Vogue Living

Vogue Living July - August 2015

Vogue Living tells stories that engage, fascinate and excite, weaving together a myriad of influences that inspire our lives, be it cultural trends, arts and architecture, a new secret find around the corner, a far flung destination, or a privileged glimpse into a private and compelling world. Interiors, spaces and places, here or there, come vividly to life through their inhabitants and the lens of the camera. Beauty is paramount.

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lady of the house

Wherever my imagination finds itself, that’s where my room begins,” says a passionate Anouska Hempel. This is how she marries purity of line, scale and symmetry with a fabulous flair for the dramatic, often informed by her love of the East, particularly the people, places and cultures along the old Silk Route. Self-taught and extraordinarily driven, the interior designer is, at 74, busier than ever, almost impossible to pin down between flights to New York and LA, or escapes to her home in the British countryside or aboard her Turkish gulet (a traditional wooden yacht). Her only limits are time and her imagination. “My own mind keeps me going; the hardest part is always deciding what I’m going to do next,” she says with a laugh. Hempel — or Lady Weinberg as…

3 min

ABODE LIVING Rest in style with PALO Italian bed linen. The fine Egyptian cotton is embellished with a double border of satin-stitch embroidery. It comes in 10 colours, and linen can be custom-made to suit your decor. For details, visit abodeliving.com. ASTRA WALKER Venture to the dark side with this stunning tap. Made from solid brass, it has an electroplated gloss-black finish that ensures longevity for every bathroom space. Quality ceramic valving results in minimal wear and superior flow control. For more details, visit astrawalker.com.au. SCHOTS HOME EMPORIUM Unwind on the ‘Carletta Chaise’ sofa. Made from top-grain Italian cowhide, this luxurious piece takes on additional character over time, further softening and moulding to add to its individual style. For details, visit schots.com.au. SMEG Smeg’s new SmartSense Plus induction cooktop is now available in white. It features progressive…

5 min
moroccan fantasy

“I WANTED SOMETHING FRESH FOR THE HOUSE. IT IS LIKE A GARDEN OF COLOUR IN THE DESERT” Designer Agnès Emery has created an extraordinary courtyard garden behind the thick, earthen walls of her Marrakech home. Part of its delight comes from the orange and lemon trees contained within this secret hideaway, along with the pools and birdsong. Yet Emery’s garden is also composed of verdant colours and rich patterns derived from nature itself, which introduces flowers, branches and wildlife into her sanctuary, along with an array of sky-blues and vivid greens. It feels a world away from the relentless hustle and bustle of the medina (old city). “Marrakech is known as the Red City and it can sometimes feel like a desert, because there are no plants and the walls of the…

6 min
kelly american idol wearstler

PHOTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVELY FOR VOGUE LIVING IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA. KELLY WEARSTLER surveys the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean from the sunken living room of her Malibu home and smiles. “It’s like living on a boat sometimes; when the tide is in, the ocean comes right up underneath the house, and you can feel it move,” the designer says, adding that dolphins and seals regularly swim by the house. “We keep the living room doors open and you can hear the ocean, which is just so soothing and relaxing. You can decompress and let go; it’s a bit like heaven here.” Indeed, Wearstler, who runs a wildly successful global luxury lifestyle brand out of Los Angeles — her business incorporates everything from interiors, fashion, jewellery, furniture, lighting, and commercial and residential design —…

6 min
memory upgrade

Cabarita Beach, on the New South Wales north coast, is the kind of quintessential Australian seaside town that is hard to find these days. A pristine headland dotted with pandanus juts into the Pacific, gifting the hamlet its storied surf break and sheltering the golden, largely empty beach. As they once did along most of Australia’s east coast, Norfolk pines rather than skyscrapers signal that just beyond the dunes lies a town. And unlike its neighbours to the north and south, Cabarita Beach consists of little more than a collection of shops, a surf club and, until recently, a solitary run-down motel. “We have nine children between us and we bought The Hideaway motel with the idea that we would turn it into our family beach house,” says Siobhan Bickle, laughing…

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grand (re) designs

“The house was never going to be about minimalism, more an unbridled eclecticism” — architect Iain Halliday The commission to re-dress this boom-time Victorian ‘palazzo’, in a quiet patch south-east of Melbourne, came with considerable historical baggage. Or so recalls the property’s co-owner, a media-shy, buoyant brunette whose fundraising activities swing from state opera companies to off-shore orphanages (read: her home is the stage for charity spectaculars). First, there was the design provenance, she informs, showing a bronzed Heritage Victoria plaque that dates the classical Italianate structure back to 1857 and the office of Lloyd Tayler — co-architect of South Australia’s Houses of Parliament. Secondly, there was the pre-existing relationship with project designer Iain Halliday, the Sydney-based director of BKH, who had previously styled her family into “fabulous Sydney apartments”. And…