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THIS ISSUE IS OUR annual renovation special, and each year, it gets bigger and bigger. I love this special, because it gives an insight into the minute details of very clever renovations, while creating a window into the lives of the families behind them; what prompted the overhaul, what was very important to them, and what they were dreaming of. Years ago, we lived on a very busy road (our joke while house hunting was, “If it’s not on a runway, freeway or railway, we can’t afford it!”) It wasn’t our forever home, but it was definitely the beginnings of our dream life, and we loved it. One day, a car came crashing through our front gate, over our garden, and smashed through our double brick home and into our sunroom. I remember being so grateful that no-one was hurt, and in the immediate aftermath that’s all that mattered. I remember saying, “It’s just a house – we can fix this”; and I distinctly recall the parents of the driver visiting, and feeling their relief that their son was okay. The conversation was focussed on that lucky escape, and that everything else was just ‘bricks and mortar’. But in the months that followed, my feelings changed. Although our house had stood firm for 90 years prior to this one freak accident, I found myself tensing when I heard a loud car pass by, or realising half way through a rainy night that I’d been on edge for hours. I’d never fully appreciated the importance of feeling safe at home until I lost that feeling.

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“HOME IS WHERE WE FEEL ARE

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Home is so much more than just ‘a roof and four walls’; it is at the very core of our sense of security, and so investing in it, making it more perfect for us, renovating, decorating, even just entertaining, is what makes us who we are. Every family we have featured in this issue has been on a journey, not just to make their home better, but to improve their lives, to imbue their home with love and to create a sense of belonging that is never as powerful as when you’re in own home.

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The Milan edit The latest trends from the world’s top designers Free to dream Indulge in a pyjama day wrapped in luscious linens, rich velvets and layers of seasonal softness House Rules special Inside TV’s most amazing transformations Style school Accessorise with pendants, art & rugs 5-star spa Expert inspiration for a luxe bathroom Family reno special Smart ideas, floor plans, budgets and real-life lessons


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Style insights Inside the studio of DesignedByThem Style file Top new finds, plus our international trend report Designer’s diary Thomas Hamel shares his favourite stores Dream state Wrap yourself in all things cosy for restful retreats

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Collection Discover Ellie Cashman’s floral fabrics and wallpapers Precinct Take a shopping tour of Red Hill, Victoria The edit The latest additions to our shopping list Trend: Visions of velvet Drape your home in the plushest fabrics Trend: Softly, softly Fall for whisper-soft pastels and faded hues Shopaholic: Cushions Gorgeous options for your floor and seats Top 10: Lanterns We shine a light on the best and brightest buys

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Changing rooms This Melbourne cottage is a moveable design North and south An ideal combination of old loves and new spaces The natural touch A hands-on renovation delivers a loved retreat One of a kind This refined family home is filled with treasures

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northern Sydney home receives a fantastic and bright makeover 192 Thinking big A sunny Queenslander is given a modern and unrecognisable new life 203 Growing up This home took to the skies with an additional level and elegant reconfiguration 210 Personal touch Full of fun, this coastal home is a showcase for a rustic and eclectic collection

Pattern play Carolyn Burns-McCrave shares one of her designs Light the way Everything you need to know about pendants Art starters Tips and tricks for hanging your art The Hamptons way Spotlight on this classic coastal look All rugged up How to have great style underfoot at home Five-star spa Inspiring ideas for the ultimate in luxe bathrooms Feathering the nest Bringing elegance to this Melbourne home Character building Inside the South Australian modern reveal

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Ed’s letter Wendy’s renovating inspiration Staff Who we are and how to find us Connected What’s happening in the world of HB Style directory Like what you see? Here’s where to find it Unsung icons Breaking open the family games room

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Five years ago my son and granddaughter moved to Canberra. We promised to see each other every eight weeks, which then began the frequent eight-hour drive from Melbourne and back. My saving grace is my Home Beautiful magazines that sit on my coffee table, saved and unread, requiring great self-control, until we set off. The 16 hours in the car allows me to read them from cover to cover, bookmark my favourite pages and re-read. Jane Cox, Clematis, Vic, via email

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HB features director Jane travelled to Milan in April to explore the latest in interior design. We are swooning over the divine leather day beds by Danish company GamFratesi (above left) and this luxe Caesartone and Tom Dixon installation (above right), direct from the iconic design fair, Salone del Mobile. See our full trend report from page 29.

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brand designs FROM UNI STUDENTS TO AMBASSADORS FOR AUSTRALIAN DESIGN, SARAH GIBSON AND NICK KARLOVASITIS OF DESIGNBYTHEM INJECT A SENSE OF FUN INTO EVERYTHING THEY DO WORDS VERA KLEIN STYLING JOHN MANGILA PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS

THE STUDIO AND showroom of DesignByThem is in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale, an urban precinct buzzing with life and activity and flanked by two of the city’s largest universities. It was at one of these institutions, the University of Technology Sydney, that Sarah Gibson and Nick Karlovasitis – the pair behind the brand – first encountered each other. “We were studying industrial design and met in a furniture class, funnily enough,” says Nick. “We just hit it off and knew that we wanted to work together in some way.” Upon graduating in January 2006, Sarah and Nick took full-time jobs in the industry but also spoke about forming their own company: a design brand that would create furniture, lighting and accessories with a distinctly Australian aesthetic. “We just thought, ‘What have we got to lose? Why don’t we start it now?’” recalls Sarah. The pair planned to design their own pieces as well as bring the work of other designers under the DesignByThem umbrella, organising the manufacture and sale of everything the brand produced. True to their what-are-we-waiting-for attitude, the pair left their jobs and launched DesignByThem in August of the same year. “We didn’t approach other designers right away because we were trying to create

“We definitely aim for a sense of fun and for pieces to be intuitively likeable” ~ Sarah, DesignByThem a sustainable and legitimate business model, and to understand exactly what our brand values and aesthetic were,” explains Nick. One of the pair’s first pieces was the ‘Treeling’, an earring holder laser cut in the shape of a tree from stainless steel. Their ‘TomTom’ letterbox, ‘Posy’ vase, ‘Dial’ hangers and larger furniture pieces all followed. And while the brand is constantly evolving, Nick and Sarah use the same words to describe their style. “It’s simple, fun and approachable,” says Nick. “We almost see our designs as people – Sarah came in once and said, ‘I had a dream that I was a Treeling!’” Sarah adds, laughing: “It’s true! I dreamt I was a Treeling on a mantelpiece and that I couldn’t move. It was like, ‘Oh man, I’ve been designing too much!’” It’s obvious the pair take great pride and pleasure in the brand and both cite a particular standout moment as the most exciting to date. They had taken on a design by Stefan Lie, one of their UTS teachers, which became the ‘Ribs’ bench (pictured above), and the Opera House ordered seven of them. “It was amazing!” says Sarah. “We weren’t taking any risks with the delivery,” adds Nick. “We drove the truck to the Opera House and placed the benches ourselves. It was huge! So rewarding. Not only did we get this order for Stefan, whom we admire, but DesignByThem was in the Opera House. The Opera House!” For more information, visit designbythem.com.

LEFT: The ‘TomTom’ letterbox was an early design, and one Sarah believes sums up the feel of their products. “People love it – it’s playful yet minimal, and there’s a friendliness about it,” she says. The time and detail taken on designing the product continues today. “We spent so long on where to put the slot,” says Nick. “We’d move it up 5mm and take another look.” Adds Sarah: “Things like that are subtle but can completely change the personality of a product.”

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Designers and founders of DesignByThem Nick and Sarah in their Sydney showroom with their ‘Partridge’ range of furniture. The stools, chair and bench are all made from solid white ash timber, and the aluminium back-rests and brackets can be custom coloured. Hanging on the wall behind are the cute-as-a-button ‘Dial’ hangers. >


{INSPIRE} NICK AND SARAH’S TIPS FOR...

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When designing, be comfortable to go down a rabbit hole – or three. You won’t come across issues unless you develop each idea in detail.

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Get user feedback wherever possible. It’s important that your customers enjoy the design more than you.

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If thinking of starting a design business, make sure you enjoy business and not just designing.

“We love it when someone says, ‘I love that but I don’t know why, I just really love it!’ That’s when we know we’ve done something right” ~ Nick, DesignByThem

“Adding greenery or flowers can bring life to your space and make it feel polished and fresh.” Freedom interior decorator, Alex, shares her tips on how to stay in touch with nature this winter. Just add colour Bring the elements in your room together with flowering plants or a fresh cut bunch. Flowers can add the subtle pop of colour you need to tie in an artwork or cushion and make the whole room work. Experiment with height Use standing planters, hanging vases and place plants on key pieces of furniture to add interesting levels. Think cacti on the coffee table, succulents on the sideboard and hanging ivy on the shelf behind. Dress your plants The pot is just as important as the plant. I love mixing it up and hiding a plain pot from sight with a beautiful woven basket or chic storage sack. To find out more about our interior decorators or to book an appointment, pop in store or visit freedom.com.au/decorator

ABOVE LEFT: While the open-to-the-public showroom is a light, calm and airy backdrop to pieces such as the flexible ‘Ribs’ bench, the ‘Stem Tree’ coat stand and the ‘Them’ chair and side table, the studio upstairs, is a hive of activity. “It’s very unsexy behind the scenes!” admits Nick. ABOVE: The lightweight ‘Butter’ stools are made from recycled plastic and fit Nick and Sarah’s simple fresh Australian aesthetic, as they can be used outdoors as well as indoors.

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Designer Karin An Rijlaarsdam found inspiration for her ‘Lucky’ rug for Dutch company Danskina by examining the netted and beaded cover on the afoxé, an Afro-Brazilian percussion instrument. Hand-knotted in northern India from twists of New Zealand wool, the exquisite piece features a pattern of tiny, rosebudlike knots and fringes of loose yarns and loops. $7776/180cm x 240cm; kvadratmaharam.com.

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Pieces formed from deep creases and pleats are bringing some serious edge to interiors. 1. Snowpuppe ‘Moth’ lampshade in Grey, $110/small, paperempire.com.au. 2. Menu ‘Folded’ vase in Taupe, $179/small (available July), obtaindesign.com.au. 3. ‘Big Marble’ paper sculpture, $69, castleandthings.com.au.

NEW ONLINE STORE BASTILLE AND SONS IS BRINGING , LIMITED EDITION FRENCH FURNITURE A AND HOMEWARES TO AUSTRALIA. BASTILLEANDSONS.COM.AU

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Uber-talented Sydney furniture designer Charles Wilson’s latest stroke of genius is the ‘Carafe’ table for Herman Miller. It has hidden drawers to store cutlery or cables and cantilevered shelves at either end – perfect for paperwork or linen. From $4595; livingedge.com.au. >

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Australian stylist Tim Neve’s signature style is contemporary, playful and intrinsically coastal. One of his latest ventures is ‘Parasols’, a range of handmade hexagonal encaustic tiles suitable indoors or outside for floors, walls and splashbacks. The 20cm x 20cm tiles, $160/sqm, feature a lovely chalky finish; timneve.com.

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think pink Madras Link’s new Junior collection is too cute for words. The ‘Heart’ chair ($84.95) and ‘Love’ sign, both in Blush, are sweet bedroom additions while the ‘Kelly’ rug ($112.95) has pink cotton woven through in a pretty twist on the jute trend. A reversible ‘Peach’ cushion ($49.95) completes the picture; madraslinkonline.com.au.

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1. ‘Como’ marble side table, $830/large, globewest.com.au. 2. Nested Metal Geometric tables in Black, Copper and Gold, $35/set of three, kmart.com.au. 3. ‘Slit’ hexagon table in Brass, $941, cultdesign.com.au.


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It’s the biggest furniture fair in Europe, home to hundreds of exhibitors across the worlds of furniture, lighting, textiles and tableware, showcasing collections that range from the simply inspirational to the absolutely out there. The city itself lives and breathes design all week, with pop-up events, bars and cafes, and conventional showrooms transformed into homages to the latest in furniture fashion. It’s also the drawing board for new ideas, designs and trends. HB features director Jane discovered some of the show’s most inspiring people and exciting new pieces.

DESIGN DARLING

Is there anything Spanish-born designer Patricia Urquiola can’t do? The new art director of Cassina designed the huge exhibition stand in which the renowned, near-90-year-old furniture brand displayed its latest pieces, one being the ‘Beam’ sofa system (below). And Patricia’s work was in evidence in different shapes, forms and materials elsewhere, too: the appealingly squishy ‘Belt’ sofa (right) appeared at Moroso; exquisite ‘Trama’ tableware made a statement at Kartell (below right); and vivid, iridescent glass ‘Shimmer’ tables at Glas Italia (not pictured).

The destructured ‘Belt’ sofa for Moroso; moroso.it.

‘Trama’ tableware collection in crystal and melamine for Kartell; kartell.com.

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THE UK’S MULTI AWARD-WINNING DESIGN WUNDERKIND LEE BROOM CHOSE TO DISPLAY HIS NEW ‘OPTICAL’ LIGHTS (LEFT) IN A DELIVERY VAN DECKED OUT LIKE THE INTERIOR OF AN ITALIAN PALAZZO (ILLUSTRATED, FAR LEFT), POPPING UP AT DESIGN DISTRICTS AROUND MILAN IN HIS ‘SALONE DEL AUTOMOBILE’. LEE, THE DESIGNER CELEBRATED FOR HIS CRYSTAL DECANTER LIGHTS AND GLOBES, HAS TURNED TO A MODERN, MONOCHROME AESTHETIC FOR HIS LATEST COLLECTION. THE RANGE OF OP ART-INSPIRED PENDANT, FLOOR AND TABLE LIGHTS HAS A LINEAR PATTERN THAT SEEMS TO CHANGE WHEN VIEWED FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES; LEEBROOM.CO.UK. >

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POWERING FORWARD While Aussies may know Diesel as a fashion label, as Diesel Living the company pairs with notable brands to produce an immense home collection infused with colour, fun and personality. The vibrant woven-look ‘Work is Over’ tables for Moroso (right) neatly accommodate a pot plant in the centre; a rich jacquard covering a sofa has a traditional Victorian hothouse appearance that on closer inspection reveals rockets flying among the foliage (not pictured); the new ‘Vent’ lamp for Foscarini (below left) is an illuminating take on a functional factory element; and the ‘Cosmic Diner’ tableware for Seletti includes rocket-like pepper and salt grinders (below right). Out of this world!

The new colours of Diesel Living’s ‘Work Is Over’ range; diesel.com/living.

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“I INHERITED MY APPROACH TO DESIGN AT AN EARLY AGE... IT INVOLVES , THE NATURE AND THE PEOPLE – ALL THREE MUST BE WEIGHING THE AND TIMELESS” ~ NAJA UTZON POPOV, DESIGNER CONSIDERED FOR THE RESULT TO BE

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NAJA UTZON POPOV

Naja Utzon Popov has creativity in her DNA. With an artist mother, Lin Utzon, an architect father, Alex Popov, and a grandfather, Jørn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House, it’s hardly surprising that she was drawn to studying art in Australia and the UK. Naja later established her own multidisciplinary design studio in Copenhagen, working in ceramics, textiles and as a sculptor. Her latest project is ‘Woodlines’, an elegant collection of hand-knotted wool rugs for Carl Hansen & Son (left) that has at its heart the intricate patterns formed by woodgrain. Proof that beautiful design runs in the family. Available in Black, White and Charcoal in five designs and three sizes; carlhansen.com.

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Plastic fantastic furniture company Kartell wondered why grown-ups should have all the fun and launched the Kartell Kids range in response. Featuring new pieces and reworking existing items specifically geared towards little ones, with designs by such stellar names as Piero Lissoni, Philippe Starck and Ron Arad, the line is cuter than cute. Here are three of our faves; kartell.com. 1. The ‘H-Horse’ transparent rocking horse by Nendo functions as both a toy and a piece of furniture. 2. This small ‘Clipclap’ table by Ferruccio Laviani doubles as a construction game. 3. ‘Airway’ by Philippe Starck is a transparent polycarbonate swing, because, well, why not?

HB caught up with Pasquale Natuzzi, the founder of his eponymous innovative furniture brand, and his son, communications director Pasquale Junior, while in Milan What is the central design ethos of Natuzzi? Pasquale: “Design first, function goes together. Then material and colour choice, combination, comfort – everything.” How did you approach creating the new collection? Pasquale Junior: “We have a very deep sense of craftsmanship. It’s part of our heritage and always present. This is how we have been working for the past 12 months for the Salone collection. The aim was to innovate, but also interpret today’s consumer needs: small space living, modularity and function. We try to use materials that give the products visual comfort with a sense of elegance. Harmony in the whole collection is a must.” What trends are you seeing right now? Pasquale Junior: “People are moving into city centres and living in smaller spaces. Every single piece you see in Natuzzi’s new collection is driven by versatility, so you can find a 12-metre sofa, but you can also have a two-seater that can fit into a small house. Healthy living and environmental responsibility is something that will come up more and more. To me, the future is the bio-sofa, made of bio-leather or bio-polyurethane.” How does the history of the brand affect what you do today? Pasquale: “This year we celebrate 57 years of passion and dedication. That’s what really is required: dedication, determination and patience, and to work with passion, passion, passion. Detail after Natuzzi’s ‘Anteprima’ armchair (above) and ‘Agora’ detail, teamwork, all together.” sofa (below); natuzzi.com.au.

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WHILE AT THE FAIR, HB STUMBLED UPON A POP-UP DISPLAY OF FURNITURE AND HOMEWARES FROM ITALIAN COMPANY ARKOF. THE STRIKING ‘PIXX’ RANGE WAS THE STAND-OUT, WITH OUR FAVOURITE PIECES INCLUDING THE PLANT HOLDER BY STEFANO MAZZUCCHETTI (RIGHT) AND THE ‘PIXX3’ COFFEE TABLE (ABOVE), AN ANGULAR CONFECTION OF LACQUERED MDF AND OAK. THE CUT-OUTS GIVE THE STRIKING PIECES AN ENGAGING LIGHTNESS AND ELEGANT STYLISH EDGE; ARKOF.IT. >

“FURNITURE NEEDS TO BE IN WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, AND WITH THE WITH THE CONSUMER” ~ PASQUALE NATUZZI

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1. Karim Rashid’s ‘Hoop’ chairs for B-Line; b-line.it. 2. Slimline ‘Pero’ desk by Matthew Hilton for Ercol; ercol.com. 3. Molteni & C. ‘Secretello’ secretaire-style desk in solid oak and safety glass by Michele De Lucchi for Unifor; unifor.it.

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THE NAME BISAZZA HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH EXTRAORDINARY, ADVENTUROUS MOSAIC TILE COLLECTIONS, WITH CREATIVES, SUCH AS TRICIA GUILD, MARCEL WANDERS AND TOM DIXON, GIVEN FREE REIGN TO DEVISE SPECTACULAR WALL COVERINGS. THE COMPANY’S MOST RECENT COLLABORATION, WITH DUTCH DESIGNERS JOB SMEETS AND NYNKE TYNAGEL – AKA ANTWERP-BASED STUDIO JOB – IS NO EXCEPTION. ‘PERISHED’ (FAR LEFT) DEPICTS A PARADE OF ANIMAL SKELETONS, WHILE ‘INDUSTRY AMBER’ (LEFT) LOUDLY CHIMES WITH THE CURRENT FASCINATION FOR ALL THINGS INDUSTRIAL. BOTH COME IN 10MM X 10MM GLASS TILES; BISAZZA.COM. >

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Come home to the beauty of Philo, designed and handcrafted in Italy. Enjoy elegantly concealed reclining motion using innovative Soft Touch technology, and let the exceptional Natuzzi leather or Manopesca covering envelope you. Visit your nearest store to see the full 2016 new collection and take advantage of our special offers.

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Frag Woodall’s ‘Dowel’ stools were designed with simplicity in mind.

ALONGSIDE light-as-air handcrafted balsa wood pendants were equally shapely stools from Frag Woodall of Mr Frag. The super-comfortable ‘Dowel’ stools (right) pair solid brass with turned timber legs and were also revealed as new incarnations in American white ash, black ebonised ash, or American walnut; mrfrag.com.

Twelve of Australia’s brightest design stars took over the Teatro Arsenale, a former church in the 5 Vie area of Milan, to showcase their wares. Curated by industrial designer Tom Fereday and textiles creative Emma Elizabeth of Local Design, the show displayed just a couple of facets of each designer’s work, but it did so in plenty of style.

Tom Fereday’s ‘Wes’ range for Zenith Interiors; zenithinteriors.com.

BLACK-PAINTED WALLS and dark brick plinths – the event was sponsored by Brickworks – were the perfect backdrop to show off Alex Fitzpatrick’s beautiful ‘Light Garden’ (above) climbing sinuously up the walls in a range of new materials including Slate, Brushed Brass and Gold. It’s the A Design Studio founder’s aim to allow the materials, rather then the illumination, to shine.

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CRAFTED FROM Australian oak and powder-coated steel, Tom Skeehan’s ‘Hup Hup’ chair is a deceptively robust piece that can fold down to almost flat, brilliant for entertainers who might be pushed for space, as Skeehan explains: “You can hang it on the wall, in a way that really promotes the chair being displayed as an artwork and a canvas.”

PHOTOGRAPHY (‘PISCES’) JEM CRESSWELL, (‘LIGHT GARDEN’) JACKIE CHAN

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AT THE AUSTRALIAN DESIGN MILAN SHOWCASE, WITH OUR BOTH CREATIVE AND FORWARD-THINKING

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER AND CURATOR TOM FEREDAY’S ‘WES’ RANGE WAS A STAND-OUT. INSPIRED BY THE VISUALLY STUNNING FILMS OF WES ANDERSON, THE SCULPTURAL RANGE IS BEAUTIFUL FROM EVERY ANGLE AND FINISHED WITH PRISTINE UPHOLSTERY, ECO PLYWOOD AND SOLID ASH LEGS (ABOVE AND LEFT); TOMFEREDAY.COM. OTHER SOFT MATERIALS WERE PROVIDED BY LOCAL DESIGN FOUNDER AND STYLIST EMMA ELIZABETH’S ‘PISCES’ RUG (BELOW) FROM HER ‘NATURAL PROGRESSION’ COLLECTION, MADE FROM A BLEND OF NEW ZEALAND WOOL AND BAMBOO THAT CAN BE CUSTOMISED INTO SHAPES SUCH AS TRIANGLES AND CIRCLES; EMMAELIZABETHDESIGNS.COM.


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Natuzzi blends function and design to create spaces of perfect harmony. Spaces conceived to make us feel good and surround us with beauty. Puglia is what inspires us and always has: our land, our muse.

