NOT MANY PEOPLE are lucky enough to have a partner who can build the house of their dreams and just about anything they can think of to put in it. When Leah Atkins and her partner David Gleeson moved back in to their weatherboard home on the New South Wales South Coast hinterland, Leah relished a second chance to decorate it.

The historic dairy farming town of Milton is perched high on a hill about 3 hours drive south of Sydney. It has panoramic views stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the east right around to the rugged mountain escarpment, not far to the west. Leah, who grew up in the area, describes herself as a particularly restless, creat[...]


AS THE MAKERS of this curvaceously elegant magazine rack are happy to admit, the inspiration for the design came from a similar piece of treasure once spotted in an secondhand furniture store. The original piece was remembered and it's designer[...]


DUTCH ARTIST MARGIE TEEUWEN and designer Erwin Zwier's whimsical, experimental and beautiful Proplamp is made from Tyvek, a degradable, non-woven material and inspired by what is usually the result of other discarded ideas: a screwed up piece of [...]


NORWEGIAN DESIGN LABEL Permafrost released the Giant Leap rug for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009. The rug is 160cm in diameter and made from New Zealand wool. For those more impressed with earthly-inspired designs, there's also [...]


FLEUR SCHELL HAS travelled and worked around the world as an artist and art teacher but when she and her husband Richard Noonan looked to settle down, it's unlikely that turning a rock legend's old school into a home and studio was on the agenda.[...]


IT WAS NEARLY 20 years ago that a quirky log cabin weekender with unattractive 70’s additions caught the eye of a young couple house-hunting on Sydney’s northern beaches.  Immediately recognising the potential and overlooking the negatives t[...]


HOW DO YOU juggle two busy jobs, being a wife to a busy man and mum to three active kids? It’s all in a day’s work for Leah Kress creator of the Infancy stores for children’s clothes, home wares and gifts, Leah sees the juggle as just a par[...]


FOR YEARS, EVENT stylist Sharnel Dollar kept a scrapbook of magazine tear sheets and a picture in her mind of what her dream house would look like. Frequent trips to visit family in the United States with husband Perry, inspired both with an app[...]


FOR MOST PEOPLE the dream of a move to the country usually revolves around a quaint old farmhouse with plenty of old-world, rustic charm. Not so for the Edwards family who left their inner city weatherboard cottage for the coast a decade ago.



BRITISH DESIGNER PAUL Smith is, it seems, the go-to man when a design company is looking to freshen their look. Accordingly Carl Hansen & Søn have teamed up with Smith and US textile company Maharam to celebrate the 100th anniversary of fur[...]


WHILE MANY PEOPLE dream of escaping the city for the country life, a few years ago, Justin van den Berg and Michael Arends found themselves desperately trying to work out the best way back in to an urban existence.

"In 2004 we bought 23 hectar[...]

THE TIMBER TUCK stool and table -- try saying that six times  --  is a new casual table setting from DesignByThem featuring the geometric lines of the original Tuck Stool. Designed by DesignByThem's founders Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah G[...]


HERE'S A GLOBE that not only sheds a warm glow and looks terrific in lamp shades where the fixture is designed to be prominent, but it's dimmable too. The Caget Squirrel Cage Lamp is available from





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