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omfort, cosiness and warmth: it’s all any of us want at this time of year. I’ve just finally pulled out the winter-weight quilts, my thickest throw for the couch and started cursing cold floors underfoot (in the minimal spots on my floor not covered by rugs – I’m a rug addict). When I look at this month’s cover, I’m actually looking at my dream living room. Not only is it completely on point – loving the Moroccan vibe – I just want to burrow into it! The good news is that you don’t have to go to Africa to steal this look – turn to page 36 to discover a decorating feature dedicated to bringing that global vibe to your interiors, no passport required. Also in our Destination Style special, we are taking you to some of the world’s most inspiring hotels, picking the brains of some incredible designers (thank you, Kelly Wearstler, page 51) and helping you steal their signature style. Also this month, we’ve got all the key zones of the home covered as usual, and we’re heralding a welcome return of colour to kitchen cabinetry (from page 149). Australians might finally be saying farewell to the ubiquitous white kitchen and embracing the idea of living with something we love, rather than thinking about how the next people who will buy our home might feel about it – which is a huge cultural shift. I’m heartened to see it and inspired by it myself, too! Might be time to update my own kitchen. One of my other favourite stories in the issue is about choosing feature lighting (page 131) – we’ve got all the expert tips you need to help you pick the perfect pendant for your space. It’s an ideal way to add a bit of drama and to make a bit of a style statement, without completely reinventing your room. And I have to mention the droolworthy Middle Eastern-inspired sweets from page 163 – the perfect partner to a cup of tea and a copy of HB. That’s it from me. Tell me what you think of the issue – find me on Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.

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ON MY WISH LIST

Capiz tray in Soft White, $97.46, Oz Design Furniture.

‘Aruba’ console table in Reclaimed Teak, $869, Uniqwa Furniture.

‘Galleria’ table lamp, $124.76, Zanui.

SARAH BURMAN, EDITOR Follow me on Instagram @sarahjburman

Take a trip without leaving home and be inspired by our global decorating feature (top left) from page 36, and the latest in cabinetry (left), from page 149.

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Destination style Souvenir the style of the world’s most inspiring design districts Winter sunshine Bring cosy home with earthy colours, tactile patterns and warming layers 20 amazing pendants Shop every space Powder rooms Big ideas for small bathrooms Kitchen cabinetry Stunning new looks to last Chelsea Flower Show Our pick of the best on ground Play school Creative zones for kids


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THE EDIT 25 Collection One-of-a-kind headboards from Create Estate 26 The edit What’s hot in design inspiration and in stores 30 Now showing Divine pieces on the HB wish list this month

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HOMES 74 The great escape An Art Deco home is a colourful yet tranquil retreat 84 Natural wonder Nestled in the Queensland countryside, this homestead is a welcoming and comfortable abode

94 Winter dreaming Warm tones and sun-lit spaces make this Melbourne home one for all seasons

104 The simple life Restoring a 19th century home was a labour of love 112 Bohemian beauty Step inside a soulful family home in coastal NSW

DESIGN FILE 124 Divide and conquer Interior designer Alex Gourlay of Vellum

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DESTINATION OUR 32-PAGE TRAVEL SPECIAL

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36 Wordly possessions

Gorgeous travel-inspired finds on display

44 Style pilgrimage

We explore three of the world’s most amazing design locations, and shop the looks

62 First class Travel in

comfort and style with our pick of in-flight must-haves

65 Artisans abroad

Sustainable style and ethical practices are at the heart of Armadillo & Co rugs

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Interiors reveals how to create separate zones in open spaces Light fantastic The best and brightest in feature pendants Powder play Turn that tiny bathroom into a guest-ready haven Open homes All the essentials for buying and selling your home Cabinet cool The latest looks in kitchen cabinetry

ENTERTAIN 164 The dessert bazaar Irresistible Middle Eastern-inspired sweets 170 Taste test Gourmet finds and kitchen essentials OUTDOORS 175 Chelsea on show The latest garden designs and blooms from London’s acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show

180 Gallic flair European influence in a compact suburban garden

HOUSE RULES WRAP UP 186 All in the family The teams create a Montauk-inspired home 192 Press play Fuel little ones’ creativity with spaces that are big on fun REGULAR FEATURES 11 Ed’s letter Sarah loves cosy winter style 12 Staff Who we are and where to find us 20 Connected What’s happening in the world of HB 196 Directory Like what you see? Here’s where to find it 202 Unsung icons: Leather Our writer’s ode to the humble hide



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RENOVATION ROYALTY

The HB team recently sat down with Australia’s reno queen and friend of Allianz, Cherie Barber, for some expert advice – flip to page 144 to read her top five renovating tips or download the official Home Beautiful podcast, Style Rules, to hear her story.

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Our style editor Fiona Michelon (left) adds the finishing touches to the cover shot with these beautiful blooms. To see how her ‘Worldly Possessions’ feature came to life, turn to page 36.

CAUGHT THE TRAVEL BUG? HERE ARE THREE OF OUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM HANDLES TO FOLLOW FOR DESTINATION INSPIRATION

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YASMINE PARKER, SENIOR DESIGNER How long have you been at Home Beautiful? I’ve been here six years! I always wanted to work for a magazine and it all stemmed from my love of photography. When I was first offered the role as junior designer, I went home crying – I had landed my dream job! Six years, a wedding and a baby later, and I’m still here. What is your favourite feature in the mag? I love it all. I’m always looking forward to seeing what our style editor Fiona Michelon creates for the decorating features, and how real people decorate their homes. And I always use a HB recipe over anything else – including that naked cake I baked for my engagement party. Our recipe editor Kerrie Worner is amazing! What is your home decorating style? I can never decide on a style, I just have what I love in my home. We recently bought a house and I’m holding back from filling it up for no reason. Eventually, I’d love an all-neutral palette with lots of plants and leather pieces, with an eclectic twist. Slowly but surely… What’s been the most memorable story since you started? It’s too hard to choose just one! I do always look forward to the Christmas decorating features as they involve food and little DIYs too! Follow Yasmine @yasy

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It’s official – you love the East Coast American aesthetic as much as we do! This month, our web story about bringing the Hamptons look home was the most clicked on. To read the article, visit homebeautiful .com.au/hamptons-style-decorating-tips-and-ideas. And keep an eye out for a second volume of Hamptons Homes. On sale soon!

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PHOTOGRAPHY ARMELLE HABIB, STYLING JULIA GREEN FOR GREENHOUSE INTERIORS STYLING ASSISTANTS AISHA CHAUDHRY AND SOPHIE BARRATT

Sweet sleep spaces don’t get much better than this. Create Estate – a family business based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – specialises in upholstered bedheads made by hand. The first release from its new limited-edition Designer collection features work from artist Kimmy Hogan. Printed on a soft fibre fabric, there are only 30 headboards in each size and shape. Explore the collection at createestate.com.au.

TOP: ‘Gathered IV’ by Kimmy Hogan limited edition upholstered bedhead, $1250/queen. ‘Shabby’ bedspread in Velvet Nude, $899, House of Orange. ‘Ridge’ stool in Pale Eucalypt, from $468, Beeline Design. Metal triangle floor lamp in Nude, $499, House of Orange. Ottoman, The Cullin Design. Pendants, stylist’s own.


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WHAT’S HOT OUR ROUND-UP OF THE LATEST DESIGN NEWS, SHOPPING AND DECORATING Edited by VANESSA KEYS

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CAST YOUR GAZE SKYWARD: AUSSIE DESIGNER ROSS GARDAM HAS EXPANDED HIS NEBULAE LIGHTING COLLECTION TO INCLUDE A HORIZONTAL CHANDELIER (BELOW) THAT THROWS A CELESTIAL SILHOUETTE. IT WAS UNVEILED IN MAY AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR IN NEW YORK. ROSS HAS QUICKLY GAINED GLOBAL APPEAL FOR HIS ABILITY TO USE SIMPLE FORMS TO MANIPULATE LIGHT IN EXTRAORDINARY WAYS. ROSSGARDAM.COM.AU.

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Our wish has come true: cult Danish design brand Hay has launched an Australian online store, with homewares shipping nationally and furniture available in select capital cities. This season’s collection is a real beaut, with a palette that spans pastels to neutrals with plenty of textures and patterns in between. Go forth and shop at hayshop.com.au.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CURL UP INSIDE WITH A GOOD BOOK. SO IT’S GREAT NEWS THAT THE MARKET IS BACK – AND IT’S FOUND A NEW HOME AT MELBOURNE AUGUST 25 QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET, EVERY SUNDAY

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FLYING COLOURS

Raise a glass to Melbourne architectural practice Kennedy Nolan, who has won the top gong for Best Residential Interior at this year’s Dulux Colour Awards. Their winning entry, Caroline House, proves how powerful a pop of colour can be when paired with classic black and white (pictured above and left). See all the winners at colourawards.dulux.com.au.


UKIYO-E, THE ACCLAIMED 17TH CENTURY JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTING THAT TRANSLATES TO ‘PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD’, HAS BEEN REIMAGINED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN HOME BY DESIGN STUDIO KINGDOM HOME. INSPIRED BY JAPANESE LANDSCAPE AND CULTURE, DESIGNER KENNETH KING HAS CREATED AN EXQUISITE COLLECTION OF FABRIC AND WALLPAPER THAT CAPTURES A SLICE OF EVERYDAY JAPANESE LIFE. FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT KINGDOMHOME.COM.AU.

5 MINUTES WITH: KRISTINA KARLSSON

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HEART OF GLASS

The perfect blend of form and function, Sony’s new speaker doesn’t just spread beautiful sound, it’s also a glass lantern that emits soft candlelight. The speaker’s cylindrical shape means music finds its way into every corner of the room, while the candlelight mode flickers just like a real candle. You can even choose between bright light or soft glow depending on the mood. $799, sony.com.au.

HB CHATS TO KRISTINA KARLSSON, FOUNDER OF CULT STATIONERY LABEL KIKKI K Tell us about your morning ritual: I try to wake up at 5am every morning – it gives me some ‘me time’ to think, read, write, be inspired, meditate and exercise – all before the normal day-to-day starts. What’s the last thing you do in the evening? I switch off my phone and laptop before getting into bed – this helps me to wind down. I try to capture any ideas in my journal before I sleep, and I love drinking herbal tea to help myself relax. What books are on your bedside table right now? Right now I’m reading Oprah’s newest book, The Path Made Clear, and Help Me! by Marianne Power, who also features on my latest podcast episode. What inspired you to start your own podcast? I love hearing other people’s stories and learning from their experiences. Since launching Your Dream Life Starts Here in September 2018, I’ve interviewed incredible people including Arianna Huffington, Robin Sharma, Ella Mills and Chloe Brotheridge. Tell us about your new ‘She Shines’ collection: It was inspired by a desire to help empower women all over the globe to look within, chase their dreams and discover their true purpose in life. A percentage of profits will support Dr Tererai Trent’s work in Zimbabwe, where she endeavours to provide quality education for all children regardless of their gender or socioeconomic backgrounds. The ‘She Shines’ collection (below) launches in store from July 29.

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HIGH-END AUSSIE FURNITURE LABEL HARBOUR 1976 HAS ANNOUNCED A BIG NAME COLLABORATION – TEAMING UP WITH CELEBRITY DESIGNER AND MILLION DOLLAR DECORATORS CAST MEMBER MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD FOR ITS FIRST SIGNATURE COLLECTION, APTLY NAMED MLB. THERE’S EIGHT BESPOKE PIECES FROM ARMCHAIRS (ABOVE) AND A DINING SET TO POOL LOUNGES – ALL INSPIRED BY MARTYN’S FAVOURITE MODERN INTERIORS. COMING SOON, KEEP AN EYE OUT AT HARBOUROUTDOOR.COM.AU.

‘The Awakened Woman’ book by Dr Tererai Trent, $19.99.

‘She Shines’ quote cards with wooden stand, $19.99/12pk.

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BOOK CLUB

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MID-CENTURY DESIGN, PLUS A HANDBOOK FOR REDUCING HOUSEHOLD WASTE

A FAMILY GUIDE TO WASTE-FREE LIVING BY LAUREN AND OBERON CARTER (PAN MACMILLAN, $34.95.) Keen to give waste the flick? Meet Tassie duo Lauren and Oberon Carter, who’ve been living waste and recycling-free since 2015 and now dedicate themselves to helping others do the same. Inside their debut book you’ll find advice, projects and recipes to tackle our ever-growing waste problem.

FROM A TO EAMES: A VISUAL GUIDE TO MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN BY LAUREN WHYBROW (SMITH STREET BOOKS, $29.95) We all know the names – Eames, Aalto, Castiglioni – but do you know their stories? This A-Z guide honours the legends of mid-century style through captivating narratives and beautiful illustrations, bringing the era to life. You may not be able to afford an Eames coffee table – but this is a close second.

SHOP WATCH:

TARA DENNIS STORE, BALMAIN

After two years of trading in Wahroonga, craft queen Tara Dennis has opened a second location of her eponymous homewares store in Balmain. The airy space is a homage to Tara’s easy breezy coastal style: linen napkins, rustic placemats, vintage kitchenware and plenty of touch-me textures. The store will also play host to regular craft workshops. Visit 250 Darling Street, Balmain or taradennisstore.com.

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YOUR NEXT RENO JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER, THANKS TO LAMINEX’S UPDATED COLOUR PALETTE. TONES: MUTED GREENS AND MOODY NEUTRALS THAT WHEN LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR’S

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‘Zuni’ ultraplush blanket in Cayenne, from $69.95, bambury.com.au. ‘Super’ pompom throw, $229.00, Oz Design.

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1. ‘Khadi’ throw in Marine, $154, L&M Home. 2. ‘Florence’ pendant, $250, Few & Far. 3. Dinner plate, $85, Chimerical Homewares. 4. ‘Balla’ table lamp, $580, King Living. 5. ‘Colour Splash’ rug, $499/152cm x 244cm, West Elm. 6. ‘Loop’ armless dining chair, $599, Sounds Like Home. 7. ‘Pretoria’ sofa in Cape Leather Brown, $5499, Uniqwa Furniture. 8. Bianca ‘Airlie Breakfast’ cushion in Charcoal/Off-white, $27.95, Zanui. 9. ‘Livsverk’ vase, $9.99, Ikea. Stockists, page 196

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DESTINATION PACK YOUR SUITCASE – WE’RE GOING GLOBAL. IN THIS TRAVEL-INSPIRED SPECIAL, WE SHARE HOW TO GIVE YOUR INTERIORS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

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Our decorating feature dedicated to displaying collected treasures that tell a story of travels, far and wide.

Explore three hotels in the world’s most influential design destinations and souvenir their signature style.

Journey to India to meet the creatives behind Armadillo & Co, a company that is giving back to its community.

