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KEEP A LID ON SPENDING The festive season is a time for impulse buying but steering clear of temptation and saving up for a deposit on a home can prove to be a worthwhile exercise in the long run, say the experts in the trade




F your Christmas wish list includes getting on the property ladder, then it may be worth gifting yourself some creative savings plans. Penny-watching, scaling back on life’s luxuries and avoiding the temptation to rack up store credit can be challenging at this time of the year. However, experts say, with a little willpower, planning and creative thinking, it is possible to enjoy the festivities and remain on track towards home ownership. Their suggestions for fast-tracking homebuying goals include opening a specific First Home Saver Account, asking for cash gifts instead of presents, surrounding yourself with people sharing the same home-ownership ambitions, asking parents to act as guarantor and finding extra work to boost earnings. Mortgage Choice corporate affairs manager Belinda Williamson says the challenge of rising rents and high living costs demands more creative savings strategies from potential first homebuyers. Belinda says a great savings boost can be gained from setting up automatic salary deductions to a First Home Saver Account – an account that attracts a low 15 per cent tax on interest earned and a government contribution on the first $5000 deposited each year. She says there is no minimum deposit to open the account and the Contact David on 9431 8113, 0413 994 246 or email




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homebuyer still qualifies for the First Home Owner Grant. Belinda says those struggling to meet lenders’ savings history requirements should find out which financial institutions will accept rental payments as proof of savings history. She says rental payments can be used as evidence of savings history if the borrower has a minimum 5 per cent deposit and can prove a continuous rental history of at least six to 12 months through a licensed property manager. Another strategy can include buying the property with someone else or asking a family member to guarantee the loan by offering a portion of their own property as security. According to Belinda, both methods depend on obtaining legal and financial advice, but are worth considering to break into the market sooner or increase borrowing capacity. Resolve Finance general manager Don Crellin says given that emotional overspending, especially for those with children, is hard to avoid at Christmas, it is worth setting a budget. “Realistically, most of us overspend during the festive period, however, by setting a spending limit, you will be consciously aware of the extent of your expenditure,” he says. “You may have been saving hard for many months towards the deposit on your new home. Don’t blow it with impulse purchases.” Don also warns potential first homebuyers to be vigilant about paying bills on time during the holiday season. He says being late with a bill can negatively

affect a credit report and ultimately make the difference between housing loan approval and rejection. Those saving for a housing deposit can also consider asking for funding gifts, rather than presents at Christmas, says Absolute Money Tree Group director Ron Cole. Ron says another tip for cash-strapped firsttime buyers is to find out if a prospective lender will incorporate the costly lender’s mortgage insurance premium into their loan rather than billing it separately, so the borrower doesn’t have to eat into their savings. He says another alternative is to avoid paying this insurance, which can amount to thousands of dollars, by getting a family member to guarantee a portion of the loan. Ron says the homebuyer will need to service the loan on their own, but the guarantee – which can be removed once enough equity has been built up in a property – will enhance borrowing capacity. “An experienced mortgage broker can explain the types of loans that allow homebuyers to utilise their parents’ support, “ Ron says. Surrounding yourself with people who share the same ambitions is a great way to stay on track towards home ownership, says Aussie Living brand manager Anthony Oldershaw. Anthony says this type of support is offered through Aussie Living’s The Movers First Home Club. Anthony says the club, which is dedicated to assisting people to save a housing deposit,


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expert ADVICE Personalise giftwrapping to make it special, says Annie P. Paperie manager and graphic designer Jessica Garwood


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Now that the gift is wrapped and taped together, we come to the fun part of embellishing your gifts.

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paper because it is usually very thin and has a high likelihood of tearing before it gets to its beneficiary. A higher quality, thicker wrapping paper will be just what you need to get perfect folds and corners when wrapping gifts and to make sure the gift stays concealed. ✱ Another costly mistake is to either measure too much or not enough paper to cover your gift. Make sure the paper reaches around the width of the gift before cutting it and leave about half of the height of the gift at either end to fold in. ✱ This tip is easily the most important I can give you with regard to giftwrapping. No matter how neatly you place it, using sticky tape to hold your wrapping paper together never looks good! Make double-sided tape your new best friend. It is super easy to apply and can be stuck underneath all the joins so it looks like the paper is staying in place all by itself. A glue tape dispenser, which works in a similar way to a white-out dispenser, can also be used as a faster substitute to double-sided tape. From personal experience, this simple technique will amaze people. The only exception I can


think of to this rule is to use a new product called washi tape. Made in Japan, these brightly coloured and patterned masking tapes have various uses, including giftwrapping. Maximising the tape’s effect by using it in bold, dramatic ways looks really fascinating.

getting more creative with it? Why not vary the types and sizes of the bows? Try weaving lengths of ribbon around the gift or use more than one ribbon in different widths, patterns and colours. In place of ribbon, raffia can also look great tied around gifts with neutral colour palettes, and striped twine has become very much in vogue. If you have bought patterned wrapping papers, there is also the option of tying small bows or using diamantes to accent certain parts. For vintage-styled wrapping, using a piece of sheet music can really set off the look or you can perhaps try hanging a Christmas bauble or wooden ornament from a bow as an extra gift. Why not pull together all of your bits and bobs lying around the house to handmake a gift tag for someone rather than using a generic store tag? Alphabet stamps are another easy option to imprint any name directly on to the paper or perhaps you might like to attach a large cut-out of the recipient’s first initial on the top of the gift. Those of you who want the extra challenge could even try to print a “to and from” message

directly on to a gift bag or design your own wrapping paper by collaging photos or family Christmas greetings and printing them onto a large plain-coloured sheet of paper. Working in the stationery industry, I have a strong preference and love of using paper, but being creative and pushing boundaries is great, too. If you really want to go crazy with your Christmas wrapping, you could perhaps use fabric as an alternative to wrapping paper. Even a shirt from the local thrift store could be used to wrap a gift. Or why not find an interesting object to package your gift in, such as a hollowedout old hardback book? You really are only limited by your imagination, so get inspired this Christmas. We all want to make an extra effort for those special people in our lives and personalised giftwrapping is where you can really show off. ✱ Annie P. Paperie, Claremont, phone: 9384 6035,

