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N A T U R A L
B E A U T Y
21 LOV ING 3 8 NEIGHBOURHOOD: HUON VALLEY
SHOP 19 TAKE A SEAT
A new breed of avid foodies are ﬂocking to a southern Tasmanian community once famous for its farming and apple trees
How to style a simple timber bench different ways for a variety of rooms
4 4 SLIP INTO NEUTRAL
2 6 TRENDS
Take our masterclass on how to style with white, white and more white!
Our edit of the best new buys for lovers of all things blush, monochrome or neutral
5 2 BEHIND THE SCENES: KIP&CO
8 0 IN LIVING COLOUR
3 2 BEAUTY SPOT
We take a peek at what goes on during a campaign shoot for this cult brand
Beautiful blues and graphic design set the scene in this Melbourne home
New-generation ﬂoral fragrances like you’ve never smelt or worn before
5 5 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
9 0 LIGHT TOUCH
3 4 SPACE CRUSH
Meet Sonya Marish, director of Jatana Interiors, who’s found her niche in tiles
Feminine hues blend seamlessly with warm woods in this Austrian architect’s apartment
5 9 30 THINGS WE LEARNED AT IKEA HQ
10 0 GEOMETRY LESSON
real living visited Ikea’s hometown in Southern Sweden for its annual design event and it kinda blew our minds
A villa in Copenhagen is home to not only
The glam Jardan ﬂagship store is here!
a family, but also an impressive art collection
110 DOWN TO EARTH 6 7 FAVE FINDS
A bevvy of all the trends, wares, places and spaces we’re loving this month
Worn Store co-founders Lotte Barnes and Lia-Belle King blend minimalism and pieces that tell a story for a curated space real living
124 15 8 MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE
ROOMS 12 1 BEST BATHROOMS EVER Planning a bathroom makeover? Make it your kind of oasis using our guide full of inspiration
13 3 THE BLOCK BATHROOM RULES
Our resident funnyman Tim Ross gives his two cents on behalf of your Insta-husband
16 0 REAL PETS: BLACK BEAUTY We hang out with forever-famished Labrador Billie and her owner, designer Penny Brown
17 8 FULL STOP Five minutes with Australian artist Ken Done
14 8 HINDSIGHT: MODERN FACE LIFT
16 3 ROAD TRIP: BERRY
A small ﬂoor plan proved no obstacle to creating a dream home for a Melbourne family
We hit the road to discover there’s much more to Berry than scones and jam
154 THE RULES: WINDOW TREATMENTS
We get some hot design tips from this year’s Block contestants for a winning bathroom
How to choose curtains, shutters and shades to make your rooms look welcoming
16 9 UPPER CRUST 15 6 MONEY MOVES TO MAKE Money magazine’s Efﬁe Zahos’s best budgeting tips for the festive season ahead
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Delicious tarts created by the geniuses at Bourke Street Bakery, featured in their long-awaited book, All Things Sweet
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In the hot seat Emma does some product testing of her own at our cover shoot – see page 44 for our guide to rocking white interiors.
Tool time The Allen key to end all Allen keys outside Ikea HQ! I CAME, I SAW, I DRANK THE ELDERFLOWER KOOL-AID! HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY TRIP TO IKEA HQ – SEE
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FOR AN INTERIORS LOVER, there are few invitations that could top being asked to visit Ikea HQ in Sweden. So when that exact situation presented itself to me a few months ago, I was pretty stoked*. It’s important to note, I am not someone who squeals with delight when my husband broaches the idea of an Ikea mission on Saturday afternoons. I love the idea of it, but I’m a horribly impulsive shopper and crap at assembling anything more complex than a toasted sandwich. Nevertheless, my mind went into overdrive about what I might ﬁnd at this mythical place – giant Allen keys, meatballs and big blue bags as far as the eye could see? Quite unbelievably, my daydream wasn’t too far off the mark. There really was a giant Allen key outside the Ikea Hotell, a whole restaurant devoted to its famous meatballs and shiny, silver versions of their big blue Frakta bags on tap. It was total sensory overload, like Disneyland for furniture. But the thing that really stuck with me was the people. After spending 48 hours immersed in the Ikea universe, it was their mission – that everyone should be able to enjoy good design – that really moved me. Good design should make life better, whether it saves you time, is more sustainable or simply puts a smile on your face, and surely everyone deserves that. *Understatement of the year!
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Spoilt for choice A rainbow of colour swatches, as far as the eye could see!
Fangirl alert! I couldn’t resist having my photo taken on the cover of the catalogue.
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I’m relocating the living area so we can spend more time in the nicest room in the house. But first I need to invest in a beautiful rug to pull it all together!
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I always like to buy new bedlinen for spring! I’ve been eyeing off this set from Country Road… Haye standard pillowcase in Arctic Blue, $ 64.95 for pair, Country Road.
Romantic opulence Ethnicraft “Blackbird” open buffet sideboard, $3995, GlobeWest. Daydreaming painting by Antonia Mrljak framed in Tasmanian oak, $4250, Becker Minty. Replica Flos “IC T1” table lamp, $279, Amonson Lighting. Menu “Troll” vase in Smoke, $159, DEA Store. Mid-century metal sculpture, $89, West Elm. Wrong for Hay “Lens” storage box in Red, $151, Hay. Menu “Tactile” vase, $164, Marble plate, $60, and Interiors by Martyn Thompson book, $80, SmithMade. The Kinfolk Home book by Nathan Williams, $45.25, and Perfect Imperfect book by Karen McCartney, $42.90, Booktopia. Turn over for more ways to display your objets d’art. A
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UNASSUMING THOUGH IT MAY SEEM, A TIMBER BENCH HAS UNTAPPED POTENTIAL TO SERVE A MULTITUDE OF PURPOSES AROUND THE HOME
Simple, smart, stylish Country Road’s Nomi Ash bench is a compact yet versatile little number that’s as beautiful as it is practical.
Equally at home in any room, this bench seat works a treat placed in a hallway to display art and treasured belongings, providing a visual talking point when visitors pop over. Busy thoroughfare Nomi Ash long bench in Natural, $399, Country Road. Ella chaise in Light Grey with Brass legs, $1499, Life Interiors. Square corduroy cushion with insert in Olive, $115, In Bed. Interiors by Martyn Thompson book, $80, and Friends & Founders Knock Out round base table, $1650, Smith Made. Tela large tumbler in Smoke, $43, Hay. Mr Pinchy & Co sea crab in Brass, $99, Becker Minty. OPPOSITE Bench, as before. Orion 2 light pendant in Black/ Smoke, $199, Beacon Lighting. ON BENCH Female torso in White Marble, $135, The Vignette Room. Monochrome Home by Hilary Robertson book, $55, In Detail by Hans Blomquist book, $55, and Tom Dixon Plum glass serve bowl, $120, SmithMade. Marble Basics obelisk, $90, The Vignette Room. Petriﬁed wood small object on stand, $89, West Elm. ON WALL Taubmans Endure Interior paint in Grey Mystic, $82.70. All We Ever Wanted framed artwork by Lottie Consalvo, $3200, Dominik Mersch Gallery. ON FLOOR Porcelain herringbone tiles in Bark Artica, $89 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. Mood #2 framed print, $390, Blacklist. Vintage magazine rack or log holder in Black Metal, $295, Becker Minty. Romance Journal Issue 1 Emotions journal, $35, Bow + Arrow. Design Anthology magazine, $12.95, Beautiful Pages. Kinfolk magazines, $29.95 each, Koskela. A
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When you need extra seating, but don’t have room for a 13-piece dining setting, our trusty bench seat is the ultimate space-saver. Just push it under the table when not in use. Set the mood OPPOSITE Nomi Ash long bench in Natural, $399, Country Road. Roden dining chair in Black, $260, and Curio standard table in Black (2m), $2595, Clickon Furniture. Ethnicraft “Blackbird” open buffet sideboard, $3995, GlobeWest. ON SIDEBOARD Daydreaming painting by Antonia Mrljak framed in Tasmanian oak, $4250, Becker Minty. Replica Flos “IC T1” low table lamp, $279, Amonson Lighting. Mid-century metal sculpture, $89, West Elm. Wrong for Hay “Lens” medium storage box in Red, $151, Hay. Menu “Tactile” vase, $164, SmithMade. ON TABLE 100% linen large tablecloth in Stone, $205, In Bed. Dieter bathroom mirror in Black Marble, $99, Becker Minty. Kinto Acqua small vase in Clear, $39.95, Menu “Troll” vase in Smoke, $159, and Terra 10 cactus vase, $279, DEA Store. Marble bowl, $180, SmithMade. Elke Lucas large bottle vase, $55, The Plant Room. Timna Taylor small ceramic cylinder, $99, DEA Store. ON BENCH SGHR yellow glass pedestal vase, $75, DEA Store. ON WALL Taubmans Endure interior paint in Nottage Hill, $82.70 for 4L. ON FLOOR Loom Anatolian vintage ﬂoor rug (2.75m x 1.92m), $3400, Koskela. Flowers by The Make Haus. A
The raw timber bench looks right at home at the foot of this bed. Decorate with plants and trinkets or slide storage baskets underneath for your spare blankets and cushions. Feeling plush OPPOSITE Nomi Ash long bench in Natural, $399, Country Road. Molo Cloud ﬂoor and table light, $750, SeehoSu. Middle of Nowhere “Mira” leaner mirror in Coal, $450, Life Interiors. ON BED Velvet large cushion with insert, $200, and velvet small cushion with insert, $125, SmithMade. She & Her “Muse” pillowslip by Caroline Walls, $130 for set of 2, Dazed But Amazed. 100% linen pillowslip in Stone, $85 for set of 2, square tweed wool cushion with insert, $115, 100% linen duvet cover in Navy, $275 for queen, and 100% linen ﬂat sheet in Stone, $180 for queen, In Bed. Textured linen throw in Natural, $330, SmithMade. ON BENCH Marble cylinder vase, $60, SmithMade. Carl Auböck brass sculpture, $569, DEA Store. Ad Manum small hand in Beech, $46, and Wrong for Hay “Lens” medium storage box in Red, $151, Hay. UNDER BENCH Page Thirty Three “Void” incense burner set, $149, DEA Store. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography book, $140, SmithMade. Kinfolk magazines, $29.95 each, Koskela. ON BEDSIDE TABLE Kinto Acqua small vase in Clear, $39.95, DEA Store. Le Feu De L’Eau candle in Bleu Nuit, $85, and D.S. & Durga Coriander fragrance, $235 for 50ml, Bow + Arrow. ON WALL Haymes Paint Interior Expressions low sheen paint in Modesty White, $74.24 for 4L. Taubmans Endure interior paint in Winter Mist, $65.80 for 4L. Seaport Of Desire framed artwork by Aaron Kinnane, $3500, Arthouse Gallery. Fogia “Archetto” shelf in Black Stained Oak, $495, Fred International. ON FLOOR Livyn Balance Click Artisan planks in Grey, $57 a sq m, Quick-Step. Loom overdyed vintage ﬂoor rug, $3135, Koskela. Flowers by The Make Haus. R
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BEDROOM A NTICS clean lines meet soft layers
Haymes Pa int low sheen paint in Modesty White
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ITS THE COLOUR DU JOUR AND DESIGNERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. PAIR WITH BLACK, GREY, WHITE AND BRASS OR GO ALL OUT PINK ON PINK! 8 7 9
1 Porter’s Paints Milk paint in Peony, $50.62 for 1kg. 2 Rhodes soap dish in Nero Marble, $139, Becker Minty. 3 Honed Carrara Polygon tiles, $249 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. 4 Salus. Geranium & Juniper Berry body cleanser, $35 for 500ml. 5 Luxury Egyptian towels in Rosebud, from $19.95, Sheridan. 6 Kristina Dam “Graphic” coat rack with mirror, $289, The Minimalist. 7 Gaussian 2 tier vessel in Pink, $99.90, Città. 8 Midnight Everyday tray, $59.95, with Blanc Marble tray insert, $44.95, Marble Basics. 9 Lord sconce in Satin Brass (1.5cm), $200, Dowel Jones. 10 Madison Jar candle in Vanilla Bean, $42.95, Ecoya. 11 Sunday Morning framed print (50cm x 70cm), $99.95, Olive et Oriel. 12 Perrin & Rowe “Deco” three hole basin set, $1345, The English Tapware Company. A
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PLANNING TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM A FRESH MAKEOVER? A wooden ﬂoor is well worth considering. Do you prefer a laminate ﬂoor or vinyl? It’s all possible at Quick-Step! The bathroom is a place to relax and recharge your batteries. It’s a very personal space in your home and comfort is key. That’s why Quick-Step have designed speciﬁc range of laminated ﬂooring called Impressive Ultra, especially for bathrooms and other areas that can get wet. INNOVATIVE DESIGN Impressive Ultra is the most waterproof laminate ﬂooring ever, and the very ﬁrst laminate ﬂoor where the planks and grooves are treated with a water-repellent ‘HydroSeal’ coating. The authentic wood grain in the planks is perfect right down to the joints in the ﬂoor.
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1 Prisma wall mirror in Brass, $229.95, Domayne. 2 Aubrey tray in Iron/Glass, $149.95, Linen House. 3 Kopparfall New York City picture, $39.99, Ikea. 4 Tobacco Vanille candle, $98, Tom Ford. 5 Honed Versailes Thassos and Italian Grey Marble tiles (1.45cm x 1.45cm x 10mm), $329 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. 6 Mette Ditmer Cover jar Venezia with brass lid, $69, Designstuff. 7 Sculptural hook, $119, West Elm. 8 Neu England basin set in Polished Nordic Brass PVD, $393.80, Brodware. 9 Haymes Paint Interior paint in Coal Mine 3008, $74.90 for 4L. 10 Bloomingville soap dispenser in Glass Grey, $34, Designstuff. A
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1 IE Francis “Loop” pendant in Natural, $440, Barnaby Lane. 2 Omvivo Venice 450 Counter basin, $699, Reece. 3 Travertine Tumbled Mosaic tiles 31cm x 31cm, $109 for pack of 4, Beaumont Tiles. 4 Carved vase Curved in Confetti, $39, Zakkia. 5 Terra soap dispenser in White, $29.95, and Terra tumbler in White, $14.95, Salt & Pepper. 6 Stockholm 2017 rattan armchair with cushion, $349, Ikea. 7 Terracotta and white dish, $39.25, Lightly. 8 Segment mirror, $139, Città. 9 Le Labo “Palo Santo 14” candle, $110, Mecca Cosmetica. 10 Teshvikiye hand towel in White, $29, Atolyia. 11 Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Manila, $74.90 for 4L. R
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NOT YOUR AVERAGE FLORALS, these new-generation fragrances offer quirky notes, surprising ingredient combinations and even a new way to wear them. Here are our picks of the bunch (see what we did there?). 1 Valentina Blush EDP, $126 for 50ml, David Jones. With sugar (praline), spice (pink pepper) and all things nice (orange blossom), this fragrance is what dreams are made of. 2 Derek Lam 10 Crosby Drunk on Youth EDP, $125 for 50ml, Sephora. Fruity-fresh with notes of honeysuckle, this will take you straight back to when you were 15 and had a crush on that guy at Blockbuster. 3 Prada Les Infusions de Prada Rose EDP, $175 for 100ml, David Jones. Subtle yet long-lasting, this surprisingly light fragrance has a crisp, modern edge. 4 Diana Vreeland Simply Divine EDP, $266 for 50ml, Mecca. Embodying the ﬂamboyance of legendary editor Diana Vreeland, this juice takes traditional tuberose and adds a quirky twist with crushed green leaves and nutmeg. 5 Gucci Bloom EDP, $140 for 50ml, 1800 812 663. This ﬁrst fragrance by genius creative director Alessandro Michele has jasmine, tuberose and a fragrance ﬁrst: the rangoon creeper (Chinese honeysuckle). 6 Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Jasmine Twist, $130 for 20ml, Myer. A lush jasmine layering oil, designed to be worn with other fragrances to create a bespoke smell. 7 Sabé Masson Né des Roses Soft Perfume, $40. This solid perfume is alcohol- and paraben-free and packaged in recycled paper… all while smelling like a peony-rose delight. R
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Wearing your scent on your pulse points is a no-brainer, but also give it a go on your elbow and knee creases, and the back of your neck, as these areas heat up when you move, which will draw out the fragrance.
