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Everything really is coming up roses – and almost every other bloom imaginable – in Natalie’s home studio. “It’s nice having a moodboard with snippets of my work to establish a colour palette and a theme for my next project,” she says.


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a natural connection MEANDER FOUNDER AND WINNER OF HOME BEAUTIFUL’S DESIGN UNEARTHED COMPETITION NATALIE RYAN’S LIFELONG PASSION FOR BOTANICAL ART CONTINUES TO GROW WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING JO McCOMISKEY PHOTOGRAPHY MARCEL AUCAR

IT’S BEEN THREE YEARS since Natalie Ryan packed up her Melbourne apartment and made the tree change that now provides unending inspiration for her Meander range of homewares. Having spent more than a decade working as a designer for the likes of Sheridan, Linen House and Hiccups, Natalie (pictured right) relocated to her late great-grandparents’ sprawling farmhouse in country Victoria and embarked on a new career as a freelance textile designer. “I’ve always loved gardens and flowers, so this is the perfect environment for me,” she says. At work in her studio, surrounded by a seasonal show of native Australian flowers and foliage, Natalie is immersed in a world of beautiful blooms and wildlife. “All around me, there are old established trees, bougainvillea, salvias, daisies, lavender and roses,” she says. “It’s a garden that was planted more than 100 years ago and one that’s a wonderful source of ideas for me. I’m always glad to come home and definitely don’t miss being stuck in city traffic!”

“There’s something about the simple form and shapes of leaves that I love to paint” ~ Natalie Indeed, the textile designer happily spends her days handpainting gorgeous botanical artwork for her Australian-made homewares range. And her talents haven’t gone unnoticed, with a delighted Natalie taking out this year’s coveted Home Beautiful’s Design Unearthed competition. “I was so excited when I found out and had to pinch myself,” she says. To start her creative production line for her burgeoning collection, Natalie begins by sketching a layout in pencil, then paints her detailed designs on paper mainly using watercolours. “I do believe homewares that have been hand-drawn have so much more warmth and individuality than patterns created on a computer,” Natalie says. “As well as flowers and leaves, butterflies and birds also seem to pop into my designs. There’s a birdbath right outside the window of my studio, so I’m always watching birds drop in to visit as I’m working.” Natalie is now embracing the challenge of developing her own growing tea towel and fine arts print label, Meander, as well as her freelance design business, and hopes to tackle wallpaper, curtain and cushion design in the future. And while her perfectly pretty prints are bedecked with everything from lush grey-green eucalyptus to sunny wattles and even bronzewing pigeons with their iridescent feathers, there’s one type of native wildlife she loves to paint more than any other. “The kangaroo paw,” she says with a smile. “It’s just so bizarre and unlike anything else. There are so many different varieties, with different colours and textures, and they really sum up Australia to me.” To view Natalie’s portfolio, visit natalieryan.com.au. For more information on Meander, visit meanderdesigns.com.au.

TOP RIGHT: When the sun is shining, Natalie heads to her verandah with pencil and sketchbook in hand. “The closest town is a 45-minute drive away, but I’m really loving country living,” she says. “It’s so peaceful out here.” BOTTOM RIGHT: Leaves and birds are a common theme in Natalie’s work. >

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“I’m not a morning person. I always seem to be the most productive in the afternoon and early evening” ~ Natalie

LEFT & ABOVE: “I first begin with a pencil sketch of the subject matter on tracing paper, then I develop it into a layout or repeat design that I’m happy with,” Natalie explains. “It can take me anywhere from one day to a week to complete a new design, depending on its complexity.”

NATALIE’S TIPS FOR…

starting a creative business 1. “Hone in on your passion, because that’s what you’ll always be best at,” Natalie says. “For me, it was botanical-style painting and I’ve found a market for it.”

2. “Enrol in a small business course. I didn’t know anything about things like GST, getting an ABN number, or finding a name that I could register for my business, so the course was crucial. It may sound a little boring, but it’s vital.”

3. “Be willing to put in long hours. I can sometimes work seven days a week, often until midnight or later, but it doesn’t worry me because I’m doing what I really love.”

LEFT: “My favourite colours are blues and greens and I also use a lot of red in my work,” Natalie says, adding with a laugh, “but one thing I’m known for is my dislike of the colour orange. For some reason, orange has never appealed to me, so you won’t see it in any of my designs.”

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MUSTARD This rich and warming hue certainly cuts it when it comes to adding flavour to interiors.

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Sheridan has drawn inspiration for its spring/summer range from Western Australia, taking in the unique landscapes and translating them into gorgeous bedlinen for its Drift collection. The ‘Boardwalk’ quilt cover set in Tide, $299.95, is a refreshing look, while the ‘Reilly’ quilt cover set in Calico (above), $289.95, brings just the right amount of earthiness. In stores from late July; sheridan.com.au.

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ONLINE WILLOW & WOOD HAS OPENED ITS FIRST STORE IN SYDNEY’S WILLOUGHBY – A MUST-VISIT FOR ; WILLOWANDWOOD.COM.AU.

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WINNING LIGHT IDEA These handy ‘Little Bishop’ hooks, position and suspend cable-hung pendants without any knotting, clamping, bolting or screwing. Designer Antony Richard won the prestigious international Red Dot Award for product design for the device, $47.10* (USD$34.95); pendantlighthook.com.

pining for… THIS ADORABLE ‘BUCKET’ WALL AND TABLE LAMP IS THE FIRST PIECE FROM THE NEW-LOOK PIERRE & CHARLOTTE. ONCE KNOWN FOR ITS LARGER TIMBER FURNITURE, THE COMPANY IS NOW FOCUSING ON SMALLER PIECES, SUCH AS LAMPS, WALL HOOKS AND HANDLES, ALL MADE FROM TASMANIAN TIMBERS, PRICES START AT $450; PIERREANDCHARLOTTE.COM. >

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CLOTHES HANGERS These fashion-forward racks are perfect for apartments or dressing up a guest room. 1. ‘Childrens’ American maple clothes rack (pictured), $230/116cm x 39cm x 104cm. Available in ‘Adults’ $370/117cm x 54cm x 170cm; suchgreatheights.com.au. 2. Anna Leena ‘Rectangular’ clothing rail, $489; theminimalist.com.au. 3. Miss Glass Home ‘#3’ clothes airer, $398; designstuff.com.au.

MARKET IS HEADING TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Finders Keepers Adelaide showground FROM AUGUST 12–14; THEFINDERSKEEPERS.COM.

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Basil Bangs, known for splashing beautifully vibrant art across market umbrellas and accessories, has created its first range of rain umbrellas – perfectly timed to catch the winter drops. Choose from the ‘Caddy’ (in Botanica, below), $129, engineered to flex with the wind with an ergonomic handle design inspired by traditional Japanese kitchen knives, or the ‘Maple’, $149, a classic shape with a maple wood timber handle. Available in a range of signature bold colours and patterns. Visit basilbangs.com.

STAIRWAY TO STYLE Melbourne-based studio Porcelain Bear took inspiration from an antique turned-timber balustrade to create the lovely ‘Nouveau’ pendant. Made from non-translucent porcelain, it casts warm light downwards, ideal for positioning over a dining table or as soft ambient lighting in a powder room, $520; porcelainbear.com. >

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THE ‘BUCKLEY’ SOFA COLLECTION FROM MELBOURNE-BASED OUTSIDE ENVY IS BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FURNITURE. IT HAS THE CHIC GOOD LOOKS AND COMFORT OF ITS INTERNAL EQUIVALENTS, BUT IS DURABLE ENOUGH TO BE USED OUTSIDE. CHOOSE BETWEEN ONE-, TWO- OR THREE-SEATER OPTIONS. ‘BUCKLEY’ IN LAMARAMORA 92 (BELOW LEFT) AND AVOGADRO 56 (BELOW RIGHT), FROM $3230; OUTSIDEENVY.COM.AU.

Add an extra layer to cosy winter settings with soulwarming home fragrances.

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Normann Copenhagen design pair Sarah Böttger and Emelie Ernsting’s ‘Trace’ quilted rug is double-sided, so you can flip it to suit your mood. Available in a range of colours, including Rose/Sand (left), $931* (USD$690); normann-copenhagen.com.

‘SLADDA’ two wheels, IKEA IS LAUNCHING THE CHAIN-FREE extras and accessories, $799; IKEA.COM.AU.

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Despite Australia’s abundance of gorgeous high-quality wool, surprisingly, a large amount of knit products are still made offshore. Melbourne-based Otto & Spike is one of the few knitted homewares and fashion accessories companies still manufacturing here at home, having operated for more than 40 years. Embracing its history, Otto & Spike’s latest collection celebrates retro with beautiful mid-century hues. Throws start at $110; ottoandspike.com.au.

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tim ross COMEDIAN, AUTHOR AND SELF-PROCLAIMED DESIGN NERD, TIM ROSS OPENS UP HIS HOUSE TO REVEAL A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE THINGS WORDS VERA KLEIN PHOTOGRAPHY BRIGID ARNOTT STYLING LISA HILTON

“When I started collecting furniture and was into houses, it was a passion that was very much a solo thing” ~ Tim Ross

table manners “This small table was my grandmother’s and was in our family home. My grandfather was a pharmacist with a phosphate company on Ocean Island and I think some trader came past on a boat and we bought it, because there’s not a lot of furniture in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s important to me that we have something that’s part of my past.”

FAMILY TIES “This is Bugsy, my eldest son [then two, above], and I at the iconic Stahl House, which is the Pierre Koenig case study house in Los Angeles. My wife Michelle snapped this shot. It was great just hanging out as a family. We had been planning on going to Dubbo, but Michelle found out she was pregnant and realised we wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while, so we decided to go to New York and Los Angeles.”


house hunting “This is an interesting house: it’s called Merricks Beach House, but it’s got nothing to do with Merrick Watts [Tim’s former comedy partner]. The house, by Melbourne architect Rachel Nolan, has been described as being a lovely homage to Australian modernism so when I was planning the TV series*, which is about the birth of Australian modernism and the evolution of our suburbs, it seemed to be a good example of how you can nod to the past in a really nice way.” *Streets Of Your Town premieres Tuesday, August 2, 8.30pm, ABC

MERRICKS BEACH HOUSE BY KENNEDY NOLAN ARCHITECTS. PHOTOGRAPHY (THIS PAGE, TOP RIGHT) DEREK SWALWELL. ARTWORK (OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP RIGHT) ‘UNVEILING’ STEPHEN ORMANDY

TEA TIME “In the late 1960s, my parents had a homewares store/gift shop in Mount Eliza, where I grew up. When they sold the business, they had some stock left over and I kept this lovely German Melitta tea set [above], as it was so petite and beautiful.” DRIVING FORCE “I would go to lot of open houses by myself, like a little nerd, as no-one else I knew was interested in houses or collecting furniture. But Instagram changed that – and has become an interesting park of my life – as I found a community of people who were also into it. [Brisbane-based artist] Sam Cranstoun and I ended up following each other and became great friends. I was doing a fanzine called ‘Car of the Day’ and I asked him to do a cover for me. I was expecting a quick sketch but he sent this artwork [left], which was almost too good for my zine.”

HOMING INSTINCTS “I think there are a few things you can do for someone in life that are nice: you can give them a book you love, you can invite them into your home for a meal, or you can introduce them to someone – and that doesn’t have to be a romantic thing. [Gallery owner] Tim Olsen knew I was into mid-century modern and introduced me to Paul Davies, as Paul paints mid-century modern houses. We got on like a house on fire and have become great friends. He kindly gave me one of his paintings [left].”

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THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cole & Son Curio ‘Quartz’ wallpaper in 107/8039, $262/10m roll, Radford Furnishings. Wrong For Hay ‘Lens’ box (lid not shown), $123, Cult. Large suede ‘Weekender’ bag in Elf, $300, Papier D’Amour. Try Mud Australia for similar black dish. ‘Still Life With Flowers’ cushion cover, from $130, Kerrie Brown. Weekly diary in Green, $150, Papier D’Amour. Designers Guild ‘Zaragoza’ velvet, $179/m, Radford Furnishings. Ribbon, try Spotlight for similar. Lid from Zakkia brass tin, $39.90, The Design Hunter. Try Etsy for similar brass cicada and gift tag. OPPOSITE: For all details, see page 46. Stockists, page 212 >

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breathing space CREATE A LIVING AREA THAT BRINGS YOU CLOSER TO NATURE  WITH A CAREFULLY CURATED SELECTION OF HOUSE PLANTS

THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT: Dan Isaac Wallin Havang artwork, $90/unframed, Luumo Design. ‘Vari’ velvet ottoman in Emerald Green, $695, Interiors Online. On ottoman, from left: ‘Fox’ brass and marble tray, $330, Coco Republic; gold vase, $85/medium, Mandalay Flowers; ‘Watermelon’ plant, $25, Terrace; Zakkia brass tin, $39.90, The Design Hunter; for similar black vase, try ‘Quartz’ tall vase, $79.95/large, Papaya; plant, stylist’s own; ‘High Crown’ fedora, $59.95, Country Road; leather guest book in British Tan, $165, leather desk diary in Robin Egg Blue, $97.50, both Papier D’Amour. ‘Dina’ shoes, $179, Country Road. ‘Khiva’ rug, $1895, Zaffero. Mifuko ‘Kiondo’ basket in Black, $119, Luumo Design. ‘Sabre Ficus’ plant, $90, Garden Life.


ABOVE, FROM LEFT: ‘Hug’ leather lounge chair, $2499, Life Interiors. Home Republic sheepskin, $169.95/single, Adairs. ‘Oobi’ stool in Black, $440, Lumu Interiors. Gold vase, $85/medium, Mandalay Flowers. Studio Arhoj ‘Sip’ cup, $33, Luumo Design. ‘Kashgard’ credenza, $1695, Matt Blatt. On sideboard, from left: Marimekko ‘Ming’ vase, $255, Funkis; books (throughout), a selection at Harry Hartog, Book Depository and Oscar & Friends; Susan Cole Hamiliton Island #1 artwork, $1000/framed, Graphis; Atelier CPH ‘Poster No.07’ artwork, $120/unframed, Luumo Design; ‘Stromby’ frame, $34.99, Ikea. ‘Big Apple’ 3-seater sofa in Velvet Grass, $2495, Matt Blatt. On sofa, from left: ‘Rain’ cushion in Olive, from $90, Linen & Moore; ‘Boston’ cushion, $95, Coco Republic; velvet cushion cover in Orange, $219/large, Maison Et Jardin; ‘Pasha’ throw, $137, Linen & Moore. ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’ plant, $895/large, Garden Life. ‘Etoile’ coffee table in Carbone Stained Ash, $2200, Space. On coffee table, from left: Studio Arhoj ‘Sip’ cup, $33, Luumo Design; Tom Dixon Accessories ‘Form’ milk jug, $130, and teapot, $375, both De De Ce; Thorberg ‘Dante’ glasses in Olive, $49, Funkis. On floor: Moroccan vintage Berber rug, $4450/340cm x 200cm, Cadrys; velvet cushion cover in Gold, $219/large, Maison Et Jardin. Stockists, page 212 >

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OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT: Mifuko ‘Kiondo’ basket in Black, $119, Luumo Design. ‘Sabre Ficus’ plant, $90, Garden Life. House Doctor ‘Stripes’ laundry bag (used as plant pot), $44.95, Luumo. ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’ plant, $895/large, Garden Life. ‘Baker’ dining table, $4995, Coco Republic. ‘Ari’ dining chairs, $235 each, Sparkk ‘Great Shalimar’ napkins, $72/set of 4, all Life Interiors. Zakkia glass vessel in Smoke, $69, and concrete plant pot, $35, Oyoy brass bowl, $279/large, all Luumo Design. Assorted plants, $9.98 each, Bunnings. ‘String Of Pearls’ plant, $25, Terrace. Joe Cariati ‘Sake Round’ bottle, $605, Space. THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT: Kate And Kate ‘The Tango’ throw (used as tablecloth), $149, Luumo Design. ‘Lab’ placemat $24.95, ‘Cocoon’ metallic votive, $24.95, ‘Tapas’ bread plates in Snow, $14.95 each, and dinner plates in Matte Black, $19.95, ‘Nolan’ cutlery in Gold, $229/set of 24, ‘Ashe’ tumblers, $8.95 each, all Country Road. ‘Barnacle’ planter (used as salt pot), $40/small, The Design Hunter. Stockists, page 212 > AUGUST 2016

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SURROUND YOUR WITH PLANTS AND HAVE A DEEP SOAK AMONG NATURE

OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT: ‘Tall Diamond Buttoned April’ bedhead, from $1806/queen, Bednest, upholstered in Designers Guild ‘Zaragoza’ velvet in Emerald, $179/m, Radford Furnishings. On bed, from back: ‘Abbotson’ linen European pillowcase in White, $79.95, ‘Palais’ European pillowcase, $109.95, and tailored pillowcases in Midnight, $109.95/pair, ‘Abbotson’ linen bedcover in White, $419.95/queen, all Sheridan; Moooi ‘Canvas’ cushion, $1310/set of 3, Space. Bedside table in White, $599, Naturally Cane. On top shelf: ‘Catalina’ table lamp, $245/small, Papaya; Diptyque ‘Tam Dao’ eau de toilette, $176/100ml, Mecca Cosmetica; ‘Green Popular Penguins’ books, $9.95 each, Gertrude & Alice. On bottom shelf: ‘Box Box’ box, $108/set of 5, Hay; ‘Concrete’ candle, $59.95, Tanda; ‘Oriental’ pot, $95, Mandalay Flowers; succulent, from $5.95, Bunnings. ‘Khiva’ rug, $1895, Zaffero. ‘Contemporary’ cylinder pot, $495, ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’ plant, $895/large, both Garden Life. ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Ivy Muse ‘Arrow’ plant stand, $170, and ‘Calypso’ pot, $95, Project 82. Fern, $9.98, Bunnings. ‘Chrysalis’ plant stand, $170, ‘Nightshade’ pot, $95, both Ivy Muse. ‘Watermelon’ plant, $25, ‘Kimberley’ recycled plastic runner, $65, ‘Devil’s Ivy’ plant, $45, all Terrace. Bronze hanging planter, $95, Mandalay Flowers. ‘Luxury Egyptian’ cotton bath towel in Seagrass, $49.95, Sheridan. Timber stool, $616, Project 82. Metal tray, $14.95, H&M. Rohr Remedy body wash, $28, The Design Hunter. Lumira ‘Luxury Scented’ soy candle, $59, Lumu Interiors. Stockists, page 212 >

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USE A GEOMETRIC WALLPAPER IN A SMALL SPACE TO ENLIVEN THE SENSES

THIS PAGE: Cole & Son Curio ‘Quartz’ wallpaper in 107/8039, $262/10m roll, Radford Furnishings. For a similar mirror, try Town & Country Style. In cabinet, from top: ‘Raku Urchin’ pot, $40, Zakkia brass tin, $39.90, both The Design Hunter; other items, stylist’s own. On vanity, from left: Metal tray, $14.95, H&M. Lumira ‘Luxury Scented’ soy candle, $59, Lumu Interiors; ‘Eau d’Orange Verte’ cologne, $125/100ml, Hermès; Planet Luxe hand wash, $25, The Design Hunter; gold vases, $45/small, $85/medium, both Mandalay Flowers; Zakkia concrete plant pot, $35, Luumo Design; ‘Donkey Tail’ plant, $35,‘Watermelon’ plant, $25, ‘String Of Pearls’ plant, $25, all Terrace. Stockists, page 212 >

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CREATE PLAYFUL COLLECTIONS OF TO SIT BETWEEN FLASHES OF BRILLIANT GREENS

ABOVE LEFT, FROM LEFT: Monique Lovering Hotere artwork, $900/unframed, Graphis. ‘Argyle’ sideboard, $795, Naturally Cane. On sideboard, from left: Gold vase, $45/small, Mandalay Flowers; ‘Donkey Tail’ plant, $35, Terrace; ‘Nagoya Tall’ vase, $54.90, ‘Nagoya Low’ vase, $54.90, both MRD Home; House Doctor box, from $54.95/set of 2, Notemaker; Vitra ‘Eames House Bird’ ornament in Gold Leaf, Space (available in Painted Black, $340); book, Harry Hartog; Zakkia glass vessel in Smoke, $69, Luumo Design; plant, $9.98, Bunnings. ‘Zanzibar Gem’ plant, $55, Garden Life. ABOVE RIGHT, FROM LEFT: Jonathan Adler ‘Stella’ rug, $4995, Coco Republic. ‘Diamond’ ottoman, $4650, Arthur G. On ottoman: Henry Dean ‘Clovis’ vase, $79.90/medium, Citta Design; books (throughout), a selection from Book Depository, Harry Hartog, Oscar & Friends and stylist’s own; vintage round brass tray, $195, Garden Life; glass, $8.95, Country Road; metal tray, $14.95, H&M. For similar bookshelves, try Provincial Home Living. On shelves, top shelf, from left: Lumira ‘Luxury Scented’ soy candle, $59, Lumu Interiors; ‘Oriental’ pot, $95, Mandalay Flowers; Zakkia ‘Cross Concrete’ trivet, $25; ‘Verbena’ soy candle, $59.95, Citta Design. Second shelf, from left: Tray, tea set and books, stylist’s own. Third shelf, from left: A5 cloth box, $94, cloth notebooks, $43.50 each, all Bookbinders Design; Bloomingville candelabra, $60, Luumo Design; Jonathan Adler candle, $85, Coco Republic; Zakkia concrete plant pot, $35, Oyoy brass bowl, $279/large, both Luumo Design; ‘String Of Pearls’ plant, $25, Terrace; Wrong For Hay ‘Lens’ box, $123, Cult; ‘Nagoya Low’ vase, $54.90, MRD Home. Fourth shelf, from left: Plant pot, $25, Mandalay Flowers; ‘Watermelon’ plant, $25, Terrace; for similar brass dishes, try Luumo Design; Normann Copenhagen ‘Nyhavn’ vase, $80/large, Collector Store; Joe Cariati ‘Sake Round’ bottle, $605, Space; cloth notebooks, $43.50 each, Bookbinders Design; Zakkia glass vessel in Smoke, $69, Luumo Design; ‘Spoon Jade’ plant, $10, Bunnings; ‘Glow’ votive, $29.50, Zaffero; gold vase, $45/small, Mandalay Flowers; ‘Donkey Tail’ plant, $35, Terrace. Fifth shelf, from left: Ringbinders, $43.50 each, Bookbinders Design; for a similar paper sculpture, try Etsy; jade tray, $397/large, Coco Republic; Ivy Muse ‘Nest’ plant stand with pot, $160, Funkis; ‘String Of Pearls’ plant, $25, Terrace; for a similar glass jar, try H&M. Laundry hamper (used as side table), $213.90/set of 2, Citta Design. On side table: Ivy Muse ‘Calypso’ pot, $95, Project 82. For a similar sofa, try Louis XV ‘Savoy’ chesterfield, from $3995, French Dressing. On sofa: Striped cushion, $225, Arthur G; Arro Home ‘Eye’ cushion, $49, Life Interiors. Stockists, page 212

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The French-born founder of this Sydney-based homewares company, Valerie Moreno, has a passion for unique artisanal items. Every brand Valerie’s discovered has its own story behind both the designer and French region of where it’s produced. Her limited-edition curated collection is all sourced from France and focuses on upcoming designers, such as the Honoré Déco, whose velvet ‘Croisette’ armchair (below) is just one of its designs inspired by its coastal Marseille location.

