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To Paris With Love
One of Jules François’ earliest memories is of arriving in Sydney as the eldest of six children of a migrant family and living with her maternal grandparents. While most of the family was Scottish, her grandfather was from Brittany and he introduced
Australian Country Homes4 min read
A Gothic Gem
Vanessa Bell is pondering the pink hue of her home. It’s Cameo Pink — not the kind of colour any home could pull off, but it lends her 150-years-plus Gothic cottage, Toronto, a sort of storybook quality, reminiscent of a gingerbread house trimmed wit
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Artist In Residence
Chance has been kind to Paul and Bonnie Atlan. It brought them together in the first place after Bonnie set off for Paris as a young American model in search of success in the City of Lights. She found it, and also added a dashing Parisian to her por
Australian Country Homes4 min read
A Forever Home
Peter Allen’s emotive anthem about this beloved land we call home is an apt theme for the life shared by Brisbane couple, Riza and Cam Taylor. “Together we have lived in Malaysia, Tanzania, India, Vietnam and Ethiopia,” Riza, who was born and raised
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Retro Collection
Call her trendy, but with a passion for collecting and hunting for antiques in her spare time, South Australian Linda Sobol was in style decades before the vintage trend became popular. Along with her master craftsman husband, Wallie, the duo complem
Australian Country Homes5 min read
At Home With History
As Steph Burbury describes a day in the garden at Bowsden, her home in Tasmania’s Southern Midlands, it’s more like an archaeological dig than an encounter with Mother Nature. “You never know what’s going to turn up,” she says. “In the 30 years I’ve
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Landmark And Legend
You could create a timeline of Camden Park homestead through the china collections dotted throughout the house. There’s a Chinese exportware service ordered from Guangdong probably about 1812 and emblazoned with John and Elizabeth Macarthur’s initial
Australian Country Homes3 min read
Memory Of Trees
As a little girl growing up on acreage at Lilydale in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Ellie Collins loved nothing more than having the space and freedom to roam and play in the bush. Her other great joy in life came from crafternoons with her mum. “I made a
Australian Country Homes2 min read
Pride Of The Murray
Local lore around the twin towns of Echuca-Moama on the Murray River has it that you can trace the fluctuating fortunes of Australia’s rural industry through the buildings on Perricoota station. There’s the imposing double storey, nine-bedroom brick
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A Fresh Chapter
By her own reckoning, Rosemary Howe is on her third incarnation. Born and raised in the farming service centre of Cummins on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula her family moved to Adelaide to better the children’s educational opportunities. “I went int
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Heaven On Earth
There’s a special place, high in the hills of the South Burnett’s Bunya Mountains, where Mother Nature’s timber soldiers stand tall in a guard of honour for anyone who winds up the driveway, and a chorus of colourful locals are ever ready with a warm
Australian Country Homes3 min read
Best Of Both Worlds
By most reckonings, Ashley and Jo Wiese’s youngsters have the best of two worlds. Week days during term time Ruby, Grace and Louis attend school in Perth with all the accompanying opportunities of the city classroom and extra-curricular activities. C
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Spring Awakening
A Total Concept Landscape Architects & Swimming Pool Designers managed the transformation of this site on Sydney’s Middle Harbour by integrating a quadrant pool, cabana and garden into the existing Angophorastudded bushland. Numerous challenges, incl
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The Treasure Hunters
Brenton and Sharon Kinnear happened upon a life of treasure hunting by chance. As newlyweds more than three decades ago, they set about furnishing their first home together and soon discovered a shared love of things old and worn, rather than shiny a
Australian Country Homes1 min read
Editor’s Letter
Spring is in the air and the warmer weather means we’re all looking forward to spending more time outdoors. Many of the houses featured in this issue have beautiful garden settings and hopefully they will provide design inspiration as well as the imp
Australian Country Homes5 min read
National Treasures
If the clutter at home is getting on top of you, spare a thought for Woolmers Estate, near Longford in north-eastern Tasmania. For six generations, the owners of this World Heritage-listed estate, the Archer family, never threw anything out. From bab
Australian Country Homes2 min read
Marketplace
Made in Tasmania from Merino wool, this gorgeous new Sofia dress is perfect for spring days, when you don’t quite know what the weather’s going to do. smittenmerino.com Merino wool travel wraps are perfect for all seasons. Protect your shoulders fr
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Ode to Africa
With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, Julie McIntosh says she became a safari operator out of “pure naivety”. The South African-born founder and director of Sydney-based The Classic Safari Company led a peripatetic childhood, joining her parents as the
Australian Country Homes4 min read
A Passion For Paint
Helen King answers the phone with a chirpy “French and Gorgeous” followed by a slight pause and a deep chuckle. “Actually, I’m neither,” she says. “But I wish I were.” As the creator of a destination homewares store by that name in the Sunshine Coast
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Beacon of Bounty
Aireys Inlet is a delightfully uncorrupted little seaside haven, which sits on one of Australia’s most iconic tourist attractions, the Great Ocean Road, 90 minutes west of Melbourne. The dominant landmark at Aireys Inlet is the Split Point Lighthouse
Australian Country Homes3 min read
A Royal Tradition
Simon Rowe is practically crowing down the phone from his home at Burra in South Australia’s mid-north. It’s been raining all night at Princess Royal station, where he and his wife, Andrea, and their adult children, Jack, Katherine and Rebecca, have
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Frequent Flyers
An old wooden propeller on the living room wall speaks volumes about Sally Croucher and Michael Ducksbury’s life and loves. Shipped back to Australia from England by Sally’s parents, the prop served for years as a coat hanger in her grandmother’s hom
Australian Country Homes3 min read
Restoration Drama
The old adage that you never know what’s around the corner became a reality when, as a newly graduated nurse, Annabelle Toohey took a job at Condobolin District Hospital in central-western NSW. “It was only ever going to be for a year and then I was
Australian Country Homes3 min read
At Home With History
The precise reason is lost in the mists of time but when the Tunney family built their homestead at Spring Park, they installed a hallway the size of a cricket pitch. Precisely. The present owners, Lil and Richard Westmacott, who bought the property
Australian Country Homes4 min read
A Phoenix Rises
-------------------- Lovers of weekend drives to the countryside, beware. It’s not gravel roads, detours or a remote breakdown you need to worry about — it’s the lure of the country life and an irresistible tug at the heart that could end up costing
Australian Country Homes4 min read
For Love Alone
There are two great love stories in Graham Higgins’ life. One of young love lost and found again, the other a tale of slow-burning passion that led him to his happy place. The leading lady in the first is Nicky Hayward-Wright, Graham’s partner. Nicky
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Hinterland High Life
-------------------- Toni Smith was your typical inner-city girl, raised in Melbourne, living in Brisbane’s bustling Spring Hill and enjoying a successful career as a project manager in construction and mining when she decided to buy an investment p
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Fellow Travellers
The old saying that you should never overlook what’s in your backyard has proven prophetic for Nathan Overell and his wife, Jodie, who are raising their young family in the rich pastoral and dairying country known as the Lost World Valley of southeas
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Where The Heart Is
They say you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. While Mildura-bornand-bred Debra Williams says she and her electrician husband, Anthony, were happy when they moved to Melbourne for work, and lived in
Australian Country Homes4 min read
Grand Designs
As the 19th-century Canadian farmer Nelson Henderson observed, the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. And so it was for pioneering pastoralist and winemaker Frank Charles Lewin, who in the 1870s establi
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