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thomas hamel THE AMERICAN-BORN, SYDNEY-BASED INTERIOR DESIGNER HAS INTERNATIONAL STYLE AT HIS FINGERTIPS. HERE, HE OPENS HIS ADDRESS BOOK TO REVEAL HIS FAVOURITE PLACES TO SOURCE PRODUCTS WORDS VERA KLEIN STYLING LISA HILTON PHOTOGRAPHY BRIGID ARNOTT

“My team and I continually check [our favourite] websites for the latest ranges of inspiring pieces and fabrics” ~ Thomas Hamel BECKER MINTY “Whenever I’m putting together a list of stores for international guests, Becker Minty is always at the top of the list – it has such a great selection of homewares, and they also have regular art exhibitions. They have beautiful Cire Trudon candles and stock Kelly Wearstler accessories, which add character to a home.” Visit: 81 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW, (02) 8356 9999. Open: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6pm; Sun, 10.30am-5pm. Bookmark: beckerminty.com.

orient house

“Shipments from Africa, India and Thailand arrive at Orient House on a regular basis so I keep an eye on the stock, as there is always an enchanting item I cannot resist purchasing. Orient House also distributes Schumacher fabrics, which I use regularly in clients’ homes.” Visit: 45 Bridge Road, Glebe, NSW, (02) 9660 3895. Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm. Bookmark: orienthouse.com.au.

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“It has such a unique range of quality furniture and decor accessories and a South African flavour, so it’s a wonderful mix of African and Asian things. Their outdoor resin pieces are brilliant.” Visit: 200 Gipps Street, Abbotsford, Vic, (03) 9445 5900. Open: Mon & Wed-Fri, 9am-5pm; Tues & Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm. Bookmark: weylandts.com.au.

LUCRETIA “It can be difficult to find interesting lighting. We get teased in Australia by looking at all these beautiful lights by overseas designers that aren’t available here. Lucretia stocks some beautiful pieces inspired by overseas designers, so is often the first place we go to for some international flair.” Visit: 419 High Street, Prahran, Vic, 1300 998 989. Open: Mon-Fri, 9.30am5.30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. Bookmark: lucretiashop.com.au.


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OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT & THIS PAGE: On bed, from back: ‘Standard’ pillowcases in Musk, $99/pair, In The Sac; linen sheet set in Moss, $390/queen, In Bed; ‘Esther II’ leather cushion, $110, Nathan & Jac; ‘Albers’ cushion cover, $64.90, Citta Design; ‘Reilly’ quilt set in Chambray, $289.95/queen, Sheridan; Oyoy ‘Retro’ cushion, $95, Luumo; Mongolian sheepskin rug, $169.95, Bambury. ‘Glenorchy’ throw, $69.95, Wallace Cotton. On shelf, from left: Lindform ‘Kyoto’ vase, $139/large, Funkis; Vee Speers ‘Untitled #11, Thirteen’ poster, $59/unframed, Norsu Interiors; ‘Stromby’ frames, $29.99, Ikea; Magdelena Tyboni ‘Twiggy’ print, $45/unframed, Norsu Interiors; ‘Marietorp’ frame, $9.99, Ikea; Via Martine ‘Model’ card, $29/set of 9, and ‘Model: Rain’ poster, $45/unframed, both Norsu Interiors; Kreafunk ‘AGroove’ speaker, $110, Luumo; Senecio Citriformis ‘Chain Of Beads’ plant, $50, and stone planter, $195/large, both Garden Life; Vee Speers ‘Untitled #3, The Birthday Party’ print, $59/unframed, Norsu Interiors. Reclaimed timber bench, $695, Faded Empire. On bench, from left: ‘Tapas’ plate in Pale Blue, $14.95, mug, $9.95, and jam knife, $7.95, all Country Road; book, Oscar & Friends; ‘Nagoya’ vase $49.90/medium, ‘Large Cloud’ gem vase, $69, both MRD Home; timber antlers, $30, Nathan & Jac; Jielde ‘Three-arm’ lamp, $1750, Quintessential Duckeggblue. Leather butterfly chair, $1000, MuuMuu Design. On chair: Sheepskin rug, $140, Dear September; ‘Nora’ cushion, $85, Nathan & Jac. On floor: ‘63’ classic clogs, $95, Funkis; felt baskets in Spruce, $49.90, Citta Design; ‘Rondo Olbia’ rug, $2500/200cm, Halcyon Lake. Stockists, page 220 >

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THIS PAGE: Vintage French bookshelf, $595, Ici Et La. Top shelf, from left: ‘Kamini’ throw, $185, Barefoot Gypsy; ‘Hayman’ throw in Blush, $145, Linen & Moore; antique books, $59 each, Maison Et Jadin; ‘Indian’ lantern, $28/small, pheasant feathers, $8 each, glass bottle, $8, all Dear September; ‘Mitsi’ wall hanging in Blush, $154, Nathan & Jac. Middle shelf, from left: ‘Moroccan Wedding’ cushion, $250, Barefoot Gypsy; books, Oscar & Friends; ‘Brioche’ blanket in Natural, $220, ‘Badabing’ throw, $70, both Otto & Spike. Bottom shelf, from top: ‘Wanderer’ cushion in Natural and Black, $115, Pony Rider; ‘Striped’ linen flat sheet, $144.45* (USD$110)/queen, Rectangl; ‘Waffle’ coverlet in Natural, $250, In The Sac. On floor, from left: ‘Sharma’ knitted throw in Light Grey, $225, Barefoot Gypsy; ‘Southern Star’ cushion in Dusty Pink, $109, Pony Rider. Zakkia ‘Speckled’ tumblers in White, $29, and Pink, $29, Luumo.

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OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT: Cabo Gypsy macrame swing chair, $179, White Bohemian. Mongolian lambswool cushion in Blush, $109.95, Bambury. ‘Elm Wood’

antique round stool, from $259, Citta Design. On bed, from back: ‘Saxon’ European pillowcases in Beige and Black, $34.90 each, Wallace Cotton; Grey quilt set (only pillows shown), $399/king, and cushion with white stitching in Natural, $89, all Maison Et Jardin; ‘Striped’ shag cushion, $119, Langdon Ltd; French linen sheet set in Pink Salt, $645/queen, Andrea & Joen; ‘Saxon’ quilt in Beige and Black, $269/large, Wallace Cotton; ‘Pom Pom’ Moroccan wool blanket in Ivory, from $360, Barefoot Gypsy. On shelf, from left: Rhipsalis plant, $15/125mm, and marble pot, $95/small, both Garden Life; ‘Guarida’ table lamp in Grey, $239, Citta Design; book, Oscar & Friends; Danny Solberg ‘Photo diary: Stairs’ framed print, $475, The Design Hunter; ‘Lalita’ feather crown, $249, Losari. On floor, from left: ‘Natural Champagne’ cowhide rug, $462, NSW Leather Co; ‘Tahoma’ cushion, $69.95, Linenhouse; ‘Maine’ ottoman in Charcoal, $979, Interiors Online. On ottoman: ‘Nervadura’ Argentinian wool throw, $600, The Design Hunter. Stockists, page 220 > JUNE 2016

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Brass cocktail trolley, $375, Opus Design. Top shelf, from left: Saddle leather ice bucket, $124, and bar tool set, $84, both Pottery Barn; black wine jar, $195, Orient House; whisky glasses, $249/5-piece set (including decanter), Alfresco Emporium. Bottom shelf, from left: Roll-edge vase, $39.95/medium, and books, Alfresco Emporium; vintage soda bottle, $40, Ici Et La; oncepts. ‘Palm Springs’ artwork, $795, Contents ID. Stockists, page 212 >Brass cocktail trolley, $375, Opus Design. Top shelf, from left: Saddle leather ice bucket, $124, and bar tool set, $84, both Pottery Barn; black wine jar, $195, Orient House; whisky glasses, $249/5-piece set (including decanter), Alfresco Emporium. Bottom shelf, from left: Roll-edge vase, $39.95/medium, and books, Alfresco Emporium; vintage soda bottle, $40, Ici Et La; oncepts. ‘Palm Springs’ artwork, $795, Contents ID. Stockists, page 212 >


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OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT & THIS PAGE: On shelves, from left: Umemi ‘Notknot Turk’s Head’ cushion in Pink, $189, Design Stuff; velvet cushion in Poppy, $219,

Maison Et Jardin; brass pot, stylist’s own; books (throughout), Oscar & Friends; Ivy Muse ‘Nest’ planter, $170, Norsu Interiors. On floor, from left: ‘Elm Wood’ antique round stool, from $259, Citta Design. Zakkia ‘Speckle’ container in Blush, $69, Nathan & Jac. Jan Kath ‘Angles 4’ rug, $22,500/250cm x 300cm Cadrys. ‘Pillar’ bedside table, $285, Bisque Interiors. ‘Metro’ table lamp in Brass, $99, ‘Amelia’ glass halogen shade in Clear, $39.95, both Freedom. ‘Sybilla’ bedhead, $999/king, Incy Interiors. On bed, from back: ‘Gullklocka’ cushion covers in Pink, $16 each, Ikea; Mongolian sheepskin cushion in Dusty Pink, $175, The Design Hunter; ‘Pea’ velvet round cushion in Brandied Melon, $69, ‘Floorwork’ fitted sheet, $119/king, ‘Desert’ linen flat sheet, $169/king, ‘Grape’ velvet quilt cover, $269/king, and standard pillowcases, $79/pair, all Kip & Co; ‘Kew’ throw in Blush, $179.95, Linen House. Rodolphe Menudier gold pumps, $275, Pelle. ‘Napolean III’ parlour chair, $1100, Quintessential Duckeggblue. ‘Norse’ round velvet cushion in Rose, $69, MRD Home. Glasses, stylist’s own. Stockists, page 220 > JUNE 2016

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THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT: ‘Metro’ table lamp in Brass, $99, ‘Amelia’ glass halogen shade in Clear, $39.95, both Freedom. ‘Madison’ throw in Gold,

$84.95, Bambury. Weathered oak 2-door Dutch showcase, $1785, Hudson Furniture. In showcase, clockwise from top left: ‘Boubou’ linen cushion, $84.90, Citta Design; Umemi ‘Notknot Turk’s Head’ cushion in Pink, $189, Design Stuff; ‘Floorwork’ fitted sheet, $119/king, ‘Inky Wink’ flat sheet in Pink, $189/king, both Kip & Co; Mongolian lamb cushion in Raspberry, $119, West Elm; velvet cushion in Poppy, $219, Maison Et Jardin; ‘Equinox’ quilt, $329, Andrea & Joen; ‘Loom’ velvet quilt in Chartreuse, $349.90/medium, Wallace Cotton; ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ tassel throw, $269, Kip & Co; ‘Loom’ round cushion in Pink, $39.95, Wallace Cotton. Stockists, page 220

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Indulge in Dutch-based US designer Ellie Cashman’s signature floral prints. Rich in depth  and colour, bold in scale and softly abstract, these digitally printed designs are to die for. Take your pick from custom-sized wallpaper, gorgeous silk-satin cushions and floaty silk scarves.

‘Still Life with Shadows Blue’ wallpaper, approximately $60*/sqm (€40), ‘Still Life with Shadows Blue’ silk and satin cushion (on top), $210*/90cm x 50cm (€139); ‘Still Life with Shadows Blue’ silk and satin cushion, $225*/80cm x 80cm (€149); and ‘Still Life with Shadows Blue’ silk charmeuse scarf, $225* (€149), all by Ellie Cashman Design. ‘Scandic’ European oak bench in Natural, $990/140cm, Satara. Floor paint, British Paints Clean & Protect low-sheen mid-base in Top Shot, $60.90/4L, Bunnings. Stockists, page 220

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JUST AN HOUR’S drive south of Melbourne, the hinterland region of the Mornington Peninsula is renowned as a gourmand’s go-to destination, with a feast of farm-fresh produce and award-winning wines to be sampled and savoured. But in Red Hill, a tiny township tucked among the vineyards and olive groves, the substantial side serving of shopping is a delightful surprise, with a selection of beautifully curated stores to explore while working up an appetite.

STOP 1 | Red Hill House Owner Josie Achermann squeezes gorgeous homewares and fashion finds into her cosy store, with an emphasis on the locally sourced and handmade. You’ll find shelves of glassware, bedlinen, bathroom accessories, children’s gifts and every gourmet accoutrement, including a stash of cutting boards. “I source the timber and have it delivered to a local craftsman’s house; we design the boards together and he makes them,” explains Josie. Short-run clothing, locally made knitwear and footwear also fly out the door. Must-have: American oak bread and cheeseboards (below). Open: Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm. Visit: 169c Shoreham Road; (03) 5931 0225. Bookmark: redhillhouse.com.au.

American oak cutting board, from $55, Red Hill House.

STOP 2 | Epicurean This former 1920s apple-packing shed has been beautifully transformed – with the help of acclaimed Melbourne design firm Hecker Guthrie – into a foodie’s fantasy, with an aesthetic that deftly marries the building’s industrial and rural roots. ‘The Shed’ restaurant at the back is distinctly Italian in flavour, with traditional woodfired pizzas and local wines to be enjoyed by one of the huge fireplaces. In the front section, ‘The Store’ sells cafe fare and coffee roasted onsite, while selection of homewares and housemade epicurean delights are available for you to take home. Must-have: Campanelino pizza, $32.50. Open: The Store Mon-Sun 8.30am-5pm; The Shed Wed-Sun for lunch and dinner. Visit: 165 Shoreham Road, (03) 5989 4000. Bookmark: theepicurean.com.au.


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STOP 4 | T&G Antiques Having each just completed a doctorate in history, owners Tim and Grace Gassin are highly qualified to discuss the style and vintage of each of the pieces in their fine antiques range. Larger furniture is predominantly of pre-1850s British and colonial origins, but an assortment of 18th and 19th century treasures from all around the world also play a starring role. One-of-akind items such as a Regency mahogany washstand from c1815 sit alongside Japanese Imari dishes (above) and exquisite Persian and Uzbek rugs dating back more than 100 years. Must have: Botanical engraving artworks, $120 each. Open: Thurs-Sun, 10am-5pm. Visit: 11/159 Shoreham Road, (03) 5989 2137. Bookmark: tgantiques.com.au. Retro cycling posters, from $55 each unframed, La Brocante.

STOP 5 | La Brocante Vintage and one-off pieces are selected from around the globe by La Brocante’s owners, Penny Attiwill and Matt Learmonth. Penny lived in France for many years, and uses her insight on regular European visits to source items from the interesting to the unashamedly out-there – think an ostrich from a 1930s Belgian carousel. “A lot of people around here love to travel,” says Penny. “So there’s a conversation about where the piece came from and where we stayed when we found it.” Must-have: La Brocante’s range of poster art (below), from $55. Open: Mon, Thurs-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-4pm. Visit: 137 Shoreham Road; (03) 5931 0293. Bookmark: labrocante.com.au.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Poppies of Red Hill has an elegantly rustic array of gifts to choose from, alongside freshly cut local roses and blooms gathered early morning in the Melbourne markets (poppiesredhill.com.au). A few minutes up Red Hill Road, glass artworks can be purchased or commissioned at the Gordon Studio Glassblowers gallery, or you can watch local artisans at work in the Hot Glass Studio (gordonstudio. com.au). Stay at the Lindenderry boutique hotel and wander through the postcard-perfect gardens before retreating fireside to one of the four cosy guest lounges and libraries (lancemore. com.au/lindenderry). A short drive away in Main Ridge, linger for a long lunch at the two-hatted restaurant at Ten Minutes by Tractor winery, complemented by an award-winning wine list and glorious vineyard views (tenminutesbytractor.com.au).


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‘Oasis’ planter pot and stand in Black/ Natural, $189.95/42cm, Oz Design Furniture.

BATH MAT

HK Living round bath mat, $69/60cm, House Of Orange.

QUILT

‘Willow’ cotton cord velvet quilt cover set in Stone Blue, $239.95/ queen, Linen House.

PENDANT

Original BTC ‘Fin’ bone china pendant, $398/26cm, Dunlin.

“This lovely collection of pieces would add up to one amazing bedroom and ensuite makeover!” ~ Rachel Peters, HB senior stylist

SIDE TABLE

Resin side table in Grey Marble, $399/40cm, Keep Resin.

WALL ART

‘Gilded Muse’ wall plates, $379/set of 4, Wedgwood.

CHAIR

‘Bond’ velvet swivel chair in Celestial Blue with metal base, $799/80cm, West Elm.

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‘Lotus’ queen bedhead in Navy, $880/165cm x 150cm, Canvas & Sasson. EYEMASK & HOTTIE COVER

‘Couture’ eyemask in Petrol, $9.90, and ‘Couture’ hottie cover in Grey, $29.90, both Wallace Cotton.

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‘Kew’ cushion in Pineapple, $39.95, Linen House.

SOFA

‘Notting Hill’ velvet Chesterfield 3-seater sofa in Cosmic Anthracite, $1599/192cm x 104cm x 80cm, Brosa.

MIRROR

“The grandeur of velvet is given a modern twist with on-trend seasonal shades and organic forms”

Upholstered round mirror in Dove Grey, $399/86cm, West Elm.

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‘Velvet Parlour’ chair in Ivory, $795/90cm, Opus Design.

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Vitra ‘Rotary’ tray in Pale Rose, $90, Living Edge.

Wall hooks in Pink, Grey and Green, $12/pack of 6, Kmart.

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‘Tub’ pendant in White, $398, My Brother Albert.

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Menu container in Pale Green, $78/small, Amara.

‘Söderhamn’ 3-seater sofa in Isefall Light Turquoise, $689, Ikea. CUSHION

Hay ‘Dot’ cushion in Mint, $210, Design Stuff.

“Minimalism has moved from hard lines and a monochrome palette towards softer hues and shapes” ~ Rachel Peters, HB senior stylist

CUSHION

Mercer & Reid ‘Reefton’ cushion in Pearl Pink, $27.95, Adairs.

ARMCHAIR

Normann Copenhagen ‘Form’ armchair in Rose, $895, District.

COFFEE TABLE

Muuto ‘Airy’ coffee table in Grey, $459/small, Surrounding. Stockists, page 220

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‘Crosses’ cotton canvas cushion in Pink, $77/70cm x 70cm, The Home Collective.

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‘Charvi’ Indian cotton cushion with tassels in Natural, $99/70cm x 70cm, Losari.

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‘Garden Floral’ linen cushion in Pink, $185/60cm x 60cm, Bonnie and Neil.

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‘Asha’ cotton floor cushion, $175/90cm x 90cm, Barefoot Gypsy.

‘Blue Kitty’ outdoor fabric boxed square cushion, $179/65cm x 65cm x 10cm, Square Fox.

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HK Living floor cushion in Bleached Denim, $199/80cm x 80cm, House Of Orange.

$196 Winter Wonderland ‘Chloe’ velvet, wool and leather boxed floor cushion, $350/80cm x 80cm, Nathan & Jac.

‘Fray’ crocheted cotton floor cushion in Natural, $196/70cm diameter, Mae & Ko. Stockists, page 220 >

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‘Apex’ foil print linen and cotton cushion in Copper, $54.95, Linen House.

‘Piper’ cotton cushion cover with metallic piping, $69.90, Citta Design.

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‘Mr X’ cotton and linen cushion in Peach, $89, Pony Rider.

Wild Heart ‘Goldie’ leather cushion, $110, Nathan & Jac. Stockists, page 220


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Metal lantern in Black, $10, Kmart.

‘Rotera’ tealight lantern, $4.99, Ikea.

‘Belize’ metal lattice lantern, $59.95, Papaya. ‘Galle’ stainless steel and rope jar lantern, $88, Project 82.

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‘Iluminado’ metal lantern in Antique Gold, $134, Citta Design.

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Copper geometric lantern, $24.95, Island Living Australia.

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Morgan & Finch stainless-steel lantern in Silver, $69.95, Bed Bath N’ Table.

Rattan lantern, $85, Terrace.

Wall paint, British Paints Clean & Protect low-sheen mid-base in Top Shot, $60.90/4L, Bunnings. Classic ‘Old Oak’ 190mm x 1200mm laminate planks in Light Grey, from $30/sqm, Quick-Step. High-slat wood crates, $165/set of 3, Citta Design. Candles, stylist’s own. Stockists, page 220

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CLEAN & CALM EVEN THE TOUGHEST CLEAN WILL SEEM EASY WITH THE NEW DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL CARBON FIBRE SOFT DUSTING BRUSH

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Soft nylon bristles gently help to remove dust. Ultra-slim profle reaches into awkward gaps.

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SECOND CHANCE Dedicated renovators Terri and Luke (opposite, with their eldest daughter, Charlie, and Honey, the cavoodle) had

the past on their minds when they tackled their once-unloved cottage in inner Melbourne. Today, painted in Dulux Natural White, it’s a picture of heritage perfection – but the facade has come a long way from the charmless exterior it once was. In a stroke of luck, Terri and Luke uncovered the original period block cladding when they started removing a layer of fake plastic weatherboards. “We wanted to restore it to its original glory,” says Terri. The couple replaced unsympathetic metal posts with turned wood and added arched fretwork, while Luke built the front timber deck from recycled timber from an old Victorian home. > JUNE 2016

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he feeling of coming home to a sanctuary of pulled-together style is lost on Terri and Luke’s daughters, Charlie, nine, and Chloe, seven, who don’t quite understand the significance of it just yet. Their charming Edwardian cottage in Melbourne’s inner west suburbs is just ‘home’. But for their mum, the eyes of the project, and dad, the skilled hands, home is a testing lab for their continuous stream of ideas. “I see new things I love every day,” explains Terri, an interior designer. “I’m always trying new looks at home. It means I can actually give good advice.” As the creative spirit behind Bloom Interior Design & Decoration and the captivating Bloom & Co store in Williamstown, design gets under Terri’s skin like an itch. Her workdays are spent surrounded by paint chips, material samples and a shop full of props to play with. “Now that I have my own store, it’s quite a worry,” she says. “The kids get sick of their mum always changing things, but it’s a bit of fun!” Renovating and decorating is a passion shared with Luke. Inspiration often strikes Terri during moments of off-duty calm and, reveals her husband, it manifests as a look in her eye. “There’s no fighting it,” says Luke, who operates another family business, Think Shutters. “Once Terri gets that feeling, things move pretty quickly!” This double-fronted 1912 house is the seventh home the couple have renovated together. When they bought it in 2011, the high ceilings were falling down and there was a patchwork of vinyl over the Baltic pine floor. “It was pretty unlivable, but the opportunity to do our own thing was a huge drawcard,” recalls Terri. Luke spent six months stripping each room to its frame, salvaging the original cornices and fireplaces. New lighting was installed, and Terri designed custom joinery and marble surfaces for the kitchen and bathroom. The pair stayed true to the traditional Edwardian six-room layout, but the third bedroom became an office and the main bedroom was carved up to include a black-and-white ensuite. >

“MY HOME IS LIKE A test run FOR MY CLIENTS. IDEAS ARE co nst antly RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND” ~ TERRI

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LIVING ROOM

Terri didn’t hold back on the living room overhaul (above, left & opposite). She discovered the old fireplace under a layer of boards and had it acid-dipped and enamelled in black. The timber mantels were re-coated white, while a Calacatta marble hearth was installed to bring the age-old feature in line with the couple’s taste. Anastasia Wiltshire’s Meetings #2 adorns the wall.

A glossy front door in Dulux Black (top) opens to an L-shaped hallway, which features Glenda McDougall’s delicate artwork Printemps De Jour and La Maison ‘Marseille’ pendants. The master touch is the custom hall seat and Armadillo & Co hall runner, both from Bloom & Co – they turn the hallway from a transitional space into a lovely destination. When the family moved in they stained the original Baltic pine floorboards black, but after living here for a couple of years Terri sanded them back and they were limewashed by Luke. “The black looked stunning, but with two children and a dog, the floor drove me mad with wear and tear!” she says.