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Great expectations When we heard that iconic Australian furniture designer Jardan was launching a hip new store in Sydney, we cleared our calendars to be there for its opening! And we weren’t disappointed. Designed by architect Iva Foschia of IF Architecture, the light-ﬁlled showroom features a restrained colour palette and sweeping curves as far as the eye can see.
1 The upstairs ﬁreplace, which is curved in response to the other organic shapes within the space. 2 The rug display downstairs, which is akin to Aladdin’s cave. 3 The giant skylight that ﬂoods the showroom with natural light. 4 The kitchen and its brass island bench – architect Iva wants one of these for herself! 5 The rear corner windows that allow the sunset to peek into the space at the end of the day.
JARDAN FLAGSHIP STORE PADDINGTON / SYDNEY
THE DESIGN ICON BRINGS UNDERSTATED GLAMOUR TO ITS NEW SYDNEY STORE
Stairway to heaven “Materials like the marble in the staircase not only look incredible, they showcase colours and texture that are uniquely Australian,” Iva says.
THE EMOTIVE POWER OF COLOUR
The chosen colour palette was designed to shift and change with the customer as they move through the store. “The colours were designed, in collaboration with Porter’s Paints, to be uniquely Sydney colours, based on some of the iconic creative families that inspired the store design,” Iva says. @reallivingmag
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View from the top The new store features exquisite room set-ups along with art and design pieces from like-minded brands.
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New dawn A mere 30 minutes from the centre of Hobart, the idyllic Huon Valley in Tasmania is home to a growing community of food-lovers and young families. Turn the page to discover all of its delights. A
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WHERE DO YOU GO when you want to make a name for yourself in food? The answer is surely the Huon Valley. In fact, ever since food stylist Michelle Crawford made the move, her career has gone from strength to strength – thanks in part to the food world’s current obsession with all things Huon. “Apples, beef, stone fruits, berries, mushrooms, salmon – there’s so many good things to eat here!” exclaims Michelle, 48, who lives in Huonville with husband Leo, 49, daughter Elsa, 14, son Hugo, 11, Patch the dog, Twiggy the cat and nine fat hens. The 15-strong brood relocated to the southerly tip of Tasmania from Sydney back in 2004, renting until they found the ideal property. “Initially we looked in the Channel region, which is a cluster of little villages perched along a winding road that hugs the coastline south of Hobart,” Michelle says. “But I’m glad we ended up in the Huon – it’s home.” And they’re not the ﬁrst transplants to be enticed by the rich pickings down south. “Ten years ago, the Huon Valley was a quiet agricultural town with bad coffee and nowhere nice to eat or shop,” she says. “But now it’s a vibrant place full of great cafes, an awesome chocolatier, sourdough bakery and funky gift store.” In retrospect, the SBS series Gourmet Farmer might have had something to do with it. The books, shows and restaurant it’s since spawned have made the Huon a sought-after daydream. “A lot of creative people move here because they can have a modest lifestyle and create incredible work,” Michelle adds. “There’s just so much potential to do great things here.” A (4) (3)
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“We loved the Huon Valley because of its rich agricultural heritage – you’re surrounded by working farms, delightful old buildings and cosy weatherboard farmhouses – plus for a food lover, you’re at the source of so much amazing produce.”
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$ 305 P E R W E E K 1 A vintage Union Jack ﬂag adds visual impact to Michelle’s lounge room. 2 Her Rayburn cooker warms the whole house. 3 Michelle’s cosy kitchen is piled high with local delicacies and cookbooks. 4 The valley in all its splendour.
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BEST GREASY SPOON Boat House Café (1) 3 The Esplanade, Huonville Go for: the Huon River water views, ﬁsh and chips and freshly shucked oysters. Dine inside, out on the deck or picnic on the riverbank itself. BEST COFFEE Summer Kitchen Bakery (2) 1 Marguerite Street, Ranelagh Go for: the doughnuts, danishes, soups, apple turnovers and more. “It’s got a lovely interior with an open ﬁre and serves the best coffee in the area by far!” Michelle says.
BEST SPECIALTY STORE Cygnet Garden Larder (3) Shop 3, 16 Mary Street, Cygnet Go for: fresh ﬁsh, eggs, bread and all the produce you can carry. You’ll also ﬁnd DIY cheese kits and locally made preserves. BEST PLACE FOR A TIPPLE Willie Smith’s Apple Shed (4) 2064 Huon Highway, Grove Go for: the cider. “It’s friendly, a little edgy yet rustic, a bit rough around the edges – characteristics that sum up the entire Huon Valley, really,” Michelle says.
BEST RESTAURANT Fat Pig Farm (5) 80 Dillons Hill Road, Glaziers Bay Go for: the weekly Friday long lunch, run by Matthew Evans of the aforementioned Gourmet Farmer fame. “It’s a true paddockto-plate experience,” Michelle says. “A real rustic farmhouse feast, where everything you eat really is grown just a few metres away.”
WHAT WILL YOU FIND THERE? There are several public primary and high schools in the Huon, plus it’s just over 30 minutes from Hobart proper, meaning everything is at your ﬁngertips. “The high number of wireless NBN towers has allowed many people to relocate and work from home with business interstate,” tells real estate agent Nick Bond, owner of Harcourts Huon Valley. Being the very deﬁnition of a tree change, rental demand is high. In fact, around one-third of residents are renters, with the rest owning or paying off mortgages. (3) WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE LIKE? You won’t ﬁnd fast living in the Huon – this is the kind of place where people use canoes and bake their own bread. The median age for the area is 40, but almost 20 per cent of residents are under the age of 15 thanks to the inﬂux of young families making the move. “For the past 20 years, 35 to 60 per cent of all sales have been to interstate buyers,” Nick says. “Most are baby boomers retiring, but the secondary market is couples with young children wanting a safe, quiet life for bringing up kids. Not many people leave once they come here either, so it’s growing much faster than the rest of Tasmania. There aren’t many places that offer what the Huon offers.” @reallivingmag
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“You’re never short of options when it comes to ﬁnding fresh produce, boutique beer and quality wine”
WHERE WILL I FIND IT? The Huon Valley sits in the southernmost tip of the Tasmanian mainland, and is made up of the ﬁve main townships of Huonville, Franklin, Cygnet, Geeveston and Dover. It’s an easy drive south of Hobart. “You’re only 30 minutes from a capital city, 30 minutes from the bush walks of the South West World Heritage area and 30 minutes from the beaches and coast,” Nick says. “It’s a country lifestyle but close to everything,” he says. Chenoa Georgi, owner of Nest Property, agrees. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds,” she says. “Certainly those who are coming into the region from built-up areas are pleasantly surprised at what their money will buy them.” Of course, renewed interest in the area also means more tourists, which is great for reviving business. “The Huon Valley once produced thousands of kilos of apples a year,” Michelle explains. “At one time the valley was ﬁlled with orchards – old timers talk about how all you could smell in the late spring was the scent of apple blossom on the breeze – but with the creation of the Common Market in the 1960s, the export industry collapsed and most of the orchards were ripped out. Now, with the newly thriving cider industry, they’re being replanted at a rate of knots and producers can’t keep up with demand. It’s an exciting time to live here.” A
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WHAT’S IT LIKE? In a nutshell: an outdoor lover’s delight. “We love swimming in the Huon River in summer and kayaking and ﬁshing when it’s cooler,” Michelle says. And while this renaissance means house prices are starting to rise, it’s still excellent value. “The prices are higher than other places a similar distance from Hobart, but very affordable compared to most areas 30 to 50 minutes from the centre of a capital city,” Nick says. If Michelle could give future residents any advice it would be this: “Find a warm house, and get a year’s worth of dry wood sorted before you move!” To that Chenoa adds, “Be prepared for your guest room to be frequently used… friends and family love to visit.” And while some businesses shut down over winter, there’s still plenty of activity to be had – such as the Mid-Winter Festival, held each year in July. The festival celebrates the region’s apple picking history with plenty of food, cider, ﬁre and the tradition of wassailing – essentially, singing and dancing and banging pots and pans to scare nasties from the orchard and ensure a bumper crop. Festival goers are even encouraged to dress up in feather, fur, leather and greenery, with prizes for the best dressed. R
1 Farming remains a big money-earner for the area. 2 Quaint cottages abound in the Huon. 3 Locals head to the river to swim, kayak and ﬁsh. 4 The distant Sleeping Beauty mountain range.
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“The Huon offers so much – beautiful scenery, fresh air and lovely communities”
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IT MAY THE SIMPLEST OF SHADES, BUT THERE’S A KNACK TO DECORATING WITH WHITE. TAKE OUR MASTERCLASS AND GET IT RIGHT FIRST TIME
PHOTOGRAPHY MAREE HOMER INTERIOR STYLING KERRIE-ANN JONES FASHION STYLING JESSE HART
Loungin’ around Starburst bone/brass inlay coffee table in White, $1575, Nomadique. Vintage Turkish rug, $2800, SmithMade. Flowers and vase, Boutierre Girls. Small ceramic ﬂower bowl, $95, Dinosaur Designs. Cuff, $375, and ring, $240, Lucy Folk. OPPOSITE Motti sofa in Ecru with brass legs, $3200, SmithMade. Starburst bone/brass inlay coffee table, as before. Lyon dining table with Natural legs and Natural Veneer top, $688, James Lane. Sedha 2017 dining chair in White, $780, Thomas Coward. Ring C-side table, $349, West Elm. Manor 1.8m suspension cord in Antique Brass, $49.95, Karbon 25W ES Clear Decorator G95 lightbulb, $11.95, and Karbon 25W ES Clear Pilot lightbulb, $10.95, Beacon Lighting. ON SOFA Pala Kilim cushion, $99, and small Velvet cushion in Champagne, $85.95, The Vignette Room. Puna throw in white, $320, Pampa. ON COFFEE TABLE Flowers and vase, as before. The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives by Kim Ficaro book, $89.95, and Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney book, $59.95, Opus Design. Sculpture by Kenya Peterson, $80, Basic Curate. ON DINING TABLE See p46. ON SIDE TABLE Totem vase (19cm), $39, West Elm. Sunglasses, $375, Lucy Folk. ON FLOOR Bark porcelain tiles in Moka (7.5cm x 30cm), $89 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. Vintage Turkish rug, as before. Small Mirrored plinth in Gold, $790, The Minimalist. Untitled sculpture by Den holm, $2500. MODEL WEARS top, $89, and pants, $229, Elka Collective. Boots, $385, Sandro. Ring, $215, Lucy Folk.
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THE A RT OF L AY ER ING All-white interiors may not be a new concept, but unlike, say, fur-lined designer moccasins, they’re deﬁnitely here to stay. And there’s a variation to suit all aesthetics – from brilliant whites for a minimalist gallery vibe, to a whitewashed boho feel, there’s never any decorator regret when it comes to this neutral shade. According to our style editor Kerrie-Ann Jones, the key to creating beautifully chic white spaces that still ooze warmth lies in clever layering. She suggests utilising various tones of warm whites in decor, furnishings and walls to add depth and interest to a room. Try also mixing up textures with natural materials and shiny surfaces, or make like a Parisian and add an objet des curiosité – that is, an interesting piece of art, family heirloom or ﬂea-market ﬁnd. “It’s the process of layering a space with variations of all of these elements that creates an interesting home,” Kerrie-Ann says. A
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“WARM WHITES INSTANTLY ADD A COMFORTING FEELING TO A SPACE” FINDING THE R IGHT TONE It’s not just grey that has 50 shades – there’s a whole lot happening in the white spectrum, too. First up, you need to know the difference between a warm and a cool white, and which of these will help you achieve the mood or look you want. Warm whites have a yellowy/brown or sandy undertone (think cream or vanilla), while cool whites have a blue, green or grey undertone. For our shoot, Kerrie-Ann used the former: “I like warm whites in spaces where you like to relax, like the bedroom, living and dining room,” she says. “They just instantly add a comforting feeling to the space.” Cool whites can also have a calming effect but may sometimes appear cold, so they generally work better in rooms with loads of natural sunlight. Consider using them in spaces with northfacing windows, which get all-day sun, so the cool tones will help counter-balance the natural warmth. Worried about your whites throwing hospital vibes? Kerrie-Ann says the secret is to use warm shades layered with different textures, and avoid the use of cool whites in artiﬁcially lit spaces. A Set the mood Lyon dining table, as before. Sedha 2017 dining chairs, as before. Terrace bar cart in Antique Brass, $699, West Elm. Eva bench in White Faux Fur, $499, Life Interiors. ON DINING TABLE Flowers and vase, Boutierre Girls. Linen table cloth in White, $160 for square size, and Linen Table napkins in Natural, $50 for set of 4, Cultiver. Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall Vintage Brass candelabra, $745, Becker Minty. Milk & Sugar Alﬁe dinner plates in Light Green, $19.95 each, and Milk & Sugar Chip cutlery, $159.95 for 16-piece set, Life Interiors. ON BAR CART Arguello martini glasses, $16 each, and Arguello ﬂute glasses, $16 each, Pottery Barn. Crystal decanter, $110, The Vignette Room. Glass vase in White, $330, and Glass vase in Brown, $396, Dinosaur Designs. Carved vase Curved in Confetti, $39, Zakkia. ON WALL “A Moment Around the Back of the Studio (corrugated iron & pallets)” oil on canvas artwork by Melissa Boughey (1m x 80cm), $4500, Art2Muse. ON FLOOR Bark porcelain tiles in Moka, as before. Cowhide rug in Natural Solid Beige, $396, NSW Leather. real living
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YOUR ST Y LE CHECK LIST Family tones Can’t choose between antique white, snow or vanilla? You don’t have to. Layering different shades of white on your walls, furniture, skirtings and curtains will create a welcoming space. You just need to keep it in the family – that is, stick to all warm or all cool whites. Consider your decor Before you decide on a paint shade, consider your existing features like furniture, cabinets, tiling and benchtops. All colours have cool or warm undertones, and these will need to work with your perfect white. Minimal metallics If you like using metals to warm things up, Kerrie-Ann suggests keeping your Midas touch to a minimum. “Use only hints because too much metallic or reﬂective surfaces can be overbearing in a white space.” Choose earthy textures Warm whites look great paired with earthy, natural textures because they have a similar warm palette. Try mixing linen and wool fabrics with light timber and cane.
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Sweet dreams Brookhaven cane bedhead in Natural, $599 for queen, Naturally Cane. Esaila Pedestal side table in White, $649, The Minimalist. ON BED Linen duvet set in White, $355 for queen, Linen ďŹ tted sheet in Natural, $170 for queen, and Linen ďŹ‚at sheet in Natural, $190 for queen, Cultiver. AW17 Velvet pillowcases in Mink, $99 for set of 2, Kip&Co. Basix Linen bed skirt in Sable, $339 for queen, and Crush Linen throw in Fysk Melange, $275, Hale Mercantile Co. ON SIDE TABLE Flowers and vase, Boutierre Girls. Diptyque Roses candle, $74, Mecca. Brass candle snuffer, $19, Zakkia. ON WALL Climbing Rose acrylic on birch panel framed artwork by Vanessa Stockard (40cm x 30cm), $900, Art2Muse. ON WINDOW Basix Linen curtains in Aryton Sheer (1.45m x 3m), $249 each, Hale Mercantile Co. ON FLOOR Bark porcelain tiles in Moka, as before. Arancini lamp, $1595, Moda Piera. Heels, $239, Senso. MODEL WEARS shirt, $199, Gant. Jeans, $379, IRO. Ring, $215, Lucy Folk. OPPOSITE Esaila Pedestal side table, as before. Flowers and vase, as before. Diptyque Roses candle, as before. Brass candle snuffer, as before. Medium mother of pearl dish in Sandy Pearl, $70, Dinosaur Designs. Earrings, $139, Samantha Wills. R
Mix it up “We aim to keep things fresh and vibrant, and always create pieces that can work back with pieces from previous seasons,” Hayley says.