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WORLDLY POSSESSIONS TREASURES DISCOVERED WHILE TRAVELLING INFUSE YOUR HOME WITH SOUL. HERE’S HOW TO GET GLOBAL CACHE WITHOUT CLEARING CUSTOMS Styling FIONA MICHELON Photography BRIGID ARNOTT


STYLING ASSISTANTS SAVANNA COHEN, SAMANTHA POINTON, MEGAN O’LOUGHLIN

OPPOSITE PAGE: ‘Dwell’ sofa in Maison Blush, $3937, Curious Grace. On sofa, from left: Afghan kilim cushion, $30, Afghan Interiors. Boujad cushion, $240, Barefoot Gypsy. ‘Mongolian’ fur in Brown, $179, Zohi Interiors. ‘Ombre’ throw in Chai, $79, Freedom. ‘Monte #17’ cushion, $185, Pampa. ‘Genoa Vintage’ cushion in Washed Clay, $69.99, Adairs. ‘Balthazar’ wooden tray side table, $345, Globe West. On side table: ‘Nomad Mini’ vase in Blue Metallics, $34.95/set of 3, Bed Bath n’ Table. Lassi cup in Brass, $40, Orient House. ‘Carva’ ceramic pot in Antique White, $150, MCM House. Moroccan leather pouffe with embroidery in Vintage Tan, $229, Zohi Interiors. Gallia’ Sigerson Morrison shoes, $450, The Iconic. ‘Dinglik’ bench, $690, Orient House. On bench: African bone beads, $115, Road Less Taken. Books, stylist’s own. ‘Lotus’ marble bowl, $185, Water Tiger. ‘Bulb’ vase in Caramel, $39.95, Linen House. Vintage brass box, $90, Orient House. ‘Aura Boucle’ cushion in Terracotta, $220, Globe West. ‘Bamako’ Beni M’Guild rug, $3995, Tigmi Trading. Stockists, page 196 > AUGUST 2019

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THIS PAGE: ‘Tunisian’ mosaic diamond tiles in Anthracite, $1650/sqm, Earp Bros. Camilla point toe flat mules, $249, The Iconic. Iron keys, $25, Orient House. .OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM LEFT: Console Majuce with marble, $2050, Orient House. Ginger jar round, $240, MCM House. Ethiopian cross, $335/large, $125/small, both from Orient House. Coral, $60/small, Zohi Interiors. Indian perfume bottle, $55, Few & Far. Flos ‘Gatto’ table lamp by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, $999/58mm, Euroluce. Stockists, page 196 >


THIS PAGE: ‘Rae Bistro’ table, $875, Pottery Barn. ‘Status’ geometric tarte platter in Blue, $65, The Bay Tree. ‘Brush Stroke’ side plate in White & Black, $7, Freedom. Oval large spoon in Brass, $39.95, ‘Sometsuke’ Japan bowl in Ink Blue, $8.50, Moroccan silver platter, $75, all from The Bay Tree. ‘Akbar’ fabric by Susanna Davis in Slate/Watermelon, $279/m, Tigger Hall. Sicily dinner plate with blue rim, $20, Williams Sonoma. OPPOSITE PAGE: ‘Malawi’ armchair, $590, MCM House. On chairs: ‘Ombre’ throw in Chai, $79, Freedom. ‘Trieste’ turkish kilim cushion, $125, ‘Mutaki’ sheepskin throw, $195, both Tigmi Trading. ‘Safi’ cushion in Natural and Grey, $49.99, Adairs. ‘Rae Bistro’ table, $875, Pottery Barn. On table: Japanese wabi sabi dish, $9.50, oval bowl, $25, Road Less Taken. ‘Sometsuke’ Japan bowl in Ink Blue, $8.50, The Bay Tree. Lassi cup in Brass, $40, brass glass, $15, both Orient House. ‘Cynthia’ vase, $79.95, Linen House. ‘Wings of Gold’ fabric by Classic Cloth in Indigo, $399/m, Tigger Hall. ‘Vionnet’ side table in Gold, $910, Globe West. On side table: Tea glass tall swirl in Gold, $12.50, The Bay Tree. Terracotta jug, $62, Water Tiger. ‘Aquarius’ Beni M’Guild rug, $3600, Tigmi Trading. Stockists, page 196 >


BRING AN INTERNATIONAL TO CASUAL DINING WITH MISMATCHED PATTERNS UNITED BY SUMPTUOUS COLOUR

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TOP LEFT: ‘Hepburn’ cushion in Stone, $64.95, Madras Link. Vintage Moroccan cushion, $230, Barefoot Gypsy. Saint Pierre brass glass plate, $30.95, Tara Dennis. Vintage ‘Adilah Handira’ throw, $750, Few & Far. Vintage camera and book, stylist’s own. TOP RIGHT: Dinglik bench, $690, Orient House. ‘Naga’ small milk pot, $59, Water Tiger. Sabra cushion in Brown, $145, Barefoot Gypsy. ‘Monte #33’ cushion, $185, Pampa. Afghan kilim cushion, $30, Afghan Interiors. ‘Exit sign’ Turkish kilim cushion, $155, ‘Alibi’ Turkish kilim cushion, $155, both Tigmi Trading. ‘Paza’ throw in Moonbeam, $119, Freedom. Sheepskin in Drake, $195, Tigmi Trading. OPPOSITE PAGE: Poplin fabric in White 144cm, $6.99/m, Spotlight. ‘Java’ hexagonal pendant in Bronze, $180, Orient House. Black door panel (bedhead), $895, Road Less Taken. ‘Fingal Bay’ Euro pillow case, $149.95/set of 2, ‘Fingal Bay’ standard pillow case, $89.95/set of 2, ‘Fingal Bay’ queen quilt cover in White, $399.95, all from Sheridan. ‘Hepburn’ cushion and vintage Moroccan cushion, as above. Vintage throw, as above. Vintage washed linen queen fitted sheet in White, $179, stonewashed queen flat sheet in White, $79.99, stonewashed standard pillow case, $39.99/set of 2, all from Adairs. ‘Vionnet’ side table, $910, Globe West. On side table: ‘Bulb’ vase in Caramel, $39.95, Linen House. Moroccan selenite beams, $15 each, Zohi Interiors. Indian pot, $340, Few & Far. ‘Etnico #0940’ rug, $1540/ 170cm x 212cm, Pampa. ‘Gallia’ Sigerson Morrison shoes, $450, The Iconic. Primetex accent Bacara Bleu flooring, $40-50/sqm, Gerflor. Stockists, page 196

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“Here, there is no difference between the architecture and the interior design – simplicity rules,” says architect and interior designer Andrew Trotter, who was the visionary behind Masseria Moroseta (pictured here) in Italy’s Puglia region. >

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The warm, rustic embrace of the Masseria Moroseta lounge (above) is proof that simple, minimalist design doesn’t have to be cold. “Use textures and materials that have feeling,” advises Andrew Trotter. “Rough stone walls and floors give a simple space warmth.” Andrew scoured the local area to find the pieces on show. “Some design pieces Carlo had already, the rest we bought in markets,” he adds.

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A neutral, pared-back palette creates a calm atmosphere. “It’s not pretentious at all,” says Andrew. “Everyone who visits feels at home and every corner is easy to take a beautiful photo.” In one guest bedroom (opposite, top left), a partial feature wall adds depth and interest using shapes and shading instead of colour, while natural light floods in from the nearby courtyard (opposite, top right).

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“You should build thinking about local vernaculars and materials. A building should belong,” says Andrew, who was inspired by the buildings of the area when he designed the structure. “It’s the minimalism of their time, with their heavy stone walls, vaulted ceilings and whitewashed walls,” he explains. The arched details and creeping grapevine (opposite, bottom) pay homage to the land.

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Cobbled paths, dry stone huts and a blanket of olive trees are defining features of Puglia, a sun-bleached region in the south of Italy, which is peppered with ancient whitewashed villages. Here, nestled atop a hill just a few kilometres from the Adriatic coastline, is a town called Ostuni – and not too far from there is a farmhouse lodging called Masseria Moroseta. Unlike other farmhouses throughout the district, some of which date back centuries, this is a modern-day construction conceived by owner Carlo Lanzini and designed by architect and designer Andrew Trotter. However, it was built with local materials using traditional techniques that were inspired by the other great estates of the countryside.


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‘Lucca’ pendant light in Black, $349, Schots Home Emporium.

‘Johanne’ throw, $29.95, Ikea.

‘Logan’ sideboard, $2039, Provincial Home Living.

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‘Pamplona’ polished concrete pot, $25, James Lane.

‘Simonata’ 3-seat sofa in Blanc, $3199, La Maison.

Pot in White with stripes, $395, Barefoot Gypsy.

‘Bithiah’ floor rug, $299/160cm x 230cm, Freedom.

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‘Helena’ dining chair, $199/set of 2, Zanui.

PHOTOGRAPHY (TOP RIGHT) MARINA DENISOVA MERCHANDISING FIONA MICHELON

‘Jumbo’ bowl in Blue, $295, Atelier Studios.



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The vibrant Californian city of San Francisco has always been home to some of the most imaginative minds alive, from the thriving high-culture art scene of the 1950s to the ambitious entrepreneurs and tech giants that prosper today. For a city so rich in creativity, culture, diversity and eccentricity, there was no better match than interior designer-to-the-stars and America’s queen of maximalist style, Kelly Wearstler. Tasked with reimagining the 1909 flatiron building, designed by renowned local architect Albert Pissis, Kelly has encapsulated the colourful and quirky nature of San Francisco’s buzzing metropolis to design the flagship Proper Hotel. >

“The city of San Francisco was our muse for everything, from the colour palette to the artwork displayed throughout the property,” says Kelly, who drew inspiration from the surrounding physical and cultural landscape for the design. “The interior design reflects the building’s rich history and San Francisco’s culture today.”

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A signature aesthetic of both Kelly and the Golden City, eclectic maximalism shines in each of the 131 guest rooms – which are all unique. “To ensure guest rooms were distinctive, we designed custom wallcoverings based on vintage designs that feature geometric and floral patterns in different scales and textures,” explains Kelly. “Each guest room features a mélange of different wallcovering patterns.”

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Harmony is the key to success, even in a place of such daring design choices. “It’s important to establish a hierarchy among the different hues, patterns and textures in order to create harmonious tonality,” says Kelly. For all-day restaurant Villon, “we combined deep colours, rich textures and natural materials to complement the patina of the historic building, while adding a touch of modern comfort”.

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“Curating a personalised assembly of art infuses a room with soulful and inspiring storytelling,” says interior designer Kelly Wearstler.

‘Wrong Geometry’ print 3, $80 unframed, Trit House.

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LEDlux ‘Smith’ LED table lamp in Aged Bronze, $179, Beacon Lighting.

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Wire frame slipper chair, $449, West Elm.

‘Grid’ handwoven linen throw, $189, Citta Design.

‘Tino’ bone inlay coffee table, $795, Matt Blatt.

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‘Alt Country’ art print Sarah Kelk A2, $260, Modern Times ‘Yalvac’ cushion in Legion blue, $59, Freedom.

MERCHANDISING FIONA MICHELON, ARTWORK (TOP RIGHT) ‘PURPLE ART’ BY MICHAEL DI COSOLA, (SMALL TOP CENTRE) ‘RED ART’ BY MICHAEL DI COSOLA, ALL OTHERS ARTIST UNKNOWN

‘Sunset’ vase, $73, Jones & Co.


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TOKYO, JAPAN AMAN TOKYO, OTEMACHI TOWER It’s no surprise the hometown of global sensation and organising queen Marie Kondo is still steeped in the traditional and culture-rich aesthetic of traditional Japanese interior design. Clean lines, natural materials and uncluttered living are at the centrepoint of this style, and high above the buzzing streets, neon signs and matcha desserts of the fast-paced city, the long-established aesthetic endures. At Aman Tokyo, 33 levels above the Otemachi Forest, late Australian architect Kerry Hill crafted a space honouring the pillars of traditional Japanese design, with a contemporary edge to match the colourful, bustling city below.


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An abundance of daylight is paired with classic Japanese materials, such as camphor wood, washi paper and floor rugs (pictured), which pay homage to tatami mats – a traditional flooring material made from rice straw. >

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Poppy illustration, $29.95/A3, Olive et Oriel.

Ethnicraft teak double console, $1059, Trit House

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‘Maggie’ mohair throw, $249, St Albans.

‘Oakmont’ vessel in Dark Grey, $19, Freedom.

‘Miami’ sofa, $3395, Max Sparrow.

‘Colour-Bound’ sisal rug, $324/ 152cm x 244cm, Pottery Barn.

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‘Mod’ low table lamp in Aged Iron with Linen Shade, $970, Laura Kincade.


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styling THE ONLINE COURSE TO GIVE YOU THE SKILL SET YOU NEED FOR PRODUCT, SET OR HOME-INTERIOR STYLING With modules covering everything from the elements and principles of design, to mood, materials and furniture, Styling Essentials is a new online course for lovers of style. The course culminates with a project to put your new skills into practice, and a live Q&A session to pick the brains of the expert team at Home Beautiful. Even more exciting, one lucky student will join the HB team in the studio to see first-hand how we work.

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ARTISANS ABROAD SUSTAINABILITY, ETHICS AND REFINED DESIGN ARE AT THE HEART OF ARMADILLO & CO Words HOLLY BYRNE Right: Jodie Fried (left) and Sally Pottharst, co-founders of Armadillo & Co, are pictured at the Indian school they fund. The ‘Heirloom Egyptian’ rug in Thyme (below) and the full ‘Egyptian’ rug range (bottom) are all created by hand in India’s carpet belt region.

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hen Armadillo & Co founders Sally Pottharst and Jodie Fried first crossed paths at a trade show in 2009, serendipity struck. “We just hit it off,” says Sally. Jodie had been living in India, running a textiles business with local tradespeople in an effort to help rebuild communities in the aftermath of a horrific earthquake. Sally, based in Adelaide, South Australia, was working with her husband in his family’s floor-coverings business. “Together we decided to make what we couldn’t find in the market – simple, beautiful and sustainable rugs,” adds Jodie. And Armadillo & Co was born. Fast forward 10 years and the brand has an overflowing trophy cabinet worth of awards and accolades, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, where Jodie is now based. In 2017, the pair also launched their not-for-profit Armadillo & Co Foundation, which provides educational and health services to underprivileged communities in India, where their rugs are made. “We launched the foundation to formalise the work we had already been doing,” says Jodie. Since 2014, the business has fully funded the Kantilal Vidya Mandir school (above), in India’s carpet belt, to include staff salaries, school uniforms and maintenance. “Establishing an official non-profit organisation has enabled us to focus our fundraising initiatives in a more impactful way.” The charity is funded by proceeds from each product sold and online donations, which helps to educate many of the weavers’ children. “Having these children feel so comfortable, that being at school means so much to them, and knowing that we’re able to make that happen is just wonderful,” adds Sally. As for the secret to keeping the business so strong for the past decade, Sally says it’s about staying true to their ethics. “It’s something that we both live by… we are all humans on this planet, so let’s be kind to each other and the planet. That’s really the hallmark, it’s in our bones.” >

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“There’s the weaving, but there’s also the preparing of the yarn,” says Sally of the rug-making process (left). “Not all our rugs are dyed, but those that are, that’s a skill in itself… there’s also a lot of energy that goes into finishing the rug (above) to make it beautiful.” Adds Jodie: “From start to finish, it can take up to a year.”

“I AM MOST PROUD OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE IN INDIA. I ALWAYS LEAVE WITH A HEART FULL OF GRATITUDE AND PRIDE LOOKING AT WHAT A DIFFERENCE WE HAVE MADE TO OUR WEAVERS’ LIVES, AND THEIR CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL”- Jodie Fried, Armadillo & Co

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FACTS COMPANY PYS Furniture LOCATION Fairfield East, Sydney COLLABORATION 15 years with Domayne ABOUT Domayne’s partnership with PYS Furniture is a true alliance. With furniture manufacturing and designing in their blood, Linda Shen and Warren Stevens have built a 22-year-old furniture business, with a staff of 35 who all take part in creating solid, beautiful Australian timber furniture. SPECIALITY Each and every piece is handmade by passionate and dedicated craftsmen who each know every other person’s job inside out. It’s by understanding the importance of each part of the process, that the final piece of furniture is handmade to the highest quality.

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FACTS COMPANY A.H. Beard LOCATION Australia wide COLLABORATION 20 years with Domayne ABOUT Family owned since 1899, A.H. Beard is an Australian company that has been setting the standard for quality bedding for over 120 years. SPECIALITY A.H. Beard believe that no two people are the same and their beds are handcrafted with this in mind for Domayne. They use the most advanced technology, finest natural materials and experienced master craftsmen to ensure that Australians are getting the best night’s sleep.

