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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. In the absence of storage,…

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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 first home, a little cottage in Launceston, and have suffered through many…

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h&g social

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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living  history

There’s a joyous coexistence of antiques and gleaming new furnishings in interior designer Charlotte Coote’s freshly renovated home. In every room, heirlooms inherited from her late father, international designer John Coote, sit side-by-side with pretty, bespoke homewares designed by Charlotte herself. Every detail is curated and personalised, producing interiors filled with memories and autobiographical references. “This home is our story,” says Charlotte, who lives here with husband Geordie Taylor and their daughters, Sybil, five, Francesca, three, and Daphne, two. Charlotte and Geordie bought this property, Marnanie, at Mount Macedon, 64km northwest of Melbourne, in 2017, after a tip-off about its sale from family friend, John Graham, who had himself lived at the property from the 1970s until 2001. “We inspected the property on a freezing cold August day,” says Charlotte. “It…

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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 by Roger Banks-Pye. Though it was written…

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back to life

HEIRLOOM HERO: GEORGIAN TABLE “We placed this piece from the family’s collection in the centre of the room to hold accessories and flowers. It’s also great for puzzles and games, which the family enjoy year-round. The table is a lovely foil for the contemporary artwork, sofa, armchairs and inky wall in this room. We love the rich patina of the timber and ormolu brass mounts to the legs, and the Nero Marquina marble top. While beautiful, the table is used every day and its marks tell the story of the family and previous generations.” EXPERT TIP Pairing antiques with new pieces allows you to create unique interiors. Look at ways to use pieces that haven’t had the opportunity to shine for a while. HEIRLOOM HERO: CHINESE BUFFET “Our clients bought this c. 1890 walnut buffet…