FROM LEFT: Honoré Déco ‘Tam Tam’

coffee table in White, $490, ‘Fruity’ brass mirrors, $90 each/small, and ‘Croisette’ velvet armchair in Forest Green, $1050, Véronique De Soultrait ‘Vintage Crochet’ cushion cover, $215/40cm x 60cm, all Bastille And Sons. All other items, stylist’s own. Stockists, page 212


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precinct 75, st peters, nsw WE REVEAL AUSTRALIA’S MUST-VISIT DESTINATIONS AND UNCOVER THEIR HIDDEN GEMS WORDS DIANA MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN MANGILA

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IT’S NO ACCIDENT that a stroll around Precinct 75 in Sydney’s St Peters feels like you’ve stepped into Brooklyn – developers and local councillors took their cues from the New York suburb when they revitalised this group of historic buildings, located between Edith and Mary Streets. Formerly reserved for manufacturing, a different kind of industry is now thriving here – and it’s contagious. Buzzing new businesses nestle beside established traders, offering a plethora of homewares, art, recreation and creativity – all ready to be explored.

‘Vintage Wash’ throws, $189/each, Atolyia.

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STOP 1 | Inartisan & Atolyia Owners and sisters Emily Heysen and Verity Kizek fill their showroom with their own twist on the best of Turkish and Australian artisanal wares. Verity’s ties to her husband’s native Turkey remain strong – their business partners are based there and work with the sisters to source new items. “Australians appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of the cotton blankets and towels,” says Verity. “Washed cottons soften the texture and provide those lovely colours, which are only achieved through the ageing process.” The textural delights don’t end there – luscious goat kilims in subtle creams and gentle greys are stacked beneath artworks created by the sisters. Must have: Whitewashed bamboo basket (far left), $149. Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. Visit: Warehouse 3.01, 75 Mary Street, 0401 818 157. Bookmark: atolyia.com, inartisan.myshopify.com.

STOP 2 | The Society Inc Sibella Court’s unique style and creativity is truly evident in this rambling space. Explore her cabinet of curiosities, where she displays a mind-boggling collection of props collected during her 20 years as a stylist which are for sale. Or stop by the vintage shop counter and choose your wall colour from one of Sibella’s custom Murobond paint ranges. Homewares by Australian makers and designers feature among the curios – Takeawei ceramics sit alongside porcelain fortune cookies, shibori dog leashes and heartshaped brass padlocks. With her stylist’s gift, Sibella arrages vignettes in every available nook, making this treasure trove abundant with possibilities. Must have: Sibella Court’s ‘Trouvé’ clip (below), $35. Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. Visit: Warehouse 3.02, 75 Mary Street, (02) 9516 5643. Bookmark: thesocietyinc.com.au.


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5 STOP 4 | Design Twins Design Twins’ flagship store ofers a commercial-style bar for customers to sit at and choose from a menu of colour and design options to customise their signature plant pots. “We want it to be an interactive experience,” says Crystal Bailey, half of the partnership with Mitch Lindsay, who handpaints fibre-clay pots to order in the nearby studio, for shipping worldwide. The pair’s new, polished-concrete range takes them back to their roots as it’s the medium they first used creatively, inspiring their philosophy of making simple, accessible design available to everyone. There’s also a selection of Australian homewares; original wall art, ceramics, bedlinen and fresh furniture pieces to inject your home with a hip aesthetic. Must have: Custom handpainted pot (above), $250/large. Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. Visit: Suite 1.04, 75 Mary Street, store@designtwins.com. Bookmark: designtwins.com.

5 STOP 5 | Buttercream Bakery Kat Logan and her family have created a much-needed haven to recharge. Enjoy a house-baked bagel, served warm and filled to order on-site in the cosy, leafy oasis by Kat’s husband, James, who joins Kat and her brother, Dustin, in the business. “We were initially after space to create a proper bakery for our growing handpainted cake business,” says Kat. “But the St Peters community welcomed us with open arms and encouraged us to open a cafe and shopfront, too.” They now sell a mouth-watering range of cupcakes, “brookies” – a cross between a brownie and a cookie – and Kat’s incredible handpainted buttercream cakes, made to order and inspired by artworks she encounters. Must have: House-baked bagel with smoked salmon and capers, $10. Open: Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm; Sat, 9am-2pm. Visit: Suite 7.03, 75 Mary Street, (02) 8678 2242. Bookmark: buttercream.com.au.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Take a tour and tasting at the Willie The Boatman brewery (willietheboatman.com), or experience Australia’s first urban winery with the established A.Retief Winery (aretief.com.au), or perk up with another coffee and giant choc-chip cookie from the Sample Coffee Roasters on Mary Street (samplecoffee.com.au). Plan your next event with the cool and creative assistance of The Drinks Cabinet (thedrinkcabinet.com) and Usfin Atelier’s florists and hair stylists (usfin.com.au), or find a sustainable gift or piece for your home at Upcycle Studio (upcyclestudio.com.au). Suffering from industrial antiques overload? Take a trip to Palm Springs via McKean Studio (mckeanstudio.com), who create jewellery and objects in this iconic American style.

Bespoke tiered buttercream cake, from $550, Buttercream Bakery.

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‘Saturn’ coated steel and hand-stitched leather hanger in White, $130, Ivy Muse.

HEADBOARD

PYTT Living headboard in Aqua, $242/140cm x 60cm, headboard rods, $55 each, headboard connector (unseen), $12, and ‘Hang It’ leather straps in Black, $48 each, Top 3 By Design.

“Bring a sense of calm into your home with soothing blue tones and natural materials”

CUSHION

Vintage ‘Posy Blue’ 100 per cent cotton velveteen cushion, $155/50cm x 50cm, Bonnie And Neil.

~ Rachel Peters, HB senior stylist

CHAIR

‘Copenhagen’ chair in Glacier Grey, $999.95/90cm x 110cm x 83cm, Adairs.

LAMP MIRROR

‘Layback’ Victorian ash mirror, $990/2170mm x 850mm, Leÿer.

Anglepoise ‘Type 75T’ desk lamp in Saxon Blue, $300, Cult.

QUILT

‘Copper Night’ cotton and velvet quilt in Navy Blue and Marble print, $269/150cm x 210cm, Squeak Design.

VOTIVE

Iittala ‘Kaasa’ mouth-blown glass votive in Grey, $124.95, Zanui. Stockists, page 212

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A FEAST OF STYLE IDEAS AND BEAUTIFUL BUYS TO CREATE A DINING ROOM YOU – AND YOUR GUESTS – WILL LOVE COMPILED BY TILLY ROBERTS

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BUFFET

‘Lourve’ 4-door buffet in White, $2199/175cm x 51cm x 90cm, Alfresco Emporium.

CHAIR

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‘Rhoda’ dining armchair in Aquamarine, $249, Modernistic.

‘Bilgola’ iron frame and wooden bead pendant, $2225, Interiors Online.

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‘Manhattan’ timber dining table, $4155/210cm x 100cm, Coco Republic.

CHAIR

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‘Arvika’ rattan and iron dining chair, $649, Lincoln Brooks.

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PENDANT

‘Manchester 1’ metal and glass pendant, $218, The Lighting Superstore.

TABLE

‘St Tropez’ round timber dining table, $2400/120cm x 73cm, MCM House.

CHAIR

‘Ingolf’ dining chair in White, $65, Ikea.

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‘Walton Rustic’ reclaimed elmwood dining table, $1199/198cm x 100cm x 780cm, Brisbane Furniture.


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‘Mid-Century’ expandable dining table in Oak, $1399/234cm x 183cm, West Elm.

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‘Spencer’ dining chair, $464, Pottery Barn.

‘George’ upholstered dining chair in Charcoal, $616, Vavoom Emporium.

PENDANT

‘Jacky’ oak and glass pendant, $149, The Lighting Superstore.

SIDEBOARD

Morten Georgsen ‘Fermo’ sideboard in Grey and Oak, $3499/227cm x 72.5cm x 50cm, Bo Concept.

TABLE

‘Morbylanga’ dining table, $899/220cm x 100cm, Ikea.

CHAIR

Design Kiosk ‘Molly’ upholstered dining chair in Sand, $325, Project 82. Stockists, page 212 >

SIDEBOARD CHAIR

‘Kennedy Wing’ dining chair in Bone, $695, Globe West.

Feelgood Designs ‘Elementary’ American oak sideboard, $3035/220cm x 50cm x 64cm, Curious Grace. AUGUST 2016

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‘Como’ facet buffet in Black and Oak, $2875/520cm x 180cm x 75.5cm, Globe West.

PENDANT CHAIR

Four Two ‘Mais’ upholstered dining chair, $391, Project 82.

‘Rochelle’ 3-light pendant in Brushed Bronze, $199, Beacon Lighting.

TABLE

‘Baker’ Tasmanian oak dining table, from $3455/240cm x 120cm, Coco Republic.

CHAIR

‘Curved’ upholstered chair, $349, West Elm. BUFFET

‘Manly’ buffet in Black Ash, $4495, Urban Couture.

SUPPER CLUB Match handsome timbers, rich leathers and metallics for a lavish look

BUFFET

TABLE

‘Stella Meals’ round timber dining table in Minx, $6450/160cm x 73cm, Zuster.

Oly ‘Kirk’ buffet in Dark Bown, $2995/120.7cm x 36.8cm x 81.9cm, Coco Republic.

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‘Accademia’ dining table in Smoked Oak, $4770/100cm x 180cm x 75cm, Natuzzi Italia.

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‘Jacky’ leather dining chair, $1195, Weylandts. Stockists, page 212 >

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PENDANT CHAIR

‘Lucille’ dining chair in Navy Velvet, $395, Globe West.

‘Mobile’ brushed nickel pendant, $449, West Elm.

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TABLE

‘Metageo’ smoked-glass top dining table in Brass, $1649/120cm x 75cm, MRD Home.

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‘Carraway’ glass top and metal brass-look base dining table, $899/152cm x 91cm x 76cm, West Elm.

COMMODE

‘The RJL’ bone inlay commode in Black Chevron, $3500/150cm x 50cm x 86cm, Fenton & Fenton.

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Live the luxe life with sophisticated shapes and glittering accents TABLE

‘Provence’ marble top dining table, from $2890/150cm x 150cm x 76cm, Nick Scali.

PENDANT

Telbix ‘Polk46’ pendant in Copper, $290, The Lighting Superstore.

CHAIR

Feelgood Designs ‘Valby’ black American oak chair, $460, Curious Grace.

CHAIR

‘Carver’ chair in Facade Pumice, $229, Freedom.

CREDENZA

‘Dang’ 2-drawer/2-door perforated steel and timber credenza, $3199/208.3cmx 78.5cm x 50.8cm, Blu Dot. Stockists, page 212 >

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SIDEBOARD

Secto ‘Victo 4250’ birch lampshade in Natural, from $1386, Fred International.

‘Ottawa’ sideboard in Oak and Chrome, $4519/240cm x 74.5cm x 54.5cm, BoConcept.

TABLE

Sketch ‘Silo’ veneer and oak dining table, $950/160cm x 94cm x 74.5cm, Clickon Furniture. CHAIR CHAIR

‘Crawford’ shadow weave upholstered dining chair in Oatmeal, $299, West Elm.

Life Interiors ‘Potter Grey’ dining chair in Ash, $539/set of two, Zanui.

SCANDI COOL Do it like the danes with rounded shapes, soothing greys and ashy timbers

CREDENZA

‘Phil’ American oak and polyuerethane credenza, $5060/200cm, Studio Pip.

PENDANT

TOP PICK!

Muuto ‘Under The Bell’ pendant in Grey, $1029/82cm x 46cm, Design Stuff.

TABLE CHAIR

Life Interiors ‘Sergio’ dining chair in Grey, $369, Temple & Webster.

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‘Splayed Loop’ American oak table, from $3750/240cm x 100cm, The Wood Room.


TABLE

‘Sempre’ cement round dining table, $2595/135cm x 76cm, Weylandts.

PENDANT

LEDlux ‘Circa Ring 2000 Lumen’ pendant in Black, $895/60cm, Beacon Lighting.

CHAIR

‘Lejeir’ dining chair in Grey, $219, Life Interiors.

CEMENTED STYLE Work THE INDUSTRIAL LOOK! Opt for RAW WOODS, CONCRETE AND HITS OF BRONZE

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BUFFET

‘Wyatt’ three-door timber buffet, $1699, Freedom.

PENDANT

Frandsen ‘Kobe’ smoked glass and copper pendant, $398, Design Stuff.

TABLE

‘Rocco’ teak and powder-coated iron indoor/outdoor dining table, $3300/250cm x 100cm x 75cm, Satara.

CHAIR

‘College’ maple plywood chair, $139, Rustix Furniture.

PENDANT

Home Design ‘Ambra Ciclo’ pendant, $94.90, Bunnings.

TABLE

‘Kasting’ reclaimed teak and iron table, $3695/250cm x 100cm x 78cm, Weylandts. Stockists, page 212 >


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CHAIR

‘Johansen’ chair in Natural Ash, $195, Clickon Furniture.

PENDANT

TOP PICK!

‘Boja’ rattan pendant lamp, $69.99, Ikea.

PENDANT

Brilliant ‘Axiom’ timber pendant, $416, Bunnings. BUFFET

NATURAL BEAUTY

‘Carson’ Tasmanian blackwood buffet, $2899/180cm x 45cm x 80cm, Oz Design Furniture.

fall in love with gorgeous blonde timbers and organic shapes

TABLE PENDNAT CHAIR

Barnaby Lane ‘Fenwick’ dining chair in Blush Natural, $500, Luumo Design.

SIDEBOARD

Muuto ‘Reflect’ sideboard, from $3520/179.8cm x 27cm x 69.4cm, Living Edge.

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Ay Illuminate ‘Thin Wood’ pendant, $385, Spence & Lyda.

‘Iko’ marble and American oak dining table, from $4969/150cm x 73cm, Jardan.

DINING SET

‘Novo’ 3-piece rubberwood dining set in Natural, $999, Freedom. Stockists, page 212 >


PENDANT

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LAMPSHADE

‘Ora’ pendant in Moss, $945, Ross Gardam.

Secto Design ‘Kontro 6000’ lampshade in Birch, from $1386, Fred International.

DINING CHAIR

‘French Industrial’ dining chair, $188, JP Office Workstations.

PENDANT

‘Piper’ brass and hand-blown glass pendant in Rose, $830, Jardan. BUFFET

‘Retro’ 3-drawer buffet in Oak, $499/160cm x 45cm x 80cm, Fantastic Furniture.

RETRO REVIVAL mid-century modern inspires this take on vintage chic DINING CHAIR

Jason Agustina ‘Evy’ upholstered dining chair in Light Grey, $519/set of 2, Temple & Webster.

DINING TABLE

Sean Dix ‘Forte’ round dining table in Oak, $1150/120cm x 76cm, Matt Blatt.

BUFFET

‘Mid-Century’ buffet, $1499/145cm x 48cm x 76cm, West Elm.

DINING CHAIR

‘Mid-Century’ heathered weaved upholstered dining chair in Cayenne, $349, West Elm.

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DINING CHAIR

Life Interiors ‘Ari’ upholstered dining chair in Green, $199.95, Zanui.

DINING TABLE

Iniko ‘Ricko Cocoa’ dining table, $519/180cm x 90cm x 75cm, Zanui. Stockists, page 212


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AN ELEGANT HERITAGE HOME IN MELBOURNE RECEIVES A CLASSIC MAKEOVER THAT WORKS WONDERFULLY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY STORY ANNA McCOOE STYLING WENDY BANNISTER PHOTOGRAPHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN


SPACE TO GROW With bespoke shelves

stacked with books and artworks all around, the living room of Melbourne couple Natalie and Chris’s home is a positive environment for their two teenage boys. “They see us reading and witness the enjoyment we get from it,” says Natalie. The Eames ‘Classic’ lounge and ottoman from Luke Furniture is primed for sinking into with a good book. >

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SITTING ROOM

“This is the adult sitting room,” says Natalie. “The kids will hang out in here, talking and playing chess, but they are not allowed in here with food and there’s no television. Surprisingly, it gets quite a lot of use at night and on the weekend.” Timeless furniture gives the sitting room its sophisticated edge: the couple found their pendant light at Mondo Luce while the armchairs were bought from Grange Furniture many years ago and were recently re-covered in velvet. The oak coffee table is another investment piece that has come good: the couple found it at Zuster more than a decade ago, and recently organised for the company to refinish it to suit the room’s grown-up mood.


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ight now someone in Australia is daydreaming of a bigger house. Seven years ago, it was Natalie and her husband, Chris, living in a two-bedder with their twin boys, Joshua and Bailey, dreaming of more space. These days, their reality is a harmonious 1920s home in inner Melbourne, wrapped in gardens and natural light with four bedrooms and a study. At first, the boys were excited to have their own rooms. Then, as they attuned to the larger house, they decided life was better with a roommate. “Ever since then they’ve shared a bedroom,” says Natalie. “Occasionally one will threaten to move out, but they’ve never done it!” Like just about everything else in this house of methodical madness, the sleeping arrangements work – most of the time. With its elegant Edwardian structure fleshed out with contemporary work areas and storage, this is a home so considered, life actually seems to run smoother within. Just as well, considering both Natalie and Chris juggle full-time careers with two busy kids. “We needed our home to be a refuge from the chaos,” Natalie explains from her seat in the kitchen. “Not another frantic space.” As she speaks, she has one eye on the kids who are playing games outside – out of earshot but not out of sight. Formal and informal areas spread across the ground floor of the home and extend into a series of outdoor rooms. The kitchen, casual dining area and terrace serves as congregating space but the two living spaces and study mean there is always a spot to read in or look out to the garden. The beauty of the arrangement, says Natalie, materialises mid-party when the adults can retreat to the front sitting room, leaving the kids to go wild in the lounge room. “I sound like we don’t like spending time with the kids,” she laughs. “But it’s just nice for everyone to have their space.” Midweek, after school and work, the spaces work just as harmoniously, usually with one of the boys doing homework at the dining table and the other in the nearby study. “It means they can work separately, and I’m not running from one end of the house to the other to help them,” Natalie says. The family lived in the original home for two years as they planned for a large-scale extension with plans fast-tracked when the couple realised they could work within the home’s boundaries. Their builders, Good Constructions, put them in touch with interior designer Fiona Austin who then drew up the interiors, joinery and selections. >

comfortable modern and traditional

ARTWORKS (OPPOSITE) ‘BEACH BASKETS #2, CUXHAVEN, GERMANY’, AKOS MAJOR, (THIS PAGE, TOP) FRED COLLA.

