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DESPITE CALLING IT an “ugly duckling, hideous red brick box of a house”, celebrated Australian artist Anne Judell said it was love at first sight when she saw her new home. Set on two hectares at Mount Murray, halfway between Bowral and Wollongong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, the cottage had been neglected for many years and was considerably run-down.

Anne won 2011's Dobell Prize for Drawing from the Art Gallery of NSW and her work  has been represented in numerous private and public collections including at the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

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RENOWNED ARTIST LUCY Culliton loves her life in the country and admits to waking every morning excited about the day ahead. “I always plan a very busy day which starts with a pot of tea,” she says. “Then I’m greeting and feeding my family[...]

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IF YOU WANT proof that the people of Seville know how to wait, then you only need go to the Metropol Parasol in Encarnación Square. I know this because we have been waiting 15 minutes for two apples in the markets to be found beneath one of the [...]

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GREAT DESIGN DOESN'T have to be big and expensive. It's more about elegantly solving problems and relating to human needs. Same with furniture.
Poland's Studio No produce something they call "Small Architecture" – a witty cross between art, furn[...]

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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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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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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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MATTHIEU RICARD IS an extraordinary individual. Although, in truth, "individual" is probably not the best handle for a man who's reason-to-be stands at the very opposite of selfishness in our ego-driven and individualistic age.

And he wro[...]

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

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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[...]

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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 corruga[...]

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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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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 [...]