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IF SYDNEY HARBOUR and its waterfront homes represent some of the most drooled over and photographed bits of the world, it’s surprising to discover that that there’s one enchanted little cove and its hand-fashioned stone, driftwood and corrugated iron shacks that remains a jealously guarded secret that few know about or ever visit.

Press your face to the window of any of these seven magical lean-tos and it’s a glimpse into a life pared back to its bare essentials. A wooden cot, a gas stove, a rickety writing desk, a chair and tiny window looking out across the harbour through Sydney Heads to a vast Pacific Ocean beyond.  They’re typicall[...]

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CLAUDIA CONNOLLY LOVES her peace and quiet. In fact, she jokingly refers to herself as a "half semi-recluse". Moving to the sleepy fishing village of Boreen Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast nine years ago, Claudia, in her seventies, was h[...]

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HIDDEN BEHIND AGED sandstone walls a stone’s throw from Sydney Harbour, this historic home held instant appeal for a well-travelled family looking to put down roots in Australia. “It felt like an old pair of favourite shoes,” says Susan, w[...]

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CLAIRE AND RICHARD Gordon first met the place that's affectionately known as Gidget, an original fifties fibro cottage, on a holiday weekend eight years ago. “We were looking to escape Sydney for a few days and decided to rent a property where [...]

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A COUPLE OF days ago we were invited for a sneak peek at a brand new cutting edge house designed by a top Australian architect on Sydney harbour. Unfortunately we can't show you images as yet (the home's not quite finished and it's unfurnishe[...]

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THIS NEW LIGHT by  London-based design company Minimalux might be called NEON, but it isn't really a neon.  It's so called because it gives off the similarly bright glow of the familiar strip lights.

NEON comes in a range of colours -- and l[...]

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EMPTY NESTERS CATHY Watson and husband John found they finally had their house to themselves after the last of their three adult children left home.

Home for Cathy, a psychiatric nurse and John, a civil engineer, is a 1914 timber cottage calle[...]

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AT COPENHAGEN'S ICONIC SAS Royal Hotel (or the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel as it's now known) room 606 has been famously preserved exactly how designer Arne Jacobsen intended it to be when it opened in July 1960. The most famous by-products of th[...]

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FINDING AN ELEGANT and well-priced place to stay in Paris overlooking one of its main icons is one thing. But then to discover it was home to a French filmmaking legend for nearly a decade -- and precisely during the period he wrote and di[...]

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ARCHITECT NIC OWEN is something of an expert at squeezing the very best out of small and tight inner city blocks. Indeed the “Tardis qualities” of his latest design, quips Owen, “would impress Dr Who fans”.

Created for a young family, [...]

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IF THERE'S AN interior that qualifies as one of the most extraordinary on the planet, then the nave of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia would figure somewhere near the very top. the generalist was fortunate enough to visit just recently and we were [...]

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THIS IS A family home full of precious family history, only the story was interrupted for a generation. The owner’s grandparents were married right on the front lawn -- and they brought up their children, including his mother here. Then in the[...]

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WORKING AND LIVING in New York at the time, the owner bought his new property -- on the other side of the world -- sight unseen.  It would be a further year before his hectic schedule allowed him to travel to Australia and view his purchase firs[...]

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