LIVING ROOM Natural wool sisal carpet from Godfrey Hirst puts a fresh spin on things here. Terri and Luke celebrated the home’s Edwardian architecture by keeping the original cornices and an elegant bay window, with Plantation shutters by Luke’s company, Think Shutters. Terri’s furniture is high on squish factor. The sofas were reupholstered by Cavalier in Westbury Textiles linen (for similar, try ‘Cherbourg’ linen in Navy) and the armchair and ottoman came from Bloom & Co, while the potboard coffee table is from Perfect Pieces. The table lamp has travelled with the family through seven renovations, and the stunning ‘JK0520’ iron chandeliers from One World seen throughout Terri’s home provide instant glamour. For a uniquely framed mirror such as this one, try Shine Mirrors.

PAINT Eggshell Acrylic in Elegance, $97/4L, Porter’s Paints.

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DINING ROOM This room exhibits the high ceilings and restored fireplace

PAINT Wash & Wear Barrier Technology in Natural White, $74.95/4L, Dulux.

of a formal Edwardian space, while Thonet dining chairs and an Armadillo & Co ‘Serengeti’ rug, both available from Bloom & Co, add understated charm. The extendible timber table is a family relic. “I love that it’s a bit rustic so the kids can do anything to it and that adds to the texture,” says Terri. For a modern version, try Brosa’s ‘Elizabeth’ extendible table. Above the stool is Cameo X by Hilary Herrmann, a favourite artwork. Terri also designed and painted, in Dulux’s Natural White, a joinery either side of the chimney, so it can transition into a wardrobe at a later date. The cake stand is from Bloom & Co. “I just keep bringing cake stands home,” she says. “It’s a bit of an issue of mine. At some stage I’m going to have to host a high tea!” The ginger jar is a treasure she has had for years, while try Temple & Webster for a similar piece of round wall art.


< The result showcases Terri’s signature style, which is best described as a fresh take on classic with a spoonful of playful features to thrill the eye. Her penchant for black, white, grey and blue flows through each space, steeping the house with a polished feel. But finished? Never! “The walls have been three different colours, and we’ve only been living here three years,” she says with a laugh. This renovating couple is already planning their next big assignment – demolishing the rear lean-to addition that is currently the laundry, turning the dining room into a third bedroom, so their daughters can have their own spaces, and adding an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, with the existing kitchen becoming the new laundry. They also intend to add a courtyard, pool and garage. These are major renovations, but even on the smallest scale, nothing will gather dust at this address for too long. Right now, Terri – whose cupboards are filled with ceramics and all manner of interesting objects that she regularly rotates – is all about inky indigo, but she does feel a soft green-grey moment coming on. “A lot of the design work is fairly temporary, but I have to have nice things around me,” she says. Her renovating and decorating itch may never go away but, as she adds with a smile, “It does make life interesting.” KITCHEN

With an extension out the back part of the master plan, the kitchen was never going to be permanent – but as a big part in the lives of this family, it needed to be a happy space. “I did spend money on it, even though it’s temporary,” says Terri, who plans to re-use the marble benchtops and Shaker-profile 2-pac joinery

as a butler’s pantry in the next phase of the reno. Subway tiles from De Fazio Tiles & Stone add to the home’s classic look. “They were perfect,” says Terri, who completed the modern-traditional vibe with Schots Home Emporium handles, an Ikea sink and appliances from Smeg. And the finishing touch, an Original BTC ‘Titan’ pendant light, which was found at Dunlin.

“YOU HAVE TO mov e o n FROM TRENDS. WHAT I LOVED THREE YEARS AGO, I DON’T necessarily lov e NOW” ~ TERRI

DINING ROOM

A buffet from Perfect Pieces (left) is filled with blue-and-white ceramics from Made In Japan – “I’ve always loved blue,” says Terri – and an ever-changing collection of treasures. Claire Stening’s Ink artwork overlooks the console (above). “I love the stillness of it and the strength of the colour,” says Terri.

LAUNDRY

The hallway leads to an added-on weatherboard-clad room at the rear of the house, which has been converted into a short-term laundry. Baltic pine flooring was laid over an unfinished concrete floor and the walls were reclad in new weatherboard. A playful Armadillo & Co ‘Dandelion’ rug softens a very practical zone. >

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“ALL THE WINDOWS ARE o riginal . WE LOVE THAT SOME features HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE” ~ TERRI

FLOORING ‘Moorish Night’ handmade encaustic floor tiles in White, $165/sqm, Jatana Interiors.

MAIN BEDROOM

An interior designer, Terri believes curtains should be six centimetres longer than the hanging height, to perfectly kiss the floor – and lives up to her word in the main bedroom (top left). These curtains are from furnishings business Bloom Bespoke, another company that she runs with Luke, while the bed is dressed in linen from Bloom & Co. The artwork behind the bed (left) is Girl 1 by Anastasia Wiltshire. ENSUITE

“I am never sick of my bathroom,” says Terri, who adores the Jatana floor tiles (left). De Fazio wall tiles, Astra Walker tapware, Schots Home Emporium handles and a custom vanity combine new with old. She also likes the marked Calacatta marble vanity top and hand-picked the slabs from Apex Stone. “The marks add character, but it’s not for everyone,” she admits.

FAMILY BATHROOM

“I wanted a flow, for all the spaces to connect – black and white is timeless and works absolutely everywhere,” explains Terri of her decision to replicate the decor of the ensuite in the main bathroom (top right). A Reece bath and Emac & Lawton pendant add to the appeal, while the artwork is another Anastasia Wiltshire piece, Portrait Boy.


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Osborne & Little ‘Birdcage Walk’ wallpaper by Nina Campbell in 03, $238/10m roll, Seneca.

WE LOVE... cute kids’ shelves Storage is crucial in Charlie and Chloe’s shared room, so the hutch and dresser combination between the beds from Parenthood is as practical as it is pretty. Made of rubberwood and engineered wood, they provide room for display and storage. The pieces are sold separately – hutch, $699/1150mm x 1010mm, dresser, $999/900mm x 1010mm; parenthoodfurniture.com.au. >

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“I TRY TO IDENTIFY THE most-lov ed POSSESSIONS AND WORK THEM INTO A seamless DESIGN PLAN” ~ TERRI

OFFICE This was once the office for Terri’s business, which moved off-site when it grew to a team of six. Now, it is used by her daughters as a homework hub (opposite, top). Terri’s signature panelled joinery encloses filing cabinets, while a slab of marble forms an L-shaped desk that sits beneath a treasured artwork, Du Chonggang’s Wrap Up No.2. La Maison dining chairs are covered in Unique Fabrics felt (for similar, try Westminster ‘Oscar’ felt in Marl), and a round replica Saarinen ‘Tulip’ table from Matt Blatt continues the use of marble.

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Who lives here? Terri, an interior designer and retailer; her husband, Luke, a window furnishings manufacturer; their daughters, Charlie, nine, and Chloe, seven (pictured left); and Honey the cavoodle. Why did you choose this house? Terri: “When we first saw it, we were so excited. At the open inspections, people were walking in and straight out, but we loved that it was untouched. We wanted to put our stamp on it.” What was your best budget-saver? “I am lucky to have a husband who is very handy! We also managed to re-use costly items, including the doors, windows and floorboards.” What was your best buy? “My chandeliers. We found them at the right price and knew they would do the job.”

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CONTACTS Interior designer Bloom Interior Design & Decoration, (03) 9397 4343, bloominteriordesign.com.au. Window furnishings Think Shutters, (03) 9397 4343, thinkshutters.com.au. GARDEN

In the beautifully groomed front garden, rows of English box, rosemary and Portuguese laurel give the area a tailored structure. Terri loves how her old urn has

rusted over the years (for similar, try Parterre). Just to the left of the shady verandah, large bluestone pavers are embedded in gravel and mark out a pathway to the front gate.

Shop Bloom & Co, (03) 9397 0022, bloomandco.com.au.


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NOSTALGIC SOUVENIRS OF A FORMER LIFE MINGLE WITH A SCANDINAVIAN AESTHETIC OF LIMED TIMBER AND GREY HUES IN THIS ECLECTIC FAMILY HOME STORY & STYLING KATARINA FORSBERG PHOTOGRAPHY HELENA BLOM


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CALM AND COLLECTED With its square angles and monochrome exterior palette (top left), Anett and Jakob’s Swedish home is a picture of ultimate

Scandinavian simplicity – at least from the outside. Inside, the familiar Nordic palette of limed wood and shades of grey is supplemented by artistically woven African bowls (above left) and artworks, reminders of the family’s former home in Cape Town. A striking artwork – an oversize photographic print of a handmade basket – takes pride of place in the home’s living room (opposite), while curiously shaped carved timber stools are among the favourite objects of Anett (pictured, bottom right). “They are adorable. I have them in three different shapes!” she says. > JUNE 2016

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“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTO THE

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The original caramel-toned timber ceiling is the attention-grabbing centrepiece of the living room (above), one of the distinctly retro features Anett chose to preserve. Though the dark ceiling could be oppressive in another space, here it

is brilliantly offset by limed floors, a pale modular sofa and filtered light through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A pale hide rug and upholstered chairs – found by Anett at a flea market 20 years ago – add texture, while a shibori cushion offers an eye-catching bolt of blue.

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ith its soothing shades of white, grey, limed timber and layers of subtle texture, the family home of Anett, co-founder of Swedish homewares company Granit, embraces a Scandinavian aesthetic – yet this renovated ’60s home is anything but typically Swedish, showcasing Southern Hemisphere inspiration through exotic mementos of the family’s time in South Africa. Anett, her husband, Jakob, and their three sons embarked on their African adventure in 2009, after 10 years of balancing family life with the demands of a growing business. The chance to let work take a backseat for a while and start over in Cape Town seemed an idyllic opportunity, and Anett fell head over heels in love with her new home. “I expected it to be nice in Cape Town, but I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. The clouds were like whipped cream, pouring down from the mountains over the terraced houses – I was completely moved,” she says. It wasn’t only the scenery that stole her heart, with Anett discovering a whole new world of divine homewares and furniture. “They make pieces of art there, rather than mass-produced objects. That is what I really like,” she says. A collection of these one-of-a-kind pieces found their way to the family’s home in Stockholm when they moved back two years later (“My eldest son missed Sweden so much, so we had to move back home,” Anett explains), enhancing the home’s calm colour scheme with layers of texture and an air of the extraordinary. Many of the objects brought back from abroad feature woven textures, which sit companionably alongside the baskets and boxes from Granit, the company Anett and her friend Susanne Liljenberg founded, which specialises in gorgeous storage solutions. “I am devoted to my things. I don’t throw anything away easily,” says Anett. >


DINING ROOM Sitting squarely between the kitchen and the living

area, the dining table is the centre of family life and an example of Anettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular style; unable to find just the right piece, she designed the table and bench seats herself. Tolix stools represent Anettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for industrial design, while the other end of the table neatly aligns with a large-scale artwork brought back from South Africa. The hanging pendant of woven fibre was another South African find, its texture offering a layer of softness to the scheme.


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< As the queen of storage, Anett’s devotion to her objects is quite

compatible with a clean and streamlined home. Her secret: everything has its place, from the laundry and toys tucked neatly into baskets, to the daily paper draped over a decorative ladder in the kitchen. “I live as I preach – storage simplifies life,” says Anett. The building’s own history has also done much to influence Anett and Jakob’s choice of interiors. Its original features were bursting with retro appeal, from the timber-panelled ceilings to the mosaictiled floors. The overall effect bordered on dim and dingy – “I don’t know how people lived in such darkness!” says Anett – but contained enough charm to seduce the couple, who combined the best of the ’60s aspects with a more modern aesthetic, opening up the smaller spaces and introducing more light and air. The previously narrow kitchen was turned into an architect-designed centre of practicality and conviviality, where the whole family gathers. “Sitting at the kitchen table is my favourite place,” says Anett, who has more recently turned her attention to the ground floor, installing underfloor heating, new mosaic tiles to match the old ones, and sliding doors to give space back to some of the smaller rooms. While Anett and Jakob would love to move back to South Africa someday, the home they have made in Sweden is a blissful place to wait. “We’ve lived here for 15 years now, so maybe it is time to move,” says Anett, looking around at the beautiful home she has made and happily conceding that time is not yet.

KITCHEN Storage is Anett’s passion and her livelihood, so it’s little wonder a well-equipped kitchen was first on her renovation to-do list. Ample cupboards keep everything organised (opposite), however, Anett’s storage philosophy is not to hide everything out of sight. Anett enlisted a local architectural firm to also help open up the compact room. Built in 2001, the kitchen has worn well, with 2-pac cabinets, brushed steel benchtops and a splashback of penny round mosaic tiles delivering a modern look and hard-wearing practicality. In addition to the usual kitchen must-haves, a few bonus extras were added: a television and, an aquarium are built into the central unit (top), while an office space (left) has been tucked into one corner, complete with doors to hide away any mess. >

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Handcrafted shelves (top left) between the living room and upstairs bedrooms keep books tidied away but still on display, an instant tool for making any space feel homely and lived-in. BATHROOM

Exposed pipes in on-trend copper (left) stand out against a simple backdrop of white subway tiles. For a similar stand-out basin, try the Porcher ‘Cygnet’ from Reece. DOWNSTAIRS HALLWAY

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features that Anett first fell for, so when the time came to install underfloor heating in this space, she sourced similar replacement tiles. To re-create this retro look, try custom-designed mosaic tiles from Academy Tiles. However, not all of the existing elements of the home were worth saving; “There were a lot of doors and a lot of very, very small rooms,” Anett says. The solution was to replace a few of the original doors with large, sliding barn-style doors, which open without stealing space from the rooms beyond. See Barn Doors Australia for a rangle of similar styles.


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With the timber-panelled wall on one side and an enclosed railing on the other, the stairs were gloomy and uninviting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was all brown and it felt like going into a cave!â&#x20AC;? says Anett. Removing the wooden railing opened the space immeasurably. Lime-washing the treads and painting the timber wall a very Scandinavian mid-grey further lightened the space. Try painting similar timber panels in Dulux Silkwort, $45.90/L, dulux.com.au. >


SIGGE’S BEDROOM Youngest son Sigge’s room has a cool industrial feel, thanks to the innovative addition of heavy-duty rubber flooring. Even here, Anett’s knack for decorative storage is evident, with small toys in a basket that can neatly slide under the bed and Sigge’s collection of caps strung above the window. The bull lamp was found in South Africa and illuminates an enlarged photograph taken by Anett.

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Who lives here? Anett, co-founder of homewares store Granit; her husband, Jakob; and their younger sons, Jasper, 14, and Sigge, 12. Eldest son Anton, 21, is a frequent visitor. Did you love the home’s original ’60s features? Anett: “Yes, like the mosaic-tile floor, which was one of the things I fell in love with when we bought the house. But it was so dark, with the dark ceiling and the small rooms.” What did you do to lighten it up? “As most people do, we opened up all those small rooms to create more open space. We put in a whole new interior, but we kept it similar to the original; the windows are new, but typically ’60s, and we kept the panelled wall, which I painted grey, and the cognac-coloured ceiling.”

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Anett and Jakob’s bedroom (above) is furnished with a bed of Anett’s own design, complete with a built-in shelf at the back for extra storage and for

displaying a large photo of a smiling Jakob, taken by a friend. Layers of linen sheets create an artfully dishevelled look; for pure linen sheets in similar shades of grey, try In the Sac.

To achieve a similar look, try Safari Living (safariliving.com) and Weylandts (weylandts.com.au) for South African-inspired pieces and Fred International (fredinternational.com.au) to add a Swedish spin.

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GOING CASUAL The living room of Lois

and Wilson’s Melbourne home is “where we hang out most of the time,” says Lois. A ‘Plaza’ couch from King Living and Globe West coffee table rest on a ‘Middle Atlas’ Moroccan rug from Halcyon Lake, while the couple painted the exposed brick wall and hearth in Dulux Vivid White and installed Freedom’s ‘Aberdeen’ curtains. The artworks (by unknown artists) bring a touch of added vibrancy and interest into the space. For a similar print (left wall), try TheHome.com.au. >

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the natural touch THIS PRETTY-AS-A-PICTURE MELBOURNE HOME SPEAKS TO ITS INTERIOR-SAVVY OWNERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; LOVE OF ALL THINGS ORGANIC STORY JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING JACQUI MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY EVE WILSON


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ucked away in a whisper-quiet cul-de-sac, a curved path dotted with fragrant roses and lavender leads to a white timber door where guests love to come knocking. Step off the welcome mat into this hidden gem in Melbourne’s outskirts, with Brian the terrier mix offering an enthusiastic if noisy greeting, and you’re sure to see sunshine even on a cloudy day. It’s here that the homeowners – Lois, an interiors stylist, and her property-developer husband, Wilson, have created an abode as light and airy as it is lived-in and lovely. “The house is so calming, as a home should be,” says Lois. “Wilson left all the decisions with the interiors to me. I got free rein to choose everything – which was pretty good!” This is the pair’s first home as a married couple, and hints of Lois’s love of all things natural are throughout – she is a true green thumb. There’s the evocative ‘Branches Black & White Trees’ wallpaper in the main bedroom, the cluster of framed foliage prints in the family room and the potted plants bringing verdant life to many a spare corner. “I enjoy gardening as it makes me feel very relaxed and peaceful,” says Lois, whose dreamy decorating style won her master bedroom a prized spot in Home Beautiful’s 50 Most Beautiful Rooms list last year. As for Wilson, the fact this compact home is “so comfortable” has stolen his heart, not to mention that its sparkling new kitchen provides the keen cook with a sun-dappled setting to whip up his favourite dishes. “Wilson loves to cook and the kitchen is extremely bright and functional,” says Lois. “That’s his domain!” The three-bedroom home has come a long way since the couple, childhood sweethearts who moved to Australia from Malaysia five years ago, spotted it in 2014. “It was built in the 1970s and hadn’t been updated,” recalls Wilson. With its exposed dark-brick walls and dated interiors, it cried out for attention. However, the pair were won over by the house’s good bones and its most redeeming feature – a family-friendly open-plan layout – and transformed it over a threemonth renovation. “We ripped out everything, put in a new kitchen and bathrooms, and French doors in the family room,” says Wilson. “Then, Lois and I painted every room ourselves. We did put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it was well worth the effort.” Now that he and Lois have welcomed baby Gemma, three months, they are sure it is the perfect place in which to embark on a happy new chapter of their lives. “We’ll be here for quite some time yet,” says Lois.

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Grounded by the light tough of a limewashed-look floor, the dining room is situated between the kitchen and family room. Lois (pictured) chose this ‘Canyon’ dining setting, comprising a solid oak table and chairs with userfriendly charcoal-fabric seats, from King Living for two important reasons. “A round table is very social,” she says, “and it’s child-safe, as there are no sharp edges.” An aqua vase from The Family Love Tree (above right) brings a splash of colour, while a ‘Chrysalis’ plant stand and a pot, both from Ivy Muse, score additional style points. For a similar round, wood-framed mirror, try Interiors Online.

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Keeping organised is a breeze in this sunny nook, in which a beautiful painting titled Rainy Day Paris (artist unknown), spotted by Lois in a homewares store, is the undisputed hero. “The colour is gorgeous and brings an energy to the area,” says Lois. “Wilson and I both work from home, so having a study area that is both lovely and practical is really important.” A ‘Wishbone’-style chair from MRD Home and a sleek ‘Hudson’ timber desk from Globe West are stylish and functional, as is the ‘Tile’ wool kilim rug from West Elm. >

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Connected by new French doors to a decked alfresco area and the garden, the pretty family room (opposite) stars a King Living sofa that is Lois’s favourite piece in the home. “It’s such a calming colour and makes quite a feature,” she says. A ‘Nizza’ wool rug from Halcyon Lake finds its misty match in walls painted in Dulux Tranquil Retreat, while a ‘Cast Base’ coffee table from West Elm keeps the scheme cosy yet contemporary. A series of Impressions on Indigo giclee prints by Vision Studio, found at Warranbrooke, enhances the warm, welcoming vibe.

SOFA ‘Uno’ 2-seater sofa upholstered in Luxe fabric in Baltic, $1780/1660mm, King Living.

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Defined by its cafe-inspired good looks, the delightful kitchen (right & above) features a clever mix of colours and materials. ‘Junhua’ bevelled subway-style tiles from Designer Tile Company make a bold statement against black grout, as do the pale, timber-look ‘Natural Zebrano’ overhead cupboards by Laminex and the ‘Black’ Laminex drawers. Caesarstone ‘Shitake’ was selected for the benchtops, for its soft mushroom tone and low-maintenance characteristics. “We felt that white benchtops are a little over-used, so we decided to go for a colour,” explains Lois. An ‘M3’ ladder storage unit from Freedom keeps clutter under wraps and provides a quirky setting to display everything from plants to recipe books. The couple thought of using a far darker colour for the timber laminate flooring, “but we worried it may show every speck of dust,” says Lois. “We’re so happy we went for this light oak shade. It lightens the whole house, and it’s so easy to keep clean.” > JUNE 2016

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Lois’s parents call the guest room their own when they visit. To  create a soft and soothing vibe, Lois chose Dulux Tiamo paint for the feature wall, and a romantic mix of pastel-hued bedlinen from Cultiver and Bedouin Societe at Fenton & Fenton. A ‘Hydrangeas’ linen cushion, also from Fenton & Fenton, reflects her ongoing flower-crush, while ‘Vintage’ oak bedside tables from Sounds Like Home, a brass ‘I Love Desk Lamp’ from Fenton & Fenton and a Norsu Interiors silver-grey sheepskin rug create subtle impact. The Tantra Mirrors ‘Florence’ bedhead came from Jennifer Button Homeware & Giftware Agency and is paired with Jamie Cook’s Straight Forward print (for similar, try All Posters).


WALL TILES ‘Honeycomb Black’ 23mm x 26mm gloss mosaic tiles, $53/sqm, Designer Tile Company.

“THIS IS OUR FIRST HOME, SO THAT TO US” ~ LOIS MAKES IT

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BATHROOM Lois’s attention to detail shines in the stylish bathroom, where high-impact wall tiles contrast with a floating light oak Polilife ‘Lunar’ vanity from First Choice Warehouse. “I love geometric patterns for their boldness, and these wall tiles appealed to me as they make a strong feature,” says Lois. A freestanding Infinite ‘Jordy’ bath, also from First Choice Warehouse, beckons. “It’s not a huge bathroom, but this bath, which is 1400mm long, fits in well,” says Lois. This classy yet homely picture is completed with a graphic towel from Fenton & Fenton. >

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wallpaper wonder The simple application of

statement wallpaper can transform a room, and that’s evident in Lois and Wilson’s bedroom. A feature wall swathed in graceful ‘Branches Black & White Trees’ from Wallpaper Brokers, $129/10m roll, sets the scene for a blissful sleep. “I fell in love with it, as it gives the room a bit of a cottage feel while being contemporary,” says Lois. “It’s like waking up in a forest!”; wallpaperbrokers.com.au.

