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LOV ING Bring home the ﬂavour of LA, Milan and Paris with these city-inspired looks
16 EAST MEETS WEST
5 1 FAVE FINDS
Scandinese, Japandi – whatever you want to call it, this is the new decor trend you need to know about right now
The latest and greatest of everything, from boutique openings to exciting new stuff to buy
5 6 SHAPE SHIFTER 2 4 MUSIC ROOMS We all know music can create atmosphere in a room so channel David Bowie, Patti Smith or M.I.A. with these inspired buys
3 1 MOST WANTED More like most needed – the latest dinnerware range from Kmart is absolutely gorgeous and starts at $1 apiece!
HOME S 6 8 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
Meet Bobby Clark, the talented artist who got her break painting on pots at Pop & Scott!
With a few coats of paint and a whole lotta plants, this couple transformed their rented warehouse apartment in Brooklyn, New York
6 1 NEED TO KNOW
7 8 PURE & SIMPLE
Get up to speed with the wall-hook-dots craze. It all started with Scandinavian brand Muuto
You’d never guess that this designer home in Auckland, New Zealand, was constructed within the walls of a $70k kit barn
6 2 SPACE CRUSH One of Milan’s newest hotels features cool interiors inspired by the city itself
8 8 BONDI RESCUE
Our pick of this month’s must-reads, from a guide to Kyoto to the best of Mexican cookery
This fourth-generation Bondi local bought a tired old house and gave it a fresh and modern makeover with a nod to Morocco and a cool Mexican vibe
3 5 BEAUTY SPOT
9 8 LAID BARE
3 2 LOOK BOOKS
Diptyque’s newest scent for the home, Rosa Mundi, looks as good as it smells
3 8 GLOBAL STYLE
After living all over the world, ceramicist Setsuko Nagasama settled in Paris, bringing an elegant Japanese aesthetic to her abode
139 ROOMS 10 9 PLAN YOUR ULTIMATE KITCHEN Whether you’re taking on a simple kitchen refresh or a full-blown renovation, read this guide before you do anything!
14 7 DUMPLINGS Take your tastebuds on a round-the-world trip with seven delicious dumplings
114 KITCHEN TRENDS Want to know what’s hot in the world of kitchens? We’ve compiled a lookbook, complete with the latest appliances, ﬁxtures, ﬁttings and ﬁnishes to buy
17 8 FULL STOP
Learn from experience with these real life reno tales and pearls of wisdom
Fashion icon and cult skincare brand founder Linda Rodin gives us a glimpse into her world
16 6 PETS
12 7 GROWN & GATHERED
Meet Neville Jacobs, celebrity dog (his dad is fashion designer Marc)
Get the lowdown on wallpaper – where to buy, what to choose and how to install
16 0 HINDSIGHT
O U T SIDE A beginner’s guide to growing, gathering and rearing stuff in your backyard. Easy!
17 2 THE RULES
16 9 MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE Tim Ross advises the perils of giving “practical” gifts to the missus
13 7 THE WORLD’S COOLEST BEACH STAYS
17 1 MONEY MOVES TO MAKE
Here’s our pick of the best beach hotels around the globe, from Australia’s Halycon House to The Surfjack in Hawaii
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Pretty please Me three! Large candlestick, $14.99, H&M. Plates, $2 each, Kmart. Stella armchair in Sunday Dusty Rose, $649, Loungelovers.
Florals, ﬂorals and more ﬂorals! See more gorgeous patterns in our story on page 16.
I seriously considered running away with these cool curtains in my friend’s Amsterdam apartment!
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THESE ARE SOME OF MY TRAVEL FAVES
ONE OF THE THINGS I love most about travelling, especially in the age of Airbnb, is seeing how other people live. Eating and singing aside, I’m never happier than when I’m having a snoop, discovering someone’s interior idiosyncrasies and sussing out their condiment collection. I call this “naturally inquisitive”. My husband calls this “borderline creepy”. On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I fell so head over heels with the kitchen cabinetry in a friend’s apartment I considered shipping it home (with their consent, of course). Needless to say, putting together this global style special was a dream. From New York to Paris, we had a ﬁeld day ﬁnding the homes to feature this month. Of course, no worldwide style special would be complete without a generous helping of Antipodean goodness, and I’m proud to say we are well represented with glorious homes in Auckland, Bondi and the Mornington Peninsula. This issue also kicks off a new section, Hindsight (page 160), devoted to real renovation tales. As someone who’s been renovating for FOUR YEARS I cannot get enough of reno survivors’ “what I wish I’d known” wisdom. How did they stick to budget? How did they not kill the people they live with? How did they ever ﬁnd the energy/money/time to truly ﬁnish the job? If you’ve renovated and lived to tell the tale, we’d love to hear from you. Hit us up at beinrealliving@ bauer-media.com.au. ’Til next month…
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FROM TOP Berlin crumpled city map, $30, Booktopia. Smythson Panama travel notebook in Blue Navy Heritage, $59.50, David Jones. The Grove hat, $99, Lack of Color. Twist & Mist perfume atomiser in Light Pink, $14.95, PuraBeauté. Travel case set in Blush, $159.95, Paqme.
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The meatpacking district of Copenhagen is a microcosm of the city’s laidback, eclectic style (and the food is pretty bloody good too! )
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Florence ! Specif ically the terrace at Villa San Michele (eating a gelato).
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Palm Springs. The Mid-Mod tour is calling me.
I’m not an early bird, but waking up at 4am was worth it for the sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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Sanna Bay on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Scotland is remote, wild and my idea of heaven.
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Be inspired by Bunnings’ range of kitchen solutions – where affordability and style come together
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Multi-functional If you have the space, integrate a breakfast bar into your kitchen design.
chieving a high-end kitchen look doesn’t have to cost the earth. And with a little know-how, some expert advice and an extensive range of the latest ﬁttings, ﬁnishes and appliances at your ﬁngertips, it’s easy. Whether you’re planning a complete kitchen renovation or a quick refresh, Bunnings has a huge range of designs and products to choose from. Head in store and speak with one of their team members. With the help of a 3D planner, the team can help you design and visualise your new kitchen. Even better, with the latest products on display in store, you can get up close and personal with cupboards, drawers, benchtops and splashbacks, as well as taps, sinks, handles and tiles. It can put the kitchen of your dreams within reach.
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DESIGN RULES 1 Mix your ﬁnishes to customise your look. For example, a concrete-style benchtop will add a contemporary edge to classic white shaker-style cabinets. 2 Go two-tone with cabinetry and team timber veneer with a solid colour, like charcoal. TIP: Use darker colours on lower cabinets or an island to anchor the look. 3 Be playful with your splashback. Coloured grout will instantly update simple white subway tiles; or choose tiles with texture.
Hit refresh New handles make for a quick and easy update.
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On trend Choose black tapware for a contemporary kitchen look.
WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR with the look of COLORBOND steel around our homes, but there are many large buildings that incorporate COLORBOND steel into their design too. Milson Island Sport and Recreational Centre is a great example. During construction, everything had to be barged to the island, so choosing building materials that were light, strong and easily transported was essential. The distinctive shape of the building looks like an aircraft’s wing and assists the building’s functionality, drawing hot air up and out of the building when the turbines are on and the lower louvres open. And using the colour Dune helps the building blend in with the colours of its surroundings. So, this is not just a beautiful building to look at, but a wonderful building for children to play in, thanks to intelligent design utilising COLORBOND steel. Congratulations to Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and everyone involved.
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1/ LAYER COLOUR AND PATTERN As fashion houses like Gucci, Valentino and Dries Van Noten look to Asia for their rich palettes, luxurious fabrics, embroidery and embellishments, we, in turn, have been inspired by them in the creation of our East meets West interior. The key is to take a minimalist-maximal approach. Start with clean-lined Scandi-style furniture in opulent Asian-inspired colours such as pink, red, gold and black, then add pattern – and lots of it! Exotic ﬂoral and botanical motifs on wallpaper will create a beautiful backdrop while brass ornamental cranes echo the Oriental theme without being overtly kitsch. A ORIENT EXPRESS Moroso “Paper Planes” armchair, from $7200, and Moroso “Net” side table, $2100, Hub Furniture. Wes sofa in Kvadrat Sunniva 2 Colour #352, $10,875.70, Zenith Interiors. Lap 2-door credenza in Black, $2199, Blu Dot. ON CREDENZA Medium platter in Lipstick Pink, $175, Koskela. For similar vase, try Tuileries 23cm vase, $34.95, Freedom. Ms Legs crane, $389, The Vignette Room. Pion lamp, $571, Cult. Flowers by Hermetica Flowers. ON WALL Mira mirror in Dusk, $639, Life Interiors. Bluebellgray “Fumiko” wallpaper in Blossom, from $388 a 10m roll, James Dunlop Textiles. Japanese Hillside mural (3.7m x 2.4m), $532, Wallpapershop.com.au. ON FLOOR La Quinta rug (1.5m diameter), $1250, Art Hide. Mayu ﬂoor lamp, $1738, Cult. Ms Legs crane, as before. MODEL WEARS Finley dress, $2499, Rachel Gilbert. Beth Jewel necklace, $90, Boden. Wrap front mules, $60, Boohoo. Gold ring in Amethyst, $1137.54, Blue ﬂower ring, $303.83, and Red ﬂower ring, $279.78, Karen Walker. Layered Stone ring, $149, Reliquia. real living
2/ CREATE FLORAL DISPLAYS Designs in the style of ikebana – the Japanese art of ﬂower arranging – will instantly give your home an Eastern vibe. According to the rules of ikebana, ﬂower displays should always be asymmetrical, with the use of empty space an important feature. Use a mix of ﬂowers, leaves and branches to suggest “the whole” of nature, and carefully consider colour combinations, shapes and lines – it’s not just about sticking ﬂowers in a vase. It’s art! A PRETTY IN PINK Wes sofa, as before. Moroso “Net” side table, $2100, Hub Furniture. ON TABLE FROM LEFT For similar vase, try Muuto “Elevated” vase in Rose, $169, Simple Form. Flowers by Hermetica Flowers. Tri earring in Amber, from $85, and Chara earring in Amber, from $165, JY Jewels. Jimmy Choo “Vivy” sunglasses, $613, Net-A-Porter. ON WALL Wallpaper mural, as before. MODEL WEARS Top, $554, Kaliver. Pants, $94.95, Topshop. Andromeda necklace in Cream, $295, and Eclat necklace in Cerise, $295, JY Jewels. Bag, $49.95, Zara. Gold ring in Amethyst, $1137.54, Blue ﬂower ring, $303.83, and Red ﬂower ring, $279.78, Karen Walker. Stack ring in Yellow, $99, Reliquia.
EXOTIC UNION Branch X-Large dining table, $2499, Blu Dot. Sipa “Milano” chair in Natural, $473, Obodo. Anatole Brass screen in Silver/Gold, $2800, Ruby Star Traders. Sipa “Cosse” side table in Natural, $590, and “Tablet” armchair in Natural, $559, Obodo. ON TABLE FROM LEFT Basketweave planter in Coral, $40, Have You Met Miss Jones. Plisse A4 Fade archive folder in Neon Coral, $64, and Large Gym hook in Rusty Red, $86, HAY. For similar vase, try Tuileries 23cm vase, $34.95, Freedom. Flowers by Hermetica Flowers. Miyako fabric in Mustard, from $123 a m (1.36m wide), James Dunlop Textiles. Large platter in Lipstick Pink, $230, and Medium, $175, Koskela. Calligraphy brush, $55, The Vignette Room. Jo Sampson “Half & Half” jug in Magenta, $499, Waterford. Fritz Hansen “Tray #5” tray, $308, Cult. Large Draper vase in Black/White Stripe, $64.95, The Vignette Room. Jo Sampson “Half & Half” jug in Ginger, $499, Waterford. ON WALLS FROM LEFT Linea wallpaper in Coral Pink, $72 a m (76.2cm wide), Quercus & Co. Rattan wallpaper in Natural, $66 a m (71cm wide), These Walls. Bluebellgray “Fumiko” wallpaper in Blossom, from $388 a 10m roll (70cm wide), James Dunlop Textiles. ON FLOOR Gavin Harris “Molecule” rug (2.5m x 2.5m), $4688, Designer Rugs. MODEL WEARS For similar jacket, try ZZH16032 michiyuki jacket, $75, Kazari + Ziguzagu. Anica top, $450, and skirt, $450, Rachel Gilbert. Crystal Layer necklace, $89.95, Witchery. Slingback heels, $200, Boden.
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SILK ROUTE Ditto queen bed in Walnut/Edwards Charcoal, $2499, Blu Dot. Fogia small “Bowl” side table, $1298, Fred International. Expormim “Tina” chair, $4034, Kezu. ON BED Queen linen ﬁtted sheet in Taupe, $110, Assembly Label. Kip&Co “Inky Wink” pillowcase set, $89, The Vignette Room. Linen pillowcase set in White, $60, Assembly Label. Issey Miyake X Iittala 50cm cushion cover in Pink, $219, Iittala. Kip&Co linen ﬂat sheet in Rose, $149 for queen, The Vignette Room. Crinkle throw in Silver, $215, HAY. Linen quilt cover in White, $120 for queen, Assembly Label. Bag, $49.95, Zara. Ladonna Glasses, $340, Kate Spade. Paper fan, $20, HAY. ON TABLE Ligne Roset paper lamp, $475, Domo. Milky White tube vases, $55 each, Have You Met Miss Jones. Jo Sampson Half & Half vase in Rose, $499, Waterford. Flowers by Hermetica Flowers. ON WALL Japanese hillside mural, as before. Rattan wallpaper, as before. Republic Of Fritz Hansen mirror, $1177, Cult. For similar jacket, try ZZH16032 michiyuki jacket, $75, Kazari + Ziguzagu. Silver sequined dress, $82, Next. Nina Campbell “Cantabria” velvet (used as curtain) in Colour 10, $340 a metre, Seneca Textiles. ON FLOOR Wrap front mules, $60, Boohoo. R
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3/ EMBRACE EASTERN MATERIALS Embroidered silk screams oriental, as does shibori, a Japanese fabric-drying technique. Blend these textiles in the bedroom, like we have here, with a kimono hung on the wall, the cotton shibori pillowcases and opulent velvet curtains. To balance the softness, add hard materials such as wood, ceramic and glass. Rattan, in particular, is an important part of this look. Here, we’ve used it in the chair and as a motif on the wallpaper.
