachel Briggs, the unique four-bedroom container home is a bold creation that has captured the attention of many across the region. The inspiration to transform the shipping containers, which once called the Port of Melbourne home, into a distinctive house came from an unlikely source. Captivated by how the containers had been used as housing for relief workers in the wake of an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, James spent two years translating his vision into reality. “You always want to push the limit, don’t you? You didn’t want it to just be ordinary,” Rachel said to James. “I wanted it to be as different as possible,” James said. Each aspect of the home has been carefully considered, including the
structural supports for one of the containers which have been covered in mirrors to give the illusion that the container is floating. With the containers fully sealed, James said the space was incredibly energyefficient, achieving upwards of a six star energy rating. Able to be largely constructed off-site, the containers were then manoeuvred into place by crane before the final fit-outs. With the former shipping containers angled to take in varying aspects of their surroundings, James said every angle and every decision was made with a deliberate purpose in mind. Even the external cladding of the container home lends a unique design aspect. The rusting exterior takes on a life of its own as it’s exposed to harsh winds, brisk
frosts and rain, and beating summer sun, with the home constantly transformed. “It always changes. Every couple of months it looks different,” James said. A stunning glass staircase connects the main home to the guest retreat which features a fully equipped kitchen and a stunning bathroom. Bespoke concrete touches throughout combine with natural timber to create a harmonious and effortlessly sleek space. Offering scenic views across lush paddocks, the self-contained container is also earmarked as a future master bedroom for James and Rachel when now sixmonth-old Aria and two-year-old Connor are older. In the children’s rooms the space has been maximised, with floor to ceiling windows offering a unique view of the vast greenery. » OUR HOME
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Wardrobes are tucked away in the bedhead of Connor’s stylish white and grey bed, while in Aria’s room a playful space is created with soft furnishings. Industrial materials are used throughout the rest of the home, with a staircase made from old railway sleepers, and a study nook featuring a raw timber wall and a smooth concrete desk. In the kitchen, subway tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern offer a modern take on classic style, while storage is maximised to ensure the sleek kitchen remains fully functional for the family’s daily lives. Even the outdoor spaces deliver the versatility the family needs. One container has been transformed into a second living space with a pool table, while bi-fold doors offer views to the pool and undercover entertaining room. Attached to the four-car garage, James and Rachel said the space offers the opportunity to convert one half of the garage to further living space, simply by putting up an additional wall. With a roof-top offering spectacular views —“On a clear day you can see the top of the Strathbogie Ranges,” James says — and a container transformed into a theatre room, the home offers vast spaces for entertaining as well. It’s been a worthwhile challenge for the couple, who said they were thrilled to see the home come together, and the unique, intricate and modern design was the perfect space to call their own. OUR HOME
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rom natural textures to bold prints, modern wallpaper designs can rejuvenate a blank wall and make it the piece of art in a room. Interior designer Paula Dohrman from Walls & Windows said wallpaper was a stylish yet inexpensive way to completely transform a space. “Because it is quite affordable and easy you don’t have to be scared,” Paula said. “You don’t have to have it for the rest
of your life, you’re allowed to have it for a couple of years and then it’s really easy to take it off.” Adding a burst of colour, encapsulating a mood and creating movement, Paula said wallpaper could create a statement feature wall or a have more subtle effect when used to cover a whole room; it all depended on what design was chosen. “In a bedroom you can do dramatic florals, or you can go subtle backdrops
with corals and even soft blues,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be a big wall or a little wall, it can be at the end of a hallway, one wall in a bedroom, it can be above a shelving unit, behind a TV.” If you are dreaming of adding an element of timber, stone or brick to a home, using wallpaper can achieve a realistic effect without the hefty price tag. All wallpapers available at Walls & Windows, Shepparton.
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LIGHTEN& BRIGHTEN now that spring is here
As the sun begins to peek through the clouds, it is time to shake off the winter blues by welcoming spring into your home.
Photography by Lisa Cohen. Styling by Tess Newman-Morris. Products: Barefoot Gypsy available at Walls & Windows, Shepparton.
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A light coloured rug is a simple way to invite spring into a space.
Once the heavy winter throws are hidden away, style a room with soft furnishings that are both light in colour and fabric.
ransitioning into spring means putting away the warm winter doonas, cosy fur throws and velvet cushions and replacing them with a fresh and light alternative — think cotton, linen and colour. Interior designer Paula Dohrman from Walls & Windows said there were plenty of small tweaks that would breathe light into any space.
