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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 first-hand.

Visiting friends in the area 20 years ago he had first been introduced to the a remote corner of the world known as the Monaro plains and had fallen utterly in love. The Monaro's rich grazing lands and undulating hills -- a six-hour-drive from Sydney -- would pull at his heart strings until he purchased his own piece of it many years later.

“Even though I was ensconced in my life on the othe[...]

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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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A WHILE AGO we ran a feature waxing lyrical about the charm of a particularly well-designed new chair. An instant classic. It was just the sort of piece to anchor a space for the long term. Here's a space where another armchair is the star turn [...]

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THERE'S NO MISTAKING the city skyline behind these plates. Their creator, Leslie David, is based in Paris and has created an exquisite set of Limoges porcelain dinner plates with blue and gold geometric lines.
David is a graphic designer, art d[...]

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JOHN MACARTHUR IS a man who knits for a living, so it's hardly a surprise to find that his beach house is a place that's less than conventional. John and his partner Julian Porter, who is the head concierge at a hotel on Bondi Beach's seafront, h[...]

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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 [...]

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JAPANESE DESIGNERS AND architects Setsu and Shinobu's Wabi sideboard for Riva 1920 artfully combines wood and iron. After graduation in Japan in the 1980s, the pair moved to Milan and haven't looked back since -- having long been accepted as par[...]

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SHATTERED BY A 30-hour-long and difficult flight from Paris, the owners-to-be of this apartment were sitting in a café “with their eyes hanging out”, as they describe it, “like zombies” while flicking distractedly through a local paper l[...]

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FINNISH DESIGN COMPANY Muuto  have come up with a stoneware alternative to the classic glass coffee plunger. Push, designed by Mette Duedahl, has a transparent lid, beechwood grip and stoneware body.

" I wanted to make a coffee press, which [...]

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ENTERING THE HOME of artists Michael Pugh and Janey Pugh I feel a little like Alice in Wonderland -- suddenly falling into another world so special and unique -- a house hidden by tropical rainforest, surrounded by towering black bamboo and a tr[...]

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THIS IS A collection, says its creator George Dubinsky, that's inspired by the "intersection of nature and manufacturing". That is to say that George and his US-based company Edgewood Made understands timber and how to make furniture that's beau[...]

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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[...]

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