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1 Cosmetic pigment in Silver, $39, MAC. 2 Sienna pendant light (25cm diameter), $99, Life Interiors. 3 Silence + Noise iridescent packable windbreaker jacket, $79, Urban Outﬁtters. 4 Angulo rug in Pink (1.4m x 1.8m), $1495, Arthide. 5 Marble look coffee table in Black (40cm x 50cm x 1m), $35, Kmart. 6 AYTM “Tota” lantern in Black Rose, $100, Top3 By Design. 7 Rush to the Head art print (70cm x 1.05m unframed), $2200, Dina Broadhurst. 8 OtterBox “Symmetry” iPhone 7 Plus case in Fractal, $149.95, Case Store Australia. 9 Martini side table in Silver (38cm diameter), $199, West Elm. 10 Beckham sofa (1.94m x 93cm x 75cm), $1399, West Elm. 11 Bloomingville grey quilted cushion, $68, Lo & Co Interiors. 12 AYTM “Motum” leather cushion in Bordeaux, $235, Top3 By Design. 13 Pipeline candle holder in Light Grey, $79, Nordic Decors.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Quartize Multi marble wallpaper, $117 a lineal metre (1.27m wide), Emily Ziz Style Studio. Cotto Etrusco “Mix Luna Triangle” tiles, $545 a sq m, Di Lorenzo. Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Pale Lilac, $85.90 for 4L. A @reallivingmag
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THIS MUSIC ICON KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT STYLE. MAKE HER ANDROGYNOUS AESTHETIC YOUR OWN WITH VINTAGE CLASSICS IN DEEP, MOODY TONES
1 Grid Leaner mirror (90cm x 1.8m), $699, Freedom. 2 Industrial Spider chandelier, $690, Fat Shack Vintage. 3 Nars nail polish in Amarapura Silver Chrome, $20, Sephora. 4 Persisk Mix handmade rug (2m x 3m), $1899, Ikea. 5 Blacklist Studio “Mood 1” limited edition unframed art print (40cm x 50cm), $199, The Minimalist. 6 Blacklist Studio “Paper Cut 2” limited edition unframed art print (40cm x 50cm), $199, The Minimalist. 7 Uashmama paper cushion in Dark Blue, $89, Hunting for George. 8 RO Collection hurricanes in Smoke Grey/Gold, $99 (small) and $199 (large), Design Stuff. 9 Camden 3-seater sofa in Walnut Brown, $2999, Brosa. 10 Patent leather shoes in Black, $180, Mollini. 11 Round marble platter in Black/Gold Lines, $125, Clickon Furniture. 12 Hourglass ebony stool side table, $483, Bisque Interiors, 13 By Lassen Frame 49 sideboard in Black Ash, $1049, Urban Couture. Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Deconstructed Domino wallpaper, $76 a sq m, Rebel Walls. Essastone surface in Nickel, from $277.20 a sq m (excludes installation and fabrication costs), Essastone by Laminex. Haymes Interior Expressions low-sheen acrylic paint in Brown Blush, $74.90 for 4L. A real living
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SAY IT LOUD AND PACK A PUNCH! THE RAPPER’S STYLE IS ALL ABOUT BRIGHT COLOURS AND CLASHING PRINTS, SO GO ALL OUT AND PILE IT HIGH
1 Kip&Co x Electric Confetti “Banana” light, $895, Electric Confetti. 2 Kate Banazi limited edition screen-print (30cm x 30cm) in Red/Orange, $295, Koskela. 3 Creamy matte lip colour in Jenna, $46, Bobbi Brown. 4 Rowan upholstered chair in Wine Chunky Basketweave, $1199, West Elm. 5 Cocktail clutch in Sunset Ranch, $350, Lucy Folk. 6 Sinnerlig bamboo pendant lamp shade, $69, Ikea. 7 Star Sailor Superstars sunglasses in Rose Gold, $327.87, Karen Walker. 8 Sequin cushion in Gold, $12, Kmart. 9 Reebok “Furylite” slip-on leopard sneakers in Chalk/Black/Gold Metallic, $130, Stylerunner. 10 Spridd cushion cover, $25, Ikea. 11 Sculpted garden stool in Green, $290, Weylandts. 12 Dang media stand in White, $1999, Blu Dot. 13 Iitala Alvar Aalto “Savoy” vase (16cm) in Rain, $249, Top 3 by Design. 14 Bakari rug (1.6m x 2.3m), $395, Matt Blatt. Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Line Dot Scratch wallpaper in Pinks, $117 a lineal m (1.27m wide), Emily Ziz Style Studio. Greg Natale “Botta” tiles, $329 a sq m, Teranova Tiles. Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Annular, $85.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 175. R @reallivingmag
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WHY WE LOVE IT IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT GOODLOOKING, STYLISH DINNERWARE IS ALSO BUDGET FRIENDLY. SUBTLE NATURAL TONES MAKE IT TRANSEASONAL AND SUITABLE FOR ANY OCCASION, WHILE THE HARDY STONEWARE IS ON-TREND AND STURDY ENOUGH TO SURVIVE LONG DINNER PARTIES.
Set to impress FROM TOP Assorted placemats, $2 each; glasses in Grey, $8 for six; marble coasters in White, $6 for four; Stockholm salt and pepper grinder set, $12; assorted speckled dinnerware, $2 each; 16-piece cutlery set in Black, $19; small acacia wood paddle, $3; spreader in Matte Black, $1, all available from Kmart.com.au
KNOCK ON WOOD THIS HANDY LITTLE ACACIA WOOD PADDLE CAN BE USED AS A SIDE PLATE. COMBINED WITH THE MATTE BLACK STONEWARE SPREADER IT TURNS BASIC BREAD AND BUTTER INTO A STYLISH AFFAIR.
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If there is one room in the home that takes a few knocks every now and again, it has to be the heart of the home, your kitchen. That’s why Quick-Step laminate and vinyl ﬂoors make such sense in your kitchen. Withstanding dirt, stains and impacts, a Quick-Step laminate or vinyl ﬂoor will keep looking great even when you become slightly frazzled around the edges. The sealed surface of Quick-Step laminate and vinyl ﬂoors provides excellent protection against spilt drinks and dirty shoes, making them easy to wipe away. With Quick-Step it doesn’t really matter what look you are after, soft and modern or reclaimed and eclectic, the end result is the same; beautiful ﬂooring that performs day in and day out. Thanks to the wide choice you are sure to ﬁnd that perfect look and with true-to-life textures and joints, one that is incredibly realistic in every detail too.
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DIPTYQUE IS COMING UP ROSES WITH A COLLECTION YOU’LL WANT TO WEAR, DISPLAY AND KEEP FOREVER
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The Diptyque Rosa Mundi range includes candles, fragrances, hand cream and a scented oval. Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle (pictured), $88 for 190g, Mecca Cosmetica.
ICONIC FRENCH FRAGRANCE BRAND Diptyque have collaborated with creators and restorers of domino wallpaper A Paris Chez Antoinette Poisson to create the Rosa Mundi collection, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Products in the range are packaged in the Antoinette Poisson paper which incorporates elements of domino paper such as ﬁgurative motifs combined with traditional block printing and hand-colouring techniques. Myriam Badault, director of marketing and product creation at Diptyque, says the design echoes the brand’s tradition of combining interior decoration with fragrances and objects. The fragrance itself is a romantic ﬂoral with the aromatic Damask rose and Centifolia rose at its heart. But don’t get too attached – like a summer romance, this limited edition range will be gone before your tan lines fade. R real living
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LOS A NGELES Here, we’ve gone for an L A-icon mash up. The art work is totally SoCal, and the mid-centur y sconces are a nod to old Holly wood. The chairs? They’re upholstered in a fabric by the queen of L A style, Kelly Wearstler. OPPOSITE Carmen chairs in Linen/Onyx Grafﬁto, $2695 each (includes cushion), Arthur G. Organic Modernism “Sultan B” cabinet, $2950, Clickon Furniture. Lexie side table in Black, $229, Life Interiors. ON CABINET FROM LEFT Yukka plant, from $150, Hermetica Flowers. Chloe Attitudes book, Rizzoli, $120, Simple Form. Where They Create book, Frame Publishers, $52.80, Booktopia. AYTM “Tota” lantern in Black Rose, $100, Top3 By Design. Stick Nose Beetle ornament, $75, The Vignette Room. Large Draper vase in Black/White, $64.95, The Vignette Room. Essentials Small Oval vase in Violet, $60, Have You Met Miss Jones. ON SIDE TABLE FROM LEFT Shagreen jewellery box in Black, $45, The Vignette Room. Mini Illusion tray in Black, $18, Lucky Ocean Club. AYTM “Tota” tealight holder in Black Rose, $50, Top3 By Design. ON WALL Hollywood 7 wall lights, $160 each, About Space. B. Beach, framed photograph (1.5m x 1.2m), $2600, MCM House. ON FLOOR Junior Collection “Sierra Weave” rug in Fairyﬂoss (1.4m x 2m), from $750, Armadillo&Co. A @reallivingmag
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2 THE WELL 1006 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA Thewell.la Come here to buy clothes, have your hair done or party LA-style. 3 CONSORT DESIGN 6918 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA Consort-design.com This is the interior design shop in LA. It has a mix of affordable buys and in-your-dreams pieces. 4 ALMA 8300 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA Alma-la.com Seasonal and sustainable fare is the order of the day at The Standard hotel’s (see below) in-house eatery. 5 SUGARFISH SUSHI 6115 Sunset Blvd #170, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA Sugarﬁshsushi.com Craving sushi? This place has some of the best in the country.
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7 THE STANDARD 8300 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA Standardhotels.com A bona ﬁde mid-century icon – and Sex and the City ﬁlmed scenes here.
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6 BESTIA 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA Bestiala.com You’ll need a reservation at this Italian eatery resembling a shed!
8 ACE HOTEL 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA Acehotel.com Located in ultra-hip DTLA (Down Town Los Angeles), the look is raw and the vibe is totally chilled out. 9 MAMA SHELTER 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA Mamashelter.com Design-wise this hotel’s LA all the way. And it has a slick roof terrace. A
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1 THE LINE 2nd Floor, 8463 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA Theline.com Called The Apartment, it looks like a home – but it’s a design shop.
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PA R I S This look is all about Parisian minimalism; there aren’t many furniture items, rather a beautiful edit of sculptural “save-up-for” pieces. French grey is the unif ying element of the loosely st yled arrangement. OPPOSITE Orion 5-Light pendant in Black/Smoke, $595, Beacon Lighting. Tribute dining chair in Oak, $1009, Life Interiors. Curio “Standard” table, $2595, Clickon Furniture. Moroso “The Capitello” stool, $2090, Hub Furniture. Ligne Roset “Ploum Setee” medium sofa, $8975, Domo. ON TABLE FROM LEFT Normann Copenhagen small Pebble board in Black, $125, Top3 By Design. Totem Stack 3 vase in Putty/Navy, $375, Dinosaur Designs, holding ﬂowers by Hermetica Flowers. Female Torso sculpture in White Marble, $135, The Vignette Room. Agate coasters in Natural/Gold Rim, $139.95, The Vignette Room. Anna Varendorff Objects Of Free Use sculptures in Object 51, $550, Object 58, $490, and Object 59, $490, Hub Furniture. ON MANTLE DD vessels, $330 and $264, Dinosaur Designs. Henry Wilson “Surface” sconce in Gunmetal Bronze, $1370, Hub. Aurelia Series #9 photograph (framed size 1.55m x 1.21m), $3500 framed, Sylvé Colless. ON STOOL Chloe Attitudes book, Rizzoli, $120, Nathan+Jac. ON FLOOR Diamond Printed tray in Black/White, $84.95, The Vignette Room. Colour: How to Banish Beige and Bold Up Your Home book, Quadrille Publishing, $45, Booktopia. For similar shoes, try Niko heels, $285, Senso. Genero Looselay Resi luxury vinyl ﬂooring in Spring Oak, $49 a sq m (product only), Choices Flooring. A
THE GUIDE TO 1 MERCI 1 11 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France Merci-merci.com This is the interiors/fashion shop with a vintage Mini out front. Do it!
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3 COLETTE 213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France Colette.fr Part gallery, part boutique, all fabulous. Get ready to shop.
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5 ELLSWORTH 34 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France Ellsworthparis.com Owned by a couple of Americans. Go here for a top Sunday brunch.
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6 LA GRANDE EPICERIE 38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France Lagrandeepicerie.com Below Le Bon Marché, this mecca of all food markets is unmissable for gourmands – or anyone who eats. 7 LE PIGALLE 9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France Lepigalle.paris Immerse yourself in local design, food, music and art. Culture plus. 8 HOTEL PANACHE 1 Rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009 Paris, France Hotelpanache.com One of the best-value fancy hotels in Paris with great interiors to boot. 9 HOTEL HENRIETTE 9 Rue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris, France Hotelhenriette.com The decor here is so good you’ll want to recreate the look at home. A
photography copyright of merci (merci); cladude weber (empreintes); f.ﬂohic (septime); courtesy of ellsworth (ellsworth); benoit linero (le pigalle); romain ricard (hotel panache); hervé goluza (hotel henriette)
4 SEPTIME 80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France Septime-charonne.fr The coolest interior and an exciting menu. TIP: Book well in advance because this is a culinary hot spot.
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2 10 CORSO COMO Corso Como, 10, 20124 Milano, Italy 10corsocomo.com This shop is a living magazine – the perfect edit of fashion and interiors.
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3 SPAZIO900 Viale Campania, 51, 20133 Milano, Italy En.spazio900.com The best vintage interiors pieces from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
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5 BAR LUCE Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano, Italy Fondazioneprada.org/barluce Designed by ﬁlm director Wes Anderson, this venue looks like a movie set and is a terrazzo dream!
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4 CARLO E CAMILLA Via Giuseppe Meda, 24, 20141 Milano, Italy Carloecamillainsegheria.it Dine on the freshest Italian fare in Milan’s most glamorous restaurant – located in an old 1930s sawmill!
8 THE YARD Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, 8, 20123 Milano, Italy theyardmilano.com A boy-friendly (but luxe) design with a sporty Ralph Lauren vibe. 9 SENATO Via Senato, 22, 20121 Milano, Italy Senatohotelmilano.it Totally chic – one of the most beautiful interiors you’ll ever see. R
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1 FABRIANO BOUTIQUE Via Ponte Vetero, 17, 20121 Milano, Italy Fabrianoboutique.com Fabriano dates back to 1264 and today has one of the most incredible stationery collections in the world.
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B E D R O O M B R I G HT S Changing your bedlinen is the easiest way to liven up your bedroom. Mixing and matching makes it even more fun. Check out the latest range from Aussie brand Kesem Boy, inspired by the sun and surf. The pillowcases are $59 a pair, ﬁtted/ﬂat sheets, $189 a set, quilt covers, $169 each. Kesemboy.com
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A whole bunch of things we love... Benchtop appliances are like jewellery for the kitchen, so you want to make sure you go for design as well as function. Say hello to the ﬁrst ever retro-style Smeg coffee machine! This little looker makes great coffee, costs $499 and comes in cream (pictured), red, black and pastel blue. Why not go all out and get a fridge to match? Smeg.com.au
STREETSCAPE STYLE CONCRETE AND PASTELS ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. TILE RETAILER SKHEME CREATED THE HAVANA COLLECTION OF MATT SCREENPRINTED PORCELAIN TILES (150MM) INSPIRED BY THE COLOURS OF CUBA. $146.20 A SQ M. SKHEME.COM
NICE RACK Yes, this is a fancy brass bike stand with a light on it. And yes, it is expensive. But it’s SO beautiful we just had to show you! If you’ve got a spare $2495 and would like to buy one of these cool Mingardo Bi-track stands, head on over to Hubfurniture.com.au A real living
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M O N O C H R O M E H O M E Graphic black and white homewares are a Marimekko staple, and their latest collection by Carina Seth Andersson delivers yet again – with the addition of this year’s must-have hue: green. Shop online at Marimekko.com FROM LEFT Basket teapot, $119, plates, bowls, teacups and mugs, from $28 each, Uma vase (large), $315, and Maljakko ﬂower vases, $69 each.