“Go crazy and buy a new doona for yourself, add sprinkles of colour with cushions, look at greenery in the bedroom or a lighter colour rug,” Paula said. “Look at some lighter colour timbers as coffee tables and side pieces — light timber is beautiful.” If spring cleaning mode has got you thinking about investment pieces, try changing it up with a new feature wall,
Photography by Lisa Cohen. Styling by Tess NewmanMorris. Products: Barefoot Gypsy available at Walls & Windows, Shepparton.
occasional chair or pendants. While fresh blooms conjure up memories of spring, Paula suggests opting for long-lasting faux flowers and greenery. “Artificial flowers are just amazing,” she said. “They have really tried to make them look as realistic as possible. “You pay once and they’re there forever — it’s money well spent.” OUR HOME
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Hoopers Road Dookie
A timeless residence overlooking picturesque Dookie Hills. Kevin Hicks Real Estate were extremely pleased to be chosen as the selling agents for “The Chateau” on Hoopers Road in the renowned Dookie farming district. “The Chateau” was built in the 1880s by John Curtain, one of the developers of the original Dookie vineyard, and has only had 3 owners since. The property is being Auctioned by Kevin Hicks Real Estate on October 5th 2018 and has attracted local and interstate interest. Selling agent – Chris Drum said “The Chateau” would make a comfortable family home, a bed and breakfast, has the potential to be used as a wedding venue or suited for varied farming pursuits.
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The team to contact to secure your choice block From the moment you contact Kevin Hicks Real Estate you will feel confident knowing that you are receiving the best possible service and advice regarding all relevant information relating to the plans, protective covenants, completion dates, engineering particulars and the differing aspects of each subdivision. An “on-site” inspection with either Terry or Julie can be arranged to assist you with your choice for your future home.
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Linking the outdoor artistâ€™s studio with the inside of the home, and setting the scene for the overall architectural design, are dramatic timber ceiling beams.
The timber celebration continues with painted panels, rustic furniture, and a beautiful sliding door.
t is no surprise that every inch of the new abode of textile and printing artist Kerry Handwerk — along with her partner, dog Tobi and cat Piper — holds visual appeal. The beauty of timber is showcased throughout from the beams to the painted timber-panelled walls, timber feature pendants to a sliding timber feature door. 40
“It is a very comfortable house and it has been since I moved in, it feels as if I have lived here forever,” Kerry said. The services of Glenn Dempsey Builders were enlisted for this build, but Kerry’s relationship with the company extends further back than that; it did an extension for her previous home, then built the artist’s studio that sits on her current property.
“It all started (on this current property) with the artist studio out the back, they built it with these beautiful timber beams which I loved so much that when it came to building the actual home I asked Glenn to source these magnificent big beams to put in the home too, mirroring the studio,” Kerry said. The heart of the home, the open-plan living area full of light and space, is not
only the envy of her friends who relish coming to visit but is also Kerry’s favourite spot in the home. “It is hard to pull out what I love the most, but the beautiful built-in fireplace is definitely a favourite, there is nothing like sitting in a cosy living area looking out at a log fire,” Kerry said. “Another feature in this home that I
love is the big glass walls looking out to the crepe myrtle (plant) that is 80 years old.” Kerry originally fell in love with the space and outlook of the property, which had a run-down home sitting on it that first needed to be demolished. Following this, the vision for her artist’s studio took place, which was built first, then Kerry started on the concept for her
dream home. “I didn’t want an overly big house, but what I did want was a wide central corridor that I can hang my artwork and other people’s artwork in,” Kerry said. “Outside I have gone for a garden of potted plants, mostly large pots with established plants in them, as I wanted a low maintenance garden so that I can enjoy without having to weed.” » OUR HOME
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Have you seen the progress at Kialla Lakes Estate recently?
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The family lifestyle and the sound investment history has made Kialla Lakes “the place to be” If you would like to raise your family among beautifully developed reserves, parklands and the new St Anne’s School on your doorstep then don’t delay. Secure your block now with a minimal deposit and pay the balance on completion. As we say “the best blocks go first” For an update on St Anne’s College, Kialla visit www.sackialla.com (opening January 2019)
Architectural flair is also seen in the myriad of light fittings, which take their cue from Scandinavian or mid-centurymodern influences.
Another natural material — stone — is also featured, in many forms.
