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Australian House & Garden December 2018

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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christmas sewn up

(Photograph by Maree Homer (Lisa).) Every Christmas, wherever my family may be, I lay two cloths on the table, one rotated to reveal corners of the other. Then come eight delicate linen napkins with cross-stitched flower detail in each corner. The cloths were my grandmother’s and the napkins embroidered by three great aunts. Along with three pillowcases embroidered with our kids’ initials, this is the kit that forms the foundation of our celebration.The beauty of the napkins is their simplicity. They look just as good with a painterly Bonnie and Neil linen tablecloth from a couple of seasons ago as they do with Granny’s. The tiny stitch detail takes me back to sewing lessons with the Principal’s wife at my tiny country primary school. Between hot summer days and Bullrush…

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a huge thank you to our golden girls!

The metal-thread technique used to produce H&G’s festive masthead is commonly known as goldwork, and is believed to be more than 2000 years old.“It is particularly prized for the way light plays on it,” say Sharyn (left) and Mary, the amazing stitchers responsible. Both members of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc, they undertake many interesting commissions and have film and book credits to their names. The Neeson Murcutt-renovated Guild building, meanwhile, has a substantial collection of historical and contemporary embroidery as well as holding regular exhibitions and workshops. See info@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au. ■…

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your h&g

House to home It was exciting moving into our new place three months ago but, I have to admit, trying to style a blank canvas was rather overwhelming. The past three issues of H&G have been most helpful, however, providing me with tips and hacks to decorate my home using recycled and sustainable solutions with flair! Not only is our home more meaningful with our sentimental pieces, but knowing we are being eco- and planet-friendly has made it even more worth doing. Many thanks for the creative solutions, H&G. Minerva Ho, Gladesville, NSW Always a winner In March 1973 I won $1000 worth of carpet in an H&G competition and, with my winnings, joyfully bought white wool shag for the bedroom and turquoise…

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write in to win

(Letters may be edited for length and clarity.) This month, Jacqui Brazel of Runaway Bay in Queensland wins a Roomba 980 robotic vacuum cleaner, valued at $1499, courtesy of iRobot Australia; irobot.com.au. Email your letter to H&G@bauer-media.com.au with your full name and address or post it to Your H&G, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 1028. ■…

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h&g social

Facebook Instagram Pinterest Deborah Hutton’s cool coastal kitchen got the thumbs up on Facebook, a tranquil Sydney garden captured Instagrammers’ hearts, and a gorgeous eco-friendly kitchen had Pinners in a spin. Facebook facebook.com/australianhouseandgarden Highlights from each issue plus links to our favourite home tours. Instagram @houseandgarden View the most inspirational images from 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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white christmas

HALL/MAIN BEDROOM Lynda (pictured) and partner Mark live here most of the time, except when the property is rented out for weddings and functions. Those who visit at Christmas usually stay over. Wreath made by local florist Acre of Roses. Interior walls painted Wattyl Freesia. Anytime is a good time to visit the beautiful Victorian town of Trentham, but being there over Christmas is magic for Lynda Gardener and Mark Smith. That’s when they down ‘tools’ and take a well-earned break from Trentham General, the cafe and old-wares store they recently opened in a restored 1880s bank building.Former events director Mark helms the cafe all week and Lynda is also at the store a lot – when she’s not working as an interior decorator with partner Belle Hemming at…