AUSSI E ST YL E In honour of our great southern land, Jardan has just launched The Beach Collection, and it’s quintessentially Australian. Here are our picks: A Andy deep sofa in Elk velvet in Alpine, $8254. B Ace side table in Blackwood, $1958. C Cove coffee table in Southern Ash timber, $3069. Jardan.com.au
ONE OF EVERYTHING, PLEASE Need a guilt-free decor ﬁx? The next instalment of Cotton On’s super-cute homewares range has landed! Pictured here are the Cera dip bowl, $9.95, Sadie cushion, $24.95, and Brigatta jewellery box, $24.95. What’s extra pleasing is that 70 per cent of the CO:Home range is under $29. It would be rude not to buy something. Cottonon.com A
text elle lovelock; sarah tarca | photography petra bindel (marimekko); lynton crabb (jardan)
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BE INSPIRED BY OUR NEW FRENCH WASH COLOURS PAINT AND SPECIALITY FINISHES | WALLPAPER | FINISHED FLOORING Visit porterspaints.com or call 1800 656 664 Featured: French WashTM ‘Old Havana’ over base of Low Sheen in ‘Cuban Turquoise’
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LIP SERVICE Introducing homegrown beauty talent, Velvet Concepts! Created by an Aussie make-up artist living in LA, the 20-shade lipstick range is all-natural, using mineral pigments to give incredible colour. Get them from David Jones for $37 each.
Fashion and interiors go hand-in-hand, so while you give your home a new-season look, why not treat yourself to some new threads, too? Karen Walker’s Spring 2017 collection is all about out-there prints in wearable colourways. Work them back with your fave basics, or try mixing pattern on pattern! Karenwalker.com
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BAC K IT U P DINING CHAIRS SHOULD BE AS GOOD LOOKING FROM THE BACK AS THEY ARE FROM THE FRONT – AFTER ALL, THAT’S ALL YOU SEE WHEN THEY’RE TUCKED UNDER THE DINING TABLE. THE PIPE CHAIR BY JUSTIN LAMONT IS ONE SUCH SEAT. CRAFTED FROM LADDER-LACED LEATHER OVER A BLACK PIPE FRAME, IT MAKES A GOOD IMPRESSION FROM ALL ANGLES. $715 FROM CAFECULTUREINSITU.COM.AU @reallivingmag
GET A HANDLE ON IT One of the quickest ways to update your interior is by ﬁxing new handles on doors and cabinetry. With a tumbled-brass ﬁnish, these joinery pulls and door lever from Pittella are just the ticket for both contemporary and classic styles. From $143 each. Pittella.com.au R
text elle lovelock; sarah tarca | photography arromburgess.co.nz (karen walker); courtesy lucy folk/studio ff (playa boutique); amy woodward (pipe chair); chris jansen/bauer photographics (lipstick)
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MOZI ‘Floral Burst’ 300 thread count, cotton percale quilt cover set. Available in SB, DB, QB & KB. Set contains 1 quilt cover & 2 pillowcases (1 pillowcase with SB).
PAINTER, COLLECTOR, PLANT LOVER. MEET THE SCOTTISH-BORN MELBOURNE ARTIST MAKING SIMPLE SHAPES BEAUTIFUL
In the studio Bobby has always had what she calls a “clinical” work space. “I need it to be clean and minimal, with lots of space because I work with big sheets of paper,” she explains. Blank walls are also essential, “when I’ve ﬁnished a painting I pin it up and step back to have a look.”
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Happy together Bobby’s amazing vintage sofa was sourced on eBay from an old couple in the Dandenongs. A selection of her artworks hang alongside a Matisse print bought at a garage sale for $5. The side table and pots are from Pop & Scott and the sculpture is by her husband Steven.
ROBYN CLARK (KNOWN AS BOBBY) tried to follow a “sensible” career path, but was always lured back to art. “I wanted to be an artist, but everyone told me it wasn’t a real job,” she says, “so I studied textiles thinking I could build a career out of something creative, but nothing appealed to me as much as art.” Despite this, she didn’t succumb to her creative urge until she began working for Pop & Scott. “I started drawing patterns on their pots, it became a break for me, I’d do it to switch off. Then I started messing around with shapes and I thought ‘this could work’.”
Bobby’s studio was once the bedroom in her rented Thornbury (in Melbourne) home, where she lives with her sculptor husband, Steven, and their staffy, Scout. For Bobby, it was a must that the studio be white and minimalist – a stark contrast to the rest of her house, which is a mix of vintage ﬁnds, tribal artefacts, plants, custom furniture and, of course, art. “When I imagine our dream house it has a lot of stone or concrete. Right now we decorate with anything we ﬁnd. I pick up stuff I think is amazing, and don’t think about it matching anything else, so it’s a bit of a jumble.” A real living
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BOBBY’S WORK CAN BE FOUND AT BOBBY AND TIDE (BOBBY CLARK.COM.AU; @BOBBYANDTIDE), AND AT POP & SCOTT, 27A HAYES STREET, NORTHCOTE, VIC, AND 4/57 CENTENNIAL CIRCUIT, BYRON BAY, NSW. Custom clique “The white couch (left) is a prototype from Pop & Scott. Our friends are all furniture makers so Steven and I are going to start collecting commissioned pieces. I love things that are handmade,” says Bobby.
10 QUESTIONS WITH BOBBY CLARK 1. So Bobby, we hear art runs in the blood… “Yes! My grandpa was a renowned local artist. My earliest memories are of standing in his shed squeezing out paint. My gran would also set me up a still life to do at the kitchen table. She taught me about light and shade.”
3. Whose work do you currently love? “Mattea Perrotta. I’ve been following her for quite some time on Instagram (@matteaperrotta). I love seeing what she paints; she’s got really beautiful movement.” 4. What do you love about travel? “It’s the best education. I never look at galleries when I travel; I’m inspired by the streets.” 5. How much input does Steven have in the decorating? “He always tells me no, and then I bring it home and he loves it.” 6. Do you have a creative process? “First, I have to clean. I need to have a clean desk, with everything off it, then I wash all my brushes before I pick my colours.” 7. What’s your favourite colour? “Olive green. It’s always been green.” 8. And your most treasured item? “My mum’s wedding ring. In my family it’s tradition when you turn 21 to be given someone’s wedding ring.” 9. Do you have a go-to gift? “Flowers. Everyone loves ﬂowers.” 10. What are you most proud of? “That people respond to what I do. I still ﬁnd it quite hard to believe people buy my paintings.” R
Prime position Scout, the three-year-old staffy chills out in Bobby’s studio. The jute rug is Ikea, the vintage cushions and rug were from eBay and the basket is Oxfam. Wise words Bobby’s decorating advice to fellow renters is to invest in handmade furniture that works in a variety of spaces and ﬁll your rooms with plants. Plants make a house a home!
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2. Did you always work in a creative ﬁeld? “I’ve done every job in the world. When I moved here from Scotland I was a house painter and decorator, a nanny and I also worked in retail.”
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WHEN YOU THINK OF INNOVATIVE DESIGN, coat hooks and vases are probably not the ﬁrst things that spring to mind. Yet these are the pieces that have made Muuto a name in the design scene. Muuto, which means “new perspective” in Finnish, is a Danish design company that works with contemporary designers to create original pieces. 2 “The Dots” hooks by Norwegian designer Lars Tornøe were inspired by a mobile he was designing for his girlfriend’s sister. Because the dots are individual, the arrangement they’re hung in will create an artwork out of an otherwise dull, vacant space for hanging bags and jackets. 3 But it gets better. Originally manufactured in timber, Muuto has kindly fed our obsession and expanded the range with a collection of metal hooks “The Dots Metal” (above, left), available in Brass, Aluminium and Black. They range in size from 5cm to 2.7cm so are perfect for turning small or awkward spaces into a functional dream. 4 And that amazing vase? It’s by Copenhagen-based designer Thomas Bentzen. Named the “Elevated Vase” for the timber bowl that raises the glass vessel, it’s available in Green, Grey and Rose. Thomas says “the wood represents the roots in the soil and the glass the airy treetop.” We just think it would look sweet on our coffee tables. Check out all of Muuto’s amazing pieces at Muuto.com R
Drawn up All the illustrations, paintings and photography that adorn the hotel’s walls are by Milanese artists.
THE 85-ROOM HOTEL OCCUPIES AN ENVIABLE ADDRESS JUST A FEW STEPS AWAY FROM THE DUOMO DI MILANO (MILAN CATHEDRAL). TAILORED TO SUIT THE STYLISH TRAVELLER, THE HOTEL FEATURES INTERIORS BY DESIGN SUPERSTAR PATRICIA URQUIOLA WHO HAS CREATED A LOOK THAT BLENDS ULTRA-MODERN AND VINTAGE STYLING. GUESTS ALSO ENJOY BREAKFAST UNTIL NOON AND CITY-WIDE WI-FI.
Designer digs Haute Italian furniture brand Cassina created bespoke furniture and ﬁttings for the entire hotel – from beds and sofas to the details like mirrors and curtains.
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The marble used in the lobby is the same type used in the Milan Cathedral while the patterned carpets are a nod to the city’s history as a home of great graphic design. From $357 a night. Via Silvio Pellico 4, 20121, Milan; Room-matehotels.com R @reallivingmag
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Collect, create, curate This New York apartment is a lesson on how to add personality with ďŹ‚ea-market ďŹ nds, hand-me-down furniture and an abundance of plants. Flip the page for more. A
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On the roof Simon Howell and Jessica Barensfeld, with cat Lexington, can climb through their bedroom window to reach the roof terrace with its views over Williamsburgâ€™s rooftops. Whatever the weather, the couple wear one of their hand-knitted beanies from their business, Lynn and Lawrence. Salon hangs Grouping art (much of it by friends) on the living room walls just above the seating creates a cosy nook. A
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City garden A huge variety of plants brings nature into the urban dwelling, with any surface becoming a plant stand – including tables, stools and windowsills. Jessica is the plant lady, taking care of the greenery inside while Simon looks after the rooftop garden. The couple usually store their bikes in an old lift shaft. Smart space In a small unit with an open ﬂoor plan, diagonal ﬂoorboards make the space seem larger (opposite). Benches around the dining table optimise seating. Toddler Lakota’s nursery is upstairs with a guest bedroom underneath.
J E S S I C A’ S N YC SOURCE LIST 1. What’s your favourite, local interior store? “ABC Carpet & Home on Broadway [Abchome.com].” 2. Where did you ﬁnd your furniture? “A lot of the pieces are hand-me-downs. Some of the nicer, classic stuff was my father’s, and Simon has made a lot of the furniture including the bed, bedroom shelf and benches. We also have a few Ikea pieces too.” 3. Do you visit ﬂea markets? “Yes, mainly upstate and in Pennsylvania – you ﬁnd better prices outside of the city.” 4. What’s your fave interior space in your neighbourhood? “Loosie Rouge bar and Loosie’s Kitchen restaurant in Williamsburg [Loosierouge.com]. They have an interesting decor that’s both laidbackWest-Coast-meets-East-Coast and imaginative. They have a great little outdoor space that we really admire, and delicious food of course.” 5. Where do you get your plants from? “My favourite shops in the neighborhood are Sprout and Jungle. I’ve also propagated from friends’ plants and some of the big ones I grew from little babies. The conditions in the loft are so perfect for them; they grow incredibly fast and well.” A
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TH E ST YL E DI A RY Jessica has become a pro at painting her mostly brick interior. The entire apartment is painted regularly to keep it looking fresh and bright. What sort of paint did you use? “Several coats of exterior paint to cover the brick with a paintbrush and thick foamy roller.” How was the process? “It is always a crazy big job! It is such a large surface area and we have to use both ladders and scaffolding. I was eight months pregnant the last time we did it, so most of the work fell on Simon’s shoulders.”
HIP BROOKLYN NEIGHBOURHOOD Williamsburg offers a lively art and music scene, cafes and second-hand stores along with industrial buildings, humble homes and luxe waterfront high-rises. Just over the bridge from Manhattan, this appealing mish-mash has attracted creatives like Jessica Barensfeld and Simon Howell. NEW YORK MEETS OLD YORK Jessica and Simon live in a characterful building that Jessica describes as “a quilt of style, pieces and periods”. She grew up in Manhattan but moved into the 130 sq m ﬂat share in 2006. Then she met Simon, from Yorkshire, UK, who took up residence when friends moved out. HANDYMAN SKILLS The pair turned their rented apartment into a cosy, characterful home. The landlord allowed Simon to add extra walls and install more windows for light. He also made most of the timber furniture. Plants were added to enhance the fresh feel and deﬁne areas in the open-plan living space. Jessica describes their style as a “hodgepodge”, but the jumble works. PERFECT SYMMETRY The layout is quirky, too. The central living area has a loft at either end – one is the couple’s bedroom and the other is toddler son Lakota’s room – with each accessed by its own set of stairs. Beneath the master bedroom, at one end of the open-plan living room is the workspace/ofﬁce, while under Lakota’s room is a guest bedroom and the kitchenette. JEWELS AND BEANIES The workspace/ofﬁce is important as both Jessica and Simon work from home. While Jessica is a jewellery designer, selling pieces through stores, such as Anthropologie, and Simon is a photographer, they also run a beanie business together, Lynn and Lawrence (their middle names). The couple also occasionally work as models, and a few years ago were shot by legendary photographer Annie Lebowitz for French clothing brand Moncler. R
OPPOSITE Surf’s up The timber board, stored in a corner of the dining area, is a clue to the couple’s mutual hobby, windsurﬁng. Treasure trove Jeweller Jessica works from home at one end of the apartment, surrounded by drawers and shelves full of inspiring materials. Cleverly concealed An air-conditioning unit on the wall disappears among the arrangement of art and indoor plants. Smart move A solid block of timber on castors in the master bedroom becomes a low shelf unit. Making boundaries The velvet sofa back helps to zone the large room, creating a distinct lounge area. A
At work Jessica studied interior design but changed direction. â€œI was fascinated by the craftsmanship and the idea of jewellery as small, portable sculptures,â€? she says. A curtain-like hanging plant helps separate the work area from the rest of the living space. In bed The bedroom is small but the white palette, lack of clutter and simple roll-up blinds keep the look simple. A black work lamp is angled upward for softer lighting above the bed. A
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Fancy footwork The combination of white and green in the pretty vignette on the end of the dining table is fresh and timeless. A friend of Jessica’s made the sculptural foot vases, which were shaped from Jessica’s feet.
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1 Solvinden LED solar-powered lamp (30cm diameter) in White, $12.99, Ikea. 2 The Alps framed print (1.4m x 89cm), $395, Matt Blatt. 3 Point slider photographic print, from $55, Gone to Sea. 4 Malcolm Greenwood x Koskela “Concrete” stoneware bowl (17.3cm diameter), $40, Koskela. 5 The Modernist pot in Bungalow, from $140 for 33cm diameter (not including plant), Pop & Scott. 6 Hammock chair, $849, Naturally Cane. 7 Design Brooklyn book by Anne Hellman (Abrams; $49.95). 8 Ingefära plant pot with saucer, from $4.99 for 12cm diameter, Ikea. 9 Hanging cat ornament (12.5cm high), $18 (not including cup), Have You Met Miss Jones. 10 Maywood “Square Black Back” surfboard, $599, Maywood. 11 Harto “Desire” side table in Cherry Red, $380, Clickon Furniture. 12 Rubber plant, $55 (about 45cm high), Domus Botanica. 13 6ixty “Luxe” 3 seater sofa in Yellow, $1399, Zanui. 14 Hendrick swingarm wall bracket light in Black, $199, Beacon Lighting.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Stockfast “J66500” wallpaper, $149 for 10.05m roll, Vision Wallcoverings. Paints: Dulux Wash & Wear in Silver Grass, $85.90 for 4L, and Vivid White, $71.90 for 4L. For stockists, see page 175. real living
One of a kind The ofﬁce is ﬁlled with a display of lighting samples and glass: “We do a lot of product prototypes and we can’t do much with them, so I keep them. Many of the items in my house are prototypes or samples, including this shelving,” says homeowner Bec Dowie.