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Leading managing agents for a total of 11 Residential Land Estates, Gagliardi Scott Real Estate’s professionalism and attention to detail are well accomplished to cater for all clientele. Kialla is home to the prestigious Seven Creeks Estate, oﬀering a unique lifestyle, amongst natural bushland and wonderful park land. Riverwood Park Estate oﬀers the perfect entry point for ﬁrst and second home buyers or families on a building budget, that want class, lifestyle and large lots (up to 1100 m2). Enjoy a family friendly estate with bush views, walking tracks and a magniﬁcent park. We have been recently appointed exclusive agents for the popular Sanctuary Park Estate, with access to three lakes and in very close proximity to the new St Anne’s Catholic College. We currently have the last remaining average sized residential blocks in Connolly Park Estate and The Vines Estate, located in North Shepparton near GV Health, sporting precinct, major schools and IGA. Additionally, in the North is Providence Field Estate where blocks are available with full town services, sizes between 2000–3000 m2 (approx.), and is right next to St Luke’s Primary School, Notre Dame College Emmaus Campus and GV Grammar School. The perfect aﬀordable entry point to anyone who wants to get in the market is Windsor Park Estate. Located in South Shepparton, residential blocks including court position start at just $69,000. Mooroopna’s Parkviews Estate is the aﬀordable family estate with the traditional vacant land available with magniﬁcent parks and lifestyle lots. Finally, we can oﬀer land blocks located centrally next to the major schools in Numurkah as well as Woodlands Estate, a unique Tallygaroopna development oﬀering large 4000 m2 lots (approx.). Director Rocky Gagliardi Gagliardi Scott Real Estate
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SEVEN CREEKS ESTATE – STAGE 14 • Prestigious, peace, quiet and grace with landscaped parks • Set against Seven Creeks and Goulburn River bushland • Sizes up to 1166 m2 | Prices from $134,000
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WINDSOR PARK ESTATE • Great opportunity and aﬀordability • Generous court allotments competitively priced
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RIVERWOOD PARK • Final stage 9 – designed to tick all the boxes! • Fantastic court location with tree reserve allotments and beautiful parkland • Overlooking remarkable beauty of the Goulburn River bushland
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“Over the past 12 months, Shepparton has seen a huge increase in residential land development and sales. At Gagliardi Scott, we are experiencing a high level of land sales that the Shepparton region hasn’t seen for several years.
Currently managing a total of 11 residential land subdivisions, the largest in the Goulburn Valley, the increase in rate of sales per subdivision is evidence residential land sales have over doubled from this time last year.
• Located in the heart of Numurkah • 13 premium lots over 2 stages
• Lots range from 640–924 m2
In the 2016/2017 period a total of 258 new dwelling permits were issued coming to an estimated cost of $77.870M and in the 2017/2018 year a total of 354 new dwelling permits were issued, coming to an estimated total cost of $106.026M. Buyers are very active in the market, with ﬁrst home buyer sales dominating, along with 2nd or 3rd tier buyers, retirees and local and metro investors.
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RIVIERA PARK ESTATE
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With a wide variety of titled and untitled land, I expect residential land sales to continue to stay strong, and the team at GSRE look forward to assisting future land owners in their process in designing and constructing their dream home”.
• Set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Seven Creeks bushland
• Generous shedding covenant – up to 150 m2
Gerald Sabri Director
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The purpose of this Kialla home guided its design, combining contemporary architecture and practical solutions for a low-maintenance lifestyle. Â» STORY JESSICA BALL PHOTOGRAPHY SAMANTHA COLES
Spacious, modern and grand — yet practical and well thought through — this home ticks all the boxes for both now and into the Dullards future. 54
t was an open corner block that inspired Carolyn and Noel Dullard to build their forever home in Seven Creeks Estate, Kialla. Inspired by a Corop dairy farm overlooking Lake Cooper, the home is positioned to soak up the northern sun while taking advantage of bushland views. Awash with sunlight and fenced for privacy, the calm outdoor area is where Carolyn can often be found. “I love to go out there and have my breakfast,” she said. Green-thumb Noel spends his time tending to the garden beds of camelias, azaleas and daphnes. “I love gardening, it’s so relaxing,” he said. “I still have a lot to do — around the side, at the window I’m going to put in a fernery.” Large windows not only bring his
handiwork indoors to his favourite spot — the dining area — but flood the open-plan space with natural light and tranquil views. Built by M + L Nardella Homes, the house won the Master Builder Victoria 2018 Northern Regional Best Custom Home in the $400 000 to $500 000 category. For Carolyn and Noel the house had to be designed with the future in mind. After 12 years looking after her mum at home, Carolyn combined elements of different floorplans to create a spacious, practical home. “We didn’t want any wasted space; we wanted to be able to use it all,” she said. “We have no steps really anywhere because having my mum I learnt we needed no steps, bigger showers and that’s why these rooms are so big — so when I’m 100 I can still push my wheelie
walker around.” High ceilings create a sense of grandeur while a lack of pendant lighting limits the need for dusting, and wider-than-average doors add to the home’s functionality. Storage was also essential for a clutterfree home. There are walk-in robes to all four bedrooms, a walk-in linen press, butler’s pantry, and an office tucked away behind bi-fold doors. “Everyone needs lots of storage,” Carolyn said. “No-one would even know the office was there. “You can have all your personal stuff there and no-one else can see it, you just shut the door.” But for Carolyn and Noel it is meaningful family mementos displayed throughout that make a house a home. » OUR HOME
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While checklists and how-to guides are useful when it comes to spring cleaning, the best place to start your venture is with your mindset. Without an eager yet realistic approach you may never begin this sometimes daunting task. Here are a few mental pointers for getting the job done.