MAIN BEDROOM The delicate wallpaper provided the inspiration for this room’s overall decor and palette. Dark oak ‘Classique’ side tables from Globe West, illuminated by industrial-style ‘Bunker’ pendants from About Space, prove perfectly cohesive choices. A shag ‘Shiver’ rug from Bayliss Rugs provides softness underfoot, while a studded bed found at West Elm, dressed in sumptuous Bedouin Societe sheets from Fenton & Fenton and Cultiver pillowcases, looks oh-so-inviting. “A bedroom must have a calming feel as it is a place to rest,” says Lois.


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Who lives here? Lois (left), an interiors stylist; her husband Wilson, a property developer; their three-monthold daughter Gemma; and Brian the terrier mix. Describe your decorating style? Lois: “I love to mix styles, but I always pair items that go well together in colour and texture.” What is your decorating weakness? “Pendant lights, table lamps and floor lamps. They make a house look more like a home.” What was your biggest reno challenge? Wilson: “Keeping everything within the budget, which we didn’t quite succeed in doing. We did end up spending more than we should have.” What is next on your interiors wishlist? Lois: “A high-backed winged armchair. Wilson already has his eye on a lime-green one!”

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Lois and Wilson painted the exterior in Dulux Domino, with doors and windows in Dulux Vivid White. The result is a home that they believe changes appearance with the seasons. “It’s at its most beautiful in

spring, but also summer and autumn – because of the garden, which I am very proud of,” says Lois, who planted the ‘Black Caviar’ and ‘David Austin’s Sophy’s Rose’ roses in the foreground. The potted plants on the steps are Cineraria ‘Silver Dust’.

Interior designer Lois Lim, COR Interiors, 0451 975 747, corinteriors.com.au.

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A TOUCH OF ELEGANCE It only takes a glance into this Wellington villa for it to reveal a wealth of family history and a passion for travel. As homeowner Faye, a designer, explains, “[My husband] Cameron and I have travelled frequently and always come home with a memento.” One takes centrestage in the front studio/dining area, seen through folding glazed doors: the exquisite chandelier was bought at the Saint-Ouen flea markets during a trip to Paris. Under it stands an heirloom table. “It’s incredible to think this piece of furniture has been part of my family since the 1800s,” says Faye. In the living room, Faye reupholstered an Art Deco era lounge suite in a luxe silver velvet to give a modern update. It’s colourful cushions were inherited, along with the couch under the front window, from the her grandparents in the UK. Simply framed prints of works by Vogue fashion illustrator David Downton add an air of elegance. The pouffes were an online find (for similar, try Cush & Co) while the ceramics and other pieces on the bookshelf (opposite) are items sourced by Faye and gifts from her collector mother-in-law, Lana. >


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“From here I can look to each part of the living area and garden.” BACKYARD The compact garden

(above) is a favourite space for Faye, who bought the steel table and chairs at the Paris flea markets. “I wanted to create a space that’s an extension of our home, that we can relax in with our family and friends,” she explains. “In summer, Cam barbecues our dinner most nights and in winter we enjoy the sunshine as it’s very sheltered. I try to spend a part of every day here as I find it energising.”

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fter a seemingly endless search, New Zealanders Faye and Cameron bought an early 20th-century, south Wellington home from Cameron’s mum, Lana, which had been in his family for decades. However, the traditional weatherboard two-storey villa, one of five identical abodes standing side by side, wasn’t in the best condition. Issues such as the dilapidated kitchen and birds nesting in the bathroom threatened to overwhelm the couple. “We were standing on the footpath in a bit of a daze until our neighbour invited us in to see how they had renovated,” recalls Cameron. “Over the next couple of weeks we went inside two more of the homes in our row. Seeing the different ways these identical houses had been transformed – each with their own style – convinced us the hard work would be worth it.” The pair, who have a two-year-old son, Cassius, set to work on making their own home one of a kind, adding two large windows high on the west-facing walls to bring much-needed light to the living areas. “I love villas, but they are often dark,” says designer Faye, who puts the airy front dining room to good use doing double duty as a studio; this zone is now separated from the living room by bi-fold glazed doors that can be closed for privacy. Walls around the central living room were removed and the kitchen pushed out to the rear. “We lifted the height of the kitchen ceiling and made it wider so that 102

KITCHEN Chic lacquered white cabinetry, installed by Pridex Kitchens, is simplicity itself, but inclusions such as the clutterbusting underbench magazine shelf reveal Faye’s smarts at work in the cooking zone (opposite). To accommodate the oversized benchtop without visible slab joins, she and Cameron chose Corian over a natural stone, and had the seats of Norman Foster-designed Emeco stools from Thonet re-covered in white leather. “We custom-designed this space to be all that we could want in a kitchen,” explains Faye.

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we could install a central island,” explains Faye, who also added a statement metallic splashback for a contemporary touch. Once the renovation was complete, Faye and Cameron began filling their home with objects reminiscent of good times and globetrotting, and heirlooms including a pedestal table with a beguiling story. “It was hand-carved by my great-grandfather,” reveals Faye, who uses the table for work, entertaining and family meals. “It’s a beautiful part of my family’s history and a special part of our everyday life. My mother grew up in Yorkshire, England, and it was used every day for homework and meals. When my grandmother passed away, the table was shipped to New Zealand, and now we continue with the family tradition.” The couple have added an eclectic selection of other mementos. “Our home is built up with layers created from heirlooms, sentimental items and memories of our travels and the cities we’ve loved exploring,” says Faye, who found some of her most cherished pieces in Paris. “We spent a couple of days at the flea market in Saint-Ouen and carefully brought home our chandelier, along with a few other antique treasures.” Today, the couple’s home, with its understated palette a perfect foil for finds and treasures, is uniquely theirs. “I never tire of being here – I can’t help but constantly move and rearrange pieces!” admits Faye. “We love having a home flexible enough to work from, as well as relaxing and entertaining. It’s the perfect mix of business and pleasure.”


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In a house that joyfully blends eras, the retro-meets-mod kitchen splashback is a triumph. ‘Japanese Floral’ Florence Broadhurst wallpaper in silver on silver was hung behind glass, and was also wrapped around the drum light shades. “I have always loved the Florence Broadhurst patterns, and we felt that the silver wallpaper splashback created a lovely feature,” says Faye (above). >


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Although the space is modest, the bathroom’s paradoxical styles are bold: curves and straight lines, old and new, black and white, glass and wood. “I wanted a classic, timeless style so I could update the look with accessories,” explains Faye, who had the original claw-foot bath re-coated. The timber top to the glossy 2-pac

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On a ‘bishop’s bookcase’ (“a lovely antique that would have housed Bibles”, according to Faye), a pair of Louboutins sits in front of a Dior advertising artwork by fashion illustrator René Gruau, bought from the bouquinistes Paris booksellers who line the Seine.

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An upcycled bentwood chair painted black (right) serves as a table beside the upholstered daybed, another Saint-Ouen find. Above it is a print of Marià Fortuny’s 1874 work, The Painter’s Children in the Japanese Salon, that the couple bought at the Prado museum while on honeymoon in Madrid.

vanity is crowned with an elegant bowl – try the Porcher Vallo ‘Vessel’ from Reece – while a round mirror gifted by Cameron’s mum Lana (Ikea’s ‘Kolja’ is similar) hangs above. On the landing (left), wall art includes a hanging vase by New Zealand post-war ceramics icon Crown Lynn, and an ink natural history sketch by an unknown local artist.


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“This room gets a lot of light all day, so I wanted the palette to be soft and relaxing; that’s why I chose the soft greys and blues,” explains Faye of the upholstery, window treatments and bedding. The old clock creates a quirky focal point and is another Parisian find spotted, along with the upholstered chairs, at the French capital’s antique markets. The light-as-air, down-filled coverlet was a wedding gift (for similar, try Pottery Barn). >


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Who lives here? Faye, a designer; her husband, Cameron, a CEO; and their son, Cassius, two. How would you describe your style? Faye: “It is an eclectic mix of styles and eras. The character of the house isn’t lost, but we have a home, not a museum.” Are you a regular redecorator? “I constantly move and rearrange pieces so nothing becomes tired.” Any styling advice? “Use pale paint on walls and add pops of colour with art, soft furnishings and objects. We can easily update a room without having to repaint, and we aren’t stuck with a particular look that may ultimately date.”

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Newly restored, the frontage (top) of the pre-WWI weatherboard villa oozes charm. The formerly sloping backyard (above), which Faye says “constantly evolves”, is terraced to delineate between a grassy play area and paved chill-out zone. Her friend,

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artist Helena Millar, created the heart sculptures. The garden has also hosted a cherished moment in the young family’s history – Faye explains: “My favourite memory is watching my son take his first steps here as he tried to reach my roses!”

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pattern play HOUSE RULES’ RESIDENT DESIGN EXPERT AND MENTOR CAROLYN BURNS-MCCRAVE SHARES THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE SHE USED WHEN WORKING HER DECORATING MAGIC ON THIS GORGEOUS FAMILY ABODE WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING RUTH WELSBY PHOTOGRAPHY MARTINA GEMMOLA

Who lives here? Rachael and her husband, Andrew, who both run their own businesses, and their children, twins Ruby and Eliza, 12, Annie, nine, and Tommy, six. Location: A leafy south-eastern Melbourne suburb. Original property: A stately two-storey Californian bungalow crying out for a major makeover and extension due to its dated, worn interiors and far-from-functional layout. Time taken to renovate? From enlisting Carolyn Burns-McCrave and putting plans into council through to moving in, about 20 months. Why this home? The family loved the house’s prized suburban location and its beautiful original features, including soaring decorative plaster ceilings, leadlight windows and charming wall panelling. After living in the unrenovated house for some time to get a feel for what they loved – and didn’t – the family called in interior designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave to oversee the extensive project. Why the reno? “The house had great bones, but it was very run-down and in need of a complete renovation,” explains Carolyn. “And, the floor plan had to be modernised and extended to accommodate a family of six.” The brief was to transform the home into the family’s ‘forever’ abode, while still preserving its soul and character. “Rachael and Andrew had renovated before, so it was important that they spend time on the design process,” says Carolyn. “My vision was to create a home that truly reflected the family that lives here – warm, generous and down-to-earth.” Main works: Almost every space in the home was given a makeover, with particular attention paid to the working zones of the house – the kitchen and laundry – which are now housed in a new rear extension. While form was a priority, function was the primary concern. “Rachael and I have children the same age, so we were both on the same page when it came to organisation and storage,” explains Carolyn. “The new laundry is generous and includes a drying room, while the kitchen is now divided into preparation, cooking and clean-up zones.” The second storey was also extended to accommodate two additional bathrooms and a children’s rumpus room. Favourite aspect? The fabulous and incredibly functional new kitchen. “We entertain a lot, so it’s such a pleasure to cook here,” says Rachael. “It’s so easy to use, with lots of space for everyone. Throughout the home, Carolyn tapped into exactly what we’re about.” >

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“NOTHING IN the ho me IS PRECIOUS OR ‘HANDS OFF’. THE HOUSE IS NOW AS w elco ming AS THE FAMILY WHO LIVE HERE” ~ CAROLYN BURNS-MCCRAVE (PICTURED), DESIGNER


Carolyn’s design tip

“Built-in storage was key for this busy space and allowed me to introduce a timber element in scale to the room’s size,” she explains. “A credenza-style unit runs the length of the room and has timber storage at the other end in a stainless-steel-lined box.”

FAMILY ROOM Bright and sunny in summer and warm and cosy in winter with its romantic open fireplace, the family room is always the most social of zones. “Opening up the house on the northern side has completely changed the quality of light through the whole rear extension,” says Carolyn. “There are windows flanking the wood-burning fireplace to the south, light-wells to the east, borrowed northern light from the meals area and the sliding doors to the entertaining deck outside.” An organic, pared-back palette, with soothing splashes of green, provides a seamless link between inside and out (above). “We kept this space simply furnished in natural textures and tones that echo the gardens,” adds Carolyn.

“RACHAEL AND ANDREW WERE t rusting AND OPEN TO HAVING SOMETHING A LITTLE diffe rent ” ~ CAROLYN, DESIGNER

INFORMAL DINING Blessed with natural light and a verdant outlook, thanks to three large panel windows overlooking the leafy garden, this eating area may be casual but it’s imbued with a soft and serene ambience (right). A roomy and durable dining setting from Arranmore Furniture keeps the vibe in the room stylish and streamlined.

Carolyn’s design tip

Keep clutter at bay in high-traffic areas of the home, including the main eating zone, with custom-built cabinetry that offers both concealed and decorative storage solutions. “Choosing accessories to display in such a large space as this one can be tricky, so my go-to solution is large pot plants and foliage,” says Carolyn. “They fill out the space beautifully and economically, and blur that boundary between inside and out.”

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Carolyn’s design tip KITCHEN Housed in the luminous new extension and grounded by the timeless beauty of smoked and black oak boards, the Hamptons-style kitchen is as family-friendly as it is beautiful. “It’s modern with a bit of tradition,” Rachael says. Topped in a Stone Italiana bench, the central island appears more like a piece of furniture. Subway-style tiles in honed Carrara marble swathe the splashback, while inky-hued 2-pac cabinetry adds a touch of drama. >

Make every inch of space count in the kitchen by dividing the room into specific work zones. “There is a clean-up area running down the northern wall, to keep the mess away from the central island bench,” she says. “The fridge is tucked down this side as well as the wall ovens, so that you’re not looking at appliances from the living room. Complementing this area is a large walk-in pantry, an integrated computer desk for the children and a dedicated ‘mud room’ to corral all the school bags, sporting equipment and household notices. There’s also a decent-sized wine rack and a present-wrapping station.”


ENTRY HALL A stunning ‘Maxwell’ antique mirror and gold-leaf pendant light from Regency Distribution sets the scene in the entry hall. “This room has beautiful original wall panelling and a decorative plaster ceiling that we wanted to preserve and freshen up with white paint,” says Carolyn.

Carolyn’s design tip

Provide a hint of what’s to come in the front entrance. “Rachael and Andrew are not afraid of colour, so I felt it was important to introduce that as a kind of heads up of what visitors could expect throughout the home,” remarks Carolyn. “I did this by using a beautiful Clarke & Clarke ‘Indira’ wallpaper on the walls above the panelling, which I then repeated in the powder room. It draws the eye upwards and around, highlighting the generous scale of the spaces in the home. I also like that it’s a little unexpected and fun.”


FORMAL DINING ROOM Leading directly off the entry hall, the dining room (right) is a study in elegance. “Our starting point here was the table setting from Andrew’s mother, which I updated by reupholstering the chairs with a Schumacher ‘Ikat’ print,” says Carolyn. “I picked up the jewel tones in the fabric, and also the beautiful original leadlight windows, through a Baresque ‘Bodhi’ grasscloth wallpaper.”

STAIRS A brightly-coloured runner adorns the original staircase leading to the children’s wing on the first floor (above). “It was important to have some energy, pattern and colour here,” says Carolyn. “I also love bold, graphic wallpaper in transitional spaces and, as there was not a lot of natural light in the centre of the house, I used a metallic paper here to bounce some light around.”

“MAKE THE po wde r roo m A LIGHT-HEARTED SPACE AND A NICE sur prise FOR GUESTS” ~ CAROLYN, DESIGNER

POWDER ROOM Carolyn used the same Clarke & Clarke ‘Indira’ wallpaper in the entry hall on the side walls, with a deep turquoise three-dimensional tile (‘Aya’ ceramic mosaic tiles from Academy Tiles) for the end wall (right). “The Pozzi Ginori basin on legs is a modern take on an old-fashioned washstand,” says Carolyn. “The [‘Treillage’] mirror from Regency Distribution provides a chinoiserie touch, and the [‘Nudie Slim’] pendant light from ISM Objects is reminiscent of a birdcage – just to follow the bird theme through!” >

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Carolyn’s design tip

“It was important to keep the proportions generous, especially with the high ceilings, which allowed us to hang a whimsical but inexpensive Ikea [‘Stockholm’] pendant,” says Carolyn of the showstopping feature, left. “The play of light across the patterned tiles in this room is particularly nice, and the dark colour scheme makes it feel a world away from the family spaces.”

MASTER ENSUITE As busy working parents to four young children, it was important to Rachael and Andrew that their ensuite bathroom be transformed into a sanctuary. A sculptural freestanding Caroma Pearl bath, teamed with a gleaming Scala floor-mounted mixer from Reece, a Kado Quad wall-mounted heated towel rail and a twin-basin stone vanity, all add up to a relaxed pamper zone. “I used a charcoal colour palette, a patterntiled feature wall [Jatana Interiors tiles] and a furniture-like floating double vanity for a sense of calm and balance,” explains Carolyn.

“IT NEEDED TO BE COSY, so phisticated AND LUXURIOUS – A REAL RETREAT” ~ CAROLYN, DESIGNER

RENOVATION TIMELINE & SOURCE DETAILS

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OCTOBER-MARCH Having enlisted the expertise of Carolyn Burns-McCrave, Rachael and Andrew appoint Melbourne builder David Hough from Red House Design & Construction, along with draftsman Joe Conte from Arch Design. Design and documentation meetings are held and permit drawings are submitted to council for the new extension.

kitchen and downstairs bathrooms are demolished and the existing floors are removed.

APRIL-MAY The family moves out and work begins. The original

FEBRUARY-APRIL The new kitchen and bathrooms are

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JUNE-DECEMBER A concrete slab is poured at the rear of the home and structural beams erected. Construction work continues on the extension, with windows and floor-to-ceiling doors installed, seamlessly linking the living area to the garden.

constructed and the engineered timber flooring is installed. Walls throughout the home are painted or papered, and the new carpet is laid. MAY-JUNE New furniture is delivered as final touches are made to the house. Blinds are installed throughout, and the remaining pendant lights are installed. The family moves back into their beautiful home and begins settling into the next chapter of their life.

INTERIOR DESIGNER Carolyn Burns-McCrave Burns McCrave Design www.burnsmccrave.com.au BUILDER David Hough from Red House Design & Construction DRAFTSMAN Joe Conte from Arch Design


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light the way SHOW-STOPPING PENDANTS ARE A FIXTURE ON THE LATEST SEASON OF CHANNEL SEVEN’S HOUSE RULES. HERE’S HOW TO GET THE LOOK RIGHT WORDS TAHN SCOON

THE SETTING SUN heralds the entrance of what should be one of your home’s most sophisticated stars – an exquisite pendant, delivering a dinner party ambience, soft bedroom lighting or a dream living room’s comforting glow. Our experts show you ideas for hanging the perfect pendant.

headhunters

For lovely living rooms, pair a pendant with high ceilings that allow visitors to gaze upon its beauty – after all, it is the star of the show – without risking a bump to the head. Here, double height ceilings showcase an incredible black ‘Maxim’ pendant light from Schots Home Emporium.


tie it together

Open-plan areas need cohesion; ensure pendants share a visual link, or your space risks resembling a lighting showroom. The connection could be via colour, material or style, or keep it simple with the same design, such as these ‘Norfolk’ glass pendants from Magins Lighting connecting dining to living.

PHOTOGRAPHY (OPPOSITE) DEREK SWALWELL. (THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) NATALIE HUNFALVAY, SIMON DEVITT, MARCEL AUCAR

ADD DRAMA Round and square dining tables look best with a single pendant, while oval and rectangular tables can hold more (right). As a general rule of thumb, one large pendant should be at least 30cm shorter in diameter than the width of your table. Longer tables allow for bolder options; “Consider one statement piece or an arrangement of multiple hanging pendants,” says Michael Katsanevas of Lumen-8 Architectural Lighting.

GO LONG “A linear pendant is a great choice for kitchen islands, as they provide an even spread of illumination,” advises Michael. “Don’t match its length to the bench – it’s important the pendant is about 600-800mm shorter, and placed in the centre.” This pendant (above) provides fantastic task lighting for food preparation, try the ‘LEDlux Strix’ pendant from Beacon Lighting for similar. >

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soft & subtle

In the bedroom, look to simple fabric shades or round, shapely pendants to enhance the ambience. Mood lighting is important, install dimmers and a two-way switch, so you don’t need to get out of bed to turn off the light!

PRETTY PUNCH Small spaces like powder rooms offer opportunity to go all out: we love contemporary copper design, such as this petite Beacon Lighting ‘Luna 1’ pendant (right) in a space designed by Gia Bathrooms & Kitchens.

“Pendants requiring hardwiring must be installed by a licensed electrician” ~ Steve McArthur, Pro Electricians

SO LONG, LAMP Pendants installed each side of the bed free up valuable table space. Choose a model that allows enough light to fall onto your book for reading, but is well-shaded enough to protect your eyes from glare. Alternatively, an Edison-style pendant such as the one pictured (left), from Ici Et La, features an eye-friendly low-wattage E14 bulb.

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PHOTOGRAPHY (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) MELISSA HEATH, PAUL CARLAND, SIMON WHITBREAD

HOUSE RULES JUDGE JOE SNELL’S LIGHTING LOGIC Architect Joe Snell outlines the importance of having a proper lighting plan. “How you light a space impacts on how you feel, and how you function,” says Joe. “If you don’t have a lighting plan, then no matter how good your renovation, it will be a big fail. A lighting plan ensures that you have, for example, high quality task lighting over your kitchen bench, or warm dimmable pendants so that you can change your lounge room into a cosy, relaxing haven at the end of a long day.” Consult with a professional at the early stages of your renovation to avoid costly mistakes.


creative displays:

art starters WHETHER HANGING PIECES SYMMETRICALLY, SALON-STYLE OR HIGHLIGHTING ONE SPECIAL TREASURE, PERFECT POSITIONING IS ACHIEVABLE WORDS VERA KLEIN

visual trickery Singular smaller artworks can look isolated if they are centred on a wall. Work with scale by placing pieces to one side – this links it to what’s featured below and it becomes part of a larger vignette.

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THERE’S A WARM SATISFACTION that comes with hanging art well. A thoughtful arrangement adds lovely vertical layers to a room, introducing personality, colour and visual interest. As the teams on Channel Seven’s House Rules discovered, following a few basic guidelines can deliver polished results. So before picking up a drill, screwdriver or hammer, take a moment to read our tips and tricks of the trade guaranteed to present your beloved prints, paintings, photographs and personal mementos with professional flair.


gallery gazing

get the LOOK 1. A salon hang, where a group of artworks are hung closely together, starts with no less than five pieces.

Family or art photographs are ideal candidates for a gallery wall. The key to creating a cohesive look is to choose frames in one style and colour, and using mat boards (the often-white border surrounding the image). This offers visual breathing space and prevents photographs looking crowded against the frames. Hallway walls and entrance areas, such as the one pictured above, are particularly gallery-worthy.

2. Hang the first framed piece

in the centre at eye-height. Position the remaining four around it at equal distances from the first.

3. As your collection grows, add more vertically and horizontally.

perfect SYMMETRy

“Slimline frames look stunning displayed en masse,” says HB style editor Stephanie Powell. “Use multiples of the same size for a uniform exhibit.” A laser measuring tool is handy to have when marking up a number of points in one line. Basic versions have a span of about five metres and are available from Bunnings.

focal points

A single large artwork makes a striking statement in a room and can bring depth to a space. A handy rule of thumb is to hang the piece so the centre is at eye-level: 160cm from the floor suits most people. The work should also be shorter in width than any furniture pieces below. >

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above & beyond

It can be hard to imagine how a group of artworks will look on a wall. HB editor and House Rules judge Wendy Moore suggests making a paper template of each frame and laying out the configuration on the wall before you commit. “It’s an easy way to see how the shapes and sizes work as a group,” says Wendy. “When you’re happy with the arrangement, add hooks behind each sheet and hang your pictures one by one.”

sleek surrounds Mirror the timber tones of your furniture in picture frames. Here, the sideboard directs the look, resulting in a relaxed take on mid-century style.