“I WANTED OUR HOME TO BE AND HOMELY WITH A GOOD BLEND BETWEEN ” ~ NATALIE

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DINING ROOM

Although it serves as the home’s library, the living room’s (top right) main use is as a television room. “It’s where we all come together to watch TV,” says Natalie. The rug from Hali is a long-time love of the couple, as is the leather couch that was bought from Country Road more than 15 years ago.

On most evenings, this sturdy Country Road dining table (right) flanked by Eames dining chairs serves as a study spot for the boys. “We can shut off the TV area with glass doors but we can still see in and out,” says Natalie. However, the space still serves its intended purpose when the family has people over for dinner.

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KITCHEN The warm and homely feel continues into the

kitchen where the hard, practical fittings and finishes are artfully played down. Panelled joinery in Dulux Natural White 2-pac make the kitchen feel like part of the furniture, while the Floor-Tech ‘Matt White’ tiles on the splashback nod to the finishes in the bathrooms. A warm single slab of honed calacatta marble from CDK Stone is a welcoming surface for the front bench. The Astra Walker ‘Icon Plus’ mixer and Reece undermount sink are understated touches, while the Dunlin ‘Madison’ pendant and ‘Emeco’ stools from Cult finish the space with a polished look.

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Using spaces efficiently opens up new possibilities for how areas can work together. The wide benchtop doubles as a place to gather around and chat. The kitchen also flows into a pantry that multi-tasks as a laundry (opposite, far right). “With front-loading washers and dryers being so good these days, you can put them under the bench alongside the sink and use space as an overflow for the kitchen,” explains interior designer Fiona.


< Fiona brought a lot of beauty to the project, but Natalie says the designer’s masterstroke was the idea to create the entry to the laundry from the kitchen so it could become a butler’s pantry as well. “Everything can be put away,” says Natalie. “I feel so much better when things are tidy.” This philosophy of contained chaos extends upstairs to the sleeping quarters where the boys all share one bathroom and Natalie gets the ensuite to herself. “It keeps all their mess together so I’m very happy with the idea,” she says. The result is a calm, measured home but it’s not without exuberance: Natalie and Chris have been collecting mid-century classics, Australian design and the odd bargain for around 15 years and its this unexpected mix of pieces that perhaps shouldn’t go together that creates a calm, collected and much-loved home. “I guess when you buy what you love it will somehow work,” Natalie concludes.

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ARTWORKS (OPPOSITE) KIM KENNEDY, (THIS PAGE, TOP RIGHT) ‘ROCKPOOLS’, ANTOINETTE FERWERDA, (BOTTOM) ‘PEPSI COLA – VOICI! VOILA!’, ARTIST UNKNOWN KITCHEN DETAILS (THIS PAGE) CITTA DESIGN ‘PINWHEEL’ TRAY WITH MUD CROCKERY, ALL VOYAGER INTERIORS

“IT’S TO HAVE SO MANY SPACES WHERE YOU CAN LOOK AT THE OR A BOOK” ~ NATALIE

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Interior designer Fiona Austin designed the marble benchtop so it could use just one slab with a 40mm square edge to save on masonry work. “Even though it’s honed and sealed I still wouldn’t cut up beetroot on it,” Natalie concedes. The kitchen window seat (above) is a master touch as a place to gather and admire the view. “It’s great when people are over,” says Natalie. “If Chris or I are busy in the kitchen, our guests can sit and chat.” Designer Fiona chose the Schumacher ‘Fjord Stripe’ fabric in Ebony to dress

the seat. “The classic French stripe works well in an updated traditional home,” says Fiona. The Eames dining setting (top right) is where the family shares most of their midweek meals. PANTRY & LAUNDRY

The secret to remaining in control in a busy household is condensing the mess to a few hardworking spaces: case in point is the clever combined pantry and laundry (right). The zones are visually connected by Caesarstone benchtops in Snow on both sides. >

FLOORING ‘Matt Graphite’ 300mm x 600mm porcelain tiles, $95/sqm, Floor-Tech.

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“WHEN THE BOYS WERE LITTLE WE ALL NEEDED TO , BUT NOW THEY ARE IT’S NICE NOT TO LIVE ON TOP OF EACH OTHER” ~ NATALIE

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The decision to use a Feast Watson Black Japan stain on the ground level floors (top left) was a pragmatic one: when the couple first moved in, they ripped up the carpet to find a mismatch of floorboards. “I love the contrast of black with the white, but really the floors were stained to hide two different tones,” says Natalie. The ‘Obi’ pendant from Mondo Luce came with the couple from their previous home, while their artworks, Taking The Plunge by Mandy Shadforth (on the left) and Bush Yam by Mary Pitjara (on the right), are new-found treasures. CARPET Best Wool ‘Natural Collection’ carpet in Grain, from $70/sqm, Rugs Carpet & Design.

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MAIN BEDROOM

Painted Dulux Natural White to match the walls, trim and joinery, the strapped ceiling of Natalie and Chris’s bedroom (left) reveals

the Edwardian home’s charming structure. In search of something special for the sun-dappled spot under the window, Natalie and Chris found their Jonathan Adler ‘Mrs Godfrey’ settee and ‘Buenos Aires’ side table at Coco Republic. Dressed in an ink ‘Kiko’ throw from Voyager Interiors, the vintage-look sleigh bed was bought by the couple years ago (for similar, try Temple & Webster). Both cushions on the settee are also from Voyager Interiors. TWINS’ BEDROOM

Bailey and Joshua’s room (above) was never intended to be a shared space but it serves the twins well. Matching ‘Star’ quilt covers from Pottery Barn Kids dress the Forty Winks beds, while a replica ‘Egg’ chair from Milan Direct creates a retreat by the sunlit window.


TERRACE With bluestone paving underfoot, the barbecue area is an entertaining hotspot in the warmer

months. “We can have 40 people over at Christmas or just one other family and it still flows,” says Natalie. “Depending on the weather, we like to follow around the sun or shade.” The couple bought their teak dining setting with the house (for similar, try Jati) and beyond the terrace, a bench from House Of Orange is the focus of an oasis wrapped in lilly pilly hedges and golden robinias. >


SITTING ROOM Framed by the entrance to the

sitting room, Deborah Paauwe’s ‘Unknown Dance’ photographic print brings an ethereal quality to this quiet adult space. The captivating artwork above the armchair is by Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa. The pretty Citta Design rose velvet cushion and ‘Sahara Knit’ throw are both from Voyager Interiors.

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SOURCE BOOK PLANS INSIDE STORY NATALIE & CHRIS’S HOME

Who lives here? Natalie, 45; her husband Chris, 45; their identical twin sons, Joshua and Bailey, 13; and two Russian blue cats, Otto and Oscar. How do you choose furniture as a couple? “We don’t have a fixed style but we have one rule; we both have to love it or we don’t buy it.” Best advice when renovating? “Think about how you’ll use the house as a family and plan for how your life is going to change. The more time you can spend thinking about your own life the better the end result.” Saving grace during your renovation? “Having a great interior designer – it was money well-spent to get help with the things we didn’t have answers for. Also, having a builder who communicates well and understands what you are trying to achieve makes a big difference.”

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CONTACTS Interior designer Fiona Austin, Austin Design Associates, (03) 9592 6411, austindesign.com.au.

BOYS’ BATHROOM

Instead of divvying up the upper-floor bathrooms by generation, Natalie allocated them by gender. So while she gets the ensuite to herself, Chris, Bailey and Joshua all share the main bathroom. “All the boys use it and they are responsible for keeping it clean,” she explains. Luckily, they have

a head start with easy-to-maintain ‘Matt Graphite’ and ‘Matt White’ Floor-Tech tiles, plenty of bespoke storage in 2-pac Dulux Natural White and Polytec laminate in Finegrain Truffle Lini and a frameless glass shower screen from Urban Wardrobes & Shower Screens. Navy Marimekko bath towels add touch of colour and pattern.

Builder Good Constructions, (03) 9584 1433.

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URBAN JUNGLE THIS CHIC HOME COMBINES ELEGANCE AND METRO GLAMOUR WITH A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

COURTESY OF BUREAUX

STORY LAURA TWIGGS STYLING SHELLEY STREET PHOTOGRAPHY GREG COX

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A STRIKING PALETTE A monochromatic base gave homeowner Sanet a licence

to be bold in the decoration of her dramatic Cape Town home, punctuating the simple black-and-white palette with strong graphic shapes, as seen in her choice of rug (for similar, try Urban Couture). Uplifting metallic notes, such as the gold-leafed antique French table in the study area (opposite) – an enclosed balcony off the living space – and the Tom Dixon ‘Mirror Ball’ pendant light, continue the adventurous vibe. Sanet deliberately kept the walls bare, using a lush landscape of pot plants for colour and height. Artworks, including a picture of Sanet’s parents on their wedding day, are rested against the wall on a glossy black sideboard, which interior designer Shelley Street found in a junk shop and spray-painted black. A plump tan leather armchair (for similar, try Cargo Lane) stands outside the monochrome palette, creating a cosy corner for reading. >


KITCHEN Claiming space from an adjoining bedroom allowed Sanet (pictured

opposite, with one of her beloved cats) to transform the kitchen and dining area from a poky corner to a generous entertaining space. As in the living room, a monochrome colour scheme – matt black cabinetry and stained floorboards, with simple white splashback tiles and marble benchtops – is transformed into something luxurious with the addition of gold tapware and a vintage Persian rug underfoot (for similar, try Cadrys). Set across the kitchen window, glass shelves holding an eclectic mix of glass and porcelain objects create a dynamic visual feature, refracting the natural light (opposite far right). Sanet’s love of entertaining is amply accommodated by a large dining table, custom-made by Onsite Gallery in Cape Town with a top in polished and waxed cast concrete (for similar, try Slabs By Design). Balancing this bold piece of furniture are Kartell ‘Louis Ghost’ chairs and a trio of simple yet opulent Lee Broom pendant lights.

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ith sweeping views of parklands and a nearby mountain, an abundance of indoor greenery and tranquility permeating every centimetre of this two-bedroom Art Deco home, it’s hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s central business district is within easy reach. “I can walk everywhere and be in the city in minutes without having to get into my car,” says homeowner Sanet of her top-floor apartment in South Africa. But if the home’s location plays a delicious trick on the mind, so do its interiors. Sanet’s decor style effortlessly melds the clean lines and shapes of modernism with old-school accents, French flourishes and bold visual notes, which means it’s equally slick in terms of easy categorisation. The combination of austerely dark-stained wooden floors and white walls, with sumptuous fabrics and the glossy textures of crystal, gold-leaf and marble, create the feeling of an ‘elsewhere’ space, one that could as easily be in Paris, Tokyo or Melbourne as in Cape Town. “I love to spend large blocks of time at home – like an entire Saturday doing nothing but pottering about, moving things around,” Sanet says. “But I travel a lot, and often. It’s an important source of inspiration, a way of being exposed to all sorts of visual stimuli and new creative ideas.” The success of the home’s design is largely down to the effort Sanet made to open it up. The once-three-bedroom apartment was formerly characterised by closed-off spaces and long passageways. “I took out most of the walls, made the living area open-plan and converted

the bedroom next to the kitchen into an extension of the kitchen/ dining area,” Sanet explains. Walls that once enclosed smaller, darker rooms have been partially removed and replaced with metal-and-glass doors, which allow privacy while flooding the internal hallways with light and providing dramatic spatial punctuation. Another notable feature is the decision for Sanet to opt for large and bold features – from cabinetry to furniture and finishes – a brave move in a small apartment, but one that’s certainly paid off. Between the large, ivory leather sofa in the sitting room, the imposing – yet narrow – concrete and wood table in the kitchen, the vast banks of dark cabinetry and even the oversized kitchen sink, there’s a feeling of luxury and generosity that imbues the home with a sense of grandeur at odds with its size. The overall effect is that this apartment is far more than ordinary, for which Sanet credits interior designer Shelley Street of Space Solutions. “It was Shelley’s idea to introduce a fun counterpoint,” she explains, pointing to a linen cupboard painted by a young graffiti artist and the striking 3D-effect wallpaper in the main bedroom (see page 93). “It was also Shelley’s idea to take a cream-coloured carpet I’d bought at a Milan design fair – which was very good, but one I hated because it was such a nightmare to maintain – and splatter paint on it, Jackson Pollock style [see page 94]. It’s now in the spare bedroom and I love it.” It’s touches like these that bring this stunning home to life, animating the chic, gracious space into something far more dynamic and engaging for this stylish homeowner. >

MONOTONE COLOURS IN THE KITCHEN. textures AND THE people OVER, WE END UP SITTING HERE” ~ SANET

“I ADORE THE WHENEVER I HAVE

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“I LOVE NATURE, MOSTLY , AND I’M ALWAYS  TO A BIT OF METALLIC” ~ SANET

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Sanet’s love of lush garden greenery takes a moodier turn in the master bedroom (top left & opposite), with jungle-dense wallpaper behind the bed and remaining walls in an almost-black shade of green, mixed to designer Shelley’s specifications. Fresh greenery forms a tableau on a mid-century sideboard, while a dressmaker’s mannequin draped with fronds of ivy continues the theme (above). No bedroom is complete without a touch of glamour, which Sanet achieved with a Persian carpet, a pair of antique

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French side tables and glittering Swarovski crystal pendant lights. BATHROOM

The metal-and-glass door (frosted for privacy) and a large light-drawing window combine to make the modest-sized bathroom (left & top right) feel much larger. White wall tiles and a black vanity continue Sanet’s preferred palette, with the texture and natural elements she’s attracted to added in the form of hanging plants and a timber platform for the shower.


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Sanet’s bedroom is cocooned in leafy luxury, with jungle-print linen wallpaper covering one wall. The inspiration for this custom paper came from a design Sanet fell in love with. “We had it photographed and modified to change the colours from golds to greens, then had it printed as wallpaper,” says designer Shelley. For custom wallpaper, try Mister Wallpaper; misterwallpaper.com.au. >


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Who lives here? Sanet, owner of a visual merchandising consultancy, and her two cats, Kyle and Oscar. Your favourite part of the home? “My kitchen. I love the natural light, the view of the mountain and the trees outside. It really feels like nature coming in.” What defines your interior style? “I love textures, simple colours and shapes, plus a touch of vintage to add a romantic feminine feel.” Your favourite places to find style inspiration? “From an aesthetic point of view, Tokyo and Mexico City – I always find myself attracted to opposites! The simplicity, beauty and consideration of everything in Japan is truly inspirational on all levels, but then in Mexico City, I loved the bravery of colours and mixing of textures.”

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Glass-and-metal interior doors give the home a feeling of openness, as well as adding colour to internal passageways by offering a glimpse into the rooms beyond. Here, a large cabinet in the guest room

(opposite), sprouting with greenery, is visible from the hallway (above). A paint-splattered cream-coloured carpet introduces a quirky and playful counterpoint to the ornate antique French metal bed and crisp bed linen.

CONTACT Interior designer Shelley Street, Space Solutions, s.street@mweb.co.za.

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COME TOGETHER During the four-and-a-half years they’ve lived in this fine Queenslander, which dates back to 1925, interior designer Hayley (pictured above left) and her family have given the home a fresh sense of purpose. The ground level is the domain of Hayley and husband Lance’s three children, who revel in the casual living space that leads out to the newly installed pool. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad can survey the Brisbane cityscape from their first-floor wraparound balcony. “I love the ‘Union Jack’ cross panels in the balustrade,” says Hayley of one of the many hallmarks of the home’s era, all of which are highlighted in a simple palette of Resene Quarter Rakaia and Dulux Vivid White. Another feature is the grand entrance staircase that visitors ascend to the upper level (above right), where the balcony leads into the main lounge room (opposite). Gentle blues and greens create a serene feel in this zone. All textiles, including the Schumacher fabric used to upholster the armchairs and Westbury linen on the sofa, are sourced through Porchlight Interiors, set off with an oversized copper-rimmed clock from Meizai. On the cushions, a vibrant botanical print by Raoul Textiles of Santa Barbara, US, creates more visual interest, while the herringbone-weave sisal rug provides texture and warmth underfoot. (For a similar rug, try the ‘Serengeti Weave’ hemp rugs in Natural/Ivory by Armadillo & Co). The charming pastel artwork of a Tuscan scene is by Queensland artist Christine Abson. >

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alance: it’s one of the buzzwords of modern life and something that we all strive for. And for this busy family, home is the place that helps keep the equilibrium. Designed with calmness in mind, this beautiful Queenslander in Brisbane’s inner east has been cleverly carved up to create spaces to be together, seek peaceful solitude, and entertain – both inside and outside the house. “When you have teenagers, it’s really great to have two living areas, upstairs and downstairs, that are separated,” says homeowner Hayley, an interior designer, who shares her house with her husband, Lance, and their children Kelsey, 23, Zak, 16, and Abbey, 14. “It’s important that they can have their friends in one area while you have yours in another. If they want to watch movies or play games downstairs, it doesn’t interrupt us spending time with friends upstairs.” Coming together is just as crucial for the family of five, and it’s in the kitchen that the members of this household invariably meet. When Hayley and Lance bought the home in January 2012, this was the first space they tackled, ripping out ill-fitting cabinetry and replacing the awkward layout with an open, dynamic design. “We raised a beam that was making the kitchen really small and built right out to the space they had used as a dining room,” reveals Hayley, who also enlarged the room by taking the cabinetry right to the 3.1-metre ceiling. “It has made a very small kitchen quite grand.” Bookending the space is an integrated study area that fuses

the living and kitchen areas, and a built-in seating nook for dining that has the bonus of hidden storage. “Built-in seating is a great way to make a room feel bigger,” comments the interior designer. “We have a lot of different groups of friends who come through this space, and we can sit there for hours. Once you put the food on the table, there’s no need to get up. You can just sit there and enjoy.” Along with the kitchen/dining room overhaul, Hayley had the home’s interiors painted in fresh Dulux Whisper White and layered textiles and furniture that caught her designer eye. “I typically start with a light, neutral base and add depth into the room with dark accents that anchor the space well,” explains Hayley. “I have a passion for using a lot of sea-foam blue colours for their peaceful quality. I like simple – it’s the way it’s put together that gives it interest.” It took a few more years of nesting before the family were ready to endure the next stage of renovating, which included transforming floors upstairs and down, the ground-level living zone, and three bathrooms – made over one at a time over a three-month period to maintain family harmony. “One reason we put off renovating was that our teenage son completely took over the downstairs area, so we thought it wasn’t even worth investing money into!” explains Hayley with a laugh. “But now he has respect for the space and enjoys it and looks after it, which is really nice to see.” As is the completed project for this family – a space that is enjoyed and cherished by both parents and teenagers alike.

BAR AREA As with many Queenslanders, previous owners had raised the house to utilise the ground level, and during this refit installed a bar salvaged from another home of similar heritage (above left). In keeping with the glamorous Californian air of the new pool area it looks onto, the bar received the same treatment as the rest of the interior: “It was in a reddish silk oak, but we painted it in Dulux Whisper White for a lighter and fresher feel,” she says. Hayley also updated the structure with a high-impact Nero Marquina marble benchtop, its contrasting veins picked up in the black and white bar stools, sourced from a commercial supplier by Porchlight Interiors. FAMILY ROOM Inspiring tomes and mementoes from travels create an appealing display in the downstairs living zone (above right). Blue and white ginger jars (find similar at Alfresco Emporium), candlesticks found in Santa Barbara and a ceramic artichoke from a Los Angeles design store take centre stage on a Chinoiserie-style bookcase from local retailer St. Barts.

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Replacing cream gloss floor tiles with wide engineered French oak boards has made the world of difference to the downstairs living area, reports Hayley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They softened the space, improved acoustics, and made it look very natural and liveable,â&#x20AC;? she says. This teen chill zone is decidedly grown-up, but the layers of texture keep it feeling relaxed: plump linen-covered sofas and a tactile wool rug do the trick nicely. Furniture, all in chalky whites, includes an Indian hall table, with antique Chinese drum stools from Orient House below. In contrast, a solid Naga coffee table (for similar pieces, browse the range at Stone Pony) floats in the middle to centre the space. >


“It was a very small space but with city views, this was the right place for dining. We can now fit 12 people comfortably around the table, and often do!” ~ Hayley

FLOOR FINISH Black Japan, $96.20/4L, Feast Watson.

DINING AREA For a stylish dining nook (above left), Hayley recommends making sure the built-in seating is standard dining chair height to fit under the

table. “This includes the finished height once the foam cushions go on top,” she adds. “The backrest cushion needs to be on an angle for added comfort, and I always recommend wrapping the foam in Dacron polyester wadding to give it a fuller look.” Romo fabric was chosen to cover the bench seating – which contains discreet storage – offset by Walter G cushions. Throughout this upper level, existing timber floors were given a sultry Black Japan stain. “It anchored what I had already done in the rooms with my furniture pieces and the colours I had used,” says Hayley. COFFEE & STUDY HUB Extending the joinery of the kitchen along the wall to the living room has merged the spaces effortlessly (above right). Coffee essentials are concealed at one end (a favourite spot for Lance, pictured), with study and work areas also slotted into the hub. “You don’t want to hide yourself down in another room to do work,” says Hayley. “I found that it was a great way to be with your family, and your family can still be around you.” KITCHEN “It wasn’t the easiest space to work with,” admits Hayley, who reworked the kitchen (opposite) to suit her family’s needs. “Having the island in the middle of the room works really well as a serving space, and allows five people to access what they need and get ready in the morning.” A mix of cabinetry not only makes the space feel more relaxed, but responds to key needs in the area. “Because there are no windows in the kitchen, on one wall we have glass cabinets with mirrors behind them that reflect light into the space,” explains Hayley. “In other areas we have closed-in cabinets, with open shelves near to the cooktop for easy-access pieces.”