igure out how much time and energy you have to give to your spring clean, and be realistic. Once this is locked in you can prioritise which tasks are the most important and most impactful to do.
he night before the spring clean commences, lay out everything you need, ready to go. This avoids cutting into your cleaning time, but also ensures you are locked into the task ahead. Lay out some old clothes and shoes, along with your cleaning products and equipment.
KEEP IT SEPARATE
eep your spring cleaning day separate from your typical weekly clean day, to avoid confusion and exhaustion. It also ensures that your home has a clean and tidy base ready to go, so you can get on with the deeper cleaning tasks.
A TIDY HOME IS A TIDY MIND
on’t underestimate the effect a spring-cleaned home can have on your wellbeing and mindset. Remind yourself of this as you push through to get the job done.
START WITH THE BIGGER JOBS
nce the hardest tasks are done, the rest will come easily and you will be less daunted. There is no other way to go than just starting, so ‘rip the Band-Aid off ’ so to speak and just know that once the job is done it is done.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
pring cleaning is a job best shared between you, your partner and your children. Even if you do the lion’s share of the work, just taking a couple of tasks off your list will help you. For some of the big or timeconsuming jobs, consider outsourcing. Things like window, gutter or oven cleaning are ideal jobs for outsourcing.
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INTO STORAGE ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ is an old saying — but it is more relevant now than ever before, as our busy lifestyles can give rise to clutter-filled homes.
ith the longer days and warmer weather of spring upon us, now is the perfect opportunity to reorganise your home for the busy Christmas and holiday period. Reducing clutter and updating storage solutions can create an open feel to your home, making rooms feel larger, as well as contributing to the clean, minimalist look.
Sabac On High owner Chris Wilcox said cane baskets and seagrass containers remained on-trend. “Brightly coloured containers are popular too and they work well mixed with the natural fibres,” Chris said. There are storage ideas for every room of the home; wall shelving takes items from floor level and adds to the décor in
bedrooms and living areas while barrelshaped timber containers are a quirky idea to store rolled-up towels in the bathroom. Rustic timber cabinets, finished with an eclectic mix of patterned drawer fronts, can be a statement piece in your home, as well as serving a practical purpose of creating discreet alcoves for must-keep items.
he extensive walk-in wardrobe has long been coveted by women and men alike, not just as a space to tastefully store garments, shoes and accessories — but also as a home feature in its own right. When planning on renovating your bedroom storage to feature a walk-in wardrobe there are many tips and tricks which will not only maximise the space but do so in a sartorially splendid way. Kitchenwise has recently renovated and
repositioned a walk-in wardrobe in a Shepparton couple’s master bedroom. The parents of three young children, they now have an extensive storage area for their clothes and more. With a spot for everything — from the substantial hanging spaces across multiple levels, to the drawers and shelving tucked away in every nook and cranny, to the extra little spaces for styled vignettes of jewellery — Kitchenwise has factored everything in for a dream walk-in robe. » OUR HOME
aximise space by having two or three rows for hanging clothes; a couple for tops, skirts and pants and one for longer items like coats or dresses. This will ensure everything is easily visible, not too crammed in, and is ordered based on the season or garment.
onsider presenting items such as shoes and handbags as a feature, instead of squeezing them into a corner. Shoes are best displayed on the bottom row and handbags on the top row — making a feature of these least-used spaces in a wardrobe. Place your favourites towards the front and your least favourites at the back, and consider grouping colours or styles together for a cohesive look.