“Group objects together to create little stories”

gather ‘round

add & subtract

To keep favourite pieces looking like a curated collection rather than clutter, pick a theme and keep the heights varied. Change one or two pieces around occasionally to keep the display fresh and interesting.

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Art collections aren’t limited to pictures in frames – sculptures, objet d’art and treasured pieces all have their place. Follow the same principles when creating your vignettes, such as keeping colours consistent and textures varied. But don’t discount the chance to be playful, as with this sideboard (far left) where whimsical butterfly sculptures are affixed in a pattern resembling flight. Likewise, by leaning a few framed works on a console (left) and gently overlapping an edge of a hanging artwork, the stack of books and rope are tied into the display.

PHOTOGRAPHY (THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM, ARMELLE HABIB, SUE STUBBS, MIKKEL VANG, (OPPOSITE) JESPER RAY/HOUSE OF PICTURES/ PICTURE MEDIA, ARTWORKS (THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT) MANOEL BERSAN, (THIS PAGE, TOP RIGHT, CENTRE) NATHAN GRAY, ALL OTHERS UNKNOWN

~ Karenza Jewell, interior designer


on the shelf

Picture ledges – slim shelves with a lip on the edge – are a great surface for putting together relaxed arrangements: the art equivalent of a throw rug enticingly perched on the edge of a sofa. “White floating shelves are a stylist’s dream,” says HB style editor Stephanie Powell. “They disappear into white walls and collections can be curated as often as you like.”

get the LOOk 1. Think of the room the shelves are in as the big picture and work with the colours already at play for a harmonious, laid-back feel.

2. Mix different shapes and heights interspersed with a few natural textural elements, such as twigs, ethically sourced coral and shells.


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the hamptons way EMBRACE CLASSIC AMERICAN COASTAL STYLE WITH A PALETTE OF WARM NEUTRALS AND STORMY BLUES COMPILED BY RACHEL PETERS

PENDANT

Davey Lighting ‘Madison’ brass pendant, $1548/75cm, Dunlin.

“If you can’t get to the coast, bring that invigorating, casual coastal atmosphere to you” ~ Rachel Peters, HB senior stylist

LAMP

House Rules contestants Fil and Joe wanted the teams to take inspiration and emulate elegant Hamptons style.

‘Keely’ table lamp in Clear/Natural, $279/68cm, Oz Design Furniture.

SOFA

‘Hampton Outdoor’ 3-seater sofa in Navy, $2299/195cm, Alfresco Emporium.

BUFFET

‘Carolina’ shuttered teak buffet with whitewashed finish, $3695/211cm, Coco Republic. BASKET

RUG

JAR

Dynasty ‘Fleur’ handpainted ceramic ginger jar, $229/31cm, Alfresco Emporium.

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‘Tonal Tile’ tufted wool rug in Indigo, $649/152cm x 244cm, Pottery Barn. Stockists, page 220

PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP LEFT) CHRIS WARNES

Round jute basket in Natural, $105/38cm, The Dharma Door.


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PHOTOGRAPHY CATH MUSCAT

A GOOD RUG is like a work of art underfoot – making an invigorating statement or just quietly pulling a look together, all while providing luscious softness for chilly winter toes. “As rugs aren’t permanent, they offer a perfect opportunity to introduce colour and pattern to a room,” says House Rules mentor and designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave, “and because rugs sit below your eyeline, you can be bolder in your design choices than you would be for, say, a wallpaper.” Cosy up with our experts’ tips. >

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the hue for you

Colour is the first area to consider. “The main question you need to ask yourself is if you want the rug to be the feature or to simply be another textural element in your home,” says Christine McDonald of Designer Rugs. Pattern is a great way to add a lively lift to a neutral colour scheme – a good tip is to match the secondary colour in the rug to your main furnishings. However, while a bright or heavily patterned rug can make a swoon-worthy style statement, it requires confidence in your own style. It’s an expensive piece to change if you have second thoughts. For this reason, Claire de Luca of Armadillo & Co leans towards a neutral floor dressing. “Then you can add colour in cushions, wall colours, fabric and furniture,” she says. Floorspace’s (floorspaceaustralia.com.au) online rug builder lets you custom-create your own rug from any of their beautifully neutral floor coverings. You pick the textile, such as jute, sisal or a wool mix, add a border in the colour of your choice and slot in the measurements – and it will calculate the price for you instantly.

tip: Do you already have a lot of colour going on in your room? Choosing a lovely neutral rug as a quiet base, like the one in this living room, will be no great challenge. On the other hand, if you want a patterned or colourful rug that makes a bold statement, it’s easier to choose it first and work your decor from the ground up.

SHOPPING neutral

colour

‘Omaha’ wool rug in Black and White, $949/160cm x 230cm, Freedom.

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Chevalier Edition ‘Panier’ wool rug by Stephen Burks, $6600/200cm x 220cm, Loom Rugs.

pattern

Margo Selby ‘Zigzag Stripe Kilim’ wool and cotton rug, $549/152cm x 244cm, West Elm. Stockists, page 220

PHOTOGRAPHY (THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT) RHIANNON SLATTER, DEREK SWALWELL, (OPPOSITE PAGE) TESSA NEUSTADT

tip: When looking for a patterned floor runner, select one where a good portion of it is a similar colour to the flooring beneath.


SIZING UP THE RUG OPTIONS There are some basic rules about rug size. A dining room rug needs to be big enough so the chairs can sit on it when pulled out. “In an open-plan living room, rugs are great to delineate the seating area, so the front feet of your sofas and chairs should sit on the rug,” says House Rules mentor and designer Carolyn Burns-McCrave, adding: “There is nothing worse than a rug that is too small for the space.” Rugs are also a style tool, manipulating how a room looks and feels. “Don’t think that because you have a small room, the rug should be small,” says Christine McDonald of Designer Rugs. “The bigger the rug, the larger the room will feel. The opposite goes for large rooms, where smaller rugs can create intimate spaces.” Shape has a part to play here, too. Round rugs can add welcome softness and interest, contrasting with the blocky shapes of modular sofas and rectangular tables. Getting the scale wrong when buying a rug is a common mistake, so the best way to choose the right size is to get crafty. “Tape out the size you need in your room before you go shopping,” suggests Carolyn. “It’s too hard to gauge proportions in a showroom.” >

tip: If you have a striped rug on a wooden floor, run the stripes perpendicular to the floorboards, for visual contrast.


SHOPPING jute

‘Dot Rose’ jute rug in Black, from $79.95/100cm, Oz Design Furniture.

low pile

‘Doftranka’ polypropylene rug, $99/133cm x 195cm, Ikea.

wool

tip: Don’t hide the texture of a rugged-looking bedroom rug. Ensure it protrudes from at least one border of the bed, just like this one styled by Tamara Magel Interiors (above).

Textile roulette

For materials, weigh comfort against practicality. A shag pile or loose weave is tantalising underfoot, making it the perfect choice for cosy bedrooms (below right). In dining zones, an offbeat alternative is an outdoor rug. Made of polypropylene, they are gaining in popularity as indoor alternatives as they are stain-resistant and can be easily cleaned after a particularly messy meal – just the ticket if you have young kids. Best of all, they’re relatively inexpensive; try Dash & Albert rugs from Winton House (wintonhouse.com.au). Claire de Luca also likes hemp, which she favours for runners, under dining tables and kids’ playrooms. “It’s a strong, hard-wearing fibre that also softens with age,” she explains.

Christine McDonald’s pick is New Zealand wool. “Wool has a natural stain resistance in the form of lanolin, and is also fire-resistant, so it’s great for rugs placed near fireplaces,” she says. “Wool is extremely sturdy – even after a rug has been placed under furniture for long periods of time, the yarn will spring back.” Alternatively try a mix – wool blended with natural fibres, such as sisal, creates a rug that’s lovely to walk on and incredibly robust. For a super-soft, tactile feel underfoot, silk is a luxurious alternative, with a lustrous look that whispers sophistication – but it’s somewhat more of a challenge on the care front. “We would only recommend silk in small areas as highlights or in low-traffic spaces,” says Christine. “Bamboo is a cheaper alternative with a similar appearance.” >

tip: Look to your room’s existing furnishings and palette for a clue as to what rug might look best. This bedroom is another perfect example of that, with a silver-grey long-pile rug providing the finishing touch to a luxuriant sleeping zone that shows how sumptuous – and calming – a grey-based palette can be.

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Roar & Rabbit ‘Wabi Sabi Circle’ wool and viscose rug in Blush, $699/152cm x 244cm, West Elm. Stockists, page 220


clean feeling IT MIGHT NOT BE YOUR MOST GLAMOROUS PURCHASE, BUT THE RIGHT VACUUM CLEANER WILL HELP KEEP YOUR NEW RUG IN SPECTACULAR CONDITION WORDS SHELLEY TUSTIN

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Vorwerk ‘Kobold VR200’ robot vacuum, $1499, Godfreys.

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Hoover ‘Allergy Powerhead’ bagless vacuum, $799, Godfreys.

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Athlet ‘Runtime Plus’ cordless handstick vacuum, $699, Bosch Home Appliances.

CLEANING IS A BREEZE with the right vacuum cleaner – but the wrong one could mean wasted hours of excess frustration and perspiration. Firstly, how large (and messy) is your home? Select a vacuum big enough to meet your needs. If it’s too small, you’ll be forever emptying the canister or changing bags. One solution could be to invest in a robot vacuum to keep the dust under control. “Robots should be treated as an ‘as well as’ product,” says Simon Greig of Godfreys. “Even with a robot you are still required to occasionally vacuum.” Allergies can be a major consideration and warrant the purchase of a specialised model. Look for a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, which traps pollen and other particles. There are specialised vacs for picking up all that pet hair, and ones with softer brushes that are perfect for hardwood floors.

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STICK OR CYLINDER? The traditional cylinder is the vacuum of choice for the vast majority of households – but what about stick vacuums? The popularity of these svelte models has recently boomed, making them the go-to vac for many homes. As well as their easy-to-store slender profile, stick vacuums are lightweight and mostly cordless. This makes them easy to grab for quick cleans, and a good choice for elderly or less able-bodied people, who might find a bulky cylinder.

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Zoo’o ‘Pro Animal’ bagless vacuum, $779, Bosch Home Appliances.

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Hoover ‘Ultra Performer’ cordless stick vacuum, $249, Godfreys.

Cinetic ‘Big Ball’ bagless vacuum, from $699, Dyson. Stockists, page 220

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tip: A synthetic fibre carpet can handle a vacuum with a stiff-bristled brush roll, but choose a softer brush roll for a wool rug, to avoid damage.

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five-star spa WITH A LITTLE PLANNING AND A FEW THOUGHTFUL TOUCHES, A BORING BATHROOM CAN TRANSFORM INTO A BLISSFUL SANCTUARY

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WORDS SHELLEY TUSTIN

WHEN IT CAME to remodelling the bathroom in Fil and Joe’s Melbourne home on House Rules, the teams had the formidable task of balancing a bathroom’s need for practicality – which can be the antithesis of glamour – and the requirement to create a peaceful haven for the couple to start and finish each day. In a well-executed bathroom renovation, practicality is non-negotiable, but there’s always room for beauty. Here’s how to get the best of both worlds. >

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tip: A stand-alone tub – a classic clawfoot or modern angular form – gives a spa-centric vibe. Make it the first thing you see as you enter the room.

tip: Flush-mounting the bath creates a clean, seamless look for bathing bliss.

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When you think of a spa-style bathroom, you most likely imagine yourself soaking in a bath, neck-deep in bubbles, so choosing the right tub is the first step. Of course, not every bathroom can fit a separate bath and shower. “You can still create impact with a built-in bath,” says Daniela Santilli of Reece. “There are many luxuriously sized options available, like the Kaldewei ‘Puro’ baths (from $1367, Reece), which are ideal for creating a calming and rejuvenating sanctuary.” The perfect bath must feel right – don’t be afraid to hop into a few in the showroom. “I love softer-curved baths for comfort, while baths with a higher back, like the Kado ‘Arc’ [$1780, Reece], offer fantastic head support,” says Carmel Dee of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens. To take your soak to the next level, consider a spa bath.

tip:“Position the bath at least 100mm off the back wall or, for best impact, 300mm off the wall and paired with a floor-mounted spout,” says Carmel Dee of GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens.

SHOPPING

‘Reve’ bath, $5514, Kohler.

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Omvivo ‘Ergobath’ spa bath, from $3291, Reece.

Merwe ‘Oxbow’ bath, from $7799, Candana.


SHOPPING

‘Venice’ vanity basin, from $1062, Pittella.

‘Petaline’ sink, $1000, Kohler.

tip:Adequate storage corrals bathroom detritus, while an under-mounted basin keeps your vanity top looking clear.

Kelly Hoppen for Apaiser ‘Origami’ basin, $1495, Rogerseller.

Moda ‘Lorenza’ basin with Axolotl ‘Copper Cayman’ finish, $1758, ACS Designer Bathrooms. Stockists, page 220

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“Try a pair of wall sconces flanking the vanity mirror or a beautiful pendant” ~ Bree Oliver, Oliver Interiors

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After the bath, a standout vanity is the item most likely to steal the limelight – frame it in its own alcove for maximum impact. From ultra modern to traditional, vanity types are extensive, but Carmel has this style shortcut: “To keep your cabinetry consistent with your home, look at

your door profile – if they are flush panel, keep the vanity minimal, but if they have inset pieces, you can use something similar on cabinets.” If you decide a beautiful above-counter basin will complete your bathroom look, keep the look serenely symmetrical by positioning it in the centre or choosing a matching pair. >

tip:For something completely different, expand your search, suggests interior designer Bree Oliver: “Look at furniture pieces like console tables or chests of drawers that are the right height. With a slab of marble and a countertop basin, these can be turned into the unique vanity of your dreams.”

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tip:“By using decorative lighting alongside the usual downlights, you will create a softer room that feels more like a boutique hotel suite,” suggests Bree.

tip:A double shower

tip:Showerhead shopping is a smorgasbord of aqueous experiences, with everything from soft rainfall to massaging jets.

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tip:Large tiles tend to make an area feel bigger than small ones, as does using the same tiles on both the floor and the wall.

Baths are wonderful when you have time, but a good shower can deliver a daily dose of bliss, such as the Cloud Cover ‘Rainlight’ Square shower rose ($1660, Rogerseller, above). The key is to think outside the shower stall. “Start with a wet zone for the ultimate shower without boundaries,” suggests Daniela Santilli of Reece. If you’re catering for a variety of showering tastes, look for a showerhead with more than one setting or consider wall-mounted outlets, such as Teknobili Plus body spray jets ($210, Reece), which add a bit of hydrotherapy to your daily scrub. >

“Flooring doesn’t need to be one single material or application – consider adding timber flooring as a warm feature element” ~ Daniela Santilli, Reece

it’s in the finish

Space is the ultimate luxury in most bathrooms, so use finishes to create the illusion of expansiveness. Judicious touches of timber balance the often-stark look of tiled rooms, while natural stone is a shortcut to opulence, imbuing timeless elegance and richness of texture. Wallpaper adds a feeling of luxury and, though not common, can be adapted to a bathroom – look for vinyl papers that will stand up to a bit of condensation, and hang away from showers.

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light therapy

Natural light is ideal for creating an airy spa-style bathroom, but if your room doesn’t deliver on windows or a skylight, go for five-star moodiness. “I love a darker bathroom for a luxe feel,” says Carmel. “It creates a cavernous experience, perfect to unwind.” Consider creating a restful ambience and highlighting your room’s best features with LED strip lighting. “You can also get some fantastic colour-changing LEDs on remotes,” she adds.

tip:Run warm LED track lighting around a shadow line in the ceiling, Carmel suggests. Employ the same effect around key pieces, with lighting around the bath plinth or underneath the vanity.

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creates a lovely look of symmetry and the option of sharing your pampering with another. “A luxury shower, to me, would be a double ceiling shower,” says Carmel.


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TIP:Decorator tiles, such as the Bianco Carrara porcelain tile ($70/sqm, Tile MegaMart), and a collection of fragrant accessories adds depth and a sense of luxury.

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DISC OV E R WAT E R T HER APY Immerse yourself in a world of sensory delight

The finishing touches are an opportunity to soften the stark surfaces of a tile-dominated bathroom. However, for spa-style serenity, the key is simplicity – make like Coco Chanel and hold back on the accessories. Think about receptacles for essentials; pretty ceramic dishes can look beautiful, but pick one that’s fit for purpose to avoid your expensive soap ending up a sludgy mess. Also, “Tapware brands such as Perrin & Rowe have a matching range of soap dispensers that complement their designs,” says Bree. “These finishing touches help provide a cohesive feel.” Divine textiles make your bathroom a multi-sensory indulgence. Look to the floor – a rug brings delicious texture underfoot and looks magnificent next to a freestanding bath – and don’t forget fluffy towels.

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tip:A perfect edit will include some greenery, which helps purify the air as well as adding an instant touch of Zen; consider trailing plants rippling down from a shelf or wall planter, or a potted bamboo, placed close to a window for light. Scented candles are the perfect accompaniment for a long, lazy soak. 150

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“Towel monogramming really personalises and finishes a bathroom” ~ Bree Oliver, Oliver Interiors

PHOTOGRAPHY (BOTTOM) CHRIS WARNES

The joy of letting go


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A SEVEN-DAY HOUSE RULES RENOVATION INJECTS THIS MELBOURNE HOME WITH CLASSIC AMERICAN BEAUTY FOR A COUPLE AND THEIR TEENAGE KIDS STORY ANNA McCOOE PHOTOGRAPHY ANNA ROBINSON

Melbourne house rules

FIL, 45, & JOE, 48, WANTED THE KIDS TO STAY AT HOME

1.  Give us Hamptons – Revenge style 2. Be bold: go black and white in the kitchen 3. Glam up our master suite with Hollywood deco 4. Create a laid-back teenage hideaway 5. Go OTT with a five-star wet room


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The kitchen’s requested colour palette was delivered to near perfection with its plethora of considered details. “This is everything I wanted,” says Fil. “Black and white can be so wrong… but this is so right.”

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hen the prospect of an empty nest inched closer, married couple Fil and Joe opted for city life to keep their kids Jayden, 18, and Celeste, 15, home longer. They found the right blend of universities, shopping, friends and family in Melbourne’s inner north-west. When they located this run-down weatherboard house with river views, they were won over. Joe, an accountant, admits to underestimating the scope of work required. “It was just a shell, not a home,” he says, recalling the mould, sloping floor and the falling-apart kitchen. Fil, who works at a toy store, adds, “There was no warmth or love here at all, no personal touches or comforts. It was just four walls and a roof.” The couple applied for House Rules with the vision of transforming their rickety house into a comfortable family home with Hamptons sophistication. And that is exactly what they got!

“I LOVE OUR NEW KITCHEN. IT’S FUNCTIONAL, airy , FANTASTIC FOR ente rt aining AND LOOKS AMAZING” ~ FIL, TEAM MELBOURNE DINING ROOM Fil and Joe’s new dining room (opposite) is destined for great conversations. The judges loved the ‘Lucan’ chairs from Early Settler and ‘La Spezia’ pendant from Beacon Lighting. Judge Wendy Moore praised the size, style and bleached-timber finish of the ‘Hampton’ dining table from Town & Country Style, saying, “What a perfect choice for both the room and the house rule.” If she were to split hairs, Wendy would upsize the rug. “All the chairs of the table should be able to sit completely on the rug,” she explains. KITCHEN Wendy Moore was thrilled to see the sophisticated black-and-white colour scheme carried through to the black Electrolux fridge and benchtop appliances (top), as well as the Kaboodle panelled cabinets in Antique White from Bunnings. White subway tiles add texture and classic detailing, and fellow judge, architect Joe Snell, commented on the generous layout and lashings of storage. This design also celebrates big-ticket luxuries – a Smeg ‘C9GMNA’ upright 900mm oven stands out against the cabinetry. LIVING ROOM Bronze-studded trims and buttoned details dress up cushy seating (above), while the huge ottoman adds to the feeling of this being a room for all the family to enjoy. As Joe Snell says, “Walking into the living room was truly like walking into a Hamptons home.” >

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LIVING ROOM When it came to giving the family of four a space to share, Victorian team Claire and Hagan captured comfortable luxury perfectly with a deep, piped linen Rochelle sofa from Early Settler.

bette r than ANYTHING I COULD HAVE IMAGINED” ~ FIL, TEAM MELBOURNE

HALLWAY

This wide entry was a hit with the judges, until they realised it took space away from Celeste’s bedroom. “The lovely entrance is at the expense of the lifestyle for one of the family – and that is not a good outcome,” says Wendy Moore. The judges loved the Carpet Court bamboo floors in Antique Bronze and ‘Marguerite’ table from Town & Country Style.

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The teenager asked her design team, for pops of pastel. Copper accents gives the gelato colour scheme a grown-up edge, while the large ‘LEDlux Canteen’ pendant from Beacon Lighting works beautifully in combination with the Mercer & Reid ‘Amala’ quilt cover from Adairs and ‘Spock’ rug from Matt Blatt. The ‘Millie’ hexagonal shelf in Mint is also from Adairs.

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ENSUITE

Sharing their house with two teenagers, Fil and Joe were thrilled just to have their own ensuite (this page & opposite, bottom right). “There’s nothing I would change in the ensuite – it’s perfect,” says Fil of the Queensland team’s design that judge Wendy Moore labelled “the best room in the house.” Both judges praised the Hollywood glam details, including the ‘Harmony’ vanity from Early Settler. Wendy adds, “The mirror was also spot on the house rule – as was the chandelier – and the luxury of the double overhead shower was just fabulous.” (For a similar Art Deco-style mirror, try the ‘Manhattan High’ mirror from Print Decor.) >

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The ‘Vanity’ floor tiles and ‘Manhattan’ wall tiles, both from Beaumont Tiles, were the stand-out. “The tile choice was perfect, the patterns and the features created were really inspired,” says Wendy Moore.


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“I was overwhelmed with joy, relieved with the styling of the home and in love with almost everything,” says Fil. “Our home is glamorous and it’s all my dreams come true. “I was truly amazed at the transformation and design,” says Joe. “I think we’ll be here for a long time.”

w hat the judges said

While the ensuite was a hit with both judges, the family bathroom’s layout was a disappointment. “Large bathrooms are actually quite difficult because it is so easy to end up with a large space in the middle with the elements around the walls,” says Joe Snell. “Planning is key to ensure you have good flow between the spaces you have created.”