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On brand The house is ďŹ lled with Douglas and Bec pieces, including the one-off dining table made from recycled Kauri wood, the RD table and chairs, the Line table lamp and the custom Line chandelier in the dining space. A real living
Unexpected delight Though it’s unusual to have a ﬂoor mirror in a dining space, Bec says “it ﬁtted well and added dimension to the room through its reﬂection.” Its design was inﬂuenced by a more ornate mirror owned by her granny.
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Out of sight “We are not ones for bells and whistles – so it’s just a simple, functional space with everything unsightly concealed. For example, we kept the window treatments minimal because we wanted them to disappear, instead of being a focal point.” The units in the kitchen have a freestanding aesthetic to echo the lightness of the interior. In the circus The pale dusty hues of the “Arnold Circus” stools by Italian designer Martino Gamper give a subdued pop of colour to the sunroom.
CLICKING THROUGH THE Douglas and Bec online store, the aesthetic of design director – one half of the eponymous label – Bec Dowie is clear: clean lines and geometric shapes that Bec herself describes as “restraint with warmth”. It’s a style that is not exactly synonymous with a kit barn, or a place that’s home to two young children, yet this is exactly what their place, in the town of Clevedon (40 minutes north of Auckland) is: a family home, a functioning studio and 100 per cent minimalist. FROM STUDIO TO HOME The barn, purchased four years ago, was originally built as a workshop space for the Douglas and Bec team, however, due to zoning changes and growth of the business, they could no longer use it as a commercial space, so they converted it into a family home. “I envisioned it to be the warehouse apartment we have always wanted, but in the country,” Bec says. The renovation took a mere four months, and $120,000 – largely because the structure was already there. The couple employed a builder but designed the home themselves, with a little help from Bec’s father Douglas and the advice of some architect friends. “We were on site every day working with the builders to get the details right,” she says. A
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In good shape “I usually don’t go for pattern on my bedlinen, but this one by Dusen Dusen is lovely,” Bec says. The bedhead, lights and night stands are Douglas and Bec. Testing the goods The house is ﬁlled with samples that are true to Douglas and Bec’s functional, yet beautiful, aesthetic. “The couches were a new product in our range, so we wanted them to be just right,” Bec says. “After we made them in the studio we lived with them for a while to make sure they were functional.”
Minimalist… with children THINK A PA R ED-BACK INTER IOR IS IMPOSSIBLE W ITH K IDS? NOPE. BEC DOES IT, A ND SO CA N YOU! Bec says the key to maintaining a minimalistic interior style with little ones is storage, storage and, uh, storage. Eva’s room is ﬁtted with custom furniture and storage units, which Bec wishes were bigger. Also, drapery is used to cleverly disguise a play zone. “Eva has a play area that can be curtained off. All her toys are kept in a trunk, and after she plays we clean up. Being minimal actually makes it easier in a lot of ways,” Bec says.
Pretty simple The bunk bed and storage in Eva’s room were purpose built, and complemented with pink Japanese eco carpet tiles. “It works with what we had done elsewhere in the house, but for Eva it’s not pink enough,” Bec says. Having everything custom-made means there’s no wasted space. Happy place The bathroom is Bec’s favourite room in the home. “It’s large, has a big bath and shower and a stone vanity that we built ourselves. It has a lovely calm feel to it, like being at a retreat,” she says. A
INSIDE JOB The design challenge was in making the raw aluminium structure feel homely but polished, and every choice was carefully considered. The couple kept the raw concrete ﬂoors, complete with stains and markings from its previous workshop life, which juxtaposed beautifully with the gallery feel of doubleheight ceilings. “I love a white gallery look, it allows for lots of ‘breathing space’,” Bec says. WORK/LIFE BALANCE Ultimately though, what Bec wanted was a universal space that could be used as a work studio, but still be easy to live in. “It’s Important to me that my home is creative so I can work in it. I want it to feel inspiring,” she says. “The house has a studio feel, so my junior designers can come and work with me.” With this in mind, they created the concept of movable pods for the children’s bedrooms, inspired by Japanese design. Working similar to library archives, the cube-shaped rooms run on channels, moving from left to right, allowing them to be reinvented. Bec loved the idea of ﬂexibility, and the “zones” created by moving the pods are used for studio space or photography. So what’s the golden rule for a home that accommodates the demands of both work and family life? “Everything needs to be purpose-built for the space,” Bec says. And a couple of amazing Douglas and Bec pieces certainly don’t hurt either. R
Set in stone Inspired by terrazzo projects they were working on, Bec wanted a raw concrete and terrazzo kitchen top. â€œWe poured the concrete ourselves, and chose the stones from a beach next to the workshop,â€? she says. Functional art The vases and fruit bowl are by LA-based ceramicists Kat and Roger. @reallivingmag
Bookwork The art and design books on display are also referenced frequently by Bec. “I like to keep my art side strong. I draw inspiration from concepts instead of what’s on trend.” The side tables are both Douglas and Bec and the rubber plant anchors the light and airy space. A
All in the family Working alongside her father (he’s the “Douglas” in Douglas and Bec), it’s not surprising he was involved in the house. “The sharp edges, simplicity and square shapes – that aesthetic comes from Dad,” Bec says. “Being a farmer he was used to building things like fences that are strong and square. This is offset by the more feminine inﬂuence I bring with the circles and lamps. I love geometric shapes. It’s something that has been present in all my work since I started making.”
“ We lived in a clunky bungalow in the city, and spent our 20s collecting things. Then, we moved to the country and lived in a tiny one bedroom cottage. After putting most of our possessions in storage, we realised how little we actually needed. This was the start of living smarter, with less.”
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1 Kat and Roger vases (20cm x 12cm), $240 each, Douglas and Bec. 2 Ceramic dinner plate (28cm) in Black Sand, $38 each, Houston Design Co. 3 Line side table (40cm x 50cm) in Terracotta, $490, Douglas and Bec. 4 RD dining chair in solid American Ash and Natural Leather, $845, Douglas and Bec. 5 Bosch “HSB738357A” 90cm 112L Serie 6 freestanding oven/stove, $3299, Powerland. 6 Line ﬂoor lamp in Brushed Chrome/Camel, $1325, Douglas and Bec. 7 RD full sofa (2.47m x 60cm x 90cm) in American Oak, $5900, Douglas and Bec. 8 French door 701L fridge in Stainless Steel, $2999, Hisense. 9 Floor mirror in solid American Oak, $1990, Douglas and Bec. 10 Contemporary lightweight cylinder pot in White, $195 (40cm diamater), Garden Life. 11 Square and Circle chopping blocks in solid American Ash, $65 each, Douglas and Bec. 12 Martino Gamper Arnold Circus stool in Sage, $230, The Third Row.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Bayliss Plain Outdoor mat in Natural (45cm x 75cm), $22.95, Bunnings. Ekestad cabinet door in Oak, $105 for 2, Ikea. Bendigo linen in Mink, $36 a m (1.37m wide), Warwick. Terrazzo tile in Earth, from $158 a sq m, Fibonacci Stone. For stockists, see page 175. real living
Musical memories Loren says the record player was a present from Gareth after her dad passed away so she could play his old records. The Iluka credenza in rattan is from Jardan. Cool duo Gareth and Loren hang out with Duma the Staffy in one of their favourite parts of the home, the cabana. They eat dinner here almost every day throughout summer. The coffee table is from Manyara Home. A
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Character-ďŹ lled Loren sourced her kitchen tiles from Cerastone Gallery in Edgecliff, the Belfast Sink from the Heritage Building Centre in Rockdale and the Bastow tapware was from Restoration Online.
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Curated style Loren, with son Indie (Bodhiâ€™s on the ramp), sourced salvaged beams (they were once part of a bridge in Queensland) from Ironwood in Sydney to go around the sliding door to the living area.
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LOREN MORTON HAS LIVED IN BONDI ALL HER LIFE so it’s no surprise she was inspired by the aesthetic of her childhood home when she renovated and decorated her very own Bondi beach house. “We had beautiful Mexican equipale chairs around our dining table, a big recycled timber kitchen island and lots of Mexican textiles,” Loren says. “The pool, cabana and barbecue area were all shaped adobe-style in peasant rendering and painted an earthy orange colour with a deep blue for highlights. Everything was rustic.” FINDING “THE ONE” “I knew I wanted that adobe-style in my own home, especially with features of recycled timber,” Loren says. While house hunting in the tightly held enclave of North Bondi, she was happy to ﬁnd a place that had natural light, a backyard and open-plan living. “When I walked through the door I could see through to the backyard, the openness and high ceilings gave a great sense of space,” Loren says. TAKING TIME OUT A month after buying this ﬁve bedroom, two-storey house in 2007, Loren had her ﬁrst son Bodhi. A couple of years later, she met her husband Gareth and they welcomed their son Indie into the house in 2011. As a result, building work was done in two stages. “I needed a break from it all before we started tackling the front of the house,” Loren explains. “Renovations and toddlers don’t mix!” R real living
Serial collector A bag from Spell & The Gypsy Collective sits on a stack of Lorenâ€™s favourite books and magazines. The coffee table is from Manyara Home.
THE CONSTRUCTION DIARY Boho vibes Macramé curtains from Urban Outﬁtters add a boho vibe to the living area. The couple bought some copper pipes from Bunnings, left them outside for a few days to develop a patina and used them as curtain rods.
RENOVATING THIS HOME HAD ITS UPS AND DOWNS, BUT LOREN’S A DA P TA B L E A P P R OAC H R E S U LT E D I N A T R U LY I N D I V I D UA L L O O K . SHE TALKS US THROUGH THE DR AMAS AND TRIUMPHS.
Piping up “Work on our backyard was initially delayed due to the discovery of an old Sydney Water access pipe, which had to be left free from blockages. After removing the dirt we were left with a 2m high by 1m wide, cone-shaped pipe sticking up in the middle of the yard.” Quick thinking “We resolved it by rendering around the pipe and sticking a plant in the top, which can be removed if the council need access to the pipe. It’s quite a feature now.” More problems “To level out the garden we had to get rid of a lot of dirt and pier all sides of the space. We had to remove dirt via conveyor belts and soon after asbestos was discovered as well as a large concrete slab, which had belonged to the house behind before new land perimeters were drawn up. It felt like setback after setback for a while there.” Living the dream “I love looking out at the cabana now and we often do a barbecue and throw together a salad. The kids eat then get back in the pool, and we have a couple of beers.” A
Sun seeker The vintage pretzel sofa was an eBay ﬁnd. Tiles from Kalafrana Ceramics give this space a vibrant Moroccan ﬂavour.
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Perfect playground Before the renovations began, son Bodhi took up skating at the local skate ramp. One day the idea struck to create a ramp on the front deck. It gets used all the time â€“ before and after school, and on weekends. A real living
Art attack Bondi artist Nick Hernandez aka Chocolate Einstein was commissioned to create a mural in the pool area, as well as in son Bodhiâ€™s room. The bedlinen is from Dazed But Amazed and the photo above the bed is by Hugh Holland.
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1 Macramé plant hanger in Gold (1.32m), $33.10, Freeﬁlle. 2 Signature Cast Iron Oval casserole in Dune (25cm diameter), $429, Le Creuset. 3 Boulevard 3-seater sofa in Charme leather, $2499, Oz Design Furniture. 4 Bastow Victorian Exposed Hob Kitchen Set mixer in Brass Gold, $535, Bunnings Warehouse. 5 Citilux Large Industrial Funnel pendant lamp in White, $171.50, Nu Lighting. 6 Vintage Birdcage pendant light in Chrome, $33.60, 7Pandas. 7 Crayon Chick small weave bowl in Natural White, $45, Hardtoﬁnd. 8 Solo 1976 print (91.4cm x 60.9cm), $90 (unframed), Hugh Holland. 9 Iluka sideboard in American Oak/Rattan weave (54cm x 1.45m x 59cm), $4818, Jardan. 10 Crosley “CR6019A-BR Executive” portable USB turntable in Brown, $199, Myer. 11 Takke Log stool in White (35cm diameter), $438, Vavoom Emporium. 12 Butterﬂy chair in Vintage Brown Leather, $699, Interiors Online. 13 Glencoe rug in Cream/Grey (2.25m x 1.55m), $494, Miss Amara.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT FranSeg01 Spanish ceramic tiles, $77 a sq m, Kalafrana Ceramics. Porter’s Paints Low Sheen Acrylic paint in Ashen, $97 for 4L. Readyﬂor Multiﬁt 1800 2S timber ﬂooring in White Oak, from $78 a sq m (product only), Choices Flooring. MFWS524 tile in Bianco, $85 a sq m, Cerastone Tile+Stone. For stockists, see page 175. real living
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Bold brush Grey metal stairs, chosen to ﬁt in with the home’s palette, lead to the mezzanine level. A wood-burning stove keeps the home cosy in winter. A
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CERAMICIST SETSUKO NAGASAWA, WHO HAS REGUL ARLY EXHIBITED HER WORK IN EUROPE, JAPAN AND AMERICA SINCE THE 1960S. SETSUKO STUDIED CERAMICS AND DESIGN IN HER BIRTHPLACE, KYOTO, JAPAN, THEN MOVED TO CALIFORNIA AND GENEVA TO FURTHER HER STUDIES, BEFORE SETTLING IN PARIS.
ONCE A STABLE IN THE LATE 1800s – alive with whinnying horses and stomping hooves – and then later a printing factory, this old Parisian building has now been converted into three terrace-like houses and a ceramic studio. PARISIAN CHARM Fronting a large cobblestone courtyard with classic metal gates separating the building and courtyard from the bustling street beyond, the middle terrace belongs to ceramicist Setsuko Nagasawa, who has lived in it since 2005. Located in her favourite neighbourhood in Paris – the 20th arrondissement – the minute Setsuko saw it, she was smitten. RENOVATING IDEAS While Setsuko was keen to remain faithful to the building’s working roots, a renovation in the 220 sq m space – including her ceramic studio – was deﬁnitely required. A spacious, airy feel was achieved by creating a large, open-plan living/dining area, while high ceilings allowed for the addition of a mezzanine level, signiﬁcantly increasing ﬂoor space. JAPANESE STYLE Timber ﬂoors were laid throughout the home and walls were painted white. Ceiling beams were kept exposed on the ground ﬂoor, although painted black, and a rugged metal staircase was installed in the middle of the ground ﬂoor space, serving to divide the room. The stairs lead to the mezzanine level, which contains the bedroom, bathroom, workroom and a terrace at the back, from which light ﬂows into the kitchen below through a couple of skylights. Setsuko managed to keep the raw, industrial vibe with her choice of layout, ﬁnishes and furnishings – imbuing it with characteristics of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi (see page 105). R
TO CREATE MORE WORKSPACE IN THE KITCHEN, A BENCHTOP WAS PLACED OVER THE WASHING MACHINE AND DISHWASHER.