MASTER CRAFTSMAN NEVILLE HAS BEEN MAKING A.H. BEARD’S LUXURY MATTRESSES SINCE 1983, SO IT’S NO WONDER DOMAYNE TRUST HIM TO MAKE THEIR GRANDEUR MATTRESSES. EACH IS HANDMADE TO ORDER, WITH AUSTRALIAN NATURAL FIBRES, SUCH AS WOOL AND MOHAIR, FOR THE ULTIMATE IN COMFORT. A.H. BEARD’S SIGNATURE MATTRESSES ARE THE ONLY ONES IN AUSTRALIA MADE USING THE TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES OF HAND SIDE-STITCHING AND BUTTON TUFTING FOR A LUXURIOUS SLEEP EXPERIENCE. YOU CAN VIEW NEVILLE’S MASTERPIECES AT SELECTED DOMAYNE STORES.

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with interior designer Stewart Horton of Horton & Co to restore its charm. Justin says the home that the couple share with their children, Josie, 12, and (pictured top right) Jada, 13, and Jimmy, 9, always had an element of grandeur about it and this has been recaptured by using an elegant palette. “When we met with Stewart, he asked me what colours I liked and I mentioned aqua, and he ran with that,” explains Janet. “So now we have lots of shades of aqua and turquoise and teal. It is beautiful.” The colours of the sea are reflected in the stunning ‘Targa’ lounge armchair from Space Furniture (top left), a custom-made banquette and cushions upholstered with Wortley fabric in Seagrass (top right), and the elegant ‘Melrose’ dining chairs from Casa Mia in the dining room (bottom right), as well as a vintage print, sourced by Stewart, which sits above a gorgeous second-hand bar cart, also found by Stewart (bottom left). >

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FORMAL LIVING ROOM The renovation included replacing the brick fireplace surround in the formal living area with marble. “There was a fireplace here, but the actual marble surround was designed and added by Stewart,” explains Justin. “The size and scale of the fireplace represents the original fireplace; this is a much lovelier version.” The children have their own informal living area upstairs, so this room is usually a retreat for Justin and Janet (pictured opposite with Jack). The beautiful ‘Targa’ lounge armchair, from Space, is now known as Justin’s chair – it’s the place where he likes to relax at the end of the day. With its white trim, the ‘Millennium’ sofa from H & J Furniture, upholstered with Wortley fabric in Seagrass, lends a vintage feel, with the Tasmanian blackwood timber coffee table from Francis Furniture bringing a certain gravitas to the room. >


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Located in the middle of the home, the dining room (above) is almost a thoroughfare for the family as it connects to several of the downstairs rooms. “We use the space a lot,” says Justin. “It serves a lot of purposes, and it’s really on display – we’ve had quite a few dinner parties around that table. We discovered that the best way to use the space was just as a big grand room.” The pendant light – the ‘Windsor’ by Visual Comfort from Laura Kincade – mirrors the vastness of the space. ENTRY

Josie strolls down the staircase (right), which displays the only real feature left from the original home – the timber panelling in the entrance hall. “They took quite a bit of time to restore that,” says Justin. “All the panelling was replicated consistent with that,” adds Janet. It was Janet’s idea to install the parquet flooring, but Stewart persuaded them to have the basketweave pattern instead of a directional pattern such as herringbone. “Given that you enter the house from the side, it’d be hard to pick a direction

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to take with herringbone,” says Justin. “So the basketweave served a lot of purposes. And it’s also more era-appropriate.” KITCHEN

The kitchen’s design surprisingly became an obsession for Justin throughout the renovation. And it all started with the Wolf cooker and East Coast American style. “We worked backwards from the appliances to make everything fit and to work out where the window placement was,” says Justin of the kitchen (opposite), designed by Stewart. “Those Wolf cookers are a certain width, and to get it to work, the windows are perfectly placed equidistant to the rangehood. Quite a bit of thought went into that – we had a limited amount of room but it all seemed to work out. Everything has fitted in very efficiently.” A much-used kitchen island is painted in Dulux Domino, while the custom-made blinds with a trim of Schumacher’s ‘Octavius Tape’ in aqua add the requisite blue to the scheme. An ‘Edgerly’ pendant light by Visual Comfort from Bloomingdales ticks the American style box. >

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This luxurious custom-made space that looks like it’s straight out of a Hollywood classic (opposite) was designed by Stewart and is a firm favourite of Janet’s, who had listed storage high on her wish list. And while the room looks substantial on first viewing, it’s actually even bigger – because it includes double doors that open out into a hidden shoe cupboard. “Everything has been quite well thought-out,” says Justin. “There’s almost a walk-in cupboard within the robe.” MAIN BATHROOM

Janet and Justin had always wanted marble for both their family bathroom (above left) and ensuite (right), choosing Carrara tiles for the walls and floors. “You can’t really go wrong with marble in terms of a classic style,” explains Justin. “It’s a bit of a timeless stone, it doesn’t really go out of fashion.” The couple opted to go big on the sumptuous 300mm x 600mm Carrara marble wall tiles from Earp Bros, and they chose a Carrara marble herringbone mosaic for the floors, also from Earp Bros. The Perrin & Rowe taps from English Tapware are classic.

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The bed in Justin and Janet’s bedroom (above right) was bought before the renovation and, as a consequence, became the focal point of the design. “Stewart had it reupholstered for us, and then chose the furniture to work with that,” says Janet. The bedside table from Regency Distribution and the ‘Castorano’ table lamp from Uttermost proved to be chic matches for the bed, which Jack finds appealing. The tones in the bedroom were also a hit. “Both our bedroom and the dressing room are a really nice shade,” says Janet. “It’s a very calming, very relaxing colour.” ENSUITE

The couple’s impressive ensuite (right) has a full-sized ‘Amiata’ bath by Victoria & Albert, available at Domayne. “We decided on a bath, and Stewart changed it to a more stylish one,” says Janet. “We’re very happy with it. The double shower came about when we realised how much space we had. There was this big wall of marble and it needed something.” The opulent finishes here mirror those in the main bathroom. >

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STUDY With its wide, sun-soaking window and custom-made seat, the study is a beautiful place to be. At first, Janet and Justin were not sure of using the strong colour that Stewart chose – Dulux Imagine – but are glad they did. “It is a beautiful room because the kids can sit and do their homework, or they can lie on the day bed and read a book,” says Janet. “It probably is the most used space in the house.” The Josef Hoffmann side chair from Space Furniture provides a comfortable landing spot for both adults and kids and the black metal desk lamp was picked up from Bloomingdales.

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Interior Designer Stewart Horton, Horton & Co. Design, hortonandco.com.au. Builder Adrian Yazbeck of Yazbeck Builders, yazbeckbuilders.com.

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Who lives here? Janet, a teacher; her husband Justin, an accountant; their children, Jada, 13, Josie, 12, Jimmy, 9; and Jack, the cavoodle. Favourite room in the house? Janet: “The kitchen! Justin was very involved in designing that. He doesn’t cook, but he said he would learn.” What’s the biggest surprise in the new house? “Storage. That’s been one of the wonderful things about this house – there’s plenty of storage to be able to put things away.” Any surprises with the build? Justin: “It just took way longer than any of us thought. Probably because I was just so picky on some things. But the result was worth it.” Any advice you’d give to would-be renovators? “We lived in the house for several years and in that time, put a lot of thought into the layout of it. I’d advise anyone to do that.”

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COMFORT ZONE On a crisp winter’s day, homeowners

Renee and Shane are likely to be found curled up on the sofa (below) with their daughters Parker, six, and Winnie, four, soaking up warmth from their Rustic Stone bluestone fireplace (opposite). “The bluestone was something we didn’t want to budge or compromise on,” says Renee. Beyond the ‘Hugo’ linen sofa from Boyd Blue, the living room has lots of places to perch: a Jardan ‘Harvest’ armchair in inky black leather (opposite), the plush ‘Blue Muna’ rug by Madeline Weinrib (below), or out on the airy undercover terrace. >


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enee and Shane had always hoped to buy a little piece of acreage in their hometown of Toowoomba, in southern Queensland, to raise a family. One Sunday afternoon while exploring the local countryside, they stumbled upon a farm with a ‘for sale’ sign pitched out front. Horses and cows grazed the paddocks, framed by valley views and rolling hillsides, while a gully ran out the back. The couple made an offer on the land that very afternoon. “We acted on a whim but it was perfect,” says Shane. “We fell in love with it.” The couple set to work designing a true forever home they could grow into with their daughters Parker and Winnie, and were inspired by a luxurious mountain lodge they stayed in with friends for Renee’s 30th birthday. “It felt homely on a grand scale and celebrated natural materials,” recalls Shane. “It was modern but unique and showed how different materials could be implemented into one house and made to work. We were adamant we wanted something that would age gracefully.” The planning phase spanned two years as the couple honed their vision of internal brick walls, Victorian bluestone fireplaces, French oak floors and timber features that would create a rustically elegant chalet-style setting. “We were very mindful that we have a young family and wanted a home where the kids could fly up and down the hallways and live in it comfortably,” explains Renee. “And we weren’t just thinking about what we wanted now, but what the girls would want as teenagers and what we would want in the future.” The 12-month build was smooth and steady, aided by interior designer Claire Stevens, who not only brought a sophisticated and subtle industrial touch to the home, but also allowed the couple to focus on running their own joinery business during the process. With the home and landscaping now complete, the young family is living the dream: during winter, lounging around the intimate sitting room at the front of the home with the fireplace aglow is one of their favourite things to do together. Come summer, they throw open the doors to the terrace leading down to the resort-style pool. On the upper level, a private parents’ retreat with sweeping valley views offers the ultimate solitude, while on weekends Renee and Shane love watching their adventurous and free-spirited girls ride around the property on their bikes. “It’s nice to get home and shut the gates and feel like you’re a million miles away,” says Renee. “For us it’s a little oasis for the family.”


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KITCHEN “It seems I live in the kitchen because it’s where everyone meets,” says Renee (pictured with her

family, top left). Though she’s not a big fan of cooking, doing it in a stylish and functional kitchen with a striking island in Smartstone Calacatta Blanco (above) makes it a lot more bearable. “After you walk in the door everyone perches up at the island bench,” says Renee. “It’s a social room and it’s a nice space to be in.” Tram pendant lights by Janie Collins give an industrial edge while the home’s external slim ‘Hawthorn Black’ 50mm bricks from Daniel Robertson were used again inside for a feature wall. The couple also invested in works by Australian artists from Mitchell Fine Art throughout the home, including the oil pastel ‘Bouquinistes Pont Saint Michel’ by Bernard Ollis (opposite). “I really wanted to get away from white walls,” says Renee. “I wanted colour and brick and contrast.” >

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Against the sharp lines of the kitchen, Renee and Shane were keen to add a circular table to the dining room. The ‘Tripod’ table in American oak by Mark Tuckey, joined by sculptural Thonet chairs, fits the bill. “I like the flow around the table and the access one way and the other,” says Renee. “I don’t think I would go square again.” Visit marktuckey.com.au.


SITTING ROOM With the only open fireplace in the home, the sitting

room (top left) is a well-used hub. On cold winter nights the family reads and watches the flames and timber crackle while rugged up on the tan leather ‘Viscount William’ sofa by Timothy Oulton, placing their books on the ‘Taylor’ coffee table by Regency Distribution before retiring to bed.

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ENSUITE Earthy elegance is epitomised in Renee and Shane’s bathroom, courtesy of a luxurious mix of materials. The dark grey tones of Del Conca ‘Nat Nero’ tiles on the floor and up half the wall balance the ‘Siberian’ matt white mosaics, both by Metro Tiles. At the end of a long day, Renee enjoys nothing more than soaking in the bath (not pictured) and relaxing with a glass of wine. “It really helps me to unwind; I love it,” she says.


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LIVING ROOM A house is not a home for Renee without some indoor foliage. “We always have fresh flowers and plants everywhere,” she says. “I’m constantly at the flower market; we have nothing fake and it makes the home feel awesome.” In the living room (top left), a pot claims a spot atop a ‘Slinky’ stool in radiata pine by Mark Tuckey, a neutral foil to the eye-drawing painting ‘My Country’ by Kudditji Kngwarreye. MAIN BEDROOM A true escape, the couple’s bedroom (top right) is

accessed via a light-filled staircase and takes in sweeping valley views. “Once you get upstairs it feels like your own personal retreat,” explains Shane. The timber bedhead with built-in side tables was custom-crafted by the couple’s joinery business, while ‘Antonio’ adjustable one-arm wall lamps by Circa Lighting were installed to create moody uplighting.

POWDER ROOM Renee and Shane had never heard of a ‘top hat’ basin

when it came time to make their selection for the powder room (left), but after one glance they simply couldn’t go past it. The white Agape ‘In-Out’ freestanding basin by Artedomus contrasts the classic matt black Penny round mosaic 19mm wall tiles by The Tile Mob and an aged brass Astra Walker tap set by Elite Bathware – all to dramatic effect. >

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TERRACE Barbecue roasts with extended family and friends (and pet boxer Sonny, below) are a regular Sunday afternoon event for the family. “It’s all about ease,” says Renee. “While the roasts are cooking, we often head down to the fire pit then head back to serve it up.” White ‘Montego’ outdoor dining chairs with teak accents are matched with a Nantucket outdoor extension dining table in solid teak, both from Coco Republic, to cater for large gatherings surrounded by nature. The timber-framed window captures the backyard vista and grand old elm tree beyond.

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Interior designer Claire Stevens, (07) 3256 0379. Joinery Focus On Kitchens, (07) 4633 0069, focusonkitchens.com.au. Builder Jonny Wells, Swish Design Construct, (07) 4596 3888. Building designer Erren Sieders, Square3, (07) 4613 4146.


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Who lives here? Renee and Shane, who run their own joinery business, Focus On Kitchens; their daughters Parker, six, and Winnie, four; and their two dogs, Gigi the dogue de Bordeaux and Sonny the boxer. What’s your favourite time of day at home? Renee: “First light. There are so many trees and birds and wildlife, you hear them when you’re up early by yourself in the morning.” What’s your best building tip? “Don’t cut corners. At the time it would’ve been so easy to do that to cut costs. We’re so grateful and happy that we didn’t.” What did you splurge on? Shane: “There wasn’t one element in particular, but once the house took shape, we found it important to finish it correctly. Landscaping and furnishings were a huge cost but became a necessity to honour the completion.”