FLAIR WITH VIGNETTES
he best wardrobes not only boast ample storage options across drawers, shelves and hanging racks — but also those extra little spaces for styled vignettes. Group together a favourite photo in a frame, a pretty jewellery box or stand, some perfume and perhaps a glamorous heirloom item — like a cut crystal bowl — both beautiful and practical.
HOME CLEAN WITH inside pets C
herishing our beloved family pets is a pure joy, and often one that involves relaxing inside the house with them. However, as our furry friends love to run and play in the elements outside this can prove a challenge when also trying to keep the home clean and tidy. Dr Anna Richards, owner of The Causeway Veterinary Clinic in Mooroopna, has a few clever tips and tricks for keeping the home pristine while not cutting back on inside time with your cats and dogs.
KEEP FEET FRESH
ne simple place to start is with their feet. Particularly in the winter or following rain or dew, dogs may have traipsed through wet soil and other items outside, so Dr Richards suggested keeping an old towel near the back door â€” moistened ready to wipe their feet upon their entry into the home. If a dogâ€™s feet are particularly messy, a quick rinse under the tap and a towel dry will also do the trick.
ne invisible offender in the plight against home cleanliness is the flea. Dr Richards said fleas could come in on a dog’s coat and live in the carpet or soft furnishings in the home, feeding off the dog whenever it comes inside — which continues the life cycle and leads to the breeding of more fleas. “It’s important to keep on top of your flea prevention, which is usually
a monthly application in a spot-on or tablet version,” she said. “Always see your vet for guidance on these. “Some animals won’t indicate that they have fleas — so they won’t scratch — so having a really good look is an option, but sometimes you can miss seeing them as fleas move quite quickly so prevention really is better than cure.”
nother invisible offender that is the point of great discomfort for dog and human alike is that of worms, and again the answer is preventative treatments. “Worm eggs can be carried in on your pet’s coat and make their way into the carpet, which is an issue particularly if you have young children playing on the carpet,” Dr Richards said. “This comes back to regular worming prevention, which your vet will guide you with.”
he most obvious solution for preventing outdoor mess coming inside is to regularly wash your dog, but there are a few things to consider here too. Dr Richards warns against over-washing, or washing with non-hypoallergenic dog-specific shampoos (see your vet for guidance here too), as this can inflame an existing skin condition or lead to one. “If they are really dirty you are going to want to use hypoallergenic and dog-friendly shampoo, but in other instances a warm water rinse may be used to reduce the risk of over-washing,” she said. “We generally recommend once a month washing, or longer, but definitely no more than once a week.”
nother ingenious idea for our furry babies is to use a baby play pen or baby gates to zone off an area where your pet can come inside safely, Dr Richards said. This avoids them getting into anything harmful for their health and safety and also ensures that any mess is confined to a defined area.
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sleek, monochrome bathroom with all the trendiest fittings and features has emerged from what was once a dim and dated space. Smith and Sons Renovations and Extensions Shepparton recently transformed a local bathroom from a tired, decades-old space to one fit for modern living. “We have floor to ceiling subway tiles, black fittings, a stone benchtop vanity, and some really funky tiles that I have started to see popping up everywhere,” business director Travis Vanderwey said. “The owners wanted the bath removed but as they have a newborn child they still needed a space to bathe them, so
there is actually a small inbuilt bath space that the shower goes over too — which gives you the ability to bath a small child.” The renovation was a big job — as the bathroom had to be gutted and everything removed — but the owners knew everything they wanted, which made it an easy process. “The owner had everything picked out, everything from the tiles to the stone for the vanity top, and had planned the entire design layout,” Travis said. “We just came in and made a few suggestions where needed, and put it all together for them as they wanted. “It is a great transformation; we are really thrilled with it.” OUR HOME
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ocally sourced produce not only looks and tastes better, but the reduction in time from farm to table means it is fresher and better for you. The added bonus of being able to support local producers and save some dollars in the process makes it worth an outing to the farmers’ market.
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The kitchen is a great place to start if you are looking to make a conscious effort to limit your family’s impact on the environment. Here are Haymes Paint’s top easy sustainable practices to incorporate into your kitchen routine.
REDUCING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
imple actions such as swapping plastic straws for metal ones, plastic containers for a glass alternative, and single-use plastic bags for a reusable version all makes a big difference to the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill. For the plastic items that you cannot find a way around, ensure you are following the correct recycling method for each product; you might be surprised at what can and can’t be recycled.
educe the food scraps you send to landfill by embracing composting in your kitchen. Not only will you be helping to reduce one of the biggest contributors to the countryâ€™s waste, you will be creating some of the best plant food going around, perfect for growing your own fruits and vegetables. With some beautiful stainless-steel bin options now available, your compost wonâ€™t even look out of place on your kitchen benchtop.