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haute cuisine Lance and Hayley’s cooking zone’s high-end brasserie look reflects the family’s passion for food and entertaining. Constructed by Maytain Cabinets, the generous island is painted in Dulux Maraetai Grey and topped with luxe Statuario Venato marble. This striking hub of the home is finished with polished nickel lighting and cabinet pulls from Restoration Hardware in the US (available through Porchlight Interiors), while Perrin & Rowe nickel tapware from The English Tapware Company completes the super-chic styling. >


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introduces a hip, industrial vibe. Hayley reconfigured the layout, moving a wall to make the sink area smaller to allow more space for the shower and toilet beyond. She then designed and commissioned a steel-framed vanity topped with honed Carrara marble to slot perfectly into the spot. Phoenix ‘Vivid Slimline’ tapware in matt black Onix finish, a trough-like ‘Cielo’ basin from Highgrove Bathrooms, ‘Enhance’ wall light brackets from Beacon Lighting and a black-framed mirror complete the look.

MARBLE Honed Carrara marble, from $250/sqm, CDK Stone.


“Home is filled with love – somewhere you feel yourself, and enjoy being with family and friends. That’s probably the core of what my interior design is about” ~ Hayley

ZAK’S BEDROOM Sixteen-year-old Zak’s ground floor room (pictured above left) is just an amble away from the downstairs living zone and pool, making

it the ideal teen retreat. Bedlinen from Fictional Objects provides just the right understated edge against a handsome elm bedhead. For similar arrow wall decals, try Bright Star Kids. MAIN BEDROOM Situated at the front of the house on the first floor, Lance and Hayley’s bedroom (top right) is blessed with natural light and cool breezes. Hayley has kept the room light and fuss-free in response, dressing the bed in simple snowy linens with pops of ‘my happy colours: pinks and yellows’ in Raoul Textiles fabrics on the cushions and lampshade, all by Porchlight Interiors. Fortunately, the home’s original VJ wall panelling is in great condition and requires little dressing, but a pair of beach scene artworks, by Christine Abson, and a selection of quirky market finds hanging alongside help keep Hayley in her happy place. A bone-inlay chest of drawers and bench seat upholstered in another Raoul fabric add understated elegance. MAIN BEDROOM ENSUITE The couple’s bright bedroom is countered with a moody, luxe ensuite (above right), fit for pampering. “I wanted it to be a place you feel special in,” says Hayley of the sophisticated, day spa effect. A tiered Chinoiserie cabinet by Xavier Furniture, available through Porchlight Interiors, sits alongside an Oly ‘Arthur’ bench from Coco Republic. The eclectic mix continues with a custom-made vanity topped with a black marble off-cut, and ‘Terra Linea’ encaustic-look floor tiles by Marca Corona from Elite Bathware & Tiles. >

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The deep first-floor balcony, a stunning retreat with knockout city views, is the couple’s favourite part of their home. “That was definitely appealing when buying this house, but we had no idea how much we were going to enjoy that connection with the city and sky,” reveals Hayley. A simple cane outdoor setting, made super-comfy with cushions by US brand Serena & Lily, completes an inviting scene that often hosts family visitors – including nephew Hunter, 13, (opposite top, being greeted by Zak).


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Who lives here? Hayley, co-director of Porchlight Interiors, her surveyor husband, Lance, and children Kelsey, 23, a graduate architect, Zak, 16, and Abbey, 14. How would you describe your style? Hayley: “Home. It’s an important word to me – a place where people feel welcome.” You pushed the envelope with… “The vanity downstairs [page 102] – I had it custom-made locally. It’s so heavy it took two men to get it in!” What’s your colour crush? “Blue, because it’s very peaceful and calming. We love beach holidays and sunny skies.” What do you love experimenting with? “With a basic foundation of whites, neutrals and timber, I can layer it with new things – touches of industrial, or an Indian or African piece.”

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CONTACTS Interior designer Hayley Hayes Porchlight Interiors, 0423 806 007, porchlightinteriors.com.au.

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A clash of patterns makes for an off-beat family bathroom that’s surprisingly easy on the eye. “There’s a lot of texture and pattern in here, but it comes together harmoniously,” says Hayley. The designer made the vanity from a run-out stock chest of drawers she gladly took off a supplier’s

hands, using a cabinetmaker to adjust internal drawers to suit the plumbing, so every drawer remains useable. A bone-inlay mirror, bought from Ruby Star Traders years ago, reflects sun streaming through the window, while overhead light comes from a bead chandelier-style pendant (for similar, try Raw Decor).

Flooring Timber Flooring Unlimited, 0414 733 342. Kitchen Maytain Cabinets, (07) 3216 7601, maytain.com.au.

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TRADING PLACES FOR INTERIOR STYLIST SALLY, HOME IS A PLACE TO INDULGE HER LOVE OF CHANGING ROOMS STORY KYLIE JACKES STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY ELOUISE VAN RIET-GRAY

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PERSONAL TOUCH The living room is just one of several social hubs in this

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delightful Queensland family home, and with such a large space to furnish, homeowner Sally (pictured opposite left), a stylist, decided to have her sofa custom-made. “I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I designed my ideal sofa: low, deep and big enough for a crowd,” she explains. Upholstered in ‘Commando’ fabric from Zepel, the neutral material complements every cushion in Sally’s sizeable collection, with her current favourite floral cushions from Ambience taking centre stage. On the floor, a ‘Montana’ cowhide rug from The Rug Establishment provides a textural graphic element and ties in with a pair of replica mid-century Le Corbusier sling chairs. For similar, try chicicat.com.au. The leather ‘Moroccan’ ottoman from Hamimi (for similar, try Cush & Co) provides a seat, footrest or cofee table as required. >


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hey say a change is as good as a holiday and, for Brisbane homeowner Sally, the two often go hand in hand. “The first thing I do when I get home from holidays and feel inspired is move the furniture around,” she says. “It gives rooms a fresh feel and it’s a lot of fun.” And with a vast collection of eclectic furniture, art, travel mementos and a natural flair for vignettes, Sally has endless scope to create beautiful spaces inside and out of her spacious, light-filled home. Having always lived in traditional Queensland homes with her husband, John, whose building company specialises in renovating older properties, the desire to ‘try out’ living in a newer abode prompted the couple to buy this split-level inner Brisbane property five years ago and move in with children Sophie, 24, Georgie, 22, and Tom, 19. Although it was a big decision to sell their beloved 1940s bungalow and make the switch, the roomier home has proven a perfect fit for the family. “I just love the open-plan layout that connects the lower level to the outdoors and the pool,” Sally says. “And with the kids now young adults, it’s ideal. There’s plenty of space for us to have friends over.” Unlike their previous properties, which all needed extensive renovations, the house simply needed a refresh with new paint, carpets and updated window dressings. With the couple’s expert touch, it quickly felt like home. “People often think if you’re married to a builder, your own house will never be finished, but we’re the complete opposite,” she explains. “We’re both incredibly house proud so we got straight into putting our own stamp on it.” The couple both love entertaining, so one of the priorities was to upgrade the vast alfresco area alongside the pool to include an outdoor kitchen and bar, complete with a barbecue, sink, dishwasher, fridge and TV. And inside, John added a wall off the dining area to form an office space where they can both work from home, if they choose. The decorating decisions were left to Sally, who, surrounded by vibrant fabrics and prints in her work as a stylist at Creating Style, was keen to keep her own interiors as neutral as possible. >

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The expansive island bench (top), finished in Ceasarstone ‘Osprey’, makes a great entertaining space. “It’s my favourite feature of the kitchen,” Sally says. “You can be cooking and chatting to people at the bench or in the alfresco area, so it’s very social.” A simple white palette, featuring an opaque splashback running to the ceiling, gloss white tiles and stools from MRD (for similar, try ‘Ingolf’ bar stools from Ikea), keeps the space sleek and bright.

The exterior dining area (above) is a favoured place to dine and entertain, with the outside bar area – complete with a sink, dishwasher and drinks fridge – functioning as a second kitchen, which is handy for attending to guests. “It’s a great place to chill out year-round, because even though it’s outdoors, you’re still quite protected from the elements and it has such a lovely feel when it’s lit at night,” Sally says. For a similar outdoor setting, try Breeze Outdoor Furniture.


SITTING AREA Sally’s favourite spot in her home is the love seat

at the end of the kitchen where she can cosy up with a book and chat to whoever is pottering about. A cowhide rug from NSW Leather Co. defines the serene space that includes a love seat from Ruby Star Traders topped with Shibori cushions from Spark, an oversized floor lamp from Ambience (for similar, try ‘Mazara’ floor lamp at Da Voluce Lighting) and a cute Ruby Star Traders ottoman (the ‘Retro’ at Ottomans Only is a similar design). The timber bookshelf above, built by John, helps frame the space, while a painting by Dan Mason accentuates the warm colour palette.

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< A natural earthy palette provides a backdrop for layers of texture, rich chocolate tones and warm timber, peppered with eclectic pieces pulled together with a stylist’s eye. “Nothing is overly styled or too perfect,” reflects Sally. “For me, great homes are ones where you use every space, so it was important to cosy up the open-plan layout with lots of gathering places and create quiet nooks where I could enjoy some ‘me time’.” The result is rooms within rooms that evoke a sense of comfort and intimacy with nests of tables, soft throws and cushions always within arm’s reach. Sticking to the ethos ‘spend a little more, on a little less’ beautiful custom sofas are anchored by statement rugs, expansive walls feature striking artworks collected over the years, and lamps and clusters of scented candles imbue a lovely ambience at night. Another warm addition is a travel shelf John built to house mementos and books picked up on holidays and ornaments, such as a delightful marble bowl from the couple’s adventures in Tuscany. “I love collecting pieces over time, as it creates really personal spaces that reflect where you’ve been,” Sally says. And with a holiday to Vietnam on the cards, it’s likely more treasures will be unearthed and added to the mix.

An upholstered bedhead and classic bedside lamp (top left), both from Bisque Interiors, create a chic space for a young adult. At the opposite end of the room, a glossy black dresser (for similar, try Temple & Webster) takes pride of place, while a modern-look Kartell ‘Louis Ghost’ chair is softened with a sheepskin rug from Adairs (far left). MAIN BEDROOM ENSUITE

The vast ensuite (above & left), features an indulgent spa, which has plenty of room for two to share. A neutral scheme featuring Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ benchtops, teamed with above-counter basins, keeps the room looking fresh and timeless, while louvres on either side of the central mirror flood the bathroom with lots of natural light.

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WE LOVE... moody bedroo m walls Dark walls cocoon the main bedroom to create a restful retreat, especially during the winter months. To achieve this dramatic textural look, walls were painted in Porter’s Paints Low Sheen in Solstice with French Wash in Eclipse, $140.05/1L – a modern contrast to the crisp white bed linen from Adairs. For a worldly flavour, Sally added a Juju Hat in Caramel from Craft Enterprises above the bed. “I love feathers, so it was the perfect focal piece,” she says. >

CARPET Saratoga Shadow carpet, $62.68/sqm, Andersens.


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Synthetic turf alongside the pool area provides a low-maintenance pocket of greenery. “It was a really impractical spot to mow, so we decided to replace it with artificial lawn, which is ideal,” says Sally. It’s also a perfect sunny spot for a big day bed from Ascot Teak, scattered with cushions from Ambience and Adairs. On the ground, outdoor Warwick cushions add comfort while cloud gazing, and a huge swan from Lilo Life is a party favourite in the pool.

GRASS Get the look with Tuf Turf, from $54.90/m, Bunnings.


SOURCE BOOK PLANS INSIDE STORY SALLY & JOHN’S HOME

Who lives here? Sally, interior stylist at Creating Style; her husband, John, company director at Walvin Constructions; their children Georgie, 22, and Tom, 19; and their darling cavoodle, Zac. Eldest daughter Sophie, 24, visits on holidays. What is your favourite spot in the house? Sally: “Relaxing on the love seat with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. It’s such a great central space where I can sit back and enjoy the hub of the house and look out to the greenery and pool.” Your top tip for warming up a space? “Layer rugs and throws on beds and lounges and create ambience with lamps and candles.” Biggest splurge to date? “Probably our art collection, which is 20 years in the making! We both enjoy visiting art galleries.”

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Huge glass stacking doors retract back to create a seamless flow between the kitchen and alfresco space. Just like the interior, the outdoor area features a natural earthy palette, with honed sandstone tiles, timber accents and

a wicker dining setting. In the cooler months, a pair of charming woven leather armchairs, topped with cowhide cushions and a soft throw, provide a comfy poolside spot to warm up. For similar, try the Tanner Raw Tan armchair from Barnaby Lane.

Interior stylist Sally Walvin Creating Style, 0416 136 049, creatingstyle.com.au.

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an enchanted HOUSE CITY SOPHISTICATION AND A VERY CLEVER USE OF SPACE COME TOGETHER IN THE FAMILY HOME OF INTERIOR DESIGNER VICTORIA WATERS

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A TOUCH OF CLASS Despite it’s less-than-large proportions, interior designer Victoria Waters and her husband Richard’s living room of their Sydney home stylistically punches way above it’s weight with an array of stunning fixtures, elegant finishes and carefully curated vignettes inviting guests to stay awhile. The focus in here is the fireplace, now home to a Jetmaster gas wonder. The surround was originally raw wood, but was painted in Dulux Vivid White to provide the perfect spot for beautiful Sandberg ‘Elton’ wallpaper from Ascraft. “I wanted something dramatic and metallic,” says Victoria. A sunburst mirror from Meizai ups the glamour quotient, while mirror-backed cabinetry on either side provides a playground for Victoria to display her beautiful pieces, including family photos of her twins, Mac (pictured opposite, with Macy the spoodle) and Isla, books and a selection of hand-blown glass objects she has collected on her travels. >


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ayers of glamour abound in the inner eastern Sydney home of interior designer Victoria Waters (pictured opposite), which she shares with her husband, Richard, and their nearly two-year-old twins, Mac and Isla. From the glam chandeliers in each room – “I even have one in my laundry,” says Victoria – to the luxe silver-toned wallpapers and glittering mirrors, evidence of her love of old-style Hollywood is everywhere. It’s not quite the look Richard, a merino farmer and management consultant who works on his Goulburn farm two days a week, grew up with, but according to Victoria, he is quite accustomed to what he describes as the home’s ‘slick’ look. But there’s one thing that’s taken a little more getting used to. “I had Macy [the family’s spoodle] before I met him and Richard comes from a farm where dogs do not go in the house,” says Victoria. “Now, he has this precious little puppy – who thinks she’s human – that comes in and props herself up on our bed. That was quite a transition for him.” Victoria bought the compact, perfectly positioned two-bedroom terrace seven years ago and gradually made her chic mark on the home. “It was a bit of a shell but we didn’t have to do anything structural,” she recalls. “I just had to add my touch to make it my own.” Intent on preserving the charm, Victoria evolved the look into what it is today, being careful to recapture the home’s essence and brighten it with lovely warm greys, white trims, sprinkles of aqua (Victoria’s favourite colour) and traditional-look, space-enhancing joinery. “I love a house with character, so rather than trying to put in modern features, I love to work with what’s there and bring it back a bit,” she says. Yet when Victoria is in charge of the interiors, expect a quirky twist. For this designer, there is one thing every room needs: a bit of drama. “When you walk into a room, the first wall you see should be your focal point,” she says. “That’s the wow-factor wall.” Victoria’s evergreen choices for drama? Fabulous wallpaper, plus those chandeliers. And there are the other key perennial standouts – substantial mirrors that resonate light and large-scale artwork, even in a small space. “I’m big on oversized artwork, mirrors and rugs,” says Victoria. While the scale of the couple’s endearing home was perfect for them – and Macy – on their own, with Mac and Isla now fully mobile, they are now set to move to a house with a yard and a new canvas for Victoria to work on. However, this warm and welcoming home will always have a place in the family’s heart. “It’s a sentimental home for us,” says Victoria. “But I think we’re ready for our next stage.”

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Isla, Mac and Richard (pictured right) enjoy morning tea on the much-used Caesarstone benchtop (try Snow for a similar look) that sits under an elegant ‘Oregon 4 Light’ pendant (opposite) from Lode International, available at Northern Lighting. The existing 2-pac white cabinetry was updated with chrome handles from Artia and a new glass aqua splashback – Dulux Pale Icelandish Quarter is a good match – is the only hint of colour. As the couple love to cook, a fabulous Delonghi 900mm gas oven built for a crowd was a must-have. A trio of white Thonet ‘No 18’ barstools at the kitchen

bench are mirrored by the set of ‘No 14 Vienna’ chairs surrounding the Knoll dining table. DINING ROOM

A very sociable round Carrara marble-topped Knoll ‘Saarinen’ table (top) was bought before the twins arrived, but according to Victoria, the choice has been a winner. “It’s actually been fantastic for kids because it’s really hardwearing and easy to wipe down,” she says. A graphic supersized painting of an iconic Bally poster Victoria picked up in Thailand fills the wall space and provides a contrast to the all-white scheme. >

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MAIN BEDROOM “I love beautiful hotels and that’s the feeling I wanted to create when you walk into our bedroom,” says Victoria, who certainly achieved five-star appeal with super-sized features and chic textural hues. Light and lusciousness dance around this room thanks to two mirrored panels on either side of the bed, while an oversized bedhead– for similar, try Temple & Webster – drinks in the room’s high ceilings. Elegant Mo & Co chrome lamps from Lightstyle round out the luxurious proportions. A requisite chandelier hangs overhead – this one, the Marie Theresa ‘5-light Crystal’ fixture from Chandeliers To Die For – while graphic wallpaper surrounds the reconditioned fireplace to echo the lounge room. Elegant bedlinen, including Linen & Moore ‘Stream’ Grey sheets with matching pillowcases and a duvet cover from Pottery Barn completes the sumptuous look.

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revamped features Rather than completely reconstruct the bathroom, Victoria has simply made stylish updates to original features and added complementary fixtures for the existing monochromatic floor tiles. The spacious room allowed for dual top mount Kartell By Laufen ‘420 Round’ washbasins from Reece to be a glamorous possibility, with a marble benchtop and pretty new handles revitalising the existing vanity.

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“It’s all in the details,” says Victoria of her over-arching approach to her classic yet contemporary designs. A gloriously large freestanding Kado ‘Lure 1760 Oval’ bath is fit for the twins at bath time, and Bed Bath N’ Table towels complement the sophisticated look. >

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CARPET ‘Velluto’ plush pile wool carpet in Sincerity, $90/sqm, Cavalier Bremworth.


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Pretty touches, a lush woollen carpet and artworks with meaning make Isla and Mac’s bedroom a charming mix of elegance and loveliness. The twins’ Leander cots, dressed in Pottery Barn quilts and linen are in waving distance from each other and fit the grown-up aesthetic – the space was originally an office/guest room. But, Victoria knows that this look might not last forever. “I think you have to allow children their own personalities in their rooms,” says the interior designer. An artwork by Victoria’s very clever niece and goddaughter Ruby Weir – a self-portrait of written words – takes a special place on the wall while a beautiful silver–gilted mirror reflects another special artwork by Jessie Breakwell.

“Jessie is one of my favourite artists for kids’ rooms, and I just loved that artwork for this space,” she says. “It’s very happy and joyful. The kids love it – one of their first words was ‘zebra’ because we look at it every night.” Pompom-adorned baskets from Amigos De Hoy make for cute and functional storage options beside a ‘Lloyd’ chair in Natural Linen from Interiors Online. TERRACE

Two Adirondack chairs (right) from Ocean Country Furniture, topped with striped cushions from Freedom, create an enchanting sunny sitting spot at the rear of the home, while a beautiful cast-ironed rim mirror (try Interiors Online for similar) visually expands the area. >

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Who lives here? Victoria Waters, an interior designer and director of Victoria Waters Design; her husband, Richard, a merino farmer and management consultant; their twins, Mac and Isla, nearly two; and Macy the spoodle. How would you recommend people introduce colour in to their home? Victoria: “Choose a colour you’re drawn to. When you collect things over time, you start to see your natural inclinations towards colour. If you have a really monochromatic scheme you need to add some colour to add your personality.” What’s the key to a home that works? “A collection of all the things you love because all the pieces will bring back happy memories. They’re a reflection of your personality and that’s what your home should be.”

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A teak three-seater outdoor setting left to weather (above) provides a rustic foil to the elegant monochromatic stripe backdrop in Dulux Monument and Vivid White. White-trimmed grey cushions are an elegant choice while a grey rug with smatterings of colour – the ‘Petel’ rug from Amigos De Hoy – zones the space. “I do

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love a bit of grey,” says Victoria. “Richard jokingly calls me Lady Grey.” The home remains an effortless blend of classic style with modern panache – a mix encapsulated in the front terrace (top). Macy’s neutral fluffiness provides a colourful contrast to the teal ‘Arabesque’ tiles – in Victoria’s favourite hue – from Jatana Interiors.