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ith the possibility of a pat or, better still, an outing to the park, Olive the black Labrador is up, tail wagging hopefully as she lopes to the front door ready to meet and greet family members filing in from school. Meanwhile, the clan’s rescue cat The Smoke Dog – “She came with that name,” explains homeowner Wendy – is dozing in a cosy corner, unfussed by the comings and goings of the day. The sun may soon be setting on a chilly Melbourne afternoon, but within the walls of Wendy’s home, the vibe is cheery, warm and welcoming. For Wendy, an interior designer seasoned in helping others transform houses into their dream abodes, the fact the home she shares with husband Simon and their three children, Emily, 16, Tom, 15, and Sienna, 13, is the liveliest of hubs is exactly how she likes it. Just as pleasing to Wendy is that every corner of the Californian bungalow she has made over has been put to space-savvy use, while keeping the family connected. “It’s definitely not a massive home and it’s not on a huge block,” says Wendy, founder and director of Cranberry Design, “but it has everything we need and space for everyone. The environmental cost of a large home can be extensive – we use every room and that makes me happy.” Originally hailing from Sydney, Wendy and her family made the move to Melbourne for Simon’s work eight years ago. After renting nearby for 18 months, they took the plunge and bought their current home, which was in need of some love. “Actually, it was pretty

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horrible,” recalls Wendy. “The front garden was completely overgrown, with a rickety wooden bridge to take you over a fishpond from the front gate to the front door. Inside, everything was apricot.” Initially, they revamped the bedrooms at the front (now the children’s rooms) and then worked on a more extensive reno two years ago. The core living zone at the rear was extended to house a stunning new kitchen, butler’s pantry, and multipurpose laundry and mudroom, complete with wine store. And, cocooned by greenery and overlooking the sunsoaked courtyard, this is also where Wendy and Simon’s tranquil new sleeping quarters reside.“We really wanted our bedroom to feel like a retreat,” says Wendy. While inspiration came e a s i l y t o We n d y, t h e decision-making process proved surprisingly more challenging. “Being the person to bounce ideas off is an important part of being an interior designer – listening to what a client wants and then helping them to make their own decisions,” she reflects. “But in my case, I was the one making the final decisions. Then there’s the fact that I see so many beautiful things. You can almost have too much choice, but it was a great learning experience.” The result is an undeniably joyful home awash with texture, contrast and, above all, colour. “An all-white house suits some people, but I like vibrancy,” says Wendy. “Colour makes me happy.” And it seems, the family may well be here to stay. “I always love a new project,” concedes Wendy, smiling, “but we have everything we want here, including a lovely sense of community. I don’t think they’d ever be a reason to leave.”


LUXE LAYERS Snuggling up on a frosty Melbourne day is a delight in the

home of interior designer Wendy, husband Simon and their three children, Emily, Tom and Sienna. In the cosy living room (below), layers of colour and texture draw the family together. Sitting atop a Hali rug is one of Wendy’s favourite pieces she spotted at an auction house – a “really cool” vintage Italian coffee table with concealed storage compartments. “I had to have it when I saw it,” she says, pictured opposite in her chic kitchen. Taking its colour cues from the room’s decor is the Spacecraft Australia backing cloth painting. “I love all the cool blue tones in this piece,” explains Wendy. “They’re definitely my colours.” The white ‘Rainbow’ sculptures are by Kaz Morton Ceramics. >


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From the replica ‘Gras N214’ Industrial Wall Lamp from Lucretia Lighting to the ‘Ercol’ bar stools found at Temperature Design and the duo of Brightgreen ‘D900 Can’ lights, Wendy pays homage to her enduring love affair with inky hues in the home’s sophisticated, yet family-friendly kitchen. Juxtaposed against the sleek black accents, an Icon pull-out mixer from Astra Walker in Iron Bronze provides a welcome pop of bling. Visit astrawalker.com.au.

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cabinetry makes a dramatic statement in the kitchen (opposite), while offering a plethora of concealed storage options. “People are afraid that darker colours close in a space, but I think the opposite is true,” says Wendy. “To me, these tones make the walls recede and the room feel larger.” For Wendy, there was no contest when it came to opting for natural stone benchtops – she selected a honed Carrara marble – over its reconstituted counterparts. “When we first put it in, my then 12-year-old decided to make lemonade using real lemons on the bench, but I now look at the marks and am reminded of her – and I love that,” says Wendy. Solid oak chevron flooring from Hazelwood & Hill grounds the kitchen and the adjoining living spaces.

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Flos ‘Aim 3’ pendant from Lucretia Lighting, the river red gum timber dining table (top right) was custom-made by Wendy’s very handy husband Simon. “It’s a beautiful, very organic table,” says Wendy. “I could never part with it.” The Philippe Starck Louis XV-style ‘Ghost’ chairs are from Space Furniture, while the ‘Taj’ geometric bone inlay side table was sourced from Globe West. On the wall above, a framed image of a large rock at Bondi Beach by an unknown photographer lends a sense of drama.

WINDOW SEAT Now this nook (right) is what we call an inviting spot in which to take time out! Offering northern rays, a lush outlook and plenty of room to stretch the legs on a soft sheepskin, it’s little wonder this window seat by the living space is Sienna, Olive the Lab and The Smoke Dog’s happy place. In the foreground, a large floor lamp from Beacon Lighting provides illumination when the sun goes down. >


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– decked out with a durable Globe West coffee table and sofas layered with Bonnie And Neil cushions from Turner And Lane – has done wonders in expanding the living space (below). A fireplace ensures the outdoor room is enjoyed year-round, while the crisp white stackable ‘Skarpo’ garden chairs from Ikea were budget-friendly finds and are “surprisingly comfy,” says Wendy.

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“I LOVE NOT HAVING ANY OF THE DOWNLIGHTS ON, JUST MOOD LIGHTING THROUGH LAMPS AND PENDANTS” ~ WENDY

MAIN BEDROOM In Wendy and Simon’s bedroom, which looks out to the deck (opposite), pretty pastel shades abound, enlivened by a little leopard print double-sided throw from the Society Of Wanderers. “I really wanted our bedroom to feel like we’re on holidays,” explains Wendy, smiling. The Tolomeo wall lights from Artemide have been paired with custom shades by Cranberry Design. The distinctive tongue and groove wall panelling – try Easycraft for similar – is dressed in Dulux Brume. >


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SIENNA’S BEDROOM What’s not to love about Sienna’s gorgeous room (above)? From the feature wall in Porter’s Paints Priscilla to the Panton chair, ‘Sweet Cheeks’ print by Madeleine Stamer, pendant in Unique Fabrics ‘Saline’ and Roman blind in Unique Fabrics ‘Lata’, this is a work, rest and play zone that pays homage to all things perfectlypink. “Sienna chose the colour,” says Wendy. “It’s such a bright and fun room.” The double-sided quilt is by Society Of Wanderers. ENSUITE The couple’s pamper zone (top right) is another high-onstyle space in the home, this time showcasing rich navy colour punches. Wendy says the Arte Pura ‘Trame Baltico’ tiles from Refin encasing the walls and floor – tempered by feature Rombini tiles in Light Blue by Mutina Carre Tiles – appear to be “inspired by a pair of denim jeans”. HALLWAY “Paint’s the best thing, as it is so easy to update,” remarks

Wendy, adding, “We’ve changed the colour of the hallway four times already.” Now a standout in Dulux Sharp Blue – acting as a striking foil to the crisp Dulux Lexicon Quarter of the ceilings, trims and bespoke barn doors – it is one of Wendy’s favourite design elements. Hero pieces in the entryway are the oversized ceiling pendants from La Maison.

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“We wanted to include both a powder room and a family bathroom in the one space to save room,” says Wendy. “This was the solution – a bathroom tucked away behind the powder room (below). It works really well.” Subway tiles from National Tiles form a gleaming splashback in the guest’s domain, where the Ross Didier brass ‘Acorn’ pendant from Tongue And Groove ties in a treat with the Astra Walker Icon+ mixer and wall spout in Eco Brass. Lining the walls of the bathing area are glazed white mosaic ‘Star’ tiles from Academy Tiles, teamed with navy grout to make a stylish yet playful statement. >


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This is a space that works triple time – not only is it the laundry offering plentiful storage, thanks to a masterful mix of cabinets in Polytec Stone Grey and American oak joinery stained in Black Japan, it also acts as a mudroom and one fabulously expansive cellar. “We’re not the tidiest of people, so lots of storage with space for everything is fantastic,” says Wendy. CONTACTS

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Who lives here? Wendy, founder and director of Cranberry Design; her husband Simon, a project manager with an energy company; their children Emily, 16, Tom, 15, and Sienna, 13; plus Olive the black Labrador and cat The Smoke Dog. What are your favourite colours in the home? Wendy: “Blue and green – all the lovely cool colours.” Best tip to bringing colour into a home? “If you’re a little nervous, start with the walls or soft furnishings as they’re fairly easy to change.” All-time best decorating tip? “Live among what makes you feel good and what makes you happy, whatever that may be. If you like the colour apricot, make it work!”

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COUNTRY CALLING Seeking a tree change 10 years ago, Mari, an interior decorator and stylist (pictured above right with children Juno, now four, and Dante, six) and her husband, Christian, moved from an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, to a two-storey house – built in 1884 – in the tiny village of Dalaro. Long and lazy weekend breakfasts are enjoyed at the outdoor table the couple built themselves (opposite), which is surrounded by wicker outdoor chairs – for similar, try Coco Republic ‘Isla’ chairs. On a wall in the conservatory (top left), Mari displays pictures she has collected over the years from antique stores and flea markets. In the kitchen dining nook (above left), an industrial-style lamp from HK Living adds drama to an antique timber table paired with chairs from Thonet. With its doll’s house atmosphere, the little timber house in the garden (above right) is perfect for playtime. It was in poor condition when the couple moved in, so they took it down and built it again with the same dimensions, adding a tiny front porch and doors that were sourced from a vintage shop. “The garden house is so versatile,” says Mari. “Its main purpose is as my studio and for dinners. The kids also have their birthday parties here and we use it as a guesthouse during summer.” > AUGUST 2019

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t’s spring in Mari and Christian’s garden and the old apple tree is finally in full bloom. “This is the best time of the year,” says Mari, who picks sprigs of apple blossom to display throughout her home. The couple, who live in a small village lying an hour south of Stockholm, have embraced countryside living and all it has to offer. “I love the beautiful old houses and the way of life; buying bread from the local bakery; fish from the fishmonger,” explains the interior decorator, who says she feels lucky to be able to raise their children, Dante and Juno, here. “It’s a wonderful place to grow up in; it’s safe and the lifestyle is a bit old-fashioned, in a good way.” The inspiration for the tree change came 10 years ago. The couple were living in an apartment in the centre of Stockholm but were longing for an escape from city life. One sunny day during Easter, they took a drive to visit friends who lived an hour south of the city. They were taken by the idyllic surroundings and knew instantly this was where they wanted to live. A quick check revealed two homes for sale in the area. Capturing their imaginations was a wooden house built in 1884, with lots of potential but lacking in charm. With only photos to go by and bidding already under way on the property, Mari and Christian weighed up the pros and cons: the house was spacious and on two levels, but was full of chipboard and linoleum carpets. “It didn’t matter to us that there was so much to renovate,”

says Mari. “It meant we could do whatever we wanted, as it couldn’t get any worse.” They placed their bid, and waited. The property was theirs within a few days and the couple started on the task of restoring the house. “When we moved in, the interior had no personality as many original features had been taken away,” explains Mari. “We did a lot of detective work to figure out what the house looked like when it was built. We found a small piece of old skirting board and then ordered a similar one for the whole house. We conducted research into how wide the floorboards were; where the fireplaces were located… anything to do the house justice.” To help solve the puzzle, a neighbour who had lived next door all her life gave the couple old photographs of the interior of the house. They then put in wide wooden floors where they had been taken out, replaced doors and refreshed the paintwork. But, instead of opting for the original palette of dark blue and brown, the couple updated the home with a modern scheme of cool white and grey. Old materials have been carefully reused where possible; they found blueberry bushes and moss between the walls as insulation – and it is still there. They bought architectural features from restoration yards and Christian, a budding carpenter, has built furniture that will become heirlooms for the next generation. Their hard work has created a warm family home that references the past but looks towards the future. FLOOR PLAN

ENTRYWAY The rustic timber bench in the hallway (opposite)

and leather hat box were found in a vintage store. For similarly aged timber furniture, try Water Tiger. The antique lamp hanging from the wall hook was found in the house when the couple moved in.

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about three-quarters of the way up in a soft green (try Porter’s Paints Agave). Well-loved sofas piled with soft and sumptuous textiles create a cosy and comfortable conversation space. For similar, try Castlery. Framed prints and posters such as a Playtype calendar (far right) from The Poster Club bring personality to the walls. Christian built the media unit himself to Mari’s design, and she then painted it white. Industrial lighting is a nod to the era in which the home was built. Get the look with pendants from Fat Shack Vintage.

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Mari updates the look of her house regularly. “My entire home is one large project,” she says. Recently she paired a crisp, cool white with light grey to achieve an elegant entryway. She then used the same colours to create chequerboard flooring. “I first painted the whole floor white and then I created a template to paint the grey squares,” she explains. “The tricky part was not the painting, but figuring out what size to do the squares.” Get the look with Dulux Vivid White and Dulux Tranquil Retreat. Visit dulux.com.au. >


LIBRARY Encased in a deep grey (try Porter’s Paints Stormy), the library houses a work table for Mari and music studio for Christian (below). The old table with turned legs and wheels is actually two tables that sit together, which is very practical for when you suddenly get more guests turning up. “This is a social area, mainly for dinners but also for crafting together with the kids, and sometimes I work from here,” explains Mari. “I work from home so I sit wherever I feel like for the day.” For similarly fresh flooring, try the Danish White boards from The Architect Collection at Royal Oak Floors.

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KITCHEN “It’s not so big but it’s very cosy,” says Mari of the light and bright kitchen (above left & bottom right), which is full of charm thanks to

displays of ceramics, wicker baskets and vintage enamelware (for similar try Vintage & Nostalgia Co). “The good thing about the kitchen not being so big is that I can repaint it as often as I wish,” she says. “I can basically do it during a weekend. I don’t know how many colours it has had by now.” LIVING ROOM Keen to add authentic 19th century features, the couple were thrilled to find a traditional Swedish tiled stove dating from 1884 for sale, which they bought and installed in the living room (above right) to create a pretty and practical focal point. “It still works and is used on a daily basis from November to April,” says Mari. GARDEN The mum-of-two arranges apple blossom picked from the tree (below left). >


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Mari upholstered the headboard herself with a matching fabric for the cushions – get the look with Premier Prints ‘Mini Swiss Cross’ fabric in Navy from Etsy. She painted the walls in a rich, deep teal to add cosiness. On the vintage timber bedside stool, an ‘Arod’ desk lamp from Ikea contributes an industrial edge.


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Who lives here? Mari, an interior decorator, stylist and lifestyle blogger (@mari.strenghielm); her husband Christian, a digital strategist; their children Dante, six, and Juno, four; their cats Fritjof and Carmencita; and dog Valle. What will you never part with? Mari: “Heirlooms and homewares I bought on trips – they are impossible to discard. Otherwise, I buy and sell a lot without being emotional.” What is your best DIY tip? “Paint is cheap and fast. We also like to build our own furniture, but it is a bit more difficult.” What is special for your children about growing up in the countryside? “They are very aware of the climate changes and we talk about what we can do all the time. They are safe and they trust people. They love and respect nature and animals.”

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HEARTH OF THE HOME Homeowners Bianca and Nathan will never have to worry about running out of firewood for their Kemlan

‘Celestial 900’ fireplace (above), a central feature in their home on the mid-north NSW Coast. With Nathan’s family living on a nearby farm, they are free to gather as much as they need. “We have the fireplace going all winter,” says Bianca. “We love sitting here with friends and sharing cheese platters.” Gatherings tend to happen more in the afternoons than the evenings since the couple welcomed their son Flynn, now one. Like the rest of the house, the living room has been decorated in an eclectic blend of Moroccan and tribal styles. “My mum always had a lot of tribal furniture in her house,” Bianca recalls. “I love it.” A white ‘Joe’ Sofa from MCM House (opposite) has been cosied up with a throw from L&M Home, vintage kilim cushions from The Tailored Store in Bali and solid cushions from BoConcept. ‘Bamileke’ coffee tables from Salt & Stone and a colourful vintage rug by Kim Soo add a relaxed boho feel. Line sketches by Jazz Di Prima (opposite) and a wall hanging by local artist Lyn Bemet (above) over the fireplace are beautiful finishing touches.