DECK This was the single most important element to get right, as the views are so important to Fil and Joe. They were both grateful the simple timber balustrade maintains the outlook. The couple also look forward to sharing a meal around the table (for similar, try Outdoor Elegance’s ‘Lyon’ table) and taking time out on Mimosa ‘Prescott’ outdoor dining chairs from Bunnings. Stockists, page 220

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character BUILDING

A PERIOD BUNGALOW WAS EXTENDED BY THE HOUSE RULES TEAMS TO BETTER SERVE THE ADELAIDE FAMILY OF FOUR THAT CALL IT ‘HOME’ STORY ANNA McCOOE PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS


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BROOKE, 43, & MICHELLE, 42, WANTED A ‘FOREVER’ HOME

1. Play up the elegant charm of our period home 2. Add a funky modern living area 3. Give Michelle a tough luxe workspace with guest bed 4. Surprise with a playful piece in every zone 5. Make our bathroom a turquoise delight

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n a street opposite the train tracks in one of Adelaide’s oldest suburbs, Brooke and Michelle’s bungalow possesses a sense of belonging. It has seen a lot in nearly 100 years and, for this family, witnessed a young couple marry and have daughters, Addison, eight, and Tildy, five. Brooke, a landscaper, explains that renovating such an old house was the dream – sagging ceiling, sloped floors and all. “We really wanted a run-down character house we could put our love into – and this was the one,” he says. Of course, the vision to offset the home’s charming traditional features with a modern, open-plan entertaining area had to be put on hold until their finances could catch up. Handing over their keys to House Rules, the couple’s attachment to their family home is indisputable. Michelle, who runs a graphic design business from home, hoped the contestants would tread lightly. “Once you take away a home’s character, you can’t get it back,” she says.

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With doors hiding the pantry on the left and laundry on the right, Brooke and Michelle’s kitchen (opposite & right) is an entertainers’ dream. The judges loved the mix of white and timber cabinetry by Jag Kitchens and the stone island benchtop that cantilevers on two sides. ‘Inside 1’ dome light pendants from Beacon Lighting and ‘Key Largo’ stools from Concept Collections also won praise. Controversially, the kitchen design has the fridge in a pantry which will be problematic when the family

needs to use it. An easy fix says judge Wendy Moore, editor of HB, would be to install a fridge drawer, such as Fisher & Paykel’s CoolDrawer, in the island’s side. DINING ROOM

Cafe cool reigns (above). A raised, built-in bench seat suits Brooke, who is tall. ‘Elliot’ pendants from Beacon Lighting and Provincial Lane ‘1 Strip’ vinyl planks in Summer Oak from Carpet Court nail the ‘funky’ wish for an open-plan space, as does the trestle dining table and artwork from Oscar & Willow. >

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Overall, judge Wendy Moore really liked what Melbourne’s Fil and Joe did with the main bathroom, but felt that the finishing and execution wasn’t to a high standard.

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Even though Melbourne’s Fil and Joe’s layout of the bathroom didn’t work, their saving grace is a beautiful collection of fittings, including the freestanding ‘Zelour’ bath and bevelled-mirror shaving cabinets, both from Luxe Bathware (left). Fil and Joe splurged with Peronda ‘Argila Shamian’ mosaics from Beaumont Tiles and hoped it would seal the deal. Such features call for attention to detail, believes judge Joe Snell, who says, “They would work better if they were taken to the ceiling or lined up with the top of the mirror.

“IT CAN BE EASIER TO FIND clev e r solutio ns IN A SMALL SPACE THAN CAPITALISE ON EVERY ASPECT OF A LARGE ONE” ~ WENDY MOORE, JUDGE LIVING ROOM

Judge Wendy attributes the uplifting mood in the living room to the MRD sofa from Oscar & Willow chosen by WA’s Rose and Rob (below left). “A really lovely piece of furniture,” Wendy says. The Armadillo & Co round rug and ‘Miffy’ coffee table in White – both Oscar & Willow – were hits,

things that worked

“The living room had a great feel, and definitely met the modern and funky house rule,” says judge Wendy.

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as was the ‘Harvard’ lounge chair from Concept Collections. MICHELLE’S WORKSPACE

NSW’s Nancy and Daniel hit the tough luxe house rule with the exposed brick wall (below). Also playing on the home’s heritage, they introduced a drawer cabinet from Pedlars Antiques market.


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Addison, eight, and Tildy, five, dreamed of bright colours and butterflies in their room. The ‘Butterfly’ pendant light by Alex Earl (above) and ‘Ravenna’ beds from Forty Winks (right & below) delivered on their wishlist and captivated the girls and the judges alike. Stockists, page 220

“OUR HOUSE LOOKS COMPLETELY diffe rent . IT’S AMAZING AND JUST WHAT WE HAD IMAGINED” ~ MICHELLE, TEAM SOUTH AUSTRALIA

the v e rdict

“We feel very fortunate that the home we love has been renovated and we now have a beautiful modern extension,” says Michelle. “It’s what we always dreamed of. It’s now definitely a house we can be proud to entertain in.”

w hat the judges said

When it comes to choosing a dining table and chairs, measurement is key says judge Joe Snell. “With the chairs, you want to allow your knees to get under the dining bench,” he says.


hot stuff

KEEP YOUR TOWELS FRESH AND YOUR BATHROOM FIVE-STAR COSY WITH A HEATED TOWEL RAIL

Simplicity makes the Rogerseller ‘Fold’ single rails, $1120/set of 4, irresistible. Hang them to suit your bathroom design.

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Effortlessly cool, the Agape ‘Memory’ towel rail from Artedmous, $4265, appears to float within the space but is discreetly wired at the bottom.

2 For graphic good looks, we love the Hydrotherm ‘Milan’ triple-swivel towel rail, $1157, from Reece.

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“Superbly functional, these gorgeous pieces are also works of bathroom art” ~ Wendy Moore, HB editor

5 The DC Short ‘Corto C’ towel rail, from $372, is a great focal point.

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For a bargain, it’s hard to beat the Forme ‘Jersey’ three-bar towel rail, $145, from Harvey Norman.

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Tell a colour story in black with the Kado ‘Quad Frame 850’ mounted towel rail, $1100, from Reece. Stockists, page 220

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RECIPES & FOOD STYLING KERRIE WORNER STYLING JOHN MANGILA PHOTOGRAPHY NICKY RYAN

FRESH SALMON, LEEK & SPINACH PIE See recipe on page 168


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LAMB SHANK RAGU POT PIES

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OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Vintage ‘Paris au Bal’ plate (on top), $49.95, Gien ‘Filets’ plates in Taupe, $48.50 each, French Anduze goblets, $14 each, vintage wood-handled knife, $42.50, all The Bay Tree. ‘Reactive’ glaze round platter, $39.99, Tara Dennis. ‘Basix’ linen runner in Tempest, $65, Hale Mercantile Co. Grosgrain. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Greengate pitcher, $59, Grosgrain. Vintage ‘Paris au Bal’ plate, $49.95, The Bay Tree. French breadboard, $210/small, Quintessential Duckeggblue. Vintage forks, $10 each, Grosgrain. ‘Basix’ linen napkin in Tempest, $22, Hale Mercantile Co. Bowls, stylist’s own, for similar try Williams-Sonoma. Stockists, page 220 >

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FRESH SALMON, LEEK & SPINACH PIE Serves 6 1½ sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 leek, white part only, halved lengthways, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 eggs, plus an extra egg, for glazing 200ml crème fraîche

500g salmon fillets, skin off, cut into 3cm pieces 70g baby spinach leaves, rinsed ¾ cup frozen peas 1 cup finely grated tasty cheese Salt and cracked black pepper, for seasoning 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a 25cm x 3cm-deep quiche tin with removable base with shortcrust pastry, cutting the ½ sheet in half lengthways then joining those pieces to full sheet, to completely cover base and sides of tin. Trim excess then press pastry against fluted sides to raise pastry edge just above rim. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes. 2. Line pastry case with a large sheet of baking paper and fill with uncooked rice or baking beans. Bake for

FRESH SALMON, LEEK & SPINACH PIE

10 minutes then reduce temperature to 180°C. Remove paper and beans, and continue to bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Use a clean tea towel to gently press down pastry that has risen. Keep oven temperature on 180°C. 3. Heat oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add leek and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft but not brown. Remove from the heat. Whisk together eggs and crème fraîche in a large bowl. Add leek mixture, salmon, spinach, peas and cheese. Season and stir to combine. 4. Brush edge of cooked pastry case with egg for glazing. Place tin on an oven tray. Spoon filling into pastry shell. Place puff pastry sheets on top of each other at different angles, then cut a 5cm hole in the centre. Place on top of filling and stretch to reach the edges of the tin. Press pastry down on rim of tin to trim off excess pastry. 5. Score top of pastry with the tip of a knife. Brush with egg. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until set and golden. Any clear liquid appearing in hole will soak into the pie on standing. Stand pie for 15 minutes before serving. >


LAMB SHANK RAGU POT PIES

MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH past ry IS THE INTRODUCTION TO AN EXPLOSION OF flavo ur LAMB SHANK RAGU POT PIES Makes 4-6 ¼ cup plain flour Salt and cracked black pepper, for seasoning 6 lamb shanks (2kg) ¼ cup olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large carrot, chopped 2 cups red wine ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 cups beef stock 2 tbsp tomato paste 4 bay leaves 3 sprigs rosemary 1½ sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed 1 egg, beaten

1. Season flour with salt and pepper. Place seasoned flour in a plastic bag. Add shanks and toss until coated. Heat half of the oil in a large casserole pot over a medium-high heat. Cook shanks, in two batches, until browned all over. Remove. 2. Heat remaining oil in same pot over a medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrot, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add wine and vinegar and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Stir in stock, paste, bay leaves and rosemary. 3. Return shanks. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and gently boil, covered, for 2½ hours, turning shanks and stirring liquid occasionally, until meat can be pulled off the bone easily. Remove shanks and set aside on a plate. Continue to gently boil cooking liquid in pot, uncovered, for a further 15-20 minutes or until reduced and thickened. 4. Meanwhile, pull meat from the bones and shred into large pieces, discarding any fat. Discard bay leaves and rosemary stems. Return meat to pot and stir to combine. Season and cook for 5 minutes until thickened. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut pastry into 6 squares then cut a 2cm hole or slit in the centre. Spoon mixture evenly between 6 x 1-cup-capacity ovenproof dishes – or, for a larger serving, divide between 4 x 1½-cup-capacity dishes. 5. Brush the rim of dishes with egg. Top with pastry squares and use a fork to press around edge. Place dishes on an oven tray. Brush tops with egg. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Serve. Tip: This ragu can be made up to two days ahead and refrigerated. Reheat mixture gently before dividing between dishes. OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Vintage ‘Paris au Bal’ plate

(on top), $49.95, Gien ‘Filets’ plates in Taupe, $48.50 each, both The Bay Tree. ‘Basix’ linen runner in Tempest, $65, Hale Mercantile Co. ‘Reactive’ glaze round platter, $39.99, Tara Dennis. Greengate pitcher, $59, French Perigord bowl, $11, French Anduze goblets, $14 each, all Grosgrain. ABOVE RIGHT: Details, page 167. RIGHT, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ceramic punnet, $20, Grosgrain. Horn spoon in Black (in punnet), $10, The Bay Tree. Baker’s twine, $12, vintage rolling pin, $25, both The Lost and Found Department. Recipe book, food stylist’s own. Stockists, page 220 > JUNE 2016

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POTATO, BACON, MUSHROOM & GRUYÈRE PIE

POTATO, BACON, MUSHROOM & GRUYÈRE PIE Serves 6 Pastry 2 cups plain flour 125g butter, chilled, cubed 250g cream cheese, chilled, cubed Filling 700g brushed potatoes, peeled, cut into ½cm-thick slices ⅓ cup olive oil 1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp thyme leaves 1 bunch chives, chopped (about ¼ cup) 200g bacon, trimmed, diced 250g button mushrooms, trimmed, sliced 300ml thickened cream 4 eggs, plus extra egg, for glazing 1½ cups (150g) finely grated gruyère Salt and cracked black pepper, for seasoning

1. To make pastry, put flour, butter and cream cheese in a food processor and process until mixture begins to form a ball. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth ball. Cut off ¼ piece of pastry. Pat into a flat disc and wrap both pieces in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, gently boil potatoes for about 10 minutes or until just tender, stirring often to separate slices. Drain and rinse under cold water, to start cooling process. Set aside. 3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until soft and caramelised but not brown. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in thyme and chives. 4. Add 2 teaspoons of the remaining oil to same pan over a medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring, for about 3-4 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to bowl with onion. Add remaining oil to same pan over a medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until golden. Remove to a separate bowl. 5. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 22.8cm (9 inch) x 5cm-deep, straight-sided metal pie tin, or a 24cm x 5cm-deep flan tin with removable base. Roll out large piece of pastry on a floured surface to a 37cm round. Line tin with pastry. Trim edge and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Gather leftover pastry and join to reserved piece. 6. Whisk together cream and eggs. Add cream mixture, potato and gruyère to bowl with onion. Season well and stir to combine. Spoon half the potato mixture into chilled pastry case. Spread mushrooms over the potatoes. Top with remaining potato mixture. 7. Roll out reserved pastry and cover the top of the pie. Trim then pinch edges together. Brush with egg. Cut an air vent in the top of pie. Decorate with remaining pastry if desired. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden. Allow to stand in tin for 20 minutes. Place a large plate on top and invert using a dry tea towel to hold together. Place a serving plate on base and invert back to serve. ABOVE LEFT, FROM TOP: Nut loaf tin, $30, pitcher, $25, both No. 12

Trading. French Anduze goblets, $14 each, Grosgrain. Vintage tray, $18, Nicola Hart pin plate, $47, both The Lost and Found Department. French breadboard, $395/medium, Quintessential Duckeggblue. ‘Basix’ linen napkin in Nox Melange, $22, Hale Mercantile Co. Knife, stylist’s own. LEFT, FROM TOP: French breadboard, $210/small, Quintessential Duckeggblue. ‘Basix’ linen napkin in Nox Melange, $22, Hale Mercantile Co. ‘Eliot’ pinch bowl, $4.99, Tara Dennis. Vintage wood-handled knife, $42.50, vintage metal whisk, $20, both The Bay Tree. Pastry brush, $15, The Lost and Found Department. Recipe book, food stylist’s own.

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PULLED PORK PASTIES Makes 8 1 tsp hot paprika 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion salt 1 tsp ground black pepper 750g piece pork neck 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cups chicken stock 1⁄3 cup barbecue sauce 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 400g can crushed tomatoes

1 medium carrot, finely chopped 1 medium brushed potato, peeled, finely chopped 2 tsp cornflour 1 egg, beaten Pastry 3 cups plain flour 250g butter, chilled, cut into 1cm cubes 2 egg yolks 5 tbsp chilled water

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Combine paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion salt and pepper, and rub all over pork. Heat oil in a medium, flameproof casserole pot over a medium-high heat. Cook pork, turning occasionally, for about 8 minutes or until browned all over. Remove and set aside. 2. Add onion, stock, sauce, vinegar and tomatoes, and stir until combined. Return pork. Spoon over some liquid. Cover with lid. Cook in the oven for about 1½-1¾ hours, turning pork halfway and basting with cooking liquid, or until pork pulls apart easily. Remove pork and set aside. Add carrot and potato to cooking liquid. Continue to gently boil on stove top, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until reduced by half and potato is cooked. 3. Meanwhile, use two forks to shred pork into large pieces, discarding any fat. Combine cornflour with 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid until smooth. Return pork and cornflour mixture to pot and stir to combine. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until thickened. Set aside to cool or make up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate. 4. To make pastry, put the flour and butter in a food processor and process until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add egg yolks and water, and process until mixture begins to form a ball. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until just smooth. Cut in half. Pat into a flat disc. Wrap and refrigerate one of the pieces. Line two oven trays with baking paper. 5. Roll out pastry lengthways, rather than in a large circle, until 5mm thick and about 21cm wide. Use a 19cm (approximately) saucepan lid to cut out 3 rounds. Place ½ cupfuls of meat mixture into the centre of each round and mound into pastie shape. Moisten pastry edge with water. Bring edges together to form a semi-circle and pinch edges together to seal. Place on oven trays. 6. Gather leftover pastry, cover and set aside. Roll pastry from fridge to make 3 more. Join all leftover pastry together. Knead lightly to form a ball. Re-roll to make 2 more. Place on oven tray. Refrigerate pasties for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 190°C. Brush pasties with egg. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Serve. Tip: These pasties can be frozen uncooked or cooked.

ABOVE RIGHT, FROM LEFT: ‘Calais’ bowl in Blue, $9.99, Tara Dennis. Weck tall glass jar, $16, pastry brush (in jar), $15, both The Lost and Found Department. Vintage metal whisk (in jar), $20, The Bay Tree. Vintage knife (in jar), $10, Grosgrain. Steel grater, $60/set of 3, ‘PCS’ metal sign, $25, both No. 12 Trading. ‘Orwell No. 2’ canister, $24.99/medium, Tara Dennis. Milk jug, $20, pitcher, $25, both No. 12 Trading. Retro butter dish, $19.99, Tara Dennis. All other props, stylist’s own. RIGHT, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Vintage flan tray, $10, vintage round cake tray, $10, both The Lost and Found Department. Greengate jug, $22, Grosgrain. ‘Basix’ linen napkin in Melanz, $22, Hale Mercantile Co. Etched glasses, $120/set of 6, The Bay Tree. All other props, stylist’s own. Stockists, page 220

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When did your love of food begin? “I was quite young. I grew up in Sardinia and my mother and aunties were great cooks. Christmas and Easter were special occasions particularly because of the vast array of food that was prepared. I distinctly remember getting really excited when I was allowed to lick the bowl of the bianchini mix [traditional Easter meringues].” What inspired you to open your own restaurant? “At the time I opened Cala Luna, my first restaurant, there was no-one cooking traditional Sardinian food. I wanted to share my love of Sardinia with Australians and introduce them to products that a lot of people were unfamiliar with, like bottarga [cured fish], fregola pasta and pecorino cheese.” Which Italian dish do you enjoy cooking most at home? “Risotto, because I like the satisfaction of working with the dish, gradually adding all the elements and stirring for 20 minutes to create the perfect meal.”

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WORDS KYLIE JACKES

GREENERY IS UNDOUBTEDLY the new black, with more of us finding sanctuary in lush surrounds, whether it be a courtyard overflowing with potted plants or a leafy backyard decked out for entertaining. Plants are also climbing the walls as outdoor areas shrink, thanks to our increasingly urban lifestyles, while a sense of nostalgia is influencing plant selection. However, what determines garden trends the most right now, says Secret Gardens’ Matthew Cantwell, “is a continued desire to get outdoors. People want a beautiful outlook, privacy and a space to sit, unwind and entertain.” Here we share the latest on what’s happening out and about. >

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Simply elegant

The changing style of our homes is influencing the overall look of the garden, with a return to a more refined style, says Sophie Greive of Think Outside Gardens. “Sophisticated interiors and modern architecture are demanding less ‘themed’ gardens and colour variety in favour of restrained palettes, which showcase contrasting shades of green, and the use of plants as sculptural elements,” she says. Think feature topiarised plants in pots, such as cloud-pruned juniper, box balls and the ubiquitous ‘Teddy Bear’ magnolia, as well as simple groundcovers, such as ivy and star jasmine, en masse. Modern

garden design is also all about maximising the space you have, no matter how tiny. Charlie Albone of Inspired Exteriors suggests growing up and going big. “Use the walls to get as many plants as possible into a compact space,” he says. “This can be a designer green wall filled with a variety of cascading plants.” Or, try a flourishing tree such as a multi-stemmed birch (left). Using fewer varieties often has more impact in a compact zone, so stick to a single style all the way through to your planting scheme. “To disguise the corners of a small area, use tall plants, which will take the eye away from the boundaries and make the space feel bigger than it is,” he adds.

“Incorporate lighting that adds another dimension and allows for entertaining after sunset” ~ Carolynn Brooks, The Small Garden

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A garden for all seasons

PHOTOGRAPHY (OPPOSITE) GAP INTERIORS/CAROLINE MARDON, (THIS PAGE, FROM TOP) GAP INTERIORS/CRISTINA FIORENTINI, SUE STUBBS

Getting enjoyment from outdoor spaces year-round is a factor when designing a garden. “More thought is being given to shade solutions, such as louvred roof systems, retractable awnings and deciduous trees that provide cover in summer and light in winter,” says Carolynn Brooks of The Small Garden. Adding a firepit and a selection of solar-powered outdoor lighting strings and lamps is a quick and easy way to extend the day outdoors, but for real longevity, fit permanent solutions. Companies such as Bromic and Thermofilm produce ranges of gas and electric-powered outdoor heaters, and there’s

a broad selection of both discreet and decorative outdoor options at Beacon Lighting. Our spaces are also being styled more like interiors, with a focus on comfortable investment furniture and striking finishes, as in this outdoor room designed by Porter Davis (below). “Some of the most popular materials right now are patterned tiles, printed UV-resistant fabrics and decorative wall panels with geometric 3D-machined patterns,” says Carolynn. There has also been an explosion in the number of all-weather rugs on the market, the perfect finishing touch for a seductive outdoor seating area. >

“Durable steel chairs look great when softened with cushions and paired with a timber table” ~ Stephanie Paterson, The Outdoor Stylist


Style central

Just like in the home, concrete is currently the construction material of choice in the garden, says Peta Donaldson of BLAC Design & Construction. “The beauty of concrete is its versatility and variety of textures, tones and finishes,” she says. “And its strength and durability are unquestionable.” Used for floating landings, cantilevered benches, flooring or seating, the applications are endless. But, suggests Peta, take scale into account and create a palette with a balance of hardscaping materials and diverse foliage. “Interweave verdant textural planting with stone and concrete elements in soft greys,” she says.

Many of us are also embracing the diversity and beauty of native grasses and shrubs. “These plants work brilliantly with both modern and established homes and often require less watering than exotic varieties,” says Cameron Paterson of Grounded Gardens. “Creeping boobialla is currently in vogue as it provides great structure as a groundcover and creeper, while westringia has great foliage, beautiful flowers and is a great low-maintenance option.” For a colour injection, consider flowering types in simple white or look to oversized bluestone pavers. “The dark colour really grounds a garden and makes the plants pop,” says Sophie Greive.


The soft stuff

Plant-wise, spikes are out and delicate foliage is in, with a move away from architectural plants such as yuccas and cordylines in favour of softer, layered planting schemes, says Adam Robinson of Adam Robinson Design. “People want a garden that feels like a garden,” he says. “They want to see leaves blowing in the wind and plant varieties melding into one another, and enjoy the variation that comes with seasonal change.” Think a modern take on a pretty cottage garden, and look to dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ (pictured, below right) and salvias in shades of green, grey, white and mauve, spilling over borders alongside contemporary shrubs and perennials. Edibles, composting systems and beehives are now desired in even compact urban gardens, as people aim to be more sustainable. Growers and makers are responding with vertical garden schemes to use all available space. “Natural

vertical garden systems include tomatoes, runner beans and passionfruit,” says Phillip Withers of Phillip Withers Landscape Design. “Ideally, you want to grow edibles, such as rosemary and basil [below left], in a sunny position close to an entertaining area or the kitchen so produce can be picked and used daily.” Although the average backyard size is shrinking, there’s still a call for a well-manicured patch of grass. “Lawns are really important for cooling down areas, as they reduce radiant heat and can act as voids among garden beds,” says Cameron Paterson of Grounded Gardens. Ensure you choose the right lawn for the space. “If it’s a high-impact area, it’s important to choose a harder-wearing lawn such as kikuyu or a soft leaf buffalo that self-repairs,” he explains. If your space doesn’t warrant the maintenance of the real thing, consider faking it; artificial lawns now look surprisingly realistic.