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ATCHING my friends’ eyes light up at the sight of a beautifully wrapped present is one of the most rewarding pleasures of gift giving. Here, I will detail some basic techniques that will improve your giftwrapping skills this Christmas so that you, too, may share this joy.



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USTINE Murphy takes pride in finding special items to decorate her home throughout the year, so it should come as no surprise that Christmas is a big event in her household. The co-owner of Kitchen Warehouse says that although she is yet to finish fully furnishing her family’s new Floreat home, she is keen to make it feel cosy for the festive season. “I like my house to feel like it is lived in, however, I sometimes feel I do not have a choice given how messy my kids are,” she says. “Our family loves a traditional Christmas and the kids get very excited about decorating very early in November.” Staving off the Christmas decor until the last moment, Justine showcases her unique style in the main living areas of her home right through the year. She says time spent working in Italy when she was younger has had an effect on how she now decorates her home.

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Warehouse chopping boards are among her favourite items. “It is nice to have access to pieces that are lovely to use and look at,” she says. One of Justine’s treasured pieces of furniture is a large, old dining table that came from the Woolstores in Fremantle. This gets put to good use during the festive season, she says. “Not only does it have character, it is also able to fit in a lot of people around it, so it is great when we entertain our family and friends,” she says. “My favourite part about decorating the house is setting the table for Christmas Day as this is always fun.” Justine decorates the table differently each year in a personalised and traditional style, but always makes sure she has a beautiful bunch of flowers to complete the look. “In the past couple of years I have tried to

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“I suppose living and working for a family in Italy has allowed me to appreciate that pieces collected over the years or antiques add a special touch to the home and it is often worth splurging on certain items as they will be with you for a while,” she says. “I love buying old pieces and antiques at second-hand markets or antique shops and I have also been known to pick up bits from verges. Sometimes having eclectic pieces is a way of creating a more homely approach.” Justine says she also appreciates new items and her job at Kitchen Warehouse means she is lucky to have access to some of the best kitchenware around. “When we go over to the trade fairs we also have the opportunity to purchase items for ourselves for our house,” she says. Her copper pot collection, which includes a mix from her store and some handcrafted by a man in a small Italian village, and her Kitchen

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personalise the setting by making jams or relishes for each guest and making Christmas crackers,” she says. The table sits near a striking stone fireplace that Justine says creates a cosy atmosphere when it’s lit up. The living, dining and kitchen areas lead to an enclosed alfresco space that has a table, cushioned seating and a wood-fired oven that is perfect for enjoying a hot Australian Christmas. Justine, her husband, Chris, and their three children decorate a big Christmas tree which they try to give a “fresh look” each year with new decorations from Kitchen Warehouse. “We love to add all their (the children’s) school and homemade decorations, too, as it personalises the tree,” Justine says. There are Christmas lights at the front of the home, a wreath on the front door and a 1.5mtall Santa to greet all the guests to the Murphy home during the season. Kristy Symonds

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Gavan Forster from Master Builders answers readers’ questions about home building issues.

With the season for giving upon us, Master Builders director Michael McLean takes a look at what WA builders might like to have in their Christmas stocking ✱ A successful introduction of the 6-star energy ✱ ✱ ✱

ratings into the housing industry from May 2012. More WA winners in the national Master Builders awards in Canberra next November. Abolition of the carbon tax as it will increase the cost of building for no good purpose. The retention of the Australian Building & Construction Commission by the Federal Government to keep unlawful industrial relations practices in check. The engagement of more builders in the State Government’s affordable housing strategy to

capitalise on shorter construction periods and competitive prices during the current economic downturn. ✱ A more responsive approach by some statutory agencies such as Western Power, Horizon Power and certain local government authorities. If each of these wishes is fulfilled, the builders’ stocking would be overflowing with happiness – and homebuyers would be a happier bunch, too.

In no particular order, these “gifts” include: ✱ Europe sorting out its economic

problems to provide some stability and certainty in world markets, which impacts on the Australian economy. ✱ At least one more reduction in interest rates by March next year. ✱ A smooth transition into the new Building Act, which is due to commence on April 2, 2012, and promises to reduce building approval periods. ✱ Extending the 0.2 per cent construction training levy to all resource construction projects which would considerably increase the training of building apprentices and other workers in the building industry.

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HE past 12 months have been tough for most builders and specialist contractors with a downturn in work opportunities and a fiercely competitive housing industry. Next year promises to be a little better, but uncertainty still prevails as a result of a volatile economic scene overseas. Builders have provided Santa with a dream list of gifts that would benefit their festive season cheer and their economic prospects during 2012.