“YOU’LL NEVER SEE US SHOOT A FULL CAMPAIGN IN STUDIO – IT’S NOT OUR STYLE AND IT’S NOT EXCITING. WE HAVE SUCH A GREAT TEAM WHO WE’VE WORKED WITH FOR OVER FOUR YEARS NOW, AND ALTHOUGH OUR SHOOTS ARE HUGE AND LOADS OF WORK, THEY ARE ABOVE AND BEYOND BLOODY FUN.”
Put to work “You’d be surprised how much ironing is involved!” Hayley says of the hard yakka of shooting. “We also make beds, move furniture around, do models’ make-up … Our favourite part is seeing the collection come together at the end.”
Child’s play “Our own kids are in all our shoots and we generally rope in a couple of other gorgeous friends and their children, for ease,” Hayley tells.
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Location, location The Kip&Co girls are regular visitors to Bali. “It’s a place we feel really comfortable and gives us all-round good vibes.” PHOTOGR APHER N I KO L E R A M S AY WORKED HER MAGIC BEHIND THE LENS
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Lifestyle brand Kip&Co is known for its vibrant colours, textures and tassels, and the new Eden collection has all of the above. The campaign shoot took place at The Island Houses in Bali, with co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke explaining, “The feel and vibe is something you just don’t get in Melbourne and cannot recreate.” @reallivingmag
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WE GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KIP&CO ON THEIR NEW SEASON CAMPAIGN SHOOT, BROUGHT TO YOU BY MASSAGES, MARGARITAS AND A WHOLE LOT OF IRONING!
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MEET SONYA MARISH – LOVER OF COLOUR, CREATOR OF TILES AND DIRECTOR OF JATANA INTERIORS
FOR SONYA MARISH, A RENO DIDN’T JUST CHANGE HER home, it inspired a whole career path. The Sydney-born, Byron Bay local was studying interior design while renovating her house – a combination that sparked a minor obsession with ﬁnding the perfect bathroom tiles. “The worldwide search for the tiles I wanted began,” she laughs, “and this research led me to specialise a little further and then go on to study design”. Armed with a new-found design conﬁdence, Sonya created her own tile range, and this, along with her passion for making beautiful spaces, is how Jatana Interiors was born. In her business, Sonya has carved out A
Impulse buy It was love at ﬁrst sight when Sonya spied her future home. “We basically drove down the driveway and said yes before even seeing inside,” she says. “We bought it on the same day.” Love shack “Half the fun of doing up our little beach shack was sourcing old materials to maintain the relaxed feel,” adds Sonya, who used reclaimed wood from salvage yards for the window frames and picked up an outdoor bath on eBay.
At home among the trees “I get a lot of inspiration from the colours and sounds that surround me,” Sonya says of her Hinterland studio. “The greenery of the trees and the sounds of the birds singing and the phones ringing – it’s a lovely combination.”
a beautiful and original niche for encaustic tiles and unique antique ﬁnds, with inﬂuences stemming from her vast travel experiences. The common link, naturally, is pattern and colour – a theme that also runs throughout her showroom/studio/ofﬁce space. Set in Federal village in the Byron Bay Hinterland, this isn’t your average showroom. Also her home of 20 years, it’s what can only be described as a treasure trove of colour, texture and keepsakes that somehow all ﬁt perfectly together. “I love rustic, imperfect interiors, and spaces that are full of interest, but balanced… and this reﬂects in my workspace,” she explains. @reallivingmag
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10 QUESTIONS WITH SONYA MARISH 1. What is the most creatively inspiring place in the world? “India! I’ve spent a lot of time there and am always drawn to its colour and design.” 2. What’s on your bedside table right now? “So many things! Right now I am reading The House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi. I also have many half-read books that I ‘plan’ to ﬁnish.” 3. Name one thing that would surprise people about you. “I’m really shy.” 4. What is your most treasured item? “A childhood book called My Donkey Benjamin. As a girl I read it over and over again and dreamt of having a house just like it.” 5. Where do you shop for interiors? “I shop when I travel, and I’m constantly adding things to my shelves.” 6. What colours and textures are you drawn to? “I love pink! I love velour! I love comfort.” Balancing act “I just buy what I love and make it work,” Sonya says of her decorating style. “I am, however, super-fussy about colour, and it has to work or it has to go!” Easy being green Sonya’s ofﬁce is a true representation of her eclectic style, from the fake ﬂowers hanging from the ceiling – “my absolute favourite decorating tool” – to the soft green velour sofa from Ikea.
7. Do you have something you should get rid of but just can’t? “My childhood single bed, which is now used as a daybed in the ofﬁce.” 8. If you had to pick a favourite tile, what would it be? “I love my antique tile range – they’re full of character and are irreplaceable.” 9. What did you want to be when you were a kid? “A fashion designer, but I was talked out of it. Interestingly, my major HSC artwork was a painting very similar to a tile design.” 10. If not tiles, what would you be doing? “I’d probably be working with fabrics as I can’t keep away from colour and design.” R SEE
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Ever wondered what KLIPPAN means? Each piece is given names in categories, for example sofas and armchairs are named after Swedish places – like Klippan, a region in Southern Sweden.
will release their collection Y PPE R L IG , featuring beautifully understated pieces in their SIG N AT U R E palette, in October.
3 The iconic blue Frakta bag has become a design classic. This year, the bag has been redesigned by both Hay and Reform Studio – the latter gave it a blingy silver makeover using material made entirely out of 32 recycled chip packets!
Omedelbar, a quirky collab with eccentric stylist Bea Åkerlund, is on its way.
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TOM DIXON has collaborated on a bed sofa. “I wanted to make a cofﬁn but they wouldn’t let me,” he says. The Delaktig bed sofa is a bed ﬁrst and foremost, but can also be used as a sofa and more with the addition of extra pieces.
4 Pieces from the brand’s designer collaborations can be a real investment. Some vintage pieces are fetching record prices at auction. The Åke clam chair from 1944 recently sold for more than
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STREETWEAR MEETS HOMEWARES IN FASHION DESIGNER AND ARTIST CHRIS STAMP’S RIDICULOUSLY COOL SPÄNST COLLECTION, COMING IN MAY 2018! LOOK OUT FOR THE VERY FIRST IKEA SKATEBOARD.
THE INDUSTRIELL COLLECTION BY LEGENDARY DUTCH DESIGNER PIET HEIN EEK CELEBRATES THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION AND IS TIPPED TO FLY OFF THE SHELVES WHEN IT GOES ON SALE IN APRIL 2018.
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5 Over 640 million people eat at Ikea every year – 30 per cent visit solely to eat. Meatballs, anyone? @reallivingmag
“HOPEFULLY [IT’S] SOMETHING FAR NEWER THAN JUST ANOTHER SCENTED CANDLE,” says Ikea’s head of design, Marcus Engman.
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Ikea is working on a fragrance project with cult perfume brand Byredo. But don’t expect run-of-the-mill fragrance diffusers.
And in another unexpected pairing, Ikea’s teaming up with musos Teenage Engineering on Frekvens, a “party” collection, expected to hit stores by February 2019.
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16 In addition to a sewing room and carpentry workshop, ICOM also boasts a kitchen where food is prepared for use in shoots – all matched to suit the tastes of different countries. A real living
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17 ICOM has a huge library of props and international delicacies, so sets can be dressed with the right cultural ingredients (think a jar of Vegemite for Australia or a bag of Reese’s Pieces for the US).
SUSTAINABILITY IS A MAJOR GOAL, WITH THE COMPANY AIMING TO BE ENERGY INDEPENDENT AND FOREST POSITIVE BY 2020. MANY PRODUCTS ARE ALREADY MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS. THESE VASES ARE MADE FROM MELTING DOWN GLASS PRODUCTS THAT HAVE BEEN REJECTED DUE TO IRREGULARITIES AT THEIR FACTORY IN CHINA.
18 Ingvar Kamprad launched Ikea in 1943 as a mail-order business selling a variety of household products – everything from stockings to pens – before diversifying into furniture in 1948.
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IKEA TESTS EVERY ITEM FOR FUNCTIONALITY, DURABILITY AND SAFETY, WITH THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TAKING UP TO THREE YEARS BEFORE A PRODUCT REACHES THE STORE.
Contrary to popular belief, Ikea’s assembly instructions are also painstakingly tested, with the instruction designers – called “communicators” – charged with putting a product together ﬁrst to pinpoint any potential issues.
Consider yourself handy with an Allen key? Customers are invited at random to test out the step-by-steps.
IF THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR IDEA OF HELL, FEAR NOT, IKEA FURNITURE IS BECOMING EASIER TO PUT TOGETHER! IKEA RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED YOUNGER GENERATIONS ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE BASIC TOOLS ON HAND FOR ASSEMBLY, SO THEIR DESIGN HAS EVOLVED. MANY NEW PIECES SIMPLY CLIP TOGETHER.
There are a slew of businesses taking Ikea hacking to the next level. Superfront produces doors and attachments to personalise your Ikea kitchen, while Bemz makes custom covers for Ikea furniture.
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Karlanda armchair cover in Stockholm Stripe, $US149, Bemz.
22 TODAY, TESTING IS CARRIED OUT BY THE LATEST ROBOTS, BUT BEFORE THEY WERE INTRODUCED, ONE MAN, A FORMER CARPENTER, WAS A “TEST BUM” OF SORTS, PHYSICALLY TESTING THE FURNITURE BY SITTING ON IT.
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Ikea still operates in Älmhult, where the ﬁrst Ikea showroom was opened in 1953. Älmhult is also home to the Ikea Hotell, the Ikea Museum and ICOM, where the catalogue is produced. The hotel and museum are open to the public, the latter boasting a meatball restaurant.
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SPACE10 is Ikea’s innovation lab based in Copenhagen. This year, it unveiled the Growroom, a communal urban garden, and also shared the plans online so anyone could build it. The think tank works with people from around the world on projects designed to improve life in the future, tackling issues like climate change, urbanisation and natural resource shortages. R
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Art + TV come together From art by day to thriller gorilla by night, discover how The Frame switches between TV and Ar t Mode to transform your living space. With 100 works of ar t to choose from, or the ability to upload your own, The Frame is the T V that inspires and enter tains.*
*Additional artwork available to purchase through the Samsung Art Store. Internet Connection required. Charcoal frame comes ďŹ xed to the TV, so is included. Additional frames (including the frame pictured) are sold separately.
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ROSE TINTED Fancy a bit of metal on your kettle? Then the new Rose Gold Accents collection from Morphy Richards will be just your cup of tea. Available in black or white, there’s a matching toaster, too. Morphyrichards.com.au
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D I N I N G D ES IGN We love when a restaurant’s interior is in sync with the food it serves. Like Workshop Brothers in Glen Waverley, Victoria. The brief to interior architecture ﬁrm Esteta was for a design that draws on the nostalgia of retro Chinese eateries to tie in with the contemporary Asian menu. The use of circles is a recurring theme symbolising oneness, perfection and unity. Workshopbrothers.com.au
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HAPPY FEET Riﬂe Paper Co is known for creating gorgeous stationery, and this year they dipped their toe into footwear, teaming up with Keds to design the coolest printed and embroidered sneakers. The Fall 2017 collection, including these two designs, is available at Riﬂepaperco.com
WHAT A GEM Aussie ceramicist Milly Dent has done a new range of her popular gem cups – this one in earthy tones was inspired by Hanami Dango Japanese rice treats. The Dango collection is limited to runs of 10 (each piece is numbered), so get in quick! From $43. Millydent.com A real living
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ITALIAN JOB If you happen to be in Milan (lucky you), check in to the new Hotel Viu. The rooms are divine, the food is topnotch and an aperitivo by the rooftop pool is a must-do. Hotelviumilan.com
LI G H TLY DO ES IT Decor obsessives, take note: Lightly has launched a brand new collection of furniture, homewares and planters. Called Le Jardin and featuring a bold colour palette, it’s inspired by founder Cindy-Lee’s travels to Marrakech, the Afgay Desert and the Atlas Mountains. The best bit, we think, is that their popular Palm Springs planter is now available in a large format (check it out above)! Lightly.com.au A
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Tart yourself up like a French girl with the new make-up collab between Parisian fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan and Lancôme. Our picks are the Artliner, $55, L’Absolu Rouge Le Bisou, $52, and Olympia’s Wonderland Palette, $125. Lancome.com.au
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Not only is pink a hot design trend right now, it’s also the colour for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (in October). Pick up one of these buys and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the cause.
CALLING ALL DECORATORS! One of our fave brands is being brought to life in an immersive week-long event – and we’ll be there! From October 20 to 29, come along to Fenton&Fenton Home Away From Home. The Insider Secrets Presented By Real Living events and workshops are not to be missed. To book tickets, head to Fentonandfenton.com.au
Damselﬂy love candle, $42.95, Damselﬂy.com.au. The Australian Women’s Weekly Health Diary 2018, $18.95, Breastcancertrials.org.au. Limited edition ghd Platinum styler and roll bag in Pink Blush, $325, Ghdhair.com/pink
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FRESHEN UP Winter has moved on so now is a great time to revamp your decor, and Arro Home has just the items to do it with. Have a squiz at their new collection – graphic rugs and velvet sofas feature in a big way – online at Arrohome.com
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Looking for some ﬂipping amazing art to take your interior to the next level? Well, here it is. From September 14, Melbourne photographer Kate Ballis will be exhibiting her Infra Realism exhibition at Jardan’s Melbourne showroom, and selling works both in store and online. Jardan.com.au R
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Homewares Hali Outdoor Scatter Cushion in Lemon Stripe, $19.95 each. (Additonal items are stylists own).
VALLE Y TI M B ER FR AM E WITH INTRICATE HAND -WOVEN OUTDOOR ROPE Valley 4-Piece Lounge Setting. (Available in store only)
Booka 7-Piece Modular Lounge/ Dining Setting. (Available in store only)
$2,499 BOOK A TIM B ER FR AM E WITH S E AT AN D BACK CU S HION S FOR E X TR A COM FORT
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IT WOULDN ’T BE SUMMER WITHOUT A ME AL SPENT OUTDOORS . WHETHER IT’ S A WEEKEND BBQ OR A SUNDAY BRUNCH , THERE’ S NOTHING MORE AUSTR ALIAN THAN A WARM SUMMER NIGHT SPENT REL A XING IN A COSY OUTDOOR SET TING WITH GOOD FOOD, AND E VEN BET TER PEOPLE .
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TAKE AL FRESCO ENTERTAINING TO A WHOLE NE W LE VEL WITH QUALIT Y OUTDOOR FURNITURE THAT’ S NOT ONLY STURDY ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND THE AUSSIE SUMMER , BUT SO ST YLISH YOU ’LL WISH IT WAS MADE FOR INDOORS .
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Homewares Hali Outdoor Scatter Cushion in Kale and Kale Stripe, $19.95 each. (Additional items are stylists own).
Lilac Corner Lounge with Coffee Table. (Available in store only)
Grace Rug Shown in 39349/363 Large (200cm x 290cm).
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Homewares Hali Outdoor Scatter Cushion in Midnight Blue Stripe, $19.95 each. (Additional items are stylists own).
SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL STORE, ONLINE AT HN.COM.AU OR CALL 1300 464 278 Furniture prices displayed are valid in state capital metropolitan areas only (excluding Northern Territory). Prices in country areas will be higher due to additional freight charges. See in store for full range. Harvey NormanÂ® stores are operated by independent franchisees. Ends 25/11/17.
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Into the blue An Industria X trolley is a great functional piece in this stylish family home. The watering can is from AYTM and the glass dome is from Ikea. Turn the page for more. A
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Shelf worth In the home ofďŹ ce, a shot of watermelon comes courtesy of the Strut table from Blu Dot. Above it hangs Parachilna lighting and below it sit Sinnerlig stools from Ikea. Open shelves allow the homeowners to display their favourite items and collectibles. A
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That’s entertainment This extension, added by the previous owners, was dark and drab, with brown concrete, timber panelling and curtains. It has been transformed with soft pastels and accents of black, plus natural ﬁnishes of leather, linen, cork and plywood. Teamed with classic Thonet B9 bentwood chairs, the Atticus table by Lowe Furniture is illuminated by the striking Roll & Hill “Modo” light. “The table seats eight to 10 – great for entertaining,” says Lauren Li of Sisällä Interior Design. An existing banquette, reupholstered in tan leather, is in constant use.