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ven if she won the lottery, Bianca can’t imagine ever wanting to live anywhere other than her own custom-built beach house. In the home town where she grew up, on the midnorth coast of NSW in the picturesque Manning Valley, Bianca and her husband Nathan poured their heart and soul into building their new home from the ground up. “Every section of the house tells a story because we were here doing it together.,” she says. “We put so much time into it so it’s sentimental to us.” After buying their first house on the same street seven years earlier, the young couple built a big extension on the back, only to realise the home wasn’t what they – or rather, Bianca – wanted. “It wasn’t a very big house and we had no backyard,”she recalls. “I wanted something that wasn’t like everything else and I wanted cladding and an angled roof to set it apart, but still tie in with the beachy neutral tones... My husband wasn’t impressed,” she laughs. Before long, a larger block of land became available further along the street, and the decision was made to sell their place and start again from scratch. A coastal lifestyle is all Bianca and Nathan have ever known and they wouldn’t want it any other way. Even when they travel, the couple find themselves drawn to seaside destinations such as Byron Bay, the Greek islands and Bali, where they got married.

“WE’VE BEEN inspired BY PLACES WE’VE travelled TO SUCH AS BYRON BAY AND BALI” ~ BIANCA, HOMEOWNER

The coastal setting permeates the home. Natural objects are collected on the short walk through the state forest at the back of their house to the uncrowded and sandy white beaches where they have picnics and build sandcastles in winter with their son, Flynn. Their findings are placed into vases and bowls around the house on a regular basis. “I always have fresh flowers or foliage cut in the house,” says Bianca. “I just go walking and collect things.” On their trips to Bali, Bianca fell in love with the creative use of concrete in the cafes and restaurants there. It became a major part of the home’s interior and has been carefully balanced with natural textures and timber features. In their stunning kitchen, which won first prize in our ‘50 Beautiful Rooms’ competition in our February issue, the bold use of tiles on the island kickboard is a showstopper, while the glass window splashback provides views to the sculptural plants outside. The main living room opens onto a relaxed outdoor area overlooking the backyard. When they aren’t gathered around the fireplace in winter, it’s here that Bianca sets up her legendary grazing plates for friends to enjoy. “I get quite invested in it,” she says. “I use an oversized piece of timber and cover it with cheeses, meats and fruits so it’s like a display piece every time.” Family, friends, fabulous food and the home of your dreams – a blissful combination.

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From thick concrete benches and blackbutt cabinets to the ‘Drift Grey’ matt floor tiles from Surface Society and ‘Yokato’ tapware in Weathered Brass from Brodware, earthy sophistication is what this ensuite is all about. A mirror that was cut by a local glazier, Economy Glass, brings curvaceous appeal. “I wanted something that was going to be a bit different from our other bathroom and you don’t see big, oversized round mirrors as much as you do square,” Bianca says.


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Like many toddlers, Flynn doesn’t sleep in his cot (‘Sniglar’ by Ikea, far right) as much as Mum and Dad would like, but at least they know it’s not because of his bedroom. This calm and cosy space (right & far right) has been lovingly decorated with a plush underfoot rug (try the ‘Aleah Beni’ berber knot rug from The Design Hunter for similar), stylish ‘Harper’ six-drawer chest in Oak from RJ Living and handwoven seagrass ‘Nyla’ changing basket from Olli Ella.

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With little Flynn often cuddled up next to them, Bianca and Nathan aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the main bedroom (above), with its luxuriously soft sheets, ‘Queenscliff’ quilt cover set by Linen House and pillows from L&M Home. “We get the beautiful morning sun in our bedroom, it’s a peaceful room,” Bianca says. At night, playful patterns are thrown across the room by the wicker hanging lamp from HK Living.

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While the ensuite shower sees a lot more use than the Kado ‘Lux Petite’ bathtub from Reece in the main bathroom (right), Bianca likes knowing that it’s there waiting to be enjoyed when life settles down a little. The herringbone tile feature wall in ‘New York White Brick’ tiles from Tile and Stone Gallery adds wow-factor to the space. “It’s a handmade, textured tile so when you walk in it looks beautiful but understated,” says Bianca. >

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It’s mostly being used to store documents but, down the track, Bianca hopes that the study adjoining the second living room will make a perfect kids’ retreat. “It’ll be a great space for kids to go and play,” she says. Leather ‘01’ handles from MadeMeasure were used in the study and on all the bedroom cupboards. “I love that they’re raw and natural and they weather,” she says.

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Builder Nigel Young, Young Building, 0427 118 885. Building designer Ruben Rose Design Drafting, (02) 6557 4149. Kitchen Viison Kitchens, (02) 6555 2108, viison.com.au.


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Who lives here? Bianca, a hairdresser; her husband Nathan, a carpenter; their son Flynn, 1; and their spoodle, Rider. What is your favourite room to relax in? Bianca: “I love our lounge room. It’s where I sit down and read and I just love looking at the fireplace, the artwork, the rug and all the different pieces we’ve found.” What was your most expensive buy? “The tapware. It’s all weathered brass. I like that the taps age over time so the more you touch them the more they change.” What was the best decision of the build? “Not compromising. We spent the money to have it just how we wanted it.” What is your top decorating tip? “Pare things back a bit and remember you can do a lot with plants and greenery.”

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hile the exterior of this grand Edwardian home in Sydney’s east was rich with period charm, previous owners had stripped the interior of original features, and the living and dining areas had been merged into one long and impractical room. Enter Alex Gourlay from Vellum Interiors, who reinstated warmth and functionality by dividing the space into two quite distinct rooms, reintroduced old-world touches and put colour to work. “Despite popular belief, light colours aren’t always the best option to make rooms feel larger or more inviting,” says Alex. “By using colours in graduating intensity, I was able to define a separate function and feeling in each area.” Layered with soft furnishings and art, the reinvigorated spaces have been born again as a beloved hub for the family that calls this home. >

LOVE YOUR CURVES To add softness to the narrow rooms, Alex integrated gentle curves and organic shapes. “Elements such as the central dining table from Globe West teamed with rounded dining chairs suit the proportions of the space and feel more approachable,” she explains. Curves flow on in an eye-catching pendant from Light Co and wall lights from Montauk Lighting Co, while a bespoke untitled artwork by Katie Wyatt makes a focal point of the fireplace. >


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Include accents of cinnamon and bronze to warm up cool walls. (For a similar armchair, try the ‘Alec’ wingback armchair at Brosa.)

TELL A STORY IN COLOUR “The colour palette was chosen as a way to connect the spaces but also evoke a different feel in each zone,” explains Alex. The journey begins with a soft grey - Dulux Tranquil Retreat – in the hallway (below, where a Grazia & Co console teamed with a mirror from Warranbrooke and a cluster of vases presents an elegant place to pause). Then, the soft green of Dulux Milky Spearmint invites relaxation in the dining area (opposite page, at rear) and, at last, Dulux Knight of the Realm evokes a cocoon effect in the family area (opposite). “The idea for the final destination was to create a cosy space enveloped in deep blue, surrounded with sensory velvets, wools and linens, which encourages lingering,” she says.

“COLOUR WAS USED TO CREATE A WARM, FRIENDLY MOOD AND PAY HOMAGE TO THE HERITAGE OF THE HOME” – Alex Gourlay, interior designer

MAKE MAGIC WITH MIRRORS In a relatively narrow living area (left), a large mirror from MCM House behind a King Living sofa reflects light,an artwork (from The Sediment of Memory XXIV series by Eduardo Santos, from Otomys) and handsome magnolia cuttings from the garden to enhance the sense of space. “The panelled structure of the mirror ensures that the reflection is subtle and not overbearing,” explains Alex. “So the cosy, enveloping feeling is maintained.”

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Consider bringing heritage-style details back to life. Here, “ornate white trims work beautifully to highlight the wall colour,” says Alex.

BUILD A WONDER WALL Walls are often removed during renovations to open up a space, but in this case, a dividing wall was added between the living and dining areas to help separate the function and feel of each zone, while at the same time creating an innovative display solution. “People can be surprised by the effectiveness of adding a wall as it can change the dynamic of the space and define distinct uses,” says Alex. It delineates the dining room, where ‘Tuesday’s Construction No. 849’ by artist Sam Holt complements the tan leather chairs. Interior designer: Alex Gourlay, Vellum Interiors, velluminteriors.com.au.




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tanley might be new to the Australian market, but in India it’s a household name. With more than 50 per cent of the market share in home leather seating on its home soil, Stanley is now going global, with Australia first in line. Founded 20 years ago by leather craftsman Sunil Suresh (who created leather garments for luxury giants YSL and Gucci), Stanley brings a new offering with a guarantee of outstanding quality and attention to detail.

A FRESH GLOBAL VISION The Stanley team is comprised of world-class designers and craftsmen, plus two state-ofthe-art manufacturing factories with 1200 employees in Bangalore. It’s a globallyfocused company of the future: a modern Indian company inspired by the world, built on American comfort standards, an Italian design ethos, with German precision and quality, and Chinese productivity and pricing.

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Stanley Lifestyles are looking for stockists and distributors in Australia. Visit the website to see the range and find out how you can discover their signature designs and craftsmanship. Stanley Lifestyles will be bringing their indelible mark of quality to the Australian International Furniture Fair (AIFF) this year, 18th – 21st July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Stand INT 40


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Nemo ‘Kepler’ pendant in Black, $4083, Alti Lighting.

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KITCHEN & DINING Viso ‘Wandering Star’ pendant light, $1390, Special Lights.

SIZE WISE The right lighting brings intimacy to a dining zone. “A large feature pendant is striking above a circular table and defines it as the focal point,” says Olivia Lord, creative director of Lighting Collective. “Alternatively, a cluster of pendants over a long rectangular table balances the design of the room.”

WOW FACTOR There are no rules against mixing pendant styles, going large or beyond the standard cluster of three to five. “Unexpected pairings are great to express your bold side,” says Olivia. Above this kitchen bench (below), the same material unites varying shapes.

Pendants in Copper, from $575, David Derksen Design.

HANG TIGHT! The most popular place to hang up pendants in the kitchen is above the benchtop (right). As a guide, Holly Sim of Lucretia Lighting says the distance between the top of the bench and bottom of the pendant should be about 80cm.

CLEAR THE WAY For an even dispersion of light above a dining table, go for a single bulb in a classic glass pendant (left). “The future of lighting is simplicity,” says Lights Lights Lights’ Danielle Mastro, who has just returned from the Euroluce lighting fair in Milan. “Go for elegant and timeless statement pieces or clustered, simple pendants.”

‘Circus 21’ pendant light, $149, Special Lights.

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‘Alfred 1’ pendant in Black, $249, Beacon Lighting.

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‘Handle Me’ pendant light, $849, Bo Concept.


PERFECT PAIR “Create cohesion between many zones, such as a parallel kitchen and dining area, by using the same pendants,” says Home Beautiful editor Sarah Burman. This will define zones while maintaining a sense of deliberate design. Choose fittings with multiple globes in functional areas, such as kitchens where high visibility for food preparation is important.

‘Darlana’ Linear pendant in Polished Nickel, $2189, Montauk Lighting Co.

CONSIDER SCALE Always choose a pendant in proportion with furniture. “A large linear style (above) or a series of pendants may be the right solution if your table is especially long,” says Jillian Dinkel of Jillian Dinkel Designs. >


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‘Spiral SP01’ pendant light, $2379, Bo Concept.

SPLURGE A LITTLE Living areas where family and friends congregate are the perfect place to splurge on statement lighting. “This is where I’d invest in a highend art piece,” says interior designer Jillian Dinkel, who lists Apparatus Studio as one of her go-to stores. SUBTLE GLOW Modern and traditional chandeliers can create beautiful mood lighting. To ensure the output is soft and ambient, Jillian suggests checking it can be put on a dimmer and using warm white or frosted globes.

BE SUPPORTIVE Oversized pendants such as the Christopher Boots model in this Alexandra Kidd Design space (above) can be very hefty, so find out the specs and check with your builder and electrician to ensure your ceiling can support the weight.

‘Dallas’ chandelier in Vintage Brass, $6995, Coco Republic.

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BEDROOM LUXE LOOKS To create a sense of sophistication in the bedroom, look to incorporate artisan pieces made out of interesting materials. Rakumba ‘City Lights’ in polished brass take pride of place in this SJS Interior Design and H Interior Design space (right).

‘Tuki’ pendant light in White Rattan, $379, Oz Design.

Oriel Lighting ‘Acorn’ pendant light, from $128, Zanui.

CREATE A STANDOUT In a bedroom with additional task lighting handy for reading, opt for a sculptural shape (below) with cut-outs to create pretty shadows and wonderful ambience.

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‘Veil 4’ pendant in Antique Black, $529, Beacon Lighting.

PLAN IT OUT Interior designer Jillian advises asking your electrician to hold up pendants once furniture is in place. “Bedside pendant height should be decided in relation to your bed and nightstand,” she adds.

CURVES AHEAD Consider a feature pendant like a piece of furniture. “It’s often the final element that pulls a room together, so choose a style which picks up on a material, feature colour or geometric lines existing within the space,” says Amy Harper-Pell of Special Lights. >

Timothy Oulton ‘Syphon’ pendant light in Black/ Brass Mesh, $1995/large, Coco Republic.

‘Structure’ Dome pendant light in Green, $129, Domayne.


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BATHROOM & LAUNDRY CONSIDER YOUR SPACE Know your space, says Lights Lights Lights’ Danielle. “Take into account the size of the room, ceiling height, reflective surfaces and the required light output,” she says. “This will help determine the best fit in terms of pendant style and functionality.”

‘Abby 1’ light in Solid Brass, $229, Beacon Lighting.

‘Garrison’ round pendant, $955, Coco Republic. KEEP IT CLEAN For ease of maintenance opt for a glass, plastic or metal-finished light. “The beauty of glass or crystal shades is it allows light to filter into the space and adds a little bling,” says Amy of Special Lights.

‘Tulip’ pendant in Rose Gold, $219, Domayne.

MINIMISE SHADOWS Hanging a pendant either side of the vanity mirror is chic and practical. To minimise shadows, hang the pendant at face height and choose a style such as glass that can diffuse light evenly, suggests Amy.

POWER IN NUMBERS “I love hanging a cluster of pendants at different heights off to the side of the vanity (as seen in this SJS Interior Design space) for an unexpected, asymmetrical look,” says Mint Lighting Design’s Adele Locke. For similar, try the ‘Africa’ pendant from Marz Designs.

‘Round Wire’ pendant in Antique Brass, $159, Domayne.

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HIGH AND DRY Due to laundries being susceptible to high humidity and dust, Lucretia Lighting’s Holly suggests choosing a durable shade material such as aluminium or steel – easy to wipe clean – over fabric or rattan.

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‘Corbelle 1’ pendant in Antique Black, $209, Beacon Lighting.



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t may be the smallest room in the home but, as one of the most frequented, your powder room needs to pack a powerful punch, just as this stylish Studio Black Interiors design does. “Your powder room should reflect how you want your guests to feel when they’re in your home: welcome, comfortable and refreshed,” says Paris Dean, sales manager at surface specialists Cosentino. It can also be one of the most enjoyable spaces in the home to decorate – the limited square footage means you can splurge on materials. And without steam or moisture to contend with, you can go wild with the colours, patterns and even artwork. >


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Decorative sconces (here and below right) are having a moment in powder room design, says Clayton Driessen, architectural lighting designer at Beacon Lighting. “Not only do they frame your mirror, they also help to solidify your decor style, be it Art Deco or Hamptons,” he explains. “Pick up on other colours and materials like tapware and tiles to find the perfect sconce for your space.”