Joinery Gumtree Joinery, (02) 9807 7176, gumtreejoinery.com.au.

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BECAUSE EVERY HOUSE CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL HOME

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Add a little wow-factor to your home by dressing up your bedroom with a cleverly designed walk-in wardrobe. Whether you have a small or large zone, nothing adds a sense of order more than being able to organise and display your belongings. >


dressed to impress A BEAUTIFULLY ORDERED WALK-IN WARDROBE IS THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE DAY WORDS VERA KLEIN

CLOTHES WITH MORE than enough hanging space, shoes individually shelved, accessories lined up and ready to go… An organised walk-in wardrobe is the stuff of dreams (and a bedroom must-have); it’s practical, efficient and has everything you need in front of you to face the day. “It’s the new dressing room,” says interior designer Serena Elise of White Chalk Design. “It no longer has to be detached from the bedroom, instead it’s becoming part of the room.” Here’s how to create your own perfect space.


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“For instant glamour, add a plush velvet ottoman and a stunning pendant light,” says Serena. And don’t be afraid to show off your personality. “I’m a visual person, so I prefer to have all my favourite things on display, not hidden away,” she says. >

Most walk-ins won’t require design doors ontip the front of cabinetry. If this look works for your space, it pays to select good-quality internal joinery and fixtures, as everything will be on show.

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Shape shifting Bedroom design has seen a shift in direction over the past few years. Now, wherever possible, walk-in wardrobes are being incorporated into rooms. “The idea that walk-in robes have to be a separate entity is a bit of an old-fashioned idea,” says Sarah Nolen of Birdblack Design. “The three main spaces – bedroom, ensuite and robe – are best integrated within one space. Think open-plan living with privacy to the areas that need it, like the toilet.” An efficient and stylish use of space involves using a part-height or partition wall to softly differentiate the sleeping and dressing areas. “The robes are positioned behind this wall, creating a linear space accessible from both sides,” explains Serena. The beauty of this approach is that wardrobe doors aren’t necessary – the bulk of the joinery is hidden from the sleeping area, such as in this serene zone (pictured right).

“The perfect feature wall in any walk-in wardrobe is a full-height, full-length wall of shoes arranged by colour”

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Birdblack Design’s interior designer Sarah suggests sorting shoes into categories of flats, heels and boots to ensure there’s enough height between shoe shelves. It’s also a good idea to place your most used pairs on the lower shelves so they’re easy to reach.

attention to detail There’s only one foolproof way to decide how much storage you’ll need and how it’s best divided… and that’s to count every item you want to hang, fold, organise and shelve. While this may sound like something of a chore to begin with, it’ll pay dividends later – you’ll have a spot for everything you own! “Think about how much space you’ll need for long dresses, coats and shorter items, such as shirts and jackets,” advises Ikea home furnishing

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specialist Billy Kane. Interior designer Marina Mirkina of Eurolife takes the process right down to the small details. “Measure trousers and shirts to make sure everything fits nicely within the wardrobe,” she says. If you plan to store jewellery and sunglasses, that should also be tallied up. “Accessory storage is often overlooked,” says Serena. “A shallow section of open shelving, often found in a corner, is a perfect location to house your designer sunglasses and jewellery.”

PHOTOGRAPHY (THIS PAGE, FROM CLOCKWISE) MELISSA HEATH, GAP INTERIORS/NICK SMITH

~ Serena Elise, White Chalk Design


Looking good Now it’s time to think about the finishes you’d like to include, such as in-cabinet lighting, seating, an ottoman and/or dressing table – for inspiration, take a look at this walk-in by Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design. At least one mirror is a given. “There are full-height mirrors available that slide out and swivel if you have limited space,” advises Sarah. Lights placed on either side of a fixed mirror will give an even spread of illumination without casting shadows. “My ideal dressing room would be U-shaped with mirrored cabinets at the back section, a mix of open shelves and a make-up and beauty bar,” says Serena. >


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Sizing it up How small is too small for a walk-in wardrobe? “The minimum space should be no smaller than 2400mm x 1500mm in an L-formation. This gives an overall hanging and storage amount of 3600mm,” says White Chalk Design’s Serena. “For hanging space, the minimum depth is about 600mm, to allow coathangers to sit evenly.” Not all areas will suit this configuration; it may be more practical to run the cabinets along one wall galley style. If that’s the case, check there’s enough room to be able to comfortably step back for a clear view of what’s in the cabinets. Look for space-saving hardware, such as pull-out racks for pants and ties, and rotating shelving for bags and shoes. Try Hettich, Hafele and Flatpax for a wide range of smart internal fittings. Also, use the full height of the room where possible. One caveat: if you’re planning to go tall, take a look at your ceiling. “If it’s ornate, it’s better to stop the wardrobe short of the ceiling to not lose the pattern,” advises Eurolife’s interior designer Marina.

inserts are a great design tip “Drawer way to amplify your storage options,”

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“Add mirrored cupboards to sections visible from the bedroom to hide mess and keep a clean look,” Serena says.

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says Ikea’s furnishing specialist Billy Kane. “They’ll keep your drawers organised and stop them becoming a cluttered mess.”


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100% Pure ‘Cofee Bean Cafeine’ eye cream, $44.95/30ml, Nourished Life.

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Peppermint cofee body scrub, $16.95, Frank Body; ‘Raw’ bowl in White, $29, Zakkia; Oak salt spoon, $9, Funkis.

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TINTED MOISTURISER

SPF 15 tinted moisturiser, $61/50ml, Bobbi Brown.

‘Advance Superlift’ neck treatment cream, $89/50ml, Skin Physics. Stockists, page 212

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coming together OPEN-PLAN LIVING IS THE DEFAULT SETTING FOR A MODERN HOME LAYOUT. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THREE ZONES WORK IN ONE WORDS VERA KLEIN

PHOTOGRAPHY JODY D’ARCY, STYLING JO CARMICHAEL

THERE’S NO DOUBT open-plan living is a friendly home design – the whole family can gather while doing separate things, be it cooking in the kitchen, working at the dining table or curled up on the sofa. But there’s a knack to making it feel cosy and inviting while creating a cohesive living experience across three, or more, zones. We’ve examined three beautiful open-plan rooms to reveal the inspirational ideas that make each one work. >

Creating comfort Treating each zone as its own room is a great way to inspire intimacy in spaces. Frame your living room area with rugs, sofas and bookshelves.


box-shaped layoUT In a square or rectangular shaped area, each zone flows into the next, so creating intimacy in a large shared space is key.

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A linear layout like this one is the most difficult to manage as there are no visual barriers to frame the space, which can make it feel cavernous and cold. The secret to making it work is to demarcate each zone visually. Here, the colour palette, furniture groupings and architectural features work together to give each area its own identity while maintaining cohesion and flow. Large-format charcoal floor tiles and a quiet base palette, together with repeated touches of timber in the kitchen finishes, jarrah bespoke dining table and a wooden cabinet in the living area, smoothly unite the three zones.

level besT Varying floor and ceiling levels can

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LIKE THE TIMBER CABINETRY AGAINST THE WHITE WALLS HELP TO divide THE SPACE

create zones “A rug in the living area creates intimacy and furniture placement makes each space inviting in its own right,” says interior decorator and stylist Jo Carmichael. This beautiful vintage Moroccan carpet, made of wool and harissa grass, injects colour and warmth. Placing the front legs of one of the vintage armchairs on the rug anchors the seating within the living area, creating a sense of connection.

PHOTOGRAPHY JODY D’ARCY, STYLING JO CARMICHAEL

help to frame and define zones. A bulkhead defines the ceiling in this kitchen, neatly distinguishing the working part of the room from the living areas. Also, it can be a useful architectural device – especially in a retrofit reno – to conceal essentials such as electrical wiring.


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draw the gaze A statement pendant, like this Nelson saucer pendant from Modernica over the dining table, is a classic zone-defining element. “You don’t want all your lights to be in the same style, nor do you want them to be a random selection,” advises interior stylist and author Tahn Scoon. “Instead, pick different pendants for each part of the room, but tie them together subtly by way of material or colour choice.”

The furniture is grouped to give each space its own identity; the sofa and vintage armchairs are gathered around a B&B Italia Maxalto ‘Fat-Fat’ coffee table, bought at Space Furniture, while the dining table and white and chrome chairs are set apart from the kitchen island and breakfast bar. “For a room to be functional, it’s important to have at least a metre perimeter around furnishings for comfortable access,” says interior designer Victoria Waters. >

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T-shaped layout This design provides a little more definition than other spaces, however, with one zone separated, creating unity is important.

Cupboard love Clutter can overwhelm an open-plan area. This zone benefits from a large butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry tucked away behind the kitchen. This is the perfect place to store less-than-lovely, functional items, leaving on-show cabinetry such as the glazed wall cupboards purely for display and allowing the whole space to retain an engaging, living-room feel.

flooring flow Glossy floorboards have been used throughout this space, making the transition from zone to zone feel seamless. Rugs demarcate the living and dining areas (inset), and furnishings and fabrics share a palette, building on the sense of cohesion: the material on the bar stools draws a connection between the kitchen and sofa, while their dark timber legs reflect those of the dining chairs and table.


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A T-shaped layout offers a great opportunity to create a ‘separate but together’ feel; here, the kitchen and living areas are next to each other and the dining room is set apart but given a sense of unity with the same wall colour – Taubmans ‘Snowy White’ – and an overarching, relaxed Hamptons vibe.

Artful effect Artwork is a fantastic way to create atmosphere in an open-plan area; this oversized clock does just the job in the dining room, while its black framework links neatly to the pendant light – another zone-defining element – in the adjacent kitchen. >

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PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN DOWNS, STYLING TAHN SCOON

The downside of open-plan living can be increased noise levels, warns stylist Tahn Scoon, especially in a relatively compact space like this one. “Soften sound by adding plush wool rugs and upholstered furniture,” she suggests. When your living space abuts a kitchen, shop for appliances such as dishwashers and extractors with care, taking the decibel level into consideration – your TV watchers will thank you!

A MIX OF patte rns IN COMPLEMENTARY HUES CREATES A COHESIVE feel WITHOUT LOOKING TOO MATCHY-MATCHY

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L-shaped layout In this space the zones are open, but already defined. The kitchen is best kept in the smaller area to keep noise confined.

This open-plan room, part of a wider renovation devised by designer Anne-Marie Rush, unites the living and dining areas in one zone, with the kitchen in the shorter portion of an L-shaped space. The division is enhanced visually by a substantial archway and a setback which encloses a built-in timber and leather bench seat in the dining area, and classic definers like the large rug in the living space and set of pendants over the dining table. The repeated use of pale timber in each area forges a subtle connection.

Divide & conquer A visual divide

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Mix it up “Open-plan living areas can read as one vast space, which can be a bit uninspiring,” says stylist Tahn Scoon. “To create interest, decorate each zone as if it were its own ‘room’; colour schemes should be harmonious but not matching.” Here, while all the colours are complementary, grey dominates in the kitchen, navy in the living area and toffee in the dining room, giving each area a distinct identity.

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is a sure-fire way to give an area a sense of containment; the archway here draws a line between the working and living parts of the space. A short blade wall can have a similar effect, but dividers aren’t restricted to architectural features; furniture can work just as well, but be careful to choose a piece that doesn’t entirely block off the room. “If using a bookshelf as a room divider, use one that has an open back so you can see through it,” says interior designer Victoria Waters. “Ideally, it should be low in height so it doesn’t restrict the view through the rooms.”


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BATHROOMS:

WELL CONNECTED THIS CONSIDERED RENOVATION PROVES A STYLISH ENSUITE AND A HARDWORKING LAUNDRY CAN COEXIST SEAMLESSLY

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WORDS BETTINA TYRRELL STYLING WENDY BANNISTER PHOTOGRAPHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN

BLACK AND LIGHT

Natural light glows through a steel Skyrange Windows door. A white translucent film was applied to the door panels to provide privacy and the windows above were left clear. “It’s interesting how black actually works with light,” says Melanie.

DISAPPEARING ACT The walls and floor were treated to an

X-Bond overlay – a polymer mix that gives a polished concrete look, but is warmer and quieter underfoot, and easier to apply than concrete. White finishes – a Hydrotherm ‘H4’ towel rail, an Astra Walker ‘Icon’ wall-mounted showerhead and a Vola shower mixer – disappear against the walls, streamlining the look and fulfilling homeowner and designer Melanie’s ‘fuss-free’ requirement.


HEN THE BATHROOM taps and toilet began failing in the Melbourne home of interior designer and architect Melanie Beynon of Meme Design, she and her husband, James, knew they couldn’t avoid a renovation any longer. “We’d been in this house for 10 years, but we put off renovating the bathroom because we knew it was going to be a long, clumsy and expensive exercise,” says Melanie, who had already revamped the Edwardian home’s living, kitchen and dining areas. “It was a long time coming.” The couple and their two children, Guy, six, and Amber, four, moved out and a complete reconfiguration began, with the aim of maximising the available space. “Essentially, it was a square made up of two separate rooms: a bathroom and a laundry,” explains Melanie. “There was no ensuite.” The new layout was designed to produce two new zones: a combined ensuite and laundry off the main bedroom and a separate bathroom for the kids. “I paced it out with the builder to get the right balance of storage and circulation space,” says Melanie. “It was important that wherever you turn, something useful was going on.” The new ensuite exudes serenity and is a perfectly balanced composition of style and functionality. “With a compact house and busy lifestyle there’s a good connection between bathroom, laundry and living spaces, but it’s hidden away enough so that you can’t hear the washing machine humming away,” says Melanie. “I can be cooking, doing the laundry and overseeing family all at the same time, and all within a few steps of each other.”

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UNIQUE TOUCH Melanie sourced

an unusual Greek marble called ‘Golden Spider’ for the benchtop and splashback from a stone quarry in Melbourne. “I went looking for something really striking, something you don’t often see,” Melanie says.

“I used white finishes and taps in the kitchen so I continued that in the bathroom. I then brought in the black with the joinery to get a strong contrast” ~ melanie

MOVING UP “Although it’s a narrow space, it doesn’t

feel small,” explains Melanie of the L-shaped ensuite. The designer played on the height of the ceilings by lining the walls with tall dark joinery and adding ‘Sol’ wall lights from Euroluce Lighting that beam upwards. A simple design decision to add a second door that leads to the hallway – another door by the vanity gives access to the main bedroom – immediately enhances the room’s usability and efficiency. >

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HIDDEN HARDWORK

A Miele washer and dryer are stacked and concealed behind a bi-fold door. The clever new laundry space, says Melanie, is much more functional and efficient than it was thanks to considered storage space and a layout with a good flow.

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ADDED GLAMOUR

Melanie added a cabinet with winged mirror doors. “I wanted it to have the feel of a dresser to align with the Art Deco theme we had going on with the black and white and bevelled edges,” explains Melanie.

BOWLED OVER The striking white Vola ‘111’ mixer from Mary Noall and a Studio Bagno ‘Unit 80’ basin provide contrast to the 2-pac joinery in Dulux Deep Onyx.

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Budget Breakdown ENSUITE & LAUNDRY 4m

TOTAL: $28,000*

CONTACTS 2.5m

DESIGNER TIP When planning a bathroom renovation that includes a laundry, Melanie suggests incorporating a longer vanity bench for sorting and folding washing, if space permits.

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Interior designer Melanie Beynon, Meme Design, memedesign.com.au. Joinery Craft Style Cabinets, (03) 9798 1422. Builder RK Constructions & Design, rkconstructions.com.au.

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super bowl BASIN SHOPPING DRAINING YOU? HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE KITCHEN SINK AND THE TAPWARE TO GO WITH IT WORDS KYLIE JACKES

IT’S PROBABLY THE most used and least appreciated item in the kitchen, and one we couldn’t do without. From filling the kettle and rinsing fruit and vegies, to soaking pots and scrubbing plates, the kitchen sink gets more attention than a Kardashian. So when it’s time to splash out and buy one, it’s worth considering all the options to find the perfect style and fit for you.

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THE RIGHT TYPE undermount Tucked under the benchtop

for a minimalist look, undermounts make cleaning a cinch, as cooking spills can be easily wiped from the bench straight into the bowl. “But, the exposed edge is susceptible to chipping,” says Nadia Hursky of Blue Tea Kitchens. As most undermount models are generally basins only, you’ll also need to consider cut-outs for tapware and drainage, points out Eamonn Lowe of Tradelink.

inset Of the three sink types, inset basins are

the most popular, as they’re both durable and inexpensive, says Michelle Irvine of Abey. Tapware can also be mounted to the sink itself. However, Catherine Brown of Oliveri says the raised rim can trap grime, making it harder to clean. “So opt for a lower-profile micro or bevel edge,” she suggests.

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“Undermounts can only be attached to a solid surface, such as stone, granite or marble” ~ Nadia Hursky, Blue Tea Kitchens flushmount For the ultimate in streamlined style, a relatively new option is the flushmount sink, where the stone benchtop is carefully routed to allow the sink’s edges to sit level with the worktop. The seamless transition between the bench and sink maximises the usable work space and, best of all, its smooth surface is a dream to clean. The high-end look is reflected in the price tag, however, with flushmounts typically more expensive to buy and install. >

SHOPPING

Schock ‘Typos D200’ 1 & ¾ inset sink in Onyx, $858, Abey.

Spectra inset, undermount or flushmount sink in Gold, $1295, Oliveri.

Cellini inset sink with tap landing, $459, Clark. Stockists, page 212


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bathrooms stainless-steel

PROS: A brilliant all-rounder, stainless steel is durable, hygienic, easy to clean and affordable. “It’s also available in a variety of colours, such as copper, gold and gunmetal, which can make a great statement,” says Catherine. CONS: Scratches may irk fastidious owners, so it’s best to opt for a brushed finish to help disguise imperfections. “Low-quality stainless steel sinks can also be quite noisy when cleaning dishes, so look for a thicker steel with good sound insulation,” recommends Nadia.

enamel

PROS: Made from a heavy, cast-iron base covered with a lustrous enamelled finish, butler sinks (see page 148) boast rustic charm. Often large and placed at the edge of the bench, they’re also ergonomic and easy to clean. CONS: Enamel sinks are hefty, so often require reinforced cabinetry to support the considerable weight, says Nadia. “Over time the enamel can also wear away, so it’s best to avoid abrasive cleaners and take care to avoid chipping the finish,” she advises.

“Available in black or white, composites are right on trend” ~ Catherine Brown, Oliveri

composite

PROS: Typically made from a granite, quartz and resin composite, this heavy-duty material is scratch proof, stain resistant and UV stable. “Nanogranite versions also come with an antibacterial nano-clean finish that repels bacteria-causing dirt, making them incredibly hygienic,” Nadia adds. CONS: “Boiling water has been known to crack composite, and water marks can be an issue in dark bowls,” she says.


TOP TAPWARE SHOPPING turn it on Nothing sets off your sink and benchtop like a terrific tap. With a myriad of spout styles, heights, mixer options and finishes on offer, try drawing style cues from your kitchen, suggests Freedom Kitchens’ Felicity Page. “Brushed nickel and black are on trend in contemporary kitchens, but for timeless appeal you can’t go past a stainless-steel or chrome swivel mixer tap,” she says. Functionality is also key. “Professional-looking sink mixers with pull-out sprays and pull-down taps can often be a statement piece, particularly on an island bench, with the tall adjustable head suited to washing woks and large pots and directional sprays ideal for rinsing vegies,” says Ross Cass of Cass Brothers. Hangsrohe’s single-lever kitchen mixer pull-out spray (top right) is a great example of commercial kitchen inspiration.

“Single-lever mixers are compact, swivel spouts are handy for double bowls, while a curved spout helps reduce splashes” ~ Michelle Irvine, Abey

‘Axor Starck’ Semi-Pro mixer, $1998, Hansgrohe.

Mondella ‘Vivace’ 5 Star WELS mixer, $211, Bunnings.

Gessi ‘Ispa’ mixer, $1155, Abey.

Bastow ‘Georgian Twinner’ mixer, $578, Reece. Stockists, page 212

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The kitchen sink should preferably be sited in an open space, without cabinets overhead, advises Felicity. “Try to install it under a window where you can enjoy a view, natural light and ventilation, or locate it at one end of the island bench to make the most of an openplan layout,” she says.

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“When selecting size and shape, think about how you mainly use your sink,” suggests Felicity. “Ideally, the bowl should be deep and wide enough to immerse your biggest pot, yet not encroach too much precious under-bench storage.” Kitchen and household size may also influence your choice. “A single bowl often suits a compact kitchen with limited bench space, whereas dual sinks are ideal for families,” Tradelink’s Eamonn explains.

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REALLY, A DREAM laundry is a place where someone else does all the work. Wishing aside, it pays to look for shortcuts to lighten the load, and thankfully technology offers many. The latest washing machines not only have a mind of their own, they also blend in with the crowd, as seen in this Porter Davis home. When shopping around, look for smart pre-wash settings along with sensitive ‘hand-washing’ cycles and automatic stain-removal cycles (yes, they promise we’ll never be scrubbing out grass stains again!). This sensor technology has been adopted by many of the major brands to scan and ‘read’ how the washing is going and adjust rinses and actions accordingly, which is brilliant news for our water and energy bills. Stick to four-and-a-half- or five-star models for high efficiency.