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All white Renovated by the previous owners, the predominantly white kitchen with hidden butler’s pantry is livened up with a carefully considered shot of colour. It came in the form of the handmade turquoise tiles from Perini lining the splashback and island. Cab leather stools by Cassina are stylish and practical. Smart casual Grounded by a colourful Loom rug, the living room, with its pretty pastel-toned Bohemian armchair by Moroso, is designed for the owners’ and their guests’ downtime. “This area is used by the family every day, but it’s also the more formal space, so they wanted it to look quite smart,” Lauren says.
BEHIND THE LEADLIGHT FRONT DOOR of a classic Edwardian house in Melbourne’s inner south, a world of colour awaits. Bold and beautiful, this is a home basking in light and space – a calm but playful haven for a young family. Yet when the homeowners purchased the house early last year, it wasn’t exactly reﬂective of their love of high-impact style. It was more an ode to all things brown says Lauren Li of Sisällä Interior Design, who was the interior designer on the project. OUT OF THE DARKNESS “There wasn’t a room in the house that didn’t feature the colour,” she says. “But the property still had great style and beautiful bones, and the previous owners had added a really lovely extension with a new kitchen, living area and upstairs kids’ zone. We knew that there was a lot we could do.” Happily, from a somewhat subdued beginning, the brightest of makeovers was conceived. Testament to the transformative power of colour, the home showcases the potency of deeper, moodier shades in some rooms and lighter, invigorating tones in others. A
Back to basics The original ďŹ replace had been removed so Lauren reinstated it along with ornate cornices as a nod to the Edwardian architecture. The armchair and coffee table are vintage and the sphere vase is by AYTM. The artwork is a print from House of Beatniks.
DESIGN classic Atollo 235 lamp Made from opaline blown Murano glass, this distinctive mushroom-shaped lamp has won its creator, Italian architect and designer Vico Magistretti, multiple awards since it was ﬁrst manufactured in 1977. A regular in museum collections the world over, the Atollo’s combination of direct and diffused light is still winning people over 40 years later.
Welcome home Lauren used an Anewall wallpaper mural in the entrance, and topped the console table with an Atollo table lamp and decorative box from West Elm. On the shelf The ﬂoating shelves are the same colour as the wall making the display items the main event. The brass trivet is from Skultuna, the brass sculpture from West Elm, the vase is by Anna Varendorff for ACV Studio, the bowls are by Zanat and the door handles from Made Measure. A
BEAUTIFUL BLUES There’s dusty blue creating a sense of calm in the master bedroom, glorious splashes of pale turquoise in the crisp white kitchen and soft pastel furnishings setting a warm and inviting tone in the living room. Vibrant graphic wallpaper is also used to dramatic effect. As the owner says, “These colours seem to have the power to energise or soothe us, according to our mood.” UNITED FRONT Throughout, the use of blue brings a sense of cohesion, while tactile ﬁnishes like soft leather with timber, stone and concrete complete the look. “We wanted our home to reﬂect our combined Nordic and Australian heritage,” the owner says. “I trusted Lauren’s vision and it paid off.” MAKING HISTORY While most of the changes were cosmetic, there were some structural works carried out by builder Comb Construction. A large downstairs bathroom was divided into two separate rooms – a compact powder room and a family-friendly mud room dubbed the “home hub”. Period features that had been stripped away over the years were also reinstated. The result is a gorgeous and functional home loved by each member of the family. R
Open up First impressions count in the home’s light-ﬁlled entry. “We created a lovely welcoming spot with the Grazia & Co console table and display items,” Lauren says. Hide and seek “The wallpaper is perfect for this little boy’s room as he loves cactuses.” A Plyroom bed shares ﬂoorspace with a custom-made plywood cubby nook. “We designed this capsule,” Lauren says. “It’s full of cushions and books and is a great hiding spot.” The bright yellow ﬂoorlamp is from Jieldé.
How to work colour and pattern like a pro SISÄ LL Ä INTER IORS’ L AUR EN LI R EV EA LS HOW TO PL AY W ITH PATTER N, TONE A ND TEXTUR E 1. Showcase your individuality: “Getting to know each member of the family and the things they liked was key,” Lauren says. 2. Choose a signature colour: “In the ‘cactus bedroom’, we picked the wallpaper ﬁrst. The blinds are the same green and white.” 3. Forget matchy-matchy: “Don’t choose the same pattern in a different colour – it looks contrived. But be careful about mixing too many patterns in the one room. It can look a bit crazy!”
Float your boat The walk-in wardrobe is wallpapered in a gold-dot pattern from Porter’s Paints and leads to the master ensuite. It has a mirror that ﬂoats over the window, allowing natural light to bounce around. Go stellar This cosmic room is ideal for wannabe astronauts or astrologers. The colour palette is sophisticated, so will have longevity,
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“ The homeowners have always loved colour. It can really change the way a space feels. Blue was the common colour that linked the whole property. The house now feels much younger and fresher.”
Pretty as a picture This girlâ€™s room has been decorated with pink and peach Anewall wallpaper, which will last until her teenage years, and a Paris Au Mois Dâ€™aout pendant. The side table is from Normann Copenhagen and the bed is from Lilly & Lolly.
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1 Brass effect watering can, $10, Kmart. 2 AYTM medium globe vase with stand in Green Deep Forest, $119, Designstuff. 3 Carlos felted wool rug in Multi Natural (2.25m x 1.55m), $349, Temple & Webster. 4 Orion 15 light pendant in Black/Smoke, $895, Beacon Lighting. 5 Plateau side table, $799, Blu Dot. 6 Mango lounge chair in Pink, $1595, Clickon Furniture. 7 Replica Greta Grossman grasshopper ﬂoor lamp in Grey, $295, Matt Blatt. 8 Sinnerlig stool in Natural Cork, $99, Ikea. 9 Raskog trolley in Turquoise, $69, Ikea. 10 Strut medium table in Watermelon, $1299, Blu Dot. 11 Lampan table lamp in White, $7.99, Ikea. 12 Knot pillow in Yellow, $199.90, Top3 by Design. 13 Lewis three-seater sofa in Acre Wool Sky with metal feet in Powdercoat/Subtle Blue, $4272, Jardan. 14 Singolo single bed, $1195, Plyroom.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Porter’s Paints aqua gloss enamel paint in Castaway, $102.78 for 4L. Twilight porcelain chevron tiles in Iron, $365 a sq m, Perini. Taubmans Endure low sheen interior walls paint in White, $65.80 for 4L, Bunnings. Cube porcelain geometric tiles in Bone Matt, $220 a sq m, Perini. real living
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Design classics Nina made the walnuttopped dining table as a present for her partner Karsten. Colourful Eames armchairs surround it. The Granny pendant lamp is by Nina’s former design studio Pudelskern. Skirt around Nina loves vintage style, which is evident in her home – and her wardrobe (opposite). Like an Egyptian Nina designed the Cooper side table in Coral (opposite), inspired by sieves used for cooking in Cairo. A
THE PERFECT LIFESTYLE for Nina Mair is one that is simple, practical and in touch with nature – and she’s struck lucky with her home in the Austrian city of Innsbruck, situated in the heart of alpine country. “To be surrounded by nature is the best thing about living here,” she says. GRAND DAME Nina and her partner Karsten moved into the apartment – on the third ﬂoor of an elegant 19th century building – early last year, and love everything about the 150 sq m space. High ceilings, large windows, copious amounts of natural light, timber ﬂoors throughout and balcony all received the thumbs up from the couple. LESS IS MORE While Nina is an architect and designer, she wanted the original interior to shine so she furnished the home simply with a few 20th-century designs and key pieces from her architecture and design studio. The mostly neutral palette was enlivened with delicate pink accents. “I think my style is plain and sober – I like very clear lines for the furniture – with a passion for details,” she explains, adding: “I also love to have fresh ﬂowers around.” READING ROOM Nina’s favourite room is the living area, with its sofa for lounging and reading niche, while the most sociable space is the dining room. “We love to have huge dinners with a lot of food,” she says. “I use my grandmother’s vintage tableware and combine it with modern glasses and vases.” Nina’s especially proud of the dining table, which seats 12, that she made for Karsten. “I built the table in my workshop by welding the structure and planing the wood by hand,” she says. The kitchen is used for entertaining as well and, while small, has been given character with a soft, two-tone wall and dark brown ﬂoor. “It is the reception room for friends, too. We like to take our aperitivo at the freestanding bar I built,” Nina says. It’s a home of small pleasures. R
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Morning ritual Nina sits at the breakfast bar she built. “I love having breakfast here,” she says. “Ever since I studied in Florence I never start the day without a cappuccino.” The Tilda barstool, another of Nina’s designs, is made from steel and leather. Home spa Plants in the bathroom create a spa-like feel. “I like to take baths with some nice oils and candlelight at the end of an exhausting day.” Her double Shell basin, a seamless bowl carved from walnut, sits on a concrete table with its integrated towel rail and walnut drawer.
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Breakfast in bed Nina has hung a few of her Cypris mirrors throughout the home. They also make handy places to display small items. The Cooper side table (in the photograph) can be removed to become a tray – perfect for lazy mornings. Reading nook The large, light living area is Nina’s favourite room. She nestles on the Pudelskern “Ziller” sofa, with its embroidered elements, and reads. The Twiggy ﬂoor lamp is by Marc Sadler for Foscarini. Coral chamber The spacious bedroom (opposite) contains more of Nina’s creations: the Tilda side table and Fat Sheep wool rug. The wardrobe is vintage like most of the clothes inside.
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“It’s very important to not have too many things in one room – I don’t like it crowded.” “Take care of the little details – they make the difference.” 3 E M B R A C E F L O R A L S “Buy fresh ﬂowers – they add a colour accent to the room they’re in.” 4 B U Y P R E L O V E D “Include some vintage furniture – you can get beautiful things at ﬂea markets.” 5 C R E AT E A N A R R AT I V E “Choose things that have stories behind them, and whenever you have the chance to buy furniture directly from a workshop or a designer, do it. It’ll be worth it.” 6 C O L O U R M E H A P P Y “Choose the same hues for wall surfaces and large furniture, and add colour with small pieces like cushions or ﬂowers. You can alter a room’s look by changing the little things.” 7 S E T T H E M O O D “Use one colour accent in each room to create a different mood in every space.” 8 T R Y N E W M AT E R I A L S “Exceptional materials, like wood for the bath, turn the bathroom into a spa.” A 1 AV O I D C L U T T E R 2 THINK SMALL
Take the ﬂoor Iconic Saarinen Tulip chairs greet visitors at the home’s entrance. Nina drops her keys and sunglasses in the shallow dish on the deep ﬂoating drawer. The beautiful timber parquet ﬂoor is the hero feature of the home – it’s laid in opposite directions to differentiate zones.
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1 Shaped jug in Rose Gold (1.7L), $12, Kmart. 2 Fleur round platter, $80, Globe West. 3 Large granny pendant lamp by Pudelskern for Casamania, $906.40, Cafe Culture + Insitu. 4 Tapas bowl in Dusty Purple, $54.95 for set of 4, Country Road. 5 Humla end table by Sketch, $480, Clickon Furniture. 6 Areaware by Paul Loebach Distortion candlestick in Black, $44.95, Until. 7 Metal ﬂoor mirror in Antique Brass, $599, West Elm. 8 Seed glassware in Topaz, $140, and Rose, $220, Jardan. 9 Linen ﬂat sheet in Salmon, $130 for queen, Linen Shed. 10 Peperomia plant, $25, Garden Life, in ﬂowerpot with saucer in Green/Blue/Brown, $198, Clickon Furniture. 11 Helgrim three-seater sofa in Stone Grey, $1745, Interior Secrets. 12 Collette jacquard pillow cover, $34, Pottery Barn. 13 Phoebe chair in Ivory, $799, West Elm. 14 Amalia chunky weave wool rug in White, from $399, Zanui. 15 Kew Desert Sand throw, $179.95, Linen House. 16 Evie cabinet in White Oak, $1590, Curious Grace.
Colours & ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Dulux Wash&Wear low sheen paint in Coral Atoll, $85.90 for 4L. The Architect Collection Herringbone Block boards in Smoked, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Urban Lux stone-washed curtains in Opal Grey (27cm x 22cm), $495, Linen Things. Porter’s Paints low sheen acrylic paint in Milk, $102.90 for 4L. real living
A VILLA IN COPENHAGEN HOUSES A FAMILY AND AN IMPRESSIVE ART COLLECTION
Global gathering The living room features designs from across the world. The Planet Lamp by Mette Schelde, the carpet by rENs and the Bar Wagon by Herbert Hirch are all from homeowner Thomas’s design company. The sofa is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini. The wall art is an heirloom from the 1960s and in the window sits an antique altar from India. Take up the mantle The villa’s original marble ﬁreplace (opposite) plays host to the message board, Nouveau Pin, by All The Way To Paris and a lithograph by Michael Kvium. A
Design duo Thomas lives with his partner, graphic designer Olga. Mellow yellow In the bedroom, Buddha ﬁgures from many trips abroad sit in a tray. The chair is called Grand Prix by Arne Jacobsen; the small drawer unit is from Ikea.
Book club The Øresund bookcase by Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen showcases a selection of souvenirs, Japanese ceramics, a vinyl collection, magazines and books on art and design. DIY design Thomas ﬁtted the checkered bathroom himself.
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Cut corners The open kitchen, with stone countertop, is from Uno Form. The tea caddies and ceramics are from Sing Tea House in Copenhagen. In the background, the chubby baby relief watches over proceedings. Pin up The Nouveau Pin message board in brass and textiles decorates the wall with treasured pictures.
ALKING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR of Thomas Ibsen’s large villa, north of Copenhagen, is like stepping into a (homely) mini museum. The man behind Danish design company Please Wait To Be Seated lives in the 1950s house with his partner, graphic designer Olga Bramsen, and their three teenagers from previous relationships, surrounded by paintings, drawings, music, heirlooms, ceramics and furniture from Danish masters and modern-day designers alike. “I admire the Danish design heritage and its use of colour,” Thomas says. SENSE OF HISTORY The ground ﬂoor is home to a bedroom, living room and combined kitchen and dining room – an extension to the original house and previously a studio for a former artist owner. The artist had some generous friends, as the Danish sculptor Edith Willumsen gifted two reliefs in plaster, signed in 1910 and cast into the wall, including a chubby little baby in the kitchen. MODERN CLASSICS Previously a photographer for design magazines like Wallpaper, Thomas has a visual eye and a long contacts list of stylists, architects and designers, and it shows in the decor of his house. The dining room features a “Transience” mirror designed by Lex Pott and David Derksen; the living room houses a sofa designed by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini; while in the upstairs living room, a checkered family heirloom sofa sits comfortably next to a modern Konstantin Grcic chair. Designs from Thomas’s company nestle happily among the collection. “I like my designs, but I’m also testing their functionality in an everyday environment,” he says. SUNNY DAYS Outside, even Thomas’s car is a design classic – it’s a vintage Citroën from 1972. “There is everything wrong with it and it won’t possibly drive, but I love it because of the unique design that represents the 1970s,” he says. The sunny garden is lush and overgrown with fresh herbs growing in raised beds and chickens providing eggs for breakfast every day. R @reallivingmag
Black magic The large kitchen, housed in the former studio, is brightened by a skylight and has access to the garden. The dining area has SE68 chairs designed by Egon Eiermann and the sleek table top in stained ash wood was developed with craftsmen who make racing sailboats. The pendant in brushed brass is by Danish design brand Anour. A
Ofﬁce blocks Wall Boxes by Ludvig Storm from Please Wait To Be Seated provide perfect storage, and the Eiermann2 dining table functions as a desk. Guitar Hero In the living room on the ﬁrst ﬂoor (opposite), the sofa, a family heirloom, sits happily with the modern Konstantin Grcic chair.
how to shop for design pieces 1. Look for pieces that will last. “The furniture and accessories we produce at Please Wait To Be Seated must be handed on to the next generation,” Thomas says. “That’s our goal.” 2. Don’t choose style over function: “I test all of my designs in the functionality of an everyday environment.” 3. Variety is key: “The mix of old and new in different colours, shapes and materials attracts me when it comes to my home.” A
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Music room Thomas plays guitar and bass and his son the drums. The Spade chair is designed by Faye Toogood. Artworks include the cat by the Dutch Cobra artist Corneille, photography by Ebbe Stub Wittrup and a mobile by Ib Geertsen.