A-Z BUILDING information A loft is a sensible way to go if you are looking for more space, but there are a number of rules to follow, says Master Builders technical adviser Romina De Santis


HEN looking at ways to maximise your floor space, considering a loft design can provide a cost-effective option without necessarily building a two-storey home. The Building Code of Australia has included new provisions for sloping ceilings to accommodate this trend. There are still compliance matters that must be considered when designing a new home with a loft or retrofitting a room into your roof space.

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the proposed loads and must be inspected and certified by a professional engineer. ✱ The ceiling height must achieve an average of 2.4m for a habitable room (bedroom, games room) and 2.1m for a non-habitable room such as a store. The average is taken from the point where the ceiling height is not less than 1.5m to the highest point. Parts of the room with a height less than 1.5m are excluded from the calculation. The average must be achieved for two thirds of the area of the proposed loft.

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My new home is approaching completion and I am worried about possible theft and vandalism over the Christmas break when the house will be unattended. Have you got any advice? The traditional Christmas/New Year shutdown means that many building sites will be vacant during this holiday period. There may be an increased risk of theft and vandalism during this period. If the house is under construction and practical completion has not been reached, any loss or damage will be covered by the builder’s insurance. However, as many handovers are completed before Christmas, it may be that you are responsible for the site once practical completion has occurred. You should ensure that you have insurance in place – even through a cover note if possession of the site has passed over to you. Builders have a range of strategies to deal with theft and vandalism for projects under construction. These strategies can include security lighting, alarms, hidden cameras, fencing, signage, neighbourhood awareness schemes and even security patrols. There are many practical things that you can do to protect your new home if you have taken possession already and will be away from home during the festive season. Think about security screens, deadlocks and/or security film on windows. Be careful about garden design so that entry points are visible from the road and not obscured by vegetation. Alert your neighbours that you will be away and make sure that newspaper and other home deliveries are cancelled and mail is collected. Keep an internal light on and even a radio playing. Keep a car in the driveway. These are all deterrents to would be intruders.


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Consider installing sound insulation in the floor/ceiling frame. Activities and movement around the floor above are amplified downstairs, so it is a good idea to install a thick underlay and high-pile carpet as well as including items that absorb sound within the loft area. Your designer will be able to assist you with ensuring the compliance of your new loft with the requirements of the BCA. There

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MAKE your home the place to be this holiday season by decking the halls with these Christmassy goodies. In addition to making you feel festive, the gingerbread, Christmas tree and mistletoe and cranberryscented candles will fill your abode with the traditional aromas of the season.

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SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS When Julia Pergoliti switched from accountancy to cake decorating, little did she know that one day her creations would be enjoyed by celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna Julia Pergoliti, top right, with her daughter, Alessia.


HEN you’re in the business of using food to make people smile, Christmas is inevitably going to be a favourite time Pictures: of year. For cake stylist Julia Pergoliti, director Will Russell of both Cupid’s Delight and Cake Artists Australia, this Christmas will be a particularly special one because it’s her first in her newly renovated Hamilton Hill home. This year, it’s not just her husband, Rob, six-year-old son, Anthony, and five-year-old daughter, Alessia, who will be delighted by her festive creations. With a brand-new, ultramodern kitchen Julia finally has the means to entertain (and feed) 35 family members on Christmas Day as well as 40 guests at the Cupid’s Delight Christmas lunch. NEED ADVICE? CALL US NOW... While most of us would baulk at the prosDeveloping a duplex or triplex isn’t complex pect, Julia is nothing but excited about the when you enjoy the Developwest D experience. looming festive season. Feeding people is in Julia’s blood. Her maiden name is Monzu’, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that the Monzu’ clan were Sicilian chefs who were sent to France by Sicilian nobles to be trained in French cooking in the early 19th Contact David on 9431 8113, 0413 994 246 or email





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century. To this day the term Monzu’ is used to refer to a great chef. Julia is proud of her culinary heritage. “My mum and my grandmothers have given me generations of skills that no training could ever provide,” she says. “My mum always brings our family together with food and especially cake, so I owe my obsession to the most beautiful lady I know.” Hard to believe, then, that Julia was once an accountant. It wasn’t until 1997, when she made a surprise wedding anniversary cake for her parents that she decided to make a career change from accounting to cake decorating. “There was something magical about bringing people together at a party and celebrating it with a cake,” Julia says. In 1999 Julia began her cake styling business and by 2002 had established the Hamilton Hill showroom for Cupid’s Delight. Nine years on, she and her team of cake artists create cakes for celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Sir Richard Branson, Chris Brown and Rihanna, as well as everyday people just looking to celebrate with something memorable, unique and delicious. “Every single cake we make is different from the last one,” she says. “You can’t make that same cake for someone else. “My inspiration comes from the clients. I go

beyond the work aspect of it and get personal. I ask the client every single thing I can possibly ask to get a feel for their personality and to make their cake unique.” This year Julia also set up Cake Artists Australia, a network for bakers, cake decorators and pâtissiers that offers training, seminars and workshops through its website and the Everything Baking Exhibition, which in February 2012 will bring Buddy Valastro, star of the TV show Cake Boss, to Perth for the very first time. Julia’s creative flair isn’t just confined to cakes. Her home is also testament to her innate sense of style. Contemporary and uncluttered, the renovated property is now a stylish fourbedroom family home with hints of Julia’s personality in the light fittings, soft furnishings and, of course, the kitchen. “The kitchen is my favourite space,” she says. “It’s big, with lots of room, lots of storage and two ovens. I just love standing here cooking.” The scullery is Julia’s favourite feature. “I saw a kitchen with a scullery in a homes magazine and thought, ‘I have to have that’. It’s great because I can close it off and contain all the mess and clutter. I do all my work in there,” she says. When it comes to Christmas decorating, Julia