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Make your laundry time a fuss-free experience by zoning storage around your activities. “Try to include plenty of bench space for folding clean clothes, dumping dirty clothes or to place baskets of washing,” says stylist Simone Barter from StyleLifeHome. If you can, elevate appliances so a basket can sit below or hide in a cupboard alongside. If this is also where dirty clothes live, you can include separate pull-out hampers for ‘whites’ and ‘colours’. Simone recommends leaving  an open shelf for potted plants or objects to prevent it feeling like a stark, functional space.

1. Extra large, the new LG 14kg top loader, $2099/701mm x 736mm x 1030mm, is ideal for big or busy families. Features downloadable functions, too.

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The Bosch 8.5kg Series 8 front loader, $2049/84.5cm x 60cm x 59cm, automatically removes stains and dispenses the right amount of detergent.

3. Fisher & Paykel’s 8.5kg FabricSmart top loader, $1199/600mm x 1045-1075mm x 600mm, focuses on fabric care, with 12 cycles to choose from.

CLOTHES CONSCIOUS Want to preserve your garments? Think about using a chemical- or filler-free detergent. While laundry detergents make your clothes smell nice and fresh, most – even eco brands – are packed with ‘fillers’, which takes no part in the washing action. It’s these unnecessary chemicals that can also irritate allergy sufferers. Norwex, Tangent GC or Kin Kin Naturals are good alternatives. “Read the labels on your garments,” advises designer Siobhan Glass from Miss Glass Home. “Taking the time to read the instructions will prolong the life of your clothes.” >

4. The Electrolux 10kg JetMix Wash System front loader, $1639/850mm x 600mm x 665mm, offers a quick refresh for clothes without using water or detergent. Stockists, page 212

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1. With a seven-star energy rating, the Bosch 9kg Series 8 Heat Pump Sensor Dryer, $2629/84.2cm x 59.8cm x 59.9cm, pumps in warm air to dry eight minutes faster than other Bosch driers.

2. A household name in Europe, V-Zug offers beautiful appliances. The 7kg Adora TSLWP Luxury Heat-Pump Dryer, $3999/595mm x 850mm x 600mm, includes crease guard and SilentPlus technology.

CLOTHES CONSCIOUS Where possible, fresh air is best. “Air drying is natural, eco-friendly and good for your clothes,” Siobhan says. “Clothing that’s been air-dried won’t wear as easily from the constant rubbing from an electric dryer and is also less vulnerable to shrinking.”

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Alongside a new dryer, include space for fold-away drying racks or a ceiling-mounted hanging rod (left). For compact drying, consider Ikea’s ‘Grundtal’ wall-fixable drying rack – perfect for hanging after ironing or to dry delicates – or look for a standalone foldable version (below) that you can store away when not in use.

The Fisher & Paykel 8kg Heatpump Condensing Dryer, $2099/850mm x 600mm x 645mm, allows you to easily access water collected in the tank to recycle as water for the garden.

4. Foppapedretti ‘Ciak’ foldable drying rack, from $269, Temple & Webster.

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Moisture sensors in LG’s 8kg seven-star energy-rated Heat Pump Dryer, $2299/600mm x 680mm x 850mm, adjust the drying time, protecting garments and saving energy. Stockists, page 212

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what’s new? New dryers equipped with 3D sensors and heat pumps now mean you can get the job done faster, using far less energy than before. Hunt for dryers that scan the load to judge the amount of water present, and then work out drying time accordingly. Technology is moving fast: LG’s latest dryers – as seen in this wonderfully sleek laundry from Provincial Kitchens – let you use a phone app to diagnose any problems, with the appliances offering solutions to fix themselves.

ENERGY RATINGS Energy labels – those yellow and red stickers you see on many appliances – provide consumers with information on the energy efficiency of a product. Available in six-star and 10-star versions, the labels display two key figures: energy consumption (kilowatts per year) and energy efficiency (in stars). The more stars, the more savings. Visit energyrating.gov.au. >


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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who likes ironing. The big brands know this and are attacking this dislike on two fronts, by revamping the iron and introducing garment steamers – a mainstay of stylists for years – for home use. The new steamers, which use steam to freshen up clothes and remove wrinkles (no ironing board required), are terrific. The only downside is that, without the pressure of an ironing plate, you can’t achieve sharp pleats or stiff collars. Meanwhile, new irons are also making the process faster. The latest ones have improved glide and cut down on water refills.

1. The Morphy Richards ‘Vapocare’ iron, $499, features patented vapour technology for easier ironing, plus it uses less water than ever before.

2. The Russell Hobbs ‘Smooth IQ Pro’ iron, $119.95, uses tourmaline, a crushed semi-precious stone, to reduce static and create an easier ironing experience.

3. SMOOTH OPERATORS Spray stubborn fabrics with a little water. “The moisture works to achieve smoother results,” says Kambrook’s Nancy Humphreys. A planned approach can also help. “Rather than ironing clothes on an ad hoc basis, consider working in batches to save set-up time,” she says.

A handy alternative to larger steamers is the Kambrook ‘Swift Steam’ Garment Steamer, $49.95. Super compact, this one’s perfect for work trips or a last-minute wardrobe change.

An ironing board isn’t something you want lying around taking up valuable floor space. If possible, design an area inside cabinets to store it neatly, but also plot out where you’ll use it and position powerpoints accordingly. Check out Hafele’s innovative ironing board storage solutions: fold and pull directly from behind a drawer front, have it wall-mounted, or fold out and use as a lateral board (right). There are also cabinets available at hardware stores with mirror fronts that hide a fold-out ironing board inside. The interior of large cupboard doors can also be fitted with hooks to hang ironing boards and cleaning accessories.

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4. Tefal’s ‘Minute’ Garment Steamer, $179, is a powerful steamer and odour killer that can be used on a wide range of fabrics. Heats up in just 60 seconds. Stockists, page 212

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air of confidence Good ventilation can be an issue in laundries, especially in winter when you’re likely to have clothes airing or the dryer going. IXL Appliances have many Australianmade heating, lighting and ventilation options designed to suit any laundry. The range extends from basic fittings, such as a standalone Ventair ‘200’ Exhaust Fan in White, $32.99, to multifunction modules, like the Tastic Neo Vent n Lite in White, $445 (below). Depending on the size of your room and whether you use a dryer, your ventilation needs will vary. Visit ixlappliances.com.au.

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all the raj What better way to warm up than by creating a space rich with the jewel hues and sumptuous textures of India? Mix velvet and embroidered textiles with a joyous scattering of celebratory blooms, and serve dishes redolent of precious spices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to share from glowing wares fit for a maharajah. >


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CHANA DHAL WITH SPINACH See recipe on page 169


BEEF VINDALOO See recipe on page 170

OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Wine glass in Red, $28, Maison Et Jardin. Metal cup, $44, Japanese ceramic bowl, $35, both Faded Empire. Hammered platter in Matt Gold, $55.95/ medium, Ruby Star Traders. Raw linen napkin, $15, My Island Home. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Linen napkin, $16, Maison Et Jardin. Japanese ceramic bowls, $35 each, Indian coffee table, $450, all Faded Empire. Hammered platter in Matt Gold, $55.95/medium, enamelled 'Petal' plates, $39.95 each, 'Pair of Peacocks' cushion, $90, 'Sindh Gudri' throw (used as a floor rug), $4500, all Ruby Star Traders. Georgian sterling silver spoon, $275, brass cutlery, $600/ setting for four, 'Julitha' wine glass in Blue Smoke, $9.95, all The Bay Tree. For a similar dipping bowl, try The Bay Tree. All other products, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own. Stockists, page 212 >


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Wine glass in Red, $28, Maison Et Jardin. Brass cutlery, $600/setting for four, The Bay Tree. Enamelled platter, $49.95, Ruby Star Traders Raw linen napkin, $15, My Island Home. For a similar dipping bowl, try The Bay Tree. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: 'Julitha' wine glasses in Blue Smoke, $9.95 each, Georgian sterling silver spoon, $275, all The Bay Tree. For a similar hammered brass vase, try Voult. For a similar brass bowl, try Faded Empire. Linen napkin, $16, Maison Et Jardin. Enamelled 'Petal' plate, $39.95, Ruby Star Traders. For a similar ceramic bowl, try The Bay Tree. All other products, stylistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own. Stockists, page 212 >

BEEF VINDALOO See recipe on page 170

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MARIGOLD, CARDAMOM & GINGER CARROT CAKE Serves 8 4 large eggs ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup caster sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups self-raising flour 1 tsp bi-carbonate of soda 2 tsp ground cardamom 2 tsp mixed spice 2 tbsp finely chopped glacé ginger 1½ cups grated carrot

2 tbsp peeled pistachios, chopped Edible baby marigold petals, (optional, see tip, below) Frosting 125g cream cheese, chopped 50g unsalted butter, at room temperature, chopped ¾ cup icing sugar mixture, sifted

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 25cm x 12.5cm (at top) loaf tin. Line bases and sides with baking paper. Beat eggs, sugars and oil in the large bowl of an electric mixer until thick and pale. Sift flour, bi-carb, cardamom and spice over oil mixture and stir until combined. 2. Add ginger and carrot and stir until combined. Spoon mixture into tin. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean. Stand in tin for 30 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 3. To make frosting, put all ingredients in the small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth. 4. Spread cooled cake with frosting. Sprinkle with pistachios and marigold petals. Serve. Tip: Available from select gourmet greengrocers, or harvest petals from your own pesticide-free marigold plants, rinse and pat dry.

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Faded Empire. Tea glasses, $14.50 each, brass cutlery, $600/setting for four, all The Bay Tree. For a similar board, try Faded Empire. Raw linen napkin, $15, My Island Home. All other products, stylist’s own. OPPOSITE ABOVE & BOTTOM: Details page 165 and 167. Stockists, page 212

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ONION BHAJIS WITH GREEN CHILLI & MINT SAUCE Makes about 24 1 large onion, halved, sliced 1 large red onion, halved, sliced 1 medium carrot, grated 2 tbsp chopped coriander 1 tbsp finely grated ginger 1½ cups besan or chickpea flour (see tip, below) ¼ cup rice flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp hot curry powder 1 tsp salt ½-1 tsp dried chilli flakes 1½ cups chilled water Vegetable oil, for deep frying

Green chilli & mint sauce ½ cup firmly packed mint leaves ½ cup firmly packed coriander leaves and stems 1 long green chilli, seeded, chopped 1 tbsp tamarind puree 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic and ginger paste (see tip, below) Nigella seeds, to garnish (optional)

ONION BHAJIS WITH GREEN CHILLI & MINT SAUCE

1. To make sauce, put all ingredients in a small food processor and process until thick. Set aside in a bowl until ready to serve. 2. Put onions, carrot, coriander and ginger in a large bowl and toss until combined. Set aside. Put flours, baking powder, curry powder, salt and chilli to taste in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add chilled water and stir with a whisk until batter is free of lumps. 3. Add onion mixture to batter and stir until coated; mixture thickens on standing, so add an extra 1-2 tablespoons water if batter becomes too dry. Heat enough oil to reach a third of the way up the sides of a wok or large saucepan, over a medium-high heat; oil is ready when a small piece of batter mixture sizzles when dropped in. 4. Drop heaped tablespoons of mixture into hot oil. Cook 4 at a time for about 3 minutes, turning once, until golden; adjust oil temperature as you go so bhajis don’t brown too quickly. Drain on paper towel. 5. Transfer bhajis to a serving plate or board. Sprinkle sauce with nigella seeds. Serve immediately. CHANA DHAL WITH SPINACH Serves 6 1 cup yellow split peas 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp ghee (see tip, below) or vegetable oil 2 medium onions, halved, sliced 2 bunches English spinach, ends trimmed, rinsed 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste (see tip, below) 1 tsp garam masala

2 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp turmeric 2 tsp black or brown mustard seeds 1 long green chilli, seeded, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish 1 cup chicken stock Salt and cracked black pepper 10 fresh curry leaves, plus extra for garnish

1. Rinse peas under cold water. Place in a large saucepan with 6 cups water and salt. Bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Drain. 2. Meanwhile, heat half the ghee in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 8 minutes or until caramelised. 3. Separate stems and leaves from spinach and reserve both. Add remaining ghee to pan with onion. Add paste, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, mustard seeds and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add stock, curry leaves and spinach stems. Cook for 2 minutes, turning with tongs a few times. Add split peas. Season to taste. 4. Add spinach leaves and stir until just wilted. Spoon into a serving dish. Sprinkle with extra chilli and curry leaves. Serve. Tip: Find besan flour, garlic and ginger paste and ghee (traditional

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BEEF VINDALOO

BEEF VINDALOO Serves 6 1 tsp fenugreek seeds 3 tsp yellow mustard seeds 2 tsp cardamom seeds 3 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder, or to taste 3 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground cloves 1 tsp turmeric ¼ cup ghee (see tip, below) or vegetable oil 2.2kg beef chuck steak, trimmed, cut into 4-5cm pieces Salt and cracked black pepper 2 medium onions, halved, sliced 2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste (see tip, below) 1⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar

2 cups beef stock 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp brown sugar 2 cinnamon sticks Roasted chickpeas and coriander sprigs, to garnish Steamed basmati rice and naan bread, to serve Raita 1 small cucumber, halved, seeded, grated 400ml Greek yoghurt ¼ tsp ground cumin 2 tbsp finely chopped mint

1. Put fenugreek, mustard and cardamom seeds in a small saucepan over a medium heat and cook, shaking pan, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Tip into a spice grinder or small food processor. Add chilli, cumin, coriander, cloves and turmeric and grind to a powder. 2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the ghee in a large, flameproof casserole dish over a high heat. Season meat with salt and pepper. Cook beef in three batches, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until browned. Add more ghee if necessary. Remove meat and set aside. 3. Heat remaining ghee in same dish over a medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until caramelised. Add garlic and ginger paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add spice mix and stir for 30 seconds. 4. Add vinegar, stock, tomato paste, sugar and cinnamon sticks and stir to combine. Return meat and stir. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pot and gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Uncover and gently boil for a further 15 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. 5. To make raita, place cucumber in a strainer and press out juice. Combine cucumber and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. 6. Sprinkle curry with roasted chickpeas, garnish with coriander sprigs and serve with raita, basmati rice and naan bread. Tip: Find besan flour, garlic and ginger paste and ghee (traditional

clarified butter) in Indian grocery stores and select supermarkets.

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$85, The Bronte Tram. Velvet bedspread in Navy Blue (used as a couch cover), $595, 'Madhya Pradesh' multi-coloured wall hanging (used as a throw), $1400, 'Ikat' velvet cushions in Grey/Multi and White/Multi, $85 each, 'Pair of Peacocks' cushion, $90, hammered platter in Matt Gold, $34.95/small, chainstitch 'Pomegranate' cushion, $150, 'Sindh Gudri' throw (used as a floor rug), $4500, all Ruby Star Traders. Linen-backed velvet cushions in Turquoise, $89, and Grape, $119, wine glass in Red, $28, all Maison Et Jardin. Indian coffee table, $450, brass chapatti tin, $129, both Faded Empire. Antique cut-glass decanter, $250, 'Julitha' wine glass in Blue Smoke, $9.95, both The Bay Tree. For a similar urn, try Outdoor Emporium. All other products, stylist’s own. TOP RIGHT: Details page 167. Stockists, page 212

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CLEVER COOKING Canny kitchen appliances are becoming increasingly popular as the way we prepare our food evolves 1. BREVILLE’S COMPACT NEW SMART OVEN PRO ($349.95, FAR RIGHT) COMBINES THE FUNCTIONALITY OF AN OVEN AND A SLOW COOKER. SIMPLY SELECT FROM LOW OR HIGH AND YOUR PREFERRED COOKING TIME AND THE ‘KEEP WARM’ FUNCTION WILL AUTOMATICALLY TURN ON WHEN IT’S READY – PERFECT FOR SLOW-COOKED MEALS THIS WINTER. VISIT BREVILLE.COM.AU.

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Consider yourself a bit of a pickle connoisseur? The two food-loving Sydney boys behind Westmont Pickles have formulated an American-inspired, 100 per cent Australian-made pickle that packs a punch in flavour and crunch. Choose from Bread & Butter, Dill Sour (above) or, if you’re brave, Ghost Chilli (from $9). Visit westmontpickles.com.

2. MAGIMIX HAS LAUNCHED THE COOK EXPERT ($2099, RIGHT), A MULTIFUNCTIONAL THERMOMACHINE AND FOOD PROCESSOR. COOK, BLEND, CHOP – EVEN MAKE YOUR OWN SORBET – AS YOU CHOOSE THE PROGRAM OF YOUR CHOICE. IT COMES WITH A 30-YEAR MOTOR GUARANTEE. VISIT MAGIMIX.COM.AU.

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FINER WINE If you usually just unscrew and pour your cab sav, think again. Decanting your wine – reds and your cellared whites – not only removes the sediment from older varietals, it also helps to add oxygen and release sulphur, enhancing the aromas and flavour. Put your palate to the test with these stunning decanters.

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Lose yourself in dreamy landscapes and food, as chef and photographer Simon Bajada sheds a new light on traditional Scandinavian cuisine. With a section dedicated to ‘Fika’ – an afternoon tea break popular in Nordic countries – you’ll find lots of tempting ideas for that 3pm slump. Indian Made Easy by Amandip Uppal (Murdoch Books, $39.99)

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ALL FOR ONE EVERY VERDANT CORNER OF THIS TRANQUIL BACKYARD HAS BEEN BROUGHT INTO PLAY WORDS JACKIE BRYGEL STYLING STEPHANIE POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS WARNES

partment living in Sydney’s beachside suburbs doesn’t usually come complete with a private and lush backyard oasis, not to mention a garden that incorporates everything from an infinity pool and heated spa to a stylish outdoor kitchen, alfresco area and even a cubbyhouse with its own picket fence and letterbox. But that’s exactly why Jasmin, Will and their three-year-old son, Elliott, relish spending almost every day in their city sanctuary. “It’s such a relaxing and comfortable garden that’s very secluded,” says Jasmin. When Jasmin and Will moved into their three-bedroom apartment, the private backyard was more wasteland than wondrous retreat. “It wasn’t a useable space,” recalls Jasmin. “While it was a pretty sizeable plot of land, it was on a steep slope and was also very under-developed.” Enlisting the expertise of Oliver Sizeland, director of Sydney landscape design and maintenance company Growing Rooms, the couple presented their wishlist and the overhaul of this rare apartment garden began. “It was a massive transformation and not without its challenges,” admits Oliver. “We excavated 120 cubic metres of soil. The tiered levels of the backyard required a careful design solution that was not only sympathetic to the steep nature of the space, but would offer efficient and easy-to-maintain areas for family life.” Today, clever plantings of low-maintenance lemon trees and shrubs frame the perimeter of the swim zone, with swaying palm trees dotted throughout to enhance the tropical-resort ambience. Oliver selected creamy-hued limestone pavers – a nod to the home’s close proximity to the sea – to surround the pool and ground the steps and sun lounge zone. “Limestone is a beautiful natural stone that ages naturally, whereas some man-made products can sometimes look tired rather quickly,” he says. On one side of the garden, towering bamboo provides a privacy screen, while a vertical garden conceals a large shed in another corner. Best of all, with the shimmering new pool, pergola-covered sun lounge area, timber-decked entertaining space and an expanse of lawn, every pocket of this backyard has been put to good use. All that’s left to do is sit back and watch it grow. “We look forward to seeing the jasmine blossom, palm trees and bamboo develop,” says Jasmin. “We get so much enjoyment from being here.”

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DECK Grounded by the timeless beauty of spotted gum timber decking, the designated cooking and eating area on the lower level of this family garden has already played host to many relaxed occasions. “It’s been so lovely to invite over friends with their children to enjoy the space,” says homeowner Jasmin. A ‘Tidal’ powder-coated steel outdoor table and chairs from Tait creates a stylish and functional focal point.

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A built-in bench seat provides extra seating. “They’re also a great space-saving feature in any garden, as you can pull another table close and they fit into a corner. This seat has an LED light strip underneath,” says designer Oliver.


SUN LOUNGING It’s easy to imagine whiling away the day in these Manutti ‘Liner’ sun lounges from Cosh Living (left), positioned under a newly installed hardwood pergola that will soon be covered in fragrant-flowering jasmine. “It has a really beautiful citrus perfume,” says landscape designer Oliver Sizeland. “We’ve run wire across the pergola to encourage the Madagascar jasmine to create a roof-like effect, for added shade and privacy.” >

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Lemon trees: Under-planted with buxus hedge and liriope, “these lemon trees are evergreen and won’t drop many leaves into the pool,” says Oliver.

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Oliver selected spotted gum coated in clear decking oil for two reasons. “It’s a sustainable timber grown in Australia,” he says. “Also, I love that it has a beautiful variation of shades. You can get everything, from red through to blonde tones and even a few greys.”