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1 Mr Marius Pirouette bookrack, $1395, Clickon Furniture. 2 Ranarp pendant lamp in Black, $49, Ikea. 3 Flensted Mobiles “Mirage” mobile in Multi, $52, Scandinavian Design Center. 4 Collage Composition No. 2 print by Samantha Totty Studio (30cm x 30cm), $85, Life Interiors. 5 Ethnicraft “Oak N2” lounge chair, $400, Clickon Furniture. 6 The Home Collective Store cane palm pot plant, $319 for set of 2, Temple & Webster. 7 Glazed pot, $10, Kmart. 8 Replica Anna Castelli Ferrieri “Componibili 3” round storage unit in Yellow, $99, Matt Blatt. 9 Mumoon Belgium glob table lamp in Black, $119, Life Interiors. 10 Jamison sofa in Navy Linen, $5295, Coco Republic. 11 Vittsjö nest of tables in black/brown glass, $89, Ikea. 12 70s ceramic mug in Mud, $10.95, House of Orange. 13 Svenbertil chair in Black, $65, Ikea. 14 Network Rugs “Twilight Shag” rug in Grape (1.65m x 1.15m), $70, Temple & Webster.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Coulson Subway Matte Petti Bella ceramic wall tile in White (26.5cm x 6.5cm), $0.96, Bunnings. The Architect Collection Herringbone Block timber ﬂooring, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Benchtop in White Attica, from $1000 a sq m installed, Caesarstone. Taubmans Endure Interior Low Sheen paint in Cotton Ball, $65.80 for 4L. real living
Artistâ€™s touch An ACV Studio brass vase by sculptor Anna Varendorff sits below a picture by artist Kat Bak. Outdoor room The verandah (opposite) acts as an extra living space for homeowners Lotte Barnes and Lia-Belle King and their daughter Ophelia, providing a sunny spot to sit year round. The Cane Oval Relax chairs and Tribe Stump table by Worn stand alongside pots by Pop & Scott.
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Favourite piece The neon “Everything for Love” sign features prominently in the dining space. “It was designed by a close friend and made for our wedding,” Lotte says. “It’s an ongoing reminder of our love.” Evolving rooms As the couple like to entertain and often have friends and family staying, they recently turned the larger lounge room into their formal dining area. A custom-made dining table is paired with chairs by Thonet, which were bought second-hand, while a surfboard by Vouch, antique plant pot from Indonesia (used as a vase), white ﬂoor cushions and a bamboo pendant from Ikea add texture.
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CO-FOUNDERS OF CLOTHING AND HOMEWARES LABEL WORN, LOTTE BARNES AND LIA-BELLE KING, THEIR THREE-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER OPHELIA EUL ALIE KING, AND GR AY, A KELPIE X CATTLE X KOOLIE MIX. WORNSTORE.COM.AU | @WORN.STORE
FORGET ONLINE PERSONALITY TESTS – your home can reveal more of your psyche than a game of Cluedo. For Worn co-founders Lotte Barnes and Lia-Belle King, their thoughtfulness and dedication to handmade items sings from their 1900s principal’s cottage in the Byron Bay Hinterland. “We like our home to be a harmonious reﬂection of the environment outside, but also of our personal and locational journeys,” Lotte says. “The practice of wabi-sabi [beauty in the imperfect and incomplete] inﬂuences our aesthetic, making for a space that is humble and calm, but also artistically interesting.” WAITING GAME When Lotte and Lia-Belle moved from Bali to their house in Clunes, they didn’t rush to deck it out. “We had to wait months for our furniture to arrive, and are still acquiring the pieces we need,” Lia-Belle says. Their advice: take it slow and don’t decorate just for the sake of it. “You’ll accumulate things over time and when a chair, vase or pot does come into your life, it will be really special.” SCOUR THE LAND When they’re not shopping from their own range, the pair look at auction houses, eBay and vintage stores for interesting one-off pieces. “We prefer works that have been handmade or have a personal element to their creation, and purchase directly from craftsmen and artists,” Lotte says. “Like the products we make, the items we buy hold an element of integrity that you don’t ﬁnd with factory-made, mass-produced items.” OPPOSITES ATTRACT The home provides ample room for the couple to express their differing passions – Lotte’s statement artworks alongside Lia-Belle’s Art Deco furniture and crystals. “We opt for a less is more approach, adding a few statement pieces of furniture or art to bring an interesting lift to an otherwise fairly minimal scheme,” Lia-Belle says. The result is a home that is serene, uncluttered and constantly evolving with them. R
Clever display A neatly stacked collection of magazines serves as a side table to the vintage Marcel Breuer Wassily chair, purchased from a closing down antique store. Tight corner The couple created a cosy seating nook in front of the ﬁreplace. Just add texture In the living room (opposite), a leather sofa from Domayne, Cane Lounger from Worn, woven Pampa rug, custom-made linen curtains and glass table found on eBay provide contrast and enrich the muted hues. A
“IF YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WIT H ITEMS OF PURE BEAUTY AND ME ANING, YOUR HOME WILL RADIATE JOY. YO U’LL ALSO FIND YOURSELF BEING MORE CAREFUL WITH YOUR PURCHASES AND MAKING SMARTER INVESTME NTS.”
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HOW TO STYLE A RESTRAINED PALETTE Lotte and Lia-Belle share their ﬁve golden rules for achieving maximum impact when working with neutrals. Mix materials Combine different furniture materials – from timber and cane, to concrete and chrome – to create interest. Don’t forget underfoot Invest in a really good woollen ﬂoor rug – it will transform your space. Switch on If you’re working with a cream or relatively tonal scheme, lighting makes all the difference. Add long linen curtains to a window and put a glass lamp on a table and you’ll instantly bring warmth to the sparsest of rooms. Opt for art The louder the artworks, the less furniture and other pieces you’ll need, as they create a focal point and add sophistication to a room. Lotte and Lia-Belle favour the works of Jordana Henry, Christiane Spangsberg and Otis Carey. Add some greenery Indoor plants are your best friend when it comes to softening monotone looks.
Treasure trove A piece of coral from Indonesia, a brass plate received as a wedding gift and clear quartz take pride of place on the glass coffee table. Child’s play Ophelia’s room features a Leander cot, a Charlie Crane rocker, sheepskin rug from Worn and a mobile handmade by Lotte. Aaand, relax! The couple’s bed (opposite) is draped with linen by Deiji Studios, while an antique Japanese hemp sack hangs overhead. A
Mix it up Lia-Belle has a fondness for adding â€œgrounding elementsâ€? to balance out the structural pieces in the coupleâ€™s home. Case in point: Cane Lounger chairs from their Worn range and dried branches adorning the walls.
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1 The Cane Lounger chair in Natural/Natural, $479, Worn. 2 Vigdis cushion cover in White, $12.99, and Fjädrar cushion pad, $10, Ikea. 3 Sinnerlig bamboo pendant lamp, $89, Ikea. 4 Sierra Weave rug in Chalk (1.4m x 2m), $780, Armadillo&Co. 5 Bally timber bench, Nick Scali. 6 Bisuketto Studio Low Rim plates in Yuki, $65 each, Koskela. 7 Eivor throw in Black/White, $29.99, Ikea. 8 Vouch “Evo” surfboard (6ft 6in), $1300, North Coast Surfboards. 9 Hugo leather three-seat sofa in Tan, $1999, Lounge Lovers. 10 Scheurich glazed indoor pot in Alaska (23cm x 18cm), $32.80, Bunnings. 11 Florabelle potted Ficus tree pot plant, $149, Temple & Webster. 12 Maison Balzac “1642” scented candle, $69 for large, Hunting for George. 13 Marco 70cm bar stool, $79.95, Freedom. 14 Anna Varendorff “Almost A Circle” vase, $320, ACV Studio. 15 Lily 2 art print in Natural frame (40cm x 50cm), $290, Blacklist. 16 Ferm Living pot in Light Grey (18cm x 16cm), $59, Designstuff.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT The Architect Collection White Smoked timber ﬂooring, from $93.50 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Taubmans Endure Exterior paint in Halls Gap, $85.60 for 4L. Dulux Wash&Wear Low Sheen paint in Vivid White, $74.90 for 4L, Bunnings. real living
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A good soaking Nothing says luxury like a claw-foot bath tub! This one, from Chez Marie-Sixtine in Paris, has been painted a dramatic dark grey to match the panelled wall. Turn the page for more ways to jazz up your bathroom. A
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ELEGANT SCANDI BATHROOM DESIGN | LILJENCRANTZ DESIGN LILJENCRANTZDESIGN.COM; @LILJENCRANTZDESIGN
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The look We love that this is a bathroom in disguise – all the functional elements are there, but with the addition of soft textiles and greenery, it looks as styled as a living room. Try it Sheer, ﬂoor-length curtains (or a shower-curtain equivalent), a tree-like pot plant and a rug-sized bathmat will give you this elegant, decorated look. A
GREEN AND BRASS BATHROOM DESIGN | TECHNÉ ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN TECHNE.COM.AU; @TECHNEARCHITECTS
MIXED MATERIALS BATHROOM DESIGN | OOF! ARCHITECTURE OOF.NET.AU; @FOOILINGKHOO AND JPILD COROFLOT.COM/ JPDESIGN; @JESSPILD The look The rule “less is more” doesn’t apply to this angular bathroom, where penny round mosaics have been used in a conﬁdent way – more is more, we say! Try it For this look, choose a small mosaic in a neutral colour, teamed with a contrasting grout, and don’t be afraid to cover all surfaces. Stick with simple ﬁxtures and keep your accessories to a minimum. @reallivingmag
photography tom blachford (green and brass); nic granleese (mixed materials); peter clarke (let there be light)
The look The dark and glossy forest-green tiles in this luxed-up Melbourne bathroom are lush, as are the glowing brass accessories they’re teamed with. We think the overall effect is peaceful yet glam. Try it To get the look, steer away from plain white tiles and try something a little deeper and moodier, then throw in some grainy timber, brass and travertine for much-needed warmth.
LET THERE BE LIGHT BATHROOM DESIGN | BRANCH STUDIO ARCHITECTS BRANCHSTUDIOARCHITECTS.COM The look This space takes the skylight next level! The whole ceiling of the shower room is one big window, allowing the natural light to set the mood – come rain or shine. The connection to nature is backed up with raw, unpolished concrete walls and a timber vanity base. Try it If you’re lucky enough to be renovating, consider a glass roof like this one. Pair rough-textured concrete with warm copper ﬁttings and curved shapes like the round showerhead and mirror. A
PINK TERRAZZO BATHROOM DESIGN | MARIE-SIXTINE, SANDRINE PLACE AND BAPTISTE LEGUÉ MARIE-SIXTINE.COM; @MARIESIXTINEPARIS
The look The spectacular, speckled terrazzo tiles that blanket the ﬂoor and an entire wall of this Parisian bathroom leave us tickled pink. Not for the faint-hearted, this bold bathroom look is best suited to those wanting to make a fashionable statement! Try it Make it yours by pairing feminine tiles with functional, wall-mounted sinks (these ones are enamel) and masculine pieces, like the glossy jet-black accessories pictured. Copper pipes made into taps add a splash more utility.
WHITE ON WHITE BATHROOM DESIGN | AP DESIGN HOUSE APDESIGNHOUSE.COM.AU; @APDESIGNHOUSE
photography julie ansiau, courtesy of marie-sixtine (pink terrazzo); felix forest (white on white)
The look White is the new black, and we can’t get enough of it – especially in tapware (trend alert!). In this all-white-everything space, interest comes via texture and shape. Try it Get this striking style by layering white on white on white. Pick sculptural pieces, such as the curvaceous white tapware, along with textural elements like custom-moulded shelving and dimpled tiles to add interest. A
THE GREAT OUTDOORS BATHROOM DESIGN | LAMINEX LAMINEX.COM.AU; @LAMINEXAU The look Outdoor showers shouldnâ€™t be exclusive to romantic beach getaways. We love how this timber-clad version lends an ultra-relaxed vibe to an otherwise modern bathroom. Try it Consider installing an outdoor shower in a courtyard or private garden nook. Timber slats or pebbles are the perfect non-slip surface, while climbing greenery and a rain showerhead add that resort feel.
photography courtesy of laminex australia (the great outdoors); hendrik biegs (bold and brassy); anson smart (wallpaper wow-factor)
BOLD AND BRASSY BATHROOM DESIGN | HANS VERSTUYFT ARCHITECTEN HANSVERSTUYFTARCHITECTEN.BE; @HANSVERSTUYFTARCHITECTEN The look We’d love to sit and soak in this gilded bath all day, every day. It takes centre stage and adds an element of decadence to a sophisticated yet super-simple space. Try it To make this work, you’ll want to pare everything else back to the bare bathroom essentials and choose one hero piece – bath, basin or mirror. A neutral plastered palette with some subtly placed lighting plays the perfect backdrop.
WALLPAPER WOW-FACTOR BATHROOM DESIGN | ARENT&PYKE ARENTPYKE.COM; @ARENTPYKESTUDIO The look The sleek ﬁxtures, marble steps, subway wall tiles and whimsical Fornasetti feature walls of this updated heritage bathroom seriously give us the warm and fuzzies. Try it Put your overalls on and inject some pattern or colour into your bathroom with wallpaper (just make sure the space is well-ventilated). Apply it to untiled walls or just one wall in small spaces. A
CIRCULAR SYMMETRY BATHROOM DESIGN | GOLDEN DESIGNBYGOLDEN.COM.AU; @DESIGNBYGOLDEN The look These circular mirrors (right) spin us right round, baby, right round! We love how their soft curves are juxtaposed with edgier, more structured shapes in this mirror-image bathroom. Try it Steal the style by mixing hard and soft lines – for instance, a round mirror with square tiles and angular accessories. And if you have room, double the mirror and basin for double the effect.
COLOUR POP BATHROOM DESIGN & CONSTRUCT | GIA RENOVATIONS GIARENOVATIONS.COM.AU; @GIA_RENOVATIONS The look We’re impressed with the seamless mix of style and function in this colourful bathroom-slash-dressing room (left and top left). Changing is made easy with a ﬂoor-to-ceiling mirror and plenty of storage options. Try it To achieve this look, accent a crisp white palette with two block colours on large surface areas. A chandelier adds a touch of luxe, as does a collection of brass wall hooks and a black marble vanity top.
photography brooke holm (circular symmetry); martina gemmola (colour pop); derek swalwell (eco accents)
ECO ACCENTS BATHROOM DESIGN | ARCHITECTS EAT EATAS.COM.AU; @ARCHITECTSEAT The look Just looking at this bathroom makes us feel Zen. The natural colour scheme and ﬂoating vanity and bench seat create a feeling of space and warmth. Try it To recreate this relaxed look, use colours found in nature, such as eucalyptus green, and oak timber. Vertically placed tiles draw the eye upwards – a clever trick for narrow spaces! R
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SECR ET STOR AGE Multipurpose products are essential in small spaces like bathrooms. Use a mirrored medicine cabinet that spans the length of the room to visually enlarge the space, provide ample storage and, of course, give you somewhere to preen.
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M A R BLED FLOOR A marbled ﬂoor is perfect for bathrooms, but large slabs can be expensive. Smaller marble tiles, laid in a pretty pattern, are a more affordable option. Team with plain wall tiles so the ﬂoor is the hero. A
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A show-stopping mirror can still be simple; this one is backlit to create a halo effect when switched on. Doubled up to pair with the sinks, it creates twice the design statement.
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Just because you have a contemporary bathroom it doesn’t mean you can’t still add traditional touches – take this roll-top bath: its curves add softness to the space.
A tiled mural is a great way to incorporate art into your bathroom. Here, it’s been framed within the shower niche – how clever is that?!
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HER R INGBONE TILES Laying classic subway tiles in a herringbone pattern is an affordable way to up the style factor in your bathroom. These ones in blue, ﬁnished with white grout, add an elegant touch.
