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Australian House & Garden June 2016

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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a vision splendid

(Photograph by Darren McDonald (Lisa).)When we launched our $25,000 design competition, My Ideal House, in January, I dared to dream that we would engage H&G readers, design professionals and the housing industry in a discussion about what we should be striving to achieve in Australian homes of the future.What I hadn’t anticipated is how overwhelmed I would be at this moment, fresh from judging the utterly beautiful, uplifting and thought-provoking schemes presented by our six finalists.Your responses to our online survey, regarding what you expected to see in your ideal home, helped set the criteria for the competition, entered by 81 aspirants. At judging time, the shortlisted finalists outlined their splendid new visions for a suburban lot. With each presentation, our judging panel was taken on a journey through a…

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SIMON GRIFFITHSPhotographerThis month, veteran photographer Simon visited the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show to capture the show gardens in all their glory for our annual round-up (page 135). “It takes a designer with great personal style to make a winning show garden,” says Simon. “Someone who creates trends rather than follows them.”CHRISTINA GEEEditorial assistant & writerH&G’s much-adored editorial assistant is a skilled multitasker, juggling her varied roles with a smile. One of the jobs she enjoys most is writing Show & Tell (page 206). “I love giving readers a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at H&G.” ■…

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your h&g

Big dreamsMy partner, our three year old and I rent a one-bedroom half house and are looking to buy together for the first time this year. After reading your April issue and seeing all the renovations people have completed, I am now inspired to buy a rundown house on a good-size block and turn it into something special. Keep up the good work!Amanda Byrne, Vincentia, NSWTotally flooredA few years ago I purchased my first home, and in a few months I am starting my renovations. Although I have most things lined up, I had been meaning to go back and have another look at the flooring for my bedrooms. I had taken some samples home and been to the store a few times, but I was still feeling quite indecisive...…

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the palette

COLOUR CODEINSPIRED BUYSColor Petal acrylic painting on linen by Rachel Castle, $4700, Castle. Pebble blown-glass pendant light (left), $530, and Trixie pendant light, $270, Mark Douglass Design. Cassina Maralunga two-seater sofa, from $10,386, Cult. Quilted velvet blanket in Apple, $299, Citta Design. Velvet Fringe velvet cushion in Orange, from $82, Linen & Moore.FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE PAGE 203.Paint colours are reproduced as accurately as printing processes allow. ■…

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living the dream

Chloe sits on her favourite perch, a Victorian ash window seat in the rear living room. The black-framed double-glazed windows are fitted with argon-filled glass for insulation. “It’s always 23 degrees in here,” says Chloe.A brick shed at the rear of the property was converted into a self-contained guestroom with a rooftop deck. The kalamata olive tree was planted when Chloe’s daughter Mae was born.“Throughout the project we joked we could grow grass in the back living area. The idea of the green carpet grew from that,” says Chloe. Escape Velour wool carpet in Vamoose, SuperTuft. The Grant Featherston chair was picked up at a garage sale for $20. Wilfred sofa, Jardan. Winona Ryder and Kim Gordon cushion, Alpha60. Custom-made windows from Aplo.Chloe Quigley and her family lived with the…

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bright ideas dept.

Produced by Sarah Pickette. Photography by Martina Gemmola.COLOUR FULL From Haymes Paint comes a clever online concept, The Colour Library. Within it you’ll find inspirational images of the latest seasonal colours, shown here styled with pieces from Etsy makers. “Digital technology means there’s a more fluid environment when it comes to colours and trends,” says Wendy Rennie, Haymes Paint colour and concept manager. “The Colour Library helps us build an evolving palette that you can adapt to your taste.” See more at www.haymespaint.com.au. Rays of delight What sets Feltmark’s Ellum indoor solar light apart is its built-in motion sensor, magnetic wall-mount and the fact it will run as a nightlight for about six months on one charge. Available from August for about $85; www.feltmark.com. (Currency conversion correct at time of…