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Australian House & Garden April 2019

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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editor’s letter

the conundrum is real: how to honour family history, and retain often-valuable furniture without cluttering your home. The rise of apartment living, disappearing backyards, sheds and garages and the disposable furniture market have filled antique shops and auction halls with hard-earned, handmade furniture once used for a lifetime.I for one am caught between the ongoing need to declutter and nostalgia for pieces that speak to the past. China cups, serving platters and vintage glassware are easy ... we have treasures from elderly relatives that are in use daily. They carry the narrative of big family gatherings and memories of those now long gone. Paintings and ornaments provide continuity too. Grouped with more contemporary items or displayed solo they encourage a new audience to pause and reflect. New…

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your h&g

Greenery is gold We recently moved to a farm cottage that had a lovely view but little character and no garden. I was so inspired by Sarah Ryan’s garden (Bordering On Magic, March), however, that there is now a green patch and plantings around one side of the house – lovely and relaxing to walk through when beyond the fence is basically dust, dirt and drought! I really believe that a house can be lifted by a beautiful garden. Not only much cheaper than a major renovation, but good for your mental and physical health too. Angela Cummins, Somerton, NSW Bench marks H&G, your article on Neale Whitaker’s kitchen (Social Life, March) arrived at the perfect time. We have been renovating our…

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h&g social

Facebook Instagram Pinterest Facebookers took a shine to a light and airy Sydney kitchen, a Perth family’s pool area won hearts on Instagram, and a crisp white bathroom hit the mark 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 at H&G’s 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. ■…

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write in to win

The author of each letter published receives $50. Our favourite also wins a prize. This month, Kim Wong wins a 16-piece Colorwave Clay dinner set, valued at $395, from Noritake; noritake.com.au. Email your letter to H&G@bauer-media.com.au or post to Your H&G, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 1028. Please include your full name and address. ■…

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living  history

OUTDOOR DINING Encircled by giant century-old trees, this sunny outdoor dining area is a perfect sheltered spot for Charlotte Coote and daughters (from left) Francesca, three, Daphne, two, and Sybil, five, to gather. Located on the south side of their home, this is the setting for breakfasts, morning teas and lunches. “We also eat here on summer evenings,” says Charlotte. “The trees are uplit and look so pretty at night.” ENTRY Charlotte designed the console table, adapted from an Irish Georgian design. Antique Chinese chair bought at auction. Antique Louis Vuitton case formerly owned by Charlotte’s father. The artworks, also inherited from John Coote, are 18th-century prints. “They depict men riding horses and they’re a bit wacky but I love their classical looks,” says Charlotte. The rug…

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life & style

MY FIRST (ADULT) HOME Geordie and I first moved into an Art Deco apartment together in St Kilda, a dump with great bones. When you opened the front door it hit the side of our sofa, so we had to literally climb our way into the apartment. We didn’t care because we were very much in love! FIRST CAR A 1980 brown Peugeot 505, for which I paid $1000 to my sister Amelia. It had brown tweed seats and took five goes to start in the morning. My siblings and I called it Marty Monster. DREAM CAR A pale blue 1960 Mercedes-Benz convertible 300SL Roadster (bottom right). GREAT READ The Bolter by Frances Osborne, which is about Lady Idina Sackville. DECORATOR’S MANUAL Colefax and Fowler’s Inspirational Interiors…