GROWING YOUR OWN
grow-your-own herbs station will save money, time and packaging that is often used to wrap produce in supermarkets. Plus, herbs can add a fresh pop of greenery to a kitchen as well as a certain je ne sais quoi to any dish.
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WHAT IS A POTAGER GARDEN? A Potager, or French Kitchen Garden, as it is commonly known, is not only highly ornamental, it also rewards you with an abundance of seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruit. These gardens are known to have been around since medieval times and were often found alongside a Grand Châteaux in France. Nowadays, they are used by home gardeners and for commercial purposes such as at restaurants who grow their own fresh seasonal produce as a highlight of their menu. Its popularity has come with the rise of biodiversity and organic gardening and the convenience and health benefits of home grown straight from the garden. HOW TO DESIGN A POTAGER GARDEN The Potager design is typically informal, or romantic and is comparable to that of the English cottage garden, the difference being that the Potager garden is centred on vegetables rather than flowers. The design incorporates an intermingling of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. To create your garden choose a sunny, yet sheltered area. This is normally within close proximately to your kitchen. Then, decide on the shape of the garden, will you use round or geometrical shapes for your garden beds. It is best to keep it fairly simple as the intermingling of plants of different colours, shapes and sizes will create the interest and impact. In a Potager garden, garden beds are generally raised
and have pathways between them for ease of access.You might also like to consider incorporating a vintage gate or archway to the entrance to add impact and to really define your garden. Plan a central focal point in your garden then build the design around that. Use herbs such as lavender as edging plants then fill the bed with vibrant coloured vegetables. Use colour combinations for visual impact, for example try planting red lettuce varieties next to common green ones. Flowers in your garden will add colour and assist with pollination. WHAT TO GROW IN YOUR POTAGER GARDEN Culinary herbs (which also have the benefit of companion planting). Salad crops such as lettuce varieties and radishes. Fresh Greens including spinach and kale. Heirloom tomatoes. Green snap beans/french filet beans. Flowers both ornamental and edible flowers such as calendula or nasturtiums. Gourmet peppers, Green onions, Shallots. Baby root crops such as beetroot and turnips, and Medicinal herbs. The Billabong Garden Complex team will be creating a Potager Garden Display for launch at their inaugural Billabong Garden Expo from 6–7 October, the garden however will be on display until the end of October.
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Spring has officially sprung and now is the time to put your green thumb to work. Sally Moseley from Billabong Garden Complex shares her top gardening tips ahead of the scorching Shepparton summer.
PREPARE THE GARDEN Pruning, feeding and mulching are key to a healthy garden. Sally recommends mulching to suppress weeds and keep moisture in during the warmer months, while spraying leaves or giving plants a drink with a soil conditioner like seaweed will help them resist the extreme heat. “Do all the hard work now so you can just enjoy it. Then when it gets hot, you don’t have to spend as much time out there,” she said.
WHEN TO WATER When summer hits it is important to get your watering regime right.
THE VEGETABLE PATCH Spring is the ideal time to get your hands dirty planting vegetables. “At this time of year you’re thinking about salad, you’re thinking summer barbecues,” Sally said. “Plant lettuce, tomatoes, basil, kale, parsley, all of your onions, baby spinach and silverbeet.” It is also prime time for pumpkin planting — they’ll grow over the spring and summer months ready for autumn and winter harvesting.
the window sill means you can easily pick your basil but also keeps the flies away,” Sally said. “There are a lot of herbs that will repel mosquitos … pyrethrum and tansy are a natural insect repellent.”
HERBACEOUS FLAIR Herbs not only add that something extra to a dish but also help with pest control. “A pot of basil at the back door or on
FLOWERS When it comes to flowers it is best to plant natives like banksias in spring as well as exotics like lavender. Australian natives like our conditions. “They will tolerate the drought, the dry, the excess rainfall and also bring in the birdlife, the dragonflies and the butterflies which gives you a healthy garden environment and in turn kicks out the bad bugs,” Sally said.
Sally recommends deep watering once a week rather than every couple of days and not doing it during the heat of the day, particularly if you are heading off on holidays. “The plants need to be given the water at the beginning of the day or the end of the day so they have a chance to take it up
and hold onto their water stores and use it throughout the day,” she said. “Deep watering is also far more beneficial, they will hold the water better and they will also learn to search for the water.” Now, all that is left to do is sit back and reap the rewards of your hard work. OUR HOME
Inject colour and style into your outdoor space by introducing a mix of industrial metal, lush foliage and richlypatterned soft furnishings.
