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Home Stories: Dave Caffery

Instead of a home visit, I decided to catch up with Dave Caffery at the office of his cultural consultancy Dionysus, nestled at the bottom of the Hotel Hotel Building in New Acton. Now before you say, “but hang on Ash, your series is called ‘Homes Stories’ not ‘Work Stories’… why mess with the superb […]

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An Ashby State of Mind

A small stone cottage in Bungendore has survived 180 years.  Now a young Canberra family has given Ashby Estate a new lease on life, hopefully ensuring another 180 years for the graceful rural retreat. ~ The gigantic canopy of elm trees which hides the historic homestead at Ashby Estate was already more than 50 years […]

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Home Stories: Sarah Kelly

I knew my visit to Sarah’s home was going to be something special. Not because I had arrived early for the first time in my life (and didn’t make Victor wait for me like a loyal servant), but because her home exemplified an incredible contrast of styles right from the start. From the outside, Sarah’s […]

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Home Stories: Phillip Jones

I have a book at home called ‘I Am Dandy’, which is devoted to elegant gentleman who take finesse in style to the extreme. The book reminds me a lot of Phillip—while I wouldn’t label him as ‘extreme’, there is certainly plenty of finesse in the home he shares with his gorgeous wife Edwina and […]

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Women at Work: Georgie Beaumont

Where the runway meets your living room. Learning the ins and outs of the industry since she was a child, Georgie Beaumont is the founder of home style business, Luxe and Beau. As the Head Designer for the company, she has developed a chic local brand that stocks a unique collection of cushions, rugs and lampshades. […]

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Home Stories: Aaron Ridley

Lots of people know Aaron from his bar, Ha Ha Bar, his legendary parties, and his support of artistic talent—ranging from SAFIA and Coda Conduct, to Jess Cochrane and yours truly. If you’ve never heard of these people, check them out for melodic indie pop, funky hip hop, incredible paintings and—in my case, Magnifik for […]

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Patterns in print: innovation in textile design

There’s a bold reinvention of the textile industry here in Australia; it’s exciting and innovative. The textile designers and the boutique creatives are revitalising the industry with energy, vigour and an outpouring of inspired inventiveness. And we’re so thankful for it! The principal types of fabric design and manufacture on the rise, include small batch […]

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The Kew: future living

Spend hours browsing Pinterest for interiors inspo or searching for the perfect matte black tapwear on Houzz? Put the device down and step inside the future of sophisticated modern living in The Kew, Classic Constructions‘ stunning new display home in Narrabundah. It’s the kind of home that prompts rubbernecking from passing motorists on Captain Cook  Crescent—from the outside, a […]

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boyandgirlco: 11,000 pallets and counting

Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl. They opened a small business in a small garage making planter boxes and a few pieces of basic, humble furniture out of recycled raw timber pallets. Today boyandgirlco operate out of a massive warehouse and showroom. And they’ve saved more than 11,000 pallets from […]

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Eight reasons to make Kenzi @ Denman your new home

It’s no secret that Japanese influence is everywhere right now. We see it reflected in our food (miso-cured salmon anyone?), our art, our gardens and now we’re starting to see it inspire the way we design our homes. Japanese-inspired homes are chic, stylish and timeless: natural textures and neutral colours give these homes a minimalist feel […]

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