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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Editor’s Letter
As the British poet and critic Edith Sitwell observed, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.” And so welcome to our winter issue, in which we c
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Heritage Orders
There have been innovators on Mackerode station near Burra in South Australia’s mid-north almost for its entire history since European settlement. Built in 1872 for pastoralist Gustav Gebhardt on what was then Wildotta station, the locally quarried s
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Marketplace
Swenrick Constructions builds wonderful country-style homes throughout Victoria. Plans can be customised to suit individual needs — the company works closely with its clients to ensure that their dream home becomes a reality. All homes are designed t
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Magnificent Moira
There’s a sign in the kitchen at Moira station that reads: “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Just take it and make it perfect,” which pretty much sums up the way Riverina Water drilling contractor Rex Watson and his events director wife, Kate Pitt,
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The Art Of Life
“I didn’t do it for you,” artist Criss Canning candidly admits as she ushers us into the kitchen at Burnside, the home she shares with her nurseryman husband, David Glenn, in the central Victorian goldfields region. Indeed the display that greets us
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Monochrome Magic
Jane Rennie-Hynes is fearless in her approach to life and renovating. Many wince at the thought of splashing a bit of colour on the walls, intimidated by any hue that ventures beyond the safe confines of the myriad shades of white. Most wouldn’t dare
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A Small-town Showpiece
When Alex York moved to Springsure in central Queensland and fell in love with an old Queenslander, little did she know that in another time and place, she would be living in it. She recalls arriving as a young nanny in the district, gazing over the
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A Busy Bee
For as long as she can remember, Kristine Franklin has loved decorating and rearranging furniture. By the age of 18, she had compiled a scrapbook packed with magazine cuttings as an aide-memoire for how her dream home would look. And when she and her
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Art With Heart
By the time they get around to having baby number three, most mothers can be forgiven for feeling they have parenting pretty much down pat. Sydney graphic designer Martine Vanderspuy confesses that after raising children Kristina and Dan with relativ
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Down In The Woods
Most people can name a French parfumier of choice but for Cathy Court, the fragrance that sends her into a swoon is not Fragonard or Chanel or even Guerlain, but furniture polish. One whiff of the distinctive combination of beeswax, citrus oil and tu
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Bangalow Beauty
To those lucky enough to call it home, Bangalow is a blissful utopia — high in the rolling hills behind the world-class beaches of Byron Bay, it’s a little enclave of creatives and self-starters encapsulating all that is the good life. Its main stree
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Bold And Beautiful
It takes a special gene to be able to successfully pair the classic and the quirky and balance the bold with the understated to create an inspired haven with surprises at every turn. Jodie Mae Ladhams has that gene in spades. In just three years, she
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Divine Inspiration
They can’t say they weren’t warned. When Barbara and Phil Simpson were interviewing builders, one of them candidly mentioned that tradies in Margaret River operated by a different set of rules to the rest of the world. “Basically, he said that the re
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Precision Planning
In a strange twist of fate, Kylea and Grant Wilson found the ideal block of land on which to build their dream home as they were about to step on a plane for an extended overseas working holiday. But find it they did when they paid a farewell visit t
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A Renovator’s Recipe
I’m not at all surprised when Fay Gamble reveals her tiny cottage in Goolwa, South Australia, is at least the seventh she has purchased, revamped and passed on. There’s no doubting her flair, creativity and experience. Walls are whitewashed with many
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Country Comes To Town
Bronwyn Wruck was a flying instructor based in Moree in northern NSW when she first met husband-to-be, James. His work as a cotton agronomist took them to Tamworth and Toowoomba before both received job offers in Brisbane. However, for this couple, m
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Haven In The Hills
Evelyn Neis says she followed the real estate agent’s advice of buying the worst house in the best street when she moved from Adelaide to Heathfield near Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. “It truly was the most ugly 1970s house,” Evelyn recalls. “But
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