In with the old A dark ceiling and rug (fastened with double-sided tape to keep it in place) frame the kitchen. The simple, streamlined German “Bulthaupt” kitchen, which is a single steel unit, features stovetop, sink and bench space. Along the back wall, a metal cabinet is a decorative addition, while a large Japanese wine rack under the stairs adds a charming, aged quality to the mix. A
Welcome home Tall front doors are painted grey on the outside to match the exterior, and black on the inside.
Displaying wares A selection of Setsuko’s bowls, platters and plates are displayed on the shelf of the internal window between the living room and kitchen.
Dual occupancy A clothes rack at right angles to the front entrance doubles as a room divider in the large space. A kimono hangs there as a nod to Setsuko’s Japanese heritage.
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Stop light Setsuko designed the dining table, and found the chromeplated chairs – which she had stripped to match the table – at Habitat. The La Lampe “Gras” lamp in Red lends a ﬂash of colour to the mono scheme.
Sleek peek The internal window between the kitchen and dining room, where Setsuko sits, serves as a kitchen hatch. Framed cards sit on the skinny shelf above it. A
Hit the ﬂoor In the living area, seating comprises several large ﬂoor cushions with a print designed by Setsuko’s friend, Angelica Steudel. They’re arranged around the understated, industrial-style glass coffee table.
DESIGN classic Factory inspo An industrial trolley used to transport glass was the inspiration for the design of the Tavolo con Ruote (“table with wheels”) coffee table by Italian designer Gae Aulenti in 1980. Manufactured by FontanaArte, it is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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Wabi-sabi is an expression for a Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection, transience and the incomplete, and has an appreciation of natural objects and processes. Wabi-sabi characteristics may include simplicity, austerity, roughness and asymmetry. Is your home in need of a little Zen? Here are a few wabi-sabi changes you can make.
Floating cloud Fabric is draped on a pole behind Setsuko’s bed, creating an ethereal backdrop. While the downstairs area is mostly open-plan, the mezzanine level contains the bedroom, bathroom, work room and terrace. The futon mattress can be folded away. A
See the beauty in what you already have. Embrace ﬂaws and aged items – shiny and new need not apply. Look for handmade. Shop for interesting pieces that have been handcrafted. Even better if they’re a bit damaged, it adds to the charm (and you might get a discount). Be inspired by nature’s colour palette. But stick to the more subdued tones of grey, green, and earthy neutrals. Choose materials that fade and weather over the years and develop a patina. Everything gets better with age.
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Imperfect perfection Setsuko’s ceramic studio celebrates peeling walls and old, industrial-style furniture, perhaps in the spirit of wabi-sabi. A mezzanine level was created here, too, to maximise ﬂoor space.
Grand entrance The old stable doors have been kept intact to retain the overall look and feel of the building’s former life.
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1 AK Atelier dining table in Black (2m x 1m x 76cm), $1489, Dellis Furniture. 2 Shigaraki unglazed cups by Studio Gala in Beige & Black, $49 each, Ginkgo Leaf. 3 Painted Black Lines art print (70cm x 50cm), $69 (unframed), The Minimalist. 4 Cinnamon tray in Black (36cm), $78 for large, Lightly. 5 Akari “YA2” table lamp, $225, Made in Japan. 6 JF16042 antique Japanese chest (61cm x 68cm x 36cm), $1950, Orient House. 7 Ranarp wall/clamp spotlight in Black, $29.99, Ikea. 8 FontanaArte “Tavolo con Ruote” coffee table, from about $1493 for 1.4m x 70cm (plus shipping), AmbienteDirect. 9 Ebony rug (3m x 2m), $1399, Freedom. 10 Fado table lamp in White (24.5cm diameter), $29.99, Ikea. 11 Fisher & Paykel “RF522BRGX6 ActiveSmart” 519L bottom freezer fridge, $1760, Appliance Central. 12 Alessi “Richard Sapper” whistling kettle, $328, Amara. 13 Varvunraita cushion cover (50cm), $79, Marimekko. 14 Strokes cushion (45cm), $39.95, Domayne. 15 Tractor seat stool, $150, Rustix. Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Dvärgbjörk fabric (1.5m wide), $7.99 a m, Ikea. Tatami ﬂoor mat, $220 for bed size, Zentai. Murobond Pure Low Sheen paint in Ballina Blue, $89 for 4L. Caesarstone benchtop in Atlantic Salt, from $500 a sq m (installed). For stockists, see page 175. real living
Top shelf Adding a shelf to your splashback is a clever way to display your favourite items and art without taking up valuable room on your benches. Turn the page to see more of this spectacular space and a complete kitchen design guide. A
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1. CONSIDER THE BIGGER PICTURE This means thinking about where your kitchen sits within your home. Ideally you want a short route from your kitchen to both indoor and outdoor dining areas to make carrying food easy. If possible, avoid your kitchen being used as a thoroughfare; it will become crowded and hazardous. While we’re talking big picture, this is also the time to take note of where your windows are as this will dictate where some appliances (like the fridge) can be placed. 2. POSITION THE ESSENTIALS If you remember one golden rule, let this be it! A “work triangle” is formed by the placement of the kitchen’s key elements: the sink, cooktop and fridge. “The work triangle is most effective if these areas of the kitchen are within a few steps of each other,” Leanne says. 3. MASTER THE MEASUREMENTS “Standard benchtop height is between 88.5cm and 95cm,” Leanne explains. If you want to go lower, know that many appliances are designed to ﬁt under this height so you might need to consider options like wall ovens and dishwasher drawers. At this point, it’s a good idea to make sure there’s enough room around your appliances (see page 113 for guidelines) and that the fridge isn’t opposite a high-usage area like the sink. This will prevent the kitchen getting congested if two people are in it. 4. TAILOR TO THE WAY YOU COOK Now’s the time to have a good think about how you prepare meals. If you love whipping up large feasts and entertaining, then a 90cm oven and cooktop would suit you perfectly. If you cook simply most of the time, maybe you’d prefer to purchase a smaller hob and put the extra funds towards gorgeous tapware. Totally attached to your blender, slow cooker or Sodastream? Make sure you give any small appliances you frequently use their own bench space and powerpoint, if needed. 5. PLAN A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING This is your chance to assign a spot for every item in your kitchen – from large things like pots and pans right down to loose plastic bags. Allocate easy-to-reach places for items you use frequently. For example, you might want to plan a small space around your cooktop for olive oil, salt and pepper. When planning storage, Leanne advises: “drawers, drawers and more drawers! Undervaluing drawers is something that can impact the functionality of your kitchen.” A
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WHEN PLANNING A NEW KITCHEN, whether you’re going for a bold and colourful style like the one on these pages, or a more classic design, the underlying steps that will help you achieve a beautifully functional space are the same. Basically, a great design begins by taking a look at the positioning of the kitchen within your home, and also where major appliances will go, then zooming in to plan the ﬁner details. As a result, you’ll be rewarded with what Bunnings design consultant Leanne Watson describes as “an efﬁcient and relaxing space in the heart of the home”. Sound good? Read on!
Small wonder For the single bench in the kitchen of his Milan apartment, Nicolas has used Verde Maddalena granite from Brazil. A small kitchen is a great opportunity to splash out on a stone or composite worktop as, although these materials can be costly, you wonâ€™t need large quantities.
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Double vision Nicolas explains that mirrored cabinet doors were used in the kitchen to “give depth and the impression that the marble is ﬂoating.” By incorporating ﬁnger space around the doors ﬁngerprints are minimised, but there’s no doubt a daily spritz of Windex is needed to keep this kitchen looking shipshape! @reallivingmag
The magic numbers INCORPORATE THESE MEASUREMENTS INTO THE DESIGN TO STREAMLINE YOUR KITCHENâ€™S FUNCTIONALITY
1.5m This is the ideal amount of space to include between parallel benches, especially when more than one person is in the kitchen. If your space is small you can reduce it to 1m.
90cm This is a comfortable length of bench space to include near your oven for food preparation. If your prep spot is elsewhere, ensure you still have about 30cm on one side and 60cm on the other so you have somewhere to put trays of food.
60cm Standard depth for a kitchen benchtop is 60cm. If you want space for stools on the other side, add an extra 20 to 30cm.
30cm Plan to have this much bench space on one side of your fridge and on either side of your sink to give you room for things like stacked plates, bowls of food and things to put in the fridge. R
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M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R This modular kitchen is by Vipp, a Danish brand founded in 1939 when metalsmith Holger Nielsen designed a pedal bin for his wifeâ€™s hair salon. Vipp.com
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Think kitchens aren’t the place to go dark and moody? Think again! A black kitchen has an understated chic all of its own that brings a cool, calm and collected vibe to an often busy space THE TREND After years of white kitchens reigning supreme, it’s time to go for a total blackout. Designers are also starting to create cabinetry that looks more like standalone furniture than traditional built-in joinery, similar to the island bench in this kitchen. WHY IT WORKS Going for an all-black kitchen is a failsafe way to get a sophisticated look on any budget – the key is to go with matt-ﬁnish cabinet doors. Tying it in with a stainlesssteel benchtop and concrete ﬂooring tempers the black, keeping it from looking too severe. TRY IT IF You’re a minimalist who loves European design and contemporary interiors. An all-black kitchen would also look amazing in a new build or open-plan extension that’s the setting for casual entertaining. SPLURGE ON Gorgeous tapware and a black cooktop to sit front and centre on an island bench. SAVE ON Window treatments. With a black kitchen you’ll need as much natural light as possible. A
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Lambert & Fils large “Waldorf” wall light in Black, $1560, Living Edge. Tadao 1 pendant in Concrete (20cm diameter), $169, Beacon Lighting. Hisense 690L side-by-side fridge in Black (1.79m x 91cm x 74.3cm), $1499, Harvey Norman. Menu “Willmann” vase (12cm diameter), $189, Arrival Hall. Menu “Afternoon” chair in Black, $595, Arrival Hall. Rona pinch pot in Black, $19.95, CO:Home. Borghamn handles, $12.99 for 2, Ikea. Knindustrie “K7” 30cm wok, $110, Spence & Lyda. Cutlery in Black, $49 for ﬁve-piece set, West Elm. Zakkia watering can in Brass, $74, Domus Botanica. Ilve induction cooktop (60cm), $1299, Harvey Norman. Phoenix “Toi Squareline” sink mixer, $693, Sydney Taps. Franke “Impact” double sink in Black (1.16m x 50cm), $1159, Reece. Electrolux gas cooktop (86.1cm x 52cm), $1286, The Good Guys.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Modern cabinet door in Inkberry, $41.04, Kaboodle Kitchen. Polished concrete ﬂooring approx $35 to $65 a sq m, from concrete ﬂooring suppliers. Benchtop in Night Sky, from $500 a sq m installed, Caesarstone. real living
Small kitchen? No worries! Take a cue from this cleverly designed Melbourne apartment, which uses pale tones to maximise the feeling of space in its tight ﬂoor plan
THE TREND Welcome to the new minimalism! With its blush pink accents (so on-trend), this kitchen proves pared-back can still feel soft and pretty. WHY IT WORKS Clever design keeps this kitchen looking sleek and clutter-free. The cooktop and extractor fan are concealed within an arched alcove, while the fridge/freezer hides behind a lasercut steel door ﬁnished with a 2-pac paint coating in a matching pink. The Corian island bench has been designed to allow for plenty of storage and for the easy stowing of small appliances. TRY IT IF Your home is open-plan. By disguising appliances, you won’t feel like you’re always in the kitchen – though, if it looks this good, we wouldn’t mind. SPLURGE ON Custom-designed ﬁttings, like the alcove, door and bookshelf in this kitchen, that will keep your look streamlined and unique. SAVE ON Appliances. You can choose any ﬁnish as they’re hidden away – white appliances are usually cheaper. A
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Città “Terrain” pendant lamp in Cameo (20.5cm diameter), $79.90, Clickon Furniture. Muuto “Ambit” pendant lamp in White (25cm diameter), $300, Living Edge. Panasonic 407L fridge in White, $1199, Harvey Norman. Asko built-in dishwasher in White, $1249, The Good Guys. Läckerbit extractor hood in White, $699, Ikea. Fete jug in Pale Grey, $29.95, Country Road. Bejublad induction hob in White, $799, Ikea. Shio enamel casserole dish, $59.95, Country Road. Dorf “Vixen” retractable sink mixer in White, $413, Bunnings. Menu “Stand” clock in Nude (7.9cm wide), $105, Arrival Hall. Vitra “Rotary” tray in Pale Rose (bottom tier 30cm diameter), $90, Arrival Hall. Linnmon/Lerberg table in Grey/White, $85, Ikea. Bejublad microwave oven in White, $699, Ikea.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Polished concrete ﬂooring approx $35 to $65 a sq m, from concrete ﬂooring suppliers. Miami tiles in Pastel Pink Gloss, $82.90 a sq m, Skheme. Corian benchtop in Designer White, $495 a lineal m. @reallivingmag
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M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R S BoardGrove Architects (@boardgrove) was formed in 2016 by Holly Board and Pete Grove. They are currently working across a range of residential and commercial projects and also design furniture. “Our projects aspire to be joyful and delightful, meaningfully contributing to people’s lives,” explains Holly. Boardgrovearchitects.com
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M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R Based in Stockholm, Richard Lindvallâ€™s design work spans from interiors to photography and graphic design. Although his style could be described as minimal, Richard often uses materials with natural textures to add warmth and glamour. He also designs furniture and ďŹ ttings for his interiors, making each project unique. Richardlindvall.com
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Dare to boldly bare all with a super-minimal kitchen that gets its wow factor by combining grey with brass. Tall banks of simple cabinetry are future-proof chic and the island is an impressive spot for guests to hang out as you cook THE TREND Think of this look as sophisticated Scandi. Clean lines and a muted palette acquire instant glamour when they’re placed against gleaming brass. WHY IT WORKS Because brass is such a stand-out material, you can keep all other elements in your kitchen simple, which makes for fuss-free styling! Note how the designer of this kitchen has opted for plain, handle-free cabinet doors and a low-proﬁle induction cooktop so that the island bench becomes the kitchen’s star attraction. TRY IT IF You’re a lover of simple spaces and a self-confessed perfectionist who prides yourself on clutter-free benchtops! This kitchen in Stockholm was designed as part of the conversion of an old embassy into an apartment. So, while it looks seriously modern, it’s a great way to create a contrast against the elegant architectural features found in many heritage homes. SPLURGE ON Brass structural elements. SAVE ON Accessories. This is a look that’s best kept simple. A
