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Down In The Woods
Most people can name a French parfumier of choice but for Cathy Court, the fragrance that sends her into a swoon is not Fragonard or Chanel or even Guerlain, but furniture polish. One whiff of the distinctive combination of beeswax, citrus oil and tu
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Bangalow Beauty
To those lucky enough to call it home, Bangalow is a blissful utopia — high in the rolling hills behind the world-class beaches of Byron Bay, it’s a little enclave of creatives and self-starters encapsulating all that is the good life. Its main stree
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Bold And Beautiful
It takes a special gene to be able to successfully pair the classic and the quirky and balance the bold with the understated to create an inspired haven with surprises at every turn. Jodie Mae Ladhams has that gene in spades. In just three years, she
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Divine Inspiration
They can’t say they weren’t warned. When Barbara and Phil Simpson were interviewing builders, one of them candidly mentioned that tradies in Margaret River operated by a different set of rules to the rest of the world. “Basically, he said that the re
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Precision Planning
In a strange twist of fate, Kylea and Grant Wilson found the ideal block of land on which to build their dream home as they were about to step on a plane for an extended overseas working holiday. But find it they did when they paid a farewell visit t
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A Renovator’s Recipe
I’m not at all surprised when Fay Gamble reveals her tiny cottage in Goolwa, South Australia, is at least the seventh she has purchased, revamped and passed on. There’s no doubting her flair, creativity and experience. Walls are whitewashed with many
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Country Comes To Town
Bronwyn Wruck was a flying instructor based in Moree in northern NSW when she first met husband-to-be, James. His work as a cotton agronomist took them to Tamworth and Toowoomba before both received job offers in Brisbane. However, for this couple, m
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Haven In The Hills
Evelyn Neis says she followed the real estate agent’s advice of buying the worst house in the best street when she moved from Adelaide to Heathfield near Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. “It truly was the most ugly 1970s house,” Evelyn recalls. “But
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Editor’s Letter
Welcome to the first issue of Australian Country Homes for 2019. As well as curating a collection of great homes for your reading pleasure, we’ve created accompanying looks pages to help you achieve each design style. We’ve also shone the spotlight o
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Marketplace
Made from cool wool, the Dandelion Yellow Holly dress from Smitten Merino is perfect for those trans-seasonal days where you just don’t know what to wear. Brighten up a cloudy Monday or make sunny Sundays even brighter with this lightweight Merino wo
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Hampton Hideaway
Most people yearning for a country life list peace and quiet as a primary objective. For Jen and Geoff Ballard, it was precisely the opposite that attracted them to the village of Hampton on the western side of the Blue Mountains. As the owner of mot
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The Art Of Life
“I didn’t do it for you,” artist Criss Canning candidly admits as she ushers us into the kitchen at Burnside, the home she shares with her nurseryman husband, David Glenn, in the central Victorian goldfields region. Indeed the display that greets us
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Monochrome Magic
Jane Rennie-Hynes is fearless in her approach to life and renovating. Many wince at the thought of splashing a bit of colour on the walls, intimidated by any hue that ventures beyond the safe confines of the myriad shades of white. Most wouldn’t dare
Australian Country Homes5 min read
A Small-town Showpiece
When Alex York moved to Springsure in central Queensland and fell in love with an old Queenslander, little did she know that in another time and place, she would be living in it. She recalls arriving as a young nanny in the district, gazing over the
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A Busy Bee
For as long as she can remember, Kristine Franklin has loved decorating and rearranging furniture. By the age of 18, she had compiled a scrapbook packed with magazine cuttings as an aide-memoire for how her dream home would look. And when she and her
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Art With Heart
By the time they get around to having baby number three, most mothers can be forgiven for feeling they have parenting pretty much down pat. Sydney graphic designer Martine Vanderspuy confesses that after raising children Kristina and Dan with relativ
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Pizza Pizzazz
While the lives of American actor and singer Gwyneth Paltrow and Western Australian farmer and caterer Sam Aurisch may seem worlds apart, they actually have a common bond in their backyard pizza ovens. The Hollywood star and occasional cookbook autho
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Best Of Both Worlds
The name Bandhini is derived from the Sanskrit word banda, meaning to tie or bind, and that perfectly describes the fusion of talents from different ends of the world that Tai Schaffler has created with her soft furnishings business. A journalist in
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Bathing Beauty
When the mercury rises, tourists flock to the well-known waterfront suburbs of the Mornington Peninsula to enjoy a relaxed walk along the beach. On the way, they’re bound to pass some of the 600-odd rustic wooden boatsheds that dot the coastal sand d
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Tradition With A Twist
It would be hard to imagine a bigger culture shock than the one Kerrie Hayes experienced as a teenager when her family moved to Emerald in central-western Queensland. “My dad was a sheep farmer who loved growing crops,” she takes up the story. “We’d
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Trash To Treasure
Though Colleen McLeod is quick to point out that she’s “no artist”, those familiar with her home and creative pursuits would disagree. In searching for a simpler lifestyle by the beach, she has developed a keen eye for the kitsch and quirky and spend
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Plain Sailing
A coastal town on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is attracting attention. In 1853, it became Australia’s first inland port. It’s the only place in the southern hemisphere where steamboat meets steam train. The town is also home to an inter
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Editor's Letter
Welcome to the summer edition of Australian Country Homes. Like most Australians, we’re relishing the chance to kick back and take it easy during the festive season, so this issue we’ve revisited some beautiful properties that offer wonderful opportu
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Ode To Joy
The glass is always half full for Jo Anderson. From Fairy Cake Pond, her home on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, the passionate collector, whimsical blogger and eternal optimist shares her joy with the world. “I’m married to Mr Australia and we have
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Nothing But Blue Skies
In all probability, none of it would have happened if English restaurant critic Simon Hopkinson had been available. The year was 1997 and the then editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller Charlie (Carolyn) Lockhart was looking for a foreign judge to ch
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Tug Life
It’s hard not to have visions of Popeye the Sailor Man when Gary Mason’s name comes up. There’s no waft of pipe smoke, no trace of maritime tattoos but there’s something all-conquering about him and his lifestyle aboard retired tugboat Leo. He’s a ma
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Marketplace
The Wedding Nest is a boutique wedding gift registry specialising in unique gifts that are design- and style-focused, and not available on other registries. This is the registry for people who don’t want vanilla. The owners work hard (and love doing
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Cabbages And Kings
Charlotte Thodey’s friends say she is the only artist they’ve ever met who sleeps with, paints and eats her subjects. Indeed, her studio in the bedroom of her home in Sydney’s inner west is jam-packed with fruit and vegetables in varying states of de
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At Home With The Hillbillies
Travelling west across the river at Richmond, NSW, we have to turn the headlights on as we head into a typical Hawkesbury Valley misty autumn morning. As the incline increases, the motor has to work that little bit harder. Travelling up through Kurmo
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When Opportunity Knocks
She jokes about it, but Heather Thompson is faintly serious about her recipe for ousting children from the nest. I listen intently in the hope I can apply her sage advice to my own situation. “The farm appeared to be a wonderful opportunity for lifes
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