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Country Style August 2018

Country Style celebrates the diversity of modern country living. Brings to life the stories of inspirational people and places from around Australia - coast to coast. We visit amazing homes and gardens, travel through Australia's most vibrant regional centres and sample all the good things the country has to offer

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2 Min.
a letter from the editor

Renovating a house with your dad would be a great bonding experience, particularly if he’s handy with a hammer. Andrea Moore’s dad is a vet by profession, but he sounds like a man of many talents. “Dad has really found his renovating legs recently,” says Andrea, an interior architect. “I have to rein him in sometimes. But he does have some amazing ideas.” The pair has transformed a cabin on their old dairy farm at Meeniyan, South Gippsland, into a home with a modern twist — see the results on page 34. This, our first ‘before and after’ issue, is filled with inspiration for creating beautiful homes. In NSW’s Armidale, a couple moved off their cattle property into a 1970s house on a suburban block — a huge change in both…

1 Min.
in this issue...

NATALIE WALTON This talented writer produced the ‘before and after’ stories about three very different home renovations, starting on page 34. “Every time I write a house story, I learn so much about the experience of creating a home. It makes me think about the process in new ways,” says Natalie. As well as learning about new products, processes and suppliers, she enjoys hearing why people chose a particular building to call home and what steps they had to take to make it their own. Did Natalie pick up any good renovating tips while writing these stories? “All the home owners worked within the existing footprint of a building and I think that’s a worthwhile point to consider,” she says. “We don’t always need to supersize a home — sometimes it’s just…

4 Min.
well connected

I LIKE TO BANG ON about how there has never been a better time to live in the country; you get the benefits of clean air, sweeping landscapes and a small, caring community, all while being able to message an Instagram friend in Spain. You can have the best of both worlds, the analogue and the digital. For me — someone who lives in a valley with less than 100 people — social media has been a lifeline, connecting me with those beyond my geographical world. I’ve viewed this as a great privilege; to be able to find like-minded people without being limited by my location. Social media is a powerful tool, but I think it can be beneficial to stand back and take stock. So let’s have a think about…

6 Min.
your page

IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL Hello from an avid reader of your beautiful magazine, Country Style. I have every issue from January 2011 and I treasure them and re-read them over and over again. They leave me feeling very blessed that we live in this fantastic country and share it with so many wonderful cultures. In your June issue I noted that you’re coming to your 30th birthday. What a milestone and a true testament to all the hard work that must go into producing this amazing, informative magazine. I hope to have many years of enjoying Country Style and reading about the truly amazing families that make Australia what it is. Brigitte Pivac, WEST SWAN, WA SETTING THE SCENE Today I received the June issue and in it is the most beautiful…

2 Min.
new possibilities

“There are always people who can support you.” When you think about eating a meal with your family, you probably don’t envision sitting down with a hundred teenagers. But that’s what 18-year-old Georgia Bertolino (below right) does as a boarding-school student. “I’m an only child, so I had to get used to sharing a house with other girls,” says Georgia, who grew up in Albury, on the New South Wales–Victoria border. “But there’s such a sense of community. The people you meet is my favourite part about it.” Eliza Tickner (below left), who’s in Year 8 and new to boarding, is quick to agree. “I love it that students from all over Australia and the world can come together and share these experiences.” The two girls attend Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) in Melbourne, and…

5 Min.
native beauty

IF YOU EVER find yourself driving around Esperance with Antoinette Vincent, you’d better not be in a hurry. The area, in the far south of Western Australia, is close to the Fitzgerald River National Park — famous for its biodiversity and unique Australian flora — and home to Antoinette’s native-plant nursery, Esperance Farm Trees. “My journeys are always longer because I have to stop and check out plants on the side of the road, which is annoying for my passengers,” says Antoinette. “It’s nearly an obsession. I can’t drive anywhere without looking into the bush, always with one eye on the road.” It’s hard to imagine there’s a native plant around Esperance that Antoinette has yet to find — at her nursery, she grows about 200 different species. “Getting your tongue…