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PHOTOGRAPHY (OPPOSITE) SUE STUBBS, (THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) NATALIE HUNFALUAY, LARNIE NICOLSON

~ Phillip Withers, Phillip Withers Landscape Design

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FAMILY RENO SPECIAL | 2016 THESE FOUR STYLISH, FAMILY-FRIENDLY RENOVATIONS HAVE ALL THE INSPIRATION, ADVICE AND BUDGET INFO YOU NEED TO CREATE YOUR DREAM HOME

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NORTHERN LIGHT

THE NEEDS OF THREE ACTIVE SONS TOOK PRIORITY WHEN THESE PARENTS CONVERTED THIS 1940S FIBRO INTO A MODERN HOME WORDS SHELLEY TUSTIN STYLING LISA HILTON PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS

POOL Installed by the previous owner, the pool was a major selling

point for new owners Michelle and Mark and their three boys (pictured), even though the surrounding area had never been finished. “We left the pool untouched, but built a platform around it,” explains Michelle, an architect. Timber benches provide a place to sit, while the rest of the platform is paved in almond granite on a base of fibre cement sheeting – materials chosen for their fire-resistant nature. >


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ho lives here? Michelle, an architect; her husband, Mark, a lawyer; and their sons, Lachlan, 14, Griffin, 13, and Owen-Jack, seven. Location: Sydney’s northern suburbs. Original property: A pre-World War II fibro, which had been partially renovated by a previous owner. Time frame: Six months. Why this house? While the old building was nothing to write home about, the couple fell in love with the location, bordered by bush; the size of the building, which had been extended by the previous owner; and the divine northern light. Why the reno? “The house was ugly – you forget how bad it was!” says Michelle. Plus, with the arrival of youngest son, Owen-Jack, elder boys Lachlan and Griffin were sharing a modest bedroom and were desperate for their own space. Although the house had been extended previously, it was also full of unusable spaces; internally, the living areas copped the scorching force of the western sun, while externally, Michelle recalls, “The pool didn’t have a balustrade, so we never really had people over because we were worried it wasn’t very safe. Also, the back garden just sloped away – it was a weed pit and we never used it.” Main works: The original kitchen was torn out to become an extra bedroom, while a new kitchen was installed in the former rear living room and made more thermally comfortable with strategically placed louvres and bushfire shutters (installed to meet safety requirements, but serving a double purpose as sun protection) and airconditioning. Outside, the pool area was upgraded, the backyard levelled and the front porch given a striking makeover. Favourite aspect? “I love it all!” enthuses Michelle, who had been redeveloping the home in her head since they moved in. “Before, I would see how it could be, not how it was. But now, it’s exactly how I imagined.”

Joiners MS Interiors crafted the kitchen, a straight run of two-pac cabinetry in Dulux Monument and Antique White USA, framed by a luxurious touch of ironbark timber veneer. “It was about bringing the same palette from outside to inside,” says Michelle.

Next to the open-plan kitchen, a leather reading chair and ottoman in Natural Birch from The Modern Furniture Store create a relaxing corner.

KITCHEN What was a modest kitchen has been converted into

a functional space, where pantry doors hide pull-out drawers, featuring Blum’s soft-closed system, an appliance cupboard looks after the electronic clutter and a stepped shelf at the back of the bench protects the mirrored splashback from splatter. “It also extends the bench space,” says Michelle, who opted for an Aero ‘MD Desk 1800’ and ‘Slim’ workstation on castors in place of a fixed island. The workstation slides over the ‘table’ – convenient for creating extra floor space. The ‘Inca’ chairs in White, from Instyle Seating, are stackable. A yellow box timber tray on the workstation, from Riverbank Design, is an organic counterpoint to the expanse of white. >


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“Plate glass and large windows in the new kitchen allow me to keep an eye on the boys in the pool and backyard” ~ michelle

KITCHEN: Bench and table: ‘MD Desk 1800’ table, from $675, workstation on wheels, $900, both Aero Designs.com.au. Cabinetry: 2-pac cabinetry in Dulux Antique White USA and Dulux Monument, ironbark timber veneer accents, Silestone benchtop and mirrored splashback, $25,000, MS Interiors. Appliances: Ilve upright cooker with teppanyaki plate, $5160, Ilve concealed rangehood, $995, both Winning Appliances. Electrolux 700-litre side-by-side refrigerator, $1999, 2nds World. Tapware: ‘Niagara’ swivel spout, $599, Franke. Stockists, page 220

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lessons learned: “Don’t cut quality. It’s best to take on a smaller amount of work and do it properly” ~ michelle

HALLWAY The front door previously opened directly into the living room, so relocating it to an adjacent bit of hallway (above left) was a no-brainer for Michelle and Mark. The resulting area is generously proportioned, with plenty of room for a low shelving unit, from Freedom, to catch the household detritus of keys and phones. A West Elm armoire is now used as a linen cupboard, while a circular French Bazaar ‘Bloomingville’ seagrass rug reflects the shape of the wall mirror (for similar, try Mark Tuckey).

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

POOL: Pavers: Granite Almond pavers, $89/sqm, Amber Tiles. LIVING ROOM Fireplace: Heat & Glo ‘i30’ insert series gas fire, $4300, Jetmaster. Wall paint: Dulux Wash & Wear 101 Barrier Technology in Antique White USA, $71.90/4L, and Monument (behind shelves), $85.90/4L. HALLWAY: Floors: Sanding and limewashing with Porter’s Paints Original Lime Wash in White, $7500, Brothers Floor Sanding. Stockists, page 220

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LIVING ROOM Sliding doors were installed to open up the living room (above), inviting in a delicious cross-breeze and connecting the space to the adjacent back deck. A comfortable space in summer, it’s also Michelle’s favourite space in winter, too, where she curls up in one of the ‘Club Classic’ armchairs from Bay Leather Republic that stand around the ‘Replica Isamu Noguchi’ coffee table, found at Matt Blatt. The chimneybreast in sandstone pavers accommodates a Jetmaster gas fire and a painting by Mark. A clever little cubby behind the chimneybreast hides the switch for the fire and has enough space for all the necessary cords if they ever decide to fit a TV there. Floating shelves of merbau timber against a backdrop in Dulux Monument echo the external palette. BACK DECK In summer, the previously smaller space was sweltering from midday on, thanks to a polycarbonate pergola. The revamped area (left) is big enough to fit a large ironbark table – the first item Michelle and Mark bought when they were married – which is perfect for entertaining (for similar, try Early Settler), and a sideboard (the ‘Essential’ teak sideboard from Oishi is similar). A ‘White Lines’ jute-cotton rug from Epoch Design Co lends softness underfoot. The steel frame allows for an uninterrupted view of the pool without the need for supporting columns, but the most dramatic addition is Louvretec bi-fold shutters, which can be used to block out the summer sun and angled to catch every breeze. >


MAIN BEDROOM A simple palette of white walls in Dulux Antique White USA, limewashed floors and plenty of freestanding storage made the most of the main bedroom’s modest proportions (top left). A Laura Ashley ‘Isabelle’ bedcover in Grey and pops of red, including an artwork found on holiday in Vietnam, add a sense of life and fun. Future plans include knocking out the front of the house to expand the room into a generous master suite; however, the couple decided to delay this stage of the reno. “I have learnt the value of completing a smaller scope of work and doing it well,” says Michelle. BATHROOM Renovating the original 1940s bathroom was a priority.

OWEN-JACK’S BEDROOM The birth of youngest son Owen-Jack turned the renovation of Michelle and Mark’s home from a want to a need. While the home’s original cypress pine boards (lime-washed to make the house feel lighter) are exposed in the living spaces, Owen-Jack’s room (left) is carpeted and has an ‘Adum’ rug, from Ikea, that adds an extra layer of cosiness. As Michelle explains, old fibro houses are usually uninsulated, so while the rest of the house is kept toasty by sunlight and a gas fire, carpeting the bedrooms was a must to avoid chilly toes! A Cube mango wood modular shelving unit in White, from Epoch Design Co, keeps Owen-Jack’s belongings corralled.

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A built-in linen cupboard was knocked out to make room for a separate shower and bath. Tiles in White and Taupe, from Exclusive Tiles, form a neutral backdrop that has stood the test of time, looking just as fresh and contemporary as the day it was completed (above). A ‘Keva’ stool, from Papaya, adds an organic touch.


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BATHROOM: Tiles: Glass and stone mix mosaics, $33 sheet, 300mm x 300mm, rectified wall tiles in Gloss White, 600mm x 150mm, $46.20/sqm, ‘Noce’ matt porcelain floor tiles, 300mm x 300mm, $55/sqm, all Exclusive Tiles. Vanity bench: Stone composite surface in Snow, $450/sqm installed, Caesarstone. FRONT EXTERIOR: Sandstone edging: Heritage sandstone, from $100 linear metre, The Brick Pit. Pavers: Granite Almond pavers, $89/sqm, Amber Tiles. Paint: Weatherboard in Dulux Monument, $89.85/4L. Front door paint: Dulux Coppersmith, $50.85/L. OWEN-JACK’S ROOM: Carpet: ‘Natural Springs’ eco+ carpet in Ash Grey, $73.80/sqm installed, Choices Flooring. Stockists, page 220

FRONT PORCH The old facade has been given a facelift with weatherboards in Dulux Monument, a hardwood verandah, pavers and old sandstone blocks.

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DECEMBER 2013 The outdoor renovation, including the area around the pool, the back deck and all site services, including stormwater and sewer works, are completed just in time for Christmas.

2015 Michelle and Mark spend time on the finishing touches, such as installing a new fireplace and shelves in the living room, more bushfire shutters for sun protection, landscaping and a few final furnishings. ARCHITECT Michelle Walker, 0422 393 600, mwarchitects.net.au.

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OCTOBER 2013 The major renovation launches with a bang, as Michelle’s preferred foreman at Jetcharm Constructions becomes available, forcing her to scramble to get her plans finalised in a hurry!

JANUARY 2014 The builders move inside, transferring the kitchen to the rear of the home, installing new doors and windows, renovating the staircase and living area, enhancing the front porch and installing a new roof and driveway.

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DECEMBER 2005 Michelle, Mark and their children (then just the two eldest boys) move in. Over the next eight years, they work on minor improvements, such as expanding and renovating the bathroom, painting walls and limewashing the floors.

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BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL ORIGINALLY SUBDIVIDED FLATS, THIS BRISBANE HOUSE NEEDED A MAJOR REBUILD TO BECOME A COMFORTABLE FAMILY HOME WORDS & STYLING TAHN SCOON PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOWNS

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OUTDOORS The generous pool area, complete with pool house, is ideal for

Michelle and David’s growing family. Inside and out their Brisbane home, charcoal and white are teamed with natural finishes as in the timber ceiling above the outdoor dining terrace (below left), where Split Stone in Abyss, from Eco Outdoor, has been used in a feature wall behind the kitchen cabinetry. Cladding in Dulux Colorbond ‘Monument’ above the sliding doors unifies the theme. The exterior weatherboard walls at the front of the house are painted in Dulux ‘Dune’. >

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“We were lucky to live close by so we could check in with the builder to make all those on-the-spot decisions and resolve any that popped up,” says Michelle. “Also, try to find a local building designer or architect. Our designer knew the local council regulations and designed within them, which meant we didn’t waste time on waiting for anything to be approved.”

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ho lives here? Michelle, a primary school teacher; David, a general manager; their children, Sam, 20, and Alyssa, 13; and Smudge, the family Spoodle. Location: A riverside suburb in Brisbane. Original property: 1915 Queenslander, with a later extension. Time frame: Nine months (plus 12 months in planning). Why this house? The couple had always loved this particular street, with its close proximity to the river and cafe strip, and they were attracted to the generous size of the 887sqm block. “It is extremely difficult to find large blocks in this area as many are snapped up by developers or are subdivided,” explains Michelle. Why the reno? The original house had been converted into two flats. “So unsuitable in its existing condition for our family!” says Michelle. Main works: The couple enlisted the help of Chris Brumby of Big House Little House to help with the overhaul. Heritage restrictions prevented alterations of the front facade, but the back of the house was removed and rebuilt. What was left of the original home was raised, extended and built-in to create a spacious new living area opening onto the pool, while upstairs additional bedrooms, bathrooms and a media room were added. Favourite aspect? “I love that the interiors are so sleek and contemporary, but at the same time it’s still a warm, family home,” says Michelle. “I think the natural finishes, like the timber and stone, play a big role.”

DINING ROOM Full-height

sliding doors, from R & R Glass and Aluminium, are finished in Dulux Colorbond ‘Monument’ and dressed in Maurice Kain ‘Ballard Shadow’ sheer charcoal curtains, fitted in a ceiling recess.

in the living area allow an uninterrupted view of the garden and pool from both levels of the house,” says Michelle. The couple originally wanted an open fireplace but are now enamoured with their Kemlan ‘Horizon’ low-line inbuilt gas fire with its slate surrounds. “A wood fire can be messy and time consuming, but a gas fireplace can be lit instantly with the press of a button,” says Michelle. “It is clean, warm and beautiful to sit by. It’s one of my favourite features of the home.” Practical ‘Piccadilly Ash’ floor tiles in a matt finish, from ASA Tiles, run throughout the kitchen and living area (left, above & opposite page). The same tiles, in a different finish, were selected for the exterior paving, with a lighter colour around the pool area for coolness underfoot. The cedar-lined ceilings now stand out as more of a feature.

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LIVING & DINING: Window treatments: Maurice Kain ‘Ballard Shadow’ curtain, $1600. Somfy motorised blinds in Vivid Black, $920 each, Betty Crowell. Fireplace: Kemlan ‘Horizon’ gas fire, from $7500. Flooring: As kitchen.

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ARTWORK (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) TANYA PATTEN, BRUNO DUTOT

LIVING ROOM “The double-height void and expansive glass windows


KITCHEN The generous four-metre long island allows the family to

prep, cook and eat together. “It’s fantastic for entertaining and also houses plenty of storage,” says Michelle. “It’s a central hub where friends and family gather.” The cabinetry, installed with Blum internal hardware, is a hit with Michelle. “We’re very happy with it, especially the electric overhead cupboards,” she says. The couple painted the kitchen in Dulux Colorbond ‘Monument’, which compliments the Navlam sandblasted teak, cedar ceilings and Essastone ‘Verona Mist’ benchtops. Fast-growing bamboo was planted outside the kitchen window to create a screen. >

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KITCHEN: Benchtops & cabinetry: Benchtops in ‘Verona Mist’ Essastone, cabinetry in Dulux Colorbond ‘Monument’ and Navlam veneer in ‘Sandblasted Teak’, $35,000, all Garsden & Clarke. Pendant: P. Midi pendant, $2663, Lumen-8. Appliances: AEG integrated fridge/freezer, ovens, cooktop and dishwasher, $16,700, all Winning Appliances. Tap & sink: Gessi ‘Just’ mixer $1559, Abey ‘Lago’ sink, $899, both Bathroom Supplies. Tiles: ‘Piccadilly Ash’ floor tiles, $48/sqm, and hexagonal wall tiles, $82/sqm, both ASA Tiles. Ceiling: Cedar, $75/sqm (excl. labour), Pacific Cedar. Windows & doors throughout living areas: Vantage system, $24,750, R & R Glass and Aluminium. Stockists, page 220


Lessons learned: “stick with a neutral base colour palette, something classic and timeless. That way you can easily update your interiors by changing the simpler pieces, such as cushions and bedding” ~ MICHELLE

MAIN BEDROOM In tune with the understated palette, the bed is dressed in white and charcoal bedlinen (above). The 1920s Art Deco vase was a gift from a friend who runs an antiques store. Maurice Kain ‘Bastille Silver Fern’ roman blinds introduce a softer note, while perfectly toning with the walls, painted in Dulux ‘Dune’, also used on exterior walls. “Chris was conscious of keeping a consistent colour palette,” explains Michelle. “Charcoal and white, teamed with stone and timber, are used throughout.” ALYSSA’S ROOM The queen ‘Peacock’ bed head in Teal, from

The Family Love Tree, and quilt cover, from Bed Bath N’ Table, add splashes of colour to Alyssa’s room (pictured left). The bench seat is covered in Maurice Kain ‘Armardo Aqua’ fabric.

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MAIN BEDROOM: Flooring: New England blackbutt, $160/sqm (installed and polished), Versace Timbers. Blind: Maurice Kain ‘Bastille Silver Fern’ Roman blind, $730, Betty Crowell. ALYSSA’S ROOM: Blinds: Maurice Kain ‘Inventa Diamond’ Roman blinds, $948, Betty Crowell. Window seat: $1730, Garsden & Clarke, and cushion, $628, Betty Crowell. Windows: Vantage system, $2860, R & R Glass & Aluminium.

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ENSUITE “It feels so luxurious, like you’re in

a hotel,” says Michelle of the spacious ensuite (also pictured opposite). “In fact, the inspiration for the dark colour palette came from our stay in a New York boutique hotel.” Soaking in the Victoria & Albert ‘Barcelona’ bath has become a Sunday night ritual for Michelle. “You can soak while looking out over the city lights,” says the homeowner, who chose a ‘Barcelona’ bowl sink to match the bath. The translucent rollerblind, from Betty Crowell, delivers both diffuses light and privacy. The room’s sense of spaciousness is enhanced by sleek design and the floating timber cabinetry, crafted by Garsden & Clarke. >

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ENSUITE: Cabinetry: Navlam veneer and Smart Stone ‘Gris Roca’ benchtops, $6000, Garsden & Clarke. Bath & basin: Victoria & Albert ‘Barcelona’ bath, $5995, and basin, $795. Tapware: Gareth Ashton ‘Park Avenue’ mixer, $316, Bathroom Supplies. Tiles: ‘Pietra Grey’ matt porcelain tiles, $96/sqm, ASA Tiles. Window: Louvres, $3080, R & R Glass & Aluminium. Stockists, page 220


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OUTDOOR KITCHEN The dark cabinets, made

by Garsden & Clarke, used to heat up under the glare of the hot Brisbane sun. “We resolved the issue by installing an outdoor shade blind,” says Michelle (pictured with Smudge).

“David does a lot of cooking and loves to barbecue, SO an outdoor kitchen was a priority” ~ michelle

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OUTDOOR KITCHEN: Appliances: Smeg BBQ, $2359, and hood, $2953, Winning Appliances. Cladding: Spilt Stone ‘Abyss’, $77.77/sqm, Eco Outdoor. Flooring: ‘Piccadilly Ash’ tiles, $48/sqm, ASA Tiles. Cabinetry: Formica laminate in ‘Asphalt’, Smart Stone Milan Collection ‘Gris Roca’ benchtops and Navlam veneer shelves, $8000, Garsden & Clarke. POOL AREA: Pool: $65,000, Performance Pool & Spa. Pool house: $50,000. Flooring: ‘Piccadilly Ash’ tiles, $48/sqm, and Piccadilly Grigio coping, $48/sqm, ASA Tiles. Stockists, page 220

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MARCH 2015: The pool house is constructed, the garage door is fitted and the kitchen bulkhead painted.

APRIL – MAY 2015: All the cabinetry is installed, including wardrobes and the window seat in Alyssa’s room. The internal tiling starts, as does the external paving around the pool. The stonemason arrives to build the drystone wall. JUNE 2015: Slate work is completed at the front of the house, while the outdoor kitchen and pool fence are installed at the back. The landscaping is still underway as the family moves in.

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JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2015: Specially designed with passive cooling in mind, the louvre windows and generous glazed doors are fitted. Internal walls are plastered and the timber feature ceilings are installed before painting and staining starts.

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NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2014: Where the 10-metre pool is to be built, the earth is excavated. The new house slab is laid, the framework is erected and the external walls are installed.

“This was a problem as just painting meant the joins could have been seen,” says Michelle. “We had to have it sprayed with plaster first, which we hadn’t budgeted for.”

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UPWARDS INSPIRED ADDING A NEW LEVEL TO THIS BUNGALOW HAS GIVEN THE OWNERS’ DAUGHTERS SPACE TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS STORY KYLIE JACKES STYLING BREE OLIVER PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS

LIVING ROOM The family room of Sydneysiders Prue and Rob’s revamped home centres around a ‘Sierra

Weave’ rug, from Armadillo & Co, and a ‘Sky’ modular sofa and ‘Iko’ coffee table, both from Jardan, which create a comfy corner in the open-plan living area, lit by a George Nelson ‘Bubble Saucer’ pendant from Spence & Lyda. The striking laser-cut screen, from Lasermade, replaced a dated archway. “We didn’t want to block it off completely, so we added the screen,” explains Prue. “It allows in light and acts like a piece of artwork.” >

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ho lives here? Prue, an accountant; her husband, Rob, a CEO; and children Holly, 15 (far right), Alice, 13 (right), and Eddie, 11. Location: Sydney. Original property: An early 20th-century bungalow that had undergone a number of renovations. Time frame: Seven months. Why this house? “We bought the place in 2010,” says Prue. “We loved the location, aspect and size of the block, and it was a good solid house.” Why the reno? “With ‘interesting’ decorative features such as archways, columns and dated finishes, it needed a renovation!” says Prue. Interior designer Kate Bell was brought on board to run the extensive project. Main works: An upstairs level was added, giving the family an extra bedroom, bathroom and living area. “One of the big considerations was ensuring there was plenty of space so we could all come together as a family, yet retreat to our separate areas as well,” explains Prue. “Now, with two living areas, the kids love to have over friends and, in adding a new main bedroom, we’ve freed up the fourth bedroom downstairs for guests.” Downstairs, sections of the lower level were re-configured to enlarge rooms and doorways, and the original interior was overhauled with modern fit-outs in the kitchen and bathrooms, and new flooring, paint and finishes throughout. The exterior was also transformed with a new roof, fresh render front and back, and a deck extension. Favourite aspect: “I really love it all, but if I had to pick one thing it would be the redesigned kitchen,” says Prue. “It’s a far more social place to cook and entertain, and now feels connected to the living area.”

KITCHEN The brief for the kitchen redesign was to open up and enlarge the area by claiming extra space from the existing study, laundry and bathroom. Now kitted out in a mix of panelled cabinetry painted in Resene Half Delta and flat-fronted cupboards and shelving clad in Eveneer ‘Even Parisian-Oak’ veneer and topped in Carrara marble in Bianco, it’s a space as big on style as it is in functionality. The splashback, in glossy ‘Tocca’ Glass Mosaic tiles in White from Onsite Supply & Design, is a subtle complement to the rich cabinet finishes. The new island bench (above & opposite) has been a hit with Prue and Rob’s daughters. “They sit up there and have their breakfast or chat while I’m cooking dinner,” says Prue. “And because the space is larger, several people can be in the kitchen at once doing their own thing.” In a modern take on a vintage meat safe, the pantry doors, painted in Resene Half Delta, feature mesh fronts which add texture and depth, as well as ventilation for stored goods. The window was enlarged and adorned with a custom-made roller blind made in Marimekko ‘Pippurikera’ fabric. “It’s like a piece of art, but is also functional,” says Prue.