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Embrace the trend for black in the bathroom with a freestanding tub like this. Set off against light-coloured wall tiles it becomes the hero piece of the room. R
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Intelligent drum reversal changes the direction of the drum at irregular intervals, minimising tangles and reducing creasing.
With more than 125 years of intelligent designs, inspiring ideas and g ro u n d - b re a k i n g i n n o v a t i o n s, A E G ’s l e g a c y i n q u a l i t y d r ye r s a n d w a s h i n g m a c h i n e s i s u n m a t c h e d i n t h e i n d u s t r y. E a c h a n d e v e r y A E G w a s h e r a n d d r y e r is engineered to protect even the most delicate garments, using technology t h a t p u t s t h e s a f e t y o f yo u r l a u n d r y ’s f i b re s, c o l o u r s a n d t e x t u re s f i r s t .
1 0 k g Wa s h i n g Machine
8kg SensiDry Heat Pump Dryer
OKOMix & OKOInverter With one function to premix and dissolve detergents, and another to automatically adjust water and energy consumption, this is clothes washing at its most advanced.
STEAM REFRESH This clever functionality allows you to refresh tired clothes between dry cleaner visits using only steam, reducing wear and tear on f ibres.
WOOLMARK Wa s h a l l o f yo u r w o o l l e n garments with care, conf idence a n d e n e r g y e f f i c i e n c y, t h a n k s t o t h e w o r l d f a m o u s Wo o l m a r k Green certif ication.
WOOLMARK To s a f e l y l a u n d e r w o o l g a r m e n t s without felting or shrinking – even those that specify “hand wash” in their care instructions – you c a n re l y o n t h e Wo o l m a r k B l u e certification. Independently tested to the highest industry standards, this heat pump dryer is the best possible way to care for wool.
8 STA R E N E RGY With an incredible 8 star energy rating, this AEG 8kg Heat Pump Dryer keeps your running c o s t s e xc e p t i o n a l l y l o w, a l l o w i n g you to take care of big or small laundry loads with outstanding e n e r g y e f f i c i e n c y.
WA S H W I T H C O N F I D E N C E An outstanding system that can get the most out of your detergent, refresh c l o t h e s w i t h s t e a m b e t w e e n w a s h e s a n d w i t h t h e Wo o l m a r k c e r t i f i c a t i o n , yo u can trust it to wash and dry delicates flawlessly every time.
H YG I E N I CA L LY C L E A N Ke e p yo u r l o v e d o n e s s a f e f ro m h a r m f u l g e r m s a n d b a c t e r i a w i t h a B o s c h A c t i v e O x y g e n â„˘ w a s h i n g m a c h i n e . I t c l e a n s h y g i e n i c a l l y a n d e f f e c t i v e l y, r e m o v i n g 9 9 . 9 9 % * * o f g e r m s a n d b a c t e r i a e v e n a t l o w, e n e r g y s a v i n g t e m p e r a t u r e s .
P R E M I U M D E L I V E RY P R O M I S E* With our premium deliver y s e r vice, we insta ll the ne w, re move the ol d and leave your home free of packaging and you with more time.
F o r g e n e r a t i o n s B o s c h h a s b e e n a t t h e f o r e f r o n t o f h o m e a p p l i a n c e t e c h n o l o g y, s t r i v i n g a l w a y s t o c r e a t e a n e f f o r t l e s s u s e r e x p e r i e n c e a n d t o m a k e e v e r y d a y l i f e j u s t t h a t l i t t l e b i t e a s i e r. T h r o u g h a c o m b i n a t i o n o f t e c h n i c a l e x c e l l e n c e a n d o u t s t a n d i n g q u a l i t y, B o s c h w a s h e r s a n d d r y e r s h a v e c o m e t o b e s y n o n y m o u s w i t h c o m p l e t e r e l i a b i l i t y, m a k i n g t h e m o n e o f t h e i n d u s t r y ’ s m o s t t r u s t w o r t h y b r a n d s .
9kg Heat Pump Dryer
9kg Active Oxygen Wa s h i n g M a c h i n e
A C T I V E WAT E R™ P L U S
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An efficient water management system that saves money and the environment by ensuring the exact amount of water is added, no matter how big or small your laundry load.
VA R I O P E R F E C T ™ Reduce wash time by up to 65% or energy output by up to 50% with t h e f a s t , e f f i c i e n t S p e e d Pe r f e c t a n d E c o Pe r f e c t f u n c t i o n s .
ECOSILENCE DRIVE™ The EcoSilence Dri ve™ provides low noise operation with cutting edge energy-eff iciency and a 1 0 - y e a r m o t o r w a r r a n t y, s a v i n g y o u money and gi ving you the peace-ofmind that only Bosch can.
Combining a gentle drum structure with mild, warm air currents from a l l d i re c t i o n s, B o s c h ’s S e n s i t i v e Drying System delivers superbly dry clothes, every time.
A N TI V I B R ATI O N Unique AntiVibration Side Panels combined with an EcoSilence Drive motor help keep noise levels to an absolute minimum, mak ing f or an exceptionall y quiet drying experience.
Q U I C K D RY C YC L E The fastest dryer in the Bosch heat pump range, with a 7 Energy Star r a t i n g f o r o u t s t a n d i n g e f f i c i e n c y.
harveynorman.com.au/premiumlaundry *Delivery, unpacking, installation, connection and/or removal of appliances must be at a time convenient to both parties, and must be within a 25km radius of the store from which the goods were purchased. Product(s) removed must be of equivalent size and quantity to the product(s) purchased. Installation is standard installation only. Existing plumbing must be in place. Washers and dishwashers are connected to water supply only. Connection to fridges with ice and water is not included. Disconnection of old appliance not included. The franchise and/or its delivery contractors reserve the right to refuse removal if, in their reasonable opinion, the product(s) are soiled, wet and/or pose an OHS risk. Delivery fee applies in the event that the customer misses a set delivery time and product(s) need to be re-delivered. See in store for individual service charges and full details. **Up to 99,99% reduction of E. coli, C. albicans, S. enterica, A. brasiliensis, S. aureus, bacteriophage MS2 in the washing program “Mix cold” with liquid laundry detergent at recommended dosage and a load size of 4kg – investigation MB 7623/15 dated July 29th, 2015 conducted by wfk-Institut für Angewandte Forschung GmbH commissioned by BSH Hausgeräte GmbH.
W h a t b e g a n i n 1 9 5 0 ’s S w e d e n a s o n e m a n ’s d re a m t o b u i l d t h e u l t i m a t e w a s h i n g machine for his mother has now become the epitome of quality Scandinavian design. K n o w n f o r t h e i r d u r a b i l i t y, i n n o v a t i v e s o l u t i o n s – a n d o f c o u r s e – h i g h q u a l i t y d e s i g n , A S KO h a s g a i n e d a d e v o t e d w o r l d w i d e f o l l o w i n g . B u t w h a t re a l l y s e t s t h e b r a n d a p a r t i s t h e i r e n v i ro n m e n t a l d e d i c a t i o n , w i t h A S KO a p p l i a n c e s a m o n g s t t h e most water and energy eff icient machines on the market.
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Replacing the traditional rubber b e l l o w, a H y g i e n i c S t e a l S e a l i s s t a n d a rd i n e a c h A S KO m a c h i n e , providing a maintenance-free solution that needs neither cleaning nor changing.
By using a clever “closed system” to continuously circulate air t h ro u g h t h e m a c h i n e ; A S KO ’s h e a t pump dryers require little incoming a i r, m a k i n g t h e m p e r f e c t f o r compact spaces.
CLEAN AND GENTLE
The Active Drum uses perfectly balanced, hourglass-shaped “lifters” to guide the load and remove debris for an optimum wash, while still remaining incredibly gentle on fabrics.
The innovative Soft Drum™ was specifically designed to enhance airf low for more effective drying, while its beveled edges create a c u s h i o n i n g e f f e c t t h a t ’s g e n t l e r on clothes.
STRONG AND SILENT
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E f f i c i e n c y i s c o re t o a l l A S KO machines, each being f itted with brushless motors to ensure high s p i n s p e e d c a p a b i l i t y, r e d u c e d noise levels, and speed control for m a c h i n e l o n g e v i t y.
T h a n k s t o A S KO ’s h e a t p u m p technology and impressive 8 star energy rating, you can save money – and the environment – with each wash.
D E S I G N E R I N N O VAT I O N Beautiful. Functional. Minimalist. Scandinavia is renowned for world-class design, a n d i t i s h e re A S KO f i n d s i t s h o m e â€“ a n d i t s i n s p i r a t i o n . D r i v e n b y t h e e t h o s t h a t c a re f u l l y d e s i g n e d p ro d u c t s s h o u l d i m p ro v e o n e â€™s l i f e , t h e A S KO c o l l e c t i o n e m p h a s i s e s u s e r - f r i e n d l y f u n c t i o n a l i t y a n d d u r a b i l i t y, w h i l s t e m b r a c i n g t h e classically Scandinavian aesthetic of understated, elegant design.
BEST IN CLASS R a t e d 6 E n e r g y S t a r s f o r d r y i n g , t h e O ko Ko m b i n e e d s j u s t a l i t re o f w a t e r t o b e g i n t h e drying process. Consuming no water during the drying phase while only using 108kWh o f e n e r g y, m a k i n g i t t h e w o r l d â€™ s m o s t e f f i c i e n t w a s h e r d r y e r c o m b o .
Intelligent technology and responsive design lie at the heart of all AEG home a p p l i a n c e i n n o v a t i o n s. A n d n o w h e re i s t h a t re f l e c t e d m o re t h a n i n A E G ’s r e v o l u t i o n a r y P r o Te x S e r i e s 9 O k o K o m b i f r o n t l o a d w a s h e r d r y e r. W i t h a Wo o l m a r k B l u e r a t i n g , O p t i S e n s e t e c h n o l o g y a n d 1 6 w a s h a n d d r y p ro g r a m s, it remains the most eff icient washer dryer in the world.
9 k g Wa s h e r / 5 k g H e a t Pump Dryer combo
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For maximum eff iciency and m i n i m a l e n e r g y, A E G ’ s O p t i S e n s e technology employs intelligent sensors to automatically adjust the washing and drying time, so y o u n e v e r o v e r - w a s h o r o v e r - d r y.
No matter how delicate your g a r m e n t s, t h e Wo o l m a r k B l u e certification in both washing and drying means you can safely wash and dry your hand-wash only wool with confidence, every time.
For peace and quiet when you n e e d i t m o s t , t h e O k o Ko m b i w a s h e r d r y e r ’s c o m p l e t e l y brushless inverter motor provides extraordinaril y quiet running throughout the wash and dry cycle.
H E AT P U M P
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By using lower drying temperatures and only air during the drying phase – rather than water to condense humidity – A E G ’s h e a t p u m p m o d e l s a re up to 40% more eff icient than condenser dryers.
T h e O ko Ko m b i ’s c l e v e r Ti m e Save option lets you choose either quick or very quick washing programs, saving you up to 60% of the wash cycle for u l t i m a t e e f f i c i e n c y.
Ke e p i n g y o u r e n e r g y b i l l s d o w n i s a p r i o r i t y f o r a n O k o Ko m b i w a s h e r d r y e r. W h i c h i s w h y a 6 S t a r E n e r g y rating and OptiSense technology all in one package will help you save t i m e , e n e r g y a n d m o n e y.
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VILIJA MANNERS, A MEDICAL R E S E A RC H S C I E N T I S T, H E R HUSBAND JAMES MANNERS, DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF DIGITAL S TA R T- U P S BIN A RY A ND EN T R , THEIR DAUGHTER ELIZABETH, FIVE, AND SON HAMISH, THREE. BINARYFUTURE.WORLD | ENTR.COM.AU
fter many years of searching, Vilija Manners and her husband James knew they’d found “The One” when they stumbled across their future home in Melbourne’s hip northern suburb of Thornbury. The small, dated but well-maintained Edwardian weatherboard house (circa 1910) “had a great vibe”, Vilija says. “We went to the auction on our way to the airport for a work trip and happened to get it.” The couple settled into the home not a moment too soon – Vilija was eight months pregnant. “The ﬁrst thing we did was repaint – probably not recommended in the last two weeks of pregnancy,” she recalls with a laugh. “My friend described the wall colour as tobacco-stained yellow, so that had to be ﬁxed straightaway!” Fast forward four years, and Vilija and James engaged architect Nicola Dovey of Drawing Room Architecture to discuss initial concepts – the project was ﬁnally underway! “We had been living in the house as it was up until that point, partly to save up and partly because we had another baby in the meantime,” Vilija says. The family moved out during the major works by Alphington Builders, which included demolishing an old lean-to to make way for a new kitchen and dining space, as well as a family bathroom, laundry and pergola. “The home’s size hasn’t changed, but it feels much roomier and lighter,” Vilija says of the ﬁnished product. “We’re very happy to be home.” A
White direction Vilija chose Polytec joinery in Classic White and Silestone benchtops in Blanco Matrix for the kitchen. “The Auhaus copper door handles were one of my splurges,” she adds. Breathing space “Green has been my favourite colour for as long as I can remember,” says Vilija, who introduced the hue through plants, cushions and other decorative touches.
PUT THE BRAKES ON ANY BIG DECISIONS Live in the house ﬁrst to see what works and what doesn’t. We ﬁxed a number of minor things before we did the main renovation, such as redoing our wardrobe and replacing window furnishings. We originally intended to do a much bigger renovation, so our wish list changed over time. That was partly due to the fact that a massive development was approved next door. It made us revise our budget, in case we don’t end up staying here as long as ﬁrst planned.
THE LIVING ROOM
text jackie brygel | photography daniel fuge | styling nicola dovey
TAKE YOUR TIME TO NUT OUT ALL THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS It’s so important to get your plans absolutely right before demolition and construction gets underway. It’s much cheaper to move the lines around on a piece of paper than the real walls. I couldn’t be happier that we worked things out carefully before we started, and considered things like lighting and windows. Right now, I’m sitting in our new sun-soaked dining area – before, it was quite dark and a space I avoided spending any time in.
GET CREATIVE WITH COMPACT SPACES One of the most important things we learnt during the planning application process is that councils can be much more restrictive with a compact block. Our land size is small at 220 square metres, so the architect had to be very creative. We took an old bullnose verandah at the back and incorporated it back into the house. It meant that we didn’t have to increase the physical footprint of the home and lose any of the garden to achieve what we wanted.
IT PAYS TO STAY ON THE GOOD SIDE OF YOUR TRADIES We moved back into the house after the bulk of the renovations were complete, but the kitchen was yet to be ﬁnished and the pergola still had to be built, along with a few other smaller jobs. This meant that we still had tradies around from seven in the morning – when we were all getting our day started – until well into the afternoon. So if you can get on their good side, with lots of coffee and even cases of beer halfway through and at the end of the process, it all helps.
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THE MASTER BEDROOM
DON’T FORGET TO INVITE THE OUTDOORS IN We love the concept of nature-bathing [the practice of spending time outdoors for health beneﬁts], as it does make you feel more relaxed. So even though it’s not large, we really wanted to make the most of the backyard and bring it inside with large servery windows and glass doors. We’re planting a climbing grapevine on the pergola – in the heat of summer, it will give us lovely dappled shade, and in winter, as it’s a deciduous vine, all the beautiful sunlight will stream through. R
Light & shade Grey, sheer curtains diffuse sunlight, provide privacy and complement the blue cabinets in this kitchen.
PICK THE RIGHT CURTAINS, SHUTTERS OR SHADES FOR YOUR HOME AND CREATE A STUNNING FOCAL POINT WITH EVERY WINDOW C O N S I D E R T H E S PAC E F I R S T
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Privacy and light control are essential in bedrooms and bathrooms, but living areas can be more open. Think about the direction your window faces and whether you need to protect from summer heat or keep winter warmth inside.
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A window treatment should enhance your home’s style not clash with it. If your look is classic, consider long, billowy curtains. If your style is beachy, create a relaxed look using plantation shutters, Roman blinds or textural linen sheers.
MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE
When in doubt, buy a larger curtain or sheer as they can be hemmed to ﬁt. For custom-made treatments, it’s best to call in a professional – it can be a costly exercise if your measurements are even millimetres off.