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HOME SWEDE HOME With the long days and warm weather in Perth, it may be difficult for the Erikssons to re-create the Swedish Christmases they’re used to, but they try to make it as traditional as possible


AVING lived in Australia for the past six years, Kent and Sara Eriksson have become accustomed to the warm holiday climate, but that hasn’t stopped them from wanting to re-create their much-missed Swedish Christmases each year. Kent, who is the sales and marketing manager as well as the home shop manager for Ikea stores in WA and South Australia, says the hot weather and long daylight hours in Perth make it harder to create the same atmosphere as in Sweden, where it gets dark at about 3pm. Sara, who works at Swedish stationery store Kikki.K, says that although she tries to keep as many of their Swedish traditions as possible, she also enjoys being able to decorate and entertain outdoors in Australia. “In Sweden we would have many more window lights and lights in every single window facing the street. But here, decorating is focused more in the kitchen area,” she says. “We would also have candles, cushions and throws in every room, but in Australia it is different because you don’t need to create that warm, cosy feel.” Kent says the couple and their three children – Selma, Albin and Ellen – compensate for the fewer window lights by having about 400 lights on the Christmas tree. Sara says the Christmas tree is her favourite feature because it reminds her of her childhood back home, where her dad used to go


into the forest and bring back a real Christmas tree each year. Despite the extended daylight hours here, fairy lights, outdoor lanterns and light-up stars are put up around the Eriksson patio area and are turned on at night. Inside, the family likes to keep it fairly traditional but still aims to add something new each year, be it a different pattern, design or colour. Sara says adding some bright colours here and there has become important because they have always lived in homes where white has been the predominant colour. Sara loves to decorate the kitchen table to give it a festive feel for breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses an assortment of Christmasthemed napkins, plates, glasses and table runners in holiday-season colours. “The decorations are great, but to me the food is most important,” Kent says. Decorating their home is a very important time to spend as a family, the couple say. They make sure to put up their Christmas tree on Albin’s birthday – to make it a special day for their son. “The whole family helps decide on the colour scheme,” Sara says. Although there are many Ikea decorations around the home, Sara says some old decorations are also brought into the mix. A Santa, given to her by her grandmother, sits on their outdoor table. This is special because Sara has had it since she was three. A lantern used by her dad when he used to dress up as

Santa when she was a child is another item that is very special. “They may not be as pretty and stylish as the new decorations, but they have meaning and I will give them to our kids when they have children,” Sara says. Kent says it is always important to him to include a Christmas feature that has four candles so that, starting one month before, one is lit every advent Sunday leading up to Christmas. A wooden advent calendar that counts down the days to Christmas and a Christmas wreath are also prominent features in the Eriksson home each year. “We do try to make it feel like home,” Sara says. “We eat the gingerbread house after we have taken the decorations down if it is still good.” Kristy Symonds

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TEP inside a Dusk candle store at this time of year and you’ll see it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As the holiday season takes hold, customers flock to the Australian retailer’s shops to stock up on an extensive range of Christmas-themed decor and gifts, not to mention the festive-scented candles. Dusk CEO Greg Milne, who caught up with the HOME team at the new Innaloo store, says the company contantly aims to create products customers can take away for a really good experience – be it a candle with a great scent or a Christmas decoration to create the festive spirit in the home. “We want to provide gifts to make someone

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TIP 1: With Christmas almost here, many of us like to have a real Christmas tree. There’s nothing quite like that lovely smell of pine. There is also nothing quite like all those pine needles all over the floor that the vacuum cleaner just can’t handle. Prevention is much better than cure, so before you put your tree up, take it outside and shake it upside down to remove any loose needles. Then take a can of cheap hairspray and lightly spray all along the trunk and branches. This acts as a light adhesive, preventing the needles from falling. Another good tip to keep your Christmas tree green and growing rather than brown and dropping needles is to make sure it has plenty of water. If you use a Christmas tree holder, make sure it is filled with water and add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to sweeten the water and feed the tree. You can use florists’ sachets as an alternative. If you cut a centimetre off the bottom of the trunk before putting it in water it will absorb more water and stay alive longer. TIP 2: Christmas morning is a magical time to spend with family, but even at this time disaster can strike. What can you do if someone spills a drink on the torn shreds of Christmas paper sitting on the carpet? Suddenly you have a multicoloured carpet. Act quickly! Place handfuls of white paper towel over the stain and stand on it to remove as much moisture as you can and as quickly as you can. Next, take a cloth rung out tightly in white vinegar and starting from the outside edge of the stain, scrub towards the centre of it. Rinse your cloth out again and again in the white vinegar and continue until the stain is gone. Then take some more paper towel and dry the carpet, starting from the centre of the stain and working your way outwards. Cleaning from the outside towards the centre and then drying from the centre towards the outside prevents water marks. If you have children, here’s a little bit of advice: Make sure you have lots of different-size batteries at home just in case some of their gifts come without them. You’ll avoid a lot of tears if you do. © Shannon Lush 2011. Above: Dusk WA state manager Kylee Gislingham at the Innaloo store. Pictures: Stewart Allen