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harsh Goulburn Valley climate. “Metal is still big and we’re seeing tables, stools, wine racks, plant stands, shelving and lanterns used to create that industrial look,” Tracy said. Vibrant wall art, reflecting the colours of the season, and over-sized clocks can change the look of a blank wall, while
scatter-cushions and napery in bold floral and patterned fabric dress the area and add to the welcoming vibe. Tracy said the strategic placement and grouping of fragrant candles, with their soft glow and crackling sound, created ambience and could also work to deter unwelcome guests, such as flies and mosquitos.
As the temperatures begin to rise the Osborne family members can be found enjoying their backyard oasis. STORY JESSICA BALL PHOTOGRAPHY RAY SIZER
our years after they built their Kialla home the Osbornes decided a pool would complete their outdoor haven. For Sheree Osborne it had to be large enough for the family of six but not so big that it would dominate the entire yard, and with the help of the team at Narellan Pools they found the perfect fit. “We wanted somewhere where the family could just relax and cool off,” Sheree said. “Summer is not my favourite season so the pool is just a nice way to enjoy summer.” The result is a leisure space with an 8 m by 3.9 m solarheated salt-chlorinated mineral pool at the heart, a bench seat for Sheree, and a contemporary hut for entertaining and relaxing.
With three sons and a daughter the pool provides endless hours of fun during the warmer months. “They are outdoors kids, they are outside all the time,” Sheree said. “They go and kick the footy and then they jump in the pool to cool off — footy is an allyear-round sport in this house.” Gardening might not be Sheree’s forte, but colour is. Rather than a simple fence or a screen of plants the Osbornes opted for a dramatic mural created by their sons’ art teacher, Suzie Turton. “We’re not gardeners but I love colour so for us it’s bright, it’s colourful, it’s happy and it just finishes off our space,” Sheree said. “Even on a cloudy day you look out there and it’s bright.” OUR HOME
HOUSE for happy hens
When Tim Rogash’s parents flew the coop with the family chickens in tow, he and girlfriend Catriona Forrester missed the convenience of freshly laid eggs in the backyard. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY JESSICA BALL
im, an apprentice builder, set himself a challenge crafting a home for a trio of hens using reclaimed materials. “I didn’t like the idea of buying one because they are quite expensive and I knew I could build one,” Tim said. “I got some old pallets and pulled them apart to clad it, some old tin for the roof and some left-over pine from when Dad was building his shed that was good enough for a chicken coop.” For the lid to the nesting box, Tim upcycled a piece of an old piano, making it easy to collect the eggs
without entering the hutch. He also added a few other features to the design. “It’s got its own feeder system so we just fill that up and as they eat it more falls down,” he said. “There’s a ventilation window at the back so it doesn’t get all stuffy in there and obviously they’re animals so they can smell a bit.” Nestled behind the vegetable garden full of silverbeet, rosemary, sage, thyme and chives, the coop is positioned perfectly for using the manure, straw and food scraps for fertiliser and compost.
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What began as a hobby for a Kate Clarke unleashed a passion for a modern take on the traditional art of origami. Â» STORY JESSICA BALL PHOTOGRAPHY MEGAN FISHER
ver since she was a child, Shepparton East mum Kate Clarke has been a crafter and when the time came to raise a family of her own, she found herself in search of a creative outlet. “I was at home with two little kids, like many people do, and I needed something to pass some time and needed an outlet other than just being a mum,” Kate said. “I’m one of those Pinterest lovers and I tend to see something and I’ll turn that into something else. “I always say that’s my happy place when I’m making.” It started with baby milestone cards, evolving into Christmas gift tags and calendars with Kate launching Leni + co as an Etsy store before building her own
website from scratch. “It’s been a big learning experience,” she said. “It kept growing and I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way.” Today milestone cards have made way for the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, with Kate’s trademark Scandinavian flavour. “Last year I went back to my love of hand-making things so I started making origami,” she said. “It was just something new that I took an interest in, designed and made. “I had a vision of seeing them hanging above a bassinette or a cot but they can be hung anywhere, they don’t have to be necessarily in a nursery or a children’s room.”