FROM LEFT Smeg 50s style toaster in Chrome, $199, Harvey Norman. All-Clad copper core 10-Piece cookware set, $1900, Williams-Sonoma. Miele “KM 6349” ﬂush-mount induction cooktop, $3499, 8Appliances. DA 2270 extractor unit, $1699, Miele. Round tin in Brass (12cm diameter), $38, Lightly. Bloomingville aluminium tray in Brushed Gold (40cm diameter), $220, Clickon Furniture. Brass bottle opener, $32.50, Lightly. Franke “Ancona” undermount sink (51cm x 43cm), $305, Reece. Vola “KV1” kitchen mixer, $1368, Sydney Tap And Bathroomware. Calypso tall bar stool in Brass, $355, Beeline Design.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Polytech Valchromat cabinet doors in Grey Raw. The Architect Collection “Herringone Block” timber ﬂooring, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Dulux Wash&Wear paint in Lexicon, $71.90 for 4L. real living
In this space, classic meets contemporary in a look that blends panelled cabinets and marble with modern elements to bring a casual elegance into the heart of the home THE TREND There’s no doubt about it, a white or pale grey kitchen that incorporates natural materials is a chic but safe choice. The new direction in neutral kitchens looks to details like leather door pulls to update panelled doors and island benches with furniture-like detailing to give marble benchtops a new look. WHY IT WORKS The bright cabinets are warmed up by the honey-coloured timbers and brass stools. Black legs on the island bench and black tapware help to anchor the look. Note that there’s a good balance of glossy and matte surfaces in this kitchen. This keeps the overall feel calming. TRY IT IF You want the best of both worlds: classic and contemporary. SPLURGE ON A custom-designed island bench that will be the centre of attention. SAVE ON The sink! If you’re going for an undermount sink that is mostly hidden, an inexpensive option will do the job. A
TOP LEFT Oliveri double bowl undermount sink (78.5cm x 45.5cm), $822, The Good Guys. Varv clamp spotlight in Brass, $45, Ikea. ABOVE FROM LEFT Marble look salad bowl, $24.95, Harvey Norman. Anki serving set in Grey, $49.95, CO:Home. Electrolux “EHG953SA” 90cm gas cooktop, $848, The Good Guys. H 2661 B CleanSteel 60cm oven, $1999, Miele. Barton marble serving board, $69.95, Country Road. Ferm Living “Hexagon” bottle opener, $48, Amara. Mizu “Drift” sink mixer in Black, $362, Reece. RF610ADUSX5 614L French door fridge (90cm x 1.79m x 73cm), $3599, Fisher & Paykel.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Carrara honed marble in White/Cream, from $250 a sq m, SNB Stone. Corian benchtop in Glacier White, from $165 a sq m. Senso Lifestyle Timber clear vinyl sheet ﬂooring, $57.20 a m (3m wide), Bunnings. Kaboodle 300mm “Country” cabinet door in Nougat Trufﬂe, $89.23, Bunnings. @reallivingmag
M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R S There’s something special about interiors designed by Sydney ﬁrm Arent&Pyke (@arentpyke_inout). Designers Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke create rooms that are casually cool, yet crisp and never without a playful element. This kitchen is part of a project that transformed a Californian bungalow in Sydney. Arentpyke.com
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M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R S We’re head over heels for the “Ladbroke” kitchen by interior designer Louisa Grey for British kitchen makers, Naked Kitchens (@nakedkitchens). Well-known for their exquisite craftsmanship, Naked Kitchens operates from their manufacturing facility in Norfolk, England. Co-founder and creative director Jayne Everett explains that “when clients visit they physically engage with our kitchens and can’t stop touching them – that’s the key to a successful kitchen.” Nakedkitchens.com
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Turn your kitchen into a relaxing space by working with large areas of deep, nature-inspired hues. Organic materials like timber and bronze lend their natural beauty and a tactile appeal, and work beautifully with clean-lined cabinets THE TREND Green is a huge trend for 2017 and we love the all-over
approach where this shade of dark olive is applied to both cabinetry and walls. WHY IT WORKS The key to working with large areas of a dark colour is to balance it with highlights. The white benchtop freshens the green while staying within the natural palette. The brass splashback also brightens the look by bouncing light around the space. TRY IT IF You appreciate the simplicity of clean design but are into interiors that also embrace colour and warmth. SPLURGE ON Matching your splashback to your tapware – working with items in the same ﬁnish keeps the look cohesive, and who doesn’t love a good dose of brass? SAVE ON Your benchtop. Many engineered surfaces now offer the look of white marble at a more affordable price. A
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Perrin & Rowe Muuto “Grain” pendant lamp in Dusty Green (21cm diameter), $210, Living Edge. FAB 32 326L fridge, $5490, Smeg. Oliveri “Spectra” sink in Gold (54cm x 44cm), $1141, The Good Guys. “Oberon” sink mixer in Polished Brass, $1164, The English Tapware Company. Tapas glass in Grey, $12.95, Country Road. Eaton cake stand, $69.95, Country Road. Majestic Series M190MP 90cm freestanding cooker, $11,999, Ilve. Sandsmade “No.5” cheese board, $85, Spence & Lyda. Kip&Co salad servers in Emerald Green, $79, Wilde Interiors. Arq kitchen mixer in Brushed Gold, $785, Rogerseller. Muuto “Nerd” counter stool in Green, $775, Living Edge. Marimekko “Saapaivakirja” plate in Green (20cm diameter), $45, Funkis.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT 180fx Carrara Marble benchtop in Diamond Gloss Matt, from $104.17 a sq m. Colourtech Gloss cabinet door in Peat (60.1–75cm x 44.1–55cm), $86.90 each, Laminex. Lysekil wall panel in Brass, $75, Ikea. real living
Functional can also be fabulous! To make this look work, you need to decorate your kitchen as you would a living area, using artwork, colour and metallic touches THE TREND This scheme is about bringing the new direction in maximal decorating into the kitchen and turning up the luxe factor by creating dramatic contrasts; matching sleek new ﬁttings with aged textures and placing basic black cabinetry against splashes of blushing pink. WHY IT WORKS Because it’s built on a palette that you can adapt to your taste. Basically, you begin with monochrome cabinetry and benchtops, layering them with an accent colour like this pink splashback and accessories. Finish with a complementary metallic hue for details. TRY IT IF You love blending old and new architectural/interior styles or if you want to experiment with colour. SPLURGE ON A splashback in gorgeous pink marble hexagonal tiles to add drama to the look. SAVE ON Go for budget-friendly cabinetry like the Kaboodle kitchen we’ve used here. R
TOP LEFT Large Perf pendant light, $595, Ben-Tovim Design. TOP Smeg “Victoria” 90cm freestanding cooker in Black (90cm x 60cm x 91cm), $5490, Berloni Appliances. ON STOVE FROM LEFT Stelton “Theo” teapot in Black, $210, and “Collar” espresso maker, $199.90, Top3 By Design. Stelton “Theo” coffeepot in Black, $106, RoyalDesign. ON WALL Obedient #13 framed artwork (1.21m x 93cm), $2200, Curatorial+Co. ABOVE FROM LEFT Muuto “Balance” 3-vase and tray set, $238, Top3 By Design. Speckle serving dish in Pink, $54, Zakkia. Hisense “HR6WC36D” 36 bottle wine storage cabinet, $588, Appliances Online. Normann Copenhagen “Krenit” salad set in Black, $28, Amara. Tjänlig oven in Dark Grey, $599, Ikea. Medium Beetle bowl in Black/Snow Swirl, $200, Dinosaur Designs. Hällviken sink in Black Quartz Composite, $339, Ikea. Large Rona serving board in Black, $39.95, CO:Home. Mondella “Vivace” sink mixer in Black, $229, Bunnings. Cilla tea towel in Blush, $16.95 for 2, CO:Home. OPPOSITE For product details, see page 175.
Colours and ﬁnishes FROM LEFT Laminate benchtop in Mayonella, $242 a lineal metre, Kaboodle Kitchen. Quick-Step Classic ﬂooring in Bleached White Teak, from $34 a sq m, Choices Flooring. 600mm modern door in Luminess Metallic, $107, Kaboodle Kitchen. For stockists, see page 175. @reallivingmag
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M E E T T H E D E S I G N E R Matt Page (@mattpage) is a Sydney-based interior stylist and designer with an amazing eye for creating unexpected combinations that result in rooms that are a feast for the eye. His top kitchen planning tip? â€œLook at what exists in your kitchen and how you can work with it. I love mixing old and new elements to create an everyday luxe look.â€?
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Space to roam Our birds eat less of the grain we offer them when they have more space to self feed, choosing instead to forage and scratch across the land for green plants, wild seeds and insects. In a backyard situation, just let them roam as much as possible. Dust for land birds (chickens, turkeys) If these birds don’t have access to dry earth to bathe in, it is impossible for them to groom and you will surely end up with lice and mite problems. Again, it doesn’t need to be a huge space, just ensure they have access to dry earth throughout the day – this is often forgotten for backyard chickens!
Get your hands dirty and discover your inner farmer with this simple guide to growing, gathering and rearing produce in your own backyard – it’s easier than you think! MANY OF US DREAM of throwing in the towel and living off the land, but what if you could do it all already, in your own backyard, whether it’s in the city, the ’burbs or the country? Authors of Grown & Gathered Matt and Lentil Purbrick are passionate about a traditional, pre-industrial food system that they believe is a mindful, sustainable, balanced and nourishing way to eat and live. Here, they pay it forward by sharing their small-scale farming knowledge so anyone can have a go.
birds We have multiple chicken houses and each bird has its chosen perch in its chosen home. They go into their houses on their own at dusk – we just lock the door behind them and open it in the morning. Our bird houses have ﬂoors so that foxes can’t dig under them, and they can also be moved around. Chickens love a high place to roost, whereas ducks will sleep on the ﬂoor. In the wild, fowl don’t normally form groups larger than 20 birds, so we provide enough pens for them to replicate this behaviour. It is thought that they can’t easily remember more “faces” than this, so when
more than 20 birds are forced to roost in one space the pecking order breaks down, causing stress and ﬁghting. Please choose poultry and eggs that have been raised on small farms – look for the terms “pastured”, “pasture-raised” or “biodynamic”. To keep them healthy, happy and producing abundantly, all poultry require free access to: grain, pulse and seed mix; seaweed meal and unreﬁned salt; clean, fresh water; water for water birds (ducks, geese); food scraps. A place to lay This has to be large enough for them to quietly hang out in, have nice thick, clean straw on the bottom, and be a little private – something with a top and sides and a small entrance is perfect – so that they feel comfortable and safe. Twenty birds will happily share one laying nest; in fact, they usually do in the wild. If they don’t seem to be getting the point, leave a golf ball in the laying box to encourage them to lay in that spot. A real living
bees We keep bees more for the pleasure of the experience than the bonus of honey and bee pollen. Bees pollinate nearly every vegetable and fruit that we grow, so ensuring they’re around is common sense. Bee populations are under threat from chemical-based agriculture, so keeping them to maintain the health of the species is important. Try an old-style hive We have a top bar hive which is easy to work with. We’ve seen the best results when the bees are initially given an inch or so of foundation comb on each bar to build off, to ensure they build straight. The top-bar hive is intuitively designed to support the natural behaviours of the honey bee, rather than to maximise honey production. We’d prefer the happiest bees, than the biggest honey harvest. Location is everything Set your bees up in the shade with a clear take-off and landing path ensuring the most efﬁcient ﬂight path, and therefore the most energy for honey and pollen collection. Avoid facing the entrance
towards well-used paths, or you’re likely to end up with unnecessary contact. Also avoid facing your hive due south in the Southern Hemisphere or due north in the Northern Hemisphere. East facing is best as the morning light gets your bees buzzing early. Collect bee pollen, but not too much We collect bee pollen by leaving a pollen catcher at the hive entrance for a day and collect enough to last a couple of weeks. Don’t harvest too frequently or too late Sometimes we rob the honey stores – but never take more than a third – between summer and early autumn, and then we leave the bees alone with plenty of time to stock up for winter. When we rob the hive, we’re always very careful not to break the honeycomb or expose any honey, because bees will stick to it and that’s that. Done right, harvesting honey causes zero deaths. As soon as we have ﬁnished harvesting, the bees just get straight back to work as if nothing has happened. Happy hive, happy keepers. A
The fear factor Matt and Lentil say that unless you’re taking away their honey, bees are quite docile, so don’t fear them and observe their behaviour before harvesting.
Reaping the rewards Matt & Lentil plan and manage their yearly plantings so that they always have something ready to harvest now and always have something growing up to harvest next.
grow We don’t believe everyone should be a farmer. But we do believe everyone should grow something, no matter how small. Growing things is one of the most satisfying and grounding human activities there is. It reminds us that we can actually feed ourselves. And that’s a wonderful realisation to experience. Sun, soil, water: The rule of three For plants to grow, three things need to be right: sun, soil and water. The three interact and support each other, and you simply can’t have a thriving garden without perfecting all three. If you give your plants an optimal environment, they will grow faster, produce more and produce for longer. Master sun, soil and water and you’re most of the way there.
You’re good to grow… These are just the basics to get you started in your own yard, for more – like how to build your garden, what to grow when, plus more on animal food, worm farms and gathering food from the wild – buy Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil, $45, Pan Macmillan Australia. It also includes yummy recipes to try with your bumper crops!
1. Sun – lots of it Most vegetables and ﬂowers love full sun. The more sun they get, the more energy they have to metabolise the nutrients in the soil and grow. Not only that, but the temperature of the soil has an enormous impact on the speed and vigour with which your plants grow. Therefore, where you locate your growing area is probably the most important decision of them all. You want to identify the area that gets the most sun: a north-facing site is ideal in the Southern Hemisphere. If the sunniest spot is right in the middle of your yard, then that is where you want to locate your growing area. Don’t expect things to grow if they’re stuck in the shade.
2. Soil – closing the loop A good soil is teeming with life, nutrient dense, deep and free draining. Luckily, with the addition of just three ingredients you can turn any soil into a living, breathing home for your plants, rich enough to feed them and structurally strong enough to support them and allow for rapid growth. Those three things are manure, worms and compost. Like sun, soil and water, manure, worms and compost are an interrelated family, and it is only together that their true value is fully realised. 3. Water – plants drink when you drink When was the last time you drank no water all day and instead spent two hours drinking in your sleep? Plants aren’t so dissimilar to us in their needs and our philosophy is to treat them like we treat ourselves. We eat, they eat. We grow, they grow. We drink, they drink. Because, just like us, if our plants get stressed, they have a far greater chance of getting sick, and that means reduced yields. In our garden, the plants drink when we drink: nothing overnight and little bits lots of times throughout the day, creating a moisture zone right around their roots – right where they need it, when they want it. As a guide, in our vegie patch in the absolute peak of summer, we water every hour on the hour from 8am until 5pm in three-minute bursts. How you achieve the “little bits of water lots of times” effect is up to you. We use automatic timers. R
Build your own greenhouse A little greenhouse is a good place to establish early seedlings. Matt & Lentil made theirs out of second-hand glass doors and some old windows.