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A BERRY NICE GIFT Fruit trees make ideal gifts during the festive season and avocado, mango and berries are among the favourites for friends and relations to remember you for years to come


HRISTMAS is a special time of the year for most of us, but the act of giving gifts that have meaning is not always as easy as you might initially think. What do you get someone who has it all? And what can you get that they will remember well into the future? When visiting people in their gardens, I’m often struck by the comments that they make about plants that have sentimental value because they make me realise the special meanings behind things that I’ve been given for my own garden. Plants are a classic. If I had a dollar for every time someone said, ‘My mum gave me this’, ‘This was my sister’s’, ‘We planted this to commemorate a birth or to celebrate a personal milestone’, I’d be rich! Fruit trees are always remembered and in recent years mangoes and avocados have become the favourite gift because they offer the promise of great taste and good health. This year, berries – and particularly antioxidant-rich goji berries – will be popular for the same reason. Great Christmas gift plants include trees for people starting out in new homes or people celebrating significant birthdays.

Indoor offerings, such as philodendron totems, syngoniums and terrariums, are all something that will thrive for years and remind the owner of the gift. Gifts are about caring and plants that stay with us for a long time are cared for greatly, which makes the gift even more special. Bringing festive cheer is easy when you add plants such as poinsettias to the table setting. Their rich, red bracts glow and tie in with the decorative theme beautifully. Another popular gift at this time of the year are starter bonsai plants. These plants can live for decades in a dwarf state (some bonsai are hundreds of years old). Garden gifts that are unique change almost annually. In recent years, wall art has been popular, but this year an unusual metal watering can or leopard-print gumboots might be the way to go. Most independent garden centres have gift centres and these are the places to go to find something different and out of the ordinary. Books are always popular and a new release by Jamie Durie, the celebrity designer who is now based in Hollywood, will be appreciated by many. Jamie’s success has been phenomenal when

you consider that he is only just past the 40-year-old milestone. His book celebrates the favourite 100 gardens that his practice has built over the past 10 years. Most designers would be happy to have designed and built 100 gardens in this time frame, yet Jamie says he struggled to select the best of them. Words escape you when you see the gardens he’s designed – and, in this instance, they escaped Jamie, too. The book is 384 pages of just pictures and is a pictorial demonstration of gardens he’s designed, including the 2009 million-dollar Chelsea Gold Medal-award winning creation, as well as his own personal garden he has only just recently completed. Jamie is a pretty down-to-earth guy who once lived in Kalamunda, not far from my home, and he has always been a great supporter of my work with The Garden Gurus. He recently visited my garden – which was a little intimidating considering his immense talents – to talk with me about his new book, which I can guarantee will inspire the Christmas gift recipient no end. Trevor Cochrane


Trevor Cochrane and Jamie Durie in Trevor’s garden. Inset: The cover of Jamie’s new book, 100 Gardens. Pictures: Supplied


Lyn Strafehl, via email, has a crepe myrtle that has burnt leaves and she wants to know how to avoid it happening in future. The crepe myrtle problem is common and there are a few potential causes. Firstly, fungal infection of the leaves will do similar damage and while you can spray for mildew, the real issue is the location of the tree in the garden. It needs to be in full sun and not allowed to get moist foliage in spring/ early summer. Mulching the soil heavily around the base is also important to avoid stress on roots.


Rose, via email, has standard roses in her front garden that are being attacked by parrots. She has hung shopping bags up to try to scare them but it doesn’t work. You need to adopt a two-fold strategy here. Firstly, buy a bird feeder and a couple of kilos of parrot mix and locate it away from the roses. The birds are eating the roses because they are hungry and possibly thirsty. Provide an alternative food and water source and they are likely to forget about your roses. Secondly, as the new growth emerges on the roses, throw some bird netting over the top of them for the first three weeks or so of the growing season. Trevor Cochrane

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ECORATING your entire home for one day of the year? It may seem a bit excessive, but if it gets your family into the festive spirit then surely it’s worth doing – and worth doing well. Fortunately, there are a few quick and economical ways to spruce up your home and make Santa feel welcome this Christmas. “This season people are looking to transform their homes on a budget, so creativity is key,” says Micah Gamman, merchandising manager at Big W. “Colour schemes that carry from the front door wreath, to the tree, right through to the table and the garden g really y maximise on effect, but are quite simple and wa wallet-friendly to do.” To keep costs down, people peo are becoming decidedly more creative wi with their Christmas decorations. This creativity creativi has the added bonus of bringing a more personal touch to festive schemes. According to Kmart’s Christmas buyer John Clapham, customers custo are getting creative and bringin bringing everyday household items to life by b using Christmas decorations and colours to make them festive. “Be it turning a glass vase into a table centrepiece by filling it with Christmas baubles or using a Christmas wreath as a candle holder on the mantelpiece, either

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$120,000 to $150,000

Kuta Beach, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5574

Silverstone, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6345 Bonneville, by Commodore, S, 3x3, alf, st, h/t, d/g, Pallarup Cres, 1800 266 663 Imperial Retro, Affordable Living, 3x2, alf, h/t, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 9302 4920



Banksia Grove

Glendower, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Botanic Ave, 9231 4567


Everglade, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Mead St, 9231 4567

$150,000 to $200,000 Alkimos

Haven, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Leeway Loop, 6461 5200


Palladian, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Orian Lane, 9797 0981


Caulfield, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 6476 Broome, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 9297 4863