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4. HEAVENLY MATCH

Pair this year’s two hottest materials: terrazzo and slab tiles (as in the Zou Build bathroom, above). “The seamless finish of the slab tiles creates the perfect canvas to showcase the intricate details in each terrazzo tile,” says Vanessa Thompson from Beaumont Tiles. “The best thing about this combination is that it can go on either the floor or wall.”

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Consider whether your powder room will be used mainly for lippy touch-ups and easy loo access, or whether you’ll want space to store toothbrushes and razors. “For storing bulky items, go for a vanity with built-in storage,” says Amy Revell, founder of The Art of Decluttering. “Opt for drawers with dividers – things are less likely to languish at the back.”

3. CONCEALED CISTERN

If space is limited, choose a wall-hung toilet (right). “These need less room compared to a toilet suite with a ceramic cistern,” says Franco Parisi, COO of Parisi.

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Where storage isn’t a priority, consider eschewing the traditional vanity for a hero basin (left). “A stone-formed trough [above], wall-hung basin, or a freestanding cylindrical wash bowl will make a statement,” says Cosentino’s Paris. “Be consistent with silhouettes: if you have an oval basin, replicate the shape with curved fixtures.” > AUGUST 2019

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Given its diminutive size, the powder room is the perfect place to go wild with a vibrant wallpaper pattern, as seen here. Large or small-scale geometrics and florals or novelty patterns are all fair game – some HB favourites are towering trees, oversized botanical prints and the iconic banana-leaf pattern. Worried about splashing? Look for a thick vinyl coating, which is designed to divert any moisture.

7. BASIN BEAUTY In small powder rooms where the sink’s main function is hand-washing, go for a hand wall basin, says Luke Di Michiel, industrial designer at Caroma. “These can usually be matched with custom cabinetry for handy storage,” he says. For slightly larger spaces, Luke recommends a semi-recessed sink.


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Think of your powder room as an tiny treasure box waiting to be discovered. “Your powder room should feel like a hidden sanctuary,” says Vanessa. “And because they don’t tend to be part of the main thoroughfare, they offer the opportunity to push the design narrative a little further.” In this Alexandra Kidd Design space, moody textures and dark finishes add immediate drama.

8. BALANCING ACT Leaning towards a coastal-inspired or Scandinavian style? Consider pairing small, decorative textured tiles in a neutral tone, with larger-scale patterned tiles in contrasting colours such as blues and greys (above). “The idea is to look for pairings that create dynamic movement throughout the room, as opposed to large patterns that will compete with each other,” says Vanessa Thompson from Beaumont.

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In small bathrooms, the goal is to expose as much flooring as possible – this will extend sight lines and create the illusion of more space. “A wallmounted sink or vanity (above) is perfect for this,” explains Nick Swan, brand manager at Methven. “Lighting the underside of the vanity will further the illusion.”

A layered lighting design that combines ambient lighting (overhead lights) with task lighting (that illuminates the vanity) means you can customise the light to your liking. Avoid recessed ceiling fixtures above the mirror – these will cast shadows on the face – and opt for vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror (right).

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planning a powder room as part of a larger renovation, choose a central yet discreet location, says Mikayla Rose. “Where possible, locate the door with at least two transition points – entry might be via a small nook or mud area,” she suggests. “This greatly increases the sense of privacy.” >

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17 go bold

Step out of your comfort zone and think about stand-out features which can help to visually expand the room. “Repetition of materials such as floor-to-ceiling tiles or vertical panelling wrapped around four walls is a good trick – this continuity will be calming on the eye as there are no abrupt changes to visually absorb,” says Paris from Cosentino.

14. TAP OUT New tapware is an easy

way to instantly change the feel and look of a space. For an on-trend look, swap traditional chrome for warm, burnished tones such as brass, copper and bronze. Or for an industrial edge, go for brushed nickel or sleek gunmetal grey (right).

15. FANTASTIC FLOW Mimic existing

design elements. “Selecting taps and mixers that match the choices in your kitchen or repeating existing colours are great ways to present the powder room as a natural extension,” says Caroma’s Luke Di Michiel.

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18. GROUND CONTROL The trend

towards luxury vinyl and laminate tiles is still going strong, says Vanessa. “State-of-theart technology means manufacturers can replicate the look of natural materials such as wood and stone.” You still get all the benefits associated with tiles – waterproof, scratch resistant, termite and woodworm resistant – but for a fraction of the price.

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Avoid awkward conversations by stocking your powder room with extra toilet paper, air freshener, hand wash (ideally without fragrance for sensitive skin) and plenty of soft hand towels.


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The right layout is crucial to your guests’ comfort and your home’s resale value. “At a minimum, you need 300mm either side of the toilet and 600mm from the front of the toilet to the basin,” says director and principal designer Mikayla Rose from Heartly. Where possible, she also recommends using a swinging door over a sliding door, as guests will feel more confident when locking them.

20. MASTER PLAN “When specifying a wall-hung basin (as seen in this Amber Interiors Design), make sure you know the products you’re using before the plumber roughs in the water inlet pipes,” says interior designer Mikayla. Stand out plumbing, such as this, deserves to be seen – other styles might need to be concealed.


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NEWS:

BUYING OR SELLING A HOME? HERE ARE ALL THE ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO KNOW Edited by AMY RICHARDSON

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Smart homes are sexy, so when selling, make sure you highlight any snazzy features and connectivity in your home – whether it’s blinds that open and close via an app, or lights that dim after a chat with Google Home.

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Pick the right paint: “I call paint ‘liquid gold’ for renovators because it’s the one change you can make to a property that will cause a major transformation.”

Transform your floor: “Change the floor covering. Most buyers

love timber floorboards and you can get different grades depending on your budget, from laminates through to real floorboards. As soon as you put floorboards down, your house will instantly appear larger.”

Revamp window furnishings: “Granny’s lace curtains have got to go. If you’re on a tight budget, just off-the-shelf white slim-line venetians are wonderful.” Spruce up the kitchen: “A lot of people have ’60s and ’70s kitchens,

structurally in really good nick but cosmetically tired. Most people have timber cabinets with the old bevel inlays. A lick of tile paint or laminate paint can work wonders in your kitchen.”

Update your bathroom: “There are a lot of horrendous bathrooms

across the country featuring wild and wacky tiles from the ’60s and ’70s. So get in there with the tile paint – it will take you two days to do it, but will absolutely work wonders.”

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EXPERT TIP: “WHEN STYLING HOME FOR AN OPEN HOUSE, ENSURE YOU INVEST IN AN ARRANGEMENT. ASK YOUR FOR BLOOMS THAT WILL LAST, EYE-CATCHING SUCH AS NATIVES, OR SELECT LONG-LASTING FOLIAGE” ~ FIONA MICHELON, HB STYLE EDITOR KERB APPEAL There’s definitely truth in the old cliche about first impressions, especially if you’re preparing your home for sale. To compel buyers to stop and step inside, draw inspiration from this trio of beauties.

This Queenslander shouts ‘Come in’ in more ways than one: a fresh, white exterior, comfy lawn chairs, a statement tree – and puppies!

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POSTCODE TO WATCH: SITTING 10KM EAST OF THE BRISBANE CBD, TINGALPA IN QUEENSLAND HAS PLENTY OF GROWTH POTENTIAL, ACCORDING TO PROPERTY RESEARCH PLATFORM LOCATION SCORE. SCORING 80/100, IT WAS THE SITE’S TOP-PERFORMING SUBURB FOR THE PERIOD ENDING APRIL 2019. THE SUBURB – ITS MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE IS $564,149 - IS ALSO A SHORT DRIVE FROM HOMEWARES HAVEN BULIMBA (BOUTIQUE INDIGO BULIMBA, LEFT). For more ideas and inspiration, visit homebeautiful.com.au/openhomes

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CABINET COOL

FROM DRAMATIC PALETTES AND OPEN SHELVING TO BARELY THERE HARDWARE, WE REVEAL THE LATEST LOOKS IN KITCHEN CABINETRY Words VANESSA KEYS

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ith the boundary lines in our homes ever shifting, what we expect from the kitchen has evolved, too. We no longer look to cabinetry as being purely functional, but as a design element in its own right. “Expect to see more exquisite finishes, curated decor to match the living room, and materials and colours that embrace nature and wellbeing,” says Susan Hasler, Freedom Kitchens’ sales and retail director. Here’s our guide to making cabinets the crown jewel of the kitchen. >

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TRENDING Shelving is becoming a feature element, with designs allowing treasured items to be on display.

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>> M ATE RIAL MATTE R S As kitchen and living spaces merge, the demand grows for materials that blend seamlessly into their surroundings (as in this sleek look by Darren James Interiors, below). Hardy options such as laminate are now as decorative as they are durable, in tones inspired by nature that “enhance any space… [while they] stand up to the rigours of everyday life,” says Sacha Leagh-Murray, general manager of marketing at Laminex.

“WE’RE SEEING AN INCREASE IN WOODGRAINS AND SURFACES THAT ADD

warmth and texture TO THE KITCHEN” – SACHA LEAGH-MURRAY, LAMINEX AUSTRALIA

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TRENDING: Minimalism is still key, with black accents a crisp contrast to white benchtops.


>> T HE NE W NE U TRA L S The all-white kitchen is taking a back seat to dramatic shades of black (below) and sophisticated colours such as slate green (right). “A matt-black kitchen is seen as a base colour that can work in many homes,” says Susan Hasler from Freedom Kitchens. Not ready to go to the dark side? “Navy is a warm, rich hue but still dramatic, making it the perfect alternative to black,” says Laminex’s Sacha Leagh-Murray.

TRENDING: Classic shades such as navy, or the deep green of this Kaboodle kitchen, inject colour and style.

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T HE ANTI-K ITC H E N There’s a trend globally towards hiding functional elements in a kitchen and showcasing the zone’s more decorative features. “The antikitchen movement is all about integrating the kitchen as part of a seamless, luxe living space,” explains Freedom Kitchens’ Susan. “Open shelving (above) instead of closed cabinetry is a key feature of this trend; it gives the kitchen the appeal of a living room and connects the spaces.” Prevent open shelves from looking messy by grouping ‘like with like’ and ensuring items are arranged in low, neat stacks, with sufficient spacing between each stack.

>> H A ND L E T H AT The ‘kitchen>> as-a-living-room’ revolution means hardware is streamlined (Shipman Interiors offers luxury inspiration, right) and possibly even invisible. “Push-to-open cabinetry creates the ultimate minimalist look,” says Kaboodle marketing manager Lisa Mayski. Love a high-impact handle? Consider eschewing the traditional chrome options for a tactile finish, such as concrete or leather. “Handles made of the same material as the joinery creates a unified look,” says interior designer Shilpa Mohan. “You can also purchase handles now that are made from recycled plastic found in our oceans.” > AUGUST 2019

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CU STOM VS FL AT PAC K Custom cabinets were once the only way to go for maximum flexibility in colours and styles, but flat-pack pioneers have now unlocked a gamut of options. Construction methods are largely identical and you have equal choices in quality – the main difference being that custom is built for you, while you need to assemble flat pack. Custom cabinets will be tailored for any space and aesthetic, with more precise attention to detail (below is an elegant space from Darren James Interiors). Also, for flat pack, you will still need experts to install your worktop, sink, lighting and appliances. If the pricing of flat pack appeals but you dread the assembly, there’s a third option, says interior designer Shilpa. “Consider a company like Concept Kitchens,” she says. “They deliver the cabinets built and it’s a similar price to flat pack.” >

>> M AK E IT POP Blues, greens and pastels (as in this space by Black Lacquer Design, right) are making a comeback. “Start by establishing a core base palette and then add touches of these trending tones on top,” says Sacha Leagh-Murray from Laminex, who suggests using a bright hue inside drawers and cupboards. “Remember to play with colours that work off each other, such as Laminex’s Lava Grey and an accent like Aquamarine,” she says.

“DEEP OLIVE AND EARTHY CLAY ARE BIG RIGHT NOW – PEOPLE WANT TO MORE FRIENDLY-FEELING

warmer, live in SPACES”

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TRENDING: Hints of subtle colour evoke natural landscapes (as in this Laminex kitchen) and enhance warmth.


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“FOR A SEAMLESS LOOK, INSTALL TO MAKE YOUR CABINET DOORS DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, PERFECT FOR HIDING APPLIANCES OR DAILY CLUTTER” -SHILPA MOHAN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

TRENDING: Soft curves in this kitchen (featuring Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete, see left) are on point.


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LASTING IMPRESSIONS

SOME STYLES NEVER DATE. HERE’S HOW TO CREATE THREE EVERGREEN LOOKS

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For a contemporary aesthetic (seen in this Alexandra Kidd design, below), “Go for clean lines, symmetry and a refined selection of finishes,” says interior designer Abby Greeff, who suggests integrating your appliances.

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Use a Shaker profile for your cabinetry and take colour cues from nature. “Coastal tones are a good place to start,” says Abby. “Pair soft greys, muted blues and greens with natural marble benchtops and traditional handles with white porcelain.”

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This style is all about the detail (as shown in the graceful look above left, by Bondi Kitchens). “Don’t be afraid of using colour or timber to add texture and warmth,” says Abby. “Choose handles that represent the period: For Art Deco, go for curved details; for French provincial, choose accents of white porcelain and wrought iron.”










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STYLING RHIANNE CONTRERAS PHOTOGRAPHY BRIGID ARNOTT TILES IN BACKGROUND ONSITE SUPPLY & DEMAND

EASY AND DELICIOUS FOOD TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Silver teapot, $85, Medina Interior. Danish dish, $5/small, tall tea glasses in White and Gold, $14.50 each, all The Bay Tree. Vintage side plates, stylist’s own, seek similar at Lunatiques. Vintage teaspoons, from $5 each, The Bay Tree. Stockists, page 196

THE DESSERT BAZAAR page 164


THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Fluted silver tray, $145, vintage jug, $30, both Medina Interior. English sterling silver and stainless-steel cake server, $230, Greene & Greene Antiques. Linen napkins, $35/set of 4, Home Industry. Vintage cake forks, $30/ set of 3, The Bay Tree. Metal plate, stylist’s own; find similar at Lunatiques. OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM TOP: ‘Fes’ Moroccan tiles, $15 each, Medina Interior. Cut glass dish, $6, Home Industry. Vintage teaspoon, $5, tea glasses, $5 each, vintage tongs, $15, all The Bay Tree. Metal plate, stylist’s own, find similar at Lunatiques. Stockists, page 196 >

BAKED KNAFEH

See recipe on page 168

THE DESSERT

BAZAAR

WITH PISTACHIOS, ROSEWATER AND DATES AS STAR INGREDIENTS, THESE SWEET SENSATIONS CELEBRATE THE EXOTIC FLAVOURS OF THE MIDDLE EAST Recipes & food styling KERRIE WORNER Styling RHIANNE CONTRERAS Photography BRIGID ARNOTT


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MA’AMOUL (DATE-FILLED SHORTBREAD) See recipe on page 168

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CINNAMON AND INFUSE THESE CREAMY, SILKY PUDDINGS WITH A OF SPICE

hint

See recipe on page 168

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Chinese wooden side table, $550, old brass tray, $235, both Water Tiger. Vintage sugar pot, from $25, Medina Interior. Glass serving bowl, $35/set of 6, Home Industry. Painted tea glasses, $5 each, The Bay Tree. Vintage spoon, $5, Home Industry. OPPOSITE PAGE: Vintage spoon, $5, Home Industry. Plate, stylist’s own, for similar try Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre. Stockists, page 196

PINK TILE (THIS PAGE) ONSITE SUPPLY & DESIGN. TILES (OPPOSITE PAGE, IN BACKGROUND) ONSITE SUPPLY & DESIGN

MAHALABIA (FRAGRANT MILK PUDDINGS)