BUILDING YOUR GARDEN: A CHECKLIST Position your growing area in the sunniest spot. Deﬁne paths and beds To avoid walking all over your growing area, make the beds no more than twice as wide as you can comfortably reach while kneeling beside them, with 30–40cm-wide pathways in between. Establish at least 40cm of workable topsoil This is easily achieved by creating raised beds. Introduce worms Grab some composting worms from a nursery. Dig a few 30cm-deep holes around your growing area and bury a handful of worms in each. A shoebox full of worms should be enough for 50 sq m as they rapidly multiply. Establish an irrigation routine Our preferred method of irrigation is to use automated drip lines. Mulch Cover your paths and beds with a thick layer of straw. Don’t mulch too early in spring; allow the soil to warm up ﬁrst. real living
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Where Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico Why If you think a holiday isn’t complete without a hammock, then this hotel might pique your interest. Basically, you’ve never seen a beach shack like this before. Each of the 16 palapas (Mexican for “super-sweet hut” or thereabouts) has architect-approved amenities, such as polished concrete bathrooms and a private pool, along with interiors you’d expect in a chic inner-city pad, only with a more mellow, barefoot vibe. Pick from horseriding, kayaking or, of course, the number-one favourite – surﬁng. But if they sound a little too active, perhaps one of the poolside parties or beachfront bonﬁres will be more to your liking. The landscape also deserves a shout out, with ﬁelds of cacti, papaya farms and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range all within view. This is isolation of the best kind – with wi-ﬁ so you can Instagram your heart out. And, if you’re willing to drive 30 minutes into town, there’s a buzzing bar scene with plenty of taco joints too. How much From $245 per night for two people. Worth noting Guests must be over 16. Contact Hotelescondido.com A
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Where Halcyon House, Northern NSW, Australia Why All your Pinterest dreams will be fulﬁlled with bursts of colour, eclectic antique furniture and quirky artworks – all set against the backdrop of beautiful Cabarita beach. The 21-room boutique accommodation was once a surf hotel, and like the name suggests, its architecture conjures memories of the halcyon days of Aussie summers past: family road trips, Zooper Doopers and highway motels… but way more luxe. Head outside when ready for a walk along the beach and headlands the property opens onto, or go for a spin on a bike. Your stomach won’t be ignored either. The restaurant, Paper Daisy, run by ex-Noma chef Ben Devlin, boasts the kind of food city slickers would line up hours for. Our highlight? It has to be the pool – it comes complete with blue-striped sun loungers and a drink (and ice-cream) cart. There’s really no reason to ever leave. How much Room rate from $550 per night. Worth noting It made Condé Nast Traveller’s Best New Hotels in the World: Hotlist 2016 and Mr & Mrs Smith’s Best Smith Hotel 2017 award. Contact Halcyonhouse.com.au A
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Where Soﬁtel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa, M’diq, Morocco Why While mixing Côte d’Azur glamour with traditional Moroccan style may seem confusing at ﬁrst, like avocado and Vegemite, it works. The Galal Mahmoud (and GM architects) designed Soﬁtel Tamuda Bay celebrates the French l’art de vivre, with artworks and shapes reminiscent of Matisse (and others inﬂuenced by the area), while drawing inspiration from the cobalt blues and stark whites of northern Morocco. Despite the bold colours and size of the hotel (104 rooms and suites plus bungalows and villas) there’s a sense of calm, and a kind of dreamy melding between indoor and outdoor spaces. But, the real star of the show is M’diq itself. Opening out onto golden beaches, the hotel is framed on one side by the glittering waters of the Mediterranean, and on the other, the beautiful Rif mountains. Whichever way you look you have a view that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. How much Room rate from $190 per night. Worth noting If you’re after complete cultural immersion, this may not be for you. Contact Soﬁtel.com
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Where Alila Villas, Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula, Bali Why Bali may be a quintessential beach destination, but here’s a place to rest your head that’s far from clichéd. There’s not a bamboo water feature or wooden carving in sight. Instead, clean lines, ﬂat lava rock roofs and mercifully empty white-sand beaches abound. The 64 villas each have their own private pool, cabana and breezy open-plan design. Upgrade to a twobedroom villa for 2000 sq m of space or go all out on a 3000 sq m three-bedroom behemoth for total decadence. It’s pure indulgence, with all the aerial yoga, private dining you could want and an incredible Sunset Cabana (a platform suspended over a limestone cliff) for that must-have predinner Negroni. In fact, if it’s luxury you’re after, now is a good time to mention every villa’s private butler and 24-hour room service. This is the ﬁve-star resort other ﬁve-star resorts want to be. Best of all, there’s not a tacky souvenir in sight. How much Villas from $1320 a night for two. Worth noting 24-hour medical assistance is included in your room rate. Contact Alilahotels.com/uluwatu A
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Where The Surfjack, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Why America’s Aloha State conjures images of fragrant leis, surf-soaked locks and shaved ice. You still get that at The Surfjack but it’s dialled right down to a retro-yet-tasteful degree. A subtle ’60s bent means you don’t forget what island you’re on, but your eyes get a rest from the gaudy Hawaiian shirts of nearby Waikiki. Vintage Tori Richards fabrics adorn the headboards in guestrooms, setting the tone for the whole interior feel – a mix of retro materials and sandy beachfront. There’s plenty of pursuits to be had – depending on when you touch down it might be a ﬂower crown workshop or a movie under the stars. And that’s just in the hotel. While you’re staying in you should try the restaurant Mahina & Sun’s – an eatery people trek to even when they’re not guests. But since you are one, you’ll want to enjoy the Swim Club pool; one of the most Instagrammed on the island. Keepsakes abound in the hotel’s gift shop, Olive & Oliver, where their brand of souvenirs come by way of hip labels like Scotch & Soda. How much From $242 a night for two people. Worth noting The one-room bungalows are a little on the squishy side so it’s worth upgrading to a one-bedroom suite. Contact Surfjack.com
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Moreish morsels Add a bit of spice to your next dinner party with a selection of tempting bite-sized dumplings from around the world. Turn the page for recipes from Japan, Poland, Italy and more. A
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SOUP-ERB! You know those delicious soup-ﬁlled dumplings (xiao long bau) you get at Taiwanese restaurants like Din Tai Fung? These are just like them! Here we reveal how to get the soup in the dumpling – it’s easier than you think.
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Makes 30 Prep time 30 mins + chilling Cooking time 20 mins Equipment Medium saucepan; large knife; large bowl; pastry brush; bamboo steamer; wok; mixing bowl 2 cups chicken stock 4 green onions, ﬁnely chopped, plus 2 extra, chopped 1 tbsp shaoxing wine 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2cm ginger, peeled, grated 2 tsp gelatine powder
250g pork mince ½ cup ﬁnely chopped water chestnuts 3 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp sweet sherry 1 tsp sesame oil 275g packet (30) gow gee wrappers Micro coriander, to serve Dipping sauce ¼ cup black vinegar ¼ cup soy sauce 3cm ginger, ﬁnely shredded
1 Combine stock, onion, wine, ●
5 Place wrappers on a clean work ●
garlic and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Simmer 5 mins. 2 Remove from heat. Whisk in ● gelatine until dissolved. Pour into a large bowl. Chill 4 hours until set. 3 Combine mince, water ● chestnuts, extra onion, soy, sherry and sesame oil in a medium bowl. 4 Stir gelatine mixture gently with ● a fork to a rough paste. Fold through mince. Freeze 30 mins, until ﬁrm.
surface. Brush edges with a little cold water. Place 1 tsp mixture into centre of each and pleat edges to seal. Place in a baking paper lined steamer (pierce paper with tip of a knife to allow steam to enter) over a wok of simmering water. Steam dumplings for 10-12 mins. 6 Dipping sauce In a bowl, ● combine all ingredients. Serve dumplings with micro coriander and dipping sauce.
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STICKIN’ AROUND These pan-fried dumplings originated in China – called jiaozi, or potstickers in English. Since the 1940s they’ve been hugely popular in Japan. There’s even a Gyoza Stadium in the Najama Town theme park in Tokyo.
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Makes 30 Prep time 25 mins Cooking time 15 mins Equipment Sharp knife; large bowl; pastry brush; large frying pan; tongs; small bowl 500g peeled green prawns, roughly chopped 2 green onions, ﬁnely sliced, plus extra shredded to serve 2cm ginger, peeled, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve 1 tsp sesame oil 275g packet (30) gow gee wrappers 2 tbsp vegetable oil cup chicken stock Sliced chilli, toasted sesame seeds, to serve
1 Combine prawn, onion, ginger, ●
garlic, soy and sesame oil in a large bowl. Season to taste and mix well.
2 Place 5 wrappers at a time on ●
a clean ﬂat surface. Spoon heaped teaspoons of mixture into the centre of each. 3 Brush one side of each wrapper ● edge with water using your ﬁngertip or a small brush. 4 Fold 1cm pleats down either ● side, starting from centre and then pressing edges together to seal. 5 Heat half vegetable oil and stock ● in a large frying pan on high until
bubbling gently. Add half the dumplings to pan using tongs. Cover with a lid and simmer 5 mins. 6 Uncover and simmer for ● a further 5-7 mins, until water evaporates and underside of pastry turns golden. Repeat with remaining oil, stock and dumplings. 7 Serve hot with combined extra ● soy and chilli. Sprinkle with shredded green onion and sesame seeds. A
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GLOBAL CITIZEN This little meat- or vegie-ﬁlled pastry puff originated in Spain, and now countries as far and wide as Argentina, India, Mexico and Philippines do their own versions. What a crowd pleaser.
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Makes 20 Prep time 30 Cooking time 45 mins Equipment Sharp knife; large frying pan; wooden spoon; 2 oven trays; small food processor; 8cm round cutter; pastry brush 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, ﬁnely chopped ¼ bunch coriander, stalks separated, leaves chopped, plus extra sprigs to garnish 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 long red chilli, seeded, ﬁnely chopped 1 tsp paprika ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp dried oregano 250g beef mince 1 tbsp tomato paste ½ cup beef stock ½ cup pitted Sicilian olives, ﬁnely chopped 5 sheets shortcrust pastry 1 egg, lightly beaten Sicilian olives, roasted blanched almonds and capsicum dip to serve
1 Heat oil in a large frying pan ●
4 Stir olives through cool mince ●
on medium. Sauté onion, coriander stalks, garlic, chilli and spices for 3-4 mins until fragrant. Add beef mince and brown for 4-5 mins, breaking up lumps. 2 Stir in tomato paste and cook, ● stirring, 1 minute. Mix in stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 mins until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 3 Preheat oven to hot, 200°C. ● Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
mixture with coriander leaves. Using an 8cm round cutter, stamp out 4 discs from each pastry sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of ﬁlling on edge of each round and brush edges lightly with water. Fold over to enclose, pressing and crimping edges to seal well. Place on trays. Brush with egg. 5 Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. ● Serve empanadas with capsicum dip, whole olives and almonds. Garnish with sprigs of coriander.
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OUR OWN DUMPLING It’s true! The dim sim is Australian! Sort of. It was created by Chinese chef William Chen Wing Young in Melbourne in the 1940s. These days you can ﬁnd them in ﬁsh and chip shops, oldschool milkbars and corner stores.
Makes 30 Prep time 30 mins Cooking time 20 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; jug; medium bowl; small saucepan; pastry brush; small bowl; bamboo steamer; large saucepan ¼ cup dried shiitake mushrooms ½ cup hot water 1 cup ﬁnely shredded cabbage 250g chicken mince 1 tsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed 275g packet (30) gow gee wrappers Oil for deep frying Dipping sauce 2 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 1 tsp grated ginger 2 long red red chillies, seeds removed, ﬁnely chopped 1 Soak mushrooms in ½ cup of hot ●
water in a jug for 30 mins. Drain well,
reserving liquid. Chop rehydrated mushrooms ﬁnely. 2 Heat reserved liquid in a small ● saucepan on high. Add cabbage. Simmer 2-3 mins until cabbage is softened. Strain off any liquid. Add chicken, ginger, garlic and mushrooms. Mix well and season. 3 Lay 5 wrappers at a time on ● a clean ﬂat surface. Top with a teaspoon of cabbage mixture. Brush edges of wrapper with water. Bring
up edges and pleat the sides, leaving mince exposed at the top. 4 Make sauce Combine all ● ingredients in a small jug or bowl. 5 Line a steamer with greaseproof ● paper. Place dim sim in steamer, cook over a saucepan of boiling water (ensuring steamer ﬁts tightly), cook for 10-12 mins or until meat is cooked. Serve drizzled with sauce. A
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WHAT A SCANDAL! For such delicate little dumplings, tortellini has quite a raunchy past. Legend has it they were invented when an innkeeper peeked through a keyhole to glimpse a female form (either Lucrezia Borgia or Venus depending on which story you hear), but all he could see was her navel. Spellbound, he rushed to create tortellini in its image. Ooh-aah.
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Serves 4-6 Prep time 20 mins Cooking time 15 mins Equipment Large knife; 2 large saucepans; Microplane; strainer; small food processor; zester; whisk; pastry brush; slotted spoon 2 cups frozen peas ½ cup ﬁnely grated parmesan ½ cup fresh ricotta, plus ½ cup extra ¼ cup chopped mint leaves, plus ¼ cup extra to serve
1 tsp ﬁnely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tbsp juice 275g packet (30) gow gee wrappers 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Micro mint leaves, to serve 1 Bring large saucepan of salted ●
water to boil on high. Pour frozen peas into boiling water and blanch for 2 mins or until tender. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
2 Set aside ½ cup peas. Transfer ●
remaining peas to a food processor with parmesan, ricotta, mint and zest. Season to taste and process mixture until smooth. 3 Lay out wonton wrappers on ● a clean dry surface, working in batches of 5. Spoon one heaped teaspoon of pea mixture into centre of each wonton wrapper. Brush edges with egg. Fold over, pressing into a semicircle and sealing edges.
Then bring ends together, pressing to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and ﬁlling. 4 Bring another saucepan salted ● water to the boil on high. Cooking in 2 batches, lower tortellini into water and stir once. Simmer 4-5 mins, until tortellini ﬂoat and are tender. Drain well and divide among plates. 5 Serve topped with extra ricotta, ● crumbled, peas and mint. Drizzle with combined juice and oil.
FOR ALL OCCASIONS Pierogies are quite versatile little parcels. They can be sweet or savoury, mild or spicy. Different shapes and ﬁllings are prepared for a range of events from weddings and wakes to national festivals. We vote for the potato-ﬁlled pierogi with a dollop of sour cream.
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Makes 30 Prep time 10 mins Cooking time 40 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; large bowl; large and small saucepans; potato masher; frying pan; 8cm round cookie cutter; paper towel 3 cups plain ﬂour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 1 cup water 2 egg yolks 2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt ﬂakes Vegetable oil, to deep fry Sour cream, chopped dill, to serve Filling 300g Sebago potatoes, peeled, roughly chopped 30g unsalted butter, chopped 2 brown onions, ﬁnely chopped 125g cottage cheese 1 Sift ﬂour into large bowl, pour in ●
combined water, yolk, oil and salt. Stir until a soft dough forms. Transfer to a ﬂoured surface and knead for 5 mins until elastic and
smooth. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and set aside at room temperature for 1 hr. 2 Make ﬁlling Place potatoes in ● large saucepan of boiling, salted water. Boil for 10 mins until tender. Drain, mash until smooth. Cool. 3 Melt butter in a frying pan on ● medium. Sauté onion for 10 mins. Season. Set aside half the onions. In large bowl, combine cooled mashed potato, remaining sautéed onion mixture and cheese. Season to taste. 4 Roll out dough on a lightly ●
ﬂoured surface to 2mm thick. Using an 8cm round cutter, cut 30 rounds. 5 Place 1 tablespoon potato ● mixture in centre of each round and brush around dough with a little water. Fold dough over to enclose ﬁlling and crimp edges to seal. 6 Heat enough oil to deep fry ● in large saucepan until oil reaches 170°C. Fry pierogies for 3 mins until golden. Drain on paper towel. 7 Reheat reserved onions in ● small saucepan. Serve hot pierogi with onions, sour cream and dill. A
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FAST FOOD Originating in Tibet, momos are one of the most popular fast foods in Nepal. They can be either steamed (the most popular) or fried (which we’ve made here) and are usually served with a tomato-based dipping sauce or chutney.