Leeuwin, by Ventura, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Cape Meander, 9241 1715 Muiron, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0213 Bayview, by Easystart, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, alf, dc/p, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0833 Echo Beach, by Easystart, S, 3x2, st, h/t, alf, dc/p, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0833 Sandown, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0241 Aspire, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Jerboa Green, 9523 0087 Ritz, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Pemberton Blvd, 9302 4920

Banksia Grove

Cape Cuvier, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, c/r, Wholly Rd, 9214 1111 Lodge, by Easystart, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 9333 0833 Caesars, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 9302 4920


New York, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, a/r, g/r, alf, d/g, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5371 Boston, by First Abode, S, 4x2, st, a/r, alf, dc/p, Impington St, 0411 444 808 Floreat, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 4368 Alkimos, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, st, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5358 Sands, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Impington Rd, 9302 4920


Coogee, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, d/g, Mead St, 9526 2318 Bathurst, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, t/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9525 1379 Oxford, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Mead St, 9525 0726 Denver, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9526 2806 Point Samson, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Warrington Rd, 9214 1111 Ashton, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, c/r, h/t, Warrington Rd, 9525 0873 Bugatti, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Millard Way, 9525 0801


Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, st, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200

Champion Lakes

Chessell Cottage, by Summit, S, 3x2, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3761


Amari, by New Generation, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9795 4870


Charlotte, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, dc/p, Brookmount Drive, 9297 6978 Metropolis, by Easystart, S, 3x2, d/g, st, h/t, alf,Adlington Way, 93333 0833 Florence, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6172 Hamelin, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, alf, a/r, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6086 Armada, by HomeStart, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, dc/p, Pallarup Cres, 9231 4567 Castle, by Aussie Living, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, dc/p, Ewen Pass, 6296 6114 Mojo, by Aussie Living, 3x2, c/r, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 6212 7699 HOME

Quantum, by Domain, S, 4x2, a/r, st, h/t, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9583 5708

Hammond Park

Savoy, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, g/r, Esher Lane, 9419 6779 Strand, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Gemstone Pde, 6461 5200 Zone, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, dc/p, Ditton Corner, 9419 1881

West Swan

Tribute, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, St Leonards, 0425 052 196 Chandon, by New Generation, S, 3x2, d/g, h/t, alf, St Leonards Blvd, 9250 7632

Onyx, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3688 Ramada, by Affordable Living, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9302 4920




Anchorage, by First Abode, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Rufous Lane, 9397 2342 Vertu, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2019


Good Times, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689 Seachange, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Cohen Vista, 9583 4280 Bremer, by WA Housing Centre, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 9214 1111 Swanbourne, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Jasper Way, 9581 9406


Monaco, by Commodore, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Kingsway, 9303 4361 Lamont, by Impressions, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9302 6097 Coronade, by HomeStart, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, dc/p, Kingsway, 9231 4567 La Grange, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, d/g, alf, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9303 2019 Ambiance, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Monticello Meander, 9333 0880

Cable Beach, by Easystart, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/c, Blackwood Meander, 9561 5648

$200,000 to $250,000 Alkanta, by Content Living, S, 4x2, d/g, st, alf, h/t, Point Link, 9202 5222 Alexa, by MyGen Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Leeway Loop, 1800 806 803 Accolade, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Leeway Loop, Alkimos, 9562 5599


Abbey View Resort, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Lunar Ave, 9792 0100 Capel Vale, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Lunar Ave, 9780 9300


Wesley Cottage, by Ross North, S, 4x2, st, c/r. d/g, Wesley Way, 6296 7215 Trump, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, Safford Ave, 9320 4920


Location, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 1743 Quest, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Buffaloe Ave, 9409 5010 Albert Park, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Buffalo Ave, 9408 0273 Flemington, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4053 Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Millbridge Blvd, 9724 1318

Quinns Rocks

Sundowner, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Hampshire Drive, 9562 0540

Seville Grove

Corondale, by Complete, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Seville Rd, 9497 2919


Riviera, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Tandara Fairway, 9302 4920


Abrolhos, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Onyx Lane, 0439 990 799 Capel, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9214 1111 Inception, First Home Buyers Direct S, 3x2, g, st, Onyx Lane, 9439 2525 Newmarket, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9439 5149 Portland, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9419 2574

Hammond Park

Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399


Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794


Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297


Strata Development, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, alf,d/g, Leicester St, 9242 9500


Breakaway, by TR Homes, 4x2, pre-manufactured home, h/t, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

West Swan

Da Vinci, by Ross North Homes, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404

Darlington, by MyGen, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 806 803 Caversham, by Metrostyle, S, 3x2, alf, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9202 9210


Vdara, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Blackwood Meander, 9302 4920

$250,000 to $300,000 Alkimos

Nautilus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Point Link, 0403 260 404 Trinity, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Callosa Cres, 0423 398 220 Archipelago, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, t/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9242 9200 Cable Beach, Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, a/r, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 0400 704 612


Pebble Beach, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, t/g, Luna Ave, 9792 0100


Escape, by Ventura Homes, 4x2, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7645 Baby Boomer Loft, by Baby Boomer Homes, loft, 3x2, st, d/g, Wesley Way, 9302 2250



Monarch, by National, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6441 Willows, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Adlington Way, 9242 9200 Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, Adlington Way, 0438 691 037


Olympus, by Summit, S,4x2, h/t, alf, g/r, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 8840


Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, cnr Isla Place/Highland Rise, 9242 9200

Hammond Park

Resort, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9498 5311 Rendezvous, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 5061 Secret, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, dc/p, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3060


Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9242 9200


Amari, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Elliot Rd, 9242 9200 Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864

Baldivis Austin, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9524 3082 Executive, by Premiere, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 0425 445 578 Cosmos, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0880 Infinity, by New Generation, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, c/r, Ruskin Brace, 9333 0880 Havana, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, g/r, st, alf, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 9523 0694

Fullerton, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, st, alf, Greylock Meander, 9408 0459 Haven, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Buffalo Ave, 9409 2716 Madeley, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, BelCastro Way, 9408 1305 Ramada Retro, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, s/t, Owen Link, 9302 4920 Treviso, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Owen Link, 9408 1189

Banksia Grove Aston, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Botanic Ave, 6400 0535



Viena, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9200 5555


Meadow Springs

Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, Millbridge Estate, 9724 1318

Piara Waters

Busselton Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247

Butler Vibe, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, st, h/t, dc/p, Impington Blvd, 9562 3383

Caversham Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200 Champion Lakes Waterside, by Summit, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3710

Dalyellup Sanctuary, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Koonak Rd, 9780 9333


Kartika, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4040 Sanctuary, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9242 9200 New Dimension, by Ventura, S, 4x2, g/r, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4516 Everest, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9581 6614 Palazzo, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Kingsway Rd, 9303 2573 Monticello, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Monticello Meander, 0418 913 800

Peninsula, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-manufactured home, st, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Villa d’Este, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7784

Alkimos, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g,Topsail Loop, 0401 836 616 Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786


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Coral Bay, by WA Housing Centre, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Caporn Turn, 9358 4762 Independence, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, h/t, c/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689

Equinox, by New Generation, S, 4x3, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Orion Lane, 9797 0682

Meadow Springs

Queens Park


Cincinnati, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 9296 6238 Centro, by Ventura Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6649 Destiny, by New Generation,S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, alf, a/r, Adlington Way, 9333 0880 Oasis, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6649 Alto, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6111 Luxor Games, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, Ewens Pass, 9302 4920


Coastal View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, c/r, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

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Bushland, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-fab transportable home, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Monza, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1639 Realm, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 0576 Soto, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, h/t, Isla Place, 9397 2413 Cove, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Emerald Park, 9393 2094

Amberley, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325



Piara Waters

Broadway, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

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Eagle Bay, by Ventura, S, 4x2, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003


Reflection, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, alf, g, Cape Meander, Settlers Hills, 9242 9200 Elwood, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Strathmore Close, 9242 9200 Strathmore, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, Strathmore Cl, 0419 048 401 Rendezvous, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9523 0210 Leeuwin, by Ventura Homes 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9241 1400 Sandhurst, by Plunkett, 4x2, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0195 Quay Resort, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9524 2644 Toorak, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, c/r, d/g, Burlington Drive, 9523 0195


Parkdale, by Dale Alcock, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Forrest Estate, 9792 0555

Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, alf, g/r, Highland Rise, 9397 1266 Hacienda, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, g, Ditton Cnr, 9419 2104 Resort, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, st, d/g, Isla Place, 9397 2741 Trump Alfresco, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9302 4920


Queens Park

Frangipani, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Narla Place, 9242 9200

Homestead, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Domina Turn, 9242 9200

South Yunderup


Riverbank, by Ventura, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459

Envy, by Summit, S, 4x2, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7134 Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9792 0555


Ecco, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, a/r, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9242 9200


Luxxe, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9795 7167


Lexington, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, Madeley Rise, 9409 4242 Rendezvous, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 0659

Meadow Springs

Eagle Bay, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003


Lotus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9725 2852

Piara Waters

Minara, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, c/r, Mina Close, 9397 2244 Bellagio, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1643 Prestige, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1489

Quinns Rocks

Brighton, by Ross North, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, Hampshire Dr, 9562 1753

Southern River

Archer, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g,Trumpet St, 9242 9200 Geisha, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Michigan Turn, 9333 0888

South Yunderup

Boulevard, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Byron Drive, 9242 9200 Daintree, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 7428 Astor, by Summit Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, t/g, Bremer Way, 9537 8481 Amberley, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325

The Vines

Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Adlington Way, 0438 691 037


Vasse, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0100


Monaco, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, alf, t/g, Lyon Rd, 0412 575 336 Wisteria, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200


Kilimanjaro, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9206 5276

West Swan

Da Vinci, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404 Kingston, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, a/r, st, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 643 800 Essence, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9250 2422


Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9292 9200

over $300,000 Alkimos

Alkimos, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g,Topsail Loop, 0401 836 616 Alkimos, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, alf, h/t, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9202 9200


Homestead, by Dale Alcock SW, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, d/g, Orion Lane, 9792 0555


Newman, by Broadway, D, 3x2, st, alf, d/g,Wesley Way, 9302 6161


Sinatra, by Broadway, D, 4x2, Makybe Drive, 9302 6161 Matrix, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0231 Rochdale, by APG, D, 4x2, t/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0555

Diva, by Highbury Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, c/r, Makybe Drive, 1800 214 864 Four Seasons, by Shelford, S, 4x2, st, a/r, dc/p,Wanderer Parkway, 0438 389 530 or 0419 929 961


Lincoln, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g,Vaucluse Circuit, 1800 884 041


Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200

Burns Beach

Monterey, by Novus, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 7505 Sanctuary, by Peter Stannard, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 9822 Asheville, by APG, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Backwater Cir, 9304 9562