PISTACHIO MERINGUES WITH ROSEWATER CREAM

Makes 6-8

4 egg whites, at room temperature ⅛ tsp pistachio essence (see tip, below ) 1 cup caster sugar 100g Turkish delight, finely chopped 2 tbsp ground pistachios, plus extra to serve Pomegranate seeds, to serve

Rosewater cream 300ml thickened cream 1 tbsp rosewater 2 tbsp icing sugar mixture

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Place egg whites and pistachio essence in the small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until soft peaks begin to form. Gradually add sugar whilst continuing to beat for about 15 minutes or until all sugar has been incorporated. Add Turkish delight and stir through. 2. Using a large metal spoon, dollop 3 or 4 spoonfuls of mixture onto each tray, depending on serving size you prefer. Spread mixture out slightly. Sprinkle lightly with pistachios. Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 90 minutes or until meringues are crisp on top. Allow to cool in oven with door ajar. 3. To make rosewater cream, beat cream, rosewater and icing sugar in clean bowl of electric mixer until soft peaks form. Dollop it on cooled meringues and sprinkle with pistachios and pomegranate seeds to serve. TIP: Buy pistachio essence

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SAVOURED THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, KNAFEH IS A TRADITIONAL CHEESE-FILLED PASTRY DRIZZLED WITH A HONEY AND ROSEWATER SYRUP

BAKED KNAFEH Serves 8-10 600g ricotta cheese 375g kataifi pastry (see tip, below) 125g unsalted butter, melted 120g fresh mozzarella, drained, coarsely grated 2 tbsp caster sugar Peeled pistachios, to decorate Fresh figs, quartered, to serve

Honey syrup 2 cups water 1 cup sugar ½ cup honey ¼ cup lemon juice 2 tbsp rosewater

1. Place ricotta in a sieve resting over a bowl. Allow to stand for 1 hour to drain any liquid. 2. Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut pastry into large pieces. In two batches, pull pastry apart and place in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Place in a large bowl. Add melted butter. Use your hand to mix until butter is evenly combined. 3. Press half the pastry mixture into the base of a 24cm round metal, straight sided, cake/sponge sandwich tin. 4. Tear ricotta into a bowl, add mozzarella and sugar and stir until combined. Spread over pastry, leaving a 1cm border. Sprinkle with remaining pastry mixture. Press down with your hand and push into edges. Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until golden and crisp. 5. Meanwhile to make syrup, put water, sugar, honey, lemon juice and rosewater in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to the boil. Gently boil for about 20 minutes or until thickened to a syrup. Remove from heat. 6. Stand baked knafeh for 5 minutes. Pour two-thirds of hot syrup over the top and edges of hot knafeh. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Loosen edge with a palette knife. Place a plate, with a lip, on top and invert. Place another plate on base and invert back to the top. Sprinkle pistachios around the edge and drizzle with remaining syrup. Scatter figs around the outside of the plate to serve. TIP: Kataifi is chilled string pastry. Find it in gourmet grocery

stores or wherever Middle Eastern products are sold.

MAHALABIA (FRAGRANT MILK PUDDINGS) Makes 6 2½ cups milk 300ml pure cream 2 tbsp rosewater 2 cinnamon sticks, broken 10 cardamom pods, bruised ⅓ cup cornflour ½ cup caster sugar

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1. Place 2 cups of milk in a large saucepan. Add cream, rosewater, cinnamon sticks and cardamom and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer gently to infuse for 5 minutes. 2. Combine cornflour and remaining milk in a jug until smooth. 3. Stir sugar into hot milk mixture until dissolved. Scoop out cinnamon and cardamom pods and discard. Stir in cornflour slurry. Bring to a simmer and whisk for 6-8 minutes or until thickened. 4. Pour into six 160ml- to 180ml-capacity heatproof glasses or serving dishes. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 3 hours or overnight until set. 5. Sprinkle with pistachios, nutmeg and cinnamon sugar. Decorate with rose petals to serve. MA’AMOUL (DATE FILLED SHORTBREADS) Makes 22 1 cup durum wheat semolina 1 cup plain flour ½ tsp baking powder ⅔ cup caster sugar 125g unsalted butter or ghee, melted 2 tbsp milk Icing sugar mixture, for dusting

Date paste 130g fresh Medjool dates, pitted, finely chopped 40g dark chocolate, very finely chopped 35g walnuts, very finely chopped 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1. Sift semolina, flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Add butter and milk and stir until combined to a crumbly, paste-like dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and rest for 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, to make date paste, place dates, chocolate, walnuts and zest in a bowl and stir to combine into a paste. Roll teaspoons of paste into 22 balls and place in a container. Seal until ready to use. Date paste balls can be made the day before. 3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Squeeze dough in your hand to bring together. Roll level tablespoons of dough into 22 balls. Flatten dough balls in the palm of your hand to 4cm rounds. Use your thumb to create an indent in the middle. Place a ball of date paste in the centre. 4. Make two shapes by shaping dough around date ball then shaping into biscuit or, secondly, bring dough up around date ball until covered. Roll into a ball. Place balls in a floured ma’amoul mould (see tip) or inside a flipped citrus juicer top. Gently press dough into edges to create shape. Tap on bench to release. Place on 2 oven trays that have been lined with baking paper, about 3cm apart. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Allow to cool completely on trays. Dust with icing sugar to serve. TIP: Find wooden ma’amoul moulds online or try using small

brioche tins or any small decorative pastry or chocolate mould, or simply flatten gently in your palm and mould into a dome shape.


Created by the McWilliam’s Wines family, the McW 480 range is a celebration of the high altitude regions of New South Wales. Harvested from vines grown at an average of 480 metres above sea level, these cool climate wines are fresh, fragrant and vibrant, making them the ideal dining companion.

Enjoy the Experience. Drink Responsibly.

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IN THE KNOW:

TASTE TEST GOURMET FINDS AND KITCHEN ESSENTIALS TO DELIGHT ALL FOODIES Edited by HOLLY BYRNE

TOP 3: WINT ER WINES

’TIS THE SEASON FOR A GLASS OF RED – HERE ARE THREE DROPS ON THE HB SHOPPING LIST RIGHT NOW

MCW 660 RESERVE CANBERRA SYRAH, $23.99, DAN MURPHY’S

A silky, medium-bodied palate displaying floral red fruits with spicy oak and long gentle tannins. Match with Moroccan spice lamb tagine.

SHAW + SMITH SHIRAZ, $49, SHAW + SMITH Medium bodied with vibrant fruit and spice. Enjoy with a slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

YOUNG & CO ‘BERRY RIOT’ GRENACHE, $22.66, BWS

Abundant with the aroma and flavour of red-berry fruit, with a seamless and elegant structure. The perfect partner for exotic flavours.

truffle festival

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 10TH ANNUAL – EXPECT TRUFFLE HUNTS, COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND OTHER EVENTS FROM JUNE TO AUGUST THROUGHOUT THE CANBERRA REGION. VISIT TRUFFLEFESTIVAL.COM.AU

TRENDING:

rose harissa Move over Sriracha, our latest condiment obsession is rose harissa. No doubt made popular by the great Yotam Ottolenghi, this flavoursome paste is made up of chillies, spices, rose petals and rose oil. You can use it to add flavour to stews, soups and to season meat – or add to scrambled eggs for the easiest gourmet breakfast you’ll ever make. $8.95/185g, essentialingredient.com.au.

CONVENIENCE ON TAP

If you’re a regular entertainer, you’ll know the time-saving (and space-saving) value of a multitasker in the kitchen. The all-in-one Celsius HydroTap from Zip Water (below) can give you chilled, boiling and sparkling water in an instant. It’s also available in 12 chic finishes, so it’ll match any kitchen. From $5695, zipwater.com.

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BINGE-WORTHY LOVED THE SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT COOKBOOK ($49.99, ALLEN & UNWIN) FROM PERSIAN CHEF AND FOOD WRITER SAMIN NOSRAT? YOU’RE IN FOR A TREAT. NETFLIX HAS RELEASED A FOUR-PART DOCU-SERIES OF THE SAME NAME THAT CAPTURES SAMIN’S EMOTION AND EXCITEMENT AS SHE TRAVELS THE WORLD AND EXPLORES FOUR BASIC PILLARS OF GOOD COOKING, AND HOW BEST TO USE THEM.


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SCANDI SURPRISE IT’S THE ‘ELEMENTS OF SURPRISE’ IN THE DESIGN OF THIS MODERN SCANDI BARN HOUSE THAT CAPTURE BOTH THE IMAGINATION AND THE HOME’S IDYLLIC VIEWS

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he Brisbane suburb of Nundah is an eclectic mix of home styles. So when architecture firm Kahrtel were engaged to build this house, they looked to a design that was fresh but sympathetic to its environment, a mix of contemporary modern and classic Queensland weatherboard, settling on a modern Scandi Barn design.

Clean lines and deep shadows from the exterior’s Linea 16mm thick fibre cement weatherboard from James Hardie’s Scyon range became a signature design element. The soaring, peaked roof with an absence of eaves and concealed guttering is a classic hallmark of the barn style, along with dramatic angles and a contrasting colour palette.

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hese ‘elements of surprise’ translate physically to large solid leaf sliding panel doors designed to reveal and frame the home’s idyllic views from the Brisbane skyline to the mountains. The use of Linea weatherboard for balustrades allows for a windowless design, which gives a paredback aesthetic and outstanding durability. The house was built with meticulous attention to detail by BSM Building.

MINIMAL INTERIOR The interior design is minimal yet warm, with a simple material palette of crisp white, warm wood and a dark accent seamlessly weaving the interior and exterior together. OUTDOOR FOCUS The home’s design draws you upwards towards the barn’s backbone, with pockets of outdoor areas visible to the left and right as a reminder to take in the views from all angles.


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IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR STYLISH OUTDOOR LIVING

INSPIRATION:

winning garden style

Stunning colours and textures come to life in the ‘Morgan Stanley Garden’ at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Poppies, red buckeye and silvery stems pop against a copper beach hedge, while a relaxation room and sculptural elements add a contemporary feel. >


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THE CHARMING ‘WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE’ GARDEN, CREATED BY DESIGNER MARK GREGORY, TOOK OUT A GOLD MEDAL AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD AT THIS YEAR’S ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (RHS) CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW, HELD IN MARCH. GREGORY’S SUMPTUOUS GARDEN – HIS 99TH FOR THE SHOW OVER THE YEARS – FEATURES A QUAINT PATH, MEADOWS, A LOCK-KEEPER’S LODGE AND VEGIE PATCH. IT WAS ALL MADE USING RECLAIMED MATERIALS IN ORDER TO MINIMISE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.


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FUTURE-PROOFED FLOWERS Based on the philosophy of British-based gardener Tom Coward, ‘The Resilience Garden’ (above) was designed to combat climate change and promote plant health. It demonstrates a move towards wild gardens with a large variety of trees. “The garden investigates how planting a greater diversity of species is an essential exercise in ensuring our gardens and landscapes are healthy for generations to come,” says designer Sarah Eberle of Sarah Eberle Landscape Design. The centrepiece, a repurposed grain silo, cleverly doubled as Sarah’s studio for the duration of the build. THE GREAT PAVILION IS THE SPACE TO ADMIRE NEW RELEASES OF GENUS AND CELEBRATE BLOOMS OF ALL SHAPES AND FORMS. HERE, BEAUTIFUL ICE BLUE CLEMATIS ARE HAVING A MOMENT.

hidden treasures

The RHS’s ‘Back To Nature’ garden (right), co-designed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was a definite highlight of the show. Planned specifically for children and inspired by childhood memories, it includes myriad hideouts, nooks and crannies to stimulate active play. With this garden (previewed by the designer’s children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte), the duchess says she hopes to encourage kids to spend more time outside and away from screens. >

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MIDDLE EASTERN MARVEL Inspired by Dubai, the ‘Dubai Majlis’ garden channels a Middle Eastern feel, and features white limestone, Sienna gravel and rich red soils (inset), along with a selection of hardy plants native to the Mediterranean, North African and Middle East regions. “Considering the increasing water scarcity of the current climate crisis, drought-tolerant planting is something gardeners need to become passionate about,” says its co-creator, landscape designer Daisy Parsons.

TIP: HARDY DESERT PLANTS SUCH AS PERSIAN IRONWOOD AND MYRTLE ARE A GOOD CHOICE FOR WATER-STARVED AUSTRALIAN GARDENS.


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The Andrew Duff-designed ‘Savills And David Harber’ garden reflects the underlying trend across all show gardens: eco-friendly practices (above & below). Says artist David Harber, who designed its scenestealing sculpture: “Our piece supports the message of sustainability and mirrors the garden’s ethos, providing respite and calm in an urban environment.” Large trees, ferns, ranunculus, geraniums and an airpurifying wetland area come together to create a stunning green oasis.

TIP: A WATER FEATURE CAN DOUBLE AS AN IRRIGATION DEVICE. HERE (INSET), TREES AND A PLANTED WALL FILTER POLLUTION FROM THE AIR , WHILE THE POOL CLEANS THE WATER AND STORES IT IN A HARVESTING SYSTEM FOR IRRIGATION USE.

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GALLIC FLAIR A EUROPEAN INFLUENCE SITS ELEGANTLY IN THIS COMPACT YET TRANQUIL GARDEN Words KYLIE JACKES Styling CHANELLE OCKENDEN Photography BRIGID ARNOTT


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lmost 10 years after buying their 1887 Victorian terrace, homeowners Helen and Joe decided it was time to make some big changes. With two young boys, Daniel, 11, and Dylan, eight, the family was in need of more space. They decided to build up, adding another level to the home and extending into the garden to create a family room and paved alfresco area. “We knew that the build would take up a lot of the backyard, but the space just wasn’t family friendly or useable,” explains Helen. “The block sloped so the kids couldn’t play handball and there were lots of trees, so it was quite dark and uninviting out there.” Keen to make the most of their remaining outdoor area, the couple enlisted landscaper Adam Robinson of Adam Robinson Design to create a beautiful green backdrop they could enjoy whether indoors or out. “We wanted quite a classic European feel and to incorporate the French influence we saw throughout Morocco, which was hard to explain,” says Helen, “but Adam got it and did an amazing job.” The installation was rolled out in stages, with the hardscaping completed first. Travertine pavers were laid with generous spacing to resemble flagstone, limewashed cladding was installed either side of the courtyard to screen off neighbours and create a more intimate feel, and the boundary fence was spray-painted in Dulux Monument to make the surrounding greenery pop. It was a council requirement that a paperbark tree with exposed roots was protected. The solution? A dry-stacked sandstone wall that wrapped around the tree, which was then underplanted with ferns to form a layered feature. Alongside, recycled bricks provide another flat seating area.