Hand-made with textured card, Kate designs the origami ornaments with a neutral colour palette for a minimalist approach to styling. For the mum-of-two the home business has helped her achieve life balance. “I still don’t want to go back to fulltime work yet because I don’t want to put them into after-school care every day of the week,” she said. “I still have the chance to have a parttime job and work on Leni + co on my days off and my kids can be home with me.”
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Summer is almost upon us and the warmer weathers calls for entertaining friends and family with good food and drinks. Whether you are throwing a backyard barbecue, a pool party or something a little more fabulous, finger food is always a winner.
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Impress your guests with this fashionable and chic way to serve elegant bite-size mouthfuls on stylish and contemporary spoons. Each recipe fills 20 spoons.
VIETNAMESE CHICKEN SALAD
FRAGRANT COCONUT PRAWNS
• Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/ Gas 4). • Poach 1 skinless chicken breast in 300 ml milk in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool in the milk. • Combine 1 seeded, chopped red chilli, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1 tbsp sugar, juice of 1 lime, 1½ tbsp fish sauce and 1½ tbsp rice wine vinegar. • Shred 50 g white cabbage, ¼ seeded cucumber, handful of coriander and mint, 1 seeded red chilli, 2 shallots and 1 carrot. • Slice chicken and mix with everything. Pile on each spoon and garnish with chopped peanuts.
• Marinate 20 raw king prawns for 1 hour in 1 finely chopped lemongrass stalk, 1 chopped shallot, 1 cm piece grated ginger, 1 chopped garlic clove, pinch each of ground coriander and saffron and 1 tbsp oil. • Remove the prawns and cook the marinade for 5 minutes over low heat. Add 100 ml coconut milk plus salt and black pepper. • Bring to a boil, add the prawns and simmer until they are cooked, about 3 minutes. • Arrange 1 prawn on each spoon. Drizzle over the sauce. Garnish with coriander.
FRESH CRAB WITH AVOCADO AND LEMON SALAD • Mix 125 g fresh white crabmeat with 1 small, ripe, diced avocado, 1 tsp finely chopped chives, 1 tsp lemon juice, 6 drops of Tabasco sauce, 4 tsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp grated lemon zest, and salt and black pepper. Taste to check the seasoning. • Place 1 tsp of the salad on to each spoon and garnish with a few chervil sprigs. • For a variation, replace the lemon zest and juice with lime and garnish with a few coriander leaves instead of the chervil leaves.
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KNOW-HOW … HOW TO LOAD SPOONS GET AHEAD: Fill the spoons up to 30 minutes before serving. COOK’S NOTE: Do not overfill the spoons otherwise they will be difficult to handle. Chose spoons that sit well on a flat surface and are easy to pick up. Any type of spoon can be used, although ones with a curved handle and a wide head are best, such as Chinese or soup spoons. When serving spoon canapés, arrange them attractively on serving plates with the handles pointing outwards, or put them in lines on serving platters. Don’t overcrowd the presentation, and provide somewhere for the empty spoons to be placed.
SEARED SCALLOPS, PEA PURÉE AND CRISP PANCETTA • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/ Gas 4). • Slice off roe and white muscle from 5 large or 20 small scallops. Cut large scallops into quarters. • Blanch 175 g peas for 2 minutes, drain and purée with 2 spring onions, seasoning, 5 mint leaves, and 1 tsp crème fraîche. • Crisp 5 pancetta slices in the oven. • Sear the scallops in a hot frying pan with a little oil. • Place ½ tsp pea purée in each spoon, add the scallops, and the pancetta to top. Garnish with lemon juice and micro-amaranth or cress.
SEARED BEEF SATAY • Marinate 200 g beef fillet for a few hours in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp grated ginger, and ½ tsp honey. • Mix 100 g peanut butter, 1 tbsp chilli sauce, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 3 tbsp water, and 1 tbsp light soy sauce together. • Sear the steak in a hot frying pan with a dash of oil for 2 minutes on each side (or until rare) and rest for 5 minutes. Cut the steak into 20 cubes. • Place a cube of beef onto each spoon, top with ½ tsp satay sauce and garnish with thin slices of red chilli and coriander.
CLASSIC PRAWN COCKTAILS • Mix 250 g peeled cooked small prawns with 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp tomato purée, ½ tbsp lemon juice, 3 drops of Tabasco sauce, 1 tsp soft brown sugar and 1 very finely chopped spring onion. Taste to check seasoning. • Finely shred a small amount of cos lettuce, then pile some lettuce on to each spoon. Top with 1 tsp of pawn cocktail and scatter with smoked paprika to serve. • For a variation, use Little Gem lettuce instead of cos and ordinary paprika instead of smoked.
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