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POOL & SPA With an in-built gas heating and filtering system, the spa is designed for year-round enjoyment. “Will and our son, Elliott, love the spa,” says Jasmin. “They use it every weekend.” The gas-heated pool has real wow factor. “The infinity edge at the lower end of the garden [previous page] doubles as a beautiful, shimmering water feature that can be enjoyed from the lower deck as well as the pool,” says designer Oliver.

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Sir Walter buffalo: “It’s one of the softer buffalo turfs but is still fast-repairing,” says Oliver. “A worn patch will come back to life very quickly.”

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“THIS GARDEN HAS SO MUCH , WHICH IS REALLY NICE” ~ JASMIN, HOMEOWNER

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great idea Indulgent yet oh-so-practical, outdoor showers are becoming increasingly popular features, especially for homes near the beach. “This copper shower with a spotted gum screen is one step above the usual, as it provides both hot and cold water,” says Oliver.

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ALFRESCO KITCHEN The spotted gum and black granite enclosed Weber barbecue is very much husband Will’s domain. “He has a Greek background and has cooked a lot of lamb spits on it for guests,” explains Jasmin. “He loves entertaining!” Wine and beer fridges beneath the barbecue ensure a cold drink is always on hand, and an under-counter laundry is also included.


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Jasmin and Will thought of putting a vegetable patch in this spot (below) – then he found a kit supplier called Cubby Central. “Elliott loves it and invites everyone who comes to the house over for tea parties,” says Jasmin. “He’s so excited that it’s his own little space.” Stockists, page 212

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Vertical garden: Installing a lush garden with cascading sword ferns, purple hearts, philodendrons and grassy liriope in recycled hardwood planters was an ingenious way to conceal the shed. “We wanted some kind of green screen but this was almost an afterthought,” reveals Oliver. “Storage sheds can be ugly, so we try and hide them.”

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Low-maintenance tropical plants are a sure-fire winner. “You want them to grow and merge so there aren’t any set lines,” explains Oliver. “You almost allow them to do their own thing, which keeps the maintenance down, and that’s a good thing with our busy lives.”


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“PARENTS LOVE WHERE THEY CAN SUPERVISE PLAY FROM A CHAIR” ~ PRUE ABRECHT, RUBI LANDSCAPE DESIGN

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Cedar Shed Industries elevated multiplay cubbyhouse (with sandpit), $842/2480mm x 1160mm, Bunnings.

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“MAXIMISE THE ENJOYMENT of a family garden [left] by creating an even balance between hard surfaces, soft landscaping and planting,” says Mark Browning of Cycas Landscape Design. “Generally that ‘third, third, third’ principle applies – prioritise your wishlist to plan how you intend to allocate your budget and space.” ACTIVE YOUNGSTERS can compact lawns and cause havoc trampling delicate plants, so devise a scheme that can take a few knocks. “Incorporate hardy shrubs such as Carissa ‘Desert Star’, and avoid spiky plants like cacti which can harm small hands,” recommends Adam Robinson of Adam Robinson Design. “Check the slip rating of pavers for optimal safety when wet, and ensure timber posts and arbours – which are attractive for youngsters to climb – are set firmly in place.” OUTDOOR FUN doesn’t have to end at sunset. Create a garden with spots where the family can gather, such as a fire pit or picnic table. For ambience, dot solar lights along paths and keep torches handy for a game of spotlight. Get the kids involved in the garden with a vegetable patch, where they can get their hands dirty and experience the joy of growing food. A fantastic way to get started is with an off-the-shelf raised garden bed positioned in a flat, sunny spot, planted with easy-to-grow tomatoes, zucchinis and basil. Within weeks, your littlies will be harvesting their own crop and learning skills to last a lifetime. Try the Bedford treated pine raised garden bed, $45, Bunnings. INSPIRE THE IMAGINATION with a variety of outdoor spaces that appeal to every family member. “Stepping stone-paths, shrubs to hide among and shaded secret gardens will provide hours of fun for young children,” suggests Prue Abrecht of Rubi Landscape Design.

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‘The Flagstaff 1’ cubbyhouse, from $1650/2400mm x 1800mm, Cubby Central.

‘Tear Drop’ caravan cubbyhouse in Red, $1995/2600mm x 1800mm (plus delivery), Caravan Cubbies. Stockists, page 212

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family friendly lawn A flat area of lawn is a great asset for active families (left and below). The trick is to cultivate the ideal patch. “For a sloping block, consider if it’s feasible to level a section, or create a gentle grassy slope which can be easily accessed and enjoyed,” says Prue Abrecht of Rubi Landscape Design. When selecting turf, Prue recommends opting for a robust variety which needs minimal maintenance. “Fine-leaf Empire zoysia turf is a great choice as it requires less mowing and watering than most other varieties,” she says. “Palmetto is my favourite soft-leaf buffalo as it holds its vibrant green colour through winter and copes well in the shade. While in sunny spots, Wintergreen is a great all-round fine-leaf turf. It is often used on golf courses, as it handles high traffic and can be cut low to the ground.”

CHOOSE A TURF WHICH CAN ENERGETIC CHILDREN AND PETS

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Ozito ‘Ecomow’ 1400W 380mm electric lawnmower, $179, Bunnings. Victa ‘Easy Walker InStart’ 19” (48cm) mulch or catch lawnmower (with 163cc engine), $849, Bunnings.

‘LC18’ 2.1kW 46cm lawnmower, $499, Husqvarna. Stockists, page 212 >


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“An outdoor kitchen should be designed around how you like to cook and entertain,” says Darren James of Darren James Interiors. A popular layout option is to locate the work top and appliances along the back wall of the house, where they’re most sheltered. “Ventilation needs and tolerances vary between barbecues – choose your model first so the specific requirements can be factored into the design,” adds Darren.

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still open to the elements,” says Darren. “Every aspect of the design, from the cabinetry to the benchtop and appliances, needs to be durable. Check with the supplier, to ensure your materials are suitable and covered by warranties.”

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If you’re going to have a built-in barbecue, you may want to connect it to your mains gas supply rather than use separate gas bottles. Also, if you plan a sink and dishwasher, think about plumbing and include extra power outlets so you can plug in benchtop appliances.

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Incorporate storage. You don’t want to cart everything outside whenever you cook, then haul it all back inside afterwards. Have space for barbecue equipment, crockery, glassware, etc. A pull-out bin will also keep the area tidy. The more user-friendly it is, the more you’ll use it.

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outdoor showers “Outdoor showers are right on trend,” says Adam Robinson of Adam Robinson Design. “They can be used to rinse off chlorine after a swim in the pool, to cool off, or as an alternative to a daily indoor shower.” Adam recommends getting it professionally installed, with both hot and cold taps. Showers can be freestanding (right) or attached to the wall (below), with prices starting at around $440 for a basic set-up to $3000 for high-end versions. “Locating it near your hot water system can save money,” explains Adam. “Position it somewhere private, out of the wind and on a level surface, such as a deck or path with good drainage.”

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Saber ‘R67SB0714’ 4-burner built-in stainless steel barbecue, $2699/946mm x 229mm, The BBQ Store.

‘Äpplarö’/’Klasen’ stainless steel charcoal barbecue with trolley, $428/1470mm x 1090mm, Ikea.

Cordon Bleu 4-burner built-in stainless steel barbecue, $699/950mm x 660mm, Barbecues Galore. Stockists, page 212


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Hibiscus ‘cottonwood’: This versatile evergreen with large, heart-shaped leaves can grow up to eight metres high.

THE FRENCH EFFECT SMALL OUTDOOR ‘ROOMS’ GIVE THIS CHARMING HERITAGE HOME A GARDEN THAT CHIMES BOTH HERITAGE AND STYLE WORDS KYLIE JACKES STYLING JO CARMICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY JODY D’ARCY


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Cosmos: One of homeowner Sylvie’s favourite annuals is cosmos, which basks in the sun. “I love to watch their delicate heads wave around in the breeze,” she says.

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Such a grand home deserves a wrought iron arbour to match. Enter this imposing feat of engineering, designed by Jenny Delmage of Naturescape Creative. “There was a real art to the construction,” says Sylvie. “The materials are incredibly heavy but the arbour has a lovely lightness to it, with delicate white wisteria racemes draping down through it.”

hen people pass by the front fence of Sylvie and Bruce’s 111-year-old home in the heart of Perth, many can’t resist taking a peek through the wrought iron rails. They admire the picturesque, heritage-listed residence, plus the surrounding manicured greenery, delicate white blooms and magical towering trees. “Quite often they knock on our door and ask about particular plants and we’re happy to chat,” says Sylvie. “We feel so lucky to have a little piece of history and see ourselves more as custodians than owners.” The property was in need of TLC when the couple bought it three years ago. A passionate green thumb, Sylvie wanted to create a glorious garden that gave the impression it had always been there and called on the expertise of Jenny and Neil Delmage of Naturescape Creative. The first step was to remove the existing neglected gardens, lawn and decaying slate pavers on the verandah. The only elements retained were precious established trees. “We have a few cape lilacs, a heritage-listed Peruvian pepper tree and a magnificent magnolia, so it was important they stayed and formed the backdrop to the new garden,” says Sylvie. Drawing inspiration from the home’s era and classic European gardens, formality and structure were introduced, with paved sandstone paths, hedging to define garden beds, traditional topiary balls and wrought iron features. Now, a series of Parisian-inspired garden rooms and alfresco areas wrap around the house, enveloping it in soft greenery. An intricate arbour, designed by Jenny to sit alongside the house under the shade of a cape lilac, is a particularly beautiful addition. >

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COURTYARD A cantilevered Shadowspec umbrella which can swivel 360 degrees enables the owners to chase the sun away from this secluded courtyard in summer (opposite). A casual Synthetic Loom ‘1300’ wicker-and-glass table and ‘Charlotte’ wicker chairs from Trilogy takes in views of the fence, which has been turned into a feature wall with a trellis and ornate fountain. The gentle trickling water enhances the courtyard’s relaxing qualities.

LAYERING In the sunny courtyard, Japanese box is cleverly used as a hedging plant and topiary balls are beautifully displayed in French-style urns to create a formal feel. On the back wall, the cross-hatch theme repeats with a diamond-pattern trellis woven with Chinese star jasmine and white clematis.

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Even the narrowest garden area can be spectacular. Rows of dichondra planted in a formal cross-hatch pattern add stateliness to another tiny courtyard of Sylvie and Bruce’s garden. Paved in French-cut limestone, this elegant transition zone is defined by a French urn and custom sandblasted stone balls.

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Tiered plantings: The sense of depth at the side of the small courtyard (left) is enhanced by rows of (from top) orange jessamine, white hydrangea and Japanese box.

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“I LOVE GARDENS WITH A SENSE OF THAT MAKE YOU WHAT’S AROUND THE CORNER” ~ SYLVIE, HOMEOWNER

< Featuring a cross-hatch pattern and ornate swirls, the arbour’s motif is incorporated in trellis screens, paving and French furniture from Trilogy to form a cohesive thread throughout the garden. The artisan pieces were made by a local blacksmith who assembled the impressive structure onsite, like a giant Meccano set. For a tranquil, timeless feel, the colour palette is a restrained mix of greens, interspersed with white and purple. A sea of cottage varieties including foxgloves, delphiniums, clematis, climbing roses and mophead hydrangeas add softness alongside borders and screens in Japanese box, westringia ‘Grey Box’ and lilly pilly ‘Pinnacle’. “No matter what time of year, there is always something flowering,” says Sylvie. “I also love watching the activity in the frog pond and the birdlife. At the moment, there’s a Willie wagtail who thinks the outdoor umbrella looks like a good spot to build a nest with his girlfriend!” With the hard work done, the joy for Sylvie and Bruce is watching the garden bloom. Just like their home, it will get better with age.

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Mix up the plants in your hedges. Flowering cottage varieties can loosen up the formality of a traditional European setting such as this. “It looks quite high maintenance but isn’t,” says Sylvie. “Someone helps me trim the hedges once a month, so it’s only in autumn when the trees lose their leaves and I rake, that I do any real ‘work’.” Stockists, page 212

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CLIMBER A trellis filled with clematis and Chinese star jasmine creates a low-maintenance green wall, which is wonderfully fragrant when it flowers during spring. “The lovely perfume comes through the lounge room’s windows,” says Sylvie.

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THE SECRET TO MAKING SHADY SPACES A GREAT BACKYARD offers sun and shade (left). “Shade gives relief during the warmer months, plus it enables kids to play longer and lets you landscape with a wider mix of plants,” says Sophie Grieve of Think Outside Gardens. Mark Browning of Cycas Landscaping Design suggests a blend of deciduous and evergreen trees. “Deciduous trees can help block out unwelcome summer sun, yet provide light in the winter months, while evergreens provide year-round screening,” he says. Awnings (below) and shutters are another option for improvement – they ensure privacy, reduce glare and insulate a room. A new energy-efficient option is Luxaflex’s Photon One solar-powered motor for its Evo Awnings range. “It allows you to easily extend and extract the awning via remote control,” says Jenny Brown of Luxaflex.

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SHADE-PROVIDING DECIDUOUS TREES

Golden Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’)

Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

Saucer magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana)

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THE POWER OF POTS

“WHEN USING POTS in petite spaces, less is more but bigger is better,” explains Anna Harrison of The Balcony Garden. “Invest in sizeable planters that allow you to grow medium-sized trees to enhance the skyline and create a view you enjoy. “Also use layering, with tall plants at the back and smaller plants in front, with varying foliage textures to create a thick green screen.” Big hanging pots (below) can be ideal, especially if massed with assorted trailing succulents. “They free up valuable floor space, allowing more room for dining and lounging,” says Richard Unsworth of Garden Life. Similarly, narrow, tall troughs with a small footprint work well as they extend up, rather than out, and elevate greenery at eye level where you can enjoy it most.” Bare walls can also provide the perfect blank canvas (left). “Green them up with flowering climbers and decorative screens, for instant impact and interest,” says Richard.

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Menu ‘Wire’ powder-coated steel base and pot in White, from $74/200mm, Design Stuff.

Willow ‘Beehive’ fibreglass and concrete pot in Charcoal, from $130/490mm, The Balcony Garden.

‘Chunky Planter’ New Guinea rosewood planter boxes, $1230/450mm, $1490/600mm, $1700/750mm, Robert Plumb.

Essential ‘Euro Trough’ fibre clay pot in Cement, $195/600mm, Garden Life. Stockists, page 212


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Golden rubina: Ideal for the arid Western Australian climate, this deciduous tree also provides plenty of summer shade.

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When space is tight, maximise seating capacity without excess furniture. Anne’s garden has white-render raised beds which provide extra seating when the couple entertains, add interest with height variance and tie the garden to the home’s modern style and palette.

estled among a grove of peppermint trees, just beyond reach of the robust winds of the Fremantle waterfront near Perth, a peaceful courtyard comes alive with the heady scent of jasmine. “Spring is when the jasmine really takes off and the fragrance flows throughout the garden,” says owner Anne, who lives here with her husband, Shane, and their 18-month-old daughter, Emily. “With the new growth and the flowers, our garden is just so inviting.” Craige Matthews, head designer of Perth-based landscaping company Acanthus Green, purposefully designed the courtyard to offer delights throughout the year. “In summer, the Chinese star jasmine is flowering – in autumn and winter, the Boston ivy adds colour, and leaves dropping from trees reveal the sculptural quality of branching,” he says. “Spring brings the edible garden of citrus and herbs to life.” Meyer lemon and Tahitian lime citrus trees are bountiful for cooking and evening drinks, while deciduous trees create shade in summer and let in winter light. The verdant, blossoming courtyard is a far cry from the bare, slightly sloping site Anne and Shane were faced with once they had completed their new-build home – a contemporary design in a light palette. Their initial vision was for a solid-roof pergola and ground-level garden beds around decking attached to the house. But, Craige had another idea the couple adored: an open-roof pergola and deck built of sustainably sourced merbau, a hardwood that needs little maintenance, and garden beds of varying levels set away from the house. >

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“FOR US,, THIS GARDEN IS ALL ABOUT THE WITH ITS AND FLOWERS” ~ ANNE, HOMEOWNER

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TEXTURES An existing recycled brick wall provided the style starter for parts of the garden. “We incorporated second-hand bricks to fit in with the original wall and to keep with the charm of the heritage Fremantle area,” says landscape designer Craige Matthews. “Boston ivy has been trimmed up to the recycled brick section, and within recesses along the sides.”

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The plantings in Anne’s garden are based on a seasonal cycle, which means it has appeal whenever she and Shane step out to enjoy it. When the warm weather arrives, the crop includes Chinese star jasmine and golden robinias, while Boston ivy adds colour in the cooler months. There’s even room for a potted Campfire succulent.

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Lippia: A native groundcover, this was chosen to border pavers that lead off the back garden as it can deal with heat generated by the concrete.

“OUR PERGOLA MAKES THE GARDEN FEEL MORE , WHILE THE TIMBER DELIVERS WARMTH AND ” ~ ANNE, HOMEOWNER

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< The pergola allows winter light to continue uninterrupted into the home – and the deck, with its array of comfortable lounge seating, acts as a focal point, luring visitors outside. “Craige did the opposite to what we first envisioned – and we love it!” says Anne. Despite the compact footprint of the courtyard, the different levels will keep it interesting for Anne’s daughter, Emily. “There’s room for her to grow into the garden, and she already rides around on her trike and potters with her gardening tools,” says Anne. While the new house is a hit with this family-of-three, adding the garden has really made this house a home – and a dynamic one at that. “It’s fresh and changes with the seasons, so when we look out from all the windows we enjoy the changing landscape,” says Anne. “This garden completely captures our lifestyle and taste – it’s easy to care for but looks amazing all the time.”

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It’s easy to get carried away with your garden’s visual appeal, but the practical side is also vital. Despite this backyard’s small, 8.7m x 7.5m footprint, a potting shed has been squeezed in. Home to garden tools, it has been given recycled timber doors as a tribute to the history of the area.

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COMFORT FACTOR MORE GREAT IDEAS FOR CREATING ENTERTAINING SPACES OUTSIDE

‘Kittel’ 2.5-seater lounge upholstered in ‘Primo Baltic’ fabric, $4320/2000mm, Outside Envy.

‘Tully’ 2.5-seater sofa upholstered in ‘Basic Smoke’ fabric, $2699/1450mm, Eco Outdoor.

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THINK ABOUT POSITION and where you’ll use your outdoor room most. If it’s orientated directly to the west, it may be too hot to use in the peak of summer, even with blinds and fans. If you can’t screen for privacy, you’ll also be less inclined to use it. If it’s seclusion you’re after, then try Easycraft’s decorative wall or screen panels, or consider the addition of a pergola at the far end of the garden. DECIDE HOW YOU’LL CREATE SUITABLE COVERAGE. “Shelter in the form of sails, blinds, screens and pergolas will protect your furniture while also providing comfort and shade,” says interior designer Melissa Smythe of Outside Envy. “This will create an environment you can retreat to all year-round.” GET OUT THE TAPE MEASURE! “Nothing looks worse than when a space is over-furnished or there’s not enough furniture,” says William Dangar of William Dangar and Associates.

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Map out your floor area to select pieces that fit the space, and allow plenty of room to move around – the outdoor zone above is a good example of excellent planning.

‘Äpplarö’/‘Kungsö’ 3+2-seater corner sofa upholstered in polyester in White, $810/2060mm x 2060mm, Ikea.

DRAW INSPIRATION FROM INDOOR LIVING AREAS. A serious outdoor room that you can enjoy after dark and throughout the year will be equipped with all the indoor creature comforts, such as great feature lighting, good insulation, window treatments, ceiling fans and heating. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU LIKE TO ENTERTAIN when planning the configuration of sofas and extras, such as coffee tables and ottomans. This will make the space really functional, says Susan Tait of Tait. “Invest in highperformance fabric and outdoor foams that will survive UV, pool chlorine, children and pets,” says Susan. “Choose a fabric you can live with for several years and use scatter cushions when you want to refresh the look.”

‘Fatso’ 2-seater sofa upholstered in Sunbrella ‘Canvas’ fabric in Aruba (67 colours available in range), $4830/1800mm, Robert Plumb. Stockists, page 212

“SELECT COMFORTABLE FURNITURE SO YOU USING IT” ~ WILLIAM DANGAR,

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creating flow Unify indoor and outdoor spaces from the ground

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up with a harmonious palette of finishes. “Carrying similar flooring throughout both zones will create an expansive feel,” says Jen Stumbles of Eco Outdoor, who advises using materials that complement each other and the conditions. “For example, you could use honed bluestone inside and take it outside in a sawn bluestone.” A level floor which allows you to step straight out to your patio or alfresco area, teamed with big glass doors, also helps create a seamless transition and make the most of garden vistas. Extend your interior style outdoors, with furnishings and layers of comfort, as shown here. If your kitchen and living room has a relaxed Hamptons vibe, echo the feel outside with wicker furniture, tongue and groove wall panelling, linen upholstery and gorgeous pendants. >


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“WHEN PLANNING an outdoor audio system, the first consideration should be the source of the sound,” says Jason Sexton of Len Wallis Audio. “Decide if you’re going to be streaming from your phone or tablet, playing from your computer or using CDs, as this will determine the system’s configuration.” Then, plan where the amplification will sit. “Ideally, you want it inside the home or, if outside, protected in a weatherproofed cabinet,” adds Jason. “You’ll then need to decide where speakers will be located.” For some ideas, check out the all-weather range at Yamaha.

war ming up Incorporating a heating option into your outdoor room will give you many more weeks outside. Plenty of temporary solutions can be wheeled in to use – Bromic’s Tungsten Smart-Heat Portable heater has a funky look. But for a permanent (and more discreet) solution, opt for a wall or ceiling-mounted version, also available at Bromic, or Heatstrip’s range at Bunnings.

