CHARLIE MASLEN SPENT many a long night during the drought years of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s distracting himself from his troubles by planning a hut he would build for his young family on their sheep property ‘Gunningrah’ situated on the Monaro Plains of south eastern New South Wales.

“I wanted somewhere we all could go to picnic, fish and just hang-out and have fun," says Charlie. "The hut seemed like the perfect solution and at the same time helped to keep me sane."

Based on the original shepherd’s huts found on the property that were built by the early settlers of the 1840’s Charlie modelled his own hut very much on t[...]

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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, [...]

“Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.”



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[...]


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[...]


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 [...]


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[...]


SPALDING GRAY WAS an American actor and writer who wrote about his search for a "Perfect Moment" on his travels in the book Swimming to Cambodia. When Gray had his Perfect Moment on a journey, his trip was done. I'm not sure if he ever made it to[...]


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[...]


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[...]


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[...]