DINING AREA Family and friends gather around the ‘Otto’ dining table in Southern Ash, from Jardan, which with the oak chairs, from Mark Tuckey, blend with the ‘American Smoked & Limed Oak’ floor, from Royal Oak Floors. A triple-stacking glass door was installed to open this area up to the deck. “When the doors are open, these areas feel like one big room,” says Prue.

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KITCHEN: Joinery: Custom made by McGee Projects, about $20,000. Benchtop: Carrara marble in Bianco, from $350/sqm, CDK Stone. Lighting: ‘Caravaggio’ matt pendants, $680 each, Cult Design. Flooring: ‘American Smoked & Limed Oak’, 2000mm x 2600mm, $141.90/ sqm, Royal Oak Floors. Splashback: ‘Tocca’ glass tile in White, 50mm x 20mm, $121/sqm, Onsite Supply & Design. Tapware: Gessi pullout sink mixer, $990, Abey ‘Piazza’ sink, $770, both Whitfords Home Appliances. Appliances: Smeg ‘Linear’ pyrolitic oven, $2990, Smeg ‘Linear’ Combi steam oven, $3590, Smeg Ultra Low Profile cooktop, $2200, Fisher & Paykel French Door fridge, $2500, Whitfords Home Appliances. Blind: Custom made in Marimekko ‘Pippurikera’ fabric, $989. LIVING ROOM & DINING AREA: Flooring: ‘American Smoked & Limed Oak’, Royal Oak Floors, 2000 x 2600mm, $141.90/sqm. Paint: SpaceCote low sheen in ‘Sea Fog’, $99.89/4L, Resene. Decorative Screen: Laser-cut MDF panel, $957 (excl. paint and installation), Lasermade. Fireplace: Heat & Glo ‘550TRSI’, $5800, Jetmaster. Lighting: George Nelson ‘Bubble Saucer’ lamp, $945, Spence & Lyda. Stockists, page 220

ISLAND BENCH The recessed side of the

island, clad in Eveneer ‘Even ParisianOak’ veneer and topped in Carrara marble in Bianco, accommodates Hay ‘About A Stool’ seating in White, echoing the Lightyears ‘Caravaggio’ matt pendants in Mid Grey, all sourced from Cult Design. >


MAIN BEDROOM Timber casement windows were chosen for the main bedroom on the new upper level. “They complement the era of the house,” explains interior designer Kate. Hardie Groove lining board, from James Hardie, creates an authentic tongue-and-groove effect on the walls, off-set with a beautiful custom-made bedhead covered in Designers Guild ‘Padua’ fabric in Duck Egg, sumptuous Sheridan linen and a Country Road bed cover. The bedside table, one of a pair, was designed by Kate and built by McGee Projects, who did all the joinery throughout the renovation. George Nelson ‘Bubble Pear’ pendants, found at Spence & Lyda, obviate the need for bedside lamps, keeping the table-top free.

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MAIN BEDROOM: Wall treatment: Hardie Groove lining board, 2700mm x 1200mm, $124.80 per panel, James Hardie. Curtains: Full blockout lined curtains in Charles Parsons ‘Moroso’ in Ivory, $818. Paint: SpaceCote low sheen in ‘Sea Fog’ double strength, $99.89/4L, Resene. Lighting: George Nelson ‘Bubble Pear’ lamp, $1099 each, Spence & Lyda.

ALICE’S ROOM The kids were given

free rein to choose colours for their rooms. Alice chose Resene Pretty in Pink with Country Road bedlinen with pink highlights. Another addition to the teen retreat was a custom-built desk and shelving, designed by interior designer Kate Bell and made by McGee Projects. On the bedside table, from Shack, stands a ‘Marmo’ marble-based table lamp, found at Kmart.

UPSTAIRS LIVING AREA Natural light floods into the sitting room

via a striking dormer window (above). “Because we live in a heritage conservation area, the extension had to be sympathetic to the surrounds, so the window was influenced by the architecture of the bungalow and is the only part of the extension visible from the street,” explains Prue. A bench seat was made to fit the recess underneath, and upholstered in Marimekko ‘Praliini’ cotton canvas. Cushions covered in Rapture & Wright fabric from Ascraft, add subtle splashes of colour and texture.


BATHROOM The luxury of a large ensuite is

further enhanced with an open wet area defined by a plain shower screen and a Ram ‘Evolve’ rain shower, from Sydney Tap & Bathroomware. Green ‘Athena’ floor tiles found at Teranova Ceramics imbue a cool, fresh feel and a metal drum stool, from Kmart, provides a convenient place for bath products. Warm towels are also within reach, thanks to a wall-mounted Hydrotherm heated towel ladder. >

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ENSUITE: Sanitaryware: Duravit ‘Vero’ wall mount basin, $926, Hydrotherm TR 2/800 heated towel ladder $1096, Kaldewei Classic Duo inset bath, 1800mm x 800mm, $1815, Brodware ‘Yokato’ basin set with knurled leavers, $395; ‘Ram Evolve’ 200mm rain shower, $395, Grohe ‘Relaxa Trio’ wall mount shower set, $395, all from Sydney Tap & Bathroomware. Tiles: ‘Corabel Lantern’ pattern, $110.50/sqm, wall tiles; ‘Athena Green’, 200mm x 200mm, $120/sqm, Teranova Ceramics. Stockists, page 220

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OUTDOOR LIVING AREA: Tiles: Travertine ‘Zaha Tumbled’ tiles, 406mm x 406mm, $89.54/sqm, Cave. Blinds: Slatted outdoor roll-up blinds in White, $770 each, Ashwood Bamboo Blinds. Paint: Resene Lumbersider low sheen in ‘Tapa’, quarter strength, $87.67/4L (exterior walls) and Resene Lumbersider low sheen in ‘Thorndon Cream’, half strength, $87.67/4L (windows). Stockists, page 220

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from Ashwood Bamboo Blinds provide screening to the revamped outdoor dining area (left), which is floored in Travertine ‘Zaha Tumbled’ tiles from Cave. A white timber and wire safety balustrade completed the revamp. To complement the new look a large timber outdoor table from Bunnings was paired with chairs found at Mark Tuckey.

Lessons learned: “Take your time finding an interior designer who understands what you want to achieve” ~ Prue

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MAY 2014: New plumbing and electricals are installed throughout and the exterior is rendered. The asbestos

JUNE 2014: Windows and doors are fitted. Bathroom tiling and plastering is completed. Travertine tiles are laid on the deck and timber flooring is installed in the living/dining area, kitchen and hall. Painting work is completed, as are the bathroom and kitchen fit-outs.

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APRIL 2014: Bricked-up fireplace cavities in the children’s bedrooms are removed. Internal stairs are installed and construction begins on the new main bedroom, ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and second living room on the new level. The back deck is extended and new stairs are added.

ceiling on the front verandah is removed and a new raked ceiling is constructed with VJ panelling. The entire roof is retiled.

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FEBRUARY 2014: Demolition begins. The back windows and doors are removed, and the columns and archways between the living room and kitchen are replaced by discreet support beams. The living room fireplace, bathrooms and kitchen are all stripped out.

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STATE OF PLAY

A PLAYROOM FULL OF TOYS AND QUIRKY TREASURES WAS KEY TO CONVERTING THIS QUEENSLAND BEACH HOUSE INTO A FUN-FILLED FAMILY HOME WORDS & STYLING KYLIE JACKES PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOWNS

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LIVING ROOM The handsome ‘Neo’ 3-seater sofa in Lux Tundra, from King Living, sets the tone of the revived living area of Tracy and Craig’s comfortable home, and blends well with the cowhide rug, from The Skin Thing, and woven ottomans in Latte, from Adairs. >

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ho lives here? Tracy, a stylist; her husband, Craig, a manager; their daughters Indiana, three (far right), and Dylan, 18 months; and Buddy, the sausage dog. Location: Noosa, Queensland. Original property: A late 1990s blue and yellow beach house clad in fibre cement sheeting. Time frame: Ongoing. Why this house? “We’ve renovated before and we were keen to find a place large enough for our family to which we could add our own touch,” recalls Tracy. “This house had sat on the market for a long time because people were put off by the finishes, but we saw its underlying potential and the location was ideal.” Main works: The kitchen was completely relocated and reconfigured, allowing for a new study nook. The main bedroom ensuite was refurbished. The deck (above right) was extended and a new entertaining gazebo built, while the pool area was transformed and the garden landscaped with a new lawn. Cosmetic upgrades were made inside and out. Favourite aspect of the redesign? “Creating a new kitchen has really transformed the place,” says Tracy. “Because I love cooking and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it was important to connect it to the rest of the living and entertaining areas, inside and outdoors, especially as I can happily cook as the children play on the deck and in the garden.”

STUDY NOOK In the new study, created in an alcove

of the original kitchen, there’s a new built-in cupboard and intriguing mementos on the wall. The floating desk was crafted from a custom-cut piece of Tasmanian oak.

DINING AREA The rustic farmhouse table (for similar, try Early Settler)

paired with industrial-style replica steel ‘Tolix’ chairs, from Matt Blatt, forms the focal point of the dining zone (above & opposite page). Dated Venetian blinds were replaced with timber plantation shutters, from Sunshine Blinds and Shutters. The dining space now flows onto the deck, thanks to the installation of bi-fold doors which open the area right up. The white-painted meat safe in the corner of the room was a happy find in a second-hand store. KITCHEN The original kitchen was located along a side wall, and wasn’t ideal. “It was also dated, so we relocated it to the adjacent wall in the living area to create a larger, more functional layout which overlooks the dining area and deck,” explains Tracy. On the island, glossy white Laminex door fronts contrast with a Caesarstone benchtop in Raven, while subway tiles, stainless-steel work benches, replica Xavier Pauchard ‘Tolix’ stools, from Matt Blatt, and a pair of vintage-style pendant lights (for similar, try Shelights) add an industrial feel. LOUNGE ROOM The walls and shelves (left) are dotted with eye-catching

collectables, such as an antique trumpet unearthed at a flea market in the South of France, old leather-bound books and a 1900s bed warmer that Tracy inherited from her grandmother. “I’ve always been an avid collector of old things,” explains Tracy. “Each piece has a story and they’re great conversation starters. Whenever friends visit they often comment there’s so much to look at and investigate!” >

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

LIVING ROOM: Paint: Resene ‘Zylone’ low sheen tinted to Alabaster, $61/4L. Bi-fold doors: $4800, SC Glass & Aluminium, Noosaville. DINING AREA: Louvres: White plantation timber shutters, $1200, Sunshine Blinds and Shutters.

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KITCHEN: Benchtops & cabinetry: Caesarstone in Raven, $2300, and Laminex soft-close drawers and doors in White Bianco, $8000, all Kitchen Contours. Appliances: Fisher & Pakyel ‘ActiveSmart’ fridge with freezer drawer, $2200, Fisher & Pakyel 90cm ‘Pyrolytic’ freestanding cooker, $3769, Fisher & Pakyel 90cm ‘Soft Touch’ rangehood, $819, and Fisher & Pakyel 60cm double ‘DishDrawer’ dishwasher, $1269, all Harvey Norman. Tiles: Masia Blanco Spanish subway tiles, $96/sqm, National Tiles. Tapware: Teknobili ‘Oz7’ pull-out sink mixer, $515, ‘Afa Vertus’ undermount sink, $900, both Reece. Lighting: Industrial pendant lights, $480 each, seek similar from Shelights. Stockists, page 220


PLAYROOM As a self-confessed bowerbird with a collector’s eye, Tracy found many of the vintage furniture pieces, such as the children’s chairs either side of the tea table, and toys for the playroom on Ebay and Gumtree. One of the most loved aspects of the room is a comfy corner with a covered mattress and oversized cushions. “The girls love to curl up there with a book,” says Tracy.

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“Renovating a house when you have small children requires some extra thought to take care of their growing needs,” says Tracy. “The playroom encourages Indi [right] and Dylan [above] to create their own world of fun, surrounded as they are by their favourite toys. With this comes quiet times when I can study knowing they are happily occupied and close at hand.”


before “The playroom is where the girls create their own Magic and adventures. It encourages their imaginations to run free” ~ tracy

DYLAN AND INDI’S BEDROOM Pretty as a picture, the girls’ room is

dressed in bright pops of colour with floral print cushions, bunting and geometric bedlinen (top right), from Spotlight’s ‘Ombre’ range. The white floors add to the sense of spaciousness, with a viscose silk rug providing a comfy spot to play. In one corner stands a mannequin (top left), created by Tracy with a timber stand and a tulle tutu, set alongside an assortment of cute vintage treasures. Indi’s ‘Sunshine’ metal bed (top right), from Domayne, is in the same style as Dylan’s ‘Reece’ cot (above left), from Incy Interiors. Craig used a rustic stepladder to create plank shelving and attached a sewing drawer to the wall (above right), lined with patterned paper, where well-loved toys and trinkets are displayed.

CUBBY Indi and Dylan love the cubby house, which their parents found

on Ebay. “It’s easily their favourite part of the backyard,” says Tracy. >

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ENSUITE The old leaky ensuite (left) needed an overhaul. “It was great

to gut the space and start from scratch,” says Tracy. “The most effective change was to relocate the position of the toilet and install a privacy wall.” Rather than buying an off-the-shelf unit, Tracy converted a vintage-style sideboard into a charming vanity by fitting it with an above-counter basin, from Reece, painting the timber with marine-grade sealant to protect it.

MAIN BEDROOM Tracy set about devising a room imbued with a French industrial feel (below). “I think the key in creating a lovely room is to fill it with lots of personal touches,” she explains. Decorated in a timeless palette of grey and white with a dash of yellow, the bed is layered in comfort with a luxurious ‘Hotel Charcoal’ quilt, from Linen & Moore, and a mix of linen, knit and velvet cushions that provide lovely tactile textures. In lieu of standard storage, a vintage ladder acts as a focal point above the bed and creates a unique shelf to display curios and photos.

before Lessons learned: “live in the house for a while before making major changes” ~ tracy

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

ENSUITE: Basin: Ideal standard ‘Tonic Vessel’ above-counter basin, $410, Reece. Cabinet: Vintage-look sideboard, $600, OneWorld. Sealant: Northane Clear Gloss, $84.95/4L, Paint Right. Lighting: ‘Create 1’ light pendant in Chrome, $44.95, Beacon Lighting. Tiles: ‘Vitra’ matt tiles in Light Grey, 100m x 100m, $39/sqm, National Tiles. MAIN BEDROOM: Paint: Resene ‘Zylone’ low sheen tinted to Alabaster, $61/4L.

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DECK The deck (opposite page) is a tranquil retreat, ideal for relaxing and

entertaining at weekends. Because it is a favourite spot for an afternoon siesta, Tracy had a Tasmanian oak daybed made to fit the space and enlisted her mum, Robyn, to sew cushion covers and a large linen slip to conceal the custom-sized foam base. The timber screen has a display of rustic kitchen utensils, while planted hanging baskets and a suspended ladder strung with vines form a cool green backdrop when in leaf.

OUTDOORS Tracy and Craig spruced up the pool and surrounding

area (opposite page) by replacing the stained yellow tiles with concrete and building a gazebo over a deck which they furnished with an outdoor dining table and chairs. “A new decked walkway provided a functional thoroughfare,” explains Tracy. Simple changes, such as replacing sections of the original timber fence with plate glass and powder-coating the remaining rails in soft grey, visually opened up the space. >


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EXTERIOR: Timber: Select grade ‘Merbau’ decking, 90mm x 19mm, $4.70/linear metre, Bunnings. Turf: Sir Walter Turf, $11.25/sqm, Daleys Turf. Paint: Dulux ‘Wash & Wear’ in Stepney, $74.95/4L, Dulux ‘Wash & Wear’ in Raku, $89.45/4L, Dulux ‘Wash & Wear’ in Lexicon Quarter, $74.95/4L. Glass fence panels: $3080, GJM Balustrading. Fence powder coating: $1176, South East Superior Coatings. Concrete: $1600, Classic Noosa Concrete Services. Stockists, page 220


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GARDEN The backyard was transformed into a lush oasis where Indiana (above) and

Dylan could play. Twenty cubic metres of sand were dug out to create a more level lawn of soft-leaf buffalo turf. Rustic sleepers were set to one side of the lawn to create a path to the side entrance and cubby, while the garden was planted with low-maintenance species.

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BEDROOM GLAMOUR

Give your bedroom a bold, luxurious look with the Kenzie Quilt Cover Set from Bianca in a timeless damask design. The coordinating European pillowcases and cushions are beautifully embroidered and the Carter throw rug completes the style. For stockists, call (03) 9350 1622 or visit bianca.com.au.

With a unique honeycomb structure, energy-eficient Luxaflex DUETTE® Shades act as insulation for your windows, saving you money on heating and cooling. Call 13 LUXAFLEX (13 58 92) or visit luxaflex.com.au.

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NUROFEN

Everything in the body is connected. So when you are feeling a headache, it may be caused by the muscles in your head and neck. Try Nurofen Zavance to target your headache at the source of pain fast. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. For the temporary relief of pain and/or inflammation. Bendtsen 2011, Curr Pain Headache Rep, Pgs 451, 456. Headache Classif’n Commitee of IHS, Cephalgia 2013, Pg 659. Bendtsen 2009, pg 527. Fernandez-de-las-Penas C et all Cephalgia 2007, pgs 383, 386, 387. ASMI code : 124434-0115

No mater where you’re relocating to, Grace Removals will successfully manage every aspect of your move, from start to finish. Take the stress out of moving with its specialist services, from packing and storage through to unpacking and cleaning. Visit grace.com.au.

The best things come in threes. Krosno’s new petite bud vases showcase the beauty and charm of quality European glassware. Handcrafted at Krosno’s Polish glassworks, each set is unique, with exquisitely turned contours and an enchanting fluidity of form. Visit krosno.com.au.

TURN UP THE HEAT

Vornado’s TVH-500 uses vortex action to evenly warm a room, with no cold spots, in less time than traditional heaters. The unit measures the ambient and the desired temperature, turning of automatically once the desired temperature is reached. The TVH-500 comes with a five year warranty. RRP $349.00.


CONTEMPORARY STYLE

Trend’s Quantum architectural series of windows and doors ofers modern, clean lines and the freedom to create space and open up entertaining areas. Large glass panels in both single and double-glazing provide low U-values and solar heat gain solutions. Visit trendwindows.com.au.

MAKE A STATEMENT

Porta’s timber dowel in Tas Oak was used by FMD Architects to create the unlikely design feature (pictured below) in this architecturally designed home. Ever-so-versatile dowel can be used to make a statement piece in your home. To learn more, visit porta.com.au.

PENDANT PERFECTION The industrial style is a major lighting trend this year with the marble look, brushed metal, concrete and stone efects all in demand. You’ll find all these and more with Domayne’s stunning range of pendants. Visit domayneonline.com.au.

You can change the whole look and feel of your kitchen with a simple benchtop makeover. If your layout is working well and the cabinets are in good condition, replacing the benchtops can make your space feel brand new.

FOR HOME

Visit Carpet Court for window solutions and a great range of flooring including timber, laminate, carpet and more. For expert advice, find your closest store at carpetcourt.com.au.

FLEXIBILE COOKING

Giving induction cooking even greater flexibility, the Miele KM features four PowerFlex zones arranged in a row. It’s ideal for volume cooking and when time is of an essence. RRP $4,399. Call 1300 464 353 or visit miele.com.au.

MODERN BEAUTIES

Ofering a look that transcends seasons, the latest homewares collection from Bed Bath N’ Table will inspire an efortless approach to contemporary living. Visit bedbathntable.com.au.

TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN WITH A NEW BENCHTOPC

If you need an afordable option that still delivers on style, laminate benchtops are a great way to go. Easy to install and maintain, they come in a range of textures, paterns and colours including the high-end stone look. Made from a variety of hardwoods, such as Victorian ash, European oak and beech, timber benchtops give a beautiful organic feel. You can get a similar efect with the natural grain of bamboo, which is a great eco-friendly option. For more great ideas, visit bunnings.com.au/kitchens.


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COMEDIAN DAVID SMIEDT TAKES AN IRREVERENT, BUT APPRECIATIVE, LOOK AT THE CLASSIC THINGS THAT DEFINE YOU-BEAUT AUSSIE LIFE ILLUSTRATION MATT COSGROVE

FORGET YOUR CABANAS, conservatories and pergolas: for a while, the real status symbol in the Australian home was a games room. Better still, if there was a bar of sorts attached. In what seemed like a never-ending quest to bring the pub home, countless potential sharks looked across the empty savannah of their domestic spaces and thought: pool table. The only thing greener than its luxurious emerald baize would be the envy of those who gazed upon it. No more placing a coin on the table to reserve the next game like you would at the local, no more feeding your hard-earned dollars into it and no more competing with the chimes of the pokies when you lined up that crucial shot. This was your table, your rules. Sink the white while potting the black? You still win. Both feet off the ground to play a shot? Totally fair. Tom Cruise in The Color Of Money impression every time? Knock yourself out. Then, there was the home ground advantage where, over the years, the table acquired its own slopes and angles just waiting to be exploited by anyone who knew the floorboards under a particular pocket dipped in a certain direction. And any ball in the vicinity would follow suit. The pool table – which alternated between intense popularity and a suitably flat storage surface – was also an intergenerational proving ground. Many of us can recall that little nod of respect we got from a parent or sibling the first time we beat them on the felt. It’s the Australian equivalent of beating your dad in a game of one-on-one basketball on a snowy night when you’re about to get married the next day. Oh wait, that’s a scene from Father Of The Bride. Because pool tables were – and are – not cheap, they were often saved for and cherished. But aside from that, they were constructed to be heirlooms in an increasingly throwaway society. With the passing years, the varnish may have dulled and the playing surface bleached by a dozen summers, but the pool table instantly brought back memories of competitions, fierce and friendly. Try getting that from a credenza.

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If you had neither the space nor budget, there was always an alternative to the pool table for the games room – the dartboard. Another leisure activity associated with the pub. And when you think about it, what could go wrong by allowing unsupervised kids to hurl steel-tipped mini arrows across a room as hard as possible? They should have come with their own insurance, but we couldn’t get enough of darts. Especially, since the focus invariably turned out to be more about speed than precision. Which meant that the area behind the dartboard itself was usually punctured by more holes than a Dan Brown plot line.

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Enter the protective panel of corkboard (“you’re seven – you don’t need a moodboard”), offcut timber or leftover masonite that depending on your skill level, covered a significant section of the wall where the dartboard was hung. And yet, no matter what measures were taken, it somehow never absorbed all the pin prick blows. It was almost as though you were intentionally trying to miss so that you’d get a rise out of your parents and hear the; “This is why we can’t have nice things” speech just one more time. But here’s the nub: in this age where every member of the household can’t wait to dive into their tablet/phone/console to play games with strangers around the world, pool tables and dartboards gave you a reason to interact with those around you. They created memories – both good and not-so-great – but real nonetheless. In a way that Candy Crush Saga, Halo or Words With Friends never will.


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