A LWAY S O R D E R A S WAT C H
“Leave a fabric sample in your window for a few days so you can look at it at different times of the day,” Jenny says Brown, national marketing manager of Luxaﬂex Window Fashions. Changes in lighting will affect how it looks.
text karlie verkerk | photography lisa cohen | styling richard hall & son
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Choose a treatment that suits your lifestyle. Most curtains and sheers can be washed, but keep an eye out for styles that are dry-clean only. Shutters and blinds are ideal for young families and can be wiped or vacuumed.
CONS IDER COLOUR & TONE
“Look at the tone of your walls and ﬂoors when choosing window coverings,” Jenny says. “Ask a professional to help you ﬁnd a match based on whether you have yellow, pink, grey or brown undertones in the room.”
DON’T SKIMP ON FINISHES
Curtain rods, ﬁnials, rings and tiebacks are available in a range of simple or more decorative designs and can make a huge difference to the overall look. Brass hinges and latches on shutters can also be made into a feature.
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Use a combination of soft and ﬁxed window treatments in the same room for interest and practicality. Layering two treatments on the same window, such as a blackout curtain and a sheer, works well if you want light and privacy options. R real living
S AV E O N F E S T I V E S PA R K L E Plan for Christmas lunch by stocking up on discounted wine and champagne from commercial and industrial auctioneers like GraysOnline (Graysonline.com). At the time of print, cases of Veuve Clicquot Rosé were selling for less than $95 a bottle compared to the retail price of $106. And when it’s time for present shopping, avoid getting caught up in the marketing hype. A pot plant grown from cuttings or a jar of homemade relish costs next to nothing and can really show you care. Above all else, keep some money aside to pay the bills that will arrive in the New Year.
T H I N K G I F T S T H R O U G H It may be the thought that counts, but each year Australians collectively spend around $620 million on unwanted gifts. Rather than wasting money on stocking ﬁllers, try to ﬁnd out what you can give that will be truly valued. If it’s a big-ticket item, pool your money with friends and family to purchase quality rather than quantity.
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S T O C K U P O N D I S C O U N T E D G I F T CA R D S Vouchers are an easy option for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives, and it helps to have a few on hand for unexpected Christmas guests. Websites like Gift Cards on Sale (Giftcardsonsale.com.au) list the dates when major retailers are offering discounts on gift cards, with typical savings ranging from ﬁve to 30 per cent off the regular price. Or check out websites like CardHub (Cardhub.com.au), where unwanted gift cards are re-sold for less than their face value. It can mean picking up a $100 gift card for just $80. It’s something to bear in mind if you receive a gift card from a retailer you wouldn’t normally shop with.
E M B R AC E L AY- BY Making it through the festive season without racking up a credit card debt is one of the best presents you can give yourself this Christmas. Lay-by may be old-fashioned, but it’s a simple way to pay off purchases at your own pace, without unwanted interest charges. As an added bonus, your gifts can stay securely hidden out of sight until Christmas Eve. Just make sure you’re happy with your purchases – if you cancel, you’ll get your deposit back, but retailers are entitled to charge a termination fee. R
B E A N E A R LY B I R D Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, but don’t let that be your get out of jail card to leave shopping to the last minute – chances are the best buys will be gone by then. According to comparison site Finder.com.au, ﬁve million Australians begin their Christmas shopping in October, so join the early bird movement by clearing some cupboard space and stock up on festive gifts whenever you come across a bargain.
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STUFF This month’s roundup of super-duper products for your home and lifestyle
TOP ROW Colorbond Stand out from the crowds with new Colorbond steel Matt. Understated yet contemporary, this roof and wall range draws attention for all the right reasons. Visit colorbond.com or call 1800 702 764. Caesarstone Looking to renovate or rebuild? Order your New Inspiration Kit of up to four complimentary Caesarstone samples now from caesarstone.com.au Choices Flooring’s Plantino collection brings a sense of space and style into your home. With a ﬂooring choice to suit every lifestyle, visit choicesﬂooring.com. au 2ND ROW Cocco Inspired by the high-altitude, cool-climate gardens of Mount Macedon in Victoria, the Mt Macedon bodycare collection is enriched with organic rosehip oil and a voluptuous fragrance. Visit cocco.com.au Ilve The classic Quadra Freestanding Oven has been given a completely new cooktop layout, now featuring a teppanyaki plate and induction cooktop; ilve.com.au 3RD ROW Trend’s Quantum Architectural window and door systems allow for unobstructed views, ventilation and luminosity to make a powerful statement. Visit trendwindows.com.au kaboodle The kaboodle trends range is made up of eight designer colours and ﬁnishes inspired from all over the globe! Get creative and start your new kitchen project today at kaboodle.com.au OZ Design Furniture Inspired by a relaxed coastal ambience, the Iris sofa and Bornova range is perfect for summer. ozdesignfurniture.com.au BOTTOM ROW Beaumont Tiles Stuck for inspiration? Get the reno ball rolling with the two-minute What’s My Style online quiz – visit beaumontswhats mystyle.com.au Royal Oak Floors Creating an environmentally friendly and allergy-free home is simple when you visit Royal Oak Floors. The Architect Collection is also available as FSC-certiﬁed on request! royaloakﬂoors.com.au Matrix Build your dream home with Matrix panels – perfect for modern, contemporary and industrial styles. scyon.com.au
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WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR RESIDENT FUNNYMAN & FURNITURE/DESIGN EXPERT, TIM ROSS A mate of mine just came back from a week in Bali with his spending half an hour clicking away while you pose trying to girlfriend. When I enquired about his trip, he went white. “It was get the exact amount of boob cleave, at least give him some the worst ever!” Expecting tales of satay-induced dysentery, feedback. “These photos are amazing”, “Wow, you captured I nimbly tried to change the subject but he needed to vent. it like a pro” and “You’re the best lover I’ve ever had” work well. “It was hell!” he was almost sobbing. “She made me take 3. Don’t yell at us like we’re a Labrador who’s just taken photos of her all week. I barely got to surf.” your paleo bar off the table. In case you didn’t realise, it’s Herein lays the pain of the modern man. actually not our job to take photos of you on Today’s loved-up gentleman has been holidays. Here’s another revelation – most unknowingly press-ganged into becoming of us aren’t professional photographers. Be “ S O M E T I M E S the ofﬁcial photographer on all trips. Men kind and you might just get the perfect shot P H O T O S D O N ’ T whose biggest concern used to be what to make your friends envious (but not so W O R K . W H A T ’ S to have next at the buffet are suddenly in envious that they don’t like you anymore). I N Y O U R H E A D charge of apertures, framing and ﬁlters. 4. Credit your photographer. One of D O E S N ’ T A L W A Y S Instead of feeling guilty about daytime today’s modern joys is having everyone T R A N S L A T E T O drinking, they’re stressed about how to compliment you on your holiday. “Oh my T H E P H O N E . I T ’ S best capture their missus against a wall God I saw your holiday on Instagram and N O T N E C E S S A R I L Y in a pair of overpriced sunglasses. it looked AMAZING!” is today’s version of H I S F A U L T Our new role in life is to help ﬁll the social “I can’t believe you made this cake with T H A T T H E S H O T media pages of our loved ones and it’s Meadow Lea!” If you’re going to bask in the D O E S N ’ T W O R K . becoming an emotional mineﬁeld that’s glory of a curated holiday, at least tag your T H E N A G A I N , I T leaving blokes a shell of their former selves. guy’s Insta. I’m sure your friends would love P R O B A B L Y I S . ” In the interest of relationship harmony, to click through and see the photos of him I present my guide for getting the most out and his 12 mates on the sauce at the races. of your Instagram boyfriend/husband: 5. Sometimes photos don’t work out. 1. Don’t believe him when he says “I think I’ve got it!” What’s in your head doesn’t always translate to the phone. When your man says this he’s really saying: “This is boring, It’s not necessarily his fault that the shot doesn’t work. Then I don’t care. I’m mentally searching for the reasons I’m actually again, it probably is (see tip number 1). with you. When will this pain stop?” Our version of “getting the 6. Don’t do it. Spare him the pain of having to shoot the sh*t shot” is pushing the button at least once. Gently prod to get out of you walking along the beach by asking a stranger to him to keep shooting for at least the next 45 minutes. do it or using a selﬁe stick. Even better, take a friend or buy 2. If you’re going to use us, at least praise us like kids. a drone to shadow you like Big Brother on your next holiday. R We’re simple beasts and respond well to having our egos Tim’s book The Rumpus Room is available at Timross.com.au and bookstores. See his photos on his wife’s Instagram @mygeneral_store stroked. If your poor man is going to suffer heat stroke from
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BILLIE IS A NO-FRILLS KIND OF GIRL WHO IS ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT HER NEXT MEAL. She enjoys walks around Melbourne’s Yarra and hanging on the couch with her owners – oh, and eating! If Billie was a person, what do you think she would be like? She would probably eat at restaurants every night and would never ever need to take home a doggie bag. I think she’d also be really into playing tennis with her girlfriends. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for Billie? We bought our jet black Billie glow-in-the-dark dog slippers after we kept losing her on dog walks at night. Needless to say they lasted less than half a lap around the park before they were kicked off. Is Billie pro or against dog clothing? Against! She takes a less is more approach. She’ll only get a collar upgrade if I ﬁnd something pretty special. If Billie had access to your credit card what’s the ﬁrst thing she’d buy? Smashed avocado on toast with two poached eggs. Or an entire wheel of brie. What’s your favourite spot to hang out with Billie? Anywhere along the Yarra River where we can walk and talk. The last show Billie bingewatched on the couch with you? She’s a pretty big Game of Thrones fan. What do you love most about Billie? When she gets excited, her whole body gets involved. So it’s best not to get her worked up in a conﬁned space. We’ve lost three vases and a mirror this past year. Where does Billie sleep? On a big cushion just inside the balcony door. Or at the bottom of our bed, depending on storms or my neediness. R
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Sweet wheels In the ďŹ rst of a two-part series, real living gets behind the wheel of the new Mini Cooper Countryman to rediscover the simple pleasure of the great Australian road trip. A
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BERRY WE HIT THE ROAD TO DISCOVER THERE’S MUCH MORE TO THE NSW VILLAGE OF BERRY THAN SCONES AND JAM
Back to nature Head out of the village and take a scenic drive toward Kangaroo Valley – you’ll be treated to lush rolling hills dotted with cows, horses and sheep. Ah, the serenity! @reallivingmag
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Mellow yellow A sunny corner of the Bel-Air dining room. Bel-Air Built in 1956, this mid-century modern house is a vintage lover’s dream – and it’s available to rent! Go your own way The sign pole, outside the Great Southern Hotel on the main street of Berry, is a great reference to what’s near and far – from the local donut van to Uluru. The Picnic Shed This homewares store is ﬁlled to the rafters with fun pieces for the home.
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PA C K U P A N D G O… Fancy waving goodbye to hour-long brunch queues and Saturday morning traffic jams? Just two hours south of Sydney, Berry boasts choice eating, drinking and a magical van that pipes out hot donuts (yes, really!). If that hasn’t got you flinging your bags in the boot (which in the Countryman’s case is v roomy), Berry also has all the rolling green fields, wandering cows and close-by coastal beaches you could wish for. After a cruisy drive out of Sydney, we head to Berry’s picture-perfect main drag, Queen Street. First stop, the Berry Hotel. Built in 1863 it’s one of the oldest buildings in town and is a cosy, roaring fire affair, where the beer is icy cold with plenty of classic pub staples on offer. Whistle whet, we chance upon an old ivy-covered blacksmith’s shop. Don’t be fooled by the old-world facade, inside, Amara Home stocks an eclectic mix of global treasures; think antique, wood-carved, Indian cabinets, Turkish planters and beaded chandeliers from South Africa’s Mud Studio. We can’t hold out any longer and make a beeline for The Famous Berry Donut Van. In its 55 years of operation it’s become a local institution. The donuts are cooked to order, never rewarmed, which, for the uninitiated, is a recipe for perfection. As we wait for our number to be called, it’s a gentle reminder to slow down. We’re rewarded with a paper bag filled with hot cinnamon donuts, all crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Little Rae General Store is also a must-visit. Salads, toasties, gluten-free options and, as one local happily offers, “The best burgers in town” await, A real living
Shop ’til you drop Running straight through Berry, Queen Street is lined with great shops where you can buy everything from gelato and pizza to wool, homewares and more.
Mini adventures Our trusty wheels for the trip: a Mini Cooper Countryman with all the mod cons (Reversing camera, GPS, Bluetooth music and keyless start).
but it’s the expert edit of homewares that has our attention. In Bed linen and Maison Balzac candles abound. Heaven. As are our digs for the night at one of Berry’s unexpected jewels, Bel-Air. This mid-century modern masterpiece is the antithesis to kitsch country house. It’s big (sleeps 14 big!), with an impressive garden and bold interiors. Once there, we drop our bags and head straight to the bar (BYO supplies) to whip up a cocktail and head out to the terrace. Our food odyssey continues in the evening at South of Albany. Understated mod Oz fare sates us (the roasted pork cutlet, parsnip puree, braised cabbage, sage and lentils is a winner!). The next morning we amble over to another homewares gem Haven & Space where baskets, blankets, cane chairs and wooden boards tempt us. Further down the street, Shady Fig offers a floral fix and we snap up a succulent for good measure. Determined to resist the Golden Arches on our way home, we hit up the Berry Sourdough Cafe for brunch. Set in an old whitewashed cottage we hoe into fresh bread, pastries and single-origin coffee. Our last stop is the Picnic Shed, filled with Hunter gumboots, floaty linen dresses, chic basket market trolleys, Pony Rider bags and The Society Inc.’s home accessories – only the strongest will leave empty-handed. With full tummies and a bulging boot we reluctantly begin the drive home. But with Seven Mile Beach just 10 minutes from town, it’s impossible to resist prolonging the out-of-town high. After all, the journey is half the fun. R @reallivingmag
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Seven Mile Beach One of the longest beaches on the South Coast, it’s only a quick 10-minute drive from Berry. Little Rae General Store Plan a visit soon, as this cute, casual, mum-and-daughter-run eatery and store (right and bottom right) has plans to transform into a neighbourhood wine bar. The Famous Berry Donut Van Open daily, this Berry institution makes donuts to order in one ﬂavour: cinnamon and sugar.
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THE WHEELS We test drove a Mini Cooper Countryman in Chestnut, specced to the max with 8.8” touchscreen navigation monitor, leather/cloth upholstery, Chrome Line interior and black bonnet stripes. From $40,500. STAY Bel-Air sleeps 14 people (7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, plus 5 additional single beds if needed). Midweek prices start from $150 per room (min. three night stay). Weekend rate for whole house is $2800. Belairberry.com TOURIST TIP Quite a few food places and some shops are only open Wednesday to Sunday, so plan your trip for the end of the week.