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“THE BI-FOLD DOORS OPEN UP SO THE AND YOU ALWAYS FEEL PART OF THE GARDEN”

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Soft-leaf buffalo now provides a lush patch of lawn for the boys to play beneath the garden’s existing shade-loving palms, which were thoughtfully incorporated into the overall design with garden beds below, which feature sculptural shapes and textures, such as Japanese box and mounds of silvery leafed curry plant. The finishing touches for the project came down to the choices of furniture and decoration: sophisticated monochromatic pieces and a trio of ornate mirrors makes the outdoor space seem like a well-appointed extension of the living area. “On weekend mornings we love nothing more than putting on some music, opening up the doors and sitting out there with a coffee,” says Helen.

fab fabrics “The Sunbrella fabric has been just fantastic;

we’ve kept it out in all the weather,” says Helen of the upholstery on the powder-coated aluminium outdoor setting from Alboo (top, right). “The sofa is also incredibly light, which is a huge bonus because the boys move it all the time to play handball.” Custom fabric scatter cushions by Adam Robinson Design were chosen for their weather resilience. Clusters of rustic pots (right) billow with contrasting greenery, adding visual softness.

lawn love

With the back of the garden often shaded by the surrounding palm trees, Sapphire Soft Leaf Buffalo was selected as a shade-tolerant, easy-care lawn option (left). “I really love how deep green it is,” says Helen of the incredibly soft lawn. >

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A Beefeater barbecue (above left) was installed in the alfresco area, with stainless-steel cupboards below and slabs of travertine stone either side. Moroccan black-and-white Popham Design tiles create a striking backdrop below cascading star jasmine, which spills over the fence from the neighbours’ property. On the benchtop, a cluster of pots in different shapes and sizes displays a mix of foliage including mother-in-law’s tongue, Cousin It and an abundant rhipsalis in a planter from Zakkia.

restful retreat

An outdoor chair and footstool from Alboo, paired with an Inartisan stool, enjoy a shady spot at the back of the garden (above right). Recycled bricks sourced from The Brick Pit were used as a solid foundation for the setting. “The bricks provide a hard surface, but were laid in a way so the grass could grow over and soften the edges,” says Helen. An urn planted with a Ficus hillii adds height and greenery to the space. “Because the courtyard faces west, Joe wanted another spot to retreat to on hot days, so we created the paved area under the shade of the paperbark tree,” explains landscaper Adam.

mirror, mirror

To define the courtyard space, lime-washed timber panelled walls were installed and softened with a Boston ivy vine. A trio of Rivas Design mirrors (left) is a nod to the home’s original arches and the Moroccan theme flowing from the interiors. “The mirrors with the black iron detailing create that Mediterranean feel we were after,” adds Helen. Below, Seafoam French urns from Motyaj were specifically chosen for their weather-worn look with topiary cone-shaped Buxus japonica adding a European touch.

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seamless sensation

Black-framed bi-folds (below) stack right back, opening up the family area to the new alfresco zone. Travertine pavers sourced from Harmony Stone Gallery create a seamless transition between the two spaces, with potted plants adding a burst of greenery to the sophisticated scheme. Xavier Furniture’s ‘Antigua’ outdoor range captures a similarly chic French garden feel.



WRAP UP AS CHANNEL SEVEN’S HOUSE RULES HEADS TOWARDS ITS FINALE, WE SHARE SOME OF OUR HIGHLIGHTS AND INSPIRATION

MAGIC MAKEOVER

garden glory

It was all sunshine and sanctuary-making when South Australian contestants Andy and Lisa transformed the backyard of Tim’s Melbourne home into a lush retreat. Turn the page for more design inspiration from the House Rules teams. >


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RENOVATION:

ALL FOR THE FAMILY THE HOUSE RULES TEAMS CAME TOGETHER TO CREATE A MODERN HAMPTONS-STYLE HOME WITH PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THIS FAMILY OF SIX Story LYNNE TESTONI Photography AARON PERKINS

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s the House Rules teams finished up a few weeks of full-on renovations, it was time to use their new-found skills to make a difference to a family doing it tough. This year, the teams worked together to help rebuild the house of couple Graeme and Mary and their four children, who had tragically lost their home in a fire. The brief for the teams was to restore it using a play on a Hamptons-style theme – taking inspiration from the slightly edgier Long Island town of Montauk – and create a space with a plethora of play areas plus storage aplenty. The result is a relaxed mix of open-plan living, a fabulous eat-in kitchen and – the star of the show – a beautiful sweeping veranda, where Mary and Graeme can enjoy views of their tree-lined suburb in Sydney’s south-west. >

LIVING ROOM A palette of blues and greys unites the home’s open-plan living spaces. “One of the nicest rooms was the living room designed by Pete and Courtney,” says judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Urban Road ‘Andros’ and ‘San Salvador’ prints ring true to the rule of using navy, white and grey.

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DINING ROOM Surrounded by natural light, the dining room was created as a relaxed corner lying adjacent to the kitchen in the open-plan living space. The large concrete-style dining table from Early Settler was centred under a ‘Southampton’ pendant light in Antique Black from Beacon Lighting, which echoed the Hamptons theme and was matched by chairs, also from Early Settler, on one side and a bench for the kids on the other.

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“IT WAS ABOUT USING A LOT OF THE , THE , BUT UNDERPINNED ‘SEASIDEY-NESS’ TEXTURED WALLS AND WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE BOHO” ~ LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN, JUDGE

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let there be light THE TAKE-OUT

Lighting is key when creating the perfect dining space. This area is flooded with natural light during the day, courtesy of the large windows, while the ‘Silhouette’ blinds from Luxaflex can be closed in the evenings to create an intimate, cosy setting. According to judge Jamie Durie, the blinds, made of sheer panels that allow light through when needed, were a highlight: they can look like shutters when closed, and they keep the heat and provide privacy.

▲ KITCHEN The dark-blue island bench is a highlight of the light-

filled kitchen, allowing plenty of space for the family to gather for informal meals. The ‘Paris’ bar stools by Vorsen echo the Hamptons theme. Judge Jamie applauded the choice to use woven exterior fabric on the stools. “It was all about bringing the outside in,” he explains.

FLOORING Hickory Homestead engineered timber, Floorworld.

▲ VERANDA The wraparound veranda painted in deep blue helps set the tone for the interior and creates nooks for all family members to retreat to. “Putting this mosquito net over there and pushing the bench up against the wall was a really great use of space,” says Jamie. >


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MAIN BEDROOM This room is a study in Hamptons style, according to the judging panel. “It was a lot more formal than the rules asked for, but I really liked it,” says judge Wendy Moore. Laurence was also a fan. “I really liked that the furniture still had that very traditional, almost Georgian, Hamptons detailing,” he says.

WALLPAPER ‘Ocean Seagrass’ wallpaper in Navy, Wallpaper Brokers.

BATHROOM Dark navy cabinetry in the main bathroom (above and opposite) is offset by the use of soft, brushed brass tapware and handles from Highgrove Bathrooms. “Brushed brass has been a real innovation this season,” says judge Laurence. “One of the problems with bathrooms is there are so many cold surfaces, so having brushed brass is a wonderful way of bringing a kind of soft, slightly voluptuous sparkle in there.”

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“IN KIDS’ ROOMS, YOU BE CREATING A FERTILE SPACE IN WHICH THE CHILD CAN PLACE THINGS” ~ LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN, JUDGE

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KIDS’ ROOM The fun, circus-style kids’ room (above and left), with blue-and-white wallpaper from Wallpaper Brokers, was a hit with the judges. “I loved these wonderful kind of Beetlejuice stripes,” says Laurence. Wendy also praised the space. “It was just a perfect room for young kids,” she says. “They did such a great job of making it feel packed with fun, but not cluttered. And there were so many storage options you could see it would be a super easy room to clean up.”


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DESIGN IDEAS:

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INSPIRED BY THE PLAYFUL SPACES SEEN ON HOUSE RULES, WE SHARE HOW TO FUEL YOUR LITTLE ONES’ CREATIVITY WITH DEDICATED SPACES THAT ARE BIG ON FUN – AND ON STYLE Words LYNNE TESTONI

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ooks and dedicated play zones around the home bring out all the fun in functional. Your little ones’ imaginations will soar, their screen time will diminish and learning opportunities bloom – all under your watchful eye. Here are our top tips to creating a hard-working, inspiring and oh-so-stylish play space for the kids.

▲ STREAMLINED STYLE An area that’s dedicated to play doesn’t have to sacrifice style, like in this gorgeous area created for two little girls. Today’s parents want their children’s play zones to fit in with their home’s aesthetic, says Megan Butler, owner of kids’ furniture brand Lilly & Lolly. This magical space, decorated with a ‘Numero 74’ canopy available from designstuff.com.au, reflects the owners’ choice of a soft and feminine palette throughout their home, and it will be simple to convert into a study zone once the children reach school age.


This cosy space lends itself to reading and quiet time.

▲ CHAOS CONTROL Built-in storage and chests of drawers (above) are key to minimising the inevitable mess that children make, says Penny Thoms, director of online kids’ store In My Hood. “There are so many beautiful cupboards and drawer options with different finishes – and by keeping them low at the children’s level, it’s easy for them to pack things away,” she says. Keeping play to one dedicated area also naturally cuts down on the clutter. “If you create nooks for them they’re less likely to go from one room to the other, rummaging,” adds Megan.

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▲ PAGE TURNERS Try creating a cosy reading nook to encourage your kids to pick up an old-fashioned book and minimise their screen time. This circular reading niche (above) is lined with acoustic foam to reduce noise. A synthetic grass matt (try Carpet Capers for similar) adds a hit of colour. To pique a child’s curiosity about a book, Lilly & Lolly’s Megan suggests displaying their covers on book shelves, rather than just the spines. “We’re trying to foster creativity,” she explains. “We understand that we need to engage children other than with screens.”

KEEP THINGS ORGANISED SO IT’S EASY FOR YOUR KIDS TO TAKE TOYS OUT AND AND ALSO TO PUT THEM AWAY.”

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MAKING MAGIC It’s a good idea to consider the activities that your kids love best and create “a little magical space for them”, suggests In My Hood’s Penny. This homemade fort (left) is designed to inspire adventure and includes a ladder and tambourine from Amigos De Hoy. “If there is an empty wall in a living area, why not add a little wall desk and chair and have a cupboard nearby where you can store all their art and craft?” suggests Penny. “This space can double as a study nook as well as an art-and-craft station.”

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BLUR THE BOUNDARIES OF OUTDOOR AND INDOOR SPACES

Our living spaces are becoming more open and we’re blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. Botanica’s generous window and door openings allow you to immerse yourself in the natural world. The Botanica Timber series offers 13 different products, each available in either Cedar or Meranti with a bushfire rating up to Bal 29. For further information, go to trendwindows.com.au

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Evoke a chic coastal vibe in any space with Nest Emporium’s Large Boho Mirror. Designed to perch on the floor against a wall, this statement piece will be a showstopper in any home or business. Available in natural or white, the mirror is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Buy it at nestemporium.com.au

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MAGICAL METALLICS

The Laminex Metallic series is a stunning collection of 14 metallic laminates crafted to deliver beautiful highlights. Made from real metals, then laminated to withstand the harshness of everyday living, they also reflect light, perfect for darker areas. From the delicate blush of Matte Rose Gold to the classic warmth of Brushed Brass, they bring an on-trend touch of sophistication. For more information visit laminex.com.au


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Wine People are offering free gifts worth $120. Save $118 and enjoy two crystal stemless glasses (worth $40) + two free bottles of triple gold ‘The Artisan’ McLaren Vale Shiraz (worth $80), a “magnificent shiraz” (Sam Kim, Wine Orbit), with 95 points. Includes concentrated Peter Lehmann Barossa Cabernet, bestselling Dark Corner Durif Shiraz, triple gold-medal 30 Mile Shiraz and more. Just $139.99 with free delivery. Order now at winepeople.com.au/4690054

MIX IT UP WITH A MODULAR

A highly flexible design invites you to combine a one, two or three seater module with either high or low arms, giving your sofa a custommade feel. Integrated teak or glazed lava stone tables can be inserted anywhere to keep everything you need within easy reach. Visit coshliving.com.au

A MODERN TWIST

THE BEAUTY OF STONE

Cosentino’s new Dekton® Stonika Collection features seven stunning colours with the hyper-realistic beauty and appeal of natural stone. Dekton® is an ultra-compact surface, impervious to the elements and scratches, stains, UV rays, fire and heat. Its ultra-durable performance makes it an ideal solution for indoor and outdoor applications including kitchen and vanity benchtops, splashbacks, flooring and cladding. Visit cosentino.com/en-au

WORLD-CLASS INNOVATION

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The elegant Balla lamp features a striking black polished terrazzo base with a textured metal body. The statement lamp features two diffused spheres that can be positioned to suit your lighting requirements. Available as both a floor and table lamp. Visit kingliving.com

Fisher & Paykel’s new 12kg ActiveIntelligence™ Front Loader Washing Machine and 9kg Heat Pump Dryer are built with world-first SmartDrive™ technology and matching wash and dry cycles for complete fabric care. They look great paired together, bringing style and sophistication into any laundry. Visit fisherpaykel.com/au

Adding a twist to the centuries-old herringbone pattern is what Royal Oak Floors had in mind when they created their Herringbone Block flooring. This flooring creates a classic contemporary look for apartments, or more formal spaces such as living rooms and dining rooms, or even entrance hallways. For more, visit royaloakfloors.com.au


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

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eather has been a central part of Australian life for millennia. Centuries before colonisation, Indigenous people worked the flesh of emus into magnificent cloaks with designs etched using oyster shells, bone and stone tools. The First Fleet, and those who came after, brought with them tanning skills: not so much in their complexions, but in their leather goods. The result was material that served you from mangrove to mountains. It was known to weather immaculately, could be repurposed when needed and was crafted by hand – hipster heaven. And you can be sure they existed back then – just look at all those beards and beehives. Point is, leather has been in our homes for a very long time. For a while, we drank the Kool-Aid and decided that too much leather was never enough. In an ’80s splurge, which saw more of the stuff than a Mardi Gras parade, we summarily decided that our sofas covered in fabric would simply no longer do. Urged on by shouty commercials featuring business owners – themselves leathery – we went hell for you-know-what. It was the sectional revolution. Not only did these gargantuan three, four and more seaters come in colours that only sometimes occurred in nature, they also featured that most luxurious of inbuilt additions: namely, the lever-operated footrest. What had we been doing all these years with our feet not nudging the horizontal? Better still, the leather sofa was equally at home in family spaces, the reception areas of Botox pioneers and the most covetable bachelor pads. Even Joey and Chandler of Friends had matching versions. When it came to collectible pieces, leather was in a beautifully cracked league of its own. Before the era when a replica Eames or a Wegner was just a mouse click away, the scarce real deals were invariably sheeted in aged cow flesh that bore the fissures and the cracks of bottoms unknown and gatherings as sophisticated as yours would undoubtedly be, once this was in your living room. But this verdigris cost puh-lenty, as did new leather sofas, which, despite manufacturing innovations that lowered their prices, were also still quite the investment. For the many of us who could not afford a leather statement, an accent was within reach

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– especially in the office. Few items set off a dark-stained desk better than an inlay in British racing green. It spoke of a serious space where important drafts were considered and cajoled and deals ratified, and it bore the ghostly shapes of the thousands of letters it cushioned. Add a bunch of hidebound books with gilt-edged pages on a shelf behind – why of course I’ve read Anna Karenina – and you could practically get away with calling what was once a mere spare bedroom “the library”. Leather also had its place in the bedroom. If you think that will lead to some tawdry single entendre, you don’t know this columnist. Rather than being on the occupants, the boudoir leather was instead affixed to the bedhead with buttons. Totes fancy, like a five-star hotel whose designer was going for “corporate chic”. Due to its intrinsic nature, the leather would age along with the bed’s occupants and reflect their various proclivities, by which we mean, of course, reading their favourite home decor magazine.

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“FEW ITEMS SET OFF A DESK BETTER THAN AN INLAY IN BRITISH RACING GREEN, ESPECIALLY IN THE OFFICE”

Leather went with almost everything: shabby chic, southwestern desert, country cool, your olds’ castaways. Which brings us back to the couches. An entire generation of young Australians inherited the leather sofas that their upgrading parents offloaded or guilted them into accepting. And here’s the thing, they – both the couches and the parents – persisted for so long that fashion eventually changed around them. They endured, despite the fact that you stuck to them in summer and they could cause ripples of gooseflesh during accidental winter contact. So all hail the sofa – the leather sofa. Just the place to ponder a substance ingrained in our nation’s history. You may even want to put your feet up. Allow us to help.