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Australian House & Garden

Australian House & Garden

October 2020

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

“SPRING heralds hope, change and transformation, and after the travails of 2020, we are all ready for some REJUVENATION.” Hooray! Spring has finally sprung, and the change of season is more welcome than ever. With many people in lockdown, isolation or working from home, the warmer weather and popping up of shoots and buds deliver a fresh perspective, even if we can’t venture far. Spring heralds hope, change and transformation, and after the travails of 2020, we are all ready for some personal and home-based rejuvenation. I love the house on this issue’s cover – to me, it encapsulates the great Australian dream of home ownership. I know times are changing, and that dream is increasingly difficult to attain. Still, I find it perenially appealing to subscribe to that particular brand of…

3 min.
your h&g

Those who curated the gifts and variety of exceptional objects for your Father’s Day gift guide (Glad Men, September) did an amazing job. A fine mix of masculinity, luxury and style. Any man would be lucky to be appreciated with these riches, but most of all, just being a father is the richest gift of all. I grew up without my father, but my husband has been, and continues to be, the most exceptional father and grandfather. Not perfect, but just right. Karen McGregor, Bungendore, NSW WHERE THE ART IS Upon opening the September issue, I was immediately taken by the 3 Limes painting by Cath Beynon featured in Tanya’s Top Five. I contacted the gallery and was relieved to find that it was still available. They say that artwork finds you, and this…

5 min.
modern love

Sometimes a house and its owners are lucky to find each other. This home, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, was built in 1958 and had only changed hands twice before interior designer Siobhann Roberts-Thomson and her husband purchased it in 2013. And, for its third chapter, it couldn’t have found more suitable occupants. Somewhat of a modern-day Renaissance woman, Siobhann is one of those people with innate creative flair. Her rather unconventional career has included touring the world with a girl group at the age of 16, designing children’s clothing and even a brief stint in the financial sector. However, it was the opportunity to be heavily involved in the renovation of the couple’s first family home that inspired her to return to study and develop her passion for interiors. Now,…

2 min.
life & style

“I WOULD LOVE TO DO ANOTHER HOME PROJECT FOR MY FAMILY.” “I LOVE DESIGNERS WHO TAKE RISKS WITH COLOUR AND MATERIALS.” FIRST ADULT HOME? A one-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s Paddington – my first home on my own without any flatmates. I adored my leopard-print sofa, ensuite and the solitude. Bliss. BUCKET-LIST DESTINATION? I’m hankering for a long stay in France – fashion, interiors, flea markets, food, Champagne, wine and art… I’m thinking an apartment in Paris (2), a country farmhouse and then on to the Riviera. FAVOURITE MEAL? Oysters, steak frites with Café de Paris butter and the ooziest, stinkiest French cheese (8) to finish. Accompanied by French Champagne (10) and rosé. I’D CROSS THE WORLD TO... Work at an archaeological site. Alternatively, I would love a trip with the family to LA (5),…

5 min.
ask an expert finest details

Renovating requires walking a fine line between where to spend and where to save. Before you embark on one of the biggest investments you will make, take stock of your existing space, particularly looking at what does and doesn’t work. What are the fundamental features and their pros and cons? Ceiling heights and detailing, cornices and skirting boards, flooring, kitchen and bathroom layouts and finishes –what can be kept and what should be removed to deliver the most bang for your buck. Where does the natural light come from and how can it be maximised through skylights, windows and wall/door openings. What storage is required and how can it be incorporated in an aesthetically pleasing way? Focus on big ticket or statement features and personal conveniences – elements that bring…

1 min.
9 by design wallpaper