Reflections, by Plunket, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Hawker Approach, 9751 2604 Lamont, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9754 1609


Ready Built, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, d/g, Dania Way, 0417 177 978


Viento, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, alf, Pinnata Mews, 1800 331 388 Luna, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, s/t, d/g, Prionotes Cnr, 9202 9255 Emporio, by APG, D, 4x2, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 9013


Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696


Residence, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0555


Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800


Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Way, 9366 0000


Plaza, by National Homes, S, 3x3, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 7053 Bay Breeze, by Highbury, D, 4x2, g/r, a/r, c/r, st d/g, Sticks Blvd, 1800 214 864


Toorak, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Cnr Dunblane and Pearson, 0417 294 116


Colonnade, by APG, D, 4x2, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2439 Shangri-La, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Vale, by Ultimate Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 0417 951 486 Liberty, by Lifestyle Homes, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2544

Avonlea, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2454


Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 9302 6161


Notre Dame, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 0418 943 549 Cove, by W&B, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 1800 802 636 Limelight II, by Highbury, D, 6x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Romanao Cres, 9304 0549 Westmont, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9202 9202


Connecticut, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t a/r, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 0417 981 911 Lamont, by APG, D, 4x3, a/r, st, d/g, Santa Barbara Pde, 9562 1155 Heston, by Broadway, D, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9302 6161


Savana, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, c/r, g, Cobaki Brace, 9583 3387 Lexington, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, g/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9202 9200 Berkley, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 0429 939 576

Margaret River

Cape Skillion, by Rural Building Company, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Crellin Place, 9758 7058


Woodbridge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Hatfield Way, 9724 1942

North Coogee

The Look, by Ross Griffin, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 9444 7965 Horizon, by Highbury, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 1800 214 864

Southern River

Churchill, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, a/r, Trumpet St, 0411 455 566 Caulfield, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9398 4544 Ashford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9202 9202


Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, st, h/t, alf, t/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0555


Honeywood, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Fortis Pass, 0435 081 699 Woodlands, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st. g/r, alf, t/g, Lyons Rd, 0419 049 609


Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843


Sorrento, by Rural Building, D, 3x2, dc/p, Beachhaven Drive, 1800 643 800

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS ✱ S: single storey ✱ D: double storey ✱ L: loft ✱ 3x2: 3 bed, 2 bath ✱ 4x2: 4 bed, 2 bath ✱ g/r: games room ✱ h/t: home theatre ✱ a/r: activity room ✱ c/r: computer room ✱ st: study or home office ✱ alf: alfresco ✱ sc/p: single carport ✱ dc/p: double carport ✱ g: garage ✱ d/g: double garage ✱ t/g: triple garage

opening hours ✱ Display homes are usually open

1pm-5pm on Sunday, 2pm-5pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 1pm-5pm on Saturday and public holidays. Please ring the builder to confirm. ✱ Price categories are correct at time of publication. Please check with the builder as to what specifications are included in the advertised price.

Introducing the Sorrento, a quintessential West Australian beach house that sits comfortably in a cloud of salt infused air. Sun-baked beach towels hang stif over balcony railings. Aluminium dinghy huddling safe beneath the protected canopy of decking soaking in a marinade of burley and two-stroke. When we designed The Sorrento, these are the things we sought to encapsulate. Inspired by the homes synonymous with coastal towns up and down our state, The Sorrento promotes a sense of living on a permanent holiday. Experience this home first hand at Beachhaven Drive, Yanchep. Open: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 1–5pm. For a full list of our displays or more information visit or call 1800 643 800.



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reading Matthew Reilly books. When one of his new books comes out, I devour it within a few days. You just can’t put his books down. 7 Roasted garlic I have put together a little gourmet collection of condiments and sauces for the home cook and I absolutely love the whole roasted garlic from my Pete Evans range. It has a multitude of uses. I love it mixed through mayo on a sandwich or with some freshly cooked prawns. 8 Wine Celebrations are not complete without a glass or two of wine and this is one of my absolute favourites. I’m partial to any wine from the Jacob’s Creek Reserve range. 9 Seafood For Christmas lunch, you can’t go past seafood. Tassal smoked salmon is a must-have on my table on Christmas Day. 10 Pizza oven I have had a bit of success with pizzas in my restaurants, but did you know they can be really healthy and fun to make at home? Enter the new pizza makers. They make pizzas just like the ones you buy out – crispy base and all.

I am very excited about this Pete Evans frypan. It’s part of my new range of cookware, which I have been developing in conjunction with Baccarat for the past two years. All the pans have a non-stick, non-scratch, dishwasher-proof coating, which is guaranteed for life. I have been involved in every part of the range’s development – from the handles to the look and feel. Range Rover Evoke It’s a safe, stylish city car that I can park easily. It’s also great to be able to throw my surfboard and fishing gear in the back and head off-road. Namotu Island This is a great little place I have discovered in Fiji. The hosts are a welcoming Aussie couple and it’s near one of the best surf breaks I have found anywhere. Body contour pillow I’m pretty fussy about my pillows and I’ve have found one that I love so much I take it with me when I’m on the road so I’ll get a good night’s sleep. Smeg fridge I love the colour and design of these fridges. I spend so much time in the kitchen and it’s great to add a little colour and fun to it. Plus, the kids love it. Matthew Reilly novels I’m pretty busy these days and spend a lot of time travelling. In my down times, I love to read to just switch off for a bit. I’m an avid reader and try to read as much as I can. Lately, I have been





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