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DINING AREA At Debbie and Ron’s harbourside home, eating out at the teak-and-stainless steel all-weather table and bench seats is truly a joy. “We love having people over and cooking,” says Debbie. “We often use the basil from our garden to make a bruschetta.” The bench seats can be tucked away under the table when not in use. For similar, try Eco Outdoor’s ‘Lennox’ setting. >


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Embrace the splendour of your neighbour’s garden – you don’t have to out-do them. “A lot of the big trees behind me belong to the neighbours, but we’re lucky enough to enjoy them,” says Debbie. Enveloped by glorious greenery, this enticing reading spot is difficult for Debbie to resist on a weekend afternoon. Dotting the fence line are fast-growing blechnum silver lady ferns, while a lush vertical carpet of climbing star jasmine provides privacy. “We also have our own lemon tree,” she says.

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he beauty of Mother Nature in Debbie and Ron’s serene ‘secret garden’ on Sydney’s lower North Shore is everywhere. With the CBD just a few kilometres away, this secluded sanctuary is a vision of leafy loveliness. Framed by a stunning bird’s-eye view of the nearby bay, the garden faces to the west and features pretty pockets layered with foliage, a roomy paved area that’s just right for relaxed alfresco entertaining and even a flourishing, sun-soaked herb garden. Little wonder that this slice of heaven at the back of their home – a historic freestanding worker’s cottage – is their own urban paradise. “It’s hard to believe that we’re so close to the heart of the city,” admits Debbie. “It’s so private and almost feels like we’re in the middle of a park. Everything in the garden is thriving – it’s lovely and green.” The invitingly rustic zone is screened by towering eucalypts and palm trees, however, it wasn’t always as gorgeous or functional. “It did have a certain charm to it, but it was a little on the ramshackle side and there was quite a lot of wasted, unusable space,” recalls Debbie. “Ron and I are keen gardeners and also love to cook, so we wanted to have an edible aspect to the garden. We thought it would be a real joy to go outside and hand-pick our own herbs for dinner.” Turning to landscape architecture and garden design firm Outdoor Establishments, the couple described their vision for a user-friendly space complete with its own herb garden. The resulting redesign, while retaining some elements, was generated in an expansion of the brick paving to maximise space for relaxation and outdoor dining. New plantings of trees and shrubs beautifully complement the established foliage, while blocks of heritage Sydney sandstone were sourced and reshaped to construct a raised herb bed. “It is now one of our favourite features of the garden,” says Debbie. “The herb bed is so versatile and also looks beautiful, fitting in so well with the setting. And, as we thought, there’s nothing like having fresh produce from our own garden to use in our cooking.”

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GARDEN BEDS “Outdoor Establishments had the idea of creating a raised herb bed out of recycled sandstone [above left & above right],” says Debbie. “As it’s elevated, it’s easier on our backs and the wall is a great spot to sit on while we tend to the plants. It also serves as extra seating for guests when we entertain larger groups outside.” Matthew Hook from Outdoor Establishments stresses that, in order for a herb or vegetable patch to thrive, it must be positioned in a sunny corner – and this one proves it. “We have so much happening in our herb garden,” says Debbie. “There’s rocket, parsley, oregano, basil, chilli and thyme, but our pride and joy is the horseradish.”

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STREET APPEAL First impressions count at Debbie and Ron’s 19th-century home. Perfectly in keeping with the elegant abode’s traditionally classic facade, the original front verandah plays host to a chic ‘Barwon’ teak-and-wicker armchair and solid teak ‘Airlie’ side table from Eco Outdoor, as well as a range of potted agaves and succulents. A graphic cushion from Adam Robinson Design adds a soft element. Stockists, page 212

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Let your home’s existing strengths inform your garden’s redesign. The red clay bricks on the front verandah of this home were mirrored in the backyard’s paved area. Extending it was essential to the design, so Outdoor Establishments sourced vintage bricks to blend with the original and used a strip of sandstone pavers to separate them (above opposite).


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Mimosa ‘Nebraska’ cement-topped dining table, $1499/2000mm x 1000mm, Bunnings.

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The size of your outdoor area has a big impact on which style of dining setting is best. “Don’t dwarf a space with a heavylooking setting,” says Susan Tait of outdoor furniture designers Tait. “If it’s a compact spot, it might be preferable to pair a timber table with chairs constructed of a visually lighter material like wire or mesh.” If it’s often just two of you dining outdoors, it doesn’t make sense to crowd a  balcony with a large setting that limits how you can use the space. Instead, choose a table with benches, versatile stackable stools, or an extendable table that can be brought out for guests.

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Think about the elements the furniture will be exposed to. “Is your setting going to be under cover or left outside in the sun and rain?” asks Susan. “Do you live on the coast, where salt air may cause corrosion? Is it a shady spot susceptible to mould? Choose suitable materials such as hard-wearing timbers, stainless-steel or aluminium frames and UV-stable powder coatings.”

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For continued enjoyment throughout the chillier months, add layers. “Invest in quality seat pads, outdoor cushions and chunky throw rugs for extra warmth, comfort and seasonal colour,” recommends Susan.

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‘Flint’ outdoor dining setting in spotted gum with zinc-plated steel legs, from $8950/1800mm, Tait.

‘Grenada’ dining table in Grey, $955/800mm, and ‘Montego’ dining chairs in White, $595 each/820mm, Coco Republic. Stockists, page 212

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from the kerb The front of your home says a lot about what visitors can expect from the rest of the space. Follow these tips to enhance your property’s street appeal. • “Identify things such as broken roof tiles, a crumbling retaining wall or loose pavers that need to be repaired or updated,” says Cherie Barber of Renovating For Profit. • A well-maintained garden and lawn goes a long way. Trim hedges and borders, fill out garden beds with mass plantings and add depth with a generous layer of bark. • “Declutter and clean,” says Cherie. “Houses can be let down by eyesores like rubbish bins in the driveway, unruly gardens and neglected finishes. Using a highpressure hose can strip away decades of dirt and mould.” • Consider building a bin shed. This can be a three-sided timber structure with a roof, painted the same colour as your exterior, to corral your wheelie bins in one area. • Give tired-looking furniture a new lease of life with an outdoor paint, such as Dulux’s Duramax spray paint.


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COURTYARD A cosy haven, the courtyard is furnished with wicker armchairs (seek similar from Temple & Webster) and an old teak bench that homeowner Pat painted with a water-based enamel. A curvy glass table (for similar, try My Furniture Store) echoes the wall of glazed louvres behind, while the travertine paving is offset by large pots planted with evergreen Magnolia grandiflora ‘Teddy Bear’, underplanted with mondo grass and kalanchoe. Other pots contain marguerite daisies and golden cane palms.

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sunny and secluded internal courtyard bookended by pretty front and rear gardens lies at the heart of this renovated home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. But when owners Pat and Victor first bought the house, they were confronted by a 15-metre swimming pool located smack-bang in the middle of its living room level. “We did want a pool, but in a more conventional place,” says Pat. “This one had to go. The smell of chlorine permeated the whole house!” The pool was demolished, a new concrete slab laid and waterproofing carried out. This also allowed the living room and the family area to be enlarged, leaving enough space to create a generous open courtyard in-between. Sliding glass doors were installed to open directly onto the new outdoor zone from both living rooms and, with all sets of  doors open, the entrance level became one entertaining space. “Suddenly we had all these wonderful living areas,” says Pat. A new 3m x 8m pool now beckons along one side of the north-facing backyard. It is bordered by burgundy cordylines and drifts of perennial pink marguerite daisies that contrast with golden cane palms, while an expanse of lush Sir Walter buffalo lawn tolerates the fiercest summer heat. A second body of water features in the front garden, where an old masonry planter box has been extended and repurposed into a two-tier pond, complete with a waterfall. While the courtyard, new pool area and front garden each have a distinct identity, they are harmoniously linked by a pink-and-white flower palette. There’s also consistency in the key hard landscaping elements, which include the filled-and-honed 400mm x 400mm travertine paving and the stacked stone cladding that is featured on the face walls of the ponds and pool spill wall. >

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You can find room in any garden for a herb and vegetable patch. Pat created hers in a nook near the kitchen. Rhubarb thrives in this sunny spot, while the espaliered trees growing up the wall are olives that should produce fruit in a couple of years. A swinging pod chair from Flower Power is a cosy place to settle back and watch the poolside action.

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Marguerite daisy & Baby's Breath euphorbia: “Both of these plants are quite hardy,” says Pat, “and despite its delicate appearance, the euphorbia [white flowers] has low water needs.”

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Don’t rely on your plantings to provide all the texture. Visitors to Pat and Victor’s home are greeted by a pond and letterbox-slot waterfall starring a stacked stone-cladded wall from My Stone. The wall adds an organic element to the elegant landscape and softens the angular lines of the home’s architecture. AUGUST 2016

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A frameless glass pool fence allows unimpeded views from inside the house and around the garden – this one (left & below) is by Clear Concepts. Another winner is the slip-resistant, timber-look Clever Deck wood composite decking from Futurewood. Its clip-system makes it easy to install, plus it is made from recycled cellulose and plastic.

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< A keen gardener, Pat designed the landscaping scheme herself with input from Mark Wright of Sydney’s Plant Market. “I wanted a structured look but nothing overly formal,” she explains. For example, extra beds were added around the perimeter of the garden, and spartan conifers were placed in two pots to frame the front door. A hedging of lilly pilly ‘Resilience’ has been planted around two boundaries, with an existing screen of murrayas retained on the third side. Narrow beds surrounding the pond and garden area are filled with fragrant gardenia ‘Florida’, interspersed with kalanchoe that blossoms with wonderfully bright pink petals. “Our three outdoor areas are connected, but separate, so we can enjoy them together as a family, with friends, or for simply taking some relaxation time,” says Pat. “It all synchronises beautifully.”

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Backyard pools are meant to be enjoyed… not to pick leaves out of all day long. Pat got around the problem of plantings for the narrow strip between the pool and the wall by choosing golden cane palms contrasted with cordylines and marguerite daisies, edged with clumping perennial moses-in-the-cradle, all from Sydney’s Plant Market. They’re all lowmaintenance and provide year-round colour.

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Burgundy cordyline: With its strap-like foliage, this spiky beauty needs little watering once established and is suited to most soil types.

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CREATE A PRIVATE SANCTUARY with a central open space for dining or lounging (left), enveloped by gardens and feature screening, suggests Prue Abrecht of Rubi Landscape Design. “Maximise the space by using built-in seating and go vertical with green walls, pergolas adorned with canopy creepers and hanging baskets brimming with herbs,” says Prue. DOUBLE UP ON FUNCTIONALITY. Retractable overhead awnings and screens, which can be purchased from Somfy, provide the flexibility of shade or sun and coverage when it rains, letting you make the most of time outdoors. “KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR AREA TIDY and clutter-free with clever solutions, such as bench seating that opens to reveal hidden storage to stow away gardening tools,” says Melissa Smythe of Outside Envy. USE REPETITION to lead the eye around the space. “Too many elements can overwhelm and clutter a compact spot, so pare back the palette to just a few colours, materials and plant varieties,” says Prue. “Create impact and a layered look with mass plantings of border plants, shrubs and grasses, around a central feature, such as an artwork or sculpture.” THINK BIG. “If your garden space is small, it doesn’t mean everything has to be little,” says Richard Unsworth of Garden Life. “Be bold with scale and use larger plants and decorative elements to help the space look larger than it is. And make a statement with a big, striking hero pot.”

waterworks The desire to be close to water and touch it draws people and wildlife into a garden, according to landscape gardener Charlie Albone of Inspired Exteriors. “When deciding which style of feature to use, consider the effect you want to achieve,” advises Charlie, who featured a calm water focal point in his entry in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. “In compact urban gardens, features such as simple bubbling urns, small ponds and fountains can be incorporated to create atmosphere and help cool areas. “Still water will imbue a sense of calm, with its reflective qualities helping to enhance the feeling of space. Alternatively, moving water can produce a lovely, ambient sound which is energising – and in some instances, can help reduce traffic noise.”

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TO DECK OR PAVE? If you’re torn between timber decking or pavers, the decision often comes down to what extension feature you plan to build. Decking is elevated while paving in natural stone, brick or cement is at ground level. Stepping straight outside to a paved ground-level alfresco area, as above, is a great way to visually connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. Paving is often preferred around pools, as it can withstand water better and there’s no risk of splintering. However, for a high-set patio, decking is more popular – and if you have a sloping backyard, it’s often the easiest and most cost-effective way to extend outdoors. Unlike pavers, you won’t need to level the entire foundation below. >


Timber surrounds are echoed on the adjoining courtyard, which thanks to the clear glass fence is a great vantage point for possible viewing.

A SMART CITY BLOCK may not be a barrier to achieving poolside bliss. With a myriad of shapes and sizes to choose from, the size of your blockand budget will often determine which type is best – plunge, swim spa, lap or full-sized. “In tight spaces such as courtyards, plunge pools no larger than six metres are a great fit,” says Dominic Schuiling of Momentum Pools. “As the name suggests, they’re proportionally deeper than regular pools and look great in dark, reflective colours with tiered surrounds, that enhance the sense of depth.” Swim spas, which feature a powered current to swim against, are around five metres and can be a great choice for urban backyards.

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Aesthetics often drive lap pool design. “The rectangular shape is favoured by swimmers and works well alongside slender architectural homes, where living areas can take advantage of adjacent water views,” says Dominic. “Fencing is often incorporated as a feature wall – or a timber batten screen can help soften the look as textural variation.” If you’ve got a sizeable block bigger than 700 square metres, a generous pool around 8m x 4m will fit. “A good pool should have a well-sized step entry with at least three stair treads, and a shallow beach entry is great for young children learning to swim,” says Dominic. “For added luxury, spas can be freestanding or attached to the pool.”

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All pools require approved, secure fencing with a self-closing and latching gate. Fencing must be a minimum of 1.2m high, with any boundary fences that make up the pool fence at least 1.8m high, with less than a 10cm gap between the bottom of the fence and ground. Clear visibility and constant supervision when children are in and around the pool is vital, so ensure no furniture, branches or posts are in the way. In some states, owners must register their pool and obtain a safety compliance certificate. As guidelines vary from state to state, check online or ask your local council.

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N-O Naturally Cane (02) 4948 2829, naturallycane.com.au. Naturescape Creative (08) 9384 0528, naturescapecreative.com.au. Nespresso 1800 623 033, nespresso.com.au. No Chintz nochintz.com. Northern Lighting (02) 9905 1698, northernlighting.com.au. Norwex 1800 667 939, norwexbiz.com.au. Notemaker (03) 9314 4304, notemaker.com.au. Nourished Life nourishedlife.com.au. NSW Leather Co. (02) 9319 2900, leatherco.com.au. Ocean Country Furniture (02) 4464 2992, oceancountryfurniture. com.au. Oliveri 1300 137 465, oliverisinks.com.au. Oscar & Friends (02) 9326 2304, (02) 9332 3509, oscarandfriends.com.au. Ottomans Only 1300 600 771, ottomansonly.com.au. Outdoor Emporium (03) 9815 0055, outdooremporium. com.au. Outdoor Establishments (02) 9966 8630, outdoorestablishments.com. Outside Envy (03) 9417 2139, outsideenvy.com.au. Oz Design Furniture 1300 721 942, ozdesignfurniture.com.au.

P Palmetto (02) 4577 2977, palmetto.com.au. Papaya (02) 9386 9980, papaya.com.au. Papier D’Amour (02) 9362 5200, papierdamour.com.au. Polytec 1300 300 547, polytec.com.au. Porta Mouldings porta.com.au. Porter Davis 1800 767 837, porterdavis.com.au. Porter’s Paints porterspaints.com. Pottery Barn 1800 232 914, potterybarn.com.au. Pottery Barn Kids potterybarnkids.com.au. Priceline 1300 884 411, priceline.com.au. Project 82 project82.com.au. Provincial Home Living 1300 732 258, provincialhomeliving.com.au. Provincial Kitchens (02) 9315 7200, provincialkitchens.com.au.

Q-R Radford Furnishings (03) 9818 7799, radfordfurnishings.com. Rapee 1300 584 636, rapee.com.au. Raw Decor (03) 9645 9305 rawdecor.com. Reece reece.com.au. Renovating For Profit renovatingforprofit.com.au. Replica Furniture 1300 338 978, replicafurniture.com.au. Resene 1800 738 383, resene.com.au. Restoration Hardware restorationhardware.com. Retrojan 1300 492 098, retrojan.com.au. Robert Plumb (02) 9316 9066, robertplumb.com.au. Ross Gardam (03) 9329 4145, rossgardam.com.au. Royal Oak Floors (03) 9826 3611, royaloakfloors. com.au. Rubi Landscape Design 0438 785 455, rubilandscapedesign.com.au. Ruby Star Traders

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S Safari Living (03) 9421 3999, safariliving.com. Satara satara.com.au. Schumacher fschumacher. com. Sephora sephora.com.au. Shadowspec 1800 144 155, shadowspec.com.au. Sheridan 1800 625 516, sheridan.com.au. Shibori (02) 9560 0997, shibori.com.au. Skin Physics skinphysics. com.au. Skyrange Windows skyrange.com.au. Slabs By Design 0413 766 306, slabsbydesign. com.au. Space Furniture spacefurniture.com.au. Spark (02) 9517 4600, sparkkshop.com.au. Spence & Lyda (02) 9212 6747, spenceandlyda.com. au. Spotlight 1300 305 405, spotlight.com.au. Squeak Design squeakdesign.com. St Barts st-barts.com.au. Stone Pony (02) 9566 1046, stonepony.com.au. Studio Bagno (02) 9698 8144, studiobagno.com.au. Studio Pip 1300 857 470, studiopip.com.au. StyleLifeHome stylelifehome.com. Sydney’s Plant Market (02) 9679 2606, sydneyplantmarket.com.au.

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YOU CAN TELL a lot about a society by its status symbols – those little and not-so-little touches we save, scrimp and, more often than not, are willing to go into debt for. Over the decades, we have seen this in everything from clothes (remember good old Pierre Cardin) to cars (it’s a Lotus Esprit!) to technology (“But Mum, all the cool kids have a Commodore 64.”) Our homes have certainly not been spared, and in many cases, have been added to in terms of both joy and monetary value. One of the most (ahem…) clearly enduring status symbols of the domestic sphere was the conservatory. If you were especially la-di-da – in other words, loaded – you had a freestanding variety on the lawn in the garden. You also called the green stuff ‘lawn’, not ‘grass’. More often than not, the conservatory was added to the end of the house. Think a patio with a glass hat on. Because the walls were also primarily made of glass, conservatories had the added bonus of functioning as erstwhile greenhouses for palms lusher than your Aunty Gladys at an open bar. There was light, there was warmth and there was often rattan furniture laden with scatter cushions in a bird of paradise motif. Or perhaps the fabric was more a madras or Liberty print. This was because – like so many other aspects of domestic life in Australia decades ago – we looked to England for our style cues and elements of refinement. And the conservatory was front and centre. Unlike Australia, the UK’s climate offers fewer days of sunshine, abridged daylight hours in winter and temperatures that could force parts of your average garden gnome’s body to retract into its little concrete body. As a result, the conservatories needed to provide a buffer to both rain and cold if they were to be used for more than a few months a year. 218

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And it’s in this form that they came to Australia. But no sooner had the first one been installed, we began using them our way. In true Australian style, we shortened the word to the ‘conservo’, swapped the drink of choice from hot tea to a cold beer and ditched petit fours for a pavlova. Better yet, after a process of unhurried rumination, the perennial Australian attitude of, “But what if we try... ?” suddenly kicked in.

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Doubtless, dozens of Bevs, Kevs and Nevs put their conservatory warranties at risk by removing the odd glass panel to encourage a breeze and unimpeded access to the backyard. It was the beginning of an evolution that saw the clear walls increasingly give way, while the roof material ceded to sail cloth, thatch or some good old corrugated Aussie steel. The tea trolley was given the old heave-ho in favour of a barbecue, timber elements echoed the proximity of the surrounding trees and the dress code went from smart casual to, “For God’s sake Barry, put a shirt on – we have guests coming for dinner.” If you think this description – of the space, not Barry – sounds familiar, it should. It’s what we now call an outdoor room, which is not so much an appendage to our homes but a vital organ in tune with our climate, lifestyle and aesthetic. Not to take anything away from the conservatory though, because you know what they say about people in glass houses.


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