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Country Style March 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

I always look forward to our annual Art Issue. And no matter what, there always seems to be a story that takes me by surprise — this time it would have to be painter Philip Drummond’s Cessnock garden. Familiar with Philip’s dramatic still-life compositions of Australian native flowers, I was expecting his garden to be filled with gum trees, banksia and grevilleas, not the amazing cactus plants you see on page 90. Even though these plants may not appear on his canvases, Philip’s garden “is like an artwork. A garden is something that evolves and you’re sculpting it the whole time.” It’s also a constant source of inspiration: “It helps me to live and create in my own little universe,” he says. “It’s what I look at when I’m looking…

1 Min.
in this issue...

STEPHANIE STAMATIS We sent this Melbourne stylist to a shoot at printmaker David Frazer’s house in Castlemaine for our story on page 64. Five years ago, Stephanie quit her job in interior design to work as a freelance stylist and creative director. “I love that no two days are the same,” she says. “I’m also constantly inspired by the people I meet.” One of those people is artist David Frazer, whose home Stephanie visited for our shoot. “David was a driver for the way the house was designed. It was lovely to see the pride he had in what he’d created. He has a meticulous eye for detail and finishes.” And which artists does Stephanie revere? “Alana Wilson is my absolute favourite ceramic artist — she creates pieces that are beautifully imperfect.…

3 Min.
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INSTAGRAM This image from our January issue had readers dreaming of lazy summer afternoons spent on a shady verandah, sipping a cool drink and reading their favourite magazine! Follow us on Instagram @countrystylemag Our January issue included lots of ideas for beach house decorating and a journey to the magical Whitsunday Islands. We visited Haven Red Hill’s (@havenredhill) gorgeous farmhouse on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and Captain’s Rest (@captainsrest), a cottage on Tasmania’s west coast. Another highlight was meeting inspiring women of the bush, who are bringing positive change to their communities. Photography @lisacohenphoto Styling @ruthwelsby FAMILY AFFAIR Thank you for the last year of Country Style. I was drawn to the magazine for its variety of inspirational stories, wonderful Australian characters and exquisite photography. I’m happy to say I’ve now added a few family members…

6 Min.
life in colour

RETURNING TO THE BAROSSA IN 2015 has brought Marnie Gilder back to her family roots and, as an artist, full circle. Marnie — who grew up in the Barossa as Marnie Wark and established herself as an artist in South Australia — now lives on a small farm at Mount McKenzie with her husband Rob and their children, Annabelle, nine, and Alf, six. Marnie has just completed a commissioned mural on The Co-op store in the main street of Nuriootpa — the largest piece of public art in the Barossa Valley to date. “It’s 30 metres long and by far the largest artwork I’ve ever created,” she says. “I’m 43, and at an age now where I’m up for a few more challenges, and painting large-scale works is invigorating, physical and…

7 Min.

“Mullum has always been a strong, creative community and is pulsing with its many festivals.” TUCKED BENEATH THE conical peak of Mount Chincogan, Mullumbimby — or Mullum, as the locals refer to it — is fringed with rainforest in the bucolic Brunswick Valley. “When I moved from the city, I was mesmerised by the landscape,” says artist Michael Cusack, 57, who has a studio behind the Byron School of Art building in nearby Dalley Street. “It’s such a powerful place to be.” With a population of about 3600 people, part of the town’s charm is its keen sense of independence and community, which embraces diversity with open arms. It’s also possible to walk everywhere — between its cafés, galleries and spas, or trails along the Brunswick River. “There are no traffic lights…

8 Min.

book a table NSW Cupitt’s Kitchen Harvest Feast Long Lunch, March 18th Celebrate the end of vintage with a feast designed to showcase the region’s best seasonal produce including Cupitt’s cheese and harvests from the kitchen garden. This long table lunch is a special occasion and tickets include a welcome drink, a four-course lunch paired with Cupitt’s wines, live music, wine trivia, barrel races and winery tour. 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla. (02) 4455 7888; cupitt.com.au VICTORIA Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, March 16th–25th As part of this festival, long lunches (including the World’s Longest Lunch) will be held in stunning locations across Melbourne and beyond — from vineyards to coastal settings, parks and riverbanks across regional Victoria. Sample the best regional produce and wine and make a weekend of it. For information…