Australian Country Homes February Issue#2 2018

Australian Country Homes celebrates the warmth of the country aesthetic. We open the doors to some of Australia’s most interesting homes and see the enviable everyday lives of those who have made the move to a calmer, more welcoming and personally enriched way of living. Brought to you by Australian Country magazine, this new quarterly publication showcases the best of Australian country residences; from the weekender to the station homestead, the farmhouse to the historical home. Australian Country Homes covers the length and breadth of Australia. In every edition of Australian Country Homes you will see inspiring ideas from real Aussies on real budgets just getting out there and creating wonderfully warm environments. You will also experience rare glimpses into the families and businesses behind some of Australia’s most desirable lifestyles. Tour the styles, the plans, and the self-made touches that create a welcoming country home.

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2 min
editor’s letter

Welcome to our second issue of Australian Country Homes. Thanks to you, our lovely readers, who responded so enthusiastically to our first issue, we have been encouraged to make this a quarterly publication. And so we have gathered together some of our all-time favourite stories from Australian Country magazine and are thrilled to be presenting them for your enjoyment. We’ve also added inspirational pages at the end of each story, to make it easier for you to achieve a look that appeals. The adage that the kitchen is the heart of the home is especially apt in the country where generations of passionate cooks and bakers have honed their skills to perfection. Cooking for family and friends is second nature in the bush, where the nearest restaurants and takeaways are often…

8 min
character study

Idle is not a word in Dani Venn’s vocabulary. When Australian Country caught up with the self-taught cook and 2011 MasterChef Australia finalist, she was juggling the joint responsibilities of running her own food consultancy and raising her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Harlow. She was also in the throes of organising her wedding to her long-time partner, construction manager Chris Burgess, helping him and a couple of mates launch a bar in Melbourne’s inner north and arranging to host two wellness retreats in Bali. In her “spare” time she adds that she’s gearing up for her busiest time of year as an awareness ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA). “I do feel like I work a lot,” she says. “But I’m fortunate that I can pick my hours so I work when Harlow…

2 min

From traditional and contemporary to unusual and rustic in style, For Ever Bouquets in Oberon, NSW, has your event and everyday needs covered. Whether you’re looking for fresh flowers or the finest-quality artificial blooms, trust For Ever Bouquets’ experienced florist to come up with the perfect mix for every room and occasion. This Rockabilly halter-strap dress pattern comes with Vintage Made magazine and is a great full-size pattern pull-out (sizes 6-26). As well as being inspired by the styles of rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll, this issue features sewing tips from Tara Moss, high fashion from Dior, cars, guitars and recipes (we LOVE the ice-cream!). A single issue is $15. One- or two-year subscriptions are available at a discount. Your caffeinated morning pick-me-up will be all the more blissful with…

5 min
an urban barn

There’s a tangible country vibe in Vanessa Goulmy’s home, which is unexpected given it’s a stone’s throw from inner city Brisbane. It might have something to do with the fact that there’s a barn in the backyard (more on that later). Or it might be her collection of carefully curated vintage finds that lends a homely warmth as you amble from room to room. Fretwork archways beckon you to pass through, to pad further along the old hoop pine flooring that’s felt a thousand footsteps before. It’s easy to see that every detail of this renovation has been pondered, planned and pondered some more, before being carried out. “When we purchased the house it was liveable but small, with just two bedrooms and one bathroom,” Vanessa says. “The workers’ cottage had…

6 min
hampton hideaway

Most people yearning for a country life list peace and quiet as a primary objective. For Jen and Geoff Ballard it was precisely the opposite that attracted them to the village of Hampton on the western side of the Blue Mountains. As the owner of motorcycle parts company Ballard’s Off Road and the driving force behind Australia’s most successful Enduro team, Geoff was looking for somewhere he could make as much noise as he liked testing bikes and training for events without disturbing the neighbours. He found what he was looking for at Hampton, a tiny village with a pub and a church and not much more on the road to Jenolan Caves, in 2006. He established a training track and man shed for boy’s own weekend jaunts to the country.…

4 min
daylesford dreaming

You have been warned. There’s probably nothing in Lyn Gardener’s emporium in Melbourne’s Albert Park that you actually need. However, whether you can live without the unusual decorator and functional pieces, custom-made clothes, hand-crafted jewellery, rustic furniture items and industrial wooden wares she has assembled under the roof of a former suit hospital is another matter entirely. Lyn has that nebulous skill sometimes referred to as “an eye”. In her hands the ordinary becomes extraordinary. She has that fantastic knack of taking an old piece of tat and teaming it with the right accessories to turn a nondescript corner into a talking point. It’s a skill the self-confessed “hoarder” has been honing for most of her life. “My mother’s a total modernist, so I don’t know where my passion for vintage came…