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Australian House & Garden

Australian House & Garden

January 2020

Australia's number one home design and decorating magazine, filled each month with gorgeous houses and gardens to delight in, homewares to covet and food to savour. Plus, you'll find loads of travel ideas, health and beauty news, expert advice and much, much more.

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12 Issues


2 min.
editor’s letter

“APART from my usual notes-to-self, a recurring New Year’s resolution is to make my HOME into nirvana.” By the time you read this, the frenetic festive-season activity will be over and you can relax and contemplate what’s in store for 2020. New Year’s resolutions reach fever pitch when accompanied by the dawn of a new decade and the H&G team and I have been writing and reviewing our must–do lists for 2020. Apart from my usual New Year notes-to-self – do more yoga, read more (that is, finish the 20 books I started this year), eat more fish and less French cheese, consume fewer drinks beginning with c (coffee, Champagne and chardonnay) and try not to get so worked up about things – a recurring resolution is to make my home…

1 min.
australian house & garden

EDITORIAL Editor in chief Tanya Buchanan Creative director Antonietta Panuccio Deputy editor & travel John McDonald Interiors & houses Kate Nixon Homes group coordinator Matilda Ringrose ART & STYLE Art director Shayne Burton Junior designer Sophie Wilson Image retoucher/designer Matus Kundrat Style editors Sarah Maloney and Ashley Pratt FEATURES & COPY Senior features editors Elizabeth Wilson and Sarah Pickette Content/production editor Tamarah Pienaar CONTRIBUTORS Kate Barber, Emma Buchan, Jason Busch, Sibella Court, Roger Crosthwaite, Tom Ferguson, Anna Flanders, Alice Flynn, Nic Gossage, Simon Griffiths, Chelsea Hing, Janice Hogg, Maree Homer, Stephanie Hope, Olga Lewis, Shannon McGrath, Georgia Madden, Jack Milenkovic, Paul Myers, Judy Pascoe, Toni Paterson, Chris Pearson, Dion Robeson, Sara Sleeman, Anson Smart, Josie Smith, Kristina Soljo, Rhiannon Taylor, Nate Vella, Helen Young ADVERTISING & PRODUCTION Homes commercial manager Rhonda Maunder (02) 9282 8687 Homes brand manager Kimberly Anderson (02) 9338 6103 Advertising production manager Kate Orsborn (02)…

1 min.
h&g social

A tranquil Melbourne home found fans on Facebook, an award-winning tropical garden had Instagrammers green with envy, and this beautifully feminine bathroom took top honours on Pinterest. Facebook facebook.com/ australianhouseandgarden Highlights from each issue plus links to our favourite home tours. Instagram @houseandgarden View the most inspirational images of the month from H&G HQ and out and about. Pinterest pinterest.com.au/ houseandgardenau Picture-perfect images from our pages and sensational products to covet. For weekly news and inspiration, subscribe to our free e-newsletter at newsletter.houseandgardenmag.com.au. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.…

2 min.
your h&g

This year’s Christmas issue was – as always – a delight! For me, the highlight was the Mornington Peninsula garden (Beach Beauty); I later watched the segment about it on ABC’s Dream Gardens – it was so interesting to see it all come alive. One of the homeowners mentioned that he adores just watching the native grasses moving in the breeze. This is what a beautiful garden does: it lets us take stock of what beauty is, whether it be a wave about to break or grasses bending in the breeze. Catherine Youngberry, Mackay, Queensland Wall story When viewing the interior of the house that would become our home, I remarked “that red feature wall will have to go”. Five years on, we are still living with it because I couldn’t visualise what…

3 min.
fine vintage

Ben Palmer and his partner Josh Penn bought their apartment, a three-bedroom Art Deco abode, in 2016. At 200m², it was larger than their previous place and had sublime harbour views. The original period features, including 3.2m-high ceilings, also appealed. “It was flooded with light and felt wonderfully serene, but the interiors were extremely tired,” says Ben. At the time, the couple were expecting a child – son Brooklyn, now two – so renovating was a priority. Their plan was to bring the 1930s apartment into the 21st century without losing any of its Art Deco character. “The overall layout wasn’t too bad, but a few spaces needed reconfiguring – the two bathrooms, in particular, were awkwardly designed. We were desperate for a new kitchen too,” says Ben. “I love Hamptons/coastal style…

1 min.
life & style

“WE LOVE GOING FOR FAMILY WALKS AROUND THE BAY WITH OUR DOG.” OUR FIRST (ADULT) HOME WAS… A beautiful two-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s bustling Rushcutters Bay. It was decorated in a luxe New York style with geometric patterns and sleek modern furniture. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT? Bert’s Bar & Brasserie in Newport, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The decor is fabulous – inspired by the grand hotels of the 1930s – and the food and wines are amazing. RECENT PURCHASE FOR YOUR HOME? A Ralph Lauren commode for our bedroom. We ran out of storage space very quickly so this was as much a practical purchase as a beautiful investment. FAVOURITE COLOUR COMBINATION? Blue, grey and white. WHICH CREATIVES INSPIRE YOU? Definitely [interior designer] Thomas Hamel. He has nailed the classic American look I love (right). FAVOURITE ARTISTS? I can’t…