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Australian Artist Beach Retreat

In the ’70s Australian artist Bruce Goold was involved in an art movement called “The Yellow House”, an artist collective in Sydney where the canvas was the house itself and almost every wall, floor and ceiling became part of the gallery. These days Bruce works primarily in lino cuts but his house is still very…

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Monday August 12th, 2013

Monday February 25th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Ingrid Weir

For the past two years, this old schoolmaster’s house has been set and costume designer Ingrid Weir’s country escape from her city home in Sydney, Australia. The house is located high up in the hills, four hours from Sydney, in what was once a thriving late 19th-century Gold Rush town. A town that once boasted…

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Monday January 21st, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Paula Kilpatrick of Tuppenny Farm

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During the week, you’ll find Antony Elliott and Paula Kilpatrick in Melbourne, Australia. But on the weekends, they head to this house on a little 20-acre farm 5km from Heathcote in central Victoria with Nelson, a big standard poodle, and Suzi and Lennie, their miniature dachshunds. At the farm, they join Jess the miniature goat…

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Monday August 13th, 2012

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sneak peek: penny and luke lucas

Luke Lucas and his wife, Penny, bought this industrial building on the northern fringes of Melbourne, Australia, as part of a consortium, which they and some other creative types subdivided into five spaces nine years ago. Built during World War II, the building was essentially a shell when they purchased it, with no gas, sewage or running…

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Monday August 6th, 2012

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sneak peek: catherine and martin southwood

Catherine and Martin Southwood are the owners of two Southwood stores in Melbourne, Australia. They are currently in the process of opening their third store in the trendy inner-city suburb of Fitzroy (329 Napier Street Fitzroy, Victoria 3065). The store is an expansion of their original stores and allows them to showcase a range of Australian…

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Monday July 16th, 2012

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sneak peek: katie graham

I completely fell in love with the wicker furniture of Family Love Tree, which is run by Australian furniture designer Katie Graham, so I asked if we could get a little peek inside her own living space. Katie lives in Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, with her husband, Jason, and three kids, Billee, Angus and Wolfe. Katie adores bright…

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Monday June 4th, 2012

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sneak peek: annabelle kerslake, fête magazine

Drawing from her experiences working in a floral shop, for an event styling company and in publishing, Annabelle Kerslake is collaborating on her favorite project to date: fête magazine, where she is co-founder with her friend and creative partner, Jane Cameron. Their combined experiences allow them to do everything — from styling, photography and writing to…

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sneak peek: jane cameron, fête magazine

Jane Cameron worked as a corporate graphic designer before starting her own stationery business, but these days she’s working on her dream project as co-founder of fête magazine. After teaming up with event planner and stylist Annabelle Kerslake, the two created a new online magazine devoted to parties and entertaining for people like them (without huge…

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Monday May 7th, 2012

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sneak peek: luke mortimer

Luke Mortimer spends most of his days working as a visual merchandiser in Melbourne, Australia. But his heart is in a little gold rush town just outside of Castlemaine in Victoria, Australia. It was there that he flexed his interior design muscles and built this little home finished just last year. Luke has dubbed the…

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sneak peek: alex zabotto-bentley

Alex Zabotto-Bentley is the director of his company, AZBcreative, a full-service creative agency specializing in live communications and events with a focus on art, crafts and styling. Influenced by his own “collector” aesthetic, his personal work is in interior design and decoration with a love of installations, including window design and fashion. Conveniently, his office and studio is literally…

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Monday April 30th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne

Almost four years ago, after a long tenure of townhouse and apartment living, Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne moved into this 1930s house in Brunswick West, a suburb north of Melbourne. Moving into a larger space with a backyard was such a wonderful change for them, offering plenty of light as well as space for a…

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Monday February 27th, 2012

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sneak peek: paula mills & family

Illustrator Paula Mills and her family have big ideas for their new home located in Warrandyte, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Having been there just eight months, Paula says the house is still very much a work in progress. They’d like to knock out some walls to create a lighter and brighter living space —…

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Monday January 30th, 2012

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sneak peek: adrian richardson + family

Two years ago, Australian chef Adrian Richardson and his family moved into this Victorian cottage in North Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne. They needed a suitable home for raising an active, noisy young family that also felt warm and inviting. Within that short length of time, Adrian and his wife created an inspiring space that…

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Wednesday January 11th, 2012

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sneak peek: kate challis & andrew hollo

The Melbourne, Australia, home of Kate Challis, Andrew Hollo and their 2.5-year-old son, Jasper, is in fact a 19th-century storefront in the inner city, complete with gallery shows in the front window. When they first bought the place seven years ago, friends thought they were crazy, but they loved the rawness of the area and…

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Tuesday September 6th, 2011

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sneak peek: sarah davison

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Two years ago, when Sarah Davison of Ara Design moved into this apartment on the top floor of a 1920s Spanish Mission-style building overlooking Sydney’s Tamarama beach, she knew she wanted to create a light-filled home that paid homage to both the Pacific Ocean and the apartment’s existing Spanish Mission architectural features. The most challenging…

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Monday August 1st, 2011

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sneak peek: rachel bending of bird textiles

Rachel Bending, the creative force behind Bird Textiles, lives in an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in Byron Bay, Australia, with her partner, Campbell, and the couple’s 9-month-old daughter, Quincy. Byron Bay has been a popular vacation destination since the ’70s when it became known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back surf culture. Most of the locals,…

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Monday June 27th, 2011

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sneak peek: phoebe gazal

Between running her own graphic design agency and stationery store (Papier d’Amour) and maintaining her style blog, Phoebe Gazal keeps a busy schedule. Today, we travel to the holiday home that has been in her family for over 20 years. Just an hour drive from Sydney, it is where she and her husband have watched their three…

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Monday April 18th, 2011

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sneak peek: lynne testoni

sneak peek: lynne testoni

Australian wallpaper manufacturer and designer Lynne Testoni of Moore & Moore wallpapers lives in a two-story Victorian terrace house in inner-city Sydney, Australia, with her university-aged daughter, Isabelle. Lynne spent 20 years in food and lifestyle magazines before working in corporate marketing and launching her own business, her most exciting adventure yet —and the scariest!…

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