Australian Country Homes August Issue#4 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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1 min
editor’s letter

Welcome to another issue of Australian Country Homes. I don’t know about you but here at AC HQ, we’ve had enough of the cold weather. So this issue, we’re looking forward to the arrival of spring and the stories we’ve selected from our parent title, Australian Country, all have a focus on one of the great delights of the season, the rebirth of the garden To quote the great British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll: “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and carefulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” The people featured in these pages have learnt all these lessons and have generously agreed to share their stories. They have also discovered that gardening is good for not just physical wellbeing, but also mental…

6 min
a chanel tomboy

There’s a black and white photograph in a grouping above the bed in Jen Ballard’s cottage that goes some way towards explaining her remarkably diverse portfolio of passions. The picture shows Jen’s mother, Joan Louitt, a World War II nurse with the RAAF’s Medical Air Evacuation Transport Unit, based on the island Morotai in Indonesia. With her oxygen bottle and mask at the ready, the plucky nurse was responsible for the evacuation to New Guinea of “her boys”, sick and wounded soldiers returning on litters strapped into the bellies of the Douglas C-47s that were the front line transport of the time. “Mum went on to become one of the first batch of flight attendants with TAA,” Jen explains. “Actually I come from good adventurous stock. My grandmother, Mabel Davis, on…

2 min

The Wedding Nest is a boutique wedding gift registry specialising in unique gifts that are design- and style-focused, not available on other registries. This is the registry for people who don't want vanilla. The owners work hard (and love it) to source global pieces that are leading the way in design and showcase brands that do the same. Register online to view an extensive, yet well-edited, collection of beautiful homewares, statement furniture pieces and unique artworks as well as all the registry basics. For gifts, homewares and quilters’ materials, look no further than Somethings Country. Janelle Frohloff has personally curated an amazing array of accessories for the home. From bedding, quilts, timber bins and laundry hampers to spice racks, braided floor rugs, curtains, tin signs and enamelware, there is something…

9 min
party central

Tucked away in Pete and Robyn Law’s master bedroom at their rural home, Willabah, is an extraordinary book. Big, covered in leather, it looks like the kind of book you’d find in a European monastery library. The pages are full of skilful drawings, handwritten texts and riddles. Bird feathers are glued in, candle wax dropped onto the pages. The attention to detail is extraordinary. “We wrote the book and made it look like it was a very old book, covered in leather,” Pete explains. “We poured tea on it and soaked the pages.” In the absence of a TV in the house, the Laws came up with the idea for the book that contains more than a hint of the fantasy world of J.K. Rowling or perhaps John Flanagan. Their creation…

4 min
mellow yellow

For Roberta and Pat Eastman, looking for a holiday house was akin to a search for the Holy Grail. They knew just what they wanted and were prepared to wait for the right one to come along. They were looking for a property that satisfied their needs for a family holiday home that could also provide an income and rekindle parts of their youth. The quest for a bolthole away from their busy lives in Sydney took some time and saw them investigate many areas including the NSW South Coast. One thing they knew was that it had to be close to the ocean. For self-confessed beach lovers, this was non-negotiable. The Central Coast, with its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to their Sydney home, kept luring them back and for Roberta, who…

4 min
deco devine

Debra Kinsella admits she is a hopeless case when it comes to antiques. She was born into a family of style-conscious decorators, has been rearranging her bedroom since the age of five and has decades of experience as an antiques dealer. With that pedigree, it’s hardly surprising that she knows a good buy when she sees one and has great difficulty passing up a bargain or a rare treasure. Debra had stints as a nurse, interior decorator, restaurateur and sales manager on her CV when she met her husband, Paul, an Irish-born pilot turned air traffic controller and data systems manager in Cairns. They started doing up houses as stress relief from their high-pressure jobs and now have completed 11 renovations together. At the same time, they ran an antiques business…