PLAY Berry Hotel 120 Queen St Berryhotel.com.au Amara Home 83 Queen St @amara_home The Famous Berry Donut Van 73 Queen St Little Rae General Store Shop 1, 65 Queen St Littlerae.com.au Bel-Air 60-62 Queen St Belairberry.com South on Albany 3/65 Queen St Southonalbany.com.au Berry Sourdough Café 23 Prince Alfred St Berrysourdoughcafe.com.au Picnic Shed 23 Prince Alfred St Thepicnicshed.com.au Haven & Space Shop 1/58 Albert St Havenandspace.com.au Shady Fig 2/62 Albert St Shadyﬁg.com.au The Berry Tea Shop 1/66 Albert St Theberryteashop.com.au For more info, check out Berry.org.au/ and Visitnsw.com
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Tartâ€™s desire Indulgent, sweet, crumbly and downright delicious, these tart recipes from Bourke Street Bakery are off the chart. Flip the page for eight recipes, including these chocolate, marshmallow and jam tarts. A
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SWEE T SHORTCRUST PAST RY “This pastry will have a slightly uneven edge around the rim of the tin, resulting in a tart that looks rustic and homemade, which is what we aim for at Bourke Street Bakery. If you are after a perfectly even effect, this is not the pastry to use – this dough has water in it, which means it will shrink as the water evaporates during baking; the following method is to help counteract this shrinkage. The number of tarts you end up with will vary, depending on how thinly the pastry is rolled. The dough can be frozen for up to two months.” Makes 1 quantity Prep time 30 mins, plus chilling Equipment Small bowl; large bowl; pastry scraper; plastic wrap; rolling pin; tray
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400g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1.5cm cubes 20ml vinegar, chilled 100g caster sugar, chilled 170ml water, chilled 665g plain ﬂour, chilled, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp salt 1 Remove butter from refrigerator 20 minutes before you start – butter should be just soft, but still very cold, so it doesn’t melt through the pastry while mixing. 2 Place vinegar, sugar and water in small bowl, stirring well. Set aside for 10 minutes, then stir again to completely dissolve sugar. 3 Mix ﬂour and salt by hand in large bowl and toss butter through. Use ﬁngertips to rub butter into ﬂour to partly combine. 4 Turn out dough onto clean bench and gather together. Sprinkle with vinegar mixture and use the palm of your hand to “smear” this mixture away from you across the bench (a pastry scraper is a useful tool here). Gather together again and repeat this smearing process twice more, before gathering the dough again. You should still be able to see streaks of butter marbled through the pastry; this gives a slightly ﬂaky texture to the ﬁnal product. 5 Divide dough into two equal portions and shape into two round, ﬂat discs, 2cm thick. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 6 Remove pastry from refrigerator 20 minutes before you wish to roll it. Sprinkle a little ﬂour on the bench and rub a little ﬂour over rolling pin. Working from centre of pastry, gently roll dough away from you, then turn dough about 30 degrees and roll out again. Repeat this process until you have a ﬂat round disc, about 3mm thick. Sprinkle extra ﬂour over the bench and rolling pin as needed, but use sparingly – if too much ﬂour is absorbed into dough, pastry will end up with poor ﬂavour and texture. 7 Transfer pastry to tray, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the gluten to relax.
C H OC O L AT E, M A R S H M A L LOW A N D J A M TA R T S “Another nostalgic childhood treat taken to new heights in a tart, with ﬂuffy marshmallow and raspberry jam coated with dark Belgian chocolate.” Makes 20 x 8cm tarts Prep time 40 mins, plus setting and chilling Cooking time 30 mins Equipment Baking paper; rolling pin; 11cm round cutter; 20 x 8cm round, ﬂuted loose-based tins; foil; baking beads or uncooked rice; saucepan; hand-held blender or food processor; 4.5cm cutter; heatproof bowl; saucepan; tray Cooking oil spray 600g marshmallow mixture (recipe over page; make up to end of step 2) 1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (see recipe, left) Icing sugar mixture, for dusting Cornﬂour, for dusting RASPBERRY JAM 100g frozen raspberries 50g caster sugar Juice of 1 lemon DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE 210g dark Belgian chocolate (55% cocoa), chopped 140ml pouring cream 1 Spray a clean work surface with cooking oil spray and lay down a 30cm x 40cm piece of baking paper. (The spray will help stick paper to the bench to hold it in place.) Spray paper well, then smooth out marshmallow mixture to cover – it should end up being about 5mm thick. Leave to set for at least 3 hours, or overnight. 2 Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and cut it into 20 x 11cm rounds (you may need to knead excess pastry back together and reroll to get 20 discs). Put pastry rounds on top of tart tins and gently push them into tins, moving round the rim until all of the pastry has been inserted – you should have about 1cm dough hanging over the sides. Use index ﬁnger and thumb to work your way around the edge, forcing pastry into tins so little or no pastry is left protruding. Rest pastry cases in freezer for at least 20 minutes. 3 Preheat oven to 200°C. Blind-bake pastry cases for 20–25 minutes, or until golden, using double layer of foil and some baking beads or uncooked rice to ﬁll the case. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 4 RASPBERRY JAM Put all jam ingredients in saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Cool slightly, then puree using hand-held blender or food processor. Cover and set aside. A
5 Dust the marshmallow once set with a mixture of equal parts icing sugar and cornﬂour. Flip marshmallow over, then remove paper and dust the other side. Cut out 40 marshmallow circles, about 4.5cm in size, and set aside. 6 DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE Place chocolate in heatproof bowl. Put cream in saucepan over medium heat and bring to boiling point, then pour over chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted. 7 Put blind-baked shells on tray. Place one marshmallow disc in bottom of each. Spoon 1 tsp jam onto middle of each disc; top with another marshmallow. Spoon 2 tsp warm ganache into each shell, smoothing it with the back of a spoon as you go, and giving tarts a gentle tap down to give a smooth ﬁnish. The tarts keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days; do not refrigerate.
MARSHMALLOW Makes 80 Prep time 25 mins, plus overnight setting Equipment 34cm x 24cm x 3.5cm tray; baking paper; bowl; electric stand mixer with whisk attachment; saucepan; sugar thermometer; sieve; sharp knife 4 titanium-strength gelatine sheets, or 20g gelatine powder 5 (180g) egg whites 350g caster sugar ² ⁄ ³ cup water 150g liquid glucose 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped Cornﬂour, for dusting Icing sugar mixture, for dusting 1 Line tray with baking paper. Soak gelatine sheets in bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out water before using. 2 Put egg whites in bowl of electric stand mixer ﬁtted with whisk attachment. Place sugar, water, glucose and vanilla seeds in saucepan and bring to boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking and when a temperature of 121°C is reached, start whisking egg whites on high speed until ﬁrm peaks form. When sugar mixture reaches 127°C, add soaked gelatine (or powder, dissolved in 30ml water). With mixer running, slowly add sugar mixture to egg whites. Whisk on high speed until mixture starts to cool; about 10 minutes. 3 Dust lined tray with equal parts cornﬂour and icing sugar sifted together. Pour marshmallow mixture into tray; smooth the top. Or you could use a piping bag with a 5mm nozzle to pipe the mixture in domes onto the tray. Sprinkle with more icing sugar and cornﬂour mix. Leave overnight at room temperature. 4 Using a sharp knife, cut into marshmallows. They keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.
G O L D E N S Y R U P TA R T S “These light tarts have a beautiful golden-amber colour. The ﬁlling should be like a wobbly caramelised custard.” Makes 4 x 10cm tarts Prep time 30 mins, plus chilling Cooking time 1 hour 20 mins Equipment 4 x 10cm loose-based tart tins; rolling pin; 15cm round cutter; foil; baking beads or uncooked rice; baking tray; heatproof bowl; saucepan; strainer Melted butter, for greasing 1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (see recipe, page 171) FILLING 360ml pouring cream 100g golden syrup or treacle, plus an extra 50g for topping 6 egg yolks 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 1 Brush tart tins with melted butter. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and cut into 4 x 15cm rounds (you can knead excess dough back together and reroll to get a few more discs to keep in the freezer). Place pastry rounds on top of tart tins and gently push them into tins, moving round the rim until all pastry has been inserted – you should now have about 1cm dough hanging over the sides. Use your index ﬁnger and thumb to work your way around the edge, forcing pastry into tins so that little or no pastry is left protruding. Rest pastry cases in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. 2 Preheat oven to 200°C. Blind-bake pastry cases for 20–25 minutes, or until golden, using a double layer of foil and some baking beads or uncooked rice to ﬁll case. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Turn oven down to 110°C, without the fan on. Set cooled blind-baked tart shells on baking tray. 3 FILLING Put cream, golden syrup, egg yolks and vanilla pod and seeds in heatproof bowl and place over saucepan of simmering water, stirring until combined. 4 Strain mixture and pour into blind-baked tart shells. Bake for 45–50 minutes or until ﬁlling is just set. 5 Remove from oven and increase temperature to 200°C. Warm remaining golden syrup until thin and runny, then very gently pour over tart ﬁllings, being careful not to break the surface. Return to oven for 3–5 minutes, until lightly browned. 6 Cool for 30 minutes before serving. The tarts will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a day. A
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“Light and ﬂuffy, these tarts are perfect for summer. The curd is not suitable for a large tart as it is soft, making it impossible to cut into portions, but is perfect for little tarts.”
Makes Enough for 20 x 8cm tarts Prep time 10 mins, plus chilling Cooking time 10 mins
Makes 20 x 8cm tarts Prep time 45 mins, plus chilling Cooking time 25 mins Equipment Small, heavy-based saucepan; pastry brush; sugar thermometer; electric stand mixer with whisk attachment; 20 x 8cm loose-based tart tins; rolling pin; 11cm round cutter; foil; baking beads or uncooked rice; piping bag; blowtorch MERINGUE 200g caster sugar 60ml water 50g liquid glucose 125g egg whites TART Melted butter, for greasing 1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (see recipe, page 171) 1 quantity passionfruit curd (see recipe, right)
Equipment Stainless steel bowl; whisk; saucepan; rubber spatula; plastic wrap 10 eggs 200g caster sugar 250ml strained passionfruit juice 300ml pouring cream 1 Put eggs, sugar and passionfruit juice in stainless steel bowl. Whisk for 2–4 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Mix in cream. Put bowl over pan of simmering water; whisk for 10 minutes, or until smooth and thick. Use spatula to scrape bowl as you work. 2 Remove from heat, stir for a minute to cool a little, then place plastic wrap directly on curd. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. A
1 MERINGUE Put sugar, water and glucose in small heavy-based saucepan and bring to boil, stirring until mixture boils – then stop stirring, as this will cause sugar crystals to form. Brush side of saucepan with wet pastry brush every couple of minutes, or when you see crystals starting to form. Allow mixture to keep boiling until it reaches 118°C on thermometer. When sugar mixture has nearly reached this temperature, put egg whites in very clean bowl of electric stand mixer and mix on high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer still running on high, slowly pour sugar syrup into egg whites, adding small amounts at a time, and making sure it is all incorporated before adding more. Continue to mix until whites are thick and cool. 2 TART Brush tart tins with melted butter. Roll pastry out to 3mm thick and cut out 20 x 11cm rounds (you may need to knead excess pastry back together and reroll to get 20 discs). Place pastry rounds on top of tart tins and use your ﬁngers to gently push pastry into the tins, moving around the rim until all pastry has been inserted. You should now have about 1cm dough hanging over sides. Use your index ﬁnger and thumb to work your way around the edge, forcing pastry into tins so little or no pastry is left protruding. Rest pastry cases in freezer for at least 20 minutes. 3 Preheat oven to 200°C. Blind-bake pastry cases for 20–25 minutes, using double layer of foil and baking beads or uncooked rice. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 4 Spoon passionfruit curd into cooled pastry shells to top. Use piping bag to pipe meringue on top of curd; use two forks to tweak meringue up and outwards. 5 Brown meringue with blowtorch, or put it under very hot grill for 30–45 seconds – watch it as it will burn quickly. Eat immediately. The curd keeps in fridge, covered directly with plastic wrap, for up to 5 days. Once you have ﬁlled a tart it will not last longer than a few hours. real living
G I N G E R B R Û L É E TA R T S “At the bakery, we use a 45% fat cream that is often hard to ﬁnd in shops; the recipe below uses 35% fat cream, which results in a softer brûlée ﬁlling.” Makes 20 x 8cm tarts Prep time 45 mins, plus overnight chilling Cooking time 25 mins Equipment Saucepans; container; plastic wrap; whisk; stainless-steel bowl; ﬁne sieve; rubber spatula; pastry brush; rolling pin; 11cm round cutter; 20 x 8cm loosebased tart tins; foil; baking beads or uncooked rice; piping bag; plain nozzle; small palette knife; blowtorch 720ml thin pouring cream (35% fat) 5cm piece of fresh ginger, ﬁnely sliced 1 cardamom pod, bruised ½ cinnamon stick 10 egg yolks 80g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling Melted butter, for greasing 1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (see recipe, page 171) 1½ tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
Bourke Street Bakery: All Things Sweet by Paul Allam and David McGuinness, Murdoch Books, $55. @reallivingmag
1 Put cream, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon stick in saucepan over high heat. When it boils, take off heat, pour into container, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight. 2 Reheat cream mixture to simmering point in saucepan over medium-high heat, then remove from heat and set aside until needed. 3 Whisk egg yolks in stainless steel bowl. Add sugar and whisk for 30 seconds, until sugar has dissolved. Pour infused cream through ﬁne sieve, discarding spices, then whisk into egg yolk mixture. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; make sure bowl does not touch water. Whisk continuously for 10–15 minutes, until smooth and thick; scrape down bowl regularly with spatula. 4 Remove bowl from heat and whisk for 2 minutes to cool it. Over next hour, whisk every 10 minutes until cool. Clean the side of the bowl with a spatula, lay plastic wrap on surface of mixture and chill overnight. 5 Brush tins with melted butter. Roll out pastry to 3mm and cut out 20 x 11cm rounds (you may need to knead excess pastry and reroll to get 20 discs). Place pastry rounds on top of tart tins and use ﬁngers to gently push pastry into tins, moving around rim until all pastry is inserted. You should have about 1cm dough hanging over. Use index ﬁnger and thumb to work your way around edge, forcing pastry into tins so little or no pastry is protruding. Rest cases in freezer for at least 20 minutes. 6 Preheat oven to 200°C. Blind-bake cases for 20–25 minutes, using double layer of foil and baking beads or uncooked rice. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 7 Pipe custard into cooled pastry shells, just slightly overﬁlling each one. With palette knife, scrape custard so it’s ﬂush with top of shells. Refrigerate for 4 hours. 8 Serve as it is with pistachios on the top, or sprinkle 1 tsp caster sugar over each tart and burn with a blowtorch to caramelise. Sprinkle over a few pistachios to serve.
APPLE RHUBARB PIES “We love rhubarb. These mini apple pies are little bite-sized bits of Americana, with a Bourke Street Bakery rhubarb twist. We use Granny Smith apples, as their texture holds up well during baking, but you can experiment with other sweeter apples if you like. The golden, buttery pie crust melts in your mouth when heated and served with a scoop of ice cream.” Makes 12 x 8cm pies Prep time 25 mins, plus chilling Cooking time 45 mins Equipment Rolling pin; 11cm pastry cutter; 12 x 8cm ﬂuted loose-based tart tins; 9cm pastry cutter; heavy-based saucepan; pastry brush 1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (ree recipe, page 171) RHUBARB FILLING 480g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1cm pieces 35g unsalted butter 25g soft brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 2 large Granny Smith apples, 300g in total, peeled and cut into 1cm dice 1 quantity egg wash 1 Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and cut out 12 x 11cm discs. Place pastry on top of tart tins and gently push pastry into tins – you should have about 1cm dough hanging over sides. Use your index ﬁnger and thumb to work your way around the edge, forcing pastry into tin so no pastry is left protruding. Knead excess dough back together, roll it out again and cut out 12 circles with a 9cm diameter to use as lids. Rest pastry cases and lids in fridge for 20 minutes; these do not need to be blind-baked. 2 RHUBARB FILLING Combine rhubarb, butter and sugar in heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 8–10 minutes, or until rhubarb has broken down completely and most of liquid has evaporated. Add apple and continue cooking for 5–6 minutes or until apple is slightly soft. Set aside to cool completely. 3 Preheat oven to 200°C. 4 Spoon 2½ tbsp fruit mixture into each pastry shell, piling it slightly higher than top of shell. 5 Brush rim of pastry base and lid with a little egg wash and lay lid over base. With your thumb and index ﬁnger, gently squeeze top and bottom pastry edges together to make a good seal. Brush pie tops with egg wash and make a small hole in middle of each to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar. 6 Reduce oven temperature to 180°C and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until pastry is deep golden. R
LIAN ARTIST WITH ICONIC AUSTRA ME GA A AY PL T’S LE LIVING WORDS FROM RE AL KEN DONE. A FE W REST… AND HE FILLS IN THE Colour me happy As quintessentially Aussie as the Sydney Harbour Bridge or a jar of Vegemite, famed artist Ken Done has been a part of our creative landscape since the 1980s. So it’s no wonder textile brand Sheridan invited him to collaborate on a limited-edition collection to coincide with its 50th anniversary.
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Soft touch Ken Done Sunday Sailing beach towel, $84.95, Antarctica pillowcase (part of quilt cover set), $349.95 for queen, and Aquarium cushion, $79.95, Sheridan.
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