Makes 30 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 15 mins Equipment Sharp knife; chopping board; large bowl; large frying pan; paper towel 500g lamb mince 1 small red onion, ﬁnely chopped 2 tsp ﬁnely grated ginger
½ bunch coriander, roots and leaves ﬁnely chopped, plus extra to serve 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp ground cumin 1 long green chilli, ﬁnely chopped 275g packet (30) round wonton wrappers Vegetable oil for frying Spicy tomato chutney, to serve
1 Combine lamb mince, onion, ●
3 Heat enough oil to deep fry to ●
ginger, coriander, garlic, spices and chilli in large bowl. Cover ﬁlling mixture and refrigerate for 30 mins. 2 Place 5 wrappers at a time on ● clean ﬂat surface. Spoon one heaped teaspoon of mixture into the centre of each wrapper. Bring up edges and pleat (so wonton sits upright). Seal ﬁrmly so they don’t open during frying.
170°C in frying pan. Fry momos in batches (however many ﬁt in your frying pan) for 5 mins until crunchy, golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel and repeat with remaining momos. 4 Serve fried momos immediately, ● sprinkled with fresh sprigs of coriander leaves and with some spicy tomato chutney on the side. R
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COULD’VE, SHOULD’VE, WOULD’VE! JOSHUA REITANO SHARES WHAT HE AND PARTNER ADRIANA VUJOVIC LEARNED DURING THE SIX-MONTH RENOVATION OF THEIR CHARMING 1950S SHACK
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INTERIOR DESIGNERS JOSHUA REITANO AND ADRIANA VUJOVIC. THESALTEDCHAIR.COM.AU
The couple inherited this mid-century beach cottage on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, from Joshua’s late grandpa in 2014. “Fibro shacks are quite typical of the area and we wanted to keep the modest exterior and just update the inside,” Joshua says. “When we got to it, the interior was very dusty and dark – we wanted to make it as light and beachy as possible.” @reallivingmag
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LESSON ONE: THINK OF THE END AT THE START One of the ﬁrst things we did was have a plasterer come to ﬁx a rotting ceiling sheet in the hallway. We were so keen to get this sorted we didn’t think about any other plastering work we might need done and ended up having to call him back again to ﬁx other things. In hindsight, we could have saved money here had we planned a bit better.
LESSON TWO: BE WARY OF WHITE ON WHITE Our initial approach was to make everything white-on-white, so after the minor building work was done, we ripped up the carpet and got painting! Walls, ﬂoors – it was all white. During the renos, though, we thought all the white looked a bit ﬂat, so we painted a bold colour in the bedroom. Also, to avoid “ﬂoating furniture” we added patterned, textured rugs and art to ground the look. A
interview elle lovelock | photography chris warnes | styling kerrie-ann jones | ﬂoorplan lisa burden
the BUDGET BREAKDOWN Wet areas (waterprooﬁng, tiling) $1700 Plumbing $1600 Electrical $1300 Appliances $2500 Tapware/vanity $4000 Painting (including equipment, wall and ﬂoor paint) $1200 Flooring (including carpet removal and reinstating timber ﬂooring) $1000 Ceiling repair $300 Furniture (including soft furnishings and homewares) $15,000 Freight (including materials, appliances and furniture) $1000 TOTAL project cost $29,600
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LES SON FOUR : CONS IDER ALL LIGHTING
The home already had lots of storage so we just had to update it, but the problem was how to cost-effectively buy 40-odd handles! We decided to have a go at making our own leather handles. We visited some leather wholesalers and tried a few different types and ended up buying two hides to compare: an Argentinian lamb hide (which we went with) and one that was more rigid. The rigid one was more robust but a lot harder to work with so we decided to stick to the Argentinian lamb hide. It’s wearing more than the robust one would have, stretching and building up a darker colour and patina, but we like it that way.
It was only after the renovation, while living in the home, that we realised we could do with some more lighting, for example, over the kitchen sink. It’s something you can work out either during the renovation or after. Generally speaking, I would recommend accommodating for downlights and additional light sources in the planning stage, and we should have, but it went over our heads at the time. Because we needed electricians to do the removal of existing lighting and installation of new, we had to get them back a few times. Deﬁnitely try to work it all out beforehand.
RENOVATION SO PL ANNING WAS OUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILIT Y!”
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We are deﬁnitely amateur painters! One thing we didn’t realise was that paint brands can be very different. The ﬁrst one we tried just wasn’t binding to the wall – the paint kept sliding and was leaving a blotchy ﬁnish. So we read reviews online and thought it might be the type of walls we have (they have a dimpled effect). We got a few test pots in different brands and found one that was much better (it was Dulux). We had to repaint the whole house but it was worth it. It surprised me how both products had the same intended use but were so different in application.
We didn’t really leave any furniture choice to chance – we measured up and drew a plan. It wasn’t to scale, but it helped us decide on furniture placement and how the spaces would ﬂow into each other. This is something that deﬁnitely worked and saved us a lot of grief! It’s always easier to do a rough plan of what you’re aiming to achieve in the beginning because it will also dictate where you put GPOs [general power outlets] and lighting. Easier to get the electrician to do it all at once. Another reason you should plan your furniture early on is because if you’re buying new pieces there can be lead times – of up to 12 weeks! A
“THROUGHOUT THE RENO, ADRIANA AND I HAD TO TRUST EACH OTHER’S DESIGN DECISIONS. WE DEFINITELY LE ARNED A LOT”
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To save money we did all of our own waterprooﬁng in the wet areas. Initially we didn’t really know what we were doing! There was a lot of YouTube tutorial watching but it worked really well. We consulted our tiler beforehand to see what their approach would be, and to make sure we got the timing right for when they came in to do the tiling. The only thing now I wish I’d done is make a storage niche in the shower.
Our primary budget was less than $20k but the ﬁnal spend on everything – including furniture and art – was just under $30k. My best tip from looking back on our reno is to consider freight to outer metro areas! Since we were having materials and products delivered to outside Melbourne, we had to account for the extra delivery costs – and it adds up. Think you’re getting free delivery? Think again.
Throughout the reno Adriana and I had to trust each other’s design decisions. For example, she wanted to put brass handles on the cupboards in the entry hall and I wanted to use the leather hides. Adriana just ended up buying and installing the brass handles herself! Afterwards I thought it made the space look far more ﬁnished. Overall it was a smooth experience but we deﬁnitely learned from each other.
the BEDROOM L E S S O N T E N : I G N O R E U N WA N T E D A D V I C E Painting the master bedroom taught us that everyone will chime in with advice, but it’s best to follow your own instinct. There was a point when family, friends and tradies were all huddled in the master bedroom bickering about our wallcolour options! Although it wasn’t anyone else’s pick – at all – Adriana and I loved the dark blue Dulux paint called Atlantic Mystique. And now it’s all done, everyone agrees it works. R
Puppy love Marc says his pup “ﬁlls my heart with the greatest happiness and joy, forever reminding me that pure goodness and true love really exist”.
WHEN IT COMES TO CELEBRITY PETS, BULL TERRIER NEVILLE JACOBS HAS WELL AND TRULY TAKEN THE LEAD
Geek chic A Bookmarc advertising campaign saw Neville on a billboard in LA.
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NEVILLE, 4, LIVES WITH HIS FASHION DESIGNER DAD, MARC JACOBS. @NEVILLEJACOBS | MARCJACOBS.COM
IT SURE IS A DOG’S LIFE FOR THE DASHING NEVILLE JACOBS… His handsome long snout and brindle coat have scored him two magazine covers, an ad campaign, his own book and a wardrobe, thanks to his fashion icon dad, who models his new collections on the lucky pooch. When he’s not busy “working” backstage at Fashion Week, or being chauffeured around town, Neville likes to kick back by the pool or hang at the ofﬁce looking for food scraps in the bins. Top dog Neville’s relationship with his best buddy Choo Choo Charlie, a French bulldog owned by Marc’s righthand man Nicolas Newbold, is beyond adorable and the pair have become Instagram sensations. Neville has over 190 thousand followers on Insta, which pretty much makes him the Beyoncé of the pet world. Serious #squadgoals Inevitably, Neville’s fame has attracted some of the world’s top models. Barely a day goes by without a selﬁe featuring the dapper terrier cosying up to the likes of Christy Turlington, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. R
A ﬁne bromance Neville holidays with his best friend and colleague Choo Choo Charlie in St Barth’s.
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New york, New york In between appointments, Neville likes to feel the wind in his fur.
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WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR RESIDENT FUNNYMAN & FURNITURE/DESIGN EXPERT, TIM ROSS YESTERDAY, ON MY WAY OUT to hang some clothes on had it hooked up to the tap and was dragging it around the line, I was contemplating a birthday gift for my wife when the backyard like it was a recalcitrant labradoodle. I noticed that our broken hose reel was still lying forlornly My dad didn’t invent purchasing a gift for your partner on the ground. It was in the same place where it fell two that you secretly, or not so secretly, want for yourself, it’s months ago, when one of our boys mistook it for an been happening for years. It was famously immortalised in all-terrain vehicle, sat on it and snapped it off the wall. an episode of The Simpsons when Homer buys Marge the Immediately the genius idea of a new wall-mounted bowling ball he wanted for her birthday. Oh how hose reel as a birthday present popped into my I laughed and then screamed at the TV, “It’s head. Before I knew it I’d found a slimline, just like the Old Man with the sprinkler!” powder-coated blue one by local designer Here I was, all these years later, just Sarah Gibson online and I was credit about to do exactly the same thing. card at the ready, adding to cart, Sure, it wasn’t a power drill, a home refusing to open a permanent account brew kit or the box set of The THE REEL DEAL and consumer frothing like a 23-yearWalking Dead, but it sure as hell DIAL HOSE HANGER I N B L U E , $ 19 5 , old woman at a Black Friday sale. My wasn’t a little blue bag from Tiffany’s. DESIGN BY THEM. ﬁnger was about to push the button How do men end up here? In my and feel the magical online shopping hit mind the hose reel was something we when I suddenly stopped, burdened by could both use. Something that would a foreboding sense of history repeating. solve a problem and I was returned in time to Mother’s Day, bring her (yes, and 1984, when my dad presented a large box me) some joy. Why “ M U M O P E N E D T H E to my mum. We all gathered around her in can’t we see that the B O X S O M E W H AT bed while she was enjoying her breakfast wrapping up an utterly R E S E R V E D LY, A N D F O R treat of a glass of Patra orange juice in a glass unromantic and downright G O O D R E A S O N , B E C A U S E that was once a Vegemite jar and ﬂuorescent boring, yet practical, gift is W I T H I N S E C O N D S S H E white toast with marmalade. only going to disappoint and W A S F A C E D W I T H Dad had taken it upon himself to ﬁnd a gift from bring us pain? Why can’t we T H E J O Y O F H A V I N G all of us and seemed rather chuffed with himself as he telegraph that we should fear R E C E I V E D A B R A N D N E W excitedly handed it over. Mum opened the box somewhat the repercussions of such G A R D E N S P R I N K L E R reservedly, and for good reason, because within seconds ill-conceived gifts for years to F O R M O T H E R ’ S D A Y. ” she was faced with the joy of having received a brand new come? Do we really want to hear garden sprinkler for Mother’s Day. In Dad’s defense it was “remember when you bought me the a you beaut model that was all over the telly at the time. barbecue cover for Christmas?” for the It sported two large wheels and a smaller spinable one, rest of our lives? Of course not, but we can’t designed so you could drag it from afar without getting wet. be helped. I told myself that the hose reel was a designer By that stage of my life I had observed Mum using item and that made it okay so I ordered it. I’ll let you know a sprinkler in the garden at least never and thankfully Dad when she starts talking to me again. R didn’t notice the look of disappointment on her face as, You can email Tim with your own tales of gift-giving fails at no sooner had she opened it, he’d whipped it away and email@example.com. Follow him on Instagram @modernister real living
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Up the wall A graphic wallpaper can bring a room to life â€“ just look at this space, Leoâ€™s Oyster Bar in San Francisco. The bespoke botanical wallpaper is the hero of a sophisticated palette of teal paint, timber panelling and checkerboard tiles.
PLANNING A WALLPAPER MAKEOVER AT YOUR PLACE? WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO A FEATURE WALL OR A WHOLE ROOM, HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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If you’re papering a whole room, go easy on the eyes with a subtle colour or a texture, says Amanda Hayes, national manager at Vision Wallcoverings. But on a feature wall you can go all out – be bold!
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There are two kinds: “Paste the Wall (non-woven) is easier to remove and apply – perfect for DIY,” Amanda says. “Paste the Paper is the traditional wallpaper. Best leave this to the professionals.”
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The easiest way to do this is to measure the height and width of your wall and enter these numbers into a roll calculator online; you can ﬁnd one – plus more handy information – at Visionwall.com.au/diy
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“It’s good to buy an extra roll for the application, plus one more for down the track – just in case you have a problem like water damage and need to replace a panel,” Amanda says.
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For a professional ﬁnish, make sure your walls are smooth by getting rid of cracks or anything that might show through and distort the wallpaper, then clean your walls using Sugar Soap.
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If you’re an amateur wallpaperer, choose a paper that is close to the colour of your walls, or paint your walls in the same base colour as your paper. This will disguise any gaps in the seams.
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The best place to start wallpapering a room is from a focal point, such as a window or a ﬁreplace, and work away in both directions from there. This ensures the pattern is central.
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For ﬁrst-timers, it’s probably best to ask an experienced paperer to help you or, at the very least, have someone around to pass you tools or tell you what things look like from the ground. R
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ABOVE For similar columns, try Fluted Indian columns, $4500 for two, Elements I Love. Friends & Founders “My Chair” chair in Black Powder-Coated Steel, $922, Fred International. Rubn Lighting “Nomad” pendant, from $363, and Rubn Lighting “XL Vogue” pendant, $1155, Fred International. ON BENCH FROM LEFT Love Italy cookbook, Penguin books, $71.50, Booktopia. François Halard book, Rizzoli, $117.28, The Nile. Plenty More book, Ebury, $38.50, Booktopia. For similar bookend, try UC009 corbel, $78, Unique Plaster. Basic square tray, $225, Marble Basics, holding copper scourers, $15 each, The Green Store. Guaxs “Bambola” vase in Black Opaque, $732, Conley & Co. Lightly small “Palm Springs” planter in Black, $90, Collector Store, holding Iris brushes, from $7, Funkis. Sussex Taps “Voda” mixer in Matte Black, $1435.50, Candana. ON WALL For similar shelves, try Flexi Storage “Style” shelf in Black (90cm x 19cm x 2.4cm), $24.73 each, Bunnings. Norwegian Rose tiles, $29.90 for a 30cm x 30cm sheet, Teranova Tiles. TOP SHELF FROM LEFT For similar pots, try 20cm Greenhouse Redstone pot, $10, and 16cm Greenhouse Redstone pot, $7, Garden Life. Ink Ceramics baking dish, $70, and salad bowl, $65, Collector store. BOTTOM SHELF FROM LEFT Zakkia large brass-topped jars, $39 each, Funkis. For similar pot, try 10cm Greenhouse Redstone pot, $2.75, Garden Life. Bowls, plates and platters in Satin, Husk, Shell and CD Pink, from $34.95 each, Batch Ceramics. Time large hourglass in Grey, $64, HAY.
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LET’S PLAY A GAME WITH LINDA RODIN, FASHION ICON AND BOSS LADY OF LUXE BEAUTY BRA ND RODIN OLIO LUSSO. A FEW WORDS FROM REAL LIVING AND SHE FILLS IN THE REST… MY HOME…
Joined at the hip Even Linda’s beloved poodle, Winks, has got style and panache.
Cult classics Rodin Olio Lusso lip balm, $49, face oil, $246, and lipstick in Red Hedy, $55, Mecca Cosmetica. Mecca.com.au.
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